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THE WORK OF THE LAW MAKERS
Legislative Facta and Gossip Newo
of the State Caplt I.
Dr. Avery Acting Chancellor.
Dr. Samuel Avery, head profeaaor
of chomiatry waa unanlinoiiHly elected
acting chancellor or the Unlvoruity
of Nobraaka hy the hoard of rogonta
thin week. Dr. Avery will begin lila
dutioa January I, when Chancellor
E. Hen Jam In Andrews' resignation
Profeaaor Avory wan horn In 1805,
at Lemolllo, IlllnolH. Fie took hlu drat
degreo at Doane college, graduating
from therein 1'887. He look hla H, S.
dogreo at the University of Nebraska,
graduating from there In 1807- In
1890 Profeaaor Avory took hla doetor'a
degree at Heldlohorg.
Profeaaor Avery's career haa not
boon ono of apectacular, hut of aleady
and conalatent progrcas. lie came di
rectly to the University of Nobraaka
after leaving Heldleherg aa an adjunct
profeaaor of chemlalry. Ho waa hero
until 1802, when he went to the Uni-
Or. 8amuel Avery, Acting Chancellor.
voralty of Idaho aa professor of chom
latry and chomlat of the agricultural
experiment atatlon. Ho was there un
til 1891, when he returned to tho Uni
versity of Nobraaka aa profeaaor of
analytical and organic chemistry. In
1002 ho became professor of agricul
tural chemistry and chemist nt tho
"Uulvoralty of Nebraska experiment
atatlon. In 1905 he became head pro
fessor of chemistry In this unlvcralty,
which poaltlon ho haa held evor alnco.
ProrosBor Avory haa contributed
considerable to modorn ehemlcal liter
a tare. He la tho author of station bul
letins on aromatic glutorlc aclda and
tho constitution of parlB green, otc. Ho
Is also tho Joint author of Nicholson
and Avery'a "Exorclaoa In Ohomlstry."
q Ib a member of tho American Chem
ical society and the Gorman Chemical
society of Berlin.
Must Enlarge State House.
Jf tho legislature adopt b tho recom
mendation which State Land Commls
Blonor II. W, Eaton will embody In
his biennial report It will hustle and
mako room for more state offlcors or
ab!lsh some of tho stato departments
which it haa created. Sovon judges
of tho supreme court must be given
olllco rooma In tho stato houao and
there are nono to spare unless radical
rearrangement of rooms Is made.
Mr. Eaton recommends threo ways
out of tho trouble. Ho will ask tho
loglBlaturo to abolish somo of tho now
dopartmonts It has eroatod or fit up
tho basement for ofllco rooms, or move
tho state library and tho department
of Justice to tho proposed historical
building across the Btreet from tho
Tho latter can bo dono If tho logls
laturc makea appropriation for a his
torical building largo enough to ac
commodate both tho Hoclcty and the
departments which It la proposed to
hoiiBO in the building.
No Banquet for Sheldon.
Out of doferonco to tho vlowa of
Governor Sheldon tho banquet to have
heon given In hia honor January 5 In
Lincoln, has been abandoned 'by the
committee which haa been making ar
rangements for the affair.
Tho committee lusued the following
statement: "In view of the fact that
there seemed to he no lilting time for
the proposed banquet prior to the In
augural week of the In coming admin
Iteration, Governor Sheldon thought II
Inexpedient to Interrupt the uplrlt of
that occaalou with a demoiiHtrallon
more or lea aporenal to himself. Out
of deference, therefore, to hla vlewa
tho committee haa eiineellod all the
Warden Beemer's Report.
Warden Hoomer'a report of tho atate
penltentlory for the paat two ycara
ahowa that at present there aro 433
convlcta Incarcerated, of which 334
aro whlto ,and 89, or 21 per cont aro
negroea. Tho census of 1000 ahowa
that the white population of tho atalc
la 1,050,520 and the n .gro populations
ua 0,209, hut little moro than alx-tonths
of one per cent, Thla Indicates that
thirty-live tlmoa aa many negroea are
In tho penitentiary aa there are whltca
In proportion to tho population.
The population of the state peniten
tiary November 30, 1908, waa 433. Of
thla number 33 1 were white, 89 colored,
9 Indiana and 1 Japaneae. Five wore
women of which two were white and
three were colored. Tho whlto con
vlcta are one to each 3,710 of tho Btato;
tho, colored convlcta are ono to each
thirty-four of the colored population;
Indians aro ono to each 309. Two of
the prisoners arc aentenced to he
hanged, thlrty-alx to life Imprlaon
mont, thirty have aentonccB from fif
teen to thirty years, and the remaind
er threo months to fourteen yoara.
Tho convicts earned during the paat
two years for the state $71,323.81 which
la paid Into tho state treasury.
Cost of Maintaining Soldiers' Home.
The per capita cost of maintaining
tho Boldlera home at Grand Inland for
tho year 1907, waa $198.00. according,
to the report of Commandant D. W.
Hoyt, and for tho year 1908, It was
Tho total value of producta ralaed
on tho farm during the blennlum waa
$20,571.14 of which there la now on
hand products of the value of $2,308.10.
At the close of the blennlum there arc
In the homo 247 men and 112 women;
thirty were absent on furlough. The
not loss in membership during the past
year was twenty-four. During tho pre
vious year the not loss was thirty. In
1907 thore were forty-one deaths and
In 1908 thore were fifty-two deaths.
The population of the soldiers' home
at Miirord, December 1, 1900, as shown
hy tho biennial report filed with tho
governor hy Joseph PreBsou, comman
dant, Is 183. There were received dur
ing the blenniuin 100; discharged and
died 132; members December 1, 1908,
151 of -which 143 aro men and eight
Organization of New Legislature.
As Is natural tho matter of the house
speakership presents the most inter
esting Held lor speculation. At least
half a dozon candidates for the speak
ership aro known and It is not unlikely
that these will he added to, when tho
mombers collect and tho real active
canvass is made just previous to the
opening of tho session.
At tho present tlmo the leading can
didates for tho palco are Ralph Clark
of Richardson county, C. W. Pool of
Johnson, II. R. Henry of Holt, A. H.
Bowman or Nuckolls and W. J. Tay
lor of Custer. It Is presumed that
Douglas county will have a candldato
and cither W. S. Shoemaker or W. S.
Stoecker are picked for the candldatq
to got tho support of tho delegation.
For secretary of the senato four
candidates have entered tho field, E.
A. Walrath, editor of the Osceola Dem
ocrat and socrotary of tho populist
stato committee; W. H. Smith, editor
of tho Seward Indopendcnt-Doniocrat;
Davis of Ord and J. R. Hunter of Sioux
Report of Hastings Asylum.
Tho report of W. 13. Kerns, superin
tendent of the llaallngsMnsano asylum,
was filed with tho governor this week.
This showB that on December 1, 190G,
thero woro 972 patients In the hospital,
004 of whom woro mon and 308 woro
women. During tho two years just
ended 433 patients were admitted to
tho asylum, 255 being men and 178 be
ing women; 227 patients have been re
turned in that tlmo from parolo; 170
havo boon discharged, 44 paroled, and
103 havo died. Thero Is a total of 1,045
patients now Incarcerated. The dally
average nttowjinco has 'been 1,023
for tho entire blennlum. Tho average
cost por year of maintenance foots up
$150.83. Tho superintendent says that
ho Is glad tho name of tho Institution
was changed from "The Hospital for
tho Incurable Insane," to "Tho Nebras
ka Stato Hispital." Under tho now
management fifty-throe counties aro
now responsible to this Institution and
tho remaining to the other hospitals
for tho Insano.
Reports of State Institutions.
Reports from state institutions now
on filo with the govornor bIiow thn(
with two excoptlons tho seven Instltu
tlons reporting cost loss por capita for
tho six months onillng November 30,
than for tho samo period in 1907. The
two showing an Increase per capita
coat over tho same porlod hit t year aro
tho Industrial school for girls at Ge
neva and the Institute for tho blind
at Nobraaka City. Tho per capita
coHt for tho six months ending No
vember 30 for ouch year la as follows;
Asylum, Lincoln 92 55 $ R0.30
Holdlera' Homo. G. I. 107.55 103.71
Suldlora' Home, Mil
ford 07.91 85.30
luM. for mind 137.31 141.23
Deaf and Dumb Ihat., SI. 21 83,311
lloja' Imlt. School... 110.95 117.01
UlrJa' Indt. School.,. 93.81 113.37
ITEMS OF GREATER OR LESSER
IMPORTANCE OVER THE 8TATE.
THE PRESS, PULPIT AND PUBLIC
What Is Going On Here and There
That Is of Interest to the Read
ers Throughout Ne-
Rules Against Sales to Minors.
According to the ruling of tho board
of fire and police commlaslonors
thore are no conditions under which
a minor can buy Intoxicating liquor In
South Omaha. It makes no difference
If tho minor produces a written order
from his parents the aaloonnian must
refuse to produce the, boozo. This
order was promulgated at tho meeting
of tho board Friday evening and Is
considered to bo one of tho best ord
ors that the board has thus far given
The order was brought about by the
hearing of tho Unzlckcr case. It was
charged that Unzieker sold liquor to
a minor. The aaloonman produced
evidence to show that tho goods had
been sold on an order from tho par
ents. Tho case was dismissed.
Whittlesey in Bartcn's Place.
F. C. Whittlesey has been appointed
as grand recorder of tho Ancient Or
der of United Workmen to fill the va
cancy caused by the resignation of S.
It. Barton, who has been olected au
ditor of stato, the resignation to take
effect January 1. It Is expected that
he will be a candidate for election at
the next biennial grand lodge session
to be held in May. He mis for many
years been a chief clerk In the grand
recorder's office. It was rumored dur
ing the campaign that A. Galusha. ex
secrotary of state, would succeed to
this position, but thero appears to
have been no foundation for the rum
or. Bankruptcy 'Proceedings.
August Wagner of Columbus, ref
eree in bankruptcy, held a session at
Schuyler Wednesday In the matter of
H U. Woods, bankrupt. Tho bankrupt
himself and an officer of the First Na
tional bank were examined In an ef
fort to lessen the holdings of tho bank
In his property and Increase tho fund
for general creditors, and In this they
mot with some success. Mr. Woods
was formerly a building contractor
and at one time did some work for
tho state. More recently ho has been
In the lumber and coal business until
his creditors forced him into involun
Raisinq Money for Academy.
Only $2,500 remains to be raised for
tho purcnase of the abandoned convent
property at Hastings for the Domini-1
can sisters, who proposo to establish '
an academy therein. Tho property
was formerly used as a Catholic con
vent. .After the convent was closed
tho property was taken over by St.
Louis investors on foreclosure pro
ceedings and, although It cost upwards
1 00,000. it can now he bought for
$S,000. The Dominican sisters will
establish an academy if tho property
Is deeded to them free of debt.
Partners In Crime to Pm.
Mrs. Matilda Rusor, and her para
mour, John Slagle, hold on the charge
of shooting Emll Rusor with intent to
kill, pleaded guilty to the chargo be
fore Judge Estolle in district court
In session at Papilllon. Tho shooting
occurred nearly two months ago on
tho farm occupied by Rusor, south of
Papilllon. Slagle worked for Ruser.
Judge Estelle sentenced tho man to
six yoars in tho penitentiary and tho
woman to one year. Tho prisoners
will remain in tho Douglas county jail
until taken to Lincoln.
Will Surrender Charter.
At n meeting of tho members of
Goorgo H. Thomas post. No. 171, G.
A. R nt Ainsworth. Wednesday after
noon, it was voted to surrender the
charter as thero aro not enough mem
bers left to fill the olllccs of the or
ganization. A new organization was
ofTected to look after tho needy sol
diers and their families.
Harsnberger & Jantze, a firm that 1
has been in tho automobile business
at Aurora, havo rented tho east room
of tho building occupied hy Perry
Bradley's blacksmith shop, at Soward,
and will open up an automobllo garage
there as soon aa tho roadii got In con
dition to move their machines.
Man Killed at Grand Island.
R It. Rhkey. n harbor, aged twon-
two-year?, whose homo was at Joy, 1
i .,, down niul torrlbly man-,
glnd and probably Instantly klllo.l in
tho Vnlon Paolllo yards at Grand lal
and ThurHduy iilgnt by passenger
trulu No 11, going wost about 3s 15
State News and Notes In Condense
Valentino wanta a humuno society.
J. G. Burdick has sold his harness
shop at Aurora to R. C. Machamer.
Thero is a complaint throughout tho
country over tho Bhortagc of eggs.
Tho Wayno normal will open Its
winter term on Monday, December 28.
The big chicken show at Nebraska
City will be pulled off December 22
The State bank of Bartloy has In
creased its paid up cupital stock tq
Sportsmen who kill jack rabbits
say that they arc very fat and makq
Ed Conkel nns sold his elchtv-ncro
farm north of Sterling to Fred ben-
son for $90 per acre.
A $25,000 Bchool building will be
erected at Gibbon. A man at Arling
ton has the contract.
The village streets at Llnwood are
being nicely graded and put in good,
condition for the winter.
Tho county clerk of Cuming county
issued fifty hunting licenses up to the
first of the month, this fall. ;
Meadow Grove appears qui to chesty
over its citizen, W. H. Pringlc, wno Is
one hundred and three years old.
Joseph Ord was hurt near Auburn
by trying to handle too many horses,
at one time. Ho is about eighty years'
Adam Bowers is making arrange
ments on his Banner county ranch to
feed 2,700 sheep, and he will boou
shin them in.
The total amount of farm mortgages
filed in Gage county during the past
month was $42,110. and those released
footed up $59,438.
Miss Dessie McCutchcon. formerly
of Cambrlde. has been elected aunor-!
intendent of tho Kit Carson county,
Mrs. P. J. Gllman has lived In
North Platte for forty years, and on
Thanksgiving the lady properly cele
brated the event.
L. S. Ncedham, of Wayne county,
shipped Hvo cars of cattle to the Chi
cago market and realized $7.25 per
hundred for them.
A detail of soldiers Is making head
quarters at Murdock while preparing,
a map of that section of tho country
for government use.
Charles W. Connor, a pioneer of
Furnas county, died in the poor house
at that place a few days ago. Ho was
seventy-eight yoars old.
The old street car rails must go at
Beatrice. The council has ordered
that they must bo torn out of tho,
street and taken away for good.
During the month of Novembcn
thero were filed with the county clerk
of Adams county mortgages amount
ing to $18,45G.93 and 12,85S.0G were,
Nebraska's alfalfa crop for 1908 Willi
amount to 1,846,708 tons; tho tame
hay cron will be 2,001,538 tons; wild'
hay, 4.06G.40V tons; potatoes will pan.'
out 8,531,022 bushels. !
' v Averill. near Alexandria has
had three artesian wells constructed
for tho waterworks system. The threo
wells have a combined flow of about'
275 gallons per minute.
A fake ureek missionary has boon,
working tho people around Murdock,
during the pust week for money. Ills'
true character was discovered, how
ever, boforo ho had gleaned much
,rho birthday box in the Presbyte
rian church at Beatrice was robbed
of Its contents ono night during tho
week. Tho box had been closed forj
nearly a year. Tho thief made quite;
a good h.uil.
Late Friday afternoon a deed was
recorded at tho office of tho register;
of deeds making tho second transfer!
of tho Leavitt sugar factory since it
went into the hands of the receiver.
Tho consideration for tho factory and
tho 197 3-4 acres of land was $320,000.
It wns sold to Chester S. Moroy of.
One afternoon recontly oighteen big
strong mon with teams went into tho
cornfield bolonglng to Evorett Petty,
noar Ord, and bororo night the corn
on forty acres was husked and in the,
crib. Both Mr. and Mrs. Potty havo
been sick for somo time. Tho act waa
cortalnly a neighborly one, and was
no doubt appreciated.
At tho yoarly meeting tho farmors
olovator company of St. Edwards,
olected directors as follows: Dan Ca
hill. Jerry Flahorty. Shell Clark,
C. Goodman, John Zimmerman, J.
Uurna and L. E. Andorson. Tho dt
rectors olected Dan Cahiil president
and Sholl Clark secretary. Goorgo.
M. Thompson will remain as manager
for nnothor year.
Wrord waa received at Red Cloud of
tho death of William Authwalt, which
occurred at tho homo of his grand
duughtor In Soattio, Wash. Mr. Outh
wait movod to Wobstor county from
unio in 187-1 and settled on what la
now tho O. M, Plerco form. Ho moved i
to Soattio about ton yoars ago. Tho
body was takon to Rockaway, Ohio !
I' burial, Mr. OutUwalt was pant
eighty-five years old. 1
BATTLE IS LIKELY
DUTCH 8HIPS CLEARED FOR AC
TION AND FORTS ARE READY
GUSH PROBABLE AT ANY TIME
President Castro Traverses Franc
Under Strict Pledge to Avoid
Publicity Ships Are Dis
patched From Holland.
The government of Tho Nether
lands has no Intention of being negli
gent In the matter of tho blockade of
tho Venezulean coast, Inaugurated hy
threo of Its warahlps last week. Tho
battleship Jacob Van Heemskork and
tho cruiser Gelderland left Willemstad,
Friday at 11 o'clock for Venezulean
waters. Thoy have been cleared for
It is believed that tho warships will
mako a demonstartion off La Gualra.
Furthermore, thoy probably will begin
seizing Venezulean merchant vossols,
thus putting a stop to the trade be
tween Venezulean ports.
A clash between tho warships and
tho costal forts of Vonezula Is likely
to follow any radical action, because
tho government at Caracas has ex
pressed its Intention of firing on tho.
Dutch ships at tho first "unfriendly,
President Castro of Vonozuola, left
for Paris Friday. His physicians are
anxious that ho reach Berlin as soon
as possible in order to undergo his
operation, should specialists consider
this necessary, conequently his tay
in Paris will bo short. A private car
was reserved for tho party. President
Castro is accompanied by a special
commissary of police.
It was officially announced Friday
that tho French government informed
President Castro Thursday that he
would be expelled from the country in
case ho mado any "manifestation cal
culated to disturb tho public order,"
gave interviews to journalists, or in
any manner inaugurated a press cam
paign against France, or In justifica
tion of his own attitude or that of tho
Venezuelan government. Ca3t.r0 gavo
assurance that ho camo to Franco In
the capacity of a prlvato citizen to un
dergo an operation, and ho promised
to adhere to tho wishes of the govern
ment. Iowa Carries Away Trophy.
Iowa student judges carried off the
$1,000 trophy offered" by tho Western
Grain Dealers' association In the na
tional corn show competition, tho
award heing mado Thursday night.
Tho Iowa team consisted of Messrs.
Schnaidt, Wood Hendricks, Qunifo
and Murphy. Tho Kansas team was
second and Missouri third.
There aro now over a inlln of nrlzn
exhibits strung out In tfco blc audi
in tho world a open classes tho
awards were us follows:
Fifty ears of corn of any variety:
.lonnson county corn club, Franklin,
Indiana. $515: second. Rav F. Bennett.
lAmon, Iowa, $100; third, Sherman
Township Corn club, Elliott, Iowa,
$10; fourth, John Sandborg, Whiting,
Iowa. $8: fifth. Loo Smith. DoSoto.
Nebraska, $G; sixth, J. R. Crookshank,
drowning, Missouri, $5.
Five Negroes Slain by White Man.
Without cause William Latura, al
ready notorious, having killed and!
wounded a scoro of peoplo, early Fri
day entered a local dive at Momphls,
Tenn., and, drawing a rovolvcr, shot
down four negroes, fatally wounded 11
fifth and wounded two others. Latura,
who was with companions at tho time,!
began tho fray without warning or
provocation. Ho stood at tho bar'
drinking and turned and flrod. When
'every negro in tho place had fallen,1.
ho put his pistol In his pocket aiuh
left the place. Later he waa arrested.1
Pythians Will Build for Consumptives.
Dr. G. G. McConneil, commander-in-!
chief of tho Knights of Pythias, an i
nounced Friday that it has been form '
ally decided that a sanitarium for.
tuberculosis patients affiliated with.
,tho order shall be established In New;
Mexico. Tho cottages and other build-!
ing, when sulncient funds havo beeni
collected from mombers of tho order,-
will bo erected on a largo tract of land'
near Laa Vegan donated for tho cause
by Now Mexico lodges.
'Mrs. Rice to Make Home in Boston.,
Mrfi. Abblo Rico, whose atnrv of nl
suicido pact was told during tho trial
of Charlen Davis for tho murder of
Dr. Ritalin In Omaha, Is to bocomo a
rosldent of BoBton noxt spring. It
haa boon learned that tho woman's
husband, Irving Rico, already haa.
started to furnish a homo Tor her
Tho nominations of Martin A. Kuapp
of Now York, chairman nt tho Inter
stato commerce commission, and Hor
bort Livingstone StUterloo, of Now
York, to bo aaalataut nocrotary of the
navy, woro confirmed by tho aonuto