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3 IIIO NuKKOMv NEWS : Fill DA. -JANUARY 20 , 1J05.
EXTRAVAQANCE OF PAST LEOIS-
DRAW AN EXTRA ALLOWANCE
Members of the House nnd Senate
Were Prolific Letter Writers Ac-
cordlno to the Exhibit of the Pb t-
age nnd Expense Accounts.
Lincoln , Nob. , .Inn. 16. Spcclal cor-
rospomlonco : At the meeting of the
Stnto Historical society Itoltl on Jan-
unry 11 , 0. O. Whedon ronil n paper
on "Public ISxpondlturos. " The paper
\VIIH full of detail , Hhowtni ; how tlio
etato linn boon run Into tlobt needlessly -
ly nt times. It will ho of Intercut to
thoBO watching the present legislature
to ronil Boino oxtrnctH from the Who-
don niM'or , nu folioWH :
"Crlinliml extravagance In legisla
tive expenses appears to have com-
moncoil with the BOHHlon which con
vened In 1887. Prior to Hint tlmo the
legislative expenses hud never exceeded -
coodod $85,000. Thnt yonr the appro
priation for this purpoHO wna $185,000 ,
or $100,000 In CXCOHB of nny previous
appropriation for the Haino pnrpoHO.
How waa this money expended ? The
amount paid to momherR of the sennto
for nalary and mlleago waa $10,43' ! ,
while ofllcora nnd omployoa of the senate -
ate were paid $2ICGC , or nearly two
nnd ono-hnlf tltnca no much as was
received by senators. The amount
paid for stationery and postage ox-
coodod $102 for each member of the
house nnd sonato.
"At the next legislative sesfllon tlio
appropriation for legislative expenses
Increased to $190,000. Of thin amount
$32CGO was paid to members of the
kouso and $35,510 to oOlcora and em
ployes. At the eamo session senators
received $10G40 , while ofllcors nnd em
ployes of the senate rocolvod $24,960.
The amount paid for postage was $4-
401 , sulllclont nt letter ratoa to pay the
postage on 223,070 letters , or 1,077 letters -
tors for each member of the legisla
"Tho constitution llxos the compen
sation of members of the legislature
nt $5 per day , and mileage at the rate
of ton cents per mile for each mile
traveled , going and coming , and ex
pressly prohibits their receiving any
pay or perquisites other than their sal
ary and mileage. Regardless of this
provision of the supreme law of the
land , In 1895 twenty members of the
senate , under the designation of 'vis
iting committee of the senate , ' drew
from the treasury $2,835 , an average of
moro than $110 each , In excess of sal
ary and mileage. The precedent es
tablished In 1895 oftlncronslng the
compensation of members beyond the
constltutltnal limit by allowances
from the treasury under the designa
tion of 'visiting committees' appears
since to have been quite popular.
"During the legislative session of
1801 , to certain proposed action It waa
objected that It was prohibited by the
constitution. This objection was met
by the torso remark of Uepre.sentntlvo
Sclmulor , 'Damn the constitution. ' lie
might have as consistently added ,
'Damn the otHclnl oath. ' How far
short of expressing the contempt In
which the constitution Is held by the
legislative department of the state did
the frank remark of Representative-
Schroder come ?
"Tho statute of the state IKos the
compensation of the secretary of the
senate , the chief clerk of the house ,
nnd each assistant clerk at $ t per day.
The members of the twenty-third ses
sion drew pay tor sixty days. For the
same session the secretaries and as
sistants would IniMj been entitled to
$210 each. The secretary drew $508 ,
llrst assistant $ COS , second assistant
$504. The chief clerk and three as
sistants drew $000 apiece , nnd another
assistant $500. In 1S97 the expense
of conducting the olllco of secretary of
the senate for the legal sixty days'
session was $2GG1 , or $44.35 per day.
The average dally pay of all em
ployes. Including pages , who are lim
ited to $1.50 , was $1.12 per day.
"This Is one Instance of the extrav
agance which led to the appropriation
for legislative expenses from 1887 to
1903 , Inclusive , of the enormous sum
"The state law provides that all per
sons having claims against the state
shall exhibit the same , with the evi
dence In support thereof , to the au
ditor , to bo audited , settled nnd al
lowed , within two years after such
claim shall accrue.
"Tho purpose of this legislation
was ( s that all persons who seek to
take from the treasury money upon
claims shall present the same with the
evidence In support thereof , to an ex
ecutive ofllccr of the state , who shall
Judicially Investigate the same , de
termine Its validity nnd the liability
of the state thoroon. If this provision
of the statute had been followed It
may safely bo asserted that not 20
per cent of the amounts appropriated
for miscellaneous claims and deficien
cies would over have been made.
"In 1898 the auditor In his report to
the governor stated that the amount
of claims on fllo In his office aggregat
ed $12,370. The legislature which con-
voncd about a month later appropriat
ed In payment of miscellaneous claims
$22C,51G. In 1900 , claims reported $2G-
COS ; amount appropriated , $182,735.
In 1002 , no mention of clnlmu by au
ditor except $32,000 wolf bounties ;
amount appropriated , $182,809.
"Hero , we have three reports from
the oftlco of the general accountant of
the Mate showing cIiilniH on Illo In bin
ofllco amounting to $70,97(5. ( The three
loglHlnluri's following these reports
appropriated $002,162 , or more than
half a million dollars In OXCOBH of the
claims reported. "
The above Is extract from a paper
showing how prolllgato legislatures
have mismanaged the funds of the
state. The present HOHHOII | IB starting
well. The bonato took the lend In
economy nnd the house loaders have
Htarted to follow the example. Public
opinion will do much to keep them In
this frame of mind If It asserts Itself.
Repairing neatest , best , cheapest.
Paul Nordwlg , harness man.
M. C. Walker has returned from his
trip to Lincoln.
Jumos Noonan of Genoa was a Nor
folk vlBltor today.
.1. 0. Ualoston was In the city yester
day from Schuylor.
II. L. Spauldlng rested qulta com
fortably last night.
Joseph Shaffer was down from
Jamoa Urltton of Wnyno was a Nor
folk visitor yesterday.
John Uurrolmnn of Lindsay was a
city visitor yostorday.
T. K. Baldwin waa n Norfolk visitor
yesterday from Nollgh.
P. Van Wagonon of Pierce had busl-
uosa In Norfolk yostorday.
Mm. Hitchcock of Plorco was In the
city , visiting Mm. L. Sosslonu.
Mrs. Bertha Pllgor wont to Stnnton
yesterday noon and returned last even
W. B. BnckUB of Bonostool wna a
passenger to Norfolk on the early
Mrs. O'Koofo of Waterloo , In. , has
arrived In the city for a visit nt the
homo of Mr. nnd Mrs. Wado.
Mrs. VOIUIB Huobnor of Plorco was
In the city yesterday doing some shop
Sheriff J. L. Burns of Crolghton was
In the city yesterday with a prisoner
Joseph Shaffer of Plalnvlow nnd
Louis Housoworth of Osmond nro In
the city today.
C. T. C. Lalllch of Fremont was here
yesterday looking after his Hour nnd
fed store Interests. .
P. J. Halo of Battle Creole wna In
Norfolk yesterday afternoon on busi
Mr. nnd Mrs. Robert Schlaok of Battle
tlo Creek were here yesterday visit
ing Mrs. Schlaok's father , T. P. Lees
C. A. Johnson of Fairfax was In the
city yesterday on business and attend
ed the theater last night with Mr. and
Mrs. Gcorgo D. Buttortlold.
Ira Hull , who was Injured at Butte
by falling on the Ice , Is reported as
bettor. His mother , Mrs. II. II. Hull ,
Is In Butte now.
P. M. Barrett who linn gone to Kx-
colslor Springs , Mo. , writes his friends
that ho Is getting along splendidly nnd
likes the water at that place.
Miss Bornlco O'Koofo has gene to
California for a visit. She stops on-
route at Omaha , whore her brother Is
attending medical college.
A. C ! . Wltincr has gene to Chicago to
get n line of samples from the Ko-
noshn Hosiery company , having ac
cepted a position ns traveling repre
sentative for that firm In Washington ,
Idaho , Oregon and Montana. Ho will
leave at once for his now territory.
Mrs. Wltmer expects to leave about
the first of March for Kansas where
she will visit her mother for a month
and will then join her husband In the
west. They expect to make their
homo nt Spokane , Wash. , which will
bo Mr. Wltmer'a headquarters. They
leave many friends in Norfolk who
will bo sorry of their change of resi
Mr. Fonsko has purchased eight
head of fat cattle from Frank Deder-
man for $52 each.
The Eagles will hold Installation of
ofllcors tonight , and will transact oth
er Important business , for which the
members of the order are earnestly
requested to bo present. J. H. Conloy ,
president , Issues the call.
William Vogt , jr. , of Ponder was win
ner In the West Point cadotshlp exam
inations which were recently held In
this city In accordance with Instruc
tions of Congressman J. J. McCarthy.
William Dobson of Cedar Rnplds has
been named ns first alternate and Gid
eon Brown of Columbus Is second al
With the mercury of the thermom
eter hitting the low places , going as
low as twenty-six under zero , during
the past week or two It Is hardly to
bo expected that summer birds would
continue to make Nebraska their
homo , yet it Is said that numbers of
robins , meadow larks , flickers and
blue Jays continue to hold their resi
dence In Norfolk and vicinity and ap
pear happy In their winter environ
ment. The reason for their presence
Is said to be In the fact that they have
thus far boon able to find plenty of
food. The birds , themselves do not
mind the cold , but it Is their food that
escapes to shelter and causes them to
mlgrato to a warmer country. It Is
therefore supposed that up to the
present tlmo tliero has been food
available , but with this recent snow
and cold they will probably bo driven
NORFOLK FARMERS CONTRACT
WITH AMES FACTORY.
TO ESTABLISH WEIGH STATION
Farmers Have Already Contracted to
Raise ' 132 Acres and the Amount
May Increase to 700 Acres H. A ,
Pasewalk the Moving Spirit.
Instead of the removal of the Nor
folk sugar factory forever stopping
the bcot-rnlslng Industry In the vicin
ity of Norfolk It Is probable that a
number of farmers will grow boots in
the future as In the past.
Four hundred and thirty-two acres
are now under contract , to bo deliv
ered to the Ames factory , nnd the
prospects are that the number of acres
will bo Increased to at least 700 before -
fore the opening of the planting sen-
H. A. Pnsownlk took the Initiative In
the matter. Ho has boon raising boots
for the Norfolk factory for n number
of years and doslrod to continue with
the crop. Ho wrote the Ames factory
management specifying that ho would
not cnro to ralso boots unless the
orop could bo accepted nt its weight
on delivery to the railroad nt this
placo. The Amoa people replied that
If the farmers of the vicinity of Nor
folk would contract for 250 acres they
would establish hero a weigh house
nnd taro station. Mr. Pnsowalk
thought that could bo done and asked
that an agent of the factory como up
to canvass the farmers. Mr. Warton-
slobon was sent up and with the as
sistance of Mr. Pasowalk secured In
a day or two contracts for 300 acres.
Slnco ho loft Mr. Pasowalk has In
creased the contracts to cover 432
acres , and has assurances that other
farmers will contract , probably bring
ing the number of acres to 700.
This Is assurance that a weigh house
and tnro room will bo established on
ono of the railroads entering Norfolk
and will therefore bo moro convenient
to the farmers for delivery than when
they were compelled to haul thorn a
ratio out of town. To nm the weigh
house nnd taro the beets a force of
several men will need to bo main
tained during the harvesting season.
The Amos management Is paying a
flat rate of $5 per ton , with twenty
cents extra for siloed beets.
List of letters remaining uncalled
for at the postofflce at Norfolk , Nob. ,
January 17 , 1905 :
John Brown R. F. D. 3 , Joseph Bru-
ha , J. J. Cain , E. E. Hubbnrd , Carl
Kortli , G. B. Fccfer , G. McFarland , Ar
thur H. Pearsons , Mtsa Rctta Slack ,
N. D. Sullivan , Lee Vanhooso , E. A.
Whitman , M. J. Hubbnrd.
If not called for in fifteen days will
bo sent to the dead letter ofllco.
Parties calling for any of the above
please hay "advertised. "
John R. Hays , P. M.
NORFOLK MINEJWNERS LUCKY
Copper Stain Found In the Blanche
Property In Wyoming.
II. K. Owen received the following
letter from his superintendent on the
Blanche mining property in Wyom
"It Is now 1 o'clock in the morning.
I just came In from putting In a shift
In the shaft. Wo struck copper stain
In considerable quantities tonight. I
am as tired as a dog , but In high glee
and would telegraph you If I know
where to find you.
"Yours , Crow. "
Quito u number of Norfolk business
men nro Interested In the Blanche
mine and this news Is good to them.
Mr. Owen says that he Is feeling pret
ty good over the discovery.
Rode ( ? ) a Burro.
Reports from Columbus indicate
that the firemen attending the state
association mooting are having the
usual high time. An innovation by
the reception committee was the giv
ing of visitors a burro ride to the Au
ditorium at least some rodo. Ex-
President , C. E. Hartford of this city
wna among the number who did not
rldo. Ho started to but the humble
beast and his dignity didn't jibe and
ho was landed in a snow drift , with
no particular damage done to man or
Married at Hadar.
Miss Hattie Brodthagcn and Mr.
Oscar Dcdorman were united in mar
riage at 11 o'clock this morning at the
Gorman Lutheran church in Hadar ,
Rev. Mr. Broyor officiating. The pa
rents of the young people live west
of Hadar and at the bride's homo the
event was happily celebrated by rel
atives nnd friends. The father of the
groom has given him a piece of his
900-acro estate and the young people
will at once begin housekeeping on
the gift place.
Water on Braasch Avenue.
Residents on Braasch avejiuo , be
tween Third nnd Fourth streets , are
becoming surrounded by moro water
every day. Two leaks In the water
mains along that thoroughfare are
now causing trouble nnd the gutters
on either stdo of the street are filled
County Treasurer's Semiannual Statement.
Statement of tlio County Treasurer of Madison Couuty , Nebraska , showing balances of each fund in the Treasury
on July 1 , 1901 , taxoH and ether items collected , warrants redeemed and other disbursements , from July 1,1904 , to
December 81 , 1901 , inclusive , and balances on hand on the 1st day of January , 1905. >
NAME OF FUND
Stnto Reform School Building ,
State IiiHtitnto for Feeble Minded
State Live Stock Indemnity
State Hospital for Insane
State School Lund Principal ,
State School Land Interest
Stuto School Land LCOHO
Stuto University Land Principal
State University Laud Interest
State University Land Lease
State Inheritance Tax
Wl ) Connty General
1903 County General
1902 County General
1901 and prior years County General
1904 County Bridge
190 ! ) County Bridge
1902 Comity Bridge
1901 and prior ycnra County Bridge
1901 and prior years County Road
1904 Road County OomtniBsionor Dist. No.
190-1 Road County Commissioner Dlst. No.
1004 Road County Commissioner Dlst. No.
1903 Road County Commissioner Dint. No.
1003 Road County Commissioner Dist. No.
1908 Road County Commissioner Dist. No.
1902 Road Connty Gommissiouor Dist. No.
1902 Road County Commissioner Dist. No. '
1902 Road County Commissioner Dist. No.
County District Road
County Soldiers' Relief
County /"irt. . . . i. Judgment aiii- _
County High School
County Special ,
County Dog Tax
Connty General School
County District School
County District School Bond
1903 Adjunct District School
1902 Adjnuct District School. . . .
Prooinot Railroad Bond
Union Crook Court House Bond.
Battle Crook Village-Jail Bond ,
Madison Connty Tax Sales
Taxes PaldUuder Protest
City and Village
Less Township Overdraft , July 1. 1904
Totals 1905I 04519 16 * 105482 99 $ 170003 14 95522 78 74514 00
Less Overdraft Township Fund Jany. 1st , 1905 34 64
Not Balance January 1st , 1905 | $ 74479 8
Balance ou hand July 1 , 1904 . $ 64519 15
Taxes Collected 7215387
State School and University Laud Collections gogg 31
Inheritance Tax Collections 19 65
State Apportionment 4593 93
Fines from P. A. Clark g QQ
Fines from A. T. Redman , Justice of the Peace 5 QO
Fines from Chester A. Fuller , Justice of the Peace ° ' 193 50
Fines from S. "W. Hayes , Justice of the Peace . 46 80
Fines from Win. Bates , County Judge 51 00
Fines from A. E. Bentley , Justice of the Peace ' ' ' 3 00
Fines from Geo. E. Richardson , Justice of the Peace . . . . . 15 00
Redemptions 2330 31
Tuxes paid nndor protest § 80 12
Confessed indebtedness to county by J. P. Liudahl \ \ \ gl 25
Interest from Banks on daily balances . 610 80
Error in interest ou two road warrants ' ' ' ' ' 3 (55 (
Adjunct School warrant for District No. 80 . . , . . 381 00
Fees as ] > er fop book items last half of 1904 ' ' \ \ \ 194 05
Fees on funds . . . . ! 8820 76
Excess fees of Chr. Sclmvland , County Treasurer ' . . ggn 80
Transfers from funds to funds . . . . . 18624 47
Warrants Paid. . . $ 725GG 14
Redemptions Paid . - 217965
Taxes paid under protest transferred to tax account 144 90
Transferred from funds to foe account 8826 76
' ' ' ' '
Transferred from fee account to 1903 County General Fund " . " 980 86
Salaries paid 3700 00
Transfers from fnnds to funds 13624 47
Balauce ou hand January 1 , 1905 . ! ! ! . 74479 36
Outstanding Registered County Warrants.
1891 Couuty General Fund. f 4 00
1898 Couuty General Fund. 20 45
1899 Couuty General Fund , 4 00
1901 County General Fund. 20 94
1902 County General Fnud. 8 00
1903 County General Fund. 140 89
1904 County General Fund. 13395 08
Total $13499 96
1900 County Bridge Fund . . . . $ 8 00
1909 County Bridge Fund 88 70
1903 County Bridge Fund 79 68
1904 County Bridge Fund 10801 00
Total $10982 44
1903 Road , Commissioner
District No. 3 $ no 11
1904 Road , Commissioner
District No. 3 87900
1904 Road , Oommisaioner
District No. 3 653 20
Cash Balances on January 1 , 1905.
First National Bank , Madison , Neb " " 7134 33
Madison State Bank , Madison , Neb " 7513 43
Norfolk National Bank , Norfolk , Neb . ' . . ! ! 10188 ° 3
Citizens National Bank , Norfolk , Neb . ! ! ! . . 9050 65
Nebraska National Bank , Norfolk , Neb ' " ' gOOO 82
Battle Creek Valley Bank , Battle Creek , Neb . . 7067 40
Citizens State Bonk , Battle Creek , Neb ! ! ! ! , " ' 4018 03
Meadow Grove State Bank , Meadow Grove , Neb ' 't 2980 23
Elkhorn Valley Bank , Tilden , Neb ; . . ' " 4590 70
Tildon State Bank , Tilden , Neb . . ; ; ; 4861 31
First National Batik , Newman Grove , Neb - . 5940 83
Newman Grove State Bank , Newman Grove , Neb ' \ \ \ \ 4733 33
Kouutzo Bros. , Now York , State Fiscal Agency ' ' ' ' ' \ 997 74
In office . . . . . . 853 21
Total . $ 74479 3G
STATE OF NEBRASKA , j
COUNTY OP MADISON , ) s '
I , Christopher Sohavland , Connty Treasurer in and for Madison county , Nebraska , do solemnly swear that the fora-
on the 31st day of December , 1904 , to the best of my knowledge and belief , so help mo God.
Subscribed in my presence and sworn to before me tills 12th day of January , A. D. , 1905.
< - i ' WM. BATES ,
} SEAL | County Judge.
STATE OPTJEBRASKA , \
COUNTY OF MADISON , \
Wo , the undersigned County Commissioners in and for Madison county , Nebraska , do hereby certify that \vo have
carefully examined the foregoing statement of Cliristophor Sclmvland , County Treasurer , and have found tlio enme to b *
correct to the best of our knowledge and belief.
Witness our hands at Madison , Nebraska , this 12th day of January , 1905. ,
, . . . - . . CHRIST SOHMITT ,
* , . * M , - GEOD - SMITH , ' '
; . " - ' JOHN H. HARDING , . '
. * ' ' ' ' " ' County Commissioners ,
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