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Body Is Found Floating: Down Creek About Three O'clock Yester
day Afternoon Looks Like Suicide.
From Wednesday's Dally.
A stranger who registered at the
Perkins hotel Monday evening about
6 o'clock as A. Robertson was found
drowned In the mouth of the creek
which empties into the river Just
Bouth of the ferry. The body was
discovered shortly after 2 o'clock
yesterday afternoon by W. H. Klnna
mon who was fishing near the big
bridge. The body was hooked to th
shore and the county authorities no
tified. It was nearly 3 o'clock when
the news was received at the county
attorney's office. Mr. Taylor In com
pany with several others went to the
scene of the drowning, and found an
aged man there dead. The body
was taken out of the water and ef
forts made to identify the man. From
appearances at the time the cane
seemed one of sulcido as the coat, hat
and shoes had been removed and fot
prints were plainy visible. There was
nothing about the man to Identify
him. The only thing founds on his per
son was a small knife, one side of
which had a two Inch measure mark
ed on the horn handlo, the horn being
off the handle on the opposite side
of the knife, there was a spectacle
case of leather cover and spectacles,
a cheap Bmall purse In which was a
nlckle. When the man registered
at the hotel he carried a rather heavy
cane, this probably Is still la the
creek where the man went In.
J. P. Battler of the Hild undertak
ing rooms went to the river and
Why Accidents and Disapoint
ments so Frequently Occur.
A railroad train was rushing
along at almost lightning speed. A
curve was Just ahead, '"fceyond which
was a station where two trains us
ually met. The conductor was late
so late that the period during which
the up train was to wait had nearly
elapsed, but he hoped yet to pass the
The man left the hotel in the curve safely. Suddenly a locomotive
conversed with Mr. Martin for an
hour, seemingly in good spirit, and
telling Mr. Martin of being In Kansas
City at the time of the Ltlils-Cuda-hay
morning without being observed. He
went to the grocery store of L. B.
Egenberger and purchased a dime's
worth of cheese and asked for a
cracker, and was given a handful.
The stranger had been In Mr. Egen
berger's store Monday afternoon, and
In the conversation then informed Mr.
Egenberger that he had just come
dashed Into sight right ahead. In an
Instant there was a collision. ' A
shriek, a shock, and fifty souls were
in eternity; and all because an en
gineer had been behind time.
A great battle was going on. Col
umn after column had been precipi
tated for eight hours on the enemy
posted along the ridge of a hill. The
from Creston, la., and remarked on I summer sun was sinking in the west;
the heavy rain which fell at Creston
Sunday night. In the conversation
had at the store, at which place he
stopped for an hour or more Monday
afternoon, he stated that he was sixty-nine
years old, that he had worn
a full beard until within the last day
or two, when he was nearly at the
end of his rope financially, he got
shaved and expected to be like other
people the rest of his life. He stated
reinforcements for the obstinate de
fenders were already in sight. It
was necessary to carry the position
with one final charge, or everything
would be lost.
A powerful corps had been sum
moned from across the country, and
If It came up In season all would yet
be well. The great conqueror, con
jfldent In Its arrival, formed his re
serve Into an attacking column and
that he had been In Canada once, ordered them to charge the enemy,
that he was broke there, that he had The whole world knows the result.
been well to do twice in his life and Grouchy failed to appear; the Ira
had lost It both times. perial guard was beaten back and
The stranger seemed cheerful and Waterloo was lost. Napoleon died a
became greatly attached to the little prisoner at St. Helena because one
four year old boy of Mr. Egenber- of his marshals was behind time
ger's. When he came back to the A leading firm in commercial clr
store about 7:30 Tuesday morning cles had long struggled against bank
he Inquired for the little boy, and ruptcy. As It had large sums of mon
said he would give the little fellow
his knife If he thought the little fel-
brought the body to town last even-'low would not get hurt on It
Ing, rooms went to the river and
brought the body to town last even
ing and again efforts were made to
Identify the man. John Cory of the
Perkins hotel was called to view the
remains, and stated that he had seen
the man Monday evening about 6
o'clock when the man came to his
hotel and asked for a bed. Mr. Cory
offered the man a pen to register his
name. The stranger said that he
could not write very well and for Mr.
Cory to write his name, which he
gave as A. Robertson of Canada. He
spoke the nnnio of some town but
not hearing the nanio clearly, Mr.
Cory asked him to give the town
ngaln when the stranger Raid: "Let
it go, just wrlto It Cunnda." Tlio man
was asked If he wanted supper to
which he replied that he did not, just
h place to sleep as ho felt pretty
tired. He paid for his bed and went
out side the hotel and sat down and
He also said he expected to meet a
man at the morning train who had
agreed to meet him at the Platts
mouth hotel, and had not yet arrived.
The stranger met the morning
trains and later was seen about noon
along the river bank above the bridge
where he accosted one of the fisher
ey In California, It expected remit
tances by a certain day, and If they
arrived, Its credit, Its honor and Its
future prosperity would be preserved.
But week after week elapsed without
bringing the gold. At last came the
fatal day on which the firm had bills
maturing to large amounts. The
steamer was telegraphed at daybreak,
but It was found, on Inquiry, that she
brought no funds, and the house fail
ed. The next arrival brought nearly
men and BHked him If the fishing half a million to the Insolvents, but
was good. A little later he passed i it was too late; they were ruined be-
Mr. Ault, the ferryman, and evidently cause their agent in remitting had
went right on down to the creek been behind time.
where afterwards his coat was noticed
floating on the water by Mr. Kinna
tnon. Tills morning Sheriff Qulnton took
charge of the property above men
tioned and had photographer Hiatt
take the picture of the deceased for
future Identification, should the
friends of the deceased be located.
The deceased stranger was burled this confident that it would yet arrive,
A condemned man was led out for
execution. He had taken luman life,
but under circumstances of the grav
est provocation, and public sympathy
waB active in his behalf. Thousands
had signed petitions for a reprieve.
A favorable answer had been expect
ed the night before, and though it
had not come, even the sheriff felt
afternoon at the county's expense.
. The Man on the lion.
A complete production of "The
Man on the Box," that great book
play will be given at the Parmele on
September 6th. To all the readers
of "The Man on the Box," by Harold
MacGrath, the announcement comes
in the form of a pleasant surprise
that a true interpretation of this well
known play will be given by a strong,
capable company In our city on Sep
A Few More Incidents in Refer
ence to the Atrocious Affair.
Mis, Wesley Burnett and her moth
er, Grandma Graves of Rock Bluffs
hpent a few hours In the city this
morning en route to Balfour, la.,
where they will visit Mrs. Graves'
daughter, Mrs. J. M. Miller. Mrs.
Graves Is el.'hty,-tilne years of ago and
was a dose friend of Mrs, Shera who :
was murdered lust week. Mrs. Graves'
lms been with her daughter, Mrs.
Miller for several months, and did
not learn of her friends trade death
until she arrived in Plnttsinouth Mon
day. The matter hits unnerved her
ho much that she ciyuiot bring her
self to stny In the Bluffs at all. The
aged lady has lived in Rock Bluffs
for about fifty years, and this is the
first time she has been afraid to stay I
In her house. Her daughter, Mrs.
Burnett, and her husband were sum
moned last Friday evening when Mrs.
Shora's dead body was first discov
ered, and the sight was a sad one.
At first it was thought the dead wo
man nilgU have had heart failure
and fell against the door, but the
blood stains on her bonnet which lay
near, and other evidences dispelled
this theory when the doctor arrived.
It Is the opinion of many that the
amount of twigs which was a good
sized armful which covered the pros
trate form of tho dead, woman was
inner gathered by her for tho pur
pose of starting a fire, but being
placed as they were with newspapers
among them, seemed to indicate the
Intention of tho assassin to hide his
crime by burning the body, building
mid contents. It is thought that the
hoy who went to the store about fif
teen minutes after Mrs. Shera was
last seen going toward her store,
and who found the place locked, and
rapped for adinlttaiu e, may have
caused tho criminal to decamp Just
at the time he was preparing to Ig
nite the paper and twigs.
M. C. Whitehead in Town.
M. C. Whitehead and wlfo from
Newcastle, Neb., arrived In l'latts
hiouth yesterday evening and after
spending the night with Plattsniouth
friends departed this morning for
south Missouri where he will visit a
few days with two uncles of Mrs
Whitehead. 'While in the city Clem
paid tho Journal office a brief call
and reports everything In his local
Ity on the boom. Crops are good as
the sample he brought with him well
shows, lie left at this offleo a sain
pie of both his corn and oats. On tho
return trip they will spend n few
days villi Cass county friends.
Use "forest Rose Hour If you
want the best results in making" good
bread. Try a Rack and you will buy no
other. For sale by all leading dealers,
Thus the morning passed without the
appearance of the messenger.
The last moment was up. The pris
oner tooK nis piace, me cap was
drawn over his eyes, the bolt was
drawn, and a lifeless body swung
revolving In tho wind. Just at thnt
moment a horseman came Into sight,
galloping down hill, his steed cover
ed with foam, which he waved" franti
callv to tho crowd. He was the ex
press rider with the reprieve, but be
came too late. A comparatively in
nocent man had died an Ignominious
death because a watch had been five
minutes too lato, making Its bearer
arrive behind time.
It Is continually so In life. -The
best laid plans, the most Important
affairs, the fortunes of individuals,
the weal of nations, honor, happi
ness, lifo Itself, are dally sacrificed
because somebody Is 'behind time."
There are men who always fail in
whatever they undertake, simply be
cause they are "behind time." There
aro others who put off reformation
year after year, till death seizes them
and they perish unrepentant because
forever "behind time." '
Towns get "behind time" in their
movements, and Plattsniouth lias
been too often "behind time" re
cently for her own good. When such
good things as factories want to lo
cate hero don't get "behind time" in
assisting to locate them here. Platts-
nioulh has been "behind time" too
much In recent years. Now, lets
fix our clock, got light on time, and
boost for all there Is In store for us."
FOR SALE 210 acre farm six
miles from Oxford, Neb. 120 acres
under cultivation. Write owner, F.
II. Scelenilre, 802 North 1 Oth st.
Mot a Drop ot 4 Alcohol
What is a "tonic"? A medicine that increases the strength
or tone of the whole system. What is an "alterative"?
A medicine that alters or changes unhealthy action to
healthy action. Name the best "tonic and alterative"?
Aycr's Sarsaparilla, the only Sarsaparilta entirely free from
Ak vniir own doctor all about it. Never take a
medicine doctors cannot endorse. JjCTTiuer LoJweiiMau. I
Ilastern Star Picnic
About forty-five members of the
Eastern Star assembled with well
filled baskets at tho Masonic hall
last evening and spread their picnic
supper on tho long banquet table.
j It was originally Intended to bold the
picnic In some shady grove but the
heavy rain of late precluded this and
the plan was changed to the hall. A
fine Biipper of fried chicken, salads,
pickles, sandwiches, coffee, Ice cream
and cako was spread for tho as
sembled star niciniiers ami was cv
coedlugly well enjoyed.
Without daily act ion
impure wood, billon
a ol the bowel poisonous products rmisl be absorbed,
sr.css, headache. Ask your doctor about Ayer's Pills fi
1 hen you have
Mrs. Agnew, Mrs. Wise, Tdlss Rak
er and G. L. Farley were among the
Plattsniouth people who attended the
funeral ot Mrs John 1 Biuk at Un
One Hundred and Fifty of the
The following account of the Wiles
family reunion which occurs annual
ly Is taken from the Glenwood Opin
ion. The reunion was held across
the river In Mills county this year
where many of the family reside:
About the time that the first white
settlers came to America there came
a family by the name of Wiles. They
settled in what is now South Caro
lina, and records in the vaults of the
Quakers of that community gives a
history of the family for many gen
erations back, showing them to be
one of the oldest families In America.
Steps have been taken to have these
records sent for and a complete his
tory of them up to the present time
wilt be compiled.
From this small family ot hardy
pioneers there has grown a family
umbering many hundreds of souls,
and scattered over practically the en
tire United States.
The sixth annual reunion of the
families Tesldlng In Iowa and Ne
braska was held last Thursday In the
beautiful grove at the home of C. L.
Wiles, six miles southeast of Glen
wood. The grove was beautifully dec
orated with American flags and a
large sign bearing the word "Wel
come" was suspended at the entrance
to the park. At about 10 o'clock In
the morning the clansmen began to
arrive in autos, buggies and carriages,
and they continued to come until
there were about 150 of the relatives
on the grounds. The forenoon was
spent In visiting and ' renewing ac
quaintances. At about 1 o'clock a picnic dinner
was served which had been prepared
by the ladles on the Iowa side of the
house. And such a dinner. A table
0 feet long was loaded to Its ut
most capacity with countless good
things to eat. From what the writer
knows of some of the members of
this family and from the satisfied ex
pression that still remained with
them the next day, we venture a
guess that the efforts of the ladies
in preparing the dinner was not wast
The afternoon was spent in visiting
and different games, among which
was a base ball game between the
Iowa and Nebraska branches of the
family. This was the most exciting
event of the day, the game ending at
the end of the seventh Inning a tie,
6 to 6. (Marion W. tells us that the
Iowa boys could probably have won
the game, but for fear of accidents
they were willing to call It a draw.)
The oldest living member of the
family is Mrs. Frankle Thomas, who
Is past ninety years of age. She re
sides In Cass county, Neb., but was
unable to be present at this gather
ing on account of her advanced age
The oldest member attending tho re
union was Thomas Wiles of Platts
mouth, Neb., who Is past sixty years
of age. The youngest member pres
ent was Helen, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Clyde Burger. The little miss Is
seven months old. There have been
fifteen births and two deaths among
the families In Iowa and Nebraska
during the past year.
Those in Iowa and the num
ber fronr each family attending the
reunion wert: Clyde Burger 6, Mal
vern; Louis Bass 3, Malvern; Will
Gentry 3, Whiting; James Reasoner
3, Tabor; Frank Wiles 4, Malvern;
Mrs. Adklns 1, Council Bluffs; H. H.
Turton 4, Woodbine; Paul Egli 1,
Onawa; B. B. Dean 4, C. L. Wiles 2,
Henry Hubbard 3, J. I. Burger 6, M.
S. Wiles 6, Gene Vinton 2, Mrs. Hes
ter Estes and grandchildren 3, Char
les Llnvllle 4, Mrs. Samantha Lln-
vllle 1, Glenwood.
Those who were invited guests
were: Mrs. Hartford and daughter
of Norfolk, Neb., Rev. J. M. Jennings
and William Phlpps and family of
We were unable to get a complete
list of those attending from Nebras
ka, but they outnumbered the Iowa
contingent by several.
The reunion next year will be held
at the home of Anderson Davis In
Cuss county, Nebraska. The officers
elected for 1911 were: Luke Wiles
president and William Adams, secre
tary, both of Plattsniouth, Neb.
DURING THE LONG SCHOOL SEASON .
Within a few days your children will be go
going off to school again. Perhaps they will
go to the country school, the village high
school, or away to collage; but in either case
you can reach them at any time over the Bell
There's not a college of any size in the ccruutry that does not use
the Bell Service, and most high schools and many country schools
have installed Bell Telephones, because it is the only service that
is instentaueous, satisfactory and universal.
By the way, have you a Bell Telephone? .
Nebraska Telephone Go.
Every Bell Telephone is a Lond Dis
EX-POSTMASTER ROSE, OF
ONION, IN PLAnSMDUTH
G. A. Rose, formerly In business
at Union, and at the time postmaster
of that village was in the city today
and left for his home at Coleridge.
Mrs. Rose accompanied her husband
and they have been visiting W. F.
McCarroll and O. C. Douge near Un
ion and Murray, having come to the
old settlers picnic and expected to
remain for some time, extending their
visit to friends In Kansas for a month
longer, but while at Union Mr. Rose
received a message that their little
grandchild was dangerously sick at
Coleridge, hence their early return.
Mr. Rose met many old time friends
while In the vicinity of Murray and
Unionand renewed old acquaintance,
having enjoyed his stay in old Cass
very much. And to keep posted on
affairs in the vicinity ordered this
household necessity sent to hi3 ad
rift ceil Hollars Per Bushel.
Dr. J. H. Hall returned from Om
aha last evening where he purchased
alfalfa seed to the sum of $43 for
three bushels. This will sow about
eight acres of land. Ivan White has
purchased tiie same kind of seed ex
pecting to sow eighteen acres to this
sort of hay. P. Keil a neighbor of
Dr. Hall paid $10.50 for a two bushel
sack full of Timothy seed. It looks
some like there was a seed trust
somewhere w hich should be "busted"
Constable Seybert Here.
Constable Seybert of Louisville
was In the city today looking after
some criminal business In the coun
ty attorney's office. Mr. Seybert had
In custody one Leo, Buck, a young
man of some forty Bummers who had
been imbibing too freely of corn
Juice of late. When under the "in
fluence" of the liquid the transgres
sor would use threats as to what he
would do with certain Individuals,
naming them and using such strong
terms as to frighten the women of
the village. He has been on his
"toot" for three days, more or less
and the officer of the law becoming
weary of standard guard thought it
time to bring the youth to the county
seat, where equal and exact Justice
is meted out to all comers. Buck
was lodged In the county bastile to
sober up and reflect on his past car
eer. It may be that later on some
thing will have to be done toward re
forming the accused, which will be of
a permanent nature.
German St. Paul's . Church.
Sunday school at 9: SO a. m. No
service will be held next Sunday as
the pastor has to preach at the Mission-feast
at Dumfries, la. The Ger
man school on Saturdays begins on
September 10 from 9:30 to 11:30.
The Instruction for the confirmation
on Tuesday, the 1 3th of September
from 4 to 5 o'clock.
A. L. Harvey who has been visiting
his parents south of the city for three
weeks, departed for Omaha and Port
land this afternoon.
RED SCHOOL HOUSE
Commissioners Swlter nnd Fried
rich are engaged in checking t ho
countv treasury tcMay.
RED ;. ri
They are just as good as can be made for the price.
All leather and neat looking. We have them in both
Button and Lace. Single and Double Soles, Kid, Pat
ent, Calf aud Box Calf. Sizes S to 2 and 2 to 4tf
for Misses. Price
$1.35 to $2.50
iosey & mt
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