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STORY LANGFORD of the THREE BARS B y KATE AND VIRGIL D. BOYLES (C*nrrl«bt by A. C. Mcciunr A Co., 1(07.) BYNOPSI3. • G**orxe Willlston, a poor ranchman, high-minded and cultured, searches for cattle missing from his ranch—the “Lazy S.” On a wooded spot in the river’s bed that would have been an island had the Missouri been at high water, he discovers a bund of horse thieves engaged in work ing over brands on cattle. He creeps near enough to note the changing of the “Three Bars” brand on one steer to the “J. K.“ brand. Paul Langford, the rich owner of the "Three Bars’* ranch is sent for by Willlston and is informed of the operations of the gang of cattle thieves — a band of outlaws headed by Jesse Black, who long have dolled the law and author ities of Kemah county. South Dakota, with impunity, but who. heretofore, had not dared to molest any of the property of the great "Three Bars" ranch. Willls ton shows his reiuctancy in opposing a band so powerful in politics and so dreaded by all the community. Langford pledges Willlston his friendship if he will assist in bringing “Jesse Black" and hia gang to justice. Langford is struck wKh the beauty of Mary, commonly known as “Williston’s little girl." Louise Dale, an expert court stenographer, who had followed her uncle. Judge Hammond Dalfe. from the east to the "Dnkotahs." arul who is living with him at Wind City, is requested by the county attorney. Bichard Gordon, to come to Kemah and take testimony in the preliminary hear ing of Jesse Black. She accepts the invi tation and makes her first trip into the wttd Indian country. Arriving at Velpen across the river from Kemah. she is met by Jim Munson, a hot headed cowboy of the "Three Bars” ranch. In waiting for the train Munson looks at some cattle in the stock pen. In the herd being shipped to Sioux City by Bill Brown lie detects old "Mag" a well known "onery" steer belonging to Ills employer of the "Three Bars" ranch. Munson and Louise start for Kemah. They take lunch at the Bon Ami rc*staurant. conducted by Mrs. Hig gins. a great admirer of Richard Gordon, tlie county attorney. Louise Is told of a meat poisoning plot which resulted In the Illness of Willlston. Langford and other witnesses for the state in the cattle thief case against Jesse Black. A buckboard tries to block the way of Munson's team at tiie entrance to pontoon bridge across the river. Munson crowds past the buck board team wrecking the buckboard. They arrive at Williston’s. CHAPTER VII. * The Preliminary. Very early in the morning of the day set for the preliminary hearing of Jesse Black the young owner of the Three Bars rode over to Velpen. He identified and claimed the animal held over from shipment by Jim’s per suasion. Brown gave possession with a rueful countenance. "First time Billy Brown ever was taken in.” he said, with great disgust. Langford met with no interruption to his journey, either going or coming, although that good cow-puncher of his, Jim Munson, had warned him to look sharp to his pistols and mind the bridge. Jim being of a somewhat belligerent turn of mind, his boss had not taken the words with seriousness. As for the fracas at the pontoon, cow men are touchy when it comes to a question of precedence, and it might well be that the inflammable Jim had brought the sudden storm down on his head. Paul Langford rode through the sweet early summer air without let or hindrance and looking for none. He was jubilant. Now was Willis ton’s story verified. The county at torney. Richard Gordon, had consid ered Williston’s story, coupled with his reputation for strict honesty, strong and sufficient enough to bind Jesse Black over to appear at the next regular term of the circuit court. Under ordinary circumstances the p ite really had an excellent chance over; but it had to deal Jesse Black, and Jesse Black had flourished for many years west of the river with an unsavory character, but with an almost awesome reputa tion for the phenomenal facility with which he slipped out of the net in which the law —in the person of its unpopular exponent, Richard Gordon —was so indefatigably endeavoring to enmesh him. The state was prepared for a hard fight. But now —here was the very steer Willlston saw on the island with its Three Bars brand un der Black’s surveillance. Willlston would identify it as the same. He, Langford, would swear to his own ani mal. The defense would not know he had regained possession and would not have time to readjust Its evidence. It would fall down and hurt itself for the higher court, and Dick Gordon would know how to use any inadver tencies against it —when the time came. No wonder Langford was light hearted. In all his arrogant and un hampered career he had never before received such an affront to his pride and his sense of what was due to one of the biggest outfits that ranged cat tle west of the river. Woe to him who had dared tamper with the concerns of Paul Langford of the Three Bars. Willlston drove in from the Lazy S in ample time for the mid-day din ner at the hotel —the hearing was set for 2 o’clock —but his little party con tented Itself with a luncheon pre pared at home and packed neatly and appetizingly In a tin bucket. It was not likely there would be a repetition aoad meat. It would be poor policy. Still, one could not be sure, and It was most important that Willlston ate no bad meat that da/. Gordon met them In the hot, stuffy little parlor of the hotel. “it was good of yon to come,” he said to Louise, with grave sincerity. ‘‘l didn’t want to,” confessed Louise, honestly. "I’m afraid it is too big and lonesome for me. lam sure I should have gone back to Velpen last night to catch the early train had It not been for Mary. She is so—good.” "The worst is over now that you have conquered your first impulse to fly,” he said. “I cried, though. I hated myself for It, but I couldn't help It. You pee I never was so far from home before.” He was an absorbed, hard-working lawyer. Years of contact with the plain, hard realities of rough living in a new country had dried up, some what, his stream of sentiment. Maybe the source was only blocked with debris, but certainly the stream was running dry. He could not help thinking that a girl who cries be cause she Is far from home had much better stay at home and leave the grave things which are men’s work to men. But he was a gentleman and a kindly one, so he answered quietly, "I trust you will like us better when you know us better,” and, after a few more commonplaces, went his way. "There’s a man,” said Louise, thoughtfully, on the way to McAllis ter’s office. “I like him, Mary-” “And yet there are men in this coun try who would kill him if they dared.” "Mary! what do you mean? Are there then so many cut-throats in this awful country?” “I think there are many desperate men among the rustlers who would not hesitate to kill either Paul Lang ford or Richard Gordon since these prosecutions have begun. There are also many good people who think Mr. Gordon is just stirring up trouble and putting the county to expense when he can have no hope of conviction. They say that his failures encourage the rustlers more than an inactive policy would.” "People who argue like that are either tainted with dishonesty them selves or they are foolish, one of the two,” said Louise, with conviction. "Mr. Gordon has one stanch sup porter. anyway,” said Mary, smiling. "Maybe I had better tell him. Precious little encouragement or sympathy he gets, poor fellow'.” “Please do not.” replied Louise, quickly. “I wonder if my friend, Jim Munson, has managed to escape ‘bat tle, murder and sudden death,’ includ- "One of ’Em, I’m a Thinkin’, Was Jake Sanderson.” % ing death by poison, and is on hand with his testimony.” As they approached the office the crowd of men around the doorway drew aside to let them pass. “Our chances of worming ourselves through that jam seem pretty slim to me,” whispered Mary, glancing into the already overcrowded room. "Let me make away for you,” said Paul Langford, as he separated him self from the group of men standing in front, and came up to them. "I have watered my horse,” he said, flashing a merry smile at Mary as he began shoving his big shoulders through the press, closely followed by the two young women. It was a strange assembly through which they pressed; ranchmen and cowboys, most of them, just in from ranch and range, hot and dusty from long riding, perspiring freely, redolent of strong tobacco and the peculiar smell that betokens recent and inti mate conpanionsliip with that part and parcel of the plains, the horse. The room was indeed hot and close and reeking with bad odors. There were also present a large delegation of cattle dealers and saloon men from Velpen, and some few Indians from Rosebud agency, whose curiosity was insatiable where the courts were con cerned, far from picturesque in their ill-fitting, nondescript cowboy gar ments. Yet they were kindly, most of (lie men gathered there. Though at first they refused, with stolid resentment, to be thus thrust aside by the breezy and aggressive owner of the Three Bars, planting their feet the more firmly on the rough, uneven floor, and serenely oblivious to any right of way so arrogantly demanded by the big shoulders, yet, when they perceived for whom they way was being made, most c? them stepped hastily aside with muttered and abashed apologies. Here and there, however, though all made way, there would be no red faced or stammeifing apology. Some times the little party Was followed by insolent eyes, sometimes by malig nant ones. Had Mary Wllliston spok en truly when she said the will for bloodshed was not lacking In th« country? But if there was aught of hatred or enmity in the heavy air of the impro vised courtroom for others b ies the high-minded counsel for law and order Mary Willlston seemed serene ly unconscious of it. She held her head proudly. Most of these men she knew. She had done a man’s work among them for two years and more. In her man's work of riding the ran ges she had hr l good fellowship with many of them. After to-day much of this must end. Much blame would ac crue to her father for this day’s work among friends as well as enemies, for the fear of the law-deflers was an omni present fear with the small own er, stalking abroad by day and by night. But Mary was glad and there was a new dignity about her that be came her well, and that grew out of this great call to rally to the things that count. At the far end of the room they found tho justice of the peace en throned behind a long table. His hon or, Mr. James R. McAllister, more commonly known as Jimmie Mac, was a ranchman on a small scale. He was ignorant, but of an overweening conceit. He had been a justice of the peace for several years and labored under the mistaken impression that be knew law’; but Gordon, on short ac quaintance, had dubbed him "Old Ne cessity,” fn despairing Irony, after a certain high light of early territorial days who "knew no law.” The prisoner was brought in. His was a familiar personality. He was known to most men west of the river —if not by personal acquaintance, cer tainly by hearsay. Then came the first great surprise of this affair of many surprises. Jesse Black waived examination. It came like a thunderbolt to the prosecution. It was not Black’s way of doing busi ness, and it was generally believed that, as Munson had so forcibly though inelegantly expressed it to Billy Brown, “He would fight like hell” to keep out of the circuit courts. He would kill this incipient Nemesis in the bud. What, then, had changed him? The county attorney had rath er looked for a hard-fought defence— a shifting of the burden of responsi bility for the misbranding to another, who would, of course, be off some where on a business trip, to be absent an Indefinite length of time; or It might be he would try to make good a trumped-up story that he bad but late ly purchased the animal from some Indiana cattle-owner from up country who claimed to have a bill-of-sale from Langford. He would not have been taken aback had Black caluily pro duced a bill-of-sale. The absoluteness of the surprise flushed his clean-shaven face a little, although his grave immobility of ex pression underwent not a flicker. It was a surprise, but it was a good surprise. Jesse Black was bound over under good and sufficient bond to ap pear at the next regular term of the circuit court in December. That much accomplished, now he could buckle down for the big fight. How often had he been shipwrecked in the shifting sands of the really remarkable decis ions of "Old Necessity” and his kind. This time, as by a miracle, he had es caped sands and shoals and sunken rocks and rode in deep water. A wave of enlightenment swept over Jim Munson. "Boss,” he whispered, "that gal re porter’s a hummer.” "How so?” whispered Langford, amused. He proceeded to take an in terested, if hasty, inventory of her charms. "What a petite little person age, to be sure! Almost too colorless, though. Why, Jim, she can’t hold a tallow candle to Willicton’s girl.” "Who said she could?” demanded Jim. with a fine scorn and much re lieved to find the boss so unapprecia tive. Eden might not be lost to them after all. Strict justice made him add: "But she's a wise one. Spotted them blamed meddlin’ hoss thieves right from the word go. Yep. That's a fdc’.” "What ‘blamed meddlin’ hoss thieves,’ Jim? You are on intimate terms with so many gentlemen o' that stripe—at least your language so leads us to presume—that 1 can’t keep up with the procession.” "At the bridge yistldy. 1 told you ’bout it. Saw ’em first at the Bon Amy—but they must a trailed me to the stockyards. She spotted ’em right away. She’s a cute’n. Made me shet my mouth when I was a blabbin’ too much, jest before the fun began. Oh, she’s a cute’n!” ; "Who were tiu. Jim?” "One *of ’em. I’m a thinkin’, was Jake Sanderson, a red-headed devil who came up here from hell, I reckon, or Wyoming, one of the two. Nobody knows his biz. But he’ll look like a stepped-on potato bug ’gainst 1 git through with him. Didn't git on t*.» t’ other feller. Will next, you’bet!” (TO BE CONTINUED.) Keep Burglars Out. Quy at any hardware store a small, plain hinge, one and one-half inches long by one Inch wide when closed, or smaller. Screw one side of hinge upright on to the lower right-hand corner of upper window sash, direct ly above the slight flange on all up per sashes. See that the hinge is toward and almost touching the win dow casing. This will leave one side of v.ie hinge free to turn. When wishing to fasten window turn the free side of the hinge as far back as possible. This brings It over the low er sash. I*. will be invisible from the outside, but will prevent the lower sash being raised or the upper one lowered. When hinge is closed it will not interfere with raising win dow, and <*A>es not disfigure or weak en the wi jow sash. IMPROVE OUR WATERWAYS PLEA OF PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT IN SPECIAL MESSAGE TO p CONGRESS. COMMISSION’S REPORT NO OTHER CIVILIZED COUNTRY MAKES SO LITTLE USE OF ITS RIVERS. Washington.— President. Roosevelt Wednesday sent a special message to Congress inclosing the report of the commission on inland waterways and urging immediate action looking to the improvement of Inland streams in the interests of increased prosperity and commercial growth of the country. The message of the president was in part as follows: "To the Senate and House of Rep resentatives: I transmit herewith a preliminary report from the inland wa terways commission, which was ap pointed by me last. March in response to a widespread interest and demand from the people. The basis of this de mand lay in the general and admitted inability of the railroads to handle the traffic of the country, and especially the crops of the previous fall. "This report is well worth your at tention. 1: is thorough, conservative, sane and just. It represents the mature judgment oi a body of men exception ally qualified by personal experience and knowledge of conditions through out the United States, to understand and discuss the great problem of how best to use our waterways in the inter est of all the people. "Our river systems are better adapt ed to the needs of the people than those of any other country. In extent, distribution, navigability and ease of use, they stand first. Yet. the rivers I of no other civilized country are so j poorly developed, so little used, or play j so small a part in the industrial life of ! the nation as those of the United States. "The comnoission finds that it was unregulated railroad competition which prevented ::r destroyed the develop ment of commerce on our inland water ways. Tho Mississippi, our greatest natural highway, is a case in point. At one time the traffic upon it was with out a rival in any country. The report shows that commerce was driven from the Mississippi by the railroads. Throughout the country the railways have secured such control of canals and steamboat lines that today inland waterway transportation is largely in their hands. This was natural and doubtless inevitable under the circum stances, but it should not be allowed to continue under careful government reg ulation. "The development of our inland wa ; tenvays will have results far beyond the immediate gain of commerce. Deep I channels along the Atlantic and guir ! coasts ami from the gulf to the great I lakes will have high value for the na tional defense. The use of water power will measurably relieve the drain ' upon our diminishing supplies of coal, and transportation by water instead cf | rail will only tend to conserve our iron. Forest protection, without which river improvement cannot he permanent, will at the same time help to postpone the threatened timber famine, and will ; secure us against a total dearth of tim ber by providing for the perpetuation of tiie remaining woodlands. Irriga : tion will create the means of a livoli | hood for millions of people, and sup plies of pure water will powerfully i promote the public health. I "We :annot afford needlessly to sec- I rii'ice power to irrigation, or irrigation to domestic water supply, when by taking thought we may have all three. While*we delay our rivers remain un used. our traffic is periodically con gested and the material wealth and na ! tural resources of the country related to waterways are being steadily ab sorbed by great monopolies. Among these monopolies, as the re port of the commission points out. there is no other which threatens, or ; has ever threatened, such intolerable I interferronce with the daily life of the people as the consolidation of com j panies controlling water power. I call your special attention to the attempt cf the power corporations, through bills introduced at the present session, ! to escape from the possibility of gov ernment regulation in the interests of 1 the people. These hills are intended to | enable the corporations to take pos j session in perpetuity, of national f. rest I lands for the purposes of their busi- I ness, where and as they please, wholly ; without compensation to the public. "The questions of organizations, I powers and appropriations are now be < ! fore the congress. There is urgent need i for prompt and decisive action." Smelter Manager Threatened. PuGblo. Superintendent G. M. • Marsh of the Ellers smelter of the ! American Smelting and Refining Com j panv has received two letters in the [ past few days In which he is threat j ened with death unless the plant re j sumes operations at once, giving em ployment to the men who are idle. The first letter was received Tues day and was written in an almost 11- j legible band. After blaming him for shutting down the plant, the letter ends with the following threat: "Me blow you up if you don’t give us work.” Another letter was received Wednes day in which the same threat was made. The letters have been turned over to tho United States and city of ficers. There were about 600 men employed at the plant, most of whom were Ital ians. The plant was closed down a few weeks ago with the exception of the roasters, and most of the men were thrown out of employment. English License Bill. London.—Chancellor of the Ex chequer Asquith introduced the licens ing bill in the House of Commons to day. This is the principal government measure for the present session of Parliament, and involves vast money .\nd labor Interests. The capital Invest ed In licensed property in this country is not less than $1,200,000,000, while over 2,<00,000 people are employed in the traffic. Briefly, the bill provides for the com pulsory reduction within a specified period and on a uniform scale of the number of saloon licenses throughout the country. The number of saloons to be licensed is based mainly on the density of the population. In cities it is proposed to allow’ one saloon for every 750 inhabitants and in the country districts one saloon for every 400 persons. This regulation, it Is estimated, will wipe out. in the neigh i >hood of 30,000 licenses, about one third of the present total. The bill proposes that this reduction be effected within twenty years. The system of compensating those entirely deprived of their licenses is to lapse after a period of fourteen years from the time the act goes into force and an end will thus be put to the vested interests in licenses. Local option is to govern the issuance of new licenses and a majority of the parochial elec tors is sufficient to prohibit the grant ing of a license for a period of three years, at the expiration of which a new vote may be taken. Chancellor Asquith’s bold and dras tic license bill is raising a storm or denunciation in the opposition press. Mr. Balfour gave his party a lead in a brief speech stigmatizing the meas ure as "robbery.” The tremendous strength of the brewing interests throughout the coun try will l#e brought to bear In an en deavor to prevent the passage of the bill or to obtain an extensive amend ment, especially in the direction of se -1 curing a longer time limit, than four teen years, which is regarded ns likely to Inflict serious injury to the inter ests of the shareholders of the brew ing companies, representing a capital of $1,200,000,000. Governor Discusses Crime. Denver.—Speaking of the prevailing wave of crime that has swept over Col ' orado in the last few weeks, Governor Buchtel Tuesday sounded a warning against, too drastic condemnation of any criminals who might fall Into the I toils of tho law while excitement over ' recent crimes is still at fever heat. 1 “l wish to express my judgment that murderers who take life In cold blood should receive the extreme penalty and should never be pardoned.” he said. "But by reason of the popular indigna tion winch has just been aroused ’ against all murderers, we are in dan -1 ger of imposing the extreme penalty on ; men gitllty only of involuntary man ’ slaughter. We are likely to go to the* ’ other extreme and start butchering all criminals as a reaction from tho trials ! hcretofo/e, many of which have been mere travesties on justice. "It has been my observation that the * work of criminal courts is very un equal. and that it is made so by the whims of juries. Jurors are apt to be influenced by what is popularly called ‘the higher law,’ and the result is that ' many people who should receive severe ‘ penalties escape unscathed. The judge 1 should see that such feeling does not ‘ militate against the ends of justice, and now that popular sentiment is flow -1 ing the other way there should be an ' I equally vigorous attempt to insure the 1 : accused against the caprice of a jury ; j that is inspired by prejudice due to cur j rent events.” 1 Inheritance Tax Decision. ! Denver. —Inheritance taxes may be 1 j drawn upon as part of the general ap -1 propriation fund, according to a de ! cision handed down by Judge George ' \v. Allen of the District Court, in the ! case of the various state institutions against the state treasurer and auditor. By this decision the Stratton in ; heritance tax of $”>75,000, which has | been held intact, will be split up and from it SIIO,OOO be paid to the State ’ ! School of Mines, the Colorado Agri ' i cultural college, University of Colorado | ! and School for the Deaf and Blind, in accordance with the appropriations made at the Last General Assembly. State Auditor George D. Statler and State Treasurer Alfred E. Bent have ; | refused to issue warrants or cash them ’ because the question of which fund the | inheritance taxes shall lje classed un I der has never before been decided, and ; , they feared that by making paynKnts from it they would become liable un- I dor their bonds. The decision Will effect all inheri ; tance taxes, and If upheld they will be ; turned into the general appropriation i fund in the future. Attorney General Dickson has all the time held the opin ; ion that money collected for this pur j pose could be drawn upon for other j purposes but contested the petition of i the complaining boards to settle the legality of such a course beyond all dispute. Bonus for Moffat Road. Denver. —A Steamboat Springs dis- I patch says: A committee is circulat ! ing a subscription paper to raise a j bonus of $15,000 to be paid the Moffat road if its line Is established into I Steamboat Springs by July 1, 1909, | with trains running between here and j Denver. Already nearly SII,OOO of the amount has been raised. The people of Steamboat Springs are subscribing liberally, nearly 90 per cent of them giving something, the pledges ranging from $25 to SI,OOO. Two of those who have subscribed the latter amounts are J. H. Crawford, one of 'the earliest settlers of Steamboat, who Is interested in tho coal fields near here, and F. A. Metcalfe, a prominent real estate dealer. The company promises to have the road into Steamboat by December 1, 1908. and more than 500 men have been working all winter on the grade between here and Yarmony, sixty miles distant. The citizens of Steamboat Springs subscribed $15,000 to be paid the company if the road reached hero by July Ist last, but tills was for feited. ‘ THE AFFRAY AT BROWNSVILLE SENATE COMMITTEE FINDS SHOOTING WAS DONE BY NEGROES. MINORITY DISAGREES FIGHT WILL NOW BE CARRIED TO FLOOR OF THE SENATE. Washington.—That the shooting af* fray at Brownsville, Texas, the night of August 13-14, 1906, was done by some negro soldiers of the Twenty- Fifth United States infantry and that the testimony taken before the senato committee on military affairs fails to identify,the guilty persons, is the opin ion of eight members of the commit tee. Four members of the committee voted against this decision, and one member did not vote. The resolution declaring the guilt ot the negroes was submitted by Senator Lodge and was adopted after five reso lutions bv Senator Foraker, one by Senator Dupont and one by Senator Scott, all of which were offered as sub stitutes, had been voted down. The vote Tuesday was reached after prolonged investigation extending over two sessions of Congress and after evi dence had been taken covering thou sands of pages. Practically every negro of the three companies of infantry dishonorably discharged by President Roosevelt tes tified in his own behalf, while evidence in support of the President was given by many army officers and citizens of Brownsville Throughout the entire controversy, which in many sections of the country had been made a political issue, the anti-administration side has been di rected by Senator Foraker. In the final vote In the committee a majority by the Republican members came to his support. The Ohio senator ex pressed himself as gratified at this, as it was apparent from the outset that all of the Democratic members were convinced that the negroes did the shooting. The fight will be carried to the floor of the Senate. The reports of the com mittee will not be made for about ten days, as Senator Warner, who con ducted the examination of witnesses on behalf of tho administration, will be absent from Washington for that period. Action by the committee there- I fore will be postponed until his return. After the reports have been made to the Senate it is expected that Senator Foraker will press the matter to a vote there. If he should secure the j same proportion of the Republican i members of the Senate as ho had in ! the committee, the vote will bo closer than has been anticipated. The Ohio senator purposes also to introduce a ' bill to restore to the military service such of the discharged negroes as were shown beyond a reasonable doubt to have been innocent of any j offense connected with the affray. The committee was in session Tues- I day for nearly three hours. It was in I the main harmonious. Practically the only passages at arms were of a par- I liamentary nature. j I The lineup defined so clearly that i the senators wasted no time in trying to change each other’s views. Senator • Lodge offered a resolution as follows: I “That in the opinion of this commit- I tee the shooting affray in Brownsville j on the night of August 13-14, 190 G, was ! done by some of the soldiers belonging 1 to the Twenty-fifth United States in : fantry, then stationed at Fort Brown, I Texas." Senator Foraker offered as a substi tute the following: J “The testimony wholly fails to iden | Mfy the individuals or any of them, who participated in the shooting af- I fray.” The Foraker substitute was defeated i by a vote of (fight to five, and the : Lodge resolution was adopted by the ! same division. Ward Succeeds Cranston. Denver. —Attorney Thomas Ward, , Jr., was sworn in as United States dis- I trict attorney for the district of Colo | rado, to succeed Earl M. Cranston, who j resigned several weeks ago and will ; now retire to private practice of the legal profession. The oath was ad j ministered in the Federal Court room I by Judge John A. Riner of Cheyenne. Immediately after the administration 1 of the oath of office Judge Riner paid | n brief but impressive tribute to the service that Air. Cranston has done .during tho seven years of his occu j pancy of the district attorney’s office. lie said that Mr. Cranston had given ! faithful, able and long service to the j government, that he was held in tho | high esteem by courts and lawyers wherever he appeared, and that if Mr. Ward does ns well he will deserve the heartiest commendation. The taking of the oath of office made Mr. Ward the official district attorney at once, and from the moment it was taken be and he alone had power to sign documents and perform the other functions of the office. But for several days Mr. Ward and Mr. Cranston will be In consultation in order that tho great mass of information now held by Mr. Cranston may be made thoroughly familiar to Mr. Ward. A number of indictments are now pending trial in the Federal Court, and as a great part of the evidence has been gathered and classified under the direc tion of Mr. Cranston, it is considered likely that he will bo requested to as sist ir\ the prosecutions from time to time. Violations of postal laws, coun terfeiting. and" various classes of land frauds are the most important cases that Mr. Ward will have to prosecute. Judee Lewis Is now enjoying a month’s vacation In the South, having 'eft Denver last week. Judge Riner of Cheyenne will hear a few cases for him.