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rLATTSMOUTU, NEBRASKA, TIIUKSDAY, MAY 11, 1908.
Twenty Million Dollars Asked For Huge
Freight Tonnage Awaits Cheap and
Safe Transportation to Market.
The strongest report ever made in
favor of Missouri river improvements
has just been submitted to the War
Department by Captain Edward II.
Schutz, of Kansas City, the engineer in
charge of the Missouri river. A special
from Washington, under date of last
In his special report,' which reached
the department to-day, Captain Schulz
presents facts indicating the tremend
ous commercial possibilities of the Mis
souri valley and what the development
of the river would mean to the West.
Project3 involving an expenditure of
20 million dollars between Kansas City
and the mout'i of the river are pre
sented. Captain Schulz's report will not be
made public until the Secretary of War
transmits it to Congress. It is avail
able to members, however, and Repre
sentative Ellis went through it to-day.
Mr. Ellis is very enthusiastic over it.
He stated that it will be highly gratify
ing to Kansas City business men and
others interested in the river's develop
ment. No other engineer has ever
submitted such a thorough and com
prehensive report " on the Missouri
In discussing the comraercial.possibil
ities of the Missouri valley Captain
Schulz defines as tributary territory
about 100 miles on either side . of the
river. Of this territory he says:
When we consider the great natural
fertility and productiveness of this
territory it is not extravagant to say
that it surpasses any other on the globe.
The production of grain, live stock and
meat products in the portion between
Sioux City and the mouth fairly stag
gers the imagination.
Captain Schulz estimates the popula
tion of this zone to be 4,129,000. He
also discusses the production of the
seven states boardering on the river
and presents figures relative to the
huge railroad tonnage. He expresses
surprise that the river was not made
navigable long ago and adds:
When we see to what insignificant
dimensions the commerce of the Mis
siouri river has dwindled the matter
seems almost incomprehensible. After
noting the extensive commerce or. the
Ohio and the Great Lakes, one is filled
with amazement at such lack of river
interest as has been manifested along
the Missouri river up within the last
year or two.
Captain Schulz presents two projects
or the impi-ovement of the river. The
most extensive of these projects pro
vides for the ultimate deepening of the
channel from Kansas City to St. Louis
ta maximum depth of twelve feet at
a cost of 20 million dollars, vhieh is
virtually a part of the main project,
provides for a temporary six-foot chan
nel at a cost of probably 3 million dol
lars. The report shows' in detail the
character of the work requii ed on each
of the projects. The lesser project
wou'd be a permanent contribution with-
The Children of Enrs, Lavica
A, Cinnamon Gather at Her
Koriq Last Thursday.
Miss Lavica A. Scull was born at
Monmouth, 111., May 6, 1S43, and vhen
a little child came to Council Bluffs.and
has since lived on the other side of the
river and at Plattsmouth. Last Thurs
day being her birthday, her children
gathered at her home and made the day
one of pleasure for their aged mother.
They had provided a sumptuous dinner,
and many were the gifts as tokens of
remembrances of the love and respect
which they desired to show her. There
were of her children at the dinner
Charles A. Kinnamon of Lincoln, Wil
liam, Phillip, Louis A., Mrs. Herman
Fields and husband, and Mrs. Herman
Gardleman and family. They bad a
general good time, and in departing
to the greater and
Saves the Bottom Land. Too.
Captain Schulz presents an interest
ing review of the work done by the
Missouri river commission. The ef
fectiveness of this work is summed up
On the part of the river where con
tinuous work was done the result was
remarkable. Continuous channel of
not less than six feet depth was obtain
ed at a stretch of forty-five miles, over
what originally the worst part of the
river. In a distant of eighteen miles
the area of land recovered was 5,500
acres, and the area of land protected
was 12,800 acres.
The stretch of river referred to is be
low Jefferson City. The fact given as
to the land incidentally recovered and
protected throws light on a very impor
tant feature of the work.
Referred to Engineers Board
Captain Schulz's report was refered
to-day to the board of engineers for
rivers and harbors, and Representative
Ellis immediately applied for a hearing
on the report. The board of engineers
is the final authority on river improve
ment projects next to Congress. It
passes first on the engineering features
and then upon the worthiness of the
projects. What its recommendation
will be on the report is indicated in its
favorable action upon three previous
reports submitted by Captain Schulz
for the improvement of the Gasconade
and Osage rivers, both tributary to the
Missouri, and the Missouri river at St.
Joseph. In indorsing the recommenda
tion of Captain Schulz for an expendi
ture of $150,000 at that point to prevent
the river from cutting into Lake Con
trary the board said:
It appears from the statements con
tained within that there has recently
been a revival of navigation on the
Missouri river and that further efforts
to develop water transportation are
contemplated by the people of Kansas
City, St. Joseph, Omaha and Sioux
City in the near future. The board be
lieves that it is advisable to complete
the work outlined within the vicinity
of St. Joseph, at an estimated cost of
$150,000, in order to preserve the re
gimen of the river and to avoid the
greater expenditure which would other
wise be required in the near future to
make this section available to reliable
For the reasons briefly given above,
the board concurs with the district
officer and the division engineer in the
opinion that the work of prevent:".?
the threatened diversion of the waters
of the Missouri river into Lake Con
trary would be of great benefit to the
navigation which local interests hope
to establish along the river, and to that
extent can be considered as directly
and necessai-ily required in the interest
of prospective navigation.
Kepresentative Ellis has requested
board of engineers to summon Captain
Schulz to Washington so he can be pres
ent at this hearing and make a state
ment. The board will take action on
his application next week. Lawrence
M. Jones of Kansas City, president of
the Missouri River Improvement as
sociation, and George C. Call of Sioux
City, secretary of the Missouri River
Navigation congress, are also expected
to attend the hearing
wished their mother many happy events
like the one just enjoyed.
Gets Rust in Eyes.
Last Saturday while at work in the
Burlington shops, Jacob Jones, in some
way got some rust in his eyes, which is
causing him a good deal of grief. He
has been compelled to take a respite
from work on accouut of the inflama
tion which the rust has caused, and it
will be some time before he will be
able to resume his duties at the shops.
We trust the trouble may not continue
for long and that his recovery may be
Returns From Tipton.
Our friend, Henry Snoke, came in
Tuesday with the assessment re
turns for Tipton precinct, and returned
home on the 9:45 Missouri Pacific. Henry
is a hustler and a genuine good fellow,
and the people over in that precinct
knowing his excellent qualities for the
position, were simply unanimous for his
appointment. He is very popular with
all who know him, and the Journal is
always pleased to meet him.
BY THE RIVER
The Missouri Should De as
Useful as the Ohio River.
Why shouldn't the Missouri with its
2,285 miles of navigable length and its
vast volume of water running down to
the Mississippi through the finest agri
cultural country in the world become a
great highway of commerce? This is
the question that is now being solved.
"It's only a question of time. Let the
interest in the river continue to increase
consistently as it has been increasing
of late, and the ambling, awkward,
muddy old Missouri will get there,"
said Captain Edward H. Schulz, the
engineer in charge of Missouri river
work. "The Missouri river's territory
has the stuff, and it's got to be moved.
There's no reason why the river, which
can carry it at about one-fifth the cost
of railroad freierht, shouldn't have a
large share of it. Take crain, for in
stance, which is the chief product of
the Missouri valley. About 607,692
bushels of it is shipped by water and
then only for short distances unusally
while there are about 784,615,395
bushels of grain raised in the district
covering 100 miles on either side of the
river. All that's needed is money and
the interest of the people and I be
lieve both are coming. People have
been indifferent in matters concerning
Captain Shu z continues as follows:
"The Missouri is navigable up as far
as Fort Benton, Mont, which is 2,285
miles from the mouth. Then comes a
stretch of rapids and waterfalls extend
ing over a hundred miles up to Great
Falls. Then the stream is navigable
again for 150 miles to Three Forks,
There three small streams uniting from
our great Missouri. It will require the
expenditure of quite a sum of money,
but this vast natural highway can be
made just as servicable to the people
along her banks as is the Ohio now.
The Ohio is a well behaved stream com
pared with the Missouri. It has bars
the same as the Missouri, but it don't
amble around and change its course
like our river: The Missouri spreads
out, cuts corners and is a mile wide in
some places, when its average width
should be about 1,000 feet. You can't
tell just when the Missouri is going to
strike out across the country and swal
low a bunch of farms or half a county.
What we have to do is to control these
wayward propensities and get a 12-foot
channel. When we do that, there will
be no trouble in getting the wheat
growers and other shippers to use the
Navigation on the Missouri will re
store Plattsmouth to that old time
pace, when all the grain and produce
was brought here for shipment. Every
town on the river and the farmers
within a radius of fifty miles on either
side, will hail with joy the day that
sees a line of steamboats plying up
and down the old Missouri.
rest hashed Ly a Falling Gar
Stringer While at Work
iuesaay wnue iouowing his uc-
ual occupation at the Burlington shops,
Fred Ohm, sr., had the misfortune to
be severely injured by a car stringer
falling upon his feet. He was assisting
in handling the stringer, which is very
heavy, and not being able to hold it
when a sudden jolt came at the sawing
off of the end of it, the strinerer fell
from his hands and onto both his feet,
mashing them badly, the left foot re
ceiving the most of the impulse of the
moving timber. He- wa3 brought to
the gas works, where they were met by
a hack and conveyed to the office of the
company physicians who dressed the
wounds, finding both feet badly mashed
and bruised, but the bones not broken .
It will be a good while before Mr. Ohm
will be able to get to work again.
Governor Goes to Washington.
Governor Sheldon arrived at Omaha
last evening and proceeded on his way
to Washington to attend a meeting of
governors, where plans for the conser
vation of natural resources of the
country will be discussed with a view
to future legislation and appropriations
by comgress and the various states.
He will be unable to reach Washington
in time to attend a dinner to be given
tonight by President Roosevelt to the
Lumbermen Must Pay.
A Lincoln, Neb., correspondent says:
The Nebraska State Lumber Dealers'
association must pay $3,500, the costs
and expenses incurred during the anti
trust litigation in the supreme court.
The membership, it is expected, will be
asked to dig up.
The recent claim of the association
officers that victory was with the de
fendants is regarded as a joke. It is
thought that the officers wanted to
stiffen the spinal columns of the mem
bership as a sort of a preface for the
And Will Gradually Replace
White Girls as Do
mestics. Colored girls from the south will
gradually replace white girls as do
mestic servants in this state and the
influx of colored girls has already be
gun, saj-s a woman who conducts a
high-class domestic employment bureau.
'The vanguard of black girls has al
ready arrived," she says, "and letters
from the southern states say the idea
of moving to norther cities has become
general among the colored servant
"This may be due in part to tempor
ary industrial depression in localities,
but I think it is more likely due to the
fact that the girls are becoming aware
that they can get better wages in the
"At the sametime, white domestic
help is getting scarcer. There was a
time during the panic when the supply
more that equaled the demand but it is
not so now.
"The Swedish girls have accumu
lated money and many are returning to
Sweden. I know of twenty-five of
the very best servant in Nebraska who
will go to Sweden June 1.
"Then, the farmer girls are going
back to the country. Now that the
financial depression is past, their
fathers are sending them money and
asking them to come home to stay."
While the Journal would not be guilty
of doing any harm to the honest work
ing white girl, but if all the towns in
the north were in the same condition
for domestic help that Plattsmouth is
we candidly believe a few nice, neat,
willing colored girl swould be a God-send
to the town. They are the principal
house help in Missouri, and the house
wife is not afraid to tell them what to
do, as they are in the case of white
girls. Then, again, the white girls are
looking for something higher and less
degrading than doing kitchen work.
Give us a few colored girls for a trial.
Sixteen Years Ago.
Nehawka did not have a sidewalk in
the place; nor the distinguished honor of
beinsr the home of a erovernor and a
congressman. Now we claim both and
have a little over 500 feet of cement
sidewalk in the residence portion. Verily
the wheels of progress do move.
Sixteen vears aso Nehawka was a
cornfield and did not have a newspaper,
today it has a newspaper, and the editor
can sit in hi3 "Window Seat," and gaze
at a small lake which carries a sign
"No fishing allowed" and nearby is a
decov duck. All of which makes it a
very scenic place.
Sixteen years ago Nehawka was an
unincorporated village. Today it is the
same, and the town cows and horses
own the commons on Sunday and some
of the other days also. Nehawka
Let's Push It Along.
The Plattsmouth Journal proposes that
the merchants unite in giving Saturday
bargain sales every other week, hiring
the band to give concerts on bargain
afternoon, and make it a bi-weekly
trade and social event. That looks like
a good idea. The people would appre
ciate the bargains and certainly they
would appreciate the concert. It might
be a good plan to adopt in this city.
So you see that away from home peo
ple think our suggestion a good one.
Why not boost it along, and give it one
trial any way? It won't cost much.
Brought in Returns.
Deitrich Koester, assessor for Weep
ing Water precinct, came in last even
ing with the returns from this precinct.
Mr. Koester is one of the most com
petent men for the position in Cass
county, and it is safe to say that he
has accomplished his work in a most
business like manner. He is a nice
clean gentleman and we are always
glad to meet him.
THE diw ini
Reports of Committees, Sidewalks Wanted,
Claims Allowed, and Other natters
Receive Their Attention.
Nine councilmen were in their accus
tomed places when the gavel of the
mayor called for order and the grinding
of the city's legislative mill began. W.
A. White, who is receiving medical
treatment, was at Lincoln. The min
utes for the two meetings, the regular
and the adjourned, were read and no
objections being offered were recorded
as approved. The first business to come
before the fathers was an application,
in regular form for the placing of a
permanent walk along the property of
Mrs. Virginia McVicker lot 7,bloc-k 94.
Report of Committees
The next to engage their attention
was the report of the finance committee,
who reported the bills following this
article, and referred a bill of $9.30 for
John Waterman for lumber to the claims
committee. The report of lb. 3 chief of
police showed sixteen arrests, which
report went to the police committee.
Then the report of the street commis
sioner told of work done over the city
and thirteen poll taxes worked out.
The report of the city clerk showed the
collection of saloon license, $7,000.00;
dog tax, $2.00; cemetery lots, $15.00;
business tax, $160.00; making in all,
$7,177.00, which he turned over to the
treasurer, less commissions, making the
sum of $7,176.05.
The board of health reported no
small-pox or other contagious diseases;
board of public works nothing doing;
report of the chief of the fire depart
ment showed everything in shape, with
the exception of a tool box for the
Wide-a-Wake's, which needed repair
ing. The report went to the hands of
the fire and water committee. The re
port of the police judge showed sixteen
arrests during the month, with four
dollars collected for court costs and one
dollar for fines. For this the fines col
lected averaged less than seven cents
each; this went to the police committee.
The claims committee reported the pay
ment of five dollars for livery to C.
L. Martin, and one hundred dollars to
Dr. J. H. Hall, which was ordered paid,
though the latter was objected to by
some and received votes in the negative
by Sattler, Neuman and Vondron. The
streets, alleys and bridges committee
reported o. k. on street commissioner's
report and it went to the files; license
committee was passed; fire and water
committee report settling basons in
good shape, and that hydrants had been
flushed this spring and would be next
week again. Neuman requested that
the telephone at the boiler house be
placed in good working order, as it did
not work satisfactory, and that in case
of fire same could not be used success
fully. Cemetery committee reported
cemetery in good shape with the excep
tion of little working on the strest,
connecting the two cemeteries and the
cottonwood trees needing cutting. Gas
and light no report; police committee
reported the police judge and chief of
police reports o. k. and same were placed
on file. Nothing from special committee.
The call of ward3 showed the First
wanting grading for permanent walk
along W. T. Cole's residence; Second
ward a hole filled in Platte bottom road
and a bad culvert needing fixing near
Dspuiy Sheriff, Kcsever,
Secures the Prisoner.
Last Saturday evening, Leopold
Branmeier, who has been in the city
bastile for some time, made known his
desire to take a bath, and was given an
opportunity by the Deputy Sheriff, Eli
Manspeaker, who allowed him to go
out in the corrider and perform his
ebolutions. This was during the after
noon, and in the evening when Mr.
Manspeaker went to feed the other re
maining prisoner, Wm. Schutz, Sir
Leopold stood there with his hands in
his pants pockets, until Eli went to un
lock the cage to pass the supper in.
Then Branmeier bolted, getting out,
and calling his wife to watch the man
who was in the cage, Mr. Manspeaker
J. K. Sanders' residence; Third ward -by
Bookmeyer, crossings wanted at
Ninth and Tenth on Pearl, granted; also,
furrows on Chicago avenue for drain
age, which was referred to the streets,
alleys and bridges committee. F. II.
Steimker wanted four crossings on Sixth
crossing Marble, Hock, Gold and Sil
ver streets. Upon this Sattler cau
tioned care in thd expenditure, and a
good deal of eloquence was expended by
him and Steimker, with a motion and
an amendment, the amendment for re
ferring to streets, alleys and bridges
committee losing, while the original
motion prevailed allowing the crossing.
Fourth ward reported Lincoln avenue
dangerous and asked that the streets,
alleys and bridges committee confer
with the Burlington regarding fixing
same, as they were partly responsible
for the work needed. Neuman sub
mitted estimate of work wanted done in
Fourth ward and same was placed for
wood culvert at $76.00, and concrete,
$143.70, went to the streets, alleys and
bridges committee. They also wanted
the grader ran over Fifth street from
Main to Park. Fifth ward asked where
the sidewalk resolutions for the Ed
Polin place, Phil. Hatchelor, Aug. Bach
and A. C. Raceler had gone to, but it.
could not be found.
Sidewalk resolutions were filled for
walks in front of Tuey's store, Dr.
Barnes' restaurant and A. W. White's.
The mayor said the council would set as
a board of equalization, he saying that,
the assessment were grossly out of
joint. Steimker requested a block of
sidewalk blanks for each city dad, which
was granted. The mayor announced
the acceptance and signing of contract
for the lowering of streets, saying bond
would be filed tomorrow. A motion
prevailed empowering the streets, al
leys and bridges committee to purchase
what material would be needed for
grading and paving. The council then
adjourned and Will C. Ramsey reported
withdrawal of Mapes-Fitzgerald suit.
The following bills were allowed:
Joseph Fitzgerald $50 00
M. Archer CO Of)
John Janda 50 00
BenRainey 50 00
Miss Olive Jones 25 0')
James Donnelly 4 50
J. II. Merriam 65 40
Patrick Tevan $ 5 25
JohnHarkins 15 3K
William Gingery 17 50
Charles Bates 31 15
Claude Smith 31 15
William Wehrbcin 3 50
William Brinkman 2 63
Phil Harrison 17 50
A. Funk 21 30
Clyde Funk 16 45
C. L. Martin, livery $ 5 00
Nebraska L'ght Co., light 3 50
John Wagner, killing dog 25
J. V. Egenberger, coal 9 05
Nels Jones, hauling cart 1 50
Nels Jones, nozzleman 1 50
William Hassler, labor and mat'l 60 80
R. A. Bates, printing 33 41
John Bauer, merchandise 9 25
started after Sir Leopold, and the way
the two did "cut dirt" was a wonder.
They are neither sprinters, and one
with the glowing idea of liberty in his
mind, while the other, sworn to enforce
the laws, was as anxiou3 to capture the
fleeing culbrit, as he to escape. Near
Third and Rock streets the deputy over
took the wily German and with both
near out of breath than they ever were
before, and panting like a pair of
hoisting engines the race closed, and Sir
Leopold walked quietly back to the jail.
Now Mr. Manspeaker says that when
he needs another bath he will take it
in the cage or go without.
Severe Hail Storm.
Reports from Glenwood, Iowa, are to
the effect that that section of Mills
county was visited by a severe hail
storm yesterday evening and much
damage was done in conseqnence. It
is said that the hail were as large
as hen's eggs, and the storm was ac
companied by hard rain.
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