Valentine Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.) 1900-1930, June 19, 1902, Image 3

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KeDiscoverccl He Wan Suffering from
Brain Desiccation.
P.ixler was a little worried the other
night about his health. Bixler is always
discovering new diseases. If sill his dis
coveries were real lie would be honey
combed with ailments. His health
would be as undermined as a beetling
cliff whose base his yielded to the en
croachments of the silty tide.
This beautiful sentence is taken from
an after-dinner speech made by Bixler
himself at a complimentary banquet to
Col. Pike , who moved to Okla
homa last year for divers reasons. The
beetling dill' didn't have anything in
particular to do with the Colonel's de
parture , but it sounded well and seemed
to create an impression.
One of the guests came to Bixler af
terward and said : ' ' 1 wish I had your
command of language , old boy. " Bixler
Bllghlly blushed. "Do you ? " he said.
"Yes , " replied the guest "If 1 had your
gift of gab and a lot of those triple-
jointed words I'd stand a little more
show when I tried to talk buck to my
-wife. "
Well , the night that Bixler felt so
much worried he got the idea into his
.head that he might be alllicted with
brain desiccation. He had seen some
thing of this kind mentioned in the
press and it preyed on his mind. When
you have brain desiccation your brain
or what passes for it dries up and
your skull shrinks at the same time. It
isn't a nice trouble and Bixler wonried
over it a good deal.
y-Major Crumpet came over to call that
evening , and when the Major calls the
whist table is always brought out. and
the Major and Bixler and Mr.s. B. and
Mrs. B.'s maiden sister. Matilda , play
ed duplicate. Well. Bixler simply
played a shocking game. He couldn't
see trump signals , he blocked his part
ner's long suit and pretty soon the Ma
jor went home in a rage.
The next morning when Bixler put
on his hat he was horrilied to find it
loose. Now he knew what ailed him the
night before. Now he knew what had ,
iiiled him for days back. Lie was af
flicted with brain desiccation.
The hat kept getting bigger all the
way downtown and pretty soon Bixler
had dimYulty in keeping it away from
his ears. He was a desperate man
when he reached the oiliee.
And then his telephone bell rang.
"Is that you. BixlerV Say , this is the
Major. Yes. Major Crumpet. Don't you
know the voice ? Say , Bixler. what do
you mean by having such a ridiculous
ly small head ? I'll bet it's only a child's
size. I carried your hat home la t night
and It stood up on my head like a collar
box on a yellow pumpkin. I suppose
you brought my hat down. Well , stay
there until I can hustle your over.
That's all. "
And when Bixler hung up the re
ceiver , says the Cleveland Plain Dealer ,
ue actually smiled.
Efforts to Indues People to Use An
thracite Coal.
In the course of a deputation whicli
waited on the lord mayor of London
some time ago to urge that a fair trial
should be given to an anthracite coal in
London , it was stated that there was
In that city a prejudice against this
coal on the part of domestic servants ,
although nothing was easier than light
ing the ordinary tires with anthracite
and great economy resulted from Us
use. Anything that contributed to
abate what was called "the fog nui
sance" in London should , on public
grounds , have some trial. There were ,
it was added , 700.000 houses in London
and about l.r > 00,000 chimneys , and on a
cold day about 40,000 tons of coal were
consumed , emitting some 4SO tons of
The saving in consumption to manu
facturers by the use of anthracite coal
would be enormous , while it would also
tend to remove the inconvenience
caused by smoke. Such coal was beins
largely usedin Paris. Berlin and other
continental cities. There were laws ,
with penal clauses , for abating th
smoke nuisance in factories and work
shops. A bill was introduced into Par
liament with the viow of applying the
same law to dwellings and it was urged
that no-reason existed why something
of this kind should not become part oJ
ir law.
The members of the deputation
stated that they were willing to form
themselves into an association and to
conduct , at their own expense , some ex
periments in different centers of the
metropolis to show how largely the use
of anthracite coal would abate what
was called the fog nuisance : but , de
spite the sympathy expressed by the
lord mayor , the use of anthracite ha §
not yet made great progress.
This is a matter for much rearet , says
the London Iron and Coal Trades lie-
view. No fuel gives more heat and th
adoption of an anthracite fuel in Lon
don would give us the only quality that
London seriously lacks a pure atmos
Censorship of Comic Papers.
Foreign comic papers are being sub
jected to a strict censorship in Gen
many just now. A special lookout is
toeing kept for those published in
America which contain pictures con
sidered disrespectful to the kaiser.
Cigarettes for Subscribers.
El Pais , which is a pushing paper ol
Buenos Ayres. offers to give every
subscriber for three months an equal
value in cigarettes , so tlmt.the ens-
gets $ " > worth of news and to
bacco each for the one price.
"Wire Fences Cause Accidents.
Accidents due to the increasing use
pf "wire fences have done much to
{ cause a decline In the popularity ol
fox hunting In England.
Supposed to Have Been Furnished Weap
ons JTOIII Oulside-Ewcapo to Woods
and Being ; Hunted.
Salem , Ore. , Two desperate pris
oners. Harry Tracy , sentenced to
twenty years , and David Merrill , a
thirty-year man serving sentences for
assault and robbery , committed in
Multnomah county , escaped from
the penitentiary Monday morning
after killing three guards.
The prisoners employed in the
foundry were marched to work at 7
o'clock and had entered the molding
room with Shop Guard Farrell inside
and Guard Stapleton in an adjoining
room. Without warning Tracy aud
Merrill appeared with rides. Tracy
aimed at Farrell , when Ingram , a
life prisoner , attempted to reach and
disarm Tracy. Instantly Merrill shot
Ingram and Tracy shot Farrell , the
latter dying almost instantly. Tracy
and Merrill scaled the wall near the
northeast corner stockade by means
of a ladder. When outside the wall
Guard Jones was shot twice and
Tiffany was also shot , and he
dropped off the fence , engaging the
fugitives in a light. His gun was soon
empty and he was taken by the con
victs and used as a shield while they
made for the timber. When out of
range of the prison they stopped and
deliberately killed Tiffany , escaping
into the timber imrnedately. They
' had Tiffany's gun , but linding it
'was empty , threw away.
Duncan Ross , a new guard , was on
the fence , near Tiffany , having been
ordered up to relieve the latter at
his post. Ross was unarmed , and
the convicts shot at him , one bullet
striking him in the forehead , inflict
ing a slight scalp woun
A large force of men is now out
searching for the fugitives , who are
known to be in the timber between
the prison aud reform school , and as
they are desperate a battle is expect
ed before they are secured.
Great excitement prevails in this
city and scores of men are leaving
for the woods , armed and deter
mined to run the murderers down.
The prisoners are armed with two
rifles and two revolvers. The arms
are believed to have been thrown
over the stockade Sunday night by
friends , among excursionists who
came from Portl md.
Hong Konsr Y/ater Famine-
San Francisco , The steamship
City of Pekin arrived Monday night
from the orient * * bringing news of a
water famine iu Hong Kong. The
wells of the city have gone dry , and
in order to supply the island with
water tugs were kept running be
tween the c > ty and the mainland.
The oillcers of the Pekin state that
the drouth affected the Chinese
mostly at the time the vessel left.
Before every public watering place
natives stood waiting a chance to fill
their buckets. In one place in the
busiest part of Hong Kong there
were more than 1,000 cooiles in line
watiiur tj get water for their perish
ing families.
Boats Caught in a Squall.
Boston. The harbor master's
office and the police stations along
the water front were beseiged Mon
day by anxious men and women mak
ing inquiries for friends who went
out in small craft Sunday and had
not returned when a heavy squall
swept over the harbor between 7 and
8 o'clock last evening. More than
twenty persons are missing this
morning. The squall came very
quickly and was unusually strong
and it is feared that small boats ,
heavily laden , could not have sur
Wreck on the Great Westeru.
St. Joseph , Mo. , June 11. The
Chicago Western passenger train No.
1 was wrecked seven miles north of
this city Monday afternoon. Only
one passenger was injured. He is
Henry Vanderbaugh , a traveling
man with headquarters in New
York city. The entire train , con
sisting of seven coaches left the
track and rolled down a twelve foot
Meridian , Miss. June 9. . A threat
ened uprising of negroes , which ter
ribly alarmed the people north of Me-
ridian , has been frustrated by a de
termined stand of the whites , who
armed themselves' and placed the
leaders of the gang , Green Johnson ,
and Nate Moore , unijer arrest.
A call for the negroes to oand
themselves against the whites was
addressed to Nate Moore and was
signed by a negro Baptist preacher
named Rufnn. The latter said that
a mob of fifty negroes would form in
Rio , Kemper county , twenty-five
miles northeast of Meridian , and
march to Green Johnson's house and
from there start through the country
and kill all the whites , destroy their
farms and burn their houses. As
soon as the whites learned of the
purpose of th2 negroes , who out
numbered the whites two to one ,
they armed themselves with rifles
and in a short time had so intim
idated the negroes that it is now
thought the uprising is at an end.
The people of the threatened dis
trict , however are very much
alarmed and will be on the alert
until all danger has passed. The
people of Marion , from which the
news of the uprising and threats
first reached this city , are much
wrought up and are prepared for
emergencies at a moments notice.
Admits His Guilt.
Mobile , Ala , June 10. Capt. C.
W. King , former quartermaster in
charge at Fort Morgan , who was
convicted in the United States
court in Mobile last year on the
charge of accepting a bribe of
three thousand dollars in conuec :
tion with work done at the fort ,
was arraigned Monday on two
counts. He entered a plea of guilty
as charged in the first count and
was sentenced to thirteen month's
imprisonment and to pay a fine
of 83,000. The second account was
nolle prossed. King arrived last
night from his home in Fort Dodge ,
la. , where he has been s'nce ' his re
lease on bond.
Bad Ending of Hazing Bee.
MadisonV5s. . , June 10. A hazing
bee which started in a spirit of fun
Monday came near ending disas
trously. After Harry F. Ilerrman
of New London , had been ducked iu
the lake he went home and procured
a revolver in order , as he maintains ,
to defend himself. * Later he ap
peared on the street and was
"rushed" by the crowd , and in the
melee , the revolver was discharged ,
the bullet lodging in the leg of
Philip C. Kopplin , of Lavell. This
enraged the students , who captured
Ilerrman and gave him a second
dtiking Several other shots were
fired but f led to take effect. Kop-
plin's injuries are said to be slight.
Floods delay Trains.
Sb. Joseph , Mo. , June 10. Train
crews arriving here today from runs
extending west into Kansas and Ne
braska , say they never encountered
such severe rain storms in their rail
way experience as they met Sunday
night. All trains are greatly de
layed. A St. Joseph & Grand Island
engineer , at a point 100 miles west
of here , said the rain fell in such
heavy sheets that it was impossible
to see even a few a few feet from
the cab of the engine. He sought
refuge for his passeucer train on a
siding remaining there for several
hours until the storm subisded.
Several bad washouts have occured
on the St. Joseph & Grand Island
railways. Large sections of agricul
tural land , in what is known as the
Platte purchase , is entirely sub
merged. The losses to crops will be
enormous. Farmers believe that , in
a general way , the losses will be
made up by increased yield on table
Sets Fire to Himself.
Bay City , June 10. After satura
ting his clothing with kerosene oil ,
Jospeh Rejch set fire to himself in
the Catholic church at Fisherville , .
this county. His charred remains
werre discovered in front of the
alter Sunday. Holes had been
burned through the church floors
by his blazing body. Rejch , who
was thirty nine years of age , was
the organist of the church and a
teacher in the Sunday school.
Fight With Indians.
' Tucson. June 10. Star advices
from Hermosillo report the receipt
of brief dispatches from General
rorres , telling of a severe battle
fought by him in the Matazan
mountains. The Indians withdrew
from their fortificatons with heavy
loss in killed and wounded and a
large number of prisoners were ta-
* en. Details of the battle are mea
Esi-ape of Many From D-ath Well Nigh
Mir Destruction Wrought by
1'heip * County Storm.
Alpena. Mich. , June 9. A excur
sion train on the Detroit & Mackin
aw railroad , which left here at 7:15 :
; 'clock Sunday morning for Sagin
aw , consisting of an engine and
Iwelve coaches and carrying over 500
people , was wrecked at Black Hi ver ,
' \hile running forty miles an hour.
One man was instantly killed , three
probably fatally injured and nearly
fifty others received injuries of
various degrees of severity , ranging
Irom bruises and cuts to broken
The excursion was under the aus
pices of theGerman aid society of
Apleua. When the trait ; reached
Black river , the tender jumped the
tiack. Engineer Hopper instantly
set the air brakes and reversed his
engine. The sudden stop threw the
first three coaches of the train off the
track aud into the ditch. The first
i" r was thrown half around and the
next two coaches plowed through it
uod cut it in two. August Grosinski ,
the only person killed , was seated in
this coach with forty other excur-
Biouists. His body was terribly
crushed and death was instanta
The escape of the others in the car
was well nigh miraculous. Grosin-
Blci's litt'e ' sou occupied the same
at with him but the lad was unin
jured. The three wrecked coaches
weie piled up in a heap and two
hundied feet of the track wag torn
up. As soon as the occupants of the
uninjured coaches recovered from the
shock and surprise they rushed to
the wrecked cars and began aiding
the injured.
They were extricated from the
wreck with frantic haste and given
all possible relief , pending the arri
val of the relief train. Ths train
brought eight surgeons from Alpena.
After temporary dressi ngs l d been
made of the most serious wounds ,
all the injuied were brought back to
this city where the physicians
worked over them until late tonight.
Mother Dead , Children Waifs-
Tecumseh , Neb. , June 9. Mrs.
Henry Moore died at the poor farm
here Thursday night and was buried
in the Potter's field in the Tecumseh
cemetery the following day. The
circumstances that preceded her
death are of a sad character. For
some time the Mocre family , consist-
inu of the father and mother and
three sons and two daughters , had
lived in a little shanty in the east
part of town. The father failed to
provide for the family and the
mother was compelled to take in
washing to furnish the necessities
of life. During the winter and
early spring her health gave out ,
and she was seemingly too proud to
ask the authorities for help. What
little provsinns could be secured was
devoured by the husband and the
children , the mother continually
depriving herself of suflicicnt f < .od"co
properly nourish her body , that the
other members of the family might
be fed. The children became waifs
on the street and the boys though
young , fell iu the way of the bad.
Two weeks ago Wiley , the oldest
boy , aged seventeen , was given ten
days in the couny jail , for stealing ,
and his sentence expired but a day
or two before his mother died. Last
week the oflicers became aware of
the mother's condition and took her' '
from her filthy little hut to the poor ,
farm where she might be properly-
cared for. The time that she was
felt the poor farm was counted by
.hours and she died with no other
member of her family with her than
an infant baby in her arms. Since
her death the father has informed
the officers that they must provide
for his children , and accordingly the
girls will be sent to the home for
t-he friendless and the two younger
boys to the reform school.
Police Officer a Suicide.
David City , Nebr. , June 9 Chief
of Police Joseph Calviu com mi bed
suicide about eight o'clock Sunday
morning by shooting himself in the
right temple. The weapon used wag
a thirty-eight calibre revolver. Be *
coming despondent because of pooi
health is the supposed cause. Mr.
Calvin has been on the police forcq
about ten years and last January wag
appointed chief.
Grand Island , Neb..Tune 14 Wai-
termer Harbolt , the 15-year old boy ,
who was so viciously stabbed and
beaten by his traveling companion
Friday , lies at the point of death.
Dr. Abbott , the city physician , and
Dr. Roeder , physician of the hos
pital , are of the opinion that he can
not lecover. It is now found that
six of the stab wounds penetrated
the lungs and the lad has hemorr
hages. Dr. Roeder nas counted
forty-one wounds.
Mrs. Harbolt , mother of the un
fortunate lad and a brother of the
latter arrived this morning from
their home at Campbell , Franklin
county. It is stated that the boy
had gone away from home , with the
consent of his parents , three or four
week ago to look for work. He had
written home every week and was on
his way home from Saratoga , Wyo. ,
when he fell in with the vicious
stranger who in all probability has
taken his life. The mother is heart
broken. The feeling in the city is
such that should the man be caught
in the next few days it is doubtful if
the ollicers. with the present jail
facilities , could keep the man safe
from indignant people , thojgh there
is also a more conservative element ,
which , it is hoped , would be able to
control the situation.
So far the police have heard uoth-
ing definite. One man reports driv-
iuothe stranger for some distance
south yesterday moiriing. Another
believes he saw him crossing a road
several fbiles southwest of the city ,
and following up the undergrowth
of the Wood river valley. Another
citizen is quite as certain that he
saw a man answering the description
passing his shop in a hurry yester
day morning about the time west
bound freights pass through the city ,
and as the reports are all from re
liable citizens the police are quite at
sea , and have nothing definite. In
view of the fact that the man had
an hour's start and there are uo
hounds it is difficult to find a trace
However , every effort has been
made to fully notify all the sur
rounding country.
Yaaui Indians Massacred.
Tuscon , Ariz. , .lune 14 A promi
nent Arizona hanker arrived here to
day from Prietas. Sonora , with de
tails of a massacre of Yaqui In
dians , men. women and children ,
yesterday in Santa Rosa canon ,
thirty-five miles from the Minns
Prietas mines , by a detachment
of General Torres' troops.
It appears that the Yaqui forces
that were operating iu that section
had moved further into the moun
tains , leaving their women and
children in Santa Rosa canon under
a guard of eighty men. The Mex
ican troops came upon this camp and
without warning opened a terrible
fire sparing neither women nor chil
dren. After the first volley the
troops charged down upon the panic-
stricken victims and massacred all
'within their reach.
Of the guard of eighty Yaquis not
ta single one survived and over a
'hundred ' women .and children fell
{ victims to the Mexican bullets and
[ bayonets. The bodies of the dead
were left in the canon and the re
gaining women and children were
diiven to Minas Prietas by the
'soldiers , and from that point will be
taken to Hermosillo.
The Mexican soldiers and rurales
have explicit orders to take no Ya
qui men prisoners , but to kill in all
cases. This order was illustrated
yesterday when a friendly Yaqui
miner came down to Prietas for sup
plies and was killed by the rurales on
the outskirts of the town ,
Pay Well to See Hanging.
Montreal. June 14 Thoasvald
Hansen was hanged here today for
the murder of Eric Marote. a nine-
year-old boy , last autumn in order to
obtain some change. IT cents , which
the boy was jingling in his hand.
Hansen's neck was broken. Ticket
of admision to the execution were
openly sold at prices ranging from
50 cents to § 10.
Sends in His Resignation ,
Saginaw. Mich. , June 14. Govern
or Bliss , who is at his home here ,
said tnday that he had received
word from Lansing that the resigna
tion of Col. Eli. R Sutton of De
troit , as regent of the University of
Michigan , was in the executive office
at Lansing.
Used'Company's Funds-
New York. June 14. . Charles
Shiveler. who was secretary and
treasurer of the American District
Telegraph company in this city fjr
many years , was arrested today by
direction of District Attorney Je
rome. He was accused by the com
pany of speculation for half a dozen
years amounting from $16,000 to
§ 17,000. The case was referred to
the Brand jury.
Eetail hardware dealers of tbaf
state recently effected an oranlzatio *
at Hastings.
A social club , the initiation fee o
which is 3500 , has been organized
Omaha capitalists.
R IT Davis of Lincoln has been
pointed teacher at the Crow Creek }
S D Indian school.
A rural free delivery route bart
been ordered established out. G
Chirks , to begin August first
The Rebublican state convention-
n.-eets at Lincoln June 18. and thJ
Democratic state convention aft
Grand Island June 24.
A stock company is being-
ized at Lincoln to establish a conntr #
club , with a $5000 clubhouse and tbir-1'
ty acies of ground.
A young man named Wishmao , .
who attempted to swim out in tnal
current below the dam was nearlp
The residence of J. Wook at Schuy-
ler was destroyed by fire with con-1
tents There was $1,000 insurance
on the house and contents
The Social Economics club of Chi
cago , composed of Chicago women , ,
has six colored women among
Farmers in the vicinity of Beatrica >
estimate their loss in grains from
the present flood at $50,000. Tho
river in many places was a mil *
wide ,
W. W. Holcomb died at Broken-
Bow , after a lingering illness. IT *
was the youngest brother of Silaa
Holcomb and a member of the law
firm of Ilolcomb Bros
Governor Savage and staff will b
resent at Seattle on July 4 , when
the keel of the battleship Nebraska
will be laid. The governor will leava
Lincoln on June 30.
Robert Van Brunt , a Burlington
engineer and formerly a Lincoln resi
dent , was instantly killed at St. Jos
eph by being run over by an engine
which he had attempted to board.
J. P. Marvin about July 1 will
begin the publication of a new
morning daily to be known as the'
Beatrice Daily Sun. Mr. Marvin isj
an old time Nebraska newspaper
man. -
McKiuley Flansburg , of Trenton
7 years old , accidentally shot bis
younger brother Robert in the leg
with a 22-caliher revolver. The.
ball passed through the fleshy part-
of his lo r. The wound is somewhat
painful , but not seiious. j
Work has begun on the piping for
the fire protection system that the :
Great Westren Cereal company la
having put into its factory at Ne
braska City. An etlicient depart
ment has been organized among th ' -
employes of the factory.
Gibbon is to have a new telephone
liue from the southeast. It is a farm
ers' mutual line and starts from Shel-
ton. The matter of a line to connect
Lowell and Butler with Gibbon is
being agitated and v/ill undoubtedly
be coutsructed.
Lightning struck the First Meth
odist church at Odell while the
graduating exercises of the 1902
class of the High school were being
held Several people were shocked
into insensibility , but not seriously
Sixty bachelors of law graduated
from the University of Nebraska
college of law , which held its com
mencement exercises separate from
those of the academic and industrial
colleges. , John J. Finerty of Chi
cago delivered the oration.
John David , president of the Lin-
co'n ' Paint and Color Company , took ,
his. own life by shooting himself
in the head with a 22-calibre revol
ver. The onlytheory advanced for
his a < H is that a press of matters
unbalanced his mind He leaves a
wife arid two children
The oldest piece of writing in the
world is on a fragment of a vase
found in Nippur. It is an inscrip
tion in picture writing , and dates
4.500 years before Christ. The Uni
versity of Pennsylvania has se
cured it.
Fire , believed to have originated
in the engine room , entirely de
stroyed the Elkhorn roller mills
causing a loss of 38,000. The insur
ance was merely nominal. The mills
were erected in 1S95 by Charles
Schleip , the present owner Adjoin
ing property was only saved by hero
ic work on the part of the firemen.
B D Sheilody of Carlisle , Neb , has
been given an appointment as raiU
way mail clerk