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TELEPHONE, SEVEN - TWO
For JiuIko of tho Suprotno Court
JOHN B. BARNES Norfolk
For Regonts of State Universlto
CHARLES S. ALLEN Lincoln
WM. 0 WHITMORE Valloy
For District Judge
J. W. JAMES Hustings
For County Treasurer
W. II. SKELION BluoHill
For County Clork
E. S. OARBBR Guldo Rock
ED AMACK Garfield
For Clerk of District Court
TUOM'VS H. QUIGOLE..Rosomont
For County Judgo
A. II KEENEY Cowles
For County Suporintondont
MISS ADA SK J ELVER Otto
For County Assessor
RICHARD TURNER Lino
DR R. F.RAINES Red Cloud
JOHN V. TULLEYS. . . .Rod Cloud
For Commissioner, Second Dlst.
W. R. ANDERSON Olenwood
It is a matter of comment that those
who know Judgo Barnes best are his
Warmest supporters, and it is believed
that as the people of the state oome to
know him better his chances for a big,
rousing majority will increase.
At homo his ability is well recog
nized, his popularity is unquestioned
and his homo lifo is greatly admired.
His position in tho community is se
cure and his support by his neighbors
will unquestionably be hearty and sin
oera. When ho was actively engaged in the
practice of law ho was ono of the at
torneys sought in cases requiring ex
tra keenness and ability, and espeoial
ly thoso that were likely to end in
tho supremo court, in which ho is now
to bo chosen as ono of the judges
Knowing so well how to conduct a
caso bofore that body, and bis service
duriug tho post two years as one of
tho commissioners havo tlttod him for
the position ho now aspires to occupy,
Judgo Barnes has taken the highest
degree in Masonry uud is prominent
iu that order. Ho is as much at home
at a tenuis court or a base ball game
as before u court of justice, and all
tuoso qualities will speak for him now
that ho is bof ro tho people of the
state as a candidate for oue of the
highest honors iu its gift.
Judgo Humes was born in 1816 iu
Ashtabulu couuty, Ohio, on a farm
His early years were spent as ihose of
most farmer boys. When old enough
he taught school lu tho winters and
continued farming summers. When
sevonteeu years old he enlisted in
battery E of the First Ohio light artll
lery, tho. date belug January 1,1804.
He served more thau half of a three
years' enlistment, being mustered out
July 10, 1803.
The judgo was educated in the com
mon schools of Ohio and at tho Grand
River iustltute at Austinsburg, Ohio.
Ho studied law in a law otDco In Jef
ferson, O , coming to Nebraska iu the
spring of 1571 Ho
over thirty two years
ted to tho bar and
has lived hero
Ho was admit
practice of law ut
Ponca, where he
lived moro than seventeen years. He
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properly nourished. It suffers
for food, starves. Then it
falls out, turns prematurely
gray. Ayer's Hair Vigor is a
hair food. It feeds, nourishes.
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long and heavy, and all dan
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almoit itfrxlit to ninl II. Hut Ayer's Hair
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thou moved to Norfolk, where ho has
livod moro than fifteen years. The
ju Igo was married In November of
1871 and has threo sons, each one a
graduate of tho Stnto university John
B Barnes, jr , is superintendent of tho
olty schools of Tckamah and has becu
admitted to tho bar of Nebraska. Guy
W. Barnes, tho soeond sou, Is iu tho
employ of tho American Boot Sugar
company at Norfolk, having gradu
ated in tho sciontiflo department at
tho Stato university. Alfred Kimball
Bornos, tho third son, is a follow and
ono of the Instructors in tho depart
ment of philosophy in tho university.
Ho graduated in 1002.
Judgo Barnos has had a long and
honorablo careor as a lawyer and pub
lic official. Ho was elected district at
torney for tho Sixth judicial district
of tho stato when tho constitution of
1875 was adoptod. At tho expiration
of his torm ho was again elected tmd
served until January of 1870. Ho was
thou appointed judgo of tho district to
succeed E. K. Valentine, who was
elected to congress Ho was nomi
nated and elected judgo of tho district
in tho fall of 1870 and served the full
term, which expired January li IBS!
Ho dollnod a ronominatiou and turned
hlsattontion to tho activo praoticoof
law, ongaglug iu general practice He
was appointed to the supremo court
commission January 1, 1002, and is
now a member.
Judgo Barnos has always been an
activo, ardont republican and has at
tended every republican convention
sinco and including tho one hold in
Away With Die CaluaUy Pkwkrs.
The best indication that the fall
campaign is on in a dozen states is
found in the whoops of the calamity
They predict hard limes. They
assert that the country is on the verge
of a financial crash that will startle
the world and open the soup kitchens
And they call it argument, when it
is mostly tommyrot, and always
It is a triok that is confined to no
party or locality.
It is depended on to help the outs to
to get in.
It isn't fair to tho people, who de-
servo every minute of prosperity thoy
can possibly secure.
Hard times can be mode by scaring
folks. Overproduction and oxtrara-
ganco may hasten their coming, but
the big element in making tho public
af raid to spond money, even for what
they need, is fear, lack of confidence.
distrust in tho permanencv of the
weekly pay envelope
Tho man who continually tries to
make the public feel poor does harm.
Ho is responsible for much of the woe
that comes with a temporary para'ysls
A man eats too much, he drinks
more than is good for his stomach
He overworks and overindulges. Sick
ness comes to him in consequence as
suroly as day follows night. He learns
something, for experience teaches
moro than liooks, and he is slow to do
again tho things that made him 111
A nation is like a man li is taught
by its ills. Perhaps theUuited Stutes
Is eating too much and living too high
Perhaps, some day, disease will fol
low dissipation, but wo aro learning;
we are growing wiser, and it is not too
much to believe that some day sane
methods and accumulated wisdom will
result iu tho abolishing of tho times
of depression that have come periodi
cally in the past.
Business is good. There is some
vureriy, some unanciai tangles, somo
industrial unrest. Not every man has
been able to find work at paying
But take the country as a whole it is
in fine condition, and it may be it is
to bo hoped that it will bo many
years before the clouds shut out the
We need optimists, not calamity
We need them in business, iu poli
tics, in the homes.
It is always well to walk carefully
and live sanely, but don't scare the
people, for tho future looks bright.
J. W, James for Judfc.
J. It Mercer of Red Cloud mado a
strong light for the republican nomi
nation for judge at tho Keuruey con
vention, aud lost, but therr are uo sore
spots J W Jumes of Hastings, the
nomlueo, is a gentleman iu every way
qualified to illl the otlloo. Mr. Jamos
was born iu Henry couuty, Iowa, and
received bis education and early train
ing in that state Ho followed the
mo ui u luruivr uuui 10 years or age
and attended Mount Pleasant academy,
afterward teaching school In 1883 he
graduated from the law department of
the University of Iowa. On complet
ing hla law course he removed to
Dundy county, Nebraska, and opened
a law otlko. He sorved three terms as
county attorney of Dnndy county,
twice by olectlon and once by appoint
ment Six years ago he mured to
Hastings and began tho practice of
law Mr James is a man of conserva
tivo temperament and a Christian
gentlemau.and Is held iu high esteem
in bib homo town.
Mrs. Eliza Payne, Mrs. Eda
Williamson and Wattle
"Missouri Tom" Madison,
the Murderer, Still
One of the most shocking tragedies
in tho history of this section of the
country since tho Indian massacres
occurred Tuesday uight in Smith
county, Kansas, about thirteen miles
southwest of Red Cloud. Two women
and a girl of thirtcon years lio dead as
a result of tho insane passion of one
man for tho wifo of another man.
Tho victims of tho tragedy are Mrs.
Eliza Payne, aged 57, whose husband,
H. II. Payne, died last April; her
daughter, Mrs. Eda Williamson, aged
31, and Mrs. Williamson's daughter,
All tho ovidenco points to Thomas
Madison, a farm hand in tho employ of
Elmor Spurrier, as tho perpetrator of
the terrible crime.
So far as can bo learned, Madison,
who has boon working for Elmer
Spurrier this season, had become in
fatuated with Mrs. Williamson and
had persisted in paying her lover-like
attentions. Mrs. Williamson has been
separated from her husband, C. S.
Williamson, for about three years, and
was suing him for diroroe in the
courts of Smith county. The trial of
the case had been set for Wednesday,
tho day after the murder. It is said
that Madison had urged Mrs. William
son to marry him when she had
secured a divorce from her husband,
but this she had declined to do.
The house in which the tragedy oc
curred is a two-room stone structure,
separated from another like structure
by only a few feet. Tho two buildings
had formerly been connected by a
log structure, which has recently been
torn down. The foundation for a new
home hud just boon comploted a" little
way to the northeast of the old home,
and part of tho lumber was on the
In tho building to the east was a
kitchen and a bedroom, occupied by
Mrs. Payne, Mrs. Williamson and Miss
Tho building to tho west was occu
pied by Prank Bozarth and wife,
brother-in-law and sister of Mrs.
Tho method of procedure followed
by tho murderer showed that tho crime
had been carefully planned aud execu
ted. Tuesday afternoon Madison had
been hanging around tho Payne home,
claiming that he wished to see Frank
Bozarth. Madison tritd to persuade
Mr. and Mrs. Bozarth and Mrs. Payne
to atteud a watermelon party to be
given Tuesday night at the home of a
neighbor, J. W. Corbett, but they de
clined. It is evident that ho wished to
havo them out of the way in order that
ho might have as little interference as
possiblo in carrying out his murderous
designs agaiust Mrs. Williamson.
Sometime during the night or early
morning tho murderer entered the
room where the threo women were
sleeping, all in ono bed. Armed with
tho "shank" of a cultivator, an iron
bar about eighteen inches long, tho
murdorer made entranco through an
unlocked door and proceeded to
wreak his vengeance on tho object of
his unrequited affections. A singlo
blow from tho weapon used would
have beou sufficient to causo death,
but tho murdorer did not rest until
he had beaten tho heads and counte
nances of his victims into unrecogniz
Tho murder was discovered about
G o'clock Wednesday morning by
Frank Bozarth. Wheu ho eutcred tho
bouse ho found his mother-in-law, Mrs.
Payne, and his niece, Mattio William
son, lying on the bed in a pool of
blood. Mrs. Williamson could not bo
Tho little girl was dead, but Mrs.
Payne was still breathing, though uu
conscious. Gordon Payue, who lives
about a quarter of a mile north of tho
scene of the tragedy, was immediately
notified and went to tho home of his
mother. After a few minutes' search
Mr. Payne found tho mutilated body
of his sister in a small hollow about
a hundred yards east of the sceno of
the murder, where she bad evidently
been carried by the murderer in an at
tempt to conceal his crime.
Sheriff Agnew, of Smith Center, was
immediately notified of tho tragedy,
as well as Coroner Bilby of Kensing
ton. Dr. Morrison of Womer was
summoned to attend to tho injuries
of Mrs. Payue und make an attempt to
revive her in order that she might be
able to give an account of tho tradegy
and uame tho murderer if possible,
but all eHorts in that direction fulled
and sho died nt 2 o'clock Wedupsduy
Eh ' III
afternoon without having regained con
sciousness. The tragedy probably occurred be
tween midnight Tuesday nnd 1:30 a. m.
Wednesday, as Madison returned to
tho Spurrier homo about 2 o'clock in
the morning and took from there a
suit of clothes belonging to him. The
clothes which he wore during the day
and at the time of committing tho
crime could not bo found, with the ex
ception of a white hat, covered with
blood stains, whioh was found at the
Spurrier place, about half a mile west
of the Payne home. Blood stains were
also found on the edge of a water tank
at Spurrier's, whero Madison had
probably made an attempt to wash
away the evidences of his crime.
Word of tho tragedy was brought to
Red Cloud about 1 o'clock Wednesday
afternoon and caused considerable ex
citement on the streets. Sheriff Mc
Arthur immediately started for Ina
vale, whero the murderer baB rela
tives, aud whero ho wus reported to
have been seen Wednesday morning.
Sheriff Agnew of Smith county also
started in pursuit of Madison.
Yesterday it was reported that Mad
ison hud been surrounded in a corn
field near Inavale, and later it was
said thut ho had been seen traveling
in a northeasterly direction. Wednes
day night Madison stopped at Roy
Matkins' placo, about oight miles west
of Red Cloud, where ho changed his
punts, leaving his blood-stained ones
when he left.
This morning Madison went to tho
home of W. R. Anderson, four miles
south and a mile east of Bladen, aud
made entrance to the house by kick
ing in a window. After compelling the
Anderson's to get breakfast for him
him ho again set out, supposedly for
Doweese, where he has a sister.
Madison is said to bo heavily armed
and carrying a good supply of ammu
nition, and those in pursuit will un
doubtedly havo trouble when they try
to arrest him.
The murderer probably mado his es
capo on foot, as no ono in the neigh
borhood has missed a horse.
C. S. Williamson, husband of tho
murdered woman, was in Red Cloud
yesterday aud stopped at the Holland
house, but could throw no light on the
mystery of tho murder. He declined
to discuss his wife's suit for divorce,
and left Red Cloud for tho scene of
Tho funeral services for tho victims
of tho triplo tragedy will be held this
(Friday) aftemoqu at 3 o'clock from
tho Oriole school house, near Sher
An iuquest was held Wednesday
afternoon at tho sceno of tho murder
and tho following is tho verdict of tho
Smith County, Kansas.
We, tho coroner's jury on tho caso of
Mrs. Eliza. Payne, Mrs. Eda Williamson
and Mattio Williamson believe that
they came to thoir death by a cultiva
tor shauk and shovel in the bands ot
oue Thos. Madison.
A. D. McMcbrat.
P. 8. Paid,
J. C. Bozarth.
W. P. Williams.
While it is admitted that Judge
Adams is a very popular man among
all classes, this is not a populist year,
and J. W. Jamos of Hastings will un
doubtedly be elected along with tho
balance of the republican ticket.
It la still neurly two months until
election, but tho republican nominees
aro not idle aud tho pops and demo
crats will como Into tho campaign
VOIR BETTER HALF
Should you be fortunate enough to have a better half,
will want you to wear a stylish new Suit for fall. SHE'S
RIGHT, She takes pride in your appearance. She knows
that the chances for success are in favor of the well dressed
man, and on Sunday when you go to church with her, or
you go out to spend the evening, she wants you to look as
good as any other woman's husband. Now, the matter ot
expense need not stand in the way. We can fix you up with
a stylish, up-to-date, serviceable outfit for a very small
amount, say $10, and from that on up to $25 or $30, or as
high as you want to go. Our stock is large enough and our
prices small enough that you can find what you want at the
price you want to pay. We'll be glad to give you visible
proof of this if you'll come in. New fall goods arriving daily.
5 AY, niSTER!
Do you know that it will pay YOU. as
well as US, to buy your Building Ma
terlal and Coal at our yards? Not only
that our prices avibaoe lower, or at
least as low, as those of our competit
ors, but because we take especial care
of and protect all can be classed as
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WHITE HOUSE grocers Md
with your breakfast. It has a flavor that's all
Its own you don't get it in any other brand.
It Is sold by all erocers in 1 and a-pound cans only.
Packed and sealed by us and guaranteed full weight.
DWINELL-WRIGHT CO., Boston.
1 ;- Sl'lB:
I New Meat Market !
g I have purchased the
3 of the market formerly
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secure many new ones. When in need of Fresh or
Salt Meats, Game, etc., give me a trial.
C. E. HARRINGTON.
LUMBER and COAI
touLildirLs; material, Etc.
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City Dray and
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Goods Delivered to any part
Solil In 3-lb. pack' j all lradlns flroccrs.',
m 1 m rwiwtwiwr
FREES CO. I
stock, fixtures and good will
owned by E. R. Sherer and
retain nil nH ,-iti-nn
of the city.
Charges as low as the Loweii
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REAL ESTATE g FARM LOANS.
Look llox 83. uulde Kock, Neb
Ml kinds of property bought, sold and
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