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ISTD NEBE ASKA ' INDEPENDENT.
LINCOLN, NEB., THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1892.
A Great Convention in the Fifth District
. McKeighan' Nomination Unan
Resolutions Adopted A Summary
McKeighan's Speech Delegates
The congressional convention of the
new Fffith district at Holdrege last
Friday was the first great people's gath
ering of the year. Although It was a
very early convention, called on short
notice, and at an extremely busy sea
son, there was a great turnout of the
people, and an unlimited supply of
genuine enthusiasm. Every county
was represented and moat of them by
At 10:30 McKeighan arrived and was
escorted by a large and enthusiastic
crowd to the Hampton hotel, where his
time was well occupied in shaking
hands and talking with friends. He is
looking well, and is feeling very hope
ful for the success of the movement in
the nation at large.
At 2 o'clock the delegates formed in
procession in front of the hotel, and
headed by the Holdrege band, paraded
the town and then marched to the
opera house. A large crowd of specta
tors was present, almost filling the
house. At the back of the stage was a
large flag, on which some independent
ladies (Mrs. J. T. Kellie was one of
them) had placed the name of "Mc
Keighan," spelled out in flowers, and
surmounted by a wreath of flowers.
The republicans held their convention
in the same hall the previous night and
had not a flag in sight.
The convention was called to order by
Chairman Francis Phillips and the call
read by Secretary McGaw. Col. E. A.
Fletcher of Franklin was then chosen
temporary chairman. He made a very
appropriate speech. Secretaries were
then chosen and committees appoint
ed. The work of organization
was completed by making the tempor
ary organization permanent, hearing
and adopting reports of committees.
Prof. W. A. Jones of Hastings, chair
man of committee on resolutions, re
ported the following
Whereas, Our representative in con
gress Hon. W. A. McKeighan has truly
and efficiently represented the views
and interests of the people of this con
gressional district by voice and vote;
Whereas, His speech on free and un
limited coinage of silver has shown a
deep insight; into a question of para
mount importance to both capitalist
and laborer, a auestion which largely
determines the equitable distribution of
the products of labor, and on the right
settlement of which, in accordance with
the principles of the people's party, de
pends the prosperty of the masses of the
Whereas, He has in that speech em
phatically opposed a system of taxation
which robs the masses of the people for
the benefit of the few, a s stem which is
a relic of barbarism which creates no
wealth, but in its final results simply
transfers millions of wealth yearly
from the pockets of consumers to the
pockets of a few millionaires; therefore
Resolved, That we heartiiv endorse the
fidelity and courage of said Hon. W. A.
McKeighan, and we feel that his services
as our representative in congress are
just grounds for our continued confi
dence and support;
Resolved, That we endorse the prin
ciple? of the address and platform
adopted a i he fct. Louis industrial con
fer ;nc; and rreciticallv we demand
tha ree and unlimited coinage of
si vci ;
Resolv d, That we demand that all
natural moncpolies being public necessi
ties shall be controlled by municipali
ties, sti-te or or national govern
ments; Reso ed Tart we are opposed to the
restoration of the sugar bounty in the
state of Neorasia;
Resolved, That we con mend the inde
pendent people's party for its correct
and consistent recognition of the
claims of the soldiers of the late
Whereas, The people's party are not
asking charity, but they are demanding
iustice for the industrial people of the
United States, therefore
Resolved, That we invite the consid
tionand co-operation of all industrial
classes, whether their work be mental
or physical, and also of all those who
sympathize with the principles of the
people's party without regard to race,
color, or previous condition of servi
tude to old parties which have no moral
Resolved. That we recommend the
Hon. J. H. Powers, and the Hon. W.
A. McKeighan to the favorite considera
tion of the state convention as delegates
at large to the people's national conven
tion at Omaha, July 4, 1893.
Resolved, That we tender the thanks
of the convention to the citizens of
Holdrege, Phelps county, for their
kind sympathy and co operation in
facilitating the work of this session.
When Prof. Jones in reading the reso
lutions got as far as McKeighan's name,
the convention broke forth into ap
plause. Requesting the people to hold
their enthusiasm till he got through, he
began again, but again the name of
McKeighan brought forth a round of
applause. Once more the Prof, began
with "Whereas," but this time the name
of the illustrious congressman brought
forth cheers that fairly shook the build
ing, and the reader proceeded.
After the resolutions had been unani
mously adopted, the chairman an
nounced that the next thin was
the nomination of a congressman. Pres
ident Powers then stepped to the front
of the stage and spoke as follows:
"In the practical affairs of life when
we have employed a man to work for
U9, and he serves us wisely and faith
fully, we have two ways by which to
show our appreciation; 1st, by expres
sing our approval, and 2nd, by re-employing
him. We have already expres
sed oar approval of the man we two
years ago employed to serve us in our
national house of representatives, and I
now take great pleasure in nominating
Hon. W. A. McKeighan as a candidate
for a second term in that position."
After the applause had subsided, a
delegate moved to make the nomination
unanimous by acclamation. But another
delegate moved as a substitute that the
roll be called. The substitute carried.
The roll was called, and as each county
reported its unanimous vote for Mo
Keighan, the applause broke forth
again and again. Every voto was cast
and registered for McKeighan and the
chairman finally succeeded in quieting
the applause sufficiently to be heard de
claring the nomination unanimous.
Then he introduced McKeighan who
received a regular ovation. The fol
lowing is an imperfect summary of
what he said:
MCKEIGHAN 8 SPEECH.
"You will pardon my egotism when 1
say I think this nomination a fitting re
ward for an honest effort. It has been
said of me that I never cared for a dol
lar, and never knew the value of money
when I had it. But I always had an
ambition to stand well in the opinion of
my fellowmen. I have always taken
sides with the weak against the strong.
My sympathy always goes out to the
under dog in the light. During all the
years since I have taken any part in
public life, I have been an anti-monopo-list.Jl
have always sung one song. I
have never beleived that the grea; nat
ural advantages which surround us
should be monopolized by one man or
one class of men.
Away back in the beginning of this
nation's history arose the opposition to
centralization. Truth is an eternal
principle. "Every nun has an equal
right to life, liberty and the pursuit of
happiness," was a great truth, for which
our f orefatheas fought. The men who
enunciated that principle risked death
by the rope. But they took their lives
in their hands and defended that princi
ple. Those old patriots -were wise in
opposing centralization, and we will
act wisely to follow in their footsteps.
There is no ruler in the United States
but the people. If you have not ruled
the nation well it is your fault and not
the fault of our form of gover nment.
No man has a right to live in thi3 coun
try and be disloyal to ;the governmaiit.
No man has a right to talk about ref . rm
by the bullet until he has eXiiaus'eu th
means of reform by the baLot.
D You had a political convention in -hall
last night. I leave you to ju-i-H
which convention is nearest in sympa
thy with the great plain people who
have made the desert to bloom in this
part of Nebraska. Last night men
stood up here and said they were re
publicans beeause their fathers were
republicaus, because the republican
party saved the nation. I tell you this
is a slander, an infamous "no-such-thing."
What man of you went to the
front to defend the flag, who did not
touch elbows with brave and loyal dem
ocrats? It was the peop.e that saved
the nation. The republican party
stands with its hind feet where its fore
feet ought to be, and looks back at the
past. I thank God that I belong to a
party that invites you to think. If you
want to be a loyal member of either old
party, don't think.
I shall return in a few days to my
duty and I shall rest easy. I came here
willing, if you should so order, to take
my place in the ranks and work for any
one whom you might nominate. I am
not afraid to trust the people of
this district. I have no fear of the re
sult. I see before me captains and
lieutenants capable of marshaling the
hosts, and advocates able to plead the
came of the people. The people are
the jury and the judge. It will take
more than bluster and assertion to en
able our opponents to win a victory
this fall. It will take more than ap
peals to prejudice and pointing with
prido to the glories of the past. When
I hear the republicans talk I think of a
question a small boy put to his father.-
"Father, is a thing good because it is
old!" Why, in the olden timis fellows
would look up in wonder at the t wink
ing stars and believe the earth was flat
because their fathers believed it was
flat. But such people can never stop
the onward march of civilization. I'm
not one that cares to forget the past.
No, let us rather profit by the exper
ience of the past.
The republicans claim all the virtues.
They call us calamity howlers. But
when free coinage of silver is mention
ed from the throat of Wall Street and
all its minions there goes up a mighty
wail of calamity. They prophe.-y all
sorts of terrible things that will happen
if we have free coinage. What do you
think of a man who runs down the
credit of his government? Republicaus
should be more explicit. What do thi y
mean by "honest money"? Who doo3
not believe in an "honest dollar"? Who
was it sent out those resolutions to the
G. A. R. Posts? They were sent out by
Harter,' a banker from Ohio. It was a
(Continued on Hikpage.)
WITH THE METHODISTS.
Proceedings of the General Confer
ence at 0 nalia.
STATE AID TO CHURCHES.
A Resolution Presented Objecting to tha
Association of Sectarian Work with
Clril Pay Elertion Uay Fixed,
for Mar 17.
Omaha, May 10. Bishop Vincent pre
sided at Monday's session of the quad
rennial conference and the devotional
exercises were conducted by Dr. Mc
Kiuley of. New York. It required nearly
au hour to get through with the reading
of the minutes of Saturday.
A motion was carried to have a special
committee appointed to consider the en
tertainment of the next general confer
ence. A resolution was offered calling upon
the committee on episcopacy to ascer
tain if either of the missionary bishops
had ordained anybody outside of the
8jecial territory to which they had been
assigned and if so, by what authority
they had done so. Referred to the com
mittee on episcopacv. This will doubt
less touch the ac
tion of Bishop Tay
lor, who it is said, .
ordained a minister
while in England.
His authority ex
tends only over the
work in Africa.
Rev. H. T. De
Long offered a res
olution to make it
obligatory on the
part ot all delegates
to stay until the
clof of the confer
ence, and that no nisaor ytnckct.
delegate's traveling expenses be paul
who left before the close, unless excused
by reason of sickness or by a two-thirds
vote of the conference. Referred to the
committee on conference arrangements.
Rev. H. P. Williams of Iowa offered
an anti-tobacco resolution. The resolu
tion declared that the use of tobacco in
any form was unchristian and harmful.
Referred to committee on temperance.
Amos Shinkle offered a resolution to
fix the time for the election of officers
for May 16. It was amended so as to
read Tuesday, May 17, and was carried.
Then a resolution was offered calling
.for an investigation into the affairs of
Grant university at Chattanooga. It
was alleged in the resolution that this
institution had squandered a great deal
of money, which had kept in employ
ment a larger faculty than necessary to
do the work of the institution, and that
the whole management of the college
needed investigation. Grant university
is under the charge of the Freedmans
Aid society. The resolution was re
ferred to the committee on Freedman's
Aid and Southern Education society.
Dr. J. M. King of New York, a lead
ing candidate for the episcopacy, offered
C ""solution for a proposed amendment
to fi-o "onstitution of the United States.
. i ;lav? to the protection of the public
7c.l .hu',2 in i'oe United States against re
lit,' ks encroachments and to define the
iiat,ide of the ci-.ttrches with relations
Ua King' offered another resolution
3fec'.oring thai, the appropriation of
Viv'.vsy by the national goA --.Timent for
cc ei.cEiical education v is not in ac
coiv '.nth. the prtoeipk-. '. the constitu
tion, ar .'l that ihe cue ,hes should re
fuse to rere mor.?y from the govern
ment for the educ j of the Indians.
Dr. Neely saiu - wanted it thorougly,
understood that t .e Methodist church
as a church had never ac cepted a dollar
of government money tor Indian mis
sions. Some individuals connected with
the Methodist church had entered into
contracts with the government to con
duct Indian schools, but the church
officially had never done anything of the
kind. A resolution declaring that the
educational alliance between the gov
ernment and the churches by which the
churches receive government money
was wrong and that the Methodist
church should quit it, was carried unan
imously. An invitation from the Methodist
union of Cleveland, O., requesting that
the general conference be held in that
city four years hence was referred to
the committee on conference entertain
ment. Dr. McDowell, of Philadelphia, of
fered a resolution providing for a change
in the rules by which neither the lay
men nor the ministers, when voting by
cali- of orders, that is separately, should
have power to demand a call of the roll
of the opposite order unless tin- opposite
order wished to be placed on record. In
other words, the resolution would not
permit the laymen to compel the min
isters to go on record, or the ministers
to put the laymen on record against
their will. By a vote of nearly four to
one the amendment rescinding the
action of Saturday was defeated and
forty-eight laymen will still have the
power to put the ministry on record on
any question where they consider it de
sirable. A resolution condemning special prep
arations for the next general confer -eno-
was read and referred to the com
mit tee on conference entertainment. -
A resolution was offered by Dr. Pem
bertcn of Texas, declaring that the
church was utterly opposed to all forms
of mob law and all unlawful acts in
which communities or mobs assume to
take the laws of the land into their own
hands for execution. Referred to the
committee on state of the church.
A vote of thanks was tendered D. D,
Collins of the Erie conference for a gift
of $1,000 for the American university,
and at- 1 o'clock the conference ad
journed. H arrison Replies to the Ministers.
New York, May 10. At the weekly
conference of Methodist ministers Rev.
Dr. Baldwin read a letter from Presi
dent Harrison in answer to the protest
sent the president. The president said
the bill, as signed, was a compromise be
tween the house and senate bill, and as
lenient as could be made. The presi
dent deprecated the emethods of smug
gling Chinese into this country and said
the certificate would be a benefit to the
Chinese as it would assist them to es
tablish their rights in this country.
New York, May 10. Silver bullion
on deposit against warrants 2.390,843
ounces; certificates outstanding, 2,390.
Johnson Ceuntjr (Mttem May Resist
Douglas, Wyo,, May 10. Interesting
news may be expected from northern
Wyoming within a day or two. The
rustler round-ups began in Johnson and
Sheridan counties on Friday last The
stockmen applied to the United State!
court last week, which issued a tempo
rary injunction restraining some thirty
or wore defendants from instituting al
leged illegal rousd-tips. United States
Marshal Rankin immediately started for
Buffalo, accompanied by Jeff Carr.
When they arrive on the ground and
find the round-ups Well under way, and
attempt to serve their papers there is
likely to be trouble. '.Rustlers will hard
ly submit to so small a force and the mar
shal will probably be compelled to raise
a posse or summon troops in order to en
force the orders of the court. The sit
uation is decidedly critical to say the
RUN OUT BY CATTLEMEN.
Jones and Walker, Witnesses of the Har
der of Champion and Kav, on the
Chadron, Neb., May JO. The Wyom
ing trappers are now flying toward
Omaha on a special train in charge of
Deputy United States Marshal Hepfinger
of Omaha and It is perfectly safe to pre
dict that the only witnesses to the kill
ing of Ray and Champion will never
testify in a Wyoming court. The ha
beas corpus case resulted in County
Judge Ballard releasing the prisoners.
As soon as the word "rbleased" was
spoken by the judgo, Hepfinger, who sat
close to the trappers, arrested and had
them handcuffed together before Sheriff
Dalhman could place them under arrest.
The haste with which the men were
taken by the man said to be acting in
the interest of the cattlemen is accounted
for by the circulation of the report that
the train from the west is loaded with
rustlers who intended to hold the wit
nesses at all hazards, if they were found.
THREE THOUSAND HOMELESS.
Six Hundred Families Driven from Their
Residences at Lincoln.
Lincoln, Neb., May to. In that por
tion of the city which is known as the
bottoms, where 8,000 people dwell, it is
estimated that 600 families have beeu
driven from their homes and are shelt
ered in the park at the First and K
street school buildings. The Universal
ist church has many people quartered
there. Many, however, are bound to
suffer : terribly from exposure. Just
before noon three residents' of the bot
toms appealed to the city authorities for
aid iu removing their property to places
of safety. The patrol wagon, the street
commissioner and Health Officer Bar
tram worked manfully and all the peo
ple were safely removed. In the after
noon the water rose more rapidly and
the city is now surrounded on the north
by a sea that is lashed to a foam by a
stiff northwest breeze. The i A street
and O street bridges are liable to go out
as the water rises higher. The bridge
across the Antelope at Twenty-fourth
and Randolph streets went out. The
Lincoln park and other small dams iu
the vicinity of the city have been swept
away. The wagon bridges that spanned
them were also washed out.
National Historical Association.
Chicago, May i0. The auditorium
quartered several hundred delegates to
the eighth annual convention of tha
National Historical association, to be
held on the 24th at San Francisco.
Nearly 400 of them visited the world's
fair grounds, and left at 0 o'clock in the
direction of the Pacific. At Colorado
Springs they will witness the dedication
of the Childs-Drexel home for indigent
printers. Receptions have been ar
ranged for them at nearly all of their
numerous stopping places. The states
represented here were: Illinois, Indi
ana, North Dakota, Iowa, Massachu
setts, Michigan, Minnesota, and all
New England states, New York,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware,
Nebraska and Rhode Island. Penn
sylvania sent the largest delegation.
The following Iowans were among the
party: Elmer E. Taylor, Traer; Albert
M. Floyd, Lisbon; J, W. Doxsee, Monti
cello; Byron Webster, Marshalltown;
M. N. Richardson, Davenport; H.
Trevy, Des Moines, and C. W. Lee,
An Kinigrant Ship Fined.
New York, May 10. Collector Hen
dricks, on the report of Surveyor Lyon,
refused clearance papers to the steam
ship Olinda, from Oporto. Accord-
ins to a report ot Surveyor
Lyon's inspectors, The Olinda
brought into this port on her last
trip ninety-six and one-half more immi
grants than the United States laws allow
her to carry. The "one-half" means en
infant. There is a fine of $."50 for eveiy
additional passenger in excess of the
schedule, and this, with another fine of
$M0 imposed because the Olinda had no
hospital on board, figures up Uncle Sam's
assessment to $-,0 i-.
Waukesha, Wis., May 10. A mass
meeting of citi.ens filled the opera housa
house to overflowing and resolutions
were passed approving the defense of
the city's rights by the uprising Satur
day night, when the Hygeia Pipe Line
company attempted by stealth "to lay
pipes through the limit.) of the corpor
ation. The resolutions also urged the
necessity of taking prompt and efficient
measures to protect the city's rights
from foes within and without, and se
verely denounced any railroad company
giving transportation to any laborers
who might come to lay pipes by stealth.
The invaders returned to Chicago.
Cattle Quarantine Maintained.
Cheyenne, Wyo., May to. Governor
Barber, after hearing the railway peo
ple and the southern Wyoming cattle
men, refused to alter the quar
antine proclamation to allow
the unloading of Texas cattle at
Orrin Junction. The regulation pre
vents the trailing of 200,000 head of
grassers across the state. The Union
Pacific officials are much disapiwinted.
Unless low joint rates to Brennau, 8.
D.. can be made, the Union Pacific will
suffer heavy losses in traffic.
The Thirteenth Victim.
Philadelphia, May 10. William
Hinchcliff, thirteenth victim of tho
Central theatre tire, died at the Penn
sylvania hospital. U '. ..;,-.
BLOODY RIOjJN RUSSIA
Thirty Thousand Men on Strike in
the District of Lodz.
TORTURED THE REBELS.
Chines Accomplices of Mason la HI Up
rising Given Inquisitional Treatment.
German Spinners rail May K sport
Grain In tha Common.
St. Petersdcro, May 10. The labor
troubles at Lodz where 30,0(0 men are
on a strike, were of a far graver char
acter than at first supposed and the oat
breaks were accompanied by a serious
loss of life by both the strikers and the
Jews, whom the strikers attacked. Con
siderable property was also sacrificed.
The strikers attacked the mills and sue.
ceeded in wrecking a building, as the
authorities were unable to' cope with
the men. The rioters then . turned
their attention , to '' the Jews,
but they made preparations - to
defend their lives and property and
offered a desperate resistance. The
fighting was fierce, and many com
batants on both sides lost their lives,
while there was a large number of
wounded. The local officers were pow
erless to suppress the rioting, and the
governor was finally compelled to in
voke the aid of the military.
It is alleged that tbe sympathy of the
soldiers was with the strikers, and
that they made no attempt te defend the
people. The whole place is in a state of
great excitement over the affair, and
the authorities are taking precautionary
measures in the event of a renewal of
Horrible Chinese Torture.
San Francisco, May 10. The Shang
hai newspapers which arrived by the
Orient contain full accounts of the
atrocious torture of the Chinese sus
pected of being accomplices of Mason in
his foolish rebellion against the gov
ernment. The poor wretches who were
accused have declared that they were
simply hired by Mason and knew noth
ing of his plan. An English reporter
got into the prison and saw one of tbe
tortuied men. His legs were par
alyzed from torture. He said
he had been hung up by
the thumbs, flogged ana had
been burned under his nose, but had re
fused to confess, because he was inno
cent. Two other men who had just
been removed from the torture chamber
could not be seen: The foreign coasuk
at Shanghai have appealed to their gov
ernment to suppress this hideous cru
elty. British Trouble in Africa.
AcoKA.'May 10. It was thought that
the trouble between the British and the
Egba and Jebu tribes, growing out of
closing by native chiefs of trade
routes to the interior, would be
settled with little difficulty, but
it appears that the natives have
no idea of submitting to the British de
mands, and consequently a British ex
pedition to enforce the demands will
start against the Egbas and Jebuc on
Thursday. The expedition will start
inland from Lagos. Both tribes are
ready to battle with the British,
Murderer Deeming'! Confession.
Melbourne, May 10. Murderer
Deeming's confession is characterized by
a document in which he declares his
mother's spirit impelled him to commit
the crimes. The story of his murders
is told with the utmost sang froid, not
to say enjoyment, although he declares
that part of the time he was not sane
and did not know what he was doing.
In tbe Commons.
London, May 10. In the commons an
amendment to the small holdings bill,
providing that county councils be
anthorized to compel landlords to sell
their land and that the councils be re
quired to divide it into small sections,
was rejected by a vote of 239 to 152.
German Spinners Fail.
Berlin, May to. Schindler &
Herseg, spinners at Zittau have failed
with a deficit of two million marks.
Numerous Americans are said to be
affected by the failure.
The Embargo Removed.
St. Petersburg, May 10. The decree
permitting export of oats and corn will
be issued Friday. The same action as
to wheat will be taken three or four
Poisoned a Prefect.
St. Petersburg, May 10. A sensa
tion waB caused by tho sudden illness of
M. Gresser, prefect of this city, who is
dying from the effects of poison adminis
The Stone Cutters.
New York, May 10. One thousand
five hundred men connected with the
Paving Cutters' National union, went
out on a strike. The strikers represent
nearly all the stone cutting and handling
trades in this city. The strike tns ex
tended to Brooklyn, where 000 men are
out. There is hardly an important city
in the Union that is not affected by the
present strike, which is in support of
tho strike of the quarrymen iu New
England against the employers which
was begun a week ago.
Ituiralo Street Car Tie-Up.
Buffalo, May 10. A tie-up of the
Buffalo street car lines is threatened. 11
is believed the company will refuse tlfb
demands of the men, and that a strike
wilt follow. The men are well organized
as a Knight of Labor assembly.
Tbe Iloiier Makers.
Columbus, May 10. The annual meet
ing of the National Boiler Makers' as
sociation began here and will continue
until Thursday. There are seventy-one
delegates, but only about half of them
Iowa If orse'inen Disturbed.
Cedar R apids, May 10. A pecnlfar
lisease has broken, out among the horses
it Mt. Auburn, and quite a number
b&ve died. ; The state veterinarian will
be called upon. . . ,,.,. ;. ,
AGAINST THE WHISKY TRUST.
t ttlement of tha Nebraska City Distil
Omiha, May 10. Judge Dundy, ol
'An United States district court, entered
judgment in the celebrated Nebraska
City distillery case. In 1887 the Ne
braska City, distillery went into the
thisky trust, and after running two
years shut down. It had been leased to
the trust for twenty-five years, aad after
being shut down was sold to G. W.
Woolsey under condition that he should
not use it for distilling purposes. Wool
sey began the manufacture of whisky
and choice wines. The trust immedi
ately began suit, alleging a violation of
these terms of sale. The defense was
that the terms of the lease intended to
perpetuate a monopoly and therefore
were contrary to public policy. Five
suits in all were maintained and in each
instance the trust was defeated. Judg
ment was entered and the whole dis
missed. BIG LEVEE GONE.
Tha Morganaa, th Largest In tha World,
Bunt Other Caa't Stand Much
New Orleans. May 10. The break
ing of the great Morganza levee in Pointe
Coupe parish is the greatest misfortune
which could have befallen the people of
this state. It will let the water down
into Pointe Coupe, Iberville, West
Baton Rouge, Assumption, Ascension,
La Fourche, Ibena, St. Martins and St.
Marys parishes, and may flood all the
country between it andthegnlr. The
crevasse will stop the Southern Pacific
roads. The situation is regarded as
A great volume of water from the up
per Mississippi and Missouri has not yet
reached here. When it strikes the other
levees, already weakened by the pres
sure against them, the result cannot fail
to be widespread ruin and dessoiation
in Carroll, Madison and other upper
parishes. The water is now even with
the tops of the levees in Mississippi.
Thousands of acres are already rnder
water and the inhabitants, having
abandoned their homes, have taken
refuge in Vicksburg, Natchez and other
cities. Rain continues to fall, which in
creases the danger of the situation.
Dispatches from Texas report that the
Red river is out of its banks. Rain has
fallen steadily for 50 hours in the
vicinity of Denison, and corn and other
crops on thousands ot acres have been
washed oat and will have to be re
' Kansas towns report "high" "water and
much damage to crops.
The situation at Burlington, la., is
somewhat better, but reports from the
interior are gloomy. .
The levee at Brook's Mills, Ark., gave
way and 7,000 acres of corn and cotton
are under water.
People along the lower Mississippi
have asked that the government float be
held in readiness to help them.
Tho Misssissippi is booming at St.
Louis and a dozen houses in the squatter
settlement have been washed away.
SMALL PACKERS COMBINE.
Organize as the International Packing
and Provision Company.
Chicago, May 10. The small packers
known as the "non associates," who
have been fighting Armour, Swift and
Morris in the Union stock yards litiga
tion, have combined under the name
of the International Packing and Provis
ion company, with Henry Botsford as
president. Botsford is president of
the Chicago Packing and Provision com
pany and the National Stock Yards
company, better known as the "Stikney
, ,, TT TT T . i .1 . f
scneme. a. n. rorier, uie new presi
dent of the Chicago . Union Transfer
company, which is part of the scheme,
controls the belt railway of Chicago,
and it is said it will hereafter be oper
ated in the interests of the Stickuej
District Attorney Vindicated.
Madison, Wis., May 10. Governor
Peck officially vindicated District At
torney Sleight, of Ashland county, who
was charged with being incompetent
and leing guilty of extortion of Ash
land county. In addition to his salary
of $800 per year and $200 as office . rent
and $'00 as clerk hire, Sleight appeared
before the county hoard and unlawfully,
it is charged, asked them to cancel a
certain tax sale, and corruptly and wil
fully or liruorantly iu his official capac
ity advised tho allowance of a bill re
mitting taxes to a mining compuny. The
governor made an order refusing to re
move bleight from otiice, appeal tor
which was made by Attorney Dockery,
of Ashland, ten days ago.
State Right to Tax Hallroad Lands.
St. Paul, May 10. A case involving
the right of the state to tax railroad
lands is on trial in the district court at
Crookston, Minn. The county commis
sioners after securing legal advice upon
the matter about a year ago, decided
that this could lie done, and orders were
given to assess 200,000 acres of the Great
Northern railroad's lands in Polk
county, in the same "manner that all
other lands were assessed. Suit was
brought to set aside the assessment and
a test case was made, upon which result
will be made known the right to tax
all the railroad lands in the state.
New Haven, Conn., May 10. The
Democratic state convention met here,
Judge Walsh was chosen temporary
chairman. The committees on resolu
tions and credentials were appointed jfnd
the convention took a recess. After the
recess Bradley was chosen permanent
chairman. His allusion to Cleveland
elicited wild enthusiasm. The platform
demands revision of the tariff and re
moval of duties on raw material. It
demands a currency founded upon
coined money'of the last fluctuation in
Stanford Will Resign.
San Francisco, Ma: W The Exam
iner prints a story that Senator Stanford
will resign early next year should a Re
publican legislature be elected this fall
in California. He told several intimato
friends of his determination before ho
went west. ' '
ASKS FOB ANALLOTIIENT
Mrs. Barnes of the Otoes Wants a
Valid Title to Her Farm.
Commissioner Maa Says the Goverar
saent Doa Mot Build Warehouse for
Whisky Storage Silver Ilea at
Work Other Capital Near.
Washington, May 10. The secretary
ot the interior has sent to the senate ft
letter from Indian Commissioner Mor
gan, together with a draft of a bill sub
mitted by the latter official, to amend
the act pioviding for the sale of the re
mainder of the reservations of the con
federated Otoe and Missouria Indians in
the states of Nebraska and Kansas. Mr.
Morgan states that he is in receipt of
a communication from Mary J. Barnes
of Barnes ton, Neb., a member of the
Otoe and Missouria' tribe, applying for
allotments of lands for herself and three
sons under the act of congress provid
ing for the allotment of lands in sev
eralty to the members of the different
tribes in the United ' States. She
states that the ' lands for
which she makes application are
within tho original reservation of her
tribes. Mrs. Barnes further says that
the land requested for herself baa been
her home for twenty-five years, and is
in a high state of cultivation, having
valuable improvements, and that the
several tracts requested for her sons
have been their permanent homes for a
number of years and are each well im
proved. None of these tracts have ever
been sold and Mrs. Barnes and her.
eons wished to obtain clear titles. It
will be remembered by the acts of 187U
and 1881, the Otoe and Missouria tabes
agreed to the sale of all their lands
without making any provisions for
allotments to those members of the
tribe who had elected to remain under
the treaty of ) 854. The commissioner
thinks that Mrs. - Barnes is entitled to
the lands for which application is
made, but as she cannot obtain a clear
title under existing laws, except by an
act of congress, he has drafted a bill to
amend them, . , '
It provides that if any member of the
Otoe and Missouria tribes who redded
upon the reservation at the time the
acts were approved, shall make applica
tion for allotments, the secretary of the
interior shall cause a patent to issue to
themselves or their heirs who may be
living apon -m-" limda-at thrr pi eSBnt -time.
It is further provided that the
lands acquired by any Indians under
the act shall not be subject to taxation
for a period of ten years. . .
Warehouse Argnmaata. - '.
Washington, May 10. Some Fann
er's Alliance men in the south and west
advocating the warehouse system for
adoption by the government have been
met with argument that it is not within
the province of the government to build
warehouses for any class of producers,
to which the advocates of the warehouse
system replied that if tbe government
can build warehouses in which to store
whisky there ought to be no reasonable
objection of construction of warehouses
for grain and other products for farm
ers. Senator Cockrell sent mqtiiryto
Internal Revenue Commissioner Mason,
who replies in substance: .
The United States does not now,
and has never built any warehouse for "
distillers for the storage of liquor and
distilled spirits. All thedistilleu spirits,
with the exception of brandy distilled
from apples, peaches and grapes, are
deposited in a warqhouse provided by
tho distiller himself. Distillers of bran
dy from apples, peaches and grapes ex
clusively are exempt from the provis
ions of this statute. These distillers
either pay a tax upon the spirits as soon
as produced, or the spirits are deposited
in a bonded warehouse erected by a pri
vate individual, and stored until the tax
becomes due, but in no case is the
government liable for any expenses in
curred in storing distilled spirits of any
Silver Men at Work.
Washington, May 10. Representa
tive Pierce of Tennessee says he has re
ceived assurances from two members of
the house now away from Washington
that they will sign the petition request
ing .the committee on rules to bring in
an order fixing a day for the final vote
on the Bland bill for the free coinage of
silver and to prevent filibustering
against the bill. These two additions
will make seventy signatures to tha
In the Senate
Washington, May 10. In the senate
Mr. Vest declared that Washington waa
infested with a gang of. lobbyists who
were trying to secure a franchise for a
railroad through the Yellowstone Na
tional park, which they proposed to sell
to the Northern Pacific. He added that
the house seemed to be under the dom
ination of those lobbyists who would al
low no bill to pass until they got their
Physicians Fight a Duel.
Washington, May 10. Two Balti
more physicians are reported to have
fought a duel on the Potomac near this
city. One is said to have been wounded.
A quarrel over a lady was the cause and
swords were the weapons used.
Yellow Fever on Board.
Lewes, May 10. The Norwegian bark
Nor, fifty days from Rio Janeiro, ar
rived here. On the voyage nine of her
crew were stricken with yellow fever
and two died and were buried at sea
Seven are now convalescent. The ves-.
sel was placed in quarantine.
Trouble In McMillan's Hospital.
Detroit, Mich., May 10. The nurses
in the training school of Grace hos
pital, an institute founded and supported
by United States Senator McMillan,
are in open revolt about the quality and.
quanity of the food furnished them. . '
" ' ' Gifts to Yale.'
New Haven, Conn., May 10. The
gifts to the Yale university the last year
amount to $378,860.36. , The accessions '
to the library have been 8,780 volumes
aad 29.000 pamphlets.-1. ' sw
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