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VOLUME XIII. V
PLATTSMOUTII, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 1877.
J NUMBER 20.
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OF PLATTSMOCTH. NEBRASKA,
TOOTLE, IIAXXA &. CjLABK.
K. o. Dovkt
A. W. M-Lai;ghlix..
This Bank is now open for business at their
new room, corner Mum and Sixth streets, and
14 r re pared to transact a general
BANKING BUSINESS. '
Slocks, BondsGold, Cvmmirl and Local
BOUGHT AND SOLD.
Dvjivsits Rewired and Interest Allow
ed on Tim Certificates.
' DRAFTS iDrwjsr,
AvaiUMn hi any part of the United Htates and
lu all the Prin-ip;tl Towns and Cities
Ikman Line and Allan Line
Person wishing to briug out their friends from
PURCHASE TICKETS FROM US
Throneh to Plattimonth.
S o ;
2 o S
Excelsior Barber Shop.
J. C. BOONE,
JCain Street, of2osite Saunders House.
Shaving and Sliatnpooin?.
ICSPECIAI. ATTENTION' til VEN TO
t'titlisi? Children's and ladies'
C?ALL AND SEE UOONE, GENTS,
And jiet a boor.e in :i
Keeia tine of the
IN TOWN. 4y?
PALACE BILLIARD HALL.
(Main St., east of First -Vat. Bank.)
rL.lTTSMOl!TII, ... cn
MY BAR IS UIri.IKD WITH TIIK
BEST WINES, LIQUORS,
BEER. ETC., ETC,
F O U X I U Y
Rejxiirer of Steam Engines, Boilers,
Saw ami Grist MUU
i.S AM WTKA3I ' ITT
Vru!it Iron Pipe. Fon-e and Lift riiie.Srfam
(JaiiTM, Safety -Valve Oovernnrs.and ail
kin lsi.f Arass Kiiiriiie Finings,
l.rpuiivd on sliort t:oliie.
llopaired on Short Notice.
f'flu al'cay be found at Haifa' Old
Stand, ready to sell the lest Meats.
YOUNG buy frech fat cattle, sheep, hos &e.
direct from the fanners every day, and his
meats are iilways good.
OAME, FISH, AXD FOWL, IX SEASOX
ETC., ETC., ETC.
One Door East of the Post-Offlee, Plattsmouth,
... : O :
Proetfcal Workers In
SHEET IRON, ZISC, TJX, BRA
ZIERY, tt-c dc
Large assortment of Hard ana Soft
Wood and Coal Steves for
HEATING OR COOKING,
Always on Hand.
Every Yariety of Tin, Sheet Iron, and Zinc
Work, kept iu Stock. - -
MAKING AND REPAIRING,
Dene on Short Notice.
PXXICKS IOW DOU'X.
'I,; SAGE BROS.
FANCY CARDS all styles with name. 10 cr.
post paid. J.B.HuBted. Naswau.Kens Uo.N.Y.
itU01 Rom trml
Kt, Snutpia tat
Ftfidast Sreps, Beat
7ottpid tot j tit
zt this TiVtt far 83
tycstf. Tarn 6tf tor
rency or Bmpw.
W ITH A COLD IS ALWAYS DANGEkOUS. .
W ELLs' CARBOLIC TABLETS,
a sure remedy for C0UO1IS, and all diseases
of the THROAT, LUXQS, CHEST AND MU
PUT UP ONLY IN BU'E BOXES.
SOLD BY ALL DRUGGISTS.
C. N. CRITTENTOy.7SUthAyenue,N. Y.
Hnrd Times d.igpoe of KK 11..XH Jk
01t(jiAXM,new and eeonU-liant of first
clan makers tneladins U'ATEUS' at
lowrrprires for rash or lustallments or
to let until paid for than ever before of
fered. IV AT Kit Si' ;itAl HUUAItK
and I'I'KKi I1T 1'IA.XOS A 1 OH
AXS II(LI I1. TIIKIIt SEW
HOI VF..WHAM) HO LT OO I It) are the
1UT MAbE. 7 Ottave lianes150.
71-. do tflttO not used a year. "Htop
Orgrans HJU 4 fitoys SH. 7 Mtops H
MtonsS73. 10MtopsHM. lMtopsSlOO
ran,not used a year, in perfect order
ana warrantea. LOi'.t li ana 'i u ku
IAUKT WAXTKI). lilnstraied
Catalogues Mailed. A liberal discount to teach-
ers.mmister, clmrches. &c. Sheet mus!e at half
price. HORACE WATERS & SONS, Manufac
turers and dealers, 40 East 14th St., Union Square
ew xorK. Jit
SEA WEED TONIC.
Durine the summer months, the lethannr pro
ducedbythe heat takes away the desire for
wholesome food, and fieauent oersDlratlons re
duce bodily energy. In order to keep a natural
healthful activity of the system wemuet tesort
to artificial means. For this purpose Schenck's
Sea Weed Tonic is very effectual. A few doses
will create an appetite and give fresh vigor t.o
tne enervated uouy.
FOR DYSPEPSIA IT IS INT ALU ABLE.
Many eminent physicians have doubted wheth
er dyspepsia eim be permanently cured by the
drugs which are generally empioved for that
purpose. The SE- WEED TONIC iu its nature
is totally different from nueh drugs. It contains
no co'ros've minerals ir acids ; 111 fact it assists
regular operations of nature, aud supplier her
DR. JAS. CHARLES.
OFFICES : No.232 and 236,
Farnham St., - - Omaha, Xeb.
ii- I'reiscrvntlon of the Xatural Teeth
Made a Kpeel alty.
Oldest practicinj Dentist in the City.
J. C CHATflBERS,
Manufacturer of and Dealer in
ETC., ETC ETC.
Done withNeatne?s Dispatch.
The only phice In town where "Turley's pat
ent bell adjustable hor .e collars are sold."
HO FOR THE
WHOLESALE I.iqi'OH .
AI tKiAB HTORE
t Mc'SUIKE'S old stand still kept open by
CIUARS. TOBACCOS, dC, WHOLE
SALE & RETAIL.
Good Goods, Buy Largely
Aud invite trade to call and examine, lit
Good fresh milk
DELIVERED DAILY !
EVERYBODY'S HUME IX PLATTSMOUTH
IF THKV WAST IT, BY
J. F. BE.tl'JUEISTCR.
SEND IX YOUE ORDERS AND I WILL TRV AND
40yl aud serve you regularly.
O. F. JOHNSON,
All Paper Trimmed Free of
ALSO DEALER IN
rrcserlptloas Carefully Compounded
by en Experienced Druggist.
KEMEMBEIt THE FLACE.
COR. FIFTH d- MAIN SI RESTS
B. B. WIXUIIASI,
ATTORNEY and Counselor at Law. Real
esi ate bought and sold. Taxes paid : and spe
cial attention snven to collations, omce over
Dr. Chapman's Drug Store, Plattsmouth. 37yl
8AH 11 CIIAI'JIAX.
ATTORNEY AT LAW and Solicitor In Chan
cery. Office In Fitzgerald's Block, Plattsmouth
I. II. WHEELER A CO.
LAW OFFICE. Real Estate. Fire and Life In
surance Azents. Plattsmouth. Nebraska. Col
lectors, tax -payer. Have a complete abstract
of titles. Buy and sell real eetate, negotiate
loans, etc. iyi
EHVAIt I. STOSE,
ATTORNEY AT LAW. office with D. II. II
Wheeler & Co., Plattsmouth. Neb.
' B K LIVIXtiSTOX,
PHYSICIAN & SURGEON, tenders his pro
fessional services to the citizens 01 tjass county.
Kesiuence soutueast corner sixtn ami uaa sw.
Office on Main street, two doors west of Sixth
EO. H. HMITII.
ATTORNEY AT LAW and Real Estate Bro
ker. Special attention given to Collections
ana ail matters anecting tne tiue to reat estate,
Office on 2d floor, over Post Office. Plattsmouth
Nebraska. 40 1.
JOHX W IIAIXE8
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, an collector of
debts, collections made from one dollar to one
thousand dollars. Mortgages. Deeds, and oth
er Instruments dravn. and all county business
usually transacted before a Justice of the Peace,
Best 01 reterence given 11 requirea.
Office on Malu street. West of Court House.
40-yl JOHN W. HAINES.
I) It. a. 31. WATF.KMAY,
Physio Medical Practitioner.
1Ailsrflle, Cats Co., Ntb.
iST" Always at the office on Saturdays. 40yl
Flour, Corn Moal, & Feed
Always on hand and for sale at lowest cash
prices. The highest prices paid for Wheat nr.d
Corn. Particular attention given custom work.
J. S. GREGORY, - - - Proprietor.
Location Central. Good Sample Room..
Every attention paid to guests. 43in3
rLATTSMOCTH, ----- NEB.
J.J.IMHOFF, - - - Proprietor.
The best known and most popular Landlord
In the State. Always stop at the Commercial.
Largest and finest Hotel be
tween Chicago and San
GEO. THRALL, - - Prop.
O. K. SALOON.
I keep constantly on hand
Best's Milwaukee Beer.
which can be had at no other
PLACE IN THE CITY.
Also the best of
WIXKS, LIQUORS, AXD CIGARS.
33uiS Id. Ilosenbanm.
LENII OFF cD BONNS,
Morning Dew Saloon !
One door east of the Saunders House. We
keep the best of
Beer, Wines, Liquors & Cigars.
33ii)9 Constantly on Hand.
A Ureat Ueilartioa in I'rices or
GUNS, REVOLVERS, &c.
Prices reduced from 20 to 30 ner cent. Write
for Illustrated Catalogue, with reduced prices
for 1877. Address.
GREAT WESTERN GUN WORKS,
91 Smithfield St.. Pittsburgh. Pa. I8yl
H. A. WATERMAN & SON,
Wholesale and Eetall Dealers in
ETC.. ETC., ETC. '
- Ma., street. Corner of Fifth,
PLATTSMOUTH, - - - - NEB.
Still Better Rates for Lumber.
STR EIGHT & MILIEU,
and all kinds of harness stock, constantly on
Jei:eui!'nT ' 1 1 .! t ;'; : e. i'.. ,.-.; ; '.- j
l-y STIIKIU'IV r- UTl.LKJl.
- . '- IV L --! C i
BEST FArlMTNG LANDS
FOR SALE BY
33. ISO. El. ES..
Great Advantages to Buyers
Ten Years Credit at 6 per cent Interest.
Six Years Credit at C per cent Interest,
and 20 per cent Discount.
Otlier Li be ml nineoont For Cash,
Uebatet. on Karew and Frefsht.
and Premlnmi tor Improve
Pamphlet and .Van, containing full partlo
ulars. vill be maileil free to udt part of the
world on application to
LAND riOMJUSSIOXER. B. & M. R. R.
Oil Li'colk, Nebraska
Advice to Young Ladies.
BT CLARA HASKELL.
Chewing on the corners.
Smoking In the street.
Spitting on the pavements
To stick on iteople's feet.
They will tmoke In the kitchen.
But that Is not enough,
They will go Into the parlor.
And there they'll sit and puff.
And now all nice young ladies.
When gents come in to woo.
You pop the question flint.
Sir do you smoke or chew.
Mark well each word and look,
And If they don't say no,
Just cross him off your book
And tell him why you do.
Some gents carry suices
Some cinnamon, some cloves.
Make good use of your eyes,
And good use of your nose.
For when the wedding Is oe'r,
Perfumes they'll throw away,
They will spit upon the floor,
They will smoke and chew all day.
Now ladles, when you marry.
Tobacco worms dou't take.
Think not, that Dick, or Harry,
Will quit it for your sake.
Though you know him very well.
And you think hiin very dear,
Just wait till be resists.
Temptation for cn year.
Multum in TarTO.
Sound policy is never at varience
with substantial justice.
"No shooten aloud here" is the warn
ing which confronts the sj ortsman at
the gate of a suburban park.
To mingle the useful with the beau
tiful is the highest style of art. The
one adds grace the other value.
More epitaphs are witten to show
the wit or genius of the living than to
perpetuate the virtues of the dead.
Very few in the world have their
passions adequately occupied; every
body has it in them to be better than
Many who tell us how much thev
despise . itches and preferment, mean
undoubtedly the riches and preferment
of other men.
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds
than happiness ever can, and common
sufferings are far stronger links than
Friendship is the cordial of life, and
the lentive of our sorrows, and the
multiplier of our joys; the source
equally of animation and of repose.
If men would hate themselves as
they do their netehb rs. it would be a
good steD toward loving their neigbors
u they do themselves.
There are moments when the two
worlds, the earthly ai.d spiritual, sweep
by near each other, and when earthly-
day and heavenly night touch each oth
er in twilight.
To be in company with those we
love, satisfies us; it does not signify
whether we speak to them or not,
whether we think on them or indiffer
ent things; to be near them is all.
Wise Been mingle mirth with their
cares, as a help to forget or overcome
them; but to resort to intoxication for
the ease of one's mind, is to cure mel
ancholy with madness.
It is the most momenteous question
a woman is ever called on to decide,
whether the faults of the man she lov
es will d-ag her down, or whether she
is competent to be hia earthly redeem
Revenge is a momentary triumph of
which the satisfaction dies at once,
and is succeeded by remorse; whereas
forgiveness, which if the noblest of all
revenge, entails a perpetual pleasure.
It will afford sweeter happiness in
the hour of death to have wiped one
tear from the cheek of sorrow, than to
lave ruled an empire, to have con-
quored millions, or to have enslaved
It is not insolated great deeds which.
do most to form a character, but small
conternimous acts, touching and blend
ing into one another. The greenness
of a field comes not from trees, but
blabes of grass.
No strttue that the rich man places
ostentatiously in his windows is to be
compared to the little expectant face
pressing against the window-pane,
watching for his father, when his day's
occupation is d'nf.
Oultiv.'!'- rvm.Mdf rition for the feel-
incs : utiH i ..;', n you would nev
er hav y -ur own injured. Those who
complain most -f iil-ii-vijit are the ones
ii alms'' tin-insvl ves and others the
T5: '';. i alnav.5 something great
L:: tlK-it m in .-h-isc whom the world
exclaims, at whom every one throws a
stone, and on whose character all at
tempt to fix a thousand crimes, with
out being able to prove one.
Have the courage to give, occasionally
that which 3?ou can ill afford to spare;
giving what you do not want, nor val
ue, neither brings nor deserves thanks
In return; who is grateful for a drink
of water from another's overflowing
well, however delicious the draught?
If some are refined, like gold in the
furnace of affliction, there are many
more that like chaff, are consumed in
it. Sorrow, when it is excessive, takes
away fervor from plenty, vigor from
action health from the reason, and re
pose from the concience.
A Temperance Lectnrc.
A lecture on temperance is quite
apropos just now. Several days after
New Year's almost any body is willing
to hear something on this very inter
"When the derll waa sick, the deril a saint
Now that we have all had our little
headaches, and have gone the rounds
of soda cocktails, seltzer-wafcer, red
pepper, and a general inclination to
kick every dog or any other man that
came in our way, let us go over the
- AN AWFUL EXAMPLE.
The general rule is that the man
who talks on the subject of wlmkey,
should, himself, have been an old stag
er in the business. He should be able
to say things that will thrill the mar
rows of weighty and pious old women
and awaken the sympathies of the
For my part, I have a very thorough
contempt for anything in pantaloons
and whiskers who will get up in public
"My friends I am an awful example
of the effects of Intemperance. On
such a night I lay in the gutter. On
such a night, when it was blowing,
snowing, storming, and freezing I kick
ed my wife out of doors, and slung the
wailing baby bv the heels out into a
"On such a time, I was in jail for ar
son. Once I went about in rags, steal
ing dinners from blind dogs in order to
pawn them for whiskey."
"Vfu- T lmvo an nnininn tliMf. tlip
man who will geUup before an audi
ence and boldly avow that he was a
dirty dog on any former occasion, is an
equally dirty dog at the moment he
makes the avowal."
I am free to confess that in assum
ing the role of a temperance lecturer, I
nave no nastmess to present. I never
pounded that amiable but over con
fiding woman, who was swindled into
taking me for better or worse, I never
sat down on a pair of twins and smoth
ered them. I never committed mur
der, or rape, or arson or "whaied" my
grandfather, or "squared off" before
the "governor" for the purpose of clos
ing up his toplights. In view of all
these I do not feel as if I were a tem
perance lecturer of the popular sort, of
the regular persuation.
Nevertheless, let us talk together
over this matter.
To me the most interesting phase of
the temperance question is that relat
ing to quitting, or as we lively old and
young bucks are in the habit of term
ing it, "swearing off.', This featuro is
of its self, sufficiently fruitful to f ur
ni sh matter for half a dozen lectures.
From Noah, who became indecently
intoxicated to D.ivid, who also ot on
a regular "tear", and made an unsemly
exhibition of himself, and from David
all the way down to Rip Van Winkle,
Grant and the undersigned, swearing
off has been a common development of I
their drunks. The man who gets
drunk always swears off again on the
next day and the next.
Like the veteran Rip he is generally
in a position in which this time won't
count. Some of the boys come round
and capture him; oi'his nerves demand
screwing up, or he will "have it out
to-day and quit to-morrow. Among
ws joily knights of the bowl, the reform
which begins to-morrow is fixed for a
day that comes. Ah! these tomorrows
how laden with excellent resolutions;
and how invariably they are caught in
bogs nul storms, and never reach the
wished for shores! Let him who has
aught that is precious not risk it
upon that treacherous craft to-mor-
row.. l he bottom or times ocean is
covered with the wrecks of these fatal
vessels, whose safe arrival no shores
have ever witnessed.
And now my fellow-bummers let us
see how the thing works.
nOW IT IS DONE.
You drop into a saloon to play a
game of billiards; you meet a friend
from the country ; you go in somewhere
to have a friendly chat with, a neigh
bor, and and you fall in with Mousi-
eur Alcohol. Ihere is nothing pre-ar-
rangedabout the meeting. You find your
self in company with him, while you no
more expected it than you did to meet
your great-grandfather'a maternal
Monsieur and yourself spend the
evening together. It's jolly. Your
imagination springs into life, and
the whole world becomes roseate.
Rich, happy, inspired, with every nerve
thrilling with happiness. And hours
pnss, and you reel away to bed.
A few hours, not of sleep but of stu
por, and you awake mouth parched,
head swollen, appetite gone, and the d
to pay generally. Hat slouched over
your eyes, curses lolling from your
tongue, you go down town. You drop
into a saloon. There is Monsieur Al
chohol. "See here, old fellow, you served me
a cursed mean trick, last night!" you
"No, did I ? I'm sorry. Take a
hair of the dog that bit you."
"Nc, thank you, I am done with you.
I won't associate with
serves me as you have.
anybody that 1
And Monsieur, without a word de
parts. He is gone. A day, a week,
two weeks pass, and you do not see
him. You congratulate yourself on.
your resolution, and flatter yourself
that you will never see him again.
But Monsieur A. is cunning. It is
just four weeks from the day you
"shook" him. You drop in somewhere
and, before "you know how it came
about, or even suspect his presence,
you find yourself cheek-by-jowl with
your old friend.
And he isn't a bad fellow after all
He's been gone a whole month. You
have no habit formed for his society.
You can "shake" him when you please
that's clear. You will have a little
set-down with him. He's a bully boy!
How his presence warm3 the dry cook
ies of your heart! More inspiration,
more dreads and then to bed drunl
er than before.
And, now, you ill-conditioned
whelp, I am done with you, surel" you
say from your disgust and pain, on the
In just two weeks he has captured
you again. And then he captures you
again. And then it is twice a week,
and then God only knows what ! It is
a critical moment. It is your very last
chance for safety. No "Good-bye, old
iellow," will send him off now. He has
come to stay. There is just one single
chance remaining. It is not a good
natured adieu. It is not a feble effort ;
it is not reasoning, persuasion, or ap
peal. It is sheer brute force. You
concentrate all your strength, you gath
er every energy ; and then you clutch
Monsieur Alcohol by the throat:
"Deceiver! False friend! Devil!
Hell-born monster! Damn you! Go!"
And, once or twice, right between the
eyes, nana mm one straight irom ine
TO MY FELLOW BUMMERS.
You see, my fellqw-bummers, what
I wish to impress on your souls is the
fact that you can'i coax this gentle
man to leave you. but you can drive
him. Especially is it very fruitless
and silly to say to him:
"Mv dear sir. you have treatea me
infernally mean lately. I'm going to
part company with you. I can't and
won't stand this soft thing any longer,
1 11 tell you what i ll do. lou may
stay around till the first day of next
month, and then you must put out,
Do you understand that, my- gentle
O yes, he understands that, and he
seems perfectly wining to agree 10
your proposal. He will go, he says,
when the time comes; and when the
time does come he goes in a horn.
Give me a week to stay, and it is
thousand to nothing that ha will stay
a month, and then stay all the time, if
I appeal to the experience of Broth
er Moody. John Wentworth, Brother
Hatfield, Emery Storrs, John V. Fare
well, Daniel O. Hara, and other mem"
bers of the organization of Good Temp
ers, if I am not correct in my conclu
What lam very desirous of impress
ing upon my fellow-bummers is this:
The great dificulty about quitting oc
curs before you quit, and not after. If
any of us ever contemplated a visit to
the-dentist. we remember that we suf
fered an eternity before the fang came,
and the twentieth part of a second when
it did come. So about quitting. All
the trouble, and difficulty, and pain is
in making up your mind to quit. When
once vou have screwed your courage
up to the sticking point, the labor, the
bread, the difficulty's are all over. In
fine, all there is about quitting is in
making up your mind to doit, and not
in doing it.
With which few plain remarks, the
matter is herewith submitted with
out further argument. Toliuto.
FROM THE BLACK HILLS.
Rapid City. Pennington Co., )
D. T. July 25th, 1877. f
Ed. Herald: Knowing that the
exciting and interesting news transpir
ing in our section of country, would be
interesting to many readers of the Her
ald, I will try to furnish vou with a
few items of the same, just as they
transpired and almost as witnessed by
myself. From Rapid to Dead wood one
travels a broad valley, with the main
hills on the left and the foot hills on
the right. For the last two months
up and down this valley hardly a sin
gle night has passed without from one
to one hundred horses or mules being
stolen, by a band of well organized,
horse thieves. About the 1st of July
a man from Rapid was up in the can
yonsigettingout house-logs, he saw three
men coming towards him on horseback,
he thinking they were Indians became
frightened and ran to Rapid for help;
a crowd of men were soon organized
and equipped, and started after the
supposed Indians. When they came
upon the three men they became fright
ened and acknowledged they had stolen
the horses up near Crook City. They
were taken back'by the crowd to Rap
id and lodged in the city jail. That
night a well organized crowd came to
greet their new found guests with a
neck-tie sociable, the ball room select
ed was about one mile west of the city
on the top of a mountain, on the left
side of the road under the spreading
boughs of a scrub fine tree, standing!
all alone on the sumxit cf 'the barren
lonely peak, three men drew the three
neck-ties, the entertainment soon end
ed, the only music furnished for the oc
casion was the wind whistling through
the matted limbs above, and the dis
tant strains from the golden harps of
the other world. In a few moments
the crowd dispersed, and all remained
as quiet as the silent tomb on that
lonely mountain top; three human be
ings hung suspended in mid-air, with
their black and swollen faces turned
towards the blue vault of heaven as if
imploring it for mercy. The next day
about 10 o'clock the Deputy Sheriff
went up and cut them down, and buried
them about GO yards down the moun
tain side, with an appropriate inscrip
tion on their tombstone, warning their
comrades of their fate if they fell into
their hands. This to a great extent
has checked their bold deeds in this lo
cality. The Knights of the road ate
becoming both numerous and danger
ous. There is a well organized band
of them here; five of them have .been
seen and are known, they are the ones
that robbed the stage on the night of
the 12th of July, between Battle Creek
and French Creek, 15 miles below Rap
id City, (within four miles of our camp)
they stopped the stage near a little deep,
stony ravine; one of the band rode out
of the ravine, hailed the driver, whilst
another one, drove the team out of the
road ; then the other three took all the
passengers out of the stage, stood them
in a line, two stood guard over them
with loaded guns, whilst the others ap
propriated all of their money and val
uables, then took off the treasury box,
two large trunks, five valises, etc., then
marched the nine passengers back into
the little wagon, robbed the driver of
81.25; after about two hours delay they
were allowed to go on their way rejoic
ing. I he agents after taking all they
desired from the treasury box, trunks
and valises, left the rest sitting by the
roadside. The night was very dark
and stormy. The passengers described
the robbers as fine looking men, well
dressed and well mounted, they are
supposed to be under the leadership of
"Percuiuine Bill," a well known des
perado. The amount they obtained is
not known. They made good their es
cape into the hills, not far distant from
the scene of the robbery. There wasn't
a shot exchanged between them. July
17th, a Mr. James Wagner, wife, and
his brother, of Crook City, having come
to the Black Hills, and like many oth
ers were disappointed in the fabulous
wealth of the hills, gathered- their
wordly goods up and started alone with
a yoke of cattle and wagon for Bismark,
Just west of Bear Butte and 10 miles
from Crook City they were foully mur
dered by a party of Indians, they were
badly mutilated, especially Mrs. Wag
ner, her body was savagely outraged,
her head cleft in twain and scalp ta
ken. The savage fiends had barely
completed their cowardly assault when
the stage came rolling along; they pick
ed up the dead bodies and took them
to Crook City. A hay ranchman mow
ing hay at a distance witnessed the
killing of the family, he ran for his
life, leaving his team and all behind,
the Indians came up. took one horse
and left the rest, the ot her being too poor
a horse for their Lordships. The next
day (having prepared coffins) the three
unfortunate victims were taken to a
little flat on the mountain side, east of
Crook, followed by 15 hardy mountain
eers and myself, all well armed, to pay
the last tribute to our fellow mortals.
The funeral and its surroundings is a
scene never to be forgotten. Instead
of the gilded carriages, were the pack
saddle; the prancing horse, the scrub
pon'es of the planes; the cortege, the
hardy mountaineer. In lieu of the fu
neral services, the muttered curse of
revenge. There were few tears in the
crowd, yet every face bespoke a deter
mination greater than tears, that stern
cold smile of revenge that played!
around the cold white lips of those
gathered there was not hard to inter
pret, the bodies were silently consign
ed to their last abode without any cer
emonies whatever. In the little valley
on that lonely mountain 'side, neath
the lofty pines, and in the deep shad
ows of the lonely gulch, silently slum
bers in that peaceful sleep that knows
no waking, three more victims of an
July 17th, the Indians committed
one of the boldest and most skillful
robberies ever committed m this coun
try. A mule train of fourteen wagons
and 51 head of mules, bound from Sid
ney to Dead wood was attacked by them
at Spring Rancho, about 23 miles be
low Deadwood, this train run some of
the best stock on the road. They went
into camp ia the evening about seven
ty-five yards from the rancho, and put
the night herder (a Mexican) out with
the mules, the herd at the time of the
attack was between the camp and the
foot hills, between the camp and herd
there run a small stony ravine, distant
about 50 yards from the camp, on the
edge of this ravine the night herder
was holding the stock, between 11 and
12 o'clock at night the herder stood
holding the lariat of his pony, at about
80 feet range, an Indian crawled up
the little ravine, between him and
camp, and fired a shot at him, seeing
that he had missed his man he jumped
to his feet, run and grabbed the lariat
and attempted to jerk it from the herd
ers hand ; the herder fired on him and
he run ; the herder then mounted his
j'vuj , itiiw litis uiw ttw uitu i
from between him and camp, fortune
favored him and he reached the camp
safe and sound. When the first shot
was fired, the Indians rose all round
the herd and began shouting and yell
ing, until che whole herd was stampe
ded, in less than 10 minutes after the
first shot was fired the whole herd was
gone. Twenty-seven of the mules bo
longed to Mr. Hedge of Denver, he is
an old freighter, and the herder is a
good trusty man and has been with
Mr. Hedge over three years. Mr. Smith
and Mitchell of Denver lost four head
apiece, Mr Parrot of Cheyenne lost 10
head. A party of men were dispatch
ed from Deadwood to follow the stock,
they arrived in the afternoon, and fol
lowed the trail out about 20 miles and
found a hat known to be an Indians
by the unmistakeable perfumery it
bore; they gave up the chaee as useless
and too expensive, and returned to
Deadwood. From Mr. Parrot they got
four fine blooded American horses, in
good condition ; twenty miles out they
made a halt, changed on to those four
horses and are driving right along;
they drove them straight towards the
Missouri river, almost directly east;
had not changed their course when the
trail was abandoned. They also got
f;om the rancho five head of stage stock.
About fifteen months ago sixteen head
of stock was taken from Mr. Parrot by
the Indians, since which timo he has
got nearly all of them back again, lie
merely places a man at the Red Cloud
agency to watch for them, and they
are soon found among the "good In
dians" at the post. The ones our gov
ernment has made such gallant sol
diers of. They expect to get back most
of this lot of slock ia the course of
time in the same manner. News just
come in that two more men are dead
and scalped near Crook, whether report
is true or not I cannot sav, but can say
that they are making it lively up tho
road. No one can predict the fate of
the smaller trains when eight or ten
Indians run off and successfully escapo
with all the stock of one of the largest
and best trains and among the most
experienced freighters on the rod.,
More as it comes. .
Joe II. Fairfield.
There are people in every communi
ty who think that every newspaper
man is a dead-head. The New York
Evening Post hits this class of pco lo
a severe back-handed blow which wo
think they well deserve. "In case .any
thing happens to a person, he hastens
to the nearest newspaper and demands
that the editor shall wield his pen and
shed ink in his vindication and defense.
And if the jaded editor does not with
alacrity espouse the cause of his patron
he will make an enemy for life. 'Mem
bers of the press' are literally hunted
down by all sorts of people who have
axes to grind. The managers of pub
lic meeting who do not find reporters
at the desk suffer pangs of disappoint
ment, the judge who sonoriously blows
his nose before reading his opinion,
looks anxiously for the stenographer;
the preacher who descants upon some
special subject, loses spirit if the rep
resentatives of the press are not t. ere;
even the burglar on his way to State's
prison, covets a talk with tho newspa
per man. Yet tho outside barbarian
thinks all newspaper men are "dead
heads," and envy them the fine time
they have In the .way of free tickets to
all manner of shows. There never
was a greater mistake. People don't
seem to realize that on the part of the
journalist, it is merely a matter of bu
siness that tho reporter goes to these
places, so attractive to outsiders, much
as the horse goes to the show because
he must do so. We venture to say that
four-fifths of these entertainments are
to journalists an intolerable bore. Tho
press is the victim of the public's rapa
cious and unceasing demand without
pay. Let us have the boot on the right
Anna C. Bracket, in the American
Journal of Education, calls the atten
tion of teachers to the liability of chil
dren to be punished or corrected with
out their clearly knowing why. "They
may thus perhaps understand," she
adds,"what often seems to them so in-.
comprehensible why a child who has
been rebuked for soma disorderly con
duct repeats the olTense almost immdi
ately, giving the impression of willful
ness and m alicious wrong-doing. Tho
same mistake is frequently made ia re
citations. A pupil's answer is pronoun
ced wrong, and the question passed to
another, when he doe3 nut know what
his error is, and often fancies that it
lies in quite a different direction frorn
that in which it really lies. One ot
the most suocessful teachers we know
is almost invariably In the habit, after
having passed a.question and received
a correct answer, of asking tho pupil
who failed;. 'Why did I pass that ques
tion?' A few trials of this simple in
terrogation will soon, we think, con
vince any teacher of the truth of what
we say. The most astonishing misun
derstandings are thus continually
brought to light, and wo become con
vinced of how double-edged a thin;j ii.
this language which we use so thought
lessly and freely.
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