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Quantity of Dress Goods,
Overalls, etc., Found
MEN WHO REPORT FIND
TO POLICE DISAPPEAR
Authorities Investigate Story and
Locate Goods In Ravine
(From Thursday's Dally)
The sheriff and chief of police have
got a case today that would give a
Scotland Yard's man the willies to
unravel. They have located, and
now have under lock and key, a big
stock of dry goods, a largo enough as
sortment to start up a dry goods store
assortment to start lip a depatrment
store. The owners of the stuff cannot
be found and the parties who made the
haul have not been apprehended.
Early this morning Fred Blunt, gen
erally known as "Dump" met Chief
of Police Raincy and told him that he
and Sampson Karnes had found a
bunch of dry goods in a ravine near the
Missouri Pacific bridge over the Platte.
He said he and his pal were hitting
the ties out that way a day or two ago
to apply for a-job on the bridge gang
which is at work on the Platte river,
when they accidentally noticed a few
pieces of cloth under some bushes
which grew along a small ravine not
far from the big bridge. They investi
gated and found the pile of dry goods
, part of which Blunt took to the resi
lience ol ins hrothor Jesse, in tne soutn
part of the city. lie said he had in-
tenucei xo get a rig in oreier 10 nring
the rest of the stuff in and turn it
over to the authorities but they had
not seem to be able to get a team.
This was the story given to Chief
Raincy this morning by Blunt who ex
plained he was on his way to see
the Deputy Sheriff. He proceeded
to Manspeaker's livery barn, told him
the yarn, and turned over the key
of the houdc where a portion of the
goods were stored. After doing this
he walked down Main street and seem
ed to drop out of sight.
The sheriff and police secured rigs
and hurried to the ravine which Blunt
had described and found the goods.
Piling these into their wagon box they
went to the house where the goods were
said to be stored and there they found
a large trunk and sample case crammed
with ties, skirts and many other articles
of wearing apparel. After placing
the goods in the court house, the search
began in earnest for the two men who
seemed to know so much about the
stuff. Other officers had been watch
ing the trains and scouting around
the men's favorite loafing places
while the sheriffs were hunting up the
goods, but not a trace of their men
could be found and up to the News
press time today the whereabouts of
t!ie two men had not been unearthed.
It is thought they made their getaway
on No. G or one of the early trains
Although there is nothing at pres
ent to convict the men of the theft
of the goods, their actions have been
very peculiar and it seemed suspi
cious for the pair to make such a hasty
departure from the city this morning.
Next door to the Blunt residence
""".ands an old empty house which has
been the scene of considerable activity
lately during the hours of darkness.
The sound of hammers and saws
has been heard coming from the
place and it is now thought by some
to have been the headquarters for a
gang who were engaged at some
such business at night.
The goods evidently have not been
stolen from any local store, for the
great quantity would certainly have
been missed . by the store keeper.
It is thought they were thrown out
of a freight car on the Missouri
Pacific tracks. The stuff consists
of quite a medley including three or
four rolls of cloth, a bundle of overalls,
neckties, corsets, black skirts and
other small articles of dress goods.
There have been no thefts from neigh
boring towns reported to the local
authorities and it presents to them
quite a puzzling case.
This office has several broken reams
of high grade linen paper, for letter
heads, etc., that we wish to dispose of
and as an inducement will offer the
best grade linen letterheads for $3.15
per thousand. Now is your chance
to lay in a supply at this figure this
t,tvk sells the world over at $1.50 per
yfiousand. Most any color you de
sire. Envelopes to match at the
FRESHMAN CLASS PARTY
AT JOHN ALBERT'S HOME
Young High School Pupils Have
Enjoyable Time at Comet
Party Last Night.
The Freshman class of the High
school had their first annual class
party last evening at the home of
John Albert on Pearly street. Nearly
every member of the large class was
present and the affair was very success
fully pulled off without any Interfer
ence of the upper class men. The
High school faculty and Mrs. Gamble
were among the invited guests. The
evening was pleasantly wl.iled away
with guessing games, a short program
and star gazing for the comet tail.
In the latter they were not very well
rewarded for there was not a sign of
the comet visible so the program and
refreshments were the most enjoyable
parts of the evening. The program
consisted of several numbers by dif
ferent members of the class and faculty
and was as follows:
Waldameir Socnnichscn ....
Piano solo May Barker
Pleading Miss Johnston. .
Piano selection Mary Albert
Vocal solo Ferris York
Address Prineipla Harrison
Address. . . .Superintendent (Jumble.
At about eleven o'clock a luncheon
was served consisting of sandwiches
pickles, chocolate, fruit, etc. It was
at a late hour w hen the merry makers
adjourned, and the affair was voted
a grand success even if the comet did
Published by Request.
Editor Ncwsrj May Kith, 1910.
The enclosed letter was offered to
the Journal for the purpose of correct
ing the erroneous statement made in
that paper in its issue of the 17th,
and they re-fuse to give it space. Will
you kindly print same and oblige.
Plattsniouth, Neb., May ISth, 0000.
Mr. II. A. Bates,
Plattsmouth Journal, City.
The Journal last evening stated
that, in the matter of remonstrance
against granting a permit to Gcring
& Company, that I was Vyingto saddle
the cost of the transcript of testimony
on the city. I desire to state that this
statement is not true. I wish to say
that we are reaely to pay the costs
of the transcript w henever same is
reaely, and I so advised the Court
yesterday upon the hearing of our mo
tion, and to say that we are trying to
put the city to such expense is unfair.
I trust you will be fair and correct
J. M. Leyda.
The regular meeting of the commer
cial club will be postponed from to
night until tomorrow, Friday night,
May 20th at S o'clock. This change
is made cn account of the High school
entertainment at the Pannele tonight.
It is desired that there be a full at
tendance at the meeting. Rrportsfrom
Messrs. Tiehl and Patterson, the Club
delegates to the State Convention will
be listened to, ami the matter of cele
rating the Fourth will be brought up
for actien, and every one who is in
terested in this matter should have a
part in the discussion.
Reports of interest will be given by
committees appointed at the last meet
ing. J. P. Falter, Pres.
E. H. Wescott, Secy.
Ribs Were Broken.
Oscar Green., the laborer hurt
yesterday afternoon in the Bur
lington lumber yards, is resting easy
this morning at his home at Seventh
and Silver streets. He was standing
on a pile of lumber in the drying room
stacking another pile of boards, when
the lumber he was using as a footing
turned over with him, throwing him
heavily against the sharp edges of
another pile. The full force of the im
pact caught the man on the right side
of the back and when examined at
the company's office, it was found the
two lower ribs on the right side were
broken. It is not thought any internal
injuries were sustained and a speedy
recovery is looked for.
Exercises for the installation of
the new minister, Rev. Mr. Lou Wal
lace Gade, were held at the Presby
terian church last evening, the services
being in charge of Rev. Mr. Perry of
Nebraska City. A very impressive
sermon was delivered by Rev. Mr. Per
ry, following which the charges to
the pastor ami congregation were
made, Rev. Dr. Sexton giving the for
mer and Rev. M. Salsbury, the latter.
A beautiful anthem was rendered by
the full choir. A large congregation
was in attendance which remained
after the services to become better
acquinted with the new pastor and
COMET IS SPEEDING
AWAY, EARTH SAFE
No Remarkable Action Accompanies
Encounter With Tail.
LARGE SUN SPOTS AND
Comet Will Be Visible Friday
Tail Extending Straight From Horizon.
(From Thursday's Dally)
Halleys comet has come, it has naid
it's call ami is now hurrying away
from us at the rate of 40 miles a second
and in such a hurry was the visitor
that it didn't stop to pay the proper
respects to the hundreds of astrono
mers who had there telescopes trained
on the heavens praying for some note
worthy phenomena. The passage of
the earth through the comet's tail,
for the first time in history, could not
be noticed by the nak' d nyr'Vnd thore
were bvc fev; astron; mers .vho saw
anytl ing sti-.it lifg. I ig sp ,s on the
sun and a brilliant display oi il.e. i.r
thtin lights were about the only un
usual things that were observed and
the scientists think the spots en Old
Sol had no relation to the comet.
The superstitious people in the land
who worked for weeks constructing
caves and storing up provisions had
their hard work for nothing1. The
many hours they spent in planning
what they would do when the deadly
cyanogen gas struck the earth, were
foolishly lost for there has not bee n a
soul injured by the caller and it is
now hurrying away from us as fast
as it can. There were hardly two as
tronomers in the country that formed
the same opinion as to what the re
sults would be and there were but
very few who foretold the result of the
passage as th"y turned out. There w as
no shower of meteors, r.o poisonous
gasses, i ,r any inte rn) tions in the
tclegrail win s.Tl.chuiidrub. ' people
in Plat1 mouth who sp.t up to icw
the plh-'omena ur.il !o;g pnsi !..id
night, a who rose in the miiieiie of
the niglii lo see what capers the comet
was cutting, wire badly disappointed.
A little aftT two there wes a faint
streak in t!.e western sly but it was
impossib!.- U tell wrul.ir it was a
part of tiie m:.t tail tr a blur in the
eye of theea ly r'aer.
The earth v.as estimated to hnvp
encountered about 50,000,000,000, cu
bic miles of comet tail, which contained
one molecule of solid or gase-ous mat
ter to each cubic yard, or in other
words, the section of the tail which the
earth encountered was estimated to
weigh one half of an ounce, an awful
small amount to put thousands of
peetple in the world on the verge of ner
vous prostration. An ounce of gas
stirred up with 50,000,000,000 cubic
miles of space ought to make a mix
ture, weaker than a cup of hotel cof
fee. None of the eastern observatories
had anything of note to repeirt either
during the day or the nicht. At
Chicago and at Williams Bay, Wis.,
where is the great ierkes telescope
the conditions for observations seemed
the best and the astronomers there
seemed to believe that the negative
as well as the positive results of their
examination would be of lasting value.
While the performance took a little
more than five hours, astronomers
differed as to the exact time the earth
began to pass through the comet's
tail but the general opinion averages
a moment between 10 and 1 1 o'clock
last night. The sppeed of the earth . .
and the tail of the comet was estimated
at slightly more than forty six miles
a second and the breadth of the tail
at about 1,000,0( 0 miles.
Friday the comet will become visible
again, headed away from us with the
tail sticking straight up out out of the
western sky a little above the spot
where the sun sinks. There will then
be no light from the rising sun to dim
the ghry of the spectacle and it is
likely to be far more majestic than
in the stages ef its approach. At the
end of a month, good bye for another
seventy five vears.
YERKES OBSERVATORY, WIL
LIAMS BAY, Wis., May 18-Unusunl
displays of aurora lights at 9:30 o'clock
tonight are said by Prof. Mitchell of
New York, who is here to obeserve
AURORA LIGHTS SEEN
Night in Western Sky With
the passage of Halley's comet, to be
the direct result of the comet. This
was the most important olwctvation
made thus far.
Despite a spectacular display of
aurora lights moved across the bky
from ehst to we'st, Prof. Frost, in charge
of theobservutory, and Prof. Mitchell
of New York do not connect the phe
nomena elirectly with the comet. The
aurora lights tonight followed the ob
servation of three huge sun spots late
ST. LOUS, May IS Thirty sun
spots one etf which was estimated to
be 150,000 miles in diameter, were
seen by l ather S. Brennun, nstremcmor
at Kenriek seminary, this afternoon.
I The spots, according to Father Brennan
indicate violent solar eruptions.
I "The spots on the sun," said Father
j Brennan, "were in three groups.
I saw them at two thirty o'clock.
Twenty-six spots were in one, three
in another and one in the other
group. It was the lone spot that was
The biggest sun spot ever recorded
was seen by Capt. Davis in August
1S4S. It was ISO.OOO miles in diame ter
The one I saw today was the largest
I have ever se-en. I witnessed just be
fore and just after it was breaking.
Near the bottom appeared a large rent
as if the photosphere was torn.
"The spots had no connection w ith
the comet because of the 80,000,000
mile's the oomet is from the sun. The
sejlar disturbances I believe w ill occur
for several days. The spots at tjiis
time are quite unusual, but no uneasi
ness ne'cd by felt. They are caused by
internal disturbances in the sun. The
spots, which were seen by Prof. See
at Mare Island this afternoon and
which he said were roughly joined,
I believe to be parts of the largest
spot I saw in the afternoon."
PRINCETON, N. J., May 19 At
3 o'clock this morning Dr. He nry Rus
sell, professor of astronomy at Prince
ton University, declared that, contrary
to general predictions, the earth has
not yet passed through the tail of
Halley's comet. He said that towards
the east a distinct streak of light was
visible, very much similiar to the
Milky Way. He declared that the
reason why the earth had not reached
the comet's tail is that the tail is car
ried away from the earth, and although
the head of the comet has crossed the
sun's disc by four hour's the tail will
probably not reach the earth until
later in the morning.
EN EVA, N. Y., May 1-Excellent
observations of Halley's comet
were taken by Professor William R.
Brooks, director of Smith observatory,
who reported the comets tail stretch :-
ing out, in a broad band across the
heavens to a length of more than forty
five degrees. The nucleus, Professor
Brooks said, was' very bright, being
easily visible with the naked eye long
after all the stars, except Venus, had
Dr. Brooks said that the comet,
viewed through the telescope, showed
the same remarkable changes in fe)rm
that were noted three days ago.
Its shape was that of a pointed crcscnt
with the nucleus on the extreme front
and much larger than noted at any
It's a Boy.
baby son arrived yestcrilay
at the home of Clarence
1 although he is not blessed
head of 1
of it and
teeth and has a very scanty
lair, he is making the best
has made up his mind to
keeps. Mr. Forbes is an
of the Burlington paint
Can You Tell Us.
How many national legal holidays
there are in the year.
(From Thursday's Dally)
R. M. Shlaes of the Majestic Theater
is in Omaha today on a business mis
Walter White was an Omiihn t
eler on one eif the late morning trains
I Philip Beeker of Eight Mile Grove
jis in the city today attending to
; some husmcss matters.
T. O. Wilson was anionir the morn
ing travelers to the state metropolis
totlay going up on .No. 15 on the Bur
Dr. E. W. Cook returned this mom-
mg from Lincoln where he had 1
to attend the Modern Woodmen rallv
Rev. Dr. Sexton of Lincoln who took
part in the services at the Presbvter-
ian church last evening, returned to
his home this morning.
S. O. and Roy O. Cole of Mynrad
were in town a short while this morning
on their way to Omaha where they will
remain a few days.
Miss Mable Miller of Omaha arrived
in the city this morning for a few days
visit with Miss Raehael Livingston
and incidentally to see the class play
We have 20,000 letter heads on hand
and will furnish the in to vnn nrlntcil
for $2.75 per 1000. This stock is the
BUST flat writimr that can be hoiiirlit
heavy or light weight, They won't
last long at this price, as they generally
sell for 54.00. Get your oreler in early.
Mrs. Stewart and elauuhter Lucile
of Red Oak, la., are in town for a few
days visiting at the home of Mrs. W.
Cliff Wescott and Rev. Austin n re
in Wee ping Water attending a meet
ing of the executive committee of the
Cass County Sunday School associa
Earl Mayfield eif the Louisville
Courier, was in town today and made
a call at the News office while enroute
to Omaha to take in the big Woodmen
The second issue of the Relicious
Field Glass is out today, having on the
cover a picture of C. C. Wescott,
vice president of the Cass County
Mrs. J. E. Shooley of Bartlett. Ia..
left this morning for her home after
being in the city since last Memdav
visiting at the home of her mother
Mrs. S. O. Newland.
Mrs. Mac Morgan, Miss Lucile
Stewart and E. II. Wesoott were in
Omaha last evening to attend the con
cert given at the Brandeis by the Min
neapolis Symphony Orche-stra.
James Craig of Burwell, Nebraska
left this morning for his home after
being in the city for a few days with
his father who departed ye-sterday
morning. They had taken a carload
of stock to the marke t ut South Omaha
and had stopped here for a short stay
on their way home.
Tomorrow evening the Nebraska
chapter No. 3, Royal Arch Masons
will have initiation and hold a big
banquet at their lodge rooms, the
spread tohc furnished by the ladies
of the St. Mary's Guild.
Mrs. W. J, Richardson and Mrs.
J. S. Davis who live a few miles south
of town were in the city this morning
on their way to Omaha where they ex
pected to make a short visit with
G. J. Baker the Plattsniouth man
convicted of bigamy by the district
court, was brought to the city yester
day afternoon from the penitentiary
by Sheriff Quinton and this morning
had his bond fixed by Judge Travis
at $300, which will be raised by either
his mother or brother.
I This office just received a fine line
of wedding stationery at a price where
by we can print them up for you
at a figure surprisingly low. Our
work in this line is up to the minute
and if you are even thinking of get
ting married come in and look this
matter over it alone is quite an in
To Marry at Elmwood.
Marriage license was issued this
morning at the county judge's office
for A. Max Fisher age 3!) eif Omaha
and Lillian Bogcnrie f age 27 ef Elm
wood. Mr. Fisher took the morning
Missouri Pacific for Elmwood where
the marriage was to be performed this
afternoon. The bride is a daughter
of Davisd Bogenriif, an Elmwood
resident. The newly weds will leave
in a few days for Colorado Springs
where they will make their home for
the summer. The groom is an actor
playing at one of the theaters in the
Colorado town during the summer
One Hundred Killed and
More Than That Num
DEAD INCLUDE OFFICERS
RURAL GUARDS AND OTHERS
Three Thousand Pounds of Dyna
mite are Eiplodcd In the
City ol PInar del Rio.
HAVANA, Cuba, May 10 Two
almost simultaneous explosions of
dynamite, supposed to consist of 3,000
pounds, completely demolished 'the
rural guard barracks in the city of
Pinar elel Rio this afternoon. Fully
a hundred persons were killed and as
Most of the dead were rural guards
but the entire families of several of
the officers of the rural guarels, it is
reported were killed, as were also sev
eral employees of the public works
department and residents nf
on which fell a dcluire of iimsnnrv n,i
debris from the blown up bui'ding.
ii tn inn Minwn yn whether the cx
plosion was the result of ncci,
was due to an act of conspirators
but the former hypothesis is considered
the most probable. Several relief
trains carrying surgeons, officers and
government officials started this
afternoon from Havana to the scene
of the catastrophe, 108 miles nu-nv
Captain Alfredo Ravenii and Cap
tain Gaspar Betancourt of the gar
risem and their families are reported
to be buried in the ruins.
The barracks was a massive build
ing of Spanish construction and oc
cupied an eminence in the outskirts
of the city to the north. During the
late intervention it was the headquar
ters of Colonel Parker's regiment,
the Eleventh cavalry. '
In consequence of the alarm over
race disturbances the government
ordered all dynamite in the vicinity
in the possession of contractors for
road construction and other public
works to be removed to the barracks
for safe keeping. This afternoon the
work of removing the dynamite from
the barracks for shipment to Havana
was begun by the employees of the.
public works department assisted bv
They were engaged in loading cases
of the dynamite on wagons when the
exiileisiems occurnd. strcwine the cen
tral ceiurt in which the work was going,
on with dead and wounded.
The weirk i;f cxhuminir the dead and
searching for those who still may bo
alive is going on tonight but is greatly
retarded by the destruction of the
electric light wires and the fear that
a quantity of unexplodcel dynamite.
remains m the ruins.
High School Play Tonight.
Tonight is the time that many of
the students of the High school have
been looking forward to feir months,,
it is the evening of the High school
play, "Cupid at Vassar" which is to
be given by a large caste of Seniors.
Every seat in the house has boon
sold and the "Standing Room only''
sign will be hung out when the eloors
of the Parme le Theater are opened this
evening. The young actors are spend
ing the day in light rehearsal but every
member has his part thoroughly in
hand. The scene is set in and around
the famous girl's schorl, Vassar,
whe re the heroine is attcneling as a
Senior. The comedy part of the pro
duct iem is carried by a negro servant
at the home of the heroine who later
holels down a job at the girl's school.
Miss Lucile Gass and George Dovcy
carry the leading parts in the play.
Stags Had a Smoker.
The young men's society of German
Turners held forth at a stag party
last eve ning give n at their hall in order
that they might be able to witness
the comet eloin's in the n y hours
of the morning. Their aflair was in
the form of an informal smoker,
at which about twenty of the members
were present. Long before the comet
was due, the atmosphere of the room
became so filled with eiirar smoke
that it appeared like a London fog and
the comet could not have been ob
served if it had been bumping on the
outside of the window. Different
members of the oreler gave short talks
and toasts. Ice cream and cake were
served, the ben-s ndiournin at n. Into
hour of the night, after spending a
very pleasant evening.
R. B. Windham returned this morn
ing from Lincoln where he Lad been on
a business trip.
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