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The Valentine Democrat
VALENTINE , NEB.
M. RICE , Publisher
DEATH IN A. TUNNEL
i BIXGRAND TRUNK EMPLOYES
' , ARE SUFFOCATED.
Train Broke in Two Three Train
Meii , Perish While with the Stalled
Train , and the Others Met Death
V/hile Trying to Get Them Out.
1 Six employes of the Grand Trunk Rail-
ivny Avore suffocated to death by coal gas
cirl.v Sunday in the St. Clair tunnel
which runs under the St. Clair RiA-or
from Port Huron , Mich. , to Sarnia , Out.
A coal train broke in tAvo while passing
through the tunnel and three of the crew
were suffocated while part of the train
lay stalled in the tunnel. The engineer
endeavored to push the stalled cars back
to safety , and tAvo other rescuers perished
in vain attempts to penetrate the gas-
oous atmosphere of the great tube.
The train , which entered from the
American side of the tunnel , Avas made
up of seventeen cars. When it broke
Engineer Coleman realized that the acci
dent had happened , and with the three
cars attached to the engine steamed out
of the tnuuel into the Sarnia yards. He
hastily detached his engine and Avent
hack into the tube for the stalled cars.
When his engine reached them he at
tempted to push them back through the
tunnel and out of the American portal.
The grade proA'ed too stoop , however , and
the attempt Avas a failure. The engine
si ml cars rolled back into the gas lad"ii
tunnel and Engineer Coleman AA-as suf- ,
focated at his post in the engine cab. His ]
fireman , Fred Forester , Avith presence ;
of mind jumped into the partly filled wa.
tor tank of the engine , where there Avas
enough"air to preserve his life , although
he is in a serious condition.
When the UCAVS of the broken train
reached the American side of the tunnel
.Superintendent Begg , accompanied by
tAvo other employes , started in on foot ,
hoping that the train AAS near enough to
the entrance so that they might rescue
: ind carry out some of the CTCAAThey
had gone but a short distance Avhen the
gas became stifling and Bogg succumbed.
Other rescuers succeeded in craAvling to
the portal of the tunnel on their hands
Meanwhile preparations AA-ere being
made at the Sarnia end of the tunnel to
rescue the imprisoned train creAA' . An
ongine with a party of rescuers entered
the tube and had proceeded but a short
distance Avlien John Haley , a track Avalk-
t-r , Avas found lying unconscious on the
track. He Avas taken.out and again the
engine plunged into the gaseous atmos
phere. The rescuers Avere overcome ,
hoAvever , by the gas before the train AA-as
reached , and Brakeman McGrath died.
SAA'itchman Blake. Avho Avas a member
of the party , after a time made another
attempt to penetrate the gas and this
lime succeeded in reaching the stalled en
gine , coupled it to the cars , and ran the
train into the daylight.
Simpson , Tinsky and Gillis Avere found
dead in the caboose. Fireman Forester
Avas in the Avater tank of the engine near
ly tAvo hours before he was rescued , and
his escape is little short of miraculous.
FOURTEEN PERSONS INJURED
Omaha Express on iMissouri Pacific
Jumps the Track.
The Omaha express on. tho Missouri
Pacific Raihvay ran into an open SAvitch
as it AA-as leaving the yards at Kansas
City. Mo. , ( Sunday and collided Avith a
freight train. Fourteen persons were in-
jnred , tAvo seriously.
Mrs. J. M. Partello , wife of Maj. Par-
tollo , commanding officer at Fort Reno ,
Oklahoma , sustained an injury to hoi-
back , her wrist was broken and she Avas
badly cut about the face , while her
daughter , Miss Florence Partello , was
bruised and suffered from a nervous
ihock. Mrs. Partello's condition is said
to be critical. The injuries of the others
tt-ore slight and they continued their jour
ney. Among them was Maj. Partello ,
! who escaped Avith a sprained leg.
HAS NO DEFENSE.
Myrtle Eberly Shot Man Who Failed
to Marry Her.
"I shot him because he refused to keep
his promise to marry me. , I have no de
fense , Avas no laAvyer , and Avill ask no
person to help me , " said Myrtle Eberly ,
in the holdover at the Four courts at
St. Louis , MoM Saturday , speaking of the
killing of EuAvard Leonard the previous
The AA-eapon AA-ith Avhich she took Leon
ard's life , Miss Eberly says , Avas pur
chased for her by him on his adA-ice for
piotcction during her long Avalks at
night to the street cars. Leonard AA-as a
a bartender in a garden near the World's
Fair , where Miss Eberly Avas a Avaitress.
Sioux City Stock Market.
Saturday's quotations on the Sioux
City stock market foIloAv : Best fleshy
fitccrs , ? firstname.lastname@example.org. Hogs , ? 5.50fg5.G5.
Refuses to Tell Why He Shot. ,
Hugh N. Swaine , an attorney of Hous
ton , Tex. , Sunday , shot and killed C. W.
Jones , secretary of the Houston Fire
and Marine Insurance Company , of
Avhich W. N. SAvaine , fjjther of the for
mer , is president. SAvalnc AVJIS arrested
hut refuses to give any information.
Flood in Mine Drowns Eighteen.
A sudden inrush of water and mud in a
coal mine at Gerlebock , district of Koe-
' f'hen , Germany , imprisoned eighteen min
ers , all of whom , it is said , perished- [
] XTHREE PERSONS KILLED.T
Six Others Injured in Automobile
, Accident in New York.
While speeding along in the Bronx at
New York early Friday morning an au
tomobile containing nine persons went
over an embankment , and one man and
two women were killed. The machine
fell onto the New York Central Railroad
tracks and the wreckage was struck by
a southbound train.
Irf" the automobile when the accident
occurred were five women and four men.
The automobile was in charge of Allen
When the big machine plunged down
ward it struck near the southbound track
and the nine persons and the automobile
were caught by an incoming train known
as the Croton' local.
Beside the man and two women killed ,
all the others in the automobile were
BELL BOY THIEVES.
Syndicate is Uncovered by the New
The New York police have unearthed
what they believe to be a syndicate of
bell boy thieves existing among the big
hotels of New York , Philadelphia , Chi
cago and St. Louis in the arrest of Ar
thur Frazer , an employe of the Metro
politan. Frazer was arrested on suspi
cion of having a hand in the many rob
beries of jewelry and clothing that have
occurred at the hotel in the last month.
A detective captured him after living for
three days at the hotel in the guise of a
man with plenty of money. \
In Frazer's pockets were found letters
from bell boys in Philadelphia , Chicago
and St. Louis. From these letters the
police think the gang worked together ,
sending their loot to each other to dispose
MURDERER PUT TO DEATH.
Dutch" Fisher is Electrocuted in
' the Ohio Penitentiary.
I "Dutch" Fisher , alias Albert Miller ,
was electrocuted in the annex at the Ohio
penitentiary at Columbus a feAV minutes
after midnight Thursday night for the
murder of William Marshall , a bartender ,
at Toledo , O. , January last. The elec
tric shock Avas administered at 12:05 , and
at 12:12 he AA-as pronounced dead.
His last statement Avas a reiteration of
his confession that Walter Crosby , sen
tenced to life imprisonment for complici
ty in the crime , is innocent.
HORDES IN WANT.
Poor in English Cities on the Verge
At a meeting of the Manchester , Eng. ,
city council it Avas announced that oAA'ing
to the hard times and depression in the
cotton industry betAveen 40,000 and 50-
UOO people in the poorer parts of the city
Avere practically on the verge of starva
Similar conditions prcA-ail in London
and other large cities of the United King
dom , Avhere the winter is expected to be
one of the hardest in many years for
the poorer classes.
LIFE FOR HOLDUP MEN.
Chicago Officials Waging Crusade
Against Street Bandits.
Four more holdup men have been sen
tenced at Chicago to the state peniten
tiary for life. This makes eight such con-
( A-ictions and sentences of thrs class of
criminals in Chicago AA'ithin a Aveek.
The state's attorney has begun a de
termined crusade against all street ban
dits and in the future life sentences Avill
be given these crimLnals when their cases
come to trial.
Senator Hoar's Will.
The will of Senator George G. Hoar
has been filed at Worcester , Mass. It
makes no public bequests * diA-iding his
property betAveen his son and daughter ,
RockAvood Hoar and Miss Mary Hoar ,
and giA'ing his Asnebumskit estate in
Paxton to his granddaughter. The will
is dated Jan. 8 , 1904.
Garment Makers' Strike Off.
Cutters and other members of the
United Garment Workers' union'in Chi
cago , Avho eight Aveeks ago Avent on strike
because of announced ' 'open shop" poli
cy by the Chicago clothing makers , have
giA-en up the struggle and the strike has
boon declared off. Six hundred men are
Runs Into Open Switch.
The Wheeling express on the Panhan
dle road ran into an open SAA'itch and
Avas wrecked Friday at Hamlin station ,
just beyond BurgettstOAvn , Pa. Superin- l
tendent McCarty says the fireman Avas
killed and several passengers slightly in-
Burglars Make Big Haul.
Burglars entered the residence of John
A. StoAvart , at 14 West Chestnut Street.
Asheville , S. C. , and secured $10,000 (
worth of diamonds. There is np cleAV to 11
the robbers. 11L
Tombs Not Violated. ,
Gen Kuropfliatkin , in a dispatch to the
Russian emperor , vigorously denies the
charge made by the Chinese government
that the sanctity of the imperial tombs
and graves near Mukden had been A'io-
lated by the Russian troops. 3
Alaskan Telegraph Lines.
According to a Seattle , Wash. , special ,
telegraphic communication is
IIOAV being $
reached between Seattle and all parts of
For Looting the Mails.
T. J. Marshall , a raihvay mail clerk ,
was arrested at Lincoln , Neb. , Friday on .1
the charge of Inspector Sinclair , Avho at
accused him of robbing the mails. Mar-
shall is 38 years of age , and 1ms many
friends. lie sturdily denies his guilt. .
Negro Appointed Postmaster.
George Washington Murray , colored ,
former representative of a South Caro
lina district , has been appointed fourth sisi
classt postmaster at Hugller , a village in sia :
Berkeley County , S. C. w
BOLD BANK HOLDUP.
Hobber Secures $1,70O at Treynor
lown , and Escapes.
Arobber _ walked into the savings bank
at Treyuor , a small town fifteen miles
east of Council Bluffs , la. , Thursday af
ternoon , and at the point of a revolver
compelled the assistant cashier , Miss
Frances Flood , to take $1,700 from the
cash drawer and vault and put the
money in his bag. Then the robber drove
the young woman , who was alone in the
bank , into the big vault , and locked her
in. Customers coming into the bank half
an hour later heard the girl's screams for
help and released her from the vault. Slip
at once told of the holdup , and an armed
posse started after the robber.
The police and sheriff's office at Coun
cil Bluffs were also notified and startt-u
armed men into the country to intercept
the robber , but np to midnight he had
not been apprehended.
Rural telephones were also set into ac
tivity and the robber was traced toward
Council Bluffs. Officers believe that they
are on the robber's trail near Underwood ,
where he stopped to remove the shoes of
No one in Treynor was aware of the
presence of the robber until after the
woman cashier was released from the
vault , so quietl ? and quickly was the
holdup executed. The robber was seen
by Treynor citizens to quietly walk out
of the bank and get into a buggy in
which a companion had been waiting for
him , and then drove deliberately away.
Miss Flood's father , Thomas Flood , is
cashier of the bank. For several days
he has left his daughter in charge at the
hour when the robbery occurred , and the
robber is believed to have known of this
TRAILED BY BLOODHOUNDS.
Karl KarrerSaloonkeeper , Arrest
ed for Treynor Bank liobbery.
Trailed to his home in Treynor , la. ,
by bloodhounds , Karl otarrert a saloon
keeper , was found in bed and arrested by
officers at midnight Friday night. He
denies all knowledge of the bank robbery ,
and made no resistance. No money was
found on him nor in the house.
Karrer Avas taken to Council Bluffs by
The dogs , which were from Beatrice ,
Neb. , took the trail ten miles north of
Treynor , and followed it through corn
fields and Avoods to the Treynor road , in
to town and up to Karrer's home , almost
directly across the street from the bank.
Karrer had not been seen since the rob
bery , until located by the doirs.
The horses and buggy left by the sup
posed robber at the farm of Michael
Fox , three miles nortlnvest of Treynor ,
have been identified as belonging to the
Nevin livery barn , of Council Bluffs , and
Avere hired by an unknown woman
Thursday morning. The officers have
been giA-cn a description of the AA'oman ,
but have not been able to locate her.
The man who rented the rig went to
Treynor and SJIAV the Avrl'e of Karrer , but
Avas positive that she Avas not the AA'oiuan
who hired the rig.
A recount of the funds shows that the
robbermadeoff Avith close to $1,700. Miss
Flood managed to save $1,000 by hiding
it from the robber.
GRIEF KILLS HER.
Iowa Woman Who Shot Husband
Grief , because she shot her husband ,
Avas the cause of the death of Mrs. Peter
Lewis , near Leon , la. , on Thursday.
Her husband one evening recently on
coming home entered the chicken yard
Avith a A'ieAV of taking the necessary pre
caution to protect his roost from chicken
thieves. Mrs. LCAVI'S , on hearing the
cackling , grabbed a shotgun and made
her Avay to the yard. Upon seeing tho
form of a man she fired the gun. It prov
ed to be Mr. LCAVI'S , and he died the next
Mrs. Lewis was so overcome by griof
that she refused to take nourishment of
HUNDRED DIE EACH DAY.
Veterans of the Civil War Passing
Veterans of the civil Avar are HOAV dy
ing at the rate of 100 each day , according
to a statement made public by Commis
sioner Ware , of the pension bureau. $
The mortality among soldier pensioner1 ;
of all wars and classes last year Avas
31,728 deaths , of which 30,071 were vol
unteers in the civil Avar.
Commissioner Ware estimates that the
rate among pensioners of all classes at
the close of the present year Avill ap
Paris Frowns Upon Dowie.
Booth Clibborn and his wife , Avho re
cently announced that they intended
shortly to open a branch of Bowie's
Christian Catholic church in Paris , aie
IIOAV met with the statement of the pre
fect of police that n DOAVIC temple can
be opened unless it is agreed that "diA-inc
healing" Avill be entirely omitted.
Four Die in Hotel Fire.
The Tracey Hotel , a frame structure in
South St. Joseph , Mo. , burned Friday
morning , four persons losing their lives.
The fire started in the kitchen.
$1OOOOO Brooklyn Fire.
A fire which caused a loss of about
$100,000 broke out in W. B. Warden's J
coal yard in South Brooklyn , N. Y. , Fri- !
Cracksmen in Lincoln.
Burglars Wednesday night blew open
the-safe in the Rock Island freight office
Lincoln , Neb. , wrecked the safe , de
molished one end of the building and se
cured $488. They escaped on t. freight
Girl Wa < * Not Murdered.
Instead of being murdered , as at first
supposed , it Avas learned Thursday that
suicide was the cause of the death of
Minnie Harmeniug , of Palentine , III. , , is
whose dead body wafoun.d _ in a barn.
STATE OP NEBRASKA
NEWS OF THE WEEK IN A CON-
Mother's Heroic Act Jumped Into
Missouri River to Save Her Son ,
Who Had Accidentally Fallen in
Both Were Rescued.
A 7-year-old son of Mrs. George Ross ,
of Nebraska City , Avho resides on the
east side of the Missouri River , was
playing on the river banks , above the
government dikes. In some way the boy
fell into the Avater , and the mother , being
near , plunged into the SAvift current to
save the boy's life.
The current carried both mother and
son doAvn the river some distance and
around the dike. As the mother Avas
borne past the dike she managed to grab
one of the pilings and held on. She clung
to the boy Avith the other hand and kept
his head above the water.
Some men on the Avest bank of the
river heard the woman's feeble cries for
help. Securing a boat they went to her
rescue and managed to reach her before
her strength , gave out.
Both mother and son were taken
ashore. It required some time to bring
them back to life.
The mother could not SAvim , but gave
no thought to that when she jumped
into the river after her boy.
VALUABLE HORSES BURNED
Animals From Omaha Horse Show
Perish in a Car at Blair.
Three valuable horses , Mr. Pickwick ,
King Lee and Cabin Boy , valued at $12-
000 , and several carriages , traps and
other vehicles , the property of W. G.
Barling , of St. Paul , Minn. , who has
been an exhibitor at the Omaha horse
show , Avere destroyed by fire. The car in
which the property was being shipped
was found to be on fire when the train
reached the railroad yards in Blair. An
attempt was made to rescue the horses
and put out the flames , but the car and
its contents were destroyed. The total
loss is about $2o,000.
REVENUE LAW IS INTACT.
Supreme Court Dismisses Church
A Lincoln special says : The Nebras
ka revenue laAV is intact. The supreme
court Wednesday night dismissed the ap
peal of Church HOAVC on behalf of the
taxpayers of Neniaha County and re
versed the decision of the lower court
which condemned the action of the state-
board in increasing the valuation in Ne-
maha 5 per cent.
SeA'eral other cases haA-e been filed ,
seeking to restrain the state board from
increasing the valuations in the different
counties , and they AA-ill be dismissed.
Farmer Seriously Hurt.
George Zurnski , a farmer liA'ing six
miles east of Columbus , met Avith a pe
culiar and painful accident Thursday
evening. He AA-as starting for home and
had just climbed into his wagon when
his team started quickly , he lost his bal
ance and fell out , striking his head heaA-
ily , first on the hub o * the Avheel and
again on the ground. It Avas found that
his nose Avas badly broken , his scalp cut
and his front teeth badly loosened.
At Seattle , Wash. , in the presence of
i multitude of onlookers , christened by
Miss Mary M. Mickey , daughter of the
gOA'ernor of the state for Avhich she Avas
named. Uncle Sam's latest and largest
battleship , the Nebraska , Avas launched
at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. GOA- .
Mickey , and party participated in tho
ceremonies. The occasion Avas made a
half holiday throughout the city.
Fake Doctor Gets Cash.
A. stranger giving the name of Dr.
P. G. Busch A'isited the home of Wilke
Jurgens , a prominent German farmer ,
who resides near Beatrice , and succeeded
in fleecing him out of $50 cash. Jur
gens has a crippled son and the stranger
offered to cure him for $150. Ho told
Jurgens that he must have $50 before
taking the case and the unsuspecting
farmer paid it.
Strike in York Foundry.
There is a strike on at the DoAvney-
Wright Manufacturing Company of
York , in the foundry department. The
company notified its Avorkmen that any
of the old Avorkmen Avho desire to return
and stand good for defectiA'e castings
Avill be taken back , and that a IICAV force
of men Avill be put to Avork whether the
old employes come back or not.
Suicide at Orchard.
Charles Colleth , a restaurant keeper
ftt Orchard , committed suicide. He Avent
to bed at his home , took a reA-olver , and
shot himself. The bullet entered his head
over the right ear. Beath Avas instan
taneous , lie had had rheumatic trouble
for some time and Avas despondent over
Federal Building Completed.
The neAV United States postoffice and
court house building is completed in
Norfolk It was built at a cost of $100.-
000 and has been in process of construe-1 ii
tion since a year ago last May. It is a u
perfect copy of the building at Annapolis.
Killed at Itnilroad Crossing.
William Hawley , a pioneer of Madison
County and a wealthy farmer , droA'e to
his death in front of a Nortlnvestern s'
stock train at Norfolk. He was trying s's s'i
to beat the train across. He was 70 (
years old. s <
Small Fire at Wayne.
Fire originated in the confectionery e -
tablishment of L. F. Vaughn at Waym > . Ii
about 8:30 : o'clock Tuesday night , but in
was soon extinguished. fi
Freight Trains Collide.
Two freight trains collided at nave-
lock Monday afternoon and four cars C
were badly Avrecked. Westbound passen
ger train No. 3 , which Avas already SCA--
eral hours late , was further delayed tAvo lo
hours before the track could be cleared. AV
Poisoned by Meat ,
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dolan , of Beat
rice , were poisoned sev ? al evenings ago
from eating meat , and for aAA-hile their of
recovery was thought doubtful. Thy ofD
are improving slowly , and their recovery ai
onlr a matter of a few days. J Ol
BURGLARS BUSY AT LINCOLN
Railroad Safe Robbed and Attempt
Made to Rob Lumber Office.
The safe at the Rock Island freight de
pot in Lincoln was blown Wednesday
night and $104.88 taken by tAvo uniden
tified men. An attempt AA-as also made to
rob tlie safe in the office of the Lincoln
"Lumber Company at Sixteenth and O
Streets , but this proved-unsuccessful , as
the men Avere frightened siway before
they could complete the job.
The robbery at the Rock Island depot
'occurred shortly after 1 o'clock Thurs
day morning , as the clock on the Avail
stopped at 1:17 , Avhich Avas probably the
time at AA-hich the explosion took place.
A fCAV burglars' tools Avere found in the
room next morning , together with the
rubber tube used in pouring the explo
sive into the drilled holes , but aside
from that there is no clue to the iden
tity of the men Avho did the work. Noth
ing was knoAvn of the robbery until about
G o'clock Thursday morning Avhen the
freight agent went down to open the
PLEADS GUILTY AND PAYS FINE
Farmer Charged With Violation of
.Liquor Law Makes No Fight.
Upon the complaint of Fred Mcllnay ,
a farmer living a feAV miles Avest of
Crete , Joseph Ivulhanek , a neighbor of
Mcllnay's A\as : arrested , charged with
selling liquor on Sunday. He Avas
brought before Justice Fay , Avhere he un
expectedly pleaded guilty and Avas fined
$100 and costs , amounting to $5.75. He
paid the fine and Avas released at once.
Frequently during the summer Kulha-
nek has heldjjig Bohemian picnics on his
premises on Sunday. Liquors of all
sorts were always easily obtained on
these occasions and it became CA'ident
that Kulhanek was doing the selling.
This being illegal on Sunday , Avhether
he possessed a government license or
not , Mcllnay decided to stop it.
Closing Session is Largely Devoted
The closing session of the Nebraska
State Baptist convention Avas held at
Fremont Thursday. The general topic
of education , both collegiate and theo
logical , Avas the subject of the addresses
and discussions. The executive board
of the convention met Thursday morning ,
appointed the various standing commit
tees for the year and made its final de
cisions on the amount of aid to be grant
ed the AA'eaker churches. Rev. C. W.
Brinstead Avas appointed missionary at
large and his salary Avas fixed at $1,400
and expenses. The appropriations for tho
missionary churches aggregate $0,000.
Girl Falls Into Pail of Boil
Margaret , the 3-year-old daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Upton , of Pierce ,
Avas terribly scalded Sunday afternoon.
Mr. JeAvett , the grandfather , went out in
the yard to kill a chicken and took Avith
him a pail of boiling Avater. He Avas
followed by the little girl , Avho became
frightened and backed and fell into the
The attending physician states there is
no hope of recovery.
Placed Under Bonds.
George Schoenberg has sAvorn out a
Aval-rant in Judge Inman's court at Beat
rice to compel Otto Hoffman to keep the
peace. Hoffman Avas released on bond
of $100 to appear in court Saturday
next for trial. Schoenberg alleges that
Hoffman met him in the road Avith an
open knife and threatened to kill him.
The principals in the affair are prominent
German farmers , Avho reside near Pick-
George Bloom , a farmer residing AA-est
of Plattsinouth. Avas aAvakened by a re-
A-oIver shot early Wed lies-day morning
and discovered his large , ne\v barn in
ilames. Half dressed , he rushed to the I
barn and succeeded in rescuing his I
horses. All of his Avheat , oats , hay and
farming implements Avere consumed. The
loss is estimated at $2,500 , with only
Appeals Abandonment Cn.sc.
Monday afternoon the case of Burt
Goddard against the state AA-as filed in
the office of the clerk of the .supreme
court at Lincoln , and a stay of sentence
granted. The plaintiff in error , who re
sides in Chase County. Avas coimcted of
\vife abandonment under the statute en
acted by the last legislature. A stay of
sentence Avas granted by the court.
Discover Alleged Robber.
II. L. Stone , a young man Avho is trav
eling in connection with a ' 'beauty
siioAAexhibiting during the carnival in
Huinbohlt , Avas placed under arrest by
Marshal Todd upon information to the
effect that he was Avanted by the au
thorities of Sioux Falls , S. D. , upon the
charge of robbing a jeAvelry store , j
Lor.d of Wheat is Stolen. I
A load of Avheat Avas stolen from the
farm of George M. Schuster , Avest of
Ashland , Tuesday night. Tracks of the
wagon AA-oro plainly seen in the field
whore the thief drove. There is no cleAV.
Fruit Crop in York.
Nearly every year more fruit is raised
in York Countand this year hundreds
upon hundredof bushels of peaches
have been marketed by farmers and fruit
rai ers , and IIOAV they are shipping ap-
TJain Stops Prairie Fire. A'c
Rain quenched a prairie fire which was
sweeping Rosebud .mserA-ation. destroy
ing hay and fall pasture in Tripp and
Gregory i Counties. The fire had raged
several days and coA-ored many miles.
Randolph Fair Closes.
Wednesday Avas tho last day of the
Randolph fair , and there Avas a big croAvd
town. The fair has been a success f (
from every standpoint.
Engine Falls Through Bridge.
A large traction engine belonging to
Charles Matya fell through the Loup c :
lliA-er Avagon bridge near Columbus. The so (
ngine hung a feAV feet from the water , cin
lodged on heavy iron trusses. The bridge n
ivas closed to traflie on account of the tlsi
Toy Smothered in Grain. 31
James Burke , a lad of 15 or 10 years aih
age , was killed in the eleA-ator at h (
Doniphan by getting into a pit of grain C (
ind smothering before he could be res- m
Superstitious people are marveling at
the seeming defiance of the powers of ovil
manifested in the preparations for the
launching of the battleship Nebraska at
Seattle next month. Elaborately printed
invitations have been receiA-ed by s-tute-
officers. They are printed from an en
graving upon heavy Avhite cardboard , half
of AA-hich. is taken up by a picturo of a
battleship steaming along Pttget Sound
just under Mount Ranier. In the upper
corners of the card are engraA-ings of the
seals of the state of Nebraska and Wash
ington. Underneath is the invitation
and the announcement that it Avili be
christened by Miss Mary Nain Mickey.
The fearsome part of the announooinent
is that the ceremony is set to occur oit
Friday , Oct. 7 , at 2:13 p. m. Con idont-
ble speculation has been indulged in as to
Avhy Moran Bros. , builders of the ves elr
have selected both Friday-and 2:13 p. in.
for the auspicious event , Deputy Lrhor
Commissioner Bush explains tho hist
point of speculation by declaring that it
is customary to launch .battleships at i
odd minutes in the hourly calendar.
* * *
Charles H. Gere , editor of the State
Journal , died Friday night of neuralgia
of the heart after a short illness. lie
leaA-es a AA'idoAV and three daughters. Mr.
Qere Avas one of the best knoAvn ni'-n m
Nebraska , haA-ing been a prominent citi
zen for many years. For thirty-throe
years he had been editor of the State
Journal and at the time of his death A\as
also president of the Journal Company.
Mr. Gere came to Lincoln in 1SOS and
started the Weekly CommoiiAvealtIi >
which he changed in a short time to tha
Sta'te Journal. He served a term as a
representative in the legislature and was
a member of the state senate for five
terms. For t\velve years Mr. Goro AVJIS-
a member of the board of logouts of the
state university and was also a member
of the constitutional convention. Ho
was postmaster at Lincoln during Harri
son's term. He has been identified with
many of Lincoln's enterprises.
* * *
County Attorney Caldwell filed a brief
in the supreme court in whioh hu
wakes the novel contention that tho coun
ty is not obliged to pay the premium oi > (1 (
the treasurer's guaranty bond. Ho con
tends that the statute is simply permis
sive , allowing the county board to require
etich a bond when it is considered nooo -
sary to insure the safety of the funds.
Under such circumstances the board may-
pay the premium out of the public funds.
The case inAhich the brief is filed is that
of County Treasurer Ben Knight against
Lancaster County , the suit being tool -
lect $885 which the official aliego' he
paid in premiums on his bond. If the
supreme court , before which the ca > e is
IIOAV pending , sustains the contentions
of the county attorney , it will effect a
radical change in seA'eral counties of the
state where the county boards have been
in the habit of alloAA'ing county treasur
ers to be reimbursed for the premiums on-
their guaranty bonds.
* * *
The list of persons who will attend the
launching of the battleship . .ebrnska is
probably the following : GOAJ. . H.
Mickey and daughter , Miss Mary Naiu
Mickey ; Secretary of State George W.
Marsh and Mrs. Marsh ; State Auditor
Charles Weston and Mrs. Weston ; State
Treasurer Peter Mortensen ; State Super
intendent W. 1C. FoAvler : Attorney Gen-
.cral F. N. Prout and daughter , Miss
V era J. Prout ; Gen. and Mrs. J. II. Cul-3
ver ; Col. and Mrs. George J. JcnkiiA T * *
Fairbury ; Miss Emily Jenkins. Fairbury ;
Col. and Mrs. J. A. Eberhardt , Stanton ;
Col. and Mrs. C. D. EA-ans , Columbus ? ; ,
Col. J. S. Dew , Tecumseh ; Col. and1
Mrs. H. P. Shuimvay , Wakefield ; Col.
Charles W. Kaley and sister. Red Cloud ;
Col. S. M. Melick , Lincoln. Col. and Mrs.
L. W. Garoutte , Lincoln.
& & &
Nebraska has been a prosperous field
for the groAvtii of fraternal organizations , ,
as will be seen from the figures com
piled by the state department of labor , ,
which Avill be incorporated in the forth
coming report of that department. These
statistics show that there are forty-three
fraternal organizations which have firm
ly established themselves in this state.
The total number of local lodges of all'
organizations is 3,311 , with a total fra
ternal membership of 200,434. The
Modern Woodmen of America ranks first
in membership , having a total of 004
lodges Avith a. membership of ! 37,815 ; the
Degree of Honor , Ancient Order of Unit
ed Workmen , holds third place , with a.
membership of 1G.OG1 , diA-ided betAveen
182 lodges ; the Royal Highlanders , one-
of the youngest organizations in the state
and a Nebraska institution , ranks sixth ,
Avith 200 lodges and 12,831 members.
* * *
State Veterinarian Thomas said re
cently that he had received reports of
more glanders within the past few weeks ,
than he had ever known before in the
history of the state. He attributes the
increase in the number of horses affected
AA-ith the disease to carelessness of horse
owners in not exercising closer scrutiny-
as to the health of newly purchased ani
mals which they introduce into their sta
bles. * * *
Three specific grievances of $10.000
each constitute charges in a $30,000 slan
der suit filed Wednesday afternoon'
against the State Journal Company by
Siegbert Kahn , of Omaha , one of the tAvo il
men arrest d in fair Aveek AA-itfi $ ! .0 < JO
Avorth of diamonds and jewelry in their ,
clothes. Kahn resents the stories print
ed by the State Journal and Evening
News regarding the affair.
* * *
Mrs. W. J. Bryan couGrmed the an
nouncement of the birth of a daughter to
Mrs. Leavitt , formerly Miss Bryan. A
telegram to the grandmother stated "tin/ :
the mother and child Avere doing fc'vj *
The Leavitts have been keeping housU
for several months in NCAV Orleans
Avhere Mr. Leavitt maintains a studio '
* * *
Nebraska's advancement and tue in
creasing wealth of the state , now beingi
much talked about , can best be-appre4
eiated by a survey of the surplus com
modities and a comparison thereof during
the last ten years. The statistics of rhe
state department of labor show that in
1890 the shipment of cattle amounted 1o-
380,100 head and in 1903 the shipments
iggregated 555,263. The shipments of
iogs in 1890 totalled 1,431,540 head , as
compared with. 2,101,551 in 1903. The-
aumber of sheep shipped in 1890 was'
195,680 head and in 1903 680,751 ,
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