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THE KED CLOUD CHIEF, FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 261897.
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WORK ACCOMPLISHED BY
THE LOWER BRANCH.
A Hncclnct Nummary of the Fast Week's
Doing of the Nehraska House of Hep
resentatlves A Htrlctlr Non-I'artlsan
Review of Each Day's Hesslon.
Tuesday, February 10.
Pursuant to adjournment Inst Thurs
day, the house met nt 10 a. m. today.
The preliminary work wait disposed of,
after which one or two petitions were
read and referred.
Oa reports of committees the follow
ing bills were reported for passage: II.
K. 68, Yelser'b initiative und referen
dum ant. Atitlinrblnt the voters of anv
r.j city, village, school district, county,
i. fnurn A.. A, tr ni tint, mtllllf.tnril Mllltwlt vlu.
Ion, to enact laws for the government
of such sub-division by direct vote; H.
K. 100, authorizing county commission
ers to regulate rates for irrigation; If.
R. IS, regulating tlio election of state
and Judicial oftieers.
Mr. Wooster of Merrick offered a
resolution directing the special com
mittee recently appolntud to investi
gate the accounts of ex-state oflicors
nnd the condition of stato funds to re
port tomorrow afternoon.
Mr. Pollard objected on tlio ground
that it would be unwise to do so and
would result In loss to the state.
Mr. Wooster did not wuut to prcelp
tate a crisis, nor did ho want any more
Hill or Cnpitul Nntlouul buulc affairs.
IIo believed the pcoplo urc entitled to
know the condition of the stuto's
Mr Zimmerman of the committee
asked that the committee bo given tin
til Thursday afternoon, and Mr. Woos
tor offered to change his resolution to
grant the concession, which was done
and the resolution passed.
II. K. 120, by Mr. Cnsebecr, provid
ing that amendments shall be voted on
at next election after passing the leg
islature, and that three-fifths majority
of votes cast for same shull curry, was
defeated, as was also his bill, U. It. 3U,
relating to Insurunco companies.
Speaker (latllu signed II. It. 5, which
now goes to the governor.
it Wednesday, February 17.
Sneaker Oufllu was at home today on
business and Mr. Rich of Douglas was
in the chulr.
The W. C. T. U. of Aurora petitioned
for the passage of II. It. 214, amending
the decedent law to give widow or
widower her or his share in absolute
title, and also for the passage of II. R.
88, giving womon tho right to voto in
municipal elect ious.
On reports of committees the follow
ing bills were sent to the goneral tile:
II. R. 180, to provide public weigh
Blasters In villages nnd cities of under
8,000 inhabitants; a substitute for H.
R. 102, to tax dogs for oreation of a
fund for the payment of a bounty on
wild animals; II. K. 104, to prevent des
ecration of the American flag; H. It.
IN, prescribing qualifications as a
horseshoer and regulating tho practice
of horse shoeing.
Under bills on third reading tho roll
waa called on H. R. !00, Mr. Hull's bill
to reduce the salary of commissioners
of Douglas ana Lancaster counties
from $1;B00 to 91,'J00, passed by a vote
Of 65 to SO: II. R. 14ft, Mr. Uoderraan's
Will for reduction of salaries of county
attorneys, was passed . by a vote of 78
to 0; H. R. 10, by Mr. Soderman, to re
duce the salury of the superintendent
f the Kearnoy school to SI, 500, pussed
y a vote of 83 to 1; H. R. ill, rcgulut
tug payment of railroad fare of old
soldiers once discharged and returned
to the soldiers' homo, passed by a vote
of 84 to 0.
The governor's special message was
then read, It having been delivered to
the house by Secretary Mitret earlier in
the morning. It was made a special
order for 3 p. m. Thursday."
Resolutions passed at the Hastings
O. A. R. encampment depreciating the
action of the senate in record to tho
bill relating to flags over school houses
The house then went Into committee
of the whole. H. R. 74, for a state
Board of embalming; II. R. 144, making
grave robbery a felony, were both
recommended for passage.
On H. R. 117. Mr. Soderman's state
scrip bill, the committee had an ex
tended debate. Tho republican sldo
of the house feared the bill was In
tended to provide for an Issue of flat
money, and .hat tho warrants provided
for would not be efllcuciousfor tho rea
son that they would be too ensily
counterfeited. Tho friends of the bill
held, oa the other hund, thutull money
la more or less Hat money, und cited in
stances where stato script had been Is
sued nnd proved successful. Mr. Clark
of Lancaster moved to postpone, but
after debate the motion was lost, and
tho bill reported for passage.
Tlio report of tho committee was
adopted, nnd the house, after con cur
ing In the senntu resolution for u joint
session tit night to listen to uu address
by Hon. W. .1. Uryun, adjourned.
Among tlio bills Introduced wns one
by Mr. Snyder providing for a reduc
tion in salaries of from 15 to SO per
cent; ulso,.oue by Mr. Yulscr to pro
vide for 3-ccnt ruilrond fare, und one
by the samo member for the establish
ing of union depots in certuin cities un
der certain conditions.
Thursday, February 18.
When tho houso got ready for work
this morning Mr. Hull, of Harlan,
moved that tho trans-Mississippi expo
sition bill, house roll No. 03, bo ad
vanced to the head of tho list of bills
on general iile. Mr, Hull made a few
remarks on the motion, during which
be said no member need commit him
self for an appropriation by voting to
advance the bill. Others favorable to
the advance said action ought to bo
takes because other legislatures aro
awaiting action by this legislature. Mr.
Wooster and others set up a deter
mined opposition to taking tho bill up
out of the regular order. A motion to
amend to defer action till state appro
priations aro mndo was lost as was also
the otlginal motion to advance.
When me house convened after re
cess Mr. Jenkins of Jefferson asked
unanimous consent to Introduce a res
olution. It was to the effect that all
lobbyists shull hereafter be excluded
from the floor. Mr. Hull of Harluii
and Mr. Sheldon of Dawes thought
suoh a rale would exclude a number of
well-mnanlng gentlemen from the floor.
Then ' - carried by a vote of 80 to 4.
The report of the special Investigat
ing committee which had beon appoint
ed to look after tho various state of
fices nnd report tho condition in which
they nnd been found, was rend. It is
Mr. Pollard of Cnss moved that tho
report of the investigating committee
Mr. Sodcrman of Phelps moved to
amend so that the governor's message
and tho report of the select committee
might bo referred to a committee of
thrco to consider the matter further
and report to the house.
Mr. Clark of Lancaster was opposed
to any moro preliminary work. He
thought the lime had come to Investi
gate. Mr. Sheldon of Dawes said that the
majority had to take the responsibility
of tho act nnd it wanted n day or two
longer for consideration.
Mr. Jenkins of Jefferson said that
tho republicans were willing to go to
the bottom of tho Investigation. "No
matter under what colors tho ofllclal
wns elected, I believe that if ho is
guilty he should be punished. If he
deserves to bo put in stripes, I am will
ing to go ahead and help place him
Mr. Soderman intimated that tho re
publicans were not sincere.
Mr. Pollard resented tho Intimation.
Tho republicans were ready to go ahead
without n cuueus, which the majority
was not ready to do.
Mr. Wooster thought tlio question
was so serious that tho majority had a
right to caucus on it.
Mr. Clark of Lancaster moved an
amendment to the amendment provid
ing that u committee of tlvo from the
houso bo appointed to act with a llko
cotnmitteo of three from tho senate to
Investigate fully the olllces mentioned
In the report of tho Investigating com
mittee, Mr. Wooster thought tho majority
had a right to proceed ns it wished.
Tlio voto on the amendment to the
amendment by Mr. Clark of Lnncastcr
stood ayes -'0, noes 50, a strict purty
voto, and was declared lost.
Mr. Hodrrmnn's amendment referring
the mutter of the governor's message
and the report of the investigating com
mittee to another committee, which
wus to report the matter to the house,
was carried, after which the motion to
adopt tho committee report ns amend
At this point tho speaker announced
that he believed that ho had been
wrong in tlio morning when ho ruled
on exposition bill that It took a two
thirds vote to advance a bill on general
file; that ho believed taking a bill out
of its general order was not equivalent
to u suspension of tho rules. The mat
ter was referred to committee on rules.
The house then went into committee
of the whole. II. R. iU, provldlug that
persons shall exhibit hides when sell
ing beves, was recommended to pass.
II. R. 124, re-cnactlng the law rela
tive to school lands, and providing that
school lands shall not be sold was fav
orably reported. It wns Introduced for
tho purpose of saving to the stato a
million and a half acres of school lands
at present under lease.
Mr. Sheldon stated that school land
was rapidly improving and it would be
one of the best Investments the state
could make to hold it.
The house adopted tho committee re
port and adjourned.
Notes of the Session.
lion, W. J. nryun addressed the legislature
Wednesday evening, the 17th.
A mm el. being made to get tlio legislature
to working nights to push needed legislation.
Mr. Yelitcr of Douglas hits Introduced a bill
In Uio house to compel rullroads to carry bi
cycles in baggugo.
Tho legislature adjourned at noon Tuesday
In order to attend unlterslty Charter-day ex
ercises In tho afternoon.
The union debuting club of tho university
vent In u set ot resolutions favoring tho pas
sage of Speaker Uunin's bill to prohibit foot
A resolution wns Introduced In tho senate
Tuesday morning by .Senator Schuiil of .Saund
ers county, excusing lobbyists from furthel
attendance ut the senate sessions.
St. T.ouli rhyslelans Find the Murderer's
Mental Organs Not Normal.
St. Louis, Mo., Fob. 10. Owing to
the great dlffcrcnco of opinion as
to tho true condition of tho
mind of Dr. Arthur Ducstrow,
the murderer of wlfo and child, who
was bunged at Union, a post mortem
examination of his brain was made to
day by Dr. Lewis O. Tandy, assisted
by Dr. A. H. Schott, the family physl
oiun of the Ducstrows. A number of
other physicians who had testified at
tho legal Investigation Into the mur
derer's sanity wore present.
The examination, which was but a
cursory one, resulted In a conviction
among tho physicians that Duestrow's
brain was in an abnormal condition.
A careful microscopic examination will
follow and tho results us thoy appear
will bo given to the public.
FOR LEADING LYNCHERS.
George Spenoe of Itlchmond, Mo., Indict
ed for llreukliiB Into Lexington's Jail.
Lkxinoto.v, Mo., Feb. 18. Ocorgo
Spence, a blacksmith at Richmond, was
arrested and brought hero last night
to answer to an indlctmunt preferred
ngalust him by tlio grand jury hero.
Tho Indictment charges Spenco with
assault with Intent toklllnud burglary
la tho second degree. IIo has been
Identified by sevurul ot the guurds who
were on duty nt tlio jail Hero mo nignt
It wns broken into and Nelson .and
Winner taken to Ray county and
hanged, as the man who broke the
door opun. Ills bond wus placed at
81,000, nnd tlio oflicors from Ray coun
ty say that he will have no trouble is
Fatal Elevator Runaway.
San Aktonio, Tex,, Feb. 10. One of
tho passenger elevators in tho St
James hotel got beyond control of tho
conductor yesterday. It went up at
full speed, crashed clear through the
roof, turned ovor and fell down tho
ulrshaft, a distance of five stories. Tho
elevator conductor and a guest were
in the machine at tho time. Roth am
Can Photograph at Long Range.
Nkw Youk, Feb. 10. Thomas A.
Edison says that by a new mathod ot
long photography with camera and
telescope now developing It may be
possible soon to take photographs aa
fur aa tho eye can see with a telescope.
WORK ACCOMPLISHED BY
THE UPPER BRANCH.
A Condensed nnd Concise Non-Pnrtltan
Report of tho Labors of the Nebraska
Henato for the I'ast WrekArtlon Taken
n the Various Measures.
Friday, February 13.
Over n recommendation to Indefi
nitely postpone S. F. 30, a valued pol
icy law made applicable to personal
property as well as real property, ns at
present, Senators Murphy of Gage and
Ransom of Douglas engaged In a some
what heated debate in tho senate this
Senator Murphy moved to place It on
general tile, saying that the people
wercentltled to relict from tho insur
unco trust nnd that, tho measure in
question would give It. Senator Ran
som argued that tho reason actuating
tho senator from (Inge and his party
wus to so amend tho law as to make
it unpopular and secure Its repeal or
Its defeat in the supreme co'urt. After
quite n lively tilt, in which Senutors
Caldwell and Felts took part, Sena
tor Murphy's motion to place the bill
on general flic was defeated, only .Sen
ators Couaway, Haller, Henpy, Miller
und Murphy supporting the motion.
Tlio committee on privileges und
elections submitted it report oil the
Douglas county contest. It was ngalust
tho contestant, John Jcft'coat. and
favored rctenttou of Senator Evans.
After some discussion action on the
report wus deferred until next Fri
day. Senator Deal's bill, S. F. 104, pro
viding for the formation of new conn
itcs by consolidation of two or more
counties was passed.
S. F. 173, Senator Johnson's bill tax
ing state banks, was passed, with the
understanding that it would bo amend
ed In the house to meet the objections
raised against it in tho senate, The
bill passed by a bare majority, 17 for
and 12 against, with four senators ab
sent. Senator Howell's amendmeut,
which an effort will be made to have
tho houso tuck on, provides that
national banks may avail themselves
of tho privileges of the net, so thut
they may become depositories for state
or other public funds.
The matter of taking speedy action
on the trans-Mississippi exposition ap
propriation bill wns brought up In tho
senate by Sonator Murphy of Gage who
called up his resolution, which wus
offered too day before and laid over by
objection of a fuslonist.
Several members of the majority ob
jected to the passugo of tho bill be
cause it contained criticism of tho
house. These fenturos were elimi
nated, and a motion made to refer to
committee ou labor. Senator Murphy
spoke in behalf of his resolution. Sen
ator Talbot said the senate could criti
cise any one or any body. Senator
Dundas asked if the senator from Lan
caster wasn't talking "arnica." Sen
ator Talbot replied that truths arc
sometimes worse than anarchy. Tho
resolution was referred.
In committee of the whole the sen
ate recommended joint resolution,
authorizing the governor to invite
states and nations to attend the expo
sition. The senate adjourned till Monday at
t p. m.
Monday, February 1.1.
The senate wns the only brunch of
the legislature in session today, con
vening at I) o'clock with barely a
Senator Howell of Douglas presented
a petition unanimously signed by small
business men, asking legislation to
protect them from the "department
stores." Tho petition was referred to
committee on judiciary.
Senator Dundas presented a resolu
tion passed at the late G. a. R. en
campment, asking for the maintenance
of two Boldiers homes. Referred.
In committee of the whole. S. F. 133,
by Sonator Dundas, relating to legal
rates for printing was tuken up and
considered. Senator Ransom pointed
out irregularities in the arrungoment
of tho bill nnd it was referred back to
tho printing committee for amend
ment. Senato files 107, requiring school dis
tricts to keep in repair suitable water
closets, and 117 to grant equul privi
leges to graduates of tho stute univer
sity with graduates of other educa
tional institutions in matters touching
qualification for teaching, wero recom
mended to pass.
S F. 170, by Senator Heapy, requir
ing that lejjal notices shall be meas
ured and paid for ns if set in unleaded
nonpariel type, was recommended for
Tho commlttteo arose and reported,
report adopted, after which tho sonato
Tuesday, Februury" 10.
This morning in the senate Senator
Mutz presented buvenil petitions from
citizens of Key a Paha county protest
ing against ciiango tu tlio tisli anil game
Senator Conoway of York presented n
petlou from his county asking that tlio
method of levying taxes ou railroads
for school purposes be ehunged.
Committees reported back the follow
ing bills for passage: S. F. 89, to allow
Omaha to plat the poor farm; 8, prohib
iting Issuing or ncceptlngof passes; 1!8,
prohibiting blacklisting of employes;
150 nnd 157, preventing gus, water or
other corporations from giving favors
to city anil county onicials; am, pro
viding for the government of tho pen
itentiary; S38, fixing the nge ut which
persons may be sent to tlio penitenti
ary; 121, regulating grunting of liquor
Tho senate then went Into commit
tee of the whole for consideration of
bills and the following were acted
upon: S. P. 71, requlrlug ditch compa
nies to build bridges; no action taken.
An attempt to substitute II. It. 37 with
a similar bill from the house, create u
little turmoil. II. R. 37 wus substitut
ed, but final action not taken; S. F.
1J2, providing for a public printer,
was make a special order for 10:30 to
morrow. At noon the senate adjourned for the
day In order that the members might
attend university Churter-dny excr
ele. iveditestlay, r'ebruary 17.
Sunutor Johnson In the sonate this
morning presented two petitions from
ultiKcns of Hainiltou county: one ask
leg municipal suffrage for women, the
of her husband's real cstato in fee.
The following were among the bills
recommended to pass: S. F. 200, relat
ing to levy of school taxes; H. F. 22.1,
fixing salaries of county officials; S. F.
204, permitting graduates of university
to teach school without certificates;
8. F. 231, fixing the price of Nebraska
supremo court reports at $1.25 per vol
ume. Tho sonate then went into commit
tee of the whole for consideration of
tho bill creating a state printer, which
had been made a special order for
10:30. Several amendments were pro
posed, the most important being one
placing all county blanks and forms
under the control of the state printer,
und requiring counties to secure blanks
from tlio printer. Tlio amendment
provides that tho attorney-general
shall prescribe n form for all blanks
and they shall be uniform throughout
tho state. Tho amendment waa
adopted and the committee arose with
out completing consideration of tho
In tho midst of the discussion on the
bill tho governor's special message
wns announced, nnd the committee
rose long enough to make It n special
order for Thursday afternoon.
After the noon recess the following
bills wero passed:
S. F. 70. by Seuntor Rnmnm, to pre
vent child labor; S. F. 41, to authorize
a tax levy not cxcecdlng-l mills to im
prove purks; joint resolution authoriz
ing governor to issue proclamation
calling nttcntion to tho Omaha expo
sition; S. F. 107, to require school dis
tricts to provide separate water closets
and S. F. 170, requiring legal adver
tisements to be printed in nonpareil
Senator Dundas introduced a reso
lution calling for nn investigating
committee to see if there were not
more employes on the pay roll of tho
stato than were needed.
Thursday, February 18.
In tho senate this morning a protest
from the Indies of the G. A. It. was
rend against closing the soldiors' home
Ou recommendation of committees,
a number of bills were sent to the
The public printer bill wns consid
ered for a third time In committee of
the whole and was further amended to
provldo tht all bills for public printing
bo reserved for public inspection, and
tho salary was reduced to $1,500, and
tho stenographer to 8000. The com
mittee arose and reported progress.
After recess tho senate took action
on the governor's special message.
Senator Howell of Douglas moved
thut tho message be referred to a cotn
mitteo of live to be appointed by the
chair, with instructions to report
within ten days.
Lieutenant-Governor Harris called
attention to tho fact that ten days
would carry the matter beyond the
limit of lime for the introduction of
bills. Senator Rnnsom explained that
if it were necessary to introduce a bill
the committee could lay the matter
before the governor nnd secure the
legal permission to do so.
Lieutenant-Governor Harris tiicn
appointed the following committee:
Senators Real, Dcarlng, Mutz, McGann
In cotnmitteo of the whole tlio pub
lic printer bill again came up, was
amended so as to provldo a penalty for
violation of provisions of the bill, and
recommended for passage
A number of bills were introduced,
nmong them one relating to grain
trusts, by Senator Dcarlng: one by
Senntor McGann, prohibiting gold con
tracts, and one by Senntor Lee to pro
hibit all games of chance.
Ilert Sugar Districts.
TJie special cotnmitteo appointed by
tho house to consider the various the
ories for the encouragement of the
beet sugar industry met Tuesday night
uud wore addressed on the subject by
R. W. Furnas. 1. A. Fort, and V. G.
Taylor and Johh Utt of Omaha. The
discussion wns along the line of divid
ing the stato into districts which muy
Issue bonds to nsslst factories thut may
lie induced to locate in .their limits.
It was thought advisable to draft a
bill embodying some such provision.
The opinion seemed to be that the
state should not be divided into more
than four districts nnd that a limit
should be set on the bonded indebted
ness of cncli district. The matter of
drafting the bill was left in tho hands
of V. G. Taylor and John Utt.
For Triple Harder.
Sax Qukntin Pmsog, Cal., Feb! 10.
Chun Sing, a Chinaman, waa hanged
yesterday for three atrocious murders.
Ills crimes were committed in Septem
ber, 1805. With an ax ho attacked,
without nny provocation, a fellow
countryman, Ah Fook, In the latter's
house. no left An Fook for dead and
brained his wife ns she was attempt
ing to escape. Then he went to the
houso occupied by Charley Tal, an
other Chinese, and killed him and a
woman ho found there, actually bo
heading the latter.
Appropriations for Institutions.
JEi'TKitsox Citv, Mo., Fob. 10. Tlio
house committee on appropriations has
introduced a bill for tho following:
Appropriations for the eleemosynary
aud penal Institutions: for the usvlum
at Fulton, $52,500; tlio asylum at St.
Joseph, $41,780; the asylum at Nevada,
S4U.350; the Fulton school for tho doat
and dumb, $147,400; the school for the
blind at St. Louis, $50,000; the reform
school ut Boonoville, $73,500; the re
form school at Chilllcothe, $15,700; the
Hedburx's Widow on tho Stage.
Chicaoo, Feb. 10. Mra. Raymond
Stevens, the widow of Captain lied
burg, who was shot and killed by
Lieutenant Mean at Fort Sheridan In
1893, will shortly make her debut upon
the stage in continuous variety. Mrs.
Stevens will take her first step In vau
deville nnder the guidance of her hus
band as his stage partner. Mr. Ste
vens for some tlmo played tho part of
Columbus In "1492."
Toi'KKA, Kan., Pen. M. Mr. Outcalt
presented a petition to the House,
signed bv a number f voters of Coffey
county, In opposite to resubmission
and a constitutional convention.
A SPECIAL MESSAGE
GOVERNOR HOLCOMB SUB
MITS A SHORT ONE.
Calls Attention to the Fnrt that Ex-State
Treasurer Hartley Owes the Htate Over
900,000, and Advises Appointment of
a Joint Commute of Investigation-
Governor Holcomb submitted a
message to the loglslaturo Wednes
day containing some startling infor
mation to the tuxpayors of Nebraska.
It shows that outside of nil the money
now on doposlt and heretofore lost in
stato depositories, Ex-Troasuror Bart
ley still owes tho stato tho enormous
sum of $537,000, for which he has never
In nny way nccotintod. The message
is ns follows:
To the Sonato and Houso of Ropro
I deem it propor to acquaint tho
legislature with information now in
my possession rospoctlng tno condi
tion of the stato's flunucos moro in
detail than I was able- to give in my
blonnlal niossago, nnd also to advise
your body rospoctlng cortaln matters
that havo nrlson concorning the same
matter aluco tho submission 'of that
messngo. In his bionnial statomont,
tho stato treasuror reports a loss of
$271,522.03 in banks doslgnatod ns
stato depositories which havo closed
their doors and ceased doing business.
Of this sum, $230,301.83 was to the
credit of tho stato in the Capital
National bank of Lincoln at the tlmo
of its failure, January 21, 1893. To
speak of this money bolng lost under
tne oporntion or tno depository law is,
in my itidcment. a perversion of
history as woll as of fact It may. how
ever, be said in this connection that
dividends to tho amount of 15 por
cent have been doclured by the re
ceiver of this bank. What furtbor
sum, if nny, may be realizod from tho
assets of this institution I am unable
to speak of intelligently. Suit has
boen brought, and is now ponding, to
recover tlio amount duo the state on
tho dlvidond first declared. Just why
this sum should be withheld from tho
stato Is not perfectly clear. It has
boon suggostod, howovor, that the ro
colver deuios that any such sum, as
clalmod by tho ox-state troasuror, was
evor deposited in the bank. It thus
appoars thut in tho stato courts the
dofenso by the ex-treasurer and
his bondsmen was that the
monoy hud boon dopositod in tho
bank under the depository law,
therebr relieving them, while the de
fense of the bank in the federal court
against paying the dividends la that
the money was never in fact deposited
in the bank, und that, tborefore, the
stato is not entitled to share In tho
dividends. With these adjustable do
fen sos, and tho uncortainty as to tho
value of the assots, it is yet quite un
certain what amount the stato may ul
timately realize from this source
The Buffalo County National bank
was designated as a depository Sept.
4, 1891, nnd its doors wero closed Oc
tober 11, following. Tlio stnte had on
deposit at tho timo (0,000. Of this sum
8501 has lioen paid by ono dlvidond,
leaving 4,499 yot duo tho state. I called
tho attention of tho attornoy gonerul
to this matter January 10, 1890, and
suggostod tho proprietyof taking prop
or stops to colloct the amount duo
the state from the sureties on the de
pository bond. No uctlon, however,
was taken nntll Docomber, when suit
was instituted against tho bondsmen
to recover tho amount duo. Somo of
the bondsmon, I am advised, aro re
sponsible for the ontiro amount, and
I donbt not that by prompt and vig
orous action tho stnte will bo prevent
ed from losing unything-on account of
Tho Bank of Wymoro was closed
August 2, 1890, having bofore boon
doslgnatod us a dopository, und at tho
timo of its suspension it owed tho
state $14,905 57. Tho sureties on tho
dopository bond, in my judgment, aro
nmply responsible, aud tho amount
duo tho stuto may be rocovored by a
am advised thnt persons interested
in this bank aro oxpocting to pay all
depositors in full.
At tha timo of the closing of tho
Qlobo Loan and Trust company Sav
ings bank in Omaha, Juno 2 Inst, thero
woro funds to tho credit of the stato
in tho sum or $12,892.54. Soon uftor
tho suspension of this institution n
bond for the payment of all of its de
posits was given nnd approved by tho
state bnnking board. Under tho con
ditions of this bond thoso deposits
,woro to be paid within four years. In
addition to tho soourity thus given,
the dopository bond seoms to provldo
rousonablo protection to tho stute and
by tho institution of n suit for that
purpose it Is hopod thnt tlio stato may
tie ablo to realizo tho entire amount
Tho troasuror, in his stntomont, ro
ports $2,803.14 In tho First National
bank of lleatrlco. Since- that time
this bank has rosumod buslnoss nnd
the amount duo the stato has boon
paid into tho stato treasury.
Since tho submission of tho bien
nial roport ubovo montioned, tho Firt
National bunk of'Almn has suspended,
with stuto funds on hund in the sum
of $40,312.40. This bnnk had given a
bond us a stato depository in tho sum
of 150.000, approved Fobruary 28, 1891,
thus entitling tho institution to bo
tnado n state depository for tho sum of
$'J5,000 only. It is uncertain as to tho
amount which may be realized by the
state on account ef this deposit. If
no fraud or deception was practiced
upon the state in connection with the
designation of this bank as a state de
pository, it would seom that the stato
ought to bo able to rocovor the full
amount duo under the terms of the
I desiro, also, in this connec
tion, to say to tho legislature.
mac suoriiy prior to the expira
tion of the term of office of tho
treasurer preceding the presont one,
certain depository bonus wero pre
sented for approval to tho state officers
constituting the approving board, I
deemed It unwise and not in the Intor
est of the state to establish any other
banking institutions as depositories
o near the time the treasurer would be
expected and required, under the law,
to make a final account to his succes
sor, and dolirer to him all funds in his
hands belonging to the state. The
other two membors of the board pur
sued an opposite course and approved
these bonds. They were under con
sideration by tho mombers having the
approval of such bonds during most
or the month of Docember, and were
not finally filed with the auditor of
state until January Gth. An examina
tion of tho treasurer's report discloses
that each of these banks had on hand
November 30th, the closo of the bien
nium period, large sums of money be
longing to the state and for which
credit waa given as though they were
then designated state depositories. I
think it quite probable that the mon
ey was placed in eaoh of these banks
prior to the approval of their bonds
as state depositories, and that since
the approval of such bonds by two
only of tho throe state oflicors required
to approvo them, no monies have been
dopostlted in those banks under the
I also deem it my duty in this con
nection to inform you that I am ad
vlsod by the state treasurer that he
has ns yot boon unable to make a final
nnd completod sottlemout with his
prodecossor for monies belonging to
the stato and duo from tho rotlring to
the incoming troasuror.
Under ditto of January
30, tho state troasuror
informs me that thoro
was due tho stato from
his predecessor at tho
expiration of his torm
That of this amount wus
in depository banks $1,010,010.89
Leaving unaccounted for. .8 489,087.21
This last moutionod sum is divided
into the following funds:
Permanont school fund $389,050.01
Pormanont university. 19,775 93
Agricultural ondo wmont .... 01,055.15
Normal endowment 18,000.12
Tho treasurer states that of the
trust funds above montioned, there
ha9 boen paid into tho state treasury
by his prodocossor tho sum of $128.-
809.13. Since the above ronort thore
has boen paid into tho state treasury
by tho ox-treasurer, the furtbor sum
of $25,000, making a totul sum paid on
account of the trust funds last men
I am also advisod that n goneral
fund warrant with interest umounting
to tho sum of $201,834.05, the same
being for an appropriation made by
tho last loglslaturo to rolmburse the
sinking fund on account of losses by
the failure of the Capitol National
bank, has beon paid out of tho funds
in tho stato trbasury and is yet unac
counted for. maklne a total amount
due the stato, outside of monies in
dopository bank?, of the sum of $691,
571.CC, less tho cash payments of $153,
809.13 herelnboforo mentioned, leaving
a balanco due tho state of (537,702.13.
in order that tho stato's interosts
may be fully protected, it would seom
to me to be advlsablo and of great as
sistance to the executive and legal de
partments of the state, if your hon
orable body should nppoint a joint
committee to investigate and ascertain
all needful facts rospoctlng this sub
ject, with such authority and power
In the premises' as may bo by you
doomed for the interost of the state.
Silas A. Holcomb,
Executive Chamber, Lincoln, Neb.
Fob. 17, 1897.
A BAND OF ROBBERS.
They Capture Their Victim la a Moral
"When I was In Nebraska, near the
Snake river, north of tho Great Sand
Hill, In 1850." eald a Lewlston citizen,
"we had four camps situated about
eighteen milos apart, and to go from
Thome's camp to Dunham camp It was
necessary to go through a long piece
of plno woods. For a number ot
months every ono who had gone
through the woods alone never came
back. O-o day it was necessary that
I should go through, with a lot of
monoy and no escort, and I &et out on
a horse that I got from a stable keeper
near Tfaorne camp. When I had nearly
reached tho woods five miles out my
horse was taken ill and foaming at the
mouth and refused to go on. Clearly
to my medical eye it had been poisoned
slightly by some one. A man not so
well up In modicine might not have
known it. Soon what looked like a
hunter came along on -a horse and of
fered to swap, taking mine back to the
stable If I would leave his near Dun
ham camp with a trapper. I ought to
have seen through this, but did not
I got on the powerful horse of the
stranger and started through the five
miles of woods. Half way through
without apparent reason the horse
broke into a trot, a gallop and finally a
run, and dashing off the trail through
tho woods picked his way through trees
as nlcoly as If he had gono tho way a
hundred tlnioa. Pull aa I would at the
bridle ho paid no attontlon, but ran
tho faster. When ho had leaped a
brook and landed on tho sand beyond,
tho marks of footnrlnts alarmed ma
and I sllppod off at tho risk ot my life.
ho ran on up a ravine and I hid, fear
ing that it was a trap, as It afterwards
proved. In a little whlio throe men
arraod with rifles came back on the
trail, ono riding tho horse, now as calm
as a lamb. I picked my way to tht
road and got to the camp. Two weeks
later nineteen of us followed a man
who hired a horse at the same place I
did. It was taken ill, and the same
trapper came along on tho came horse.
When the horse dashed Into the woods
as ho had boen trained to do, ntncteea
of us dashed after him, and final1 ar
rived at a mountain camp of the rob
bers. Wo took every man seven of
thorn, and, well! law waa not well
supported out there then, and no court
sat nearer than 200 miles. We didn't
carry tho rascals away from their owa
camp Are. Tho trained horse met the
fate of Its owners." Lewlston Jotu
Bt. Joseph Bank Change.
St. JosKrn, MoM B'eb. 18. The Stato
National bank of St Joseph, will g
Into voluntary liquidation and in Its
stead a new state bank with a capital
of $300,000 will be organ's!.
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