The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, September 26, 1907, Image 1

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Like a little tot with his first pair of
trousers on, which, when he looks at
himself, thinks that he is really a man,
and in truth we can hardly blame him,
for this is getting ahout as near the
estate as he will he for many a year, is
like the little village of Havelock, an
annex to Lincoln, which assumes airs
of a city. The State Journal of this
morning says they are to have the
coach shops removed from Plattsmouth
to the outlying districts of Lincoln.
They say that the coach shops at this
point is in a state of ruin at the present
time. True the paint department of
the coach shop, consisting of two stalls
of the building, was injured by the
flood of July, but Mayor Iering
and W. V. Coates, in conversation with
G. W. Iloldrege, general manager of
the Burlington lines west, said tothem:
"That the damage done the building
would be repaired in a very short time,
and that the shops would be maintained
here. That it was necessary for more
room for the engine work, and that
there would be more of that character
of work done at Havelock than here-to-fore.
The facilities for the proper care
for this kind of work is needed there,
or it surely would not be necessary for
any particular work to be sent to
Plattsmouth to be done from the shops
at Havelock. That the unloading of a
few car loads of ties or other material
at Haveleck, should cause the removal
of the shops from this place is sheer
nonsense, but the credit whi?h some
people give to irresponsible utterances,
causes them to have lack of faith in
the town in which they are making
their home und investing their time
and money. We have heard a story
tokl of a donkey who, on being placed
midway between two piles of hay starv
ed to death because he could not arrive i
at a conclusion of which was the closer
of the two. So it is with peonle, many
a time suffer because of a failure
to arrive at a conclusion when they
should never have waited a moment,
but have spent the time, money and
energy which was wasted in waiting
-and bickering with a useless question.
Now we have had the question of tak
ing care of an excess of surface water
before us for a number of years, and
while it has cost thousands of dollars !
to our merchants, and many other of
our citizens, we have, when the loss
came, felt that something must be done,
but after a lapse of time allowed the
same conditions to prevail as were be
fore. Many schemes have been dis
cussed for the care of this excess storm
water, and the discussion is of no avail J we are not as yet ready to admit such a
unless we act. Shall we do it? j charge against him.
Outside towns are watching and ever j In the first case before Judge Archer
ready to use our lethergy and in action j yesterday was that of the State vs.
as a leverage to pry loose the Burling- I Henry Burroughs, wherein the prosecut
ion shops at this place. Many lay ing. witness, Clyde Jones, admitted that
great stress upon the industry here, i hewas paid by the day for his work as
and still do nothing. j a -spotter," that he received $3.00 per
In conversation with one of our prin- day anil that he had worked in that ca
cipal merchants this morning, ( Robt. i pacity five days. When he was asked
Sherwood & Son) they said that they i by Matthew tiering, the attorney for
were ready -and waiting to make some the defense, who paid him for his work,
extensive improvements on their store jhe said Mr. Rawls had paid him $15.00.
building, which they occupy for their After the dismissal of the case against
business, but they are awaiting the de- j Burroughs, the cases against four other
cision of the matter of lowering the : parties, were upon motion of the county
streets to care for the flood waters. attorney, also dismissed.
The estimate placed upon thedepessing j There were originally sixteen cases in
of the center of the streets to carry j all, several of which will come up today
the excess fiood waters has been placed j for trial, but as to their disposal will be
at a figure less than ?12.000, while the j made known later.
loss at the last flood by the merchants
exceeded that amount twice and prob
ably thrice, for the one storm. Taking
the storms which have occasioned losses
during the last ten years, the caring
for the waters would not amount to a
tithe of the losses. We still remain in
the position from attacks without for
the acquiring of the industries we have
and from losses to ourselves every day
we delay putting into execution some
plan to amply care for the waters
which occasionally come our way.
We are at the parting of the ways.
Are we going to do something or are
we going to dally with the question,
and allow ourselves be made the target
of the designing towns all over the
state in a conflict to retain what indus
tries we have and give them a double
advantage in the contest for the indus- i the exception of one. who plead guilty.
tries which we might obtain if we would j - -
only wake up and get a proper move ; Qasg fQr RawS-
on ourselves? Let all sectional bicker- j
ings and party jealousies be thrown to ! Our friend, Joseph Martindale, figur
the wind, and let us unite for the wel- j ed in another pitched battle at the
fare of the city and ourselves: get a j boarding house in East Nehawka last
progressive rustle on ourselves and j Sunday. He says that two fellows
make this place one which even those I brought whiskey over and they all im
who shall compete with us in the race ! bibed liberally of the "fluid fightous."
for a better, more prosperous and bus- j and while at the table one of the fel
ier town; point with pride and satisfac- lows used bad language, to which
tion to Plattsmouth. and say with some
degree complacency, '."See what the old
town is doing going right ahead. I
lived in that town once and she is one
of the best towns in the state." We
can make this the best and the busiest
city in the land if we will, we have a
goxl. stirring city, and it is within our
power to make her better, and in the
race for supremacy, it is ours to win if
we will. Now, we put this question to
all: Shall we do it, or not?
The Anti-Treat Cases
The Journal has had very little to say
in condemning or approving the method
adopted by County Attorney Rawls, in
securing evidence in his prosecutions
under what is termed the "Anti-Treat
Law," nor is it our intention to severely
condemn him now, that he has been
"completely routed" in his efforts so far.
When he sent to this office a notice
warning those who might be caught in
the act of treating their friends after
its publication, the Journal was dispos
ed to treat the matter as a joke, laying
the notice aside without publishing it.
Hut later developments are to the effect
that he went after the boys with the de
termination to "let no guilty man es
cape," and created quite a furore in the
The citizens generally do not criticise
the County Attorney so much for his
attempt to enforce the law as they do
the manner he adopted in securing evi
dence against those who have been in
the habit of being sociable with their
friends. However, the dismissal of all
the cases brought before Judge Archer
yesterday, demonstrated that the pros
ecuting witness was not a citizen of the
best morals and was never known to re
fuse a drink when another party was
paying for it.
When Mr. Rawls got his "spotter" in
readiness and he began his "spying"
around the saloons, the warrants for ar
rests began to multiply, and those upon
whom these warrants were serve! be
gan to feel uneasy as to the result of
such prosecutions, and the movement of
Mr. Rawles has been the subject of dis-
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and it must be said, with but
little sentiment in his favor.
As stated in a previous issue of the I
Journal the law has no connection what
ever with the Slocumb measure, as
many had supposed, but is a law that
was passed by the legislature twenty
six years ago, and has remained as a
dead letter ever since, and in no section
of the state has an attempt ever been
to enfooce it. Many attorneys believ
ing at the time of its passage that it
was intended more as a joke than any-
thine, or. in other words, "for the re
lief of candidates for office. "
Many of our citizens are disposed to
believe and say that Mr. Rawls began
the enforcement of the anti-treat law
' for political effect, but from our per
j sonal acquaintanc e with the gentleman,
While Mr. Rawls may think he is do
ing his duty in enforcing a law that has
never before been enforced, and we ser
iously doubt if a case of this character
would stand good in the higher courts,
! from the fact it is taking personal rights
j from people who are disposed to be
j social, and we do not belive that
1 there is any constitution in any state
i that will permit such interference with
j a man's personal rights. And with all
due respedt to Mr. Rawls, of whom we
j have the greatest regard, both as a cit
izen and an officer, the Journal believes
he has made a great mistake in his ef
fort to enforce a law that has become
so musty with age.
The cases under the anti-treat law
which were called this afternoon were
continued over to next Tuesday, with
Martindale objected and a fight ensued.
There were several at it and but for
the friendly weapon (a beer bottle) in
Martindale's hand, he might have fared
pretty poor. However, the war was
quieted, and Monday morning Martin
dale and three others were hunting
other jobs. Nehawka Register.
A Molly-Moddle Law That is Worse
Than the Connecticut '-Blue Law."
As stated elsewhere on this page the
editor has only praise for County At
torney Rawls for the stand he has taken
regarding the ante-treat law as now de
fined on the statute books of Nebraska.
However, this. does not deter us from
"speakin' out in meetin' " what the
Courier thinks about the law. We have
all heard of the old Connecticut "Blue
laws." In those old Puritanical days
one hardlv dared wear a "biled" shirt
except on Sundays. Old women whose
haggard features betrayed the passing
of years and the decadence of youth and
beauty were burned at the stake be
cause they were witches, in the estima
tion of these honest but ignorant Pil
grim fathers and mothers.
Do the people of Nebraska know that
the enforcement of this Molly-Coddle
las as it should be enforced would neces
sitate the building of more jails than
there are school houses in the state?
Reform legislation is good, but when you
encumber the statute books of Nebras
ka with a lot of "Tommy Rot" like the
anti-treat law was we simply invite crit
icism of those people who are endowed
with gocxl common horse sense and look
upon us with pity for our lack of brain
development .
Nebraska has dropped its swaddling
clothes and steps forth in the arena as
one of the great states of the Union. It
would take a thousand special officers
and detectives to half way enforce this
law in Omaha alone and half that many
to enforce it in Cass cunty. It is be
lieved that the next legislature will
purge this nonsencial law from the sta
the books and fill in the space with bet
ter matter.
The county attorney is simply doing
his duty, as defined by the law, in this
instance, and a thing that every officer
in the state should do, in compliance
with his oath of office but the next
best thing to do is to see that the next
high school cadet who introduces such
a measure in the legislature is taken
home to his mamma and given a severe
application of the slipper. Louisville
Many Members of this City Attend
the Celebration in Omaha.
In commemoration of the fiftieth an
niversary of the establishment of the
Grand Lodge of Masons in the state of
Nebaska, today the Masons of the state
will meet at Omaha, parade, make
speeches, give toasts and eat a sumpti
ous dinner. Just fifty years ago today
there being more than three local
lodges of the Masons in the state, they
formed a grand lodge. Today, after
fifty years in which there has been more
progress made in all lines, than in any
other period of the same length in the
world's history, the Masons, who at
that time were a mere handful in the
state, now are numbered by the thou
sands. There was a goodly crowd from
this place to visit and take part in the
festivities of the occasion, among whom
were: J. N. Wise, J. M. Meisingerand
daughter, Cora, G. F. S. Burton, A. E.
Gass. Julius Pitz, George H. Griffin, A.
D. Despain. C. C. Despain and wife, L.
F. Sallee, John S. Duke, J. W. Roda
fer, Thomas Stitts, II. B. Burgess,
Harry Johnson, H. S. Barthokl, J. M.
Robertson, wife and daughter, Miss
Marie; Mrs. H. A. Schneieder, J. G.
Richey, G. Knappe and wife, Geo. ' W.
Thomas, Earl Wescott, H. M. Craig, O.
C. Dovey, D. O. Dwyer, Wm. Holly
and wife, W. D. Wheeler, Julius Pep
perberg. Got There Just in Time.
Roy Howard and wife were wishing
to go to Omaha this morning and from
a difference in their time piece or a
lack of understanding as to the time of
departure of the train, they appeared
at the head of Main street at the time
the train was do to go. As the shop
whistle told of the hour of seven, they
began to move down the street at a
lively rate, and as they got nearer the
station the bystanders shouted "all
aboard" to the consternation of the
couple, who ran faster and faster, until
it seemed as though they were swept
along by the wind. The trainmen were
holding the train, seeing them coming,
and as they stepped aboard, the signal
was given and away went the train on
its journey.
For Sale
The brick and frame houses on lots
one and two, in block 28, the new post
office site. For particulars apply to
Windham Investment Co
Mrs. Chas. Peacock, who has been
troubled with peritonitis for some time,
was compelled to be taken to the hospi
tal for treatment and an operation some
two weeks since, and in doing so, the
family had to be taken elsewhere, there
being two little children, one of whom
was taken to the home of her sister,
Mrs. George Kaffenberger, while an
other was taken to the home of Mrs.
Peacock's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John
H. Becker. There were of the house
hold an adopted child, Miss Josaphine
Macy, who was also taken to the home
of Mrs. Peacock's sister, Mrs. Kaffen
berger. Here she stayed and seemed
very contented, with the exception that
she was very solicitous as to the way
her foster mother, Mrs. Peacock, was
getting along, and many times inquired
about her and as to whether -she was
going to recover from the operation
which she had underwent.
Last Saturday Chas. Peacock went
to Omaha to see how his wife was get
ting along, leaving his hired hand, Or
ville Newton, in charge of the farm.
About four o'clock, he wishing to get
the chores done up early, it being Sat
urday night, went into the house to
see what time it was and ascertaining
that it was just 4:20. He was just
leaving, and hearing a noise , as if some
one groaning as in misery or suffering
badly, he went into the dinning room
and found Miss Josephine lying on the
floor in erreat agon v. He ran to her
and tried to help her up and on a chair,
but he could not get her to get up or to
answer him. He then layed her down
as easily as he could, and having the
team already hitched, he drove to the
home of George Kaffenberger and tell
ing Mrs. Kaffenberger, she and another
lady got in the buggy with the hired
man and went immediately to the Pea
cock home. When they arrived they
found the poor girl dead, with a bottle
which had contained strichnine, and the
contents of which was evidently the
cause of the young lady's untimely
While living at the home of Mrs.
Kaffenberger, she had seemed very
cheerful and contented, with the ex-
deption that she seemed somewhat con
cerned about whether Mrs. Peacock
would recover or not and as she was
very fond of her new mother, with
whom she had lived three years, it was
not to be wondered at that she wished
for her recovery. Saturday afternoon
she had asked to go over to the
Peacock home to get some clothes in
order that she might go to Sunday
school yesterday, and wTas permitted to
go. The clothes which she had intend
ed to get, had been in a trunk and the
trunk was found open and the clothes
laved out ready for taking back to
Kaff enbergers when she should return.
Miss Josephine Macy, or as she was
called since her adoption by the Pea
cock family, Miss Josephine Peacock,
was a young lady of exemplary habits,
always cheerful and agreeagle with all
who knew her. ' Some three years
since she with a brother and sister had
been brought from New York, where
they were in a orphanage. Miss Jose
phine was adopted by the Peaeock fam
ily while her brother two years younger
found a home with the family of Phillip
Tritsch, jr. and her sister Miss Lillian
Macey, made her home with the family
of Joseph L. Thompson of this city.
On arriving at the house Mrs. Kaffen
berger found the unfortunate girl dead,
but while she thought her dead did
everything she could to resusitate her,
to no effect. Medical aid was immedi
ately sent for but all efforts to restore
her to life was of no avail. Mr. Pea
cock who was at Omaha with his wife,
having gone that morning, was tele
phoned for and arrived at home at 1
o'clock yesterday morning. He was
expecting to remain in Omaha until
morning and when he received the
news, he told his wife, on whom he
was fearful the shock would be serious,
that Josie was very sick and he would
have to go home.
The funeral occurred this afternoon
from the Peacock home and was
preached by Rev. J. E. Houlgate. In
terment was made at Oak Hill ceme
tery. Land Buyers Plentiful.
Thomas Wiles came in this morning
from a short sojourn in the western
part of the state. While away he visit
ed at Maywood, and was looking at
lands there. He tells us that he never
saw so many land seekers in his life.
Last night the hotels at Holdrege were
so crowded that it was not possible to
get beds for the traveling public, and
that many of them went to neighboring
houses for sleeping quarters, while some
did not even get that, but had to sit up.
He says he was compelled to set up un
til his train came.
Ak-Sar-Ben Book Big Bunch
of Blooming Attractions
for Fall Festival
More attractions for the Ak-Sar-Ben
fall festival have been contracted for
and the carnival grounds this season
will rival any of previous years in their
wealth of amusement novelties.
In addition to the list recently an
nounced Doc Breed has signed contracts
for the appearance of a new novelty,
"The Girl in Red," which is a series of
fire dances; an electric swing similar to
that at Krug park; a Turkish theatre
with three camels and four elephants;
the Oriental burlesquers and Charles
Bigney, "The Human Fish," who eats,
drinks, sleeps and plays a cornet under
water and will give a high diving exhi
bition free each day at the carnival
grounds. " Omaha Daily News.
"Other kingly festivities have been
good, but the thirteenth, in 1907, is to
be better. Beginning September 2,
and continuing with increasing interest
day after day until October 5, there will
have been nothing like it ever witness
ed by the people of the Trans-Missouri.
Only in the matter of form and location
will the program resemble past efforts.
Greater attractions than have ever been
secured before, more wonderful and
more numerous, will be offered to the
crowds of visitors, and the experience
of former years has taught a number of
new wrinkles in the way of producing
more dazzling effects in all the other
details of the ten days festal period.
Instead of having only one set of car
nival shows, the various shows which it
is desired to secure have been obtained
individually, thus affording an oppor
tunity of choosing the best attractions
showing anywhere in the country. The
greatest of the free acts is the exhibi
tion of Harry La Thoma, the world's
famous aeronaut, who ascends in a
mammoth balloon from the carnival
grounds at noon on a set day, during
the carnival (weather permitting) and
will remain many thousands of feet in
the air for 27 hours. The famous La
Thoma will also make daily ascensions
and participate in the baloon and air
ship races. The most daring feat of the
free acts is the slide for life that will be
made by Mille LaBlonche, along a cable
suspended from the top of the 44 foot
tower erected on the roof of eight story
Brandeis building, to the highest point
on the steeple of the First Presbyterian
church, hundreds of feet away. Her
descent is made without the use of
brakes and, is the most perilous and
genuine thriller of the age. It is the
most sensational feat that has ever been
offered to the public." The Excelsior.
Those of the paid acts that are head
liners is the beautiful Bagdad, the most
pretentious outdoor musical comedy or
comic opera ever made in America. The
show is half fun and half music. It has
a hundred laughs, fifty pretty girls, a
big orchestra, scores of song hits,
special vaudeville stunts, and offers an
education for lovers of music. Beautiful
Bagdad epitomizes the newest, latest
and most distinctively original type of
out door entertainment yet offered to
amusement seekers.
The most remarkable exhibition of
horse sense that has ever been of
ferred to the public will be 'King
Pharaoh' spells, writes, does arithmetical
problems, distinguishes colors and per
sons, without the aid of a trainer. He
obeys a word of command from anyone.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, the famous author
says of him: "He is the most wonder-
ful king of his race the world has ever i
seen." The New York World says of j
him: "He does everything but talk." !
Detective Malone Has Fiv
Suspects in Custody.
The Lincoln News says that Detec
tive Malone has in custody at the police
station a gang of five suspected car
burglars who have been operating
along the Burlington between Creston
Iowa, and that city. The men are John
Carlock, alias John Firstono, an Italian
Amel Knwitzky, Albert Palmer, Wm.
Brockman and George Callahan.
Brockman and Palmer claim to be
cooks and Knwitzky a butcher. The
other two being laborers. It is sus
pected, however, that Firstono, the
Italian, has been acting as agent for
the others in disposing of goods stolen
from the cars. The officers claim to
have come into possession of a large
quantity of the goods, among them be
ing a large lot of cutlery. Some of
this had been sold to an Italian section
gang at Ashland. The section boss at
Ashland had his gang at the station
this morning identifying the men under
arrest, ar.d the police say that the evi -
'dence against the suspects is strong.
Candidate for the Office of Treasurer
of Cass County.
The voters of Cass county have long
since become satisfied with the fact that
it pays to vote for a candidate that in
their judgment is the most competent
person for the office, irrespective of
party. The ollice of county treasurer
is a most particular one to fill, and it
takes a man who is well versed in all
things connected therewith. Frank E.
Schlater is that kind of a man.
For the past four years Mr. Schlater
has been Mr. Wheeler's faithful deputy,
and he is well acquainted with the
duties of the office in every way. Pre
vious to entering the treasurer's office,
Mr. Schlater was always looked upon as
a gentleman competent to fill any office
in the county. His education thus fits
him for such work. As an accountant
he has no superior in the county, and as
a gentleman his reputation in all his
business transactions Kpcak for itself.
His friends are legion, and he retains
them by gentlemanly manners when
ever he meets them. He is a thorough
business man, and one whose honesty
and integrity is above reproach. The
democrats nominated him because they
knew his excellent qualities for the
place, and also know that in his elec
tion the business of the county treas
urer's office wil! receive that great
care which devolves upon an efficient
and faithful custodian of the office. The
money which belongs to the taxpayers
of Cass county will be well guarded in
the hands of Frank E. Schlater, and
when his books are investigated they
will be in that shape that every cent
I that has passed through his hand.-, will
j be accounted for.
Bring Them Back
I do not desire to publish names of
customers, who through a mistake, get
a harness changed at my place, and
then neglect to come around and rectify
the mistake. Not long since a mistake
was made, whereby a certain person
made a mistake and got the bridles of
the harness belonging to Julius Pitz..
He has had ample opportunity to bring
them back and get his own, but has
neglected to do so. Mr. Pitz has come
repeatedly for his bridles, and now we
are going to give this party a chance to
come in like a man and get his own
bridles and bring Juiius Pitz's bridles
back. We do not care to publish his
name, but we cannot wait much longer
for the adjustment of the matter.
Land Still Goes lip
It would seen that Cass county real
estate is still o;i the boom. Gus Waitsel
living near Greenwood recently sold a
tract of land to George Nichols for
per ac re. Albert Waitsel, living in the
same locality, bought w hat is commonly
called the old Barton farm for $10." per
The Journal is informed that a few
days since John D. Ferguson, living
near Louisville sold his homestead for
the magnificient price of per acre.
This is a big price for land. We are
also informed that Mr. and Mrs. Fer
geson expect to purchase property in
Plattsmouth for the purpose of making
this city their future home. They will
be welcomed.
Colonel Sturm.
It is now "Colonel A. F. Sturm," of
Nehawka, if you please, as that gen
tleman is one of the newly appointed
colonels on the governor's staff, as was
announced yesterday. We congratu
late the new colonel and are sure he
will never cause the governor to blush
for his action. Weeping Water Re
publican. For Sale
A good seven-room house, nine lots, in
Egenberger's addition to city, good well.
j good fruit, and will be a snap if sold
I soon. J. H. Thrasher, Coates block.