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SEMI-WKKKLY KDITION lilGHT PAG ICS
VOLUME XX VI II
PLATTSMOUTII, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 20, 1!)0S
And From Late Reports They are Evidently
Making no Calculations on Returning.
The rumors which were current some
two weeks ago concerning the elope
ment of Perry Marsh, the horseman,
living south of this city in Rock BlufTs
precinct, and Mrs. M. W. Pratt, the
wife of one of Marsh's neighbors, have
been fully confirmed and the eloping
couple are now supposed to be some
where in Canada, although their exact
whereabouts are unknown. At the time
of the rumors. The Journal investigated
them and obtained substantial corrobor
ation of them, but withheld the publi
cation of them at the request of the
authorities, who understood Pratt
meant to prosecute Marsh and his
The relations of Marsh and Mrs.
Pratt had been quite largely comment
ed upon by the neighbors of the pair
long before the elopement took place.
From them it is learned that Marsh
was largely instrumental in getting
Pratt and his wife, with their little
child, to remove from Auburn, where
they resided, to a farm adjacent to his
own in Rock Bluffs precinct.
Mrs. Pratt is reported to be a decid
edly handsome woman and Marsh be
came quite assiduous in his attentions
to her. Like most such cases, the hus
band did not suspect anything wrong
and the guilty pair were enabled to
keep up ther relations for a long period
of time, finally culminating some two
weeks ago in the woman taking her
three-years-old child and disappearing.
At the same time Marsh evaporated
from the scene, leaving his wife and
Tongues were immediately busy and
Marsh's name was coupled with some
three or four different women, all of
whom had, at some time or other, re
ceived attentions from him. This talk
finally simmered down to Mrs. Pratt,
whose husband called in the aid of the
county authorities, and together they
made efforts to locate the parties.
While this was being done Marsh re
turned, and there were hints of im
pending trouble between he and Pratt.
However, while he was here word was
received from Grand Forks, N. D..
that Mrs. Pratt, with the child, had
been apprehended at the town of Em
erado, N. D., and Pratt immediately
prepared to go after her.
A week ago last Saturday Marsh also
left, the two men hurrying away on
the tame date apparently in a rate to
see which would get to the woman
A genuine surprise party was given
Mrs. G. M. Patton last Saturday even
ing when a great number of her friends
and neighbors assembled at her home
in the fifth ward, laden down with lunch
baskets and prepared to have a good
time at the lady's home. As she had
had no previous notice of their coming
the party was a most complete surprise
and she hardly knew what to make
when they came in. It did not take
her long, however, to recover her com
posure and she proceeded to make the
con'any at home in her usual home-like
The -evening was most pleasantly
spent in' social visiting, games, music
and various amusements, the party
finding themselves so well entertained
that they stayed until past the midnight
hour. Everyone had a pleasant, time
not the least of wnich Mrs. Patton en
joyed. Those who were present' were Mr.
and Mrs. Robt. H. Patton, Mr. and
Mrs. J. E. Thompson, Mesdames Link
Denson, O. P. Monroe, J. O. Thomas,
Geo. Verhule, Riley Jones, M. E.
Thompson, Miss Drusilla Thomas,
Messrs Alvin Thomas, Ward Patton,
Roy Patton, Eddie Verhule, Monte
Fraks and G. M. Patton.
Mrs. C. A. Janda and little child de
parted on the noon train for their home
at Havelock, after a visit with Mrs.
Janda's folks in this city.
Card of Thanks
I hereby express to my many devoted
friends, one and all, my appreciation of
the many acts of kindness shown me
and mine in sickness and death.
first. Prior to leaving Marsh had dis
posed of his property by turning the
! bulk of it over to the First National
bank of this city, although he had deed
i ed some land to his wife. The hank
J assumed control of his financial affairs.
In the meantime Mrs. Pratt was in
jail at Emerado, and when her husband
arrived the couple had an interview,
and after some argument the woman
consented to return to her home near
Rock Bluffs. She was released from
jail and the couple went to a hotel in
the town, where she feigned illness and
changed her mind about returning. She
had, however, persuaded Pratt to buy
her some jewelry and other things, just
to show he was a good fellow. After
her pretended illness the woman in
duced Pratt to come back alone, with
the intention of disposing of what prop
erty he possessed in this vicinity, and
to return to her at Emerado, where
they would locate.
Pratt came back, and on his return
gave it out that she was not the
woman; that the officers had made a
mistake and arrested the wrong party.
He was to dispose of his property and
return to her, but in the meantime
Marsh came back into the limelight,
and on his appearance the affection of
the woman for Pratt vanished like the
mist before the sun. Marsh showed up
o the scene as soon as Pratt had left,
in fact, he was in Grand Forks at the
time Pratt was in Emerado, and upon
the latter's departure Marsh got into
communication with Mrs. Pratt, and
the couple again eloped. Last Thurs
day Mrs. Pratt secured a rig, and in
company with Marsh, departed. The
North Dakota authorities made no
further effort to stop the parties, being
apparently disgusted with the turn
events had taken.
So far as can be learned there is no
definite news as to the whereabouts of
the couple. They are supposed to be
probably at Winnipeg, altho this is
What further steps Pratt will take,
if any, are unknown. Marsh was well
known in this vicinity. He had a strong
reputation as a libertine and his con
quests among women were reported as
numerous. As is usual, in such cases,
he probably was credited with a great
deal more than he was actually guilty
of but if half the stories told were true,
he was a bad actor.
Gone to Colorado.
J. G. Richey departed Wednesday
via the M. P. for Atchison,' Kas., where
he will take the Santa Fe for Granada,
Col., where he has important business
interests. The Cass Land company, of
which Mr. Richey is general manager,
has several thousand acres of land near
Granada which they are preparing to
put under a private irrigating plant,
the water to be taken from wells, in
suring a continuous supply in all sea
sons and it is in connection with this
work that Mr. Richey makes the trip.
He will also visit other points in Colo
rado during his stay, investigating lands
with a view to purchasing.
A Pretty Home Wedding.
Wednesday at three o'clock at the
home of the bride, on Rock street, oc
curred a very pretty home wedding,
when Rev. A. A. Randall of the Metho
dist church, united in marriage Miss
Lulu Leek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J. M. Leek, and Charles Ernest Binkley,
of Glenwood. There was no guests
present except the immediate relatives
of the contracting parties. The sermon
was a simple one and was followed by a
neat wedding luncheon, after which the
happy pair departed on the five o'clock
Burlington train for their future home
at Glenwood, Iowa.
Miss Leek is one of this city's best
known and most popular young ladies,
whose many friends hasten to extend
their heartiest congratulations. Mr.
Binkley is a prosperous young business
man of Glenwood, who has an excellent
reputation in every respect, and who is
deservedly popular in the community
where he is well known. He is to be
congratulated upon his good fortune in
winning one of Plattsmouth's fairest
A Pleasant Gathering.
A pleasant time was had at the home
of Henry Kaufmann, four miles south
of the city, Sunday, August 8. Cake,
ice cream and plenty to drink was serv
ed during the afternoon.
Those who were there were Martin
Frederich and wife, Peter Evers and
family, Ed. Donat and son, Eddie, Emil
Walters, wife and son, Herman Tier
koetter and family, Wm. Kaufman,
wife and daughter, Nellie, Chris. Tsch
irren, wife and son, Roy, Adolph Wesch,
wii.". and daughter, Sophia, Peter
Mumm, Fritz Bracht, Mr. and Mrs.
James McCulloch, R. H. Ramsel, Will
Ramsel of Seward, Neb.
Gus. Olson was out and took many
different views of the place and gath
QUITE A FEW
OF THE REASONS
Why Platfsmoufh Does Not
Prosper as She Should.
While at the old settlers reunion last
Saturday we talked with a number of
farmers who said that they had not
been in the county seat for from one to
two years, and gave as a reason "that
they had no particular business to call
them here; that they could send down
their taxes, and there were no induce
ments for them to come here to trade;
that they could buy goods just as cheap
in any of the towns of Cass county as
they could in Plattsmouth, and some
articles they could buy a great deal
Now, such remarks as quoted above
come not only from one farmer, but
from fifty. And while we are about it,
we desire to say right here that in our
trips over the county we have repeat
edly heard remarks of this nature from
farmers who stated that ten years ago
they bought all their supplies at Platts
mouth, and they would do the same to
day if the proper inducements were
The Journal feels the same as many
farmers do that goods ought to be
bought as reasonable in this city as
they can at retail either in Omaha or
Nebraska City. Why the principal
merchants of Plattsmouth can not see
the reason why trade is rather more on
the decrease than increase we are un
able to say, and it will continue on the
downward path unless something is
done to counteract it. We feel a deep
interest in the prosperity of our town,
and we are not writing this article be
cause we want to, as much as we de
sire to again warn those who have the
city's interests at heart, that unless
something is done to retrieve our lost
ground we had just as well resign our
selves to the inevitable, "sit down on
our oars." and let every little town in
the county gradually coax the trade
away from Plattsmouth by selling goods
that ought to be bought here cheaper
than they are now sold.
We shall keep on warning those who
feel a deep interest in Plattsmouth and
when the day comes that we lose out
in many other matters that will cause
trade to drop off, they will then begin
to realize that they have been entirely
to slow in the progressive procession
for their own good.
They Choose to "Light Out."
Saturday the police took in three of
the genus hobo who had imbibed too
freely at the fount of Bacchus or some
other brewer, ai.d who had found them
selves weary and heavy laden, especial
ly the latter. They were something of
an eyesore to the esthetic tastes of our
noble police force and were cast into
the nethermost depths of the city por
tion of Jailer Manspeaker's hostelry,
there to sober up and reflect upon their
fallen state. After mature reflection
over Sunday, they were haled before
Judge M. Archer, where they gave
the names of Paul McQuillan, Thos.
Craven and Jas. Kelly. After listening
to their forced and feeble explanation
of the cause of their downfall, the
Judge produced his celebrated brand of
justice and administered five dollars
worth each to Paul, Thomas and James,
giving them the privilege of either tak
ing this or making themselves scarce in
this vicinity within one hour. They
chose the latter and soon lost in the
wilds of the Iowa shore where the rum
demon could not get in his work on their
For this week only the undersigned
will have many bushels of peaches to
dispose of at 60c per bushel in the or
chard. The peaches are of fine grade.
Call at my place in Rock Bluffs.
W. S. Shera.
Watching Bryan's Home.
A correspondent at Mr. Bryan's
Fairview, near Lincoln, Neb., tells how
the Democratic candidate provides for
the squad of newspaper men who are
assigned to "cover" the candidate. He
writes: "Mr. Bryan takes a personal
interest in the newspaper men who are
assigned to the task of watching his
home, and he does everything in his
power to make them comfortable. On
the east side of the north and south
country road, 400 feet back from the
highway, stands the Bryan home. On
the west side of the road, facing the
big brick house, is the 'press tent,'
surrounded by fine trees. Its position
on Fairview Hill insures a good breeze
at all times, and the correspondents
could not find in all the neighborhood a
cooler resting place. For most of the
visiting newspaper men, who are glad
to be away from the hot streets of the
cities, the Fairview assignment is much
like a vacation in some choice rural
GETS LATE MODEL
H. M. Soenniehsen Adds Fine Ma
chine to His Store Equipment.
H. M. Soenniehsen today received a
fine model National Cash Register, one
of the finest the company producers and
a register which fills every want of the
storekeeper, the clerk and the customer.
It is considered the most complete reg
ister ever manufactured. There is a
drawer for each clerk. The model
which Mr. Soenniehsen put in is really
four complete registers in one. The
machine keeps a complete record of each
clerk's sales both cash and credit, with
the number of c ustomers served, and a
record of each clerk 's receipts on account
and also the amount paid out. The
machine also issues and prints receipts
showing the date, clerk, amount
and whether it is a cash or credit sale.
This enables a customer to check up his
expenditures either in cash or in charges
and discover any errors. The drawers
are each equipped with a different toned
bell so that when opened it is impos sible
to make a mistake. These drawers can
be locked when required. The machine
is a great benefit to Mr. Soenniehsen 's
customers in many ways . It prevents
overcharges, protects those buying on
credit and prevents bills being presented
twice for payment and insures quick
service. The machine is really a marv
el of human ingenuity and is as near
human as a machine can be. The ma
chine is being installed by C. S. Lusk,
the agent of the National Cash Regis
ter Co. who is present today instructing
Mr. Soenniehsen in its workings.
Let There be Light.
In an interview with O. F. Reihart,
of South Omaha, Monday he informed
the Courier that the prospects of putt
ing in an electric light plant in Louisville
were very favorable and that he had
secured almost enough patrons to enable
him to put the plant in operation. We
certainly need a lighting plant of this
kind and ought to be able to sustain it.
Many towns all over the state much
smaller than Louisville have lighting
plants. Louisvills Courrier.
The Journal would not hesitate over
a month to wager that Louisville will
have lighted streets before Platts
mouth, now, and the city council con
tracted for them nearly a year ago.
There is something wrong about this
matter, and people of the city are get
ting pretty tired of such "monkey busi
ness." Getting Bridges in Shape.
Glen E. Smith of the Nebraska Con
struction Co. who have the county
bridge contract, is in this city today
and states that every possible effort is
being made to get the bridges washed
out by the spring rains in shape. That,
in fact, practically all of them are now
in shape except those in the Otterbein
district which will be repaired just as
speedily as the material can be received.
To facilitate the work the company had
put on an additional force of two crews
making them a total of three crews on
bridge work. This necessitated them
the expenditure of a large amount of
money and took some little time but
the work is now in full swing. Ordi
narly the company ues but one crew on
this work. Considerable trouble has
been occasioned by the failure to get
material promptly and Mr. Smith has
purchased all the available local stock
at Union and Weeping Water.
Short Horn Cattle.
I have for sale some choice Scotch
Short-Horn bull3. Address,
C. F. Morton, Union, Neb.
Ind. or Mut. Union 'Phone.
Call Omaha over
Mrs. L G. Todd Passes Away at Her Home in
Union, Monday Evening, August 1 7, 1 908
DIED Todd, Lydia, at Union, Neb.,
on Aug. 17, 1908, at 7:40 p. m..
aged 74 years, 8 months and 13
days. Funeral Aug. 19, 1908 at
11 a. m.
Once more has the hand of time
touched the rankR of the Cas3 county
pioneers, removing from them one of
the most beautiful characters they
possessed. As the day fades before
the coming of night so did the life of
this aged woman go out of the world.
There was none of the strife and storm
that marks the passing of the man in
his prime nor any of the useless and
vain efforts of the early age to prolong
its earthly career, but serene and peace
ful as the sleep of the blessed did
death steal away this spirit. It was a
fitting close to a life full of usefulness,
a quiet going out of the world with all
its cares and troubles.
Mrs. Todd was the widow of the late
L. G. Todd and since 1855 she had been
a resident of Nebraska. Born in Lee
county, Iowa, near the city of Keokuk,
Lydia Jones came into the world on
Dec. 4th., 1833 and here her earlier
years were spent until rihe was married
to L. G. Todd on February 2), 1855, and
came with him immediately to Cass
county settling near the now village of
Union. Since that time her residence
was never changed. In that same
community this good woman became
the mother of nine children, seven of
whom lived to man's estate while two
died in infancy. Of the seven who
grew up five still remain in the land
of the living while two, the eldest
daughter Mrs. T. J. Thomas and Mrs.
No Reduced Rate for State Fair
The railroads, presumably for the
purpose of working revenge on states
that have enacted reform legislation
have aimed a hard blow at Nebraska
and other western states having state
The special reduced rates, granted
some time ago on account of the Ne
braska state fair, have been withdrawn,
and as a result, people who come to
Lincoln to attend the fair will have to
pay the regular passenger rate
July 23, last, local railroad agents
were informed by the Western Passen
ger association that special rates had
been granted for NebraskaNothing
more was heard in the matter until to
day, when word was received stating
that none of the state fair associations
west of the Missouri river would be
given the advantage of reduced rates.
As most of the railroad legislation
passed by recent legislatures was in
western states, it is presumed that the
railroads are further "punishing" the
states that placed such laws on their
books. Lincoln Star.
An Old Timer Visits Louisville.
Ranee Decker of Medford, Okla.,was
here this week, visiting with his
brother, Jefferson. Ranee was one of
the early settlers in Louisville precinct,
and this is his first visit to Louisville
for a number of years. He used to be
a typical westerner, wore a broad rim
med sombero, leather pants, rode a
buckskin pony and helped to make the
history of Cass countv which was never
written in book form. Louisville
The Stork Gets Busy.
The stork, in his rounds Tuesday night,
got busy and left a fine baby boy at the
home of Joe Zitka, in the Second ward.
Both mother and child are doing fine,
while Joe is feeling even better than
that, and really was behaving some
foxy. He was down this afternoon
with a smile on his face, all wool and
a yard wide, as he thinks he has just
the finest boy ever.
Knew the Market.
Kunsmann & Ramge Wednesday re
ceived a carload of fine heifers for their
market. The animals manifested al
most human intelligence as they were
being driven up the street early this
morning. They paused in front of the
market and all turned and gazed into
the doors for several seconds, It might
have been on account of not knowing
where to go, but Frank Benfer insisted
they knew the market and could see
their finish. They were a fine looking
lot of animals.
A. D. Eigenbroadt, have passed away.
Those who survive this worthy woman
are her sons Louis C, H. G.. John T.
and L. G. and daughter Jessie H. Todd
all residents of Union and its vicinity.
For a long time past the life of Mrs.
Todd had been drawing to its close.
There had been a gradual weakening of
her system.and while no particular com
plaint was noticeable, she had each day
gone a little farther toward the end
until it came as outlined above.
The funeral of deceased will take
place tomorrow morning at eleven
o'clock, from her late resilience in the
village of Union. The funeral sermon
will be preached by Rev. J. T. Baird,
formerly of the Presbyterian church
of this city, provided he can be reached
by notice in time to permit his attend
ance. The pall-bearers will be W. II.
DuBois, S. L. McCarthy, C. II. Tay
lor, W. C. Ramsey, A. 10. Stites, and
R. A. Foster.
There is so much in thu life of this
good woman that has endeared her to
all whom she came in rontact, that her
passing is hailed with an universal re
gret. In her husband's life she was
the cheerful, loving helpmeet, ready
in every way to make life's rugged
path smoother and the way more pleas
ant. In the lives of her children i-.h'
will always live as the best friend they
ever knew and the harbor toward whkli
they steered when life's storm c&mt
upon them. While to her many fiiendu
she was the personification of all that
was true, good and noble in this narrow
vale. So it comes that her end come
to all as a personal bereavement.
Again in the Toils.
John Miller, the young man against
whom a fine of one hundred dollars has
been standing for sometime past, was
Tuesda afternoon swooped down upon by
Chief Fitzgerald and Officer Janda and
hurried into the noisome depths of a
city cell. John, it seems, had failed to
heed the gentle admonishments of the
police to make himself unseen upon the
streets but had sat about upon the cor
ners and grinned through his teeth at
the officers until they would have no
more of it. He seems to have preferr
ed to show the folly of overlooking an
opportunity, and doubtless, will be
wiser and older when he emerges from
his enforced seclusion.
Platte River Dry Out West.
The water in the Platte river has
completely disappeared and only the
sand is left. The fishes are dying in
large numbers and fishermen are mak
ing great hauls wherever water can be
found. The second channel has run
ning water, but the main channel is
dry except in very few places where
water has collected in depressions in
the sand. This phenomenon occurs
practically every year, although last
year there were few, if any, times
when there was not running water in
some places. Kearney Hub.
Douglas County Commissioners.
The Board of Commissioners of Doug
las county, accompanied by the county
surveyor were visitors today at the
stone quarries of Newell & Atwood at
Cedar Creek, coming down to this city
on No. 6 and taking No. 29 here for
that point, the latter train being held
for the connection. The Commissioners
are in the market for a large amount of
stone and were desirous of inspecting
the kind of rook the Cedar Creek quar
ries produced, Messrs Newell & At
wood being among the bidders for the
contract. From the quarries at Cedar
Creek the party expected to be taken
in two autos to the quarries of C. D.
Woodworth at Weeping where they
would also inspect the quality of the
output. Messrs. W. H. Newell, S. H.
Atwood and C. D. Woodworth accom
panied the party.
Mrs. Paul Bajeck was a passenger on
the noon train for Omaha where she will
visit her husband, Paul, who is in the
hospital at that point, having been op
erated upon recently. The last report
Mrs. Bajeck had from him was on Sun
day last when he was not getting on
very welL She was greatly in hopes
that she would find him better.
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