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DAKOTA COUNTY E MOTTO All TLo News When It Is Notts. VOLUME XVIII DAKOTA CITY, NEB., FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 1910. NUMIIEK 50 TERALBo BOSTON FIRE-SVEPT PROPERTY VALUED AT $2,000,000 IS DESTROYED BY FLAMES. CENTER OF CITY THREATENED Assistance From Neighboring Towns Was Necessary to Control Blaze Two Lumber Yards, Fifty Tene ment Houses and Bridge Burned. Boston. Driven by a strong south west rale flames destroyed property valued at $2,000,000 here Tuesday night and for a time seriously threat ened to wipe out the business and manufacturing part of the city. The flames were first discovered In the lumber yard of Dlacker and Shepard and within a few minutes had spread until Dover and Albany streets were a mass of flames. A general alarm called all the Are apparatus In the city to the scene and later a call for help was sent to Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville and all the available fire fighting ap paratus in those towns was ruBhed to the scene of the conflagration. Two lumber yards, fifty tenement houses and the Dover street bridge were in flames at one time. Three pieces of Are apparatus were lost by the department because of the rush of the flames. Several firemen and many policemen bad narrow escapes from serious injury. Many of the tenement house dwellers In the fire cone also had narrow escapes from the rapidly spreading flames. Hundreds of pounds of dynamite were used to blow up buildings on both Dover and Albany streets to stop the progress of the conflagration, which waa sweeping toward Washington street and the great shopping and business district when It was checked. While this fire was In progress another which threat -ened to be nearly as large raged in the wholesale district in the heart of the city, in the five-story stone build ing at Nob. 55-69 High street, occupied by the H. W. Johns-Manville company. The building was completely de stroyed. Loss $400,000. ITALY IS AFTER CHARLTON Vice-Consul Declares His Government Will Not Permit Wife 8layer to Escape. New York. Vice-Consul Oustav di Rosa of Italy Tuesday consulted As sistant District Attorney JltfCartiiy in. Jersey City concerning the extradi tion to Italy of Porter Charlton to be tried for the murder of his wife. Dl Rosa declared that the Italian govern ment would send Insanity experts to examine the prisoner. "I desire to make it clear that the government which I represent is go ing to get Charlton," said Mr. di Rosa. "Charlton shall not escape trial in Italy if we can help it" SAVES DAUGHTER; DROWNED W. R. Mlchaells, Publisher of Chicago Staats-Zeltung, Loses His Life in New York. Deposit, N. Y. W. R. Mlchaells. publisher of the Chicago Staats Zeltung, was drowned at Oquaga lake, a few miles from here, and his body recovered three hours later. Mr. Mlchaells was in a boat with his eight-year-old daughter, when the girl lost her hat. Reaching out for It, she fell overboard. The father jumped out after the child and held her above the water until his strength failed. Par ties in boats rescued the child, but the father sank. AMERICAN BOAT WINS CUP Schooner Westward, Owned by Nevr York Yachtman, Takes Gold Tropy at Cowes. Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Amer ican schooner Westward, owned by A. C. Cochran of New York, easily won the race for the international gol l cup sailed off Ryde. Her nearest competitor, the Germania, owned by Lieut. Krupp von Bohlen Und Hal bach, was five miles astern when the winner crossed the finish line. Em perlor William's yacht Meteor, the Cicely and the Susana also competed. FLYER HITS AUTO; FIVE DIE Lives of Baltlmoreans Are Crushed Out at Railroad Crossing at Cape May, N. J. Cape May, N. J Five lives of Baltl moreans were crushed out Tuesday when the express train on the West Jersey and Seashore railroad from Philadelphia struck the automobile carrying Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Feldner and their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Mermen thaller and their chauffeur. Twenty-Six Go Down With 8chooner. Nassau, The Bahamas. The schoon er Emma, bound from Nassau to Ina gua with laborers on board for South America, was lout near Castle Island Monday during a storm and 24 men and two women, all negroes, were drowned. Five survivors got ashore. Quarantine for Infantile Paralysis. Seattle, Wash. Dr. J. E. Crlchton, commissioner of health, has Issued an order requiring that all cases of la-! (fantlle paralysis be placed under strict. Quarantine a soon a r nor ted. GORE BARES LOBBY SECRETS AGAIN REFERS TO SHERMAN IN LAND INQUIRY. McMurray, the Alleged Promoter, 8hown to Have Operated a Cam ' palgn of Telegrams. McAlester, Okla. Senator T. P. Oore at the Investigation of the Indian land deals Tuesday Introduced and had read to the special committee tele grams In which the names of Vice President Sherman and Senator Charles Curtis of Kansas were named. One of the telegrams read: With McMurray there to state our claims, with Mr. Curtis and Mr. Sher man, who understands better than anybody else what we want, and with the assistance of our president, It be gins to look like we are coming Into our own." Its relation to Senator Gore's charges of having been offered $25,000 bribe to "put through" congress the $30,000,000 McMurray Indian land deal was explained by the senator. It merely shows the activity of the McMurray interests at Washington," said Senator Gore. "By offering this evidence, I do not wish to reflect either on Mr. Sherman or Mr. Cur tis," said the senator. "Do you mean that as an exonera tion from you of Mr. Sherman?" asked Dennis Flynn, attorney for McMurray. "It is merely to state that if the names of these men were taken in vain at one time they may have been at another," replied Mr. Gore. McAUster, Okla. The feature of the hearing Monday before the congres sional committee which Is Inquiring into the McMurray contracts with the Clfickasaw and Choctaw Indians and the charges of attempted bribery made by Senator Gore, was the testimony given by D. C. McCurtain. son of Gov ernor McCurtain, who was recalled to the stand. He testified that he had an agree ment with the firm of Mansfield, Mc Murray and Cornish that he was to have one-fourth of the fees they re ceived and that the share thereof coming to him was $187,600. McCurtain said this occurred two years before McMurray offered him $25,000 to not oppose the approval of tne contracts. W. T. Hollman, a Choctaw Indian. testified he had been employed by J. F. McMurray, holder of the contracts. to go out among the Oklahoma In dians and Induce them to slen the documents. At the same time, Holl man related, he was paid "a dollar a head" for securing contracts appoint ing! McMurray to act in tax casesw la this way McMurray procured 10,000 contracts to sell land. Questioned further, Hollman testl- ned it was the belief of the Indians that their property was worth from $30,000,000 to $40,000,000. and the un derstandlng was McMurray was to get ten per cent of this. PLEAD FOR POSTAL BANKS Poit Office Department Receive 65 Ad. dltional Requests From Postmas ters and National Boards. Washington. Malls broueht 55 additional requests to the post of flee department for establishment of postal banks. About half of them came from post masters, which is larger proportion than has been Bhown up to date by the totals, which include 390 requests from nosmastera and 923 from national banks. Among tne applicants Is the First National bank of Mount Olive. 111., which asks to be designated as a depository for funds collected In that town and also at Staunton, which has no state or national bank: the First National bank of Kewanee, 111., also is an ap plicant REWARD FOR RICE MURDERER Friends of Cleveland Attorney Are De termined His Slayer Shall Be Captured. Cleveland, O. To stimulate the search for the nurderer of Wil Hani L. Rice, the attorney who was snoi aown near his home in Euclid Height Friday nicht. the rewArrt the apprehension of his assailant was Incr-ased to $10,000. In addition to the $5,000 reward poBtert Saturday by Mr. Rice's law partners, William Nelson Cromwell of New York, who accompanied Mrs. Uice to Cleveland from an eastern summer resort, offered another $5,000. Indiana Sons of America. Glenwood, Ind. The state camp of the Patriotic Order Sons of America of Indiana was held here to day, opening with the address of President O Perry Everson of Craw fordaville.' The report of Secretary Sam I). Symmes showed that the or der was in excellent condition in the state and that five new camps were soon to bu Instituted. Last night there ivas a contest between initiatory teams from Cinwfurdsvll'.e. Indianapolis and Kushvllle. Betrothal Story Is Denied. New York. Senator Stephen B. El kins of West Virginia arrived in this city Tuesday and most emphatically denied the cabled reports from Italy that his daughter, Katherlne, Is en gaged to the Duke of the Abruzzl. $4,000 In Opium Seized. Kansas City, Mo. More than $4,000 worth of opium was taken from the tea store of Jim Long Tuesday by po lice who raided the place here. The drug was packed in a trunk ready for shipment "SEE AMERICA FIRST"-BUT HOW? r.T.k f ?frm r ' 5 CITS -422 HShtod Hay -TL NEW TARIFF MAKES BIG GAIN TREASURY FIGURES SHOW AD VANCE OVER BANNER YEAR. In First Twelve Months Act Produces $75,000,000 More Than In 1907. Washington. The Payne-Aldrlch tariff law has produced In its first year a revenue larger by $76,000,009 than the sum collected In any twelve months In the country's history, ex cept the banner year 1907, according to treasury department figures Issued Monday. . ' During the first full year, ended last Saturday night, the total ordinary re ceipts, Including customs, ordinary In ternal revenue, corporation tax and miscellaneous, aggregating $678,850, 816, exceeded disbursements by $20, 214,029. Tbese ordinary receipts were larger by $15,000,000, approximately, than during 1907, and the 1907 re ceipts exceeded those of any other year of record by almost $C0,000,000. Although there was a deficit of $58, 734,955 in the ordinary operations of the government in the fiscal year end ed June 30, 1909, there was a surplus of more than $20,000,000 In the year which ended last Saturday, according to the department The corporation-tax revenue was $27,090,934, which is only $207,000 leBS than the amount assessed. FHIRD OF IOWA BABIES DEAD Health Board Calls Conference of Phy sicians to Check Maladies One Town Has Forty III. Des Moines, of the babies year old have weather set in la. That one-third in Iowa under one died since the hot was the alarming con dltlon revealed by Dr. O. H. Sumner, secretary of the state board of health. Doctor Sumner attributes the unusu al death rate to four causes: Cholera infantum, infantile paralysis, poor milk and improper care. According to sta tlstics, the first-named disease is the vorst in the history of the state. No section seems to be free from it. and Infants are dying by the score. Doctor Sumner has called a special convention of physicians from all over Iowa to discuss means to prevent fa talltles. Infantile paralysis is becoming alarm Ing in many parts of the state. There are now more than forty cases in Ma son City, and a number of deaths have resulted there. SEVEN SUFFOCATE IN FIRE Incendiary Blaze In Emigrant Lodging House at Jamalcla, L. I., Is Fatal Twelve Hurt. New York. Seven persons, two of them women, were suffocated to death, two were fatally hurt and ten others were injured less seriously when an incendiary flre destroyed an emigrant lodging house at 100 Rockaway road, Jamaica, Friday. But for the heroism of one of the occupants, who was fatally hurt while attempting to save others, the loss of life would have been greater. Big Gain by Socialists. New York. A report detailing the progreos of the Socialist party throughout the United Stages for the last three years, compiled by officers of the party here, shows a gain of more than 60 per cent. In that time. Drown Child In Play. Mason City. la. Children in play Monday poured a lot of water down the throat of Ralph, four-year-old son of J. A. Calmar, and he only lived an hour later. The water went Into his lungs and be was drowned. SLUMP IN THE AUTO BUSINESS Bottom 8eems to Have Dropped Out Notwithstanding Boosting Efforts of Manufacturers. New York. Indications point to the bottom having fallen out of the auto mobile business. The manufacturers. It Is reported In trade circles, are making strenuous efforts to keep up a show of continued prosperity, but It is also said that they are Hot sell ing their product, but are storing ma chines throughout the country at their various agencies to prevent the pub Mo realising the true conditions of the market, Several large concerns are laying off men and giving all sorts of rea sons . for so doing except the state ment that they lire overstocked. . Two or three of the largest factories re cently closed entirely, ostensibly for the purpose of taking inventory, but the workmen were not given any def inite time at which to again report for work, and it is not expected that these factories will again be in oper ation this year. A well-known automobile agent ol Fthls city said yesterday that all cart would undoubtedly be selling at from 25 per cent to 50 per cent less than present list prices within the next two or three months. He added: "The trouble with the automobile business Is that the farmers and peo ple of the smaller cities and towns have not taken as kindly to the idea as was anticipated. The farmers find that the cost of keeping them In re pair and operation is more than the cost of keeping horses to perform the same work, and while there was, for a time, a tendency among the farmers to Invest in the machines, the demand for cars from this class of buyers has practically stopped, and I venture to say we will not again sell to the farm ers to any extent until prices are ma terially reduced." TWELVE KILLED IN CRASH Passenger Train and Terminal Engine Collide at Ignatio, Cal., With Fatal Result. San Francisco. Twelve persons were killed in a head-on collision by a passenger train and a terminal en gine of the California & Northwestern railroad near Ignatio, Cal., 30 miles from here Monday. The passenger train was carrying a delegation of Red Men on tbelr way to attend the state delegation at Santa Rosa. The train was running at a high rate of speed when the collision occurred. BROWNE MUST STAND TRIAL Judge K ere ten Denies Motion to Quash Indictment and Orders Case to Proceed. Chicago. Nee O'Nell Browne must undergo another trial on the charge of bribing Representative Charles A. White with $1,000 to vote for United States Senator Lorlmer. Declaring that the contentions of the defense, If upheld, would render the bribery law fruitless. Judge Ker sten Thursday denied a motion to quash the Indictment against Browne and ordered the accused to trial. Doctor Roller's Ribs Broken. New York. News reached hero luesday of the serious injury in Lon don of Dr. B. F. Roller, the American wrestler. He broke two ribs in a con test with Oauia, the East Indian wrestler. Iowa's Corn Crop Looks Good. Des Moines, la. Prospects for Iowa's corn crop are better than the average for ten years, despite dry conditions, so the weekly bulletin of the Iowa crop bureau stated Tuea. dar. CLOSE OF SESSIONS THE JUNIOR NORMALS THROUGH WITH THEIR WORK. Y STUDENTS ENROLLED it Is Shown That All of Them Did Good Work During the Eight Summer Weeks. The eight Junior normal schools, located at Alliance, Alma. Broken Bow, Geneva, McCook, North Platte, O'Neill and Valentine, closed their eight weeks' sessions July 29. The total number of students enrolled was 1,414, Including 0.17 enrolled for In stitute. The total attendance whs twenty more than the attendance for 1909. The first week or first two weeks of the session was designed as Institute for the counties in which the Junior normals were located, ex cept In the case of Lincoln county. which named the last week of the Nortfe Platte Junior Normal as In stitute week. At the Alliance Junior Normal, Grant, Hooker and Sioux counties united with Box Butte county for the institute; Blaine and Thomas coun ties united with Custer county at the Broken Bow Junior Normal; Hitch cock county with Red Willow county Ht the McCook Junior Normal, and Perkins and Keith countties with Lin coln county at North Tlatte. At these, and at the Geneva Junior Nor mal. special instruction was given In domestic science and agriculture, the counties uniting and bearing the greater part of the extra expense. The lecture course at the Junior normaU this year was made self sustaining. The principal - and local county superintendent of each school was responsible for whatever waa provided In the way of entertainment and lectures. The plan proved very successful in that while pood service was given the students In these spe cial features the state was not called upon to use any money for such pur pose. The work of the Junior normals nt McCook was seriously Interfered with by quarantine regulations for an epi demic of scarlet fever. Regular ses sions of the school were discontinued for about three weeks, but the in structors remained on duty and met Individually all students who cared to remain and complete any line of work. Much credit Is dne the-fac ulty at McCook for the,eotlsfaotory way In which the situation; was band ied during such critical times. A number of students completed the Junior normal t training, course at some of the schools and appropriate graduating exercises were held. These graduates have all attended the Jun ior normal schools not less than four sessions, and have completed the re quired course of study, for which credit is given at the stato normal schools. . The appropriation for Junior nor mal schools for the blennlutu ending April, 1911, was $20,000. This ap propriation has been sufficient to meet every need and the Junior nor mals close their second session of the biennium with nil accounts fully paid. Free From Tornadoes. Nebraska has this summer been psceptionally free from tornadoes. The local station of the weather bu reau has practically no reports bo far New Bank Chartered. The Farmers' State bank of Sar gent, Custer county, has received a charter from the state banking hoard, The new organization starts with a paid up capital stock of $25,000. Good Place to Sell Goods. Sometime ago a machinery firm wrote Secretary of the State Fair W. R. Mellor, asking for a lot on which to make an exhibit. Mr. Mellor re plied that all the machinery lots had been assigned, but if they wished to that they would place him some where on the grounds. The following reply was received. "Mr. W. R. Mellor, Secretary, Lin coln, Nob. Dear Sir: Your letter of the 4th at hand, and we learn with deep regret thut the space on the ma chinery ground Is all assigned. You stuto that you can sandwich us In some place In the machinery depart ment. Now, if you can do this we will certainly consider It "worth while." Last year we sold more ma chines on your grounds than at any other fair, and from the point of act ual buying the Lincoln state fair has always been a prize-winner. For Hydro-Electric Plant. Burdetto Boy en of Seward has ap plied to the state engineer for the wa ter right requisite for the erection of a hydro-electric plant on the Blue riv er, time miles below Milford. A Showing at the Fair. There has been Just enough of a flurry over crop damage In Nebraska this year to make It highly desirable that a showing of crop successes be made at the coming state fair. It will help every Nebraskan, It will stimu late pride as well as Increase busi ness to have a demonstration made of the producing power of all of the leading counties made at this exposi tion. It will be worth while to make a showing of the fruits of the field this year, accompanied by the record Of rainfall since March 1. HAVE NEW FEATURES. Information Concerning the Stat University Set Forth. The University of Nebraska, with its new complete catalog, with an nouncements for the coming year, of fers the clearest and most consistent ly prevented Information that baa been given In recent years. One of the new features shown Is the summer session of eight weeks, as compared with six weeks 'hereto fore. This offers greater opportunity to teachers of the state for Increased efficiency and offers others instruction from September to August of each year. In addition to teachers certificates previously given the university will now grant teachers' certificates in agriculture and home economics. Also a first grade emergency cenincate is granted, to such students as find It necessary temporarily to leave the university to teach. The number of accredited second ary schools has been Increased and the entrance requirements have been raised from 28 to 30 points, to become effective on September 1, 1910. After the same date in 1912 a simplified table of entrance requirements covers all colleges where each has varied In several subjects heretofore. This should cause high schools less diffi culty in arranging their curricula. In response to demands of the time a new course In agricultural engineer ing takes rank with the civil, electric al and mechanical groups. The de partment of Slavonic offers Instruc tion to' the large number of Bohe mians of the slate, while in further response to the needs of the increas ing cosmopolitan character of the state's population, Swedish now be comes a branch of the language taught. The forestry course has gradually grown In Importance until graduate Instruction now lends to the second degree, that of master of forestry. This is by reason of the greater Inter est In conservative movements. Experiment substations have been established at Valentine under the direction of James Cowan and the Scottsbluff station at Mitchell to pro mote agriculture. The general and technical courses In agriculture have been merged Into one general course that admits of specialization as soon as the student's Inclination Is clear. The college of law after September 1, 1911. will require one year of gen eral college study before law subjects are begun. Also the college of medi cine has made a complete advance to two years before strictly medical sub jects are commenced. . . "Rules and regulations governing students" are included In the com plete catalog, where previously separ ate baud books were distributed. By these It Is seen that the standard Of scholarship in being raised gradually especially in the general colleges. The number of graduates to receive degrees during the university year Just closed Is 342, while 165 certi ficates in agriculture, music and phy sical1 education were granted. The number of military commissions awarded to graduates by the governor Is thirty-five. Hearing Postponed. i The railway commissioner has , In definitely postponed the hearing of the Omaha lumber dealers who have complained of freight rates Trusties Take French Leavs. Three prisoners got away from the state penitentiary during the month of July, according to the monthly re port of Warden Smith. William, from Douglas county, a colored prisoner, with only a few months to serve of a three-year terra for breaking and en tering, managed to hide away and es cape while working, In the cornfield with no guard overlooking him. It is reported that he has wound up In Texas, from which place the warden says it may be hard to return him, owing to present conditions there. Quarantine Raised. Washington dlspatcn: The quaran tine against cattle in four counties In Nebraska, suffering from niunge and scabies, was raised on orders Issued from the bureau of animal industry of the agricultural department. Similar action was taken in the case of cattle In Dawson county, Montana. The counties In Nebraska in which the quarantine was raised are Hayes, Hitchcock, Chase and Dundy. A num ber of Nebraska counties yet remain under quarantine Are Diamonds Being Pawned? The fact that diamonds assessed In Nebraska this year have diminished slightly Instead of increasing with the growth of the country, Is explained by by some by a mere statement of the increase In the amount of money by assessors to have been invested ' in ! automobiles. The number of auto mobiles April 1 was 6,461 and it is estimated that at tliis date a total of 10.000.0ii0 to $15.0011,000 has been spent by Nebrasltuns for automobiles. A slight decrease in diamonds asses, sed has caused some speculation. Irrigation Matters In Nebraska. F. H. Newell, chief of the federal re clamation service, stopped in Lincoln for a short time to talk with Secre tary Simmons of the state Irrigation board, about irrigation matters In thiB state. Mr. Newell is engaged with a board of army engineers In inspecting reclamation projects with a view to apportioning the $20,000,000, which will be spent on these projects In the next few years. The North Platte project Is the only one In which Ne braska is Interested. Mr. Newell will look this over. NEBRASKA IN BRIEF. Ntwa Notes of Interest From Various Sections. The scarlet fever outbreak at Mc Cook Is now under control. Dean Sackett, the nine-year-old sob of Attorney H. E. Sackett of Beat rice, was Beverly bruised about the body by being dragged by a cow. At a recent meeting of the board or county commissioners In Sioux coun ty It was decided to put the proposi tion before the taxpayers at the No Fire broke out In the hardware store of M. A. Madsen at Dannebrog, totally destroying the store. R. H. Jorgessen's butcher shop was badly damaged. Paul Burnsteln. about 17 years of age, while In swimming in1 Beaver creek, at Fork, was drowned In about thirteen feet of water. His body was , recovered. County Attorney Ramsey of Cass county has tendered bis resignation. The York Roller mill has changed hands after successful operation for twenty years. The new rectory Just completed, In the parish of St. Anthony's in St. Charleu precinct, Cuming county, was dedicated with appropriate ceremon ies on August 10. After eight weeks of continued dry ness, Johnson county got a good rain, vember election of voting bonds for the purchase of a site and the erec tion of a county infirmary. Charles E. Boone has been appoint ed postmnster at Elk Creek, Johnson county, to succeed Nelson H. Llbby, who has resigned and who will go to the Pacific northwest and locate on a ranch. Ralph A. Duff and T. H. Pol lock of Plattsniouth will be gin the construction of a new three span steel bridge across the Platte river at Oreapolls, a railroad crossing near Plattsniouth. The local camp of the Deutscher Ijindwehr Verein, an organization of veterans of the German wars, will hold Its annual reunion at Riverside park. WeBt Point, on September 1, that day being the anniversary of the battle of Sedan. - ' The town board of Rushville has let the contract for building a new city ball. The building will be 26x62. with basement under the entire build ing. The pressure tanks of the new water system will be kept in the base ment. Famous, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Rodgers, residing near Syra cuse, was bitten by a rattlesnake while In the melon patch. The physi cians saved his life by working with him all night. The snake was found and killed. , , , . Harry Harms, the 6-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harms, who live in the western part of Johnson coun ty, had the tips of three of the fingers of his right band cut off by getting them pinched In the mechanism of a bay-loading machine.- Mrs. C. H. Stone of Beaver City, was operated upon and nine tumors removed. Instead of getting better, as was expected, her condition con tinued precarious. She later submit ted to another operation and her re covery Is not expected. A large number of railroad em ployes attended a meeting In Alliance called by the American Railroad Em ployes' and Investors' association. A local branch was formed. H: H. Giles being elected president. Over 100 members were enrolled. Burglars entered the rooms of C. C. Nelson, over, bis saloon at Bridge port, and secured a- roll of checks, postal orders and currency, amounting in all to $592. Three suspicious char acters were arrested but evidence was not sufficient to hold them. Charles McDonald, 34 years of age, a horse trader from Louisville, wan killed by the local freight on the Chicago &' Northwestern about one and one-hulf miles - south - of Cedar ' Bluffs. , His head was crushed and one arm severed from the body.. A farewell reception was given to Rev. Dr H. H. Bogue and family at Alliance. Dr. Bogue has been pastor there for a number of years and the beautiful church of his denomination Is largely the result of his labors. He has accepted a call In Texas because of health conditions. While Mrs. Unger of Indlanola was polishing her stove the liquid polish she was using caught fire. She en deavored to extinguished It with wa ter, but this served only to spread .It to her clothing, which caught fire. Be-" lore help could arrive she was burn-' ed so badly there Is little hope of her surviving. After a day's rest at Hastings, Ezra . Meeker, with his team of oxen and old ' "prairie schooner," again took up his trip of retracing the old California ' trail, over which he Is placing tem porary markers. Meeker attracted much attention. His outfit especial ly was Interesting when It Is compar ed with the modern day modes of transportation. His vehicle and mo tive power are an exact duplicate of those used by him in his pilgrimage across the range? and deserts In 1852. Mr. Meeker Is eighty years of age. Elmer Thompson, of Nebraska City, who has been acting strangely and threatened to kill his father and mother, lias .been declared Insane and will be taken to the asylum as soon as room can be secured for him. Between 3 and 4 o'clock In tha morning, while Night Agent L. N. Costley, Jr., of the Northwestern rail road at Chadron, was entering the ticket office preparatory to commenc ing his routine of work of checking up, be was confronted by two un masked men, who compelled him .to open the safe, from which they took $250.