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THE NEBRASKA HERALH
IS rsBUSHZ? WSBXLT ST
12. J HATHAWAY
If 03c oomer M"m nJ SooonJ stre'-. to-
TERMS: Weekly. $2.00 per annua If paid in
$2,50 it nut paid in advance.
The exceptions tafcen by Gov. Butler' a j
counsel that he could not be impeached j
Yoraels performed during a former term
f office, and could not be tried as Gover
nor for act3 performed as Commissioner,
were overruled by the Senate. The
vote on the former proposition was unan
imous, and on the latter proposition
fite to eight. Whatever the leal points
in the case may be we care but little.
What we desire is justice to all concerned.
If Gov. utler is fairly and honestly
proven guilty, let him suffer the penalty,
whether or not he might be cleared by a
legal quibble. But, on the other hand,
lot no ona-sided arrangement bo thrown
to the world as "evidence"' upon which
to convict a man before the pub'ic.
Viewing things in this light, we are filal !
to hear that thi3cnate hare determined
to try Governor Butler for all acts per
formed fcince his first election, both as
Governor and as commiisioner. Let ui
Lave a full and fair explanation of every
act. Proceed with the trial, and never
mind the quibbles.
A FIFTEEN JII.Vl fE SWE4R.
We give our reader?, to-day the fulj
of Geo. L. Miller's 'fifteen minute swear'
before the invetlgatiug committee.
The iuiptachmtnt managers will please
pardon us for publishing this in advance
of their "official organ" the Omaha
J If mid but as it was simply directed
"Editor Herald" we concluded w
would 'take the chances' on its publica
tion, and request the Omaha Herald to
"please copy." It is an exact copy of
the laid Miller's "vidence th com
plete knowledge in ouo volume, upon
i - , t i i i ..:., .i
which lie iiiia uasca ccijf .'i;iuuu an
ccuation made by hira. W ask all
honcxt mon, of whatever party, to read
it carefully and then say what they think
cf a man who will make the brazen as
sertion that Miller has, upon suck Lnow
lede, THE HcBIED KVIDEJTCE.
The itr.peachment managers have
able J for the second time, and for the
second time ben denied, a continuance
of sixty days in the Butler impeachment
trial. The grounds upon whu-h they ak
a continuance is that an important wit
ues (ona McBird) is absent, and that
they cannot safely procoed to trial with
out him. There is an attempt being
made to create a vast amount of capial
out of the absence of this man McBird,
and the enemies very mysteriously whis
per about that he has been "spirited
away" by some friend of Butler's. Wc
doubt not that many good men believe
that some friend of Butler's has caused
his departure- If those who have kept
the run of this impeachment business
iil refresh their memorla-J a Yt'ryLTiftr
they will remember that the co-called
evidence of this man McBird was taken
in a very informal manner, to say the
least of it, and that the excuse ma le for
informal actiou was that McBird teas
alouCjo have the State, and that he ut
terly refused to go to Lincoln to testify
before the committee. Now, it was as
well known to the men who secured the
piinted version of the McBird evidence,
at the time they took the said evidence,
that he would not be at Lincoln, or with
in the jurisdiction of the impeachment
court, as they now know that he is not
there. If the men who heard McBird's
story thought it was important to the
fc'tate, why did they not take the proper
ie,s to detain him within the juristic
tion of the State? Admitting that his
rviJc-nce h as given by the Omaha Her
ald, and that it should bo entitled to full
credence, is it fair or honorable to charge
that Gov. Butler or his frienda have in
duced him to leave, when, as we say
above, the men who heard his story
knew (as did Geo. L. Mil!er) that ha
would not be found when the impeach
ment trial came off. Lot honest men
scrutinize closely all the facts in connec
tion -yith this matter, and then say If it
is not more probable that the impeach
ment managers do not want McBird be
fore the court, where he would be crow
questioned until all the facts were brought
out? Is it not barely possible that all
this howl about the absence of McBird
is got up for the occasion, with a view to
manufacturing public opinion against
(Jot.' Butler ? As we said at the outset
of this impeachment, the people will yet
find that there are two sides to the qucs
iice. Is there not a bare possibility that a
fair proportion of the present impeach
Bient trial originatediin the recent Sena
tonal election? Gov. Butler was be
lieved to be opposed to Gen. Thayer'" re
election, and we heard it whispered that
soma of Mr. Thayer's warmest suppor
ters, would "make it hot" for the Gov
ernor. Now we were a warm supporter
of Senator Thayer in the recent cam
psign, but we do not believe in the plan
of trying to crush a man because he did
net see a thins n tbo lame light that we
do. It is not only an injustice t Gov.
Butler for this course to be pursued, but
it is an injustice to Gen. Thayer provid
ed there are men acting from such
Editor Herald: Sir: The fol
lowing is a true description of the horse
in possession of William Sibley, the gen
tleman who Ptole Mr. D. D. Andrus'
horse a few days ago and who is now
ronSaed in the Cass county jaiL Tlease
insert in your paper, and if said horse
be a Bto'en one, the owner may thereby
learn of his whereabouts, to wit : Bright
bay, black mane and tail, both hind feet
white ap to pnsterc, about 14 hands
Vh, alout 9 years old.
J. W. JcHXS.iy.
S.Tt? StC. Netra?i.
THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL.
CTIDEXCE IX TIIE Bl'TLES CASE.
Saturday, March 18.
Boll called, and Mr. Kennedy absent.
Manager Ilud.-on called the attention
of the 1 'resident to the fact of the ab
sence of a Senator
The I'rcaident ruled that the tempo
rary absence of a Senator was not mate
lial. Mr. Myers opened for the Managers,
and after reading extracts from the con
fession of Francis Bacon, arraigned be
fore tho IIoue of Ijords on charges of
bribery, aud said that tho case was simi
lar t.) the present. He presented the
the theory of the manasrers on the first
artif k, c mcerning the $10,881 37, which
ha claimed had been converted to the use
o'' th; Governor, with only a shadow of
snwi'.itv lor the State.
Then the charge that the Governor
had received a bribe from McBird.
Also that the Governor had demanded of
U. I). Silver a bonus of S 10,000.
He also went over the around gentraly
embraced in all the articles.
The opening arguiwen of the mnnagers
having been concluded, Jamesi Sweet,
the hist witness, was called and sworn.
Mr. E-tabiook offered in evidence the
rpnort of the Committee of Ways and
Means in nursuance of a resolution of
the House of Representatives and also a
part of the answer respondent to show
the collection of,.the 5 per cent, fund
paid by the government of the United
States to the State, which was admitted.
EVIDENCE OF JAMES SWEET.
Mr. Sweet stated that his residence
was in Nebraska City, and was State
Treasurer from the 21. -t of Janury, 1800,
to 17th of January 1ST 1 , was al.-o con
cerned in banking in Nebraska City, in
the firm of James Sweet & Co., and in
Liccoln as James Sweet & Brock ; John
L. McConnell was a member of the lat
ter firm tiil May, 1870; office as Treas
urer in sauio building as bis banking
hiiinnss: no convenience for keeping
public funds were furnished him ; had a
. n f. . .1. . . .
burglar prooi saie auer iuu passage ci
tho bill for keei-ins the particular funds,
manufactured bv Ilcrrine; kept the
funds separate from his own money, but
in rauie safe ; had a separate apartment
or box for each ; heard of the 5 per cent,
fund due the State during the regular
session of the last Legislature; Senator
Ashton called upon witness to make in
ouiries concerning it at that time.
Question Whatconversation occurred
between youreif and Mr. Ashton?
Objected to by counsel for respondent.
Question submitted to the Senate aud
the objection sustained unanimously.
This was in the early part of February,
Question Had you a conversation
with Ashton regarding the mode of col
lecting the 5 per cent, fund, and if so
itate the conversation? Objected to.
Mr. Estabrook and Mr. Doom argued
against the objection, and read from a
brief of Judge Lawrence furnished to
the managers m the Andrew Johnson
trial to show that the rules of ordinary
courts arc not aj-plicable in this case.
Mr. Maiquett bhowed that the brief
of Lawrence is not a judicial dociion,
i'mm -lix trial til AtilimUMl lO
show that similar questions were over
ruled. The President sustained the objection.
Mr. Sweet re.-umcd his evidence; said
t lint he re.-ided in Nebraska City; was
in Lincoln less than one quarter of the
time during his term of office ; when in
Lincoln he discharged the duties of his
office, but the books were kept by Mr.
Question What acts constituted the
deposit of public money with you as a
Treasurer? objected to on the grounds
that the corrt should decide that qucs
tion, and Mr. Sweet should only state
the facts, all that was done, and that to
answer wuuld ue a tegai couciusion
which the court only are to decide.
On motion of Senator Ilasca'.l the Sen
ate retired to consult upon the rules of
The Senate returned and the President
announced thr.t the Senate voted to ad
mit the question of tho managers.
Recess till '2 o'clock.
Mr. Brown, Chairman of the Com
mittee of the Whole, reported back II
R 54, to provide for a constitutional con
vention, reporting progress.
SITTING AS A COURT OF IMPEACHMENT
FOU TIIE TRIAL OF JOHN GILLES
The managers on the part of the
House appeared and read and tiled their
replication to the answer of the respond
Janajcr Galey offered the following
Ordered, Tint the trial of the im
peachment of John Gillespie, Auditor of
the' State of Nebraska, be fixed for
Thursday, the 30th day of Ja:ch, 1S61,
at 3 o'clock p. m. , at which time sub
poenas for witnesses shall be made re
turnable. Mr Dilworth thought the time should
not be fixed, as it is uncertain how long
the present trial will last.
Judge Kinney, coun.-cl for the mana
gers, argued in favor of fixing the time
lor commencement of the trial, and that
the day thould be within the time proba
bly necessary to close the present trial.
Mr. Gerrard offered the following:
Ordered, That th Senate, sitting as
a court of impeachment do adjourn un
til next Saturday, the -5th of Jarch, at
10 a. m. Adopted.
SITTING AS A COURT OF IMPEACHMENT
FOR A TRIAL OF DAVID BUTLER,
The President announced that the ob
jection of the respondent to the question
proposed bv the managers to Mr. Sweet
Question What acts constitute a de
posit of public moneys in the Treas
ury? Answer The course pursued when
money is deposited, is to make out du
plicate receipts and upon the stub to put
the name of the party, the date and
amount, and the entries on the books
were mnde from the stubs ; the pratice
was to keep the money received during
the day, after making the entry, in an
envelope and then to examine at night
the entries and the amounts to see if the
amounts corresponded ; the record was
the entry on the books; David Butler
never deposited any of the 6 per cent,
funds with me personally ; when I made
my report Jto the Legislature, I examined
the books in the Treasurer's office ; had
several conversations with the Governor
relative to these funds. The Grit con
versation was in his private office, some
time after the adjournment of special
session of the Legislature ; cannot fix
the date definitely; the Governor after
some FLvcial conversation spoke ef giv
ing securities for the money; said Gille's-
p "aH c?t apprcv? nX tn fP5jH
and persisted that h" fehould pay tho
money into the treasury, and that he
could not do it now as he loaned part f
the money to a inend in Pawnee ami had
to take lands, and that he had lands in
that county worth $30,000 and wished
me to see uiilespie and fix it up ; did not
state to me to whom he loaned the mon
ey : cannot stte when the next conver
sation took place ; there ha3 been many
referring to the same subject ; that of
approving the securities; had an im
pression that there was a conversation
in the Governor's office at which the
Auditor was prestnt. but think I am
mistaken about his being present; the
point was whether the money came
within the description of the perma
nent fechool fund : cannot give the time
of the conversation upon this point ; it
was after the adjournment of the extra
session that I had the first conversation
upou the subject of the loan.
Que-tnn What did you understand
from the Governor to be the condition of
rhe fund at that time and when was it?
Objected to. Objections sustained by
ttie vote of the Senate.
Q. Bid -ou understand from the
Governor that this fun 1 was in the treas
ury. Overruled by the President.
Question What did the Governor say
regarding that fund?
Ans. He said that Gillespie insisted
that it be paid into the Treasury, and
that he could not because he had loaned
a part of it ; he did not say where the
balance of the fund was, and I did not
know where it was.
Tho Treasurer's cash book was intro
duced. Ouestion State whether or not you
have examined that book, and whether or
not there is an entry in it of th 5 per
cent. fund. Objected to. Objections
An. I found no entry at the time I
was treasurer: 1 made diligent search
in order to make up my report, and
louud no such entry on the booits.
THE CHASE WARRANT.
Governor Butler stated to me that
two warrants had been made to Mr.
Chase by the Auditor by mistake, and
that as there was a disposition on the
part of Col, Chase to make trouble
about it. he wi.-hed to pay the amount
of one of them into the treasury. The
Governor cither gave mc a thousand uul
lars or a check on Sweet & Brock for
$1,000, I can't say which, and the war
rant was cancelled : and 1 cannot tell
whether I gave it to the Governor or the
Auditor; it was written across that the
warrant was originally paid cannot state
where this took place without my books;
don t remember any conversation at th
time in referring to the Investigation
Committee : the original warrant was
issued to Chase and the receipt showed
that the monev was raid to Chase
Question State fully whnt the record
shows with regard to the cancellation?
Objected to, but the object ion withdrawn
Answer It refers to receipt the
entry is to C. S. Chase, $1,001), there is
ne entry ot the cancellation; this boo
give the receipt of money and contains
a record of the individual from and the
fund to which it belongs, nd on the
other side the disbursement, the number
of the warrant and for what ; warrants
1,343 and 1,344 were paid Feb. '22, 180?;
an cntrv so made. "Received 'February,
1S70, No. 352, late Attorney forthe State
iX H. t'-iu mniuit -jfrlrlMin, rm-fured
from General Fund, $1,000. '
The money was paid to mc asTreasur
cr; the warrant was in uir office cancelled
as paid; Gov. Butler gave me either$l, -
000 or a check, and requested that the
cancelled warrgnt be returned ; I took the
warrant and cancelled it by punching out
the name of the Auditor, and cannot tel
whether it was given to the Governor or
tho Auditor; the Governor paid that
Chase was inclined to give hini siiue
trouble, and that he did not think h
(Chase) was entitled t that amount I
think in my report that I record that
received from the General Fund $100
"conscience money ;" I mauo that entry
because I eou'd not credit it to any
county, and I did not desire to bring any
body's name ladore the public on account
ot i lie excited teehng alter the ejection
and biing suspicion upon anyone,
The "stub book" was introduced, am
the witness read an entry, "Office o
State Treasurer. Lincoln, February, 18
1870. Received of C. S. Chase, lute
Attorney General. $1,000, for caucclle
warrant No. 1,344."
The money was received from David
TTIE TICIIF.NOR LOAN.
I know Anon C. Tichcnor; the first
ever knew of a loan i'or Anon C. Tiche
nor and Amanda F Tichenor, was at
Omaha at the meeting ot the State Cen
tra I Committee, in September, 1S0
then heard that such a loan had been
made ; learned it from general conversa
tion ; have no special recollection of any
conversation with Governor Butler ex
cept in general conversation ; I did not
consent to such loan ; I know nothing ex
cept from hearsay; I think the Gov
ernor toii me tnat oeiore the loan was
made he instructed the Attorney Gen
eral to examine the title and was told by
him that the title was good and the loan
secure ; (shown a document or letter)
said that he remembered seeing it but
did not consent to the loan; the letter
(that of the Governor consented to the
Cross examined by Mr. Redick Do
not remember the day Brock was ap
pointed Deputy Treasurer; he acted
through the whole term of my office;
was also a paitner in my banking busi
ness ; I remained in Lincoln after taking
possession of my office of Treasurer
about three or four weeks; went home a
few days and returned; don't know just
how long I stayed ; Mr. Brock had charge
of the treasurer's books and did all the
duties of treasurer; cannot swear that I
was in Lincoln in April, 180'J; think I
was hero two or three weeks in 3Iay; was
not here when Brock went to Omaha to
get the 5 per cent, school fund ; did not
know anything about the matter and did
not know till long after, not tiil after the
special ?esion, that Brock got the money;
can only state how the money was kept
in the Treasury when I was about ; I,
when acting kept the money in separate
envelopes; there were Public School
Fund, Tempt rary School Fund, Judic.a
ry and General Funds, Penitentiary and
Building Funds ; the State money was
kept all together in envelopes in the safe,
separate and distiuct ; the envelopes
were put up in packages and marked and
laid aside ; we pay out of one of these
envelopes and put the warrant in the
Elace of it; in order to balance at night;
rock kept the books all the time alter
we got new books in May or June, 18Ct;
Brock was at Nebraska City about the
middle of May; I did not know that he
had got the school fund at Omaha ; did
not know the object of his visit and was
not informed ; as far as I know, no ci.try
wa3 made anyirhero of the money; if
the money haid been deposited it would
nave boen put in a lund by itself as 5
per cent, fund ; up to the tine of the
;ropMl f th a of ''Hentiejil fundi ' I
kept the money separate, afterward I
don't know how Mr. IJrock kept it, never
looked after the details; but evety time
camo un I looked to see that the ac
counts were straight; John Rix is a ficti-
;ious name on our books; don t know
iow larj:e his account was ; never looked
at the books of James Sweet & Brock,
except to see my personal account; in the
last year 1 know that John Jux was f ne
name to which the State Funds were de
posited ; all the State Funds were kept
this way for the last year; it was not
keot so before because the accounts ha-1
to be kept separate, and a record of every
bill; had no ficticious name in the books
be lore that; cannot state that the name
of John Rix was not on the books in
Question by l.edick Ion state that
all the State Funds were kept in the
name of John Rix, and that you wi.l not
swear that it was not on the books in
May. 1809, and if it was would not all
the State Funds received then be credit
ed to h:it name ? Objected to and ques
Brock had no authority from me to
credit State Funds to John Rix ; I found
that that was the way they were doing
and that it was necessary in order to de-
osit the money in bank; when fctate
inds were wanted a check was drawn
and signed John Rix; cannot fix the
date of my conversation with the Gov
ernor, except it was after the special
session; first time L ever heard that the
money had been paid to the State, was
during the special session ; the Governor
sa.a that Gillespie did not ieel Inenuiy
toward him and wished him to pay tho
money to the Treasury ; never said to
Butler that he might as wch borrow the
money as it was lying idle ; never stated
in the presence of Chas. Soy more that I
advised the Governor to borrow tho
money nor in the prc-enco of Senator
Hilton or Mr. Hathaway.
Governor But'er told me that the
Central Committee was going to cut his
political head off, and wished me to make
it right so that the people should be sat
isfied ; whatever I stated was as a polit
ical dodge ; I have no recollection ot say
ing at the same time that the money had
been deposited in the Trea-ury and that
1 had advised him to norrow if, nor in the
presence of others ; I sid in the pres
ence of Mr. Gere that Brock should send
the mortgage to Pawnee City to be re
corded; 1 think I said to Mr. Church at
the special scs-ion that the money had
been deposited but I could not tell posi
tively till 1 looked at the Books.
Governor Butler requested me to draw
the mortgages for hini, and said that he
would have the numbers sent mo and I
asrreed to draw them ; was not acting as
State Treasurer in drawing mortgages,
and thought at the time that the Com
missioners had the right to loan the u
per cent. lund.
I had a conversation with Mr. Esta
brook since the commencement of the
Question by Estabrook State what
the conversation was. Objected to. Ob
jeet'on was overruled by the Senate.
Answer IWr. lu. inquired ot me when
the live per cent, fund first came to my
knowledge, and I told him at the special
session, and he said that it waa unneces
sary to go back of that time.
Direct examination There was no
fund to which the five per cent, school
fund could have been placed ; after the
TrhnitgiL ri' t h lnw reenlntins t hrt ruitdiT
the books were kept differently ; the ob
ject of the ficttiious name, John Ilix,
was to keep the State Funds together;
Governor Butler said at an iutervicw at
Omaha that he wished me to fiv the
thing up, referring to the school funds,
and whatever statement I made was for
that purpose ; piior to the repeal of the
law the money was kept in envelopes ; I
had one safe, but different shelves ; on
one shelf I kept State funds and in an
other our private funds; there was no
occasion ta use the name John Rix prior
to the repeal of this law ; the funds were
kept by myself in envelopes at that time,
(to Senator Tucker) can't state whether
the name of John Rix appeared on our
looks; (to Senator Kennedy) the name
of John Rix appeared on our firm books.
By Senator llawke No interest was
paid on the $1,000 paid back from the
warrant to Chase.
By Estabrook No interest was ever
paid on the 5 per cent fund.
By Redick I reported it paid to the
Superintendent of Publie lustruction at
his request, that about $14(Kjol interest
had been paid ; have no recollection of
making entries in the absence of Brock
on the Bix account ; cannot swear posi
tively. By Estabrook Mr. Beal, Supt. of
Public Instruction, when about toappor
tion the school money, requested me to
make the report as large as possible, and
the Governor promised to pay the money
in three days, and I made the report ;
neither Bcals or myself knew the exact
amount, it was reported as near as we
could estimate it.
By Senator Gerrard Did you gire a
receipt to any one for the $1,000 paid on
Chase s warrant r
I gave one receipt to the Auditor and
don't know whether the original receipt
wj given to the Governor or the Audit
or; it may be that the original receipt is
left in the Treasurer's office.
To a question by Senator Tucker The
name of John Rix was on the bank book
of Sweet & Brock.
By Senator Thomas I paid the money
on the warrant of Chase to the Governor;
cannot say whether it hail been assigned
by Chase to the Governor ; I sometimes
paid warrants on the endorsement of the
By Senator Kennedy It was not nec
essary for the State money to be kept in
the banking books of Sweet & Brock.
By Senator Thomas I think the Chase
warrant wa endorsed "C. S- Chase, by
D. Butler;" Governor iaid that he want
ed to take the money to Chase.
Mr. Sheldon moved to adjourn tiil 7
The managers aked for an attachment
for witnese. The roll of witnesses
were called and the Secretary was direct
ed to issue attachments for theabsentees.
Mr. Gerrard moved that the Senate
Fitting as a court of impeachment do ad
journ till 9 o'clock a. in. Jonday morn
OrrosiTioN. A certain amount of op
position is a great help to a man. Kites
rise to the wind, and not with the wind ;
even a head wind is better than none.
No man ever worked his passage any
where in a dad alm. Let no man wax
pale, therefore, because of opposition ;
opposition is what he wants and must
have, to be good for anything.
The true Christian ?p:rit is by no
moans a npirit of recklessness and anar
chy ; neither is it ao fastidious about
methods as to hi content to do nothing
at all, for fear that it will not work pre
cisely in accordance to, the most exquis
ite ideals. It would rather seize a
drowning man by the hair rather than
let him drown, because it hesitates to
j "outrig tV. convent? on 8 1 proprieties.
ol fr ii, l iJJo
Thf TTnr In Pat-In.
Special to th New York World.
Paris. March 20.
The insurgents hold Hotel de Ville,
Palais do Justice, Tuillerics and Place
The muroers of LcConsptc. Thomas
and Vinoy were perpetrated by order of
Nicioi Garibaldi, who directed the insur
rection. Thev were shot in the garden
of Rue de Sro-ier--. Thomas resisted
vigorously, but Garibaldi ordered him to
be held against the wall while his body
was riddled with bullets. LeCompte
died with the utmost coolness, smoking
a cigar, and refusing a bandage ov.r Ins
eyes. Many other executions have also
occurred. The Government has tele
graphed for thirty thousand men at Camp
Sartoroy to cotue to Paris. The Pnn
sians at rt. Denis will enter Paris if the
ganijou is increased beyond forty thous
and. London, March 20.
Napoleon left yesterday for England.
He was escorted to the railway station
by a g'.tard of honor, compo-cd of two
companies of German soldiers. The ex-
Em peror arrived at Dover at one p. m.
to-day. Immense crowds were in wait
ing, ir. luding a large number of French
refugees, who cheered enthusiastically as
the Kmperor made his appearauce ou the
It is thought the revolutionary move
in progress in Paris will extend to Ver
si lies and Lyons and even Bordeaux.
The Thiers government contemplates re
moval to Tours. It is said the Germans
decline to interfere with affairs
Gen. Puis repoits that overtures have
been made to the government by the
inurgeiits. and that Libyche, Minister
of the Interior, has been fully empower
ed to grant liberal but legitimate conces
The Etolic Beige ha advices denying
that negotiations have been opened with
the insurgents in Paris, and represents
that the lioters, flushed with their suc
cesses, are in full possession oft he city.
The windows of the Hotel de Ville are
crowded with armed nationals. Chase
pots are being di-tiUuted amosig tho
people, amidst c ies of the mob of "To
Versailles!'' The centre of the city re
main un listnrbed.
In Paris this morning the fcituation
The national guards, in obedience to
the order ot the Central Repnolican
Committee, have taken up positions in
various quarters, making no resistance.
The majority of the national guard are
passive, and ample preparations are
nmkinzat the voting places throughout
the city tiT the Comoiune elections or
dered by the Central Republican Com
mittees. According to the apportion
incut made, there is one representative
to be chosen for every 20.000 voters
Election will be held on A'e Jncsday, iu
stead of Tuesday.
1 he press condemns tho assassination
of the Generals, recognize only the au
thoritv of the Assembly, and declare the
present situation unendurable.
Iktimors ot every description arc in
circulation. One says the national guards
intend to march on Versailles; another
that the Assembly will remove to Or
leans, km I that thev are about to appoint
General Faiddcrbe Generali.s.simo and
All papers at the Prefecture Police
have been destroyed by the nationals.
War Ipon Ilnjtl.
Washinoton, March 20.
The Executive orders to our naval com
mamlers to open war upon the llaytien
republic in certain cases created quite a
brt-eze in Washington.
It is also rumored that Morton will
shortly leave the Senate, and perhaps
take Boutwcll's place.
There is no idea when Congress will
adjourn. If an earnest debate is had
on Sherman's bill, the session will be
prolonged ten days or two weeks. "
The opinion is becoming wide-spread
that San Domingo commissions will go
iu at the present session.
Secretary Fish has received the follow
ing cable dispatch :
London, March 20: The following
dispatch has just been received by a mes
senger from Minister Washburne at Pa
ris for Secretary Fish :
Paris, March 19th: The National
Guard Committee is master of Paris.
The Departments of the Interior and
Justica and Prefecture of Policy are oc
cupied by the insurccnts. Generals Vi
noy, Thomas and Lecompte have been
murdered by the troops. An election
for Communes takes place to-morrow.
All the members of the Thieis Govern
ment have gone to Versailles. I "follow
with the diplomatic corps.
Mr. Editor: I was pleased, de
lighted, and greatly edified at the pro
ceedings of the Teachers' Association,
which he'd its first regular meeting at
Eiitht Mile Grove, on Saturday last.
The opening augurs well fur the future
of the teachers. They received quite an
ovation from the people of the neigh
borhood. I counted thir'y-six vehicles
of various description, convenient to the
jchool ; and I really believe there were
over four hundred persons present. The
school house has been erected by local
subscriptions, and 13 certainly a credit to
the district. The people are alive to the
wants of education, and they spared
no pains to make it manifest on that
auspicious occasion. The farmers of tho
surrounding locality suspended opera
tions on their farms in this busy .eaon
of the year and came to see and hear the
quality of men that were intrusted with
the education of their children. The
impressions imparted exceeded their
most sanguine expectations. Sore of
our city folks, might attribute this re
spect toward teacher, by country people,
to the want of knowledge and self re
spect ou their part ; but this is not ,o.
Farmer in the country have both know
and self esteem. Mr. J. Mutz's library
at Eight Mile'Jrove, consistsof a splendid
and varied collection of excelled works
on science and literature. Weeklies ami
dailies by the hundred from all parts of
the country can bo had at his houe.
There are over fifty copies of the Her
at D in one pile. Country people do not
folliw the fashion of citizens, in kindlin?
their stoves in the morning with a peri
odical or a Herald the day after its is
sue. Ah , no ! they would scorn the
idea of consiening to the flames such
useful channels of information, after all
the trouble that had been gone through
in transfering such knowledge to paper.
This is a specimen of the knowl
edge and self respect of a farmer. Tho
teacher did ample justice b the good
i am taut .avni
things that were prepared for them at
the festive board, and having thanked
their kinJ ho-ts mo t cordially for their
hospitality, they returned by different
routes to their respective home.
Yve have been somewhat pertinacious
in our claims in behalf of Geo. L. Mil
ler as the champion testifier in the "holy
inquisition' that lately sat for the un
earthing of fearful Titian v and ibe re
generation of mankind. We considered
the eminent Doctor as truly the great
npoftle in this new dispensation of
"swearing" as we regarded the ponder
ous Estabrook the n''ne qu r nan of ju
dicial lore in the new dispensation of
law. The Grecian hosts that besieged
Troy for ten long years had its Thersitt?,
but the gols fr some inscrutable reason
bestowed Pandarus upon the opposite
In George L. and Experience, the irn
pe:ehT have the lineal descendants and
faithful counterparts of these historical
heroes of blackguardism and blather
skite. But there is snd and ?orry truth in the
vulgar axiom, that no chap is so great
that some other teliow imi t greater. As
a witness, the incomparable Mii'ter will
please take a back seat, while we proceed
to elevate the pearl of great price, .Mc
Bird, in the place of him.
this witness -was procured irora
Iowa to apt ear before Porter to !wear
all about the "swindle"' in railroad lands.
A singular phenomenon occurred which
must have astonished the astute railroad
investigators. Y hen the crank was
set in motion Mcliird did not know any
thing about radroal lands, but de
livered a fearful and marvellous tale
about how he bribed the Governor, and
induced him by the payment of sundry
and divers 8'ims to prer-are warrants
for him, for moneys t hat he claimed j
were justly due him. McB. couldn t
wait for a minute longer than was nccos
sarv tor mm to sign ins name to ins
atlidavv," said he wouldn't aud couldn t
come to Lincoln, and took the first boat
for a foreign shore. I he ' testimony
was immediately handed over to the
other committee and to the three daily
papers of Oiuaha, the Jlt-rafJ first puir
hVniiig it, aud then the other-, with the
confession that they had it also on time,
but from "motives" had not printed it
till the Herald had made it "no longer
Baai.am and his ass were both efficient
prophets in their way. The Herald and
tho Tribune were also prophets, and for
titied by McBird, they proclaimed tho
doom of the Governor as scaled, and at
the fame time set up a prophetic wail
about what was going to happen to
"eertian witnesses." These witnesses
they prophesied would be "spirited
away, bribed to leave by the enormous
sums "stolen from the S:afe." Experi
ence goes over to Council Liu Its and in
stantly telcirrar.'hs to Lincoln, "MelJirJ
has left, be has been bought oil' by the
Governor! Adjourn the Legislature!
We lave it to our readers if we re
not in duty bound to award the cham
pionship to Porter's Mcliird. We leave
it to Baalam and his historic beast, if
thev have any greater claims to go down
to posterity embalmed in prophetic
sanctity than the lltrald and Expeitenee.
We leave it to the inipeaehers, if their
mam stay in the witness line hasn t, tak
ing him a 1 in all. done em proud
He commenced by swear nz that he
had bribed an officer, and had thus com
mitted a felony under the laws ot our
State. He swears that the Governor
4 prepared a warrant,'" which makes him
a prima facie false witness. Then his
backers and admirers further accuse hini
of having taken a bribe and sloped
when any school boy could have informed
him that he was already beyond reach
ot a subpoena.
The vauie of such a witness in the
present juncture is inestimable, an 1 we
must say that it is a staggering argu
ment in favor of adjournment. He can
not, must not, be spared, even if it takes
Estabrook's precedent, seven years, to
hunt hiiu up. Lincoln Journal.
I70H SALE. Three acres of land adjoinina
th" city on the south, can be had cheap tor
lor particulars enquire at thcllKK W.r
OR SALE. Two lots in Glenwood. Cbesn.
IOR SALE. 8?i acres of land adjoinir.
I'lattsmoiith. Enquire of
Septs s. DUKE.
IOIt SALE The subs Tiber offers for sain a
I vuluablo water power, two miles below
Pln'tsmouth. near the Missouri river, with
sufficient water and fall with economical man
an r:icnt to produce po-ver eiial to a horse
power tteain engine. The present owner is en
gaped in other bu.incss and ca::not devcto his
attention to the business of rjillinjr. and will
stil sid water power for n rcaotinbl,. price.
Apply to Maxwell & Chapuax. docJllJcw
IJro'rssiciul (f arts.
J. C. FOX. D. II. WHEELER.
ATT03NKY3 AT LAW Special attention
Riven to probate husine&j and land title cases
Orhee in the Masonic Block, Main Street,
T. M. MAKQUETTE. i. N. STEOSO
OT HQUFTT & TRf(J
ATTORNEY AT LAW an i Solicitor in Cha
eery. Agents for P.uilroal iands Plattsmouth,
9. MAXWELL. F.iAM. M. CRAPMr
j ixwcl.!.. a. c: .
ATTORNEYS AT LAW ani Solicitors in
hmcery. Plattsmouth. Nebraska. Oiliee over
bite LuUsry'j Drag Stc.ro. iaprl.
Genera- Life. Accident. Fire. Inland and Trims
Insurance Apent. Will take risks ut reason
aide rates in the most reliable Companies in the
Cnited States Otiice opposite thcCourt House,
f lat.smout'i. Nebraska. lmay21tf,
vr. I.. to; sir.ii,
CARPENTER AND JOINER, will do all
" " :k in h- lice on short notice and in tho best
"j. Contracts for building made on rea.-ona-.
Mcrn. Shop one block south of Platte Val
II eouw. iuly22d J
CARPENTERS 4 JOINERS, Are prepare
to do work in good style, on t-hort notic .snd
as cheap as the cheapest. ijhop. corner of
Alma utot r.n.in streets. - UfrJldlf.
PHYSICIAN AND "SURGEON tenders hi
professional services to the citizens of C a.seoun
ty. Residence southe st corner of Oak and Sixth
streets; olace on Ma n street, opposite Court
House. Plattsmouth. Nebraska.
a. a. mi i tar
Attorney at Law. and General CoilectrcsAjeni
and Notary Public. .
All letral business intrusted to h; eare wil
eeive prompt and careful attention Otoe
the Treasurer's Office in the court hmisc.
Ilr. J. WTTIIOMAS
Having permanently located at WecpTpjr Wa
ter Kails, tenders his professional services to the
eititens of Cass county, Nebraslr !jan7't''-tf,
O. B. W0Kr.LF.Il. L. B. BEX5KTT
I II. n ilLEI. R. CO.,
Real Estate and Tax Paying Agents, Not-.ilel
Public, Eire and Life Iimuxaace Agents, I'lxtts
moctb. NoWaske. 1ei4U'
Of the or.rtUlon of the
City Fire Insurance Company
OF IIARTFORT COSX.
PLCEM3ER 31. 1570.
Lonrs on Mortcnse first lien
l,.m- on t'iill'cil
I nttcd Mutes M 't-Ks n u 1 Jjiiudd '1. v.!
iS'iitf. '1 own. nil I City li'illd ;i.MM.IM
';i!i.n.il 15 ilk isto -Us 14-4.U"S;-)()
K.kiini;t I st icks a- i lion .s 1 U,ooi.cJ
lu;b on liana, in U:ink ana im numl ot
Aecruc-d IntcroM and Uuiiinoj on book
uuc Irom rgca 8 H.O'VS.IT
Ofii'.-c Furniture anJt'afo I.&j.UjT
Ont.nnJin(? I.oF.-e $. 9,071 00
Aniimntn -osary to rensure outMund-
ins llis)9 180.04S.r,9
. Lkstee, fec'y.
a to. w
STATC OF FBftlSH'A
IT is hereby certified, that there his been filed
in ih's otlioe u w.,rti M.ittim nt showing the
condition ot the ifu He umuiawe loiiipiiiiy
l"-:itrd lit Hertford in the Mute of Conn., on the
ulst d.i v of lleecinhor A. I). 1S70, in aecordanee
with t!i: provisions of un Act of the tiene ;il
As-ciutily. of the S-tate of Nebn-.f-k:! to Ki ffulutc
In-ur;iice Coninivs. approved t'coru ry l'th
lSi'ni; thai this said eMiupi V having filed the
neen.-:iry papers iind a. nt:itei!n.nt showing ti.at
Bj:d cnmpHTiy id possessed of th requisite
Hinnuut of capital, nnu iurtsied as required by
Authority i Therefore Given
T tho itbove named company to transact their
appropriate business of r ire Insurance, in this
State, in accordance with the laws thereof until
theol any ot January. 1SJ.
I further certify, that 11. K. Pn'nirr of Plat tu
rnout h. County ot Cass is authori.c I to transact
Imsiu s- according to law tor said eoinpanv as
their Airwii and Attorney, by tiling this certifi
cate tor liccord with f lie e!rl; nfl'ii.; moiTitv
iii icsiiiii 'iiy wnereoi, i nave Hereunto set my
hnnit and affixed my seal of office, Ht Lincoln,
this tith day or March 1S,71.
Auditor of state.
Lamar Insurance Company,
Statement, January 1, 1871.
Ci.pita' FtoeV Subscribed..
Capital stock Paid up
SI .Kol. a".o.no
Firrt M ortpnecs on Ileal Estate...
I mrc! Mates ! J iioinls
Ottawa. III.. Londs. 10 per cent lies.
outh Ottow:i, 111 bond 10 pei ct. Kofr.
Cash on 1 and. in bank .V in hand Apis.
Pills lieeeivablo lor Cash Premiums
on Purm llisks
tutiiiry Let'ser Aec-unts
tionus o" Collaterals ...
Loa s on Call :
Ail other property
. 1 1. HI 1.00
Lro.VAKD Pwktt. President.
1.S4AC 11 . il a riiin. Vice-President.
W. Jl. W. Crsit ma. Treasurer.
Wit. .-. iooiKi.i.. Secretary.
P. !i. Ai.plx, Assistant Secretary.
STATE OF NEBRASKA,
TTIS HEREBY CERTIFIED. That thero has
1 bii.n tiled ill thiji office a tworu (statement
showing the condition ot tho
LAHAR INSURANCE COMPANY.
located at Clsicapo, in the .Stntfl of Illinois on
the tirst day of January A. I). "is71. in accordant-
with tho provisions of an Act ni the (Jener:;!
Assembly, of the State of Nebraska, to regulate
In .urancc Companies, approved 1-ebruary 12th,
ISoO; that said Company hanng filed the
necessary papers and a suitemcnt s.'iowinp that
s id Company isposcsscd ol'thertqiii.-itcumouut
of capital, and invested as required by law.
Authority is Therefore Given
To t';? above rained Compn.ty to transact their
appropriate business ot 1 llti-J I f I. IIA CIS,
in this State, in accordance with the laws there
of nnlil the :51st day of January. 172.
I I CRT her Ckktify, That Phelps Paine. Esq ,
of Plattsmouth county of Cass is authorized to
trans.ict business according to law for s-iid com
pany ns their ngent and nttorney. by tiling this
certificate lor Record ilh the clerk of Cass!
In Tkstimoxt WrtKRKnr. I have hereunto set
my Im n-1 anil a lined my seal of otuce, a i Liu
col", ttii 3d day of February, 1S71.
AvniToa cf Statb.
"VIC I' S
The first edition of one hundred and fifty
thousand copies of Vicks Illustrated Catalogue
of Seeds and Floral Guide. i published rnd
ready to send out 100 piges, and an Engraving J
ot utmost every uesiruoie lower ana V egetable.
It i eleianily printed on fine tinted paper.
ill-istratcd with three hundred fine Wood E-
gravins and two bcautilul
The most beautiful and the most instrnctive
Fioral (iuide published. A Uermaii edition
published, iu all other respects similar to the
jsent l. ee to an my customers ot i"5,o. as
rapidly as possible, without application. Sent
to ail others who order the in fur Ten Cents,
wnn-ti is not call tue cost.
Address JAM ES VICE".
January lOlh diwtf. Rochester N. T
wVeeping later 2 ills
Farmer?, go where you can get the bast Floor
irid the modi ot it.
35 POUNDS OF XXX FLOUR
l-i Torsos of nn-t
fWen in exchape for good wheat.
We are also doing gris work anil, with on.?
increased facilities, feel assured that we can give
the be.t and inobt Fiour of any in the State.
Produce Bought and Sold.
TAKEV np by the subscriber fire miles west
of Pia'Umoutk, oiro small black heifci aif.
IS rPRLISHSD I.V
D. HATHA WAY;
cntro Ar rkorniATO.
-rj0ffic ornr Main n'l Seooad siropfj
TERV.S : Daily $10,00 "per lean ita. cr H.j
Wesping Water Nebraska;
Hoots, nrd Phoof.
llatp, nnd (r, ,
Atrricnltural Imrtiments of all kind, Weirr
f a'..l. - I'..:.... a'..-.. !'..,
"Jrandetour and Princeton Plows. Ac ic nam'. .
talum, a!! ot which w e oner to tuo j'Ublic at IU?
owest retail prices.
All Goods Warranted
tf20ur constant nim will be to seM ?o low
it will be tc tho positive ndvnntatrc of every is. -mer
iu the w stern and central v.r'ion o C i',
county to make this their headnnrter for trad-'
A LECTURE TO YOUriG MEN
Jwt 'iiIZmVi, iu n fofr-l rnrr'rpr. (V:.
A Lecture on the Nature. 'Itcu'iaiiit. nr.'l
Radical euro of siieriiaorrhu a, r Scmi'.i:il
Wcr.knes. Involuntary Kini-sio:H, Sexual la
bility, and Impediments to Man i:ip- Retiera ' !;
Nerv oii'iici". Consumption, Kidlcp-y. nnd t its:
Mental iiinl t'bhical I ncapaeity, rcsultinir from
S' M'-abiisp, A?. I'y Ho icrt J. CuU trvrll, .'.i.'
Dr, author "f the 'tlreen Hook,' A?.,
The worM-reuouned author, in ,t'.u.. a lmira
ble Lecture, cleat ly provt. Irr! 'us own exper
ience that the mwIuI cor.s;iueni e of :lf-nio'. o
may be effectually removed without nicdi'.-incf.
and without dangerous sutgical operutious. bo.i
pics, Instriiincn s, rings or nidiul-1. p ii.fiiijj
out n mo le ol cure at once certain and effectual
by which every sufferer, no matter what his coti
tiilion may be, m y cure himself cheaply, pri
vat. !y. nnd radic illy. This lecture will rrove a
born to thousands and thousands,
he?t ui di-r seal. t nnv address, in a plain
sealed envelope, on tho receipt of six cents, or
two postage stamps. Also Ir. Cimerwoi
marriijre Kuide,' price 2r cents. Address tho
CHAS. J.C KIKE & CO.
fiJTT Howery, New York,
Doer W 22 wlv.
A GOOD GHACS
GOOD BARGAIN i
Having completed the platting and recnviZintf
of my 'In kk'h) Addition to the City cf l'lutts
month. 1 nm T'nw prepared to sell
in the Addition nt reasonable rates. Term are
one half c:t"h down; the other half pay?'ilo
one j-enr. at ten per cent, interest per ..jihi'..
from date of purchase until paid, 'i'o be sceuroJ-
Dy mortgage on tue properly.
Donation to Churches.-
I will (rive to the following roligious. dcnoci'
To the Baptist Church, lot 12 in Mode 27 :
To the Conarcratinnal Church, lot in block 2-T
To the Methodist Church, lot 1 in block 12;
To tho Catholic Church, lotti in blok :0-
lo the r.piscopal Church, lot 12 in block 10;
To the Presbyterian Chun h. lot 1 in block 21,
To the Christian Church lot 12 in block 5;
To the Lutheran Church lot 1 in block 1;
a my Aiblition to th Ciiyof riattsmouth.upori
the following conditions, viz: 'fhnt they snnlf
erect on said lots, as above donated, a. en Hub''
buildino- for public worship, within live rent.
from this date ; anil, in case of failure on thw
part o said Church or Churches to comply witr
aoove condition, ttieri and in tnnt case the
lot or loU shall revert to tuo.
Donation to Public Schcorj.
I hereby donate for the use of Public I)itri v
Schools. Lot 10 in Plock o, on the north sidu .
Main street, and Lot 10 in Clock 22. on tho so- !
side of Main street, In tny addition to the i
ii'iatt-'aioutn. t-. iLJ Y.
5,000 Acres of Land for Salt-
in this county. Also, Houses acd Lots in this
city, at low pricc.
Particular attention given to the V.trine; ani
selling of real estate, examining ii:l-. and pay
ing tuiea lor nou-retiUeuts. S. ULtx.li,,
Heal Estate Agent,
Lot for Ten Dollars,
I will sell to parties desirous m bttildmg . ;
improving, any of the lots in tho subjoined !:
in my addition to Plattsmouth, nt ten doih-.r.?
per lot, under the following oonditii.ns, viz:
The person purchasing will bo required t '
build on the lot purchased a dwellii'g hou.-- i f
tho following dimensions, to-w it: The ho-i
to be not less than 14x21 feet, yt'-'.'.i story no'
lower than 8 feet. The frame niu -t or? iood a:-;
substantial: house well shingleJ; foundati i'
either of brick or stone. There uin-'t beakd i:
en, of not less than 10x14. Htnlding must l
completed on or before January 1st, is7'.. V;;;
gi e a bond for a deed to the party vho boys w
soon n purchase is made, and upon eon;plirv
with the above conditions, will give a good
sutiiciciit Warranty Deed.
Selections may be made from the accompany
Lot 5 an I S in block 3: Lot S in block 4 : 1
14 in block 12: Lot in block 1H; Lot l.i.
block la); Lots 2, 'J and 14 in block 21 : Lot - ir
block 22: Lots 2 an t S in block 2:?: Lots .' ..
11 in block 20: Lot 5 in block 27! Lot I t n;:d ;'.
in block S; Lou 4aiid7 in block 2J; Lot 2 ii
Plattstnouth, Ang.2Ctf. Office in Coart lies
ATTENTION FARMERS ! I
U you tcant to huy an A JYo 1.
REAPER and MOWEK
At the A'L'W YOI'K STOHE M
their Much Jmnroed
Cayuga Chief Reaper &, 3Iorcrfor liU
5y??;!,.JrJ'Ve 'tock of BREAKING AV
and dealer in
ARNESS, SADDLES. COLLARS. HALT i" X
Whips, Brushes, ic, Ac.
Repairing done substantially and with o s
patcu. ive me a call before purchasing c!sc-v:-rc
Fourth Street north of Platte Yali. Jl ::i'-r.
adjoining Mati.ae.ws Jk JJonueUy's IWia -
F. J. HETTE E R
Best nd Latest I
COMPRISING the ceTefr-ated Civnl n
Reaper ond Mower, Russclle Kr:. j.-r an t
Mower. Alassibo.) Threshtr, aud t -i v . 'id ic
nowned Marsh Harvester, anj Alilovn WnB n
Jloline Corn Planter. Knt.ip u,- Coiti
RidiuR and Walking- combiueU, lo i) e Lv.-',1
VvuiKing cultivsAor, Btnbble ant Lrcii.i
A. C. Mayfield anj (ins Vj.r!,
P. J. M.vn j...:.
PlattsmoutU urcU i-
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