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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER, 5, 1895.
The Weekly Independent.
Published at Lincoln, Neb., in the Interests
of Financial and Labor Relorm.
The Independent stands by the men whom the party has hou
ored, so long as they stand by the people. It has nc personal fights
to make and no sore spots. It is a populist paper.
Price, One Dollar
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TEAS AND COFFEE IN THE CITY.
at Reduced prices and all the Standard Brands of
FLOUR. Highest prices paid for Fatm Produce.
for Three Months.
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Capital City News.
in Every County.
of the Work in
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This the place you want to stop
and buy your goods.
DYNAMITE BALLOON PREPARED
FOR CUBAN REBELS.
SCIENCE TO AID THEM.
A Connect lent Inventor Beady to Send
n Aerial Instrument of Destruction
to the Insurgents An American
Held Prisoner at Santiago
Saved From Itelnif Shot
ly Consul Hyatt.
llARTKOKi), Conn,. Sept. 5. Samuel
Andrews, a machinist of this city,
claims to have perfected a war balloon
which he has sold to a syndicate ol
New York Cubans for uo in aid of the
Cuban insurgents. It has been tested
in the fields and is said to work per
fectly. Instead of the .ordinary car fived
with an rfirmored box from which a
number of bombs can be suspended
the bombs are ignited and released by
automatic machinery in the box and
after all are discharged, the box ex
plodes, destroying the balioon. An
drews claims to have a device by which
he can control the direction of the
New Vokk, Sept. 5. Advices from
Santiago de Cuba are that Dr. Donald
Dodge, alias Frank M. Hoyle, who
says he is a correspondent of a New
York paper and who sailed from
Nassau by the Ward line steamer
Niagara, was arrested by the
Spaniards upon hisartival in Santiago
de Cuba and confined, charged with
being an emissary of the Cuban junta
in New York on his way to Maceo's
rebel camp. Despite the Spanish mil
itary governor's expressed purpose to
have Dodge court martialed and shot
as a spy. Consul Hyatt, after several
long iuteriews with the civil governor,
succeeded in having the case trans
ferred to the ordinary courts.
Heavy Fall of Rain Inundates Itaaeuienti
and Does Much (lencral Damage.
Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 5. As tha
result of a fierce rain storm which set
in at 8 o'clock last night and continued
until 7 this morning, the city waa
flooded and thousands of dollars' worth
of property destroyed, besides the in
convenience of suspended street car
transportation and telephone commun
ication. In the neighborhood of Pine aaJ
Washington streets a lake of water
appeared, and no less than a dozen
families had to be rescued by the
At daylight lightning started a fire
in the telephone exchange building
and the entire system was burned cut,
resulting in extensive loss. The rain
fall amounted to six and seven-tenths
Chicago, Sept. . A severe storm of
wind, rain and lightning prevailed
throughout the northern portion of
Illinois and Wisconsin last night.
Much damage was done and telegraph
and telephone communication was
Reports from many of the towns in
Illinois north of Blooiuington state
that the-fetorra " was one of the most
furious known in years. At some
points it reached the proportions of a
Fort Scott Wide Open.
Fort Scott, Kan., Sept. ,r. The city
council of this city by a vote of 7 to 2,
with one absentee, decided to repeal
all ordinances prohibiting the manu
facture and sale of intoxicating
liquors in the city. This action was
taken to render ineffective the efforts
of the police commissioners to enforce
the prohibitory law. It is believed
the county authorities whose duty it
is to prosecute violators will not in
terfere with open saloons and that
the sale of liquor will be resumed in
Illinois Trrannry Empty.
Springfield, 111., Sept. 5. The Illi
nois state treasury is now practically
empty. This state of affairs has been
anticipated for several months. The
state will be unable to pay out any
cash until the taxes begin to come in
next April. In the meantime the state
institutions and all private persons
holding auditor's warrants will bs
obliged to eet them discounted, or
wait seven or eight months for their
No Quarter for i'ormotan Rebel.
St. Pktkrsburo, Sept. 5. The Novoe
Vrenya's correspondent at Vladivo
stock writes that tha Formosa insur
gents are conducting a successful war
fare against the Japanese, in which
women share equally with the men, a
determined resistance. Though the
army is decimated by sickness, the
Japanese will grant no quarter and
spare neither women nor children.
May Be Lynched.
Clattos, Mo., Sept.. 5. John Wes
ley, the negro who brutally assaulted
Mrs. Marin ion last Friday and had
been pursued by citizens determined
to lynch him, was captured this morn
ing by the deputy sheriff and posse
and lodged in t" county jail here.
An attempt to lyuch him may be made
to-night unless he be taken to St.
BOLD OUTLAWS IN OMAHA.
Twelve llandit Hold I p a Carriage
Filled With l'lissengers and Rob Them.
Omaha. Neb., Sept. 5. A band of
twelve masked men held up a carriage
load of people in an Omaha suburb
early yesterday morning and secured
several hundred dollars. It is an or
ganized gang which has long evaded
the police. There were four persons
in the carriage who had been in the
city enjoying themselves. When but
a short distance from Itctison and near
a clump of trees, figures emerged from
the shadows as if rising from the
earth and surrounded the carriage.
Two men held the frightened horses
by their bridles and nine climbed in
about ' them in a threatening way,
while the twelfth man stood outside
the circle and gave commands. After
the cautionary commands the inmates
of the carriage were told to get out
and to line up. The four men lined
up, standing on their tiptoes with
their hands above their heads.
One of the robbers searched each
man in turn, taking everything of
value, casting the plunder upon a robe
that was thrown on the ground.
When this was accomplished the four
men were told to throw their hats on
the ground with their coats and under
cover of pistols were ordered into the
rig and told to drive away as fast as
When the men reached Itenson they
alarmed the neighbors, who formed a
posse and started for the scene of the
robbery. The hats and watches were
found lying on the robe where they
had been thrown. Nothing else was
DEATH IN THE CHOWDER.
8enational Development ArUiiig Froiu
the D.utli of Mr. Fvelina Itllss.
New York, Sept. 5 The funeral of
Mrs. Evelina Miss, a wealthy lady
who died last Friday, was held yester
day and immediately afterwards the
daughter of the dead woman, Mrs.
Alice Fleming, was arrested at the
Colonial hotel on a charge that she
murdered her mother by poisou.
7 he case is a mystery, and in some
respects a sensational one. as the
death of Mrs. Bliss gives to her daugh
ter the income of an estate of $;ioo,)00
left by Robert: Swift Livingstone, who
was the first husband of Mrs. bliss.
To Dr. liullmaft, who was summoned
to her bedside Friday night, Mrs.
Bliss said that she had beeu poisoned
by relatives who would be financially
benefited by her death. She said that
she had eaten clam chowder and a
piece "! apple pie. The doctor says
that Mrs. liliss' attendants failed to I
give her the medicines he left for her. j
He secured the dish in which the
chowder had been, and a piece of the
pie and gave them to the
coroner. The coroner had an examin
ation made of the dead woman's stom
ach, by Chemist W. T. Scheele, who
says that he found traces of metallic
poison in the stomach, and also in the
dish which had contained the chowder
aud that it had evidently been very
skillfully prepared by some one with
a knowledge of poison.
ST. ANN'S BURNED.
One of the Oldest Catholic School in
Parsons, Kan., Sept. 5. St. Paul,
fourteen miles northwest of here, was
visited by the most serious fire that
has occurred in this section for many
years. About 0:30 o'clock yesterday
morning fire broke out iu the ironing
room of St. Ann's academy, and in a
very short time the whole structure
was in flames. The students in the
building barely escaped with their
lives. The town is without fire pro
tection and the flame soon spread, and
iu less than two hours the academy
and five adjoining buildings were in
ashes. The school is one of the oldest
Catholic seminaries in the West, and
the loss is estimated at 8100,000, with
MAY AROUSE FANATICISM.
Missionaries In Mexico Attack the Relief
in the Unadaloupe Miracle.
City of Mexico, Sept. 5. There is
some fear lest the recent circular of
Protestant missionaries attacking the
popular belief in the Virgin of
Guadaloupe may arouse the inherent
fanaticism of the Indians, who will
flock into the city in great numbers in
October during the coronat'on festivi
ties, the number estimated being from
75,000 to 100,000. Some Americans re
gret the action taken by the mission
aries, who, however, defend their posi
tion as being already fully supported
by eminent Catholic prelates of former
centuries who protested against the
adoration of the Virgin ot Guadaloupe,
denouncing it as a gross imposture.
Tammany Make a Call.
New York, Sept a .-The executive
committee of Tammany hall held a
meeting last night at which resolu
tions were adopted inviting all Demo
cratic organizations which supported
the state ticket last November to vote
at the Tammany primaries on the 24th
of this month. Another meeting was
held by the state Democratic leaders,
who decided to take part in the Demo
cratic primaries, but also resolved, on
motion of Charles Fairchild. to con
tinue their opposition to the state
Zinc Mine Resume.
Dt'Bi'HUK, Iowa, Sept. . Operations
in the Durango zinc mines, near this
city, the largest ore-producing mine in
the state, have been resumed. The
mines have beer, closed since last July,
when they were shut down because of
the low price of the ore. This neigh
borhood is rich in zinc.
THE INSURANCE SWINDLER DRAWS
BIG CROWDS TO SEE HIM,
HE HAS MANY WALLERS.
dfany of ill Old Friend and Acquaint'
allien Have a Talk With Him iu the
Kai- City Jail Taken to Rich
mond Lawyer All Agree
That He Is Very Sure
Kansas Citv, Mo., Sept 5. Dr.
(leorge W. Fraker was brought 'back to
Kansas City at 5 o'clock yesterday
James Patterson, a druggist of Ex
celsior Springs, was the tirst to grasp
"Well, Dr. Fraker, how do you do?"
he said with emphasis. The doctor
answered in a scarcely nudible voice:
"How are you, Jimmy?"
Judge A. II. Dooley of Excelsior
Springs was the next to speak to him
and he was recognized, too, by the
doctor. Melvin L. Zener, the manager
of the Hartford Life and Annuity com
pany, which had paid 815,000 for
Fraker's "death," spoke to the doctor
but was not remembered by him.
E. L. Moore, manager of The Elms
hotel at Excelsior Springs, Attorney
1). J. Ilaff, J. P. Davis, president of
the Kansas Mutual Life association,
the company which ran him down, and
United States Marshal Jo O. Shelby
were among others who crowded
around the doctor and spoke to him.
lie was hurriedly driven to the sher
iff's office. As he sat with nervous
hands clutching the hat on his crossed
knees, he was beset, browbeaten, vol
leyed with questions. Every detective
and lawyer and newspaper reporter in
the room took a hand at it. He an
swered all questions with the saute air
of meekness and weariness which has
characterized him since his arrest. He
had said often that he was tired and
worn out from hiding out from the
men who were hunting him. He said
he was glad the thing was over. He
did not appear glad, but he did look
Kefore Fraker was taken away a re
porter talked with him.
"I notice," he said, ' that a great
many people seem to believe there was
conspiracy with several persons in it.
Now this is not true. When I went on
that fishing excursion I was preparing
to take a trip to California to bring
back my nepheVvs. I had collected
some outstanding debts and had 8540
in ray pockets when I fell in the river.
When I got out of the water half a
mile below where the accident oc
curred, my clothing was covered with
mud and 1 was wet to the skin. I first
thought of going back to the camp,
but 1 did not want to return to the
Springs in such a plight, so 1 stayed in
the brush all that night and the next
day and caught a freight train for
Kansas City the next night."
Dr. Fraker was placed in cell No. 4
on the south side, third floor, of t lie
county jail. From the time of his ar
rival until late iu the evening the jail
was besieged with people who wished
to see him. Probably 200 were admit
ted to see him, but very few succeeded
in engaging him in conversation and
fewer secured any information from
him. Dr. Fraker was tired und slept
fairly well last night, though after
enjoying the freedom of the Northern
woods so long, confinement in a close
ail was most disagreeable.
About 10 o'clock Fraker induced one
it the other prisoners to shave off his
IJurnsides. The amateur bstrber did
a butcher's job before an audience
that would have delighted the pro
prietor of a museum. When be had
finished Fraker's face was bleeding,
but fairly smooth, with no beard left
except his mustache, which Is light
and thin and not very long. The
presence of the crowd disgusted him
and he would sit reading newspapers
and pay no attention to the remarks
and questions of his visitors.
Fraker was taken to Richmond, Mo.,
on the 5 o'clock Chicago, Milwaukee
and St. Paul train this afternoon,
Sheriff J. It. Holman of Ray county
and City Marshal Hyers of Richmond
having come after him.
Attorneys Haff and Van Valkenburg
lay there is no chance that Dr. Fraker
will escape conviction in the circuit
sourt of Kay county, where he will be
tried on five counts of attempt ng to
cheat the Insurance companies. The
information lodged by Mr. Van Valk
enburg in Ray county against Dr. Fra
ker, aud on which the warrant for his
arrest was issued, charges him with
violating section 3i:''' of the statutes
nf Missouri. This statute makes it a
felony, punishable with seven years
in the penitentiary, for a person to at
tempt to obtain money from any other
person by meansof a cheat or fraud or
false pretense, or trick of any kind.
"You will notice," Raid Mr. Haff,
''that to violate this statute it is not
necessary for a person to obtain the
money by fraud; the simple attempt to
obtain it is a violation of law. The
statement is made in some quarters
that because Fraker did not obtain
any of the insurance money, and did
riot seek to obtain any of it. his will
having left it to his relatives, he can
not Iki convicted under this statute.
All supreme court decisions on this
point hold that it Is not essential that
the person Uimseil snouiu
ally receive the money
T !-. llfli
cient for conviction If it be delivered
in accordance with his wish, or for his
advantage, or for the purpose of effect
ing some object of his.
Cither lawyers who were asked about
the possibility of conviction in Fraker's
case said the statutes covering at
tempts to defraud were very broad
and would undoubtedly cover the case
BOMETH I Nil A BOCT 0 KOiWI K IIARKV.
Although Attorney llerrick has per
sisted in his refusal to say whether or
not it was George Harry who gave him
the information that led to Fraker's
irrest, Fraker says to-day that ho is
positive that Harry was the man.
"How about your boy at the shanty
where you lived?"
"lie never heard of mens Fraker
and did not know anything about my
history. That is impossible. His
name was Fred Springhead and he
couldn't possibly have known any
thing to tell about me. He thought
my name was Schnell."
The fact that it was shortly after an
exchange of letters between himself
and Harry that llerrick got his first
intimation of Fraker's whereabouts
points to Harry. lie fore there could
be another exchange of letters Fraker
moved to Minucsota, and not long af
terwards Harry disappeared. Simul
taneously a store was robbed in Ra
ton, N. M., where Harry's mistress
is i-aid to live, and simultaneously,
too, Mr. llerrick 's friend dropped out
of sight. Harry knew the name und
address of the only man in Wiseou
siu who knew Fraker's address. Fra
ker thinks Harry wrote to this man
for his address and that as he knew
of the previous correspondence be
tween the two the young man gave it.
If Harry committed the robbery with
which he is charged there was a ino- .r V"
tive for him to keep his whereabtwits
secret When he was arrestejl two
weens ago there was no Uvrjger any
reason for him to keep himself hid,
but he needed money awfl there was no
easier way of jrettinf it than by giv
ing up Fruker amlt securing the re
ward previouslypromised, probably
more money ttytln Harry had ever be
fore seen in his life. ,
Harry was one of the men who was
with Fraker on the night of the al
leged drowning. He was the chief
witness for the Fraker heirs. He tes
tified that he saw the doctor fall in
and drown. He may be a witness
against Fruker at his trial in Ray
county, though his former testimony
might impeach his evidence now. It
has developed recently that ho
has been a professional thief for
years and that as long ago
as 1875 be was a friend of Dr.
Fraker. In that year Attorney Jatuea
Gamer was prosecuting attorney of
Ray county. The James gang was
looting banks all over Western Mis
souri and bank officials were uneasy
and in Richmond, Ray county, all sus
picious strangers were arrested and
held until they could give some honest
excuse for being in town. Among the
suspicious ones arrested in Richmond
was George Harry and he was held till
officers from Texas came and took him
to Texas on a charge of horse stealing.
Will Go on III llon.L
Excelsior Si-rinos, Mo.; Sept. 5.
Fraker's friends here seem willing to
stand by him. A number of the solid
men of the place are willing to ge his
bond and bail him out. One gentle
man said: "I expect to see him here
in a short time actively engaged in
the practice of medicine."
The doubters have all subsided and
now fully admit that Fraker has been
caught So far is known here, no
letters have gone from his office to
William Schnell or William Quick. In
terest here now centers on Fraker's
young Minnesota companion. All are
asking who he is.
The Kxecutor't Check Not Honored.
Lihertv, Mo., Sept. 5. Two checks
camo to the Commercial Savings bank
yesterday where the Fraker insurance
money is deposited, but were not hon
ored as the bank had been enjoined
from paying out the funds. One of
the checks was for 81,000 and was
given to Mrs. Cynthia Hatfield of Ma
con county, sister of Fraker, by Exe
cutor J. E. Lincoln. The other check -was
for 8100 and to George Magruder,
a brother-in-law of Fraker. The
checks were given several days ago
before Judge Lincoln left for Col
Dedicated to Ed oration.
St. Pail, Minn., Sept. 5. At 10
o'clock this morning, the beautiful
grove that surrounds the buildings of
the new Hill seminary, constructed
with the $500,00ogift of President J.
J. Hill of the Great Northern railw ay,
the dedicatory exercises of that insti
tution began with pontifical high
mass, celebrated by Mgr. Satolli. The
services were held at an altar, suita
bly canopied, in the presence of over
2o,000. At the conclusion of the mass
the buildings were thrown open to the
inspection of the multitude.
John N. lloyd Fusses Away.
Chilmcotiik. Mo., Sept. 5. John N.
Royd, an ex-editor of note and a lead
ing lawyer, is dead at his home here,
aged 03 years. He was born in Lick
ing county, Ohio. During the rebell
ion he published the Fairrnount Vi
dettc at Fairrnount, Va., and to him
belongs the credit of agitating that
portion of the state and carrying his
agitation to a successful termination.
He was a delegate from West Virginia
to tho national convention at Haiti
more that nominated Lincoln for his
A man must have at some time told &
woman that he Is very fond ot her be
fore lie becomes brave enough to icoli
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