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20 PAGESFIVE O'CLOCK.
Indications Point to the Greatest
Yield in History of the
BICHES FOR FARMERS
PROMISED BY GRAINS
Present Quotations Warrant Ex
pectation of Good Prices,
Despite Big Crops.
AMERICA'S GRAIN CROPS
TOLD IN FIGURES
Corn Gains, Too.
The fields upon which these Immense
erops are growing, or from which they
already have been harvested in some
instances, aggregate more than 177,000,-
The corn crop, of course, is in an
early stage of development, and be
tween this time and harvest last year
ained of 175,000,000
bushels. Corn is now nearly 60,000,000
bushels ahead of the July 1 indication
of a year ago.
Oats started July with a prospect
about 80,000,000 bushels bplow that of a
year ago, but the acreage this year is
a little larger and it is barely possible
that the shortage may yet be reduced.
Wheat Greatest Joy.
It is in the wheat-production, how
ever, that the United States has the
greatest cause for selfcongratulation.
Counting the wheat carried over from
last yearonly 46,000,000 bushels in
farmer's handsthis country has the
largest wheat crop in sight or any time
in its history.
The winter wheat yield runs ahead
of the famous crop of 1901, and the
spring wheat promise is so high as to
indicate that, barring accidents, all pre
vious records will be surpassed. There
are vast, reserves of moisture thru the
big spring wheat states of the north
west just the conditions which pro
duced a large crop on a smaller acreage
a year ago.
WHEAT HARVEST BEGINS
South Dakota Reports the Catting of
Elk Point, S. D., July 11.The wheat
harvest began with several pieces in
this vieinity Monday. This is an un
usually early date, and the yi
REACH HIGH TIDE
Total indicated yield. .4,291,444,000
Indicated yield July
1, 1905 4,283,673,000
Actual yield 1905.. .4,518,267,000
Area grain fields 177,772,000
Area in wheat 47,612,000
Area in corn 95,535,000
Area in oats 27,678,000
Journal Special Service.
Washington, July H-Indications
are that American farmers this year
will harvest the largest grain crops in
the history of the country and nothing
now seems in the way of unprecedented
prosperity thruout the farming regions.
Not onlv is the prospect for a bounti
ful harvest most bright, but market
quotations show that the farmer will
get a fair price for his grain while re
ports from Europe are that the wheat
crop will be 150,000,000 bushels short
of that of 1905, indicating that the ex
port demand will be large and that
America will have to fill a good share
New High Water Mark.
It was thought when last year's
bountiful crops were harvested that the
high watermark for production in the
United States had been reached.^ The
percentage estimates of condition of
r,- .who killed his wife, has admitted in
the department of agriculture this year, Recorder Goff's court that he had
however, indicate that even that record
will be surpassed in spite of the fact
that the oats crop bids fjrtr to fall short
by 80,000,000 bushels.
The total crop of all grains this year
promises to be 4,291,444,000 bushels,, us
ing the July 1 condition as a basis of
calculations. This is about 8,000,000
bushels above the indication at this
time last year, but 217,000.000 below
the final figures. The weather in all
the great grain-producing states, how
ever, since July 1 has Deen all that
could be desired and the prospects are
that the final figures will be as much,
if not more, above the July promise this
year as they vera last.
ises to be unusually good. The acreage
of spring wheat is much less than usu
al, and that of winter wheat larger.
The total wheat acreage of this county
for this year is probably slightly less
than last year, as corn culture is on the
Frazee, Minn., July 11.The crop
here is in excellent condition and has
made rapid progress the last week. The
weather has been ideal. Corn is doing
splendidly. Wheat is growing rapidly,
and some barley has headed out as well
as some oats. The wet weather was
feared, but it ha& done little harm ex
cept on the low lands. Haying has
begun in earnest.
Ellendale, N. July 11.The crop
in this vicinity is in a fine condition.
Wheat is headed and corn and flax has
a fine stand.
Faribault, Minn., July 11.Corn and
small grain are doing nicely, and a good
corn crop is expected, if the frost does
not come too early. Thousands of tons
of hay have been put up by the farm
ers in this section, this week.
DREYFUS HEARING ENDED.
Paris, July 11.The supreme court adjourned
yesterday after a lengthy secret session, with
out announcing its verdict in the Dreyfus case.
It is expected that its decision not be
rendered before Thursday.
Red Devil on Gambling Discs Pat
ented in Democratic Chair
Journal Special Service.
"Washington, July 11.The red devil
'^Pluto," which appeared on all the
poker chips seized in the raid on the
French Lick Springs, Ind., gambling
raid last week, is the patented trade
mark of National Chairman Tom Tag
gart'B mineral water. It was patented
by him personally and he is on rec
ord here as declaring that no one but
Tom Taggart shall use it.
The trademark was authorized as ex
clusively a Taggart institution, almost
a year ago. The question arises, there
fore, how it comes that the red devil
has been a gambling token at French
Lick Springs almost ever since.
The trademark consists of the words
"Pluto concentrated America's phys-
ic," and a conventional representa
tion, printed in red, of the devil, with
a sword at his side and one hand up
raised and holding a pair of tongs
the other hand.
BY SHAM INSANITY
Wife Murderer Confesses Delu
sion and Leaves Asylum for
Journal Sjjecial Service.
New York, July 11^-nAfter deceiv
ing the leading insanity experts of the
country fof five years, Martin Tighe,
been shamming and has been sentenced
to nineteen years and ten months in
Sing Sing on his plea of guilty of
The exposure in the court was the
first verification of District Attorney
Jerome's allegation that an organized
school exists in the Tombs prison for
teaching murderers and other maior
offenders in the art of shamming in
Tighe was a bartender and his wife
had had him arrested for abusing her.
On the nicrht of June 13, 1901, he
shot and killed her. His plea was in
Judge Newburger appointed a com
mission to report on the sanity of
Tighe. It retained alienists', among
them beinsr the best known in the
country. They reported that Tighe
was insane and he was committed to
an asylum, where he has been since.
A short time ago Tighe seemed to
show a normal brain and was returned
to the Tombs for trial. The district
attorney called to the stand Andrew
Cupco, who is doing a life term. He
had been Tighe's cellmate in the
Tombs. Cuoco told graphically how
Tighe deceived the experts.
He said Tighe was given lemon juice
and honey to make his skin crack,
which is an evidence of insanity. He
also was rubed with liniment to make
his muscles tremble, also an indication
of insanity. Then when the doctors
came Tighe would do ridiculous things
and thus completely fooled them.
FEARING DEATH BY ADTO
WOMAN'S MIND WRECKED
Journal Special Service.
Cleveland, July 11.Maddened by her
fear of the recklessly driven automo
biles that fill the city's streets and with
a premonition that she would meet
death beneath one of the big machines,
Mrs. Emma Koch has been driven in
sane and committed to the Cleveland
The hallucination from which Mrs.
Koch suffers is that sheis being pur
sued by automobiles. Wherever she
goes, whatever she does, there is always
a big touring car bearing down upon
her. She cannot evade them. Some
times they chase her from all direc
tions. She said in court that she lived
in constant terror of the machines.
FOUND IN A CATFISH
Journal Special Service.
Cincinnati, July 11.Henry Kellerman
of St. Bernard, an enthusiastic disciple
of Isaak Walton, reports the catch of
an unusually large eatfish, which had
in its stomach a gold bracelet lost by
Miss Anna Banning, a girl friend, while
she was out boating with him three
years ago. The bracelet was returned
to its owner last night.
FINDS A DIAMOND
IN COW'S STOMACH
Special to The Journal.
Omaha, July 11.A packing house em
ployee here found a diamond set in fine
gold in the stomach of a cow. The
stone is valued at $100.
GAMBLED WITH CLIENTS' CASH.
London, July 11.Official and other Inquiries
are on foot regarding the affairs of Charles
Cheston, a solicitor who died in May last after
having lost, it is alleged, between $1,500,000
And $2,000,000 of his clients' money.
33JZ vr .i?
Head of Black Sea Fleet Is a Sec
ond Time a Victim of
Plant of Bombs Is Found in the
Garden of the Czar's
Sevastopol, July H.An attempt was
made at 1 o'clock this afternoon to
assassinate Vice Admiral Ohouknin,
commander of the Black sea fleet. The
admiral was wounded and taken to a
vioe Admiral Ohouknin has been
blamed for his severity, and it was to
his treatment of the crews of the ships
under his command that the mutiny on
board the battleship Kniaz Potemkin,
in June and July last year, was attrib
uted. The admiral displayed consider
able activity in attempting to capture
the mutineers at that time and in sup
pressing the sailors' mutiny at Sevas
topol in November last.
Feb. 9 last a woman appeared at his
official residence during the afternoon
of that day and sent in her card, say
ing she was. the daughter of a rear ad
miral a't St. Petersburg who was an
old acquaintance of Ohouknin. On en
tering the admiral's office the woman
drew a rapid-fire pistol and fired four
shots at him, each bullet reaching the
mark. As she turned to escape the I
woman was killed by the orderly on
duty. The crimed beyond doubt, was
When the sentence imposed on the
sailors for the Kniaa Potemkin mutiny
were before the admiral for Teview,
formal notice was served on him that
if he approved the death sentence he
would snare the same fate. Chouknin,
however, approved the sentences, and
several intimations afterward reached
him to the effect that the terrorists
were merely waiting for a favorable
opportunity to kill him.
Bombs tn Palace Grounds.
Journal Special Service.
St. Petersburg, July 11.There was
wild consternation at the impprial pal
ace at Peterhef yesterday, following a
discovery in the garden of that palace,
of several bombs filled with dynamite.
The Excitement and dread were inde
It was obvious that the bombs must
have been placed there by someone con
nected with the palace, either as officer,
guard or servant^ and everyone equally
was under suspicion. General Petrof,
the commandant, immediately put in
motion all the machinery of his office to
discover the culprit.
In the meantime the person of the
czar is being more rigidly guarded than
ever, if increase of precaution is possi
Black Hundred Plot.
London, July 11.The Standard's
correspondent at Odessa telegraphs that
Continued on 2d Page, 4th Column.
.WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY n,, 1906.
NA THAN RIGGS IS ARRESTED CHARGED
WITH THE NA TIQNAL HOTEL MURDER
M. C. r_VCTA,
Of Oklahoma, New Assistant Secretary
to the President, 'Succeeding Ben
jamin. F. Barnes,
FINES OF $60,
Alton Road Taxed $40,000 and
Former Officials $10,-
Chicago, Julyfll.Judge Landis in
the United States district court
today, sentenced the Chicago &
Alton road, widen was recently
convicted of granting illegal re
bates at Kansas* City, to pay a
fine of $20,000 on each of two counts,
or a total of $40,000. John Faithorn
and Fred A. Wann, former officials of
the road, who were also convicted, were
sentenced to pay a fine of $5,000 each
on two counts, or a total or $10,000
Cumberland, Md., July 11.Carl Neff, aged
25, of Piedmont, W. Va~, and his sweetheart,
Miss Palsy Beed, aged 22, of West Virginia
Junction, were struck by a fast train., at Bloom
lngton, Md., last night and instantly killed.
ARE GIANTS IN THESE DAYS.
HIS BURGLAR TRAP
KILLS FRIEND'S SON
Kentuckian Finds Neighbor Slain
by Shotgun Set for
Journal Special Service.
Richmond, Ky., July 11.The shot
gun trap set by Thomas Boggle, a
farmer of Estill county, to kill the buT
glar who several times has ransacked
his home, last night killed ohn Woods,
23 years old, son of William Woods,
one ot Boggie 's neighbors and best
friends, and pointed to him as the
thief. Boggie, on leaving his home for
the night, fixed the gun so that it
would be fired when the door was
opened. Later he found Woods lying
dead on the threshold.
TAR WOULD BE GHIEF
OF PRESIDENT'S SLEUTHS
Oyster Bay, L. I., July 11.Edward
More, who claims to have been a sailor
on the battleship Kentucky, created
considerable disturbance here today
when he called up Sagamore Hill on the
telephone and announced that he was
ready to take charge of the president's
secret service force.
Prom the telephone More made a cir
cuit of the Oyster Bay saloon district,
informed several of the saloonkeepers
that their licenses were invalid and
that he would return to make arrests
just as soon as he got his secret service
uniform. His tour of the saloon dis
trict was interrupted by a policeman,
who took him into custody on a charge
FRENCH TO HAYE A
SUNDAY LABOR LAW
Journal Special Service.
Paris, July 11.The chamber of
deputies yesterday passed the bill pro
viding for a compulsory day of rest
weekly. The measure, which is- designed
to terminate the present system of
Sunday labor, was passed by the senate
and now goes to the president.
d& *$ JV4^.
FAIR TONIGHT THURSDAY OOOLHR AMD PROBABLY SHOWERS*
Nathan M. Biggs, 4805 Pillsbury av
enue, Minneapolis, has been arrested in
Elroy, Wis., charged with the murder
of MIBS Millie Ellison of Ellsworth,
Wis., at the National hotel yesterday.
Biggs expressed surprise at his ar
rest and asked why he should be taken
I in such connection. He denied having
1 been with Miss Ellison Tuesday.
Biggs is openly accused by the fam
ily of having brought the girl to Min
neapolis and to hare persuaded her to
invest her money in land, at the close
of which deal the two were to be mar
ried. Biggs is the only man ever
known to have kept company with Mil
lie Ellison, and as he is known to have
met her frequently within the last few
days he must answer for all his actions
to the police.
Aside from the accusations of the
nfamily, the police say he exactly an
swers the description of the man who
registered at the National as M. J.
Wilson, and who was seen hastening
from Miss Ellison's room a few minutes
before her screams brought the per
sons woh extinguished the fire.
Asked to Arrest Murderer
Biggs is a conductor on the North
western line and his train left the
city last night at 6:80. He was on
duty as usual, but as he started to
step on the train a messenger tapped
him on the shoulder and handed him
a sealed message. This message was
from the train dispatcher, containing
his own description and asking that
any man of this'description be held
until the Minneapolis police could be
The message told in brief the story
of the crime, and Biggs is said to have
known at that time who had been mur
dered. If his friend had been murdered
by a strange hand, the police say he
would have stepped off the train at
some station and wired back for fuller
information. This was not done, and
nothing more is known of his move
What Ellison Says.
Biggs' relations with Miss Ellison
were told to the police by herbrother,
James Ellison, today. He said that his
Bister was employed in a railroad res
taurant at Hudson, Wis., about ten
years ago and that while there she be
came acquainted with Biggs. The two
became good friends and after she had
gone into the millinery business he
Still called on her at her home in Ells
worty. For a long time he is said to
have represented himself as a single
man. altho he had a wife and daughter
in Minneapolis. Later, however, he
told her he was married but had separ
ated from his wife and intended get
ting a divorce.
Abotu a year ago Mrs. Biggs went
to the home of Miss Ellison and the
two had a long eonferenoe, but the re
sult of it no one knows. It is sur
mised, however, that the two had
talked of the divorce. Latex in the
fall Biggs informed the relatives of
Miss Ellison that he had obtained his
divorce papers, and intended to marry
Miss Ellison as soon as he eould ar
range his business affairs.
He said at\the time that he had a
large farm in Washington and that he
also persuadedg the young woman to
invest her money in the scheme, as she
had plenty of money on hand from her
millinery store sale. Accordingly she
sold some of the mortgages that she
had talien as pavment, at a sacrifice.
She raised some money in this way and
she came to Minneapolis Monday solely
with the intentiuon of getting more
cash for the land scheme.
proposed buyin more land there He unconscious, but writhing
*Met Crirl at Hudson.
Bifegs met her in Hudson and the
two came to Minneapolis together, and
shortly after arriving in the city they
registered at .the National hotel under
assumed names. It is still a mystery
to the relatives and police why the
woman should take an assumed name,
as ample evidence had been obtained
showing that she had nothing to be
Biggs had told her that they would
settle up the land deal immediately
and that then she could go back to
her home and prepare for the wedding.
The murderer could have easily
stolen the money, the police lay, or
PRICE ONE CENT IN MINNEAPOLIS/^
GIRL SLAIN FOR MONE
LEFT TO DIE IN FIRE
Description of Probable Murderer
Giv$n to the Man Now Accused
of the Crime as He Left
on His Train.
THE, THEORY OF THE POLICE
Millie Ellison, a milliner from Ellsworth, Wis., was found dying in a
room at the National hotel late yesterday afternoon. She had been beaten
over the head with a hammer, and, while insensible, her clothing had been
saturated with wood alcohol, which was then ignited. She died within a
few moments after being discovered.
On information given by the murdered girl's family, which tallies
closely with facts gathered in Minneapolis, the police have arrested
N. M. Biggs, who must account for his time and actions in the period yes-
terday afternoon within which Millie Ellison received her mortal hurt at
the National hotel
Biggs is a conductor on the Omaha road, running between Minneapolis
and Elroy, Wis. If he is the murderer, he was handed his own description,
with instructions to arrest himself, as his train pulled out of the city last
evening at 6:30. Such descriptions and orders were given to every con-
ductor leaving the city last night.
According to Miss Ellison's family, who reached Minneapolis today,
Biggs was understood by Miss Ellison to be a single man. She had said
that he had exhibited papers indicating that he had secured a divorce.
Having sold out her millinery business and other property at Ellsworth,
Wis., Miss Ellison was possessed of about $4,000. It was the understanding
of her family that she planned to invest this money with Biggs in Wash-
ington lands, and that the two were to go there to be married.
Biggs is a married man and lives with his family at 3406 Pillsbury
persuaded Miss Ellison to give it to
aim outright. If the motive was money
alone, why should he take such fiend
ish means to obtain it when less vio
lence would obtain the same end!
On this account the police believe
that there is some motive even stronger
than the money back of the killing, and
they are endeavoring to find it. This
question, however, will probably only
be answered by the murdered himself.
Biggs and His Family.
The blinds were down at the two
story cottage-like dwelling occcupied by
Nathan M. Biggs, at 3406* Pillsbury
avenue, and his family when a Jour
nal reporter called there yesterday,
shortly before noon. Inquiry iromnext
door neighbors elicited that Mrs. Biggs
and the daughter, a miss of 16 years,
had gone away about a week ago, and
were visiting friends at different points
in Wisconsin. Mr. Biggs had come to
the house almost daily see that
everything was all right.
He came about 4 o'clock yesterday
afternoon, carrying a satchel, and was
there about an .hour, when he went
away. He was at the house Monday
morning about 10 o'clock and staved
about the same length of time. The
neighbors did not know how long the
Biggs family had lived there, but one
of them said it was to exceed three
years, to her knowledge.
FOUND DYING IN FU-ttBS
Millie Ellison's Last Moments, and the
Fire in the Boom.
Her skull crushed by heavy hammer
blows dealt with fiendish deliberation
and her body enveloped in blaring al
cohol ignited by her murderer, Mille
Ellison was found in room 16 at
the National hotel yesterday afternoon.
She died a few minutes later at the city
A man registered as "M. J. Wil-
son," who was seen leaving the wom
an 's room a few minutes Defer* her
blazing body was discovered is being
sought by the police. He has purchased
a ticket for Milwaukee, where he is
supposed to live, but every railway
station and road leading out of the city
is watched and the police hope to arrest
Absolute mystery surrounds the ease
and the police have little to work on
save the story told by a chambermaid
at the hotel and the hammer which
was found beside the dving woman by
the hotel clerk.
The details of the crime now known
to the police are meager, yet they are
sufficient to show that they have a
murderer of rare cleverness to deal
Dying Woman in Flames.
The tragedy first came to the notice
of the authorities st 3'30 p.m., when
employees of the hotel saw smoke com
ing from the woman's room and heard
her scream. When they entered, the
room was ablaze and the victim sur
rounded by the ghastly blue flames of
the burning alcohol.
As the hotel employees entered the
room a terrifying sight met them. The
..-..-mn.v, _ *u woman was on her hands and knees,
eat agony. Th hoavfe of
biasing draperies and of the couch
on which she had evidently been
lying were creeping closer to her. By
her side were the hammer covered with
blood and tangled hair and an empty
alcohol bottle that had been thrown
down by the murderer as he fled. The
victim's clothing was already burned
off, her face was covered with clotted
Wood and her right temple told at the
first glance ol the murderous blows.
The couch and floor were also spotted
with blood, but there were no evi
dences of a struggle, the woman evi
dently having been murdered In her
sleep and rolled off the conch to her
knees. She was dressed in light cloth
ing because of the h?at of the day, and
the murderer's blow fell on her un
All these things the clerk, who first
entered the room, saw at a glance, but
he hastened to do what he could to save
her fast ebbing life. Bunning to the
hall he Beized the first emergency fire
extinguisher and in a moment he had
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