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TLATTSMOUTII, NEBRASKA. T11UHSDAY MAHCll 2, 1911
UK ill LIVING
Lester Wright, Ties Rope Around Neck and Leaps From the Barn
Loft, But Father and Brother Rescue Him at Once.
From Monday's Dally.
Lester Wright, a young farmer
of near Greenwood, attempted suicide
Saturday afternoon, and the deed
was frustrated only by the timely
appearance of the father and brother
f the young man, who saw him make
the leap from the barn loft with a
rope about his neck. As soon as it
could be done the father, Amos
Wright,' and his' son, a brother of
Lester, cut him down. The young
man was about all In and it took
some time to bring him back to con
sciousness. The county attorney and
sheriff were notified, of what had
been done, and Sheriff Quinton de
parted for the scene of the attempted
suicide Saturday afternoon on. the
Schuyler and brought young Wright
to Plattsmouth and lodged him in
This morning Deputy Sheriff Man
speaker took the would-be suicide
before the county attorney so that
official could ascertain what his
Teasons were for trying to slay him
self. Lester informed the county at
torney, upon inquiry, as to what
took place at the Wright home Satur
day afternoon. He said that he had
gone over to his father's to see about
a wagon which he had offered to sell
to his father for $25, but which his
father had said ho did not need. lie
xpeeted to take the wagon over to a
sale not far away and put it up at
auction and get the money out of it.
That he and his father were drawn
iito a conversation relative to
Lester's little 4-year-old daughter,
Which had been staying with Jacob
Miller and wife during the last year.
That he had worked for Miller last
Mason and his little girl stayed there
during that time and had been there
since. Young Wright's wife has been
FARMERS NEAR CEDAR
CREEK IRKING ROADS
The rural mail carrier said the
other night, after making his dally
rounds, "Well, there is one man on
he route who knows what the car
rier has to contend with in the way
of bad roads, and set a good example
to his neighbors by getting out with a
arrow and harrowing the road along
his farm. And, my! what an im
provement!. You would hardly be
lieve such a transformation could
take place, and the the patron who
did the good work and knew when to
do It was no less than Henry Horn."
Two days later the carrier came in all
miles. Well, Mr. Horn's example
has surely born fruit, as Adam Kaf
fenberger, George Wiles, Andrew
Benson and J. G. Meislnger have all
keen out and used harrows and
drags. J. G. Meislnger made a drag
and that certainly does the work In
When the farmers all begin to see
Hie benefit dona the roads by the use
i harrows and drags and use them
at the proper time, immediately after
rains and at times when they are cut
p, as they now are, caused by "the
frost coming out, It will save an Im
mense amount of work on the roads
and expense In the way "of taxes, and
the time required to drag them don't
mount to anything, you might say,
and usually at a time when there Is
mo urgent work at hand, and it would
how them to be up-to-data and prog
ressive farmers and all would derive
benefit from such work, and those
loyal to a good cause of this kind de
erve much praise and credit for
tartlng the ball rolling in this
direction. May the good work go on,
and when they all put their shoulders
to the wheel and push together we
will havo good roads, and without
te aid of a good roads congress.
Buys Half Intercut in I-Vi-iy.
Jesse Blunt this morning com
peted a deal whereby he becomes the
owner of a half interest in the ferry.
He, with Ed Snoagrass, will operate
toe Bame as son as the river is
TRIES TO END LIFE
dead about three years, according to
his statement, and his two children, a
boy of 6 and a girl of 4, had lived
with Lester's father and mother until
his mother died about a year ago.
Recently, young Wright claimed,
his father had threatened to take the
little girl from his custody, and he
followed the elder Wright out to the
orchard Saturday to scare him into
dropping the matter. One word
brought on more words until finally
he assaulted his father, but denied
that he had any intention of killing
him. Young Wright admitted that he
had a rock in his hand, but stated
that he did not strike his father
He was asked by County Attorney
Taylor whether he knew he could be
Imprisoned In the penitentiary for at
tempting to take his own life. He
replied that he did not know that
was the law.
When asked why he tried to end
hl3 life he replied that he would
rather be dead than separated from
his children, and that he understood
that that was the course his father
would take and try to deprive him of
the custody of the children.
Young Wright admitted that he
had a very high temper, and stated
that he often said things that he did
not mean, but stated that he had not
drank anything all last week, though
he did sometimes drink.
Amos Wright, tho young man's
father, and his son, who were present
when Lester was cut down at the
barn Saturday, were in the city to
day and consulted with the county
attorney as to what would be the best
course to pursue In the case. It ap
pears that young Wright has been
often drunk of late and that he has
made threats against his father,
even going so far as to threaten his
A Delightful Dance.
The Turnverln hall was the scene
at a more than delightful dance
Saturday evening, In which a number
of our young people participated.
The hours sped all too rapidly and
pleasantly as the young people trip
ped the light fantastic and a most en
joyable time was had, so much so
that It was a real early hour in the
morning when the happy company
departed for their homes. The M. W.
A. orchestra furnished the music for
this occasion, and, as usual, their
selections rendered were fully up to
the notch and greatly assisted In
making the event such a delightful
LETTER FROM W. H.
NEWELL ON CITY'S NEEDS
To the Editor of the Journal:
I think the position you take on
buying the water works is correct
and in the Interest of the taxpayers
we should know what we are getting
before we buy, and if the owners can
not make it pay, why load our peo
ple up with a second-hand plant?
You know that we need better
sidewalks; some places are danger
ous and at some places no walks at
all. Some people cannot afford to
build walks; then, in that case, let
the city bear the burden; and we
need good crossings, as the men,
women and children have to wade
the mud or stay at home.
I want to see Plattsmouth succeed,
but you cannot see It succeed by niak
Ing deals like we did when we bought
the old electric light and gas plant
We should not make a second-hand
store out of our city or make It look
like one. W. II. Newell.
Itynott Oao Continued.
From Monday'! Daily.
The case of the state against Ed
ward Rynott, charged with the illegal
sale of whtWy, which was to have
been heard before Judge Archer this
morning, on the affidavit of the do
fondant that he could not safely pro
ceed to trial, for want of material
testimony which he expects to pro
cure, was continued until March 28
Matthew Gerlng appeared for the de
Christian Endeavors Give De
The Y. P. S. C. E. held an interest
ing session last evening, it being the
regular monthly missionary session.
The mountain whites and the negro
questions were thoroughly discussed.
Miss Johnston, president of the
society, had an array of figures on
the board touching the colored race,
which Indicated the progress made
by the race in the past forty years,
or since their freedom had been de
clared In this country. The amount
of money raised and contributed by
the colored race alone for their up
lift was the sum of $600,000,000, and
there were among them 4,000,000
church members, with several thou
sand churches, some sixty homes for
old people and twelve hospitals.
In the order of discussion the
mountain whites had first attention
and a very Interesting paper was read
on this topic by Miss Helen Chapman.
The solution of the negro question
was discussed by Evan Noble cn the
one side and Elmer Halstrom on tho
other, both giving" interesting talks,
which was followed by a few remarks
by Miss Johnston and Rev. Gade.
Rev. Cade's belief was that the
colored people were working out the
problem of their race themselves.
That the northern people would like to
help them it they knew how to do so,
but the speaker feared that the
southern whites were not trying to
solve the problem. A very pretty
duet was sung by Blanche Sayles and
Abble Brown. The meeting was
largely attended and much Interest
manifested in the program.
SMALL BLAZE AT THE
KE OF J. G.
From Monday's Dully.
Shortly after 9 o'clock this morn
ing the fire alarms, the shop whistle
and the fire bell notified the fire boys
that their services were badly needed
In the Third ward. On inquiry the
fire was located In the J. G. Rlchey
residence on South Eleventh street.
The Zuckweiler & Lutz delivery team
was quickly driven to the hoso house
and a cart was soon on the run for
the scene of the fire.
Tho boys from the shops answered
tho call at once and were on hand.
The fire was discovered by Mr. Val-
lery, who chanced to be passing just
as the blaze was coming through the
kitchen roof. He Immediately gave
the alarm and procured a ladder and
a pail and by prompt action had the
fire extinguished when the depart
Quite a hole was burned in the
roof before the flames were ex
tinguished. The origin of the Are is
mysterious, as no one was about the
house at the time. The house was
locked when Mr. Vallery reached the
place. It is very fortunate that the
blaze was discovered before acquiring
much headway, as it would have
been hard to have saved the resi
Old Seltler Very 111.
Mrs. Lewis H. Young, who lives In
Carroll, Wayne county, Nebraska,
and who has been very 111 for the past
few weeks, is falling very rapidly.
Mrs. Lewis was born February 22,
1825, making her 86 years old. She
Is the mother of J. M. Young, the
Mynard mail carrier, and came to
Nebraska in 1855, and settled on a
farm three miles south of Rock
Bluffs, where she lived until a few
years ago. She has many friends in
this part of tho country among the
old settlers, who will regret to learn
of her Illness.
The Old Settlers' dance, given at
the Sokol hall last Saturday evening
by our Bohemian friends, was one of
the most enjoyable occasions of the
season. There were some rich
costumes, when age of the stylo is
considered. It was fun from the
word go and not a minute of the time
was allowed to go to waste. A good
attendance was present, the music
was excellent and the dancing was
kept up until a very late hour. Re
freshments were served, consisting of
Bohemian biscuits and coffee.
Dr. J. B. Martin was called to
Omaha this morning on profeslsonal
business, returning on No. 24.
Mail Carrier Sick.
J. M. Young, the J.Iynard mall car
rier, has been off duty for a few days
the past week suffering with the
grippe, but we are Informed that he
w ill commence work again this morn
ing, and the patrons of his route will
be supplied with their dally papers
again. Mr. Young is usually pretty
regular In his trips, w ith nothing to
prevent him from making the rounds
MISS ELSIE GAPEH
SURPRISED BY FRIENDS
The pleasant country home of Mr.
and Mrs. Oscar Capon, south of this
city, was the scene of a more than
pleasant surprise party Friday even
ing and rang with much merriment
and hilarity. The victim was their
daughter, Miss Elsie, and when the
large number of friends came in on
her she was completely overcome
with surprise, but soon recovered and
proceeded to assist her friends in
making the occasion one long to be
Social games and various amuse
ments were entered into with Interest
and enthusiasm, which made the
short time of frolic simply fly. Then,
too, the Jolly company had brought
many good things to eat, and during
the evening a most delicious lunch
eon was prepared and which was
served just previous to the close of
this most delightful entertainment.
It was in the wee small hours when
the guests departed for their homes,
voting Miss Elsie a splendid enter
tainer and the occasion one of the
best they had participated in for
YOUNG COUPLE NEAR
'HOCK ARE MARRIED
Otto E. RIckman, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Henry RIckman, and Miss Mary
Schluetcr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Simon Schlueter, were married
Wednesday evening at the home of
the brido's parents near Murdock,
Rev. Goetz, pastor of the German
Evangelical church nt this place,
officiating. William Stock and Mis3
Minnie Schlueter were tho attend
ants. The ceremony was witnessed
by only the immediate relatives of
the contracting parties.
Mr. and Mrs. RIckman are from
two of Cass county's most prominent
German families. They assume the
duties of married life with the best
wishes uf a host of friends. This
paper extends hearty congratulations.
Money (Jiows on Hushes.
Jesse Blunt has found a shrub over
near the pump house which is of rare
kind. As he was going to his work
Saturday afternoon he made the dls
covery of the shrub and plucked from
It a check ripe and yellow with age
The check was drawn September 1,
1908, on one of the banks of this city
In the sum of $4 in favor of a whole
sale firm In Omaha and signed by one
of the leading firms of tho city. Mr.
Blunt left the check at the Journal
office, where it can be Identified by
the owner, as It has the appearance
of having never been presented for
Xcw Girl in Town.
At the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Ernest Tuey, at a very early hour
yesterday morning, the stork made a
call, leaving a lovely little girl babe,
which will receive the best of care
until she reaches her eighteenth
birthday. Beside her fond parents
the little miss has two grandpas, two
grandmas and a large number of
uncles and aunts.
Returns From Denver.
Harry White returned from Den
ver on the morning train today,
where he went January first to en
gage In business occupation, but the
strike among the miners about Den
ver has made the outlook rather dull
and Harry has returned to go Into
something here. He reports five
Inches of snow had Just fallen In that
locality when he boarded the train.
Mr. J. II. Bailey aftd two sons,
Alva and Marzel Bailey, returned to
their homes at Grlnnell, Iowa, this
morning, having been called hero to
attend the funeral of Mrs. R. C.
Bailey, near Muray, last Friday. Mr.
O. V. Bailey drove them to the Bur
lington station from bis home this
morning In time to catch No. 15.
BIBLE STOPS BULLET AIID SAVES
LIFE OF SOLDIER III BATTLE
Glenwood Veteran Would Like
Mother Gave Him When
Samuel II. Wireman, the well
known civil war veteran of Glenwood,
says there is a bible somewhere
down in Pixie land that he would
like mighty well to possess once
more. It saved his life, and as he has
the murderous rebel bullet that
plowed through many of Its sacred
pages, he would give much to have It
His mother gave him tfe bible
when he left his home, during the
civil war, a member of Company D
of the Ninth Ohio cavalry. His name,
company and regiment are written
in the back.
Mr. Wireman lost possession of his
bible whenhe was captured on Sep
tember 24, 1864, at Athens, Alabama.
The union soldiers were surpsled one
day by the Third Tennessee regiment
under command of General Forrest,
and he, with others, was made a
The rebel attack was sudden, and
Mr. Wireman states that In the haste
of packing his effects he found that
ho had left the biblo outside his sad
dle bags. He hurriedly placed the
book In tho left hand pocket on the
outside of his Jacket or blouse, an act
that enables him, forty-seven years
later, to be allvo and relate the
A few moments later the Ohio cav
A FEW CHOICE SUG-
Do not fail to maKe allowance for
slight exaggerations when hearing of
pranks in school. '
Do not accuse the teacher of undue
favortlsm. If she is kinder to one
child than to another it's because
that one does not tako advantage of
the liberty allowed him. This Is
Do not tell the teacher that Willie
does not lie. She may kno'w better.
Do not condemn the teacher with
out a fair hearing. This Is accorded
to even tho worst criminal. There
are usually two sides txi the story.
Do not send a scathing note to the
teacher by Nellie, tho contents of
which she knows. Her aggressive
look of triumph is not soothing and
the teacher Is onfy human.
Do not make unfavorable comment
upon the methods of the teacher in
the presence of your child. Send
him to carry In wood while you are
doing so, if it must be done.
Do not expect the teacher to under
stand Jlmmle's disposition the first
day. You have studied it for six
years and there are still kinks in It
which you have failed to straighten
Do not plead lack of time to visit
the school. There Is no excuse for
shirking a duty.
Do not reproach the teacher with
the fact that Tommy has not learned
a single thing the entire year. She
Is not responsible for his lack of
Do not send a verbal request to
have Jennie's seat changed. There is
often no vacant scat and one chango
usually means at least half a dozen.
Do not forget that the teacher's
Interest In your child Is personal.
She will do more to help him than
anyone except yourself.
Do not expect the teacher to man
age without friction a child whom
you yourself have never been able to
Do not Insist that the teacher Is
keeping your child back through
spite. She will hardly risk her reputa
tion as an Instructor to gratify a per
sonal grudge, however dlsagroeablo
the child may bo.
Do not forget that the parents owe
a duty to the teacher Just as surely
as the teacher does to the child.
Card of Thanks.
To the kind friends, neighbors and
members of the Royal Neighbors who
so kindly assisted and tendered
sympathy and flowers during the
sickness and death of our beloved
wife and mother, we w ish to extend
our sincere thanks.
R. C. Bailey and Children.
to Regain Book That His
He Left for the Front.
alrymen were rushing into the fight.
Mr. Wireman had not gone far
when he was struck by a bulelt and
almost knocked from his horse by the
Impact of the leaden missile, au
ounce In weight.
The bullet had crashed Into his
bible, located as it was over his heart,
and he was considerably hurt In
ternally an injury that at times he
feels the effect of to this day.
The several books of the biblo
were perforated by the leaden mes
senger of death till it reached well
Into the psalms, the lust page to bo
broken contained the 91st and 93d
psalms, and Its progress was arrested
at the 93d psalm, which remained
Mr. Wireman'8 miraculous escape
aroused the Interest of his com
rades, and a number of them copied
the significant seventh verse in the
91st psalm, which reads:
"A thousand shall rail at thy
side, and ten thousand at thy
right hand, but It shall not come
Mr. Wireman was in the hospital
for a week recovering from the In
jury. In tho confusion attending his
capture tho bible disappeared, and
effotrs made at the time to recover it
proved unavailing Glenwood Trib
une. BUSINESS VERY LIGHT
SO RAILROAD MEN SAY
Railroads In Nebraska are nioWug
a very lkht business. Tho slump in
freight traffic has ben continuous
for several weeks and the light busi
ness Is beginning to tell on the si.o
of the pay checks earned by train ami
eiiRlneincn. A loss number of train
are run and nu n on the "extra list"
are getting very little work. I
The slump began with the drop lit
the price of wheat and corn on the
Chicago market. Farmers quit offer-
ing their surplus for snle and the
grain loading dropped. Then through
business began to show a falling off
and has now reached a rather low
level for transcontinental traffic at
this time of year. Very little stock
Is moving on long hauls, although the
marketing of feeder stuff has boon
I'assenger business has grown In
volume considerably since the first of
the year, and the usual spring In
crease hi this line of transportation
seems fairly certain.
REDS AND THE BLUES 1
FINISH LONC CONTEST
From Miuulny'H lully.
The long Journey of the M. E. Suu-
day school, in which two contending
sides, the Reds, led by Mrs. Gobel
man, and the Blues, led by Don York,
came in under tho wire with colors
flying, tho Reds winning by 424
miles. Up until last Sunday the Blues
had set the pace and were 1,200 miles
In the lead at the opening of the
throttles yesterday morning. The
excitement of tho voyagers at the
close was something handsome to be
hold, and nothing like it has been
witnessed In Sunday schools In Ne
braska; In fact, the Impatient crews
stood on tiptoe and waved handker
chiefs and shouted as the finishing
touches were put on the 2, 500-mile
The Blues touched land at San
Francisco, says Commadore Wes
cott, a little In' advance of the Rods,
and were making great promise of
winning, as they had been steadily In
the lead the entlro dlstanco across
tho Taclflc, but In chartering their
special train, at San Francisco tho
Blues were routed to the south, com
ing over the Missouri Pacific from
Kansas City, while the Rods were
routed via Salt Lake, connecting with
the Burlington at Denver,
Earl Hassler and Raymond Travis,
who were In the city over Sunday, re
turned to Omaha last evening on tho
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