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About The news-herald. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1909-1911 | View Entire Issue (April 18, 1910)
Is the Property of J.
Michaelson of Ne-
Man Who Tried to Sell Ring In City
Gives Real Name as James
(From Thursday's Dally)
Some intcicsting things have turned
vjp today in the diamond ring mys
tery that was spoken of in last night's
News. The owner of the diamond
has appeared on the scene, the ring
identified and the thief has plead
guilty to grand larcency.
The man was practically identified
today as James M. McMichael and
it was a clever but time worn trick
he pulled off in order to get the ring,
lie appeared Tuesday at the jewelry
store of J. B. Mikkelsen at Nebraska
City, and giving his name as J. 0.
Jackson prosccded to engage in conver
sation with the jeweler about the price
of rings and diamonds. lie stated
he had a friend at Mynard who was
to be married in a few weeks and h
decided on a beauuful stone with a
solid gold mounting valued at 145.00
and ordered that the stone be sent
by express C. 0. D. to his friend W. E.
Marsh at Mynaid. This the jeweler
agreed to, and the ring was expressed
to that address the following day.
The next day McMichael, slightly
changed in his appearance, wearing
a small cap instead of his hat, and
with a pair of giccn glasses on, looked
'up the express agent Boyd .Porter
at Mynard, and giving the name of
his fictkicious friend, W. E. Marsh,
he asked to see the ring. It was given
to him and he started to examine
it. There was another man from My
nard in the office at the time and the
caller was closely watched. The fel
low then started out of the room to
sec it in the light, but was called back
by Porter and cold to examine it in
his presence if he wanted to look at
it at all. While McMichael alias
Marsh had the ring in his possession
he dexterously changed the ring- in
the box for one he had in his hand
and then said he didn't think he'd
care for the stone.
Leaving the fake ring with the agent
he left the office and came to Platte
mouth acain ussuming h i s
and left off his glasses, lleic he tried
to dispose of the diamond for S75 and
suspicion was aroused which latei
led to his arrest.
He is rather a small man, about
five feet four, stockily built with a
round face and short neck. He has
red hair and is smooth shaven, but
this morning he was badly in need of
a shave and his whiskers cropped out
conspicuously on his face. In a long
conversation with a News representa
tive he told of his past history. He
refused to give his address, but it is
presumed he is a native of the west,
lie states his mother is dead and his
father in a very bad condition from
a nervous trouble and the news of
his son's disgrace would have a serious
effect on him. The young fellow
claims to have worked on many rail
roads as train dispatcher and had but
recently given up his occupation.
He had made up his mind to buy
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liihiinn rmir mm inninrs nni k.
them in the small country towns
at a big profit and the seven rings
w hich he had on his person were sample
he had obtained from a jeweler Ekson
in Omaha. Two of the rings arc very
good imitations of pearls and if gen
uine would be worth two or three
hundred dollars each. The jewelers
have not positively stated whether the
rings arc imitations or not. There arc
four or five small topaz stones and
one signet ring. One of the- rings
bears the initials J. M. M. which the
man says he bought from a San Fran
cisco jeweler. Ho thought ho would
try his luck in the jewelry business
a while and if it didn t prove piofit-
able, he would go back to railroading
but is probable he will be in the broom
or shirt business for the next two years
McMichaelson grew very nervous
today and when he saw the evidence
pile up against him he saw that his
case was hopeless. Mikkclson, the
Nebraska city jeweler arrived in the
city this morning and positively identi
fied his ring and the number 301'.
corresponded to the number he held
When arraigned before Judge Archer
about ten thirty McMichael ple
lcuillv to the chareo of grand larcency
and his bond was placed at $500,
which ho made no attempt to raise
Ho will receive his sentence at the
present term of district court, as soon
as Judge Travis Mums to the city.
The man was either cleverly faking
or else very ignorant of proceeding
of law and every detail of the method
of procecdurc had to be carefully ex
plained to him.'
The number thirteen is no hoodoo
for the Lincoln club. Yesterday was
the thirteenth of the month and the
thirteenth exibition game the club
has played without a loss, but they
won it. The vistims were Omaha,
who went down for the third time be
fore the Antelopes of the capital city.
This was the result.
R II E
Lincoln i t 2
Omaha 4 9 4
The American Association started
the season yesterday with good crowds
in attendance at all the games. Fol
lowing is the result as reported:
At St Paul: R. II. E.
St. Paul 1 5 2
Milwaukee 2 11 2
Toledo 5 10 0
Indianapolis 0 3 1
Columbus 0 4 4
Louisville 0 11 0
Minneapolis 5 11 3
Kansas City 10 16 3
The arrival of Short Stop Corridon
and Fielder Shotten from St. Louis
has stcngihened the Omaha club
considerably and when First Baseman
Kane arrives on Saturday the Omaha
bunch ought to be in good shape to
open the season.
In trading Billy Davidson and Tony
Smith to Brooklyn the Chicago Cubs
have given them a chance to work,
for had they been retained by the lat
ter there was no posible chance that
they would ever have had a chance
to get into the game. By going to
Brooklyn they will probably be placed
in the regular line up and will have a
chance to show their worth. It is a
good thing for the young men.
The Cooleytcs, according to the
so called scribes who dish up the so
called base ball dope in the Kansas
capital city, are the class of the league
and they take great delight in throw
ing the harpoon into St. Joe and Lin
coln. If the Cooley bunch land in
the first division they ought to be sat
isfied, for the attendance in that dead
one will not justify anything much
better than a team which by hard
work might gain a first division po
sition in the Kansas State League.
If they keep within hailing distance of
the Lincoln representatives both in
playing and attendance at the games
they ought to be pretty well satisfied,
and as for landing the pennant, well,
they might in 1957.
A Very Good Production.
(From Thursday's Dally)
The William Grew players have
never had a better production than
"The Strange Adventures of Miss
Brown," which will be presented by
them next Friday evening at the
Parmele theater; and certainly Mr.
William Grew has never been seen to
better advantage than in the title
role. He does not merely represent
Captain Courtcnay (Miss Broan)
he is the character.
The balance of the company arc
splendidly cast and Miss Petes is a
revelation as the irresistablc irrepres
sible lady love.
If you would fairly revel in mirth
and laughter, see "The Strange Ad
ventures of Miss Brown," as presented
Friday evening by this high class
Planted Corn Yesterday.
Yesterday was about the first of
the season's corn, planting of which
we have heard and the work was done
on the farm of W. T. Adams south of
the city. He is also placing more of
this coming crop in the ground today.
Tomorrow Mr. Adams and his son
Maxwell, who is farming the Stephen
Wiles Sr., place south of town, will
leave for Shenandoah, Iowa where
they will make the purchase of a qua
tity of feed corn for the rest of this
year's planting. The variety they arc
going to seeure is known as "Old Gold"
a yellow corn which is claimed to be
very productive in this soil and of
an exxcellent quality.
Mr. and Mrs. W.A.Tulene departed
on the eight fifteen train today for
Liberty for a short visit with her
sister Mrs. J. W. Barnard.
Mrs. W. E. Rosenerans and sister
Mrs. Frank Seaehrist and Clayton
Rosenerans took the early Burlington
for Omaha today. Mrs. Seaehrist
is a resident of Denver and has been
visiting for the past week with her
sister in this city. She will leave Om
aha this evening for her home.
DR. COOK TOLD
No Records Found by Expedition
Which Landed on Mount Mo
Indication Point to the Fact That the Doctor Never
Made Trip as Represented.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska, April 13
Thc Fairbanks Mount McKinley ex
pedition that reached the summit
of the peak started to follow the route
Dr. Cook said he took, and was obliged
to abandon it as impassable. Thomas
Lloyd, leader, declared no traces of
Cooks camps were found.
Lloyd placed his crude notes of
the journey in the hands of a com
mittee of the Order of Pioneers of
Alaska, who will arrange for the pub
lication of the story. The party took
photographs of the summit nnd of
points along the trail. They also
established the trail so well that it can
be followed by other parties next sum
mer. On one stretch of trail eight miles
long, the explorers worked two weeks.
On one of the peaks a flagstaff fourteen
feet tall was erected, firmly buttressed
by rocks. The work done by the
Fairbanks men can be easily verified.
An aneroit measurement taken by
the men places the height of the moun
tain at 20,500 feet.
Ten men were in the party that left
Fairbanks with dog trains in Decem
ber. It is the theory of the leaders
that the ascent would be less danger
ous in early spring than later when
the snow begins to melt. This theory
was confirmed by the experience of
The expedition on reaching the
base of the mountain went into
camp, waited for better weather,
and planned the ascent. All were
familiar with the great mountain, and
its habits. None of the men has scien
tific education and they took no
special apparatus except cameras and
a barometer. They were equipped for
prospecting and traveled as light as
possible and with the food supply of
the alaska miner.
When the ascent was begun, the
first camp was made at the line of the
willows, the second at 2,900 feet;
the third at 10,000 and the fourth at
To the City Council.
Why does not the city couucil sec
to it that a hydrant is placed at the
disposal of the city somewhere in the
center of Main street then the street
sprinkler could take a supply of water
going and coming. Under the present
system of doing business the wagon
takes on a load at or near the A. O. U.
W. hall, makes the trip east to the de
pot and then returns empty to the
starting point. In the meantime the
street dries up and the trip cast might
never have been made. Then again,
why not go to Omaha and purchase
one of the discarded street sweepers, if
a new one is out of the question, and
clean up the streets at night. Gentle
men, of the council, you were not elec
ted for ornamental purposes. The
people of Plattsniouth demand that
you get busy and do something to
show that you arc alive to the dis
graceful conditions existing, or resign
and let men take your place who arc
not afarid to spend a dollar or two
in making necessary improvements.
He Makes Clothes.
Frank McElroy, t lie French tailor
from the Emerald Isle, makes clothes.
He makes good clothes and he makes
the clothes to fit the man. His clothes
are made in style and they do not
cost nny more than they should.
Fratikhas been doing business in PlattsJ
mouth for many years and should
receive the encouragement to which
his excellence entitles him. Try him
with an order for a tailor made suit
and you will never be sorry.
16,000 and from this camp the dash to
the top was made. Four dogs went
to the third camp, and one to the
fourth. Snow shoes were used most
of the way and much time was con
sumed in carrying supplies to the
fourth camp, travel over the steep
ice compelling light loads and sever
al trips. In several places crevasses
were crossed on bridges of poles
brought from the timbered slopes
The party did not set out to disap
prove Dr. Cook's story, but to climb
the mountain. It found the summits
utterly unlike those pictured in the
Cook book. On the rock peak, it
left an American flag six by twelve
feet attached to the 14 foot staff.
The flag was visible for a long dis
tance on the north side of the moun
tain. The view from the summit was ob
scured by clouds at the lower levels.
The building of the monument or
buttress about the flagstaff was difficult
because of the rarilied atmosphere.
The snow was generally firm and
the crevasses filled with snow and
easy to cross except in few instances.
Later in the season avalanches and
treacherous crevasses must be guarded
The Explorers discovered a mag
nificent unnamed peak 16,000 feet
high, and also a new pass through the
mountain range which shortens the
distance to the coast seventy-five
miles. The pass is flanked by majestic
Daniel Patterson, W. R. Taylor and
Charles McGonnigle remained at Kat
ishna and only Lloyd came in. The
pioneers committee took steps to veri
fy Lloyd's own story before stamping
it as genuine, and even now are dis
inclined to surrender his notes, al
though satisfied that they amply
prove the story. The return of Lloyd
from the mountain in nine days was
due to the excellent trail made by the
party Slate Journal.
Took Two More to the Pen.
Sheriff Quinton started for Lincoln
this morning with the two Weeping
Water store breakers, Lynch and Har
rison. The men were very defiant and
told the people around the jail that
the sheriff would never land them
in the pen. When the officer put
the hand cuffs on them this morning,
Harrison tried a little stunt of doubling
his hand up so the cuff would not fit
tight to his wrist. However the trick
was noticed by Quinton and before
they were taken from the jail, the
bracelet was tightened snugly against
his wrist. They were fastened to
each other and at the depot made
no false move, toward escape. The
men each have a sentence of two years
for breaking into the store of Boone
& Davis at Weeping Water last mouth.
Moving Picture Theater.
Plattsniouth is to have a new theater
and it is to be of the moving picture
variety. 11. M. Shines of Tekaniah
I was in ihe city and completed arrange
ments for the new play house. lie has
rented the Leonard building on Main
street, formerly occupied by the Wulk-
er moving picture company and he is
now negotiating for the Walker en
live fixtures. The new proprietor
purchased the picture machine now at
the Parmele theater and will install it
in his building. The place according
to the present plans will be open for
business about May 1st.
Mr. Shlaes is now operating a theater
at Tekamnh which he will continue
to run with the addition of the one in
this city. He is an old hand at the
business and is promising the people
here a good ten cent show.
I From Thursday's Dally)
Harry Rice was among the Platts
niouth callers at the metropolis to
day. Earl Barclay went up on Xo. 15
this morning for a days stay in Om
aha. Mrs. C. Hammer boarded a north
beund Burlington this morning for
a trip to Omaha.
Mrs. J. A. Murray bought a ticket
reading for Omaha this morning where
she spent the day.
II. G. Vanllom was a morning
traveler to the Gate City today where
he will remain for a few days.
Mrs. J. A. Silence and Mrs. M. M.
Curtiss left this morning for a brief
visit at Havelock wirh their friends.
Thomas Joico and wife went to
Belle view yesterday afternoon to make
a short visit with their daughter,
Miss Erna and Adella Seydlatz
were among the days callers in the
metropolis, going up on an early morn
Frank McElroy and Joseph Grady
went up to Omaha this morning to
sec about some matters in their
Mr. nnd Mrs. A. S. Will were morn
ing travelers to Lincoln where they
w ill visit at the home of their daughter
Mrs. W. W. Windham.
Fred Denson left this afternoon to
attend the wedding of Charles Osborn
a former Plattsniouth boy, that will
take place this evening at Council
Mrs. Jack Ewing of Hopkins, Mo.,
returned to her home this morning
after making a visit of a few weeks du
ration with her mother Mrs. Claus
Speck of this city.
The absence of the water wagon
from the business streets was a source
of great distress to those who were
forced to be out in the dirt blizzard
that the wind kicked up all day.
Harry DeLong, a Burlington fireman
accompanied by his wife are in the city
visiting with their friends having come
up from their home at Lincoln on
No 92 today.
Gus Carlson went to Lincoln on the
eight fifteen train today. At that
place he will join a pile driving crew
of the Burlington who arc doing some
work m the vicinity of Lincoln.
Mrs. F. E. Denson and son went
up to Council Bluffs this morning
with Mrs. A. E. Ausborn, Mrs.
Denson'8 mother. Mrs. Ausborn is
moving from her former home in
the Bluffs to Cripple Creek.
Mrs. John Aid of Louisville accom
panied by Henry Born, who has been
a guest at the Born place west of town
for some time, left on the Burlington
train this morning for Lincoln where
she will visit her husband. Mr. Ahl
is confined in a sanitarium in that city.
A petition to quiet title was filed with
Clerk of the District Court Robertson
today by George M. Porter to clear
the title on two lots in this city. The
defendants in the civil case are Solo
mon Borbec et al, and the case will
be brought up at the next session of
Miss Jo and Clara Karstens of Ne
braska City left this morning for Om
aha after being in the city for several
days as the guests of Miss Amelia
Martens. Miss Clara Karstens is
planning a trip to the old country
which she expects to start on next
The evangelist meetings at the First
Methodist church are continuing this
week and large crowds are turning
out every night. The services are in
the hands of two very worthy leaders
Mr. Campbell and his son Alva who
conducts the song services, and very
pleasing crowds are in attendance
A quiet wedding took place last
evening at eight o'clock at the resi
dence of C. F. Wheeler in this city,
the services being conducted by
County Judge Beeson. The contract
ing parties were Paul E. Wheeler,
age 21, and Gunda C. Otterpohl,
age IS, both residents of Plattsniouth,
They nre planning to continue to
make their home in this city.
Charles McFirsten and wife ami
their niece Miss Ackerson of Lincoln
left this morning for a trip across the
big pond. Mr. McFirsten held a
prominent position at the court house
for a number of years and later ran
a store at Greeley. The party will
make a lengthy stay in Germany and
will make a number of visits at
important points in hn, old country.
m nudaiHN atnr.
Ha Bought Hit Libert With a Barral
of Crimtan Oystsra.
One of the principal banking
houses of St. Petersburg is said to
have been founded by a man who
for a great part of hia life waa a
serf. Even in hia condition of serf
dom he was a wealthy banker and,
aa may readily be imagined, mado
many attempts to procuro hia free
dom. The story goes that ho of
fered 1,000,000 rubles for hia lib
erty, but that his master, Count
Sheremeticff, proud of possessing
such a serf, refused to liberate him.
Tho liberation was, however,
finally procured and at much low
er prico than that mentioned. Tho
story is a pretty one:
This serf, by name Shalounino,
returned ono day from Odessa to
St. Petersburg and, as in duty
bound, repaired to tho Sheremetieft
palace, there to report himself.
With him ho had brought, as a gift
to the count, a small barrel of
choice Crimean oysters. This ha
left outside till ho should receivo
an intimation that tho offering
would be acceptable to Shere
meticff. Now, it so chanced that ho found
his master surrounded by a larga
number of guests who had been
bidden to breakfast Tho count
was engaged in berating his butler
for negligence to provide oysters
for tho breakfast. Tho butler con
tended that there were no oysters
in tho market.
It was at this juncture that tho
count caught sight of hia banker
"So," he angrily exclaimed, "you,
too, are to annoy me I And with
your pestering appeal for libera
tion I Let mo tell you that your er
rand will provo a fruitless one
But stay I I'll release you on ono
condition and one only that you
get mo some oysters for break
Shalounino bowed low and left
tho room. When ho returned ho
laid tho barrel of oysters at hia
Whereupon tho count, true to
hia word, called for pen and paper
and instantly wroto out a declara
tion of emancipation making tho
serf a free man. Then the former
master, with a most gracious air,
"And now, my dear Shalounine,
will you be so good as to favor us
with your company at breakfast?"
A llniqua Voluma.
What is perhaps tho most curious
book in tho world is possessed by
the Prince do Ligne. This work is
neither printed nor in manuscript,
the text being formed of letters cut
in vellum and pasted on blue paper.
Notwithstanding this extraordinary
method of presenting the text tho
book is as easy of perusal aa if
printed in tho boldest type. All tho
characters shown are cut with mar
velous dexterity and precision.
This unique volume bears tho
title "The Book of All Passions of
Our Lord Jesus Christ, With Char
acters Not Composed of Any Ma
It is eaid that Rudolph II., tho
Roman emperor, offered no lesa
than 11,000 ducats for this wonder
ful product of the bookmaker's art,
but the offer was refused.
A curious feature of tho history
of this book is that while tho Eng
lish arms are inscribed on its cover
it ia confidently held that the vol
ume has never been in England.
New York Times.
A Gentle Complaint.
Two men, next door neighbors,
each had a pet diversion. Chickens
waa the hobby of one; that of tho
other, flowers. Becauso of the dev
astating instincts of the unrestrain
ed fowls the flowers did not flour
ish. The gardener, however, valued
his neighbor's friendship more than
he did the flowers and mado no re
monstrance. The poultry farmer
ono evening visited hia neighbor
and by way of introduction made a
complimentary remark about tho
garden. "What a beautiful bed of
flowers you have here!" ho said
"Yes," added tho gardener de
jectedly, "but it just keeps me
a-sweating to keep it from becoming
I feather bed."
' Might Always Wear It.
"John, do you recognize this
"No; I can't say that I do. It
looks rather dilapidated."
"Yes. I have been keeping it as
a dear memento. I was wearing it
when you and I first met. That was
eleven years ugo."
"I hope you'll keep it always. It ;
ought to convince you that you
must have been mighty good look
ing once, seeing that even with that
thing on your head you caused mo
to fall in love with you." Chicago
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