The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, February 11, 1898, Page 2, Image 2

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NirhlRan Central ltncn .State Tin tho
Right to Itccuhito Itnllroittl I'nrr lly
Ilrnnoii of It I'ollco l'owurn Itnllnrn)
Cannot 1'lx Itittr.
Detooit, Mich., Feb 7. Judge Don
ran of tlie circuit court to-day or
dered lssuanco of a mandamus against
the Michigan Central railway in tho
nit brought by Governor Plngreo to
compel the railway company to soil
liltn a 1,000 mileage- book good, not
only for himself, but for any mom
bar of his family, for 20.
In hln opinion Judge Donovan re
rlt wed tho rallrond company's conten
tion. Ho held Unit under Its special
charter tho company was granted tho
prlvilegof fixing its own rates of fnrcs.
This prlvllogo, howovcr, was claimed
by the stato to be indefinite, as the
road's charter merely gave the com
pany power to fix fares by by-laws.
In that case, under police power only
rcasonnblo rates could bo fixed, as
under such power all rules touching
the welfare and duty of citizens, tholr
property, comfort and happiness can
bo regulated by law, tills being true
of hackmcii, millers, toll roads, com
mon cnrrlors, liquor dealers and all
others doing public business.
"It Is nlso," said the court, "clnlmcd
for the stuto that tho Michigan Cen
tral secured control of various
branches and reported to the state
vast holdings with these roiuls, amount
ing in fact to a consolidation with
ome six or eight lesser llnea That
these branch Hues were built by the
Michigan Central, or aro held by stoclt
or mortgages in various wars by the
company, is not cleat ly designated lu
their s'.ato reports."
Judge Donovnn recited n recent New
Jersey case, in which it was held that
similar acts menu a consolidation, nnd
pointed out the fnct that tho federal
courts have held in a enso from
Georgia, bearing on exclusive rights
by charter to charge n flvo cent fare,
that tho legislature still has power to
govern tho rate. Ho also quoted
Chief Justice Waito as having said
that when onu devotes property to a
public use ho nui3t ba controlled by
the publio laws.
Alluding to a section of tho com
pany's charter under which tho state
reserved tho right to buy tho road,
after thirty years, the court said coun
sel for defondnnt had not shown a way
out of a situation where by vastly en
larged holdings in other roads the
Michigan Central had placed the state
in a powerless condition to alter its
bartrntn hr WAV of n. nf tho
defendant compauy und to pay dum-
ages therefor.
Tha railroad's counsel had not ex
plained the impossible part of now re
Vising the charter, which Is urged to
b perpetual, mado so by tho very
conditions It has brought about by
now franchises and changed relations
with the state.
Judge Donovan quoted several de
cisions of tho United States supreme
court, undor which the right to regit
la to fares and charges was reserved to
tha state. Ho concluded that tho
Michigan Central is still under police
power reserved to tho state, and that
'tho company cannot fix rates by by
laws repugnant to the lawn of tho
"Tho company cannot even tender
to this stato what It purchased in H4fl
and which the state could buy back in
1807. Tho holdings nro so vast that
eventually either tho company will
control tho stato rallwuy system or
ihat function must nuialn in the state.
In case of doubt tho stato Is entitled
to the doubt.
"Tho mandamus will issue."
A Clue as to tha Origin of the S1O0
Bltvtr Certlllcatc.
Nitw York, Feb. 7. There is strong
reason to believe tho counterfeit S100
liver certificates recently discovered
were made in Canada, becret servico
agents, aided by Canadian police, nro
now searching through that region,
their efforts being principally directed
to the province of Quebec.
It la understood that every engravet
who has been employed In govern
ment offices both hero und in Canada,
and who Is known to bo of bufllclent
ability to liavo dono tho work, is now
under constant survollanco. It is be
lieved another counterfeit will soon
follow, unless tho criminals shall be
run down and arrested.
About 8a, 000,000 of the SIG.OOO.GOO of
9100 .certificates originally outstand
ing have been turned into tho treas
ury for redemption and nineteen coun
terfeits have been found.
Italmloar ou (hi- Wuy.
Wabhihoton, Feb. 7 -A cablegrnm
received at tho war dpartment from
Dr. Jackson tit Alton, Norway, an
nounces that tho steamship Muni to
ban, chartered by Lieutenant Devoro
for tha government, ha just sailed
from that port for New York with 530
reindeer nnd -jjfhty-sovon Lapland
men and women to caro for the ani
mals and drive them on tho govern
ment relief expedition when they ar
rWo in Alaska.
UorUd by tho Collapi of llurntas
Factor llollitln:.
Boston, Feb. 7. The bodies of bIx
firemen have been taken from tho
ruin of the Ilent building, which
took fire at o'clock this morning.
The dead are: John F. Egnn, district
chief; James Victory, captain; George
J. Gotwald, lieutenant; Patrick II.
Disken, hosemnn; John J. Mulhern,
fireman; W. J. Walsh, hosoman.
Four other firemen were burled in
,the mini, but they escaped with more
Mr less serious Injuries.
Mr. Fleming of (Iporc'a l'reclnltntet
DUcmilon Genntor ItarrlV Flgur.
Washington, Feb. 7. In the llouso
yesterday an Interesting discussion of
the npprnachlng sala of tho Kansas
Pacific road, set for February 17, was
precipltafed by Mr. Fletnlng, Demo
crat, of Georgia, who, with his Demo
cratic collengues, desire legislation to
require the president to bid tho full
amount of tho debt, principal and in
terest. Mr. Fleming, Democrat, of Georgia,
during tho consideration of one of
tho pension bills, took ad vantage of
the latitude nllowed for debate, to
discuss tho question of protecting tho
government's interest at tho approach
ing sale of tho Kansat l'aclllc road.
The claim of the government, he said,
was ovor S13,000,t-00, and, while it wa3
claimed that tho road could be par
alleled for S3 ,000, 000, ho said that the
engineer who built tho road, Senator
Harris, of Kansas, estimated its value
nt from 825,000,000 to 530,000,000. Tho
average earnings of tho road for tho
past ten years, 81, 255, (175, were 4 por
cent interest on 30,000,000.
Mr. Shattuck, Republican, of Oltlc
said that, whllo Senator Harris might
bo a very competent civil engineer, ho
know no more about computing the
earnings or valuo of a railroad than
the portrait alongside of tho Speaker's
"Did you hear his speech on tho
l'aclllc roads" asked Mr. Shafroth,
(diver Republican, of Colorado.
"I read It, replied Mr. Shattuck,
"and there Is nothing in it. It was
wind, nothing more."
Mr. Fleming said Senator Harris, by
tho facts ho had furnished the govern
ment, had saved the treasury 827,000,-
000 on the sale of the Union Pacific.
"Tho press of the country built a lire
under the administration," said he,
"and forced it to act."
Mr. Fleming said ho had appealed
to tho speaker and to Mr. Powers, tho
chairman of tha l'aclllc railroad com
mittee to aid the consideration of tho
measure reported by tho committee.
"They were both courteous," said Mr.
Fleming, "but I failed to get tho
speaker to uso hi Influence- with Mr.
l'owors, or Mr. Powers to uso hla in
lluonco with tho speaker. Yesterday
1 tried to get recognition from the
spenker. To-day when I did gist rec
ognition it availed nothing, because
tlie chairman of tho committoo, Mr.
Powers, said ho would object"
Mr. Powers, Republican, of Ver
mont, chairman of the Pacific rail
roads committee, denied that he had
staled earlier In tho day that tho ad
ministration desired no further legis
lation. Ho alleged that the whole
purpose of thoso who wsre opposing
the sale was the government owner-
"-"'P tl"d operation of rall-iuls.
Awful (Ihjt-cl of n New Mexico
Secret Orctiulz itlon.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 7. Wyllo 11.
Childers, United States attorney for
the territory of New Mexico, has just
written the Department of Justico the
details of what he consider n danger
ous conspiracy.
He relates in precise official form
that a becret agent of one of tho big
railroad corporations has just In
formed him with every particular that
a secret organization, known as tho
American Patriotic league, Is gaining
headway In tho towns of Uatoti and
lllossburg, N. M., and Trinidad and
La Junta, Col., and in the surround
ing country.
This organization has for Its motto,
"Liberty, Land and Leisure," In tho
dihtrlet represented by tho towns men
tioned thoro ure about 10,000 miners
nnd small farmers. During tho Amer
ican Hallway union strlko it was ono
of tho most turbulent portions of the
country. Regular troops wero sent
there. Tho strikers were reduced to
subjection, but they bitterly resented
tha invasion of the troop and hnvo
always threatened that when the next
str'ko should como they would teach
the soldiers a lesson.
Mr. Childers represented that tho
oath taken by the meinbors of tho
American Patriotic league provides
that each member shall, within sixty
days of his sweariug allegiance, equip
himself with a 45-callbor riflv) and bo
ready for nn emergency.
The oath also contemplates, says
Mr. Childers, n struggle with tho na
tional government, as each member Is
pledged to proceed ou orders to ac
complish tho death of tho President
and his cabinet by tho uso of dyna
mite. As part at their program, tho
members of tho New Mexican con
tingent have applied to the adjutant
general of the territory to be enlisted
In the national guard of New Mexico,
to bo supplied with arms nnd ammu
nition, nnd ono or two gatling guns.
The adjutant general has replied that
until tho various companies aro fully
enrolled and organized no arms can
bo issued.
Mr. Childers informi tho depart
ment that the threats of thoso men,
high llown they bo, aro not to bo
treated lightly.
(Knxltnl lit lulluuiii un.l aiaailea.
London, Feb. 7. Influenza and
measles are epidemic in England. Tho
former is so severe in Cornwall that
business Is sorlously Interrupted and
many bchools are closed.
Dun' Trails Ilo-lew.
Nltw Yoitic, Feb. 7. R. O. Dun &
Co.'s Weekly Review of Trade says:
"Actual payments through clearing
houses In January mado n remarkable
showing, being much lurgir than In
nny previous month, 30. 3 per cent
larger than tho same mouth last
ve.-ir, nnd 7. 1 per cent larger than in
1802. Tho failures in January
were smaller than in any previous
year of which thoro Is record, and
wero probably smaller than in nny
othor Junuary since 1S31. Tho state
ment by brunches of business given
this week shows n surprising gain in
most departments of trade,"
A Ornrrnl ItrMimr of tho Mont Import
nut I.ulxirH of tin- IIoiiko iiiiiI Scniiti
Kmrutho unit Departmental Action
Noted Ilrlell.
In njfour-hour .speech Monday, Sen
ntor Teller talked' for lliiwuiiim an
nexation. C. A. Atkinson of Lincoln hns se
cured a 8.1, .100 position lu the depart
ment of justice.
The house committee on labor has
reported favorably tho bill for u com
mission to inquire Into tho conditions
of labor, iigriculture, etc.
Tho attention of the senate this
week will be devlded between the
Hawaiian annexation treaty npnropul
ntlon bills and the right of Hon. II.
W. Corbett to a scat in the senate
from Oregon.
Mrs. Lane, the daughter of ox-Senator
llhiekburn of Kentucky, who wits
accidentally .shot home time ago, is
much worse. Sim recently MilTored n
setback, from which she barely ral
lied. S.1 io takes practically no nourish
ment, und it is feared never will re
cover The populists in congress have com
pleted mi organization with Represent
ative Hell of Colorado as chairman of
tho joint caucus, Representative Shu
ford of North Carolina, as secretary
nnd Senator II arris of Kansas lis chair
man of the congressional committee.
S The president has formerly tendered
to W. .1. Calhoun of Danville. 111., the
position of interstate commerce coin
mission tiiadu vacant by tins expira
tion of the term of Judge Morrison,
tnd Mr. Calhoun has untitled the pt.s
itlent of his willingness to accept.
Tho house committee on public lnnds
lias .submitted a favorable reportntt the
hill known ns the "free homes" bill,
which opens to free homestead settle
ment lands acquired from the Indians.
An amendment is made ommitting mili
tary reservations from tho operations
of the bill.
Mrs. Frederic Emory, chief of tho
bureau of foreign commerce depart
ment of state, has been temporarily
designated as director of the bureau
of American. republics and took charge
of the bureau recently. She will hold
tho position until u successor to the
late director Joseph I'. Smith is mimed.
Tho United States supremo court
has adjourned until February -1. Tho
anxiously awaited decision upon the
Nebraska maximum freight rate ease
was not handed down before tho recess
was taken. If it is not given out at
the next meeting of the court, tho
chances aro decidedly in favor of an
even division of the court and that an
other hearing will be called for.
Senor Moron, the Argentine minis
tor, and Mr. Hoshi. the minister from
Japan, tho other day in Washington
signed a treaty of anilty commerce and
navigation in hohalf of their respective
governments. Tho signing of tho treaty
is significant, inasmuch as it probably
will result in tho establishment of
diplomatic relations through ministers
to each country.
Judge Strode visited the interior de
partment nnd made u request that tho
government cause a rosurvey to be
made of a strip of land in Frontier
county, Nebraska, said to be ninety
one rods wide and six miles long either
because it was ncer properly Mir
vcyed or if so the corners had been
lost. Judge Strodo was promised that
an investigation would he muilo to as
certain the facts in the ease.
The most elaborate, entertainment of
the present official season marked the
welcome of President Dole of Hawnil
at the White house Tuesday evening.
The decorations were extremely beau
tiful and in the, most perfect artistic
tasto. In the oast room the president
and Mrs. McKinley, tho. vice president
and Mrs. Hobart, the guest of honor,
President and Mrs. Doio, and thu mem
bers of the cabinet, received the other
guests for a short time before repair
ing to the, table.
Ambassador White of llerlln, by cn
blo to the htato department, has con
firmed thu press reports of tho modifi
cation of the decree of tho German
government rolntlvc to the importa
tion into Ciormnny of American fresh
fruits. It is said that there is now
nothing to do on our part but to wnteh
the workings of the decree as a means
of testing the spirit in which it was
conceived; whether it was framed with
tlie single purpose of keeping- out
diseased fruit or whether it was not a
mere pretext to prevent the competi
tion of our fruit with that of (icrman
The monthly statement of the pub
lic debt, issued February 1, shows that
tho debt, less cash In the treasury, at
tho closo of business January ,11,
amounted to SI, 011, 701, I'M, an Increase
for tho month of S12..18!i,771. This in
crease is accounted for by the deerense
in the amount of cash on hand. Tho
debt in recapitulated ns follows: In
terest-bearing debt, 8347,305.810; debt
on which Interest hns censed since ma
turity, 81,328,540, debt Injuring no In
terest, S3!irt,878,774. Total, SI. 235,573,-
124. This amount, however, does not
Inoludu 8581,21.1,0,11 In certificates and
treasury notes outstanding, which nro
offset by an equul amount of cash In
tho troasuYy. The trensury cash I
classified as follows: Gold 8200,571,551;
silver, 5510,515,100; paper, 8100,152,000;
bonds, deposits in nntional banks, dis
bursing olllcers' balances, etc. ,811, 338,
100; total, 8853,11)8.008, against which
there aro demand liabilities outstand
ing amounting to Sr20,32(',222, leaving
a net cash balnnco, Including the gold
reserve, of 8223,871,788.
Attorney-General Griggs, late gover
nor of New Jcrsoy, took charge of his
new otllce Tuesday morning. Later
he attended the cabinet meeting.
A majority of tho members of tho
senate committee on interstate com
merce oppose the creation of n now
cabinet department to bo designated
as department of industry and com
merce. The monthly statement of tho di
rectors of the mint shows the total
coiniitfo at the United States mints
during Jruunry, 1808, was 85,120,010.
The coinage of standard silver dollars
during the mouth amounted to 81,250,-000.
Thu house committee on Interstate
nnd foreign commerces gave nn ex
tended hearing on the Hepburn bill
to create n department of commereo
and Industries. Prominent men wero
heard In favor of its establishment.
It is stated in congressional circles
that the prospcett; of ratification of
the Hawaiian annexation treaty have
greatly improved. It is believed that
sixty senators whose votes aro needed
for a two-thlrdu majority will vote for
the treaty.
Senator White of California con
cluded his three days' speech in opposi
tion to tlie annexation of Hawnil in the
executive session of tho senate Friday.
He made some additional poltith
against tho avail lability of Hawaii for
defensive purposes.
Lester A. Iteardsloe, rear admiral,
I'. S. N., has retired on account of age.
He was the .second ranking officer in
the navy und tit the dale of his retire
ment was stationed in Washington us
president of tho examining and retir
ing boards. Ills last sea service was at
Honolulu when the crisis cuuiu lu thu
islnttd government.
Secretory Wilson of tho ugrlculturnl
department will leave Washington in
u week or ten duvs for n visit to the
south, his objective points being North
nnd South Carolina and Florida. Prob
ably most of his time will be spent in
tho hitter stato. where hu wants to
look personally into the question of
the raising of high grade tobacco.
The postolllce department has author
ized the removal of tho postofllec nt
Toouiiisoh, Neli.. to the building owned
by Allen .(itr'utidago at an sinnual ren
tal of 8210. The otllce has boon In the
tdd site owned by democrats and occu
pied in part by the democratic, news
paper. The new building is said to be
tho best in tho city and is occupied In
part by the Teeuniseh Chieftain.
The consideration of the naval ap
propriation bill before the sub-corn-inittoo
now framing It has drawn at
tention to thu dissimilarity of anus
used by the army and navy, and Rep
resentative milium of California, u
member of the committee, feels that
stops should bo taken to bring about
uniformity in the arms of the various
braneheu of the government service.
Senator Allen has presented in the
senate a petition numerously signed
by the residents of (irnnd Island pray
ing for the ratification of the Hawaii
annexation treaty und urging the two
Nebraska senators to do all in tholr
power to secure annexation. This
petition, however, will not succeed in
turning the two Nebraska senators
from their determined course. Roth
oppose annexation.
A rumor litis reached Washington
from Lincoln that Attorncy-tionernl
William Loose has been appointed to
a bank OMiminership in one of the
.southern states by Comptroller of the
Currency Dawes. Inquiry at the treas
ury department shows tliat the infor
mation is not true. Mr. Loose has not
been appointed to any position, and
Comptroller Dawes stated that he was
not contemplating giving him an ap
pointment. The president has sent to the senate
the name of "John" W. Johnson to
be register of the land olllce at Lin
coln. This is. of course, "Jo" Johnson
whose peculiar way of writing hi
name has given the error in making
up the papers. Mr. Johnson has known
for some time that his name would go
into the sonuteasthe president's choice
tor this otfico, us he was assured by
Senator Thurston months ago that he
would name him.
It is understood that the Union Pa
cific committee has qualified as a bid
der for the road at the sale of the Kan
sas l'aclfic February 15, and at the con
ference, recently, it is understood, an
effort will be made to secure a modifi
cation of the purpose of the govern
ment to bid nt the sale, at least up to
the full amount of the principal of tho
road's indebtedness to the government,
which amounts to about 80,303,000.
The stato department has not yet
been Informed by Ambassador White
of tho deereo against the importation
of American fresh fruits into (ieruinny
nnd the official statement of the mat
is uwalted with anxiety at the depart
ment, which desires to know just how
far the (icrman government Is willing
to yield to the wishes of the agrarian
party, which insists upon tho exclu
sion of all American farm product
when they enter Into competition with
the German farmer.
The number of public building bills
has been added to by Senator Thurs
ton, providing for the purchase of a
site and erection of a building at Hast
ings. There is a bill pending in the
house for a building nt Hastings, but
It was evidently decided that owing to
the impossibility of getting It through
the house, it would be well to let the
senate pass it and then have it go over
to the other cud of tho capitol ns u
senate bill.
Speaking to n question of a personal
privilege In thu senate Mr. Lindsay
idem. Ky.) commented shnrply on the
motives of the author and promoters
of tho resolution recently passed by
the legislature of Kentucky demand
ing Ills resignation ns senator. Mr.
Lindsay, after defining his position
upon thu financial question, inndo it
clear thnt he was the representative of
tho whole people of Kentucky and not
in any sense thu ugent of thu Kon-
tuclty lRglsluturo.
The state banking loard has re
ceived official notice from Examiner
Wilson who wiui sent to take charge
of the State Hank of Crawford. Ex
aminer Wilson took charge of the bank
on his nrrivul at Crawford. The bank
did not open for business Friday morn
ing, Februury 4. F. C. (Jrable, the now
noted western boomer, was at tho head
of tho bank. His brother, Charles J.
Grublc, was enshior, and A. E. Hobson
was assistant cashier. When the bank
made its last quarterly report on No
vetnlicr 30, the deposits were 833,874.
Favorable reports in the senate wero
made upon Senator Allen's proposed
ntucnumctits to the 1 ml tun appropria
tion, bill looking to the assembling of
the Indians at tlis trims-Mississippi ex
position and for tho repayment to tho
Santce Sioux Indians of tho annuities
taken from them by act of congress.
The somite will doubtless pnss the
amendment for the Indian exhibit nt
the exposition, and Representative
Mercer is confident that he will bo
able, despite the opposition on the
tloor, to slip it through when the bill
conies over to tho house. Its only
chance is us a rider In tho appropria
tion bilL
A Complrtp Hctli-w of the I'nut IVrrlt'n
Ilttliprnhit-fi In the Tren I'liintiTH' Ktutt-
Hurclurt Nummary of the Moat Im
portant Nruni
Henry Olson, of Nebraska City, on
his wuy home Wednesday evening
quite lute, was relieved of some S23 In
cash. The thugs were not recognized
by Mr. Olson.
Christ Llonberger, n farmer near
Humboldt was caught in the machin
ery of a horse power wood saw and
was badly braised. One finger will
have to be amputated.
John Mo.Pherson of Nebrnska City
wns trying to drive a wild boar, when
the hog turned nnd attacked him, cut
ting a deep gash In his side six inches
long, which required twelve stitches
o close.
I. lT. Hudson, a 11. &. M. brakeman
living at Nebraska City, while coup
ling ears at Rulo recently had his right
nrtn caught between the butnpjrs and
so badly crushed as to necessitate am
putation. The better element of the republican
party in Lincoln has formed tho
Hamilton club, the main purpose of
which is to aid the "Loxow" committee
in its investigation of the municipal
Deputy United States Marshal Allen
has placed undor arrest William Phil
lips, William Drown, Harry Rusdall
and a fourth man giving his name us
"Dutchy." till of Homer, charged with
selling liquor to Indians.
Governor llolccmb litis issued n
requisition on the governor of Illinois
for the arrest of William ("rates, who
will be brought back to Hebron to an
swer to the charge of forgery and ob
taining money under false pretenses.
It has boon decided by the Seventh
Day Adventlsts to erect a national and
non-sectarian industrial home for the.
blind at Dunbar, In Otoe county. The
people of Dunbar hove raised a bonus
of 84,000 to aid the institution.
Phillip Ott and Samuel Schippert.
two prosperous German farmers, of
Ilnrlan county, were caught the other
day in a lightning rod swindle. Two
rascals agreed to rod tho house for
83.75 but when settlement came the
contract they had signed turned out to
be for 8H.1.
Lee Pool, a boy seventeen years old,
living some miles west of Rising City,
was severely injured by being kicked
in tlie face by a horse which he was
loading. He was insensible when
picked up. his nose broken tuid face
horribly disfigureiL
William Hiinlon, the young man
who took SI5 in money and a gold
watch from the residence of Fred
Stuklhtit, the Nebraska City milkman,
pleaded guilty to tho charge in district
ootirt and was sentenced to one year in
the penitentiary.
The other day E. S. MeCormiek, liv
ing a mile south of Nelson, discovered
a baby, wrapped up In an old horse
blanket. In his door yard. The child
was apparently only n few hours old.
Mr. MeCormiek turned the child over
to the authorities. Developments are
James O'lirlcn, William Redman nnd
Jnmes Peel, three of the five men ar
rested at Wahoo on suspicion that they
robbed the Rising City postolllce
Thursday night, were bound over by
Commissioner Hillingsloy. Unable to
give 81,000 bail each, they nre in the
care of John Tromp.-n mid assistants.
Tho citizens of Wnhoo met recently
at the call of Mayor Wilde to devis'e
ways and means for assisting Congress
man Stnrk in enrrying through his
public building measure. A committee
was appointed to collect whatever in
formation required to assist Mr. Stark
In milking his fight for the measure
Mrs. Delia Conklin of Nebraska City
was arrested on complaint of William
Steele, charging her with stealing
818.25 f.-om a trunk owned by hltn, to
which she had access. She pleaded
not guilty and was sent to jail. Later
she confessed to tlie theft imd some
815 of the money was found on her
Tho state university authorities nro
preparing to celebrate charter day on
the fourteenth nnd fifteenth of this
month in a manner worthy of the tiny
nnd the Institution. For several years
charter day has been a much more
prominent university holiday than for
merly. This year will lie no exception.
The exercises will begin on Mondey
evening and will then be In charge of
the society of thu electrical engineers.
Charter day proper will be fully occu
pied. In the morning there will Iks an
address by Dean Sherman, president
of tho Phi Iteta Kappa society, at u
mooting for tlie initiation of new mem
bers and invltod guests alone. Tho
regular reception at the various de
partments will Iks given in the after
noon. A review of the cadet regiment
will nlsxi be held In the nf ternoon nnd
in the evening, A. S. Draper, president
of tho university of Illinois will doliver
tho annual address.
Flro, which started shortly before
midnight Sunday, threatens to destroy
much of the business portion of the
town of Exeter. The west side of Mnin
6troct is on fire. Ucnrdsley Sisters
store, Custollo's barber shop, Wilson's
store, Wilson's restaurant, Zlska's
store, Geo ,t Son's store and Kelly's
meat market -are gone. W. n. Tay
lor's store and Walloccit Co.'s bank ure
sure to go, Exeter lms no adequate
fire-fighting apparatus, nnd ulthough
tho bucket brigade worked well it bus
been unable to cope with the. flames.
No estimate of loss or insurance can
yet be (riven,
Frank H. Johnson, Wm. U. Johnson,
und A. E. Sharp, manager, ensnier
nnd president of the defunct Midland
State bank of Omaha, have been held
for trial in the district court on a
charge of fraudulent banking. They
gtive bull in 82,000 each for appear
ance. Dennis Welsh, tin aged gentleman
living twenty-five miles northwest of
Sidney, was 'struck by the engine of
tin incoming passenger train here nnd
received injuries from which he died.
The cause of the accident is not known,
but ns Mr. Welsh is somewhat deaf, it
is supposed he did not hear the train
and attempted to cross the track it?
front of It.
William Hanlon. the young mnnwhc
the other day robbed Stahlhut, the
Nebraska City milkman, of 545, a gold
watch and ring, nnd who wns caught
at Hamburg, when iirrninged before
Judge Leigh, waived examination nnd
was held to the district court in tho
sum of 8500 bonds. 1 Is thought he
will plead guilty and be sent to the
penitentiary at the term of court now
in bession.
The postofllec nt Rising City wns re
cently looted. The burglars secured
over 8300 in money and stumps. They
left not n stamp behind them. The
safe was blown open by dynamite and
completely wrecked. Five nieti giving
their names as Clyde Dally, 0. Clark.
James O'Rrlan, Hill Redmond and Jim
Peel and having the look of hardened
criminals, were arrested at Wahoo and
are hold ns the probable looters of tha
The supreme court has handed down
nn opinion upholding the validity of
8100,000 exposition bonds voted by the
county of Douglas. Auditor Cornell
had refused to register the bonds nnd
had refused also to register SISO.OOO of
Douglas county funding bonds. The
authorities of Douglas county com
menced lnandntiius proceedings to com
pel the auditor to register the bonds.
The suit was a friendly one brought
for the purpose of having the validity
of the bonds decided by the ccurt of
last resort.
Shipments of grain on the Darling
ton from interior Nebraska points have
become so brisk of late that consider
able difiiculty is being experienced in
securing sufficient box cars to handle
the tratlle. The demand for cars is so
urgent that it was found necessary
in the Lincoln yards to unload over a
hundred box cars filled with coal and
dump the contents on the ground near
the ice houses, the storage capacity or
the coal sheds having ttlrotniy been
overtaxed. Practically all of tho grain
is destined for Chicago und St Louis,
the division between those markets be
ing about equal.
Fremont's citizens held a mass meet
ing recently to take up the matter of
growing beets for the proposed beet
sugar factory. The factory subject
came in for discussion, and a contract
was road which was drawn up by the
Fremont licet Sugar company, pro
vision being made for its assignee.
Tho price named in the contract was
81 per ton, 50 cents of that amount to
be donated to go towards the 850,000
factory bonus. Eight hundred acres,
were contracted for at that rate. The
eastern parties to the beet factory pro
ject have been heard from recently,
and they ure ready to carry out their
part, and there Is but little doubt that
the factory will be erected and be
rcudy for business next year.
Arrangements have been made by
the committee of the Nebraska press,
association for an excursion to New
Orleans and Port Arthur, Tex., this,
month. The trip will be made via tho
following railroads: Rurlingtou ,fc
Missouri River, Kansas City, Pittsburg
,t Gulf and Southern Pacific, leaving;
Lincoln via the 11. & M. on Saturday,
February 12 ut 1:10 p. in. The in
tention is to go direct to Port Arthur,
and after one or two days at this point
go to New Orleans, where two or three
days will be spent, returning direct
from New Orleans, making the whole
trip nnd returning to Lincoln in ten
dnys. One or more Pullman sleeping
cars will be chartered, and may bo
used during the entire trip. The esti
mated expense for the trip is 830 for
each person.
G. M. Hitchcock, editor of the World
Herald has won In his celebrated con
tempt case, and Judgu Keysor ban
bunded down a decision freeing the
publisher of the World Herald for
having published tin resolutions of
the fire and police commission in re
lation to the rclntlve circulation of the
two Omaha dallies after the court liutl
made an order prohibiting the paper
from referring to them or seeking to
obtain the publication of liquor notices
in the World Herald by reason of them.
In an oninion covering six columns of
a paper which prints It In full, Judge
Keysor decided that the Injunction is
sued by him was void and that Hitch
cock cannot therefore bo punished for
contempt in vloluting it because un
der the constitution of this state no
court has power to exercise a censor
ship over tho press or to limit Its right
to publish, and for the further reason
that the World-Herald was not n party
to the suit In which the order wub is
sued and no Indemnifying bond had
boon given to eovwr possible loss to It,
Finding tlve opera house at Osceola a
non-paying investment, the manager,
A. O. Monson, has concluded to quit.
Citizens who had subscribed for its
erection five yours tigo were paid back
thelr money, .and Mr. Monson will
utilize Ui3 building for a clothing
store. Lincoln hits a Ixjxow investigating
committee composed of members of
tho council. Ofileer Snell, a police
man, testified to hnvlng paid 850 for
his job, and was promptly fired by tho
excise board. Tho end is not yet,
Citkwns are Indignant,
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