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Turner County Herald
W. 0. BBOWN, Publlshor.
Sullivan and Corbott have put up
$10,000 a side for a flglit to a* finish.
,-.„{The country at large will double the
.jjjpurse if they will agree to flglit with
axes. 5 llillli
The little word "obey" has been
Ipstricken out of the Methodist mar
Pgriagc service and brides will hereafter
|§|have no prejudice against being
iSmarried by ministers of that
The great Treasury vault at Wasli
5X yi'ui jVington covers more than a quarter of
(tpan acre and is twelve feet deep.
^Recently there was $90,000,000 in silver
"^"V y.- '^stored there—an amount that weighed
•4,000 tons and would load 17a freight
5 cars. '**'z*u''
Frank Taggett, a former member
of the Nebraska legislature, has been
arrested in Cheyenne for aiding
prisoner to escape. The fact that lie
once belonged to the Nebraska legis
lature will be strong circumstantial
evidence against him.
John Jacob Astor has imitated
William Waldorf in giving the New
York Press club a check for $6,000.
The club will do well to have the
check cashed before any of its mem
bers put more of those unpleasant
paragraphs into the papers.
A few days ago a switchman in
Denver snatched a little child from
before an advancing locomotive. He
succeeded in his heroic purpose but
was killed. Already the Denver
News has raised over $700 for the
widow and child of this unknown
man of the people, Lee Dunham, and
about $100 for a monument. New
York has not done as well for the
nation's Grant.
The editor of an exchange in the
throes of crazed inspiration writes
thusly: "You may hive the stars in
a nail keg, hang the ocean on a rail to
dry, put the sky to soak in a gourd
and unbuckle the beliyb'and of eter
nity, and let the sun and moon out,
but don't think you can escape the
place that lies on the other side of
purgatory if you don't support your
local paper."
Some time ago President Harrison
expressed a'wish to Uncle Jerry Rusk
for two good 'possums as soon as frost
set in, and the other morning two
line young 'possums were received at
the White House. These were deliv
ered by Adams Express Company,
and were in a box marked: "To the
President: Two citizcns of Maryland
—Mr. Protection and Mr. Reciprocity
—with the compliments of John R.
Howlett, No.
1411 N street northwest."
Each of the animals had a red, white,
and blue, ribbon round his neck, one
marked "protection" and the other
This fall all the offices in South
Dakota to be filled run from governor
down to road supervisor. Nothing is
omitted from constable to the highest
in the land,-national electors for the
electoral college. In consequence of
this the ticket will be the size of a
barn door. It is estimated that the
ticket will be six feet long, if all the
names were run in a single column,
"or three feet in a double width. As
to ballot boxes, sugar barrels will
have to be used in some of the large
wards. Already some of the county
commissioners are making arrange
ments for large steel ballot boxes to
hold the tickets. The election will
be fraught with difficulties and sur
prises seem certain.
Of the twenty-three presidents,
seven were re-elected, namely—Wash
ington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe,
Jackson, Lincoln and Grant. Two
were renominated and failed of elec
tion—Martin Van Buren, who was
beaten by Harrison, and Mr. Cleveland
who wasbeat.cn by the republican
grandson of the great whig leader.
This gives nine presidential renomi
nations, seven of which were approved
by the people. Six presidents who
lived out their terms of office failed
to get a renomination. They are the
two Adamses, Polk, Pierce, Bucliaman
and Hayes. Three presidents died
(luring their first terms, namely—
Harrison, Taylor and Garfield. The
four vice presidents who became
presidents—Tyler, Fillmore, Johnson
and Arthur—were all beaten for the
regular nomination.
Robbed by Monto Sharks.
The police of DesMoines are on
the lookout for three men who
swindled a Dallas county farmer out
of $2,500. Several days ago a stranger
appeared at the farm house of Peter
Gardner, near Adel, and engaged
board for an indefinite period, being,
he said, in pursuit of health. In the
course of time he became familiar
with the old farmer, explaining to
him, among other things, the beauties
of three card monte, in which the
farmer won a considerable sum and
was happy. Yesterday two more
strangers appeared in Adel, hired
spanking livery turnout and went to
Garner's place to buy his farm. The
three men and the farmer became
engaged in three card monte, in
which, of course, the farmer was
allowed to win. The two newcomers
advised the farmer to get some money
and break the monte man. They all
went to town and the farmer drew
$2,500 from the bank. One of the
three disappeared while in town and
as the others were returning to the
farmer's home he reappeared on the
road with a big revolver in each hand
and robbed the whole outfit' making
good his escape. The others went on
with the farmer, and to console him
for his loss gave him a check for $2,
600 on a Cedar Rapids bank, which,
of course, is utterly worthless aud is
all the old farmer lias to show for
his exciting experience.
The mayor and city clerk of Huron
have been enjoined against signing a
warrant for $2,370 which the council
directed to be issued to the city
attorney for two month's services.
Attorneys come high in Huron.
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Telegraphic News of the World
Condensed for the Benefit
of Busy Readers.
Washington, Political, Foreign
and General Domestic
Happenings of Note
Pelfer Zinnchzizkouskekowlouski is
a native of Buffalo,
city's directory.
according to that
Mrs. Levi Yilas, mother of Senator
Yilas, died suddenly Saturday night
in Madison, Wis.
Delegates from fourteen labor
organizations in Boston formed a new
Amalgamated Building Trade
Mortimer Frabitus Reynolds died
In Rochester yesterday. He left $500,
000 for the building and maintaining
of the Reynolds Public Library.
W. Green Wait died at Vail's Mills,
N. Y., Sunday, aged 75. He was a
prominent Republican and held the
office of Port Warden at New York
for ten years.
Charles Waite, an aeronaut, while
giving an exhibition at Tolcliester
Beach, near Baltimore yesterday fell
1,500 feet, owing to the failure of his
parachute to work, and sustained
fatal injuries.
Drs. E. E. Nussle and C. F. Merklc
of Chippewa Falls, Wis., have been
arrested for manslaughter in causing
the death of Mrs. Lester Dallas by an
unwarranted operation for the
removal of a tumor.
Two hundred thousand second-hand
books arc to be sold in one lot in
Boston this week to the highest
bidder. They belong to the estate of
that famous dealer, T. O. H. P.
Burnham, and are now in the dingy
basement under the Old South Church.
William M. Davenport, of Leyden,
Mass., is blind, but notwithstanding
this qualification, manages to run a
700-acre farm of his own, and not only
buys his own stock, but can tell all
that he wants to know about the
qualities of a milch cow simply by
passing his hands over it.
An interesting reminder of the
famous Donnelly-Pioneer Press libel
suit is furnished in the suit brought
by Flandrau, Squires & Cutclieon
against the Pioneer Press Company
for the balance of fees due for services
rendered in the famous libel suit. The
amount sued for is about $5,000 and
the attorney for the plaintiffs is no
less a personage than Cy. Wellington,
who conducted Mrl Donnelly's side in
the former case.
Col. L. L. Polk, president of the
Farmers' Alliance, died at Garfield
Hospital at 11:15 Saturday morning.
Col. Polk was a relative of President
Polk. He was a native of North Car
olina, where he was born about 55
years ago. During the war he served
for a time in the confederate army
and resigned to go to the legislature,
to which body he had been elected.
At the time of his death he was serv
ing his third term as president of the
body to which he has given so much
of his time and attention. Col. Polk's
home was at Raleigh, N. C. He
leaves a wife and three children.
An electric omnibus company has
been formed in London.
Norway is to send a Viking ship
an exhibit to the World's Fair.
Foreign physicians are now ex
perimenting with frog lymph as a
pretentive .of hydrophobia.
Louise Michel, the famous socialist
agitator, seems to have tired of her
tumultuous career, and has settled
down to teaching school in a quiet
part of London.
The German emperor has conferred
the order of merit in art and science
upon Dr. Gould, of Cambridge, on
account of the services he has ren
dered astronomy.
TheGerman Emperor has graciously
sanctioned the election of Sir John
Everett Millais, the English painter,
as a Knight of the "Ordre pour le
merite," the highest Prussian order
for science and art.
The King of Italy, attended by the
court, has assisted at the inaugura
tion of a monument erected at Turin
in commemoration of the Italian sol
diers who took part in the Crimean
At Castle Thomery, near Font
ainebleau, where Rosa Bonheur has
her farm, arc horses and cows of
many breeds, herds of sheep and
goats, numbers of rabbits and poultry,
a pair of lions, and several very rare
small animals. All these are used as
studies by the artist. She is now 70
years old, but is still vigorous.
King Malieto of Samoa is unhappy.
His stipend of $25 per week is not
regularly paid from the royal excheq
uer, and a number of his wives have
been compelled to take in washing to
eke out his scant subsistence. Unless
the king business looks up a little he
threatens to soil his robes by going
into some plebian vocation.
The marriage of Count Herbert
Bismarck to the Countess Margaret
Hoyos, of Fiume, will take place this
weelr. Comtesse Margarethe's father
is Count George Hoyos, a partnei in
the celebrated firm for the manufact
ure of torpedoes at Fiume, and her
mother is an Englishwoman, the
daughter of Mr. Whitehead, the
founder of this torpedo manufactory.
King Oscar of Sweden, who is now
visiting in Paris, is a man of tall and
spare figure, with white hair and
beard that were black when he was
lost in the French capital. He enjoys
excellent health. When the King
visited President Carnot at the Elysee
he wore the medal granted lum by the
French Government for throwing
himself before two horses that were
running away with a carriage filled
with ladies.
The Duke of Portland, who is one
of the richest noblemen in England,
has just added 20,000 acres to his
shooting preserves. The Duke has
now 80,000 acres, or 125 square miles,
reserved solely for the use of his gun.
He believes in doing things on a large
scale. His town house extends along
nearly the entire sido of Cavendish
Square, and "Welbeck," his seat in
Nottinghamshire, is said to be the
finest woodland domain in England.
Instructions were given some time
since by Secretary Blaine to our
minister at Lisbon, Gen. George S.
Bacheller, to make a courteous request
for the return to the United States of
the famous "Long Tom" gun, a
42-pounder, of the celebrated private
armed brig-of-war Gen. Armstrong,
which played such a heroic part in
the battle of Fayal with a British
squadron in 1814, says the Washing
ton Post. Information has been re
ceived at the department of state
that the king of Portugal has most
graciously expressed his consent to
present the gun to the United States,
it now being in the Castle of San
Juan, at the Island of Fayal.,
The Treasury deparument has
purchased 334,000 ounces of silver at
$0,897. v'f".':
Secretary Foster has appointed
Harry M. Callison assistant inspector
of boilers for New York at a salary of
$2,000 per year.
Eight alien contract laborers were
returned one day last week from the
United States to the country from
which they came.
Senator Davis was fifty-four years
old Thursday. Congratulations were
numerous and the senator, as ever,
was gracious.
The condition of Mrs. Harrison
continues about the same. She holds
up remarkably well under the
fatiguing effects of the extremely
warm weather. She will leave
Washington some time in July for
the Adirondacks.
Representative Pickler made an
attempt one day last week to call up
his timber culture bill, but it was
objected to by Mr. Holcomb on the
ground that a bill of that should go
over until more members were pres
Representative Eli Stackhouse, of
the Sixth district of South Carolina,
died suddenly at his residence in the
city of Washington, D. C., from
disease of the heart. Mr. Stack
house was born in Marion c^-untv,
South Carolina, in 1824. He served
in the Conefderate army and became
a colonel. He afterward became
prominent in agricultural pursuits
was president of the State Farmers1
Alliance and a member of the legis
lature, and was elected to the Fi fty
second congress as a Democrat. Both
branches of congress, on the announce
ment of Mr. Stackhouse's death,
appointed committees to attend the
funeral. Senator Kyle and Mr. Jolley
of South Dakote arc members of the
There is not the slightest probabil
ity of one of the regular appropriation
bills becoming a law before the end of
the fiscal year, and, in order to con
tinue the work of the departments, 'it
will be necessary to pass a joint reso
lution after the members of the Sen
ate and House return from Chicago
extending the provisions of existing
appropriation bills until the middle
of July. The friends of the river and
harbor bill are in great fear that its
passage may be retarded for weeks if
it is not eventually defeated. It, too,
must wait the return of all the mem
bers before action even can be had on
the proposed new conference. The
demands already made upon the treas
ury by the increased amount required
for the payment of pensions has given
the advocates of lower appropriations
greater hope of ultimately defeating
the river and harbor bill.
The Governor of Equatorial ^frlca Sue.
cumbfl to Smallpox.
The Tagebatt confirms the recent
rumors of the death in the interior of
Africa of Emin Pasha. If it is true
that Emin is dead the natural sup
position is that he has fall a victim
to smallpox, from which reports in
April stated he was suffering.
In 1878 Dr. Emin Bey was sent by
Gordon to the equatorial province of
Africa as governor. When he took
the post there was annual deficit of
$90,000 in 1881 he sent down $18,000
surplus revenue. In 1882 he was in
Khartoum and offered to the authori
ties to try and make peace witli the
malidi. They refused his help and
told him to go back to his province,
develop it and protect its frontiers.
From that time nothing was heard
of Emin Bey for several years. It
was understood that he was hemmed
in by hostile natives in equatorial
Africa and prevented from reaching
the coast or commuuicating with the
outside world. In 1885 the various
geographical societies, of Europe
began to agitate the question of send
ing an expedition to the relief of the
brave explorer.
About the same time Stanley wrote
to some friends in England offering
to lead a government expedition for
the relief of Emin. Hisservices were
offered gratuitously, and he also said
that should another leader be chosen
he would give 500 pounds to the ex
pedition. The British government
considered the different memorials
and were forced to take action by
events at Cairo. Unknown to them
Dr. Schweinfurth, the African travel
er and a friend of Emin, brought
great pressure to bear upon the
Egyptian government. They raised
Emin Bey to the rank of pasha, thus
recognizing his position and their
responsibility. They also voted $40,
000 to any relief expedition.
The British government then
accepted the offer of certain private
individuals to equip a relief expedi
tion, with Stanley as the leader, the
Egyption grant to be given to that
Stanley's expedition to central
Africa, the finding of Emin and that
doughbly explorer's refusal to be
rescued are all matters of such recent
date as to be fresh in the minds of
all readers of the newspapers. A few
months ago it was reported that
Emin had become blind.
Afterbeing out nearly five hours
the jury in the case of Michael T.
Sliney re-entered the court with a
verdict of guilty of murder in the first
Most of the friends of the young
man and those of his victim, Bob
Lyons, whom he killed on November
25th last, with a blow from a butch
er's cleaver, remained hovering about
the corridors of the big white build
ing until late.
When it was announced about 11:10
o'clock that the jury had come to a
decision there was a general scurry
for seats, and the court was soon
filled. Some disappointment was
evinced when it came out that the
jury chad returned for instructions
The foreman asked if they could
find Sliney guilty as an accessory.
Judge Ingraham promptly replied
that by the new addition to the code
an accessory was always ranked
equally guilty with a principal in
such cases.
This seemed to satisfy the jurors,
and they retired again. The question
might have had some bearing on the
case of Jim Lyons, now in custody,
and the audience kept chatting on
this topic until the return of the
jury, five minutes after.
There was a deep silence as the
prisoner took his seat between two
court officers, and the roll calling of
the jurors seemed tedious.
To the usual question Foreman
Byron H. Page replied: "We find the
prisoner guilty—guilty of murder in
the first degree."
Sliney, who stood facing the panel,
displayed little emotion save winking
his eyes rapidly half a dozen timerf,
with a sort of sneer on his face, when
the words escaped the foreman's lips.
His mother and sister Lizzie, who
occupied seats in the audience, were
terribly affected. Lizzie turned as
pale as death, while the mother
almost swooned. Some women friends
tried to soothe them. Sliney was
hurried away to the Tombs. The
verdict was received with no other
display of feeling.
The incidents of the trial yesterday
were highly dramatic. The whole
force of the testimony seemed to
favor Sliney and go against James
Lyons. Assistant District Attorney
Wcllman was absent owing to the
death of his wife, and his place was
taken by Mr. Nicoll.
The prisoner's mother testified that
Mike called at her house at 4:10
o'clock in the afternoon, and at 4:30
m., hearing that something had
happened at Bob Lyons,' she and
Mrs. Bridget Brooks went there and
saw Bob Lyons dead. Jim Lyons was
there. Mrs. Brooks corroborated this
testimony. This goes against the
alibi set up by James Lyons. Mrs
Mary O'Brien testified that at 4:10
m. she saw Mickey Sliney leave the
butcher store.
Lawyer F. B. House, Sliney's coun
sel, testified that he had examined
the premises, and it was evident the
murder occured in the hallway,
There was a hush as Mike Sliney
took the stand. He said he was in
Lyons' store the evening before the
murder, and told of Bob Lyons' quar
rel with his mother.' On the day of
the murder he went to the store
about 4:15 o'clock to borrow a dress
coat of Bob Lyons.
He saw Bob .Lyons with his hand
to his neck, which was bleeding, and
James Lyon stood near with a cleaver
in his hand. Old Mrs. Lyons and
red faced man were also present. The
man shouted, "Cheese it, Jim, there's
Mickey Sliney." Sliney ran away
without saying anything. At Cath
arine street lie was overtaken by
James Lyons, who told him "to say
nothing about what he had seen and
he would give him $5,000.
"Now, Mickey," said Mr. House,
picking up the cleaver, "did you
strike the 'blow which caused Bob
Lyons' death?"
"Sohelp me God, I didn't," replied
Mr. House gave the cleaver to Sli
ney and told him to explain how he
had been handling it when the little
girl, Nellie Burke, saw him a short
time before the murder. Sliney ran
his hand over the edge of the cleaver
and placed it on the stenographer's
desk tin the position he held it in
Lyon's store. His hand never trem
Sliney said that the first confession
lie made to Inspector Byrnes, in
which he accused James Lyons of the
murder, was true. The second was
false, and was made on the promise of
Jim Lyon that he would see that
Sliney got out of prison and that his
lawyers should be paid. He thought
his neighbors would despise liim if
lie told what he had seen. Cross
examination by Mr. Nicoll did not
shake liis testimony.
Several days ago George Perdue,
residing nine miles south of Munice,
Ind., found a complete set of dies for
making counterfeit ten-dollar gold
pieces. As no gold of this denomina
tion has been put in circulation in
this locality it is supposed the finding
of the outfit caused the gang to seek
pastures new, but today another far
mer living on an adjoining farm to
Perdue's, by the name of Turner,
found under his corn crib a peck
measure of nickels, that were made
principally of lead and another soft
alloy. As counterfeit nickels have
been freely circulated here recently it
is supposed the manufacture of them
has been carried on quite extensively
near where the dies were found.
Convicted of Murder in the First
Degree After Fire Long
He Killed Bob Lyons With
Blow From a Butcher's
Sharp Cleaver.
"So Help Me God, I Didn't," He
Cries From the ..Witness
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Mr. Megler's proposals of marriage
to women all over the country have
been, without exception, mailed from
Portland, Ore. Monday he returned
to New York, his native city and,
while he has abandoned fortune hunt
ing, he thinks that he lias not been
treated quite right by Mrs. W. H.
Vanderbi.lt, one of whose eighteen
grandchildren he was ambitious to
In speaking of his unprofitable cor
respondence with Mrs. Vanderbilt
Megler told me that he considered
that he stood as good a chance as any
body to wed one of the eighteen
grandchildren, and that on account
of being a New Yorker he was
entitled to considerable attention.
Megler fished out of his trunk an
account book in which was written
in pencil copies of letters he had
addressed to wealthy men and women,
informing them that he was in the
field hunting for a rich wife. This
is what
oDear Miss I have gone into
the matrimoni.il market and have
your name in my catalogue. Should
this information commend your
fancy, write me at once. Yours
[Signed.] JosErn M. MEOLER.
Megler wrote to Miss Jennie Flood,
daughter of the late James C. Flood,
in a similar vein and also made
inquiry from John Jacob Astor and
Charles Crocker, the San Francisco
millionaire, if they had any unmar
ried daughters. Megler told me that
Mr. Crocker, while on a visit to Port
land, made inquiry about him at the
store where he was employed.
Another letter in Megler's book
was directed to Miss Clothilde Palms,
daughter of the late Francis Palms,
a Detroit millionaire. Megler told me
in conclusion that he used to believe
that he was destined to be wealthy,
because many years ago before he
went west Jay Gould winked at him
one night in the Grand opera house.
Although Megler has abandoned his
fortune hunting, he reads the news
papers carefully every day in the
hope of getting information about
the object of his former epistolary
"Fresh I'opcorn Hero."
Chicago Times: Popcorn is expected
to yield a revenue to the Exposition
company of $217,000. This estimate
may seem exorbitant, but it is made
by Secretary Crawford, of the ways
and means committee, and is doubt
less correct. Mr. Crawford has based
his figures on the receipts .from this
concession of the centennial.' In 1876
there were over 8,000,000 admissions
to the grounds at Philadelphia. Of
those who entered the gates one in
four purchased popcorn. The gross
receipts were about $100,000.
The popcorn habit lias grown upon
the public as the years have gone
past, and more than one in four will
purchase next year. But in order
that no overestimate may be made,
Mr. Crawford has clung to the old
figures. It is estimated that .at least
28,000,000 individuals will enter the
world's fair gates next year, and that
7,000,000 will spend 5 cents each for
popcorn. If these figures are correct,
$350,000 will be expended for popcorn
by those who visit the fair.
Yesterday the privilege of selling
popcorn was voted to the firms of
E. R. Nichols & Co. and J. M. Martin
& Co., who promise to pay 62 per cent,
of the gross receipts. This will net
the Exposition company $217,000.
A New Railroad.
Information has been received at
Yankton that Norman W. Gifford, of
Chicago, the promoter, who has been
to work upon the project of the con
struction of a railroad from Yankton,
to Norfolk, Neb., has let the contract
for grading 30 miles of the road to
Michigan railroad contractors. This
road will probably be completed and
in operation before snow flies. It will
afford a southern outlet for all the
grain and live stock in the great
James river valley and will develop a
section of country now traversed only
by cast and west lines. The counties
and precincts, with Yankton and
Norfolk, have raised a bonus of $1,300,
000 and are awaiting eagerly the com
pletion of the road.
The Rainmaker Made It Rain.
The G. A. R. association of south
west Minnesota had a most success
ful day at their annual encampment
held at Fulda. About 200 veterans,
200 sons of veterans and a large
number of members of the W. R. C.
are in Camp Aldrich, located near
the lake alongside a fine grove, where
they had about 100 tents. Ex-Gov.
McGill delivered an address at the
camp (ire. W. A. Ward ascended in a
balloon at 7 P. M. and descended by
parachute. He gave an exhibition at
rainmaking and in less than twenty
minutes a heavy shower came .up
which lasted two hours and shortened
the evening programme for the even
ing camp fire.
Peter Schaub, a well-to-do gardener
of Emerichsville, who has been ill for
several weeks, persuaded his wife to
make a trip to market. He then
went to liis smoke-house, heavily
chargcd a double-barreled shotgun,
placed the butt end on a barrel, and,
lying down upon the floor, he held
the business end to his mouth and
pulled the trigger with a string. The
entire head was blown away from the
chin upward. Fragments of his skull
and brains were scattered in every
direction-. Schaub was aged 57.
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A Portland, Oregon. Man Has Poor
in His Ilont for a Wife.
Joseph P. Megler lists tried for seven
years to become the husband of some
rich woman and has ignominiously
failed. Perhaps no other man in the
United States has been as persistent
in this direction as Mr. Megler has
been if so he is entitled to distinct
ion in the great army of ecentric per
sons. Mx. Megler put his schemes of
fortune hunting into operation In
1885 and lias not up to now ceased in
his endeavors.
"I could not go through the mill
again/' he said, sadly, yesterday. "It
has ruined my health and has been
expensive. I. was prosperous before.
I set out to marry for money, and
through my persistent endeavors to
wed an heiress I have become poor."
Southern Minnesota Visited by a
Most Destructive and Ter-.
rible Storm.
Funnel Shaped [Clouds
Haze Plainly Seen
Those in Its Path.
The Cyclone Started Near Jack
Causing Death and
One of the worst disasters that
ever visited southern Minnesota
occurred between 5 and 6 o'clock
Wednesday afternoon. The funnel
shaped tornado laid waste scores of
homes and sent forty or fifty souls to
eternity. Starting near Jackson, on
the Southern Minnesota division of
the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul
road, the funnel-shaped cloud swept
eastward and passed four miles south
of Minnesota Lake, then took a broad
circle and passed away south of Wells.
About 5:30 a wind sprung up and off
to the west a circling black clood was
seen rapidly advancing and demolish
ing everything in its course. It passed
near Sherburne and it is reported
that it struck a district school house,
in which were the teacher and eigh
teen scholars, demolishing the build
ing and killing sixteen, including
the teacher.
At Easton three buildings were
destroyed and several people injured..
At Lyndon, one family, man, .wife,
and child, were "killed and others
Four miles south of Minnesota
Lake farm houses and other buildings
were demolished and four people
killed. The body of John Brown, one
of the victims, was taken to Minne
sota Lake next morning. His wife,
hired man and a school teacher were
aiso injured. It is reported that
forty or fifty were killed south and
west of Wells. It is expected that
later reports will increase rather than
diminish the extent of damage as
well as loss of life.
The house of the Bohemian family
at Bowen Mills, near Minnesota Lake,
was blown entirely away, and the
family,man wifeand six children spent
the night in the rain without shelter.
At Wells a section man received a
terrible injury in the breast from a
flying board. The air was sojclose it
was stifling and seemed like gas and
everywhere was filled with a white
All along the line of the C. M. & St.
P. R'y, from Jackson to Minnesota
Lake the scene is one of devastation.
Wires have been down all forenoon.
On account of the debris on the tracks
the train to Wells got no further than
Maplcton last night and the morning
train was fouf hours late. Telegraph
poles and trees were blown over.
Owing to a washout at Blakcly, on
the Omaha road, last night's passen
ger train from the Twin Cities has
not yet arrived. This morning's
train from Sioux City was held at
Kasota to wait repairs on the track.
A washout at Rochester, on the
Northwestern road, delayed the
morning passenger train fror^ the
Several section hands between
Wells and Minnesota Lake were in
jured. A farmer named John Brown
was killed, and his wife and hired
man injured.
occurred during the cold rain that
beat upon the unprotected, homeless
ones throughout the night.
A dispatch from Mankato says that
it was the worst tornado, followed by
a terrific electrical storm, that was
ever witnessed.
The first damage was at R. W.
Sherin's. It demolished a log house,
in which were Mrs. Mat Nagle and
child. It took the child in a baby
carriage some distance, not hurting
it. Mrs. Nagle was landed in a tree
some distance away also without
injury. It then went west to R.
Hewey's, where it took a house and
completely tore it to pieces. Here it
evidently split and the west wing
passed to the south to Critton Sut
ton's place and took the roof off his
barn. It then struck northwest to
Henry Adams' house, taking the
kitchen about four rods south and
landing it right side up. The bal
ance of the house was torn to pieces.
It then came directly east, passing
about three-fourths of a mile north
ofthiscity and unroofed T. School's
house and destroyed his windmill,
and then passed east and disappeared.
The next heard of it was from Wells,
where considerable damage was done
and a number killed.
It is thought that the storm origin
ated in Jackson county, and swept
cast until it divided at Easton. The
most of the storm went north of
Wells. A terrific wind prevailed for
about fifteen minutes, but it was a
straight wind. With blanched faces
the people sought places of safety,
the trees bowed to the ground like
demons in torture. The air was filled
with flying limbs, and occasionally a
tree would fall to the ground. But it
was soon over and but little damage
was done in Wwn. Lumber was scat
tered, sidewalks torn up, Burke's
wind-mill blown down, John Paul
Lumber Company's new buildings
racked out of shape, the front of
Bruder's saloon smashed, etc.
Within an hour reports of death
and disaster began to pour in from
the country. A team brought in a
young man named Herman Beammer,
who lived southwest of town about a
mile and a half. He was found by
Henry Brandt and Max Bruder under
a house which had been moved some
ten rods and wrecked. His injuries
were fatal and he died.
In company with Drs. Gundlach
and Fellows and William Domes, a
correspondent drove to the residence
of August Ganzkow, north of Wells.
field hospital had been established
there, the injured people in the
immediate neighborhood having been
picked up and brought there. The
sight was an awful one. The doctors
began work. A small boy with a ter­
Charles Melchert had a fine new
house and had recently bought new
furniture. It is amass of ruins, noth
ing saved. Horses, cattle and other
stock were killed, machinery was
blown away and lodged in trees and
other unheard of places.
John Brown, who lived five miles
northwest of town, lies dead at Min
nesota Lake. He was picked up and
taken to that place by the passenger
train last night. It is reported that
a school teacher and one of Brown's
girls were picked up and carried half
a mile. Both are injured, but are
still alive.
The Largest "Flume."
Tlie flnme which convoys the water
from the niouulnius to the reservoir
at San Diego, Cal., is said, by those
who know whereof they speak, to be
the largest and longest thing of the
kind in the world. It is thirty-five
miles long and is composed almost
wholly of redwood. In its course this
monster flue crosses 215 streams and
canons on trestles, the longest of which
is 1,700 feet and 85 feet high. In con
structing this trestle 250,000 feet of
boards and timber were used. It is
known as the Los Cochos trestle. The
Sweetwater trestle, the second-longest,
is 1,200 feet long and 85 feet high.
The timbers H6ed in them were nut
together on the ground and raised to
their present position by horse-power.
Besides its many trestles this flume
passes through eight tunnels, the
longest of these being 2,100 feet in
length. The tunnels are each 6x6 feet
in size, with convexetl roofs.
Each mile of the flume required on
an average 250,000 feet of lumber and
timber of all kinds, that used in con
structing the water-box itself being
redwood two inches thick.
Building a water-tight box thirty
five miles long over fatnomless chasms
and through the hearts of mountains is
a gigantic undertaking, which many
believed could never be accomplished.
The result has proved different.—St.
Louis Republic.
Food at the North Pole.
There is no trouble about living in
the polar regions except lack of food
supply. No danger exists that the
provisions once placed would be dis
turbed. Among the people who dwell
in those frozen regions a cache is sa
cred. Nothing short of starvation will
compel a native to interfere with one,
and even in such a case he leaves pay
ment behind him for what he takes.
Snow shoes and extra clothing are
hung up in the open air in summer,
and are as safe as the accoutrements
which city persons "hang up" at their
uncle's during the warm season.
Seal oil is buried in the ground in
bags of skin. Meat is heaped upon
platforms built among trees, which are
peeled of bark in order to keep bears
from climbing up to them. Little
sticks with sharp points upward are
buried in the ice to distract the atten
sioir of the bears from the provisions
overhead. Another kind of cache is in
the shape of a strong pen, the main
supports of which are standing trees,
with brush and longs piled on top to
keep out wild animals. During the
salmon catching season in arctic Al
aska the heads of the fish are cut oil
and put into a hole in the ground.
When they are half putrefied they arc
dug up and eaten, being esteemed a
great delicacy.
Leprosy In Spain.
Leprosy is increasing at an alarming
rate in Spain. From Alcanta it is re
ported that several villages are afiliet
ed with the terrible malady. In Heni
dorm there are eight families every
member of which is a leper. At Gata
the number of lepers is so fjreat that a
hospital is to be built for them, and at
other points the plague is increasing in
a frightful manner and the doctors are
unable to cope with it.
The oldest spoon in the world be
longs to George A. Warren of Indian
apolis. It is 229 years old and was
brought from Ensrlaud.
The average life of a tradesman
about two-thirds that of a farmer.
Jv^-v "a
I S^V1"^
rible scalp wound several inches in
length was attended to. Then came
another boy with a broken leg. Both
children belonged to the family of
Albert Klingbeil. The injured in the
family of Charles Melchert were a
young lady with a broken arm, a
small boy with a broken leg, and a
girl aged about 14, bruised and hurt
internally. The latter will probably
die. Mr. Melchert was also bruised.
Mrs. Henry Melchert, with her little
sister, was upstairs when the storm
struck. She felt the house going
and grabbed her sister. They landed
in the yard. The next thing Mrs.
Melchert remembers she was in a
grove, with a tree across her side.
She crawled out and clung to a stump
with one hand and to the little girl
with the other. Mrs. Melchert was
seriously hurt, but the little girl sus
tained no injuries. But few passed
through the terrible ordeal without
receiving some injuries. The people
seemed hardly to realize the terrible
blow that had struck them. The
injured moaned with pain, the women
sobbed and wrsng their hands in
woe, and the men seemed to be stun
ned with the weight of alllction rest
ing upon them. The storm in this
neighborhood was of a regular
cyclonic nature. It was a revolving
funnel-shaped mass that moved with
great rapidity. It was accompanied
by rain and darkness. When it struck
a house it tore it into splinters. A
charge of dynamite placed under a
building could not have caused a
more complete wreck. What was
yesterday fine, large farm buildings
are todny a mass of splinters.
The 11-year-old son of E. M. Fitch,
of Flandreau was found dead in a col
lar used for the storage of gasoline. It
is supposed that while drawing-the
oil he was overcome by the escaping
The Mitchell Mail is authority for
the statement that the ofiicc of the
Dakota Fire and Marine Insurance
company of that place is closed. It
has been levied on for a judgment of
$1,500 in favor of C. II. Dillon.
E. A. Rccd of l'lankinton, took a
photograph one evening last week at
6:30 p. m. He says in Illinois 4 o'clock
was the latest pictures could be
taken. Here during the longest days
one can see to read as late as 9:30
without a light.
Dan Woods, a young -farmer living
seven miles northeast of Woonsockct,
attempted suicide last week, lie
slashed his throat with a razor and
stabbed himself with a knife. lie is
not expected to live. The cause of
the act is unknown, but is supposed
to be disapointmcnt in seme love
Destruction by the Illinois Cy
clone Far Greater Than
First Accounts.
Several Liives Lost at Galva and
the Town Almost Com
pletely Wrecked.
A Church Blown Down and the
Congregation Imprisoned.
—Lives Lost in Chicago.
George Erickson, arm broken.
Mrs. Albert Erickson, injured Inter
Mrs. John Erickson, injured on the
Mrs. H. Anderson, injured intern
Mr. and Mrs. N. Yarger, slightly
O. M. Hcmstead, hurt about tlw
E. Dickenson, leg broken.
A. Erickson, hurt internally.
Ilulda Carlson, leg broken.
Nellie Moline, hurt internally.
The damage is estimated at $200,
000. Tlie path of the tornado was
about four miles wide.
Here the storm was more destruc-'
tive than first reports indicated. At
least seven lives were lost in Chicago
and vicinity and fifteen persons were
more or less injured, wliiie it will
probably take hundreds of thousands
of dollars to repair the damage done
by the tornado.
Following is a correct list of killed
and injured. Killed:
Gustave Doering, Emma Klimma,
John Miclion, Charles J. Roberts,
Harvey Stewart, three unknown raeil.
Dave Burns, E. Erickson, injured
internally Edward Bouseman, Max
Jacobs, Anna Klimma, MagfRic Klim
ma, John Lull, will die William Los
sea, may die James McGinn, J. J. P,
O'Dell, S. Olson, injured internally,
may die: Mrs. Annie Paddy, condition
critical: Mrs. M. Slattsry, Mrs. Shoal
May Wesley.
When the storm struck State street
its violence seemed to have been at
its height. Then it seems to have
lost strength as it howled towards the
lake. Its greatest force centered be
tween Twenty-third and Twenty
fifth streets, and the manner in which
it twirled and destroyed objects along
its path would indicate that it had a
rotary motion and was a veritable,
though not a highly dangerous
.cyclone. It was violent enough, how
ever, to tear the roofs off the build
ings and send them flying through
the air, and to break telegraph poles
as if they were pipe stems. While it
lasted its path on State street was a
scene of intense terror and excite
ment and the people between Twen
ty-third and Thirtieth streetsevery
moment dreaded death, and there was
reason for their fear amid the flying
bricks and signs and limbs of trees
and the crashing of glass and tele
graph poles. On the west side of
State street every telegraph pole from
the one in front of No. 2320 to the one
in front of No. 2948 was snapped
A seven-story brick building at 274
West Madison street, was so badly
shaken up that it- is Msought it will
crumble. A rumor was circulated
that some world's fair buildings were
damaged, but this proved untrue.
Tlie telegraph and telephone poles in ,,
the path of the storm were torn
down and the wires completely tan
gled, completely demoralizing the
news service as well as the commer
cial business. Not a click of the
sounders was heard in the Western
Union oflice for a few hours. Line
men were sent out immediately, how
ever, and the usual prompt ser
vice was soon restored It was
the worst storm Chicago has
experienced in many years. The
ruanufacturers'buildingatthe worlds
fair was damaged $6,000. The portion
of the north end of the building
between the center and northwest
corner pavilions was blown down and
almost entirely ruined.
Band Master Klein,
A destructive tornado struck Galva, 1
111., at 7:30 p. m. Wednesday. The rjjl
storm approached so suddenly that
the citizens had no time to reach
places of safety. In the Methodist
church there was a congregation and
in the rink a committee had metto^p
arrange for a Fourth of July cclebra- fg
tion. The church was quickly a mass
of ruins and the congregation impris
oned. A number of people were
injured. The rink was blown down,
but the inmates fortunately escaped
without injury. The roar
storm was terrible and
by midnight darkness
carried everything before it. Nearly
every business house on the main
street was unroofed and much dam
age done by water. The Chicago,
Burlington and Quincy roundhouse
was totally wrecked. Barnctt's ele
vator was unroofed and 10,000 bushels
of grain deluged. The Rock Island
elevator and part of the depot went
next. The steeple of the Baptist
Street church was blown off, hurled
into the street and the church badly?
damaged. The residence of August'
Olson was blown down and Olson
killed instantly. Other members of
the family escaped miraculously.
of thc^ft
The wind ~Cr
The town today is in a state of
demoralization. Business is sus
pended. The streets are filled with
debris of every description. Nearly
every building in the place is more or
less damaged. Considering the wide
spread damage it is remarkable that
no greater loss of life occurred. The
injured are as follows:
of Fort
passenger at that place,
who is well known all over the Hills,
lias been dishonorably discharged
from the United States service for
acts unbecoming an offlccr and for
appropriating for his own use money
belonging to the Fort Meade band, of
which he was leader. He was also
indebted to numerous merchants in
Sturgis, but by going to Tilford in a
buggy and boarding the
he succeeded
in eluding them. Gambling
principal cause of liis downfall.
Hon. G. A. Matthews of Brookings,
and Miss Bertha Yan Dusen were
married at Prentice, Wis., Wednes-
day, June 8.
They will be at home

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