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KENTUCKY'S GOVERNOR DIES
AT 6:45 SATURDAY NICHT.
REPUBLICANS HOLD Oil
Dramatic Scenes Connected With
Fatal Termination of Kentucky'
. Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 5 The bullet
' fired by an unknown assassin laat
Tuesday morning: ended the life of Wil
' Ham oGebel at 6:45 Saturday evening.
The only persona present at t he
death bed were Mr. Goelel's sister.Mrs.
Braunacker, and his brother, Arthur
Ooebel of Cincinnati, who have been
in constant attendance at Mr. Goebel's
bedside, and Dr. McCormack. Justus
Ooebel, another brother, who has been
hurrying- from Arizona as fast as steam
wou d carry bim. In a vain hope of
reaching his dying: brother In time for
some token of recognition, arrived forty
minutes too late.
Oxygen was) frequently administered
to the dying man during the afternoon
In an effort to keep him alive until his
brother arrival, but In vain. For, by
the cruel Irony of fate, the train on
which Justus Goebel was traveling to
Frankfort was delayed several hours
from various causes, and when Mr.
3oebet finally reached here, It was only
to learn that his brother was dead.
Among bitter partisans of both par
ties deep grief Is manifested and a
movement has been started to erect a
fltting monument for Mr.Uoebel's mem
ory on the spot In the state house
grounds where he was shot.
No arrangements have as yet been
made for the funeral. I'lunged in grief
and locked in the death chamber of
their brother, Arthur and Justus Goe
, bel and Mrs. Braunaker have given out
no intimation of their wishes ami prob
ably no. definite arrangements will be
made until tomorrow. It is understood
that a request will be made on behalf
of the cltl&ens of Frankfort that Mr.
Ooebel's last resting place be in the
cemetery here, where are burled Dan
iel Boone and Vice President Andrew
SENDS FOR FRIENDS.
At his request former Congressman
Hendrick was called and Mr. Ooebel
asked for some of his legal advisers,
with whom he wished to confer. From
that tinie until about 10 o'clock Mr.
Goebel rested fairly well, dozing at
times, but shortly after 10 o'clock he
suddenly grew worse. The hiccoughs
and nausea returned with increased vi
olence, and his pulse ran down alarmingly-
Drs. M.(Vrmack and: Jiume
were summoned and hypodermic injec
tions of whisky and strychnine and
afterward of morphine were given him.
At Mr. Goebel's request Captain Wal
lace of the Kentucky penitentiary, an
Intimate friend, was sent for, and when
the latter came the two had a short
"Lew," said Mr. Ooebel, "I wish to
announce to the world that I do not
hold mys-lf In open violence to the
word of God."
The hypodermic Injections afforded
some temporary relief. But the suf
ferer for the first time In his long weary
struggle for life had apparently lost
his indomitable courage.
"Doctor," said he. feebly, to Dr. Mc
Cormack, who stood at the bedside,
"I'm afraid now that I'm not going to
get over this.
Dr. McCormack endeavored to cheer
the fart falling man, but the latter
won relapsed Into a condition of semi
consciousness. About 1 o'clock he ral
lied, and calling Dr. McCormack to hi
tide, paid: "Ictor. am I going to get
well? I want to know the truth, for I
lave several things to attend to."
TOLD END WAS NEAR.
"Mr. Ooebel, you have but a few
Viours to live," replied Dr. McCormack.
Mr. Goebel was silent for a moment,
then calling his brother. Arthur Goe
bel. to his side, he asked that the phy
sicians and nurse retire. Then for
twenty minutes the dying man was lf I
rlth his brother and sister, Mrs. Braun
Soon after this he again fell Into a
atupor and at 2 o'clock his condition
was considered so alarming that as a
list resort oxygen was given In an en
iSeavor to keep the dying man alive If
possible until the arrival of his brother,
lJusIus. from Arizona, who was due
Ishortly after 6 o'clock. The pulse of
Che patient had in the meantime run up
to HO and his temieraiure lo nu, ana
his breathing became rapid and more
PRAYER AT BEDSIDE.
This treatment resulted in an Im
provemenL but the rally was so slight
and flow that the weary watchers at
the bedside saw that the end was not
far off. and Rev. pr. Taliaferro of the
Methodfct church of Frankfort was sent
for. He came and immediately enter
ing the death chamber, Dr. Taliaferro
crossed over to where ir. i.ocoei lay
gasping for breath, and kneeling at the
side of the bed. prayed earnestly. With
tears streaming down their races, Air".
Ilmiinaker and Arthur Goebel knelt
at the bedside'also. Then Dr. Tallaf-rro
arose and oiienlng his bible, reucl
tew selected verses from the Epistle to
St. James. As the words of the apostle
were read by the divine, in nymg man
stirred slightly. Quickly leaning over
bis brother. Arthur Ooebel auto: vim,
lir Talluferro is hre."
Vo resnonse rame from the dying
man, but as Arthur Ooebel leaned over
him nnxlouslv looking for some sign
of recognition, a look of Intelligence
Hi half-closed eyes, and
It waft apparent that Mr. Goebel un
Jerslood what was said to him.
Shortly after this Dr. Taliaferro left
the room and dewenaing me mum,
nierort the Indies reception room.
where at the request of several ladles
wives of leflslators, he held brief serv
ice,,. Then the divine again went to
Mr fWln-1's bedside and about live
minute afterward took his departure,
Shortly fift-r 4 o'clock the dying man
.,( . ,v-tt oxviren and again
sliehi rallv resulted, but It was only
His respiration gradually grew more
!-.ih,,. mil nn to 63. while his
pulse" dro'ped to 120. At 6:10 p. m. Dr.
Hum li.ii the dvlng man's bedside and
r..m..i,.,i i, ih throngs of anxious
watchers in the corridors of the hotel
thm infh was n matter of but a few
nutments' time. The oxygen treatment
was used constantly In an endeavor to
i keep Mr. Goebel alive until Juetus Ooc-
bel'l arrival, but no effort was made
lo arouse the unconscious man.
ALONE WITH THE DYING.
Aa Dr. Hume dejwrted from the roorr
the afflicted brother and sister turned
to Dr. MWormack and reqiK-sted that
they be left entirely alone with theli
brother, who waa fast sinking, and tc
both physicians apparently In articulo
mortis. The physicians silently with
drew, closing the doors, leaving tH'hind
them the grief -stricken brother and
sister. Silently they knelt at his bed
side, their eyes fastened on the half
open eyelids of the unconscious man.
He could give no sign of further recog
nition, and yet he waa not absolutely
unconscious. Scarcely breathing them
selves, the brother and sister knelt over
the death bed, listening to the short,
sharp gasps of death and praying that
the life might be spared until their
brother, Justus, from Arizona, could
arrive. Their prayers were In vain.
Even as they watched, the pulsations
became slover and slower, gradually,
but steadily, growing weaekr, and with
a slight quiver of the eyelids, one
breath deeper than the rest, a pause,
a gasp, and the life that had been bat
tling so valiantly against the assassin's
bullet since last Tuesday nickered out.
Death had claimed its victim, and the
brother and sister, Imwed by sorrow,
whose pangs were lntersified by the
knowledge that a few miles away, hur
rying to them, as their brother, Justus,
who would arrive too late, sat down
upon the death bed alone with their
dead. Not a sound emanated from the
room to apprise the anxious watchers
In the hotel corridors without that Mr.
Goebel had passed away.
The grief-stricken brother and sister
were left undisturbed, while the two
physicians outside the door anxiously
looked at their watches as the minutes
flew by, fearing the truth, yet won
dering at the long silence.
ARRIVAL OF THE BROTHER.
Finally, at 7:20. the train bearing
Justus Ooebel, pulled Into Frankfort. At
the station were Urey Woodson, Samuel
J. Shackelford, clerk of the court of
appeals, and Mayor Rhlnoch of Coving
ton. They met Mr. Goebel at the car
steps. "Is he dead, tell me; Is he
dead?" were the first words he uttered.
'He is not dead," was the assurance
given him by his friends, who had no
Inkling of the truth.
The party entered a carriage and
five minutes later, at 7:25 o'clock, arriv
ed at the Capitol hotel. Wfth tears
streaming from his eyes, Mr. Goebel
was conducted to the chamber where
lay his brother. The rap at the door
was answered by Arthur Goebel, who
silently drew his brother within and
again closed the door. Five minutes
later Arthur Ooebel again opened the
door and motioned to the two physi
cians. He died at 6:46 o'clock, painless
ly, was all he said, and then closed the
door. There was no excitement in the
corridor. Those who heard the words
of Arthur Goebel were reverently si
lent and did not disseminate the Intel
ligence. Within a few moments the
following announcement had been pre
pared and was silently circulated in
the hotel and streets:
BULLETIN OF DEATH.
"To the People of Kentucky: It is
with the most profound sorrow that we
announce the death of Governor Wil
liam Goebel. In his last moments he
counseled his friends to keep cool and
bow to the law In all things. We, his
friends and advisers, teg of the people
of Kentucky, In this hour of affliction,
to carefully abstain from any act of
violence or any resort to mob law. It
would be his wish if he were alive that
there be absolutely stain on his
memory by any imprudent act of any
who were his friends. The law Is su
preme and must in time be re-established,
and all the wrongs he and his
party have suffered will find their pro
The bulletin was signed by J. C. S.
Blackburn, William S. Pryor, Urey
Woodson, C. M. Lewis, J. U. McCreary,
Ijewls McQuown, B. D. Bradburn, 8. J.
Shackelford, C. D. McChord, South
Trimble, speaker of the' house; I H.
Carter, speaker pro tern of the senate.
This was the first Intelligence given
the public of the death of Mr. Goebel,
which had occurred forty-five minutes
Late in the evening tt was decided
to hold no formal Inquest over the re
mains. This Is In compliance with the
wishes of the friends and family of the
dead democratic leader. The coroner
will accordingly Issue a certificate of
the cause of death, without the form
ality of an Inquest, this being suftllent
to comply with the law.
Pittsburg & Gulf Falls Into Hands ot
the Transportation Trust
St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 6. In Chambers
Saturday Judge Thayer of the United
States district court entered a decree
of foreclosure against the Kansas City,
Pittsburg & Gulf railroad and Its va
rious branches, upon application of the
State Trust company of New York.
The upset price was fixed at tl2,500,000.
In the decree it Is stipulated that if
this sum Is not paid in ten days the
special master appointed Is authorized
to sell the road. For this purpose thir
ty days' notice Is allowed and It Is spe
cified that the sale be effected at the
raJlroad station In Joplin, Mo.
Counsel for the trust company want
ed the lowest price which may be ac
cepted set at 110,000,000. Judge Thayer
considered 115,000,000 a fair valuation,
but after further deliberation agreed
that $12,500,000 would be satisfactory
to all concerned.
"The amunt named." said the Judge,
"will fully protect those holding out
standing bonds of the company. The
basis uKn which the upset price was
determined Is In accordance with the
present market value of the bonds."
Omaha, Neb.. Feb. 6. This Is th
"North and South Road" which wai
proposed to be operated In competition
with the lines running east and west.
But the great railroad trust Interest
of the country has finally choked the
life out of It and the western people
are now no better off than if the "Gulf"
road had never been built.
REPUBLICANS ENTERTAIN BRYAN.
The Bay State Club Extends Soda
Courtesies to the Nebraskan.
Jlolyoke, Mass., Feb, 6. William J.
Bryan arrived here from Monl poller In
time for an early breakfast with Chris
topher T. Callahan, chairman of the
democratic state central committee.
At 2 o'clock Mh. Bryan boarded ti
train bound for Chlcopee, where he
sxke In the city hall. Later he went
to Springfield, where, after addressing
a public meeting In the city hall, he
held a reception In the mayor's office.
Mr. Bryan then returned to Holyoke
and made a speech before a mass meet
ing. While here Mr. Bryan wan given
receptions by the Bryan club, the may
or and the Bay State club, the latter a
republican organisation, whose mem
ber! derlred to meet lir. Bryan socially.
STATE BOARD OF TRANSPORTA
TION ORDERS REDUCTION.
GENERAL GUT FOLLOWS
A "Do Something" Policy Set In
Motion By the State Board of
Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 6. The state
board of transportation has ordered a
reduction of 30 per cent in the local
distance rates for the transportation
of grain. The order will take effect
February 20, and, unless complied with
by that time, the railroads will be re
quired to show sufficient cause why it
should not be enforced.
The action of the board of transpor
tation, while it will probably be follow
ed by a sweeping reduction on all farm
products, is not a surprise. The cattle
men of the western part of the state,
aa well as the farmers in eastern Ne
braska, would be benefited by such a
change In rates.
The order of the board was Issued on
the following recommendation of the
board of secretaries;
BELIEVE RATE TOO HIGH.
"In a complaint filed by the citizens
t Halgler they complain among other
things that the rate on corn from Min
den to Halgler, a distance of 150 miles,
Is unjust and unreasonable. While this
Is the only complaint on the corn rate
tiled with this board, numerous verbal
complaints have been made that the
local rate on corn and other foodstuffs
is excessive. Most of these complaints
come from parties feeding sheep and
cattle In the western part of the state,
rmote from the corn belt, who are
compelled to ship their stock to the
corn or ship the corn to the ranges.
We have carefully considered the rate
on corn and other feed In force in this
state and believe the local rate Is un
just and unreasonable. We therefore
recommend that a general order be
made reducing the Icxal distance tariff
rate on corn, oats, rye, barley, bran,
corn meal, mill feed, mill stuff, chop
grain, screenings, oat hulls, oat dust,
sorghum seed, melons, oil cake, oil
meal, corn and cane fodder (straight
carloads) and cottonseed meal ,10 per
cent below the local distance tariff. tak
ing effect December 1, 1894, and now In
force, and that all the roads doing busi
ness in this state be served, with a copy
of said order and beglven time to show
cause why said order cannot be served.
J. O. DAHLMAN,
J. W. EDG-ERTON,
O. L. LAWS,
In compliance with this recommenda
tion, the board of transportation is
sued an order upon the Chicago, Rock
Island & Pacific, Chicago, St. Paul,
Minneapolis & Omaha, Fremont, Elk
horn & Missouri Valley, Burlington,
Sioux City, O'Neill & Western, St. Jo
seph & Grand Island and Missouri Pa
cific railroads to reduce the local dis
tance tariff 30 per cent. The roads are
required to show cause before February
20 why this order should not be en
forced. WILL NOT STOP FAST TRAINS.
In the case of the citizens of Halgler,
who complained that fast through pas
senger trains on the Burlington rail
road, running between Lincoln and
Denver, do not stop at Halgler, the
board of secretaries found that there
Is no descrlminatlon in the way of
train service and recommend that the
complaint be dismissed. The recom
mendation waa adopted by the board.
In brief the citizens of Halgler com
plained that the Burlington railroad
unjustly discriminated against them
In favor of other nearby towns. The
secretaries found that the through
trains could make no more. Btops than
they are now doing and make their
eastern and western connections and
give towns along the line adequate mall
and passenger service. If the fast
trains were made to stop at all the less
important points they would become
mere local trains.
A similar complaint was filed by the
citizens of Ansley, asking that all
through trains be compelled to atop at
that place. The finding of the secre
taries was the same as in the Halgler
The state bank of McLean was char
terer by the state banking board. Its
capital stock is $5,000.
UNCLE JAKE WOLFE.
The Veteran Old Pop Mixes Jokes.
Stories and Politics,
Concerning the Porter matter, Ijind
Commissioner Wolfe ade the follow
"I could say a good deal and then not
txhaust the subject. Mr. Porter and I
have always been the best of friends,
and I am sure we will remain so, and
generally agreed ou questions coming
before any of our boards, and as he
doesn't want any personal altercation
with the other members of the board,
perhaps I had better Just grin and let
It go. I am a godo deal like a negro I
I once saw at a city election here In
Lincoln a number of years ago. Two
negroes had Some words and one negro
jerked a neckyoke from a buggy tongue
and welted the other over the head
three or four times, and the police ar
rested him and took him away and the
negro that I am somewhat like was
asked why he didn't defend himself,
and he very colly replied that it took a
good deal to make him mad, but, said,
he, 'I was just getting a little riled
when he hit me the last whack.' I am
Btlll in a good humor, but if Mr. Porter
keeps on using his neckyoke he may
possibly rile me. Mr. Meserve wiys he
is 64 years old. I can see him and go
him twelve better, and can therefore
look upon the effervescence and ambi
tions of .youth with a great deal of al
lowance." Mr. Porter Is young, and
that Is not his fault. He Is ambitious,
and even that Is no crime, but N. P.
" 'Ambition, 'tis a glorious cheat;
It seeks the chamber of the gifted boy,
And lifts hiH humble window and comes
"The balance of the poem Is Just as
pertinent, but too personal to quoin, as
I don't want any 'personal altercation'
with any of my friends. What Mr. Por
ter ban already done? doesn't change
my good opinion of him. I have known
him well and regard him highly In most
respects. He Is a great, big, awkward,
aright, honest, brainy, offhand boy. He
a a born actor, but you never can tell
hen he Is going to appear before the
urtaln, and whether he is going to
play to the parquet and dxaat circle or
b the gallery. He la generally equs!
lo tlui emergency, however, for he hlm
aif creati'S the emergency to order. )
have no harsh criticism to make. I
might do my friend an Injustice, for 1
can scarcely imagine what 1 would dfi
niyseir In his place. I never was a
candidal for congress nor for chair
man of a state convention, let alone
both at the same time. No, I am a
modest man. My friend Porter is not
atilieted in this way. Perhaps it is my
misfortune. Mr. Porter, I don't think,
intended to step on the toes of the
rest of the board, but he is tall and
his eyes are a good ways from his feet
and with his eyes on a congressional
prize he was a little careless where be
NOT ABOVE CRITICISM.
"I do not say there are no merits In
his plea. I do not claim that the sec
retaries or the board should be exempt
from criticism, but I do claim that
for any derelic tion of duty on the part
of the secretaries the board is equally
and primarily at fault and the demand
should be Just aa emphatic and as loud
for their resignation as for the secre
taries. Mr. Porter would probably be
the first to hand his in. Mr. Porter
well knows, or ought to know, the lim
ited powers of the board and that its
existence is Justified more by what it
may be able lo prevent than from evils
It Is able to cure. I am a populist and
am proud of it, and I am a firm believ
er In the doctrine of government own
ership of railroads and all public utili
ties. This is the only complete reme
dy for railroad domination and exac
tions, and yet, as a member of the
board of transportation, I am willing
and anxious to apply every remedy in
the power of the board for the benefit
of the shipper, and when I see a wrong
committed and know of a remedy that
can be applied I shall first bring it be
fore the board and advocate it there
and not announce my discovery and in
tentions first to the world through the
press. Like Mr. Meserve, I find that
while the people are sometimes misled
by reports, yet I always found them
reasonable whim acquainted with all
the facts. When I retire from my office
at the end of my term (I don't expect
to resign) I shall do so with at least
the self-satisfaction of having done my
duty as I, at the time, saw it. No one,
I presume, has a higher apreciatlon of
the esteem of their fellow men than
myself, and yet, as high as I prize the
good opinion of others, this Is not to be
compared with the satisfaction of a
good conscience. I have no regrets
that the press and the people are tak
ing hold of these matters and only
hope that much good may come out
of their agitation. I have nothing but
gratitude to the people for their treat
ment of myself before and since I have
been in office and trust that I have at
least partially repaid them or their
kind words and deeds, and only hope
that I may live long enough to more
fully discharge my obligations."
A. O. Oustin of Kearney was be
fore the state board of transportation
with a proposition to equalize freight
and apsscnger rates in Nebraska. The
plan suggested is similar to the postal
rate system. He proposes a fixed rate
for freight and passengers in Nebraska
Irrespective of distance, so that it
would cost no more for a trip of ten
miles than for one from the eastern to
the western boundary of the state. Tak
ing as a basis the amount, received by
the railroad In Nebraska for freight
during the year, the rate per ton would
Secretary Porter favored the plan,
but the other members of the lioard
were not disposed to look very favor
ably on the proposition, which was held
by the attorney general to be contrary
to the constitution.
BOARD OF CONTROL FIGHT,
Iowa Legislature Proposes to Take
Appointive Power Away From
Des Moines, la., Feb. 6. The impor
tant legislation as a result of the con
troversy over the state board of con
trol appointment, whic h culminated In
the senate turning down Colonel Rood.
The absorbing topic of discussion about
the legislature has been the bill in
troduced in the house by Sweet of Bre
mer, taking away the appointive power
of the governor in the selection of
members of the board of control and
making the offices elective by Joint
convention of the legislature. The mea
sure is acknowledged to be the result
of the opposition to Rood and Is un
derstood to be backed by the anti
Rood supporters in the senate. Its
friends say that It will pass the huso
easily and they mean to push it vig
orously In the senate, where they hope
to gain enough votes, with the twenty
two o fthe opposition, to put It thro'.
There have been no new developments
yet relating to the second appointment
of the governor, and it is suggested
that there may not be until the above
measure Is passed upon, for It will lie
come effective at once If It passes and
the present legislature will elect the
successor to ex-Governor Iarrabee.
The governor declines to talk of the
matter, but It Is understood he is still
casting about for a second nomination-
to Fend to the senate.
The house bill to make the office
elective leaves with the governor the
powr to suspend from office, with the
confirmation or tne senate, mere win
unquestionably be a big fight over the
measure before it la settled.
TO CARE FOR THE' VISITORS.
Chairman Edmisten Asks Lincoln to
Prepare for Visitors
Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 6. It is becom
ing evident that pn the 19th inst. Lin
coln will be crowded to overflowing
with guests from abrad. The National
Butter Makers' association and the
populist national committee both con
vening here on that day.
National Committeeman Edmisten
has Issued this appeal to the citizens
"To the Citizens of Lincoln: It ap
pears that our city Is going to be over
crowded during the the meeting of the
national committee of the people's par
ty and of the butler makers' which is a
national meeting also, both of them
convening on February 19th. and inas
much as the capacity of the hotels Is
now contracted to the full limit and
many not provided for, It Is Incumbent
on all good citizens who are anxious to
see our guests from other states given
that hospitality which ihey will ex
pect, to offer the use of their homes
for lodgings for ns many as they can
conveniently care for.
"For the information or those who
desire to assist In this matter I will
say that a public, meeting will be held
of hn ofllcn of the secretaries of the
state board of transortation at the
state house on Mommy evening, reu
r. at n. m. The emergency
of the case demands action on the part
of all who feel Inlerestea in mew mai
lers, therefore we expect a large at
ALL THE YOUNG COUNTRY MEN
SUMMONED TO FIGHT.
AH Her Men, Cuns and Munitions
Are Not Sent to the Front
London, Feb. 5. London features
luring the last week have been khaki
jnd the yeomanry. Theaters, music
halls and clubs have been suddenly in
vaded by crowds of hale, broad-shoul-lered,
healthy looking young men. The
public streets have assumed the air of
a provincial town, filled, as they have
ieen, with heavy-booted, strongly gai
tered youths, guileless of the conven
tional silk hat. but generally wearing
hooting caps and covert coats. These
were the yeomen. A mighty service
able lot they look, too. As the weeks
;ame toward its end these gentlemen
ioffd the countrified clothes and reap
peared in full suits of khaki.
From that moment London, seemed,
to to speak, their own town, as they
were feted, winde, dined, plied with
.igars, theater tickets and winsome at
.entions from ladies, being, generally
speaking, very much lionized.
In their khaki dresses they have been
illiwed full scope for their fancy. As a
-ule, they have adopted the practical
Norfolk Jacket, with its conveniently
nimerous poc kets and comfortable feel,
with new puttie gaiters.
LAST OF THE YEOMANRY.
This rallying of the yeomanry is the
last wave of the receding tide. After
it London appears likely to be desolate
beyond anything known. Most of the
yeomanry will have gone during tne
next few days. During Friday they
made a short rally about town, but
everyone heard the same cry: "This is
my parting luncheon. Come to a fare
well dinner. Adieu."
The suppers lasted uproariously into
the small hours of the morning. At
most tables khaki uniforms were in
vldence, but when all the yeomanry
ire gone, what a blank there will be!
In the house of commons Friday Mr.
jcorge Wyndham, under secretary for
war, made a very encouraging show-
ng for the artillery which England
had found It possible to send to the
front, but I also heard a very interest
ing conversation between a member of
parliament and another gentleman,
tvhieh was not intended for publication.
The member said:
"We have sent out a surprising num
ber of guns, but not so surprising if
truth were known, which is that our
fortresses have been dismantled of ev-
ry Bingle modern gun, and that al
though on paper many batteries are
still shown they are old and worthless,
(treat Britain today is practically with
This is rather startling, but accounts
for the active watch which is being
tept by our navy at the present mo
Tient around our coasts.
TREATMENT OF THE WOUNDED.
Startling Contrast Between British
and Boer Conduct,
London, Feb. 6. In startling contrast
with the accounts of the treatment of
British wounded and British prisoners
by the Boers Is the story in the Daily
Mail of the arlrval at Cairo of Britain's
latest captive, the renowned Dervish
leader Osman Dlgna. The Mail says:
"He was brought In a third-class wa
gon and a large crowd pressed "for
ward, eager to see the dark, long face,
the brilliant eyes, the large mouth and
the long, gray beard of a frightened
and dignified old man, who sat with
chains around his sore ankles and
swollen bare feet."
The campaign of calumny here against
the Boers has been crushingly exposed
by the magnificent qualities they have
displayed, but even yet a recognition
of the Boer virtues draws domn viru
lent abuse upon any public man cour
ageous enough to make it known. Leon
ard Courtney, M. P., is a man of Kuch
courage and he has been villlfled by
the jingo press for saying:
"We are fighting with a people who
put us to shame in many characteris
tics, but in none more than moderation,
Jignity, self-restraint and respect for
their antagonists which has been shown
by our victorious enemies in their
treatment of wounded prisoners and
those with whom they were in dire
Edward Clarke also raised a sneering
litter in the house of commons when
"These men are as valiant as any
race that ever bore arms. We have
learned to respect and honor them.
They are as true-hearted as ourselves;
they are worthy foes and we can learn
from them the exercise of the noblest
Human qualities. "
STATE TREASURER IN TROUBLE.
is Damned if He Does
Damned If He Don't.
Des Moines, la., Feb. 6. State Treas
urer Herrlott Is In trouble and it Is no
fault of his own. It is merely because
he carried out the law In collecting
the state tax levied on insurance, tele
graph and express companies. He Is
still collecting these taxes, which are
being paid under protest. If he did not
;ollect them he would be guilty of mal
feasance In office and might be deposed
and his bondsmen made to pay for his
neglect of duty, If he does collect them
he must turn the money Into the stale
treasury and become liable personally
lo the companies, which the state su
preme court and the United States su
preme court have held can recover from
Treasurer Herrlott personally. The
amount so far involved Is said to be
about 1M),000. Herrlott made his trou
bles known Saturday to the members
nf the senate and house ways and
means committee. There was some talk
ibout the difficult position of Herrlott
before, but the exact status of the sit
uation has not before been made public.
It is the opinion of Treasurer Her
rlott and of the chairman of the ways
and means committee that the only es
cape for the state treasurer Is the pass
ige of a refunding law by the legis
lature. Several states have such acts,
hut Iowa has not. The result la that
the state treasurer Is placed In a most
jmbarrasslng position. If he docs not
solleet the taxes the state will demand
restitution; If he doe the companies
will hold him personally liable for the
UOO.OOQ or so each year.
BECKHAM KAOE GSVERrCS.
He at Once Issues a ProcUmatfdrf
for Peace and Good Order. '
Frankfort, Ky., Feb. 5. Exactly m
hour after the death of Mr. Goebel, J.
C. W. Beckham was sworn, In as gov
ernor, the oath being administered by
S. J. Shackelford, clerk ot the court ot
It had been determined to keep secret
the news of the death of Mr. Goebel
until Mr. Beckham should have been
formally inducted into office, and the
delay was made greater by the inability
of Dr. McCormack to leave the bed
room of Mr. Goebel arrd make the pro
per certificate of death. Until this had
been done the democratic attorneys
were unwilling that the oath of. office
should be administered.
The ceremony took place In, a small
room on the same floor as that on
which Mr. Goebel died and only a few
doors to the west of it. In the room
at the time of the administration of
the oath were Senator-elect Blackburn,
Colonel El H. Young, Colonel Philip
Thompson, J. H. Lillis, Lieutenant L.
E. McKay, S. J. Shackelford, clerk of
the court of appeals; Dr. W. P. Wells.
Colonel Harry McKay, Colonel Jack
Chinn, Kit Chinn, Dr. McCormack, Jo
seph Blackburn, jr., and three repre
sentatives of the press.
Colonel Young, who was one of the
leading democratic attorneys through
out the Goebel-Taylor contest, and
Senator-elect Blac kburn, sat at a table
In the center of the room, upon which
they had the papers necessary to the
administration of the oath- of office to
Mr. Beckham. After the papers had)
been completed there was a wait of
nearly ten minutes for Dr. McCormack.
The death certificate had already been
prepared, and Dr. McCormack quickly
signed! his name and swore to the con
tents of the paper.
"Now, Mr. Beckham, it's your turn
said Colonel Young.
Mr. Beckham, who had been standing
in the far corner of the room, at once
advanced to the table with a flush ot
excitement on his youthful face.
"Sign the oath." said; Colonel Young;,
the paper toward him.
Beckham hesitated, . and Colonel
Young repeated the request.
"Let me be sworn first," said Mr
"You must sign the paper before you
take the oath," said Colonel Younff.
"We want your oath, to the signature."
Mr. Beckhami advanced to the table
and! affixed his signature and then
stepping back he held up his right hand
for the oath, which was read to him bw
Clerk Shackelford of the court of ap
peals. The light was none of the best
and the- writing on the paper none of
the most legible, and Mr. Shackelford)
made slow work of it. All of the time
Mr. Beckham stood before him, with
his eyes shining and a deep flush, on
When the clerk read the concluding
words of the oath, "so help me God,"
Mr. Beckham's reply came, "I do," and
then with greater emphasis, "and may
God give me strength to do my duty
"I devoutly hope He will," rejoined
GOV. BECKHAM'S1 PROCLAMATION
Trankfort, Ky., Feb. 3. Mr. Beckham,
tonight issued the following proclama.
"Frankfort, Ky., Executive Office.
To the People of the Commonwealth ot
Kentucky: It is with the profoundest
sorrow I announce to the people of this
commnowealth that the people of this
commonwealth that the work ot fhe
assassin has ended in the death, ol
Governor William Goebel, and that, un
der the constitution and the law., upon,
notice of this deplorable event, I have
qualified and assumed the duties ol
chief executive of the state.
"In William Goebel Kentucky has lost
one of her greatest and noblest sons.
His high character for courage, manli
ness and honesty in defense of his
rights and the rights of the people
led to his destruction, and while ye
in the vigor of manhood he became a
martyr to their cause.
"I enter upon the discharge ot the
duties of this high office surrounded by
conditions and circumstances which
would tax the wisdom of men fat
stronger than I. Knowing well the
trying difficulties that are ahead of me
and the dangers which surround me
that have already compassed the de
struction of civil government in the
capital of the state, I hereby solemnly
warn and command that all violent
characters and militia of the state, now
in possession! of this city and the pub
lic buildings, do immediately disband,'
lay down ther arms and return to theli
homes and occupations. F eeling most
deeply the responsibilities and difficul
ties of the situation, I invoke the aid)
and support of all law-abiding and law
respecting Christian people of this com
monwealth and I promise In a legal
way, if within the power of man, to
restore peace, quiet and protection to
all Individuals, regardless of party or
station, under the constitution, which
I have so solemnly sworn to obey.
"Given under my hand at the city of
Frankfort this, the 3d day of February,
A. D. 1900. J. C. W. BECKHAM."
GOV. POYNTER'S VIEWS.
He Condemns the Use of Soldiers to
Prevent Legislature Assembly.
Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 6. In response to
the request from the New York Tribune
for his opinion on the Kentucky situa
tion, Governor Poynter sent the fol
"Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 2. News Editor
Tribune, New York City: The situa
tion in Kentucky is most unfortunate.
The attempted assassination of Senatot
Goebel, though serious, is the least
serious of the complications there.
Such crimes have frequently occurred
In every country and all ages. They
may usually be traced to individual re
sponsibility, and no way affect the
government under which they may
have been perpetrated. But the use
of armed soldiery by the acting gov
ernor to prevent the lawful assembly ol
the elected representatives ot the peo
ple In a legislative capacity certainly
is utterly at variance with all the
principles upon which a republic la
founded. If the military power can b
invoked by the governor of a state to
prevent the assembling of the legisla
ture the president of the United States
could do the same thing to prevent the
assembling of the national legislature,
and would would be at an end of repub
lican government and have a military
despotism. The party in Kentucky thai
will use cool statesmanship and patri
otic devotion to the principles of our
government to settle the difficulties
there will deserve the gratitude of th
"W. A. POYNTER, Governor."
Murder In the Kansas Pen
Leavenworth, Kan., Feb. 6. Philip
Boyd, a negro convict In the peniten
tiary, stabbed and killed Frank Clark,
a fellow convict, at the supper table.
As Boyd rose to go he plunged a knife-,
fashioned from a file, Into Clark's back,
The men had quarreled. This la the
second murder In the penitentiary
within fix months.
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