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PLATTSMOUTI1, NEBRASKA. .MONDAY, MAY Ji, 1909
Navy Department Docidos to
Overhaul Dig Floot
New .York, April 30. The New
York World today prints tbe follow
ing from a pergonal correspondent in
"The navy department today an
nounced that the sixteen battleships
which made the trip around the
world are to be remodelled. Thus
practically confirming the reports
that have been current since the re
turn of the fleet that the Toyage
practically wrecked the navy.
Since the return of the fleet it has
been reported at several times that
that masts were sprung, that plates
were loosened, that the intricate
electric machinery, including the fire
control, was hopelessly out of order
and that other things had happened.
Nevertheless, the navy department
Insists that the ships stood the voy
age better than expected which leaves
to the imagination what the original
expectation or fear had been.
"The sixteen battleships have been
laid up for repairs and that sixteen
battleships are to be remodelled are
facts admitted by the navy depart
ment and these facts seem to bear
out the reports that the United States
navy today is practically useless and
out of commission. If the plans of
the navy department are carried out,
it is proposed to go back to first
principles. In other words, it Is pro
posed to make the sixteen battleships
Several Fire Alurms.
Frpm Fridays Dally. ..
An alarm of fire was turned in last
evening from the home of Isaac Ce
cil In the second ward, a chimney
having caught fire and burning out.
The department responded quickly
but even before they could get the
cart out of the central station and
start for the blaze, a phone mes
sage headed them off with the an
nouncement that the fire was out.
Later In the evening Chief Kub
bek was called up by phone and In
formed that there was a fire at the
saloon of J. E. McDanlel. Instead '
of turning In the alarm to the shops
and the central station, the chief I
concluded to investigate and hur-1
rled over to Mr. McDaniel's where
he found the alarm groundless as
there had been no fire anywhere near
Chief Koubek is Justly Indignant
, over the habit of turning in false
alarms and promises to make It de
cidedly warm for the parties doing
so if he can locate them. It Is a prac
tice which should be stopped at
once as there Is nothing funny or
huhumorous in It and it is a decidedly
serious matter. There Is the .iver
present possibility that the turning
in of these alarms will cause the
members of the department to over
look a really serious fire and fall to
respond until the flames shall have
gotten too great headway to be
cheeked. If there Is an ordinance
providing a penalty for turning In
such alarms, it should be enforced to
the letter and a heavy fine adminis
tered to the guilty parties. It Is
not so much the loss of time It oc
casions the chief ns the danger of
some real fire alarm being neglected.
In addition the matter might be a
source of expense to the city for if
the cart Is called out and a team
is used the city has the bill to pay
whether there Is a fire or not.
Putting In Plume.
As a further evidence that tele
phone train dispatching has come to
stay the Burlington railroad has in
stalled, a telephone line for the use
of disoatchers between Lincoln and
Aurora, and the line is now In use.
It is understood this Is to extend to
Ravenna, the end of the division.
Trains are now handled by tele
phone on the Lincoln division over
the Columbus line and over the main
line northwest of Ravenna. In addi
tion there are telephone lines reach
ing stations west o fhere, which are
used for train movements In emer-
gencles. On the Omaha division nil
of the lines are hnndled by telephone
with the exception of the Sioux City
and O'.Velll trackage. State Journal.
W. I). Howard of PersJav.laA.ast
In the city last evening returning to
his home this morning.
a type of something like the old
monitor, save that the new type
will have more free board. All th
cumbersome superstructure which at
present adrons the battleships and
affords a splendid mark to the ene
my's guns, will be taken off.
"All that will appear above decks
will be a turret, fore and aft, and the
funnels for the boilers and a wire
'waste basket' type of mast, which
will be used for the outlooks.
"It is asserted by those who crit
icize the navy department that this
remodelling is an admission that the
armor belt on the battleships were
misplaced. The s innovation 'ralsard
the armor belt to a point where It
will become more effective, because
of the taking off of the superstruc
ture will, it is calculated, raise the
ship one foot higher in the water and
consequently the armor belt will be
in the desired position. The ships
could not have been raised otherwise
without danger of turning turtle or
"The fighting masts are to be dis
pensed with. They have not only
proved useless, but cumbersome and
easily put out of commission.
"On the other hand It has been
proved that the wire basket type of
mast is practically invulnerable and
may be punctured many times with
out danger of collapsing." i
Are Improving Some.
From Friday's Dally.
McMaken & Sons are engaged to
day in putting in a concrete retain
ing wall back of the Matthew Gering
store on Main street to protect the
property and It is a timely one. This
firm has also just completed the con
struction of a retaining wall along
the front of the I. F. White prop-
lerty on South Sixth street, which
will protect the bank from sliding.
They have also just finished a com
plete set of walks around the prop
erty of Mrs. Ida Campbell on Kim
street which are a decided improve
ment to the property and add much
to the beauty of this already hand
some property. In addition they
have made some improvements to
their property on South Sixth street
putting down a fine concrete walk in
front of their building and also con
crete steps to the office. In fact
they are kept busy everywhere with
their numerous contracts and seem to
be satisfying their mnny patrons as
Is evidenced by the work they are do
lng and the orders they have on
Aged Soldier at Itest.
From Friday's Dally.
Abner Mason, an aged soldier liv
ing on Lincoln avenue with his sons,
died night before Inst from old age
The aged gentleman had a home in
Shenandoah, la., and a wife at that
point. He came to this city several
years since and has been making his
home with his sons, several of whom
live In this city and vicinity.- He
also has several daughters living
here who are married. The old gen
tleman had a fine record during the
civil war and was a member' of the
Co. K. 113 111. Inf. Hls'age was 78
The funeral will be held this af
ternoon at two o'clock under the aus
pices of the O. A. R. He will be
burled from the late residence, the
services being conducted by Rev. L
Moore. The pall-bearers will be mem
hers of the local post of the Grand
Army. Interment will be made at
Oak Hlli cemetery.
, Known In This City
Porter Smith of Chicago. 111., the
traveling shoe salesman who yester
day shot and killed Miss Helen Mor
den at Smith College, Northhampton
Mass. and then committed suicide
was well known by the shoe men o
tll city. He was In the city abou
one month ago on his regular trip
He was well thought of by those who
had the pleasure of meeting him and
whs a plensnnt, well disposed an'
bright -mart. His acquaintances hpre
i were much surprised to hear of his
Draw Federal Jury.
The grand and petit jurors for
the May term of the federal coifrt
to be held at Lincoln were drawn
yesterday. The term convenes on
May 11. There is only one Cass Coun
ty man on the grand Jury, he be
ing John Wunderlich, the well
known farmer near Nehawka. Two
other Nehawkaites ' were chosen
members of the petit jury being Fred
L. Nutzman, a prominent farmer, and
Charles St. John, a well known citi
zen of that town.
This term will be quite an import
ant one from many standpoints. The
railroads in particular are interested
having a large number of cases
pending against these corporations.
One of the biggest and most interest
ing cases to be heard will be that of
the Missouri Pacific Railroad Com
pany vs. the Co-Operatlve Elevator
Company of Manley. The amount
involved in this particular case is
not so large as the principle. It is
the power of the railroad commission
to order the railroad company to
to construct a sidewalk to an elevator
on its right of way. If this power
be sustained it means thousands of
dollars to the several railroad com
panies of the state.' Other cases
include that of Eva Ford against
the Burlington for $25,000 for the
death of her husband, Joshua Ford,
a brakeman on the Burlington who
was killed at the stone quarries near
Louisville last summer. There are
a number of other very interesting
cases to be heard several of which
Involve Cass County parties.
It Is All Over.
The bitter fight between Mary A.
Latky and Mayme Cleaver over the
position of grand chief of honor of
the Nebraska Degree of Honor, An
cient Order of United Workmen, ap
pears to have been settled in favor of
Mrs. Cleaver by the dismissal of Mrs.
Latky's suit in district court. When
Mrs. Latky moved for the dismissal
of the suit Thursday morning, which
she instituted to oust Mrs. Cleaver
and have herself declared grand chief
of horor, her action was generally
construed as a throwing up of the
sponge on her part.
Mrs. Latky iheld the position of
grand chief of honor for many years
and was leader of the faction that
controlled the affairs of the Nebras
ka grand lodge during that time.
At the annual meeting of the lodge
last spring the contest between the
two factions was so close that It was
only after several ballots that Mrs.
Cleaver was declared elected by a
majority of one vote. The election
was contested by Mrs. Latky on the
ground that the vote cast by Dr. J.
C. Mosshart, former grand medical
examiner., was unlawful. She claim
ed that Dr. Mosshart had no rlph to
vote and that without that vote Mrs.
Cleaver was not elected and the plain
tiff as incumbent was entitled to hold
over. The defendant showed that H.
M. Waring, who voted for Mrs.
Latky, has exactly the same nualifl-
flcatlons as Dr. Mosshart. Lincoln
Department Omaha Bee.
Takes Over the Goods.
Mrs. John Fitzgerald of Greenwood
and some lady friends from Lincoln
called at the police station yesterday
afternoon to look over the trunks
full of linen which were recovered
from Andrew Bloom, the man who
stole the large leather steamer trunk
full of linen at Greenwood some time
ago and who was recently sentenced
to four years in the penitentiary at
hard labor for the offense. The
trunks which were taken from the
man at Greenwood have been held In
the city detective's office since they
were taken and an Inventory was tak-
en of them yesterday afternoon. De-
tectlve Malone said yesterday, that
so far as could be learned, no ar
ticle was missing from the linen or
iginally sent from Lincoln to Green
wood. The trunks full of fancy Im
ported table wear and similar goods
wcir valued at between two thous
and and twenty-five hundred dollars.
As soon as everything can be stralght
ened out and the elulms of Mrs. Fitz
gerald against the Burlington rail
road arranged the goods will be
turned over to Mrs. Fitzgerald.
We will write your tornndo Insur
ance for CO cents per $100 for flvp
years. Tnke no more chances. Call
Phone No. 98'.
Windham Investment Co.
I hove 20 acres of pasture and
will t"V" a limited number of cattle
and horses for the season,
Frank Vallery, Murray,
Abstract of (iame Law.
Dan Gelllus, chief game warden of
Nebraska, has prepared a new folder
and abstract of the game and fish
laws now In force in Nebraska. Sev
eral changes were made by the last
legislature. The bag limit is twenty-five
birds or ten suuerrels and
twenty-five game fish In one day;
ten geese and fifty other, game birds
or fifty other game birds in posses
sion at any one time. The bill was
passed with an emergency clause and
is nw In effect.
Tbe limits are:
Ducks, geese and waterfowl, open
season, September 15 to April 5.
Prairie chickens, grouse and sage I
hens, open season, September 15 to
Jack snipe, Wilson snipe, and yel
low legs, open season, September 15
to June 1.
Plover, opn season, July 15 to
Quail, doves. Swan, white crane
and insectlverous birds, no open sea
son. Squirrels, open season, September
30 to December 1.
Deer, antelope and beaver, no open
Bass, not less than eight Inches In
length, open season, June 1 to No
Trout, not less than eight inches
In length, open season, April 1 to
All other fish, open season, April
1 to Novembej. 15.
The penalties are
For killing or having in possession
at any time, deer antelope or
beaver, $100 to $300.
For killing or having in posses
sion at any time quails, doves, swan,
white crane or song birds, $5 for
For killing or having in posses
sion during closed season any birds
or animals protected, $5 for each
bird or animal.
For dynamiting fish, $100 to $300
or one year In penitentiary.
For fishing with net or seine with
out a license specifically permitting
such $100 limit and $5 for each fish
For whipping game or fish, unless
accompanied by owner. $50 fine
and $5 additional for each bird or
For hunting without a license, any
sum not exceeding $50.
For selling game or fish taken
from public waters at any season, $5
for ench bird, nnlmal or fish.
It. Is lawful under penalty:
To shoot song or Insectivorous
To destroy the nests or eggs of all
To kill antelope, deer or beaver at
To pursue game In any manner
during closed season.
To fish with lines having more
than five hooks thereon.
To fish with seine or nets without
obtaining license designating waters
in which same may be used.
To hook bass or trout less than
eight Inches in length at any time.
To hunt or fish without license
except in county of actual residence.
To hunt or fish upon the land of
another without permission.
, To shoot upon the public high
To ship game or fish from one
point to another within or without
the state unless accompanied by the
To sell game In any manner or to
sell flli tnkn from tho public wa
ters of this state.
A small but merry crowd of our
Modern Woodmen, consisting of
(George F. Whltelow, Elmer Chapman
Louis Anderson. John Huback, F. A
Flnkle, Jesse Dysart, George Stltes
and Charley Hoback, went to Plaits
mouth on the Wednesday evening
train, taking with them Will Ripley
and Oney Mend, two good pieces of
'new timber" to be Initiated. Slnrethe
Woodmen hall here burned the
Pluttsmouth camp has been frying
all Union candidates for us, and Will
and Oney admit that the I'lattsmouth
boys can do the work to their entire
satisfaction. The county sent Wood
men always treat our boys in royal
style when they go up there. Union
Total Payment Twelve and Half,
Notice has bein Issued announcing
the declurntlon of a final dividend of
seven and one half per cent on nil
cIhIiiis against 'George E. Farley and
the News Publishing Company. This
make n total of twelve and one half
i per cent dividends upon all claims In
'th's bankruptcy case and ends the
STAYS WITH US
Snow, Hail and Rain Prevail in
Contral and Western States
From Friday' Dally.
Weather more freakish and wild
than ever before heard of
oldest Inhabitant has
preval,lng for the pa8t
or four days throughout the entlra
northern part of h.j United State".
In this Immediate vicinity, It ha
taken the form of mow squalls and
ratu with sunshine for a few minutes
at a time. This morning dawned
fair and bright, the clouds which
hung over theentire heavens for the
entire night breaking away just be
dayllght and the sun rising upon
a sky blue and fair as summer. Be
fore the sun was an hour high clouds
came from the northwest and by
eight o'clock snow flakes were once
more In the air. A light rain also
fell at Intervals throughout the day
and snow squalls with sleet also took
place. The day was a very dlsagree-
aDle one and business was conse
quently nearly suspended.
Reports from the west and north
Indicate that the storm was more se
vere In these sections. In Colorado
and Western Nebraska snow fell to
the depth of eight to ten inches and
trains on most roads Into Omaha
are reported as being delayed more
or less today with the exception of
the Burlington which is getting Its
trains through on time. Denver re
ports a great snow storm over the
entire state of Colorado and that
stock on the range In that state is
suffering fro'm the severe and un
usual cold. South Dakota reports
snow throughout the Black Hills
region ranging .In . depth from six
Inches to a foot. In the eastern part
of the state the snow is about six
The far northwest reports are of
quite heavy snow. Helena, Mont., re
cords a snow of several Inches last
night and still falling. Other points
In that state report the same condi
tion. Cnsper, Wyo., reports five
Inches of snow last night with more
In sight and the .same reports comp
from Sheridan, Cody, and Cheyenne,
showing the storm to have been gen
ernl. Minnesota reports very cold
weather with heavy snow and wires
down In every section of the state.
In Iowa the storm took the formJ
of snow, rain, hall, sleet and wind
and every part of the state suffered
more or less. The northern portion
was struck by wind and snow and
train service Is badly demoralized the
Chicago lines bring especially af-
fected and having trains annulled
and schedules disarranged by tho big
drifts. Iowa City reports a very bad
Dentil of Iowa I'ioneer.
Emerson, la., April 29. Mrs.
Henry C. Smith, one of tho pioneers
of this section passed away at her
home east of Emerson, Wednesday,
April 21, after a long period of
sickness and poor health.
Tbe funeral was held Friday af
ternoon from the Presbyterian church
in Emerson conducted by the pastor,
Rev. J. J. Linn and was largely at
tended for she was well known j
Her mnlden name was Rachel Dopp
and she wns born In Lincoln county,
Penn., May 19, 1R.10. She moved
with her people to Henry county, la.
In 1860 and resided near Davenport
for nine years, after which she
moved to Emerson near which place
she has lived for the past 31 years.
She was married December 4, 189 4.
to Henry C. Smith who survives her.
To them were born fourteen children
all of whom arc living and all but
one, Mrs. Clark were here to attend
the funeral. The children are Jacob,
who Is at home, Al of Carson, A. W.,
of Council Bluffs, G. W. of Wagner,
S. I).; H. A. of Omaha; Harry of
riattsmouth and David of Ash Creek,
Minn.; and the girls, Mrs. Annie
Jacobs of Emerson, Mrs. Lizzie
Meyers of Aurora, 111.; Mrs. Ida
Evans of Henderson; Mrs. Kate Steen
of Red Oal.; Mrs. Magglo Clark of
U'nrllng, Wye, Mrs, Ella France and
Mrs. Julia l-nng of Emerson.
She whs a good woman and will
lie missed. Her death was "remark
able from the fnct that this family
of husband, wife and fourteen child
ren hers. Is the first death. Malvern
hail storm which destroyed property
valued at many hundreds of dollars
while the high winds also destroyed
mi-en property. At Cheroke. la,
the fctorra developed into tornado fury
and caused a loss of many thousands
of do'ars of, property In the shape
of barns and outbuildings destroyed,
windmills overturned and cattle and
hogs killed. Webster City, la., also
reports terrific rain and wind storms
sweeping over that section with great
loss of property and some injuries
In Illinois, Chicago was visited by
a terrible wind and electrical storm
and five persons were killed at least
with possibilities of the list being
increased when full reports were re
ceived. Telephone and telegraph
communications was cut off for sev
eral hours and today tbe same diffi
culty prevails according to reports In
some quarters although the Platts
mouth Stock and Grain Company re
port that their wires to Kansans City
and Chicago are both working and
that the market reports came through
as usual. Chicago also suffered
from the heavy rain, two Inches fall
ing last night. Both elevated and
surface cars were impeded by the se
vere weather. In addition to all this
a fire caused by lightning striking the
big Illinois Central elevator caused
a loss of $1,000,000 killing one fire
man, Injuring eight others and with
one more missing. The department
was kept busy throughout the storm
answering fire alarms caused by
lightning striking all over the city. In
Peoria the wind and rain with the
great electric storm caused an Im
mense amount of damage also while
Pekin and surrounding country suf-
Missouri also reports a very se
vere wind and rain storm sweeping
the state with great loss or properly.
Further south tornadoes swept over
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Tennessee and Kentucky causing In
juries to many persons and great de
struction to property.
In Wisconsin snow fell over prac
tically the entire state and Is badly
drifted by the high wind which also
caused great loss by the destruction
of property. Railroad travel In this
(.tale is blocked from one end to the
other by the huge drifts which the
wind caused and communication be
tween points Is very difficult.
The storm In general Is one of
ttio most widespread and disastrous
(in years and there Is little doubt but
the property loss will run Into the
hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A Small Cyclone.
Wednesday evening about 5:"0 a
cyclone (or tornado) ninde n trip
across the country north of town, the
south edge of it brushing this plate
Just enough to ' make people look
toward the cellar doors. The : tonn
came from the west and appeared
to bo eastward bound so as to shake
up Ed Mougey, Creed Harris and
Abe Becker's tenant farm, doing con
I niil.-ruMo damage to small building
and sheds at those places. It seem
ed to have a special grudge against
Harris, for In addition to smashing
small buildings it struck bis large
barn with such force that the struc
ture was moved several inches on
the foundation and Joists were pulled
out' from their fastenings. So far
as wo could learn no further seii-us
damngo was done In this neighbor
hood and nobody hurt. Union Led
gr. At llotoii in loan.
The Journal Is In receipt of a copy
of the Boston Herald giving the an
nouncement of a movement which Is
on foot for an observation of tho
three hundredth centennial of the
landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth
Rock.' It Is planned to hold the ob
servation In 1920. the pilgrims hav
ing lauded In 1(820. Should this cel
ebration bo held It will be the first
exposition ever held In New England.
It is flrnred that the field would be
fairly well cleared by Hint time ns
the last precdlng exposition WM-ld
be that at Teklo, In 1918. There Is
small doubt but the exposition would
draw heavily from New England and
during the summer fro mtlie middle
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