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WESTERN CRAT .
VOLUME XIV. VALENTINE , NEBRASKA , MARCH 2 , 1899. iXUMBER 6.
SUMMARY OF LATE NEWS
NAYAL CHIEFS CLASH
LONG WILL DO ALL HE CAN FOR
'There May Bo Two Vice Admirals
Provided for Dcwey's Request for
the Battleship Oregon Gives Rise
to International Complication.
May Be Two Vice Admirals.
In answer to an inquiry Secretary Long
said that he had not thought of ordering a
court of inquiry into the merits of the
Sampson-Schlcy controversy , nor did he
contemplate allowing Schley to be forced
out of the . - ervice through any technicality ,
such as the failure of the Senate to confirm
his nomination to be rear admiral. The
Department in that case would see that he
The xinderstanding among Admiral
Schley's friends now is that they will not
further press the fight over the question of
Admiral Sampson's advancement over Admiral
miral Schley. They will , therefore , agree
to let the nominations be confirmed without
.much , if any more debate , depending upon
future legislation to place Schley before the
-country in the position which they think he
should occupy. They propose to ask that
provision be made for the appointment of
two vice admirals , with the understanding
that Schley and Sampson shall be nomina
ted to the two places thus created. Schley
told his senatorial friends that he was will
ing to trust his fortunes to their care.
THE CALL FOR THE OREGON
Dewey's Request for the Battleship
i Gives Rise to Speculation.
The London Times in an editorial dis
cussion Monday morning of the Philippines
and of cognate matters , prefers to consider
the Radziwill interview in the Paris Liberte
as serious. It says :
"If such expressions were used by a not
very wise official it would be very regret-
able. Xo doubt the German cruiser has
gone to Manila to help German subjects
there if necessary , and we are reminded
that the risk is a serious one by the death
of two non-combatants , one a British sub
ject , who had 'inprudentlv exposed thorn-
"We are well assured , however , that
there is no real reason for the separation
of American and German interests , but na
tions are governed as much by sentiment
as by logic : and considering the difficulty
and magnitude of America's task in the
Philippines , it is only fair to ask that mis
chief makers should be warned off in
ZEALANDIA HAS ARRIVED.
I Returns from Manila After an Up-
usually Rough Voyage.
[ I The transport steamer Zealandia has
arrived at San Francisco from Manila , after
a rough trip during which she encountered
a typhoon of forty-eight hours' duration ,
which damaged the ship to a considerable
extent , injured several of the men and
nearly foundered the vessel. She brings
fifty-six soldiers who were sent home on
sick leave , fifty-three discharged or under
orders and six prisoners and a guard of ten.
Three men died on the voyage.
The Zealandia left Manila Jan. 25 , and
Nagasaki Feb. 5. When five days out from
the latter port a terrible storm was en
countered , during which First Mate Deer-
ing , Chief Pantryman llalloway and
several of the crew were badly hurt and
rendered unfit for duty. For a time tlr
vessel was in danger , but she finally out
rode the gale.
SON OF HIS FATHER.
Young Jesse' James Positively Iden
tified as a Train Robber.
The most positive identification of Jesse
James as one of the Leeds train robbers
was made in the court room at Kansas City
by William J. Smith of Stokasberry , Mo. ,
who was a passenger on the Missouri Pa
cific train the night it was held up. Smith
testified that he got out when the train
stopped and walked up among the robbers ,
one of whom place : ! a gun against his
breast and 01 dered him back into the car.
"Do you see that man in the court
room ! "
Mr. Smith pointed at Jesse James silting
facing him and said : "Yes , sir ; there he
.sits right over there. "
Bodies of the Marty's Found.
The bodies of Letter Carrier Fred Marty ,
his wife and 2-year-pld child , who ten days
ago perished in the lire at Arlington flat
building in Chicago , were found Monday
under a pile of debris near the northeast
corner of the basement. Father , mother
and child lay side by side as though they
had been suffocated by smoke before the
Fatally Injured by Gas Explosion
The house of Daniel Eckton at Walton ,
Ind. , was blown to pieces by a natural gas
explosion. The noise was heard for miles :
Mrs. Eckton is horribly injured and is
dying. Mrs. Jesse Coblenlz is also dying.
Willie Coblentz , Jesse Coblentz and Charles
Eckton all are more or less injured , but
Day to Be Circuit Judge.
The President has nominated Wm. R.
Day of Ohio to be United States Circuit
Judge for the Sixth Circuit.
SMALLPOX IN ST. PAUL.
A Well Developed Case Discovered
in the Levee District.
A well developed case of smallpox was
discovered in St. Paul' a few days ago
among the Bohemian families on the levee.
Anton Vacca , a laborer , became very sick ,
and Dr. A. W. Miller , assistant health com
missioner , after an investigation , judged
the complaint smallpox. Dr. Miller and
Inspector Sinks of the health department
iiad the man removed to the pest house.
Two officers of the board of health and a
special policeman were detailed at the
house to prevent Mrs. Vacca from commu
nicating the disease by visiting neighbors.
Several houses in the vicinity of the Vacca
home have also been quarantined. Dr.
Leavitt tcck charge of the patient at the
pest house , and reported that Vacca had
the disease in an advanced form , but that
ho had good care at the institution , and
that he would probably recover.
FAVORABLE TO ARMY BILL.
Administration and Minority Come
to an Understanding.
The administration and its representa
tives in Congress have reached a satisfac
tory agreement with the minority respect
ing the army reorganization bill. The
compromise is based on an army of 100,000 ,
of whom 85,000 are to be known as the pro
visional army enlisted to serve until 1901.
Arrangements arc made for a full staff
corps , as in the Hull bill , and generally
speaking it is said the arrangement saves
the features of that measure , while meeting
in a large measure the objections of the
minority based on the fear that the regular
establishment will be permanently in
creased. It is believed this removes nearly
all the danger of an extra session.
MILLIONS IN DANGER.
Fire at Chicago Stock Yards Threat
ens Great Packing Plants.
The entire packing house district at the
Chicago stock yards , with hundreds of
millions of dollars' worth of property , was
threatened with destruction Thursday
morning by a fire in the meat warehouse of
Swift & Co. , one of the "Big Four" pack
ers. The building was destroyed and some
adjoining property damaged. The total
loss is $200,000. Firemen Patrick and
O'Neil were killed and several other fire
men and bystanders injured by a falling
Discuss the Race Question.
The workers' conference of the Tusco-
gee , Ala. , Normal and Industrial Institute
met the other day to discuss the best
methods calculated to bring about tl e im
provement of the colored people and the
policy which will tend to make the rela
tions between the whites and blacks more
friendly and mutually helpful. The gen
eral subject selected for discussion was
"Eolations Between Whites and Negroes
in the South. "
Miles Has More Trouble.
Gen. Nelson A. Miles has filed exceptions
to the commissioner's report of the sale of
the property of the Werner Printing Co. ,
at Akron , Ohio. Gen. Miles has a claim
against the Werner Co. for $25,000 , which
the commissioner refused to allow. The
Werner Co. published Gen. Miles' book
and he alleges the work was not done ac
cording to contract. He presented a claim
for damages for the above amount.
Found Frozen to Death.
The dead body of Mrs. Mfnnie L. Sar
gent , who was frozen to death during the
recent cold snap , has just been found near
Hanover , Ohio. Mrs. Sargent was a
widow , nearly 80 years of age and living
alone. She had been in the habit of visit
ing the neighbors , and not being seen for
some days , they investigated and found
her lying in a bed , frozen stiif.
Bill to Check Cartoonists.
Assemblyman Work's anti-cartoon bill
in the California Legislature which was
refused passage by the Senate , was taken up
again on reconsideration and was passed.
Exception was taken to some cartoons
which appeared in the daily papers and
this is said to be the cause of its passage.
Rcdhot Poker on Tongue.
Catherine Taylor , whose husband , a
watchman of New York , confessed that
lie had given her Paris green , died from
the effects of the drug. An examination
also proved that he had burned his wife's
tongue with a redhot poker. He will be
arraigned on a charge of murder.
Big Contract for Ore.
Negotiations for the delivery of 30,000
tons of Leadville manganese ore to the
Illinois Steel Works at Chicago have been
closed. This contract , in addition to those
now in force , means the production during
the next ten months of G0,000 tons of this
class of ore in Leadville.
Wages Voluntarily Raised.
Notice has been posted at all the plants
of the Tomas Iron Company in the Lehigh
Valley in Pennsylvania , notifying the em
ployes that their wages have been advanced
10 per cent. This is the first order increas
ing wages that has been issued in this sec
tion for many years.
Convicts to Make Binding Twine.
Gov. Stanley of Kansas has signed the
bill through which the Slate Legislature
aims to relieve Kansas farmers of the exac
tions of the binding twine trust. The
measure provides for the manufacture of
binding twine by convicts in the State
Chili Will Remain Neutral ,
The agitation of the Chilian papers in
favor of the intervention of Chili in the
conflict now in progress in Bolivia between
President Alonzo's forces and the Federal
ists or insurgents is calming down. The
Government of Chili has resolved to re
FIRE IN FLOUR CITY
TKE SECOND TIME.
Nobody was Hurt in This Conflagra-
tiou , but the Event .Recalls the
Tragedy Ten Years Ago when
Several Persons Lost Their Iiives.
Minneapolis Tribune Burned.
The five-story building on Fifth Street ,
Minneapolis , Minn. , owned and occupied
by the Tribune Publishing Company , was
destroyed by fire Friday night last. The
lire originated in the job room on the second
end floor. Nothing was saved mailing
lists , files , account books , contracts , with
all the costly presses and linotypes were
destroyed. The Times and .Journal build
ing , two lots east of the Tribune , was on
lire several times. The building adjoining
the Tribune on the west , occupied by Geo.
Benz & Sons , wholesale liquor dealers ,
was almost destroyed , together with a
large stoclc. The big department store of
S. X. Olson , to the south and across the
alley , was on fire , but iron shutters savpd
it. Following are the estimated losses :
Tribune Company $100,000 , insurance
580,000 ; Tribune boolc binding and job de
partment $8,000 , insurance $5,000 ; W. S.
Booth & Co. , law blanks , $7,000 , with par
tial insurance ; George BenSons , whole
sale liquors , $25,000 , with full insurance ;
Drew & Co. and Thurston & Gould , job
printers , $5,000 , partial insurance ; A. T.
Dahl , boolc binder , $3,000 , partial insur
ance ; Housekeeper , semi-monthly , $4,000 ,
fully insured ; Century Piano Company
$1,000 , fully covered.
The Tribune will issue as usual , being
run off in the Times rooms.
On the night of Nov. SO , 1889 , the
Tribune Building , directly opposite the one
destroyed Friday night was burned , and
seven newspaper men lost their lives.
SMALLPOX IN TEXAS.
The Situation Has Taken an Alarm
ing Turn at Dallas.
The smallpox situation has become so
alarming in Dallas , Texas , that the District
i Courts have been closed and the juries dis
missed. There are ten cases in the pest
house , a number isolated at private ex
pense , and a large number of suspected
cases under surveillance. Five deaths
have been reporte 1. There is agitation for
closing the public schools. Reports from
Cleburn , Wcatherford , San Diego , Corpus
Christi , and other Texas towns indicate
that the disease is becoming more epidemic.
The cold weather has caused the disease to
KING OSCAR MAY STAY AWAY
Czar's Peace Conference at the
Hague Opposed by Swedes.
King Oscar has received a numerously
signed petition asking that Sweden be not
represented at the Czars "arrest of arma
ments" conference at The Hague. The
Emperor of Ilussia , the memorial declares ,
has clearly shown his hand in his tyran
nical proclamation doing away with the
constitution of Finland , and Swedes should
not fail to show their sympathy or to act
with regard to their interest. It is likely
that the Government will await develop
ments before signifying its attitude in the
ALGER DENIES THE STORY.
Head of the War Department Says
He Does Not Intend to Retire.
Secretary of War Alger has taken occa
sion to deny the story published that he
contemplates resigning. In answer to
further questions he said : "I could not
afford to leave the cabinet under present
conditions. I am perfectly satisfied to
leave the investigation of my conduct dur
ing the Spanish-American war to the in
vestigating committees that have been ap
pointed. I have no fear of the result. I
could not relinquish the portfolio as Sec
retary of War while still under lire. "
EGG FAMINE IN EAST.
Hen Fruit Quoted at Forty Cents a
Dozen in Pittsburg.
There is a famine in eggs at Pittsburg ,
Pa. , and prices have advanced from 21 to40
cents a dozen. Last week H. D. Miller of
Philo , Muskegon County , Ohio , arrived in
Pittsburg and quietly started in to buy
eggs. At Indianapolis , Ind. , eggs are
worth 5 cents a piece.
Says the Beef AVas Ancient.
Adjt. Schaber of the Eighth Ohio Vol
unteer Regiment of Bucyrus , Ohio , who
during the Spanish war handled large
quantities of the canned beef provided for
the soldiers , says that all the cans bore
labels with the figures 1898 printed on
them. By soaking the cans these lables
could be pulled off , showing an original
wrapper with the date 1888 or some other
equally ancient period marked on them.
Took an Overdose of Chloral.
Prof. Waldar Malmane of St. Louis , Mo. ,
a critic well known in the musical circles
of this country and Europe , was found un
conscious in a room at the Van Studdiford
Hotel , as the result of an overdose of chlo
ral. Domestic troubles'caused , the professor
ser to leave home temporarily.
Daniel O'Connell Is Dead.
Daniel O'Connell , literateur , poet and
playwright , is dead at his suburban home ,
in Sausalito , Cal. , of pneumonia. He was
of the same family as the famous liberator
of that name.
Dewey AVants the Oregon.
The following dispatch has been re
ceived by the Navy Department from Ad
miral Dewey : "For political reasons the
Oregon should be sent here at once. "
HOUSE PASSES NAVAL BILL ,
Maximum Price of Armor Plate
Fixed at $445 Per Ton.
The naval appropriation bill finally
passed the Lower House of Congress
Thursday afternoon , after four days of ac
rimonious debate , much of which wai
spent upon the question of rehabilitating
the Naval Academy at Annapolis in
accordance with the scheme inau
gurated by the appropriation of half
a million in the last naval bill ,
and the proposition to increase the maxi
mum price to be paid for armor plate to
$545 per ton , existing law limiting it to
$400. Upon both propositions the naval
committee suffered signal defeats. The
amendment to build a great armor plant
was ruled out upon a point of order , but
after a rancorous debate , in which the
price to be paid for armor was cut down
from $545 , the price which the committee
insisted when being paid for the new Krupp
armor , to $445 , and a proviso was also
added precluding the Government from
paying more than was paid by any othei
foreign government for similar armor.
MORE FIGHTING AT MANILA.
Insurgents Try to Rush Through Our
Lines , but Are Checked.
With daylight Thursday morning the
enemy began worrying tactics at various
parts of the American line in Manila , ap
parently for the purpose of withdrawing
attention from affairs inside the city. An
attempt was made to rush through our ex
treme left near Caloocan , but it \\i\s
promptly checked by a hot and effective
musketry and artillery fire. The monitor
Monadnock joined in the engagement ,
hurling 10-inch shells over the American
lines into bodies of the enemy as indicated
by the signal corps. A band of sixty
rebels , having two carloads of arms and
accoutrements , has been captured in a
house. Lieut. Eugene S. French , Company
L , First Montana , and Private Oscar Fel-
ton , Company C , First South Dakota , wore
killed , and ten wounded , among the latter
PRESIDENT FAURE BURIED ,
No Unpleasant Incident Throughout
Crowds of people anxious to witness the
funeral procession bearing the remains of
President Faure from the Elysees Palace
in Paris to Notre Dame Cathedral began to
assemble early Thursday morning along
the line of the route. The procession was
led by a detachment of cavalry , infantry
and marines , and strong bodies of troops
were interspersed throughout the funeral
cortege. The whole route was lined with
troops of all arms and guarded by police.
The procession moved slowly toward the
Cathedral , the crowds reverently standing
with bared heads as it passed. At the con
clusion of the services in the cathedral ,
which were very impressive throughout ,
the funeral procession was re-formed and
proceeded to the cemetery Pcre la Chaise.
There was no unpleasant incident through
Another Fatal Snowslide.
Another snowslide occurred at Snver
Plume , Colo. , the other day , carrying
away all the buildings of the Seven-Thirty
mine , together with several miners' cabins
and burying four men , two of whom were
rescued alive. The slide ran right over the
Seven-Thirty mine , and partly across the
Dunderberg. The miners who were caught
were caught asleep in their cabins.
Invites Almeiias to a Duel.
Gen. Linares , who was in command of
the Spanish troops at Santiago at the time
of the capitulation , has challenged Count
d'Almenas to a duel on account of the at
tacks the count made on him in the Span
ish Senate in connection with his arraign
ment of the conduct of the Spanish gen
erals engaged in the war in Cuba.
Chicago Cattle , common to prime ,
$3.00 to § G.2o ; hogs , shipping grades ,
So.OO to $4.00 ; sheep , fair to choice , $3.00
to $4.75 ; Avhcat , No. 2 rod , 73c to 74c ;
corn , No. 2 , 35c to 37c ; outs , No. 2 , 27c
to 28c ; rye , No. 2 , 5Gc to 57c ; butter ,
choice creamery , 21c to 22c : eggs , fresh.
20c to 22c ; potatoes , choice , 33c to 50c
Indianapolis Cattle , shipping. $3.00 to
S3.75 ; hogs , choice light , $2.75 to $4.00 ;
sheep , common to choice , $2.50 to $4.25 :
wheat , No. 2 red , G9c to 71c ; corn , No. 2
white , 34c to 35c ; oats , No. 2 white , 30c
St. Louis Cattle , $3.50 to $0.00 ; hogs ,
$3.00 to $4.00 ; sheep. $3.00 to $4.25 ;
wheat , No. 2 , 74c to 75c ; corn , No. 2
yellow , 33c to 34c ; oats , No. 2 , 2Sc to 30c :
rye. No. 2 , 5Gc to 5Sc.
Cincinnati Cattle , $2.50 to $5.75 ; hogs ,
$3.00 to $4.00 ; sheep , $2.50 to $4.25 ;
wheat , No.2 , 74c to 75c ; corn , No. 2
mixed , 33c to 34c ; oats , No. 2 mixed , 29c
to 30c ; rye , No. 2 , G2c to G4c.
Detroit Cattle , $2.50 to $5.75 ; hogs ,
$3.00 to $4.00 ; sheep , $2.50 to $4.25 :
wheat , No. 2 , 72c to 74c ; corn , No. 2
yellow , 3Gc to 38c ; oats , No. 2 white , 32c
to 34c ; rye , G2c to G4c.
Toledo Wheat , No. 2 mixed , 72c to
73c ; corn , No. 2 mixed , 34c to 3Gc ; oats.
No. 2 white , 2Sc to 29c ; rye , No. 2 , 56c
to 5Sc ; clover seed , new , $3.95 to $5.05.
Milwaukee Wheat , No. 2 spring , 70c
to 72c ; corn , No. 3 , 31c to 33 ; c oats , No.
2 white , 29c to 31e ; rye , No. 1. 5Gc to 57c ;
barley , No. 2 , 45c to 51c : pork , mess ,
$9.25 to $9.75.
Buffalo Cattle , good shipping steers ,
$3.00 to $ G.OO ; hogs , common to choice ,
$3.25 to $4.25 ; sheep , fair < o choice weth
ers , $3.50 to $5.00 ; lambs , common to
extra , $4.50 to $5.25.
New York Cattle , $3.25 to SG.OO ; hogs ,
$3.00 to $4.25 ; sheep. $3 CO to $4.75 ;
wheat , No. 2 red , 83c to Sac ; corn , No.
2 , 42c to 45c ; oats. No. 2 white , 3Gc to
3Sc ; butter , creamery , IGc to 23c ; eggs ,
Western. 24c to 2Gc.
STATE OF NEBRASKA
NEWS OF THE WEEK IN A CON
First Nebraska Regiment in a Skir
mish with Filipinos Near Manila
One Private Is Killed and a Num
ber AVounded Other Items.
Fell at Manila.
The following First Nebraska boys were
among those reported by Gen. Otis as hav
ing fallen in a skirmish on Tanquina road ,
north of the pumping station , near Manila ,
Feb. 17 :
Killed - PRIVATE GEORGE AX-
DREWS , Company A , wounded in cheek ,
forearm and knee , died last night.
"Wounded PriateEdward Day , Com
pany A. head , severe ; Private Charles E.
Park. Company F , right thigh , slight ;
Private .John Williams , Company G , left
elbow , severe ; Sergeant Wilbcr E. Camp ,
Company G , left thigh , slight-First Ser
geant William II. Cook , Company Gneck ,
severe ; Captain Albert H. llollingsworth ,
Company C , thigh , severe ; Second Lieu
tenant Bert D. Whedon , Company C , right
George Andrews was from York. He
was 21 years of age , and enlisted June 27.
Edward Day , who was wounded , was from
York also , lie is 2(5 ( years of age , and en
listed May ' .I. John Williams is from
Geneva , and his age is given as 20
years. Capt. Albert II. llollings
worth is from Beatrice. He is 20
years of age and was formerly captain
of a company of the National Guard at
Beatrice. He enlisted May ; ) . Bert Whe
don , who was so seriously wounded , is a
Lincoln boy. lie vas a junior at the State
University , and also an officer in the cadet
battalion , and a member of Phi Delta
Theta fraternity , and always took a prom
inent part in university alt'airs. He is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Whedon. He is 21
years of age. Wilber E. Camp was a German
printer. His father is .1. II. Camp. W. II.
Cook of Company F. Omaha. No paiticu-
lars ( name not in last directory ) . .John
Williams is a student at Geneva. His near
relative is Emma Williams of that town.
Luimbermeu Listen to Papers.
The State Lumber Dealers'Association
held its annual session at Lincoln with a
larger attendance than ever before. The
Hoo-Hoo Association , a social order of the
lumbermen , was also largely represented.
The meeting was opened with the annual
address by President Bonekamp and the
reports of Secretary Cleland and Treas
urer Fried. The finances of the associa
tion were found to be in good shape with
about $1,000 surplus in the treasury. Pa
pers were read on subjects of interest to
lumbermen by A. Barnett of McCook , De
Forrestr Green and William Larson of
Lincoln , and othersv
Had No Business There.
A South Omaha jury has acquitted Frank
Sharp , a grading contractor , of shoot
ing John W. Collins last month. The evi
dence of Collins himself showed that he
had no business in Sharp's barn at the
time. Sharp shot through the barn door ,
supposing a burglar was in the place. It
was midnight and he had suffered the loss
of several things , stolen from the barn.
Collins was in Sharp's oinploj. To police
man Thomas Montague and others Sharp
said he shot because lie was afraid if he did
not the supposed burglar would shoot him.
Collins lost an arm as a result of the
Right of Way Secured.
The Lower House of Congress has con
curred in the Senate bill granting the Sioux
City & Omaha Uailroad Company right of
Avay through the Winnebago and Omaha
Indian reservations. The promoters claim
to have good financial backing and say the
road will be built this year. While it may
eventually become a part of the Great
Northern system , it is likely to serve for
some time as a connecting road for the
southern roads whose northern terminals
are at Omaha.
Thomas H. Cooley Returns.
Thomas II. Cooley , cashier of the Chicago
cage , St. Paul , Minneapolis and Omaha
road at Omaha , who was arrested in Iowa ,
has returned to the city. He was accom
panied by several friend who are endeav
oring to do all they can to get him out of
the trouble into which he has plunged
himself. Cooley was turned over to Inspector
specter Lord by the Iowa authorities. He
was so weak he had to be assisted to the
carriage and later from it into the train.
Meeting ; ol" Pioneers.
The pioneers of Sutton and vicinity held
their annual meeting a few days ago. The
following officers were elected for the
ensuing year : President , J. C. Merrill ;
vice president , Mrs. J. B. Dinsmore ; Sec
retary , Mrs. Will Smith ; treasurer. I.-X.
Clark ; chaplain , Mrs. I. X. Clark.
Refunded the Bonds.
The city council of Hartington has re
funded the waterworks bonds , which had
already run five years and were drawing 7
per cent , interest. The new bonds will
run fifteen years and draw only 5 per cent ,
interest and the council received a bonus
of $4415 on the bonds of $9,500.
Hastings Man Drops Dead.
G. E. Malcom dropped dead while hang
ing up a set of harness in his barn at Hast
ings. As he had been in the habit of tak
ing chloral it is though his death was
caused by an overdose of the drug. Coroner
ner Cooke viewed the remains and said that
an inquest would not be held.
Xew Trial for Reynolds.
The supreme court handed down a num
ber of opinions a few days ago. among
them being a reversal of the Reynolds
bigamy case , which came up from Hayes
County. Reynolds has been sentenced to
seven years for having too many wives ,
but will now get a new trial.
National Guard Mustered In.
Adjt. Gen. Barry of Lincoln has mus
tered in the new Company L , Xebraska
National Guards , at Xorfolk. The officers
of the company are : John W. MeClary ,
captain ; Aired Grecke , first lieutenant ;
Carl H. Pilgei , second lieutenant.
CHARGES AGAINST CORNELL
Abstract Filed With the Legislative
The following abstract of the charges
filed against Auditor Cornell by Samuel
Lichty. was compiled and filed with thxs
lcgslative investigating committee :
1. State Auditor Cornell had in his pos
session on the 1st day of June. 1897 , sums
belongiim to the state amounting to over
$8,000 , which the constitution required to
be paid into the treasury "in advance. "
During the whole of the year IS'J7 he held
back money belonging to the treasury , and
had the same deposited as his own private
funds in banks outside the state capital , or
was using the same for piivatespeculaf'on.
( See Broatch against Moores , declaring
such action to be - .ibezzlemer.r. This de
cision also says : ' 'In a majority of cases of
defalcation it is quite likely that the first
misappropriation was made in the full confidence
fidence- that it would be niaue good and no
one would be harmed. There is no middle
ground either of safety or honesty. Trust
funds must be held sac-cd , ami the officer
wh- appropriates them to his own use
must be held to be guilty of a breach of
trust , no matter how willing he may after
ward prove to be to replacu the misappro
priation of that which was not his own. "
2. The State Auditor , accompanied by
his friends and relatives , accepted the free
use of a special train on the Burlington
road to visit the pleasure resorts of South
Dakota , just before the time of the meeting
of the Xebraska State Board of Equaliza
tion , of which the Xebraska State Auditor
was chairman. By the means of passes
and other favors from the railroad com
panies he was induced to vote any increase
of taxes on these companies.
3. State Auditor Cornell received con
tributions and transportation rrom railroad
companies to assist in securing a rcnomina-
tion in 189S , one of these contributions
being fifty trip passes "for yourself and
Morehead , " having been cent just previous
to the state convention on i-quest of the
State Auditor. < cice Cession laws , 1897 ,
pa ; e 1851.
4. Auditor Cornell appointed his r.ophew ,
J.A.Simpson , as county irjasurer examiner -
aminer , with a specific salary OL $ lliOO , per
year and expenses , and while hiMvasdraw
ing this salary , authorized him to examine
insurance companies and extort illegal fees
for the same contrary to section 77 , chapter
xliii , Compiled Statutes 18K5 ! , the said Cor
nell having full knowledge that the law
was being violated.
3. The State Auditor appointed and
authorized O. W. Palm , an insurance agent ,
who was under the law ineligible to act as
insurance examiner , and to extort illegal
fees from insurance companies , the said
Cornell having full knowledge of and par
ticipating in the benefits of the same.
G. In return for favors received from in
surance companies , the State Auditor neg
lected and refused to enforce section ' . of
the insurance laws relating to the col
lection of taxes from insurance companies ,
and by suc'irrf'ual and neglect the i-tato
lost money at the rate of $2,000 per mouth ,
which should have been collected and
turned into the State Treasury.
7. The State Auditor had full knowledge
and due notice that there was due the state
$ oOl,000 from insurance companies , which
should have been collected and turned into
the State Treasury , but he-refused to col
lect the same or to allow any other person
to proceed to make such collection.
8. On the 22d of March , 1897 , Deputy
Auditor Pool , by the advice of the Auditor ,
wrongfully drew from the State Treasury
$225 and converted the same to his own use ,
and both the Auditor and his deputy re
fused to pay back the money after the At
torney General had decided that it was
wrongfully taken. ( The decision in the
Irvine case , relied upon by the Auditor in
justification , was rendered on Xov. 17 ,
1898) ) .
9. The State Auditor sent deputies from
his office out over the state working for his
re-election , during the campaign of 1898 ,
and the office work that they should have
done was performed by J. M. Koerbel. an
extra employe , at a cost to the state of $211 ,
the political deputies at the same time
drawing their regular salaries from thy
10. The State Auditor nrged and re
quested two of his deputies to take money
belonging to the State and use the same for
Deserter Hangs Himself.
John Rober , a deserter from Fort Meade ,
hanged himself in the Holt County jail.
While the jailer was absent for only a few
minutes he tied his suspenders around his
neck , fastening the end to the bars , and by
falhng upon his knees choked himself to
Quarrel of Brothers-in-Tjav.
Harmon II. Frazier and George Sutton
had trouble regarding grazing land for cat
tle north of Alliance , and Sutton was shot
in the shoulder with a revolver. The
wound is not serious. Frazier is under
arrest. The men are brothers-in-law.
Refunding of Water Bonds.
The city council of Tecumseh has called
a special election for March 15 to vote on
the proposition of refunding the city's
vater bonds at a lower rate of interest.
Xebraska Short Xotes.
The Supreme Court lias resumed its sit
Tekamah will soon vote for or against
building a new school house.
Rev. E. O. Taylor of Chicago is giving a
series of temperance lectures at Graf ton.
An interesting and profitable farmers'
institute \vas held at Brady Island a. few
The York creamery is nearly completed.
As yet the promoters ha\e not secured a
During the past month the achuyler
creamery has paid 5970.46 to its seventy-
The fifteenth annual encampment of
Osceola Sons of Veterans was held in that
city last week.
There will be a fight at the spring elec
tion in Wymore over the old question of
saloons or no saloons.
The loss of a child a few months ago has
caused the mental derangement of Mrs. R.
Flesher of Elm Creek.
The mystery surrounding the disappear
ance of Silas Baily at Bcnkelman has been
partially solved by the finding of his body
in the river. '