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- THETEIBUNE. .
F. M. & E. M. K13OIKIX , Fubfl.
McCOOK , NEB
OVEB THE STATE.
"NEVER KILLED BUT ONE INJUN. " Henry
Robinson is an ex-soldier. He claims to be
the first colored man who ever enlisted in
the army. Years ago lie joined Company
A , Twenty-fourth infantry , under Capt.
Lewis. He was honorably discharged two
months ago from his regiment at Ft. Nio-
brara , and came to Omaha to draw his
back pay. Tire surplus earnings of seven
teen years'servicehavegone in two months ,
and yesterday ho called on Judge Stenberg
. and asked for the arrest of a man whom he
alleges has § 5 of his money. When Robin
son outlined his story the judge said : .
"And so you're Henry Robinson ? "
"Yes , hah , " replied Henry.
"An old soldier ? "
"Yes , snh. "
"How much money did you have when
yon came to Omaha-
"Iliad free hundred and sebenty-fo' dol-
"And it's all gone ? "
' 'Oh , no , yo' honah ; 'taint all gone. ]
lies snbcd one dollah. "
"I Hiippose you drank it all up. You've
been . "
"Ob , no. 'deed I'so not , yo' honah ; I'se
dun had chills and ager. But dey just rob
bed mo at the bohdin' house. One fellah
'ud come in when "I dun gone to bed and
Bay 'Hello , Hen. ' Den he'd walk away wid
my clo's. 'Nuther f.illah 'ud say 'Hello
Hen ! " and go out wid sumpcn else nfo" J
know'd it. ' ' 'Hello '
Dey kep' snyin' , Hen ,
mos'all de time. Ebery day dey dun stole
Bumpcn. Why , yo' honah , dey jes stole fo1
eoots o' clo's. Yes , sah , fo' , and dis child
had to send fo' nc\v ones befo' he'd leave
his bed , sab. "
The judge smiled , but did not feel that he
could issue the warrant that Henry was
.after. A reporter who heard the conversa
tion asked Henry about his army experi
"It was mighty hard , fust , and I dun
served eight months fo'de udder boders'ud
rcconozie mo 'tall. Den it "gan to gifc all
right. I was in de wall , an' dat was mighty
hahd on cullnd men. One time' we got de
cross-fiah. De 'Johnnies' shot us 'cause we
wall for de Norf , and de Union men dey
shoot 'cause dey thought we wnh rebs.
flighty hahd fighlin' , dat. "
"Did the Indians "
you ever fight ?
"Why , shu'ah , shu'ah. I hev fought dem
all. But Injuns can's fight , nohow. The
'Pachcs is de only Injuns can fight , and dey
can't fight sojers ner cullud sojers , either.
AVhy , sah , you nebberherd obInjunsbeatin'
de whites. "
. "They killed Custer. "
"Yes ; da' so. But Cusrah war mighty
recklus. He dun gone and went down in
dat hollah where no udder man 'ud go.
Dat's de reason whyhewas killed. Custab
was a 'mahkable brave man. "
"Did you ever shoot an Indian ? "
' "I nebber killed only one Injun , but 1
fetched him down. It was jes free days
aToh Custali was killed. Dey were march-
ing us to Arizona , and dis day one Injun
was sittin' on de hill side. He was shutin'
away , and I se'e he was aimin' at me all de
time. Yes , sah ; he jes' wanted to shoot
me. Dis olc nigger's blood'gun * to boil , so
I jumped and frew myself on my face. I
jes1 level'd dc ole musket and let bang.
Yah"yah , yah. It got him , fo' he jes1 went
out ob sight in a secon' . Dat Was de only
Injun I ebber killed. " Omalia Herald.
GONE TO SAVE His RACE. The Omaha
World of a recent date makes report of a
meeting held in that place at the First
Methodist church , during which Rev. J. L.
Judson was bade farewell and started on a
long journey to the interior of southern
Africa , whither he goes as the first African :
missionary and whence he will not return.
Following is the World's report of the
"Rev. Mr. Judson is a tall , dark and
Binewy African , thirty-two years of age ,
who was.born in slavery in Georgia and for
twelveyearspnsthas been a teacher among
the people of his race in the south. Com
ing north he joined the Methodist church nt
Lincoln and about two months ago camo
to this city and was licensed to preach.
Rev. Mr. McKnig , the p stor , who has taken
an abiding interest in Mr. Judson , states
that he has been preparing himself for mis
sion work in Africa and can teach his peo
ple in the rudiments o ! knowledge , instruct
them to build houses and show them how
to farm , which are the three branches of
work in the Congo mission field. Bishop
Taylor has fifty missionaries there no w.and
has sent for twenty more. Mr. Judson has
volunteered to go and has been accepted.
He will be the first and is the onl.t African
to go to that field. Ho goes to New York
to meet the nineteen other missionary re
cruits and from that port they sail for
Liverpool , proceeding thence to Samoa
and thence up thtf Congo river to their 3ta-
tions. Their traveling expenses which nro
5500 each are paid from the 'transit fund. '
After they reach their place of labor they
receive no financial aid , for the mission is
Speaking of his chosen work last evening
Rev. Mr. Judson said thatfrpm whatinfor-
mation is sent outto the missionaries the
difficulties and dangers are such that there
is nothing to invite one but the saving of
souls. In leaving his people in this country
he trusted that their white friends will con
tinue to convert them. The colored people
have their peculiarities and a great deal de
pends on the example set them. From
what ho reads it seems that it must be
harder to convert colored people here than
' in their native land , and concluding he
said : 'I hope that your prayers will bear
me up to the throne of grace and that I
may be enabled to gather my sheaves be
fore I lay down my work. '
Rev. Mr. McKaig and Rev. Mr.Marquette
took part in the service , and then the con
gregation , in which there was quite a num
ber of colored people , shook hands with the
missionary and bade him God speed. The
parting was quite impressive for lie does
not expect ever to return , and said as he
ehook hands : 'We shall never meet again.1
IMMIGRANTS and their effects aro coming
into Nebraska by the hundred carloads.
A "PHOTECTIVE Union of Farmers" has
been organized in Seward county.
EFFORTS are being made to organize a
Knights of Labor society at Blue Springs. ;
MEMBERS of the rail way commission , who
have been at Emmett , on the Fremont ,
Elkhorn and 'Missouri Valley railway , in
vestigating the claims of the people there
for a depot , aro firm in the belief that a
building should be put up at once.
THE Nebraska association of trotting-
horse breeders will give two days faces at
Omaha , July 2d and 3d.
A NUMBER of ex-soldiers met in Beatrice cl :
and organized the Veteran Club. All old
Boldiera and sons of soldiersare allowed to
bepoine members. 03m
THE man who will put his money in a
first-class hotel is wanted at Beatrice. le
THE B. & M. freight handlers did not
itrike for higher wages , bnt. for pay for
over-time. Simply this and nothing more.
LAND buyers have already commenced to
arrive at Creighton , and several sales have
been made to parties who are to becoma
permanent settlers. Two car loads o
Household goods and stock arrived las
week and are being removed to farms lately
purchased. Knox county expects a largo
emigration of settlers from Iowa , Wiscoii
sin , Illinois and other states this season.
Tnos. MORTON has been appointed post
master of .Nebraska City. Ho is publisher
of the Nsws in that place.
THE firemen of Fremont held a very sua
zessful fair last week.
THE secretary of the Omaha fair associa
tion pronounces as false the statement thai
some of the awards remain unpaid.
FOLLOWING are the officers ol tho Blair
Canning company : Chas. McMenemy , pres
ident ; F. W. Kenny , vice president ; F. M.
Castetter , treasurer.
A LOT of seventy-three hogs , averagin
102 ! pounds in weight , were marketed at
PETER PLUTESS , who.li.ves near Platte
Center , lost his house by fire.
As AN index of what is going to bo done
in tho way of immigration to Nebraska
this season , tho Beatrice Express quotes an
item from an Illinois paper stating that
eighty cars of stock and household goods
passed through the town ono day en routo
WAR has been declared on the unclaimed
dogs in Beatrice , and many of them have
THE town of Cambridge established in
1880 , has now about 700 inhabitants.
FULLEKTON is 'discussing water works
plans and probably will adopt some sys
tem at an early day.
THE Ilartington Herald reports that the
farmers thereabouts will plant considerable
tobacco next season.
THE owner and manager of the Omaha
linseed oil works declares that flax is tho
most'profitablo crop that can be grown in
THE Red Cloud Hhief reports that a largo
fee gorge came down the Republican the
other day with terrific force , sweeping
everything before it. The dam of the Red
Cloud Milling company was considerably
damaged. The river channel is now open
and free from ice.
THE Fremont Tribune understands that
E. T. Dobbins is raising a subscription for
carrying Parks' case to tho supreme court
to see if the sentence of four years to the
penitentiary cannot be overthrown.
P. F. CUNNINGHAM , mayor of Farrell ,
Iowa , has been awarded the contract for
all the tracklaying on the Elkhorn Valley
road between Chadron and FortFetterman
in Wyoming , a distance of 150 miles ; also a
contract fifty miles in length from Buffalo
Gap to Fort Mead. The railroad company
are constructing thirty dining cars for tho
accommodation of Mr. Cunningham's outfit.
THE canning factory to be built at Blair
has already made arrangements for the
putting up of 500,000 cans of good this
PAWNEE CITY is to have a foundry and
machine shop in operation inside of thirty
flays. A § 6,000 Presbyterian church will
be built there this year.
THIRTY commissions for newly appointed
notaries public were signed by the governor
an thp 9th.
AUBURN is now a city of the second class ,
iiaving three waids.v
AUBURN is somewhat excited in refer-
3nce to her school house site , a portion
if 'the citizens wanting it located near tho
ourt house near the center , while some
want it in the north end of town. Three
fforts were * made to get an expression of
the people on the subject and it only re
sulted in three adjournments.
THE school census of Fremont just com
pie ted gives 1,286 children of school age.
This census establishes Fremont's claim to
bhe fourth city in the state in point of pop
THE Bee says that one of Omaha's great
est needs is a brick manufactory that is
uot controlled by contractors.
BLAIR , Tekama and York are all after
the canning factory.
ORD city bonds to the amount of § 3,000 ,
issued to aid the Omaha & Republican Val
ley road , were registered by State Auditor
Babcock last week.
AN old man named Wright arrived in
Lincoln from Illinois last week , looking for
nis son's wife who had run away with the
hired man. He found her sick at tho med
ical institute , while her paramour was
playing a star engagement as Jehu on the
street cars. The real object of the old
man's search was his grand-daughter , aged
six years , the custody of whom he obtained
and went back to bis Illinois homo happy ,
leaving the faithless wife at Lincoln with
JUDGE HUNTER , of Wakefield , has a cop
per coin which ( bears the image and super
scription of George II. of England. It was
cast in 1746.
1 * of Wo-t Point held revival
uus fur four uck and the icaults
were highly biiccc-a ful.
Biir dressprs at Hammond's packing
house at 0iaha : si i nek for § 4 a day. v.-oik
nr play , nhich is , they claim , accoi ding to
AN Omaha young man , who persistently
logged the footsteps of an estimable miss ,
and when opportunity presented made an
indecent exposure of person , was arrested
ind fined § 50 and costs. Tile dose , it is
thought , will cure him.
Mus. FOLSOM , for twenty years a mis
sionary in China , is lecturing throughout
the state , and takes occasion during her
talks to denounce' in scathing terms the
iresent treatment of the Chinese on the
Pacific coast , as sjie termed it , by the scum
WASHINGTON special : Representative
3orsey introduced a bill to pay T. J. Goad
ind MarkM. Coad § 20,000 from appro
priations for tho Sioux , Arapahoe and
lieyenno Indians for property destroyed
jy those Indians. Also , a bill to pay Mark
M. Cond § 5,000 from appropriations for
he Sioux and Cheyenne Indians for prop-
srty destroyed by them.
JUNIATA , judging by the number of com-
nercial tourists putting in an appearance ,
jclieves she is laying in big stocks of goods.
Two religious revivals are in progress at
tVatcrloo , under the auspices of the Pres-
jyterians and Methodists.
THE Norwegian Lutherans will build a
hurch in Hartington this year :
REAL estate dealers of Cedar county aro
ixpecting a big boom in the near coming
ELI PERKINS is still in the stale giving-
ecturesvhere and there.
IN attempting to board a train at Blair ,
a man named Arnndcl , slipped , fell and
had his ankle badly crushed under the
THE jury in the Powell murder case at
Omaha , disagreed. Eleven were for ac
quittal and one wanted to hang the priso
AN extradition warrant was issued by
Governor Dawes for the return of Henry
Zwazig to Kansas. Henry is charged with
obtaining money urider false pretenses.
THE Lincoln Journal learns of a well sub
stantiated case of hydrophobia in Lancas
ter county , the'victim being a horse owned
by Norman A. Taylor , a' well known farm
er. The first symptoms of tho disease were
noticed when Mr. Taylor went into the
stable. The horse cted strangely and
kicked atTts owner when he entered tho
stall. Mr. Taylor went up into the stall to
put feed in the horse's manger , when the in
furiated animal bit his arm. but as he had
on heavy clothing the bite did not pene
trate the skin. The animal Is being kept
for further developments.
A LODGE of the Ancient Order of United
Workmen has been organized at Atkinson.
A LODGE of Knights of Pythias has j'
started nt Chadron with a charter mem
bership of twenty-nine.
AT Wayne , some tims ago. Fanny , tho
ten years old daughter of R. II. Skiles , fell
and broko her left arm just above the wrist.
At the time it was thought it was nothing
but a sprain , but recently a physician was
called in. Tho bones had commenced to
knit and the doctor was compelled to break
them over before reducing the fracture
which lie did successfully and the little girl
is getting on nicely.
BLUE SPRINGS is soon to have a long Telb
want supplied , by the erection of a first
class hotel building. The ground for the
structure has been secured.
AT Omaha A. C. Keane , agent for the
Louisiana state lottery , was arrested and
fined § 100 and costs for selling lottery
THIRTY-NINE citizens of Ruby , a point on
the A. & W. branch of the B. & M. half way
between Seward and Milford , have peti-
tioned the railroad commission for a
station agent. Theie has been a depot
building there ever since the railroad was
built , but it has been nailed up.
NORFOLK will have a district reunion of
the G. A. R. , commencing August 17th and
lasting until tho 21st. Gen. James S.
Brisbin was selected as commander of tho
UP to the present time there has been
over 500 conversions at tho Lincoln Meth-
HASTINGS' Y. M. C. A. association is
showing new signs of life and is reaching out
after the young men whoaie crowding that
TEKEMAII hopes to have electric lights
'THE expenses of the fire department at
Omaha are § 2,000 a month.
Two men died at Omaha last week from
caisson fever , contracted while working on
the new bridge.
HOLREGE is catching a large share of the
BRAINERD shipped during tho year 1885 ,
425 cars of corn , 36 of wheat , 13 of oats , 1si
7 of rye. 70 of hogs and 18 of cattle , mak- siI
a grand total of 578 for the year. I [
AN eight-weeks5 series of revival meetings ird
have just come to a close in Lincoln. More
than 450 have professed salvation during t
the time. t
EIGHTY-SEVEN citizens of Hastings have tl
petitioned the railroad commission to
cause the removal of the St. Joe < fc Grand
Island railway stock yards from the resi
dence portion of that city.
PROGKESSIVE euchre has been all the rage tlti
n Ashland the past winter , furnishing tist
amusement to a large class of society. sth
THE great cattle feeding ranch near Her-
m.inn has thus far not proved quiteas pro
fitable as was expected. :
JOE McKAiN , a Hastings locomotive en ;
gineer , has patented a lubricator for car
axles which will make him rich if it will do
one-half of what he claims for it. It is a
chemical compound that will cool off a hot
box in a minute and run the car 500 miles .
at the rate of thirty miles an hour without >
heating the box. .
CHEYENNE county has four papers and :
he fifth one is about to get under way. >
ALEXANDRIA , like many other Nebraska .
owns , is greatly in need of tenant houses. ;
THE Nebraska City school treasury con- di
ain's § 5,262. ai
A BRANCH organization of the Y. M. C. A.
s about to be formed in Beatrice. gc
'JISPOS.II. OF rOKT ng
1cnalor3Iutnlcrson fntrotluccs a Hill for Its plbe
Omaha Bee Washington special : A bill tc
vas introduced in the Henate to-day by
Mr.Mandernon providingfor the sale of the fo
site of Fort Omaha , Nebraska , tho pale or to
the removal of the improvements thereon , m
and for a new site and the construction of 01
suitable buildings thereon. It directs the
secretary of war to sell the military reser th
vation known as Fort Omaha and such of thm
the buildings and improvements thereon as arv
cannot be economically removed to the new v
site provided for. In disposing of the pro
perty the secretary of war shall cause the .
grounds to be platted in blocks , streets and
alleys , if in his judgment it would insure to
the benefit , of the government in making the
sale of the site , having due reference to the
requirements of the houses and buildings
located on the grounds in such cases as
they may be sold with the ground. The
secretary of war shall also cause the
lots , lands and buildings to be ap
praised and sold at private or pub
lic sale at not less than the
appraised value , having first been offered at
public sale. Tho expenses of advertising
and sale shall be pair ! out of the proceeds
of the sale and the balance paid into the
treasury of the United States. The secre
tary of war is also authorized to purchase o
suitab e grounds of not less than 300 or
more than 500 acres in extent , to be
situated within a distance of ten miles of
the city of Omaha , and construct thereon
the necessary buildings with appurtenances-
sufficient for a t clvc-company military
post , to be known as Fort Omaha , in ac
cordance with estimates to be prepared by
tho war department , and a sufficient sum
of money , not exceeding § 150,000 , is ap ig 0
propriated to enable the secretary of war
to comply with the provisions of the act , D
provided that the title to the lands author
ized to be purchased shall be approved by :
the attorney general.
A WIFE-BEAXER SEJfTEXCED. ;
Quito a sensation was created at Jeffcr- 1
He was tried by a jury and fined $100 and f
and sentenced to jail for six months. For
icvcral years past he wna. a prominent Ov
business man at Jefferson City , but during dig
the past few months he has been doing
TIIE CASEtREVHfttED ZY DETAIL.
The Tlce President of tlte Missouri Pacific
Speaks at Lcngtlt cf tlte Workmen's Griev
The following statement , prepared by H.
M. Hoxie , first vice president of the Mis
souri Pacific road , has been sent out to all
railroad officers :
MISSOURI PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY ,
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT , ST. Louis , Mo. ,
March 8. To the Employes of the Missouri
Pacific Railway Company , Leased and
Operated Lines : That all may understand
the present condition of affairs whereby
some ten thousand men have been thrown
out of employment , the operation of about
five thousand miles of rail way stopped , and
the traffic of four states , affecting over four
million people , partialljparalyzed , I desire
you to read and carefully consider the fol
lowing facts , for which abundant evidence
ran be produced and which cannot be con
troverted : On the 13th of March. 1S85 ,
the strike then pending over this entire sys
tem was settled by the voluntary media
tion of the executives of Kansas and Mis
souri , and a circular issued which was suf-
ficu'ntly ' satisfactory to cause an entire re
sumption of work. During the sixty days
subsequent to the above date , committees
representing the employes at different
points , and also the various labor organi
zations to which they belonged , wero met
and all grievances candidly discussed.
Satisfactory agreements were then entered
into , so that on May 19 , 18S5 , it seemed
that perfect harmony existed between all
as co-laborers of these companies. Any in
fractions of this spirit or letter of tho un
derstandings or agreements made by tho
company and its employes were speedily
rectified as soon as brought to the atten
tion of the proper authorities. This ap
parent ; harmony and good understanding
continued until tho September following ,
when this company was notified by the
Knights of Labor that it must not perform
any work for nor interchange any business
with the Wabash railway , with which that
organization had difficulties pending. The
executive committee of tho Knights of
Labor stated at that time that no causo
of grievance of any nature existed against
the Missouri Pacific railway and its asso
ciated companies , but to force the Wabash ,
which was in the hands of the United States
court , it would be necessary to invoke the
Missouri Pacific railway on account of tha
supposed identity of stockholders' inter
ests. In order that there might be no pos
sible cause for destroying the good feeling
then existing between this company and its
employes the order above referred to wan
acquiesced in until the Wabash difficulties
were adjusted. On December 1C , 18S5 , the
United States court took possession of tho
Texas and Pacific railway in Louisiana
ai.fl Texas for the benefit of its
creditors , and from that date the
severance of that railway from this
system has been as complete as if
np amic.ible relations had ever existed
between it and these companies. The em
ployes of the Texas and Pacific railway be
came ihe employes of tho agents of the
Dnitcd States.court , and the Missouri Pa
cific management ceased to have any con
trol over them. Messrs. Brown and Shel
don , the receivers , took possession of the
Texas and Pacific rai way , appointed their
own agents and made such arrangements
with their employes as they deemed proper
and fit , as to which the management of the
Missouri Pacific railway exercised no voice
> r control whatever. It is learned that on
March the 2nd inst. , the employes of the
Texas and Pacific railway inaugurated a
strike , giving as the reason that ono C. A.
lall ] , of tho car department of that road
in Marshall , Texas , was discharged without
tlue cause. On Thursday the 4th inst. , tho
Knights of Labor ordered the boycott of
the Texas and Pacific cars and traffic over
these roads , and such arrangements were
thereupon made as not to permit that or-
ler to disturb the apparently pleasant re-
ations with our employes. At 10 a. m. on
Saturday the Gth inst. , without previous
lolice , all of the shopmen , most of the
yardmen and many of the trackmen stopped
hcir work and voluntarily refused to con
tinue as employes of this company , merely
dating to their several foremen that they
ind received orders requiring this from the
sxecutivc officers of the Knights of Labor
ind alleging as their only reason the dis-
harge of an employe by the receivers of
he Texas and Pacific railway , an alien
oad in the hands of the United States
ourt. Since the commencement of
his strike , at many points the local
ommittee of the Knights of Labor have
lotified our foremen and superintendents
.hat they would appoint stuCL place their
wn watchmen over our property to pro-
.ect it from loss and damage and to take
aio of tho same , but as these self-ap-
ointed watchmen assume the authority as
.o who shall or shall uot enter upon the
rounds and property of the company ex-
ppt through their own order , itis virtually
lispossessing tho company of its property
ind assuming control Mid possession of
: same in violation of all rights of prop-
rty and contrary to tho very basis of all
ovcrnments. This company ias for years
iad a satisfactory understanding and
igreements with certain labor organiza-
ions , which have in every instance com-
ilied with their promises ami it has always
teen the object and act of the management
comply fully with both thespirit and the
etter of all such understandings and agree-
nents. I would call your attention to the
allowing conclusions from the above his-
ory of the past year : This company Ins
nade no objection to the existence of
irganizations and combinations of em-
iloyns which the latter consider for their r
nutual benefit. It has recognized and met
he committees of such organizations and "
nade agreements with the same withon >
ny discrimination and carried them
ub as exactly as possible , promptly
djusting all complaints and differ-
new which have from time to tim
.risen. When loyal employes permit them
elves to be governed and controlled by i
heir discontented co-laborers they neccs
arily suffer equally with thorn the con-
equences of ill-advised acts , therefore , tht
ecessity of their individual efforts to
cstorc tho proper relations between tho
ompany and its employes. It must be
ell known and recognized that the capa-
ity of'a corporation to meet its pay rolls
nd vouchers depends upon its capacity to
arn money and that when its earning
owers cease its ability to pay the em- 3.
loyes and its other creditors ceases at tho
June time , us its daily and monthly pay- i
lents are made from its daily and monthly :
eceipts. This company is legally required
do all in its power to perform its obliga-
ions to thejjublic and to the government , it
nd its management will take every proper
leasuro to comply with these require-
icnts , and I earnestly hope that every
idependent , free-thinking co-laborer who
as neen or is an employe of this company
ill consider these facts and inform him-
2lf upon all sides of the subject , remembar-
that there has never before been an act
arbitrary , useless and uncalled for ns
Imt of last Saturday , whereby a few men
whom you have voluntarily given the w
ower are depriving many thousands of
ieir co-laborers of their accustomed
this of the in
ages , depriving company inm
ipacity to pay its employes for their m
rvices , shutting up the avenue oi traffic isCf
four states and preventing some four Cf
fillions of people from obtaining their tltl .
istomary supplies and the necessities of tlol
, because it is claimed that one employe ol
the car department of the Texas an/1 olP' ;
acific railway at. Marshall , Tex. , a road P'
ver which this has no control , has been bekc
ischarged by tho agents of the United kc ;
bates court. H. M. HOIIE , fo
Firat Vice President. ' in
A. YOUTHFUL KASSAS JFZKYD.
In tha Dead of Night He Drains His
Father Mother , Brother and Sister.
Osngo Mission ( Kansas ) dispatch : One
of tho mosthorrible murders ever known in
this country was perpetrated yesterday
morning near this place. Mr. Wendell , liv
ing thirteen miles northwest of town , was
awakened about 3 o'clock by a scream.
He went to the door and was met by Wil
lie Sells , son of a neighbor , J. W. Sells. The
boy cried out , * * Mr. Wendell , a man is at
our house with a hatchet and has hurt
father and mother , I don't know how bad
ly. " Wendell went with the boy , arousing
.1. J. Rice , another neighbor , on the way.
Upon reaching Sells' houso the most horri
ble sight met their eyes. In the bed in tho
north room lay Walter , Willie's eldest
brother and bedfellow , aged 19 , his throat
cut and the entire top of his head chopped
off , exposing the brain and his right eye
hanging upon his cheek. Passing into the
south and main room where the light was
burning , they stumbled over the pros
trate form of Mr. Sells , his head crushed
and almost severed from his body.
Near by lay Mrs. Sells , a lady of 43 years ,
her head mashed and a fearful gash in her
throat. On a bed in the southeast corner
of tho room Jay In a , Willie's sister , aged
14 , killed in the same manner as the other
three. Lying near Mr. Sells' head was a
bloody butcher knife , and on a chair a
hatchet , matted with hair and blood. The
boy said that ho had been awakened by
something , and looking np saw a low ,
heavy-set man with dark hair cut close
standing in the door. This man staggered
in and reaching over Willie , struck Walter ,
who lay in the back of the bed. Willie
jumped out and dressed while the man was
still in the room. Ti'e man rushed out of
one door , while Willie went out of the other ,
and started up the road on the run , Willie
after him. A short distance off stood a
man on horseback , holding another horse
upon which the man vaulted and both
made off. Willie then went on to Wendell's.
After the bodies had been discovered ,
Rice took Willie home with , when he slept
soundly till morning. A coroner's jury was
empanelled and a subsequent investigation
broughtforth much from the boy. Suspicion
rested upon him and ho was put on the
stand. He swore that he had not washed
his hands since the murder , but an inspec
tion showed that while his hands and
wrists were clean there was a water mark
above while his forearms were deeply in-
crusted with blood , which appeared to
have spurted up his sleeves Around his
finger nails , too , was blood. When re
moving his pants his drawers were seen to
be saturated with spattered blood and his
bare feet were covered with tho same san
guinary fluid. His feet fitted all the bloody
foot marks to be found. Tho boy stoutly
denied being tho murderer and maintained
a bold front throughout. The conclusion
of the inquest was postponed until to-mor
row. Tiic boy was smuggled into a buggy
by Police Judge Camborn and Deputy
Sheriff Locke , and driven to jail in Erie
for fear of lynching , which appeared immi
nent. On tho way to Erie he said to Mr.
Camborn. "Those'fellows tried to get me to
say that I did it. but I thought it would be
best not to admit it. " There is hardly a
doubt but that the boy committed the
dreadful deed , though no motive is known.
Mr. Sells had in his pocket-book 5100 in
gold and § 170 in bills , which were not dis
turbed , besides three watches. John Hall ,
§ f Erie , has been appointed guardian of
UP J.V SMOKE .1X1 * FLAXES.a
-i Million Dollars ll'ortli of 1'rojicrtili'lpea
At o'clock on the morning of the Gth a fire
broke out in the extensive oat meal mills of
Ferdinand Schumacher , of Akron , Ohio. The
mills are the largest in the country , and con
sist of several immense buildiu < rs. The llamcs *
spread w ith alarming rapidity , aud were soou PP
beyond control. The building iirst attacked P
was entirely enveloped. The lire next commu-
uicated to the dry house , w Inch was also des-
troycd. The 20,000 bushel elevator next burned
up , and at last reports another mill was threat
ened with destruction. The Universalist
churcli , across the street , andthefreighthousu '
of the Cleveland , AkronX luiiibisro'l wa4-
on fire. The Windsor hotel , also owned by
Schumacher and valued at i > 70.00J , was threat-
cued. The loss will reach SSOO.OJO.
Later. The fire in the immense mills of :
Schumacher is practically subdued. The fire
started in the live-story brick dry house on .
South Broadway. The dry house was filled . |
with the best wheat and there were seven dust
shafts leading ; from this structure to the im
mense seven-story brick fronting ; on Mill street.
But before the fire department had responded
to the alarm the llamcs swept through these
Hues and soon the fire was issuing from the
handsome structure. The water works were hi
in good condition , but in spite of this the fire >
men were unable to cope with the flames. They . -
gradually increased in fierceness and in an
hour the entire square seemed to be doomed to il
instruction. About4o'clock calls were sent 111
to Cleveland , Canton anil Kent for assistance , ' ,
each of which responded with an engine. By *
sharp and effective work the old mill in the ij ,
southwest corner of the square and a small cl :
dwelling were saved. The largest elevator con- * 1
tainod one hundred and fifty thousand bus1 1 )
els of wheat , which was destroyed. The fire
spread from this structure to the New York , f >
Pennsylvania & Ohio depot , and entirely des t .o
troyed it together with its contents. Although re
nothing definite can be learned , the loss is es nc
timated at one million dollars. Schumacher 01
carried an insurance of one hundred and fifty wi
thousand dollars. A house owned by Ed.
Russell , on South Broadway , was crushed like
tinder-box by a huge wall falling upon it. t
3IURDER IN WYOMING.
A probably fatal shooting-affair occurred .
it Bariant's ranch , in the northern part of in
aramie county , Wyoming , on the 7th.
Anthony Bariant , the ranchman , is a quar- ca
elsomo fellow and has been lately very free wl
rith his gun , whenever his anger was 2U
iroused. Recently he quarreled with James th
. Robertson , a young neighbor , over some inor
rifling matter and , meeting him ho thrust or
shotgun in his face and pulled tho trig- dc
er. The weapon failed to explode and ar
Robertson quickly shot him in the bowels , tic
Bariant threw down his weapon and flew hi
Robertson , biting a piece out of his th
land. Robertson remained with Bariant
ill night , nursing him and awaiting a phy- th
ician.who had oeen summoned fromChey- lie
inne. Next night he went to Fort Collins so
ilone and surrendered to thesheriff. Little wi
ympathy is felt for Bariant , as he has been a i
egardcd as a dangerous man.
The house committee on Pacific railroads
\ \ \ report a bill compelling the Northern ud
Pacific railway to pay the cost of survey- at ; :
ng the lands within their grant. The bill Kt
nakes these lands subject to taxation , and po
designed principally for the purpose of on
lompelling the railroad companies to offer BUI
.heir lands for sale at a reasonable figure , or
.hereby insuring the more rapid settlement of
f the country within the limit of their cal
ranr. It is believed that if they are com- po
elled to pay taxes on theirland they will SO !
ecome anxious to put them upon the mar- pei
et at low figures , instead of holding them str :
or a future advance , as they are now do- cla
T I *
A. CALLFOJUilA SENATOR DEAD-
Senator JoJm F. Miller at last Succumbs fo
Prolonged Disease. , .
Senator John F. Miller , of California ,
died at his residence on Connecticut
avenue , Washington , on the 7th , after
a prolonged illness. While bis condign
has been regarded as precarious for many
weeks past , his death was sudden and un
expected. His death was the result of a
complication of diseases arising primarily
from a severe wound in the eye received
during the Avar , twentythreeyears * ag
The bullet remained in his head aboi
twelve years before it could bo extracted
and tho wound sapped his strength and
rendered him an easy victim to disease.
Loss of sleep debilitated his system and
asthmitic symptoms kept him in constant ;
pain. Bright's disease subsequently Derail
its insidious work and-then dropsical dis
orders were developed , but through all his.
illness the senator showed such nerve ana
will power that his physicians were encour
aged to hope that he might recover. Tn&
senator remained quiet up to about 1J
o'clock , when ho became restless and asked
for a doctor. A messenger was sent for
Dr. Tape , but before he arrived Mr. Miller
had passed away. He was conscious to
the last , and took a sad farewell or hi *
wife , who had been at his bedside all day.
Mr. and Mrs. John Davis had called in a.
few minutes before and were also present ;
when he died. The senator leaves a wife-
ami one daughter. There is no legislature-
in existonce in California. The new one , to
be elected in autumn , will meet next Jan- ,
uarv. Gov. Stonenmn , who has the ap
pointment of Gen. Miller's successor , is a
[ John F. Miller was born in Indiana , m
1831. his parents being Virginians ; he re
ceived an academical education at South
Bend , and as fitted for college at Chicago ,
but did not enter ; commenced the tudy of
law in 1849 , and graduated at the New
York StateLawsrhool inl852commencsil
practice at South Bend , soon went to Cali
fornia , where he practiced law for thrco
years , when he returned to Indiana and re
sumed practice there ; in 1860 he was a
member of the state senate , but resigned to
enter the army as colonel of the Twenty-
ninth Indiana volunteers , and was soon
placed in command of a brigade , serving
under Sherman , Buell , Rosecrans ; and
Thomas . , and receiving severe wounds in
tho battles of Stone Riverand Liberty Gap ;
promoted to brigadier general ; in thebattle
of Nashville he commanded theleftdivision
of 8.000 men , and was brevetted a niajor
general for conspicuous bravery ; at the -i \
close of the war he was offered a high com
mission in the regular army , buthedeclined _
it i , and returned to California , where ho was
a collector of the port of San Francisco
four year , declining a reappointincnt ; ho
was a republican candidate for presidential
elector in 1872 , in 1870 , and in 1880 ; he
was a member of the Calfornia State Con
stitutional convention in 1879 ; was elected
to the United States eenateasarepublican ,
to succeed Newton Booth , anti-monopolist ,
and took his seat March 4 , 1881. His
term of service would have expired March
A yATURAI. BORy THIEF.
A Passion for Stealing that It Seemed Im 1 v
possible to Throw Off. '
A prisoner at the Central police station ,
says a Chicago dispatch , who is held there
as C. Egbert Johnson , has been identified
as Homer L. Andrews , a former postal
clerk , whose arrest in 1SS1 created a sensa
tion. Homer L. Andrews entered the post-
office when a boy as stamp clerk. His
family was excellent. He was a member of
Bishop Cheney's church and sang in the
choir there. A brother was in another de
partment of the office , and an nunfc held a
place of responsibility. She holds the same
place still. Ayoun girl in the registered
letter department , who was frankly ac
knowledged by her associates to bo the
prettiest girl in the government building
was hi.s financcc. On April 9. 1SS1 , hewa-j
seized by a poKtofiico inspector and search-
i'd. Letters were found in his pockets , and
lie confessed that bin stealings had been . :
joing on for a lon-j while. A tremendous
pressure was brought to extricate him.
Even after his trial and conviction r ,
fudge Blodgett suspended his sentence
iinety days because a pardon was prom
ised , and he was pardoned before he evec
mlered on his term ol punishment. While
IB was at tho jail , and before his pardon
irrived , the beautiful girl who had been en-
aged to him married him. When Presi-
lent Arthur released him an uproar was !
nade , but the matter was Boon forgotten , j
riie prisoner had been , while in tho post-
iffiee , attending the lectures at the Rush * i i
Medical college. After his release he gradu- .hi
ited and went to Minneapolis to practice .
n's profession. This was the last anybody
ho had known him here heard of him. It
> learned now that Andrews led the pretty
vumaii who had clung to him so devotedlv
terrible life. She found
herself tied to : t
nan attractive in mind and affectionate in
lisposition , ' , butwhocould not avoid crime.
I'ogether they went to St. Louis , and there.
hile in the employ of his uncle , he robbed
lim of § 2,000 worth of Jewelry. That
harge was compromised. In Minneapolis- ,
ihortly afterward , lie wjis found in
os.sessiou of a valuable lot of
itolen billiard cloth , but his accorn-
licc in this theft was the son of a
ich man , They were let go. He then went
tealing horses , and three times was ar-
ested for crimes of this character. He
icver failed to elude capture , or to wrigglo
mt of conviction after being caught. He
a.s landed in the station this time by the
lever work of Private Detective C. S. Stan-
iy. lie tried to borrow § 50 on a stolen
lorse from C. L. Eaton & Co. , and while
Stanley was in pursuit of him , and almost ,
nthm reach of him , he leaped into a buggv
lelonging ' to Maxwell Bros. , drove to W.H.
Cing's office at 80 Madison street , and
inder the name of G. A. Thompson , boldly
sked for a loan on it. There Stanley
aught np with him and seized him. Quick
a flash ho flung into the fire the mortga"
rhich would undoubtedly have shown his
uilt. lhe pretty woman who clung to him T
hrough his first escapade is now the-
mther of three children. She has never
nee been smirched by any of his crooked
oings , but now she is broken-hearted
nd discouraged. After proving her devo-
lon , when his and her relatives had cast
in off , she will now take herlittle ono to
he home of her husband's mother.
"I think , " said Detective Stanley , "that
lie man has a passion for stealing , I be-
evc that lie is a most peculiar
jine sort of psychological crookedness , ,
ithout being crazy. He can't help bein-
cnminal.'r ° "
'A POLITICAL ORDER.
Powderly , says aM -
ilelphia dispatch , upon being shown1 the-
atement recently published that the
nights of Labor of Illinois had form2d a
olitical party under the auspices of the-
rder , declared it untrue , and said that if
ich a thing u attempted by any district
local or state assembly of the Knights
chnrter ol the body will be
n i , re-
order cannot be turned into a
olitical party. While reform in politics i
ught for , it must not
come at the ex-
nao of the order. No district , local or
ale assembly has it in its power to de-
are itself a political machine for any pur
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