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VOLUME XIV. VALENTINE , NEBRASKA , MAY 25 , 1899. NUMBER 18.
MOUND THE EARTH
FOR A WEEK.
DEWEY HAS STARTED
SAILS FOR HOME ON FAMOUS
Great SendofT when He Left Manila
Hay on the Celebrated Flagship-
South Dakota Man Victim of Poi
Dewey On His Way Home.
The cruiser Olympia , with Admiral
Dewey on board , left Manila on her home
ward journey to the United States at 4
o'clock Saturday afternoon. As she
\ steamed away the Oregon. Baltimore and
Concjrd fired an admiral's salute. At the
first shot the band on the flagship's after
deck played a lively air and her white clad
sailors crowded the decks and gave a tre
mendous cheer. As the Olympia passed
the Oregon the crew of that battleship gave
nine cheers for the Olympia , who responed
by throwing their caps so high that dozens
ofthMII were left bobbing in the wake of the
crui ; er. Then follower ! the noisiest half
half hour known in this harbor since the
battle which linked its name with
that of Dewey. The boom of guns and
brass bands echoed through the smoke ,
a fleet of steam launches
shrieked their whistles , the musicians of
the Baltimore played "I I ie , Sweet
Home , " her flags signaled "goodby" and
those of the Oregon said "pleasant voy
WAS POISONED WITH CANDY
-Ouster Railroad Man in a Critical
Condition as a Result.
Roy Metcalf , assistant depot agent at the
.Burlington and Missouri station at Custer ,
S. D. . is in a critical condition as a result
of eating candy given him by a man early
Sunday morning. Israel Calkins , who
lives cast of the city , came into
the depot before the agent arrived and
wanted to send a telegram. Metcalf
offered to send it , and while Calkins
was looking through his pockets for
the message he brought out several pieces
of candy , which le : offered the assistant
agent. Metcalf ate several pieces and im
mediately Calkins left the depot , remark
ing that he could not find the message in
iis pocket , but had left it up town. Met
calf was taken very sick with convulsions
immediately , and an examination showed
that he had been poisoned. Calkins was
arrested and placed in jail. It is believed
that he is crazv.
PARIS RUNS ON THE ROCKS.
, American Line Steamer Strikes at
u Point Near Falmouth.
The American line steamer Paris , Capt.
Vatkins , from Southampton and Cher
bourg for New York , struck on an outlying
xidge of the Manacles early Sunday morning -
-ing at one-half mile from where the
-wrecked Atlantic transport liner Mohican
lies and five miles from Falmouth , Eng.
The accident happened in a dense fog.
From the first there was no danger. Life
boats and tugs were soon literally swarm
ing around the vessel to render assistance.
A majority of the passengers , who num
bered 880 , were taken to Falmouth , where
they obtained lodgings. Capt. Watkins
/reported that his ship was lying comfort
ably in smooth water and that there was
no occasion for any alarmist reports. He
. reported the passengers and crew all well.
BIG FIRE AT DAWSON CITY.
Uusiness Portion of Town Is Entirely
An extra edition of the Skaguay Alaskan
-.received by the steamer Lees , which ar-
- jived at Victoria , B. C. , Sunday night , con
tains the following report wired from Ben
nett to Skaguay just previous to the sailing
of the steamer :
"Another disastrous fire has visited
Dawson City , this time fairly wiping out
the entire business center of the town ,
- creating losses that will aggregate $1,000--
000 , with not a dollars' worth of insurance.
The news was telegraphed from Bennett
' by the special correspondent of the Daily
Alaskan , who received it from a man
named Totales , who had just reached Ben
nett from a long and perilous trip out from
Dawson over broken trails , open rivers and
- dangerous lakes. "
Killed His Son-in Law.
William Ornick. a farmer living near
West Franklin , Yanderberg County , Ind. ,
shot and instantly killed his son-in-law ,
Thomas Sanders. Sanders had been di
vorced from his wife , and three children
were with the Ornick family. Sanders
swore he would take the children from
Ornick's home. lie went there and per
sisted in entering , when Ornick shot him
Confessed His Crime.
Frederick Sibley , who , together with
Henry Brunet , is confined in jail in Taylor-
ville , 111. , on the charge of the murdering
of Miss Jane Brunet , near Pana , has con
fessed his crime to Sheriff Downey and
Assistant State's Attorney Shamel.
Brunet confessed at the time of his arrest.
Gives a Million.
Mrs. Lydia Bradley , the founder and
patron of the Bradley Poly technic Institute ,
Peoria , 111. , has placed on file deeds to
Peoria property for the endowment of the
college valued at $1,000,000. Last year she
gave the institute half this amount.
Counsels Receipt of Money from
United States for Services.
The expected manifesto of Gen. Maximo
Gomez has been issued at Havana. It
reviews his part in the negotiations with
Gov. Gen. Brooke and speaks of his love
for Cuba and his sufferings on her behalf
in the past. He calls attention to his pro
test against the insufficiency of the sum
offered by the United States , speaks of the
attempted intervention of speculators , his
endeavor to obtain an army of 10,000 for
Cuba and reviews his conferences with
Gen. Brooke in trying to discover some
plan of payment that would not exclude
the men who never carried arms.
Continuing , Gen. Gomez says : "Gen.
Brooke insisted upon the surrender of arms
before the receipt of money , and I also
desired that such arms as had already been
surrendered and such as should be surren
dered hereafter might be delivered to the
warehouses , in the care of Cuban armor
ers , to be paid out of the Cuban treasury -
I do not think it a disgrace that the Cuban
soldiers should receive from a government
which is able to pay sums that will relieve
their immediate needs. Special certificates
will be given to all , redeemable by the
Cuban republic as soon as it is established. "
After praise of "Gen. ttrooke's consider
tion , ' ' and a declaration of his own desire
to correct an error existing in Cuba with
respect to the United States , he goes on to
"I did not act alone , as seems to be pop
ularly believed , but always consulted with
our officers. My advice to you now is to
return to your homes with amounts offered
by the intervening government and to
practice patience , which will be an addi
tional proof of your heroism. In this way
we shall reconstruct most rapidly the
homes consecrated by the blood of martyrs ,
blood poured out in behalf of a purpose
now attained , and thus begin this cycle of
liberty , with the grandest prospects pre
ceded by the heralds of future prosperity
"This work is your portion. Let no pre
text interfere with the attainment of the
independent government for which three
generations of Cubans have struggled with
all sacrifices , and which is now promised
by a noble nation , pledged to obtain for us
our rights. ' '
Dewey Booms Bunting.
The homecoming of Admiral Dewey has
caused a boom in the dry goods trade in
the East. The demand for ordinary cloth
and prints for conversion into bunting has
all but exhausted the supply and convert
ers have found it necessary to take higher
grades of material , including what is
know as sixty-four squares. In the trade
it is estimated that 500,000 pieces , or 25,000-
000 yards of bunting will be used to wel
come the hero of Manila Bay.
Girls Shot by Mistake.
Mary and Jennie Gibson , aged 1G , twin
daughters of George Gibson of Sergeant ,
Ky. , were shot by ex-Sheriff Combs of
Letcher C&unty. They were at a dance
when Combs got into a dispute with two
men. Presently the girls left , and Combs ,
thinking they were men , followed and
fired at them. Mary was slightly wounded
and Jennie was Killed. Comes gave him
993,714 Pensioners on Rolls.
At the close of the last fiscal year there
were 993,711 pensioners on the Government
roll. The annual value of the pension roll
last June 30 was $130,968,465 , an increase of
$1,173,037 over the year before. Commis
sioner Evans looks for the increase to con
tinue for several years , by reason of allow
ances for increased disabilities , as provided
by the law.
One Man Died on Voyage.
The United States transport Portland
has arrived at San Francisco twenty-four
days from Manila. She has on board
twenty discharged soldiers of various
regiments. When three days out Pri
vate Jeremiah Shea , of the California
heavy artillery , died of dysentery and was
buried at sea off the Island of Formosa.
New South Wales Disagrees.
The Cabinet at Sydney , N. S. W. , after
considering the Pacific cable propositions ,
has disagreed with the imperial porposals
and has agreed with the Canadian idea ,
that the cable should be jointly owned and
not subsidized. This decision has been
telegraped to the other colonial govern
No Prejudice Against Filipinos-
Guillerno Arbuno is on trial , at New
Orleans for the murder of his wife. Arbuno
was born in Manila and has been in this
country ten years. The attorney for
the defense asked each juror whether or
not he was prejudiced against Filipinos.
The answers were all in the negative.
Flint Workers Demand a Raise
The Flint workers of East Liverpool , l
Ohio , have demanded an increase of wages
lo 20 cents an hour and will strike if the
mill owners persist in their refusal to
grant it. The product is used in earthen-
Member of Posse Killed.
Dr. Esmond , a member of a posse SCCK-
ing Bill Watson , a notorious horse thief ,
was shot and killed by the latter , north
west of Shawnee , Oklahoma. The -gang
escaped and another posse went in pursuit *
Brotherhood of Trainmen.
The Brotherhood of .Railway Trainmen
n session at New Orleans re-elected Grand
Master Morrissey and the other officers.
Editor Close was reappointed. Milwaukee
was named as the next meeting place.
New Blow to the Finns.
An imperial ukase just issued directs
hat the Finnish diet hereafter must meet
only once in tour years.
OTIS SAYS "NO" AGAIN
FILIPINOS STILL INSIST UPON
Grain Shovelers and Freight Hand
lers in Buffalo will Continue the
Strike All Negotiations with
Bosses Broken oft"
Commission Reaches Manila.
Manila , May 20 : Two military and two
civil Filipino commissioners appointed to
co-operate with three citizens of Manila in
negotiating terms of peace arrived here at
8:15 : a. m. today. They have submitted
no new proposition , but want an armistice
pending the session of the Filipino Con
gress. Maj. Gen. Otis has refused to enter
tain the proposal.
ALL NEGOTIATIONS ARE OFF
Grain Shovelers and Freight Hand
lers Continue the Strike.
The grain shovelers at Buffalo on May
19 adopted resolutions repudiating all
agreements made with the Lake Carriers'
Association and demanded the unequivo
cal abrogation of the contract with Mr.
Connors. The striking freight handlers
did likewise. The final conference be
tween Contractor Connors and the men
\vas held during the afternoon. The strik
ers proposed there be inserted in the agree
ment already reached with the Lake Car
riers' Association a clause governing the
appointment of boss scoopers. This clause
provided that the grain shovelers should
submit the names of ten men from each
elevator , out of which list the contractor
should select his boss scoopers. Mr. Con
nors refused to agree to the proposition and
the men left the conference. During the
evening President McMahon reported to a
meeting of grain shovelers the result of the
conference. A wild scene ensued. The
men poured out their wrath upon the pres
ident and the committee for having at
tempted to make such terms ; declared that
they would have refused them even if the
contractors had accepted them , and in the
midst of denunciations of the contractor ,
the committee and even Bishop Quigley , a
resolution was adopted to the effect that
the executive committee representing the
strikers should establish an office and wait
there for the Lake Carriers' Association to
come to it and agree to break the contract
with Mr. Connors.
BROKERS MUST SETTLE.
Bank Directors Not Liable for Pres
ident's Loss on Board of Trade.
A decision involving an important point
in transactions on the Board of Trade was
handed down in the United States Court of
Appeals in Chicago May 20. In sustaining
judgments formerly given against the
plaintiffs in error in the lower court , the
judges held that the directors of a bank are
not liable for the mismanagement of funds
by the president who had taken advantage
of his position to speculate on the Board of
Trade. The Court denied the appeals of
three Chicago brokers against whom judg
ments had been given in favor of Robert
Pi. Beard , receiver of the First National
BankofPella , Iowa , for money lost in
their firms by the president of the bank.
CZAR'S HEART SOFTENS.
Custom of Sending Criminals to Si
beria to Be Abolished.
The Czar presided at a recent meeting of
the Council in St. Petersburg called to con
sider the question of abolishing transporta
tion to Siberia , on the ground that it had
become prejudicial to the interests of the
country and was a serious obstacle to the
progress of Siberia. As an outcome of the
deliberations the Czar ordered a commis
sion to be presided over by the Minister of
Justice , Privy Councilor N. V. Muravieff ,
to meet for the purpose of considering the
question and substituting another penalty
for transportation to the Siberian mines.
FARRIS WILL NOT BE SHOT.
McKinley Commutes Soldier's Sen .
tence to Life in Prison.
Charles Farris , Company II , Third
United States Volunteer infantry , was
found guilty of murder by court martial in
Santiago , Cuba , and sentenced to be shot.
The case was sent to the President for re
view , and the death sentence has been
commuted to life imprisonment and dis
honorable discharge from the army. The
president directs that the prisoner be con
fined at Fort Leavenworth , Kan.
BLOOD FLOWS AT CAKE WALK
Four Negroes Are Fatally Hurt and
Three Whites Wounded.
A negro cake walk at Enid , Oklahoma ,
the other night broke up in a riot , started
by negroes shooting into a crowd of white
men. Three whites , Braley , Thrasher and $
an unhnown man were wounded. The
whites returned the fire , fatally wounding
four negroes and slightly wounding sev
Boy Admits the Poisoning.
James Weaver , colored , aged 11 years ,
confessed at Cincinnati to having poisoned
his father , Woodson Weaver , and his half
brother , John Weaver. The lad simply 2
said that he found a bottle of "rough on
rats" and did not know what it was. He $
put it in the coffee pot. The police now s "
believe the boy is responsible for the death ?
of Woodson Weaver's second wife and for
the burning of the house a few months ago.
Taking Stores to Dewey.
The United States refrigerating storeship
Glacier left New York May 18 , bound for 2
Manila with stores and ammunition for
Admiral Dewey's fleet.
MAY BRING PEACE.
Rebels to Send Another Commis
sion to Otis.
Gen. Otis cabled May 18 that respresent-
atives of Aguinaldo are seeking terms of
peace ; that the forces of the insurgents
are scattering in the mountains.
Otis' cable is as follows :
Representatives of the insurgent Cab
inet and Aguinaldo , who are in the
mountains twelve miles north of San
Isidro , which was abandoned on the
15th inst. , will send in a commission
tomorrow to seek terms of peace.
A great majority of the inhabitants
of the provinces over which the troops
moved are anxious for peace , and are
supported by members of the insurgent
Cabinet. The aspect of affairs at
present is favorable.
Great satisfaction was expressed at this
news by Washington officials. They be
lieve that the end of the insurrection is at
hand. The wisdom of refusing any terms
except surrender to the first commission
from the insurgents is everywhere com
mended. On this account no doubt is ex
pressed that the new commission will be
read } * to accept the favorable terms Otis
has been ready to grant from the beginning
after surrender. The Secretary of War be
lieves the commission Aguinaldo is send
ing Otis will accept any terms proposed by
the United States.
Manila , May 19 , 10 a. m. : Philippine
commissioners to confer with the Ameri
can commission regarding surrender , ar
rived last night at San Isidro and are ex
pected to reach Manila today. The people
ple of Manila are confident that the insur
rection is ending.
BOY'S PRANK CAUSES WRECK
Spike Placed on the Hails Throws
Train Into the Ditch.
Albert Ohl , a lad 17 years old , living
near the spot , was arrested and held with
out bail Thursday by the authorities at
Tamaqua , Pa. , charged with putting the
spike on the rail which caused an accident
on the Little Schuylkill branch of the Phila
delphia and Reading Railway at Zehners ,
whereby one man was killed and several
were injured. Ohl admitted the charge.
His excuse for putting the spike on the
rail was that he wanted to flatten it.
PEFFER TURNS REPUBLICAN.
AVas One of the Founders of the
A Topeka. Kan. , paper says that ex-
United States Senator Peffer , one of the
founders of the Populist party , who for
years was considered the chief exponent of
Populism , has returned to the Republican
fold. The action was due , it is claimed , to
the apparent settlement of many quastions
which led to the organization of the Popu
list party , lu an interview Senator Peffer
practically confirmed the report.
Convicted of Killing a Policeman
The jury in the Wallner murder trial at
Chicago returned a verdict May 18 placing
the punishment of Simpson at life im
prisonment , Peterson and Jones to
twenty-five years each and McFaddcn to
fourteen years. Lally was acquitted.
Policeman Wallner was shot last January
while chasing the five young men , whom
he had caught in the act of robbing a dry
Dock Laborers Strike.
The dock laborers employed by the
Anchor Line and the Allan Line in Glas
gow have gone out on a strike. About 1,300
men are idle. Three Anchor line steamers ,
two Donaldson Line vessels and three
steamships of the Allan Line are blocked.
Sails Back with Fire in Her Hold.
The steamer Barbarosa , which sailed
from New York for Southampton , steamed
back with a fire in the forehold. The city
fire boats and wrecking tugs were sent to
her and the quarantine boat went along
side to take off passengers if necessary.
Chicago Cattle , common to prime ,
$3.00 to $5.75 ; hogs , shipping grades ,
? 3.00 to $4.00 ; sheep , fair to choice , $3.00
to 1 $5.50 ; wheat , No. 2 red , 70c to T2c ;
corn , No. 2 , 32c to 33c ; oats , No. 2 , 2Sc
to 1 28c ; rye , No. 2 , Glc to G3c ; butter ,
choice creamery , 17c to 19c ; eggs , fresh ,
lie to 13c ; potatoes , choice , 27c to 40c
Indianapolis Cattle , shipping , $3.00 to
$5.50 ; hogs , choice light , $2.75 to $4.00 ;
sheep , common to choice , $2.50 to $4.75 ;
wheat , No. 2 red , 71c to 72c ; corn , No. 2
white , 34c to 36c ; oats , No. 2 white , 29c
St. Louis Cattle , $3.50 to $5.75 ; hogs ,
$3.00 to $4.00 ; sheep , $3.00 to $5.50 ;
wheat , No. 2 , 73c to 75c ; corn , No. 2
yellow , 33c to 35c ; oats , No. 2 , 27c to 29c ;
rye , No. 2 , GOc to 02c.
Cincinnati Cattle , $2.50 to $5.50 ; hog.5 ,
$3.00 to $4.00 ; sheep , $2.50 to $5.00 ;
wheat , No. 2 , 71c to 72c ; corn , No. 2
mixed , 34c to 35c ; oats , No. 2 mixed , 2Sc
to 30c ; rye , No. 2 , G3c to G5c.
Detroit Cattle , $2.50 to $5.75 ; hogs ,
$3.00 to $4.00 ; sheep , $2.50 to $4.75 ;
wheat , No. 2 , 73c to 75c ; corn , No. 2
yellow , 33c to 34c ; oats , No. 2 white , 31c
to 33c ; rye , Glc to G3c.
Toledo Wheat , No. 2 mixed , 74c to
75c- ; corn , No. 2 mixed , 34c to 35c ; oats ,
No. 2 mixed , 2Sc to 29c ; rye , No. 2. 5Sc
to GOc ; clover seed , new. $3.45 to $3.55.
Milwaukee Wheat , No. 2 spring , 71c
to 73c ; corn , No. 3 , 32c to 34c : oats , No.
white , 29c to 31c ; rye , No. 1 , GOc to Glc ;
barley , No. 2 , 40c to 42c ; pork , mess ,
$8.00 to $8.50.
Buffalo Cattle , good shipping steers ,
"J3.00 to $5.75 ; hogs , common to choice ,
$3.25 to $4.25 ; sheep , fair to choice weth
ers , $3.50 to $5.25 ; lambs , common to
extra , $4.50 to $6.50.
New York Cattle , $3.25 to $5.75 ; hogs ,
? .00 to $4.50 ; sheep , $3.00 to $5.50 ;
wheat , No. 2 red , 82c to 84c ; corn , No.
, 41c to 42c ; oats , No. 3 white , 33c to 34c ;
butter , creamery , 15c to 20c ; eggs , West-
ir. 13c to 15c.
STATE OF NEBEASKA
NEWS OF THE WEEK IN A CON
Admiral Schley , Hero of Santiago ,
Royally Entertained by the Citi
zen of Nebraska's Metropolis-
Schley in Omaha.
A large crowd greeted Admiral Schley
AS he stepped from a Burlington train in
Omaha May 19. He was the guest of ex-
Senator Manderson during his week's stay
in the Nebraska metropolis. He was roy
ally entertained by the citizen's committee
and was given abundant evidence of the
hospitality , the admiration and the enthus
iasm of the patriotic people of this part of
the country for a man whose distinguished
services will forever form one of the most
brilliant chapters in the history of the
nation. To do honor to such a brave and
gallant soldier of the sea is the duty of
every loyal citizen , and this duty was most
faithfully and cheerfully performed by
Omaha's citizens. Following is the pro
gram carried out.
Friday Afternoon : Receives army ofli
Saturday Morning : Drive. Afternoon :
Public reception , 4 to 6 , city hall. Evening :
Reception by Loyal Legion.
Sunday Morning : Church. Afternoon :
Monday Morning : Probable visit to
Council Bluffs. Evening : Card reception
Tuesday Morning : Commercial Club
reception , 11 to 12. Evening : Receives
union veterans at 6:30 ; theater party at 8.
Wednesday Morning : Reception Royal
Arcanum. Afternoon : Leaves for the
A SENSATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Cotner University Teacher Surprises
Miss Lethe Watson , teacher of elocution
in Cotner University , was found by students -
dents late the other night , bound , gagged
and unconscious in a room of the university -
sity building. Cotner is the seat of the
Christian Church denominational college ,
six miles from Lincoln. According to the
story of Miss Watson , she was alone in a
class room on the fourth floor of the build-
ing and overheard two men plotting to
burn the university. She surprised them ,
when they knocked her down , bound and
gagged and locked her in a room. She
was not badly injured. No arrests have
COADJ'JXbjR BISHOP ELECTED
Episcopal Uioe'ese "of Nebraska Extends - ,
tends Call to Chicago Man.
At its session held in Omaha the Episco
pal Council , by a Mte that was subse
quently made unanimous , elected Itev.
Arthur L. Williams of Chicago coadjutor
bishop of the diocese of Nebraska. For
nearly five hour a spirited butgood natural
contest was engaged in by the delegates
who championed the cause of their re
spective candidates. Numerous speeches
were made and in every instance the
chairman eliminated personalities from the
Good Money in Stock.
In Sheridan County last year there were
60,000 head of cattle and 50,000 head of
sheep , representing a wealth of $2,000,000.
At the present time it is estimated that
there are fully 80,000 head of cattle in the
county and that the number of sheep has
argely increased. The south half of the
countj' lying below the Niobrara River is
devoted entirely to stock , the grazing and
my lands of the so-called "sand hills"
there being superior for that business. a
Find a Monkey's Skeleton.
Workmen engaged in excavating the hill
at the rear of Ninth and Dodge Streets ,
Omaha , unearthed a wooden box. Word
was sent to the police and coroner that it
contained a human body. Three officers
and the coroner's assistant with the dead
wagon went to the scene and brought the
) ox to the police station. A large crowd
jathered to see the ghastly find , but when
he lid of the box was removed it was found
to contain the remains of a monkey.
James Bradford , living near Hardy , a
well-to-do farmer , owning a growing crop
and having a great deal of stock on hand ,
has mysteriously disappeared. He was XI
last seen on the streets of Superior. He is
a man of about 40 years of age , industrious \
and of good habits. His neighbors and the
people of Hardy are very much alarmed. r
Boys Find a Human Hand.
Some small boys who were playing in
an old vacant business house at Wymore
found a well preserved part of a human
hand in one corner of the room. It looked
as though it had been torn from the wrist ,
as the ligament attached to it was six
inches long. How it could have come there
is a mystery yet unsolved. (
The county commissioners of Nemaha
County are worrying over a ditch problem.
They are asked to proceed under the drain
age laws of the State to drain some land
on the Nemaha bottoms and as usual there
are parties to favor and others to oppose.
The annual meeting of the Nebraska
Grand Council of United Commercial
Travelers was held at Hastings Mav 19
and 20. Over 300 traveling men were in
attendance. A splendid program had been
arranged for the knights of the grip.
There was a large crowd at the services
held May 19 in laying the corner stone of
the new auditorium and convention hall , the
largest building in York and the largest
auditorium in the State outside of Omaha ,
lion J. B. Conway acted as chairman.
The Farmers' Grain Stock Company of
Ilartwell , with a capital stock of $1,750.
filed articles of incorporation a few days
since with the Secretarv of State.
STATUS OF COL. COLTON.
Poynter Receives a letter from.
Meiklejohii on the Subject.
Gov. Poynter has received from Assist
ant Secretary of War Meiklejohn a reply
to a letter of inquiry sent to the War De
partment April 28 concerning the appoint
ment of Lieut. Col. Colton of the Frst Reg
iment to the position of collectorof customs
at Manila. As soon as Gov. Poyntor was
oflicially notified of the death of Col.Stots-
enburg he immediately appointed Colton
colonel , but the promotion was refused
with a request that he be allowed to remain
in the position he then held as collectorof
customs. His refusal prevented a number
of promotions , as he is still lieutenant col
onel of the regiment. The letter received
by the Governor follows :
I have the honor to advise you that
your letter of the 2Sth of April was
duly received by me and contents of
same were carefully noted. It has
proved impracticable , however , for mete
to reply thereto before as certain ques
tions regarding the reorganization and
conduct of the customs affairs in tiie
Philippine islands have been under
An executive order provides that '
oflicers of the regular army shall be
appointed as collectors of customs in
the insular possessions , necessitating a
change in the custom house at .Manila ,
as Co ! . Colton is an oflicer of the
Accordingly instructions were wired
to the colleutorships , and at the same
time Gen. Otis was given discre
tionary authority to retain Col. Col
ton in his position of collector of
customs at Manila until mustered out
Miss Harlocker Will Appear at Sep
tember Term of Court.
The preliminary trial at Hastings of Miss
Viola flarlocker , charged with poisoning
Mrs. C. F. Morey and live other prominent
women of that city , was called before
Judge Uowen and the defense waived ex
amination and gave a $5,000 bond to ap
pear at the September term of the District
Court for trial. The bond was signed by
the prisoner and four prominent citizens.
Miss Harlocker is very feeble , and was
carried to and from the carriage.
Apportionment of School Funds.
The school apportionment for the half
year beginning with the second Monday
in May is about $32,000 larger than for the
previous half year. One year ago when
the school population of the State was 354- ,
929 , the apportionment amounted to $430-
G.I5.S. ! ) Tiie apportionment for the half
year just commencing is based on the last
school census. The amount divided among
the different counties is $332,111.15 , while
six months ago tiit apportionment was
S300,8l .6j. : The vj e mrer ' of school
children in the State is 366,069'
First to Sail Soon.
Gov. Poynter received information a day
or two ago from the War Departmentthat
the First Nebraska would sail from Manila
some time during the latter part of the
present month or early in June. The War
Department was requested by telegraph to
allow transportation home for M. H. Wood
ward of Company D , now sick in the hos
pital at Manila. This request was not
granted , as Gen. Otis had already been in
structed by the department to send home
wounded or sick soldiers as soon as they
are able to travel.
Man and Rig Disappears.
A man about sfx feet tall , of dark com
plexion , heavy dark mustache , giving the
name of O. II. Foxworty , hired a livery
rig at Bancroft several days ago and up to
the present time nothing has been heard
of him or the rig. Mr. Foxworthy passed
himself oft"as a physician , but is probably
Opinion in Moores Case.
The Supreme Court has handed down a
decision in the case of Frank . Moores
against W. J. Broatch. The Court over
ruled the motion Hied by Broatch to re
instate and for judgment on the opinion
rendered. This motion was presented and
submitted to the court at the last session.
New Pythian Lodge.
A lodge of Knights of Pythias was
formed at W inside with sixteen charter
members , there being already there five
members of other lodges of the same order.
Nebraska Short Notes.
Benkelman is to have a brass band.
The ne\\ mill at Bloomington has started
The new Methodist Church at Holbrook :
will be dedicated June 4.
The citizens of Norfolk have made ar
rangements to observe Decoration Day in
Gov. Poynter has reappointed Nels O.
Alberts of Saronville deputy oil inspector
for the Fifth Congressional district.
Fred Ilenrichs and Frank Hitchcock of
Wayne indulged in a little tight and during
the melee Ilenrichs * leg was broken.
11. C. Thomas , who was recently mur
dered ' in Texas County , Missouri , was
formerly a resident of Dakota County ,
The biggest hail story of the season
comes from Spring Ilanch , Clay County ,
where a correspondent asserts it fell to a
depth of a foot on the level.
John II. Evans of North Platte , the
newly elected department commander of.
the Grand Army of the Republic posts of
Nebraska , has assumed the duties of his
The Nebraska annual conference of the
Methodist Episcopal Church will meet in
Grace Church , Lincoln , Sept. 20 , Bishop
Warren to be the presiding officer.
The Government steamboat inspector
condemned the Castalia at Niobrara and
it will be obliged to go on the ways to have
its hull overhauled. The Little Maud
Barney Wampler , 12 years of age , met
with a serious accident at Plattsmouth by
falling into a well fifty feet deep. A rope
was placed around the lad and he was
drawn to the surface. His leg was frac
tured above the knee and a deep gash cut
in the back of his head.
Elm Creek , Buffalo County , is to have a ,
bank in the near future.
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