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GEO. D. CANON. Editor.
HARRISON. - - NEBRASKA
NEBRASKA STATE NEWS
ft iiuore i agitating the pure water
J oca Brethower was drowned In
11 draw near Haveloek.
( Bain at Fremont did J1.000 da mags
to Thad Quinn's dry goods.
The Republican Is the name of a new
4aper started at Scott's Bluff.
Considerable damake was done to
crops near Stella by a waterspout.
Mrs. Lee Holsteln of Overton wci
trck by lightning and fatally injred.
Over 112.000 is to be spent by the gov.
ernment for Improvements at Fort
The South Platte conference of the
Lutheran church was held In Wilbur
May S to 11.'
Paul Kobalter was found dead on top
of a car at Pacific Junction. He was a
resident of Lincoln.
A fierce rain and electric storm struck
"Wabash Monday and the cornfields
were badly washed.
Prof. H. El Funk has been elected
principal of the FUllerton schools for
the ensuing: year.
Over 76 was raised by subscription
in Plainview for the relief of the starv
ing people of India.
The district Christian Endeavor con
vention will be held in Arlington the
week in this month.
The University cadet battalion will
camp at Beatrice Chautaqua grounds
(or four days, beginning May 18.
The decrease in the real estate mort
gage Indebtedness of Otoe conty for the
-month of April amounted to S33.799.67.
During the last seven years 206 peo
ple have committed suicide in Nebras
ka. Of these 203 were men and 53 wo-
A special election has been called at
Plainview to vote bonds to erect a new
Kkoai house, as present facilities are
The department encampment of the
G. A. R. and Women's Relief Corps was
keM at Beatrice Wednesday and Thurs-
of last week.
Prank Strahan of Weeping Water has
his standard bred horse. "Specu-
to Mr. Cudahy of Omaha. The
price paid was 400.
Nebraska will receive $17,000 out of
the total of 11.000,000 recently appropri-
bjr congress for the benefit of the
A yoong man supposedly Guy Hall of
Ou toner, was found unconscious on
"the railroad tracks near Ewing. It is
feetteved he fell from a moving train.
'Wallace Carter, formerly deputy dis-
. court clerk of Cass county, has
i to Butte, Mont, to accept a posi-
bookkeeper with the Hammond
The Kearney Base Ball association is
aanktaar arrangements to paly ball
gssairs with Gothenburg on May 25 and
-with North Platte on Decoration day.
Slot games will be at Kearney.
Reports of the condition of the wheat
led oat crop in the vicinity of Ewing
ire very flattering. The general aver
age of the stand is better than usual
uad bountiful crop can now re re-
L. Rymer of Nebraska City
JM asked Governor Poynter to apply
to the war department for the dis
charge of his son, W. T. Rymer, a ho
$ nerving In the Thirty-sixth United
Weyer has accepted the call
tho Columbus Presbyterian con-
to become their pastor. Rev.
to till a student at the Omaha
and will make weekly trips
kos studies are finished.
barn belonging to Daniel
of Auburn was struck by llght
ghteen horses were killed and
. deal of farm machinery de
Mr. Krabiel also lost 1.00
of wheat. Total loss. 13.500.
was a meeting of the Grand
of the Republic comrades of the
district If Nebraska on Sat.
, at Crawford, to take prellm
atepe towards organising a new
Army of the Republic Reunion
for Northwest Nebraska.
conditions of Butler county
better at this time of year,
la doing welt. Spring wheat
are making rapid growth.
pkaatias has been retarded some
raiaa Fruit trees of all kinds
aa abundant crop.
state hoard of agriculture met
to formulate plans for the
State fair. It was estimated
CMt ft uwall cost KM to put the old
"C3r gpnwaws and buildings In shape.
? tMa expense will be borne by
The hoard arranged to have
begun as soon as possible.
t a violent thunder storm ligbt-
i the large new barn of John
r -j mat of at I'm!, and m short
$f Cm bara and a hug granary,
j terse sad UP buuhe's of grain
;:3Use. The house was also on
- tZt. IrrwW swaswsded la saving
pza&m CeC oats
OUR PHILIPPINE EXPENSES.
The following analysis of the Phil
ippine question, demonstrating that
President McKinley favors the reten
tion of the islands for commercial rea
sons, not upon humnaitarian grounds
or for the purpose of "benevolent as
similation," is furnished the Post-Dispatch
by Henry Loomis Nelson, former
ly editor of Harper's Weekly. Mr. Nel
son recently gave through the Post
Dispatch the substance of a lengthy
conversation he had with Mr. MeKln
ley on bis attitude towards the people
of our new possessions, which attracted
wide attention and comment:
BY HENRY LOOMIS NELSON.
Washington, D. C Special It it
because of their commercial value that
we are to keep the Philippines. Mr.
McKinly may say that he favors their
retention In order that we may elevate
their people, but the country will ac
cept Senator Beverldge, who forgot all
about right. Justice, duty and freedom
as the interpreter of the "imperialistic
purpose. The action of the house of
representatives on the Porto Rico tariff
bill is confirmation of the young sen
The Philippines were purchased for
commercial purposes only, and we have
been entertained by much eloquent ex
position of their money value to this
country. But in every business enter
prise there is a debit as well as a credit
side, and we cannot reckon the profits
unless we count the cost.
Let us assume that we can succeed
In the colonial policy which brought
Spain to ruin, and that we shall monop
olise the trade of Porto Rk-o, the Phil
ippines and Cuba, That trade amounts
annually to about SZ76.000.0eo. A net
annual profit on that sum to American
traders to Cuba and Porto Rico would
be about 140,000,000. This gain Is only
to some residents of the United States,
not necessarily native-born or even cit
Isens, by our possession, and by our
successful exploitation In the most bar
barous msnner, of China, the Philip
pines, Porto Rico and Cuba. This Is
the rosiest hue which Mr. Beverldge
dream can assume.
To obtain this for these few cltl-
gens the country will nave paid as fol
Total cost of war with 8psln. fStt.S41.2n
Cost war with Filipinos, IB. 4.7tt.SS7
Cost war with Filipinos. UN 100.U6.US
SVohabl cost for ISO W.OOo.000
Orand total IS4S.S44.Ss
Accotdng to the present calculations
of the government, there Is to be a
permanent Increase la the annual cost
of our army and navy for many years
to come of llOt.000.000. Moreover, the
urn of HOMOS, ha been added to
the public debt.
The Items of expense In which the
great Increases have been made are to
be found In the detailed accounts of the
two military servles. In 107 the pay
of the army amounted to I1S.2S0.7S1. In
tags It amounted to T2,StS47t.
We have s ytt no account of the ex
penditures for the fiscal year IMA, but
we have the appropriations, and w
also have the deficiencies which the
aaetvfivr of the treasury shed of eon
are at the present Has Ira.
PEOPLE PAY THE
They Indicate how little Is told by the
annual appropriation bills as to the ul
timate cost of some of the services
which the government Is undertaking.
For example, the appropriation for the
pay of the army for the fiscal year 1900
was S29.203.S47, but congress Is ased
for an additional sum of S15.1Hs.g33.
making a total of 144,295, 6M, a little
under 28.000,000 less than the pay of
the army for The estimate for
1901 is S47.198.076, so that we are not
soon to have any relief from this bur
den. Congress appropriated S9.I52.621 for
subsistence for this year, and is asked
for S3.000.000 in addition. It appropri
ated S7.200.000 fur regular quartermaster
supplies, and is asked for tl. 500.000
more. It appropriated S17.500.0OO for
transportation, and Is told that S37.50Q.
000 will be necessary. The total appro,
prlatlons for the army for 1900 amount
ed to S0,490,19 and there Is a defi
ciency of S44.907.371.
According to this the army Is to cost
the country this year S1I5.397.M1, of
which, still taking 1897 as the nomi
nal year, S90.120.997 is on account of
the war in the Philippines.
That the army Is expected hereafter
to cost between S125.OO0.0O0 and S130.-1
000.000 a. year Is evident from the esti
mates for 1901, which call for an ap
propriation of S12S.170.5s4. In making
this calculation It must be borne In
mind that the standing army desired
by the government snd which will be
insufficient If we are to retain our new
possessions, Is to be as large as the
regular and. volunteer forces of the
present establishment, and will con
tinue, therefore, to coat the country
some S0.000.000 a year In excess of the
aom expended annually for the mili
tary establishment prior to the war
The total appropriation for the navy
for 1900 was S40.S23.7sS.
In addition a deficiency appropria
tion was aaked this year of Sl.143,740.
making a total for the navy for 10
of S4.067.S23. an excess over the normal
of S0.SOS.S77. -
To the approprtatlona for the army
and navy for 1900 we must add about
SI .260,000 Increased expenditures, and wc
have the following as the account for
the present fiscal year:
Increased coat of army 4 (0.12I.W7
Increased ooet of navy S.SOS.S77
Increased cost of civil list.., 1,260,000
The appropriation, fcr the navy for
1S4M will be larger than that for 100. It
will probably be an Increase of about
SJ0.0at.000 over normal, ao that the coat
of the war for 101 will be about SIM.-
It Is too early yet, perhaps, to make
any estimates as to the amount of pen
sions which will be paid on account of
the wars, but, on the basis of the num
ber of claims pending at the end of the
laat fiscal year, It Is safe to predict
that the annual payments for these
penalons will be at least fS.000.OQ9, and
In time will reach SSO.OOO.OnO, comparing
1SS7 and ISM.
It "only remains to add that the total
espendltures of the country Increaseo
from SSCS.7S4.100 to tet,7t.lM, or from
KM per eaftta of sag ulullaoi to 7?
J1 . . att.kA.AM I A Aft
FI&.6- 20 woci
HAY I - o
SHE OUTBID THE PRINCE.
American Woman Bid far a Crystal
His Highness Wanted.
The mode In London at the moment
Is to ow na crystal ball, at the least
every one must be able to talk Intel
ligently on the subject. Probably the
present passion of the prince of Wales
for collecting historic and fine speci
mens of orystls has had much to do
with this state of things; and has also
kindled the dealers and importers of
them to unearth a number of formerly
obscure treasures. The craze is spread
ing rapidly. In this rontry Miss Helen
Gould Is a student of crystals and
owns a very beautiful one. It is an
unusually large one. Is free from blem
ishes and cost several thousand dollars.
Miss Gould has It set up In the center
of a much darkened room which is III
from the top. and where it can be
freed from the reflection of all other
Many astonishingly fine bits of crys
tal have been fond in California and
made by machinery Into beautiful
spheres. The work Is so skillfully done
that it baffles the experts to tell them
from those molded and polished by
hand. The largest ball that this coun-
tiy can boast of having produced meas
ures seven and three-sixteenths Inches
In diameter. It Is not free from cloud
line waves of Imperfections, or Its
value would be very great. In passing.
It may here be said that a large ex
hlblt of these American productions
has been sent to the exposition at
Paris, and will Include crystals ranging
In price from thirty up to five thoo
sand dollars. But even those that touch
the topmost figure are less expensive
than some of the Japanese specimen
recently shown in London. Especially
is this true of those that have some
incident of historic value connected
with thetn. Lately an American wo
man outbid the prince of Wales and
paid four thousand duilare for a rather
small crystal, but one that was quite
perfect It had been one of the eyes
In a celebrated Chinese dragon, a cu
rious monster, whose figure once typl
fled aln In one of the temples. Th
other eye of the beast waa bought at
a similarly high price by a Russian
merchant, he said, "as a speculation."
MOUNTAINS OF MUSICAL SAND
A few miles southwest of a little
town whlc hhaa become famous thro'
the Boer war, Mafeking, Ilea a mountain
of white sand. Perhaps I ahould aay
stands a mountain of 'white aand, but
that would not be true. The aand rises
and falls and shifts about, and in so
doing makes music or sounds which
seem like music among surroundings
so desolate as a South African desert.
The highest hill of ssnd In this locality
Is about 700 feet and there are many
hillocks round about. The whole
neighborhood la, however, constantly
changing its appearance, and where
there may be a considerable hill of aand
today there may be a flat plain or
even a hollow tomorrow. There aeetn
to be periodic sand floods like those Ir
the Arabian deaert.
Grace churrb, New York, which hai
appeared In several plays and many
novels, has the finest and heaviest
chimes of any church In this country,
Thay were presented by different mem
bers of the congregation and have beer
uag twice a day at 10 o'clock In th
morning and at 4 o'clock la the after
for auury roan. ....
THIS MAN IS A
His name is Harry Harrison, and he
is an unsolved problem to the medical
profession. He defies all laws of phyl
ology and seems to thrive on" the liber
ties he lakes wit hhls stomach. This
man actually eats nulls of several kind?
and sizes, tacks, glass lamp chimneys,
the blades of pocket knives and other
This man is simply one of those ex
ceptions to all the rules that do and
ouKht to ix-rtaln to mankind. He Is of
more than average height and appar
ently of slim build, but when striked
this remarkable young man Is a veri
table Hercules of sinews and muscle.
He hns a chest of abnormal expansion
and his strength is the strength of two
strong men. It is remarkable to what
resources some people will go to keep
from working, and the reporter sug
gested that ixThaps thlB whs account
able for the fact that Mr. Harrison was
willing to let surgeons take such lib
erties with his stomach, says the Phila
delphia Inquirer. Mr. Harrison, how
ever, refused to accept this explana
tion, and said that what he did, he did
purely In the interests of science.
At any rate, this man has a unique
and unusual means of obtaining a
llvcllhn-id. He does not travel among
the museums of the country, but goes
directly to the great universities and
clinics of the leading medical schools
ml goves demonstrations of his ability
to eat and digest or at lea partially
digest Iron and steel In many different
forms. There is absolutely no possibil
ity of any trickery In the feats which
he performs, but medical science la apt
to be skeptical and so It is that for a
inslderatlon iMr. (Harrison ipermlta
the surgeons to make an abdominal
operation, and take some of the par
tially digested nails from his stomach.
Mr. Harrison has certificates from elev
en of the leading medical schools of
this country testifying that such an
operation has been made at their hand
and that he is able to do such things
and still live.
Another favorite test among the stu
dents and rurgeons of the clinic is to
apply the X-rays and In this way actu
ally see the position of the nails, knife
blades and glassware in the stomach of
Dr. Mihran Kassablan. official pho-
togiapher for the Medlco-Chlrrurglcal
hospital, who makes a specially of
X-ray photographs for that Institution.
has taken a number Of very interesting
pictures of the contents of Mr. Har
rison's stomach. Several of the pic
tures show the mass of nails, knife
blades and such things which were
Mr. Harrison says that he has never
experienced . any inconvenience from
these operations, with the exception of
nausea In coming out of the anaesthet
ic, and says that his wound from the
operation always heals in a remarkably
sh(rt time, that he invaiiably defies
every rule of the house surgeon and
attending physician while in the hos
pital and even then is out long before
the physicians have believed it possi
ble and ready to go under another op
If Page Persons had been able to
recite the Lord's prayer in the criminal
court, relates the Kansas City Ktar, It
might have saved him several months
In jail. Judge Wofford was In a re
ligious mood when he went upon the
bench in the criminal court. Page Per
sons, a sallow-faced boy, was before
him on a charge of stabbing a man,
and he pleaded guilty and asked the
mercy of the court.
"You're guilty, are you?" asked the
Persons' attorney whispered to the
Judge and pointed to Persons' old fath
er and mother, who were sitting with
th crowd In th court room.
"There la your old father and your
old mother," said the Judge. 'They
look as if they were very respectable
people, but I'll vnture the assertion
that It Is largely their fault that you
are here thla morning."
The Judge leaned over hla desk and
pointed hla pencil at the young man.
"Can you repeat the Lord's prayer?"
"The whet?" inquired the prisoner.
"The Lord s prayer. Did you ever
bear of It?"
"You never heard the prayer that be
gins 'our Father who art In heaven? "
Then your parents haven't done right.
They look respectable, but they haven't
done their duty by you. It's a dis
grace to civilization that a man cornea
Into thla court who never heard the
Lord's prayer. That's the on prayer of
all prayera. All other pray era made h
men are as tinkling brass and Bounding
cymbals compared with the Lord's
prayer. Every child born Into the
world ought to be taught the Lord's
prayer at Its mother's knee. If that
waa done I would not be kept ao busy
In thla court and wouldn't have to
ret out of a sick bed to bear cases
like yours. If you had known Just one
petition in thst prayer, 'Lead us not
Into temptation,' and had borne It In
rnlnd, yui would not be here thla
"Talk about hereditary criminals,"
continued the Judge. "When I hear a
maa arguing that there la aurh a man
on earth aa a hereditary criminal, I
want to put hla Into the penitentiary,
TraaTea ao tfeiag as a bored lary
'! V-" J" W , i'1 - -v"i. - . .' '.' -J
HUMAN OSTRICH. :
eration. His only injury received a
one time while being subjected to the
X-rays, but thai proved to b- only a
burn, from which he soon reo-jvered.
Before making one of his teits Mr.
Harrison always eats heurtily of sub
stantial food, and after eating hi
strange mixtures aguin eat heartily,
thus making the nulls, screws and lamr
chimneys a sort of filling to a double
dinner sandwich. He also states that
In eating smal shingle nails a'.,out one
thlr dof the nail Is eaten away by the
gastric Juices, and that the same is true
of tacks, the heads of which are some
times entirely destroyed.
In beginning his performance Mr.
Harrison facetiously remarked that he
had with him a sure cure for indiges
tion. Saying this he took a handful of
small black tacks and swallowed them
with his mouth wide open. Thee wa
no chance for deception. The tacks
were placed on his tongue, he gave a
gulp and they disappeared in the di
rection of his stomach. "Tacks." he
said, "are a certain cure for the most
aggravated case of dyspepsia." He
preferred thetn to oysters on the half
Then he held up some horseshoe nail
and asked any one to bend them. Sev
eral tried, but apparently the nails
were "not on the bend."
After all had failed he took the wirn
horseshoe niiils and twisted them In hla
teeth and swallowed them wilh ap
parent enjoyment. "Yes," he said, "he,
liked them, but horseshoe nails were
apt to be a little tough at this season
of the year.
"These are my favorites." he con
tinued, holding up some shingle nails;
"they make such delicious relishes. I
could die eating shingle nails, but I
never have," he added quietly. "They
are like oysters, though, you should
never eat them In months In which
there Is not an II."
Next he borrowed a pocket knife,
opened one blade, looked at it with the
ee of a hardware epicure, put It In hlft
mouth, broke the blade off with hi
teeth and swallowed It. A lamp chim
ney from which he took large chunks,
ground them to a powder between hf
teeth and swallowed, appeased for a
time the truly omnivorous appetite of
this "Human Ostrich."
As he has puzzled and confounded
the greatest medical minds of the time.
It only remains for the ordinary lay
man to stare and predict galvanized
apjwndloltls In lis worst forms. Mr.
Harrison is the man who floated over
Niagara Falls In a large rubbrt- ball
and was picked up unconscious. He In
now 5 yesrs old. and ha been brows
ing on ld bits of china. Iron and glass
ware since he was a boy of 7 at school.
He offers no explanation of his power
and says that he has always refused
to take any care of himself whatever.
His only ailments have been Hone
bruises when going barefooted and
hunger when going without food.
A Philadelphia advertisement: "What
do you get when you buy a !4 hat fit
(Other stores? stuck. Same here, $J.J0.'
criminal. Fathers and mothers thro
neglect open the road to hell to nine
tenths of the boys who go there. If
your mother had trained you right you
wouldn't le here."
The old mother of the prisoner walk
ed up and whispered to the Judge that
Page was her only support. The Judg
then sentenced him to nine months in.
rXXJ KNEW WHAT HE WANTED.
A small yellow dog limped on thiee
lega under an ambulance through trx
gate of Bellevue hospital. New York.
Dr. Cash waa on duty In the dressing
room. He aaw the dog limp Into the
room, but wan too busy to chase It out.
When the doctor waa through with bin
patient the dog advanced to the oper
ating table, stopped and looked apwal
Ingly at the physician.
The doctor examined It and found
the left hind leg fractured. There were
many patlenta to attend and Dr. Cash
patted the dog on the head and told
It to come around later. The dog limp
ed out of the room Into the ground.
Dog are not allowed In Bellevue, en
the Httle dog was captured and wouk)
have been killed had a visitor not
promised to care for It.
That visitor had a friend who wa a
surgeon In the hospital. The aurgeon
had half an hour to spare. The broken
bone waa set, put In plaster, then In
splint, and then In a sling. A short
wooden atump waa bandaged tightly
on. The dog, a little awkwardly at
first, walked away happily with it
While th operation waa going cm the
dog whined a little with pain, but fran
tically licked the aurgeon'a band when
tSPBEDINO TUB PARTING QUEST.
la that clock right? he aaked altet
It had atruck 11.
Why? ahe answered.
Because If It la. I shall have plentj
of time to catch the 11:30 car.
I remember, now, ahe aald, that th
clock I about twenty minutes alow. It
you hurry you will juat about catcb
During the twenty mtnutee that be
atood on th corner be arrived at tbt
painful conclusion that ah didn't rsea
Hr lovt him aa ho longed to bo lovstV
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