The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, June 17, 1898, Image 2
W M'COOK TRIBUNE. F. AI. KIAXMKU * Publisher. McCOOK , - : - : NEBRASKA NEBRASKA. There Is no part of Nebraska at this writing suffering for rain. A division of the Salvation army has been , established at North Platte. The Plainview Normal school is giving a ten weeks' instruction to teachers. It is claimed that Osceola haa moro secret societies than any other townof its size in the state. Fourteen students of the Nebraska Normal college have enlisted in the new company at Wakefield. There is but one saloon in Dakota City , and even that , many people be lieve , could easily be dispensed with. A chunk of coal weighing 10,500 pounds was recently shipped to the Omaha exposition from Rock Springs , Wyo. The Lyons Mirror says one or its townsmen put fifteen eggs unaer a setting hen and when they hatched there were sixteen chickens. The little son of W. C. Collins of Curtis was chewing a pine stick when a splinter dodged in his windpipe. The doctors fear the result will prove fa tal. Burglars entered the 'home ' of F. Y. Robertson , at Kearney and took sev eral articles , valued at over $350 , from the bedroom in which Mr. Robertson was sleeping. No clue. The Harding Creamery company's skimming station at Osmond has just closed the first full month's business , and Manager Banish says that he re ceived over 30,000 pounds of milk dur- in the month. This he considers a very satisfactory month's business. The record of Polk county for the month of May shows that there were four farm mortgages filed amounting to $5,350 ; released , fifteen , amounting to $22,700. City mortgages filed , two , amounting to $440 ; released , eleven , amounting to $6,787.46. Chattel mort gages filed , 102 , amounting to $25- 257.12 ; released , fortyeight , amount ing to $38,564.55 ; so that the decreased indebtedness amounts to $36,094.89. The case of the state against the Buf falo County National bank and its five bondsmen was tried last week and judgment rendered in favor of the state for $5,700. The bank was a state' depository at the time it failed in 1895 and had something like $5.000 on de posit. George Corcoran of the attor ney general's office , appeared for the state and F. G. Hamer represented trie bondsmen. The Christian Endeavor convention of the third district of Nebraska was held in Tekamah with nineteen dele gates present , representing thirteen societies. The third district com prises the counties of Burt , "Washmg- tton , Sarpy , Cumlng , Stanton , Dodge , Colfax and Douglas , outside of the city of Omaha , and contains twenty- se-rcn' societies. The O&aha World-Herald thinks that if e state seal of Nebraska is ever clianged more prominence should be given thereon to the sod house. The'sod house made Nebraska of to day ssible. Beneath a sod roof and inside the sod wsrHs the men and wo men who have made Nebraska bloom and blossom as the rose livedi out the early days of theft lives as pioneers. A dispatch says the appointment of Gen. L. W. Colby to a brigadier-gen eralship was not much of a surprise to Beatrice people , despite the many protests , which were said to have been filed against the appointment. It is true , also , that Mr. Colby's military genius , ability and courage are per haps nowhere better understood and appreciated ; that at home , and his ap pointment gives general satisfaction. The mortgage indebtedness of York county was decreased to the extent of $46,022.15 during the month of May. Fourteen farm mortgages were filed and forty released , the aggregate amounts being $10,710.73 and $33- 998.61 , respectively. Of town and city mortgages , four were filed , aggregat ing $4,497.90 , and seventeen satisfied , amounting to $12,837.90. Chattel mortgages released exceed the amount of those filed by $14,404.27. Mrs. Mary Veseley , who has been living with her son on a homestead a few miles southeast of Benkelman , ended her own life by suicide. She has been suffering from hysteria for some time which developed into in sanity. She repeatedly tried to com mit suicide , but by the constant and careful watching of friends -her at tempts were futile. Her son came to town to summon aid. She being left alone seized the opportunity to ter- minatte her existence and when he returned she was hanging in the well dead. The counsel for the sureties in the Eugene Moore bond case have filed their brief with the clerk of the su preme court. After reciting the word ing of the bond , the brief says : "It is clear from the language quoted that the sureties upon the bond bound themselves only to make good the loss of money received by their principal by virtue of his office and by author ity of law. They did not guarantee the honesty of his conduct , nor un dertake to indemnify persons dealing with him outside his official capacity , for tfie consequences of his acts. They did not extend or limit his .authority as auditor. They bound themselves solely to make good ; the loss of money received officially. " The civil serv7c * commission an nounces that an examination will be held at South Omaha on July 9 for the positions of clerk and carrier in the postoffice at that city. A Camp Thomas ( Ga. ) dispatch says * Colonel Bills received a New York draft this afternoon for $5,952.32 , the amount due the members of the refflment who served In the National ruard of Nebraska. This sum Is what the state owes them for service from Anril 27 to May 4. Two thousand dollars were retained by the governor the men who serve * in the guard for the examina but who failed to pass tion. An Official Report on the Sinking of the Merrimac , NAVY DEPARTMENT BULLETIN , Commander Miller 'Was Reluctant to GIve Up the Command of Ills Vessel Bear Admiral Sampson IVas the Au thor of the Scheme. WASHINGTON , June 13. The Navy department posted the following bul letin to-day , giving a detailed official report from Admiral Sampson on the exploit of Lieutenant ITobson and his men in sinking the Merrimac in the Santiago channel : UNITED STATES FLAGSHIP NEW YORK , On' SANTIAGO , June3 , 1898. Permit me to call your special attention to Assistant Naval Con structor Hobson. As stated in a special tele gram before coming here , I decided to make the harbor entrance secure against the possibility of egress by Spanish ships by obstructing the narrow part of the entrance by sinking a col lier at that point. Calling upon Mr. Hobson for his professional opinion as to a secure method of sinking the ship , he manifested the most lively interest in the problem. After several days' consideration he presented a solution which he considered would insure the immedi ate sinking of the ship when he.reached the de sired point in the channel. This plan was pre pared for execution when we reached Santiago. The plan contemplated a crew of only seven men and Mr. Hobson , who begged that it might be entrusted to him. The anchor chains were arranged on deck for both the anchors , forward and aft , the plan Including the anchoring of the ship almost automatically. As soon as I reached Santiago and I hod the collier to work upon , the details were completed and diligently prosecuted , hoping to complete them ia one day , as the moon and tide served best the first night after our arrival. Notwith standing the hour of 4 o'clock in the morning arrived and preparation was scarcely com pleted. After a careful explanation of the final preparations I was forced to relinquish the plan for that morning , as dawn was breaking. Mr. Hobson begged us to try it at all hazards. This morning proved more propitious , and a prompt start was made. Nothing could have been more gallantly executed. We waited im patiently after the firing by the Spaniards had ceased. When they did not reappear from the harbor at 0 o'clock I feared that they had all perished. A steam launch which had been sent in charge of Naval Cadet Powell to rescue the men appeared at this time coming out under a persistent fire of the 'batteries ' , but brought none of the crew. A careful inspection of the harbor from the ship showed that the vessels Merrimac had been sunk in the channel. This afternoon the chief of staff of Admiral Cervera came out under a flag of truce with a letter from the admiral extolling the bravery of the crew in an unusual manner. I cannot myself too earnestly express my ap preciation of the conduct of Mr. Hobson and his gallant crew. I venture to say that a more brave and daring thing has not been done since Cushing blew up the Albemarle. Referring to the inspiring letter which you addressed to the officers at the beginning of the war , I am sure you will offer a suitable pro fessional reward to Mr. Hobson and his com panions. I must add that Commander J. N. Miller has relinquished his command with the very great est reluctance , believing he would retain his command under all circumstances. He was , however , finally convinced that the attempt of another person to carry out the multitude of details which had been in preparation by Mr. Hobson might endanger its proper execution. I therefore took the liberty to relieve him for this reason only. There were hundreds of vol unteers who were anxious to participate ; there were 150 from the Iowa , nearly as many from this ship and large numbers from all the other ships , officers and men alike. "W. T. Sampson. RIVERS OUT OF BOUNDS. Both tbo Missouri and the Knw Are Flooding the XXKT Lands. KANSAS CITV , Mo. , June 13. "Five inches above danger line , and still rising rapidly , " is what the weather authorities report of the Missouri river this morning. The Kaw river , too , stands higher than it has been at any time this year. The high water of the Missouri river has blocked the Kaw's only outlet , and that stream is now spreading itself over the low lying fields along its shores. This morning the weather authori ties said the Missouri river would prob ably rise steadily till Sunday morning , then come to a standstill for twenty- four hours. After that a gradual fall is predicted. WAR TELLS ON OFFICERS. A Retiring Board Ordered to Examine Three Colonels at Tampa. WASHINGTON , June 13. The hard ships of the war are already beginning to tell upon army officers. It has been necessary to detail an army retiring board to Tampa , with General Cop- pinger as president. Three colonels of the regular regiments have been or dered to examination. They are Colonels M. A. Cochran , Sixth infan try ; Alfred T. Smith , Thirteenth in fantry , and William H. Powell. Ninth infantry. Kansans Quick to Answer. LAWRENCE , Kan. , June 13. Captain A. D. G. Clark of Company H , Twen tieth Kansas volunteers , arrived in Lawrence this morning with three of his men and at once opened a recruit ing station to fill up companies in the regiment to the maximum limit under the second call for volunteers. A large number of young men desirous of en listing were on hand early and the twenty-five men wanted from Law rence were quickly secured. Captain Clark will recruit the same number at Leavenworth Monday , at Paola Tues day and at Girard on Wednesday. To Select a Sword for Dewey. WASHINGTON , June 13. The secre tary of the navy has appointed the board to carry into effect the joint resolution of Congress authorizing him to present a sword , of'honor to Ad miral George Dewey and to distribute bronze medals commemorating tb.6 battle of Manila Bay to the officers and men of the ships of the Asiatic squad ron under command of Admiral Dewey on May 1. The board consists of Mr. Allen , assistant secretary of the navy ; Senator Lodge of Massachusetts and Professor Marshall Oliver. CHAMBERLAIN STANDS PAT , Repeats That Both England and America Would Profit by an Alliance. LONDON , June 13. Sir Charles Dilke , in the house of commons , moving a re duction in the foreign office vote , at tacked the Marquis of Salisbury's for eign policy of concession. Mr. Chamberlain , on rising to reply , was received with government cheers and Irish National hisses. He referred to "the importance of a close under standing with America , " adding : "In my opinion on such a matter the United States would not listen to the Irish vote. " But whether England or America were menaced , he said , he hoped that it would be found that blood was thicker than water , and , without desiring to force either nation to enter into an alliance with which a majority of both peoples did not thor oughly sympathize , he would repeat his conviction that the closer , the more defined and the clearer the alliance be tween the United States and England , the better it would be for both nations and civilization. Mr. Chamberlain's speech ended amid loud cheers from the benches. Mr. John Dillon , the Irish National leader , protested against Mr. Chamber lain's insults to the Irish in America Sir Charles Dilke's motion for a re duction in the foreign office vote as a rebuke to the government's foreign policy was rejected by the house by a vote of 254 against 128. CADIZ FLEET READYTO SAIL. It Is Said , However , That It Is Not the Intention to Send It Out. NEW YOKK , June 13. A special to the Herald from Cadiz says : "The re serve fleet , consisting of two iron clads , one cruiser , twenty torpedo boats , three torpedo boat destroyers , with seven auxiliary cruisers and 3,500 troops , is under steam. "The order is that the fires are now to be kept up continuously , so as to be ready to depart at any moment. There was , however , an accident on board the Alfonso XIII , whose torpedo tubes proved defective. She was compelled to return to the arsenal. This , it is said , causes the delay , but it is be lieved that the accident is simply to keep-the fleet at Cadiz. "Your correspondent has been told that the fleet will not sail , as the au thorities do not want it to leave. They will wait and wait until a catastrophe has happened to Admiral Cervera's fleet , and then there will be an explo sion of popular indignation with pos sibly an uprising. "There is nothing to prevent the squadron from sailing at once , but Ad miral Camara and his oificers and men have quite lost their heads. " MONTEREY NOW ON HER WAY. Stops at San Diego for Supply of Coal and Water. SAN DIEGO , Cal. , June 13. The United States Steamer Monterey and her coal consort , the Brutus , supposed to be speeding oh their way toward Honolulu lulu and Manila , were sighted at noon yesterday steaming south toward San Diego at a good rate , of sfteed , the Monterey leading. . They arrived off the harbor month at 3 p. m. and sepa rated , the Brutus going about five miles south and anchoring near Coronada island , while the Monterey came in rapidly and dropped her anchor at 4 p , m. off the coal bunkers , a great crowd being on the wharf to receive them. Coal was ordered put on board in a hurry and is now being taken on. The officer stated that they met heavy weather the second day out and lost overboard 300 tons , which was secured in netting on the Monterey's decks. MERRITT IS FOR EXPANSION. Plainly Declares Himself in Favor of Holding to the Philippine Islands. SAN FBANCISCO , June 13. At a ban quet given by Mayor Phelan to Major General Merritt at the Pacific Union club a number of prominent citizens were present. In responding to a toast in his honor , General Merritt said the success of the American troops in the Philippines could not be doubted. The territory acquired by the United States by right of conquest should not be re linquished. What the navy has won the army will hold. He closed by say ing : "I believe in the new national policy of the United States , which looks to the acquisition of additional territory , represented in outlying islands that are requisite for the de velopment of national strength and growth. " His sentiments were heart ily applauded. STRONG SITUATION. The Business Outlook Could Scarcely Bo Better Than Now. NEW YORK , June 13. R. G. Dun & Co.'s weekly review of trade says : "The certainty that the Spanish Atlan tic fleet is imprisoned and powerless to do harm has helped to make the tone of markets more confident. Every step of progress during the week which has looked toward an early term ination of the struggle has been reflected in the market and in lower rates for money. All industries have felt the uplifting influence. In finances the growing anxiety to lend on even long exchanges at low rates , in place of shipment of gold to this country , begins to accumulate a stand ing credit in favor of the United States. A stronger situation it would be difficult to describe. " Torroy's Riders May Go to Manila. DENVER , CoL , June 13. Orders have been received at army headquarters for the dispatch of the Nevada troop of Colonel Torrey's rough riders , now at Cheyenne , to San Francisco. This or der is taken as indicating that the en tire regiment is to be sent to the Phil ippines. A Battle for Possession of the Town Said to Be in Progress , TO ALLOW NO MASSACRENG. ! Admiral Dcwey Has Promised to Keep Insurgents in Check If They Capture the City Three Attempts Made on the Life of Aguinaldo to Get a Reward. NEW YORK , June 13. A dispatcl from Hong Kong to-day says that a battle for the possession of Manila is in progress to-day between the Spanish forces and General Aguinaldo. Ad miral Dewey has promised to proven a masacre should the insurgents capture the city. The Spanish governor has been not - ified that unless he withdraws the price put on the head of the insurgem leader Aguinaldo he will get no quar ter. Otherwise the rules of civilizec warfare will be strictly adhered to. As a result of this price on his head , three attempts have been made to take Aguinaldo's life. A CRISIS FOR THE POPULISTS. The National Chairman Says Dissension May Cause the Party's Disruption. BOSTON , June 13. George F. Wash- burne , chairman of the national exec utive committee of the Populist party , has sent a letter to other committeemen - men calling attention to the "deter mined contests between the 'fusion- ists' and 'readers' " for ascendency. "For either side to dominate will mean the disruption of the party , " he says. "This is a crisis that calls for the best judgment our leaders possess. Our safest and ablest men should be at Omaha June 15. " lie also urges the forwarding oi proxies by mail or telegraph if the delegates are unable to attend. He further says : "Our first duty is to the party as a whole rather than to any faction of it. We must reconcile , not embitter , unite rather than divide. " A call has also been issued to the Populist Senators , Congressmen , gov ernors and the state chairmen and sec retaries to attend the meeting with the privilege of the floor to express their opinion and service , but they will have no vote. SAMPSON TO NAME REWARD. Secretary Long"Will Follow the Admiral's Advice in Promoting Hobson. WASHINGTON , June 13. Secretary Long was at the navy department to day for the first time since he was overtaken by lameness about ten days ago. When asked what the depart ment proposed to do in reference to Sampson's graceful suggestion that Hobson and his men be professionally rewarded for their brave exploit in sinking the Merrimac , the secretary said that he had already telegraphed Admiral Sampson to recommend for mally to the department just what measures of advancement he deemed fitting. TEMERARIO ORDERED OUT. Paraguay Offers No Refuge to the Rest less Spanish Gunboat. BUENOS AYRES , June 13. The gov ernment of Paraguay , acting upon the representations of the United States consul at Montevideo , has notified the commander of the Spanish" torpedo gunboat Teinerario , now at Asunsion , that he must disarm thc.t vcE eLif he desires to remain in port. The Spanish commander refused to do so and thereupon he was informed that the Tcmerario must leave Asun sion as soon as the repairs to her ma chinery are completed , and that they must be quickly done. HOBSON AND HIS MEN WELL The British Consul Says the Merrlmac's Men Are Given Good Treatment. NEW YORK. June 13. The British consul at Santiago de Cuba has sent the following dispatch by way of Hali fax to the New York World : "Reply ing to your cablegram , Lieutenant Hobson and his men are well. They are also well cared for by the authori ties. I have myself just seen him. Ramsden , British consul. " NO FRICTION IN THE ARMY. Reports of Inefficiency in the Commissary Department Denied. WASHINGTON , June 13. The reports of friction between army headquarters and the various supply bureaus of the war department because of the con gested condition of affairs at Tampa are denied by officers of the depart ments under whose direction these matters come. Snelng a King's Daughter. LONDON , June 13. A dispatch from Vienna says the creditors of Princess Louise of Saxe-Coburg , wife of Prince Philip , who is accused of forging the signature of Crown Princess Stephanie to the extent of § 2,000.000 , are bring ing action against her to recover the money. More Freight Than Packets. SAN FRANCISCO , June 13. Owners of sailing vessels are profiting by the government's demand for transport steamers. Every Hawaiian packet now in port has more freight offered than she can carry in three trips and the trade promises to increase rather than diminish. A Place for Senator Murphy's Son. SAN FRANCISCO , June 13. It is semi officially announced that Brigadier General H. G. Otis has chosen for adju tant general of the Fourth brigade Captain Murphy , son of United States Senator Murphy of New York. WHAT AGUlNALDU PROPOSES , Conferences Had Been IfrM ; tli Amor- lean Representative * . VANCOUVER , B. C. , June 13. Information mation has been brought by the steam er Empress of Japan from Hofig Kong1 regarding negotiations between jthc Philippine rebel chief and the United States representatives at Singapore. It seems that just before the outbreak of hostilities between Spain and the United States Singapore was the scene of a secret political arrangement by which General Emilio Aguinaldo y Femi , supreme head of the revolution ary movement in the Philippines , en tered into direct relations with Ad miral Dcwey while that officer was still at Hong Kong. General Aguinaldo's policy , as a re sult of these conferences , embraces the independence of the Philippineswhose internal affairs would be controlled under European and American advis ers. American protection -would be desirable temporarily on the same lines as that which might be instituted hereafter in Cuba. The ports of the Philippines would be free to the trade of the world , safeguards being erected against an influx of Chinese aliens.who would compete with the industrious population of the country. There would be a complete reform of the present corrupt judiciary of the coun try under experienced European law officers. The entire freedom of the press would be established as well as of thought and pub lic meetings. There would be gen eral religious toleration and steps would be taken for the expulsion of tyrannical religious fraternities , who have such , a strong hand on every branch of the civil administration. Full provision would be given for the exploitation of the natural resources and wealth of the country by roads , railways , and by the removal of all hindrances to enterprise and the in vestment of capital. The Spanish of ficials would be removed to a place o : safety until an opportunity offered to their return to Spain. The preserva tion of public safety and the checking of reprisals against the Spaniards would naturally have been the first care of the government in the new state of things. OUR GUNNERY A LESSON. Foreign Powers Will Probably Give Their Ships More Target Practice. WASHINGTON , June 13. Naval ex perts are watching with care the records made by our gunners. Unlim ited praise is heard of their work in Washington and abroad. The super iority of our fire over the Spanish is due , naval officers believe , to the an * pie opportunity given American sea men to become familiar with the guns and not to spare projectiles or powder in target practice. Double the target practice that foreign services have is given the navy and the result is shown in the wonderful accuracy with which everything aimed at has been knocked to pieces. Beginning at a range of 7,000 yards or about four miles , the vessels of Ad miral Sampson's fleet at both Porto Rico and Santiago got the range of shore batteries and made every shell perform its full function. At closer range the fire of the ships seems to have been even better. With very chance of doing the American ships se rious harm , not one has so far been squarely hit by a big shell from Span ish land defenses. The chances are all favorable to the shore guns over the ships" ordnance in a fight between the two. While the vessel is a smaller target and moves along , the shore batteries have sta tionary gun platforms , and should , if the range is secured properly , hit every time. Yet the reports show that at close range within one mile at both Santiago and Porto Rico not one pro jectile struck a ship and few came dan gerously near them. Other powers probably will profit by this govern ment's experience in providing liberal ly for target practice at sea. JSHAFTER WON'T HELP , Soldiers Net Allowed to Testify Against Negro Cavalrymen Accused of Murder. TAMPA , Fla. , June 13. The trial of John Young and James Johnson , negroes , members of the Tenth cav airy , is now in progress at Barlow before the circuit court. They have both been indicted for the murder of Joab Collins , who was killed in a melee while the soldiers were encamped at Lakeland. Great difficulty was experienced by ; he sheriff in obtaining witnesses. He made application to General Shafter at Port Tampa for two witnesses , but the jeneral refused to give him the men. SICK SOLDIERS FROM TAMPA. SIsty-FIvo Taken to the Hospital at Fort McFhorson. ATLANTA , Ga. , June 13. Sixty-five sick soldiers arrived here last night rom Tampa and were taken to the jeneral army hospital at Fort McPher- son. Nearly all are regulars. Many sick are said to be suffering from fever. There are now about HO patients at this hospital. A 8200,000 Fire In Detroit. DETROIT. Mich. , June 13. The Case Power building on Congress street , west , burned early to-day with all its contents , and some oi the finest busi ness structures in this city'were dam aged. The total damage will be up wards of 5200,000. Chaplain of Second Missouri Volnnte rs JEFFERSON CITY , Mo. , June 13. Go - ernor Stephens has appointed the Rev. 6. A. Ottman of St. Louis chaplain of the Second regiment , Missouri volun teers m "WOMAN'S CLUB DAY. " N _ _ Visit Omaha and to Denver to the Exposition. 5 .ZoS' KIIS I - i " . and In- - Trans-Missippi Exposition has set apart % ,5 , * : on their way to the Denver have arranged to stop over Into ' Club Congress to attend the Woman's June 18 and 19. to be held in that city Mrs. Ellen M. Henrotin , president of . - * of Women s the General Federation Clubs ; Mrs. Alice Ives Breed vice- president , and Mrs. Philip N. Moore , corresponding secretary , will be in at tendance. Among the speakers are Mrs. Ed ward Longstreth , Mrs. Mary B. Mun- ford , Mrs. Cornelius Stevenson of Philadelphia , Mrs. Ellen M. Richard son of Boston. Mrs. Kate Tarmatt Woods of Salem ; Mrs. Eluta Tl-aUon of Newton , Mass. ; Mrs. Win. Fischel of St Louis ; Mrs. Celia Parker Wool- 4 ey and Mrs. Herman J. Hall of Chi cago. Besides the sessions of the congress which will be unusually Interesting , two daily concerts by the Theodore Thomas orchestra will be given m the Auditorium. Special rates of one fare for the round trip have been pranted by all the roads leading to Omaha. These rates are good from June 17 to June 20 within a radius of 150 miles of Omaha. The Woman's Board of Managers of the exposition , the Exposition Bu reau of Entertainment and the Omaha Woman's Club are making active preparations for the success of the dav. dav.In order to distinguish them from other exposition visitors , each visit ing club woman is requested to wear on her shoulder a knot of pale blue ribbon. It is now conceded by all that the Trans-Mississippi exposition Is second end only to the world/s fair , far sur passing in beauty the centennial , midwinter , Atlanta and Nashville ex positions. Send In a Protest. Washington dispatch : 0 telegram was received last night in Washing ton from the colonel of the First Ne braska regiment of volunteer infant ry now at San Francisco awaiting transportation to the Philippines , stating that the men of his company are now thoroughly armed and equipped and ready to move. They have been anxious to be ordered off ever since their arrival on the Pacific coast , but have been made to stand by and see other regiments pass them by and board the troop ships to go to Manila. The reason for the Nebras ka soldiers' detention has been that they were poorly equipped and the secretary of war would not allow their departure with inferior arms. As this deficiency seems now to have been remedied , the First Nebras ka may be soon be sent out of tl- country from the port of San Fran cisco. Nebraska Hanks. Washington dispatch : The ab stract of reports made to the comptrol ler of the currency showing the'con dition of banks of Nebraska , exclusive of Lincoln and Om aha , as of May 5 shows a decided increase in business since last report on February 18. Loans and discounts are $12,5S2S50 ; due from banks and bankers , $4,881,484 ; gold coin on hand. $64S,36G ; total specie , $820,555. Total resources , $23.316- 02S. and Increase of over one million. Individual deposits amounted en that date to $12,999.894. &n increase of $1- 269,226 since February : The average reserve held is 3S.S8 per cnt as against 36.54 per cent of last report. Decision In a Nebraska Case. An important pension decision has been handed down by the secretary of the interior in the case of Joshua C. Hart of NuckoIIs county. Nebras ka , on appeal by Representative Suth erland. The case involved the ad- missabillty of evidence not in accord ance with the evidence of the medical officers of the pension bureau. The claimant had many witnesses to test- tify to his physical disability to a greater extent than was manifested by the report of the medical examin ing board , but the case was rejected. It was then appealed by Mr. Suther land. The case has been ordered tea a hearing. Killed by a Train. Dakota City dispatch : Gordon Al exander of Blair , about 6 o'clocK this evening , was run over by a work train on the Chicago , SL Paul , Minneapolis & Omaha railway at South Sioux Citv and almost instantly killed. He wak one of the workmen on the tram and was attempting to go from the ca boose to a flat car after the caboose had been cut from a train comin off I approach of the bridge , when he fell between the cars and twelve cars passed over him. The companv physlclans at Sioux-City and this place were called , but the man expired II fore they arrived. An inquest is now being held. His brother was an eye witness to the accident. Burned by Llchtnlnc. Edgar dispatch : Lightning struck i barn belonging to Peter Bures , three miles east of Edgar , during the rafa yesterday afternoon. killing two horses , knocking : down four more and a young man Fred Zelgler , who was at work in the stable attendin- the horses. The barn was sot on fir ; fl burned , with two harvesters. SOO bush els of oats and some other minor farm implements. Total value of Pr ° Perdestr ° yea. 51.200. Insur ance $300. The young man and the four horses that were knocked down uuwu n-ere it-scued. . Lowls A. Funk , a young man who ? 3ir.p here e , short time ago nndc : ured employment nt the Arso Jlan Bfacturlns company , was taken into rustn-.lv today ty nn officer from Slarksville , Ind. , upon the charce of seduction. Funk accompanied the jfflcer without requisition papers.