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UJ I HE UMAHA oUNDAY JdEE
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ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871.
03IA1IA, SUNDAY MOHNING, MAY 3, 1903.
SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
aw a, . p mm
25c wool plaids
A manufacturer's sample
stock of bedroom suits bought
at almost 50c on the dollar.. It
was a big deal to swing
were equal to the emergency.
The beauty of it is these suits
are all of this season's .patterns
but the manufacturer was over
stocked and needed the room and we needed the suites.
That our customers may benefit with us we quote prices
'.hat cannot be duplicated. Three carloads of these suites
already in and on sale., Come Monday or as soon as you
can. You will not be disappointed. The goods will speak
for themselves the wonderful values. We have under
rated rather than over-estimated their worth
$26. SO three-piece bedroom suite.
French plate mirror,
31.00 three-piece bodroom suite,
French plate mirror, sy ft ft
ale price aaf-aWeUU
$35 three-piece bedroom suite, swell
front, 24x30 mirror,
$37 three-piece bedroom suite.
24x30 mirror sale
$38.00 three-piece suite, swell troct.
11 oak, sale price,
$43.60 three-piece suite, swell front,
all oak, sale price,
Ite, swell troct,
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MORE AND GREATER BARGAINS.
We have inaugurated another great bargain silk carnival for Monday, Tuesday and Wednes
day, May 4th, 5th and 0th. All Omaha and Nebraska visited last week's sale Next week's sale
will break all records COME EAKLY.
$22 Cheval dresser, oak, large mirror, sale price. . . . 16.40
INGRAIN CARPET SALE
Monday morning we will place on sale 2200 yards of
36-inch wide extra super 2-ply ingrain carpet, regular 50c
quality, only a few patterns, but plenty of each, 1Qp
at, per yard 1
All ingrains on sale Monday at a fraction of their value
150 pieces including striped wash Taffetas,
corded Ombre stripes broche stripes, all
the new and popular shades reitulsr $1.
- $1.23 and $1.60 values in this pm J
sale, per rard A. OC
A seasonable silk has no superior for wesr
shades of black, nary, marine and royal
blues, reseda green, cream all with
white or black dots. This lot all worth
75c yard. In this sale only. A
per yard tOC
Black Silks Unequalled
2t-lnch black Taffeta, worth $1.
27-lnch black Taffeta, worth $1.25.
at. per yard
26-inch black Taffeta, worth
$2.00. at. per yard
36-lnch black Peau de Sole.
worth $2. at. per yard
22-inch "all silk black satin Duchesse
worth $2.00. at. per
27-lnch black India Silk, worth '
89c. at. per yard
S8-lnch black Abuti Silk.
worth $2 yard, per yard ......
Cream and white silks and
Chine for graduation sosdb.
Special bargains for eariv buyers.
19-Inch Taffeta cream and white
Snlsh. worth 75c. at.
lf-lncb white Louisine Bilk,
worth $1. at. per yard ....
19-inch cream and white Dresden Taffeta.
worth $1.25. at. per
24-lnch Feaus de Chamois Silk, cream and
white wear, guaranteed warranted to
wash a marvel of beauty in
finish, worth $1.50. yard
27-lnch Peau de Crepe Silk, cream and'
white. beautiful and cllna- 4 ff
In fabric, worth $1.50. vard... le Jj
24-Inch white Crepe de Chine. Q
worth $1.25. at OOC
24-inch cream or white Crepe de Chine.
worth $1.50. at. per
Special prices on white Wash Silks 35c.
60c. 69c and 75o yard.
Eight pieces of French Albatross, pur.
wool, very desirable for light summer
wesr. very cheap at 89c a yard 4Q
Monday, special, yard "
Mistrals and Voiles
46-inch wide, very popular, the $1.15 Qual
ity, aoecial for Monday,
54-Inch wide, a very new and swell cloth
In medium weight, the very latest tor
snappy tailor dresses, a $1.35 quality.
See this bargain Monday,
SO pieces 3l-1nch French Challls. the best
55c Quality, only.
40-inch wide, in all the latest shades
creams and whites, for Mon
day, the 75c aualltv. special.
Voiles and Etatnines
4t-lnch wide, every shade now in stock,
something very swell for pres- pj ES
ent wear. only, yard A. OC
48-inch wide, a very nice weight, to be
made up without lining, this fs certainly
a swell dress fabric, yours 4 r "
at Bennett's, vard levIV
43-lnch wide, a soft clinging material, me
dium light, all the new pretty shades.
We have enlarged this department and
cheap at $125 yard, special
At the Lining Department
We have enlarged this department and
every good make of linings are to be found
here, and at prices always the lowest.
BUCK DRESS GOODS
10 pieces 3S in.
Brilliantine, a very
good make and high
finish, cheap at 45c yd.
kin ii i m M.ivKtAiai sw avjfc, nasi am m- riwuiii wjhnm.1 i-iv-maM. rt. J&
The Largest and Fittest Variety in the Wes
The President's gift on exhibition in our window and S e,
retary Losb's reply. The placque presented to the nati on
chief was made with our $3-50 outfit. Come and see the gift, the letter and the outfit that did th
work. Biggest supply of holly-wood, bass-wood and orange-wood in Omaha.
NOTE-Befiininf; Monday every pnrchaser of a dollsr'i wort ia oar Pyrojrgphy dept will receive a pretty ihirt waist et plain FREE.
Shoos for Lion j Uomen
9 to 10 a m Men's and Boy's Plymouth
Rock calf tips lace shoes, jj -
worth $1.50, for q5 1
2 to 4 p m Misses and childs red
kid bow Sandals . xfC S
4 to 6, p m Men's oil double sole pack
ing house Shoes, worth $1.50 flj I
9 to 11 a m A large assortment of
Ladies' kid gore front
Ladies' kid some of them button
Ladies' kid oxford ties
worth from $1.50 to $2.50
Three Days' Sale Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday. You can't afford to miss
as you will really see the following low
prices: . - .
Good grade of white blanks - fCm)
Heavy embossed gold
Ingrain gilts, bronzes, orientals, etc., worth
(from 30c to 50c igj
We carry' the largest and most com
plete line of fashers la the city; a doz
en different styles.
O K Washer $5.48
Curtain Stretchers .95c
Turkey 100 feather dusters.... 18c
Toilet Rack -48c
Spice Cabinet 22c
Chopping Bowl ...5C
Look over our line of refrigerators;
no better made; all sizes and lowest
U In Ba I Bearing Lawn Mower $4.49
You may pay more
for at mower not
o good as this.
Grass Catcher 54c
Good Grass Hook He
2-Burner bine flame coal oil cs CA
Full line rubber hose.
Ice Cream Freeaers.
Monday will be a great day
in the millinery department,
because we offer more and bet-'
t'er goods for the money than
can be found elsewhere.- No
thing niussy or soiled ; all fresh,
new goods and what you faij
to find elsewhere can be found
Our $20. $15 and $10 bats excell In quality
those found elsewhere for the same, and
even more money.
A mere creation in the form of a fluted
ruffle ribbon hat, all trimmed, in the new
est materials to suit and har
monize with the style of the hat,
special for Monday
Pretty white straw Jumbo braid hats
trimmed with red, navy, light, blue, cream,
white, pink or black soft silk, some with
flowers and foliages Just the hat for a
young lady that can not find Its equal for
prettincss and quality
worth $3.00 to $3.60,
A Srand iff Oa
A Seal Sacque worth $350 for nothing. A Beaver Sacque
worth $150 for nothing We are goag to have a f rand clear
ing sate of Wool Suits, Etamines, Mistrals, Cheviots. Broad
cloths, Series, Voiles, Slcillians,' in f act every wool suit in our
stock will be sold at about eastern cost. In connection with
this sale we will have a yrand Gift Carnival.
As a first gift we will rive the very best 4X Alaska Seal
Sacque worth $350. As a second grift we will five an Alaska
Beaver Sacque worth $150. , .
This sale will last sixty days, the last day will be July 3.
The rifts will be distributed on Monday, July 6.
In order that these gifts may be folly satisfactory, the sue
cessful ladies can have them made specially to their order by
one of the best manufacturers In New York. Full information
regardinr this rrandift offering can be obtained in our
47, sets of heavy Har
ness with single
We challenge any other store
in this city to sell this for less
This harness Is extremely
strong and durable is much
better In every way than a'
leather harness of double the
BENSON'S CAREER IN KANSAS
Dead Town Harks Spot Where Hs Became
Proficient in Booming.
SOME SAMPLES OF HIS PECULIAR METHODS
What tae Bovver taadldate far
Mayor of Omaha Areoatpllabed
Before He Mlaratra
to Thl. tlty.
As a boomer, Erastus A. Benson had had
experience before he came to Omaha and
the ruins of a town in Kansas stand wit
nes to the boom metheds engaged in there
by him and his aMoclatea. A representa
tive of The Bee who mas sent to visit the
two Kansas counties In which Mr. Btnsoa
operated reports the situatlou there as
'-Bnon left Davenport, la., for Gove
and Sherdtan counties In Kansas, not to
make a home there, but to win a fortune
in land speculation. He waa well equipped
to ply his art In the new country without
unfriendly competition. He acquired
optlona on large tracts of railroad Una
long the Kansas TarlUc road, cultivated
close relations with the I'nloa I'nlDc an!
B. A M. railway companies, and made free
uee of printer's ink to advertise his game.
As Mr. Benson still bas Urge holdings ia
this section the community of Interest
between him and the railways la far from
being a thing of the past. i
How the Baaea Uiai Worked.
"The story of tb Kansas boom has beea
often told. Being able to command the
netrssaxy meana to make full payment or
secure an option on a large body of laud
from the railroad companies, the 'boomer'
was alloaed certain bene (lis la the way
of free advertising and cheap excursion
rates for prospective land buyers. Options
were granted on the payment cf 10 per cent
of the purchase price, vthich amounted to
Itg for every quarter section. When the
quarter section waa sold 'on long time
and easy pay men la' to an Immigrant, the
'boomer deducted the $48 advanced fnr
the option and the -amount of his profit
above the original price ill per acrt).
and transferred his contract with the com
pany to the pur .user, after which ho had
no equity la claim. As a 'clincher to
a sale, the buyer was often given tree
transportation to his home. While the ad-
vertlslng departments of the roads rendered
f yeoman's service to the cause, the local
newspaper, under general name, was
deemed aa ludlspenalble auxiliary. U
vouched for everything seeo. unseen snd to
fee desired, ablch might gratify the heart
of the anxious homeaeeker. The new rail
way that waa never constructed; the new
city that had no existence, hatched kids
by the hundred, abounded with churches,
schools, libraries and all manner of mod
ern public improvements, especially, 'it had
the best grain market In the state;' the
brawny hands of toll that could guide the
plow, wielded the wliard'a wand which
caused groves, orchards, vineyards, gar
dens and fields to flourish like the mush
room; and the copious showers and heavy
dews of more favored aectlons were made
to do duty oa the 'gently undulating prairie
which affords excellent drainage,' were
among the subjects treated with ao little
tact by the editor. Such a cheap and
ridiculous display of sentiment appeared
harmless enough, but yet it 'paid the
fiddler enormously. Many people In the
eastern states fell an easy prey to the
grafters. Circulars and the local newspa
pers were addressed to so many post
office boxes (the names of persons were
not deemed essential) each week, which
usually brought In a large number of let
ters seeking Information about the new
country. It would be almost an endless
task to enumerate the schemes in store
for the capture of the Interested corre
spondent; let it suffice. It was difficult for
him to get away.
Early t'essertlosswltk the Rallroada.
"Erastus A. Benson 'boomed' Gove and
Sheridan counties with might and main.
He bad options oa lands aggregating some
10,0C0 acres, which he partially disposed
of by large sales, aa in the case of 60,000
acres to Mr. Perkins of the Burlington
road and others. He subsequently bought
U.OoO acres from the Verdon company
and his Interests here remain oulte con
siderable, chiefly. It Is believed, on ac
count of the collapse In land values result
ing from the boom, which was at Its height
In 1857. Gove county was organised In
1&S6. Mr. Benson took a hand la the
county seal fight and succeeded In naming
Gave City aa the local seat of government.
, It baa no connection with other towns by
, railvay. telegraph or even telephone. City
' lota which have brought $i00 each could
I not be disposed of at any price today.
The total assessed valuation of lota In the
town was I7.4H7 last year. The popula
tion la 1900 was The population of
Gove county In 18) was 2.991 and 3,411
In l:H0 signifying a loss of 500 la the
ten years. Hon F. D. Coburn. secretary
of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture,
credits the yields of the following named
crops aa follows: Spring wheat. bushels
per acre; winter wheat, t bushels; corn,
1 bushels; oats, 10 bushels; rye, 5 bushels;
barley. 12 bushels; Irish potatoes. U bush
els. Since these figures are for 1902 It la
Interesting to note how 'cheap,' land waa
during the boom. The Settlers' Guide,
a weekly publication Issued at Quieter.
In this county, March, 18S7, contains the
following: 'A home for all In the golden
belt of Kansas. Land ia from $4 to $7.50
per acre. Homestead and timber culture
relinquishments can be purchased all the
way from $400 to $1,000 per quarter, or
160 acres. Mr. Swartx, an Intelligent, In
dustrious and thrifty German farmer,
bought land from Mr. E. A. Benson at
$6.75 an acre, but being unable to meet
his payments regularly, waa obliged to
give up his farm. He waa ottered the same
land at $5 per acre and could not be In
duced to accept It. He owns one of the
best farms , in the county. The feeling
against, the 'boomer la Kansas Is bitter
In the extreme. His standing among tba
dealers In real estate is much the same as
that of a 'quack' with professional physi
"It is estimated that Mr. Benson's profits
from land deals in 1885. 1886 and 1S87
amounted to $112,000, At one time there
were eight newspapers In the county and
now there ia one. On the whole, this sec
tion has suffered more from the boom of
the '80sthan from drouths, billiards and
graashoppers combined. One building
erected at Gralnfleld cost $14,000 and being
mortgaged for $6,000, went Into the hands
of the mortgLgce. A hotel constructed of
stone at Gove City, waa burned and not
even a sod ahanty haa been built to take
Ita place. The magio metropolis of the
plalna is at present little better than a
city In the sky. and bad a course of
natural development been resorted to by
tho early settlers Instead of their being
subjected to boom Interference the county
would havo been in a fair position to
share the prosperity of recent yeara."
City Mlaaloaarr Arrives.
liev. Kred Grimes of CrawfordrviUe. Ind..
hss arrived In the rlty to tnke up the work
nf i-ttv missionary of the Christian church.
This work was planned several montha ago
by the Monday club, a society composed of
member of the Christian church, and has
been held in abeyame for some time. Kir.
Grimes will hold services In parts of the
city far removed from the present churches
Necessity keeps a man from getting rusty
He who never seeks bis opportuoty will
never find It.
In order te be sure you are right you
must go ahead and find out.
Men love te hear of their power, but dls
like to be reminded of their duly.
In after years ll makes a man feel sad
when he thicks how fresh he uaed to be.
Paradoxical though It may seem, every
time a gun goes off it stays right there.
When a woman nudgea you with her el
bow It is equivalent te saying "I told
There seems to be a shoddy lining be-
taeea some people and the bright side of
CUTS DOWN RUNNING TIME
Northwestern Lino Bhorteni Schedules for
Trains Burning Into Chicago.
LEAVING TIME MADE LATER AT OMAHA
Preseat Cat ta Sapposed to Be More ia
Gradaal Redactloa DesUned to
Tredace Fastest Tralaa
The Chicago ft Northwestern has made a
general revision of its schedules and as a
result the through trains on all of its llneg
ill make faater time than previously.
While the change in most cases is slight
more thaa halt of the trains are affected.
The leaving time la most cases is mads
later, while the train arrives st its des
tination at the old scheduled time.
In February the schedules on the Chi
cago-Omaha trains were reduced some
what and this additional change makes it
more apparent that the company is grad
ually working toward a point where It can
handle the fastest trains between the two
The slightest change ia in the overland
limited, which leaves Omaha at 8:16 p. m.,
or only five minutes later than formerly.
No. S leaves at 11:20 a. m. Instead of 10:56
and arrives in Chicago at the same time
the next morning. The night express to
Sioux City has been changed so that it
leavea fifteen minutes later and arrives
in Sioux City at the same time.
Trains weetbound have not bad their
schedules changed aa yet, but local officials
anticipate that a like change will be made
In that direction within a few .days.
Rock laiaad Shirts.
The freight and passenger agencies of
the Chicago,- Rock Island ft Pacific at
Minneapolis and Portland have been sep
arated and the men in chsrge at the two
points gtven entire charge of the freight
side, while new offices and officers have
beea ordered for the passenger duties. T.
D. Lyon, formerly district passenger agent
at Detroit, haa been advanced to the duties
of northwestern paasenger agent at .Min
neapolis and George W. Dalnter, district
agent at Peoria, has been transferred te
Portland with the same title.
The change of these men caused a con
siderable change among other officers,
many being raised several grades in the
service. The principal changes resulting
are; Prank Gilmer, traveling paaaenger
agent, with headquarters at Chicago, to be
district paasenger agent at tetroit; II. S.
.Hay, general igcnt at Leaver, to be gen
eral agent at St. Louis; Phil Auer, district
passenger agent at Pittsburg, Kan., to be
general agent at Denver; James Powers,
district passenger agent at Buffalo, III., to
be transferred, with seme title, to Pitts
burg. Kan.; W. F. Crawford, traveling
passenger agent, with headquarters at Chi
cago, to be district passenger agent at
Buffalo. 111.: Warren Cowle, city passenger
agent at St. Joseph, to be city passenger
agent at Peoria.
Railroad Kotes aad Pereoaala.
President Burt of the Vnlon Pacific goes
to Chicago Sunday niht.
Chief Engineer Horry of the Union raclftc
left for St. Paul Saturday evening.
C. B. Horton, superintendent of the
Western I'nlon Telegraph company, left for
Denver Friday night.
C C. Hughes and J. W. Munn of the
Nebraska and Wyoming division of the
Chicago 4 Northwestern go to Chicago
HURRICANE DAVIDSON, TERROR
Activities of the Mlaaoarl Desperado
Who Loved to Flaw aad
Carry Oat Raids.
Jim McKlnney. the outlaw who was shot
to death in a Chinese osshouse at Bakers
field. Cel.. the other day, belonged to a
family of terrors on both sides. Twenty
vears before the civil war there waa a
kinsman on his mother's side who was
known in ths country where he lived as Si
The bresont geueration in Cass county
Missouri, probably never heard of him, yet
he waa the flrat terror of s region which
produced the Younger boys, and in a strip
of the state over which Quantrell and bis
guerrillas rode by day and night when no
man's life was safe.
So far aa was known, SI Davidson navor
killed hla man. In the time In which he
lived the man who killed another had to
show that his own life aaa In danger before
he killed his assailant, if he wanted to
continue bis residence in the county.
One of the early Instructions of one of
the first Judges of that part of the state
was, according to the memory of bis grand
son. a Wo a Judge, as folloas:
"If the Jury believes that the deceased
waa a dead ahot, as the court understands
he was, and that he fired at the defendant
first, and was drawing the bead on him the
second time, the court instructs the Jury
to acquit ths defendant on the spot."
That waa the law on the Big Blue river,
There were those who used to say, when
ever there waa a murder or other crime
committed ia the county, about which there
was any mystery, "It would have been I'ks
St Davldsoa if nobody else had a-done U
But El waa never indicted for murder.
It waa Ma Drinctoal delicbt to stop husi-
! Bess at the count seat, Harrlsonvllle, or
cause the stage coach and the mafl carrier 1
to take the brush and cut across fields. SI
was six feet two, lank and nearly as dark
as an Indian. When he was mounted on a
little white pony, as hs always was, his
feet nearly touched the ground. When hs
crossed a creek be doubled hla legs under
There was a sort of fairness in his na
ture. For example, when hs planned a
hurricane," as he called his raids on ths
county seats, he sent word ahead that a
certain day would be SI Davidson's day In
town, and mothers and old mammies gath
ered their broods from the yards, play
grounds and streets, locked their doors and
remained prisoners until "Si Davidson was
While the "hurricane" was on Si David
son was riding his gray pony into the court
house, galloping the little beast through
from one door to the other, making a target
of the ceiling as he galloped and following
It up with a ride through the streets.
Woe to the man whom he met. That man
was compelled to dance while SI Davidson's
shots kicked up the dust In the Immediate
vicinity of hla feet. Another diversion waa
to put a bullet through the citizen's hat,
always warning the citizen to stand still It
he didn't want to get hurt.
The sheriff of the county, who was the
only officer authorized to make an arrest
was never In town wher !; was SI David
son's dsy. Besides. SI Davidson controlled
all the votes In his, part of the county on
One of Si Davidson'a exploits was on the
occaalon of the laying of the corneratone of
a school bouse by the Masons. SI did not
send word he would be there as was bis
custom, but be arrived during the cere
monies, and while the stone was being
lowered he came whooping up the street on
his gray pony, firing down, right, left, up
Imitating the old mucic teacher Just before
he strikes the air. Jt is raid that be shot
all around the stone and there was a story
tor a long time that he made the lodge
open the box afterward, but, of course, be
But that was his last "hurricane." On his
return to his farm that night be encoun
tered a bigger hurricane than any be had
The flood gates opened. The big creek
which he hid to cross went out of Ita banks
and Si Davidson's body waa found when the
waters receded, lodged in the top of a tree,
His funeral was rsthcr remarkable, con
stdertog bis record. The people felt that a
burden had been lifted from them that
curse had been removed and they attended
bis burial, each to satiafy liim or herself
that Si Davidson waa dead-
The women whom he had made prisoners
were there and the chtldren were shown
the dead so that they might understand
bat there would be so more terror n
more "Davidson hurricanes." The litil
bno posy he rodo Is life was bittbed be
hind the wagon which contained his coffin.
A short time after the members of ths
family left the county and went to Cali
fornia. To this day no one In Caaa county
an tell where Bi Davidson was burled.
New Tork Sun.
BURMAH'S . ODD SHRINES
Cares Beaeath a Fortress aad a Tem
ple oa Top of a Balaae
Burmah doubtless caa offer the oddest
places of worship to be found anywhere
la the world. Some miles out of Maulmein,
la the middle of a great plain, stands a
lone rock so peculiar In form as never to
be forgotten when once seen. Ages sgo
the caves which honeycomb this fortress
were transformed from the habitats of bats
and wild animals Into places for devotions.
Thousands of Images of Buddha are carved
upon the walla and in every chamber
bronze, stone or wooden gods are standing,
sitting or reclining in endless silence,
writes Jessie Ackennann in the May House
keeper. No one can compute how many
millions of feet have pressed the earthen
floors of these sacred caverns. Almost as
remarkable Is a Burmese shrine built by a
rich man as an offering to hla favorite
god. This was erected on the very apes
of a "balancing rock" so formidable In
appearance as to strike terror to the heart
before one can carry out the resolution to
make the difficult ascent. The material
was transported to the rock on the backs
of men and pulled to the top with
hand power by means of a rope. To reach
the top requires stout limbs aad steady
nerves. Tiny steps have been cut In an
almcst perpendicular wall and a slip means
a fall to certain Injury and perhaps death.
The difficulties of erecting a place of
worbhlp have given no end of anxiety to
the well intentloned who have the Interests
of a community at heart. Sometimes it Is
as difficult to obtain the material as It is
o raise the money with which to pay for"
It. In North Queensland the problem ia:
What will withstand the ravages of the
white ant pest? Every kind of wood has
been tried in vain. Again and again have
the little whits ants destroyed flue churches,
razing them to the ground. As a last
resort the aood people decided to use cor
rugated iron. Thla material has proved
satisfactory so far as resisting the attacka
of the insects is concerned, but it has one
decided disadvantage In that land where
Old Sol pours his burning raya down so
pitilessly. The iron draws the heat and
on a hot summer's day the temperature in-J
side o one of these veritable furnaces'
will often rise to as high as 120 df grees, .
reminding the congregation most forcibly
of certain orthodox theories regarding- the'
hereafter of the wicked.
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