Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, May 03, 1903, EDITORIAL SHEET, Image 11
UJ I HE UMAHA oUNDAY JdEE PAGES 11 TO 20. g ESTABLISHED JUNE 19, 1871. 03IA1IA, SUNDAY MOHNING, MAY 3, 1903. SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS. SSSSI aw a, . p mm r ( ( TlWrlfe COLORED DRESS GOODS 25c wool plaids for children's dresses special, GSr yd :,..Ot FURNITURE-SALE THIRD FLOOR. 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, ale price 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, sale price 18.75 24.25 $37 three-piece bedroom suite. 24x30 mirror sale price $38.00 three-piece suite, swell troct. 11 oak, sale price, only $43.60 three-piece suite, swell front, all oak, sale price, only , 27.00 Ite, swell troct, 28.00 THE , - I, I i a hi 1 1 1 V Iiii in J w li in in J I mi ii ml t GO AT THE E0 SILK Ei' f'M 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. 33.00 $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 DfltL PAP Mammoth Purchase Fancy Silks 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 Foulards 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 Bargains 2t-lnch black Taffeta, worth $1. at. yard 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 yard 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. per yard Crene de soft 59c 75c Taffeta. 79c 1.00 69c 75c 1.19 1.25 Duchesse 1.25 50c 1.15 lf-lncb white Louisine Bilk, worth $1. at. per yard .... 19-inch cream and white Dresden Taffeta. worth $1.25. at. per yard 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 yard Special prices on white Wash Silks 35c. 60c. 69c and 75o yard. Black Albatross 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, only, yard Black Vigons 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, at yard SO pieces 3l-1nch French Challls. the best 55c Quality, only. yard 98c 40-inch wide, in all the latest shades creams and whites, for Mon day, the 75c aualltv. special. 95c 73c 33c Voiles and Etatnines also 48c Seeded Mistrals 4t-lnch wide, every shade now in stock, something very swell for pres- pj ES ent wear. only, yard A. OC Scotch Mixtures 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 Crepe Cloth 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 only, yard 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. 65c BUCK DRESS GOODS 10 pieces 3S in. Black English Brilliantine, a very good make and high finish, cheap at 45c yd. Monday Ag 55T. i i 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. PVB8GB0PDY Shoos for Lion j Uomen MONDAY SALES 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 at.... ODC 4 to 6, p m Men's oil double sole pack ing house Shoes, worth $1.50 flj I for.... pl 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 at 99c 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) up from......... Heavy embossed gold up from Ingrain gilts, bronzes, orientals, etc., worth (from 30c to 50c igj ner roll 10c Bennett's Hardware Department. 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 prices. 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 stoves $t)t)U Full line rubber hose. Ice Cream Freeaers. illinery 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 at Bennett's. 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, for , S5 SI.98 A Srand iff Oa rniuol 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 cloak department Something Special for Monday 47, sets of heavy Har ness with single ?:9:...S3.55 We challenge any other store in this city to sell this for less than $6.00. This harness Is extremely strong and durable is much better In every way than a' leather harness of double the cost. 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 follos: '-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 cians. "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 POINTED REMARKS, 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 you so." There seems to be a shoddy lining be- taeea some people and the bright side of life. 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 to Chlcaso. 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 points. 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 Sunday night. 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 Davldcon. 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 him. 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 through." 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 election day. 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 didn't. But that was his last "hurricane." On his return to his farm that night be encoun tered a bigger hurricane than any be had ever managed. 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 fag; Reek. 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.