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SENATE. Monday , February 19.
Mr. Wilson presented two seta of creden
I tials for Allison as senator-elect from Iowa ,
which were riferaed. The chairlald before
the senate a Joint resolution from the legis
lature of Ohio relative to the exclusion of
American pork from France and Germany.
McMillan presented the resolutions of the
chambers of commerce from Minneapolis
and St. Paul opposing the forfeiture of land
grants to the Northern Pacific. Consider *
ation of the bill providing for national bank
circulation was resumed. After an extend *
cd discussion Plumb modified his amend
ment by a clause providing that if when
national bank circulation shall be surren
dered , it be not taken up by other national
banks within thirty days , the secretary of
the treasury shall Issue its equivalent in
HOUSE Bills were introduced and
referred : By Mr. Peel , erantlng 320 acres
of public lands to each of the survivors of
the Mountain Meadow massacre. By Mr.
.Nichols , to regulate traffic on railroads aid
ed by government bonds. It makes freight
pools and discrimination in freightratcs un
lawful. By Mr. Cobb , providing for pay
ing the cost of surveying of lands granted
to the Northern Pacific and subject the
same to taxation. The bill to relieve cer
tain soldiers from the charge of desertion
was passed under a suspension of the rules.
The bill fixing at one cent for each four
ounces the rate of postage on second-class
matter mailed by persons otber.tHan a pub
lisher or newspaper agent , was passed un
der a suspension of the rules. < Belford in
troduced a resolution calling on the secreta
ry of state to * inform the house whether
Prince Bismarck has sent his department
any letter touching on the resolution re
cently pa sed by this house concerning the
death of Herr Lasker , and , if so , to trans
mit a copy of the same and inform the house
of any advices he may have on the subject.
SENATE. Tuesday , February 19.
Mr./Dawcs from the committee on Indian
affair ? , reported formally the bill providing
for the punishment of trespassers on Indian
lands by imprisonment of one year or a fine
of $500 , or both. The action of the com
mittee was upon the recommendation of the
secretary of the interior and espe
cially intended to keep Payne and
his followers off the Oklahama lands.
The bill to provide for issue of circulation
to national banks was taken up. Mr. Bay
ard addressed the senate in opposition to
Plumb's amendment. The debate was a
long one , and was participated in by JBay-
ard , McPherson , Plumb , Vest , Allison and
Mitchell. Bayard and Allison's opposition
to the Plumb amendment was based , among
other things , upon the fundamental changes
, which tho&e propositions would involve in
the character of our government. Without
action the senate adjourned.
HOUSE. The house dunng the early
hours of the morning was a scene of great
confusion and excitement. Mr. Hiscock
attempted to have the pension bill read and
the democrats objected with great empha
sis. Mr. Hiscock was standing full in front
of the speaker's desk , where he was sur
rounded by an excited crowd of adherents
< and opponents , and finally the disorder be
M came so great that the services of the ser-
- - were called into requisition ,
[ r. lucker , approaching to within a couple
of feet of Hiscock , addressed him directly
and called him to order. ' 'The gentleman
calls to order ' ' exclaimed Hiscock
me , , ex
citedly , "because his side Is unwilling to
have advertised to the country'the bill which
they attempt to force down this house. "
At 8:15 a quorum was obtained , and .Hew
itt's motion making the Mexican pension
bill the special order for the 21st inst. , was
seconded 165 to 1. The resolution was
then adopted yeas , 175 ; nays , 35. The
announcement of the result was received
with applause on the democratic side , and
at 8:55the house adjourned until Wednes
SENATE Wednesday , February 20.
The following resolution was agreed to :
Resolved , That the secretary of the inte
rior inform the senate when and how many
acres of indemnity lands were certified or
patented to railroad corporations in Iowa ,
and to whom grants of lands were
donated ; also , whether any such
roads are now claiming more In
demnity lands , and in what quantities.
On motion of Mr Allison the senate passed
the bill fixing the time of holding the terms
of the circuit court and district courts of the
United States in the northern district-of
Iowa. Mr. Sewell's bill , appropriating
$60,000 per annum for the militia , was
passed. After several amendments , some
of which were agreed to , the senate went
into executive session and soon thereafter
HOUSE. The report was agreed to calling
for the heretofore
upon the postmaster-general -
' tofore unpublished reports of special agents
in reference to the star route investigation.
Reports were submitted as follows : From
the public lands commissioner , a hill to for
feit the land grant of the Oregon Central.
From the committee on foreign affairs , a
resolution to request the president not to
deliyer to the Spanish government Senor
Carlos Aguero , held for extradition at Key
West , until it is ascertained that the charges
against him are true and that he is not held
for political purposes. A joint resolution ,
appropriating $150,000 toward the educa
tion of Indians was passed. The military
academy bill was discussed without action .
SENATE Friday , .February 20.
Bills were introduced and referred : By Mr.
Cullom to improve the navigation of the
Mississippi ri er. The bill providing for
the punishment of persons.f alsely personat
ing officers and employes of the United States
was passed. The senate suspended further
consideration of the morning business order
and resumed debate on the bill to provide
for issue of circulation to banking associa
tions , and Morgan addressed the senate in
support of the amendment offered by him
permitting national banks to deposit bonds
of separate states as security for circulation.
A long debate followed ; participated in by
Maxey , Plumb , Butler , Coke , Harrison ,
Ingalls , Bayard , Beck , Merrill , Aldrich and
HOUSE The house went into com
mittee of the whole ( Bland in the chair ) on
the military academy bill. The post route
bill was passed. The senate amend
ments to tne house bill declaring all pub
lic roads post routes was concurred In.
A resolution calling upon the secretary of
the interior for information * of when the
line of the Northern JPacific or any part of
it was definitely located , and. whether that
road claims any-lands on which homesteader
or pre-emption entries had been made prior
to the time of final location , was reported
from the committee and agreed to. The
speaker laid before the house the following
To the House of Representatives :
I transmit herewith the report of the sec
retary of state , ofcthe 21st instant , whereby
your"honorable body , and through you the
people of the United States , may become
apprised of the generous contribution made
by her Brittanic majesty's government
toward the efforts for the relief of Lieuten
ant Greeley's Arctic exploring partybypre-
senting to the United States the Arctic
steamer "Alert. "
CHESTER A. ARTHUR.
HOUSE Saturday , February 28.
Under the call of committees the following
reports were made : Mr. Moulton. from
the committee on judiciary , providing for
holding terms of court in the northern dis
trict of Illinois at Peorla. The house went
into committee of the whole ( Converse in
the chair ) on the pleuro-pneumonla bill.
Mr. J. S. Wise ( Va. ) spoke in op
position to the states' rights doctrine ,
which had been presented as an argu
ment why the bill should not pass.
Ha had heard I the gentleman from New York
( Cox ) boast that he was a shining light and
monument of democracy here to point to the
doctrine of states rights. He did not call
the gentleman a monument. He called him
A pillar of gas by day to lead the democracy.
[ Laughter. ] He was sick of hearing the
little bantling chicken of state rights being
pitted against the heavy , gorgeous , red-
combed cock of the nation , for it knocked it
to smithereens every time. [ Laughter. ]
The committee then rose and the house ad
APPALLING LOSS OP LIFE.
The Southern Section of the Country Vis
ited by a Cyclone "Which Makes
SIIAWNEKTOWN , 111. , February 20.
The mayor of this city has issued a procla
mation in which he says :
"Again we are compelled to appeal to the
public for aid for our suffering people. We
had hoped until yesterday that our people
would not be left entirely homeless , or even
to the extent of last year ; but , alas , we are
doomed to disappointment. Yesterday at 4
o'clock p. m. a terrific storm swept over
.our city , carrying destruction and desolation
in its pa'th. Hundrsds of houses that were
deluged to their roofs and .tottering on their
foundations , were swept away and dashed
to pieces , leaving hundreds of families with
out houses or shelter of any kind after the
flood subsides , which is hoped for , but
which is an event still in the dark future , as
the river has now passed the flood height of
last year and is still rising , and what height
it will reach we cannot know. "
AUGUSTA , Ga. , February 20. Yester
day's storm was the severest since the cy
clone of 1875. In Hancock county the storm
overturned outhouses and unroofed houses.
At Harlem , besides damages in the interior ,
the plantation of George Granade was
ruined , houses demolished and timber car
ried off. On the plantation of Dr. Reese , a
negro was killed , and Mrs. V. M. Wade ,
wife of the overseer , seriously wounded.
The town of Bradley , S. C. , was nearly
BIRMINGHAM , Ala. , February 20. A
cyclone swept through the valley yesterday
noon , and it is reported that thirteen per
sons were injured in one community.
At Leeds the cyclone swept away a sec
tion house of the railroad , killing three
negroes. An old white couple named Base
were seriously injured. Three miles south
of Leeds , the house of John Poole was
blown away , and his son , daughter and child
were instantly killed. Poole , his wife and
four children , were very badly injured.
Later intelligence but adds horror to the
woeful story. William Wassen , aged 14 ,
was killed. George Davis , a boy on- the
Poole place , was killed. Miles of forest in
the Cahaba valley were leveled by the storm.
The bodies of cows were found around
Leeds. In many places the ground is clear
of stones , as if carefully swept.
EVANSVILLE , February 20. A relief
boat from below reports awful scenes of
desolation * as the result of yesterday's
storm , "but no loss of life is reported.
Within fifteen miles of Evansville fifty or
more houses were washed away. The town
of Fairplay , containing fifteen houses , was
swept out of existence. The boat took a
great many people from trees and hills ,
some badly frozen.
WILMINGTON , N. C. , February 20. A
Star special gays ; A terrible cyclone passed
near Rockingham last night , killing from
fifteen to twenty people and wounding a
great many more.
MACON , Ga. , February 20. This city
was visite'd yesterday afternoon and last
night by a tremendous storm. There are
rumors of death and destruction in the sur
rounding counties. A special from Atlanta"
to the Telegram reports fifty killed north of
that city. A special from Columbus re-
ports'several killed and wounded. Twen
ty-five houses were leveled by the cyclone
The bodies of three white men and eleven
negroes have been recovered. Search is
making for others believed to have been
killed. At Pioneer mills six houses were
blown down and one man killed. At Wood
wards two men wjere killed and at Winsboro
four were killed. At Polktou one was
WILMINGTON , N. C. , February 21.
Specials give further particulars of the cy
clone. _ The storm came so suddenly that
the people were unable to escape from their
houses. Buildings were blown into frag
ments and the bodies of the dead terribly
bruised and cut. Theforce of the wind was
so great that two millstones were moved a
hundred feet , chickens and birds were
picked clean and the largest trees uprooted ,
and smaller ones stripped of bark. At mid
night the sky was a dazzling red. The
killed and wounded belong almost exclu
sively to the poorer classes and there will be
suffering and destitutio'n among the survi
vors. Already twenty-three aead bodies
have been found in Richmond county.
ATLANTIC , February 21. Reliable in
formation from Grass Knob shows twenty
persons killed within a space of three
ATLANTA , Ga. , "February 21. Relia
ble reports state that on the line of the
Cherokee and Pickens counties , within a
space of three miles , twenty-two persons
were killed and forty wounded . No deaths
occurred in the other counties contiguous to
They call men who were officers in
the army by their military titles in or
der to ex-hon-erate them as it were.
SUFFOCATED IN A SHAFT.
Myatorlou * Explosion of Fire Damp in a
Coal Mine Shaft Nineteen Per-
ODI Taken.Out Dead.
UNIONTOWN , Pa. , February 20. The
.Ittle mining village of West Lesenyg , four
miles north of here , was this morning the
scene of the most terrific explosion ever
known in the coke region. The Connell vllle
Coal and Iron company have coke ovens
which give employment to about 100 men.
The coal is obtained by means of a shaft
which reaches the mine at a distance of 400
feet from the surface. This morning a part
of the force who had worked all night left
the mines a little after 3 o'clock and seventy
others took their places , making the usual
morning shift. About half-past six o'clock
while the men were digging , without warn
ing occurred an explosion that convulsed
the mine in every apartment and threw the
men into the utmost consternation. The
scene of the explosion was fully 800 feet dis
tant from the bottom of the shaft , and about
1,200 feet from the surface opening , yet the
report was heard on the outside for a con
siderable distance , and caused such a Jar
that thev top of the derrick , 100 feet high ,
was knocked off. Two mules were stand
ing at the bottom of the shaft , 800 feet from
the explosion , and the rush of air blew one
of them through a wooden cage , shattering
it to pieces. An awful scene ensued.among
the terror-stricken miners. All the lamps
were blown out and they were left in dark
ness and confusion. They had not time to
recover from the shock until they , found
themselves unable to breathe. The explo
sion of fire-damp left the mine without
oxygen. Th < s men hovered near the bottom
tom , but even here did not long find relief.
Of all the men who were in hearing of where
the explosion occurred Dick Balsely alone
escapek to tell the awful story. When the
explosion came and all the lights were
blown out , Balsely had Just changed his
clothes. He at once wound a part of his
clothes tightly around his face and mouth
to keep the foul air from choking him , and
gave the rest of his garments to a compan
ion with instructions to take the same pre
cautions. He then started for the entrance ,
bidding his companion to follow. They ran
over the bodies of the men , and over shat
tered wagons. They could see nothing ,
but could hear the groans of dying men.
Presently Balsley's companion protested
that they were not going in the right direc
tion and turned back. Like Lot's wife , he
perished. Balsley pushed on uniil he final
ly saw light and was taken out. His escape
is regarded as most marvelous. He says
some of the men kept their heads under
water as long as they could , and would have
to change from water to the damp until
they finally gave up the unequal struggle.
When news of the explosion flashed around
the families of the men gathered about the
shaft crazy with suspense. Balsley's story ,
gave them little ground for hope that any
could be got out alive , and it was fully fwo
hours before any volunteers could enter the
mine. It was about eight o'clock when the
first body was brought out. It was that of
Michael Ricks , whose wife and two little
ones were waiting at the shaft. There
were no marks of violence' . He had evident
ly died of suffocation. At noon 19 bodies
had been carried out. The company's books
were then examined.'the roll called , and it
was announced that all the men were ac
The identified .dead are as follows :
Michael Heffein , leaves a wife and six chil
dren ; John Buckley , unmarried ; Patrick
Kennedy , unmarried ; James Tracy , sin
gle ; James Baker , wife and two children ;
David Lloyd , single ; William Davis , single ;
Thomas McGarey , wife and three children ;
John Harty , single ; Michael Ricks , wife
and two childien ; George Callis , wife ;
David Bucknerwife and two children ;
John Murray , wife and child ; Peter Wa
ters , single ; Wm. Tearing , wife and four
children ; Joe Barks , wife ; H.-Warmus ,
single ; Alban N. Hackney , wife and one
child ; GareyE. Mace , unknown relations.
Most of the above had died from suffoca
tion. Their faces were generally very black.
The last man taken out. alive was Henry
Wilson , who managed to subsist on air in
the very bottom until rescued. He was al
most gone. Many of those' who were in
other parts of'the mine suffered severely.
UNIONTOWN , Pa. , February 21. The
scene of yesterday's terrible disaster was
visited by large numbers to-day. The majority - ,
jority were simply curious , but many came
with the earnest intention of investigating
and , if possible , ascertaining the cause of
fhe explosion. A close examination of the
mine leads many to believe that the disaster
resulted from improper ventilation. The
mine inspector said he was convinced that
heavy gas must have come from a leak in
some vacant room and , the room filling up ,
ran over and followed along the roof until
some miner touched it off with his head
lamp. These facts are borne out by the
fact that only four men killed by the explo
sion bore marks of violence. The company
is doing all in their power to alleviate the
suffering of the wounded and the sorrow of
the afflicted. Theiunerals will lake place
from here to-morrow. The coroner will
begin an investigation on Saturday.
A Fight "With Horse Thieves.
DEADWOOD , February 19. Informa
tion from Stoneville says horse thieves hada
fight with Deputy Sheriff Willard's posse.
They killed Cunningham , who was a by
stander. The body of Jack Campbell , one
of the outlaws , was found five miles from
the scene of the encounter perforated by
fifteen bullets. Tuttle , the wounded out
law , is not expected to live. Axelbee , the
leader , escaped severely wounded. Deputy
Willard and nine others are in pursuit.
Pruden , a prisoner , over whose arrest the
tragedy occurred , has been safely Jailed.
M. A. SPALDING ,
AGENT FOR THE
Sold Low for cash , or on easy payments or
| rented until the rent pays icr the organ.
M. A. SPALDING , Agent ,
McCOOK , NEBRASKA.
Ranch on Red Willow , Thornburg , Hayes
County , Neb . Cattle branded ' ' J. M. " on
leftside. Young cattle branded same as
above , also ' 'J. > ' on left jaw. Under-slope
right ear. Horses branded "E" on left
shoulder. . _ _ _ _ _ _
FOR SALE. Myrange of 1,000 acres of
deeded land in one body , including the
Black and Byfield hay lands ; timber and
water with two good farm houses and other
improvements. Convenient to No. 1 school
privileges. Situated in the Republican val
ley west of Red Willow creek. Call on'or
address J. F. BLACK ,
Red Willow , Neb.
Stock brand circle on left shoulder ; also
dewlap and a crop and under half crop on
left ear , and a crop and under bit in the
right. Ranch on the Republican. Post-
office , Max , Dundy county , Nebraska.
HENKY T. CHUKCH.
0born , Neb. Range : Red Willow creek ,
in southwest corner of Frontier county , cat
tle branded ' O L O' ' on rijrht side. Also ,
an over crop on right ear and under crop on
left. Horses branded " 8" on right shoulder.
SPRING CHEhK CATTLE CO.
Indianola. Neb. Range : Republican Val
ley , east of Dry Creek , and near head of
Spring Cre"ek , in Chase county ,
J. D. WELBORN ,
Vice President and Superintendent
JOHN HATFIELD & SON.
McCook , Neb. , Ranch 4 miles southeast ,
on Republican river. Stock branded with
a bar and lazy E on left hip .
J. B. MESERVE.
Ranch , Spring Canyon on the Frenchman
River , in Chase county , Neb. Stock branded
as above ; also " 717" on left side ; "O.L. "
on left bip ; " 7" on right hipand "L. " OH
right shoulder ; "L. " on left sboulderand
"X."on left jaw. Half under-crop left
ear , and square-crop right ear.
C. D. PHELPS.
Range : Republican Valley , four miles
west of Culbertson , south Hide of Republi
can. Stock branded " 1G1" and " 7-L. "
P. O. Address , Culbertson , Neb.
THE TURNIP BRAND.
Ranch 2 miles north of McCook. Stock
branded on left hip , and a few double cross
es on left side. C. D. ERCANBBACJT.
STOKES & TROTH.
P. 0Address. . Carrico , Hayes county ,
Nebraska. Range , Red Willow , above Car-
ricb. Stock branded as above , alsolazy on
left side and slit in both ears.
GEORGE J. FREDERICK.
Ranch 4 miles southwest of McCook , on the
Driftwood. Stock branded "AJ" on the
left hip. P. O. address , 3IcCook , Neb.
McCook , Neb. , range ; Red Willow creek ,
in southwest ci-rnerof Frontierconnty. Also
E. P. brand on right hip and side and swal
low-fork in right ear. Horses branded E. P.
onrighthip. A few branded "A' ' on right
ALL LIVE DRUGGISTS SELL
QPRING- BLOSSOM 1
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