The North Platte semi-weekly tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1895-1922, June 05, 1914, Image 8

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Breaches of Promise
Copyright, 10U, by Associated Ml
entry l'ross,
Illram Spoonor wns the li.jnicllc3t
baby over born In the state of Ohio.
When niram waB ten years old ho
was tho homeliest boy In any two
states In this Union. At twenty-ouo
ho hail tho faco of a baboon.
Ono day, after looking at lilm a long
time, his father said to hhn:
"Illram, what In thunder Is going to
become of you nuyhow?"
"I'm thinking It over," was the reply.
After thinking things over for awhile
and having a very serious talk with a
fruit tree agent Illram announced ono
Monday morning that ho had mapped
out a career for himself, and half nil
hour later ho drove away from tho
farm with a hired horse and buggy.
Within a radius of ten miles were
twenty-thrco widows. Fifteen had
been mado such on ono and tho samo
day by tho fnlllng of a highway bridge.
Not ono of tho women was poor, while
somo had bank accounts. All had
seen Illram Spooner several times
over. Illram had prepared a Jlst, and
ho began his calls according to card
system. As ho dtove up to a houso ho
wriggled out of his buggy and wrig
gled along to the door, and when It
was opened to him and he was Invited
lu ho began:
"Widow Blank, 1 am trying to do
something to mako a living, Did you
know that you can grow two crops of
tho Oklahoma cucumber?"
"No. I novcr heard of It."
"I sent and got some of the seeds.
Iloro they nro. I shall chargo you but
llttlo moro than for tho ordinary seeds,
and you can havo two crops In placo
of one."
"Well, I will buy them to help you
"That Is kind of you. I need money,
but thcro nro times when I fairly long
for n word of sympathy."
"I know you must, and for years I
havo wanted to tell you how very, very
sorry I was mid nm. Thoro 13 no ono
In tho world I pity as I do you. IE
you havo nnythlng olso to soil bring It
Illram had tears In his eyes as ho
left tho house, but beforo climbing
Into his buggy ho took out his mem
orandum book nnd mado somo entries
under tho proper date.
It took over thirty days for him to
get around to tho last widow, but ho
finished his business In good shapo.
Ilnlf n dozen times his father had de
manded: "Seo here, boy, what kind of n gamo
are you up to with tho widows?"
"I'm picking out tho best of tho lot
to proposo to," W08 always tho reply.
Soon as tho last widow had bought
somo Oklahoma cucumber Heeds to help
Illram Spoonor along with his lnudablo
ambitions and to ralso a doublo crop
of cucumber pickles tho first ono call
ed on received a noto from Illram.
It stated that his heart had been deep
ly touched by her kind words and, be
ing sure in his own mind that It was
a caso of lovo at first sight with both
of them, ho hod decided to accept her
generous offer and hoped that It would
bo no sncrlfleo on her part. At what
dato should tho wedding tako placo?
Was tho botrothal to bo announced
nt onco or later on? What minister
did sho prefer? How many nnd what
guests should bo Invited?
Tho widow read tho noto over tho
first tlmo with wonder. Tho second
tlmo sho was amazed, and tho third
sho gasped out:
"Why, what can tho crazy donkey
Tho widow sat down nnd wrote n
noto repudiating everything, even to
tho Oklahoma cucumber seeds. These
seeds had been fed to tho chickens Just
beforo tho note was written.
Illram camo back with a written
statement thnt sho had deceived him
and crushed his young and crippled
heart Sho had led him to believe that
sho loved him, and In return ho had
(rlt'itn lim .ill l.l ..W...H n .
thrown down now would bo a blow
that ho could never get over. No mon
ey could over heal his feelings, but she
must requite him to an extent as a
moral lesson to her not (o fool with
tho hearts of the male sex.
Tho negotiations consumed two
weeks, nnd the widow paid over to
Illram ?300 rather than go into court.
Ills llttlo gamo was worked on every
siuglo ono of tho widows. From somo
ho got as much as $500 and from oth
ers only u Blnglo hundred.
Not until tho very last did Hiram's
father understand what ho had been
up to, and then ho Indignantly ex
claimed: "I ortcr to turn you outdoors or set
tho law on you."
"But you wou't. It has long pained
mo to seo you working nwny on this
stony old farm nnd not coming out 525
n year ahead of tho game."
"And I've had a useless son to sup
port!" growled tho father.
"But useless no longer. I hereby of
fer you $1,500 for tho old farm, nud
you can bo my hired man at $30 a
month nud board for tho next ton
Dut even tho homeliest man in tho
country may not hold his luck. An old
maid whom niram had bowed to and
smiled at as ho drovo around tho coun
try brought a breach of promise suit
against him and took nwny from him
ovcry cent ho had oxtorted from the
"The durncd bump!" exclaimed tho
father. "Didn't ho know thnt ovcry
rulo over mado Is bound to work both
ways sometimes and throw n fuller
over tho fonco!"
I lnul gone out to India to serve as
nn nccountnnt In n banking house; but,
becoming homesick, I decided to return
to America. A few days before I sail
ed the head of tho Arm called mo into
his prlvnto ofllcc nnd told mo thnt a
client of the house desired that I carry
for him to Boston a valuablo sapphire.
Ho would pay mo handsomely for its
delivery in that city.
I needed tho money and accepted tho
commission. I called for it tho day I
sailed, wearing a coat with a pocket
In tho lining, In which tho Bnpphlro
was sowed by an Indlnn woman who
was called in for the purpose, though
sho did not seo tho contents of tho
pocket or know that thcro was a pock
et there.
My route was by Aden, tho Suez en
nnl, tho Mediterranean and over tho
Atlantic to New York, quite n long
Journey nnd nil In the same vessel. I
mado tho acquaintance of nu Ameri
can lady, Mrs. Gillette, whoso maid
was a young Indian woman. Tho lady
told me that shortly before she sailed
the woman Susan she was called, be
cause her Indian name was hard to
pronounce henring that sho wns in
tending to sail for America, came and
begged her to tako her with her as her
tun Id, with no compensation except
paying for her passage. Tho lady,
who was subject, to seasickness and
wished somo ono to wait on her, con
sented. Mrs. Gillette wns 111 In rough
weather, but well on a smooth sen.
Susan took very good enro of her.
Slnco I had told no ono that I car
ried u valuable gem nnd no ono ex
cept myself and the mnn through
whom It camo to mo knew where It
was I felt very little fenr of losing it.
I simply wore tho coat in which It was
sewed by day and used It for a pillow
by night, so that It was always either
en my bnck or under my hend. But
one thing occurred during the voyage
to cause mo to suspect the possibility
of any one being on my track. Ono
day when about to enter my state
room I noticed something white not
as big as a pea on the lloor directly un
der tho loci:. 1 have no Idea what in
duced mo to pick It up, but I did so
nnd, crushing it between my thumb
and forefinger, found It to bo wnx.
Could any one have been taking an
Impression of tho lock on my state
room door? I dismissed tho sugges
tion at onco as farfetched.
Wo had left Gibraltar and were
Hearing the Azoies when ono morning
I awoke with a hoad swimming sen
sation. I smellcd u peculiar odor in the
room. 1 put up my hnnd to grasp my
coat, for I felt that my head was with
out support, and was horrified to And
tho coat was not there. I arose nnd
looked about the room for It ns best 1
could, but it was not In tho room. 1
tried tho door and found It locked.
The key I had concealed under my
mattress. It was whero 1 had placed it.
The remembrance of the bit of wnx I
had found camo back to me ns the
only clew to this robber'. If an Im
pression had been mado for n key the
key must hnve been made aboard the
ship. It could not havo been filed
without the Ming being heard. Doubt
less It had been made In tho ship's
workshop. I went below nnd asked
tho man In charge of tho metal work
ing shop if ho had been cnlled to make
a key. IIo said that he had not, but,
after some thought, said that ono of
the stewards had been in tho shop
Ollng something IIo remembered the
steward, and wo found him.
I reported the matter to tho captain,
who called tho steward beforo him
and obtained a confession thnt ho had
been tipped by a lady's maid to do
some filing on a key. When called
upon to Identify the lady's ma,!d lie
pointed out Mrs. Gillette's Indlnn girl,
Before Susan got wind of tho mut
ter a stewardess took her In chargo nnd
another went through her effects.
My coat wns found nmong them, but
tho sapphire wns missing. Wo were
obliged to tie a ropo around Susan,
threatening to put her overboard, be
foro sho broke down and told us where
she hail concealed It.
No blamo whatever was attached to
Mrs. Gillette. Sho had not the slightest
conception thnt her maid was not only
a tnior, hut had entered her service
knowing thnt she was about to leave
for Amerlcn on tho samo steamer as
I iinil believing that I carried tho sap
phire. This is tho explanation of how Su
san acquired this Information. She
had been chambermaid In tho hotel
whero the owner of tho sapphlro Btay
ed and had suddenly entered tho room
nnd had seen him handling It. She
had watched him nnd had seen him
go to tho bankers. Thoro sho lmd suc
ceeded In making tho acquaintance ol
tho woman who had dono tho sew
ing on my coat. This was enough.
A brother of hers had got from the
passenger list of the steamer on which
I wns to sail tho names of soveral
hulli's. Susan had gone to eacli of
these ladles, proposing to no with her
as maid and hnd been successful with
Mrs. Gillette.
Susan was Kent lu Umbo to tho end
of the voyage, when I went ashore. I
learned nfterwnrd that sho was taken
bnck to Indln, being mado to do monlal
work on tho return voyage. What be
came of her after reaching Indln I do
not know.
Tho Incident convinced mo that the
nntlvus of Asia nro very shrewd.
Copyr!ht, Mil, by AasoclatM Lit
crary Press.
At tho ago of thirty nnd still unmar
ried WUIInm Drown made a visit to a
western state. Up to the day ho left
homo he hnd never been out of the
statu of Vermont. Ills adventures be
gan lu Chicago. Do was sitting lu the
odlcc of n hotel when a grim faced
man entered and walked up to blm
and began:
"You infernal scoundrel, but 1 feel
like killing you where you sit!"
"What do you menu?" asked Mr.
Brown In great astonishment.
"Why, you measly apology for a
man, how daro you ask that question?"
shouted the stranger. "If you think
you hnve got safely out of thnt affair
you are mistaken. I'll have revenge
on you If I havo to llvo n tiiousnnd
years to do it!"
It was a long time before' WUIInm
Brown could get to the bottom of
things. Then he discovered thnt he
was supposed to bo Henry Williams,
who had been hnuglng about a certain
vlllngo fifty miles nwny for several
months and who had become engaged
to the village belle, borrowed money
right nud left nud proved himself to
bo n bad man In mnny directions. Tho
mnn who was talking to Brown wns
tho girl's father, and ho Had been look
ing Chlcngo over for n week before
tho Vcrmonter's arrival. Tho Urst
thing, of course, wns u prompt denial.
Tho next was for Brown to provo hU
When Brown had established his
Identity ho went his way, consoling
himself with the thought that not
more than ono man In the world could
look near enough like him to bo n twin
brother, but thrco dnys later ho found
that It was n mistake. IIo was In
Evnusvlllo to sec n certain person and
wns talking business In tho man's of
fice when ho was arrested on a war
rant mtido out in the namo of Richard
Roe, which charged him with hav
ing passed counterfeit money on n liv
ery stable man two months before.
Ho lny In Jail for three days, nnd then
his case camo up for examination.
Brown was in n fair wny to bo convict
ed when n dentist saved him. It was
remembered thnt the drummer had
had a tooth pulled beforo ho started on
tho drive. The dentist had also found
two or three others which needed fill
ings. The nflnutc ho looked Into
Brown's mouth ho declared that ho
could not be tho man.
Brown's third adventure was moro
funny than serious. A day or two aft
er leaving EvansvIIle, as he was rid
ing In a passenger conch, n woman
boarded the train nt a station and
came along down tho nlslo and greet
ing him with:
"Well, well, Mr. Jackson, but who
would havo thought of seeing you
here! How's Nancy and tho children?
When Is Bhe coming up to seo us nil?"
"I beg your pardon," said tho travel
er, "but haven't you made n mistake?"
"A mistake In what?"
"Madam, my namo Is not Jackson,
but Brown, and I never saw you be
fore!" "What! Whatl" she cried as sho
turned on him. "Well, did I everl
You sit hero nnd tell mo that I don't
know Tom Jackson as well as 1 do
my own father! Hnvo you gono crazy?
Aroyou running away from Nancy?"
"It Is as I told you, madam. 1 may
look llko Tom Jackson, but I never
saw nor heard of him or you before."
Brown's last adventure was tho most
serious ono of nil. Ho had spent a day
and a night nt Lnfnyctto when ho was
arrested on a chargo of attempted rob
bery and felonious assault. It was
claimed that ho was one of n trio who
hnd assaulted a merchant In his storo
In a village bIx or eight miles distant
Tho threo mcu hnd entered tho storo
In tho evening when tho merchant hap
pened to bo nlono and bad knocked
him down ns tho first step toward get
ting the cash. Ho had proved a tough
nut, however, and hnd driven the gang
off In n battered condition. William
Brown exactly fitted tho description of
ono of tho trio. Of courso ho vigorous
ly denied tho chargo nnd raised a
strong doubt, but when ho was placed
In lino with twelve other men tho mer
chant wnlked straight up to him and
"You nro tho man who entered tho
storo first nnd asked mo to change a
twenty dollar bill for you."
"You nro making n serious mistake,"
replied Browu. "I can prove that I
was In Torre Ilauto tho night you wero
no secured a luwyer and sent for
witnesses nt Terro Haute.
When tho trial camo on Brown had
ten witnesses from Terro Unuto and
was lucky enough to find two men who
had nt n certain hour been his com
panions nil tho wny to Lafayette.
Such was tho weight of evidence In
bis favor that ho was acquitted by tho
A month Inter Drown reached homo.
Tho right man was caught, and when
tho merchant was called upon to Iden
tify him ho did so as promptly ns on
the other occasion and ndded:
"What's your namo this time, Brown
or Black? Your lawyer was a sharp
ono to drum up nil those witnesses,
but I think woil land you this time."
Ho was not talking to Brown, but to
Drown's double, tho fifth ono turning
up lnsldo of a month, but ho wouldn't
admit bis mlstako even when Drown
wroto to him from Vermont To this
day ho bclloves thnt tbo mnn be first
picked out and who was acquitted wob
tho man who got ten years In prison
when rearrested.
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Smokers' Articles
We are not only manufacturing and
sailing the beit firo and ten cnt cigars
in town, but we also carry a full line of
smokers articles, and all the leading
brands of plug and smoking tobacco.
Tobacco users can bo supplied with
everything in the tobacco line at this
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Notice Of Special Election,
Notico is horeby given that on tho
30th. day of Juno, 1014, a special elec
tion will bo hold in tho City of North
Platto, Lincoln County, Nebraska, at
which tho following proposition will be
submitted to tho voters of said city:
"Shall tho Mayor and Council of the
citj- of North Platto, in the county of
Lincoln, in the State of Nebraska, is
sue Twelve thousand 00-100 ($12000.00)
Dollnrs, City of North Tlatte Bridge
Bonds, iu denominations of Ouo thou
sand 00-100 ($1000.00) Dollars each,
bearing intoicst at tho rato of fivo per
cent por milium, payable seml-nn-nunlly,
intorest and principal payable
nt tho offico of tho Stnto Treasurer of
tho Stnto of Nebraska."
Said bonds to bear dato of July 1,
1014, nnd tho interest on said bonds to
bo payable tho 1st day of January,
1915, and on tho 1st day of July, 1915,
and on tho 1st day of January and on
tho 1st day of July of each and every
year thereafter, until all of tho inter
est on said bonds shall have been paid.
Said bonds to bo numbered consecu
tively from ono to twelve inclusive
and tho interest thereon to bo evidenc
ed by coupons thoreto attached.
Bond number ono to become duo and
pnynblo on tho 1st day o July, 1925.
Bond numbor two to becomo duo and
pnynblo on tho 1st day of July, 1920.
Bond numbor threo to becomo duo
and payable on tho 1st day of July,
Bond numbor four to become duo and
payablo on tho 1st day of July, 1928.
Bond number five to becomo duo nnd
pnynblo on tho 1st day of July,1929.
Bond numbor six to becomo duo and
pnynblo on tho 1st day of July, 1030.
Bond number seven to becomo duo
nnd payable on tho 1st day of July,
Bond) number eight to bo como
duo nnd payablo on tho 1st dnv of
July, 1932.
Bonds number nine nnd ton to be
come duo and pnynblo on the 1st day
of July, 1933.
Bonds numbers eleven and twolvo
to becomo duo and payablo on tho 1st
day of July, 1934.
Shnll tho Mayor and Council of tho
City of North Platto, in tho Coun
ty of Lincoln, Stato of Nobraskn,
levy a tax in the year 1914 and in each
and ovcry year thereafter, sufficient
to pay tho intorest on said bonds, and
sufficient to pay fivo por cent of tho
principal thereof as providod by law;
and in tho year 1924 and each and every
year thoreaftor sufficent to pay tho
principal of said bonds as thoy bo
como duo, until sufficiont tax has boon
loviod to pay all of tho principal of
said bonds; and such tax both for in
terest and principal, to be levied upon
all of the taxable property in said
tit j of North Platti.
faid bonds to be used for the pur
pose of constructing n wagon bridge
across the North Platto Rlvor, com
mencing at a point on tho South and
"West bank of tho North Platto River,
Two hundred (200ft) foot North of tho
contor lino of a continuation of 4th
Street in tho City of North Platte,
Lincoln County, Nebraska; and run
ning thence nt n right anglo across
said North Platte River, Twonty-uiuo
hundred (2000ft) feet to u point on
tho North and East bank of said North
Platto River Eight hundred (SOOft)
feet North of tho South Hue of sec
tion thirty-six (30) in Township
fourteen (14) North, of rnugo thirty
(30) West of the Gth. p. in. said brldgo
to bo approximately twenty-nino hun
dred (2000ft) feet in length, and of
sufficient width for two teams to pass
each other at any point on said bridge,
and to bo constructed of concrete and
steel, and to comply with tho plans
and specifications prepared and furn
ished by Tho Stato Engincor of tho
Stato of Nebraska, said bonds repre
senting approximately twelve-fiftieths
(12-50) of the entire costs of tho con
struction of said bridgo ns hereinbe
fore set forth, tho entire costs of which
is to bo approximately fifty thousand
00-100 ($50,000.00) Dollars, one half
(1-2) of such entire cost is to bo borne
by tho Stato of Nebraska Aid, as pro
vided for in Article 5, Chapter 23 sec
tions 123 to 131 inclusive, of the Re
vised Statutes of Nobraska, for tho
year 1913; and thirtcon-fiftioths (13-50)
of tho ontiro cost is to bo borno by
Platto Precinct, Lincoln Comity Ne
braska. Should tho Stato of Nebraska fail
to grant said Aid and should Platto
Precinct, in Lincoln County, Nebraska
fail to issuo bonds in tho s'um of Thir
teen thousand 00-100 ($13,000.00) Dol
lnrs, in aid of tho construction of said
bridgo, then the bonds of said City of
North Platte herein submitted, shall
not bo issued.
Said bridgo to be constructed upon n
lino two hundred (200 ft.) feet north
of tho center lino of a continuation of
4th street in said City of North Platto
Lincoln county, Nebraska, and connect
with tho public 1.1 'hu-ay on the north
and cast banl -aid North Platto
river, intended lo 'jo tho Lincoln Mem
orial Highway.
t Tho ballots to bo used at said elec
tion shall havo printed theroou:
TOR: issuing twelve thousand ($12,
000.00) dollars in "The City of North
Platto Bridgo Bonds," iu denomina
tions of ono thousand ($1,000.00) dol
lars each, bearing intorest at tho rato
of fivo per cent, intorest and principal
payablo at tho offico of tho Stato Treas
urer of tho State of Nebraska. Said
bonds to bear dato of July 1, 1914, and
tho interest on said bonds to bo payablo
on the 1st day of January, 1915, and on
the 1st day of July, 1915, and on tho
1st day of January and on tho 1st day
of July of each and ovcry year there
after, until all of tho interest on said
bonds shall have been paid and to levy a
tax in tho year 1914, nnd jn each and
every year thereafter sufficient to pay
tho intorest on said bonds and suffi
cient to pay fivo per cent of tho prin
cipal thereof as provided by law; and
in the year 1024 and each and every
year thoreeaftcr sufficient to pnv tho
principal of snid bonds as thoy become
due, until sufficient tax has boon levied
to pay all of tho principal of said;
bonds; such tax both for interest and
pnncipnl to bo levied upon all of tho
taxable property of said City of North
1VGST :issuin twelve thousand
($12,000.00) dollars in "Tho Citv of
Nort Platte Bridgo Bonds," in denom
inations of ono thousand ($1,000.00)
dollars each, bearing interest at the
rato of fivo por cent, intorest and prin
cipal pnynblo at the offico of tho Stato
Treasurer of tho State of Nebraska.
Said bonds to bear dato of July 1, 1014,
and tho interest on said bonds to bo
payable on tho 1st day of January,
1015, and on the 1st day of July, 1915,
nnd tho 1st day of January and' on tho
1st day of July of each and every vcar
thereafter, until nil of tho intorest on
said bonds shnll havo been paid; and
to levy a tax in tho year 1914, and in
each nnd every year thereafter suf
ficient to pay tho intorest on said bonds
and sufficiont to pay fivo per cont of
tho principal thereof as providod by
law; and in tho year 1924 nnd each and
every year thereafter sufficient to pav
tho principal of said bonds ns they be
como due, until sufficiont tax hns been
loviod to pay nil of tho principal of
said bonds; such tax both for interest
nnd principal to be loviod upon all of
tho-taxablo propeity of said Citv of
North Platte.
Thoso voting in fnvor of said proposi
tion shall mark their ballot with an
"X" after the paragraph beginning
with tho word "FOR" and those vot
ing ngninst said proposition shnll mark
their ballot with an "X" after the
paragraph beginning with tho word
Notico of said election shall be given
by tho publication of a notice in tho
North Platto Telegraph and in tho
North Plntto Tribune, tho former being
n weekly nnwsnnnnr nn.1 !. lntn n
Bonn-weekly nowspaper, both published
in tho City of North Plntto, Lincolu
county, Nebraska, and of general cir
culation in snid county of Lincoln, each
of snid nowspapers having been desig
nated ns official papers in said city,
said publication shnll bo published for
at least four weeks prior to said elec
tion, and tho City Clork is hereby in
structod to cause a publication of'such
notico to bo made.
Said election will bo open at 9
o'clock in tho morning and will con
tinuo to bo opon until 7 o'clock in tho
nfternoon of said day of election and
tho polling places of said election will
bo nt tho entranco to tho old Lloyd
opora houso on tho corner of Pino and
Sixth street in tho First ward of said
City; and at tho County Commission
ers' room in tho County Court House
in tho Second ward of said City; and at
tho old IIoso Houso situate on Vino
atrcot between Front and Sixth streots
in tho Third ward of said City; and at
tho Hoso House in tho Fourth ward of
snld City; said election will bo con
ducted in manner and form as provided
by tho ordinanco of said City and the
Stntutes of tho State of Nebraska.
By order of tho City Council of the
City of North Platto, Lincoln County,
Dated this 23rd day of May, 1914.
m28-j25-5w City Clork.