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gjpton H&uetUatr.
-Published mr Thursday.
OHM over O Shearer'# |r«cerr
North of Court House.
I fA N ITOr LOtMJE.Vo. g.T.VO.F.,meet«
MevVrv Hatnrday evening at their Hall In
khicltv Hall Building.
_-7J,tu\ ENCAMPMENT NO. 481. O. O. FJ
I Meetings2d and 4th Monday evening#
SftTrh month. AMDS WlSNKlt, C. P,
•B, wnwu») •tCUIUjB, VM w.
moon. Visiting brethren wel«om«d.
Ki.nms.Hr,n. J. W.KYNETT.W.M.
CHAPTER NO. 19. meet* every
s. v. r^ASDT.aeo
STAR LODGE, No. (W. I.O. G. T.
Meeting* Saturday evening of each
week at sohoolhouse In village of Ma*slllen.
Members of the Order, pome and see us.
Exchange Office.
CHICAGi», for *n.v required amount can
of the subscrllier. Also, Bills
of Exchange. In Hrltiuli Sterling, on Eng
land or Ireland.
Certificates of Deposit and Bank Drafts ou
New Y.»rk, Philadelphia, owton or Chicago
ashed, and Government Securities pur
Passage Tickets from Liverpool, London
derry or Glasgow to New York, or i iarenee,
rnlshedon moderate terras.
"frsTTCF. OF
Tipton. Towa, Hept.
1st. 1K70.
4 TTORNKY AT LAW, Real Estate sad
A Insurance Agent.
office at the Post-ofBce.
SaSI Clarenee, Iowa.
Owlce in Reichert's new building, up stairs.
Snvnce through City Hall building.
i TTORN EYB AT LAW. Collections made
A on reasonable terms. Abstracts of
Land Titles. 60
Tipton. WM. J. HADDOCK,J
in Chancery,
will practice
IntVdur and Johnson oouu ties, and in the
State and Federal Conrtn.
SS#"sP«'"Ial attention given to real proper
ty law, the settlement of estates, commer
cial law and collections.
Olfloe over Hammond's Bank.
AT I.AW A Notarys Public.
Have a complete set of Abstracts of the
Real Estate of Ce Jar County
Office ou 5th St west of CT y Droit Store.
Ilnl TIPTON, low A.
Tipton, Iowa.
BHTATK anJ ilrokerago Agent,
I Mr
ant. Iowa. Attends personally
mt promptly to the bnving and selling ot
real estate oh commission, renting houses
lot farms. Heat of references glvm.
A TTORNKY AT LA Wand Notary Public,
A. Real Estate and Insurance Agent,
ftanev to loan in sums
of from one tbous
lad to Ave thousand dollars, ou long time.
Collections promptly made.
21n 10 o AHKNCK, IOWA.
»l I.ic
(laving had thirty years experience
E. hopes to give satisfaction In all canes
^trusted to care. Offlce, at residence,
tiro blocks east of Court Square. lKtf
HAM. Building. 3d floor, TlptOIl
towa. Pi'KK N'ITROI's OXIDE GAS ad'
ministered iwhen dexired) for the extraction
of teeth without pain. Office hours, to 12
A, ,»i., and 1 to 5 P. M.
A UCTJONKER Will attend promptly
jflL toselllng all kinds of property at Auc
tion, III any iiart of Cedar county. A list of
'lisnaien will always be foundat the Tiitiix
ADVCKTI„KK nar, where thos- desiring tils
Services e:m flwWfc day for their sale with
out seeing him. 44
Dealer In Clocks. Watches,
Jewelry, and Plated Ware, Books
aud stationery. Also News Depot. All the
leading Magazlues and Dallies kapt con
stantly on hand, store on Cedar ulreet, one
oar south of City Hall. Tipton. Iowa. 11-tf
Square, opposite IsUtmtm-MiU
"Horses, Carriages and Boggle* to let on
reasonable terms. Di Ivors fttrttlslied If de
At the barn In the rear of the Fleming
House, may be found a stock of line horses,
bUjggleiiaud carriages to let with or without
a driver, on he moat reasonable terms. ulUtf
happy rf.ltef
IIHM Al.l.ll\'",'u
the effects of Errors
Ultlllj^UUllUaud abuses In early life. Man
hood restored. Impediments
to removed. New
method »f New
remarkaMe reineiiids,
Book* and circulars sent free
in sealed envelopes. Address
Philadelphia.Pa. An Institution having a
hie* reputation for honorable conduct
lapliisiiuaalakiii. i |jv" fc tan
Arc both well established, thoroughly or
ntiised, and in charge of a corps of expc
rwiced and successful teachers, imoiig
whom a^c two superior Penmen.
For circulars a
ail 8pgcU|ens of Penman
•hip addrets i. McCLAIN,
Iowa C'itj',
Tipton, lows,
Will do a General Banking and
Exchange Business.
Speclalaitentlon given to
collection*. 481
Meat Markets
F, Mrronai.. See.
AVING openea a Meat Market In my
building, north of the Court Hquare,
Is fnformed that no pains will be
spared to keep constantly on liand the
of all kinds. My aim will beNEATNKS
Having Provided
Increased Room for his
1H prepared to lo all kinds of
Wagons, Bun
Carriages, &c.
It also prepared to furnish any kind
of light rig.
From the Finest Car
riage to a Spring Wagon
Tiffin, Oi\io, Buggies
kept on band.
I ns» ranee Agent, and Conveyuncer
Office with llie County Recorderiu the court
house. Tipton.Iowa, Jan.
1st. 1*68. nlviS.
S. ENSIOM, !K. D.,
Moved i Raised,
or other heavy work of this character,
should apply to
P. CARLIN, tip^ON,
who Is fully prepared to do aneh work
quickly, salely ana cheaply. S4tf
Special attention given. A full line of
Black Walnut ana Rosewood painted
Coffins on hand. Prices reasonable.
Prompt attention given with Hears* whea
aqalred. Coma and sea mr stock. Sir
The undersigned is sole proprietor and
Miller of the Cedar Mill, formerly Dean
Mill. Will torn my attention to
Custom Work
and aim to z\ve satisfaction in quality and
quantity. Please give me a call before
ing elsewhere. Remember the well known
mill three miles weft ol' Tipton. Also aim
to keep fluur, bran, feed, &c., on hand for
•ale, cheap for cash.
Proprietor and Miller.
Tipton, Iowa. vSSnW
lior»M bought and told* ftnd boarded by
Uukdar or
BallsfantUw gu»ri^U«d.
The undersigned having purchased the
shop heretofore occupied by 8. M. Murray
as a Hli-ksmith Shop, located near the south
east corncr of the Court House Square and
having built additions thereto, and purchas
ed a tirst class
Iron Lathe,
to young
Emery Grinder,
Steam Engine,
And otbar accessary Machinery, are prepar
*l to do all kinds of work in their liae.
mended and turned true, or new ones made
Repaired and put iu complete running or
der on short notice.
Carriages, Buggic* and Light
Put up to order. All work WARRANTED
A wood work shop connected.
We solicit the patronage of the communi
ty in this new enterprise.
TIPTON, IOWA, May 22, 1S77. 8itf
A general repairing of all kind* of
Maehlneryi&IFarm lnpleMenU
with regular Smith Work, will be done
with promptness. We will make it an ob
Jeet to all who trust their work to ua. By
Low Prices and Substantial Work
we guarantee satisfaction and warraat all
onr work. At Mahaney's old shop.
4 wad L.(H.
North of the Court Square,
enlarged and thoroughly refitted and
re-furnlKhed, offers the best of accommoda
tions to boarders and the traveling public.
Money or pains will not be spared to make
theenlertainnient at this house flrkl class.
Good Stabling on the Premises.
MRS. C. FLEMING,Proprlatreaa
},T, TAYLOR, Clerk. 29m
OKMERLY City Hotel, Tipton, Iowa.
This well known Hotel,one door north
of City Hall, In tho business center
of town,
is sparing no pains to offer the very best
accommodations tn all.
Free bus to and from trains. Good stab
ling furnished,
v23n28 RH. M. PALMER, Prop.
Hair cutting
wishes tolnformtheeltlMM
of Tipton and vicinity that he haa
opened a shop opposite the City Hotel
where lie will be found always on
hand, and will try to please all who will
give him a call. Ladles hair cut or sham
pooed at shop or reaideace.—Long hair pur
chased and mad* up to order into swltcnea,
curls or waterfalls. n#
We have for sale several desirable and well
of 80 acres, 130 acres, 180 acres, 340 acres,
and upwards, at very low figures, and on
reasonable terms. We offer some
We have also for sale Town Lots and Res
idences in Tipton, and trasts of Timber
Land in Cedar county, and
Weslern Lands In tfcls Slate.
Old and Well Known Shop,
Lowest Price.
Also, a good assortment of
Best Eastern
Besnre and call at DCTCH FRED'S for
erfect fits, latest styles,
and beet wear,
c*Uh Side Oourt House Square, Tipton,
Towa Sept. 1, '69.
Made to Order at^ lJ
New Shoe Shop.
Over StewartShoe Store,
Where he will attend promptly to mending
and all kinds of new work entrusted to
him. Iy.«
is the Agent for Cedar Couuty for the
SUTA ffl
Any one wishing circulars describing
these lands apply to undersigned, per
souall^or by letter, I. WILLIAMS.
Great Reduction
in the price of
Having this week received price lists of
the EM!EY ORGANS, which everyone must
admit the best, I give a list of prlcea at
which I will sell them:
No. Ill, 3 full sets reeds, stops $1$
No. 04, sub-baas, harmonic
attachment, 11 stops |185
and from these
down to
bese two organs are far superior to the
cheaper CIHNH of organ, listed at 1325 audlKiO,
having more setx of reeds and far better
material. Now lor the O. Beaty, Dia
mond. American, and a host ot other or
aUR—$300 organs for 1145 I27S for $135
Ireedlag §r, far gals.
Certificates furnished on all stock sold.
Vital waakntsx er 4s»essles a weak exhaust
ed feeling, ao energy or courage the result
of snutal evsr.«e«t ladescretfeae er ticttsM, or
some drain upon the system. Is alwaya cur
TS. It tones up and Invtgoratea the ayatem,
dispells the gloom and despondeney. Im
parts strength and energy,—stops the drain
snd rejuvenates the entire man. Been used
twenty years with perfect success by thou
sands. Bold by dealers. Price, tl.00 per
single vial, or t.i.UO per package of Ave vials
and S2.00 vialfof powder. Kent by mail on
receipt of price. Address HUMPHREYS'
To Young Men.
Jutt Published, (a a Sealed Envelope. Price tct*.
A lecture ea the Nature, Trsatsiea! aad Radical
cure of Hemtnal Weakness, or Spermator
rhea, Induced by self abase. Involuntary
Emissions, Impoteney. Nervous Debility,
and Impedimenta to Marriage generafly:
Consumption. K.pllepsy, and Fita: mental
and Physical Incapacity, A«.-br ROBERT
J. CC 1,VERWELL, D., author of the
"Green Book," Ac,
The world renouned author. In this ad
mirable Lecture, clearly proves from his
own experience that the awfnl coaaeqaen
ces of self-Abuse may be effectually remov
ed without medicine, and without danger
ous serglcal operations, bougies, instru
ments. rings, or eordlals pointing out a
cure at once certain and effectual, by which
every aulTerer, no matter what his condi
tion may be, may care hlmaelf cheaply
privately and radically.
tj- Thit Lecture wt/l Prove a boon to thoutandt.
Hen I, under seal, In a plain envelope, tc
any address, on receipt of six eenta, or twe
postage a
tarn pa. BlSvttol
Addreaa the Pnbliahara.
The Cnlrerwell |sgm ۥ..
«i Ann St. if. Y, Post-OffleeBo*
AN Iowa Tale or the Oldea TIMRC
With a Late Seqael.
fFrom the State Register of the 19th.]
Yesterday's Register contained an
account of the arrest and escape of
Letn Small, for an alleged murder
committed eighteen years ago. The
account was picked up hurriedly as
the reporter could find any one that
knew anything about it, and of course
was imperfect, and, iu some details,
incorrect. During the day, however,
the rcportorial ear hove to along*
side a gentleman that knew all the
circumstances and vouched for the
truth of his statement. The following
is the tale of the olden time
Kighteen yearn ago Mr. Hmall bad
three valuable colts stolen from the
prairie just east of the city which, by
the way, wasn't much of a city at that
time. He was not the only auflTerer
from horse thieves, for in that day
there was a chain of their craft ex
tending from the northern line of Min
nesota to Arkansas on the south. Xo
stock in three States was safe from
their depredations. I)es Moines and
vicinity had been specially plundered,
thousands of dollars'worth of horses
and cattle had been spirited away.
Among the most noted desperadoes of
the gang committing these depreda
tions were the members of a family
named Bunker. Their headquarters
were in Tama county, where the
mother and three of her sons were re
siding, but two of the boys owned a
small property just east of Des Moines,
near the "Prairie Queen." When Mr.
Hmall missed his colts he procured
the assistance of Constable Seaman, of
East Des Moines, and started on the
trail, which they followed to the res
idence of the Bunkers in Tama coun
ty, where they found the stock. Ad
vancing to the house, the pursuers
were met by the mother of the Bun
kers who barred their way, axe in
liand. At length, and without vio
lence, an entrance was effected and
one of the boys arrested. Securing
him, they kvpt guard until daylight
when another Bunker (not Read, as
published yesterday) came in feight,
and after a long chase, he, too, was
capturcd. The colts were haltered and
the party started for Des Moines. Be
fore they left Tama county they were
joined by a man named C'lingeriuan
and the three proposed to hang one of
their prisoners until he should reveal
the names of the partners in crime.
Thev had succeeded so far as to sus
pend him in mid air—without, how
ever, intending to continue the proc
ess until he was dead—when the oth
er Hunker sprang away and started
for freedom at a rushing gait. C'lin
geriuan'and Seaman in pursuit, leav
ing Small to take care of the aerial
Bunker. Small became so much in
terested in watching the pursuit and
flight that he forgot to lower the body,
and by the time Ciingerman and Sea
man returned with the recaptured
brother, the first was dead as a smelt.
As a matter of precaution, and to pre
vent his telling tales out of school, the
other Bunker was submitted to the
same strangulatory process and with
the same result. Both bodies were
left suspended on the Tama county
tree, and the executioners came to
Des Moines, keeping their own coun
sel, except with two men. To these
they revealed all the incidents of their
long chase, the subsequent arrest and
discovery of the stolen property, and
finally the fatal transaction in the tim
ber in Tama county. Both of their
con ft dailies yet reside in Des Moines.
One is among the wealthiest and best
known of our citizens the other oc
cupies an official position and is equal
ly well known and respected.
A day or two after their return some
more stock was stolen and Small, Sea
man, Clingerman and a number of
other prominent citizens of the East
Side concluded to experiment ou the
two Bunkers that lived just east of the
city. Proceeding thither they arrest
ed them aud demanded the names of
their comrades in the horse-stealing
business. The prisoners refused to re
veal them. To threats and coaxing
they were alike resistant and finally
the dread word was passed: "Bring
a rope." In those days law was weak
and lynch was powerful. The noose
was adjusted about the neck of the
younger Bunker—Ben. He was asked
if he would divulge the names of his
accomplices. With bitter curses he
refused. "If you do not want to see
him dangle," said one of the party to
the others, "turn away your heads."
The historian did not state how many
exercised the lateral muscles of their
necks, but a moment later Ben Bun
ker was dancing on nothing. Very
little of that kind of medicine is an ef
fective cure for dumbness and when
he was lowered to earth he became as
voluble as any could have desired. He
revealed all that he knew concerning
the gang, giving names, location, the
code of secret signs and grips by which
they recognized one another, and all
other things connected therewith.
This confession was joined in by the
older brother, whose fears were thor
oughly aroused by the sight of Ben in
mid air. All this was carefully noted
down by a gentleman who was subse
quently a prominent State officer. The
Bunkers were then notified to leave
the vicinity in twelve houra and the
Des Moiners returned home. The
next day the Bunkers sold theirjproper
ty aud disappeared, nor have they since
been heard from.
or tl2T and still better for cash. I mean
and will do all I say, and will pay any man
for his trouble whose order I do not fill at
these prices,
CVPlanos sold by me I will keep in tune
free of charge.
W. 8. WOODIH, Tipton.
4^Agent for almost any piano or organ
Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa,
Clingerman returned to his home
in Tama county, but before he reach
ed there the bodies of the two Bunkers
he had assisted in hanging were found
and an intense excitement followed.
Evidence implicating Clingerman,
Small and Seaman was obtained and
warrants were issued for their arrest.
Clingerman escaped, leaving his val
uable farm and other property in the
care of his family. Subsequently in
telligence was received that be had
fallen from a steamboat at New Or
leans and was drowned in the Missis
sippi river.
The Sheriff of Tama county, accom
panied by an attorney from Toledo,
came to Des Moines with warrants
for Small and Seaman. Seaman was
arrested at his residence, a small house
which stood on the site now occupied
by Sam Elliott's drug store
his present home, the offlceis being
guided to the place by an urchin they
found on the streets and bribed with a
silver half dollar. The lad had no idea
of the mission of the strange men and
wept bitterly when he saw Small come
out of the house guarded and man
acled. The boy is now an extensive
and highly respected manufacturer
in Des Moines. The prisoners were
brought to a hotel on the West Side.
Here the Sheriff refused to give any
explanation of the matter and started
as soon as a conveyance could be pro
cured iu a covered wagon for Tama
county. Very few Des Moines people
knew of the circumstance, as the ar
rests were made late at night and the
journey was commenced early the
next morning. As the wagon passed
through East Des Moines, a citizen
there recognized Small who raised his
manacled hands and beckoned him to
approach. He walked toward the
wagon, lut was brought to a sudden
halt by the leveled barrel of a pistol
in the hands of (he Sheriff. Not be
ing of a curious turn of mind the gen
tleman didn't wait to see what was at
the end of the barrel but hastened off
to inform the East Desmoinera that
some of the Bunker gang had captured
Small and Seamau and were taking
them away to execution. In a short
time sixty horseman filed over Capitol
Hill in pursuit of the supposed Bun
kers. But there were two men in the
party that knew better—the two men
to whom Small had confessed the trag
edy in Tama county the previous
week. These men knew that the pris
oners were legally in custody, and that
the only way to rescue them was by a
legal process. These gave directions
to the captain of the band to capture
and detain the Sheriff and his priso
ners until a writ of habeas corpus
could be procured and served on that
official. The chase was long. Fifteen
miles were traversed before the wagon
was overtaken, and then it would not
have been, but for a broken axle. At
first the Sherill' refused to halt, but fi
nally yielded to the persuasive ap
peals of half a hundred pistols, and
consented to return to Des Moines aud
await the result of the writ. Arriviug
in the city the court was found to be
in session. Gen. Crocker was retained
for the .prisoners. The case could not
be heard before evening. The Gener
al made a statement that the prisoners
had been absent from their homes for
many hours, were weary and hungry,
and suggested that they should be per
mitted to go to their residences under
guard. The court so ordered, and the
Sheriff placed them in care of two citi
zens, with Instructions to report at the
courtroom with them at "o'clock in the
evening. Meantime General Crocker
made a careful examination of the war
rant and other papers, and discovered
that they were impregnable and would
hold the prisoners beyond doubt. This
intelligence came to the ears of the
guards and about a half an hour before
thccourt assembled they brought their
prssoners into the room and directed
them to remain until disposed of by
the Judge. That was the last that
was seen of them. When (he Judge
and the Sheriff of Tama came the
prisoners and guards could not be
found. Bench warrants were issued
for the latter, who duly appeared and
explained that they had reported at
the court room with they charges as
directed. Whereupon their were dis
charged and the Sheriff returned to
his home.
Seaman was never seen or heard of
afterwards. Small came again to Des
"Moines some five or six weeks later,
but so perfectly disguised that hi* in
timate friends failed to recognize him.
He remained only a short time, and
then went west, passing several years
in the ltocky Mountains. Finally he
returned home, and for several years
past, until his arrest Monday morn
ing, bad been residing in Des Moines
or on his farm near Polk City.
The escape from the Tama Sheriff
Monday night was effected as follows:
The two were on theirway to the Cap
ital City hotel, about ten o'clock,
when they passed a saloon, and went
to refresh their carnal natures with
lager beer, sold under the State laws.
The saloon bad two doors oue on the
west, the other on the north. While
the Tama county nose was immered
in the foam of Polk county's beer,
Lemuel jumped out of the door and
hurried off up Locust street, probably
to sec a man. The Sheriff gave chase,
revolver in hand, but some parties
on the sidewalk prevented any ex
tended artillery practice and he was
only able to fire at the retreating pris
oner three times. The Sheriff didn't
belong to the American team nor the
Des Moines Sportsmen's Club conse
quently be didn't hit the mark. Lem
uel weut off faster than bis revolver
and made good bis escape. Yesterday
the Sheriff returned home. The same
morning Small was seen on the streets,
and for aught we know is here still.
He is very still if he is here.
The only way to account for this
new interest in such an ancient affair
is on the supposition that either Clin
german or Seaman has come to the
surface and proposes to become a wit
ness for the State. The Sheriff did
not inform any one here that this was
so, but that is the supposed reason for
this attempted revival of the old time
story of the hanging of the Bunkers.
Cartons iudfacat ia Seagal.
A somewhat startling and rather
curious judgment was recently deliv
ered by a Sessions Judge in one of the
Bengal districts. Four peraons were
brought before him on a charge of
murder, and were duly convicted hut
In passing sentence the Judge appa
rently found himself in a diffieulty.
"There is no doubt," he said, "thatall
four are guilty of murder, and are,
therefore, liable to be hanged but I do
not think it necessary for four lives to
be taken for one, but that one case of
capital punishment will be enough for
example!" Although in addition to
this, he said further on that "all four
seem to have been «x)ually active,"yet
he concluded by sentencing the appar
ently oldest and strongest of the pris
oners to death, and the other three to
Imprisonment for life. On an appeal
to the High Court the sentence was
notconflrmed. Yet such is the read
ing of the law by some of the Indian
"It isn't loud piaying wbieh counts
with the Lord ao mueh as giving four
full quarts for every galloo," say4 an
I Arkansas circuit rider.
Details «r their Rrnarkshle
Foray at Big Sprlags~*IM)r
Thousand Dollars la Gold Cola
Pnt Into Sacks aad Carried off.
[Special tothe Chicago Tribune.]
OMAHA, Neb. Sept. 19.—One of the
most daring and successful railroad
express robberies ever perpetrated in
this country occurred last night at
about 10:4.5 o'clock at Big Springs,
small and isolated station on the
Union Pacific Railroad, 3111 miles west
of Omalia. The details of the robbery
I have obtained from the I'nion Pa
cificofficials, who, early this morning,
were in receipt of dispatches announ
cing the startling news.
Just previous to the arrival of the
express train No. 4, bound east, in
charge of conductor Patterson, two
masked wen stepped into the office of
the station agent, Mr. Barnhart, who
was taken completely by surprise.—
They pointed four cocked revolvers at
hint and ordered him to tear up his
telegraph instrument. Mr. Barnhart
tried to deceive them by taking up his
sounder, but they stopped liliu and
made him take up his relay, which
they carried off with them. The per
son who gave tho orders was the Ca|
tain, and seemed to be an intelligent
man, and Mr. Barnhart is of the op
inion that he is a telegraph operator.
They then ordered fiitn to put out his
red light, all-the timekeeping him
covered with revolvers. After the
red light was hung out on the track
they commanded Barnhart to get his
mail ready as usual.
Their arrangements were now com
plete for receiving the expected train,
which soon came along, and, of course,
stopped in obedience to the red light
signal. The masked marauders, there
being seven of them in the party,
then at once began to carry out their
well laid plans. The four who had
Barnhart in charge took him to the
door of the express car and made him
knock as he usually does wheu he
wishes the express messenger to open
the express door. Miller, the express
messenger, having no suspicion that
any other person except Barnhart was
outside, opened the door a little way,
wheu three of the rodbers caught the
door, and throwing it wide open, pre
sented their revolvers at the messen
ger. They then went through one of
the safes in the car aud secured the
treasure-boxes, containing (tit),000 in
gold coin. The through safe, which
has a combination lock which is only
unlocked at each end of the Union
Pacific Road, they did not touch, as
the messenger did not know the com
bination, und could not, therefore, re
veal the secret to them, notwithstand
ing their threatening demands. The
robbers did not interfere with the
United States mails, but went from
the express car into the first-class pas
senger coaches and robbed the passen
gers, after which they dissappeared.
They had no horses in sight, but it
is supposed that they had their steeds
concealed near by.
Above are the particulars according
to Barnhart's despatch. Further de
tails are learned from conductor Pat
terson's telegrams iu which it was
stated that the party numbered from
ten to fifteen men.
When he arrived at Big Spring
Station they had, as stated above, cap
tured the Agent, cut the telegraph in
struments, and hung out a red light
for orders. When he stepped upon
the platform to get his telegraphic or
ders two men with cocked revolvers
in each baud told him throw up bis
hands, which he did. They had al
ready captured the express messenger,
engineer and fireman. Besides the
coin they got $468 in currency from
the express car. From a passenger
named L. Morris, they got a gold
watch, $430 in money and a ticket to
While they were robbiug the pas
sengers, freight-train No. 10 came
along, aud this interrupted them in
their plundering process among the
passengers. As the freight was ap
proaching Conductor Patterson was
allowed to go under guard to flag it.—
A guard accompanied bim until he
passed the sleepers, wheu the guard
rejoined the main gang, who then
quickly disappeared.
They had extinguished the fire in
the engine of the express traiu, when
the freight came up, Conductor Pat
terson started the freight engine out
to spread the news and get up a party
to pursue them. Miller, the express
messenger, was somewhat bruised
about the head, but not dangerously,
at the hands of the robbers, who took
bis revolver away from him.
The country in which.the robbery
was committed is wild and dreary,
and some trouble may be experienced
in striking the right trail. It is
thought they have gone north, and
that tbey are the same robbers who
have recently been plundering Black
Hills stage coaches.
Upon receipt of the despatches in
Omaha, before daylight this morning,
they were carried to General Superin
tendent's Clark, at bis residence, and
he was soon at his offlce. The first
thing that be did was to notify all
telegraph stations along the line and
in the Black Hills, offering a reward
of 10,U00 for the capture of the thieves
and money, or a proportionateamount
for either. He then telegraphed the
information to all parts of the coun
This »s the first robbery of the kind
that has ever occurred on the -Union
Paciffc, although is a wonder to
many that the hfiftlii* on this road
have not long iMflHe been attacked, as
tbey have been ?Q other roads run
ning through more thtok)y*MttM
The loss of course, fstt^vpon the
Union Pacific Express Company, an
organization that is part oftbe Rail
road Company.
The above amount of coin is con
sidered a very large sum as compared
with the average. It is a shipment
from California. The Company has
expected that some such an affair
would happen at some time, and, in
anticipation of just sjich deviltry,
they have had the doors of the ex press
cars barred with boiler-iron. Mach
ery is so arranged that messengers
can fix it at any time so as to not opan
more than six inches, and hence in
this esse, there must be some good ex
planatlon, as undoubtedly there is, as
to how the robbers manoaged to
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throw the door wide open. One man
it is said, with the usual .tools and
machinery ought to keep out twenty
Sheriff Bradley, of North Platte,
when ten miles out of Big Springs,
struck the robbers' trail, and found
two of their revolvers and a treasure
box empty.
Upon the arrival of the train here
at 8 o'clock this evening I interview
ed the itaxsengcrs and train men, and
found their statements to agree in the
main with the above account. Con
ductor Patterson, while under guard,
was robbed of money aud watch but
got his watch back, as they dropped
it and he picked it up after they left.
Andy Riley of this city, was on the
car platform, and they ordered him to
go in, and as he did not step quick
they shot at him twice, one ball graz
ing his left hand. They also robbed
him offhand two watches. Coun
cilman Cummings, who was on the
platform at the same time got inside
just as the shots were tired. The bul
lets sank into tho door frame. The
passeuger coach was robbed ly six
men, who, with pointed and cocked
revolvers, ordered everybody's hands
up. They collected 1,300 in curren
cy, besides watches, jewelry, and rail
road tickets. They attempted to force
oiKJii the door of a sleeper, but failed.
The passengers say there were thir
teen men in the party. Every
will be made to capture them.
Bore Railroads.
John E. Henry, Esq., the efficient
manager of the I). & N. W. R. R., re
turned home yesterday morning from
a visit to Chicago which meant busi
ness for Davenport, ami for Mr. Hen
ry's road. In Chicago that gentleman
met with Vice President Spencer, of
the I). & N. W. R. It., a faithful friend
of Davenport interests, ami together
these railroad managers concluded an
arrangement under which the lines of
the Chicago, Clinton, Dubuque and
Minnesota companies will henceforth
have their southern terminus at Dav
enport iustead of Clinton. That will
be the effect. The actual compact is
that the uncompleted line of the Chi
cago & Western railroad—the Hinck
ley road—is to be extended by Mr. Joy
to the line of the D. & N. W. R. R.,
just north of Long Grove,and that the
cars of all Mr. Joy's northern Iowa
and Wisconsin roads arc to be run di
rect to this city. Within six weeks
the five miles or so of track necessary
to complete the extension of the Clin
ton & Western R. li. can be laid, and
then Mr. Joy's cars will come boom
ing into Davenport, down Frout street
to the Northwestern depot. Then, all
aboard for Clinton, Hellevue, Sabula,
Dubuque, McGregor and St. Paul on
a through line. Then, a single trans
fer, at this city, will secure a through
line from St. Paul to St. Louis! This
is progress! It indicates real business
on the part of Vice President Spencer
and Manager Henry, aud will add im
mensely to the popularity of their ex
cellent road. Davenport has long de
sired this very extension of railroad
This is the road we long have sought,
And mourned becaaae we found it not.
Gentlemen! We are on the up grade
of the second century of American in
dependence) "Open the throttle
valves and let her go!" Davenport is
bound for Prosperity. It's a good point
to start out for. —Davenport Uaxette.
The Experimental Kitchen at
the Agricultural College,
[Correspondence State R«!gi»ter.J
Diur [Register:—The desire to see
my name iu print again, has at length
become irresiatable so I am going to
satisfy myself by writing you of what
we have been doing thesepleasant fall
days. It has been a hard summer for
our students. So much hot, damp
weather, when it has seemed hard
enough work to breathe, to say noth
ing of study. But the lessons had to
be learned in spite of the seeming op
pression of the clerk of the .weather,
and the boys and girls have done
The Junior ladies are very much in
terested just now in their experimen
tal kitchen. It is carried on under
Mrs. Welch's direction in connection
with her class in Domestic Economy,
and so far hus been a complete success.
Saturday morning from nine o'clock
till noon and Monday afternoon ,from
three to five the girls gather in the
kitchen and have practical lessons iu
cooking. The work of the first day
was preparing a dinner for the Facul
ty table iu the dining hall. I judge
that they were successful, for I beard
one of the Professors say afterward
that he had eaten enough of that deli
cious roast beef to last him a month.
One day they made biscuits and can
ned peaches, and at another lesson
these amateur Bridgets were iniiiated
into the mysteries of cake baking. I
ventured into the kitchen that after
noon, and wiil try to describe the
scene. There were some six or seven
young ladies, clothed in long-sleeved,
high-necked aprons and armed with
pencil and note book. They were
clustered about Mrs. Welch like so
many bees about honey, catching ev
ery word that fell from her lips and
stowing it away in their note books
for future use. Then down went pen
cils and books, and a dash was made
for spoons, cake bowls, and egg beat
ers, and soon nothing was heard but
the noise of beating aud stirring. A
more enthusiastic set of young ladies
you never saw, and they worked like
Tbey were hot aud tired when the
chapel bell rang, but thoroughly satis
fied with the result of their labors, for
I am sure that no old housekeeper
ever made nicer or lighter oake than
they did.
Last Satudayr the same set of girls
went into the kitchen and made anoth
batch of cake by themselves, without
aid from their teacher, and it was
splendid. To-day one division of the
class will attempt bread-making.
Everything that has been nade so
far has been disposed of at cost price
to the students, and since the proof of
the pudding i9 in the eating, I think
that the eagerness with which the stu
dents send in their orders is guaranty
of the success of the kite
bee. We are
going to send you a specimen one of
these days, Mr. Editor, so you can sec
I how it is yourself. MATHK.
In Can-oil county, 4l.v* gophmaad
squirrels ha*e killed state Maw
From 20,(W) to 30,000 acres of wild
land will be converted Into fhrma la
Shelby county this season.
A blind impostor nagied G. W. Col
lins, has been doing Davenport. His
blindness was only a blind.
A convict from Harrison county on
his way tothe penitentiary, was taken
sick and died iu the jail at Cedar
Rspids, Sunday night.
A grand potato-paring match will
be one of the features of the Union
Fair Association to beheld at Villlaea,
Montgomery county, commencing
October 2d.
At the late term
the District
court in Muscatine, fifteen saloon
keepers of th«t city were found guilty
of selling whisky, and fined from $05
respectively -most of them $50.
From May 1, 187G, to May 1, 1877,
the brewers of Iowa sold 18-,1'iy barrels
of beer, the government tax on which
wss $1 per barrel. Estimating the
population of Iowa at a million and a
half, it makes about $3 per year spent
by every man, woman and child in
the State.
Morris Harrington, of Muscatine,
who suffered some scratches and
hrui.-cs in the late railroad accident
near I)es Moines, was paid
money, besides expenses and his doc
tor's bill, by the C. R. I. A P. R. R. Co.
Harrington has gone off on another
trip, says the Muscatine Journal.
Paul and Olga Batzel were married
in Russia, lived in Davenport, and
secured a divorce in New York. She
had inherited 10,0K) roubles, 7,000 of
which Paul spent before they were
married. She was awarded a counsel
fee and $5 a week alimony.
Mr. Wm. Coy, a Waverly miller,
fell through the floors of his flouring
mill a distance of thirty feet, Tuesday
last, breaking a leg and otherwise
injuring himself. He was a fleshy
man, weighing about 200 pounds.
Near Elkader last Tuesday night
John Joster was called out of his house
and horribly mangled by some un
known assassiu with a corn cutter.
Joster will die. The villain then set
lire to a barn filled with grain and
hay, valued at $10(10.
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pa
cific Railroad Company has instituted
proceedings against thirty homestead
ers iu Shelby county for lands now
occupied by them, and also for dama
ges against each party, ranging from
$300 to $800.
The Iowa City Republican says:
"Charles Ball, a young man of lt
years, who lived near Riverside, while
out in the pasture trying to catch
his horses was struck by lightning
and instantly killed. Two horses
were killed at the same time.
An old man, 70 years of age, passed
through Dubuque last Wednesday on
his way to St. Paul, from Titusville,
Pa. He was accompanied by his
grandson, and had driven in a light
covered wagon, drawn by a dilapida
ted pony, having been six weeks on
the way.
The Marshalttown
long sermon as follows: "High-toned
ladies roll about the streets in splen
did carriages drawn by high-priced
horses richly jeweled hands jingle
the keys of costly pianos and hun
dreds of ladles dalutlly lift their em
broidered skirts over the dusty thresh
olds of seven churches while well
clothed ministers of the gospel preach
and pray —und at the same time a
poor German womau, with three fath
erless children, is jtermitted to famish
and become speechless from hunger
in the prblic square. Consistency,
thou art a circus bill."
How He Startled Her.
A wlioop-bang sort of a boy, with
feet as broad and flat as a pie-tin, trot
ted through the Central Market yes
terday till he reached a stall kept by
a single woman about 30 years old.
Hutting there, he yelled out: "Say!
say! Your little boy has been run over
and killed, up by the City Hall!" "Oh!
oh! Heavens—oh! oh!" she screamed,
as she made dive under the counter,
came up on the outside, and started to
follow the boy. After going ten feet
she halted, looked very foolish all of
a sudden, and remarked: What a fool
1 am! Why, I ain't even married."—
Detroit Free J*renn.
A Woman's Adreatnre.
An uptown womau attempted to
gather some peaches the other day,
and puttiug on an old hat and coat
mounted a ste|-ladder and began fill
ing tier basket. Emboldened by suc
cess she got into the tree, and the first
thing she knew the dog chased a hog
through the garden, and, of coune,
knocked down the ladder. The sequel
is soon told—her husband found her
suspended between heaven and earth
by the tuii of the coat, and the pale air
was streaked with white cotton and
calico as she strove to mount onward
and upward. Some allusions eouid
have been made to peaches and scream
but it wasn't thought necessary.
If Iowa wheat is not No. 1 this year
it never will be. Aud yet we learr. all
our wheat is graded No 2 at Chicago.
The Vinton Eagle say? J. C. Pike
shipped a car load last week, which
graded No. 1, "and it was the first car
load ever ship|ted from that place that
ever graded No. 1." They may not
grade our wheat equal to its quality,
but it makes but little difference as
there is now only about one cent per
bushel difference between No. 1 and 2.
And amidst the perversity of Chicago
wheat inspectors we should not at any
time be astonished if No. 2 was worth
a little more than No. 1. There for
merly was a difference from eight to
fifteen centa.—Register.
Senntor Booth nnd a Conundrum
[From a recent stump speech iu Sacramento
by Senator Booth.]
A citizen.—I want to know if that
purity, as you say, exists in the Re
publican party, what is the matter
with Senator Sargent and Page and
Mr. Booth.—I suppose that Senator
Sargent ami Page and others can fight
their own battles. [Laughter, and cries
of "good, good, bravo, bravo," etc.] I
have not contended that the Republi
can party is absolutely perfect—per
haps it is not as perfect as you are.
[renewed laughter.] But, my friend,
you must remember that, outside of
yourself and myself, and your Mends
and my friends, and your wife and
the woman I hope to marry (merri
ment], there is not absolute, entire
and immaculate perfection in more
than 8,000 or 10,000 people, mn In
this very virtuous town. [Laughter
and applause.]

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