The Columbus journal. (Columbus, Neb.) 1874-1911, June 21, 1899, Image 1

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Annual June Meeting of the State For
mal School Board.
A. Cbaage Decide Cpon In the Matter of
Tralalag School Kindergarten Work
So Re Instltated Crop Conditions mad
Other State Interests.
f Changes in the State Normal.
Peru dispatch: At the annual
June meeting of the State Normal
board three vacancies in the faculty
were filled. Miss Sanders of Holdrege
was made instructor of music, Harry
Benedict of Lincoln was elected to
take charge of Prof. Duncanson's
work for the coming j-ear, while Prof.
Duncanson goes abroad on leave of
absence for study at the University
.of Leipsic Miss Daily of University
Place was elected to the chair of elo
cution and oratory. Prof. M. R. Ely,
"who has had charge of this depart
ment ever since its beginning, and
"who has worked It up to its present
high standard, gives up the profession
of teaching and will attend the com
ing two or three years a school of os
teopathy. Prof. Ely has contemplated
this line of work for some time and,
accordingly, sent in his resignation to
the board early In the spring.
It was decided by the board to
change the plan of the training school.
During the last year there were
200 to 300 pupils belonging to the
school district who attended the Nor
mal Training school. In the future
the number will be limited to ninety,
thus saving much trouble and expense.
The plan is given in this resolution,
which was adopted by the board:
Resolved, That beginning the open
ing of the term in September, 1S99.
the training department consist of a
kindergarten and eight grades, with
not to exceed ten children in each
grade, and that these classes be taught
under the direction of the critic teach
ers and In the presence of the various
training classes, under such conditions
as may be of most benefit to said
training classes, and that the chil
dren to be taught in these grades
shall be selected by the critic teachers,
subject to approval by the principal..
The Crop Conditions.
The last week, says the crop report,
has been cool, with heavy local show
ers in eastern counties and only very
light showers in the western. The
average daily temperature has va
ried from about normal in the extreme
eastern portion of the state to 2 be
low normal in the western part. Light
frost occurred in northwestern coun
ties on the 6th and Sth.
In most of the eastern third of the
state the rainfall of the week exceed
ed half an inch the rain falling in
showers mostly on the Cth and 7th.
Jn a few localities it ranged from two
to slightly more than three inches. In
the western counties the rainfall was
generally less than a quarter of an
The last week has been a most fa
vorable one for the growth of crops
In the eastern half of the state. In
most of the western half more rain
would be beneficial and in the south
western counties small grain has been
Injured by the dry weather. In the
northeastern counties small grain Is
In excellent condition and has grown
Corn has grown well in all parts of
the state. The dry weather in the
western part of the state has not af
fected it unfavorably. Cultivation of
corn has made rapid progress in cen
tral and western counties, and the
crop is there free of weeds. In the
region of heavy rainfall cultivation
has been delayed somewhat, and some
fields are becoming weedy. Corn is
. somewhat backward in northeastern
counties, but taken as a whole it is in
better condition than usual at this
time of year.
Alfalfa is being cut. and the crop is
generally light. Cherries and straw
berries are ripe in south counties.
Wants Itig Damages.
J. C. Rombolt has sued the Omaha
Electric Light company for $25,000
damages resulting from his coming in
contact with a live wire while in the
was a lineman for the company and
says that on July 1, 1S9S. he was at
work for the com any stringing wires
from poles on Jones street, between
Fourth s ,d Fifth. He was sent to the
top of a forty-five foot pole to make
atachments and after doing the work
he started to descend. H? states that
two live wires had been spliced near
the pole and that the company had
neglected to "tape" the joints as re
Quired to make the insulation com
plete. As he was climbing down the
crossbars his right arm came in con
tact with one of the bare wires and
his back with the other, thus complet
ing a short circuit and letting the full
rorce of the current flow through his
body. The shock caused him to lose
his hold and he fell to the pavement,
breaking both feet and his right an
kle. Subsequently the right foot was
amputated and he now wants the com
pany to settle for the sum mentioned.
The marriage of August Schlensen
er and Frederlka Thorn of that vicin
ity of Oxford was solimnized last
week. The gallant groom has attain
ed the ripe age of seventy-three years,
while the blushing bride is seventy
four. Mrs. Catharine Rigg. a prominent
Beatrice woman, died last week.
Still further reports of losses of cat
tle are being received at Ainsworth in
addition to those reported previously.
Jim Wilson, one of the biggest stock
men of southeast Cherry county, from
the ranch of P.E-Wantz, is out twenty
five head and no trace of the missing
animals can be found. A ranchman
named Remalia, south of the Calimus,
.has lost sixty head. It was from his
ranch that the Bebee cattle of fifty
head were stolen last fall, of which no
trace has ever been found, although
the most vigorous search has been in
stituted. Wymore is planning for a big Fourth
of July celebration.
It has developed that whitecappinj;
was the real cause of the suicide of
lS-year-old John Wilke at Rock
Branch, says a Sioux City dispatch.
This came out at the inquest and it
is said the matter will be called to
the attention of the grand jury at the
next term of court. Wilke was called
. from his bed at 10 o'clock at night by
.Harry Huffman, a friend, and when he
went down he was charged with a
crime. He denied it and was asked if
he would preier to be ducked or have
the story told his" father. He took the
ducking in the tank and went to bed
dripping wt
The Governor's ataaslea.
The state board of public lands amd
buildings la still figuring on the pur
chase of a mansion for Governor
Poynter, says the Lincoln Journal. At
the state house it is believed that the
board will select either the residence
of George Lowrey on South Seven
teenth street or the home of D. E.
Thompson on H street across the
street from the capitol grounds. It is
claimed that the board desires to en
large the library of Mr. Lowrey's
house if the building Is bought, and
that this change can be made without
much trouble. The board held a brief
meeting yesterday afternoon, but the
members denied that they had closed
the deal. The board has never di
vulged the bids and no one knows
what prices are asked by those who
have offered houses. Mr. Buckstaff
who worked for the passage of a bill
authorizing the state board to buy his
house was reported to have the inside
track up to the other day, when re
ports turned in another direction.
The board was also authorized by
the legislature to buy the building
used for a soldiers' and sailors' home
at Milford and $13,500 was appropri
ated for that purpose. State Treas
urer Meserve was reported to be op
posed to the purchase, but he said
yesterday that he was in favor of buy
ing the building and grounds as soon
as the board could find out what tho
property was worth.
When the First Sails.
In order to be in position to give
to the anxious friends and relatives
of the members of the First Nebraska
the earliest information as to the sail
ing of the transport from Manila, says
a Lincoln dispatch. Adjutant General
Barry yesterday sent a request to Ad
jutant General Corbin at Washington
that word be wired as soon as the
date of sailing was known at the war
department. Today the adjutant gen
eral of the army answers this by say
ing that the information would be
wired promptly upon its receipt by
him. It was said that news of the
sailing of the regiment for home was
expected soon.
The plan for the reception to the
returning boys of the regiment here
is being made on the theory that when
mustered -out they will want to go to
their homes first, and the reception
will be held some time afterward. It
has been suggested that the time of
the meeting of the Grand Army of the
Republic reunion might be opportune.
The plan is to have the returned mem
bers of the Second and Third assemble
and take part in the welcome home.
braka in Brief.
The mortgage record for May in
Jefferson county is as follows: Farm
mortgages filed, thirty-two, amount,
$41,026; released, fifty-one, amount,
$50,120; city mortgages filed, eighteen,
amount. $7,815; released, sixteen,
amount, $6,428.78 : chattel mortgages
filed, eighty, amount, $18,687.90; re
leased, fifty-three, amount. $72,623.37;
net decrease in mortgage indebted
ness, $61,642.65.
Rev. Dr. J. M. Gillette, late of Chi
cago, is the successor of Prof. W. C.
Rhoades as principal of Chadron
academy. The latter, after serving two
years as principal of the school,
has resigned In order to enter the
ministry in New England. Dr. Gil
lette is a graduate of Park college,
Missouri, and has taken post gradu
ate course In theology at Princeton
and the Chicago Theological seminary.
Early fruit is commencing to ripen
In this vicinity, says a Leigh dispatch.
Cherry growers expect to begin pick
ing next week. The cherry crop here
will be light, from one-third to two
fifths of last year's crop, but the qual
ity excellent. Other fruits run in
about the same proportion. Currents
and gooseberries will make a half
crop, while grapes, raspberries and
blackberries are light, having been
badly winter killed-
James W. Neeld was arrested in
Humboldt charged with the illegal
selling of Intoxicating liquors. The
officers took charge of a considerable
quantity of bottled goods, bearing dif
ferent labels, and E. F. Sharts, editor
of the Enterprise, took a sample to
Lincoln for analysis. Neeld gave $500
bonds to appear for trial before Jus
tice D. W. Neill on the 19th inst He
was arrested a week before on a sim
ilar charge, and is still awaiting his
The auditing and treasury depart
ments of the Pacific Express compa
ny will move from Omaha to St. Louis
on October 1. The operating depart
ment and the president's office will re
main. This will cause a transfer of
two-thirds of the company's business
from Omaha. A provision In the char
ter of the express company provides
that the president's office must be in
Omaha, and that has much to do with
its being left. Altogether about twenty-five
employes at the headquarters
will be affected by the change.
"We are doing a great deal of
building," said James Rivett, super
intendent of buildings for the Bur
lington to a reporter of the Lincoln
Journal, "most of it being in the way
of repair work and enlarging old
structures. We are building a new
depot at Bartley now to take place
of the one burned some time ago.
The matter of the construction of the
depot to be built at Kearney is under
consideration. We have received a
notice of what may come to our de
partment after the road begins to lay
track on the Alliance extension, but
it would seem certain that we will
have a great deal of building to do
in that territory when once the work
of track laying begins. There will be
depots and coal sheds and water tanks
to construct, and the building depart
ment will be kept busy."
The adjutant general has wired the
adjutant general of the army to in
form him immediately upon the sail
ing of the First Nebraska from Manila.
Nearly every merchant in Wymore
is complaining of the free and easy
manner in which the gambling houses
are run in the city. Sunday was pay
day on the Burlington, but instead of
paying their store bills many of the
railway employes visited the gambling
houses and lost their month's work
and their bills had to go over. Ever
since pay day the gambling houses
have been doing a flourishing business
and are said to' have cleaned np sev
eral thousand dollars.
Mrs. Alice Van Fleet died in Hast
ings last week. Intimate friends at
tribute her death to a broken heart.
Deceased was the widow of Mr. Van
Fleet, who was shot by Captain Te
cum on the streets of that city some
years ago. One son is the only child
left to mourn her loss.
Ashland reports that notwithstand
ing the apparently backward spring
the crops are fully as far advanced as
usual and no finer prospect for a
bountiful .harvest has existed for
many years at this season of the year
than today. Corn is a good stand,
reasonably free from weeds and grow
ing rapidly.
Detail of the Storm that Brought Detn
tion and Death.
Only Six Balldlag la the Towa Left
Standing Headreds of People Home
less aad SabjecU of Charity M easares
Takea to Afford Relief.
HERMAN. Neb., June 16. Special to
the Omaha Bee: The desolation is in
describably pathetic Such is the uni
versal verdict of the thousands of spec
tators who have visited the lite of th
once pretty village of Herman today;
Yesterday it was peopled by a hap
py, prosperous half-thousand citizens
as could be found in Nebraska. Today,
with half a dozen exceptions, all are
homeless, without a place to lay their
hands or a table from which to eat.
Yesterday they would nave scorned
charity. Today the wealthiest are liv
ing on provisions sent by kindly heart
ed citizens from neighboring towns.
Days will pass before the debris will
have been cleared away and the scene
will have lost even a portion of the
heartrending features which may be
seen on every side.
As a result of the slonn, ten persons
lie dead, one family having been al
most entirely swept out of existence.
Twenty-five are injured, some of them
Yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock
Herman presented a peaceful scene. A
little later clouds began to gather and
before 6 o'clock torrents of rain were
deluging the streets. The citizens were
not frightened at the appearance of
the storm, because they thought it was
simply a repetition of the heavy rain
falls, which had visited that section
previously. At 6 o'clock, however,
omnlous clouds began to appear, and
little knots of people assembled in
every part of the town to watch them.
As the clouds grew more dense the
inky blackness appeared terrifying
and the more timid sought storm cel
lars. Scores of people congregated in
these cellars awaiting the approaching
At 6:15 it swept down upon them,
coming from the northwest with a
frightful velocity. Those who were still
in positions to watch its onward
sweep say that it came from two di
rections and the appearance of the
town today would Indicate that such
was the case. Old-timers who were
cooler-headed, however, think differ
ently. They believe it came down
from the northwest, spreading as it
struck obstructions and converging
when these were torn out of the way.
It required but a few minutes for the
storm to do its work, although it
seemed hours to the unfortunates
penned up in the storm caves.
Citizens who are able to recall their
impressions during the storm, al
though suffering with terror, say that
as the wind passed over them it
seemed like the flight of thousands of
large birds, accompanied by the inter
mittent crashes of heavy shells. They
knew little of the havoc which was
wrought in and around their homes
When they emerged it was to find a
scene of desolation which was abso
lutely appalling.
Houses were blown down in every
direction. With few exceptions the
citizens could locate their homes only
by the cellars in which they had
crouched or by a few familiar pieces
of furniture which remained in the
shells which formerly had been com
modious and comfortable homes. As
far as the eye could see, from south
to north, no building stood to furnish
a refuge for the homeless citizen.
It required only a moment of con
templation of the frightful scene to
bring the citizens to a realization of
their duties to each other. Parents be
gan looking for children, wives for
husbands and sons for their parents.
As these were found unscathed the
neighborly spirit took possession of
them and they turned their attention
to alleviating the sufferings of those
about them.
The dead were removed to the Meth
odist church in the north part of the
city, which served as a morgue. The
injured were taken to a parsonage to
be transported later on a relief train
to Blair. Relief trains came down from
Tekamah and Blair with physicians
cians ana nurses to aid in the search
for the injured and dead. Ninety-six
persons, injured and uninjured, were
sent on an Omaha train to Blair,
where they were cared for in the Clif
ton hotel and in the homes of the citi
zens. The night was made all the more
disagreeable by the rain, which fell
on the houseless citizens in torrents.
It ceased only for an hour, apparently
to gather additional force and make a
second attack. Few thought, however,
of seeking refuge from the elements.
spending the night, especially the men,
in looking for the injured. The women
and children were sent to the school
house and the other buildings which
remaineu intact.
The darkness of the night was
broken by brilliant flashes of light
ning, which added to the impressive
ness of the scene. The power of the
storm appeared to have been irresist
ible, although its ravages were not
plainly observed until this morning,
when the sun revealed them in all
their hideousiness.
As the hours passed and the returns
from the injured increased it seemed
to the citizens as if every family in
the town had suffered. After a sys
tematic canvass had been made, how
ever, it was discovered that those liv
ing in the northern portion had suf
fered most in casualties. It was there
the storm had done its worst, although
its force was almost as great in the
heart of the town.
The storm undoubtedly came down
from the northwest. Its first effects
are reported from five miles northwest
of the cy, where the home of J. E.
Hawkins was wiped off the earth. Mr.
Hawkins was blown into his barn.
Lightning seemed anxious to supple
ment the cyclone in its destructiveness
and added a bolt It struck the barn,
setting it afire and killing Mr. Haw
kins, if the force of the wind had not
ended his life previously. This morn
ing his remains were found charred
to a crisp and unrecognizable.
"Grandma" Nosier, mother of Mrs.
Hawkins, was badly injured inter
nally and both arms were broken. It
is not believed she can survive. Mrs.
Hawkins was badly injured and her
daughter had her back hurt. The
house was razed to the ground, while
not enough of the outbuildings could
be found to fill the box of an ordi
nary lumber wagon.
Continuing its southerly course,
tearing trees np by the roots, leveling
fences, strewing barbed wire across
the country and covering the earth
with debris the cyclone next made its
appearance at the home of A. B. Hop
kins, half a mile northwest of Eer
taoa. Here it wrought the saddest
havoc, the happy family of the farmer
being slain outright, with one excep
tion: The bodies of Mr. Hopkins and hjs
wife were found 100 yards north of
the house in his orchard after the
storm. They had been blown out of
the house by the wind, which. In Its
rotary motion, apparently whirled
them out of its path as if angry at
them for not having placed an ob
struction in its way.
The body of Mrs. Kelso was found
lying on a pile of debris near the for
mer site of the house. Anderson
Hopkins, the son of the owner of the
farm, lay near in the last agonies of
a terrible death. Back in the orchard
holding to a small sapling as if her
life depeaded upon the tenacity of
her grip, lay Ella Hopkins, an elderly
daughter, with her face and head badly
cut and her bodjr bruised. Neaf her
little "Carrie Kelso, granddaughter of
Mr. Hopkins, was sitting on a stump,
dazed and motionless, as if she did not
realize what had happened.
The wind played 'strange pranks
around this house, apparently delight
ing in the destruction it was making.
The trees In the orchard north of the
house were torn up by their roots.'
Their tops pointed In a southwesterly
direction as if they had been brown
down by a wind coming from the
northeast. To the west of the house
the trees were blown toward the
southeast, the wind apparently re
suming its original course. Not an
outbuilding was left standing. Bed
clothing, wearing apparel, furniture
and stock were scattered in every direction-
Having demolished everything about
the Hopkins homestead, the death
dealing cloud sped upon the town. It
struck the first house in the extreme
northwestern portion. This was occu
pied by Peter Christiansen. Hardly a
vestige of the formerly comfortable
cottage was left, it being carried away
and smashed into such small frag
ments that Mr. Christiansen could not
find even the lintel of one of his doors.
Again the storm seemed to desire
vengeance upon an unintentional ob
structor. Not only did Mr. Christian
sen lose his home in Herman, but the
storm swept away his house and barn
on his farm four miles west of the
city, in what is known as Dane Hol
low. In the fcame yard with Mr. Chris
tiansen was the home of Mrs. William
Bree- She had seen the storm ap
proaching and had taken refuge, with
her daughter, Mrs. Louis Wachter, in
the cellar beneath the front porch.
Mr. and Mrs. Christiansen came and
joined them, and it is to this desertion
of their home that the latter two owe
their lives. The Bree house was torn
from its foundation and twisted to the
south, leaving the cellar and its occu
pants unprotected. A brick struck
Mrs.. Bree on the shoulder, while sev
eral flying missies fell upon Mr. and
Mrs. Wachter, bruising and cutting
them quite severely.
Veering a trifle to the east, the wind
passed between the Bree house and a
dwelling across the street, leaving the
latter unharmed, although it was only
fifty feet away. Right on this street
is where the storm spread. Striking
the home of John Fitch on the corner
of the street southeast of Mrs. Bree's
home, it commenced the leveling pro
cess, its swath being two blocks in
width. As if guided by a hand which
believed in destroying everything pos
sible, it backed up a trifle, crossing
the back yard of the home of Mrs. J.
C. Stokes, the first house on the west
side of the main street which was in
jured. Only slight damage was In
flicted here, however.
Across the street from Mrs. Stokes
it struck a house where dinner had
evidently been ready when the storm
approached. The table was set and
even today the dishes are still un
touched. It was here that the Ander
sons lived. They took to a cellar, ac
companied by Louis Claussen, which
proved so poor a refuge that all were
injured. Claussen so badly that be died
several hours later after having been
removed to Blair.
The rest of the citizens between Sev
enth and Second streets felt the full
brunt of the storm. Across from John
Fitch's place, west of West street, his
barn was razed, not a single shingle
being left. A little further south on
West street the home of Mayor E. W.
Burdic had the roof lifted off the east
ern wing. It was not far from this
point that Postmaster W. S. Richards
lost his life. He sought safety in a
cellar, but it proved his tomb. He was
suffering from chronic asthma and it
is believed that this, augmented by
the terror of the occasion, was the
cause of his death, as there were no
marks upon his body when he was
Another was so seriously Injured in
the heart of the city that he died lat
er. He was T. J. Hines, a contractor
from Blair, who had come to Herman
during the afternoon to attend to some
business. He was caught under some
debris which fell between two build
ings and injured fatally. He was re
moved to his home in Blair, where he
died this morning. Mr. Hines was for
merly a resident o Omaha, where he
was well known and highly respected.
He came to Nebraska early in the '60s.
With the exception of the Central
hotel and a residence a block north
not a single building was left standing
in the heart of the city. Both these
buildings were fairly gutted by the
wind. The storm came just as the
evening meal was being served at the
hotel. In fact, two guests were at the
table when the proprietor. M. J. Ken-
yon, entered and advised them to ac
company him and his family to a cave
until the danger had passed. In this
cave the ten persons composing the
family of Mr. Kenyon, the help at the
hotel and ten boarders and guests,
found a safe shelter from the storm, as
no one was injured.
The Baptist church, several blocks
above the hotel, was leveled, the wind
scattering the seats about the streets
and carrying the pulpit several blocks
toward the south. Just below the
church the implement house of Louis
Wachter was demolished. A large
stock of buggies and farm implements
was wrecked, the wind carrying the
lighter portions "of the vehicles away
and, angry at the resistance of the
more weighty machines, wrapping
them up in coils so they would be
rendered useless forever.
The Plateau bank, the only brick
structure in the town, was torn to
pieces, the brick being scattered for
blacks. Nothing but the vault was left
standing, the wind driving a heavy rail
through its side to remind the own
er of its terrific force.
Below the bank the general mer
chandise store of E. A. Pegau, the
millinery store of Mrs. M. Denny, the
harness shop of William Gray, the
general store of Kenyon & Co.. the
hardware store of D. W. Harper, the
saloons of Sam Deaver, Ed Bonnear.
and Sam Barrett, the grocery of Ben
Trueblood. the drug store of G. M.
Lydick and the general store of H. H.
Wallace were crushed to splinters, the
loss being almost total in each case.
Mr. Lydick had just put In a hand
some soda fountain, which was dis
Igured beyond recognition. His loss
is very heavy, as he also had about
$1,200 worth of furniture stored in an
other part of the city which was to
tally destroyed.
In its course southward the storm
truck the new waterworks of the eity
and demolished them. A great iron
toiler sixty feet in length and weigh
ing seventy tons was rolled a block.
Not only did the storm wreck all
the buildings on the main street, but
it went out of its way to deal the rail
road a pretty hard rap. The stock
yards, opposite the Plateau bank, were
razed, the heavy fence and deeply im
bedded posts proving poor obstructions
to the wind. Back of them the Peavey
elevator and the elevator of the Crow
all Grain and Lumber company con
tributed their roofs, the upper portion
of the Cupola leaving in each case.
The contents were thus exposed to the
rain, which poured down upon them in
foods all night.
Along the Omaha railroad track nine
cars were blown over, their trucks be
lag twisted off and carried twenty-five1
or thirty feet away. Two cars were
apparently picked up from the track
scd Mtdowa. three feet away, thereby
giving the impression that the wind
had found them with their load of
grain too heavy for further transporta
tion. The railroad depot, coal sheds
and telegraph wires were blown down,
the books of the depot being carried
half a block away and deposited in a
bunch upon the hill. Superintendent
Haynes estimates the loss to the rail
road alone at $6,000.
Over across the railroad lived the
only man who carried cyclone insur
ance in the town. This was John Lar
son, section foreman for the Omaha
railroad. When Larson saw the storm
approaching he gathered his family
about him and descended to the ce
ment cellar which he bad constructed
shortly after a hard windstorm several
years ago. He thought from the ap
pearance of the storm at that time
that he might need it and it was for
this purpose that he put so much toil
and money into it. His labor was re
paid after years of waiting. That cave
saved his life and those of the beings
he valued most. The storm carried
away his house, leaving the cellar open
to the world, but the occupants were
secure from harm. He is homeless to
day, but his cellar will remain and a
new home will rise on the site of the
old one. as John says he intends to
retain the cellar as long as he lives.
He had $1,000 cyclone insurance on his
house and contents. As scarcely a
vestige of either remains he will ask
the Phoenix Insurance company to pay
his policy.
Returning to the main street and
concentrating its force, the storm scat
tered the lumber from the yard of the
Crowell Lumber company to the four
winds, although they seemed to have
been concentrated into one for the
time being. The cottage of D. W.
Pipher, local agent for the Standard
Oil company, lost its roof, and the oil
company's building to the south of
the cottage was lifted from around
the two heavy tanks and blown across
the country to remain unidentified.
The pipes around the tanks were bent
into coils, having the appearance of
having been wrapped around a gigan
tic spool.
Opposite the office of the Standard
Oil company the homes of Dr. Clark
and D. W. Harper" were visited. The
roof of the rear wing of the Harper
residence was torn off and the side of
the house badly marred by flying
pieces. The wind blew the windows
cut of Dr. Clark's house and the rain
did the rest during the night, coming
in through the damaged roof and
soaking everything within.
The last house struck in the south
ern portion of the town was occupied
by S. J. West It was switched around
so the corners rested on the sides of
the foundation, but the damage was
slight, except to the contents, which
suffered materially from the soaking
they underwent. It was here that
"Caney" West was injured. The re
mainder of the family went to the
cave as soon as they saw the dark
cloud approaching. "Caney" West did
not think the cloud would strike Her
man, so he remained in the house.
When he saw it really intended to
visit the little town he removed his
shoes so he could wade to the cave.
He was too late, however, as the wind
caught him before he left the house.
It carried him out through the window,
which was broken by the wind for his
passage. He was found by his broth
er later limping around in the yard
in a dazed condition, trying to find his
way back to the house. He had run
a nail through his foot and was se
riously injured about the body.
After passing West's house the
stormed veered to the east, and left
the large school house and a couple
of cottages opposite it uninjured.
Then, as sated with destruction, it
rose in the air and left the vicinity
which it had ravaged so sorely.
When the spectators began to arrive
this morning the sight was one which
appalled the most thoughtless. Piles
of lumber lay in the streets. Wherever
the eye turned it rested upon the re
sults of the visit of the elements.
Hogs, horses, cattle, chickens, ducks
and cats were strewn along the streets,
the storm having driven them to their
death. The household goods of the
citizens were strewn from one end of
the town to the other. Vases, books,
furniture of all kinds, china and glass
ware and kitchen utensil3 were seen
on every hand. Men who considered
themselves well off in the world yes
terday wandered over the scene of
their late abodes today wondering
where the next meal was coming from.
Pitiful smiles, which were given with
a vain attempt to be cheerful, marked
the faces of the unfortunate citizens
when they spoke of their misfortune.
Each tried to make light of his own
losses when a neighbor was near and
to offer his condolences for the hard
luck of the other.
It was a scene of destitution, al
though few of the sightseers appeared
to realize it Two-thousand of them
wandered over the ruins looking for
souvenirs of the storm. They did not
seem to realize that what they were
taking might be the dearest pieces of
bric-a-brac some women might have
among all that mass of broken and
marred remnants. Each carried off
something, some of the most humane,
it must be confessed, contenting them
selves with limbs from the broken
trees or pieces of bark from the scarred
veterans which had withstood dozens
of storms, but finally succumbed to
this one. which appeared to have con
tained all the violence of those whicl
had passed before in years.
Slonx City Sends Belief.
SIOUX CITY, June 16. Sioux City
at noon today sent a draft of $210 to
the relief committee at the stricken
town of Herman, Neb. This money was
raised inside of an hour and the com
mittee is still at work. More money
will be sent after the committee has
had a chance to do some more solicit
ing. Donations of clothing and bed
ding also have been called for by the
mayor and Commercial association.
sick old person is harder to man
age than a sick child.
it mm TROOPS
The 8tate'i Fir Beginent Ordered to
tail in a lew Day
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The Attack em Saa Feraaado Ptatro
to the Rebels AfawaloVs Preseaee
CoaM Sot Stay the Intrepid American
lasargeat Use Melts Away Cader Fire
ef Iowa Trooae.
MANILA, June 17. The Nebraska
.egiment has been ordered to sail for
home early next week. -
After cutting the railroad and tele
graph at Apalt ieven inllea south, for
the purpose of severing connection.,
the rebels attacked General MAr.
thur's lines at Sari Fernando at 4:30
this morning. They met with aa un
expectedly warm reception and were
repulsed with a loss of seventy-five
killed, thirty prisoners and many
The rebel force, estimated to have
numbered 6.000 men. advanced stealth
ily from the jungle north of the city,
and then divided with the evident pur
pose of surrounding the Americans.
The outposts of the Iowa regiment
discovered the enemy and retired to
their lines, where the entire division
awaited in an entrenched position.
The Iowa regiment and the Kansas
regiment received the first shock of
th,e attack. Reserving their fire until
the enemy was within 600 yards, the
first volley of the Americans told on
the rebels, who returned the fire wild
ly, a part of their lines failing to ad
vance. The Americans, who thor
oughly enjoyed the novelty of the sit
uation, awaiting an attack, sallied
forth, and the insurgents thereupon
turned and fled into the jungle. Our
loss was fourteen men wounded and
the majority of them are only slightly
General Funston'a brigade of Kansas
and Montana and General Hale's bri
gade, the Seventeenth regiment and
the Iowa regiment, constituted the
force engaged.
Aguinaldo is reported to have per
sonally conducted the attack and
preparations were made for several
days to bring forward troops from
Candaba and others from Daguipan
were transported by rail.
Along the front of the Kansas regi
ment thirty-nine rebel dead were
counted. The first news of the Filipino
advance was reported by a telegraph
operator who was sent to the bridge
at Apalit to ascertain the cause of a
break in one of the wires. He was
compelled to beat a hasty retreat un
der fire.
A Spanish officer who has been a
prisoner in the hands of the rebels and
who was released by Aguinaldo has
come through our lines to Manila. He
claims to have been a witness of the
assassination of General Luna. Ac
cording to his story the relations be
tween the two Filipino leaders had
been strained to the breaking point
because of Luna's attempts to assume
control of affairs and the final rupture
was forced by Aguinaldo issuing secret
orders to the provincial governments.
Luna thereupon notified Aguinaldo
that he must have copies of the docu
ments and Aguinaldo replied curtly
that Luna was a general of the army
and that the civil government did not
concern him. Luna, on opening the
reply at his headquarters. In the pres
ence of his officers, exclaimed hotly:
"He will be dead tomorrow."
One officer friendly to Agunal
do hastened to warn him and Aguin
aldo called together twenty trusted
soldiers, fellow townsmen of his, and
stationed them around his house, with
instructions to kill anyone attempting
to enter regardless of rank.
Luna appeared the next day and
sam Aguinaldo at the window. A
member of the guard said: "Aguin
aldo has gone to Inspect the troops."
Luna then exclaimed: "You are a
liar," drew his revolver, struck the
guard and tried t force an entrance
into the house. Before he could use
his revolver one of the guards bayo
neted him in the back and the others
stabbed him. In all he had twenty
wounds. Luna's aide-de-camp was
killed in the same way.
The Spaniard's story has not en
tirely dispelled the doubts of Luna's
death, and bets that he is alive are
freely made at the clubs. Some peo
ple think Aguinaldo has taken pains
to send the Spaniard here with his
story in furtherance of some diplo
matic scheme, while others suspect
Aguinaldo has been assasinated by
Luna's men.
Since the Americans withdrew from
Candaba recently the rebels have re
turned and have wreaked vengeance
upon those who befriended the Amer
icans. They slaughtered the natives
who surrendered the town and dis
played their heads on poles in the
public square.
The hostile natives of Cuba are
more menacing. Mail advices say hos
tilities against the Americans have be
gun there.
Colonel Hamer. the American com
mander, has asked for reinforcements
and four companies of the Tennessee
regiment have been sent him from
Hpaalsh Chamber Meets
MADRID. June 17. The parliament
ary difficulties have momentarily sub
sided. The chamber is to be organized
today and the minister of finance,
Senor VHlaverde, will introduce the
budget tomorrow after the close of
the Bourse, so as to allow operators
time to weigh it and thus possibly
avert starting a panic.
Oscar Keeelres the Scientists.
STOCKHOLM. June 17. The mem
bers of the hydrographic congress were
received by King Oscar at the royal
castle today. His majesty showed
then the torn dispatch from Prof. An
dree. the missing Arctic balloonist
recently found in Iceland, and Dr.
Nansen, who examined it most care
fully, declared that if Andree had suc
ceeded in descending with his balloon
and taking with him his arms and
ammunition there was good reason to
assume he had reached Greenland.
where he would probably be found by
the Nathorst expedition.
Flood at Laredo, Texas.
- LAREDO. Tex.. June 17. The Rio
Grande today reached the highest stage
since 1876. The waterworks and ice
plants of botn Laredos were flooded
and .compelled to shut down, causing
a suspension of work at several other
places. Many houses of poor people
along the bnks on both sides were
flooded or washed away and the con
tents swept down the river. Three
human bodies were seen floating down
the river, but owing to the swift cur
rent they could not be recovered. Many
dead animals and large quantities of
garden and farm products are being
carried by, showing heavy Ion above.
tHaleasatle KateUoa Are Agmim Kesamed
Seaaleh Capital.
" MADRID, Juna 17 New York
World Cablegram.) The reception of
Minister Storer passed unnoticed to
day by all the inhabitants of the capi
tal who did not happen to see the cor
tege pass that meant the renewal of
official relations between Spain and the
United State
At 1:45 the chfef introducer. Ambas
sador Count Zarco del Valle. in full
uniform, arrived at Hotel Rome. The
equerry on horseback preceded, the
first carriage taking Colonel Sickles,
first secretary, ia uniform. The sec
ond carriage, with the equerry on the
left nearest the minister, took Minis
ter Storer and Count Zarco. Minister
Storer was in evening dress. Near the
hotel were several of the principal of
ficers of the Madrid police on duty. Po
licemen in uniform and plain clothes
scattered along the route to the palace
attracted little attention. Nothing un
usual happened, aa nobody suspected
Who was going.
I Was ia the great palace square
when the carriage came up. A few
officers and soldiers of the palace
guard looked on. Not a dozen civilians
were present There were no military
honors, no halberdiers on the great
staircase nor in the throne room whea
opened. Such honors are exclusively
reserved for ambassadors, not minis
ters." At the top of the great staircase ths
dignitaries on duty received the Amer
ican minister and secretary, who were
ushered into the royal presence by
Count Zarco. The queen regent was
standing in an ante-chamber with her
ladies in waiting, the lord chamber
lain, Duke Sotomajor, chiefs of the
military and civil household and Senor
Silvela, premier and acting minister
of state. Minister Storer slowly read
an address couched in courteous terms
after which the queen regent, without
replying, conversed briefly with Storer
and Sickles. The minister then return
ed to the hotel before 2:30. without the
slightest incident Minister Storer and
Secretary Sickles were both flattered
by the courteous welcome of the queen
Drafting- Committee Fats Off Its Meeting
aad Members Talk oa the Curb.
THE HAGUE, June 17 The draft
ing committee for the arbitration
tribunal scheme, which should have
met today, adjourned its sitting to
Monday next The ostensible reason
for the adjournment was the absence
of Baron Estiurnelles de Constant of
the French delegation who drew up the
minutes. It is possible, however, that
the delegates had not received suffi
cient instructions from their respect
ive governments to make further prog
ress. The delegates do not regret the
opportunity of a few more days' time
to negotiate. The difficulty now chiefly
consists in reconciling a scheme of the
other powers with the views of Ger
many. Even if no agreement should bo
reached an arbitration organization
will nevertheless be aranged. and will
remain open to such of the powers as
are not able to sign now. In the mean
time every effort will be made to meet
the German view.
The naval section, first committee,
met today, and received the report of
Count Soltk.
The questions of limiting gun cali
ber, armor plates, and the force of
powder remain undecided, pending the
receipt of instruction from the various
The report will be submitted first to
the committee and then to the con
ference. Aid for Sufferers at Ileraran.
BLAIR. Neb., June 17. At a meeting
of representative business men of the
city, held at the opera house tonight
nearly $1,000 was raised in cash sub
scriptions for the relief of the sufferers
of the Herman cyclone- A committee
of eight consisting of F. W. Kenny. F.
H. Mathiesen, F. H. Clandige, James
Maher, Charles McMenemy, W. K.
Fowler. Marcus Beck and Thomas
Wilkinson was appointed to push the
amount to the highest possible notch
A cash subscription of $50 was re
ceived by the Blair State bank from
the town of Worthington, Minn. The
committee will meet tomorrow morn
ing at 8 o'clock to commence their
work in the city and among the farm
ers who may be in from the country.
J. B. Ad? ins of the Crowell Lumber
company will meet with the committee
and take active measures for laying
the matter of furnishing lumber at the
lowest rates before the large northern
lumber firms.
Many expressions of gratitude were
heard toward the railroad, telegraph
and express companies, for the excel
lent facilities they have furnished the
public In helping the Herman people.
The Blair State tank has been made
the depository by the Herman relief
committee for all contributions sent to
their aid. W. E. Anderson and wife
at Herman are still Improving.
Cuban 'ntlfled of Gratnltx.
Government posters announcing the
date for the payment of the Cuban
army have been conspicuously posted
in eight of the principal towns of the
province. Their appearance has pro
voked a violent discussion, some of
the newspapers claiming that few bona
fide soldiers will accept the money of
the United States. The payment in
this city will begin July 9. Colonel
Comba of the Fifth infantry having
charge of the disbursement
Death from Yellow FeTer.
HAVANA, June 17. A marine who
was en duty at the MacLina wharf de
veloped yellow fever on Thursday and
died here today. There are no new
cases. The marines sleep in small bar
racks on the wharf, where they
breathe the foul air of the harbor.
The seamen from Cartagena whom
Dr. Brunner said was not suffering
from yellow fever is now entirely well,
but is still quarantined. There are
no other cases on board bis vessel.
St Petersburg is the unhealthiest
capital in Europe.
Chicago's Population Orer 2.000,000.
CHICAGO, June 17. Chicago's pop
ulation according to Chief of Police
Kipley, has finally passed the 2,000.
000 mark and is now 2.0SS.043. The fig
ures are the result of a census taken
by the police force. Each year the
department takes a census on which to
base the apportionment of officers and
patrolmen by precincts, and to regulate
the estimate of the number of men
needed to properly police the territory
within its Jurisdiction.
More than 50.000 Frenchmen belong
to the Legion of Honor.
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