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THE ILLUSTRATED HEE.
February 14, 1004. Thb Illustrated Una I'uMIhMmI Wwkly by The Hoe Publishing (Vinpuiiy, Hoe liullding, Omaha, Neb. The Roundup of the Gang LislnlVj I'rleo, So IVr Copy-Per Year, $:.00. l:nlirr'fl nt the Omnhu Fostofflee lid Second c'I.jks Mall Matter. fnr Advertising Hat'. Address Puh'lshor. Communications relating to photographs or articles for publication should b hd dresscd, "Keillor Illustrated lice, Ornahu." Pen and Picture Pointers IIN i.KK WKIWTKK, who I be ing put forward liy Nebraska us til- choice of the x-nplr of thin state for the office of vice provi dent of (lit; I'tiltcd Stales uml u proper man to go on the national ticket With Theodore Roosevelt for the coming campaign, has been a re'ldont of the stato fver since tho woods were liurn'd. Ho Iwih ln-en prominent In It h affairs, too, for many years. Mr. Webster wns a incmbpr of the legislature, nittiiiK for Douglas county, In 1873 and In 1X75 was a member of the con siltiitlonal convention, serving its president of that b.Kly. . was delega te-nt-largc ami chairman of tho Nebraska delegation to Minneapolis in 1W2 when ItenJ imln Harri son was nominated for tho sceonel time. In 1NMI Mr. Webster sought tho nomination for congress from the First Nebraska dis trict on the republican ticket, but was de feated In the convention. In U39 he was a pronlnent cundldutc for t'nited States Senator before the NVLr i: -kit slate iogis Inture, being defeated by Judge II ayward of Nebraska City. Mr. Webster lias inns; been known as one of the leading lawyers of the west and tin engaged In many of the really bit? cages that have been tried before western courts, one of the most notable being that In which the rights of the Poneti Indians were determined. Ills Interest In politic has always been of tlut active kind and bis voice Is heard In every campaign, always urgulng for the suprem acy of the republican party. He has lieen formally put forward by the republicans of the state convention as the choice for the vice presidential nomination and a vigorous working organization has been formed to further his chances. The disappearance of name from the Missouri river valley hasn't lessened the crop of exoart marksmen, not n bit. Irof of tills whs recently given when a tourna ment was held under the control of the, Omnha dun club, and a body of shotgun artists assembled at the club grouuas on the Iowa side of the river. Three off the coldest days that ever blew were devoted to the tournament and the marksmen stepped up to the score, facing a keen wind from the northwest, with the mer cury down below sero. mid smashed tar gets with all the lest and seal of the summer time. True, the scores were aot tip to the pleasant wenther mark, but with the conditions under which the shoot was held, tho results are little short off marvelous. As usual the shoot developed Some surprises. It win not to be wondered at that a team from the country, the All Nebraska, won the championship of four States, but the fact that a country boy. practically unknown, got away with the rup that represents the Individual cham pionship, was n sort of an eye opener for ' the knowing people. Bleverson of Wlsner. Neb., won the cup, but he had to shoot off a tie with Ford of Central City, la.. In order to claim It as his own. and the city men. who claim to her the real thing when It comes to trap shooting, hid to be con tent with looking on at the shoot-off. Omaha No. 1 team pulled off the money In tho team shoot at live birds, but here again tho country came to the front. Kline, rf Spirit Ike. Ta.. getting the only straight core of twenty-five blids. Omaha's High School Basket Hall team has lcen making a lilt of reputation for ttself this winter and la now hailed the. champion of Nebraska. Iowa, 8ouli Iu kotu and North-Dakota, with aspirations fer the championship of tho middle west. These young rren are a husky M and when tho condition under which they get their practice are considered, they appear en titled to much credit. They have no gym nasium at the high school and must take the Young Men's Christian association gym ut such times as It is available. Prof, llcrtisleln, the physical director, has tsken much Hlns "lth the boys and has brought "tlwm to u high state of physical excel lence. Tho dedication of a new church In any community Is a sign of advancement, for it Indicates the trend of thought of the people town id higher things. Ist Tuesday, nt Woodbine, la., a new Catholic church was dedicated to the uses of public worship, the e vent leclng marked by the ceremonies customary in such cases. The church, a picture of which aptears In this number. Is a substantial structure and erst the con gregation $8.0. It marks the growth of Woodbine spiritually as well as materially. (Copy light, 1904, by William 11. Osborne.) 1 1 IMj New Yorkers are divided Into two classes.' The first class oon r , slsts of those who get caught; y, the second of those who do On the Knst Hide, there resided a gentle man whoso real name was Mr. Shifty Shift. He had many other names, but this name suited him above nil others. Mr. Slilfty Shift tic-longed to the elect individuals who do not get caught. The police department Knew ull about him; especially Is this true of old Itonesct Smith, the department's right-hand man. And then again, they km w nothing about ldm. Morally they were certain that although outwardly Shifty Shift was a whited sepulchre, within he was full of dead men's bones. Olllclally Itonesct Smith nnd the department knew absolutely noth ing about Mr. Shifty Shift. "You can't prove nolhln'." Mr. Shifty Shift would remark; "not against me, at least." And they could not. They had tried it astute and versatile Intellect. How, wh--n and where, is the safest time, place an 1 method to knock out one millionaire at the (articular request of another? This wa8 the ultimate ipiestlon. The tlrst question was: How ranch Is It worth? Having net tled the first, the answer thereto being en tirely satisfactory, Shifty Shift addressed himself to the other, and finally succeeded In arriving at a satisfactory conc'usl n. And the result was this: In the first place. Shifty eonelud d to leave the gang out of this thing. In the nccond place, in view of the strenuous ef forts of the New York police department, he concluded to turn the trick elsewhere than in the great metropolis. Circum stances favond him, for Mr. Henry P. Havlsham bad a hands me coun'.ty place Just across the river, where he spent a good deal of his time. A week later the countryside was electri fied by the rcmrt of a dastardly assault upon the Q .'eat American bull, Mr. Henry IV Havlshain. It srcmi: thai Mr. Havishnm had started out alone on an early spring A Short Story by William II. Osborne and a third day required for the purposa of getting over the excitement of the first two. "And a darned good thing for me, too," said Shifty to himself. The election und the Inauguration kept the chief busy. The town was full of strangers. All the voters from the sur rounding townships came in to vote, and, Incidentally, to dissipate. Among the more obstrepi rous were half a dozen big farmers who had come down from the mountains, so they said, and had come down with tho avowed purpose of filling up on npplo whisky. One of them finally became fighting drunk. The chief himself tapped him on the nnn and Informed him that ho was under arrest. The man's companions din covered his plight and started in to rescue him. Then there was a general mizup and the police department of Monroe distin guished Itself. It rounded up the farmers and, piling them Into a spring wagon, pressed Into service for the 'occasion, lodged them safely at the door of the JaiL. KAC1I WITH A RUtDOO REVOIWKR IN HIS HAND. many, many times, and had never suc ceeded. Shifty was a strong-arm man par excel lence. And his gang followed suit. This Sang had been chosen wisely and well from among the stronger and, at the name time, more astute gentry of the Kast 8te. "What's the uas," Shifty had sjld, "of having a good strong arm If you ain't got no brains to back it? 1-c.t me have mea about me," would say Shifty Shift, un consciously quoting from a fairly well known dramatist, "let roe have men about me with a. strong arm and a good close mouth, and a roiurtderable amount of old hoes sense, and I'll match them and me against any pollen department on the face f the earth." Accordingly, the Shifty Shift gang was the admiration of the under world, the terror of the upper oruat. Hut between the Shifty Shift gna and the police department there was no com promise. The departsBent had been fooled too often, and there was a war m that was war to the teeth. "I'll get jou, Sutfty. old Boneset Smith of the department wouM smjr. "Til get you last If I can't get you first." Shifty laughed. "Say. now." he replied, "I'll bet you don't." lie pulled out a. roll of hills, niched probably from his latest victim. "Say, woat'll you bet? I bet you don't, uow. Not you. Nor yet the chief. Nor all of you put together. See if you do." Now and then, and here and there, humm nature ha: ks buck to suvagery. James T. ItlenkiiiBop was a millionaire, but, at the same time, he waa a barbarian. He was mad clear through. He had b en bearing r certain commodity Kverybody knows now Just what he tried to dn with Great American. And another gi-ntl -manly dealer - Havisham by li;tme had slice ued in bulling It. Tho means by whlc;i he a. c m plixhed this seemed, in the eys of 111 nk Insop, the bear, to be Hi tie i-hort of a breach of trust. lib nkinsop, the Is a", he'.l 'xel in the d H5 trine of "getting back;" his it. cd iw uu eye for an eye, and a tooth for it to III. And us Mr. Havlsham hid ucc cd -d in rutting Mr. Hlonklnsop's o teeth, and In discoloring his financial y. Mr. I I -i kin sop, In a rage, deteimlned that tho ee of Mr. Huvisbam and bis belli ;ts, : hoild suffer In a very roil and hy.1oal teise. It waa in this wi.se that Mr. Shifty fhlft came ultimately to consider one of the greatest problems evec presented to hi duy to whip a trout stream on his land. He had not come back. A search waa made, and he was found unconscious by the roadside hidden by the brush and under growth. 1ie chief of police of Monroe, the little Jersey town where Mr. Havlsham lived, started Immediately to investigate. He dlarovmd, first, that Mr. HaviMham, fortunately, was not seriously injured. He discovered also that a farmer jogging along In the distance had seen a burly looking Individual cross the road and disappear. Several other men had noticed a stranger about the town a man of burly makeup and muscular appearanoe. The chief se cured a description of this man, snd found eat later that he wu seen swinging aboard a New York train a short time after the assault. Mr. Havlsham was daaed for several days, tout finally waa able to deaoribe the man who felled him. And the description of the man who felled him was consistent with the general appearanoe of Mr. Shifty Shift. The chief of police of the email town of Moaroe oammunioated Immediately with the chief of police of the city of New York. The latter, with the aid of Boneset mil a. and by a sumsaary method all his Mm. immediatolr ahipped Mr. Shifty Shift down to the small town of Monroe, with instructions to the chief of police there tu treeae fust to him. Shifty Shift was louged in the ramshackle country juil In the town of Monroe. As he was locked in a cell he took In everything at a glance. "Gee." he said to himself, "but this Is easy. I could handle the police force all by myself, ulmost. Tho gang won't do a thing to 'em." In the meantime Honeset Smith of Npw York called up the chief of Monroe on the wire. "What are you going to do with him?" asked old Itonesct. "Convict him." was the laconic answer. "No. you won't." said HoncHct. "He'll prove an alibi. He'll prove that It's a casj of mistaken identity. Hr'll prove any hing and ever thing And be ll be aeii:i'.le.l." Tf he is." said the chief of po I c . In a determined tone of voice. "I'll h've mvself locked UP." Now, the arrest of Shifty Shift wis not the inly excitement in the It! e t . n of Monroe. There w.)S nnotlu r-the tlee b.n of a major 0ci there In the o nfy when a n'tiybr 's elected at the spiles elec tion he i biitalled in office on the very next day. The result la that there are two days of Kcnerui disorder and merrymaking. One by one they were led, staggering and fighting, Into separate cells and locked up. The jail at Monroe was small, and the cells were so arranged that every prisoner in the place could see and converse with every other prisoner, if desirable. When the six farmers were lodgod in the cells assigned to them, Shifty Shift, who had been busy reading a New York newspaper, looked up lazily and inspected. Then ho shifted one leg over tho other und went on reading. The town officers retired and the outer door was locked. Immediately there was same improvement visible In the con dition of tho farmers. Shifty grinned for several minutes. "Well, gents," he finally remarked In a low voice, "how did you leave little eld New York?" The farmers burst Into a lwarty laugh. "You're all right, Shifty," they responded, "and we'll swing the thing, all right." For the six farmers were none other than six of the strongest and most astute members of the Shifty Shift gang. Kach farmer took off bis hat, removed a false bottom and took therefrom a loaded revolver. Two others in adjoining cells began Industriously to remove one of the Iron burs, which would be useful when It came to breaking jail. "What time will we turn the trick?" one of thorn asked of Shifty. "We'll have a good chance tonight," said Shifty, "for the town'll be wild over the election. They'll bo shovin' In fellows here right und left. It's only light that we should get out snd give 'era more room." At S o'clock that night the gang heard a multitude of maudlin shrieks approachiug the jail. "tlce, but the town's a-guln' it it," said Shifty. A bolt was drawn, the key turned in the lock, and several officers marched in, dragging with them men who were supinely drunk. "l'aralyzed," thought Shifty, as he watched them sling u big fellow into the cell next to his n n. The other newcomers were in little better condition. They were asleep in two min utes, suoring sonorously as they lay upon -the hard wooden Ivnches. There were, perhaps, seven or eight of these Imprudent revelers. Nothing hapjenfd for . n lo n while. Finally, Slilfty heard approaching foot steps and softly whittled. And tlitn began (Continued on Page Five.)