Murdo, the coming city of Lyman
county, is now enjoying one of those
booms which are read of but seldom
seen in this age. Just four weeks ago
the first building was erected here.
To-day there are forty business houses
and many residences and tents. The
buildings are not on the townsite
which belongs to the Milwaukee Land
company, but are placed on the claim
adjoining the townsite. ready to be
moved as soon as. the sale of town
lots- is made.
C. A. Padley, general land agent for
the Milwaukee company, was in Mur
do recently, accompanied by his as
sistant, A. F. La Claire, and made the
statement that the lot sale would take
place not later than June 15. This, of
course, is supposing that the rails
will reach us by that date. From
present indications the rails will be
Jaid to this point by June 10, for there
is now but nine miles intervening be
tween Murdo and the end of the track.
The road would be laid in a week
were it not for the fact that there is
a stretch of country of about six miles
which must yet be graded.
Three Banks, Three Papers.
Tliose who have not seen a real
Western boom cannot realize that
.there is a town out eighty miles west
of Chamberlain numbering several
hundred persons, and vftth every in
dustry represented. There are two
banks here, and another on the road,
while three newspapers have cast
their lot •with the growing metropolis.
Restaurants, general stores, barber
shops, lodging houses, drug stores and
everything to make a complete town
are here. All are doing a good busi
ness, but it is not expected that the
real business will begin until the
townsite has been sold and the stores
given permanent abiding ground.
The town will be placed on a beau
tiful site, and will have excellent
M" G. G. Dennis, general agent of the
Chicago & Northwestern railway in
fetteadwood, killed himself by the dis
charge of a twentytwo caliber rifle.
SHe had been depressed for several
days, and was unusually nervous all
the morning. His wife left him to go
Mip stairs, and when she returned he
^ivas missing. She found him in the
He was forty-three years of age, and
was born in Clinton, Iowa. He came
to Deadwood in 1898 from Omaha,
where he had been station baggageg
master for the Northwestern. He suc
ceeded G. W. Harmon when he en
tered upon his duties as division su
perintendent of the road.
In 1889 Mr. Dennis married Miss
Carry Willis of Blair, Neb. He is sur
vived by a widow and two children.
He recently had been disappointed
by a failure to secure two promotions
for which he applied. This, in con
nection with chronic stomach trouble,
from which he has been a sufferer
for several years, is believed to have
been the principal cause of his sui
cide. He was a man of good habits,
a Mason and member of the A. O.
BOY SHOOTS HIMSELF.
His Brother, Who Fled Terror Strick
en, Returns and Explains.
The mystery surrounding the death
of a two-year-old son of Edward An
derson of Webster, who was found
dead near his father's barn with a
bullet hole in his head, has been
solved, and there no longer is any
doubt that he was killed as the result
of an accident instead of having been
shot and killed by his twelve-year-old
brother, as was at first supposed.
The disappearance of the older boy
Immediately following the shooting
and killing of the child was taken to
mean that possibly as the result of an
accident the older boy had shot and
killed his little brother. The missing
boy has been found, and he says that
he had gone into the barn with his
twenty-two caliber rifle, and, after
firing a few shots at a mark, stood
the weapon against the outside of the
building while he went into a shGd
In search of a stick.
His younger brother had accompa
nied him, and while Alexander was in
the shed the little fellow took hold
of the rifle, which was discharged, the
bullet striking him in the forehead.
FILLED WITH CACTUS THORNS.
A Man Made a Needle Cushion by a
It Is reported that Henry Byron ot
Butte county met with quite an ac
cident, and is said to be suffering
from a lot of cactus needles which
are scattered from the top of his
head to his feet. It appears he was
thrown from his horse and dragged
over the- range by two fingers which
caught In the loop of his lariat. Ha
was still being dragged whu discov-
lias Two Banks, Three Papers and Forty Business Houses—City
oi Tents and Shacks Rises on the Milwaukee Road's
V. Extension From Chamberlain.
S. G. Dennis, SicK and Disappointed Because Expected Promotion
Did Hot Materialize, Shoots Himself.
drainage. Water can be procured at
reasonable depth, and there is every
reason to believe that the Milwaukee
road expects to make Murdo the divis
ion point west of the Missouri river.
This is one of the reasons that the
town is growing at such a rate, and
the reason that lumber has been
hauled from Presho, forty miles away,
in order to be ready when the road
makes this its stopping place.
There i3 much speculation as to
whether the road will go to Rapid City
this fall, and those who are in position
to know declare that it will be impos
sible for it to make the speed prom
ised, because for fifty miles between
here and the Bad Lands there has not
been a mile graded, and the line goes
through a heavy grade district, mak
ing it practically impossible to build
Living in Tents.
There are all sorts of people here,
and all sorts of business. Men are
here with their families in tents, and
the women and children look upon it
as one continual picnic. Many of the
business men are planning to bring on
their families from the East and make
their homes in canvas covers until
cold weather sets in, or until the lum
ber can be laid down at more reasona
ble prices than are now possible, when
the freighting has to be done forty
miles by team.
It can be safely asserted that before
snow flies Murdo will be & town of 600
or 700 inhabitants, with city govern
ment, schools and all the conveniences
of cities 100 y^ars old in the far East.
The lands are being rapidly settled
with actual settlers, and the farm ma
chinery business is one of the most
proifitable, as breaking is being
pushed in all parts of the country.
Murdo will be the county seat of the
new county to be created of the west
half of the large county of Lyman.
ENDS HIS LIFE
The older boy heard his brother cry
out, and, hastening outside, was horri
fied to discover the little boy lying on
the ground unconscious.
Alexander carried the body to a
nearby well .where he attempted to
wash the blood off his brother's face.
Believing he was dead the older broth
er became terror-stricken, and, fearing
he would be blamed for the accident,
fled and went Into hiding.
COMMENCEMENT AT VERMILLION
Week of Examinations and Th«n
Closing Exercises Beginning June
With the close of last week studies
at the state university closed for the
year. This week will be taken up
with examinations from Monday
through to Saturday. The program
of commencement week will begin on
Sunday, June 10, and continue through
to the 14th. The program for the en
tire week follows:
Sunday, June 10—Baccalaureate ad
dress at 11 o'clock a. m. by Rev.
Charles M. Stuart of the Garrett Bib
lical institute of Northwestern univer
sity, Chicago. Regular meetings of
Christian association in the afternoon,
followed in the evening by a joint
Monday, Jun ell—Annual art ex
hibit at 4 o'clock. In the evening at
8:30 will come the annual commence
ment concert of the College of Music.
Tuesday, June 12—Class day. Ex
ercises in the chapel at 2:30 o'clock,
followed by the senior spread. In the
evening at 8:30 the senior law class
will be addressed by John 1* Webster
Wednesday, June 13—Alumni day.
If conditions are favorable a reunion
of the graduates will be held at Dewey
point, on the banks of the Vermillion
Thursday, June 14—Commencement
day. Annual commencement exercises
at 11 o'clock. The address will be
made by Dr. Theodore G. Seares of
Chicago. Degrees will be conferred
upon the graduates of the various col
leges by a number of the board of re
At 3 o'clock the annual meeting of
the alumni association will be held
in the armory. An informal luncheon
will be given.
The closing number on the week's
program will be the reception given
by president and Mrs. Droppers in the
armory at 8:30.
ered by a man, who at once proceed
ed to rope Myron's horse and then
released the man from his perilous
position. Byron was unconscious
when released and remained so fo?
several hours. It Is not learned how
badly Byron was hurt, but it is
thought the cactus wounds he re
ceived will trouble Mm for some time
Rev. F. S. A. Jensen of Spirit Mound
this state, has accepted a call to th«
First Baptist church of Elk Point.
THE WAY OF BUFFALOS
Bullets Have No Effect on Him What
William George, commonly known
as "Buffalo," a celebrated character
in the region between the Missouri
river and the Black Hills and western
South Dakota, has become convinced
that he will never die "with his boots
on," as has been his fond desire.
"Buffalo" waB one of the central
figures In a shooting affair the other
day, when a Lyman county peace offi
cer approached and attempted to ar
rest him without a warrant on the
charge of assault and battery.
"Where's your warrant, demanded
"Buffalo," when the officer approac
ed and announced that he was under
arrest. The officer replied that he did
not have a warrant, and "Buffalo" de
fied him to make the arrest.
But the officer was determined, anc^
in the mixup which resulted the offi
cer drew a six-shooter and fired at
"Buffalo. Beyond penetrating his
suit and powder-burning his shirt the
heavy bullet did no damage to "Buf
falo," who appears to bear a charmed
life so far as bullets are concerned.
On two prior occasions he was the
target for a peace officer's six-shooter,
and on each occasion the bullet pass
ed entirely through his body but fail
ed to strike a vital spot.
"My experiences," said "Buffalo,"
"convince me that I am absolutely
bullet proof. I am now considering
the idea of hiring out to the govern
ment as a torpedo boat destroyer or
some kind of a submarine vessel, as I
am at home in the water and bullets,
dynamite or other explosives do not
appear to affect me."
EXPERIENCE TAUGHT THEM.
Wagner People Organize a Fire De
As the result of a recent fire at
Wagner which was extinguished only
after energetic efforts on the part of
the business section, a number of the
local young men have perfected the
organization of a volunteer fire de
partment.. A committee was ap
pointed to purchase the necessary fire
fighting apparatus and another com
mittee was empowered to secure a
site for an engine aouse and arrange
for the construction of the building.
This will be located at a central point
so when fire breaks out in any part
of town they can easily be reached.
Among the equipment to be pur
chased will be a fire bell, with which
give alarms. When the apparatus
received Wagner will be well pro
vided against fire. The volunteer fire
department will speedily become one
of the most efficient in this part of
NAMES ITS NEW TOWNS.
Northwestern Will Have Sixteen Be
tween Pierre and Rapid City.
The Northwestern roaid has select
ed the names for its new towns on
the line from the river to Rapid City.
The exact locations of all have not yet
been fixed, but their names in order
from east, to west will be: Fort
Pierre, Teton, Lance Creek, Bovine,
Russell, Midland, Nowlin, Wokama,
Philip, Cottonwood, Quinn, Wall, Was
ta, Wiota, Underwood, Boxelder and
Bovine will be a short distance down
^ad river from the present postofflces
that name, but the old names are
retained to avoid confusion in mat
ter of locations, with the general un
derstanding that the postofflces bear
ing these names will be moved to the
SHE MUST INCREASE.
Two Queens to Supply Three Hun
Morgan Bros, of Vermillion recent
ly received from the government two
fine Caucassian queen bees, and with
these as a starter they have contract
ed to supply 300 queens. This bee is
said to be one of the finest in exist
ence to-day. Its honey is not only of
the finest quality, but the bees are
very tame. They have the power to
sting, but It is claimed for them that
they are so civilized that it is almost
impossible to get them to sting any
one. Morgan Bros, are gaining quite
•v reputation as aoiarists, and the suc
cess or failure of their venture will
be watched with interest. There are
any number of curious people who de
sire to see a live bee that will not
leave its sting.
RAIN STOPS WORK.
Everything at a Standstill on North
On account of the heavy rains in
the country west of Pierrer, grading
work on the Northwestern of the
bridges across Bad river are at a
standstill for the past week. Several
of the bridges across Bad river are
yet supported by the false work, and
on ar. ount of the hi^h stage of water
in that stream the company is keeping
a force of men at each of these
bridges to keep them crear of drift
wood, and take any necessary steps
to strengthen the supports if they
show any signs of giving wav.
PIONEER SOUTH DAKOTAN DEAD.
Herman Hewer Was Veteran of the
Civil and Indian Wars.
Herman Hewer, postmaster at
Janesville, and widely known all over
this section, is dead. He was born
in Germany and came to America in
time to serve with honor in the Civil
war, after which he came West, and
has since fought Indians, and later
developed into a peaceful tiller of the
soil. Twelve children were around
the old pioneer's bedside when he
breathed his last.
A, -A J..
VARIETY FOR CLUB WOMEN.
Day of Work and Play for Delegates
St. Paul, June 3.—Yesterday was a
day of variety ®or the women attend
ing the biennia4 of the General Feder
ation of Women's Clubs. The morn
ing at the armory was devoted to the
hard routine business of the organiza
tion, in the afternoon the women were
guests at receptions at St. Paul homes
and in the evening at the armory
again they heard some of the ad
dresses they came to St. Paul to hear.
It was a day of going from hard work
to enjoyment and finally to instruc
tion. The number of people that have
come to St. Paul rs delegates and vis
itors 1b conservatively estimated at
1,200. More will come to-day and
there will be arrivals until Tuesday.
Committee reports occupied a large
part of the session yesterday.
DELAY DRAINAGE MEETING.
Executive Officials Change the Date
to June 26.
Wadena, Minn., June 3.—Owing to
the fact that the Republican county
conventions are to be held on June 5,
the convention of the Minnesota
Drainage league, which had been
called to meet here on that day, has
been postponed until June 26. Many
prominent public men and politicians,
as well as citizens who are interested
in the subject, of drainage, wrote that
they would be unable to be in attend
ance June 5, as they would have to re
main at home to attend the county
convention. The executive commit
tee then decided to change the date
so that the convention would come af
ter the Republican state convention is
out of the way. The secretary has
sent out notices of the postponement.
FLOODS ENDANGER BRIDGES.
Heavy Rains Hold Up North-Western
Pierre, S. D., June 1.—On account of
the heavy rains in the country west of
here, grading work on the North-West
ern extensions has been practically at
a standstill for the last week. Several
of the bridges across Bad river are
supported by the false work, and on
account of the high stage of water in
that stream the company is keeping a
force of men at each of these bridges
to keep them clear of drift wood and
to take the necessary steps to
strengthen the supports if they show
any signs of giving way.
PERISHED IN MOUNTAINS.
Cashier of Great Northern Road Goes
Bear Hunting and Loses His Life.
KalispelS, Mont., May 31. N. C.
Artman, formerly chief clerk of the
Northern Pacific offices at Butte, but
who was more- recently agent and
cashier of the Great Northern at Troy,
has perished in the mountains. Nine
days ago Artman and his two cousins
went into the mountains near Troy to
hunt bear. On the following day they
became separated and Artman never
returned to his companions. Blood
hounds found Artman's tracks, which
led into the Yank river, and it Is be
lieved he was drowned.
SCARED, LEAPS TWO STORIES.
Man Who Fears Imagined Enemies Is
Billings, Mont., June 3. Thinking
that he was pursued by enemies bent
upon taking his life, a stranger who
gave the name of Lacroix Halcomb
jumped from the second story of a
rooming house on North Twenty
eighth street, and suffered several dis
locations of his joints and numerous
bruises. It is believed that his act was
the result of a temporary aberration
of the mind, which led to the hallu
cination that he was being pursued by
8ees Barn and Horses Burn.
Almena, Wis., June 3.—Too excited
over the fact that fire had broken out
in his barn to fight the flames or even
call for help, T. W. Shelver, station
agent for the Soo road here, last night
watched the destruction of his build
ing, together with the loss of four
fine horses, a buggy, two new sets of
harness and about 100 blooded chick
ens belonging to 6arl Shelver. The
barn also contained a large quantity
of hay and oats.
In Love With Aunt.
Marshalltown, Iowa, June 3. Be
cause he could not marry his aunt
who is seven years his senior, Lewis
Edwards of Montezuma committed
suicide by taking strychnine. Ed
wards was twenty-three. He had
been in love with his aunt, Lavia Hol
trv, with whom he lived. She was at
tending memorial exercises with an
other man when her nephew killed
Falls Dead While Aiding Horse.
Antigo, Wis., June 3.—Judge John
E. Martin of the municipal court
dropped dead last evening. A horse
had caught its foot in the street and
the Judge was assisting in freeing the
animal when he fell over dead Apo
plexy was the cause.
Worry Causes a Suicide.
Waukesha, Wis., June 3. John
Steinel, aged 62, a farmer of Meriom
onie town, cut his throat and is dead.
He was worried over a drainage ditch
and imagined it would flood his lands.
He leaves nine children.
Bicyclist Found Dead.
Ada, Minn., June 3. Peter Steen
of Fosston was found leai by the
roadside. His bicycle was by his side,
but it was not ascertained whether
death was caused by a fall or by dis
STUMP PULLER IS DEADLY.
Clevis Breaks and Lever Strikes Boy,
Fatally Hurting Him.
Rice, Wis., June 5. George Mar
tini, a farmer living near here, was
killed while operating a grubbing ma
chine for the removal of stumps. The
lad was driving a team hitched to the
machine and had just started to pull
out a huge stump. The clevis that
held the lever broke and the lever
swung around, hitting him in the
stomach and injuring him internally.
It was not at first thought that his in
juries would be fatal. In spite of med
ical aid, however, the boy grew stead
ily worse and died the next morning.
"DEADWOOD DICK" IN HILLS.
Gambler Who Died in Cripple Creek
Was Not Genuine Hero.
Deadwood, S. D., June 5. The re
cent report from Cripple Creek that
Frank Palmer, a gambler who had
died there, was the original "Dead
wood Dick" is meeting with some
amusement here. The facts are that
the original, who is Dick Clark by
name, lives in Lead City, and for the
last fifteen years has been baggage
master for the Northwestern railroad.
He was a great scout in the early
days. "Deadwood Dick" was a man of
action and heroism not a clever hand
WANTS TOWNS TO HELP.
St. Louis Capital for Minnesota Trol
Waseca, Minn., June 5.—The indica
tions are that St. Louis capitalists will
finance the proposed electric interur
ban line to run from Blue Earth, in
Faribault county, through Easton,
Minnesota Lake, Vivian, Cream, Alma
City to Waseca and thence through
Deerfield to Morristown and Faribault.
The prospects for the construction of
the line are said to be good if the
towns that will be benefited by it give
the enterprise satisfactory financial
RUNS AMUCK THREE DIE.
Finlander Kills Bartender, Fatally
Wounds Another and Kills Self.
Duluth, Minn., June 5.—One of the
bloodies tragedies ever known on the
Mesaba range occurred Saturday at
Hibbing, when an unidentified Fin
lander shot and killed John Kevister,
a bartender, fatally wounded. Jack
Backas, and then turned his weapon
upon himself and blew out his brains.
No motive can be assigned for the
act, as both victims were unknown to
the murderer. It is believed that the
Finlander was demented.
DEATH IN MINE PIT.
Man Attempts to Board Car Moving to
Aurora, Minn., June 5.—Frank Koch
ovar, a young Austrian miner, was
killed in the skip pit of the Mohawk
mine. Kochovar was tending the skip.
He attempted to board the car to go
to the surface for supper. The car
started upward, however, before he
was able to get aboard, and he was
thrown baclcard to the station. His
neck was broken and his skull was
crushed by the fall. He was dead
when picked up.
HURT IN A RUNAWAY.
St. Paul Woman in Critical Condition
St. Paul, June 5.—Mrs. A. A. White
was probably fatally injured in a run
away accident yesterday morning and
her husband and their coachman were
badly bruised. Mrs. White has a com
pound fracture of the right elbow
joint, her collar bone is broken, the
right ear drum is ruptured and there
are symptoms of a fracture at the
base of the skull. Dr. Pool stated last
night that she was in a critical con
BOY AT PLAY IS DROWNED.
Lad Falls Off Logs and Efforts to Save
Him Are Futile.
Thief River Falls, Minn., June 5.—
While playing with companions on
some logs in the river, Melvin Erick
son, ten years old, fell into the stream
and drowned. His companions, who
were boys of his own age, attempted
to rescue him, but without success.
THREE DROWN AT ASHLAND.
Three Lads From Eight to Ten Years
Ashland, Wis., June 5.—Chequame
gon bay claimed three victims, all
boys from eight to ten years old. The
boys got hold of a light skiff and start
ed out into the bay. They had not
gone fifty feet from shore when the
"ADS" ONLY FOR PAPERS.
Appleton Merchants Discontinue Oth
Appleton, Wis., June 4.—At a meet
ing recently held the members of the
Appleton Merchants' association
agreed to discontinue advertising in
all mediums except newspapers.
Theater programs, high school pro
grams and all similar matter will be
cut off. A committee of merchants
has been appointed whose duty it will
be to determine what shall comprise
Engineer Is Killed.
Missouri Valley, Iowa, June B.
North-Western passenger train No." 76,
for Minnesota points, collided head-on
with a freight engine standing on the
main track at California Junction.
Engineer John Murphy of Counqil
,Bluffs was killed.
ELEVEN KILLED SCORE INJURED
AWFUL DISASTER CAUSED BV
JHE OVERTURNING OF A
Providence, R. I., June 5. Eleven
persons are dead, a score seriously in
jured and many others slightly injured
as the result of the overturning of a
crowded electric car at Moore's
Crossing, East Providence, early yes
terday morning. More than 100 young
men and women, who had spent the
evening at Crescent Park, a pleasure
resort on the Providence river six
miles below this city, were on a char
tered car returning to their homes in
this city, Olneyville and Thornton. It
Is believed that two of the injured will
Did Not Know the Road.
The motorman in charge of the car,
W. J. Laucher of Olneyville, although
experienced in his calling, was unfa
miliar with the road over which he
was traveling for the first time.
Laucher was put in charge of the car
at the solicitation of the passengers,
members of a Catholic society, which
had been to Crescent Park for an out
ing. The car, an open one of heavy
build, was crowded with young men
Fog prevented a clear view of the
road ahead, and the motorman, unable
to see far ahead and unaware of the
sharp curve below, allowed th6 car to
coast rapidly down the hill.
Realized Peril Too Late.
Suddenly he felt the car swing into
the curve, and realizing the peril, ap
plied the brakes and reversed the
power. The weight of a number of
men on the running board and the mo
mentum sufficed to derail the car and
throw it into the road twenty feet
from the track.
Seven of the passengers were pin
ioned beneath the car and instantly
killed. Those who were able began
the work of rescue. A large joist was
utilized as a lever, a pile of stones
forming a fulcrum, and the car was
raised from the ground Just enough to
permit the escape of its imprisoned
Injured Are, Killed.
Two persons had succeeded In es
caping when the joist broke under the
weight of the car and the heavy ve
hicle fell back, killing two of the in
The rescuers again raised the car
from the ground and by building a pile
of heavy stone, kept It in position
while the dead and injured were re
moved. Two of those taken out died
within an hour.
15 FIREMEN HAVE CLOSE CALL.
Overcome by Gas at Fire Which
Causes $325,000 Damage.
Omaha, June 5. A very insignifi
cant fire was the indirect cause of
heavy damage to the stock of the
Haiden Bros, department store and
the narrow escape from death of fif
teen firemen and a police surgeon yes
terday afternoon. The fire, which was
of unknown origin, had done more
than $100,000 damage before it started
the automatic sprinkler, which flooded
the entire five floors of the building
before it was discovered. The total
value of the stock is given at $650,
000, and the damage at one-half that
amount. The building was so filled
with carbolic acid gas that the first
firemen to enter the place were over
come, and those who went to their as
Bisten.ce rapidly succumbed until it
was necessary to take fifteen of them,
including Chief Salter, Assistant Chief
Simpson. Captains Sullivan, Coyle and
Oleson and Lieutenants Erickson,
Beauman and Peterson, to the hospi
tal. Police Surgeon Elmore was also
OPEN 1,150,000 ACRES.
President Proclaims Land in Wyoming
Ready for Entry.
Washington, June 5.—The president
has issued a proclamation opening to
settlement and entry a portion of the
Shoshone Indian reservation in Wy
oming, the area of the lands so opened
being approximately 1,150,000 acres.
To determine the order in v/hich ap
plications for entry of these lands
must be presented, a registration of
applicants will be held at Lander, Sho
shone and Thermopolis and also at
Worland, provided the Big Horn rail
road is doing a passenger traffic to the
latter place, commencing July 16,1906,
and ending July 31, 1906. The draw
ing under this registration will be
held at. Lander, Wyo., Aug 4, 1906, and
continue for such period as may be
necessary to complete the same.
KILLED BY HIS PLAYMATE.
Wisconsin Educator's Son in Fatal Ac
Thorpe, Wis., June 5.—Clintie Rhea,
aged twelve years, son of County
Superintendent A. O. Rhea, was acci
dentally shot and killed by a boy com-?
panion named Prybyiski while practic
ing shooting with a 22-callber gun.
Has 2,750,000 People.
Chicago, June 6.—Enumerators for
the publishers of the city directory
have completed their work and the
largely increased number of names
they have turned in gives ground for
the estimation that the city's present
population is close to 2,750,000.
8lx Miners Drowned.
North Sydney, N. S., June 5. Six
miners employed at Sydney miaes
were drowned yesterday by the up
setting of a boat in which they had
gone after lobsters.
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