The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, November 06, 1911, Image 1

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Two Detectives Made the Mistake of Arresting the Wrong Man
at Clarinda, and Allow Hunter Time to Escape Mills County
Authorities Still cn the Hunt for Fugitive.
A gentleman from near the
sheriff's . office of Mills county,
Iowa, was in the city last evening
looking for Alex Hunter, the man
wanted for the murder of John
Wagner. The man stated that
the report that the sheriff and
deputy of Mills county had at
tempted to affect, the arrest of
Hunter at Clarinda and got the
wrong man a week ago was er
roneous. The men making the attempt
and seizing their man before
properly identifying him, were
two detectives who were craving
a little notoriety and so eager
were they for their prey and so
anxious were they to do all the
work themselves that they made
Krug Building on Corner of Main
and Fifth Streets, a Beauty,
Inside and Out.
From Friday Daily.
The men doing the concrete
work for the Krug people, as well
as the walk about the government
building, completed the work at
the Krug ice house today. The
men have put in a concrete re
taining wall north of the ice
house, having commenced this
improvement last Tuesday. This
will prevent the storm water from
the hill slope from getting about
the house in the spring and
summer season. The storage i
plant has been treated to a new
coat of paint and the company's
property in this city is now in
first-class condition and could
not be made better.
The painting on the interior of
the office rooms in the building
is progressing rapidlv; the rndiat
ors have just been installed and
the rooms will soon be ready for
One room is sot apart for a
rest room for farmers and their
wives, with comfortable sopts and
modern furniture 8nd well lieht
ed and ventilated. This will be a
convenience much appreciated, as
the room will be comfortably
warmed and a pleasant place to
rest after thod rive in from the
farm or after the shopping is
done. ,
Social Workers Meet.
From Frldnv' Dullv
A most delig-hlful meetinor ofl
the Social Workers of the M. E. j
church was held at the pleasant'
home of Mrs. C. S. Johnson on
Rock street yesterdav afternoon.
Whenever invited to the Johnson
home the members of this splen
did organization alwavs come pre-,
pared to have a fine time and we'
are reliablv informed that they
sure did. Then, too, there was an
unusually larpro number in at
tendance. The regular business
session was held and then the
ladies spent the hurrving mom
' ents'ln preparing articles for the
bazaar, which they intend (riving
this month. They also indulged
in a social time, there being many
amusements participated in, and
those fortunate ennutrh to bo
present had a most enjoyable af
ternoon. Mrs. Johnson served a I
most excellent luncheon at the
proper hour.
Simon Clark Injured.
From Friday' Dal)
Simon Clark, foreman of the
supply department at the Burling
ton shops, had the misfortune
this morning to drop a heavy
cast-iron box on his foot, crush-,
ing the instep and otherwise
bruising and laming the same.
The accident occured about 8j
o'clock. Mr. Clark was taken to j
the ofliecof Dr. Livingston, where
his injury was dressed. Mr. Clark (
win no nil niiiv tup severni rinva
C. F. Weber transacted busi
ness in the metropolis this afternoon.
the blunder of taking the Clarinda
citize.ii who had not been guilty
of any infraction of law. It is
said that Hunter went to the hotel
and changed his working clothes
and decamped.
The report that he was after
wards caught several miles south
of Clarinda is now denied, and
would seem to be false, as the
Mills county authorities are still
on the' lookout for the missing
man. Neither the sheriff's office
nor the detective force had a like
ness of Hunter, but one was se
cured yesterday from a parly in
this city and cuts will be made
and sent to papers in the sur
rounding towns and an effort
made to locate Hunter.
Meet With Miss Molly Godwin.
From Frlday'a Dally.
The High school German club
met at the home of Miss Molly
Godwin last evening. For the oc
casion the rooms of the Godwin
home had been most beautifully
decorated. The report of the last
meeting was read and approved,
after which the young people
were entertained with a German
reading entitled "Fritz and John,"
by Elmer Frans; a piano solo,
"Heart's Wishes," bv Molly God
win; piano solo, "Marche Fan
tastic," by Anna Heinrich; piano
solo, "Flying Arrow," Opal Fitz
gerald. The interest in this
splendid program was greatly in
creased by an instrumental duei
enf itledi "Witches' Flight," Anna
Heinrich and Mqlly Godwin. This
most excellent program was very
much appreciated by the members
of the club in attendance. An
other pleasinsr feature of the
evening's entertainment was the
singing of a number of songs in
German dialect, after which they
participated in a number of
games. At this time delicious re
freshments were served, which
could not help but be appreciated.
The members of the club in at
tendance were: Mises Lillian
Cole, Anna Wohlfarth, Teresa
Droopo, Kate Foster, Adelia
White, Anna Heinrich, Alma Hol
v, Opal Fil7frorald, Elizabeth
Oamplicll. Willa Moore, Molly
Godwin, Florence Rommel, Emma
Tschirren, Marfnret and Emma
Albert; Messrs. Elmer Frans. Guy
Wiles, Rue Frans, Waldemar
Poennichsen, Lester Dalton,
Vance Todd and Conrad Schlater.
Entertained at Dinner.
From Frlday'a Dally.
Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Pollock
entertained five couples at a 6:30
dinner last evening, and to say
that all had a fine lime is putting
it mildly. To say that Mr. and
Mrs. Pollock entertained is
equivalent to saying that the
guests enjoyed themselves. A
bountiful five-course dinner was
served and afterward there was
good cheer and music before the
big open fire-place. Mrs. Wescotl
sang two delightlul solos and
Mrs. Baird gave a numerous read
ing entitled, "The Mustard
Plaster." A stunt that was some
what impromptu, but just as en
joyable, was a trio composed of
Messrs. Baird, Wescotl and Pol
lock. If the public knew what
hidden talent theso three gentle
men have along' musical lines it
would insist that they start a
Plattsmoulh minstrel perform
ance immediately. The phono
graphic reproductions of rag-lime
and opera were also highly en
joyed. Those who enjoyed the
hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Pol
lock were: Messors. ami Mes
dames E. II. Wescotl, H. N. Dovey,
J. M. Roberts, William Baird and
N. C. Abbott.
Mrs. Frank Albin, who has
been vi'itinir her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. William Nickels, for the
past seven weeks, departed for
her home at Wausa, Neb., this
morning. She was accompanied
to Omaha by her father and sis
l -r, Miss Etta.
Visits County Seat.
From Friday's Dally.
I). W. Fleshman and his son,
C. , of near-Avoca, came in on
the M. P. train this morning to
look after some business inat
teis in the probate court. Mr.
Fleshman has been a resident of
Cass county for twenty-seven
years and this is his first visit to
Plattsmoulh. He was unable, to
say whether the city had improved
since his arrival in Nebraska or
not. Mr. Fleshman and son were
looking after (he final settlement
of his deceased son's estate.
Ed Brantner's Residence Came
Near Being Destroyed by
Fire Last Night.
From Friday' Dally.
Ed Brantnor, the Hell telephone
manager, had the misfortune to
have his dwelling in the east
Third ward catch fire last night
and it was damaged to the extent
of 1300 or $ 400. However, various
estimates have been placed on
the loss, ranging from $150 to
Mr. Brantnor happened to be at
home when the fire started, or the
loss would have been much
heavier. The alarm was turned
in, but when the department ar
rived Ed and the neighbors had
carried water and thrown on the
flames until it was under control,
and the fire hose was not allowed
to play on the flames, but not
withstanding the carpets and
furniture suffered from water be
ing dashed upon them and from
dirt being tracked over the car
pets. It is understood the loss was
fully insured. The origin of the
fire is said to have been from the
new furnarex pipes which had
lately been installed, the fire hav
ing just been started, and the
overheated pipes set fire to the
floor, which spread upward very
rapidly. The dwelling had just
been overhauled and everything
made modern on the interior of
the house. A new porch, costing
Mr. Brantnor 9250, had just been
added. Coming as it did, at the
beginning of winter, the fire is
very unfortunate.
Mr. Llmpp Departs for Home.
From Frlday'a Dally.
A. J. Limpp, who has been in
the city for the past four months
buying and packing apples for
Rundle, the apple man, departed
for his home at Forest City, Mis
souri, this morning. J. E. Hop
kins, who has assisted Mr. Llmpp
in the work here will leave for his
home Saturday.
Mr. Limpp was on the ground
to buy fall apples, on which his
firm expected to make a little
money, but the prices paid were
a little slronsr. so that his firm
lost $2,300 on the fall apples, but
have made a little money on their
winter apples. Everyone dealing
with the Rundle people were well
satisfied with the treatment re
ceived, and only one man thought
himself aggrieved. The firm paid
out several thousand dollars at
this point for apples, and should
they see fit to open a market here
next season these gentlemen will
receive the patronage of th fruit
growers in this vicinity. Both Mr.
Limpp and Mr. Hopkins aro pleas
ant gentlemen to meet and made
numerous friends here, who will
be glad to have them return.
Janitor Appointed.
From Frlday'a Dally.
Frank Claus has secured the
appointment as janitor of the new
postofflco building, the appoint
ment having been made a few
days ago by Postmaster II. A.
Schneider. The position pays a
salary of $50 per monlh. The
labors will not be distressingly
hard, but the janitor will prob
ably be on his job more hours
than any other employe about
Ihe office. Mr. Clans is lo be con
gratulated on his good luck and
we doubt not but he will fill the
bill and make a good custodian of
the building.
Claude Mayfleld was an Omaha
passenger via Pacific Junction nnd
Council Bluffs Ibis morning, go.
ing on No. .
lived in cass
Former Citizen Says He Notices
Many Changes In This Sec-
tlon Since He Left.
From Frlday'a Dally.
N. C. McClain, formerly a
citizen of the west end of the
county, residing six miles
southwest of Elmwood, visited
Platlsinouth yesterday for the
first time in over thirty-two years.
Mr. McClain does not find as
much change in the county seat
as he does in the appearance of
the country in the vicinity in
which he resided thirty-two years
ago. I The numerous groves of
forest Irees, the large barns and
dwellings and the hills seem
much higher and steeper than
wheri Mr. McClain lived on the
farm! in western Cass.
Mr, McClain has resided in the
Williamctte valley (Lynn county)
Oregon, for the past nine years,
having moved there from Keith
county, Nebraska, to which place
ho went when removing from this
county. He has three sons re
siding in Keith county at this
time, whom he visited just before
coming to Louisville to visit rela
tives there for a short time.
He thinks the crops in this
county excel those of any county
west of Cass, and in the locality
where his sons live there was no
corn crop worth mentionine. Mr.
McClain is well pleased with the
Oregon country; farm lands there
sell from $75 to $125 per acre.
Speak at High School.
From Friday- Dally.
Instead of the regular spelling
work this morning the High
school pupils enjoyed a double
treat in listening to addresses by
Rev. W. L. Austin and L. A.
Dowrpy of Lincoln. Under. the
McBrien administration Mr.
Downey was a valued member of
the state superintendent's office.
Since that time he has been
traveling for one of the great
educational book houses that has
its headquarters in Chicago. The
central thought in Mr. Downey's
remarks was that mind grows
through food, exercise and rest,
just as the body grows through
the same. He allowed his hearers
to figure out for themselves what
I he proper food and exercise for
the body are, as well as for the
Mr. Austin spoke with much
feeling and force upon the in
tuitive nature of man and the
value to the world of convictions.
Mr. Austin said: "I believe in
supematuralism, but not in
superstition. There is the psychic
side of man, as well as the intel
lectual, and this ought really to
be as highly and intelligently
cultivated. Some time I believe
Ihe psychic life of man will be
studied in the public schools. One
should give heed to these psychic
intimations that one has. Out of
these intuitions there often grow
profound convictions and a con
viction is the greatest thing in the
world. It was a conviction that
made Moses and Esther great. It
was a conviction that sent Jesus
to his dealh on the cross."
Carl Humphrey Promoted.
From Frlday'a Dally.
Again it is the Journal's good
pleasure lo report the success of
another Plattsmoulh young man,
Carl Humphrey, who was reared
in this city. Mr. Humphrey has
been in the employ of the Stand
ard Oil company, traveling on the
rond, having his residence at
Burlington, Iowa, until recently,
when he moved to Omaha tem
porarily. He has just been pro
moted by the company to the
position of manager of the west
ern district and stationed at
Hastings, Neb., where ho will
move in a tow days. Mr. Humph
rey is a fine business man and
Ihe Standard Oil company has not
been slow in recognizing in him a
young man of much ability.
Ed Collins Improving.
Ed Collins, who had his leg
broken in Ihe Fort Crook wreck
on Ihe 15th of last month, is still
in the hospital, but improving as
fast as could be expected. His
brother saw him on Thursday and
was told that Ed would not be al
lowed to get about on crutches for
two weeks yet.
Arrangements Are Being: Perfected for Appropriate Ceremonies
on This Date and Large Delegations Have Signified Their In
tention of Coming From Omaha, Nebraska City, Nehawka
Union, Murray and Other Towns.
November 15th, one week fro'n
next Wednesday, is the date fixed
upon for the ceremonies on the
occasion of the opening of the
Platte river wagon bridge and the
Omaha-Plaits mouth automobile
route to Kansas City. Mr. Pol
lock, president of the bridge com
pany, staled this morning that
there is one more bent of steel
piles to be driven, and that the
bridge will be ready for travel one
week from today, but that it will
require a short time to grade the
approach to the bridge, after the
engine and pile driver are re
moved, and that this preliminary
work will all be completed by the
15th instant.
The Automobile association of
Cass county, with representatives
from every town in the county and
many from outside points, will
hold an important session in this
city on Ihe afternoon of the 15th.
At this meeting prominent states
men from Ihe middle west will be
present to address the, associa
tion on the subiect of roads and
a plan whereby they mav be
obtained. This nicotine: will be
attended bv representatives of the
Automobile associations of Oma
ha. Nebraska Citv. Kansas City
and intermediate points.
The Motorist, a paper devoted
And the County Officials Are Do
ing Business With Over
coats On.
from Frlday'a Dally.
Thfl runnlv olTleinla Irnnanelpil
nusiness in com rooms, seated on
cold chairs, today, and unless tho
repairs for the boiler arrive to
night may have to do so tomorrow
also. A flue in the old boiler gave i
way last night and there nre sev
eral others which are apt lo play
out at any time. The janitor has
talked Ihe matter over with mem
bers of the board and urged tho
neecssilay of a new boiler, but it
was thought that Ihe old one
could be made to go through an
other winter. But when the
pressure of the steam was turned
on durlnsr tho recent cold snap the
flimsy shell gave way.
It Is lucky the court and Jury
nre not in session at this time, as
Ihe county would be put to the ex
pense of hiring a hall to do tho
business. The board built a fire
on its grate and went ahead wilh
ilss work. Tho county clerk's
grate beintr blocked wilh jury
seals, could not be used today,
but different arrangements will
be made should Ihe boiler flue be
long on the way.
Six O'Clock Dinner.
From Saturday' Dally.
The members of the senior
choir of Ihe M. E. church were de
lightfully entertained at a fl
o'clock dinner in Ihe church par
lors last evening. Tho occasion
was planned and executed by the
Ladies' Aid society of this church
to show their appreciation of the
faithfulness and loyalty of each
member of this organization,
which furnished Ihe music for the
morning services of Ihe church.
Covers were laid for thirty-four
guests. The decorations were
chrysanthemums. After pnrlaking
of the excellent dinner served, a
number of toasts, anecdotes co
llating to choir service and music
were given. It was a late hour
when the members of the choir
separated, expressing their thanks
to the Ladies' Aid society and re
newing their determination lo give
more efllicent service to Ihe work
of the choir.
Mrs. L. F. Smith, nee Miss
Bertha Porter, of Norfolk, is in
Ihe city for an over Sunday visit
with her parents, Mr. nnd Mrs. W.
S. Porter.
to Ihe interests of Hie automobile
associations of the middle- west,
in its last issue, has devoted con
siderable space to the opening of
the new bridge over the Platte and
the effect of the same ou travel
between the cities of the Missouri
valley. The. publication is issued
in Omaha, and the editor has of
fered to devote its columns to the
publicity of the dale of the cele
bration and give due weight to the
importance of the event, which
would insure' a largo attendance
of automobile owners on that day.
The minstrel show will furnish
entertainment for Ihe crowds in
the evening, and will receive the
patronngo and encouragement of
the auto association, which Is in
leresled in having as large a sum
netted for the good road fund as
can be obtained.
Let everybody boost for tho
celebration, for the auto associa
tion meet and for the minstrel
show at night. There should bo
a large, crowd in the city on that
day and night, and if every citizen
will do his full duty toward invit
ing his friends and opening their
homes to the city's guests for the
few hours they will be in town wo
will see Ihe largest attendance on
this occasion that we have ever
had in the city.
Let Contract Yesterday.
From fiaturdny'i Dally.
"The -county commissioners
opened the bids for the grading
of the new road leading to the
new wagon bridge yesterday and
awarded the contract to fieorgo
Poisall for removing Ihe dirt. The
contract price was 17 cents per
yard. The contract for removing
the steel bridge on Ihe creek at
Ihe north end of the old road was
also awarded to the same party.
The work of removing the dirt
will be commenced at once and
pushed right nlong and the rond
put in shape for travel before the
freezing weather sets In. The
petition of J. Lawrence Stull to
make the road run straight
through on Ihe line north was de
nied and tho track will be as
formerly, w ilh Ihe cut-off running
east of the Missouri Pacific track
instead of under it twice, as be
fore. Tho appropriation for the
expense of the grading is made
from the inheritance tax fund and
does not come out of tho general
road fund. A portion of Ihe same
fund has already been used near
Nehawka and some of it near
Weeping Wafer, and Ihere can bo
no criticism arainst the officials
for having this thoroughfare
placed in the best of condition.
Temperature Low at Court House.
From Piiturdny'a Daily.
On the door of I lie various
offices on the first floor of the
courl house was posted today the
following notice: "At County
Commissioners' Olllce." If one
wanted lo obtain a marriage
license today be had to go to tho
commissioner's office lo get it. If
there had been any infraction of
the law in one's vicinity, the com
missioners' office had to be sought
lo find the "corporation counsel,"
so that one's tale of woe could be
poured into Ihe ears of the state's
salaried lawyer. On the stairs you
could meet Ihe busy clerks with
a shovel of coal in Ihe bottom of
a hod climbing to Ihe third story,
where a smouldering fire was
making an attempt to warm a
large amount of space about a
grate. Down In Ihe boiler room
you could bear the clang of the
hammer against the metal, while
Ihe boilermaker, Ihe only warm
person In Ihe building, was work
ing at a flue. Next week it may
be belter.
Ornding for a permanent side
walk is beintr done on south Fifth
street, ndiacent to the cement
factory of H. C. MeMaken fi Son,
and if the weather permits the
walk will be placed before winter.