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THE OMAHA DAILY BEE: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1905.
MORE L1LL1E CASE LETTERS
I'w fork Kan Write! "Nebraska Pete"
Confined to Committing Crime.
ALLEGED MURDERER DRUNK AT THE TIME
Writer of Letter flays "Jebraaka
Pate" Waa at that Tlma (Mapping;
at a Cheap Lodging Hoaae
on the Rewtrfi
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN. Dec W. (Speclal.)-There Is
a good deal of speculation among Ltn
coln citizens, who have been Interested in
the case of Mrs. Lena Margaret Llllle,
an to the origin of two letters which
hare purported to come from persons who
know that she Is nt guilty of the crime.
Yesterday one was received by a IJneoln
paper alleging that the writer had com
mitted the crime and had come forward
to tell the truth about the murder, while
today Governor Mickey disclosed another
letter received nearly two months ago by
Mrs. A. D. Beemer, In which it Is alleged
that "Nebraska Peta," a roomer In one
of the cheap Mills' hotels In New Tors;
had confessed, while drunk, that he had
committed the murder and tried to kill
Mrs. Llllle. The letters are In totally
different handwriting, although about equal
In Illiteracy. The one printed yesterday
was written In a large, round hand on
note paper, while that made public at the
executive office Is written In a much
smaller hand on a piece of yellow wrap
ping paper. One thing which attracted
attention was the shape of the letter K,
which Is similar to that used by telegraph'
ers and known as the "telegraphers' K."
The letter wns dated November 6 and was
enclosed In an ordinary newspaper wrap
per with a page from a Sunday paper with
a lurid account of Mrs. Llllle's Industry
In making fashionable gowns for the so
ciety women of Lincoln. The superscrlP'
tion Is, "Mrs. Beemer, Lincoln, Neb."
It Is not believed the letters could have
teen written by the name Individual, but
they are not wholly at variance. The
letter of November 6 states that "Ne
braska Pete" said that he waa going west
and the letter printed yesterday was
dropped In a Lincoln mall box, so far as
the marks Indicated. The writer alleges
that the man would kill him If he knew
of the letter writing.
The letter is as follows:
NEW YORK. Nov. 5. IDOS.-Madam : There
Is a man here called Nebraska. Pete. He Is a
miserly man when ho came here about IVfc
years ago he had plenty of money now It Is
nerly gon last thursday night he whs drunk
and said he would have to go west again to
get some more money, he said this while
lie wns drunk he also said that Just before
he come east he did a good Job there he
wild he killed Kid llllle and got Il.S00.Of)
eighteen hundred dollars and he ment to
kill llllles wife to bere Is a paper he had
and left rt on the table after him when he
went to bed if he knew I wrote this he
would kill me to he Is stoping at the mills
house on the bowery 98. AS A FRIND.
The amount of money stolen at the time
nf the murder was slightly In excess of $300.
The statement of the letter that 11,800 was
taken tends to cost discredit on 'Ha authen
ticity. Judge Hamer Surprised.
Judge Hamer, the attorney for Mrs. Llllle,
expressed his surprise today and suggested
that cranks may have written the letters,
although he suggested significantly that
crnry people sometimes commit murder.
He refused to make any reply to a query
as to whether he contemplates further ef
forts to secure a rehearing In the case. It
Is generally believed, however, that such an
application will be made early in the year.
IJvely Days at Osceola.
OSCEOLA. Neb., Dec. 80. (Special.)
There has never been a time since Osceola
has been on the map of Nebraska when
ho many young men and women have come
homo for the holidays as this year. At the
present there are Jesse Jeffrey bf Omaha,
Charlie Jeffrey of Leavitt, Carl 'Qylling,
Omaha; Don 12. 'linesman, Omaha; John H.
1'ulver, Omaha; Miss Daisy Kunkell,
Omahu; Miss Nellie Kunkell, Millard; Carl
I'.aum, Omaha, and from Lincoln Koss
King. Charles Kunkell, William Anderson,
Harry Anderson, the Misses Arnold and
Plieaseut. Walter Chaunnr, Ernest Jarmin.
Dewey Shaw. M. A. Mills, Jr.; Mr. and
Mrs. Zealey, Mr. and Mrs. Newcomer, Mr.
and Mrs. George Ludden, Miss Lillian Sto
ne r. Peru; Mr. and Mrs. Reullng, from
Ames, la.; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Jarmin,
Madison, Nfis. ; Mr. and Mrs. Palmer,
1'lysses; F. E. Snider, Hartlngton, Neb.;
Charles Reltser, Iowa City; Dr. and Mrs.
K. P. Ierle, Marshalltown, la.; Guy Mon-
Tens of thousands have known no
other soap since birth. For pre
serving, purifying, and beautifying
the skin, for cleansing the scalp of
crusts, scales, and dandruff, and the
stopping of falling hair, for softening,
whitening, and soothing red, rough,
and sore hands, for baby rashes
and ,chafings, and for many sana
tive, antiseptic purposes which
readily suggest themselves to moth
ers, as well as for the toilet, bath,
and nursery, Cuticura Soap, as
sisted by Cuticura Ointment, the
great Skin Cure, is priceless.
Outtour Sots wnhiM d Wat. SMdtrtM h4 it
liaal Svrt.aa Iron 1 MtVurft. U. fraM atla
Cum. wuh It., aart at tiMHU tin "--imm aS Uts
SMMf ratratal&f o4 itf oaars
atf tm4 sat !! asms lot otaa, tselfk sas aWb.
son, Juleshurg; Trailer Monson. ahoo;
Mr. and Mrs. Tyler. Council Bluffs. Your
correspondent may have lost sight of soma
that were here, but almost every one of
them came home to spend the' holidays
Most of them are students in the different
colleges and universities of the state.
There have been parties galore, and the
whole village has done their very best to
make their stay among us pleasant.
XKIIRASKA WED OM l.nVF.R
Secures Divorce from Wife to Marry
BLOOMINOTON. 111., Dec. 30-fRpeial.)
A romantic wedding occurred today at
the parsonage of Rev. J. H. Ryan, on Kast
Washington street, when David F. Houchln
of Ulysses, Neb., wss united In marriage to
Miss Olivia Leonard of Mannville. The
wedding marked the reunion of sehoolday
lovers, after nearly thirty years. Mr. and
Mrs. Houchln were raised on adjoining
farms In the northern party of the county
and attended the some school. As they
grew older they became lovers, and young
Houchln removed to Nebraska, whore he
hoped to make his way sufficiently to lie
able to provide for a wife and family. In
Nebraska, however, he met another and
was married, but the girl he left at home
In Illinois remained tru to her first love,
and never married. Houchln discovered,
to his sorrow, that he had made a mis
take, and longed for a return to his first
love. This feeling finally readied the cul
mination of a suit for divorce, which was
granted some time ago. Returning to Illi
nois, he sought out Miss Leonard and found
her still single. The belated wedding waa
arranged and celebrated today. After a
ahort bridal trip the two will return to
Nebraska to make their future home.
sfewa of Mebraaka.
AT'BT'RN A short term of court was
held at the district court rooms this after
noon, several important matters coming up.
GENEVA. The Commercial club and off)- i
cers of the Farmers' Institute are errang- i
Ing for a meeting to be held in Geneva I
soon, it is promised to t one of unusual
GENEVA. On Thursday afternoon as
William Fiedler waa driving to town his
horse ran away, throwing him out, smash
ing tip his buggy and injuring the animal
BEATRICE A reception will be tendered
Rev. F. K. Dark and family at the home
of Dr. and Mrs. A. If. Felch next Tuesday
evening. Mr. Dark Is the new minister
of the Baptist church.
McCOOK. The commissioners of Red
Vlllnw nnnntv ..-..In . ' annnlnl.il I 'lm .In.
Skalla of Indlanola. this county, as . ounty I
assessor to succeed Frank P. Eno, now of
rruiia, ioio., resignea.
WEST POINT The village of Bancroft
has sold $Ji.0u worth of 5 per cent bonds to
the Bankers' Reserve Insurance company of
Omaha at a premium of i0. These bonds
were voted for the purpose of erectinc a
new brick schoolhouau in Bancooft.
BEATRICE. The Southeastern Nebraska
poultry show closed here today at noon,
after a run of a week. Adam Thompson of
Amity Mo who officiated as Judge, llnished
the work of scoring the birds yesterday.
The show was the best ever held In tho city.
BEATRICE. Considerable Interest waa
manifested among a number of local sports
men In the turkey shoot held at Hoag, this
county, yesterday. Joseph Wills of Houg
defeated David Mitchell of DeWItt by a
score of 37 to 36.
WEST POINT. Miss Leota Johnson, the
eldest daughter of John A. Johnson of
Garfield township, died at the family home
this week. The cause of death was appen
dicitis in an acute form, she only being
sick one week. The deceased was 18 years
WEST POINT News has been received
In the city of the death of Mrs. Harry
Owens, which occurred at Grand Island on
Monday. The deceased was a daughter of
Mrs. Caroline Zeng of this city. The re
mains were interred on Wednesday at
WEST POINT The Northwestern srrfj
clnl train for instruction to the farmers
on soil culture and corn raining, will arrive
In West Point tit 11:50 a. m. on January 2,
and will stay thirty minutes. Great Interest
la being manifested by the farmers of this
community In this movement. .
BEATRICE. The farmers' Institute will
be held at the court house here January 3
and 4. Miss Rosa Bouton, director of do
mestic science In tho state university, has
i been engaged as one of the speakers. Spe
clal prizes will be offered to those who ex
! eel In bread and buttermaking.
I BEATRICE. The annual New Year s ball
of the Beatrice lodge of Elks was held
I last evening at the club rooms. About ilf ty
' members of the order and tnclr ladles
I were present. The hall waa elaborately
decorated, and the event was one of the
brilliant social events of the season.
! BEATRICE. A large number of the
I neighbors and friends of John bealer gave
him a surprise at his home In West Bea
I trice Thursday night, the occasion being
I given In honor of his 66th birthday nnnlver
I nary. Refreshments were served, and a
deiigntrul evening was passea d- mom in
GENEVA. The women of the Equal Suf
frage club are taking up the domestic econ
omy work for the schools. Mrs. P. II. Bray-
! ton is director, Mrs. Peter Youngers treas
urer, Miss Pearl loungers, graduate of
.hat department In the university. Is to be
teacher, with numerous assistants, in dem
onstrating the art of cooking.
bKATKlCE. Word was received here
yesterday announcing the death of Cossitt
j.1urk, until recently a resident of Heatrlce,
which occurred at the home of his daugh
ter, Mrs. W. 8. Calvin, near Indlanola, Neb.
Mr. Clark was a native of Pennsylvania,,
und was about 80 years of age. He is sur
vived by a widow and three children, ail
YORK Will Conrad, a boy living In the
countrv near here, will start In the new
year at Kearney reformatory. In Novemler
Conrad stole a load of wheat from Mell
Vandeburg. selling the same. The case,
after several continuations, was tried be
fore Countv Judge Taylor, who decided
that Conrad should be sent to the reform
school at Kearney.
BEATRICE. J. A. MeCune. who lives
three and a half miles north of Killey, on
C. li. Calkins' farm, has Just fnlshed
gathering Ills corn crop, which amounted
lo 11, 205 bushels. Tho yield was forty-four
bushels to the acre. D. P. McCune ns
siBtcd his brother in gathering fie crop,
and husked on an average of nlnoty bush
els per day nil fall.
ARNOLD T. B. Hord, the big cattle
feeder of Central City, has established a
...irn l.nvltior itntinn at this noitit nrfi e.
pcots to buy several thousand bushels of
corn, and now lias luiuoer on ine grounds
to build cribs for over 3D.00K bushels of ear
corn. The pronpects of the I'nlon Pacific
railroad building Into this town is attract
ing enterprises of different kinds.
I WEST POINT Miss Belle Janacek was
married to August elna yesterday after
noon by County Judge Ixiuls Dewald. The
bride is the daughter of F. I). Janacek, a
prominent resident of Monterey township.
and is a graouaio oi tun itobo iiign
Th. rrv,i ! a Klirreaaf 111 fjrw.r-
living at Monterey. They will make their
home on the Welna farm, west of the city.
AI'Bl'RN Cards are out announcing the
approaching marriage of Lester Armstrong
and Miss Mable Majors, both of thl. city.
The it r com is a son of John W. Armstrong.
for several terms a member of the leglsla-
..... . .hi v ar,H Ih. l,rirl I. n
niece of Thomas Majors of Peru. Neb. Miss
Majors has been for several years one of
the teachers of the public ";."OOls. The
Ye1?.nday. " P
WEST POINT Mrs. Marv Minen died
on Christmas day at her home lu West
Point at the age of ) VW. Klie wai l
native of Germany, and had been a resl-
dent of West Point for the last twenty
vears. She leaves four sons, three of
whom are in Germany, and one daughter.
Mis. Michael Mler ot this city. Funeral
services were he hi at St. fa in s i.eruiau
Lutheran church, Rev. A. R. E. Oclachlaa-
ger official mg.
BE AT RICK. Marlon Van Camp, a boy
wanted at Wymore on the charge of at-
tempting to assault an -year-old girl at
that place, was located at the home of his
uncle, Robert Austin, a resident of Diller.
by Deputy Sheriff Moore. As Moore ap
proached the Austin home Van Camp saw
him coining and made tils escape by run
ning Into the timber. The officer and a
small posse started in pursuit, but were
unsuccessful In overtaking the boy,
WE.ST POINT. The meeting of the Wom
an's club ot West Point was held this week
at the home of Mrs. William G. ntrup. The
roll call was responded to by quotations
from southern writers, fapers were read
upon the following subjects:
"A Trip to
Old M-zlco.' by Mrs. D. C. Giffert; "A
Trip to New Mezico." by Mrs. T. D.
Thonipen: "A Trip to New Orleans," by
Mrs. Frank Drebert. The closing move
ment on the program was a reading by Mrs.
A. L. Krause. ,
WATCHEft-I ranaar, litt and Pooe.
CASH PILES UP IN TREASURY
Almost Four Inndred Taoaetnd Dalian
Kow in the 8'ronr, Boi.
BOND PURCHASES LUSING THE YEAR
Insurance Deportment Xotlflea Insur
ance Companies to Pay I p tba Tw
Per Cent Taa Premiums
Collected la tho State.
(From a Stivff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Dec. 30. Special. ) At the
close of business tonight the state treasurer
had a total of S3S6.39tf.73 on deposit in vari
ous depositories, as compared with ISI4,
323,70 at the beginning of the month. The
total balance in all the funds at the close
of the year Is $3Sg.j30.91. One new fund
appears in the treasurer's records, that
for the orthopedic hospital, amounting to
1104.50, derived from fees. The principal
reasnn for tho Increase In the balance Is
the growth of the temporary school fund.
While the apportionment had been made,
none of the funds has been sent out and
the money is coming Id rapidly to apply
on the June apportionment.
During the month disbursements aggre
gating tS08,S7L&3 have been made from all
funds, while receipts have been I5T1.D03.S9.
The balance sheet showing the amounts at
the beginning and close of tba month
Dec. L Dec. 29.
Hospital tor Insane
. 2.1 77
t M47 77
. 1,793 10
. 3,018 7
. 32.(89 10
Normal library ....
11. KM 5.
3. 118 tl
Kearney normal llbnixy.
Ag. and mechanic arts..
U. 9. experiment station
Totals 3325,593 M $383,830 91
State Bin Bonds.
Bookkeeper Pals of the state treasurer's
office today completed a compilation show
ing that the state has purchased 3636,696.81
In bonds of counties and states during the
year and counUes have redeemed H24,9i0.4O.
Included in the year's purchases are I179,OU0
Massachusetts and $100,000 Mississippi bonds.
The total purchase of oounty bonds
12)7,186. 81, representing a net decrease of
37,374. 69 in the school funds holding of
county bonds during the year.
Wants 'Prro Per Cent T-m.
Insurance Deputy Pierce la sending out
notices to the agents of foreign life Insur
ance, casualty and surety companies, re
minding them of the 2 per cent gross pre
mium tax which they are required to pay
under the provisions of the Insurance sec
tions of the new revenue law. The ques
tion as to the validity of the reciprocal
tax Is still pending before the supreme
court on a motion for a rehearing In the
case of the State against the Insurance
Company of North America.
Why O'Brien Resigned.
It Is announced that the recent resigna
tion of Superintendent O'Brien of the state
hatcheries as the head of the department
at the state fair was prompted by the fact
that he regards the present building as
unsafe, when the tanks holding fifteen or
twenty tons of water are Riled. It is likely
that the department will make no exhibit
next year unless the board of managers
consents to make changes. One of the
grievances urged has been the fact that
the board allowed the state department of
education 3500 for Its exhibit, while allow
ing only 3300 for the fisheries, although It
Is claimed that the work of collecting tho
latter Involves. much greater labor.
Wolf Bonntr Claims Multiply.
Deputy Auditor Cook aald today that the
claims for wolf scalp bounties have been
coming to his office in largely Increased
numbers since the holidays began. He at
tributes that development to the cold
weather, which induces the hunters to go
afield. He believes that the balance of tho
315,000 appropriation will be exhausted by
May 1 if the claims continue to come In
at the same rate. The nionay was made
available July 1. A large number of de
ficiency claims on this account is antici
pated. Looking l"p Armory Situation.
Adjutant General Culver lias notified the
inspectors of the national guard that they
are to pay special attention to the armory
facilities they find at the company sta
tions and they are Instructed to use their
best efforts In interesting citizens in the
construction of new and up-to-date arm
ories. Reports received at his office indicate
that a number of citizens at various com
pany stations have offered lots on which to
erect memorial armories for the guardsmen.
New Candy Company.
The Balduff Pure Candy company of
Omaha, with an authorized capital stock
of 150,000, has filed articles of incorpora
tion In the office of the secretary of state.
The incorporators are W. S. Balduff. G. S.
Cobb. H. B. Peters, G. F. Munn and J. 1.
Jnnlor Normal Teachers Meet.
Twenty-five Junior normal Instructors met
today with State Superintendent McBrien
for a conferenoo relative to the program for
the ten weeks' summer session, which will
begin June 11. With the exception of fhe
request ot a few of the teachers that the
; session start June 4. harmony prevailed.
session start June 4. harmony prevailed.
The plan for the eo-operatlon of the Junior
normals with the county Institutes was
discussed. It is proposed to send the nor
mal Instructors to the Institutes and bring
about a better working arrangement be
tween the two educational agencies. At
the close of the conference Mr. McBrien
announced that the outlook Is propitious
- successful term
IOr Very SUCCBSSIUI lerm
very successful term.
Boys Sent to Reform Sehool.
Confessing to the court that they were
guilty of the charge of burglary, Ernest
Redding and Louis Freauf were sentenced.
to the reform school this morning by Judge
Both narrowly escaped terms in
the penitentiary. Redding will be 18 years
old in February and Freauf in September,
( At ,,.Mt ,,, re the ages given to the
Urt by their relatives.
! This week the boys broke into the store
i of Jacob Lichtenstiger on South Tenth
,tr.,t , gtoI. , Th,y ,.0UrM
; "mall sums in a like manner from H. N.
I Towns on East O street and Rudolph
J Schneider, a butcher on South Ninth street
Yonnsj Railroad Man's Progress.
Herbert L. Stein, for two years rond
master on the Burlington with Jurisdiction
over the Columbus and Schuyler branches.
na received another promotion. Dispatches
from McCook. which are confirmed at local
headquarters, state that he has been ap
pointed trainmaster and roadmaster of the
St. Francis Una.
Mr. Stein, who la now but 27 years of
age, began as a rierk in the car account
ant's office. Later he was transferred to
that of the general superintendent as clerk
and stenographer. Feeling that there was a
better chance for promotion on the firing
line, Mr. Stein left his pleasant berth and
accepted a position as section haal In the
Creamery Extending at fork.
TORK. Neb., Deo. 0. (Special.) The
Fairmont Creamery company, owing to the
targe Increase of buauieas at Tork( Is erect-
Ing new buildings, making York one of the
largest receiving stations and butter making
points In the state. The company will com
plete a building for office, testing, receiving
and urilondirg room. Separated cream Is re
ceived here from all over the state.
One Man Wins Three Prises of Four
Offered by l.oeal Ranks.
8 'Hl'Yt.KR, Neb., Dec. S-rSpec.-il Tele
gram. The last day of tlte seed corn spe
cial started here at 9 o'clock this morning.
A large and enthusiastic audlenoe was at
the station to meet the train, and the
lecture car was crowded to its capacity.
The selection of seed corn was inad the
topic of the lecture, which proved to be
Interesting and Instructive.
One of the professors stated that the
part of Colfax county they passed through
In coming here had some of the best fields
of com they had seen on the trip.
The banking house of F. Fold effered
! four prlies for the best display of com
as to size, grade and number of kernels
on the ear. Of the four Charles Jonas
won three end T. C. Adams one. The
train left about 9:45 for Prague, where the
next lecture will be delivered.
PIATTSMOITH. Neb.. Iec. 30. (Special
Telegram.) The Burlington seed corn spe
clal. In charge of W. H. Manns, Industrial
commissioner, arrived here this evening on
time. The two cars were well filled In
Schuyler, Prague, Wahoo and Ashland, and
In Plattsmouth a large hall, as well as
both the cars, were crowded with farmers,
who gave close attention to the able lec
tures by Profs. T. I Lyon, G. A. Mont
gomery, Pugsley, Dr. Avery and Thomas
F. Hunt, all from the University of Ne
braska, and Prof. A. Avllle of Des Moines,
la., which will Justify the assertion the
farmers are becoming much interested In
these demonstrated lectures.
TORK, Neb.. Dec. 3.( Special. -Commencing
after Christmas the annual meet
ings of many churches are held and each
report so far made shows a large substan
tial gain In membership. The Congrega
tional church was first to hold Its annual
meeting In the church and after the pro
gram a banquet. Members of the church
since Its organization here gave short ad
dresses on each pastor's administration,
which were very Interesting, and many
called up early history of York. Mr. J. D.
Stlllson was the only member present who
was a member during Rev. Mr. Hill's ad
ministration. Letters were read from many
of the former pastors. A reception was
given to the choir; each member waa pre
sented with a carnation. Mr. Medlar
thanked the choir for their services. Mrs.
Dr. D. E. Sedgwick, organist, wss pre
sented with a beautiful china vase, Miss
Grace Reynolds, chorister, a beautiful choc
olate service: Mrs. Rae, chorister of Sun
day school, an elegant cut glass dish; F.
A. Harris, superintendent of Sunday school,
a beautiful mahogany rocker; the pastor,
Re.v. Mr. Medlar, and Mrs. Medlar were
given a beautiful china fruit dish. The
financial report showed that the pipe organ
cost 32,300. which was all paid for. The
receipts of this church lust year were up
wards of 35,000. A large part of the re
ceipts were modo by the Ladles' Aid so
ciety, of which Mrs. C. C. Cobb Is president,
and to her the church acknowledged a debt
DIPHTHERIA DEATH AT BEATRICE
Father of Child May Be Prosecnted
for Xot Reporting; Case,
BEATRICE, Neb., Dec. 30.-(Speclal Tele
gram.) Diphtheria today caused the death
of n child in the family of John Herman, a
Christian Scientist. The matter was re
ported to the health authorities, who
learned that two othor members of the
family have been ill with the disease for a
week and that no quarantine had been es
tablished on the home. Dr. Brash, one of
the secretaries of the State Board of Health,
immediately notified Dr. Spauldlng of
Omuha, state, health Inspector, of the pre
vailing conditions, and he will arrive here
tomorrow to make an Investigation, with a
view to prosecuting Herman for his fulluro
to report tho cases.
JOY MORTON NOW OIT OF DANGER
Paul and Mark
NEBRASKA CITY, Dec. 30. The condi
tion of Joy Morton was such this evening
that Paul Morton, who arrived today, left
tonight for New York. Mark Moiton ac
companied 1:1 tn to Chicago, and both are
satisfied their brother will have entirely
recovered from his injury.
Terms of Court Fixed.
HARVARD, Neb., Dec. 30 i Special.)
The Judges of the Seventh district have
fixed the terms of court in the various
counties as follows:
Fillmore February 5, Jury term: May 28,
equity term; October 1, Jury term.
Thsyer February 10. Jurv term; June 4,
equity term: October 15, Jury term.
Nuckolls March 5, equity term; June 11,
Jury term; October 29, Jury term.
Clay March H. Jury term; June 17. equity
term; November 12. Jury term.
Saline March 1M, Jurv term: June 20,
equity term; November 26, Jury term.
Operator Assaults Marshal.
ASHLAND. Neb., Dec. 30.-1 Special Tele
gram.) Whllo Intoxicated today, C. II. Ep
person, who has boen employed for the last
week as night telegraph operator, assaulted
City Marshal Charles Granger, who at
tempted to arrest him for disturbing the
peace. The marshal's eyes and Jaw were
Injured und a tooth broken. Epperson was
taken to Wahoo to the county jail tonight
by Special Officer Leonard Graham and
John Granger, but will be brought back
Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.
HURRICANE 0N CHRISTMAS
Meaiuer Critic Retarded and Badly
Damaged by Morm on
NEW TORK. Dec. 30.-The White Star
steamer Celtic, which urrived today from
Liverpool, encountered a terrific hurricane
on Christmas day. Enormous seas retarded
the steamer's rrouress. the day's run from
noon December 23 to noon December M
being only 1M knots.
An enormous s'a brake over the star
board quarter and ripped cut a section of
the heavy plated waist hulwarks. The up
rights were snapped off snd several other
sections were. Jentrd in. The portion
swept away mas held by rivets one and a
half Inches thick, but these to the number
of fifty were drawn apart. The sea swept
through the engineer's gangway, flooding
various compartments, and smashed in
windows, doors and headlights.
Brakeman Is Crushed by the Cars.
MITCHELI 8. D.. D-c. 30. -i Special
Telegram.) Thomas Brlggs, a brakeman
employed in the yards of the Chicago, Mil- i National Churrli Federation convention, re
waukee A St. Paul Railway company, was I eently held In New Tprk City, and Intended
killed last night while attempting to couple
two passenger cars. The engine backed
gently into the train and the back nart of
bis head was caught between the plat
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Bucklen's Arnica Salve will heal you up
without a scar. 0 rents: guaranteed For
sale by Sherman ft McConnsll Drug Co.
BURRETT WANTS ATTORNEY
Junior Senator Believe! the Appointment
Belong! te South Platte.
ACTION AWAITS RETURN OF IMLLARD
International Postal Congress Ex
peeted to Meet In Washington la
February for Conference with
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3". (Special Tele
gramsThe appointment of a district at
torney for Nebraska to succeed Judge
Baxter seems likely to play a very con
siderable factor In the politics of Nebraska.
It is now said here that Senator Burkett
Is disinclined to yield the appointment of
the district attorney to the North Tlatte
country, and therefore to Senator Millard s
making. Senator Buikett Is Just entering
his career as a United States senator, while
Senator Millard is closing the term for
which he was elected. At present the
North Tlatte country controls the mai thai
ship, district attorney and clerkship of the
federal court and collector of customs,
while the South Platte country has the
Internal revenue collectorshlp. Senator
Burkett has not insisted that the district
attorneyship should go to the South Platte
country, but the senators from Nebraska
had a heart-to-heart talk over the situa
tion before Millard left for Nebraska, and
in that conference It was developed that
Burkett thought the South Platte country
was entitled to the district attorneyship.
Much depends on the ability of the Junior
senator to divide the state into two federal
Judicial districts. In such event Senator
Burkett would control the South Platte
, iM rl,lla hi. enllnarua would look
after the Interests of the North Platte.
Burkett believes the district attorneyship
belongs to the South Platte country, even
though the Internal revenue collectorshlp Is
there, and unUl the state Is divided Into
two federal Judicial districts he fs of the
opinion that a successor to Baxter should
come from that section. la the conference
between the two senators It Is said Burkett
outlined the proposition that the appoint
ment of a South Platte man as district
attorney could easily be rectified by resig
nation in the event of the creation of two
federal court districts In Nebraska. Noth
ing is expected to be done until after the
return of Senator Millard from his visit
to Nebraska. Senator Burkett will make
no move until he hears from his senior
Delegates to Postal Congress.
Postmaster Goneral Cortelyou said today
in naming Edward Rosewater of The
Omaha Bee ss one of two representatives
of the United States to the International
Postal congress to be held In Rome In
April that he would like to have appointed
a third delegate and reprcsmtaive of the
Postoffioe department. A the appropria
tion was limited, he could not see his way
clear to the appointment of more thau two
represenatlv. s. ex-Congressman Eugene
Loud of California having been previously
selected and Edward Rosewater. Under
Instructions Issued from the Postoffice de
partment Mr. Rosewater and Mr. Loud
are to meet in Washington previous lo
their sailing for Rome and to go over with
the postmaster general and postal authori
ties the questions that will naturally arise
In extension of International poHlal ser
vice. As Mr. Rosewater has participated
as representative and vice president of the
International Postal congress held In
Washington In 1SS7, he will not go with
out knowledge of procedure in that great
body of representatives who frame laws
governing the postal service throughout
countries within the postal union. It Is ex
pected Mr. Rosewater and Mr. Loud will
meet in Washington In February previous
to their sailing.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Rosewater. who
have been visiting friends in the east dur
ing the Christmas holidays, wore In Wash
ington today. They expect to attend the
reception given by President Roosevelt to
the diplomatic corps Thursday evening
Rural carriers appointed. Nebraska
Clarkson, Route , Joseph Rosemary car
rier, Etnll Rosemary substitute. Iowa
Dunlap, Route 2, Arthur A. Hanchntt car
rier. Cora Dustln substitute; Essex, route
4, Charle A, Peterson carrier. Axel Hart
National Bank for Blair.
The Blair National bank of Blair, Neb.,
haB been authorized to begin business, with
350,000 capital; F. W. Kenney, president; A.
P. Howes, vice president; C. A. Schmidt,
MORE OF THE SMOOT CASE
Senator Borrows Will Call Committee
and Further Arguments May
WASHINGTON. Dec. .-Senator Bur
rows, chairman of the committee on privi
leges and elections, contemplates calling a
meeting of the committe for next Saturday
to consider matters which have arisen In
connection with the Investigation, of the
protest against Senator Reed Smoot bf
I'toh. Action will be determined by the
presence of a quorum of the committee. If
It appears thst there sre In the city nearly
all the members of the cemmlttee, a meet
ing will be held; if not, the meeting will go
over until the next week. When the com
mittee held Its last session te consider the
rase It was understood that all of the evi
dence wss not barred If the committee de
sired to hear other witnesses.
Th arguments of counsel have been
made, hut Senator Burrows has been In
formed by Former Secretary of the Treas
ury John G. Carlisle, who is one of the at
torneys for the protestants, that he would
like to make an argument in the case.
It will be for the committee to determine
whether Carlisle will be heard.
DAKOTA CHURCH FEDERATION
Meeting at Brookings Resnlta
Organisation of state Hoelrty
MITCHELL, 8 D.. Dec. 3u (Special) A
federation of the churches of Christ in
South Dakota waa inagurated at Brookings
this week under the leadership of Rev. H.
P. Carson. D. D., of Scotland, of the Pres
byterian church, and Rev. W. H. Thrall,
D. D., of Huron, of the Congregational
church, aided by one of the local pastors
of Brookings, Rev. W. M. Jennings. Seven
denominations. Congregational, Presby
terian, I'nlted Presbyterian. Methodist,
Baptist, Evangelical, Association and Epis
copal, were represented and their meeting
waa perfectly harmonious and fraternal
"The organization is in i with the great
! tn include every evangelical demnornlna
' lion in the state. The same plan of fed
! eratlon was adopted and will be furnished
The following officers were elected: Presl
dent. Rev. W. H Thrall of Huron; vice
presidents, Rsv, George E Morphy of
Brookings. Rev. C. E. Hager of Mitchell,
Rev. R. M. Hardeman of Brookings, sec
retary. Mr. E. H. Grant of Huron; tress
urer, Rv. J. O. Pi ok of Brooking. The
Orchard & Wilhelm Carpet Co.
Of some use in every office of
many uses In some cilices the
CARD INDEX SYSTEM
records any Information In any
desired arrangement. AJ.ipted
to i.ooi uf. Furnished in
both solid and sectional cabinet.
Yon should investigate the possi
bilities of this remarkable device.
executive committee consists of the afore
said officers and T.evs. Dunne Rlfenlmvk
of Huron. H T. Carson of Scotland, T.
M. Shanafelt of Huron and Mr. foe t.
Crawford of Huron. The following named
were made the program committee to ar
range for the next annual meeting: H. P.
Carson, W. H. Thrall. C. E. Hager. R. M.
Hardeman, T. M. Shanafelt.
The object of the federation Is to Induce
united effort along all lines of agreement,
especially evangelism, missions, social and
South Dakota Conrt Decisions.
PIERRE, 8. D., Deo. SO. (Special Tele
gram.) In the supreme court today opin
ions were handed down In the following
cases: By Fuller State of South Dakota,
defendant In error, against Carl Jnckson,
plaintiff In error; dark reversed. In this
case Jackson wns convicted of violation of
the state banking law, and the reversal Is
- -- . . "
in error, which gives him a new trial. City
of Sioux Falls against John Neeb appel- ,
alnt; Minnehaha, reversed. O. T. Rainier
against Board of Commissioners of Clay
County, appellant; Clay, reversed. KlmT
A. Longerbeam et al against R. A. Huston,
appellant ; Minnehaha, affirmed. By Haney
Fremont. Elkhorn A Missouri Valley rail
way, appellant, nguinst Pennington county;
Pennington, affirmed. TV". II. McVay, ad
ministrator, against Francis L. Ousley, ap
pellant; Turner, reversed.
Semi-annual clearance sale begins Tues
day morning at S o'clock. See yesterday's
ad. Benson & Thome's Lilliputian Baxaar.
FORECAST OF THE WEATHER
Fair Toilay In Nebraska, Warmer In
Southwest Portion Fnlr In East
TTABH TNGTON. Dec. 30 Forecast of the
weather for Sunday and Monday:
For Missouri Partly cloudy Sunday; Mon
For Nebraska Fair Sunday, warmer tn
southwest portion; Monday fair In east,
rain or snow In southwest portion.
For Iowa Fnir Sunday and Monday.
For South Dakota F.nir and warmer
Sunday; Monday fair except possibly snow
in west rortlon.
For Colorado Warmer snd fair in east,
snow and warmer in west portion Sunday;
Monday raiu or snow and colder.
For 'Wyoming Snow and warmer Sun
day; Monday snow and colder.
OFFICE OF THE WEATHER BUREAU,
OMAHA, Dec. 30. Official record of tem
perature and precipitation, 'compared with
the corresponding day of the last three
years: lx5. 1904. 1903. 19(i2.
Maximum temperature.... 3 . 62 t !8
Minimum temperature.... 21 32 13 M
Mean temperature !I0 42 as t4
Precipitation no .on .00 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal at Omaha since March 1
and comparison with the last two years:
Normal temperature 21
Execs' tor the day )
Total excess since March 1 704
Normal prcclpliatlon OS Inch
Pendency for the day 03 Inch
i-tih irin j mi ma un) I'd ini'll
Total rainfall since March 1 27.39 inches
Deficiency since March 1 2.79 Inches
Deficiency for cor. period 1904 5.42 Inches
Excess for cor. period 19i0 2.06 Inches
The following data for the month of Jan
uary, covering n period ot thirty-five years,
has been compiled from tho weather bureau
records at Omaha, Neb. They are issued to
show the conditions that have prevailed
during the month In question for the above
period of years, but must not be construed
as u forecast of the weather conditions for
the coming month:
Temperature Mean or nornml tempera
ture, a"; the warmest month was that of
18M), with an average of 35'; the coldest
month was that of lttsS, with an nverage of
8; the highest temperature was fi:i' on Jan
uary 20, lsTkl; the lowest temperature was
323 on January .", 1S4; the earliest date on
which first "kllltnR" frost occurred In
autumn, September It. 1901; average date on
which first "killing" frost occurred in
autumn. October 12; average date on which
first "killing'' frost occurred in spring. April
IS; the latest dtte on which last "killing"
frost occurred In spring. May 19, 1S94.
Precipitation train or melted snow) Aver
age for the month, O.m inch: average num
ber of davs with o.oi of an Inch or more. 7:
the greatest monthly precipitation was 2.11
Inches In 1S91: the least monthly precipita
tion was 0.07 inch in 179. IKSfl and 1913: the
greatest amount of precipitation recorded In
any twenty-rour consecutive nouis wns o.'j
Inch on Janiinrv 27 and 28. 1X91 : the greatest
amount of snowfall recorded in any twenty-
four consecutive hours (record extending lo
winter of ISsl-SS only! was 7.6 Inches on Jan
uary 10 and 11. Iff.
Clouds and Weather A vers Re riuinlier of
clear days, 12; partly cloudy days. 10; cloudy
Wind The prevailing winos nave neen
from the northwest: the average hourly
velocltv of the wind is .; the highest velo
city of the wind was 52 miles front the
northwest on JHiuiHry ihcj.
Station. Omaha. Nel. Date or Issue, De-
eeinrer 30. I9HS.
indicates below rero.
L. A. WELSH, Loral Forecaster.
For over ixty years doctors have en
dorsed Ayer's Cherry Pectoral for
coughs, colds, weak lungs, bronchitis,
consumption. Cures hard cases, des
perate cases, old cases. You can trust
a medicine the best doctors approve.
Ask your doctor all about it.
We have no secrets! We publish
the formulas of all our medicines.
Made kg ae . 0. Ays 0., Lowell. aUss.
AIM MaaufMtarars ef
ATTH'i EAIR VIGOR-Fot the Ulr. srER' FlU-S-For cocitipatioa.
ATES'6 SAkSAPAkUIXA Vot th sloat. ATfct'o A0UB ClU-ror toalam gag an.
CHINESE MISSION COMING
U iniiter at Washington Officially Notifies
tba United States GsTernmeat.
WILL hEACH AMERICA IN TWO WEEKS
Cornea to Stady Political, Educational
and Industrial Methods and
Will Spend Homo Tims
WASHINGTON, Deo. 30-The Chinese
minister, Sir Chemung Liang Cheng, called
at the State department today to notify
Secretary Root officially of the departure
from China for this country of an Impe
rial commission, composed ot two i nines,
pf e a numeroll. m, ,,rJ1
I(i(nt o, ..,,, wh0 nav, beu
rial commission, composed of two Chinaao
charged by the Chinese govtrnment with
the task of studying American political,
educational and Industrial methods. This
commission will stop at Honolulu on the
way across the Pacific for a few days, and
is timed to arrive In San Francisco Janu
At that port they will be accordod oil of
the courtesies and facilities usually be
stowed upon visiting diplomats charged
with special missions. Traveling overland
leisurely, the commission will reach Wash
ington about January 21, and will take up
Its residence at the Chinese Icgatlor.. Sec
vctnry Root has already charged Charleu
Denby, the chief clerk of the Department of
State, and formerly secretary of legation at
Pekln, with the duty of receiving and car
ing for the commission lu behalf of the
government. Notwithstanding the for
midable task set for them, the commission
ers expect to complete the investigation of
American methods in thrco weiks, when
they will return to China.
At the head of the commission is General
Tuan Fon. He is a .Manchu and is known
in his own province under the name of
Tokrow. At present ha Is governor of tho
province of Hunan, and was recently noting
viceroy of Hunan and 1 1 upon.
Following closely upon this American
commission, probably coining on the next
steamer, but landing at Seattle instead of
San Froncisco, will coem another commis
sion .headed by Luiang Chi Heng, the pres
ent acting governor of the province of
Shantung. This commission Is to do In
Europe what tho first commission is to
undertake In America. But thty will 'be in
no haste to reach their destination, and
expect to make a stay also in Washington
on their way across the continent to take
ship for Europe. ,
In sending these commissions abroad, as
the matter was explained to Secretary
Root, the Chinese government Is seeking
to emulate Japan, and Intends to follow
the example of that nation In freely avail
ing Itself of the best of modern foreign
Ideas which can be engrafted upon Chines
: . 4 1m..
1 " illzation
BINGER HERMANN FOR TRIAL
Former Land Commissioner May Keek
to Avoid Trial by Reason
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30. Representa.tlva
Blnger Hermann of Oregon, who Is under
Indictment In connection with Oregon land
frauds, is expected to arrive in Wash
ington late today or early tomorrow and
the Interior department officials are of the
opinion that his trial will be begun within
thirty days. The two government wit
nesses, Puter and McKlnley, also under
Indictment hut promised Immunity If they
turn government's evidence, will be hero
for the trial it Is said, at the department.
It Is stated that these witnesses have not
disappeared so far as the government Is
concerned, but it is admitted that they
have evaded the authorities of Oregon,
where they are wanted for violations of
state laws. The Interior department has
been advised that Representative Hermann
will seek to avoid trial on the ground that
he Is a member of congress and not amena
ble for trial during such service, but tho
department has no doubt of its ability to
bring about a speedy trla.1.
Progress of the Dewey.
WASHINGTON. Dee. 30.-A wireless mes
sage received at the Navy department to
day from the dry dock Dewey reported that
structure thirty-three miles south of Capo
Henry; weather tine and making good
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