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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 29, 1886)
IN THE TOILS OF THE LAW
Two B. & M. Olerka Arrested for AHerinj
FUNERAL OF H. L. WILKINS
A. YottnK Girl's Mliirjrtunc Fntlici
O'Connor' * ) AVill Kocal Odds and
Knds Police nml Court.
i * Etc. , Utc.
Unllroatl Clerics ArrcMcd.
At about 8 o'clock yesterday morninj
Iho heavy portals of the county jail swunj
open and a young man , well dressed nm
rather prepossessing in appearance , wa
taken in and formally handed over l <
Jailer Joe Miller.
The prisoner was Mr. 'John L. Gideon
formerly a clerk in the general tlcko
oflluo of the Ittirlluglon A ; Missouri , nude
General Ticket and Pascniror Agon
Eustls. The charge preferred agaius
him is a grave ono , that of altering am
forging railroad tickets ! and disposing o
them to different brokers. The com
plaint on which he was arrested was lilui
with Police Judge Stcnborg am
was placed In the hands of Dclcctlvi
James Davis , who at ones took him inti
The complaint , which deals with bu
one instance of f i and , charges thai ( iideoi
' "did falsely , fraudulently and feloniously
utter and publish as true and genuine :
certain forged 'counterfeit anil altora
railroad ticket , knowing the same lo bi
forged , counterfeited and altered whlcl
ticket was of the purport , and value a
follows. towlt : : Said ticket was ISMICI
by the Hannibal & St. Joseph railroai
company good for one lir.st-class pa'-sagi
from Kansas City , Missouri , or Atehison
Kansas , to Hastings , Nebraska , over tin
llurlington & Missouri lllvcr railroad ii
Nebraska. Said railroad ticket wiv
numbered 3J72 ! , of scries or form 151,051
nml had been used over said road ii
Nebraska and cancelled by the company' . '
agents and conductors , by punching
same twice in the body thereof. Aftei
said ticket had been so cancelled am
made valueless , same was falsely , fclo
nioiisly nml fraudlently altered am !
fprgeu , by tearing oft' a portion of sail
ticket containing one of said pimcl
marks , the evidence that same had beer
iihcd and cancelled , and by falsely chang
ing , obliterating and altering the other ol
said punch marks by clmiigingsamc to tin
.semblance of a letter * 'U" whicli
said punched and cancelled railroad
ticket , which was aforesaid altered ,
and changed by tearing oil' the portion
thereof , containing one of said puiieli
marks and altering the other to the sem
blance of the letter "U"which said letter
" 11" punched in same indicated that saim
had been presented by the holder thereof
to the said railroad company's baggage
agent , for the purpose of having said
holders baggage checked ) vas of Ihc
form , appearance and similitude of : i
good and genuine ticket of said railroad ,
of the value of six dollars. Said ticket ,
ho as aforesaid , falsnly forged , altered
and counterfeited by said Gideon , .wn
altered and published by him as true
and genuine with the intent thereby , to
unlawfully defraud. "
Mr. Eustis could not be seen in his of
fice and hence his statement of the uilah
could not be secured.
It is understood , however , that Gideon
has been engaged at this sort of busiiies'
for a long time past. Ho held an hu <
portant position under Mr. Eustis , am1
through his hands passed all the old tick
ets and coupons which were handed in
by the conductors. He has been sus
pected of crooked work some time since.
A detective was engaged tovork up the
case. The result of his investi
gations , tno company's lawyers
claim , is that conclusive evidence
of Gideon's guilt has been obtained. In
several instances he has been known , it is
claimed , to have disposed of "li.xcd"
tickets to local brokers.
ANOTIir.ll CI.KKK IN THH TOILS.
The belief that Gideon was not alone
in this scheme , but that he is one of a
ring of "bogus ticket operators , " was
strengthened last evening by the arrest
of another man on the charge of altering
and forging railroad tickets. This was
Donald JJ. Allan , a young clerk in the K.
& M. olliccs. The complaint in his case
was also sworn out by Air. Euatis , and was
similar to that against Gideon. Judge
Stenborg issued the warrant for the
young man's arrest about 0 o'clock , and
ut 7 o'clock ho was behind the bars at the
Allan's arrest is a great surprise to hit
friends hero , where lie has resided all hit
life , and been held in high esteem. lie is
a son of the late J. T. Allan , whose death
occurred onlv a short time ago. Two ol
his sisters , Alary P. and Jessie C. Allan ,
are librarians of the public library and
greatly respected. Ho is only about 2C
Uoth Allan and Gideon protest stronclj
that ( hey are innocent. The date of theii
hearing has not yet been fixed. The
amount ol the frauds is not yet known.
T1113 IAST KITES.
Funeral of 11. Ij. AVillcliis Yestenlaj
A IlloKrapliicnl Sketch.
The body of Mr. II. L. Wilkins , whose
sad death in Boston last week has been
recorded iu these columns , arrived here
yesterday , in charge of Mr. t A. l-\ WilKins -
Kins , brother of the deceased and Mrs ,
Wilkins , the widow. The remains were
at the undertaking establishment of
Drexel & Maul during the forenoon ,
where they were witnessed by a large
number of friends , including the 0111-
plovcs of the City Steam laundry.
The lunoral took place at a o'clock
yesterday afternoon from the late resi
lience of the deceased , 1-120 North Nine
tcenth. The services both at the house
and grave wore conducted by the Kev.
Wil ! aril Scott , of the St , Mary's Avenue
Congregational church. Interment was
madu at Prospect Hill cemetery. The
following named gentlemen acted as
pall-bearers : Mr. S. P. Morse , T. J.
Kogors , IJ. E , U. Kennedy , ! ) . II. Wheeler.
Goo , Guy and John Fields.
Mr. Wilkins was well known in this
oltv , and during his stay here made lie > t.s
of friends , who will sincerely mourn his
sad and untimely death.
Ho was born in London , England , in
1850. Ho came to America in 18M with
his parents , living during his youth at
'loronto , Canada , where ho attended the
model schools. In 1607 ho came to
Omaha and was employed by the U. P ,
K , II. and Missouri Itivor IJridgo com
pany as engineer till 1870 , when ho
opened the City Steam laundry. Ho
conducted the business alone till
tlm spring of 1881 , when ho
associated with him Mr. J. II. Evans ,
and from that time until last July they
have carried on the business jointly , At
that time he retired from the firm and de
cided to travel for the benefit of hid rap
idly failing health. He lirst visited the
homo of M.r.s Wilkius in Pennsylvania ,
nun soon alter proceeded to I'11 ' ? 99lt1 ! :
intending to visit Europe in rjiiest ot
medical aid and the bonolits of a decided
change of climate. Ho was mlv'ca ' by
physicians not to attempt u,0 pussa < * o
apross the ocean , w > \ .Ml\n \ < , UJOU ) lujjt.
warnings , he andoned the trip , About
, , , ' ? ok - go he was tnkrtn with -A vie
' " ' . .i of insanity in a lloston hole ! , ami
. .iico that limp ho never regained
his right mind. His brother ,
who also resides in Omaha , upoi
hearing of Mr. Wilkins' sorloits
condition linstoncil to liim and \vns pres
ent willi him when lie died. Howas a.
ninn of moans , Imving acquired a prop
erty nt Twentieth street nml St. Clary's
avenue , vnlnrtl nt jfM.OOO. Three years
ppo lie married Miss Li//.in Qui ? gfo , of
McKlhnttiin , Pa. , who survives him. Mr.
Wilkins wns possessed of n marvelous In-
vcntivo faculty , which was utilized to the
Very best advantage , ho taking charge of
the mechanical department and Mr.
Kvnns of the business portion of the
laundry business while they were in
AX INNOGHNT WOMAN.
.Deceived by n ludicrous tMorco
Comity Man , Mndc a County " \Vnrtl.
A ilcinornlizinc case was witnessed yes
terday in the county building. 11. M.
Ilanshiold Drought to the commissioners
a girl mimed Kinnm Hooltschor , whom ho
found at the St. James hotel Wednesday
night , friendless and without money. She
had come from the IJlnlVs , wlicro she had
been in the care of the shorilV of I'ot-
lawaltomio county , who recommended
her to conio here. She was put in cus
tody of the latter by Win. Swconny ,
shcritt'of 1'icrco county in this state , who
had brought , her from that place. There
she was put in custody of Sullivan by a
Herman named Wm. Fox , who runs a fa-
loon in that town. Vn\ had betrayed
tlio girl and ( hiding that she was preg
nant took the means above outlined to
got her oil' his hands. This s''liomo
worked successfully , .so successfully that
his duped victim has boon dropped among
strangers to care for her and without a
cent of her betrayer's money in her pos
session. In about ii month the girl , who
is about 1 ! ) years of age. will become a
mother. She feels keenly the misery of
her situation , and were it not for the in
terest which the outrage that has boon
wrought upon her lias worked , would be
likely to feel that life perhaps was
scarcely worth living. The commis
sioner. ? fuel keenly the insult inllietcd
Uon | ; the county by the follow Fox , who
thinks this community porehaneo must
care for the victim of his lust. The
woman was sent to the poor house , and
the commissioner * will bee that Fox carps
for the woman anil perhaps marries her ,
otherwise it may go hard with him.
The Will and Testament of Kntlicr
The will of Father T. W. O'Connor , the
deceased pastor of St. Phllomcmi cathe
dral , has just been tiled in the probate
From this document it appears that the
deceased priest left little or no realty or
personal property , t vo life iusumuco
policies constituting his estate. One of
these taken in 1832 in the Continental
Life IiiMinmcc company is for S.'i.OOO ; the
other , issued in 1881 by the Mutual Ke-
servo Fund Life association of New York ,
is in amount , $10,000.
The sum total he has bequeathed as fol
To his father , Dennis O'Connor , of
Queens County , Ireland , $ 3,000.
To Ins mother , Bridget O'Connor ,
To each of his brothers , Francis , Rich
ard and Charles , § 1,000 each. To his
younger brother , Dennis O'Connor , jr. ,
To his sister , Marv " O'Connor , $1,000.
To the Kight Ituv" Bishop O'Connor
To St. rhilomcna's cathedral , for edu
cational purposes , $1,000.
To 13. F. Sinylhe , as legates in special
trust , $1,500.
Bishop O'Connor , according to Father
O'Connor's wi.sh , acts as executor and
representative to eo that all the bequests
are carried out.
The document was drawn in October ,
1885 , just before Father O'Connor's ' de
parture for Ireland , and was witnessed
by Richard P. Mulcahcy and Gco. II.
Ted Sullivan and the Northwestern
League The Western league.
Mr. Gco. Kay has bought out the in
terest of John Hitchcock and C. J. Canan
in the lea&o of the Athletic park , on
Sherman avenue , and the buildings
thereon. During the coming summer he
will bo the solo manager of the
In speaking of baseball prospects yes
terday Mr. Kay remarked that ho had
not received any further communication
from Ted Sullivan concerning the pro
posed Northwestern league. ' 'I account
for that in this way , " said Mr. Kay.
"The National league has made over
tures towards admitting Kansas Cit.y into
their organization , and may do tii'at. 1
think Sullivan has been given a pointer
to drop the Northwestern league scheme
and await developments. Of cour.so in
the event that Kansas City is admitted
to the National league , the
Northwestern league will fall
through. I still believe , however , that
the latter scheme is a good one and can
bo carried through with success , "
The Western league , which is to bo
organised with St. Joseph , Leavenworth ,
Atehison , Hastings and Lincoln , and
other cities , is .still in htatu quo , Mr.
Kay has received many letters pressing
him to have Omaha represented in that
organization with a good club. It is not
probable , however , that the base ball
men of this city will have anything to do
with that league. They pronojo to sit
down and "bide a wee. "
Klovntoi'H and Sowers.
For several days the business men of
the city have been greatly annoyed by
the elevators in many of our down town
buildings which Kcemed at the same
moment to bo inoperative , Tho-o in the
Wilhnell , Granite , and Omaha National
buildings wore among the llrst noticed.
It was that la/incss among the ascending
contrivances had become epidemic. In
quiry developed the fact that the annoy
ance was occasioned by sowers. All
these , in fact most of the elevators in
town , are run by water , the escape from
which Hews into the sewers , generally in
the nearest alloy. During the cold
weather people to save themselves as
much trouble as possible have been using
the sewers for all purposes. As a consequence
quence the latter have been so clogged as
to require the attention of Superintendent
McClain. During this work of course it
was impossible to accommodate the
elevator escape , hence the shutting down.
The elovatora which empty their water
into the Farnam street storm-water
sewer , however , have not been interfered
Yesterday morning , about 1:30 : o'clock ,
while C. N. Butler , ol the mailing depart
ment of the Bin : , was going homo from
the Apollo social , ho was struck at Fif
teenth and California streets by a hor.so
which was being rapidly driven and
knocked down. The driver did not stop ,
and the sleigh passed over the youn"
man bruizing him painfully. Tim driver
never stoppcu and soon disappeared iu
tlio dark ,
A Bill-allied Vukle.
J , B. Kcssnis , ail employe in Shop No ,
1 of the Union Pacitio yards , yesterday
climbed upon some of the machinery
to oil the pulleys over his head and ad
just the bolting. Ho slipped , Idl to the
lloor , and sprained his ankle , ll'j was
carried to Dr. Galbralth's ofllco , corner
Thirteenth and Howard streets ,
oioTpno AP CT rri tvPTO
SISTERS OF ST , MAaCIS ,
The Mother Surjerior , ! of \7eatphaHan
Branch , How in Omaha.
Something About the Order nml Its
American Institutions The
At a quarter past six o'clock last night
a reporter for the Mm ; found himself
seated in the reception room of St.
Joseph's Hospitalengaged in a conversa
tion with the mother superior of the
Franciscan Order of Sisters , from Olpa ,
province of Westphalia , Germany.
This lady who is known to her subordi
nates as Mother Theresa , is the head of
particular branch of the third order of
St. Francis , which has iu headquarters
in Westphalia. Of course there arc other
branches of the order entirely distinct
from this one.
The mother superior nowise difl'ers fit
appearance from her subordinate sisters.
She wears the same loose llowing habit
of black serge , the same white and black
bonnet , the same knitted cord hanging
from her girdle , which are distinctive
features of the dress of the Franciscan
sisters. Her face , somewhat wrinkled with
the furrows of GO years or more ,
has a shrewd yet kindly appearance ,
which'is very prepossessing. As she was
able to speak but very little English , the
reporter carried on a conversation with
her through the sister superior of the
hospital , Sister Alphonsa , who act
ed as interpreter.
The branch of Franciscans of which
Theresa is mother superior lias but 1150
sisters , some of them iu Germany ami the
rp.st in America. It is estimated that 170
of this number are stationed in Germany ,
it is a peculiarity of this brunch of the
order that its work is confined to those
two countries alone. The first institution
in this country in charge of the Francis
can nuns was opened at Lafayette , Indi
ana , seven years ago. Other institu
tion.1 ! , hospitals , orphan asylums and con
vents have been founded ironi time to
time , for the most part in the west , until
they now number eleven. Kneli one of
these institutions , bo it hospital , asylum
or convent , is known as a "house , " and
the sisters in charge constitute the "fam
ily. " The head of the "family , " of
course , is the sister superior , who con
trols and regulates the a Haifa of the
household. Each sister superior
is in turn subject to the Mother
Superior , Theresa , to whom she makes her
reports and submits all questions of grave
importance , and to whom she is fully ac
countable. For the sake of convenience ,
Sister Superior Hyacintha , of the Lafay
ette , Intl. , institution , has been vested
with power as "provincial" or acting
mother superior of America , and to her
all matters of minor importance arc re
As already intimated , the fust Ameri
can "house" ot this branch of the Franciscan -
ciscan order was opened at Lafayette.
The .second was at Columbus , Neb. ; the
third at Omah-i , and the fourth at Terra
Haute , 1ml. The other "hou-os" are at
Cleveland , Denver , Kmpona , Kan. ; Hum
phrey. Neb. ; St. Bernard , Neb. ; St.
Mary's , Neb. and Platte Centre , Nob.
" 1 have'been in this country for the
past few months , " said Mother Theresa
to the reporter , through the interpreter ,
"and have visited all tlie houses of our
order in this country. I shall not return
to Germany beloro spring. Everywhere
I have been pleased and astonished with
the work that the sisters are accomplish
ing. All of our institutions in this conn-
try are in good condition and arc doing
well. I am particularly pleased with the
work of the sisters in Omaha. The hos
pital here is doing good ; your people
must be very generous to .support it so
liberally as they do. The only fault I
have to tinil is that the building is too
small for the work there is to do. I trust
and believe that it will be enlarged be
fore long. "
"The growth of your order has boo n
rapid in this country * "
"Yes. I was in this country some years
ago ; then there was but ono house hero ,
now there arc cloven , some of them with
a largo number of sisters. Nothing could
be more gratifying than such an in
run ciross OF PLOWKKS AND or TIIOKKS.
Very few people who pass these Sisters
of Charity quietly moving about on their
errands of love and mercy , stop lor a
moment to think of the toil , self-denial
and sull'oring , which make up their life.
One notes the expression of patient sub
mission , but he does not rctlcct that b ack
of it arc years of prayer and fasting ; the
coarse bmek habit and the knitted trirdle
and cord , lee , are seen , but do not re
mind him that the principles of thn wear
er's life are those of the Na/.areno whoso
raiment was of the plainest and whoso
only ornament was mimility.
Hill seven years and a'half are re
quired for the novitiate to complete her
vows , and claim sisterhood with the
order of Franciscan nuns.
First , as explained by Sister Superior
Alphonso to a reporter , the young girl ,
who must bo under 10 years of ago , after
dolorming to become- Franciscan sister ,
is given a crown of flowers , in token that
her period of trial or probation has com
menced She wears this crown , which is
made of myrtle leaves and white ( lowers
interwined , for one day , during which
with.solemn prayer and the ceremony
of the feast the sisters celebrate her ml-
mission as a novitiate. After six months
if slid still determines in the course she
has chosen , she puts the white veil on and
takes now vows more solemn than thosu
of the "flower-crown. " For two years
the white veil is worn.at the end of which
time if lior vows have been accomplished
and her purpose is still unchanged , the
black habit is put on with now rites ot
consecration. This is worn for a further
period of live years , when the period of
novitiate has fully expired.
Then comes the final , most impressive
ceremony of putting on the thorn-crown ,
which is taken with the celebration of the
feast , and with rites especially ap
propriate to the occasion. The sister
then becomes a fullyadmitted Franciscan
nun.On last Saturday , sixteen young girls
at the hospital took the lirst stop toward
joining the order that of putting on the
llower crown. By July next they will
have completed the first part of the nov-
and European national char
acter masks at MAX MEYER & CO'S ,
These essentials have lately been given
the gentlemen's waiting room in the IJ.
& M. depot. The stand and cases of the
agent which formerly occupied an alcove
on the eastern bide of the room have been
transferred to the north end and inserted
into what was formerly the baggago-
room. As a consequence of the change ,
passengers may now look out upon the
buck and learn of the arrival and do-
darturo of trains without braving the
Will TiiUo the Veil.
Miss Mary Morgan , formerly of
Omnlia , the daughter of Frank C. Mor
gan of this city , will on Tuesday , Fob-
ninry ' - < ! , take the veil and first vows of
the Order of the Sacred Heart , at the convent -
vent in St. Louis. She has for two years
past broil attending the convent school
in that city , and has determined to re
nounce the world. Quite a number of
frlpuds here will go to St. Louis to wit
ness tltu Jbolciun ceremony. .
TUB NAM * vraims.
"What Was Keen Doiro Towards Their
I'urchnsc ThoM n > spect8.
In conversing with Mr. G. T. Walker
yesterday in regard tothoimrchaso of the
Omaha nail works , a reporter learned
that a considerable part of the capital for
the new company had been secured.
There is not sufllcicnt ns yet , however , to
organize the new company which must
bo placed upon a sound and substantial
"In carrying out Uio programme , " said
Mr. Walker , "It would bo necessary that
the whole of the $100,000'Capltal , be sub
scribed and that the amounts equalling
00 per cent bo deposited hi bank before
the perfecting of the organization. "
"Do you think you will bo able to se
cure that amount ? " asked the reporter.
"I am somewhat encouraged and will
of course carry it through. I have spent
too much time on it to run away and
leave it , but I am really disappointed. I
supposed when I presented tills advan
tageous proposition to the people of
Omaha , that 1 could secure enough cap
ital to join in the enterprise in two or
three days. Why , just think : the people
of Council Binds raised in a few days
$30,000 for the Wire , Nail and Lock
company , which , while n good thing per
haps in the future , is largely an experi
ment to them ; while hero in Omaha is a
plant all in readiness to commence at a
day's notice the manufacture of steel
nails an article that has now an im
mense demand and of which there is a
very gceat scarcity. "
"What is the state ol the nail market
justnowJ" asked the inquisitive news
nVell , " replied Mr. Walker , "from all
our sources of information I lliul that on
January 1 , 1880 , there wore but ' . . ' 00,000
kegs on hand as against a stock of nearly
5,000,000 , kegs on January 1 , 1835. We
will start oll'on March 1 with a slock of
less than 1,000,000 kegs to supply a sea
son's demand of nearly 7,000,000. , On
March 1 , 1885 , there were over 0,000,000
kegs on hand. The strike which com
menced on June 1 , 1885 , stopped over
! J,000 machines , and stocks lan out al
most entirely. "
"How are the eastern factories running
now ? The manufacturers have got a few
machines in operation , with apprentices ,
or'hand feeders'as they were termed ,
and some of thp nailers have started on
the co-operative plan ; but these cll'orts
won't amount to much towards supply
ing next summer's trade. "
' 'You think nails will bo a good article
to have , then ? "
"Certainly. If this strike continues
nails will go to a high figure perhaps
like those of 1872 and 1883.
"What is the tendency of nails ? Are
they more uniform in'price than other
iron or steel goods ? "
"No ; for many reasons they are very
sensilivc. In 1872 they ran up to $5.85 in
New York wholesale market. In 1830
they were $5130 , whilooin the spring ot
' 85 , a year ago , Ihcy wore as low as $1.80 ,
the lowest known to the trade. "
"You contemplate making steel nails
solely in Omaha ? "
"Of course ; the day for iron has passed ,
except as now that stool cannot bo had.
Manufacturers generally are arranging
to change their plantsito make them. "
"Does it require many expensive
changes ? "
"That depends upon the manner of
working. Where ore or pig iron is used
and the steel made by the Bessemer or
other processes , expensive plants are
necessary , involving tin outlay of perhaps
$100,000 to ? 500,000 , but when old rails
and scrap is used the changes are but
slight. 'Ihcro are , however , but few mills
working such material in the western
"How is it with the Omaha works ?
Are many changes needed here ? "
"None whatever ; the process adopted
bore for wonting iroir rails and scrap is
exactly suited to the production of u hrst-
class steel nail. "
"I understand you have said that steel
nails can be made at a less cost than
iron ? "
"Yes , sir ; it is owing to the cost of the
material. For a keg of steel nails it costs
less than for iron by perhaps 23 to 5J5
cents , which alone is really a good prolit
in ordinary times. "
" \yiiaturotliefuture prospects for the
continued success of the mill ? "
"Well. I have never seen anything like
it since I have boon in the business. The
prospect is .simply wonderful. I would
not be surprised if the net profits on a keg
of nails would run up to over $2 during
the coming season , and the market will
demand every nail wo can make by run
ning day and night , turning out between
six and seven hundred kegs per day of
twenty-four hours for at least two years
perhaps live years. In the mean
time arrangements will bo made to
economize in the use of fuel
that will enable us to comwtu
always with the eastern manufacturer
and itis likely thatnaturalgas will bo dis
covered in the near future. That , or a
paying body of coal , is all that i.s needed
to make Omaha a very largo manufactur
ing city. However , cheap Iowa or Mis
souri coals can bo converted into gas and
will cll'ecl a saving ill the cot 01 manu
facturers' fuel of 50 to 00 per cent.
"One thing more , " called out the re
porter as Mr. Walker was leaving. "How
about thu supply of material * "
At this Mr. Walker smiled , and exhibit
ing pome loiters and telegrams said :
"That is the least of my troubles. I have
already boon ollercd more than we could
use up in two years. " Then ho added
more seriously : "But wo must do some
thing pretty quick , as now it is known
cast,111111 this mill has been stopped , in
quiries are constantly being made for the
purchase of the machinery to move to
other points but which will not bo con
sidered by the old company if they can
be sold to bo operated here , as it is a gen
erally recognized fact that to lost * the
works would have a damaging oiled on
the business of the city.
City ISiitfinocr Itosowntcr Thinks It
Will Itciimln Awsiyr from UH.
City Engineer Hosuwatcr was asked
yesterday what ho thought about
Commissioner Corliwa' plan ; to bring the
Elkhorn to Omaha.
Mr. Uosowater said that the bringing
of the Elkhorn to Omaha had several
times bcforo been proposed , and each
time bccauso of the 'almost insuperable
difficulty and cost which would attend
and bo experienced by.it Uad been aban
He did not see how the achievement
could bo accomplished. From a recol
lection of survey ? ho Ifadimado , he know
that , , intervening between this city and
the river there were largo divides in some
instances , possibly 400 feet higher than
the Missouri. The Elkhorn river was but
100 fcot above the Missouri. To over
come such a diU'eronco would boadilll-
cujty which ho know syphonic action ,
such as suggested by Mr. Corliss
would not accomplish. Even if
it could , the water would
have to bo led in conduits
across the valleys , which would be an
other great source of expense. Then , if
the water were to bo conducted in chan
nels dug through the hills , another great
work would have to bo undertaken , be
cause , from there should be a continuous
fall to this place , and that never could bo
ctlbctcd without an enormous outlay.
Some time ago the idea was broached
of having the Elkh.orn as the basis of our
fire supply. It was then demonstrated
that that stream was but eighty fi'i't
above the eity jit ( ho point upon wluj-'h
Boyd's Opera House now stands , ami
that , oven if the water could bo carried
over the hills west of us , the energy ol
the fatll would bo overcome by the resist
ance it would meet in its passage of so
ninny miles. In so far ns Mr. llosowater
was informed , ho did not deem Mr. Cor
liss' scheme either practical , or capaba-
blc , or what ho claimed for it.
THE IiAUI-Ml CASK.
What the Cleveland header lm to
Say About It.
As the time approaches for the trial of
John W. Latter , interest is being revived
in the mysterious tragedy , whereby Mrs ,
Laucr lost her life on a moonlight night ,
within the glare of n parlor baso-burncr ,
In November last.
The friends of Mr. Laucr in Cleveland
ns well as in Omaha are beginning to
shown great deal of nervous activity ,
The story which Mr. Laucr has told about
the fatal shot fired "by the light of the
moon and the glimmer of a big base-
burner , " appeared on Wednesday in the
Cleveland Leader. It was carefully re
vised and embellished for ell'ect upon ( ho
former associates and friends of Mr.
Lauer , who on the strength of it are ready
to votioli for Ills innocence. The mixture
of facts and fiction which the Cleveland
Leader has compounded for home con
sumption is herewith given for what it is
"In a few days Mr. John Laucr , once a
resident of this cify. will bo placed upon
trial in Omaha , Neb. , upon the terrible
charge of killing his wife. His case is
now receiving the attention of the grand
jurv. The shooting occurred on Novem
ber 81 last. For some time previous the
neighborhood in winch Mr. Lauer lived
had been operated by burglars. One of
them broke into his house and Mr. Laucr
shot at him. On the night of November
VI Lauer retired and slojit soundly. Dur
ing several preceding nights ho hail been
kept awake by an inlltyucd eye , and ho
was nervous and ill. He was .Wakened
by the sound of whispered words , anil
saw a figure at the foot of the bod. lie
says ho thought at once of the burglars ,
Instantly taking his revolver from be
neath his pillow he fired. He then in
stinctively reached out with his hand and
found his wjfo was gone. Then , ho says ,
and not until then , he realized what' he
had done. His sister-in-law , in another
room , heard the shot and supposed that
the burglars had come again. The charge
against Lauor was made when it was
learned that more than a year previous
he hail miam-h-d with his wife. Since
then public feeling in Omaha has boon
against him his friends claim by unfair
means. Threatening letters have boon
received by witnesses for the defense ,
and wild talk of lynching has been heard.
All this has caused great pain and anx
iety to the relatives and numer
ous friends of Laucr in this city. Lauor
left Cleveland when ho was 20 years of
age , and had a wide acquaintance hero.
Isot a person in this eity who knows his
character believes that the faintest
shadow of guilt rests upon him. They
believe that if the facts are sworn to as
they are , the evidence received as it is
given , and further criticism upon dis
torted misrepresentations stopped , ho
will bo fully and honorably acquitted. So
strong is this fooling that thirty of the
most esteemed business and protcssiotinl
men and clergymen of the West side ,
whose position in society and influence in
public-affairs have made them well known
throughout the city , have .signed a lengthy
statement declaring that Lauer's charac
ter was such that their belief in his guilt ,
under the circumstances in the case , is
almost impossible. More than the same
number of equally well-known eiti/.cns
city received only a day betore the shoot
ing , a jettor from him speaking in the
most affectionate manner of his wife and
the happy life they had boon loading dur
ing the preceding year. "
Shannon Letter Bill FiloFiling Cabinets
and Cases. Schlicht's Standard Indexes.
219 12th street , opposite Neb. Nat'l Bank.
A KOLAN1) FOK AN OIjlVEU.
A Herald Mistake Docs Injury to
County Clerk Nocillmm.
The "Herald" yesterday morning in a
local paragraph speaking aboutcounty re
ports and ollicials , said that "Mr. Need-
ham's accounts are still in confusion. At
present ho owes the county about $30 ,
which ho received for depositions and
failed to credit it to the prouor source. "
Mr. Nocdham has bueu in ollico about
a month. Eighty dollars shortage in
that time would bo a bad moral showing
if it could bo proved against him. But
the fact is , nobody has examined Mr.
Nct'ilham's accounts and found such a
deficit not even the "Herald" reporter.
Mr. Ncedham's books , however , arc open
to inspection and may bo examined by
anybody , and Mr. Needham says he does
noc fear any discovery which may bo
made. The Herald , however , has made
a bull. It did not intend to refer to Mr.
Needham , but to his predecessor , though
it has made a bad break in making such
We have $20,000 to loan at low rates in
sums of $ l,000lo if 10,000 if taken within
ton days. J. W. & E. L. Squire ,
Greenbacks Traveling ,
Max Barchavcls , a sojotiruor at the
Windsor , leaped from the dinner table
yesterday , and with his heart in his
mouth , rushed to the desk of the clerk.
"Give mo that bundle I left hero before I
went to dinner. " The bundle had been
placed under the desk , little importance
being attached bccauso it was known to
be an elderly pair of unmentionables.
Burclmvols fumbled through it oxeiicdlv
and finally picked from the fob a roll of
bills valued at $100. "Golly , I thought it
was gone , " ho exclaimed. 1 had that
pantaloons done up by a clothing clerk ,
mid now it's passed through your hands ,
and that money's been in it all the time.
But 1 gue.ss 1 won't ' tempt either of you
again , " And the roll went down in his
Masks and niasqvpratlo trimmings at
MAX MEYEIl & CO'S. , llth & Fnrnain.
Ice on TelephoneWires. .
The manager of the telephone system
jias been constantly annoyed by fears ,
since the advent of the snowy weather ,
( hat damage will bo sustained by the
breaking of his wires. In many places
the wires run adjacent to largo buildings ,
the water from which , in falling , strikes
and froe/es upon the wires. In some
places , especially in the rear of the Paxton -
ton block , as much as a hundred pounds
of ice have formed upon the clutter ,
This strains the wires greatly , and to re
lieve and watch them , men are constant
ly engaged in knocking it ofl' from all
heights with poles and clubs.
Sioux Oily Itoiito Xotlce.
Tickets will bo on sale Sundays and
Wednesdays of each week during Feb
ruary , beginning Sunday , January ill ,
for persons desiring to attend the "Ice
Carnival" at St , Paul. Minn. Faro for
round trip , Council Bluffs to St. Paul
and return , fifteen dollars and lifty-hvo
cents ( $15.55) ) ,
lleturn tickets good seven (7) ( ) days
from dtUo of sale.
J. 11. BUCHAXAN" ,
Gen'l ' Pass. Agent.
The largest and finest assortment of
German and French mu k.s ! > to bo found
at MAX MEYEK As CO'S. , llth &Fanam.
ODDS AND 12NDS.
Stray Ijeavcs From the Reporters
"I would rather go to the opera house
on a big night , " said a middle aged gen
Ucman last night , "than to the mosi
fashionable reception that could b <
given on Capitol hill or off toward tin
park. The same people are always
Ihcro It is true , but then they do not nl
ways occupy the same scats. The until
lorium , then-fore , presents the cpuselos' '
combination of a kaleidscopo. Wealth
beauty , intolligC4iicp , ignorance , vanity
and ago interminably mingle
Now and then ono misses t
familiar face , who has porhap1
gone to eternal repose in ono of oui
'silent homes , ' or , perhaps , has beet
swept from Ins walk by the waves o !
financial misfortune. But then , a non
one soon takes its place. And hence
there is little opportunity to mourn a va
cant ohalr. Tlirco winters ago 1 attendee
nearly every porformanci ! of the season
So did a very pretty young lady of thi ;
city. At nearly every performance she
was attended by a dlflorcnt gentleman
1 never see her in a theatre now. She is
still in town , but I don't know what has
become of Ihooung men. 'Who is she ? '
you ask. No , thank you. I'm not giving
names. ' '
Very few people realize ' ° what an o.X'
tent the habit of morphine eating is cur
ricd on among the lower classes of tills
city. A reporter who conversed yester
day , with a number of druggists on Hit
topic , was firmly impressed with the idea
that the opium habit is surely but slowly
.securing new devotees. Many ol the drug
stores havu a regular list of morphine
eaters , who come day after day to get
their regular allowance- the drug.
Many who are addicted to the opium
habit decline to use ( ho pipe , because
to enter the dons of the Chinamen
s highly di-tasloful to them. The mor
phine powder is more easily taken , and
! just as agreeable and soothing in its
olfocN. Hence it is that the number of
morphine lioutls is considerable larger
than those of the unfortunates who con
fine themselves strictly to opium smok
ing. Though it Is true that the use of the
Jriiff in citliur form is principally con
fined to the lower strata , it is also true
that the victims of opium are to bo found
among the bolter classes.
"How much morphine can a fiend take
in one day ? " said a druggist last night
repeating the question put to him by a
reporter. "As high as fifty or si\ty
grains a day , without much trouble. The
biggest dose 1 ever saw taken by ono
person at one time was twenty-live
grains. This may appear to bo a"lishv
story , but it is true , anil I can prove it.
'two or three yoiir-s ago , while I was in
tno r < ur part ol the store , a woman came
in and asked for twenty-live grains of
morphine. My clerk was instructed to
wait on her and give her what she want
ed , as 1 saw that she was accustomed to
using the drug. The clerk handed her
the paper containing the morphine. As
she took it in her hand .she remarked that
she had no money and wanted a few days
uredit. I heard this request and instructed
Iho clerk not to give her the morphine
unless she paid for it. She heard
me and quick as a flash swallowed the
entire doe , muttering nt the same time ,
'I'll ahead of . ' Such
got you , anyway. a
.lose would have killed half a dozen or
dinary niqii. The woman was not affect-
jd a particle by it , but came back the
next day , begging for more of the drug.
"Yes , I saw Salvini in "Othello , " last
night , " sneered a nutty young man to the
ri'puiler. " 1 sui in the circle , and I
thought I saw every newspaper man in
town. 1 looked in all the critiques , but
failed to find a single reference to things
on the stage which distracted mo and
which I know incensed the star. Twice
lliero wore sounds as if the properly man
were 'making' artificial rain. Three times
[ i hammer or sonic other thingfcll upon
the boards , and cacli time
Salvini felt , I think , like
throttling somebody as ho later didlago.
In four scenes I prayed for a 'deity' with
a bean-blower and a Bogardus aim who
should drive off Iho stage the 'auxiliar
ies , ' as well as some of the support.
Throughout the play I was impressed
with the fact that the now water gas
works must have taken up a position on
the stage. Certainly , I must say , for one
of the tew times in my life , I got gas for
which I paid nothing. This is a Jiberal-
itv which I do not commend , because ,
while it will not break the company , it
may send me to the undertaker , or
rather send him to mo When 1 paid the
box-ollico i2 for a ticket in the parquet , I
had not expected to got so many more
things than the advertisement promised.
Don't you think Tom Boyd's generosity
will ruin him ? "
Three contractors stood at the Wubash
corner , Tuesday last , discussing the mer
its of the different kinds of pavements
which will probably bo laid in Omaha
nt'\t summer. Each of them had ridden
over the wooden pavement in Chicago.
All pronounced it worthless. One
' mother-in-law it.
wouldn't ride his - - over
Another said he know a young man who
lost his life and , consequently , his wife ,
by being- shaken to dentli while driving
with his best love over ono of the rickety
wooden roads of that great city. The
third said there was no money in the
stuff for a contr.ictor , and the trio must
have been of the same mind , because
they shook hands and adjourned round
Thn It. & M. Appraisement.
The Burlington & .Missouri appraising
commission , consisting of W. J. Mount ,
J , L. MeCague , O. F. Davis , L. S. Hcptl ,
E , W. Wiokor.y and George Smith , who
look C. Jlurtmuu's place , yesterday put
In considerable work in the southwest ,
upon the proposed line of that road to
Lincoln. The route will bo through
Harris it Fisher's property , formerly
( it'll. Worth's. The course will be 100
feet , and require in thu aggregate about
three acres , which have been appraised
at § 00 per acrit. Besides this , they will
also allow a small amount of damages ,
They also considered the claims for dam
ages to property made by ( ho heirs of
Ann Corrigau. C. 1) . Layton's property
will probably bo more injured than any
man's in that neighborhood .The road
will divide his farm into two equal purls ,
require the moving of his barns ami outhouses -
houses , and then leave his home within a
few feet of the track. Brsides , it will de
stroy somu of his orchard and garden.
He puts his damages at very near $ ; t,000 ,
though the commission had not , at thu
last sitting , been able to raise thu ligiire
to more than $1,000 , although they
thought they might g'o n little higher ,
A Had Death.
Mrs. C. W. Thomas , wife of Mr ,
Thomas , of the Union elevator , died of
internal hemorrhage yesterday morning
it 3 o'clock. She retired as well as usual
Wednesday night , and was suddenly
taken ill. Experienced physicians worn
immediately called , but no relief could
bo afforded. J'lio child horn at thu lime
lias not * survived. The remains will bu
taken away from town.
i Jlldiiwllhlilooksand Tacltlo.
On last Tuesday night Moses O'Brien ,
af the firm of O'Brion & O'Bripn , and II ,
N , Wandcllof the Nebraska and Jowa in
surance company , took a sleigh ride to
Uolltivue. They cntetod a hoiuu on the
way to look lyr refreshments , leaving
their horse tied to a post about .TOO feet
away. When they emerged , satiatt'd
with interior satisfaction , their horse
was not nt the post. "Whore is the
horsot" quorrled Wandoll. It was dark
nt the time , and bothgroppd around until
finally O'Brien discovered the animal's
head extending over ono side of a cistern
ami the .iloigh on the other. The other
part of Iho steed wasdown in the cavern ,
and the startled and appealing eyes ol the
animal hinted that it would afford him
much pleasure lo again get on solid snow.
Blocks and taeklo and half a dozen men
brought the ung to the surface. Both
young men have been covering the cjil-
sodo with considerable industry.
"A 1'AUl.Olt MATCH. "
At Boyd's opera house , to-night
and Saturday afternoon and even
ing , Evans and lloey , two of the cleverest
comedians now before the public , will
play "A Parlor Match , " u most successful
farcical comedy , by Charles II. Hoyt. It
is , the latest of the series of plays for
which their author makes no claim except
that they are nimiMng. It introduces
characters the like of which have not be
fore been seen on the stage. Hoyt is ono
of the drollest of wits. He is original ,
and his conceits always have the charm
of novelty. The play contains pretty mu
sic in abundance. The following neoplo
compose the company : Charles K. Hvnns
Win. lloey. Daniel Hart , Frank Caniit
icll , Harry Nelson , Otis Shattoek , Frank
Ellis , Phillip Bet/lor , Misses M limit !
Frcneli , Fellio Page. Emelie Edwards ,
Maud Mowbrayand Helena French , lie-
served seats are selling rapidly.
The real estate firm of Morse & Briinor
sold yc-tcrday the well known property of
Judge Porlor , on the north side of Far-
mini , second lot east of Nineteenth. The
lot stands about thirty feet above the
street and is surmounted by a frame cot
tage. It is ( idxltM feel in si/.e. The con
sideration is $12,000 , and the purchasers
weroT. L. Klmball and J. II. Hungate ,
the latter formerly of Blair. The under
standing of ( lie .sellers is that the proper ! Jf
is to bo improved , but in what nianmi ?
has not yet been determined. Judge
Porlor is now , and has for some lima
baek been a resident of California. The
appreciation of his property is a source
of exceeding sutistaetiou to him.
Wealth Uolliiig In.
City Treasurer Buck says that ( he taxes
for 1883 are coming in very rapidly
much more so than those of 1881 did at
this time last year.
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