The news-herald. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1909-1911, February 18, 1909, Image 3

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WORLD'S OLDEST PARISH CLERK.
Englishman Will Celebrate 103d Birth
day in May.
NEWS NOTES OF INTEREST FROM
VARIOUS SECTIONS.
ALL SUBJECTS TOUGHED UPON
Religious, Social, Agricultural, Pollt
Jell and Other Matters Given
Due Consideration.
The Burlington road Is building a
substantial addition to Its passenger
depot In Aurora.
A cow owned by O. C. Rasmussen
af Oakland gave birth to triplets tho
other day.
August Swanson a well known
York county farmer, sold last, week
i corn crop from forty acres which,
returned him $37.60 per acre, or a
total of $1,504.00.
( ':nd Army rLS'9 generally united
.vith tho pubic sihools in celj'mitir.j
tv.' Lircoln nn u.crsarj'
' C. II. Sherman, formerly at Kear
jey, has moved to Boise, Idaho,
where he will engage In the lumber
business.
Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Monctte, former
y of Omaha and now of Los Angeles,
Cal., have made a gift of $5,000 in
rash to the new Y. M. C. A. building
jf tho former city.
For the abduction of a ICyearold
girl, tho daughter of Aaron Dorman
3f Shelby, U. Horner was sentenced
to five years in tho penitentiary
after plcadin? guilty.
Ex-governor Sheldon and family,
ipcompanied by a governess, Mr for
'ho governor's Mississippi plantation,
where they w II make a stay . s?v--:il
months before returning to Ne
braska. Herman Taylor, a prominent stock
feeder residing a mile south of Plain
view, perished In the blizzard which
raged there recently. He went out to
care for his stock and evidently be
came exhausted.
During a fight at the Harder k.
Victor Peterson and John Smith,
Smith pulled a gun and shot at
Peterson, one bullet striking him in
the forehead glancing upward and out
making a dangerous wound.
Charles E. Benson of the firm ot
Benson & Mover of Omaha, died in
the Union racific depot at Kearney,
He had Just returned from a trip to
the Callaway branch attending to
loan business for tho company and
went from bis hotel to the depot
Paul Blackcnshlp, the Burlington
agent at Blue Springs, who bo mys
teriously disappeared sometime ago
and who it was feared had met with
foul play, has been heard from at
Ogden, Utah. His wife at Blue Springs
received a telegram from him stating
that he was all right.
Marshal Mayflold found several
sacks filled with brass hidden be
hind a cobshed half burled in a clump
of bushes in the north portion of
Louisville. The brass Is supposed to
have been taken from tho engines of
John M. Jackman's mill, which was
blown to nieces during tho recent
storm, and from the railroad cars
Mrs. S. Hulflsh of 'Harlan county
met with quite a painful accident
While sewing on the machine one
of her flncers was caught by the
needle, which passed through the en'
tire finger, breaking oft in tho bone
A nhvskian was called, whose ef
forts to extract the needle were un
successful, and she was compelled
to go to the hospital at Elmwood.
Jess Lake of Edgar was pretty bad
ly shaken up In a runaway. He was
helping Lincoln Stayner haul lumber
when the team became frightened
and started to run, and as Is usual
on such occasions the neckyoke came
down and Lake was thrown off tho
load, and one limb was badly hurt
thou?h it Is thought no bones were
broken.
In the cases against Albert Thomp
son and Rov. Jerome Emanuel, pastor
of the Christian church of Aurora,
who were tried In tho police court,
the charge being fighting, Thompson
was Judged guilty by Judge Rogers
and fined $3 and costs, amounting to
about $12 In all: and the minister
was acquitted on the ground of self
defense.
, As Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Colson are
planning to leave Oakland In tho
near future, for their new homo at
Lodge Pole, Neb., a company of tholi
relatives, forty-five In number.
swooped down upon them and took
possession of their home for an old
fashioned surprise. A goodly lot of
eatables had been provided, and
these were disposed of with "picnic
relish."
II. C. Smith and F. M. McElwee of
Franklin were called to the country.
and returning to town came very
near freezing. When they got within
two miles of town their team re
fused to come farther against the
heavy wind. Smith was compelled to
lend the team all the way In. He
lost his hat and the storm was so
bad ho was compelled to lead the
tpam walking backwards. He had a
close call from freer.lng to death.
After a vigorous debate In which
tlfl Question of cost was brougjit
forth as tho most serious consldera
tlon the bill appropriating $200,000
for the establishment and malnten
anco of a building twine plant at tho
stale penltei.tlary was rocommcndeJ
by the house committee if tho whole,
'or passage.
A flro broke out In the mercantile
wtore of Armstrong and Ward, at
Rushvlllo, and completely destroyed
(lie store building of II. C. Dale; fur
niture store of J. M. Grubb; store
biilldln? of M. T. Musscr snd that of
Donald Brown.
London. The proudest and one of
the happiest men in Cornwall. Eng
land, Is James Came, who lives in a
cottage in the village of St. Colutnbo
Minor, who on May 3 next will cele
brate his one hundred ami third
birthday. He Is u pleasant spoken
and most communicative man, and In
giving an outline of his family his
tory told how he bad come of a long
lived race. His grandfather. John
Carue, who diej in 1M1 In his eighty
first year, had acted as verger In the
old Church of St. Columbo Minor for
0 years; lie was succeeded by his
son .loiin, wno, alter serving tor oi
Juts CrfW, i
teir Old, and
the Church of St
Coiwnbs Minor.
a- S
years, died at tne age or m. me
present Jam-s Cnrno then became
verger and parish clerk, and up to the
present day has carried tint those du
ties.
With the exception of missing one
Sunday's services. Carne has for 51
years attended to bis duties ut the
parish church twice every Sunday
The villagers s.iy be Is a veritable
walking prayer book. In the earlier
days of his parish clerkship it wan
customary for him to walk up mid
down the aisl playing bis flute, ami
so lead the village choir. This instru
mental accompaniment was the fore
runner of a church band, which was
considered finite a grand feature and
consisted of a Mute, a clarionet and
bass viol, with the later addition of a
cornopean. Tne bandsmen practiced
In the quaint old parlor of the village
"pub." hard-by.
Carne says tho hymn, "Oh Be Joy
fill," was sung nt every Sunday morn
Ing service for 50 years. 1 tils cer
tainly saved band practice and the
congregation front learning new
hymns. In the early years the congre
gation used always to repeat the last
two lines of the psalms and hymns
the completion of each repetition be
ing wound up with a loud "Amen
James Carne's health still keeps
good, and It Is only In the last, five or
six years that he has worn glasses
He spends much of his time working
in his garden. He Is a non-smokei
and practically a teetotaler, and wa
originally apprenticed to the tailoring
business, but his father took him
away form it. "on account of his be
lnu delicate." However, the outdoor
life of a postman may have helped t
build up Ills constitution, for Carne
wan the parish mail carrier for more
than twenty-one years and never
missed his duties- a single day.
Carne traces his lineage to King
Wodre, who ruled in Cornwall In the
fifth century. In the kitchen of his
cottage Is an oak settle made upward
of two huudied and fifty years ago,
which belonged to Curne's great
grandfather. Il Is so constructed that
the back can be moved to forma table.
Here also Is an old stone with the Ten
Commandments Inscribed. It is re
corded in the church books as having
existed In 12X.1, and these command
nients were read to the congregation
before they dispersed from their Sun
day services.
SERVES TWO SEPARATE CITIES.
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What Is Golnii On ut (he
National Capital.
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William Pei
XSIIIXfiTOX. That the fascina
tion of life at the American capital
tlon of life at the American capl'ul
depends much upon the beauty and
gorgooiiMiess of the court cost limes of
the foreign diplomats anil the officers
of our army and navy, who are regu
larly called Into service for social
duty. Is not to be controverted, and
when these attractions are combined
with the imposing form and ceremony
attendant upon the city surrounding a
president of the United States ami bis
cabinet, and the direct representatives
of foreign powers to this government.
you have a brilliant and Interesting
phase of life scarcely known In the
western hemisphere outside of Wash
ington.
While the president of the I'nlted
States appears at formal entertain
ments In a frock coat in the afternoon,
anil at evening affairs in the simple,
somber formal habiliments every
American man wears after dark, he Is
surrounded by his aids from all
branches of the military and naval
service, who never appear at the
White House or In company with the
president in oilier than full dress
uniforms and with their swords at
their sides. The same Is true of tho
foreign ambassadors and ministers
and the military and nual attaches of
the iiiiilia.-bies and legations.
Two great occasions on which the
White House is respondent with the
Miliums tintioinis of the diplomats
and our own military and naval men
Die the reception of the president (in
January I. when every member of the
corps, with bis wile and daughters,
calls to wish the president a happy
New Year, mid about ten days lateral
the diplomatic reception prescribed by
precedent, which Is the first of a
seiles of formal evening receptions
the president gives during the winter.
t'poti numerous occasions, mid ill
Wilis ut the White House, both the
head of the navy and of the niuiy ap
pear in their conspicuous full dress
uniforms, which are quite as rich as
these of many of the foreign ambassa
dors and ministers. Scarcely second
in brilliancy to the reception given by
the president to the diplomats Is that
at which he Is host for the army and
navy, when hundreds of the higher of
Peers of both branches of the service
attend In their gala uniforms.
The senior aids to the president,
who make all of the presentations to
1 1 i in at all entertainments ami attend
him upon ail occasions, practically live
in their official regalia, while the
younger aids ate almost dally called
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 to we ar their best uniforms.
In fact, there is a splendor about
the olliclal social lire of the American
capital which Is scarcely second to
that of any court of Europe, and which
sets It apart from all other cities ol
the I 'nit od Slates.
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ECKETAHY WILLIAM LOKIi, JU..
ho has been serving the president
and the country at the White House
offices for several years, Is causing his
immediate friends more political anxi
ety than any other prominent Repub
lican of the hour. There Is a time
honored tradition that a retiring presi
dent of tho I'nited States must take
good care of his secretary, nad It has
therefore been Incumbent upon Presi
dent Roosevelt to see Mr. Loeb well
placed before he starts for the dark
continent.
Hut plans for placing Loeb have a
habit of falling through, just why no
one seems able to tell. For. while he
has not gained the fame as secretary
to the president that Mr. Cortelyon.
his predecessor, gained, there Is no
denying that he has been very etll-
cient. '
A few years ago there was a scheme
afoot to elect Mr. Loeb m president of
a Washington street railroad company.
He became greatly interested In the
matter, enlisted Home financial friends
in New York and bought Into the stock
of the road quite heavily. Ambitious
arguments were advanced regarding
what Mr. Loeb could do for the road.
It has to go before congress, session
after session, for tid bits of legislation,
which are very essential none the less.
Hut senators, who have little liking
for the president, Intimated that the
man who had served as tho president's
secretary would have a fine old time
persuading them to vote for his bills.
Therefore tho owners of the street
railroad began quietly to lay plans for
side-tracking the Loeb presidential
idea, and about a year ago another
was chosen to bond the street rail
way.
Since then Secretary Iieus name
has been mentioned in connection
with a number of good posts by pur
veyors of capitol gossip, but each
story has been In turn denlej
The latest report Is that ho will be
come collector of the port of New
York after March 4.
rittsburg Is to have the latest, thing
In architecture, namely, a skyscraper
and church, the latest of all Ideas In
building construction. Hut there Is
method In Pittsburg's "madness," for
having been blocked for many years
by the clause placed In his laud grant
by William I'etin, netting forth that
the property must always be used for
"church purposes," the congregation
of the First Cirinnn Evangelical Prot
estant church has evolved the above
s home. It has been decided, there
fore, that a building which shall com
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Nation's Capital Is a City of Parks
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Texarkana, Tex., and Texarkana, Ark.,
Have Same Pcstoffice.
Kansas City. Texarkana, Tex., and
Texarkana, Ark., are two towns, sep
arate and distinct, so far as municipal
government and other relations are
Postoflice Used by Two Cities.
concerned, but they have one and the
same postoflice. The two towns have
a combined population of about 30,000
people. On each side of the municipal
boundary between the two are about
15.000 people within the respective
corporate limits. The boundary be-
tweeu the two towns Is called Stat
Line street. Notwithstanding tho fact
that the towns are practically one, so
far rs physical aspect Is concerned,
there Is great business and industrial
rUnlry bctwiiui them, l-et one of the
towns secure a new muniifacturli.g es
tablishment ami Immediately there Is
much crowing and rejoicing on tho
narl of the people ot the successful
town and corn spomllng deprenslon on
the other sire of Slate Line street.
The towns keep neck and neck In bus'
ticss growth and activity.
Conscience Knows.
Patience What in the world U 1011-
Hidetiee inotlt V We lieur SO Illllch
about ?
Patrice Con.aiouce knows. Yon k
ers Wait man.
EXCH'SIVE of the capitol and con
gressional library grounds, the
union depot plir.a and the botanical
gardens, the city of Washington
boasts more than 6,000 acres la parks,
excluding nearly 150 triangles and cir
cles at street intersections and miles
upon mill's of shaded asphalt street a
equal to the boulevards of many other
cities. The largest of all these parks
is Rock Creek park. This beauty spot
covers 1,105 acres immediately adjoin
ing the Zoological park, which con
tains 171 acres, nnd Its natural com
binations of rocks and streams, hills
and dales,- trees and meadows go to
make perhaps the finest groundwork
of u public park in any city In the
country.
It will be probably a hundred years
before the possibillticH of this park are
realized to the full, Inrliiillng the
building of a boulevard down Hock
creek Into the city of Washington,
connecting with the Riverside drive
way, now known as Potomac driveway
The River park, which ricches from
the capitol to the islands of the Poto
mac, contains In tho nggregate 1.S00
acres, but does not represent an amal
gamated whole as does the Rock Creek
park.
In the northern portion of the city
about a mile eastward from Rock
Creek park and connected therewith
by the old military road over which
union nrniles marched In the defense
of Washington, Is the Soldier Homo
park. Commanded by a group of
white marble buildings erected on the
highest point in the city, tho park
slopws toward the city over an extent
of 502 acres. Still another park
Analostan, In southeast Washington
where the river Mats will some da)
he one of the (lower gardens of the
national capital, contains 540 acres
The last of the larger parks, also in
north Washington, Is Tacoina park
containing 7:'!) acres.
Other amusement places nre tin
Henry and Seaton parks of Ti acres
Garfield park, 24 acres; Judiciary
square, where Is the pension office, ID
acres, and Howard I'niverslty park of
12 acres. Lafayette square, in front
of the While House on the north, in
which no trees or bush Is duplicated,
contains six acres.
Ine church and office building, which
ill serve for worship and at the same
time put revenue Info the coffers of
the congregation.
The auditorium nnd dome of the
hurch are to be burled Insldo 14
stories of business offices and stores,
only the gotbic arches, the wldo doors,
and the chimes showing on the side of
the building. All about tho church and
above It will bo piled a mnss of of
fices architecturally distinctive, as tho
business part of the building Is to be
of renaissance architecture and the
church gothlc.
It is tho purpose of tho congrega
tion to make Its valuable property at
Sixth nnd Snilthfleld streets yield
profitable return und at the same time
retain tho property for church pur
poses. It wns specified in tne ueeii
given by William Penn that tho land
should be so used. It could therefore
not ho sold except to another church.
which would hardly be a profitable
sale. At the same time It seemed nec
essary that the church should get
moro return from its land which is
centrally located and which has been
often sought after by big department
stores. A church was built on the Bite
125 years ago, torn down and replaced
by another, then another, then by the
present structure, which was erected
In 1877. Sentimental reasons, there
fore, further persuaded the congrega
tion that they did not want to leave
the site.
To overcome the difficulty, Eugene
C. F. Ernst, an architect and a mem
ber of various church committees,
drew his plans for tho unique building
and laid them before the people. Ho
said tho cost would bo about 1 1,500,-
000, but that a corporation could
easily be formed to furnish the funds
nd that It would prove a paying in
vestment. There was surprisingly little oppo
sition from tho conservatives, and It
secmB to bo generally understood that
tho plan will go through. It Is plnnned
for the structure to face on Smith
field street 240 feet, extending hack
to Strawberry alley. It will bo In
three 80 foot sections, the two outside
for commercial purposes anil the cen
tral ono for the church, up to the
lielght of that edifice, and then more
office floors above to the top story. A
great clock, with a 10 foot face, will be
placed at the sixth story, and above
this a set of chimes In a specially
constructed hell chamber.
On the fourteenth floor Is to be a
croat assembly hall, 240x110 feet
dome, while the bnlconles nnd ceilings
will be supported by columns.
From the street to the gable sheer
will be ji distance of 128 feet, and at
tho top Is to be a (ierman eagle,
perched, holding In his talons tho
American and (Ierman Hags. This Is
to be tho symbol of the history of the
congregation, which Is made up almost
entirely of men nnd women born of
(ierman parents.
Abundant capllal has been assured
to carry out these plans, ami In addi
tion many offers have already been
made for office rooms. A largo de
partment store has offered to lease all
of one section of the building. The
building promises to present an Im
pressive appearance, In addition to the
advantage of being In tho center of
the city. On Sixth avenue, Just east
from tho church property, are the
Nixon theater, the building known as
Pittsburg's "Safety Palace," In which
are the pollco headquarters and the
Philadelphia Company's building.
Street cars diverging to more than 25
sections of tho city and surrounding
country pass by the property.
FINALLY GOT AN ANSWER.
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Plan to Pension Cleveland's Widow
1 srcflESTION that the widow nnd
t children of former President
(irover Cleveland be given a pension
's being discussed informally by con
gressmen. ' Many have declared them
selves In favor of granting her one.
If Mrs. Cleveland Is willing to ac
cept, there Is no question b it tlu.t co.l
cress would be ready to vote It to her.
Althoui'h there Is now no surviving
ex-presldrnt ( f the I'nlted Stales, three
widows of f.:i'tner presidents silll live
-Mrs. .1,'iti i s A. Car, .old, Mis. j.i
mln Harrison and Mrs. f'li s'i ::-.
The first named bin no.v sii'vivd
her husband mete than twi'uiy s- ve 1
yiais. During all that time she has
drawn a pension of $5,000 a year from
the government, nnd no money that
comes from the treasury Is more
cheerfully paid. The first time a pen
sion was ever suggested for the widow
of an ex -president was In the case of
William Henry Harrison, who died one
month after his Inauguration.
. The death of Harrison appealed
peculiarly to the nation, and the sum
of 2."i,0tiJ outright was voted her. She
lived to enjoy its proceeds for a period
of 2:1 years. The second, Mrs. Tyler,
drew a pension of $..(iii()' per annum
for 27 years. Mrs. Abraham Lincoln
was given $2.'.iH)i) mid an ad!lilon.il
pi union of J'i.UIK) per aniriin. tlrant's
widow a'so received $ .'M( a year, as
did the widow ill President McKlnley.
Mi. si of the 1 x 1 residents of the
Pulled Stales db'd in advance of their
wlvis, iilihi'iigh Here are notable ex
t j : : 1 ti -i . 'I lion, as Jefferson outlived
bis wife II jimis, Mai tin Vim lluren
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with a pilaster facade built round
light well. On special occasions the
light well could bo closed at the floor
and celling lines by mechanical roll
Ing devices, tho windows surrounding
tho light court being thus transferred
Into an open pilaster balcony. Tho cf
feet would he one large auditorium
with an open Inner court.
The basement will he for commer
cial purposes, and a sub-basement will
hold the power plant. An arcade ex
tending from Sixth avenue to Smith
field street will admit to the otfice and
store sections. The entrances will
lead Into the commercial part of the
building ns well as into the church.
On the floor level with the street are
to be the Sunday school rooms, with
two wings covered by skllghts. The
auditorium for the school Is to be SO
leet wide, and two large balconies
em h provided w ith 2!UI chairs, will be
elected above tho room.
' The main Hr of the church will
have MlO seats, which, together with
tha gallery, would give a total sea: Ing
capacity of l.laO. The Hour will have
a grade of eight feet toward the altar.
iSlxty-.Ao feel above will be tun big
Natural Results of Unfortunate Per.
slstence of Sitter Daih.
Ono of the saintly characters men
tioned In Rev. Dr. Richard Mcllwalne's
recent, book, "Three Score Years nnd
Ten," Is a venerable Methodist minis
ter, Rev. Jesse Powers, whose mind,
Dr. Mcllwalno says, was always Intent
on doing something to bless and help
somebody. Ha was a man of exact
veracity, also, but bis somewhat mer
ciless candor was agreeably tempered
by humor.
Tho old preacher once spent the
night ut tho house of a prominent
Methodist not far from Amelia court
house, Virginia, where ho had often
been welcomed before. The next morn
ing at breakfast it developed that the
bread was sour, perhaps not enough to
be remarked upon, but still sour. He
was engaged In eating It, when the
worthy lady at the bead of the table
called attention to the disagreeable
fact.
Hi-other Powers said nothing, but
continued to satisfy bis hunger with
what was "set before him, asking no
questions," and accepting no sugges
tions. His hostess, however, not to be
thwarted In her efforts to wring from
her guest the admission that the bread
was not very had, repeated tho re-mark.
This ulso failed to elicit the longed
for response. Mrother Powers kept his
eyes on his plate, and went ahead eat
ing more lustily than ever, In a quan
dary, doubtless, not knowing what to
say, and resolved he would not tell a
lie.
Hot the good woman, not satisfied,
and with a fatality that sometimes
overt nkes the wariest of the sex, was
so left to herself as to apologize for
the third time.
This, Dr. Mcllwalno says, "was too
much for the old saint." Turning his
benevolent face toward the head of the
table, he said, gently:
"Sister Dnsh, If I were you, I'd stop
talking about this bread. It Is mean
enough, anyway." Youth's Companion.
The Toad Survived.
An experiment bordering close to
the wonderful, was recently made In
the clay testing department of a ma
chinery company at Hucyrus, O., In
which a toad was placed In a 20-ton
brick press and was four times sub
jected to a pressure of 11,000 pounds
without Injury.
The question at Issue was whether
such a pressure would kill the toad
or whether Its ability to compress
Itself was sufficient to allow It to como
lilted from tho machine and tho toad
was first placed In a lump of gratui
tous clay and the whole pressed Into
a brick. After the huge press had
done Its work tho solid brick was
llltid from the mnchlne nnd tho toal
winked Its eyes contentedly, stretched
Its legs and hopped away. Popular
Magazine.