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Shadows of Suspicion Hover Over
OF THE HOSPITAL AT NORFOLK
Slron- Indication * thnt the Drug nnd
Fuel Funds HBVO Moon Unified With
nu Appropriation of NourljO13O.OOO
Tlicro'U bo iv Deficiency at 1C nil of V ur.
NORFOLK , Neb. , Sept. 17 , 1900.
3'rospcrous conditions are In evi
dence In cvory county of Nebraska.
No one but a rank partisan would
attempt to assert that such conditions
are transitory or unreal. It Is mat
ter of slow growth there Is nothing
artificial or uncertain about It. Within
four years the farmers of Nebraska
have been delivered from the bondage
of debt and thousands of thorn boast
of a surplus.
It Is true that the requirements of
the Impending campaign have sug
gested the fullest exposition of facts
relating to the changed conditions 'n '
every county In order that the people
ple of one county may bo apprised
of the degree of prosperity In every
other county , but the republican man
agers do not need to magnify or over
state the facts , which In most cases
speak for themselves.
Emphasis may bo given to one all-
Important fact , to-wlt : that while the
farmers are producing abundant crops
and receiving higher pr'ces therefor
than ever before paid , at the same time
the mechanics and laboring men In
cities nnd towns are all busy , receiv
ing higher pay for shorter working
days than ever before , and that the
demand for their services exceeds the
supply. A careful Inquiry Into the
Btatus of things reveals these condi
1. That farmers are getting 32 and
34 cents for their corn ( of which there
Is a large surplus ) , whereas four
yeas ago they got but G and 10
2. That stock raisers and farmers
ore getting $5.50 for fat steers , where
as four years ago they got $2.75 and
? 3.50. Hogs , four years ago , $2.77 ; this
year , $5.09.
3. That farmers are buying ad
joining acres and are spending hun
dreds of thousands of dollars upon
improvements. Residents of cities
and towns are putting up new buildIngs -
Ings and repairing hundreds of oM
ones. There Is an air of thrift every
3. That country merchants are sell-
Ins moro goods and getting larger
profits and prompter pay for goods
sold than ever before In the history
of the state.
5. That mechanics are everywhere
busy. From towns , large and small ,
come reports . of a demand for me
chanics exceeding the supply. In Om
aha more men are employed at higher
wages and shorter working hours
than was the case In any previous year
save 1897-8 , when the exposition pro
duced a temporary demand for men.
Inquiry among all classes of mechan
ics reveals the fact that the mean av
erage of wage scale Is higher , work
day hours shorter and the demand for
men very active. No map. who wants
work need be idle.
G. That the jobbers and wholesale
merchants and manufacturers of Ne
braska are selling more goods at lar
ger profits than was true of their
trade In the year 1896 ; that of fifty
firms reporting , the Increased volume
of business ranged from 20 ot 930 per
cent and that In no case was a de
crease of business reported.
7. That fifty jobbing houses , farm
implement houses , manufacturers ,
wholesale houses , etc. , report a largo
Increase In the number of men em
ployed , In wages paid and the average
Increase In the number of traveling
men covering Nebraska territory Is
nearly 50 per cent.
The paramount question Is : What
would any of these classes gain by a
change of government .it Washing
Do you want a change ?
WHAT THE MECHANICS SAY.
In Omaha the change In regard to
wages paid , hours of employment and
number of persons engaged Is so grat .
ifying that the classes affected will 1
gladly do what they can to support
the political party which has mads
possible this remarkable improvement
3n conditions. The following reports
were obtained from officials of tno
various local unions :
Printing Pressmen's Union Our
scale of wages In 1896 wr.s $16 to $1S
per week for ten hours j er day. In
1900 our scale Is the same per diem
for nine hours per day. In 1896 20
per cent of our members were Idle all
the time and 40 per cent of those em
ployed were making but half time. In
1900 all members are employed and all
are making full time. In short , wo
are working shorter houis nnd mak
ing moro money than wo did in 1S9G.
Plasters' , Bricklayers' and Stone
masons' Tenders' Union Our scale of
wages in 1896 was 15 to 17 % cents
rer hour for ten hours. In 1900 our
scale Is 24 cents per hour for eight
hours and we have 50 pc-r cent moro
men employed than In 1396 ,
Plumbers' Union Our scale of
wages in 1S96 was 45 coats per hour
for eight hours. In 1900 It Is 50 cents
' per hour for eight hours. Until July
1st we have had 30 per cent moro men
employed than wo had in 1890.
Painters and Decorators Our scale
In 1S96 was 30 cents per hour. Wo
had no scale signed np regarding
hours of employment. Our present
scale Is 35 cents for eight hours ; time
and a half for overtime and double
time for Sundays. In 189C our union >
had about fifty members In good
standing. In 1898 wo hid nearly 200 )
members. This was owing to the
Trans-Mississippi exposition. Our
members are all , or nearly all , em
ployed at the pre ? < int time.
Bricklayers' Union In 189C our
scale of wages was 50 cents per hour
for eight hours ; time and a half for
overtime and double time for Sun
days. Our scale for 1900 ! s 50 centi
per hour , with no other changes. Our
union has had about 160 members- for
the past five years. There Is more
work In our trade In Omaha at the
present tlmo than we hav-i had In the
last eight years.
Carpenters' Union Our scale of
wages In 1896 In South Omaha aa 25
coats per hour for ton or twelve hours.
For 1900 It Is 35 cents per hour for
eight hours ; time and a half for over
time and doubln tlmo for Sundays.
In Oxiahn our scale In 1S96 was 30
cents per hour for eight hours ; tlmo
and a half for overtime nnd double
time for Sundays. In 1900 It Is 40 cents
per hour and no other changes. Moro
than double the number Jiro now em
ployed In our trade than In 1S97 , al
though there are n great many car
penters idle at present. This Is ow
ing to the Trans-Mlsslsslppi exposi
tion , which brought a great many car
penters here who have remained.
Horseshoers" Union Our scale U
the same ns It was In 1S9G for the
same hours. We have not ns many
employed as we had In 1S96 , for the
reason that there are not as manv
horses In use. The bike has made a
great difference In our trade.
Sheet eMtal Workers' Union In
1836 our scaio of wages was 33 % cents ,
but very few men got that amount.
The average wages paid were 27Vj
cents. The number of hours Is the
samo. Our scale nt present Is 38 %
cents per hour. Theio are 25 per
cent moro men employed In our trade
now than In 1896.
Printing Press Assistants' Union
Our scale of wages In 1896 was $8
for sixty hours , or $8 per week for tea
hours per day. We now pet $9.50 for
nine hours per day. In 1896 we had
thirty men employed ; we now have
Machinists' Union Our scale of
wages In 1S9G was from 25 to 30 cents
per hour. We were workliv ; from
forty to forty-eight hours per week.
Our present scale Is 32 cents per hour
for nine hours per day , or fifty-four
hours per week. All members of the
union are employed , and our union
was never In n more flourishing con
dition , and wo doubt If an Idle ma
chinist can be found In Omaha today ,
unless ho Is Idle from choice.
GROWTH OF THE LIVE STOCK IN
The Increase of stock receipts at
South Omaha may bo taken as a fair
Illustration of the change wrought In
business generally during the four
yeara the republican party has had
charge of national affairs. During
the seven months of 1900 ending July
31&t the cattle receipts were 424,236 ,
as against 220,324 for a like period In
1896 , a gain of 202,964 , 01 nearly 100
The hog receipts for the first seven
months of this year were 1,121,171 ,
as against 717,976 for the first seven
months of 1896 , a gain of 403,195.
For the period ending July 31st.
1900 , there were 597,985 head of sheep
received ; for the same period In 1896 ,
161,811 , a gain of 436,144 for 1900.
There has also been a "ratifying In
crease In prices during this timo.
Steers , for instance , sold July 31st ,
1896 , at from $2.75 to $3.70 ; July 31st.
1900. they brought $5.50 ; hogs sold
July 31st , 1890 , at $2.77 ; July 31st ,
1900 , the price was $5.09. The price
paid for sheep July 31st , 189G , ranged
from $2 to $5.50 ; July 31st , 1900 , the
range was from $1 to $5.45. In the
month of July , 1896 , the receipts oC
hogs were 97,000 ; In July , 1900 , 179.-
000 ( In round thousands ) , and the
price as given above but little more-
than half In 1896 of that In 1900.
THE WHOLESALE TRADE.
Information gained from a large
number of the principal business men
of Omaha through letters of Inquiry
and personal Interviews , discloses the
fact that , without a single exception ,
there has been a marked "expansion"
of business In Nebraska'b chief city
during the four years the republican
party has been In charge of national
affairs. In securing this information
no regard whatever was had to politi
cal affiliations , the desire being to
make the exhibit a perfe-tly fair one
In every respect. The line of Inquiry
covers a comparison of amount of bus
iness in 1896 with 1900 ; comparison
of the number of employes then and
now , and also of the wages paid. The
replies show , with ono exception , that
the lowest Increase In amount of bus
Iness Is 20 per cent , ranging from thnt
up to 950 per cent , with a large pro
portion of Instances where the per
centage of gain was 75 per cent to 100 ;
the Increase In the number of om-
ployes ranges from 15 to 200 per cent ,
and the range of Increase In salaries
paid Is from 10 per cent to 50 per
The Hospital for the Insane at Nor
folk contributes another important
chapter to the history of mismanage
ment of the state Institutions under
the Poynter administration.
On the surface there Is evidence
of extravagance and recklessness In
dealing with the funds , while beneath
the surface there Is unmistakable ovl-
donee of fraud.
Particularly is this true In conneo
tion with the purchase of drugs and
coal , If not clothing and other sup
plies. The demands on the fuel fuiu :
have been enormous , and notwith
standing the large amount appropri
ated , there will be a shortage in this
fund of no less than $ . " .000.
EVIDENCE OF FRAUD.
The last legislature appropriated for
the maintenance of this In3tltutoi |
$119,350 , of which amount $12.000 wai
for fuel and lights. Why It shoul
require such a largo amount of money
for fuel and lights Is a question challenging
longing explanation , but It was appro
prlated , and , as previously stcted
that amount , large though It Is , Is go
ing to fall short of being enough by
at least $5,000.
From May 26th , 1899 , to July 19th
1900 , $10,025,20 of the approprlatloi
was expended , leaving a balance o
$1,374. This was for fourteen monthi
and the rate of expenditure wae there
fore about $7CO per month , or $260 pe
month In excess of the appropria
There are less than 300 Inmates In
the hospital , yet on a basis of 300 1
has cost the state moro than $35 pe
crplta for light and heat for the las
fourteen months. That this is nn tin
reasonable amount is quite apparonl
Upon Inquiry it was discovered tha
Steward Recs of the hospital , who ha
charge of purchasing suprllca of thl
character , Is on very Intimate term
with certain coal dealers. In fact , n
the time he was appointed stcwan
he was engaged In the coal buslnes
nt Norfolk , In partnership with one
C. W , Bransh , nnd It Is a notlcenblo
fact that since his appointment his
fc ier business partner has figured
conspicuously In the fuel transactions
of the hospital. The records In the
auditor's office bear evidence , not alone
of this , but of other matters equally
Since May 2Gth of last year to July
19th of this year the Glen Rock Coal
company linn drawn from the state
treasury for coal sold the hospital
more than $9.700 ( SP < - vouchers
B30317 , B31197 , B31332 , B34280 ,
B37397 , B102G7 , B41819. B12785 ,
B44351 , B45054 , B4G313 , B1697G ) .
A significant fact In connection
with this Is that during the summer
months of this year the supply pur
chased Is about the same ns during
, Another significant fact Is , that
hllo Engineer Mohlcr of the hospital
ays that between eighty and ninety
ons per month are consumed , the roc-
rds show thnt the consumption has
een nt the rate of moro than 150
ona per month. The contract price
9 about $4 per ton and If Engineer
lohlor , who handles the coal , knows
hat ho Is talking about , the monthly
est , on the ninety-ton estimate ,
ould only by $360 per month , whcre-
s the official records chow that the
lonthly co&t Is $760 per month , n
Iffcronco of $100 per month.
Taking the highest estimate of En-
Incer Mohlor ( ninety tons per
lonth ) , and figure the cost nt $8 per
on , nearly the price of the very host
vard coal on the market , and It would
hen amount to only $720 per month ,
r still less by $40 per month tUnn
lie amount actually paid by the state
ho last fourteen months , for soft and
These figures arc not nlono slgnlfl-
ant , but arc auspicious. They Indl-
ate quite freely that the state la be-
ng defrauded. The figures of the en
gineer , the man whoso duties are
uch that ho should know exactly
what the monthly consumption Is ,
tand out in bold contract with the
Ills rendered bills the state lias
een required to pay. The disparity
& not easily accounted for , except on
he ground of fraud alone.
According to Engineer Mohlor , It
hould cost not to exceed $360 per
month. According to the records It
oots $760 per month. This Is a dls-
Inctlon with a most significant dlf-
orence , one Involving nearly . $5,000
icr year to the taxpayers of No-
A DRUG DEALER'S SNAP.
Suspicious as are the figures nsso-
lated with the fuel nnd light fund ,
worse abuses apcar to have been prac-
Jccd in connection with the drug
Druggist Chrlstoph , who has had
omewhnt of a. monopoly of the pat
ronage of the hospital , Is said to bo
on very "friendly" terms with Stow-
.rd Rees. The records show that It
ms been expensive "friendship" to
he ctate. Not alone has Chrlstoph
lad the drug fund to play on , but
has drawn money out of the "paint ,
and oil" fund , the "general repair"
und , "rnrpet nnd curtain" fund ,
'board and clothing" fund , "book and
tationery" fund , nndftho "incidental"
Steward Rees was appointed to his
position about ono year r.go. In the
ast year his friend Chrlstoph has
Irawn from the state trrasury $1-
129,04. He has drawn $048.31 from
the drug fund , $38.50 from the general
ropalr fund , $204.86 from the board
and clothing fund , $14.96 from the
carpet and curtain fund , $22.85 from
.ho book and stationery fund , $42.23
'rom the Incidental fund and $157.33
! rom the paint and oil fund.
Vouchers B312S9 , B37404 , B11857 ,
B12776 , B4435G , B16972 nnd B47642
wore drawn In favor cf Druggist
hrlstop on the paint nnd oil fund.
Vouchers B42768. B450GO and B46305
were drawn In favor of Druggist
hrlstoph on the general repair fund.
Voucher B3G252 was drawn In favor
of Druggist Chrlstoph on the carpet
and curtain fund.
Vouchers B34272 , B36229 , B40263 ,
B41835 , B427E5. B43473 , B44345 ,
B46323 and B47634 were drawn In
favor of Druggist Chrlstoph on the
board and clothing fund.
Vouchers B3338G , B34283 and
B3G237 were drawn In favor of Drug
gist Christoph on the book and sta
Vouchers B40271 and B45534 wore
drawn In favor of Druggist Chrls
toph on the Incidental fund.
Vouchers B34282 , B362tb : , B4026S ,
B41851 , B42782 , B43478 , B44353 ,
B4I5055 , B45524 , B46315 , B46975 and
B47G39 were drawn In fa\or of Drug
gist Chrlatoph on the drug fund.
These are the cold facts , taken di
rect from the official records In the
auditor's office at Lincoln
These figures Indicate that there
Is something else besides friendship
in the Intimacy existing between
Steward Rces and Druggist Chrls
Another significant feature of the
matter Is that while Druggist Chrls
toph has had the contract since his
friend Reea became steward ho has
also been supplying the "extras. " An
article that Is not cnumo"ated In the
contract Is called an "extra" nnd Is
not sold subject to contract prices.
Extras are bought at the retailor's
figures. It Is within the power of the
steward to favor his friends In thin
way , by omitting many of the arti
cles to bo bought from the contract
and buy them at retail prices. That
this very thing has been done at Nor
folk can hardly bo disputed. Fuily
25 per cent of the articles purchased
from Druggist Chrlstonh the last year
wore not Included In the contract and
were not bought at contract prices
( see vouchers B36235 , B40268 , B41851.
B42782 , B44353 , B45055 , B46315 nnd
B16975) ) . It Is known that In in
stances of this kind excessive prices
are charged , In some Instances double
the amount of the actual retail price.
It Is also known that Druggist
Chrlstoph does not deal directly In
many of the articles with which he
Is credited ns having delivered to the
hospital. It might bo a rather dim-
cult matter for either h'm or Stew
ard Rees to satisfactorily explain
how It hapcpned that articles legit
Imately chargeable to nnd charged to
the carpet and curtain fund and board
and clothing fund were supplied by
The legislature appropriated $1,200 )
for drugs. There remains In this fund
n bain u co of $387 , which moans a de
ficiency at the end of the fiscal year
In this fund of about $150 , In fnco of
the fact thnt other funds have been
made use of In Instances whore goods
should bo charged to the drug fund.
TURNS ON THE LIGHT.
Despite the efforts of other drug
gists to obtain the drug contract
Chrlstoph hab had It ever since Stew
ard lloos assumed his office. One of
the local dealers makes bold to charge
that the bids of others .ire opened be
fore the favorite puts In his bid , BO
thnt ho knows just what to bid to
got the contract. Ho claims that the
bids are either opened nt the hospital
or at Lincoln.
One of the druggists who believes
that this very thing Is being done la
A. H. Klcsau. Speaking of It ho
"Being unable to secure the contract
oven at rock bottom figures I resolved
to get It oven at a loss , particularly
to see If I could find out what the
cau&e was of our not getting It. Wo
had been quoting very low figures , yet
each time the contract was awarded
to Chrlstoph. I wrote to a wholesale
drug firm In Omaha , where I do my
trading , telling them of what I wanted
to do and asking them If they would
not help me by making u reduction
In the wholesale price.
"I sent them an Itoinlzpd statement
of what was called for In the contract
nnd they agreed to let mo have the
drugs at a reduction of 5 per cent below -
low the regular wholsalo cash price.
"I then took this reduced wholesale
price and I made a further reduction
of 20 per cent , making a total reduc
tion of about 25 per cent on the cash
"I sent In my bid at those figure ? , ,
and , what do you think ? Chrlstoph's
bid was GO cents lower than mine.
This convinced mo that there was a
crooked deal somewhere , for , In the
first place , on n drug bill of $200 , 60
cents Is too close a difference , nnd ,
In the second place , how did It hap
pen , after I had bid away down below
the wholesale price , that Chrlstoph
should bid about 25 per cent below
what the goods actually cost him at
wholesale , unless my bl-l had been
opened and ho had been Informed be
fore the contract was awarded and
before ho put In his bid what my bid
"There was fraud on the face of It ,
"I don't mean to say by this thnt
the state Is getting Its drugs at a bar
gain. On the contrary , I think If you
look up the list of goods purchased as
'extras' you will discover that on the
whole the state Is paying top prlcca. "
There are somewhat startling ru
mors afloat , too , relative to dealn In
connection with the clothing contract.
It Is currently reported that favor
itism Is practiced In connection with
this end of the business , and that
certain persons have reaped handsome
towards at the expense of the state
by reason of It The last legislature
appropriated $40,000 for board and
clothing , but even this largo amount ,
between diversion , perversion and
extravagance , will bo completely wiped
out before the next appropriation will
bo available. Most of the special
funds are overdrawn , and there Is ev
ery Indication that the general de
ficiency In the funds of the Institution
will run up well Into the thousands.
LOOSE BUSINESS METHODS.
It is a matter of history that loose
business methods have fo-en employed
hero throughout the official existence
of the present State Board of Public
Lands and Buildings.
Repairs have been made to build
ings and the bills paid out of other
specific funds. A fire occurred about
two years ago In ono of the buildings ,
necessitating repairs to the extent ot
$5,500. It was "repaired" at that cost
without advertising or soliciting bids
for either labor or material and the
bills were paid out of the board and
In 1897 this same board let the con
tract for the building of a new wing
to the hospital , for which $25,000 had
been appropriated , to a firm of con
tractors from Omaha. The contrac
tors entered upon the performance of
the work , but the disposition exhib
ited on their part to pock < t the money
allowed by the board and pay nobody
resulted In numerous unpaid bills for
labor and material being sent to the
board , with requests that no moro
money bo allowed the contractors un
til they paid or secured the claims
against them. The board made a ter
rible mossof the whole affair. The
contractors left the work to be com
pleted by their bondsmen and the
bondsmen , owing to sorloub complica
tions , requested that Wio board com
plete the Job. The work was finally
completed , but It was a long time be
fore the bills were allowed and psuc1
and It is said that even some rcmu
unpaid to this day. The bondsmen
wore ready and willing to liquidate
all legitimate bills , but the whole
deal was BO replete with blunders
made by the board that it was diffi
cult to determine the difference be
tween the status of the debtor and
creditor. The building was finally
completed , but up to this day no one
has yet come forward to exhibit It as
a model of modern architecture.
Numerous complaints are afloat
concerning the practice of cruelty by
employes in dealing with the Inmates.
Last spring an employe named Charles
Rossln gave ono of the Inmates a se
vere boating and that , too , It Is re
ported , without provocation or Justifi
cation. The outrage was so flagrant
that the management was compelled to
Reports of cruelty are quite numer
ous , but as the inmaton are of un-
tound mind to a greater or less ex
tent , little or no dependence can bo
placed on what they say , and for this
reason It Is difficult to obtain satis-
tory proof or disproof.
Upon the whole , so far as the man
agement 1& concerned , there is no ev
idence of sincerity on the part of the
authorized representatives of the fu-
slonists to live up to the professed
economy of their party. On the con
trary , the per capita expense to the
state , the pay roll , the general ex
pense , la greater today than It ever
Mosqultos die within a few bourn
after gorging themselves with human
Necessity for Spocily Action on Russia' ' ?
Evacuation Proposal Passes ,
DIPLOMATIC SIDE HOLDS ATTENTION
Kxpcetcil Onlrr to ( Icnrrul Clmflno to
Iiditvo I'uklu M Nut Jmiucd A MrJHUgo
from LI Hunc Cluing llumovri Muiij-
WASHINGTON , D. C. , Sept. 11. The
crlss that was near at hand yesterday
over the ovacutuon proposal of the
Russian government has been averted
for a tlmo at least , nnd the diplomatic
side of the matter has become ngain
the object of attention , 'iho order to
General Chnffeo to lenvn at once ,
which was expected In some quarters
today , was not Issued. Instead , earn
est efforts nro inaKlng to arrange the
preliminaries for the negotiations
which are expected finally to settle
the Chinese troubles. LI Hung Chang's
| message toda"y removed perhaps the
last obstacle to this speedy beginning
of these negotiations and the only
doubt that now exists Is as to his nbtl-
Ityto redeem hla pledge to protect
American Interests and stop the out
rages upon the missionaries1 and na
tive converts. If ho can do this , and
thus manifest the existence of a do
facto government , there Is no reason
to doubt negotiations will begin at
once. Notice thnt Russian troops will
not evncuato Pokln until HOIIIO ar
rangements have been made for the
Installation of a government to take
charge of affairs Is directly in line
with the aim that the state depart
ment has been pursuing in the ex
changes with LI Hung Chang , nnd If
the Russian decision Is , adhered to U
certnli iy will facilitate tno ultimate
withdrawal of all of the loreign troops ,
In the opinion of the olfiolals here. An
Inference from the Russian statement
IB that Li's coming to Pokln will be
forwarded by Russia In the hope of
making the desired arrangement for
the establishment of a Chinese gov
ernment there. AH LI cannot reach
the capital from Shanghai , starting to
morrow , Inside of a week , It may bo
that there will bo no developments In
the international situation within thr- ,
period of time.
Our government has not been ad
vised oven yet that nil of the answcrn
to the Russian note have been return
ed. It Is naid that all of the powers
have been heard from on the subject ,
but the disposition to regard their
communications not ns answers but
rather as argumentative statements ,
will leave the main Issue still open
for discussion. This point , however ,
becomes of diminished importance In
view of the announced purpose of the
Russian government to modify the
terms of Its original proposition In the
TORMEIl NtBRASKANS SIPf ER.
\Vlto uiiil .Son ntV. . II. I.uinli Among ; tbo
minting ut Hiilvvittoii.
SUPERIOR , Neb. , Sept. 11. W. II.
Lamb of Galveston , who Is hero visit
ing hla daughter , received word that
his wife and son are among the missIng -
Ing and not a vestige of Ills homo In
that city remaliiB. As tno building won
only n block from the beach It is hard
ly possible that they are nhvc. I imbs
were at ono time ono of the wealthy
families of Beatrice and later residents
of Superior for three or four ycaro.
Toll Tulrn Out of School.
BERLIN , Sept. 14. The Lcipslc
Tagcblatt announces that a pamphlet
with the Bcnsatlounl title "My Rela
tions With Emperor William II. , " by
Countess Emily Elizabeth Wedel-Ber-
nrd , the divorced wife of Count Her
mann Wcdul , has l icn confiscated by
the Leipslc. jxillcc on the ground of lose
inejcsto. The pamphlet purported to
make revelations rugnidlng the affaire
Droyfim , nnd the murder of King Hum
ATnlno'ii Klrotlnn KcturiiK.
LEWISTON , Me , , Sept. 14. Returns
received from all but two of the 251
cUloa , towns and plantations In the
Btatc show the following vote for gov
Hill ( rep. ) , 73,150 ; Lord ( dom. ) , 39-
911 ; Rogcis ( pop ) , 3,107 ; Lomond ,
( BOC. ) , 455. Republican plurality , 32-
245. In 1S90 the republican plurality
was 48,208 , on a total vote of 112,364.
Cltr ItiiUn * n ( iruiit Knnil.
KANSAS CITY , Sept. 14. The fund
which Is being raised hero for the
relief of the Texas storm sufferers
now amounts to $6,780 nnd Is being
Increased every hour. Much of this
money fs being cxponudod hero for
provisions , ns they can bo bought
here much cheaper than in Texan.
A carload was shipped today to Gal-
veaton and moro wll follow tomor
Mnxlruii AVur Vtuinn .
CINCINNATI , O. , Sept. M. There
There were over 200 present today at
the reunion of .Mexican veterans. I INJ
ages of the members averaged over 70
years. General Ilobson replied to the
welcoming address. A business ces
sion was then held.
Ilotvnril Cu e U Opuiioil ,
FRANKFORT. Ky. , Sept. 14. Both
the commonwealth and the defense an
nounced today thty were ready and
proceeded to secure a Jury In the case
of Jarncs Howard , Indicted as a princi
pal In the assassination of William
lluttlii With the lloern.
LONDON , Sept. 11. Lord Roberts
reports from Machndodorp , under date
of Wedncbday , September 12 , thnt Gen
eral French was heavily engaged that
day with the Boers in the hlllp wst
of Uarberton and that General Ilutton
had gone to General French's support.
Aim , Oem I'uul Wouldn't ( to.
LOREN/0 MARQUEZ , Sept. li.
Mr. Kruger telegraphed Ills wife to
join him before sailing , but she has
replied that her health will not per
AID FOR TtXAS SUFFERERS.
QOY , 1'oyntcr IMUCII u 1'roclninntlon Cull *
InjT for Help.
LINCOLN , Nol ) . , Sept. 15. Govern
or 1'oyntor has Issued a proclamation
calling on the citizens of Nebraska
to extend aid to the Texas Hood suffer
ers , l-'ol.owing Is a text :
A Proclamation. To the Generous
People of Nebraska : Complete information
mation of tbo devastation of tko city
of Gnlvestou by wind and water ro-
vcals the fact that not only have
thousands of citizens lout their lives ,
but several thousand who escaped
death arc left destitute and without
food or Bhotlor. So urgent are the
necessities that the mayor of that city
has appealed to the citizens of his
own as well as surrounding states for
I therefore call your attention to
the existing conditions In our sister
state , knowing that from your abund
ance you will not hosltato to lend as
sistance. Proclamations having al
ready been Issued by the mayors of
Omaha and Lincoln , contributions maybe
bo pent to tUcm or to this olllcc.
The manager of the Western Union
Telegraph company and the manager
of the Postal , both of Lincoln , having
generously offered to transmit all con
tributions frao of charge , the fumlB
Dent to tills olHco will bo transmitted
dally to the mayor of Qalvcstou.
W. A. POYNTEH , Governor.
Executive Chamber , Lincoln , Sept. 12.
Commander Hubbard Issued the fol
lowing appeal to Knights of the Mac
cabees , asking aid for Galvestoh suf
To the officers and members of the
Kulghta . of the Maccabees throughout
the state of Nob'raska : ou are earn
estly requested to make a donation
at once for the Galveston sufferers.
Act freely and quickly send all dona
tions either to tko mayor of Lincoln
Nolirimhn ut Wnnlilngtotu
WASHINGTON , Sept. 1G. Emanuel
Spolcli of Tecumseh was today np-
ixjintcd chief of the mall depredations
division of the postofllco departinont.
Mr. Spelch has for a number of years
been In the office of the sixth auditor.
In 1897 ho was made ehlaf of the for
eign division , which place he now re
signs to accept the more responsible
ono In the poatoflleo department.
Rural free delivery will bo estab
lished at Dorchester , Saline county ,
on the 15th Inst. The service will em
brace an area of forty aquare mllce ,
with a population of 800. A. M. Rob
erts Is appointed carrier.
The order discontinuing the postof-
flco at Simeon , Cherry county , has
The postofllco at Orlando , Dcuel
county , has been moved three miles
cast with Charles A. Avcry as post
A Jnll llollverjr.
GENEVA , Nob. , Sept. 15. A mys
terious jail delivery was made hero
during the heavy rain utorm. At the
usual hour In the evening Jailor .1. L.
Baldwin locked the cells containing
two prisoners. During the night two
men entered the jail , turned the com
bination lock and removed ono George
W. Gates , held for trial in the district
court on a charge of Incest. TIppen ,
the other prisoner , was then locked
in his cell by the strangers , who
quietly left the building with their
man. It Is not known whether the
men wore friends or enemies of Gates.
There was much feeling against Gates
at the time of his preliminary hearing
and there was some talk of a possible
Ill-Ing Citttlo to Nelirniikn.
AINSWORTH , Neb. , Sept. 15. H.
N. Chapman , a well known cattle
dealer of-RapId City , S. D. , disposed of
800 western cows with calves by their
side to Wales Bros , and W. II. Ken
nedy of Lakeland , this county , the
consideration being $12,000. Last week
ho disposed of twelve carloads of the
oamo kind of stock to parties at Wood
Lake at llko figures. Br wn county
Is fast filling up with good cattle.
There Is no lack of feed for all that
can bo secured.
llurglnrfl Lnnn their Norvo.
GinnON , Neb. , Sept. 15. Burglars
broke Into the postofilco hero , drilled
three holes In the safe Jcnocked oft
the handle and combination , but did
not got It open. Entrance was gained
by prying open the back door with
chisels taken from the wagon shop.
They were apparently scared away.
Iliiinu From Culm.
CLAY CENTER , Neb. , Sept. 15 II.
K. Wheeler , who has served a term
of enlistment in the Eighth United
States cavalry , and for the past year
In a civil capacity In Cuba after being
discharged from the army , caruo In for
a visit with his parents. Ho looks
hearty and robust , and talks Interest
ingly of conditions In Cuba. Ho will
return In about two months.
Much Lund Changing TTanili.
TRENTON , Neb. , Sept. 15. More
land is being purchased and trans
ferred than ever before In the history
of the county. A number of farmers
are buying adjoining lands , thus giv
ing them more good pasture nnd cul
tivated lands. Several buyers In east
ern states are buying and a number
are coining to purchase good farms.
on Trlul at IlMitrloo.
BEATRICE , Neb. , Sept. 15. The case
of Grimes against Lang , wherein Lang
is charged with resisting an officer , is
being ncard before Judge Swller at
the district court room in this city.
High Wutnr Delay * Trnfllc.
COLUMBUS , Neb. , Sept. 15. The
Looking Glass creek In the western
part of the county Is running out of
Its banks and Is causing much trouble.
The water rose higher than ever was
known before from the effects of the
Mravy rain Monday , nnd last night
over two Inches more fell. The freight
on the Columbus-Codar Rapids
branch , which left hero at G o'clock
this morning , found over 100 feet of
track washed out between Oconee and
.vtonroc and had to return to this city-
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