Custer County Republican. (Broken Bow, Neb.) 1882-1921, June 22, 1899, Image 2

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D UiU of U Btonn that Brought Dwtrac-
UON and Dwtb.
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taml ) i < IfHiMlrcil * tit J' | il < - ll fH -
] otiil ftuliicl of ( 'lmrlt ;
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HI5HMAK , Xeli. , 'un ! . Special to
tbe Omaha Ho * : The desolation I * In *
doncrlbftbly pathetic. Huch I * the unl-
vwfMl verdict of the thouwtndc of * pec-
tater * who liMve vlctu-d the * lt of tbe
once pretty village of Herman today.
Y'Mlerday It wa * peopled by a hap
py , proMpTou * half-th'siiaartd citizen *
as could be found In N'enraxka. Today ,
with Imlf M doxen exception * , all are
homelo * * , without n plar in lay their
bunds or a table from which to eat.
Vonterday they would have nc-/rned
charity. Today the -althl > * t are liv
ing on provisions sent by kindly heart
ed citizen * from neighboring towns.
Days will ph > w before tbe d brl * v/lll
have bf-en cleared away and the ucene
will have lost oven a portion of the
heartrending feature * which may be
H'jen on every side.
AH a result of the tonn , ten perBons
He dead , one family having been al
most entirely swept out of exltence.
Twenty-five are Injured , some of them
The dead :
A , B. HOPKINS , farmer , Horman.
MH8. A. B. HOPKINH. Herman.
Hopkins , Herman.
MUH , KKLHO , Pender , daughter of
Mr , and Mrs. Hopkins , whom Mho wuii
LOU1H CLAI'HHKN , machinist , Mln-
nourl Valley , la. , Injured so he died
later In Blair.
W. H. U1CHAHDB , pOHcmasU-r , Her
man ; died from suffocation , as he was
suffering with chronic case of asth
J. E. HAWKINS , borne five mlb-s
northwest of Herman ; blown Into
barn and killed by lightning.
THOMAS HJNKH , plasterer. Blair ;
died from Injuries after removal to
Ills homo.
HAUL PI5TBH8BN. son of farmer
four miles west of Herman In Dane
The Injured :
Carrlo Kelso , aged 7 , borne In Pen
der ; skull fractured , will probably die.
Bllri Hopklrix , Herman ; face cut ,
head and body badly bruised.
William Anderson , Herman ; left
side of skull fractured , may die.
Mrs. William Anderson , Herman ;
back and side of skull fractured ; body
badly bruised.
Kd Tnckot , Herman , head cut quite
KCI lously.
E , 0. , or "Cnney" Wont , head and
body badly bruised , nail run through
foot , removed to Tekamah.
Mrs. E , G. Pr-gaii , Herman , head cut
and bruised about shoulders.
Mm , John Kllnkenbourd , Herman ,
hi'iid and fnco cut.
C. Hankln , employe on Herman
nlock farm , picked up In street ; In
juries consist of brulsea and cuts about
head ; suffering from nervous prostra
Earl Plpher , boy , Herman , temple
and head cut , hand badly bruised.
Fred Chrlstonsen , restaurant keeper ,
Herman , head cut , arm bruised.
E , A. Pogau , merchant , Herman ,
head badly cut.
"Orandma" Nosier , mother of Mrs.
Hawkins , Hvo mlles northwest of Her
man , both arms broken , Internal Injur
ies , not expected to live.
Mm. J , E. Hawkins , rive mlloii north
west of Herman , ribs broken and body
badly bruised , Injuries not fatal.
Miss Hawkins , daughter of J. E ,
Hawkins , flvo miles northwest of Her
man , hack badly sprained and bruised.
Peter Lonlg , farmer ono mlle west
of Herman , arm broken and body bad
ly bruised , Injuries may prove fatal.
Mrs. A. Anderson , Herman , head and
face badly cut , arms said to bo brok
en , removed to Blair , injuries may
provo fatal.
H. H. Horzog , lumberman , head cut
slightly , body brulsod.
George Bull'ngton , nn aged citizen of
Herman , face cut and badly bruised.
Fred Hurroll , farmer and splkor ,
head cut.
Oliver Lown , creamery man , Herman -
man , head bruised and cut.
Cloorgo Coylo , station agent , head
cut slightly ,
Mrs. Louis Wuchtor , wlfo of Imple
ment doulnr , Herman , bruised badly ,
canning u succession of fainting spoils.
Louis Wuchtor , Implement dealer ,
Herman , body badly brulnod.
Mrs , William Breo , Herman , loft
shoulder badly bruised and back
YiMitoniny urtornoon at fi o'clock
I Ionium presented a peaceful scono. A
llltlo later clouds began to gather and
before 0 o'clock torrents of rain were
deluging the streets , The citizens were
not frightened at the appearance of
the storm , becuuso limy thought It was
Hlmply a repetition of the heavy rain
falls , which had visited that section
previously. At 0 o'clock , Imwnvnr ,
omnlous clouds begun to appear , and
llttlo knots of people assembled In
ivory part of the town to watch thorn.
AH the clouds grow moro dense the
Inky blackness appeared terrifying
and the moro timid sought storm col
lars. Scores of people congregated In
thotio collars awaiting the approaching
Al filf : > It nwopt down upon thorn ,
coming from the norlhwenl with a
frightful velocity. These who were still
In poslllomi to wutch Its onward
nwcop say that It came from two di
rections and the appearance of the
town toduv would Indicate that such
wan the caso. Olil-tlmoiH who were
coolor-licaded , however , think differ
ently. They bollovo It came down
from the northwest , iipreadlng us tl
Htruck obstructions and converging
wlion thcuo were torn out of the way.
It required but u few minutes for the
Htorm to do Itti work , although It
iteomod hours to the unfortunates
penned up In the Htorm caves.
' Citizens who nro able to recall tholr
improtmlont ) during the storm , al
though uufforlng with terror , tmy that
a * in * wind paaad err thm I * .
iv-offlH Ilk * tb flight of tb'/asaadJ of
lar * - Mrdt. accompanied t/r tb Inter
roitf-Bt cra b * of beery ebell * They
kn w Ifttl * of tb haroc which wa *
wrought In tad arovnd tbir bonw
When lh r eroerfed It wa * to find *
vnt of d * olatloa wbleh wan abso
lutely appalling.
Houcea were blown down la erwy
dlr tlon. .With few excei/looc the
eUliea * could locate their bom * * oalf
br tb * cellars In which they a * * *
crmcbeA or by a few familiar jrfew *
of furniture which remained In th *
* hetl * which formerly bad been com-
faiodlou * and comfortable bomea. A *
far a * the eye ' n.jM * e * . from loatb
to north , no foulM.njf * teed to furnteb
a r ftt < for tbe k rael * i eitlzaa.
- Moment of contemplation
It required onlja
templation of tn frt btfal cene to
bring the citizen * to a realization of
tJ" ( r dtill to ub o her. Parents b -
w n looking for cblMren. ! re for
h'iband * and ona for thM- parent * .
A * the * * were found ut--athed th
neighborly * plrH U > ok powewilon of
them and they turned their attention
to all'vlallng the suffering * of tbo * *
about them.
Tli" dead were removed to th * Meth-
odl t church In the north part of the
city , which nr"d a * a morgue. The
Injure * ! were taken to a parsonage to
be transported later on a relief train
to Ulalr. Hellef train * came down from
Tekamah and Ulalr with physicians
dan * an-1 nur " In aid In the search
for the Injured and dead. Ninety-fix
pfTKonn , Injured and uninjured , were
Nont on an Omaha train to Blair.
whre they were cared for in the Clif
ton hotel and In the home * of the citi
zens. The night wag made all the more
( Unagreeable by th - rain , which fell
on the hoiiHclcM citizen * In torrent * .
It CHOW ! only for an hour , apparently
to gather additional forrc and make a
second attack. Few thought , however ,
of -eklng refuse from the element * ,
spending the night , specially the m > n.
In looking for the Injured. The wonr-n
and children were ent to the school
house and the other building * which
remains Intact.
Tlie darkness of the night was
broken by brilliant fla he * of light
ning , which added to the Impresiiivo-
IICHH of the smrip. The power of the
Htorrn appeared to have been irreslst-
Ible , although Its ravage * were not
plainly ob erved until thlu morning ,
when the sun revealed them in all
their hldeouslnosH.
AH the hours paHHcrl and the returns
from the injured Increased It seemed
to the citizens as If every family in
the town had suffered. After a sys
tematic canvass had been made , how
ever , It was discovered that those liv
ing In the northern portion had suf
fered mot In casualties. It was there
the Htorrn had done IUs worst , although
Its force was almost as great in the
heart of the town.
The storm undoubtedly raine down
from the north west. Its first effects
nro it-ported from live miles northwest
of the city , where the home of J. K.
Hawkins was wiped off the earth. Mr.
HawklriK was blov/n Into his barn.
Lightning seemed anxious to supple
ment the cyclone in Its doslnicllvencMi
and added a bolt. It struck the barn ,
setting It afire and killing ? .lr. Haw
kins , If the force of the wind had not
ended his life previously- This mornIng -
Ing hlH ittiniiliiH were found charred
to a crisp and unrecognizable.
"Orandma" No Ior , mother of Mrs.
Hawkins , v/as badly Injured inter
nally and both aims were broken. It
Is not believed she can survive. Mrs.
Hawkins was badly Injured and her
daughter had her back hurt. The
hoiiBo wan razed to the ground , while
not enough of the outbuildings could
bo found to fill the box of an ordi
nary lumber wagon.
Continuing its southerly course ,
touring trees tip l y the roots , leveling
fences , Htrowlng barbed wire across
the country and covering the earth
with dobrls the cyclone next made its
appearance at the home of A. H. Hop
kins , half a mlle northwest of Her
man. Hurt ) it wrought ttfo saddest
havoc , the happy family of the farmer
bolng iilalu oiitrlHht , with one excep
The bodies of Mr. Hopkins and hyii
wlfo were found 100 yards north of
the house In his orchard after the
storm. They had boon blown out of
the house by the wind , which , In its
rotary motion , apparently whirled
thorn out of Its path as If angry at
thorn for not having placed nn ob
struction In Its way.
The body of Mrs. Kclso was found
lying on a pllo of dobrls near the for
mer slto of the house. Anderson
Hopkins , the son of the owner of the
farm , lay near in the last agonies o (
a torrlhlo death. Hack In the orchard
holding to u small sapling as if her
Hfo depended upon the tenacity of
bur grip , lay 1C I In Hopklnn , an nldnrly
daughter , with her face and head badly
cut and her body bruised. Near her
llltlo Carrlo Kolso , granddaughter of
Mr. Hopkins , was sitting on u stump ,
dazed and motionless , as If she ( ltd not
realize what hud happened.
The wind played strange pranks
around this IIOUHO , apparently delightIng -
Ing in the destruction It was making.
The trees In the orchard north of the
house worn torn up by their roots.
Their tops pointed in a southwesterly
direction us If they had been blown
down by u wind coining from the
northenst. To the west of the house
the trees were blown toward the
iumtlumiU , the wind apparently ro-
suinlng its original course. Not uti
outbuilding wns left Htundlng. Hod
clothing , wearing uppitrol , furniture
and stock were scuttered In every di
Having demolished everything about
the Hopkins homestoud , the death
dealing cloud sped upon the town. It
struck the llrst house lu the uxtromo
northwestern poitlon. This wus occu
pied by Peter Cbrlstliinscn. Hardly u
vcstlgo of the formerly comfortable
i-ottago wus left , 11 being curried away
and sinushed Into such small frug-
monts that Mr. Chrlstlunsen could not
Iliul even the llntol of ono of his doors.
Again the storm suuined to dcslro
vongcunco upon au unintentional ol > -
structor. Not only did Mr. Christian-
lion lose his homo In Honuun , but the
storm swept uway his house ami barn
on his farm four miles \vest of the
city , lu what IB known au Dune Hol
In the sumo yard with Mr. Chris-
tlniiHon was the homo of T\lrs , AVIllltin
llruo. She hud seen thu storm up-
proachliig ami had tnkdn refuge , will
her dancttor. Mrt. Ixnii * Wxhter. la
tb ctitar b-n * tb th * trout pc.rek-
Mr. aod Mr * . Chn tla&f tame aad
Hn d th n , and It U to tbt de erUo
of tbHr bomo that the latter two owe
their Urea. The Bree hoove was ton
frotn Ita foundation sad iv\r.t4 to the
oath , tearing th * cllar aad l t occ -
pnatc unprotected A brick * tn eV.
Mr * . Bree on the aboaMer. whJVt MT-
eral firing aiMlea Mupoa Mr. aad
Mr * . Waehter. fcraUltt aad cvttlng
then quite eTer lr.
Veering a trifle to the MM ! , ib * triad
paaMl between tbe Br e boce aad a
dwelling aero tbe street. Searing the
tatur uah&rmei. although U wae only
fifty fet away. Right oa this ct ; t
I * where tbe norm spread. Strlkinr
tbe home of John Flub on the corner
of tbe street to-Jtbeaat of Mrs. r's
borne. It eonUD'-Deed tbe lerellnic pro-
rew. IU swath beto two blocks la
width. At If jrutded by a haad * hich
hollered la dej'roying ererythla ? po -
ible. It backed up a trifle , rroMiae
th * back yard of the borne of Mrs. J-
C. Slok" * . tbe Snt botue on tbe west
ide of tbe main street Trbicb vrac in
jured. Only Blight damage was in
flicted bere. how v > r.
AcroM the str * t from Mrs. Stok < s
U struck a house where dinner had
erldently l > een ready when the storm
approached. The table was got and
even today the dUbes are still un
touched. It * & § here that the Ander
sons lived. They took to a cellar , ac
companied by Louis Clauasen , which
prov l FO poor a refuge that all were
injured , Claunten BO badly that he died
aeveral hours later after having been
removed to Blair.
The rest of the citizens between Sev
enth and Second streets felt the full
brunt of the storm. Across from John
FHch'ji place , went ofVe t street , his
barn was razed , not a single shingle
bftlng left. A little further south on
\Vct street the home of Mayor E. W.
Hurdle had the roof lifted off the east
ern wing. It was not far from this
point that Postmaster W. S. Richards
lout his ilfe. He sought safety In a
cellar , but It proved his tomb. He was
suffering from chronic asthma and It
is believed that this , augmented by
th * > terror of the occasion , was the
cause of his death , as there wore no
marks upon his body when he was
Another was so seriously injured in
the heart of the city that he died lat
er. He was T. J. nines , a contractor
from Ulalr , who had come to Herman
during the afternoon to attend to some
business. He was caught under some
debris which fell between two build
ings and injured fatally. He was re
moved to his home in Blair , where ho
died this morning. Mr. Hlnes was for
merly a resident of Omaha , where ho
was well known and highly reiipected.
He came to Nebraska early in the 'COs.
With the exception of the Central
hotel and a residence a block north
not a single building was left standing
in the heart of the city. Both these
buildings were fairly gutted by the
wind. The atorm came just an the
evening meal was being nerved at the
hotel. In fact , two guests wore at the
table when the proprietor , M. J. Kcri-
yon , entered and advised them to ac
company him and his family to a cave
until the danger had passed , in this
cave the ten persons composing the
family of Mr. Kenyon , the help at the
hotel and ton boarders and guests ,
found a safe shelter from the storm , as
no one was injured.
The Baptist church , several blocks
above the hotel , was leveled , the wind
scattering the seats about the streets
and carrying the pulpit several blocks
toward the south. Just below the
church the Implement house of Louis
Waehter was demolished. A large
stock of buggies and farm implements
was wrecked , the wind carrying the
lighter portions of the vehicles away
and , angry at the resistance of the
moro weighty machines , wrapping
them up In cells so they would be
rendered useless forever.
The Plateau bank , the only brick
structure In the town , was torn to
pieces , the brick being scattered for
blacks. Nothing but the vault was loft
standing , the wind driving a heavy rail
through Its side to remind the own
er of Its terrific force.
Uolow the bank the general mer
chandise store of K. A. Pogau , the
millinery store of Mrs. M. Denny , the
harness shop of William Gray , the
general store of Kenyon & Co. , the
hardware store of I ) . W. Harper , the
saloonu of Sam Deavcr , ICd Bonncau
and Sam Barrott , the grocery of Bon
Truoblood , the drug store of Q. M.
Lydlck and the general store of H. H.
Wallace wore crushed to splinters , the
loss being almost total In each caso.
Mr. Lydlck had Just put in a handsome -
some soda fountain , which was dls-
Igured beyond recognition. His loss
H very heavy , aa ho also had abouC
il.UOO worth of furnlluro stored In an
other part of the city which was to
tally destroyed.
In its course southward the storm
struck the now waterworks of the city
ind demolished them. A great iron
joller sixty feet In length and wotgh-
ng seventy tons was rolled a block.
Not only did the Btorm wreck all
.ho buildings on the main street , but
It went out of Its way to deal the rail
road a pretty hard rap. The stock
yards , opposite the Plateau bank , were
razed , the heavy fence and deeply Im-
Dcddcd posts proving poor obstructions
to the wind. Back of thorn the Peavey
elevator and the elevator of the Crow-
oil Grain and Lumbnr company con
tributed their roofs , the upper portion
of the cupola leaving In each caso.
The contents were thus exposed to the
rain , which poured down upon them In
Hoods all night.
Along the Omaha railroad track nlno
cars were blown over , their trucks beIng -
Ing twisted off and carried twenty-live
or thirty foot away. Two curs were
apparently picked up from the track
and sot down three feet away , thereby
giving the Impression that the wind
had found them with their load of
grain too heavy for further transporta
tion. The railroad depot , coal sheds
and > telegraph wires were blown down ,
the hooks of the depot bolng carried
half a block away anil deposited In a
bunch upon the bill. Suporlntondent
Ilayucs estimates the Ions to the rail
road alouo at $ ( > ,000.
Over across the railroad lived the
only man who curried cyclone Inmir-
unco In the town. This was .lohn Lar
son , section foreman for the Omaha
railroad. When Larson saw the storm
approaching ho gathered his family
about him and doseomlod to the cement -
mont collar which ho had constructed
after a bard windstorm er * > ral
r a aco. He thought from the ap-
pfra r * of tbe ttorm at that time
that he m'.c-ht need it and it wa for
thi5 pcrpoe that he put * o much toll
aad aoaey into it HI * labor wa * re-
I d after jr m of waiting. That cave
aared hts life aad the * * of the things
he rataed move The storm carried
away hie boo * * , tearing tbe cellar open
to the world , bat the occupants were
ecnre from barm. He IB homeleM to
day , bat bis cellar will remain and a
new hoate will rtee oa the site of the
old one. a * John says be intends to
retain tbe cellar ae loac aa be live * .
He bad 11.000 cyclone Insurance on bis
boo * * aad coat en is. As scarcely a
rectlce of either remains he will ask
the Phoenix Insurance company to pay
biz policy.
Returning to tbe main street and
concentrating its force , the storm scat
tered tbe lumber from tbe yard of the
Crowell Lumber company to th four
winds , although tbr.ed - >
been concentrated into one for the
time bela ? . The cottage of D. V. * . ,
Plpher , local agent for the Standard
Oil company , lost its roof , and the oil
company's building to the south of
the cottage was lifted frota around
the two heavy tanks and blown across
the country to remain unidentified.
The pipes around the tanks were bent
into coils , having the appearance of
having been wrapped around a gigan
tic spool.
Opposite the office of the Standard
OH company the homes of Dr. Clark
and D. W. Harper were visited. Thereof
roof of the rear wing of the Harper
residence waa torn off and the side of
the house badly marred by flying
plecea. The wind blew "the windows
out of Dr. Clark's house and the rain
did the rest during the night , coming
in through the damaged roof and
soaking everything within.
The last house struck in the Fouth-
ern portion of the town was occupied
by S. J. West. It was switched around
so the corners rested on the sides of
the foundation , but the damage was
slight , except to the contents , which
suffered materially from the soaking
they underwent. It waa here that
"Caney" West was Injured. The re
mainder of the family went to the
cave an soon as they saw the dark
cloud approaching. "Caney" West did
not think the cloud would strike Her
man , so he remained In the house.
When ho saw it really Intended to
visit the little town he removed his
sryjes so he could wade to the cave.
He was too late , however , as the wind
caught him before he left the house.
It carried him out through the window ,
which was broken by the wind for his
passage. He was found by his broth
er later limping around in the yard
in a dazed condition , trying to find his
way back to the house. He had run
a nail through his foot and was se
riously Injured about the body.
After passing West's house the
stormed veered to the east , and left
the largo school house and a couple
of cottages opposite It uninjured.
Then , as sated with destruction , It
rose In the air and left the vicinity
which it had ravaged RO sorely.
When the spectators began to arrive
this morning tlTe sight waa one which
appalled the most thoughtless. Piles
of lumber lay in the streets. Wherever
the eye turned it rested upon the re
sults of the visit of the elements.
Hogs , horses , cattle , chickens , ducks
and cats were strewn along the streets ,
the Btorm having driven them to their
death. The household goods of the
citizens were strewn from one end of
the town to the other. Vases , books ,
furniture of all kinds , china and glass
ware and kitchen utensils were seen
on every hand. Men who considered
themselves well off In the world yes
terday wandered over the scene of
their late abodes today wondering
whore the next meal waa coming from.
Pitiful smiles , which were given with
a vain attempt to be cheerful , marked
the faces of the unfortunate citizens
when they spoke of their misfortune.
Each tried to make light of his own
losses when a neighbor was near and
to offer bis condolences for the hard
luck of the other.
It was a scene of destitution , al
though few of the sightseers appeared
to realize it. Two thousand of them
wandered over the ruins looking for
souvenirs of the storm. They did not
seem to realize that what they were
taking might bo the dearest pieces of
bric-a-brac some women might have
among all that mass of broken and
marred remnants. Each carried off
something , some of the most humane ,
it must bo confessed , contenting themselves -
selves with limbs from the broken
trees or pieces of bark from the scarred
veterans which had withstood dozens
of storms , but finally succumbed to
this ono , which appeared to have con
tained all the violence of those which
had passed before In years.
It is estimated that 5,000 persons
visited Herman and spent the day In
sightseeing. Scores carried kodak's
with them and the unsightly piles were
photographed that others who were
not so fortunate as to have had the
opportunity to come might see them.
The saloon men whoso stock was bur
led under the ruins unearthed several
nogs of beer and sot tip their dis
mantled bars. Over these they sold
tholr drinks and kicked because citi
zens objected to the sight of drunken
men on the streets while tholr hearts
were full from the misfortunes they
had suffered. At 4 o'clock the beer
gave out and the saloon men wore
forced to vend cherry wlno and pop ,
which to thorn seemed a sacrifice of
thno and much needed money because
they might have done so much better
on the brown liquid.
Hlnux Oily Hi'iuU Itcllnf.
SIOUX CITY , Juno Ifi. Sioux City
at noon today sent a draft of ? 210 to
the rollof committee at the stricken
town of Herman , Nob. This money was
raised Insldo of an hour and the com
mittee Is still at work. Moro money
will bo Kent after the committee bus
had a cbanco to do some moro solicit
ing. Donations of clothing and bed
ding also have been culled for by the
mayor and Commercial association.
I'olnimro AocrptH Ilio Tunic.
PATHS. Juno 1C. Polncaro Inform
ed President Loubot this morning that
ho would accept the task of forming
u cabinet. Ho will take the war port
folio , In addition to the presidency of
the council.
M. Mellno , in an Interview with M.
Polncare , strongly urged the latter to
form a cabinet whoso main plank will
bo the settlement of the Dreyfus affair ,
How It is to Be Hhown In tlie Portb-
toinlng Exposition ,
At Tiili Tltnn tliu .WIIIIM-H Cun I'IIM Irilu
The Hfiiutlful OroiiinlN mid Vlmr U'lmt
IIu Ilren Outlirrcil From All SrctlufM
of the Country tor Tlmlr Killllcutlon
Any Intimation or suspicion that the
Greater America Exposition , to bo bold
at Omaha , beginning July 1 and con
tinuing four months , may fall or prove
aught but a perf"rt SUCCOSH In point of
, attractiveness , < iuratlonul worth or
j actual attendant c. is wholly without
{ foundation in fact or reason. The
conservative , careful men of wealth
who have carried this project forward
have not expended over | 100,000 with
the possibility of seeing it wholly lost.
Every dollar needed to insure the
complete and emphatic success of thla
great enterprise will be forthcomlnp ,
with practically as much certainty as
if it were now in the exposition treas
ury. The colonial exhibits planned
as the basic feature of the enterprise
are being collected and will be landed
in this country by government trans-
of a perplexed people for additional
light and Information on a subject
needing elucidation. Special features
of great Interest to every citizen of
the republic are bolng planned , and
before the fall of 1899 has passed Into
history the pilgrimage of the precedj
Ing year to Omaha will have been re-
The Greater America Exposition for
J899 will bo the first In history in
which largo appropriations of taxpay
ers' money have not boon asked from
public treasuries , and It will ecllps >
in magnitude and attractiveness any ol
its predecessors , with the exception
of the World' * Fair at Chi-
cago. It will alco be the first expo-
ltlon erer designed to afford Information
mation on a practical , tangible ques
tion. Xo citizen will b fully equipped
to best exercUe the privilege of suf
frage In the solution of the great
pi-ndlng ( lueotlon of expansion until
he has seen the colonial exhibits at tha
exposition and ha * studied the people ,
products and resources of the landa
acqulrfd through the war with Spaia.
Several departments of the federal
govf-rnment , notably the war and agri
cultural departments , are lending maJ
terlal assistance In the collectk ) ! ol
comprehensive exhibits from those
A contract has been closed with the
the Pain Fireworks company of Chicago
cage for twenty marvelously brilliant
spectacular performances during thd
llrst two months of the exposition ,
"The Fall of Manila" and "The De
structlon of Cervera's Fleet" will ba
reproduced with elaborate scenery
realistic pyrotechnic effects , splendid
costuming and grand Illuminations
Over HOO people will participate. Thp
stage around which the scenery will
bo Hi-t will bo 100 feet long and 50 feet
deep , and the lake for the naval opera- "
tlous will be 300 feet long and 75
broad. Performances will be given
Tuesdays , Thursdays and Saturdays of
each week. Following each perform
ance will be given a grand display
of fireworks , Including fifty-one spe
cialties , all of which are novel. Thesfl
displays will far surpass anything eve !
seen in the west.
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ports. The governmental departments
are manifesting an interest in this
enterprise that ensures it a successful
opening should other resources fall.
Above all the people of the country
are manifesting an Intense curiosity
concerning the colonial exhibits ,
which , in view of the great question
now pending as to the policy to be
pursued In the dispositions of lands
acquired through the war with Spalr
will come as a response to the prayers
American Ingenuity and handicraft
will be more graphically shown In tha
manufacturing exhibits than at any of
the expositions of the past Some o |
the novelties promised are mentioned , .
The Allen Chester Silk company of
Patterson , . J. , will have In full oper
ation every day three looms and t
spooling machine. The same which
took the gold medal at the World's
Fair. Ono loom will manufacture white
silk ribbon badges bearing colored plc
turos of President McKlnloy , Vlco
President Hoburt , ofllcers of the expo
sition and other celebrities. Another
will weave silk handkerchiefs bearing
pictures of exposition buildings and a
third will turn out line silk dress
The concessions bolng granted for
Midway attractions at the Greater i
America Exposition at Omaha this '
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summer already exceed those of tlu
Trans-Mississippi Exposition. Cart
has been exercised to permit only tha
most interesting novelties to get a
footing on this year's cosmopolitan
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