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LINCOLN. NEB., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2. 1893
For the Penitentiary.
HE GOT AWAY
A Clear Case of Conspiracy on the Part of
State Officers They Give Themselves
Away by Attempting to Explain-
BOSEWATER AND CR0UNSE HATE A SEANCE.
Orouu&e Issues a MessAga and
Haste of State Office. Tke Capital National as a
"Hospital Bank " Other are Goiltj. United
States Grand Jury Still atJWwk
How Republicans Stand Up for Nebraska.
"There's something rottea ia the
State of Denmark." Sh&kspore.
For the past ton days the fallire of
the Capital National Has bean ike ehbf
theme of conversation everywhere, and
the leading piece of news la the tally
press. Scarcely a day has passed that
has not brought starlting developments
that have added to the blackness at the
picture. And the end Is not yet That
it will end In sending one .man to the
penitentiary no one doubts. That It
ought to end In sending a goad many
others with him, many bells ve.
MOSHER ARREST JID.
It was fortunate Indeed that a Uaited
States grand jury happened to be in
session when the Capital National bank
failed. This jury seems to have turned
its attention at onoe to the bank affair
and narticularlv to C. W. Mosher. As
j . m - -- -
a result Mr. Mosher was arrested on
Thursday. Brad Slaughter made the
arrest and Mosher was confined in
room 519 in the upper story of the
. As to the exact nature of the indict
ments against him there are a grea
many rumors, but no absolutely reliable
On Thursday Mosher went before
the grand jury and made what pur
ported to bo
A FULL CONFESSION
of his wrong doings.
The Omaha Bee's report of his con
fession is as follows:
It is stated that Mosher has pursued
a course of systematic forgery, remov
ing original papers and replacing them
with forged ones, without tne knowl
edge of Outcalt, who supposed that the
pap.rs were wnat tney purported to De,
and represented a value to the bank
amounting to hundreds of thousands of
dollars, when in reality they were ab
solutely valueless. Mosher stated to
the grand jury that be had sunk the
money in the Western Manufacturing
company; that he had found it neces
sary to put in new departments of
manufacture at the penitentiary,
had replaced some of the old
piants with ne ones, and had
enlarged all along the line. He said
that it had taken a vast sum of money
and that he saw nothing but ruin ahead
in case he was unablt to swing it, and
had taken the risky alternative of going
ahead at a breakneck speed. He was
stvSsfiid that the investment would
have proven a good one, had he been
able to keep his head above water for a
while longer, but he was compelled to
steal by the wholesale and got to the
end of the rope before he was out f the
breakers. He rattled along incoherent
ly with his story, sobbing and erying.
and before he was through the eyes of
half of the jurors were wet with sym
As an example of Mosher's methods,
it may be stated that of the $2;i5,000
whieh Treasurer Bartiev's books show
that he deposited in tht Capital Nation
al only $135,000 appears on the banks
books. Mosher issued a certificate of
deposit for the other hundred thous
and and never had any reoord of it
placed on the books. Those who have
examined into the condition of the
bank now say tat Mosher's defalca
tions will amount to not less than
WILL PLEAD GUILTY.
According to all reports Mosher pro-
He is Arrested And
Hastings an Opinion. Amusing
foset to plead guilty to what ever char
ges ta grand jury may bring against
kin. Ha wants to have all the blame
laid an him. He seems anxious to
shield Oatealt, tka saekier. Hit course
ia this matter is generally regarded
with saspls'.oa. He seems entirely too
anxious to skouldsr the blame.' ' It is
evident that ks wants if possible to
avoid a anblie trial ; The reason is
plain: La - the trial all the evidence
would be mads public. A great many
facts would be brought to light that
rwould show the guilt ofelfttff parties,
and tha general corruption of the re
publican machine. The whole "inside
history" of the penitentiary ring would
doubtless be brought to light. Mr.
Mosher wants if possible to avoid all
this. Of course he expects to serve a
term in the penitentiary, but he no
doubt hopes by pleading guilty to se
cure a short sentence, and easy treat
ment. OTHERS ARE GUILTY.
The claim made by Mosher and oth
ers that he alone is guilty is simply ab
surd. He is doubtless the chief sinner,
but it is impossible that he could have
committed all the offenses with which
he is charged without the knowledge
and assistance of others, particularly
Cashier Outcalt. As the principal
stock-holders and officers in the bank.
these two men have been working to
gether for years. Each must have
been familiar with the plans and do
ings of the other. They must have
been in collusion in the commission of
crime. This is shown by the following
1. Both Mosher and Outcalt the day
after the failure had filed with tho
Clerk of Lancaster county deeds of
iransrer ana morwages on tneir prop
erty which bore Decembar dates.
2. Both of them went on tho bond
given the state .treasurer and swore
falsely to their financial standing.
3. Both of them had borrowed from
the bank of which they were officers,
without security, large sums of money
in violation of the National banking
law. Under the law the Capital Na
tional could not loan over $30,00 to any
one person, out Mosher naa borrowed
$75,0000. and Outcalt $47,000. It is re
ported that Mr. Outcalt's friends have
come lo his rescue and put up security
for this sum, but this does not relieve
him of guilt.
Among the many rumors afloat is
ono to the effect that it was arranged
long ago that if a crash came and ax
posure followed, Mosher was to assume
all responsibility, plead guilty and
thus shiel I all others from exposure.
Circumstances give a strong coloring
of truth to this rumor. It is certainly
to bo hoped that the plan will not suc
THE CONDITION Of THE BANK.
It is impossible to secure a reliable
statement concerning the affairs of the
bank. The bank examiner reports to
tho authorities at "Washington and re
fuses to give any facts or figures for
Just after the failure it was positively
i ciairaeu ny vasnier uuicau ana oiners
depositors would lose nothing,
notes, securities and other assets
of the institution were eaid to aggre
gate over $SO0 000, whilo the Hab lilies
were less than $700,000. But these
claims have been abandoned. It is still
claimed that the bank will pay any
where froai fifty to eighty cenle on the
A large number of suits have been
begun against the bank, and against
Mosber and Outcalt individually.
A receiver will be appointed.
HAS LOXO BEESS LOST.
The claim made by The Aluanck
Indhpkndbiit last week that the state
treasurer has not been able to get the
state funds oat of the Capital Natloaal
for a lone time, is now fully verified.
There can bo no reasonable doubt that
this money has beea lost for two years
and probably longer. Hill kas simply
carried, the oertidoato of deposit aad
counted It as eask. Oa tkls point tko
Bee correspondent says la tho issao of
It is asserted that tbpre kas aot boon
a time in tho past six moatks wkea tko
state could hare secured tko money oa
aeposit ia tno uapttai Alauoaal bank.
and that, further than this, tho bank
kas not been able to moot more tkaa 20
per vent of its obugatloa to tho state
for many a month. It is stated by
attorneys aad iaaaoiers alike, aad ap
parently oa tko Tory beat of grounds
that had the goveruor rot used to siga
the bend of tho bank aad bad tko new
treasurer Insisted oa a skewing of oash
the bank would kavo boeaoemuoUedto
tooloseito doors oa tho 14th of tko
month, the day that tko ekaasro ia tko
offioers went into effeot.
Tko various state ofieors involved in
tko bank scandal hare
GITKf THBU3ILVIB AWAT
at every sura wkea tkey kavo boon la-
terviewed for publication. Brery one
that has opened kin month kas pat his
foot in it. Perhaps the most oonipio
uous example of thaohs'Ifeasurer Bars
ley's statement published ia the State
Journal of January 34. He said:
When I was installed in the state
treasurer's office my predecessor turned
over to me a certificate of deposit snow
ing that there were $2S6,000 of state
funds on deposit la tko Capital Na
tional bank. Btf$r receirins the certifi
cate, the board, eompr'uing Gonrnor
Crounse, the secrciari of state and at tor
nty general, acting under th; neu law, ac
cepted and approved a bond given by ths
bank in the turn of $700,000. Tho bank
was made a state depository and the
certir-sate of my predecessor was
turned oyer to the bank.
Now that is a very interesting state
ment, isn't it? And very instructive too.
He didn't take any risks on the Capital
National. In another interview Mr.
Bartley says that there are large sums
deposited in various other banks which
have not yet given bond. If he be
lieved the Capital National to be sound
financially, why did he require this
bond to be made out and approved be
fore he would take the certificate ot de
posit off Hill's hands?
The Journal reporter adds the fol
lowing significant remark.
During the interview State Treasurer
Bartley stated that the new u.w com
pelling the treasurer to deposit funds
m banks and turn the interest into the
treasury also required such banks to
give a special bond, which bond he se Di
ed pleased to announce relieved tie treas
urer from any liability whatever.
Evidently Mr. Bartley understood the
game he was helping to play perfectly
BOYD WOULDN'T APPROVE IT.
Tho republican state officers have
tried hard to show that there was noth
ing extraordinary about the selection of
the Capital National bank as a sta'e
depository, and the approval of its bond.
But all the facts are against Every
circumstance proves that it was extra
ordinary. It now appears that fully
ten days before Crounse was inaugurat
ed, the republican state officers tried
to induce Governor Boyd to approve
the bond offered by Mosher and Out
calt. To use the expressive slang of
the day they tried to "play him for a
sucker." But they failed.
Thero is an amusing side to this affair.
Think of these men rushing around to
put this law into effect ten days before
the time required by law! A law too
which required all interest on treanury
funds to bo turned into the treasury in
stead of into the private coffers of the
treasurer. At the same time tbe law
requiring the permanent school fund-
to be invested in state warrants had
been in force for nearly two years, yet
Continued on Fourth page.)
A POPULIST SENATOR.
Judge Maitin of Kansas Elected to The
United States Senate- The Sa
publicaES Give it Up.
EA.NS4S IOPULISTS ALL EIGHT-
Pepublicans Tried to Elect a Gold-Bug
Democrat but Failed. The Truth
About the Situation.
la Bleeding Kansas.
Oa January 2ith the two (or rather
three) houses of the Kansas legislature
met in joint session aad elected Judge
John Martin United States senator on
th first ballot.
The lieutenant governor called tho
meeting to order. Tho republican
members declined to answer roll sail.
The democratic and populist members
answered to their names, and the clerk
announced that 91 had answered to
tkoir names. Then a ballot was taken
for the eleo'Joa of senator.
Wkea tke senate roll was called
tko entire populist strengtk went to
Joka Martin and O'Brien, democrat,
also voted for him. The result of the
joint ballot as finally announced was:
Martin, 86; Coburn, 4; Hanna, I; Sny
der, 1 Case, 1. The president announo
cd that Martin was elected United
tee senator. Before he had done
thm, however, Senator Baker, republi
can, demanded that tho republicans be
given a right to vote. The president
rnioa tnai tne vote Having beea an
nounced no further veto could be re
ceived : - - -
The populist joint session then dis
saatoB Baker, republican, maunfe
ing a chair in the midst of the cheer
ing for Martin, offered a resolution de
claring that ten men who voted in joint
session had no legal right to seats, and
cilling on the members to meet and
eleot a senator.
Speaker Douglas was elected chair
man'of the republican joint session, and
after resolutions were adopted, an in
effectual ballot was taken, seventy-
seven votes being cast for Ady. There
being no quorum adjournment was then
taken until Thursday.
In the evening the republicans held
a caucus and decided to vote for a
They hoped that the democratic mem
bers might assist them and thus elect
a democrat who would go to Washing
ton and contest Martins election. The
following is the press dispatch which
appeared In all the republican dailies:
Topeka, Kan., Jan. 26 The repub
licans have given up hope of electing a
United States senator. They made a
last effort today to devise means of
checkmating the populists and of send
ing to the United States senator a clai
mant for the seat to which Judge Johu
Martin was elected. 1 hey met in caucus
and decided t support a stalwart democrat
for the position with the hope that the five
democrats would gn over to them and giv?
them a guorum en a joint billot. Three
of the uve democrats had cast their
ballots for Martin in the populist joint
convention yesterday, and of course,
Cvjuld not participate in another sena
torial election, so when the republi
can! met in joint session they found
themselves without a quorum and with
no means of securing one. They then
gave up hope of electing a senator and
after appointing a committe to prepare
a statement of facts concerning tho
election of Judge Martin and a protest
against his admission to the senate,
they adjourned their joint convention
In spite of all this, the republican
press is already howling that the pop
ulists elected a democrat. It is true
that Judge Martin had always been a
democrat, but during the last cam
paign he came out squarely for the
principles of the people's party as de
clared in the Omaha platform and made
a grand fight for the election of the
entire people's ticket. He is a man of
great ahility, and unquestioned integ
rity, and will doubtless bo a credit to
tho party that elected him.
THK REAL SITUATION.
The situation in Kansas has beeu
grossly misrepresented by tho republi
can press of the ouatry. The popu
lists have been represented a anarch
ists who wt?re determined to over ride
law and precedent As ti re passes, how
ever, tho people are learning tho real
f ets in tho caso. The republican 4 had
i-nnt.rnl of t.hf statp. r.anvsincr hiiiin)
a -d were determined at all hazards to
seat enough members to organize the
house. To do this they countud in
Stubbs a republican ia piucj of Rosen
tal a democrat who was elected from
Haskell county, Tho county clrk
either parposely or .by mistake trans
pond the footings on the tally sheet
and gave Rosenthal's majority toStubbs
ine returning Doara retusea to correct
the error oa the ground that it had not
the authority. In the Coffey county
case, there was a tie reported between
Uieo, populist, and Ballinger, ropubli
can. without any noiica to tiice or
his frieuds the canvassing board in se
cret session decided this cae in favor
of Ballinger. If theye two cases had
ben decided the other way the repub
licans would have beea la a minority
in the house.
There were a number of contests
agalnfct republicans who received cer
titicates. In some oases fraud and mis
count were charged. Ia othvr cases
postmasters had been elected who were
ineligible under the Kansas law. In
one case it wa charged that a resident
of Oklahoma bad been elected.
The pooulists were willing to accept
any course that would ha lair to both
sides, They wanted to have all these
eases fairly heard and decided. But
the republicans would hear to nothing.
They were determined to orgaake the
house at all hazards. Tbe populist
would not submit to this. Hence two
houses were organized. The republi
cans of course had a majority on the
face of the returns. But tke populists
house proceeded to try tke contest
coses and uaeat tke republicans who
were aot entitled to seats. Inasmuch as
both houseB were ia session in the same
Vi all f Ka tnnnnllai anAftlrAa hmA nh 4vna
ble ia counting a quorum present at
any time after the maaner of "Czar
Reed", and the republicans had to take
a dose of their own medicine.
There seems to be no reason to doabt
that tbe action of the ponullste is fully
sustained by both reason and law, and
tnat tney wui corns eatrcuy victorious
ia the end. '
' Bjr Huterf Kill a Child.
Font Scott, Kan.. Feb ; 3.A little
4-year-old " girl named Bessie Kearael
was shot and hilled near this city yes
terday in the presence of her parents.
The family was, from, leg-an county,
Illinois, and was on its way
to the Cherokee stria While
passing along a country highway
two boys, who were hunting in a
field close by begun shoo tine at tho
stove pipe which protruded from tho
canvas covr on the wagou The
child was sitting in the rear of the
wagon alone and Uio parents knew
nothing of her being shot until at
tracted by her screams. She was
taken into a neighboring house and
soon died. The grief stricken father
caught the boys himself.
Atrn. Som mer tteekg it Divorce.
Emporia, Kan., Feb. 2. Papers were
filed yesterday in the district court in
which Mrs. Julia Soramers seeks a di
vorce from Captain A. M. Sommers.
Uotn - parties are well known
throughout the state, Captain
Sommers bcim'f a former officer in the
United States regtflar army and Mrs.
Sommers being a daughter of Judjje
Sebastian and a sister of John Sebas
tian, of the Iioek Island railroad. Mr.
and Mrs. Sommers have lately been
residing in Topeka, but the former is
now in Washington on business.
An Krratic, Governor.
Salkm, Ore, Feb. 2. Governor Pen-
noyer received a letter yesterday from
his adjutant general, asking permis
sion to use two brass cannons belong
ing to the state for the purpose of fir
ing a salute on inauguration day. The
governor sent the following reply: "No
permission will be given to use the
state cannon for firing a salute over
the inauguration of a Wall street plu
tocrat as president of tbe United
SI.Moum and SkelJ)- Will Fight.
New Youk, Felr 2. George Siddons,
the featherweight, signet! articles of
agreement yesterday to fight Jack
Skelly of Brooklyn, for a purse of
$2,000, before the Coney Island
Athletic club on March 13. The battle
will be a fortv-round bout, and if the
battle lats the full limit the referee
must give a deeis'on. This will do
away with the eueral belief that
Siddons only fights to make a draw.
Kccolver Murre l in Charge.
Marshall, Mo., Feb. 2. W. 15. Mur
rcll, the assignee of the defunct bank
of Arrow Rock, who a week ago was
kept out of the bank by the depositors
of the bank, met them yesterday and
is now taking an inventory of tbe
bank, lie has concluded to resign,
however, at the next term of court,
provided the creditors of the bank will
give him an indemnifying bond for
More Mai Dog Victims,
Eldorado, Kan., .Feb. 2. Two more
were added to the list of those bitten
by m.id dogs yesterday. A dog be
longing to A. Ulair went mad and bit
two of his children. Farmers report
having killed several
The IndepeBdents.PutUp'W.L. Greene lor
Uiited States Senator.
THUEST0S THE 3 0. P- PAV0RITX-
The Contest May End Soon. Green wtl
Be Elected if the Independents
' Stand Together.
Tlie Senatorial Sitnarton.
The contest proceeded without seri
ous variation - la tbe vote till Os
Wednesday, Feb. 1st Tuesday uiAt
the independents caucused, and O0m-
luted W. L. Greene by the two thuar
rule. Several withdrew and decraec
to veto for Allen lloot The republi
cans caucused and Thurston was tar
favorite, but they could aot all agree.
On Wednesday Greene got 53 votes' i
of them cast by democrats. Seven W
dependents voted for Hoot as follojR:
Dale, Drear t, Stewart, Harris. Stevdns,
Erase and Sodcrmaa. Tarns worth
voted for Powers, Mullea for Jadfre
Allen. Paddock got 26, Majors 10 apd
Tharste 12. Tbe rest of the repuss
can and democrats scattered.
Strong efforts arc belag made to oei
the independents together for Thurs
day's vote, for it is believed that Greene
can be elected if he gate the full yV
of his party.
Washdmtos, Feb. 2. We enqp
allcw any other country to take poa
esskrn of Hawaii, and so long as I an
president the United . States wt
ahalat , '
Pre " - .srisoa thus rep
tiers - d who called on
uis-cfe . - absorbing topic.
day. -ie president had not
made up his mind on the ques
annexation. He has an opinion,
on the telegraphic reports, but nation!
do not act on reports except they b
official, ind while the president
does tiot doubt the .. accu
racy of the Hawaii revolution
he will await the arrival of the con
missiobers of the Hawaiian provisional
government before determining whaV
course to recommend to congress. Hi
present opinion may be learned iro
the following, which is a verbatim ao
count of the president's remarks, at
repeated by tbe person to whom tb
president made them. The president
"In settling this Hawaiian question
this government has certain duties t
discharge. I '-should discharge thos
duties without regard to the wishes of
Great Britain or of any other powe
In short, this government should act
as if there- were no other powers it
existence. opinion is that w
should gui, to the provisiona,
governmenf ctorate until we ca
make a t-aref. animation into tht
whole affair. Ifvwe should find that
the nat' are qualified they shoulc
be alio to vote on the question o
annex n. I hear, however, that they
are no iUalitied. If that be so then w
should, I think, endeavor to revive tht
old relations which ended with the de
thronement of the queen, but upon
permanent basis. If that be impra
tical or unsafe we should favor a pc
mauent protectorate with the quest
nominally reinstated, and if that, toft,
be deemed unsafe we should . without
hesitation annex the islands. At ' alt
events we can not allow any othe
country to take possession of then
and so long as I am president of th
United States we fehall not do so."
President Harrison seems to hold th
key to the solution of the Ilawaiia
From a high authority it is learnei
that the president is strongly inclined
to send to congress a treaty whicW
when ratified, will amount to
positive protectorate over the island
He favors anne.xatiou only as a laal
resort, but is strongly disposed fror
the information at hand to give ampU
protection to American interestsonth
island, if need be, by annexing then
His action will be determined onl?
after consultation with the con
missioners from the provisional goverx
ment, who wift arrive this week. 1
any event the bluster against tho pl
will not win.
Epidemic of Suicide.
Louisville, Ky , Feb. 2. A swiclda
mania was yesterday rampant Sine
Monday evening four men have die
from self-inflicted wounds and a fifti
unhappy mortal made an attempt t
take his life. In nono of tho case
dix-s there appear to have been suffr
j-i'-nt cause to warrant the acts of ttK
The liiack Pearl Knocked Onv '
San Francisco, Feb. 2. The Black
Pearl of Minneapolis was knocked out
by Robert Dobbs, colored, of Denver i
eighteen rounds here last night.
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