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PLA1TSMOUTH, NEBRASKA. TlIUliSDAVT NOVEMBER 25,'190Sf
6IIMLES J, Bffl ll'i Oil
ML OWED 111 OU
Case Called This Morning Before Judge Pemberton and Jury A
Very Interesting and Sensational Case.
From Monday's daily.
The case of the Stave vs.
la called for trial this morning In
the district court before Judge Pem
berton. This is a bigamy case, a
rare kind of case in this county. The
statement of the case seems to be
(hat Cahrles J. Baker came to thW
elty some months since and met
Mrs. Lillian K. Vroman, the widow
of the late Charles Vroman, and
eventually married her while his first
wife was still living and undivorce
ed at Ashtabula. Ohio. The first
wife, who also has' a daughter, is
present in the city and will be the
Htar witness for the prosecution.
She Is accompanied by her brother,
P. W. Shaw, who is "assiting the
The case promises to be an Inter
esting one as County Attorney Ram
sey ha plenty of material on which
to build the case. The selection
f the Jury took up the greater part
f the morning, the Jurors being'
. lhally chosen Just at noon, after
which court adjourned until 1:30 p.
m. The Jurors finally chosen to try
the case are Fred H. Black, Ed.
Casey, John Coleman, Frank Cox,
William Foltz, Charles Frolich, Dan
McNeeley, Herman Schmidt, A. ,L.
Todd, George H. Towle, J. W. Wise
man, O. B. Zelgler.
The trial of the case Is one which
will be worth looking after. The
defendant is represented by Attor
neys A. N. Sullivan and Matthew
Oerlng, while the state will depend
spon . County Attorney William C.
-Ramsey to secure a-conviction. The
evidencewhich the state relies up
on to nrove their case by is that
Baker was married to his first wife
In Ohio and that he deserted her
and came to Nebraska, leaving the
wjfe with a daughter to look after.
In Nebraska he met with Mrs. Vro
man, who had some Insurance left
her by her late husband, and he
paid her attentions with the result
that marriage resulted as above set
forth. All this was done without
the formality of a divorce from the
Ohio wife. From some source the
latter found out the man's duplicity
and determined to prosecute him
She took the matter up with County
Attorney Ramsey, who investigated
ft very carefully as is his custom,
and determined that the woman had
a good cause of action. Therefore
he brought the action In the name
of the state. The preliminary be-
tute. Several boilers were over
heated and cold water pumped up
on the red hot sheets. The experi
ments were very nteresting, and
very conclusive that the whole mass
of the boiler, if heated her hot, does
not contain heat units enough to
raise the water t,o a dengerous Bteam-
Recent Disaster at Lincoln.
fore Justice Archer developed the
main . line of the facts as above
stated and the trial Is believed by
the state to be such as will show
everything it expects to prove. In
addition to the testimony of the
wife in Ohio the state believes it can
produce certain other evidence
which will make Interesting read
ing. The trial Btarted this afternoon
in full earnest.
The Baker trial this afternoon
with the prosecuting witness, Mrs
Abigail Baker on the stand. Mrs.
Baker, whose name It devoleped
had been Shaw, testified In effect
that she had married Baker at North
Madison, Ohl6, some . twenty-six
years ago and that six children had
been born of the marriage. She
testified that she and Baker lived
as wife and husband until October
of last year when he deserted her
and came west to this state. He
visited her in May last when their
daughter Dora was married. He
never contributed to the support of
herself and children after he left
bdt she kept them by working as a
scrub woman and the like. . She
wrote him for money on
of the prosecuting attorney and fin
ally procured his arrest. Counsel
for the denfense sought to show
their married life had been unhappy
and troublesome but she denied
P. W. Shaw, her brother testified
to the fact of the marriage at
Madison, Ohio, and also to Baker s
desertion of her. He denied ever
haying called his sister a foul name
and denied she bad been instrumen
tal In separating him and his wife,
Sheriff Quinton testified to a con
versation which Baker and County
Attorney Ramsey held in the lat
ter's office after Baker's arrest In
Judgment for Plaintiff in the Sum
of Five Hundred and Fifty
Many Theories Have Been Ad- making pressure.
. . All men connected with boilers
TUH-cuuivuicwiuwui hms ahould remember not to let tha wa
ter In the boiler get low. But if
by accident it should become low,
George A. Pierce, the Burlington hurry to put water Inside.
engineer Injured in the explosion of William Sellers, the famous ma-
locomotlve No. 2046 at Lincoln last chine tool maker, was not noted as
Thursday, died Saturday In a hos- a public speaker, but when he ven-
pltal at Lincoln from the effects of tured to say anything at englneer-
hls injuries. The funeral services ng meeting his words were remem-
wlll be" held tomorrow (Tuesday) bered. At one time years ago Phila-
afternoon at 2:30 p. m. from the delphla was much excited on the sub- sldor their verdict about four o'clock
home 1108 T. street. Interment will hect of boiler explosions, Beveral ac- and at 8:30 reported to Judge Pem
be at Wyuka cemetery. Dr. G. incidents to boilers having wakened berton that they had agreed. The
Roach will conduct the ceremonies, the natives. William Sellers attend- verdict which Clerk of the Court
All engineers are requested to at- edone of these meetings and was Robertson read, found for the plain
tend the funeral. asked to explalu his theory of the tiff, Henry Herold and assessed his
The funeral of the late Charles cause of boiler explosions. The re- damages In the sum of 550. In the
R. Meacham, the fireman who was py came promptly: "Because the former trial of this cause of action
killed in the same explosion was pressure inside is greater than the the Jury found for the plaintiff and
The famous Herold-Coates case
last Saturday afternoon went to the
Jury, the attorneys for the parties
making their aguments which were
all of exceeding ability and which
presented the several sides of the
case to the Jury In the most lucid
manner. The Jury retired to con-
Will Open Next Monday.
Work on the M. E. Smith factory
Is progressing rapidly and this week
will see the building in full shape
for operation. Several representa
tives of the firm were in the city to
day and In conversation with the
Journal man, it Is stated the firm
expects to have their plant in full
operation within a week. They be
lieve they can open up on next Mon
day with a force of sixty girls. With
this force they can turn out a big
product. The interior of the fac
tory is rapidly presenting the ap
pearance of a real live factory with
machines in sight and every auxi
liary of a shirt and overhall es
tablishment in full view.
held yesterday afternoon from his strength outside.'
late home at 818 University avenue,
Lincoln, and was very largely at- The Lute John 1. McPhcrson.
tended. The body of the late John P. Mc
A Number of Cass County Young
Ladies in the Race, and
Some Near the Top
A great deal of interest Is being
taken in this city and vicinity la
the contest now being conducted, by
the Omaha World-ulerald for the
most popular young lady in the vici
nity. The first prize Is an automo
bile, while there are a large nuni;
ber of others. A number of PlatU
mouth and Cass county young ladle
are well up on the list of competi
tors and stand an excellent chance
of landing some of the prizes and
possibly the grand ' prize. Those
from this city and vicinity who are
on the list are headed by Mis
Katherlne Oliver of this city, who
now ranks fifth with 185, GOO votes
to her credit She is close to the
high girl and looks to be a win
ner. Miss Luella llansell,' of Un
ion, comes behind her with 139,
980, Miss Norma McDonald, of
Greenwood has 112,920. Mia
Louise Bradway . of this city has
100,390. Miss Marguerite Thomas
of this city has 98,580. Miss Janet
Brantner of this city has 67.820.
Frances Morley of this city has 60,
320. Minn Leone Swltzer. of Ween-
ter. Grace, lives In Omaha. Owing ed copy of the Byron Blade, con- .....
which Baker admitted he had mar-l ,M At. . in iiiooa thA latter la not etnected tainlnir an extended account of the . . .
com water, tern pruviug iue irum ui - - - i ueyaa. or tms city nan m,tiv. mis
marriage ot ueorge v. urueoer ano c,art Jenklng of Manky hng 17lfi0i
Miss Daisy Langhorst of Elmwood
allowed him $5,000 damages which
was set aside by Judge Travis on
the ground of error In his instruc
tions, caused by a mistake of the
In connection with the explosion I Pherson arrived in this city this af-1 stenographer in copying them on the
which was considered by many as ternoon at 1:30 on the Burlington machine. In the same case when
the result of no water in' the boiler I train from Omaha. It was the in-lit was tried before a verdict on an
it is interesting to note an article tentlon to hold the funeral from the I other cause of action for $7,500
which recently appeared in Railway I residence of Fred Ramge at 2 p. m., I was rendered and this was sustained
and Locomotive Engineering, a I but owing to the absence of any by Judge Travis on a motion for
magazine devoted to the interests of members of the family, the matter la new trial. The entire matter in
engineers. The article follows: Iwas held in abeyance. Those llv- eluding both causes of action will
We have repeatedly discussed the Ing in Omaha seemed to have miss- be appealed to the supreme court as
pernicious fallacy that injecting cold led j the train which brought down I the parties are not Satisfied with the
t. ' a i water upon overheated boiler sheets the body. I verdicts. The evidence and test!
tuv nu.ii . t . . I n.. J I V 1 - V.I.I . I I iLI. 1 1 J , j ..j...
18 llKeiy 10 cause an explosion; DUtl in aaturuuy B juuiuui u unci --imuujr in mis ueunug wore uuiiueuiy
the mistaken Impression upon thatlcount of Capt. McPherson's life was I different from the former case, con
subject are so difficult to eradicate given. His age was stated to be 70 slderable new testimony held to be
from popular belief that we return I years which was according to the I favorable to Mr. Coates being In
to the subject. ' best authority to be had then. It Isltroduced. The attorney for Mr.
When water in a boiler is found now know he waB 73 yeBr9 0,(1, The Coates in the former case, Mr. Byron
to be low the first duty of the man 'act8 related regarding his rest- Clark, not long since withdrew
!n rhr u n fnrra water inlde dence here were correct and In ad- from the case and Messrs. Gurley
as oulckly as possible. The belief Mlt,on cttn be Btatea ne wa8 en" woodrufl, of Omaha, took his
that boilers with overheated sheets aed ,n the lumber and coal busi- place. Mr. Clark in this Case was
were likely to explode If cold water at Greenwood up to five years one of the chief witnesses for the
was Inlected unon the nlates that aR. when he went to Heyburn, defense and his testimony is said
hot caBt iron-nlates often fracture Idfho, where his death occurred, to have gone far toward helping
whn rnM wntr la thrown unon The names of bis two daugnters Mr. coates out wun tne jury
I MS A V-t -J I
them, is, however, different with were uana ana urace, doio vi wuora
the mild steel that steam boilers are e married and one of whom Edna.
made of. That material softens or ved at Heyburn. The other daugh
Wedding In Thayer County.
The Journal has received a mark-
fled a woman in Ohio but that the
marriage was illegal and for that
reason he .had come to this state
and married Mrs. Vroman.
Miss Gertrude Beeson testified tf
Issuance of the marriage license
to Baker and Mrs. Vroman In this
city and Judge Archer testified to
having performed the marriage
ceremony between them.
The trial will take up today and
a portion of tomorrow when the en
tire Jury will be excused. Those
not on the Baker case were excused
I to attend the funeral.
that, which any mechanic or eneln
I a . . a. I i ft tf t a rr-
eer can carry out for himself. Ine runerai or me iaie .;upi. jmc- mibs csopnm reiers. ine groom is
The beKlnnlne of this most un- Pherson took place from the resi- the elaoBt son or lion, .wiuiam
fortunate "red-hot cold Vater" boll- dence or Frea uamge mis anernoon urueoer, wno is me preneni repre-
er explosion theory was a phlloso- at 4 o'clock. Canon II. B. Burgess sentatlve In the lower house of the qu,te an ,mpofjlng Ht of CnHa coun
phlcal experiment conducted by an oniciaung. ine ruuimu wero iu- .tB.B.aiu.o ..uu. uUl, ty youn wompn and they are all
English professor as v follows: He terred at Oak Hill. The family or sat along siae tne writer aunng me wnner9 a8 out8uorB would know
first observed that water in small Capt. McPherson arrived In the city entire session, we cnancea to see
auanlties drooned upon very hot on the Schuyler train at 3:50 p. m. the young man during the session,
metal did not wet the metal, nor having been delayed by missing the when he visited his father in Lin-
was it evaporated in the usual way. train In Omaha. coin, and was most favorably im
n o Hie ,ot. pressed with his appearance. The
no iuvu twit a uianuuiu uiau uv-uv i i
' I ..v I . . I J I M A. 1
ed It red-hot bv means of an alchol A JKMlghtiui uccaMon. weuuing ihsi whs tin iinineiimj ui
The Bohemian Catholic TurnerB rair, consisting or two "rattea cai-
has 10,340. MIhs Zelma Tuey of
this city has 8,520. This makes
If they were acquainted with them.
was the last Jury case.
III AI LIU
The Coroner's Jury Unable to
Determine the True Cause
of the Aecident.
The corner's Jury which investi
gated the cause of the fatal ex
plosion of the boiler of engine No.
2046 of the Burlington at Lincoln
day before yesterday, rendered the
"That Charles A. Meacham came
to his death on the eighteenth day
f November, 1909, about 2 o'clock
a. m., by the blowing up of the
lomn anil Intrt thla nmirari a amnll
this afternoon for the term as this lt held a dance last Saturday evening ves," more than 100 chickens, 200
ik. lnnl t.,w.r 1" -. ' I ... . .1. a. .
assumed globular form without t their ball . on West Elm street, loaves or oreau, cane ana pies ana
seemlne to touch the metal, and ao- which was a fine gathering and one other delicacies In profusslon, in
I . .. t a . I i ii nt - n n
ronnrfa V.nir nwr T.onriTA A. P irri Deared to be neld SWSV by an InVlSl- wuitu uhciiuh.b pi';'-'" w" "! -v -r
r O O I 1 . . a I i . ll...tl A f f f
, ..in .,oMa hi mnPnn hia cushion u did not PvnnomtP Tne evening was spent mosi ae- lamy anu j.uuu risnm,
Traps lilg M)8Hnm.
Remarkable things are happening
around Plattsmouth these days. Last
Saturday night Jesse Blunt perform
ed one of the most remarkable
feats In local annals. He trapped
a big, live opossum right down in
the heart of the city. Seeing a hole
In the ground near Bach's store
on lower Main street which looked
as If it might be an opossum hole,
Jesse secured a steel trap and set
the same near lt. Later In the even-
ftnd th Attending nhvsldana do not ranldly. but slowly dried away, un-Rightfully In dancing and the large were about 3.10 guests present. A
hnM t w nf rernvArv til at a certain tlmo the remafnlne attendance 'Indicated how much dance pavilion wob erected for the
The injured brakeman, M. H. Up- droy exploded with great violence, those who were fortunate enough to occasion. The father of the groom
ton hna imnrnvd nr-rrlnMiilv and He then deduced and proclaimed aena, enjoyea memseivcs.
I - ... I fT V nnnl1nnv Ivi 1 1 l I TlflU. I tip Mtl Itf A ltiA rln U,l r Mil TT llfl t
win recover. the theory of the spheroidal condl- mere wun cmciuui, ui. - u, v M
Among the witnesses examined by tlon In red-hot boilers, which was ent, a line orchestra playing the very him among our stauncnesi rr.enas i, graUfled t0 unJ ho had
th Inrv wftR Juliua Dietrich, master to account for all mysterious boiler "est or music anu in evory way me miring m Bub10Ii ui iub ic-rimu
,.K.nln t th t.i,.nin HtvUinn einlnslons. evening an enjoyauie one. ine iure, una we nope iue younK nmu
. I . .... I Annnt n.r.ladr o Tn vnrv n n.
nnd T. Roone. suner ntendent of This theory concerniiiK Doner ex- ua,,i:CB U1 U1,n ""-
Ughtrul affair to attenu ana me -ciiip
winter promises to be made enjoy- extend congratulations to the newly
able by a- largo number of them, wedded
All who attended have been heard
motive power of the Burlington, ploding by cold water being pumped
whose testimony was strongly toward upon hot plates took such n firm
a lack of water In the boiler as a hold upon people Intrusted with the
cause of the explosion. care of boilers, that the Pennsyl-
A Birthday Surprise.
vanla Railroad Company determined to express the hope that the society A IMoiwiiiit AITulr.
to make tests to demonstrate the I will give many more of their dances The members of the T. J. Sokals
fallacy of the uoDular delusion. A In the future. This dance was for last Saturday evening held an Invl-
Id a ii. s ft It W if itmAn In I'Vi n f r nnnn. I
.n a w.lu, .., ... ....w. v.. ,ng he WJjnt dQwn tQ ,nspcct tQe rp
suits of his scheme and was Bur-
trapped a real opossum which had
Vmnn mnli-lnir Ita lmma In tha rrnnnil
will prove In all thing, . a vertlable under the buUdlnB The remark.
"chip off the old black. We also I,. . . ., .
such an animal should locate right
In one of the busiest sections of the
city where there is a constant stream
of humanity passing and repassing
and where teams and wagons are
always constantly In motion. The
Pearl Allen last evening was locomotive was run out on a side the public and It was well patronized ration dance at their hall on West 1,, g ft yery flnG pppdmRn of
made the recipient of a more than track near Altoona, and the plan with the very best of order and rear! Btreet which was a most
ninnr .,rr,riHA m.rt. eiven hv a was to fire the boiler until the Bteam ?a conauci prevailing. , pieasant anair ana ery mrgeiy m
large number of her friends, the oc- was high, then blow it out to ex- tcnieA. The dance was limited In
casion being her birthday anniver- pose the crown sheet and allow it Worthy YonnK Man Honored. attendance to the members of the
Wnllor nt stncrlnA Tllimhpp 2046. If nnWTl ol .... l- .....tnAj ItA Kaenma rnf y rt Than rn fnroo I The annual convention of the society and their ladies and tne
as class K4, of the Burlington ran
Its kind and Jesse is quite 'proud
of it. It was exhibited on the street
;yesterday and exited much com
ment and admiration.
road, the accident having occurred
at the point where the main line
erosses A. Btreet In the city of Lin
coln. We, the Jury cannot deter
mine the cause of the explosion."
The Jury heard a large number of
witnesses including a number of ex
perts on the cause of the explosion,
the general trend of whose testi
mony seemed to be that the engine
had run dry causing the crown sheet
to burn and drop down. They also
, heard the testimony of eye witness
es to, the disaster, who could not,
however, say anything as to the
cause of the accident.
The funeral of the dead fireman,
Charles R. Meacham, will take place
tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon from
his home at 818 University avenue,
Lincoln. The time 1b 2:30 p. m.
The condition of the men Injured
continues much the same as at first
Advertised Ix'tter List.
The following letters remain in
when she arrived home and found cold water Into the boiler from a fire blacksmiths, horseshoers and wheel- large attendance served to show the
ho manv of her friends had taken engine placed nt a safe distance wrlghts of the mate was neiu iasi aeep interest laKen m me society.
possession, but soon recovered and away. The first plan miscarried, for week at Lincoln ana in tne eiecuon ine organization ciearea a neat buid the riattsmoutn postonice uncaneu
civ hom . w,..,, niA.aonf Aunnin, thev fired the old bollor while full or. omcers tney nonorea a iormer or money on me uance ana an wuo ror on wis uaio, (November zz
luviu w v. ivuuuii, vTuauQ i v - I t t.l-1 VI I J J L .1 V. 1 9 A I
The usual amusements wern had. of water till the Steamer reached 200 f,au8mouia oy LUOUBlus aueuuuu uuu iuo j-umuo ui ana unless cauea lor wuuui a re
such as games, music and the like Pounds, when it suddenly went to vice-president, wiuiam a. woya ing to tneir neans coniem. sonable length or time they win b
and the dellehtful affair closed with pieces. That proved that being full was tne young man nonoreu. inn a very nne orcne-ura pmyt-u - gent to tne ueaa Letter onice at
a dellKhtful luncheon All denarted of water did not prevent a boiler Lloyd, as he is fnmlllarly known, Is cellent music, this orchestra being Washington. In calling for same
declaring they had a most enjoyable from exploding. a ttllng good horseshoer and largely composed of players from piea8e Bay, "advertised:" Miss
tlme; The company then took a second oincKsmiin ana sianus at me iront tne iocbi ooaman ounu mm mo tosta urimes, airs, ueorge Tayior
aid engine to repeat the tests. The r&ti. of bis trade. The Journal is music they dispensed was or sum (2), Mrs. A. G. Soflia Chrlstoffor-
boller was fired un and steam rals- pleased to note that his fellow a high grade as to show them to be son, Albert Carpenter, B. Doran,
ed considerably above the regualr workers appreciate his ability and fully the equals of any orchestra Guy Gorbam, W. II. Heine, Walter
worklne DresBuro. Then they ran trust that the time Is not fur dls- either in this city or anroaa. it is Jefferson, Dan J. Lynch, D. G. Ly-
tha water off until the crown sheet tant when he can make lt read presl- to bo hoped that the society have man, C. E. Morey, E. R. Owen, Geo.
was bare, and allowed it to become dent. He is a good man and a many more of theso delightful hops Shaw (2), E. D. Slocum, Goorgo
red hot. after which they pumped worthy one in every way and his in the future as they are fine Boclal Taylor (2), Lewis Vanhooser.
In cold water. The only effect was advancement Is a pleasure to every gatherings.
o cause the seams to leak. one of his many friends In this city. Oyster Supper.
About the same time a series of J. E. Day of Shenandoah, la., I There wll be an oyBter Bupper
Mrs. P. H. Stelmker was among who has been looking after business given at the Rock Bluffs school
We note In the cases before the
supreme court which have been con
tinued, are numered both the Os-
senkop and Clarence cases. Upon
request of the state the former case
Is continued to January 4, 1910;
and on motion of plaintiff for ex
tension of time to serve briefs, In I experiments were made at the Har-
the Clarence case, the time Is ex-Hson Boiler Works in rhilldelphla.lthoso going to Omaha this morning, matters in this vicinity for several house, (DIst. 6) on Saturday even-
tended to January 1, 1910, and cause with overheated plates, under theiwhere she will spend the day with days, returned to that city this morn- ing, November 27, for the benefit
continued to February 7. 1916. 'supervision of the Franklin Inntl-'friends. "ing. 'of the school.
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