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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 1, 1903)
RAILROADS HAVE BUSK YEAR
rtrji!ous and Improvements the Order on
All Omaha Lines- -
MANY CHANGES MADE IN TWELVE MONTHS
Develeameat of Territory Serve Re
a. a Ires Kipeao'ltare nf Mach Hoiff
to Ktrn Roads l'p la
Til year 1901 leaves It an unprecedented
fworJ of railroad activity. The acme of
achievement lu thin line of Industry tn
reached, and jet the pbeaomenal develop
ments promise to go on and even surpass
themselves within another year aa a mult
of the Irresistible tide of unparalleled
growth and prosperity that has been net in
motion. While the volume of freight and
passenger business waa awelled to figures
' never before Known, the construction, re
construction, acquisition of new linos, bet
terment and enlargement of facilities have
kept pace and struck records all tbelr own.
Net one of the ten lines .converging in
Omaha but has played an active part In this
famous drama-, of expansion and prosperity,
and! aome have taken leading parts. One
road haa actually doubled Its total mileage
wiy the last twelve months. .
The Burlington his dbne a great deal this
year toward completing Its double track
from Chicago to Omaha. The western
terminus is at Nodaway, fifty-five miles
east of Pacific Junction. Continued wet
weather prevented the building of this
track to Red Oak, but this work will be
dose In 1903 and completed eo that full
operation may bn begun In the fall. The
define had three degree curves and sev
enty foot maximum grade, while the new
line hss one- degree curve and thirty-five
foot maximum grade. All the culverts and
grades established along this track are of
permanent nature The Chicago, Burling
ton & Qulncy has during the year bought
the Qulncy, Omaha Kansas City, but has
not yet secured possession of it. It Is still
operated by the former owners. The most
Important acquisition of the B. ft M. was
that of the Kansas City ft Omaha railway.
It was operated almost exclusively In the
" Interest of Kansas City and St. Joseph, and
to the serious detriment of Omaha Jobbers.
The result of thla transfer is that Omaha
now controls a field almost exclusively
which was formerly shut against it. Sur
veys are being made for the cut-oft from
,A, Billings to Great Falls In connection with
, the Great Northern. The work of construc
tion will be completed during 1904. The
most Important work of reconstruction of
the B. ft M. was Its southern main line
from Oxford east and the Atchlsnn branch.
"Raising of grades and ballasting was done
.11 along these routes. The Deadwood
Lead line was transformed from a steam
railroad to an electric line. Thla line Is
three miles In length and climbs a grade of
50 feet. ' .' ? ;
Over land's Advance.
The Union Pacific has bftnY Ita energies
to complete Us new fl.OOO.OtiO shops at
Omaha and, baa made . commendable prog
ress in, thfa direction, though the end of
the year finds much work yet to be done.
Borne' of theiargest of the new shop build
ings are. the .machine and erecting shops,
150x400 feet In dimensions; boiler, tank
and locomotive carpenter shop, 150x244
feet; freight : car repair shop, 175x175;
power house, 80x150. The system of shops
will, comprise everything necessary to
make one of the' tnoBt thorough and ex
tensive establishments bf the kind. In ad
dition "td steps' 'flrflpcr 'file company Is.'.
preparing to construct, a viaduct entrance
800 feet'tong.' The I'Dlon Tactile has done
much ballasting ' over Its line and reduced
grades materially, through Wyoming espe
cially. It has built a large series of bridges
and viaducts' and 'ends the year with a to
tal of 8,774.34 miles In operation. Its hold
ings In' Southern 'Pacific stock' were In
creased from ITS.OOO.OOO to $90,000,000. A
branch line waa built, from Cedar Rapids,
Neb., to Spalding, a new town. The dis
tance It about thirty-five miles. Other
building was done on the auxiliary lines In
Oregon and Utah. ' 1
' Hnck Island'a Great Growth.
The Rock Island has grown from a sys
tem of 4.000 to a system of 8,000 miles this
year. This Is the largest per cent of
! growth In mileage made by any road in
.; the United States. It has acquired the
Chodtaw, Oklahoma ft Gulf, 900 miles; St.
Louis, Kanaus C4tw ft Colorado, 115 miles;
, the Burlington, Cedar Rap'ds ft Northern,
Hock Island ft Peoria, has built from Enid,
Okl.,' to Wau'rlka,' I. T., practically doubled
Its trackage through Indian 'Territory, let
a contract for a line from Fort Worth to
Galveston and. projected a short line from
I St. Louis to Kansas City. Construction
work on a Hue from Amarlllo, Tex., to
Tucumucarl. N. M , giving a direct line
i from Memphis to El Paso, Is In progress,
Y. , la rlsq work, on a line from Tucumu
T f carl to Dawson, N. M.. penetrating coal
IJriuB, MUU p IIIIO IIU1U TTCBl Ldivmj, JS-, Q
Iowa City. It has laid plana for the build
ing in 1903 of a cut-off' from Falrbury,
Neb., to'Herlngton, Kah., a distance of
ninety miles. This will afford a valuable
outlet for Omaha to the southwest.
Hllaola Central's Doable Track.
The. chief-work of the Illinois Central
haa been Ita entenslve system of double
tracking, although It has bought and built
some minor lines. The Central haa double
track from Chicago to Fulton, Ky., with a
line via , Memphis and Jackson, Tenn.,
through to Grenada.' Miss., which Is equiv
alent to a double-tracked line. The act
ual doublo tracking begins again at Wes
son. MIhs., and continues to a point within
125 miles ' of New Orleans. The re.
maindor ths distance, thts 1X5 miles. Is
now under construction of double tracking
and will soon be completed. This, then,
will glve'the Illinois Central a double track
from Chicago to New Orleans, which will
mean one of the most, potent factors In
railroad development In the country. A
new line Is now being built from Yazoo
City id Belgrade, atlas., and another one
from Reevesville, to Golconda, III. During
the year the line from Lyle, la., to Albert
Lea, Minn., was completed, which, with
connections with the Minneapolis ft St.
Louis, gives the Illinois Central direct en
trance Into the Twin Cities from Chicago
and Omaha both.
Mllwaakee'a Treffle Alliance.
The most notable achievement of the
Chicago, Milwaukee ft St. raul during the
year la Its trafflo alliance with the Union
Pacific whereby the Milwaukee gets
through service to the Pacific coaat on
the same baa la with the Northwestern.
The Milwaukee haa reduced gradea on) the
Chicago ' and Council Bluffs division in
Iowa, la ths river division and on the Iowa
and Mlnooaota dtvlalon. The guage of the
line haa been widened on part of the Min
nesota 'division. A branch line has been
constructed fnnm Preston. Ulna , to Green
Island, 'la., and a second main track waa
built from Sabula Junction to Green Island
and frem Preston to Browns, la. A line
baa been built from Parmlngton, Minn., to
SJackato, MluB . fifty -six miles; from Zum-
brota t Foirbault, Minn., thirty-five miles,
Eurki to Linton. N. D , forty-
Y in.lvilee, ,
' Chic. t and
, Th elevation of trarka on the
isd Council Bluffs division was
conn te-jMhla fall Authori-y waa given
for I'M eenatructloa of a second msia
lraf 'oa" tie' LaCrose"" division"' from
is . - '
Brookfield . to Crosse and half of the
Vork completed this year. The balance
will be done In 1901. A very Important
piece of work waa the building' of the Kan
sas City cutoff, which materially shortens
the line from Chlcsgo to Kansas City. The
ore docks at Escanaba, Mich., were doubled
In capacity. The Milwaukee quits the year
with a mileage of 8.8U.42.
What the 'Frisco lias Done.
The St. Louis ft Bsn Francisco has been
busy acquiring new properties. It baa In
creased Its mllesge from 4.824 to 4,61, and
gone a long wsys, therefore, towsrd the
realization of President Toakum's dream
of being president of the longest railroad
In the country. Its acquisitions were: Ad
ditional properties of Fort Worth, Rio
Grsnde, Red River, .Texss ft Southern,
Blackwell, Enid ft Southwestern, Oklahoma
City ft Western, Birmingham Belt railway,
World's Fair Belt railway, Kansas South
western, Chicago ft Eastern Illinois, St.
Louts, Memphis A Southeastern, and 117
miles of sidetracks. The aggregate mile
age of theae acquired roads Is 1,757. An
other 1,600 miles may be added to the
'Frisco's growing system, but at any rate
will be, according to unofficial reports
w-hlch, however, are held to be reliable.
This new mileage will come through the
acquisition of the Pere Marquette Railroad
and Steamship lines, whose total mileage
la 1,600 miles.
Elkhorn's Important Extension.
The Fremont, Elkhorn ft Missouri Valley
has confined Its construction work almost
entirely to the completion of Its branch
from Verdlgre, Neb., to Bonesteel, 8.D., a
distance of 69 miles. This branch is
commonly known as the Verdlgre branch.
It runs through Boyd county, Nebraska, and
Gregory county, South Dakota, being the
only railroad to enter the famous Rosebud
Indian reservation, 'h large section of which
Is to be thrown open for colonization, pre
sumably next spring. This road Is now in
operstlon and shows good results. A short
spur line has been constructed from Dead
wood to Lead, a distance of three and a half
Northwestern' Doable Track.
The year 1902 forms an era In the his
tory and development of the Chicago ft
Northwestern railroads, for It marks the
consummstlon of one of the largest and
most Important tasks ever undertaken by
this pioneer line to Omaha alnce Its en
trance into the Gate City via Council Bluffs
thirty-eight years sgo. This is the com
pletion of the double trackage from Chi
cago to Omaha. It gives the Northwest
ern the only continuous double track be
tween these two cities and completes the
long chain of double tracks which the.
Vanderbllt line began building over a
decade ago. It links Omaha to New York
City by means of the Northwestern, Lake
Shore, Michigan Southern and New York
Central, all Vanderbllt roads, and there
fore practically one system. The North
western haa done considerable Improving
of roadbeds, grades, bridges and depots at
various places on its , numerous lines in
Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois
and Wisconsin. The completion of the
Verdigris branch of the Elkhorn, which Is
covered In the resume of the work of the
Elkhorn, may be Included under the North
western Improvements, since the Elkhorn
is a part of the Northwestern system of
8,833 miles of track.
Missouri Pacific's Move.
Among the more' Important steps taken
by the Missouri Pacific during the year were
the acquisition of the Denver ft Rio Grande
and the Rio Grande ft Western.' The Gould
road built a line from Scotland to Grandy
and to Maear's mine, two miles beyond
Granby; completed Its river division from
Jefferson City to Boonvllle, Mo., and has a
great deal of construction work in progress.
A new road Is being built from Batesvllle
fo Carthage under the Baffle ro tpo'Whlle'
River railway, and another from Hajley,
Ark., near Arkansas City, to Clayton, La.,
which Is on the New Orleans ft North
western. It Is reconstructing Its. Little
Rock ft Fort Smith road and reducing
grades and putting In detour .lines between
Little Rock and Van Buren, . also from
Carthage to Neck City. -
Achievement of the Waihaah..
At a cost of 3:5,000,000, which Involves
the outlay for Its new Pittsburg depot, the
Wabash haa gained an entrance to the
Smoky City which marks a victory over the
Vanderbllts. It Is now building Its line
from Jewett, O., to Pittsburg, which, when
completed, with the Wheeling & Lake Erie,
recently acquired, will give It through
tracks from Omaha to Baltimore. In ad
dition to the Wheeling ft Lake Erie, the
Wabash haa acquired the Western Mary
land, which skirts the scene of the battle
of Gettysburg, penetrating a rich coal min
ing country. It has also bought the Ann
Arbor road from Frankfort, Mich., to To
ledo, a distance of 291 miles. The' most
Important developments on the line near
Omaha was the relaying of the track from
here to Brunswick, Mo., with eighty-pound
steel rails, and the ballasting of the same
with burnt clay and rock, thus replacing
the old trackage with one of superior qual
ity. The Wabash has moved Into new
quarters at Sixteenth and Farnam streets
Year'a 'Hew Mileage.
' A careful preliminary estimate made by
Individual canvass of the railroads, and
supplemented by the Railroad Gazette's own
records, figures furnished by the state rail
road commissions and other sources of In
formation, shows that approximately 6,026
miles of new steam railroad have been built
within the United States between January 1
and December 81, 1902, The figures are ex
clusive of second track, sidings and all elec
tric lines. Rebuilt mileage la alao excluded
except where the work involved such ex
tensive changes In alignment that a new
route waa established, as In the case of the
Southern Pacific between certain points In
Railroad building was reported done in
forty-two statea and territories, and Okla
homa leads the list with track laid on 670
miles of new line during the year. Texaa
comes second, with 496 miles; Arkansas is
third, with S71 miles, and Indian Territory
Is fourth, with 368 miles. Georgia built 336
miles during the year.
In addition to theae, Illinois, Iowa. Mis
souri and New Mexico show, returns of over
200 miles built, and Alabama, California,
Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washing
ton and West Virginia built between 100 and
No steam mileage was reported from
Alsska, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, New
Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island or
Returns received direct from practically
every locomotive and car building plant In
ths country show that approximately 164.547
cars have been butlt. Including rara for use
on elevated railroads, but exclusive of street
and other electric cars. This is consider
ably the largeat record which has ever been
made In the country, and exceeds by 25,541
the output for 1901. But these figures do
not Include cara built by railroads at their
own shops. (
Of the rsrs recorded approximately 162,599
are for freight aervlce and 1,948 tor passen
ger service; 161,747 are for domestic use and
1.800 are for export.
Last year the total number of cars built
was 144.267, which exceeded by 20.161 the
recorded output for the year 1900. The 1901
figures Included alao 5.26 street cara.
. During the year 4,070 locomotives were
built In the various locomotive plants In
the country, as against 3.384 last year. The
number for the current year Includes 74
electrlo locomotives, "The real messing et
THr OMAHA TAT1YV TIKTa TirTTnSDAV,
In diverse and carious fields the record
breakers were busy during the year 1902.
Equally busy wss the freak editor of the
New York 8un, who complied the record
and kept tab on the record-breakers. ,
The love-at-flrst-slght record wss ruth
lessly shattered In the early springtime
when Madison Orm-by, aged 69, went down
to Kansas City from Omaha and met Miss
Jesnle Turner, who evidently still retained
Irresistible charms, notwithstanding that
her forty-fifth birthday was wound up on
Time's relentless reel. They met by chance
ana were introduced by a common friend,
whereupon they hiked away to the court
house and were married Just as soon as
they could get the license and line up in
front of a Judge.
"It's Just thirty minutes since first we
met," said Ormsby, as pleased as Punch,
"and here we are with the knot tied."
Whether the knot remained tied does not
concern thla history.
It was in the esrly weeks of the year that
the romance of Miss Mildred Deuel of Rich
mond, Va., set a new mark for those Im
portant atagea of life which most women
reckon by years. In the brief space of ten
minutes she waa a maid, a wire and a
In a San Francisco hospital she became
Mrs. Richard Miles Stanton while her hus
band was dying, a victim of fever con
tracted In the service of bta country in the
Philippines. Clasping each other's hands,
when It wss too late to summon a minister,
the young people took the vows of matri
mony under a civil agreement, which was
duly witnessed by relatives of both, and
a few minutes later Lieutenant Stanton waa
The tiniest bride of the year appeared
In St. Louis in April, when Miss Bertha
Clark, scarce 16 years old, weighing only
seventy-five pounds, and attired in short
skirts, eloped with Frank McCoy, nearly
twice her age, and became his wife. The
year still was young, and so were "Miss
Rose Mason and her fiance, Michael T.
McOovern, when they appeared before the
clerk In Chicago and established a new
record as youthful applicants for a mar
riage license, which they obtained. The
bride was 15 and the bridegroom two yeara
her senior, tbelr combined ages being 82.
The record for the oldest married couple
in the United 8tates was said to have been
made last March by Mr. and Mrs. Alex
ander Ounn of Harrington, Kan. They
celebrated their diamond wedding In 1900,
and, therefore, had seventy-seven yeara of
wedded life to their credit. The husband
thought he was 114 years old, while his
wife was also past the century mark.
The oddest record in thts line, how
ever, probably belongs to Mr. and Mrs.
John lams of Washington county, Iowa,
who, a few weeks ago, told their friend
that after seventy-four years of married
lire tbey could look back and find they
never had a dispute, much less a quarrel.
They have ten children, thirty-six grand
children and sixty-five great grandchildren.
Justice Frederick Brown, known far and
wide as the "marryln" squire of Aurora,
111." has tied the nuptial knot several
hundred times but not on thts score does
he suspire to any pinnacle among the
records of the year. His proudest boast
Is that his marriage knots stay tied, and
upon this distinction he seeks a blue rib
bon. The secret of his success, he thinks, is
that his form of ceremony, which ia all
his own. Is short, sweet and simple, omit-,!
ting , the obnoxious word "obey," and is
generally prefaced by a recitation of the;
Declaration of Independence, which ' he,'
regards as the corner atone of marriage In
the United States. Divorce, he declares,'
Is unknown among the couplea he . has
Speed records In divorce cases are not
cnusual or startling In these days, but
when grounds and speed both are con
sidered the crackerjack of 1902 unques
tionably waa the case of John W. Lang
ley of Columbus, Ind., who obtained a
thts figure Is perhaps best realized by cal
culating the expenditure Involved, which
would be nearly $48,000,000 If the average
coat per locomotive la assumed to be $12,-
CHURCHES HAVE GOOD YEAR
Religions Bodies and Charities Share
In the General Activity
In the religious and charitable work of
the city and to those educational Institu
tions connected with the churches the
twelve months Just closed have brought
much material advancement.. Among all
the Improvements made the new building
of the Omaha Theological aemlnary of the
Presbyterian church involved the greatest
expenditure. The building, a three-story
brick, 150 feet in length and costing more
than $45,000, stands on a alx-acre plot of
ground on Twentieth street between Em
mett and Spencer. The cornerstone was
laid In May.
The Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred
Heart at Twenty-second ' and Blnney
streets waa completed, furnished and dedl-'
cated during the month of June, after two
years' work. The church Is of pinkish
gray stone, seats 800 and cost $24,000.
The new Roman Catholic Church of St.
Mary Magdalene at the corner of Nine
teenth' and Dodge streets is nearing com
pletion. The cornerstone was lsid in June
and the dedication will probably take place
In February. The building and parish
house are of gray hydraulic brick and Bed
ford stone. .The old church and lots were
sold to Hayden Broa. for $60,000 and the
new ground cost $11,000.
The Polish Roman Catholic parish of
South Omaha has erected a two-story frame
church, with school rooms under the audi
torium, at a cost of $5,000. Work waa be
gun September fi.
Ground was broken late in the year for
the new Grace Baptist church at Tenth and
Arbor streets. The old building waa moved
to the rear. The estimated coat of the
ssnctuary Is $5,000.
The Monmouth Park congregation of the
Methodist Episcopal church la July dedi
cated a new building at 8458 Larrlmore
street which cost them $2,600 and which
took the place of the former structure, de
stroyed by a heavy wind In the spring of
Brownell hall waa much Improved during
the summer, the north wing being furnished
with seventeen study rooms, reading rooms
and library being fitted out and fire es
The Clifton Hill Presbyterian church waa
moved from tbe center of the block to new
lots at the corner of Forty-fourth and Grant
streets, raiaed another story and practically
rebuilt, at a cost of several thousand dol
lars. The Bohemian Bretheren of the. Presby
terian church rededlcated their building at
Fifteenth and Hickory afreets In February
after practically rebuilding It. Knox church
of the same denomination was renovated to
the extent of about $3,000. A paraonage waa
built for the pastor of the Walnut Hill
Methodist Episcopal church at Thirty-Bret
and Charles streets. ' Hanacom Park Metho
dist church waa relieved cf the burden of
decree In less than fifteen minutes sepa
rstlng him from his wife. Mary. He alleged
that she hsd a habit of taking a darning
needle to bed with her and -Jabbing him
with It when he fell asleep. When he pro
tested she would get out of bed, plant her
self In a rocking chair in the middle of
the floor, rocking violently and bringing
her heels down with a bang at each rock
and for two hours would sing at the top
of her voice: "Oh. won't it be Joyful when
we part to meet no morel"
Strangely enough. It fell out that the
champion office holder whose fame spread
over the earth In 1902 was not an Ameri
can, but an Englishman.
William Eaton of Tllbrook, Huntingdon,
holds some fifteen places, public and semi
public, ranging from parish overseer to
church organist, most of which' have sal
aries attached. He Is not of the resigning
breed, but has held office for half a cen
tury and has assisted in the work of every
government census since 1850.
To a Georgia clergyman belongs the
proudest record in the work of the church.
Rev. D. S. McCurry of Gainesville, who is
now 71, has been doing active work In the
Baptist church for forty years. He has
preached 9,800 sermons; to reach his ap
pointment and deliver these sermons be
has traveled 50,000 miles, equal to two
Journeys around the earth; he hsa con
ducted 911 funerals, baptized 4,011 persona
and married 621 couples.
- Who was the record-smashing drummer?
So many traveling men boast of mighty
exploits on the road that thts may seem
a hard question to answer. Yet few will
hesitate to yield the palm to Levla Lake,
a citizen of the little village of Oxford,
Miss., on learning of the big things he has
to his credit.
Mr. Lake is the oldest aetlve traveling
man In the United States, being still In tbe
harness at S6. He represents Armour ft
Co. In Mississippi, making towns by day
and night' trains, and covering an average
of 2,000 miles a month. For thirty-four
years he has represented this single Chi
cago house; has never made a sale that
proved a bad account, was a traveler on the
first railroad train ever run in the United
States; never took a drink of liquor, played
a game of cards or tasted tobacco; has not
eaten more than two meals a day for thirty
years; Is the oldest Mason In the state of
During the year a story went the rounds
of the press about a man who pretended to
be the champion emoker ' of the world.
For twenty years he had smoked, he said,
one and a fourth pounds of tobacco a week,
so that in the period named he had actually
reduced to smoke an amount of the weed
equal to ten times his own weight.
A remarkable record, truly, but It must
give way to that of the champion smoker
of the British army, a private In the Third
battalion. Royal Warwickshire regiment,
who from his youth up regularly consumed
one and a half pounds . of tobacco every
week, until bis regiment was drafted out to .
South Africa. Hla supply then was cur
tailed, which almost broke his heart.
Tbe principal of a school at Manchester,
Conn., holds the record as a opanker.
Armed with an ordinary ruler 'he adminis
tered forty-seven spankings . In thirteen
minutes one day, thus turning tearful boys
and girls away from htm at ths rate of three
and eight-tenths boys and girls a minute.
It Is scarcely necessary to add that he Is a
warm advocate of spanking as a. disciplinary .
measure. - . ,
-. In the month of September.WlHIam Cran
dell of Deep Hollow, near Susquehanna, Pa., .
killed thirteen wildcats, and, although badly
torn In flesh and clothing, earned not only
a record, but the neat sum of 826 In boun
ties. . (; ' ;
' The biggest eater to establish a new reo
, erd was a Wisconsin farmer named Wil
liam Hafner. He devoured fifty roaatlng
ears in one day and passed on to that un
known country where green corn Is not
supposed to be on the bill of fare.
Indiana reported the youngest grand--
Its $10,000 debt. Wise Memorial hospital
was removed from its old quarters to 3208
North Sixteenth street, because of growing
usefulness, and $2,000 spent on alterations
and Improvements to tbe new building. The
headquarters of tbe Salvation Army have
been moved from Seventeenth and Chicago
streets to 1615 Capitol avenue, a location
better suited to the work. The First Bap
tist church has opened the chapel on upper
Farnam street as a mission.
If no unforeseen difficulties arise In the
future to delay, or perhaps prevent, con
struction now contemplated, the year 1903
will be remembered as a building year.
The most Important structures now planned,
the Roman Catholic cathedral and the
Methodlat hospital, will of course not be
completed during the twelve months.
Work on the hosDital will be commenced
In the early spring on the plana of Archl- 1
tect Kimball. The committee has lots In j
uemis park, witn 7Z feet frontage on
Cuming street, west of Glenwood avenue.
It haa In hand $20,000 in cash and $20,000
or $30,000 more subscribed. The building
fully complete will cost between $200,000
and $400,000 and will consist of a central
building standing east and west, with
octagonal structures at each end, from
which will extend three wings, to the east
an" west, north and southwest, and north
and southeast. There will also be an
operating pavilion. The buildings will be
of brick and three stories high, with base
ment. It is the Intention to erect only
the central building and tbe weat octagonal
and southeast wing this year.
The Roman Catholic cathedral project is
atlll In a rather tentative condition and
work may not be begun during the year.
The proposed plan embodies many of the
features, of course on a much reduced
scale, of the New Westminster abbey of
the church In London. The ground at
Fortieth and Burt streets, now occupied
by the St. Cecilia church, has been selected
aa the location of the building.
The official board of the First Christian
church has purchased tbe lot at Nine
teenth and Farnam streets as the location
of the new church' which will be begun
early in the apring. The new church will
seat 1.200 and will, besides the auditorium
and Sunday school rooms, contain a read
ing room, gymnasium, baths, game room
and department. of domestic science.
The present First Baptist church will
probably be aold and a new house erected
during the year. The official board has
several locations In view and negotiations
are on foot for the purchase of one of them.
Plans for tbe new building have not yet
St. Joseph's hospital has become too
small for the number of pe'ieuta treated
and It is hoped to build an addition to the
same during the year. No details of con
struction have yet been aettled upon.
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic pariah has
acquired, partly by donation and partly by
purchase, ground diagonally across Twenty,
second street from the church, on which
will be built aa academy and parochial
school. Tbe size of building and material
have not yet been decided on.
A building for the nunnery of the Poor
Clares. 2'jo5 Hamilton street, will be
reeled. Parsonages will be built by the
congregation of Benson Methodist Eplsoo.
pal church and St. Mary's Rouaa Catholic,
parish ef South Omaha.
JANTTAHY 1, 1f0.1.
Features of Life Lifted
Above the Routine.
father, Edgar Williams of Indianapolis,
aged 89, who belongs to a family noted for
Among the novel records of the period
must be Included that held by James Stew
art of Leyden, N. Y., who announces that
he has lived on this earth 104 years without
fiver having told a lie. He goes George
Washington one better by ssylng that he
caa lie, but won't. Thts remarkable cen
tenarlan used alcohollo beverages and to
bacco freely until he was 90, when be took
a new chute and awore off.
Tbe most extraordinary old person of the
year was Slgnora Catellna Flores of Pasa
dena, Cal., who peacefully passed away at
the age of 117, having continued her usual
round of work until the dsy of her death.
She had lived under the shadow of the San
Gabriel mission for more than ninety yeara.
The largest child ever born la Illinois
ssw the light of day in Waukegan in July,
when Mrsk George Catlln gave birth to a
daughter weighing twenty-one and a half
St. Louis factories eclipsed all com
petitors In the production of the dainty
known as sauerkraut, using for this pur
pose 2,700,000 cabbages and manufactur
ing more than 100,000 half-barrels, which
were shipped to all parts of the United
Fifty persona committed sntctde In Chi
cago during the month of May, the great
est number ever recorded in a single
month, according to the health depart
ment. The largest gun in the world, a 16-inch
weapon, requiring years In construotlon,
waa completed at the Watervliet arsenal
In June, this being the most powerful en
gine of destruction yet devised by man.
May was the record month for immi
gration, the total number of steerage pas
sengers from foreign countries passing
through Ellis Island being 88,500. Ths
one-day record waa broken on May S, when
6,513 men, women and children from
almost every country In Europe as well
aa a few from Asia and Africa. The larg
est number of steerage passengers that
ever arrived at New York in one vessel
came in March on the Hamburg-American
liner Batavia, the number being 1,692.
Turning to great achlevementa In live
atock, Shamrock, the champion steer of the
third International Live Stock exposition,
won the prize In his clasa. He waa aold at
auction, bringing 56 cents a pound on the
hoof. His weight waa 1,805 pounds, making
his total cost $1,010.80.
The Aberdeen-Augus bull Prince Ito sold
at auction at the Chicago stock yards in
February for the record price of 9,100.
The largest shipment of cattle ever taken
across the Atlantic went on tbe steamship
Norseman In August, there being 1,179
head of cattle and 1,398 sheep.
On Saturday, September 7, the vaulta of
the United States treasury held $573,936,193
in gold, which, with one possible exception,
exceeded the amount held at any previous
time In the history of any country of the
Henry C. Prick of Pittsburg deposited
with the banking firm houae of J. P. Morgan
ft Co. a certificate for 100,000 shares of pre
ferred stock in the United States Steel cor
poration, yielding him $700,000 annually In
dividends, this being one of tbe most valu
able slips of paper In existence.
Mountain climbers succeeded In estab
lishing a new record for violent deaths In
this hazardous business. According to sta
tistics compiled by the Alpine club, Alpine
accidents In 1902 resulted in a total of sixty,
three deaths, which Is the record for any
one season. r
F. M. McCllntio of Dallas, Tex., won the
Andrew Carnegie diamond medal for the
beat all-round telegraph work. He sent 617
words In ten minutes, establishing a record.
Senator William E. Mason broke all rec
ords last spring In securing the passage of
the postoffice appropriation bill. Under his
guidance it took the senate Just fifty-five
minutes to make the measure a law which
authorizes the expenditure of nearly $150,
000.000. QUEER FREAKS OF THE CLIMATE
Weather Bareaw Reports Sense Re
markable and Vnnsaal . Phe
nomena for the Year.
The following summary of the weather
for 1902 was prepared by Local Forecast
Among the unusual and more noteworthy
weather conditions of the last year, the
first noted waa the small tornado that oc
curred in the early morning of March 11.
In the vicinity of Twentieth and Webster
streeta thla storm assumed certain violent
characteristics, and at Twenty-third and
Cuming streets it had Increased In force
and violence, and at this nnint m ' amaii
brick building waa blown down, a number
or tin roofs and cornices were torn from
buildings near bv and considerable Hinun
done to property at other points within the
path of the storm.
The month of April was remarkable for
Its unusual dryness, high winds and high
temperature. The record for high tempera
ture ior mis month at this station was
broken. The late afternoon and evening
of April 25 waa one of the stormiest in
the history of the local weather bureau
office. All portions of the city bore evi
dence of the destructive force of the storm
In the demolished chlmneya, unroofed
houses prostrate billboards, broken win
dows, etc. A number of people sustained
severe injuries from falling billboards, fly.
ing fragments of sidewalk, etc.
Tbe most remarkable meteorological phe
nomenon of the year was the hot wind that
continued for a few minutes late In the
evening of June 10. The very audden and
abnormal rise In temperature that occurred
between" 10 and 11 o'clock, with tbe high
wind, waa like the blast from a furnace.
Another remarkable feature of the year
was the large number of rainy days and
large total rainfall during the summer
months, but with none of the excessive
downpours that are expected, and usually
occur, during the months of May, June and
LITIGATION SHOWS DECREASE
Falllac Off la Hamber of Salts Broacht
la the Doaclaa Coaaty
Cases filed in district court during the
year 1902 and prior to this week totaled
1,669. Of these there were on the criminal
docket 309, or only 152 less than during
1901. when the list was swelled by more
than 200 grand Jury Indictments. . Of the
1,260 civil suits 814, or about 25 per cent,
were for divorces; only about I per cent
In foreclosure; at least 6 per cent for In
junctions; 15 per cent against tbe city as
an outgrowth of old special assessments
alleged to have been Illegal; 10 per cent
personal injury, or damage suits; 15 per
cent transcripts from lower courts, and the
rest miscellaneous, containing not a few
petltiona for leave to aell real estate.
Between January 1 and December 28 of
1901 the total number of suits filed was
1.784. Of the 1,3:3 that were civil, U0
wcrt divorce and lit la foreclosure.
OVER ONE MILLION CATTLE
Eolith Omasa Lira 8tock Market Bhowi
fiapid Growth for th Tear.
HIGH TRICES ONE OF LEADING FEATURES
Local Demand from Packers flaffleleat
to Handle Receipt of rat Stock,
Almost Nothla- Belaaj For
warded to Eastern relate.
South Omaha's growth aa a live atock
center haa been aomethlng phenomenal
during the year 1902. It may safely be
said that not since the stock yards were
established has the development been more
pronounced than during the last year. For
the first time the receipts of cattle have
passed the 1,000.000 mark, which la an
Increase over last year's receipts amount
lag to about 190,000 head. In the sheep
division there haa alao been an enormous
gain, as the Increase for the year amounts
to over 425,000 head. In hogs, there haa
been a falling off In supplies, aa well as at
all other points. The reasons most gen
erally given for the decreaae are the short
corn crop and the high prlcea of 1901.
Prices were not nearly as high then as
they have been since, but they looked high
as compared with those that had been paid
previous to that time. Aa a result farmers
sold off their stock very closely to take
advantage of the high prlcea, which they
thought could not last. The same causes
were at work during 1902, and aa a result
production has been materially reduced.
Cholera In most aectlona haa not been more
prevalent than usual.
It Is also interesting to note that the
combined recelpta of cattle, hogs and sheep
for the year amount to over 6,000,000
head, or almost double the recelpta of ten
Market for Fancy Stock.
Another feature worthy of mention Is the
development of South Omaha aa a market
for fancy atock. Breeders now look upon
South Omaha as one of the beat points In
the country at which to conduct their sales,
for the reason that Nebraska farmers are
beginning to give much attention to the
breeding up of their herds. That Is not
only true of Nebraska, but of the ranchmen
In the statea farther west, as well as of the
Iowa cattlemen to the east. The greatest
benefit to South Omaha will be from the
quality of the cattle received for slaughter.
Each year the quality haa shown Improve
ment and the future Is expected to bring
still better results. The range cattle In
particular are getting better every year,
and, In fact, the old style long-horned
range cattle are comparatively scarce In
the northern atates.
Real Tale of Receipts.
Comparative '' recelpta do not tell the
whole story, for the true test of a market
Is the percentage of stock that Is actually
sold. A point where the stock Is simply
stopped for feed and water and then for
warded on to other markets Is no market
at all, but simply a feeding station. In
the statistics given below a table will be
found showing the exact number of cattle,
hogs and sheep slaughtered at South Omaha
and from that It will be seen that the de
mand on the part of packers Is sufficiently
large to take all the atock that Is offered.
A large percentage of the cattle and sheep
received are, of course, feeders and are
shipped bsck to the country, so that they
do not appear In the table below. The
railroad statistics show, however, that the
amount of stock forwarded to eastern mar
kets Is so small aa to be scarcely worthy
of mention. Each year 'the number for
warded has Rapidly decreased, until It has
reached almost the. sero mark. . .
,. Record Brcaitlnn Tear.
It may be said that the year 190 J haa
been a record-breaker la almost every re
spect. The record for the largest receipts
of cattle and sheep for one day, for one
week,, for one month and, for one year have
all been broken. Not only that, but the
highest prices on record have also been
paid for cattle.
The following series of tablea will ahow
In concise form the growth and development
of the South Omaha market during the last
Receipts of Stock for Nineteen Years.
Cattle. Hogs. Sheep. Mules.
1M4 88,61)3 8,6x8 5.5:3 49
ltt 11!Wi 152.54 19.4X4 2.0J7
1RS6 14S.R15 147,019 41.4HO 2,99
lsl7 239,377 1,066,524 79.422 8.844
ltiMt 36.923 1.262,647 172,138 6,271
im 473,l4 l,224,bHl 152,517 7,650
1SS0 .615,3:17 1.702,723 1M.K73 6.0H9
1M1 601,002 1,S37,S7 169.865 8.751
1S92 755,069 l,lil3.384 18X.&XS 14,113
lt3 8f,2,46 1.406,461 262,273 12.248
1XM 821,512 1,832,077 243,945 8.2S4
1K16 5x3.1(18 1.1H6.726 204,870 7,077
lt. 6X6,678 1.216.370 858,005 9.847
1S97 812,949 1,610,921 627,160 8,572
1XDS S12.244 2,101, R07 1,06,136 10,392
1S99 827.533 2.218,42 1, 086,319 34.255
ltMiO 828,204 2,200,926 1,276.776 69,646
1901 818.006 2,414,062 1,314.841 86.31
1902 ...1,010,815 2.247.428 1,742,539 42,079
Shipments of Stock for Nineteen Yeara.
Cattle. Hogs. Sheep. Mules.
1RS4 83,459 753 2,009 41
1R86 82,844 76,213 8.818 1,608
1886 74.617 18KJW 19.146 1,8'4
1887 156.275 164.874 69.468 1,835
1888 , 212,263 819,096 128.716 4.0A4
1889 226.767 178,218 98.568 6.850
1890 289.667 288,763 90.681 4,660
1891 260,673 238,850 87.222 ' 8.181
1892... i 27,468 8x3.887 3.2pO 12,009
1W3 806,889 863.M8 96.279 9,112
18?4 820.656 401.281 112.181 ,m
1895 274,627 98,673 112.617 6.690
1896 241,224 70.460 140144 4,613
1X97 866.176 83.061 206,617 2,4.'3
IK 823,194 172,024 483.171 7 646
1899 28,474 25.9tf9 342.247 80,191
19"0: 274 479 36.996 662f.4 64 846
1901 239.260 48iKl 662,601 S4!29
19U2 - 364,823 169,708 863,260 39,96
scarcest - Stock Recelpta In One Day.
Cattle, September 19, 1902
Hogs, July 31, 1894
Sheep. November 8, 1903
Horses and Mules, June 23, 1900.
Cars, September 16, 190
I.arceat Stock Receipts la O
Cattle, week ending September 30, 1903. 66.464
Hogs, week ending July 31. 94 113.837
Hhet-p, week ending October 81, 1902.... 106,668
Horses and mulea, week ending June
30. 1900 6 419
Cars, week ending September 80, 1902.. 2,021
Largest stock Receipts la One Month.
Cattle September, 1908
Hogs, 'December, 1898
Bheep, October, 1902
Horses and mules, June, 1800..
Cars, September, 1902
Largest Stock Receipts Is
Hogs. 19 Jl
Horses and mules, 1900
1. 010. 815
RECEIPTS AND SHIPMENTS.
Total Receipts for the Year hy Moatha
. 96 U i
Total..l,010,815 2.247.428 1,742,639 42.079 79,693
Total Shipments for the Year.
Months. Cattle. Hogs. Bheep. Mules.Cars.
Jauuaxy,, 14.79a LU tW l,m ,71
I. i :-i
S.7.s .l irta
TOU1B...364.K3 169.70 863.260 29.96S ll.4
1801 .....239,250 48,601 663,801 34,26 1x073
Driven Into Yards.
Hog. Sheep. Mulea.
8.536 8,9 ft
8 9S 6.1
8,769 1.240 4.
4.276 1.61.) 61
8.607 1.334 34
9.313 44 6
2 874 6.T7
1.643 3-6 64
2.l'l 1,183 It
2.670 7.4 1
86,829 22,315 ' 261
89.263 21.466 1,230
City Vso aa4 Sonth Omaha Iacklnr.
TotaJa ...642.104 8,075,743 851.918
101 . 672,131 2.862,098 738,447
Averasre Weight of Hoes.
Statement of tbe monthly . average
weight of hogs sold on this market for the
last ten years:
ran. I 242
OPINIONS BY SUPREME COURT
Trlhnnnl of Last Resort In Sonth
Dakota. Passes on Several
PIERRE), 8. D., Deo. SI. (Special Tele
gram.) Opinions were handed down by the
supreme court today In the following cases:
By Corson Blng Tou, appellant, against
Wong Free Lee et al., Lawrence, affirmed;
August Anderson, appellant, against Don
O. Medberry. aheriff. Beadle county, af
firmed; W. C. McQlll, appellant against F.
Young and Millie Young, Spink, affirmed;
Anton P. Phillips, appellant, against P. J.
Swenson, Minnehaha county, affirmed;
Alfred Smith, appellant, against Ell Jonea
et al., Minnehaha county; Amanda Harding
against O. Harding, appellant, Lawrence,
affirmed; Chicago, Milwaukee A St. Paul
Railway Company against Jamea B. Nyeld,
appellant, Minnehaha county, affirmed; E.
M. Allen against Alfred O. Richardson, ap
pellant, Spink, affirmed; Enga Anderson
against Don O. Medberry, sheriff, appellant.
Beadle, affirmed; Piano Manufacturing Com
pany, a corporation, against Michael W.
Murphy et al., appellanta. Brown county,
affirmed; W. H. Walling, as a taxpayer of
Custer county, appellant, against B. C.
Lummls, treasurer, Custer, affirmed; E, J.
Lounsberry, appellant, against Peter Erlck
aon. Moody, dismissed; State Bank of Oil-'
more against John r Hayes, appellant.
By Fuller Francis Rlckett, appellant.
against A. M. Knight et al., Brown, re
versed; S. O. Sastad against George O'Brien,
appellant, and L. O. Lund against George
Okeson, appellant, Roberts, affirmed; Elisa
beth Manheson against Y. W. Johnson, ap
pellant, Roberts, affirmed; Rosetta J. Hors-
will against Emma B. Farnham, appellant, .
Hamlin, affirmed; Alice O. Reader and
Charles Reader against Thomas Bellemare,
appellant, Cuater, affirmed;. Joslah Thomp
son against Mrs. M. E. Roberts, appellant,
TOM HORN TAKES AN APPEAL
Condemned Wyoming Stock Detective
Secnrea Stay of Eiecn.
CHEYENNE, Wyo., Dec, SI. Application
for a writ of error In tbe case of Tom Horn, '
tbe stock detective who was sentenced to
be hanged on January 9 for the murder of
Willie Nlckell, waa made to the supreme
court today and a atay of execution was
granted. This will prolong the condemned
man's life for at least six months.
St. Lonls Man Good Winner.
ST. LOUIS. Dee. 81. Thomas A. rieuva
closed his big December corn deal at noon
today a heavy winner. He made settle
ments on all deala thla afternoon, which
was 2c over the corn quotation at Chicago.
He estimates that between 6.000.000 and
6.OJ0.000 bushels of contract corn were in
volved In the deal, and that hla avers go
proui was oo lo ne ousnel. This makes
him ahead on the deal from SaoO.OuO to
Tbe man who puts on stilts does not in-1
create his actual suture bv the breadth of
a hair. He feels taller while he'a on the
stilts, and when he'a off them he feela '
shorter than be ever'
Q I the stilts of the stom-
f M I ach. The- nulm m
man feet better for the .
time beine. but he
feela a great deal worse
, for them afterward.
The need of tbe man ,
whoae stomach ia i
"weak" ia not stimu- .
lation but strength.
Dr. Pierce's Golden
perfectly anawera that
need. It cures the dis
eases of the digestive
and nutritive system
which make the stom
ach "weak." It en
ables the digestion and
assimilation of food, so
that the body receives
the nutrition on which
depends ita strength.
I took two bottles of
Dr. Pierce's Uoldea Med
ical Discovery for stomach
trouble, writes Clarence
Carnca, Esq., Tayluretown,
I" me so much good that I
. f u.uu i iuc BDy more. X
lr caa eat moat anything
aow. i am to weu pirsata
with it I hardly knew bow to thank you for your
kind information. I tried a whole tot of things
before I wrote le you. A gentlenuo told tne of
your Biediciae, aad how it cured his wife.
Tnourbt I would try a battle of It. Am now
tlad that I did. for I do not know what I should
e done bad it not been for Dr. Pierce's Gulden
The sole motive for substitution ia to
permit the dealer to make the little more
profit paid by the sale of leaa meritorious
medicine. He gains- You lo&e. There
fore accept no substitute for Golden
The sluggish liver is made active by,
t- uae of r. ficrcc'g flcaaaiu Felicia,
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241 2151 21 269 2 247 236
40 217 26S 278 257 25l 239
Z41 222 1 272 273 1 260 2srlt C39
231 2261 3tai 269! 268) 2481 234
Z"9 309 'tm 271 . 246 24.)
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210 244 288) 286 274 259 245
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