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GRAND ISLAND MAN A SUICIDE AT COUNCIL BLUFFS. ACCUSED OF DIAMOND THEFT Was Engaged to be Married to Iowa Young Woman Next Month Employer Confident of His Innocence. Robert Brown, son of E. E. Brown of Grand Island, Neb., wbo has been a resident of Council Bluffs for nearly u year, committed suicide Thursduy. It has not been determined whether Brown was driven to the act through over-sensitiveness or fear of exposure of tlio alleged theft of two diamonds of the value of $450. His employer is firm In believing Brown guiltless. Last December Homer Scarr, a bank clerk, had two diamonds stolen from his room. Brown at the time roomed across the hall. Scan- scouted the Idea, that Brown had taken the stones and would not consent to an Inquiry with him as the suspected person. Brown was engaged to be married next month to Miss Margaret Coylo of Council Bluffs. Recently .Miss Coyle was given a diamond by Brown and Brown was seen wearing another stone. Scarr's father and the chief CHURCH AT LOUISVILLE TIPPED of police quetsloned Brown about the diamonds, Brown declaring his mother had given them to him. Brown con sented to bring the stone he had at his room to the station for examina tion. After an hour's wait the chief telephoned Brown's rooming house, when the discovery of Brown's sui cide was made. The affair has cre ated a sensation. Brown was an ex emplary young man and had made m.tuy friends. He was 20 years old. INCREASE IN LAND VALUES. $6,000,000 Boost Reported in Red Wil low County. The predicted boosting of the as sessed valuation of the state which it was thought would be caused large ly through the increased valuation of real estate Is borne out by a report, of the county clerk of Red Willow county to Secretary of State Junkln. The report shows that real estate in Red Willow county wus last year listed at $4,4 14,150 full value and this year it was Increased to $10,300,000. From every quarter comes reports of a large increase in real estate. Other property Is also supposed to show an Increase, but the greatest Is looked for In real estate for the reason that tills is the first revaluation of land since the eir.ictment of the general revenue law. This law provides for valuing land every four years, while personal property is listed each year. When the present revenue law first went Into effect it was said real es tate was not valued at Its actual worth. The railroad tax commission ers have since used this statement as an argument In favor of the lowering of their taxes or an increase in land values. This year the new county assessors were cautioned by the state beard to assess all property at Its full value and the results are now ap 1 earing. The total assessed value of all the property In Nebraska last year was $329,413,349. Before the county as sessors went to work It was predicted that this would be Increased this year to $350,000,000. Tho state board will not take up the work of equalizing between counties and classes of prop erty in counties until it completes tho valuation of railroad property and nlso adjusts values of railroad prop erty in towns under the terminal tax law. Paid Inheritance Tax. The estate of the late Ford Lowls of Beatrice Thursday paid tho sum of 11,440.95 Into the county treasury un der the Inheritance tax law. This Is 'the first of the cases settled which were recently begun against tho es tates by the county attorney. FALLS UPON CIRCULAR SAW. Fllley Man so B?.dly Cut He Cannot Live. William Kay, a young man who ha ban working on the farm of Charles Hugorman, about two miles south ol Fllloy, was fatally Injured about tlvo o'clock Thursday afternoon whllr working around a sawmill. Kay .was helping saw cotton wood lumber and was struck by the log carrier whllt near the machine. He was thrown upon the swiftly revolving saw, light lug upon it on his left shoulder. He was tumble to save himself, though the machine was stopped as quickly as possible. His left arm was almost severed from his body and a deep gash was cut In his back, through which his heart and lungs were plain ly visible. Kay Is 24 years or age and has been working for Mr. I lager man for some time. His mother Uvos In Colorado. He Is a grandson of Mr and Mrs. William Smith of Filley. PARSONAGES NOT TAXABLE. If Owned by Church and Not Rented for Profit. Parsonages owned by church or ganizations and not rented for profit are exempt, from taxation. This Is tho decision of the state board of equalization and taxation. Under the recent law property used exclusively for religious purposes Is exempt from taxation. In some counties parsonages are not occupied and in many instances assessors have taxed them, but there has been no uniform Uy throughout tho state. As the tax ation of property has been completed OVER BY RECENT CYCLONE. by county assessors this ruling comes too late to be applied by the asses sors this year, but It Is supposed the state board can strike out all such property when It reviews the work of assessors. Under the old revenue law many disputes and several suits were instituted to settle the right of churches to have property that, was used as a parsonage exempted from taxation. In some cases the churches rented residences from private par ties and then asked for exemption. Under the ruling made by the state board all this is cleared up, though there is nothing to prevent persons from appealing to the courts. Tho state board rules that parsonages owned by a church organization, whether vacant or occupied by a pas tor, and not rented to other persons for profit, are exempt from taxation. NEBRASKA MAN IS PROMOTED John R. Berg Given Place of Respon sibility at Washington. In tho reorganization of the govern ment printing office at Washington by Public Printer Leach, John R. Berg or Nebraska gets a good place Mr. Berg, formerly chief of the Con gressional Record division of the office, has been promoted to the office of superintendent of work. Ho will have charge of the mechanical out put of tho big printery. Mr. Bers came to Washington from Nebraska City as compositor on the Congres sional Record In 1883. We was with in four years thereafter promoted to proof reader, and in 1807 was made assistant foreman or the Congres sional Record division. In 1903 he was made foreman, which position he resigned to accept his promotion. Test Free High School. Law. The free high school law passed by the last legislature Is to be the subject of a combined attack from seevral school districts In Richardson county for the purpose of testing the validity of this act. For 12 years va rious persons in tlu office of the state superintendent have tried to secure the adoption of a valid free high school law, a law that will permit a pupil living In a district where there Is no high school to attend a high school, tho cost of his tuition to be paid by a county or district tax. Two or three such laws have beou de clared unconstitutional by the hu preme court. Senator King of Polk introduced S. F. 217 in tho last leg islature and It became a law. It pro vides for the payment of 75 cents a week by each non-resident pupil, tho district of his residence to raise the money by taxation, NEWS OF THE WEEK Most Important Happenings of tho Past Seven Days. Interesting Items Gathered From all Part3 of the World Condensed Into Small Space for the Ben efit of Our Readers. Miscellaneous. Caleb Powers, ex-secretary of state of Kentucky, twice sentenced to death for killing Gov. Goobol at Frankfort and .lames Howard, an alleged accom plice, have been pardoned by Gov. Wlllson. The case has attracted In terest throughout the country and thousands of petitions have been pre sented to Gov. Wlllson asking that the men lie set free. , A Whitehead torpedo containing 220 pounds of gun cotton was exploded against the monitor Florida at James town, Va. Tho vessel withstood the explosion and the test was declared a decided success by naval olllccrs. The conductors and motormen on tho Joplln & Pittsburg railway have gone on a strike. Twenty-seven persons were danger ously injured when a Missouri, Kansas & Texas passenger train plunged from the track Into from three to five feet of water near Clinton, Mo. One person was killed outright and three others probably fatally Injured when a "Roller Coaster" train jumped the track at. a Denver pleasure resort. In tho Republican primary of South Dakota Senator Klttrldgc was defeated lor renomlnatlon by Gov Crawford b 2,700 majority. In an explosion and fire which par tially destroyed the packing plant of Morris & Co. at Kansas City, one man was killed outright and four others Injured, one fatally. The monetary loss will be upward of $200,000. Tho firemen were handicapped by the flood waters of the Knw river which surrounded tho buildings to a depth of three feet. Tho Lucitunla clipped seven min utes from the record of her sister ship, the Mauretania, on her last trip from Queenstown to New York. The time was four days, 20 hours and eight minutes. Roy Sklbbe, a 12-year-old boy, was drowned In the flood at Topeka. In the capitol graft cases at Harris burg. Pa., tho jury was ordered to acquit ex-Treasurer Snyder, ex-Auditor Mathlus and the ex-superintendent of grounds and buildings, Sluimaker. Chester A. O'Connell. a machinist, was taken from a freight car at New York crazed from want of food and water. He had boarded the train at Jacksonville, Fla., and had been locked In for seven days. By means of tho vote of Senator Foelker of Brooklyn, who was taken to Albany from a sick bed, both of Gov. Hughes' anti-race track gambling bills were passed by the New York senate by one vote. The bills will become a law at once. The president and Secretary Taft have served notice on Panama that the coming election must be conduct ed fairly. If It Is otherwise the United States 'will intervene. As the result of the recent local op tion elections held In Oregon 270 sa loons, havo been abolished. Seven persons were injured at Cleveland, 0., when a charge of dyna mite was exploded under a street car. Thieves broke the display window in the jewelry store of Hymnn, Berg & Co. of Chicago and escaped with GO gold watches and miscellaneous jew elry valued at $3;000. The jury in the case of Raymond Hitchcock, the comedian, has returned a verdict at New York of acquittal. He was charged with mistreating young girls. Twenty-two thousand visitors at tended the Confederate reunion at Bir mingham, Ala. The Kaw river reached 28.5 feet above low water mark at Kansas City this year, just one foot higher than the flood of 1904. At their annual convention In Mil waukee there were 1,000 brewers pres ent representing an aggregate capital of $080,000,000 and giving employment to 2,000,000 persons. Their annual out put Is 58,540,000 barrels of beer. The flood conditions at Kansas City were worse this year than in 1904. Business on the live stock exchange was entirely suspended owing to tho yards being flooded. R. P. Duncan, a leading attorney of Stanberry, Mo., apparently without cause, shot down City Marshal Butler In a crowd of 40 men. Butler will die. Daniel F. Kellar, former captain in the United States army, has been con victed of stealing blank checks from the quartermaster at Fort Sheridan. A decrease of more than 22,000 in the number of Idle freight cars In tho latter half of May Is shown by a re port of the American Railway associ ation. In the local option election at El dorado Springs, Mo., tho liquor ele ment won by a majority of 35. Frank Good, a young farmer neap Peabody, Kan., killed his three moth-, erless children and then committed, suicide. Despondency over the death of his wife who died latst month Is given as the cause. Rumors that Attorney General Bona parte was to resign are positively de nied at tho White House. The big rail mill of the United States Steel corporation at Ensloy, Ala., has resumed operations. Dr. David Jnyno Hill, the American Ambassador to Germany was received In audience by Emperor William at Berlin and warmly greeted. Dr. Hill succeeds Charlemagne Tower at Ber lin. Senator Warner of Missouri Is slated by the Taft managers as chalr-i (mi u of the committee to notify the, secretary of war of his nomination. William K. Vanderbllt's colt, North east, won the Grand Prix race at Paris which Is worth this year about! $72,000. I The National Republican Committee; has decided a. I the contests submitted! to it, Involving 219 seats In the con vention. Secretary Tall, was given 2U! delegates and Senator Foraker 3. The Allison Glass works of Con tralia, 111., employing 300 men has filed a petition in bankruptcy. Heavy rains throughout central Kan sas have caused the rivers to rise again and another Hood along the Kaw Is predicted. The Standard Oil company has been convicted of rebating In the federal court at Rochester, N. Y. The maxi mum Hue that can be assessed Is $800,000. W. It. Kirkpatrlek or Topeka has been elected president of the Knights and Ladles of Security. John B. Abra hams of Topeka was elected secretary. While attempting to save the life of his mother Hen Bird, an 18-year-old farmer boy living near Pittsburg, Kan., choked his father to death. William Davis lily, (he oldest alum nus of Yale and a member of the class or 183(r, Is dead In Providence, R. I., aged 92 years. David Conway, a watchman at a Frisco bridge near Muskogee, Ok., was killed and robbed by four bandits who escaped on a hand car. The railroads have united roe a fight on two-cent, passenger rates, not only on the reasonableness of tho rate but on the power of states to enact and In force (hem, and Missouri has been selected as the battle ground. A registered mall pouch said to con tain more than $50,000 disappeared re cently at. Kansas City while In transit from Los Angeles, Oil., to New York. While reluctantly admitting the dis appearance (he postal authorities re fuse to make public any of the details. Edward VII., king of England, and Emperor Nicholas of Russia recently held a notable conference at Reval, Russia, which may have a far-reaching effect on future world policies. Eastern business men have appealed to Secretary Tart to use his Influence with (lie Republican national conven tion In ravor or a declaration lor a credit currency. Tho supreme court or Illinois has disbarred George J. Monroe, Frederick Klngsland and Daniel Webber, attor neys of Chicago, for unprofessional conduct. The steel trust, has announced a re duction in the price of finished prod ucts in the form of billets, bars, plates, structural iron, merchant pipe and wire nails. The National Federation or Millers held their annual convention in De troit recently. The corporation commission ot Ok lahoma announce that a reduction of rrom 25 to 40 per cent In express rates Is soon to be made in that state. The Harvester trust made a profit of $11,228,317 during 1907. Personal Blind Tom, tho famous negro mu sician who has been exhibited through out tho world, Is dead In Hoboken, N. J. He was born a slave in Georgia about 1850. Frederick Arthur Stanley, earl of Derby, Is dead in London. As Lord Stanley he was governor general ol Canada In 1888-93. Senator Bailey of Texas was oper ated upon in New York recently for throat trouble. He Is rapidly Improv ing. Petitions are being circulated In Illi nois for tho nomination on the Demo cratic ticket of John Mitchell, former head of the miners union, for the of fice of governor. Gov. Hughes of New York has em phatically reiterated his former de claration that under uo circum stances would he accept the nomina tion for vlco president from the Re publican national convention. David B. Hill, the New York Demo cratic leader, has sailed for Europe on his first trip across the Atlantic. Gov. Curtis Guild of Massachusetts Is an avowed candidate for the office of vice president on tho Republican ticket. His name will be presented to tho Chicago convention by Senator Lodge. Col. John F. Flnerty, tho leader of the Fenian raid on Canada in the late GO's, is dead in Chicago. P. COURSEY RICHARD3 F3EE. Twelve Years' Sentence Commutad by Governor. P. Coursey Richards or Lincoln, Neb., serving a 12 years' sentence In the penitentiary for a criminal assault, upon his young stepdaughtor, wont forth a free man Monday. Gov. Sheldon commuted the sentence as a result, of an application by the prisoner and after a public hearing. Mr. Richards has been on parole at the Soldiers' home at Mllford, the parole having been Issued by Gov. Mickey before his term of office ex pired. Mr. Richards will go to Penn sylvania where relatives live nnd enter the employ of a railroad com pany. He was convicted largely on the evidence or his wire, and her daughter, the latter being his step daughter and fho alleged victim. The daughter wrote Gov. Sheldon that the father had been wrongfully convicted and a physician who wiih nomewlint Interested In the trial wrote the gov ernor Mint In his Judgment the crlmo charged hud probably never been committed. This testimony, indicates that an innocent man has served time In (he penitentiary, and caused the governor to commute the sentence. Four years were taken from the orlg luM sentence or 12 years. Counting tho time upon! at the Soldiers' home on parole, Richards served six years In prison, lie was a soldier In tho civil war and many veterans Inter ested themselves In his application for a pardon. CLAIM SCARCITY OF CATTLE. Explanation Offered for High Price of Beef. To Increase the mipply of beef and therefore lessen Its cost to the Amer ican household Is one of the principal objects underlying the efforts of the department, of agriculture at. Wash ington to Hocuro clover, airall'a or other grass that will thrive In the seini-arld regions of the Northwest. Beef and beef products are said to havo reached the highest prices re corded in 20 yoiirs and the dealers claim that Mils is duo to scarcity of cattle. It Is to Increase the supply of beef by Increasing tho grass belt In the West that, the department of agricul ture has again sent N. F. Hanson of Hrooklngs, S. D., to make a thorough investigation or the plant lire of northern Russlu and Siberia. Profes sor Hansen will visit the xectlons of northern Europe and Asia where cli matic conditions are similar to those of the seinl-arld lands of Wyoming, Colorado, Montana and the Dakotas. If an alfalTa or clover can bo round which will withstand these climatic conditions a hundred head or cattle could he fed on the land now required by ten. Famous Blind Tom is Dead. "Blind Tom," famous negro musi cian, marvel or three generations of playgoers, died Sntnrday in Hoboken, N. J., whero ho had been living for years in retirement and subsisting on charity. Thomas WlggliiB Is the name given In his burial certificate, but tho surname was one which the ramous pianist, adopted. He was born a slave near Columbus, Ga., about 1850. ' In early childhood, Tom, who was born entirely blind and more than hair Idiotic, showed himself roniarkably Imitative, frequently stealing into the house of his master to reproduce on the pianoforte music he had heard played by others. In 18G1 ho be came so proficient on tho Instrument that he was taken to New York and exhibited as a phenomenon and later was widely heard in the United States and Europe. Woman Gets in First Shot. Charles Ray, a farmer living near Jasper, Mo., was shot and killed by his wife, Fanny Ray, shortely after noon Monday. Tho fatal Hhot was fired from the Becond-story window of the Ray home, a shotgun heavily loaded with buckshot being used. Ray was carrying a shotgun himself, at the time of the shooting. Ray had Ifcft the field and was going Info tho house yard. Upon seeing his wife at a downstairs window he Is alleged to have said: "Now 1 havo got you." Mrs. Ray rushed to a - second-story window and fired the fatal allot. Pearls From the Mississippi. The receding of the Mississippi river following the flood stage has revealed many pearls thrown up Uy the high waters. Five thousand dol lars' worth of pearls are said to havo been picked up at Prairie du Chlon, Wis., and valuable finds are being re ported from Genoa, Lansing, Victory and other river points. Insane Woman Slays Six. Aire. Daniel Cooper shot and killed her husband, five of her six chlldreu and herself in, tholr home at Cadillac, Allch., Saturday night. The sixth child was fatally wounded. Mrs. Cooper Is said to have been suljject to spells of dementia.