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    THE OMAHA DAILY BEfl : TUESDAY , MAY 18 , 1886.
Lawjcrs' Opinions as to the Cost of Oily
The Shooting nt "Irish Ann's" Shows
Trnces ot Attempted Murder
SlntuIcrlnR Mayor Franklin
BIidrlfT Enbnnk.8 Dilemma.
THB DEB'S MNrni.v mine ml ,
At the meeting of the eity council last
evening Chairman Billlngslj * , of the pav
ing committee , presented letters from
Messrs. Harwood , Ames & Kelly , Mason
& Whecdon , Lamb , lllcketts & Wilson ,
Hj'an Bros. , and other law firms , in an
swer to the circular sent out last week
asking opinions on the power of the city
to undertake paving under the present
charter. The lawyers agree to the point
that the city has no power to issue bonds
for municipal improvements , and relief
must come either from tinkering the
charter or having the governor proclaim
it a city of the first class under the general -
oral act.
Harwood , Ames & Kelly say : 'the in
tersections of streets can bo paid for out
of the 10 mill tax for general revenue.
The city cannot issue bonds for paving
the stn'cls , and then collect in annual
payments from abutting property owners.
There is no method under our charter by
which money can bo provided sooner
than a tax levied for general revenue in
188G becomes delinquent and col
lectible. If the mayor can cer
tify lo 23,000 population the
governor can reeognmo the city as a
city of thi5 lirst class under a charter
with power to issue bonds payable in ten
years These bonds will bo divided into
two classes , ono chargeable on Mio whole
citj' . and to be used for paving the inter
sections ; the other on the property abut
ting on the streets paved.
Lamb , Uicketls & Wilson Under sub.
4 , sec. 5'i , of our charter , the cost of pav
ing one-quarter of eaoli intersection maybe
bo assessed on each corner lot fronting
thereon. There is no express authority
in the charter for issiiinir bonds in aid of
the proposed improvement , and it is con
ceded by all authorities , that municipal
corporations must have express authority
to issue negotiable bonds in aid of inter
nal or other works of improvement. The
machinery of cities of the lirst class would
seem expensive fora place of our present
si/o. Further legislation is needed to
make our charter practicable for the
work contemplated.
Charles O. Whcedon : The city coun
cil can assess the whole expense of pav
ing intersections on the same property
on which the expense of the other im
provements are assessed. Sub-division
4 , section 51 of the city charter provides
that aspccinl tax may be levied on high
ways and alloys to-pay for such improve
ments. The supreme court of Ohio in
Crcighton vs Scott also upholds the li st
point made. The council cannot issue
bonds to pay for pavin < r. Section 59 of
the charter provides that special assess
ments shall not bo levied in any financial
year in excess of live per cent of
the value of the property at the
close of that year. The work
can bo done this year if the
property owners are willing to make ar
rangements to pay the contractor's part
of the contract price and get them to wait
, for the balance when the yearly assess
ments are paid in. The city council
> shoiildpass , an , ordinance covering the
j entire subject of paving and the manner
of paving and the expense , and then let
the work proceed in accordance with the
When the motter was discussed
by the council there was n unani
mous demand for immediate action look
ing toward the paving of some streets this
year. Mayor Burr said ho had talked the
matter over with Governor Dawes and
was ot the opinion that the simplest way
to start the work was to take a census ,
and , if the city showed u population of
25,000 , the governor would declare it of
the lirst class. There was a long and
animated discussion , the outcome of
which was the passage of an ordinance
calling for n census to bo completed by
the 14th of Juno.
'What was put down by the doctors and
police Sunday as an ordinary and unsuc
cessful attempt at suicide now bids fair
to develop into a first-class sensation.
After the wound of Thomas Lawrence ,
the man found shot in the head at "Irish
Ann's" bagnio that day , was dressed , ho
began to grow weak very fast , and late
nt night was found in a very dangerous
condition. Lawrence himself seemed to
realize that lie was near the , and told
his attendant that he was positive the
wound would prove fatal. Ho had been
anxious all along , being a married man ,
to have the facts kept from the public , so
that Ins folks would not hear of them.
Sunday night , however , ho requested that
a telegram bo sent to his brother-in-law
at Creston , Iowa , and yesterday noon's
train brought him to the bedside of the
wounded man. Up to that time Lawrence
Had been positive in his assertions that
the wound was the result of an attempt
at suicide , and that no ono but himsalf
was responsible for it. Yesterday noon
lie said that the shooting was done by a
man as ho was lying on the bod. Ho
could not tell the name ot his assailant ,
but would bo able to recognize him.
The whys and wherefores . of the
shooting Lawrence refused to
give. There are many cir
cumstances connected with the case
which tend to show that the last story
was the true one , In the first place the
shooting was done with a small pistol ,
and men , as a rule , do not carry weapons
pens of that kind. They want to nso
something big enough to kill a man at
the lirst tire if they carry a gun at all ,
and as a consequence the favorite cai-
bro is 44 , I awrcnco was shot with a ! W ,
just such a pistol as a woman would
Keep. Then the nature and the direc
tion of the wound shows that it would bean
an impossibility for a man to hold n pistol
tel so as to inflict it upon himself. The
chances are that the shot was fired when
Lawrence was lying on his left side by
someone who stood just behind him , the
ball entering near the right temple
and ranging forward. The position of
the bed , if this theory is correct , would
indicate that the person that tired the
shot stood in the door of the room and
aimed at the right side of Lawrence's
head. Dr. Beachloy is of the opinion
that the wound was nearly two hours
aid when the police and physicians were
summoned , and the fact that there was
but little powder visible about the wound
loads him to the belief that the pistol
was fully thrco feet from Lawrence's
head when it Mas discharged.
If the weapon had been hold and fired by
Lawrence himself the skin would have
been badly stained and discolored. Then
the further fact that it is now positively
known that Lawrence never owned ai
curried a pistol tends to disprove the
suicide story. Just what the object o !
the would-bo murderer was , however , is
not plain. A story is current to the ef
fect that there is a woman in the case ,
and that she was out with the wounded
man the night before the shooting , nnii
parted from him at a lute hour after a
wordy war. OHicor Mnlono met him ct !
10 ; 30 Saturday night , and the keeper pi
the house where ho lodges says ho was in
bed at 11 , which iu turn upset the story
of his having been out late that night.
Thus the c : < so is full of contradictions. It
is now remarked that when the police
went to the scene of the bhootiug Sunday
morning there waq an unusual effort
made by the landlady and other inmates
: o impress on their minds the point that
"he did it himself. " Every person that
stepped into the house was told so , and
tlio assertion was made over and over
again without apparent causo. The lirst
words spoken by Lawrcnco wore , " 1 did
it m.i self ! no ono else is responsible for
it. " were uncalled for , and excited some
suspicion at the timo. Just what the real
Tacts are will probably never bo known
unless Lawrence tells them himself , and
lie has apparently made up his mind not
Lo do so.
Sheriff Eubank , of Cheyenne county ,
was in Lincoln ycstcrdaj-consulting witli
( lovornor Dawcs as lo the advisability of
hanging James Reynold * in accprdanco
with iiis sentence , on Friday of this week.
The crime of which Hoynolds was con
victed was the murder of John Pinkston
and his son in October last. The Pinks-
tons and Hevnplds came from Saline
county , Missouri , on a land hunting ex
pedition. One night when were in
camp in Cheyenne countj * , Reynolds
killed them both with an axe , presuma
bly to obtain their horses and about $53
iu money which ho knew them to liavo.
Taking the hornos and money Reynolds
struck out to the northwest , but in a day
or two returned and reported the murder
himself , saying some unknown cowboys
had done It. The crime was fastened on
to Reynolds , however , and ho was con
victed at the January term. It is now
claimed that ho is cra/.y , and Sheriff En-
bank finds hhhself in an unenviable posi
tion. If ho hangs him u howl that ho has
murdered an insane man will go up If , on
the other hand , the sheriff fails to car
ry out the .sentence the opponents
of the insane theory will howl equally
loud. So it was with the object of
gottimr orders from the highest authority
that Mr. Eubank camu to Lincoln and
consulted witli Governor Dawes. At the
conference it was decided to try and In
duce Mntthowson to make u personal in
vestigation of the case , and executive
action will be based on his decision ,
( lovernor Dawes made a personal ap
peal to the doctor , and the result was
that ho started with Sheriff Eubank last
night to decide , us it were , whether Hej'-
iiolds will bo hanged on 1-ridny or not.
Major Franklin has returned from
Ogden and Salt Lake , where ho went last
wccK on invitation of Captain Alice as a
sort of escort to the Chinese ex-minister
and suite who are journeying westward
on their way back to the flowery King
dom from Washington. The intolTi'
genco and affability of the Celestials , the
major says , made "the trip a delightfully
entertaining and instructive ono. They
chatted with freedom about the relations
of tlio two countries , and were outspoken
in their endorsement of the manner
in which they had been treated. Whore-
over the train stopped resident Chinamen
thronged to pay their respects to the min
ister , who , judging from the obsequious
salutes ho received , must be the biggest
kind of a big man in bis pwu country.
At Kock Springs the ex-minister inter
viewed about a dozen of his countrymen
on tlio troubles there last summer with
the minors , and had copious notes taken
for transmission to the emperor. The
minister was recalled , tlio major says , be
cause ho was paralyzed in the right side ,
and therefore not aulo to earn the $50,000
a year with which the Chinese govern
ment pays its foreign ambassadors. The
man witli whom Major Franklin was par
ticularly pleased was Cheng Hanson , the
interpreter , a full-blooded Chinaman ,
"allosamco HkoMclican man , " in clothes ,
talk and actions. Some of the major's
follow officials at the state house , jealous
undoubtedly of the honors heaped upon
him. are circulating the report that ho is
cultivating a pigtail and studying the
Mongolian language preparatory to becoming -
coming a subject of tlio mandarin.
Aside from a slight inclination to walk
pigeon toed , unu chat in the "walla
walla , chi chi" style , the BEE man saw
nothing to confirm the report. There
was a suspicious looking sign of "Wun
Lung , laundry , " in the ollico , but it is
understood to be a parting gift from the
Thomas Mauley , a very black negro ,
and Minnie Hinkle , a comely German
lass , wore ai rested at the depot last night
as they were starting tor Omaha. They
had come from Hastings whore they had
been at work in the Bostwick Mouse , and
were suspected ef an intention to get mar
ried. When questioned bv the
authorities Minnie said that Thomas
had seduced her under promise
of marriage and that they were on their
way to Council Bluffs to have the coro-
mo'ny performed. Thomas' funds run
short , however , and they stopped over in
Lincoln to make a raise , which ho did by
pawning his grip. Minnie's parents ,
who live at Sutton were notified and
pending their arrival the colored
suitor is held on a charge
of seduction. The girl is only
eighteen ytjars old , and does not seem to
reali/.o the horrible position in which she
has placed herself , bho says that Mauley
told her ho owned a house and lot in
Lincoln , and she thought ho was a hus
band .worth having , oven if his skin is
The May term of the district court
opened yestortlay , Judge Pound presid
ing. There was an unusually largo at
tendance of lawyers , but nothing more
edifying than a call of the docket took
A dologatio of ladles from the Episco
pal church , eighteen in number , will go
to Omaha Wednesday to attend the diocesan
cesan convention.
nlnqulrios regarding tlio Farmers' Mu
tual Live Stock Association of Marion ,
Iowa , pour into the auditor's ollico daily.
This is the company against which quo
warranto proceedings to compel it to
discontinue doing business in this state
are pending in the supreme court , From
the tone of the inquiries , however , it
seems that its agents are still at work in
this stato.
Base ball will bo the rage In Lincoln
again this week. Tuesday the bank nines
will play a friendly ganm and on Wed
nesday the lirst of a series of four be
tween the Lincoln and Topeka league
teams will take place.
At Judge Parson's solroo in police
court yesterday , George Stevens and
James Cleary were lined $1 and costs
each for bclim drunk. John O'Keefo , a
farmer from 'i ecumseh , was arraigned for
the second time within u week , and was
assessed $5 and costs.
Every available foot of dead wall in
the citv has been covered with gay col
ored bills announcing the coming of
Colo's Colossal Circus to Lincoln on Fri
day , Juno 5.
Rabbi Benson , Omaha ; J. B , Stockton ,
Cheney ; J. J. Gibson , and wifo. Omalia ;
Andy Borden , Omaha ; T. J. Pickett , jr. .
Ashland ; H. M. Rankin , David City ; Hon.
Wm , Lcoso , Seward ; P. J. Nichols ,
OmnhaT. ; II. Holt , Beatrice ; W. G. Hastings -
tings , Wilber ; S. H. Gibson , Edgar.
Granite Reside tlio Tracks.
North Sixteenth street is now badly
torn up beside the horse car track. The
worn out asphaltum for the distance of u
foot and a half on the inside | of each rail
has been taken up and is being replaced ,
according to the specifications of the con
tract , witli granite blocks. This is being
done ono block at a time , and prevents
vehicles from crossing the track from one
side of the street to the other. The work
will he finished in a couple of weeks.
Rene Gunning.
John Roberts , a teamster , who has
worknd for a number of people here
abouts , has skipped , unaccounting for a
gun he borrowed from John A. Scott , an
other from J H. Scott , and is suspected
of having stolen a clock from the Bellevue -
vuo school. His whereabouts are un
known. There are pursuers ou his track.
Additional Particulars of John Milton Hoff
man's Exploits on Horseback.
G'ovcrnor's I > n\vo9' 1'rtrntr. Secretary
1'liiloncd by n Constable Depo
sition ofZ.T. Hedges , of Lilt-
tto Hock , Arkansas.
Dcpositloivof witness takenbeforonui ,
as notary public , within and for the
county of I'ulaskl , state of Arkansas , on
the lUth day of May , 1880 , between the
hours of 0 a. 111 and 8 p. in. , at my ollico
in the city of Little Rock , in said county ,
in pursuance ot the annexed notice to bo
read in bclialf of defendant in att action
pending in the district court of the Second
end judicial district of Nebraska in and
for Lancaster county , in which John
Milton Hoffman is plaintiff'and Edward
Hosowatcr is defendant. Thu plaintill *
being present by his attorneys , Sawyer
it Snull , and the defendant being present
in person and by his attorneys , Itatelill'e
and Fletcher.
K. T. Hedges , being by mo first duly
sworn on oath , deposes and says : My
namois/2. T. Hedges. I live in Little
llock , Arkansas. 1 am 34 years of age.
Q. Are you acquainted with the plain
tiff , John Milton Hoffman ? A. I am.
( } . How long have you known him ?
A. Since 1870.
Q. Whom did you first get acquainted
with him ? A. In Lincoln , Neb.
Q Wore you there intimately ac
quainted with him ? A. Yes , 1 was in the
printing business at the time , and I loll-
man was city editor of the Daily Jour
nal , and the papers , printed in the same
city. Wo mot frequently.
( . } . How long did you know him in Nc-
braskaJ A. 1 knew him from the latter
part of 1870 until I left there in 1878.
Q. Which loft Nebraska lirst , you or
Hoffman ? A. I did. HotVuum loft the
state temporarily on several occasions , i
don't remember now often.
Q. Was Hoffman in the state at the
time you left there ? A. I can't say.
Q. Now , how long before you loft had
you &eon him ? A. To the beat of my
knowledge it was in 1878.
Q. I mean , Mr. Hedges , what time
had elapsed before you left Lincoln in
1878 , anil the last time you had seen Hoff
man ? ( Objected to by attorney for plain-
till' . ) A. Two or three months I should
say.Q. . Did you return to Nebraska after
you left this time ? A. Yes , two or _ three
times. I was there in 1878 and in 1870 ,
and also in 1830.
Q. At either of these visits did you see.
Hoffman ? A. No , not in Lincoln.
Q. When did you see him ? A. In
March , 1830,1 was going from Lincoln to
Springfield. Mo. , and aw Hoffman , at the
thu depot at I'ieree Uity , Mo. , and talked
with him a few minutes 1 haven't seen
him since.
CJ. Have you any memoranda or other
thing or do you recall any circumstance
that enables you to fix the date definitely.
A. Yes. Some days after that 1 read an
account in a daily paper of Ilolfman
having boon arrested at Pierce City , Mo. ,
lout the slip out of the paper and pre
served it. ( Objected to by attorney for
plaintiff. )
Q. Will you attach that slip and make
it a part of your deposition ? ( Counsel
for plaintill'objects. . ) A. I will. The
clippings' as follows :
M'lrst sup- }
SriiiNnriizi.i ) , Mo. , I
Wednesday Evening , March at , 1830. f
[ Second Slti > , j
OUieer Snow yesterday had one J. M. Ilolf
man arrested at I'lerce City , supposed to bo
thu man who robbt'd the bank in Lincoln ,
Nub. , and who stele a horse on which lie es
caped to Missouri. Mr. SHOW has been on
trail of Ills man for homo time.
Q. Were both of the slips cut from the
the saino paper ? ( Objected to by attorney
for plaintill' . ) Above question waived by
attorney for defendant.
Q. State the name of the paper from
which you cut these slips and wnothor or
not you took them both from the same
paper ? ( Council for plaintiff objects. )
A. The Springfield ( Mo. ) Daily Extra.
Both of the above slips were cut from the
same paper.
Q. What was the date of the paper ?
( Objected to. ) A. March ai , 18SO.
Q. What did you do with the paper
from which you cut these slips ? A. It
was thrown aside after I cut them out.
Q. How loni * after the da to of the paper
before y u road these slips ? A. Two or
thrco days after it was issued.
S. How long before reading the paper
it been since yon saw Hoffman at
Piurco City ? A. Probably it was a week
or ton days after I sa'xy him.
Q. Was there any circumstance or oth
er tiling or incident which caused you to
noticO Ilolfman at Pierce City , or to read
the account of his arrest in the paper r if
so , state fully nil about it. ( Objected to
by counsel for plaintiff. ) A. There were.
When I was in Lincoln in .February or
March , 1830. It was to see a man by the
name of T. F. Barnes , with whom 1 hart
business relations. Ho told mo that J.
M. Hoffman hud taken n horse and au
thorized mo to look out for Ilolfman
when 1 went south , where Hoffman was
known to be. I promised to do so. There
is quite a lot moru that I could add. It
was hearsay which is the reason Idid not
want to state it. ( Objected to by counsel
for plaintlH ) .
Q. From whom was this hearsay re
ferred to ? A. From Barnes.
Q. State fully as near as you can what
Barnes said to you about it ? ( Objected to
by council for plaintiff as hearsay. ) A.
Mr. Barnes was very angry. He &aid ho
would put Ilolfman in the penitentiary
for the balance of his natural lifo. Ho
said also that he had written to his
( Barnes1) ) relatives in Kansas to watcli
out for Hoffman and catch him. Ho
spoke of having been very kind to Hoff
man and of having helped him to get
employment and for that reason ho telt
aggravated or bitter toward him.
Q. What was Hoffman's appearance
when j'ou saw him at Pierce City ? ( Ob
jected to by counsel for plaintiff. ) A. He
looked as if ho had been on a long tramp.
Q. State what property , if any , ho hail
at that time. A. I did not see any.
Q. Stuto what conversation , if any ,
you had with Hoffman , as near as you
can , when you saw him at Pierce City.
A. Our conversation was very brief , I
remarked that I had boon to Lincoln ,
and ho asked mo if I could stop over at
Pierce City that night. I tola him I could
not , and that is about all.
Q. To whom did you understand the
newspaper article or item which you
have above exhibited to refer when
you read it ? ( Objected to ) . A. 1 under-
btood it to refer to J. M. Hoffman , the
plaintiff in this suit.
Q. Did you over see the horse that
Barnes told , you about ? A , Yes , sir ;
Or- Have j'ou scon it since your conver
sation witli Barnes ? A. I have not.
Q. Have you scon Barnes since your
conversation witli him about the horse ?
A. I believe I huvo ; 1 am 119 ! certain , I
had some correspondence with him.
Q. If you saw him whore was that. A ,
If I saw him it would have been in Lin
coln.Q. Do you remember any conversation
you had with him at the time last re
ferred ? ( Objected by counsel for plain
tiff. ) A. .Not that I remember.
Q At the time you had the conversa *
tion witli Barnes about Hoffman taking
the horse , do you remember any conver
sation with Barnes concerning Hoffmuu
other than that relative to the horse , if
so. state fully " tUbVnniat ( Objected to by
attorney for p"IaiWiff ) . A. His ( Humes' )
mind seemed luttiof Hoffman. Ho spoke
of the great vulutjjof the horse , saying it
was a Ynvoritp family horso. I don't re
member the substAnce of anything other
than relating U > ( Ho horso.
Q. State wlii'.tlfdr or not you remember
over to have Imitany conversation with
the plaintiff ( Hoffman ) with reference to
any scheme of burglary or anything per
taining to burglary ; if so , stnto fully all
about it. ( Objected to. ) A. No.
Q. Have you any other knowledge or
information 'concerning the arrest of
Hoffman andjiisiroloaso therefrom other
than that which you have stated ? If so ,
state it fully. A ! No.
Q. State whether or not you had any
correspondence with Hoffman after yon
saw him at Pierce City in which ho said
anything about having boon arrested at
Pierce City. ( Objected to. ) A. No.
Q. Did you ever have any correspond
ence with Ilolfman about his trouble
with Barnes about the horse ? A. No.
Cross examination by A. J. Sawyer ,
attorney for plaintiff :
Q Mr. Hedges , when did you first
meet Mr. Kosowater after coming to Ar
kansas ? A. On the Uth day of May ,
Q.Vhcro did yon meet him ? A. At
my residence , Little Hock , Ark.
Q. On what matters of business , if nny ?
A. It was in relation to this libel suit of
Hoffman vs. Hosowater.
Q. Did ho ivok you fully in relation to
the matter tit that time ? A. Yes , sir. I
told him just about what would bo the
nature < ff my testimony.
Q. When did you ne\t talk with him
about this case ? A. I have seen Mr.
Hosowiitcr frequently since ho has been
hero , but I don't remember that wo
talked about this case other than the time
above referred to.
Q. What business wore you engaged
in March , 1880 , and prior thereto ? ( Ob
jected to by the defendant ) . A. I have
been buying soldiers' additional eighties.
Q. What business had Ilolfman boon
engaged in prior to March , 1880 ? A. I
don't know what business he was en
gaged in.
Q. Did j-ou read an article published in
the St. Louis Globe-Democrat prior to the
time of meeting Hoffman in Pierce City ,
entitled "Stand from Under ? " ( Objected
to by defendant ) . A. I did.
Q. Did that article create in j'our mind
an unfriendly fooling toward. Hoffman ?
A. 1 can't say that it did ; the article tome
mo was simply amusing.
Q. State if you and Hoffman are on
friendly relations ? A. No.
Q. Did you write Hoffman a letter
shortly after j'ou met him at Pierce City ,
dated from Springfield , Mo. , in which
you threatened to make it "lively for
aim , " or words to that effect ? ( Objected
to by defendant ) . A. I did not. In the
summer of 1870 1 did write Hoff
man a letter from Springfield ,
Mo. , long before this horse matter
came up , in answer to an insult
ing letter which I had received from him ,
and I authorized him to publish my reply
in the daily Journal of Lincoln , Neb. ,
and to show tie [ Iqttcr to T. F Barnes.
Q. Were tljb contents of that letter of
an unfriendly character ? ( Objected to
by defendant : ) fA. The contents were
not of a friendly character.
Q. Where did you receive the copy of
the paper fr/mi , which you cut the' ex
tracts which are attached to j'our deposi
tion ? A. At Springfield , Mo.
Q. What dadd ? you arrive at Spring
field , Mo. ? A. AB near as my recollec
tion runs I arrivtul-at Springfield on the
evening of M rchjUj or 20 , 1883.
Q. \ \ ere you living there at that time ?
A. I was not. I Had relatives there with
whom I stoppVd. '
Q. llow ions : did you stay in Spring
field , Mo. , at that.timc ? A. Eight or ten
days , I thinkbut ; , I had some business
which kept me out of the city two or
three days of that time.
Q. How long before this was it that you
wore in Lincoln. Nob. ? A. I believe it
was about a month before that , or not so
Q. I will ask von if you were not on
your return from Lincoln when yon met
Hoffman at Pierce City , Mo. ? A.I was.
Q. Had you talked with Mr. Barnes
about Hoflmau just before leaving for
Sprinsrlicld ? A. 1 had.
Q. Did you return by cars ? A. I did.
Q. How many minutes did you see
Hoffman at Pierce , City , Mo. ? A. Five or
ten minutes.
Q. Whither was he bound ? A. He said
ho was going to Eureka Springs , Ark.
Q. Waero did you see him ? A. On the
platform at the depot.
Q. What time of daj'was it ? A. In the
evening , about 5 or 0 o'clock.
Q. What day of the month was it ? A.
To the best of my recollection it was be
tween the 25th and 20th of March , 1880.
Q. What made you think Hoffman had
boon on a long tramp ? A. His appearance -
anco suggested it. His clothing was
" Q. Describe the articles of clothing
worn by him. A. Ho was dressed in u
brown t > uit ; the coat was cut frock , the
vest buttoned up in front. There was a
torn plaoo in one of the pant legs. His
phocs wore badly worn looked as though
he had been traveling on fopt.
Q. What article of jewelry , if any , did
ho wear ? A. 1 didn't notice any.
Q. Wore you acquainted witli the editor
of the Daily Extra ? ( Objected to by de
fendant. ) A. Slightly.
Q. Do j'ou know anything further
about the alleged arrest of J. Milton Ilolf
man. other than what you have stated in
chief ? A. No
Q. Do you know the name of the officer
that it is claimed made the arrest ? A. I
do not.
S. Did yon know him at that time ? A.
Q , Do you know who prompted the
alleged arrest ? A. Mr. Barnes , I think.
I had authority to arrest him myself.
Q , What makes you think Mr. Barnes
prompted the arrest ? A. Because Mr.
Barnes had boon writing around , and I
supposed was in consultation with the
authorities ,
Q. Before what officer was the warrant
sworn to ? A. I don't know anything
about that.
Q 1)9 you know who filed the com
plaint , if any was tiled , against J. M.
Hoffman ? A.1.1 do not.
Q. Do you kiiovf by what authority , if
any authority there was , by which the al
leged arrest WHS triado ? A. I do not.
Q. Do you know or had you heard of
the alleged anvstof ] Hoffman before you
read the article i | the Dally Extra. A.
That was the liratrf know of it.
Q. Do j'ou kjio'v , ' whether ho was ar
rested or dctaihedon a warrant or t lo-
gram ? A , I dpnot.
Q How did youcome to preserve that
llttlo piece of newspaper winch j'9ii have
attached to your-doposition bearing the
duto of the paper ! ) A. More as a matter
of curiosity than 'anything ' clso. 1 fre
quently do that , . I
Q. After reading ) the article did j'ou
make any further invostigatipn as to the
cause of the article being written or the
arrest made ? A. I did not.
Q. When did you first learn that ho
bad been released ? A. I don't know
when it was , but it was some time after
Q. Did Barnes state to you in the con.
vorsation you had with him that Hoffman
hud stolen his horse ? A. Ho did. Ho was
very bitter.
Q , Did ho allege nny other cause of
grievance against him ? A. Ho teemed
to dwell on the horso. Ho asked mo half
a dozen times if I remembered how pret
ty she was.
Q. Describe the horse. A. It was a lit
tle bay pony horse , worth in my judg
ment about f (0 ( or 50.
Q. Did ho state to j'ou that Hoffman
had gotten certain eighties which ho
( Barnes ) thought ho ought to havo'liad.
( Objected to by defendant. ) A. Ho did
not state nt that time , but on another oc
casion when t mot him , a dnv or two
after the one in which ho spoke of the
horse , he snid in substance that ho was
afraid that Hoffman had gotten away
with two eighties which belonged to
him. nn
Q. When you saw Barnes nt Lincoln
had j'ou seen Hoffman down in tins coun
try after lie had been operating for
Barnes ? A. No.
Q. Had you told Barnes anything about
meeting Hoffman down hero or anything
relative to Hoffman ? ( Objected to by
defendant's attorney. ) A. 1 think not.
Q. In .1 conversation with Barnes did
ho not express a very biltcr fcolinc to
ward Hoffman for the reason of the
article written by Hoffman entitled
"Stand From Under. " ( Objected to by
defendant. ) A. He mentioned the article
but not particularly. Ho dwelt more on
the horse matter than anything olso.
Q. Did ho not denounce Mr. Hoffman
for writing that article ? A. I can't say
whether ho did or not. I
Q. Did ho express himself as satisfied
with the article ? A. He did not express
himself strongly ono way or the other.
The article was simply amusing to me.
Q. Did ho say that the article was a
good thing for him and would bo a bone-
lit to him in his business ? A. Ho did not.
Q. Did you over hoar any conversation
or have any conversation with Hoff
man or any ono clso about anj' safe
burglary ? A , No.
Q. Did you send Barnes a copy of the
Daily Extra mentioning the arrest ? A. I
did not.
Q. Did you send ono to Hoffman ? A. I
did not. I didn't know where ho was
and would not have thoughtof it if I had.
Q. Do j'ou know what became ot the
horse in controversy ? A. No.
The above copy Inn been compared
with thu original and found to bo a true
copy Gio. : L. BASHAM ,
Notary Public.
Ono Airy Berth on a Pullman Car.
Chicago Herald : ' Bnating one's way
on the passenger trains is not an easy
thing to do on the Pacific roads , " said a
traveler from the west , "but during my
last trip 1 saw a most novel expedient
employed by a tramp. Early ono morn
ing , when wo wore pretty well up in the
mountains , ! got up and dressed and took
a chair out on the platform for a breath
of fresh air. 1'csonll.y the train btoppcd
at a water tank and I jumped down to
the irround to stretch my legs a moment.
As I walked up ahead 1 was surprised to
hear a snoro. 'Can it bo possible , ' I
thought , 'that there is anybody who can
snore loud enough to bo beard through
the double floor ot a bleeping car ? ' 'I ho
snoring seemed to como from under the
coach , and so I resolved on n closer look.
Bending down I glanced under the body
of the ear , and saw there a scene which
struck mo as being about the oddest 1
had ever witnessed. In a hammock ,
when ho had evidently stolen from some
door-yard in California , lay a tramp ,
sleeping soundly and snoring noisilj' .
The hammock was swung under the car ,
close to the fioor , and one leg of its
occupant hung out and trailed rather
close to the ground. In that queer bed
ins trampshipTiad been riding all night ,
without ticket or berth check , and with
no fear of being compelled to join in $2-
all-around for the benefit of the porter nt
the end of his journey. Ho rode some
fifty miles further before ho was dis
covered and bounced , and then strode
off in scarcli of food and to wait until
night before resuming his journey under
another palace car. "
In making the assertion tha Pozzoni's
medicated complexion powder is entiro-
ljr free from injurious or deadly poisons ,
wo do it upon the authority of a thorough
chemical analysis. It is one of the old-
cstface powders in the American mar
ket , and. is used in the families of some
ofour most prominent medical men who
have personally acknowledged to the
proprietor that they not only consider it
harmless , but esteemed it highly benefi
cial in every respect , not only for the use
of ladies and children but for the 'lord of
creation' himself. Sold by druggists.
A Letter From His Brother Denounc
ing the Instigator of the
Koccnt Attack.
GUAND HAVEN , Mich. , May 10. [ Editor
Now York World. ] Under dale of May
5 your Washington correspondent makes
a'dastardly attack on ox-Senator Thomas
W. Ferry of Michigan which is ascowara-
ly ( my biothcr being absent ) as it is false.
Your correspondent gives as his authority
"a Michigan man. "
I pronounce the statements as false
and wicked and demand Iho name of the
Michigan man who is said to have
furnished the information , in order that
the people of Michigan may hold him in
lively remembrance. I ask for the
publication in lull of "an indictment
against him for forgery" in the interests
of truth and justice , for I very Btronaly
suspect that the arliolo is inspired by a
Michigan man ( bo it said to his shame ) ,
tiio same whom "Providence in his in-
scrulablo wisdom permitted to edit a
newspaper" for ono day lhat paper
the Army and Navy Journal that day-
one in December. 1882 , and the massive
brain of the man the same from whom
emanated the bitter attack on ( tho' then )
Senator Ferry , describing him OH "a son
of a pious cuss of the Presbyterian
persuasion , " a phrase that will bo for
gotten in Michigan , where the Uev.
William M. Ferry liveu and died , only
when its author Is burled in the obscurity
which he so richly earned and is fust
accumulating. Whether ex-Senator
Ferry will "never again bo a factor in
Michigan politics" docs not become mete
to say , but that stalement shows Iho
animus of the whole attack , and is the
"ghost that will not down" at the bidding -
ding of tlio guilty consciences of those
who lirst precipitated financial disaster
upon Senator Ferry , and llinn personally
and with the aid of the Detroit Post led
the ' 'machine discipline ! " against him in
the famous.senatorial campaign of 1833
at Lansing , and while he was sick unto
death in Washington miccoeded in ac
complishing his political defeat.
My brother will bo nt his home before
the end of the present month , I trust in
recovered health , to bpcak and act for
himself. Euw.uto P. FKIIKV.
This aflornoon Ihcro will bo a series
of interesting atlilctio events at lias-
call's park. Among others , will bo a 100-
yards nice for handsome gold watch as a
prize by Ed Uothory.
Cog wheel , hand caught , badly mashed ,
St. Jacobs Oil conquers pains and heals ,
Justice Anderson married on Saturday
night John Facklor and Ellie Franklin , of
Sarpy county , and ( Jims. Helta and Her-
inlini Solicitor. Deputy Sheriff Phillips
gave away the brides in the most grace
ful manner imaginable.
A sure cure for Blind , Dlcodln ? , Itchln
and Ulcerated Piles has been discovered by
li. Williams , ( an Indian lemudy ) , called Ir
Williams' Indian Pile Ointment , A single
box has cured the worst chronic cases of 85 or
80 years standing. No one need suffer 11 vo
minutes after applying this wonderful sooth
In ? medicine. Lotions and Instruments do
more harm than goocL Williams' Indian
Pile Ointment absorbs the tumors , allays the
intense Itching , ( particularly at nlKht after
eettlnt ! warm In bud ) , acts as a poultice , elves
Instant relief , and Is prepared only for Piles ,
itching of private parts , ami for nothing else.
Dr. Frazler's Jlntrlo Ointment cures as by
mairic , Pimples , Ulack Head * or Grubs ,
Blotches and Eruptions on the face , leaving
the SKln clear and uoautlful. Also cures Itch.
Salt Jiheum , Sore Nipple * Sore Lips , < md
Old Obstinate Ulcers.
Sold by druggists , or mailed on receipt ot
CO cents.
Retailed by Kulm & Co. , and Schroetor 4
Conrad. At wholesale by 0. F. Goodman
Systematic Robbery of the Tax-Payers br
County Officials.
The K.x-Tronsuror mill Clerk GetAway
Away With Ton Thousand Dollars
-Keekless Mnnnccnicnt
of County Affairs.
CitcioitTOjf , Nob. , Mny 12. , [ Corres
pondence of the HER. ] The people of
Knox county fooling that our finnncua
were not being properly managed , ntul
flint many olllcial duties were being neg
lected in the county , demanded an ex
amination by n petition of about 800 or
the tax payers in Knox county iu 1885.
In the month of September our county
commissioners employed nil expert ex
aminer from Qnmliti , K. L. Sayro , who
proceeded to make a thorough and com
plete examination of the county records
from 1 ° G8 to 1830. He reports many of
our records In bad condition , and the
business very losoly and carelessly kept.
The county clerk's ollico had never kept
n book or Index , the ofllco has
probably paid from two to three thous
and dollars per annum for the past thrco
or four years , including the abstracting ,
although not one cent had been turned
over to the county , plats of towns and
additions to towns hud never been re
corded , but simply Hied tor record and
liable to be stolen by some evil disposed
persons , tax lists hail never been looted
up , and the clerk's deputy had made a
loan and brokers' ollico of the clerk's
ollico , instead of devoting his time to his
ollicial duties.
The county treasurer's ollico had been
kept in little better shape until 1833 ,
when Charles J. Ivadish took possession ,
since which time tlio records showed
very poor managomi'iit. It will be re-
moniunrcd that Kadish was accused of
going in with the suhoolland riugof Lin
coln lilim Kendall and others to gob
ble our school lands from actual sulucrs ,
to speculate out of them , and they did
capture about 00,000 acres , and turned
them over to private parties to sell at an
advance of $1 to $ i per aero ubovc the
priee fixed by statute to-wit , $7 per acre ;
this was their profit. The scheme did
not pan out as expected by the rinsr and
most of the lands are still in their posses
sion , and liable to be for somu time , as
no one cared to pay them a bonus for
their dishonest scheming. Uumor says
Kadish went in too deep in school land
and other speculations , and the expert
found him short in his accounts.
The amount of shortages in the offices
was found to be as follows : Ex-Treasurer
Charles J. Kadish , $0,404.18 ; ex-Clerk
Vac.Randa , $1,188.30 , not including the
abstracting ho had done as county clerk
with the county seal attached , which
would probably bring his shortage up to
SJ3.000 or more.
The county has no bonded indebted
ness , but the investigation showed out
standing warrants to "the amount of $28-
25D.09 , and the delinquent taxes amount
to about 8,000 , mostly personal property
taxes which have been collectable , but
the treasurers have neglected collecting
them until many of the parties have lett
the county.
In tlio year 1833 our countj' commis-
sioneas sold several thousand acres of
land for taxes for fifty per cent of the
taxes against the lands
The statutes prescribe that the treas
urer may take from the dilVeront funds as
fees ten per cent on the lirst $3.000 , four
per cent for the next $2,000 , and two per
cent fur the balance collected for the fis
cal year that is , from October to Octo
ber ; but for some reason settlements
were sometimes made in January and
July , after which they would again take
out the ten , fcur and two per cent from
January to October. According to re
ports this practice seems to have boon
kept up with county treasurers all over
the state , and if other counties would in
vestigate their records , would probably
find the same state of affairs.
Tins man Kadish was elected first as
an anti-rtnK candidate , and within ono
year went over to the crowd who had de
famed his character and tried hard to
defeat him , turned his baek to his friends
and worked hard for the election of K.
K. Valentine in 1883. Thus you see that
a man who will bo untrue to his friends
cannot bo true to his country. His new
found friends , the Niobrara ring , havq
always proclaimed his innocence until
forced to believe it by seeing the books
and figures for themselves , and they are
now having two Knox county experts go
over tlio books to see if the shortages
cannot be cut down. It is understood
that Kadish has offered to turn over
§ 0,000 , worth of property to his bondsmen
and pay the balance as soon as possible.
Ho owned quite a largo stock ranch ton
miles from Niobrar.i , besides other lands
and property , mostly purchased , since he
was elected treasurer in 1881.
Had not this investigation been had ,
our county would have been about
$12.000 out.
The friends of Kadish , and perhaps
those who had used our county money
for speculation , have denounced the in-
viistigation from the bcgguming and
tried to have it slopped before comple
tion. All new connties have their rings
composed of cormorants , who prey upon
the public , try to control the political
parties , caucuses and conventions , and
monopolize the public offices , putting
their pets in office , lo hojp them to their
public funds and public property anil
build Ihomsclvcs up. These stealings
and corruptions go on until the people
'demand an investigation and the mailers
are shown up. when Iho rascals nrc
turned out and H new deal ia made.
There is no doubt there has boon plonly
of jobbery and rascality carried on in
many counties in Nebraska wince their
organization that could bo ferreted out
if taken in time by anti-ring laetions ,
and the rascals made to disgorge , or bo
sent over the road lo board at Lincoln
for a lerm of years ,
The bridge and other conlracts that
hare been lot to jobbers at thrco times
the actual cost in this county must bo the
same' iu many other counties. Our
bridges and school houses have cost us
less than one-third for the last two years ,
for the same si/.u bridges and school
houses that it had cost lor many of thorn
before ; one school house , IdxiM feel , one
story high , cost the district $1,500 to
build , while another , the &ame si/.o , was
built for les ? than $500 , and well finished
and furnished. This accounts for the
way in wlijoli certain prominent politicians -
cians are getting rich bo rapidly.
11 is time that public officers should bo
given to understand that a public ollico
is a public trust , and every county in Ne
braska , J venture to say , would be bcno-
lilted by having a thorough and complete
investigation at least every four years.
Many counties like ours have a very
slack and imperfect way of keeping the
records , which should bo corrected Al
ready there is a great improvement in
our county ofllcoa , since they have found
that they were watched more closely.
The rings all through the country have
their pliant tools , willing to do the bid
ding of their masters if they can only got
an office. It is time that the people were
allowed a voice in selecting public offi
cers , and then have detectives to watch
thorn if they want to keep thorn honest.H. .
Throw Awuy Trusses
and employ our radical , new method ,
guaranteed to permanently cure the
worst cases of rupture. Send 10 cents in
stamps for referenced , pamphlet and
terms. World's Dispensary Medical As
sociation , COS Main iat. , Uuftalo , N. 1' .
Royal Highlanders ,
"I wns In n condition ot ( treat debility , cotuoqnent
upon a broken tlnttn ittomncli , dy iiop li : and malarli ,
complicated wltU kldnor Irritation , when mjr medlcnl
nttondnnt directed mo to take your Incompurnblo
Cocn Hoof Tonic. Its effect wm lmilr | murrolous ,
The i > o erof illgeMlon wns qulcklr rr'tored , lh kid
ney Irritation vanished and rapid restoration to hoMth
"Other preparations of COCA hud boon triad without
tha slightest effect. "
Pof Ghs Von
, , Ludwig Seeger ,
r of Mcillclno nt the IJoj-nl tThlraniltTI
Knlulil of tlio Itojrnl AuMUnn Order of thn Iron
Cnmn : Knight Commander nf the lloynl Splnlidl Or
der ot the lied KiiKloj Clievnller of the Legion of
Honor. , etc. , etc. , uys. :
CO.'S COCA. HKEF TONIC should not B8
conlouiulod with the horde of trnihjr euro-alls. It In In
no jort-w at the word n patent rmui-dy. 1 am ttoor-
michlreonTcrvmt with Us innda of preparation antl
known to lie not only n Irsltlmntu plmrmaroutlCM
product , but nl > o worthy of the hliiM ooninicndaltoiia
it hm roootrod In itllpnrtn of the vrorld. . It contains
of llepf , Cocii , Quinine , Iron , nn < l Cnll&fiTa ,
n hlcli tire ilKonlrvd In pure genuine Spanish Imperial
Crown Sherry. "
Invalnnlilo to nil who nro run ilown , Nervou * . DTB-
peptic , llllloui , Mubrlous or afflicted with trcnk kld-
iii' j * .
liewnro of Imitations.
Her Majesty's ' Favorite Cosmetic Glycerine
Used by Her noynl lllghno s tha Prlnec-s of Wale
nnil the nobility. 1'or the Skin , Complexion. Erup
linn * . Chapping. KouRlmpw. * l.03. Of druBalstd.
IiliillUi | < : < ) . * ' ( ! iM'i\iMYiuti'OK : : HAiiHAi'AntUJL
la gnarunlcocl nn the bent Siirrnpnrlllu lu the markvt.
la very prevalent at this season , the
symptoms being bitter taste , offensive
breath , coated tongue , sick headache ,
drowsiness , dizziness , loss of appetite. It
this condition is allowed to continue ,
serious consequences may follow. By
promptly taking Hood's Sarsaparilla , a
fever may be avoided or premature death
prevented. It is a positive cure for bil
liousucss , Sold bv all druggists.
Parallo of the Burglar.
Estellino ( Dak. ) Bell : A burglar was
going through a house in a Dakota town
ono night ami discovered an exceptional
ly large roll of money. Curious to know
whether ho had broken into an editor's
house or that of some other variety of
capitalist , ha turned to the owner , who
hnd just awakened , and said :
"lixcuso me , colonel , but 1 would like
to inquire how you came by such an un
usually largo wad of wealth ! " c . '
"Sir , " replied the moneyed man , " 1
am a member of the territorial legisla
ture. "
"A thousand parnonsl" exclaimed the
polite burglar , dropping the money.
'Shako. Wo never steal from members
of the profcssionl. [ Good-night. "
Absolutely Pore and Unadulterated.
AND PXUCRIKO v Pimiouua evunrwurai ,
And all Wasting Dlteateii
ins OSI.Y
For sale to ? UraggUU , Grocers and Dealer * *
Price , Olio Dollar per Bottle.
Idfiiry tnseilei bottltt , tnd noot c inlii
t > t locli btr our t r 4t-w rk Ubii el itit Udcbtiulit ,
* j Above , Dt lh tutn * of rompftuv Ulwwa In botlU.
C3Pri < mie < "tortli ICvrk ? MoanUlaifeKCtpt tt >
' rritoric * ) , unable to procur * II from Uitlr d alri (
mi lift ? * Ibilf P0 * n * eni , lit plain tftte , imroArkt < 1 , * *
ircu Chirac * prvptld , bfrtulttlDf tilt liolUri to
The Duffy Mail Whiskey Co , , Baltimore , Md.
CatnlugiH'H nnii I'rlrrson application. Bolilbjr
all lug beat CorrUcB liiitlricra and Dealers.
CINCINNATI , V , S. A.j. .
j. coo-cm. .
State Agents
Omaha , Neb.
OIWXj-ST. X Oul < * . l' ; > nrnp n
Cure for Ix tSIintouilD3UIItr.S' S
TotuftioM.Wcftknun , yv qu&clcery , la/
cMvputthUi f'roofA Hook H.-at tc Ied !
fruw EltlU JJJCO , CO. . UVWAU ) . M.K
Instant i oiler , Fiaul euro In
lUJaya , mulucvcr returns. Jfo
purg , no tal/B no fcupposltory. Hutlor * urll
earn uf a gl lmplo ruuieJy Ircu by mlJrenlna C.
ONSM A 87 Nassau at. , M. V. uiu-lio jUUiu