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FIFTEENTH YEAR , OMAHA , SATURDAY MOJftjTENG. FEBRUARY G. 1886. NUMBER 197. SPOILED HIS SILVER SPEECH , Beaver Squelched in an Effort to Spout on the Subject. THE ADJUTANT GENERALSHIP. N 'l > rnsUn nml Iowa Postmasters Commissioned - , missioned The National Guard Appropriation The Virginia Coupon Cases Notes. Tho. .v , 1'cb. -Si > ccial Telegram. ] tJoucral Weaver of Iowa lias been very anxious during IIic past fv days to deliver a HlluT speech. Hu has inndo u nnmbir of efforts to obtain Iholloor , but was each time cutoir. To-day was a private bill day and Weaver cicatcd considerable inerrlinent by attempting to get oirhls sll\er speech while u trivial personal measure was under con sideration. Colonel Morrison of Illinois sat down niion him. however , but ho had to dose so before the ineprei-slblo was repressed , or lather 1m bad to bo sat down noon lwlc" be fore 1m saw tlmt be was boliitf .sat down upon. Weaver has been promised an opportunity to speak next week , nnd to-night ho is nieasuiiibly happy ; Itythcway , it is commonly reported that ( Jeneral Weaver IHW sent for his forerunner , Mr. Cook of the llawisoyo state. lownns know what kind of work this means , and Washnttonians ! ; kilow , when they rellect , the part Conk took In the Kngllsh-lVellu and the Cook-Cults contests in prior con gresses. gresses.Till : ADJUTANT OnXIJIIAI.SllIP. It Is said that President Cleveland and the secretary of war have decided that there is n vacancy in tlm ofllee of judge advocate gen eral of the army , and will nominate a man for that rank very soon. General Swalm , it will he remembered , was by the court martial suspended from duty until the dale when he must bo retired on account of age , and since then n junior olliccr has been nctiim ns judge advocate general. Hwnlm ha' ) prepared a petition to the presi dent asking that Ills sentence bo set aside or commuted , and It Is a question whether the president will increase the pardoning power in this instance or deeido that Swann Is al ready olTtlio list nnd appoint his successor. Formal applications have been ( lied by Colonel Elmer Otis , Eighth cavalry , and Gen eral Henry It. Mistier , lieutenant colonel , Tenth Infantry , while the fi lends of Colonel Henry A. Morrow of the Twenty-first Infan try are very active In his belialf. The presi dent lias often declared himself In favor of making promotions inside the army , so that it Is assumed that ho will appoint a regular officer if bo appoints any one. ( Jeneral Alls- ner is said to be * an old friend of the presi dent's and practiced law with him in Uull'alo before the war. WKSTIIIIX rOSTMA TEIlS COMMISSIONED. The following Nebraska postmasters were iommissloned to-day : Kdward T. J3est at Nellgh ; Foirest L , . Wbedon at York ; Alvin S. Marsh at Itcd Cloud ; James Murray at Frcnmn : Charadara Clark at Blair ; John F. Urendel at Union ; James A. Carlock at Table Kock ; V ] ore Tron tnuin at D.inby ; Clias. W. Snyiler at Cedar Creek , and Joseph II. ITar- slial at Uelvidero. The following were commissioned foi Iowa : Clms. Drew at Fort Madison ; Luther 11. Edwards at Waterloo ; Allan P. Cramai at Avoca ; Samuel U. Chllds at Atlantie ; David Clayton at Shamba'ugh ; Albeit 11 , Uraus at Prairie City ; Itichard II. Toddal l.airow ; Adam Welgner at Muellson , anil Mary G. Floody at Cabtalia. OOO1 > NEWS Fen TJtKOUAnnSMKX. The senate has just passed the bill inereas ing the annual appropriation to supply UK militia with arms and ammunition fron 0OCO ( ) to SGOO.OOO , as iccmestcd by the an nual convention of the National Guard whicl met hero the first of December. Genera Slocum 1ms been hero to give it a push , nm bo hopes to bo able to get It through the houst next week , which will cause great cratilica tlon among the national guardsmci throughout the country. The money Is to bi appoitloncd throughout the states ns now. 1T.1SONAI ! , AND OTIlEltWISi : . Isaac Power of Norfolk ( Neb. ) Is nt tin Kbbltt. The Stinking Water preemptions In Nc binska , in which Congressman Laird am some of ids Hastings friends were interested have been cancelled. mi : viiiaiMA COUPON DECISION. WASHINGTON , Feb. 5. [ Special. ] The dc cislon of the United Stales supreme court I ) the so-called coupon case from Virginia , I tlio most Important move that has been mad upon the political checker-board slnco th election of last fall. Just what thorcsul will bo in the Old Dominion , It Is extreme ! dllllcnlt to foretell at present , but the sltua tlon there Is said to bo alarming , from a po lltical standpoint. Said a. gentleman froi Itichmond , last evening : "It Is Impossibl to see where wo shall land politically. Ther was not a democrat In the whole stat who was not confident that the d < clsion of the court would bo in ou favor. Intsead of that the com Is unanimous In overturning every nttcmii that has been made to provide for the del which has been saddled upon ns from tli past. In the last ten days fortunes Jiavo bee : made in the state In a small way by men wh had not the democratic faith In the coilrso c the court. Coupons were sold lust week a low as 40 cents on the dollar , and oven lowei To-day they are rccelvcablo for all sorts c taxes , and the state is dependent upon thcs receipts for Its current expense ? . You en Imagine that the prosroct is not a very brig ! one any way wo can look at it. " "What will the result bei1" Inquired yoi correspondent. "That Is dlltlcult to foretell , but the pro pcctstiro that there will bj a constitution ! amendment submitted to the- people whlc will In elfect , if ratified , repudiate the eutn debt of the state of Virginia. " DOKS CHICAGO WANT TUB IUHTII ? "Tho city of Chicago Is nnsatlslled unless can secure the earth , " said one of the men bers of the board of supervising Inspectoi of steam vessels to-day. "What's the matter now ? " I asked. 11 Simply this : The district of which Ch ragols a part lakes in all the great lakes fro : Detroit to Lake Superior. The hcadquarte : of the district am In Detroit. Clilcaj : lias tried repeatedly to secure the r moval of thesn headquarters from Detroi but has signally failed each time. The u tempt was inndo very persistently la : spiins , but the Detroit men proved tc Ktronir. Then Chicago conceived the Idea c having a district of its own. fc last summer propositions were matte to business men in that city lookln towards n movement which should secure tl division of the Detroit district and tlm co : tolldatlonof nil that part of It which cove the west shore o' Lnko Michigan and tl lonth shore of Lake Superior wlththo ; ( if district , which comprise the Mlsalsstp above KcoUuU and the Missouri above Slot city , with their branches. Ht , Paul U no thq headquarters and Chicago is rather jet ous of St. Paul's commercial prosperity , 1) ) pho lu fntU.t in tier efforts In secure h aJtfcoagu I can tell you' that a got deal of money was here for the purpose of securing the change. " "Do you mean to say that the Chicaco people ple attempted to bribe any members of the board ? " "I certainly do. One of their attorneys was hero n short timeagoand asked the pres ent supervising inspector of the Filth dis trict about his living expenses , rent , etc. , In St. Paul. Ho wasnnswored , as ho might have expected to be , In a courteous manner , and then he was told that lie could live very much cheaper nnd very much better in Chicago , nnd that if he would consent t > work for the chance n nice little stack of greenbacks would bo his towards paying the expenses of the removal. This occurred In the lobby of Wllhml's ' hotel , and would have resulted In a thrashing for the Chicago man but for his agility in getting behind a post before Cap tain Hayes could get In a wlmck at him. " WOIIK OP THE COM.M1TTKKS. WASHINGTON , Kcb. 5. [ Press. ] The bouse committee on military affairs to-day passed favorably iiiwn Representative Lnlrd's bill for the protection of Arizona and New Mexico. It provides for the raising of a regi ment of volunteer cavalry In each tcriltory for one year's service , to be composed and ollicered by actual settlers of the territory , and tlmt two Mexican ponies be furnished each olllrer and soldier , and whenever they nvo Insiillicient to make vigorous pursuit of hostile Indians , rculmcntal uuartermastcrs' are authorised to supply the delielency from any herds accessible without any delay or advertisement or inspection , giving vouchers for such animals as may ho taken from pri vate citUons. Pack animals are to bo pro vided as a means of transporting supplies In addition to regimental wagon trains. The house committee on shipping to-day further discussed Iteprebcntntlvo Dunn's free ship bill. The discussion indicated a division on strictly party lines , but probablv no vote will ho taken on the bill for several weeks. The house committee on territorial to-day heard the delegation of Indians representing the live civilised tribes of Indian territory in opposition to the bills for the or- canization of the terrltoiy of Oklahoma. The Indians expressed general opposition to these and all the bills affecting their present relations with the government. All thov wanted was for the government to keep faith with thciu , and the organization of the terri tory of Oklahoma they claimed would bo a violation of the treaty stipulations. Iteply- Ing to ex-Ucprcsentatlvo Clark's charge that Oklahoma was now simply a pasture ground for cattlemen , they made counter charges in which they accused Clark and others who urge the organization of the territory of being In collusion with railroad companies and cattlemen. CAPITAL GLEANINGS. The president pardoned ( leorgo II. Slmms. who was convicted of participating in the conspiracy to defraud the government in a pension case , and sentenced to live years in the southern Illinois penitentiary. DASXAUDLiY CJU51E. Six Men Nearly Burned to Death in KaslSt. JjoulH. ST. Loins , Feb. G. A terrible attempt upon uiman life was perpetrated last night shortly ifler 10 o'clock in a shanty near the railroad racks In East St. Louis. The railroad men ivbo happened to be out were attracted to the by the glare of fire and heart-rending creams ana the cries from six men who ivcro In the shanty. The door was broken tlown and two men rushed out enveloped In flames , while four others were carried out no. rolled in the snow. The faces of the ictims were blackened and long strips of ilesh peeled off , presenting a horrible sight. Tho-unfortunato men were taken to the relay ilcpot , and while tliero told how the lire originated. They liad strolled Into Jie shanty ono by one to get warm and were sitting around the stove talking , when suddenly the stove burst open and ( lames leaped all over the room , enveloping llio men before they could turn to the doors. The lire ' was the result either of a practical .1oko or a deliberate attack on their lives to settle an old grudge. The strange manner from which the lire started can only bo ac counted for on the ground that some wretch poured oil down the chimney to the stove. Jt Is said the man who perpetrated the- deed is known , as ho had a grudge against one of the men and declared out recently that he would get even with him If it took years to do It. Near the shanty was found an oil can. The railroad men who ran to their rescue saw a man retreating from the shanty. If the man had been captured ho would have been lynched. The six men are all fearfully burned , but it cannot bo learned whether any of them were fatally injured or not. DINING ROOM Til AGED Y. A. Traveling Men's Quarrel Ends "VVitli a Murder. GAI.VKSTON , Feb. 4. A Waco ( Tex. ) special to the News says : The dining liai : of the McClelland hotel was the scone of r tragedy last night Two traveling salesmen J. E. Graham of St. Louis and William Laml of Chicago , were seated opposite each othci and became involved In a quarrel Lamb declaring that "a man who traveled toi a St. Louis house was no good. " Grahair made a reply , at which Lamb attacked auc knocked him down , although Graham \vni much the larger man. Graham pulled a re volver and lired four shots , three taking of feet. Lamb died a few noim later. Graham declared ho never met Lamb befon ho encountered him going to thodlnine room He says ho thought Lamb was trying to commence menco a quarrel for the purpose of taking hh lite , ns ho ( LambX bad some unknowt enemies in Texas on account of his Intimati relations with a woman whose husband am friends had threatened Him , Lamb reprc sonts the It. E. Lee company of Chicago art furniture , while Graham travels for tin stationery company of It. & T. A. Emits o St. Louis. At the conclusion of the Inques this afternoon Graham was admitted to ball HAN-OMAN'S DAY. A ninsnhemoiis Murderer SWUIIK Of nt Ijeiulvillc. l ) xvin : , Feb. 5. Mlnich , ono of the Hire men who murdered Samuel llaldwln nea Lcadville , October 18 , 1S J. for 51,700 , wa hung at Lcadvlllo this afternoon. Up tc yesterday evening Minicli expected Uov crnor Eaton to commute his sentence to Ilfi Imprisonment , Ho was very indlrlerenl driving the clergymen out of his cell will violent blasphemy. This morning when h discovered ho must hang , ho called loudly fo a preacher , and earnestly prayed the Al mlghty's forgiveness. Ilo ascended th scjtl'old at 1:1X1 : witli a cigar in bin mouth , smile on his face , and was launched hit eternity denying ins guilt to the lait minute The Bessemer Steel Worke. PiTTsrnma , Feb. S. An explosion oecurrci this morning at the Bessemer steel works a Carnegie , Phillips & Co. , at Homestead. I is reported that fifteen men were killed. LATEII The report of an explosion at th Bessemer steel works at Homestead Is mi founded. A telegram has been received froi the works stating that It must have origl nnted Irom an explosion which occurrc Wednesday. The works have been closei down , but uio preparing to resume to-morrow The dinicultlos with the strikers 1mc bee. settled. The Chess Players. ST. Louis , Feb. 5. The chess match wa resumed at 3 o'clock this afternoon. The a tendance was about the same as on Wedne : day , and Included most of the strong dies players In tha city , as well as several Iroi outside places. The game is said by thos best abio to Judiro to bo the strongest yt played in the match , and attracted very clos attention and elicited much mlmlratloi Xeuckertoit chose the white and lead on wit tlio queen's gambit which was declined b Stolnltz. At the end of thirty-livamoves tli .white resigned. AV.outhcr for To-Day. Missot'iu YAU.EV Fairwarmer wcallicr southerly .winds | n iputhem portion , shlf ing to westerly tu northern portion ; and the ' ' shifting to so\tterly ) , MONEY SPENT FOR NOTHING , Vast Sums Paid for Surveying Vork That Was Never Performed. ENORMOUS NEBRASKA FRAUDS. Evidence : Accumulating of Swindles 1'ri'pctruled on the Government Oilier Mon's Pockets Hold tlio lit Uuttcii Gains. Surveying Frauds lit Nebraska. CiiirAno , l''e ) > . fi. I Special Telegram. ] The Times "Washington special says : Although the government lias spout large sums of money for surveyors In Nebraska , evidence Is rapidly accumulating that much of the work paid for was never done. Deputy suiveyorswho got contracts ran exterior or township Ilncs-al least they inn part of them and In iiany : cases they never made a pictcn&e of running the Interior lines , for which they were also paid. It Is not likely that I hey wore allowed to make largo sums of money by cheating the goveinment In this way without being obliged to divide with some other people. Tlio Times prints a letter from Alexander Sclilcgel , county surveyor of Drown county , In which tlie writer , under date of January 31 , says to Surveyor-Gcneial Gardner : "In the pa1 ? ! two years I have been frequently called upon to survey In towns 23 to US , ranges UO and 21 , and 1 have never yet found any evidence of n government survey of sub division or interior section lines , although I have traversed said towns from south to north and from east to west boundaries , critically .searching at every forty and eighty acre claim for evidence of any corners or marks of government survey. " Tlio sworfl nflldavit of Solo mon Pitcher 1ms also been received In Washington. It Is as follows : "I assisted In the survey of government land In Nebraska in tlio years l&H nnd 18S3 , under Deputy Surveyor Kali-Held. 1 assisted him n all surveying lie did dnrinir these two ( ears on government land. Wo surveyed nbont forty or more townships. Tliero was not a township surveyed according to in- tutctlons. He was as liable to commence at 3iie corner of a township as at another , and tvould frequently cairy two lines at onetime. This he did by zlgzagmg through a township. \s a general thing lie never put in quarter corners except on a straight line through the ownship , and seldom made a closing of ho west boundary of a township nor of the north boundary. In many Instances 10 never left a stake or stone to indicate where the corner was located. lam conver sant with a largo number of surveyors of the northwestern part of the state , liaving'bcen county surveyor in Cherry and Sheridan counties , and having been engaged in locat- ng settlers. In many instances thcro Is no itakc or stone in whole townships. In some nstances a portion of tlio townships would be surveyed while the balance would appear .o be unsurvcycd. S. V. PITCHER. Nebraska "Surveys. " I3clow is given the telegram from Washing- : on above referred to , taken from the Chicago Times of yesterday ( Thursday ) morning , under the heading of "Nebraska 'Surveys' . " WASHINOTON , Feb. 4. [ Special. ] Al though the government has spent largo.sums of money for surveys in Nebraska , evidence s rapidly accumulating that much of the ivork paid for was never done. The deputy surveyors who got the contracts ran the ex terior or township lines at least they ran a part of them and In many cases they never made a pretense of running the interior lines , for whicli they were also paid. It Is not likely that they were allowed to make large sums of money by cheating the government In this way without being obliged to divide with some other people. The following let ter and affidavit give a pretty good idea oi the way tilings hove been running for years , not only in Nebraska , but in all parts of the public domain : AiNswoimr , Xeb. , Jan. 81 , I860. Hon. J. F. Gardner. United States Surveyor General , riattsmoutii. Neb. Dear Sir-I : have thd honor to acknowledge the receipt of youi letter of the auu iust. , stating that complaint had been entered with you by residents oi this county in regard to public surveys , and askingmy testimony as county surveyor in regard to the facts. In reply 1 have to state that complaint in rcsard to public surveys in tills county is mainly conlined to townships 25 , 20 , 27 and 23 north , ranges 20 , 21 , 22 and 23 , west of the sixth principal meridian. My own personal observation and knowledge , however , only extend to towns 25 to 28 , ranges 20 ana 21 west , having never been called upon to survey in ranges 2-J and 2:1 : , In tlio past two years I have been frequently called upon to survey In towns 25 to 2s , ranges 20 and 31 , and 1 have YKT I'OUND ANV EVIDENCE of a government survey of subdivision or in tcrlor section lines , although I have traversed said towns from south to north , and from cast to west boundaries , critically searching at every forty and eighty chains for evidence of any corners or marks of a governmeni survey. The townships or exterior lines ol said townships are the only evidence of agov eminent survey , and have been easily traceii by me. A copy of the field notes of sak towns In my possession would indicate thai no actual survey was ever made , because tliej are untrue as to topogiaphy and character oi cell ; notably towns 2r , 20 , and 27 , ranges 2 ( anil 31. contain many deep lakes covering ar area of from 10 to luo acres , some of them con taining different kinds of edible fish. Line. of public survey would bo sure to cros ! some of the o lakes , and many coinen would certainly fall on them , yet no note o : e\idenccof such lakes is shown in the licit notes or plats. Those lakes are not men marshes , ponds , or pools , having no mud , bu a white ssuid bottom , and are permanent Tlio wast season was ono of extreme drought in this bcctlon , yet none of these lavircr lake ; were much affected thoieby. The absence o a subdivision survey of these towns seriotislj retards tlio settlement of them , yet quite i number of persons have settled in tlm valley ; Mid on the lakes who are seriously incon vcnlenced because they cannot II ml the line : and corners establishing their boundaries. J case in point Is that of Mr. Joseph K. Ingall and his sou , James W , Ingalls , who have BIITTI.KB AND .MADH JMPIIOVKMENT upon sections 14 and 2:1 : , supposing , from ap pearanra of topography ot the govcrumen plat and In ( ho absence of government sur vey and corners , that they were situated upoi eectlons 8. 0 and 17 , two mile * west , upoi which latter they took out their entry papers and now have asked tlio honorable coinmia slouer of the general laud ollico to cancc Raid entries and to allow them to outer upoi tlm land they have Improved , and which the1 thought they weie entering. The corner ti sections 10 , II , n and 15 in tills town phi would fall In the center of a deep lake Tliero Is also a lake In section 10 , and be twecn sections 8 , 9 , 10 , 17 , am others , In several Instances I liav found five to ten ecu's of break Ing half a mile and more from the land entered terod , and thought to bo improved. I holi that as county surveyor I have no right o authority to permanently establish lines ani corners within these towns. The reined } therefore , will suggest Itself to you to brln this matter to the notice of the commlssioiic of tlio general land ofncc , and respectful ! urge for these people a resurvey by the go\ \ ernment. Any turthcr information desire in this matter will be most cheerfully I'm nished. Ai.r.xANinsu SCHI.KOEI , , County Surveyor of Urowii County. AN 1NTE1IEST1NO AFFIDAVIT. The fallowing afUdavlt has been , received STATK OKNKIIIIASKA , OASS COUNTY , ss.- On this 30th day of January , in the year ittei Iteforo.me , the undersigned , Frank H , Wl sou , a notary public in and for , said count ; . personally came Solomon V. i'ltcher , ( if lav who , toping by mo duly sworn accon Ing to law , on his oath srfys : I have assisted In the survey of government land In tlio state of Nebraika in tlioyeaMlSSl and 1SS3under Deputy Surveyor GcorpcjW. Kalrlleld. 1 as sisted'him In all the surfejlng ho did during these two years on government land. Wo surveyed about forty or moro townships. Tliero was not a township surveyed according to Instructions , lie was as liable to commence - menco at ono corner of n township as an other , and would frequently carry two lines at ono time. Tills lie did by zigzasrglnir through the town ship. As a general thing he never nut in quarter corners except on the straight line through thotowiiRlilp < nnd seldom made the closing of tlio west boundary of a township , nor ou the northern boundary. In many in stances he never left a stake or stone to Imll- cite where a corner was located. I am con versant with a largo amount of the surveys of the norlliwestern part of the state , having been county survoyur In Cherry and Sheri dan counties , and having been engaged In locatinc fcllleis. Inmany instances there Is no stake or stone lit whole townships. In some Instances n portion of the township would bo surveyed , whllo the balance would appear to bo unsurveyed. S. Y. I'lrcnnii , Witness : Frank H. Wilson. STATK OK NniuiASKA , r.xss COUNTY PS : Hi ; It known tlmt on the : :0th : of January , A , D. , 1SSO , personnliy appeared before me , the undeisiuued , Frank 11. Wilson , a notary public duly commissioned and qualified in and for Cass county. S. V. I'itehcr , to me personally known , wlio subscribed to the foregoing , and being duly sworn , declares int the tacts stated In thclorogoingaro true. Witness my hand anil notarial scat tlio day ind date above written. FJIAXK II. WILSON. Notary 1'ubllc. . NUGGETS. \ Mail JOR Scaro'Uplieavcs ' the City ol'nhoo. . WAIIOO. Neb. , Feb. " > . [ Special Tele gram. ] Waboo has tlio hydrophobia. About 'en days since a dog , j whicli some supposed imd , was killed. Dcforo the animal was dllcd It was known to have bitten a pig , and s supposed to have bitten also a calf and mother dog. The pig died two days ago , and ibout the same tlmo tjio calf manifested un- 'iilstakable symptoms of rabies. It was closely watched by the owner , Hcv. Dodder , nnd when he was fully persuaded that the alf was mad , ho killed it. Yesterday tlio dog that was bitten was running nt large , 'oaming and frothing at the mouth , biting > very dog that it met. It is believed to have bitten not less than fifty other dogs , and is losltively known to have bitten at least a Io7.cn. The vicious brute was dispatched by T. W. Kiddle with a shot gun about 4 p. in. ycstciday. Ills dog , which was ono of the infortuuates , ho has chained up awaiting the line when the dog shall exhibit symptoms of rabies or pass tlio dangerous period. There s a possibility of a largo number of candi- .latcs for Pasteur. Trying to Beat Ills Creditors. HI.OOMINOTON , Neb , , Feb. 5. [ Special Telegram. ] Creditors yesterday attached tlio stock of general merchandise of J. L. Cook. Cook has been selling at cost for sonic time with an evident desire to.get closed out. A few days ago he tried to convoy a large amount of stock into Kansas in Tom Kint- ley's name , but was , stopped , and this appar ently caused the balance of his creditors , to come In. Up owes nearly all tlio houses he has over dealt with,1 , his ( Indebtedness being placed by some at .even 10,000 , with assets not to exceed 52,500. fi - Helping tliq jfikhorn ] Road. AVAuoo , Neb. , FebV 5. [ Special. ] At u meeting of the village trustees held last night an ordinance was passed vacat- ng Jlaplo street from Ninth to Fifteentn for the right of way to the Fremont , Elkhorn & Missouri Valley railway company. An other ordinance was passed calling a special election to bo held March 2 , 18SO , to deter mine whether the village should further aid iad ! railway company by voting It bonds to tlio extent of $0,000. Hotel Changed Hands. KEAKNEV. Neb. , Feb. 4. [ Special Tele gram. ] The Grand Central hotel at this place lias chomgcd hands. A gentleman named Leman from Colorado , a practical ho tel man , has taken charge , and will at once make needed Improvements. [ The above telegram was published , through error , in the liE of yesterday under a Columbus ( Neb. ) date. It Is refmblished witli correction made ; that the travllug public may not bo misled Into confounding it witli the Grand Pacific hotel of Columbus. EDITOII. ] j Place for the Packing House to Fill. NEMOII , Neb. , Feb. 5. [ Special. ] News was brought hero lasl | night of a queer state of affairs at Cuujmlnsvllle , in Wheeler county. The postmaster left several months ago , leaving a mcrchjiut named Manker In charge as deputy. Jijuikcr sold out last week and left. There is no ono there authorized to handle tlio mail , but F. Kimdnll , editor of tha Gazette , Is doing so , though numerous citizens have protested against It. Decided "Slottcr" House Victory. NiuitASKACiTVteb.Feb.5. : | ( Special Tel egram. ] Although n'oolliclal dispatches have been received , It Is learned on good authority that It Is a settled fact that Thomas Morton will be our next postmaster. Mr. Morton Is proprietor of the Nebraska City News , and all the democrats.here , except the nineteen other candidates for the same position , say lie Is the man who Is most entitled to the piece. This Is a decided Morton victory. Our city this evening Is feeling well pleased over the ' news. Into Hie Great ISoyoml. NiniA3KA : ! CITY. Neb. , Feb. 5. [ Special Telegram , ] Mrs. Matilda McMeclian , aged 70 years , died tills morning at 5 o'clock. The deceased was ono of the llrst settlers of this county , and mother-in-law of Hon. S. II. Cal- hoiin , ono of tlm leading members of the bar of this city , and mother of Lieutenant A. C , McMeclian , United States navy. The funeral will take place Monday at 2 p. in , A Kirebntfs Work. JlAY Si'iiiNos , N. . b. , Feb. 5. A fire early yesterday mornliic .destroyed Mllford'e land ofllcc , Halley % Sullivan's saloon and Smith's livery stablecausing ; a loss of SOM ( with only 81,000 , in urijhce. The lire started in the saloon and I uWosed to bo the work of an incendiary ; * ' [ Accidental , Dentil , Iltmnourr , Neb. , Feb. C A farmer named Kugono Ulaldsellliving near town , was crushed to death b > ; a falling trco which ho was cutting down , Veiljiesday. lie loaves a wife ami three children. < The Antl-Chlueso movement. SANJosi : , Cal. , Feb. 5. The llrst antl ChincbO state convention convened hove tc day. Ono hundred delegates representing the antl-Chlncso leagues and trade organiza tlons were present. A permanent organiza' tlon was effected. The ueneral sentlmeni among the delegates strongly opposed threat ! ol violence. Boycotting was lavored as tin quickest method of accomplishing the desired sired ends and a resolution in accoidanw with thesB views was adopted. Arcsolutloi was also adopted demanding of congress tin abrogation of the liuillngamo treaty. . Desli-iictlvo Fire. OnEnxviLtK , S , 0. , Feb. 5. At mldnlgh a fue destroyed the stores and stocks of foil llruis , valued atS oC03 ; insurance 810,000. ' The Failure Ilccorcl. New YQIIU ; Fcl ) . 5. TlnS toti.l number o failures during tliu l.a&t week were 287. SETTLING SCREENING ABUSES Iowa Goal Diggers Often Mine Merchantable- Coal Without Pay. NOVEL BILL TO AVOID THE EVIL. Mio Democrats Positively Committed to Antl-Tcmpcrancc Education IicglHtatlvc Proceedings and Other Iowa Specials. The General Assembly. Dr.sMoi.NKS , Iowa. Feb. n. ISpeclal Tclo- rram. ] Tlio principal tonic ot discussion In he legislature so far has been the coal screen question. The present lack of law has per- nttlcd grave abuses to arise In the SCICCH- ng of coal , miners In many Instances being enuircd to mine merchantable coal for which hey receive no pay , owing to the largo noshed screens that arc used. Several hills o remedy the evil have been Introduced but ho latest and most novel bill was Introduced o-day by Senator Young of Atlantic. Tlio ) lll allows mine owners to screen their coal n their own way , but prohibits their hanging > f screens. The miners , under the proposed aw , are to bo paid for the lump coal which hey take out , and arc to havir divided among them 40 per cent of the gross receipts from the sale of pea coal , nut coal and slack , the amount to bo apportioned among the miners on the lirst of each month ho other CO per cent of the receipts from that source to go to the mine operators. The sena- or claims that his bill will divide the Interest n the small coal or wastcand , will remove the cmptatlon to widening screens , and will not encourage the increase of small coal , which would bo the case , ho holds , by a law requlr- ug the coal to bo weighed before screening. The design of the bill Is to divide tlio Interest of tlio mine owner nnd mine operator In such way that the Interest of ono will Incidentally afford protection to the other In regard to he small coal or waste which occasions all the disputes. The senate spent the greater part of the session to-day in considering the Clark bill for requiring instruction in the public schools on the effect ou the human system of alco- mile liquors and narcotics. The bill Is prac tically the same as the Missouri law on this subject , and similar laws are found in four teen states. Petitions representing lfl,000 names have been presented asking for a law of this kind , and It has seemed to be a very [ topular measure. Hut when the bill came .ip on its passage to-day , it was opposed by Senator Boiler ( dem ) , In v speech of over an hour. Ho took occasion to denounce the people who asked for the bill as snivelling , drivelling fanatics , and made a ecneral tirade against total ab stinence , and then sought to ridicule the bill down by offering an amendment to require teaching on the pernicious effectsof a piotec- tlvo tariff. Ho was answered by Senators Young , Sweeney and Clark , the latter giving liim a fiery rebuke for Ids denunciation of Ihc temperance cause. The wiser democrats are very much an noyed over Bolter's speech , as it struck directly at the position which the democratic party lias taken In favor of impressing In- tbmperanco by moral suasion and Instruction on the evil effects or the drinking habit. Every icpubllcan votett for the bill , nnd only democrats against it , thus commuting their party to opposition even to teaching temncr- anco in the schools. The democratic party thus goes on record in the senate as opposed to prohibition and opposed to the opposite means of suppressing intemperance , a posi tion which their shrewder leaders regard as a great blunder and an unfortunate mistake. Entire Family Burned to Death. McGnr.ooii , Iowa , Feb. 5. [ Special Tele gram. ] Early this morning the house of Albert Cooley. two miles south of this city , cnuisht lire and burned with the entire family , consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Cooley and three children. The lire started from an ash barrel in the kitchen , and was not discovered in time by tlm neighbors to render any assist ance. Mr. Cooley throw a trunk from an upper window and Is supposed to have re turned for his family and found his way of retreat cut off. The whole family were burned to death when found.- Dosed Themselves to Death. MAnsiiAi.i/rowN , Iowa. Feb. b. [ Special Telegram. ] Late this afternoon the house of Joseph Cavamiugh was broken Into , and Cavanaugh was found dead In bed. Bcsldo him lay a friend named Buckley , breathing feebly , who died in a few moments. Both men were last seen'Monday evening. They then entered tlm house , locked themselves In , and took chloroform. A Defaulter Captured. Dr.s MOINKS , Iowa , Feb. 5. [ Special Tele- giani. ] J. J. Stuckoy. who left town as n defaulter beveral months ago , was captured In Montana by a private detective of the liawkoyo Insurance company , whom It Is alleged ho robbed , and brought to this city to-day. Ho was formerly secretary of the Prisoners of War association , and stood very high In various secret society organizations. OIIK APK U TUAXSPOUTATI OX. Tlio Value oftho Kne Canal In Moving "Western Grain. BUFTAT.O , Feb. 5 , The Commercial has an Interview with Horatio Seymour , Jr. , for ten years state engineer of New York. Ho shows that by deepening the Krlo canal , raising the ban us a foot and lengthening the locks , the cost of transportation can bo reduced from one-third to ono-half. Ho said : Cheap trans portation is an absolute necessity to the west. India and Australia to-day produce more wheat than this country does , and they are becoming formidable rivals in the markets of westein Kuropo. The problem hero Is to get grain to the market cheap enough. The devel opment of the northwest Is going forward with enormous strides. If wo can sell our wheat , this country will have eight hundred millions of bushels annually to move in ten years. What will you do witli this vast volume of tracd if vou allow the canal to re main as It Is ? The people of the west want the canal enlarged and improved , and if it is notdono wo must turn our propeity Into the Welland canal and down the St. Lawrence. Colliding Passenger Trains Cause Three Fatalities. I..ITTI.K KOCK , Ark , , Feb. 5. This morning n passenger train collided at WHIIarasville ( Mo. ) with the fast St. Louis passenger train from Memphis. Engineer Wallace , of the Memphis train , nnd his fireman , name un known , were Instantly killed. Englneei Walker , of the St. Louis train , jumped from the train and was badly Injured. Ho h from Aurora (111. ( ) . Jiis fireman , name mi' known , was caught between the engine anil tender and crushed to death. Fear of nn Indian Uprising. ST. PAUL , Feb. 5. Ada ( Minn. ) special t ( the Pioneer Press : The Indians on Jle ; Lake i reservation are very uneasy. The faci has just been disclosed that for some tlm < past they have been gathering up all tin aims , ammunition and horses In the country It is traied they have been Incited by cmml sarles lit'iu the British northwest. Powers Advlso Caution. ATIIF.XS , Feb. 5 , The powers have seiit ( third noteto tlio'Grcck goyuuiment caution. THE 13ASTBUX Kvtrcmo Cold Continues Throughout Now York. Nr.w YOIIK , Feb. A. The thermometer ihls morning stands 0 below zero. Tlio iresent cold sunp Is by far the coldest ot the ic.ison , and the suffering among the poor Is very great. Trains on the elevated roads are lelaycd very much. Owing to the snow It Is ilmost Impossible for horsoears to make icadway , Twenty persons who walked across Brooklyn bridge yesterday had some xut of their bodies frozen , Charitable per sons bought largo numbers of tickets for Ides on the Brooklyn brldco cars nud had ho police give them to poorly clad persons who attcmuted to walk across. Four steamers irrivcd nt this port yesterday , mt no sailing vessels reported. The steamers were completely coveted with ice , and their captains repot t having passed an extremely cold night elf tlio eoast. Largo liiantltles of lee drilled about tlio harbor vesterday. A dispatch from City Island re torted the mouth of tlio sound lull ot Ice , and no water could bo .seen Mom tlmt point. No sound steamers arrived here yesterday owing to the storm. None of these vessels sailed Irom the other end Wednesday nicht. The last month hat been a busv ono for hfo Caving crews along ( ho coast. The crow at Third CHIT Beach station lias beat the record. mvlng saved sixty-live lives slnco the great storm of .lanuaiy. SAHATOOA , NT. Y. . Feb * . 5. The cold wave swept over this section last night , accomp.i- iled by a northeast wind. Thermometer tU5 jclovvx.ero. BAI.TIMOIIU , Feb. 5. Last , nicht was the coldest of the winter. Though the sun shines irlghtly the atmosphere Is very severe. At " o eloclv It Is storming more. Tlio mercury ndleate.tS bclow/evo , n rare occurrence in his latitude. Attlilwnsl above , nnd at 1 this afternoon it stood 0 above. Trains are still delayed and navigation is again sus- > endcd , there having been no arrival or de parture from this port to-day. AMONG THE UAIiaiOADS. A "Waiin Hates llctwceti St. Paul and Chicago , CHICAGO , Feb. 5. TlieChlcago.Mllwaukco ifc St. Paul road announced that to-morrow twill cut the passenger rate to St. Paul to S7 , In order to meet the rates alleged to have been made by the Itock Island road. Tills ipparcntly involves a stubborn war , in which Ihc main contestants will be the Kock Island & St. Paul roads , with the Chicago and Northwestern aiding the latter. Construction Ordered. ST. PAIT , , Feb. 5. Winnipeg special to the Pioneer Press : Cable orders weio re- reived from England to-day to build itho Hudson Bay rail way from Winnipeg lake to Fort Churchill. Increasing the Army. BEI.OUADK , Feb. 5. The government has ordered all merchants and manufacturers under the age of10 years to join active army sci vice. CONN UlilAIjl T1I2S. The ten-year-old Emperor oC China isclam- orous for a wife. Every bride is beautiful , and it is a myste ry where all the plain married women come from. It Is rumored that Kdlson's latest inven tion is a reasonable excuse for him to get married , George H. llcwcs and wife , of Fulton township , Lancaster county , Pennsylvania , recently celebrated their golden wedding. Mrs. Isipac Vortolksky of Meridian. Miss. , wants a divorce because her husband did not change his socksiwfor-sixnveoks after their wedding. Dr , Do L'con , of Chicago , married Miss Emma Koso , of that city , at Davenport , Iowa , and deserted her on their return to Chicago , thirty-six hours later. Do Leon lias disappeared , and tlm girl lias gone to her liome. A St. Louis gill , agcd-iO , and with 83,000- 000 , Is about to marry a man of 23. She is sensible. If slio had postponed It much long er slut would have found her ago increasing taster than her millions ; but now her mil lions will disappear as fast as her youth Hies from her. A man of 70 , with white hair , and was about to marry a woman foily years his junior , with hair black as jet , dyed his locks black and was quite surprised to lind his bride meet him at the altar with her hair bleached white as snow. About forty men In Wells county , Indiana , have suddenly discovered that they have two wives living. The gentlemen were divorced whllo W. .1. Craic was county clerk , and no entries were made of tlie divorces because no fees were paid. There Is much excitement over the matter. The much-married daughter of Joaquln Miller , as well ns her latest husband , are gratified at tlio commencement of a divorce suit by Arthur Lnrinir Mackayc , to whom she was first united. It Is supooscd she will let the ease go or default , and after the di vorce is granted bo again married to Me- Cormlck. Mrs. L. A. Coquaid , a member of tlio most exclusive society circles of St. Louis and the wife of a wealthy broker , has obtained a di vorce from her fiubband on tlio grounds of cruel treatment. Mr , Coquard allowed the raso to go by default , and tlio court granted her S1W.OOO as well as the divorce. Miss May A. Lewis was married to Thos. W. Lindsay , commander of Cashing Post , No. 201 , ( i. A. it. , last week at the Sixth Avenue - nue Methodist Episcopal church , Brooklyn. Tlio church was Idled with Grand Army men nil in uniform. Tlio bridal party was accom panied from tlm bride's house to the church by a juvenile life and drum corps. Chaplain Foster of Grant Post , No. : K , performed the ceremony. The groom is 70 years of ago , with long.flowing whiteboard , and the bride is : ; o years liis Junior. Commander Lindsay pre sented his post a handsomely engraved silver trumpet in commemoration of his marriage. Queen Margaret of Denmark was n great mulch maker , and gavotho high born Klrstcn Thott In iimnlago to her lavorlto. Jeppo Minis , a son of a rich burirher. Tlio In dignant bride , who was betrothed to another , presented her hihband with a gold ring , in which was incrusted a copper nail with this Inscription : "Flomish , copper mill , thou Host in gold. " ( Jucon Margaret counted not on the vengeance of tlio hrido's betrothed , Holler Munk , the lord of Boiler , who , to the rage of tlio queen , picked a qimnel with tlio brhieginom , killed him , and muirlcd his widow the next day. CoiiHtluj ; Pleasures. Mr. O , II. Gordon has received a form- nl invitation from the Phittsinouth carni val committee. Messrs. J. K. Minor , J. K. Pollock and G. T. Burton , for the Omaha coasters to attend the carnival to bo hold in that place this ( Sutimlny ) oven- ing. It is probable that * n number of Oniahu collators will be in attendance ) . They will ho taken to Pluttsnioulh on the 0:20 : train nnd a return special excur sion train will bring thorn back to Uinahii , A number of Omalmno have determ ined to attend thu carnival to ho hold in Council Bluffs next Wednesday niylit. - Nan-Union Clours. A schema Is on I'ool nmong the 1C. of L. men in this city to stavt iv movement iifrainst non-union cigars. This njjitution has been going on for some time in other places , and at length seems to have readied Omaha. A prominent dealer bald the other day , after a talk with u member of tlio Knights of Labor , that ho would order no moro non-union cigars. There arc several firms in the city who do not deal exclusively in union made cijiurs flKituifct whom a boycott is immi- iwnt. TUB union , however , will not act hastily in the nmttor , us they think the dealers can bo brought to terms without rosoning to hur.sh measures. Frank O'Neil , : i deserter from the reg ular army , was arrested lust night : m < Ipdged In. the central iiolico station , Tin olllcr.s ( ! at the fort wUl 1)0 notified ot tin arrest this morning.- Mexican Versions of the Unfortunate AflnlC from Official Sources , TAKEN FOR HOSTILE APACHE * Tlio Ivvcuso Olvon Inability to Knlsli Konrgndc Indians from the Suouts Xlio Tmttcf Claimed to bo Hathcr Unruly. A Gallant Soldier's IJntclicry. \VASIUX < ITOX , Feb. f > . Senor It'omcro , Moxlcau minister at Washington , has re ceived fiom the government of the state ot Chihuahua ( Mexico , ) an oniclal report of the unfortunate encounter which the Mexican forces had with United States troops eom- uanded by Captain Crawford nt the moun tains nt Davis , Chihuahua , on the llth nit. It Is stated In the teport that the Mexican force , commanded by Major Maurice Cor- rcdor , arrived on tlmt day at n place called rioparlo , In Sterro of Bavls , where they enow that tlio Apache Indians who had re volted under the leadership of Gtronlmo were. The Mexicans lired on tlio United States troops in tlio belief that they weroiios- ; lles. in tlio light which ensued. Major Mauilco Corredor , First Lieutenant Juan do la Cruz , Privates Martulim Mudld and Luz ISstrada worn killed ami four other soldiers wounded. That as soon as the Mexican forces found that thov were ilrlng on United Stutes soldiers they stopped lirlng. and ex pressed to the latter their regrets at the loss occasioned to both commands. Tlm leport gives as an excuse for the above mistake Hie dllllciilty ot distinguishing the renegade Indians liom scouts , and says while ( lie latter generally behaved themselves while in their camp ami under view of their oilieers , when they got out under the pretext of hunting or looking for hostile Indians or others , they sometimes commit great depre dations on peaceful Inhabitants'of the fron tier , and cannot readily bo distinguished from hostile Indians. It was reported from Mexico that the scouts killed and wounded on the 17lli of December a consider able number of cattle and horses be longing to n Mexican , and on tlm 23d , while they were in camp at a place distant about a mlle from Ouasabas , Sonora , ycYen of the scouts entered the village and com mitted gicat outrages , and Iho mayor was forced to ask for armed forces to bring them to order , and ono of the scouts was wounded md some Indians killed two men who were leading mules loaded with goods which were stolen by the scouts. The leport says further that the Constitu tion , olllcial journal of the state of Sonora , contains a detailed statement of all the out > rages committed by the scouts , and tlio result has been to address a petition to the general government not to allow the scouts to cross over Into Mexican territory. Ei. PASO , Tex. , i'eb. ' 5. Following is th olllcial report ot Hie' engagement between Mexican and United States troops , in which Cant. Crawford lost his life : To thcMefo Politico of Dcgallado county. [ ) n tlio llth lust wo reached the camp called Teopar or Sierra del Bavin , where we com- baUed a great , number of tame and wild In dians , probably over 200 , led by foreign ( United States ) olllccrs and over twenty sol diers of the same kind , who exhibited 'them selves. Fire lasted for one hour and a half , killing four of us Maj. Mouricio Corrodor , hieut. Jaiin Do La Crux nnd Privates Mnr- tinlano Madrid and Lur/.esterado ; also four wounded Apolonlo Spier , Herculanq Cruz , AgapttioKomro ; and Marcos Goiuales. . Our opponents lost a captain , four dead and three wounded. The momentwas aserious one , and our safely was duo to the treaty 'with ' them under the war.'llair . of the United States , to which they pretended to belong after their captain died. 1 acceded to their terms for thq reasons given , though they displayed not .a slttii of legality , as was evidenced fis much by their strategy as by the different animals which they brought and which I bring to prove they were stolen at this place. To-day at tlie earliest hour possible 1 will start for your city. Allot which 1 have the honor to communicate to you for your information , SANTA ANNA. PIIIIKJC. Dolores Mining Camp. NKW Yor.K , Feb. 5. The Post's Tomb stone. Arizona , special says : It is reported that the causes leading to tlm shooting ofi Capt. Crawford are confirmed by the arrival hero to-day , from Sonora. of A. J. Huncke , a citl/.en of undoubted credibility. He report that hist month fourteen o'f Crawford'i ? scoujs , while intoxicated , attacked a Mexican citizen living near Fron terns. They subsequently rode Into Krontcrns , firing up and down the street driving the teriorlzed citizens into tlie house. ' , which they barred , preparing to defend themselves' The drunk en scouts had the town to thcmschcs for a time. Tlie Mexicans banded and were ready to attack the men when Crawford rode into the town and by Ills presence succeeded in drawing elf the scouts. FOREIGN Al'PAIRS. Unemployed Kn-jllMi Workmen Urg ing tlio Government Tor Help. LONDONFeb. . fi , The marquis of Salisbury to-day received a deputation of unemployed workmen who called to urge upon him the necessity existing for government help. Lord Salisbury told the men he considered the question moro serious than the Irish ques tion. He , however , denounced the policy In vogue among foioign governments of foster ing Industry by granting bounties from the public treasury , calling it false political econ omy. Ho expressed the hope that Iho electors ot Great Britain would give parliament the power to inlliiencu lorelgn governments to abandon such policy. Concerning the land question , Lord Salisbury said Hie propo sition to help the poor bv furnlnhlng land to reclaim was Impracticable , for thn rcaoon that nobody would Invest capital in the work pi H'claiming bad lands so long as the good lands of tlio country do not pay. 1 ho carlo ! Aberdeen , loid lieutenant o Aberdeenshlre. Scotland , has been appointed viceroy of Ireland. Baron \Volvei \ ton , ex-paymaster general , has been appointed postmaster general. Iho new government is now completed , all Iho minor places having been tilled. Sanctioned tlio Af ; 'conioiit. CoNSTANTj.voi'i.i : , Feb. 0. 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