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Loup City Northwestern
VOLUME XXX._LOUP CITY, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY , DECEMBER 28, 191L NUMBER 7.
CONDENSATIONS OF GREATER OR
! BOILING GOWN OF EVENTS
-st'ecai. Pclitical. Personal and Other
Manor* •« Brief Form for All
Claases of Readers.
The • '"isafe by a unanimous vote
forma-.> ranOod Preciirst Taft'o noti
£ ; >n tw kuw a of the termination
at the treaty of ICf.
•f-ttU’' “it pre sited a bill to
j upfe !«r a »i* day w#ek and eight
t v. da) and ettra pay lor orertime
l-ft til .-#rr-r in e:|jr delivery ser
* - and cl*- a* in ftrsl and ceiond
fWu .op tier the location of the
t • ; it;» .me* .a the public lands in |
t -rutr.-• man Kittkaid s Nebraska dis
trict • -4 that air tut *.-t to introduce a
t.. t *tf house to appropriate fltt. j
tee* a rewurvejr n^nnch lands.
. ery b) the congressional
;: i • •niitttir.ee on printing that
“as «.-rated" [taper bad been used for j
j ir. m the . -j.. matent printing of i
* e led to the nun luncetnect of a
era; .... • new set if goierntuec; palter
T*- < IIBXIH WU to gne right ol j
V * :r .... t «- de lee m the Aiueri
rm» T- *.»ii «•» ci snpeay reorganisation 1
•> supreme «»ur. «d the Unit- j
-i - ».* sal dtsri »aed in the senate
ui. on me judiciary and re
U -r-f to a > rmmtr.ee.
' - * • :tr court of the United 1
PiU* adj turn-'4 »* Fndaj until!
>J l*y January - Much of the time ,
4 ::.e its i • during the rece * will i
t»r <##*"* ged to preparing opinions In
Sctia^. '-**»? to a call at the White
t V C Fri-tident Sh »rm»n
wide ci-.;**■# was jjirea to a report ■
o .a . • *i •' tli >ir to le
the r« a candidate for governor I
. . >- !t - urtLer ss* r.-ported
ap. .,¥ on the bH.it< st authority j
|- it i • - bis party .Wind him to '
tuv 1--. is for :l*e v ii c pr» tdebey. be :
««iM Mir# tram politic;* March 4. ;
j c. Mabruy 1 Id tbe story of bis |
ttt- at Cons..it Hiatts
The Lips) 4«-Ik-ienry appropriation '
ti>" t . m 4 by tbe senate. a a* held
c; Ik the house.
Tfce senate fey a unanimous vole j
derided tor tbe abrogation of the
treaty • ;<l Russia
Veterans at t uba fee! themselves
the d. late io tbe president, and
•ersi;i(l) bate succeeded
Tea -ere killed and nearly a score j
injured in a outlie** on tbe M.lwau
feee r jtd is Minnesota
Trade reiaUaas between the I'nited i
•s ate, ad Hiosi are not affected by
tbe abrogation of tbe treaty.
Tire- « 'e killed asd c .gat injured
Ir a trolley ooUisK* on tbe Kansas
C ’7 l- at*a»orJi Bw’.r.i Sine.
T»«-i»ty three stic ks of dynamite
• ere liMUtd tB the home oi a depart
r.eet store o*aer at Los Angeles
The tamgx relations committee re
;.jt -4 a resolution abrogating the
t us tr.aiy of IK! on January 1.
. K llBckctt. the actor, and
%1-m. Ihwtrtm Mary llec kjey of law
e- a. England, »n* married in Ml!- !
- » d-nt Taft has accepted an in
sitae us to opes the twelfth interna i
t si V»»> a!K>c of Navigation con-j
gr- -s at Philadelphia. May 22.
A Johannesburg dispatch to the
Lamina Eat-rws* reports a diamond
ru*B at tUormhuf. a ! arming district
aa the barks at the Vaal river.
iPale department adi Ires yontinuf
to isdws'.e Wittig of unrest in Cuba
aa a resui' at tbe retention in office
at affieiai1» who signally opposed
« strai of tbe Elgin Hoard of Tradt
fu- d into the hands of Chicago and
k - nun creamery men. elected on
a . •Su'-rrs' ticket Charles Pottet
*1* cted pr«rJ4e*t
H Franklin formerly as in ,
rest- enter cm pie? *d by tbe d<>tuc is
Ube M- V iitr: dynamite cases, was \
l r«. rw bdeev cown for preliminary
h*-a— s.s on tie seruad bribery charge ;
Tir senate made record lime in
ad «r :a* a boose rudWltl. Tbe 1
«a» .iSsm* prottded fur tie payment o!
tie *alan<» of tie amtiicrt of lie ,
*« at <*« nsScad of Jannary 1 j
T ' •* proceeding catt rtd tixty
s rartmdt cr 2~,'«*»$ gallons of a
tomato paste used in tbe manufacture
of >at*.p seised in Chicago by
oci*— <_< trailed States district Alter
s James H. Wllkeratm on s charge j
* obetanee contained de< .red ]
K. aSie Miter and was “filthy.”
(Mb ai* ef 'be Turku* was office
are fir -Mia; compiatnt that tie
Itaiian u>e*p# in Tripoli are using
Cp' iwr Marian E Huy of Wash
tone has duciiaed u> call a special
*•*, c. ef tie legislature for the en
orrmuot of a presidential preference
By tie berms of four documents
Sled for r- m in the county coon
C Santa Ana. Cal. Mat C. Goodwin
<he actor ins settled ail claims held
SAa.stS him by iu former wife. Edna
CMdr-ci. tor the sum of 9CU.4*0. to
be paid ia three installments
Twelve persons, nearly all of them
revolutionists, escaped from jails at
A Christmas present of $50,000 was
voted to the employes of the Central
Trust company by directors of the
Both bouses of congress have ad
journed for the holidays.
The house concurred in the action
of th** senate abrogating the treaty
A re-survey of public lands in the
Sixth Nebraska district is urged by
Col. \V. K Couy (Buffalo Bill) is
going to put in another season at the
The urgent deficiency bill, carrying
appropriation of $2,210,000. was pass
ed in the House.
The government, alleging an illegal
combine, has brought suit against
tin- Keystone Watch Case company.
H-v Charles V. T. Rieheson. ac
cused of murder, injured himself
badly l:i h>s cell of a Boston prison.
In a nte.-sage to congress the presi
dent said wool duties were too high,
ad revision should begin imme-diatw
C. o. ! 3 of Ne |
rax.; will tile as a candidate for |
j.inatsou .is congressman from;
the Secand Nebraska district.
Twenty live damage suits, aggrecxt-1
:::e t82.ioo. v.i re ftk-d against the
Maylt - Pulp and Paper company ot :
\ustin, Px. a:vl against President
George C. Bayless.
From an nutboritative source it was
!. a rued that the likelihood of aay
further advance In prices by the
l rited States steel corporation is
Suits in bankruptcy of the Western
Stet ! corporation, showing liabilities
of $l.l!‘3.1o.> and assets of $7,339,965,
••ere filed in the I'nitcd States diss
trict court at Seattle.
.-•.mendinents to :e articles of in
corporation of the Minneapolis «v F*.
Louis Railroad company have been
ali-d. increasing the capital stock j
rem $2d.f ' O.iN 0 to ?3<l.ObO.OOO.
• i. I ■
•jer Chi< cr w ho died <
a Novem i.ill.iwing his release j
:r . the lar.t ■ uworth penitentiary, ;
was admitted to probate.
The J ish Chronicle says that the
at i: ins'tuitions in London I
■at - d . idi d to urge the abrogation oi
C.I \!.e l: • vat#.^v hich fill
c'dv.-ird H. Shuster, cousin oil
Morgan Ster. Treasurer general ol
t'crs’.i. is in New York, en rente tc j
T !.< t.te Lorn the Panama canal zone :
lie i- going to help the treasurer gen j
era! in his trouble with Russia.
Twenty-tnr-c sticks of high-pov.et i
dju.ati.ite were lound by a gardener
buried in shrubbery at the residence
•f Arthur I-1 t~. owner of twq of the'
largest d p.rtment store3 ia Los
On or before July 1. 1912 is the
;:me fixed for the payment to China
of the 3.Kk>." poses, as indemnity
Or subjects of that country massacred
:n Torreon by Mexicans during the
Rose Eytingc, at one time one oi
i he most popular leading women on
the American stage*, died on the 21st
at Amityville. L. 1„ from a paralytic
stroke. The body will be taken to
Washington for interment.
Captain Samuel H. Harper, 68 years ;
•id. mayor of Ottumwa, former state !
commander of the Grand Army of the 1
Reputdic. and twice state senator, '
died of heart trouble. He was cap
tain of the Forty-sixth regiment Unit
d States colored infantry during the
Twenty-live damage suits, aggregat
ng $82,400, were filed against the
Mayless Pulp and Paper company of
\ustin. Pa_. and against President
George C. Bayless, indivldusQly, to re
cover for losses caused by the going
out of the mill company's dam at
Austin on September 30 last.
At New Rochelle. N. Y., character
■eng the age as one of the greatest
unrest and discontent which the
country ever knew. Jacob Gould
Seburman, president of Cornell uni
versity. discussed conditions and pro
poeed remedies in an address before
the People's Forum.
At Portland. Ore., “Mysterious Bil
ly" (Amos i Smith, at one time a
well known welterweight prize fight
j <r. was shot and probably fatally
, wounded hv A. B. Loomis, captain of
> a river steamer. The shooting was
-aid to be the outcome of a series or
(jnarreis in which the two men had
President Taft is given"credit at St
Petersburg for tactfulness.
President Delano hopes to put the
Wabash road on its feet scon.
Postofflce employes over the coun
try had to work Sunday on account ol
j the holiday rush.
Chinese rebels are in high feathers
; over the virtual recognition of their
cause by the powers.
Secau - Norris lirown of Nebraska
addret-sed tke senate in support oi
; the Sherwocd pension bill, which re
really passed the house.
Attorneys fbr Chicago packers tried
i to have their cases dismissed,
i Senator Horan discussed "big busi
i ness " in an address at New York.
Set retary Knox says the . United
I States is in a position to meet di3
| crimination of other countries.
Secretary Wilson believes desert
basins ran be utilized for the fertiliz
President Taft says he has reached
the conclusion that ,people of the pres
ent age are living too fast.
Secretary MacVeagh said there
should be no further delay in cup
rency reform. ^
CHERRY COUNTY CITIZENS SEND
PETITION TO GOV. ALDRICH.
NEWS FROM OVER THE STATE
What is Going on Here and Thera
That is of Interest to the Read
ers Throughout Nebraska
Lincoln—Three hundred citizens of
Cherry county have forwarded a peti
tion to Governor Aldrich asking him
to call a grand jury to Investigate the
hanging of Perry Sellers, near Cody,
last June. Alma and George Weed.
Harry Heath and Kenneth Murphy
are now serving life sentences for the
crime, but EuniOe Murphy, the girl
who is alleged to have incited the
deed, is said to have left the state.
Lived Two Years With Broken Spine.
Lincoln—John R. Shoaf, who has
lived for two and a half years with a
broken spine, died Sunday evening at
his home here. Mr. Shoaf was former
ly a conductor in the employ of the .
Burlington, and received his injuries
April 27, 1909, by anchor poles of a
stretched cable breaking and knock
ing him against a dump car.
Showed Good Horse Sense.
Paxton.—A horse and colt belong
ins to G. P. Boardman fell into his
cistc-rn. TJhe water was deep and the
horse saved himself by hanging his
head over one of the pipes and stand
ing on his hind lct's. The colt stood
on his hind feet, with his front ones
on the horse's back.
Micting cf State Grange.
Broken Bow—The first annual ses
sion of the Nebraska state grange was
held in the assembly rooms of the
city hall under the personal super
vision of National Organizer Charles
B. Hoyt and was largely attended
thirteen out of twenty-one state i
granges being represented.
Delivery Auto Explodes.
Beatrice.—A delivery automobile be
longing to the .If W. Hill dray line
exploded in front of a grocery and
was completely destroyed by fire, to- _
gether with a load of groceries. The
driver, who was underneath the car
making some repairs, had a narrow
Crushed by Automobile.
Lincoln.—Struck by an automobile
which was proceeding at less than
eight miles an hour. Mrs. L. M. Ed
miston. was instantly killed just as
she was attempting to board an East
O street car here Wednesday noon.
Fire at State Normal School.
Peru.—The pumping plant of the
state normal school was totally de
stroyed by fire Wednesday morning
with a loss of about $3,000. Origin
NEWS FROM THE STATE HOUSE.
Senator Norris Brown has written
from Washington to Secretary of
State Wait for blanks to be used by
him in filing as a candidate for United
Figures for the 1911 state tax levy,
compiled by counties, show an in
crease in the returns over those of
Governor Aldrich has issued par
dons to Martin Hicks of Richardson
county and Fred Bishop of Kimball
county, in accordance with 'recom
mendations of the advisory board of
The state board of pardons has re
fused to recommend a pardon for Jay
O'Hearn, the Omaha young man who
with others shot and killed a saloon
keeper, Nels Lausten of Omaha. The
object of the robbery was to obtain
money to continue a protracted spree.
O’Hearn was first sentenced to death,
but the supreme court reduced the
sentence to life imprisonment.
Secretary of State Wait is of the
opinion that in the matter of presi
dential and vice presidential races
in next spring's primary petitions
asking the names of various men go
on the ballot for the preferential ex
pression must have 3.000 signers, the
same as is required for those who de
sire election as delegates-at-large to
either of the big national conventions.
Floyd Seybolt, formerly of Lincoln
but now a legal resident of Geneva,
has filed nomination papers as a can
didate for state treasurer on the demo
cratic ticket. He has filed a request
with the secretary of state to have his
name placed on the primary ballot.
About $79,000 has been received by
the state treasurer’s office for the gen
eral fund since December 1, and the
accumulated cash in excess or current
obligations is being used to redeem
warrants registered during October
Banner county failed to abolish the
office of county assessor at the recent
general .election and County Assessor
O. W. Langmaid will continue to hold
his position. The total vote cast in
the county at the general election was
283. A majority of all votes cast at
the election is required to carry the
proposition to abolish the office of
county assessor. Ninety-one votes
were cast in favor of abolishment and
69 votes against the proposition. As
less than a majority of all votes cast
were in favor of abolishment, the
proposition failed to carry. Nemaha
county also failed to abolish the office.
BRIEF NEWS OF NEBRASKA
Deemer has installed an up-to-date
electric light plant.
A movement is on foot to organize a
Y. M. C. A. at Kearney.
The West Point farmers institute
will be held January 21 and Febru
Mrs. Robert Blodgett of DeWitt died
suddenly in Missouri while visiting
The Oakland commercial club has
inaugurated a series of monthly smok
ers and luncheons.
Saturday was “Red Cross Seal day”
in Fairbnry and about 100 young
ladies from the high school sold seals
on the streets.
The new high school building was
dedicated at Nebraska City Friday.
Chancellor Avery of the state univer
sity made the principal address.
The humanitarian slogan. "Do your
shopping early.” has not aroused the
people of the city to unusual activity
in Christmas buying, according to Lin
Fremont school authorities are de
termined to see that the* law pro
hibiting the sale of tobacco to min
ors. is enforced, and a number of ar
rests have been made.
Hog cholera which has been play
ing havoc with many splendid herds
in Jefierson county is dying out. The
epidemic, while it prevailed, was un
usually fatal this year.
1 no circuit court at Bloomington,
lias denied a writ of mandamus asked
by the city of Franklin to compel the
county board to call a special election
for a county seat location.
Christmas decorations in the show
window of the Xumeyer Store at De
witt caught on fire anti considerable
damage was done to the stock and
building before it could he put out.
A mysterious epidemic has broken
out in Lincoln which the doctors are
as yet undecided whether to catalogue
as la grippe, ptomaine poisoning, or
the result of the use oUpolluted water.
Four tramps were overcame by
gasoline fumes in a Burlington pump
house at Benkleman. Xeb. Two are
dead and the others are dangerously
An automobile stolen four months
ago at Kansas City has .iust been lo
cated at Stella where it had been
placed in storage by two men who
were to call for it later, but failed to
The Ashland bridge across the
Platte river -connoting Saunders and
Sarpy counties, was opened to traffic
Saturday. The structure is 9G0 feet
long and one of the best bridges in
University Place claims that nc
other town of 4.000 population can
boast of having only one store where
cigars are sold and having no bil
Hard halls or bowling alleys or pic
Mrs. Dorothy M. Frazier'of Lincolr
will receive $11,000 from the Burling
ton railroad for the death of her hus
band. Ernest M. grazier, an express
man. who was killed in the Indianola
wreck. May 29 last.
The proposed school of forestry to
be located at Nebraska City, which
met with some public discussion some
time ago, may be revived and an at
tempt made to get an appropriation
At the seventh annual convention of
the Nebraska State Association o:
County Commissioners. Supervisors
and Clerks, just closed at Grand
Island. Lincoln was chosen as the next
Foreman Ericson of Valparaiso was
fatally injured near there when he
jumped from a car of flaming gasoline
which was being propelled at the rate
of thirty-five or forty miles an hour
in front of a hand car.
Peter M. Plamondon. driver and
owner of the automobile which Wed
nesday noon struck and killed Mrs
Eliza J. Edmiston at Lincoln, has
been exonerated from all blame in
connection with the accident by the
The Boys, Agricultural club and the
Girls' Domestic Science club of Gage
county, will hold their fifth annual
contest at the court house December
27. There will be exhibits in sewing,
baking, manual training, corn, po
tatoes and regular school work.
The body of John D. Troyer was
found in the Blue river above the
power company's dam at Miiford. He
.had but a short time before rowed
across the river with a companion,
and whether his death was due to
accident or suicide does not seem
Six-year-old Helen Davey. at Tacum
seh. was badly injured when she
stepped in the way of an axe in the
hands of a boy cutting kindling, re
ceiving the force of the blow in the
face. The jaw bone was broken and
several teeth knocked out.
Fears entertained by the Fremont
friends of Miss Ruth Mulliken for her
safety at Canton. China, were relieved
bv the receipt of a letter from her by
her brother. Warren Mulliken. Miss
Mulliken writes that there have been
no serious outbreaks at Canton.
Ed Cameron, a trapper, was found
dead in a claim shack on the Dismal
river, near Thedford.
James Hall, employed at a Lincoln
cleaning and dye works, was pain
fully burned on the hands and face
when a white woolen skirt he was
dipping in gasoline caught fire.
“The biggest fruit show that ever
came down the pike,” is what Secre
tary C. G. Marshall of the state board
of horticulture predicts in connection
with the forty-second annual meeting
of the State Horticultural society,
which will be held at the university
farm, at Lincoln, January 1$ to IS.
ACCEPTS THE TERMS
PERSIA YIELDS TO THE DEMANDS
SHUSTER WILL BE DISMISSED
Hi» Administration of Persian Fi
nances Had Been Displeasing
to Russian People.
London.—Persia has yielded to the
demand cf the Russian ultimatum
that W. Morgan Shuster, an American
who holds the post of treasurer-gen
eral in the Persian government, be
dismissed from the service. ,
The Russian ultimatum also calls
for the payment of an indemnity,
which is to reimburse Russia for
money expended in sending an armed
expedition into Persia to enforce her
Mr. Shuster’s administration of Per
sian finances has been displeasing to
Russia from the start, and when he ,
caused the seizure cf property belong- !
ing to the brother of the former shah,
over the protest of the Russian vice
consul. Russia at first demanded an
apology, and when this was forthcom
ing called for the dismissal of Mr.
Shuster. This has finally been ac
The Persian charge d'affaires at St.
Petersburg called at the Russian for
eign office to announce officially his
government's decision to abide by the
terms of the ultimatum. Up to a late
hour tonight, however, no public an
nouncement had been made at Tehe
ran of the recession of Persia from
the stand she originally took against
the demands of the czar’s ministers,
even in the face of threatened aggres
sion. The delay in making public the
fact that she had yielded to the Rus
sian demands was probably through
fears of the results of the public an- i
Mr. Shuster is still without formal
notice of his dismissal. He is resolute j
in declaring that he would have noth- j
ing to do with the negotiations and |
would only recognize tbeir right of the
national council to dispense with his
The exact form of Persia's reply is
not yet known, but from the latest
news received from Teheran it would
seem that the cabinet has overridden
the wishes of the commiss!3n which
the national council appointed to deal
with the matter.
It is not probable that there will be
a withdrawal of the Russian troops in
Persia while disorders such as those
at Tabriz are occurring.
Penrcse on Taft.
Philadrlplra.—Senator Penrcse, In
an interview here, predicted that
President Taft would be renominated
without srrious opposition. He said
that so far a3 he has teen able to as
certain, “there is r.o great amount or
sentiment in this state for the nom
ination of Senator La Follette or any
other republican of the “progressive
Rev. Sheldon Resigns.
Topeka. Kan.—The Rev. Charles C.
Sheldon, author of “In His Steps." and
many other books, resigned the pas
torate of the Central Congregational
church of Topeka, w hich he has held
for twenty-three years. He will devote
himself to a tour of the world, visit
ing missions and Young Men's Chris
Mother Asks for Her Salary.
Chicago, ill.*—Mrs. Mary K. Patter
son, mother of Charles A. (Chick)
Patterson, for whose murder his wife,
Gertrude Gibson Patterson, was ac
quited in Denver, has asked the school
board for her salary during the time
she at tended the trial of the wife In
the western city.
President Railway Surgeons Dead.
Mobile. A! a. — Dr. Riiett Goode,
presdent of the American Railway
Suregons’ association. 55 years oM,
died here of Bright's disease. He was
dean of the medical department of
the University of Alabama.
Virginia Vote Sellers.
Knoxville. Tenn.—Judge Skeen of
Lee county. Virginia, on Thursday is
sued a proclamation in which he in
vited all who sold their votes in the
recent election in that county to .ap
pear before the court, confess and ac
cept the minimum fine.
Missouri Convicts Paroled.
Jefferson City. Mo.—Governor Had
ley gave Christmas paroles to four
men serving sentences for murder.
Prosecute the Coffee Trus\
Washington.—It is intimated that
the department of justice will begin
prosecution in Philadelphia next week
of American members of the giant
[ Brazilian coffee valorization combine.
Rates Temporarily Suspended.
Washington.—Advances in rates on
grain and grain products, proposed 'oy
j the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
railroad and its connections west of
the Mississippi rjver, to become ef
fective December 20, were suspended
by the interstate Commerce.
Lawyer Found Guilty.
I.os Angeles.—Fred H. Thompson,
a criminal lawyer, prominent in south
ern California, was found guilty of
haring accepted $15,000 from Orlando
Altorre, a clerk to the postoffice.
’POISED OVER A PRECIPICE
Strange Pillar Formation Which
Stands Among the Precipitous
Rocks of the Grand Canyon.
Flagstaff, Ariz.—The strange pillar
formation called “Thor’s Hammer,” is
found in that region of natural won
ders. the Grand Canyon of Arizona
It is perched on the side of the preci
pice and to the eyes of the tourist it
always seems about to slip into the
abyss, but like the leaning tower of
Pisa the center of gravity falls with
in the base of the strange formation.
Standing in the presence of the
precipitous rocks of the Grand Can
yon, which tewer to heights of 5,000
feet, piercing the clouds above, the
abyss yawning at his feet, the spec
tator is overpowered at their im
mensity. He stands transfixed!
There is probably no spot on earth
where man is more impressed with
his own insignificance or more over
whelmed with the majesty of nature.
It is the grandest of gOKges. It in
spires one with its 'sublimity; it ap
palls him with its heights, its depths,
its awful solitude.
The hand of the infinite has chiseled
these rocks into most fantastic forms,
their towering turrets and imposing
minarets standing out boldly in bas
relief against the deep blue of a
southern sky. And over all is the il
lusion of distance. One cannot con
ceive the vastness of it all, and is met
by a series of surprises, as it is borne
in upon him that yonder gorge, or
rock, or peak, or crag lies perhaps
miles away. At the bottom of the
gorge the river, turbulent and pictur
esque, madly rushes on amid its
rocky environment, lashing itself into
foam. About the mighty peaks the
eagle soars and struggling vegetation
contends against fate for a roothold
among the rocks.
WOMAN RAILROAD PRESIDENT
Through Her Wise Management Mrs.
Kidder of California Has Accum
ulated a Fortune.
Sacramento, Cal.—As president of a
railroad in California, Mrs. John F.
Kidder, who recently disposed of her
controlling interest in the road, has
been no mere figure-head. When her
husband died and she found among
her other possessions a narrow gauge
railroad running through the Sacra
mento valley she confessed to her
friends that she was “stumped.” “Dis
pose of it,* they suggested. No, she
couldn’t do that. The road had been
her husband's pride and she felt that
she must retain it for a time at least.
So, being a true example of western
womanhood, she started right in to
learn the duties and responsibilities
of railroad management—and she
succeeded. To know how well, one
t 1 " —■ ii— »
Mrs. John F. Kidder.
has only to mention her name in the
The little westerner quietly direct
ed the operation of the road—every
employe swears allegiance to her—
increased its value and is now said
to be worth more than $1,000,000. Re
cently she accepted the offer to sell
her interest in the road to the Cali
fornia Midland, and by so doing ends
her career as railroad president—
probably the only one of her sex in
the United States.
Hawk Killed by Locomotive.
Gary, Ind.—While at the throttle of
his passenger locomotive W. P. Mor
gan, a Baltimore & Ohio railroad en
gineer, saw the engine strike a hawk
In flight. The bird dropped to the
pilot of the engine and in its claws
was found a rabbit
Both Factions Offer Leadership
to Yuan Shi Kai.
Crafty Oriental Turned Tide in Boxer
Revolt by Shooting Man Pro
tected by "Bullet Proof Oath”
—Friend of the People.
Shanghai.—Yuan Shi Kai, called
“the strong man of China,” towards
whom the eyes of all the world today
are turned, has been offered the
premiership by the throne and the
presidency by the Republicans. It is
pointed out that at the time of the
Boxer war, Yuan was the one man in
China who could command the respect
of foreigners and at the same time
unite the warring Chinese.
Yuan accepted the premiership, con
sidering it the best opportunity to
bring about peace. A few days after
he had assumed these duties he told
his friends that he had thought the
situation over carefully and con
cluded that there is no hope of sav
ing th>» Manchu dynasty and that a
change of government is inevitable.
Yuan is said to be of lowly birth,
meager education and superficial
knowledge. He has never traveled be
yond the borders of his own country
and he speaks no language but his
own. His countrymen say that the
strength of his appeal to them lies
in the fact that he is quite generally
and firmly believed, throughout the
empire, to be patriotic.
His deposition from power for
three years, 1908 to 1911, was due to
his having repeatedly compelled the
Manchu princes to relinquish certain
revenues which they were using for
private purposes, that he might have
money to build up the army and to
institute reforms in the schools. Yuan
always seemed to have in mind some
ultimate benefit to the people at
large, regardless of the personal wish
es of the ruling dynasty.
The incident that brought Yuan to
the notice of the crafty old empress
dowager and the admiration of the
foreign diplomats occurred while he
Yuan Shi Kal.
was mayor of a small town in the
Province of Shantung. The Boxer
movement was strong and many of
the most reputable Chinese were on
the verge of joining it, when Yuan de
cided that he must take an impressive
stand against the fanatical ascendency
of this secret order.
One of the tenets of the Boxer faith
was that participation in the rites of
the order rendered a person immune
to the effects of bullets. They be
lieved the “foreign devils’’ could not
hurt them with their guns.
When Yuan was invited to join the
Bc.xers he did not dare refuse, and
be did not wish to accept, because he
saw defeat ahead for them.
“I will join with you,” he said,
“upon one condition—that you prove
i to me you cannot be harmed by for
The Boxer committee agreed to the
test, and one enthusiastic Boxer stood
I against the wall of the mayor's gar
■ den to be shot at by Yuan himself
with a new model Martini-Henry rifle.
Yuan smiling explained that this test
would settle for all time in the minds
of the citizens how unimportant was
this boasted power of the foreigD
The Boxer leader was reverentiall>
entombed at Yuan's expense and
prayers were said over his grave for
This is the man of nerve, cunning
and diplomacy who is being called
upon In China today.
Wolf Kills Eleven Cats.
San Antonio, Tex.—An animal, be
lieved to be a lobo wolf, passed along
the fourth block of San Pedro avenue
one night, and at daylight eleven dead
cats were found in yards and under
houses. In practically every instance
the cat came to its death from a single
•tab of tusk wound in the breast.
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