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PLAXTfi MOUTH VEEUJA 11
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A Ventura Plattimoutli Ehsuli be Sore
PONTOON DRIDGE-WAT'n POWER
Lot us Cive The Iowa Bottom Far
mers a Chanc to Deliver
Produce and Trade
Just the Thing
KiiiTon ok Tut Hkua Mi While the
rabbit was luunin it the slmde the tor
toie kept plodding on. Whilo Truth
slumbered Ihror ot in her wui k. Oppon
ent of the bridgo have been busy ami
have made some people belicyc the things
which are not.
It i3 absurd to tidk of bridyinj ilie
Miss uri for $10,000. No estimate as low
as even $20,000 was ever lieard of till I
made it. Those who talk of $10,000
make little or no allowance for wind lass
es, cribs, pih h, iron railings, couplings,
shore dykes to the height of 18M1 ilood,
many thousand feet of chain,' flexible
gangways, &;., which all together e st
far more than the boats.
Everything has to be stronger and more
costly than on a slurish riyer. Even its
6cova have to be braced by keelsons every
JJut I will furnish 1113' plans and super
intendence for a ruusumihlc price, and let
any company or committee build the
bridge. I tun a way over-confident and
I am able to take a risk, but cyen I would
not put a bridge on the .Missouri without
bein well paid for my rik.
Even if I cold build it for $10,000 I
would want the city to pay me about
$2,000 a year, for the Gist five years, for
risk and decay and perhaps $1,000 a year.
the next five years bo would you es
pecially a.i a ferry must be kept on hand
in connection with the bridge.
You put into the bridge $17,000 Ctuh
plus a ferry, a total sum (which at in
terest will bring $1,800) a year, or,
for the sake of argument aay $10,000
plus ferry. Now what does the city do
fr you? If at the end of eleven
months your bridge is carried away the
city pays you nothing. At the end of
twelve months hc pays you $2,000.
Now you have taken $10,000 from where
it was bearing 0 per cent ($900 a yaar)
and put it in your bridge. At the wnd
of the year the city pays you $2,000, less
$10 a day for time you were not in oper
ation. If a tlood, or a steamboat or fer
ry by accident or design carries away
part of your bridge and it requires thirty
days to replace it, the city docks you
$300. Yet all this thirty days you have
been losing money nlso on your ferry, by
carrying teams at 25 cents each way (as
our agreement compells).
Vou might bring ten times as many
farmers from Iowa to Plattsmouth
as now come, and not take in $2,000
tolls. Because there are now scarce
ly any farmers crossing. Most of
tlie crossing is transient. Moreover
we reduce rates to one-third Most of
what we take in toils we must expend in
attendance, repairing breakages, repair
ing dykes end annual launching placing
We must look to the city for payment
for risk, decay and interest in capital in
Tested, even if the bridge only cost
Some say there ii no reason why we
should not continue to charge transients
a dollar. Yes we might charge the tran
sient $-."), take what money he has and
one. of his horses, his cow or his wifu for
the balance. But we shall not charge
the poor traveller any more than the res
ilient. Not if I have any control.
"at the end of fivi: teaks
what is going to be done !'' Suppose
the bridge company says: "The travel is
not yet sufficient to sustain it, you must
give us 1,000 a year for the next five
years." V ell, the city can grant it or
can answer: ' Go cu without a bonus ami
charge what tolls you please," or can
subsidize some other company at $500 a
When live years have rolled away there
will bu tth?r pontoon bridges en the
Missouri and many bidders. Sufficient
unto the live ye. as sre the advantages
thereof which the city receives. J,tt the
future take care of itself.
Seme opponents have in mind only the
fragile ramshackle p n too 11 bridges of
the army. A permanent pontoon bridge
is a steed of a different complexion as
little motion as iu a pier bridge.
Some worthy citizens here are not only
way behind on the importance of bridges
but on water power. As one indication
of the importance of free water power it
may be nientioied that Buffalo. N. Y.,
offers $100,000 for the best device for
utilizing the power of o current in an
A BRIDGE AT TIIR FOOT OF MAIN STUSET
it is useless to discuss, until your city is
much larger. At present no company
would maintain it for less than $?,000 a : school ma' m of the high school has pro
year bonus. About two-thirds of the . nounced sr-ntence of death on all the curs
population opposite is south of Main ' she should com" in contact with. Wc be
strew. A bridge at the point proposed lieyi this moans sure death to the dogs,
w iil serve them belter than at Main and as she has a bad e; Botchers, govern
will serye tho others tolerably well. yourselves &ecodingty.
When the city growt large enough the
bridge can bo moved to Main street and
extended. As the pontoou bridge will
aid the city'a growth in many way, the
quickest way to get a biidge at Main
street is to put it now at the only place
where it is feasible.
Tins rorcLATioN opposite
we have underestimated. The two town
ships opposite poll 700 votes. In a farm
ing community where people marry young
and have vood luck in children 700 vot
ers indicate a population of 11,500 to 4,
200. Moreover we can draw trade from
We bind ourselves to permit all corn
and wheat, no matter where from, to
cross free for thiity days after the begin,
ing of harvest, 30 days for wheat and
another i0 days' for corn). The teams
and wagons to return free when carrying
merchandise and farm implements.
IT HAS IIICKX OFTKN SA.D
of improvements that men who arc to be
benefited most will sometimes, from some
unacountable impulse, oppose them. This
is the case with several gentlemen here.
The columns of both newspapers here
are open to the discus i' 11 of the bridge
question. If any man thinks he can
show a single reason why a city of $3,
000,000 real estate should not pay for a
bridge the trifle of $1 for every $1500 of
real estate now is the time for him to
come to the front and center. Let him
put it in print 60 that we can get at it.
There is not a man who has a dollar
invested in Phittsmouth, but would get
many times what he gives to the bridge.
There is not a man in I'lattsmouth but
almost every day pays at least a littlu
more for something wood, hay, pota
toes, onions, green vegetables, butter,
eggs, chickens milk etc. than he would
need to pay if the farmers opposite could
get to him.
It is natural for men to take sides, and
intelligent men will, in thoughtlessness,
or from love of argument, t.ilk against
the interests of their own families and
their own city. And after a man has
started wrong, reflection rarely turns him,
for pride still holds him to his error.
Although I would like to put in a
bridge whils sojourning here, (not for
the toll nor the $2,000 bonus, but for the
power,) that desire would not of itself
impel me to write so much as I have
yesterday and today but it is a pleasure,
bridge or no bridge, to show the people
of Plattsmouth how different the real
facts are from the imaginings of the
opposition and to show that Plattsmouth
has been offered an opportunity to try a
bridge and water power without any risk
whatever, a better opportunity than nn--0110
ever expected, and one that does not
But of one thing you may be sure, I
wont put any bridge in the Missouri riyer
at in' risk without at least a chance to
make something out of it nor will any
Don't work against your own interests
because you fear the projector of an en
terprise wiTflnake too much. The ques
tion for you to consider is how much is
it worth to yon.
Now is the time for property owners
of Plattsmouth to rise to tlie leyol of
their opportunity and strike a blow for
S. N. S.
The Rain Caused the Fire.
Tuesday morning about 2 o'clock, the
lire alarm sounded. The rain was com
ing down in torrents at the time, and that
is the only reason we can think of why
a large number of firemen could not wake
up or henr the alarm. The F M. Richey
base team was to the front, as usual, and
did excellent work.
The fire was discovered to be in the
rear of the Aiibcuser-Buscli building,
where the lime had been stored. The
rain had been ho heavy as to fjnd its way
through th; covering over the lime, and
a l.-.rgc quantity of waUr mixing with it
cans&d it to slack, creating an intense
h at, which caused the wood to ignite,
and started the fire which brought out so
tnan v huif-?'!ioked ciir-iis. Wonder where
the first half of the cigars had been
Thanks Mr. Waterman.
Mk. Editor: The ladies of the Pres
byterian church desire through your col
umns to return a vote of thanks to Mr.
Water.v.an for so generously donating
the use wf he Qper House for their en
tertainment held Friday evening, April
27. MnJ. S. M, CnAPMAW, Pres.
Olive Jones, Secretary.
Card of Thanks.
I hereby desire to thank those of my
friends who so kindly lent an assisting
hand during the sickness of my deceased
husband and present bereavement.
Teople in this city whe are ewncr?
of pet dogs and ladies who have pus
running at l-ire, are reqused if such
parties care for their pets t live any long
er, to secure them with the strongest ropu
or chain in their possession, as a certain
A LINEON THE FIRE.
Th tiaelieior club w.-n sleeping sound
A the alarm of lire It d-d resound ;
The biiyn all got up and tie'.
But "Jtuckey" who stopped to get Ills shoe.
And for the hose cart they rIM go
An.l at the fire they inale a go d show ;
Old "1 heodoie" Ml rut la ti.e mud
Hut got back to the room all well and good.
Old "Chippie" wn drunk wben ho went to hi
While all win wiie around him ;
They ra'tled the doer, but at thm he iwore,
for lie thought they wanted to drowa him.
"Caady" felt queer, for lie had a beer,
tbd tiADti beuau to ituv liiiu :
lie kept urtlili
iept grtlint! wure and began to play horee
but "Theodore" still pursued linn.
"i'.trUy" and "Jack" Miey get up their back
And they were wet to the skin
Clans crnie u 1 011 2 and t hey sar.g hhu a song
fur they wanted to wet within.
Old "Sop Cow" did nm as a committee of one
And for the tire he did has! en ;
llu hi uck 111 his toes and ribbed the hone
And with it he had a tussle.
Old "Chiek" did'iit come, he stayed at home,
He thought the crowd too witty ;
lie tli-iiKht he would wait tiil a later date
And make a Hip to Nebraska City.
Old "prohibition lunch" he lay iu a bunch,
Aslep in Mayer's store.
And lie 'elt kiud of queer with the fire so near
Aud he so close to the door.
H1CH SCHOOL NOTES.
The attendance is now ovr twelve
hundred, Gtig per cent of all children of
school uge. What city has a better show
in'. The work of grading the High school
grounds was faithfully and well done
by Mr. Fred Kroeler. It is t be hoped
the board may see lit to have him level
and grade the ward school lots.
I f wo had more room and teachers I
think it would be safe to say the atten
dance would be increased to a very great
extent. When the rooms are so crowded
it is extremely difficult for tho teachers,
to create the interest and enthusiasm to
the best success.
Xow Hint so many improvements have
been made in the appearance of the
school grounds, it is cpuite probable they
will be fenced very soon. In fact it is
i.ecessary to protect the trees and grass
tha" they either be fenced or the erdi
nanco prohibiting cows from running at
larse be strictly enforced. Hardly a day
pauses but from one to a dozen cows
must be driven from the lots.
Yesterday was pay-day and the smiling
face of the teacher, as she wended her way
to the secretary's office, plainly exhibited
the fact that she was not loth t receive
a portion of the where-w ith-all to keep
the wolf from her door. Speaking of
pay I wish to ask why Plattsmouth, the
fourth city of th State, does not pay as
good wages as several ether cities.
Comparisons may be uninteresting, but
friends, look at these, see that Platts
mouth pays her assistants less than any
other places meutioned:
KA.ME OF SCHOOL.
3 J I
$3.C0Oj iif'jS75,i)fi 10
1.60O 23 46,80 9
l.SK 9 47,l'0 9
SO C 46. H)
l.tKK) 10 43,11 9
075! 60.00 9
1.200! 10 42.00 9
1 U-Vl! 40,95 9
I'awnee City. .
I. en? I'ine
Klattf luoiith .
Average salary assistants for month.
By assistants we mean all teachers ex
clusive of the superintendent.
Ed Ferry accidentally shot himself jn
the hand Thursday.
District court began Monday with
Judge Doane on the bench.
The Rev. St. Clair, pastor of M. E.
church, spent last Sabbath at Schuyler.
Wm. Allen, a prominent teacher of the
county, was in town recently visiting
Morris Hancock, of the Times force,
has been wctt for some days joojiing af
ter business interests.
Ira V. Itandall, a relative of Saui Ran
dall, of Pennsylvania, was admiUcd to
the Papillicn bur.
On account of preparations for the
term of district court the Papillion liter
ary society did not meet cn Saturday
Mrs. A. J. Spearman gave a dancing
party a few evening sinue in honor of
her daughter, Miss Mattie. Those who
participated report it a pleasant affair
aud that they were well entertained.
Oscar Thompson, th& Sheriff of Clay
county, Missouri, who is noted for fight
ing the notorious Frame and Jesse James,
is here as a witness in the case of the
State vs. Brumbaugh and Davis, for horse
Last Saturday night the house f Maj
or Reemer, who lives toward South Om
aha, was burglarued, and about $0, a
knife and some tobacco was tr.kcn.
There was over $20 left in his clothes by
the burglar. It is evident he was net an
M McElwaln's Funeral.
The funeral of the late Marshall
McElwain took place yesterday afterneon
about S o'clock, irom his residence, Oak
street, and proceeded to the Christian
church. A large number of friends had
assembled iu the church before the arrival
of the funeral cortege, and hefore the
Service was. commenced scats could not
be found for one-half the people, and a
large number were obliged to remain
outside. Singers from each of tho city
church choirs were present and took part
in singing the well selected and beauti
ful hymns, "Nearer ray God to Thee," "Go
burv thy sorrew " and "Home of the
Soul," which were rendered in a very af
fective style, bringing tears to the eyes
of many present. The funeral services
were conducted by Elder Cyrus Alton,
of Elmwood, who had been an intimate
friend of the deceased for many years,
assisted by Elder Hampton. Marshall
McElwain was born in Portage County,
Ohio, August ISth, 1S343; came to Platts
mouth in loo, wnere lie uas since re-1
sided, conseciuentlyj he was one of the '
oldest settlers in PUttsmouth. During
the war enlisted twico and servrd
both, terms to the expiration of his en
listment. In he was married to
Miss Sarah Harper, by whom he became
the father of four children three boys'
and one girl, the oldest, twenty, the
youngest eleven. Mr. McElwain leaven
a wife, four thildron and a hst of
warm friends to mourn It is loss.
A new metal water-trough is being
erected on Sixth street in the vicinity of
Doninelly's blacksmith shop, to be ued
for watering horses and cattle, as a pub
When a reporter asked Dr. Salisbury
for a news item today, he said he could
think of nothing except that thirty
two years ago they had a bi time back
heme. Winder how old he is.
Yesterday the teachers of the hi.nh
school iidc-ed an additional decoration
to the grounds in the way of tree.
They planted a large number of cedar
on either side of the walk leading to the
school house and gave it the name of
Teachers' Ayenue." It tends to iin
prove the appearanco of the grcunds to a
The "Kaffee Kla''-h'". U .'.
of a societj' in town consisting of a num
ber of the leading ladies of the social
circles. When asked the object of this
society, they declined to give any infor
mation beyond saying that it was merely
a social society, and said that the rest
could be found in its name, Kajfee
Klats;Jie. The society meets every two
weeks at the home of somo ' one of the
When you meet a man he will say:
"How are you?" He doesn't wait to hear
how you are, and you don't expect him
to. Instead of answering him j'ou say:
"How do you ? You don't pause to hear
how he does, and if he wanted to explain
you wouldn't listen to him. He goes his
way, and you go your way. lie forgets
all about you, and you forget all about
him. You meet another man and talk
with him a few minutes, and when the
parting occurs you ay: "So long." He
says: ''Ta ta."' What does "so long'1
mean? What docs "ta ta" mean? What's
tho matter with Valapuk? Since wc are
eternally saying things which "little
meaning, little relevancy bear,-' what's
the difference about language? -"-Lincoln
The yalue to the fanners of 6bras
ka of the present rains Is incalculable.
Still some people will kick. They kick
lecause it is too dry; kick because it is
too wet; kick because it is too hot; kick
because it is too cold. Indeed, they are
chronic kickers, never satisfied, Did yeu
ever think of it, the merchant complains
when it rsins because he can't sell para
sols, and when it is dry because lis can't
sell umbrellas. Railroads kick became
their employes strike, strikers kick be
cause the company wili not take thm
back. Some kick because Col. Stewart
wants to build a bridge; others will kick
if he don't.
The Dusty Ride.
The Return Home.
"Just look at my dress. It is
almost spoiled. We had one of
those small sieve dusters. They
are no good."
Faxt Colon; will wuh.
5a Horse Sheets
At made sp strong.
5a Horse Covers
Will ktsp fllei eS.
Ar the Beit and Strongest.
Don't spoil your girl's dress by
buying a poor, loosely-woven car
riage duster. 5A Lap Dusters for
carriage use. have the stock and
work put in them to make a first
class article. The new patterns cf
embroidery, flowers, birds.sccncry,
etc., are well worth seeing. One
hundred different designs at prices
to suit all. For sale by all dealers,
UKES t?crvoi2-i rroitration, tlervoua HeatJar.he, ltx i'i.iiii ii.l.-1 l:y pr. fiiinnal nndlni.nnoHa
-neuralgia. Nervous Weakness, ttomach 1,1 "" "r '""
ar.d Liver Diseases. Rheumatism. I5y. Ilce $!.()!. .' i,M t.y ImiKtflMn.
luSy repsia, nnJ til flections cf tho Kiducva. WELLS. RICHARDSON A CO. Prca't
EXAMINE OUR LIST,
ice Lois in South Park.
21 lots in Thompson's addition: 10
lt r, l.lork KM; lot 1 Mock i; lot (J
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tnuon; .nijiiovcd plop it y ol jll tlcsi i i.tioiis uiul in all jcn's of the iiy on cay
tirnis; a new ami dibinthle res-idence in South 1'aik, cm l; lonht on monthly iay
liients. lkfoic purchasing cUewlieic, call aud sue if wc cannot "wit vou bitter.
ILn jl. TT 23 S
5 arrcp of improved ground nortli of tho city limits; 5 litres of ground adjoin
ing South Park; aens d" ground adjoining South I "ark; 1.1 acr.-s of ground ad
joining South Park; !20 acres near South Pmk: i sec. 11, 10, K. 1, Casa U.
price $l,S(.0, if sold scon; nv J sec. 8, T. 12, K. 10, Chv Co., price $2,0MJ: ii vnlua
improved stock farm in Merrick Co., Nek, 1G0 acres ami on reasonable terms.
2E TEX IKLjEl IKT O -ES.
Consult your bc&t interest by insuring in the Phteui.v, Hartford or A'Air.i con
panieH, about which there irf no question as to the high standing and fnir tlu.ilin".
To kn a no Polk-its The presewt ye:tr biis fair to be u disaslrous one from torna
does aiul wind storms. This h fore shadowed by the i.wmbcr cf storms we have al
ready hud the n.ost destnictivo one so far this year having occurred at Mr. r
non, Tll., where u large number of buildings were destroyed or daiuard. Tho ex
emption from tornadoes last year renders their occurrence more probid.le in 1 HS8.
Call at our oflice and get a Tormtdo Policy. Unimproved land for sale or exchange.
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Early Ohio and Early Rose Seed Potatoes.
All kinds of Garden Seeds.
California Evaporated Pears, Peaches, Gold
Drop Plums , Raspberries , Blackberries, Cher
ries, Apples, and French Dried Prunes.
A Large Assortment of Canned Fruits and
Vege tsbl es .
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TUB YtOXDZIi OF MODERN
Btmarch io Vie Tltiehalag, May 14. l?-2.
The succ? s of the United States in
material devflopement is the most illus
trioii.i of modern time. The American
nation has cot only succ ssfullj boruc
and suppressed th3 most gigantic and
expensive ar cf all history, but imme-
di ite'.v afterwards disb
viiinien us armv,
.. 1 .. 1
foM-i.'1. c:riloTHje".t for ell its soldier
Bnil I11;l).iu..?5 dd off most of iu debt,
i ivL.n 1..i,or i.f;:-3 to :dl the ur,cm,
ployed of Europe :$ furi s t!c-y could
arrive within Us terutorr, and still by
J sy.Ur.i of tiiKtion so indirect ns to be
)'ik'b O.i.r by Oojiror-mi Ik N-rro Tf tila
nnvt-r fall, t'oritslnuiv l-ry and
Ox. tlit woi'il.-rf ul iiitvii llnmUuU, U
H-Jily cure ull uervoiia ditxmbvni.
I'AiN-r.'n CTi.v.nr Courortcn rnrlflin th
I1kk1. It lrm ii out t.'m liK tii- iil, wlilrli
SI' rani" IIIi' iimaliHiii, HM ii -t.t.- tli I.I.khI
IiiakinH oivaiiM to a li'-al : liy r 'iilitiuiL It la
the truu 1'tuieUy tur l.liuuiualiHjn.
rir's'l'l FYCO!rovNriiiilrUy minri-n
tho liv. r ami klilui y to rlx-t U 1Ul '1 In a
curaliVH power, oiulniif itl iU i:i-rvn
t'rnlcw. !n.-ki it Uio beat rtaicdy fur uU
I'AivrV CFu nYf'oMporKnlrrriffiiicrjdthft
hU.aiiiM'h. rt:iti uiitt'trt thi- In nrtu f ItidtliX".
tivo i rnjiiis. 'i la.- Jh Vitiy it curt uvuu iha
r.w.v .'t i i-.v C!,mi'o!-nii irt wt a rathar.
t:i. It in n 1 iat.v, iivuiK i ury nuil natural
artiou to Urn Iiumi .1. l;i;ill.mly uurvly lol
lowii it 11. t
lots in Tnwnw-iwVu n.1.1 ;;.. .
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Postmaster or Newsdealer. Address
perceived, much less felt. . . . Be
cause it is my deliberate judir.eLt that
the prosperity of America is tuain'y de
to it system of predictive laws, I urg
that Germany has now reached that point
where it is necessary to imitate the tariff
system of the United Sia'es.
ALLISON'S FOLLO VINJ.
Senator Allison w ill ucdoubtedly have
a very ttrong fo!!uving m the conven
tion nest June. He is at least an abla
man who would uuitc and Larmenize all
contending clement: in the great party
which has it within iU power to elect tho
next president of the United States if it
proceeds rightly. Hastings NeLraakan,
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