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(Issued under authority of those who are opposed to corporation domination in Nebraska)


In the course of these articles we have pointed out that the present administration assessed the (illegible) in proportion to their prior much lower than the fusion administration, we have pointed out that they were worse than Bartley and Moore, worse than Benton, Hill and Mosher, worse than anybody who ever preceded them.


These charges have been based on definite figures taken from the public records.  The only answer to these charges for the state administration has been made by the railroad tax bureau, and they seek only to misrepresent and deceive.  For a time they succeeded in befogging the public mind, but the sky is rapidly clearing.


The condition in Chase County furnished strong evidence of the abominable state administration we now have.


To illustrate the manner in which the people are being plundered by the railroads in the matter of taxation we will compare the years 1897, being the first year of the fusion administration, and the year 1901, being the first year of the present administration.


In 1897 the taxpayers in Chase County, other than railroads, paid in taxes $18,579.21.  In 1901 they paid $39,450.39.


THE TAXES PAID BY THE PEOPLE WERE MORE THAN DOUBLED.  The increase in dollars was more than $30.000.


In justice to the people the railroad taxes should have gone up in proportion, for the railroads were always assessed too low.


BUT THE RAILROAD STOOL PIGEONS IN THE STATE HOUSE WOULD NOT PERMIT THIS.  Their oath of office, which required them to do justice to all the people, had no binding effect on those gentry.  The railroad taxes paid in 1897 in Chase County were $2,419.29.  Thus it will be seen that the railroad taxes, INSTEAD OF BEING INCREASED, WERE ACTUALLY REDUCED BY $343.22.


The condition in Chase County under the present administration as compared with the fusion administration is this:




This great wrong is so plain that even a mullet head ought to see it.



Omaha World Herald - September 27, 1902



Molasses Day In Nebraska   


Mr. Percy Shallenberger, a merchant of the town of Imperial, Chase County, Nebraska, in a letter, printed in this morning's Picayune, portrays, in a style alike humorous and pathetic, the scenes of "Molasses Day" in Chase County.


His story relates to the distribution of a part of the train load of molasses and other Louisiana products contributed for the relief of the destitute people of the Stare of Nebraska.  The supplies were apportioned among the various localities where they were most needed, and, as it appears, the molasses was particularly enjoyed by the children. 


The Master has spoken in loving terms of those who shall give but a cup of cold water to his little ones, and surely the fact that the generous contribution of Louisiana sweets refreshed and gladdened thousand's of God's little ones in the drought stricken regions of Nebraska will add a thousand fold to the satisfaction the donors enjoy in the fact of being able to alleviate distress.


Let the people of Louisiana read Mr. Shallenberger's touching letter, and they will find, before they know it, glad tears in their eyes and tender love in their hearts for the little ones who enjoyed "Molasses Day" in Nebraska.

 Times-Picayune - February 25, 1895


Judge Kelsey Of Chase Arrested At Cheyenne   


Charged by Mother With Helping Colorado Lochinvar in Carrying Off Her Girl


Latest Development in the Martin - Miller Elopement at the Wyoming Capital


Special Dispatch to the World Herald


Cheyenne, Wyoming, September 6. --  The Martin - Miller elopement from Holyoke, Colorado had developed some sensational features and a district judge of Chase County, Nebraska, has been drawn into the tangie on serious charges.


Yesterday  morning a telegram was received from the sheriff of Chase County to arrest Judge W. D. Kelsey, who accompanied the elopers to Cheyenne, and hold him on the charge of abduction.  Judge Kelsey immediately surrendered to Sheriff Smalley when he learned of the receipt of the telegram, and with Martin and Miss Miller now awaits the arrival of the Nebraska Officers with requisition papers.


When F. B. Martin and Miss Maud Miller, neighbors proposed to get married last week the parents of the young couple entered strenuous objections.  Mrs. Martin had picked out another girl for her son to wed and Mrs. Miller had her heart set on her daughter marrying the town preacher.  The young girl did not like the parson and Martin was sure he could not accept his mother's choice.  So the young couple decided to elope to Cheyenne and get married.  Judge Kelsey was taken into their confidence and invited to accompany them to Cheyenne which he did and now Mrs. Miller charges him with assisting Martin in kidnapping her daughter.


Judge Kelsey treats the matter as a joke.  To be arrested on a warrant issued by an officer of his own court is amusing to him and he appears to enjoy the situation immensely.


The elopement of Martin and Miss Miller, their arrest, and then the arrest of Judge Kelsey presents one of the strangest cases that was ever brought to the attention of the Wyoming authorities and the outcome, of the affair will be awaited with interest.

 Omaha World Herald - September 7, 1904



Chase County Treasurer After State Treasurer Bartley's Scalp in Court   


Lincoln, Nebraska, February 5. --  The old trouble occasioned by the failure of the Capital National Bank continues to bob up serenely.


Treasurer Ewing of Chase County settled with Auditor Moore, and made a draft on the Capital National, which failed before he had received his receipts for the money from the treasurer, so he has commenced suit in the Supreme Court against the state treasurer to compel him to give the receipts, which he claims have been withheld contrary to law.  In his petition Mr. Ewing sets forth the following.


"That from January 9, 1893, to January 4, 1894, he was the duly elected, qualified and acting treasurer of Chase County, and during that time J. S. Bartley's duty under the laws of the state to make triplicate receipts for all sums of money paid to the state treasurer, such receipts to show the amount paid into the credit of each separate fund, two of which receipts the treasurer shall deliver to the person making such payment.


"Relator avers that on October 10, 1893, complainant, treasurer of Chase County, Nebraska, paid to respondent as treasurer of the state the sum of $2,559.30 as required by law, the same being proceeds of taxes collected by relator as such county treasurer from May 18, 1893, to October 10, 1893.


"The money so collected and paid in to the state treasurer was collect4ed for and belonged to the several funds respectively, as follows:


State General Fund, $1,296.00; state sinking fund, 3 cents; state school fund, $139.20; state university fund, $97.53; state relief fund, $32; building fund $14.14; reform school building fund, 60 cents; institute for feeble minded fund, $32.52; live stock indemnity, 7 cents; interest on school land $332.64; lease on school land, $629.76.


"Relator further avers that on January 26, 1894, he paid to the state treasurer the sum of $1,868.20, taxes collected by him as treasurer of Chase County, and that it belongs as follows to the several funds:


State general fund, $1,278.25; state school fund, $128.56; state university fund, $96.44; reform school building fund, 39 cents; institute for feeble minded, $32.16; live stock indemnity relief fund, $31.80; principal on school land, $7; interest on school land, $76; cash on school land, $317.24.


Relator avers that the treasurer has failed and refused and does refuse to make triplicate receipts to the credit of each separate fund or to deliver to relator any receipts whatever as required by section 425b, consolidated statutes of Nebraska.


"Relator therefore prays that a peremptory writ of mand unus may be issued commanding the treasurer to forthwith make triplicate receipts showing the amounts paid to the state by the realtor as aforesaid to the credit of each separate fund and deliver two of such receipts to relator.

Omaha World Herald - February 6, 1894


Frenchman Branch Completed    

Wauneta, Nebraska, January 17. (Special to the Bee) The Frenchman Valley branch of the B. and M Railroad was completed to this point Thursday. Regular trains were put on the line Friday. The company will at once lay 3,600 feet of side track, put in a turn table and build a depot and stock yards that will enable them to conveniently handle the vast amount of business that must necessarily be done here, there being a large and prosperous farming community tributary which has anxiously waited the completion of the road to market the large surplus of grain raised here last year.

This road building to Wauneta at this time will mark a new era in the history of the hitherto quiet but picturesque little village which from now on is destined to become the leading city of western Nebraska, it having natural advantages consisting of inexhaustible water power at the falls of the Frenchman River, of which no other town in the state can boast. Already quite a number of new business enterprises have located here, and parties with capital to invest will do well to come to Wauneta, the only railroad town in Chase County.

The Omaha Daily Bee
Monday Morning, January 18, 1892