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SEMI-WEEKLY EDITION-EIGHT PACKS
PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA. Til UHSDAY .FEUKUAll V i, 1911
l MYSTERY OF THIRTY-FIVE YEARS
AGO MT IS NEVER SOLVED
Miss Vance Barnes, a Popular Young Lady in Church Circles
Leaves the Church on Sunday at Noon, and Her Body Found
Floating in the Missouri River Several Days Later.
In talking over the history of this
city with one of the pioneers of this
locality, a Journal representative re
cently heard recounted the mysteri
ous tragedy of thirty-five years ago,
In which Miss Vance Barnes lost her
life. This young lady, who at the
time was about 17 years of age, was
very popular among a large circle of
young people, was prominent in
church and Sunday school work, be
ing the organist for the Sunday
school of which she was an active
worker. On a Sunday morning in
July, she left her home for the
church, leaving her watch and Jewel
ry In her room, went to Sunday
school as usual, took her seat at the
organ playing with her accustomed
ease throughout the Sunday school,
and greeted her associates as usual,
-remained for church, and that was
the last that her frlend3 and com
panions saw of her alive.
Her failure to return homo at the
noon day meal did not alarm her
6tep-mother, and it appears that her
father, Mr. Barnes, was out of the
city that day. When stie did not re
turn after the evening service her
etep-mother .began to make inquiry as
to her whereabouts.
There were no telephones then and
communication from one part of the
little town to the other was slow. No
trace of the missing girl could be
found that night. And during the
PtMIll SHOULD BE
era til ii uks
The Hastings Democrat says: "In
the great demand for higher salaries
and big appropriations the Nebraska
Press association sits modestly, with
folded hands. Why not get a bill in
troduced and passed making It neces
sary that all public printing be In
serted in all the newspapers in the
date, at the legal rate. Why not get
ifier a little of this business. Why
Greater publicity should be given
to all of the public printing of the
ptate. In no state in the west are the
l eople less Informed of what has been
done by the state legislature In the
passing of laws than In Nebraska.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse,
but how are the people to be enlight
ened unless the full text of the laws
are printed in the newspapers. Con
stitutional amendments are doled out
to a single newspaper in each county,
and no matter whether by a demo
cratic governor or by a republican
governor, such Information is rarely
given the publicity It deserves. We
second the recommendation of the
Hastings Democrat. There should be
a bill Introduced In the present ses
sion amending the statute regarding
the publication of laws, amendments,
etc., that all the people of the state
may have opportunity of becoming
fully posted on all public affairs
The Journal falls In line with a
motion that some energetic member
of the legislature introduce a bill to
The Herald is Informed that Judge
Travis, of Plattsmouth, will be a can
didate this fall for re-election as
judge of the Second judicial district
consisting of Cass and Otoe counties.
The Herald enjoys the honor of being
enrolled on Judge Travis' list of
friends. We also had the honor of
supporting him for the Judgeship
four years ago. It therefore affords
he double pleasure to refer to his
clean record on the bench during his
present terra, which causes us to
pause and remark, also, that the man
who defeats him for re-election, If
such thing be, will know he was In a
race when the dust settles down..
One span of Belgian colts, coming
three years old. Broke, and weigh
1,300 pounds each.
l-313td&w. Joe Tubbs.
night a heavy thunder and rain
storm broke over the town and the
rain came down In torrents, but
cleared about midnight. In the
search the next day it was found that
Vance had called at one of the few
houses on Winterstine Hill during the
afternoon and asked for a drink of
water, and had left that house trav
eling in an eastern direction.
A party of searchers found tracks
of a woman's shoe which had been
made in the soft earth after the rain.
Following this track some distance
down the steep bank toward the river
they came upon the young lady's hat
and soon picked up her parasol. The
track was followed to the edge of the
water, and there was her track, plain
ly visible in the soft mud, where it
appeared she had stepped Into a boat.
The searchers then returned to the
city. No one knew of a mysterious
young man who might have rowed
the young lady away, and no motive
could be discovered for self destruc
tion, as some thought the case to be.
For three days the absence of any
further proof, than that recited
shrouded the disappearance of Vance
Barnes in mystery. After a few days
the body of the young woman was
found floating near old Kanosha.
The only motive ever revealed for
the young. lady's suicide was an alter
cation of words with her step-mother
the Sunday morning of her disappear
ance. Itrldgo Contractors Here.
Glen Smith, the Lincoln Construc
tion company owner, was in the city
today to file his bid with the clerk
for the contract for next year. Some
eight or ten bids were filed this
morning with the clerk for the con
struction of the Cass county bridges.
This afternoon the bid3 were to be
opened and inspected. Among the
number Is R. L. Laughlin, of Harlan,
Iowa, F. E. Stevens, from the same
place, and P. J. Crummel, of Auburn,
WILL PRQblY ADOPT LITTLE
SON OF CLAY EDWARDS
From Wednesday's Dally.
Mr. C. Totten, of Wakeeney, Kan
sas, who has been visiting W. T,
Smith and other friends for a short
time, departed for Clay Edwards'
home across the river this morning,
with a view of adopting Mr. Edwards'
only son, who Is about nine years old.
Mr. Edwards has been slowly dying
with consumption for some months,
and Is very low at this time, and It is
his wish to have his son, whose
mother is dead, go to Mr. and Mrs.
Totten and make his home. The little
boy Is anxious to go, as Mr. and Mrs.
Totten have no children, they and the
little boy may be mutually benefited.
Itetiirns Home From Norfolk.
Joseph Cook, residing south of
Plattsmouth, was In the city a few
hours yesterday afternoon, returning
home from Norfolk, where he had
been spending a few days with his
brother, Philip Cook and family. Joe
says he made the trip partly with a
view of looking after some farm
property, but the recent snow storm
was so severe In that section that It
was almost impossible to find a farm.
He says there was over a foot of
snow fell. Joe reports everybody In
that section very prosperous.
There's a cigar manufactured at
Palttsmouth that bears the eupho
nious name of "Gut Hell." We've
always shunted the brand, fearing
there might bo a typographical error
In the spelling Havelock Times.
Evidently, our friend of the Times
doesn't understand the German lan
guage, or he would not have made the
above remarks. "Gut Hell" means
"Good Cheer," and the cigar is man
ufactured by Bernard Wurl, a young
man who has a faculty of bringing
good cheer to all who meet him. See!
Attorney D. O. Dwyer was called to
Omaha this afternoon on legal busi
ness for a few hours.
Dies In Iowa.
Mrs. Louie Dose departed this af
ternoon for Mlneola, Iowa, where she
was called by the death of her sister-in-law,
Mrs. Fred Hammer, whose
death occurred yesterday. Mrs. Ham
mer was 70 years of age, and died
from the effects of an attack of grip.
The deceased was quite well known
to many Plattsmouth people, having
visited here at different times In the
BANNING KNOCKED OUT
BARTOS' LITTLE SCHEME
The Herald rises to congratulate
Senator Banning on his successful
opposition to the increase of pay of
senate employes. The Herald is on
the senate pay roll but we never en
dorsed the proposed increase. Had
it gone through we would have ac
cepted the increase, of course, with
out a protest, but the extra dollar a
day would never have proven a sooth
ing balm to our guilty conscience. To
have refused the Increase would have
elicited a storm of hisses and hoots,
and the cry of "grand stand" would
be shouted vociferusly on all sides.
Thus you see how difficult It is these
days of capitalism, of graft and greed,
and struggle for existence, how diffi
cult It Is for a man to bo decent to
be his real self. Of course, there are
plenty of bung holes and leaknges
where the tax payers' money will get
away, but that does not make this
Job right, and honest injun, down
deep in our gizzard of gizzards, wo
are glad the salary grab was knocked
In the head. Again we congratulate
Senator Banning. Lincoln Herald.
A SURPRISE ON HIS
Mr. C. Roberts was most agreeably
surprised when a number of neigh
bors and friends gathered at his
home Saturday evening to assist him
in celebrating his thirty-ninth birth
day anniversary. When 'the neigh
bors and friends came In on Mr.
Roberts, he was completely surprised,
but soon recovered and assisted the
guests In celebrating the event In the
proper manner. The time wa3 very
pleasantly spent with cards, social
conversation and the like, which
made the hours pass by all too rap-
Idly. The guests had come well
armed with baskets filled with many
good things to eat and during the
evening this was spread and all par
ticipated In a delicious luncheon. At
a late hour and after having wished
Mr. Roberts many more such happy
birthday anniversaries, the guests de
parted for their homes.
Those in attendance were Messrs.
and Mesdames Ben Hyde, Robert
Brlssey, George Lamphear, D. Rob
erts; Mr. Charles Lamphear, of
Omaha, and Mr. William Lamphear,
of Maxwell, Nebraska.
Moves to Mauley.
Harry Wiles, who for the past few
years has been farming near Mynard,
was In the city last Saturday to re
new for his paper, and at the same
time changing his address to Wabash.
mi. Wiles and his brother, who has
been farming near Weeping Water,
are both going to move In the near
future, having rented a half section
of land from F. II. Stander, near
Manley. Harry will move to the new
home this week, but his brother Will
does not move for about a month.
Both young men are excellent farm
ers and will prove good renters for
Tliis In True.
The place that gives a man his
living is entitled to his best efforts
to advance everything calculated to
benefit the place and the community.
No man has a right to live in a town
v ho seeks to enrich himself and not
actively Identify himself with Its
interests. To be classed as a drone
or chronic kicker and opposed to
every measure believed to be for the
good of the citizens is a stigma that
should attach to no man in the cor
poration Louisville Courier.
School Board Holds Meeting.
At a meeting of the Tlattsmouth
school board last evening It was de
cided that no spring vacation would
be had, which will save somo time,
and dose the school this year on May
26. The regular sermon to graduates
will be delivered Sunday evening May
21, and the graduating exercises will
be held on Thursday, May 25. The
class play will be left in the hands of
RED MEII'S MIL
One of the Swehest Functions
of the Season and Large Num
: ber Are Present.
The grand masque ball given by
the Red Men Saturday evening at
Coates' hall proved to be the swellest
function of the season, and was a
great success both socially and finan
cially. A large attendance graced the
occasslon and mirth and Jollity
Not a hitch nor ruffle of any sort
came to the surface, each and every
Indian knew his place and knew how
to reflect credit on his tribe, and re
fute the long standing remark that
"the good Indian Is a dead one."
There were plenty of good Indians In
evidence Saturday evening and not a
dead one among them.
One feature of the ball which ex
cited more favorable remarks than
any other was the thunder waltz, ac
companied by flashes of lightning and
rolls of htuuder, which were most
realistic, and caused the Red Men and
Red Women to think they were In
the primeval forest In the midst of a
fierce storm. At times the music was
dimly heard above the roll of the
thunder, and the effect bordered on
The organization which went far
toward making the ball a success was
the M. W. A. orchestra, which fur
nished the music, and the quality of
the music was superior to the out of
town orchestra which has hitherto
played for the Red Men's hops. The
music Saturday evening was very ex
rellent and was much appreciated by
the lovers of the dance.
There were six prizes awarded, and
the committee whose duty it was to
place the prizes found difficulty In
making a choice so well had the
make-up artist for the different
waltzers performed their part.
For fancy costumes among the
ladles,- Miss Saunders, of Cedar
Creek, wearing white covered with
gold stars, won first prize, and Miss
Ella Neuman, of Plattsmouth, as
Columbia, dressed in the national
colors, got second. Among the men
Mr. Charles Green took the first place
dressed as Uncle Sam; second prize
being won by George Kaffenberger
In the novelty class Mrs. Charles
Green won first place as Indian
squaw; second place being assigned to
Eddie Vallery, as a clown.
DEATH OF IS JANE FOS
Mrs. Jane Foster, an aged aunt of
County Superintendent Mary Foster
died at Union Saturday morning after
an illness of some three months, fol
lowing a stroke of paralysis. Being
in her 83rd year.
Jane Sober was born at Palnes
vllie, Ohio, July 21, 1828, and came
to Council Bluffs, Iowa, something
over forty years ago. After coming
to Iowa, she met and married her
husband, Mr. Nathan D. Foster, wh
still survives her, and who is in his
Mr. and Mrs. Foster resided
Council Bluffs for a year or more
before they settled on a farm near
Dunbar In Otoe county, where they
resided for some years. Twenty
years ago they removed to a farm
near Union, but to the Otoo side of
the line, residing there for ten years,
when they removed to Union, where
they have resided since.
She was a consistent member of
the Christian church. She leaves no
immediate blood relatives surviving,
but is survived by one Btep-daughter,
Mrs. G. P. Barton, of Union.
The funeral occurred Sunday at
the late residence of the deceased,
and was conducted by Rev, W. A.
Taylor, Interment being made at the
cemetery near Union.
C ran I to Has Arrived.
Three carloads of Vermont granite
arrived yesterday morning over the
M. P. from the east, and Is being un
loaded by II. C. McMaken & Son.
Another car Is expected, which will
complete the shipment. The building
now will no doubt be rushed to com
pletion, and nothing but Inclement
weather will delay the construction of
the new building.
Mrs. H. J. Strclght suffered from
an attack of grip last evening and
wbb quite sick during the night.
UNERAL OF THE LATE
OinMin DllCCn I ClUiniV
uAIYIULL nUOdLLL UUNUAI
From Monday's Dally.
The funeral of the late Samuel S.
Russell, of Mills county, Iowa, oc
curred yesterday, and notwithstand
ing the stormy day, the Baptist
church, where Mr. Russell had been
member for the past forty years,
as filled with friends, neighbors and
The Late Samuel S. Russell and
mourning relatives of the deceased.
The service was conducted by the
pastor of the Friends' society, who
referred In a touching way to the
long and useful career of tho de
ceased, commending his many noble
traits of character.
The music was furnished by Mrs.
Laura Lincoln and children, and con
sisted of a few of the favorite hymns
of the deceased.
Among the many beautiful floral
11 DEATH OF
Pneumonia and Bright' s Disease
the Cause of the Bishop's
Right Reverend Thomas Bonacum, J
bishop of the diocese of Lincoln, 1
died at the bishop's mansion, near
Lincoln at noon Saturday. Death!
was caused by pneumonia aim
Bright's disease with which the prel
ate had suffered for Heveral months
past. Pneumonia set in about four
days ago and he has gradually failed
since that time.
The bishop's life was despaired of
late Friday afternoon, but he rallied
somewhat until early yesterday
morning when he sank Into a stupor
from which he failed to emerge.
Bishop Bonacum has been in
charge of the diocese in Lincoln for
the past twenty years, coming to
Nebraska from St. Louis. During hl3
ministrations the diocese has grown
In a remarkable manner, a number
of churches having been added and
several new ones erected and large
additions having been added to the
One of the great monuments to the
work of the prelate is the building of
St. Thomas' orphanage on the out
skirts of Lincoln, near the bishop's
residence, a building which was built
by almost superhuman efforts of the
bishop, practically unaided.
Bishop Bonacum was sixty-five
years of age, and up to a few weeks
ago was considered to be In the best
of health. He attended to a vast,
amount of work each day and It Is i
probably due to this overtaxation
that his physical powers were unable
to withstand the onslaughts of the
Instead of being buried in Cavalry
cemetery, tho usual resting place for
the dead of the Catholic faith, the
body of the late Bishop Thomas Bgn
acum will probably be Interred near
St. Thomas orphange. This structure
was erected largely through the
energy of the prelate and is a monu
ment to his efforts.
His successor will bo selected by
the pope from the names of three
members of tho cloth to be submitted
at a meeting of the bishops of tho
archbishopric in which Lincoln is sit
uated. The funeral will be held on Thurs
day at ten o'clock from St. Theresa's
pro-cathedral in Lincoln.
Mrs. W. H. Scybert who was oper
ated on last Wednesday morning is
doing nicely and is recovering her
normal condition. Tho Rtltchcs will
be removed from the wound within a
r V (X l-
I tributes was a wreath from the Jur
llngton men on the repair track. The
pal1 Bear"B wre selected from
anionS the grandchildren of the de-
ceased and were
our, Sam Couchenour, Harry Gouch
enour, William Mendenhall, Walter
Mendenhall and Clarence Russell.
Interment was made at Martin's
chapel cemetery. Mr. Russell with
four of his succeeding generations
are represented In the accompanying
Four Gei e atlons of Oecendeutal
Card of Thank.
To those neighbors and friends
who have so kindly tendered assist
ance and sympathy during the sick
ness and death of our beloved father,
and especially tho Burlington boys ou
tho repair track, who sent a beauti
ful wreath of flowers to be lain on.
the casket of our beloved dead, wj
return our slncerest gratitude.
S. S. Russell's Sons, Daugh
ters and Families.
seek if he puns-
MQUUI TELEPHONE C0MPAH1
From Tuesday's Dally
The annual meeting of the stock
holders of tho Plattsmouth Telephone
company convened last night at the
company's office in this city. The
meeting was attended by all of the
interested stockholders, who had
come down to the meeting for the
purpose of having matters concern
ing the sale of their stock Bettled it
posslblo and tho remaining stock
holders expected to elect officers as
But on nccount of the Injunction
suit In the courts not being finally
settled It was decided not to transact
business at this time, and the meet
ing was postponed to March 20, with
the hope that at that time the suit
will bo dismissed, and the stockhold
ers who want to Bell can get their
money out of their stock.
The company will continue to do
business as usual and will have the
same number of directors as their
need shall be, and there will be no
change In the company, says Manager
Bert Pollock, except that the Platts
mouth Telephone company patrons
can get Bell connections, there will
be no merger or anything of the
kind. And the rates will be the same
as now, as tho railway commission
will control as It does now, bo that
the public will be protected.
There were many of the stockhold
ers who expected to get their money
out of their stock at this meeting
went home disappointed, and some of
them slightly sore.
! ju c. W. Murray Land Sold.
From Monday's Dnliy.
The valuable farm of L. C. W. Mur
ray lying north and west of the vll
lago o fthe same name, was sold at
foreclosure sale today for )73 per
acre, Carl Kunsman, of this city, be
ing the purchaser. There were about
three bidders, but the bidding was
not very spirited, and the lahd did
not sell for as much as the mortga
gees offered the holder of tho equity,
beforo the sale. The land has been
farmed a long time, is composed of
188 acres, and although In cultiva
tion for many years, Is considered a
good farm to own.
Here W'Uvn I lie Market Opened.
Mr. J. P. Trltsch, one or the enter
prising stock and poultry growers of
Plattsmouth precinct, was In the city
this morning before old Sol was visi
ble abovo the eastern horizon. Ho
had on his arm a basket full of eggs,
which he had picked from his henery
last evening. When asked why bo
early In the city, Mr. Trltsch replied
that when he had anything to sell he
liked to be on hand when tho market
opened; ho had found that It pays to
be the first man In.
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