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' VALENTINE , NEB.
f. M. RICE , Publishi
NORFOLK , NEB. , BOY ALLEGE
YD BE THE VICTIM OF EX
CHARGE MADE BY HIS AUN
Thpee-Year-OId Lad's Feet , Allowed
'Freeze by Neglect , Amputated in
Futile Attempt to Save His Life-
Stepfather in County Jail.
Norfolk , Neb. Apparently a victi
of the most brutal and inhuman trer
ment at the hands of his mother ai
stepfather , it is alleged , the tiny bo (
of 3-year-old Kuart Stehr , covered wi
bruises that tell their own pitiful sto ;
Df mistreatment at home , will folio
to the grave the pair of black ai
rotted feet which were amputated fro
Ihe baby's legs last Thursday aft
they had been allowed to freeze in tl
3tehr heme and had become so i
fected with gangrene before a ph
sician was called that one of the fe
dropped off of its own weight and tl
other was about to drop off when tl
surgeon's knife was applied.
The child died Sunday afternoon
the arms of his aunt , who tells
-story that convicts both Stehr and h
wife of cruelty. Mrs. Stehr failed
appear -when notified that the chi
was dying. The stepfather is in tl
county jail pending an investigation
The aunt says little Kuart was mate <
to sleep in a kitchen shed where the
was no stove , even in 27 below ze :
weather. Bruises covering his hot
are from a strap with which Stel
hashed him , she says.
It was Christmas evening that neig
"bors noticed the child's feet were si
fering. ether children danced abe
a Christmas tree , but he cried. H
father forced him to dance. It mu
have teen before that the two fe
had been frozen as he slept in tl
3dtchen shed , it is thought. A neig
bor heard the child calling from E
outbuilding during the New Year bli
zardwhen the temperature was . '
PASSED SPURIOUS BILLS-
Two Members of a Counterfeit Gar
Arrescted in Pennsylvania.
Seranton , Pa , Two members of t
alleged gang of counterfeiters th :
government secret service men ha
laeen seeking for six months we ;
caught in Taylor , near here. The pri
oners are Dartell Guelce and Teut )
Pietro. The men were arrested , it
alleged , -while making small purchas <
and tendering counterfeit$10 -bill
The police found § 800 in the counte
feits and § 78 of good money on tl
men. Guelce and Uietro stated ths
they were working on a percental
The counterfeit is a national bar
note of a New York bank. It bea ;
"the McKinley head and its series nui
ber is "V-113529. "
Cincinnati Man Slain by Robber.
Cincinnati , O.-Hacked to shreds a
parently by a knife or similar wea
on and disfigured almost beyond ide :
tification , the body of George Was
ington Hall , a contractor , was four
inside the storm door of his resident
Sunday. Hall , who had been missin
from his home since early last nigh
was known to have carried a larg
amount of money , but when his bed
was found his pockets were searche
and only a 5-cent piece found. Joh
Murphy , who had been seen in con
; pany with Hall , is being held as a su
Agent Awed by a Gun.
Erie , Kan. While several person
who i/ere waiting for trains stood i
the \vaiting room of the Missouri , Kai
sas and Texas depot here , a negr
-walked in and drawing a revolve
forced the station agent to give hir
the money drawer. The robber the
tamed and , looking at the others in th
room for a short time walked out. N
trace of the negro has been found , an
railroad officials say they do. nc
know how much money was in th
Kills Wife and Daughter.
St. Joseph , Mo. James Stratton , ' ;
negro butcher , stabbed to death witl
a butcher knife his wife and her daugli
ter by a former marriage , Anaand ;
-Tones , and fled. He was captured ii
Elwood , Kan. , after a chase by officer
and laughed when caught. He sail
_ he acted in self defense.
Sioux City Live Stock Market.
Sioux City , lo. Saturday quotation :
on the local live stock market were ai
follows : Top beeves , $6.50. Top hogs
Big Fire in Payson , Utah.
Payson , Utah. A fire which was di
covered here a little before midnigh
Saturday , has destroyed five business
Tiouses valued at $100,000. The fire
is still burning , but it is under con
Given a Light Fine.
Victoria , B. C. The Japanese whc
.assaulted United Consul Williamson
at Dainy last month were convicted
and given a light fine , according to
news brought by the steamship Oaina
, ' .
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SYSTEM OFFERED BY ALDRICF
FORMED BY INSTITUTIONS ,
ELASTICITY AS THE OBJEC :
Would Be Principal Fiscal Agent o
Government , New Financial House
to Receive Savings Plan Designe :
to Provide Money for Business.
Washington. Senator N. W. Aid
rich's "plan for the revision of th
national banking legislation , " as h <
-.calls it , was given publicity Tuesday
It does not contemplate the estal
lishment of a central bank and it i
so far from what many have expectei
Mr. Aldrich to propose that to thos
who have not been in his confidenc
it may come as a surprise.
The plan was submitted to the ns
tional monetary commission , but Sec
ator Aldrich was not present. Hi
communication was presented to th
commission by the vice-chalrmar
Representative Vreeland of New Yorl
Far from recommending the estal
lishment of a central bank , Mr. Ale
rich expressly disclaims belief in i
as calculated to meet the needs o
the situation. In his letter of trans
mittal he says :
"While we have found much that i
admirable in the operation of the var
ous government banks of Europt
none of them is applicable to ou
needs here. The good results whic
they obtain can , I believe , be reaehe
without the creation of such a cer-tra
bank. I feel that the plan which i
proposed reaches those results wit !
out being open to the objection
which may well be brought agains
such an institution. "
What Mr. Alirlch does propose i
the establishment of the "Reserve As
sociation of America , " representini
what might be called a federation o
local associations formed by nationa
banks. The plan in-brief follows :
Local organizations of represents
tives of banks , formed by not fewe
than ten banks , each bank holdini
stock in the association in propositioi
to its capital.
Directors elected by these to th <
board of "branch" associations , on <
tranch for each of 15 financial dis
tricts into which the United State :
would b divided. Each "branch' '
board wovld include a certain propoi
tion of men not bankers , but repre
senting industrial , agricultural , com
merctal and other interests.
The association would be the prin
cipal fiscal agent and depository o
the government cud would fix fron
time to time the rate of exchange o
discount. Eventually its notes woulc
replace those of the national banks
Prime commercial paper , passing u ]
from the banka through the local as
sociations and branches , as < well ai
bonds of the government , could hi
used as a basis for currency issue.
Two new classes ofnational _ bank !
. r departments of banks to 'be estab
llshed to receive savings and mak <
loans on real e.rtate and to be in ef
feet national trust companies.
FIVE DIE IN A WREfc *
Passengers in Sleeping Car Crushec
Under Locomotive at Ba-
tavla , N. Y.
Batavia , N. Y. Five men are dead
two were probably fatally injured opl
eight others seriously hurt in tin
wreck of the Western Express and
the Boston and Buffalo special , bott
westbound , at the station uere of tbt
New York Central railroad Friday
The victims were all in the rear sleep
er of the special.
The engine of train 23 , the west
ern express from New York to Chicago
cage , struck the rear of 49 , the Beaten
ton and Buffalo express , with such
force that the last car oi Kb. 49 , a
leeper , was crushed.
The engine was reduced to wreck
age , beneath which frur todies
were found. The mutilation was so
great and steam played such havoc
that early identification was Impos
CHERRY RELIEF REPORT-MADE
Miners' Widow * and Children Paid
$54,594.52 9214,593.33 Still
Springfield , 111. Widows an *
children of miners who were killed
in the Cherry mine disaster of Novem
ber 13 , 1909 , have received $54,594.52
from the Cherry relief fund , according
to the report of Secretary Duncan Mc
Donald of the Cherry relief fund com
mission , following a meeting of tie
body at Chicago.
The report in detail shows that six
children of the miners who were killed
have since died , and 11 beneficiaries
have gone to Europe. Six of the 142
widows who lived at Cherry just after
the accident have remarried , and only
L02 reside IE the village at the present
time. The sum of $214,593.53 remains
in the hands of the commission to be
paid to the widows and children of the
Lodge Victor In Bay State.
Boston. Henry Cabot Lodge was
Wednesday re-elected United States
senator by the Massachusetts legisla-
: ure , enough members of the house
shanging their votes to , give him a
najority on joint ballot.
Offers Reward for Lynchers.
Frankfort , Ky. Governor Willson
Wednesday offered a reward of $500
or the arrest and conviction of each
.nd every member of the mob whicfe
ynched two negroes at
lunday. January 14.
The Scientists Think Aviation Should Be Taught in the Schools.
OFFICER ASSERTS HE RETIRE !
TO AVOID SCANDAL DENIES
HE IS FORCED TO QUIT.
HIS CHARACTER IS ASSAILEI
Suggested a Loaded Revolver B
Sent to His Cabin as Way Out o
Difficulty President Taft Ap
San Francisco. Rear Admiral Ed
Tt-ard B. Barry was on Monday re
lieved as commander in chief of th <
Pacific fleet , in pursuance of orden
received from the navy department a
Washington , by Rear Admiral Chaun
cey M. Thomas , commander of th <
second squadron of the fleet , who ai
rived here Monday on his flagship
the California , after a hurried tri ]
from Santa Barbara.
Admiral Barry had requested Imme
diate retirement under the rule o
more than 40 years' service.
The cause of Admiral Barry's sud
den desire to leave the service aftei
having held the post of fleet com
mander for only a few months is th <
subject of a great deal of gossip an <
speculation in naval and club circle !
here. Stories reflecting seriously up
on the character of the retiring ad
miral are being circulated widely ant
naval officers in port have taken cog
nizance of them. There is an intima
tion In these stories that the admira
has been forced to retire.
In speaking of these rumors , Ad
miral Barry said :
"It.is . not true that I have beer
forced to retire. Other men hav <
asked for immediate retirement be
fore. The reasons that have causec
me to do this are partly public aac
partly private. The man who is tri
umphantly vindicated , under such cir
cumstances is as much ttie loser as il
the charges were proved to be true
I believe that by requesting imme
diate retirement I can save a nava
Washington. The application ol
Rear Admiral Barry for retirement
has been approved by President Tafl
and he has been transferred to the
retired list of the navy.
This action was taken before the
publication of the allegations that of
fleers of the flagship West Virginia
contemplated charges against the ad
miral reflecting upon his moral char
Corn Grovaers' Convention.
Champaign , 111. These are busj
days at the University of Illinois , Mon
day the annual convention of Con
Growers' and Stockmen and the
School for Housekeepers both opened
there. Monday , general work In farm
mechanics was given the men , and ii
the afternoon there was corn and
stock judging"milk testing , study ol
soils and a lecture on silos and en
Constantine J. Erdman Dies.
Allentown , Pa. Constantine J.
Erdman , author of the arbitra
tion labor law , which has been called
into play during several important
strikes in the past ten years , died at
his home here. Mr. Erdman had been
In failing health for the past eight
years , suffering stroke after stroke of
paralysis. He represented this district
in congress two terms.
Walter I. Smith for Judge.
Washington. President Taft Tues-
flay sent to the senate the nomination
Df Representative Walter I. Smith of
[ owa to be a United States circuit
e of the Eighth circuit Smith
te one of the leading supporters of
Speaker Cannon in the house.
Passes a $93,000,000 War Bill.
Washington. The army appropri
ation bill , carrying approximately $93-
000,000 , was passed by the house Tues
day following an extended debate
over the war readiness of the country.
FLIES FROM SHORE TO SH !
ELY ALIGHTS SAFELY ON DECI
Performance * Creates Great Exclti
ment on Board Vessel as Well
as at Aviation Field.
San jTrancisco. Eugene Ely , th
aviator , accomplished a new feat 1
aerial navigation here Wednesday b
flying from land and alighting on th
deck of a warship anchored in Sa
Francisco bay. He started at once o
the return flight and finished it su <
The aviator , with a biplane , starte
from Salfridge field , 12 miles belo :
this city , at 10:45 o'clock , and after
beautiful night of 16 minutes droppe
-gracefully as a bird on the deck o
the cruiser Pennsylvania.
SHOOTS AT PREMIER BRIAN !
Would-Be Assassin Attempts to Slat
French Leader and SllghtJy
Wounds Director of Relief.
Paris , France. The chamber o
deputies was thrown into a panic b ;
an attempt upon the life of Premie
Briand. Two revolver shots wen
fired upon the ministerial bench fron
the public gallery , but the premie
was not harmed. One of the shot
entered the leg of Leon Minnan , di
rector of the department of public
The wound Is not serious , however.
The would-be assassin , who Ii
named Gisolme , formerly clerk of th <
courts of Bayonne , was pounced upoi
by police officers and hurried froa
An examination of Gisolme con
vinced the authorities that the prs
oner is a madman.
WARSHIP BUST KILLS EIGH1
Backheaders on Battleship Delawan
. Blow Out One Fireman May
Die From Injuries.
Washington. Eight men were killei
and one was injured on the Unitec
States battleship Delaware , en route
from Guantanamo , Cuba , to Hamptoi
The following was received at th
navy department from Captain Gov <
describing the accident when the Dela
ware reached Hampton Roads :
"At 9:20 : a. m. three backheaders ol
boiler O in flrerpom * No. 4 , blew oui
explosively , killing eight and Injuring
one , who will probably die , these be
Ing all the men on duty in that fire
room. A board of officers was imme
diately appointed to investigate
DEATH FOR 24 ANARCHISTS
Japanese Court at Tokyo Sentencei
Plotters , Including Woman , for
Tokyo , Japan. Twenty-five men and
one woman * charged with conspiracy
against the throne and with plotting
to assassinate the crown prince and
high officials of the empire were sen
tenced publicly Wednesday by the Su
Twenty-four of the prisoners , in
cluding Denjiro Kotoku , who onca
lived in America , and his wife , were
condemned to death. The other two
were sent to prison , one for 11 years
and the other for eight years.
Cabman Becomes Multimillionaire.
Mason City , la. The report that
Cabman Frank Shirley of Storm'Lake
had fallen hei * to one-fourth of a $12-
000,000 estate was verified Wednesday.
From a poor man he comes in posses
sion of $3,000,000.
Train Kills Parents and Bby.
Marion , O. Mr. and Mrs.
Bauer , each twenty-four years
and their baby were killed by a Big
Four train Wednesday when they were
trying to cross the railroad in a. buggy
near Agosta. , , .
HE GETS 117 VOTES OUT OF 1 !
HOUSE AND SENATE . CHOOS
House Favors New Orleans for Exp
sition and Senate Refers Mat
ter to a Special Commit
tee for a Report.
Lincoln. Gilbert M. Hitchcock )
United States senator in every sen ;
of the word except the formal declar
tion of the fact in the joint session
the legislature at noon Wednesdi
and his later swearing in at tl
national capital. The vote was take
Tuesday in each house of the legisl
ture , each member of each house vc
ing on the candidate whom he pleasi
to name. Only two candidates we
voted for , Mr. Hitchcock and Senat
Burkett in the house , while Dan Co <
of Beatrice rose to unexpected pron
nence in the senate by the vote <
Senator Peter Jansen for him. In tl
house Mr. Hitchcock received i
votes and Senator Burkett 10 vote
Three republicans , Johnson of Joh
son , McKelvie ol Lancaster and Nut
man of Cass , were absent. In tl
senate M-r. Hitchcock received 1
The voting was wholly without pr
liminary speechmaking , Anderson <
Kearney , republican , being the fir
man to name Congressman Hitchcoc
Of the forty-three republicans pre
ent in the house thirty-three vote
for the democratic candidate withoi
any evident 'hesitation. ' Cronin <
Holt , republican , first offered an e
planatkm of his vote , and then cai
his ballot for Hitchcock. Smith i
Boone , also explained his vote ar
cast it for Senator Burkett.
To Beat Wolf Bounty Brokers.
Auditor Barton wants to forests
all attempts toprofit - at the expem
of persons having claims against tl
state for wolf bounties. The stai
has repealed the law under whk
bounties are -paid for such scalps , hi
persons holding claims to the amoui
of $30,000 are interested In gettir
these claims allowed. Mr. Bartc
says that his office has been besiege
for a week by persons who want i
secure lists ofpersons having sue
claims in order to offer a certain pi
cent of the real value of such clain
for the assignment thereof and tin
profit when they are allowed by tl
state. The "a'uditor has invoked tt
aid of the chairmen of the financ
and the claims committees of bet
houses to push through these clain
at an early date so that he can sen
out warrants and forestall the intei
tions of the scalpters.
Removal of University.
Lee of Boyd introduced a resoli
tion similar to one offered in th
house for an appointment of a COE
mittee of four to meet with a lifc
committee of the house to investigat
the proposed removal of the unive
sity buildings to the state farm can
pus and to investigate the needed a ]
propriations of the university. Th
resolution was seconded by Brown (
Lancaster and was adopted. Lieutei
ant Governor Hopewell said he woul
announce the committee today. Th
resolution of Lee calls for the a ]
pointment of two members of th
committee on finance and two men
bers of the committee on universitie
and normal schools.
For Tuberculosis Hospital.
Another step In handling the tube :
: ulosis problem is contained in a hi
introduced by Bushee of Kimball. Thi
provides for an appropriation of $100
)00 for the erection of a tuberculosi
hospital in the western half of th
state. Provision is made for the car
in the hospital of indigent persons a
fected with consumption. It is M :
Bushee's idea that the hospital shoul
be established In one of the far wes"
srn counties becav" the climate an
altitude there is similar to that of Co
srado and Wyoming , where consumi
Lives have been given a new lease c
Senators Oppose Poulson Bill.
The nine or ten republican senator
who met last night practically turne
iown the Poulson county option bi ]
when they agreed that the shorter th
bill the better it would suit then
fVhile no formal action was taker
; hose present expressed themselves i :
'avor of a brief amendment to th
A uniform system of accounting fo
state institutions is designed in a res
ilution submitted by Prince of Hal
ind adopted by the house. It < prc
rides for a committee to confer wit ]
: he state auditor to arrange such ;
system and provide for its installs
.ion. ' *
Getting Their Stamps.
Forty-five cents worth of stamp :
vere handed out in sealed envelope
o each member of the house Tues
lay afternoon , this being the ap-poi
ionment for the week Just ended
Sach week hereafter the clerk in th <
: hief clerk's office will hand out thi
imount of stamps to the members. I
; hey use that number , well and good
f they use more than this amoun
: hey must "dig down" into their owi
rockets. If they use less they ma :
'salt them away" for use next sum
ill OVER NE&8ASO
Jealous Man Kilts Wife.
Douglas County. Stirred to mad !
ealousy by the sight 'of bis wife.
.ancing with other men at the Durant ,
are department ball. WaTiace York.
orced her to accompany him. bome
'md a few minutes later cut her
.hroat from ear to ear with a butcher-
.cnife and then ended his own life lit
ihe same manner.
Sent to the Asylum.
Custer County. The board of in
sanity passed on the case of Mrs-
Nettle Mohatt , who confessed before-
the coroner's jury to having : killed.
her child by means of carbolic acid-
The board examined the woman.
closely as to her mental , condition , .
and found her incapable of- realizing :
the enormity of her crime. She wasT
sent to the asylum.
Nebraska Checker Tournament-
Lancaster County. TJhe Nebraska * .
state checker tournament will be
held in Lincoln February 7. It will
be conducted on the -two move re
striction plan -with the usual openIngs -
Ings barred. A purse has been raised
by the Lincoln players and this will
be divided into the different prizes.
All resident players are invited to at
tend and take part in the contests. .
Buffalo County Poultry Show-1 * . .
Buffalo County. The Buffalo
County Poultry and Pet Stock associ
ation closed its annual show at
Kearney after a very successful exhl-1
bition. Nearly seven hundred en-i
tries were made and hundreds of fine :
blooded fowls were shown. Frank !
Householder of Newark won the spe
cial prize for the highest scored/
bird , a rose comb White Leghorn.
owned by him scoring 931-3 points. .
Mark M. Coad's Will.
Dodge County. The will of the late
Mark M. Goad which is on file in the *
county judge's office gives a bequest.
of $10,000 to the Benson orphanage. .
Seventy-five thousand dollars is given
to Mark O. Goad , of Denver , payable-
$5,000 when he attains the age of 25 ; .
? 5,000 at 30 and the balance at 35 _ .
There are bequests aggregating $45-
000 to relatives in Nebraska , Mon
tana and Ireland and $25,000 to Mr. .
and Mrs. J. F. Goad of Omaha.
Otoe County Corn Show.
Otoe County. The Otoe County-
corn show , which was held IB Nebras
ka City , was one of the most suc
cessful ever held In the county. The-
exhibits doubled those of. any year , ,
both as to farm and school exhibits. .
The prize for the largest ear of com.
was awarded to William Otten or
Berlin. It measured fourteen and7
three-quarter inches. Mary Robirds ;
secured the prize for the heaviest-
ear , it weighing twenty-six ounces.
Epidemic of Smallpox.
Johnson County. At the present-
time there is epidemic of smallpox :
in many of the towns in southeastern
Nebraska. The village of Elk Creek ,
in Johnson county , has several-
cases. Tecumseh has had a number
of cases but the disease has now dis
appeared. Cases are reported at Tal-
mage , Auburn and many other places. .
The disease is in mild form , fre
quently the patients not being obliged ?
to take to their beds.
Mother Kills Her Baby.
Custer County. Mrs. Nellie Mohatt .
living five miles north of Broken Bow ,
is under arrest charged with killing-
ner four-weeks-old baby by adminis
tering carbolic acid. Mrs. Mohatl.
was taken before Coroner Penningtom
and Prosecutor and confessed that :
she killed the child. She gave as her-
reason that she had too many chil
dren and that this one was not want
ed. The woman is only 23 years ol < fi
and is the mother of six children.
Student Plunges to Death.
Buffalo County. Milton Benner , 14
rear-old student at the Kearney Mili
tary academy , plunged to his death.
Iown a toboggan slide. His foot- .
zaught in the runners of the sled , the-
aled was over-turned , the railing of "
the incline gave way and he fell to -
the earth , crushing his skull.
Canning Company's Report.
Adams County. i The Hastings
Canning company closed its year's : ,
business January 5 and its annual !
statement shows up well. The company - -
pany did a very satisfactory business :
made several hundred dollars' worthi
Df permanent improvements and !
paid a dividend to stockholders.
Attempt to Burn Buildings.
Custer County. An attempt was-
made to burn the buildings belongingr
to the county poor farm. Investiga
tion showed a quantity of inflamma
ble materials placed in secreted !
places about the main -building and !
Duthouses. The incendiary was evi
dently frightened away before com
pleting his work.
Smothered in Cave-In. , .
Red Willow County. Alfred Lof-
renberg of McCcok was smothered :
and crushed to death by a cave-in at
the Flitcraft sand bank a few miles.
Brest of town.
Three Bullets in Body.
Brown County. Clyde Desilva , .
A.insworth's southpaw baseball pitch
er , Is in bed at Osborn house in
Ainsworth with three bullet holes-
ln his body , and Charley Austin isv
in the county jail charged with th&