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THE DAILY ILEKaLI), VLAYxuauvxat jwcmtASKA, T11UKSDAY, APJUL 20, 1S88.
The Evening Herald.
Publishers and Proprietors.
A. Sallabarjr, Dcatlut,
Dr. Slr(loK, Oflr and
Block, Tolt'phfia . 42.
Ice cream at the sunflower carnival.
Home-made candy at the 8. C. Music
and flowers at the sunflower carnival.
The May sociable which was adver
tized to be held in the M. K. Church oa
Tuesday next is posponed to an indefi
The stone arrived yesterday after
noon for the Anheuser-Busch building
and the men are making rapid progress
with the work. The walls are begining
to "loom up."
John Richardson died yesterday
morning at 11 o'clock. The funeral will
leave the residence of W. C. Showaltcr, at
11 o'clock, tomorrow (Friday) and pro
ceed to tha cemetery.
There will bo a meeting of the Soci
ety of Christian Endeavors tonight at
the Presbyterian church, at 7 o'clock
sharp. Those attending are requested to
be prompt. "Peace" is the subject for
The Scott-Stevens trouble, it seem.-,
is not yet settled. Steven was arrested
the other day and fined $5 and costs, ami
today he h id Scott arretted. The case
will be brought up before Judge Potten
A large number of converts, of the
ravival meetings, have united themselves
with the different churches. Eleven gave
in their names to the Presbyterian church
and it is reported a large number more
have became members of the Methodist.
The Democrats returned from Louis
vide last evening, where it delegation was
sent from here to the county convention
held there yesterday. Thay undoubtcdl
ma le their mark, judging from the goid
spirit in which a good number appeared
to be in.
All the democratic statesmen as
usual have been found in the first and
second wards, as six of the twelve dele
gates elected in Cass County come from
those two wards. Ain't there no dera
erntic talent in the county outside of
Engine Xo. 1 ran off the track yes
tcrday afternoon in the yards accom
panied by a baggage car. They succeed
ed in getting them back again without
much trouble, no damage being doue
except to the engine, and only the cow
catcher was broken slightly.
the case or Webesler vs. iUortgau is
still in court today, up to the time of go
ing to press. This case occupied a good
portion of the day yesterday, and all day
today. Webster sued Mortgan for mon-y
which he says is coming to him for work
he says he done in school district Xo. 22,
Cass county, Mr. Mortgan having taken
the contract ef building.
One of tha delegates from here who
aUended the convention at Louisville
yesterdav. made a motion which was
amended br another member of the con
vention. The mover was moved at this.
and being unable to keap his seat and
8e his motion lost, jumped to his fet-t
and remarked: "Gintlemin, this is wan
uf the motions vous kin not amind, be
The "Dr. Jeykyll and Mr. Hyde
Company" will hold forth in Platts
mouth, at Waterman opera house, Friday
May 4th. Mr. George M. Wood of this
company, is acknowledged throughout
England as one of the greatest actors
trayeling, and as he will be supported by a
first-class company, everyone should take
advantage of this rare opportunity of
seeing a good play.
Several families in the city who are
busy house-cleaning and are crowed for
room, have donated a number of books
from their libraries to the ytung ladies
read in ir room. The voung ladies are
very thankful to those who so kindly
remembered them in this way, and will
be still: more gratified should any more
families be troubled in the same way,
and have a large room in which to put
their books for which they will charg
no rent if any persons wish to be accom
Policeman Iiuzzell has trams d a
marked reputation within the last twen
ty four hours. This was easier secured
than was the name of the party wbosjicnt
so much fme and trouble to adverts
him, for in the quiet hours of night
som ierson took the ia;ns to niart!i
around the business part of the city with
a piece of chalk and p.mt h:in up on th.
sidewalks, so people could almost stum
lIe over it. 1 ho name they gvc im.i
was "Scab Buzzoil." We caunot account
for this unless it be that the scabs drop
ped from some of the old sores and stuck
to the sidewalk.
3Iessers. Jones and I'armele, ot tins
ritv, are the lucky owners of two of th
finest stallions ever brought to this part of
thecoubtry. They are of the Clyde breed.
"Fortune" weighing between fourteen
and tiftaan hundred, and the oth r,
"Lucky," about fourteen hundred. They
have the largest manes and tails ever sen
on any horses, and in every way arc well
proportioned. They wera raised in Jef
ferson county, Iowa, where two other
hones of the same kind were sent from
to Custer county, this state. "Fortune"
is a dark bay, and "Lucky'; is a line elAst
naL Can be seen at Jones livery stable.
A prominent democrat who has been
honored by his party is reported to have
said after returning from yesterdays dem
ocratic convention "that he could stand
about one mori sueb convention and
would then have to join the prohibition
party." Something must haye been in
the air at Louisville from all reports
thre was a kind of a Kilkenny cat time.
THE PONTOON BRIDGE.
Mr S- N. Stewart Tells the People
the Advantages of a Pontoon
Facts Concerning Plattsmouth's
Pontoon Bridges and Water Power.
Editor of The Herald: I have been
assuming that the bonds were a matter
of coursc.They having been unanimously
recommended by the heavy tax-payers
aud others who attended the board of
trade meetings, it was natural to assume
that nearly eye ry one else would vote for
them. But the opponents of a bridge
have been getting in their work until
many citizens have received erroneous
The bonds are for the man or company
that will put in a bridge for lowest tolls
I offer to reduce tolls to one-third pres
ent rates. Some one else may olTr fctill
better when you advertise, but not likely.
There are pontoon bridges at Prairie Ylu
Chicn and Reed's Landing, upper Missis
sippi, upon which estimates can be based
If the bonds were for a bridge without
toll reductions the opposition might have
an argument, though even in that case it
would pay the town. But the fact is
that tolls are to bo reduced lower than
any one expected.
People say the ferry receipts are $1,500
to $2,000 per year, and that a bridge
would treble them and take $0,000 a
year, forgetting that trebled receipts
mean nothing but $2,000 to the bridge
company, for they reduce to one-third
present rates. But trebled receipts mean
much for Plattsmouth. Nearly all who
use the ferry now are transients. The
farmers on tho other side rarely cross.
YV e do not expect tolls and 3,UUl a
year bonus to pay a bridge, for the decay
or a pontoon bridge is rapid. We ex
pect to make our profit on water power,
and this would be worth more to Platts
mouth than a bridge. A bridge is a base
on which to place apparatus to transmit
power to factories on shore. By adver
tising extensively wo expect to induce
manufacturers to come and take power
at one-kalf to ona-fourth cost of steam.
Hundreds of mills and factories in Eu
ropo are now run by power taken from
the current without the construction of
dams. Some keep the ice cut away:
soma use steam during the two or three
coldest months. The river being unusu
ally narrow at the B. & 31. bridge, and
the shores protected from cutting, it is
one of the best points on the river to ob
tain power. The Missouri is on of the
best, if not the very best, powor river in
the world. Rapid current and plenty of
water nearly all the year, for when the
rains are dons the sun pressing the breasts
of the mountains makes them yield to
the Missouri their milk-white snow.
The time will coma when scores of ci
ties will produce their light, pump their
water and operate their factories by its
At a fall water can be used but once.
Current can be used over and over by
wheels being placed tandem, because in
a large river the current, forced by tho
whole stream, quickly regains its normal
velocity and is ready to work again.
Water power is steady night and day,
without engineer, fireman or danger of
explosion. Hence low insurance.
We do not appreciate the rolling river
because it is so near and has been there
ao ionr. iiAd it commenced nowinsr
but today, we would hasten to harness it.
The running stream is an endless driving
belt, reeled out by Nature from th hol
low of her hand. Current motors placed
in giar with it revolve till worn away
They enslave the giant of the raging river
chain him to their tasks and make of
him a patient drudge, as long as waters
flow, He works days without murmur,
nights without sleep and Sundays with
out sin, with .Nature for his only driver.
There is talk about the great profits I
would make from the bridge and water
power. J-.cc those who inns raiK coma
in and take stock whoa the company is
Bridge builders and boat builders in
Et Louis and elsewhere hare been writ
ten to, but I was th only one who
would make any offer at all.
KEAL BSTATE PCKCIIABES.
I took options on certain real estate for
selection. All was relinquished except
Dashner $350, F. 8. White $375, II.
Johnson $700. Total $1,425. This will
be enhanced by a bridge. As I stated
from the beginning, I bought this to of
icr to the Jiridga company at cost, as an
additional inducement for them to take
stock. While I am willing to hold all
the stock, I would rather not, as I reside
so far away. This disposes of the exag
erations concerning my large purchasss,
and the wealth I was to gather out of
real estate alone, and of the argument
that I am bound to build tho bridge even
without a bonus, in order to enhance my
ADVANTAGES OF EKIOGE.
Those who have examined the subject
believe that a bridge to Iowa will help
Plattsmouth more than any one thing
that ever happened to her, except the B.
& M. railway and shops. The board of
trade was unanimous.
A bridge with one-third present toll to
bring people from Iowa means at leabt a
few more clerks in stores here, more
blacksmith's, shoemakers and other
workmen. These need houses, and if a
bridge only brought the trade of one
half the 2,800 people in the two town
ships opposite, it would enhance real es
tate values at the very least live per cent.
That is to sny, the man who now auks
capital gone (good bye John), engineer
ing reputation injured, staamboatmen
and ferrymen clapping hands and con
servatives all hands 'round jubilant
COST OF A BHIDOE.
Some of your citizens have figured on
the cost and think it will be less than I
estimate. Let them put in a bid, or let
the city build it aud pay me a fair sum
for my inventions and superinteudance.
I will make any reasonable arrangement,
and you need not pay mo a dollar till
the bridge has stood the floods.
But to estimating cost it would be well
to include all the parts boats, chains,
couplings, hinges, windlasses, iron rail
ings, cribs, piles, flexible gangways,
dykes on shore to the bight of 1881
flood, slides, putting in place &.C.
But if I could wave my bund and
BARGAINS IN OUR
Towels - Towels
A good Linen Iluck Towel only 10 cents each.
$'J00 for his lot would then ask $050.
The probability is he would ask $1150.
But say $950; that trilling enhancement
means a total of $150,000 in Platts
mouiu a good return lor siu.uuu in a
But this is only on of the gain
When the rich lands opposite are linked
to Plattsmouth they will help keep down
the price of wood, hay, chickens, eggs.
butter, etc. 1 he effect may not be great,
but it will be something, a' d an advan
tage to every citizen of Plattsmouth.
The tax-payer owning a $300 lot pays
only twenty cents a year to the bridge
(principal and interest), and for five years
only, when the bridge is expected to be
self-sustaining. lie will get his money
back over and over in many ways.
A bridge will be a strong inducement
to a packing house to establish hare, be
cause they can then get hogs from both
sides, and it will induce farmers on the
other side to put their corn into hogs
and drive them to Plitttmouth.
A bridge will encourage progressive
men and stimulate other improvements
which it would occupy too much space
to discuss now. I have perhaps said
enough to show how plain a tale will
overthrow the arguments of those worthy
citizens who have lived here thirty years
without a bridge, and feel that they can
still get along as well without one.
We speak of two townships opposite
Plattsmouth, but the two beyond
citizens of Glenwood. and Pacific
Junction, and farmers will of course
trade hero more' or less, for it is a Ion
established fact that people prefer to
It seemed to be a fonr cornered fight for
the endorsement of Cass county for dele
gates to the St. Louis convention. Three
of the corners were from Plattsmouth
and the other in Rock Bluff, but after
all the delegates went uninstructed and
the longest polo will knock the persinion
or in other words, boy you are all left
formed and thus get the profit them
selves. I dout want to eat the world
up; I have constantly said that I am
willing to sell the stock at par. and be
satisfied with my profit on building. I
shall charge the company $20,000 for a
bridge. My profit as constructor and in
ventor will be three or four thous
and dollars, but on a work of risk like
this, any engineer or constructor will say
that a man sould have a whiskey profit
100 I don't believe you can get an
other engineer in this country to put in a
bridge here for lass than $30,000.
TLEXTY OF MEN.
Some say thero are plenty of men
readv to start enterprises on bonus. Are
there really so many ? How many have
you had this yar? And is this a good
yar for them Well, when they come
.along and offer to enhance your real es
tate value $150,000 and bring 3,500
more people bore to trade, my advice
would be to close with them a last as
they com. If you get ten for one let
them make all they can out of it. Iu any
case give their propositions courteous
consideration, keep down spite, and ask
them to call again.
trade at the largest town within reach
They find larger assortments and either
get or imagine, (no matter which.) lower
prices. Many people opposite Piatt
mouth go clear to Council Bluffs.
js. bridge means much more than is ap
parent at first thought. The brie!
company will adver ise it thirty miles
around, with hand bills to farmers a id
signs on reads. They will give a granc
opening, permitting everybody and emp
ty wagons to cross free, to get acquainted
with Plattsmouth people and examine
the low prices Plattsmouth merchants
will offer on goods.
The city will give them a big dinner
and Mr. F. S. White and I will jointly
give every Iowa child a half pound of
candy. This is serious and business. I
pledge myself to it for myself and Mr.
We are pushers, and when we put $17,
000 into a bridge, we leave nothing un
done that W'ill draw traffic to it. If
Plattsmouth merchants don't sell goods
us low as Council Bluffs we'll put in a
mammoth stock and do it ourselves.
A.nd when Pacific Junction and Glen-
wood pays as much for grain aa Platts
mouth I will forfeit claim to the bonds
if I dont permit grain crossed free. And
it would be to my interest to do so in
order to win the farmer's affection and
keep him in the habit of coming here,
And if he don't get more for his grain
here we'll see to it that the money he
receives far it shall buy more here than at
Glenwood or Pacific Junction.
It almost knocked me down (the as
tonishment of it) when I was informed
that some intelligent citizens opposed
make a bridge riso out of the flood with
out any cotst whatever, you ought to bj
willing to pay 10,000 for something
woith $150,000 to your town.
What a fctrange creature is man! Never
satisfied. Offer to pave the city free and
many would epposo you.
A MORE IiKAt'TIUJL INSTANCE OF CON-
was never seen than has been jutt shown
right here on the subject of street-naming.
1 did not intend to introduce this
in this country till next year, but seeing
you and Nebraska City so sadly in need
of system, (haying no name-signs upon
your street,) I was impelled to offer it.
In Nebraska City it was adopted without
a dissenting voice, and with many thanks.
Here it has been opposed as if it were a
job. It is a siniplo thing. 1 here is
nothing smart about it. A child could
have invented it, but it is a great advan
tage to a town iu many ways which I
would tire you in mentioning.
A3 to a bridge, when we consider all
the points it is astounding that there
there should be any question about sub
mitting the matter to the people, and
astounding to what extent some underes
timate the importance of a bridge.
THE I'KOI'LK WILL VOTE IT.
Some claim the people will not vote it.
Giye them a chance and if they don't rise
up and strike a blow for their town I
will pay cost of election. As I have to
wait two or three mouths for the remov
al ot the transfer boats at Nebraska City,
I would rather put in a bridge here now
than any other time. It may be many
years before I can make you another bid.
The world is wide and Plattsmouth is
but a speck (a pretty speck) upon its sur
face. Hundreds of cities are anxious for
bridges, and I will show yeu letters from
mayors and boards of trade offering to
my our fares and expenses to and from
their cities, just to talk it over.
D'S ADVANTAGES OF A FERRY.
Always more or less delay in crossing
and can't cross after dark. Farnnrsfcar
then). Liable to fire, explosion and
snagging. (Two at least have been sunk
right here, cue steam ferry and one
scow.) Often unlawfully manned by
incompetent aud unlicensed persons.
Compelled to charge high rates. Aferrv
large enough to accommodate the morn
ing and evening trade in the busy season
is too large to pay at other seasons. Hence
small ferries are used, and crossers must
in the busy season wait hours or days for
the?r turn. In the dullest season can't
afford to keep up steam, and crotsers of
ten wait hours for steam; or if river be
falling or rising may wait half a day for
ferryman to prepare a new landing. Far
mer may cross, then on attempting re
turn find ferry wind-bound or undergo
ing repair. Hence the farmer curses the
ferry its high rates and its poor service,
and we see wood and hay selling $3 high
er here than on the other shore, for the
river rolls between.
There is not a housekeeper in Platts
mouth hut 2us almost ccay day for
vegttables, butter, eggs, chkJ.eiis or
something, at least a l-ttle iiigher pri;e
than he would need jmy, if the farmers
opposite could get at you, yet men will
argue against a bridge for mere love of
The ferryman talks of running to Main
street. Why don't he do it? Because in
high water the current is too swift, and
in low water the sand-bar gets its back
It would be far better for Plattsmouth
to give $2,000 a year and get low tolls
than to have the bridge run at present
rates of toll without any bonus.
S. N. Stewart.
" Fancy Bordered Damask Towel, size 17x33, only 15c or $1.75 dz.
" " " " ". " 1 0x37, only 20c or $2.25 dz.
" " " " " " 20x43, only J5c or $2.60 dz.
Extra value " " 20x44, only 35c or $3.75 dz.
" " " Knotted Fringed " 20x4 1, only 40c or $4.40 dz.
" . " " " " Open work border 50c or $5.35 dz.
" " Plain white Damask Towel size 24x53, only 75cor $8.25 dz.
Good Values in Bath Towels at IB, SO, 2B, 30 Cts
TLATTSMOCTH IS OFFEUtD
to try a bridge and water power at far
less cost than any citizen ever conjec
tured. If it is a failure the city loses
nothing. Engineers in citiea on and near
the Missouri and river-men, (including
Mr. Peterson), say if we place our pon
toons on the bosom of the mad Missouri
she will hurl ns on the shore and throw
our pontoons at us. How sad that will
be when she shakes us from her name
M. D. Polk went to Red Cloud
to attend to some legal business.
Fred Hewkenson has returned to assist
Maurice O'Rourk with his rush of work.
Robt. Ilitchman and John Chase of
Weeping Water are in the city today at
Mr. and Mrs. K. Blines, v and daughter
Myrtle, of La Platte, were the guests of
Mrs. Kate Oliver, yesterday.
II. F. Hillary returned Tuesday, from
hia home in Toronto, Canada, where he
has been for some time past.
Messers. S. F. Rockwell, Leuisvilil; B,
A. Gibson, P. S. Barnes and n. A. Hal
dcrman, of Weeping Water, are attending
Miss Edith Deflbaugh, who has been
visiting Mrs. J. M. Leyda, fer a week
past returned to her home at Weeping
Water last evening.
For Siberia Refrigerator, the best that I
are made, and Ice-cream freezers, call on
J. R. Cox. a23ml
Largest List, Best Terras and Lewest
prices on lots, houses and lot, half acres,
acres, five and ten acres. . Property shewn
free of charge. Call and see me. Ride
out and see if I cannot show you some
Bargaixs. a20tf W. S. Wise.
Turkey Red TaWe Linens at 25, 40, 50, 05, 75 and 85 cents per
White and Cream Damasks from 25 cents to 1.50 per yard.
. Extra Values at 45, 50 and CO cents in Cream with Ked Borders.
Fine Table Linens in Sets Napkins to match, from $5.00 to
310.00 a Set.
Table Spreads all Sizes and Qualities at Low Prices.
Napkins - XTapkins
White Doyles at 1.25, $1.50, S2.00 and $2.50 a dozen.
"White Napkins from 75 cents to $4.00 a dozen.
Cream Napkins from 1.25 to $3.25 a dozen.
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JSTOT I C E-
I vv e earnestly request all of our friends
indebted to U3 to call at ODce and settle
accounte due. We have sustained heavy
loss by the destruction of our Branch
House at Fairmont, Neb., by fire and now
that we need ruonev to meet our oblio-a-tions.
we hope there will not be one
among our friends who would refuse to
call promptly at this particular time and
Trusting this will receive your kind
consideration and prompt attention, we
remain, Yours Truly,
S0L0LM0N & NATHAN.
Gasoline stoves are all the rage now
and the best in the market is the "Quick
Meal," you can get one "at J. R. Cox's
hardware store, Main street a23ml
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