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WHOLE NUMBER 1,547.
VOLUME XXX.-NUMBER 39.
COLUMBUS. NEBRASKA. WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 3. 1900.
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Solemn Ceremonies Conducted at' the
Arlington National Cemetery.
FORMER CATTAIN IN COMtiANI.
mMnt, Cabinet and UUtlacalsaed
Amy aad Nary OMerrs rmeat-Ei-cnises
r Most' Simple Character
Chajtlala of Naval Academy aad
IVrecked Ship Conduct Religion .Ex
ercise Tap Sounded..
WASHINGTON, Dec 29. Upon the
windy heights of Arlington cemetery
the Maine dead, brought from Ha
vana by the battleship Texas, today
were laid away in their final resting
places with simple religious services,
and the impressive honors of war,in
the presence of the president, members
or his cabinet, officers of the army
and navy and other representatives of
the government A cabinet officer,
surveying the flag-draped coffins before
the ceremony began, said:
"The lives of those men cost Spain
But there was no note of triumph in
the grim scene today. With a touch of
sadness and solemn gravity the nation
performed its duty to the dead and
gave its defenders a Christian burial
at home in soil hallowed ny patriotic
-A soft mantle of snow covered the
earth, muPled the horses" hoofs, the
slow-turning carriage wheels and the
tramp of soldiers and sailors as they
approached the burial place.
. The site is a commanding one. In
front of the broad bosom of the ice
fettered Potomac: beyond the shaft
of Washington, the dome of the capi
tol and the sprawling city; to the
- right, the choked embrazures of old
Fort McPherson and between the
graves of the heroic dead of Santiago;
to the left the stately mansion of Lcc
and to the rear through the vistas
of snow-laden pines and cedars the si
lent army of the patriotic dead of the
civil war sleeping rank upon rank in
their last bivouac The caskets in
terred today ranged row and row. Over
. each was spread an American ensign
upon which lay a wreath of smilax
' ' leaves. Around the enclosures, shoul
der to shoulder, the yellow of their
coat linings forming a hand of color,
were drawn up the cavalry of Fort
.- Myer; to the right was a battalion of
marines from the navy. yard, with
" their spiked helmets and scarlet capes
. turned back: to the left a detachment
of jackies from the Texas, in navy
' blue; in the flag-draped stand in the
. rear the president and his cabinet
Admiral Dewey. Major General Miles
and a distinguished group of officers
of the army and navy in their showy
dress uniforms, while all around
pressed the throng of people who had
braved the snow biting cold to pay
their last tribute to the dead. Among
. these were many relatives and friends
of those who had been lost in the dis
aster? There was a tender appropriateness
in the fact that Captain Sigsbee. who
was in command of the Maine when it
was blown up, had charge of the cere-
" " monies in honor of his men and that
Father Chidwick. who was chaplain
, of the Maine, was there to perform the
last rites. Three others who live-J
through that awful night at Havana
harbor were at the side r.f the graves
of their comrades Lieutenant Com
mander Wainwright. who was execu
tive officer cf the Maine and who s.unk
the Pluton'and the Furor at Santiago;
Lieutenant F. C. Bowers, who was as
sistant engineer of the Maine, and
Jeremiah Shea, a fireman on the Maine
who was blown out of the stokehole of
the ship through the debris, escaping
uninjured most miraculously.
Slowlv, solemnly, the full marine
. band broke the deep hush, putting
forth the sad, sweet strains of the
dirge, "Safe in the Arms of Jems."
and there were twitching of lips and
wet eyes as Chaplain Clark of the na
val academy" at Annapolis came for-
ward and took his place under a can
vas covered shelter in the open space
in front of the dead.
With the sounding of taps, the cere
monies ended. The president and his
party" and other distinguished guests,
the military and the crowds then with
drew. Before leaving Captains Sigs
" lee introduced Jeremiah Shea to the
president When asked for an explan
:" ation cf the mystery of. his escape by
the president. Shea responded as he
did to a similar inquiry from Father
Chidwick at the time of ihe disaster:
"I don't know how I got out I was
. blown out I guess I must have been
an armor-piercing projectile."
And thus, after two years, the dead
of the Maine have been brought home
arid in ground reserved for the nation's
. . heroes, have been buried with full
-. .military honors and in the service of
l ' their faith.
: ' ' CHAMBERLAIN, S. D.. Dec 29.
Ejectment papers issued by the feder-
'.- al court at Sioux Falls have leen serv
ed on the townsite claimants on the
tract known as North Chamberlain.
under the direction of counsel for the
- -i homestead claimant Captain H. J.
r King. The townsiters are given thirty
days in which to show cause why they
should not vacate.
The dispute dates back to 1885. when
"- the Snow Creek reservation wa3
" thrown open by President Arthur. The
. townsiters declare that it will be car
ried to the court of last resort before
- they will vacate.
Forcire Woald-Be Slayer.
MARYVILLE. Mo.. Dec 29. Jesse
Lindsay, who shot his brother, Tom.
at the home of their brother-in-law.
Jcc. Yeager. a few miles southwest of
Maryville NovemDer zz. naa nis pre
liminary examination this afternoon
and was held for investigation by the
grand jury. The charge against him
is assault with intent to kill. Tom
Lindsay is still very weak, and has
about thirty buckshot in his body, the
phvsicians say. The brothers had. not
met since the shooting, but when Jes
ee was brought in they shook hands
. 3 Soaea's Baad Goes to Paris.
$CEW YORK, Dec 29. Commission
en General Ferdinand W. Peck of the
United States commission to the Paris
exposition of next year has appointed.
Scute's band as the official American
band to play at the exposition.
Mr Sousa had intended to take his
band' on a European tour ia 1898. but
the breaking out of the Spamis war
had upset his plan. He will how make
the tour In connection with the expo
sition. IHs eagasejBemt at tte expo
sition will cover jtrop. eight to te
CAN GET INIIANS ANYWAY.
Kat XecMaary to Secara Formality el
Daaa.rtaa.at Cob. at.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29. Since the
recent announcement of the new pol
icy of the Interior department de
nouncing wild Indians in exhibitions
the department has been deluged with
both written and oral inquiries. Col
onel W. F. Cody has protested that
the action will nearly ruin his busi
ness. He sent a representative here
who urged Commissioner of Indian
Affairs Jones to make an exception in
his case. A number of other interest
ed parties have also called at the In
dian bureau on the subject A large
number of letters on the subject,
mostly endorsing the department's at
titude have come. by mail.
Commissioner Jones said there
would be no change in the depart
ment's policy and that he was con
vinced the exhibitions have a demoral-.
izing tendency and retard Indian pro
gress. It is recognized, however, that,
failing the government' consent, In
dians Ksy.be contracted, with, and
withdrawn from the reservations and
exhhibited without the present for
mality of securing official action.
Will rATlOL THE ATLANTIC.
Great Britain Trepares to Send Two
War Ship Here.
' NEW YORK. Dec 29. A special to
the World from Halifax, N. S., says:
Great Britain is apparently preparing
to patrol the Atlantic. The report
that the larger part of the British
North American and West Indies
squadron have received orders con
cerning the alleged violation of the
neutrality laws by vessels leaving
American ports with contraband of
war seems to be well founded.
One of the officials of the navy yard
here, when asked by a reporter it
two war vessels would be dispatched
from the British North American
squadron, declared that he knew for
on absolute certainty that communi
cations touching upon the matter had
been exchanged between Halifax and
the commander of the fleet at the
TALKS Of COMPROMISE.
fVlnatoa Charchlll Says Boer. Will Ac
DURBAN. vNatal. Dec. 29. Mr.
Winston Churchill, on arriving here
after his escape from the Boers, re
ceived a tremendous ovation. He
says that from conversations with
members of the Transvaal executive
at Pretoria he learned that the Boers
began the war with trepidation, but
that President Kruger is now confi
dent Great Britain will soon sue for
peace. In the highest Transvaal cir
cles. Mr. Chamberlain asserts, thera
is serious talk of a compromise, by
which Great Britain would cede the
territory now occupied by the armies
of the two republics, pay an indem
nity of 20,000.000 (1100,000,000) and
acknowledge the complete independ
ence of the Transvaal.
FUNST0N TO JOIN MACARTNIR
Thoaght that Kansaa Will Be Assigned
to Wheeler's Brigade.
MANILA, Dec. 29. General Freder
ick Funston will join General MacAr
thur's command. His brigade has not
been designated, but it is thought he
will be assigned to General Wheeler's.
The order which has been issued
opening to trade the ports of Zam
boanga. Cottabato. Davao and Isabela,
will apply privisionally to the Jolo
and Siassi ports. General Bates will
appoint the customs officials.
The authorities have issued a ruling
which legalizes marriages performed
by judges or the clergy of any religious
denomination. Under the Spanish re
gime only such marriages were recog
nized as legal as were performed by
Roman Cotholic priests.
IADYSM1TH INS0RE STRAITS.
Field Fortifications Could Now With
stand Fortified Attack.
LONDON. Dec. 29. The latest in
dependent news from Iadysmith says:
"The field fortifications would now
withstand any organized attack the
enemy is likely to deliver. There are
sufficient food stuffs for two months.
The question of forage might be trou
blesome, but since the rains there
has been some grazing within the
British lines. There is no horse sick
ness. The casualties caused by our
shell fire arc increasing and the Boers
are reported to be becoming nervous.
The fear night sorties and constantly
open a hevy fusiladc on an imaginary
Will Brine; Home Soldiers.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29. Word has
been received at the war department
that the transport Kilparick, which
is now discharging her cargo at Cien
fuegos, will proceed in a day or two
to Manzanilla and Gibara, for the
purpose of taking a squadron of the
Tenth cavalry from those places to
Galveston. Tex. The transport Sedg
wick is now on her way to Cienfuegos
to take a squadron cf the Fifteenth
infantry to New York.
For Exiles at Guam.
WASHINGTON. Dec 29. In an
swer to its appeal for contributions of
books and papers for the garrison at
Guam, the navy department has re
ceived 928 hooks. 3,217 magazines,
2.14S illustrated weekly papers. 72 sets
of dominoe3. 72 sets of checkers and
72 sets of alphabet blocks, the last to
be used to teach the native children.
lire Stock Men Fight It Out.
EMPORIA. Kan., Dec 29. Fully
200 representative members of the
Kansas Live Stock association meet
here today at a called mating to dis
cuss and put into effect "all honorable
means to fight the advanre in freight
rates made by the railrcads in their
change from carload rates to hun
dred weight" The stockmen think
that the advance is an imposition on
them and while lobbying before the
meeting opened today secured the
promise of nearly $50,000 to fight the
Kills Ptagree's Jet.
LANSING. Mich.. Dec 29. The sen
ate this afternoon by a vcte cf 16 to
13 killed the Pingree joint resolution
for the submission cf a constitutional
amendment permitting amending of
the state tax laws, which had passed -
the house. Tne senate nas adopted
a resolution to adjourn tomorrow at
noon. The large tw -- of votes
against the proposition ps a great
Dress reform would -.ppear more
sincere if it discarded staying characteristics.
TO INSTITUTE REFORM
The Governor General of Cuba to Correct
PRISONERS TO BE SPEEDILY TRIED
Collector BUss Finds Entire Jadiclal
System Apparent? Baaded Against
Illm Conspiracy to Defraud Amoas
Ofliclals Affairs la General hi Cab.
HAVANA, Dec 28. Governor Gen-
eral Wood says one of the first things
he looked into was the management of
Cuban prisons. Investigation7 has
proven that even among American
piisoners there has been an average de
tention' of five months without trial.
There are many things calling for im
mediate attention, particularly in the
matter of sleeping accommodations.
Reforms will be quickly instituted in
Ibis respect and hammocks will be sup
plied so- that the prisoners will not be
compelled to sleep on the 'bare floors,
as now is the case with those without
friends or money. A few who are able
to pay for them have cots. He intendc
to make weekly visits to the prisons
until a majority of the existiag abuses
are abated and he is trying to devise
means that will insure prompt trial for
So far as the Havana penitentiary is
concerned this has been found in a
perfectly satisfactory condition. It is
clean, airy, well-drained and well-ventilated
and the inmates seem healthy.
A lawyer who recently visited sev
eral of the island prisons says the
Charlton T. Lewis report gives only
a portion of the terrible truth. Early
last January General Ludlow ap
pointed a military board to Inquire in
to the question. Over 800 piisoners
were reported upon and General Lud
low Issued orders for the release of
more than 100. Before fifty had been
discharged, however. General Brooke
ordered a halt and the matter was re
ferred to the cabinet secretaries, since
which time practically nothing has
been done. Men whom General Ludlow
ordered released are still held after
three or four years waiting without
General Wood thinks that when his
order goes into effect calling on all
Judicial officers and military command
rs to send complete lists of prisoners
waiting trial the congestion of un
tried prisoners will be relieved within
fifteen days thereafter and he does not
intend that similar conditions shall
Warrant? nre out for the rearrest
of three of the custom house apprais
ers recently released. Two custom
house brokers and six other men we;
arrested today in connection with the
charge of defrauding the government,
but were released in $2,000 bail each.
The cases will be pushed to the uttcr-
Cnnsiderable difficulty Is being ex
perienced in obtaining evidence with
reference to most of the importers and
their employes, because nearly all the
best families in Havana hare relatives
who are believed to be Implicated. The
investigation shows a widespread con
spiracy to defraud.
Heretofore Collector Bliss. whcC -
has had persons arrested for fraud, has
been referred to the governor general's
secretaries and he had found the en
tire judicial system apparently banded
against him. Now the matter is uinea
up by the military authorities, who arc
determined that decisions shall be im
partial. NUMpErHTbOERS INCREASES.
Squadron ot British Mounted Infantry
Draw the Fire of BarRher.
LONDON, Dec 28. The War office
here has received the following dis
patch from Capetown, dated Tuesday,
"There is no change in the situa
tion. Methuen reports that the ene
my's force has increased, and has en
gaged in entrenching three and a half
miles from his outlying pickets.
"Methuen reconnoitercd with two
squadrons of mounted infantry for
two miles along the lino and drew
the fire of four guns and two Vickers
machine guns. Four horses were hit.
"The queen's Christmas message
was received with enthusiasm.
"Gatacre is endeavoring to reopen
communication with the Indwo col
lieries." WILL TAKE IT UP AGAIN.
Rites Go Into Effect January 1. lint lie
classification May Follow.
NEW YORK. Doc. 28. As a result
of the protest of merchants against the
reclassification of merchandise by the i
railways and of interviews of members
of the Merchants' association in this
city, with trunk line officials, the latter
have said that this classification will
go into effect January 1, but they have
promised that. the matter of a readjust
ment of classification, which it is
claimed by the merchants, will hurt
their business, will be taken up again
by the traffic officials and executive offi
cers of the road, who will sift every
grievance to the bottom and meet the
merchants half-way In making proper
Russia and France Connlvlns.
VICTORIA. B. C, Dec. 28. Mail ad
vices received from the orient today
state that Russia and France are con
niving together in encroaching on Chi
nese territory and against
and that Japan is buying
quantises of rice. It is believed that
war will break out in the spring.
Smallpox Amnnc Indians.
WASHINGTON, Dec 28. Smallpox
among the Indians in the Indian terri
tory and at Crow Creek agency in
South D?kota and other reservations
i.oc oeoiinieH sprinns nhases. Congress
immediately after convening will be
asked for an approbation of $a0,000 to
stamp out the epidemic me oepari
raent has been telegraphed to from a
number of agencies to forward vaccine
points, but is confronted by a lack of
funds. In the Indian territory Agent
Wright has employed physicians to at
tend to thj Quarantine stations.
Jit Moody's Sepulchre.
risT KriRTHFIELD. Mass.. Dec.
The mound of earth which marks
the grave of the late Dwight L. Moo
Htr is hpsned over with flowers, the
tribute of many sources of loving
friends who have come to East North
field to visit Round Top. The grave
i?,JT t-rht'nd the n-
filled in last night rod the tap-
stones were put in place today.. Many
of the friends of the family wno were
at the service yesterday left .today,
but first tney walked to Round Top.
In all India there are only 22.000
miles of standard and' narrow gauge
CHURCHILL TELLS OF ESCAPE.
Has Little to Kat and to Kept Basy Da
las Boer Gaard.
LONDON, Dec 28. Winston Spencei
Churchill has cabled and the Morning
Post publishes today an account of kit f
escape from captivity with the Boer
after having been made a prisoner in f
the reconnaissance of an armored train
at Estcourt The dispatch, which 4
dated liourenzo Marque, Decemtir
21. says: "In the evening I conceals
myself in a railway truck under a
great pile of sacks. I had a small store
of good water. X remained so hidden, fc-
so chancing discovery-1! The Boers f
searched the train at Komatiport, but
did not search deep enough. After-
some sixty hours of misery I came
OVIUC OtJa,lJ UUUIO W. UlltJVI vw-w
safely here. I am very veak, but am
free. I hav lost many pounds in weight
but am light in heart I shall avail
myself of every opportunity henceforth
to urge earnestly the unflinching-and
uncompromising prosecution of the
"On the afternoon of December 12
the Transvaal's secretary of war in-
fnrmpd m that thprp wan llrtlf chance. I
formed me that there was little chance
of my release. I therefor; resolved to
escape, -and the same night I left the
state schools prison in Pretoria by
climbing the wall when' the sentries'
backs were turned momentarily. I
walked through the streets of the town
without disguise, meeting many bur
ghers, but was not challenged In the
crowd. I got through ttio pickets- of
the town guards and struck the Dela
goa bay railroad. I walked along it,
evading the watchers at the bridges
and culverts and waited for a train
beyond the first station. The 11:10
goods train from Pretoria had arrived
before I reached the place and was
moving at full speed. I boarded it
with great difficulty and hid under
coal sacks. I jumped from the train
before dawn and was sheltered dur
ing the day in a small wood in com
pany with a huge vulture, who dis
played a lively interest in me.
"I walked on at dusk. There were
no more trains that night. The danger
of meeting the guards of the line con
tinued, but I was obliged to follow it,
as I had no compass or map. I had
to make wide detours to avoid bridges,
stations and huts and so my progress
was very slow.
TO PROBE CHARGES OP BRIBERY.
Otis Issues as Order Aimed at Suppres
sion of Bribery.
WASHINGTON, Dec 28. Tbc adju
tant general has received a copy of an
order recently issued by General Otis
aiming at the suppression of bribery,
wihch, it is reported, has been ex
tensively practiced in the Philippines.
General Otis says the persistence of
these reports, touching both the mil
itaiy and civil service in "the islands,
has forced him to the conclusion that
there may be some foundation for the
general charge. He cautions all com
manding officers, iheads of departments
and others in authority to probe to
the bottom any such reports that may
reach them and announces that all of
fenses of this nature wll; fce ssppressed
with a strong hand.
L0CKETT ROUTS INSURGENTS.
Americans attack a Strong Fore. Hear
MANILA, Dec. 28. Colonel Lock
ett with a force of 2,500, including ar
tillery, attacked this morning a strong
force of insurgents entrenched in the
mountains near Montalban, about five
miles northeast of San Mateo.
The enemy were completely routed,
the Americans pursuing them through
the hills amid which they fled in every
direction. Four Americans were
wounded. The Filipino loss was large,
lesulting from heavy infantry and ar
tillery Ore for three hours into the
Trainmen Were at Fa alt.
LEWISTON, Idaho. Dee. 28. Al
though ten days have passed since the
tragic Northern Pacific wreck in
Kendrick canyon, and the body of the
fifth and last dead trainman has been
taken out. the mass of railroad iron
has not yet bean cleared away. It is
piled so high that it has turned the
channel of Potlach cre'k. The in
quiry into the cause of th i wreck just
completed shows that the trainmen
were at fault. They had eighteen flat
cars, loaded with steel rails, for the
Clearwater cut-off. and two locomo
tives. They should have divided the
train before starting down the tre
Otfs Authorises Citll Marrlares.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 28. General
Ctis has issued a decree authbrizing
the celebration of civil marriages in
the Philippines. He cabled Secretary
Root to that effect and the secretary
promptly approved the action.
Heretofore all marriages were cel
ebrated by the Catholic church, so
that Protestants and nonchristians
were prohibited from marrying. The
decree does not interfere with the
Catholics, who may be married ac
cording to their own rites, but extends
the privilege of civil marriage to those
who desire it, just as is practiced in
the United States.
Bryan Heads for Big: Game.
AUSTIN, Tex., Dec. 28. W. J. Bryan
was the central figure In a big panther
hunt in the mountains near this city
today. The hunt had been especially
arranged for him and something like
500 sportsmen, headed by Bryan and
Former Governor Hogg, -left the city
early this morning for the' scene of the
j proposed hunt They returned this
, evening witn a live pantner in tneir
possession, having captured the animal
during the day.
Alderman Knds Bis Life.
MILWAUKEE. Wis., Dec. 28. Alder
man Ceorgc Hill of the First ward,
committed suicide today by shooting
himself thi ough the.head. Worry over
the street : oil way ordinance is said to
be the ca-.se. Hill was a democrat
and suppo' ted the ordinance, lie was
. 3 d and
German Training Ships at Haraaa.
WASHINGTON, Dec 28. The Ger
man warships Nixie and 'Von Moltke,
used as training ships for naval ca
dets, have arrived at Havana after a
cruise through West Indian waters.
It was the arrival o
.9 4ti.eA efilne In
Havtien watere abou
ten days ago
i that caused consternation among the
officials and people Lcre.
Iswltc and Los on Mat.
WASHlWOItws, Dec. . Quarter
master General Luiington received a
cable message ft Colonel Miller of
.-to,aat' numrtmnt .t
the quartermasters department at
( .Manila saying inai arrangements nave
been made to send home the remains
o; Major General Lawton, .Major John
4 Logan, jr.. and Major Armstrong
on the Transport Thomas; which will
leave on December 30 for- San Fran
Flos was not great
nExpott'of Eeconatructing the Borneo!
WH1 COST STATE AI01T 55,000.
he Eagiaes and Most of thi Machinery
Left la Very Good Condition Aadltor
Ceraell Still Vadecided as to Bow He
Will Act Retarding Appropriates
LINCOLN, Dec. 28. The cost of re
constructing and refitting the manu
facturing building at the state peni
tentiary recently destroyed by fire will
'not amount to as much as was at first
estimated. The engines and most of
thejswehinery belonging to the state
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were leit in gooa conaiuou nu unci
a few slight repairs will be as servlc
able as before. Warden Hopkino esti
mates that the loss to the state will
not amount to much more than $5,000.
The reconstruction of the building
was begun a few days ago and will
probably be completed within another
week. New machinery for the laundry
and shoe shop has been purchased at
a cost of $2,000. The material for the
building will cost about $2,000. most
of which has already been purchased.
Ab the work is done by convicts, no
further outlay is necessary.
In recognition of the services of the
Lincoln fire department in fighting the
fire at the penitentiary Iand Commis
sioner Wolfe presented to Chief Clem
ent, on behalf of the state, a warrant
for $100 to be divided among the fire
men. Cornell and Wearer Act.
LINCOLN, Neb., Dec. 28. Auditor
Cornell is still undecided as to txhat
course he will pursue regarding the
apropriatlons for the offices created by
the Weaver act. The restoration of the
insurance supervision to the auditor
will necessitate employing two or three
more clerks in his office and there is
strong doubt as to whether there are
any funds available for their salaries.
Auditor Cornell has announced that he
will not touch the appropriations un
less assured by some legal authority
that he has a right to do so and he
has intimated that he may submit the
question to te supreme court to be on
the safe side.
The books and records of the gov
ernor's insurance commission will
probably be turned over to the audi
tor some time this week. All applica
tions to that office for licenses and
letters concerning the insurance sup
ervision are returned to Mr. Bryant
with the information that hisv office
has been knocked out by the supreme
Factory Reidy to Start.
- FREMONT. Neb., Dec. 28. The
standard Beet Sugar company of Ames
has lately been furnishing the Norfolk
factory with enough beets to run on,
but has now shut off all shipments and
will work the balance of the crop Itself,
the factory being now about completed.-
Beets will be run through the
factory in a few days to test the ma
chinery and about the day after New
Year's the company will start taking
in beets. A great many beets have
been shipped out of the district, as the
company was anxious to relieve those
who feared the risk of holding their
product. The supply will, however,
run the Ames factory about three
A Strong- Vein of Coal.
SIOUX CITY, la., Dec 28. P. Mc
Donald, fuel purchasing agent for the
Chicago & Northwestern Railway com
pany, made an investigation of the
coal discovery which has been made
across the Missouri river near Jackson,
Neb. He pronounced the vein a good,
strong one. He made a close investi
gation of the drillings and strata and
told Riley & McBride, the operators,
that by all means they should develop
the mine. The trouble has been with
water getting Into the shaft. A cen
trifugal pump was put In and now It
may be possible to keep the water
pumped out so that drilling may be
done to an advantage.
Woman Badly Burned.
WEST POINT, Neb.. Dec. 28. A se
rious accident happened on the farm
of Franz Marxmeyer, one-half mile
east of St Charles church, by which
Mrs. Marxmeyer may lose her life. She
was in the yard burning the small
feathers off some chickens which she
had killed, with hay, and in some man
ner her dress became ignited and was
nearly burned off her body. In her
battle with the flames she inhaled some
of the flame and her recovery is doubt
Death of R. G. Work.
TECUMSEH, Neb.. Dec. 28. One of
Johnson county's pioneer citizens, R.
I G. Work, died very suddenly of heart
failure, ageu seventy-one years. 3ir.
Work was a native of Pennsylvania
but had been a resident of this city
for over thirty years. He was consid
ered one of the county's most wealthy
men and owned large real estate inter
ests here. He leaves a widow and a
large circle of relatives and friends to
mourn his death.
Bridegroom Falls to Appear.
SUTTON. Neb., Dec. 28. All last
summer Renus Pickard worked for
James Conns, a farmer south of town.
Announcement was given and great
preparations were made at the Conns'
for the wedding of their youngest
daughter to the young gentleman.
When the Rev. Mr. Smith was in
formed to be ready to go with yonng
Pickard, it was found that the young
man's whereabouts were unknown. He
had previously sent word that bis pres
ence would be impossible at the wed-disg-
Much feeling is provoked, as the
girl and parents are highly thought of.
Bles at the Age of 03,
TABLE ROCK, Neb., Dec. 28. Mrs.
Catherine Wood died Sunday morning
at the residence of her, daughter, Mrs.
Emily Wemple, at the advanced age
of ninety-three years. She was born
May 1, 1806, in Albany county. N. Y.,
where she was married October 25.
1827. Nine children were born, the
youngest being less than two years old
when the husband and father died,
leaving the entire care of this large
family to her. '
Dispatch, is the soul cf business. 1
! SfiTF KTORICU SOCKIY.
The Aaaaal Mectiag; t Be Held at 1.1a
cela Janaary 9th.
LINCOLN. Dec. 29. The annual
meeting of the Nebraska State His
torlcal society for 1900 will be held at
the chapel of the state university the
evenings of January 9 and 10. Invi
tations have been especially extended
to all interested in old overland
President J. Sterling Morton will de
liver his annual address the first even
ing. Dr. L. J. Abbott of South Omaha
will then speak, his subject being "The
State Republican Convention of 1870.
and Incidents of that Campaign: a
Character Sketch of Governor Butler."
Others who will talk are Robert W.
Furnas of Brownville. Clement C.
Chase of Omaha, David Anderson of
South Omaha and Jonh Turner of In
dianola. Wednesday will be "old freighters'
evening." There will be reminiscences
by Eugene Munn of University Place,
William Fulton or Kansas City and
ten-minute talks by old freighters pres
ent State Iloase Notes.
Governor Poynter has received a
postal card written by an Englishman
living at Birmingham. England, who
denounces the South African war in
the strongest possible terms. The
governor's private secretary declines to
give the name of the writer.
The state house was closed one day
on account of the death of Governor
Poynter's father. The funeral was
held at Albion.
A brief in a case involving the lia
bility of sureties on a bastardy bond
has been filed in the supreme court.
The case is considered of importance.
The sureties declare 'they are not lia
ble for a final judgment given against
George Howell of Seward county who
was arrested on complaint of Minnie
Baughman. Howell was convicted and
judgment for $750 was rendered
against him. During trial and before
judgment Howell absconded while out
on a bail bond. Miss Baughman then
began an action to recover on the re
cognizance given by Howell to the
justice of the peace where the com
plaint was "originally tried. She
wanted $600 damages by reason of tne
failure of the bondsmen to bring How
ell into court.
Extending Its Territory.
LINCOLN, Neb., Dec. 29. The Rock
Island is rapidly adding a number of
new and important feeders to its lines
in Indian territory and Oklahoma. Ac
tive building operations have been con
ducted for the past year from Chick
asha and a long line to the west of
that city has been built. A line was
recently surveyed from. Chlckasha to
Paul's Valley, I. T., and this will prob
ably be completed next season. The
extension west from Chickasha to
Mountain View, Okl., will ue complet
ed as far as Eddy, N. M., next year, ac
cording to information from Chick
asha. The idea of the company seems
to be to build up a railroad center at
It is believed that the Rock Island
will shortly build a line direct from
Centerville, la., to Kansas City, so
that it may enter that city on its own
tracks. The new line will be much
shorter than the present route over
the H. & St. Joe and will effect a
great saving in operating expenses.
Nebraska Cattle Industry.
OMAHA. Dec 29. The fame of Ne
braska as a cattle producing stats has
spread to such an extent the last few
years and has attracted such favorable
attention that one of the prominent
magazines has sent a special staff con
tributor from New 'lork to minutely
investigate the business in all of its
pnases for the purpose of writing an
exhaustive article upon the subject
Earl W. Mayo, representing McClure's
Magazine, is the writer to whom this
important matter has been assigned.
Mr. Mayo arrived from New York to
day and will spend some time in Ne
braska collecting data on the cattle
industry. While in Omaha Mr. Mayo
will be the guest of Mr. Charles Young
of the Burlington passenger depart
ment Will Test State Rights.
OMAHA, Neb., Dec 29. The office
of United States district attorney has
received instructions to espouse the
cause of the two soldiers at Fort
Crook, who shot down a fellow soldier
and were acquitted by a military court
Morgan, the soldier who was killed,
was confined in the post guard house
for an infringement of military regu
lations, and made his escape. Two of
the guards went to La Platte, and
while he passed they attempted to halt
him. When he refused to stop they
shot him dead in his tracks. The
men were Corporal Fair and Private
Missouri RlTer Closing.
NIOBRARA, Neb., Dec. 29. Tne
Missouri river at thi3 place 13 closing.
it having been kept open for naviga
tion later this year than for a great
many years past The first snow fell
December 23. and the mercury fell to
zero last night, which is the first cold
weather of the season. In fact, this has
been a typical fall in Northeastern Ne
braska. State Bank of Batte.
LINCOLN, Neb.. Dec. 29. The state
bank of Butte. Butte county, was char
tered to do business. The bank is
owned by M. P. Meholin. who will be
its president," with N. E. Gardiner as
cashier. Its capital stock is $10,000.
Burled in Front of Train.
ALBION. Neb.. Dec 29. A runa
way accident occurred here, resulting
in the death of Mr. Chauncey Shafer.
an old gentleman living about five
miles northwest of 'Albion. He was
driving a wagon load of shelled corn
Into one of the elevators and had left
a young son holding the horses. A
passing train frightened the horses
and they started to run out of the
elevator. Mr. Shafer caught them by
the head and tried to hold them, but
they threw him down and passed
over his prostrated body, crushing him
fearfully and breaking several bones.
He died from his injuries.
COLUMEUS, Neb., Dec. 29. John
Elliott one of the old settlers, and
known nearly all over the country as
"Uncle John." suffered a stroke of
apoplexy athl s home In this city. Ow
ing to his advanced age it is doubtful
if he will recover. He is the father of
County Treasurer H. S. Elliott and
was born in Pennsylvania In October,
1823. He is a veteran of two wars
the Mexican and the late rebellion. He
located in this county about twenty
eight years ago, but. has lived in this
-city the past sixteen years. Mr. and
lllf. AAlAkvtAi1 ttlAflt 1tAn
Mrs. CtlUUkl wreiKu ...- Bu
wedding anniversary last October.
Fatter of the Governor Passes Away aft
fORMCR MINISTER Of THE GOSKL
'A Maa f Strong Personality and Settled
Ideas Loag Sufferer From a linger
ing Illness Nebraska Historical Soci
ety Meeting Other Nebraska Matters.
ALBION. Neb., Dec. 27. Elder W.
C. Poynter, father of Governor Poyn
ter, died at his residence In Albion,
after a lingering Illness, during which
he suffered greatly. His early years
were spent in Kentucky and later he
made Illinois his home. During the
last fifteen years he has lived at Al
bion, latterly making his. home with
his second son, D. J. Poynter.
For many years he was a Christian
Minister, until incapacitated by age.
He was a man of great force of char
acter and intelligence. He leaves his
aged wife and two sons. Governor W.
A. and D. J. Poynter.
Elder Poynter was a man of strong
personality, of clear logical mind and
settled Ideas and always had the cour
age of his convictions. Becoming a
Christian in early life he devoted his
best years to proclaiming from the pul
pit the teachings of Christianity. His
private life was always in finl accord
with his public teaching. He devoted
much time and energy to the cause
of education, assisting both by work
and liberal donation, to the building
up of Eureka college. A pioneer set
tler In Woodford county. Illinois, he
occupied with honor different posi
tions of public trust He was an as
sociate in a public way with such men
as Lincoln, David Davis, Adlai Steven
son and others in the public affairs of
Meeting with an accident in early
life, resulting In the loss of his arm,
he was placed at great disadvantage,
but by energy and good judgment he
accomumulated a competency. He de
parts, having expressed himself as
ready to go, saying with Paul: "I
have fought a good fight. I have fin
ished my course. I have kept the
faith." He was born in Barren coun
ty, Kentucky, in 1821, and came to
Illinois in 1835. He was married to
Huldah J. Watkins in 1840. Three
sons were born of this marriage. The
eldest died at the age of 12. in 1855.
the second is present governor of Ne
braska, the third is the editor of the
Albion Argus, with whom the elder
has made his home for the last six
years. His wife survives him, besides
tne two sens.
Nebraska Historical Society.
LINCOLN. Neb.. Dec. 27. What
promises to be one of the moot inter
esting and productive meetings yet
held by the Nebraska State Historical
society will convene at Lincoln Jan
uary 9 and 10. Tuesday evening's ses
sion will be devoted to historical pa
pers and reminiscences. Clement
Chase of Omaha will read a paper on
the life and services of Hon. Champion
S. Chase; David Ander&on of South
Omaha on "Our First Settlement in
Nebraska;" Dr. L. J. Abbott of South
Omaha on "The Campaign of 1870,
With a Character Sketch of Governor
Butler;" R. W. Furnas of Brownville
on "Ex-Senator Thomas W. Tipton."
and John Turner of Indianola on "Pi
oneer Days in Boone County."
They Start Out for Cuba
OMAHA. Neb.. Dec. 27. Paul Van
Der Voort, who starts out from New
York December 30 for La Gloria, with
a party of 350 people, who gather at
New York, set out from Omaha last
night The colonists who accompa
nied him from this city are W. E.
Wood, nephew of General Freight
Agent Wood of the Union Pacific rail
way; William Cv-son and J. L. Rate
kin, the latter formerly of the Third
Nebraska volunteers; B. F. Seibert, all
.of Omaha; Rev. Father Hovora of
Saunders county: W. L. Ballard and
Mr. Olscn of Oakland, la.; W. II. Rob
inson cf Norfolk, J. F. Earley and
Frank Jancoch of Wilber.
Bloodhound for Incendiary.
FRANKLIN. Neb.. Dec 27. Satur
day night Charles Scott, living three
and one-half miles feouth of Franklin,
lost his barn, outbuildings and a con
siderable amount of live stock, grain
and hay by fire, plainly of incendiary
origin. Bloodhounds from Beatrice
were soon telegraphed for and the
scent of the tracks of a mule wero
followed directly to the barn of a
farmer living near. One of his son?,
supposedly riding tne mmc, is suspect
ed of firing Scott's barn.
Prntrncd In the Illiie.
WILBER. Neb., Dec 27. Lo..is Jac
obs left his home Thurhday morning
for a hunt along the river, taking
along his skates. Not returning, a
search narty was organized and in a
little while was discovered that he had
aceidentaly drowned by breaking
through the ice. about three miles
north of town. The body was later
recovered. He was 33 year- olo, sin
gle, a member of the local fire depart
ment and militia company and much
A Grod I'astnre tlm for Nebraska.
The Nebraska Experiment Station
has just issued Bulletin No. 61, treat
ing of Hungarian brome grass. It is
a dry-weather grasp, imported from
Russia, and has bsen found admirably
adapted to the semi-arid region of this
country. The subject matter of the
bulletin comprises (1) tests of the
grass on the Station farm, (2) tests by
various persons throughout the State,
and (3) directions for sowing and car
ing for the crp. The bulletin may be
obtained iree of cost by writing to
the Agricultural Expcjiment Station,
Attempts Su'rWe in Ills Cell.
WEST POINT. Neb., Dec. 27. Carl
Andre, the farmer who lies in jair
awaiting trial in the district court on
a charge of aU-mpting to commit a
criminal assanli upon his 17-year-old
daughter, tried to commit suicide. He
had tied a handkerchief around his
neck, fastened U to the bars of the
cell and was trying his best to suffo
cate himself when the noise he made
attracted the attention of the wife of
Sheriff Fhillips. who called assistance
and cut him down.
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