The Norfolk weekly news-journal. (Norfolk, Neb.) 1900-19??, September 15, 1911, Page 3, Image 3

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Discovery of Error Puts Citizens of Drown County
It la Western Pirt , , H d Already Erected
of Bloomlngtoa A Monument
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director of the census in
THE the final statement
of the location of the center of
population announcad that an
rror won made In the preliminary
statement of July 17 last. In which the
longitude wan glrcn as 80 decrees 23
mlnutea 24 seconds treat
The correct utatemont of the longl-
ttido of the center La 80 Oegrecu S3
minutes 20 sccondn west , changing the
poaltlon of too point nluo minutes , ap
proximately eight miles further west ,
and locating the center of population
tn Boutbcrn Indiana , at a point In the
vroatern part of the city of Bloomington -
ton , Monroe county.
In the statement of last July the
population center was placed In Brown
county , Ind. , eight mllea il' > east of
w * t Is to a large extent doe to the In-
creaio In population of th Pacific
coast itates , their distance from tbo
center giving them much greater
weight than the populous states east of
the center. For Instance. San Francisco -
co , Seattle , Portland and Sacramento ,
with a population of 000,010 , barq as
great an influence on the center as
Philadelphia , Doston and Baltimore ,
with a , population of 2TT8,07a The
w 8t , movement of ttra center * ln < tbo
past dccado la the earno oa Its move
ment from 1820 to 1830.
The closeness with which the center
of population through Its western
movement haa dung to the parallel
80 degrees of latitude Is remarkable.
The most northern point waa reached
In 1TOO nnd the moot southern point
In 1830. The greatest western move-
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\ Bloomlngton. Citizens of Brown county -
' ty celebrated the announcement and
erected a monument marking the spot
The error referred to occurred In
multiplying 310,108 population by Its
distance from the assumed meridian
of 1S51.0 mllert. This work Is done In
duplicate , and two clerks made the
same error , giving the result of this
multiplication as 59OS3W9.8 Instead
of 590S3rvl9S , a difference of nearly
532,000,000 In the product , and as the
rror affected the western movement
it changed tbo position of tbo center
of population as noted.
In ten years the center of population
has moved west 43 minutes 20 seconds ,
{ or about thirty-nine miles ami north
i art seconds , or about seven-tenths of a
| mile.
I The great Increase In the population
of New York , Pennsylvania and cer
tain other states north of the thirty-
ninth parallel has balanced the In
crease In Texas , Oklahoma , the In
dian Territory and southern Califor
nia. Tbo greater advance toward the
Goethale1 Economical Way of Solidify
ing Culebra Channel.
Colonel Gocthals * latest device to aid
In the difficult work on the Panama
canal Is n "concrete gun. " It shoots a
continuous charge of cement against
the rock sides of Culebra cut , thereby
changing n soft stone subject , to great
erosion In the tropical climate to ono
that Is as hard and free from erosion
as granite.
Ever slnco work started the rock
sides of Culebra cut have been crum
bllnjr. It Is Colonel Gootbals' idea to
save tliem from further deterioration
by coating them with cement , but to
do the work by hand would have cost
n tremendous sum. The "gun'1 la
mounted on n flat car. It has a capac >
Ity of 200 square yards of surface a
day and requires only flve men to
operate It.
To "look after your ousfness inter
ests means answering a good many
want ads in the year's course. It may
mean some of that work today ,
mentwas In the decade from 1850 to
1800 , when It moved elghty-ono miles.
The total western movement slnco
171)0 Is G5S mllea.
In 1910 the median point was located
at latitude 40 degrees 0 minutes 24
seconds north and longitude 8-1 degrees
50 minutes 59 seconds west , practical
ly the cighty-flfth meridian. Its loca
tion , therefore , was three and one-quar
ter miles south of Winchester , Ran
dolph county , Ind. , and Its west move
ment during the dccndo was 7.5 miles ,
while Its north movement was 2.3
miles. Comparing Its movement since
1000 with that of the center of popu
lation , it will bo noted that the north
movement of the median point waa
ono and six-tenth miles more than
that of the center , while the center of
population moved west 31.5 miles
moro than the median point , showing
that the Increase In the population of
the Pacific coast had n much greater
Influence on the movement of the cen
ter of population than upon the me
dian point.
Sauerkraut Adopted as Experiment at
Ohio State Hospital.
Sauerkraut Is to become not only the
staff but an agency for prolonging life
r.t the Mnsslllon (0. ( ) State hospital ,
provided the theory of a Cincinnati
physician proves correct after n thor
ough test.
The claim of the Cincinnati doctor Is
that eating the dainty will add to the
years of the consumer.
The physicians at the institution will
make observations as to the mental ,
and physical condition of the patients
after following the diet.
A Big Mushroom.
A mushroom measuring fifty-nine
Inches In circumference and weighing
twenty-one and one-half pounds waa
found near Swanvllle , Minn. The mush
room wan of the edible variety.
The finder of your lost article wll
expect you to advertise it at once. Hi
will look In this newspaper for your ni
so it ought to be there.
Ed Frlcko ot * Madison waa hero.
C. C. Hecht of Plalnvlew was hereon
on business.
George Palm of Ilosklns Is here vis-
ting with relatives.
H. F. Barnhart returned from a busi
ness trip to Madison.
C. W. Landers spent Sunday at Ha-
bona , Nob. , with relatives.
Earl Sires returned from a few days'
visit at Lincoln and Omaha.
Charles Belersdort attended n Gor
man picnic at Madison Sunday.
M. S. Pariah and Chat Johnson of
Fairfax were hero on business.
Mrs. J. H. Klorstead and Mrs.
Thorns of Tlldcn spent Sunday with
Dr. and Mrs. Klorstead.
Max Janowsky has gone to Fremont ,
Cedar Rapids , la. , and ether cities to
spend n few weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Nicola are ex
pected homo from an extended trip in
Washington next Friday.
William Iluobnor of Hot Springs , S.
D. , onrouto to school at Omaha , was
hero visiting with friends.
Mrs. C. H. Taylor has gone to Mar-
shalltown , In. , to spend a few months'
visit with her son , W. H. Taylor.
B. G. Walters returned from a two
weeks' vacation which he spent with
friends at St. Louis and Chicago.
W. II. Hall of Crelghton waa In town
at noon on his way to LaCrosse , Wls. ,
to attend the funeral of his mother.
Charles M. Mathowsou , cashier of
the First National bank of Walthlll ,
was In the city transacting business.
Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Oman of Wayne
wore over Sunday visitors at the homo
of their daughter , Mrs. J. H. Van-
Mrs. S. K. West and her son Star of
Winner and Mrs. Dan McManigal of
Wayne are here visiting with the G
G. Stockton family.
Charles Durlnnd , who goes to Wash
Ington university and Earl Krantz who
goes to the Oregon Agriculture college
leave Norfolk together next Saturday.
Paul Paull , formerly manager of the
Western Union here but now an operator
orator of the Sioux City office , spent
Sunday with the F. A. Blakeman fam
Six-year-old Marie , daughter of Mr
and Mrs. Max Schmledeberg , Is report'
ed very ill.
Jewelers are busy fitting out young
couples with wedding rings. "There
are many wedding scheduled for September
tember , " says one jeweler , but he is
pledged to keep the names secret.
Mrs. John Schmidt entertained the
Ladles' Aid society of the Emmanuel
Lutheran churcn TO ceieDrato her
birthday Sunday afternoon. Dinner
was served at 4 o'clock.
For the first time in Norfolk's his
tory has a ditching machine for sewer
work been seen in operation here. D.
C. Armstrong of Sioux City , who has
received a number of contracts for
much new sewer work here , had the
machine at work on South Third street
Saturday afternoon.
A special meeting of the Norfolk Ad
club will be held this evening In the
offices of the Norfolk Light and Pow
er company. Arrangements for
dance to be given by the club is to be
the feature of tonight's meeting.
A telephone call from 309 South
First street was recorded at the police
station this morning. The request
was made that a policeman be sent to
the place at once. It developed that
one neighbor entered the Blank home
and struck a small child. A warrant
Is to be made out for the arrest of this
Realizing the great need of charity
work which will soon require their as
sistance , the Norfolk board of charl
ties will meet in the city hall next
Thursday evening to talk over the
plans of the season. Officers are
scheduled to be elected on that night ,
Norfolk citizens and all those connect
ed with charity work are requested to
be present at this meeting.
Three strangers who were arrester
Saturday evening for being drunk on
Norfolk avenue were released yesterday
day and ordered out of the city. One
of the men , wearing two lodge buttons
took advantage of these organization
signs and worked on the sympathy o
members of those organizations for
sums aggregating from ten to fift >
cents each. The money was dlvldei
among the three , who spent it for
"booze. "
The school garden exhibit of the
Norfolk schools for the Madison coun
ty fair is being prepared at the high
school building. Supl. Crosier has
placed Miss Surber , principal of the
Grant school , in charge of the exhibit
and she will take it to Madison to
morrow. All pupils of the Grant
school who have gardens are request
ed to bring their exhibit to the super
intendent's office after school today ,
or tomorrow morning. It is said the
exhibit this year will surpass that of
a year ago.
Mrs. William P. Rooney , n bride of
less than three months , died at her
homo In Cliadron Sunday night at mid
night. The remains will bo taken
through Norfolk Tuesday noon to
Wayne , the former home , where the
funeral will bo held Wednesday morn
ing. Mr. Rooney Is a prominent at
torney at Chadron and his parents re
side at Battle Creek. He practiced
law at Wayne for more than a year ,
recently moving to Chadron. Mrs.
Rooney before her marriage was Miss
Edna Cass. They were married June
20 this year
Isaac Powers , jr. , manager of the
Jacksonville (111. ( ) Packing company ,
who Is here visiting witli his parents.
Judge and Mrs. Isaac Powers , reports
good hunting on the Illinois river.
The river for a number of miles Is fed
by the hunting club of which Mr. Powers -
ers is a member. The real hunting on
the river Is enjoyed during the spring
season , ho says , but there are plenty
of ducks In the fall. The club owns
most of the land around the river In
the hunting belt and others than those
belonging to the club , who are caugh
there , are arrested by the patrols wh
guard the club property. The river
ho says , furnishes many fish for th
eastern market and yields more tha
ny river In the country with the ex-
option of tli" Columbia In Oregon.
Scouts Get Wet.
Twenty-live of the Norfolk scouts
who made the "hike" to and from Stan <
on Saturday returned In the rain to
holr homos at 7 o'clock Saturday
veiling after spending ono of the moat
trenuous day's march slnco the or-
anlzatlon of the scouts in this city.
Vet to the skin , the boys marched
hrough the busy section o ( the city
Inglng and making merry over their
oaklng khaki uniforms.
"Wo had n great Umo , " said the
) oya. "Stauton received us very well
and treated us groat. Wo ore getting
used to the marching and not ono of
lie scouts lagged behind today. "
Much scouting was practiced en-
onto to Stanton and after a short rest
t the destination , the Stanton boy
cam challenged the scouta to a gatno
f ball. The score stood 11 to 11 In
ho sixth inning , when the game was
ailed off in order to start from Stati
on on schedule tlmo. The Lyndo
rothors were batteries for the scouts.
Bulldog Bites Child on Nose.
Three-year-old Arthur Schwortfeger ,
on of Mr. and Mra. W. A. Schwert-
ogor , 410 South Fourth street , Is auf-
erlng for n severe wound on his nose
is the result of a large bull dog at-
acklng and biting him. The little fel-
ow was playing on the lawn of his
mrcnts * home when the dog suddenly
limped on him and. probably playful-
y , snapped at his nose , Inflicting a
overo wound. Tno wound waa dress-
id and stitched together by a physi
Fourteen and Half Feet High.
Miss Bertha Sowall , 14-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Sew-
ill , prominent Norfolk farmers , is he-
ng picked as a winner of many prizes
at corn growing contests thla season.
Saturday afternoon Miss Sewall
brought to the city two stalks of her
sample corn , raised by herself under
the auspices of the Norfolk Corn Grow-
ng club , which la composed of high
school students and assisted by the
Norfolk Commercial club , which fur
nlshed the young lady with the seed
'or this corn. The two stalks , which
iavo been put on exhibition In front of
, he Parish store , measure a trifle over
fourteen and a half feet In height. The
distance from the foot of the stalks to
the first ear of corn Is six and a half
feet. The ears are very large and
look like prize winners. The two
stalks of corn look more like trees
than cornstalks.
"A Held of corn made up of samples
like that Is very rare , " says one Mis- ,
sourl farmer visiting here , who In
spected Miss Sewall's samples. "I
suppose it would be Impossible to husk
the ears without the aid of ladders. "
Yankton Line May be Built.
Mr. Graham of Norwalk , O. , who
: ias been active in the Yankton-Nor-
folk railroad project , was In the city
Monday enroute fiom Pierce to Oma-
lia , where he is to meet with Thomas
H. Mattes , a prominent attorney , and
the Sunderland Brothers , who he says
are active in the further progress of
the proposed road. Mr. Graham de
clared he has put about $20,000 Into
the road and that he Is confident the
road will be built. Mr. Graham once
owned most of the Yankton-Norfolk
right-of-way , but the matter has been
In litigation for some time.
Norfolk 7 , Battle Creek 3.
Norfolk , 7 ; Battle Creek , 3.
Feature playing on the part of every
Norfolk man kept a large crowd of
Norfolk ball fans yelling hoarsely at
Battle Creek Sunday afternoon when
Norfolk trimmed the Battle Creek
team by a 7 to 3 score. There were
no earned runs checked up for Battle
Fox was struck on the arm with a
ball in the third inning and became so
111 that It was found necessary to put
him In an automobile. He retired ,
however , with much glory , having
struck out six of nine men up in those
three innings. The other three did
not reach first base. Hey Boveo , a
Pierce county candidate for sheriff ,
took Fox's place from first and played
fast ball with great support behind
him. Glissmnn came in from centerfield -
field and replaced Bovee on first , and
Dudgeon , with Kralm and the remain
ing Held played export baseball. Gllss-
man's overthrow netted a score for
Battle Creek and a probable double
out for Norfolk. Jones , with two
strikes and two balls , was being hoot
ed by the Battle Creek fans , who look
ed for a strike-out , but he lined a pret
ty three-bagger , which was followed
with a single by Gllssmnn , Brown's
three-bagger and -Hoffman's two-bag
ger were other features.
Score by Innings : R. H. E.
Norfolk 10200020 2 7 10 3
Battle Creek..000020010 3 3 4
Batteries : Fox , Bovee and Hoffman ;
Simons and Tlfft. Umpire , Ryan.
Miss Long Teaches In Omaha.
West Point , Neb. , Sept. 11. Special
to The News : Miss Elizabeth Long ,
a former Cumlng county teacher , has
accepted a position as teacher In the
public schools of Omaha. Miss Long
was very successful In her work In
this county.
Two Mail Clerks Injured.
Omaha , Sept. 11. Two men were
injured and two coaches were knocked
from the railroad tracks at Thirteenth
and Mason streets late yesterday af
ternoon when a Chicago and North
western passenger train , hurrying Into -
to Omaha to make up lost time , miss
ed its block signal and collided with
a Union Pacific switch engine. E. M.
Schoop and W. F. Mathews , railway
mall clerks , sustained bad bruises and
scratches , when the mall car In which
they were working was struck by the
Gene Huse Wins the Burton Cup.
E. F. Huse won the handicap gel
tournament for the George H. Burton
cup , defeating Oliver Utter 2 up and
1 to play In an 18-hole match yester
day. At the and of the flrut nluo Lotus
the players were oven and at the end
of the thirteenth Utter waa 2 up , Huso
taking .tho next four holes straight ,
and the match. On the first nine holes
Huso tundo n score of 49 , Utter 51 ; oti
the last eight holes Huso stood 44 ,
Utter 40.
Thla ends the first tournament over
played on the Norfolk Country club
grounds for a trophy. There were
sixty-four players In the first round ,
Utter and Huso having each defeated
five men before they mot in tbo finals.
The cup becomes the permanent
property of the winner , Mr. Burton
having announced that ho would put
up another next summer.
There are still two cups holug play
ed for , the Mayor cup and the direct-
ors' cup. The president's cup , put up
by S. M. Braden , waa for the first bo
gey score.
Clapp to Speak.
Lincoln , Sept. 12. Senator Clapp of
Minnesota Is announced as the prin
cipal speaker at the La Folletto ban
quet which will bo hold hero Thursday
evening of this week as the prelim
inary stop In the formation ot a state
La Folletto organization.
Dakota Tragedy Causes Accident.
Sturgts , S. D. , Sopt. 11. While
searching iu a well for Hanford Beats ,
a wealthy ranchman , who disappeared
a week ago , a lantern Ignited gas and
a fearful explosion occurred , seriously
Injuring Sheriff Collins , Robert Crulck-
shank , Charles Hunt and J. F. Henry.
It Is feared Beats was murdered.
Nellgh Sees Mishap in Air.
Nellgh , Neb. , Sept. 11. Special to
The News : The many people who
issembled at Riverside park Saturday
ifternoou witnessed another beautiful
light by Aviator C. F. Walsh of the
Curtlss Exhibition Co. Walsh and his
) lplane traveled In about the same di
rection as on Friday afternoon and
maintained the same height. At ex
actly 4 o'clock the machine went into
the air , and fifteen minutes later the
eft wing waa smashed , the propeller
jadly broken and numerous connec
tions loosened , but the aviator and
engine were only slightly Injured.
According to the story of Mr. Walsh
at the Atlantic hotel yesterday , stated
.hat it was his plan to alight against
he wind as near as possible , thus get
: Ing the machine stopped in a shorter
distance. Ho came Into Riverside
park from the northeast at sixty miles
an hour , and ou account of the height
of the telegraph wires could not drop
as fast as he wished , compelling him
to turn east , still going at a high rate
of speed and only a few feet from the
round. At this time the machine
tipped , and In his effort to right It
: lpped again , when the left wing
struck the ground , smashing It badly ,
and twisting the framework out of
shape. After the engine had been
shut off the jar caused the operator
to open up the throttle , which In It
self caused the large damage. Many
screams were heard by women and
fries In the grand stand , fearing the
aviator had been killed.
Mr. Walsh was assisted from his
machine by the helpers and apparent
ly was not Injured in the least. He
was taken to his room and Dr. D. W.
Qeattle called to make an examination.
No bones were broken , but he sus
talned a bruise on the right temple
and also the right shoulder.
Mrs. Walsh of Omaha , wife of the
aviator , hearing of the accident , ar
rived in Neligh yesterday afternoon.
Mr. Walsh leaves tomorrow for Chad
ron , where he will make several flights
during the fair this week.
The broken parts of the biplane
were manufactured In this city and it
Is expected that the machine will be
ready for shipment today.
Sprecher's Hat Stolen.
The mystery as to why G. T. Sprech-
er , local manager of the Nebraska Tel
ephone company , goes about around
the business portion of the city minus
a hat , has been solved.
"My hairs are beginning to get a
glossy and lifelike look again , " said
the hatless telephone manager to an
Interviewer , as he rubbed his hands
over his head. "Two months ago my
hair was dying and then I discontinued
carrying my hat altogether. A person
takes too much care of his head any
way. A hat is only a covering and
people cover their heads just to hldo
them sometimes. I believe It would
do anyone good to go without a hat
once in n while. "
Many Norfolk people have been won
dering for the past month why the
telephone manager has discontinued
the hat wearing habit , but Mr. Sprech-
or has persisted In making answers to
Inquiries into the mystery a joke. To
day , however , ho deliberately threw
all mystery aside and gave the benefits
of his plans away.
"I have always gone hatles ? as much
as possible. " he said , "but then I car
rled my hat In my hand. Two months
ago I thoucht I would just stop carry
Ing the hat at all. I never wear mj
hat In the office. "
While Mr. Sprecher has benefited by
his experience of ridding himself ol
the hat habit , he does not altogether
advise e\eryone to do likewise. Sat
urday the telephone manager for the
first time missed his 1mt. Some mis
chief makers in the telephone head
quarters stole the hat and have been
keeping It In hiding for three days
While the stealing of his headpiece
has come to his rescue In answering
questions about the hat , he was vis
Ibly worried as to the whereabouts o
his personal property ,
"Of course I don't need the hat , " ho
said , "but the joke Is getting long
drawn out. I know who has the ha
all right. " '
Dr. Thomas Ward Dies.
Omaha , Neb. , Sept. 11. Suddenlj
complaining that he felt a griping pall
near his heart , Dr. Thomas R. Ward
one of the best known practicing phy
slctans and surgeons iu Omaha , toi
pled over out of his chair to the lloo
while sitting at breakfast with hi
wlfo and daughter about 8 o'clock. II
waa asalatod to a sofa nearby , b t
vlthln half an hour after ho collnpaod
ud passed away.
A Daylight Steal.
Valentino , Neb. , Sopt. 11. Special
o The News : A follow by the name
f Shafer tried to make a steal at
no of the city stores hero. Ho wont ,
nto Mrs. Gassan'a place when none
no but she and her daughters were
hero and bought a suitcase and also
lot of ether goods which ho put in
ho case. Then ho picked the sultcaso
p and ran out of the atoro. Mra.
Gaasan followed him and did eonio
oiling for help. The follow had got
iway , however , before any ouo got
hero , hut some of the deputies caught
ittu at 2 o'clock in the morning at
ho coal chutes where ho was trying
o got on the train. Ho la lodged In
all add as the otulT ho stole amounts
o about $ GO ho will probably go over
ho road.
Dr. HolnW Wit
One of the bt'Ht repartees ever credit
ed to a nnbltunl maker of happy
phrases was that mnde by the beloved
'Autocrat of the Breakfast Tabl < f' ou
a certain social occasion.
Going to dlno with a Boston neighbor ,
Dr. Holmes was mot by her wltb an
apology :
'I could not got another man. Wo
are four woman , and you vr111 have to
take aa all In. "
"Forewarned U fonrarmed , " ho said
with a bow.
0 ? E. A. Burnett , Nebraska Export-
mont Station.
The recent rains over the larger
portion of the state have so Improved
the prospects for corn that many
lelda which did not promise a crop
two weeks ago will now make from
one-half to two-thirds of a crop , and
nany tlelds which were greatly In
ured will produce good forage , al-
.hough the corn on these Holds will
bo small and difllcult to husk. The
question of forage will bo the great
problem for the farmer In nearly all
portions of the state. The farmer
* /ho has a good acreage of alfalfa will
lot bo as seriously hurt as the man
who has no alfalfa , but hay la bound
: o bo high priced , and hay of mar-
ictabio quality is now selling at un
precedented prices. With moro than
seven _ milllon acres of corn growing
u Nebraska , almost all > .t wlilon" will
make forage , every farmer should pro
vide himself with a corn binder and
arrange to cut as much forage as ho
will need for his winter uso. The
corn should ho harvested while the
stalks are still green or when they
llrst begin to fire at the bottom , unless
the crop hag largely recovered from
the effect of the drought and Is now
making rapid growth. Every farmer
who has a herd of twenty or moro
head of cattle , especially if they are
dairy cows , should seriously consider
the question of the erection of a silo ,
and If ho decides to order a silo he
should order without delay and en
deavor to begin the erection of the
silo within the next two weeks. The
silo should bo finished and ready for
use by the first of September , and
the cutter and power should bo ar
ranged for so that no disappointment
will bo experienced in filling the silo.
It will be safe to figure that three
tons of silage , or possibly a little less
than three tons of all ago , la equal tea
a ton of the best hay. Corn can prob
ably be put Into the silo for from $2
lo $2.50 per ten , Including the cost of
growing the corn. In nearly all sec-
: ions of the state the price of market
able hay will bo mora than ? 7 per
ton. Another great advantage In the
silo will be the fact that plenty of
forage will bo available for winter
use , whereas , without the silo , or at
least without corn fodder cut and
properly cared for , the forage on the
"arm would bo insufficient for the win
ter's use. Every dairyman and most
farmers of the state should use a silo ,
regardless of the scarcity of food , because -
cause It Is more economical than feedIng -
Ing entirely dry food during the win
ter season. Eastern states where
land has bccomo high priced have
been building silos for many years ,
md the progressive farmer generally
agrees that ho cannot make a profit on
Uvo stock without the use of silage
for winter feeding. In the leading
dairy districts the use of silage for
Hummer feeding has become almost
equally as Important. The dairyman
feels that he cannot afford to run the
risk of drought and short pastures ,
even In an average season , and with
seasons llko the present summer the
man with a silo full of feed for sum '
mer use lins had a very great advan '
tage over those depending wholly up '
on pasture or on forage crops. It is 1
to bo hopd that Nebraska farmers
generally will study this question thor
oughly and will take this next stop
forward in agricultural practice as a
method of increasing their profits on
the land.
Murdered and Robbed.
Omaha , Sept. 11. Murdered and
robbed of $1,000 a month ago and lite
body hidden in a secluded patch of
weeds on E. A. Colley's farm , three
miles from Omaha on the West Dodge
road , Is believed to have been the
fate of W. S. Overton , a bachelor
farmer , aged CO years , who for the
last forty years has lived on a farm
five miles southwest of Springfield.
Having read in a newspaper of the
finding of the body with papers identi
fying It as that of W. S. Overton , B.
J. Overton and Ed Sack , nephews of
the man , hurried to Omaha yesterday
from Springfield. After a conference
with Coroner Willis Crosby they de
clared positively that the body was
that of their uncle , who was last
seen alive at Mlllard on August 11 ,
with $4.000 in his pockets , the re.
celpts from the sale of his farm. The
nephews declared their belief that
Overton had met with foul play , bui
refused to state whether they thought
robbery or vengeance to Imvo boon
the luotlvc.
; Overton had aold Ida farm qulto un
expectedly and U waa said that ho
was led to this move by the four ot
nrrotit at tliu IntUanro of n neighbor
over Homo trilling mutter. It Is ( mid
Overtoil heard that the iiolghbor had
gotio to swear out a warrant and , bo-
lug anxious anyway to move from a
neighborhood which had boon the
scene of n long standing feud , docid-
cd on short notlco to leave.
Miss Murphy Dound Over.
Valuntlnt ) , Nob. , Sopt. 11. Mlaa I3u-
nlco Murphy , charged with Inciting
the mtirdur of Charles Sellers , A
ranchman ot Cody , Juno 17 , was given
her preliminary hearing Saturday and
bound over to district court and do-
tiled ball. Tim accused young woman
waa very composed In court and smil
ed throughout the trial.
JudgeQulgloy In refusing ball as
sorted that ho bullcvcd the woman
aa guilty as the men.
The Httito la roprcHputcd not only *
by County Attorney John M. Tucker ,
but by M. F. Harrington of O'NollI ,
whom the county uommlsijlonorH en
gaged to aid In the prosecution of the
four men charged with the murder
and of the girl charged with com
plicity. The defense Is Iu the handa
of Tyrroll and Morrlasoy of Lincoln
and W. U. Kelley of Independence ,
Mo. Mr. Kelley and Mr. Morrlaaoy
wore In charge of the girl's cauo to
Miss Murphy , on advlco from her
attorney , has had little to say slnco
she returned from Missouri and gave
herself up to the authorities. The on-
tlro country Is Intensely Interested In
both the trial of the girl and of the
four men , Oeorgo B. Wood , Alma
Weed , Harry Heath and Kenneth.
Murphy , all of whom have admitted
that they hung Sellers to a telephone
The defense In the Murphy hearing
contends that the girl had nothing to
do with the killing , that olio only com
plained to her brother and the other
men that Sellers had been unduly an
noying to her. The state baa two wit
nesses of Importance , neighbors of the
Murphy girl , to whoso house , accordIng -
Ing to the charges , she went and tried
to persuade the man to go over to
the bank and secure for her the pap
ers which Sellers had deposited there.
They are ready to testify , It la said ,
that she wanted these papers for her
self. This hitter fact the defendant
will deny. . . . ?
The state has another witness ot
Importance. This Is the young gin
who testified at the civil hearing ,
where depositions were taken , and
told some things concerning Miss
Murphy's connection with the case
that do not look well for her. The
case iu question was a civil suit for
$10,000 brought against the four men.
Depositions were to be taken and
the Heath family , relatives and all ,
were subpoenaed to testify. All of
them refused to answer on the ground
that they might Incriminate them
selves , except this 17-year-old girl ,
who persisted in making a clean
breast of what she knew.
Eunice Murphy is only 23 years of
age. She possesses some property in
Cody and the neighborhood. Sellers ,
the murdered man , Is reported to have
been worth $10,000 , and the families
of Heath and Murphy have the money
to defend the case with vigor.
The Heaths and the Murphys are
related by marriage in a rather mixed
up manner. Harry Heath Is reported
to have told everything that occurred
and he Is likely to be used as a wit
ness by the state when the trail of
the men comes up. Heath and the
two Weed boys are between 23 and 30
years old , but Murphy is but 18.
In the murder trial that is to come
off in October unless the defense can
secure a continuance , the defense Is
confronted with the fact that all four
of the men admit that they strung
Sellers to the telephone pole. Two
lines of defense are open , the one ,
that Sellers threatened to kill the
four men and that they acted In self-
defense , the other , that of emotional
Insanity. Sellers was unarmed and
in bed when Alma Weed Is said to
have rushed In and dropped a gun on
him. No overt act on ills part at the
time of the tragedy has been shown
by the defense.
The state will try to prove that all
three men with Eunice Murphy's
J brother on the night of the hanging
, were enamored of the girl. Tlio de
fense will attempt to show that Sellers -
, lers was so badly in the same state
that ho was dangerous to all the
I I others , and that he had told Hutch
| Jack that he would "got them. " The
four men are said to have argued , after -
ter the killing , that Sellers bad threatened -
ened them , they believed they had a
- right to bang him without any other
Rev. John Lackey.
Ewing , Neb. . Sept. 11. Special to
The News : Rev. John Lackey died
at the home of his son , Rev. R. E. Lack
ey , yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock
from the infirmities of old age . Mr.
Lackey was born in Crawford county ,
Pa. , eighty-six years ago , and was a
minister of the gospel forty-seven
years , his special field of labor being
In Wisconsin and Iowa. Besides his
iocular ministerial work ho was of
ten called upon to db mission work , a
work from which he was never known
to falter. Mr. Lackey was the father
of seven children , two boys and flvo
girls , one boy and three girls , together
with his wife having preceded him to
the better world. One son , Rev. R. E.
Lackey of the U. P. church of Ewlng ,
and two daughters , Mrs. John M. Ly-
UP of Washington. la. , and Mrs. W. M.
Howie of Spearflsh , S. D. , are l ft to
mourn his loss. Funeral services will
take place In the United Presbyterian
church tomorrow morning at 9:30 : , con
ducted by Rev. Robert Hood of the
Orchard U. P. church , after which the
romalns will be taken to Washington ,
la. , for Interment. The sympathies of
the people of Ewing are most sincere
ly tendered the bereaved.