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    Fate of Andree
Still Uncertain
The Rev. Dr Farltes, a Church ot j
England clergyman, arrived at New
York from York Factory. Northwest
Territory, and brings authentic infor
mation of the fate of the explorer An
dree, and his companions.
Two years ago, eight hundred mile*
north of York, a party of Esquimau!,
under the leadership of “Old Huskle,'
saw the Andree balloon alight on a
plane of snow in that vicinity, which
ia about two hundred miles north of
Fort Churchill. Tnree men emerged
from the balloon, end some of "Hus
kie's" people approached them out of
Samuel M. Andrce.
Commander of the Expedition,
curiosity. As they did so. one of An
dree's companions fired off a gun. This
is a signal to uncivilized natives for a .
general battle. It is regarded as a
challenge, and also instantly the na
tives fell upon the three explorers and
massacred them.
Everything pertaining to their out
fit was carried away to the homes of
the natives on the north borders of
the Arctic region.
“Old Huskie” himself gave this in- j
formation to Ralph Aistine, agent for
the Hudson Bay company, and after
being investigated by the Rev. Mr.
Farlies, was told by him. He says
there is little room for doubt, as fro- ;
quent reports have since come of the
strange implements which the north
natives have in their possession, the j
telescope being particularly described.
The Hudson Bay company lias ro- |
peatedly offered a reward for the re
covery of any portion of the outfit be
longing to Andree, and though natives
have gone in search of them they have
never returned, believing, as the Rev.
Dr. Farlies says, that they will In
some way be punished, for they now
understtand that it was not an attack
upon them, but an accident by which
the gun was discharged that precipi
tated the massacre.
Had Andree made friends with the
natives it is held he would have beeu
safely conducted south and would
eventually have reached civilization.
The Hudson Bay company has re
cently sent another party in search
of the balloon and outfit of Andree,
and hopes to have conclusive evidence
of the fate of the explorer within a
few months.
Solomon A. Andree, with two com
panions, Strindberg and Frankel, at
tempted in 1S97 to find the North Pole
with a balloon. They embarked on
July 11 from one of the islands in the
Spitzbergen group. Since that time,
many rumors of their being found,
dead or alive, have been circulated,
but in every case until now these
have proved faise. Several of- them
have located the party on or near the
north coast of the American conti
The revival of an old story that An
dree and his companions were mur
dered by Esquimaus up there raises a
number of interesting questions. The
first of these relates to the intelli
gence of the men who from time to
time have passed this tale down from
Hudson's Bay to civilization, and who
pretend to have got it from the Es
quimaus. In view of the large number
of “fakes" which have been perpe
trated since Andree’s disappearance in
regard to bis fate, some doubts may
exist as to the honesty of the persons
who are responsible for this particular
account. But, granting their perfect*
sincerity, it is not inconceivable that
they wrongly interpret the facts.
Early last March this same story
came from Winnipeg, and was attrib
uted to a Mr. Alston, an agent of the
Hudson Bay company. The officials
of that organization, however, briefly
discredited it.
What Andree hoped for when he
started was a breeze blowing fifteen
miles an hour to the northward. This
would have enabled him to cover the
seven hundred miles between Spits
bergen and the Pole in two days, and
carry him over to Behring Strait in
six. The last news received from him,
dated two days after starting, was dis
patched by a carrier pigeon. This
report of latitude and longitude
showed that he had gone In a north
easterly direction about one hun
dred and fifty miles, or at the rate of
three miles an hour. If there had
been no calms intervening thereafter
and no deviation from a straight
course that speed would have brought
him to Eastern Siberia in about a
month or six weeks. But the winds
in the Arctic region are exceedingly
fickle in summer. What is still more
important, it is hard to render a bal
loon so completely gas tight as to re
tain its buoyancy more than a few
days. It is in the highest degree prob
able that Andree was compelled to
i abandon his balloon for this reason at
j some point hundreds, probably thou
i sands, of miles from land. Search
parties have looked in vain for some
' trace of him on the east coast of
■ Greenland, in Spitzbergen, Franz Jo
: sef Land, the New' Siberian Islands,
i and Siberia. The chance of his reach
ing Alaska or British North America
was much smaller than that of land
ing in these other places. Hence, un
{ til the relics wdiich are reported to
| have been found up near Hudson's
j bay are identified by competent au
I thority it will be wise to receive the
o ; sterv with caution, not to say scepti
' clsrn.
Life of President Kruger.
A Utrecht correspondent tells this
story of the way ex-President Paul
Kruger spends his nights: He retires
at 8 p. m.. but gets up at 1 a. m., ‘'dons
a dressing gown and a pair of slippers
and sits down to read his Bible, smoke
and drink tea. The teapot is set over
a little spirit lamp and he brews U
strong. And thus lie sits from 1 until
2 o'clock, rending and commenting
aloud on the Bible texts. At 3 o’clock
he returns to his bed to finish the
night's rest until 3, when he rises for
a fresh day's labors.”
One Serious Cause for Regret.
A former Virginian who migrated
to Australia twenty-four years ago is
making a visit to this country after
his long absence, and in conversation
with a gentleman in Washington re
gretfully said: “Though I am a Brit
ish subject now, I must confess to the
superiority of some of the social cus
toms of my native land. For instance,
though mint is grown in Victoria,
somehow or other the people have
never learned the old Virginia way
of making a julep.”
Tact of French Statesman.
Loon Bourgeois, the new president
of the French chamber of deputies,
represented France at the peace con
gross at The Hague, and gained there
a reputation as a diplomat. He h;i3
been minister of public instruction.
He is an orator and possess* al! the
arts of the trained parltapy^n'.ary
speaker. To M. Desehanol. whom ha
had beaten in his new office, he said:
I succeed you; I shall never replace
you.” That was a delicate way of sof
tening defeat which is not habitual at
the Palais Bourbon.
Peculiar Philippine Fish.
In the Philippines is to be found
the smallest vertebrate animal in the
world, it is a fish, which is known to
the natives as sinaparan, and has been
baptized by the United States Fish
Commission “Mistichthjrs Luzonensis.”
It is almost transparent. The Filipi
nos consider it a delicacy and use ir
with sauces and with rice. Hundreds
of the tiny creatures are required to
make a good dish, but fortuntely the
fish is found !q many places and in
large numbers.
Escaped Convict Leaves Trail of
Death in His Wake.
Harry Tracy, the convict who es
caped from the Salem. Ore., peniten
tiary, killing two deputy sheriffs, a
guard and a policeman, is still at
large. By another maneuver of the
spectacular dare-deviltry that has al
ready aroused an infuriated country
side to join in his pursuit, he has
once more eluded the men on his trail
and left them far behind. From Bo
thell, where he so successfully battled
with the posse that attempted to kill
him, he has made a remarkable jump
to Deception Pass, near Port Madison,
where he was last reported to have
been seen.
His unexpected marches and coun
termarches, his fertility of resource,
and his almost incredible endurance,
have apparently enabled him to get
safely away from the rifles of his
hunters, and the only clews that make
it possible to follow him at all are
those furnished by his own reckless
bravado. He is now supposed to bo
heading for Whatcom, where it i3
said he hopes to meet a friend.
His victims are as follows:
Killed—Policeman E. E. Breese,
Guard Neil Rawley, Deputy Sheriff
Charles Raymond and Deputy Sheriff
Jack Williams.
Wounded—Karl Anderson.
Pioneer of Four States.
James Fergus, a Scotchman of Lew
istown, Montana, called the "pioneer
of four states,” died at his western
home a few days ago in his eighty
ninth year. He came to America in
1832. He spent some time in Chi
cago. In 1840 he went on to Iowra and
founded the town of Sabula. In 1854
he went to Minnesota and aided in
founding the town of Little Falls,
building a dam across the Mississippi
at that place. Then he assisted in
founding Fergus Falls. In 1862 he
joined an expedition to Bannock,
Mont., and spent the rest of his days
in that state.
Wife of Consul-General to London
Leaves Washington.
The consul-general to London and
Mrs. H. Clay Evans and their daugh
ters have just sailed for England. The
Misses Evans will travel during the
summer. The departure of the family
is greatly regretted by their large
circle of Washington friends, to whoso
pleasure they contributed during their
residence there.
Farm Wealth of Nebraska.
The census report on agriculture in
Nebraska shows that on June 1, 1900,
there were enumerated 121,525 farms,
valued at $557,660,020. Of this amount
16 per cent represents the value of
buildings ar.d 84 per cent land and
improvements other than buildings.
The value of farm implements and
machinery in the state was $24,940,
450, and live stock $145,349,587. The
total value of farm property was
$747,950,057. The total value of farm
products for 1899 was $70,227,060, of
which 43 per cent was in animal prod
ucts and the rest in crops including
forest products cut or produced on
farms. This farm product value ex
ceeds that for 1889 by 143 per cent.
The gross farm income of Nebraska
in 1899 was $124,670,856 and the grosj
income on Investment 17 per cent.
Bret Harte’s Last V/o,*k.
It is stated Kj ttte Bookman that
Bret Harte gave many of the last
months of his life to work on an opera
libretto for Emanuel Moor, a Hunga
rian composer. The hero Is an Ameri
can who, for a lark, plays cowboy in
the wild west show and presently
drifts across an old French chateau
and falls in love with its young heir
ess. Bret Harte is said to have great
ly enjoyed the work and some of his
lyrics are charming.
The Court May Take Time In Fran
chise Case.
' LINCOLN, July 14.—No decision
may be expected in the railroad
franchise case, according to the in
timation of Chief Justice Sullivan, un
til September. The argument has
been finished and the case is now be
fore the court. The chief justice ask
ed if any interests would be jeopardiz
ed if a decision was not given
until the September term of court.
Mr. Simeral, attorney for the relator,
mildly intimated that he would like
a decision as soon as possible, but he
said he was not prepared to say that
auy harm would result if the case
was not decided until September.
Attorney General Prout also inti
mated that there mignt be need of an
early decision because taxes become
due October 1, and if the writ should
issue time would be required for the
state board to certify to county
clerks so that the levy might be ex
tended. Mr. Harrington said this had
already been done and the county
clerks all over the state were probably
at work on the tax books. He sug
gested that if the writ be allowed ihe
tax could be added to the taxes al
ready certified. Attorney General
Prout asked when this could be added
if the writ were allowed in September.
No one volunteered to say whether it
could be done immediately or would
have to be added to the tax of the
following year. It is the opinion of
those who have had experience in tax
matters that if the writ is issued the
tax can be added this fall without a
great deal of trouble to the county of
ficers. Some believe that delay means
that a writ will not be issued. The
state board is required by law to
meet the third Monday in July to
make the state levy.
Accused of Assaulting Girl.
COLUMBUS. Neb., July 14.—Sheriff
llyrnes returned from Creston in
charge of D. Corcoran, for whom a
warrant had been issued charging him
with assault on the person of Martha
Handke, the 14-year-old daughter of
Herman Handke, living near Creston.
The prisoner is an agent for a Chi
cago portrait house, and in canvassing
Creston Tuesday he came to the
home o< Doc Palmateer, where he
found no one at home but Martha,
who as a domestic was engaged in car
ing for a baby. Finding her alone, it
is alleged that the young man locked
the doors, pulled down the blinds and
accomplished his designs.
Prohibition State Convention.
The prohibition state convention
has been called to meet at the Audi
torium, Lincoln, Neb., at 10 o’clock a
m., August 7, 1092, for the purpose of
placing in nomination candidates for
the following offices: Governor, lieu
tenant governor, secretary of state,
treasurer, auditor, attorney general,
land commissioner, superintendent of
public instruction, and the election of
state central committee, and to trans
act such other business as may prop
erly come before it.
Thieves Steal Valuable Supplies.
N7BRASKA CITY, Neb., July 14
Thieves visited the home of George
Ramold and broke open his smoke
house and took therefrom all of the
supplies that he had, among which
was something over 300 pounds of
cured hams and bacon. Other farm
ers in this section report the loss of
grain and supplies that they had stor
ed in their larders for their families
and the harvest hands.
Neither Ticket Nor Money.
NEBRASKA CITY, Neb., July 14
Jo Kearns, a 12-year-old boy, arrived
at the Burlington station, and after
wandering about for a while he at
tracted the attention of Officer Horst
man, who questioned him and found
that he was an emigrant from Ireland
on his way to Fairfield, where he has
an uncle. He was put on the wrong
train at Kansas City and reached
Nebraska City without a ticket or
Appropriates Mortgaged Building.
PLATTSMOUTH, Neb., July 11.—
Sheriff McBride returned from Hoop
er with Richard J. Williams, wrho
while working on a farm near Weep
ing Water got intro trouble with a
young woman and found it necessary
to depart. In doing so he took a
horse and buggy upon which a man
named Pulls held an unsatisfied mort
The Fire at Beatrice.
BEATRICE, Neb., July 11.—The re
cent fire was the most disastrous in
the history of the city. The Kleins
Mercantile company’s building and
the Green block are total losses. The
loss will exceed $175,000. The fire
originated in the stairway of the
Green block and was of incendiary
!origin. A couple of men. were ob
served by a telephone girl running
faway from the building about the
time the Are was discovered.
Many Farmert from Eastern States
Settling in Nebraska.
OMAHA. Neb., July 12.—Real estate
nen are Jubilant over the great de
nand for lauds throughout the state
ind every firm is busy quoting prices
.o eastern and some local Investors.
Not only has the demand materially
nereased, but the price of land out in
±c state has almost doubled during
the last year. One firm that offered
a small farm for $500 last year refus
ed $000 for it Tuesday morning.
This increased activity in farm
lands is in the central and southern
parts of the state, there being about
the same demand in the east portion
as last year. Many settlers are com
ing in from the east, attracted by the
glowing accounts sent them by rela
tives and former neighbors, who came
here years ago. They are a thrifty
and industrious lot of people and are
coming here to remain.
An agent for a large real estate
firm, who has just returned from a
trip throughout the state, said the in
creased demand for farm lands Is eas
ily explained when one sees the splen
did crops. ■' me rain has damaged
the crops very little, generally, though
some individuals have been damaged.
I have never seen a better stand of
corn than we have this year;, wheat
and oats are looking fine and farmers
are busy In the harvest fields. Ne
braska can stand more rain than most
any country on earth, and the har
vest has been very little retarded on
account of wet weather.
"At this time we have more sales
for farm lands pending than ever be
fore in the history of the firm. We
are being offered good prices for land
that one year ago we thought we
would never be able to sell. In Cus
ier county and the southwest portion
of the state a year ago there was no
demand at all for land, but today we
are flooded with applications by east
ern people who desire to settle here.
Nebraska is rapidly coming to the
front as an agricultural state and its
farm lands are fast being bought up
by a good class of people.”
Loses His Life While Trying to Cross
a Slough.
COLUMBUS. Neb.. July 12.—Henry
Wilcke, employed as a farm hand by
August Loseke, thirteen miles north
of Columbus, was drowned while try
ing to cross a slough into which a
flood had backed up from Loseke
creek, forming an island, from which
it was his purpose to drive some cat
tle. The horse he was riding went
into the water unwillingly and lost
his footing as he finally plunged into
it. going down three times belo*’ the
surface before getting out. Wilcke,
in some way, lost his balance, per
haps getting caught in the brush.
His employer at a distance saw only
his hands above the water at the fa
tal moment. The body had not been
recovered when the last messenger
reached town. Wilcke came from
Germany twelve years ago and has
no relatives in this country. He
served two years in the Philippines
as a private in company E. Thirty
third regiment, provisional volunteers.
Regulars at Elk City.
OMAHA, Neb., July 12.—Elaborate
preparations are being made for the
annual encampment and reunion of
the Douglas County Veterans’ associa
tion, to he held at Elk City for four
days, commencing August 19. Here
tofore the reunions have been held
or^ly three days. The executive com
mittee consisting of O. A. Walcott,
chairman; Frank Gelston, secretary;
D. R. Baylor, Eugene Whitney and
Henry Grau, has perfected arrange
ments. D. U. Baylor of Elk City
lias control of concessions on the
Among the speakers at the reunion
will be General J. C. Cowin, Judge
C. R. Scott and Judge W. W. Sla
baugh. General Bates has granted
leave for the attendance of a company
of regulars from Fort Crook, and they
will give a daily drill.
The Plattsmouth Bridge,
PLATTSMOUTH, Neb., July 12.—
A large for re of experienced bridge
builders arrived from Galesburg. 111.,
to begin work on Burlington's
new bridge as soon as the weather
will permit.
It is believed that if Governor Taft
is successful in his mission to Rome,
Archbishop Ireland will be raised to
the purple at the November consist
ory. His enemies are working to
prevent this.
Harlan County's Bumper Crop.
ORLEANS, Neb., July 12—The
largest harvest ever gathered in the
county is about completed. The acre
age of wheat Is very largo and will
average throughout the county not
less than twenty-five bushels per acre.
.Many pieces, it is claimed, will make
forty to forty-five bushels per acre.
The only danger now is in caring for
it properly. Never before has the
western part of Nebraska been in as
fine shape at this season of the year.
Lateat Quotations from South Omah^
and Kansas City.
CATTLE—There were only a f*'W beef
steers in the yanls. and nothin* arrived
that was choice. The bulk of the offer
lngs was made up of what would 'be
called fair to good cattle, and on such
kinds the market was slow and lower.
The cattle that sell from $7 down have
taken quite a drop within the last week,
and In fact are right around 30c lower
than they were a week ago. Packers
do not seem to want that class of stuff,
but they are vary anxious for choice
cattle and are ready to pay strong prices
for them. Strictly choice cows were ac
tive and steady. Bulls and calves and
stags did not show much change If they
were of good quality, but the common
kinds were slow and weak. Stockers and
feeders of good quality and tlsh com
mandcd strong prices this morning, and
everything offered was picked up in good
season. There was little demand,
though, for the common kinds, and on
huch the market was no more than
HOGS—Trading was not active at any
time, but still the bulk was disposed of
in good season. The fact that trains
were slow about arriving and that no
body know how many would finally be
on sale mode buyers a little cautious,
but still the market was in good shape,
•all things considered. Along toward the
last, end the feeling was a little weaker,
.Jut thin most of the betters bogs were
picked out. The bulk of the heavy hogs
sold from $7.85 to S'- Oft. Medium weights
went largely from $7.75 to $7.85, and the
lighter loads from $7 75 down.
SHEEP—There was a liberal supply of
shei p, but a large proportion of the of
ferings were sold to arrive. What was
left the packers I ought up In good shape
at steady prices. They all seemed to bo
anxious f,>r the better grades and the
market on such kinds could safely be ■%
•quoted steady and active. The commoner
grades were, of course, neglected, the
same as usual, hut still nearly every
thing was disposed of in good season.
Bona- Idaho wethers sold as high as $3.40;
and yearlings brought $3.00.
CATTLE—It. *t seers dully, steady t«
25c lower; cows lower; stackers steady,
to 25c 1 'Wer; choice export and dressed
beef steers. $8.<>Krv40; fair to good. $4.5*1
Stockers and feeders, $:i.09li5.C'>:
western fed steers. $,.754iH.oft; Texas and
Indian steers, $2.1.V,|5.25; Texas cows, $
native cows, $1.7395.25: native
heifers, $3.4001 ft. 10; canners. $10ft&2.50r
bulls, $2'or,; j.k); calves, $S.tnf'i5.25.
H< HIS— Market steady to 5c low-r; top.
$' 1ft; hulk of sales, 17.7341V*5: heavy, fS.ftS
'O', lit; mixed packers. $7.95 tf*. lft: light,
$7*5/17.9242 : yorkers, $7.80'u7.92V2; pigs,
SHEEP AND LAMBS—Sheep steady,
lambs 15c lowtr; native lamlus lt.55''i*>5»*t;
western lambs. H.lO'ot.Uft: native weth
ers, $4.24k*i 4.9ft: western wethers. $3.25 V
4.45; fel ewes, $3.3|K'i4.20; Texas clipped
! ;> urllngs. $3.4ot>4!l . Tex e- flipped sheep,
$; Stockers and feeders. $2.ou4i3.0ft..
Such is Argument of Counsel for Cap
tain Ryan.
MANILA, July 12.—The court-mar^
tial of Captain James A. Ryan of th£
Fifteenth cavalry on the charge of un
necessary severity to natives was con
cluded today. It is believed that he
will be acquitted. The accused during
the day's proceedings made a lengthy
statement defending his actions and
Major Edwin F. Glenn, Fifth infantry,
counsel for the captain strongly
pleaded for his exoneration.
He contended that the water cure
was not torture and assorted that its
use had saved more American and
Filipino lives than other expedients
of the campaign. The major scored
Judge Rhode for making a report that
he was unable to substantiate and
quoted a score of orders for the exe
cution of guerillas during the civil
war to justify Captain ltyan.
New Hospital Must Be Built Every
Eight Years.
DES MOINES. Ia„ July 12— Fig
ure's were given out by the state board
of control today, showing the total
number of insane persons in the state
July 30 to be 4,526, an increase of
136 over the previou year. The aver
age Increase for the past three years
’. as been about 125, and at this rate
It will be necessary for the state to
build another hospital accommodating
1,000 patients every eight years.
The new hospital at Cherokee is
just being completed and is badly
needed, as the others are overcrowd
ed. Following were the number of in
sane in the state June 30 of each year,
as shown by the reports of the board:
In 1899. 4,119; 1900 4,294; 1901, 4,390;
19i>2, 4,526.
Condition of the Treasury.
WASHINGTON, July 12.—Today’s
statement of the treasury balances in
the general ftind, exclusive of the
$150,000,000 gold reserve in the di
vision of redemption, shows: Avail
able cash balance, $200,037,632; gold,
Death ot Mrs. Vaile.
OEN\ Ell, Colo., July 12.—Mrs. Joel
E. Vaile, the author who wrote books
and short stories for children, is dead
at her home in this city after a long
Rhodes Clay Dies of Wounds.
MEXICO, Mo., July 12.—Rhodes
Clay, representative in the Missouri
assembly and recently nominated for
a second term, is dead as the result
of pistol wounds inflicted by C. A.
Barnes, a young attorney. Five shots
wore fired during the fight, which took
place in tront of the postoffice, Clay
being shot through the breast and
Barnes having his wrist shattered by
a ball from his opponent's revolver.
1 Barnes is uuder arrest.