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HEAVY GUNS AT WORK; CIVIL LAW IN CHARGE
Taft and Bryan Turn Themselves
Loose at Hot Springs and
' Springfield Emerges from Mi
City Is Orderly Again.
EACH SPEAKS FOR HIS PARTY
SIX MORE RIOT INDICTMENTS
The Journal's Article of a Fe?-Days Sinca
Galls for Several Interesting Replies,
Assistant State's Attorney Looks for
' Fifty More of the Same.
Both Have Something to Say About
Tariff for Protection.
UMK TilEi UP
II Hi! iHTERESTS
8 IF (T OrfWis
Dear Sir: In the Evening Journal of
August IS, you wrote an article about
Plattsmouth, giving some reasons why
said city did not prosper as it should.
You stated further, that a good many
farmers had stated "there was no in
ducement for them to come here to
trade." Also, taking your word for it.
"they can buy goods cheaper at other
places in the county than they can in
The latter statement the writer and
others refuse to believe; and can also
prove that such is not the case. Our
merchants by reason of the keen com
petition and present methods of doing
business and by environments, are
forced to do business on a closer margin
than smaller merchants in the country
The farmer used to think he could
save money by buying goods Jfrom mail
order houses, but that day is fast van
ishing and the patrons of said houses
are getting their eyes open to the pe
culiar pay-in-advance methods of mail
order houses, and they have taken the
time to investigate and compare prices
and have found that their home mer
chants are their friends after all. They
know that when they make a purchase
from such houses it requires the cash in
their hands before the goods are pro
duced. When they approach their home
merchant the goods are there for them
to select from and plenty of them.
Furthermore, the merchants extend to
them a credit which they, under no cir
cumstances, can obtain at any mail or
. The result of this is that they (the
mail order houses) are now suffering.
One of these so-called big houses, doing
business on another's capital, had a
falling off of $10,000,000 in their last
year of business. If this does not show
that the patrons of these mail order
houses are waking up, what does?
Plattsmouth merchants can, will and
do sell goods as cheap as any concerns
in the county and out of it.
In regard to inducements, we would
like you, Mr. Editor, to find out what
is wanted of our community, that we,
the progressive citizens of Plattsmouth
in the future can make it interesting
for those with a pessmistic view of
their county seat.
From Another Source.
I noticed in your paper of August
18th, in an article headed "Quite a Few
Reasons Why Plattsmouth Does Not
Prosper," some mighty good, solid
sense and some clear facts. I am glad,
as a citizen, to note your fearlessly
putting it before the merchant. Keep
it up. I, in my small way, have re
An Explanation to The Voters at
the Primary Next Tuesday
An urgent plea has been sent out by
the State Bar association for the adop
tion of .the proposed amendments to the
supreme court for the increase of the
number of judges to seven, with an in
crease of salary 'from $2,500 to $4,500
': per annum. At present there are three
. vr justices of the supreme court and seven
" supreme court commissioners who sal
aries are $2,500. Only the three judges
reside at the state capital. The com
missioners reside at their various homes
.throughout the state, ,and do not sit
with the court. Their duties are mere
ly to review the evidence," present the
' law, and recommend. With a court of
nine judges all would reside at the state
capital and till would sit together. The
advantage of such an arrangement over
the present piecework affair ought to !
be evident -to anyone. !
. The other arr.er. iment relates to the j
investment . of the state's permanent'
school fund, -which has grown to such i
proportions that investment is difficult j
under the constitution and the law as at j
. present. Tbis fund i;ow amounts to
nearly eight million dollars. If the pro- I
posed amendment is adopted the state j
. authorities v;l: have po.wcr to invest in ;
other kinds of securities, including ;
school district and school warrants. j
Provision is made for voting for or
against these amendments on the pri-
marv ballot at trip roir.iri!' nrimsrv oloc- i
j j-, r -
tion. If a majority of repubFcan votes
are cast for them, it follows that a
straight party ballot at the general
election will be counted also for the
amendments. If a majority of dem
ocratic votes are so cast at the primary
election, the same result follows. The
peatedly called their attention to what
you have just aid. They, the inr
chants, individually or collectively deny
the evident fact. The trouble seems to
be that the most of our merchants are
either old timers or the descendents of
old merchants who did business here
before them and they follow the oid
time methods of small sales and large
piofits rather than the modern one of
quick sales and small profits.
One reason why they do this is that the
Plattsmouth merchant has both eyes on
the shop trade a credit trade from
which very few merchants have in the
past ever grew very rich in comparison
to the number that have gone broke or
worked a life time for a mere living. It
would seem as though it was time they
awoke. There are thousands going to
Omaha and to catalogue houses that
they could get if they would lower their
per centage of profit, which they could
easily do if they could quit the credit
Ai.y business man knows and the
farmer is a business man nowadays,
a keen one that you can't do a credit
business on the same margin as for
cash. One of the greatest reasons why
Plattsmouth does not prosper .is that
the farmer has to pay the merchant he
sells his butter and eggs to, two profits,
something no other town asks. A far
mer brings in his eggs, sells them for
12Jc, we will say. He must take this
out in trade. The merchant sells them
for 15c. Anywhere else eggs and but
ter are cash. Again, when he takes
this bill out in trade he must pay a
certain percentage to help make up for
what some floater who has moved in
and worked a while in the shops and
got out, sticking everybody he could
There isn't a merchant in town who
has been in business many years who
hasn't been stuck for bills.
Why don't you get on to a cash basis?
Your freight is the same from the east
as Omaha's. You can sell goods for
the same price if you do as Omaha and
will not be continually kicking about
people buying in Omaha. They won't
carry goods down from there if they can
get them here. People, as well as any
thing else, go on the line of least re
sistance. The fact is, they get well
paid for carrying down those bundles
The public are not all fools; they don't
carry those bundles for fun.
Your good citizen does not need the
credit; he will pay you cash if you all
ask for it. Why don't you organize a
business man's association for your own
good? Not to see how you can raise
your goods, but to see how you can sell
them for less and still make a better
profit in the course of a year's business
Your methods are away behind the
times. Come out of it!
A Citizen Who Knows.
amendments are non-partisan in any
j event and should be supported
i publicans and democrats alike.
Candidate for Congress in Town.
Hon. John A. Maguire, of Lincoln, is
in the city today circulating among his
many Plattsmouth friends. Mr. Ma
guire is one of the two democratic can
didates for congress, subject to the will
of the voters of that party at the pri
mary election on Tuesday, September 1.
A lawyer by profession and a first-class
gentleman in every particular, the dem
ocratic voters need have any fears. as to
his qualification for the position to which
he aspires. The fact is, Mr. Maguire
is a joung man eminently well fitted for
the position now occupied by E. M. Pol
lard; and ona thing certain he will, if
nominated and elected, prove a repre
eetative of of Western people (and not
the interests of the East) and while
away his time in playing into the hands
of such men as Speaker Cannon, arch
enemies of the common people. A vote
for John A. Maguire means a vote for a
democrat of the true metal.
Off br Gsrmany.
Rudolph Ramsell, of Edgemont, S. D.,
who has been visiting relatives and
frieiids in his old home for the past ten
days, departed for Seward, Neb., today,
where hj will visit for a few days,
thence to Hannibal, Mo., for a brief
visit. After which he will depart for
Germany to visit his parents in the Fath
erland. Mr. Ramseil is foreman of one I
department in the Burlington shoos
at Edgemont, S. D., where he has been
located for some time, and in trt.cing a
vacation he will spend the same in the
land of his birth. He will be-gone un
til nearly Christmas, and the Journal
wishes him' a pleasant journey and a safe
return to his adopted country. There
were a number of friends at the depot
to" witness his departure and bid m him
god-speed upon his journey.
Mrs. John II. Becker and daughter,
Carrie, and Miss Dora Peacock were
among those going to Omaha this morn
ing to spend the day.
Ohio Man Compares Party Itwords
a.nI Attacks llryan Methods Xc
brankan Fires n Hroatlside
Into KcpnMicnn Ideas.
TTot Rprings. Va Aug. 22. Achieve
ment versus theories actual removal
of abuses as ajrainst ever-changing, un
practical radicalism that was the ease
of the Republican against the Demo
cratic, party as stated by William II.
Taft. in his speech here to the gather
In; of Virginia Republicans. As to the
question by I'.ryan, "Shall the people
nile'" the nominee asserted that the
people do rule and that their will has
been expressed In Roosevelt's policy.
While Hrynn thought ivp and advocat
ed all manner of impossible schemes to
kill prosperity or to curb evils which
accompany it, Roosevelt originated,
and with the aid of congress carried
out policies that improved business
standards. Taft declared.
Bryan Methods "IneffW't ive."
Tie also declared that -the Rryan
methods are ineffective, and that "the
Democratic party and its distin
guished Jeader" are "utterly oblivious
of the necessity of rare and caution in
fhe enactment of statutes which are to
accomplish changes in our social and
business relations. They seem to have
an Impression that an evil which
very insidious and which is elusive in
Its character when definite legal
description is to he given of it and a
heavy penalty is to be prcscriled for It
may be safely met by n statutory de
nunciation hastily prepared in a day or
a week or a short period."
Talks About the Tariff.
Taft reviewed the record of the
Democratic party from the time of the
last Democratic administration in ISP,.").
"During this iHriod." he said "it re
pealed the McKinley tariff bill, passed
In 1S0O. and enacted the Gorman-Wilson
bill of lSJV?. With the prospect
of a Democratic tariff for revenue
only and under the operation of the
Corman-Wilson bill subsequently pass
ed, a period of industrial depress'on
set in which continued through the
next presidential campaign of 1S00.
Bryan's Kemedy for Panics.
"The remedv for this depression, as
proposed by the Democratic party
under its present leadership, was a
change from the gold standard of cur
rency and value, which was the meas
ure of all pecuniary obligations, to a
silver standard a change which
would have scaled the debts of all by
quite ."0 per cent and would have pro
duced a financial crash in -which the
business disaster would have been ex
ceeded only by the injury to our na
tional financial honor." Taft was sur
rounded during his speech by approxi
mately o.OOO people. Ills reception was
cordial and nis sjieech heartily ap-planded.-
DUTAVS SPKKCH AT DISMOIXES
He Attacks the Republican Tariff Idea
Des Moines. Ia.. Aug. 22. Compar
ing the attitude of the two dominant
parties on the tariff question. William
J. Bryan at the baseball park in thi
city, before a vast audience, fired the
first gun in the campaign. He attack
ed the Republican promises of tariff
revision, and asked if the Democratic
party was not justified when it includ
ed in its platform the declaration. that
"the people cannot safely entrust the
pxecution of this important work with
a party which is so deeply obligated
to the highly protected interest as the
"The whole aim of our party." be
laid, in summarizing, "is to secure Jus
tice in taxation. We believe that each
Individml should contribute to the
support of the government In propor
tion to the benefits which he receives
under the protecting government. We
believe that a revenue tariff, approach
ed gradually according to the plan laid
flown in our platform, will equalize
the burdens of taxation, and that the
addition of an income tax will
make taxation still more equal. If th
Republican party is to have the sup
pert of tho people who riiul a pecu
niary profit in the legislation of the
taxing power as a' private t in
their business.. Ve ought to have the
support of that large majority of the j
people who produce the nation's wvalth
in time of peace, protect .the nation's
flag in time of war. and ask nothing
from the government but oven handed
Illustrating the "private asset" fca- '
hire ho quoted II. K. Miles, chairman ':
Pf the tariff committee of the National '
Association of Manufacturers, as say
ing: "I have made money every year
out of the tariff graft nor much, but
still a little." Miles did this, he said.
by raising his prices to meet the prices !
charged hint by the "tariff barons."
ond something over. TJrynn said that
the Republican tariff system was
vicious, and that it led to intimidation
of employes by threatening them with
reduct'on of wages if the tariff was re- I
duced. Business, he said, should not
LdtwlesH Men in Small Towns Story
of ft Woman ItefuRee Biot
Wounded Improving, In
Springfield. 111., Aug. 22. The first
day of the nominal resumption oif civic
rule in Springfield was free from dis
orders. The members of the Seventh
infantry were scattered about the city
in small detachments, but they were
under orders to act only In case their
aid was solicited by the sheriff or his
deputies. Twice the slun .hers of the
soldiers was disturbed, once when a
small fire broke oi't in a shed and
again wli'Mi an irate father fired at an
objectionable suitor for his daughter's
hand. Small crowds gat here in each
instance but weie quickly dispersed
and at midn'g'it the s tree-Is were prac
tically des M tcd.
Six More Alleged Ilioters.
Six more all. -god riot leaders have
been caught in the grand jury net here.
The inquisitorial body lias returned in
dictments charg'ng twenty separate of
fenses. All were predicated upon the
trouble at l.oper's restaurant, and were
identical with those charged against
Kate Ho.vard in t lie indictments re
turned yesterday. The jury has as yet
confined its work to investiutating the
riot at I-oper's. except in the case of
Abraham Raymer. who was indicted
for nVur:lr in connection with the
lynching of William Donnigan last
Saturdiy. Assistant State's Attorney
L Wines exju'ets fifty more indictments
on the evidence he has.
Names of Those Indicted.
The persons indicted are: Ernst
ITumphrey. huckster: Rudolph Ilrede
meyer. mechanic: John Schienle, gro
cery clerk: William Sutton, cabman
Herbert Carey, blacksmith, and one
other man whose identitly was kept
secret at the order of Judge Creighton.
because he is understood to have fled
from Springfield. Humphrey. S hienle
Crcdemeyd and the fugitive were
each indicted four times for malicious
mischief and riot. Carey and Sutton
were made the subject of two indict
ments each, the same offenses boin
charged. .Ti'dge Creighton fixed the
bail at ?2:i for each indictment.
DANG KB IN THE SMAMj TOWNS
Lawless Men Warn "Niggers" Con
dition of the Biot Wounded.
The small towns of the county con
tinue to be danger spots. At Buffalo.
a village fifteen miles from here, the
following notice has been posted at the
interurban trolley line station: "All
niggers wanted out of town by Mon
day. 12 in., sharp." It was signed
"Buffalo Sharpshooters.' Complaints
also filter in daily from the mining
camps, coming from whites and ne
groes alike. Each race seems distrust
ful of the other in these communities.
There is a decrease In the number
of refugees at the arsenal. The negroes
were told that ,the proper time to re
establish themselves in their homes
was while ihe troops are still here,
and this argument prevailed in many
cases. But none of the blacks went
to their homes with smiling faces.
There was fear in their hearts and
anxiety marked their features. In
their homes few lights were shown
after nightfall, absolute quiet and
darkness being depended upon to de
ceive night prowlers as to the presence
of the families. . .
One of the refugees at the arsenal
was a woman whose white skin be
trayed only. faint traces pf negro blood.
She was accompanied by a fair-haire.i
boy about five years old. "1 supose
that I am foolish to come here." she
said. "But I should no erar.y if I tried
to sleep at home. I an not even sure
that my neighbors suspect me of hav
ing negro blood in my Veins. We have
not mingled with the negroes here be
fore, and have kept- aloof from the
whites. But my husband is away, and
I couldn't bear to think of having onr
home invaded by rowdies -who might
kill our boy. So I have thrown off the
maslc ami come here. We are going to
move away from this place just as
soon as po.n.ic. In fact my husband
is looking for a position fn another
Arthur Tr.ivman. who w.-s wrunded j
during the rintinir on Aug. bl. h - been J
discharged irom the hospital. Troy
man is the first of tiios wounded ly
bullets to recover from his injuries.
All the ithe;- injured are throught to
be o'lt 'if d;ii"ir wtt'i tl.o i.:uU ' t-. !
cept'oTi f Will-am Itowc. the county
official who was shot through the body
by negroes. Ilo-we. however, is re
ported as improving tonight.
Takt' His IlrioVto Panama.
roori:i. 111.. Am-'. 22. Traveling nil
the w:iy from ih( Panama canal,
where be is tmgaso'l as a civil fnghiper,
Wayne P.urkhaltr. a native of this
city, ha- ncirricd Miss .Tooph:n?
Schcrcr. of Murphysbnro. 111., brought
the bride to this itv to visit his nar-
ents, and departed for his post on th
canal on uie honeymoon.
And IV s
Sometimes it strikes three sometimes
it strikes twenty-three sometimes it
strikes -thirteen. To those who do not
understand it we will reveal the secret.
When it strikes .three, it means that
someone has recently gotten No. 13 and
three is jjoneon the next thirteen. When
it strikes twenty-thi ee it means that an
other No. 13 is one and only two left
ii n till another No. 13 oes. And when
it strikes thirteen, it means that the
lucky one is just leaving our store with a
pair of shoes that did not cost a cent.
Try it once. School begins pretty soon
and you are oin to buy shoes. Our
fall stock is now coming in and we can
can furnish you shoes that will wear;
shcs that fit; shoes that are up-to-date
and shoes that have a reputation.
Fought the Booze.
John Susemker last week started his
campaign against John Barleycorn, ap
parently with the intention of putting
John on the bumpski, as the poet has
aptly expressed it. He continued his
crusade all the week, making an even
gamier fight than Mary Armour, but at
the close of the week it became ap
parent that John was steadily encroach
ing upon Susemker's fortifications and
that it would be only a question of time
when he would commence to see green
HznrHs with viHnur toila anrl rnnlr a or.
pents with green tongues unless he
was headed off in his wild career. There
was also a possibility that he would
reach a better world by means of being
ground up beneath the wheels of "Big
Dick," as be persisted in prowling
about the railroad yards with his load,
so the police thought for hie own wel
fare they had best gather him in, and
Saturday right he was escorted to the
Hotel Manspeaker, where he rested un
til this morning, when he was brought
before Judge Archer, who gave him
one dollar's worth of his celebrated
brand of justice, besides the customary
t immings. On condition that Susemker
c ase his crusade against Barleycorn,
the judge suspended the fine until he
could return to work with James Rebal
the broom maker.
Bound for Canada.
The land boon in Canada is attract
ing some visitors and prospective in
vestors from this section to Alberta and
other parts of Southern Canada. The
fast mail this noon carried to Omaha
the following parties, all of whom are
bound for Canadian points : J. L. Young,
L. H. Young, of Murray, C. L. Wiles,
S. L. Cole and son, Mr. and Mrs. E. V.
Cole and Will Stokes of Mynard. All
these parties are interested in seeing i
what they can do in the way of picking
up some bargains in Canadian land and
will travel from Omaha, north to St.
Taul and Minneapolis Whence they will
go to Winnipeg and the Alberta r.- jn.
This is the famed wheat region of tl e
northwest and is unquestionably ;t fer
tile field for grain. The party be
gone for several davs.
Judge Archer, one of the
citizens of Nebraska, i
that on August 2". i:
a killing frost in t';is
, there occurred
years atro to-
w-11 be just forty-five
morrow. 1 he cm was killed down to ,
the ground, and the crop - was a total ' a:
failure. At the same time he harvest
ed a bumper crop of wheat, which was . romance of the world has twined. On
all that savod this section in the crop j Monday evening, August 31, this beau
line. The past few days recalled the j tiful instrument can be heard at the
weather conditions of that time very j I'armele in all of its prinstine glory,
vividly. i Tickets can be had at the Kiley hotel.
WITH MR. BRYAN
Seme Part of the Nebraskan's' Creed,
However, Are Not Acceptable.
Nkw York, Aug. 19. The New York
World editorially advocates the election
of William J. Bryan.
For sometime the attitude of Pulitz-
I er's Prhas been in doubt, and it has
j been feared that the Nebraskan would
have to make the campaign in New
York without the support of any of
the larger papers.
The World, in its editorial, says:
The 'World ha3 sharply disagreed
with Mr. Bryan and the Democratic
party in the party in the past. It has
upheld them whenever they represented
true democracy. It has opposed their
populism and sociallism. It has nothing
to retract, defend or excuse. In common
with the Democratic miNons as distin
guished from the Democratic politicans,
it responds now to the merits and de
mands of a cause rather than to the
claims bi any man or any machine.
There are planks in the Democratic
platform which we repudiate now as al
ways. There are phases of Mr. Bryan's
career and there are articles in his polit
ical creed of which we disapprove, now
as always. But in the essentials of op
position to Rooseveltism, we are in
hearty accord with the Democratic pi'
Whence Comes the Harp.
The history of the harp, as it dips
'nto an almost forgotten past, its or-
; igm, it" romance, Us religion, affords a
; more fascinating story than that of any
other n usica! i;i.-;tr'jrr.tnt. As early as
1S0O years 1!. C, th; first 'lyre was
evolved from the rnin.! of a h:gh priest
of Osiris, t-hat rod of the pt-or Je who
w as so .v'oied that even his name was
r.-.r. r. tie red by j rofar.e- lip". T; e prie?t,
in one of hi? di!v v. a Iks nl'.r.g the
:s of the
en:fty tortoi.-e she!;, and
str.-Kc :t, noticed ;.t it
gave forth a
pleasing sound. T:n was born the
ha; py thought to ma'r.e a musical in
strument cn the plan of thtt tortoise
shell. An.! hence, the haru that in-
s trim: en t which has been through tbe
iges, the favorite of the gentler sex, J )
ind the instrument about which all t!. A
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