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THE NORFOLK WEEKLY NEWS-JObUNAL : b HI DAY MARCH ,18 1908.
JACK DOWNS AND OSCAR WABEM
MAY MEET HERE.
JACK O'LEARY IS ARRANGING IT.
Jack O'Lcary Recently Met Down *
and Has Picked Upon Him as a
, Man Able to Down the Clever Ger-
iman From Lincoln Date Not Set.
, A big wrestling match Is In prospect
for -Norfolk. The prospective match
IB ibi'twoon Oscnr Wascm and Jnck
Downs unil IH to lie lu-Iil nL the Audi
torium probably nL BOIIIO ( Into In the
Onrnr Wnsoin IH n Lincoln wrestler ,
a clean performer nnd a man with a
utrong reputation In Nebraska. Nor
folk ixMjlo ) ) have seen Wasom on the
mat ami ho haw many friends In this
) ( . < ; ( Ion.
The man iPlckt'd to throw the sturdy
flormiui In , 'J.uek Downs , who IB just
jiow In Minneapolis. Jack O'lxMiry ' of
Norfolk haduitry out with Downs and
lie picked Iowi\s \ as a man who could
Ihrow Wasem. J > lch Walton has seen
IX > wns wrestle In South Dakota and
1u > puts his faith tw the man.
Roth men w mi tie at 185 pounds.
Norfolk people are corrcBpondlng with
the two men lo complete the details
of the match. Wasem lias written that
ho is favorable to the match provided
that It Ip arranged that the' winner
takes alj the proceeds.
Miss Wllhelmlna Tawnoy of Plerco
was In Norfolk returning from a visit
I' . L. Nichols , who 1ms been feeding
cattle near Kent Siding , has resigned
his position and has accepted a pltrce
in lumber mills near Black Hawk , S.
J. 1 < \ Centllvre ana wife came In
from Sioux City today and are visit
ing with Mr. and Mrs. Lynda. They
have been attending a photographers'
convention In Sioux City and are on
their way home to Pierce.
Among the day's out of town visit
ors In Norfolk were : Mrs. Mary
Bngelbert , Fairfax , S. D. ; P. Rlley ,
Hay Springs ; J. Stucker , Hooper ; L.
II. Hinds , Hutte ; Mr. and Mrs. F.
Meurlt , Orchard ; E. Moon , Will Had-
ley , Fullerton ; II. Hanson , Gregory ,
S. D. ; Miss Maude Young , Monowl ;
George Wilson , Endlcott ; George W.
Kirk , P. D. Corell , Frank C. Holbort ,
Plalnvlew ; B. Storms and family ,
Crelghton ; John Schwahland , Hartlug-
ton ; II. H. Stelnhaus , Spaldlng ; Mil
ton Recder , Columbus.
Attorney J , C. Engelmau was called
to Nellgh Friday morning.
The Hedpath Lyceum bureau will
JiohJ a. chautauqua Columbus next
Mrs. W. C. Ahlmann and Margaret
SmUU went to Wakefleld to attend the
funeral of MTB , Chas. Schulz.
The body of Mrs. W. S. Forhan , who
died at St. Paul yesterday afternoon
will bo brought to Norfolk this even
ing , and taken to the home of her
parents , Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Boeck.
Funeral arrangements have not yet
been announced and will not bo until
a sister , who lives In Montana , can
bo heard from. Mrs. F. F. Miller , a
sister living In Utlca , will be here to
John Loftier and his mother of this
city have returned from Johnstown ,
Nebraska , near which place they pur
chased a half section of land. They
intend to make their home there In
the near future.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. William Heck-
man , a son.
Ernest Raasch shipped a carload of
cattle to the South Omaha market.
The last of the Elks' dancing par
ties will be given this evening at the
Mrs. H. A. Moler of Wayne has or
ganlzed a class In vocal music in Nor
folk. She arrived in Norfolk Friday.
Word from Davenport , Iowa , says
that A. P. Doe , father of Mrs. George
D. Buttcrlleld , is recovering from his
Judge Elseley collected $45 In fine
last month. That amount represent
the proceeds turned over from hi
olllce during February.
The appraisers appointed to apprals
the value of the property needed t
open up Pasewalk avenue over th
Union Pacific tracks has reported th
value of the Upton property affecte
at $200. The city council has ordere
a city warrant drawn for that amount
An ordinance condemning a plec
of property owned by J. C. Stltt an
needed by the city to straighten ou
South Sixth street was introduced a
the city council meeting last evening
It was also voted to authorize Mayo
Durland to appoint a committee t <
confer with Mr. Stltt.
The city council proposes to pu
another ban on signs. If an ordinanc
that has been introduced In the com ;
cil passes it will be a violation of th
law to tack signs or bills on any pole
building , sidewalk , tree or fence wltl
out the written consent of the ownoi
A fine of from $10 to $100 Is tacke <
onto the ordinance.
The Madison county teachers' li
stltuto will be held at Madison in th
high school building for one week b (
ginning August 17. Supt. H. H. Hahr
Blair ; Supt. A. V. Teed , Dixon county
Elizabeth Sheehan , Columbus ; Pro ;
Reese Soloman , Norfolk ; and Paul
Dlttrlck have been employed as ii
structors and lecturers ,
There has been grief at the vlllag
jail at Meadow Grove. The Jail ha
been treated with impunity. A youn
man In the jail for being drunk wa
given a wrench by a friend and brok
escaped , getting away Wednesday
The Meadow Grove News has been
ncild , to the Nye Publishing company
from Stantnu and will be edited by
Harry A. Nye. The Meadow Grove
News htiH always been n very credit
able paper and the retiring editor and
publisher , J. O. Carter , states that the
now managmcut will make Improve-
munts. Mr. Carter retires from the
Sewer contractors will bo asked to
ild on throe new Hewer districts In
Norfolk this spring. Last night the
wunoll .sent thioiiRh lor illnal passage
rditmneos creating newer district No.
on Tenth , Eleventh and Twelfth
tnwtn south of Miulleim avmuio , and
owcr district No. \ In the Heights.
t the time these district * ro ndvor-
sed contractors will also be naked to
Id OB district No. 2 , on South Fifth
Mrs. W. S. Forhan , daughter of J.
' . Jloeck of this city , died in SL Paul
t 'J:30 : Thursday afternoon , a lulo-
ram to Unit effect having been ro-
eived by th - family hero last evening ,
frs , Forhan'u home was In Montana , ]
where she WRH taken with append ! "
( Us in the fall , submitting to an
peratlon about Thanksgiving , and to
nether after Christmas. Not recov.
ring then , she was taken by her hus-
nnd to Rochester , Minn. , for opera-
Ion by the Mayos.Vhcn she reached
icre they decided that she was not
ble to withstand another operation
nd advised that she go homo and rest
ntll she had more stwngth. On the
vay back to Montana tti < ey stopped at
t. Paul , where Mrs. Forhan was
laced in a hospital under ( ho care of
specialist , but her strength was so
adly spent that she only lived a few
Meadow Grove News : W. P. Evans
and J. 0. Carter have Just perfected a
ew and useful invention and have
lade application for a patent. The
lachinc Is a device to automatically
rim , paste and put wall paper on the
vail and cut It off with ono operation ,
'he machine is so simple and light
nyonc can handle It. The machine
omplete with a roll of paper and filled
i paste only weights ten pounds.
t does away with ono man to put on
he paste and enables the operator to
ccompllsh about five times as much
vork In the same length of time. It
vlll also be a great saving of time to
111 posters , as the machine is design-
d to bo made up In any size to fit a
hree sheet poster to a common hand
jlll. Messrs. Evans and Carter are
lanning to arrange to manufacture
ho machine and put It on the market.
V1ARKET SWINGING BACK TO
WHAT IT WAS BEFORE PANIC.
GOOD DEMAND AND GOOD PRICES
Natural that the Price of Horses
Should be Among the First to Get
Back to Normal , as the Horse Can
not be Dispensed With ,
The horse end of the live stock
narket is swinging back to where It
vas before the money flurry sent stock
irlces down last fall. It was probably
latural that the price of horses should
) e the first to recover because horses
ire a staple article used by the com
mon citizen In his own pleasure and
work and not raised as a market com-
nodlty to be turned into a hundred
articles at various price controlling
Manufacturing centers. Anyway the
price of horses is back again.
C. A. Smith , the Norfolk horseman ,
states that at a sale at Hastings re
cently horses sold for higher prices
than obtained before the financial
Norfolk Is fast getting to be an Im
portant horse center and word that the
horse market has recovered from Its
temporary depression Is cheerful
Suit For Slander.
Neligh , Neb. , March 7. Special to
The News : Suit has been commenced
In the district court of this county by
Bertha May Saxton against her broth
er-in-law , John R. Saxton of Tilden
for slander , claiming damages In the
sum of $12,000. A suit for divorce
Is now pending In the California courts
between the plaintiff and her husband
On Monday of this week was nc
doubt the biggest day In the banking
business ever witnessed In Nellgh , the
Atlas bank alone reporting clearances
of upwards of $50,000 , and the amouni
of cash received being In considerable
excess of that paid out. There cer
tainly Is nothing looking like calamltj
times in Antelope county.
O. K. Newbery of Orchard was ar
rested on Wednesday of this week b ;
Sheriff Miller on an Informatloi
charging him with malicious shootlni
at Frank Gustln , and was lodged litho
the county jail. His preliminary heai
ing Is to come up today before Judg' '
The prisoner was employed in th
Duprco hotel , and Glisten is the prc
prletor of the rival house. The shool
Ing Is said to be the result of the wa
that Is known to have been wagd
between the two hotels.
Services at the Methodist chum
next Sunday as follows : Mornln
sermon , "Doorkeepers for God ;
evening theme , "The Results of D (
Meetings every night next weel
Evangelist Olenslayger of Clnclnnal
was detained In a gracious revival o
Harlon , Iowa , but will be In Norfol
is Tuesday , March 10 , and preach ever
SHROVE TUESDAY WAS A MARDI
GRAS OF FESTIVITIES.
NORFOLK HAS LIVELY SEASON.
The Regular Features of Festivities
Have Given Amusement of Diversi
fied Variety Quieter Now Until
[ From fiatiirfliiy n Dully. 1
At the close of a fnirly lively social
season , Shrove Tuesday presented a
Mardl gran of fcstlvltleH In Norfolk
homes , live or six very plfttmtnt social
functions taking place during the day
and evening. Like the merry makers
of the Catholic south , who make the
most of the day before At.li Wednesday
by continuing the festivities of 'the
occasion until aim up the next mornIng -
Ing , the most was made of the llcvtliig
hours of the last day in Norfolk. The
Lenten season now being on , eocloj
functions may be expected to take ;
oi a more quiet turn , though many
people do not glvo the same observance
of tjio forty days of fasting as IB given
In the old country and In some local
ities of the United States.
Norfojk has witnessed a rather live
ly season. The dancing parties of the
ElkB , the Owl club and the Norfolk
band , together with those the latter
part of the season given by Trinity
Social guild , have furnished amuse
ment galore along this line , while din
ners , luncheons and card parties have
been attractions for those who enjoy
a more quiet mode of entertainment.
Pleasures of the Week.
The senior class of the Norfolk high
school enjoyed the eighth party of
the season at the home of Claude
Ogdcn , one of the members of the
graduating class , last evening. The
Ogdcn home In The Heights was tasti
ly decorated in pink and green , the
class colors , and tempting refresh
ments were served. The next of the
series of senior parties will be held
at the home of Miss Bessie Rlchey.
There will be two more of these par-
tics before the class graduates.
Fifty ladles were guests at a 1
o'clock luncheon given by Mrs. C. E.
Burnham Tuesday. Mrs. Burnham
was assisted In serving by Mrs. Braden -
den , Mrs. Gentle and Misses Lulkart ,
Sharpless , Bridge and Burnham. Six-
handed euchre was played during the
afternoon , the prize for high score
being won by Mrs. Napper , the shoutIng -
Ing prize by Miss Bridge.
The last meeting of the Chess club
for the present season was held Tues
day evening at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Philip Fuesler.- The club has
been In existence for several seasons
past and will hold meetings again
next fall. The present season has
been one of the most enjoyable In the
The Trinity guild followed a habit
they have got into lately , and took
along materials for supper when they
met with Mrs , Tappert Thursday after
noon. The supper feature of the
afternoon was a surprise upon the
hostess , and It added that much more
pleasure to the occasion.
A decidedly novel party was given
by Mrs. Jack Koenigsteln Tuesday
evening at the Koenlgstein home on
North Eighth street. The Koenlgstein
house was filled with matrons and
misses gowned In novel and fancy cos
tumes , the evening being turned over
to a fancy dress party.
The birthday club of the Heights
held one of Its most pleasant meet
ings of the season at the home of Mrs.
J. C. Stltt Tuesday evening , the party
being In the nature of a surprise on
The Elks closed their series of danc
Ing parties with a final dance Friday
evening at Marquardt hall. The Elk
dances have probably been the most
prominent feature of the social sea
Mrs. Frank Davenport entertained
at a one o'clock luncheon Friday after
noon complimentary to Miss Elizabeth
Sharpless and Miss Mae Olney.
The B. B. club met with Mrs. C. A.
Wood Thursday afternoon. Refresh
ments were served and a pleasant
afternoon was enjoyed.
The Norfolk band gave a "just before -
fore Lent" dance Tuesday evening In
Marquardt hall. It closed a popular
series of dancing parties.
The Ladles Aid society of the Chris-
tlan church met with Mrs. H. Teal
Refreshments were served.
Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Wolcott gave i
dancing party at the Junction eatinj
house during the week.
The D. W. C. club met with Miss
Hattie Schmledeberg Thursday even
Miss Maude Clark entertained tet
young ladles at an Informal party 01
The B. Y. P. U. held a necktlo so
clal in G. A. R , hall Friday evening.
The Misses Brush were hostesse
to the Trinity social guild.
The Wednesday club met with Mrs
A South Dakota homestead romanc- -
culminated in a Norfolk wcddlm
y I Wednesday evening , Miss Mabel Cal
last , becoming the bride of Everetto
row lie , a wealthy ranchman of Stan-
ey county , S. D. The marriage took
ilaco at the homo of the bride's pa-
cuts In this city.
The Wednesday club will hold Its
annual guest day at the homo of Mrs.
George D. Butterlleld next Wednesday
iifternoon at 2 o'clock. A number of
papers will be read. Each member
will he permitted to Invite ono guest.
Two weeks from next Monday even-
ng Dr. George Edgar Vincent , a pro
fessor and a dean In the University
of Chicago , will speak at the Auditor
ium. Dr. Vincent's lecture will be the
closing number of the high school lec
ture course nnd It will be the only
regular lecture given In Norfolk this
SIOUX CITY WEDDING PRECIPI
DIVORCED WIFE OF JOHN FOX , JR
Marriage of New York Clubman to
San Francisco Beauty , Starts Things
by His Former Wife , Now Divorced.
Gotham Society Agog.
Sioux City , Mnrch 7. Special advices -
vices from the Now York Herald state
hat Constance Maud Levlen , of that
city , divorced wife of John Fox , Jr. ,
he New York clubman married in
Sioux City Sunday to Marie Teresa
Holland , the wealthy San Francisco
> eauty , refuses to recognize her for-
nor husband's decree and is about to
start proceedings against John Fox ,
sr. , his father , for alienation of affec-
New York society circles are report
ed to be agog with gossip. Back of
Sunday's marriage here Is the story
Jf young Fox's runaway marriage with
Maud Constance Lovien , actress and
[ laughter of Douglas A. Levlen , at that
.Ime editor of the New York Evening
World. When interviewed today at
the West hotel for The Tribune , Mr.
? ox told the story of his first marriage.
"Miss Levien and I were married , "
10 said , "In Jersey City. It was a
runaway match. My father"was angry , !
and Insisted that a second ceremony ]
performed In one of the New York
cathedrals. That was done. Miss
Levlen was playing with Rose Coghlan
.it the time in 'A Lady of Quality. '
Shortly after the birth of my daughter ,
now G years old , my wife deserted me.
That was my contention In the South
Dakota divorce courts.
"I understand that my divorced
ivife holds that the decree Is Invalid
jecause we were married under the
Roman Catholic ritual. Her father
and mother were English Jews and
she merely consented to have the
ceremony performed In the cathedral
jecause my father Insisted on it. She
ms twice brought action against my
father for alienation of my affections.
Both times the case was thrown out of
"She let the divorce case go to me
by default. She declined to file an
answer or to fight It In any way. She
has never seen her daughter since we
separated shortly after the little girl
was horn. The child Is now at the
home of my father where she has been
continually. I see her often. I have
had no word of any kind from my
former wife since she deserted me.
Back to Stage.
"After the sensations aired in New
York following our runaway marriage
and separation , she tried again to go
on the stage. She appeared for a few
performances In a one act skit. It
failed , ami , so far as I know , she has
never gone behind the footlights again.
"There can be no question about the
validity of my decree , " he continued.
"I am a voter in Sioux Falls. I have
lived for a year in Honolulu since
leaving New York and have been in
business in San Francisco. By per
sonal advice and bona fide domicile ,
unquestionably established , the South
Dakota decree is valid. "
Mr. and Mrs. Fox will leave this
afternoon for Sioux Falls. They will
spend a short time there and then
proceed on their trip abroad.
HOUSE FAMINE IN GREGORY.
There Is Now a Genuine Rush of People
ple to the Rosebud Country.
Gregory , S. D. , March 0. Special
to The News : Since March 1 immi
gration into this section has been un
usually heavy. On one day this week
a special train containing only emi
grant cars arrived and was all un
loaded at Gregory.
Although the number of new build
Ings erected in Gregory during the
latter part of 1007 eclipsed all rec
ords , the demand for buildings no\s
seems to be greater than ever before
In fact an actual "house famine'
exists. With the acute shortage o :
buildings rents have gone soaring ,
Many families are forced to pay $1 (
to $15 per month for mere one-roon
shacks. There are many business lots
which could have been bought tw <
years ago for $10 or $50 $ that now wltl
the erection of a cheap building hav <
a monthly rental value of more thai
the original purchase price. The hlgl
rents will undoubtedly stimulate build
Ing and the indications are that tin
building season of 1008 will be th (
greatest in the history of Gregory
The demand is acute for at least on <
nioro largo hotel , many buslnes
blocks and innumerable new dwell
The city has recently been redle
trlcted so that hereafter there will b <
TO DECIDE WHO SHALL REPRE
SENT THE HIGH SCHOOL.
AUDITORIUM , FRIDAY EVENING
Three of the Classes Will be Repre
sented In the Contests by Seven
Students , One of Whom Will Go to
the North Nebraska Contest.
[ From Snltmlny'H Dully. ]
The Norfolk high school declama
tory contest will bo held at the Audi
torium Friday evening , February 13.
The contest Is In part a preliminary
for the north Nebraska high school
contest which will be held In Norfolk
during the association In April , the
winner on Friday night being Norfolk's
representative at the association con
test. Besides this a cash prize will
be given to the class whoso two best
speakers win the most points. Three
of the high school classes will take
part. The class of 1009 will bo repre
sented by Dorothy Rudat and Bessie
Wldnman ; the class of 1910 by Helen
Friday and Dollle Pfundor ; the class
of 1911 by Louise Cook , Josephine
Mullen and Thco. Sprecher.
It promises to be a very Interesting
contest , as the speakers are well
matched , while the class spirit adds
excitement. The program has been
arranged as follows :
Chorus High school girls.
Piano solo Lowell Erskln.
"Her Cuban Tea" Dorothy Rudat.
"Spartlcus to the Gladiators" Jo
Chorus High school girls.
"William Henry" Dollle Pfnnder.
"Mary's Night Ride" Helen Friday.
"As the Moon Rose" Louise Cook.
Violin solo Ray Estabrook.
"How the Church Was Built at )
Kchoo's Bar" Theo. Sprecher.
"The White Cowl" Besslo Wida-
Music High school quartette.
Decision of judges.
The program will begin at 8:30. :
Admission fifteen cents. Tickets sold
at the door.
Son Is Sick.
Charles II. Groesbeck , jr. , Charlie
Groesbeck's little boy , has been quite
Funeral of Mrs. Forhan.
Mrs W. F. Forhan will be buried
'uesday ' afternoon. The time and
le place of the funeral will be an-
THE DANE AND JACK.
Ighting Dane Anxious to Put on the
Gloves With O'Leary.
There is a good deal of interest In
Norfolk over the proposed go between
10 "Fighting Dane" and Jnck O'Leary.
'he ' Dane after ho got a decision in
is last sparing contest with Curly
ox Issued a "defy" to O'Leary for
glove contest. O'Leary Is figuring
n a regular battle with Pat Stephens
11 Gregory and will make no local
ates until the time for the Rosebud
ght Is set.
All For Taft.
Valentine , Neb. , March 7. Special
o The News : The republican county
onvention was held yesterday at
he court house. The attendance waa
oed but on account of the recent
term many delegates from the pre-
Incts were unable to attend. Max
Virtel of Crookston was elected
hairman of the convention and F. A.
Jumlow secretary. Resolutions were
manlmously adopted favoring the
andidacy of Wm. H. Taft for presi-
lent and endorsing the policies of
'resident Roosevelt. The delegates
o the state convention were instruct-
d to endorse Taft at that convention.
: ongressman M. P. Kinkaid and his
lolicles were approved , and he was
ndorsed as a candidate for re-elec-
ion. The administration of Gov. G.
'j. Sheldon and the acts of the county
officials were heartily approved of.
The following delegates were chosen
o attend the state convention :
F. M. Walcott , chairman ; C. H.
Cornell , E. C. Cole , W. D. Armstrong ,
0. Hanna , A. L. Lewis , Max E. Vir
These same delegates will also at
tend the congressional convention.
Snow at Valentine.
Valentine , Neb. , March 7. Special
to The News : About two Inches of
snow fell Thursday night here. The
snow was preceded by a rain and
sleet which froze on the ground , mak
ing sleighing very good. This Is the
first time this winter that enough
snow has fallen at one time to make
that pastime possible. It was also
welcomed by the farmers , as the
ground was exceedingly dry.
Two Committees Announced.
Mayor Durland has announced the
personnel of the two committees au
thorized by the city council Thursday
night , one committee to take up the
pumping station proposition of the
Norfolk Electric Light and Power
company and the other to confer with
J. C. Stltt in regard to opening up
South Sixth street to its proper width ,
The committee on the pumping sta
tion proposal will consist of Council
men Craven , Garvin and Buchholz.
The committee to meet Mr. Stitt
will consist of Councllmen Haase ,
Kauffman and Dolan.
WEAK SPOT IN NINE-HOUR LAW
Operators Point Out One Defect Ir
the New Law.
Lincoln Journal "The nine-hour
law works a hardship , " says a rail
road operating man , "where It defines
a telegraph operator as anyone whc
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Jud e Isaac Powers , Who Has
' Held Many Important Positions
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JUDGE ISAAC POWERS.
The Ideal life , still clung to ns Ideal
even in these days of strennousness ,
has by most thinking men been charac
terized as the life that Is marked with
fruitful activity nnd merited honors
to be crowned later with retirement
from the more active exertions when
ono has some of the substantial marks
of Miccess , friends and a reputation
that has been left stainless.
Judge Isaac Powers of Norfolk Is a
quiet unassuming man and It IM per
haps hardly fair to any man of modest
tendencies to couple many adjectives
with his name or to hold up his life
as one well suited as an exemplifica
tion of what should mean good citizen-
ship. But the fact lemalns that Judge
Powers held an active place In north
Nebraska for over thirty years , that
he held a conspiclou.s place In a county
bar , consplcloiis enough In Its rather
unusual strength to attract outside at
tention , that he was honored In a pub
lic way as few other citizens of this
section have been , that when he came
to retire from the more active prac
tice of his profession he had the ma
terial marks of success and In addition
had the real respect of every one of
his north state neighbors.
Before Judge Powers withdrew from
political life he had been twice state
senator , he had been n member of the
constitutional convention , he had been
a member of the board of regents of
the state university , he had been at
torney general of Nebraska and he
had served with ability on the district
The public service that Judge Pow
ers rendered was always closely con
nected with his profession as a lawyer.
His record as an attorney was exem
plary. AVhen he was engaged more
actively In the practice of law the Mad
ison bar occupied a unique position.
It was said that for the population of
the county the Madison county bar
could compare favorably , with any
county bar in the country. Most of
these men are not In active practice
here now. B. T. White is In Omaha ,
chief counsel of the Northwestern ,
larry Brome Is In Omaha. D. A.
lolmes Is in New York City. W. M.
Robertson is dead. So Is Congress
man Robinson. John R. Hays is post
master. Judge Barnes is on the su-
> reme bench. Among those still in
lie active practice of law must be
mentioned Senator Allen. These men
iclped make a brilliant assembly of
awyers and Judge Powers was prom-
nent in the group. Madison county
still holds a good deal of Its nsendcncy ,
'or Madison county attorneys practice
ividely over the north part of the
Judge Powers came to Nebraska in
870 and to Norfolk In 1881. Ho had
jeeii horn in Lenawce county , Mlchl-
an our road where we could work
ho operators nine hours a day only ,
; > y using the agent for an hour or two
with train orders , but if the agent
nkes a train order he is barred from
working more than nine hours a day
at anything. His work may be largely
collecting bills , seeing merchants
about freight and looking after out
side business , but if ho takes train
orders he must stop work at the end
of nine hours. That works a hardship
on the railroad , because perhaps In
the hours where he would watch at
the key he might not get a train order
nor anything at telegraphing. But
lie would be on duty as a telegrapher
just the same. "
West Point Wants Auditorium.
West Point , Neb. , March 9. Special
to The News : The agitation which
has been prominently before the pub
lic mind for some time past In rela
tion to the building of an auditorium
In West Point crystallized In the holdIng -
Ing of a mass meeting of the citizens
who assembled to consider the project
and to devise ways and means for the
accomplishment of this much needed
public Improvement. The meeting
was well attended and very enthusi
astic. Addresses were made by a
number of local capitalists and after
a full discussion of the matter a com
mittee of nine was appointed to can
vass the city for subscriptions to a
stock company , with a capitalization
of $15,000 , In shares of $10 to erect an
auditorium in West Point , the com
mittee to report progress In fourteen
da > 8 No doubt exists In the mind ol
any ono of the full amount of the
required capital being subscribed at
The death of Mrs , August Ploper ,
gun , on October 10. 1810. in 18fi-l ho
had eomo farther west with hlH par
ents , ttuforo ho came to Nebraska.
Judge Powers lived In Donlplinn
county , Kansas , where ho had been
educated In the common schools and
whore ho had studied law In the olllco
of fol. 1) ) . M. Johnston of Troy. Ho
was admitted to the practice of the
law In Dnnlplian county.
In 1870 Kansas was deserted for
Dakota county. Until 1881 , when ho
moved to Norfolk , Judge Powers
practiced law In Dakota City. It WUB
something of a coincidence , too , that
Judge Powers should hove removed
from the extreme norlboast county In
Kansas to the extreme northeast
county In Nebraska.
In 1875 Judge Powers was elected
to roproHcnt Dakota comity In the con
stitutional convention which framed
the state constitution under which wo
are now living. Among his co-worker.s
In that convention were many men
who have been prominent In Nebraska
life , among others , former Lieutenant
Governor A. C. Abbott , former Gover
nor J. W. Dawos , former United States
Senator M. L. Hayward , present
Lieutenant Governor Hopowoll , Hon.
John L. Webster , C. If. Gere , until his
death editor of the Lincoln Journal
and a member of the board of univer
sity regents , Supreme Judge M. U.
Reese , the late W. M. Robertson of
this city , former United Slates Sena
tor C. F. Mandorson , former Supreme
Judge Maxwell , United Slates Circuit
Judge W. II. Mungor , Judge S. D.
Pound nnd former United States Sen
ator C. H. Van Wyck.
Mr. Powers was In 1870 elected to
the stale senate from Dakota and
Hurko countIOH. Four yours later In
1880 ho was again elected state sen
ator , serving In the session of 1881 as
chairman of the Judiciary committee ,
the most Important committee In the
At the republican state convention
of 1881 Judge Powers was nominated
as a member of the board of regents
for the University of Nebraska. Ho
was elected nt the following fall elec
Next year , In 1882 , Judge powers
was nominated by the republican state
convention and later elected as attor
ney general of Nebraska. He served
as attorney general of the state during
18S-I : : , and then retired from the office ,
not desiring or asking for another
term. Upon retiring from office ho
changed his residence to Norfolk.
Almost Immediately Mr. Powers was
appointed to the district bench by Gov
ernor Thayer , a vacancy having been
made by the creation of an additional
judge. In 1887 ho was elected district
judge for the regular four-year term.
The district consisted of Antelope ,
Mndlson , Stanton , Wayne , Ciimlng ,
Pierce , Knox , Cedar , Dlxon and Da
kota counties , with the Omaha and
Wlnnotoon Indian reservations added.
Judge Powers left the bench In 1892
to take up the private practice of law
again. He soon formed a partnership
with John R. Hays , a partnership
which lasted about ten years and
which was not dissolved until Mr.
Hays became postmaster.
Judge Powers has drawn off from
the active practice of law but he still
has time for the science of law and Is
frequently consulted on law points by
In Kansas Judge Powers married
Miss Sarah G. Maillor , who had come
to Kansas from Alabama. A daughter
and three sons are living : Mrs. V. E.
Whitney , who Is homo from Chicago
just now ; Frank Powers , assistant
superintendent of the Armour pack
ing plant in South Omaha ; W. H.
Powers , court reporter for the Ninth
judicial district ; Isaac Powers , Jr. ,
manager and part owner of a packing
plant at Jacksonville , III.
1 precinct , Is announced. The deceased
| suffered a lingering Illness , having
recently undergone two operations
without any beneficial effect. She
was the widow of the late August
Pleper , who died two years ago. She
leaves two daughters.
A mass convention of the people's
party of the city of West Point has
been called to meet on March 1C to
nominate candidates for the various
j municipal offices and for two members
of the board of education.
Reports from the south show that
many telegraph offices were closed on
March , when the new law went Into
effect. This was especially true In
Spring Hoods along the Platte river
have been avoided , say railroad men ,
by the failure of the ice crop and the
gradual breaking up of the river.
Little trouble along the Platte river
Is looked for this spring.
Railroad passenger men say that
the railroad homeseekers' rates busi
ness Is as great now as it was last
year when the rates were five dollars
lower than now. Then the maximum
rate was $22.50 and now It Is $27.50.
Vice President Willard of the Bur
lington will pass through Lincoln this
morning at about 9:30 : on his way to
the northwest. He will be accompa
nied by the officials of the lines west
on his trip. It Is understood that ho
will return east sometime next week. V
Freight business on the Burlington
picked up with the coming of March ,
and it Is now said to bo much better
than during the last two weeks in
February. Farmers are marketing
their grain , the prospect for a now
crop of. winter wheat encouraging
them to part with their holdings.
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