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i* COUNTY JUDGE Edwin M. Starcher Is Charged VVith Fraudulent Land Practices. ^ORGERY OF FINAL PROOF Dsfendant Is One of tho Pioneers of the Southern Part of the State Pharmacy Board Meets at Aberdeen. Sioux Falls, S. D., April 26.—The first sensation of the present term of United States court was the returning of an indictment by the grand jury against Edwin M. Starcher, county judge of Gregory county, for fraudulent land practices. The detailed charge against him is that on September 11, 1000, he did un lawfully, knowingly and feloniously make, forge and counterfeit a certain instrument in writing, being the final .proof of Samu! R. Cotton. The alleged forged instrument con tained the testimony of two witnesses, as required by law. who purported to testify as to Cotton's alleged continu ous residence on the quarter section, his improvements, etc. Starcher is further charged with having, on September 11, 1900, unlaw fully, wilfully and feloniously trans mitting to the office of the register and .•receiver of the United States land of fice at Chamberlain, a certain false, forged and counterfeit instrument in writing, being the said final proof ol Samuel R. Cotton, with his witnesses. The county judge is alleged to have forwarded the final proof "knowing the same to be false, forged and counterfeit, for the purpose and with the intent ... to defraud the United States,' 'etc. The punishment for,a forgery of this kind, upon conviction, is a fine of not exceeding $2,000 and imprisonment at hard labor for not more than five years. The arraignment of Judge Starcher was moved by Assistant United States Attorney Porter. The defendant was in court and waived the reading of tho Indictment. The defendant is well known in the central portion of the state. He was one of the pioneer residents of Charles Mix county. Some years ago he re moved to Gregory county and has been prominent-in political affairs in that region, having been elected county juBge by a good majority. The town of Starcher, in Gregory county, is named after him. Owing to the prominence of the ac cused, 'and other developments which may result, the trial of the case will attract wide interest throughout the southern part of the state. PHARMAUIST3 IN SESSION. Record Breaking Class Taking thfc Examination. Aberdeen, S. D., April 26.—The South Dakota state board of pharmacy is holding a two days' session here for the examination of applicants for reg istration as pharmacists, and the class !s the largest that ever appeared in this state. Twenty-five are taking the ex amination. The full board is present, the members dividing the work. Presi dent Hull and Secretary Bent report a large demand for thoroughly com petent men. The next meeting for ex amination will take place at Mitchell on July 9th. The annual convention of the Pharmacists' association will be held 'at Flandreau on August 11, 12, and 13. All registered pharmacists in the state are members of the associa tion. Representative E, C. Moulton of Rondell has been appointed deputy state oil inspector, and will enter upon his duties May 1. A NUMBER INDICTEb. True Bills Returned Against Va riety of Offenders. Sioux Falls. S. D:, April 26.—The fol lowing persons have been indicted by the United States grand jury which is in session here: Alfred Crow, an In dian, lor breaking into the government drug store at Crow Creek agency and carrying away some of the contents Michael Roach, for selling liquor to In dians peter Tiffany of Mitche!!. for sending an objectionable letter through the mails to his wife, from whom he had separated No Moccasin, an In dian, and James Boyd, for larceny TVm. Beard, for selling liquor to In dians. The defendants, who have been in mates Qf the Chamberlain Jail for some ..' time, werfe today brought to this city •by Deputy United States Marshal I'etrie for trial. A "no bill" was returned by the grand jury in the case of Henry Laper of Ipswich. Laper was charged with obtaining by false representations a let tor from the postoffice at Ipswich r. which Was addressed to another. On motion of Assistant United States Attorney W. G. Porter the case against him was dismissed and his bondsmen were released from further liability. New Corporations- Pierre, S. D„ .April 26.—Articles of in corporation have been filed as follows: New Century' Mining and Milling company, Pierre capital, $1,000,000 in corporators, W. W. Gamble, J. C. Mean er, W. H. Brundrtdge, L. L. Stephens and F. A. Stephens. Colorado River Land, Improvement and Water company, Pierre capital, $500,000 incorporators, John A. Clark, D. Van Wagenen, Mrs. B. A. Hortony Geo. W. Magoud, L. L. Stephens and F. A. Stephens. World's. Aerial Navigation and Con struction company,, Pierre capital, $1,000,000 Incorporators, Anthony P. Morris, Hiram G. Tarr and R. M. J, Tallman. Hiawatha Park Hose company. Lead directors, Horace S. Closs, T. D. Ed wards and William M. Bartlett. i- Ma it 5 TR.EASU [ISLAND CHAPTER XXIII. THE EBB-TIDE RUNS. The coracle—as I had ample reason to know before I was done with her— was a very safe boat for a person of my height and weight, both buoyant and clever in a seaway but she was the most gross-grained, lop-sided craft to manage. Do as you pleased, she al ways made more leeway than anything, else, and turning round and round was the maneuver she was best at. Even Ben Gunn himself has admitted "that she was queer to handlextill you knew her way." Certainly I did not know her way. She turned in every direction but one, the. one I was bound to go tin* most part of the time we were broadside on, and I am very sure I never should have made the ship at all but for the tide. By good fortune, paddle as I pleased, the tide was still sweeping me down and there lay the "His paniola" right in the fair way, hardly to be missed. First she loomed before me like a blot of something yet blacker than darkness, then her spars and hull be gan to take shape, and the next mo ment, as it seemed (for the further I went the brisker grew the current of the ebb), I was alongside her hawser, and had laid hold.r The hawser was as taut as a bow string—so strong she pulled upon her anchor. All round the hull, in the blackness, the rippling current bub bled and chattered like a little moun tain stream. One cut with my sea gully and the "Hispaniola" would go humming down the tide. So far so good but it next occurred to my recollection that a taut hawser, suddenly cut, is a thing as dangerous as a kicking horse. Ten to one, if I were so foolhardy as to cut the "His paniola" from her anchor, I and the coracle would be knocked clean out of the water. This brought me to a full stop, and If fortune had not again particularly favored me, I should have had to abandon my design. But the light airs which had begun blowing from the southeast and south had hauled round after nightfall' into the south west. Just while I was meditating, a puff came, caught the "Hispaniola" and forced her up into the current and, to my great joy, I felt the hawser slacken in my grasp, and the hand by which I held it dip for a second under water. With that I made up my mind, took put my gully, opened it with my teeth, and cut one strand after another, till the vessel swung by two. Then I lay quiet, waiting to sever these last when the strain should be once more light ened by a breath of wind. All this time I had heard the sound of loud voices from the cabin but, to say truth, my mind had been so en tirely taken up with other thoughts that I had scarcely given ear. Now, however, when I had nothing else to do, I began to pay more lieed. One I recognized for the cockswain's, Israel Hands, that had been Flint's gunner in former days. The other was, of course, my friend of the red night cap. Both men were plainly the worse for drink, and they were still drink ing for, even while I was listening, one of them with a drunken cry opentd the stern window and threw out some thing, which I divined to be an empty bottle. But they were not only tipsy it was plain that they were furiously angry. Oaths flew like hailstones, and every now and then there came forth such an explosion as I thought /was sure to end in blows. But each time the quarrel passed off, and the voices grumbled lower for awhile, until the next crisis came, an, in turn, passed away without result. On shore, I could see the glow of the great campfire burning warmly through the shore-side trees. Some one was singing, a dull old droning sailor's song, with a droop and a quaver at the end of every verse, and seemingly no end to it at all but the patience of the singer. I had heard it on the voyage more than once, and remem bered these words "But one man of the crew alive, What put to sea with seventy-live." And I thought it was a ditty rather too dolefully appropriate for a com pany that had met such cruel losses in I the morning. But, indeed, from what I saw, all these buccaneers were as callous as the sea breeze sailed on. At last thii breeze c&ir.e the schoon- 1 er sidled and drew nearer in the dark I felt the hawser slacken once more, and with a good tough effort cut the last fibers through. Thje breeze had but little action on the cVacle, and I was almost instantly swept,against the bows of the "His panloli." At the same time the schoon er began to turn upon her heel, spin nlng slowly, end for end, across the I current. I wrought like a fiend, for I expected 'every moment to be swamped and siVice I found I could not push the cor acle directly off I now shoved straight astern. At length I was clear of my dangerous neighbor and Just as I gave the last impulsion, my hands came across the stern bulwarks. Instantly I grasped it. W I a so I a hardly say. It was at'first mere In stinct but once I had it in my hands and found it fast, curiosity began to get the upper hand, and I determined I should have one look through the cabin window. I pulled in hand over'hand on the cord, and, when-1 judged myself near enough, rose at infinite risk to about half my leng'th, and thus commanded the roof and a slice of the interior of the cabin. By this time the BChooner and her little consort were gliding pretty swift ly through the water indeed, we had already fetched up level with the campfire. The .ship was talking, as sailors say, loudly, treading the in umerable ripples with an incessant weltering splash: and until I got my eye above the window sill I could not Comprehend why the watchman had taken no alarm. One glance, however, was sufficient and it wa« only one 1 glance that I durst take from that un- Robert Louis Sfeveitaon steady skiff, it showed me Hands and his»companion locked together in deadly wrestle, each with a hand upon the other's throat. I dropped upon the thwart again, none too soon, for I was near over board. I could see nothing for the mo ment, but those two furious, enerim soned faces, swaying together under the smoky lamp and I shut my eyes to let them grow once more familiar with the darkness. The endless ballad had come to an end at last, and the whole diminished company about the Campfire had broken into the chorus I had heard so often "Fifteen men on the dead man's chest— Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest*— Vo-ho-ho, and bottle of rum!" I was just thinking how busy drink and the devil were at that -ytery mo mant in the cabin of the "Hispaniola," when I was surprised by a sudden lurch of the coracle. At the same mo ment she yawed sharply and seemed to change her course. The speed in the meantime had strangely increased. I opened my eyes at once. Ail round me werg little ripples, combing over with a sharp, bristling sound and slightly phosphorescent. The "His paniola" herself, a few vards in whose wake I was still being whirled along, sc-emed to stagger in her course, and 1 saw her spars toss a little against the blackness of the night nay, as I looked longer, I made sure she was also wheeling to the southward. I glanced over my shoulder and my heart jumped against my ribs. There, right behind me was the glow of the catnpflre. The current had turned at right angles, sweeping round along with it the tall schooner and the little dancing coracle ever quickening, ever bubbling higher, ever muttering louder, it went spinning through the narrows for the open sea. Suddenly the schooner in front of me gave a violent yaw, turning, perhaps, through 20 degrees and almost at the same moment one shout followed an other from on board I could hear feet pounding on the companion ladder and I knew that the two drunkards had at last been interrupted in their quarrel and awakened to a sense of their disaster. I lay down llat in the bottom of that wretched skiff, and devoutly commend ed my spirit to its Maker. At the end of.the straits, I made sure we must fall Into some bar of raging breakers, where all my troubles would be ended speedily, and though I could, perhaps, bear to die, I could not bear to look upon my fate as it approached. So I must have lain for hours, con tinually beaten to and fro upon the billows, now and again wetted with Hying sprays, and never ceasing to ex pect death at the next plunge.' Gradu ally weariness grew upon me a numb ness, an occasional stupor, fell upon my mind even in the midst of my ter rors until sleep at last intervened, and in my sea-tossed coracle I lay and dreamed of home and old Admiral Benbow, THE CRUISE OF THE CORACLE. It was broad day when I awoke, and found myself tossing at the southwest end of Treasure island. The sun was up, but was still hid from me behind the great bulk of the Spy-glass, which on this side descended almost to the sea in formidable cliffs. Haulbowllne Head and Mizzenmast Hill were at my elbow the hill bare and dark, the head bound with cliffs 40 or 50 feet high and /ringed with great masses of fallen rock. I was scarce a quarter of a mile to seaward, and it was my first thought to paddle in and land. That notion was soon given over. Among the fallen rocks the breakers spouted and bellowed loud reverbera tions, heavy sprays flying and falling, succeeded one another from second to second, and I saw myself, if I ventured nearer, dashed to death upon the rough shore or spending my strength in vain to scale the betling crags. Nor was that all for, crawling to gether on flat tables of rock or letting themselves drop into the sea with loud reports, I believed huge slimy monsters —soft snails, as It were, of incredible bigness—two or three score of them to gether, making the rocks echo with their barkings. I have understood since that they %vere sea lions and entirely harmless. But the look of them, added to the difficulty of the shore and the hard running of the surf, was more than enough to disgust me of that landing place. I felt willing rather to starve at sea than to confront such perils. In the meantime I had a better chance, as I supposed. North of Haul bowline Head the land runs in a long way, leaving at low t|de a long stretch of yelolw sand. To the north of that again there comes another cape—Cape of the Woods, as it was marked upon the chart—burled in tall green pines, which descended to the margin of the sea. I remembered what 'Silver had said about the current that sets northward along the whole west coast of Treas ure island and seeing from my posi tion that I was already under its in fluence, preferred to leavq Haulbowllne Head behind me, and reserve my strength for an attempt to land upon the kindlier looking Cape of the Wood^. There was a great smooth swell upon the sea. The wind blowing steady and gentle from the south, there was no contrariety between that and the cur rent, and the billows rose and fell un broken. Had it been otherwise, I must long ago have perished but as it was, it is surprising how easily and securely my little and light boat could ride. Often, as I still lay at the bottom, and kept no more than an eye above the gunwale, I would see al big blue summit heaving close above me yet the coracle would but bounce a little, dance a!s if on springs, and subside on the other side into the trough as lightly as a bird. I began after a little to grow very bold, and sat up to try my skill at paddling. But even a small change in the disposition of the weight will produce violent changes the be havior of a coracle. And I had hardly moved before the boat, giving up at. ouce her gentle dancing movement, ran straight down a slope of water so steep that it. made me giddy, and stuck her nose, with a spout of stray, deep Into the side of the next wave. I was drenched and terrified and fell instantly back into my old position, whereupon the coracle seemed to find her head again, and led me softly as before among the billows. It was plain that she was not to be Interfered with, and al that rate, since I could in no way influence her course, what hope had I left of reaching land? I began to be horribly frightened, but I kept my head for'S'all that. First, moving with all care, 1 gradually bailed out the coracle with my sea-cap then, getting my eye once more above the gunwale, I set myself to study how it was she managed to slip so quietly through the rollers. I found each wave, instead of the big, smooth, glossy mountain'It loolo from shore, or from a vessel's deck, was for all the world like any range of hills "on the dry land, full of peaks and smooth places and valleys. The coracle, left to herself, turning from side to side, threaded, so to speak, her way through these lower parts, and avoided the steep slopes and higher, toppling summits of the wave. "Well, now," thought I to myself, "It is plain I must lie where 1 am, and not tlisturb the balance but it is plain, also, that 1 can put the paddle over the tide, and from time to time, in smooth places, give her a shove or two toward land." No sooner thought upon than done. There I lay on my elbows, in the most trying attitude, and every now and again gave a weak stroke or two to turn her head to shore. It was very tiring and slow work, yet I did visibly gain ground and as we drew near the Cape of the Woods, though I saw I must infallibly miss that point, I had still made some hun dred yards of easting. I was, indeed, close in. I could see the cool, green tree tops swaying together in the breeze, and A felt sure I should make the next promonotory without fail. It was high time for I now began to be tortured with thirst. The glow of the sun from above, Its thousand-fold reflection form the waves, the sea wa ter that fell and died upon me, cak ing tny very lips with salt, combined to make my throat burn and my brain ache. The sight of the trees so near at hand had almost made me sick with longing but the current had soon, car ried me past the point, and as the^ next reach of the sea opened out I beheld as ight that changed the nature of my thoughts. llight in front of mo. not half a mile away, beheld the "Hispaniola," under sail. I made sure, of course, that I should be taken but- I was so dis tressed for want of water that Iscarce knew whether to be glad or sorry at the thought, and Ions' before I had come to a conclusion surprise had taken en tire possession of my mind and I could do nothing but stare and wonder. The "Hispaniola" was under her mainsail and two jibs, and the beautiful white canvas shone in the sun like snow or silver. When I first sighted her all her sails were drawing she was lying a course about northwest, and I presumed the men on board were go ing rouud the island on their way back to the anchorage. Presently she began to fetch more and more to the west ward, so that I thought they had sight ed me and were going about in chase. At last, however, sl\e felt,right into the wind's eye, was taken dead aback, and stood there a while helpless, with her sails shivering. "Clumsy fellows," Said I, "they must still be drunk as owls." And- I thought how Captain Smollett would have set them skipping. Meanwhile the schooner gradually fell off, and filled again upon another tack, sailed swiftly for a minute or so, and brought up once more dead In the wind's eye. Again and again was this repeated. To and fro, up and down, north, south, east and west the "Hispaniola.1' tailed by swoops and dashes, and at each repetition ended as she had begun, with idlly Happing canvas. It became plain to me that nobody was steering. And, if so, where were the men? Either they were dead drunk or had deserted her, 1 thought, and perhaps If could get on board I might return the vessel to her cap tain. The current was bearing coracle and schooner southward at an equal rate. As for the latter's sailing, it was so wild and intermittent and she hung each time so long in irons, that she cer tainly gained nothing, if she did not even lose. If only I dared to sit up and paddle I made sure that I could Over haul her. The scheme had an air of adventure that inspired me, and the thought of the water breaker beside the fore-companion doubled my grow ing courage. Up I got, was welcomed almost in stantly by another cioud of spray, but this time stuck to my purpose, and set myaelf with all my strength and cau tion to paddle after the unsteered "Hispaniola." Once I slipped a sea so heavy that'l had to stop and bail, with my heart fluttering like a bird but gradually I got into the way of the thing, and suided my coracle among the waves, with only now and then a blow upon her bows and a dash of foam in my face. I was now rapidly gaining on the schooner I could see the brass glisten on the tiller ae it banged about, and still no soul appeared upon her decks. I could not choose but suppose she vas deserted. If not, the men were lying driink below, where I might bat ten them down, perhaps, and do what I chose with the ship. For some timtf she had been doing the worst thing possible for me—standing still. She headed neariy due south, yawning, of course, all the time. Each time she fell of her sails partly filled, and these brought her, in a moment, right to the wind again. I have said this was the worst thing possible for me for helpless as she looked in this situation, with the canvas crackling like cannon, and the blocks trundling and banging on the deck, she still con tinued to run away from me, not only with the speed of the current, but by the whole amount of her leeway, which was naturally great. (Continued next week.) The Jokes about "Aiice--in Wonder land," l:i connection with Miss Alice Roosevelt's presence at the coronation axe coming all in a bunch. /vi CASE OF INTEREST TO THE I Suit in Federal Court at Sioux Falls May Decide Status of Mixed Bloods. STRUGGLE OF 12 YEARS Full Blood Sioux Woman and Man the Claimants for Tract of Val uable Land—South Dakota News. Sioux Falls, S. D„ April 25.—What promises to be the most important and interesting term of United States court held here for some years has convened, with Hon. John E. Carland presiding. A federal grand jury has also con vened. Judge Carland appointed Hon. Abraham Boynton of Mitchell fore man of the grand jury. Charles M. Madeen, an attorney whose home is at Centerville, was, on motion of Judge H. H. Keith of this city, admitted to practice before the United States court. 1 Last evening arguments were com pleted before Judge Carland in the now famous case involving the ownership of a valuable tract of land adjoining the town of Fort Pierre. The case Is entitled Mrs. Jane E. Waldron vs. the United States et al. It Is an important one and is being watched with interest by thousands of mixed-blood Indians, as it is believed the status of all mixed blood Indians in South Dakota, as well as elsewhere in the United States, will be determined by the suit. In the arguments before Judge Car land- the- plaintiff was represented by several attorneys, among them being Hon. Bartlett Tripp of Yankton, e:« United States minister to Austria-Hun gary, and Thomas L, Slohn, a promi nent attorney of Pender, Neb. United States Attorney Elliott and Assistant United States Attorney Porter repre sented the government. The plaintiff is a mixed-blood Sioux Indian woman. Herself and Black Tomahawk, a full-blood Sioux, are op posing claimants for the land adjoining Fort Pierre. They have waged a strug gle for its possession for more than twelve years. Because he was a full blood, Black Tomahawk won before tho federal land department, and early In the present year a trust patent for the tract was granted him. United States Indian Agent Ira Hatch of the Cheyenne River agency was called upon by Black Tomahawk to re move Mrs. Waldron from the allotment, which she has steadily occupied. M'.s. Waldron seeks to have the United Slates court restrain the Indian agent and Black Tomahawk from removing her from the tract. She also seeks to have the trust pat ent issued to Black Tomahawk set aride. Up to this writing Judge Car land had not renedered his decision in the case. PASTOR RESIGNS. Rev. J. A. Crugan Pell Out With His Hawaiian Flock. Sioux Falls, S. D., April 25.—Infor mation has been received here to the effect that Rev. J. A. Cruzan, who for a time was pastor of the Congregational church in this city, but who later went to Hilo, in the Hawaiian islands, has had trouble with his congregation in that far off land, and us a result will resign his position. He has a wide ac quaintance throughout this and other portions of the state, us well ns else where in the west. Soon after arriving at Hilo he was appointed pastor of the First Foreign church at that place. According to the information which readies here a great deal of opposition to him arose among members of his congregation, and when he learned of it he gave notice that within a short time he would place his resignation in the hands of the proper officials. It is not known whether or not Mr. Cruzan will return to the United States upon the acceptance of his resignation. VACCINATION CRUSADE. The Good Work Goes on In the Black Hills. Lead, S. D., April 25.—The county board of health, attended by the sheriff and a number of deputies, visited Lead and enforced vaccination in two sa loons where smallpox cases had been found. The surgeons of the board op erated on the arms of about 150 persons who were found in the Buffalo Hump and Gold Mine saloons. Several persona remonstrated violently, but they ail submitted on pain of going to the coun ty jail. It was a surprise to the in mates of the saloons, as they did not know the move had been contemplated. A similar raid was made on the Green Front, a variety house in Deadwood, two or three weeks ago. The hoard of health has issued an order that all school children must show a certificate of successful vaccination in order to re-" miin in school. Court House Contract Let. Alexandria, S. D., April 25.—Bids for building, plumbing and heating the county building in this city were opened by the board of commissioners yester day. But two bids were submitted for building and the contract was awarded to J. W. Delwiler of Des Moines, la., at $24,718, style of. brick to be selected by the board. For. plumbing and heating, fifteen bids were received and the con tract awarded to Symms & Powers of Sioux Falls, at $1,986. The building is to be erected on the site of the one burned October 6, 1901, is to be 86 by 114: on the ground, two stories and basement, containing jail, court room and offices complete. It is to be strictly modern in appointments and thorough-, ly fire proof. f' T? Marrlag* at Aberdeen. Aberdeen, S. D., April 25.—John Lauerman, of Duluth, and Miss Edna Harris were .married Tuesday evening at the hpme of th bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Harris. Mr. and Mrs. Lauerman will visit a few days In the Twin cities, going from there to their home in Duluth.