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OIO. D. CANON. Editor.
HARRISON, - - NEBRASKA
KEUASU NEWS MOTES.
' BeZvidere wants a brass band.
Five divorces were granted at Bloom
tagtoa last week.
With elaborate services the new and
handsome Lutheran church at Frie-
rill be dedicated on the Lth.
The Methodist parsonage at Hildreth
k ready for occupancy, and Kev. L'n
FspsiiT and family will be given a
housewarming as soon as they get set
tled. Uah TwnkiTie' r.lags aoDears
Avrv TymruAsLv notwith
standing the fact that the office was
wreaked by scoundrels two weeks ago.
WMiam Sutton, aged 87, died at Fre
eaoat Friday. He had lived there twen-ty-five
Will Summers hauled Into Beatrice
pne day lately lus bushels and two
pounds of com on one wagon and with
Hw Kramer of Cook has been re
paired by the doctors, after an exhil
arating runaway experience. He will
celebrate Christmas in Bed.
"She Cook the Bonn." i the way a
Thayer county paper announces the
marriage of W. I Bunn and Miss Ella
Prltts) at Hebron.
p. Nixon died at the family
home near Fairfield a few days ago.
He ni an Ohloan, a veteran of the
olvl war and sheriff of Clay county,
1U1-4B. He came to Nebraska In 1871.
Six thousand sheep passed through
Elm Creek last Friday. They are win
tering In Buffalo county.
The Baptists at Holdrege are reno
vating and rearranging their meeting
r a ciiuin was run over by
a St Joseph ft Grand Island train anon
day wad instantly killed.
Kaartee Casey.charged with the mur
der of Henry Mtirrion near Ponca last
AUfut, has been placed on trial.
Sergeant Peters of company C of
the old First regiment has been author
ised to reorganize and recruit that
The creamery plant recently complet
ed at Brady has been rented to the
Fremont Creamery company and it
now tn operation.
Sneaker Paul Clark of the lowei
house has received Judgment against
the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Trust
company for $18,000.
It was decided at a meeting of the
state board of agriculture Monday
to hold the next state fair In conjunc
tion with the Lincoln street fair.
Arthur Johnson, late of Bloomlngton,
iwlll be quartered at Lincoln for the
next two years. He stole two horses
ind last Friday was sent to the peni
tentiary. Two Union Pacific trains collided in
the yards at Grand Island Monday.
Both engines were pretty badly
(wrecked and Kngineer Myers was in
lured in the leg and arm.
A foxy burglar, who thought he had
Struck a good thing, entered some shoe
and clothing store at Chappell for the
third time this season. One of the
proprietors caught the burglar.
Secretary J. M. Wilson of the State
Board of Irrigation is attending a
meeting in Salt Lake City, held to con
sider the disposition of arid and semi
arid lands of the United States.
The Farmers' Elevator company of
Holdrege, capital stock $6,000, has been
Incorporated by E. H. Cannon, presi
dent, and A. K. Safley, secretary.
The Dowling & mrceu cwuiuij
North Bend, a grain company, has filed
articles of incorporation with the sec
retary of state. The incorporators an?:
M. Dowtlng, T. B. Purcell and H. R.
Dowling. They have a capital stock
As the result of trouble over an arti
cle published in the Belden News.
Charles H. Harris, editor, shot and in
stantly killed J. H. Blenkiron, a prom
inent stockman living at Atkinson, last
Sunday. At the coroner's inquest held
Monday a verdict of self-defense was
returned. The case will be given a
preliminary hearing before the county
Josepbus Moore, living four mllet
west or Elm Creek, was severely ln
4..a hiia hmklm corn bv the team
of another husker, which became
frightened ana ran over mm, cuiuu
oft one ear, nearly scalping him and
Injuring htm so badly internally that
physicians say he cannot live. Mr.
Moot t years old and one of the
pioneers of Nebraska.
The S-year-old girl of Mr. and Mrs.
Al Bheeron, south of Falrbury. was ac
cidentally shot with a shotgun In the
Viands of her 4-year-old brother. The
children were playing with the gun
tn the kitchen. The charge first struck
chair round, preventing instant death.
Or, Clarke picked thirty shot and a
handful of silvers out of the little one's
leg. She will be crippled for life.
A good many letters are being receiv
ed from live stock men out tn the state
complaining that the new rules regard,
lag the shipment of live stock by the
railroads work a hardship on shippers.
H B. Bear writes from Kimball: "The
new rate raises the freight considerably
at this point. November 17, 26,290
pounds cost me $4$ .SI. The car was not
overloaded. Also 2S.M0 pounds cost me
the same. Now 24. MO pounds cost me
fttt.,7, and X.OOO cost $60.38."
At Omaha, Judge Munger is hearing
Jm case of the government sgalnst
Christian A. Relmers and his son, Ed
ward O. Relmers, respectively president
sad assistant cashier of the First Na
tional bank of Neligh, now defunct,
who are charged with having extracted
some $11,000 from the funds of the
hank, and with having Issued certifi
cates of Indebtedness to about the sum
eg M.000 with which to pay indebted
mss. Horace J. Whltmore, receiver for
the beak, la the prosecuting witness
wars seating the government. An entire
gar was consumed In the presentation
f the opening statements and the
y-JZH-Jd of one witness. William
jjwlw was bookkeeper for the
I , who csftetMd the leeamounf
i 44MBastM PVMMMe Offers sV
STORY OP" HOW HB MET HIS
Attempted to Capture Boer Position
at Magersfonteln, But Was
Repulsed with Great Loss.
London. (Special.) The Daily Tele
graph has the following from its corre
spondent at Modder river:
Modder River, Dec. 12 We attacked
the Boers yesterday. It is estimated
that they were 12,000 strong. They
are occupying a very strong position,
six miles to the northeast, in the Ma
The Highland brigade advanced be
fere dawn to storm the line of Boer
trenches. They got to the base of the
kopjes, but were repulsed with heavy
losses. I regret to state that General
Wauchope, commanding the brldage,
Our artillery, consisting of four bat
teries and a naval gun, shelled the
enemy's position. Methuen's force then
tried to break through on the Boer left
flank, between the kopjes and the Mod
der river, but the Boers were too
The attack on the enemy's front
where the Highland brigade had failed
tn the morning, was pressed all day.
The Gordon Highlanders made a he
roic atetmpt to relieve the previous
failure. Colonel Downham, with a few
f his men, git within 200 yards of the
trenches, but could not get any fur
ther. The Colonel was mortally wound
ed. The brigade, having lost very heavily
In officers and men. retired and return
ed this morning to the general camp
here. The guns of the Guards brigade
covered the retirement.
Our losses are very heavy. The Mar-
auia of Winchester Is among the killed.
The force engaged In the battle con
sisted of the Guards brigade, the High
land brigade, the Eighteenth, Sixty
second and Seventy-fifth field batteries.
battery of Royal Horse artillery, tne
Ninth and Twelfth Lancers and a How
OFFICIAL REPORT OF IT.
London. (Special.) The war office
has received the following dispatch
from General Forestlar-Welker:
"Capetown, Dec. 12. Methuen wires
that General Wauchope was killed In
Orange River, Cape Colony. Dec 13
Three hundred and twenty wounded
men have arrived here from the Mod
London. -(Special.) The war office
has received the following dispatch
from General Methuen, dated Tuesday,
'Our artillery shelled a very strong
position hel dby the enemy in a long,
high kepje, from 4 until dusk, Sunday.
It rained hard last night. The High
land brigade attacked at daybreak on
Monday the south end of the kopje.
"The attack was preperly timed, but
failed. The guards were ordered to
protect the Highlands' right and rear.
The cavalry and mounted infantry,
with a Howitzer artillery battery, at
tacked the enemy on the left and the
guards on the right, supported by field
artillery and Howitzer artillery. They
helled the position from daybreak, an3
at 1:15 I sent the Gordons to support
the Highland brigade. The troops held
their own in front of the enemy's en
trenchments until dusk, the position
extending, including the kopje, for a
distance of six miles toward the Mod
der river. Today I am holding my po
sition and entrenching myself. I had
te face at least 12,000 men. Our loss
General Forestier-Walker, telegraph
ing frem Capetown, sends the follow
ing dispatch from Lord Methuen, dated
Madder river, Tuesday, December 12,
T:30 p. m.:
"As the Boers occupied their trenches
itrengly this morning, I retired in per
fect order here, where I am in secur
ity. "I have gathered from some of the
prisoners and from our men with the
ambulances who talked with the Boers
that the enemy's losses were terrible,
some corps being entirely wiped out.
The Boers have been most kind to my
London. The war office has received
the following message from General
"Capetown, Tuesday, December 12.
Ne further details from Methuen.
"From Orange river it is reported
that 320 wounded, including twenty
seven officers, have arrived from the
"Gatacre is moving from Bushman's
Hoek to Sterkstroem today. The mag
istrate at Sterkstroem wires that the
situation there has slightly Improved.
Many of the missing have turned up.
French reports that a detachment of
cavalry with two guns of the Horse
Artillery reconnoitered the enemy's po
sition yesterday at Qultfontein and
Vaalkop, eight miles north of Arundel
They shelled a farm and drove the
enemy from Vaalkop. The Boer loss
was one killed and several wounded.
Our casualties nil. '
London. (Special). Each Important
battle seems to bring a worse reverse
for the British, and the papers this
morning sorrowfully admit that Lord
Methuen's check at Magersfonteln is
the most serious affair the war has yet
The Morning Post says: "We have
had our day of humiliation appointed
for us. Let us accept it humbly and
oberly and be stronger for the lesson
It has taught us. This last reverse will
make us a fresh butt for Europe. There
never was a more apt occasion to prove
to Europe what we are worth."
The position Lord Methuen assaulted
is thus described by a correspondent:
"Magersfonteln range terminates on
the east with an abrupt saddle rock,
erne 150 feet high. Boer entrench
ments run around the whole front. The
position is some two miles long, due
east and west. The western end of the
trenches follow the contour of the kop
es and afford a retreat."
It is estimated here that Lord Me
thuen's force amounted to 11,090 men,
and perhaps more. No reliable esti
mate of his losses has been received.
They are believed to have been al least
All the papers comment upon the ex
treme gravity of the situation and upon
the momentous decision Lord Methuen
now has to take, whether to remain at
Modder river or to retire on Orange
The Times says: "At least 10.000 ad
aitlonal men must be sent out The
mtlre available reserve must be called
up and the militia and volunteers must
be turned to account. Efforts mast be
made to Increase the local volunteers
ind offers from Canada and other col
mles must be sought and accepted."
The Standard, which comments upon
the "seemingly astonishing numbers of
the Boers," Is driven to the conjecture
that a substantial portion of the Boer
locsmandoea has been recruited from
the Natal Detcb. All ryes ra bow
tarwei bBpstsHy to Otaeral BaHer.
MILITARY 60VERN0X OF CUBA.
President Appoints Gen. Wood to
Washington. D. C. 8peclel.) By di
rection of the president. Major General
Leonard A. Wood, United States volun
teers, has been assigned to the com
mand of the division of Cuba, reliev
ing Major General John R. Brooke, IT.
S. A. Major General Wood will. In ad
dition to his duties as division com
mander, exercise the authority of mili
tary governor of the island.
On completion of the transfer of the
command, Major General Brooke Is or
dered to repair to thiz city and report
to the adjutant general of the army foi
He will be accompanied by his author
In relieving General Brooke, the
president desires to express his high,
appreciation of and thanks for the
faithful and efficient service rendered
by that officer as military governor of
Secretary Root said that General
Brooke had been ordered to Washing
ton, but beyond that nothing had been
settled with regard to his assignment.
His presence in this city is desired by
the president for the purpose of secur
ing information as to the actual condi
tion of affairs in Cuba. Although Sec
retary Root would not admit It, the
impression prevails that General Brook
will be assigned to the command of the
military department of the lakes, with
headquarters at Chicago, a position
held by him prior to the outbreak of
the Spanish war, and known to be
agreeable to him in every respect.
General Wood called at the war de
partment and personally thanked Sec
retary Root for the honor conferred on
him by his selection as military gov
ernor of Cuba. He said that he would
start for Havana at once, and if pos
sible would leave New York City on
IRISH-AMERICANS TO FI6HT.
Twenty-five Leave Cleveland to Go
to South Africa.
Cleveland. O. Special.) The Plain
Dealer says: A party of twenty-five
young Irish-Americans have left this
city to Join the Boers in their fight
against Great Britain. At New York
the young men, who are mostly veter
ans of the Spanish-American war, will
join about 500 other Irishmen and the
entire party will sail from New York
on Saturday for Paris. In the latter
city the men will Join an Irish regi
ment being formed to go to the assist
ance of the Boers. The recruits from
this country come largely from Chi
cago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia
and other cities. Five hundred other
Irishmen will follow to Paris In a cou
ple of days. Plans have already been
made for the entire regiment of 1,000
to reach the scene of the fighting.
Major William J. Gleason. one of the
beet known Irish-Americans In this
city, said: "This movement has been
on foot among the Irish In Cleveland
for about three weeks. In two weeks
another party will leave here for New
York to enlist In the service. This up
rising means a mighty blow against
England. All over the country tht
Irish are now Joining with the Dutch,
and the sending of volunteers to South
Africa will be continued. We have
tried to keep this movement as quiet
DAIRY AND BUTTER MEN JOIN.
Meetings of South Dakota Associa
tions Results In Amalgamation.
Mitchell, S. D. (Special.) As a result
of the annual meetings here of the
South Dakota Diarymen's association
and the Buttermakers' association, one
organization is formed of the two and
the South Dakota Dairy and Butter
makers' association elected these offi
cers: President, Leland Grlffln.DeSmet;
treasurer, L. S. Tyler, Salem. Vice
presidents were chosen for each of the
seven Judicial districts.
At the first business session a gener
al discussion of dairy and creamery
topics was Indulged in. At the after
noon session an instructive paper was
real on"Smooth Brome Grass as a For
age Plant," by Prof. Saunders of the
Brookings college. John Armstrong of
DeSmet spoke on "Feeding of the Dairy
Cows." During tHe afternoon the But
termakers' assoc. atlon held a meeting
and sent a committee before the dairy
men asking that the two organizations
be consolidated, adding the wOrd "but
termakers" to the name of the associa
tion and giving the dairymen the pres
idency of the combined organization.
At the buttermakers' convention the
exhibit of butter was the largest seen
at any of the conventions in many
years. There were over fifty entries in
the competitive contest. First prize was
awarded to J. P. Ibsen of Hansen,
whose butter scored second, to
John Straune, Mission Hill; third, to
James Bately. Riverside. Prizes were
awarded to the other buttermakers by
the business men of this city. At night
addresses were made by Prof. Lelghton
of New Hampton, la, and Prof. Gil
christ of Burnside, 8. D.
The location of the meeting of the
new association will be decided by th
Bullor Moving Forward.
London. (Special.) General Butler's
advance in the direction of Col en so
seems to have actually commenced. The
military attaches have left Capetown to
join General Buller, via Durham. Gen
eral White reports, under date of De
cember 12. that there are thirty-two
cases of enteric fever at Ledysmith.
There are renewed reports of a cab
inet crisis at Capetown, where It is
said that Governor Mllner Is about to
act. In consequence of disclosures In
volving the ministry's loyalty.
The White Star steamer Majestic has
sailed from Liverpool for South Africa
with 2,000 troops on board. The White
Star line steamer Cymric has been
chartered for use as a transport.
A dispatch from Frere csmp, dated
Tuesday, December 12, morning, says:
"This morning a union brigade, consist
ing of English, Scottish, Irish and
Welsh Fuslleeri, under General Barton,
with several naval guns, sdvanced snd
took up a strong position three miles
from Colenso, meeting with no oppo
sition." Shipping Beer to Manila.
Cincinnati. (Special.) The Enqulrei
says: Considerable shipments of beer
from here to Manila hsve been going
on. A consignment of five cars goes
out today to Hsn Francisco, thence by
vessels of the Southern Pacific line to
Hong Kong, where It Is reshlpped to
Manila The remaining fifteen cars of
an order of twenty cars will go next
The beer Is all In the shape of bot
tled goods and the consignee Is a saloon
keeper In Manila, who says that he hat
a consumptive demand of sight cars a
week, and thai In addition to this h
can And a rm.rket for a mooh larger
TO FIGHT THE TRUSTS
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ISSUEt.
CALL FOR A CONFERENCE.
Anniversary of Lincoln's Birthday,
February 12, Date Set For Move
Chicago, 111. (Special.) The execu
tive committee In charge of arrange
menls for the proposed national anti
trust conference has isued an sddresj,
calling the conference to meet in Chi
cago on the anniversary of the birth
day of Abraham Lincoln, February 12.
The call says that unless the crimi
nal conspiracies in restraint of trade
commonly known as trusts, which mi
alarmingly characterize the present
times, are overthrow n there will be es
tablished in free America a moneyed
jiligarchy on the one hand and a serf
dom of the masses of the people on
the other. The only possible way of
successfully combatting three gigantic
capitalistic monopolies Is the aroused
and organized hosls of the people to
whom the government and the country
rightfully belong and In whom all pow
er of right inheres. In order to restore
the equal rights of the ptople and d's
liver them from the criminal despotism
of these monopolistic combines it is
Imperative that the special privileges
which created and foster them be up
rooted and forever destroyed.
The herculean task can only be ac
:ompllshed by the organization of the
lovers of freedom in every part of the
republic and through the persistent and
ietermlned efforts of a united people.
Patriotic citizens from all states and
erritories, fully accredited and in sym
pathy with the objects, are Invited to
Applications for admission, it Is
Itated, should be made to the secretary,
Unity building, Chicago, at an early
late, as credentials of delegates must
be countersigned by the chairman of
the executive committee. The call Is
ligned by M. L. Lockwood, chairman,
and the other members of the execu
Among others who Join In the call
are: Hon. Frank S. Monnett, attorney
general, Columbus, O.; Judge M. F.
Tuley, Chicago; Hon. C. A. Towne, Du
luth; Alexander Delmar, New York;
Hon. Chauncey F. Black, ex-lleutenant
governor of Pennsylvania; Senator K.
F. Pettlgrew of South Dakota; Hon. T.
W. Sims, member of congress, Ten
nessee; Hon. James B. Weaver, Oolfax,
la; Hon. James Barrett, vice presi
dent Georgia State Agricultural socie
ty, Georgia; Governor William A.
Poynter. Lincoln, Neb.; Hon. James
Hamilton Lewis, Seattle, Wash.; Gov
ernor Andrew S. Lee, South Dakota;
Senator W. E. Mason, Illinois; H. P.
Opdyke, secretary Farmers' Alliance,
New Jersey; James R. Sovereign, Buf
falo; ex-Senator Wilkinson Call, Flor
Ida; Mayor R. S. McKiseon. Cleveland;
Hon. Ignatius Donnelly, Minneapolis:
D. W. Williams, president Patrons of
Industry, Ohio; H. A. Humphrey, ad
jutant general, South Dakota; Hon.
Horace Boles, Iowa; W. H. Burke, Far
mers Voice, Chicago; Hon. Richard
Daiton, president Single Tax league.
Missouri; Garrett Dropper, president
university of South Dakota; Lawson
Purdy, New York City: Bolton Hall,
New York; C. B. Matthews, Buffalo;
John T. Wilson, president Public Own
ership league, St. Louis, Mo.; 8. H.
Ellis, master Ohio State Grange; Hon.
E. G. Benson, supreme court, Seattle;
C. C. Cole, ex-chief Justice supreme
court, Des Moines; Rabbi J. I. Stern.
Cumberland, Md.; Hon. Wm. Sulzer,
member congress, New York; Hon. Ste
phen Willis J. Abbot, Chicago; John
Sherman Crosby, New York; Hon. Sam
uel Jones, mayor, Toledo; General A.
J. Warner, president American Bime
tallic union. Marietta, O.; Prof. George
D. Herron, Grinnell, la.; Governor Shel
don. California; Rev. Alexander Kent,
People's church, Washington, D. C;
John W. Willis. St Paul; ex-Governor
L. D. Llewelling, Wichita, Kan.; Hon.
George T. Jester, ex-lieutenant govern
or, Texas; S. W. Sample, Minneapolis;
John W. Breldenthal, bank commis
sioner, Topeka, Kan.; Thomas E. Will,
president agricultural college, Manhat
tan, Kan.; John G. Clcgg, New Or
leans; Alfred M. Webster, Grand Rap
Ids, Mich.; Senator Charles A. Ward,
Ann Arbor, Mich.; H. H. ' Swain, pro
fessor of political economy, noma!
school. Dillon, Mont; Ed. Boyce, presi
dent Western Federation Miners, Butte,
Mont., and 600 others.
TIN PLATE TRUST IN DAN6ER.
Upheaval Among Officers of the
Concern Is Threatened.
Indianapolis, Ind. Special.) An up
heaval among officers of the tin plate
trust is proposed shortly, with an early
change in the market, the overthrow of
the new trust and the formation of
some kind of an organization to take
Its place. Two years ago tin plate was
12.25 a box. Today It Is $5.30 and an
other advance of 10 per cent will be
made within two weeks.
The rapid Increase has caused new
plants at Wheeling, W. Va., Washing
ton, D. C, Rogers, Pa., Muskegon,
Mich., and others are promised at Pitts
burg, Denver and San Francisco. All
of these are independent concerns. Six
ty per cent of the tin plate workmen
are in Indiana and are preparing to
advance the wage scale. A committee
of tlnplate workers will visit Washing
ton during the session of congress.
Miners Send Out Warning.
Indianapolis, Ind. (Special.) Notices
were sent to the different states from
the miners' headquarters In this city,
notifying the workmen that agents rep
resenting the coa companies of Mis
souri, Kansas, Arkansas and the In
dian Territory are trying to secure mln
ers to work in their mines by false rep.
It is claimed the agents represent
there Is no strike In those states, when,
as a matter of fact, the men In Ar
kansas and Indian Territory have been
out since March. The miners are pre
paring to fight the case of Organiser
Kelly, who was arrested In Arkansas
ten days ago and taken to Springfield,
III., at the Instance of Federal Judge
Tobacco Growers Combine.
Charlotte. N. C ("pedal.) The to
bacco growers of this state have begun
a movement to raise the price of the
product throughout the southern states,
which planters say has decreased in
ten years from 35 cents per pound to
12 cents. District conventions are to
be held In the tobacco growing states
In January for the purpose of appoint
ing delegates to a convention to be held
In Raleigh on January 1. The puriose
of the convention will be to organize a
company to purchase the entire crop of
tobacco grown tn the state of North
Carolina. South Carolina. Virginia stid
Tennessee, and the farmers sre to en
ter Into an sgreement refusing to al
low the trust, which the growers claim
it reducing the price, to purchase any
of the product for flvo years
WESTER! NEWS NOTES.
The wheat crop of Washington is said
to be much greater than had been es
timated. The jute mill at the California peni
tentiary Is running full time making
A firm of stockmen at Kayvllle.
Utah, Is preparing to Import a largs
number of highly bred shorthorn cat
tle. The Montana volunteers who served
In the Philippines have formed an as
sociation called the Veteran Volunteers.
The people of Tacoma are trying to
Induce the Western Iron and Steel com.
pany to remove Its plant from Lake
view to that city.
Wheatland, Wyo., has aspirations to
become the great sheep center of that
state. At present Fort Collins has that
The father. of Vincent Rooney of
Butte has sued the railroad company
for 115,000 damages for the loss of a
foot by being pushed under the cars
at the time o the reception of thl Mon
tana regiment at Butte.
All the big coal mines In Webster
county are reported to be tied up by
the strike of about 500 men at Kalo,
Coalville, Lehigh and Carbon The men
went out because of the ur willingness
to grant advance of wage, which the
men thought Just, in view of the ad
vancing prices of coal. The struggle
promises to be long. The Boone county
district immediately adjoining Web
ster county, is likely to be drawn Into
Articles of Incorpo atlon have been
filed at Pierre for UJ Hot Springs Bot
tling works, with a capital of 1600,000.
Incorporators: Theresa M. Evans, Ar
chie W. Rlordan and Fred T. Evans.
Also the Mathews' Skimming Station
company, In Matheas township, Kings
bury county, with a capital of 16,000.
Incorporators: Gay Barrows, Luke Kel
ly and Charles Mathews.
Judge Moore, In the circuit court In
Deadwoo, rendered a decision in fa
vor of tile defendant In the case of
James L. Hardin against Patrick H.
Smith over some mining ground In Two
Bit Hardin claimed 400 feet of the
ground Smith sold to the Detroit
Dead wood Mining company.upon which
a shaft has been sunk to quartzlte and
a costly hoisting plant has been erected.
Peter Dupree, owner of the Cheyenne
river buffalo herd, which Is claimed to
be the largest herd owned by any one
man, says his herd now consists of
forty fullbloods. 100 halfbreeds and thir.
ty three-quarter bloods. He Is negoti
ating with the Interior department for
a sale of the bunch to be placed In the
National park. He expects to realize
about $800 per head on the fullbloods.
The report of the Insurance commis
sioner for this year shows the volume
of Insurance business which has been
transacted In South Dakota since state
hood, or rather since 1R90. The fire
risks written have been $193,S38.934,with
premiums paid of $4,848,161 and losses
paid of $1,747,648. In life insurance risks
written amounting to $02.26,918, preml
urns paid $3,265,18 and losses paid, $1,
007.614. Sioux Falls was the scene of a hold
up which nearly resulted fatally. Gus
Drolter, who has been employed on a
farm near Sioux Falls, came to town
for the purpose of taklrg a train for
a vlxtt at Fre'-port, HI. He fell In with
Jovial companions and as a result miss
ed his train. Later an ex-convlct in
vited him to take a walk. When they
reached a secluded spot near the Big
Sioux river the farmhanl was suddenly
attacked by his companion, who struck
him a violent blow, not, however, ren
dering him unconscious. A desperate
struggle for life ensued, which was ter
minated by the farmhand getting out
his pocketknlfe. with which he stab
bed his assailant four times, seriously
wounding him. He the.i fled back to
town. The wounded highwayman suc
ceeded In making his way back to town
although greatly weakened from loss
of blood. He has been lodged In the
county Jail and his hurts attended to.
COAL MINERS STRIKE.
Fort Dodge, la. (Special.) The Col
lins Bros., the Gleason, the McClure
and the Pleasant Vallny coal mines, the
leading coal mines In Coalville and
Kalo, are closed on account f a strike.
The Webster county mines which up
to this fall have enjoyed the reputa
tion of being very jieaceful, have been
the scene of considerable trouble be
tween employer and employes since the
coming into the mining district of a
state organizer this fall. The miners
all over the county went on a strike
and their demands were accepted by
the coal mine owners In the face of a
coal famine which they dared not
stand. They then raised the price of
coal, ostensibly on account of the In
crease In wages, made necessary by the
higher scale, and the decrease of the
output brought about by the fewer
hours of lab'ir. The miners claim that
the advance In price was out of pro
portion to the increase In wages and
demand their share in the wave of
prosperity. Should the strike become
general, a coal famine will be inev
PACKING HOUSE STATISTICS.
Cincinnati, O. 8peclal.) The Prlc
Current says: A considerable Increase
in shown in the offerings of hogs the
last week. Western packings represent
a total of 806,000, compared with 465.000
the preceding week and 775,000 last
year. From November 1 the total Is
3,0"j5,OOO, against 3,725,000 a year ago.
Prominent places compare as follows:
Cities. 1199. IMS.
Chicago ...1,036,000 1,36,000
Kansas City 350,000 435,000
Omaha 210,000 275,000
St Louis 225.000 276,000
Indianapolis 163,000 203.000
Milwaukee 131.000 146.000
Cincinnati , 99.000 135,Ooq
St. Joseph 162,000 166.000
Wttumwa 98,000 102,000
Cedar Rapid 31.000 62.004
Sloue City 70,000 B7.W)fl
St. Paul 54.000 50,004
BRYAN GIVES HIS OPINION.
Austin, Tex. (Special.) When asked
by an Associated Press correspondent
as to what he thought of Allen's ap
pointment as senator from Nebraska,
Mr. Bryan replied:
"1 think the appointment of Mr. Al
len ought to give universal satisfac
tion. He made a good record in the
senate and last year had the unan
imous support of the fusion members
of the legislature. I think that In mak
ing this appointment tha governor act
ed wisely. There are aeversl demo
crats in the state who would have fill
ed the office acceptably, but the fact
that Allen was last year the choice ol
all three parties makes him the logical
man for the place. I have no doubt
that a democrat will be chosen next
year to succeed Senator Thurston and
that will give our state a populist and
a democrat in the senate."
The prevailing use of electricity has
brought about a Urge Increase In fires,
owing to crossed wires. Ten years ago
there wars only Mxty-flve ouch Arts
and last ysar there wag Ml.
IS A SEOS SETtACI FCN KITO.
Oataore'B Defeat By the Boers Ha
LAndou. (Special.) What littl in
formation reached London from ths
seat of war contained nothing pertam
iDg to the advance of General BuHei
or General Methuen. The details of
General Gatacre's defeat show that his
column was guided Into a posltlsn
where he was at the mercy of a heavy
Boer fire. Ignorance or treachery en
the part of his guides, neglect of a
proper reconnoissance and the ordinary
precautions of such a movement are
responsible for this serious setback to
the British arms. It is not yet known
at what stage of the fighting the 4W0
men were cut off. A at Nicholson's
Nek, It is assumed as certain that
they continued to give a good account
of themselves as long as their ammuni
tion held out
BOKRS MAY GROW BOLDER.
As a result of the reverse Genera
Gatacre's advance will be delayed, as
also will that of General French fsem
Naauwpoort Stormberg. It Is new
known, held a far greater force than
was supposed. General Gatacre will ac
quire powerful reinforcements befhea
he can make another eesay to advance.
It remains to be seen whether ths
Boers, emboldened by their success,
will venture south to try to cut Gener
al Gatacre's line of communication.
MOKE TKOOI-S SOON TO ARRIVE.
Before another ten days have passed
the transports bearing the Fifth dhrl
slon, which is to be commanded by 81f
Charles Warren, will begin to arrive in
South African waters, and It is almesl
certain some of the newcomers wilt be
hurried up to strengthen the hands ol
General Gatacre and General French
and to protect General Methuen's lfna
of communication. Experts here wowtd
not be in the least surprised to wnd
that a considerable port of the Beers
investing Ladysmlth had been called
off and hurried down to the south fron
tier of the Free State to bar approach
from the north of Cape Colony.
General Buller held a review of tha
troops at Frcre camp, probably as a
prelude to giving an order t advance.
PRISONERS SENT TO PRETORIA.
We are still without Intelligence of
any serious fighting by General Mo
thuen's column at Modder river, the It
is to be noticed that a Boer tleswm
from Pretoria states that General
Conje, who Is In command of the Uoer
forces, has sent fifty British prisoners
to the Transvaal capital. An Important
statement is that the main Boer posi
tion is not Spyt-fonteln, but MaiBBre
fonteln, a point on the railway near
Modder. They are also In force at a
cobsdal. within the Free State borwer.
A sharp artillery duel between how
itzers and the Boer guns Sunday ended
In the latter being temporarily si
lenced, while the Boers did not reply
to the naval 4. gun used by the UrMhih.
STRATEGIC NEED OF STORMJTHWO.
For a moment the great turning op
eration which has been going on In tha
western field slops. General Methwen,
on the extreme right, has been thrust
forward to turn the Free Slaters when
the break backward toward Hloenfen
teln. Incident to the general plan to
relieve Kimbcrley. General French Is
creeping up as the center line, and has
occupied town after town, conforming
to Methuen's movement At last the
time came when the pivot of the move
ment. General Gatacre's force, should
move forward. The strategic necessity
of seizing Stormberg Was obvious. I la
the junction of the main line of railway
from East London into the Free State,
with a little branch line running west
which, when bridged and some of the
destroyed culverts have been repaired,
will give communication by rail be
tween General Gatacre and General
French. It was also necessary to make
a forward movement in the center and
right to keep attention of the Ber
commandos, which might otherwise fall
upon General Methuen's weak line of
communication. General Methuen has
nearly accomplished his share of the
scheme, but he has been successful at
a great price.
In all probability General Methuen
has but one more action at Spytfonteln
or Magersfonteln. Tills will be the
fight before Klmbcrley Is relieved. The
war offlce officials are more anxious
about his long line of communication
behind him than the Intrenched posi
tion which he lias sooner or later to
assault. General French has had no
great difficulties In bis way. lie has
advanced village by village with the
intention of eventually occupying
Colesburg and debouching Into the
Free State at Nerval's I'ont. The first
move on General Gatacre's part was to
seize, If possible, Stormberg. In this
attempt he has been defeated. He has
retired to Molteno. The effect on the
future conduct of the campaign cannot
be prophesied with any certainty. On
eral Gatacre will have to lie reinforced
very strongly. General French will
have to pause in his advance. General
Methuen, once the final action to ac
complish the relief of Kimberley has
been fought, will have to turn his at
tention to his line of communication
with De Aar. The. west coast cable
again Interrupted necessitating sending
everything by the east coast route. This
means another delay In the dispatches,
the first effects of which have been felt
The London newspapers yesterday
made a brave effort to minimize the
seriousness of General Gatacre's defeat.
They take the position that the defeat
Is more annoying than mischievous, and
that it will have no very great effect
on the military situation in South Af
rica. In official quarters, however, no
such optimism prevails. In probable
effect the reverse Is regarded as ex
ceedingly unfortunate with regard to
the political aa well as the military sit
uation. The gravity of General Qat
acre'a position depends on the difficult
nature of the Orange river country and)
the disloyalty of the Inhabitants. The
organs of the Afrikander bund declnrw
that not only la the whole stretch of
northern Cape Colony, the four comers
of which are marked by the towns of
Cradock, Queenstown, Aliwal North
and Colesburg, strongly Dutch In its
sympathies, but It is thought that maay
of the Cape Dutch hitherto undecided
are now openly in revolt
New York Post: The Rev. William B.
Walker of Joliet, III., has won his long
fight against the railroad question ever
the question of his right to a half-fart
clerical permit. This had been denied
to the Jollet clergyman, so he claims,
because he had freely crltlclsd crtaln
features of railway managment. Re
senting the Implication that the half
fare permit was a gag for clerical
mouths, Mr. Walker, after Ineffectual
appeals to the railroad companies, took
his case before the Interstate commis
sion, on the ground that the permit H
a courtesy which. It allowed to any
clergyman, ihould be accorded to all.
But the railroads did not want a de
cision rendered which might prove a
troublesome precedent; therefore, the
chairman of the Western Psssenger
association forwarded to Mr. Walker
new half-fare permit In place of the
one that had been revoked, and th
case was dismissed.
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