Custer County Republican. (Broken Bow, Neb.) 1882-1921, January 17, 1901, Image 3

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"By Louise "Bedford.
Janctta only stayed long enough to
listen to a few polite Inquiries as to
whether she had suffered any Incon
venience from the accident , then rose
and asked leave to retire for the night.
"You can go If you wish , " said
Clarice ; "but please don't Imagine that
Harry and I always need to be left
together. I am generally down in the
drawing room in the evening. To
night was an exception , Good-night.
Tell mo If you are not comfortable. "
Captain Merlvale rose and opened
the door.
Then Jnnetta bethought herself that
it would only bo courteous to return
down-stairs and wish Mrs. Mortimer
good-night. She found her seated be
fore the fire , reading a novel.
"The interview was a long one , and
therefore I conclude successful , " she
said , laying down the volume.
"Miss Seymour Is quite delightful ,
and kinder than words can say , " an
swered Janetta eagerly.
"And you feel the world beneath
your feet ? So It may be for a time.
You will be the reigning favorite , just
because yon happen to be blessed with
a. handsome face and figure. Prize
them whilst yon have them ; when you
lose them the world will pass you by. "
"The world , perhaps ; but not those
whose love one has won already. 1
shall think poorly of myself If I have
not made a single friend. "
It was the second effort Janetta had
made in their brief acquaintance to
y reach Mrs. Mortimer's sympathy ; ap
parently it failed.
"Shall you like it when you see an
other step Into your shoes ? "
Janetta rose. I am very tired. Will
you think It rude of me if I go to bed ? "
she said , not answering the question.
Mrs. Mortimer's attitude towards her
did not greatly disturb her. She had
u. bright , wholesome nature , and felt
It possible to outlive the lady's un
spoken jealousy.
Besides , the days that followed were
so full of delightful and exlctlng ex
periences that she had no time to
trouble her head with what Mrs. Mort
imer thought about her.
Clarice Seymour had taken an im
pulsive liking for her new companion ,
and poured tokens of her favor upon
her. The very difference of character
between the girls possibly made them
greater friends.
Janetta was strong , self-reliant , and
self-contained , oven-tempered , and ac
customed to give help rather than re
ceive It ; Clarice was capricious as the
weather one day all smiles and sun
shine , the next at war with herself
and the world , railing at the fate that
kept her helplessly tied to the sofa.
Yet through all her varying moods
she possessed a fascination for all
about her ; and Janetta condoned her
fretfulness and waywardness for the
grace and charm that peeped out constantly -
stantly , even in her most irritable
moments , like specks of blue sky on
a cloudy day.
"How old arc you ? " asked Clarice
suddenly , when Janetta had been with
her for about a week. "I believe you
are years younger than I am , and yet
you have a kind of motherly -way with
me when I'm wicked and cross , as I
am today. "
"I'm two-and-twenty , " ald Janetta ,
with a laugh.
"And I am four years your senior ,
and yet I feel as If I were a child and
yon a woman ; you are so tall and
trong , and you make me feel com
fortable even when you are sitting
In the room. You are making me a
monster of selfishness. Do you know
you've scarcely been out of the house
.since you came ? "
"I don't want to go out. I'm never
dull with you. "
"I've told Harry it must not go on , "
said Clarice. "I've sent him off to
hire a bicycle for you , and he'll take
you out ; It will cheer-you both up. I
wonder sometimes if Harry will get
tired of waiting for me do you ? "
"I think the very fact that you arc
delicate , and need so much potting and
love , would make me lore you all the
more , " said Janetta.
"Ah ! that's a woman's view. I won
der if it's Harry's. I often want to
ask him , and I'm such a coward I dare
not. If he wants his freedom ho must
ask for it ; I will not give It him. "
"I think , " Janetta said , rising toN
rearrange Clarice's cushions , "If you
N fret yourself over imaginary Ills you
won't be down tonight. "
"I shall If you leave me quiet ! " cried
Clarice , who had not ceased talking for
the past hour. "You'll promise that
> ou'H go out with Harry ? "
"Oh , jes ; I'll go if you like , " said
Janetta , who was learning that the
simplest way of managing Clarice waste
to humor her whims.
She looked such a picture of grace
and strength when she came down
ready equipped for her ride. In a neat
ly-made coat and skirt of some dark
material , relieved only by n bright-
colored ribbon In her sailor hat , that
Captain Merlvale gave her an Involun
tary glance of admiration.
"My mistress' orders arc that I'm to
take you for a good long ride , " he said ,
wheeling round Clarice's bicycle.
"Sb/3 says she has kept you too
tightly tied to her sofa. "
"It is the place where I like best
to be , " Janetta answered , with perfect
Yet the swift ride through the bright
sunshine of the February afternoon
was real enjoyment , and the compan
ionship of a clever , cultivated man
like Captain Merlvale was intellect
ually invigorating.
They were racing along the broad
road that stretched like a white line
for miles along the top of the cliffs
when Jenctta began to slacken speed.
"Tired at last ? " cried Harry , with a
triumphant laugh. "I thought I would
lust let you have your fling. You
must be magnificently strong to keep
up a pace like that. "
"I am not tired now , " retorted Ja
netta , with shining eyes and Hushed
cheeks. "I could go on for miles and
miles , but Miss Seymour will bo glad
to see us back. "
"Do you know why I brought you
this way ? " asked Harry , with a sud
den change of tone. "Wo are close to
Lhe very spot where Clarice was
thrown over the cliff on to that pro
jecting ledge of rock that you can see
If you get off your bicycle for a min
ute. "
Janctta jumped off , went to the edge
of the cliff , and peeped over , with
shuddering Interest. "I wonder she
was picked up alive ! Were you with
her ? "
"Yes , " replied Harry shortly. "It
was hard lines on us both , wasn't It ?
Wo had been engaged Juat a month. "
"She's getting better , Isn't she ? "
" 1 do not know. Sometimes I
think "
Harry came to an abrupt pause , and
Janctta did not ask him to finish his
They pursued their way home at a
more sober pace , and Janetta felt the
brightness of the day had departed
with the relation of that sad little
They found Clarice on her couch In
the drawing room , every vestige of Ill-
temper gone , looking her best and
brightest , arrayed In a now gown of
soft texture and bewitching hue.
"Yes , I hope you are going to say
something nice to me , " she said , with
an arch smile at her lover. "I had It
made as a glad surprise , and came
down partly to gratify my own vanity ,
and more to annoy Doctor Drake , who
told me to stay upstairs this evening.
Instead , I've invited him to dinner and
put on a new frock. "
"I care little for the motives that
brought you down , as long as I find you
looking so happy and pretty , If I may
give expression to a truth , " said Harry ,
sitting down by her sofa. "Mrs. Mor
timer , will you be kind enough to
give us some tea ? We are hungry
and thirsty after qur ride. "
Mrs. Mortimer looked more glum
than usual. She had employed her af
ternoon in lecturing Clarice upon the
impropriety of sending out Janetta
with Captain Merivale , and Clarice had
answered her remonstrance with
merry , derisive laughter.
"I'm not afraid to trust thorn-
Harry is going to marry mo ; but if
you feel like that , dear Mrs. Mortimer ,
take a tricycle and follow after them , "
she had remarked , a little flippantly.
"If harm comes of it "
"No harm will conic , " Interposed
Clarice , a little sharply. "Janetta Is
the soul of. honor , and of Harry there
is no need to speak. "
"You have known her for a week , "
said Mrs. Mortimer.
"And she Is as easy to read as a
book , " Clarice had said. And there
the subject dropped.
"I'll tell you a secret , Harry , " said
Clarice , when they were left alone for
for half an hour's chat before din
ner. "I've ordered a new dress for
Janetta an evening dress such a
pretty one , and It's on her bed ready
for her to put on tonight. I want her
to look her best. She knows nothing
about it. "
"Will she wear It , do you think ? "
asked Harry , a little doubtfully.
"I shall be furious If she doesn't.
I want Doctor Drake to take a fancy
to her. "
"So that's it , is It you arc turning
Into a matchmaker ? A dangerous
game , Clarice. I advise you to drop It. "
To Clarice's Intense mortification
Janetta , who did not come down until
the dinner gong sounded , appeared in
the simple black dress that she wore
every night. Neither did she and Doc
tor Drake seem to find Interests in
common ; for although he took her in
to dinner , and talked to her as in
courtesy bound , when he came Into
the drawing room afterwards he seated
himself by Clarice's sofa , and devoted
himself to her for the rest of the even
"Janetta , I'm going to call you by
your Christian name and you can call
me Clarice , " announced Miss S-ymour
the following morning.
Janetta looked up from her writing
with a swift shake of the head. " 1
should like you to call me Janet ti ,
but 1 prefer to call you Miss Seymour.
"I've been waiting for your fault ? to
crop up. I feared you hadn't any ;
but I've found you out now you're
a very nasty pride. "
Janetta laughed merrily. "How have
I shown It ? "
"Twice already. You didn't put on
that new dress last night , you decline
to call me by my proper name today. "
Janetta's colors came and went. "Did
It seem horribly ungrateful ? I had a
hard struggle with myself before I
knew what to do , and then it scorned
quite clear to me that I must keep my
independence , and wear my own
clothes as long as I can earn money
enough to provide them. You am so
kind and good to me that you ignore
my true position ; but I must remem
ber my own , and respect Its conditions.
It does not seem fitting to take your
Sifts end call you by your name when
I am really your paid companion. We
nro not on equal terms , " j
"It seems to be as If we wore on
very equal terms ; both of us are or
phans at least , I think you told me
that you had neither father nor mother
living. "
"Yes , they are both dead , " said Jan
ctta shortly.
"And because I happen to have more
money than you , why should you mind
if now and then It pleases mo to give
you things ? I have not many pleas
ures. "
"You don't really know me , you sec.
In your generous , Impulsive fashion ,
you've invested me with various qual
ities which , as you know me better ,
you'll find I do not posncss. "
"You think my friendship Is like
Jonah's gourd that it will wither in
a day or so , " said Clarice petu'.intly.
Whatever topic of conversation
might bo started , Janetta noticed that
It always veered round to one or two
subjects either Captain Merlvale , or
the likelihood of Clarice's recovery.
With a heart at leisure from itself ,
she grow day by day more painfully
Interested In what the future might
hold In store for the two whoso love-
story was being enacted before her
Sometimes she suspected that ( ho
passion of devotion must always have
boon more on her side than his. Ills
manner to her was gracefully affection
ate ; but for herself she felt that she
would have demanded something
warmer from the man she was going
to marry.
"I shall go to India with a much
easier mind now that I know Clarice
has some one with her who will inako
her life so bright , " said Captain Merl-
vale one afternoon , as they were re
turning from a walk by the sea.
"It la good of you to say that , " Jau-
etta answered. "I need not assure
you that I'll do everything I can to
make Miss Seymour happy. She's the
kindest friend I ever had , and I'm
glad I've got to know you so well. I
like to think that , when she gets bet
ter and you marry , I shall feel that
I may keep you both as friends. "
Captain Merlvale did not answer for
a minute , and Janetta glanced up at
him a little uneasily , and saw that
ho had turned rather white.
"Yes , " he said carelessly , "we've
been capital friends ever since we met
In that curious way on the railway ,
and I pulled you through the window. "
Janetta felt puzzled and hurt by his
manner. His tone was studiedly in
different , and ho referred pointedly to
what had been , rather than to what
might be in the future. She thought ,
with bitter mortification , that in her
eager sympathy with him and Clarice
she had proffered friendship which had
evidently been regarded as an impert
"With all my boasted Independence ,
I've forgotten my position , " she said
to herself reddening with vexation ;
but her resolve was taken at the risk
of vexing Clarice , she would have no
more walks or talks with Captain
She did not make her way as usual
to Clarice's room that afternoon when
she came In from her walk. She felt
as In her Inward annoyance might find
expression In her face. She was con
siderably surprised as she entered her
bedroom to hear the quick shutting of
a drawer , and Mason , with some ap
pearance of confusion , began to close
the window and draw the blind.
Janetta was certainly not suspicious
by nature , but the girl's manner made
her feel certain that she had been
tampering with her things.
( To be Continued. )
The Only Man In the Ilrltlnh Cablaot
Who Could Hp oak French.
When the Marquis of Lansdowne was
governor-general of Canada he had to
make a speech to the French-Cana
dians , says M. A. P. With all Its loy
alty to the English connection , this
little bit of transported France adheres
very rigidly to many things French.and
especially to the purity of the French
tongue at least as It was spoken in
the eighteenth century. Few viceroys
have over ventured accordingly to
leave the safe security of the English
tongue , and It was wIMi some trepida
tion that the French-Canadians heard
that Lord Lansdowne was going to de
liver a speech to them In their own
language. But he had scarcely uttered
the word "messieurs" when the whole
audience burst Into cheers ; they rec
ognized at once the accent of the true
French tongue , the accent only possi
ble to a man of French blood , and one
who had spoken French as his mothei
tongue. It is perhaps this accomplish
ment which had something to do with
Lord Lansdowne's latest appointment.
When some one remonstrated with
Lord Salisbury for retaining the two
offices of prime minister and foreign
secretary , his reply -was that he could
not help himself , there was but ono
member of his cabinet who could
speak French , and that was Lord
Lansdowne. And now Lord LanHdowne
will receive the foreign ambassadors
every Wednesday aftornoon.and what
ever else may be found fault with , hln
French will be faultless. Lord Lans
downe's mother was a daughter of Gen
Flahalt , one of Bonaparte's officers.
Toronto Star.
IIoolc Sfnde or Money.
A devout Spanish lady , who was an
enthusiastic admirer of the Pope , re
cently sent him a present of a book
It consists of 250 leaven , elegantlj
bound. Each leaf is a duplicate of 1U.
brother and is simply
a thousand-pe
seta note.
State Capital © bsevvatfons ,
Expressions Emulative for the Good of
Republican Supremacy ,
At this writing the senatorial situa
tion scents to bo as far from a solu
tion as It was before the legislature
met. The tension Is becoming a tre
mendous strain on the constitutions of
the candidates and their aides-de-
camp , anil the members of the legis
lature are becoming a trlllo weary
over the outlook.
Diversified Interests , state , personal
and otherwise , are In evidence , and the
average legislator who will bo In the
fight to the end is hardly able to de-
cldo which way he will jump.
It Is conceded that there are many
of the members pledged to support and
use all honorable means to secure the
election of certain men , but not all of
them are bound. There arc many in
both the house and senate who arcs
possessed of a free hand , and it Is to
these the not directly Interested citi
zens look for a happy and honorable
solution of the struggle.
It is a question whether any pt the
present aspirants can win. The sit
uation each day seems to get more
complicated , and Is fast approaching a
tangle that may only be unravelled by
the throwing over board of every one
now dead sot on being elected , and
choosing from among the wealth of
splendid material In the rcpubllca.i
party of the atate two of the ablest and
cleanest men to be found , without re
gard to what has happened In the past
The situation may call for this readout
out of the difficulty , and If It should ,
wo see no reason why It should not
come as an agreeable surprise to ev
ery Nebraskan who regards the state's
Interests : w paramount to all else.
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While the partisans of each candi
date are extremely anxious their man
should win , a desire superinduced by
the hope of "getting something , " the
average Nebraskan is Interested most
in having the state represented In the
senate by able and pure men , who
will not only be able to do something
tangible for the state , but also reflect
credit and honor upon the common
wealth through dignified and conscien
tious efforts to legislate for the people
of the nation In all matters which may
arise In the senate. The partisan does
not care for any except himself , and
he desires most the man from whom
he can get the most. Contrary to the
partisan who thus hopes is the citi
zen who desires that the man elected
be so fairly and honestly In a clean
fight , and agalnbt whom there can
arlpe not tJie faintest breath of sus
picion of having secured the position
coveted by foul or tricky means.
An attempt was made last week to
secure a second meeting of the six
loading candidates for United States
senators , but resulted In partial fail
ure. The Indications , however , arc
more favorable than they have yet
been for tlio candidates getting to
gether on the calling of a senatorial
Four of the six hold a second moot
ing. Those present were D. E. Thomp
son , George D. Melklejohn , Frank M.
Cttrrle and Edward Rosowatcr. With
them was Speaker Soars. They ad
journed to meet again at 8:30 : the next
morning , when Governor Crounse and
E. II. Hinshaw , or his representative ,
are expected to be present.
Tlio four who met succeeded in
reaching this agreement : That they
will acquiesce In the calling of a joint
senatorial caucus , which caucus shall
make its own rules ; that the call for
the caucus must bo signed by sixty
members to become effective ; that
forty-five votes shall bo required to
make any candidate the caucus nomi
nee for United States senator.
The meeting of the republican state
central committee , which was to have
been held this week , has been called
off. It was rescinded by Chairman
Lindsay In order that there could be
no misconstruction of the committee's
position. The committee officers In
sist thnt the organization will main
tain strict neutrality In senatorial
mutters , and for fear a meeting just
on the eve of balloting for senator
would bo an Incentive for some com
mittee to mix In the fight , It was re
garded best to postpone the call , which
was alieady to bo mailed out. Talk of
the holding of a committee mooting
stalled tongues to wagging about the
unfortunate episode of two years agi
when the executive committee was
dish-Hided at a stormy session just as
tin legislature was opening , the pres
ent ofllcors seem paiticularly nnxlou.i
to avoid subjecting themselves to
criticism and particularly to head oft
oven the possibility of lopctltion of
the wise.
Charles Ponn. ex-sheriff of Ouster
county , has been appointed comman
dant of the soldiers and sailors' home
at Mllford by the board of public lauds
and buildings. Mr. Peiin is an old
soldier and has an enviable record as
an officer and a commander of men.
Ho and other Ouster county people
wore congratulated freely on the icc-
ognltlon given to that county.
After an exceedingly warm session
the state banking board made Its ap
pointments for secretary , clerk , sten
ographer and four bunk examiners.
Ed Royso of Broken Bow was chosen
secietary of the banking board , A. M.
Dodson of Wllber was solo'-tot1 as cli rk
and Frank Smith of TokamaV was
elected as stenographer.
Quite u fight for bank examiners fol
lowed the selections for secretary , ot
nl. Auditor Weston Insisted on each
member of the hoard being allowed to
appoint ono examiner , but Attorney
General Prout and State Treasurer
Steufcr refused to agree to that propo
sition. A majority vote was required.
The Douglas county contests In the
louse were settled last evening by the
louse committee on privileges and
lections In favor of the contestecs nf-
er a session after the adjournment of
ho house. A number of law points
vore discussed and the attorneys wrr < 5
resent to make citations from the roe-
> rd when necessary. The outcome was
ii doubt many times and when the
nal decision eanio It was on a vote
vhon t j republican members wore
. .
The ontlro house committee was
ircsent with the exception of Dies-
ler of Tliayer county. The only mat
er remaining undisposed of was
vhothcr the votes alleged to have
icon illegally voted In South Omaha ,
imountlng to a few over 150 , should
10 thrown out of the count entirely
This proposition was decided in the
legatlvo by a unanimous vote of the
oinmlttco ns the members found that
ho contestants had not shown that In-
ostlgatlons to discover the voters : il-
cged to have been fictitious were car-
led on In a thorough manner. The
onte.ptcce disproved enough of their
lalms to make the committee hesitate
o act further against them.
V. V
The next question was over the votes
cast by persons who swore In their
votes and failed to comply with the
election law by depositing their nlll-
lavits In the pioper hands. This af-
'ectcd particularly tae vote In Inn
first and ; hlid wards , thirty-eight
otes In the former and five In the lat
er having been recorded where tlio
iroper affidavits wore not In evidence
The committee by n vote of 7 to a on
stuct party Hues , voted to strike out
ill votes where the law governing the
Bwoarlnt ? In of votes had not been com-
illetl with. Tnore remained then the
question of fact as to the number ol
votes to strlko out.
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It was alleged that concerning iho
forty-three votes In the wards nbovo
uamc'l not a word of evidence had
boon Introduced to show that the voters
ers did not take the proscribed oath or
Furnish their affidavit. Ch/.irman
Whltmore of the committee held the
view , following the rules of law ,
the presumption wan the work of the
election judges had been lawful In ev
ery particular and ho would hold that
tin votc-i recoulod had been cast le
gally until It was proved otherwise. In
these precincts named bo held there
was no evidence shown by the con-
testantn that the requisite oaths had
not been administered ln accordance
with law. It was a fault In taking the
testimony , perhaps , as it could have
been secured , but for his part , ho could
not see his way clear to rejecting the
votes without this needed evidence.
On the vote Brown of Furnaa , Tnnne"
of Nance. Hamilton of Butler nil I
Loom's ' of Dodso , stood with the chair
man against Marshall of Otoo , War
nor of Lancaster , Armstrong of Nemu-
1m , and Hinbort of Gage. Tills wart
sufficient to declare thnt Rohwer , who
Is contesting Johnson's seat , will not
caln rdii'Ittance to the house. Th.j
Youngs-Hunt ; ase was decided in the
vole not to exclude the votes alleged
to im\o boon ll'egully ' brought Into the
V. K
The need of Important legislation
on many subjects tills session becomes
more and more apparent. The call
for radical changes In the law brings
the necessity of close attention to
work. The legislators therefore fool
the senatorial light a big burden. It is
the unanimous opinion that it should
lie settled at the earliest possible mo
ment. As a great many of the diffi
culties expected from diversified
though Important legislation In the
middle of a heated senatorial fight
may bo obviated for a constitutional
convention or tl' < > appointment of .1
commission to codify the laws aim
suggest needed changes , It Is likely
that sonto action that will raise a
srcnt burden with ono lift may bo ac
k V.
The tall men of tlio senate who can
not get their kneea under the dcskR
provided for tlio f-tato are Tiompon ( if
Lancaster and Owens of DawHon. Mr.
Trompcn , the Boor senator , has th
distinction of being six foot six Indies
in height and Mr. Owens roaches about
the Hamo altitude. Tim custodian of
the senate recently raised the desks
of those two senators by placing large
luss Insulators euch UH are used on
telegraph poles under tlio bottoms of
the l"gs. Tills probably g.ivo rlso to
the rumor thnt the two desks had boon
placed on telegraph poles. The raised
desks will bo source of comfort for
the two tall senators , but they may
obstruct the \ low of the other solons.
The state printing : iourd has an
nounced the appointment of L. A.
Williams , editor of the Blair Pilot , tin
clerk of the board. Mr. Williams had
eliargu of tl > o literary bureau of the i-j
publican state central committee dur
ing the last campaign and ( "id efficient
work. Ho will continue the puhiica
tlon of the Blair Pilot. His duties at
the state house will keep him busy n
' trout part of tlio time , nut he Intends
to duvoto an mucl < tlni as poBHlblo tn
his newspaper. Ho succeeds A. E.
Sheldon aslerk of the board.
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After the decision of the content.
Ed P. Smith and W. F. Giirley , weri
fooling pretty good. Mr. Smith con
gratulated the committee by saying :
"Tills is the first legislative contest ,
gentlemen , that I know of that liar
boon decided strictly on the points of
law Involved. "
Gen. A. V. Cole of Hastings has been
appointed commandant of the soldiers'
homo at Grand Island by Governor
Dietrich. This appointment was not
unexpected , but It was not made until
a host of candidates had gone hrougii
the mill. The naw commandant will
take charge of the home February 7.
IIu AddrciMcs Hoimto Committee In Snp-
| iort nf the OlviilfiHriurliin lltlli
WASHINGTON , Jan. 11. Secretary
Wilson made nu nrgumont before the
senate coininlttco on ngriculturo today
In support of the Grout oleomargarine
bill. Ho atihl the measure was Intend
ed to protect the fanner and the pub
lic ut largo and should become a law.
Speaking of the consumption of butter
mid of oleomargarine , Mr. Wilson uahl
that the amount of butter disposed of
annually Is about eighteen pounds per
capita and of oleomargarine something
over one pound , and he said In re
sponse to Judge Springer that ho con
sidered this dangerous competition. Ho
was of opinion that there was danger
lu the Imitation of butter by the use
of coloring matter and thought that
, In time the tiso Of Improved methods
would result In driving renovated but
ter out of existence. The secretary
said ho did not accept the opinion'
that the regulation of oleomargarine
business would Injure the beef cattle
business , and said that farmers will
find It profitable to keep and fatten
their own beeves. Incidentally , ho ex
pressed the opinion that fanners o
the south would get far more in the
way of returns by raising cattle and
crops necessary to that end than they
would out of the sale of a few thou
sand barrels of cottonseed oil to the
oleomargarine makers.
Ho said that more than half the
substance used In Washington for but
ter Is oleomargarine and that to make
certain of getting the real article .ho
had butter for his own table shipped
direct from a creamery in Iowa.
Attack the MrltUli Alone thn I.lno of
I.orrnro Mnrqili'7. Itullroiul.
LONDO'N , Jan. ll. General Kitch
ener sends news of a serious simulta
neous attack on thn night of January
7 by the republicans on the British
positions between points sixty miles
apart , along the line of the Pretoria
& Louronzo Marques railway. The
losses on both Bides were heavy. Ac
cording to reports tlio Boors wore
beaten off after prolonged fighting.
Following Is the text of the dis
patch from General Kitchener :
PRETORIA , Wednesday , Jan. 9.
On the night of January 7 the Boors
made simultaneous attacks upon all of
our posts at Belfast , Wonderfontoln ,
Nooltgcdacht and Wlldfonloln. In
tense fog prevailed and taking advan
tage of the cover It afforded , the
Boers were able to creep up close to
our position. A heavy lire continued
until i:40 ! : a. m , , when the Boers were
driven off. Ono officer was killed and
three wore wounded , while twenty men
wore killed and llfty-nlno 'wounded.
The loss of the Boers was heavy , Iwcn-
ty-four dead being countcl.
A convoy taking supplies to Gor
don's brigade , north of Krugersdorp ,
was attacked by Beyer's commando
yesterday ( Tuesday ) . The Boors wore
driven off , leaving eleven dead on the
Hold. Our casualties were four slight
ly wounded.
Irrigation In NrbniMtu.
WASHINGTON , Jan. 11. Congress
man Sutherland IH taking u
great Interest In the subject oC
Irrigation tliene days , and lately
ho 1ms boon on the still hunt
for a hearing before the Irrigation
committee of the house , of which Rep
resentative Tongue ot Oregon Is chair
man. Sutherland has a bill pending
appropriating JM.OOO for Irrigation
purposes , to be spent In Nebraska , and
ho desires his bill reported out of
committee. " 1 believe my efforts to
got a hearing on the Irrigation prob
lem will bo successful , " ho said , "and
that a bill will bo reported , which will
bo of Incalculable benefit to the arid
sections of our country. "
I'itt IH Will AdvnrtUoil.
OMAHA , Jan. 0. Over 5,000 de
scriptions of Pat Crowe and his sup
posed pals , with the $50,000 rowan !
offered for arrest and conviction of
kidnapers , are being mailed to chiefs
of police all over the country from
cities the size of Now York down to
the place where the "chief" comes In
at night to get Ills mall after plow
ing corning or cutting Ice all day.
Nnillln Slightly Ilettur.
WASHINGTON , Jan. 9. Congress
man Neville was reported a tnlla bit
ter this afternoon , although there is
still the gravest fears that ho can
not recover. Speaker Henderson
tmid that he had sent his secretary
to ascertain the congressman' ; ) con
dition and from reports received had
doubts as to the recovery of the rep
resentative from the Sixth Nebraska
After lllc Kiicl * > iii iit lrund
CLEVELAND , O. , Jan. 11. At the
mooting of the board of trustees of
the Chnutnuqmi assembly tonight the
old officers were re-elected and reports
on the last year's work were submitted.
It was decided to make an effort to
laiBe a quarter of a million dollars ,
tlio endowment fund started by Mlsn
Helen Gould with a gift of ? l > 5,00n it
was also voted to erect a monu.lal
at the assembly grounds to the late
Lewis Miller , ono of the founders.
IncrniKn In Moral Force ,
WASHINGTON , Jan. 11. The house
commute on naval affairs today prac
tically completed the naval appropri
ation bill but It will not bo In shape
to make publle until tomorrow or Sat
urday. The question of the Increase-
of the navy which usually entails thu
largest contest was easily settled this
year by the acceptance of the recom
mendation of the secretary of the navy
for two battleships and two cruisers.
Another NchrHRktt < ) udce.
WASHINGTON , Jan. 11. Senator
Thurston today favorably reported
from the committee on judiciary his
bill providing for additional district
judges In the districts of Minnesota
and Nebraska , with an amendment
providing that the senior circuit judge
of the Eighth circuit or resident cir
cuit judge within that district shall
make all necessary orders for the di
vision of business and assignment of
cases for trial In either of said dis
tricts. The report states that there
arc strong reasons for the appoint
ment of additional district judges in
Minnesota and Nebraska.