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TICKETS for the Sullivan-Mitchell
fight tire felling in London .for SUOO.
Mr. Sullivan in London is a better card
than Oscar Wilde in the United States.
IN'AUGUUATION DAY will doubtless
bo changed Jrotn the 4th of March to
the 30th of April , the day on which
Washington first took the presidential
SITTING BUJ.L is going to Washing
ton to oppose the Dawes bill , opening
the Sioux reservation. It is sad to see a
great warrior degenerate into a com
" WOMAN'S SPHUUU" grows mid grows.
An enterprising eastern lady has been
getting pledges from farmers not to kill
eong birds , and then converted the doc
uments into promissory notes.
IT takes but three days and one hour
to go from Omaha to San Francisco.
This is certainly a refreshing thought
to the pioneers who crossed the plains
in ' 49 , at the rate of from sixteen to
twenty miles a day.
NEOKOES have started and maintain
in successful operation several cooperative -
operative institutions in the south.
This is a good idea. Perhaps some of
the vexed problems attaching to this
class of citizens may find solution in this
THE town site of Los Angeles cm-
braces about sixty thousand acres. That
of San Diego ninety thousand. At a
moderato computation these two towns
nlono would require about four million
inhabitants in order to maintain city
values on that extent of territory. The
prospects nro that many of the mush
room towns of California will resolve
themselves into farming lands again in
, the near future.
TUB Chorokeos' , after a squabble of
several weeks , have been unable to de
termine whether Mayos or Bushyhead
wore elected to the Cherokee congress
1at the recent election. The former
claims a majority of ono hundred and
fifty votes , which Bushyhoad contests.
An Indian inspector has been ordered
from Washington to look into the con
test and straighten matters out. The
controversy has boon a hot ono and the
Indians deserve credit for having con
ducted it BO far without bloodshed.
THE population of Now York city ii
1,500,000. The World furnishes this
interesting item of the city's growth :
"Ninety-one years ago lost bummer the
first steamboat with a screw propollei
was tested in this city. The water or
which it lloated was the Collect , 01
Freshwater Pond , and that beaulifu
pond , with its banks rich in foliage
flowed over the site now occupied by th <
Tombs. The population of the city wni
then 60,000. In 1832 , fifty-five year :
Bgo , it hud increased to 200,000. " Thii
shows thatAvithin llfty-flvo years tin
population has increased 1,300,000
Hero is ample evidence that a solii
growth beatrf.n boom.
The great international competition
and universal international exhibition
will open in Hrvssols May ! t , 1888 , am
continue six months. This o.xhibitioi
will bo under.tho patronage of Loopoli
XI. , king of Belgium. It is organized 01
an entirely dilToront plan from al
previous exhibitions , nnd the manage
mo nt claims that it ' 'bids fair to bccom
a universal success , and to develop i
revolution among all branches of trade
and industries , from the fact that in ad
dition to the exhibition a convcntio
Trill bo hold for the purpose of invest !
gating into and practically demonsral !
Ing by each exhibit how it can manufacture
facturo bettor , quicker and cheaper.
All exhibits will bo transported o
Bpocial rates , and all applications nuu
bo made by January 16 , 18S8 , to th
authorized agents for thq United Statei
Armstrong , Knauor & Co. , S22 and 82
Broadway , New York. The oxhibitio :
' offers rnro Inducements to America
exhibitors , and it is urged that mam
facturers take this opportunity of pla <
"ing their wares before the world. Goi
many , Franco , Russia , Italy , Spaii
I ? Austria and England will bo well ropn
I ; Bontod , The exhibition grounds covet
\t\ \ \ WO acres , and all possible attraction
lor the amusement of visitor * have bee
Wild West she
' ecurod , including the
| S 01 Buffalo Bill.
There is not n reasonable doubt that
the addition to the population of Ne
braska from immigration , for the pres
ent year , will amount to fully ono hun
dred thousand. It was shown by the
vote at the last election that this is an
entirely safe estimate , and it is equally
certain that this state now has a papula- ,
tlon that may bo roundly stated at nine
hundred thousand. This is an increase
of nearly ono hundred per cent in seven
years. If the same ratio of growth is
maintained until the year of the next
national census , 1890 , Nebraska will
then have a population of about 1,300-
000. Is there the slightest reason to
question that this rate of increase will
be maintained ? On the contrary , all
the probabilities favor it , with the
chances that the population three years
hence will exceed the above figures.
There are indications that the exodus
from the cast.to the west during the
coming year , and very likely for several
years , will bo on a larger scale than for
the pnst several years. The farmers of
Now England nro as n class not prosper
ous , and there nro many in the Middle
States whoso condition presses upon
them the expediency , if not the neces
sity , of changing'thcir location. The
thoughts of thousands of thcfioinon , who
are now eking out a mere [ hand-to-
mouth existence with no prospect of im
provement in their situation so long as
they remain where they arc , arc turned
to the west. The broad , rich and in
viting fields of this section , whore fair
reward is assured to industry and thrift ,
open to them un vista of cheering possi
bilities which they can find nowhcro
else and which they know do
not exist in the localities where they
arc now plodding out a nearly
fruitless life. Looking as they arc
daily compelled to do upon the dark
side of the picture presented iu their
sterile fields , growing every year less
productive , they reflect with the
pleasure that hope gives upon the al
most boundless region of yet virgin soil ,
becoming every year more bountiful in
its yield , in the west. They read of its
abundance , of its prosperity , of its irre
sistible energy and its grand progress ,
and they grow eager to become partici
pants in and contributors to this grand
march of empire. Many of them will
do so in the year to come and the years
In all this inviting territory there is
no part that offers more favorable in
ducements than Nebraska. Of its more
than forty-eight million acres there are
still many thousands that hold the
promise of splendid reward to the skill-
ul and industrious husbandman. Its
ecortl as an agricultural state is c&tab-
ishcd on an equality with the highest ,
nd its productive capacity is yet far
rom being fully developed. This year
t stands at the front as a corn-produc-
ng state , and will in nil probability
maintain this position in the future.
? or all the products of the soil nnd the
raising of stock no state possesses supo-
ior conditions. Prosperous and growing
ities and towns are accessible as mar
mots by an ample and well-equipped
railroad system , and every provision
ind requirement of an advanced civil-
x-ation is supplied. No equal popula-
ion anywhere else in the country can
more general comfort , content
ment nnd prosperity than the people of
Nebraska. The invitation is extended
o all who are seeking to improve their
condition in life to come to this bounti-
ully favored state , share in the existing
prosperity and assist to increase it.
There is still ample room and almost
boundless opportunity for industry , en
terprise and thrift.
Death of S. r. Hounds.
The announcement of the death of S.
P. Rounds , editor of the Ifcniibfican , will
bo received with great surprise in this
community. Mr. Rounds came to Omaha
about a year ago in full health and
vigor. Ho had chosen this western
metropolis for his homo , with flattering
prospects for success and enjoyment.
Mr. Rounds was a man known through
out the entire west. For man ;
years ho was actively engaged in Chicago
cage in the printers' supply ] trade ,
where his name became familiar in
every printing ofllco. In his dealings
with the members of the craft he was
always honorable and obliging.
He was appointed government printei
under the Garflold administration
which position he resigned to come tc
Omaha. Since his residence in this
city Mr. Rounds has made many friends
and the nnnounrcmont of his death will
cause universal regret.
It is not altogether surprising that ir
this practical and prosaic ago , with iti
development of narrow purism , then
should bo eomo people who think tha
Santa Claus , the children's saint , win
has ministered to the happiness of tin
millions in all enlightened lands fo :
generations , should bo cast out am
abandoned. Uncomplimentary as i
may bo to the progress of itnolligonco
there are persons who can see no poetr ;
in this mcdiicval myth , no possibility o
a truth being taught by this gentli
and almost universally honored fiction
These purblind purists can see nothiiij
but harm in the kindly deception tha
tills the imagination of childhood wit !
the cheeriest fancies nnd th
happiest anticipations , and wltl
cold-hearted iconochism would rob th
juvenile world of this only saint of it
fancy that once in the year brings to i
a boundless fitoro of happy expectancy
An eastern child's paper having invite
opinions on Santa Claus , received a num
her of responses in favor of abolish in
the good old saint , among others on
from Rev. Dr. John Hall. This goo
and learned gentleman deprecated th
custom because it is tolling lies to littl
children , nnd although ho granted thu
it may give them temporary pleasure
ho thought "enjoyment bought throng
lies is gold bought too denr , if indeed i
can bo called gold. " Undoubtedly Di
Hall heard in his childhood of the goo
Santn. Claus , aim had his imaginntio
enlivened and cheered as childre
still do by the wuno "lioa
that have been repeated untol
times since German fancy evolved 'th
old saint.yct that excellent gentleman
career attests , that ho did not suite
therefrom. Nor , has any other amen
n ii nl -
the countless millions who have found
delight in the ancient fiction.
Fortunately opinions did not run all
ono way in this timely symposium ,
nnd among thoao who bore testimony in
favor of preserving Santa Claus was
Rev. Dr. William M. Taylor. See how
easily nnd completely this more gener
ous-minded man disposed of the propo
sition to abolish the old saint , and how
strongly ho establishes the claim of
Santa Claus to continued honor. Dr.
Taylor said :
I cannot sco that any harm Is done by the
references to nnd representations of Santa
Claus at Christmas. The purism which
would rule that out of nil Christmas celebra
tions would deprive the nursery of all such
"classics" as "Jack and the Bean Stalk , "
"Jack the Giant Killer , " "Gulliver's Travels"
and the like ; would overlay entirely the
youthful Imagination ; would put nn end to
all childish playing at this or that , nnd would ,
In a word , take the poetry out of childhood ,
and make It all only very dull proso. I am
not sure but that , fi'lrly carried out , It would
also taboo sill the literature ot Imagination ,
nnd destroy everything In the shape of a
book that is not literal fact. The proper an-
tlthcsis to fact Is fiction , nnd fiction may
teach a deep truth. Santn Claus is n fiction :
but the truth beneath that fiction , which
sooner or later comes to the surface , is love
the love of parents for children , teachers for
scholars , and Christians for each other ; and
probably in the end that truth Is more effect
ively taught because of the Impression made
by Santa Claus in the beginning.
Nothing more need be said in defense
of the children's saint , and there can bo
no doubt as to what the nearly unan
imous verdict-will bo on this summing
up. Lot the iconoclasts strike down
whatever else they please , but the voice
of childhood in ono mighty chorus ,
welling up from the little hearts throb
bing with joyful anticipation , will de
mand that Santa Claus be spared. And
so ho shall bo.
The venerable pool of liberty and
humanity , John Grcenleaf Whittier ,
yesterday celebrated his eightieth an-
nivor&ary at his Now England home ,
Danvers , Mass. Mr. Whittier possesses
more than the more art of writing
rhymes and fancies and painting nature.
His genius and his intelligence are
ever employed for his country , which
ho loves. Ho has been a leader , in
social and political reforms. Ho de
spised slavery , and his Qcrco invectives
against men who advocated itnndrnnin-
tuined that it was a divine institution
were withering in their effects. It has
> cen snid of the illustrious old poet
hut "his was cast in a time of war and
liango , nnel ho sang the songs and
ought the battles of his time , "
Of Mr. "Whittior's personal appear-
nee , the New York Herald's corres-
ondont , who very recently interviewed
lira , says :
Tall , and as straight as ono of the young
inca in his favorite grove , It seems impos-
ible that he is about at the end of four score
'cars. The crown of his head is bald , and
i Is hair is glossy silver , but his great black
you are as clear , bright and piercing as If ho
ivero in the prime of life. Ho walks with the
deliberation and dignity of age , but without
a suggestion of physical feebleness , and while
10 remains standing his head is as finely
poised as a soldier's. The straightnesB of his
figure is the more noticeable on account of
its Quaker dress , the coat of which fits him
as neatly and closely as if it were the con-
eullonal "swallow-tail. " When seated and
istculng , his head drops slightly forward
> nd asides a pose which beems peculiar to
i > ooto ! natures the woi Id over. He is a most
appreciative reader of other men's books and
[ > ocms , and talks admirably of nil good writ-
ngs , except his own , of which ho can
scarcely bo persuaded to speak , oven to his
Hundreds of eloquent and beautiful
testimonials to Whittier wore evoked in
honor of his eightieth birthday. Those
touching lines of Mr. George W. Childs
fully portray the pure and beautiful life
work of the Bard of Danvers :
For ono in full accord with the spirit of
Whittlcr's verso it is hard to tell wliero to
begin , how to continue and when to close ; It
is so full , so varied , so comprehensive ; It so
touches almost every chord of holy human
sympathy and noble aspirations the tcnder-
est emotion ; the keenest love of nature and
of his fellow men ; consuming scorn tor cant
and alarm and hypocrisy as cloaks for
tyranny ; the broadest philanthropy , world
wldo peace , universal tolerance. Who can
hope to make a reader of a casual letter com
prehend how fully WhitUcr's writings merit
these earnest words , nnd stronger , unless he
puts in evidence citations from the poems
that call them forth ? Yet you cannot give
mo the space for that , nor have I the time to
choose from the rich stores In the volume
whl.cn is always within reach when I am nt
work. For Justification of the earnest words
I have used I need only to recall the vivid po
etic pictures in. Mogg Megone , or the Bridal
of Pcnnntfook , or the gentle and sweet spirit
that Hews through the Pennsylvania Pilgrim 5
thn tender pathos of MaudMullcr ; the tran
quil domestic scenes within doors in Snow
Bound , the ringing peals of the stanza which
reproduce the "hurrying shout of Marion's
men ; " the deep conviction of the brother
hood of man shown hi "Democracy" and the
"Songs of Labor , " "The Quaker of the Oldei
Timo" nnd "The Reformer. "
Every lover of Wliittier's versos and
none who has read them can fail to love
them will wish the veteran poet manj
years of life and happiness.
A society for "Psychical Research' '
has been in existence in London fo :
some time , and now n similar orgnniza
tion has been established in Hbston
The society , by means of circulars , i
collecting accounts of cases whore per
sons have had some remarkable oxpcri
once in the realm of phantasms , such u
hallucinations , premonitions , dream
that have been the forerunners of aetun
occurrences , visits from ghosts , etc. Al
who have had such experiences are re
quested to inform the psychical inquii
crs of Boston.
Their object is to dctormin
whether sufficient data can be gatherci
to form a basis of fact for all the btorie
of so-called supernatural things thatar
said to occur from time to time. Tli
London Eoclety , after a long search nfto
ghosts , came to the conclusion thu
there nro none.
This question of supornaturallsm ha
always had a strong fascination for man
kind. But after a historical existent-
of six thousand years the race is stil
uncertain whether there is an occul
world from which wo occasionally gc
passing glimpses or not. It now re
maitiB to bo econ whether the Boston EC
cioty was predestined to settle the mat
tcr : , , '
Most minds in a normal con'ditio
dispose of the problem In this
way : People hnvet speii and heard
strange things \vhi2h ordinarily do not
happen. Ghosts luo'o been seen. Pre
monitions that propel ( obe well founded
have been experienced. Visits from
the dead , have been , secured. Dreams
have been fulflllcd JThore is no doubt
of the truth of this as far as the indi
vidual who claims to have experienced
these strange things is concerned. Ho
has actually seen * anil heard all ho
claims , but ho was mistaken us to their
outward reality. IJlioy arose from his
peculiar orguniKatjoSf Were subject
ive. If a person * falls and his
hoacl strikes some hard substance
ho sees stars. Almost anyone
can testify to the truth of this. The jar
excites the nerve centers , that tvro
roused into action , when actual sparks
of lire are seen , tihd thq result is the
brain actually perceives sparks that
have no real existence. It is the same
in the hallucinations caused by fewer. .
Visions are photographed upon the
brain because of the currents of blood
that excite the mental organs to such
perception. Thus some people perceive
the materialized spirits of departed
friends. To the individual all this is
real enough , though it is all a delusion
as far as outward existence
is concerned. This is the argu
ment used against the existence
of.supcrnaturalism. The perfectly nor
mal person never sees or hears inexplicable -
blo things. With a good digestive ap
paratus and a healthy mind in a healthy
boely ho cats , sleeps and works and dies
without having experienced anything
that could not bo solved after the logic
of natural causes.
To such a person there is nothing
mysterious in the world. As far as
human knowledge goes he scorns to bo
right. Trained physicians who under
stand the functions of the human body
hotter than any ono else , with a few ex
ceptions , have no belief in the reality of
mind or faith cures. They explain
hallucinations , premonitions , dreams ,
hypnotism , etc. , by unnatural bodily
All this is very good. But wo may
pertinently ask the healthy , normal
human machine , may there not bo a
world which wo of live senses cannot
perceive ? Might wo not bo wonder
fully astonished by unsuspected revela
tions had we a , sixth sense ? May there
not be persons with at least a rudiment
ary sense in addition to the five pos
sessed by the majority of people ?
In an infinite universe 110 Unite en
tity can say , "this niustbo thus. "
Vibratory ) Sympathy.
Mr. Kccly , of mojor fame , is still san-
uiue of success. Tlio first annual
meeting of the stockholders of the motor
company named in honor of the invont-
! vo genius , since 185 $ , was held in
hiladelphia a few days ago. There
wore sovcnty-flve stockholders present ,
representing nearh-70,000 shares. The
[ oport of Mr. Keelfy , jyi which ho re
viewed the progress of his invention ,
ivus read and accepted. L ,
This veritable Coloflol Sellers , who
has gulled the photic * for years with
iis imaginary "otlreric" and "vaporic"
brces admitted that ho had long
since abandoned the idea of utilizing
them. Ho said that ho had completed
a generator for the purpose , but ejying
to impossibility of securing graduation
the whole scheme was impracticable.
However , after a succession of interest
ing but laborious experiments ho pro
duced in March , 1885 , what ho termed a
liberator , which could bo operated in
conjunction with the generator , which
was a vast stride in advance of any
thing accomplished hitherto. Mean
while phenomena had been unfolded to
him , opening a now field of experiment
as the result of which ho became pos
sessed of a new and important discov
ery. Hereafter ho shall not , he says ,
require cither the generator or lib
erator , and his operations will bo con
ducted without either the vaporic or
othcric forces which heretofore played
such an important part in his exhibi
tions. What name to give his now
form of force he does not know , but the
base of it all , ho says , is vibratory sym
pathy. It may bo divided , ' too , into
negative nnd sympathetic attraction ,
these two forms of force being the an
tithesis of each other.
To know that Mr. Keely deceived the
stockholders and failed to report that he
had abandoned his othorio and vaporic
forces , except to draw money fur
nishes almost conclusive proof that both
Mr. Keoly and his mythical motor are
vibratory and sympathetic frauds. Why
ho can continue to cash his check la a
GIVE the children presents. A dollar
will never buy so much happiness for
them when they are older. Everyone
can afford to bo generous once a year.
There will bo no labor candidate in the
next presidential campaign.
The DCS Moincs Register calls the Prohibi
tionists the "assistant shloon party. "
After the experience of the pnst most people -
plo will think Higgins tins n string tied to hia
Senator Don Cauicroh has introdued n bill
to extend the benefits oj.tuo eight hour lawtc
letter carriers. [ ) ' (
The democrats of Philadelphia have pro
nounced In favor of the' reduction recom
mended by the president. ' '
Mr. Mills , of Texas , Hnn s that congress
will this winter pass a bill lowering duties
nnd decrcnslng revenue.
Chairman Jones , of the ropnblican natlona
committee , thinks Bli&ie liael no desire te
bo nominated for the pjV-sidoncy.
It Is expected that : v majority of the re
publican members of thoiVirginia legislature
will support Mahono for senator.
It Is said to bo a matter of history that the
United States somite-has never yet rejectee
a revenue measure sent to It by the house.
The republicans should make the effort U
carry sufficient states to elect their candi
date for president without the vote of Nov
All repubjicnns will ask of the nationa
convention will bo that It shall nimo tvn
men who will unite all republicans in theli
support , north , south , cast and west.
Prohibition Is not a now "itlon" by anj
means. It was stronger thirty years agi
than now , and was the law of moro Btatci
than now , nnd failed iu all of them.
At the electionliRhode Island next Apr !
a legislature will bo chosen which will
Senator Chaso's successor. Th present
IcgUlaturo Is democratic on joint ballot.
Senator Teller , of Colorado , will bo per-
foully satisfied with the republican nominee
for the presidency if ho Is u Rood man and
ublo to win the flpht-ngalnst Cleveland.
The Now York Evening Post nays : The
most striking fact brought out by the com
ments of the republican pros * Is the Increas
ing divergence between eastern unit western
members of the party on the tariff Issue.
Some republican papers are urging tUo na
tional committee to base representation In
the next republican national convention on
the vote cnst by the party In the several
states In 1SSI , Instead of on the electoral
The fiery ex-Senator Van Wyck , says the
Sprlngtleld Republican , Is a thorough hater
of corporations , but ho ought to bo qualified
to speak for the Nebraska farmers. He snya
they and the west Rcnorally favor tariff re
Senator Huwley snys : "It Is not the fault
of republicans that the taxes are so high ,
and that all this surplus has accumulated.
Hoveuue measures must start In the house ,
and the democrats lurvo had the house tea out
of twelve years. "
x-Coiirrcssman | Marston , of New Hamp
shire said tonn Interviewer last week. "I do
not hesitate to say that If Koscoo Conkllng
wag again an active worker in the party , as ho
formerly was , ho would bo my choice as the
republican candidate for the presidency. As
matters now stand , however , I would name
Sherman as a republican nominee. Next
would naturally couic Allison or Sheridan. "
The issue before the fisheries commission
can now bo stutcd definitely. Canada offers
to throw open her fishing grounds and to
give also the usual commercial privileges In
her ports to our fisherman , provided wo ad
mit , duty free , her fish , lumber and agri
cultural products. Secretary Bayard de
clines the offer upon the ground that wo do
not care to buy the Canadian hi-shoro fish
ing privileges , while the commercial priv
ileges are due us In any event under the gen
eral rule of maritime reciprocity.
Maligning the Surplua.
1'hlladtlplita Time * .
It it Is true that money talks what a
lively conversationalist the surplus ought
Ait Important Modification.
A'cit ) Orleans Picayune.
The busy men of this' world are the best
men , providing they are busy with their'own
An Individual Matter.
Kew I'orfc Woild ,
Every man can abolish the whisky tax for
himself. Not so with the tax on sugar , salt ,
cotil and clothing.
Fii/1 / liivcr Advocate.
It is from a sheer dislike of encouraging
prevarications that wo ucver ask a woman
how old she is.
Successors to ' Codfish Aristocrats
Cliicaan Inter-Off an
Coal Is so scarce along the Ohio and Missis
sippi rivers that dealers won't speak to uieu
below the rank of colonel.
"What Rotation Means.
! Fis/if / 0on ( Capital.
Small boy Papa , what does rotation in
ofllco mean ! Papa ( who is waiting fora
place ) It means turn the rascals out , my
Right Man in Right. Place.
When tlio prisoners in the. Ohio peniten
tiary start a'savings bank it will bo handy to
Imvo there so experienced a banker as Mr.
Mutual Admiration Society.
St. 1'aul Ptnnccr Press.
A largo photograph is now hi circulation
which shows Arcnsdoff and his friends iu the
foreground , and behind them the jurymen
that saved Areiisdorf's neck.
A Primitive Proceeding.
A Kansas City capitalist was actually ar
rested and fined for drunkenness the other
day. But then , Kansas City is a frontier
town and the people down there have primi
- * -
Sharp Counter Thrust.
Sou Kranctoco Alta.
The Minneapolis papers say Florida Is an
old humbug and California is a now humbug
This coming from so cold a country that they
pile corpses up like cordwood all winter , because -
cause they cannot bo buried until the ground
thaws , is more impudent than original.
The Captive Sonl.
Written for the Suntlau Dec by Frances Field.
A soul , In life's Brim fortress doomed to bide
With longing eyes gazed from her dungeon
Toward where oblivion's deep and sullen tide
Forever ebbs and Hews with soundless
In shackles looked , chained to the moulder
ing stone ,
Tormented sore by memory's ghastlj
Trembling she lay , and made heart-rending
"Havo pitj- , heaven 1 How long , oh Lord ,
Time was she wist not that her limbs were
Nor felt the fetters that upon her weighed ;
Whore Joy with hope had trod a merry round ,
And all about n cheery singing mado.
Love kissed her close and his sweet story
As fleet and gaily sped the laughing hours
His magio made her prison bars HCOIII gold
And garlanded her chains with fragran'
But , soon grown weary in her circling arms
Ho siRhed for liberty , then lightly lied ;
Vain was'hor anguish , vain her once prizec.
And with love , bopo and Joy alike were
Weird shadows lengthened with the dying
Behind the clouds e'en mercy ceased U
The tortured soul , deserted and undone ,
Forgotten , waited , tho'weary , weary whllo
At last , when darkness gloomed athwart the
A horseman , crowned with wreath of as
Before the dreary prison house drew rein ;
In all the air was sound of tolling bolls.
White shone his Dale steed through night'
murky pall ,
Calm was his mien , his bearing proud am
The chill vaults echoed to his clarion call -
"Death , conqueror grlin of life aud time
am I. "
WIde flew the dungeon doors nt his command
From the poor captive swift the chains he
Ho raised the imprisoned wretch with Icj
And bade her drain the Lethean draugh
"Fear not , " ho cried , "quaff deep , for lo I will
Dwell freedom , rest and sweet peace with
out end. "
Answered the Soul : "With Joy I drink tc
Welcome , thrice welcome , my one falthfu
NEW YonK , Dec. 17. A * .1,000 robbery o
valuable silks was unearthed to-day In UK
United Btutoa appruUur's stores In this city
implicating spverol of the clerks in the do
partmcnt of customs iu u clever forgery.
DEATH OF RON , S , P , ROUNDS ,
After a Brlof Illnos3 Ho Suddenly
H ART DIFFICULTY THE CAUSE.
L Complication of DlioriHos Hnste'it
the Demise Sketch of His Long
Public Career The Funeral
Preparation ! * .
Sterling P. Hounds.
Sterling P. Rounds , chief proprietor of the
Omaha Republican , and ex-public printer ,
led nt S:05 : o'clock last night. The
mmcdinto cause of his death was
bscess of the heart , but n complication
f diseases tcndo to destroy the vital
issues. The deuilso occurred nt his real-
.cnce , S413 Farnam street. While his pass-
tig awny was expected his sudden taking off
vas n shook to his nearest relatives. Ho had
icon confined to the house but n few days ,
and although from the first it- was believed
hat the Illness might terminate fatally , this
car was not generally known until the day
of his death.
The funeral will bo held next Wednesday
rom the family residence , probably under
ilnsonlc auspices and the body will bo sent to
Chicago for interment.
Mr. Rounds was born In Berkshire , Vt. ,
Tune 27,1823. The founders of the family In
his country were two brothers , who cnmo
over in the early colonial times. They wero-
all liberty loving men , members ot the family
laving been officers and soldiers in the war
of 1SI2 , Mexican , and later In the war ot the
Whllo ho was yet a Tad his family removed
o Kenoshn , Wis. Hia father was anxious
'or him to adopt tUo legal profession , but the
ad had already formed that love for the
'Art Preservative" which has grown with
ils growth and raised him from the lowly
position of "Printers Devil" to the honorable
ind important position of Government Printer
the head of ono of the most important de-
mrtinents in the government of the Unltfet
states , and beyond nil comparison the larg
est printing aud binding establishment in the
His tutor , Governor Harvey of Wisconsin.
: ntight him his trade , where for five years lie
earnestly and diligently studied to master Ha
Intricacies. Ho was offered the foremanship
of the state printing ollice , then owned by W.
W. W.vnian , at Madison , Wis. From hero
ho attached himself to the llrst dally
paper In Wisconsin "Tlio Milwaukee
Sentinel. " Ho held tha position of foreman
for two years. He had now learned all the
art that Could bo taught in un ordinary print
ing office , nnd being anxious to become an ex-
l > ort mid as near the head of the profession
as uossible , ho removed to Buffalo , New
York , and connected himself with thu printIng -
Ing firm of Jewett , Thomas & Co. , of the
Commercial Advertiser , then generally
known as the finest aud most successful
printing house in that part of America. He
entered upon his second apprenticeship , nnd
at the end of two years was presented with a
diploma by the veteran "Thomas" as n first
class and accomplished pressman. From
hero ho returned to Wisconsin and started a
weekly paper called the "Old Oaken Bucket , "
n literary and iwcuniary success.
Knjoying a brilliant reputation as n Job
printer and being ambitious for a larger
field ; ho removed to Milwaukee and consoli
dated with tha Commercial Advertiser , and
here ho added to his reputation as n first
In Ib51 ho removed to Chicago , placing his
skill as an equal offset to the capital and
business of James .T. Lnntrdon , then the
largest printing house in Chicago ,
and in less than ono year they more
than doubled theTr business. After
a few years of marked prosperity the office
was sold to Mr. Cook and other parties , who
started what Is to-day the Chicago Times.
Then they purchased a new office and estab
lished a printers' warehouse. From this date
up to the great fire of 1871 , Mr. Rounds'
business was a steady success until it was
swallowed up by the flames and the labor of
years went Hying heavenward In the storm
of fire which clothed the western metropolis
in sackcloth nnd nshes.
His business doubled and trebled until it
became the largest and most noted one lit the
northwest. Iu 1S5U he added the first elec
trotype foundry in the west , and the same
year established the Rounds' Printers' Cab
inet , now thirty-one years old and acknowl
edged by the craft to be ono of the finest and
most useful printers' Journals in the world.
In 18(53 ( ho started the Pioneer
printing press manufactory in the northwest.
Ho successfully weathered the financial
crash of Ibo" . The great flro of 1S71 swept
away his entire establishment , causing him a
loss of $125,000. When the late James A.
Oarfield was elected president some ot Mr.
Hounds' friends announced him as a candi
date for public printer.
Ho has occupied many stations of trust nnd
responsibility. Among them wens president
of the Illinois State Press association , prefci-
dent of'the Northwestern Typo Founder' *
association , also of the Chicago Employing
Printer's association , and for many years un
active member of the volunteer fire depart
ment , anil also of the Apollo cnmmandory of
the Knights Templar , and during all the
years has gained the solid respect and friend
ship ot all with whom he came iu contact.
Close of tlio National Opera Season
nt the Grand.
The last performance of the National opera
company took place at the Ornnd opera house
last night , the opera being Gounod's "Faust. "
The cast comprised the well-known nnd
favorite principals of the company , Barton
McGuekin as Faust ; William Ludwig as
Mephistopheles ; Alonzo Stoddard ns Valentino
tine and Emma Juch as Marguerite. A
stronger cast , the National Opera company
could not have made. It satisfied even the
most exacting in the audience. Every aria
and concerted piece was encored. Ludwlg's
magnificent voice with ease filled the vast
auditorium. In acting , ho played with the
character , and yet gave us a Mephlstophclca
about ns diabolical as the average auditor is
disposed to tolerate. The Marguerite of Miss
Juch was a sweetly conceived characteriza
tion. Vocally , it was worthy of this admir
able singer. She threw her whole soul into
her workynnel Irrcaistablj evoked the appre
ciation of the immense audience. It inusi
bo said , however , that In u few months
Miss Juch's vOlco has suffered an Impair-
ment'Whlch was not pleasant to note by hoi
friends , but it , interfered in no way with the
popular appreciation of her work. Mr. Me-
Guckin's Faust was nn agreeable surprise lo
people who had formed nn estimate of his
ability after having seen him in some ot his
heavier work. While the finer shades ol
feeling and the lighter passages of the
libretto lacked the delicacy which the senti
ment demanded , Mr. McGuckin's character
was noted for its gallantry , grace and jiinnlj
bearing. Bis singing , especially in the more
fervid and demonstrative passages , was ad
mirable nnd most warmly received. The
choruses wore excellent aud the ballet most
worthy of appreciation.
Omaha bltlt Rood-byo with a feeling of re
gret to the National opera company. It docs
so , however , with the hope that the company
may meet in other places with the success
which it desorvcs , and to which the | > eoplo of
this city , with their uMiullibcrality , have
contributed. While regretting tlio tribula
tions lo which the management has been sub-
Jccted , the people of this city hope that In the
end , the end of the nmmiKi'iiient of the com
pany may bo attained and that It may be
placed on n basis that shall Jiwuro to this
country a non-oxixirlmwital representation ol
the nrumle'3t operas , with the greatest of
singers and the most realistic of Bettings
which , in the name of music , popular appre
ciation , oxperlcuco and good management
MOKE MIXKD I'tCRI.nS.
J. B Polk again delighted the audience nt
DoVil's lust evening in the satirical comedy
of "Mixed Pickles. " The entire cast main
tained , Iu the fullest measure , the reputation
established on the previous evening , und. , the
audience Was kept in an almost uninterrupted
Btnto i > l tlUllutlon from the opening lines to
the eJoeo , A stronger counter utlructlon last
night alone interfered with nn attendance
coimuensurato witb the merits , of "Mixed
L'lcklo * . " Polk , nevertheless , was at hia
best , us was John Woodward. Mary Davta
and Mls Kcjiyon Bhliop. Neixt Monday
night the l > e > nutlful Lillian Olcott In Surdou'a
greatest work -"Theodora.
( HUM ) orciu HOUSE.
On next Friday and Saturday , ono of
Dmiilm's most favorlto pieces , n play which
uis not boon icon hern in two years , ' 'Tho '
Mghts of London , " will bo presented. Thl
is one of the most sueTCHHful and entertaining
melo-drnmas on the bo rds. It rrqulrpd n
couple of car luads of ( H-enrry to produce It.
Nothing will bo omitted toninko Its presenta
tion at the Grand a grand MHTCSS.
"TlllOIllK" : ) AT MMn's.
On Monday and Tuesday nlirhts this week
Lillian Olcott , an actress of great ability will
ippear at lloyd's opera house In SareUm's
mtt powerful play , "Tlu'oilorn. " Miss Ol-
cott's production of "Theodora" was ono of
the great dramatic successes of last season ,
in New York It ran over three months. Even
ilm vast auditorium nf Nlblo's theater was
incapable of aeToniinevlating the crowds who
thronged to sco the .splendid performance.
TUB nOSTONUXS * T IIOVI ) ' ? .
Wednesday , Thursday , Friday and Satur
day of this week , with n matinee on the latter
day , The Hostonlntis , wlumu members
were so long nnd favorably known as the
Uoston ideals , will appear at Boyd's op rii
liouso in the following varied repertory :
Wednesday , "Fntmlt/a : " Thursday , "Tho
Poachers , " ( now ) ; Friday , "Bohemian
Girl ; " Saturday matinee , "Frn Dluvolo ; "
Saturday evening , "Fanehonotte , " ( new ) .
The Bostonlans have met with praiseworthy
success since thu opening of the season in
October last and assurance is Riven by
iaudatory critics in the most influentiulnenvs-
iwpern that their merit Is commensurate with
their patronage1. The company numbers
llfty-fivo people , curries an orchestra of fif
teen led by S. L. Studloy , has n largo nnel
expensive outfit of costumes and properties
nnd a car load of special scenery withal , tha
latter finding its principal Held In "Fatlnta ( '
the opening opera. The advance snlo of re
served seats for thfe opening engagement will
open next Tuesday morning.
A Itmlly 1 lout tin Thief.
A German named W. C. Lew Is charged
with robbing John Hanloy of $20 yesterday
afternoon in Wullen's saloon on Davenport
street. Hanley was in a beastly state of in
toxication nt the tlmo Lew wont through his
poekets , but the theft was observed by C.
W , Brown , nrtd the police wcro sent for.
Low thereupon commenced calling Brown all
manner of opprobrious epithets , which re
sulted in , fight between them. Lew jrot the
worst of it , and by the tiliii ) the police had
nrrivod on the scene , his face was badly dis
figured. He was taken to the police station ,
but was released on ball.
A Youthful Shoplifter.
Warren Arnold , a boy ct thirteen , was ar
rested last evening tor shoplifting in Falcon
er's store. His mother bugeod hard lo let
him off , but there has been so much potty
larceny perpetrated in the < store of late it was
decided to make an example ot the hey , und
ho was locked up in the central station.
W. M. Boon , of Utlea. Neb. , is at the Mil-
BILL NYE'S OPERETTA.
Something ( Julie Now iu the Musical
Now York World : The prinui donna
of the "Singed C'it"liiH : ! si pleasant voice
full of timbur and line allegro movement ,
boreloring on the an dilute. Mr. Hiloy
who has liuarel her , sny.s Hint when sbo
pulls out the last joint on bur crescendo
and opens her upper twister , her mouth
looks unlike a .stub in the dark. She
.siiiM with the whole arm movement ,
and her action is good ns she goes by
the judges' bland. Shu has a selection
in the wecond _ act calleel "Buck to our
Mountains , " in which she starts oft
with a ritivrd iu which bho emits a chest
note whiuh tests the acoustics of the
hall , that she is tickled to got back to
her mountains , such as they are ,
and is pleased with the attitude.
Site has usaihtcd in "Tho Dnmation of
Fiuist , " but otherwise he-r connuot has
been good. She is a widow , her hus
band being deceased. Ho was HstoiUi
ing to the song of a buzx-siiw near Still-
water , Minn. , in ' 75 , and got un idea
that the suw huel something conftden"
tiul to communicate ami desired to take
him apart for that purpose. Anyway ,
ho was in that condition when they
found him. For that reason her music
is frequently tearful and often solfeggio
in spots. Her repertoire is very largo
and has a lid on it. The only criticism
that I feel warranted in making , and I
hate to do that , is that she has slightly
ruptured her voice by trying sovornl
years ago to sing a duet with herself
and thus draw two salaries.
When the applause has died away
Felix comes iu with a btiritono voieo
and diminished triodo. Ho thinks of
the first vorrio while the piccollo makes
a few desultory remarks and then ho
explains how he could not get there
when he agreed to because the jury
disagreed , or something of the kind.
Ho swallows an imaginary clam with
the shell on it , and begins in u low ,
passe roundelay which develops
into a duodecimo run. Ho is accom
panied by a running mate , consisting
Scene second represents a midnight
fire , in a young Indies' seminary , in
which ? i'U young women are notlceel ut
tering a number of shrill appeals for
help by the light of the fire liond. The
niu&ie here is an adaptation of "Sonnum-
bula Sntimnioa , " or the "Devil's
Dream. " Quick fiddling by the head
violinist , pnrtmll over the bridge of the
inetruinent , and partially across the
bridge of the hccond fiddler's nose , precedes -
cedes a gemeral panic on the part of the
basboon , snare-drum tmdophecloido. It
is a beautiful Bight. A defiant note
from the B fiat cornet , indorsed on the
buck by the buss tuba and a long , colicky
moan from the bass drum , ushers
in Vuasar College Hook and Ladder
Company No. 1 , consisting of a flro
organisation numbering over ono hun
dred nnd fifty members , banded together
gethor for the'pm'pobc of rescuing beau
tiful but frightened girls from burning
bominariob at n moment's notice. Kach
fireman wears a lawn-tcMlis shirt with
full-dress puntakions and patent leather
pumps , lie carries a Babcock fire ox-
tinguiriher Iwund in Htibsia leather and
n small hand-bag containing u pacltago
of visiting cards. When a lire breaks
out in a young ladle.-'seminary atnight
lie .d'resbos himself and goes
to it. Ho finds the jani
tor ana sends up his card to ono of
the frightened fctudonts asking If ho
may have the pleasure of rcHOiilng her
fro'm the fire fiend. If ho comes well
recommended she tells the janitor to
show him up. She then febtoons her
self ever his shoulder in her simple
white gown , with Valenciennes heco
around tlio throat , und her warm tours
of gratitude trickle down nnd tickle the
haul ; of his neck i\a \ ho tenderly convoys
her into the adjoining county , whores
her parents live on a furra.
Tliis is a good part of the Operetta ,
making it spectacular und yet respecta
ble. Ho must , Indeed , bo a creature
dead to all finer instincts of our lost and
underdone race who will not pay to see
u chorus of beautiful girls rescued
from u burning Ffitninary at night. How
much more lifelike it is than a militia
company of beautiful women who coma
on tlio fctagc with as brief uddruss aa
purlimontary rules will allow , and after
making a few terse remarks with both
feet go away.
"Tho Singed < Jat" introduces a pri
mary fcuhool iihemlnary , un cntro nous
Babcock Firei company and a burroll of
rain-water. In contains everything en
nobling , with the exception of a plot.
Frank Mayo arrived nt the MlUard this
mornluK , from ( Julifornhu Ho appears with
his company this evening Iu Uohunoy's , la
Mrs. Judge FlUgoruld , of Cincinnati..la la
the city , vlsiUug Mr. dud Mp * . John Tempi * ,
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