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TIII5 NOHFOLK WEEKLY NEWS-JOURNAL. FRIDAY , MAY 13 , 1910.
To Eliminate Medic Expert.
Lincoln , Nob. , Muy 11. Special to
The News : Taking the Htniul tlmt
tlin medical export Hliouhl bo ollml
Hated from the witness stand In crlm
Itial niul civil liuvHtiltH , Dr. I > . 11. Salt
r of Norfolk , Neb. , prCHldcnt of the
Nebraska State .Medical association
InHt night recommended legislation In
tlilH Htato. Hiicli an has boon enacted
in onu or two ether states , providing
I'or the appolnttnont of a connnlHHlor
of competent medical mult by the
court to UHHOinblo ( bo medical datr
in u given cane and then to ropori
their llndlngs to the jury. Ho do
dared that the wide differences of opln
Ion given to JurloH by so-called medical
ical oxportH , biiHod on the RIIIIIC data
lioldH up tbo medical profession t (
public criticism and works for a inlR
carriage of Jimtlco.
"How cnn wo expect a Jury o
twelve moil who know nothing of mod
lelno to form an Idea an to the trull
Q ( the ciiHO at hand when ono docto :
w'lli solemnly tcHtlfy on hlfl oath tba
the victim could have died only fron
strychnine poisoning and when anotli
t r , called by the opposing Hide In tin
case and of corresponding high re
l > ute , will testify tlmt the victim peal
lively did not dlo from strychnlm
poisoning ? " asks the doctor In his ad
dress. "Tho jury Is left to guess a
tbo facts , " ho continues , "and the situ
ation jimtlllcs any guess that the ;
may hazard because the scientists
who are supposed to bo authority li
these ipiestlons that the laymen ha
not studied , bavo given the jurymoi
the widest possible range for a voi
< llct and have become responsible fo
any finding that may bo made , varj
Ing all the way from guilty of murde
In tbo first degree to the ether o >
trome of not guilty at all. "
"And I contend that a commission a
scientists , trained along medical line.
would be able to form a very muc !
inoro Intelligent conclusion as to th
merits of a given medical problor
than a jury of twelve men who kno
nothing of tbo technical points Ir
volved save what they arc told by th
contradictory exports. "
The president appealed for unltei
support of tbo pending federal legls
latlon creating a department of healtl
He emphasized the need of vlgorou
notion by tbo medical fraternity a
well as the public for a still greate
crusade against tuberculosis , whlc
he declared Is the cause of one-thlr
of the deaths lu this country and ha !
of those who dlo between ages of 1
and lift years.
Deplores Commercialism In Medlclnt
Dr. Salter took occasion to deplor
the spirit of commercialism which h
mid is creeping Into the practice c
medicine. He declared there Is fr (
quently a tendency to exploit patient
solely for the extraction of a lucrativ
foe and said that minor ailments ar
frequently magnified by otherwise es
tlmable members of the profession fo
the sake of dishonest dollars.
"A doctor for example , " bo sal (
'is called In a case of simple measle
nnd instead of tolling the worrlc
mother the truth that the child's 11
ness Is-not serious and that the cas
will speedily clear up this unscrupv
Ions physician by play-acting and d <
lilieiate falsehood will toll a friglv
CMied parent that the child is dangoi
ously sick , that it may develop oy
trouble or ear trouble or pneumoiii
or cerebro spinal meningitis or wbii
not. and on the strength of his delil
orate untruths will take advantage r
the family's undue alarm as a basl
for making two or three visits a da ;
leaving quantities of medicine , whic
is absolutely unnecessary and in som
cases perhaps even harmful. In thi
way your unprincipled and crafty hole
er of a medical college diploma wi
run up a bill for twelve or llftee
visits , frequently against families wh
can Illy afford tbo expense , wherea
a conscientious physician would hav
made by one or two visits and woul
have left It for the family to call hli
again under certain adverse cond
And such instances of wantonly d <
basing the medical profession , consi
crated in Itself to saving human lif
nnd benelittlng human beings instea
of viciously magnifying the sicklies
of the race as a means of sapping il
gotten and dishonest dollars from th
pockets of those In distress , are a
too commonplace lu this country t <
lay. Instance upon Instance of jus
such type of corruption might be cal
ed to mind. In every community thl
unfair and malicious means of rol
bery. clothed In the garments of em
nent respectability , may be seen stall
ing about town HGo days of the yea
And it seems to mo that a certal
moral obligation rests upon the pn
fession as a whole , for the sake of 1
self and its good name , to expurg
this cancer of corrupt greed from it
body. The public can not combat thl
form of thieving for thieving it ii
pure and simple because the publi
in time of sickness has faith in it
doctor and is absolutely at Ills mere
because of that confidence. In tim
this type of unfair practice more ui
fair than the game of the hlghwayma
who puts a gun in his victim's fac
and goes into the pockets of the ma
whose hands are up , because that rol
ber's victim knows ho is being rol
bed must react upon the good nam
of the medical fraternity and for thn
reason , if for none other , the medict
men who do stand upon the prlncipl
of fair play ought to make concerto
effort to eradicate this typo of ut
scrupulous selfseekor within the !
On Unnecessary Operations.
Another evil which the medical pn
fesslon must combat , the speaker d <
clared , Is the all too common tendenc
to recommend or perform unnecessar
surgical operations. "In determlnln
the necessity for an operation the fe
is frequently the most Important fai
tor and too often the patient's pan
mount symptom compelling use of th
knife is an enlarged bank account thn
can bo easily drained , " ho said. "Th
degrading practice of accepting com
missions was likewise attacked , " said
the speaker. "Tho blessings that hos
pltals are capable of conferring upoi
humanity should not bo reduced to tin
sordid basis of commercialism and yel
this contemptible practice Is becom
Ing very much in vogue and physl
clans act as cappers for them. Thli
is a deplorable condition and nocdi
Medicine Given Where Not Needed
The speaker declared that then
are men In the profossio who lorn
their services and oven falsify medl
cal facts to work up damage casei
against corporations , aiuJ be frownec
upon the growing tendency toward tin
careless and indiscriminate prescrll
Ing of medicine for every trivial com
plaint. Ho appealed for a broader fol
lowshlp among rival physicians am
the elimination of petty Jealousies.
In the course of his remarks Dr
Salter said :
The Dreaded Tuberculosis.
Ladles and Gentlemen , Members o
the Nebraska State Medical assoeln
'lion ' : It affords me unfeigned pleat
' uro to express to you my appreclatloi
of the distinguished honor you hav
conferred upon mo in electing m
i president of this association compris
ing so notable a body of men am
women as the Nebraska State Medlcn
. association , and I assure you that
esteem the privilege of addressing yo
today as an evidence of your specin
' favor and regard.
I Foremost perhaps of the larger quof
tlons to engross our energies IB th
crusade for the prevention and cur
I of tuberculosis. Splendid work ha
, ' I been done along this line during th
i past few years and the public ha
, been aroused to a partial realtzatlo
, of Its dangers and the necessity fo
making a concerted effort to supprcs
I or curtail Its ravages. Notwlthstam
' lug the work already done , tubercuU
, ' sis continues to levy a tremendous to
' upon humanity. It is the cause e
1 one-third the deaths in this countr
and of one-half of those who die b <
tween the ages of 15 and 35.
"For in the morn and liquid dew c
Contagious blastmonts are most in
This IB indeed a pathetic story. Th
treacherous habit of this disease 1
seizing upon the very flower of on
populace , its insidious , slow but pn
gresslvo nature , the hopelessness an
' misery of Its latter stages , constitute
- the saddest picture of the sufforlni
I anguish and death caused by a pn
I _ vontable disease , and it is a plctur
' that should arouse physicians , state ;
i men and tbo public to tolerate thl
condition no longer but to devis
measures for its eradication. Th
public apathy , the utter disregard b
many persons of the communlcabillt
; of the disease and the cherishing t
' | outgrown , fatalistic and superstitiou
' notions regarding Its nature and pn
1' ' gross , should be combated by a vi |
i orous and effective campaign of cdi
! cation. Up to a very few years ag
. the idea was prevalent that consuni ]
'tlon ' was always a hopeless and fati
| disease. Even so good an authorit
as Sir Thomas Watson pronounce
' " when establlsl
| "Tubercular disease ,
' cd as beyond our power. "
j That unparalled , classical ilescri ]
tlon of Dickens of the disease contain
! the same note ol despair :
"There Is a dread disease which s
prepares its victim , as it were fc
' death ; which so refines it of its gm
ser aspect , and throws around fami
s iar looks unearthly indications of th
t coming change ; a dread disease i
t which the struggle between soul an
. body is so gradual , quiet and solemi
f and tbo result so sure , that day b
day , grain by grain , the mortal part
1 waste and wither away so that th
bpirlt grows light and sanguine wit
1 its lightning load , and feeling iinmo
i tality at hand , deems it but a no'
i term of mortal life ; a disease in whic
. death and life are so strangely blem
I cd that death takes the glow and hu
, of life , and life the guant and grisle
form of death ; a disease which mod
clno never cured , wealth never wan
' ed off , or poverty could boast exem ]
! tlon from ; which sometimes moves 1
I giant strides and sometimes at a ta
i dy sluggish pace , but slow or quick , I
. ever sure and certain. "
I Today , thanks to greater knowleds
I and better methods , we no longer bi
Hove in the old Inexorable law of hi
' man mortality , but in the modern mo
5 to of Pasteur , who has said : "It 1
I within the power of man to rid hlmsc
i of every parasitic disease. "
.j For Federal Health Bureau.
, The increasing recognition or tn
j vital Importance of human life , an
the necessity for the conservation c
our national vitality , has led to
' movement for the establishment of
1 department of health in our nation ;
government , that shall co-ordinate an
bring under one head all the varlou
, societies and agencies now workln
. to better existing health conditions
and to accomplish this end , Senate
Robert L. Owen of Oklahoma has ii
troduced In the United States senat
" a bill to create and operate such
department. I would especially urs
) upon each member of this society th
i manifest duty of putting into offe <
i every available means of inllnencln
congress to adopt t his measure.
The Medical Expert.
Just at this time our attention I
being called once more to the rol
of the medical export In murder trial
' and again wo are brought to a real
ration of the fact that the wide dl
i ferences of opinion given to jurle
based on the same data , holds up th
medical profession to a certain degre
of public criticism. Indeed , It seem
entirely poslble under present cond
tlon for cither side In a criminal c
civil case at law to secure practical !
1 any medical opinion which the Into
ests of the parties concerned in th
suit seem to demand. One special ! ;
will testify that the dead man die
of strychnine poisoning. Another ph ;
siclan , recognized as an equally hlg
authority , will testify that the vl
tlm died of typhoid fever 'or inonh
gitls , and that the facts in the cas
prove absolutely that strychnine coul
not have been a couse of death. Thl
baffling comedy of diametrically o ]
poslto views given in all serlousneE
by experts who are presumed to kno-
what they are talking about , is ai
ceptcd by the public as nothing mor
nor loss than a ridiculous farce an
it must be admitted that such it
stances put the profession In a mot
undignified and unenviable light , t
say the least. In some cases thes
witnesses may bo Hlnceiu In trying
to toll the exact truth but the Impres
sion that tbo public gains from such
controversies Is that medical experts
are willing to testify to almost any
theory , provided the fee Is of sufllclont
size. And aside from the undignified
reflection that such a proceeding casts
upon the medical profession , It Is
easily seen that the ends of Justice
are not best conserved by such moth-
1 ods. How can we expect a Jury of
twelve men , who know nothing of
medicine , to form an intelligent Idea
as to the truth of the case at hand
when one doctor will solemnly testify
on his oath that the victim could have
died only from strychnine poisoning ,
and when another called by the opposing -
posing side In the case , and of correspondingly
respondingly high repute , will testify
that the victim positively did not dlo
from strychnine poisoning ? The Jury
Is left to guess at the facts and the
situation justifies any guess that they
may hazard because the scientists ,
who are supposed to bo authorities In
these questions that the layman has
not studied , have given the Jurymen
the widest possible range for a ver
dict and have become responsible for
any finding that may bo made , vary
ing all the way from "guilty" of mur
der in the first degree to the other
extreme of "not guilty" at all. And
because of the discredit which this
procedure brings upon the -medical
profession as well as because of the
miscarriage of Justice which such a
course makes possible , it seems to
me that this society might well take
stops to secure legislation , as has al
ready boon done in ono or two other
states , looking to the elimination of
medical exports from the witness
stand and in their stead the appoint
ment by the court of a commlsion of
competent physicians to hear the vari
ous phases of medical testimony of
fered by the different parties in the
case and then report Its findings ,
scientifically formed , to the jury. The
sincere differences of opinion held by
different medical exports , unbiased by
the fees In the case , are entirely nat
ural and defensible. No two human
beings see tbo same things tn the
same way and honest differences of
opinion are bound to exist among well
informed authorities on any subject
that may be brought up. The legal
profession Is as much noted for its
variety of conclusions as the doctors.
This is shown by the fact that oven
the judges in our highest courts sel
dom all agree on the Intricate points
of law brought to their attention , and
in nearly every supreme court deci
sions handed down there will be a dis
senting opinion. Hut I contend that
a commission of scientists , trained
along medical lines , would be able to
form a very much more Intelligent
conclusion as to the merits of a given
medical problem than a jury of twelve
men who know nothing of the techni
cal points Involved save what they
are told by the contradictory exports.
And for this reason I want to recom
mend that the legislative committee
of this society take steps to ascertain
the feasibility of introducing such a
law as referred to in the next legisla
Exploiting the Sick.
While upholding the principle that
a physician is entitled to adequate
compensation for his services , it fol
lows that those services and fees
should be justified by honor. Theie Is ,
unfortunately , creeping into the prac
tice of medicine a spirit of corrupt
commercialism that Is a prostitution
of the ideals of the profession and a
thing apart from the Inalienable right
of the doctor to demand a fair fee for
neccessary work. This is frequently
5 shown in the tendency to exploit pa-
1 tients solely for the extraction of a
1 lucrative fco , Irrespective of the com-
mauds of clinical or ethical proce-
' " dent.
' | | The growth of numerous cults opposed -
posed to all operations and the taking
1 of medicine for any pathological con-
ditlon is no doubt a popular reaction
: from the national curse of the nos-
1 trum habit. It is not at all certain
but that the profession has in no in-
3 significant manner contributed to the
' growth of these cults. This unenviable -
ble commercialising of the ministra-
tlons of the physicians to the afflicted -
ed has many disreputable phases , and
1 the time has come when concerted no
tlon should be taken by the profes-
3 bion to bring about a needed reform
| along those linos.
The Status of Specialism.
The present sUtas of specialism In
respect to Its financial practices has
evoked much ridicule. The chest
5 specialist refuses to examine a pa-
tlent below the waist and ho calls In
the abdominal surgeon , who In turn
calls In an internist or a urinary specialist -
ialist and eah requires from the dls-
J traded patient the payment of n con-
' sldorable fee. This reprehensible
| practice degrades the profession and
; detracts from its dignity and the val-
j ue of medical opinion. The advertising -
! ing doctor we have always with us ,
, and his prenlclous practices injure the
' profession because he advertises to
' perform cures where cures are im
probable or impossible in the present
I light of medical science. This class
' does Incalcueable ham to invalids who
, arc over inclined to grasp at straws
and to believe the mendacious state-
I ments of charlatans and to spend their
j means and vitality in the pursuit of
' - the chimera held out by designing
quacks. In a higher sphere , but
5' ' scarcely les obnoxious , should bo hold
> the man who obtains a place upon
the teaching staff of a colleco or clln-
! Ic to enlarge the scope of his advor-
. - Using horizon. Ho sends out grad
uates imbued \vltt ; the idea that they
will succeed and prosper by sending
j cases to him and receiving cominls-
3 I sions. He ilso is untrue to the high-
. I er ideals o' the profession and do-
P serves our contempt.
Pay O'Neill Paper $1,000.
3 Old Fight Over Scavenger Tax List
Payment Is Finally Settled.
O'Neill , Nob. , May 11. Special to
The News : The board of supervisors
ot Holt county at a special session
voted to allow the Holt County Inde
pendent $1,000 In payment of a claim
for printing the scavenger taxlist for
the year 1904. The Independent pre
sented n bill to the county board for
$4,800 upon completion of the work ,
and the board rejected the bill as beIng -
Ing exorbitant and the work performed
contrary to the orders of the county
i board. Upon the refusal of the board
t to pay the claim the Independent sued
, in the district court , whore they so-
j cured a judgment against the county.
The county appealed to the supreme
court and the court remanded the case
back with Instructions to pay the ac
tual cost of the work. Several meetIngs -
Ings of the board wcro held to settle
tbo matter without arriving at any
definite agreement until yesterday.
Republican members of the hoard
opposed the motion to allow $1,000 ,
contending that ? SOO was sulllclent ,
but wore outvoted by the democratic
A POEM TO EDWARD.
London , May 11. Alfred Austin ,
poet laureate , has written the fpllow-
Ing on the occasion of the king's
death , entitled , "Tho Truce of God , "
with the subtitle , "A King's Bequest : "
What darkness deep as wintry gloom
O'orshadows Joyous spring ?
In vain the vernal orchards bloom.
Vainly the woodlands sing.
Hound royal shroud
A mournful crowd
Is all now left of one but yesterday
Thrones have there been of hateful
Reared upon wanton war.
He we have lost still linked his name
With peace at home , afar.
For peace ho wrought.
His constant thought
Being how to shield his realm
against strife's baleful star.
So lot us now all seek to rest
From fateful feuds release ,
And mindful of his wise bequest ,
From factious clamors cease ;
Treading the path lie trod ,
The sacred truths of God ,
The path that points and leads to
He "Cleaned" the Farmers.
Springview , Neb. , May 11. Special
to The News : Some two or three
weeks ago a party by the name of
Leroy V. Hajler drove into Spring-
view from the east with his wife and
put up at the Purdy hotel. The day
following bis arrival he commenced
a canvass of this territory , claiming to
bo a traveling representative of the
Western Buyers' association of Om
aha , Neb. , selling groceries direct to
He worked the territory for about
ten days and left for tbo west. On
the Saturday following his departure
Springview was crowded with farm
ers and every one was telling his
neighbor and acquaintance of the bar
gains he bad been getting lu the
grocery line from his purchase
through Haller. Comparisons were
made with prices current among
home merchants much to the lattors'
During the week following several
Inquiries were made as to the ex
pected arrival of the goods , and a few-
days later some one wrote the house
a hurry-up request. The Western
Buyers' association , which seems to
be a house of good standing , replied
that they had received no orders from
this community and were not repre
sented by any party by the name of
Leroy V. Halicr.
Then things began to sizzle. As the
facts became known it developed that
in every case , except possibly two or
three out of twenty-live or thirty
farmers , Haller had collected in ad
vance the full amount of the bill sold.
At the cut prices ho made he never
failed to get an order from the party
canvassed , and almost invariably , the
cash. As near as can bo estimated ,
the total will aggregate $1,800 or $2-
000 taken out of this community
Efforts were immediately put forth
to locate the gentleman. As a result
of inquiry it was learned that he had
operated in Boyd county before com
ing here ; that he had jumped his
board bill at Naper and nearly killed
a horse for the landlord.
From Springview he has boon trac
ed northwest through Trlpp county
then to Gordon and later to Chadron.
A few days ago a complaint was fil
ed by County Attorney Brown of this
county , at which time word came
from Chadron that party had left
there , going north into South Dakota.
That takes him out of the jurisdic
tion of this state and ho probably will
not come back very soon , though
every effort is still being used to lo
Shot at Deputy Sheriff.
Valentine , Neb. , May 11. Special to
The News : While standing guard
over four desperate criminals Deputy
Sheriff Franke heard a sudden crash
of glass , then a loud report , and awak
ened to the fact that parties on the
outside of his private room were en
deavoring to "get him , " as a gang of
thieves are supposed to be operating
in the neighborhood and would stop
at nothing to liberate ono of their
number. Deputy Sheriff Franke imme
diately reached for his revolver and
rushed outside , only to find utter dark
ness. The would-be assassins , foiled
In their purpose , sought safety in
flight. Ho stood guard on the outside
of the jail the balance of the night ,
but no ono again appeared.
At dawn tracks wore found in a
newly made flower garden near the
jail , a 32-callbre shell from an auto
matic revolver lying on the ground ,
and inside a bullet was dug out of the
wall , the course of the saino showing
that the would-be assassin aimed well
on a direct line to hit the deputy sher
iff , but wont a little high of the mark.
Several people living In the Imme
diate neighborhood heard a shot about
midnight , but shooting being of a com
mon occurrence , paid no attention to
Judge Qulgloy sentenced two bums
to thirty days in Jail for potty thieving.
As they were the pair that stole sev
eral pairs of trousers from Daven
port's. The court sentenced both to
perform labor on the streets of the
village , believing that they would feel
no punishment In lying around In jail.
One of them Immediately became sick.
It Is thought that the party that did
the shooting was some pal of these
Crooks -Valentine. .
Two Trouser Venders are Found to
Have Stolen Their Wares.
Valentine , Neb. , May 11. Special to
The News : A couple of tough char
acters weio around town selling now
trousers at very small prices and suc
ceeded In getting rid of several pairs ,
but some one put Sheriff Rossotor next
and he began looking around and
warning the merchants to look out
for these follows when it was discov
ered that Davenport & company's
store had lost some pants. Then the
sheriff hunted the two follows up and
took them In charge and found where
they had sold seven pair that had
alt boon taken from Davenport's place
where one of the follows had also
got away with three neckties while
they wcro waiting on him and ho was
wearing ono of them when arrested.
They had watches and an overcoat
and several other things in their pos
session and It Is more than likely that
they have been helping themselves all
along the line. Ono of the fellows is
a man of about fl5 and very dissipated
looking , while the ether one was a
young follow of about 21 or 22 also
Miss Nora Hans of Battle Crook was
Miss Polonsky of Madison was In
Mrs. J. F. Lindsay returned from
County Clerk S. R. McFarland was
In the city.
Mrs. J. D. Duncan of Hosklus was
in the city.
W. A. Witzlgman returned from Mer-
riman , Nob.
Mr. and Mrs. P. II. Davis of Newport
wore In the city.
Hugh Wallace of Hamburg , la. , was
in the city on business.
Miss Lena Brcyer of Plorce Is In
the city visiting with relatives.
County Attorney James 'Nichols ot
Madison was lu the city on business.
Mrs. Arthur L. Tucker of Carroll
visited in Norfolk enroute to West
Mrs. William Wagner and children
of Pierce wore in the city calling on
Mrs. William Wagner and children
of Pierce were In the city calling on
Mrs Brown and Mrs. Evans of
Meadow Grove were in the city calling
Mrs. Pllgor and Mrs. Odlorno went
to Stanton to visit with Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. August Deck and Mrs. G. Ma-
rotz of Ilosklns were in the city visit
ing with friends.
County Commissioners John Malone
and Henry Sunderman of Madison
wore in the city.
A. Kenney , father of Mrs. Joseph Pl
iant , and Mrs. W. II. Brown , her sister -
tor , are in the city from Stanton.
Mrs. J. II. Furst was a passenger for
Omaha , having gone to attend the
grand chapter of the Order of Eastern
Mrs. Frank Kramer and Miss Eliza
beth Reaches of St. Charles , Minn.and
Mrs. Charles Kramer of Winona ,
Minn. , are in the city visiting with the
E. J. Schoroggo family.
Mrs. J. Hauptli and Mrs. O. C.
Hauptli have returned from 'Denver ,
from which place O. C. Hauptli start
ed f6r Arizona , where he will remain
for about six months , in the hope that
his health may be benefited.
Miss Anna Palm is reported ill.
Hose company No 15 of the Norfolk
lire department held a regular meeting
at the city hall last evening.
It Is reported hero by a local physi
cian that a number of cases of chickenpox -
enpox have broken out in the city.
R. O. Moultou , a traveling salesman
of the Badger company of Kansas City ,
has rented the Lulkart residence on
West Norfolk avenue.
The case of the state of Nebraska
versus James Gray , who iff charged by
Peter Muff with assaulting his wife ,
was continued until May 23.
Owing to the insulllcient room In
the city hall building , the city has
agreed to allow City Engineer Tracy
to rent an oflico in the Bishop block.
Mrs. Phinney , Mrs. McCune and Mrs.
Porter will entertain the Ladles' Aid
society of the Methodist Episcopal
church at the church parlors Thurs
Mrs. W. W. Dellart returned from
Omaha , where she visited Mrs. B. T.
Reid , who underwent an operation
there. Mrs. Dellart reports that Mrs.
Reid is rapidly recovering.
Erma Haase , little daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. J. E. Haase , who has boon
quite ill as the result of an attack of
measles which turned into pneumonia ,
Is reported gradually improving.
W. R. Pargeter , commercial agent
of the Union Pacific railroad company ,
has moved Ills offices from the Ne
braska National bank building to 414
Norfolk avenue. Insufllclent room Is
the cause of the move.
L. E. Puegelo , a traveling salesman
who sustained a broken log last Aug
ust and who underwent an operation a
few months ago , believes the broken
bones are not knitting and that a third
operation will bo necessary.
The Norfolk clerks whoso team
plays the high school baseball team
this evening have boon putting up big
odds that tholr team will carry off the
honors tonight. Some of the players
are even betting on how many hits
they will make.
During the recent rains throe sec
tions of the switchboard at the legal
olllco of the Nebraska Telephone com
pany wore badly damaged. Falling
plaster from the celling fell on the
head of ono of the "hello" girls , who
was badly frightened.
At G 30 this evening the Norfolk
high school and clerks' baseball teams
cross bats at the race track diamond ,
where a short but exciting game Is
looked for. Thu high school boys wore
on the grounds last evening practicing
and they are confident of a walkaway
from the clerks.
James Thomas , who recently re
turned from Carter , H. 1) . , with his
wife who was taken 111 thoro. has ac
cepted a government position as clork-
carrier at the local postolllco. Mrs.
Thomas lies quite 111 at the home of
her parents , Mr. and Mrs. George Lain *
bert. Mrs. Thomas was a Trlpp coun
ty claim winner.
Henry Haase , W. H. Blakonmn , S.
Grant. C. h. Krahn , Ed Hartor and \V.
M. Bryant were subpoenaed as Jury
men today to decide the case of Her
bert Robinson versus J. Robinson ,
which came up in Justice Elsoloy'tt
court at 1:110. : The plaintiff charges
the defendant with withholding his
salary amounting to $18.
C. J. Havlland has accepted a posi
tion as night operator with the North
western at the Junction. Mr. Havl-
laud was formerly a telegrapher In the
employ of the Western Union company
at Slonx City , and before that man
ager of the Norfolk olllco. Mr. and
Mrs. Havlland will make tholr homo
with her parents , Mr. and Mrs. II. G.
F. M. Nlckson , a former Hamburg ,
la. , telegrapher , has been appointed
manager of the now Western Union
olllco which was recently opened tn
the uptown district at Dallas. Mr.
Nlckson is well known by Western
Union telegraphers as being an export
operator. Miss I'attl McUrldo , local
manager of the Western Union oflico ,
who Is a first class telegrapher , was
at one lime a student under Mr. Nick-
After the ofllcors' mooting of the
Norfolk Elks which was held \o rehearse -
hearse the Columbus Initiation cere
mony last night , J. B. Maylard , loader
of the Elks Xobo band , called his com
pany together for a rehearsal of that
musical body The musicians are ar
ranging to gi\c a concert at Madison
and Humphrey , where their special
train stops Friday evening to' pick up
brother Elks. Several duets , ragtimes
and other melodies which make up the
program of an ideal German band ,
have been prepared by the Elk musi
cians , and with this addition to their
gathering at Columbus those members
In charge of the goat department be
lieve Norfolk will make a decided hit.
The special train will leave Norfolk at
0 o'clock sharp and a parade on Nor
folk avenue is being talked of before
Captain Matrau at Lincoln.
Nebraska State Journal : Captain
and Mrs. II. C. Matrau of Norfolk ar
rived in the city early in the week for
a visit with their daughter , Mr.O. .
R. Eller and Miss Agnes , Matrau.
Mrs. Matrau is still in the city , but
Mr. Matrau was called homo on busi
ness matters. Captain Matrau went
to Omaha Wednesday to attend the
annual meeting and banquet of the
Nebraska commandery of the Loyal
Legion of America , of which he Is a
past commander. Captain Matrau en
listed as a private in company G , Sixth
Wisconsin , at the beginning of the
civil war , at the age of 1C and was
known by his regiment as the "baby
of company G. " His regiment was a
part of General Bragg's "iron bri
gade , " and as such was stationed be
fore Washington as a part of the army
of the Potomac and was engaged in
some of tbo most desperate encounters
of the civil war. Through the havoc
of some of those engagements Cap
tain Matrau was forced to the com
mand of his company and now has the
honor of having been the youngest
man ever brevetted captain in the
United States army. Speaking of the
havoc of the war , Captain Matrau
said : "In the battle of the Wilder
ness we stood in deep mud and fired
Incessantly for hours. Men wont to
sloop standing tn line firing , ammu
nition was placed where wo could
reach it without moving our position
and our guns became so foul we could
not reload them. That night when we
went into camp , of our company
which went into the battle with its
full quota of men , three of us were
left. All the others were either killed
or wounded. "
Little Girl Can Not Live.
That Is the Distressing News From
Bedside of Hildreth Shurtz.
Little Hildreth Shurtz. the 9-year-
old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. A.
Shurtz , was not expected to live until
night , according to a telephone mes
sage received by the father Wednes
day noon from Fremont , where the
child was operated upon a week ago
Monday for appendicitis , after the ap
pendix had burst.
Mr. Shurtz left Norfolk at noon for
the bedside of the little daughter.
MRS. DIANA HENRY IS DEAD.
Stricken On Train , She Expires in
Omaha , May 11. Mrs. Diana Henry
of Anoka , Minn. , widow of Dr. John M.
Henry , a well known pioneer physi
cian of that state , died at the General
hospital hero today of paralysis , aged
Mrs. Henry was stricken on an eastbound -
bound Union Pacific train 200 miles
west of here two weeks ago while en-
route home from a visit to California.
WANT LIGHTER FIRE WAGON.
Norfolk Fire Fighters Tonight Will
Discuss That Propositon.
A regular meeting of the Norfolk
fire department is called for 8 o'clock
tonight. Many interesting subjects foi
the good of the city's fire system are
scheduled for tonight's program. Ono
of the features on the subject for the
good of the department will bo the
question of a now hose wagon to take
the place of the wagon now used ,
Mayor Friday In his last message to
the council recommended that the old
wagon should bo traded for a lighter
one. A lire wagon of tbo kind Norfolk
Is now using should wolgb about 1,400
pounds , and not more than 1H)0 ( )
pounds. Lincoln , Dubiiipu' . Hloux City
ami Dos Molnes all bavo this kind of
a wagon , while Norfolk has a wagon
weighing a.SIO pounds loaded , the loud
not weighing over l.tiOO pounds. A
wagon , It is said by old time llromun ,
should not weigh more than the loud
It can carry , which Is the case In Nor
Office for City Engineer.
The city will pay the rent for the
olllco , although Mr. Tracy offered fo
stand that part of the expense. Here
tofore tbo city engineer has done his
work In the water commissioner's of.
lice , and Monday night requested that
be bo allowed to rent an olllco In the
Bishop block on grounds that the wa
ter commissioner's oilier- was too small
for his purposes and that already some
valuable work , which ho had already
done , had been destroyed. He pre
ferred to bo some place whom ho
could work alone. The city council
granted Mr. Tracy's request.
Attorney General on Stand.
Washington. May 12. Attorney
General Wlckersham probably will bo
called as a witness In the Balllngor-
Pinchot Investigation to testify to a
conversation he held with Henry M.
Hoyt regarding Assistant Secretary
Pearces construction of the land law
of May 28 , 1908.
Shoots Gold Eacle Here.
Andrew Forbes of Norfolk Will Mount
the Big Bird.
( old eagles are not often soon In
this community today. It Is for that
reason that Andrew Forbes of Nor
folk , who killed one of those big birds
near the Potras home , South Norfolk ,
last night , Is particularly proud of his
game. Mr. Forbes will have the bird
Doctors His Own Wound.
Dr. J. C. Myers Suffering After-Effects
of Revolver Bullet.
Dr. J. C. Myers , who some tlmo ago
wounded himself in the band as the
result of an accidental discharge of a
, ' ! 8-callbre revolver , Is suffering much
pain , although It was believed at one
tlmo that the wound was entirely
healed. A few days ago the wounded
hand began swelling and investigation
on the part of Dr. Myers found that a
loose bono had worked its way to the
surface. Ho removed this bone him
self and believes the wound will have
to be reopened.
Younn Girl a Suicide.
Body of Perrln's Daughter From Trlpp
County Through Norfolk.
The remains of the 18-year-old
daughter of N. T. Porrin , a settler In
Trlpp county , S. D. . passed through
Norfolk at noon enroute to Wayne , for
burial. The young woman committed .
suicide .Monday in Trlpp county by
drinking poison. No motive is known.
The poison which the girl drank
was a prescription for a lame horse.
Opera Seats at $1,000 a Night.
The sacrillces that some Now York
music lovers have made to keep grand
opera going In Now York was told to
day by Mrs. Otto Kahn , whoso hus
band is a director of the Metropolitan
opera house. "For every night that
wo used our two seats last season , "
she said , "we have paid in $1,000. "
A Gregory Band.
Gregory Times-Advocate : Gregory
will have a band this summer and
the initial steps have already been
taken to perfect the organization. C.
E. Spencer , who lately moved hero
from Kansas City , Is very enthusiastic
over the matter. He is a musician of
Season Opens In Omaha.
Omaha , May 10. Ideal weather
greeted the thousands of fans who
have eagerly awaited the opening day
of the Westen league season In Oma
ha. Many of the prominent business
houses have announced a half holiday
in response to a proclamation by the
mayor , and a record breaking attend
ance at the opening game is assured.
Mayor Dahlman will head the parade
to Vinton street park and toss the first
ball. Topeka opposes the home team.
FOR GERMAN-AMERICAN RACES.
Emperor Wllhelm Offers Prize for
Yacht Events This Year.
Kiel , May 11. Empcr-jr William to
day authorized the Kiel i'acht club to
announce that he would give a prize i
for the American-German Bonder- *
klasse yacht races to bo sailed off Kiel
in 1911 under the same list that pre
vailed In 1909.
MORE QUAKES IN COSTA RICA
Thousands of Survivors of Former
Shock , Flee From City in Alarm.
San Jose , C. R. , May 11. Heavy
earthquakes wore felt hero today.
Thousands of persons are leaving the
city in alarm. A series of severe
shocks was experienced yesterday.
Washington , May 11. The house
bill authorizing the use of military
and naval supplies for the relief of
Costa Rlcan earthquake sufferers was
passed by the senate today.
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