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lai a rural justice court in Georgia ,
roconlly , un old negro , whose testi
mony had been questioned by a law
yer , said in his own defense : "Jedge ,
Pm a good man. 1 been a-livin' 'roun'
heah ten years. I ain't never been
lynched ; n de only hoss I ever stolcd
tbrowed me en broke my two legs ! "
Congressman Charles N. Fowler , of
New Jersey , recently visited one of
his constituents hi Union County , and
found him trying to give some medi
cine to his little son , who had eaten
too many green apples , while a Chris
tian Science neighbor was assuring the
boy that there was nothing at all the
1 matter with him. "I think I ought to
* know , " groaned the boy ; "I guess I've
/ got Inside information. "
I When Major General Sainuul B. M.
Young was presented to the Kaiser
during his recent visit to Germany ,
Bzuperor William asked him if he had
ever visited that country before. "Not
this part , " General Young Is said to
have replied. The Emperor then In
quired what parts he had visited ,
whereupon General Young said : "I
have visited St. Louis , Cincinnati and
Milwaukee. " The Emperor roared with
laughter , and took General Young to
the Empress , to whom he repeated the
M. Grevy , when President of France ,
on one occasion extricated himself
from a predicament with wonderful
presence of mind. lie was being con
ducted around the Salon by an eminent
artist , when he saw a painting which
displeased him. "What a daub ! " he
exclaimed ; "whose is it ? " "That pic
ture , M. le President , " said his cicer
one , "it is my own work. " "Ah ! " said
the President , without any sign of em
barrassment at his awkward mistake ,
"in our country , when we particularly
wish to purchase a thing , we always
begin by running it down ; " and , true
to his part , he i rchased the offending
.painting there and then.
Major Shattuck. of the signal corps ,
tplls an amusing story of an old-tiine
"religious revival" meeting at a negro
church near Savannah. In order that
the revival spirit might be quickened ,
Jt was arranged that the preacher
should give a signal when he thought
the excitement was highest , and from
the attic through a hole cut in the ceil
ing directly over the pulpit , the sexton
was to shove down a pure white dove ,
whose flight around the church and
over the heads of the audience was ex
pected to have an inspiring effect , and ,
as far as emotional excitement was
concerned , to cap the climax. All went
well at the start ; the church was
packed ; the preacher's text was "In
the form of a dove , " and as he piled
up his eloquent periods tbe excitement
was strong. Then the opportune mo
ment arrived the signal was given
and the packed audience was scared
out of its wits on looking up to the
ceiling and beholding a eat , with a
clothesline around its middle , 3rowling
and spitting , being slowly lowered over
.tlie preacher's head. The preacher
called out to the sexton in the attic :
"Whar's de dove ? " And the sexton's
roice came down through the opening
so you could hear it a block : "Inside
the cat ! "
IS A NATURAL BAROMETER.
Skin of the Rattler Sweats Vhen a
Storm IB A prnachintr.
"It is going to rain within six hours , "
said the man , with provoking delibera
tion. The sun was shining brightly and
only a few floating clouds broke the
clear blue of the broad sky. "Uaiii , "
said the other , derisively , "and out of
that sky ? You're a pessimist. You al
ways carry an umbrella. "
"I'll bet you a good diiner that it will
rain within six hours , " the first speaker
replied with imperturbable good nature
and gravity. The bet was made , and
the dinner was paid for by the man
who doubted. It rained in less than
"Now , if you will come around to my
rooms I will show 3-011 how I knew it
was goiug to rain , " said the prophet ,
who was with honor in his own coun
try. So there they went. Now , the
prophet was an original sort of chap ,
and had fastened upon the walls of his
room uiau > strange things of the sea
and forest and tield. Ou the floor was
Hung skins of bear and deer and mount
ain lion , and on the wall near a window ,
stretched from the top of the high
wainscoting to within half a foot of
the floor , was the grewsome skin of
a giant diamond back rattlesnake. The
prophet pointed to it and said : "There's
iny secret. "
The skin was dripping wet. The
sweat , so to speak , stood out upon its
scaly back in huge drops , which Avould
swell and swell and silently run to
gether In little streamlets , which in
turn would rush down iu an avalanche
of other drops and reach the floor with
k splash like a great tear. Everything
else in the room was dry as the humid
atmosphere of a city after a thunder
storm would allow.
"That's my barometer , " said the
prophet. "I killed that snake myself in
Florida and had it stripped. The skin
Is not tanned , but just preserved like
rawhide. I had noticed iu some of the
coasting boats al ng the gulf shore
ttrlps of snake skin hung up in the
tabin. The captains had told me that
' .hey could always tell when a squall
rras coming by watching this skin. I
kave had that for three years now , and
It has been far more accurate than the
iveather observer. No matter when the
.irst indications of a storm make them
selves felt iu the atmosphere , whether
it be night or day , summer or winter ,
the faithful skin shows it by beginning
to sweat. If the storm passes off the
drops dry up and the skin crisps and
shrivels until it Is more like sandpaper
than anything else , in the winter , of
course , the sweat is not so profuse , be
cause the air is drier than in summer.
"Why the snake skin should be so
sensitive to changes in atmospheric con
ditions I do not know. I have asked ex
pert snake handlers and students of rep
tile life , but they were as much at : i
loss as I was. I do not know , either ,
whether any skin but that of the rattler
will yield to humidity or not I know
that the Florida boatmen use the rat
tler's skin exclusively for their cabin
barometers. There's something grew-
soinc and mysterious about it , I'll admit ,
but it tolls the truth as accurately as
the most expensive glass that was ever
constructed , and all it cost me was a
bullet from a rifle. " New York Trib
COSTLY JOKE ON A BOOMER.
IIo\v a New Yrk Financier Got
"fooled"byIJuyingAntini niyMin .
One promoter down on lower Broad
way in New York has had a career
like the tides of the sea in its varying
ebbs and flows of fortune. lie has
handled some big deals in his time , and
on the other hand he has received sonic
"facers" which would thoroughly dis
concert the average business man of
the "cvmmon or garden kind. "
One of the most characteristic of the
experiences which he relates is that of
the time when he attempted to exploit
an antimony property out iu California.
He investigated the proposition thor-1 ! (
oughly , found that the supply of aiiti-1
mony was practically inexhaustible and
then spent $200,000 in erecting a plant
to refine his product.
Then he loaded J55 tons of the metal
on b-ard cars , and , attaching a Pullman
car to the train for the accommodation
of himself aud friends , started , with
banners waving and bauds playing , for
New York. j
He figured that with such a show
ing as he was making that investors
would simply tumble over each other
in their efforts to get iu on the project
and that his stock would sell like the
proverbial hot cakes.
It happened , however , that iu his cal
culations he had neglected to in
quire iuto the action of the laws of
supply aud demand iu reference to an-
tiiuyny , and hence was profoundly ig-
noraut of the fact that he had enough
of it in that one train load to furnish
the entire world for years to come. J
Arriving at New York , he crassly
hurled his train load at the dealers. Be
fore the terrific impact of that 155 tons
the market collapsed like a wooden
shanty before a thirteen-inch dynamite
shell. The price of antimony fell in one
flay from IS to G cents a pound , and
from that day to this it has never re
Inasmuch as it was impossible for
him to refine at less than 11 cents , he
then and there "threw up the sponge. "
Out in California is an inexhaustible
mine of antimony aud a 9200,000 refin
ery ; but there Is "nothing doing. "
WHY INDIANS PAINT.
A Iesrend of the Ked Men Explains ,
the Strance Custom.
Once an old Apache Indian , when
asked the question why his people
painted their faces , told this little leg
"Loug ago , when men were weak
and animals were big and strong , a'
chief of the red men who lived in these
mountains Aveut out to get deer , for.
his people were hungry. |
"After walking all day he saw a deer
and shot at it ; but the arrow was
turned aside aud wounded a mountain
lion , which was also after the deer.
When the lion felt the sting of the ar
row he jumped up and bouuded after
the man , who ran for his life. i
"He was almost exhausted , and ,
when he felt his strength giving way
he fell to the grouud , calliug on th 2
big bear who , you know , is the grand
father of men to save him.
"The big bear heard the call and
saw that to save the man he had to
act quickly ; so he scratched his foot
and sprinkled his blood over the man. |
"Now , you must know that no ani
mal will eat of the bear or taste of
his blood. So wheu the lion reached
the man he siuelled the blood aud
turned away ; but as he did so his
foot scraped the face of the man , leav- '
ing the marks of his claws on the
blood-smeared. * face.
"When the nmu found that was un
injured be was so thankful that lie
left the blood to dry ou his face , ami
never washed it at all , but left it until
it peeled off.
"Where the claws of the liou scraped
It off there were marks that turned
brown in the sun , and where the
blood stayed on it was lighter. Now
all men paint their faces that way with
blood , and scrape it off In streaks wheu
they huut or go to war. "
Relief Under Any Circumstances.
Mrs. Touser And after the way you
have treated me I suppose when you
iie you expect to go to heaven.
Mr. Touser I don't kuow , dear ,
where I shall bring up , but I have no
floubt it will scorn like heaven to me
by way of contrast , you known. Bos-
tou Transcript .
Revolvers Replace R , zora.
One of the Memphis newspapers de
clares its belief that onein six ot the
male adults of that city carries a icvol-
ver. The habit has grown , especially
among the negroes , who are said to
have abandoned the razor and taken to
In the higher social circles only ineu
with an Income can coui ? in.
TELL OF THE CRIME
WITNESSES TESTIFY IN LILLIE MURDEF
THE ACCUSED HAS FRIENDS
MANY ON HANDrWHO BELIEVE IN HEB
DR. STEWART TESTIFIES
District Court Room at David City Crowded
Throughout the Day-Dr. Stewart the
David City , Neb. , Dec. 30. Th
preliminary hearing of Mrs. Lena
M. Lillie , charged with the crime of
murdering her husband , Harvey
Lillie , on the"mornirig of October 24
of this year , was commenced before
County Judge 0. M. Skiles Moudaj
The county court room was too
small to accommodate the large
crowd in attendance , and the case
was heard in the district court room
which was crowded to Its utmost
capacity. The attorneys for the
state were. County Attorney Walling
and County Attorney-elect Evans ,
and for the defendant , Judge Matt
Mrs. Lillie is a woman of medium
height , rather slender , small black
eyes , dark hair and has the appear
auce of a lady of reiinement and one
would not think she would even be
chargec with a crime so serious as
that of murder in the first drgree.
She retuiued from Bellwood Monday
morning , accompanied by her father
arid mother , Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hill ,
who occupy a seat with her in the
Dr. A. J. Stewart was the first
witness called. He testified that he
was called to the Lillie home on the
morning of October 24 about 5 o'clock.
"To fix the cime , " said he "I exam
ined a time piece after I arrived at
the Lillie resilience : ind it was jost
twenty minutes after 5 o'clock When.
I went into the house I found Mrs.
Lillie standing at the telephone. 1
asked her what had happened and
she said that some one had shot Mr.
Lillie and I took her by the arm and
she led me through the sewing nom
and upstairs. I said "we have for
gotten to got a lamp" and she. snirl
'there is a light upstairs. ' When wt-
arrived at the bed room I found Mr.
Lillie with the right side of nis head
all covered with bloon. He was lying
on the west side of the bed with his
head to the south. Upon examina
tion I found a wound in front of and
above the right ear penetrating the
frontal bone. The wound was a
small round hole. I also examined to
find the place of exit of the bullet
but could not find it. I then asked
some one to call Dr. Beede to assist
"In preparing the wound for an
operation I noticed that about one-
half inch around the wound was
blackened. Soon after I went Into
the bed room Mr. Burt Hall arid
Night Policeman Taddiken came in
Mr Lillie was not conscious at any
time after I siw him that morning.
The bod in which Mr. Lillie Jay vas
in the southeast corner of the room.
The head of the bed was about ten
inches from the wall and the foot
was pulled out some two nr three feet
from the wall. The lamp was on the
dresser. The top drawer was open
Just a little bit. Mr. Lillie's body
was entirely covered with the bed
"The body was moved to the hns- '
pital about 7 o'clock. I found Mr.
Lillie's body Iving on the back the
head lyin > _ ' slightly 'n the left side "
Counsel for the state attempted to
have the witness demonstrate to the
court bv using a "human sKi'll and
pillow thp exact position of the head
of Mr. Lillie , but was not permitted
to do so.
* The doctor continued :
"After arriving nt the hnspical we
took him to the oppratinir room whon
we marie a further examination f i
the bullet but did not find it. 1 e-
mained with him until about rwent ?
minutes before his deith , and heva
not conscious at any time. "
Witness was also present anri as
Bister ! in che autopsy. II ' said.
"Whnn T was at the Lillie home
that morning I overheard Mrs. Lillie
telllnu some one the details nf the
shooting. I now remember she sa'd
the burglar shot Mr. LJIlie an-1 tried
to shoot her. She said the man w-i
near thp bed ; that she awoke when
Mr Lillie was shot , and the mar
crouched down aod tried to pusn the
revolver against her ; that Mie mar
stood OD the west side of the berl anc
Immediately after the shnnting tin
man very quickly and quietlv weni
down stairs. She said when she s. x
tl.e man pointing the revolver sit hei
she oroppeti down behind the bed. '
Lost Their Letter of Credit.
London , Dec. 30. Two Russians
PInkevitz and Green , claiming to h .
naturalized Americans , have been a
rested in London , charged with be
ing In illegal possession of a letter
credit for S2o,000. lost on the c uiM
nent by M. Greenbaum. Some of M
Greenhaum's cards wer . also fouo
on the men. " Thev r > ea the address.
"Iliiistclun , Ban Frarfcisco. " Ah-u
$17,875 of the sum represented by th-
letter of credit remains undrawn
STORY OF THE CORONER.
Evidence of Dr. Sample Does Not Help Mrs.
Lillie Bure.ars Did Not Kill Him.
David City , Meb. , Dec. 31. Two
days of testimony-taking in the Lillie
murder case leaves people divided in
' pinion as to whether the evidence
will be regarded sufficient to bind
Mrs. Lillie over on the charge of
murdering her husband. Public sen
timent ; in a measure , it must be ad
mitted , has swerved toward the
wornau since the day of her arrest ,
but at the same time the testimony
Tuesday was more direct and posi
tive against her. Dr. Sample , the
foroner , made a clear recital of value
tn the prosecution. The crowd in
tiecouit room was hardly as large
as Monday , but the interest is not
Mrs. Lillie says that the reports
published in Tuesday's papers that
fie Lillips and Hills had intermar
ried several times is not true and
asks that a correct-ion be made. Sarn
Lillie , brother of Harveymarried her
sister and thisas the only two mar
riages between the Bill and Lillie
families. She * ays she has only the
relatives living in David City.
; This trial is the fourth murder case
in the history of Butler county. The
first was that of James Kastner , who
was charged with killing a man by
the name of Zirna , at a Bohemian
wedding on the Platte valley in 1884
or 1885. At this time the late Wil
liam Marshall of Fremont was dis
trict attorney , and he was assisted in
the prosecution of the case by Matt
Miller of this city. Kastner was
found guilty of murder in the third
degree , and was sentenced to the
penitentiary for five years.
' 1 he next wns that of D--in Casey ,
cha'ged with shooting a Mrs. Raori-
dan ne.-r B-iinard , in 1888. Casey
admitted that he shot the woman ,
hut the defense proved by expert tes
timony that Casey was temporarily
insane at the time , and he was ac
' 1 he third was the case against
Mary Anna Armangst , charged with
poisoning her first husband , whose
name was Roberts , in 1S92. This
case is still fresii in ( he minds of the
the people of this county. It occu
pied twu weeks in the district court ,
an'l the jury , returned a verdict of
In the last two cases and the case
of Mrs. Lillie , Matt Miller has ap
peared as counsel tor the defense.
( Jountv Coroner M. V. Sample take *
exceptions to some of the reports pub
lished in an Omaha paper , and says
that a great injustice has been done
him. In an interview last night Dr.
Sample stated to Mie reporters that
no sweating process of any kind what-
e\i r was indulged in with ary wit
ness at the coroner's inque-t on the
death of Harvey Lillie , and that tl e
reports published in an Omaha paper
are nut true ; that Mrs. Lillie ws
treated like a lady and she was not
ou the witness stand four hours as
reported , but sue was on the witness
stand about two hours , and this in-
c ds two different times ; also that
Mr. Lillie was not even asked to go
to th3 cf'urt house , as all other wit
nesses were required to do , hut the
coroner and the jury went to her res-
itl rice and she was treated with al
'It is my desire to make a thor
ough and complete investigation of
the matter and if possible locate the
party who committed the crime , "
said Dr. Sample. "Wheu it began to
look like Mis. Lillie A-as probably
guilty , I tried hard to locate it some
where else. I wanted to shield her
all I possibly could. "
Some of the members of the coro
ner's jury were also interviewed and
they confirm the statement made by
The active part that some of the
m < tubers of the Woman's Christ ! n
Te uplarue u lion are taking in the
Lit ie casp is disrupting that oruani-
Zitio . Se Til i't the rncmbeis have
already withdrawn troru the t rgani-
zalinn and otners are threatening to
a so fur the re-son - , a they say ,
they are going beynnd their limits ,
and the pur pi SPS of the organization.
Several IK a ted discussions were heard
in and alioul the c .urr house yistcr-
dav a'ternnon. and some epithets ex
changed that would not look well iu
Dr. M. V. R. Sample , county coio-
ner. was the first witness called. Ho 1
was at the hostpial soon after Mr. 1
Lillievas taken there , and also after i
the pat ient died. He made a ciose
examination o" the wound and found
tin1 Hesli around the wound w.is
blackened from powder. About thir
ty minutes alter Mr. Lillie died wit
ness and Drs. Beede and Stewart held
a post-mortem examination and found
giains of pimder inside of the skull.
Witnessi hy tl.e use of the skull of
an adult person , demonstrated the
course of the bullet. He said th"
bullet struck about two Inches < D
front of. and slightly above the ugh * ,
ear , and xvas found just behind the
loft ear , and that a bullet passing
through the brain as this one din ,
wuuld produce paralysis immediately.
A Home For Consumptives.
Springfield , 111. , Dec. 31. Dr. J.
A. Egan , secretary of the state board
of heallu , in his annual report whi h
will be given to Governor Yates to
rnonow. suggests that the state leg
islature be asked tor an appropriation
to eiecc a state home for consump
tives. Dr. Egan s-iys that the dis
ease is fust gaining a foothold , and
that should a state home be l-uilt.
where the poor could be taken
of , it would be a great benefit.
GENUINE ASIATIC PLAGUE AT MAZALTAN
PLACE IS DEPOPULATED
EXODUS AT RATE OF THREE HUNDRED A
MEN GUARD THE CITY
Pest Grows Virulent and Interior In Towns
in State of Panic-Casrro Accepts the
Hague as Arbitrator
Mazatlan , Mex. , Jan. 2. There is
no lunger the slightest doubt that
the disease now alllicting this cit > is
geuine Asiatic plague , for microsco
pic investigation proves tnat bubonic
pest bactilli are in the blood oi those
affected with the disease.
The pljgue has grown virulent
within the last forty-eight hours and
ihe alarm which had begun in some
measure to abate , has returned with
The people are fleeine from the
city at the rate of 300 per day , and
some 5.000 have already gone.
The news of the recrudeseuce of
the plague at this port has reached
the interior towns of the state and is
Causing a panic. Cordons of armed
men have been placed around the
towns to prevent the entrance of any
one from this place.
Aged Couple Were Poisoned.
Wilcox , Neb. , Jan. 2. Mr. ana
Mrs. John E. Johnson , an aged
couple living north of Ragan , Neb. ,
were found dead. Johnson was found
Iving on the bed , while iMrs. John
son was in a kneeling position with
her head on a trunk. TUe condition
in which they were found seems to
indicate that thty were poisoned.
A coroner's inquest and post mor
tem by local physicians failed to dis
cover the cause of the deaths. The
stomachs of the two bodies have been
cut out and sent to Omaha for further
examination. They had been seized ,
with violent stomach trouble just
previous to their death , and one sup
position is that they were puisoue.d
from eating canned food.
The old piople were found by their
snn-in-law , who lives in the same
house with them. His name is John
Horn , and he came down slairs last
Friday morning , according to his
shory , and found them in the posi- .
tions described , still in their night" "
Though no suspicion of crime is at
tached to anyone , the case loo..s seri
ous , and is alleged by some to ha\e
been a murder. The motive is not
Wireless System in Canada.
Winnipeg , Man. , Jan. 2. Marconi
is preparing to install a wireless
trans-continental service through
Canada. Two of his experts passed
through nere yesterday on their way
west to arrange for a series of tests
in the Rockies
It is expected by the inventor that
the diverse elertrical currents in the
rariried atmosphere of the high alti
tudes may interfere with the success
ful sending of nis messages , and it is
to satisfy himself that the tests arc
rna e in the winter when the condi
tions would be more unfavorable.
Winnipeg is to be the half way
house of the system. It is under
stood the station will be located at
Stony mountain , an eu.inence twelve
miles frominnipeg. \ . It wiil re
ceive messages from Mount Ro al at
Montreal and it is the work of these
experts to locate the next western
station in the Rockies.
Likes Lincoln Farm Best.
Mexico City , Jan. 2 William J.
Bryan with his f irnily has returned
irom the "hot country" and will re
turn north tomorrow , lie is much ,
interested in the fai-t that many !
young Americans with small capital
have started in li-e in Mexicj as
l-lanters. Thouuh greatly pleased
with .he brilliant prospects of the.
tropical agriculture , Mr. Bryan says ;
he is still very well satisfied with his
little farm on the outskirts of Lin
coln , Nebraska.
bhot by New Year Reveler.
Los Angeles , Cai. , Jan. 2. John F.
Jones of Greenville , Tex , was shut
and almost instantly killed at the
Lincoln hotel by a ] $ "ew Year's level- .
Brand : ell from a second storv to the *
sidewalk. He had gone from his room
to the balcony to look outn the ,
treet an ] was leaning over the rail
ing when he suddenly sank forward-
arid fell over the guard rail. His
body dropped into the midst of the !
crowd of people who were merry mak
ing , and the sickening thump on the
sidewalk stopped all revelry on that
The Police Arrest Record.
Lincoln , Neb. , Jan 2 Captain
Ireland figured out last night that
1,619 arrests were made daring the
past year , compared with 1,670 ar-ests
the year before ; 7,744 meals were
served in Mie city j lil during the past
twelve months against 7.373 the year
before. The m als cost ten cents
each , making the city's prison board
bill for 1902 $774 40.
The Talmnce hotel was destroyed
at Auburn with a loss of 34,000 an *
J. D. Robinson , 83 , fell from a
wasun at Fremont and sprained bis
Chemical vinegar , catsup and table
sauces contains no vegetable matter
Alex Hagblad was crossing the M.
& O. track at Norfolk when run down
by an eniii'je. lie was badly mangled
bub may recover.
A new Methodist church costing
310,000 on the plan of the St. Paul's
church of Lincoln , was dedicated at
August EJerbek , a Bohemian resid
ing near Sterling , drew his gun
through a wire fence , when it was
discharged , Instantly killing him.
Charles Wood was found at Bridge
port. Neb. , with his throat cut. He
says a man stabbed him but icfusea
to reveal his name.
Charles Wood , a horse buyer for
Owen Bn.s. . , of Waco , was found
with his throat cut He says a man
stabbed him but the conditions point
to attempted suicide.
Mrs. Martha Davis , an old settlor
of Butler county , died at the litime
of her son there.tShe was 89 years
old and survived her husband twen
ty-live ye trs. She leaves three sons ,
Frank , one time county treasurer ; C.
G. and Elijah.
Govenor Mickey has announced
th.it he will retain J. T. Morey at
the head of the institution for the
blind at Nebraska City. Mr. Morey
was selected because of his faithfu
conduct of affairs as former head o
the institution over many applicants
for the place.
Joseph Martin , sent to the peni
tentiary from Lancaster county for
one year for getting too familiar
with \\acon and team around some
brass and other stull belonging to
someone else , was released from the
state prison by Governor SavageJan
During each of the first eleven
months of HiJ2 ) , except M-ireh. the
D.iuglas county hospital had a greac-
er number 01 inmates than during
the corresponding months of the year
19il ) , according to the reports of
Superintendent J. Ileiiiy ( Jest and
A sub-committee of the State Ba
association met in Lincoln to discuss
needed legislation and made some
recommendations to the coming leg
islature. Among the questions dis-
cu-sed were changes in the divorce
law , a return to the district attorney
system and an amendment to the re
form school law.
The pMlice officers have succeeded
in rinding the overcoat which was
stolen from the Plattsraouth hotel.
One of the suspects who was released
sold it at a livtry stable for S2. It
is thought that other p tty thefts
have been committed but the fellows
were smooth enough to conceal their
guilt until they left town.
D. E Thompson expects to leave
for his post in Brazil January 24 , so
Mr. Thomson has informed the com
mittee that waited upon him in re
gard to the reception and banquet
that the Commercial cluvi intends to
give in honor of the new consul. The
banqet will be given on the evening :
of January 22 and will probably be
followed by a ball In the capitol
The farm House of Lewis Dierkingr
nearDakota City , was robbed some
time after the retirement of its in
mates.and the two hired menGeorge
Ilirschbach and Lowry Asher , were
losers to the extent of S505 in cash ,
the former losing S30 and the latter
875. Ilirschbach also lost his gold
watch. None of the inmates of the
house were aroused , and knew noth
ing of the robbery until morning.
'J he hired men's room was the only
one entered. The contents of Hirsch-
bach's trunkjn which was his money
and watfh , were scattered over tha
iloor. Asher's money was taken from
his trousers' pockets.
The police cleared up the mystery
of the 'woman in blank , " which
has been quite a sensation at Nebras
ka City for a week. The police re
ceived a call from the west end
stating that the won an was creating
a disturbance. Chief McCallum ar
rived at the home of Mrs. H. J. Pad
gett , where the woman was making
a visit. The woman gave her name
as Mrs. Nolan and said that she had ;
lately came to the city and was bunt
ing work. Investigation seems to
show thai most of the sensational
stories were untrue and that the
woman was simply attending to her
Henry Guntrum , for many years
considered the strongest man in 'Lin
coln has been admitted to the asylum
for the insane His case is one of
acute paresis. For the last year he
has been acting strangely and his
family , fearing that be would become
violent at any time , had him taken
before the county commissioners ,
who adjudged him insane. Physical
ly he is a giant and formerly ran a
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