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THE NEWS-HERALD PUBLISHING COMPANY, Publishers
P. A. BARROWS
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One Year in Advance, $1.50.
Plattsmouth Telephone No. 85.
TO OUR FRIENDS.
With this issue of the Daily
N'ews we clone the year 1909. There
will he no issue of the paper tomor
row. We wish to thank our many
friends who have loyally stood by the
paper through oil the conditions which
have confronted us since the begin
ning of the publisation of the News.
At times it seemed that the fates
have conspired against us and that
when one problem was solved another
eame up which was just a little more
exasperating than the last.
Few people otusidc the office realize
the work and worry incident to the pub
lication of a daily in a small city. The
whole responsibility for the delivery
of the paper at your door has been upon
the editor. He has had to take charge
of the dozen boys or more who have
at different times attempted to carry
tho different routes. Some of the boys
were all right and some were not. We
had no way of telling whether the
rarriers were delivering the papers af
ter they left the office or not. In some
instances the telephone has told us
the next morning that no paper had
been received the night before. That
was our only way of knowing if the
carrier had been true to the trust
placed in him. We have reason to
believe that after the first of the new
year that the changes which will
take place in the ofiice will enable us
to better serve the public. Anyhow
we wish to thank all for the many
acts of appreciation shown to the
representatives of the paper. To
the business men who have shown
us every courtesy since we came to
Plattsmouth we wish to express our
appreciation. In our personal con
tact with them as business manager
we have found them as a general thing
a live set of merchants, always look
ing out for the best interests of the
eity and confident of its future pros
perity. To all the friends of the News we
wish too extend our wishes for a most
happy and prosperous New Year.
P. A. Harrows, Editor.
A. E. Quinn, Manager.
President Tuft has declared that
the policy of the present adminis
tration will be to do something in
stead of talking about it. There is
one thing sure and that is that before
the administration of President Taft
has cloed up the fellows who have been
getting cold feet will have a chance
to warm up again. And those very
fellows are the ones who will be claim
ing that they knew it all the time.
President Taft is all right. Thoedore
Roosevelt knew what he was about
when he urged the selection of Mr.
Taft as his successor. He knew Mr.
Taft better than any other man in
public life, and it does not stand to
reason that he would select any man
to carry out the policies which he had
started unless he had confidence in
him to believe that he would continue
the work. It is much easier for the
average individual to stand off at a dis
tance and knock than to wait.
Governor Shallenbergcr of Nebraska
will meet Governor Haskell of Okla
homa for a conference on the bank
guarantee matter. The governor of
Nebraska may learn something from
the Governor of Oklahoma about
tate guarantee which may enable
the next legislature to have a bill
drawn up without asking the tax
payers to pay something for doing wha
they by their action aeknowledgedt
there was not a member of the ma
jority that could be trusted to draw
the bill. The bill was drawn. The
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people paid the price. The bill was
passed. It was no good. Nobody
won on the deal but the demo
cratic lawyer who drew the bill and
received the price. Later develop
ments have shown that he didn't earn
Zelaya is still dissatisfied. He think
that he is considerable of a fellow
yet. If he persists he may be sorry
for his persistency. He got out of
it with a whole skin and he ought to
be thankful for that.
The State Har association which
just closed a several days session in
Omaha was the only bar which was
doing business after eight o'clock
MAKING A WINEGLASS.
It Take Many Processes and the Word
of Four Men.
The making of a wineglass is e
fascinating sight to watch and a
revelation to many. It requires the
services of four men, and the proc
esses nre numerous. Inserting hi
hollow iron blowpipe into the moutl'
of one of the pot? or crucibles, the
blower collects sufficient "metal" tr
form the bowl of a wineglass.
This metal is a lump of hot, soft
material und is, of course, molten
glass. It is made from white sand,
red lead, refined ash and saltpetei
mixed in certain proportions, and
then it has been resolved into mol
ten glass, technically known n?
metal. The lump of material on
the end of the pipe is rolled to ami
fro on a polished table to obtain tin
desired smoothness and evenness ol
After swinging the hot glass rap
idly through the air for some mo
ments the worker I lien blows down
the pipe until the lump of soft ma
terial has expanded to the required
size and shape, when lie gauges it
with his callipers to pee that the
dimensions wrc correct. It is now
passed to a second man, who casts
on sufficient metal to form the stem,
while on to this again is added ma
terial for the foot. The processes
now follow one another rapidly, the
glass being passed from workman to
workman and back again as each
fulfills his particular task.
Over and over again the partially
completed object is inserted into
the furnace where there is a heat of
2,000 degrees 1'., held there for a
few moments and then quickly with
drawn to be further treated. With
u precision that only come of long
training, one man trims the bowl of
the glass to the required size by cut
ting the superfluous material away
with a pair of shears. The bowl
then has to be opened out to the
desired dimensions und measured to
see that it is perfectly correct in
size, when it is finally lifted by a
boy from the workman's holder on
the end of a forked stick, a finished
article, and placed in the oven to be
annealed. Philadelphia Inquirer.
What a Bureau Really It.
When parchment was used for
writing and when bookbinding was
in its infancy and a bound book was
a costly luxury it was the custom
to place the book ou a piece of
cloth or a strip of wool in order to
prevent the binding from possible
damage on the rough wood of the
table. Those who had to deal with
money also had a strip of cloth on
the table or counter so that tho
coins should not roll. This strip
was called "bureau." In course of
time the custom changed, and the
same word was applied to the writ
ing table covered with greeu or oth
er colored cloth and at length de
scended to the modern table with
the center protected by leather. As
an ollicc contains one or more of
these tables it is not difficult to un
derstand that the name should in
one country have been given to tho
room that contained the bureau.
TRULY A REMARKABLE BIRD
Wonderful Magpie Described by Oliver
Goldsmith in Work on Nat
Brander Matthews, the brilliant crit
ic, said at a dinner in Brooklyn of a
"Ilia 8uccpb8 la due to bis knowl
edge of melodrama, not to bis knowl
edge of the human heart. His knowl
edge of the human heart, In fact, is no I
profounder than Oliver Goldsmith's '
knowledge of natural hlMory wag. I
"Goldsmith's ignorance didn't pr j
vent him writing a very popular natu
ral history. In one part of it a part
will give you an idea of the whole
Goldsmith described an Intelligent
magpie belonging to a publican named
"One day while Whlteingstall'i
kitchen floor was being cleaned the
magpie was considered in the way,
and was ordered into his cage, which
bung against the wall. He retired obe
diently. "But he had no sooner been shut
up than a cock from the neighboring
farmyard entered the kitchen and
strutted proudly about. This so an
gered the magpie that he vocif
erated: "'Let me out, Mr. Whltelngstall.
Jet me out; I'll do for him presently!'
"Mr. Whltelngstall let him out and
a combat immediately ensued. After
a few goes the magpie was complete
ly worsted. He lay helpless on his
back, one leg broken. Then, cocking j
his eye at his master, he said, calmly:
" 'Take me up, Mr. Whltelngstall,
take me up, for he has broken my
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MUMMY THAT OF ROYAL COOK
Importation That Has Interested
Egyptologists Evidently Was
It develops that the mummy, the
Importation of which has aroused pub
lic interest, is not that of Kameses II.,
but of his cook.
The discovery need not occasion dis
appointment. Cook or conqueror, they
are now alike, and, indeed, the desic
cated remains of the chef of the
monarch who from all accounts was
the Louis XIV. of iJgypt are in many
respects a more valuable antiquarian
possession than the mummified body
of Pharaoh. Antiquity has bequeathed
us a surplus of memorials of kings,
but only too few of cooks. We could
well spare a bust of Caesar or ex
change any amount of dry-asdust
chronology for an effigy of Lucullus'
cook or of that Vatel of his day for
whose supplies Aplclus found 1400,000
The Interest of the modern world
in history is concerned less with the
great conquerors than with the lesser
lights, the artists and craftsmen who
planned aqueducts and built cathed
rals, even those who were charged
with the preparation of Caesar's cut
lets. The world is tired of kings, but
what would it not give for a cuneiform i
tile containing the menu of Ilelsha
zar's feast? Meantime a cook of the
RameseB dynasty is something.
Praia for IhmkIi-ih Unkkl.. I
Princess Duleep Singh, at a dinner
in New York, said that she found the
American woman a marvel of beauty
and the American man a model of
good looks and. kindness.
"The American man," said the
charming princess, "Js rightly held up
to the world as the pattern husband.
In Europe they have a saying about
Kve nd the apple which shows how
wretched a failure the European hus
band is This saying Is unknown in
America, I am sure. It would have no
point, no application, here in the land
of pattern husbands."
She paused impressively. Then with
a smile she ended:
"The saying Is this:
"'The evil one didn't glv the apple
to the man, but :o the woman, be
cause the evil one knev well that the
man would eat it ull himself, but the
woman would go halves.'"
A Virginia Casablarci.
"The boy who stood nn the burning
deck," often Is found in different sec
tions of the country, and the famous
Casablanca Is emulated by men who
are told to do certain things and
never vary their Instructions. Presi
dent Taft had that experience at Rich
mond, Va., on the last day of his trip,
when the gate keeper at the famous
Hollywood cemetery refused to admit
the president and his automobile par
ty, though he was accompanied by
Gov. Swanson of Virginia, by Mayor
Richardson of Rlchmnod, and the chief
of police of the city. "It Is against
the rules," said this gate-keeper dog
gedly, and it was only after the tms
tees had given him orders to admit
the presidential party that he relented
Probably for the first and last time In
his life he got a little notoriety by
strictly obeying orders. Washington
Correspondence St. Louis Star.
The World's 50,000 Plays,
tr. Reginald Clarence, the well
known bibliographer of dramatic data,
has been working for 20 years on a
stage cyclopedia which will contain a
bibliography of plays, of which it hss
been possible to find any record, from
R. C. 600 to A. D. 1909. In order to
bring his remarkable work to coin pie
tion Mr. Clarence has delved among
ancient records and musty ninnu
scripts In tho nrlttsh museum, he has
studied the numerous works In the
Guildhall library until his book con
talus particulars of nearly fifty thou
sand plays, covering the whole range
of stage productions drama, comedy
farce, opera and comic opera. Lon
The Eve. tne Figurehead ana Other
Devices on Their Bows.
On the boats of the ancient
Egyptians the sacred ibis, the lou
and the phenix were favorite de
signs for figureheads, sometim-s
plated on the raised up prow itsil:
;;iid at others ruther behind it. A
luge eye painted on the bow just
below the figure illustrated the gen
eral feeling that a ship was endow
ed with a personality of its owu.
In one form or another the eye ha
maintained its position on the bows
century after century up to the
present day, in which it is often
seen on the bows of Maltese "dy
60s" and other gaudily painted
European craft, to say nothing of
its ulmost universal use in China.
"If no have eye how can see?"'
asks the Chinese sailor, und the ex
pression "Kight in the eyes of her"
is still usual afloat among seamen,
meaning us far forward in the ship
as possible. The ships of the
Greeks and Romans preserved the
eye on their bows and carried a
distinguishing emblem or figure
head at the bow, while their tute
lary deities were generally given a
billet at the stern. All those ves
sels had their distinguishing de
vices and figureheads, in addition
to which those named after moun
tains and rivers bad a lion or croco
dile respectively pointed or carved
in relief on cither bow. Numbers
of representations of these may be
seen on old coins. '
A special class of Phoenician
vessels had a figurehead represent
ing u horse und were therefore
known as "hippi," the idea of riding
over the sea as on horseback being
evidently the origin of the adorn
ment. In the year 112 B. C. one
of the figureheads was found
thrown up on the east coast of Af
rica and taken to Kgypt, strong
circumstantial evidence that some
early Phoenician mariners hud al
ready doubled the Cape of Good
Hope. Hamming being the most
usual form of attack among the an
cients in their sea engagements,
the bow decoration often took the
form of the head of a ram' or of a
wild boar, the well known butting
tactics of these animals rendering
the figure very appropriate.
When Rome in the days of her
decadence lost the commund of the
sea the most formidable navies
were those of the Scandinavian sea
robbers, the vikings. Their ves
sels the fumous long ships were
adorned with figureheads. But the
vikings' conception of this form of
ship ornamentation started from
a standpoint quite different from
that of the ancients. It was not so
much a distinctive design as a re
ligious emblem. Its intention was
to strike terror into un enemy.
The figurehead of a warship, ac
cording to S. Baring-Gould, was
designed in like manner to strike
terror into the opponents and scare
away their guardian spirits. An
Icelandic law forbade a vessel com
ing within sight of tho island with
out first removing its figurehead,
lest it should frighten away the
guardian spirits of the land. Chi
How Animals Learn.
Dr. T. Zell, an eminent German
naturalist, has collected many in
stances to prove that animals learn
bv experience and thus become
wiser than their uniustructcd par
ents. Game animals of all kinds,
he avers, have learned the range of
modern rifles. (! rev hounds quickly
loiirn to lei rabbit- alone, and fox
hounds pay in aUmtion to either
rabbit or hares. Killer whales ami
gu!! follow whaling vessels, jnM
a v.iltvre fnllow nn army. t'rov-beg-n
In aiiMiupaiiy the chanioi.
htm'rr a soon a thov have seen
the result of his !!r-t ueco.ful hot.
and rou:li legged buzzard- follow
the sportsmen after winged gnme
The numb'T 'if bird that !ill or in
jure themselves by living again'
telegraph wires i inn-li siiiidlcr
than it used to be. Dr. Zell also re
fers to the fuel that bird ami
quadruped have learned to disre
gard passing railway Lain, a
horses quickly cease to be frighten
ed by motorcars.
A Million Ancestors.
It may be a little surprising and
of interest to learn that u person
may have had more than a million
ancestors within comparatively re
cent years, and that without taking
into account uncle. and aunts.
Slarting with one's patvits, each
person, of course, has two. a father
and a mother. The father had his
two parents, and the mother had
hers. Thus each person has four
grandparents. One step farther,
and we have eight great-grandparents.
A simple calculation gives
the astonishing result that our
lineal ancestors during twenty gen
erations number no fewer than
1.018,!iTC, or sufficient people, if al'
living, to populate the whole o
Walea. Dundee Advertiser.
he Traveler Wouldn't Take It end
Voted Himrelf a Chump.
"When Lord Kosebery was
young man. said a i.onuori.spori
icg man. "he was on a journey to n
race meeting at Ayr and for hi
companion in the railway carriage
had a remarkable pushing specie;
of commercial traveler, who at
tempted to force a speaking ac
quaintance. Seeing his lordship
perusing the 'racing calendar.' he
'broke earth' with the remark:
'Racing is u great institution. Sup
pose you're going to the Ayr meet
ing?' " 'I am going as fur as Ayr,' re
plied his lordship.
" 'Pity young swells get fleeced
by blacklegs. Some noblemen, 1
hear, drop fortunes on the turf.'
"'Do a bit myself sometimes a
tenner or a pony's about my cut.
Know anything good for today
worth my while touching?'
" '1 am not a tipster.'
"'Beg pardon. Saw you reading
the racing calendar. Thought you
"'Well,' replied his lordship, 'if
I give you the straight tip will it be
of service to you ?'
" 'Depends if I fancy it.'
" 'Put your tenner or pony on
Lord Rosebcry's Chcvronel for the
"'Not far Joseph! I never back
Lord Robbery's horses. They say
lie's a regular chumpkin.'
"'Indeed! Perhaps they're right.
However, you asked me. 1 can
only add that I heard Lord Rose
bery himself tell what you term a
chumpkin to back his horse.'
Depend upon it, if it was all
right he would not let you overhear
his conversation. Mum would then
be hi. game. Why, there's a lot in
that race. I'll bet you a pony Lord
Kosebery don't win it.'
"'Really! 1 am not accustomed
to bet in railway carriages with
" 'There's my -card. Fact is you
ain't game to bet.'
" 1 think you'll lose your money.
Hut, as you challenge me. let it be a
bet. You'll see me in the stewards'
inelosure at the course. I have no
cards with me.'
'"Agreed! It's a bet. I bet you
an even pony against Chcvronel for
the Welter cup. But what's your
name, young fellow.'' j
" 'Primrose. Sometimes I'm oth-
erwise addressed.' !
"'All right, young Primrose.)
Pay and receive after the race.' j
"The companions separated at
the station. Chevronel won in a
canter, and the eommeici.ii traveler
received the following morning a i
short note by a messenger from the j
steward' stand: 'Mr. Primrose ;
(Lord Rosebery) would feel obliged j
by Mr. handing to his servant
i!i3. which his lordship will have j
much pleasure in forwarding as a j
donation to the Commercial Trav-
clers' Orphan asylum.' ;
"The 'bagman' paid his money. 1
looking very crestfallen, and was
heard to ejaculate: 'Done! Who
on earth would have dreamed that
the good looking, affable young fel
low, whom I imagined was a
bumpkin, was in fact none other
than the Karl of Rosebery, giving
me a good, honest tip ubout his
own lu-rse. bv which 1 was fool
enough to loto L'io't Anyway, he's
a reg;:!ar I rump, a:i.l -he's right.
I'm the ehuinpkin after all!'"
Warlike Sitka Indians.
"Did you know thai the most
wnriiKc trine ot savaeres in
I I i i
country in the old days was the Sit
ka Indians in Alaska?" asked a citi
zen of aiieouer. H. C. "In com
parison with them ;he Sioux and
Apaches of our American Indians
were as peaceable as cows. The Sit
ka men were of the real fi?htinr
toek and valued life no more than
last year's blubber.
"Their religion was one of many
rods, and everything about them
bad its own particular ruling spirit.
The relics of their worship still
stand their totem poles, with their
inscriptions and strangely curved
figures. The Eskimos we know are
a far different sort, given to the
pursuit of their existence by simple
and peaceable means." Washing
"1 am a great believer in rea
ism." remarked the poet.
"Yes?" ve queried, with a rising
inflection, thereby giving him the
"I sometimes carry my ideas ol
realism to a ridiculous extreme,"
continued the poet.
"Indeed!" we exclaimed inanely,
somewhat impatient to reach the
point of his witticism.
"Yes." continued the poet; "the
other day I wrote a sonnet to the
gas company and purposely made
the meter defective."
At this point wo fainted. Wash
: OPENING FOR A BRIGHT MAN
! Proffer of "Advancement" Which It
j Is Doubtful If Mr. Boldt Seri-
I William McAdoo, former police com
missioner of New York, and once as
sistant secretary of the navy, was in
a small town in North Scotln, stop
ping at the hotel.
"You from New York?" asked tho
"Know anybody down there who kin
run a hotel?"
"Well, I wish you would tell me the
name of a good man 1 can get to
come up here and run this hotel for
me. I ain't got time to attend to it,
and I want an honest, sober, respect
able man to take hold of it for me."
"How much will you pay?" asked
"Twenty-five dollars a month, or, if
he's especially good, I might go 30."
McAdoo promised to think it over,
and that night he told the hotel own
er a good man to write to. Whereup
on Mr. George C. floldt, proprietor of
the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and
the Dellevue-Stratford in Philadelphia,
was highly astonished a few days lat
er to receive an offer of $25 a month
and board to go up to Nova Scotia to
run a hotel, with the promise of a raise
to $30 if he made good, but no more.
Saturday Evening Post.
IF THEY HAD ONLY KNOWN
People of Ancient Tlrr. ?3 Missed Many
Amusements and Luxuries
How few of us are sufficiently grate
ful for the times in which we live!
exclaims a writer in the Strand Mag
azine. Think of all the material and
mechanical advantages we enjoy over
the ancients, who, with all their boast
ed civilization, their arts, and sci
ences, went from their cradle to their
grave utterly Ignorant of clocks, pock
et handkerchiefs, trousers and bon
nets, or even those demi-ancients, our
great-grandfathers, who would have
regarded a barometer as an instru
ment of Beelzebub!
How differently history might have
been written if Julius Caesar had
snatched a couple of Colt's double
barreled revolvers from his tunic and
shot Casea and hl3 fellow conspira
tors dead on the spot! What a tre
mendous advantage it would have
given Xenophon and the retreating
ten thousand to have seized a line of
railway from Persia to the Helles
pont, with fast steamers to Attica and
Laconla! The people of Pericles' day
were not wholly destitute of ingenious
appliances for use and amusement,
ubt, for some reason or other which,
posterity cannot exactly explain,
the' Athenian populace knew not
the deloctable joys of the flip-flap,
and the charms of the scenic railway
were to them a closed book. Yet we
can picture the scene which wou!;i
have astonished Aeschylus and Sopho
cles, the vast Athenian multitude de
nertlng the fields and groves to flock
about the latest sensation, a mighty
engine of balance brought Into Hellas
by the western magician, Imreus
Klralfos. What an excellent subject
for satire this adventure of the
Athenians would furnish later to
Aristophanes, and how rude delinea
tions of the apparatus would delight
modern scholars and invite compari
sons with the screw of Archimedes!
That great geniuses are often absent-minded
has been known for cen
turies and has become proverbial. In
ventors and other men accredited with
genius are also known to possess
other peculiarities and weaknesses
which seem to compensate for their
abnormal gifts in another direction.
But the promoter and alleged Inventor
of a new airship, which nobody has
ever seen, not even the men who have
invested their hard earned money In
the stock of the company, launched
by the "inventor," displayed a lack
of memory the other day which was
astoui:Cir.g even In a great genius. He
had sued a newspaper reporter who
had written up the inventor's career,
for libel, and the case was tried in a
New York court. The complainant,
who claimed to be a graduate of sev
eral universities In Great Ilrltaln.
when cross-examined could not re
member from which university he had
received his degree. Heretofore even
the greatest geniuses used to remem
ber such rather Important details,
provided, of course, they actually oc
curred In the career of the Individual
Clubwomen Help Backward Students.
The clubwomen of St Paul and this
district are much Interested In some
of the recent recommendations of Su
perintendent Heeter, and the one
which they propose to work for Is to
establish ungraded rooms for back
ward children In the schools. This
Is a step toward individualism In edu
cational work, which is the Ideal to
ward which all the best educators are
tending. It Is hoped ultimately to es
tablish these roomB In all the publlo
schools of this city, where a child
who is backward and slow of compre
hension may be placed, and the teach
er may give him individual help. Not
only would this be an excellent thing
for the child, but a real assistance to
those other children now associated
with him who are not backward and
yet are naturally held back by his
slowness. The clubwomen of this city
are much Interested In educational
wort, aad as most of thm are moth
en they feel that they can do more
real food la ttit wy tba by efiorte
on drle Hmu.
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