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THE OMAHA DAILY BEE : . MONDAY MARCH 25. 1889.
'TIS ' A GOODLY LAND INDEED.
The Truth About the Country Called
the "Sand Hills. "
A DEEP AND FERTILE SOIL.
Copious Showers nml nn Aliumlanco
of IttninlriR Water Mnlco Tills
IlcRlon nn Inviting Ono
' Kor lIotncHcckois.
JHcyoTiil the Sanfl Illlln.
Ciurmox , Neb. , March 17. [ Special Cor-
rcRpondonco of Tun Hnn.J Extending In
Irrcinilnr form , but , generally spcnklng , In a
dlaponal direction f r < northeast to south-
wit , nearly If not qulto across the state ,
nnd near the northwest corner of Nebraska ,
Is n range of pralrlo undulations which , for
want of n bolter name , nave been called
"sand hills. " The actual hills nro prlncl-
pally of red sand , and the soil thereof con
tains n largo amount of vcpctflblo mould , so
that they nro not barren by n long way , but
the Bundles ! of them tire covered with tall
blucjomt , low buffalo nnd luxuriant grain 1
grasses. Those peculiar formations were
most probably thrown off originally by the
nctlon of the recoiling nnd reluming waves
of a sometime turbulent mid tempestuous
sea. After the waters receded , for many
centuries , porhnps.'tho wild winds nwcpt the
particles together , mixing them with other
things cast oft by the iillows Into great
heaps , leaving the hard clay valleys between.
Then these valleys became fortllo by
the gradual growth and spread of
vcRottitlon , decoying and growing .again ,
nnd finally climbing the hillsides
nnd spreading its summer green carpet over
nil that , great "shore lino" of centuries ago.
In places thcro nro great cavernous openings
in these hills called "blow holes , " where the
winds have blown out the sands revealing
wonderful geological dcuoslts , und not in
frequently largo logs of plno , thus proving
that the section was once covered \vlth tim
ber and that the great trees finally bowed
nnd fell before n mightier loreat of destroy
ing fintncs. The valleys are of various ex
tents nnd nro very fertile nnd nro well
watered by the Nlobrnrn and Its tributaries
ns well as by the tributaries of the Loup und
nnd Plntto rivers , together with numerous
lakes. These nro crcut resorts for ducks
nnd gccsound grouse nnd nrodcstlncd to bo a
licit ! of sport for hunters. Now there nro
many deer and nntolopo but these nro rapidly
passing nwny before the encroaching settle
ments. Within the past few years hundreds
of families have found homes In these
numerous valleys and their cattle gather
food for bono and flesh on the thousand hills.
Beyond these nearly If not quito misnamed
"sand hills , " on the north extending to Da
kota and on the' west to Wyoming , nnd upon
n somewhat higher elevation , lies onu of the
garden spots of the world a rich , black ,
sandy loam and porous clay subsoil , reposing
In flat bottoms or table lands or rising in gentle -
tlo undulations or towering in broad lofty
hills. A soil as fertile as the most fertile ,
moistened with frequent and gentle showers.
sprints and streams of water as clear and
brlgtit nnd refreshing as over flowed : timber
enough for present needs , nn atmosphere the
purest of the pure , a dry mountain wind
warmed with Pacific breezes all these and
many other dcsiiablo conditions conspire to
make It one of the grandest countries nntur-
nlly which the sun over shone upon. It is
not poaajblo to define by the lines drawn on
maps , the oxnct metes and bounds of the sec
tion reterred to or to reveal except to the
present eye , Just whore the sand hills , so
called , leave off and the bettor
country begins , but for the needs of
this nrtlclo it1 mtiy bo said that the
counties of Sheridan , Dawes , Box Butte
nnd Sioux in the extreme northwest part of
the state comprise most of that portion of
this fertile garden spot which lies in Ne
braska. Bovond Nebraska it extends north
and > vcst , more or less broken by spurs of
mOlintnln ranges or spots of "bad lands" of
sun baKed clay , far into the "great west. "
However , it is the intention to confine this
article to that portion situated in Nebraska
and for the purposes of general description
to treat it at present as a wholo.
It is a territory in extent larger than Con
necticut and Uhoda Island and in the same
latitude. Tbo distance from cast to west
across It Is ono hundred nnd two miles and
from north * to south seventy miles. The
altitude is from 8.700 to .5,000 feet above the
BOO. In the southern portion the 'surface
formation is fairly well described by the up-
pelation of level. Toward the north It becomes -
comes first gently rolling , then expands into
wider and higher siyells , nnd in the northern
portion is broken into the lofty
hills , and deep causus , and wldo
rolling table lands of Pine Ridge , nnd
everywhere , or nearly everywhere , the neil
deep and black and rich in alluvial deposits.
Except where broken abruptly into bare and
precipitous sides , the hills nro seldom steep.
It is a country of "magnificent distanced , "
where the hills , though high , arc of gradual
and long ascent , great , broad fertile slopes
reaching upwards by easy gradation to lofty
Flowing east through almost the center of
' * this lovely stretih of country is the beautiful
Running Water river , the principal stream.
' Its waters are sparkling and pure as are
' also those of all its numerous tributaries.
The White river , so called because of its
white clay banks , precipitous In places , rises
near the went line and Hews nearly across
. the section described. Numerous "babbling
brooks" of crystal purity flow into the latter ,
or northward into the Cheyenne , or south
ward "go on forever , " to Join the waters of
the majestic Platte. There is no alkali or
other unusual chemical impurity in any of
streams , but the waters are pure , beautiful
This country was , for no ono knows how
many years , the homo of the Indian , un
trodden by the feet of white men , and its
natural solitudes , disturbed 'only by tbo rude
occupations or barbarous warfare of its sav
ages. * Traditions of their powerful tribes ,
tholr populous villages , their great councils ,
and their mighty battles may bo picked up
bv the investigating student.
Places of interest because of such tradi
tions may even bo found and.ho who chooses ,
may visit their deserted villasros and find un
mistakable evidences of tnelr former occu
pancy , or ho may walk ovorthoir tradi
tional battlefields and , by amore or less pa
tient search , be ublo to carry away with him
as u memento a part at least of some rude
Implement uf early Indian warfare. But a
Tow years ago the Great Father took the
country from the red man , after a proper
treaty of course , and now the dusky savages
only visit it as trespassers to behold with
wonder the development of a civiliza
tion they are too ignorant to appreciate ,
and too weak to participate In a
curious ruco rapidly ims sing away to their
dcjtlny. Ignorant , treacherous , murderous.
seemingly unable to bo othcrw ise , they will
soon live only in the dim traditions of a
country that not long ago resounded with the
shouts of thousands of them.
Five years atro. in the winter of 1833-4 , the
only human Inhabitant * ! In this section were
a number of persons engaged in the stock
business on a largo scale and generally the
employes of wealthy individuals or com
panies In the cant , the solcliera und attaches
at Fort Koblnson and a few squuwmcn
whom the energetic , uffublo and able Ur. Me-
Gillycuddy , then Indian ugent at Pine Hidgo
agency , had expelled from the reservation.
By squnwmcn is meant men who took squaws
to their homos in the capacity of wifo. Such
men , Uy reason of tholr superior intelligence ,
were no doubt often able to secure great in.
flucnco among the Indians. Sown such In
curred the enmity of Dr. McGlllycAiddy
for various reasons and to do that
when the worthy doctor was chief of all
the Sioux drawing rations at Vine Hldce
agency meant to get quickly out of the
reach of his power or-suffor unpleasant com
sequences , The quickest * way to accomplish
the feat was to came over the state line Into
Nebraska , and at different times perhaps a
score of sui-h pot-sons and their families and
sympathizer * settled along the White river
and its tributaries and started a mutual
grievance society and everlasting Indigna
tion moetiuir. As tbo days passed by they
gathered a llttla stock about them und accu
mulated other property by trade and barter
with their dusky relatives. Most of these
people have gone farther west , drawn by
their own Irrepressible spirit of adventure ,
but a few of them remain und are among tbo
wealthy. Influential and worthy cltirt i . and
will smile with us at their old-time troubles
with tbo wily agent In those days Fort
Itoblnbun wa the gathnriu-r point tor whatever -
ever JBllsMeutd aocjety there won In the
country. It was the only plnco
wherd there ' was any considerable
number of pcoplo roildlng nnd wn
often the scone of social rallies , when tltoso
residing nt the dlffcroat stock ranches came
together for dancing and other amusement
or hilarity. Old Hcd Cloud Indian agency
was nt ono tlmo near to where the fort 1 *
built , nnd crimes of the most tcrrl-
bio nature were of frequent oc
currence. The section Immediately
tcly surrounding the fort Is pregnant With
reminders of romantic Incidents nnd associa
tions , nnd of awful crimes committed by In
dians , cowboys or desperadoes. If so mo pa
tient scribe could gather up the records of
those early years of life nnd death at Fort
Ioblnson , the results of his labors would bo
perused with lively Interest.
As before Intimated the Industry of the
country nt that period was the production of
stock , principally cattlo. This was for a
few 3cars carried on upon n Irtrgo scale , only
a few parties comparatively being engaged
ih it , but tholr herds numbering thousands
of head. So mo of the cnttlo wcro brought
overland from overcrowded Texas , nnd
I hnvo scon thousands of the big-
horned , * ungainly-looking cattlo. They
roamed nt will summer nnd winter , un
sheltered nt all times , nnd were "rounded
up" once n year for the purpose of branding
the calves. Except In the extreme western
portion of the territory , being described In
the county of Sioux , where the stockmen by
handing together have been able to secure
nnd maintain "free range , " the business of
holding Immense herds of cattle has passed
away with the absence of settlement nnd
narlculturnl pursuits which made it possible.
The business was very profitable to these
engaged In it up to Iho uprlug of 18S4 , when
the land seekers began to arrive and the im
mense herds of cattle nt the snmo tlmo began
movliic westward. By the beginning of the
following season , except In the county men
tioned , they were all out of the country , nnd
In their plnco were hundreds of smaller
herds , the beginning of a now nnd hotter sys
tem of stock raising carried along together
with thn natural association of agricultural
pursuits nnd cultivation of the soil.
In the early summer of 1834 the writer first
visited this section , coming into it from the
cast nnd passing over a very largo portion of
It. It was then n country almost desolate of
human habitation , except ns above noted.
There wcro some land seekers exploring the
country with u view of possible future set
tlement. Occasionally n family could bo
found that had made more or less permanent
nrrangomonts to remain. Near the center of
the territory a small colony from Missouri
was located on Bordeaux crenk , and nway
cast on Antclopo creek was n small colony
from Indiana. During the season of 1SS4 ,
'lowovor , hundreds of pcoplo came into the
orrltory , not a few to remala permanently
, nd others to "tako claims" ot government
and nnd return cast for their families. In
, ho winter of 1831-5 several well-informed
arties estimated the population of the coun-
ry beyond the sand hills , nsldo from the-aol-
liors und attaches at Fort Robinson at about
'our hundred souls. The Fremont , Elkhortl &
Missouri Valley railroad extended west to
Valentino , nnd next west were ninety miles
f utmost interminable- sand hills , nnd be-
end them n country filling the heart of the
agricultural land seeker with delight. These
who came In 1884 nnd returned cast went
tolling almost every where marvelous stories
jt its beauty and worth. It is doubtful
ivhothcr the immigration that followed in
, ho seasons of 18S5 and 1880 was over ex
celled In proportionate volume to any purely
agricultural country. In the summer of
18S5 the railroad was extended west into nnd
nearly across the section to White river , and
thousands of pcoplo came , and spreading
out ever the country , began to make them
selves homes , erecting houses and barns ,
nnd breaking the land and planting crops
nnd doing the thousand and other things in
cident to pioneer life. All , or nearly all ,
were content , nnd the almost universal ex
clamation was "Surely , this is God's coun
try 1" Tbo most enthusiastic anticipations in
reference to the country were aoundantiy
realized. The clouds delivered the "early
and the later rain , " and the soil yields to the
farmer's touch the full rich measure of its
garnered fertility. Towns sprang up. local
governments were organized , churches were
built , schools established. Rapid , wonder-
Tully BO , was the development of the country
.n the ways of onligntened civilization. The
old landmarks were in mauy instances oblit
erated , the old trails were broken up , the
grand and beautiful picture of lonely dosola-
ion passed away nnd in its place came amore
moro grand and beautiful panorama of happy ,
contented and prosperous homes und busy
It is not the purpose of this article to trace
in detail the history of the county , nor to toll
indeed , all that has been accomplished In the
four busy years of its development , but
rather by brief contrast of the "then and
now , " to reveal its intrmsio worth
as well us by recounting its natural
advantages and its pristine beau
ties. Four years and a half ago the
writer crossed the level plateau where Chad-
ron , that "magic city" of the plains , is now
situated , and the "nearest house" was miles
away. Now there Is a city of about three
thousand population permanent city with
great , raossfvo brick , stone , marble and iron
buildings , and hundreds of prosperous busi
ness enterprises' growing right along. East
of it are the villages of Gordon , Rushvillo
and Hay Springs ; south these of Alliance , "
Hcningford and Nonpareil , and west these
of Whitney , Crawford and Harrison , pros
perous and busy villages all of them , and
around them an equally prosperous and ra
pidly developing country. These things
could not bo and remain if the sturdy set
tlers wore not satisfied of thn worth of the
country. Permanent prosperity must ever
rest upon a substantial basis. This is a lovo-
ugricultural country , and for four years
_ O farmers have sown and planted
in confidence and gathered and har
vested with satisfaction , not infre
quently wondering at the bountiful produc
tions of vegetables , corn and grain. The
cultivation of wheat has especially boon
proven profitable , both by reason of the su
perior quality produced and the often nearly
marvelous yield. In nil respects nature has
boon wonderfully prolific of her flavors to'
these deserving people who are changing
the country beyond the "sand hills" into
prosperous homes , and there has been nnd
remains a constant stream of immigration.
Butboyond the "sand hills" is a big country ,
there being over seven thousand square
miles of It , and a large amount of excellent
government land is yet vacant and open to
settlement , especially in the western
portion , and .openings for successful
business enterprises occur right along
with the increasing population and
consequent growing necessities of the
country. The Burlington & Missouri rail
road is now building across the country from
southeast to northwest and it is confidently
expected that the coming season will bo ono
of busy development and that its close' will
witness the addition of many hundreds to
the population ,
Tno future of such a country as has been
briefly described can only bo grand am'
glorious , A country with a beautifully fash
inned surface , a fertile soil , graced with fab
streams , ourlchod with timber , having a
beautiful climate , tried mid not found wantIng -
Ing , rapidly filling with nn enlightened
people , such Is northwest Nebraska. Beyond
computation Is the dUtalncd development of
mighty treasures of wealth and worth iu the
country beyond the "sand hills. "
Cincinnati Enquirer : "Tho Cossacks
nro upon us , " shouted n. yountr man as
ho rushed into the hull of the univer
sity nt Tver. The umioii didnoomont
not create a panic. 'Tis true the cheeks
of the youtliH assembled there bouurno u
blmdo paler , but there wus til so un ulo-
vation of tlio head and iv kluGHiip of the
aye which spoke volumes for their cour-
"What is our danger ? " iiBked ono of
the young ' "on who appeared to bo the
leader of the assembly.
"The y.twodutol with Ills men nnd a
company of Cossacks are in line on the
Stfiiftnol Uoulovard. They nro waiting
for the command to march upon the uni
versity , "
When the speaker paused a "Murmur
ran through the crowd , which was in
terrupted by the leader ,
"Thosoviio fear the attack , " ho said ,
' have still time to retreat. These who
are ready to Facrlllco Ufa nnd liberty
for the cause will remain , "
Not a man stirred.
"It is well. You Dmitri and Ivan
will guard the main gate. Take with
you usmnny men HS you think neces
sary. Vlnillimr and Juiultlio rest will
defend the hall. "
Dmitri and Ivan stepped forvrurd und
quickly selected twonly of tholr fellow-
students nnd formed in line.
"Nlfont Dolgonolof , wo nro ready. "
Bald Dmitri , rcaily to depart with his
"Go , and may God uo with you. "
After tholr departure everything bo-
cfltno bustle nnd activity within. Tables
nnd chairs , desks nnd benches were
drawn to the windows , ulilcli could bo
scaled from without , nnd nil the doors
excepting the main entrance were
barricaded. The rebels against Rus
sia's rule wore ready to oppose , sword
in hand , the insolence of tyranny.
The scone above described took place
in the City of Tvorin European Russia ,
n short distance from Moscow. The
students of nil the universities of Russia
had revolted at the despotism of the
Tsnr and the bloody uprising of
the U8th of November , 1887. at Moscow ,
Was but the prelude to like tUTnlrs
throughout the length nnd breadth of
the land. Tver university wns no ex
ception , nnd from the day the students
received the news of their brethren's
revolt at Moscow , meetings were hold ,
which increased , in revolutionary in
tensity as time were on. The faculty
was powerless and the threat to close
the university wns only InughoXl at.
Organization nujotig the students wns
complete , They were well armed , each
having besides his rapier , ono and even
two revolvers and amunltion in abun
dance. There were 300 students at the
university. Nlfont Dolgopolof , a medi
cal student of great promise ,
was their chosen loader. lie
wns n handsome youth , about
twenty-six years of acre , in stature towering -
oring above his companions. His black
piercing eye nnd curling blank hair
gave him a martial appearance. As ho
stood there by tlfo window peering out
into the gloom beyond for the approach
ing danger there was something noble
and grand in his hearing.
"What will the issue bo'r1" ho solilo
quized. "How much longer must Ilus-
sin suffer through her tyrants ? Will
the day of hnr release never dawn ? I
know that this resistance is useless.
No ; not unlcssit will bo an example for
her future sons to emulate. And Vn-
leska , my poor sister , will I ever see
Nifont's Bolf-communlon was inter
rupted by the entrance of Potrowski ,
one of the men who assisted in guard
ing the main gate under Dmitri and
'Nifont.tho soldiery is approaching , "
ho said. "Have you any further com
mands ? "
"None , " answered Nlfont , after some
reflection. "Bo guided by events , hut
say this to our friends , that death is
bettor than life in Sibora. "
Potrowski departed in silence. The
preparations for dofotiso were resumed
by the rebellious students , and when
these were completed several groups
were formed who discussed in low tones
the coming events. Suddenly in the
distance the faint sound of approaching
footsteps were hoard. Nearer and
clearer came the sound which could not
bo misunderstood. It wns the regular
even tread of a largo body of "men.
Nifont ordered silence , and , mounting
the platform at the lower end of the
hall , addressed his comrades as follows :
"Brethren , wo have horne the yoke
too long. Wo must either -submit for
ever like slaves , or assert our manhood
by an emphatic resistance. The lesson
will not bo lost upon our tyrants , even
though wo perish in the attempt. "
As "Nifont was speaking n tumult
arose on the street below. Angry voices
mingled with the clang of sabers could
be heard. In the hall the lamps were
extinguished with the exception of a
solitary light near the stairway. Nifont
opened a window overlooking the court
"Open the gates in the name of the
law , " came a voice from below , ac
companied -heavy raps with n saber
hilt on the closed portal.
No response was made to the sum
"That's the chief of police , " said
Nifont in a whisper , turning to his
companions grouucd about him near the
Twice the demand was repeated with
the same result. Then came a succes
sion of blows upon the gate which
threatened to shatter it.
"Tho zasedatel means business , " ob
served Paul Palowaki , one of the most
eager of the students. "Why don't '
they open up and give him a chance ? "
Even ns ho spoke a battering-ram was
applied to the gate. Ono , two , throe
blows and it came down with a crash.
Then , followed a struggle which the pen
is too weak to describe. Twenty-two
desperate men fighting for life or exile
staring them in the face. Short was
the combat. The groansof the wounded
and dyingjintorrainglod with thoshtmts
and curses of the soldiery , were hoard
by their comrades above , and sent a
chill through many a brave heart. Al
ready the victors ascended the stairs.
"Forward , " shouted Nifont.
Almost before the words were out of
his mouth , the students pushed to the
stairs only to ho mot with the bayonet
nnd sahros of the assaulters. What fol-
fowed beggars description. 'Nifont
and his friends fought like lions. The
effort was futile. These that were not
killed outright were placed hors-do-
combat and made prisoners. Nifont
was among the latter. When morning
broke it was found that ninety-eight
students had paid the penalty of their
rashness with death ; forty-seven with
wounds moro or loss serious , and fifty
wore made prisoners with a worse fate
awaiting them. The police and soldiers
lost twenty , and about forty were
wounded. Thus ended ono of the most
sanguinary internal struggles of modern
In the sitting room of n pretty cottage
on the Aloxandrovitch road , on the
third morning after the stirring events
above narrated , sat a young girl clad in
deep mourning. She could not ho older
than nineteen years , and the extreme
pal or of her beautiful countenance was
heightened by her durkjgarments. Her
eyes were full of tears. This was Va-
"My GodI help must como from you
to save my brother. Doubly orphaned
if , ! lose him. Oh ! wretched girl that
I nm. "
In the ecstasy of her sorrow the young
girl throw herself upon a divan and
convulsive sobs shook nor frtlnio.
A knock nt the door roused her , and
her tremulous "Como in" was followed
by the appearance of Marie , Valoska'a
maid. Her eyes were also red from
weeping , and the sorrowful accent of
her voice showed the sympathy she felt
for the unfortunate girl.
"Miss Valoska , Governor Dombrowskl
is in the drawing room , and hogs per
mission to see you , " she said.
At the mention of that name Valoska
raised her head.
"What ! that man hero nt such an
hour1' she asked , indignantly.
"I should not have allowed him to
enter , mles. " said the maid , apologet
ically ; "but I thought he was the only
man whoso inlluonco could save your
brother. " <
For a moment abhortmco for-tho man
and love for her brother struggled for
liupre'macy in the young girl's heart.
Love gained the mastery ,
"Lot him enter , " uho said , and she
again rolnpsoil into her former attitude.
A moment afterward Imrl Dombrowuki ,
governor of'Tyor , stood on the thres
hold. Uo was a typical Russian. HIB
_ , - - -
, t j j i ,
massive frame Tvn4 awkward nnd
tinwleldy. Ho InWrTTnock like n bull ,
flabby cheeks , tliLck..ppii8iiiil lipj , broad
nose , black oyos.wlln beetling brown.
A shock of black hniffand coarse board
of the same color did ot add beauty to
n truly repulsive countenance. As ho
stood there looking nb'tho girl , who was
still unconscious pt his presence , a sar
donic smile , overspread his countenance ,
which quickly ( Jlsnpponrcd , however ,
when Yule-ska turned her head.
"Miss Dolgopolof7ho began. "Yon
will excuse this .intrusion upon your
grief when you loaru that only the
most kindly motives actuated it. "
As Ynloska only answered with n
contemptuous aha half-incredulous
smile , ho continued '
"Nifont is-doomed. No ono under
heaven can save him , except I. Repulse -
pulse mo now , ns you did throe months
ago , nnd you are your brother's mur-
' Dombrowski paused to note the tsffoct
of his words , gazing earnestly at Va
loska all the while. ' That mobile coun
tenance did not betray the emotions
within her breast. In a tone which she
in vain tried to control , and in which
offended womanhood , grief nml indig
nation were nU concentrated , she said :
"Imrl Dombrowski , your words would
bo nn insult to the lowliest maid in Rus
sia. You nro not to bo misunderstood ,
nor is this a time for evasion. You nro
a married man and como to mo with
professions of love. Throe months ago
you made the same insulting olTor of
your love , and I only refrained from
tolling my brother because I did not
wish him to kill you and because you
promised never to repeat the insult.
Coward like , you see mo now defense
less. The man who would have whipped
you like a o.ur in prison , you force your
vile proposals on mo a second tlmo.
Leave this house , which your very
presence disgraces. "
Like an enraged goddess the maiden
'looked as with extended finger nnd
scorn upon her lips she pointed to the
door. The command was lost upon
"Valcska , you nro charming in your
rage'l ' he exclaimed with n coarse
laugh. "Llstuu before I go. The tri
bunal meets to-morrow. I sit as presid
ing judge , nnd you tire sulllclontly fa
miliar with Russian justice to know
how swift its proceedings are. Your
brother will bo condemned to death ,
and you. by the very fact of that rela
tion , will be sent to Surgut or Bezorof
under administrative exile. Upon cer
tain conditions I will furnish you the
rolonsa for your brother , u passport to
permit his leaving the city and n trusty
servant , whom you shall name , shall
carry thorn to the jail tomorrow
row night. His disappearance
I can explain to my super
iors. As for you , my love shall
guard and shield you , and your daily
life shall bo one of luxury nnd easy. "
Valeska several times attempted to
intcrrupt-this How of words , every ono
of which was a Ifnifo thrust to the sen
sitive girl. , ' (
"Do not decide now , " ho said. "If
you accept my offer send Marie to my
olllcq to-morrow.1' i
Without another word , and before
Valeska could' ' reply , Dombrowski
stalked from the1room. .
Loft alone Vajeska's grief , shame and
indignation knew no bounds. When
Marie entered n few minutes later she
found her young mistress in a stupor.
Her coaxing and 'caresses gradually
soothed the disfros qd girl. Nature at
last assorted her rights , the hours of
anxious watching wbro succeeded by a
restless sleep , iri wliibh in dreams Va
leska lived over again the horrors of
the preceding diys , ' ? ,
Meanwhile Nifont lay in his dungeon ,
racked by pains of the body and agony
of the mind. Around hlm ay his
wounded comrades , whose moans struck
a like reproach upon his ear. When
morning broke and the first gleams of
daylight flashed through the narrow
grating of the prison window , it was a
relief to him. At 9 o'clock the prisoners
were assembled in the yard and
heavily manacled , they were marched
to the court room. Space will not per
mit a description ot the trial. Sutflco
to say that by 12 o'clock the majority of
the prisoners were tried , condemned
ana sentenced to bo shot or exiled to
Siberia for life. Nifont , Dinitri and
Ivan , as the ring-loaders , remained to
the lost. The latter soon heard their
sentence it was death. Not a hope
now remained to Nifont when the crier
"Nlfont Dolhopolof , stop forward. " .
With head erect , but without the fear
nor without the bravado that betokens
the criminal , Nifont obeyed the call.
Just then n messenger entered the
Court room , and approaching the judge's
bench , hniidod Governor Duiubrowski a
scaled note. Dumbrowskl opened it
hastily. A smile of triumph overspread
his hideous countenance ns ho road the
contents , which consisted of a single
"Your request is granted. "
Turning to his nssocintcs on the bench
ho said : " 1 have iust received advices
from Moscow : Dolgopolof will not bo
tried to-day. Lot him bo remanded to
The judges silently acquiesced in
thole superior's decision , nnd Nifont
wns conducted back to the dungeon ,
vainly trying to find the solution for
this strange proceeding.
Hastening to Ids dlllco Dombrowski
found Marie waiting. Dashing oil u
few lines on a stamped paper ho handed
it to her.
"Take this to your mistress , nntl also
this packet , " ho said , "nnd toll her to
leave the rest to mo. "
"My mistress told mo to give you this
key , " replied Marie , handing Dombrow
ski n door-key , "and to request you to
bo at the house by 11 o'clock tonight. "
"I'll bo there , my jewel of a maid , "
replied Dombrowski , attempting to
pinch Mario's cheek , which attempt ,
however , proved a failure , as the girl
slipped quickly out of the door. "
V * * * * *
Next morning early risers in the
neighborhood of the Dolgopolof resi
dence were surprised to see the form of
a man lying in the doorway of the
houso. A crowd soon gathered , and
when several of the moro curioui made
their way into the grounds they wcro
horrified to see a poof of blood collected
near the prostrate man. The watch was
hastily summoned , as no ono dared to
move the dead body , which Iny prone
upon its face , and a cloak thrown over
it so ns to effectually conceal the head.
When the "pisnrs , " headed by the
"Chinovuik , " arrived , the crowd , which
had now grown to largo proportions ,
made room for the olllcers. The Chin-
ovnik "stopped forward and turned the
body face upward , throwing back the
cloak as ho did so. A cry of horror
wont up. That ghastly face was famil
iar to all. It was Imrl Dotubrowski ,
governor of Ivor. A small dagger , a
woman's weaponwasjlriven to the hilt
into the loft breast of the governor , and
told the tale nt onco. A stream of blood
followed the withdrawal of the dagger ,
and showed how true the blow was
which penetrated the heart , and must
have caused death at onco. The officer
examined the weapon carefully ; on the
hilt , which was of pearl , the name
"Valoska" was engraved. Dispatching
a "pisar" to the jail to notify the ofllcors
in charge of the murder that had boon
committed , the Cbinovnik searched the
promises , with the aid of the cpisnrs.
Nothing was found which could furnish
a clew to the perpetrators. No ono was
about the house , and everything was
in perfect order and giving no evidence
of a struggle. When about to leave the
sitting-room , which was the last apart
ment visited by the chief , ho noticed u
piece of paper lying on the tablo. Pick
ing it up ho road :
"I have killed Imri Dombrowski with
my own hand because ho was bent upon
"VALESKA DOLGO1'OI.OF. "
The official put the confession into
his pocket and stopped out into the
grounds where the mesbengcr.since re
turned from the jail wus awaiting the ap
pearance of his chief. The Chinovnik
was surprised to learn that Nifont Del
gopolof had been released from the jail
the same night wherein the murder
had boon committed , under an order
presented Dy'Valeska | and _ signed by the
man who now lay cold in death. A sot-
nia of Cossacks soon arrived and trans
ferred the body of Dombrowski to the
palace of justice. The news was spread
like wild lire nnd soon thd murder was
upon everybody's tongue. Investigation
by the authorities after many months
gave no clew to the whereabouts of Ni
font and Valeska. All that could bo
learned was that on that eventful night
, or rather morning , they had boarded n
"train on the Nikolniovsk railroad , and
there all trace of them was lost.
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STRANG & CLARK STEAM HEATING GQ ,
Steam and Hot Water Heating and Ventilating
Apparatus and Supplies.
Engines , Boilers , Steam Pumps , Etc.
Dcalcrh Agricultural Implements'Wagons ,
Carriages and bnjrcto * . Jones street , between Pth and
LININOER A METCALF CO. ,
AgricHlt1 Implements , Wagons , Carriages
Wholesale , Omaha. Nebraska.
PAItLWt OREXDOnP , t MAIlTUt CO.
Wholesale Dealers In
Agricultural Implements , Wagons&Bnggfes
(01 , KO , tOJ ana IC7 Jones street , Omaha.
fH , MILHUIIXA STODDAHD CO. ,
Manufacturers and jobbers In
Wagons , Buggies , Ra'ies , Flow Etc ,
Corrtlh and I'acino street * . Omaha.
A. UOSPE , Jr. ,
Artists' ' Materials , Pianos anfl Organs ,
1513 Douglas street Omaha , Nebraska.
Boots and Shoos.
ir. r. MORSE t ro. ,
Jobbers of Boots s
1101 , 1101 , 110S DoiiElAs street , Omaha. Manufartorr ,
Summer street. lloMon ,
_ Oonj , Coke and LI mo. _
OMAUA COAL , COKE , t LIME CO. ,
Jobbers of IManfl son Coal ,
209 South I3tli street. Omnlia , Nebraska.
KEUIIASKA FUEL CO. ,
Shinies of Coal al Coke ,
211 South 13th St. , Omaha , Neb.
_ C rook o ry n n d _ Cj oss wn ro.
" PERKINS , QATUH & LAVMAX ,
Importers and Jobber * of
Crockery , Glassware , Lamps , Silverware
Kto. 1511 Farnam street , now I'nxton building.
_ Commlsalon nnd Storage.
'RIDDELL & RIDDELL , "
Storage and Commission Merchants ,
Specialties llntter , ecus , choose , poultry , game.
IIUItoward ttroct , OiunlinNeb.
OEOROE SCIIROEDER A CO. ,
Produce Commission ana Gold Storage ,
( Successors to McShano & Sclirocclcr. )
Omaha , Nebraska.
Dry C pod a an d Not I on s.
M. E. SMITH & CO. ,
Dry Goods , Fornisniug Goods anfl Notions
1102 and 1101 Douglas , cor. llth street , Omaha , Nob.
KILPATRICK-KOCII DRY GOODS CO. ,
Importers andJolihers in Dry GoofisNotions ,
Gents' furnishing Roods. Corner llth and llurncy
streets , Omaha , Nebraska.
IIELIN , THOMPSON t CO. ,
Importers and Jobbers of
Woolens and Tailors' ' Trimmings ,
317 South loth street.
DEWEY A STONE ,
Wholesale Dealers in Furniture
I'arnam street , Omaha. Nebraska.
CHARLES SHIVERICK ,
PAXTOIf , OALLAOHER & CO.
Wholesale Groceries and Provisions ,
706,707,703 and 711 South 10th St. , Omha , Neb.
McCORD , BRADY & CO. ,
13th ana i avcnworth streets , Omaha , Nebraska.
W. J. UROATCH.
Heavy Hardware , Iron and Steel , *
Springs , wagon stock , hardware , lumber , eto. 1209
. and 1811 llarney street , Omaha.
LEE , CLARKE , ANDREESEN HARD
Wholesale Hardware , Cutlery , Tin Plate ,
Metals , sheet Iron. etc. ARents for IIowo scales.
Miami powder and Lymaa barbed wire ,
HIMEUAUQH A TAYLOR.
Bnild rs1 Hardware and Scale Repair Shop ,
Mechanics' tool ! and Buffalo scales. 1(05 Douglai
street , Omaha , Neb ,
JOHN A. WAKEFIELD ,
Wholesale" Lumber , Etc ,
Imported and American Portland cement. Btal *
agtnt fcr Milwaukee Hydraulic cement and
CHAS R. LEE ,
Dealer in Hardwood Lnmher ,
Wood carpets and parquet flooring. Ctb and Douglas
streets , Omaha , Neb.
OMAHA LUMI1ER CO. ,
All Kinds of Building Material at Wholesale ,
IS to Street and Union 1'aclflcTrack , Omaha ,
LOUIS BRADFORD ,
Dealer in Lumber , Lath , Lip , Sash ,
Door ) . Hto , Yards Corner " 111 and Douglas , Corner
10th and Douftlai )
FREO W. QRAY.
Lumter , Lime Cement , Etc , , Etc ,
Corner Ctli and Douglas Sis , Omaha.
C. N. DIETZ.
Dealer in All Kinds of Lumber ,
13th and California Btrcots , Oualia , Nebraska ,
J. OliERFELDER & CO. ,
Importers & Jobbers in Millinery & Notions
3M , 21U and 213 South llth street
J. T , ROIJINSON NOTION CO. ,
Wholesale Notions and Furnishing Goods ,
i'U and 101 Booth ICtli street , Onmha.
V1NYA RD & SCHNEIDER , .
Notions * and Gents' ' Fnrnisliing Goods ,
110J llarney streit , Omaha.
CONSOLIDATED TAKK LIKE CO. ,
Wholesale Refined and Lubricating Oils ,
Axle Krcasc , etc. , Omaua. A. II. Hlsbup , Manager ,
CARPENTER PAPER CO. ,
Wholesale Paper Dealers ,
Carry a nice stock of printing , wrapping and writing1
paper , Hi > cial attention glrea to cur load orilvn.
Storg , Forwarding & Oommlaalon.
Storage , Forwarding and Commission
Urauc bouse of the Htipacy Xvssr Co. lluirflun st
wholesale ami retsll. WH. 131U , lib IinrJUrcCt ,
U/Dutiu. Tc > lsplme | Ko. Jtifi.
T ° y.8" . *
u. ifAum- co. ,
Toys , Dolls , Albums , Fancy Goods ,
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Boots and Shoos.
KJRKiSND A IL , JONES& CO. , .
Successors la Rc t , Jones ft Co.
Agent * for lloMon lUibber Shoe Co , 1103 , 1101 nd 119
llarnuy Street , Om hn , Nrbraika.
STOW ! ILER ,
Lgger Beer Brewers ,
1H1 North Klghlffntli street. Omaha ,
KAOLB CORNICE WORKS ,
Manufacturers of Galvanized Iron Coruico
Window-caps and tni-tallc nkyl'fthtii. ' Jolm Kpenoter ,
proprietor. 1(8 ( and llUMiuth lOihtlreot.
Mannfautnreis of Overalls ,
Jeans , I'ant' , Blilrt. % etc. 1203 street
Oranhn , Noli ,
Offloo Fixtures ,
1M , dec aiul Saloon Pistes ,
Mitntloi. Hlilobonrdii. Hook C i- , lr K Klxturrn. Wall
rn es. I'nrlllloni , llnlllnt , Com\U > rK. llorrnntlai \
Cooler * , Mirrors , KtcKnrtorj find oroco , 17JU nnrt 1781
South latli Ht. , Omnhn. Telephone 1H .
JOHN L. WILKIE ,
Proprietor Omaha Paper Box Factory ,
Nos. 1317 xld 1319 Douglas street. Omaha , Neb.
OMAHA RlfiiUER CO. ,
Manufacturers aid : Dealers in Riler Gcods
Oil clothing nnd leather belting. 1CU3 1'arnam street
Snali , Dpors , Eto.
M. ArDi s unow & co. ,
\VliolsJalo manufacturers of
Sash , Doors , Blinds and Mouldings ,
Branch oRleo , 12th nnd Itanl street Omaba. Neb.
liOHN MANUFAC'l'UlllNO CO. ,
Manufacturers of Sash , Doors , Blinds ,
Moutllnp | , slnlr-nork nntl Interior linr.t vrooil tlnlsh.
N. 1.cornerSlli r.ml I.civTcii\Nfrillstrcels ,
Steam Fittings , Pumps. Eto.
S'l'JlAXG A CLAnK&'rHAMIlVA'LiQ Ca
Pnnw , PipBs and Engines ,
Btcum , water , rnllnar nnd mining Mipnllei , ct < V
KO. vn nml UM K rnam < tru ! t , OmiUm.
U. S. WIND EKaiN , fc PUMP CO. ,
Fla lldajr wind mill * . VIS and. 12) ) Jones St. , Omaha ,
( ; . F , llo3 , actlnK maniiBor.
nROWKELL & CO ,
Engines , Boilers and General Machinery ,
BUcct-lron irork , ttcnm pumi > ! > , intv mills. 1213-12U
l.caTcnvfurlli itrect , Umulia.
Carter A. Foil , Prop's. Manufacturer * of all kind *
Steaii Boilers , TanKs and Sliest Iron f orlc
' WorV South VUth and U. i.M.cro liif. (
PAX.TON& V1ERLIXQ UtON WOllKs"
Wrought and Cast Iron Bui ding f orlc ,
Engine' , brn work , Ronrrnl foundry , nmclilno and
blacksmith work , offlce ami wcris , U. 1 * . Itr.
_ und nth street. Oihalm. _
OMAHA WinE & IRON WORKS ,
Manufacturers of Wire andiron Railings
Ue > k rolls , window guards , flower gtnndn. wire ilRni ,
tc. 121 North luu street , OmnUa.
OMAHA SAFE & IRON WORKS ,
ManPrs of Fire and Burglar Proof Safes , '
Vaults jail work. Iron thuttora and nro escapes.
O. Andreen , prop'r. Cor. Hth arid Jackson Ht .
CHAMPION IRON & WIRE WORKS.
Iron : nd Wire Fences , Railings , Guards
and screens , for banks , offices , stores , residences , etc.
Imvroredawnlnr' , locksmith nmculncrr nnd
blackiin Itb works. 401 South llth tit.
PALMER , RICHMAN & GO. ,
Live Slock Commission Merchants
VN10N STOCK YARDS CO. ,
OfOinana , Limited ,
( John F. Jloyd , Superintendent.
CHICAGO SHORT LINE
01 ? TIIK
Chicago , Milwaukee &t , Paul R'y ' ,
The Dcst Route from Omaha and Council
ETHE EASTE i
T\\O THAINS DAILY 11BTWKICN OMAUA AND
COUNCIL 11LTJKK8 I
Chicago , AND Milwaukee ,
St. Paul , Minneapolis , Cedar Ilnuldg ,
Rock Island , 1'reeporl , Hockfonl ,
Clinton , Dnbiiriuc , Davenport ,
Elgin , Madison , Jmies > lllo ,
Bclolt , Wlnonn , Ln Crosr.c ,
Ana all other Important points Uast , Northeast nnd
For through tickets , call on the ticket n/cnt Hi IM1
I arnam street , In Diuker lloo : , or lit Union I'uclllo
I'ullman Sleepers and tbe llnnut Dlnlntr Cars In tba
world are run on tl-o miiln line ot the Culuiso , Mil-
\rnukou & Ht. 1'nul Itullnny , mid o-cry attention U
paid to uasauiiKcrs by cuurLttous employes of tuo
II. MIM.BH.lenoral Manncor.
J. K. TUCKKH , Assistant Goner.11 Manager.
A. V. U. CAUl'KNTJIH , General rosicnfior and
< ! i : < > . K. UKAKrOUU , Assistant GoniTUirailcnger
T , J , CJ/AUK , General Superintendent.
Kffiiss.ui.viisyiittlr ; ? ? . ? M"oflor "
way cvmnocl In union douol mti ! I
cat-ri - ' " 4 Northircit'rn Hallway , lo Ciilc io the train *
connection MII | ! tnoworUll
nlnjritra ° * ralU < i ! ' , itifufll' ! . IMtyb.iri. ' 'ni'l"i ' ' | , > Tiionto poll . ClnMrinnll i ( ' > filrcfl ,
ll < tinNo Vork , l'nlladclnhl liultiuiorv , ' W h <
InKtor. , un , ( all | > plnt In the Kust , Ask for mnwia
IJTOII with Iho I'Oil All tlcU |
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