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The Watchman.
J. H. GROPENGIESER, Publisher.
Sullivan and Corbett have put up
$10,000 a side for a flglit to a finish.
The country at large will double the
purse if they will agree to fight with
The little word "obey" has been
stricken out of the Methodist mar
riage service and brides will hereafter
have no prejudice against being
married by ministers of that
The great Treasury vault at Wash
ington covers more than a quarter of
an acre and is twelve feet deep.
Recently there was$90,000,000 in silver
stored there—an amount, that weighed
4,000 tons and would load 175 freight
Frank Tagget-t, a former member
of the Nebraska legislature, has been
arrested in Cheyenne for aiding a
prisoner to escape. The fact that he
once belonged to the Nebraska legis
lature will be strong circumstantial
evidence against him.
John Jacob Astor has imitated
William Waldorf in giving the New
York Press club a check for $5,000.
The club will do well to have the
check cashed before any of its mem
bers put more of those unpleasant
paragraphs into the papers.
A few days ago a switchman in
Denver snatched a little child from
before an advancing locomotive. He
succeeded in his heroic purpose but
was killed. Already the Denver
News has raised over $700 for the
widow and child of this unknown
man of the people, Lee Dunham, and
about $100 for a monument. New
York has not done as well for the
nation's Grant.
The editor of an exchange in tile
throes of crazed inspiration writes
thusly: "You may hive the stars in
a nail keg, hang the ocean on a rail to
dry, put the sky to soak in a gourd
and unbuckle the bellyband of eter
nity, and let the sun and moon out,
but don't think you can escape the
place that lies on the other side of
purgatory if you don't support your
J0ial paper."
Some time ago President Harrison
expressed a wish to Uncle Jerry Rusk
for two good 'possums as soon as frost
set in, and the other morning two
fine young 'possums were received at
the White House. These were deliv
ered by Adams Express Company,
and were in a box marked: "To the
President: Two citizens of Maryland
—Mr. Protection and Mr. Reciprocity
—with the compliments of John R.
Howlett, No. 1411 N street northwest."
Each of the animals had a red, white,
and blue ribbon round his neck, one
marked "protection" and the other
Col. L. L. Polk, president of the
Farmers' Alliance, died at Garfield
Hospital at 11:15 Saturday morning.
Col. Polk was a relative of President
Polk. He was a native of North Car
olina, where he was born about 55
years ago. During the war he served
for a time in the confederate army
and resigned to go to the legislature,
to which body he had been elected.
At the time of his death he was serv
ing his third term as president of the
body to which he has given so much
of hi6 time and attention. Col. Polk's
home was at Raleigh. N. C. He
leaves a wife and three children.
This fall all the offices in South
Dakota to be filled run from governor
down to road supervisor. Nothing is
omitted from constable to the highest
in the land, national electors for the
electoral college. In consequence of
this the ticket will be the size of a
barn door. It is estimated that the
ticket will be six feet long, if all the
names were run in a single column,
or three feet in a double width. As
to ballot boxes, sugar barrels will
have to be used in some of the large
wards. Already some of the county
commissioners are making arrange
ments for large steel ballot boxes to
hold the tickets. The election will
be fraught with difficulties and sur
prises seem certain.
Of the twenty-three presidents,
seven were re-elected, namely—Wash
ington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe,
Jackson. Lincoln and Grant. Two
were renominated and failed of elec
tion—Martin Van Buren, who was
beaten by Harrison, and Mr. Cleveland
who was beaten by the republican
grandson of the great whig leader.
This gives nine xresidential renomi
nations. seven of which were approved
by the people. Six presidents who
lived out their terms of office failed
to get a renomination. They are the
two Adamses, Polk, Pierce, Buchaman
and Hayes. Three presidents died
during their first terms, namely—
Harrison, Taylor and Garfield. The
four vice presidents who became
presidents—Tyler, Fillmore, Johnson
and Arthur—were all beaten for the
regular nomination.
Telegraphic News of the World
Condensed for the Benefit
of Busy Readers.
Washington, Politicals foreign
and General Domestic
Happenings of Note.
Peter ZinnchzizkousktkowlOU ski is
a native of Buffalo, according to that
city's directory.
Mrs. Levi Vilas, mother of Senator
Vilas, died suddenly Saturday night
in Madison, Wis.
Delegates from fourteen labor
organizations in Boston formed a new
Amalgamated Building Trade
Mortimer Frabitus Reynolds died
in Rochester yesterday. He left $500,
000 for the building and maintaining
of the Reynolds Public Library.
W. Green Wait died at Vail's Mills,
N. Y., Sunday, aged 75. He was a
prominent Republican and held the
office of Port Warden at New York
for ten years.
Charles Waite, an aeronaut, while
giving an exhibition at Tolchester
Beach, near Baltimore yesterday fell
1,500 feet, owing to the failure of his
parachute to work, and sustained
fatal injuries.
Drs. E. E. Nvrtsle and C. I?. Merkie
of Chippewa Falls, Wis., have been
arrested for manslaughter in causing
the death of Mrs. Lester Dallas by an
unwarranted operation for the
removal of a tumor.
Two hundred thousand second-hand
books are to be sold in one lot in
Boston this week to the highest
bidder. They belong to the estate of
that famous dealer, T. O. H. P.
Burnham, and are now in the dingy
basement under the Old South Church.
William M. Davenport, of Levden,
Mass., is blind, but notwithstanding
this qualification, manages to run a
700-acre farm of his own, and not only
buys his own stock, but can tell all
that he wants to know about the
qualities of a milch cow simply by
passing his hands over it.
An interesting reminder of the
famous Donnelly-Pioneer Press libel
suit is furnished in the suit brought
by Flandrau, Squires & Cutcheon
against the Pioneer Press Company
for the balance of fees due for services
rendered in the famous libel suit. The
amount sued for is about $5,000 and
the attorney for the plaintiffs is no
less a personage than Cy. Wellington,
who conducted Mr. Donnelly's side in
the farmer case.
An electric omnibus company has
been formed in London.
Norway is to send a Viking ship
an exhibit to the World's Fair.
Foreign physicians are now ex
perimenting with frog lymph as a
pretentive of hydrophobia.
Louise Michel, the famous socialist
agitator, seems to have tired of her
tumultuous career, and has settled
down to teaching school in a quiet
part of London.
The German emperor has conferred
the order of merit in art and science
upon Dr. Gould, of Cambridge, on
account of the services he has ren
dered astronomy.
TheGerman Emperor has graciously
sanctioned the election of Sir John
Everett Millais, the English painter,
as a Knight of the "Ordre pour le
merite,"' the highest Prussian order
for science and art.
The King of Italy, attended by the
court, has assisted at the inaugura
tion of a monument erected at Turin
in commemoration of the Italian sol
diers who took part in the ^Crimean
At Castle Thomery, near Font
ainebleau, where Rosa Bonheur has
her farm, are horses and cows of
many breeds, herds of sheep and
goats, numbers of rabbits and poultry,
a pair of lions, and several very rare
small animals. All these are used as
studies by the artist. She is now 70
years old, but is still vigorous.
King Malieto of Samoa is unhappy.
His stipend of $25 per week is not
regularly paid from the royal excheq
uer, and a number of his wives have
been compelled to take in washing to
eke out his scant subsistence. Unless
the king business looks up a little he
threatens to soil his robes by going
into some plebian vocation.
The marriage of Count Herbert
Bismarck to the Countess Margaret
Hoyos, of Fiume, will take place this
week. Comtesse Margarethe's father
is Count George Hoyos, a partnei in
the celebrated firm for the manufact
ure of torpedoes at Fiume, and her
mother is an Englishwoman, the
daughter of Mr. Whitehead, the
founder of this torpedo manufactory.
King Oscar of Sweden, who is now
visiting in Paris, is a man of tall and
spare figure, with white hair and
beard that were black when he was
lost in the French capital. He enjoys
excellent health. When the King
visited President Carnot attheElysee
he wore the medal granted him by the
French Government for throwing
himself before two horses that were
running away with a carriage filled
with ladies.
The Duke of Portland, who is one
of the richest noblemen in England,
lias just added 20,000 acres to his
shooting preserves. The DuVe has
now 80,000 acres, or 125 square miles,
reserved solely for the use of his gun.
He believes in doing things on a large
scale. His town house extends along
nearly the entire side of Cavendish
Square, and "Welbeck," his seat in
Nott inghamshire, is said to be the
finest woodland domain in England.
Several days ago George Perdue,
residing nine miles south of Munice,
Ind., found a complete set of dies for
making counterfeit ten-dollar gold
pieces. As no gold of this denomina
tion has been put in circulation in
this locality it is supposed the finding
of the outfit caused the gang to seek
pastures new, but today another far
mer living on an adjoining farm to
Perdue's, by the name of Turner,
found under his corn crib a peck
measure of nickels, that were made
principally of lead and another soft
alloy. As counterfeit nickels have
been freely circulated here recently it
is supposed the manufacture of them
has been carried on quite extensively
near where the dies were found.
Iustructions were given some time
since by Secretary Blaine to our
minister at Lisbon, Gen. George S.
Baclieller, to make a courteous request
for the return to the United States of
the famous "Long Tom" gun, a
42-pounder, of the celebrated private
armed brig-of-war Gen. Armstrong,
which played such a heroic part in
the battle of Fayal with a British
squadron in 1814, says the Washing
ton Post. Information has been re
ceived at the department of state
that the king of Portugal has most
graciously expressed his consent to
present the gun to the United States,
it now being in the Castle of San
Juan, at the Island of Fayal.
The Treasury deparument has
purchased 334,000 ounces of silver at
Secretary Foster has appointed
Harry M. Callison assistant inspector
of boilers for New York at a salary of
$2,000 per year.
Eight alien contract laborers were
returned one day last week from the
United States to the country from
which they came.
Senator Davis was fifty-four years
old Thursday. Congratulations were
numerous and the senator, as ever,
was gracious.
The condition of Mrs. Harrison
continues about the same. She holds
up remarkably well under the
fatiguing effects of the extremely
warm weather. She will leave
Washington some time in July for
the Adirondacks.
Representative Pickler made an
attempt one day last week to call up
his timber culture bill, but it was
objected to by Mr. Holcomb on the
ground that a bill of that should go
over until more members were pres
Representative Eli Stackhouse, of
the Sixth district of South Car&lina,
died suddenly at his residence in the
city of Washington, D. C., from
disease of the heart. Mr. Stack
house was born in Marion county,
South Carolina, in 1824. He served
in the Conefderate army and became
a colonel. He afterward became
prominent in agricultural pursuits
was president of the State Farmers*
Alliance and a member of the legis-'
lature, and was elected to the Fifty
second congress as a Democrat. Both
branches of congress, on the announce
ment of Mr. Stackhouse's tleath.
appointed committees to attend the
funeral. Senator Kyle and Mr. Jolley
of South Dakote are members of the
There is not the slightest probabil
ity of one of the regular appropriation
bills becoming a law before the end of
the fiscal year, and, in order to con
tinue the work of the departments, 'it
will be necessary to pass a joint reso
lution after the members of the Sen
ate and House return from Chicago
extending the provisions of existing
appropriation bills until the middle
of July. The friends of the river and
harbor bill are in great fear that its
passage may be retarded for weeks if
it is not eventually defeated. It, too,
must wait the return of all the mem
bers before action even can be had on
the proposed new conference. The
demands already made upon the treas
ury by the increased amount required
for the payment of pensions has given
the advocates of lower appropriations
greater hope of ultimately defeating
the river and harbor bill.
The mayor and city clerk of Huron
have been enjoined against signing a
warrant for $2,370 which the council
directed to be issued to the city
attorney for two month's services.
Attorneys come high in Huron.
Convicted of Murder in the First
Degree After Ifive Long
He Killed Bob Lyons With a
Blow From a Butcher's
Sharp Cleaver.
"So Help Me God, I Didn't," He
Cries From the Witness
After being out nearly five hours
the jury in the case of Michael T.
Sliney re-entered the court with a
verdict of guilty of murder in the first
Most of the friends of the young
man and those of his victim, Bob
Lyons, whom he killed on November
25th last, with a blow from a butch
er's cleaver, remained hovering about
the corridors of the big white build
ing until late.
When it was announced about 11:10
o'clock that the jury had come to a
decision there was a general scurry
for seats, and the court was soon
filled. Some disappointment was
evinced when it came out that the
jury chad returned for instructions
The foreman asked if they could
find Sliney guilty as an accessory.
Judge Ingraham promptly replied
that by the new addition to the code
an accessory was always ranked
equally guilty with a principal in
such cases.
This seemed to satisfy the jurors,
and they retired again. The question
might have had some bearing on the
case of Jim Lyons, now in custody,
and the audience kept chatting on
this topic until the return of the
jury, five minutes after.
There was a deep silence as the
prisoner took his seat between two
court officers, and the roll calling of
the jurors seemed tedious.
To the usual question Foreman
Byron H. Page replied: "We find the
prisoner guilty—guilty of murder in
the first degree."
Sliney, who stood facing the panel,
displayed little emotion save winking
his eyes rapidly half a dozen times,
with a sort of sneer on his face, when
the words escaped the foreman's lips.
His mother and sister Lizzie, who
occupied seats in the audience, were
terribly affected. Lizzie turned as
pale as death, while the mother
almost swooned. Some women friends
tried to soothe them. Sliney was
hurried away to the Tombs. The
verdict was received with no other
display of feeling.
The incidents of the trial yesterday
were highly dramatic. The whole
force of the testimony seemed to
favor Sliney and go against James
Lyons. Assistant District Attorney
Wellman was absent owing to the
death of his wife, and his place was
taken by Mr. Nicoll.
The prisoner's mother testified that
Mike called at her house at 4:10
o'clock in the afternoon, and at 4:30
m., hearing that something had
happened at Bob Lyons,' she and
Mrs. Bridget Brooks went there and
saw Bob Lyons dead. Jim Lyons was
there. Mrs. Brooks corroborated this
testimony. This goes against the
alibi set up by James Lyons. Mrs.
Mary O'Brien testified that at 4:10 p.
m. she saw Mickey Sliney leave the
butcher store.
Lawyer F. B. House, Sliney's coun
sel, testified that he had examined
the premises, and it was evident the
murder occured in the hallway.
There was a hush as Mike Sliney
took the stand. He said he was in
Lyons' store the evening before the
murder, and told of Bob Lyons' quar
rel with his mother. On the day of
the murder he went to tlj? store
about 4:15 o'clock to' borrow a dress
coat of Bob Lyons.
He saw Bob Lyons with his hand
to his neck, which was bleeding, and
James Lyon stood near with a cleaver
in his hand. Old Mrs. Lyons and a
red faced man were also present. The
man shouted, "Cheese it, Jim, there's
Mickey Sliney." Sliney ran away
without saying anything. At Cath
arine street he was overtaken by
James Lyons, who told him to say
nothing about what he had seen and
he would give him $5,000.
"Now, Mickey," said Mr. House,
picking up the cleaver, "did you
strike the blow which caused Bob
Lyons' deatliV"
"Sohelp me God, I didn't," replied
Mr. House gave the cleaver to Sli
ney and told him to explain how he
had been handling it when the little
girl, Nellie Burke, saw him a short
time before the murder. Sliney ran
his hand over the edge of the cleaver
and placed it on the stenographer's
the position he held it in
Lyon's store. His hand never trem
Sliney said that the first confession
he made to Inspector Byrnes, in
which he accused James Lyons of the
murder, was true. The second was
false, and was made on the promise of
Jim Lyon that he would see that
Sliney got out of prison and that his
lawyers should be paid. He thought
his neighbors would despise him if
he told what he had seen. Cross
examination by Mr. Nicoll did not
shake his testimony.
A tortland, Oregon, Man Has Poor Luck
in His Hunt for a Wife.
Joseph P. Megler has tried for seven
years to become the husband of some
rich woman and has ignominiously
failed. Perhaps no other man in the
United States has been as persistent
in this direction as Mr. Megler has
been if so he is entitled to distinct
ion in the great army of eccntric per
sons. Mr. Megler put his schemes of
fortune hunting into operation in
1885 and has not up to now ceased in
his endeavors.
"I could not go through the mill
again," he said, sadly, yesterday. -It
has ruined my health and has been
expensive. I was prosperous before.
I set out to marry for money, and
through my persistent endeavors to
wed an heiress I have become poor."
Mr. Megler's proposals of marriage
to women all over the country have
been, without exception, mailed from
Portland, Ore. Monday he returned
to New York, his native city and.
while he lias abandoned fortune hunt
ing, he thinks that he has not been
treated quite right by Mrs. W. H.
Vanderbilt, one of whose eighteen
grandchildren he was ambitious to
In speaking of his unprofitable cor
respondence with Mrs. Vanderbilt
Megler told me that he considered
that he stood as good a chance as any
body to wed one of the eighteen
grandchildren, and that on account
of being a New Yorker he was
entitled to considerable attention.
Megler fished out of his trunk an
account book in which was written
in pencil copies of letters he had
addressed to wealthy men and women,
informing them that he was in the
field hunting for a rich wife. This
is what
Dear Miss I have gone into
the matrimonial market and have
your name in my catalogue. Should
this information commend your
fancy, write me at once. Yours
Megler wrote to Miss Jennie Flood,
daughter of the late James C. Flood,
in a similar vein and also made
inquiry from John Jacob Astor and
Charles Crocker, the San Francisco
millionaire, if they had any unmar
ried daughters. Megler told me that
Mr. Crocker, while on a visit to Port
land, made inquiry about him at the
store where he was employed.
Another letter in Megler's book
was directed to Miss Clotliilde Palms,
daughter of the late Francis Palms,
a Detroit millionaire. Megler told me
in conclusion that he used to believe
that he was destined to be wealthy,
because many years ago before he
went west Jay Gould winked at him
one night in the Grand opera house.
Although Megler has abandoned his
fortune hunting, he reads the news
papers carefully every day in the
hope of getting information about
the object of his former epistolary
Popcorn Here."
Chicago Times: Popcorn is expeeted
to yield a revenue to the Exposition
company of $217,000. This estimate
may seem exorbitant, but it is made
by Secretary Crawford, of the ways
and means committee, and is doubt
less correct. Mr. Crawford has based
his figures on the receipts from this
concession of the centennial. In 1876
there were over 8,000,000 admissions
to the grounds at Philadelphia. Of
those who entered the gates one in
four purchased popcorn. The gross
receipts were about $100,000.
The popcorn habit has grown upon
the public as the years have gone
past, and more than one in four will
purchase next year. But in order
that no overestimate may be made,
Mr. Crawford has clung to the old
figures. It is estimated that ,at least
28,000,000 individuals will enter the
world's fair gates next year, and that
7,000,000 will spend 5 cents each for
popcorn. If these figures are correct,
$350,000 will be expended for popcorn
by those who visit the fair.
Yesterday the privilege of selling
popcorn was voted to the firms of
E. It. Nichols & Co. and J. M. Martin
& Co., who promise to pay €2 per cent,
of the gross receipts. This will net
the Exposition company $217,000.
Peter Scliaub, a well-to-do gardener
of Emerichsville, who has been ill for
several weeks, persuaded his wife to
make a trip to market. He then
went to his smoke-house, heavily
charged a double-barreled shotgun,
placed the butt end on a barrel, and,
lying down upon the floor, he held
the business end to his mouth and
pulled the trigger with a string. The
entire head was blown away from the
chin upward. Fragments of his skull
and brains were scattered in every
direction. Schaub was aged 57.
After July 1st, the Howard post
office will be in the presidential class.
June 21—Democratic National Con*
vention at Chicago.
June 29—National Prohibition.
Party meets at Cincinatti.
Aug. 3-7—Triennial Conclave of*
Knights Templar at Denver.
July 12-15—Annual convention of"
National Educational Association at-.
Saratoga Springs, N. Y.
July 7-10—Annual Session of Young
People's Society of Christian Endeavor
at New York City.
June 21-24—Mo. Valley Veteran-.
Assn. meets at Scotland.
June 21-24—Lake Madison Veteran)
Assn. encampment at Flandreau.
June 28-30—State Dairyman at'
June 20-27—Industrial encampment
and Independent convention at Red
June 28-30—G. A. R. encampment,
July 1-21—Chautauqua Assembly
at Madison.
June 27-July 2—Centarl Dakota Vet
erans' Association, at Oakwood Lake.,
Aug. 2—Republican State Convene
tion at Fargo.
The Governor of Equatorial Africa Stfc-
cumbi to Smallpox.
The Tagebatt confirms the recent^
rumors of the death in the interior of
Africa of Emin Pasha. If it is true
that Emin is dead the natural sup
position is that he has fallen a victim
to smallpox, from which reports in
April stated he was suffering.
In 1878 Dr. Emin Bey was sent by
Gordon to the equatorial province of
Africa as governor. AVhen he took
the post there was annual deficit of
$90,000 in 1881 he sent down $18,OOG»
surplus revenue. In 1882 he was in
Khartoum and offered to the authori
ties to try and make peace with the
mahdi. They refused his help and
told him to go back to his province,.
develop it and protect its frontiers.
From that time nothing was heard'
of Emin Bey for several years. It'
was understood that he was hemmed!
in by hostile natives in equatorial
Africa and prevented from reaching
tie coast or commuuicating with the
outside world. In 1885 the various.
geographical societies of Europe
began to agitate the question of send
ing an expedition to the relief of the?
brave explorer.
About the same time Stanley wrote
to some friends in England offering
to lead a government expedition for
the relief of Emin. His services were
offered gratuitously, and he also said1
that should another leader be chosen
he would give 500 pounds to the ex
pedition. The British government
considered the different memorials
and were forced to take action by
events at Cairo. Unknown to them
Dr. Schweinfurth, the African travel
er and a friend of Emin, brought
great pressure to bear upon the
Egyptian government. They raised:
Emin Bey to the rank of pasha, thus*
recognizing his position and their
responsibility. They also voted $40,
000 to any relief expedition.
The British government then
accepted the offer of certain private
individuals to equip a relief expedi
tion, with Stanley as the leader, the-^
Egypt-ion grant to be given to that,
Stanley's expedition to central.
Africa, the finding of Emin and that
doughtly explorer's refusal to be
rescued are all matters of such re cent
date as to be fresh in the minds of
all readers of the newspapers. A few
months ago it was reported that
Emin had become blind.
Robbed by Monte Sharks.
The police of DesMoines are on
the lookout for three men who
swindled a Dallas county farmer out
of $2,500. Several days ago a stranger
appeared at the farm house of Peter'
Gardner, near Adel, and engaged
board for an indefinite period, being,
he said, in pursuit of health. In the:
course of time he became familiar
with the old farmer, explaining to
him, among other things, the beauties-.
of three card monte, in which the
farmer won a considerable sum and
was happy. Yesterday two more
strangers appeared in Adel, hired a
spanking livery turnout and went to
Garner's place to buy his farm. The
three men and the farmer became
engaged in three card monte, in
which, of course, the farmer was
allowed to win. The two newcomers
advised the farmer to get some money
and break the monte man. They all
went to tuwn and the farmer drew
$2,500 from the bank. One of the
three disappeared while in town and
as the others were returning to the
farmer's home he reappeared on the
road with a big revolver in each hand
and robbed the whole outfit' making
good his escape. The others went on
with the farmer, and to console him
for his loss gave him a check for $2,
600 on a Cedar Rapids bank, which,
of course, is utterly worthless aud is
all the old farmer has to show for
his exciting experience.
The Bushnell cheese factory, just
started, is making two thirty-five*
pound cheeses per day.

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