Newspaper Page Text
1 FUNDS S'hadowa of Suspicion Hnvor the Officials Over Of THE HOSPITAL AT NORFOLK Strong In!lcntloni thnt tho Draff nnd Tuot fundi Hnve llcen Ilnlded AVIth in Appropriation of Nearly 8130,000 There'll bo a Deficiency ut End of Your. NORFOLK, Neb., Sept. 17, 1900. rrosperous conditions nro In .evi dence In ovory county o Nebraska. No ono but n rank partisan would attompt to assert that such conditions nro transitory or unroal. It is mat tor of slow growth there Is nothing artificial or uncertain about It. Within four years tho farmers of Nebraska have been delivered from tho bondngo of debt and thousands of them boast of n surplus-. It Is truo that tho requirements of tho impending campaign havo sug gested tho fullest exposition of fact relating to the changed condlttona 'n every county in order that tho poo plo of ono county may bo apprised of tho degree of prosperity in every other county, but tho republican man agers do not noed to magnify or over state tho facts, which in most cases speak for thomsolvcs. Emphasis may bo given to ono nil Important fact, to-wlt: thnt whilo tho farmers aro producing abundant crops nnd receiving higher pr'ccs thorofor than ever boforo paid, at tho samo timo tho mechanics and lnborlng men in cities and towns aro all busy, receiv ing higher pay for shorter working days than ever before, and that tho demand for their services exceeds tho supply. A careful Inquiry into the status- of things reveals theso condi tions: 1. That farmers are getting 32 and 34 cents for their corn (of which thoro Is a large surplus), whereas four yeas ago they got but 6 and 10 cents. 2. That stock raisers and farmers aro gottlng $5.50 for fat sttcrs, whore ns four years ago thoy got $2.75 and $3.50. Hogs, four years ago, $2.77; this year, $5.09. 3. That farmers are buying ad joining acres and aro spending hun dreds of thousands of dollars upon improvements. Residents of cities and towns are putting up now build ings and repairing hundreds of oM ono3. Thoro is an air of thrift every where. 3. That country merchants aro sell ing moro goods and gottlng larger profits and prompter pay for good3 sold than over before in tho history of tho state. 5. That mechanics nro everywhere busy. From towns, largo and small, como roports of a demand for me chanlcs exceeding tho supply. In Om aha more men aro employed at highor wages and shorter working hours than was tho case in any previous year save 1897-8, when tho oxposltlon pro duced a tomporary demand for men. Inquiry among all classes of mechanics- reveals the fact that tho mean av erage of wage scalo Is UIghor, work day hour3 shorter and the demand for men very active. No man who wants work need bo Idle. G. That tho Jobbers and wholesalo merchants and manufacturers of No braska aro selling moro goods at lar ger profits than was- truo of their trado In the year 189C; that of fifty firms reporting, tho incraaued volumo of business ranged from 20 ot 950 por cent and thnt In no caso was a do crease of business reported. 7. That ilfty Jobbing houses, farm Implement houses, manufacturers, wholesale houses, etc., report a largo incrcaso in the numbor of men om ployed. In wages paid and tho averago Incrcaso In tho numbor of traveling men covering Nebraska territory is nearly 50 per cent. Tho paramount question is: What would any of theso classes gain by a change of government at Washing ton? Do you want a change? WHAT THE MECHANICS SAY, In Omaha tho change in regard to wagos paid, hours of employment and numbor of persons- engaged is so grat ifying that tho classes affected will gladly do what they can to support tho political party which has mndo possible this romarkablo Improvement In conditions. Tho roiiowmg roporta wero obtained from officials ot tno various local unions: Printing Pressmen's Union Our scale of wages- In 189C was $1G to $1S por week for ten hours rcr day. In 1900 our scalo Is tho same per dlen; for nlno hours por day. In 189G 20 por cent of our members wore Idle all tho tlmo and 40 por cent of those om ployed wore making but half tlmo. In 1900 all members nro, employed and all are making full tlmo. In short, we nro working shortor hours and mak ing moro money than wo did In 189G Plasters', Brlcklnyers' and Stono- mnsons' Tenders' Union Our scalo of wagc3 In 189G wa3 15 to 17 cents rer hour for ton hours. In 1900 our scalo Is 24 conts per hour for eight hours and wo havo GO per cont moro men employed than In 139G. Plumbors' Union Our scalo of wages in 189G was 15 conts por hour for eight hours. In 1900 It is DO cents por hour for eight hours. Until July 1st wo havo had 30 per cont moro men employed thnn wo had in 189G. Painters nnd Decorators Our scalo In 189G was 30 conts per hour. Wo had no scalo signed up regarding hours of employment. Our prosoiu scalo is 35 cents for eight hours; time and n half for overtlmo and doublo tlmo for Sundays. In 1890 our union had about fifty membors In good Etandlng. In 1898 wo had nearly 200 members. This was owing to tho Trans-Mlsslsslppl exposition. Our mombors nro all, or nearly all, om ployed at tho present tlmo. Bricklayers' Union In 189G our scale of wages was 50 cents por hour for eight hours; tlmo and a half for overtime and doublo time for Sun days-. Our scale for 1900 Is 50 conta per hour, with no othor changes. Our union has had about 1G0 mombors for tho past flvo years. Thoro is more work in our trado In Omaha at the present tlmo than we have had In the last eight years. Carpenters' Union Our scnlo of wages In 189G in South Omaha was 25 cents per hour for ten or twolvo houra. For 1900 It is 35 cents por hour for eight hours; tlmo nnd n half for ovor- tlmo and doublo tlmo for Sundays. In Omaha our scalo In 189G was 30 conts por hour for eight hours; tlmo nnd a half for overtime and doublo timo for Sundays. In 1900 it Is 40 cents per hour nnd no other changes. Mora than doublo tho numbor fire now em ployed in our trado than In 1897, al though there aro a groat many ear pontors Idlo at present. This is ow ing to tho Trnns-Misslsslppi oxposl tlon, which brought n groat many ear- pentors hero who havo remained. Horseshoers Union Our scalo Is tho samo as It was in 189G for tho samo hours. Wo havo not as many employed as we had in 19G, for tho reason that thero are not as many horses in use. Tho blko has mndo a great dlfferouco in our trado. Sheet oMtal Workors' Union In 1890 our -scalo of wagos was 33 conts, but very fow men got that amount. Tho avorago wages paid woro 27 conts. Tho numbor of hours is tho samo. Our scalo at present Is 38 conts por hour. Thero aro 25 per cent moro men employed In our trado now than In 189G. Printing Press Assistants' Union Our Bcalo of wages in 189G was $8 for sixty hours, or $8 por week for ton hours por day. Wo now get $9.50 for nlno bourn por day. In 189G wo had thirty mon cmployod; we now havo forty-eight Machinists' Union Our scalo of wages In 189G was from 25 to 30 cents per hour. Wo woro worklix; from forty to forty-olght hours por wcok. Our present scalo is 32 cents por hour for nlno hours por dny, or fifty-four hours per week. All menbors of tho union aro employed, and our union was nover In a moro flourishing con dition, and wo doubt if an idlo ma chinist can bo found In Omaha today, unless ho is Idlo from cholco. GROWTH OF THE LIVE STOCK IN DUSTRY. Tho Incrcaso of stock rocelpts at South Omaha may bo taken ns a fair Illustration of tho chango wrought In business generally during tho four years tho republican party has had chargo of national affairs. During tho sovon months of 1900 ending July filst tho cattlo receipts woro 424,230, as against 220,324 for a llko porlod In 189G, a gain of 202,904, oi nearly 100 per cent. Tho hog receipts for tho first seven months of this year wero 1,121,171, as against 717,976 for tho first sovon months of 189G, a gain of 403,195. For tho period ending July 31st. 1900, thero wore 597,985 head of sheep received; for the samo period In 189b, 1G1.841, n gain of 430,144 for 1900. Thero has also Jieen a gratifying in crcaso in prices- during this time. Steors, for instance, sold July 31st, 189G, nt from $2.75 to $3.70; July 31st, 1900, thoy brought $5.50; hogs cold July 31st, 189G, at $2.77; July 31st, 1900, tho price was $5.09. Tho prlco paid for sheep July 31st, 18DG, ranged from $2 to $5.50; July 31st, 1900, the range was from $1 to $5.45. In tho month ot July. 189G, tho receipts oi hogs woro 97,000; in July, 1900, 179, 000 (in round thousands), and tho price as given abovo but Uttlo moro than hnlf in 189G of that in 1900. THE WHOLESALE TRADE. Information gained from a large numbor of tho principal business mon of Omaha through letters of Inquiry and personal interviews, discloses the fact that, without a single exception, thero ha3 been a marked "expansion" of business in Nebraska's chief city during tho four years tho republican party has boon in chargo of national affairs. In securing this Information no regard whatever was had to politi cal affiliations, tho deslro being to mako tho exhibit a perfe'.lly fair one In every respect The lino of Inquiry covers a comparison of amount of bus iness in 189G with 1900; comparison of tho number of employes then nnd now, and nlso of tho wages paid. Tho replies show, with ono exception, that tho lowest Increnso in amount of bus iness is 20 por cent, ranging from that up to 950 por cont, with a largo pro portion of instances whore tho por ccntago of gain was 75 per cent to 100; tho lncreaso In tho numbor of em ployes ranges from 15 to 200 per cent, and tho range of Increnso in salaries paid is from 10 por cont to 50 por cent. The Hospital for tho Insane nt Nor folk contributes nnothcr Important chapter to the history of mismanage mcnt of tho stnto Institutions under tho Poynter administration. On tho surface thoro Is ovirtonco of oxtravnganco nnd rocklossness In dealing with tho funds, whilo beneath tho surfaco thoro In unmntakablo ovl denco of fraud. Particularly 13 this truo In eonnec tlon with the purchase of drugs nnd coal, If not clothing and other sup plies. Tho domhnds on tho fuel fund havo beon enormous, and notwith standing tho largo amount approprl ated, thero will bo a shortngo In this fund of no loss- than $5,000. EVIDENCE OF FRAUD. Tho last legislature appropriated for tho maintenance of this Institution $119,350, of which amount $12,000 wns for fuel and lights. Why It ehoull rcqulro such i largo amount of monoy for fuel and .lights Is a question clial longing explanation, but It wns appro priated, andv ns previously stated that amount,. largo though It is, in go ing to fall sjiort of being enough by at least ?5,upo. From May 2Gth, 1899, to July 19th 1900, 10,02.rl,20 ot tho appropriation was oxpcndyd, leaving a balanco of $1,374. Thlsi was for fourteen months and tho rate of expenditure wns thoro fore about $G0 por month, or $2G0 por month In oxcoss of tho appropria tion. Thero nro. loss than 300 Inmates in tho hospitals yot on n basts of 300 It has cost tho; state more thnn $35 per capita for light and heat for tho last fnnrfnnn mnnitic 'Flint llila la n n iin. reasonablo nlmount Is quite apparont Upon lnqiilry it was discovered that Steward ueo3 of tho hospital, who has chargo of purchasing supplies of this chnrnctor, Is on vory intimnto terms with certain coal dealors. In fact, at tho tlmo hq was appointed steward ho was engaged in tho coal business at Norfolk, in p.rtnersh!p with one C, W. Braash, and it is n notlccablo fact that sliico hta nppolntinont his former business partner has figured conspicuously in tho fuel transactions of tho hospital. The records in tho auditor's Jlfico bear evidence, not nlono of this, but ot other matters equally as significant. Slnco May 2Gth of last year to July 19th of this year tho Olon Rock Coal company has drawn from tho stato troasury for coal sold tho hospital moro than $9,700 (see vouchers D30347, IJ31197, B31332, B34280, B37397, B402G7, B41849. B42785, DM351, B45051, B4G313, B4G97G). A significant fact in connection with this Is that during tho summor months of this year tho supply pur chased 1b about the samo ns during cold weathor. Another significant fact is, that whilo Engineer Mohler of tho hospital says that between eighty nnd ninoty tons por month nro consumed, tho rec ords show that tho consumption has been nt tho rato of moro than 150 tons por month. Tho contract prlco la about $4 per ton and It Engineer Mohlor, who handles tho coal, knows what ho is talking about, tho monthly cost, on tho nlnoty-ton estlmnto, would only by $3G0 por month, whoro- as tho official records show that tho monthly cost is $7G0 por month, n dlffercnco of $400 per month. Taking tho hlghost estlmato of En gineer Mohlor (ninoty tons per month), nnd figure tho cost at $8 per ton, noarly tho prlco ot tho vory best hard coal on tho market, and It would then amount to only $720 per month, or still less by $40 per month tUan tho amount actually paid by tho stato tho last fourteen months for soft nnd alack coal. Theso figures aro not alono signifi cant, but aro suspicious. Thoy indi cate quite freoly that tho state Is be ing dofrauded. Tho figures of tho en gineer, tho man whoso duties aro such that ho should know exactly what tho monthly consumption la, stand out in bold contract with tho bills rendored bills the Btato has been required to pay. Tho disparity is not easily accounted for, except on tho ground of fraud alono. According to Engineer Mohlor, It should cost not to excoed $3G0 per month. According to tho records It costs $7G0 per month. This Is a dis tinction with n most significant dif ference, ono involving nearly .$5,000 por year to tho taxpayers ot Ne braska. A DRUG DEALER'S SNAP. Suspicious as aro tho figures asso ciated with tho fuol and light fund, worso abuses apoar to havo boon prac ticed In connection with tho drug fund. Druggist Chrlsteph, who has had somewhat ot a monopoly of tho pat- ronngo of tho hospital. Is said to bo on vory "friendly" terms with Stew ard Rees. Tho records show that It has beon expensive "friendship" to tho state. Not nlono has Chrlstoph had the drug fund to play on, but ho has drawn monoy out of tho "naint and oil" fund, tho goneral repair fund, "carpet and curtain" fund, 'board and clothing fund, "book and stationery" fund, and tho "Incidental" runu. Steward Rees was appointed to hlB position about ono year ago. In tho last year his friend Chrlstoph has drawn from tho state treasury $1, 129,04. He haB drawn $G48.31 from tho drug fund, $38.50 from tho genoral repair fund. $204.8G from tho board and clothing fund, $14.9G from tho carpet and curtain fund, $22.85 from tho book nnd stationery fund, $42.23 from tho Incidental fund and $157.33 from tho paint nnd oil fund. Vouchors B342S9, IJ37404, B41857. B4277G, B4435G, B4G972 nnd B47G42 woro drawn in favor cf Druggist Chrlstrfi on tho paint nnd oil fund. Vouchors B427G8, B450G0 and B4G305 wore drawn in favor of Druggi3t Chrlstoph on tho goneral repair fund. Vouchor B3G252 wns drawn In favor of Druggist Chrlstoph on tho carpot and curtain fund. Vouchors B34272, B3G229. B102G3. B4183G, B427C5, B43473. B14345, B4G323 and B47G34 woro drawn in favor of Druggist Chrlstoph on tho board and clothing fund. Vouchers B3338G. E34283 and B3G237 wero drawn In favor of Drug gist Chrlstoph on tho book nnd sta tlonory fund. Vouchors B40271 nnd B45531 woro drawn In favor of Druggist Chris toph on tho Incidental fund. Vouchors B34282, B3G235, B402G8, II 11851, B42782, B43478, B44353, B45055, B45524, B4G315, B4G975 nnd B47G39 woro drawn In fnor of Drugi glBt Chrlstoph on tho drug fund. Theso are tho cold facta, taken dl roct from tho official records in tho auditor's ofilco at Lincoln These figures indicate that thero Is something clso besides friendship In tho Intimacy oxisting between Steward Rees and Druggist Chrls toph. Another significant fenluro of tho matter Is that whilo Druggist Chris toph has had tho contract since hla friend Rees bocamo ateward ho has also been supplying tho "oxtras." An articlo that la not enumerated In tho contract Is called an "extra" and is not sold subject to contract prices. Extras aro bought at tho retailors figures. It is within tho power of the steward to favor his friends In this wny, by omitting many of tho artl cles to bo bought from tho contract nnd buy them at retail prices. That this very thing has boon dono nt Nor folk can hardly bo disputed. Fully 25 per cent of tho articles purchased from Druggist Chrlstoph tho last year woro not included in tho contract and wero not bought at contract prices (seo vouchers B3G235, B402G8, BI1851, B42782, B44353, B45055, 1)40315 and B4G975). It Is known that In In stances of this kind excessive prices aro charged, In somo instances double tho amount of tho actual retail price. It Is also known that Druggist Chrlstoph doea not deal directly In many ot tho articles with which ho Is credited as having delivered to the hospital. It might bo a rather dim cult mattor for olthor him or Stew ard Roes to satisfactorily oxplaln how It hapepned that articles legit lmately chargeable to and charged to tho carpet and curtain fund and board and clothing fund woro supplied by a druggist. The legislature appropriated $1,200 for drugs. Thero remains In this fund a balanco of $387. which means a de ficiency at tho ond of tho fiscal year in this fund of about $150, In faco of tho fact thnt other funds havo been mado uso ot In Instances whoro goods should bo charged to tho drug fund. TURNS ON THE LIGHT. Dosplto tho efforts of other drug gists to obtain tho drug contract Chris tonh hns had It ever slnco Stew ard Rees assumed his office. Ono of tho local dealors makes bold to charge that tho bids of others aro opened bo foro tho favorite puts In his bid, so that ho knows just what to bid to got tho contract. Ho claims that tho bids nro either opened at tho hospital or at Lincoln. Ono of tho druggists who bellOTO that this very thing Is bolng dono is A. II. Klcsau. Speaking ot It ho said: "Bolng ttnablo to aecuro tho contract oven nt rock bottom figures I rosolvod to get It oven at a loss, particularly to seo if I could find out what tno causo wan of our not gottlng It Wo hnd been quoting very low figures, yet each tlmo tho contract was nwardod to Chrlstoph. I wrote to a wholesalo drug firm In Omaha, whero I do my trading, telling them of what I wanted to do and asking thorn if thoy would not holp mo by making a roductlon In tho wholesalo price. 'I sont them an itemized statement ot what was called for In tho contract and they agreed to lot mo havo th drugs at a reduction of 5 por cont bo low tho regular wholsalo taBh prlco. 'I then took this reduced wholesale prlco and I mndo a furthor reduction of 20 por cont making a total roduc tlon ot about 25 por cont on tno casa wholesalo prlco. "I sent in my bid at theso ngurcs, and, what do you think? Chrlstoph's bid was 00 conts lower tnan mino. ThlB convlucod mo that there was n crooked deal somewhero, for, in tho first placo, on a drug bill of $200, CO cents Is too closo a dlfforonco, and, in tho socond place how did It hap- pon, after I had bid nway down below tho wholesalo price, mat unrisiopn should bid about 25 por cont below what tho goods actually cost him at wholesale, unless my bid had been oponed and ho hnd boon informed bo foro tho contract was awarded and boforo ho put in his bid whnt my bid was? . . "Thero was fraud on tno inco oi u, that's certain. "I don't menn to Bay by this that tho stato is gottlng its drugs at a bar gain. On tho contrary, I think if you look up tho list of goods purchased as extras' you will dlscovor that on the wnoio mo huuo is imywn i"i ..- Thero aro nomewhat startling ru mors afloat too. relatlvo to deals in connection with tho clothing contract. It In currently roportod Hint favor itism io practiced In connection with this end of tho business, nnd that certain porsons have reaped handBomn towards at the expenso of tho Btnto by reason of it Tho last legislature appropriated $40,000 for board and clothing, but ovon this largo amount, botweon diversion, perversion and extravagance, will bo completely wiped out boforo tho noxt appropriation will bo available. Most of tho spoclat funds are ovordrawn, nnd thero Is- ov ory Indication that the gonoral de ficiency in the funds of tho institution will run up well Into the thousands. LOOSE BUSINESS METHODS. It Is n mattor of history that loose huslnoBB mothoda havo b?en employed horo throughout tho official oxlstenco of tho prosont Stato Board ot Public Lands and Buildings. Ropalrs havo beon mado to build ings and tho bills paid out of othor specific funds. A flro occurred about two years ngo in ono of tho buildings, necessitating ropalrs to tho extent ot $5,500. It wns "repaired" at that cost without advortlBlng or soliciting bids for either labor or matorlal and tho bills woro paid out of tho board nnd clothing fund. In 1897 this samo board let tho con tract for tho building ot a now wing to tho hospital, for which $25,000 had boon npproprlated, to a firm of con tractors from Omaha. Tho contractors- entered upon tho performance of tho work, but tho disposition exhib ited on their pnrt to pockrt tho monoy niinwnii bv tho board nnd pay nobody resulted In numerous unpaid bills for labor and material Doing sent, to tno board, with requests that no more monoy bo allowed tho contractors un til thoy paid or secured tho claims against them. Tho board mado a tor rlblo mcBsoT tho whole affair. Tho infractors loft tllO Work to 1)0 COlll- niKtoii hv thnlr bondsmen nnd tho imndsmon. owing to Berious conipllca tlons, requested thnt tho board com niloto tho Job. Tho work waB flnnlly nnnininfoil. but It was a long tlmo bo foro tho bills woro nllovvcd and pnld it in mild that oven some remain unpaid to thlB day. Tho bondsmen woro ready and willing to liquidate nil WIHmatn bills, but tho wholo doal was bo ropleto with blundorB mado by tho board that It waa diffi cult to determlno tho dlfforonco bo iwnnn ihn ntiittis of tho debtor and rrniiUor. Tho building was finally complotcd, but up to thlB day no ono hnB yot como forwnrd to exhibit It as a model of modern nrcnueciuru. fiRUEL TREATMENT. Numorous complaints aro afloat' concerning tho prnctlco of cruolty by iicnllnc with the inmates. Last Bprlug an employe named Charles RosBln gavo ono of tno inmates a sc- voro beating nnd that, too, It ib ro norff.ii without nrovocatlon or juBtlfl- , l.W. w.. I cation. Tho outrage was bo migrant that tho management was compelled to dlachargo him. RoportB of cruolty nro quite numor n lint ns tho InmntcH aro of un- Rnnnd mind to a greater or less ox tent, Httlo or no dopondenco can be placed on whnt thoy Bay, nnd for this reason It IS UllUCUll to OUliwu ouna tnrv tiroof or disproof. Upon tho whole, bo far as tho mnn nenmont Is concerned, thoro Ib no ov- Idenco ot sincerity on tho part of tho authorized representatives of tho fu slonlBta to llvo up to tho professed nnnnomv of tholr party. On tho con trary, tho por capita expense to tho Htiito. tho nay roll, tho goneral ox- ponBo, Is greater today than It ever has been. Mosnultos die within a fow hours after gorging thcmsolvco with humnn blood. rn Bands cf Experienced Mon Oloso on Trail of Train Robbora. CANADA IS CERTAIN OF CAPTURE Hone' of Itamllta Itnvu Ilrcn Hlcroit nnd FucMUrn HrekliiR to Hide In Hrnvllr Tlmhrrcd Mountain of Colorado Mlicollnncoun Nobrntka Mntteri. OMAHA, Nob., Sopt. 19. W. T. Can ada, chlof of tho spccidl servlco ot tho Union Pacific, has returned from Wyo ming, whero ho has beon In chnrgc of tho pursuit of tho robbers who dyna mited nn express car on a westbound Union Pacific train recently. Chief Canada Is absolutely confident that the capture of the robbers will bo effected In the near future "Wo already havo captured tholr horses and havo they locked up," said Chief Canada, "ami theso men nro now being trailed by men who nro na fa miliar with tho mountains in which tho robbers nro hiding as thoy are themselves. Ono posbo secured tho horses about twenty miles south of Dixon. Colo., shortly after thoy had beon nbandonod by tno bandits, In or dor that thoy might tho hotter oludo tholr pursuers by sccrotlng thomsolvcs In tho heavily timbered mountains, Tho scene ot tho pursuit now Is In tho mountains whore tho Btato of Wyo ming, Colorado nnd Utah convorgo. "Theso follows will bo enpturod. Thoro Is no question nbout thu out come It Is only a matter ot tlmo and such dlllgcnco is being maintained by the mon who nro trailing tho bandits that thoy can't keep away much longer. So far as wo havo been ablo to learn thoro nro only thrco men In tho gang. Tho number has been variously report ed at thrco, four and flvo, but from tho best nccoun.a from tho mon who woro nt tho sccno of tho holdup thero wero only threo. It Is possible that ono or ovon two of them figured In tho Wilcox train Tobbory. Thoro woro six in thnt gang and all but two havo beon disposed of. Theso two may, perhaps, havo been in this last rob bery, but I hardly think ao, na thoy would hardly havo tho norvo to figure in nnothor holdup, knowing, ns thoy probably do, the fate of their partners In thq former affair. If theso aro tho samo onos wo will morcly bo killing two birds with ono stono whon wo capture thorn, aB this last affair has not caused ua to relax our efforts toward running down tio pair who partici pated in tho Wilcox holdup nnd nro still nt largo. Hujnir Hunt Dolnc Nicely. OMAHA, Nob., Sept. 19. Tho sugal- boots planted by tho company formod ot South Omaha business men nro do ing nicely and a full crop Ib oxuectcd. It Is estimated now that the crop will run from fifteen to twonty tons to tho acre. No contracts for tho crop havo been signed as yot, as two factories aro In tho market for tho yield. Tho Ames Beet Sugar Works will buy tho entlro crop nt tho prlco mentioned enrly in tho spring, but thero Booms a disposi tion to let tho boots go to tho now Bcot Sugar nnd Chicory company, which Is now established nt tho former Homo of tho Good Shepherd, west of Cuda hy's. This now company wnnts nil tho boots it can got nnd la willing to pay n fair prico for tho product. At this fac tory a portion of tho boots will bo usod for nirgar and tho reslduo will bo worked up into chicory. Tho process now in uso pormlts tho using of all of tho reslduo for tho manufacture of chicory Instead of leaving a largo pro portion or pulp, ns formorly, which was, fed to cattle. It Ib tho Intention of tho mnnagorB of thlB now concern to endeavor to induce each farmer in tho vicinity of South Omaha to agree to cultivate ono aero of bootB noxt Bpring. If each farmer will do this and tho crop Is any wnya fair tho factory hero can bo kopt running for oomo tlmo. As tho growing of bootB on tho iBlnnd Is an assured success it la moro than likely thnt tho samo South Omaha company will ngaln con tract for tho land and continue tho cul tivation of BUgar boota. Urcoirrrei) Htolrn 1Iorn(. DAVID CITY, Nob., Sopt. 18. Mon- day night S. Vnulukolk, living near Octavla, had a valuablo horso stolen from hla pasture Tho thief wno trac ed to Schuyler, whero ho had disposed of tho animal to a horso buyer. Tho thief was still In town and tho sheriff arrested a young man and plnce.l him behind tho barB In tho Butlor county Jail on this chnrgo. IIo lu about 22 yearn of age. Died lit Nliioty-Tliroe. SYRACUSE, Nob., Sapt. On Sun day occurrod tho funornl of Mrs. Solo mon Brownell, ivt tho advanced ago of ninety-nine years and threo months. Sho wns born in Duchess county, Now York, and enmo to this state and coun ty nnd town In 1857, whoro alio rcaldod up to tho tlmo of her death, Sho was tho mother of sovon children all of whom but one Btirvlvo her. llUREitrd' Aocldont FntRl, MILLER, Nob., Sopt. 19. Charles Haazard, who wnfl woundod by tho ac cidental discharge of n flhntgun on September 13 ,dled tills forenoon, leav ing a wlfo and ono child to mourn his loss. IIo will bo Durlod by tho Modern Woodmen of which ho wna a member. Ho was also ono of tho Mystic Legion nnd carried a Ufo policy of $5,000, Olrl llltton ly u Ituttler, BEATR-wE, Nob., Sopt. 17. MIbs Nolllo LIchty, living six miles south east of horo, wna bitten on tho hand by a rattlesnake. Prompt medical at tention saved, her Ufo, although Bho Is trull in a dangerous condition. ICcturnod Mlinloniiry. JUNIATA, Neb., Sept. 19. Miss An na Huzzoll, daughter of Rov. O. A Buzzcll, Baptist minister of UiIh placo, has returned homo utter nn abmico of eight years as a missionary to China NEBRASKAN RETURNS FROM NOME " Ua Doc Not Olro KnouurAslnff Account of tlio Kltaiitloii. KEARNEY, Nob., Sopt 17. C. V. Evans, sou of J. C. Evans of this city, Is homo from Capo Nome, Alaska. Ho vaa formerly a druggist of umaha and wont to Capo Nome last Juno to go Into tho drug business. When ho got thero ho could not find a location for a build ing and was compelled to soli his stock. Ho tried mining but the bench hnd been gono over throe times and would glvo up no pay dirt Tho people who had been at Nomo and wero wall located wero making money, bt late arrivals could do nothing at all. An oxporloncod miner could not earn moro than $3.50 a day and a prospecting outfit was worth from $300 to $500. Mr. Evans said tho city covered a ten aero strip of beach a block wide. Tho population of tho city was botween 20,000 and 30,000 inhabitants. Back ot tho city it Is hilly nnd to the north for hundreds of miles oxtonds tho tundra, which Is a marshy formation ot mosa and decayed vogotatlon. It is impassa-' bio nnd can only bo used for travol whon It Ib frozen, Vessels nro compell ed to anchor flvo miles from shore and tholr cargoes aro landed by means of lighters. Ho said that thoro wero 8G0 passongera on tho vessel thnt took htm to Nome, and 200 of this numbor re turned on the samo vossol after thoy had beon tuoro six days. Tho faro vtau $1G5 and tho net earnings of tho com pany for ono trip to Cape Nomo wai $1C5.000. Journeying; to Frlion. OMAHA, Nob., Sopt 17. Frank M. Dorsoy, formerly cashier of tno First National bank ot Ponca, carao in Wed nesday from Cripple Crock, whoro ho has boon for uonio tlmo past, and re ported at tho office ot tho United Stato marshal in accordance with the mnn doto of tho federal court in order that tho sentence imposed might be put in to effect Tho aontenco is for six years at tho Sioux Falls ponltenltary, and is for violating the banking law In con nection with tho wrecking of tho Ponca bank. It Is expooted that Judgo Mun gor will bo In tho city soon and that anbrder -will bo entorod and the de fendant taken to Sioux Falls -without delay. Dorsdy insists that tho violation was technical and similar to others that ard necessary in banks ovory day, and that ho wan convicted simply on tho falluro of tho bank. Tho court of appeals af firmed tho action of tho lower .fcourt, nnd tho supremo court refused to con sider tho case. Supreme Court Docket. LINCOL.,, Nob., Sept 17. Tho bar dockot for tno September term of tho supromo court contains 1,045 enses, or about 1,000 moro than can possibly bo considered by tho thrco Judgcu in ono year. Among tho enscs sot for hearing at tho first setting, which begins Sep tember 18, nro thoso of tho Btato ot Nebraska against tho Standard Oil company and tho various rallroada do ing business in this state. Tho casca ngalnBt tho Burlington and Elkhorn railroads wero submitted during the last term of court, but by genoral agreement of all parties concerned they havo been, reopened again tor argumont on tho constitutionality ot tho board of transportation. Killed by an Engine. COLUMBUS, Neb., Sept 17. J. F. Schnffroth, for many years a resident of this county, was accidentally killed near Hartlngton, Nob. Ho was in tho act of coupling a threshing machine, onglno to a separator when the engine started back and run over him, caus ing almost Instant death, t'otor Schrnff roth, fathor ot tho deceased, lctt to mako arrangements for tho burial, which will probably bo made In Codar county. One Family Kirnjied. OVERTun, Nob., Sopt 17. George Craudell Is In recolpt of a letter from hla daughter, Mrs. McCallum of Hun- gorford, Tex., stating that town was complotoly annihilated by tho stormv Mr. ana Mrs. ucuauum escaped witn tholr llvos by clinging to posts for six hours during tho storm nnd flood. It is feared that Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Wales and family, who removed from here to Galveston, Tex., havo been killed, as no tidings have beon rccolved from them as yet. Suite for Damage. COLUMBUS, Nob., Sopt 17. Two damago suite for $3,000 oach have been fllod in tho district court against Frank Holder ot Humphrey by Bemaru Bodo- wlg nnd Goorgo Bloodorn, minors, about 15 years of ago, by tholr fathers, Jacob Uodowlg and Martin C. Blocdorn. Tho allegation Is mado that on August 21 In tho prcsonce of divers persona Holder falsely stated that tho plaintiffs hnd stolon a lot of postago stamps and $45 from his lumber ofllco. Arretted After a Struggle. SYRACUSE, Nob., Sopt. 17. Jes3lo Jennings was committed to tho county jail for want of ball, on a chargo of assault with intent to do bodily Injury to ono James Creasman. Ho not only Bovcroly injured Mr. Creasman, but de fied tho wholo community to nrreat him nnd it was only after much chasing nnd tho pcrsuaslvo argumont of a six shooter that brought him to time. Ho claiinB to hall from Coffoyvllle, Kan. Mali Hack Under Whceli, TREN'i ON, Nob., Sept. 17. Tho mall Back of No. 3, tho Denver Hyor, wont under tho train and was badly dam nged. Papers woro strowu tho length of tho switch, Tho letter snck was not found, but It was loarucd No. 80 had picked It up on tho cow catcher and carrlod it to McCook. I.oxlugton Man Found Dead. CLARKS, Nob., Sept. 17. Tho man gled body of Walter Long, boii of O. W. Long ot Loxlngton, Nob., was found on tho Union Pacific track ono mile east of town. His Idontlty was proven by letters on his person showing ho hnd boon driving an lco wagon this summer for Otto Uakor of Columbus and by Robert Douglas, who formerly resided thoro. Cojonor Kombrlck deemed It unnecessary to hold an Inquest The romalns will be shipped to Lexington for burial. and Japan.