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Graduates from Paper Hanging to
Running Farmers' State Bank
at Decatur in Very Brief
Profitable Work Loaning Them
Money Gives Him Needed
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
Decatur, Neb., May IS. (Special.)
"How did Cashier John E. Elliott
f the Farmers' State bank of De
catur ever got into the banking
business?" is a question freely
asked by people in Decatur and
other parts of the state who have
become interested in the meteoric
career of this banker, whose banking
career was. suddenly checked a little
over a -week ago when the State
Banking board closed the doors and
took complete charge.
Six years ago or so, John E. Elliott
of Decatur was a painter and paper
hanger. Suddenly he appeared as
cashier of the Farmers' State bank, in
a year after that he declared a div
idend of 50 per cent, and was paying
5 per cent p depositors and some
times 6 per cent to favored depos
itors. Takes a Promotion,
Well, when Mr. Elliott had
painted and hung paper about as long
as he felt a man of his abilities should
be engaged in such a task, he went to
Rosalie, Neb., and went to work for
his brother-in-law, Ted Johnson, in
the Farmers' State bank of Rosalie.
At Rosalie Elliott was used as an
"outside man." In other words, he
'worked as a kind of "field man," par
ticularly among the Indians of the
reervation. Many bankers of the
ectioii around the Indian reservation
do more or less business with the
Indians, and many of them carry a
good 'Veal of Indian paper.
Indiana His Customers.
So Elliott was the field man
among the Indians. He was the fel
low who negotiated the loans among
the Indians and traded and dealt with
them lit various ways.
Here he accumulated vast stores of
information and vaster funds of ex
perience in banking and in dealing
with Indians. He became more and
more shrewd in these dealings, and
in the meantime he began to amass
little wealth. The business there
was profitable.
Soon he began to have ambitions to
be head of a bank of his own.
About this time, in the early part
of the summer of 1914, when the
Farmers' State bank of Decatur was
not doing especially, well, the State
Banking board recommended an as
sessment of .15 per cent on its capi
tal stock to help the little institution
This, of course, waa before Elliott
came into the life of the bank,
Aaseasment Levied.
This recommendation was made by
the etate board after Examiner E. II.
Maloney had reported the condition
of the bank to the state board and
had found some bad paper there. His
examination was made about April 1,
1914. The director, of the little De
catur bank levied the assessment on
the stock, and it was all paid except
on about fifteen shares, the holders
of which either had no money or re
fused to pay up the assessment.
N'ow, Elliott came upon the scene.
lTp to this time he had been busy
making his fortune trading 'with the
Indians and acting as "field man" for
the Rosalie bank.
When he heard of this assessment
of 35 per cent he knew a number of
shares were held in Sioux City. In
fact, the bank had been started by the
Live Stock National bank of Sioux
City in 1908, as a branch bank, and
much of the stock was still; held in
that city.
Sioux Cityans Sell.
Elliott now made a trip to Sioux
City, went among the stockholders of
the Decatur hank there and had a
talk with them about the 35 per cent
assessment. He used this assessment
talk to depress the stock, and, in (act,
it was not necessary to depress it
much, for the imi City men were
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General Funston Will Increase the
Patrols Near Brownsville to
Prevent Depredations.
San Antonio, Tex., May 15. In
formation indicating a plan for the
resumption of raids across the inter
national line near Hrownsville, Tex.,
has reached army headquarters here
and will, it is expected, cause a con
siderable strengthening of the force
now patrolling that district. General
Funston and his staff will study in
detail today the proposed reorgani
zation 'of the entire border patrol,
and it was indicated that the Thir
tieth infantry, coming from New
York, would be sent to Rio Grande
City for service between there and
Brownsville, the district so fre
quently raided a year ago,
Official reports from the officer
commanding gave no additional
news of the activities of armed Mex
icans opposite Progreso, Tex., but
their presence there was in line with
reports made by both agents of the
Department of Justice and agents of
the State department.
No apparent anxiety regarding the
position of the little force that en
tered Mexico near Iiottiillas was in
dicated at headquarters; Colonel
Sibley is commanding only four
troops of cavalry and a machine gun
company, but army men here believe
that he would have no difficulty in
withdrawing if menaced by a su
perior force.
Sibley Asks for More Men.
Marathon, Tex., May 15. The ex
pedition in search of the bandits who
committed the Glenn Springs out
rage has checked its dash into Mex
ico and is now awaiting reinforce
ments before pushing on, according
to reports rfceived here today. A
message has been sent to General
Funston by Colonel Sibley, com
manding the Fourteenth cavalry, it
was learned here, asking for aid,
Military observers here point out
that Major Langhorne and his flying
squadron of the Eighth cavalry are
now perhaps J00 miles beyond their
base without sufficient troops to pro
tect their line of communication.
Marathon the base, is ninety miles
distant from Hoquillas over broken
country. Several instances have been
reported the last few days of bandits
cutting in behind the expedition with
out meeting armed resistance.
Supplies of every character are now
being rushed from Marathon to Ho
quillas, there to be transferred to
pack animals for Sibley's expedition.
Mexican teamsters are engaged in
this work under Captain John S.
Chambers of the quartermaster's de
partment. He reports the Mexicans
faithful to" thrir trust. No supplies
have failed yet to reach their des
tination. The two Mexican prisoners
brought into Marathon by Sheriff
Shoemaker from Boquillas last Satur
day night will be sent to Alpine for
trial for murder.
Unusual Honors
Paid to Memory of
Jewish Mark Twain
New York, May 15. The memory
of Solomon Rahinowitz. "the Icuisli
Mark Twain," was honored in un-
usual fashion at his funeral here to
day. A procession of more than
3,000 men, women and children fol
lowed the funeral cortege through
the streets of the east side, which
the poet had often depicted in prose
and poetry.
The crowd which had gathered at
the synagogue was so great that it
was impossible for the bier to be
taken into the building and the fu
neral prayers were read by the rabbi
from the steps.
Rabbi J. L. Magnes, in opening the
funeral services, read Rabinowiu'
will. In it the author pleaded that
his family mention his name only
with laughter and stipulated that
each year one of his "most joyous
stories" was to be read at a family
Chicago Bankers
Arrange "Peace
Credits" to France
ChicaKO, May 15. Chicago bank'
er ,ae entered into itrhmlf ar
raiigrinrnM with French, minima
sinners, it Mat aunmmcf d trwl.iv. to
supply "pence credit' mvering the
jle ot Anirntmi manufacture. I
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Counter. -'.- and
Detr''tu of the Mails
by Britain.
Officials Say the Message Will
Be Very Vigorous
Washington, May 15. The Ameri
can government is preparing a pro
test characterized by officials as
"very vigorous" against the interfer
ence witlr mails to and from the
(.'niter! States by Great Britain. A
note to be sent forward in the near
future will take the position that the
United States can no longer counte
nance seizure and detention of mails
to and from the 1'nited States, par
ticularly those concerning neutrals.
The reply recently received from
Great Hritaiu to the last American
note protesting against interference
with American mails is considered
Protests have been made to the
government by1 many individuals and
firms who have been injured by the
frequent long delays in mails.
The subject is under detail study
at the State department and Presi
dent Wilson has derided to make
representations to Great Kritain as
quickly as a note can be completed.
The British government will be in
formed that the L'nited States con
siders it imperative that its present
policy be modified.
in Skirmish with
American Soldiers
Lake Itascate, Mex., May 14. (By
Wireless to Columbus, N. M., May
15. (--Three bandits, including Julio
Cardenas, the Villisla leader, were
killed in a skirmish with an American
detachment near Ruhio ranch, twenty
miles east of here today.
The Americans, twelve strong, un
der the command of Lieutenant
George S. I 'at ton, comprised an au
tomobile detachment sent to pur
chase forage. The bandits fired upon
Lieutenant Pat ton and his guide
after they had alighted from the ma-,
chines and were v approaching the
ranch house. - - - . . -
The Americans deployed to pre
vent the escape of the snipers and
Lieutenant Pat ton returned the fire,
wounding the bandits, who mean
while fled through the rear of ithe
house. Overtaken later," the Mex
icans were killed.
There were no American casual
ties. The bodies of the Mexicans
were brought here and buried. Pa
pers in their pockets revealed their
President Asks
Wescott to Make
Nominating Speech
Washington, May 15. President
Wilson has asked John W. Wescott,
attorney general of New Jersey, who
made the speech nominating him at
the Baltimore convention, to make
the nominating speech at St. Louis.
Mr. Wescott has accepted. He con
ferred today with the president.
When the president asked Mr. Wes
cott he did not know that the New
Jersey delegates on the same day
had selected Governor Fielder. In
view of the president's wish to have
Wescott it is expected the governor
will withdraw.
Mr. Wescott is a candidate for
senator from New Jersey, opposing
Senator Martine.
( lose advisers have begun map
ping out the platform to be pre
sented to the convention. Peace and
firosperity are understood to have
iwn settled upon as being the prin
capal issues
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patches, the Austrians have mobilized a large army for a big attack against the Italians
in the Trentino. The picture shows one of the big1 Italian field guns in the Trentino.
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Railroads Report Low Temperatures
in Several States, witheSnow
Falls and Wind.
Saratoga Springs, N. Y., May 15,
Recommendation that no change be
made in the discipline of the Metho
dist Episcopal church which prohib
its church members from dancing,
playing cards and attending the thea
ter was adopted late torlay by the
committee on the state of (lie church
by a vote of 113 to 4.1. The sub-committee,
which recommended that the
prohibition against these diversions
be removed, announced it would sub
mit a minority report to the confer
ence.. All of the western railroads re
ported temperatures as low as 30 de-,
grees above zero through western Ne
braska, South Dakota, Wyoming and
Colorado Monday, with a brisk wind
blowing from the northwest.
The Burlington road reported a
fall of two feet of snow throughout
the Black Hills country Sunday and
Sunday night, with clearing weather
Monday morning. There was snow
reported at most of the stations in
the western part of Nebraska, with
four inches at Belmont. On the Bill
ings line one to three inches of snow
was reported from Alliance, north to
beyond Sheridan.
Along the Northwestern the snow
fall of Sunday and Sunday night cov
ered an area approximately 100 miles
wide through northern Nebraska and
up into South Dakota and from cen
tral Wyoming as far east as Inman.
On the Union Pacific there was
one to two inches of snow from
North Platte to a considerable dis
tance west of Cheyenne, Wyo., with
light flurries over the branches tiorth
and south of the main line. There
was also considerable snow through
the eastern portion of Colorado.
Temperatures during the night
dropped to below freezing.
Heavy Rains General.
During Saturday night anil most of
Sunday heavy rains were general over
the whole of the state, with the ex
ception of a narrow strip along the
Missouri river. In the west and
north this rain turw-d to snow.
In many places in the- state the
rains were torrential, more than an
inch being the rule. It was rain of
long duration, and coming so gently
j did not wash the soil badly. In many
places along the western lines of road
! the grade was softened and trains
j were run on a slower schedule, et
j no washouts were lepnrted.
j Railroad men who keep in touch
! with the live stock situation are of
j the opinion that the mhuv and uuii
I sual cold weather in thr wosiern p.trt
! of Nebraska and I olorado ai d Wyo
ming will result in .oiiie Ins-iei, rpw
, nally among the Mocks ni the sheep
' men. I he laiidiini; and shearing n .i
I son is r.nw in mil and it i as
serted that the -no.s. lull., , i-d lm tin
I t old, will likrh n iiill l.i thr death
' ot a laigr iiimilii r ot lanili'. and prod
i atily in Mir (It-aiti (.i a d inm of
the shrrp from ulmli thr th-or-.
have hrrn rei only taken
Dr, Anua H, Shaw
Loses Damage Suit
Against Railroad
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to Aviator Smith
Tokio, May IS.-Premier Count
Okuma sent a telegram today ex
pressing his sympathy and regret to
Arthur Smith, the American aviator,
who was attacked and slightly in
jured yesterday by a crowd at
Osaka. The crowd was angered by
a delay in the beginning of an ex
hibition flight Smith was to have
made and stoned the aviator, dam
aged his aeroplane and destroyed the
aeroplane shed.
as potash- field
Big Plants at Hoffland and Other
Points Indicate Bright Out
look for Industry.
The development of potash and its
by-products will soon he one of Ne
braska's chief industries, a pure arti
cle having been found at Hoffland
which necessitates little else than
pumping, boiling and drying to, make
the best portion ready for the refin
ery, after which the finished article
brings the heretofore unknown price
of nearly $500 per ton. That is the
reason for the opening up of this lit
tle City as a full-fledged station on
the Burlington.
Easy Process at Hoffland.
In other potash workings, espe.
cially in the kelp beds of Utah and
Southetn California, the cost of re
ducing the pure potash from the sur
rounding valueless ingredients makes
the marketable product expensive.
The much easier process at Hoffland
assures a permanency of operation,
for while the war cut off the supply
from Germany, the return of this
competition can only mean a slight
reduction in profit. The natural ad
vantages here, combined with the ex
tensive and up-to-date equipment,
preclude the possibility of future dan
ger from foreign competition.
. 1 he plant has hectl in operation
i for a year. There were at first only
a few tanks, a boiler and the neces
isary housings, together with the ma-
terial for three-mile pipe line, requir
ing but a handful of men for its
I operation. Now, however, there are
j nearly 100 men employed, with new
(residences and new buildings of a
! great manufacturing plant going up.
Railroad business has so increased
ithat where a year ago only one or
jtwo cars could be seen on the spur
track, there are now thirty cars a
Backed by Omaha Capital.
Omaha capital has been behind
all this, making it entirely a Ne
braska enterprise.
Others have also entered the
fiild. The Nebraska Potash com
pany, with headquarters at Lakeside,
has begun on a plant, and Mih will
be in full operation in a week, lie
tore starting it has contracts frmii a
big Chicago pm king nun em, calling
tor Us enti.e output lor live veils
In ti t ii nil . ton, a plan! nl the
ijnir I, mil is soon to l,e installed.
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Plan for Unification of Church ii
Submitted by Committee -Will
Come Up Tuesday.
Saratoga Springs, N. Y., May 15.
The proposal to reunite the Meth
odist Kpiscopal church ud the
Methodist Kpiscopal ihnrrh South,
which have separated since lfi-15, will
be the main special business at to
morrow's session of the Methodist
general conference.
The report of the committee on
federation reported to the confer
ence today endorsed the proposed
unification in the belief that auch
union would "hasten the develop
ment of a truly world church,
Th i-fport I'ei'otnmxnils tlio g'-nr-iHl
i-olifiTfiiro will he tlim miprome governing
liiirty of tlw leuiilled cluiri'h unil thnt tha
liliiri of unlflentlon be ntciidi-il to nnv
(ithr Mnthodlnl. bodies Hint mny rtealra
It. aftfir Ibfl aiiialgaiTinllnn of th north
(Hid noiith brnnclies of tlin rlriioinliiiitlon
luivfl brcoma effect lv.
Special Conferences for Negro
Tli tHrl favora ilia organlmtlnn of
"pnelal corueis-nces for the negro mem
bership of th church, urh negro con
ference to represented In the general con
ferenee, 1
I'ndor tho plan eugnfated by the pri
committee on federation the bonrrt of
blHhopa would appoint a commlnslon of
five hlxhnps, ton mliilsli'rs and ten lay
men to confer with romrnlsnlonera of the
ifpthodlst KpUcopul chinch Kouth and
tha Mcthodlut rrotestant church and
other Mirthadtst bodies In thn United
HtHtes. to wiyilj out the tentative plan
mid to report to tho iient general con
ference details of the unification plan
ngreed upon bjf the Joint commissioners'.
Warm Debate on Episcopacy.
Tho presentation of tha report of the
committee or, eplneopacy, recommending
the election of seven now bishops, pre-
li lpltated a warm dolmle. Thn lepoit lee
i oiiimeridii(l that th offices of thre dif-
(r ailed end two retired bishops be re
j mined and that two new Kpiscopal areas
i established, oub In the fnlted
iiind nnother nt fieoul, Korea.
New Episcopal Residences.
The episcopacy committee recom
mended the retention of thr ni.
copal residences at Washington,
noston, riuiadclpliia, New York,
San Francisco, Denver, Portland,
Ore,; Chicago, C incinnati, New Or
leans, Chattanooga, Hutfalo,. Omaha,
Atlanta, St Louis, Helena, Mont.,
and St. Paul. The residence at Kan
sas t .it V. Kail, would be transferrer!
! to W ichita. Kan.; that at Oklahoma
( it v would be discontinued and new
residences established al Pittsburgh,
; Octroi! and Seoul, Korea.
! Foreign episcopal areas would he
I continued at llueims Aytrj and Pe
' king and the Foo ( how residence
would be transferred to ( haughai.
I A million to ktihslitutc Singapore
j ior Pittsburgh was made and dis
cussed. I he i.iiitereiiic voted to re
j commit the n-pDit without mstnic
' tions,
Another ni episcopacy
i ominitlec i ei onuiictiiling that
in n t lie i n lin.i be assix iated with
i I' tit ope (or ijiiinial - i n i i i tsiori
was aduplcd
Reynolds Opens
Committee Rooms
In the Coliseum
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Evidence of Attempt by Sir Roper to
Get Prisoners to Join the Irish
Rebellion Corns Out at
the Trial.
Daniel J. Bailey, Who Waa Captured
With Casement, is Placed on
Trial with Him.
London, May IS. Sir Roger Case
men!, who only a few years ago
achieved international fame for the
services he rendered his government
in the exposure of the Futumayo rwb
her atrocities, today faced the bar In
an ordinary police court for a pre
liminary examination to determine
whetTier he should be held for trial
on the charge of high treason against
the same government in connection
with the rebellion in Ireland. Beside
Casement stood Daniel Julian Bailey,
who faced a similar charge.
Not in many years has so much
popular interest been manifested in
a rase before the courts. This is
not due only to the prominence of
Casement ana to peculation as to
his ultimate fate, hut also because it
has been expected evidence would be
produced which would lay bare a
widespread plot resulting in the re
volt. There was sn unexpected number
of applications for seats in the little
court room, but admission was re
stricted to about 100 persons,, includ
ing representatives of the press.
Sir Horace Plunkett Attends.
Among Ihe earliest arrivals in the
courts was Sir Horace Plunkett of the
department of agriculture in Ireland,
He took a seat near the magistrate.
It was understood Sir Horace was
merely a spectator and would take no
part in the day's proceedings, A
number of relatives and friends of
Casement, including seven hand
somely gowned women, also reached
court at an early hour and were pro
vided with seits well to the front, '
Sir John Dickinson, who oresided.
ihe lawyers and the witnesses all had
taken their places before Casement
arrived at 10:41) o'clock and entered
the dock. Kvery face was turned in
his direction.
Sir KoRer maintained much of his
characteri'tic complaisance. He
smiled and nodded as he saw friends
in the court rootn. With him was
Daniel Bailey, an Irish soldier cap
tured by the Germans early in the
war who went from Germany to Ire
land with Sir Roger.
Given Green Uniform
In his story of the manner in
which Casement set about raising an
Irish brigade, among prisoners in
Germany to fight against England,
the attorney general said the pris
oner had met with little success.
Such men as he won over wereset
free, provided with green uniforms
and received rewards.
When the attorney general de
clared that one of the Irish prisoners
had struck Casement in the face on
being asked to join the brigade, Case
ment smiled disdainfuly. Bailey was
one of the prisoners seduced by
Casement, the attorney general said,
and was made an officer of the.
brigade. '
Second Prisoner in Dock
The spectators were considerably
surprised when a second prisoner
was placed beside Casement in the
dock. This man was Daniel Julian
llailcy. a private soldier whose home
Jis at Wembley, a village near Lon
don. Hailey was arrester! near lra
lee, Ireland, April ail. He was jointly
charged with Casement with high
treason, but his exact connection
with the Sinn Feiuers has not so far
been made public.
In the formal charge Casement is
described as of no occupation and no
fixed abode. The charge against both
defendants reads, "lor that they did
on the 1st day of November, 1914,
and on divers other occasions be
tween that day and the allst day of
Aptil, l'r)i). unlawfully, maliciously
I and ttaitorously commit high treason
; within and without ihe realm of Fng
I laud in contempt of our sovereign
lord, the king, and bis laws, to the
evil example of others in like case
and contrary to the duly and alliance
of the aut drieiidattts "
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Smith, V II, Unilkiii and Irsvets
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