The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, October 28, 1909, Image 1
State Hj,t ftlattsmoutb- Journal SEMI-WEEKLY EDITION- EIGHT PAGES VOLUME XXVIII PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THUKSDAV OCTOliEK 28, ll)Oi NO 80 in im msi sum The One Who Did the Shooting States it Was Done in Self Defense and Gave Himself Up. Too much indulgence in liquor, ctupled with a card game, yesterday lead to a shooting near Avoca, in which Henry Martin sustained wounds which are painful, although net serious. Martin, in company with Charles Steele, a brother-in-law of hte, and several other parties was a guest at the home of Jens Rasmus sea, a well known and highly re spected citizen living about one mile west of the village of Avoca. The party had been Indulging in some drinks, although their condition was lot noticeably intoxicated, and had also been having a little card game, using poker chips as counters. Steele amd Martin had not been on the best of terms for some time, and accord ing to Steele the liquor which Martin had drank affected his feelings and roused up the ill feeling. Steele had won all the chips and the party was hantering Martin over his ill luck, when he got irritated and angry and fiially announced that he would "fix him now," referring to Steele. With this Idea in mind he left the room where they had been playing and went out into the yard, securing some stones, which he commenced throw ing in through the open door. ' Steele and the others tried to get him to desist from his pastime, ac cording to Steele's story, and finally they went out into the yard. Mar tia went after Steele a3 soon as he got out, and tried to beat him up a let, but the latter warded off the blows and finally Martin drew a knife aid started to carve Steele with it. The latter retreated to the house and , seized.a ,22 calibre rifle which was standing there, and claims he intend ed to frighten Martin away. He fin ally fired the gun and the bullet pene trated Martin's right hip, making a painful flesh wound. It was not ser ieus in its nature and did not prevent Martin making his way to Avoca, where Dr. Brendel was called upon to Culmination of the Acci dental Shooting Near Murray. As the culmination of the shooting of Mrs. Alex Hunter, near Murray, last Wednesday night, the unfortu nate lady died at the hospital in Om aha yesterday morning. The remains were brought to this city yesterday afternoon and the funeral will take place from the home of her father, Jesse Heiner, this afternoon. Every effort was made to locate the bullet by the surgeons at the hespital, and it was probed for re peatedly, but without success. It was seen that death was almost inevit able after the failure to get the bul let, and the end was forecasted early. It is improbable that an inquest will be held, as Sheriff Quinton, it is Bald, dees not consider such a course nec . eseary. The story of the shooting, as it has been told, gives the Impres sion that the shooting was entirely accidental, although there are many who cast doubts upon it and who be lieve that a careful investigation should bo made of the matter. Mrs. Hunter was 38 years of age and was the' mother of several chil dren. She and her husband had been residents of this city and vicinity for a numoer or years, several years since some of their children were taken away from them by the state board and placed in the home for the friendless, as It was shown they were not being properly taken care of and raised. The family is a poor one and ta rather straightened circumstances A number of relatives and friends of the deceased woman arrived In the city this morning to attend the fu neral, which took place this after- Boon, as above stated. Fresh oysters.. Stews, 26c; fries, 36c. Barclay's restaurant. HUNTER DIES HOSPITAL dress the wound. He did bo and later Martin went to a hospital at Omaha for treatment." Steele, shortly after the shooting, also went to Avoca and 6aw Dr. Brendel, telling him of the circum stances of the trouble, and asking his advice about the matter. Dr. Bren del advised him to call the sheriff up and tell him of the trouble and also surrender himself to the authorities. This Steel done, calling up the sher iff and telling him of the occurrence Sheriff Quinton advised the constable of the precinct to take Steele into custody and deliver him to him at Union this morning, which was done, Steele surrendering and accompany' ing the constable to Union, where they met Sheriff Quinton, who took him in charge and brought him here to the county Jail. County Attorney Ramsey inter viewed Steele at the jail and learned from him his story of the trouble, making a good caso of self defense out of the story. Mr. Ramsey this afternoon will go to Avoca, where he will interview the various witnesses to the affair and endeavor to get the exact status of the matter from them Pending this investigation no com plaint will be filed against Steele, and it seems probable none will be filed if hl3 story turns out to be correct There Is small probability of secur ing a conviction if Steele's story is corroborated by the others, and there would be no use wasting time and money in presocutlon. ( The parties to the matter, with the exception of Mr. Rasmussen, are all Americans, and the whole trouble according to surface Indications, rises over some family troubles and a too free indulgence in liquor. Mr. Ram sey will also Interview the injured man at the Omaha hospital before his return and get his story. No serious trouble for Martin from the injury is apprehended, as it is under stood to be merely a flesh wound llmk l'rom OKI Virginia. M. Mauzy and wife, who returned I Friday from their extended six weeks' trip to Virginia, Washington, Phila delphia, Niagara Falls, Montreal, De troit and other eastern points, brought with them several specimens of fine apples which they obtained from Mr. Cy. Palmer of Highland county, Virginia. Mr. Palmer is a brother-in-law of A. S. Will of this city, and is a well known orchardist of his local city. The apples are very fine ones, being large and solid, and give every indication of being excel lent keepers. Mr. Palmer has a fine orchard and usually has large crops, but this season has not been a good one and the crop is short. Judging from the specimens which Mr. Mauzy brought back, though, he certainly must raise some monsters If these are small. Mr. Mauzy states that he had a very fine trip and ho is much im proved in health by it. He and his wife visited at Niagara Falls for sev eral days, and from there took in Hamilton and Toronto, Canada, re turning via Detroit. They were much Impressed with that part of Canada which they visited, but Mike says that after all he believes Illinois. Iowa and Nebraska are three states which are vastly superior to any other territory which they covered. Gen eral conditions here are better than elsewhere, and while the corn crop may be a little short, it is better as a rule than any other section of the country can show. Up rom Nelmwka, Ex-Congressman Pollard, Vilas Sheldon and Dr. Walker came up from Nehawka Sunday. Mrs. Wal ker came as far as B. W. Livingston's, south of town, and visited with her sister until Mr. Pollard had inter viewed his employes at the News of fice. Dr. Walker was solicited to ae company them, and this gave the lat tor's wife an opportunity to spend a few hours with her sister, Mrs. Llv lngston. They came up In Mr. Shel don's auto, and returned In the aft ernoon. Mrs. E. D. Cummins today in Omahn is spending AGTiVEWORKBE GAN THIS MORNING The Lighting Company Will Goon Give the Old Town Plenty. Active work toward lighting the city was commenced this morning when Superintendent Clabaugh of the Nebraska Lighting company put a gang of men at work to connect up the gas lamps with the mains. The posts will remain on the sites now occupied on Main street; that is, one on the southwest corner and one on the northeast corner of each cross street. This was determined upon at a special meeting of the council com mittee last Saturday night. In addi tion the members agreed upon a di vision of the lights for each ward, and it was determined to place them where they would give the greatest benefit to the people throughout the entire city. Realizing that the lim ited number of lights for the large territory to be lighted will not per mit all streets to be lighted, the council will do the best it can, and as the city gets In shape more lights will be added. The two principal avenues are to have both gas and incandescent lights, especially Washington avenue to the M. P. depot, while the remain ing streets will be lighted by lncan descents. The council tonight will complete arrangements for the lights and will provide suitable locations therefor. In connection with the lighting question, it can be stated that there is a prospect that the lights and power will be furnished here by the Omaha Nebraksa Lighting company, negotiations to that end being on foot, although this is not definitely known. The local plant, which is es sentially a gas plant, will take care of that end of the contract, while if suitable terms can be made with the Omaha company, power and light will be wired here from that city. Further particulars concerning this proposed deal cannot now be obtained, and It may not materialize. Shop Employes Gratified. The men of the Burlington shops are more than gratified at the an nouncement of the company of an ad vance of 1 cent an hour in wages. This, of course, does not apply to piece work, but merely to the men who work shop time. However, near ly all the men get in more or less shop time, and the advance will bene fit every one to a greater or less de gree. The advance Is also to date from September 1, and this an addi tional surprise. While most people may think the advance a small one, yet it is not when everything is con sidered, and makes a material in crease In the pay roll of the com pany for the month. The reason for the advance Is understood to be the return of good times throughout the country, and the necessity for in creasing wages to keep up with the advance in the cost of living. The cost of foodstuffs and clothing and shoes has been mado higher from different causes, and the railroad management realizes that wages should advance to enable the men to obtain the benefits of the good times. As the Burlington employs thousands of men In their various shops the advance means a big In crease in expenses. The Xew Hull Finished. The new hall of the Bohemian Catholic Turners is now completed throughout, and has been tastily dec orated inside, the walls of the gym nasium, or hall proper, being hand Bomely finished in hard finish, while the ceiling has been painted a light blue, making a beautiful combina tion. This organization has several classes of Turners taking lessons, in cluding a beginners' class under the direction of President Matt Jlrousek. A large number of visitors were present yesterday and were treated to a Bight of the class at Its practice, the little fellows doing some fine work, he organization Is In a flour ishing condition and on the highway to prosperity. Mrs. James A. Walker and her daughter, Mrs. Dr. George H. Gil more of Murray, came In this morn ing and were passengers for Omaha on the morning train, where they 'will spend the day. Injured in Itiiiinway. Two prominent citizens from the vicinity of Union -were badly Injured hist Friday evening in a runaway. The victims were II. W. Lloyd and Mahlon Applegate, who were driving homo in the early evening, having a spirited team. An automobile which came up cn thom suddenly scared the team, which bolted and ran. The men did their best to stop the team, but wi re uVaMe to do so. and In turn ing a crney jMiVvagon In which they '...'11... . . ' .. ... .1 1. .. w t'l ty i iuu- no vuHt'i. turn nit? jiit'ii hurled violently v the ground. Mr. Appl'egktewa'i the $icst severely in- jured ii, sustaining a broken hip and badly bruised, while Mr. Iioyd bruise) on able to bu "Jfa. with a painful In. The latter was j help, however, and Mr. Apple was Immediately con- V i - - 1 ' home and medical aid summoned! It w ill be some time be fore the laker, gentleman is well, but Mr. Lloyd will Boon be himself again. ' Injured at Weeping Water. A. T. Sidwell, a traveling man In the employ of the Cudahy Packing company, last Thursday sustained severe Injuries at Weeping Water, He was riding in the caboose of the local freight train out of that city when it stopped to do some switch ing. Several cars were kicked into the caboose while Sid well was stand ing on his feet, and the force of their Impact threw him the full length of the car, lighting on his head and shoulders against the end. He was knocked unconscious and remained in that condition for' three hours and taken to the hotel at Weeping Water, being conveyed to his home in Omaha Friday. Reports from that city are to the effect that he is very sore nnd much bruised, but no permanent In jury Is thought to exist. Doubtless a heavy damage suit will be filed against the railroad company for the carelessness of the trainmen. Wants an Ordinance Passed. Chief of Police Amick today de clared himself as being in favor of passing an ordinance to arrest any person running an automobile through the city while under the In fluence of liquor. He cites a num ber of cases where parties have run their machines In a very reckless manner while under the influence of liquor and a number of narrow es capes from Injury or possible death. He states that the offenders are not local automobllists, as a rule, but comprise outsiders, who run through the streets with no regard for the rights of pedestrians or drivers of teams. He believes the council should pass an ordinance which would have so strict a penalty that every one would recognize It and pay some at tention to it. He states he would rigorously enforce the ordinance to the letter and asked the Journal to call public attention to It. Woodmen Unveil Monument. The local camp of tho Woodmen of the World yesterday held an unvell- ng of a monument to the late Charles Telpel at Oak Hill cemetery. There was a large attendance of members of the camp who met at their hall In the morning and marched to the cemetery, where the impressive un veiling ceremonies took plac., par ticipated in by the officers of the lodge. The monument feature of the Woodmen is one of the most attrac tive features which the membership In this order carries, and is a most beautiful one. During their exist ence here as a lodge they hav-e had occasion to bury several members, and in each caso a handsomo monu ment has been erected to mark their last resting place, the same being al ways unveiled with imposing services. Will Make No Mistake. The voters of Cass county will not make any mistake by re-electing Frank Schlater county treasurer. His record of two years is without a flaw and merit is what is neoded in public office. The only complaint reported against Mr. Schlater is that he Is a rich man. While he is nowhere near the door of want, Frank is not a rich man. We have no rich men in this country only the multi-millionaires can claim this distinction in these days. In these days of graft, greed and financial wreckage, if a man at tains a competency, it is to his credit, and this is Mr. Schlater's position and his opponents will have to urge something stronger If they defeat him In this canvass. He la the right ar ticle in tho right Joint, and will be elected.- Lincoln Herald. Mrs. Charles E. Duke is a visitor today In Omaha, goiDg there on the early train. 1 EIIIIEER 1,'fi. III 11 Prospecting for Another Sewer West of the Burlington Shops. F. T. Darrow, district engineer of the Burlington, was In tho city this afternoon looking over tho site of the proposed storm water sewer along the west side of tho Burlington Bhops. He will make a report on the project at once, and expressed himself as favorable to its construction. It is said the company has set aside 510,- 000 for the construction of this big drainage ditch and that it will be put in so as to thoroughly protect the shops., The city will be asked to va cate a portion of Lincoln avenue for this purpose, and doubtless will do so without delay, just as soon as the formal report is made. In addition the city contemplates extending the drainage ditch up the avenue to such a point as will certainly insure pro tection against floods. Mr. Darrow also took occasion to look into a pro posed gravel pit south of the Bhops, and there is a possibility that one may be opened there. If this is done this will give employment to a large number of men for some time, and will make a handsome Increase in the company's pay roll at this place. It is believed that work on the propos ed sewer will commence soon, and that it will be hurried to completion. Judge Archer Kntertnlns Relatives. Judge and Mrs. M. Archer are en Joying a visit from George S. McNur lin, wife and son, formerly of Havo lock. Mr. McNurlln is a Bon-ln-law of Judge Archer's and has been a resident of Haveiock for twenty years past, only recently selling out there and taking up a homestead in Mor rill county, along side that of Will Archer, who has been farming there for several years. Mr. Archer has been very prosperous and raised ex cellent crops on his farm. . Mr. Mc- Nurlln concluded to follow his ex ample and secure some of his pros perity. They will be Judge Archer's guests for several days before leaving for their home. Delegates Elected. The following persons have been elected as delegates from the Meth odist Sunday school to the county Sunday school convention at Elm- wood, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week: R. H. Elliott, George Hall, Lillian Thompson, Alice Tuey, Margaret Mapes, Mrs. Klldow, T. W. Glenn, Maiden Brown, W. L. Austin, Clara Austin, Mrs. Howland, Mm Wade Windham, C. C. Wescott. The delegation expects to leave tomorrow morning on the 9:45 M. P. train, making close connection at Union, reaching Elm wood by 11 o'clock Others who are going should aim to go on this train. A good time Is promised. , In County Court. In county court today Judge Bee- soon heard several small matters, In cluding the final settlement of tho August Stohlman estate. The ac counts of the administrator were ex amined and approved and the bonds men released from any further lia bility on the bond. In the matter of tho estate of Lewis Gustln, who died in 1888, an administrator was appointed, Hiram Kuntz of Elmwood being designated In that capacity and accepting the post. The estate will bo closed up to convey title to some real estate in the west part of the county. No marriage licenses were issued this morning. Benefit Dnnco a 8uccc.hh. The boneflt dance given last Satur day at Coatcs' hall for the M. W. A band was the largest attended In the city for a long time, and a superb time was had. The music for the dance was given by the Plattsmouth orchestra, composed of membors of the band, and It was as good as could be obtained anywhere. A great many couples enjoyed the pleasant hours, and the outcome was voted a big sue cess. The band boys will clear quite a neat sum from the entertainment. They will probably give other dances during the winter. George Reihart and Aug. Ossen kop of Louisville and Charles Rei hart of near Cullum were Sunday visitors In Plattsmouth. Brand New Boiler. Superintendent F. V. Weber of tho Plultsmouth Water company today commenced the installation tf a brand new boiler at the water plant, the sanio having just been received. This will take some little time and considerable labor, but it was badly needed. This is tho commencement of a series of improvements which tho water company will make and in volves the expenditure of a good sum of money In the city and locality. CAR BREAKER AT hi iii us Ex-ConvictCof Nebraska Could NotOResist Temptation. After spending several years Jn the penitentiary at Lincoln for burg lary, and just securing his freedom, an ex-convlct could not resist the temptation to commit another crime, and is now In the county Jail wait ing the operation of the law and pre pared to accept another sentence in the penitentiary. This man wbh brought down from Lincoln, where he had been taken into custody by the officers by Missouri Pacific Spe cial Officer MacLaren and turned over to Sheriff Quinton this morning. Some ten days ago a car was broken into at Union and two pairs of Rhoes taken. Special officers de tailed to look into the case fastened the crime upon the man now under arrest, and word went out to take him Into custody, he being located at Lincoln. The officers at that point placed him under arrest, largely upon suspicion and Judging by his past ree- ord. Special Agent MacLaren was notified and he had no trouble In Identifying the prisoner as the man he wanted. In addition to this a confession was made by the prisoner, who expressed his desire to plead guilty and commence the service cf his sentence. Owing to the absence of the county attorney, who is at Avoca investigat ing the Martin shooting, the necesr sary complaint cannot be filed until tomorrow, when a complaint will likely be made and the prisoner ar raigned. A plea of guilty will carry with It a penitentiary sentence, ami this the prisoner will doubtless com mence to serve at once. It Is stated that the name of the ex-convict la Robinson, and that he Is an old offender. Kicked in Kje by Colt. George Stones and wife from be tween Murray and Mynard came 1n this morning and were passengers for Omaha, where their six-year-old son hns been spending several dnys In a hospital, being treated for a badly cut eye. The little fellow some ten days ago was playing near the barn with some companions and ran be hind a colt just ns one of the other children struck the animal with a cob. The animal jumped and kicked nnd Just renched the lad with his foot catching him Just above tho left eye and inflicting nn ugly gash. Surgi cal aid was had at once and the wound sewed up. Owing to the posi tion of tho wound it was hard to keep it sewed together and it had become opened nnd irritated. In order to prevent serious consequences It was thought best to take the little fellow to the hospital for treatment and it is thought a few days should fix him all right. He was taken up Saturday and will probably bo brought back this evening. Finished Copy for Docket. Clerk Robertson of tho district court has finished the copy for the docket for the next term of district court, which convenes on November 8. The first week will be devoted to equity business and the jury will re port for service on the 15th. The docket is light, there being at pres ent but thirty-three cases, compris ing six law, twenty-five equity and two criminal cases for trial. It Is probable that there will be several additional cases filed before the docket Is printed, but in any event there is small liklihood of the total being more than thirty-six or thlrjy clght. The criminal docket Is uulto light, and In marked contrast to that of the past several terms. A. J. Leplnsky, sales agent for the Blatz Brewing company, came dowu from Omaha this afternoon on No. 92 to look after business matters In connection with his brewery business.