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Frr m th* Capitol City, th* Various
State Institutions and From
Many Different Parts of
the Sunshine State.
Pierre.— Secretary Seller* of the
governor's office is keeping in close
h with the outbreak of the horse
din ase in Hon Homme county, and
fa fc»cured the assistance of govern
ij. t ,r veterinarians to work with State
\eu rinarian Hicks. The state veter
in.. ian after an examination of the wit
uat »>n takes the position that a quar
att.ne would not accomplish anything,
a he holds the trouble to be bacteria
;i. 1 that it is not infectious, or com
m.icable from one animal to another.
]t is believed that frost or colder
wither will eliminate the trouble,
w' <h appears to be in the pastures.
a: ,| new hay, not affecting horses
u < h have been fed on old hay. So
f.n the trouble has not spread outside
c* ;:on Homme county, so far aw is
kn< vn, and It is believed that the
<<»iiing of cooler weather will assist
in < <>ntinding it to the area now infect
o.j. I’nless there should bo a different
• a of the cause of the disease, there
will be no effort to quarantine, as such
acbon would have no effect, If the
state veterinarian’s view of th»» cause
.if the disease prove the correct one.
Cou se of Lectures.
I irrre.—Superintendent Helm of the
< !'• school* has arranged a course of
'!i day morning lecture* for the pu
; il. of the high school, for which ho
hi um to secure some of the leading
. •!< ational talent of the state at dif
!• .nt times through the year. The
ta’l s so far in the course have been
b C. G. Lawrence, the state superin
»•» .< nt of instruction: and O. O.
Yu .ng, deputy In that department,
ot rs who arc prominent in the slate
h.» <• promised to aid in the work.
Not a Citizen.
< rre.—Hendrick Pederson of Kir
who came to this country over 40
• s ago, and who has been toting at
all 'lections for many years, when he
att< rnptcd to make final proof on a
h< ' stead several days ago. found
’I ~ - he was not a citizen in any form,
tn that ho must lake out his “first
•. ’ • rs" and wnlt two years before ho
secure title to the land as a citi
regardless of his long residence
ir • • e country.
F r Annual Report.
rre—The woman’s board of In
•.gallon of charitable and penal in
i’ions of the state has tiled its an
report with the governor. The
in* ti ers of the board commend gencr-
• the management of the state insti
ons tinder their Investigation, but
• I attention to the* state training
1 »1 in particular as in need of
' i . While the management is
g all |*ossih|e with facilities at
Im: . theio should, in the judgment
• hoard, be a division of that in
s ’ ■ ion. They think there should
I • . separate school for the manage
ii t of the girls who are sent to
’!:• institution, and there should be a
'timer division of the school so that
Hi' ’ ounger Imys need not be assort
a,r> • with tin* older boys sent to that
b-Uution. They also recommend Im
1' etnents in the gymnasium fur-
by the boys, and something
tner.■ than coarse housework as em
rl'. ment for the girls.
Had Decreased Business.
I ' rre.- The first annual reports to
ic.l witli the state railway com-
II ion by the roads operating in this
are those of the Pierre. Rapid
• and Northwestern, and tin* Pierre
i' l, ’on Pierre Bridge Railway com-
Roth these show a heavy falling
1,1 ' f business from that of last year.
I h' Bridge Railway shows a deficit
” ' ’-41.19. Their receipts are shown
' Mt loss than for last year with
'•»<><» reduction In expenses. The
I,n i City line while showing an ex
-1 ’’ ' over expenses of $45,953.25, also
' s that the receipts over expend!-
1 s for last year was 11(17.803. which
H'ak's a big reduction for that branch
’he system. This reduction in reve
'”l, • Is caused by the drouth of last
•' ■ which practically rut off any
i nents out except those of live
’ k. and also reduced the shipments
’ n hy lack of cash on the part of the
Gr *nts Permission.
I’i' rre —The state insurance de|tart
” has granted permission to the
• ,I:i! nrss Men's Protective association
" Moines, la., to write Insurance
1:1 ’h!«. stnte.
p| °'* Night and Day.
* hamberlain.—ln the effort to com
their fall plowing many of the
t'rmera of South Dakota who are
11 ,li ’ ! ’ng traction engines and seta of
K4n < plows in the work arc carrying
*» their plowing operations day and
Kitt, running two gangs of mon. Au-
O, ’»obile lamps are attached to the
n Y tor “ for the night work, these
''•Jhting up the fields sufficiently to on
’ ’* them to make as good progress
”i|ht as during the day.
Dakota Supreme Court Refute, to Dl.*
turb Them.
. ’‘ rr, ‘ i ~’ 1 ’ he Roosevelt electors are
' ’ on the republican ballot in
ren<i< - >! .’ kot “ The ■upretnc court han
enh.cd a deckion in the case of
■•‘.V vs. Olson aud othcr candJdate||
ho,dlnß ,n tho n «*J<”-Ry
onnlon that it I. not a case which
* • .b<‘ brought in tho name of the
’J” O f t he state; that it is only a
math., of j iecU | iar | nten . 8t (o tt fpw
o this Judges Corson and Haney dis
ent. but the holding is against the
contention of the plaintiff, and the
Roosevelt list of electors will not be
In the case of Null vs. Polley, which
was the case testing the right of elec
ion ot judicial candidates tills year,
<* court has not presented a written
opinion, merely denying the petition
nnd sustaining the demurrer.
In the case of Stewart vs. Polley, In
which it was sought to have the name
ot Stewart placed on the regular Dem
ocratic ballot for supreme court judge
In the First district, the court merely
aflinns its opinion in the case ot
Healey \s. Wlpf, In which it was held
this could not be done except through
•he primary.
Arrangements have been practical
ly completed for the opening of head
quarters for the handling of the bull
moose campaign, with John Suthep
land as the head of the organization
to act independently of Hie state repub
lican headquarters. Mr. Sutherland
denies that lie is opening headquarters,
but admits that he expects to place the
speakers, distribute literature and look
after finances so far as the national
part of the campaign Is concerned.
Teachers Made Good Showing.
Pierre. —Out of 418 applicants for
state and first grade teachers’ cer
tificates, In the September examina
tions in tlie different counties of the
state, 187 wore granted certificates,
se\en of these being state; 71 first
grades, G.” second grades, and 4 4 third
grades. This on Its face shows 2GL
failures, but the real figures will not
make such a showing. A number of
the applicants already held second
grade certificates, and tried for the
higher ones, but failed to make the
record tlfc»y desired, and as they al
ready held tlie certificates which they
would be entitled to under the exam
ination. no new ones wore Issued to
these applicants.
An Irrigation Test.
Pierre. —George Walker of S.uißare,
on the high prairie of northern Stan
ley count' county, built two largo
dams on his place last year, and this
tried an Irrigation experiment
from one of them. Ho plowed two
acres and planted the tract to pc
Half of this he irrigated by d
water from one of his dams
other he allowed to rc
tlon. The soil and <
the same. other than • V irrig
and both acres were rr.n the
cultivation. He is nov puttr.iu Ms
plan to the practical test o: tie niff
ger. and finds that the urn* which he
irrigated is producing it:st Ike tin e 3
tin* crop as is being s<;ute.’. from t.no
ac re not irrigated.
Run Down by Horses.
Bonesteel.—E. D. Law. a prominent
mt reliant of thia city, was quite seri
ously injured while attempting to crow
the track in front of a hunch of run
ning horses at the fair here. Tin* ex
tent of his injuries is not known, but
he lias a broken leg and possibly inter
nal injuries.
Big Well Spouts.
Rapid City.—While drilling on
ground occupied by the Rapid ( Ity
Gypsum. Lime and Portland Cement
company two and a half miles west of
the city. C. 1» Webb struck a flow of
water six inches In diameter at a depth
of pm feet. The water Is soft, of a de
lightfully cool temperature and the
well is one of the biggest discover.ci
of recent years.
A freight train on the Great North
ern toad was wrecked near Newark,
nine cars of wheat leaving thy track.
The train was an accommodation, and
two passenger. suffered painful though
not serious bruises. Old ties which
„ave wav under the weight of the
heavily loaded wheat ears are given
us the cause of the wreck.
Information has been received at
Carpenter to the effect that when the
Hawarden line of the Northwestern
railway Is extended It wl puss
through Carpenter, thus making
an important railroad center.
The champion honey yield *»- »h«
year In South Dakota is reported by
Pierce Rundell, living near lluilej
From one of his hives hr took U
pound, of comb honey and 12« pounds
!»f extracted honey, or an a«re 6 ate of
pm pounds from the one hive Natur
aUy he I. finding his bees very profit
Xbrrdeen business men are endear
oring to secure for Brown county tbs
oeaUon of <b- >«'« “ rtl °"
Lut f<n» ‘h* 1 «•*
veutur "“P*" s
llahlnc In one of tbikola
Within an hour or two
r( ,bb.Mt threo <-anlatota
•.»«- r/ih« x
quite a hit uin«r 14 ’»0 front
worth of jewelry.
Vessels Collide In Fog—Of the 150
Passengers on the 111-Fated Vessel
Only 25 Are Saved.
St. Petersburg, Sept. 25.—One bun
dred and fifty persons were drowned
in tho Dwina river, following a col
lision between the steamer Obnoska
nnd an unknown ship during a fog on
Monday, according to dispatches re
ceived here.
There were 150 passengers on the
Obnoska at the time of the disaster.
The dispatch says the vessels met
in a fog and so quickly did the Ob
noska settle that only thirty-five pas
sengers and members of the crew* wera
The Dwina river is wide and swift
where the collision occurred.
As the boats struck, passengers on
the Obnoska rushed up on the decks.
Many of the passengers were ignorant
peasants and they struggled frantical
ly with officers and sailors, who tried
to marshal them in line for debarka
tion In the few life boats which were
carried. Part of these boats had been
wrecked in the collision and were use
As the first l>oat was loosened from
its davits the big steamer listed and
plunged to its grave.
Only a few passengers and sailors
had opportunity to jump Into the wa
ter and save their llevs.
Boats from the steamer which hit
the Obnoska picked up the few surviv
President of Mexico to Offer Amnesty
to Rebels Who Lay Down
Their Arms.
Mexico City, Sept. 27.—A new move
ment to obtain peace in northern
Mexico was made on Wednesday when
President Madero and his cabinet in
structed the minister of war to offer
amnesty to the followers of Pascual
Orosco, the rebel leader.
Stringent measures, such as the
government’s recent suspension of
constitutional guarantees and the ex
ecution of numerous rebels, failed to
have the deterrent effect expected
by the government.
President Madero has sent to con
gress a message requesting an appro
priation of 20,out),000 pesos, or the
authorization of a loan for that
amount, to be used in conducting the
campaign against the rebels. It Is
believed congress will either make
the appropriation or authorize the
Hotel Being Constructed in Kansas
City, Mo., Collapses and Carries
Workmen With It.
it bout iri
hl '«>n
Kansas City. Mo.. Sept. 27.—Three
workmen were burled In the collapee
of Walter Davis' new hotel under con
struction on Tenth street and The
Paseo on Wednesday.
The contractor in charge of the
work on the building was George
Seidhoff. C. R. Sloan is the archi
tect. The new hotel was to cost
1200,000. It was to be five stories
The collapse is said to have been
due to the overloading of the floors.
; U*w*****mmm*mumuw*mv ’
Columbia, Mo.. Sept. 24.—Mrs.
Champ Clark was named president of
the Missouri ham and bacon show in
January at the University of Missouri
Agricultural college. She will be a
judge in (he ham and bacon contest
Washington. Sept. 25,—The long
wait of Porter Charlton for the final
word as to whether hr must return
to Italy for the murder of bis wife is
drawing to an end. The Supreme court
will take up Charlton's case October
N. C. Dougherty of Peoria, 111., Named
In True Bills—Woman Sees
Errors in Dream.
Peoria. 111., Sept. 2.’».--A young wo-
man's dream led to an Investigation,
the sum total of which is that Newton
C. Dougherty, former head of the city
schools here, may be brought to stand
trial on Indictments agaiust him
which were voted by the grand jury
on Monday.
Fifteen indictments against Dough
erty were returned by the grand jury,
which has been in session three
weeks. The true bill charges forgery.
The embezzlement charge, which it
was said the evidence found warrant
ed, having become outlawed. Judge
Worthington fixed the bond at 3800
each, or a total of $12,000.
New York, Sept. 27.—The opening
game of the world’s baseball series
will be held in this city on Tuesday,
October S. The games will alternate
between here and Boston, one game
tn each city, until concluded.
Dsny Rebellion Rumors.
New York, Sept. 37.—Rumors which
have been current here of plans for
a series of now revolutionary move
ments under the guidance of Castro
in Venezuela, Zelaya In Nicaragua and
Dias In Mexico are denied.
First Game In Gotham.
Ru .< ♦. -J •
BIDDEN away between two
busy thoroughfares in In
dianapolis is Lockerbie
street. Scarce two blocks
hi length it resembles noth-
Ing so much as a country
lane. Great elm trees line
the sides and meet to form
a bower of shade. It is
unpaved, for its “leading
resident’’ does not like
paving, and when, several years ago,
the clt| council Insisted that it
should be converted into a conven
tional city street with a paving of
brick, he voiced his protest in a
poem beginning:
■uch a dear little street It Is. nestled
From the noise of the city and heat of
the day.
In cool shady coverts of whispering trees.
With their leaves lifted up to shake hands
w-lth the breexe,
Which in all its wide wanderings never
may meet
With n restlng-pls'-e fairer than Ix>ck«r
ble street!
That poem has long been famous
and Lockerbie street remains as it
always was, “nestled away from the
noise of the city and heat of the day.”
Its “leading resident" is no less a
personage than James Whitcomb Ri
ley. recognized as the greatest of liv
ing American poets and whose name
Is one the best known literary critics of
the world treat with a profound re
spect. Here in Lockerbie street he
lives, quietly, unostentatiously, in a
large brick house that breathes the
very spirit of comfort, but which
makes no pretentions to elegance.
And to this spot countless friends will
wend their way on Monday, October
7. toVxtend their congratulations and
felicitations, the occasion being the
poet’s birthday.
This w ill begin what is to be known
throughout literary circles as "Riley
week." and which will mark the great
est ovation ever tendered an Ameri
can writer. This celebration will not
be confined to Indianapolis either, for
nearly every city in the United States
has enthusiastically taken up the
idea and arranged exercises tn bo
held during this week in honor of
James Whitcomb Riley. Every one
seems anxious to pay tribute to the
man who has brought sunshine into
thousands of lives.
Only a few months ago there was
sadness in many hearts, for the word
had gone forth that Mr. Riley had
been stricken with an illness from
which he could never recover. But
today that sadness is changed to joy,
for Mr. Riley has been spared to cele
brate another birthday. He is not
only alive, but practically as well as
ever he was. He is always happy,
and although he no longer strolls
through lhe Indianai*olis streets as
once he did. he is still a familiar
figure, and every day he takes long
rides in his big touring car. He is an
enthusiastic motorist and one of his
principal delights is to take his
friends tor a spin around the city or
through the country in the vicinity of
In 1833. in the Utile country village
of Greenfield —scarcely even a village
In those days—there was born James
Whitcomb Riley, tho son of Reuben
Riley, a lawyer and a man known for
his fearlessness and unconventionality.
The boy s mother--a Marine—was a
gentle and naturally poetic woman,
and it was from her that Riley in
herited his ability as a rhymester.
The young lad s life, in his earlier
years, was not marked by any unus
ual event. Hie was the life common
to boys in small towns. Beyond this,
nothing much is known—there is
nothing else to know. He attended
school irregularly, more often than
not a truant—as he himself has pic
tured--barefoot. browued by summer
suns, happy and care-free, listening
to a voice no other boy could hear,
keeping his heart open and his soul
free—a heart and soul that have
never grown old.
“I did not go to school very much,”
*v.n- Automatic Savings Device
The Nuremberg City Savings Bank
(Btadtlscho Bparkaace Nuernberg) a
municipal institution. baa Installed
three automatic devices for the en
couragement of saving among school
children. These automats, upon the
deposit of a 10-pfennig piece (2.18
cents) In the slot, deliver a gummed
10-ffennlg earings stamp. The bank
furnishes without charge a savings
card, S Inches square, marked of into
he once told an interviewer, “and
when I did I was a failure in every
thing except reading, maybe. I liked
to read. We had McGuffey's readers.
But I always ran away when we were
to read ‘Little Nell.’ I knew I
couldn’t read it without crying and.
if 1 cried, the other boys would laugh
at me.”
To another visitor Mr. Riley said
that he never hac much schooling,
and, continuing, he remarked: "What
little 1 had never did me much good,
I believe. I never could master math
emathics, and history' was a dull and
juiceless thing to me. But I was al
ways fond of reading in a random,
desultory way, and took naturally to
anything theatrical. I cannot remem
ber when I was not a declaimer, and
I began to rhyme almost as soon as 1
could talk. The first verse I ever re
member writing was a four-line val
entine. I was so small that I could
hardly reach the top of the table, and
I was painting a comic sketch on a
piece of paper. I had a natural facul
ty for drawing as well as for rhyming,
and should prottably have made a fair
artist if I had kept at it. Well, be
low the sketch I was making I wrote
four comic lines, and these were prob
ably my first poetic effort.”
Perhaps the child Riley studied
both the picture he had drawn and the
lines he had written and decided then
and there that the lines were so much
better than the picture that he would
devote his efforts thereafter to writ
ing. In any event, he became a poet.
According to his own autobiographical
sketch he was born "so long ago that
he persists In never referring to the
date. Citizens of his native town of
Greenfield, Ind., while warmly wel
coming his event were no less demon
strative some years since to speed the
parting guest.* It seems, in fact, that
as they came to know hkn better the
more resigned were they to give him
up. He was ill-starred from the very
cradle, it appears. One day. while
but a toddler, he climbed unseen to an
open window where some potted
plants were ranged, atid while leaning
far out to catch some dainty gilded but
terfly. perchance, he lost his footing,
and. with a piercing shriek, fell to
the sidewalk below; and when, an in
stant later, the affrighted parents
picked him up. be was -he was a
At the .age of fifteen Riley ceased
to attend school, and at the wish of
his father b«e-n '.o study law. As
may readily .v understood, tn view
of bis career, the law had no attrac
tion for the young poet. Ro. after
being advised by the family physi
cian to travel. Riley seized the first
opportunity that offered and. putting
aside his Blackstone, fled one after
noon between twilight and sunset to
return to his native town no mere
for a year.
Riley, as he afterward said, had no
money with which to defray the ex
penses of a trip. and. when a patent
medicine "doctor” made his advent
tn Greenfield Riley allied himself
with the traveling caravan and de
parted when the cavalcade pushed
on to the next town. ”1 was with this
man about a year.” he said a few
mouths ago. "His homo was in Lima.
Ohio, and ho was a kindly old fel
low. I did a good many things while
In bis employ—painted signs, beat
tho bass drum a bit and, maybe, I
recited. My experience put an idea
in my head—a business idea for a
wonder —and the next year I went
30 squares, to which these stamps
are to be attached. When the eard
is filled up, It represents the value of
1 marks (47.0 cents), and upon pre
sentation at the bank, the depositor's
account Is credited with that amount.
Ono of these automata has been placed
in the corridor of the bank office at the
City hall and the other two in the cor
ridors of htfh-sehool buildings. Theos
stamp automata coat about* |IH each.
into partnership with a young man.
We organized an advertising com
pany; we called It ’The Graphic com
pany.' There were fire or six young
fellow's —all musicians as well as
handy painters. We used to capture
the towns with our music, then con
tract with some merchants and deco
rate the fences along the country
roads with their signs.”
Riley and his associates continued
in this occupation three or four years.
AJI the while the young poet was
gaining a reputation here and there
as a rhymester, a teller of good sto
ries and a companionable, interesting,
lovable young man.
He wrote a great deal, and much
that was submitted to eastern peri
odicals. Their editors, however, re
turned these contributions as
ly as they were received. It was g .
couraging. especially so in the eyes o f
the young poet, who believed o
doubtless was justified In believing
that his products were as good L*
those tho magazines accepted a’£ d
published. He did not have a
—and lack of reputation in those days
was a serious handicap. Riley never
ceased to contend when with his
friends that this fact and this alone
held him back. To prove it, he w’rote
the famous “Leonainie.’’ and, with tho
connivance of the editor of a Koko
mo (Ind.) paper, presented It to the
world as an unpublished poem by Ed
gar Allen Poe. An elaborate story
w as devised, in which it was said that
lhe poem, bearing the initials E. A.
P, had been found on the fly leaf of
a book. The verse was in Poe's well
known style, and its publication
aroused much Interest. In the end
tho hoax was discovered, but not un
til many critics had accepted the
poem as “one of the best Poe had
For a time, he said in later he
was hopelessly despondent. It was
in this frame of mind that a letter
found him and summoned him to In
dianapolis. The note was from the
editor of the Indianapolis Journal,
and It urged Riley to accept a post*
lion on the Journal staff. At tba
same time a tender, encouraging note
came from Henry Wadsworth Long
fellow These two communications
revived Riley's drooping spirits, and,
leaving Anderson and Greenfield, h»
w-ent to the state capital Indianapo
lis gained a poet, and a few months
later, in 1888. Riley's first book of
verse was issued.
It was a simple little affair, bound
in paper, bearing the title, "The Old
Swimmin’ Hole and Moro
Poems ’’
Riley, ns may be imagined, did not
long remain tn the Journal's regular
;» mploy. One after another his bound
volumes began to make their ap
' pearance. Then came the poet's as
sociation with Nyo on the lecture
platform, followed, when that asso
ciation was severed, by more poems,
public readings and then many years
of leisurely writing In his home In
quiet little Lockerbie street. For
tune has smiled on him and hla
wealth has Increased and his fame
has grown. Rut he Is still the same
gentle, lovable man who won friends
In Greenfield and Anderson and Ko
komo. He has made thousands of
friends during his lecture tours.
Yes, Mr. Riley’s birthday Is to be
a glorious event, and the tributes
which win be paid him during “Riley
Week’’ are Indeed well deserved.
They are Installed in the hope that
they may induce children to save their
10-pfennlg pieces rather than spend
them for candy, ice cream, or other
temptations. enough of which are al
ways in evidence. If results are eat*
isfhetory, more of these automate will
be installed at suitable places.—U. S»
Consular Report.
WmM Effort.
The heart that meet be reached
throagh the etomach ten*t worth
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