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8 THE OMAHA DAILY BEE : KEOXDAY , SEPTEMBER 21 , 18JHJ.
FIELD WHERE CUSTER DIED A Melancholy Memorial to the Victims of Savage THE TRAGEDY OF TWENTY YEARS AGO IlccolloctlntiN nt ( ) n < * or the SnililcKt iirut Illonitlciit ClunitiTM In llonlvr AtinalN Tlir 1'lclit nn It I.onlin Today. The most tragic battle that has been fought with the Indians of this country was that of the Little Dig Horn , on June 25 , 18TC , from which no trooper of the United States escaped to tell the talc. General George A. Custcr , the most bril liant victim ever offered up on the altar of navago warfare , fell upon that ensanguined day with 200 officers and soldiers ot his com mand , and a wave of mourning such ns the country had not known since the rebellion BwepPovcr the land when the awful reality became known. The ether day , writes Lyman D. Glover 5n the Chicago Times-Herald , I stood upon the spot where Custcr rallied his men for the last struggle on that fateful occasion , when all the demons ot hell seemed to have been unloosed for his destruction. High up above the slumbering valley of the Little lllg Horn , whose sinuous folds seemed to encircle tbo scene , was spread out a long mountain ridge , In Ml the dreary desolation of sun dried grass , with parched 'draws nnd gullies running oft In every direction , nnd neither a tree nor any other natural ob ject to offer shelter. Kor nearly a mile this Kcntly rounded rldgo projected Itself along the horizon before It became lost In that In terminable array of other bluffs nud foot hills that setm to march through this wilderness - ness In a tireless and never-ending proces- I.c'ss than an eighth ot a mile wide at any point , this big billow among these rolling foot-hills dissolved quickly Into other and smaller billows of yellow clay and dlsm.il sago bush that rolled away In thu distance until lost In the shadows nt the rugged feet of distant mountains. Save for the faint line of foliage along the little river In the valley , a mlle und a half away , everything Is bleak , bare and gray. In the very pangs of thirsty desola tion. , , , Over In the distant valley , gleaming white In the glittering rays of the western sun , are a score of wlgwama belonging to the Crow Indians , whoso reservation Is Just across the Little nig Horn. Half a dozen Indians , resplendent In barbaric colors , scurry across the plain below on their tire less ponies , and , fired by such a character istic note of aboriginal life , the Imagination readily peoples this scene again with the ensanguined hosts who overwhelmed these dun hllla twenty years ago. The valley becomes alive with circling savage's. War bonnets , flaming above the painted bodies of red warriors , skulk about in every draw and coulee surioundlng this crest upon which stnnd Custer and the remnants of his Spartan band , looking out over the broad plains and upon the distant mountains for the last time. The last time ! What pathos lies burled In those words. And yet thu dashing Custcr , whoso helmet , llko the white plumes of Henry of Navarre , had been seen In the fore front of many a stlirlng fight , must have known ns the momenta passed , bring ing no old from Ilcno , Benteen or McDougal , that his sun would soon set. It was a splendid sacrificial altar hanging almost among the clouds , and thus the he roic spirit , seemingly a remnant of that old chivalry which has been well-nigh cxlln- ' gulshcd In these prosaic days , went boldly , bravely and with /Impetuous * courage Into the unknown.Vlth utter disdain1 * for these skulking savages , who outnumbered his force ten to ono , ho refused to fly or seek Ja hldlngfplapojpjnong tjioirocks And stones "whence ho had .gome. But fighting manfully In the ojicn,4jjlth the eternal hilla bathed in the light ot centuries looking down upon him , ho smiled good-by to the sweet day time , and with Yates , Van Uollly , Smith. Tarn. Custer and two scorn brave men all about him In death , as they had been In life , lay down to the dreamless sleep of eternity. PATHOS OP THE SCCNU. It Is difficult when standing upon this bat tleground even now , after two decades have faded away since Hip flirlit , to look about and realize- the silent pathos of the scene without the liveliest emotion. A dreamy desolation Becms to have settled down upon this bit , of "fnmo's eternal camping ground. " which lies so quietly out In the wilderness , over looking the valley of the Little Big Horn. A railway train crawls along In the distance , having skirted the frowning palisades of Port Custer to find Its way to the door of the Crow pftcrcy , a forlorn huddle of schools nnd frontier stores , above which the old flag flutters languidly , as If the task of floating over renegade Indians , hopeless In manners nnd morals , Is not to Itu taste. But no other note from the great world lying outside of these solitudes reaches this sacicd ground , which Is fitly set aparb as a silent and per petual memorial of bravo men. The white hccdatoncs scattered about here and thcro over the field , each marking the exact spot where a eoldlcr fell , though voiceless , tell n tragic tale that no words could approach In eloquence. . Away at one extremity of the battle ground , as If on picket duty , Lieutenants Crlttenden and Calhoun , with two or three comrades , met their fate , while all along the western slope ore tell-tale headstones , hero one , there three or four , and again half a dozen mute testaments of the heroic though hopeless running fight from which these am bushed men sought to extricate themselves. A largo group of stones farther up toward Custer Hill mark the spot where Captain Myles Keogh nnd thirty-eight men died together , and so this solemn record of death stalks about the field , following the grim reaper and keeping count of his grewsomo work with these Imperishable tablets of maiblo. One stone glistens alone at the extremity of the field , as It the trooper had almost made his way beyond the circle of destruction only to fall at the last moment while hope was beckoning him on. Down one ravlno , facing the river , there Is n steady drift of these eloquent marblus , some In pairs , as If old comrades had fought nnd fallen together , and others In bunches , where troopers had stood back to back until mowed down by the savages. There was no order of battle In this fight upon the open hillside , no chance for intrcnchmcnts or defensive work. A handful of soldiers Jed Into a trap , perhaps , by lying Indian scouts , fought desperately against .over whelming odds , but when the duy was dona not ono living thing of Custer's force had escaped from that fatrful battlefield , except Captain Myles Keogh'R war horse , Comancho. ACOnSS TO THIS HATTLKKIELD. Overcome by the emotion that must stir nny patriotic soul when standing on such historic ground as this , a scene over whelmed with tragic associations , I have > icgloot d bomo preliminary and practical details calculated to fix the location of the hqttleflcld , and to recall the Incidents lead- lag up to the flh'ht in which Custer's force * Vaa annihilated , It was not far from Iho ami'hcustern cor ner of Montana that Cux'or found the enemy. Coming uoiith from thn Yellowstone- liver along till ) valley of thn lloscbuil , bo crossed the divide Into the valley of the Little Big Horn twelve miles above Us confluence with tha Dig Horn at the paint now known BX Tort PuUcr , and hero ilUcovereJ the Sioux encamped in overwhelming numbers. The .Northern Pacific railroad was not extended tar bnynnd Blamarck at th.it time , but to day the visitor lo the battleground may leave the Northern Pacific train at Ouster elation and go overland by stage up the * * . ( \ # k valley of the nig Horn to the Crow agency forty miles away. This , however , l an arduoui trip In dry summer weather , as the Just Is stifling and there Is scarcely any relief from the sun's rays over the entire route. The completion of the Bur lington road to a Junction with the North ern Pacific at UllllngE , Mont. , affords much more comfortable access to the battlefield , which from this point Is seventy miles distant. The train halts first at Fort Custcr , which , located upon the top of a lofty butte , or mesa , as they would call It In Mexico , Is the most military appearing post I have seen anywhere In the west. The rule seems to have been that nrmy posts In the far west must be located upon some desolate , funbahed plain , away from water , destituteof alt conven iences , and suggesting only the propriety of Rtllcldo for those unfortunate enough to bo assigned to such arid wastes. Ten miles south of Kort Custcr , after running through a fertile valley covered with Irrigating ditches and other conveniences for the In dians , the train stops at Crow agency , which Is the central point upon this great reserva tion , where 3,500 Crow Indians are herded In the hope they may be taught the arts of peace. The little station houtc , broiling un der an August sun , a typical water tank fed from the Little lilg Horn , an agency build ing , two or three school houses for the In dian children and several low rambling buildings occupied by post traders , consti tute the physical features of the Crow agency. A few patient Indian ponies fight the flics Under the leo of one of the stores , a disheveled freighter's outfit has stranded just off the trail and the worn horses free from the galling harness arc attempting to pick up a. little sustenance from the plain , which to the uninitiated seems as free from herbage as a street In the midst of Chicago , Dusty roads point out In every direction to ward the Indian camps and settlements , and the Indians , still bedecked In semlsavagc attire , come and go In wagons and on horse back , an occupation they much prefer to the less entertaining duty of tilling the soil. OUSTER'S HILL. Over In the distance , two miles and a half away , rises Custc'r's Hill , with the grim granite monument outlined dimly against Iho sky and w'th no other object to breuk the sky line except the hou&c of thn care- Inker , wl'tch stands bleak and unadorned near the scene of Cluster's last rally. Ta-- ! Ing a guide and entering one of those ram shackle vehicles , seen all over the west , that seem on the point of dissolution mid vet endure untold hardships without appearing ! ho worse for It , wo drive along the valley for a little space , ford the Little His Horn and pass by the site of the old Indian camp among the willows where the Sioux ami their allies , the Ogalallas , Cheyennes , Mlnn- coujoux , IJpcpapas , Ulackfcct , Arapahoes and Xcz I'crces awaited Custer's comlnrr. confident In their ability to overwhelm his Inferior force. Last year the Sioux Indians from , I think , the Standing Hock agency \\ero permitted to camp at this point while on a visit to the Crow Indians , from i\som they 1-avo exacted tribute for years , ami the debris of their camp , still remaining , undoubtedly restored this locality to very much the appearance It presented when the Sioux hurried away after the Custcr battle to escape from Terry's avenging troopers , hastening south from the Yellowstone. Here and there all o\er the open plain and among the willows along the stream were tent stakes sticking Into the ground , and thu bleaching bones of animals v.ero strewn about as thickly as garbage In a typical Chlcaso alley. The road winding about among these suggestive relics moved toilsomely up the steep grades amid prairie dog settlements and stunted buffalo grass , until the .gateway of the battle ground , now a wire Inclosed cemetery , was reached. Within the liiclosure the road becomes but little more than n trail , and one observes that this long sloping ridge saturated with tragic memories has been permitted to re main in Its natural state. The monuments shut off from approach by n Mgh Iron fence , and the pathetic little headstones to which allusion haa already been made , are the only additions to the field since the day of the fight. It has been dedicated as a na tional soldiers' cemetery , and at two or three points an orderly array of tombstones mark the spot where soldiers from all the western posts have been burled since this field became God's half-acre for the bodies of the houseless , homeless and sometimes friendless private soldiers of the republic. The care-taker's house , a solid stone struc ture , standing on the bleajc hillside , without , - out a tree or a shrub about It , seemed al most as stern and forbidding as the lone some hills themselves. lint entering thu ofllco to register we found a bluff old sol dier who apologized fop the heat with as much concern as if he were in some man ner accountable for the solar eccentricities. On his desk there lay a little moldy col lection of rifle balls and spent cartridges that had recently been unearthed In the battlefield by a big lalnstorm almost re sembling a waterspout. There weru also a few fragments of soldiers' shoes , all curled , twisted and misshapen , "prop erties , " as stage people would call them , which at once put us In touch with the grim happenings of twenty years ago. STOHY OP THE GUIDE. Falling Into a brief conversation with this ancient gravcdlgger , whose duties cannot be Very burdensome In this city of the dead , where recruits are few , I learned of the pres. cut disposition of the battle ground and the arrangements for Its preservation. Dut my Informant was not BO good a gossip as the first gravcdlgger In "Hamlet , " so we pres ently went away with the guldo and Jour neyed quite around the field of strife now lying so peaceful under the heavy rays of n midsummer sun. Reaching the uttermost limits of the battleground the guide pointed over among the distant valleys some miles away and said : "There Is where Custer divided his forces on the morning of the battle , keeping 225 men under his own command , giving Reno 135 , Benteen 135 and McDougall ( In charge of pack train ) forty-five. Reno , marching several miles away from Custcr , found the enemy first and scrambled back Into hur riedly prepared Intrenchments , but Custer , either careless or unconscious of the danger , plunged forward through the ravine and up the bill , where bo was to make his last stand. Once here and observing that a trap had been sprung for him by the Indians , of whoso numbers ho had no adequate Idea , Custcr was cither too proud to retreat as Reno did nnd ho might have done , or else with a , supreme confidence In his troops he believed that ho could cut his own way out , At all events ho would not retreat , Right hero at the farthest point away from the final rally ho dismounted his men and ran a sklrmlsn line along the brow of the hill. The rest Is soon told. No re-enforcements came , and within half , or at the most Ihrec- ( liiartcrs of an hour , all was over. The stones tell you how the boys fell , scattered all over the field. " FATAL CONFIDENCE. I asked the guide what the local theory of CiiBtor'B generalship In this campaign was , but there did not appear to be any definite opinion on that point. Custcr was always a bravo and sometimes a rash man , and It may bo that , smarting under certain uncom- fortublo events occurring In Washington shortly before this Ill-starred campaign was Inaugurated , lie was determined , as Captain Charles King has expreased It , "to have ono battle royal with the Indians. In which he and the Seventh cavalry should be the sole participants on one side , and by consequence the solo heroes. The idea of defeat seems never to have occurred to him. " This latter impression is confirmed by the testimony of a trumpeter who was sent away" by Custer with a message Just before the battle began , and who consequently was the last man among the living to look upon the face of General Custcr. His testimony was that when Cuatcr looked down upon the Indian village , apparently asleep , in the quiet valley of the Little Big Horn , he pulled off hla hat , waved It above his bead and shouted : "Courage , boys ! We have got them. As EOOU as uo get through wo wilt go back to cur station. " But that station , way back at Fort Lin coln , on the Missouri , where more than a score of wives were waiting In agonlzlns suspense for news of the expedition , was never to see these bravo men again. Whether the commander blundered In dividing his troopi In the face of a numerous enemy or Reno blundered In bis rrcclpltate attack and retreat may never be definitely determined. Certain It la that 2G5 men were killed nnd fif ty-two wounded out of that little army of Invasion numbering 540 soldiers. Ouster's Immediate force was wiped out , and Reno lost rnoro than a third of his available force up to the time when the fusillade of the In diana was hushed by the arrival of Terry ana re-enforceiaeuU. Sitting Bull , da ! ! and Crazy Horse were the leading spirit * on the Indian side of this fight , nnd their losses are believed to have been very large. The sav age authorities admitted that 1C3 dead In dians were found lying In front of Ouster's final position on the highest point of the ridge. If this Is true the heroic band of less than forty men who rallied about Custcr at the last moment exacted a penalty of four savage lives for each soldier who bit the dust. HARD WORK ON THE FRONTIER. To describe the campaign leading up to this tragic event , or enter Into minute de tails of the battle , Is no part of the present purpose. I visited the battlefield to ascer tain Its present condition and to revive memories of an event that must always rank with the most startling tragedies of American warfare. A new generation1 has come upon the field of action since the Custcr battle , and It was presumed that some hurried reminiscences of the event would not only Interest those among the younger persons who are thoughtful and studious , but might Inspire old soldiers and old citizens alike with some proper sense of the sacrifices that have been made to establish a government which silver fanat ics are now attempting to wreck with their cheap nnd surprising sophistry. But there Is one more chapter to be added , In order to complete the narrative. For three years prior to this fateful expedition from which ho never returned General Cus- tor had been locited at Fort Lincoln , on the Missouri , near Bismarck , at that time the end of the Northern Pacific road. His first expedition In this teirltory was for the pur pose of protecting the engineers then oil ; gaged In surveying a , line for the eittcnslon , of the Northern Pacific from Bismarck to the Yellowstone river In Montana , nnd sub- tcqucnt campaigns carried him over the same territory , then In the very heart of the Indian country. Early In the year 1876 the hostile Indians were so fearless that It be came necessary to teach them n lesson. Sit ting Bull refused to enter Into any treaty with the government , end his cutthroat band Invaded the settlements and murdered the pioneers until patience censed to bo n virtue. Then the expedition of 1,200 bravo men marched out from Fort Lincoln , many of them never to return , leaving the women behind , to be often besieged by bad Indians nnd haunted by fears for the safety of their husbands who were In the field. Of this gloomy time Mrs. Custer speaks In touching language In her boolt. "Boots and Saddles , " the domestic record ot her husband's campaigns In the porthwest. " " she "was constantly "Our Own Post , says , stantly surrounded by hostlles , and the outer pickets were continually subjected to at tacks. It was no unusual sound to hear the long roll calling out the Infantry before dawn to defend the garrison. We saw the faces of the officers blanch , bravo ns they were , when the savages grew so bold as to make a day-time sortie upon our outer cuards. " SBN3C OF IMPENDING DANGER. for the absent The sense of Impending danger sent soldiers reached Its height on the very day of the Little Big Horn battle , and It Is In thcfo words that Mrs. Custer describes the heart-rending situation : "On Sunday afternoon , the 25th of June , our little group of saddened women , borne down with ono common weight of anxiety , sought sobce In gathering together In our house Wo tried to find some slight surcease from trouble In the old hymns ; some of them dated back to our childhood s days when our mothers rocked us to sleep to their soothing strains. I remember the grief with which ono fair young wife throw herself upon the carpet and pillowed her head In the lap of a tender friend. Another sat dejected at the piano and struck soft chords that melted Into the notes of the voices. All were absorbed In the same thoughts and their eyes were filled w th . Indescribable fir away visions and longings. able yearning for the absent nnd untold terror for their safety engrossed each hcait. The words of the hymn "E'en thotiRh a crosi It be. Nenier my Oed to tlico came forth with a sob from every throat. At that very hour the fears that our tor tured minds had portrayed in Imagination were realities and the souls of those we thought upon were ascending to meet their " * " ' B ( ten days after the battle , for It took that time for the news to come ) , the sun rose on n beautiful world , but with It * earliest beams came the first note of dis aster. A steamer came down the river , bearIng - Ing the wounded from the battle of the Lit tle Big Horn of Sunday , June 25. This bat tle wrecked the lives ot twenty-six women nt Fort Lincoln nnd orphaned children of officers and soldiers Joined their cry to that of their bereaved mothers. " What more can bo said of this tragic bat tle nnd Us pathetic ending ? Not all the killed and wounded are Included In the offl- clal bulletins of any engagement. There art- wounds deeper and more desperate than those Inflicted by the bullets of the enemy. Make It a point to see that your blood Is purified , enriched and vitalized nt this sea son with Hood's Sarsaparllla. Slifll Oyxturx , CliiuiM 11 ml SIic-11 FlHli Received dally at MAURER'S RESTAU RANT ; also speckled brook trout every Fri day. _ While in Omaha stop at the Fireproof Hotel Dellone , opened August 10th by W. W. Coatcs , cor. 14th and Capitol Ave. Four KIlItMl by UynnniHc. WORCESTER , Mnus. , Sept. 20. A dyna mite explosion nt the bottom of n 120-foot slmft , known as shaft No. 2 , of the Metro politan Water works , about two miles from the town of Clinton , liiHtunlly killed three men unil fatally wounded two others , ono of whom has since died. unuucnu HATES ran EVISIIYIIODY. Via ilic WiilniMli It. 1C. Homcsecltcrs' Excursion to all points south , September ICth and 29th ; October Ctb and 20th. St. Louis Exposition , round trip tickets on sale , commencing September 8 , and every Tuesday and Thursday thereafter until Oc tober 22. St. Louts fair tickets on sale October 5th to 10th. For rates , homeseckcr's guides or further Information , call at Wabash ticket ofllco , 1415 Farnam street ( Paxtou Hotel block ) , or wilte G. N. CLAYTON , N. W. P. A. . Omaha , Neb. t'Htly ICxcurxIoiix I" Ciillfiiriila Via the Burlington Route , Cheap comfort able quick. From Omaha , 8:35 : every Thuisday morning. Call nt ticket olllce , 1502 Farnam street , and get full Information. TinlliKt service. To Denver , Cheyenne and points In Utah , Idaho , Montana , Oregon and California Is via the UNION PACIFIC , For tickets and full Information call at City Ticket Office , 1302 Farnam street. P1CUSO.VAL 1'AllAfiUAI'II.S. C. A. Fetterraan of Scward Is in the city. James Ferrler of Culbcrtson Is In the city. city.O. O. I ) . Sears of Fremont was in the city yesterday. Edmund Burke of Sheridan , Wyo. , came In * yesterday , L. D. Richards of Fremont was In the city yesterday. A. S. Allen , Billings , -Mont. , Is registered at the Barker , George S. Brown of Buffalo Gap was ono of yesterday's arrivals. C. M. Rlgg of Beatrice came up to look over the city yesterday. F. nnd John TIernoy of Broken Bow were Omaha Sunday visitors. Dr , W. P. Smith of Gothenburg was among the yesterday's arrivals , J. P. Buck of Rapid City came in on the evening train yesterday , J. W. Hller of Hastings was one of Omaha's Sunday visitors. II. E. Babcock came In from Ord yes terday to look over the city , G , II , Jones and G , D. Mason of Audubon , la. , were among the yesterday'j arrivals. John Dowden , Jr. , with the Lansing the ater , Lincoln , la registered at the Barker. Charles H. Kelsuy , an extensive coal operator of Rock Springs , was an Omaha visitor yesterday. Thirty-live members of the Young and Lindsay Comic Opera company are making the Hotel Darker their headquarters while pliyug | the week at the Crelghton theUr. South Omaha News. The city council twill meet this evening , and , on account oti there having been no meeting last week , considerable business will come up for ( disposition. Several ve toes relating to expenditures were filed by the mayor during Ufa week , and It Is ex pected that these will be read. One re lates to the appropriation of $300 for n new bridge across .Mild creek at Albright. Considerable money hts been spent by the county In placing the roads down that way In first-class condition , and the county com mlssloncrs expected that the city would be willing to construct a new bridge. The present bridge was built In 1878 , hut has been repaired several times , end the mayor thinks It will last another year. In speaking - ing about the matter , ho said that the clos cst economy was necessary In disbursing money In the Htrect repair fund , In order to make the appropriation last during the fiscal year. It Is tlio same'with the appro priation for n fie alarm box at Seventeenth nnd Q streets. The alarm box Is badly needed In that locality , but the expense of putting In the box will be In the neigh borhood of $125 , and thu mayor thinks this amount had better be Raved Just at this time. The straightening of b street nt Thir ty-sixth will bo deferred for some time on nccount of the expense. From this time on the strictest economy wlU be practiced , the mayor says , In order to be able to pay oft the floating Indebtedness and to meet the running expenses. It Is understood that the matter of divid ing the First ward will he brought to the attention of tha city council this evening. Very little Interest seems to be taken In the matter now , and the whole thing may fall through for want of being pushed by the projectors. The old trouble of locating the dividing line Is the cause of the lack of Interest. Some are In favor of Twenty- fourth street , others want Twenty-third street made the dividing line , while a few are found who ore 'of the opinion that the line ought to be located as far east ns Twenty-second street. Another faction Is In favor of cutting the ward In two nt J street , The chances arc that the council will not do anything In the matter until the factions agree on a line. ICopt Wiiteh oil tinSiiIonllN. . In compliance with orders issued by the mayor the police yesterday closely watched the saloons to see that the rules promul gated by the mayor In relation to the gov ernment of places where liquor was sold were not violated. For a time after the regulations were Issued the saloon keepers were very careful In regard lo keeping the front door ot their places of business locked on Sunday and also. In relation to the sell ing of beer In cans. Councilman Vansant not long ago called the attention of the mayor to the fact that some of the saloon keepers were not obeying the law as well as they should and the special order to the police was the result. Mayor Ensor says that since ho has Issued the orders he will sco to It that they are enforced. Ccrinnii Kuttiiil Money Oliili. The German-American Sound Money club held a rousing meeting at Plvonka's hall yesterday afternoon. About eighty voters were present and listened attentively to an address delivered ) by Hon. William Gronc. weg of Council Bluffs , formerly state sena tor. Mr. Groneweg explained to the voters the fallacy of > free silver and urged every German to stand solid for sound money and vote for MeKinley.on election day. The ad dress was well received and 'at Its conclu sion Mr. Groneweg was given a vote of thanks. Since the last meeting twenty-five now names have been added to the member ship roll , raising the total membership to ninety. Wll n I Ttrt'iity-Slvlli Street ( Jriule.l A petition Is being prepared by residents and itropertyowricrs on Twenty-slxtl } street , asklffecthat tho. street..from A-ito : iP > street bo graded. The atle of this street was established by ordinance quite a while ago , hut the grading was never done. This portion tion of Twenty-sixth street Is in a very nice uarf of the city and would bo greatly Im proved by grading. No very deep cuts would lie made and several of the hollows would be filled , but the work would not be very ex pensive. No opposition Is being found In the matter , with possibly one exception , as the residents are anxious to have the .work done. MfiKlc City Bids for the $40,500 funding bonds will be received up to noon today. The treasurer and cleric expect to hear from several east ern concerns before noon. The fact that only 0 per cent Interest Is offered will pre vent much , If any , of a premium being bid. The rains have washed out a bad hole In J street Just west of Twenty-fourth , which needs the attention of the street commls sloncr. The sldowalk at this point Is also In bad shapeas the rain washed away the supports , allowing the walk to fall conalcl erably. The LiiilicN. The pleasant effect and perfect safety with which ladles may use Syrup of Figs , under all conditions , makes It their favorite rem cdy. To got the true and genuine article , look for the name of the California Fig Syrup company , printed ncnr the bottom of the package. For sale by all responsible druggists. _ IMIONOUXCIS A I1OYCOTT ON OMAHA. Tramp * IHIIIIP ti Wn riling : ( < > Their FVIIiMVN to Keri > Avay. . A mystery that has puzzled the police over since the state -fair met In Omaha was successfully cleared up yesterday by the finding of a document on the Union Pacific bridge. It apparently Is ono of the state documents Issued by the Royal Broth- ethooil of Native Tramps. It bears the signature of the supposed president of the order , and to all appearances Is written upon official brown paper. "Wild Bill" signs the document , and "Hairy Pete , " stated by police olllcers to be "Wild Bill's" private secretary , countersigns the pronun- clamento. Olllcer McCarty found the writ ing. which he nt once turned over at thu police station where it now reposes In the curio department under charge of Jailer The paper Is nothing other than a notice Issued to the tramp world , which hourly- counts the railroad ties on the Union Pacific bridge between Omaha and Council Bluffs on Its travels across the continent , to give Omaha a wide berth. > The police maintain that the documentinow In their possession solves the mystery -why comparatively so , few tramps durlugt ute fair week begged bread from house til house. The document , mblch Is attracting visit ors to the city Jall.l.ii couched In the fol lowing sclf-oxplaniUury words ; NOTICE ! To Men thftt Is Our the Iload ; Keep out of the way of thmibluecout * . They will run you In and UAs judge will give , you ten iliiys on the.dbMn pang , nnd work you on llio street , tliatliwlll keep you In Jail till thu fair Is ovar. Now , please mind Wild Bill' und Hillry Pete wrote this , so post the lada. The king of pllla is Beecham's Bnecharrs Shell OyxliTX'Ulta iM mill Shell Flxli Received dally ut AIAURER'S RESTAU RANT ; also specklW.'brook ' trout every Fri day , _ Six Thirty 'H. M. Train , of the 'CHICAGO MILWAUKEE & ST. PAUL RY. Best service , ELECTRIC LIGHTS , Dining car. Pity urnce , 1504 Faranm. It Tnkcn Two I.linlleil Triilim Every day to accommodate eastern travel Via "Northwestern Line. " The "Oterland" at4:45 : p. m. into Chicago 7:45 : next mornIng - Ing , and ( bo "Omaha-Chicago Special" 0:30 : Into Chicago 0:30 : next morning. City ofllco , 1401 Farnam street. mill ) . JONKS-Bctisle , daughter of Mr. and Mm , E. 13. Jones of i'7Jl Scwnrd st- , died Sun day , September 20 , UKCI ! 3 yearn , 8 mon. ami 24 diiys. HurUl from residence Mon day , Sept. 21. nt 3 o'clock p. m. Inter ment ut Prospect II1I1 cemetery. PATIUOTIG 1TAMAXS CIS I.KH HATH. I'rnecflMlnn In Honor of ( ho Anitlvrmnry of Itrutiltcd Itnly. The Italians of the city were very prom inent yesterday. In the- morning they pa raded the principal streets , decked In holiday attire , with flying banners and with bands of music , with carriages and a very credit able line. In the afternoon they disported themselves at Pries' lakr park In A mlxe Italian and American fashion until th coming of night drove them back , to the clt ; and their homes. The festivities comprised the regular an nual outing of the Italian society , Da Ccnlslo All' Etna , which liberally trans lated means "From the North to the South. ' The name also describes the occasion tha was being celebrated , for yesterday was tin twenty-sixth anniversary of the day upon which Italy , "from the north to the south , ' was finally unified. The event was c brated to a lesser or a greater degree by the society throughout the country yester day.Tho The parade was quite a surprise to the citizens of Omaha who witnessed It , as I' was hardly believed there were enough ol the nationality In Omaha to make such a display. As It extended along Douglas , Farnatn and North Sixteenth streets It calle l for considerable comment from the specta tors , It started promptly at 10 o'clock from Eleventh and Dodge slrtcts. The line was headed by a squad of mounted pollcem.cn under command of Ser geant Chamberlain. Directly behind came the mounted marshals bearing baldrics of Italian colors and the society's emblems. The Seventh Ward Military band and Omaha Military bands followed and played selec tions alternately , so that there was music along the line continually. Behind this preliminary portion of the parade came about 200 members ot the so ciety , each adorned with the society's badge. At the head was borne an American stand ard nnd the banner of the society between the officers , President Frank Pascale , Vice President Antonio Minardi , Secretary John Columbo nnd Consul Antonio Vcnuto. The line was closed with a half dozen carriages , which carried the wives of the officers and the prominent members. After parading the principal downtown streets the procession proceeded to Sixteenth , and Cumlng streets , where It disbanded. Here carryalls were taken for the plciilc ; rounds. Several hundred availed them selves of the opportunity to enjoy the pro gram that had been arranged at the lake. The perfect weather assisted In making the afternoon on the picnic grounds a most enjoyable ono. A stringed orchestra ot eight pieces furnished an abundance of dance music , which appeared to be thor oughly appreciated by the entire band ot picnickers. A short program of sports was brought off with the following results : Hitting rooster with n stick b'lmlfolded : Prize , the rooster and J2 , won by Joe Mnc- facl. facl.Bag race : Prize , a box of Imported cigars , won by Agostlno Mandlcrf. Women's running race : Prlzo. a HilU um brella , won .by Gustinn Dl Grazzla. Speeches were made In the course of the afternoon by Consular Agent Venuto , Prcs Idcnt Pascale and Attorney Plnttl. AMUSEMENTS. Last evening at the Crelghton thcatc the Columbia Opera company appeared in a two-act opera by Richard Gtaht , callei : 'Said ' Pasha. " Concerning the opera , and Its performance the less said the better. The word opera Is one of the most unfor tunate In the dictionary. It meant origin ally a work , and there seem to be tlmei when It Is used to work the public. Sucli an aggregation of utter foolishness , musica and dramatic , as "Said Pasha" rarely ven turcs near the footlights to deprave th popular taste and crowd out better things. . Tln > company Is not much better than th play. The same opera Is advertised for to night. "In Old Kentucky" opened an en gagement last night at the Boyd. Th success of this elaborate scenic production from Its Introduction In New York two years ago , has been something phenomenal , and continues to attract paying audli cnces. A striking feature the pickaninny band composed of twenty little darkles , has Improved since last season. With one or two exceptions the dialect of the ai lists composing the company Is distinctly south ern. "In Old Kentucky" has lost nothing for being a year older. The Chicago Festival orchestra , conducted by Mr. Adolph Rosenbecker , gave two con certs at the Columbia theater In Chicago on September 1C and 17 , which \vcre very gratifying successes. The house was full a both performances , which turned out to bo very prominent social events. Mrs. A , Sophia Markeo , the prlma donna who ap pears at these concerts , Is the latest asplran for the stellar position In America's lyric circle. Two most attractive programs wll bo rendered by this popular musical organ ! iatlon at the Boyd on next Wednesday after noon and evening. At the matinee every seat will be sold at 25 cents. At night al balcony scats will be 35 cents and nearly half the seats on the first floor at CO cents Scats will be placed on sale at 0 o'clock tomorrow morning. Chaunccy Alcott , supported by a large and competent company , will open a four- night engagement at the Crelghton Sunday September- , presenting three popular plays , "Mavourneen , " "Tho Irish Artist' and "Tho Minstrel of Clare" during his stay. Elaborate scenic effects , brilliant cos tumes and adequate stage accessoricH are among the attractive features of the engage ment. Mr. Olcoy Is regarded by many as being the representative singing comedian of recent years. The coming week's engagement of Rich- nrd Mansfield and his largo supporting com pany In an elaborate repertory of his great cst successes will bo ono of the great dramatic events of the season. Scats will bo placed on sale Saturday , October 3. Form of Monomania. Thcro Is a. class of people , rational enough In other respects , who are certainly mono maniacs In dosing themselves. They are constantly trying experiments upon their stomachs , their livers and their kidneys with trashy nostrums , When these organs are really out of order. If they would only use Hosteller's Stomach Bitters , they would , If not hopole&Ely Insane , perceive Its superior ity. A llttlo advertisement In the "Lost" column of The Bee might bo passed over by the uvcrngo reader without attracting particular attention , hut then-by hnng n tnlc , It wa no common article thnt hnd been lost , but It watt n diamond ring. It wns not even n common , everyday diamond ring , yjuit wa an engagement ring. The tlnilor was requested to return thu same to the mayor'H olllco , Kvcr slnco the advertisement appeared the policemen und men In the blue barrel 1'rlgadts , who reiillzu what a nice thing It In to stand In with thu chief executive , have never passed by without examining nny HZnrkllnir object which they tww In the street If the rln Is not found Boon the men on the two forccM will liuvo ac quired nn cxprcHslon of countenance liealde which the "lilcyclu face" Is a thing of beauty. _ All the old trade Is Invited back to Hotel Dellone , which Is being operated under new management. ; lloj ( > < ( Too IhilxIroilN , Three newsl > oya. who were playing nt their favorite pustlme of "craps" last even ing grew loud and liolaieroun und were arrested. Their names uro : Charlen Smith , Frank Horn and Clarence Hob- Intoii. _ Many a day's wortc in test by flick head ache , caused by Indigestion and stomach troubles , Dentil's Little Early Risers art > ' the mokt effectual pill for overcoming such difficulties. _ _ _ _ _ I.OO.VI , IIUKVITinS. Brrg Cohen U locked up on a charge of reckless riding upon his bicycle. He ran over a woman , The affair happened in the vicinity of Sixteenth and Williams street * . Alma KnoJell and Gertlo Haze , two little girls living on South Eighteenth street , were seriously liuit while pla > lng on a pile of Iron In the yard of the IMxton & Vlcrllng ; Iron uorkH. Iron fell on them , crushing tha foot of one aud the kuco-pau of thu other. floe , SopUSI , 1803. 50 REASONS. There is no reason uncjcr the sun why you shouldn't buy your hats at "The Nebraska" and there are ex actly fifty reasons why you should. The first reason is that "The Nebraska" guarantees its hats a new hat if the old one doesn't wear as well as it should. The second reason is .that there isn't a block or shape or fashion of hat that you can't duplicate at "The Ne braska" at a saving of 500 to 52.00 according" to the exclusive hat store's price , The third reason is that we charge only for quality nothing for the1 maker's name and the other forty-seven reasons will come to you any time you are ready to examine "Tho Nebraska" hats. Some of the brightest brains in Omaha are this moment scintillating under cover of "The Nebraska Special , " the only three dollar hat that is sold for $1.50. The writer can prove that ; h e wears one ul ! the time. Full stenographic report of the discussion of the silver question , which took place at Urbana , August \5th \ , J896 , was printed in The Bee after correction of typographical errors by each of the principals in the de bate. Four newspaper pages of large clear type. " Tff COPIES MAY STILL BE HAD. , $ , VQ * Two copies for 5 rents ; 12 copies for 25 cents ; JOO copies tor $2. Special rates for larger quantities. ft Write or apply to The Bee Business Office. "BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT. " GOOD WIFE I YOU NEED The Keeley Institute B WHISKEY , MORPHINE , OPIUM , TOBACCO AND CIGARETTE HABITS : Write for tcrrnB and testimonials. Corrospondotico confidential. JBlairr - Neb. OFKIGKIl.S H.VII ) A.V OI'IL'M JOINT. Four Chinamen CmiKlit niijti } liitf a ( luli-t SllinKf. Four Chinese opium users and a chance visitor nt their shop , "Colonel" J. H. Drown , who had called to give the Clilni-so pointers on the USD of tha drug and had fallen Into nn altercation over the prlro of n Hmolce , wore all run in by the iiollco early Sumlny morning and provided berthx for lhn day in Iho clly Jill. "Colonel" HIOVUI Is a } oiintj man who says ho lives nt 119-121 North Twenty-first street and nevtr took molc In his life , Ho Is responsible for the "tip" which the police got that the laundry had an opium den In Us rear. Ho appears to have become angered because the Chinamen wanted to charge him CO cents u smoke. The police at once went to the place at Fourteenth and Capitol avenue , wheio Men Lee , Jim Hong , Charlie Jim and Lee Quo were found calmly enjoying a pipe , and seized a quantity of utensils for smoking opium , together with samples of the drug. I'OI.IOKNAN ( iHT.H INTO TUOIJIM.i : . ( iraiiil Ixlnnil Olllcliil ! ! Sonir I3x- jicrli'iiro In City \VnjN. George Wynn , one of Orand Island's spe- : Ial policeman , was locked up ubout mld- ilght last night. Wynn , It seems , hud a leslro to sco Omaha's seamy Bide. While doing" the lower part of town ho made ho acquaintance of a colored damsel , Hat- lo Jones , who deprived his pocket of )2 ) , BO IVynu claims. Wynn at once set up a hue ind cry and Insisted on an arrest being nade for larceny from the person , This irrtst was made , but much to Wynn'H dlu- : omlUurc , ho was compelled to go to Jail o appear In court as a complaining wlt- ipsB , This ho was forced to do , although 10 flashed a star on the arresting officer , iVhen lodged behind the bars Wynn was 'ound to have concealed weapons on htm , mil Is to bo charged with this offense. Tell Very DllVrrenl Kli > rle , O. Hmlth IH n colored Individual -who HiigulHheu behind the bars of the city lull , charged ulth the lurccny of u bicycle lelonglng to Alvln J. O rover , BmlllL xayu le wuu Hlmply unable to pay for Ms pur chase. It doesn't matter much whether sick head- lehc. blllousnc-sti , Indigestion and conitlpa- lon are caused by neglect or by uua > oldablo lrcum tance4 ; DeWitfa Little Early niters will speedily cure them all , "DENVER LIMITED" -FOR DENVER 4:35 : p. m. Daily.i . Ticket Office , 1502 Fanm Gold and Silver CO HAND IV HAND. When it cornea to Illllug _ - TEETH covsui r DR. DA1LEY , Dentist , 13 VKAHS KXPBIUKNPB. PAXTON 1ILK , EVERY WOMAN Sometimes ue d * A rullabU monthly regulating inedlclof DR. PEAL'S PENNYROYAL PILLS , Are prompt , ufo and certain la result The we Ciir. rtar ) iwvtrcllunipoiut. Blicrmuu & McC'oniiol UILJU Cp , Dudg street , Omaha , Neb. '