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PLATTSMOUTU, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, AUCiUSTIT, 1008
FUNERAL OF THE
LATE LI. A. DICKSON
Obsequies of the Departed Good Man
Take Place This Afternoon.
The funeral of the late Mahlon A.
Dickson took place Saturday from
his late residence on Wintersteen hill.
The services are under the auspices of
the G. A. R., McConihie Post No. 45,
who will conduct their services at the
last resting place of the deceased in
Oak Hill cemetery.
The service at the home will be held
at 3:30 o'clock p. m., the sermon being
preached by Canon Burgess of St.
Luke's Episcopal church. During all
the life of deceased he was a faithful
and ernest communicant of this church,
and in his end he felt an abiding faith
in the wisdom and efficacy of its teach
ings. From the residence the cortege will
proceed to Oakhill, where the last trib
ute of the thinning band of the nation's
defenders to their departed comrade
will be had. The pallbearers are se
lected from the ranks of the old sol
diers and are Wm. McCauley, J. W.
Johnson, Wm. Porter, W. II. Freese.
Aug. Tartsch and Henry McMaken.
It is fitting that the close of this noble
man's life should be at the hands of
those who like himself, rose at the hour
of the nation's peril and stood shoulder
to shoulder with him in defense of the
flag. All too soon must these brave
men join their departed comrade in the
land of shadows, and their grief at his
departure is tempered by the knowl
edge that he has but gone before a
Real Property in Nebraska.
The total assessment on Nebraska
lands as determined by the state board
of equalization last week is $201,867,
935. This is one-fifth of the actual
value. Nebraska farm land, improved
and unimproved, together with the im
provements on the land is deemed to be
worth more than a billion dollars to
be exact. $1,003,340,625. More than
half of the returns from county asses
sors were changed, fifty-two counties
in all being increased or decreased as
regards assessment by the state board.
Eighteen of this number were lowered
and the remaining thirty-four were
raised. The values placed on land are
believed to be generally fair and close
to the present value. Such an esti
mate of values is made only once in
four years. If the board doe3 not make
a scrupulously close valuation of the
lands and an equally careful equaliza
tion of values the slight differences,
multiplied by four, assume large pro
portions. The increasing value of the
land itself will make the present as
sessment, however close to actual
values it may be at present, a com
paratively low valuation before the
next assessment rolls around. The
valuations returned by county assessors
this year were 9199,619,186. The final
valuation of the state board including
both the increased and the decreased, is
an increase of $2,118,719. The total
land values returned four years ago
was $146,017,694. This shows an in
crease of $55,850,231.
C. N. Seybert in the Cify.
C. N. Seybert. democratic candidate
for County Commissioner, was in the
city Saturday looking after fences and
meeting the people of Plattsmouth.
Mr. Seybert is a fine gentleman, one
whom it is a pleasuie to meet and a
man who impresses all he comes in con
tact with as being a thoroughly up-to-date,,
live energetic business man. He
made a most excellent impression dur
his visit and left with a great many
more friends than he had on his arrival
From the reports that have come in it
is the confident belief of Mr. Seybert's
many friends that he will be elected as
the next commissioner. The Journal
asks for him the cordial support of all
voters who desire an efficient and able
The Once-a-Week Club.
Mrs. D. C. Morgan last Thursday
entertained the members of the "Once-a-Week"
club at her charming home
on North Sixth street. There was a
rare entertainment of games, music
and other amusements coupled with re
freshments such as Mrs. Morgan is
justly noted for and a most enjoyable
time was had throughout.
" Those who had the privilege of en
joying this delightful session of the
club were Mesdames Frank Morgan, E.
W. Cook, Jas. H. Donnelly, Fred G.
Morgan, D. C. Morgan, Miss Carrie
Oliver and D. C. Morgan.
The next session of this club will be
held at the home of Mrs. Fred Morgan
on South Seventh street.
A Big Pay Boll.
There are lots of people that are
blind to the possibilities of Nehawka as
possessing a great future. There are
very few cities of several times the
size of Nehawka where as much money
is paid out in wages as at this place.
The trouble being that we do not get
the full benefit of it all by not having
tenement houses where men with
families may live and work and take
the place of the floaters that are con
tinually going and coming.
This month the pay roll of the Van
Court Quarries will figure moVe than
$3,000 and that of the Nehawka Stone
Company more than that, so that every
month more than $6,000 are paid out in
Mr. Keyes conferred with our busi
ness men here last fall and tried to in
duce them to put up some good rental
properties, but they were a little loth
to take hold on account of not knowing
just what we had. Is there some one
that will build a few good rental pro
perties if the proper parties can be had
for tenants? If so please call at this
office and talk it over. Stand up for
Nehawka. Nehawka Register.
Another Rumor That It Will
Go to the Great Northern
Reports current that the joint con
trol of the Burlington by the Great
Northern and Northern Pacific is to be
dissolved before the end of the year
are credited by all railroad and banking
interests in touch with the Hill system.
As it is understood in banking quarters
close to the management of the roads,
the equity of the Northern Pacific in
the Burlington, estimated as worth
$45,000,000, is to be turned over to the
Great Northern on a cash basis or for
part cash and part securities.
The only obstacle to the completion
of the deal has been a joint guarantee
by the Great Northern and Northern
Pacific of $200,000,000 of so-called Bur
lington joint fours which were issued
as one of the outcomes of the Northern
Pacific panic of 1901. A way has been
found to relieve the Northern Pacific of
its liability and completion of the trans
action, according to prominent mem
bers of the Hill party, rests only upon
Mr. Hill's recovery from a pessimestic
feeling concerning business conditions.
The Northern Pacific's new $93,000,
000 stock, on which payments will
cease Jai.uary 1, 1909, becomes stock
entitled to extra dividends on that date.
It is believed in Hill and Morgan cir
cles that the Burlington transaction
will be consummated before that time.
Union Pacific has sold its subscription
warrants on the new stock, so that no
extra distribution by the Northern Pa
cific which might result from the trans
action would inure to the benefit of the
Chicago & Northwestern, as far as
known, has no interest in the transac
tion except that the Northern Pacific
will be conducted independently of the
St. Paul. Both roads on completion of
the St. Paul-Pacific Coast extension
will threaten the Northwestern's traffic.
Both the Standard Oil and Morgan in
terests have influence in Northwestern
control. St. Joe News.
Wedding at ESmwood.
A special from Elmwood under date
of Thursday, August 13, says: Miss
Grace Tolhurst and Mr. George W. Bles
sing, of Auburn, Neb., were married
Wednesday evening at the home of the
bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.' Tol
hurst, in West Elmwood, Rev. D. B.
Lake, pastor of the Methodist church,
officiating. About seventy-five relatives
and friends were present. The bride is
a graduate of the Elmwood high school,
attended the Nebraska Wesleyan a year
and a graduate of the Peru State normal.
She was primary teacher at Orleans
last year, and is an active worker in
church and young people's societies. The
is also a graduate of the Peru normal.
Mr. and Mrs. Blessing will be at home
to their friends r.t Ruskin, Neb., after
September 1, where Mr. Blessing has
charge of the public school."
To Stock Local Lakes
Supt. of State Fisheries, W. J. O'Brien
and wife came down from South Bend
Saturday, Mr. O'Brien intending to
examine several ponds in the vicinity
for fish and Mrs. O'Brien to visit friends.
They kindly favored the Journal office
with a call and'presented the proprietor
with a fine bunch of water lillies from
the fisheries for which they will please
accept thanks.' - Mr,' O'Brien proposes
m "the near future to stock several lakes
in this vicinity with game fish including
the fine lakes of O. M. Streight at Para
disc Lake north of the city.
LET US NOW BE
UP AND DOING
Now Is the Time to Gird on
Your Armor and Fight for
Soon the repaving of Main and Sixth
streets will have been completed. Then
we can draw a breath of relief from all
floods in the future, and then we can
earnestly appeal to new enterprises to
locate among us. The floods have no
doubt been a great drawback to those
who would otherwise locate in Platts
mouth. Every enterprise that is lo
cated in ovr city is a tradegetter.
Therefore every business man in Platts
mouth should encourage every good
enterprise to come here. You can't do
business unless there are people to sell
to, and you can't sell to them unless
you get them here. The way to get
them here is to spend an occasional
dollar that you get from them to en
courage them to come back. The
penny-wise and pound foolish policy
which has done immeasurable injury to
the commercial interests of Platts
mouth. One need only to go to some
good, live country town to notice these
things. Trade aggression will some day
change these conditions, and it cannot
come any too soon to wake up the dor
mancy of some of those who -should
know that if something is not done
soon to increase business in the old
town some of our present merchants
will be seeking locations elsewhere. We
must all awake to the necessity of do
ing something for Plattsmouth and do
ing it before it is everlastingly too late
to do any good.
Return From Western Trip.
Byron Clark and Chas. C. Parmele
returned Friday morning from atrip of
several days' duration through the
western part of the state. They made
stops at Kearney, North Platte, Gandy
and Broken Bow. As a pleasing varia
tion from the ride upon the cars they
covered several hundred miles in an
automobile, and the effect of the trip
was evident upon their tanned faces
and several days' growth of beard.
They report crops as magnificent, es
pecially in the vicinity of Broken Bow.
where the rains have been generous.
PilIND HSS WIFE
Unhappy Fdc cf Flsltsmouth Citizen
Whose Eeiter Half Tcid Kim So.
Last week a prominent citizen whose
name is Fred Morgan took his better half
out for a day's visit amid the rural
scenes of the country, and after they
had enjoyec1 a little genuine country
life, the boyhood spirit asserted its
self and the male portion of the family
took off his shoes and went wading in
the limpid waters of the purling brook.
He succeeded in doing this only after
a violent scene with hi3 wife, who pro
tested bitterly at the unhappy fate she
saw awaiting this foolhardy man.
After he had waded to his heart's
content, he sat upon the banks of the
stream and fished, dangling his bare
feet back and forth in the bright,
cheerful rays of old Sol, and having
the time of his life. Again his, wife
entered a protest, and once again she
The real results did not come until
they had reached home when the efforts
of the sun became manifest. Fred's
feet were so badly sunburned that he
was unable to go to work and were
really painful. Mrs. Morgan had a hard
time taking care of her man as he simply
suffered agony and kept the lady awake
every night with his shrieks and groans.
She says she really thought he was on
the verge of expiring several times.
Really, tho, he did suffer intensely
and was only able to resume his duties
at the shops yesterday. He owns up
tho that hereafter he will listen to what
his wife saj's.
C. E. Wescott's Sons have began re
ceiving the new stock of goods which
were ordered immediately after their
disastrious loss by the flood. ' They have
selected a splendid line of fall goods in
fact the finest ever shown in Platts
mouth comprising the popular and ex
cellently made' 'Society" brand of cloth
ing and the Hirsch-Wickwire company
line considered the finest ready-to-wear
line in the world. Their new samples
and stock comprise the prettiest and
tastiest patterns shown in the city for
many years, in addition to being work
manship of an unusual high grade.
Vill Mow the Weeds Anyway.
R. W. Long, who resides seven and
one-half miles southwest of the city,
was in Friday morning to confer with the
county attorney and the commissioners
over a dispute that has arisen between
him and the road overseer of his pre
cinct. It seems that along the road
adjacent to Mr. Long's farm there had
been some locust trees planted and
later these trees were grubbed out with
the result that large holes were left in
the road. When spring and summer
came on the weeds grew up in the
road and the overseer ordered them
cut by Mr. Long within fifteen days
otherwise he would proceed to cut them
and have the county tax the cost of the
work against his property. Long came
in today and laid the situation before
the commissioners on the advice of the
county attorney. He believes that he
would break his mower should he try
to run it over the rough ground on ac
count of the depth of the holes, and for
that reason he wanted the order sus
pended. The commissioners made no
formal action on the matter but gave
him to understand they can do nothing
tor him. They also expressed a desire
to see the overseer, should he proceed
to try to enforce his order. Mr. Long
returned home, stating he thought he
would try and mow the weeds anyway,
and take chances of breaking his machine.
Murdock Arrangingfor a ThreejDay's
Murdock does not intend to be behind
other towns when it comes to enter
taining the people during the season in
tended for celebrations. On September
10, 11 and 12, the business men of that
enterprising little city have arranged
for the holding of a three days' Harvest
Home celebration, somewhat on the or
der of a street fair, and it is expected
to be a grand success in every particu
lar. They have chosen dates for this
entertainment that should not inter
fere with other gatherings, as such
gatherings will be over with in other
sections of the county. Murdock busi
ness men are alive to the interests of
their town and vicinity, these harvest
home festivities have been arranged so
as not interfere with the busy season
on the farm. The boys and girls and
father and mother can all attend with
out interfering with their work, and
the Journal confidently expects to
chronicle one of the most successful
events ever held in Cass county. Situ
ated as Murdock is, in one of the best
sections of country in Nebraska, and
inhabited by some of the most enter
prising and well-to-do farmers, the busi
ness men of the village of Murdock look
forward to September 10, 11 and 12,
with fond anticipations of a big time,
and the Journal hopes these anticipa
tions may be realized to the fullest ex
tent. Almost a Total Failure.
Morgan Waybright, who has been
absent for several weeks, looking after
his real estate interests in the western
part of the state, returned to the city
yesterday. He traveled over Furnas
and Harlan counties, and the country
farther north around Aurora, in Ham
ilton county. He found that crops are
virtullay a total failure in both Furnas
and Harlan counties.
Several months ago these counties
had brilliant, prospects for a banner
crop, but the recent dry spell changed
all this and the crops were burned out.
It is a severe blow to the farmers in
that vicinity, many of whom suffered
loss a year ago from the same cause.
In Hamilton county conditions were
much better and there was every pros
pect for a banner crop. They had been
fortunate in getting more rain than
sections further south and west, with
the result that corn and other crops
were looking fine.
Mr. Waybright was unfortunate
enough to have several hundred acres
of corn in the affected district.
Departs tor Lexington
Mrs. T. B. Bates departed Friday for
Lexington, Neb., to take charge of a
millinery store, which she recently pur
chased at that place. While the Jour
nal and her many friends in Plattsmouth
regret her removal, they are pleased to
know that she has located in one of the
most prosperous county seat towns
in the state. Mrs. Bates fully under
stands the business in which she is en
gaged, and there i3 no question as to
her success. Her Plattsmouth friends all
wish her good luck.
Call Omaha over the Independent
They Must Be Adopted by a Major
ity of All Votes Cast.
"People," said a lawyer yesterday,
"should not forget that there are two
important amendments to the consti
tution to be voted on this year. To
the average layman these do not seem
to be vital. But every lawyer will
say that the constitutional provision un
der which our supreme judges are elect
ed should be changed. We select three
judges at a salary of $2,500 each per
year. These men in turn select six
men who act as commissioners and have
power similar to the supreme judges
themselves. The jobs of commissioners
are often secured as a result of politi
cal favoritism and the men sitting on
the bench may be unqualified to hold
the high office which is given them by
the three elective officials. Then too it
has been the custom more or less to re
cruit the judges from the ranks of the
commissioners. The personnel of the
bench is thus lowered. The proposed
amendment provides for seven judges
instead of three and give them a salary
of $4,500 a year. This means but an
expenditure of $9,000 a year more than
now and it means also that the state
can command the services of a higher
class of legal men than is the case in-
One thing stands in the way of the
success of any amendment of the con
stitution that may come up before the
people for approval. This difficulty is
the result of the law on submission and
has been fatal often in both city and
state elections. It provides that any
amendment to pass must have a ma
jority of all votes cast. A large per
centage of all voters does no take in
terest enough in these matters to mark
the ballots on the particular point of
amendments. Lincoln Journal.
Returns from Lincoln and York.
John M. Leyda returned Friday night
from his trip to Lincoln and York. In
addition to hearing the notification
speech of Mr. Bryan, Mr. Leyda re
mained in Lincoln and heard Senator
LaFollette at the chautauqua. He was
highly enthusiastic over both speeches,
and particularly that of LaFollette.
The senator's pointed and caustic criti
cism of the Aldrich-Vreeland currency
bill as well as remarks on general con
ditions, pleased Mr. Leyda greatly.
From Lincoln Mr. Leyda went to York,
where he had business to attend to.
GOT ON A FISH-
The Burlington Brass Holders Vi!!
Enjcy a Coed Time
The Burlington brass molders Satur
day enjoyed a fishing excursion upon
the picturesque Four Mile creek, north
west of the city. The party departed
last evening in a carryall with a farm
wagon full of camping utensils, tents,
and commissary following. The boys
took along an immense amount of food,
including a copious supply of bait. This
was to insure against a famine either
on their part or that of the fish.
They will be joined today by those
members of the foundry force who could
not get away yesterday. The entire
party expects to remain until Sunday
night when they will return. The Jour
nal has made all necessary arrangements
to use the immense surplus of fish which
the party will have. It also has a
special correspondent with the party
who will give a graphic description of
John Lutz's struggle with that ten
pound bass that got away.
Those going out last evening were
John Lutz, Victor Anderson, Joe Mc
Carty, Alva Godwin, Joe Libershal,
Carl Kunsmann, jr., Henry Hesse and
Joe Hadroba. The fiery and untamed
steeds drawing the party were bandied
by William Brantner, veteran driveolo
gist. A Visitor From the West
Marion L. Ruby formerly of Louis
ville, but now located at Wellington,
Col., was in the city Saturday renewing
acquaintances. Mr. Ruby is located in
the garden spot of Colorado. Situated
eighty miles north of Denver and twenty
miles south of of Cheyenne he is in one
of the most beautiful valley in Colorado.
This valley is irrigated by the reservoir
system and is one . of the finest ir
rigated tracts in the country. He states
that they have an abundance of every
thing in prospect there and are so situ
ated tha there is no danger of drouth.
He expects to remain in this vicinity
for several days.
Lost an Eye.
Dr. Bacon of Pacific Junction wa
called to Bartlett Friday by the peculiar
case of Vern Harris. Young Harris i
employed in his father's store and
about 9 a. m. was placing pop bottles
in the refrigerator when one of them
exploded and a piece of glass struck the
young man in the left eye. The doctor
found it so serious that he at once or
dered the patient to the hospital at
Omaha, where it was necessary to re
move the eye. At last reports Harris
was resting easy. The explosion i
thought to have been caused by two
of the bottles striking together. Glen
St. Luke's Choir Enjoy a Fine Even
ing at "The Heights."
A most delightful entertainment was
given the memler8 of St. Luke's choir
Thursday evening by Mrs. G. K. Dovey
at her palatial home on North Fourth
street. The members of the choir had
been invited to meet with her and each
member had the privilege of asking
friends with the result that some thirty
two were present and spent an unusu
ally enjoyable evening.
The charming hostess had prepared
for the occasion and the Dovey resi
dence was a blaze of light, while the
decorations were in keeping with the
hostess' well known taste. There had
been no regular program arranged, but
after the guests had assembled an im
promptu program was arranged, which
was a decidedly fine one.
The musical feature of the evening
was the solos given by Miss PiJe
Gunther of Kansas City, Mo., who is
visiting here, the guest of the family off
F. G. Fricke. Miss Gunther favored
the audience with the ballad "If I Werv
a Rose" and as an encore gave anltulian
song of rare musical merit. Miss Gun
ther has a sweet soprano voice of good
range and she has given her voice the
most careful training as she amply man
ifested by her exquisite rendition of the
songs. She was a great favorite in an
atmosphere which breathed music, and
those who heard her voted her one of
the best singers it had been their pleas
ure to listen to.
In addition to Miss Gunther, numbers
were rendered by the talented daugh
ters of the hostess, Misses Ella Mar
garet and Catherine Dovey which were
indeed splendid while little Miss Fdith
Dovey repeated her triumphs in "A
Little Pink Petty from IVter" and
Others who favored the guests with
songs were II. S. Aus'.in with his mag
nificent bass solo?.. Mrx. Austin and
Guy McMaken. All in all, the evening
was a feast of rare things in the music
After the close of the program there
were dainty refreshment.", and the en
tire company of guests joined in sing
ing, "Auld Lang Syne." at 11:30 p. m.
Miss Paule Gunther, v.ho favored the
guests at Mrs. Dovey's la;;t evening
with charming solos, will sing at St.
Luke's church next Sunday evening.
Married in Council Bluffs
Information has been received in this
city to the effect that last Monday
James H. Archer now of Omaha, but
formerly of this city, and Miss Myrtle
Parsons were united in marriage last
Monday afternoon at St. Paul's Epis
copal church, Council B'ufTa, la., Rev.
John William Jones officiating. This
news will come as a surprise to "Jim
my's" many friends in this city who
had no suspicion of his intentions in
this direction. They all unite, however,
is sending their congratulations both
to the happy groom and bride. Mr.
Archer is a son of Jas. Archer of this
city and is well and favorably known in
this city where he was raised, and he
has a host of friends who are ever
ready to speak a good word for him.
Miss Parsons is not so well known but
she has visited in the city and made a
most excellent impression. The couple
will engage in housekeeping at once liv
ing in Omaha where Mr. Archer ha3 a
very good position and excellent pros
pects, which he well merits.
Entertainment at Murray.
Miss Matilda Vallery.of Plattsmouth,
assisted by Miss Pauline Oldham, of
Murray, will give an entertainment at
the Presbyterian church in Murray, on
Friday evening next, August 21. The
people who know these young ladies
are assured a rare treat in the - musical
and literary line. Miss Oldham is one
of the finest elocutionists in the state,
while Miss Vallery is a vocoalift great
ly admired for her charming voice and
fine selections. Make your arrange
ments to attend.
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