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THE ALL1AN GE-INDE P E N D EH T.
2r. Bewick Appeared Before the Board of
Publio Lands and Buildings and
Proved His Charge
Affidavit Produced Nam bf Men
Havinf Information Given A
Cae bf Fory-Hastings
' a Bull-Dozer.
Shortly after ten o'clock on Wednes
day morning, October 5, the investiga
tion into the management of the Lln
coln insane asylum began in the secre
tary oi state's office. AU members of
board of public lands and. buildings
were present, and took their places as
members of the court of investigation.
DanLauer and Dr. Knappwere present
ani had C O. Whedon, the well known
pettifogging bull-dozer to act as their
attorney. Mr. E. C. Kewick was there
to tell what ho knew and had Lawyer
Whitmore to assist him.
Mr. Rewick was put on the stand
Ho proceeded to lay beforo .tho board
the facts in regard to I he purchaso of
beef cattle for the asj lum by Lauer and
tto also stated that he had affidavits
from a number of tho farmers who had
sold the cattlo stating how much they
hai received. The board wanted him
to place these affidavits on file as evi
dence. This Mr. Rewick refused to do.
He offered to show them to the board
on condition that they be returned to
him, or permit copies to be made. The
following affidavits wero submitted:
State of Nebraska, Lancaster county, ss. :
G. A. Southwell being first duly
sworn, deposes and says:
That on or about the 13th day of
July, 1881, he sold to the asylum three
head of cattle, that the weight of said
cattle was 2,910 pounds, "and tho price
2i cents por pound: that the sum re
ceived by me was $72.75.
. G. A. SOUTHWELL.
Subscribed and sworn to this 5th day
of September, 1891, in my presence.
Seal. William Q. Bell,
State of Nebraska,Lancaster county, ss. :
J. E. Reynolds, being duly sworn,
deposes and. says:
That on or about Ju?y 17, 1891, he
delivered to the insane asylum four
beeves, that tho weight cf said beeves
was 4,080 pounds, that 1 he price paid
was 2f cents per pound and the amount
paid $102. J. E Reynolds.
Subscribed and sworn to before me
. this 11th day of September, A. D., 1891.
Third. Thitof Frank Abbott dated
July G. 1891, is made out for dne fee,
and calls for H3.T5 Instead 6f $28,
which ia the sum menttoit'ed in Mr.
Mr. ttewrck inen went on to state a
number )l other cases of a similar
'nature giving the information which
he had secured from men who had
sold the cattle to the asylum, but had
not furnished hltn wth affidavits .
Attorney General Hastings and
Whedon, then took turns in cross-questioning
Mr. Rewick and trying to bull
doze ard browbeat him. When Mr.
Re wit k was pressed to give the names
of other men who had furnished him
information he refused to give them,
and offered as a reason the same that
ho gave for refusing to turn Over the
or'ginal affidavits, vl:
-That this was not the proper teourt to
try this. Whenever a case was brought
against the men charged, in the proper
court, which Would be the district
court, ho would submit all his eviden
ce3) and he would bring the witnesses
to prove all he charged. He said the
b aM had no power to summon wit
nesses tr Co:n pel them to testify, nor
any right to pay them witness fees.
Hence it would be impossible for him
to compel witnesses to testify to the
facts he had stated unle s they chose to
During 1 he cross-examination Mr.
lewick stakd as a further reason that
he did n-1 think this board a Com pe
ent tr bunal to pas-B judgment on this
case inasmuch as they were charged
with guilt in being grossly negligent
n the performance of their duties.
Hastings and Whedon seemed anx
ious to break the forco of Rewick's
testimony by making it appear that he
spoke entirely from hearsay. Mr
Kewick s at-d on trrs point that he
had received a I his informa'ion as well
as the am lavits from other parties,
that ho had n personal knowledge of
the matters except in the cae of the
cow ne had leit win ADDoutoseii
Abbott had sold the cOw
A. D. BORGELT,
State of Nebraska, Lancaster county, ss. :
Prank Abbott, being by me first duly
sworn, upon his oath, deposes and savs:
That on or about July ,6, 1891, he so!d
and delivered to the insane asylum one
beef cow, that the check given him for
said cow was $28, the sum being drawn
on the Capital National bank of Lin
coln, Neb., that the above described
cow was the one left in his pasture by
ons u. u. Kewick on July 5, 1891.
subscribed and sworn to before me
this 29th day of September, 1891.
jSeal. M. Howe, Clerk.
By William M. Gillis,
iueso men naa received their pay
irom me came buyer for the asylum,
wnicn in most cases was Frank Hub
luaru, ana naa si cned vouchers m
blank. These vouchers, which are on
hie m the state house, make the follow
First. That of G. A. Southwell dated
.July U, 1891, is made out for three
beeves, weight 3,000 pounds, price 3
cents, and calls for $10o instead ol
$72.75 which Southwell swear3 he re
r Second. That of J E. Reynolds dated
July 17, 1891, is made . out for four
beeves, weight .4,200 pounds, price Zi
c-.ir.ts, and calls for $147 instead of $102,
avhich Reynolds swears he receive.!. -
or $28, and tu.e voucher had
called for $43.75. He had had
an interview with Hubbard and Lauer
Hubbard had tried to explain the mat
ter and had offered htm a check for
$15 75 to make up the difference, but he
had refused it.
The following are extracts from the
cross examination: "
Mr. Whedon have you Deen paid
anything for making these speeches? .
Mr. Rewick I have not. 1 made my
first speech at the Lansing opera house
and 1 paid for the house myse'I.
Mr. Whedon have you had any talk
wilh anyone in regard to making these
speeches made any arrangement with
aay person or committee.'
Mr. Kewick 1 am posi'ive that l have
conversed with no one in regard to the
matter, with possibly one exception. I
was told by a prominent republican that
I could have employment in the cam-
Mr. Whedon JNow, Mr. Kewick, do
you mean to tesiify that you have Of
vour own certain knowledge anything
concerning the mismanagement of the
Mr. Kewick I refuse to say. J con
sulted with County Attorney Snell last
week about the matter and informed
him that I was ready at any time to
Mr. Whedon Will you swear to an
information against the parties against
whom you have made these charges?
Mr. Rewick I will not swear to the
information myself. I will agree to
furnish parties who will sw.ar to them.
Mr. Whedon Have you any personal
knowledge that anv voucher has been
"raised" or fraudulently treated?
Mr. Rewick I will came one voucher
which, if vou w ill have produced with
in two minuits. I wi 1 prjve to have
been frauduently signed
The board did not produce the vouch
er, but Mr. Rewick went on to state
that it was a voucher to which the
name of John R. Rosco was signed. Mr.
Rosco is a farmer and an Alliance man
living near Denton. Mr. Rewick said
Mr. Rosco had never signed the vouch
er nor authorized anyone to sign it for
him. and that the sis-nature was not
his hand writing.
Mr. Whedon then tr'ed to pry into Mr.
Rewick's orivate affairs but he didn't
make any point. . .
Under further cross examination Mr
Rewick affirmed that at the proper
time he could bring witnesses to prove
hi charges ab -ut that oats an4 cattle
deal in which Hath way of the Journal
is implicated, a so the "hne colt" deal.
He had learned by telephone where one
of the missing mares from the asylum
farm Is at the present time, out aid
not wish to say more until he had seen
bis informant In person.
After the examication was over Mr.
Rewick demanded that the vouchers be
produced so that he could compare
them with the affidavits. This was re
fused and the board took a recess till
When the afternoon session bagan,
Lawyer Whitmore repeated the demand
that the- vouchers be produced, and
thev wero brought in. TheV proved
jitet as" Mr. Rewick had Btated.
Mf. Rewick then said that having
considered the matter f urther, he had
decided to give the board a list of
flames of persons from whom he had
secured information- He gave the
following -'and asked that they be
brought before the board :
The witnesses are the Burlington &
Missouri Railroad Co., or the officer or
employe ; having charge of the switch
ing records or books showing tne num
ber or quantity of cars switched to th
asylum last year; Gorham F. Betts,
formerly a member of the nrm oi boms
& Weaver, thaf last year had the coal
contract: W. H. Weaver the other
member; John Dorgan, representative
of the Whitebreast Coal Co; Haas, the
teamster who unloaded thecoa1; Wil
liam Randall, former delivery man for
Betts & Weaver, who now lives atOrd;
Dr. Bowman, euperintennent at asylum;
Fred Race, book keeper; Campbell
Cook and Henry Mohlers, engineers at
that institution; Oscar A. Mullen,
clerk district court of Lancaster county;
F. C. Hass and B. G. Safford of Yankee
Governor Boyd's private secretary
then came before the board and stated
that Mr. Boyd wished to b3 present at
the investigation as he had matters to
lav before the board. In as much as he
was absent from the city the investiga
tion was adjourned till Monday.
A Letter Front W. L. Greene.
Never in the history of our party has
the outlook been so favorable as at the
present. At all our meetings we have
very large and enthusiastic gatherings,
even surpassing those of two years ago.
There is not mere'y spasmodic 'en
thusiasm, but that determined earnest
ness which is an harbinger of victorious
action. The people are educated as
i m it .1 !
never oeiore on tne ponucai issues oi
the day, and hence the light literature
furn'shed them by the opposition is as
chaff before the wmd. I am also sure
that the questionable methods resorted
to by the enemy have not only failed to
weaken us, but have had the contrary
effect. Men are not slow to condemn
the employment of weak and venal
persons to hght us under ine garD ana
guise of "independents." Every mau
claiming to be an independent
and yet fighting the ticket, is marked
by the people as an enemy, and the
hired tool of corporations, and his
darts fall harmless at the feet of our
candidates. All the money furnished
by the railroads to run so-called inde
pendent papers to hght our ticket is
spent in vain for the people are fully
awake to the fperuicious practices and
neualitvof such degraded tools. The
great fight tou are making, Mr,
EJitor, is telling all over the state
And the barking of small dogs at your
feet onlv makes your work more
We want to mak 3 this victory com
plete, and to this end every member of
the party should feel the importance of
his station. Personal work will ac
complish much tnat cannot oe done in
any other way, and every man or wo-
man has his or her work to do, and no
other one can do that work.
Let every person who feels the
necessity of a change go to work at
once to swell the vote of the indepen
dents in his locality. The republ'cans
will try to purchase every doubtiu
vntpr in the state and to prevent this
you must bo as wise as serpents and &i
vigilant as tne dawk. .
There are reforms which we must
accomplish, and to do it we must have
the legislature ana ine governor, anu
to enforce the laws when enacted, wo
must have the other statJ officert.
There will be a superhuman effort on the
part of the opposition to cap
ture one branch of the legislature so mau
no freight bill can be enacted, ineir
efforts will be directed to the senate,
as that body consiits of fewer member
than the other, so every farmer snoum
at onee see the vital importance oi
electing membjra of the legislature
who are friends ox tho people. lou can
rest assured that the men chosen by
tbe opposition are f rienily to the roadJ,
for the fight this year is not so much
Cetween republicans and independents
as between the corporations and the
people. Let every man therefore, who
loves his home see to it that the
legislature is oura. Beside a reduction
of freight rates, there are other reforms
needed in Nebraska.
At the present time our people are
badly in debt) and their hbnies ate lo
incumbered by mortgages, that uoless
relief tomes pretty soon, thousands of
them will be left homsless. We hope
in the future to so shape the finances it
the country a? to enable them to pay
off their debts, but something must be
done to stay the hand of the destroyer
until that can be done. As a means to
this end the legislature should enact a
law providing that when land is to bj
sold on mortgage, each subdivision
should be appraised separately, and
then offered for sale by sui-divisions.
That is to say a tract consisting of 16)
acres is mortgaged for one thousand
dollars. Thea let it, be appraised by
parties and then one forty first offered,
and if it will not sell for enough to pay
the mortgage, then offer another, aud
go on, leaving the forty on which the
house is situated last. Then it should
also be provided that the owner of the
land should ba allowed to redeem with
in, say two years, all of said land or
any subdivision of it by paying its
appraised value. By this means many
people would be left with a home who
otherwise would be homeless.
There are many other things needed
of which I have not time to speak.
But, to carry Out these measures, we
must also have the governor. The
hardest .fight is being made on General
Van Wyck by the railroads and their
tools. Aid "why? Because if elected
he will stand by'the people and sign a
railroad freight bill and all other bills
in the interest of the people.
Let no one deceive you, farmers, but
see to it that we elect every man from
top to bottom of our ticket.
Vote for home, children and native
land, and not for corporations or their
W. L. GREENE.
Since W. L. Greene's Omaha speech,
in which he so clearly demonstrated
that money is not a substance and can
not be seen, the editor of this column
has worn out a dozen sandwiches by
carrying them around in his pocket to
prevent his an est for being found with
out visible means of support. The
editor is now having a wocdenisandwich
painted to carry around to fool the
policemen still further.-Omaha Toscin.
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