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CAPITAL CITY NEWS
ITEM8 OF INTEREST AROUND THE
THE WORK OF THE LAW MAKERS
Legislative Facts and Gossip News
of the State Capital.
Junkln After a Big Fee.
TTnu t ho Union Pacific Railroad
compuny tlio authority to exorcise tho
right or eminent domain in Nebraska?
When tho company increased ItH
capital stock $100,000,000 at a meeting
In Utah a year ago, It, failed to lllo
tho atiiondmonts to Its articlea of in
corporation In the office of tho secre
tary of Htato of Nebraska,
Secretary Junkln Is of tho opinion
thai under tho laws of this state the
Union Pacific cannot exorcise tho
right, or eminent domain until after
all of Its articles or Incorporation aro
filed here. Some time ago lie wrote
to tho legal department, of tho rail
road co' jpuny calling attention to this
lllllo neglect, but ho far ban received
no answer to his letter.
Informally .Mr. Junkln has dlBcuuscd
the matter with the legal department
or his stale which sustains him in his
contention, Tho company has tho
right to do buslnoss in Nebraska, but
not to oxoreis6 tho right of eminent
domain. To tile Its amended articles
the company would have to pay tho
state a Too or $50,000. Naturally
secretary of state is anxious that;
company get right, with the law.
Should the secretary of Htato
right, In his Judgment, any exercise
of tho right of eminent domain by the
company in Nebraska since tho amend
ment of its articles in Utah would be
void and of no effect.
Unablo to Name Football Captain.
Tho fourteen members of the uni
versity football team were unitblo to
elect a captain at a meeting held
Friday afternoon. The first ballot
stood 7 for Collins and 7 J'or Frum,
and five moro ballots resulted In the
same vote. When Secretary Clnpp
saw that tho cholco of a captain was
practically Impossible ho consulted
with the mombers of tho board. It
wua decided that tho .members of tho
team should meet at 5 o'clock tho
Tuesday aftor Chi-hUmus vacation and
cast one ballot for next year's cap
tain. If there is no choice on tho first
ballot tho athletic board will elect.
Should the football team fall to
ehooso a captain and the athletic
board select a man It appears prob
able that tho choice would tall "to
Collins. Just why this Is true cannot.
1)0 ascertained except thut thoso mem
bers of tho board who aro willing to
express an opinion bollovo that this
is true. Tho ballot was secret but
It 1b said that the men voted as fob
For Frum Marvoy, Johnson, Bolt
zer, Cooko, Krooger and Chaloupka.
For Collins Dlrknor, Temple, Bont
loy, Minor, Ilarto, Collins and-1'wlng
Report of State Auditor.
The biennial report, of State Audi
tor Searlo, now being printed, will
s.how that from December 110, 190G,
to Doccmber :!0, 11)08, thcro wero reg
istered in tho auditor's office, bonds
of all kinds amounting to $2,:i01,G8G.
Gfi. Or this amount $75,000 wns is
sued by counties, $0,000 by precincts,
$88G,500 by cities and villages and
$1,31,18G.GI by school dlstriots.
While this largo nmount, represents
an Indebtedness against tho munici
palities and school districts, it docs
not necessarily follow that it has all
boon contracted within the llmo
stated, as u goodly amount of it is
refunding bonds, isused to tako tho
plnco of other bonds voted years ago,
which have matured and have not
boon paid. From tho school districts
of many of tho wostern and nor thorn
eountios of tho stato many Ibsucs of
bonds have been registered in ardor
to provldo school buildings in dis
tricts where none have ever before
Brown Gets the Seat.
Charloa O. Whedon, who contested
the nomination of E. P. Brown for
state senator in Lancaster county, lost
out in tho supremo court and Mr.
Brown, who was elected, will serve
Tho two woro rival candidates nt tho
republican primaries lost Soptomboi
and Brown received a majority of six
votes. Ho took tho matter to tho dls
trict court, which hold, against Who
don and that it had no jurlcdlctlon In
tho matter. Tho opinion of the su
promo court affirms that of tho dls
trict court. .Tudgo Boot, who wrote
tho decision of tho supromo court,
said in his syllabus :
Tho district courts nro without
nower to consider and determine an
original action instituted toe the pur
pose of contesting tho nomination1 of
a legislative citndidato at tho primary
Money for Public Schools.
The scml-annuul school apportion
ment to be sent out during the com
ing wool: amounts to $207,132.01.
Tho apportionment is made on a
basis of .72198 per pupil, there being
UGO.DDG children of school ago in the
stato. Thoso figures were certified
to Stato Auditor Searlo by Superin
tendent MeBrlen this week, Treas
urer Brian huvlng certified tho amount
of (ho apportionment to Superintend
Tho aggregate amount is mado up
of collections as follows: Stato tax,
$2 227.20; Interest on school and sa
line lands sold, $20,012.20; interest
on saline lands leased, $95,075.80; in
terest on bonds, $110,775.89; Interest
of state warrants, $15,012.30; from
Null and gamo license, $5,288; dis
count on bonds, $14 1. HI.
Job Not Wanted by Gilchrist.
John Gilchrist of Omaha Is No.
3 among tho deomcratlc politicians
of Nebraska, to decllno an appointive
state olllco slnco election, Gilchrist
wns offered tho position or stale ac
countant by Audltor-oloct S. H. Bar
ton. Tho Job pays $2,000 per year,
with expenses and is held nt tho pres
ent time by 10. B. Fairfield. Vrder
the law, the auditor is permitted to
name tho ncocuntant, but tho governor
must, approve his selection.
Tho other democrats who havo re
fused appointive places aro Judge J.
J. Sullivan of Columbus, who turned
down a seal on the supreme bench
paying $1,500 for one year, and W.
F. Schwlnd of Lincoln, who consid
ered a $1,200 deputy oil Inspectorship,
with expenses paid on tho sldo, not
worth his while.
Advanced to Presidential Clacs.
Tho following fourth class post
offices will become presidential on
January 1, and tho3e aro tho salaries
they will receive:
Bi.dgoporl ' $1,100
Cedar Bluffs 1.100
Davenport .'. 1,000
Konosaw '. . 1,100
Long Pino ; 1,100
Mason City 1,100
North Loup , 1,000
Tho Abrahapi Lincoln centennlnl
monument, association or Nebraska
has decided to put a solicitor in tho
field to secure rundB and pledges for
the erection of the monument. The
legislature will be asked to make an
appropriation for tho purpose. Tho
public schools will celebrate tho 100th
annivorsury of Lincoln's birthday,
February 12, by contributing to the
fund and members of the G. A. H.
throughout tho state will do the same.
A special cominltteo will bo situated
in .Lincoln to increase the subscription
in tho city to $3,000. During tho cam
paign operations were suspended in
ail departments of work, but will bo
renewed now with energy.
New Game Bird Thrives.
Boporta aro being received at the
office of Gamo Warden Cnrtor to tho
effect that tho Hungarian partridges
wmoli wero planted in KoorusKa a
yoar ago are doing remarkably well.
Captain Fuller, a banker of Merrlam,
who bought olght pair a yoar ago,
wrote Mr. Carter that In his Imme
diate neighborhood there woro now
at least 100. Around Gordon the re
ports received aro to tho effect that
tho foreign birds arc as plentiful as
quail used to be, and are just as
gentle. Thoso birds were Imported
n year ago at a cost of $5.50 a pair,
about 3,000 bolng planted out in tho
state by private parties. They
protected under the" game laws
Shumway Gets More Delay.
Owing to tho fact, that tho now
members of tho supremo court have
ho.t had an opportunity to oxamlno
tho record in tho caso of B. Mead
Shumway vs. tho Stato tho date of
tho execution of tho convict has been
postponed from January 8, 1909, to
January 29. There Is now beforo tho1
court a petition for a rohearlng in this
Shumway was convicted of tho mur
der of Mrs. Sarah Martin of Gage
Tho extension In tho date of execu
tion Incidentally relieves Warden
Boomer from n disquieting prospect
of huvlng tho oxecutlon occur before
tho oxplrution of his tonure of office.
Governor Sheldon Leaves the State.
Governor Sheldon left Thursday
morning for Groonvlllo, Miss., whore
ho will spond a wcok in looking aftor
tho business end of his cotton plan
tation there. Governor Sheldon will
go back to Mississippi aftor tho ox
plratlon of his term of olllco and
will probably toke his family with
him. Asido from tho business of tho
trip no program was outlined, as tho
govornor must hurry back to clean
up tho pardon hearings now hanging
Uro, write his mossago and got mat
tors and things in shape for tho in
duction into office of his succosaor.
ITEMS OF GREATER OR LESSER
IMPORTANCE OVER THE STATE.
fHE PRESS, PULPIT AND PUBLIC-
What la Going On Here and There
That Is of Interest to the Read
ers Throughout Ne-
Man Murdered at Decatur.
Ellshn Ball is dead and Nick Far
ions is in custody chargul with mur
der as tlio result of a qunrrol over
i jug of whisky in the south part of
Decatur, near the school house. aC
midnight Thursday night. Will Odoll
was the only witness to tho tragedy,
and as soon as word could bo sent
to tho county sent, Sheriff Phipps
went, over to Deeatra- and placed
Farrens under arrest.
At tho Inquest Fridny it developed
that Ball -and Farrens quarreled and
that Ball applied a vile epithet to Far
rens, whon the latter struck him la
the face, supposedly with his fist.
Ball staggered onto bin feet and was
fitruck again nnd fell (o the ground
like a log.
Odell managed to got the man up
town, whore ho was taken to tho
South Sldo restaurant, the only place
open at tlio time, and medical aid war.
cummoned, but Ball died in half an
Mountain Lion at Large.
II. S. Mnhnn, of Calloway, who Just
returned from the vicinity of Redforn
Table, some fifteen miles south,
brings in the. report that a mountain
lion, or some other large animal is
killing calves and colts, and intimi
dating the people of that locality. Tho
animal made its appearance about n
week ago, since which time it has
killed several head of stock, and has
been seen at a distance by a num
ber of people. However, no one has
been fortuilnto enough to get closo
enough to it to be sure of what it is.
Winner of Gould Prize.
A former Central City boy has tho
honor of winning- one of the four
prizes awarded by Miss Helen Gould
to men of tho United States who
should memorl.G 500 Verses from cer
tain specified portions of tho Bible.
Tho fortunate winner is C. E. Huff,
son or Waller Huffff of this city, and
now connected with a college nL To
poke, Kansas, as professor of pen
manship. The .prize awarded by Miss
Gould consisted or a handsome Bible
and a wall roll containing the matter
Big Lawsuit at Seward.
The November term of tho district
court Is In session at Seward, with'
Judge Good on tho bench. The case
of the Des Moines Bridge & Iron
company vs. Marxen & Rokahr, tho
court house contractors, was tried u
a jury who relumed a verdict in
favor of tho plaintiff, for judgment,
in tho nmount of $12,131.12. Final
payment lor material used in tho
court house Is involved In the suit.
Accident Near North Bend.
William Watt, a farmer residing
I'oven miles northeast of North Bend,
was the victim of an accident as a
result, of which "ne Is laid up suffer
ing with a broken leg.
Watt was in tho hay loft of one of
his barns when hu slipped and fell
through one of the openings Into the
loft, landing in no gentle manner fif
teen feet below, with the bone In his
right leg broken.
Installing New Power Plant.
Tho York Gas and Electric com
pany Is now installing a 2,300-voIt
alternating current generator for tlio'
purposo of running the motor at the,
water works pumping station, which
is to supersede steam power. The
improvement will be completed with
in tho next week.
Hughes Goes to Colorado.
W. W. Hughes has tendered his res
Ignatlon as secretary of the Central
City Y. M. C. A. and It has been
accepted by the board of diroclors.,
His successor hn been chosen in the
person of R. L. McMilllan of Crolo,
a graduate of Donne college and one
of the assistant tuaco secretaries,
Accused of Pilfering.
Two men who gave the .names of
Tlionlas Vogel and Theodoro Colo,
were arrested nt Ullca at midnight
Saturday night on tho churgo of pit
fering from threo stores. Tho mer
chants identified their goods.
Scarlet Fever at Geneva.
Scarlet fever has broken out In tho
girls' industrial school at Geneva, and
tho city oftlcoiT. havo established a
quarantine over all Inmates and em
State News and Notes In Condensed
Cortland Ih. to havo n. public library.
A new bank id aoon to open at Al
Norfolk ban twenty-two miles ol
cement walk. .
Tile Falls City Journal has startled
a daily edition.
Uov. Father O'Laughllu Is tho now
priest at Fnlrbury.
An electric1 theater has been es
tablished at Nollgh.
Humboldt will hold -ii farmers' In
stltuto December 30 and 31.
Five new stalls have boon added to
the round house at Wymore.
District court at Madison has on its
dockut five big damage suits.
A long-wlshed-ror and modern hotel
will bo built nt Crawford soon.
Tho people of Clindrli held a mans
meeting and public rally In tho inter
ests of a public library.
The Chndron school, publishes a pa
per called tho "Booster," and every
body boosts the Booster.
, Tlio mombers of tho Welsh congre
gation at Wymoro are building a now
church which will cost $5,000.
A pile driver and force of men aro
at work on tho. new bridge to bo con
structed across the river near Gor
ing. Bladen wants some man with sparo
money to build a number of small
houses which can be rented reason
ably. C. F. Livoni threshed 27,000 bushels
of grain with his outfit, in tho vicinity
of Sidney, and then wont into winter
John Sehwarzhopf has sold his
c-ighty acre farm east of Kearney to
Frank Lamphcro of Hastings, for ?S0
W. II. Fellers, of Table Bock, has
fold his 1G0 acre farm southeast of
Humboldt to Frank Ilynek for $55
Sherman Butler has sold his eighty
acre farm two miles from Octavia to
J. W. Dcmuth, of Bell wood, for $150
August Hinzman b.3 sold his 1G0
acre farm in Jefferson county for
$11,000. The land lies five miles west
Charles Campbell, who pleaded guil
ty at Butte to stealing a horse, was
given a sentence of three years in
J. D. Graves has purehused twonty
acres of land from Bert Patterson just
enst of tho cemetery at Peru, paying
$1,200 for tho tract.
Joseph Fleming has been appointed
postmaster nt Mead, Vice Marica Wil
liams, resigned. The new official will
begin his duties about January 1.
Walter Barton is laid up at a Gor
ing hospital with a broken leg. A
horse fell on tho member wh.Be lie
was driving cattle a few days aco.
The International Harvester ','om
pany is excavating for a big office
building it will erect at Crawford.
The structure will bo 40x150, and cost
Gottloib Echtenkamp has purchased
the Fred Lallman two hundred acre
farm in Washington county, for which
he paid $22,548, or a fraction over
$112 per acre.
II. E. Schofilcld has started the
Boyd County News at Anoka. This
glvos that town two newspapers. Both
aro operated by druggists, and strong
rivals in business.
II. O. Brown, of Fremont, has a
gun one hundred years old. It was
mado by his grandfather at his homo
in Portland, Maine, in 1S09. It is a
uniquo family heirloom.
Farmers should all have telephones.
Write to us and learn how to get tho
best service for the least money. Ne
bnvska Telephone Company, 18th and
Douglas streets, Omaha. "Use tho
Wild game In Nebraska has been
increased by several thousand Hun
garian partridges as tho result of
planting of 250 cf that species In var
ious parts of tho state during tho
past year or two.
Miss Allie E. Davis, principal of tho
high school at Tokamali for three
years, has been named by Mr. Abbott
as matron of the stato asylum for tho
blind at Nebraska City after ho takes
charge of that institution.
Tho Hebron board of education
went to Fnlrbury during tho past
week to look over a school building at
that placo with the view of copying
aftor it in tho construction of a new
one to bo build in Hebron.
Ditching on tho drainage district
north of Poru is about completed. Tho
channel has been cut to both Duck
creek and Buck crcok and thoso
streams both turuod Into it. The Im
provement Is looked upon as a good
Tho state association of mutual In
surance companies at its last annual
mooting, fixed Hastings as the point
(for tho convention, 1909. Owing to
'tho fact that tho legislature will bo
in session in Lincoln at the time of
this convention tho mooting placo has
been changed to tho capital city. A.
C. Hull, n membor of tho legislative
commltteo which mado this change,
has boon assured that the meeting
will bo held in Hastings the follow
BRYCE TO COME WEST.
British Ambassador Expected to
Speak at Omaha.
Ambassador Bryce, British ambas
sador in this country, lias practically
promised Senator Brown to go to
Omaha for a speech to the McKlnloy
club, during January or February.
Tlio senator, nccompanied by Isa'dor
fSIogltii', of the Omaha bar, called on
Air. Bryce and urged him tti go to
Omaha. He has recently refused in
vitations td Boston and New York,
but expressed himself as anxious to
go to Omahu, and said he would make
tlio arrangement to do so, and set ft
date which would bo convorijent to
himuolf Just as soon as possible.
Steamers Run Into Storm.
With Dccembor on tho North At
lantic at its stormiest, trans-Atlantic
shipping has boon experiencing a se
ero buffeting. Not one of tho west
ward liners lias kept anywhere near
schedule, while the Teutonic, from
South hapm ton, which should havo
headed tho Heel into port on Wednes
day, is threo days behind time. Whon
heard from early Friday, sho waa
about 300 miles east of Nantucket.
Strung along, further up tho coast,
all far behind their ordinary records,
woro La Province, from Havro; the
Baltic, from Liverpool.; the Campania
from the same port; tho St. Paul
from Southhampton, and the Minne
apolis from London. All are a day
or more late.
Shoots a. Fleeing Prisoner.
John Lawrence, alias John Brown,
was arrested at Waterloo, Iowa, Fri-.
day on a warrant hold by Detective
H. C. Webster of Indianapolis for
defrauding banks at Corydon, Ind. On
tho way to the Security Savings bank,
whore Lnwrenco got the alleged
worthless check for $1510 cashed, the
prisoner broke away and ran. City
Detective Houston gave pursuit, firing
wild' and commanding Lawrence to
halt. When he continued running
Houston shot at him, one bullet enter
ing his lungs ndi one hitting him in
the leg. His condition is precarious.
Brown is said to have defrauded banks
in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa of many
thousands of dollars.
Opening for Agriculturists.
Aii opportunity for some highly edu
cated and thoroughly practical Amer
ican agriculturist is offered by the
government agricultural society of
Bessarabia. Russia, which wants such
a man. to fake charge of an experiment
station which it proposes to establish.
The purpose of tho station is to dom-
enstrate the possibility of corn as h
profitable crop for South Russian,
farmers. Special Agent Dennis, In a'
report to the bureau of manufactures
says that tho 'society will pay the
right man $4,000 a year and furnish'
him gratis a comfortable home to
Illinois Murderer Hanged.
Frank Bryant, twenty-six years old,
was hanged in tlio Sangamon county
(Illinois) jail Friday for the murder,
on August 24 last, of Thomas Brady, '
a seventy-year-old man out of whose
trunk, after the murder, Bryant stole
a small quantity of money with which
to go to Chicago to visit his sweet
heart.. In the statement upon the
scaffold Bryant thanked Sheriff Wer
ner for tho kindnesses extended dur
ing his imprisonment. Ho then said
to the 200 witnesses assembled:
"Farewell to all, gentlemen," and
the trap was sprung.
Allen Wants an Increase.
An earnest plea for an increase of
rho army signal corps is made by
General James Allen, chief signal offi
cer, In his annual report. He recom
mends improvements in the telegraph
and cable systems for Alaska, tho
Philippine islands, Cuba and the
United States. The need of standard
fire control installations for coast
defense, tlio development of wiroless
telegraphy and telephony and Im
provements in military aeronautics
are also discussed.-
No Tender of Good Offices.
There is no truth in the report
telegraphed to London from Buonoj
Ayres that Great Britain has tonderert
her good office to compose tho dif
ferences between Argontlne and Bra
zil arising in part from the activity
of each country in Increasing its naval
power. It. is, however, a fact that in
informal conversations with the dip
lomatic representatives of the two
powers tho foreign office points out
tho risks attending Increases of arma"
Country Life Commission.
The members of the country life
commission held the second and last
Now England hearing at the stato
house In Boston. Friday. Fnrmers,
teachers, ministers, physicians and
others from country districts In
Maine, New Hampshire, Rhodo iBland
and Massachusetts attended tho meet
ing and expressed their opinions can
corning possible improvements in tho
agricultural conditions now existing
in their sections.