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THE OMAHA SUNDAY NEE: MAY 24, 190.
PEOPLE DROPOUT OF SIGHT Indian Tragedy Showi How Easily One la Loit in the World. SOME NOTED CASES BECALLED Straaara DlnpK"'" Which Taxed Himi Skill aad Rmoinm Wlthoat Kmlt-Mntery ef Lapsed Memory. The tragic mysteries of the burned chaniel house at Laporte, Ind., bring sharply to public notice how easily and completely persons disappear from alght and from friends, and only rarely are heard of again. In the great multltuda of people without home attachments or Inquisitive frierrus, disappearances excite little Interest. Like a pebble dropped In the ocean, there Is a momentary rlpplo, then all Is still. In the Laporte case, wore It not for the persistence of a brother of one of the victims who left his Dakota home for the haunt of the fe male bluebeard. It Is probable that horrible affair would have remained unrevealed for a time. If not forever. Possibly a doaen men were lured to their death In this charnel house, and yet only two have been definitely Identified. What becomes of the hundreds of people who go out from home or buslines to make a call or attend to some of their affairs, apparently with the Intention of an early return, but never come back? In the large cities these cases of sudden vanishing, al most of annihilation, are frequent, and they often Involve circumstances of more pathos than that with which Tennyson has Invested the tale of "Enoch Arden." A Western Mystery. Not always In the large cities do the most mysterious Instances of sudden dis appearance occur. A mysterious disappear ance some years ago in a small city of the central west Is the equal of any on record, and It Is attended by circumstances that make It unusually pathetic The leading features are as follows: A young gentleman, the only son of a leading business man of his native town, had been carefully educated to take his father's plaoe In the conduct of a manu facturing bouse with Important connections. and had been In the concern little more than a year as treasurer, handling large sums of money dally, when one pleasant day he went out on a business errand and, not only never returned, but not the least trace of him could be discovered. His errand was usual at the hour of going out, and was simply to attend to the banking business of the house for the day and got lunch. He had a draft to buy on New York for quite a large sum, and had written the letter In which to enclose It before leaving the office, , He transacted his business at' the bank, mailed the draft and took lunch at the usual place. Be yond the restaurant he could not be traced a step, yet several persons saw him go out the door. In two hour an Inquiry wae set on foot for him, his absence from business being unaccountable. No young man could be more exact and methodical In his habits. He was strictly moral, abstemious to 4 fault and never was seen In questionable associations. . His horror at drunkenness. gambling and kindred vlces was known to be sincere, and he cherished the fondest regard for his parents, sisters and other relatives. Home and business were his hobbles, and absence for even a day when the demands of trade called htm away, he looked upon as a privation. Therefore, when the hours of his absence lengthened Into days and the days Into weeks, with mo tidings from him, even con jecture was Idle, for, wholly without a clue upon which to hang a reasonablo supposition, speculation upon probabilities was impossible. Tho paronts spared noth Ing In the quest for the Idolized son. His photograph was printed In large quantities and sent to the authorities In every, part of the country, accompanied by the offer of a large reward for tidings which would lead to the discovery of the young gentle man, and finally the same course was adopted In sending the photo to the prln clpal cities abroad, but this labor and ex pense were in vain. On In the East. . The scnatlon In the matter of remark ablo and unaccountable disappearances has been forcibly revived In the case of C. A. Conant, one of the editors of the weekly and monthly publications of Harper & pros., New York City. Mr. Conant was ono of the beet known literary men In New York. He had been In the employ of the Harpers for more than thirty years. He began humbly, but aa he developed ex ceptlonal ability, he was advanced until he was among the moat responsible and highest salaried men In the service of the great Cliff street and Franklin Square publishing house. Mr. Conant was between 60 and 65 years old. He had been married fsV many years to a woman In every respect congenial and suited to him. Those who had known him, longest declared that Mr. Conant had absolutely no bad habits. He was bookish In 'bis tastes, as Ills pursuits would natu rally lead him to be. He had but few Intimate friends, I but these were rooted to ' him. The world seemed to go well with him In every respect. . One day In July, some twenty years ago, Mr. Conant rose from his desk, washed his hands, and walked out, presumably ta his luncheon. He did not return at his usual hour; In fact, did not come back at all, which was a very unusual thing, It happened that during the afternoon one of the firm of his employers wanted to see him touching spme matter relating to the business of the publishing house, and had sent Into the room which was occupied by Mr. Conant and two others 4o say that when he came In he should be asked ' , to come to the office of the person desiring . to see htm. Bo a close lookout was kept, but Mr. Conant did not return. He waa living well out of town, about twenty-five miles from the city, during the heat of the summer. Next morning he did not appear. He was the most punctual of mortals, and 10 o'clock In summer always found him at ' his desk. W hen he did not appear at his usual hour everyone thought he must either be 111 or be detained at home for some urgent reason. About noon, how ever, his wife came Into the room much agitated. She said In their entire married life of over twenty years her husband had never remained away over night without ending her either a telegram or a note to tell her be would be absent. He had not done, this, and ah feared he was ill, or that something had happened to him that ' was to bis detriment. The Harpers then tcjaa to rnsKe some inquiry on their own account. All thsy could learn waa that as be went out he stepped, into the rooiq of the cashier and drew ICO. His salary was 17.600 cer annum. The elevator boy re membered the hour in which le brought Mr. Conant down. The last whl saw him .was the policeman who had bei on duty In and about Franklin Square lor many Teara. . Ile.was near the main entrance to the Harpers' publishing bouse, when he saw Mr. Conant emerge from the building And walk briskly away. From that hour to this no human being has laid eyes upon him. Certain meutal conditions occasionally aooount for curious and otherwise unaa twunc&hle harrcntiias. An instance of this occurred last year at San Dingo, CaL A young lady one day appeared at a hotel. After a stay of a day or two, she told the landlord's wife that she was very poor, and as she had but a few dollars with hfr, she must get something to do. It happened that there was a vacancy In the corps of teachers of a girls' school. The landlord's wife saw the young lady had never done any manual labor and would not know how to do It If It were offered to her. The school project she waa very glad to fall In with, but she seemnd curiously reticent about herself, and made no explanation of her appearance at the place she was staying. The landlord's wife had a theory, which was that the girl lad run away from Somewhere to avoid an uncongenial marriage. Sho did as well with the school as could be expected, and soon became a very great favorite with her young girl pupils. But people are curious. The girl gave no account of herself, nor did she write or receive any letters. Envious and Jealous tongues declared that there must be some cause for this 'secrecy," aa they called the refusal of the young lady to gratify the pupils' curiosity by making known her private affairs. One day the land lady was reading the personal column of a great Atlantlo roast dally that has a reputation for Its personal column from sea to sea. A young lady of the city was missing. Her family was one 6f the oldest and proudest In the town. Its eldest daughter had suddenly disappeared. There waa no cause known for her leaving her family and friends, and the personal concluded by the offer of (1,000 for sny information that would result In disclosing what bad become of her. She could be positively ldenllfed by a little mole on the outer edge of the lobe of the loft ear. The woman read the personal twice. She then called her husband. "Read that," she said, "and tell mo who It Is." "Why, It's our school mistress, that's who It Is," he said. He wrote to the person mentioned de siring the knowledge, saying he thought he could locate the missing young lady If some one would come and Identify her. The couple then called the young lady and questioned her. She declared she had never been east.' But the interview had so affected her that next morning she was In a high fever and delirious. To make a long story short, she had had an attack of that curious disease which has a Latin name that In the vernacular means lapse of memory. How she had gone so far from home as she had with out any mishap was the wonder. She soon recovered under proper treatment and returned to her eastern home and friends cured. "BOOK AGENTS" MAKE KILLING Trusting Wives of Rich Husbands in Chicago Victims of Smooth Swindlers, Chicago millionaires and others around the country have been hit hard In the vi cinity of their bonk accounts through the medium of their Trusting wives, who have fallen viotims to the wiles of a gang of suave "book agents." Mrs. James A. Patten of Evanston. wife of tho well known Board of Trade man and former mayor of the college town, signed notes amounting to 120,000 and gave her personal checks for I2.9G0 more which were cashed--to one of these "agents," and all that she has to show Is a case of "edition de luxe" books worth probably about $500, Detectives are at work, and their find ings so far point to the fact that the scheme was nothing more than the old lightning rod game disguised In calfskin and morocco. It Is known that another well known mil lionaire's wife listened to the siren song of these "agents" and signed notes for $40,000. When her husband heard of the notes and Investigated he found that he had been bitten. Thereupon he sorrow fully compromised and got his wife's notes back upon the payment of $10,000. But with Mr. Patten It Is different. He admits that his wife has been shamefully Imposed upon and that her charitable na ture has received a shock, but he says that he Intends to see justice done and that ho is willing to make a "mark" of himself In order to bring the Impostors to Justice. any wire is neartbroken about this thing." said Mr. Patten. "Out of the kind ness of her . heart she signed notes for about $20,000 and gave them to this book agent so that he could have the books bound for him by a well known publishing house. The books really were to be sold, so the agent said, to a banker In Portland, Ore., who was In Europe. The agent made a plea that he had been 111, an dthat If he could get the books from the publishing house he could sell them to the Portland banker. "My wife had purchased a few books of this agiit several months ago. When the agent represented to her that he must have a signed contract from soma trustworthy person, with notes to cover the amount of the purchase, she agreed to sign them, so that he could sell to the western banker when he returned from Europe. She was not buying the books for herself, and had no Intention of ordering them. "The first notes that she signed were for $5,600. The agent went away, but returned In a few weeks. "He ald that the Portland banker wanted a better set. and that If he could order a set worth $8,500 he could sell them to him. He asked Mrs. Patten to sign notes for this amount, so he could get the books, and tore up the old Issue of notes before her eyes. This Impressed my wife with his honesty and she signed the other notes. "These people who have swindled my wife have headquarters In New York. They had people around to see employes of mine In New York, and' have been Impudent enough to ask how muoh 'I was going to settle for.' I won't settle for one penny, and will prosecute them If they can be found and locked up." Chicago Record Herald. Aaplea for Sleeplessness. The apple l such common fruit, says a medical writer, thul very few persons are familiar with Its remarkably efficacious medicinal properties. Everybody ought to know that the very best thing he can do Is to eat apples Just before retiring for the nleht. Persons, uninitiated In the mysterW-a of fruit are liable to throw up their hands In horror at the visions of dyrpopla which such a suggestion msy summon up. but no harm can com even to a dellcnte system by the eating of the ripe and Juicy apple before going to bed. The apple Is excellent brain food because It has more phosphoric acid In easily dlsrested shape than any other fruit. It excites the action of the Uvfr, promotes sound and healthy sleen, and thoroughly disinfects the mouth. This Is not all; the apple prevents Indigestion and throat diseases. Londoa Globe. Meslnse of a Crate, May a felow sows his wild oats and reaps a gross widow. Must men like to be Jollied, and are wining to pay tor it. A wise woman never quarrels with her husband till after payday. The worst thing about common sense Is that It Is so unfashlankble. IMscretlnn may be the better port of valor because It can run faster. No search warrant is necessary In looking for trouble or finding faults. Many a girl's idea of doing good In the world is to marry a man to reform him. It's queer that while a man always goes to lunch a woman goes to a lunch eon. The man ho makes up his mtnd to fight for his riKhls must vxpei-t to keep up the flpht for the rest of his life. I'hlladvlplila Ledger. JIM MUST START RACE KOW Dahlman Club Pushes Mayor - Into Campaign at Once. WILL NOT WATT FOB MEO-SUMMEU Oar Jim Calmly Bows to the Com mand and Trip to Denver Will Bo tho Curtain Raiser. "Now Is the accepted time," declare the members of the Dahlman Democracy, and at a meeting Friday evening admonished the mayor for deciding to begin his cam paign as late as July 10, and told him that Mayor Dahlman must begin his campaign for Governor Dahlman at once. This decision was arrived at In a meeting of the campaign committee and when It reported the club went Into executive ses sion and the will of the great unwashed Imparted toTthe local Mooes of the party. Dahlman took the part of the Immortal Barkis and declored that he was willln' " and the Journey to Denver to the national convention will mark the opening of the campaign. On this occasion Bryan will be more or less of a secondary consideration and Dahlman will be kept ever In the lime light. The campaign committee was Instructed to buy several thousand buttons with the picture of the bald-headed mayor on them and with the Inscription "Dahlman for gov ernor," and these will be distributed by the handful to the gaping crowds In all stations where the special stops on Its way to Den ver. The train will stop at every place of any size In the state and Dahlman will give a speech from the rear platform while his followers will wave green and yellow um brellas containing political advertising and shower the buttons on the heads of the unsuspecting. ' Dahlman Reside Bryan. ' At Denver the campaign will be kept up and an effort will be made to pin a Dahl man button by the side of that of the Peerless Leader himself on the coat of every delegate and the Influential club will see to It that democrats of Influence who have not credentials will get into the con vention, in return for which Mr. Big Oun will give Dahlman support in his campaign for the governorship. "We decided that we have no grudge against or 111 feeling for any of the other candidates) for governor," said Joe Butler, manager of the Dahlman speaking bureau, "but while we have friendly feelings for all, we, of course, have the friendliest feelings for Dahlman. There are really but two candidates, Dahlman and Shallenber ger. Berge Is still looked upon by many as a populist. Hole is not a strong oppo nent, and Lo beck well, you know Lobeck Is going to run for railroad commissioner." . Dahlman Crowd Growing. Applications for reservations on the special excursion of the ' Dahlman demo crats to the democratic national conven tion are continually coming In to the sec retary and Friday night It was ascertained that Albion would send one carload of democrats, the cor to meet the excursion' train at Columbus. Other towns to be rep resented are South Omaha, with two cars; Council Bluffs, with two cars, and applica tions are In for about 100 reservations from all ports of the state. The contract for the badges and umbrellas were let last week, and final arrangements will be made for the excursion at a meeting to be held next Friday night, at which those In at tendance will be entertained by the Dahl man brass band. VALUABLE CAT CHLOROFORMED One of tho Heirs of Man Who Left Fortnno for Care of Two Pets. After enjoying for several years a for tune of $40,000, Blackle, one of the two pet cats of the late Benjamin Dllley of Wllkesbarre, Pa., was chloroformed and Is now dead, aged 18. The act of mercy was performed after physicians had pro nounced Blackto's illness hopeless and with the consent of the exeoutors of the will. Dllley, who died in 1905, had mode Blackle and his sister, Pinkie, pets since their birth in 1892. In his will he left the income of a $40,00 property to pro vide for them and appointed Miss Addle Ruch at $76 a month to care for them, giving her this through life. The cats had the daintiest of food and the house where they lived was arranged for their convenience. They grew big and fat and lazy, never being allowed to run at largo or associate with other oats. Pinkie died two years ago. Miss Ruch was taken seriously ill three weeks ago and la in the hospital. Her departure af fected Blackle and tame day ago ho, too, became seriously sick. When the estate is divided most of it will go to charitable institutions and $5,000 toward providing "a fountain for human beings, birds and animals," aa the will expressed it. New York Sun. The Harmless Candidate. A Georgia farmer posted this sign on his front gate: "Canuldates will pass on. No time to talk to em." one morning his little bov shouted from the garden walk: "There s one o them candidate hara. an' he say he'll come In anyhow 1" I ne oia man luoKea toward the irate and said: "Lt him In. There's no harm In him. T know him. He's been runnln' ever sence the war Jest to be a-runniug'. It runs in nib oiooa an ne can i neip tt: Atlanta Constitution. Iteflectloaa of a Bachelor. get married, she Is already. The way a woman manages a man is by making him think he manages her. The trouble with the average man Is he knows how to run every man's himinui. hut his own. It's very moral for a woman to have hair that curls naturally so she doesn't have to lie IUUUI lb. how smart the children would be If their wiwui iroiuri . uinj juitjw uuw IU leOGA them. New York lres. Dyaamltet Wrecks Unlldings as compleNly as coughs and colds wreck lungs. Cure them quick with- Dr. King's New Discovery. 60c and $1.00. For aule by Beaton Drug Co. You're Judged by Your Appearance Yourself, your goods and your business methods are Judged by your appearance. It decides whether or not, as a salesman or solicitor, you will be given a re spectful hearing. It Is your first argument make It convincing. Let us clean, press and repair your clothes. We call for and de liver them when wanted. Call us up either phone. THE PAIITGRIUM "Oood Cleaners and Dyers." U 161S Jobs mx. Both Vuoaea. Jit M0rrtt sr ' f -J --- f CSS 7 ' ' t - ' ' ' r f ?Jt7rv P1 THE STAR ACORN DOES EVERYTHING BUT THINK jonniEjcooK . . T l7 r tvr c svx -r c ' y r r t-c- x , - in i hi i mm inm it does it. Of course your gas bill will not be as high with an Acorn as with others, but then it isn't likely that you have any stock in the Gas Co., anyway. If you were buying a cook stove or steel range you wouldn't buy the cheapest you could find would you? Then why buy the cheap gas eater mis-named a' gas stove? John Hussie Hardware Go. 2407-09 Cuming St. If you buy it of Hussie it s right. DR. BRADBURY, Dentist 1506 Faruani. 17 Years Extracting... 2oc up. Crowns.... $2.50 up. Plates 12.00 up. Bridge Work $2.S0 up. Porcelain Fillings up from $1.50 Foot Comfort Means Peace of Mind For suffering womanhood there Is no greater agony than aching teet, and for these wo men we have a message ot comfort In our Grover's Comfort Shoes I We are representatives In Nebraska for these famous shoes which are known the world over They are the easiest fitting, best wearing shoe ever put on a human foot. As to fit, they snug the foot like a fine kid glove would fit the hand. They are made of the finest kid leather, In lace or button, and in Ox fords or high styles. TUE PltlCES ItANGE $1.75 to $4.09 Remember we carry only the fluect grades In this make. You take no chances here. Drexel Shoe Co. til) Farnam Sired BUY "BUTTEK NUT" BUEAD OWCa IS AXX. WB ASK. . A trial is the strong st argument at oat command. ror Bole at FZ g- au Urocers m XJL.BEZ. IS OBJ TX1 aVOAT" Hf"""" iiasnianmsinag hi' t h 'i n 'ii ( f 7000 Oct - rrrj r rj-y-i jds .... . t. f SS3S3 AC0RI1 GAS RANGES The kind with the pressure controller valve. 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THK RELIABLI STORE Entire Surplus Stock OF TWO WELL KNOWN MANUFAC TURERS, CLOSED OUT AT 50 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR Fabrics are pure worsteds and eassimeres, plain calors and fancy mixtures, made up in. single or double- breasted,' plain or knickerbocker styles, all are well' tail ored, built for both style and. .service. Come in all sizes, 6 to 16 years; values to $6.50, at. $2.50 and $3.50 , The line at $3.50 includes many, pat-, terns with two pairs of pants, one plain and one knickerbocker style. The greatest knee pants suit bargains ever offered in Omaha or the west. Do not miss this opportunity to have the boy well and stylishly dressed at a very small cash outlay. Sale of Men's Suits at $10.00 and $12.50 continues this week with several new lots; values to $18.00 added. All the new shades of brown and grey included. m HMDEHS' EM xioros They are the handsomest and most desirable shoes that were ever wrought of leather. Grace and style a plenty and at no expense to service. Take our $4.00 or $5.00 Oxfords for instance. They, cling to your ankle as though your toot was moulded in them. ., This store for Oxfords, Patent Oolt, Patent, Kid, Gun Metal Calf or Tans. ; : s FRY SHOE CO. TXB IIOI1I. 16th and Douglis Sis. SUMA1ER FLOWERING BULBS CALADIUMS. Mammoth Bulbs, each 25c; 5 for Jl.OD TUBE ROSES, Mammoth Pearl, dot. 35c; 3 dot . .... $1.03 6LADI0U, In Superb Mixture, dot. 35c; 53 hr $1-03 CINNAM0H VINE, Extra Larjs, each 10c; 12j; .... St.OO DAHLIAS, Assorted, each 10c; 12 hr U-0) THE NEBRASKA SEED CO.. 1613 Howard St. No trip can surpass in pleasure and health a vuca tlon spent In the nocklea Low rates Sn effect every day June 1 to Sept. SO, 1908. For the Round-trip to DENVER, COLORADO SPRINGS, PUEULO UNION ''PACIFIC Two through dally trains to Denver leave Omaha J2:10 A. M and J 00 1. M. Inquire at 'V .1224 Farnam Street. v "V. l itsjj m BAILEY (EL MACH DENTISTS THIRD FLOOR PAXTON BLOCK Corner ICtb and Farnain Street. Best equipped Dental office) In the middle west. Kit-best grade Dentistry at Reasonable Prices. Percelaln fillings. Jnst like the tooth. ..BRIDAL PRESENTS.. ..GRADUATING GIFTS.. Our , store . Is resplendent with new things. Corals, Tnrqaoise, Matrix In Rings, Necklaces and Brooches. We have made special efforts to have a line of elegant goods for graduates this year. Let us show you. C. B. DROWN CO. Jewelers and Silversmiths. 16th and Farnain. D. C SCOTT, D.V.S. to Dr. H. I RamaeClotU.) Offtoe asta Xeapttal, SBIO MCasoa Street, Colls Promptly Aaawered at All Hovjtls "''"5!r23Kl'2Z: Basis, ict; lotratil X 'Phone Doug. 1828 J