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The Valentine Democrat
Valentine , Neb.
1. M. Rice. Publisher
BIG STICK IN SIGHT
FRANCE GETTING READY TO
Situation Becomes Serious Ultima
tum Likely to bo the Next Move
in Paris Little Progress Made in
Settlement of American Claims.
'A Washington special says : All diplo
matic relations between Venezuela and
Prance are broken , it is said at the state
department , and although it is stated no
formal or official information has been re
ceived , officials assume that in accord
ance with the usual procedure this will
involve the early departure from Vene
zuela of M. Taigny , French representa
tive there , and from France of M. Mau-
borguet , Venezuelan agent at Paris.
Officials at Washington are awaiting
the turn Qf events with keen interest.
The trouble between the two nations
originated in a cable concession. The
breach has been threatened for months.
Paris advices state : The Venezuelan
question , although subordinated in public
opinion to the Moroccan conference , is
occupying the serious attention of the
foreign office , but the strictest discretion
is observed ia this connection. A highly
placed diplomat , however , declared Fri
day that it might be considered certain
that the moment was rapidly approaching
when a crisis would occur in Venezuela.
He was unable to state the exact character
which events would assume , but asserted
that a perfect understanding had always
existed between France and the United
States. The two governments were in
absolute accord on the question at issue ,
France's line of conduct being based on
that of the United States.
Though M. Maubourguet , the Venezue
lan charge d'affaires , has not received
liis passports , diplomatic relations be-
Prance and Venuezuela are considered to
Lave been broken off. There is no ques
tion for the present of a naval demon
stration , but there is no doubt that the
French government intends to have the
fullest recognition of and respect of its
An official note issued Friday night
says that although an ultimatum has not
yet been sent to Venezuela , France can
not tolerate much longer President Cas
tro's refusal to accede to the French de
mands without considering the advisabil
ity of taking stronger means to enforce
LONG MARCH ENDS.
Artillery Covers 1,1 OO Miles in
The Sixth field battery of United Stnte
artillery , commanded by Capt. G. W.
Getchell , entered Fort Sam Houston , at
Houston , Tex. , Friday amid the cheers
of the local garrison.
The battery broke the world's record
Tor a long distance practice march of artil
lery , having covered the estimated 1,100
miles from Fort Riley , Kan. , to Fort
Sam Houston in fifty-five days. The
battery was compelled to make several
detours in order to avoid bad roads and
unusually rough country.
The artillerymen were a sorry appear
ing set. Their clothing was in tatters
and so covered with mud and dirt that
the color of the cloth could not be distin
guished. The men were haggard and
Jean. Many of them were scarcely able
to travel. The horses resembled movin
Private Arthur Hall died at Austin
from exposure and the hardships encouu
tered on the march.
SHE IS NOW A CONVICT.
Mrs. Chadwick Begins Her Sentence
in Ohio Prison.
Mrs. Chadwick arrived at the peniten
tiary at Columbus , O. , at 11 o'clock Fri
day. No special preparations had been
made in the woman's department for her
reception. She will be compelled to sleep
on a cot in the corridor , as the woman's
department is filled and every bed occu
The prison officials are skeptical as to
the illness of Mrs. Chadwick. She will
be treated as any other prisoner , and af
ter examination , if it is found she is able ,
will be put to washing or other heavy
work. If not , she will be placed in the
Oku Gets an Ovation.
Gen. Oku , who commanded the left
army during the war with Russia , made a
triumphal entry into Tokio Friday morn
ing. The greatest enthusiasm was mani
fested by the people.
Would Bar Football.
Delegate R. S. Powell has introduced
In the Virginia assembly a bill to prohib
it the game of football in Virginia. A
penalty of from $300 to $100 is prescrib
ed for each offense.
Sioux City Stock Market.
Friday's quotations on the Sioux City
live stock market follow : Butcher steers ,
$firstname.lastname@example.org. Top hogs , $3.30.
Bill Clear d of Charges.
Judge Audenreid , at Philadelphia , Pa. ,
Friday , instructed the jury in the case of
John W. Hill , former chief of the filtra
tion bureau , who was charged with forg
ery and falsification of the records , to
bring in a verdict of acquittal. The trial
has been in progress nine days.
Greene and Gaynor Lose.
'At Savannah , Ga. , Jndge Speer denied
the petition of the counsel for Greene and
Gaynor that the men be discharged from
MILLIONS ARE INVOLVED.
Packers Are in Danger of Losing
Vast Foreign Orders.
A Washington , D. C. , dispatch says :
"Unless congress speedily grants the
emergency appropriation for $135,000 re
quested by me for additional inspectors
and microscopists it is probable that over
$30,000,000 worth of orders for Ameri
can pork and beef products placed by
German dealers will go unfilled. "
This statement was made by Secretary
Wilson Thursday. Anticipating the high
rates of duty on products emanating from
the United States imposed by the new
German tariff , which becomes effective o
March 1 next , and Germany at the pres
ent time being in urgent need of meat
supplies , Secretary Wilson said that Ger
man dealers have flooded the packing
houses of this country with orders.
Speaking of this condition of affairs ho
referred to recent strictures upon his ac
tion in creating what was stated to be a
deficiency of $135,000 , the amount asked
by him , in alleged violation of the statute
on this subject enacted during the last
"These statements , " he said , "do me a
grave injustice and do not credit me with
trying to relieve our packers from the
desperation in which they have been
placed by reason of the lack of a proper
inspecting force. He declared that he
had created no deficiency , but that on the
other hand he was asking only for an
emergency appropriation to meet the con
ditions which an enormously increased
business of the last three mouths , with no
increase in the inspection force , had cre
"I am strongly in favor of having the
packers pay all expenses of inspections , "
continued the secretary , "such inspections
to be under federal supervision , of course.
In fact , they voluntarily have expressed
a willingness to do this , and in the pres
ent instance have offered to do it , but
there is no law by which such an arrange
ment can be made. "
JUMPS THE TRACK.
A Pullman Car Drops Fifteen Feet
to the Pavement.
The rear Pullman sleeper , the "Har-
court , " on a Wabash train , was derailed
on the terminal elevated tracks at Carr
Street , St. Louis , Mo. , Thursday morn
ing and fell broadside fifteen feet to the
pavement below , injuring seven passen
The crash of the car , as it landed on
the pavement after the fall from the
tracks , resounded through half a dozen
warehouses and factories that stand near.
Many volunteers among the workmen
broke open the vestibule of the sleeper
and carried out the injured passengers.
The sleeper had just swung into the
elevated tracks that skirt the river front
when the derailment occurred , and , after
running for a few feet along the ties , the
car careened to the westward , and broke
the wooden railing that runs along the
tracks. Toppling as it fell , the car land
ed in a triangular space bounded by the
steel supports of the elevated road and
the walls of the buildings facing the
The remainder of the train proceeded
to the union depot.
RAILWAY STOCK FORGERY.
Now Believed Operators Did. Not
Secure Large Sum.
Following the arrest at New York
Thursday of Samuel Humphreys , o
"newspaper writer , " on the charge of
selling a bogus certificate of 100 shares
of the Norfolk and Western Railway
Company to a dealer in securities in this
city , it was learned that 500 bogus cer
tificates were printed and that operations
had been planned on a large scale.
As only four or five certificates have
been discovered , and each of them is for
100 shares , with an aggregate market
value of about $8,000 , it is evident the
amount realized by the operators was not
Intense Feeling Shown in the Con
tent in England.
A London dispatch says : The election
fight is daily growing in intensity and the
party leaders , with the aid of motor cars
are displaying the greatest energy in ad
dressing meetings at different places on
the same day. The premier , Sir Henry
Campbell-Bannerman , who spoke at
Shrewsbury Thursday night , was howl
ed down by a Chamberlainite minority ,
and was compelled to shorten his speech.
Disorderly meetings of this kind are not
Hart > Meet Burns.
Arrangements for a match between
Hart and Tommy Burns for the heavy
weight championship of the world have
been completed at Butte , Mont. The
bout will take place in Los Angeles Feb.
Trial of Divine Opens.
The case of Rev. George Ware , presi
dent of the U. B. I. Cattle Company ,
charged with conspiracy to defraud the
government , went to trial at Omaha ,
Neb. , Thursday , Judge Munger having
overruled the motion to quash.
TheVst Hotel Fire.
Mrs. Samuel Spiesberger , of Chicago ,
died Thursday afternoon , making the
ninth victim of the West Hotel fire at
Minneapolis. All the others who sustain
ed injuries are recovering rapidly.
Traveling Alan Cuds Life.
Will B. Foland , a nursery salesman of
Danville , 111. , committed suicide at a
Bloomington , 111. , hotel Thursday by
drinking carbolic acid. He was despond
ent over the loss of his position a week
Carlisle's Grandson Hurt.
At Mobile , Aln. , John G. Carlisle , a
grandson of the former secretary of the
treasury , accidentally shot himself Thurs
day. It is not thought the wound will
DR. WM. R. HARPER DEAD.
Famous Educator Made a Brave
Fight for Life.
Dr. William Rainey Harper , president
of the University of Chicago since its in
ception , one of the foremost educators
and one of the most learned Hebrew
scholars of his time , died at Chicago
Wednesday of cancer of the intestines.
Three years ago Dr. Harper underwent
an operation for appendicitis and symp
toms were then discovered which led the
surgeons to suspect that graver troubles
might arise in the future , but they were
then of too indefinite a character to per
mit of an operation , and it was not until
Feb. 22 , 1905 , that an operation was de
cided upon to determine the nature and
cause of severe abdominal pains from
which he had suffered for several months.
Dr. McBurney , of New York , the fa
mous specialist in abdominal surgery ,
came to Chicago expressly for the opera
tion , in which he was assisted by Drs.
Billings and Bevans , of Chicago. At the
outset of the operation it was discovered
that Dr. Harper was suffering from a
concer at the head of the large intestine
and that the malady had progressed so
far that an operation which would have
removed it would have been fatal to the
patient. A brief consultation of the sur
geons resulted in the conclusion that
there was nothing more to bo done by ,
them , and the only hope of Dr. Harper
lay in remedial measures alone.
In a short time he lef the hospital ,
knowing well that he was a doomed man ,
that his disease could not be cured and
that his death must ensue within a short
time , no matter whawas done in the ef
fort Ao avert it. lo braver fight was
ever made by any man than by Dr. Har
He took up his duties at the university
as though nothing had happened or was
likely to happen to him , and he was at all
times apparently confident and cheerful.
The x-ray treatment was elaborated in
the effort to afford him relief and every
thing was done for him that the ingenui
ty and skill of his physicians could sug
Although Dr. Harper never deluded
himself with false hopes , he faithfully at
tempted whatever offered him a hope of
recovery. At times his condition would
improve and then would come relapses
that would leave him weaker than be
fore. Despite all thatwas done for him
he lost steadily in all things save courage.
Several times the malady progressed in
such a manner that small surgical opera
tions were necessary to afford him a tem
FATAL HOTEL FIRE.
A Number of Lives are Lost in Min
At Minneapolis , Minn. , nine persons
lost their lives in a fire which burned
the fifth , sixth and seventh stories of the
West Hotel Wednesday morning. The
financial loss is estimated at $23,000.
The blaze started in an unknown man
ner in the packing room on the first floor.
Ascending the elevator shaft , it spread
when it reached the fifth floor.
Awakened by the ringing of alarm bells
in their rooms , the guests , who num
bered in all about 700 , rushed wildly
about seeking safety. Those on the up
per floors were driven back into their
rooms by the smoke which filled the
'The death roll includes the following :
Mrs. J. E. Hodges , Minneapolis ; Capt.
John Berwiu ; Alice Larson , chamber
maid ; W. C. Nichols , grain merchant ,
Minneapolis ; J. P. Peisinger , New York ;
J. B. Wolfe , New York ; Clinton Lamme ;
Thomas Somerville , Springfield , 111. ; one
FAILURE FOLLOWS SUICIDE.
Denison , Prior & Co. , of Cleveland ,
O. , Forced to Close.
Formal announcement of the suspen
sion of the firm of Deuisou , Prior & Co. ,
of Cleveland , O. , investment bankers and
brokers , was made Wednesday.
The action was taken as the result of
a large number of the firm's checks being
thrown out by the banks , who hold that
since the death of L. W. Prior , who com
mitted suicide Tuesday , the checks could
not pass the clearing house. It is said
the banks hold ample funds and securi
ties to provide for all claims.
The firm of Deuison , Prior & Co. was
one of the heaviest dealers in stocks and
bonds in the central west. Mr. Prior
had been foremost in financing a number
of large brewery consolidations in Ohio
and in other states.
A GREAT STEAL.
Great Northern is Bobbed of Many
George Smith , a clerk in the Great
Northern division superintendent's office
at Minot , N. D. , charged with carrying
"straw men" on his pay roll , was Wed
nesday bound over to the district court.
Bogus time checks aggregating over
$200,000 have been located , but the spe-
cific charge against the alleged default *
er is for $38.
To Investigate Collision.
A Newport News , Va. , special says : A
naval board of inquiry composed of offi
cers of the Atlantic fleet was convened
aboard the battleship Iowa off Old Point
by Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans , and
an investigation into the collision of the
battleships Kentucky and Alabama off
llSre Fathom Bank , N. 1. , Saturday , was
Big Steals in Chicago.
Assistant Corporation Counsel Thomas
Sutherland has appeared before Mayor
Dunne's "contract graft" committee at ;
Chicago and cited specific instances in
support of his charge that at least $5- ,
000,000 has been paid by the city in the
last fifteen years in "graft" to contract
Bluejackets are Withdrawn.
All the foreign bluejackets who have
been patrolling the foreign concessions at
Shanghai , China , have been withdrawn.
'STATE ' OF NEBRASKA
NEWS OF THE WEEK IN A CON.
i New Clue in Murder Mystery
Grip and Clothing Found Near the
Scene of the Crime Slayer of Un
identified Man still at Large.
Late Fiiday afternoon a grip
1 found on Bridge island not far from the
site of Callaghau's grading camp near
Fremont , which may throw some light on
the Saunders County murder. It was cov
ered with snow and had evidently been
lying there for several days. It contain
ed a quantity of underclothing and some
' shirts and collars , which evidently belong
ed to two parties. On the collars were
laundry marks and on some the name
Hugh McDonald and on others that of A.
F. Adams. There were also some haud-
kerchiefs and a number of toilet articles ,
a bible that had been read , a number of
letters and a diary.
The entries in the diary begin last
spring in New York City , where the two
men evidently lived. There are cards
and addresses of a number of employ
ment agencies from Buffalo to Omaha.
The men had been working for Callaghan.
| Judging from the clothing both were la
boring men and a pair of long stockings
such as worn by linemen indicates that
one of them may have worked at that
, The New York City police were noti
fied and an attempt will be made to find
out something of McDonald and Adams
at their former home. Callaghan's grad-
! ing outfit broke camp Saturday afternoon
and the men were paid off and left. Hun
dreds have viewed the remains of the
murdered man at Bader's undertaking
rooms at Fremont and a good many peo
ple are positive that they saw him in
town on diffeient days last week in com
pany with another parly. Since the fail
ure of Charles Pierce and wife to identi-
, fy the body as that of Thad Browning
| the grip appears to fuinish the best clue
that the officers have had. Mrs. Pierce
informs Sheriff Bauman that she has re
ceived a telegram that Browning is living
and is at Kansas City , Mo. Saunders
County people are taking an inci easing
interest in trying to solve the mystery.
A number of farmers from Saunders
County have agreed to pay the burial ex
penses of the man found murdered on
the Booth place last week and the body
will be taken to Cedar Bluffs for burial.
The affair is as deep a mystery as ever.
Sheriff Bauman received a telegram
from the marshal of Bonaparte , la. , stat
ing that Thad Browning was at Win-
field , la. , Monday.
The offer of $200 reward by the state ,
which makes the total reward for the ar
rest of the murderer $300 , has stimulated
considerable activity in looking into the
matter , but with no better results than
before and with little prospect of ever
finding out the identity of the man who
STILL "UP IN THE AIR. "
Little Done at Meeting of Sioux
A Dakota City special says : Outside
of the election of seven out of nine of a
boaid of directors , nothing developed
the annual meeting of the stockholders 01
the Sioux City , Homer and Southern
Railway held at South Sioux City on the
9th inst. , at which time it was expected
the future of the proposed interurban
route from Sioux City to Homer would
be definitely settled. Col. J. H. Aiken
and Joseph Crow , both of Omaha , were
the only two outside interested parties
present at the meeting. At present the
future of the road is much of a perplex
ity. The meeting adjourned subject to
John H. Baker , of the Great Western
Brokerage Company , Topeka , Kan. , who
was expected to be present , and who is
the party who is negotiating the sale of
the bonds , was not present , being detain
ed , it was reported , owing to sickness.
Barn and Horses Burned.
At Nebraska City two horses , the prop
erty of Carl Brown , a teamster , were
burned to death in a fire that partially
destroyed the barn. The fire had gained
considerable headway before discovered
and no one was able to rescue the horses.
The loss on the barn and adjoining
buildings will amount to $200. The ori
gin of the fire is unknown.
Gillstrap Again Gives Bond.
Abner Gillstrnp , who on Monday last
was released from jail at Dakota City on
bonds of $ r 00 for his appearance at the j
next term of district court on the charge
of selling liquors illegally , was arrested
again on a complaint sworn out by C. J.
O'Connor , charging him with selling li
quors to Indians. lie was released on his j
own bond of $300.
Signal Officer Resigns.
Lieut. Richards , of the Fremont Signal
coips , stationed at Fremont , has resign
ed because his business required his en
tire time. Inasmuch as he has .been ap
pointed an aide on the governor's staff
the National Guard will not entirely lose
him. His services in the guard have been ?
of the highest order.
lowan Accepts Place.
Secretary Walter S. Whitten , of the
Muscatiue , la. Commercial Club , has
been invited to come to Lincoln as secie-
tary at a salary of $2,500. His accept
ance has been received.
New Telephone Corporation.
Aitides of incorporation for the New
Home Telephone Company of Gage
County were filed with the county c'-
Tuesday. The capital stock is $200 , ( [
Farmer Killed by Train.
Marion Blackwood. a wealthy farmer
of Glenwood Township , was struck by
the Burlington fast passenger westbound
one-half mile west of Odell and so badly
injured that he died Saturday. He was
walking along the track and failed to
hear the approaching train.
Elkhorn Valley Doctors.
The Elkhorn Valley Medical Society
will meet at Norfolk Jan. 16 , with after
noon and evening sessions. A number of
papers of interest to the profession will
be i cud.
BRIDAL PAIR SEEK DIVORCE.
Apply to Dakota City Judge Who
County Judge J. J. Eimcrs , of Dakota
City , had a novel proposition submitted
to him a few days ago , when a couple
he had but recently married presented
themselves to him asking for a divorce.
On Dec. 13 the usual unlucky 13 Harry
G. Spencer and Myrtle M. Sumner , both
of Sioux City , presented themselves at
Judge Eimers' office to offer themselves
upon the altar of matrimony. Tin's was
agreeable to County Judge Eimers , who ,
after issuing the license , offered his serv
ices to perform the ceremony , which was
acceptable , and in the presence of the usu
al hangers-on around the court house the
Spencer-Sumner nuptials were celebrated.
All the proceedings seeir 1 to be as nappy
as the proverbial ' .vedchir bell.
On Tuesday , Spenc.and ' : * new
made spouse again appealed at the office
of County Judge Eimers seemingly as
happy as they were on the day of their
wedding , but this time their mission was
one of a different nature. They wished
undone that which they had done.
Judge Eimers informed the couple that
while his official duties allowed him to
tie couples it prohibited him from untying
them , and that they would have to seek
relief in a district couit of Iowa.
FELT THE EARTH QUAKE.
Plate Glass at Falls City Broken by
The earthquake shock reported to have
been felt over Missouri , Kansas and Ne
braska Sunday evening at 0:20 o'clock
was very distinctly felt in Tecumseh by
At 6:30 o'clock Sunday night residents
of Lincoln felt an earthquake shock that
was severe enough in several instances to
shake globes from their fasten ! " s on
chandelieis. No damage is reported to
The earthquake shock that was general
over the middle west was felt very de
cidedly at Falls City Sunday night. It
shook all the business houses and made
considerable commotion among the dish
es and pans in the dwelling houses. The
plate glass in the south front of Crook
& Co.'s hardware store was cracked , but
outside of that there was no damage .
At Humboldt the inhabitants were
somewhat startled Sunday evening about
6 o'clock to experience a distinct earth
quake shock , something quite out of the
ordinary in those parts. The disturb
ance came with sufficient force to rattle
dishes and windows.
The earthquake shock was felt distinct
ly at Table Rock Sunday night at about
G:20 o'clock. Shutters , doors and in
some instances dishes rattled.
FATAL INDIAN FRENZY.
Poisonous Food as Part of Winne-
bago .Religious Rites.
A Homer special says : Thomas Hill ,
one of the most prominent men in the
Winnebago tribe , is dead , a dozen more
violently insane and will probably die ,
and half the tribe suffering more or less
from the effects of the eating of large
quantities of Mexican mescal beans as a
part of the rites of a new religion that
was introduced into the tribe by visiting
members of a southern tribe some mouths
ago.Agent McFatridge reports that he is
unable to check the frenzy or stop the
importation from Mexico of the beans
which are said to first drive insane and
.hen cause the death of those eating
LIGHTING CONTRACT VOID.
Forced Omaha Deal Knocked Out
in District Court.
An Omaha special says : Judge Sut-
ton in the district court declared invalid
the street lighting contract with the
Omaha Gas Company on the ground that
the rate per light was exorbitant , the
contract made in disregard of a restrain
ing order of the court , and the action
of the mayor and chief of police in keep
ing members of the city council in the
council chamber by force in order to pre
serve a quorum during the passage of
the contract , was illegal.
The question has been the basis oj
much bitter contention and litigation.
Norfolk's Sewerage System.
Enthusiasm for the sewerage system
proposed for Norfolk continues to in- ;
crease. A public meeting held Wednes-
day night , at which City Engineer An
drew Rosewater , of Omaha , delivered an
interesting address , was attended by 1
most of the business men of the city and 1
many converts to the sewerage system
were made. It is planned to vote $30,000 ;
bonds for the main ? .
Gift to Omaha Seminary.
The Presbyterian Theological seminary t
at Omaha has just received $50,000 as a *
zift from John H. Converse , one of the t :
controlling factors of the Baldwin Loco
motive works of Philadelphia. President , t ;
Lowrey , of the seminary , says the money ]
ivill be devoted to the endowment fund , t :
cvhich is yet small.
Dross Catches Fire From Stove.
Mrs. Fred Snyder , of Vesta precinct ,
lohnson County , was quite seriously s ;
jurned Tuesday morning. She was stand- * !
ng with her back to a red hot stove .
tvhen her diess caught fire and she be- 1
ame enveloped in flames. She is rest- ° >
ng easily and will probably recover. c :
Laborers Return to Plattsmo-ath. t
About twenty laborers who were sent
o Sheriden. Wyo. , to assist in a rush . !
f repairing cars theie , have returned and
csumed work in the Burlington shops at
West Point Gaining.
During the month of December sixteen
liiths were registered in the West Point
li&tiict and during the same time four
oaths only have occurred.
LG. . Rathbun. a farmer and stock a
aiser who has lived near Ellis , Gage ci
'ounty for many yeai.s has been ado
udged insane by the board of insanity 1
ommissioners and ordered taken to the n
Tracklayers Reach Fremont.
The Great Northern track-laying ma-
hine reached Fremont Monday afterj
loon and will be there a day or two lay- ] t
ng sidetracks. A large gang of men S
4\vorking putting in tho crossings of the , , ,
'ulon Paci-ic ; rucly.
j f K f * ft K KV
After a conference with Attorney Gen
eral Brown at Lincoln Saturday morning ,
Insurance Auditor Pierce announced that
fire companies in other states which have
refused to pay the 2 per cent reciprocal
tax , as required by the statute , must pay-
up within a reasonable time or be barred :
from doing business in the state. Thirty-
six fire insurance companies arc involved.
In the states in which they are organ
ized Nebraska companies must pay a
special tax , and Nebraska desires to play
even. Companies located in Penusyl-
vanijfj Ohio , Massachusetts , New Jersey ,
Illinois , Wisconsin , Minnesota , Missouri
and California are chiefly affected by
this order. When the Nebraska law Avent
into effect the companies brought a test
case and won in the supreme court. Lat
er Mr. Brown got a rehearing and the
court held that the law was good. The-
companies immediately filed a motion for
another hearing , and this matter is now
pending in court.
* * *
Nebraska dairymen are badly wrought
up over what they term the careless-
handling of cream by shippers and cream
eries alike , and at the coming state con
vention this question is to be taken up-
and debated. The assertion is made that
farmers do not take the care of their sep
arators that they should and that the-
creameries have aided and abetted in the-
wastefulness by fixing no standard for the-
product to which they insist upon adher
ence. The result has been a general low
ering of the grade of butter. Secretary
Bassett is of the opinion that tens o
thousands of dollars are annually lost to.
dairymen by reason of these facts. Some-
of the creameries have begun to grade
cream , and this will prove a great help in
making the farmers more careful. Their
principal fault lies in their neglect to
keep their separators free from bacteria ,
and the result is that the product dete
* * *
Claiming that the recent decision of the ;
supreme court in the Lauge case is a.
blow at the fundamentals of fraternaL
societies , the Royal Highlanders have ?
filed a motion for a rehearing. They as
sert that the court erred in the construc
tion it placed upon the fraternal act irt
that it held that under that act the clause'
relating to suicide was a mere by-law
and not a part of the charter or plan of
organization of the society. Another con
tention of error is in holding that the ace
did not apply to domestic societies doingr
business before its enactment. It is con
tended that the court's decision is con
trary to public policy in that the con
struction placed upon the fraternal act
renders that law retrospective and void ;
under the constitution , as it destroys vest
ed rights acquired before its enactment-
The rule of taxation laid down by the-
supreme court in the case of the Nebras
ka Telephone Company against Hall
County , just decided , will prove of inter * ) j |
est to taxing authorities in the various
counties of Nebraska , as it settles a muclt
disputed question. The rule is "that thc-
value of the tangible property of any ex
press , telephone or telegraph company ,
apart from its gross receipts for the ysr
prior to the time of assessment , and
franchise or right to carry on busim"--
does not furnish the value of its property
for taxation. Such values should be as
certained from consideration of all of the-
aforesaid items taken together , and by-
treating the corporation as a going con
* * *
State Auditor Searle has rejected a-
claim of a York County citizen who de
clared that he had killed thirteen gray
wolves and that he wanted the bounty
of $5 each paid by the state for the scalps
of that animal. The auditor is frank to-
admit that he is doubtful if there is a
solitary gray wolf in all of York County ,
and it is.his . opinion that the scalps are
those of coyotes and not wolves. Gray
wolves , according to the auditor , are none
too common even in western Nebraska ,
although the few that infest that region
cause stockmen no end of loss and worrj' .
In fact , the stockmen are willing to pay a
round $100 for every gray wolf scalp-
* * *
Nebraska will send a full delegation to
the Interstate National Guard Associa
tion convention in Washington , D. C. ,
Tan. 22. Four officers of the state
guards will go , their identity not yet
liaving been established. C. D. Evan <
af Columbus , is secretary of this associa
tion , and Adjt. Gen. Culver is vice presi-
3ent , so that these two gentlemen will go
is part of that delegation. The conven-
ion is a school of instruction in military
affairs and will discuss affairs of the Na-
ional Guard and recommend legislation. .
Lectures will be given by the heads oC
he various departments of the War de
* * *
In a case from the irrigated district the-
upreme court lays down the rule that if
in appropriator of water does not bene-
icially use the amount he has diverted'
nto his canal , but allows it to seep away
r otherwise exercise economy he cannot
ome to the courts for relief as against
thers who are < entitled to use of the wa-
er also. That is , if there is enough wa-
er in the stream , if properly conserved , ,
o satisfy all demands of those who wish
* * *
The Nebraska Incubator Company has.
iled articles of incorporation with Sec-
etary of State Galusha. The capital
tock is fixed at $100,000 , with Fairfield
'lay County , as the principal place r
Business. The manufacture of incubators
5 its business.
* * *
Members of the insanity commission
re engaged in a dispute with the county
ommissioners over the payment to tLeiii
f fees for hearing dipsomaniac cases ,
'he county attorney ruled that the com-
lissioners had no warrant in law for al-
> wing these fees , and the claims ,
mounting to $100 , were rejected.
* * *
The Chase Company , of Oamha , has
icoporated with Secretary of State Ga-
isha to carry on the manufacture of
pices and extracts and to sell grocery
rodncts. with headquarters in Omaha. *
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