The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, April 04, 1910, Image 1

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Repairs to the Present Delapidated Structure Would Be Useless
as Building is Beyond Being Patched Up.
The Journal's agitation for a new
jail for Cass county together with
the construction of a boiler house for
the heating of the court house and
the jail, certainly has taken a firm
hold on the people of this end of
the county and there are words cf
commendation for the move heard on
every hand. As an additional evi
dence that the (matter should be
takeri' up and carried to a successful
conclusion, the additional fact is
pointed out that the county is going
to have to install new boilers at the
court house in the near future and
that the present boiler is quite inade
quate and in such repair that a new
one is necessary.
Thomas Svoboda, engineer at the
court liouse, is authority for the
statement that the present boiler will
have to be replaced not later than
next fall at the outside as it is prac
tically worn out. lie does not favor
the idea of having one boiler do
the work for the court house, even
if no jail Is built and he advances a
very plain and logical reason for his
position. He is a firm believer in
two boilers so that one can 'be used
while the other is shut down for
washing out or for repairs. By this
method any danger of things freez
ing up at the building as there could
be steam at all times. The additional
cost of two boilers will be more than
made up by the more efficient service
and the saving of wear and tear on
the boilers. Mr. Svoboda is also a
strong advocate of the seperate boil
er room proposition. At present the
, boiler Is located In the basement of
the building, directly under the coun
ty treasurer's office. It is a very poor
place to work in and one which makes
the task of firing the boiler much
harder than it would be otherwise.
The change to a boiler room located
on the ground and out of a hole Is
something which all foremen and
engineers will appreciate. Mr. Svo
boda believes that (there is ample
room north of the jail for a boiler
house which would have coal bins
upon the alley so that coal could be
thrown in them from wagons withisary amount of bonds for the same
the smallest amount of exertion. The
Jail could be situated on the west
part of the vacant lot north of the
court house.
It has been learned from Sheriff
Quintcn that there was an old cellar
tinder the present Jail which was fill
ed up some time ago with loose earth
which has gradually settled letting
the floor of the jail down. As this
floor descended to the level of the
sinking earth another floor was
placed on top and whoa this one des
cended still another floor was put In
place, making three separate and dis
tinct floors In the structure. The
sheriff Is of the opinion that the
earth which was thrown Into he cel
lar has been responsible for much of
the dampness which prevails in the
jail and from which a number of
prisoners have suffered or claim to
have suffered illness. That rheuma
tism could be easily contracted In the
jail is quite well known. Another
thing which Sheriff Qulnton calls at
tention to i3 the condition of the
steel cage in the present structure.
Prof. Brooks in Town.
From Friday's Dally.
Prof. Brooks, superintendent of
the Fairmont public schools, came in
this morning for a visit of several
days with friends. Prof. Brooks was
formerly principal of the schools In
this city and is an educator of more
than ordinary ability. He states that
he is greatly pleased with his new
location and that Fairmont Is a fine
place In which to live. The city is a
live and enterprising one and has
just completed and put into service
a brand new and up-to-date high
p'hool at a cost of $40,000. The!1'10 wlth hini nn(1 thy Tnnke mighty
schools there have a manual training
department and also a musical cur
riculum besides a fine school library
and a chemical labratory. There is
an orchestra also maintained at the
schools which gives some excellent
music. Prof. Brooks has made a
brilliant success of bis venture as
head of the schools and has attained
a fine reputation In his new loca
tion. Ills many friends in this city
and the vicinity will be more than
This cage on the outside looks good
but this is owing to the fact that it
had a coat of paint applied to it not
long since. The interior cf the rage
is really in bad shape being rusted
and at places having large holes In
it. It will have to be replaced any
way in a short time with a cage which
will be proof against escape even if
the present jail is retained and this
means a large expense for mainten
ance. In view of all these facts which
can be readily verified by any tax
payers who will take the time to
visit and look it over. If the tax
payers of the connty will do this,
there can be no doubt of the out
come of the movement for a new
jail. Regardless of exepense they
will favor such a structure as its
necessity will be so painfully mani
fest that public pride alone would
cause a favorable opinion to the
Several other citizens wtio were
seen on the subject today expressed
themselves as more than satisfied
with the prospects for a jail and its
L. B. Egenberger was an enthu
siastic advocate of a new jail. He
declared it a shame that so large,
populous a county as Cass should
have such a sorry excuse for a Jail
and he favored a new one. He also
was In favor of voting bonds for one
if such a scheme was necessary. He
Is also enthusiastic over changing the
location to the lot north of the court
house and building a heating plant
for the two buildings.
A. L. Tidd interviewed on the sub
ject of a new jail declared himself
most emphatically for such a struct
ure. It Is needed and 'badly needed
and he is in favor of bonds for build
ing the same. He stated that the
matter had been allowed to rest too
long already and that the sooner It
was pushed through to completion the
better for the county.
T. H. Pollock Is another prominent
man who favors the jail. He ndvo the building of a new and good
lone and believes in voting the neces-
t The old structure is otit of date , and
practically worthless and he thinks
the new one should be put up as
soon as possible.
Emmons Ptak, the cigar manufac
turer, is strongly in favor of the new
jail and says that the old one is a
disgrace to so big and rich a county
as Cass, lie says vote bonds if ne
cessary. The editor of the Weeping Water
Republican, George Olive, in a recent
issue of his paper also states that
Cass county needs a new jail and his
pronouncement in its favor Is a strong
and manly one. This opinion of Mr.
Olive is shared by all who are like
him and take the time to investigate
conditions as they are at that struct
ure. ,
Altogether, the outlook for a new
jail and one well suited to the county
was never brighter. The people who
have seen the old shell which mas
querades under that name will agree
that a real jail Is sadly needed no
matter from what part of the county
they come.
pleased at his success and trust that
it may continue.
After More People.
From Saturday's Daily.
Harry Smith, the land man, de
parted this morning for Red Oak, la.,
where he intends to make an effort
to secure a number of new settlers
for this part of the world. Harry
has the happy faculty of making
every one he brings here like the
country and they almost certainly
buy a place before they return. He
I1""0 urnps in the Dest type of peo
valuable additions to, the community.
lie will meet several parties In the
Iowa town who contemplate moving
nway and he wants to get them for
this city.
V. II. S. Buggy Pole & Xeik Yoke.
The C. B. S. buggy pole and neck
yoke is the best there Is Just out
insist on getting one. .Manspeakcr
sells tho poles and the hardware
store? sell the neck yokes
Plattsmouth Telephone Com
pany to Furnish Them.
From Friday's Dally.
The Plattsmouth Telephone com
pany today Installed the first of the
mechanical clocks known as an auto
matic telephone clock. This clock
which is on exhibition in the offices
of the company on north Sixth street
is a device which automatically regis
ters the time of day, the motive
power being electricity. There will
be no more missed trains with the
houses which use the automotic clock.
The system is a simple one and very
inexpensive and there Is every prob
ability that nine out of ten business
houses will adopt the clock and have
it installed in the several stores and
factories as well as offices of the
The scheme proposed includes a
clock for each separate buslnss house
which cares to subscribe to the pro
ject. These clocks are all regulated
by a master clock located in tho of
fice of the telephone company. This
clock which is a wonder in its way,
and a modern improved Instrument,
is run by electricity and Is kept ab
solutely corect by the standard time
which is telegraphed out every day
at a certain hour. The master clock
regulates every other clock on the
circuit by means of an electric cur
rent. There is what is known as a
relay connected with the master clock
and this relay in turn Is connected
with each Individual clock. The relay
ticks off the quarter minutes Just as
they are ticked off by the master
clock and when it does so the indi
vidual clocks on the system re
ceive the same current and advance
in consequence with it.
In addition to the ordinrry electric
clock for keeping time for offices,
stores and the like, what is also
known as time clocks for factories
which will record upon tickets the
time when employes enter the works
and when they leave will also be in
stalled to subscribers for that service.
The employe entering is presented
with a ticket which he Inserts In the
clock and It Is automatically stamped
with the time when he is in. On
leaving the ticket is again inserted in
the clock and the time of leaving
is again stamped affording a com
plete record cf the time actually put
in by each employe.
Ustairs in the operating room of
the telephone company one of these
time clocks has been installed to keep
a record of conversation held in the
long distance service. By this device
the attention of tho operator is not
distracted from her work by watching
the clock apd an automatic record of
the time talked is kept.
Prospective investors In the clocks
are Invited to call upon Manager Pol
lock of the telephone company and
he will explain in detail the clock's
workings. The device in manufac
tured by the Monarch Telephone Man
ufacturing company of Chicago, 111.,
and the master clock costs quite a
neat sum of money. The ordinary
clocks costs $73 each and with other
attachments costs $123 each.
None of the clocks will be sold but
the company intends to rent them and
keep them up and in good time for
the small sum of 73 cents per month,
less money than the wear and tear
on the nerves is worth in looking
after the clock and a big saving on
men's souls by cutting out the usual
profanity when a train is missed or an
important engagement overlooked be
cause of defective timepieces. The
clocks will be Installed upon a cir
cuit separate and distinct from the
telephone circuit and In this manner
everyone of them will register the
correct time. There is every prob
ability that all business houses of im
portance will be subscribed to the new
time system, especially those who de
sire to keep In the fore-front of pro
gress and up to the times.
It is understood that a number of
the doeks have been contracted for
already and Manager Pollock is anx
ious to have all those who want them
send In their orders at once.
Mrs. August Roessler was a pas
senger this morning for Omaha ac
companying her sister, Mrs. Boehmer
of Grant, Neb., who has been making
her a visit for several weeks past.
Miss Boehmer Is on her way to her
home and the two ladles will spend
today making a final visit In the metropolis.
More favorable.
From Friday's Daily.
The condition of Grandpa W. P.
Bailey Is reported this morning as
more favorable than yesterday, he
having rested better last sight and
seeming to be gaining In strength.
His family are much encouraged and
hope that tho gain which set In sev
eral days since will continue until
the aged citizen is able to be out
and about once more and that by
May l!Hh, when the comet appears,
he will be able to be out and hold
another view of the great wonder.
His vitality is so great that there Is
not much fear but that this will take
place and that he will be good for
many years to come.
Pollard Family Guests of Los
Angeles Friends at Picnic
Long Beach, Cal., March 23, 1910.
The Plattsmouth Journal.
Plattsmouth, Nebraska.
Dear Journal:
Mrs. Isaac Pollard and her daugh
ter, Mrs. Dr. Wallace left this morn
ing from this city for their home at
Nehawka, Cass county. They have
been spending the winter hero and
their presence has been much ap
preciated by all their old friends froru
Cass county and Plattsmouth.
I am enclosing a photograph which
shows Mrs. Wallace taking a ride
with me in an air ship. We descend
ed from the maehine'about ten rods
east of the auditorium where Mrs.
Thomas was waiting for us In our
Jackson auto. It was quite a coming
down to think of riding in a common
old Jackson tub after our flight in
the heavens, but we got in all the
same and like Mohammed when he
reached the first heaven in the
twinkling of an eye, so we soon
reached the hotel where Mrs. Pollard
was waiting for us, so our love for
our auto tub Increased to that
Diogenes had for his tub.
The appreciation which our Platts
mouth friends have for the Nehawka
family was demonstrated last Monday
by a hurried up picnic In honor of
Mrs. Pollard and Mrs. Wallace. The
telephone to Los Angeles was brought
into play inviting all our Plattsmouth
friends in thnt city to be with us and
fifty or sixty old friends gathered
Tlie meeting was a happy one and
greatly enjoyed. The tables must
have been fifty feet long and filled to
overflowing. After all seemed to
have been satisfied with the eatables,
Senator Marshall of Otoe who at one
time had a shoe store in Plattsmouth,
was the first speaker to be called on.
He congratulated the people of Platts
mouth that they found one congress
man who would and also had the
ability to do something for Platts
mouth In securing the long sought for
postoffice. There were a number of
others called on who gave Congress
man Pollard great praise for that and
also for the master hand he showed in
making the exhibit for the state at
the St. Louis exposition. I under
stand the names cf all who were at
the picnic and also what was said
will be typewritten and when I can
get them I will send them to th
Journal. Yours truly,
S. L. Thomas.
Better Look After It.
There is a great deal of complaint
being made about a mudliole at the
mouth of the undergrade crossing of
the Burlington at the foot of Main
street. Automobilists are having an
especially hard time in getting Into
the city on account of this place and
this morning a car bound through the
city from Glen wood to the west stall
ed In the mud and the driver had to
get out and secure some planks be
fore the machine could be hauled
out of the mire. The city should
see to It that a load of brickbats or
something similar is thrown into the
hole and that it is put In shape to
niake It passable. The expense 1
slight and it will benfit tho town a
great deal. Get busy.
Councilman D. O. Hwyer this morn
ing had a very elaborate and ornate
sign put up on the front of his build
ing on Main street calling attention
to his offices which occupy the en
tire second floor of the building. Tho
sign Is of gold lettering with n hand
some blue background, the work hav
ing been done by Frank Gobelman.
It Is a very handsome one and one
well calculated to attract the atten
tion 6f the public.
The Funeral of Mrs. John Buck
Largely Attended by Friends
From Friday's Daily.
The funeral of the late Mrs. John
Buck was held yesterday afternoon
from her late residence near Weeping
Water, there being a very large at
tendance of friends present from
Weeping Water, Nehawka, and the
neighboring points where the deceas
ed had resided for so long a time and
where she was so well known and
esteemed. The funeral left the homo
of the deceased at noon, carriages
proceeding to the German church
northeast of Weeping Water where
the services were held. At the church
Rev. Frederick Sprlegel delivered a
funeral sermon In German, which was
an eloquent and handsome tribute to
a very worthy lady. Kev. Sprlegel
spoke feelingly of the many high vir
tues which the deceased lady pos
sessed and of her Christian character
and lofty devotion which so well char
acterized her long life. Rev. Andrus
of Weeping Water, also delivered an
eloquent trlbuto to tho deceased, he
speaking In English and voicing in
that tongue the noble sentiments
which Rev. Spriegel had so well ex
pressed In the tongue of the father
land. Music for the services was
furnished by the choir of the Weep
ing Water Methodist church, a num
ber of the old famllar and well loved
hymns which deceased had so liked
In her lifetime being sung. There
were also an Immense number of
handsome floral tributes presented by
the many friends of the deceased as
a silent token of their love and es
teem for the departed.
Following the services at the
church, the funeral cortege moved to
Oak Hill cemetery west of this city, a
large number of carriages making the
long Journey to the last resting place
and a number of carriages returning
from the church to Weeping Water.
At Oak Hill the remains were met
by a very large number of sorrowing
friends from this city who had driven
there to be present at the Interment.
The remains were lovingly laid to
rest by old friends and neighbors of
the departed, the pall bearers being
J. R. C. Gregory, John Urlsb, Adam
Schaefer, John 10. Krager, Henry
Engelkeineier and August Engelke
meler. i
Among the largo number from this
city who attended the obsequies were
Messrs. H. M. Koennb hs' ti, Adolph
Geise, Peter F. Goss, Mans Seivers,
John Bauer, Sr., and E. L. Jahrig of
Cambria, Wyo.
Mr. Baled Stirred I p.
The Journal severnl d,ays since
received a communication from Wil
liam Ili'lrd, superintendent of shops
of the Burlington, in this city touch
ing on on humorous article which ap
peared In the Journal of March 23th,
where the presence of so many Idle
cars on the spurs across the river
was commented upon. The article
was based upon that ancient tale
which prevailed in this state some
twenty yenrs ago when cars were as
sessed differently than they now nre
and when it was freely charged that
cars were run out of the state before
April first to avoid assessment. The
writer presumed upon the Intelligence
of the people who read it to know
that under the law as It now Is, this
cannot be done with success as tho
returns of rolling stock are made di
rectly to the state board of equaliza
tion and the local assessor does not
longer handle it but it seems Mr.
Baird misconstrued the article and is
fearful that misapprehension may
arise over the meaning of It. There
was no Intention to prejudice the pub
lic against the Burlington as he seems
o think and the Journal denies that it
has "knocked" that road. In fact,
under the present management Mr.
Bnird knows, this paper has consist
ently worked for the Interests of that
road when such interests did not
contravene the law and were for the
public good. Mr. Baird in his letter
gives as the reason for storing the
cars on the Iowa tracks that there Is
not room for storing the bad order
cars while waiting for repairs here
and the yard master took them across
the river to get them out of the
way .until such time as the shop could
receive them. Mr. Baird states that
there ar a number of condemned
cars also waiting demolition on those
tracks, and that It Is a common
I occurence to store surplus cars over
there. He also states that the Bur
lington Is not a "tax dodger" and
the Journal Is more than proud to
know that and glad to be able to
set any misapprehension on that scorn
at rest.
Heavy Expenditures Are to Be
Made by Nebraska Tele
phono Company.
According to the following Inter
view of an Omaha Bee reporter with
G. E. McFarland, general manager,
the Nebraska Telephone company will
expend over a million dollars In im
proving their system this season:
"Our plans for the present year
call for an expenditure of about $1,-
230,000 on the work of construction
and reconstruction In Omaha and
throughout the state," says G. E. Mc
Farland, general manager of the Ne
braska Telephone company.
"We will do an unusual amount of
work this year in carrying out our
policy to keep up with the growth of
the state and serve its business in
terests to the best of our ability. Tho
increase in improvements Is notable
this year and necessitates more ma
terial and large additions to the num.
ber of employes.
"About 2,000 miles of additional
copper toll lines will bo built to use
in connection with the existing toll
circuit of the company in Omaha.
"Nearly 1,600 miles of pole lines
will be reconstructed. This Is an un
usual amount of new work in this line
and It will be distributed over tho
entire system.
"The copper clrcut will be extended
as far west as Broken Bow. It Is
now as far west as Itavena. The n'w
copper toll circuit, extending to North
Platte, -has Just been completed mill
service Is now given North Platte and
all Intervening points.
"About thirty exchanges in the
state will either be rebuilt entirely or
reconstructed during the year. A nuw
exchange will be added to the present
Douglas building In Omaha and there
will be a new central office In the
rooms now occupied by the general
offices, which will be In the Kennedy
building, the top floor of which is
already occupied by us.
"Officials of the company have Just,
returned from the Ilia. K Hills coun
try in South Dakota. It Is expected
to do a considerable amount of work
in and adjacent to the Blaek Hills.
The plans are to contcct the exchange
in the Blaek Hills with the rest of
our system, but the xuet route lias
not yet been determined upon.
"The Nebraska Telephone company
has about 20,000 toll lines In Ne
braska and the wire mileage of every
kind, including exchanges and toll
lines, is 10.1,033 fer Nebraska and
tho Black Hill country. ,
"Important plans are being i -r-fected
between the Nebraska Tele--
phone company and the Western Un
ion Telegraph company so that a
telegraph service will be available at
nearly all, If hot all, Nebraska towns
for night as well as day service. It
Is planned to arrange the lines so that,
t-degraph messages may be telephon
ed from a town where there Is no
night telephone office to the
center where the Western Union com
pany maintains a night office. We
wish to have it so that our service
will be available at all times for pub
lic needs and this will be a great
convenience for emergency service
for people in the smaller towns."
A Live Club.
Some days since the business men
of Nehawka organized a commercial
club, and from the following special,
It can readily be seen that It Is
right up and doing already: "The
Nehawka Commercial club has taken
hold of the good roads movement. It
has hired a traction engine, and with
a big road grader has put every street
lu town in fine shape, besides putting
in better crossings. Having finished
the town It Is working, anil Intending
to work, nil tho principal roads lead
Ing to town.
Theodore Anilck together with a
friend made the trip via automobile
to South Omaha yesterday afternoon,
(Tossing the river at this point nnd
going up the Iowa nld1. Mr. Amlck
Intends to buy a horse and concluded
to make the run to South Omaha for
that purpose expecting to remain
there "er night and return thin