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VOLUME XX VI II
PLATTSMOUTII, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, SI2PTEM BEK 2!, 1)0S
NUM MEU 12
THE EAGLE PIC
NIC AT BERLIN.
An Immense Crowd Present
A representative of the Journal at
tended the Eagle picnic at Berlin, Otoe
county, Thursday, and had the pleasure
of interviewing a large number of the
well-to-do farmers of that community.
The picnic was a grand success in every
particular. There was nothing that oc
curred to mar the pleasure of the occa
sion, except dust, and that, of course,
was beyond control.
The picnic was held in a beautiful
grove, at the edge of town, and was an
ideal spot for an event of this kind.
In the forenoon the irrepressible "Doc"
Tannner, of the South Omaha Daily
Democrat, delivered the principal ad
dress, he being one of the prominent
Eagles of Nebraska. His speech was
right to the point and was highly ap
preciated by those who were present.
In the afternoon the regular sports
that go to make up the interesting
features of such events, were indulged
n. The balloon ascension did not oc
cur, because it caught fire and went up
in smoke. The program was all that
could have been desired.
The event was under the auspices of
the Eagle Lodge of Syracuse, and rep
resentatives of the order were present
from every section of Otoe county.
The occasion was enlivened during the
entire day by the soul-stirring strains
from the celebrated Nebraska City
band, which does most excellent service
wherever it goes. The gentlemen com
posing this organization are splendid
musicians, social people and it is always
a pleasure to meet them.
Berlin is a nice little town, anil we
enjoyed our visit immensely. The com
munity is almost entirely German, and
is settled by a wealthy class of those
excellent people, many of whom we
had the pleasure of meeting, and feel
much better by so doing.
We desire in particular to return our
most sincere thanks to Dr. and Mrs. D.
Horace Schall. who took quite an inter
est in our welfare during our stay in
the pleasant little village. Dr. Schall
and his estimable lady came from Phil
adelphia, Pa., a number of years since,
and located in the town for the practice
of his profession. They are both de
servedly very popular, and we want to
assure them that the interest taken in
the writer made his first visit to Berlin
one that will ever be remembered. Dr.
Schall is one of thelie democrats of
Otoe county, is a member of the Dem
ocratic county committee, and keeps
moving in the interests of his party.
He is also mayor of the city, and a gen
uine good fellow. Not any more so
however than his good wife is a genu
ine lady in every respect. May they
both live long and their shadows never
Return From South Dakota.
J. II. Haldeman and wife came in
Tuesday night from a visit to Beadle
county, S. D., where they have land
holdings. They purchased this land
without seeing it on the recommenda
tion of J. E. Douglas and they were
most agreeably surprised when they
made the trip and saw what they had
bought. They found the soil to be a
rich, black loam, deep and heavy, and
found crops to be the finest ttiey had
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seen in icai.-. i nn.i. ..... j
an extra fir.e crop and the hay and J
crass crops are very heavy. In addi- j
tion the water supply is abundant and j
is a guarantee of good crops, there
are flowing wells all over the county,
water beir.g obtained at the depth that
water is usually obtained in this
country. One farmer who went down
t-lo feet obtained a tlow of water which
went I feet into the air. This is proof
abundant that there will be no crop
failure in Beadle county. Huron is
situated in this countv and is a fine and
flourishing city. Mr. Haldeman thinks ;
the country the "finest in the world' j
to use his ov.-n expression. Land sells j
at to mo per a-Te. :
Received Several CaSters.
'Oil i :ssen.-oi
the man in j;;i! on j
murdering Charles j
Byrne, has U-tr. taking things much J
easier than he did at first. Deputy j
SherirT Manspeaker says that he has j
began to recover his spirits and is not J
so depressed over the sad anair as he j
was yesterday. He appreciates the
seriousness of his situation but ap
parently maintains hope that he will
escape with a light sentence. He had
several visitors Saturday from vicinity
of his home in the western end of this
county, and a number of local acquaint
ances called upon him. So far as can
be learned, however, he did not talk of
A special from Auburn, under date
of September 18, says: "About 200
ministers are in the city attending the
meeting of the M. E. conference, but
as yet only preliminary work is being
done. The matter of better provided
for superannuated preachers is being
considered and Thursday evening Bishop
Mclntyre delivered his very able lec
ture, "Buttoned up People." The
amount received for tickets is to go to
the fund for this purpose.
"The question of missions, home and
fore'gn, has been informally considered.
Quite a number of preachers are in at
tendance who have preached in these
parts in the years gone by and some of
these no longer young men.
"There is some talk among the
preachers in relation to the legislation
on the liquor question, and Speaker
Cannon is not mentioned as a friend of
the movement against the liquor traf
fic." On a Trip of Pleasure.
A party of prominent Omaha people
came in Saturday noon from the south
after a trip from Omaha through Lin
coln to Nebraska City thence back to
The party has beenonthe road several
days and are quite sunburned and taned
with their exposure to wind and weath
er. They had along with them several
extra large and fine ears of corn
gathered from Cass county corn fields
during their trip. They made the run
from Lincoln through Prairie Home,
Alvo, Murdock, Weeping Water,
Avoca and Berlin to Nebraska City, re
turning by way of Nehawka and Union
to this city where they will cross the
river and go up the Iowa side to Council
Bluffs thence over the river to their
home. The party is composed of Mr.
and Mrs. Luther Kountze, Mr. East
man and Mr. Geo. Fibiger.
Death at Greenwood.
Mr. A. J. Hartsook died at his home
west of Greenwood on Sunday evening,
September 13. 190S, at 5:15 o'clock, af
ter an illness of several weeks. The
remains were tenderly laid to rest by
sorrowing relatives and friends in
beautiful Greenwood cemetery.
Andrew J. Hartsook was born March
14, 1833, in Green county, Ohio, where
he grew to manhood. Ho was united
in marriage September 27, 1855, to
Lydia M. Huffman, who departed this
life just three weeks and one day pre
viots to his own death. Mr. and Mrs.
Hartsook resided in Ohio until 1866,
when they moved to Wisconsin, residing
there until lfcS4, when they removed to
this vicinity. Ten children were born
to them, all of whom are living except
one daughter who died twelve years
Visit Nebraska City.
Col. M. A. Bates of Plattsmouth,
float candidate for representative be
tween Cass and Otoe counties on the
democratic ticket, was in the city to
day shaking hands with his many
friends. He is a good, live man and
one to whom the democrats and all
others can tie to and be sure that he
will make good at any place he is sent.
He is one of the old time loyal demo
crats and one of the ablest newspaper
men in this part of the state Nebraska
Trying to Migrate.
The baggagemen captured a young
rattlesnake, which crawled out of one
of the empty beer kegs at the Missouri
Pacific passenger kepot yesterday after
noon and had a bushel of fun with it.
Several had close calls from being bit
ten before they killed his snakeship. It
was some thirty inches in length. The
railroad men claim they often find !
snakes along the platform at this sea
son of the year and in empty boxes,
barrels aud kegs. It may be that the
snakes are trying to migrate to some
state that is not threatened with pro
hibition. Nebraska City News.
An 0!d Timer Here.
E. D. Stokes came in last Friday
from Plainview. Neb., for a brief visit
with his brother. A. R. Stokes, living
in the city, and with his parents, who
reside in the county. Mr. Stokes is an
old timer in Plattsmouth, having been
an employe of the Burlington shops for
a number of years, and this is his first
visit in five years to his former home.
He will remain here about a week to
greet his former '"old chums" in Platts
mouth. Vaich Lost!
Somewhere between the farm of A.
S. Will and the home of C. N. Bever
idge, a 16 size watch, Waltham move
ment, No. 12963322, Cresent Silverine
csae O. F., No. 239S. Finder willjplease
return to owner.
TON IS SUED.
Widow of Brakeman Ford Asks for
Eva B. Ford, administratix of the es
tate of Joshua F. Ford, deceased, has
brought suit in district court against
the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Rail
road company asking judgment against
that corporation in the sum of $25,000,
pays the Lincoln Journal. For cause of
action plaintiff alleges that on July 14,
1908, Joshua F. Ford came to his death
through the negligence of the defend
ant company and its agents and through
no fault of his own. Ford was a brake
man in the employ of the company and
the fatality occurred at Louisville. At
the time of the accident deceased was
thirty years old and was earning $1,000
per year, all of which was devoted to
the support of his family. His expect
ancy of life was thirty-five years and
he had prospects of an increased in
come. There are two children, the
oldest four years of age and the young
est one month. He left no estate. Ac
cording to the petition, at the time
Ford was killed, he and the other mem
bers of the crew were getting a car
load of rock from a spur track at
Louisville. This track is very steep
inclining upward from the main line.
The car was not provided with a brake
but was kept from running down the
track by a block of wood which had
been placed under the wheel?. The
automatic coupler was also out of order
so that it would not work unless the
coupler on the engine was open. The
engine backed up against the car and
because the coupler did not work the
car was driven a short distance up the
track. Ford stepped in to open the
coupler and while he was thus occupied
the car ran back down the track and
crushed him against the engine. He
died within a short time. The defect
ive condition of the car,due, it is alleged,
to the negligence of the company, is
declared to have been the cause of his
Saturday afternoon the primary class
of St. Luke's Episcopal Sunday School
was entertained with a picnic party
down near the big Burlington bridge.
The party is under the chaperonage of
Mrs. Dawson and consists of a large
number of bright young ladies who
have an abundance to eat and who are
determined to have an enjoyable time.
The party includesMisses Helen Nejedly,
Ruth Clark, Edith Rebal, Margaret
Buttery, Edith Range, Edith Dovey and
Nora Livingston all members of the
class, while Misses Marie Robertson,
Goldie Hale, Kate York and Florence
Kaloshek are guests of the class.
lav; is valid
The Supreme Court of Nebraska
Upholds the State
The doom of the free pass in all its
forms is sounded by an opinion of the
supreme court filed yesterday. The
court sustaines the Nebraska anti-pass
law and holds that it is illegal for any
one to receive a pass except those ex
empted in the state law. This decision
written by Chief Justice Barnes, carries
with it a holding that all contracts for
transportation made by attorneys, or
newspapers payable in professional
services or in newspaper advertising
are illegal, says the Lincoln Journal.
The anti-pass law provides that rail
way employes may receivd transpor
tation, but it defines an employe of a
railroad as one who devotes the major
portion of his time to the company.
This portion of all other parts of the
law the court decides is legal. The op
inion of the court hits several railroads
in this state. The Union Pacific road
does not employ attorneys under the
old contract system, but does eroploy
surgeons. Most all of the roads have
made contracts for newspaper adver
tising payable in whole or in part with
mileage Looks, but a great majority of
the papers of the state refuse to make
such contracts. The Missouri Pacific
road employes attorneys.
Another decisiou of importance made
by the court is one sustaining the King
act passed by the last legislature to
prevent persons and corporations from
selling commodities in general use at a
lower rate in one town or region than
in another, allowance being made for
difference of cost of transportation.
This is the first decision of a state
court in the United States upholding a
law of this kind.
Confine It To The Truth.
With characteristic mendacity the
Weeping Water Republican in its last
issue takes occasion to falsify and mis
represent Mayor Gering's position upon
the suspension of the fine of Jack
Bates. It is not known which of the
numerous editors of the Republican is
responsible for this mendacious state
ment as they seem to be almost as
numerous as the Plattsmouth Evening
News boasts, but whoever wrote the
dirty and scurrilous attack upon the
mayor either was misinformed and
took no pains to ascertain the truth or
he deliberately lied about the case.
The facts are that Mayor Gering did
not pardon Bates. He did suspend his
sentence on the condition that he ab
stain from the use of liquor and from
entering saloons. It was upon these
conditions the fine was suspended. The
statement in the News and the Repub
lican is absolutely untrue. Even had
it been true it would have been no
more heinous than the action of the
county attorney in allowing prisoners
to plead guilty to minor offenses and
escape with light fines or in dismissing
cases altogether to escape the heavy
expense incident to keeping the prison
ers. It is a fact that had Bates been
compelled to lay his fine out it would
have cost the city the amount of the
fine to feed and look after him, and it
was best in the mayor's judgment to
suspend his fine and save this heavy ex
pense just as the county attorney
thought it best to accept pleas to minor
offenses and dismiss some cases entire
ly to avoid expense to the county. A
little more adherence to the truth and
a little less mendacity will serve the
people of Cass county much better
than the present plan of journalism as
these two papers are operating under.
Had a Little "Scrap."
From Friday's laily -
As the paper goes to press Police
Judge Archer is engaered in hearing
the case of the State vs. B. Golding.
The case came about over Golding's re
fusal to close at seven o'clock. V. C.
Ahlstrand, president of the clerk's as
sociation, in company with Messrs.
Zucker, Altroegge, Moffett and others
gathered at Golding's store last even
ing shortly after seven o'clock and en
deavored to get him to close up. As
Mr. Golding is deaf he seemed to mis
understand what was said and hit Mr.
Ahlstrand in the ear. No damage was
done but the air was full of wild cries
and demonstrations for a few minutes.
This afternoon Chief Fitzgerald took
judicial cognizance of the row and had
Golding arrested and a most amusing
trial was taking place as the paper
goes to press.
Later Judge Archer administered a
fine of ten dollars and costs to Golding.
The large amount of the fine was prin
cipally because he made so much noise
in the court and told the court what
could not be done with him. The cel
ebrated Archer brand of justice was
applied to convince him the court was
Miss Edna Wray entertained a few
intimate friends last Friday evening at
her home. The evening was spent so
pleasantly that all regretted to see it
draw to a close. There were games
and various other amusements includ
ing a large amount of unusually fine
One of the most pleasant features
of the evening was the singing of Mr.
Jennings Sevier who delighted the au
dience with a number of superb solos.
Another most enjoyable treat was af
forded by Messrs York, Mull is and
Sevier who sang several most beautiful
trios which all were entranced with.
The evening closed with a delightful
luncheon served by the charming hostess
to which all did full justice. At it's
close the guests retired having spent
an evening as thoroughly enjoyable as
any it had ever been their lot to in
Those present were Misses Pearl Allen.
Benedict, and Mollie Sevier, ar.d Messrs
Jesse York, Ralph Mullis, Jennings
Sevier, and Pitz.
The prohibitionists are a sly bunch.
They would have vou believe that the
county option question is as plain as the
nose on your face. If you favor pro
hibition in Nebraska, give your support
to county option. It is but a step to
ward prohibition. In every state where
prohibition has been tried it has proven
a farce and a failure. The Courier is
conscientious when it says that prohi
bition in Nebraska will be a detriment
to the state." The Slocum law, if prop
erly enforced, will take care of the
liquor question. The trouble with Ne
braska today is that we have too many
laws which are not enforced. Louis
Event Largely Attended
Everybody Pleased With
On Wednesday, September 16, a
Journal representative attended the
first annual picnic at Eagle, where we
arrived abont 11 a. m., and found a
large crowd already gathered to engage
in the festivities of the occasion.
Eagle is a hustling little town, and is
nestled in the midst of some of the fin
est farming country in the west. The
business men are wide-awake and right
up-to-date in all lines of merchandise
carried in stock by them, and almost
every line of business is represented.
In enterprise it takes no back seat for
towns of its size, as the energy display
ed in getting up this celebration would
denote. While our stay in Eagle was
limited, we had an opportunity of meet
ing a number of the Journal's best
friends.among whom were Jim Latram,
the hardware man, Henry Snoke, A. L.
McDonald, the real estate man, and our
young friend Meilenz, cashier of the
bank, all of whom greeted us cordially,
and made our stay as pleasant as pos
sible. We also met J. H. Brinkworth,
editor of the Beacon, but he was so
busy in engineering the program, that
we did not push ourself upon him, know
ing full well the tiresome duties that de
volved upon him.
The program was carried out to the
letter, consisting of two ball games, in
which Alvo came out victorious in both.
The first game occurred at 11 o'clock
in the forenoon, between Alvo and
Greenwood and the one in the afternoon
between Eagle and Alvo. Both were
witnessed by a large and interesting
Previous to the ball game the races
took place on the Main street in the
village, which created the greatest
amusement of all, and was engaged in
by both girls and boys and men. The
high diving dog was another feature of
the occasion that created considerable
wonderment from the large audience
Bixby, the funny man of the Lincoln
State Journal, who was the principal
orator of the day, made his address in
the forenoon at the park, and while it
was listened to by a very respectable
audience, the crowd was not what it
should have been. This early morning
speaking is a mistake that many picnic
managers have made this season. The
farmers and their families are not in the
habit of leaving their homes until after
dinner, and consequently fail to hear
the speaking, which, by all means
should occur in the afternoon.
The Eagle band was in evidence with
the choicest of musicwhich greatly en
livened the occasion. The band, while
not as large as some, the musiclwas
just as sweet, which demonstrated that
it would soon rank with bands of much
There was nothing that occurred dur
ing the day to mar the pleasure of the
event, and everything passed off pleas
antly, until the unfortunate affair
which occurred about 10 o'clock at
night that caused the death of one
young man, which is very much re
gretted by the managers of Eagle's
first annual picnic. But such disturb
ances cannot be attributed to any part
of the management, as it was possible
to occur had the parties engaged met
on any other occasion.
This was Eagle's first attempt at a
gathering of this character, and while
the killing of Byrne cast a gloom over ; KOne aryl breathed her last in less than
the entire community, and dampened j an j-;OUr Siftor the operation was j.er
the pleasure which all had enjoyed dur- : forrr,ed.
ing the day, no blame whatever can be ! The funera occurred from the Ger
laid at the feet of the good people of man Evangelical church on Tuesday at
Eagle. The celebration was one of the 2 p. rn., conducted by the pastor, Kev.
biggest events in the history of the i$raucnla. The parents are prostrated
town, and the Journal hopes that next with gr;ef anc have the sympathy of
year they will have one just as big. j the jjCO?e Gf the entire community in
7. i their great sorrow. Louisville Courier.
Advertised Letter List. j
The following letters remain in the
post office at Plattsmouth uncalled for '
up to and including Sept. 21, 190'-: 1
Miss Frances Mane, Miss May Mane, '
Mrs. Lu Taylor, Mrs. F. S. Shutzman, !
A. B. Fischer, David Garber, J. A. i
Hamilton, E. J. Hoenshel, J. E. John- !
son, J. A. C. Kropp, J. A. Karvanek,
J. C. Matthews, J. A. Pool, G. A. j
Pachardson, E. A. Smith, H. Sidzman, j
Joe Sedlock, Jos. Sledlok, Eddie j
Schesbhv. Harrv Whitman, J. W. j
Wood. Parties calling for same please
say "advertised," and unless called for
within a reasonable lenerthof time then
they will be sent to the Dead Letter
Office at Washington, D. C.
Farms for Sale.
One near Mynard and one near Mur
ray. Inquire of Earle V. Cole at
A Brilliant Meteor.
Residents all over this nee tion of the
state last Saturday night witnessed the
most brilliant meteor seen in years. It
came from the south going almost north
and was thought by people down altout
Union to have lighted somewhere to
the north edge of the county while
people here believe it to come down
near the Platte river. However, the
Omaha papers speak of it having gone
to that city and still in the air when
last seen no that it probably did not
land until away north of the state or
possibly even farther. It is reported
to have exploded somewhere near here
as people at Union and in this city claim
to have heard the noise. Be this as it
may the meteor was Ktill in the air and
flaming away when last seen at Omaha.
It went over about eight o'clock and lit
the heavens almost as bright as day.
A Number of Townspeople Enjoy A
Pleasant Time With Friends.
The fine farm of Philip Meisinger,
nine miles west of the city, was the
scene yesterday of a great gathering of
young people from the city who charter
ed a large carryall and journeyed out
to enjoy the hospitality for which
these good people are noted. And they
certainly had a most delightful time.
There was every thing possible for the
inner man, the good Mrs. Meisinger
feeding the starvlings from the city
with an abundance that made them all
wish they could be there every day.
In return for all this theparty a Honi
ed every amusement to their hosts they
were capable of. There was singing
and every conceivable variety of games
and amusements. One of the prize
features was an attempt by Anton
Koubek to take the county milking
championship away from Victor Ander
son. By agreement each man was to
milk three cows, the one furnishing
the greatest amouut of milk in the
least time to win. Unfortunately no
one could be secured with nerve enough
to judge the contest and it was declar
ed a draw with both champions claim
ing the honors. Koubek finished the
cows first but Anderson had the most
The party returned late in the eve
ning, reaching the city about ten
o'clock. They all agree that it was the
premier day in the country of their
Those present and enjoying the oc
casion were Messrs. and Mesdames
Jacob Tritsch and daughter, M. G.
Meisinger, J. G. Meininger, Philip
Schaffer and family, P. II. Meisinger
and family, Mrs. Maggie Schaffer, Miss
Lorine Meisinger, Messrs, Anton Kou
bek, Victor Anderson, Frank Koubeck,
Joe Libershal, Henry Meisinger, J. M.
Meisinger, Conrad Meisinger, Ed Mei
singer, Philip Meisinger, John Hen
nings, George Meisinger, J. E. Mei
singer, John Albert, Jacob Meisinger,
G. P. Meisinger, Jr., J. M. Meisinger,
Jr., Louis Birkenbresh, and M. P.
Meisinger of Madison, Neb.
Sad Death of Little Girl.
Hilda Florence Panska, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Panska, died Sun
day from appendicitis, aged four ye? rs,
two months and nine days.
The little girl had been suffering
with appendicitis for about a week and
was not considered in a dangerous con
dition until Saturdav. On i
co;n surgeon va
! the appendix
i removed, but t! e little one was too far
Craders Strike Sand.
The Calhoun Construction gang, who
are doing the stripping at the Hugh
Murphy quarries, have bumped up
against a proposition which is giving
them no end of trouble. They have
been using an excavator a'id hauling the
dirt away in wagons, and for a number
of weeks have been getting along
nicely, but now they have struck a bed
of fine sand and the excavators refuse
to work and they have had to resort to
the old method of hauling it out with
wheel scrapers. This will require much
more time nnless they conclude to put
in sluce boxes and wash it down with
force pumps. Louisville Courier.
Chas. Koran of the Omaha Trunk
Company, yeserday spent the day in
the city, the guest of Wm. Holly and
family, returning to his home on the
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