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AND NEBRASKA INDEPENDENT.
LINCOLN, NEB., THURSDAY. APRIL 7, 1892.
The Voice of The People.
Swing Inward, 0 gate of the future!
Swing outward, ye doort of the put!
For the tool of the people If Moving,
And rising from (lumber at hut.
The black form! of night are retreating.
The white peak bare signaled the day
And Freedom her long roll la beating.
And calling her sons to the fray.
Swing inward. 0 gate, till the morning
Shall paint the browa mountain! in gold;
Till the light and love of the new time
Shall conquer the hate of the old.
Let the face and the bandi of the Muter
No longer be hidden from view,
Kor the landt ho prepared for the many
Be tramvled and robbed by the few.
The soil tell the fame fruitful itory.
The aeuoni their Down tie display
And the flower lift ttaeln faces in glory
To catch the warm kissel of day;
While our fellows are treated u cattle,
That are muzzltd when treading the corn,
And millions sink down in life's battle
With a sigh for the hour they were born.
And woe to the robber who gather
In fields where they nevet have sown
Who have stolen the Jewel from labor
And bulldel to Mammon a throne
For the enow-king uleep at the fountain,
Shall wake In a summer's hot breath.
And descend In b rage from the mountains
Bearing terror, destruction and death.
And the throne of their god shall be orumbled
And the scepter be swept from his hand.
And the heart of the haughty bo humbled,
And a servant be chief in the land.
And the truth and the power united
Shall risa from the graves of the true.
And the wrongs of the old time be righted.
In the light and the might of the new.
For the Lord f the harvest hath said It
Whose lips never uttered a lie
And his orophets and poets have read it
In symbols of earth and of sky,
That to him, who hath leveled in plunder
Till the angel of conscience is dumb.
The shook of the earthquake, and thunder,
And tempest and torrent shall come.
-Swing Inward, 0 gates of tte future!
Swing outward, ye doors of the past!
A giant is waking from slumber.
And rending hi fetter at lut.
From the dust where hi preud tyrants found
Unhonored and scorned, and betrayed.
He (hall rise with the sunlight around him,
And rule in the realm he has made.
Jag. Q. Olark, in Portland, Ore,, Public
Ratification Song of the Nuckols County
There are voices of hope that are borne on the
And our land will be freed from its clouds of
For brave men and true men to battle have
And good times, good times are now coming on
Chorus .Hurrah ! hnrrah ! hurrah !
Sound the news like the din of battle booming
Tell the people" far and wide, that better
times are coming.
The tollers true and honest into the fight have
With wise men, aad loyal men to lead the peo
The din of the conflict will soon have cleared
And the darkness will soon be changed to glori
Our battle cry is "freedom" and "equal rights"
No bribery or corruptiou in our legislative halls.
These traitors and Shylocks will soon meet'.their
And peace and prosperity will dwell iu every
The millionaires and baikers will dissappear
We'll show old politicians a thing they never
They will have to get a pass to a more congenial
For Uncle Sam won't need them In that better,
We'll "ship the grand old parties" and their
whole plundering crew.
We'll send them clear to England with their
bonds and boodle too.
We'll have legal tender greenbacks and silver
Sink tlier gold with "McGinty to the bottom of
Mrs. L, M. Kbmmrrer,
Union revival services are being held at
Gates College at Neligh will hold a stum
mer normal beginning July 5.
Kearney thinks she will be able to add
5,000 people to her population this year.
There is talk of several fine buildings
being erected in Stratton the coming sum
Alliance is to have a Catholic church
built on a lot donated by the Lincoln
Rev. C. W. Springer, who at one time
edited the Red Cloud Chief, died recently
at Stockton, Kan.
Mayer Hellman, the oldest clothing
merchant in Omaha, having been in busi
ness since 1S56, died.
Supreme court adjourned without ren
dering a decision on Thayer's appeal for a
reopening of his cas.
From all over the states come reports
that tho ground is in excellent condition
to insure good crops this year.
William Beneck's saloon building and
ontents were destroyed by fire at Emer
son. Loss, $1,000; insurance, W00.
G. W. Neff, one of the leading and most
enterprising men of Blair, in a short time
will build a large broom factory in that
J. C. Santee, a former resident of Nio
brara and postmaster there, is now editoi
and proprietor of the Boyd County Free
A deaf and cumb couple in Chase coun
ty bad a deaf mute minister come from
Colorado to tie the knot in the sign Ian
gimge. The Piatt river bridge at Fremont.three
pans of which were taken out by the ice
a month ago, was completed for the cross
ing of tennis.
The jnry in the case of Nash against the
city of Ord returned a verdict against the
city for WHO. At the former trial the ver
dirt was for fl ,700.
Whils assisting the dehorning of a vie
lous bull, at his resiiiouce near Bayard,
Mr. G. V. Munshatl had his left leg
broken and ankle dislocated. The vicious
brute pinned him to the earth and he es
THE . SHE QUESTION!
8PEECH OF HON. . A. McKEIGHAN
OF NEBRASKA H THE HOUSE
MARCH 23, 1892.
A Philosophic Discussion of Money And
A Scathing Arraignment of the
Enemies of Free Coinage.
Mr. McKEIGHAX said:
la the outset of this discussion I con
fess myself at some disadvantage and
under some embarrassment. It is not
that I am out of sympathy with the
general purpose or with any particular
provision oi mis dui; due it is oecause
it does not go far enough. After this
piece of legislation shall have gone into
effect and shall have conferred upon
our people the full measure of benefit
inherent in its provisions (which 1 grant
will be much), there will still remain
unredressed an incalculable amount of
wrong suffered and yet to come upon
the most meritorious classes of our
population meritorious, I mean, from
the standpoint of economic legislation.
After all the silver that will be
offered at the mint shall have been
certified into money, there will still be
a grossly inadequate volume of money
for calling out and sustaining In full
exercise the boundless energies of our
people in the development of the
equally boundless resources of our
If I could only believe in the sincerity
of the predictions of our opponents, or
still better, if I could entertain a reas
onable hope of their fulfillment, if 1
could believe that the "swiftest ocean
greyhounds" would be brought into
requisition to "dump" their cargoes of
silver upon our snores, and would
carry away with them such things as we
had to spare at such swapping rates as
we could mutually agree upon, I could
espouse this advocacy with a heartier
zeal than is just now at my command,
for I am compelled to take those frantic
prophesying as mostly insincere, and
any fulfillment of them as unbelievable.
But, Mr. Speaker, I represent, and
am proud to represent and voice on
this floor, because I most heartily
sympathize with them, the principles of
a party that favors a legal constitution
of money which cuts loose from all pre
tense of metallic definition, a constitu
tion of it which puts the regulation of
its volume under intelligent scientific
control, leaving it no longer subject to
the accidents and uncertainties of gold
and silver discoveries and the wild
variations of the mineral output, as
well as the malignant and saltish
manipulations of crafty creditors and
money-mongers, who have hitherto
controlled the monetary legislation of
the world, and who, by present indica
tlons. will for venerations to come con-
tlnue to control it in their own
in all European countries.
I must, however, deny myself the
pleasure of expounding and advocating
that theory of money as not entirely
relevant to the matter in hand.
Still, this bill cannot be comprehen
sively or adequately discussed unless we
consider certain elementary principles
of monetary science, the exposition of
which will, by necessary implication,
be an advocacy of some better mode of
regulation than the so-called "natural"
or "automatic regulation."
But, before entering upon any
affirmative exposition, a few words
UTon the minority report. This won
derful document is redolent with the
odor of the counting-house. There is
in it no flavor of the soil or the harvest
field It has no suggestion in it as to
the interest of those who smite the rock,
who delve in the mine, who forge, fell
the forest, break the ground, reap and
gather into barns. From its reading
no one would infer that money had any
necessary relation to the vulgar pro
ducts of toil, or that cotton, grain or
meat should have any voice in its legal
constitution. Observe with what
delicacy the claims of these security
holders are put. They are based upon
their expectations and the "faith" that
these expectations would be met in the
"best nismey." That faith is a sweet
scented bloom, till you materialize it.
On close inspection it is found to
have been begotten by avarice, matured
in h-yprocisy and falsehood, and its
fruition is the spoliation cf industry. It
is not true, and these gentlemen know
it is not true, that their "expectations"
is the measure of the duty of govern
ment in relation to its outstanding
obligations. It is not true, and they
know it is not true, that honor aud
good conscience demand their payment
in what they call "best money." They
know, and everyone who has ever
given the subject any thought knows,
that there never was any government
promise to pay dollars in this country
that was not equitably, honestly, and
legally dischargable in whichever of the
two standard coins was of the lesser
value at the time of payment. This
"best money" outcry, and the claim cf
"honesty" and governmental duty in
that regard, is of recent birth and is
palpable hypocrisy. The government
and everybody always claimed and
exercised the undispuvod right to pay
in the cheaper coin. Who ever
accounted him self cheated when his
debtor always, prior1 to 1873, compelled
him to take in payment gold coins of
leas value by 3 per cent than the "best
They know better, and they wilfully
prevaricate who claim that there is any
express or implied promise, or any
U9age or right to expect any payment
but in the least valuable money. The
pretense that silver payment is partial
repudiation, "only 70 cents on the
dollar," is a deliberate attempt to
suborn the popular conscience and ally
it to their own selfish purposes. They
know, as well as we know, that the
clap-trap of "debased" money, "Tu-cent
dollars," is a linguistic debauchery, an
assault upon the dictionary. They
know that a standard coin dollar is 100
cents in virtue of our legal decimal
notation, utterly regardless of its value
or its commercial ielation to any other
money. It is a bad case that can be
made only by an abuse of words.
The integrity and honor cf one
standard coin is not impeached under a
genuine bimetalism upon the ground
that it is not the commercial equivalent
of the other. On the contrary, it
comes to the front in the value-detiuing
office and comes rightfully whenever
the other rises above it in value. It i-,
therefore, not merely a false pretense,
but an innovation and denial cf the
essential quality of bimetallic money.
Tne honor of gold payment was never
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THE PEOPLE'S PARTY
Hon. J. S. Clarkson, chairman of the republican national committee: My Dear Sir: I am not a candidate for the
presidency and my name will not go before the republican national convention for the nomination I make this
announcement in due season. To those who have tendered ma their support I owe sincere thanks and am most
grateful for their confidence. They will, I am sure, make earnest effort in the approaching contest, which is ren
dered especially important by reason of the industrial and financial policies of the government being at stake. The
popular decision on these issues is of great moment and will be of far reaching consequence.
Very sincerely yours, James G. Blaihe.
called in question upon the ground that
it was of less value than silver, or be
cause someone received a promissory
note for dollars on the "faith" that he
should get "best money."
The minority report is discreetly
silent as to what constitutes the
supreme test cf excellence in a money
constitution and therein consists its
chief beniticence. They discreetly for
got that money is a measuring Instru
ment and that its office is not to meas
ure itself or other money, but to meas
ure out for distribution products and
goods. They forgot to mention that
the true test of its excellence and
honesty is found in the way it works as
an instrument for the appraisement of
But I am impatient to dwell longer
upon the defects and priggishness of
interesFTEhis minority report. For one who has
gone aneld, visited tne seals or produc
tion, who has studied this subject as it
is related to the process of wealth
creation and the economic well-being of
our people, it is difficult to abstain
from fcuch characterization of that
report as would not comport with the
proprieties of the occasion.
It is reported that there are hundreds
and maybe thousands of millions of
mortgage obligations in this country,
and more making every day, specifical
ly payable in gold. A little considera
tion of this state of things, and a study
of the rights and duties growing out of
it, will lead us up to important elemen
tary principles of immediate application
to this proposed legislation.
Very likely institutional objections
will be successfully interposed against
legislation which seks to interfere with
a strict compliance with the terms of
such contracts, i. ., the delivery of gold
or whatever may be, at the time, its
commercial equivalent. So let us see
what that contract essentially is. At
bottom it is nothing more or less than
an investment by the creditor, in gold,
and is a promise by the debtor to
deliver a definite weight of that metal
"dollar" being simply a weight unit.
The commercial value which the gold
may take on forms no part of the con
tract. Each party to the contract takes
his chances, the debtor hoping it will
cheapen, and the creditor that it will en
hance in value. It is in no respect dif
ferent from a contract to pay bushels
of wheat, and the question is what may
the debtor individual, or a nation whose
people are largely so indebted, honor
ably, equitably, and legitimately do to
lessen the burden of such obligations?
The answer lies upon the surface. They
may do anything to reduce the price of
gold, to make it cheap and easy to get
II speciucatiy payaoie in DUineis oi
wheal, it would not be competent to les
sen the weight or lower the grade, but
if by a better chemistry of the soil, im
proved machinery or command over the
rainfall, It should be possible to xaise it
twice, or ten times as cheaply, or if
some more easily produced material for
bread could be discovered, so that wheat
should become of trifling value, it would
not only be legitimate, in relation to
that and similar obligations, but it
would be an honest payment of them,
and would on all sides be pronounced a
progress in civilization. The fact that
anyone or any number of people, had
adopted it as a standard for deferred
Eayment, or, in the slang of the stock
oard had become "long" in wheat,
would not make such a cheapening any
the less beneficent.
The same principle would apply to a
contract for gold. It is not in contra
vention of auy legal or equitable princi
ple, nor is it against puolic policy or
good faith in relation to that kind of
contract that would do anything to les
sen the valuo of gold. A debtor nation
that would not do tuat for itself or its
subjects would be justly chargeable as
being in guilty league against its own
people. As to the mode in which that
could be accomplished, any considerable
increase in the output cf gold is out of
the question. For the lass twenty years
it has been diminishing, and enlarged t
requirements are being made upon it in
the arts; and, if we may believe our op
ponents, there is an increasing scramble
tor it in Europe to take the place of
their "discarded silver." Shall we join
in this scramble, or shall we not take a
cheaper substitute, and so partially re
lieve the ttrain upon gold?
A confusion arises nere in the cur
rent presentation of this subject where
by a grosj imposture is practised upon
the popular conscience. In becoming
more valuable, gold, of course, becomes
more desirable as a possession. But it
is not in that capacity we are consider
ing it. In becoming more valuable it
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WILL ELECT THE NEXT
They Will Make Splendid Exhibits at
the World's Fair.
SINGLE TAX IN CONGRESS.
Tom Johnson Tells How His People Huts
Already Scored a Victory Promo
tions In the Navy Senate Conflr-
Washington, April 5. Hon. Edwar 1
H. Conger, United State minister to
Brazil, was in Washington enroute to
his homo in Iowa on leave of absence.
Mr. Conger says that the opposition to
the reciprocity treaty among the foreign
merchants of Brazil is rapidly dying out,
and the French and Germans are now
sending to the United States
for goods in order to secure the
advantage of the treaty. The
increase in trade and been so
rapid that the Brazilian Steamship com
pany, which formerly sent but three
steamers a month to this country, iioyv
sends fourteen. Mr. Conger says that
Brazil will make a splendid exhibit at
the world's fair. He had an interview
with the president the day before his de
parture on official business, and tho lat
ter took occasion to say that ho took a
great personal interest in having Brazil
properly represented aud would do
everything he could to send u fmo ex
hibit. Lieutenant Lindley, commissioner of
the world's fair in Colombia, sends very
favorable reports from that country.
The national commisson is at work arid
preparing to open an exhibition in Bo
gota on Oct. 28, the anniversary of the
birth of Bolivar. The articles exhibited
there will afterward be sent to Chicago.
A commissioner is to be sent to the
mining districts of Antiquarin to secure
a good exhibit of the mining industries.
Dr. Riercas has given for exhibition the
works of Pedro Lieta and other histo
rians of Colombia, i Riercas is himself
one of the most distinguised writers of
Single Tas Theory in Cong-ret.
Washington, April 5. The single tax
people have already made their demon
stration in congress. The petition was
put into the house petition box. Speak
ing of the presentation Tom Johnson,
the member from Cleveland, says: "The
petition will reach the house through
the way and means committee. It asks
that there be a congressional inquiry
into the practicability of the single tax.
The matter of presentation was a simple
affair. It consisted . of taking one
copy of the petition and at
taching Henry George's name to it with
a note giving the number of other signa
tures. The petition carries J 15,000 sign
ers. It was then sent to the ways and
means committee, where we are hopeful
it will receive consideration, and through
it may reach the house. Another big
thing came our way Friday. It was.the
rejwrt of the commissioners of the Dis
trict of Columbia on my bill applying
the single tax, modified to the District
real estate. Nearly everybody pre
dicted that the commissioners would
condemn the bill outright. This they
did not do, but, on the coutrary, strad
dled it, neither approving nor condemn
ing it. 'I his we consider a substantial
victory, and taken in connection with
the recent victory of the land reformers
in London means a great deal."
National Silver Commute to Meet.
Washington, April 6. -Hon. A. J.
Warner of Ohio and Lee Crandall, pres
ident and secretary of tho national ex
ecutive silver committee, made the state
ment that in the opinion of the national
executive silver committee the exigency
has arisen which makes it advisable to
call a meeting of the national silver com
mittee to consider among other things
the propriety of calling another national
silver convention with a view to a more
thorough organization of all who favor
the restoration of free hi metal coinage
in the United States. Therefore a meet
ing of the national silver committee ap
pointed by the silver convention held at
St. Louis in 1?t, is called to be held at
the rooms at Washington.
Washington, April 5. In the senate
Mr. Sherman, from the committee of
finance, reported adversely a number of
Farmers' 'Alliance schemes, includinf
Peffer's bill for setting idle laborers at
work, and that providing for a gradu
ated income tax.
The house, after some wrangling over
division of time for debate, went into
committee of the whole on the free
ConBrmed by the Senate.
Washington, April 5. The senate In
executive session confirmed the follow
United States Marshal P. H. Hunt,
Northern district of Texas.
Judges of Probate in Utah G. W.
Barton, county of Salt Lake; W. B.
Kirk, county of Box Elder.
Reld Calls on the President.
Washington, April 5. Hon. White
law Reid, accompanied by. Secretary
Blaine, called at the executive mansion
and had an interview with the president,
It is understood he tendered his resigna
tion as minister to France, to take effect
upon the appointment of his successor.
Promotions in the Navy.
Washington, April 5. The president
nominated Medical Director John W.
Browne to be surgeon general and chief
of the bureau of medicine and surgery;
Commodore James A. Green to be rear
admiral; Captain Henry Erben to be
Three Trainmen Keported Killed.
Charleston, W. Va., April !. A
freight train on the Chesapeake and
Ohio has been wrecked. A dozen cars
were demolished. It is reported that
the engineer, fireman and brakeman
Dr. Irwin's Hody Found In a Mill Pond.
Baraboo, Wis., April 5. The body of
Dr. Irwin, a physician from Lodi, was
found in tho mill pond. It is thought
he committed suicide while temporarily
Montreal, April 5. It is stated that
ex-Premier Mercier is shortly to be ap
pointed chiei legal adviser of the Grand
Trunk railway at an annual salary of
The rush for the new lands to be
opened to settlement continues, and
thousands have departed from El Reno,
"Prince Michael" hasjbeen bound over
by a Detroit judge to await the action of
the grand jnry and his bail has been
fixed at $3,200.
Two daughters of Mr. Worley Mus
sell, Misses Carrie and Mattie, aged 21
and 17 respectively, aud their little 4-year-old
niece, May Mussell, were
drowned in the north fork of the Hoes
pur river near Galtville, Va.
Cardinal Richards of Paris held a ser
vice for the veterans of the French army
and navy which was attended by every
prominent military man of France.
The Staffordshire. England, potters
and other manufacturers have decided
to lock out 30,000 workers, the latter re
fusing to submit their disputes with the
employers to a board of arbitration.
Two dynamite cartridges exploded in
front of the house of the foreman of a
mine at Serang, Belgium. It is believed
they were placed there by someone who
bad a grudge against the foreman. No
one was inj-ured;
Union Stock Yards. 1
Chicago. April i. (
CATTLE-Estimated receipts, 4.VX) head.
Natives, WAnt-Wl: rows sod bulls. Ji.25").Ti;
Texans. 1.3raa.75; westerns, tl.Sb&l.lb. Mar
HOGS - Estimated receipts, 15.0OU had.
LiKbt. SI.&Y&itt: mixed and med.um, SI. 65
hesvv. Si .V,7,i.Hii. Market weak.
SHEKP-Westerns. J4:&&B.JU; natives. H&3
Kansas City Live Stock.
Kansas City, April 5.
CATTLE Rwoipts. 1,WW heart: shipments,
8.31U; choice heifers utrong to l'V:bighi, ctUe.-j
Bteadv. Dressed beefani s-hipMiua'steeMsld at
S3.tu4.S: cows and heifers, !.jUii330; stock
ami feeders, JUWtJ.5.
HCXJS-r.cceipts, 'i.lf I head:shlpments. 2,601.
Market closed weak and Ik to lUc lower; all
Omaha Live Stock.
Union Stock Ta rds, I
Omaha. April 5. f
grades 145C&I.J5: bulk, f'.iU'iH.ii
CATTLE Estimated receipts, 3.0.JD head,
MM) to l.M) Ilia., 1.1U0 to 1,;IU lbs.,
la.?)!. Kl; to 1,10), S.'J.ic)3.;5; choirs
cows, ttV93D; common town, $l.iiit-.;i;
good feeders, S7h4&i.4l; commou feed
ers, li.mai 7iV Market Brm.
HOOS -Estimated receipts 8.WKI head. Light,
t4 4.Kft4.a5: mixed, ii t&&4.aU; heavy, H utu
4.60. Market steady.
SHEEP Receipts 1.3U1; shipments, 1,400;
market active and struug; muttons, i,50.
FEMALE STAGE BOBBERS
Idaho Girls Implicated in a Series
A WHOLE FAMILY BAGGED
Sis DansjhteM eT Raaeher Arrested
While BeUInc l a Stat- They
Were Trained as Bobber by
Salmon City, Ida., April 5. There
have been of tote numerous hold-ups oi
the stage near Harvey's ranch and sus
picion was finally directed to old man
Harvey and his family.
The sheriff, with ten men, 'waited in
hiding near the place the robberies usu
ally took place and when the stage ar
rived there a short time afterward six
bandits stepped out In the road aud
The sheriff appeared and took in the
whole gang, who proved to be Harvey's
daughters in male attire.
One of the girls weakened and told
the whole story. She said she nevet
liked the work and was glad they were
caught. They were trained to it by
their father and the proceeds were
hipped to the east for sate, so as not to
excite suspicion in the country.
Killed Her for Rejecting Him.
HrTiNOTON, W. Va., April 5. Allen
Harrison shot and instantly killed Bettie
A jams at Little Cabbel Creek, about
six miles from this city. The cause of
the killing was -that Bettie ret used to
marry Allen. He bad been paying her
attention for some time, to which sue re
fused to give any encouragement.
He went to the home of Miss
Adams, repeated his request and was
refused. He left the house, went to a
neighbor, borrowed a revolver, and re
turning to the house of Bettie, shot her
dead without saying a word to her. Re
turning home he took a large dose of
laudanum, but later on was resuscitated
and placed in jail here. There are
threats of lynching.
Minnie Boberts Wins Bar Case.
Oskaloosa, la., April 5. The jury in
the Minnie Roberts damage suit and ac
tion to recover for baring been unlaw
fully confined by her relatives in an in
sane asylom, brought in a verdict award
ing the plaintiff $r,000. They were out
forty-one hours. There were but few
persons in the court room when the jury
came in. Neither plaintiff nor defend
ants were present, being represented by
their attorneys. The attorneys for the
defendants gave notice of a motion for a
new trial. The jurors stood eleven to
one for $10,000. If a new trial is not
granted, an appeal will be taken to the
Litho.ma, Ga., April 5. The men who
followed the two negroes accused of as
saulting Postmaster Brown's daughter
have returned, saying there is no use of
further pursuit as the negroes are lost.
It is generally understood they were
Gainbsville, Tex., April 5. By ths
arrest of Bob Link, J. T. Aaron and
John Lea near, here, it is believed that
the gang of counterfeiters who have
been flooding this section with spurious
coin has been broken.
EIGHT HOUR LAW. DECISION.
An Employe Must Protest at Time of Set
tlement or Waive Bis Claims.
Indus apolis, April 5. The supreme
court decided the case under the eight
hour law, which will have an important
bearing on the cases that are pending in
this and other counties of the state.
John Grissell secured a judgement
against Noel Brothers for $135, which
represented the value of his time as he
was obliged to work over eight hours a
day. An appeal was taken and the su
perior court held that Grissell accepted
his wages every Saturday night as full
pay for the week and without protest,
and the decision was reversed. Under
the decision an employe must protest
against working more than eight hours
a day, and must demand par at the time
Chicago's Sweating System.
Chicago, April 5. The congressional
sub-committee on manufactures, com
posed of John DeWitt, Warner, Sher
man and Hoar, began its work of in
vestigation into the "sweating" system
as carried on in that city. Preliminary
to the investigation the two congress
men visited a number of the sweating
dens,, accompanied by a detective and
health officero. Mr. Warner said he
found a great many scenes that to those
not initiated would have caused shud
ders, but on the whole he thought there
was a marked improvement here over
the seaboard cities.
An Illinois Village Wrecked.
Fairfield, Bis., April 5. Barnhill, a
small village six miles south of here,
was visited by a disastrous cyclone.
Every house in the place was wrecked,
and only four or five were left on the
foundations! About ten houses were to
tally destroyed and one woman, Mrs.
Harvy, was seriously injured. Tho
heaviest rain in years fell here.
Drowned In flie Engine.
Grand Forks, N. D., April 5. Fire
man John Harris was drowned in the
cab of his engine a few rods from the
Northern Pacific station in this city.
The engine left the track and rolled
down an embankment and was wholly
submerged in water. The engineer es
caped by swimming, but Harris being
disabled was unable to extricate himself.
Overlooked a Small Item.
Chicago, April 5. The world's fair
congressional investigating committee
in its inquiry into the cost of buildings,
discovered that President Baker had left
out one item of $4,093,774.15.
Five Were Drowned.
Greenfield, Mass., April 5. Six
Germans, employes of the Griswold
Manufacturing company, while boating
on the river were carried over the dam
and five were drowned. ,
Celevade's Senator the Fallatw as?
Washikotoh, April 5. Senator Taller
of Colorado is one of the ablest advo
cates of the free coinage of silver in th
present congress; he is also a fearless
and pertinacious fighter. The fact that
he has given up the struggle as hopeless
for this session at least is one of the
most significant incidents of the sita
ation. "Free coinage is in a bad way,
said he to a friend who inquired his
riews. "The whole power of th Demo
cratic party outside of the south and
west, was exerted to defeat it in tho houaa.
Men who had to rote it themselves to
keep solid with their constituents, hur
ried around to induce other men to robs
against it. In the senate the chances are
now that there wnnld be a small TS
jority against it If the Bland bill bad
passed the house the situation would
have been different Several senators
who would have been willing to divide
the responibility, are not willing to
shoulder it alone. They say now let the
"What will be the effect of the silver
issue on the politics of Colorado," he was
It is bard to tell. As between Har
rison and Cleveland, who will probabiy
be the Democratic candidate, there does
not seem to be much choice on this head.
Colorado, of course, is a Kepublicam
state, and if the Democrats offer nothing
more in the way of silver legislation
than Kepublicans it is natural to aim
pose that the rotors will stick to the old
affiliations. The People's Party is tt
to gain some strength, perhaps a I
deal from the dead lock. If thinsrs 1
erowimr worn, silver coin? down i
mines closing ap, there is bound to be
a break of some kind. There is the
Aspen mine, for example. The men
were offered their choice between dis
charge and a reduction of TO cents a day
in tneir wages, wnen s.uuo woriami
men are put to such a choice as that it
means a good deal for the men
they act politically or otherwise."
Farmer Sperk Charged with Basheaallag
Honey Paid for "Inflnenee' '
Lincoln, Neb., April 5. The prelim
inary examination of Farmer Sperk of
Ulysses, charged with embezzlement of
f2,-!50 from A. vv. Beahm, was
menced. The parties concerned
lobbyists before the last legislature and
the particular piece of work in hand
was the defeat of the famous "concur
rent resolution No. tt."
Attorney Woodward in stating the
case before Judge Forworthy said be
proposed to prove that Sperk and Beahm
had, in February, 1801, entered into a
compact to buy five senatorial rotes
against the joint resolution for taking
up the contest on executive officers,
they to get $5,000. Robert Dorgon of
Lincoln was to handle the cash, which
was contributed by Omaha; that S perks
was paid $2,700 near the Capital Na
tional bank at.8 o'clock the evening of
Feb. 13, but left without dividing it
Beahm, th6 complaining witness, was
put on the stand. His testimony was
that he and Sperk had agreed to turn
over enough votes to defeat the resolu
tion in the senate. They were to divide
$5,000 between them. On the evening
of Feb. 13, Robert Dorgan paid Sperk
$3,700. Sperk immediately returned to
his home in Ulysses. As soon as Beahm
discovered Sperk had received money he
went to see him about it. Sperk de
nied having received a cent. Beahm re
turned to Lincon and saw Dorgan. who
declared that he not only had paid Sperk
$3,700 bnt had the balance of the $5,000
ready to pay over. ,
Beahm testified that Collins of Gage
was one of the senators who had been
influenced, but declared that no money
had been given Collins, who had simply
yielded to their arguments and persua
sions. Sensational Divorce 8uit.
Kansas City, April . F, J. Brady
and Mrs. Brady, the principals in Kansas
City's most sensational divorce suit, are
registered at the Midland. Mr. Brady
occupies a room on the sixth floor and
his wife one on the second floor. They
are not at all neighborly. Mr. Brady
brought suit for divorce and his wife
filed a cross bill. The case was stub
bornly fought and a divorce refused to
either by Judge Stover, because the law
directs that when both prove they are
entitled to a decree, then neither shall
receive one. Both filed motions for a
new trial and the motions were sus
tained. The case has been pending for
several terms, but it is expected that
some disposition will be made of it at
this hearing. Mrs. Brady's application
for alimony was heard before Judge
Stover in the circuit court.
New York, April 5. The committee
appointed by the New York conference
of the Methodist Episcopal church to in
vestigate the matter of the anonymous
letter sent to members of the conference
was not ready to make a report. The
following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That the next general con
ference is hereby requested to take such
action as it may seem best to secure the
union of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
The Methodist Episcopal Church South,
and every other Methodist Episcopal
church in the United States.
Chicago, April 5. Chairman Hall, of
the Psohibitioii state central committee,
in an address to the party says it is the
unanimous decision of the committee
that the time has not yet arrived for the
Prohibitionists to unite forces with the
People's Party in Indiana. The address
adds that it would be well for tho mem
bers of both parties to encourage and
help each other in getting good men and
women out of the old corrupt political
Helena, Mont, April 5. Democrats,
elected John Curren mayor and six out
of eight councilmen. Republicans elec
ted treasurer and magistrate. Last year
the Republicans elected a mayor by f suni
Rhode Island Campaign. 3m SOct.'b?:
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