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CHANUTE, KANSAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 1897.
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The rload leaves flit across the wold,
And swiftly spliis the weather-vn.no;
The Old Year's gulden grains are told,
And New Year time is born again.
Then tow the lore upon tlin bonrtb. ,T
And lot the brlir. ning kettle boll:
' Of earnest cares let there bo dearth;
Grant good-cheer us the wage of all.
In garnered heaps rich treasures lie.
(Jlenncd artfully from many a field;
The hungry crow .'lies 'neath the sky,
Or calls from out the glcomy weald.
So put the pot upon the board,
And gather round each face so dear,
Fill up the cup, till up the gourd
And bumpers drink to the New Year.
U. A. it.
H STRANGE NEW YEAR'S CALLER
By Mary Phillips Tatro.
It was the last night of the old year,
and I was half-lying, half-sitting In a
large easj chair before my bright li
brary lire. I had been smoking, but
the retrospective mood into which I
had fallen, proved too much for the
lighted end of my cigar, and It had
lied completely out.
The old year that was dying seemed
like an old friend whose Inst hours I
had come to fill with things we bad
both enjoyed and suffered together, a
Inst old-tiice chat before the chiming
midnight bell should part us forover.
1 had been in the habit of writing
very late nights, and even now my
desk and library tabli were covered
with books of referents, quantities of
manuscript in almos'Jevery stage of
incompleteness, the 1; J-st papers, mag
azines, "respectfully jjdecllned" pack
ages, intermingled lfjtu those of ac
ceptance, and many cfaier trifles which
go toward making' i' wa. literary man's
y finishing artl
tc, for the holl
Iruilned to have
told year all to
. uead resting
ion, which, by the
. - Subtle but sweet fra
...uiudiug me of the girl who
.- 10 iue a year ago, auu, BiruiiRe
to sny, I'm a bachelor yet; but that'
neither here nor there regarding my
strange visitor and what he said to
As I said before, my head was
thrown back In a very restful poMtiou,
and the light was shaded by a crimBon
Ilk affair that created a ro3y, mellow
twilight through the room, which, to
gether with the warm glow of the Are,
caused mo to congratulate myself upon
my good fortune In having so many
comforts, even though I was obliged to
work with my pen night and day, al
most, facing so many disappointments',
disagreeable editors, and all that sort
And then, as my mind drifted from
cue thing to another, the happenings
of a whole year, the new friends 1 had
made, the old oues who had gone
way, the olook struck 10. I had till
two hours with ray departing com
rade, two tours btffore I would he
Welcome the Coming,
called upon to welcome the new comer,
whose name, Is, I believe, 181)7.
My head had dropped still lower
down upon the cushions, and I think I
must almost have dropped into a doze,
when a shadow ennie suddenly be
tween my eyes and the rosy light of
This fact brought me to myscif very
quickly, I assure you; and with u sturt
of surprise, I raised my- bend to see
who or what had gained entrance to
my room without ray knowledge or
any previous manifestation whatever.
I was obliged to look twice before I
saw anything, and then, such a strange
creature as met my startled gnze. A
little, old r. an, weather-beaten, wrink
led, white-haired, and so wenry-look-lng,
sat perched upon a pilo of books,
his feet crossed, a worn old hat upon
his head, and altogether, he appeared
to have been buffeting life's billows for
&.ime time, with neither haven nor
calm wherein to recruit his shattered
talks and rigging.
At first he did not seem to be con
sclbus of rjy presence or close scruti
ny; but presently, lifting his dim old
eyes to my face, TJavo' memo Dcnpnt"
of this remark:
"So, you are waiting to see nic die,
are you 7"
. To say I was nstonished would be
putting it mildly, for I had no idea of
entertaining the Old Year In person;
but after my lirst great surprise had
passed away and I hnd collected my
self a little, I concluded to Improve the
opportunity and And or.t what had
made my old friend appear lo decided
ly worn out, and what that great bund
le contained thnt he had lilted from hts
back and deposited on the table by his
"And so you are really the Oid Yenr.
are you? May I inquire what line of
goods you carry; or, iu other words,
what does your bundle contain, and
how can such n small man as yourself
lift so great a burden, luueh less carry
"Ah, me!" the weak old voice made
reply, "you little know what I have
hnd to bear through this whole year.
You remember how I looked when you
first saw me, a year ago at 12 o'clock,
"Yes, Indeed!" I hastened to assure
him. "I remember what a plump,
healthy, curly-haired, pretty little fel
low you were; a mere child, and so
gay and light-hearted, too. Why! your
laugh rang out like silver bells, and
your eyes were full of laughter and
brimming over with happiness and
mirth. That is the reason I did not
recognize you to-night. It does not
seem possible that you can be the jolly
little chap I reached out a welcoming
hand to twelve months ago. Dear me!
how you have changed, to be sure!"
"Yes, I have; but you will not bo
surprised at the change when I tell
you what has wrought It. What do
you think I enrry In this pack? Noth
ing more nor less thnt the broken
promises that yon poor, miserable, un
.'jappy mortals mads at my birth. Wow
do you wonder that I have grown old
and almost worn out before my time
comes to die? Hire, look at this bund
le and see if yon recognize it. Ah! I
see you do, by the sudden start you
give as your eyes fail upon its con
tents. Yes; these are your broken
promises which you faithfully swore
last year at this time you would ful
fill without fall. And how have you
kept these promises?
As the old man paused a moment to
look at me to see how I appreciated his
last question, he Deemed so sad aud
worn out with carrying his heavy bur
dens that 1 felt guilty, indeed, and my
face turned scarlet with shame nnd
mortification as I reilizcd how c uch I
had helped to make, the bright, laugh
ing young boy a poor, crippled, silver
haired, unhappy old man.
"Can I maji. I look at some ot the
other parcel ray poor old friend?" I
asked, hesitatingly, for I feel that per
haps 1 if none of my business what
others''"' putt, uptn him; my owu
rslmiV- r me to atteud toa
faet.x (iiiVa faint smile, my
strangtV fsoon convince mo of.
"No; .bt permitted to disclose
any one's failures but their own; I
know huaian nature, too well."
The last with a dry little chuckle, o
devoid of mirth that it sounded more
like a groan than something meant to
resemble a laiiah. "Yes." he contin
ued, as he changed his position so as
to rest his withered, crooked little legs
against a book on his right side, while
his head was supported by another, for
every moment he Is growing weaker
and nearer the end; "yes, I am anxious
for you to see yon: own shortcoming
before you have begun to pile then
npou the back of the new yenr, who
will come In presently, Just as gay and
happy as I did last year at this time.
Poor little fellow! How my heart
r.ches for him. lit little know what
unfeeling mortals be is coming to live
among, or bow they will promise him
such beautiful things; o raany tine,
lofty ambitions; all the ships thnt go
sailing out of the harbor of hope
freighted with sacred vow and plight
ed word that are to crown bin at the
Speed the Parting Quest.
end of the year, o that he may puss
out satisfied with his sojourn here and
be able to carry a good report Into
eternity. But, alas! I fear lie win
meet with the same fate that has be
fallen the rest, every one of us, so far.
Hut, see here; look at this' package.
This Is Inbeled 'cigar-bundle.' You
swore off when I first knew you, and
the spell lasted just three days. ion
see, I had to begin with many of my
bundles the secoud day after my nrriv
al among you, ana they increased ev
ery moment from that time until my
poor, aching hack almost refused to'
carry Its burden. I am glad I am al
most ready to shuffle off; only one hour
more, nnd I shall be at rest.
The gray head falls lower down
upon the faintly-heaving breast, and
the weary lids close over the sunken
eyes, as though too tired to ever lift
"Is there nothing nobody that the
parting from gives me pain, you risk?
"Oh, yes! There are many little chil
dren, nnd a few grown-up children, a
very few of the last-named, who are
so dear to me thnt it almost breaks my
IH-KK-Jwhen ,1 think of laaviag them.
Those who have faithfully lived up to
their vows kept their New Year's
promises, they are my own dear chil
dren, and I only wish I might take
them with me Into eternity."
The tears are running down the
cheeks of the Old Yenr as he talks of
those he loves, and my heart Is filled
with pity, remorse nnd disgust for my
own miserable failures, and a mental
promise that thoming happy child
shall not carry any of my broken protu
Ihcs or unkept vows, no matter what
the struggle may cost me.
"I suppose you haven't time to show
me any more of my bundles of broken
promises, have you?" I asked, as ho
sits gazing meditatively Into the tire.
"I will show you just one more," Is
his answer, In a very wenk voice, while
his head droops lower and lower as the
moments go by. "Here it Is your
promise to write every week to your
lonely old mother, who grieves and
watches for your letter that never
came, wonderlug what has happened
to you .and worrying herself half sick
over your long silence."
"But Isn't that rather a small offense
to make such a great bundle out of?"
I ask, trying to find some excuse for a
fact I know only too well Is true.
"Small! small! do you call neglect of
your mother In any way, no matter
liow small it may sound or appear. I
say, do you call It a small offense?"
. He fairly shrieked these words at
me, and I was really afraid the old fel
low would fall in a fit, Instead of dy
ing a natural death.
"Do you know, yung mnn, that
these are the heaviest loads that re put
upon me the things you mortals call
trifles aud such things. Yes, sir! it is
the little things that make these great
bundles for me to carry every day In
He became silent age In, for his voice
had grown so faint and weak that I
can scarcely hear hear It.
And now the clock begins the rold
nlgh t stroke! One, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven,
twelve. Ah! what was that? A sound
as of something falling! I rub my
eyes and look again, but the closest
scrutiny fails to reveal the old year.
Surely, I saw htm fall off the table as
the last stroke rang out, hut be has
gone gone with his burdens nnd eor-1
rows his load of broken promises and
false vows his broken hearts, bis fail
ures and shipwrecked voyages.
I sit alone once more but the room
has grown suddenly cold the rosy
light has turn.1 to a faint, sickly yel
lowand I wonder whether I hnve had
a vision or a dream! WLlch would you
think, dear reader?
Nausea, at Home.
After carefully showing me the route
of the Fram, as well as hi own and
Johauscn' course In their perilous
Journey alone over thelee after lead
ing the ship, the chart were cast aside
on the floor, and Dr. Nansen proceeded
to describe in the simple, direct man
ner so characteristic of him, some of
the numberless interesting incidents of
his voyage. Evidently thrilled by hi
earnest voice and manner, Llv, his lit
tle girl, who had been playing In a
corner of the room, drew nearer, and
unconsciously she walked upon the
original recoitls of her father's route.
The picture of this tiny, half-shy child
standing spellbound listening to ber
father's voice, with the priceless charts
of his famous voyage beneath ber feet,
contrasting with tb tall, muscular fig
ure of her father, who towered above
her, with bronzed face, his balr and
mustache several shades lighter tln
the skin, hi massive hands, discolored
nnd scarred by bard usage, resting
lightly and lovingly upoa the little
child's head, Immediately Impressed
one wth Its dramatic effect Arouad
the room lay polar bear skins and odds
and ends conherted with the voyage.
The table was plied wltk papers, all
systematically arranged; the walls
were covered with presentation studies
from the most famous Norwegian art-
Ists, representing Ice and mow effects.
But despite the Interest of the sur
roundings, one could see nothing, think
of nothing but the man himself the
great, strong, simple mnn who was
speaking. English Illustrated Magazine.
Safety on Water nnd Limit.
The British board of trade has Is
sued a statement of the number of
lives lost by accident In British mer
chant ships during the past year.
This statement shows the average
loss to lie about five-sixths of 1 per
cent of the number of men employed.
The percentage of lives lost Iu sailiug
vessels is somewhat larger thau that
There were 218.224 men employed on
British ships registered In the t'ulted
Kingdom. Of these G(i,0!).i were ein
ployed on sailing ships and 102,120 on
steamships. The latter suffered a loss
of 818 seamen and 34 passengers, msK'
Ing a total of 847. Sailing Vessels lost
l.(r't) seamen and 21 nussentrers.
The British statement Is interesting
in connection, with the report of the
United States Inspector general that a
person Is very much safer lourneylug
on sea than on land, whether on bus
iness or pleasure bent.
According to this report, or ihmkxi,-
000 Journeys made last year only 221
ended in a fatal accident. Otherwise
stated, the percentage of fatalities was
.0000003H. This very small fraction
means that a mnn who has ordinary
luck can make 2,715,403 trips on ves
sels propelled by steam before his turn
comes to be drowned or mown up.
Nevertheless, it will probably be long
before people who have read the story
of the fate of the wrecked Sailer nnd
the 400 victims who went down with
her can brmg themselves to believe
that shins are, as a whole, safer con
veyances than those serving on land.
Elevators In Tall Ilullilinas.
rending the result of a movement to
restrict the height of our tall buildings,
there la one feature of the problem
that has recently been called forcibly
to the attention of the public by the ac
cideut to the elevators in the Ameri
can Tract Society building, the details
of which were described in the En
glneering Record, and that is the peril
attending the occupancy of such high
structures where high speed elevators
aud high pressure plants are Intro
duced. It is quite practicable to regu
late the matter iu anticipation of
action on the larger question of the
restriction of the height of buildings,
The risks attending the operation of
elevators designed to run at speeds of
from 500 to 700 feet per minute are
much greater than Is generally sup-
posed, yet they are fully appreciated
bv experts. The demand for excessive
speeds like that requirea ot tne Dinia
ers of the elevators or tne Tract so-
cletv building was assumed to be nee-
essary in order to make available for
renting the ten upper stories of this
twenty-three-story building. To reach
quickly these high stories an excessive
speed Is called for, nnd with a view to
economize the cost of operation and
minimize space In the basement, high
pressure plants are designed, with the
result tnat tne recora lor ssueiy or
elevator travel so creditable to our e.;--
vator builders tn the past Is likely to
be Impaired. To obviate this is should
be made Illegal to operate passenger
elevators at a speed greater than 400
feet a minute. This will permit the
safety device to operate when' the
speed reaches 500 to 000 feet per nuu
ute. Engineering Record.
"Dear Sir: Six moth ago I bought
a pair of your patent never rip bloop
ers, and since thea I have felt like
new woman." Up to Date.
JlnksVI thlpk those street musician
are araat gamblers.
Dlhis Hew se?
Jlaks They're playing for mosey all
day lrir-IUutrated Monthly.
WOEK Of WUECKERS;
CAUSE OF THE ILLINOIS
Officer of the Bank Playad for MUlloa
and Failed Tried to Depreciate calu
met Electrio Stock, and Then Bny It
Up Ihe 'Whole Scheme IVd Bar.
Chicago, Dee, 22. The National
bank of Illinois, one of the oldest and
best known banking institutions in the
eity, and with assets of between 12,
000,000 and 915,000,000, closed its doors
yesterday, the following notice being
posted before the opening of banking1
"This bank is in the hands of the
national bank examiner. By order of
the comptroller of the treasury."
Of the sixteen banks that cleared
through the National Bank of Illinois,
two closed their doors as a result of
the closing of that institution. These
we're those of E. S. Dryer & Co. and
Wosmandorit & Eeinemann. These
two institutions were mortgage loan
banks and savings societies and their
failures are not expected to affect any
business houses. The assets of E. 8.
Dryer & Co. are given at 91,600,000,
with liabilities of 81,200,000. The
figures for Wasmandorff & Heinemann
are, approximately: Assets, 8050,000
Cuicaoo, Dec, 83. The failure
Angus & Gildele, general contractors
the American Brewing, Malting and
Elevator company and George A. Weiss,
individually, all of these being due to
the collapse of the National Bank of
Illinois, and small runs on three
banks were the echoes yesterday
oi the bank failures of Monday,
Chicago, Dee, 24. W. A. Hammond,
second vice president of the National
Bank of Illinois, who has been charged
with pulling the wool over the defunct
bank, would not talk when seen in his
palatial home at Evanston. Through
an intimate friend, however, he made
a statement which is calculated to in
culpate several directors, as well as
two or three men who are not con'
nccted with the bank.
"W. A. Hammond is to be made the
scapegoat of the failure of the National
Hank of. Illinois," said the friend
Hammond is a broken man to-dav.
but he is not any more to blame for
the amount of money loaned on Calu
met securities than are the members
of the finance committee of the bank
nnd its directors. It was necessary to
tne purposes of a man connected with
the South Chicago City railway and an
otlicer of one of the best known banks
of this city to depreciate the Calumet
Electric roads stocks, and to this
end, these two men brought about the
wrecking of the National Bank of
Of the bank's funds, 82.473.000 had
been loaned on the Calumet securities.
I he plan for wrecking was brilliant
t'n u so an investigation, depreciate
Calumet stock and buy it. Then com
bine this valuable property of sixty-
tnreo nines oi new tractt, equipment
and franchise with the South Chicago
railway, eventually combining with
the Cliiongo City railway and make a
for no oi millions witnm nve or ten
"The loan was increased with the
full knowledge of members of the 11'
nance committee ana, later on was
was made' known to'the- -tuiectors.
Members of the finance committee and
officers of the bank were given stock,
and the purpose of the deal was to sell
tne road and, besides paying the bank
loan, make a good round sum for the
directors. There has been a severe
contest between the General Electrio
and the South Chicago City railway to
secure control ot the bonds oi the Cal
umet rood, and the stocks which
go with them, and it was thought
that the road could finally be sold
at something like 83,000,000 or 84,000,-
000. Jt was a brilliant idea lor a man
connected with the South Chicago City
railway to wreck the bank, and the
men who had been backing Calumet
through the bank. It has succeeded,
and the probabilities are that the Calu
met Electric will be sold to the South
Chicago City railway man and his
friend, the banker, who lent his name
to the scheme to make a good pot out
of the deul himself.
"The part the banker took in the
matter was a safe one. lie called the
attention of the bank examiner to the
fact that Calumet securities had disap
peared somewhere, intimating that the
National Hank of Illinois had a good
share of them and probably had them
"The officers of the bank, finding
that the bank examiner was not on
their trail, began to push the transac
tions they had on foot for the sale of
the securities and the clearing house
became alarmed. Could the matter
have been delayed thirty or sixty days
the Calumet Electric securities would
not have been found in the bank's
assets. The sale would have been ef
fected, possibly at a loss to the bank,
but without disturbance to the publio
or heavy loss to the stockholders of
the bank. But this course would not
suit the purpose of persons trying to
control the Calumet Electric road.
"Three years ago E. S. Dreyer, alone
owed the bank 81,000,000, and for three
years Mr. Hammond has been trying to
reduce that. It was reduced one-half
when the doors of the bank closed, and
it was due to Vice President Hammond
that this was accomplished. If the
securities for the loans to these two
men Dreyer and Weiss have disap
peared, they disappeared Saturday.
Ti:at point may come out later. One
director in the bank who has been
talking a great deal since the condi
tion of the concern became public took
812,000 out of the bank Saturday after
noon. Gave Ilia Life for Another.
Independence, Kan., Dec 24. Yes
terday Henry Holl and Harmon Long
were digging a well at Edna, where
they struck fire damp. Holl quickly
tied a rope around Long and he was
hauled up. In saving his friend's life
Holl sacrificed his own.
Great Floods In Greece.
Athens, Dec. 24. Great floods in
Northern Greece have caused an over
flow of the Salambria river. Enor
mous damage has been done, village
have been inundated and a number of
persons have been drowned.
Dingier Ienlee a Story.
Washington, Dec. 24. Chairman
Dingley of the ways and means com
mittee denies the story that the "East
ern members of the committee, led by
Chairman Dingley, are not disposed to
look with favor upon reciprocity in
framing a new tariff.
Trnlu Robbers In Alabama.
lintiilNoii am, Ala., Dec 19. An ex
press train on the Southern railway
was stopped at 7 o'clock last night in
rayctte county by two masked men,
who flagged it on a bridge. One of thi
express safes was broken into, but the
robbers got very little,
December 21. The house practically com
pleted the consideration of the legislative,
executive and judicial appropriation bllL
After a somewhat acrimonious debate on
the congressional library Item, the appro
priations committee gained a victory,
defeating- a substitute ot the library
committee by a vote ot 27 to 84. Under the
provision of the bill as adopted, Librarian
Spofford will continue in office with an In
crease of salary from 14,000 to 15,000. The
Senate amendments to the immigration bill
: son-concurred la and a conference
It was Cuban dav In the senate. The gal
leries were crowded and there was a deluge
of reports and resolutions. Presentation of
Mr. Cameron's report was the main event
A supplementary report was filed by Sena
tors Morgan and Mills, and resolutions by
Senators Vest, Hill, Cullom and Bacon. Re
port of the senate foreign relations commit
tee acknowledging Cuba's Independence and
proffering friendly offices to Spain to end
the war, is a strong and very lengthy docu
ment and shows European precedents for
the course proposed.
Dec 22. The House passed the legislative,
executive and judicial appropriation bill
and then adjourned for the holiday recesa
The Senate discussed Pacific railroad
matters, referred the whole question to the
Pacific railroads committee, and adjourned
for the holidays to January 6, 1897.
SLAIN BY ROBBERS:
A Rich Bachelor Farmer Found
dered Near Savannah, Mo.
St. Joseph, Mo., Dec 2?. Alfred
Wilson, aged 70, one of the best known
residents of Andrew county, was mur
dered some time lost night by robbers
at his home, one mile northeast of
Avenue City and seven miles from Sa
vannah. Wilson was a bachelor and
was rich. Some time ago he became so
embittered against banks that he drew
out ail his deposits and was sup
posed to have concealed them about
ST. PAUL BANKS CLOSED.
The Old Minnesota and Its Stock Tarda
Branch Forced to the Wall.
St. Paul, Minn., Dec 23. The Bank
of Minnesota, capital 8600,000, the
oldest and generally considered one of
the strongest banks in the Northwest,
closed to-day, State Bank Examiner
Kenyon taking possession of the assets.
The Union Stock Yards bank, which
is closely connected with the bank of
Minnesota, also closed its doors.
The closing of these banks was a
decided surprise, but has not affected
the other banks of the city.
A Preacher's TJnnsnal Way of Getting1
Material for a Sermon,
Rochester, N. Y., Dec, 23. Rev.
David Kirkpatrick, pastor of tho Sec
ond Universalist church of this city,
was arrested yesterday. lie is accused
of accosting a woman on the street
and asking permission to accompany
her. She refused, whereupon ho
threatened to arrest her. Kirkpatrick
acknowledges talking with the woman,
but states it was a method adopted by
him for the purpose of obtaining ma
terial for a series of sermons.
BODINE SERIOUSLY ILL.
Cona-resaman-KleeS From the
Paris, Ma, Dec. 24. R. F. Bodine
of this city, congressman-elect from
the Second district, is very ill of pneu
monia. At the late election he carried
the Second district by an overwhelm
ing majority, defeating Charles A.
Loomis of Chillicothe, his Republican
opponent, by over 5,000 votes.
Death In Bnckwheat Cakes.
St. Louis, Mo., Dec 2. Five mem
bers of the family of F. M. . Roberts, a
fireman on the Missouri Pacific rail
way, were poisoned oy eating cakes
made of prepared buckwheat flour yes
terday. Four of them are at tho city
hospital, and it is doubtful if they will
A Hired Man's Revenue.
Madki.ia, Minn., Deo. 24. Fred Job-
linski and son were murdered and his
wife wounded last night by the hired
man. The murderer is still at large.
Jobllnski was a farmer living twelve
miles south of here, and had opposed
the marriage of his daughter to the
Mrs. Harrison's Watoh Recovered
Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 24. Several
weeks ago General Harrison was
robbed of a gold watch belonging to
his wife. He offered a reward for its
recovery, and yesterday he received a
package from Chicago containing the
A Probate Jmlirea "Sooner."
Guthrie, Ok., Dec. 23. In a contest
case from Lincoln county tne com
missioner of the general land office
holds that Probate judge Allison was
disbarred from taking land, though
he was ordered into the reservation
on official business by the government
and in no way took advantago by his
Bryant Not Captured.
Fort Scott, Kan., Dec. 23. George
Bryant, the Missouri Pacific shop em
ploye who shot his wife and her
father, has not been captured. Search
ing parties were out all Sunday night
and yesterday, but no trace of the
fugitive has been found.
Negro Fiend Lynched.
Mayfield, Ky., Dee. 23. Jim Stone,
colored, charged with criminal as
sault on Mrs. J. M. R. Green, a white
woman of this city, was lynched last
night by a mob. The mob tore down
the jail door and took the prisoner
from the officers.
Mr. MorrUl's Partner Oead.
Hiawatha, Kan., Dec. 23. Charles
H. Janes, for many years the business
associate of Governor E. N. Morrill,
died Sunday evening at 8 o'clock. Mr.
Janes was the pioneer banker of
Brown county and possibly Northeast
A Train Dispatcher a Suicide.
Parsons, Kan., Dec. 22. E. H. Hun-
socker, chief train dispatcher of the
Missouri, Kansas fc Texas railroad
hero, committed suicide to-day by
shooting himself with a revolver. It ia
hinted that drink and financial
troubles were responsible for the deed.
A Rich Mlsioorlan a Suicide.
Pilot Grove, Mo., Dec. 24. William
Wyan, a wealthy cattleman of Bell
Air, committed suicide yesterday by
hanging himself In the loft of his barn.
He was an influential Democrat and a
Mason of note. He had been insane
for some time.
Not Oue of the Miners Perished.
Wu.KKsiiAiitiE, Pa., Dec. 22. A oan-
vass of the homes of miners employed
in Ihe Haiti more mine, where the ex
plosion iK-eurred, shows thnt all the
BOLD TRAIN ROBBERS.
THE CHICAGO & ALTON
AGAIN HELD UP.
illu Cut, Near Kansas City, Famons for
Fast Hold-TJps, the Scene of the Latest
Job Done in a Workmanlike Manner
rtr Ihe Passengers Not Molested.
Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 24. Passen
ger train No. 40, on the Chicago &
Alton railway, that left the Union
depot at 8:45 o'clock last evening was
held up and robbed an hour later a
mile and a half east of Independence,
near Blue cut, the spot made famous
by train robbers on three prew'ous
The train was in charge of Conductor
Nicholls, of Roodhouse, 111., a veteran
on the road. Engineer P. &. Mead, of
Slater, was on the engine, and A. J.
Frier was in charge of the express
car. ilo hod an enormous amount of
express matter, much of it valuable,
although little of it was in cash, the
greater amount being Christmas goods.
The fact of the robbery was made
known by Conductor Nicholls, who
walked back to Independence and re
ported it to the company. He said the
train was flagged by a gang of men at
Blue cut. and as it stepped two men
sprang on the engine and, covering
them with guns, forced Engineer Mead
and his fireman off the engine.
Conductor Nicholls was in the smok
ing car when the train was stopped,
and as he stepped out on the platform
to see what was wrong he met a mem
ber of the bandit gang, who com
manded him to step down off the car
and throw up his hands, which he
promptly did. He was asked if he had
any of the company's money, and when
he said he had not the robber went
through his pocket and found four
silver dollars, which he appropriated.
Then the conductor was forced to step
in and uncouple the train behind the
baggage car and cut the bell rope,
after which all the members of the
gang climbed on and the engine and
cars pulled away.
Killed the Through Safe.
After the robbers had stopped their
special in the Glendnle cut they rapped
on the door of the express car, Express
Messenger Fryer did not know what
had occurred, and when he heard
rap at the side door, think-
was the brakeman, he opened it.
man with a shotgun commuted
ijlm to retreat into the car, while the
twoothers followed with revolvers.and
ordered him to throw up his hands.
The men then pulled him from the car.
They asked him if he had any money,
lie was too excited to answer. Then
tjiiey picked him up nnd threw him
bodily into the car, and one of the men,
who was a boat 3.") years of ngo and now
lore a mask, climbed in. The man
who got into tho car proceeded to tho
lurge safe and threw down a kit of
Wools in front of it. Tho other two
Ilalrl mind nt. PVvpi-'h Tipnfl whiln flip
txird ono proceeded coolly to break
I cipCn the safe.
I I A small hole atoud tune-eighth of an
W.T'V 1 " ' war, irtfm in win lurfre AUIfV ana
Fryer told them they we.ro wasting
,imc; that thero was not a penny in
the largo safe. At this, desisted from
their attempt to open it and prepared
Thpu flion onmnnllod him to ilinih
lip on the front end of the car and set
he brake. After the brake had leen
et the robbers drove Fryer back into
he car, and closed tho door, telling
Mm at tho same time to remain there
Cn peril of his life. As soon as the
express messenger had been driven
into the car the robbers boarded tho
engine and went at a high rate of
soeed about two miles where it was
It is impossible to estimate the
a uount of money taken from the small
si,fe as tho express messenger refused
to state. He admitted, however, that
there was a great deal of money which
was being shipped for Christmas. It
is fair to estimate it at thousands of
After looting the car they cut the
engine loose and ran to a point a mile
est of Ulendale. Here they de
serted the engine and took to
tl'e woods. They took the precau
tion to "kill" tho engine before they
left it, and the fact that this was done
in a workmanliko manner is another
reason for believing that tho men were
When word reached Kansas City,
Marshal Keshlear called on the Alton
for a special train and with a lurge
posse of men left for the scene of the
The train carried a kirge number of
passengers, many of them being ladies,
Bnd when the word was carried back
through the couches that a holdup was
oti hand there was the wildest sort of
a panic for a few minutes. No one
thought of fighting the bandits, but
each passenger began a wild scramble
to hide what cash and valuables were
on hand. Car seats were overturned,
purses were thrust beneath the cush
ions, watches were pushed beneath the
covering of the berths and diamonds
were hidden in every conceivable place.
Then the passengers sat down and
waited for the robbers to come. They
waited and waited, but no robbers
cijme, and their suspense was soon
eitded by the conductor and trainmen
cifming back to tell them the thieves
hid stolen the engine, baggage aud
express cars and taken them away.
The train, manned by a crew sent
oat from Kansas City, left Glendale at
3:io this inornintr for St Louis. It
pibked up the coacnes oi tne train mat
hAd been held up about two miles
st of Ulendale.
Prosecuting; Attorner Mosby Dead
St. Louis, Wo., Dec. 24. Joseph
fsby, prosecuting attorney of Maries
cdunty, M-r. died at St. John's hospi
tal, this cityTof ciri?er- ged 65 years,
lie was a cousin of GenetT'-'')l.71
Mosby, the Confederate cavalr'y Icauer.'
He was born at Harrodsburg, Ky., but
come to Missouri when a boy.
Special Spanish Knvor Coming;.
Madrid, Dec, 24. El Tiempo asserts
that a high political personage is to be
sent to Washington to confer with the
officers of the government regarding
the relations between Spain and the
Canoe I'pset and Three Drowned.
Paducah, Ky., Dec Allen
Greer and the wife 'and daughter of
Hud Owens were drowned last night
In Clark's river, six miles from the
city. They were crossing the stream
in a canoe when the craft was over
turned, A Wot Superior. Wis., Hank Closed.
Wkst Sitkiiioii, is., Dec 24. Ti e
Bank of Yct Superior, capital t.Ml.(KK)
end surplus $."0,00il, suspended this
morning us a direct result of the ftiil
ire of Uie banks of :tii f.sotu ad
MR. HATCH DEAD.
The Ex-Congressman Passes Away, Sur
rounded by His Family.
Hannibal, Mo., Dec 24. Hon, Will
iam II. Hatch died at 9 o'clock last
night. When dissolution took place,
which was peaceful, his wife, his
daughter, Miss Sallie; hi brother,
John C. Hatch, and wife, of Chicago;
his sister, Miss Emma Hatch; Misses
Jennie and Mary E. Hawkins and
Elijah Hawkins, sisters and brother to
Mrs. Hatch, and Col. Cornelius Voor
his. Mrs. Sarah Hart, H. G. Hamlin
and George Johnson, old friends, sur
rounded his bed.
Colonel Hatch leaves a wife and two
children, Miss Sallio and Lewellen 8.
Hatch. He leaves quite an estate, the
farm of 300 acress on which he lived
and a large body of land in the Sni
bottoms. He carried 8j,000 life insur
ance. LOST IN A FIERCE GALE.
Twelve Passenc;ers and AU but Fonr of
a Bark's Crew Lost Off Mexico.
San Dbago, Cal., Dec. 24. A fierce
storm occurred in the Gulf of Cam
oeche December 11 and 13 and among
other casualties reported, is the wreck
of the bark Jamaica, with twelve pass
engers and most of the crew lost.
The captain strapped 100 Mexican dol
lars upon him and clinginar to a barrel,
tried to reach shore. The survivors
saw him sink, owing to the weight of
the metal, une passenger after an
other sank, the boats proving entirely
unmanageable. Only three men and
a boy escaped. The vessel sank soon
after she was abandoned.
Attempted to Arrest James Knntsevv
Wanted for Burglary.
Mansfield, Mo., Dee. 24. At a
dance Tuesday night at the residence
of Morton Newman, in Douglas county,
a conspicuous guest was James Kunt-
zer of Indian territory fame, wanted at
Bryant, Mo., on a charge of burglary.
Constable Owen Booth of Olathe, Mo.,
and his three deputies went to the
Newman homestead with a warrant
for the arrest of Kuntzer. In the
melee which followed Kuntzer shot
and instantly killed Booth and then
escaped. Ralph Appling was shot in
THE GRAND ISLAND SOLD.
Only One Bid of S3,000,000 Made for
Hastinos, Neb., Dec 24. The publio
sale of the St Joseph & Grand Island
railroad was held at the depot here to
day. Edward Simonton, special mas
ter of St. Paul, Minn., had charge.
There wo but one bid and that was
by William Bull for Frank H. Olcott,
who represents the first mortiracre
bondholders of New York. The road
sold for 8:1,000,000.
Mr. Bryan's Flint Lecture.
Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 24. Mr. W. J.
Bryan made his first appearance on the
lecture platform at the Grand opera
house last night The house, which
seats 3,000 people, was filled. Mr.
Bryan was cheered when he appeared
on the stage. Mr. Bryan spoke for
ono hour on essential principles of
good VrWOTmshln, (.. -uocli.tr hiu n-
marks under tho title ot "Ancient
Landmarks." At the end, hundreds
crowded around to shake his hand.
Mr. Bryan referred to the silver ques
tion only incidentally.
After Fifty Years.
Chicago, Dec 24. Mary Dawson
McCaffery was pronounced by a jury
in Judge Dunn's court yesterday to
have been tho legal wife of John Mc
Caffery at his death in 1894, and, there
fore, entitled to share in his estate.
McCaffery died worth about $1,000,000,
and had had five wives, most of them
by common law marriages. He lived
with his last wife for over forty years.
Mary Dawson, it appears, was mar
ried to McCuffery in Ireland over fifty
years ago and deserted.
The Mew Spanish Policy.
London, Dec. 24. A dispatch from
Madrid says: "Captain General Wcy
lcr's advance in Pinar del Rio is the
first stage in a policy concerted be
tween him and the Spanish govern
ment with 30,000 men in ten columns
to clear the province of Pinar dol Rio
of the rebels, who will be obliged to
submit or fly from the province. Gen
eral Weyler expects to clear tho pro
vince of Havana and Mantanzas in a
Bloody Battle at a Dance.
Middlesboro, Ky., Dec. 24. News
from Letcher county states that a
bloody battle was fought at a dance at
the home of David Williams. One hun
dred shots were fired and Charley
Hogg, a prominent mountain teacher,
was mortally wounded. Hogg's
friends swear vengeance and a feud
A Prominent '0er Dead.
New York, Doc. 24. Nathaniel Mil
ler died at Patchogue, L. I., last night,
aged 81 years. lie was born in Brool.
Haven. In 1840 he went to California
and amassed a fortune. He assisted
in forming the first vigilance commit
tee in San Francisco, and erected tho
first building on Battery street in that
Ryan Won in the Fonrth.
Stbacuse, N. Y., Dec 24. Tommy
Ryan, ex-welterweight champion of
the world, knocked out Billy Rayne, of
Philadelphia, in the fourth round of a
twenty-round contest, which took
place last night before the Empire
Athletic club, of this city.
Boar Opposes Action.
Washington, Dec 2L Senator Hale
has received a letter from Senator
Hoar, who is absent from the city, an
nouncing his opposition to tho Cuban,
resolution' -nd asking Senato-- 'late
nv way that vJ ne-
mitteo opiorcig.. ,
Treaty Sure to Be AcFep:
Caracas, Venezuela, Dec. ii. ru-
Ho sentiment is growing more favora
ble to the boundary arbitration treaty
with England. The opposition to it Is
dying out and the treaty surely will
W. 8. Orear a Suicide.
St. Louis, Ma, Dec 24. Despondent
at failure to secure employment, W. S.
Orear, cousin of Politician . T. Orear
and brother-in-law of Supreme Judge
McFarlane, committed suicide by the
morphine method at the Pilgrim hotel
Geort U. Base Ealht Dead.
Nw York, Dec 24. George G. Sax's
of the firm of Estey fc Saxe, piano and
organ manafacturera, fell dead in the
street at Madison N. J., yesterday, of
npoplexy. He was a brother of the
late John G. Saxe, the poet One of
bi&spns is a physician in Montana.