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THE RED CLOUD CHIEF
$1 a Year
RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, MAY 25, 1900.
YOUNG NAN SUICIBES-
Lawrence Carteater Takes His Own
life While In a Fit af Desaan-
Iawrencc J. Carpenter, the 20-year-old
bon of Mr. and Mrs. A. II. Carpen
ter, took his own life late Thursday
evening while in a despondent state
because of the refusal of Miss Josie
Davis, who had been employed as a
domestic at the home of his parents,
to marry him. Lawrence had been
employed at the Royal Hotel as night
clerk, and the last seen of him there
was Thursday noon, when he left to
go home, saying he would be back at
3 o'clock, he having intended to take
a lay off and go west with his father
on a land inspecting trip on Tuesday
of this week. He was at the home of
his parents Thursday afternoon, but
left before supper time, and on the
way up town met his little sister com
ing home from school, spoke to her
and gave her some money. Ho did
not return to the hotel again, and
probably the last person to see him
alive was Close Emigh, who saw him
going toward the standpipe sometime
between ft and 0 o'clock Thursday
evening. He spoke to Close, and was
apparently in a cheerful frame of
mind. He must have gone directly to
the standpipe and killed himself, as
that was the last seen of him alive.
The body was discovered about half
past 10 Saturday morning by Charles
Mahan, who was plowing in Ed Smith's
field. Mann had plowed around the
field several times, and each time
noticed Carpenter lying at the base of
the standpipe, on the north side, but
supposed it was someone sleeping
there. When the sun got around so it
shone on the corpse, Mahan thought it
was time to investigate. He immedi
ately reported the discovery to the au
thorities, and Coroner Hall, ,whov was
in town at the time, took eharge of
When found, the body of young Car
penter was lying on the cement foun
dation around the base of the stand
pipe, head lying to the east and facing
the pipe. Near his side lay a revolver
with one chamber empty, and a bullet-hole
through his heart told the
story better than words could tell it.
Stuck in his belt was a brief note con
taining a few words addressed to his
mother, in substance as follows:
"Good-bye to all. I have nothing
to live for. Tell mother I love her."
There was nothing to explain his act.
At first there was some suspicion of
foul play, but the coroner's inquest
clearly snowed that it was a case of
unrequited love, and that he had de
liberately planned to take his own
Lawrence was" of a quiet and retir
ing dispostion, with no bad habits,
and was very popular with his em
ployers and the patrons of the hotel,
and he was about the last person
whom one would think of destroying
himself. His invalid mother, father,
brother and sisters have the sympathj'
of the entire community.
Funeral services were held in the
M. E. church Monday afternoon at a
o'clock, conducted by Rev. Ward L.
Austin. The church was crowded
with relatives and friends of the be
reaved family. Those who acted as
IKill-bearers were all young men
friends of the deceased, as follows:
John Aubushon, Charley Aubushon,
Earl Davis, K. Davis, Charley Mount
ford and Hoscoe Weesner.
Lawrence J. Carpenter was born in
Monroe county, Indiana, August 1.
1880, and came here when a small
child. Kesides his parents he is sur
vived by three brothers and three
sisters as follows: Lloyd, Clarence
and Riley Carpenter, Mrs. Jennie
Mountford, Myrtle and Pearl Carpenter
Old Settlers' Reunion.
The committee on the Old Settlers re
union met at the post office, Tuesday,
and organized by the election T. C.
Hacker as chairman and Prank Cow
den secretary. Sub-committees were
appointed as follows:
The parade of the pioneers was put
in charge of Emanuel Peters with au
thority to select such assistants from
the various townships as he may de
sire. The parade of the pioneers, who
came to the county as children, was
assigned to Ed Garbcr, with V. 11.
Pulton, Reese Thompson, Thomas
Jones and William Uritton as assist
ants, Parade of men born in the county
was assigned to A. II. Keeney with
power to call upon Mr. Laird of Oak
Creek, and C. C. liennett of Cowles for
Exhibition of women born in the
county was placed In charge of Miss
Winnie Sherman, Mrs. Ronnie Morri
son, Miss Jessie McCallum and Mrs.
The following persons were chosen
to act as chairman of the several town
ship committees to secure attendance
and items of interest: Guide Rock,
D. McCallum; Red Cloud, Chas. Gur
ney; Walnut Creek; Joseph Holcomb,
Inavale; W. J. Vance, Oak Creek; Jas.
Laird; Pleasant Hill, John Waller;
'Elm Creek, L. D Thomas; Glenwood,
Joseph Grandstaif; Heaver Creek, Win.
Ryker; Harmony, Frank Wheat;
Ratln, William Hrltton; Stillwater,
A. II. Spracher; Catherton, G. P.
Cather; Potsdam, Frank Rusehow,
Garfield; Frank Houchin; Line, D. G.
The following gentlemen were ap
pointed to represent the several vil
lages, Guide Rock, I. W. Crary; Illue
Hill, Chris Fassler; Cowles, Fred
Good; Inavale, Chas. Hunter; Rladen,
W. V. Hall;Roscmont. S. Mendlebaum.
C. W. Kaley, J. S. Gilham and L. II.
Rlackledge were appointed a commit
tee to correspond with the pioneers
of the valley and secure their interest
Other committees were discussed
and will be appointed hereafter.
Fiiank Cowdkn, Sec.
Decoration Day Program.
Members of the Grand Army, the
Relief Corps, soldiers of the Spanish
American war and all old soldiers, will
meet at the G. A. R. hall at one o'clock
p. in., Wednesday, May 30.
Line of march will form on Webster
street, near G. A. R. hall, commanded
by C. C. McConkey, marshal of the day.
Column will inarch west on Fourth
avenue to Walnut street, thence south
and west to the cemetery, proceeding
in line of march through the cemetery.
Details will be assigned by the post
commander and president of the Re
lief corps to decorate the graves of the
dead comrades and members of the
Relief Corps. After the decorating of
the graves the line of march will form
in Hollow Square at the monument to
the Unknow Dead.
Exercises of Relief Corps.
Exercises of G. A. R.
licnedictibn by Rev. Austin.
Itencdiction by Rev. Davis.
Column will march to speaker's
Flag drill by kindergarten pupils.
Song "My Country, "lis of Thee,"
by the audience.
Invocation by Rev. Rice.
Singing by quartet.
Reading list of dead comrades.
Addiess by Prof. Dietrich.
On Sunday, May 27, all soldiers and
sailors of the civil and Spanish-American
wars and members of the W. R.
C. are requested to meet at the G. A. R.
hull at ten o'clock a. in., and march to
the Methodist church, where services
will be held. Memorial sermon deliv
ered by Rev. Davis.
D. R. Wiiitakiiii, Post Com.
Ask for Allen's Foot-Ease, a Powder.
It makes walking easy. Cures corns,
bunions, ingrowing nails, swollen and
sweating feet. At all druggists and
shoo stores, 25c. Don't accept any
substitute Sa inplo free. Address
Allen S. Olmstead, LoRoy, N.Y.
To Cure Cold a In One Day.
Take Laxative Dromo quinine tab
lets. Druggists refund money if it
fails to euro. E. W. Grove's signature
is ou each box. 25 cents.
JONES AND SMITH IN TROUBLE.
Farner Red Claad Citizens Indicted
far Laid Fraads.
R. D. Jones and William II. Smith,
both of whom were formerly engaged
in the lumber business here, have been
indicted for alleged land frauds in
Oregon. It will be no surprise for
Red Cloud people to learn that these
men have at last gotten into trouble.
R. D. Jonqs was connected with more
than one shady transaction here, and
was largely resonsible for the wreck
ing of the Red Cloud National Hank a
few years ago.
"Hilly" Smith, as ho was known
here, was Jones' "Man Friday." cats
paw and henchman. Jones and Smith
have both been In San Francisco for
some yeara, where the former was en
gaged in the furniture business. Re
ports received since the earthquake
were to the effect that he has lost his
business there, and the indictment
coming on top of this will be a severe
The property alleged to have been
fraudulently secured consists of 0,000
acres of fine timber land in southwest
The indictment charges conspiracy
to defraud the government of timber
land by securing entrymen to file upon
land with the intention of disposing of
it. Among the conspirators named are
Richard D. Jones and William II.
Smith, of San Francisco, and a large
number of prominent men in San
Francisco, Los Angeles and south
The indictment asserts that the Pa
cific Furniture and Lumber Company,
which is alleged to have been
the active agency through which the
alleged conspiracy was perfected, was
organized at Los Angeles by Messrs.
Cross, Goodwin, Stearns, Miller and
Jones. The indictment declares that
Smith, Jones and Dennis conducted
the San Francisco end of the alleged
scheme. As a blind, according to the
indictment, the Pacific Furniture and
Lumber Company established and op
erated sawmills at Eureka, Cal., and
Port Oxford and Frankfort, Ore. It
was their scheme, says the indictment,
so send to Nebraska, Kansas, Califor
nia and parts of Oregon and induce
men to come to places at which their
mills were in operation under the pre
tense that there was an opportunity
for employment in the mills.
DEAD BABY FOUND.
Had Been Partially Eatea by Daft-
Na Clue ta Where It Cane
Some little excitement was caused
last Friday evening by the finding of
the remains of a newly-born girl baby
in the south part of town. Mrs.
Frank Nelson made the discovery.
Her little son noticed a dog bring
something into their yard and begin
eating it. He thought it was a little
pig, and told his mother, who immedi
ately went out to drive the dog away,
when to her horror she found the sup
posed pig was a newly-born baby.
The dog had already eaten away one
arm and one leg, and torn away part
of the infant's face. When the body
was first found it was in a good state
of preservation, showing that it had
been dead but a few hours. Coroner
Hall was summoned from Cowles, but
arrived too late to hold an inquest
Friday evening, and the badly decom
posed remains were taken to the
morgue, at about half past ten. An
inquest was held Saturday ufternoou,
but if the jury returned a verdict we
have been unable to learn what It was.
It Is thought by some that the in
fant was dropped from a passing Hur
The Way He Does It.
It will bo of Interest to tho conser
vative people who are fearful that the
coming evangelistic meetings will be
accompanied by a wave of excitement
and sensationalism, to know some
thing of the method or Mr. Honey
well's work. The following clipping
from the Hovuiam Wathingtonian lb
Mr. Honeywell's methods are fault
less. There Is no coercion, dragging,
teasing, but a simple straightforward
appeal. The workers go quietly
about seeking out tho unsaved, and
one after another those willing and
desirous of becoming Christians go to
the front and arc seated on the row of
seats left vacant for them. Mr. Hon
eywell takes each by the hand as ho
comes, speaks a word of encourage
ment to each and then calls for others
to come out and take the stand for
Christ. No one seems to rebuff tho
workers or accuse the speaker of
wrong or exciting methods. It is all
so natural and earnest and sweet spir
ited that he would be an ingrate in
deed who would not appreciate the ef
forts made for his good. When it is
evident that all have come who will, a
few words of instruction regarding
forgiveness and God's promises are
spoken and then someone offers spec
ial prayer for those who have come
forward. Then the committee brings
out cards to be signed, indicating a
ditinite acceptance of Jesus as a per
sonal Saviour and expressing a church
preference. These, after being listed
by the secretary, are handed to the
pastors who are expected to look after
those preferring their church.
Exercises to Be Given Next Wcdnes
day and Thursday Evcnlnfts
In the Opera House.
The seventeenth annual commence
ment exercises of the Red Cloud High
School will be held next Wednesday
and Thursday evenings in the opera
house. The baccalaureate sermon will
be preached next Sanday eveding in
he M. E. church by Rev. Austin.
WediiX'sday evening, May 30, will be
held the commencement exercises, and
the following program will be given:
Vocal solo Miss Jessie Wert
Address Hon. G. W. Herge
Double duet Josephine Mi .or, Fran
ces Nesbit, Ethel Garbcr, Edna
Solo "The Nightingale" Nevin
The class night exercises will be
hold Thursday evening, with the fol
Piano Fantasia-Impromptu... Chopin
Miss Irene Minor
Invocation Rev .Davis.
"Incentives to Success". . .Carrie Goble.
"Role of the Laborer".. Cora Clauson.
Solo "Love In Springtime". .L. jrditi.
Class Poem , . . . Ethel Kenady.
"Trusts" Sheridan Phares
Qu:irtetr-"To the Sunshine "Joseph
ine Mizer, Frances Nesbltt, Ethel
Garbcr, Edna Austin.
"Progress in Aryan Race"
"ThoMythof Coronado" Mm father.
"Lady Macbeth" Lora Weesner.
Reading "Eben Holden"
Instrumental Josephine Mlzer.
Closing address Cora Weesner.
Presentation of Diplomas
E. J. Overing, Jr.
Henedlctlon Rev. Rice.
llfthtnln, Causes Blaze.
During the storm Monday evening
lightning struck the old Hlue Front,
now occupied by MeAlister's marble
works, and set it afire. The fire
alarm was sounded and the blaze was
quickly extinguished, there being but
little damage done. Part of the cor
nice on the front of the building was
Frank Peterson, who was in his
father's hardware store at the time,
said the lightning played around in
the store room and shot down through
the register into the furnace, narrow
ly missing a box containing about no
pounds of giant powder which was sit
ting on a counter. Frank was pretty
badly scared, but he grabbed the box
of powder and carried it out into the
rain, depositing it in a safe place.
There would not have been much left
of lower Webster street had the light
ning connected with the powder.
A Guaranteed Cure for Piles.
Itching, blind, blooding, protruding
piles. Druggists are authorized to
roftuul money if Yiv.o Ointment fails
to euro in 0 to 11 days. 50 cents.
"FIFTY AND COSTS."
That Is What Jim Ryan Gtt far Re
slsttaft an Officer.
The cose against J. J. Ryon of Gar
field township, charged with having
resisted Constable Frank Amack, when
he attempted to servo a writ of rv
plevin for some cattle belonging to
Will Fisher, which Mrs. Ryan had
taken up for trespass, came up for hoar
Ing before Judge Reed Wednesday and
was completed Thursday morning.
The jury found Ryan guilty and Judge
Reed assessed a fine of 850 and costs,
amounting in nil to about S100, against
Ryan. An appeal to the district court
has been taken.
Tho evidence was rather conflicting,
that for the prosecution showing that
when Amack read tho writ of replevin
to Ryan, and then offered to hand him
the paper, the latter refused to accept
service and defied Amack to take the
cattle, and at the same time ordered
his son to go to the house and get the
On the other hand, the witnesses for
the defense, all of them members of
the Ryan family, testified that Amack
represented himself to be "justice of
the peace of Garfield township," and
that instead of attempting to serve
tho writ of replevin he had placed
Ryan under arrest, and that Ryan did
not resist arrest, but merely asked to
go before Justice of the Peace N. L.
I). .Smith and be allowed to give bond.
However, the jury seemed to place
more credence in the testimony for the
prosecution than in that for the de
fense, and rendered u verdict as above
The River BrMie.
Commissioners Sawyer and Overman
were investigating the thu work at
the river bridge. lastJfc'rlday, and
came to the conclusion that U was un
necessary to go through the old cement
foundation to solid rock, as it wan
found to be in perfect condition two
or three feet below the low water
level. The work of drilling through
the cement was stopped and the
builders ordered to set the new steel'
piers on the old foundation, which
will cause a saving of several hunded
dollars. The sagging of the old stono
pier was caused by the washing of tho
sand at the low water level which cut
into the cement and weakened it. As
the steel piers will now rest on a
solid cement foundation below the
low water level, there will be no
further danger from this source.
When the workmen tried to drill
through the old cement foundation,
after the the first two or three feet it
was found to be harder than granite.
Since writing she above the tem
porary bridge has been taken out and
the old bridge repaired so teams can
There has been some unfavorable
comment owing to a misunderstanding
ta the effect that the bridge company
had bean paid in advance for their
work. Commissioner Overman in
forms us that the company has not
received one cent on the present con
tract, The misunderstanding arose
from the fact that the company had
done other work for which claims had
Flnfter Cut Off.
Herbert McCoy, who is employed in
Wisecarver's meat market, lost tho
third finger of his left hand Tuesday
afternoon while feeding the sausage
machine at the market. In attempt
ing to force a piece of meat into tho
hopper his hand slipped and his finger
was caught in the teeth of the grindei
and torn off. He will be laid up for'
several weeks as a consequence.
Eye Badly Injured.
George Hollister suffered a severe'
injury to his right eye Monday morn
ing, which required six stitches to
close the wound. While at work re
pairing a car, the bar which he was
using slipped, causing him to pitch
forward, striking his head against
some Iron-work. It Is feared the eye-
j s'ght may be permanently Injured.
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