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IN'AUGUUATION DAY will doubtless bo changed Jrotn the 4th of March to the 30th of April , the day on which Washington first took the presidential chair. SITTING BUJ.L is going to Washing ton to oppose the Dawes bill , opening the Sioux reservation. It is sad to see a great warrior degenerate into a com mon lobbyist. " WOMAN'S SPHUUU" grows mid grows. An enterprising eastern lady has been getting pledges from farmers not to kill eong birds , and then converted the doc uments into promissory notes. IT takes but three days and one hour to go from Omaha to San Francisco. This is certainly a refreshing thought to the pioneers who crossed the plains in ' 49 , at the rate of from sixteen to twenty miles a day. NEOKOES have started and maintain in successful operation several cooperative - operative institutions in the south. This is a good idea. Perhaps some of the vexed problems attaching to this class of citizens may find solution in this direction. THE town site of Los Angeles cm- braces about sixty thousand acres. That of San Diego ninety thousand. At a moderato computation these two towns nlono would require about four million inhabitants in order to maintain city values on that extent of territory. The prospects nro that many of the mush room towns of California will resolve themselves into farming lands again in , the near future. TUB Chorokeos' , after a squabble of several weeks , have been unable to de termine whether Mayos or Bushyhead wore elected to the Cherokee congress 1at the recent election. The former claims a majority of ono hundred and fifty votes , which Bushyhoad contests. An Indian inspector has been ordered from Washington to look into the con test and straighten matters out. The controversy has boon a hot ono and the Indians deserve credit for having con ducted it BO far without bloodshed. THE population of Now York city ii 1,500,000. The World furnishes this interesting item of the city's growth : "Ninety-one years ago lost bummer the first steamboat with a screw propollei was tested in this city. The water or which it lloated was the Collect , 01 Freshwater Pond , and that beaulifu pond , with its banks rich in foliage flowed over the site now occupied by th < Tombs. The population of the city wni then 60,000. In 1832 , fifty-five year : Bgo , it hud increased to 200,000. " Thii shows thatAvithin llfty-flvo years tin population has increased 1,300,000 Hero is ample evidence that a solii growth beatrf.n boom. The great international competition and universal international exhibition will open in Hrvssols May ! t , 1888 , am continue six months. This o.xhibitioi will bo under.tho patronage of Loopoli XI. , king of Belgium. It is organized 01 an entirely dilToront plan from al previous exhibitions , nnd the manage mo nt claims that it ' 'bids fair to bccom a universal success , and to develop i revolution among all branches of trade and industries , from the fact that in ad dition to the exhibition a convcntio Trill bo hold for the purpose of invest ! gating into and practically demonsral ! Ing by each exhibit how it can manufacture facturo bettor , quicker and cheaper. All exhibits will bo transported o Bpocial rates , and all applications nuu bo made by January 16 , 18S8 , to th authorized agents for thq United Statei Armstrong , Knauor & Co. , S22 and 82 Broadway , New York. The oxhibitio : ' offers rnro Inducements to America exhibitors , and it is urged that mam facturers take this opportunity of pla < "ing their wares before the world. Goi many , Franco , Russia , Italy , Spaii I ? Austria and England will bo well ropn I ; Bontod , The exhibition grounds covet \t\ \ \ WO acres , and all possible attraction lor the amusement of visitor * have bee Wild West she ' ecurod , including the | S 01 Buffalo Bill. Nebraska's Prodpccls. There is not n reasonable doubt that the addition to the population of Ne braska from immigration , for the pres ent year , will amount to fully ono hun dred thousand. It was shown by the vote at the last election that this is an entirely safe estimate , and it is equally certain that this state now has a papula- , tlon that may bo roundly stated at nine hundred thousand. This is an increase of nearly ono hundred per cent in seven years. If the same ratio of growth is maintained until the year of the next national census , 1890 , Nebraska will then have a population of about 1,300- 000. Is there the slightest reason to question that this rate of increase will be maintained ? On the contrary , all the probabilities favor it , with the chances that the population three years hence will exceed the above figures. There are indications that the exodus from the cast.to the west during the coming year , and very likely for several years , will bo on a larger scale than for the pnst several years. The farmers of Now England nro as n class not prosper ous , and there nro many in the Middle States whoso condition presses upon them the expediency , if not the neces sity , of changing'thcir location. The thoughts of thousands of thcfioinon , who are now eking out a mere [ hand-to- mouth existence with no prospect of im provement in their situation so long as they remain where they arc , arc turned to the west. The broad , rich and in viting fields of this section , whore fair reward is assured to industry and thrift , open to them un vista of cheering possi bilities which they can find nowhcro else and which they know do not exist in the localities where they arc now plodding out a nearly fruitless life. Looking as they arc daily compelled to do upon the dark side of the picture presented iu their sterile fields , growing every year less productive , they reflect with the pleasure that hope gives upon the al most boundless region of yet virgin soil , becoming every year more bountiful in its yield , in the west. They read of its abundance , of its prosperity , of its irre sistible energy and its grand progress , and they grow eager to become partici pants in and contributors to this grand march of empire. Many of them will do so in the year to come and the years to follow. In all this inviting territory there is no part that offers more favorable in ducements than Nebraska. Of its more than forty-eight million acres there are still many thousands that hold the promise of splendid reward to the skill- ul and industrious husbandman. Its ecortl as an agricultural state is c&tab- ishcd on an equality with the highest , nd its productive capacity is yet far rom being fully developed. This year t stands at the front as a corn-produc- ng state , and will in nil probability maintain this position in the future. ? or all the products of the soil nnd the raising of stock no state possesses supo- ior conditions. Prosperous and growing ities and towns are accessible as mar mots by an ample and well-equipped railroad system , and every provision ind requirement of an advanced civil- x-ation is supplied. No equal popula- ion anywhere else in the country can more general comfort , content ment nnd prosperity than the people of Nebraska. The invitation is extended o all who are seeking to improve their condition in life to come to this bounti- ully favored state , share in the existing prosperity and assist to increase it. There is still ample room and almost boundless opportunity for industry , en terprise and thrift. Death of S. r. Hounds. The announcement of the death of S. P. Rounds , editor of the Ifcniibfican , will bo received with great surprise in this community. Mr. Rounds came to Omaha about a year ago in full health and vigor. Ho had chosen this western metropolis for his homo , with flattering prospects for success and enjoyment. Mr. Rounds was a man known through out the entire west. For man ; years ho was actively engaged in Chicago cage in the printers' supply ] trade , where his name became familiar in every printing ofllco. In his dealings with the members of the craft he was always honorable and obliging. He was appointed government printei under the Garflold administration which position he resigned to come tc Omaha. Since his residence in this city Mr. Rounds has made many friends and the nnnounrcmont of his death will cause universal regret. Preserve Santa It is not altogether surprising that ir this practical and prosaic ago , with iti development of narrow purism , then should bo eomo people who think tha Santa Claus , the children's saint , win has ministered to the happiness of tin millions in all enlightened lands fo : generations , should bo cast out am abandoned. Uncomplimentary as i may bo to the progress of itnolligonco there are persons who can see no poetr ; in this mcdiicval myth , no possibility o a truth being taught by this gentli and almost universally honored fiction These purblind purists can see nothiiij but harm in the kindly deception tha tills the imagination of childhood wit ! the cheeriest fancies nnd th happiest anticipations , and wltl cold-hearted iconochism would rob th juvenile world of this only saint of it fancy that once in the year brings to i a boundless fitoro of happy expectancy An eastern child's paper having invite opinions on Santa Claus , received a num her of responses in favor of abolish in the good old saint , among others on from Rev. Dr. John Hall. This goo and learned gentleman deprecated th custom because it is tolling lies to littl children , nnd although ho granted thu it may give them temporary pleasure ho thought "enjoyment bought throng lies is gold bought too denr , if indeed i can bo called gold. " Undoubtedly Di Hall heard in his childhood of the goo Santn. Claus , aim had his imaginntio enlivened and cheered as childre still do by the wuno "lioa that have been repeated untol times since German fancy evolved 'th old saint.yct that excellent gentleman career attests , that ho did not suite therefrom. Nor , has any other amen n ii nl - the countless millions who have found delight in the ancient fiction. Fortunately opinions did not run all ono way in this timely symposium , nnd among thoao who bore testimony in favor of preserving Santa Claus was Rev. Dr. William M. Taylor. See how easily nnd completely this more gener ous-minded man disposed of the propo sition to abolish the old saint , and how strongly ho establishes the claim of Santa Claus to continued honor. Dr. Taylor said : I cannot sco that any harm Is done by the references to nnd representations of Santa Claus at Christmas. The purism which would rule that out of nil Christmas celebra tions would deprive the nursery of all such "classics" as "Jack and the Bean Stalk , " "Jack the Giant Killer , " "Gulliver's Travels" and the like ; would overlay entirely the youthful Imagination ; would put nn end to all childish playing at this or that , nnd would , In a word , take the poetry out of childhood , and make It all only very dull proso. I am not sure but that , fi'lrly carried out , It would also taboo sill the literature ot Imagination , nnd destroy everything In the shape of a book that is not literal fact. The proper an- tlthcsis to fact Is fiction , nnd fiction may teach a deep truth. Santn Claus is n fiction : but the truth beneath that fiction , which sooner or later comes to the surface , is love the love of parents for children , teachers for scholars , and Christians for each other ; and probably in the end that truth Is more effect ively taught because of the Impression made by Santa Claus in the beginning. Nothing more need be said in defense of the children's saint , and there can bo no doubt as to what the nearly unan imous verdict-will bo on this summing up. Lot the iconoclasts strike down whatever else they please , but the voice of childhood in ono mighty chorus , welling up from the little hearts throb bing with joyful anticipation , will de mand that Santa Claus be spared. And so ho shall bo. AVhittler's Dirtlulay. The venerable pool of liberty and humanity , John Grcenleaf Whittier , yesterday celebrated his eightieth an- nivor&ary at his Now England home , Danvers , Mass. Mr. Whittier possesses more than the more art of writing rhymes and fancies and painting nature. His genius and his intelligence are ever employed for his country , which ho loves. Ho has been a leader , in social and political reforms. Ho de spised slavery , and his Qcrco invectives against men who advocated itnndrnnin- tuined that it was a divine institution were withering in their effects. It has > cen snid of the illustrious old poet hut "his was cast in a time of war and liango , nnel ho sang the songs and ought the battles of his time , " Of Mr. "Whittior's personal appear- nee , the New York Herald's corres- ondont , who very recently interviewed lira , says : Tall , and as straight as ono of the young inca in his favorite grove , It seems impos- ible that he is about at the end of four score 'cars. The crown of his head is bald , and i Is hair is glossy silver , but his great black you are as clear , bright and piercing as If ho ivero in the prime of life. Ho walks with the deliberation and dignity of age , but without a suggestion of physical feebleness , and while 10 remains standing his head is as finely poised as a soldier's. The straightnesB of his figure is the more noticeable on account of its Quaker dress , the coat of which fits him as neatly and closely as if it were the con- eullonal "swallow-tail. " When seated and istculng , his head drops slightly forward > nd asides a pose which beems peculiar to i > ooto ! natures the woi Id over. He is a most appreciative reader of other men's books and [ > ocms , and talks admirably of nil good writ- ngs , except his own , of which ho can scarcely bo persuaded to speak , oven to his dearest intimates. Hundreds of eloquent and beautiful testimonials to Whittier wore evoked in honor of his eightieth birthday. Those touching lines of Mr. George W. Childs fully portray the pure and beautiful life work of the Bard of Danvers : For ono in full accord with the spirit of Whittlcr's verso it is hard to tell wliero to begin , how to continue and when to close ; It is so full , so varied , so comprehensive ; It so touches almost every chord of holy human sympathy and noble aspirations the tcnder- est emotion ; the keenest love of nature and of his fellow men ; consuming scorn tor cant and alarm and hypocrisy as cloaks for tyranny ; the broadest philanthropy , world wldo peace , universal tolerance. Who can hope to make a reader of a casual letter com prehend how fully WhitUcr's writings merit these earnest words , nnd stronger , unless he puts in evidence citations from the poems that call them forth ? Yet you cannot give mo the space for that , nor have I the time to choose from the rich stores In the volume whl.cn is always within reach when I am nt work. For Justification of the earnest words I have used I need only to recall the vivid po etic pictures in. Mogg Megone , or the Bridal of Pcnnntfook , or the gentle and sweet spirit that Hews through the Pennsylvania Pilgrim 5 thn tender pathos of MaudMullcr ; the tran quil domestic scenes within doors in Snow Bound , the ringing peals of the stanza which reproduce the "hurrying shout of Marion's men ; " the deep conviction of the brother hood of man shown hi "Democracy" and the "Songs of Labor , " "The Quaker of the Oldei Timo" nnd "The Reformer. " Every lover of Wliittier's versos and none who has read them can fail to love them will wish the veteran poet manj years of life and happiness. Kesenroli. A society for "Psychical Research' ' has been in existence in London fo : some time , and now n similar orgnniza tion has been established in Hbston The society , by means of circulars , i collecting accounts of cases whore per sons have had some remarkable oxpcri once in the realm of phantasms , such u hallucinations , premonitions , dream that have been the forerunners of aetun occurrences , visits from ghosts , etc. Al who have had such experiences are re quested to inform the psychical inquii crs of Boston. Their object is to dctormin whether sufficient data can be gatherci to form a basis of fact for all the btorie of so-called supernatural things thatar said to occur from time to time. Tli London Eoclety , after a long search nfto ghosts , came to the conclusion thu there nro none. This question of supornaturallsm ha always had a strong fascination for man kind. But after a historical existent- of six thousand years the race is stil uncertain whether there is an occul world from which wo occasionally gc passing glimpses or not. It now re maitiB to bo econ whether the Boston EC cioty was predestined to settle the mat tcr : , , ' Most minds in a normal con'ditio dispose of the problem In this way : People hnvet speii and heard strange things \vhi2h ordinarily do not happen. Ghosts luo'o been seen. Pre monitions that propel ( obe well founded have been experienced. Visits from the dead , have been , secured. Dreams have been fulflllcd JThore is no doubt of the truth of this as far as the indi vidual who claims to have experienced these strange things is concerned. Ho has actually seen * anil heard all ho claims , but ho was mistaken us to their outward reality. IJlioy arose from his peculiar orguniKatjoSf Were subject ive. If a person * falls and his hoacl strikes some hard substance ho sees stars. Almost anyone can testify to the truth of this. The jar excites the nerve centers , that tvro roused into action , when actual sparks of lire are seen , tihd thq result is the brain actually perceives sparks that have no real existence. It is the same in the hallucinations caused by fewer. . Visions are photographed upon the brain because of the currents of blood that excite the mental organs to such perception. Thus some people perceive the materialized spirits of departed friends. To the individual all this is real enough , though it is all a delusion as far as outward existence is concerned. This is the argu ment used against the existence of.supcrnaturalism. The perfectly nor mal person never sees or hears inexplicable - blo things. With a good digestive ap paratus and a healthy mind in a healthy boely ho cats , sleeps and works and dies without having experienced anything that could not bo solved after the logic of natural causes. To such a person there is nothing mysterious in the world. As far as human knowledge goes he scorns to bo right. Trained physicians who under stand the functions of the human body hotter than any ono else , with a few ex ceptions , have no belief in the reality of mind or faith cures. They explain hallucinations , premonitions , dreams , hypnotism , etc. , by unnatural bodily conditions. All this is very good. But wo may pertinently ask the healthy , normal human machine , may there not bo a world which wo of live senses cannot perceive ? Might wo not bo wonder fully astonished by unsuspected revela tions had we a , sixth sense ? May there not be persons with at least a rudiment ary sense in addition to the five pos sessed by the majority of people ? In an infinite universe 110 Unite en tity can say , "this niustbo thus. " Vibratory ) Sympathy. Mr. Kccly , of mojor fame , is still san- uiue of success. Tlio first annual meeting of the stockholders of the motor company named in honor of the invont- ! vo genius , since 185 $ , was held in hiladelphia a few days ago. There wore sovcnty-flve stockholders present , representing nearh-70,000 shares. The [ oport of Mr. Keelfy , jyi which ho re viewed the progress of his invention , ivus read and accepted. L , This veritable Coloflol Sellers , who has gulled the photic * for years with iis imaginary "otlreric" and "vaporic" brces admitted that ho had long since abandoned the idea of utilizing them. Ho said that ho had completed a generator for the purpose , but ejying to impossibility of securing graduation the whole scheme was impracticable. However , after a succession of interest ing but laborious experiments ho pro duced in March , 1885 , what ho termed a liberator , which could bo operated in conjunction with the generator , which was a vast stride in advance of any thing accomplished hitherto. Mean while phenomena had been unfolded to him , opening a now field of experiment as the result of which ho became pos sessed of a new and important discov ery. Hereafter ho shall not , he says , require cither the generator or lib erator , and his operations will bo con ducted without either the vaporic or othcric forces which heretofore played such an important part in his exhibi tions. What name to give his now form of force he does not know , but the base of it all , ho says , is vibratory sym pathy. It may bo divided , ' too , into negative nnd sympathetic attraction , these two forms of force being the an tithesis of each other. To know that Mr. Keely deceived the stockholders and failed to report that he had abandoned his othorio and vaporic forces , except to draw money fur nishes almost conclusive proof that both Mr. Keoly and his mythical motor are vibratory and sympathetic frauds. Why ho can continue to cash his check la a mystery. GIVE the children presents. A dollar will never buy so much happiness for them when they are older. Everyone can afford to bo generous once a year. POLITICAL POINTS. There will bo no labor candidate in the next presidential campaign. The DCS Moincs Register calls the Prohibi tionists the "assistant shloon party. " After the experience of the pnst most people - plo will think Higgins tins n string tied to hia resignation. * Senator Don Cauicroh has introdued n bill to extend the benefits oj.tuo eight hour lawtc letter carriers. [ ) ' ( The democrats of Philadelphia have pro nounced In favor of the' reduction recom mended by the president. ' ' Mr. Mills , of Texas , Hnn s that congress will this winter pass a bill lowering duties nnd decrcnslng revenue. Chairman Jones , of the ropnblican natlona committee , thinks Bli&ie liael no desire te bo nominated for the pjV-sidoncy. It Is expected that : v majority of the re publican members of thoiVirginia legislature will support Mahono for senator. It Is said to bo a matter of history that the United States somite-has never yet rejectee a revenue measure sent to It by the house. The republicans should make the effort U carry sufficient states to elect their candi date for president without the vote of Nov York. All repubjicnns will ask of the nationa convention will bo that It shall nimo tvn men who will unite all republicans in theli support , north , south , cast and west. Prohibition Is not a now "itlon" by anj means. It was stronger thirty years agi than now , and was the law of moro Btatci than now , nnd failed iu all of them. At the electionliRhode Island next Apr ! a legislature will bo chosen which will Senator Chaso's successor. Th present IcgUlaturo Is democratic on joint ballot. Senator Teller , of Colorado , will bo per- foully satisfied with the republican nominee for the presidency if ho Is u Rood man and ublo to win the flpht-ngalnst Cleveland. The Now York Evening Post nays : The most striking fact brought out by the com ments of the republican pros * Is the Increas ing divergence between eastern unit western members of the party on the tariff Issue. Some republican papers are urging tUo na tional committee to base representation In the next republican national convention on the vote cnst by the party In the several states In 1SSI , Instead of on the electoral voto. The fiery ex-Senator Van Wyck , says the Sprlngtleld Republican , Is a thorough hater of corporations , but ho ought to bo qualified to speak for the Nebraska farmers. He snya they and the west Rcnorally favor tariff re duction. Senator Huwley snys : "It Is not the fault of republicans that the taxes are so high , and that all this surplus has accumulated. Hoveuue measures must start In the house , and the democrats lurvo had the house tea out of twelve years. " x-Coiirrcssman | Marston , of New Hamp shire said tonn Interviewer last week. "I do not hesitate to say that If Koscoo Conkllng wag again an active worker in the party , as ho formerly was , ho would bo my choice as the republican candidate for the presidency. As matters now stand , however , I would name Sherman as a republican nominee. Next would naturally couic Allison or Sheridan. " The issue before the fisheries commission can now bo stutcd definitely. Canada offers to throw open her fishing grounds and to give also the usual commercial privileges In her ports to our fisherman , provided wo ad mit , duty free , her fish , lumber and agri cultural products. Secretary Bayard de clines the offer upon the ground that wo do not care to buy the Canadian hi-shoro fish ing privileges , while the commercial priv ileges are due us In any event under the gen eral rule of maritime reciprocity. Maligning the Surplua. 1'hlladtlplita Time * . It it Is true that money talks what a lively conversationalist the surplus ought to be. _ _ Ait Important Modification. A'cit ) Orleans Picayune. The busy men of this' world are the best men , providing they are busy with their'own business. An Individual Matter. Kew I'orfc Woild , Every man can abolish the whisky tax for himself. Not so with the tax on sugar , salt , cotil and clothing. Very Considerate. Fii/1 / liivcr Advocate. It is from a sheer dislike of encouraging prevarications that wo ucver ask a woman how old she is. Successors to ' Codfish Aristocrats Cliicaan Inter-Off an Coal Is so scarce along the Ohio and Missis sippi rivers that dealers won't speak to uieu below the rank of colonel. "What Rotation Means. ! Fis/if / 0on ( Capital. Small boy Papa , what does rotation in ofllco mean ! Papa ( who is waiting fora place ) It means turn the rascals out , my son. o. Right Man in Right. Place. Loulneilte Courier-Journal. When tlio prisoners in the. Ohio peniten tiary start a'savings bank it will bo handy to Imvo there so experienced a banker as Mr. Harper. Mutual Admiration Society. St. 1'aul Ptnnccr Press. A largo photograph is now hi circulation which shows Arcnsdoff and his friends iu the foreground , and behind them the jurymen that saved Areiisdorf's neck. A Primitive Proceeding. Mtiincaimlls Tribune. A Kansas City capitalist was actually ar rested and fined for drunkenness the other day. But then , Kansas City is a frontier town and the people down there have primi tive notions. - * - Sharp Counter Thrust. Sou Kranctoco Alta. The Minneapolis papers say Florida Is an old humbug and California is a now humbug This coming from so cold a country that they pile corpses up like cordwood all winter , because - cause they cannot bo buried until the ground thaws , is more impudent than original. The Captive Sonl. Written for the Suntlau Dec by Frances Field. I. A soul , In life's Brim fortress doomed to bide With longing eyes gazed from her dungeon cell Toward where oblivion's deep and sullen tide Forever ebbs and Hews with soundless swell. In shackles looked , chained to the moulder ing stone , Tormented sore by memory's ghastlj throng , Trembling she lay , and made heart-rending moan. "Havo pitj- , heaven 1 How long , oh Lord , how longl" longl"H. H. Time was she wist not that her limbs were bound , Nor felt the fetters that upon her weighed ; Whore Joy with hope had trod a merry round , And all about n cheery singing mado. Love kissed her close and his sweet story told , As fleet and gaily sped the laughing hours His magio made her prison bars HCOIII gold And garlanded her chains with fragran' flowers. III. But , soon grown weary in her circling arms Ho siRhed for liberty , then lightly lied ; Vain was'hor anguish , vain her once prizec. charms ; And with love , bopo and Joy alike were sped. Weird shadows lengthened with the dying sun , Behind the clouds e'en mercy ceased U Binilo ; The tortured soul , deserted and undone , Forgotten , waited , tho'weary , weary whllo IV. At last , when darkness gloomed athwart the plain , A horseman , crowned with wreath of as phodcls , Before the dreary prison house drew rein ; In all the air was sound of tolling bolls. White shone his Dale steed through night' murky pall , Calm was his mien , his bearing proud am high ; The chill vaults echoed to his clarion call - "Death , conqueror grlin of life aud time am I. " V. WIde flew the dungeon doors nt his command From the poor captive swift the chains he tore. Ho raised the imprisoned wretch with Icj .hand And bade her drain the Lethean draugh ho boro. "Fear not , " ho cried , "quaff deep , for lo I will mo Dwell freedom , rest and sweet peace with out end. " Answered the Soul : "With Joy I drink tc theoj Welcome , thrice welcome , my one falthfu friend. " _ Silk llobbcrH. NEW YonK , Dec. 17. A * .1,000 robbery o valuable silks was unearthed to-day In UK United Btutoa appruUur's stores In this city implicating spverol of the clerks in the do partmcnt of customs iu u clever forgery. DEATH OF RON , S , P , ROUNDS , After a Brlof Illnos3 Ho Suddenly Passes Away. H ART DIFFICULTY THE CAUSE. L Complication of DlioriHos Hnste'it the Demise Sketch of His Long Public Career The Funeral Preparation ! * . Sterling P. Hounds. Sterling P. Rounds , chief proprietor of the Omaha Republican , and ex-public printer , led nt S:05 : o'clock last night. The mmcdinto cause of his death was bscess of the heart , but n complication f diseases tcndo to destroy the vital issues. The deuilso occurred nt his real- .cnce , S413 Farnam street. While his pass- tig awny was expected his sudden taking off vas n shook to his nearest relatives. Ho had icon confined to the house but n few days , and although from the first it- was believed hat the Illness might terminate fatally , this car was not generally known until the day of his death. The funeral will bo held next Wednesday rom the family residence , probably under ilnsonlc auspices and the body will bo sent to Chicago for interment. Mr. Rounds was born In Berkshire , Vt. , Tune 27,1823. The founders of the family In his country were two brothers , who cnmo over in the early colonial times. They wero- all liberty loving men , members ot the family laving been officers and soldiers in the war of 1SI2 , Mexican , and later In the war ot the rebellion. Whllo ho was yet a Tad his family removed o Kenoshn , Wis. Hia father was anxious 'or him to adopt tUo legal profession , but the ad had already formed that love for the 'Art Preservative" which has grown with ils growth and raised him from the lowly position of "Printers Devil" to the honorable ind important position of Government Printer the head of ono of the most important de- mrtinents in the government of the Unltfet states , and beyond nil comparison the larg est printing aud binding establishment in the world. His tutor , Governor Harvey of Wisconsin. : ntight him his trade , where for five years lie earnestly and diligently studied to master Ha Intricacies. Ho was offered the foremanship of the state printing ollice , then owned by W. W. W.vnian , at Madison , Wis. From hero ho attached himself to the llrst dally paper In Wisconsin "Tlio Milwaukee Sentinel. " Ho held tha position of foreman for two years. He had now learned all the art that Could bo taught in un ordinary print ing office , nnd being anxious to become an ex- l > ort mid as near the head of the profession as uossible , ho removed to Buffalo , New York , and connected himself with thu printIng - Ing firm of Jewett , Thomas & Co. , of the Commercial Advertiser , then generally known as the finest aud most successful printing house in that part of America. He entered upon his second apprenticeship , nnd at the end of two years was presented with a diploma by the veteran "Thomas" as n first class and accomplished pressman. From hero ho returned to Wisconsin and started a weekly paper called the "Old Oaken Bucket , " n literary and iwcuniary success. Knjoying a brilliant reputation as n Job printer and being ambitious for a larger field ; ho removed to Milwaukee and consoli dated with tha Commercial Advertiser , and here ho added to his reputation as n first class printer. In Ib51 ho removed to Chicago , placing his skill as an equal offset to the capital and business of James .T. Lnntrdon , then the largest printing house in Chicago , and in less than ono year they more than doubled theTr business. After a few years of marked prosperity the office was sold to Mr. Cook and other parties , who started what Is to-day the Chicago Times. Then they purchased a new office and estab lished a printers' warehouse. From this date up to the great fire of 1871 , Mr. Rounds' business was a steady success until it was swallowed up by the flames and the labor of years went Hying heavenward In the storm of fire which clothed the western metropolis in sackcloth nnd nshes. His business doubled and trebled until it became the largest and most noted one lit the northwest. Iu 1S5U he added the first elec trotype foundry in the west , and the same year established the Rounds' Printers' Cab inet , now thirty-one years old and acknowl edged by the craft to be ono of the finest and most useful printers' Journals in the world. In 18(53 ( ho started the Pioneer printing press manufactory in the northwest. Ho successfully weathered the financial crash of Ibo" . The great flro of 1S71 swept away his entire establishment , causing him a loss of $125,000. When the late James A. Oarfield was elected president some ot Mr. Hounds' friends announced him as a candi date for public printer. Ho has occupied many stations of trust nnd responsibility. Among them wens president of the Illinois State Press association , prefci- dent of'the Northwestern Typo Founder' * association , also of the Chicago Employing Printer's association , and for many years un active member of the volunteer fire depart ment , anil also of the Apollo cnmmandory of the Knights Templar , and during all the years has gained the solid respect and friend ship ot all with whom he came iu contact. AMUSEMENTS. Close of tlio National Opera Season nt the Grand. The last performance of the National opera company took place at the Ornnd opera house last night , the opera being Gounod's "Faust. " The cast comprised the well-known nnd favorite principals of the company , Barton McGuekin as Faust ; William Ludwig as Mephistopheles ; Alonzo Stoddard ns Valentino tine and Emma Juch as Marguerite. A stronger cast , the National Opera company could not have made. It satisfied even the most exacting in the audience. Every aria and concerted piece was encored. Ludwlg's magnificent voice with ease filled the vast auditorium. In acting , ho played with the character , and yet gave us a Mephlstophclca about ns diabolical as the average auditor is disposed to tolerate. The Marguerite of Miss Juch was a sweetly conceived characteriza tion. Vocally , it was worthy of this admir able singer. She threw her whole soul into her workynnel Irrcaistablj evoked the appre ciation of the immense audience. It inusi bo said , however , that In u few months Miss Juch's vOlco has suffered an Impair- ment'Whlch was not pleasant to note by hoi friends , but it , interfered in no way with the popular appreciation of her work. Mr. Me- Guckin's Faust was nn agreeable surprise lo people who had formed nn estimate of his ability after having seen him in some ot his heavier work. While the finer shades ol feeling and the lighter passages of the libretto lacked the delicacy which the senti ment demanded , Mr. McGuckin's character was noted for its gallantry , grace and jiinnlj bearing. Bis singing , especially in the more fervid and demonstrative passages , was ad mirable nnd most warmly received. The choruses wore excellent aud the ballet most worthy of appreciation. Omaha bltlt Rood-byo with a feeling of re gret to the National opera company. It docs so , however , with the hope that the company may meet in other places with the success which it desorvcs , and to which the | > eoplo of this city , with their uMiullibcrality , have contributed. While regretting tlio tribula tions lo which the management has been sub- Jccted , the people of this city hope that In the end , the end of the nmmiKi'iiient of the com pany may bo attained and that It may be placed on n basis that shall Jiwuro to this country a non-oxixirlmwital representation ol the nrumle'3t operas , with the greatest of singers and the most realistic of Bettings which , in the name of music , popular appre ciation , oxperlcuco and good management can secure. MOKE MIXKD I'tCRI.nS. J. B Polk again delighted the audience nt DoVil's lust evening in the satirical comedy of "Mixed Pickles. " The entire cast main tained , Iu the fullest measure , the reputation established on the previous evening , und. , the audience Was kept in an almost uninterrupted Btnto i > l tlUllutlon from the opening lines to the eJoeo , A stronger counter utlructlon last night alone interfered with nn attendance coimuensurato witb the merits , of "Mixed L'lcklo * . " Polk , nevertheless , was at hia best , us was John Woodward. Mary Davta and Mls Kcjiyon Bhliop. Neixt Monday night the l > e > nutlful Lillian Olcott In Surdou'a greatest work -"Theodora. ( HUM ) orciu HOUSE. On next Friday and Saturday , ono of Dmiilm's most favorlto pieces , n play which uis not boon icon hern in two years , ' 'Tho ' Mghts of London , " will bo presented. Thl is one of the most sueTCHHful and entertaining melo-drnmas on the bo rds. It rrqulrpd n couple of car luads of ( H-enrry to produce It. Nothing will bo omitted toninko Its presenta tion at the Grand a grand MHTCSS. "TlllOIllK" : ) AT MMn's. On Monday and Tuesday nlirhts this week Lillian Olcott , an actress of great ability will ippear at lloyd's opera house In SareUm's mtt powerful play , "Tlu'oilorn. " Miss Ol- cott's production of "Theodora" was ono of the great dramatic successes of last season , in New York It ran over three months. Even ilm vast auditorium nf Nlblo's theater was incapable of aeToniinevlating the crowds who thronged to sco the .splendid performance. TUB nOSTONUXS * T IIOVI ) ' ? . Wednesday , Thursday , Friday and Satur day of this week , with n matinee on the latter day , The Hostonlntis , wlumu members were so long nnd favorably known as the Uoston ideals , will appear at Boyd's op rii liouso in the following varied repertory : Wednesday , "Fntmlt/a : " Thursday , "Tho Poachers , " ( now ) ; Friday , "Bohemian Girl ; " Saturday matinee , "Frn Dluvolo ; " Saturday evening , "Fanehonotte , " ( new ) . The Bostonlans have met with praiseworthy success since thu opening of the season in October last and assurance is Riven by iaudatory critics in the most influentiulnenvs- iwpern that their merit Is commensurate with their patronage1. The company numbers llfty-fivo people , curries an orchestra of fif teen led by S. L. Studloy , has n largo nnel expensive outfit of costumes and properties nnd a car load of special scenery withal , tha latter finding its principal Held In "Fatlnta ( ' the opening opera. The advance snlo of re served seats for thfe opening engagement will open next Tuesday morning. A Itmlly 1 lout tin Thief. A German named W. C. Lew Is charged with robbing John Hanloy of $20 yesterday afternoon in Wullen's saloon on Davenport street. Hanley was in a beastly state of in toxication nt the tlmo Lew wont through his poekets , but the theft was observed by C. W , Brown , nrtd the police wcro sent for. Low thereupon commenced calling Brown all manner of opprobrious epithets , which re sulted in , fight between them. Lew jrot the worst of it , and by the tiliii ) the police had nrrivod on the scene , his face was badly dis figured. He was taken to the police station , but was released on ball. A Youthful Shoplifter. Warren Arnold , a boy ct thirteen , was ar rested last evening tor shoplifting in Falcon er's store. His mother bugeod hard lo let him off , but there has been so much potty larceny perpetrated in the < store of late it was decided to make an example ot the hey , und ho was locked up in the central station. W. M. Boon , of Utlea. Neb. , is at the Mil- lard. BILL NYE'S OPERETTA. Something ( Julie Now iu the Musical LI tic. Now York World : The prinui donna of the "Singed C'it"liiH : ! si pleasant voice full of timbur and line allegro movement , boreloring on the an dilute. Mr. Hiloy who has liuarel her , sny.s Hint when sbo pulls out the last joint on bur crescendo and opens her upper twister , her mouth looks unlike a .stub in the dark. She .siiiM with the whole arm movement , and her action is good ns she goes by the judges' bland. Shu has a selection in the wecond _ act calleel "Buck to our Mountains , " in which she starts oft with a ritivrd iu which bho emits a chest note whiuh tests the acoustics of the hall , that she is tickled to got back to her mountains , such as they are , and is pleased with the attitude. Site has usaihtcd in "Tho Dnmation of Fiuist , " but otherwise he-r connuot has been good. She is a widow , her hus band being deceased. Ho was HstoiUi ing to the song of a buzx-siiw near Still- water , Minn. , in ' 75 , and got un idea that the suw huel something conftden" tiul to communicate ami desired to take him apart for that purpose. Anyway , ho was in that condition when they found him. For that reason her music is frequently tearful and often solfeggio in spots. Her repertoire is very largo and has a lid on it. The only criticism that I feel warranted in making , and I hate to do that , is that she has slightly ruptured her voice by trying sovornl years ago to sing a duet with herself and thus draw two salaries. When the applause has died away Felix comes iu with a btiritono voieo and diminished triodo. Ho thinks of the first vorrio while the piccollo makes a few desultory remarks and then ho explains how he could not get there when he agreed to because the jury disagreed , or something of the kind. Ho swallows an imaginary clam with the shell on it , and begins in u low , passe roundelay which develops into a duodecimo run. Ho is accom panied by a running mate , consisting Scene second represents a midnight fire , in a young Indies' seminary , in which ? i'U young women are notlceel ut tering a number of shrill appeals for help by the light of the fire liond. The niu&ie here is an adaptation of "Sonnum- bula Sntimnioa , " or the "Devil's Dream. " Quick fiddling by the head violinist , pnrtmll over the bridge of the inetruinent , and partially across the bridge of the hccond fiddler's nose , precedes - cedes a gemeral panic on the part of the basboon , snare-drum tmdophecloido. It is a beautiful Bight. A defiant note from the B fiat cornet , indorsed on the buck by the buss tuba and a long , colicky moan from the bass drum , ushers in Vuasar College Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 , consisting of a flro organisation numbering over ono hun dred nnd fifty members , banded together gethor for the'pm'pobc of rescuing beau tiful but frightened girls from burning bominariob at n moment's notice. Kach fireman wears a lawn-tcMlis shirt with full-dress puntakions and patent leather pumps , lie carries a Babcock fire ox- tinguiriher Iwund in Htibsia leather and n small hand-bag containing u pacltago of visiting cards. When a lire breaks out in a young ladle.-'seminary atnight lie .d'resbos himself and goes to it. Ho finds the jani tor ana sends up his card to ono of the frightened fctudonts asking If ho may have the pleasure of rcHOiilng her fro'm the fire fiend. If ho comes well recommended she tells the janitor to show him up. She then febtoons her self ever his shoulder in her simple white gown , with Valenciennes heco around tlio throat , und her warm tours of gratitude trickle down nnd tickle the haul ; of his neck i\a \ ho tenderly convoys her into the adjoining county , whores her parents live on a furra. Tliis is a good part of the Operetta , making it spectacular und yet respecta ble. Ho must , Indeed , bo a creature dead to all finer instincts of our lost and underdone race who will not pay to see u chorus of beautiful girls rescued from u burning Ffitninary at night. How much more lifelike it is than a militia company of beautiful women who coma on tlio fctagc with as brief uddruss aa purlimontary rules will allow , and after making a few terse remarks with both feet go away. "Tho Singed < Jat" introduces a pri mary fcuhool iihemlnary , un cntro nous Babcock Firei company and a burroll of rain-water. In contains everything en nobling , with the exception of a plot. Frank Mayo arrived nt the MlUard this mornluK , from ( Julifornhu Ho appears with his company this evening Iu Uohunoy's , la Council ItlufTs. Mrs. Judge FlUgoruld , of Cincinnati..la la the city , vlsiUug Mr. dud Mp * . John Tempi * , toil.