Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, May 11, 1889, Image 1

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    G U IN
Bungling Execution of the Bald
Knobbore at Ozark.
1'Jio Hopes Stretch nnd tlioy Fall
Through tlio Trap
Ml ted Mack to the
A nniiglliiK ICxeotitlon.
K , Mo. , May 10. [ Special Telegram
lo TUB HUB. ] The Hald Ktiobbor captain
David Wnlkcr , lilJ son William , nnd their
partner In crime , John Matthews , were nil
cxnuted nt.Ornrk , to-day. A now pafjo of
horrors Is added to the history of executions ,
Strong men turneU deathly sick and rushed
from the nvrful scene. Terribly affecting
scenes transpired at iho Jail this morning.
Hovs. Qrayston rud Honi offered fervent
prayers for the prisoners , broken by frotuont |
responses from the deeply suffering men.
Govnral Indies of Ozu.'k were kneeling In the
corridor utterly unmindful of the dirt nnd
pools of tobacco spit on the floor. The pris
oners Joined heartily In sniping famil
iar songs. John Matthews was asked
to lead In prayer , but , Instead , ho preferred
to sing his favorite hymn , a wlerd camp-
meeting song , in which none of the others
could join.
Reporters were permitted to view the scaf
fold Inside the jail yard , with the thrco awful
relics already Knotted anil suspended threat
eningly above. John Matthews' wife nnd
sister were nlono permitted to sco him
through the grated door. Ho did not sleep
at all during the night , nnd loaned far moro
, / haggard than yesterday.
from 11 last night to 4 this morning. A
strong guard wns posted around the outer
Jail yard , but there has never been any need
lor a cuard , save to keep away crowds of In
quisitive visitors. The prisoners have spent
much time In writing to their friends , nnd It
was hoped that some statement of the bottom
tom facts of the crlmo would bo made public.
U111 Walker was asked
but ho replied in it dignified nnd well-worded
note tha u statement could not possibly
benefit him nor comfort his friends , nnd that
after lie wits hanged It should never bo said
of U1H Wnlkor that ho weakened , or tried to
cast any discredit on the evidence of the
poor women whoso husbands bad been
John Matthews talked somewhat excitedly
while putting on the neat black suit in which
ho was to make his exit from nil that is mor
tal , Ho exhorted tbo gathered listeners at
the grated window. Ho expressed his hope
of salvation In the world to como and pro
tested his lunoccnco of any premeditated
At half-past 0 the jury and several clergy
men and reporters were admitted to the Inner
nor jallyard , from which a hole had been cut
liTtho brick wall through the back end of
the jail. At 0:84 : John Matthews' voice
wns heard In loud exhortation. A row mo
rncnts nf'cr , the three prisoners walked
through the jail steadily and compnscaly.nnd
Rev. Horne read a passage of scripture
and a hymn , nnd the prisoners joined in the
singing , broken by pious exclamations from
Matthews. Kov. Home then offered prayer.
The death warrant was read , and the prls
onord were naked In turn what statement
they desired to irulco. Matthews called
loudly upon heaven to witness his Innocence
of any premeditated oriino.
Dave Walker said : "I am to dlo for n crlmo
I could not help. " BUI Walker simply re
sponded : "I hope I am fully prepared to
fncet my God. "
At sovcn minutes before 10 the trap was
sprung' ' which should have launched the
threo'inon into eternity. Then onuued
The ropes yielded so ; much that the feet of
both the Walkers touched the ground , and
their necki were not broken. The bungling
H0030 around 13111 Walker's nnck slipped and
stretched , His head pulled throuch and ho
foil moaning and praying to the ground.
where ho lay rolling and lamenting for
thrcn minutes.
Dave Wnlkcr in the meantime had been
1'Atcd up and the rope shortened. Ho was
loft to dlo of strangulation. Poor Hill was
picked up nnd carried to the trap , wliicl
could not again bo sprung until the others
were deaC and cut down. John Mntthows
By the fall , In sixteen minutes Dave Wai
kcr-wus pronounced dead. During thcso
nwful minutes Bill had snt upon the scaf
fold supported by Sheriff Johnson , moaning
occasionally and saying to the sheriff : "For
God's sake put mo out of this horrible mis-
cry. " Again ho was placed upon his feet ,
nnd at 10:1(1 : ( the fatal tinp Again fell , ant
agrin the horrible isecne , Intensified u liun
drodfold In horror , wus repeated.
and wore.compollod to Icnvo the jnll yard
Urcat drop * of sweat rolled from the agon
ixccl face of Sheriff Johnson , who was almost
bowildcrod by the fearful blunder.
Bill Walker's neck was broken by the second
end fall , and in fourteen minutes life was
extinct , nnd his body was placed by the side
of his father's. The bodies were ilollvartu :
to relatives tobo taken to Sparta for burial
Ttio most deeply pathetic Incident of thi
du > occurred wiiur. the wagon with tbobod.i
of 'John Matthews was driven Vvtho jui
yard a his faithful wife and agetr mothe
climbed in and
the wife crying ns if her heart wns broken
while the mind old mother said to the crowd
"Wti didn't ' know what It would como ti
when John joined the Liuld Knobhors. I'oo
oulsvo didn't havn any moro eunso. "
In the autumn of 1SSO a band of nigh
riders was formed in the rough portions o
Christian county , who styled themselves ,
Uald irnobbcrs. Their avowed objeet.was tc
reform the morals of tha communities in
which they lived by leaving warning lottery
ncvotnpanied by bundles of hickory swltclu-s
nt the homos of the supposed olTenders. If
the warning wus unheeded a second nightly
vlult was umdo. the doors nf thn offen
der's homo were suddenly burtt open and
ho wus ruduly yanked out of his warm bed ,
tied to a trco and whipped with hickory
Witliosby different member * of the band In
turn. A saloon nt Chadwick was raided , and
sovorul barrels of whisky wore poured
out and the owner * no terrorized that they
left the country.
Hut thorough nnd Ignorant member ? of
the band undertook to regulate and amem !
all manors not In accord with their ideas.
Their meetings wore hold wltn great se
crecy. Thcro was a terrlblo I'alh mulcting ft
death penalty for Imparting any iKformatlon
o outxldcrs or for tlie betrayal of si : rets ,
On thmr raids tuo.v were horrible
rible ruanks , ccneculit'g their Idnnt-
jir. To tpeak dlmpprovlngly of their
inothocU was pretty uio to to followed by a
warning , printed rouehly In huge red letters
ornamented by a skull and cross-bones. Vari
ous whippings occurred without bloodshed
until cue futnl night. thn Hth of Murch ,
1087 Tha band , to tbo number of thirty ,
met at nlcht m n dark hollow at a plnco
called the"Old Bmeltcr. " where they swore In
two uoyr wowbsr * n'l talked anO planned
until near midnight , when they broke up ,
sixteen of the party golnf to their homes ,
but fourteen of the elder members marched
In the direction of Spartn. Near the road
lived William Edcns , a strong , active man ,
who had been warned by tno gang to "stop
talking about the Uald Knobbcrs. " nnd who
had boldly dclled the inldnluht raiders.
William Kdcns' house was broken Into nnd
found empty , nnd the gang rushed on at a
rapid run a few rods to the home of old man
Eilcns , whom were assembled for mutual
protection William ICUons nnd family and
his sister with her husband , diaries Green.
The house wiw instantly surrounded and
the doors were broken down with axes
bctoro the dazed Inmates were fairly awake.
Old man James Kduns appeared at the door
with a pistol but ho only succeeded In ilrlng
one shot In defense of his homo before ho
was struck Insensible with nn axe. At the
same time the knobbers rushed Into the
house and pulled Charles Green and William
ICdens from their beds nnd shot them to
death in the house while their wives were
frantically trying to protect them. One of
the women was slightly wounded nnd one
had her night dress burned with the powder.
Old man Kdons was supposed to bo dead ,
but afterward recovered. His ono pistol
shot however had fortunately taken effect in
the leg of Hill Walker , n son of Dave Walker ,
the captain of the band. After the murder
the masks , guns , and dark lanterns of the
band were conccah-d and 13111 Walker was
taken to Douglas county in hiding , An
aroused nnd outraged public speedily
hunted down every member of the gang and
after the arrests there was no dlfllculty In
procuring evidence since every Knobbor , ex
cepting Dave Walker nnd his son Hill ,
was eager to save his own nock by turning
state's evidence against the others.
< For the Grcen-Edens massacre William
Stanley and Amos Jones are serving a sen
tence of twenty-one years on aplcnof guilty.
C. O. Simmons is serving a sentenceof
twelve years on the same plea. Wiley
Matthews escaped from the Ozark jail on
the night of the 23th of December , 1S8S.
Jimmy Matthews , a young son of John , was
granted a general continuance by the court ,
and enjoined to go homo and support bis
poor mother. Charles Graves , Joseph In-
nmn and William Newton had their cases
nollled by the prosecution to serve as wit
Bull Creole Dave" Walker , the 13ald
Inobber chief , according to ins own story ,
.vas born in Christian county , Kentucky , in
Juno , 1SW. His parents moved to Christian
county. Missouri , when ho was four years
old unil settled near Sparta. The section
they settled on was nt that time part of
Urecno county. They had a hard llfo up to
the war. Dave enlisted in Company M ,
Sixth Missouri volunteers , in ISO'J , but after
a months' service was discharged , ns ho was
under age. He went back homo , but had a
strongnr inclination for war than ever , and
enlisted in Company II , Sixteenth Missouri.
His age was not found out , and ho went
through the war. After the war ho re-
tuined to Hull creek and entered forty acres
of government land. This was his home
stead. He joined the Uald Knobbers three
years ago , when the lirst company was
formed in Christian county ( then 13ull
county ) , and was made cliief. Ho claimed
thut besides the pouring out of the liquor nt
the Chadwick saloon , and the whipping of
John Evans for "cutting up in church , " his
company had not done any regulating. It
was the whipping of Evans which excited
the hostility of Edens.
William Walker is the oldest son of the
Bald Knobbcr. He was born on March 5 ,
1870. Ho lived on the farm with his father
ill his life , and joined the Bald Knob
bers. Ho was wounded in the right
groin in the Greon-Edous killing , and that
night , was taken to his uncle's house in
Douglas county. Ho was captured later by
the sheriff with the assistance of J. D. New
ton , u brother of Walker's sweetheart.
John Matthews was born ut Bull Creek in
Christian county , Mo. , flve miles from Chad
wick , April 2' ( . 1S4S. Ho was in the union
army during Iho war. Ho enlisted in the
Forty-sixth Missouri. He took part in sev
eral engagements incident to General Pryor's
raid. Ho had nine children. Ho was a
member of the Baptist church , and had been
a Uald Knobbcr but two months when the
shooting occurred. His son Jimmio , four
teen years old , was at Edons' house the night
of the killing and was indicted with his
father , but was released by the court oil
account of his youth , alter furnishing a bom ;
for $1,000.
Prospectors Report tlie Dlggingi * as
as Wonderfully Kloli.
Diunwo D , D.ik. , May 10. [ Special Tolo
grum to Tim HEE. ] Dan Gallagher am :
John Hawloy. two old time prospectors ani
miners , returned to the city from the now
placer digulnga , thirty miles south of hero ,
on Gold Him , having made eleven placer and
two quartz locations. A district will bo organized
ganizod next Monday , a recorder elected and
laws adapted governing locations. The dig
glngs uro Ory but wonderfully rich , and in
clude Gold Hun for a distance of four miles
nnd tributaries. Joe Waters , who discov
ered the diggings , wheeled dirt n mile to
water and obtained twenty-four ounces o
gold -for one week's work. It is shot gold ,
though some nuggets nro ns large as pigeons
eggs. A grand rush has set in , and at least
two thousand people will bo on the ground
before Monday.
Tlio Carter Divorce Case.
CIIICAOO , May 10. ( Special Telegram to
Tin : UKB.I The taking of testimony in the
notprious Carter divorce case ended to-day.
and the lawyers were given until Monday to
prepare their speeches , which arc limited to
two on each side. Mrs. Carter wus recalloi
this morning and asked several general
questions , the replies to which were Intended
to affect some points made by the defense ,
Onu of her former maids and another ser
vant also testified to the Indifference , if not
unkmdncss , exhibited toward the wife by
Cat tor ut the time of the birth of tholr
child , Mrs. Carter recalled and tostllled
to several things of no general Interest , ami
the four weeks' trial was practically at an
_ _
A Wyoming Cattleman Demi ,
CIUJYHX.NIJ , Wyo. , May 10. [ Special Telegram
gram to Tim HuB.Jr-Colonol Charles 13.
fisher , president and general manager o
the Manhattan Cattle company , who for th
past six years lias been engaged In the cattl
business in Wyoming , died to-day of pneu
monla after an illness of ono week. H
servdit through the war us an officer of artll
lury , wns subsequently un Internal revenue-
olllcor in South Carolina , and government
inspector in Arizona , nnd attached to the
quartermaster's department In Washington.
Ho was oxtonslvdly acquainted throughout
the east , u popular member of the Cheyenna
club , and u highly esteemed citizen ,
Tim Donilwooit Tragedy.
LBAU Cm' , Duk. , May -iBpeclal Tele
gram to Tin : UKK.The ] coroner's jury
which hold an inquest at Deadwood , to-day ,
( iv or the remains of Dr. Patrick H. Connelly ,
who staggered Into u saloon and dropped
dead ut an early hour , Wednesday morning ,
found n verdict to the crtcut that the cause of
Ills di.'uth was a blow inflicted by a blunt in
strument in tha hands of a party or parties
unknown. Every possible effort Is being
nmdo to discover the murileier. Tlio funeral
will take pluco in-morrow ,
tun llopiirt.
WASHINGTON , May 10. The department of
stale denies that Minuter Enandcr has de
cline. ' ] the Danhh mission because ho hail
learned tlnit his appointment was not ac
ceptable to the D.iuUh government , The
department had not received oftlcla ) Informa
tion of bib resignation.
Filed Ills Hod ,
WASIIINUTO.I , May 10. Frank Palmeiv the
newly nppoinlcd public printer , hah filed his
bond In the mini of (100,000 , and a has been
approved. Palmer will cuter upon the duties
of lilsoilloo uo.\t Monday ,
A Startling ixnd Disgusting OonfoB-
fosslou Concerning Him.
IiiHtcnd of n Martyr Ho Is a llnac
Criminal FIcnliiK Affrighted
Prom tlio Swonl or
Stern Justice.
Rcvottlnc Rcvolntlonora Dnrii ! .
CIIICAOO , May 10. [ Special Telegram to
TUB line. ] The Dr. Croinn mystery Is a
mystery no longer. The friends and ad
herents of tnat gentleman , who have been
shouting "plot" and "assassination" for the
past six days , are dumbfounded at to-night's
developments. On the other hand , Iho
friends of Alexander Sullivan , who it was
Insinuated by the Cronlnltcs , was in some
way connected with the doctor's disappear
ance , are greatly pleased nt the turn affairs
have taken , and express their satisfaction
that the ridiculous Idea of a plot to assassi
nate or kidnap Crotiin or any other member
of nn opposing faction In the land league has
been exploded. From the confession of
Frunk Woodruff , to the city police , there
appears to bo but llttlo doubt that Dr. Cro-
nln has loft the city to avoid the consequences
quences of his connection with a case of
abortion which resulted In the death of the
unfortunate woman whoso body wns con
voyed to n secret place of burial in the
bloody trunk found In Lake View , Sunday
night , and which friends of Cronln have
been inclined to believe , contained his
mangled remains.
Last night nn officer from the Twelfth
street station urrested a young man who was
trying to soil a white horse and wagon in a
livery stable near the station , for a small
sum of money. When taken to the station
the man gave his name as John , und ,
when asked the routine questions always ad
dressed to prisoners , betrayed much emo
tion , HIH ! asked for Captain O'Dounoll , He
was taxcii to the captain's ofllcc , and In the
presence ot several ofllcers told a startling
story of his connection with the Cronin mys
tery. To-day the police investigated th o
story und found it corroborated by many cir
cumstances which tend to show Its truthful
ness. Hrown's real niimo is Frank G. Wood
ruff , and ho bus been working for Dean
& Co. , livery stable keepers nt
40-1 Webster avenue. His story
us reported by the authorities is to the effect
that a week ago Wednesday , in talking with
a man named William King , ho ( Woodruff )
had complained of being out of money , hav
ing lost considerable playing cards , and said
that it was necessary for him to secure some
thing to do that would pay better than work
ing in a livery stable. King said ho could
put Woodruff in the way of making some
money easily.
Saturday evening , Just ntduskKingcnllcd
Woodruff out of the stable and nskc < ! if ho
could get a horse and wagon out without any
one knowing it , nud said ho would give
Woodruff $25 if ho could do It. Woodruff
said ho could , and a pluco of meeting nt -
o'clock in the morning was agreed upon.
Woodruff left the wagon out doors in the
nlloy before going to bed , and when all the
other employes bad retired , bo stole
noiselessly down stairs , took out a horse ,
hitched up , nnd meeting King , they drove
together to a barn in the rear of n big house
on State street. As they wheeled up in
front of the barn , two men cumo out. Ono
wus a man whom Woodruff calls Dick Fair-
burn. The other man Woodruff feels sure
was Dr. Croiiiu. Although it was quite
dark nt the time , ho had several opportuni
ties to look closely at the man's face , and
assorts that ho answers Croulu's description
in many ways.
The other men addressed this person ns
' Doc. " The thrco men went into the barn
together and returned with a trunk , which
they lifted into the wagon and then climbed
in. They then drove straight through the
alloy to the first cross street , over to Dear
born street , nud up Dearborn to Lincoln park.
"I hoard several expressions In conversa
tion between the men , " said Woodruff ,
"which convinced mo there was a body in the
trunk. In the first place , I noticed that
Cronin was very anxious for us to hurry.
Two or three times ho said : 'Get out of hero
boys , got out of Jiero quick.1 I noticed the
trunk smcllcd ns if there was decaying flesh
within it. Wo drove nearly to the north end
of the park , then stopped a minute near some
bushes. King nnd Fnirburn were with mo.
Wo loft Cronin at the barn , and I remember
ns I looked back at him that ono of his oycs
was black as if ho bad been struck. At the
bushes wo lifted tbo trunk out , and I held
the horse while it was opened. 1 then saw
my suspicions were correct. There wus 3
body in the trunk. They lifted it out in sev
eral pieces. I can't say positively whether it
wus the body of aman orwouian , except from
oho circumstances. I heard King say :
" 'Here's where wo leave Allio.1
"Fairburn unswored : 'Yes , and if you
had let Tom alone wo would have had 'Doc'
in hero with her. '
"Theso remarks passed while they were
carrying the trunk back into the bushes. I
noticed each piece wus carefully wrapped in
something thut looked like cotton. King
gave mo ? - . " , told mo to drive on and get rid
of the trunk and got the horse back in the
"I began to feel a little shaky , nlul
whipped the horse into n gallop. I don't
think I was over fifteen minutes on the run.
Finally I dumped out the trunk and turned
back. It broke open ns it fell , but 1 did not
wait to sec In what manner it lay or jusl
how the pieces were placed. I returned to
the burn. "
Woodruff says ho suspects , from the con-
versa lon ho overheard between Crouin ,
Fairburn and King , that the Oody In the
trunk was that of a woman , whoso death re
sulted from an operation , perhaps porformci
by Dr. Cronin , H5 draws this conclusion ,
not only from the words ho overheard , but
also from the anxiety evinced by the doctor
to get the body out of the way , nnd from the
fact that Cronin had apparently recently
been struck by some one.
Woodruff first read of Cromn's disappear
ance Tuesday , and also read the story re
lating to the finding of the empty trunk. Ho
was greatly frightened , and thinking the
ofllcers. were certainly on his track , tool : this
means to get out of the city. Ho had some
money remaining , but decided to obtain
llttlo moro , and Mole the identical horse ami
wagon which ho had used lust Saturday
night. The result was his arrest und con
Woodruff Is of the opinion that Cronin is in
the city : that King knows of his where
abouts , nnd that if King can bo found , ho can
tell where Cronin Is. Search bus been mudo
nt a point in Lincoln park , where , on Iho
lake shore , Woodruff is suid to have
loft Cronin and the others with the
body , The unusually heavy rains have
Intorfcrod with the work. Except on ono
side , the lake stretches away for miles in
every direction. Within tlio park near by Is
a largo pond. Hoth the hike and the pond
are tieinu' dragged. The residence , to whlcl
belongs the barn from where tbo trunk is
claimed to have boon carried , belongs to i
well-to-do citizen named Wnterous. Ho dls
claims all knowledge of the singular affair.
A pretty brunette named Allle or Alice
Villuvaso has been missing from the neigh
borhood near which is located the barn
wheru Woodruff Is said to have
met Cronin and the latter's com
punlons. Her parents uro In rather
huuibiu circumstances and heretofore llttlo
attention bus been puld to her disappear
unce. Several "personals" addressed to her
or relating to her have appeared In the papers
of lute , but the advertisements contain llttlo
or nothing delinlto ,
COMi.ix IIOX'T ' ncucvi : IT.
Saloonkeeper Conklln , with whom Crpnln
lived , was informed to-night of Woodruff's '
statement. ConKlmg declared there could
bu nothing : in the story and once moro in
sis ted that the doctor had been murdered by
certain Irish uatlnr.ulUU , who , according to
Conklln , were enemies of Crouin ,
It Ilu In ToruntoY
Toucmo , Oat. , May 10. A man alleged t
bo the missing Dr. Crontft6'f ' Chicago , was
hero . Ho left town this
seen , to-day. after-
eon In company with nno'tuor man and n
A Jolly How In the Chicago Police
CHICAGO , May 10. | Special Telegram to
Tun HUE. ] In one way or another the
innrchist question scorns fated to keep the
Chicago police department In hot water.
Jnptaln Schnnck , the redoubtable North
Side "burgomaster , " who was so prominent
n the anarchist matter after the Haymarket
nassacrc , has been laboring for n long time
on a book of reminiscences of these exciting
lines , nnd a local paper to-day published n
lumbcrof excerpts from the advance sheets ,
electing , particularly , some portions which
contained , severe reflections on Frederick
Cborsold , who was nt that tltno chief of
Sclmuck charges Ebersold with being
responsible for the escape of Schuaubolt ,
he supposed thrower of the bomb ; nnd with
ncompotcncy In thoiinunugcmont ] ot the
case ; and says other things. All this has
caused n tempest in the police department.
Mr. Ebersold says that the statements nro
"a pack of lies , " and makes counter-charges
of conduct unbecoming nn ofllcer and gentle
man against Captain Schnack. nnd says that
the latter was nnd is now suffering from u
severe attack of "swelled hcad.'J Ho oven
lays that after the trial was concluded
Schanck was anxious to allow the anarchists
to form now groups , that the police might ,
after a time , chase them down nnd thus keep
.ho public excited over the affair Indefinitely.
Ur. Eborsold was not on the force during
Mayor Hoche's administration , but Mayor
> oglcr recently rcnppolntcd him as Inspec
tor. It is held by bis friunds thut the publi
cation after his restoration was a gross act
of Insubordination.
Chief Hubbard , this afternoon , said that
no stOps had bsen taken in the mutter of
liscipllning the offender , but thut If Inspec
tor Eborsold would prefer charges , prompt
action would bo had on them.
Xhc Pension CoiiiiiilHsloner Makon a
Kinchin Speech.
COLUMIIUH , Tcnn. , May 10. The Scotch
Irish convention to-day listened to a number
of addresses by prominent persons. The
commissioner of pensions spoke at some
length and in the course of his speech , said :
"For long years I have have hud ono con
scientious conviction In my heart which is
stronger to-day than ever before , namely ,
that it is the bounden duty of this great re-
niblie to sec to it thut no man who wore
Lho blue and laid it off in honor ,
shall ever feel tbo necessity of.
or bo permitted to crawl under the roof of
nn almshouse for shelter. The wolf of want
must , in common decency , be driven from
the door of the maimed or diseased veterans ,
ind of the widows and orphans of those who
liavo already laid down their lives. "
After giving some statistics showing the
number of pensioners receiving different
rules , from § t per month up to f)75 ; per
month , the commissioner added :
"For twenty ycurs nnd under varying
circumstances , I Imvo.pleadcdthecausoof my
comrades who were the blue. For twenty
yours i have been nblo only to plead , but
now I am thankful that at thcso linger tips
thcro rests some power , and as that power is
mine , I boldly say that I propose , just us
soon as possible , to call in everyone
ono of the corUtlcatcsc of pensions of
the figures which I have named ,
and reissue them * on the basis
of the truth that no man ought to bo down on
the pension roll of the United States for less
than the mlsscrable pittance of $1 per week ,
though I may wring from the hearts of some
the prayer , 'God save the surplus. ' This and
some other things too numerous to go into
detail about I propose to do , if my life be
spared and my ofllcial existence bo
not cut short. I am clearly of
the opinion that I voice the dominant
sentiment of this country when I unhesitat
ingly declare that a wise policy demands that
in treating with these who have just claims
before this country I should cease to hunt
for merely technical reasons with which to
defeat these claims and devote n little of our
time at , least to helping those claimants , who
In the past did not hesitate to Jielp the coun
try in its hour of dire peril. "
Sottlcr * Already Busy Staking Out
Cliolco Claims.
PIEHUE , Dak. , May 10. [ Special Tele
gram to Tim Bun. [ For some time count
less settlers have boon lying in watt along
the Sioux reservation for the appointment of
the Sioux commission , nnd recently , when
the news was received many of thorn wont
on the reservation and staked out prospec
tive claims. The matter was called to the
attention of the interior department , but the
ofllcials thought tlioy were trivial complaints
made by Indian polico. Now dispatches
from Washington announce that settlers will
not bo molested by tlio government if they
go on the reservation 'jioaecably , pick out
land and make no disturbance , as it was
only n question of time'-when the land would
bo ceded and thrown open. In consequence
of this news , the last few days has dovelopcd
a rush for the best parts of the reservation
that soon promises to become equal to the
Oklahoma excitement. The Indians Imvo
agreed to cede their lands and the settlers
sco nothing in their way to at once secure
the best land. Covered wagons nro camp
imr over tno hill around Pierre , und are get
ting moro numerous each day ? A largo con
tingent of the Oklahoma boomers are ul
ready on tbo ground at Pierre , und are malt'
ing preparations for n rush. Settlers from
South Dakota nro fllllnglovery train that ar
rives , and the excitement in n short time
promises to become general. Claim shan
ties nnd Improvements nro beginning to spot
the country across the river from Plerro ,
and there is no tolling what the next weaker
or two will develop.
IMoascd AVUh the Condition of Fort
Davy linnsull.
CIIKVHNNK , Wyo. , Mayio' . [ Special Tele
gram to TIIK HEU.I Tlio party of military
magnates who Imvo been Inspecting tlio forts
in the west reached Chdyennc , early ycstor
day morning , iu a special car and wore taken
to Fort Hussell , wfior * they were enter
tained by General Miznor. A grand field re
view was planned for ( to-day , but was pre
vented by unfavorable wcuthor.
A committee of tha 'Cheyenne ' board of
trade , consisting of Governor Warren , Dele
gate Cuiey , Henry G. JIuy , president of the
board of trade , and Mayor liincr , tendered
the visitors a luncheon at the Cheyenne
club. The party Ipftfor Omaha tills after
noon in the special train. Secretary Proctor
said that many improvements would bo made
at Fort Kusscll during the couung Hummer ,
ami was highly pleased with the condition of
the post and garrison ,
The Fort HlKHlion Itescrvntlon.
Huito.v , Dak , , Muy 10 , [ Special Telegram
to TUB HUB. ] Surveyor General Taylor ro
calved executive orders transferring Fort
blsslton , formerly Fort Wndsworth , military
reservation to the department of the inter
lor. The land will bo' surveyed and offered
under the provisions of the act of July 4 ,
16S4 , under supervision of the board of ap
pr.usnrs. The tract comprUes four and one
ImH townships , uifd joins SUsiton Indian res
ervution on the west.
Cameron Him'n Hpmorrhnuo.
LANCABTUII , Pa. , May 10. General Simeon
Cameron wus attacked with a slight hem
orrlmgo last night , but Is' resting easy now ,
and ho is believed not to be iu aeriou *
Secretary Prootor Thinks It Will
Qo to Bollovuo.
A Clernyinnn'H House llurnnil Ilitr-
Klars Secure Forty Cunts A Horse-
Tldcf Cetrt Six Years Wind.-
Htot-in In 1'rltiKln County.
The Secretary ol War In Sidney.
Sttixuv , Nob. , May 10. [ Special Telegram
to Tut : Hen. ] Promptly at 0 o'clock this
evening , amid n heavy ruin storm , the special
train , consisting of an engine , n dining-car of
the Chicago , Burlington & Quincy railway ,
nnd the directors' car of the Union Pacific ,
arrived hero from Cheyenne , containing the
Hon. Secretary of War Proctor , General
CrookGenorul , Urooko.Gcnerul Scoflcld , Gen
eral Drum.Colonel HarrLicutcnuntsUoonnd
Hllss , nnd Mr. Partridge , private secretary
to Secretary Proctor. The train moved down
to the garrison , where they were received
with the secretary's salute of seventeen
guns ,
The garrison was thoroughly inspected ,
after which u reception was held at Colonel
Poland's ' residence , where the ofllcors and
leading citizens of Sidney paid their re
Secretary Proctor was very favorably Im
pressed with Fort Sidney , mid In reply to n
question as to tbo prospects abandonment ,
said ' 'No 1 in fas'Or of Its
ho , , sir. nm con-
tinuiitlon , nnd will do all iu uiy power to
secure a largo appropriation next year for it ,
and your post will remain Indefinitely. "
Heplying to u question as to the location efFort
Fort Omaha , Secretary Proctor suid ho
thought it would bo located ut Ucllevue , An
appropriation of 00,000 has already been
made , and the chances nro It will bo in
creased .
Secretary Proctor is a very agreeable gen
tleman , nnd manifests great interest in army
mutters. The tram will nrrivo in Omaha nt
8 o'clock to-morrow morning. .
thn Itnilroadg.
FOHT HoniNSOK , Neb. , May 10. [ Special
Telegram to TUB OKI : . ] Governor Thayer ,
Auditor Hcnton , Treasurer Hill nnd Mr.
Hnlsoy , and Mr. Hughes , of the Fremont ,
Elkhorn & Missouri Valley railway , passed
through hero yesterday morning. The usual
salute of Swinton guns , n cavalry dress
parudo and guard mount kept tlio party In
terested for nn hour. The military ardor of
the old general wns roused to such n pitch
tbnt ho promised to como up to Fort Hobin-
sou during the summer encampment , of the
troops. A short speech of thanks to Colonel
Gilford , General LSrisbin and officers , and
the special train moved out for homo.
Struck ly
SiiunniiT , Neb. , May 10. [ Special Tele
gram to TUB liCB.j Lightning struck the
residence of Hev. J. C. Lewis to-day. Mrs.
Lewis , und u baby were ulono in the house ,
but no one was hurt. It was a heavy bolt ,
dividing and running down the four corners
of the house , tearing it fearfully. Kov. Mr.
Lewis Is pastor of the flourishing congrega
tion of the Prairie Union Haptist church.
Ho has lived several years in Fremont nnd
has many friends throughout the state who
will be glad to learn of his family's escape
frcSul' injury. _
Sioux City Short Ijlnc.
Pi.Aisvinw , Neb. , May 10. [ Special to
THE Hm.J : The locating party connected
with the Sioux City short line pitched their
tents at this plnco yesterday. Tlio town Is
filled with strangers , so that it is almost im
possible to secure hotel accommodations. A
largo number of sub-contractors liuve brought
their forces hero , whcro they will muko their
headquarters until grading commences ,
which , they expect , will bo In a few days.
Fiahtlnt ; About License.
CUI.TIGUTSOX , Neb. , May 10. [ Special Tel
egram to Tun UBK. ] The question of the vil
lage board granting a saloon license , which
has taken up the time nt the town meetings
for a week , came to head , to-day , in a street
row between C. Armstrong und Dr. Vastine.
The former bus been taking a very active
part for the saloon , and the doctor accused
him of trying to force bis wife into tbo tem
perance light. _
Stable IStirned In Superior.
Surintion , Nob. , May 10. [ Special to THE
HEE. ] This morning , about U:30 : , tbo largo
livery stable of Uusscl & Morrisson , was dls
covered to bo on firo. The alarm wns
sounded and the fire department responded
nt once ; but such headway had been made
be/ore discovery , that all attempts to save it
were useless and it was entirely destroyed.
The barn contained twenty-seven head of
horses , of which five perished. It is sup
posed to bo the work of un incendiary , The
loss is nearly covered by insurance.
The Travollns Men'B Hall.
BEATIHCB , Nob. , May 10. [ Special Tele
gram to THE Hnn.J The traveling men's
ball nnd banquet , which took plnco nt the
Paddock hotel to-night , was a brilliant affair.
Visitors were present from Omaha , Chicago ,
St. Louis , Now York , nnd other cities. The
ball wus given under the auspices of the
Traveling Men's Social club of Beatrice.
Illi-h Wind In Perkins County.
GIIANT , Neb , , May 10. [ Special Telegram
to TUB BEE. J A terrific wind und rain storm
swept over Perkins county , this morning , nl
8 o'clock , Tbo frame work of J. W. Yowcs'
barn wns demolished ; wind mills und sheds
were blown over , and considerable dnmngo
wus done to other property , No ono was in
A Horse Tliiol * Sonlonund.
AI.MAXCH , Nob. , May 10. [ Special Tele
gram to THE BEE. ) George Wilcox was
tried in the district court hero , found guilty ,
and sentenced , to-duy , by Judge Klnkuid , to
six years at hard lubor In the state punlten
ti nry , for the theft df a horse , last Decem
Poorly Itowardod Hur lary.
SBWAIII ) , Neb. , May 10. [ Special Telegram
to TUB BKE. ] Burglars entered the B. & M.
depot , last night , during the thunder storm ,
drilled thu safe and blow ono door off , They
obtained 40 cents. The drills used were sto
len from the machine shop , There is no clue
to the depredators.
CroH | About Itrnlnard
BIIAINAIIP , Neb , , May 10. [ Special to Tin'
Bii.J : : Heavy rains have fallen at this polm
for the past two days , The flax crop am'
small grain are up. and the prospects for ux
cclloni crops uro fine.
Will Illnolcllst Foreign Glnos Workers ,
PiTrsuuno , May 10. The Window Glass
Workers association has issued an order to
all prcceptorlcs in the country , that all for
olgn glass workers who come for work , here
after , uro to bo blacklisted , This action is
the result of recent importations of forolg n
glass wonccrs In violation of the contract
labor law.
_ _
Hurled at Sen.
NEW YOIIK , May 10. 0. Fester , a saloon
passenger on the Mullory' line steamer
Lamprusia , which arrived here , to-day , from
Gulvcstor. died of small pox , yesterday , an
wus burled ut sea.
TronhlcH ,
NEW YOIIK , May 10. W. ft. EJininston & .
Co. , importers und manufacturers of ribbons
bens , silks and velvets , made a general us
to-day , without preferences.
Excitement In Havre Over the Arrival
or the Hero.
| Coi > j/r/o'it / ' 1SS9 tin Jamw Oonlon nemielt.l
HAVIIB , May 10. f Now York Herald Cable
Special to Tun Hun. | There was some
commotion on the platform nt the SU Lruuro
station , In Paris , yesterday morning. The
mssongcrs looked with Inquiry nt two Inrgo
oatoon carriages , Into which two stately
waiters ushered the persons who hud been
not by Mr. Crawford , the financial director
of Buffalo Hill , They were tlio Paris Jour-
iiillsts coming hero to meet the Persian
Monarch , which Colonel Cody had specially
chartered to bring over his Wild West show.
During the run down nn elegant cold collation
vus served.
On the arrival hero the party was met by
S'nto Salisbury , who said the ship
md been signalled off the Scilly
slcs , nnd would arrive nt half past
i o'clock. At 5 the whole party started for
ho purpose of meeting her , and cruised In
about n ten mile circle until , nt. half-past 0 ,
ho captain sighted smoke on the horizon.
[ 'lie tug made for her , and In loss than nn
lour mndo out the Persian Monarch. The
ug then turned nud made for the harbor.
The steamer overtook her and steamed
slowly , with the tug puffing full speed nlong-
sldo to keep pace with her. Buffalo Bill was
on the bridge , und crowds of all sorts of In-
flans were on the upper deck. A shout of
welcome to Colonel Cody was received by
the cowboys' shrill cry , nud yells of delight
from the Indians.
The band on Buffalo Bill's ship struck up
'Yankee Doodle , " which was r.pplnudcd by
hose on the tug , followed by the ' 'Marsell-
also , " raising Hhouts of enthusiasm and
cries of "Vivo 1'Ameriquo" from the French
> ros3nicii on the steamer.
The hugo levlathlan was accompanied by
.ho tug until eight bolls struck , when the
icalth boat steamed up. The captain cried
ot go the anchor , nnd alongside we went.
Owing to the late hour there was not enough
water for the ship to enter the harbor , nnd ,
Tor some reason , n clean bill of health could
not be given , so Nate Salisbury went aboard
and wo ? obliged to stay , while Colonel Cotij
was unable to como ashore to the banquet
given to welcome him.
The banquet of fifty covers was given as
soon as the party returned , nnd amongst the
.uvited . guests , besides the press of Houen
und Havre , were : M. Dufrnls , United States
consul , and Mr. Frederick Bernal , the Eng
lish consul-general. Several toasts were
proposed. The United States consul ro-
? rotted the absence of Buffalo Bill , but said
lie would welcome him , to-morrow , as u rep
resentative American and as a soldier , who
liad won his grades and titles.
The English consul-general made a telling
speech , expressing his sense of gratitude for
Lhe good feeling existing between the Anglo-
Saxon races , and proposed the health of Mr.
Crawlord. The proceedings were of an un-
ofllcinl nature and marked by good feeling
and joviality throughout.
A Hold and Successful Ha id Among
the Illicit Stlllw.
CIIAW.KFTON. W. Vn. , May 10. | Special
Telegram to Tun BEE. ] For the last four
years a desperate ! gang of moonshiners fins
infcbtcd the wildest portion of McDowell
county , West Virginia. A desperado named
Moran was the louder. Hecently Detective
Baldwin of Charleston , was detailed to work
among thcso people and locate the illicit
stills. Baldwin went among thorn last Jan
uary. Ho Ingratiated himself with tbo
moonshiners and helped dispose of the illicit
liquor. Yesterday Baldwin came to Char
leston and at the head of n band of govern
ment officers made n long prepared raid ,
Moran and thrco others were surrounded In
n still. Mornn was shot dcnd and the others
surrendered. The detective force then pro
ceeded to arrest the other members of tlio
gang. By the aid of Baldwin's thorough
knowledge of the country , they followed
them to their hiding places , nnd "in nil cap
tured fifteen persons who had been engaged
m the business. Two of them nro women.
All were tinned , but they were so taken by
surprise they did not make an effectual re
sistance. Two of the force were seriously
wounded. _
Joint Knniidcr Not Acceptable to the
Kingr of Denmark.
CHICAGO , May 10. [ Special Telegram to
Tin : Bi'.E.J A Washington special soyo the
real reason why Mr. John Enandcr , of Chicago
cage , has resigned his commission as minis
ter to Denmark is not thut his health is so
precarious. The fact of the matter is Sue-
rotary Blame recently received n communi
cation from Copenhagen , which briefly
stated that the appointment of Mr. Enandcr
was not acceptable lo the king of Denmark ,
and that ho would not bo received at the
Danish court. No explanation was given for
the attitude of tlio king , but it is quite prob
able that the opposition is purely a po
litical ono. At least , this is tlio opinion
of the state department ofllcials , who have
from past experience learned that It Is dun-
gorous to appoint n naturalized citi/cn to a
diplomatic mission In n country from which
ho camo. Other motives than a desire to
seek a fortune in u new country frequently
impel foreigners to como here , nnd tlio real
cause of their departure docs not. come to
light until they venture to return to their
native land us representatives of the govern
ment of their adoption , when some almost-
forgotten political offciiBO bobs up to defeat
their nmbition.
Fntal Collision Hetwoon tlio Mlnorfl
nnd the Soldlern In "U'cmplialin.
Bnui.iN , May 10. A sanguinary encounter
occurred lust night nt Bi-cluim and Wcst-
phulia between the military nnd the striking
miners nnd their supporters , Two pcrhons
were killed urid many injured.
Thcro was another encounter nenr Hracttct
Westphalia , to-day , between troops und
strikers , In which thrco of the latter wore
killed and .several wounded.
Uned Him For a Target.
PtEitiiE , Dak. , Muy 10. [ Special Telegram
to TUB HEE.--A.t ] 10 o'clock , this uviming ,
three pistol shots were IIred on Dakota
avenue , immediately bringing out a large
crowd. It seems that a sergeant was captur
Ing asoldliir who wns decorting , The sergeant
hud fired three shots at the doenrter , missing
him each time. The sergeant then knocked
him down with thu butt of his revolver. Dr.
Brown rendered medical aid to the wounded
man , uficr which bo was taken back to Fort
The Wdiuhor InditiatiotiH.
For Nebraska ; Threatening weather and
light rams in southern portion , f lr In north
ern portion , northerly winds , warmer In
western portion , eoolmIn eastern portion ,
For Dakota : Fair , except in oclrmno
southern portion , local showers , slightly
warmer , variable winds.
For Iowa : Threatening wcalhor nnd
rain , except In extreme northeast portion ,
fair , northerly winds , warmer In southwest
portion , cooler In southeast portion.
Two Deaths From Hnat.
MIMVAUKEB , May 10.-Two deaths from
heat occurred IT this city , to-day , vus. : Dr.
Urban , a dentist , and Henry Matthews , a
laborer. Both were stricken yesterday.
William Buntrook , laborer , was pr.istriilcd ,
but will recover. TUo temperature ut acoc.
to-day , was 63 > < .
An Incident lu the Buttor-Portor
Tliclr lias * UeirnrdtMl By "Hen" na
bluiilflcant , nnil Ilu \ocH | ! Ao-
oordlnuly , Inrrutt Will Sno-
cccil "Cousin Kolsoni. "
N Hunn.vr , Tun OMAHA llnis , )
WASHINGTON , U. C. , May 10. )
A very unpleasant episode has just como to
Ight In the pending Htitlor-Portor con
troversy. Up to the present time the country
nt large has taken comparatively llttlo In *
crest In the mutual mud-slinging of the two
old gentlemen. General Butler has claimed
hat Admiral Porter was a coward and ran
iway nt Fort Fisher , nnd Admiral Porter
retorted that General Hutlor was a lying
Iruukard and never took Now Orleans until
thrco days after Farragut's marine * had been
n the city. The public will let them tight it
out. Hut yesterday General Uutler wont to
ho navy department to hunt up the log book
of the Harriet Lane , The Lane was Porter's
ship , and her log book would of coin-so have
ihown conclusively whether Admiral Porter
ran away , us Hutler says ho did , or whether
10 didn't. Mr. lintlor Is adding dally moro
evidence that the admiral did run , and Mr.
'orter Is daily adding just as much evidence
.hut ho didn't. The Lnno log book being tha
ofllcial record of every movement of the beaten
on the ovcntful day. General Huller
obtained Secretary Tracy's permission.
: o consult the log book nnd to mnko all the
transcriptions he needed. Hut when Clou-
end Butler began hunting ninong the Hies
"or the log it was gouo , somebody had ab
stracted it. Ho reported the fact to Sooro-
ury Trauy , who immediately guvo orders
.hut u thorough search should bo made. A
number of clerks were immediately detailed.
They included men who have been in the do-
Kirtment since the war nnd are. familiar
willi uvcry lllo and record In the library. An
exhaustive ami systematic hunt was begun.
Every book and paper V.'as examined. livery
) ld bundle of documents was overhauled.
jut nil in vain. The log book , whicll tvi'i
either convict or vindicate the admiral of our
mvy was gone. To-day the search was
ended. The mutter has now assumed n grave
General Uutler is chuckling in glee. It is
lardly necessary to say to what inllucncc ho
iscribcH the disappearance of Iho log book ,
Hid ho knows that its disappearance. Just at
this time will injure Admiral Porter moro
than anything it might contain.
John Jarrctt , of Pittsburir , .has been
igrced upon for the consulate at Sheffield.
iCnglaiul , now occupied by "Cousin Hen1'
ALLISON' r.x < uoii ; > .
Society circles credit the statement that
Senator Allison , of Iowa , and Miss Toresu
Stuughton , of this city are engaged , and will
be married the coming autumn. Senator
Allison is now in the west. Miss Stoughton
is a member of ono of Washington's oldest
nnd best families. Her father wns a dis
tinguished lawyer , and her sister is the wife
of Paymaster Bacon , of the navy. Senator
Allison has been a widower seven years.
When Treasurer Hyatt looks the door to
Ills olllco In the treasury department tomorrow
row afternoon ho will hand the keys to Hon.
JnmcH N. Huston , of Indiana. Now plates
for the treasury notes with Mr. Huston's
name upon them uro being prepared. Mi" .
Huston will Issue all the orders and bo hold
responsible after to-morrow at 4 o'clock In
the afternoon. lie bus been in the city over
since the inauguration.
Washington will bo deserted by prominent
liublie men to-morrow afternoon. The pres
ident intends going down the Potomacnn the
revenue cutter Despatch , for n couple ol
days' breathing spoil. The lawyers give a
shad Uako on the banks of the river almost
opposite Mount Vernon , and most ot' tha
cabinet ofllcers have promised to attend. Tha
supreme court nro to be there too.
Additional resolutions nnd indorsements
on behalf of Judge Uro IT , for u place on thd
Inler-stato commerce commission , were re
ceived to-day , and were Hied with the presi
dent by Congressman Council. It is stated
nt the white house that no action is likely to
ho takcf in filling the commission under HUY/
cral weeks , and maybe not until fall ,
Tno president this afternoon appointed
Lewis Wllcox collector of internal revenue
for the eighth district of Illinois.
People arc almost suffocating In Washing *
ton to-night. The heat reached W ) degrees i
the sliaje at one time , this afternoon , and
many laborers exposed to the ruys of thd
sun , were compelled to stop work. Thora
were a do/.en cases of sunstroke reported.
At ( I o'clock , this evening , n heavy cloud
overspreud the city und a tcrrlilo wind storm
foliowcd. The telegraph wires nro prosJ
trutud In nearly every direction , The signal
bureau has intelligence thut it is snowing in
Denver und thut It will bu cooler horti to
morrow. PBIIKV S. HEATH.
V ntiktnn'H F.'tyorllo Hnu Defeated Iq
YAN-KTOX , Dak. , May 10.- [ Special Telegram -
gram to Tin : HII : . | General Hugh .1. Cnm | > <
boll hud u decisive majority of the Vnnktou
county delegation in the convention ot
Wednesday , and In accordance with the un-
derstundlng previously entered Into with tha
delegates representing part of Hutchlnson
county , should have been nominated , but
after Hutchmson got thmr majority by nc'
clunmtion , they went back on the agree
ment to nominate the man Unit/ hail n major.
It.y nf the delegates of Ills own county and
guvo nearly tuolr entire vote for JSdtrorton
und nguInHt Campbell. While no ono blamca
iCiUwton , the general public impression ti
that Campbell should have hud the nomina
tion , and that tlio llutchinson dQlcgntion
noted In bat' ' inith. The people rcKiin }
Campbell as the father of division und ad'
mission , and think hu should huvo buen in
the convention. General Cumpl.cll was not
personally cocking the nomination.
Grain llviilnis Gun no
Speculate on Wind.
ST. I.oui , May 10.Jnvorsor ( Erancs |
lute last night signed the grain option bill
which virtually prohibits dealing In grain
options unless the dealer In nueh option ac
tually owns the grain , Thn Htatuto Is so
worded thut thu issue can not bu dodged nud
grain deu'urH ' nro generally wrought up mid
claim thu law will ilrlvo them to ( Cast St.
Louis. A inrelmc to consider the matter
will bo held on 'change to-day.
< ; o\vlo.VH and Indians I'l lit.
HANTA FB , N. M. , May 10 , I'uoblo India *
Agent Williams , to-day , received a telegram
from General Carr , at Fort WlngMo , N. M , ,
saying thut in the fight between Indian * anil
cowboys near thut post , three of the iT.Ja
were killed , and the perpetrators of the deed
are undur urrcut. Thn military has takvn ]
precautionary measures to prevent further
ttoublc on the part of the Indians , ,
Ih'liMvuro's Htato Kuurotary Dead.
vVii.Mi.xovoN , Del. , May 10. Joliu Pondqi
Salisbury , secretary of Maie.dlcfl this mom *
Ing at Ins homo In Dover , Ho has been 111
over dhicc- lilt return from the New Yorlf