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F. M. Sf E. M. K1MMELI- , Pub * . MoCOOK , NEB " NEWS OF NEBRASKA. A CHOCKED NKBrtASKAN OVERHAULED. The arrest In Canada a few days ago of J. Robert Willlamn , the David City ( Nob. ) forger , says the Omaha Herald , WAS the result of & rcmark- nbly clever piece of work by .an , amateur do * tcctiro. Williams loft David City early in Oo tobor last , after raising about $30,000 on forged drafts. Among his victims was S. II. Still , a lawyer at Bloomflcld. Iowa , who was caught for a considerable sum nnd determined to pond n little tlino and money in looking for the swindler. Still "wont to 'David City and mde n thorough scorch of Williams' effect * . 1 bo only thing of interest found was a piece f blotting paper , scarred all over with a network - work of ink qurks. Thinking that the soiled Hotter might furnish a clue to Williams' vrhcrt > aboiitBf Mr. Still Inspected It very close- Jv. ami di6tovcied that it had been used by Williams to dry n letter written to a friend just before his Illicit , in which he sold that ho was poln/r to Woodstock , Ontario. Mr. Still wrnto to ilie authorities ac Woodstock , giving n detailed description of Williams , and iu time received n ruplv stating that the swind ler was there , pretending to bo a capital ist from California ami had been ne- KOtfatlngfor some real estate. This settled till doubts in Mr. Stlli'sinind and he started at once for Canada. ArrK'ing at Woodstock ho secured the services of the chief of police and visited the Commercial hotel where Williams was stopping under the nameoT "E. " R. J. Williams. " The'offender was found in bed and at once taken Into custody and locked up. No money was found in bis possession. , Wil liams made no attempt to conceal his identity , but refused to return to Nebraska unless sent here by the Canadian courts. His lawyers , Messrs. Mncdougall and Robertson , will make a hard fight to prevent bis extradition. At the preliminary examination the judge do- elded that there was reasonable cause for holding the prisoner until proper evidence could bo procured and remanded him to jail. Mr. Still has made applications to the author ities at Washington for extradition papers , and returned to David City to get the neces sary le rol proofs of Williams' guilt. Wihiams is a sallow , pale-laced man , with long hair , who made a record m David City on his reli gious professions. Since the exposure of his rascality good evidence has been obtained showing tli at he was sentenced some years ago to seven years' imprisonment in California for similar crimes. He takes the affair very c.iolly , and does not seem to worry any over bis situation. T r STATE SCHOOL APPORTIONMENT. The De cember school apportionment ias just been made. The whole number of children of school age Is shown to be 208,436 , and the amount of the apportionment $164,804.85. The amount of i he June apportionment was § 303- 412.19 , making a total for the year of $468- 217.04. This docs not Include the payments on school land leases , which will come in on February , and which properly belong to 18S4. The amount derived from school land leases was $150,800.05. The apportionment by counties was as fol lows : Name of ' Number of Amount County. Scholars. DJC Antelope 3,003 S 2.2IJ300 Adams 4,248 3.342 75 Jloone . - . . 2,190 1.730 39 Buffalo 4,505 3.54498 Brown 1.2S6 l.tlll 95 Burt 3,653 2,874 54 Butler 5.292 3,377 37 Cass 0,723 5,200 32 Cherry US 7711 Cheyenne & Sioux 005 24000 Cedar 1,499 1,17956 Clay 4,54:1 : 3,514 09 Colfax 3,347 2,63375 Cumlng 3,151 2,47952 Custer 2,145 1,68790 Dawson 1,484 1,167 75 Dakota 1,015 1.294 45 DLxon 2,2 < X ) 1.778 39 Dodge 4.977 3.816 40 Douglas 13385 10.516 12 Fillmore 4.417 3,475 73 Franklin 2,083 1,639 It Frontier S45 ' 278 55 Furnas. . . 1.9J5 1.500 91 Gage 7,635 6,007 93 Greeley , . 1,237 973 Kl Gosper fcOS 635 81 Hall 4.105 3,23022 Hamilton 3,842 3,023 26 Harlan 2,039 1,62022 Hitchcock 2C6 20931 Holt 3.375 2,655 78 Howard 2,388 1,879 11 Jefferson 3,822 3,007 53 -lohnson 3,052 3,10982 Keith 26 20 < 5 Kearney 2.148 1,690 20 Knox 2.024 1.5U2 63 Lancaster 10,190 8,018 51 Lincoln 1,026 80735 Loup 203 163 67 ? Iidion 3.174 2,497 (52 Meniok 2,415 1,90036 Nance l.OOJ 793 98 Nemaha _ 4.678 3,681 SO Nuckolls 2,302 1,858 65 Otoe 6,574 j.173 03 Pawnee . ' 3,212 2,527 52 Phelps 1,424 1,12054 Pierce S.I 68617 Platte 4.225 3,224 65 Polk 3 W ) 2,572 37 Red Willow. . . . , 1,185 89313 Richardson 6,820 5,36(565 Saline 6,411 5,044 81 Sarpy 2,024 1,593 68 Baunders 7,007 5.513 80 Seward 5.074 3.99273 Sherman 1,339 1,053 65 Stanton 1,021 80343 Tunycr. . . . . . . . . . . . 3,185 2.R06 27 Valley 1,705 1,341 66 Washington. , 4,376 3,443 47 Wavne 913 71843 Webster . - . 3,147 2,47337 Wheeler -432 33994 York . ' . 5,020 3,954 95 STATE HORTICULTURAL MEETING. The an nual meeting of the Nebraska state horticul tural society will be held in the capltol at Lin coln on Wednesday , January 21 , 18S5 , at 4 p. m. Farmers , fruit growers , nurserymen , gard- ners and all who are interested in horticul tural progress , in this and neighboring states , are invited to attend and take part in the dis cussion. The information gained at these meetings is of more value to a practical man than years of experiment. Those expecting to attend should send to the secretary for certifi cates allowing the purchase of tickets on the IJ. & M. and U. P. railways at one and one- fourth-fare for the round trip. J. T. ALLAN , Secretary. ' To TEE. BEEKEEPERS OF NEBKVSKA. The next" annual meeting of the Nebraska State Beekeepers' association will be held in the court house at Tecumseh , Neb. commencing at 3 o'clock p. m. , January 14th 1SS5. and con tinuing until 12 m. , January IGt Certificates entitling the holder to reduced rates on the railroads can be had by addressing the secre tary , M. L. Trcster. Lincoln , Neb. Action up on the subject of foul brood is imperatively demanded if we would preserve our industry , and no beekeeper can afford fo be absent. Other mattcrs-of great Impojtance will be prc- . THE STATE IN BRIEF. Several Almaites have already gone to the exposition. Hastings has the electric light and uses six ty-four burners. * Crete nurseries paid ? 12,000 for labor during the past season. The Nebraska legislature will begin opera tions on the Cth of January. A medical society ic about to be organized in ThaycT county. The ice harvest is now being energetically pushed all l ng the line. wouM-Iio postmasters are in Petitions nom j c.icJiu.0. m several toiriis. , Omaha did a wholesale and retail trade the past year of about J25.000.0CO , A fine building , to be used as a machine shop , Is going up at Orleans. At Lodge Pole last week four cats were found frozen to death in a barn. The contract has been let for grading fifty- two miles of railroad west from Gordon. Dipthoriahas appeared at Alma and in one instance thus far reported has proved fatal. The broom factory at Beatrice now employs eight bands and is turning out 200 brooms a day. day.Ponder Ponder is the name of a new town on the Omaha reservation and is said to be growing lively. The city steam laundry works of Wilklns & Evans , at Omaha , were partially destroyed by flre lostweek. Near Lodge Pole , the other night , a train of cars ran into a drove of cattle , killing seven teen head of them. On and after January 1st , 1885. dally mail service will be rendered between Broken Bow and New Helena. Pass it along , the line that Nebraska's ex hibit at the Now Orleans exposition is "sim ply immense. " : PlaInviow talks of valuable improvements to bo made the coming year. John O'Brien , ot Fontanelle , Iowa , arrived in Omaha last week with both bands frozen. A man named Kady has been Indlctel by the grand jury of Kearney for abusing his family. Tho-ice gatherers pro busy securing an ex cellent crop of the summer luxury. An un usual quantity * ill be stored. ' Some of Tccumseh's business men who had their goods destroyed by the recent fire will open out again at an early day. The ravages of diphtheria and scarlet fever brought sorrow to a good many Nebraska honjes during the holiday season. A dozci frame residences are now in differ ent stages of completion in Kearney. The cold weather has put a stop to operations. The fall term of the Arapahoe public schools closed with good results , notwithstand. ing the crowded condition of the schoolrooms. The B. & M. R. R. made Gage county accept able Christmas gift by passing over to the treasurer its taxes for the year. The amount paid was $18,353.80. A desperate fight occurred in a West Point saloon , in which one of the contestants was badly cut on the bead with a hatchet The new Baptist church at Fairfleld was dedicated on Sunday last. Rev. Harris , of Omaha , delivered the dedicatory sermon. Polla Adamson , of Pierce , while oiling ma. chlnery in the mill at that place , caught his hand in the gearing and had it badly crushed. Cold as the weather has been , there are numerous - merous peddlers in the state trying to take in the unwary. The best plan is to give them the go-by. C The governor's message will soon be along' telling of affairs of the state , and this will be followed by doings of the legislature which is about to convene. The well-known and long-established busi ness house of John L. McDonnell , of Lincoln , has closed its doors. Cause , difficulties of making collections. Fort Mitchell is becoming a great feeding post. Immense sheds are being erected , with a view to feeding bulls and poor cattle during the inclement weather. Messrs. William F. McMillan and J. A. Grif fiths have been appointed assistant general freight agents of the Union Pacific railroad , with headquarters at Omaha. A petition lias been circulated at Aurora for signers , petitioning the incoming legislature to submit a prohibition amendment to the people of the state of Nebraska. j The new Methodist church of Pleasant Hill , eight miles north from Kearney , was dedicat ed last week. An indebtedness of $600 was cleared up at the dedicatory service. The low price of grain and losses in hogs makes it utterly iinpossib.e for some farmers to pay their taxes this year. Th'e legislature is expected to furnish some eort of relief. The eighth annual session of the department encampment , G. A. R. , will be held at Beat rice , January 28th and 29th. Headquarters will be established at the Randall house. The C. , B. & Q. cars come through from Chicago cage to Lincoln now. Heretofore they have been set off at Pacific Junction , which caused a change of cars in order to reach Lincoln. A special election will bo held in Cedar county January 20th for the purpose of allow ing the electors to decide whether or not the county seat shall be removed from St. Helena to Hariington. The Indian industrial school at Genoa now numbers 157 pupils. Of these 21 are Winneba- goes , three Poncas , one Omaha , and the re mainder are Sioux from Yankton , Pine Hidge and Rosebud agencies. Fire broke out in the largo dry goods estab lishment of Grunebaum Bros. , Omaha , the other night , and although the flames were soon quenched , great damage resulted from water , aggregating $25,000. 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 , 18S5 , and con tinuing four days. The police of Schuyler have the names of about forty boys who have been stealing coal from the railroad company , and it is probable that their parents will be called upon to pay for their depredations. Indians have recently been encamped near Alexandria , where they busied themselves in drying und smoking the carcasses of three or four cattle presented them by farmers , the same having died from smut. J. P. Curry , living northwest of Shelton , made an attempt to commit suicide by taking about two-thirds of an ounce of laudanum and a teaspoonful of aconite. He was saved by the timely arrival of a physician. Domes tic trouble. Two Omaha policemen , while on duty , met in a saloon at 4 o'clock in the morning and had a regular set-to of . .several rounds which was desperate and damngi"g to the participants. Both of the cops have been suspended pend ing an investigation. On account of the terrible epidemic of diphtheria and scarlet fever Christmas festiv ities at the churches in Fullerton were sus pended. In that town in one week death en- tered'tKe-horaes of five citizens and carried off-seven children. 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 v\ ill begin at once. Representative Laird met with a severe ao cident while out riding in Washington New Year's day. His horse slipped on the pave * mentand fell , throwing him to the ground and falling upon him , breaking his right leg above the ankle. Ph > sicians say he sustained n compound fracture. 1 he members of the German Luthern church on Elk Creek , three miles west of the town of the same name , will erect. In the spring , a new hou'o of worship oC large proportions. The main building will be GOxW Icet , nnd a school house will bo put up adjoining which will bo 24x80 feet In dimensions. The building will be brick , Fostofflco changes in Nebraska during the week cndln ? December 27th : Established Peake , Buffalo county , Jennie Peako , post master. Postmasters appointed Alnsworth , Brown county , U. B. Rlppey ; Leigh , Colfax county , Frank J. Smith ; Lillian , Custor coun * ty , James O. Bates ; Logan , Sioux county , Wilson Smee. A "thousand scorpion tails , " saya the Ful Icrton Journal , would come very handy Just now to use on the man who hitches his team out in the cold , while ho toasts his shins for an Indefinite leugth of time by some grocery flre. No man has any business to bitch his team out of'doors more than ten minutes at a time when the mercury is below zero. 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 he had the power to bind ho had no power to unbind , and as far as he was concerned they must remain as they were , at which they went away sorrowing. The Cedar Rapids Era says that last week as the mail tnrrier between Scotia and Cum- minrsvillc was crossing the Cedar river be tween Morau and Middlcport , the heavy How of ice then an swept the horse arid moil cart down the stream into deep water , and but for the timely arrival of some farmers near , the mail carrier would have been drowned. The mail pouch was saved , but the horse and cart were lost. Sealed proposals for locating the Nebraska state fair for five years will bo received and considered by the stutD board of agriculture at its coming annvul meeting , Lincoln , on the third Tuesday (20th ( ) in January , 1885. The board , in considering propositions presented , will reserve the right to award the most ad vantageous , all things considered , or to reject any or all. Laing Bros. , near Sidney , lost a thorough bred Kentucky stallion last week and the sup position is that he was killed by a mountain lion which has been seen twice near their ranch. The ground about where the horse lay when found was covered with blood and torn up , showing that there had been a terri ble struggle between the animals. A snit for $40,000 damages for slander has been brought by J. E. Brown and wife , of Johnson county , against Thomas Wright , W. S. & Wm. Holdcn , and John Carroll , all parties lo the suit being resident neighbors in the Helena precinct , the same county. The suit rows out of the "Stinic .Finger Magazine , " which was circulated in that precinct and vicinity some months ago. A fatal accident occurred at Hastings last week in Olivet's elevator. Mr. Guyer looks after the machinery and while stooping over a t tumbling rod to fix a grain chute , his clothes were caught by the rod and he was jerked for ward and under the rod , breaking his neck and killing him instantly. His bead was bad ly crushed and arms bruised , but no bone broken. His coat was torn clear off. The Philadelphia Press thus speaks of Dr. Miller , of the Omaha Herald : "Western pa pers generally have regarded as a joke the candidacy of Dr. George L. Miller , of Omaha , for a cabinet position , but in New York state have treated Dr. Miller's candidacy in all seri ousness. Miller's intimacy with Mr. Tilden , Governor Seymour and other prominent dem ocrats of New York is said to have given him special claims for consideration at the hands of the incoming administration. Another victim of the careless handling of a gun , says the Schuyler Herald , happened to be a boy named Marohn , living about eight miles northwest of Schuyler , near C. Marohn's the victim's uncle , On Wednesday an older brother loaded a shotgun and while in the act of putting a cap on it , it was discharged , tb , o entire charge entering his bowels. He lived until the next day when death ended his suf ferings. The Fairfleld Herald notes that times are brightening up wonderfully since the advance in the price of corn , nnd any day after ten o'clock from fifteen to twenty-five loaded wagons await their turn to unload at the ele vators in that place. The Indian industrial school at Genoa now numbers 167 pupils. Ot these twenty-four ai o Wmnebagos , eight Poncas , one Omaha and the remainder Sioux from the Yankton , Pine Ridge and Rosebud agencies. Seven boys are taught carpenter work , a regular detail of boys work the farm of 320 acres. The girls are taught sewing and laundry , besides keep ing the dining room , kitchen , dormitories and halls in order. The products of the farm lust year was 100 bushels of vegetables , l.&jO of ats and 5,000 of corn. Henry Cordls , well known in Platte county as a real estate agent nnd for some time of the firm of Cordis & Hammond , of Columbus , was found the other night at the bottom of the stairs leading into the coal cellar of their of fice in an insensible condition , with a deep gash in the back part of the hesd at the bate of the brain , evidently caused by contact with large lumps of coal on which his head was resting when found. Cordls died in a very short time after being found. It is supposed e fell down stairs. The year 1884 has been one of the most sue1 1 ccssful Omaha has ever experienced. The buildings erected and the business done are far in excess uf any previous year. The amount expended in street improvements ap proximates nearly a million dollars. Her outlay for buildings , public and private , is away beyond any previous year. A late num ber of the Omaha Excelsior shows illustra tions of some of the res donees eiectedthe past year , which exhibit architectural skill of a high order. The cost is put down , at from S10.COO to § 35,000 each. Mrs. McDougall , mother of Alexander and John McDougall , says the Schuyler Herald wasiou d deal in her bed about Monday noon. The old lady since coming to town has lived alone in a small bouse near E. E.'Green- man's , and on Mondav , seeing no signs of life about the house , after waiting until near noon. Mr. Grcenman knocked at both doors and receiving no answer ho looked through the window and saw that she was still in bed- The door was then broken open and it was found she was dead. Everything seemed to indicate that she had passed away while The deceased was 8C j ears old. T/ie "Rebel Spy's" Daughter Married. Miss Grace Harding Hammond , the daugh ter of Belle Boyd , known as the "Rebel SpjV was married nt Dallas , Texas , on the 3uth , to Ray Charteris. a young Englishman about 21 years of age , who claims to be the earl of Kenwwood. For nearly a year past Charteris has been employed in iha' city as an instrui- tor in elocution. ' 1 hebride is the daughter of .Belle Boyd by her first husband , her mother having recently obtained a divorce from her second husband , John S. Hammond. Congressional Antagonism , The Washington Star says : The feeling of antagonism , for it amounts to that , between the house and senate seems to increase rather than diminish. It has reached a point in which party sentiment and affiliation are sunk in the opposition of one house to the other. The democrats and republicans of the house join in condemning the senate for what they term a despotism to usurp the entire legisla tive functions of congress. BRIEFLY TOLD. The cattle growers of Cuba show much dlo satisfaction regarding the treaty stipulations referring to American cattle , beef and meat of all classes. The Warm Springs hotel at Warm Springs , N.JC. , waa burned. It was one of the largest hotels in the south. Nothing was saved. Loss $100,000 ; insurance , $50,000. Dr. William H. Thorndlke , one of the best known and roost skillful surgeons in the coun try , died suddenly of pneumonia at his home in Boston , at the ago of CO years. The principal clearing houses of the United States report that the gross exchanges for the week ended December27th were $029,150,877. a "decrease of 24.1 per cent compared with the corresponding week of a year ago. , Mrs. Mary E. Cody , stepdaughter of Sol White , a prominent Canadian member of par liament , was arrested at Detroit for forging her mother's name to a note for $200 and get ting money thereon from the First National Bank of that city. . Owen Skinner , of New York , alias H. M. Scudder , who , it is alleged , swindled a large number of people , including James Gt. Blalno , out of money , has been arrested in an action begun by H. M. Muusell. C. B. Simmons , local treasurer of the Louis ville and Nashville railroad , has disappeared. His accounts are $31.000 short. It Is supposed that ho lias gone to Canada. The company Is thought to be secured by his bond. Near Miles City , Montana , while a sheriffs posse was seeking to arrest Slayer Sullivan. DocCharlin and a 3 year old child were shot dead at the cabii door. Sullivan was subse quently jailed and lynching is probable. It is estimated there has been a decrease of nearly $400,000 in the public debt during Do cember. Receipts have been light and the disbursements heavier than usual. Payments on account of pensions amounted to $3.000,000 Mrs. Williams , near Dahlgrcn , Hamilton county , 111. , while in a fit of mental depres sion , threw one of her children , a little girl , into a well and attaching another still youngerf to her dress jumped in herself and all three were drowned. Advlceo from northern Texas say very little damage was done to stock by the recent cold weather and severe storms. Some herds drifted southward for nearly two hundred mi'es , but they arc being gathered up and driven back to the points where they belong. John Thompson and Henry Couch , young farmers living three miles from Richmond , Mo. , quarrelled about the horses of the former breaking Into the latter's field , when Thomp son struck Couch with a fence tail , inflicting injuries wh.ch resulted in his death in a few hours. John Hockaday , a farmer residing in An drew county. Mo. , left home at noon to chop wood a short distance from his residence. The sound of his ax not being heard , his little girl went after him at four o'clock , when he was tound lying dead by the side of a tree he had been chopping. The inauguration committee decided to send an invitation to General Hancock to act iis4rrand marshal of the inauguration parade , Colonel Berrett , chairman of the committee , informed the committee that he had an inter view with General Sheridan in which the lat. ter stated that if General Hancock would ac cept the invitation he would be given every opportunity to attend to the duties of the of fice. It is reported in Washington that Jay Gould is to stop in Washington three or four days on his way to Florida. His object is to present arguments to senators for passing the Pacino railroad debt extension bill. Some of the shrewder railroad agents are urging him not to do so , as they think any active show of in terest on his part will harm the roads much more than it will help them. The state conference of Illinois prohibi- tion'sts at Decatur listened to an address of two hours' length by St. John and appointed a committee of five with instructions to pre pare an address to the- people of the state on a prohibition amendment. A committee was also appointed to prepare a plan of better organization to be submitted to the executive committee of the state organization. The charges preferred against Sergeant Holtnorth , of the signal service , growing out of the alleged rifling by Holtnorth of Lieu tenant Greelcy's desk , were fonvarded by General Hazen to Lieutent General Sheridan. In an interview General spoke in terms of commendation of Sergeant Holtnorth , nnd said if a court martial is ordered in the case lie ( Hazen ) hopes ho will be called as a witness for the defense. POLITICAIi NOTES. Samuel J. Randall arrived in Nashville , Tenn. , on the 30th. Replying to a speech of welcome , Mr. Randall said : "It gives me great pleasure to be here. I know but one country and one brotherhood. 1 am proud to be with you. " The Chicago Daily News prints a fac simile of the forged tnlley sheet of the Eighteenth ward election returns , together with the nu- merous fac similes of Wm. J. Gallagher's handwriting , " "nd the charge Is made that the prima facia case against the accused , by this showing alone , will require strong evidence tobake the conclusion of nis vuilt , A conference of democrats has bten called to meet at DCS Moines , Iowa , Januarys , at which time the Hawkeye club , a young men's democratic organization , will give them a banquet. The conference is called to confer about the next state campaign and the policy to bo adopted , and to decide whether to call an early or late convention. Mr. Randall has gone on a southern trip. A friend says ho goes south at the earnest re quest of a number of iron manufacturers , and it is expected to teach Alabama , Tennessee and Georgia protection after the Pennsylvania plan. "And , " said this gentleman , "thatis all. He is the only tariff man that has ever been invited into a special section of the country. " United State's Supervisors Rowe , of Trenton. N. Y. , is in dispute with Attorney General Brew ster respecting the pay of United States marshals and supervisors at the recent elec tion in New York state. Rowe says the mar shals and supervisors should bt > paid for six c and a half and seven days' work. The attorK noy general has written Marshal Decon det clining to pay for more than three das * \ \ ork. fla The matter will probably be taken to the court at of claims by some supervisors. 1tl A Washington dispatch says : Within the tls past few days there has been considerable s talk among democrats about ex-Senator Thuri ( man being selected for a place in Mr. CleveC land's cabinet. This revival in behalf of Mr. " Tburman has doubtless been start d by the j report that the presidont-elecc has made numr erous inquiries about the ex-senator of the gentlemen who have recently visited him. It seems to be generally accepted that Mr. Bay- ard will bo given the. treasury department , as be is believed to have Indicated preference for that place , and that the state department will 2d go to Ohio , the claim lying between Pcndlcton ' u andThurman. n ni. ( i. FOREIGN NOTES. i jj A severe earthquake shock was experience 1 P inCorinthirt. Considerable duuiajre a- , done in ] to numy buildings. An earthquake was also c felt in Wales , and many houfcco were injured. Official advices from Tonquln report that the French have made an advance from Tuy- cnquan and met the Chinese forces and en gaged and defeated them , inflicting severe losses. The French loss was trifling. General Brlcro do Lisle telegraphs that ho has been Cghting pirates near Hong You for several days and kllcd three hundred and cap tured two guns. The French troops are in ex cellent health and spirits. Sentence was pronounced at Loipsio in the cases of the anarchists tried for an attempt to assassinate Emperor William at Nclder- waldt. Reinsdorf , Rupsoh and Kurthlor wore sentenced to death. Hotzchaner and Bachman - man were condemned to ten years penal servitude. The negotiations with France for the neu tralization of the territory of the African In ternational association have been renewed at Paris. Bismarck sent a special communica tion to Prime Minister Ferry urging him to withdraw bis opposition to the scheme. Religious riots attended with bloodshed are reported from the Sicilian town of Cottale. The priesthood has abused its power over the common people to such an extent that a mob of nearly one thousand persons , armed with clubs , scythes and stones , entered the cathe dral and utterly demolished the Interior. A manifesto has been issued by the Austro- Hungarian democrats of Paris and circulated in Vienna and Pesth warning workmen against anarchist limitation and advising that combined action be taken to break the coali tion between the clericals and aristocrats. The people are also urged to refain from per secuting the Jews. Fresh details received from the districts in which the earthquake shock was the severest add new horror to the calamity. At Norja , a " town of 5,000 people , In the province of Mai- ega , the earthquake was followed by a hurri cane. This finished the destruction of many houses intithud already been brought to the brink of r.iin. The inhabitants fled in terror from their houses outside of town. Much suffering was caused by the scarcity of provi sions. The alarm in Malaga is now subsiding and affairs will soon resume their ordinary course. CAPITAL BRIEFS. Mr. John Gilmcr Speed will spend some tinr > in Washington in the interestof the Amerlci..i exhibition , to be held in London , commencing in May , lbS6 , and continuing several months. This Is to be exclusively a dl-plny of arts , manufacturers' products and resources of the United States. The house committee on coinage , weights and measure will consider Buckner's bill to stop the coinage of silver dollars , shortly af ter the reassembling of congress. Bland , chairman of the committee , says he will op pose the Buckner bill and favor a measure providing for a free and unlimited coinage of both silver nnd gold. The secretary of the navy has sent the fol lowing to egram to all commandants of navy yards : "Discharge all employes who have hitherto been paid under the sLx months ap propriation act except those required to prevent - vent the destruction of property and loss of life , and all sueh must work without agree ment for compensation. " The inauguration committee desires that organ zations intending to visit Washinirton on the 4th of March should communicate to the committee the number of persons in cluded in the organization , their intended stopping place , and other particulars , so that positions in the line of the procession may be reserved for them and other necessary ar- arngements made. The director of the mint has estimated the value of the standard coins of the various nations of the world to be proclaimed by the secretary of the treasury January 1 , i8&5. The price of silver tor tee last three months , coin , pared with Its price for the corresponding period in 1883 , declined from $1.11413 to 31.090465 per fine ounce , which give a reduced valuation for the silver coins of countries where silver is the sole standard of value of the actual circulation. The bill of Representative Tucker , of Vir ginia , to repeal all Internal revenue taxes upon tobacco , provides that all laws and parts of laws which impose internal revenue upon snuff , smoking and manufactured tobacco of every description , and upon cigars , cheroots , cigarettes , in all forms made of tobacco or any substitute therefor , and upon pedlers or dealers therein , or manufacturers thereof , of every description , whether named expressly or included by implication in any law of the United States shall be repealed and ceases to be in force. PZ.4JT.VTJJC/C JvKOJI JiJJECIlEK. Zfe Touches on the Alleged Disaffection Grow ing Out of Politics. New York dispatch : Beecher , after he had concluded his sermon to-day , touched on the alleged disaffection oi his congregation owing to his action in the late campaign. He alluded to his forty years pastorate and he said that he had never mixed politics with his theology In the pulpit. He said that ho did not know how far the trouble had spread , but only learned it from i.ewgpapers. If there were any pew holders offended he did not know them. He had hoped that the republican party , which hud d ne so m eh lorthenation , would get wisd * m , but he was bitterly disap pointed. He would have shed tears of joy if that party bad put in its plattorm a welcome to the south and made one of its jireat caud- dutes a southern man. 'lhat under certain conditions he 1id evr-rythinir wisely , he would not say : ho made no statements he would not now make in a better lipht. and his congiejiation should have had confidence enough in him not to have taken his imp tuous speech making a special plea and distort its application. As far as his political judgment and endeavors were con cerned he looked upon them with unfeigned a admiration. Tiserc were mistakes ami errors. He was sorry for them , and apologized. In relation to pew rents , he did not care if they were diminished. He had lived on a salary of 51.5'fl when he flrst became the pastor and it necessary could live upon it no * . If there 35 was a majority In the church , or a stro p minority who no lonirer wanted him , he would po If the treat majority wished him to stay , ho would die with them , and noihing would drive him away. If he staved , the congrega tion would have to receive him , not on pitch- iorks , but in the palms ot their hands. a Oklahoma "Boomers. General Hatch expects t o move on Oklahoma t early this week. Seven companies of the V Ninth cavalry and one company of the Twen ty-fourth ; infantry , and forage stores for n fifty days' campaign , are being concentrated Caldwell , Kans. , and sent to the iront There is no particular excitement over thf matter , as the local boomers have abandoned the idea ot Invasion. The3 want congres sional : action. Xo couriers have arrived from the sedt ot war in the past tew days. Tne latest report is that Lieut. Day was close to t Crouch's colony , on the Cimarron , and that neither party is strong enouph to capture the other. Child's play will cease when General Hutch : strikes the colony if they do not move eaceably. A Paymaster Goes Wrong. Paymaster W. . Smyth , who disappeared of from Savannah with f5/00 of government funds , appeared at the war department on tht and voluntarily em-rendered to the pay- innsu r general. Hf turned over | 5.1 > > of thi money he cuiricd oil. his pay for Dc < embei S2.1U ) ami SitO p-nil lor him by u friend nm- iiiirtull the an.omit uinbt-1/.luri. s.u > tli * > ! he went imitfr | > r 'H mi liiiiin < < nd kn - \ notlui jrot hiufcxiint - - till liti und liius-e " .NCI * Vurn. in-tliun t. lcirriiiii | ij ni * c'c tliiv he u < iiii < l r.-turii mimed. , tc-lv. i tit c clllilu'l III T uidliiAvivcr. . to jro to v. jvl Hilton an > > ip > jit to .lie pa tn tur xtn nt. 240 am : jvarir POLITICAL A Letter from President- Cleveland In WMcti He Dieutet Party and Patronage. Following Is the letter of Governor Cleve land on dyll service reform which has called out such strong endorsements from the pres and public men Irrespective of party. The letter was written In answer to one from George William Curtis and other members ot the National Civil Service Reform League. commending the civil service reform move ment to Mr. Cleveland's attention : DEAR 8m : Your communication dated De cember 20th , addressed to me on behalf of the National Civil Service Reform League , ha * been received. That practical reform lu the civil service- demanded Is abundantly estab lished by the fact that the statute referred to has been passed In congress with * ho assent of both political parties ; nnd by the further fact that a sentiment Is generally prevalent among patriotic people calling for a fair and honest enforcement of the law which has been thus enacted. I regard mvsclf pledged to this , because ray conception of true democratic- faith nnd pub lic duty requires that this and all other stat utes should be , in peed faith ami without evasion , enforced , and l ccau in many utter ances made prior to my election as president. approved by the party to which I bclouc. and which I have no dlsjx > sitlou to disclaim , I have In effect promised the people that this should be done. I am not unmindful i.f the fact to which you refer , that many of our eltizeus fear that the recent party change in the national rxwnitlvu may dcmon'stratc that thi > abuses which ha\o grown up in the civil service an Ineradicable. I know they are deeply rooted , an1 that the , spoils system has been su | > i > G.seil to be inti mately related to succcs * it ; the of party organization , and I am not it : re that all those who profess to be friends of this re form will stand firmly among its advocates when they find it obstructing their way to pa tronage and place. But fully appreciating tin : trust committed to my charge , no such consid eration shall cause a relaxation on my part of an earnest effort to enforce thi. law. There Is a class of government positions which are not within the letter of the clvilser- vlcc statute , but which nre so disconnected with the policy of an administration that a re moval therefrom of the present iiicHrabrn's. In my opinion , should not be made during the terms for which they are appointed , solely on partisan grounds , and for the purpose of put ting In their places those who are in political accord with the administrative power. 15 nt mauv now holding such jxisltlnns have. forfeited ail just claim to a retention , because they have used their places , for party purposes in disregard of thdr duty to the people , and because , instead of being di-crut public ser vants , they have proved themselves offensive partisans and unscrupulous manipulators ot the local party management. The lessons of the post should be unlearned , and such officials , as ell as their successor * . should be taught that rllicleucy , litncas and ' devotion to public duty are the'condltions of their continuance in public place , and that a quiet and unobtrusive exerdse of Individual political rights Is the reasonable measure of their political service. If I were addressing none but party friends I would deem it entirely proper to remind them that , though the coming administration Is to be democratic , a due regard for the pee ple's Interest does not permit faithful party work to be always rewarded by appointment to office , and to say to them that , while demo crats may expect all proper consideration , selection for oflicc not embraced within the civil service rules will be based upon sufficient inquiry as to ; .tncss , Instituted by the e charged with the duty , rather than upon per sistent Importunity of self-solicited recorauien- datlon on behalf of the candidates for appoint ment. Yours very truly , GROVEK CLBVJU.VNO. THE MARKETS. OMAHA. WHEAT No. 2 61 C5 Gl'.i BAKLEV No. 2 48 < Z& 49 RYE No. 2 37 dH 33 CORN No. 2 mixed OATS No. 2 17 BUT ER Fancy creamery. . . . 27 28 BUTTEK Choice dairy 15 19 CHEESE Young America 14 EGGS Fresh 24 ONIONS Per bbl 1 75 CHICKE s Per doz. , alive 210i 2 25 CHICKENS Dres-ed , perlb. . . . ( i TunicKYS Per ib 12 ( t GEE&E Per pound & 31 APPLES Barrels 350 W 30 ! ) LEMONS Choice G CX ) 650 * " - POTATOES Per bushel 3) ) < & r CATTLE Fat stcera 3 iJ5 3 75 HOGS Packers 385 4 10 SHEEP Fat 225 ( K 275 HAY Baled , per ton C5U 700 NEW YORK. WHEAT No. 2 spring 82 & WHEAT Unsra'led red ) fa. a. CORN No. 2 February 47 48s ; OArs Mixed western 34 fa.ft 35 i CHICAGO. FI.ODR Choice Winter 4 7"j ( ft 5-rO FLOOR Spring extra 3 7" t 50 WHEAT Per bii-bel 78 CORN Per bushel 347 , OATS Per bushel 2R POKK 11 45 < ? 1 1 5li LARD li 1-0 G fe2' $ HOfiS Parking and slripp'rig- . J i'l © 1 W CATTLE Exports ( > Ml f-2 G W bHEi.1' Medium to peed 2 OU C * 3 2J ST. LOUIS. WHEAT No. 2 red CORN I'cr biiehcl OATS Per bushel 24-4' 255 i CATTLE Exports 5 75 ( ft 5 00 SHEEP Medium 25i ) < ifc 325 HOGS Packers 423 fc M ) * KASAS CITY. WHEAT Per bushel foKX Per bushel 2 7 a OATS Per bushel 23 © . 23J , CATTLE Exports 541 d 5 50 lions Medium to good 3 03 & 4 : J5 S0EEP Fair to good 2 5/J ( B 3 00 Chicago review : Wheat Is nervous. Coun try orders areas plenty a- they were scarce a short time agi and there is u genera , belief that strong local operators are peddling-out their holdings to Sill these and that the < leal is working around into weaker hands. De liveries from urmer3 throughout the north west are also eported t j have doub ! ' d since.- the udv-m-'e b jran and the large n mlier of oniers for cars received by th- railroad lOin- panics here causes many to prod . -t thtt th& next vi-iblc supply statement wi.l ajfain show big increase. Corn appears rather sltimpy , but keeps along-on a pretty even keel by the aM of the strength in wheat. The pie enticvetof oricci brings in a steady strtan of corn about equal to current requirement for consumption. i cents means a rathe.- severe restriction or the area from which corn can tic shipped. Sti'l ' the general belicfsjs that themartct will dras- for some time to c'im < > . The feeling in provision * is uncertain. Lanrtt receipts of hop ? are expected tl ! > month ami some people thii-k not tar from u million and half head bet-ween this and March 1. SOHKJ operators are workinir with a view to $9 pork , ami ir.any other- * think it will vous lowas fit' . Outside operators are genera ly opi-osid to this ; view , and hog dealers will probublv resist vigorously the attempt to f < rcc the market EO low , C3ncciilly when they conafder the enormous European demand for Stuff at pres ent figures. n g i XKiy rfLin. Tliat Spent by l/ie Greeley JE > jIorers ii tlte f < tr Xortli. The Washington National Republican contains - tains further extracts from the diary ot Lieu tenant Lock wood , of the Greeley Arctic colony , covering the holiday week and Xew Year's day spent at Cape Sabine In 1383. These extracts give a continuation of the story ot tjrvatlon of the party and tell or various de vices resorted to by th m to overcome the pangs of hunger and to while away the tedium their existence. Beginning with Decem ber 2 5. the day after Ci > rit > itnas. when they breakfasted "late" on soup made of eenJ blubber and supped on "EnL-lish meat. " the record Is c.rried down to the night of Jan uary 1. In the entry for December 2C. LIcutenam Lockwood f ayn that in addition to the mea > above mentioned he had "a fuw bread crumbs and some talt water and gunj > owder. " which Lontr warmed for h m over a lamp. He says : "We spent a need deal of talk to-day on the prospects of pettinjracros- straits in the spring and of Rice's preliminary trip an l the ch-njjes of finding food there , etc. We f Jiint rations as certain nt Littltton island. "