The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, May 20, 1886, Image 2

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F. M. & E. HI. KULTIKLt , Pubs.
McCOOK , - - -
Lincoln special to the Omaha Bee : Mrs.
Shellenberger lias been returned to the Ne
braska City jail from tho penitentiary ,
where she and her husband were taken for
safe keeping. It is reported that she has
confessed all about the murder of little
Maggie Shellenberger , her step-daughter , for
which crime she and her husband were
arrested. She charges her husband with
the crime , no doubt in hopes to save her
own neck. Another report is that Mr.
Shellenberger has confessed to the murder
and that his wife was party to it. Fur
thermore , that the plan was to kill the
girl , believing that the suicide theory would
be accepted , and then when the affair had
quieted down to kill Maggie's brother , bury
the corpse , and say he had runaway.
Maggie and her brother were heirs to a
valuable farm which their father and their
stepmother wished to get hold of by put
ting them out of the way. These ' stories
about confession , however , are 'not gen
erally believed.
Mr. Henry Witte , who is believed to have
been the richest man but one in the state
of Nebraska , was found dead on the prai
rie near Lincoln , a few mornings ago. He
wandered away from home and a sudden
change of weather occurred. Although tho
country is thickly ssttled , and he might
easily have gained the shelter of one of the
farm houses , he appears to have become
dazed or demented , and to have continued
to wander about until overcome by fatigue
nnd exposure , he lay down and died , and
his body was found stiff and cold on the
following murning. Mr. Witte went to Ne
braska many years ago , and removed to
Linpoln , the capital , when that city was
first laid out on the virgin prairie. John
Fitzgerald , who is probably worth § 3,000-
000 to § 4,000,000 , is the richest man in
the state , and Mr. Witte was probably the
next , with § 2.000,000. They both com
menced life with pick nnd shovel on the
streets and railroads of Iowa and Ne
braska. Mr. Witte owned about 30,000
acres of choice land and probably half a
million dollars in property in Lincoln. He
was noted for the extreme "care he took of
his own interests , and the fact he never
made any manifestations of public spirit.
He paid his taxes grugingly nnd was a con
tinual growler at public improvements.of
any kind. Fitzgerald is entirely different.
He is generous , open hearted , a strong ad
vocate of public improvements , and has
done a great deal in improving Lincoln ,
Plattsmoutb , Omaha , Nebraska City and
other cities in the state. He is an earnest ,
warm-hearted Irishman , and Patrick Egan
went to Lincoln direct from Ireland upon
Fitzgerald's invitation and was assisted in
business by him. The two rich men of Ne
braska were no more alike than if they
belonged to different species of the animal
kingdom. Peoria CHI. } Journal.
Senator Van Wyck left Omaha for Wash
ington last week. He carried the bill
drafted by Mr. Popplcton. the committee
of the Omaha board of trade andhimself ,
to aid the Union Pacific. It reads as fol
lows :
Be it enacted by the senate and house of
representatives of the United States of
America in congress assembled :
First That the Union Pacific railway
company is hereby authorized and em
powered for the purpose of constructing
branch lines , feeders and extensions to en
able it to secure and hold the traffic and
business naturally tributary thereto , to
organize or to cause to be organized rail
way companies under the laws of the sev
eral states and territories , into and through
which it may desire to build and operate
euch branch lines , and to extend such feed
ers and extensions ; and to aid such compa
nies so organized and companies heretofore
organized for that purpose and their suc
cessors by subscription to the capital
stock , and to guarantpe the first
mortgage bonds of such , companies ,
provided , however , that such subscrip
tion or guarantee of first mortgage
bonds shall in no caso or under any
circumstances exceed the actual cash cost
01 the roads of said companies. And , pro
vided further , that this act shall not au
thorize the guarantee of any first mortgage
bonds issued prior to the approval there
of. And the said Union Pacific Railway
company is hereby authorized and empow
ered to operate and control tho roads of
said companies so aided or built as afore
said , and their successors .either by .pur
chase or lease thereof ; but in no case and
under no circumstances shall such roads be
purchased or leased by said Union Pacific
Railway company except upon the basis of
actual cost thereof. And , piovided fur
ther , that such aid by guarantee and sub
scription shall not be furnished , and such
lease or purchase shall not be valid until
the same shall have been ratified by two-
thirds of the stockholders of tho said rail
way companies.
S'econd Congress reserves to itself the
right to alter , amend , or repeal this act
when the public interest shall require it ;
but such repeal shall not affect the validity
of any action taken under the power of this
act prior to such repeal.
Bloomington special to the Omaha Bco :
Prof. Harshbargcr , teacher in the academy
at Franklin , while drilling his class in mili
tary tactics last night met with a painful ,
if not a fatal accident. After the line had
been formed he stepped ten paces to the
front and gave orders to aim at a button
on his coat and fire. Immediately after
the firing he was heard to exclaim , "My
God , boys , I am shot. " He was assisted
to the dormatory at once , and Dr. Finley
was summoned , who found that a number
of wads had pierced his clothing , one of
them piercing the sternium and glancing to
the right causing hemmorhnge of the lungs.
He is in a critical condition , but recovery
is hoped for.
THE barn on the Stanton Breeding Farm
company's ranch , fourteen miles south of
Stanton , was consumed by fire on the 10th.
Thirty-eight head of breeding mares , valued
at about § 8,000 , and one stallion valued
at § 2,100 perished in the flames , besides
the farm implements and harnesses. The
loss will be between § 15,000 and § 20,000.
The ranch was principally owned by Mar
shall Field of Chicago. Insurance about
§ 5,000.
MR. AMES , one of the principal owners of
the Union Pacific , will put up a six story
building in Omaha to cost § 100,000.
BARTLEY REED , whom the Y. .M. C. A % of
Omaha took in and cared for and finally
procured a situation , has gone to the bad.
The lady who gave him employment is out
§ 200 , which he stole from a closet where it
had been placed for safe keeping.
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GOVERNOR DAWES on the 12th signed dis
charge papers for two convicts whose
terms are nearing the end. William Koble ,
who was sent up from Platte county for
one year for horse stealing , will get out 01 ;
the 17th , having made two months good
time. John McGuire , of Lancaster county ,
who 'lias served one year for burglary , will
be released on the 16th.
A STRANGER was held up in Omaha tho
other night and robbed of a plug of tobac
co , his only wealth , by two tramps.
THE state pharmaceutical society reports
a membership of385 , an increase of 155
during tho year.
THE latest suicide in Omnha is A. Abler ,
who took a large dose of morphine. He
had been'On a spree for several days , and
took this means to put an end to his un
controllable appetite and troubles.
HASTINGS will build anew school house in
the Second ward to cost $11.000.
THE Arkansas editors were not given a
public reception in Omaha because they be
came too much scattered before reaching
that place.
GEN. THAYER , state commander of the
G. A. R.has returned to Grand Island from
his visit to the east. He was given a pub
lic reception by the citizens , and thcgenera :
made an interesting talk of his travels.
THIEVES broke into John Ford's barn at
Edgar , and stole some goods from a ped
dling wagon they found there. They then
set fire to the barn , but the timber being
green and there being no hay or straw in
the barn , the fire went out without doing
any harm. No clue has been found to the
perpetrators of the crime.
A MAN named Mason entered the sleeping
room of Minnie Wilde , at Amboy , and
attempted to commit rape. Warrants
are out for his arrest , but the young man
has gone to Kansas.
THE specifications for the York water
works are printed and are now in the hands
of bidders. The system consists of an en
gine , engine house and thirty-six wells in
the center of the city , near-the. public
square , nnd a stand-pipe 100 feet in height
on east hill , near the college , giving a direct
and indirect pressure. The city is to have
five and three-eighths miles of pipe laid on
all the principalstreets. The specifications
call for a system with a capacity of 1,000-
000 gallons of water per day.
DAVID-B. HOWARD , of Lincoln , will build
York county's court-house for § 49,930.
PIERSON , the accused murderer- Wat
son B. Smith at Omaha , four years ago ,
was last week called before the grand jury
of tho U. S. court and examined as to his
participation in that crime. After a close
investigation the jury concluded that there
was not enough "testimony to hold the man ,
and he was allowed to go. Sutton. to whom
Pierson made the confession , and who was
his cell-mate a portion of the time , was
discharged from custody several days pre
MRS. MARGARET KING , living southwest
ofDeWitt. lost several tons of good hay
by allowing children to build a fire in close
proximity to where the hay was stacked.
THIRTEEN tramps were introduced the
other morning to Judge Parsons , of Lin
coln. He assessed them § G.40 for the
honor , and in default they were bundled off
to the county jail on a thirty days' sen
TiffiB.&M.has commenced makingsomo
needed improvements at Hastings. A num
ber of new stalls will be added to the round
house , more side track laid , a Kerr patent
coal cliute put in and other improvements
made which will be duly appreciated by the
employes of the road.
ABOUT 256 complaints of glanders in
horses have been sent in to the live stock
commission , but for want of time only
nbout half of them have been attended to.
More help is needed.
MRS. BENJAMIN HALL , of Omaha , is one
hundred years old , and the event was duly
celebrated in that city last week.
MOSES McKEEN , of Atlantic , Iowa , ar
rived in Omaha the other day with § 60 in
lis pocket and proclaimed himself as
'nobouy green , " but he was picked up from
; he gutter in the early morning hour just
.be same minus all his wealth.
GOVERNMENT land can be had in the
neighborhood of Brewster , the county seat
of Elaine county.
GREAT preparations are making for the
estival at Omaha in June. Efforts will be
made to get reduced fare on all railroads.
A LAW and order league has been organ
ized in Norfolk.
IT is said the.wild plum crop promises to
be abundant this year.
THE prizes for the state firemen's tourna
ment to be held in Fremont August 24-27
aggregate § 2,000.
THE Rev. J. B. Murray , rector of St.
Marks church ( Episcopal ) , Hastings , re
signed his charge. A severe ailment of the
throat was the cause.
A LARGE white crane is on exhibition in
the window of a Lincoln drug store. The
bird was found on the prairie north of that
city by W. Messenger , who dispatched it
with his buggy whip , it having been pre
viously wounded by hunters , evidently. It
measured S % feet from tin to tip of wing ,
and has been mounted.
THE state pharmacists society met in
Omaha last week with a good attendance.
THE regular meeting of the passenger
agents of all the railways in the state was
lield at B. it M. headquarters in Omaha on
the llth. There were present Mr. Trues-
dale of the St. Paul < fc Omaha. .Mr. Steb-
bins of the Union Pacific. Mr. Francis of
the Burlington & Missouri , Mr. Buchanan
of the Sioux City & Pacific , and Mr. Milli-
; an of the St. Joe & Grand Island line.
The principal business of the meeting was
to arrange rates for excursionists and per
sons attending conventions , etc. The old
rates were mutually agreed upon , which
fixed the passages at one and one-third
[ are. The agreement about rates to minis
ters , theatrical men , etc. , was again re
FALLS CITY , the county seat of Richard
son county , has a population of 3,000.
[ ts canning factory , with a cap'acity of
40,000 cans a day , will be ready for busi
ness by June.
Gov. DAWES has issued a commission to
Meloney C. SohSat- New Orleans , as com
missioner of deeds at that place for Ne-
THE Omaha World figures out for Omaha
a population ol 78,000.
A COCKING main' was fought in the out
skirts of Omaha on Sunday. Seven battles
were contested , everyone of which was won
t > y cocks owned by a well known bird fan
cier. The affair was kept exceedingly quiet
and the attendance was limited. It is un-
derstood up wards of § 1,000 changed hands.
AT Lincoln , the other morning , while
Sheriff Mellick was making his weekly tour
through the county jail , he found a can of
cayenne pepper , which had been secured by
some of the prisoners with the intention of
Blinding the jailorand making their escape.
IP the bill in aid of the Onion Pacmc Is
got through congress , that corporation wil
at once proceed to build 400 miles of road
in this state.
EXTRADITION warrants have been issued
up to the present during May as follows
John V. Evans , charged with embezzlement
and wanted in Iowa ; Frank IT. Myers ,
cancelling and selling mortgaged property ,
wanted in Iowa , W.V. . Edgington , agent
E. A. Reynolds , wanted in Iowa for the
crime of grand larceny , ugeut for the state ,
Thomas Fisher.
THE inhabitants of Blaino county have
filed a petition with Governor Dawes , ask
ing for the temporary organization of their
BY the order of Commander Thayer ,
Monday , May 31st. is set apart as the time
to bo observed as memorial day in Ne
THE railway commission have received
notice from General Manager Callaway , of
the Union Pacific , that tho overcharge on
freight between Norfolk and Madison , com
plained of by the Boss Harrow company ,
was an error and will be refunded. The
complainants shipped 400 pounds of first
class from Charles City , Iowa , to a cus
tomer nt Madison , via the North western to
Norfolk , and thence to Madison by the
Union Pacific. The rate from Norfolk to
Madison is 13 cents per 3.00 , but the charge
was 57 cents a 100. The agent at Sladi-
8on , in explanation , said the company
charged this to discourage shipments ol
freight to Norfolk that should be given tc
the Union Pacific at Council Bluffs.
THE store of S. V. Ludlow , of Red Cloud ,
was closed by creditors.
A PRISONER in the Lincoln jail earned his
freedom by rescuing a dog that had fallen
into a welL
TWENTY-SEVEN wagons loaded with lum
ber , hay , provisions and farming imple
ments , left Benkelman on Monday morning
for Chase county.
THE treasurer of Nance county has
adorned his office with a mammoth snake
which he demolished the other day. .
BRAKEMEN of tho Union Pacific who went
out on a strike are all back again , except
those whose places were filled bynew appli
THE Hambletonian stallion MacMahon ,
owned by Dr. A. S. Halladay , of Lincoln ,
died last week of lung fever. He was a half
brother to Maxey Cobb , and the owner had
refused § 15,000 for him.
SOME rascally sneak thief robbed a hard
working widow in Fremont of § 140 , the
savings of years of toil , which she hoarded
for the sole purpose of educating her only
child , a 3-year-old boy.
A GREAT many residences arc under pro
cess of erection in Chadron , some of which
would be a credit to much older and larger
ANTELOPE county has employed a ex
pert to go through the treasurer's books
and see if everything is all straight.
A DEMENTED German at Omaha named
Schwaab suicided by hanging a few days
ago. He was 26 years old , and had been
but a short time in this country.
OMAHA has secured the location of the
western branch house of the Moline Plow
company and the Milburn Wagon com
pany. The companies have purchased a
part of the building site and have already
prepared the plans for the proposed struc
Tun Valentine Republican says that a
visit to the land office any morning will
witness it besieged with anxious parties
waiting to get their names on the plat
books , and a receipt for a piece of Uncle
Sam's domain.
A VALENTINE dispatch says everything is
now quiet at Rosebud agency. The band
engaged in the trouble and who denied the
agent's authority was led by Crow Dog , the
Inoian who killed Spotted Tail.
VALENTINE special : A deadly shooting
affair occurred at Fort Niobrara yester
day. A soldier on guard went to the dining
room of his company quietly and there en
gaged in a quarrel with the corporal of his
company which resulted in the corporal
slapping his face. The soldier returned to
the guard house , secured his gun and went
back to the quarters , shooting the cor
poral through the head , inflicting a mortal
wound from which he will die. The soldier
attempted to escape , but was pursued by
the sergeant of the guard and others who
lie fired upon. They returned the fire , and
I he man was killed by the sergeant. During
the firing a valuable mule was killed.
FRED KNIGHT , of Omaha , was he'd to the
district court for trial on the charge of
"raised" Union Pacific
forgery , he having a
BOHANNON BROS. , Lincoln , will put up a
§ 30,000 building.
A BOHEMIAN named Hallenbeck was run
over by a train near Schuyler , and literally
cut to pieces. He was drunk at the time
and walking on the track.
Miss HELEN MOREHEAD , of Albion , is
credited with having written 2,000 words
on a postal card.
IN accordance with a suggestion by the
chief engineer of the Chicago fire depart
ment there will be a "hitching up" test at
noon on Decoration Day in every city in
the United States where there is a paid fire
force. Three judges in each city will record
the time and telegraph it to Washington as
soon as the test is over , from which place
the name of the champions will be sent out
by the Associated press. The firemen of
Lincoln and Omaha will see what they can
dj in the way of speed.
THE next meeting * of the state pharma
ceutical societ3' will be held in Omaha the
second Tuesday in May , 1SS7.
AIXSWOKTH brags of one of the finest
jands in Nebraska outside of the cities.
The leader , Prof. II. P. Sutton , traveled six
years with Sell's brothers big circus , and is
DUO of the finest musicians and teachers in
the state.
THE Nebraska pharmaceutical society
lave elected the following officers : Presi
dent , James Reed , Nebraska City ; vice-
iresidents , C. E. Borgqist of Sidney , M. E.
ijchultz of Beatrice , C. II. Bruner of Fre
mont. H. E. Wells of Lincoln , and W. D.
Waller of Blair ; secretary. Charles A. Dau-
: och , Omaha ; local secretary , N. A. Kuhn ;
; reasurer , James Forsythe.
NINE saloons find a paying business in
THE Catholics of Atkinson expect to put
up a suitable house of worship this season.
At San Antonio , Texas , information has
) een received of the killing of Juan Galindo ,
; hc celebrated smuggler , in the Mexican
village of Piote. He was apprehended by
Mexican rangers , who shot him while mak-
ng the arrest. Just before he died Galindo
confessed to having participated in tho as
sassination of John Kent , superintendent
of the Mexican land and cattle company.
Galindo was the leader of a band of smug
glers and horse thieves notorious through-
) ut northern Mexico.
Tlie Elements Pass on to the SttcJcer State
Doing Much Damage.
On tho 12th a terrible cyclone struck tho
village of Odell , III. , which demolished one
brick block , wrecked three warehouses , un
roofed the hotel , Masonic hall and some
four store buildings ; also tho upper stori
of the Angcll block , in which was the Odel
bank and the Odd Fellows lodge , was com
pletely destroyed. Scarcely a store roon
in the town escaped injury. Tho loss wil
amount to § 50,000. Houses , barns ant
sheds were twisted off thoirfoundation
blown down and completely destroyed
Trees a foot in diameter were twisted en
tirely off. 'The storm did not last over
five minutes. Ten minutes before the storm
the air seemed to get green. Two clouds
seemed to advance , onefrom tho south am
one from the northwest , nnd met over the
town , forming a monstrous whirlwiiu
which swept everything in its track. The
large livery barn of Hard brothers was
completely destroyed. A large threestory
mill was blown off its foundation. The
two-story brick hardware store of S. Cole
is a total wreck. The hotel is injured from
top to bottom and not a whole window re
mains in the building. A number of resi
deuces were badly wrecked and as many as
seven barns blown to pieces. Streets fillet
with timbers , boards , fences , tin roofs ant
prostrated trees. Tlie new school house
is partly unroofed. A one-story schoo
building' completely destroyed. The
Congregational church is twisted into bat
shape. Tho Methodist church has OIIL
steeple blown off. Those fatally injuret
are : Lottie Swift , a 10-year-old girl , ivht
was carried over 200 feet in the air and fel
on the railroad track , smashing her skull
George and Charles Hoke , laboring men ; S
S. Cole , hardware merchant , and two chil
dren of John Millei were seriously hurt
The latter had taken refuge in a bricl
building and were buried , and with these
all of whom were supposed to be danger
ously injured , but two escaped without a
THE May crop report of the department
of agriculture indicates an improvement
during April of two points in wheat , with a
general average condition of 95. There is
no marked chang anywhere , but a slight
advance is noted in tlie Ohio valley , Mis
souri , Texas , Tennessee , the Cnrolinas , Vir
ginia and Maryland. The May average
last year was 70. The season has been ad
mirable and the crop is more advanced
than usual. The average in the principal
states is : Pennsylvania 95 , Michigan 91 ,
Illinois 92 , Kansas 67 , Ohio 97 , Indiana
98. Missouri 101. The condition of rye
averages 96 and barley 97.
THC supreme court of the United States
dismissed the three Snow polygamy cases
for want of jurisdiction and also recalled
the mandate in the Cannon polyizamy case
and set aside the former judgment and dis
missed it for want of jurisdiction.
THE comptroller of the currency has
authorized the American Exchange bank ,
of Chicago. Ills. , to begin business with a
capital of § 1,000,000.
THE senate committee on pensions adopt
ed a resolution calling upon the commis
sioner of pensions for an estimate of the
outlay required under Ingall's bill for the
removal of the limitation of arrears ol
pension act.
IN view of the necessity for the shippers
of flour from St. Louis and other points
along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers
to make use of the Morgan line of sf earners
from New Orleans to Havana , via Key
West , in exportation of that commodity ,
the collector of customs at New Orleans
has been authorized to consider New Or
leans as a port of exportation in such cases
within the meaning of the regulations , and
allow drawbacks on bags which may be
shipped in future by the said line ; provided
exporters produce , in addition to the
requisite bill of lading and return of official
inspection , a certificate from the collector
at Key West that no flour in bags had
been landed at any port within his district
by such vessel , and an average specified in
the preliminary drawbcck entry filed at
New Orleans.
IN the telephone investigation on tho
llth , A. N. Hill testified that he had been
told of the Pan-Electric meeting at 1327 G
street by another person not connected
with the Pan Electric , whose name witness
absolutely refused to divulge. His infor
mant had said that Mrs. Rines , the land
lady of the house , itfould make an affidavit
that Secretary Garland had attended that
Killed by a "Woman.
DENVER , COL. , May 10. Bob Wright , a
ilacksmith , who until a month ago resided in
Denver and who is a brother of a prominent
jookstore keeper here , was shot and killed in
stantly at Elizabeth , a small station on the
Denver anil New Orleans railroad thirty miles
south of Denver this mornin < r by a woman
vhom lie had seduced and refused" marry.
The name of the woman can not
> e learned. She left Denver , where she re
sides , on the moruinsi passenger train , aeeom-
laiiicd by her brother. On reachinsr Eliza
beth the"brother pretended to be on a land
juying expedition ami tried to hire a Iiorse.
L'lie woman asked to be directed to the
blacksmith shop of Wright. She was
shown the shop and acroinpanicd by her
H'otuer she went into it. She then told
Wright that she had come to have
jim marry her and that he must tlo it.
Wright refused , and the woman told him that
he would allow him to secure a divorce as
oon as he liked , but that he must inflrry then
and there. Wright appeared amused at this
mil sat down upon his anvil and lauclicd in
ler face. The sfirl Jrew a 45-caliber revolver ,
and stepping up so close to Wright that the
powder burned Lis face tired three shots , two
of which took effect , killing him instantly.
The girl then gave herself up.
S. B. Wright , brother of the deceased ,
left here to-tlav to take charge of his broth
er's remains. Wright's friends are very un
communicative about the matter and the
only information they could give as to the
identity of the woman was that Wright had
formerly kept compauy with her.
Omaha Bee Washington special : The
pork and beef packers of Nebraska are
making a united and very strong fight
against the Scott bill , which is now before
the house and which taxes oleomargarine
nnd imitation of butter and cheese to the
extent ot 10 cents a pound. They are tele
graphing members of the Nebraska delega
tion in congress , and all they can approach ,
urging the defeat of the bill. These men
are largely interested in the measure , as it
proposes to cut off a profitable market for
the offal of their establishments , and it is
not surprising that they and other meat
packers have organized a formidable lobby
and are making a most desperate effort to
kill the bill. It is generally believed that
the bill will soon be passed.
A special from Wilkinson , Ind. , says :
The cyclone of Wednesday lasted about
five minutes , but totally destroyed nine
houses and killed two persons , and several
more were wounded. Wilkinson is in Han-
reck county , thirty miles east of Indiana
Progress of the Land Grant Forfeiture Leg
islation in the Present Congress.
Washington special : The public lands
committee of the present house has done
much good in the way of reform of gross
and dnngeious abuses of the land system.
If congress passes bills it has prepared and
reported , tho country will have reason to
rejoice over long-lasting abuses remedied.
The committee has reported for the action
of the house a considerable number of
measures. Among these are :
First Bills repealing tho pre-emption ,
timber culture and desert land nets. These
are the Laws under shelter of which a great
part of tho enormous land frauds have
been carried on. Some of these laws were
carried on at the instigation of land grab
bers. All of them have been found in prac
tice to encourage and protect systematic
spoliation of the public domain to so vast
an extent that at this moment only about
50,000.000 acres of arable lands remain
for homesteads for the people , though , for
tunately , if this congress does its duty , not
less than 150,000,000 more will be recov
Second The committee has reported a
number of the bills fixing the individual
rights of settlers.
Third It has reported and has ready for
action a number of land grant forfeiture
bills by which a vast area of public lands
will bo justly recovered for the benefit of
the people , and held , if bad laws are re
pealed , for actual settlementon such terms
as will guard them against land grabbing.
Fourth One of these forfeiture bills has
already passed the house and is in the
hands of the senate public lands com
mittee , whereithnslnid for several months.
This bill declares the forfeiture of 8,000-
000 acres of land in the heart of tho south
ern states. These lands were granted
thirty years ago , in 1856. Not one o ? the
roads for which the land was granted has
ever been built. On not one of them has
even a mile of track ever been laid. On
only one of them the Gulf and Ship Island
has a spade ever been struck into tho
ground , and that was for mere speculative
purposes , two or three years ago , in an
endeavor to keep the grant alive w fn
had long ago justly lapsed Yet these
8,000,000 of fertile acres in the heart of the
Southern states have been held since 1856 ,
for thirty years , through war and peace ,
sacred against the occupation of farmers
and for the benefit of extinct or specula
tive corporations. Surelyit is high time to
restore these millions of acres to the public
domain and to the use and occupation of
the people. The names of tho corporations
for whose benefit these funds have been so
long held are :
The Gulf it Ship Island railroad.
The Tnscaloosa it Mobile railroad.
The Mobile it New Orleans railroad.
The Ely ton it Baird's Bluff railroad.
The Memphis it Charleston railroad.
The Savannah it Albany railroad.
The New Orl ans it State Line railroad.
The IrimMountain of Arkansas ra'lroad.
Fifth By other forfeiture hill * will be re
covered for the public domain land grants
notearncdand ju-tlv forfeitnblens follows :
The Atlantic it Pacific railrnd , 28,871-
300 acres this corporation having earned
and got 16,000,000 acres outside of this.
The Ontonagon it Brule River railroad.
350,000 acres.
The Southern Pacific , in all 12,000,000
Thc Iloushton , Marquelte it Ontonagon
railroad. 291,400 acres.
The Mobile it Girard railroad , 500,000
The Wisconsin Central railroad , 406,880
The California < t Oregon railroad , 2,500-
000 acres.
The Oregon it California railroad , 2.500-
' 000 acres.
The Northern Pacific railroad , 36,000-
000 acres.
This docs not clear the docket. More re
mains ; but these forfeiture bills have been
perfected and reported to the house. That
more remains any one can easily see in the
report of Land Commissioner Sparks , but
this list shows strikingly how wasteful and
careless have been the grants of lands to
corporations , and how negligent has been
the interior department for many years in
not holding the corporations to the fulfill
ment of their contracts.
The Question of Subsidising a Reyitlar Mall
Washington special : The friends of the
mail subsidy clause in thepostoffice appro
priation bill are getting very much in earn
est , and fear that it is going to be defeated
in the house , where the bill was sent sev
eral days ago. The subsidy question is
one of simply giving a bonus of § 800,000
to a line of American steamers to carry the
mails to and from Central and South
American countries that much annually.
At ; resent the pay for carrying the mails
between this and those countries is so
small that it scarcely pays for the trouble ,
mil does not in the slightest degree encour
age more trips and regularity of the ser
It is contended that the subsidy will
: stahlu < h a regular line of ships , making at
cast fortnightly trips between New York
and New Orleans and the countries south ,
and that such a line will at once open our
exports and create a large trade , which will
soon bring in more profits than the sub
sidy outlay. The matter of having prompt
mil rapid mail facilities is not the primary
ibject by any means. It is .1 question of
ipcning up trade. The hou&e is more
cliarry about subsidies than the senate
ind the fate of the senate amendment is
A special from Boston says : Frederick
) ouglass has written a letter wherein he .
ays : "lam a republican and did all I i
ould to defeat the election of Cleveland.
Je was under no official obligations to me
vhatever , yet I held the office of recorder
nearly a whole year under his administra-
.ion. The office is held by law not for any
erm , solely at tho pleasure of the presi
dent. While in office the president treated
me as he treated the other office-holders in
the district. He was brave enough to in
vite Mrs. Douglass and myself to all the
grand reccptions.thus rebuking the timidity ,
owardice and prejudice of his predecessors ,
f living I shall do all I can to elect a re-
Hiblican in 1888 , but I honor manliness
viierever I find it , and I found it in Cleve-
and , and I should despise myself if Ishould
ct anybody think otherwise. Whatever
else he may be , he is not a snob or a
coward. "
Representative Morrow has received a
monster petition from tho Knights of La
bor of California. It is over 2,000 feet
ong , and contains the names of over
50,000 persons. Every state , county and
nunicipal officer and every Knight of La-
) or of California has signed the petition.
2very male adult in many of the counties
of the state has put his name to it. It
) rays for action on the part of congress ,
lither by appropriate legislation or by
change in the present treaty with China , as
nay be necessary , to foiever prohibit the
urther immigration into the United States.
Tlte Chicago Police Confident They Have the
ftullly Anarchist in Custody.
Chicago dispatch : The police authorities
are positive that they have under arrest'/
the man who threw the bomb into the
ranks of the police at the Haymarket riot. j
His name is Louis Lingy , nnd he has been
than . Two offi
in this , country less a year.
cers in , civilian dress effected his arrest at
No. SO Ambrose street this afternoon.
When Officer Schutler attempted to arrest -
the alleged boom-thrower he drew a navy J
revolver and shrieked in German ; "If I
have to die you'll die , too. " Schutler
rushed upon his would-be murderer and a
life and death struggle ensued. The men
rolled over ami over , upsetting tables and
chairs. Officer Lowenstein who had re
mained outside to guard the exists , burst
open the front doorand hurried to his com
rade's assistance. The weapon was then
taken away from Lingy and the prisoner
hurried to theEastChicagoavenue station.
" 1 wouldn't care what they did with me if I '
had only killed those two officers , " he said
as he was being driven to a cell , "I tried to
shoot them , and I am sorry I didn't suc
ceed. "
When the police were raiding tho dens of
anarchists last week they visited Lingy'a
boarding house and found three dynamite
bombs similar to the one thrown during
the Haymarket riot. These bombs , it is
claimed , were made by Lingy , who has
taken an active part in all socialistic meet
ing held in this city during the past year.
When the police searched his boarding
house Lingy was absent , the owner of tho
house , who was taken into custody but
subsequently released on information ho
gave the police , declaring that Linsy had
not been in his room since the night of tho
explosion. LastMonday thepolice learned
that Lingv was hiding in the house of a-
friend on Ambrose street , and after visiting
nenilyall of the residences on the thorough
fare named , found the anarchist. Lingy
was born in Germany and is about1J
years of age.
Hynek Dejmek. an employe of the Ar-
beiter-Zeitung. his brother Voclav Dejmek ,
and Frank Novak , were before Justice
White this afternoon charged with riot.
Voclav Dejmek was also charged with
assaulting Officer Casey. He was held in
bonds of § 3,000. Hynek and Novak were
dismissed , but just as Hynek was leaving
the court room a posse of officers ap
peared and put him under arrest , charging , j
him with assault upon Officer Casey. I
Casey is the officer who was rescued at \
the foot of a lamp post , upon which a , >
crowd of infuriated Bohemians were about
to hang him. believing that he had slain * '
one of their countrymen during the assault
on the McConnick factory.
Ned Runtime is said to have averaged
$20,000 a year for the last twenty-fivo
years out of his writings.
Abel Hosmcr , of Concord , Mass. , now 00
years of age , lives on a farm taken up by
his ancestors in 1035.
Gov. Swincford of Alaska says he is going
to return there whether he is confirmed or " *
not. He likes the country.
Bohdan Raleski , whose death is reported , '
r.-as one of the most noteworthy Polish
poets of the century. Since the fall of War
saw he has lived at Paris.
Dr. E. 0. Shakespeare of Philadelphia ,
who was commissioned to study the chol
era epidemic in Spain and Italy , has been
directed to proceed to India to study tho "
disease in its home.
Sam Jones and Sam Small are doing a.
respectable revival business in Baltimore ,
and together they draw good audiences , but
when Sam Jon s is unavoidably absent
there is only a small house. i
Gen.Moorehead's Pittsburg mansion was
dedicated to the uses of the faith cure on
Thursday by his daughter and heir , who ,
was cured last wintet. Regular services )
will be held in the mansioM.
Prof. Timothy Dwiglir is boomed as the '
successor of President Porter , and one of
the arguments advanced in his favor is
that he is a grandson of the former and
famous President D wight of Yale college.
Prof. Pritchett , of St. Louis , has discov-
crcd that our days are lengthening , but as
it is only at the rate of two seconds in a ,
century it will be some time before tho ex-
tension comes in conflict with the eight-
hour movement.
Alexander Sullivan , of Chicago , says there
is no danger that that city will be ruled by
socialists. Next to Philadelphia , he says ,
there is no ci'y in the Union where work
ing people are so largely the owners of their
own homes.
Washington special : The passage ol the J
consular and diplomatic appropriation k
bills to-day disposes of all the money bills
thus far reported to the house. In addi-
tion to the four regular bills yet to be re- f
ported , provision imibt be made for fur- |
ther urgent deficiencies. On June 4 tho -1 i
quarterly payment of pensions must be
met , which will require about $1:5,000,000 : ,
thus showing a deficiency of § 500,000. It
will therefore , be necessary to pass another
urgent deficiency bill. The house commit- (
tee lias given the matter attention , and \
has already agreed upon several items that
argrosntp $6,000,000 , which includes about {
§ 500.000 for army and navy , and public /
printing. The legislative , executive and I.
judicial bill is about ready , ami will be
presented within a few days. This will bo
followed by the general deficiency bill ,
leaving the sundry civil bill to be last re
ported. The naval committee were given
permission to-day to hit during the session
of the honse , in order to complete the >
appropriation bill , which bill will IMJ re-
ported the middle of next week. It is not
expected that any controversy will arise
between the two houses over"thebe bill ,
that will materially protract the sessions /
with the single exception of the postofiice '
bill , to which the senate added the subsidy appropriating $800,000 for trans- /
portation of foreign mails. '
An Awful Calamity.
MADRID , Mav 13. A tririble hurrk-ar. "
s i-pt across the middle of S : n'.a to day.
In this city seventy [ 'ci > ons arc know : : to
have been killed , and 2 JO others seriously hi- <
jured. I
The wind struck the cihwith the suiltlrti- .
ness of lightning. A train of cars anil ca5 * X * '
was over-turned and broken into s-plintt-rs.
Roofs were dislodged ; telegraph wires every-
where torn from the poles ; the parkin
about the city devastatedchurch towvrs were '
blown down and a number of houses in the
suburbs wrecked.
Many cottages in the outskirts of the capi
tal were blown from their foundations ami
wrecked , some so completely r.nd quickly that
they may be said to have simply vanished
before tlfe storm.
Telegraphic communication has been so com
pletely cut oft that it is imposs.ble to as yet
obtain news from the provinces , bat it is be- 4
lieved that the ruin wrought by the hurricane
has been widespread. . *