The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, January 26, 1911, Image 1

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Councilmen Listen to Report of Various Committees and Allow
Number of Claims Against City.
From Tuesday's Dally
When the city fathers convened in
regular session last evening every
member was In his seat except Coun
cilman Will, who 19 absent from the
city. Mayor Sattler's gavel fell
promptly at 8 o'clock, and the first
order of business was the calling of
the roll and approval of the minutes
of the council sitting as a hoard of
equalization were first read. This re
quired considerable time aB the
assessment to each separte parcel of
ground was read along with the en
tire preliminary proceedings. The
minutes of the regular session were
read and approved.
For the first time In many a session
there was not a communication nor
petition on file for consideration of
the council. Just why the committee
appointed by the Commercial club to
bring the council's wttentlon to the
removal of the arc lights had no com
munication on file Is not known. It
was certainly a golden opportunity,
as no other matter was brought for
ward to engage the attention of the
fathers under this head.
The finance committee was asked
to report, which It did on a number
of hills, some of which were sent to
the claims committee. The finance
committee Is composed of Mr. Sohul
hof, Mr. Dwyer and 'Mr. Dovey, and
the committee reported on the audit
of the books of the treasurer and
clerk, both of which were found cor
rect. At this stage of the proceedings the
bills approved by the finance commit
tee were allowed, and in connection
with this order of business Mayor
Battler suggested that the office of
city physician, which had been filled
by Dr. Hall, had been practically
vacant since Dr. Hall had removed to
the farm, and that a vote of the coun
cil declaring the office vacant would
be about the proper thing. Acting on
this suggestion, Mr. Dwyer moved
that the office be declared vacant
which was seconded, and on a vote,
carried. Mayor Sattler then appoint
ed Dr. J. B. Martin to the vacancy,
and on motion of Councilman Neu
,man, which was seconded, the con
firmation was made by a roll call re
sulting in a unanimous vote In favor
of confirmation.
On report of the fire department of
officers elected for the ensuing year
as . heretofore announced in the
Journal, Mr. Neuman moved that the
officers elected by the department be
confirmed by the council, the roll was
again called and a full vote recorded
of those present favoring the motion.
The claims committee was called
on for a report on claims in its hands
and reported favorable on the claims
set out hereafter.
The fire and water committee re
ported that a contract had been
signed up with the New York Belting
and Hose company for 700 feet of
good Keystone hose for $770, with a
discount of $70 for oid couplings re
turned. The clerk said he had re
ceived the freight bill for the hose,
and another memher of the council
reported that the hose was at the
Burlington freight depot. It was
then determined to have the hose
taken to the hose house and the fire
and water committee would inspect it
before the same is accepted.
Councilman Weber Informed the
council that the gas light at the cor
ner of Seventh and lVne streets had
been dark for a long time. Mr. Dovey
mentioned the Bam or the light near
the library, where a dangerous flight
of stops had been placed on the pav
ing of Vine street. Mr. Neuman
Six new trustees were elected by
the shareholders of the Masonic
Home at Plattsmouth In a meeting at
the Masonic Temple Monday In
Omaha. Besides the election of trus
tees and the voting of approval upon
all the acts of the administration In
the past year, the announcement was
made that a donation of $1,000 had
been made to the home.
In the absence of President F. H.
moved that the light company be
called on to make light in these dark
places, also in the council chamber,
as the councilmen had difficulty in
distinguishing the members across
the chamber, and intimated that were
It otherwise than that he Is well ac
quainted with the members he would
have difficulty in recognizing them
at that distance.
A report of the special committee
was called for and Mr. Dwyer report
ed as chairman, that the committee
had called on the Peters Trust com
pany in Omaha, to get a bid on the
Intersection bonds, and while nothing
definite was done, the company gave
the committee to understand that the
bonds would have to be as good as a
six per cent Investment before the
company would consider them.
Some minor matters then occupied
the attention of the council, such as
ordering In a tee at the Intersec tion
of Bryant and Chicago avenue, which
was requested by Mr. Gravitt. The
city attorney was directed on motion
of Mr. Dwyer to furnish a written
opinion as to the city's title to the
vacated lots.
Mr. Gravitt as chairman of the
police committee called up the mat
ter of the $10 per month which the
city had formerly paid to the mer
chants' police, stating that It was by
request he did so. The matter of
paying the amount or any amount to
the merchant police when the city al
ready had a man who was paid a
salary to do this work was strongly
opposed by Mr. Neuman, and also by
Mr. Kurtz. There was also some dis
cussion as to just where the mer
chants were on the matter of police
It was suggested tfliat two parties
were doing the stunt, and until the
merchants united on one man it
would hardly be practicable for the
city to pay one of them a salary. On
motion of Mr. Dwyer the matter was
tabled until a later date.
Councilman Bookmeyer brought
forward a suggestion that there was
an ordinance on the hooks relative to
working city prisoners which had not
been in use of late. And under the
discussion which followed it de
veloped that the most of the council,
if not all, were In favor of working
the fellows who were being boarded
at the Jail at the city's expense. And
it was the sentiment that the city
ought to provide a rock pile and work
the Jail birds there dr on the street,
and it was thought this would have a
gr.lutary effect on the hobo element
which would give this city the goby if
a rock plle were established.
After allowing the following bills
the councl ladjourned:
Claims Allowed.
Consolidated Eng. Co $25.00
Cass Co., boarding prlaoners 29.70
Neb. Light company 2. B0
R. A. Bates, printing 16.50
C. W. Baylor, coal 9.50
Con. Eng. Co., deferred to
meeting, bal. on contract. . 79.97
Robert Rlchter, fire dept 1.50
Henry Kruger, fire dept 1.60
- Jack Williams, fire dept 1.60
Ben Ralney, chief of police. . 28.00
Kroehler Bros., library fund 1.50
Olive Jones, salary library.. 25.00
Jas. Donnelly, Janitor library 4.50
Public Library 4.30
D. C. Morgan, Ubrary fund. . .50
Iteferred to Claims Committee.
Chris Mockenhaupt 4.00
Warga & Cecil 50
Dr. Martin 14.00
R. A. Bates, printing ord 45.80
Kroehler Bros 4.75
Klopp & Bartlett 25
Young, Samuel P. Davidson acted as
chairman of the meeting. The office
of treasurer was voted out of exig
ence through an amendment to the
constitution. The new trustees are
as follows: Frank II. Young, Broken
Bow; Oscar R. Allen, Omaha; Chas.
L. Mlleni!, W'ahoo; Walter J. White.
Plattsmouth; Harry A. Cheney,
Crclghton, and Charles E. Burnham,
Norfolk. They are to hold office
until 1915. Robert E. French, of
Kearney, and Henry E. Talmer, of
Omaha, were named as trustees to
fill vacancies which shall occur in
From Tuesday's Dally
Mrs. Lena Pendarvous Shaulis,
wife of L. E. Shaulis, passed away at
her home in this city at 7:20 last
evening, January 23, 1911, after a
short illness, lasting but seven days.
She was born la Henderson county,
Illinois, November 23, 1882, where'
she resided with her parents until
October 1883, her parents removed to
Friend, Nebraska, where sihe grew to
womanhood, and on February 20,
1908, she was united in marriage
with Mr. L. E. Shaulis. After their
marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Shaulis re
moved to Omaha for a year, Mr.
Shaulis being employed by the Bur
lington Railway company. The
young couple moved to Plattsmouth
from Omaha, Mr. Shaulis being
placed on the Sioux City run. Mrs.
Sahulis soon acquired a large circle
of warm firends in this city, becom
ing a member of the M. E. choir, of
which church she was a consistent
'Mrs. Shaulis leaves to mourn her
loss, her husband and a little babe,
one week old, mother and father and
two sisters.
Her funeral occurred this after
noon from her late residence, Rev.
W. L. Austin conducting the service.
Her remains were taken to Friend,
Nebraska, this afternoon, accom
panied by her parents and Mr.
Shaulis, where Interment will take
place on Thursday.
Card of TIihiiUh.
To the many firends and neighbors
who so kindly assisted us in the sick
ness and death of our beloved one,
we extend our sincere thanks.
Mr. L. E. Shaulis.
Mr. and iMrs. Pendarvls
George W. Dalton, who died at the
residence of his wife on the Iowa side
of the Missouri river near the ferry
Saturday morning, was born In In
diana March 20, 1841, and died Jan
uary 21, 1911. He enlisted in Co. 3.
of the Fourth Iowa Infantry in 1861,
and was mustered out In 1865. He
was a member of the Danville, Illi
nois Military Soldiers' Home, and at
the time of his death was on a fur
lough visiting his family In Mills
The funeral occurred this morning
at the residence at 10 o'clock, con
ducted by Rev. Slkes, the music was
furnished by the Lincoln family, as
sisted by Miss Una Hammer, all of
that vicinity. Interment was made
at the West Oak cemetery north of
(ilenwood. Mr. Dalton was well
known to many Plattsmouth people
especially to the memibers of the G
A. R., his comrades holding him in
the highest respect. Before his
health became so much impaired Mr
Dalton wa3 a frequent visitor in the
city, frequently coming here to trade
He was married three times during
his life and leaves a large circle of
relatives, a wife and several step
children survive to mourn his death
Especially Incensed.
A special from Lincoln says: "It
is stated that Insurgent republicans
especially incensed at rresidnt Taft
over the appointment of Walter I
Smith as circuit Judge of the Eighth
district, will hold a banquet in Lin
coin shortly, calling in others from
over the state, and will there declare
for Robert La Follette as presiden
tial candidate for 1912." Not only
are the Insurgents greatly Incensed
but the republicans generally of Ne
braska feel that they have been dls
gracefully snubbed by the fat man
who occupies a chair In the Wblte
House. It is hoped the senate will
not confirm Smith's appointment.
Union ViNltors,
From Wednesday's Dally.
Our old friend, Judge ReuDen Fos
ter and Dr. Newell, tho dentist, were
In the city this morning, coming up
on the early morning train and re
turning at 10 o'clock. They were
here looking after a matter which is
now pending in Judge Beeson's court,
in wihlch one Saxon Is the arrested
party. While here they paid their
respects to Journal headquarters,
where they always receive the glad
hand. We were glad to see our old
friend Uncle Reuben looking so well.
Try the Journal's want rd column.
The Way to Hrw Trade.
Beatrice Daily Sun: In Fremont
the merchants have Joined in giving
a gigantic sale of one week. Forty
merchants are 1n the combination.
There Is value In co-operation in Buch
enterprises. If people can take ad
vantage of a number of sales on one
trip to town, the pulling power of
the advertising on each one is inten
sified. It is a narrow and contracted
lew of business which leads men to
believe that the prosperity of neigh
bors injures their own prosperity.
While traveling in a funeral pro
cession at Weeping Water last Satur
day about noon, Rev. Andrews of that
city, came very near being killed by
a locomotive on the Lincoln branch
of the Missouri raclflc railway tracks.
Tho funeral was that of a little cihlld
of Mr. Colbert's, and the procession
had reached the southwest angle of
the "Y" about a mile west of Weep-
ng Water. Rev. Andrews was drlv
ns a single horse, and accompanied
by Mrs. John Carter, and not hearing
the signals of warning or shouts of
those In the procession following him,
was about to drive upon the track
immediately In front of the oncoming
locomotive when the horse suddenly
wheeled about, smashing the buggy
and precipitating the occupants to
the. ground with such force as to
badly bruise them. Mrs. Carter was
so much injured that she wa3 taken
back to town, but Rev. Andrews pro
ceeded with the funeral to the cem
etery at Wabash and conducted the
services at the grave. The buggy
was a wreck and those who witnessed
the accident feel that it was lucky
the horse whirled about as it did,
otherwise both of the occupants of
the buggy would have been killed
From Tuesday's Daily
Floyd Saxon, of Union, had a taste
of the enforcement of tho blue laws
this morning when, on the complaint
of Dr. Newell, of that village, filed
before County Judge Beeson the de
fendant was fined one dollar and
costs for cursing unlawfully and pro
fanely swearing In the presence of
women and children on the 24th day
of January of this year, and in addl
tlon, was given 30 days in Jail for
being in an unlawful state of lntoxi
cation on the 22nd of this month
The court Informed toe defendant if
he would reveal the name of the
party who sold him Intoxicating
liquor on Sunday he would accept
the statement In mitigation of the de
fendant's offense and lighten his im
prisonment accordingly. This Saxon
declined to do. Saxon was then taken
to Jail.
This Is the first attempt to enforce
the law against profanity In this
community, and should the demand
become general It Is the belief that
should the fines allowed by statute
be collected, which Is one dollar for
each separate offense, that other
forms of taxation could be dispensed
with, to a great extent.
Boys a Fine Porker,
H. F. Gansemer, one of our pro
gresslve and enterprising youn
farmers from west of town, was i
the city Monday to receive tJhe fine
Poland-China hog he purchased at
the Cassett sale over in Malvern,
Iowa, last Saturday. Mr. Gansemer
attended the sale and picked out
what he thought was about the finest
sow offered. It is sure a fine one,
the highest class of an individual and
will weigh about 500 pounds.
Aceptable Citizenship.
Jacob Meislnger, who purchased
the Utterback property, on north
Fourth street some time since, moved
to town yesterday, and is now a full
fledged citizen of Plattsmouth. Such
acquisitions to the population of
Plattsmouth are always very accept
able, and we meet them with open
arms. Mr. Meislnger called today
and renewed for the Journal.
Charles Terry, from Eight Mile
Grove, has sold his Cass county farm
and purchased a farm nearer Lincoln
and was engaged in loading two cars
at the Burlington station today with
household furniture and agricultural
tools and supplies for his teams, ex
pecting to til) Ip to Malcolm tonight.
Special Insurance Report of W.
O. W. Alleges Padding of
Expense Accounts
Sensational charges of extrava
gance, padding expense accounts and
letting printing contracts are made
gainst officers of the Woodmen of
the World, with headquarters in
Omaha, in a special report of Insur-
nce examiners of Nebraska, Minne
sota and South Carolina, published
"Ylday by State Auditor Barton.
That it costs 12 per cent of the an
nual receipts of $7,000,000 of tho
odge for salaries and running ex
penses is stated In the report.
"We feel no hesitancy In saying
that tho ratio of expense to Income
should be lower," the report recites.
Receipt of $15" a day and 10
cents per mile for traveling expenses
by officers and delegates to the 1907
convention at Norfolk, W. Va., is
charged, some delegates receiving pay
for from eight to twelve days In trav
eling, although they actually traveled
ess than half that time.
The report says: "The official
record of that meeting shows that ten
days were occupied In the session, yet
not one of the delegates or the sal
aried officers in attendance drew less
than twelve days per diem for attend
ance at $15 a day. In addition to this
nearly every delegate drew travel pay
for six, seven or eight days, at the
same rate per day, while Beveral re
ceived pay for nine, ten, twelve or
fourteen days' travel."
It is asserted that each of the dele
gates to Norfolk received an aver
age of $413.32. Sovereign Command
er J. C. Root, whoso salary Is $10,000
a year, received $496.30 in mileage
and per diem; Sovereign Clerk Yates,
whose salary Is $7,500 a year, re
ceived $436.30; Sovereign Adviser W
A. Fraser, whose salary Is $5,000 a
year, get $180.90, and Sovereign
Banker Morris Shepherd, whose sal
ary Is $3,600, drew $459.60.
The report says Improvement was
shown at later conventions.
In the report it Is also charged
that A. I. Root, Incorporated, consti
tutes a "close corporation" on lodge
printing, being given over 80 per
cent of all printing annually without
competitive bidding.
That the Root company operates
under the name of the "Beacon
Press" to secure the lodge printing.
It is asserted that in 1908 tho "Bea
con Press" received $104,834, or 83
per cent of all the lodge printing
work; $17,000 or 82 per cent, In
1909, and $120,000, or 86 per cent,
In 1910, It Is asserted.
"Your examiners do not believe
that there has been free and open
competition In this matter; on tho
other hand, we believe that this
work has been given to A. I. Root,
Incorporated, under the name of the
"Beacon Tress" at prices enormously
profitable to that company," the re
port says.
The report says the death claims
lodge paid $20,000 to the Milton Rog
ers & Sons Co., for surrender of Its
lease February 1, 1911, of a building1
on the slto of tho new beadquarters.
Receipts of a bonus of $75,000 by the
lodge from Burrondlng property
owners Is also shown.
The report says the death claims
of the fraternal order have been
handled In a way to desrve the
praise of the examiners and that the
lodge business, on tho whole, makes
a splendid showing.
Mrs. Hosklns Arrives From Denver,
From Wednesday's Dal'.y.
Mrs. J. N. Hosklns, of Denver, ar
rived from Denver this morning In
response to a letter from her mother,
Mrs. O. W. Dalton, informing her
that Mr. Dalton, Mrs. Hosklns' step
father, was very sick. iMrs. Hosklns
did not learn of her step-father's
death last Sunday until she arrived
In Plattsmouth on No. 6 this morn
ing. She departed for the home of
her mother on the other side of tho
river at onco, and probably arrived
there before the funeral procession
left the residence.
Mr. G. Knapp removed yesterday
from the rooms occupied by him and
wife in the Boeck building, to his
residence on Granite street, the
rooms vacated by Mr. Knapp will be
occupied by George Thomas and
Returns To Chadron.
Miss Lillian Cole, Instructor in lan
guages In the Chadron high school.
leparted for Chadron yesterday after
noon. Miss Cole came home to spend
the Christmas vacation with her
mother and sister and before her
vacation was over she was afflicted
with an abcess in her head which
caused her much pain. She went to
the Clarkson hospital at Omaha for a
week for treatment and had so far
recovered as to be able to resume her
duties In the school room.
The school board at Chadron did
not attempt to Bupply Miss Colo's
place, and she will take up the work
at once where 8he would have done
had sho returned at the first of tho
The Nebraska Telephone company
lias made arrangemeiiTS with the
Western Union Telegraph company
whereby telegrams may be sent b
telephone at night, ou Sundays or
holidays, when tho smaller tele
graph offices are closed. For some
time telephone subscribers have
been able to send and receive tele
grams over the telephone to and from
the local telegrgaph office, but the
plan of using long distance tele
phone lines in sending telegrams is a
new one.
The great advantage of the now
arrangement lies In the fact that
while there are comparatively few
telegraph offices open at all hours,
nearly every telephone user has
twenty-four hour service; and when
local telegraph offices are closed,
telephone operators are Instructed to
connect any subscriber of the Ne
braska Telephone company, who de
sires to sond a telegram with the
nearest Western Union office theu
open, without additional charge.
The Western Union company has
made similar arrangements In all
parts of the country, so that Bell
Telephone subscribers auywhere
may send or, receive telegrams at
any time over the telephone without
additional charge beyond the regular
telegraph message rate.
The legislature las up for discus
sion and settlement within the next
few weeks a bill amending the pres
ent law relating to the assessment of
property. While the members are
about It, they should make a thor
oug Investigation Into the question of
whether the return to tho precinct
assessorshlp system has not resulted
In the going Into hiding of a very
considerable amount of personality
that had been brought to light under
the county assessorshlp plan. A good
many persons Interested In the prob
lems of taxation are of the opinion,
based upon what they have read rath
er than upon what they have them
selves personally uncovered, that this
Is true and that the burdens of taxa
tion are being more and more shoul
dered upon land. The time Is com
ing, we believe, when the wisdom of
making land values the basis of all
taxation will prevail, but this plan of
assessing what can be seen of a man's
personality and taking his word for
the remainder has the natural effect
of making the man w Ith a tender con
science or the man whose possessions
are all in sight pay a considerable
portion of the taxes of the man who
can escape because the law employes
nobody to Investigate his returns. An
Ideal system of taxation is a dream
of the distant future, and the beat we
can do now is to adjust the burdens
so they will be borne as nearly as
possible by those who ought to bear
them. Lincoln News.
M. K. Church Mukc Improvements.
The trustees of the M. E. church
are engaged in making some valuable
Improvements In the basement of the
church, which will give them a room
40x40 feet for the use of tho Junior
department of the Sunday school,
and also make a pleasant room In
which the Ladies'' Aid Boclety will
hold Us meetings. The room is to
be plastered throughout and floored,
and when completed will be a very
pleasant and inviting room in which
to nieet.
Miss Hester Gllmore and Miss
Violet Gllraoro were Omaha vis
itors this afternoon, where they
called on friends for a few hours.