The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, July 21, 1910, Image 5
virg inia of ihe Air Lanes A ROMANCE OF FLYING Bjr Herbert Quick Copyright. 1939. by the Bobbi Merriil Company CIIAPTER XIX. HN'AI.E. TnEODOUE carried Virginia to a seaside cottage just in proc ess of being put la order for its owners. "Tell nie, dearest," he kept whisper ing, "that you are safe safe!" Virginia, wet, draggted, her strong little form resembling a rough cast statue of some one quite Irresistibly shapely, silently hung about his neck. "You love me!" said he. "I'm not going to let you leave me again, dar ling!" She squeezed his hand In gratitude. Carson went out radiant, meeting Craighead with the red mantilla on his arm. v "You all do know this mantle," said he, "but not the soul of paltry In things great. Ethically, this Is a lost damosel snatched from a watery grave as she went down In the penultimate descent. I put my confounded life In pawn for what? For a mere trum pery kickshaw of silk with no more woman in it than a rabbit. Rotten! Rotten! This 'ere rescue ain't up to sample!" "Craighead," said Carson, "I want .you to run an errand, and be serious. Run for a doctor, Craighead. I be lieve she loves me." racing up and down the veranda, Carson was in a delicious disturbance of spirits. lie forgot Shayne and his wife, but ran down to see the Virginia and found In charge the village con stable. "I know the rules of these coses," said he to Carson. "When you give this to the papers say something about the way the police end of It was han dled." "Thank you." said Corson, having made sure that the Virginia was lu tact. "I shan't see any reporters." "Sure you will." said the thoughtful constable. "I've sent f r them!" The doctor, a nervous little man with no voice, whispered to Carson that his wife, meaning Virginia, was uninjured and urging him to go in and quiet her by his presence. "Neurology my specialty," said ' he slyly in Carson's ear. "Left big prac tice In Philadelphia on account of nervous prostration. Acute neuropath- "BUT ACCIDENT I NOTHING TO IT." le symptom In your very beautiful Noth young wife, sir but accident! lug to It!" Carson explained, with some reuro- pathlc symptoms of his own. that the young Imly was not his wife. "Excuse me!" whispered the doctor, on tintne. "As to whoso the mistake Is, yours or mine, omission or comnils. nlon. can't say. but pardon nii just the game. Must go now. Oilier patients, you know. My card!" And, slipping his card to Thood ire with the nlr of n man seeking to es tablish a connection In the castaway trade, he whispered himself out, being replaced nWost immediately by two local representatives of the metropoll tan press, to whom Theodore resolute ly refused to sty a wind beyond the statement tlint the Koe was wrecked and that the passengers were saved This, however, did not prevent them from sending In highly colored nc counts of the wreck and of the sensa tloual assistance accorded her by the Virginia ueronef-wliMi were expand ed in '.he city olllccs Into the sensation of tlio day. Khayue of Aerostatic I'ower had violated the Craighead in junction in the Hoc! Craighead, Cart-on and tic Khaynea v.eie together la a Now !!;, viliage! Rumors r.ml canards on 'change and the cur!! Ex tras and red type on yellow first pages! Rut the real seusatlou was not Vnown until afterward. Craighead was a long time gone, rc t liming with a perspiring man carry ing u notary's seal ia one hand, a huge volume under one arm aud a flat book IK;.' an exaggerated check book undcT the o'h.T. Following them were a tall, angular, serious looking gentle ur.ii i:i wading boots, his eyes covered wiih if .niensi' blue goggles a French h.mf.Vt.r If one might judge by cer ran s:r.:ig prim's i:i garments and fe::!::iv; a !:. saving crew from up the o:Nt w!i. had just arrived after a Ion;; !!st:tn e view of the wreck and several water s'.de characters belong ing in a New Jersey way to the Cap tain llarrod class. The man with the books seet.icd tired with his burden Bad was n;ng occasional sfvjg words. "Set down, set down your honorable load." said Craighead. "If honor may be harried with a curse. Fellow citi zens, we are delighted with what we have seen of your little city. The cli mate is lovely, the air fresh and the water warm. We like It. What do you call it?" Carson drew Craighead aside and suggested dry clothes. "Re silent, sirrah," cried Craighead, "and do ns you are bid! Friends, the performance In the big tent is about to open. This, Mr. Van Rrunt, Is one of the principals." "Of age, I see." said Mr. Van Rrunt, looking at Carson. "I guess It's all right. An' where's the other party?" A maid w ho had devoted herself to Virginia replied that Xliss Suarez was quite able to see people. "Come. Mr. Van Brunt." said Craig head, "and view the precious remains." Craighead entered at Virginia's "Come in," but Mr. Van Brunt went no far ther than to insert half his body and all his head in the room and look searchlngly at Miss Suarez. ur course, saw no, "you re over eighteen?" "Considerably," said Virginia, "but" Mr. Van Brunt had vanished. Craig head gazed solemnly at Virginia and spoke sepulchrally. "These," said he, "are some of the local forms of the Initiation. Be obe dient and thou shalt prosper. Don't do nothin' that you ain't told to see?" "What does this foolery mean?" ask ed Carson as Craighead emerged Into the parlor, where Mr. Van Brunt was engaged In filling up blanks aud tear lug them out of the big check book. "Foolery?" said Craighead. "Pro fane not the sacred mysteries of Eleu sis! Dou't get cynical or funny, You are not a very important person here- Friends, fellow citizens, Jerseymen, lend me your ears. We have met for certain reasons connected with the vt tal statistics of our common country to originate an epithet. Two problems look the American people In the face and gnash their problematical teeth and snort. What are they? My friend the doctor, who has returned with healing In his fins, and our reverend friend in the w.iders can bear wit ness from their reduced perquisites that I speak sooth when I say that these portentous national dangers lie In celibacy. I have made n speciality of it." "Hixirav!" shouted the captain of the life saving crew. "My honorable and gallant friend," said Craighead, Indicating the captain, hath a Smith college pin on his serv ice shirt. It's not to thee, O potential benedict, that I speak! We are here to call not the Inoculated, but the hith erto immune, to repentance. Fellow reformers, at the request of my friend Mr. Carson General Theodo' Cahsou. XI. A. I sent u motorcar for XI r. Van Brunt, and the county seat of this county, so far ns the marriage records are concerned, is here. The Rev. XI r. Coryell has kindly agreed to perform the cerauiuui. 1 will assume the chair if there are no objections. I will en tertain n motion ordering the nuptials to proceed. I assume a motion for the regular order. Reading of the minutes dispensed with. All In favor of the marriage of Theodore Carson and Vir ginia Suarez say 'Aye!'" There was n swelling roar of "ayes" that startled Virginia into a belief that a political convention was in session in the parlor. Craighead called for the "nays." with no response. "It Is n vote." said he "unanimous ly! I congratulate you In this har monv! It augurs well for a successful campaign and a triumphant election. Will some one volunteer to play. the wedding inarch? Thank you. sir." This to the captain of the life savers, who seated himself on n piano stool and ran his hands over the keys. "And now, general." said Craighead lo Carson, "all Is ready. The statutes In such cns made and provided are all fulfilled. Bring out the bride and let the rapture culminate!" "Craighead." si! 1 Carson, "come out silo and I'll brrnk every bone in your body!" No one hnrd this but Craighead, and he received the announcement with the suavest of bows and a withdrawal with Carson on his mm. "Just a little de'.tty," said he to Xir. Coryell. "You know how it Is last kisses of bridesmaids veil askew rubbish but we must wait." Mr. Coryell, with Craighead's money In his pocket, sullkient In amount to pay the entire expenses of his vacation study of Atlantic gasteropods, waited smilingly, rubbing his hands. Xir. Van Brunt lighted a cigar and looked of ficially grave.' Carson seized Craig-1 BBK LAY IN BIS ARMS, QCITB SVBREN DEUKP. before answering, and who but Vir ginia said sweetly and clearly. "I do?" Aud as for Craighead, that worthy gentleman would have been in still higher feather had lie known that within two weeks he was to succeed In persuading his adored Caroline to Join him lu a similar ceremony. Till END, mwm OF 1 11 Manager Pollock of Plattsmouth Telephone Company Circulating Petition to Attorney General Thompson head by the throat In the privacy of the kitchen. "What do you mean?" he snarled. "What Insane thing Is this?" "Explanations," said Craighead, ex tricating Ids throat, "are uncalled for, H seemeih 10 me, tint lr given require the use of the tnnim. Ah've done did what you done tole me, boss!" "What do you mean?" Carson stood before Craighead with clinched fists, furious at Craighead's scandalous use of Virginia's name In public. "Strike In due time," said Craighead, 'but hear! You told me to do for you what I'd want done In your place, You said Virginia loved you" I said I believed It!" answered Car- sou, groaning. "Oh, Craighead, Craig head, you've ruined me!" "Ruined your granny that Is, of course, I disagree with you eutlrely. Faint heart never won the money. 1 tell you the wedding bells are now ringing. Go to, sirrah go to her, Give her the rush. Lay It ou me Throw a fit ou the rug, rip and tear, snort, weep, fight, fast, tear thyself, drink up eisel. eat a crocodile, take her In your arms, aud Incidentally moutlon the fact that the thing's matter of record and will be lu all the papers. It'll work. Why, blast your picture. It's got to work. If it doesn't I'm stuck for $75 for fees and corrup tion money!" Cnrson walked back and forth, torn with rage, embarrassment nud anxiety for the result with Virginia, thrilled with n growing realization of what it might mean to him. "I'm going in to tell her." said he "And if I fall I shall come out aud kill you, Craighead!" "I shall make no will," said Craig head. "Why, If she were Caroline and I you" Carson walked Into the apartment of Virginia. The serving girl withdrew and left them alone. "Virginia." said he, "I'm going to take you with mo!" She flushed rosily, but. woman-like, refused to take bis meaning. "I can't go back, unkle," said she. "You failed In your exams. You are marked away, away down as an uncle! But I've forgiven you." "Don't let's talk of that." said he. "I shan't even apologize. I'm glad I deceived you! Glad, do you hear? And now you're going buck Psyche as my wife. Don't struggle and try to escape. Don't you love me? Don't you love me? Don't you love me?" She was past the struggle now, and lu the new print gown of the servant maid she lay In his anus, quite surren dered. The time passed much more rapidly for them than for XIr. Craig head. Ills voice grew hoarse, the roco co periods grew shorter, and at last he rapped on the door nud called "Time!" The audience had entered upon the phase of Impatience characterized by stamping in unison. "What do they want?" asked Vir ginia. "Us," said Carson. "Let ns go out." "Out?" queried Virginia. "Out there?" "Mrginla." said Carson, "did I not say I was taking you away with me now?" "Oh!" gasped Virginia, shrinking back. "Y'ou don't mean for mo to un derstand" "The minister Is outside to marry us darling! Come!" "Oh, Theodore!" she gasped. Tbe door opened. Craighead's voice camo through In Inquiry. "All ready?" he asked loudly. "Then lot he cortege move! After these nup tlals we shall have the full music of the grand sweet song. Like Prince Aglb of Gllbertlan story "We will dlllcntly play On the zootrope all day And blowthe loud puntochlnh'on all night. "Forward, march!" The wedding march from "Lohen grin" tinkled feelingly forth from the piano. The minister stood In the nar row cirque left open by the crowd. Craighead, like a new ducked usher. bowed grandly at the door to let them through. Theodore took Virginia's' plump, prlut covered arm nnd whisper ed lu her car promises which Instinct told him would break down the last resistance. The short service went on as remembered by the priest. "Who gives this woman away?" And who but Flnley Shayno broke through the press to take her by the hand and respond heartily. "I do!" mam Under State Law Which Means Quite a Severe Punishment, County Attorney Ramsey returned this morning and found several cases on his desk awaiting action. lie filed a complaint sworn to by Chief of Police Rainey against Harry Poisall, John Jones, Peter llerold and John (Pup) Egan and these will be prose cuted under the state law. The com plaint charges the four with being drunk on the first count, with an assault upon Ratney in the second count, with resisting and abusing Chief Rainey when he was in the per formance of his duty as a police and peace officer. The petialty for these several offenses if they should be found guilty of all would be either a very heavy fine or a long Jail sen tence. It Is the Intention to prose cute these cases to a finish. They grow out of the trouble in the Hotel Riley bar last Saturday night when Chief Rainey was set upon by the crowd and beaten up. At the time there was serious danger of the chief being badly hurt had it not been for the bravery of William Fitzgerald who went to his aid and who assisted him in getting out of the clutches of the gang. Fitzgerald Is said to have used an empty beer bottle with crush ing effect upon some of the crowd and the chief lays his escape with injury to his timely aid. Egan and Herold were apprehended shortly after the trouble and the lat ter has been serving a fine for his participation in the trouble. He was fined under the city ordinance and not under the statute which pre scribes a heavier penalty for the of fense of resisting an officer. Poisall and Jones escaped but have since been seen In Omaha. During the melee at the Riley bar, Chief Rainey w as com pelled to draw his revolver and he shot once but at the time it was not believed the bullet took effect. It has been found out since that the bullet went through the leg of Jones who was seen in Omaha with the wounded member. It is probable both of them will be apprehended shortly and returned for trial. It Is said that threats have been made on Chief Ralney's life but he Is determined to suppress the riotous conduct in the city at any cost. And when tho ring was called for who but tho captain of the life saving crew, true to the traditions of the service, came forward ami took It from his chain and saved them? And when the minister nsked, "Do you, Virginia, t. ike this man to be your wedded husband?" and t'o de:- oh' reniMiinl'T i f It v.ho inn i"i" uii re fNt rn t'.:r:!'-d d'.r.y at t'c !.: "i- Another Complaint Filed. County Attorney Ramsey today fil ed a complaint on behalf of O. V. Hamburg against William Xlenden hall charging him with assault on Hamburg. This trouble grows oiu of the affair Saturday night when the two men had a fight at the comer of Fourth and Xlaln streets. Accord ing to Mr. Xlendenhall the fight start ed when they met at the street cross ing. Hamburg was coming toward Xlendenhall and his arms were free from any packages, he having taken the box he had been earring across the street and then returning. As he approached Xlendenhail he applied a vile epithet to him and struck at him. . Xlendenhall returned the blow and landed. As Hamburg was about to fall to the pavement Xlendenhall hit him with his knee. He admits he intended to kick him and then was afraid of hurting him too bad so he used his knee Instead. Xlendenhall expresses confidence that he will be acauitted on a trial. The trouble be tween them dates back to a row they had while both were working in the Burlington shops. The two men are about the same size physically and Xlendenhall denies he had any open knife in his pocket. Previously to the fight both men had knives open, Hamburg having his out and in his hand when Xlendenhall approached him, Beelng which Xlendenhall drew his own knife. Work 21 Hours a Day. 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Xlanager Bert Pollock of the Platts mouth Telephone company, this morn ing was engaged in circulating a petition to Attorney General Thomp sou asking him to consent to modi fication of the recent restraining or der issued by the supreme court against the Plattsmouth Telephone company, Its officers and agents and the Bell Telephone company and its officials. The order provided among other things that the company could sell no more stock to the Bell Inter ests and It was ordered to discon tinue the connection between the two lines wherever they existed. It is to secure a modification of this latter clause that the petition Is being cir culated. The petition sets forth that the toll lines of the Independent com panies do not reach the most Im portant centers and that wholesale business suffers from this fact that the new connection would give the business interests of tho city at pres eut were compelled to keep two tele phones Instead of one In order to be able to talk to wholesale houses In Omaha, Chicago and other centers. The petition also recites that a large part of Nebraska Is not subject to connection over the Independent lines and that the use of the Bell lines is necessarw to reach those sections. A further charge is made that talking between this city and Omaha over the Independent lines made the phones In tho city accessible to only a small number without paying an extra messenger fee and that the sys tem as it was at present, on the whole, was expensive and Inadequate. The petition was very generally sign ed especially by the business inter ests who are glad to secure the need ed connection with the various large centers of the country. In circulating the petition Xir. Pollock found that public sentiment was largely In favor of the proposed modification and that everyone was glad to know that the field of the toll lines was to be en larged. ' In connection with the proposed modification of the order, an investi gation discloses that the cnnectlon had been made between the two com panies some time before the restrain ing order was issued and that the toll service of the Bell had been placed at the disposal of the Platts mouth company's patrons while the toll service of the company was still retained. This amounted to a vast Increase In the field which the pat rons of the independent company could reach and put the wholesale houses of the cities Into direct con nection with the independent phones. Of course, when the restraining order was made this service had to be dis continued and it Is to restore It that the modification Is asked ment of the toll lines. They were much gratified to find that the public sentiment was strongly for it. They found that nearly every one was of the opinion it had increased the value of the telephone Immensely and that this feeling was especially strong among the business Interests who had occasion to do most of the long dis tance work. Xir. Pratt speaking of the matter, stated that he believed Attorney Gen eral Thompson when he had become fully informed as to the feeling of the public on the matter would de cide favorably upon the question of modifying the restraining order. He was of the opinion that the attorney general had discovered that he might have been a little hasty in asking so sweeping an order and that he would permit this modification and fight the other questions involved out in court. Xir. Pratt was of the opinion that the public at large would find the proposed connection of inestimable benefit to everyone and that the bus iness men would bo especially pleas ed with it. As things now stood one telephone was all which would be needed as it would reach anywhere in the outside world. Speaking of F, II. Woods who has been the chief and moving spirit in the litigation now pending, Xir. Pratt stated that Woods had tried himself to buy the lines of the Plattsmouth Telephone company but had been un able to do so and that previous to this he had tried to get the Platts mouth company to enter into an ex clusive contract with him to handle all business over the Independent lines exclusively. It was only when Woods found he could not have his , own way in theBe matters that he became Indignant and tried to stop the connection between tho two com panies. XIr. Pratt also called atten tion to the fact that Woods' com pany had recently voted an issue of $1,250,000 in preferred stock which was to be used in purchasing other companies and combining them into a monster corporation. Woods' lines at present consisted of a number of sep arate companies Including the Lincoln system, the Gage and Johnson county lines and a number of others. Speaking of the benefits which phy sical connection between the Nebras ka system and the Plattsmouth Tele phone company meant Xir. Pratt call ed attention to the fact that connec tion now existed between 52,000 in dependent phones and 05,000 Bell phones while the Woods system had 30,000, thus Illustrating the wider field which the proposed connection woiii-i make. Xir. Pratt expressed the hope that the public would realize the condition of things as they existed and that the In connection with the transfer of J aim of the Nebraska company was to 1 I... iL . ..1. ik. !... r 1 It I trK n f interests of the Plattsmoutn stoeK-.give uie peoiue '"s"" holders of the Independent company to the Bell Interests, an Important visit was made to the city today by Superintendent Pratt and District Superintendent Xiay of the Nebraska Telephone company. The gentlemen while here took occasion to Investi gate the sentiment of the public re garding the proposed connection of the two systems and the develop- grade service. On the whole hta talk was of the most encouraging kind and indicated that the Nebras ka people wanted the cordial co-operation of the public and was willing to do its share toward getting It. XIr. Pratt and Xir. Xlay departed this afternoon for Nebraska City, where they hope to find as favorable a state of affairs as In this city. on SHOULD GET FREE DELIVERY Business Men Should Make Effort to Secure Free City Delivery. Postmaster Schneider recently call ed the attention of the postal authori ties at Washington to the fact thnt Plattsmouth was over tho limit on postal receipts and was entitled to free delivery under the law. He has received a reply from the postofflce department to the effect that a check had been made and tho statement found correct and that a postofflce in spector would be Bent here very short ly to ascertain if the other conditions Incident to free delivery had been or would be compiled with. Just what these conditions are Is not known but it Is presumed good sidewalks ia one of them and it behooves property owners who are Interested In free delivery to get busy and put their walks In repair Plattsmouth seems now to have a good opportunity to advance nnd help Itself a lot by securing free delivery and it is believed that nine of every ten citizens wont this. The city has had Its houses numbered for many years and now the putting down of good walks Is essential. The city has several years past and has a large number of permanent walks already down with many more In sight. Free delivery promotes a town to the dig nity of a first clasB city and It Is a great convenience to tho general pub lic. Steps should be taken to see the Inspector and find out what the re quirements are and that they are complied with. looked at from a number of standpoints the free deliv ery system 1b a mighty good thing. It insures work for several men at remunerative wages and also Insures the Bpeedy and prompt delivery of mail. Presumably the commercial club will meet the Inspector during his stay In the city and will take up with him the question. Plattsmouth ha several times had the opportunity for free delivery but through neglect of some vital point It has been allowed to slip away. This time it must be secured. The world's most successful medi cine for bowel complaints is Cham berlain's Colic, Cholera and Diar rhoea Remedy. It has relieved more pain and suffering, and saved more lives than any other medicine in use. Invaluable for children and adults. Sold by all dealers. W. R. Sperry of Weeping Water spent a few hours in tho city thh morning, coming In on the M. P. train and continuing on north to Ora- been doing good work In this lino for aha over the Burlington.