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tary , Mr. L. Darling. Juniata , Neb. , receive a certificate which will enable them to purchase round trip tickets at the usual reduced rates given to all state'assoclatlons. The State Alliance Is strictly a non-partl- zan association of fanners. Its object Is to advance the Interests of tlmfarmers of the state by any legitimate mcansThe tendency of the age seems toward organization. Nearly every class in the country is pretty thoroughly organized for the protection and advancement of Its welfare , except the farming class. This class needs organization as much or more than any otheV , as Its industry forms the basis upon which pearly every other industry is founded. In * the west , paiticularly , when the farmers are prosperous all other classes pros per , and when farming Is depressed other call ings suffer. So anything that tends to pro mote the welfare of the fanners Is also benefi cial to other classes. I cannot here go Into an arcument/or the organization of.farmers , but will merely say that unless they do organize , in conformity with the genius of the age. they will inevitably sink lower and lower in-tho social scale until they become merely the vic tims and slaves of the organized classes of so ciety. The Alliance forms a good rallying point. Its alms are broad , there Is no political test of membership , its principals receive the sanction of nearly all men who are Interested in the welfare of the state , and. the progress of its people. " * Brother farmers" , do not wait for each other. Each man1 for himself : Attend this meeting , and Induce one or more of his .neighbors to dose so , and thus make' the meeting a grand sue- cess. cess.The secretary has arranged an attractive programme , and the meeting will no doubt be -one of unusual interest. Yours truly , J. BUBBOWS. NEBRASKA DEMOCRATS is COUNCIL. The state democratic committee held a secret ses sion at the Commercial hotel , Lincoln , on the 23d. Thirty-four of the forty-one members were present personally or represented by proxy. The first business considered was the report of Chairman Child , of the executive committee , which detailed the work of the campaign and was .favorably received after considerable acrimonious 'debate. The matter of patronage was next brought up. Several members expressed the opinion that having won a great national victory the democratic party should reap the benefit. Alongresolu tion was introduced by Captain La Hue recit ing the gratification felt by Nebraska drmo- crats over the situation , commending the wis dom of the course pursued by the state com mittee , endorsing the action of the chairman in convoking the present meeting anil ordering that all applications for federal offices in this state be referred to the committee and acted upon by them before being forwerded to the president. Oa motion of Judge Crawford this resolution was tabled , bv a vote of 19 to 15. A rambling debate then followsd as to the advisability of allotting the work to a sub-committee , the avowed object being to prevent a scramble for office. The jurisdiction of this committee was to be con fined entirely to appointments affecting the ptAte at Jorge , postoffices , etc. , to be filled by -the people of tae location interested. Finally , the tabled resolution was called up again and. debated , when Mr. Clegg offered , as a substi tute , that the committee adjourn to meet at the Paxtonhotel in Omaha on the third Thurs day In March next , all applications for office in the meantime to be referred to Secretary May , and reported by him to the committee at its meeting. Mr. Clegg's substitute was adopted ana the committee adjourned. How NEBRASKA LOOMS. The way Nebraska looms up in the New Orleans exposition , says the Lincoln Journal , may be gathered from an extract given below. And right here let us say that the Texas commissioner to the ex- positlon has 300 assistants and unlimited cash. In fact there Is hardly a state but has sent twice the men and money this state has. Hence the more gratifying our success , and the greater necessity that the services s6 freely rendered should be properly recog nized. The Times-Democrat says ; Nebraska is fortunate through having Gov ernor Furnas for her commissioner to the ex hibition. This gentleman is dolug wonders for that young prairie stale In the way of a grand display of her resources and products. As people enter the government building they arc instantly attracted- the Nebraska ex- fa bit , which is one oC the most striking and tasteful in the bulldinir. Already the state has gained , through tier partly finished ex- hiLit.a reputation that is enviable , though but a hint of what the complete -whole will bilng. The corn display is really beautiful , us is that of the wheat and grasses. The man' ui'neturmsr and milling interests of the state arerepresented in an attractive manner. Ne braska Is surely rich in resources. Her horti cultural and dairy interests are well'repre sented. The display of this stat * yesterday was nearer perfec'than any In the building for state and government exhibit , and pre sented a magnificent and unique appearance. STATE IN BRIEF. Creighton's now school building is com pleted and occupied. Nebraska Is fifth In the United States as a live stock state , with 1,770,181 head. H. S. Garner , of Bancroft , killed a wolf last week that weighed eighty pounds. According to the Republican , many articles if ere stolen at the late fire in Tecumseh. At St. Helena 104 pupils are receiving nil the instruction they get from one teacher. fei The broom factory at Beatrice now employs eight hands and is turning out 300 brooms a day. day.While While out hunting , northwest of Unndllla , Harris Zlegler lost a pocketbook containing ttlO. ttlO.Work Work on the new church at Humphrey has been discontinued on account of lack of funds. . Dr A. C. No well , of Long Pine , while , , tem porarily insane , wandered out upon the prair'0 ' it night and was found frozen to death. Clinrlen Sommcrs , of Albion , fell from a o o , the animal at the same time glvJngnlm a patting kick , quite badly disfiguring his face. The little child of Mr. Lemmcr , of Hum- hroy , fell from a chair onto a red hot stove and was badly burned on its side of its face _ . . and head. Cold as the weather has been , there are nu- morouB peddlers in the state trying to take in tbo unwary. The best plan is to give them tbo go-by. A determined effort is being made by a large number of the citizens of Cedar county to remove the county scat from St. Helena to Hartlngton. The man John Smith , captured in Lincoln by Detective Pound and taken to Kearney has been indicted for forgery and for false impersonation. The well-known and long-established busi ness house of John L. McConnell , of Lincoln , has closed its doors. Cause , difficulties of making collections. The Beatrice barb wire works , owned by Thomas Howe , burned to the ground the other day. Loss on the building and machinery , $3.000. Insured for one-third. H. H. McLain , proprietor of the Clifton house , Lincoln , has disappeared , leaving not only his family but several large bills behind , amounting in tbo aggregate to $1,500. A young man at York , to whoso care had been entrusted a registered letter , broke open the same and took therefrom $100 , $90 of which was found in his possession. Now Pawnee county comes to the front with a lively corn busker , gathering in one hun dred bushels in fcven hours and forty-five minute ? . This is the best on record. Hon. J. E. Boyd , of Omaha , the pork packer , presented to each of his employes who Is 'at the head of a family a plump turkey for Christmas. It took over 100 birds to go around. The Beatrice Express ays that in Gage county the hog cholera has about quieted down. While therloss was serious In some droves , the spread of the disease did not be come general. The fourth annual meeting of the Nebraska State Farmers' Alliance will be held at the Academy of Music In Lincoln , commencing Tuesday evening , January 7th , 1885 , and con tinuing four days. A Nebraska lady , who was crossing the river from Covlngton to Sioux City the other day , broke through the ice. She was rescued by a gentleman near by , but was greatly chilled before being housed. The annual meeting of the Nebraska State Bee-keepers * association will be held at the court house in Tecumseh , January 14,1885 , at 2:30 p. m. Questions of general Interest to every bec-kceper will be discussed. Mipei i-ri sheriff put in an appearance in Nebraska a few days ago to get Clinton Wade , a murderer confined at York. The prisoner was taken to Missouri , where common report says he is guilty of thirteen murders , though three are only positively known. Mr. Howard Capper , of West Union , Custer county , went out to the barn and found one of his fine well-matched three-year old colts dead. After feeding the remainder of bis horses , be went to the house and took the nail and went to milk his cow , but fouud her dead also. The Creighton Pioneer says the fair-minded press of Netra&k'aare urging the nextlegis lature to frame laws regulating freight and passenger tariffs on Nebraska railways , and if the legislators are as zealous In their efforts ns the papers , there will be no trouble about its passage. The crossing of the Missouri river between Nebraska City and Eastport , which has been difficult to maintain during each winter , Is now to be spanned by an ice bridge , which the Burlington road Is building. Part of the ma terial is on the ground and the driving of the piles will begin at once. George Medlock , the sexton of Prospect HI. cemetery , Omaha , celebrated bis G2d birthday last week. He has been sexton of the cornel tery for 25 years and in that time has superin tended the work of putting in the ground the remains of nearly five thousand people. Omaha wants the state fair another five years and has taken the initiatory steps for securing the same. One meeting has been held and others will follow. A long pull , a strong pull , and a pull altogether seems to be the order of exercises. Lincoln and other towns will have to look well to their laurels. J. C. Bortncll. just from New Orleans , Sflys that on the streets of that city and in the street cars you can hear of Nebraska's fine display at the exposition. "Its all over town. " Nebraska day the day set apart for Nebraska's dress parade will be March 11 , on which' day she will be seventeen years and ten days old. A Lincoln judge married a couple a few weeks ago who returned the other day and asked the official to put aside the decree and set them free again. The judge informed them that while be had the power to bind he had no power to urbind. and as far as he was concerned they must remain as they were , at which they went away sorrowing. There are many different rules for measui- Ing cornln the crib. The following Is said by parties who have tested it to approach accuracy - curacy as nearly as any rule now known : "Multiply the length , breadth nnd height together to give the cubic feet. Multiply the product by five , and divide this last product by eleven. The result will be shelled bushels. " A Union Pacific yard brakeman named Wiltse , while In the performance of his duties at Omaha a few nights ago. fell from the top of a car to the ground , being so badly hurt rtbat death ensued in about one hour. He was 2Tyears of age , and leaves a wife in Lincoln with whom he had not lived for some time. He carried accidental insurance to the amount of § 1,000. 0 At a recent meeting of Rawlins Post No. 35 , c G. A. It. , of Beatrice , the following was unan- gj imiusly adopted : "Resolved. That our rep resentatives to the' department encampment , to be held at Beatrice. January 28th and 29th , be and are hereby Instructed to use all honor v able means to secure at Beatrice the next an- 8I nual reunion of the G. A. R , and that a copy ° of these resolutions be tendered to each rep resentative. " ' rj In the early part of the month , as is learned from the Albion News. Father Bristol , of St. Edward , left his home , attended Sabbath school , went home with his daughter , took dinner , arose and seated himself by the stove. Not ng fter , while walking towards the door , o was seen to falter , was caught , and died In n few minutes. It is supposed that paralysis of the heart was the immediate cause of his death. A Two young men applied at Spear's livery , in Geneva , for a rip to drive to Belvedere and * back. The team was furnished and the next day it was learned that the parties had dis posed of some mortgaged property and were of probably "jumping" the country. Spear started for Belvedere immediately where he . . * is.- * * found the team ; tbo men having become frightened by the- Inquiries of people who knew the horses , had skipped. George B. gamier , employed at Shlvcrick's furniture ! establishment in Omaha , after quit ting work the other evening started to ride tld down the freight elevator , ss had been often done . , and in the darkness sprang through tbo doors into the shaft at tbo fourth floor , expect ing to alight upon the elevator and ride down. Instead ; , the elevator having been lowered to the ground floor , the unfortunate man plunged headlong Into mid air , striking his feet against the sides in his descent , and fell to the floor of tbo elevator , three stories below - low , being instantly killed. Among the parties indicted by the last grand jury for perjury in making final proof on land entries , says the Omaha Herald , were S. A. Oliver , Hiram E. Edgar and James B. Harper , of the Sou'h Platte country. They are charged with making false affidavits on May 3,18S4 , before Judge Kent , of Franklin county , in reference to lands entered at the Bloomington office. Edgar and Harper were rounded up by the authorities , and appeared In court with their counsel , General O'Brien. They gave bonds In the sum of $500 to appear for trial. Oliver , who Is a resident of Furnas county , has not been reached yet. FORTr-EIQHTH COKORESS.I SENATE. WASHINGTON , Dec. 20. A message tros received from the house making provision for the naval service for thirty-one days from the 31st of December next. Vest called up the resolution objecting to Bfndimr thu proposed surveying expedition to Nicaragua. Logan , from the committee on military af fairs , reported the military academy bill audit passed without debate. It appropriates $309- BOO for the support of the academy for the next fiscal year. The house concurrent resolution providing for adjournment from to-day to January 5th- was taken up and not acreed to yeas 8 , nays 25. There was no quorum , whereupon the senate adjourned till Monday. HOUSE. The house resumed consideration of the inter-state commerce bill. Henderson ( la. ) moved to strike out that Bcction prohibiting railroad comnanies from charging greater compensation for carrying freight a shorter distance than a longer dis tance. He believed the section was deadly to the interest of the country. He represented the great agricultural interest. "W'ilson ( la. ) said ninety-nine times out of one hundred the section would be found to be all right , but he declared It would permit tlio rt-orst kind of discrimination against the fanners of Iowa. The amendinont of Henderson was rejected veas 57 , nays 118. Further consideration of the bill was post poned. . Randall moved that when the house ad journed to-day it would be to meet on Wednes day the 34th.- The constitution , he said , pro hibited the adjournment for more than three days without the concurrence of the senate. He asked the unanimous consent that it should be agreed that on the 24th further adjourn ment be had until the 27th , then to the 31st and then until the 5tb of January , and that on these days no business be transacted. SENATE. WASHINGTON , December 22. Sena tor Plumb Introduced a bill to establish an ad ditional laud grant in Dakota. On motion of Senator Manderson , the bill was passed extending to the port of Omaha the : provisions of the act relating to the Imme diate transportation of dutiable goods. Senator Blair called up the bill providing for a commission to examine into the liquor traffic. He said It was a bill already passed four times by the senate , but not acted on\by the house. The motion was opposed but * the till was taken up and passed 24 to 16. Senator Hale , from the committee on appro priations , reported , with amendments , the bouse bill making temporary provision for the naval service. The committee had amended die bill bv substituting for it the provisions ol the regular annual appropriation bill of the fiscal year ending June 30,1885. The bill will be called up to-morrow. SENATE. WASHINGTON , Dec. 23. Vest submit ted a resolution providing congressional speeches shall be printed as delivered , and when speeches are withheld for revision for more than one week , the speech shall be print ed as delivered. He supported the resolution in a vigorous speech , in which he said what was said and done in congress should be w hat it was , instead of a caricature as it was to-day. The senate in executive session amended the resolution providing for a holiday recess , sub stituting the 24th for the 20th as the date of the beginning of the recess. . Van Wvck moved to make swcial order for January 5th next the bill heretofore reported from the judiciary committee , declaring sub ject to taxation the lands granted to aid in the construction of railroads and telegraph lines from the Missouri river to the Pacific ocean , and to which lands the companies became en titled upon payment of the cost of surveying. Agreed to. SENATE. WASAINGTON , December 24. After disposing of the morning business the senate went into executive session. When the doors were opened the chair announced his signa ture to a concurrent resolution providing for a holiday recess and adjournment till January 5. HOUSE. Only fiftv members were present when the speaker called the house to order. Mr. Randall called up the adjournment resolution elution , and moved a concurrence in the sen ate amendment which provides that a recess shall begin to-day and last until January 5 , 1885. It was agreed to , and the house adjourn ed until the 5th. BRIEFLY TOLD. In .a difficulty at a dance at London , Ind , Christmas eve , Enoch Louge shot and killed Wm. Hogne. HReports from Europe say that Christmas was an unusually dull day on account of the prevailing hard times. City Marshal Harles Taylor , of Owcnsboro. Ky. , was shot nnd killed Christmas by a des perado who fab attempted to arrest. The schooner Melvino , with a crew of seven men , has been missing nearly two weeks , and fears are entertained she may be lost The Manitoba government has presented a claim for 510,000 against the dominion for ex penses in contesting the boundary question. George G. Lske , a retired dry-goods mer chant of New York , died from injuries re ceived by being knocked down by a street car. He aided Emma Abbott to obtain a mu sical education in Europe. Joseph A. Cooms , cashier o ! theMascrhotel , SL Louis , Mo. , drsappeared , taking with him Sl.GOO belonging to gue < ts and the bouse and several hundred of bis wife's money. He ran off with another woman. Miles Ogle , the noted counterfeiter , was ar rested at Memphis by M. G. Bauer , of the United States secret service. One thousand dollars in ten dollar counterfeits on the Third National bank of Cincinnati was found on big person. The Orange demonstration at Harbor Grace passed off quietly. The procession passed through the principal streets of the city un " molested. The Riverhead men , with a green flag , held their own citadel. The Orangemen abstained from intrusion on Catholic ground. war ship and a large police force pi evented any hostile demonstration. The charges preferred against Sergeant Holtnorth , of the signal service , growing out the alleged rifling by Holtnorth of Lieu tenant Greeley's desk , were forwarded by General Hazen to Lieutcnt General Sheridan. ' L , * IIn an interview General spoke in terms of Ic commendation of Sergeant Holtnorth , und said if a court martial is ordered In the case ho ( Hazon ) hopes ho will bo called as a witness for the defense. John T. Lee , a clerk in the mercantile agency of R. G. Dun & Co. , Montgomery Ala. , was sent to jail by a judge of the United States court because he would not give up the name and the original communication of A correspondent of the agency. The agency took tbo ground that the communication was privileged and under instructions. Leo wont to prison rather than reveal the secret of tbo agency's information. The second day's session offtho Iowa school teachers' association was devoted mainly to reading and discussion of papers on educa tional topics. Among these were "Tho Real Causes of the Poor Health of Our Girls , " by Miss Delia Night , of Oskaloosa ; "Causes of Poor Health of Boys. " by C. H. Guerney , of Shenandoah ; "School Ventilation , " by Prof. D. 8. Wright , of Cedar Falls ; "Physical Cul ture , " by C. C. Clarke , of Burlington. OAPITAXi BRIEFS. The senate has confirmed B. Platt Carpen ter , of New York , governor of Monana. In the contested election cose of McLean vs. Broadhead , of Missouri , the sub-committee , by party vote , decided to report to the full com mittee in favor of Hroadheud. Sergeant Oito Holtnorth , of the signal ser vice , sent wett by the secretary of war In search of Howgate , has returned and been re lieved from duty. Helstobecourtmartlulcd. Senate conflrmntlons Postmasters : John D. Hunter. Webster City , la. ; David W. Reed , Waukon , la. ; James B. Brown , Galena,111. ; A. T. Galbraltli , Flora , 111. ; John B.LIkking.East St. Louis , 111. ; Frank W. Palmer , Chicago , 111. ! J The annual report of the supervising arch ! tect of the treahiiry shows that plans for forty now public buildings were prepared during the year. In nearly all of which work is em- burrassed by insufficient appropriations or in- adequate limits of expenditure. The commissioners of Immigration at Gal- vestion , Texas , have notilicd the treasury de partment to close their contract with the de partment , to take effect in sixty days from December 9ih. Jtwill , therefore , be necessary to appoint new commissioners. The board of trustees of Columbian uni versity , at a special meeting , upon the unani mous recommendation of the faculty of its medical department , decided to admit women to the study of medicine in the institution with a'l the privileges ol instruction accorded to male students. The house committee on public lands is framing a bill designed to prevent the con tinuance of the monopoly of the western cat tle ranges by British landlords. The bill will provide'that if foreigners want to own big tracts of land in this country they must re nounce allegiance to their own country nnd become American subjects. Senator Pendleton has favorably reported from the foreign affairs committee the bill introduced by him to pay China the remain der of the Chinese indemnity fund now in possession of tbo state department. In the report on the bill the committee says the amount paid by China was largely in excess of all just demands , and recommend the re payment of that excess. The members of the committee on rivers and harbors , who remain during the recess , have been authorized to continue consideration of the appropriation bill for rivers and harbors , so that it may be reported to the house as soon as possible after the reassembling of congress. It is expected the appropriation will amount to $10,000,000. No consideration has yet been given to the proposed appropria. tion for the Mississippi river. FOREIGN NOTES. A gunboat will shortly proceed to Tierce , one ot the Hebrides , to assist in maintaining the Duke of Argyle's property , whore the crofters seized three forms. A Shanghai dispatch says the French minis ters have been ordered to inform China of any further negotiations unless the dispute must now be settled by the sword. Sentence was pronounced at Leipsic in the cases of the anarchists tried for an attempt to assassinate Emperor William at Nelder- waldt. Hcinsdorf , Rupsch and Kurthler were sentenced to death. Hotzchancr and Bachman - man were condemned to ten years penal servitude. Fire broke out in the parcel office of the Windsor railway station and burned rapidly for a while , but was soon extinguished. Among the debris were found some brass wheels and bottles supposed to contain explo sives. They are thought to bo the remains of an infernal machine. No clue to the person who left the machine. The Russians are advancing further into Afghanistan. The threats of France against the kingdom of Slam menace her friendly re lations with England so seriously that the London Times writes almost a bellicose article on the subject and all these things are aggra vated by the contemptuous and hostile tone of the press both of France and Germany. The Chinese minister at London has received an official dispatch asserting that there is a fearful amount of sickness attended by a high rate of mortality among the French troops In Tonquin. They are , moreover , so closely be leaguered they are unable to stir a hundred yards f rdm the forts , and as the Chinese are being constantly reinforced , the condition of the French garrison is daily becoming more : critical. Excitcmcnt'over the London bridge explo sion continues , and the efforts of the police us they follow each clew are being closely watche'd. The Scotland yard has put its best foot forward and a thorough and intelligent search is now being made which it is hoped will ultimately result in the capture of. the perpetrators. Nearly every fresh piece of in formation points to the three men who hired . a boat at Quenbite , nearSouthwarkbridge the afternoon of the explosion as the culprits. Burglars entered the store of Joseph E. King , of Des Moines , and secured about $4ifl. At Toledo , Ohio. Mrs. Louisia Lindthart , commonly known as "Old Mother Stahl , " 70 years of age , was found dead In her house. She had been strangled and the house robbed of all its valuables. William Fletos has been Incarcerated in the Mndbon ( Louisiana ) jail for robbery and hav ing threatened the lives.of all who aided in his arrest. A party of fifteen men took pos session of the jail and shot the prisoner to death. Amelia Voss , sister of Herman E. Voss , 342 "East Sixteenth street , New York , has been ar- restel on the charge of appropriating nearly 00,000 in cosh and bonds belonging to her brother , and which oho took from a box in the trust company's office. Warrants are out for the arrest of Charles E. Stephens , cashier of the Chicago , Wilrning ton & VermllHon Coal company , who is miss ing. The officers of the company decline to make a statement , but it is asserted on appar ently reliable authority that Stephens is short in his accounts to the extent of about 1 0,000. Gambling did it. A short time ago Joseph Racsldo , of Waukc- gan , Illinois , was brought before thu United States commissioners on complaint of the Clydesdale association , of Scotland , that ho bad concocted false- pedigrees to the associa- tlon's damage , und asking his extradition. A letter bos been received from Secretary of State Frclinghuysen deciding that the offense s not extraditable and Racsldo was released As the cast bound passenger train on the Southern Pacific was ncurlngthebridgo crossIng - Ing the Pccos river , In Texas , a number of tor pedoes exploded on the track , causing the en gineer to stop the train. Six cowboysboardcd the train with drawn revolvers and compelled tbo conductor to stop at Langtry. the next small station. At Langtry twenty more cow boys boarded , and took possession of the train. They were all more or toss under the influence of liquor. They amused themselves by shooting out all the window lights und lamps , and terrorizing the passengers. No one was robbed. POLITICAL NOTES. A meeting of farmers and stock raisers from all parts of Dakota was hold at Huron to organize a Territorial Farmers' Alliance. W. C. Houghton , of Brown county , v us elected president ; S. R. Montague , of Miner county , vice president : W. F. T. Bushnell , of Beadle county , secretary ; W. H. Phillips , , of Kings- bury county , treasurer. Resolutions were adopted asking1 for legislation in the interest of the farmers , limitation of Interest , rcducc tion in freight rates , and the taxation of rail roads , mortgages , invested capital , liens , etc. There is some reason to believe that the counting the electoral votes for president und vlcoprcsidentin the presence of the senate and house of representatives the second Wed nesday in February will not proceed without some Interruption nnd a protest against counting the electoral votes of one or more states in which , it is contended that the pre tended majorities for Cleveland and Hen- dricks were false and fraudulent. It seems probable that such a protest will bo ollcred by Representative Smalls in behalf ot a large majority of the qualified legal voters of South Carolina. SETTLERS Off ItAILROAD ZAXDS. Strong Hope That They Willie Given Reliefa ' Congress. A Washington dispatch says the bill for the relief of settlers and purchasers of lands on the public domain in Nebraska and Kansas provides that for the purpose of reim bursing persons who , under the homestead , pre-emption or other laws , settled upon or pur chased lands within the grant made by an act entitled "An act for a grant of lands to the state of Kansas to aid in the construction of the Northern Kansas railroad and telegraph , " approved July 23 , 1866. and to whom patents have been issued therefor , but agilnst which persons decrees have been or may be hereafter rendered by the United States circuit court on account of the priority of said grant made in the act above entitled , the sum of $ ' 250,000 , or so much thereof as shall be required , Is hereby appropriated. No part of said sum shall be appropriated to anyone until he shall have filed with the secrett tary of the interior a copy of the decree , duly certified , and also a certificate of the judge of said court rendering the same to the effect that such a decree was rendered in a bona fide controversy between a plaintiff show ing title under the grant made In the said act , anil a de fendant holding the patent or holding by deed under the patentee , and that the decision was in favor of the plaintiff on the ground of the priority of the grant made by said act to the filing , settlement or purchase by the defendant or his grantor ; and said claimant shall also file with the said decree and certificate a bill of the costs in huch case , and duly certified by the clerk and judsje of said court. Thereupon it shall be the duty of the secretary of tin- inter ior to adjust the amouut due to each defeud- ai. . on the basis of what he shall have paid , not exceeding ? 3.50 per acre for the tr.iet his title to which shall have failed as afon > ni < l and the costs. He shall then make a requisi tion upon the trcasmyfor the sum found to be due to such claimant , and shall pay the same to him , taking such release as shall forever bar any further claim agaiust the United States on account of the failure of the litle. When any person shall prove to the satis faction of the secretary of the interior that his case is like the case of those described iu the preceding portions of this act , except he C has not been sued and subjected to judgment , and that h < * iiec in good faith paid to the per son holding the prior title by the grant herein 1 referred to the sum demanded of him , w ith- out limitation , such secretary shall pay to such person such sum as he has so paid , not exceeding - J.5'J per acre , taKiug his release therefor. The bill was introduced fay Representative e Laird , of Nebraska , a year ago , aud has made such progress that it is now on the calendar as favorably reported by the committee on public lauds. The bill will become a law if it can be reached this session , and there are strong hopes for it. WORK OA' THE MISSOURI. Report of Slajor Sitter , of the U. S. Engi neers' Corps. The report of Major Charles R. Suter , of the United States engineers' corps , gives the fol lowing facts in relatiou to the work or remov ing snags and wrecks from the Missouri river T | last year : The operations on this stream extended "LP from the mouth to Kansas City , 375 miles. P The work done in the Missouri river was as follows : 901 snags pulled , 12 , ( > 1C weight in H tons ; 227 trees cut , and 17 dritt piles reinoved. _ S The estimates are : For building light- E draught fcnag boat , § 80,000 ; for operating three boat * , nine months each , at $4,000 per month , $108,000. The amount that can be profitably expended in fiscal year ending June , IbOJ , is therefore 188,000. At Nebraska City , Nebraska , the available balance being too small lor prosecuting the work to advantage , it was inuufinitcly closed up in the fall ami the plant \\us seut to fet. Joseph At Omaha , the revetment was extended down su'cutn to the bridge , a distance of 1,270 feet , and 2.5-0 feet of old work wsis rcpusred. I As this was all the work deemed necessary until 11 coniplcie scheme of channel rectifica tion is undertaken , the work was definitely cloe < 1 up ; and the plant transferred to Sc. Joseph. AI oioux City , Iowa , nothing was done , the balance of the allotment having I'cen ' trans ferred to Nebraska City. The burvey of tfce Mibsouri river from Lexinirton to Bponcville was continued , and the maps of this- survey are now completed. Work nas continued during the season on finishing and outfitting tn'enew plant , which consists of 3. > bHics. . for general use ; mattregs boats. SO feet wide ; 6 htdruulic graders , with quar ers lor crew ; 0 qiiarter-liouts , 120 men each ; 16 hydraulic pile- sinker , with quarters for crew ; lllouiing machine shop , 27 yawls. CO skiffs , and 1 totv- boac. A.yebraikan TraerJtitff Incog. A Chicago dispatch of the 26th says : "The morning papers say Dr. Miller , editor of the Omaha Herald , registered at the Grand Pacific yesterday under the name of "Dr. M. L. George , New York. " He held a long c-onfci- ence with S. Corning Judd , the Illinois mem ber of the national democratic committee. It is understood that Miller Is ou a political mis sion to President-elect Cleveland concerning the latter'8 treatment of rival factions in Ne braska , the Herald respectively by Dr. Miller and J. Sterling Morton , late candidate for governor of Nebraska. Dr. Miller expects to tenure ex-Governor Tllden's influence in bc- hulf of the Miller tucti n , and on this basis he hopes to wirld public patronace In Ne braska for the next four years. Dr. Miller admitted that he was on his was east , when teen hi t evening , but denied that his trip w 03 of a political character- A SOUND concern The telephone. FOR Hie Matter in the llantl * of a Thoroughly Jfbn-Partt an Coniinlttrr. The work of making appropriate arrange ments for the inauguration ceremonies , days a Washington dispatch , has been fairly begun. The twelve committees selected by the citi zens * committee of fifty are thoroughly nonpartisan - partisan nnd arc for the most part composed of excellent gentlemen , willing and compe tent to respond to the duties nsclgneil them. There will bo no difficulty In raising the funds necessary to meet all expenses. The decora tion of the city , the pyrotechnic display , the preparation or the pension building for the inauguration bull and entertainment of In vited guests will cost between 920.000 and ? 30- COO. But it is probublu that thu revenue from tbo aulo of tickets to the inauguration ball will fully equal the expenditures. Four years ago over 5,000 tickets for the ball ut $5 each wore sold , and the proceeds exceeded all of the inauguration expenses. Those who hud charge of the arrangements four years ago estimated that there were 175.000 visitors in the city. They now expect that over 200.000 visitors will bo present on the 4th of March. and they expect to dlopoHo of between 8.000 und Kl.OuO tickets for the bull. The citizens of Washington und all others interested with them in the work of prcpunilon are- determ ined to make the 4th a notable day in the his tory of the city und nation. FROZEN TO JtKAlII. Private Annailrl , of the Fort Laramie Gar 'rixon , Lout on the Wyoming Plains. Jumps Anuudel , a soldier of company H. Seventh infuntry.uus found dead about three miles Irorn Fort La ramie , Wyoming. He and IIa a eoldicr named Jensen loft the po.st to hunt. On their rt turn lute in the evening they be came separated. Jeneon reached the post in safety , but us Annabel was still missing the next morning , it was 1 eared thut he hurt bc- cotuo lost and u party UUH sent 10 search for him. The search was continued Irom the Ilith to < the 20th with the result as above stated. Ho was found lying on the pruirio , about two hundred yards from the roud between the post and Weber's ranch. Tncro appears to bo no doubt that he lost his way and. utter wandering about until exhausted , fro u to death. _ Clereland'H Cabinet. An Albany special says the report that Sen ator Bayard has been offered his pick of the cabinet positions , and has written to Governor Cleveland stating that ho preferred to be sec retary of tbo treasury , is not true. Governor Cleveland is authority for its denial. In the correspondence between Governor Cleveland and Senator Kayard since the lattur'rf visit to Albany , the question ot a cabinet position for himself or for some one else , or of patronage , has not been touched upon. During Mr. Bay ard's visit , it is understood thut the conversa tion was largely upon the turilf and the gen eral ; fiscal and financial policy of the next iid- minir < trutioii. Governor Cleveland's pub lished utterances on these subjects show that , irh the main , he is in accord with thu opinions held by Mr. Bayard. _ A. Great Ruiltcay Scheme. Articles of incorporation of the Chicago , Union Central & Atlantic railroad company have ; been filed with the secietary of state of Indiana. The document gives the details of a Iieri gigantic project which has lor its object the eriu ultimate connection of Chicago nnd Charles ton , S. C. , with u continuous line ot rullroud. The company contemplates the building of a line from the west boundary of Luke county on the Illinois border to ; t point ou the Ohio river In Swit/erland county by it decidedly zigzag course. Thu company lias u i-upiiul of $1,000,000 , and the directors for the first year are , W. B. Hammond , Suuuiul F. Huzzurds. Benjamin F. RUSK , A. Dule Owen , P. W. Bar tholomew , W. W Murphy und .lolin W. Dcdd. The articles do not indicate that all of the fctocK. bus been taken. End of a Celebrated Itleoree Case. The celebrated Sharon divorce case has been decided in favor of the plaintiir. The suit as brought by plaintiff. Miss Saralv Altea Hill , claiming to be the wife of Senator Sharon was for a divorce and division of the common property. Judge Sullivan rendered the decision. It is very comprehensive con- ttining20,000 words. Alter revieuinir the tes timony he conc.udcs by declaring Unit under the laws of California , the plaintiff is the legal witc ot Sharon and in as such enti'Ied to a divorce on the ground of wilful desertion and u division ot the common property. Thelut- icrise-tiinatcd to be worth slO.fAJO.flOi. The verdict is u. great surprise to the public. It , having been generally Mipposed from the con tradictory character ot the tCHtiinony that the plaintiir would have been non-buited. It Is believed Sharon will appeal. Two Cabint-t J'aiiliun.t Itlatetl. New York dispatch : Daniel Manning , Sen ators Gorman , of Maryland , and Garisnd , of aiA Arkansas , and William C. Whitney curne down on the nfternoon train from Albany and weru 01hi last night quartered at the Filth Avenue hotel. Among other prominent democrat ? congregated hero wcie Secre ary B. B. Snml- ley , of the national democratic committee : General J. JJ. Gordon ; ConvrCbSiucn-elcct Barns , of Georgia ; Colonel Vilas , of Wiscon sin ; John G. Priest , of St. Louis ; anil General Black , of Illinois. Two cabinet positions were slated during Senator ( jOrman'B x-isi' to Al- banv. and it is positively stated that William O. Whitlmr Is to be the next secn-tary of the interior , and Senator Garland attorney-gen eral. , THE MABKETS. OMAHA. WiTHAT-Np.2 , BAKLEV No.2 43'/4 < Sj 41 BR No. 2 37 ® 35 COHN No. 2 mixed 21 ? OATS No. 2 177 BUTEU Fancy creamery. . . . 27 28 BUTTEH Choice dairy 13 19 CHEESE Young America J4 EGGS Fresh 23 "i ONIONS Per bbl 1 48 Gi 1 75 CHICKENS Per doz. , alive 2 00 2 25 CHICKENS Dreseed , per lb. . . . 7 TUKKEYS Per lb J2 GEESE Per pound 11 Or."i APPLES Barrels 2 50 300 LEMONS Choice 6 00 650 POTATOES Per bushel I * ) * CATTLE Fat steers 3 23 375 Hofis Packers 8 i & 4 10 SHEEP Fat 225 Or. 275 HAY Baled , per ton 0 3J 700 NEW YORK. WHEAT No. 2 spring 81 © WHEAT Ungraded red COHN No. 2 February 415 ( OATb Mixed western UJ & CHICAGO. FLOUR Choice winter 4 75 % 5 ' 0 FLOUK Spring extra 3 75 < & 4 5J WHEAT Per bushel 71 li COHN Per bushel 35 OATS Per buihel 24 ; OKIv * * . . . . . . . * . * . . * * - * 10 ftJ' 10 I' . ' . LAUI > 0 G5 ( J 67 Hoes Pocking and shipping. 4 ) 4 51 CATTLE Exports 57" 2' MIEEP Medium to good 200 ST. LOUIS. 2'M WHEAT No. 2 red COHN I'cr bushel M OATS Per bushel 2555 CATTLE Exports 5 ft i w 5 75 SHEEP Medium 251 fe 325 Hoes Puckerb 4 15 Ci 4 'IJ KASAS CITY. WHEVT Per bushel 50 COHN Per bufehel * > - * OAT Per bushel at 24 CATTLE Exports r lu < ? 520 HOGS Medium tojrood 4 2J SHEEP Fair to good Chicago dispatch : Advices during the past week indicate that the financial condition of the farmers is such that they are obliged to sell their wheat Irrespective of price : that this movement will continue freely up to the first of January , after which there will boa de-ided falling off in receipts , and that the largest proportion of the crop will then have come forward : that a large proportion of the wheat now coining forward is the accumula tion of local elevators. Wheat at thi- time is stronger , closing firm at top prices , owing to a better tone' In private cables , which has brought in a good many shorts. Receipts are too lurve and shipments too limited to war rant any one taking the bull side except on breaks for a "scalp. " Corn is not very active and very little trad ing is done , the market closing at the follow- incprices. . Year , SiJ c : January. 33c ; May , STfic. " Some year corn has been delivered. Oats were veiydull. January sold at 24 = Ua and May at 2SJic.