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    TinOMAITA 111513 : PUjSi > AY , JANUARY 12 , 1898.
SEVEN RAILROAD MARCUS
lien Who Have Risen from the Hanks
Through Individuality ,
HEADS OF THE GREAT UNION PACIFIC
tHii'M of tin : Mrm of Hit * llonil'x
I'ri-NlllCtllN , IIUKlllllllIK
Ui-iiL'fnl John Ailnnii
Dl.v , ( lie 1'lrxt.
The accession of Horace 0. Hurt to the
presidency of the Union I'aclllc marks thu
coming of the seventh man to the head of
that great systemsluce Its building , on In
terval of time of over thirty years. As the
construction of this road and Us growth
Is so closely connected with the history of
Omaha , and slnco many of the pioneer citi
zens of thU city have had more or less Inti
mate connection -with all ot these presidents ,
brlof Hkutchcs of their lives will be. of In
terest znd very ajiproprlato on the eve ot
the coming of I'realdent Hurt.
The first pnsldont of 'thu Union Pacific
was bled a soldier. General John Adams
Ulx was born In lioscawen , N. II. , on July
21 , 1798 , and after a collegiate education wan
appointed cadet and aided his father , Major
Timothy Ulx. Ho remained In the army
until July 29 , ISIS , when ho was compelled
by Ill-health to re-dun , with thu rank of
captain. Ho studied law , and WE.S admitted
' ' thu bar. In 1830 .ho was appointed adju
tant general of the sta'o of New York.
Jn later life , when the civil war broke out , ho
returned tu the army again. On 1'rtaldou
Lincoln t DM. call for troops he organized
ttovcntocn regiments and was appointed one
of the four mcjor generals lo command ' .he
Now Yoik forces. During the war he was
In command of the Department ot Mary
land , and was Inter sent to New York as
commander of the Department ot the East
'intll ' ( .lie . end of the war.
During his lifetime General Dlx wag the
rcnlpimt of many public honors. In 1S33 he
was appointed secretary of state and super
intendent of schools of iNew York as a dcm-
onrat. From 1SI5 to 181 ! ) ho served as a
United States senator.In ISIS he nas nom
inated by tno free soli democratic party as
governor , but was defeated. President Pierce
appointed him assistant treasurer at New
York ami in 1SCI he was appointed postmas
ter of New York. On January 10 , 1861 , he
was appointed secretary of the treasury by
President illuolmnan. At the conclusion of
the civil war , I i 1SCC , he was appointed
naval olllcer of the port of New York and
later was made minister to Franco. In IS72
ho was elected governor of New York as a
republican , by a majority of 5:1,000 : , but was
defeated for a second term.
General DIx's railroad career 'began ' In 1SS3 ,
when he became president of the Mississippi
& 'Missouri llallroad company. On October
30 , 1SG3 , ho became the first president of the
Union P.vlilc and held that olllce until 1SCS.
For a few months he held the position of
president with the Brlu 'Railroad ' company.
He died In New York on April 21 , 1879.
\ "TOM" I = 'CQTTS ' TERM.
Thomas Alexander Scott , the "Pennsyl
vania Railroad King , " who suc
ceeded General Dlx , was a railroad man
almost from the time that railroads existed.
Ho was born In London , Pa. , on 'December '
28 , 18IM. 'Ills ' father died when ho was a
hoy. In his youth he worked on farms an !
served In country stores until In 1SII ho be
came clerk to a collector of tolls on a state
highway. In 1817 he was made a chief clerk
to the collector of tolls at Phila
delphia , and in 1850 ho became connected
with the partially constructed Pennsylvania
railroad. In 1S5S he became Us general su
perintendent and In 1S59 was chosen vice
president. 'Ho ' 'was ' Instrumental In further
ing the policy by which the road gained con
trol ot Us western llntw. In 1S71 , when a
separate company was formed to operate
them , ho became Its president. He was
elected president of the Union I'aclllc In
March , 1871 , and served ono year. In 1874 he
succeeded to the presidency of the Pennsyl
vania road , and resigned on account of Ill-
health. IHo was the projector of the Texas &
Pacific road and was its president for many
years. He died on May 21 , 1881 , at Barley ,
1'a.
Scott \\ua prominent In the civil war. At
Us beeli'.nlug ho waa appo'.mted c the stuff
of Governor A'.idrew ' G. Curtin ami , 'Was en-
crgotlc In equipping volunteers and forward-
iiig tinein \Vashl-ngloii. . Co April 27. 1861 ,
at the request of the secro'ary of war , h ?
opened a irew road from Washington to Phila
delphia wlMi surprising quickness. On May
3 ho was commissioned colonel ct volunteers
acid on 'May ' 23 was givca charge of all gov
ernment railways nnd telegraphs. On August
1 he wau appointed assistant secretary of
war , which olllce ho was the first to hold.
On September 2-1 , 1863 , he superintended the
'transportation of two army corps to relieve
Gwcral Rosecruns at Chattanooga , and did
thU with remarkable speed.
HORAOl'2 F. CLARK'S CAREER.
Tlio nuxt president , HOPJCC F. Clark , was
ttio ttixi of a clergyman and was born in
Southbury , Conn. , tu November 20 , 1S15. He
waa educated at Williams college , whence
lid graduated In 1S33 and took up the profes
sion of law , bulug admitted to the bar In
Now York In 1837. Ho was engaged In active
practice for nineteen years. In 1856 he was
elected'to congress on a "hardshell" democrat ,
but later became a Douglas supporter. Al. the
close of his term ho waa re-clcctcd , as an
Indepoi lent candidate , hi 1857 Mr. Clark became -
came a rallrc-ad man by becoming a director
of t'ao New York & Harlem railroad. He
aftorwnl became president of the Lake
iShoru , Michigan Southern K. Northern In-
dlano railrc.nl. In 1S72 ho was elected presi
dent of the Union I'aclllc railroad , but his
term was brief , as he died en Juno 13 of .the
following jear. He represented I.ho Vandcr-
bllt 'Intercatu , being a son-in-law of Com
motion ) Van Icrbllt.
Uu&ldri ! these railway positions Mr. Clark
wjo a director In the New York Central &
Hudscci Itlver. the New York & Harlem , the
Now Haven , Hartford & Springfield , the
Snore Line , the Chicago & Northwestern and
iiold valuable Interests In o her lines , He
was also president of I.he Union Trust com
pany of New York and on active manager of
the Western Union Telegraph company. Ho
was also a oponitor In Wall street.
' SIDNEY DILLON'S SERVICE.
Sidney Dillon , the succeeding president ,
was born In Northampton , N. Y. . May 7 , 1812.
Chicago as tlu > clik'f eiiKliiuur of tins routl.
uiiotliur of tlioso who wurc reared In tli"
on a farm. His family was ot revolutionary
ancestry. Ho entered , railroad llfevwhen amore
moro lad. being flnH employe , ! as an errand
flioy on the Molmvk & Huilion railroad , the
llrst read built In his native stMe. He next ,
entered the nervlco of the Honsssllaer & Saratoga
atogaIn a few years he 'became overseer
of contracts on 'tho ' llos'on & 1'rovlJcnco
and other linos. In 1S3S ho took fhls flrai
contract and completed It with prollt In 1810.
from which time- his contracts became very
numerous. During this period of Ills life he
engaged tn the construction of the Hartford
& Springfield , Vermont & .MassachusUm ,
Rutland & . | Ilurlington , Central of New Jer
sey , . .Morris canal , lloston & 'New ' York Cen
tral , 1'hlhulclphla & Erie. Erlo & Cleveland ,
Morris & Essex , Doston , Hartford & Erie ,
thu lown , the New Orleans , Mobile & Chat-
tnnooga. tin t'atmiM Southern , the Union
1'aclflc and many others. Altogether , he was
engaged In over forty of the leading public
works of the United States , and the con
tracts amounted to over 100,000.000. At Jay
Gould's suggestion he wat made president
ot the Union 1'aclllc In 1874 , which position
he held until ISSt. During these ten years
the company paid dividends to thn stock
holders In the Bum of $28,050,000 , and the
utock advanced from 14 to 131 % . In 1SS4
Dillon retired from the presidency and was
succeeded by Charles Francis Adams , but
when Gouhl secured control again ho was
once more chosen president. Ho held thee
o til co until the spring of 1892 , when he de
clined re-election anil was succeeded by
II. II. Clark. Ho died onUunu 0 , 1B92.
CHAULB3 FRANCIS .ADAMS.
Charlca FraucU Adams was a second son
I of Charleti Frairlt Adams , thu famous diplo
matist and Krandbon ot John Qulncy Adams.
Ho IWUH horiu In Boston May 'J7 , 1835. He'
was graduated from Harvard college In 1S5Q
and was admluted to the bar tn 1B5S , Hu
aorvod In thn army throughout the whok'
of tbii civil war and was mustered out In
July , ISCj. .with the brevet rank of brlgudlt-r
general of volunteers. After that lie do-
votdl himself principally tn railroad mnt '
ten , and In. 1SC3 wan appointed a member cf
the Hoard of llallroad OoramUgloners of Ma -
xachuiietts. In 18S4 ho was elected prosldu-t
ot the Union Pnclfk and nerved In ili.it
capacity until Dillon was again elect-1 to
succeed him In 1S90 , when the Gould Inter
ests again secured control of the road.
S. H. It. CLAHK'S I1EOINNINO.
3 , II. H. Clark , who followed after Dillon's
second term , Is also a mam from the rani. * .
Ho began his railroad career when young on
n L'r vel train on thn Ontrnl Railroad ot
New Jrrttcy. Ho was later promoted to a
local pas enRcr run , and sill ! later to a.
through i"xpre s. Ills first official position
was that of general freight and ticket agent
of the Flushing & North Shore railroad. In
1867 he wag prevailed upon by Sidney Dlllcn.
at thnt trine a contractor on the t'nlon
Pacific , to come to Omaha. Ho becain * the
first Rrncial freight asent of the great Over
land Route and waa also for n tlmn Its pur-
phasing agent Ho filled the position of
superintendent of the eastern division cml
was assistant Rcnetal aiiprrlnlwident. In
1S74 he w.is made general superintendent ,
which position he held until 1X7S , when ho
was promoted to the office of Rrnernl mixra-
RCT , and held that office until 1881. Ir.
the latter year , when Sidney Dillon resigned
as president , Clark also reslgnod and leU
the road In September of that year. Some
time later he accepted the office of vtco
orrgldeiit and general manager of Hie MU-
nourl IViclflr.Vhrn Dillon was nalrt
elected president of the Union Paf-lflc Clark
was agtln appointed general manager. At
the meeting of the Union. . Pacific directory
In the spring of 1892 Dillon declined the
pfcoslilency atid Clark was elected to succeed
him. He held the presidency until Hurt
was elected to succeed him.
LAST OF THE LINE.
Horace 0. Hurt , hmt olnntril nroslilonl In
another of those who were reared In the
tallrroil business. Ho entered the service
with the Vandalla lines In March , 18G7. as a
redman aud afterward became division en-
'ilnccr ' of construction , continuing In that
position until the fall of 18 < ,9 , when ho cn-
caged In the railroad business In Kansas.
Ill the wkitnr of 1S71 he wont to the Uni
versity of Michigan and remained there ( mill
the pprlng of 1873 , wlion he secured thn
position of assistant engineer ot the North
western. Ho remained In thnt position until
1SS1. when he was made dlvlslcti suycrln-
'ondcnt of the Northern Iowa division of the
same road. In February , 1883 , ho succeeded
o the * onenal stiporintendoncy ot the Iowa
division , but In the fall of 1887 ho went t <
Chicago < ( B the chief engineer of.the road.
On November 1 , 1SS8 , he was appointed gcti-
eral manager of the Northwestern tran.v
inlssourl Hues In this city , which position
ho held until July of last year , when In
was ainrolntod Koncial manager of the Elk-
horn. In Oftohor of the same year he war
elected third vice president of the North
western , which positlui ho held at the time
10 was chosen president of the Union Pacific
OMAHA'S Oil I'M ' T IM'III.IC Illll ! Alt V.
Hi-port Vnr tinVcnr SliiMvs I { ( o Hf
Aln-cnsl ( lie TluifM.
ireoort of the Omaha public library liar
been Issued describing the condition and iat-
Touace of the library at the close of the
yoar. It shows that the Institution Is In all
ways on a level with other metrciiolltan
libraries In point of books on band an'
enjoys an unusually large ratio ot circulation
The report of the acting llbiarlan Is as fol
lows :
Total number of volumes nccossloned
to dnto DISS2
Totitl number of volumes withdrawn
to date 7.7M
Total number of volumes now In
library 47.H7
Number of volumes added during 1S97. . 2,377
Number of cards Issued In 1897 :
New borrowers I , ! > j2
Ue-re Istratlons l.C-t
Total 3,071 !
Hooka issued for home use 212S2 , ' >
Hooks Issued for reference room 47,693
Hooks Issued for roadlnp room 4,003
Magazines Issued for reading room. . . . 5,819
HHI'OIIT OF Till. : C1TV CI.KUK.
liy SliiMrs IllMliiiirliiienl HUM nail
KM IIiinclH Full.
The city officials and other usual occupants
of the city hall took a day yesterday and
with a few exceptions the big building was
deserted. Tlie front entrance was closed and
the occasional visitors used the west door.
City Clerk illigby and his stenographer put
In the forenoon compiling 'the ' annual report
of the "department , which will be submitted
to the mayor Monday morning. The docu
ment shows that the city council and the
clerk's olllce have accomplished fully 50 per
cent more work during 1897 than In the pre
vious year. This Is partially flue to the fact
that 'business ' has been more promptly dis
patched by the nine councllmeu than was
possible when there were eighteen to do the
same work. The fact that a large number
of public Improvements have been under way
during the summer has also multiplied the
documents 'to bo considered and the new
charter has also caused some additional work.
The report of the city clerk shows the fol
lowing comparison of the 'business of the
two years :
189G. 1S97.
Total number of council meet-
IIIBH , regular , special and
Hoard of Equalization . 75 97
Total number of communica
tions and reports of olllcers
read . 2,374 4.3S1
Total number of resolutions. . . SOS 1,207
Total number of committee
reports . S3G 1,112
Total number of ordinances on
llrst and second reading . ISt 300
Total number of ordinances on
third reading nnd passage. . . 115 249
Council journal , number of
pages for year . l.CfiO 2,105
Hoard of Equalization record ,
fnp v nr . _ . .H . . _ 42 TlO
Ordinance record , pages for
year 977 8D3
The report of the city clerk In regard to
licenses Is practically identical with the re-
! > ort of the license Inspector , which was pub
lished yesterday. The only additions arc the
fees on account of dog tags , which agKie-
catcd $2,239. and the receipts on account of
clerk fees , which were $39.30 additional.
\vniiiv OK TIII : rouicK FOKCIO.
Over ( Idim ArnmtNVcri - Miulo JlliriliK
JHI1T.
The record of the year's work In the police
department has been tabulated by Frank J.
King , clerk of the chief of .police. . The re
port shows that the total number of arrests
d'iring Ib97 has been G.C26 , a slight Increase
over the result a year ago , Of these 1,838
have boon convicted , a less number than a
yuar ago , In spite of the larger total arrests.
An Interesting1 Item Is the different occupa
tions laid claim to by prisoners. In the total
of 211 , every Imaginable calling Is repre
sented. The laborers are In the lead , 1,700
men answering to that title. They are fol
lowed by 740 "no-ocs , " men 'Who did not lay
claim oven to being laborers , and were as
signed to that category. Among the other *
there were men who claimed to bo shingle-
packers , pill-box 'makers , cowboys , capltal-
Uta and ono preacher. Thcro are also men
tioned In the list a buttoMly maker , a t'hlef ,
a school boy and a newspaper reporter. There
have been 1,600 drunks taken tn charge dur-
s the year and four arrests for murder.
The report In summary Is as follows :
ArrestH , male f > .SlS
Arrests , femnlt 1.10S
Total
Convlutlonu , police court 1.S3S
Dismissals , police court 4.30S
Cases continued , ete 4SO
Totnl G.ran
Cnses bound over to district court 183
Cnxea appealed to district court. . . 11-
UulehlCH reported la
Attempted suicides , 8
Call * for patrol wagon 4.110
ilt-al3 furnished prisoners 17,120
Lodgem aecomodated during year 5.M9
Different occupations of prisoners 211
Different crimes committed 1 9
Different nationalities of prjtionera > ! >
Hull for IVrmuiul 'llaianni'H ,
1'rcil Quathamer has begun In the federal
court a sulu against the Union Pacific rail
road , company for * 2CO ) damages for per
sonal Injuries. Ho was In the employ of the
road on a building crow west of North
Platte on May I'l , 1S94. On that date the
crow w n riding on a hand car.Vhllo
thla vehicle was proceeding n iwater keg fell
oft the front and beneath the car In such
a Iwuy that thu latter was derailed ,
Quthamor alleges that hewim thrown
violently oft and waa permanently Injured ,
RECOLLECTIONS ( F A ' 49ER
Onrious Scor.o ? , Ohariotsn and Icoidon'.s of
tlie Early Rus'i ,
STJRIES OF THE OLDEN , GOLDEN DAYs
Urriitnti Daiirlnti ( ili-li , tinIlimly
( iiirilj , N'ruN Vender ICInu nnd Hit *
Mlnur U'lin finite Two Fnrlutu's
mill U'h ) He l.oM Our.
"It la probable that January 21 will bo
made a stnto holiday In California. It Is the
flftlcth anniversary of tlio discovery of gold
In California , nnd active work Is being done
to make the golden Jubilee a great success.
The Native Sons' association Is engaged In
the work of prep.iratlon , and the parade ,
which takes place In San Francisco , piomlBO-s
to bo a spectacle well \voith witnessing.
This Is a. worthy affair , and I hope It will be
all that ID promised for It. Uut I wonder
how many ot the ical old 49ors will ho
present to witness this fiftieth atinlvt'raary of
what , after all , bus been the biggest gold
excitement that tills country over experi
enced. 1 wonder If the people who will wit
ness the pageant which Is to typify In Its
way the final triumph ot the early struggles ,
hardships nml destitution which the old
miners encountered In the old day * will
fully realize In their present prosperity what
lihnKn flrs vnirn mrrteil tn thn in1d RnpkpfM. * '
Tlio speaker was George S. Lee , who , In his
youth , took part tn the great rush across
the continent which followed the discovery o !
gold In California. Mr. Lee's adventures In
sentrh of the yellow metal were as varied
and as startling as any participated In by any
other " 49er , " and his tcinlnlsccnccs arc well
worth recording.
"It was not all hardship , to be siiro , "
says Mr. Lee , "but there was enough of It to
go round , and not nearly enough ot the pleas-
nnler eldo of life. At ( he panic time every
man who was there and Is still living will
on the occasion of this jubilee look back
to the old days with many a regret. The
scenes and characters have never , I believe ,
been duplicated In any mining district In the
world. I have read many descriptions of life
In thu old camps , but none of them seemed
to have got deep down Into thu human lite
ot the thing. There were many facts and In
cidents which have never been recorded , and
jet they were essentially typlcnl of the old
days and stood out prominently , and will be
remembered by any "forty-niner. "
CimiOUS CHARACTERS.
"Characters met with In no oilier part ot
the world outside of mining fields congre
gated There broken-down and dissipated
preachers gambleis , horse thieves , lawyers ,
doctors , clerks , men of every nationality and
of good and bad repute. But so strictly were
the laws of meum and tuum enforced in Im
partial trials by miners' jury that cabins
and camps were left without lock. , bolt or
liar , nftpn with Ereat value In Wild dust in
other property left therein , 'but few In
stances of theft occurred , murder being far
more fiequent than robbery. Sal6on rows
were ot dally or weekly occurrence , am !
there were always ono or inoro victims to
be planted with their boots on. Gambling
was carried on openly at all times , more
especially from Saturday night to Moudaj
morning , and the 'weekly earnings of tllu
mlrers generally were in the pockets ot 'tin '
gambler on the latter day. Every mining
Amp Iroasiod of Its typical bad man o
men. and at slight provocation the revolver
made Itself hoard and another victim was
credited to the already large score of the
desperado.
"One of the typical characters whom I
recall was a wan named Uronson , a good
looking , well-meaning fellow , without edu
cation , hut with Intense desire not to le
the lack of It appear. 'Whenever ' ho heart
a word not in common use he 'treasured ' 1
up , and whenever opportunity to use It presented
sented Itself he was sure to bring It lnt <
the conversation. Thus ho heard the won
'quondam. ' Seated one day on a saloot
porch when a woman went by , lie was
asked who she'was , and made answer : 'Why
ttrat is 'Mrs. ' Smith , quondam Miss Jones.
As a special and greatly desired favor ho
was Invited to one of the infrequent wed
dings that took place In the section. The
brlile. a girl of 14 , had attended school ii
San Francisco for several months , and being
also the daughter of the stage driver ( n
high functionary tn those days ) It was eg
teemed a mark of great favor to receive an
Invitation to her 'wedding. ' After the cere
mony iHronson was seen In conversation with
the .bride . , and the following conversation be
tween them 'was ' overheard :
" 'Was you right glad to get hitched up ,
Miss Nellie ? "
" 'Well , no ; but dad sort ot reckoned It
was about time , seeln' as I had finished my
education. '
" 'Goin' to hang out la the old dig-
gins1
" 'Sort o' think I will. Mill's got right
smart show to pan out well in the Lottie
( his mining claim ) . '
" 'Still , 'Miss ' Nelllo. it sorter beats me ,
after swingin' 'round with them high-tone
gallutcs In 'Frisco how you can content
yourself In these nefarious hills , abscutary
from all female sociability. '
SEEKING A WIFE.
"Uronsoa was exceedingly desirous of
marrying , and , the pcoulatlon having bectf
Increased by cnio or more of the gentler sex ,
ho immediately endeavored to secure the
affections ot a girl named Lizzie. His at
tentions were not relished and Llzzlo said
one day to a friend : 'If r.ie comes my way
much moro I will scald him with dish water. '
This was Imparted to Hronson. Previously
he had constltcil a menu as to mo prapvr
way of making his deslics known to Lizzie.
The frlC'iul ' advised him tu dress himself In
his best clothes , call 'upon ' her and when she
coened Iho door to him ( 'is presumably she
would ) and say : 'Good evening'Mr. 'Dronson ' ,
walk In and take a seat. ' to act promptly
on t'Jo Invitation and It possible get a scat
besldo Llzzlo on the sofa , where his own
' /ood / Judgment and sense' would tell him
what to do next.
Isonio days after this lessen iDronon was
discovered In a retired pIai-0 In what seemed
la bo tbo act of rehearsing' his prospective
oart. Flrat he knocked at an Imaginary
door ; then removed his hat from hU head ,
made a low bow , and , speaking slowly and
distinctly , said : 'Good evening. Miss Lizzie. '
Then followed a short rausc , when , presum
ably , Miss Lizzie said : 'Good ovftilng , Mr.
IlroiiBon. 'won't you walk In and take a seat ? '
Finally , with Olio utmost disdain and scorn
upon his face , and with the profanity usual
lu such cases , Ilronaon turned upon his
heel , saying : 'Not much ; only tell mo when
you're going to scald your hogs ? '
"Ono can rcjllzo how gre.it was the ex
citement occasioned by the advent ot women
of any character Into a camp of that do-
spriptlnn , A peculiar Incident In the early
h'story of the mining sections was the hir
ing of girls In Germany for the edification
of the miners. Contracis were made with
them In the old country , by which payment
of their passage to Callfoinla was secured ,
with provision for sultlclont remuneration
while Is pursuit of their calling. These
girls were characterized as hurdy-gurdyB.
There were always four In a hand , with an
old 'woman as duenna and a young boy who
played upon an accordion. Their coming
was heralded for months previous. Imme
diately upon arrival of the troupe the billiard
table was removed from one nt the saloon
floors , the girls were seated on a rough
bench or stood In a row by the wall , th I
accordlan struck up , a act for quadrlllo was
formed , or a waltz played , the minors leading
out the girls without the formality of an In
troduction. After the whirl they wore paid
outrlsht 25 or BO cents ( sometimes mo-e ) ;
drinks were ordered at the bir to rccomn.'nso
the oalonn keeper for the loss of billiard
tahlo proftts , and night after night the scene
was rc-onioted , until the funds ot the cimp
were af as low on ebb as In the ordinary
small .town after the departure of a circus.
Yr/t , to the credit of Mo girls , he It said
they 'wero ' not only temperate , drinking
nothing but scila water or flarsiparllla , hut
free from other vices , and afterward married
well and became valuwl and respected members
bors of a not too exclusive society. Natu
rally , In a community where women were
scarce , they received the adulation of the
entire male population , and offers of mar
riage were showered upon them by the
miners , to v/hoin a smile from a woman
meant happiness 'beyond ' comprehension.
They were followed from town to town by
Dill ( Viler Divx inti t tltik he kiin sot Drcx. Ii. .Shoonmn snys It's no use run *
every tine hf wrnit - hut 1 nlti't so nltiB nrontul town trying to llml the ccl
' ' In' kiuit ult ilrsi1 ' ' fur
tloy
ni'ii'.v lu'lci's ' ' ' '
brntptl John 1'ostcr t'o.'s ladles' shoca
Is fur ili ili'iilor only : iiil : Datl won't till
no nmll or telephone1 prilcrs. You can't llml thorn only nt ono place
IM.ni TOHACCQ- , and tluU's lioiv NVo'ro tlio sold agents
Horse Shoo , pet1 noiiiil. | JSo. ? for Otimha nnd carry a complete line
riliua.x. IM-I potinil , ; ( , > , , of tlipin-tlio Ill-stylo nnd durability of
I'lpin1 UHilsh-ck , f > oi' pound. OTc. this shoe Is uiipiuwlled no other shoo
S.MOKI.NU TOHArCO- r > * * T. , . . , .
matter where made
IXA < . , . , y , today no or by
Mt'i'i'srlmttin. 2 OB.ptr pound , 'JK' ( . Ml I. 1.0. „ , „ , , , , „ „ „ -1U „ u.f
whom will Its like the res-
.Mull I'oiii'h. 1 ! 07. , iH-r pound , li'c. t'T ' O4 * T TIMf . I VMf keep shape -
( triHMilwfU , Uox. . per , pound. U7c. ot. r. ni * f oi T. r P r > 4 > v i " tor they oolite In the heavy and light
Sweet Cnpornl 01iatvtU'with evole , r * ivAirro.rf * i" < > " > solos also the wide bottom shoo with
Imx T > 0l$1.7 , " . rrk . , . . filled soles '
M.t * it * f,4r otf Mtfo w. jf * cork It's probably not .1:011-
. 'A.VV. ' % " ' " " " ' - T N'
.
ftt O 0 , orally known , but It's a fact that the
prices on these shoos are no lilglior than
the ordinary niakon tot ! the Foster and
you got the best.
Drexel Shoe Co. ,
S404 DOUGLAS. 1415) ) TARN AM MTKKIJT
January first has come and you need
a now calendar come hero and set one
of the most artistic calendars over given
away Wo have given away handfcomo
calendars before but nothing like these
Wo have remembered our friends the
teachers all you have to do Is to call
at the olllce and get one You should bUN
also start the new year right by giving
your tooth tlui care they deserve lot us
examine them wo make no charge for
doing it then If yon want us to llll thorn
or extract them you will Ilnd our work
to bo the brst In Omaha Wo claim that
much nnd our patrons back up the
claim for us-Kxtnieting without palu
or gas , " ( ) cents lady attendant.
Ycnm tl Floor Pii.ttim lllk.
Klfli anil Kuril nni.
enamored youths , valuable presents being
given 'them In order > to gain the least ex
pression of their good ) will or fancy.
THE SACn.YMBNTO VALLEY.
"Somo of the pages In th0 history of the
tlmo were- highly dramatic , othera"cxceod -
lugly pathetic ; they were all Interesting
During the period the valley ot Sacramento
'ia ' one vast mesa , reaching from the coast
range of the Pacific ocean cm the- east to the
Sierra Nevada mountains tn the west , and
from the headwaters of the Sacramento on
the north to the bay of San Pueblo on the
south. No enclosure or fence restricted or
bounded coy special domain , , and transporta
tion across the plain \\as generally accom
plished In the old-time prairie 'schooner.1
Several of these outtits traveled In company
so c/5 to aid each other In case of accident
"Once during the hottest month of the
year I remember seeing what to mewa
cnn nf Illr. RfrnmiTiaf & ! ( . ! , , I l.n.l „ . .
en
countered , llohind one of the prairie schoon
ers was a man trudging along In the dust of
the rear or trail wagon. Noosed about big
neck was a rope , the other end ot which
was fast to the rear end of the wagon.
When a halt was made to feed the animals
either at noon or when camped for the night
Instead of Joining the travelers afeoni'bled
around their camplires , this erratic Indi
vidual held aloof , stretching himself on the
heated , barren ground to sleep. partakta < ?
of .fooJ only when It was thrown to him
by ono or another of the campers. In every
respect It was hia endeavor to follow out
and Imitate the actions of a clog and to b
treated as such. Day after day , this strange
procedure was persistently followed to the
osd of a long and weary Journey , when , with
gruff thanks to the traveJers who would havn
befriended him and shared with him all the
comforts of the camp , he disappeared. The
causes Impelling this singular personage to
adopt , : such humiliating self-McrincPa wern
not known for years , , but afterward I had
the good luck to come across him in a mining
pimp , and'we became partners. The story
I gleaned from him was as follows :
"Before coming to California ho lived on
the shores of Oayuga lake , New York , with
his wife rod 'four ' children. Ills life as a
farmer had been happy enough until' some
unfortunate speculation swept away all of
lib property. California presented a view
of golden promise , so , bidding adieu to home
wife and children and securing the cheapest
possible transportation around Capo Horn ,
ho reached the mining regions. For a year
or moro he- WEB unsuccessful , but at length
his luck turned. By working long hour.-
and hoarding every dollar earned , he finally
secured a sum tbit would not only release
all obligations oa the old farm , but leave a
comfortable surplus which , in those tlmeo
would fairly entitle him to be estimated as
a rich man among his fellow farmers. With
visions of homo and longing to arrive there
as quickly as possible , he went by stage
to Sicramonto , then by ( boat to San Frnn-
cl co , and engaged passage on the first out
going steamer. But as fate willed It several
dayw elapsed before the sailing ot the
steamer. This necessitated an unforeseen
and unwelcome wait In a strange city. With
nothing to occupy his time , and in truth
being what is known at the present time
as a 'corao-on' or 'hayseed , ' ho not only
accepted Invitations to drink promiscuously ,
hut made th& acqualntence of disreputable
characters , tin-horn gamblers and short-card
men. The result was inevitable. The lamb
fell Into the Imnxls of the shearer and eoon
parted with Its golden fleece. Then followed
the season of reproach. Crazed by the effects
of drink and remorse , but one of two courses
was left to bo followed death , or a re
trieval of his fortune.
POVERTY'S PINCir.
"With ft roll of blankets on his back and
a few meager belongings , ho worked his
way on a river paqkot 'to ' Sacramento. Land
ing at Sacramento penniless nml friendless
ho secured free sleeping quarters at ono
of the numerous corrals of the city , whcro
freighters to the Interior kept Ihelr stock
and stored their wagcos. Thou ho drove a
bargain with a driver of a team whereby ho
was to accompany Ithls slow-moving ofltfit
on foot. This accounted for ills strange ap-
pcuninco with a rope around Ills meek. Mor
bid , half-crazed , repentant , aeiguished In
mind , oged In body , with the visions of dis
appointed loved ones waiting1 for his pre
viously heraldoil return ever before him ,
with o plausible excuse to render , with
nothing upc which 'to ' build a future ,
ashamed 'to ' return to places where Jio wau
known after days of slow journeying and
self-abasement the hills of the Sierras were
reached. Rejecting associates , an 3 living
poorer than the mciaciest cur , lie again began
prospecting. Frlondlessf- moody and holding
alosf from every one , ho WflB at dawn al-
way.i to bo seen with pjji , _ j > lck and shovel
on his shoulder , trudging over the country ,
fckiklsig prospect holes , ' oud generally ttio
shadows of mlglv : overtook him reluming to
hid camp with unrewarded iopes. ) )
"So passed the days , weeks and months ;
In fact , almost a year. 'Cne evening , while
out later than usual , and desiring to light
his pipe , ho jumped Intq , shallow prospect
hole , to shield tlio match from the wind.
In lighting it he glanc'cU 'around. ' In tihai
short moment seine pcf ilhw | feature ot the
gravel attractcdih.1,8.attentlcn , , and
he decided 'to return to the cpot the next
mcTnl'.ig. The next day. ' 'and' ' ' the next , found
him persistently at work , In the fcumc spot.
One let'3 likely to yield , gpld could not have
been found , in the catlnS'atlon of experienced
miners. Soon ' : iho tur.oel or- drift ho was
driving into the mountain became an object
of curiosity. Neighboring miners often wont
to the eccne of his labors , but learned noth
ing from the solitary recluse. Curiosity was
followed by astonlshmeut tlvit no bed or
mother rock was on con. ' ered , and that all
the iraiterl'il excavated was evidently gold-
bearing gravel , a pile of which was accumu
lated at the entrance to the drift. No effort. )
wore being made by the owner , as fir as could
bo ee < i , ( o extract whatever gold contenvs
tin * pay dirt might contain.
"One day the community waa electrified
by the delivery at the claim nt a large lot ol
! Blnlco lumber , nails , etc. Chinamen were
' sat at work digging the ditch from the
water company's main line , and preparation !
wore 'being made on a large scale to was !
the < lump. Soon itho llg l > ilo of pay dlrl
and eand disappeared under the systematic
method of washing , while rumors lloatot
round the camp ot the fabulous returns. Ther
It became known that the claim rould hi
puicbnscd , and the hitherto sealed and score
I
gates of the hermit miner were thrown open |
to the curious , nnd , of course , envious mlnj j
ers. It then .became- known that the owner
had each day piled up In the drift all the
choice gold-bearlnc ; rock gravel , to ho
manipulated In tbo night with pan and
rocker. All of the water used by him he
personally carried In from a convenient
spring , illy this primitive and slow process
ho had successfully mined a largo amount
of gold , using the least moiety of his accu
mulations for necessities , not even trusting
himself as. guardian of his own money , every
dollar ot which hnJi been expressed to New
York for ileposlt by 'what ' method was
never known ; for the supply stores never
received any dust from him unless In pay
ment for .purchases made.
SALE OF THE CLAIM. |
"The sale of the claim was In tlmo
effected and the property proved remunera
tive for years. 'His ' Ilnd was In a former
prehistoric course of the American river.
On reaching San Francisco ho secured a
steerage passage for New York , "but " I have
never .heard of him since that time. From
a few words dropped In conversation , I
learned that In dollars and cents , his pllo
Just equaled the recklessly distributed and
squandcicd stake lost in San Vranolsco four
years previously ; that the tlmo of Ills de
parture from that city to the Atlantic coast
exactly corresponded with the date , day
and stean'er of his first disastrous trial , It
evidently being his paramount Idea to .blot .
out , to never consider or allow that there
had been any Interruption to his original
plan , or that any tlmo had elapsed between
the ono event and the other ; that his llrst
experience In lan 'Francisco ' had been merely
a dream and no Interference had been met
with in his original plan.
"Another remarkable -and' ' wldoly known
character in old days was 'Old Nigger King. '
Not a mining camp in. . three counties but
know and welcomed him on his bi-monthly
trips. He was a full-blooded negro , weighing
250 pounds. He was as broad as he was
high , and had a fat kindly face , and a wide
mouth which was always on the grin. His
approach to a camp was heralded by a yell
which could 'bo ' heard fully a mile. Mounted
on a mule end leading another equipped with
a pack saddle and expansive canvas renters ,
he sold papers through the mountain sec
tions. His arrival with those containing
home news from the Atlantic elates was
eagerly and tnxiously looked for by all
elasscs. He vended his wares at the uni
form price of two bits (25 ( cents ) , that being
the- smallest coin In use. A drink , the most
trivial service or cheapest thing , was pur
chased for two-bits. Mormon island on the
American river was , 'for ' a minting camp , a
very superior town , and King was reputed
to own the greater part of the camp , to
have invested there the then very large
sum of $100,000. After hla sales were made
and quiet prevailed he would declaim to his
crowd of listeners :
" .Here 'I Is , 'here ' I Is , old 'Nigger ' King.
King , yes King , once Klag of the Cannibal
Islands ( ho had been , a seaman ) . I am the
meat noted man In California , kaso why. no
other man htm like mo been feasted and
wined by all the nations ot the earth. I
have supped with the HottentoL ? , eaten blub
ber with the Icelanders , pol with Iho Sand
wich Islanders ; been coddled by England's
queen , petted by the royalty of Franco and
the nations of Europe. Breakfasted in Amer
ica , dined In Africa and supped with the
Japanese ! "
" "Iho Inimitable , way in which King spoke
his facial gestures and invariable good humor
secured not only custom , but privileges of
which none could deprive him. Hut after all ,
like many another Argonaut , ho died poor. "
nillVKIl CUTS A IlllOKKV IiHO.
ril ilk WnoilrulT of ( lie AmiTlrim Hx-
lircKM MertM an At't'ldi'iil.
Frank Woodruff , a driver for tha American
Express company. received a broken
leg yesterday morning as a result ot
the reckless driving of two young
men. He was crose'ing Capitol ave
nue at Sixteenth street , when the men
approached , driving rapidly north. Woodruff
did not sco them In time , and was ridden
down. Ho was thrown heavily and his left
leg was broken below the knse. Ho was
taken to his homo at 1007 South Eleventh
street. The police weri Informed of the ea e
and have obtained the names of the drivers
wlio did not stop to learn the extent of the
damage Oono.
l.llllc lllllZI'N.
A flro occurred at the grocery store of
John J. Stock , 1104 South Sixth street , yes
terday , and ilnmngx ) was done to the stock
and Interior of the .building. The blaze
started from a cigar dropped In n crncksr
box and the IOH.S amounted to $17u , with no
Insuranc-c.
Another blaze took plaeo at the feed store
of Matt Mun ell , " 311 C'limliiB Htrcet , from
an overheated Btove nnd about $10 worth
of damage was done.
Sum Mil/ Hold fur Trial.
The case of Sam MUZKII , charged with
burglary , wan heard in police court this
morning. Thi ovldtnco uliowed that Mazza
bad broken Into the establishment of Sam
Mnncui ) and carried away forty-six boxes
of cigarettes , thirty-six cigars and one plug
of tobacco. Mazzu tnnilu no denial of the
churuu mid was bound over to the district
court under bonds of J30J.
I'jiHHnl n Iluil Dollar.
Jlosea aoldenbcrg , a Rroceryman located
near Ninth street and Capitol avenue , was
bound over to the federal grand Jury by
United States Commissioner Wiipplch thin
morning1 In the sum of J500 to nnswer to tne
charge of lusslnc a counterfeit dollar upon
Eva Jonea. The transaction occurred
several days uso.
Maxim * Work .Mint tint Snnir.
A full force of thlrtyMlvo masons nnd , as
many laborers spnt New Year's day nt
work on the new Burlington depot. There
were also n number of stonesetters and
Iron workera on the bulldlim. Tlie brick
work Is now more than half completed , and
material for the other parts of the building
is comlue In without delay.
A Iluil Cimurli Cureil ,
" \Ir . Sally Ponnlngton , an old lady who
lives near hero was troubled with a bail
cough for a long tlmo. She was so bad
that she eo'ild not lie down or y'ocp of nights
After using ; ono small bottle of Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy she could rent of nights , and
by the time she had used three bottles her
cough had disappeared , " E. K. SuiithBoii
t Arno. Tenu.
Thoiv will bo n wall so un from tlio
mifortitnato that are unable to got one
of tliosu U'Ct-ovcf fraim'tl pli'turoa from
our auction and holiday sale for wo'ro
Kolng to si'll them at prices oven lower
than then and every OIK > who attended
these sales know Mint never In Omnlm
or anywhere else In this whole world
were p'oturos ' sold so cheap In many In-
sftanees the price of the frame was not
renllml by us now these are what's
left not many but some of the llnest of
all and we're olng to et rid of them
quick and our prices are going to help
us do It. i
A , HOSPE ,
Music and Ar.1. 1513
DETHRONING T11E STOMACH
Oivilizail Man May Now Possibly Live
Without Cooks.
KING OE DIGESTIVE ORGANS UPROOTtD
CllNt * ( if Allllll l.lllllllM IllKlMIMMlMl ll >
Oiniilin Doolnrx , Who Hold
DHVoroiit A'li-u-s oil tlie
ritlniutu Hesull.
The strange case ot Anna Landls , who Is
allvo and apparently well after a total cx-
clsloii of the stomach , has excited consid
erable comment among the medical frater
nity ot this city. The operation , recently
announced , was done on September C tor the
relief of a Swiss silk weaver , EG years old ,
who had suffered from a targe tumor of the
stomach. A study oC the case revealed that
the slzo ot the tumor was such that the
usual operation of gastrcctomy , partial re
moval of the stomach , would bo insufficient
and that the entire organ must bo cut away ,
even beyond the cardiac , or upper orifice.
ThU was attempted by Dr. Carl Schlatter
of Zurich , Switzerland , -and with such suc
cess t'lat the woman is now able to perform
her ordinary duties. How long the patient
can survive the nonexlstencc of gastric dl-
Kestlcti Is a question differently regarded by
the surgeons of Omaha. Several have ex
pressed no doubt that the continued existence
of a "llvo woman without n stomach" Is
possible , and that in' ' all probability she will
complete a natural life. Oilier surgeons
have less faith In the permanence of the
cure and consider that the woman has little
c'.ianco of escaping death from starvation ,
owing to the fact that sufficient nutrition
cannot be given to the body.
Dr. J. E. Summers , jr. , has had consid
erable coportunity to observe work In this
cllrectkci. He was present In Vienna at
operations conducted by Drs. Hlllrocli and
Van Hacker , both foremost surgeons of their
day , and who have gone as far In this line
of experiment as any operator previous to
Schlatter. In speaking of the operation Dr.
Summers expressed fcls admiration for the
perfection of skill shown in the work. "The
idea Is by no means new , " said Dr. Summers ,
"and Is only a step beyond what has been
orevlcusly accomplished. Numerous cases
are on record la which the major portion , of
the stomach has been removed , but In all
Instances sufficient has been left to perform
In a measure the function of the stomach.
It has been noticed In such cases that the
remnant Wins glvon the duty of an entire
digestive organ has enlarged Into a now
stomachal pouch , holding In some canes over
a pint. Nature In this way has made un ef
fort toward coicnonsation and the digestive
system gradually has adjusted lUelf to the
extra labor. In this case the stomach had
been uractlcally useless for such a length
of tlmo that the Intestine had already as
sumed the function of digestion. The re
moval of t'le stomach thus throw but little
additional burden upon the remainder of
the alimentary tract and under no other con
ditions could death rave been averted ,
VERY TIAHEIA' JUSTIFIED.
"Oenerally speaking , I regard the field of
justlfl'iibllity In thlr ? direction as extremely
limited. Am occasion for such an operation
would occur but rarely even In a list of n-
lectPd cases. It should only be attempted
when recovery was otherwise impossible , ami
then under the charge'of skilled and experi
enced workmen. I consider the work done
In Ihii3 case as that of a master hsind. The
techn'quo ' of the operator Is mnre of a marvel
than thu fact that the woman lives. The del
icacy of the task will bo understood when It
Is noted that the aurgc-on. wa.i obliged to new
the different Intestinal llntags , membranes
of the greatest fineness and frailty , to tbo
correspcndlng linings of the csophoeiis. No
one except the most skilled In eurgery could
hope to come successfully through an oper
ation of ths ! .nature. "
A review of the case of Anna Landls , writ
ten by the operating surgeon , was dlacuojed
by Dr. W. 0. Hrldges of the Omaha Medical
college. The article appears in the Medical
Record and' te Illustrated with a photograph
of the patient and sketches of the diseased
titomaeh , showing Its entire Inability to dl-
gevH food. In his opinion tbo feat ot Dr.
Schlaiter will make nn material change In
tlio treatment of diseases of the stomach , ns
the case was extreme and operations alons
the same line have often been made. "In
this Instance I believe that the success of the
operation will bo permanent. " said Dr.
Ilrldges. "and the fact that the patient Is
gaining In health and weight and general
health Indicates that the body Is being rmf-
flclently nourished. The conclusion from this
Is that the digestive capacity of the atomach
has been considerably overrated and that It
Is by no means a vital organ. The observa
tions In ihU case ahowud alee tbit the re
moval of the stomach did not affect the rap
idity of Intestinal propulsion , but that food
wao retained In the alimentary tract suf
ficiently long for the assimilation of the
needed nutriment. AH far as that l.i con
cerned , the Intestines were already doing
all the digestive work before the removal o !
the stomach , as shown by the absence of any
acid of the stomach In the gastric secretion. "
HAS LITTLE OF VALUE.
Dr. P. Grossman was unwilling to accept
the operation of the Swlen surgeon as one
of any permanent value. Ho believed that
the wcman could escape temporarily , hut that
she was doomed to [ starvation from Inability
to digest sufficient nourishment. "Tho
method of her treatment , " Dr. Grossman re
marked , "will bo to supply artificially the
Juices of the atomach. The milk or beef
tea or whatever food Is found suitable , will
bo mixed with pepsin , muriatic acid and the
natural juices of the stomach and will bo
administered after thin artificial digestion
haa taken place. lAfter similar and leas ee-
vcro operations , however , It has been ob
served that the patient became emaciated
from Insufficient nutrition and only In rare
Instancci survived moro than a few months.
If the theory of the operator were cor.
rcct , the whole chemlsmiis of the body , the
physical law of digestion and assimilation ,
would fall In a hcnp. "
In giving his opinion of the Rlgnlilc.inco
of the operation mentioned , Dr.V. . n.
Hmichett Bald ho regarded It as merely the
climax of a series of similar experiments ,
lasting through the last twenty-live yo.irs
showing that advance In surgery was lu pace
with the long strides made In other lines dur
ing that time. "I remember when Dr. O. D
llcebo of Chicago made 0110 of the earliest
experiments In this Hue. about twcnty-fivo
years ago , " said Dr. Hanchett. "On'that
occasion several feet of an Intestine were
removed nnd the work of assimilation was
not Interrupted. The stomach has also been
removed In greater part , and in some cases
of stricture the wall of the stomach has
noon opened to admit an artificial orlllco In
the Intestine with gooo results "
TIMED IT ON A DOO.
Dr. Frederick F. Teal mentioned a num
ber of Instances in which animals had been
wholly deprived of their stomachs , nnd had
not Buffered from Imperfect nutrition of
food , tending to show that the success of
the recent operation might well bo perma
nent. The case of the Czorny dog , which
was able to survive the obliteration of the
stomach , occurred In 1878. and was oli-
served by Czerny and his pupils. The doir
lived for five years , when It was killed for
purposes ot anatomical study. It was found
In the post-mortem examination , however
that a small portion of the upper end of the
stomach had not been removed and that a
small sac had gradually formed from this
remnant which had performed gastric funt *
Hurl * WIlNiui'i * Collum mill Cuffs.
"Circumstances niter cases" that wo all
know. For Instance , few people like to
admit that they wear any one's collar in a
subservient way , but when It conies to neck
wear In a literal sense , an Earl & , Wilson
collar Is something never to bo ashamed of
It costs more than others. Yes ; but first
cost has nothing fo do with economy If
lasting qualities go with the price ; and 'from
this standpoint Earl ft Wilson's collars , nnd
cuffs ns well , are cheap beyond comparison.
At any rate , ( they have stood the test of two
( MieratloiiH1 criticisms , and nro today the
standard lenders at every haberdasher's.
Ono reason for the comparative , though not
actual , higher price of the "E. K. iw. " goods
Is the fact that e\-ry yard of linen . .cntorln
Hilo their composition is woven expressly for
the firm by one mill In Ireland , and bleachc'l
by the most expensive but most cndurlns
natural process , no chemical action oth-'r
than the sun's rays over being cmi/Ioyed.
Every season adds additional designs to thla
firm's most comprehensive collection of
styles , nnd the changes In and adaptations
of the primitive "stock" are almost Incrfd-
Ible.
Ible.Tho
The "E. & \V. " Nakodas and Yolo "lock
front" ( patent applied for
) arc the latest ex
amples of'evolution ' In neck linen. A com
bination of the high-banded and turn-down
collars , but Interlocking and hiding the
umlorlapplng flap so that only on ° plain hand
U seen where the collar'Is buttoned , they
nro easily the daintiest productions , so far.
of the collar-maker's art , and nro genuine
only when stamped "E. & W. "
I The i\\\\ \ collar for full dress Is called tlio
I "nodie , " and Is high and straight , with the
corners ullghtly parted , If desired. The lat
est cuffs are , of course , all for link buttons.
They'aro ' worn rather larger than formerly ,
and quite not , nnd have either roun-1 or
square corners. N. Y. Dally Tribune , No
vember 21 , 1897.
< u IKTI.V oitsKiivi : run i > iv.
Coiiinifi-i-lnl Clnli Mciutifivt l.uy on
mill | ) | NCIIMS ( ' 'iiturc I'lnns ,
DurliiR the last five or slxt years It has been
the custom of the members of the Commer
cial club to keep open house at the clul >
rooms , hut this year the practice has been
abandoned anil thu members are observing
the day at their homes or at their respective
places of business. The rooms are closed
for the day anil the door Is locked.
Secretary Utt was at the Commercial club
rooms a few momenta ye.Uerday , and .lior
looking over his correspondence of the day ,
ho locked up and decided that he was enti
tled to a day off. The secretary , however ,
does not propose to continue taking days off ,
hut Instead ho will keep up the hustling
pace that ho and the other members sUrto-.l
out on last year and which resulted In 'bring
ing many things to Omaha during ihu last
twelve montho.
During thn day several of the members ot
the ComniL'iclal club visited the club rnonm ,
but , finding the doors locked , they wended
their way down to the street and all were of
the unar.tmoiiH opinion thnt It was hotter to >
close up for one day and. . mcdltuto over tlio
good things of last year 'than ' to upend their
time about the rooimi , smoking and talkIng -
Ing ancient history. Thny all declared that
last year had been a great one for Omaha
And that the Incoming year had many bright )
piospecta In store , all of which could bu had
for the asking.
Commercial club members who were In a
talkative mood an they sauntered up ami
down the corridors of the 'Hourl ' of Tradu
building , remarked In no uncertain terms ,
that 1897 had chronicled the completion of
the plant ) for holding the greatest exposition
ot the west , 'the establishment of thu Indian
supply depot , the completion of the Kansas
City , Plttsburs & Cult railroad , the reduc
tion of the bridge toll , the establishment of
another great packing house and hundrcdsi
of smaller Industries , The securing of thcstf- -
thlngs , the club members Bald , ma .0 mum
feel that this was ti happy 'New ' Year for
every man , woman and child within the cor
porate limits of the city of Omaha. They said
that there 'wan ' anothei thing that tnado them
feel happier than did 'those things heretofore
referred to and that was the return of pros
perity that had come along with leaps ami
bounds during the last twelve months. Thla
return of prosperity they contended had re
sulted In business houses branching out iiml
extending their trade Into now territory ; It
had resulted In new roads entering this ter
ritory to compete for their trade ; It hail
brought now Industries and enterprises , and ,
bent of all , It had furnished ateady employ
ment to the laboring men of thu city and th
surrounding country.