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Fhe Sioux County Journal
IK JLIEiRISOIN', NEB., FEB. 19, 1891.
I- . 0
ons. Editor aad Proprietor.
DUGHT AND SOLD
5ka Security Co.,
if Gtiucn, Vice-President.
' j, H. Jones, secretary.
2 C. E. Vebitt, Treasurer.
- II. T. Coklkt, Attorney.
Jiit I have on our lists over thirty
f JDICE FARMS in this county
? tlich we can sell on LONG
4 f TIME and EASY PAY
; VI.' MENTS.
ties wishing to buy or sell should
aught and sold on'comraission
of the county
be had on ap-
ation. for dis-
NEBRASKA SECVBIUY CO.
I F. E. K. V K. B. Time table,
lolnf Wert. Going Kant.
United, W:lj Jw
"ii. mixed .A :Ti
III. Sutton has purchased the Lut
her property recently owned by
: another column appears a call
board of county commissioners
ene on Saturday, Feb. 28th.
i of the most conspicuous persons
district court was L. O. Hull (by
Bt iri absence).
bere will be a. ball on next Monday
Feb. 28d. Good music will be
)Ded and a good (time is guwauteed.
i invited to tteM,
is pretty well established tlmt the
aw is in force in Sioux county. It
i hoped that no more people will
I themselves to bemislead on that
tis is the most important term of
strict wurthat"ever;i8 beea.heid
ttux county. No time was lost anu
m Kinkaid turain demonstrated his
The deep snow prevented many from
jtagin from the country to attend
Mice onTriday evening. But no one
came wan disappointed for a very
at hopjwasliad at the Harrison
k-Ths reports from tlie Hat Creek
tttryand eastern Wyoming are to
effect thatfa great deal more snow is
on. the ground tlian there is in this
ity and also that it is deeper than
fIV... Ts-vsif! A T
l wr I en Known. m iwu'
)turs the prediction that Sioux coun-
Will viki crone in ItWl which win
t r .
stim some people. -
WDuring the past week this office has
gted five thousand eighth, sheet
Wifor the Nebraska Security Co.
Me in connection with a amount
WtorpnnteelUiatter will be sent to
i fa the east who are making in
iMpariia(tliapaH ot the coun
f. TlpobJfAc1smP"J itojet
H letttort WN and the indie
M are that it will not be long until
'M of them will begin to arrive. The
)ulatioa of Sioux county ought to be
within the next twelve months. -
A petition is being circulated and
numerously signed requesting the coun
ty commissioners to employ an expert to
examine the records of the county from
the organization thereof to the time
such examination is made. It is hoped
the commissioners will act promptly in
Some complaint is being made lie-
cause stock is jierniitted to run loose
about the town. With the ground cov
ered with snow they cannot get a living
without jumping fences or breaking
them down in order to get at feed !-
onging-to other parties. It would save
trouble if each would take care of his I
The fact. that the court sustained
every legal proposition presented by H.
T. Conley in every civil case in which he
was interested, indicates that that gen
tleman knows something about law and
when it is considered that he was inter
ested in 32 cases when there were but 40
on the docket, it looks as if the people of
Sioux county know it pretty well.
Strayed ok Stoi .en From my place,
10 miles northwest of Harrison on Jan.
24, 1S91, one dark gray horse colt, 8
months old, weight about 000 pounds.
Had a strap around his neck with ring
attached. A liberal reward will be paid
for information leading to his recovery.
A. R. Kjlvnkdy.
The committee on sugar beet fac
tory desire to know how many acres of
beets can be depended on to lie furnished
if a factory is built. All farmers who
will agree to raise and deliver beets at fac
tory, provided one is built, are requested
to inform the committee. Such inform
ation should be left at The Jovunai, of
The last issue of the Kerald made a
statement tending to lead to the belief
that the trial of Coker -would be a farce
The manner in which the case was pros
ecuted by Messrs. Conley and Sullivan
proved beyond a doubt that there was no
ground for any such insinuations. The
intent of the Herald could have been
nothing more than an attempt to give
County Attorney Conley a slap.
The people of Sioux county who
were present during this term of district
court were all pleased with the excellent
manner in which the papers were drawn
and preliminary work was done by
County Attorney Conley both in the
nriminal and civil cases in which he
was employed. They were also impress
ed with the masterly "manner in which the
prosecution of the Coker case was con
ducted by Hon. H. M. Sullivan who was
atu.ist.incr Mr. Conlev. Mr. Sullivan has
long known ifr. Conley and on coming
here and seeing the extensive practice he
was building up he concluded he would
like to come again and the result was
that a partnership was entered into
which will be known as Svilivan & Con
ley. This is a great addition to the le
gal profession of Harrison and makes one
of the strongest law firms in .northwest
On account of the interest manifest
ed in the Coker tialjthe farmers meet
ing called for last Tuesday abjourned un
til Wednesday. On that day a meeting
was held the proceedings of which np
pear in another column. Otto Tietze
gave quite a description of the factories
in Germany which he had seen and the
manner in which they are conducted, He
stated that they are owned and operated
by the farmers and that a handsome pro
fit was real ized by them. Hie land in
that country is worth from 20 to $40
per acre and the beets yield from 14 to
16 per cent of sugar. If a good profit
can be made under those circumstances
the profit derived from the industry in
Sioux county where the land is much
cheaper and the" beets yield as high as
23.3 per cent sugar, certainly ought to
enable our farmers to make money by
and oneratinir a factory and
raising beets. It takes much less ma
chinery to plant and cultivate beets than
it does wheat and it also takes a great
deal less acreage to furnish employment
for a man and team so tliat another gainl
is made there. Again, the work of culti
vating and harvesting the beets comes at
seasons of the year when the other crops
do not need attention so that they can
be grown in connection with small grain
to excellent advantage. Every farmer
should investigate this subject for it will
prove a source of wealth to them.
Ou last Monday district court conven
ed. The train being late there was no
morning session, but after dinner work
was commenced in earnest and kept up
until court closed on Wednesday evening.
No jury cases were called tip until the
criminal cuses were ready for trial.
T I.... .1... '..!,.,. ... I I lvl!T r'tlti.' ...
luestuty uib i.. I assist lnm
was culled and a good deal of interest
was manifested by the people in attend
ance. On account of the bad weather
and roads some of the jurors of the reg
ular venire did not apiear, and in the se
lection of a jury the regular ianel was
exhausted and a couple of outsiders ware
all 1. The work of selecting the jury
nnlv .wu-iinied n, counle of hours. The j
following are those who composed the
The following is a report of the pro
ceedings of the farmers' meeting held at
tlie court house on Feb. 1H, 1891:
M. Gayhart was appointed a committee
to solicit members for an agricultural
society, and he is empowered to appoint
a sub-coniiiiitteeinan in each precinct to
Win. A. Biglow, David Anderson,
Resolutions or Condolence.
Whereas; The Heavenly Father has
called away from life the husband of
out sister, Sarah E. Davis, therefore be it
Rekolvid: Tliat we as a Union ten
der our sincere sympathy to her in this,
her great affliction and trust tliat she
may realise the comfort and consolation
that only our loving Redeemer can give
Rmolved: Tliat these resolutions be
placed on the records and be offered to
our local papers for publication.
Eu .a Ronir : .
Chan. Bielile, A. W. Nicholson,
Kggert Rohwer, A. Ortou,
Joseph Ashton, Joshua Baker,
John Ricedorir, George Brown,
C. L. Brooks, I). II. Griswold.
The case was conducted for the state
by County Attorney Conley assisted by
Hon. 1L M. Sullivan, of Broken Bow,
ind Coker was defended by C. E. Holmes
Assisted by W. II. Westover of Lincoln.
This is the case of the killing of the ne
gro, Rufus Tate, by Henry Coker, the
negro proprietor of a house of prostitu
tion known as the Handy Ranch, located
near the Fort Robinson reservation, on
the 7th of Nov, 1890. The witnesses of
the state testified in effect that Tate had
been quarrelling with one of the female
inmates of the house by the name of Ju
lia Reeves and that she called on Coker
for protection, That the defendant had
fired a shot from a Winchester rifle, the
ball entering the wall of the house above
the heads of J Tate and 'the woman and
that then Tate left the woman and went
to the bar, behind which Coker was
standmg'and asked him "What in hell
he had to do with the woman," and that
the defendant shot him, tlie ball entering
the right side and coming out of the back
of the victim.
The first witness put on the defense
was the prisoner. He gave a long re
recital of the affair and illustrated his
testimony by a great many gestures awl
comparisons. He stated that Tate lnul
hold of the muzzle of the rifle when hu
fired and also that the victim had a knife
raised high in the air and further that he
was in the act of springing over or
upon the bar at the time he fired the fa
tal shot. Tlie entire theory of the de
fense was that of self-defense, the killing
of Tata being admitted by Coker. The
other witnesses for the defense were a
couple of the women w ho were inmates
of the ranch at the time and three or
four soldiers v. h i were present at the
time of the killing, and the drift of the
evidence was that Tate was making an
assault on Coker at the time he lired the
fatal shot. The testimony for defense
was also marie to prove that Tate had
the reputation of being a pretty bad
and dangerous man. The taking of testi
mony lasted until 11 o'clock Wednesday
morning, the attorneys oa both sides
conducting the case with vigor.
Immediately after dinner the court de
livered his instructions to tho jury and
they were taken to their room, and be
tween live ami six o'clock they brought
in their verdict of not guilty.
The fact of the killing taking place in
the house of the defendant was without
doubt, the ground on which the verdict
was reached. The bad reputation of the
man killed was also in favor of the de
fendant. The fact that there hr.d lieen
no former quarrel between the men, nor
any ground for malice made the crime
no more than man-slaughter and the evi
dence did not, in the minds of the jury,
sustain that charge, and consequently a
verdict of acquittal was made up.
To say that Uiere was a happy darkey
in town is nuttinir it very mild and he
declares it was a "close shave."
The verdict gave very general satis
faction to those wiio listened to the testi
As soon as the jury returned their ver
diet a general rush was made to close up
matters pending. A number of cases
which were to liave been tried were con
tinued by consent until June, at whud
time there will be an adjourned term but
nn iurv. The damaire cases are to be
tried to the court by agreement.
The entries for the court journal are
not made up so the disposition of tho
various cases cannot be given in this is
Judge S. Barker was ap)iomted county
committeeman on irrigation.
The following committee was ap
pointed to investigate the matter of a
sugar beet factory and empowered to
add to their number, said committee to
call a Bieeting and report at the earliest
possible date: P. B. Bigelow, U J.
Simmons. Otto Tietze, C. E. Verity, Rob
Tlie following preamble and resolution
was introduced and adopted:
Whereae, The following has been tak
en from the records of Sioux county:
Total uswessed valuation, I8H7 .)'.H,U7a !4
1HSC B13.I15 00
i. " 1SS9 545, ft!
" 1M10- 60
fc. Dense ISsS 'J,0Ufl 00
IS UPON US,
And now is the
issil 8,"00 00
1S1K) ,00 00
Whereat, The above being taken from
!, nwinlv are indimutable. ai.d demon
strate that the statements of D. W.
Woody are false. Therefore be it
Resolved, That any future state
merits of 1J. W. Woody be considered un
worthy of any further notice.
The meeting adjourned subject to the
call of the president and secretary or five
TIME TO BUY
COME IN AND SEE US,
GRISWOLD & MARSTELLER.
Editor Journal:-As there are petitions
lieing circulated asking congress for an
appropriation to build at'least three ca
nals, each to be about 200 miles long.
Every farmer should be sure to sign one
as this is a step in the rightAlirection and
of importance to every settler in North
west Nebraska, and while we are opposed
to a boom to attract attention to our
county, still we can say with candor
that the southern part of Sioux county
is most favorable for irrigation and
where there could he splendid farms tak
en. It lias lieeu demonst rated that the
soil of Sioux county (in IVict all of north
western Nebraska) will produce as fine
crops as any portion of the state where
there has been snfllcient moisture. And
upon the completion of the great canals
(taken Trcm the Platte and other rivers)
water can be taken from the main canal
into smaller ditches and from these made
to cover each separate farm. All anx
iety as to drouth will be at an end, farm
ing will be reduced to a matter of indus
try and calculation. A failure ot crops
wjll be out of the question. Steady uni
formity in production will be toe rutt.
We should hesitate to urge a prosperous
eastern man to change to Sioux county
for the mere sake of change but if the
climate has weakened his physical .frame
he cannot do better than to try our land
of sunshine and irrigation. With the
completion of the Pacific Short Line and
tlie B. & M. to Chyenne (giving us four
roads) thore will l ample railroad facil
ities. Tlie petitions also cull for the is
suance of legal tenner treasury runes.
Good." W. J. 51.
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