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PLATTSMOUTI1, NEBRASKA, TIIUHSDAY DlXUMllKH 14,1911
Already Postmaster Schneider and Hi3 Assistants Feel at Home,
and Thousands of Patrons Who Have Visited New Quarters
arc Delighted With the New Building. 1
From Tuesday's Dally
Tilt' new government posloHU'e
building vva opened for business
yesterday afternoon, when Hie
mail from No. 2i, arriving at t :12,
was unloaded by Mail Carrirr.Jolm
Person on the. receiving' platform
at' the rear of the building and
Postmaster II. A. Schneider was
kepi busy jestcrday afternoon
giving out keys to those who de
sired I hem.
. The new building is a beauty
and was inspected throughout
yesterday by about 2,000 persons,
and for four hours a continuous
procession passed into the cor-
ridor and into I he private and j
public ollice of the posl masler, i
down the conerele steps into the!
boiler room, and up I he spiral ,
stairway 1ft I be all ic.
The building is a massive brick
structure, Kl50 feel, I be exterior!
walls are constructed of Min-'
neapolis hvdraulic pressed brick i
and were planned by a govern
arcbilecl, and for beauty and con
venience cannol.be excelled by any
city of our class in the country.
The very latest devices for a
speedy handling of Hie, mail has
been placed in Hie building, with
ample room for handling every
department of the service with
piickuess and dispatch.
A long, wide corridor on the
t-ast side, of the building is ample
to accommodate the public, al
though hundreds should come for
mail at the same lime. Two en
trances, oni" on I he east, and the
other from the north, for the con
venience of the public, lead into
t he-corridor. At the south rnd of
the corridor is situated the money,
order and registry department. On
me wesi 01 ine corriuor tne
general delivery and stamp de
partments and boxes for the gen
eral public. Holh the poslolllce
room and Hie register and money
order olllces have vaults in which
are iron safes for the prnlecljon
of the valuable properly for which
Hie government, is responsible. At
t tin south of the general posl
oflice room are closed shafts ex
tending from the basement to the
ceiling, with windows looking in
on every department from I he en
gine room to the attic. The en
trance lo these shafts are locked
and the keys are in the hands of
the government detectives, who
will come incog at any old time
and enter the lookout rooms and
spy on the poslolllce employes..
There is but one entrance by
which employe's can gain admis
sion lo the postollice, this being
through the postmaster's private;
office, which is a hu ge, handsome
room reached from I he north cor
ridor. Oil' of Hie postmaster's
private ollice is a small room, fit
ted up wilh lavalory and ward
robe. In the basement is the
lavatory, toilet ami shower bath
for the employes of the ollice;
also leading lo the boiler room
below is a nice large room to bo
fitted up for a rest room. Every
room is tilled out with lockers and
furniture designed for a partic
ular purpose, such as wardrobes,
filing cases, pigeon-holes, bollle
coolers and so on.
The walls of I lie interior are a
beautiful while, the floors of the
nftlces of hard maple and I he cor
ridors of laraz.a. The liht
fixtures and arrangement for
lighting the building at night are
superb, the very latest designs in
electric, lamps and llllings have
been used and I he corridor at
night is illuminated with a bril
liant splendor, eclipsing any priv
ate 'establishment, in (tie oily.
The boiler room is reached by
a wide concrete outside stairway
and Hie room is large, Ihe floor
being of concrete. The coal bin
is located at. the north end of the
basement at some dislance from
the boiler and the coal will be
taken by wheelbarrow for Hie
present and transported to the
boiler. In Ihe holler room II.
It. Wilcox is in charge for the
present, ;ind he will probably be
Ihe permanent engineer when Ihe
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The work on Ihe building has
been done by skilled mechanics,
and much of the labor, as well as
skilled work, has been performed
by Plat I sinoul h men. The con
tract for pulling up Ihe building
was let by the government to II.
S. Pellon ol" Milwaukee, who is a
skilled mechanic himself, but Ihe
brick work was superintended by
his son, Roy IVltou, who moved
hi family lo T'laltsnioulh a liltle
more ban a year ago. The brick
work v.'as completed end Ihe ina
mmi left Ihe building July 1:' last.
On' July the carpenters, under
Ihe direction of I). E. Hall nf
Council l.lull's, bepm putting in
Ihe wimhuvs, (inching oil' the in
side of the building, laying the
Hours and hanging the doors.
The plastering w as sublet to Kniil i
Wallers and was wholly done by
Imme men and is one of the
neatest jobs found anywhere.
J, 11. Huminerfield done the
painting, and his work was so
satisfactory that he was asked by
Ihe contractor to go to Council
HlulTs and help finish the build
ing there. The plumbing was Ihe
wink of John Hauer & Son, who
also got the contract for placing
the metal roof on Ihe building.
The gas fittings and fixtures were
the work of Warga & Cecil. The
electric light wiring was done by
the Nebraska Engineering com
pany of Lincoln. The contract for
the healing plant was awarded lo
I he Meehanic-Kreninier-Moon
Heating1 company of Slv Louis.
Waller Scott did the job of un
loading the big boiler, and did it
with the ease of an expert.
The biggest contract outside
Ihe construction of the building
was awarded to Waller While,
who got the contract for filling Ihe
lol about the building and the
construction f (he concrete
walks about Ihe (be grounds and
the stone driveway, as well as the
steps. The concrete Hour in the
basemen) was put in by McMaken
& Son; Ibis llrm also did much
of the draying in Ihe delivery of
Tin' beauty, size and purpose of
Ihe building adds to the value (if
every piece of Plait smoulh real
eslale, and pari icularly to Ihe
properties on Fifth street, and in
Ihe vicinity of the building.
It is useless lo review Ihe his
slory of Ihe sleps taken (o secure
Ihe building. The matter was
agitated when Senator Ikirkelt
was a member of congress from
this district, and a bill framed at
that time, but nothing definite
was accomplished until he was
elected lo Ihe United Slates sen
ute, and more credit is due him for
our present splendid posloflice
building than any "oilier man in
Nebraska. Much credit is also
due E. M. Pollard, who was in-
! slrunienlal in securing the pas
sage of the appropriation bill in
Ihe lower house, and without his
able work in the house (he ap
propriation would never have
passed that body, and all Plait s
inoulb citizens appreciate these
efforts in behalf of Ihe, posloflice
building in this city.
The care of the building and
Ihe operation of the heating plant
will require the services of two
good men. John Claus will attend
to Ho- janitor's duties, while Mr.
Wilcox will keep the building at
proper temperature. The lighl
company will aetpiire another
strong user of electricity, and
that quarter of Ihe city, which has
hitherto been in Ihe shadow vill
be one of the busy, well lighted
districts until a bile hour each
For ears Plaltsmoulh has been
working for a po-tollicc building,
and while there n moe eonten
lion p.r :l:e location in the slaii,
should .ill feel proud that af
ler all Hies,, vea;s ,,r hard vork
we b.ae id la! reaped Ihe fruits
of t ii.it labor.
In From Nehawka.
From Tui'luy'n laily
V. A. Sloll and wife. F. II. Sloll
and Miss Caroline liaunieisler
were in the city last Saturday
from near .Vhawka looking after
some business mailers and shop
ping. The Sloll's are prosperous
young fanners from near Ne
hawka, and have been readers of
the Journal for years, ami, of
course, paid us a brief visit. They
are fine young people and we are
pleased lo have them numbered
with our large army of readers.
IHE FIRST NATIONAL Mi
FORTY TEARS OLD TODAY
First National Rank of Platts
rnouUt Olebrathss Fortieth -Birthday
from Tuesday's Pally.
The lirsl National Hank of
Plallsmoulh .celebrated its iiUh
birthday today. The bank was
organized in the oli'ce of Chap
man A Maxwell Itecember 12,
1871, end but one of the then
stockholders of the bank is now
living, namely, Captain Isaac
Wiles, residing west of Ihe city.
The bank lias had but two
presidents in all of Ihe years of
its usefulness, being John Filz-
uvraiil, who served ironi its or
ganization until t8'J'i, when
(leotge E. Dovey was elected to
succeed him. The first ollicers of
the bank vverr: John Fitzgerald,
president; !'(!. Dovey, vice presi
dent; John H. Clark, cashier. The
directors were the men just
named, wilh the addition of II. C.
dishing, fi. It. Parmele, Samuel
Maxwell, F. K. Cunningham. Mr.
Clark served as cashier from Hie
organization of the bank until
1880, when he was succeeded by A.
W. Laughlin, who served until
188(1, when he was succeeded by
Samuel Waugh, who was succeed
ed in 1002 by the present cashier,
H. N. Dovey.
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i ue uaiiK nits mm inn iwo as-
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Evans, now president of a banki
in St. Joseph, Mo., wlio served as
cashier for this bank for three
years. The second assistant
cashier was C. 1. Fricke, who was
elected to Ibis important position
For the first, two or three years
of the bank's existence it occupied
n building situated where A.
Hach's ware-room now stands on
the south side of Main street, af
ter which the bank was moved into
Ihe corner of the Fitzgerald, now
Ihe Coales' block, the quartet's
now occupied by the Plallsmoulh
Stale bank. In 1008 it moved into
ils present beautiful, comfortable
and convenient building.
The present ollicers and direct
ors are as follows: Oeorge E.
Dovey, president; F. K. Schlaler,
vice president; II. N. Dovey,
cashier, and fi. 0. Fricke, assist
The directors are live in num
ber, being the first three men just
named and K. W. Cook and 0.
Knapp. The bank enjoys a large
palronage, being one of the strong
financial institutions of Ibis part
of the slate.
In District Court.
From TiioBilay's Dally.
A jury was impaneled in Ihe,
case of the Stale vs. John Hose for
shooting wilh intent to wound and
for shooting wilh inlent to kill, a
young man named Hoy Spearhase
last May. Tin following named
men compose Ihe panel: Joe
Tubbs, A, F. Itoeileker, William
Atchison, N. K. Peoples, Charles
Noves, A. fi. Clymer, K. Norris,
William Wagimr, John Schoeder,
Fred Sloke, Dave Foil, and O. V.
fiheney. One witness was examin
ed before noon, and the case was
proceeding as Ihe Journal goes lo
press, with Ihe judical ion that it
would require Ihe greater part of
two days lo try the case.
Officers Elected Saturday Night.
The members of McConhie post
. A. It., met last Saturday night
at Ibeir hall for Ihe election of
ollicers for the next year. The
following weree lecled: Edwin
Hales, commander; W. II. Freeze,
senior vice commander; John
junior vice commander;
I'oisall. chaplain ; William
ollicer of the day; T. M.
Tbn Joernol oTlce cirrlos all
Hndit ef typewriter supplies.
BEAT THIS IF YOU CANl .J.
Actual Settlement Made on
December ;S0, HUH, of a
Twenty Payment Life Policy
OLD LINE BANKERS LIFE !
of Lincoln, Neb.
No. of Policy 10;t7
! Aire rV
Name of insured
Win. II. Kelly
J !'e-iilence..Los Angeles, Cal.
Alnoiinl of policy...."), 000. 00
Options of Settlement.
Reserve . .
Surplus . .
pari icipal ing
Paid up in-
surance . ..A 10, 1 1 0.00 .J.
Life annuity (iHO.-.T) .J.
Mr. Kelly sellled under
option No. 1', having secured
his full paid-up Life Policy
at a net cost of !?IC..2i per
year. His death occurred
irch 0, it) 1 1.
I I'his company had s.'b.8i
a-sets to each 9 1 00.00 of .J-
I M. Jdlilies, and saved 50.1(5
p r cent of ils income in the J
yflr of 111 10, and is still
! P'f ng. For a home company J
! thfat has a 25-year record of J
Ti work, little more need
References Slate Insiir-
e lleparl inent, of Ne-
J briska, and hiindrei
J 'satisfied policyholders
jl' 7ui"i iiiiiiiini liiw'ii ii i m mi re
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C. M. ROBINSON,
Makes Candy for Santa Claus.
Many compliments have been
showered upon John Neinelz, the
candy-maker ami confectionery
dealer, concerning his beautiful
Christinas window decoral ions, as
well as Ihe interior of his store.
Autumn leaves, holly, cut roses
and large chrysanthemums
blended in harmonious groupings,
wilh Christmas I iclls suspended
here and there and a large bell in
each window, furnishes a pictun
lo gladden Ihe eye of an arlisl.
Candies of difl'ercnl designs are
arranged on ' plates, tastefully
decorated ami placed in the large
This morning Mr. Nemety. made
a large quanlity of uiaple-lllled
chocolates for the Christ mas
trade, ami his candy kitchen was
a scene of aclivily when the lime
came to pour the maple in the
moulds. Mr. Nemelz is an expert
candy-maker, and for quality ami
purily his candies cannot be ex
celled nnyvv here.
Rain Delays Them.
Last Saturday afternoon Mrs.
M. E. Manspeaker and Mrs. J. fi.
Petersen ( bartered an automobile
ami chauffeur ami slarled for Lin
coln, expecling to return Sunday
morning. They have not returned
yel, for just as I hey reached
Creenvvood some gcnlle raindrops
began lo fall, ami so many fell
ami for so long a time that they
were thoroughly drenched by the
time they reached Lincoln. These
gentle raindrops also placed Iho
roads in such condition that, so
far, il has been impossible for
I hem to return via the auto route.
Journal Ads bring results.
Addressed Y. M. B. C.
Hev. L. W. Cade of the Pre.-by-lerian
church addressed the Y.
M. H. fi. at their rooms last night
on Ihe lopic, "Hig Peaches on
Top." The address was a strong
appeal lo fin' young men lo "ring
I rue." and was a very helpful and
interesting talk. Prof N. fi. Alt
boll of Ibis city and lion, fi. E.
Noves of Lou iv ille were MUi'sIs of
I he class. This is I be last of I be
bi-inonlhly lectures before the
GASE OF STATE IIS.
OH TRIAL Hi
Case Growing Out of Shooting Affair at Avoca Lait May Attracts
Much Attent ion in that Part of the County Both Parlies
in the Case Reside in Otoe County.
From Wodnostlny'a Mull-.
Judge Travis and a j;"V spent
all of yesterday ami a portion of
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w liri(,!(, I I , III,-, Ml, 1111. ItlM
I,vs, John Hose, an Otoe county
V, farmer, who shot and wounded
I nnnlher Otoe county farmer, Louis
Spearhase, at a dance in Avoca
Mon the night of Mav (5. l'.M i. The
Mine on roiiiieeii nine witnesses lO
prove its case, among them be-j
ing the injured man. Dr. J. W.j
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llrcndel of Avoca, W. II. Mick,
Fred ltuhge and Sherill" Quinlon.
The defense called seven wil-
nesses, among Iheni was August
lliintman, a witness called by the I
slale in the preliminary, but since!
Iliiiiighl not to he n led, and i
Henry Fren.-lenhcrg, a cousin ofj
Ihe defendant. The stale's ev i- 1
deuce tended lo show thai the
parties to the shonjug had been
drinking some, mil neitiier was
drunk. On Hie other baud the de
fense showed by 1'reiislenberg
Ihat the defendant, Hose, was
uriinK at in
I inie I he -hi m it ing 01
i ne i or ii i on i look place m t lie
vestibule of Ihe Avoca town ball.
Hose bad been in the vestibule a
sliorl lime, and with him was
Augusl llunl man and ol hers, vv ben
young Spearhase came in from
, , . , i
tin street with a bicycle pump in,
bis band and said lo August, "I
...Ml 4 1 t r ill.
mo .uimp ,o, ii p, , ii ii si .
iieioi e :unusi room I'epij spear
hase said lo defendant, John Hose,
"I guess I'll pump you up, loo,"
whereupon Ihe defendant I Ii rust
bis hand into his coat pocket ami
quickly produced a revolver,
flhicii he thrusJ in Ihe face of
Spearhase and fired. Spearhase
ran out of the door lo Ihe street,
holding his baud over his b ft eye.
The injured man was taken lo Dr.
Premiers ollice, where his wound
was temporarily dressed, ami the
next day he was taken lo an Oma
ha hospital for Irealmenl. The
sight of Ihe injured eve was de
stroyed. To show an ill-feeling between
the parties as a motive for the
crime, it was a pari of Ihe evi
dence that Ihe farm occupied by
Fred Hose, father of the defend
ant, during the seasons of 1000,
toil) and 1011, had been rented
and lease signed up on the part
of John Hose for
Ihe seasons of
1012 and lOI.'l, and
Spearhase had attempted lo rent
Ihe laud for 1012 and 1013, which
caused Ihe landlord lo spring the
rent 50 for lite season, which
John had lo pay.
The defense showed by August
Hunt man that Ihe witness was
wilh John Hose in llei'liu the
evening of May (, and before Ihe
saloons closed drank wilh defend
ant, ami witness procured whisky
ami the defendant a dollar's worth
of beer to lake lo Hie dance al
Avoca, They met Louis Spearhase
near the outskirts of the village
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nun .i o.i.si-ii up 1 1 1 1 r i iii.ii iiii
to Hie Avoca dance. Hose was lo
ride lo Avoca with Huiilmaii and
back after Ihe ball wilh Spear
hase. ami wilh this understanding
witness ami John Hose continued
on Ibeir way lo Avoca. On the
way Hose showed witness Ihe re-
Big Damage Suit.
Tin' Nebraska fiily News says
that Louis Spei'i hase, jr., through
bis attorney, A. A. Hishop, has
tiled suit in the district court of
(Hoc counly against John Hose,
asking a judgment for 110,81(5.50.
The News also says :
"According to Ihe petition the
plaintiff was at Avoca on May (5,
1011, and John Hose assaulted
him wilh a revolver ami Ihe dis
charge of the same destroyed the
sighl of his right eye. He says
Ihe os nf lime is .:t72, medical
services to i.5ii, and trips to
Omaha I0, lie wants damages
in Ihe sum of iHO.nmi for Ihe loss
ol I be eye and the sum total is
!0.8r,..-,n. The matter has I n
in Hie hands of bis attorney for
siiiiii' lime and I hoy have delaved
bringing the suit in hopes thai the
mailer would be settled, H is
TOE DISTRICT COURT
volver, a 2'J-caliber gun, which
! w itness look in his band and pull
j ed the trigger, snapping Ihe gun
six or seven limes, hut il did not,
go oil'. After hey reached the
dance witness and Hose and
Spearhase were at witness' buggy.
where Hose and witness and
jolliers drank, but witness could
not say whether Spearhase in
dulged 'at thai timco r not. Wit-
j Hess lliintman saw the shooting,
i bul did not see what Snearliase
had in his band nor understand
what be said, if anvthing. prior lo
Hie shot beimr tired. The wit
ness could not sav for sure, but.
Ilionghl llnse and Spearhase were
vooil friends. The .witness in
dirnled bv his manner thai be was
niivlhiim bul a williim witness, as
the in formal ion gotten from him
was all brought out by leading
' Harry Marnuardt of Avoca was
inlrodiiceil by the defense and
testjiied thai he was not acquaint
ed with either Spearhase or Hose,
'and al Ihe lime Ihe shooting oc
i currcd was playing wilh the or
Icbeslra on the slage, but hurried
, out after Ihe crowd which follow
ed Spearhase and Hose, and went
Mll i i
10 i nr inn i
or.'s ollice wilh Iheni.
Heard what, the defendant said
and heard the reply of Spearhase.
Deefndant, in his conversation to
Spea rb ase at Ihat lime stated that
"we have always been friends; I
am sorry 1 shot." On objection of
the counsel for the stale this part
of Ihe witnesses lesliniony was
stricken out as not a pari of the
transaction, but later was admit
ted as throwing some light on de
fendant's motive. The coiivet;sa
I ion of Spearhase replying o Hose
lo the ell'ecl that they had been
friends, was also laler admitted
as related by witness, Harry Mar
quardl. Al Ihe recess of com I I a s ( night
Ihe testimony was nearly all be
fore the court and jury, the de
fense having but llnce witnesses
more to lest il'y.
When the stale rested its case,
after Ihe es imony of Fred .
ltuhge during the afternoon, At
lorney Tidd, for bis client, John
Hose, the defendant, made an oral
inol ion, addressed lo Ihe court, to
instruct the jury In bring in a
verdict for Ihe defendant, which
was overruled by the court. At
lorney Tidd then demanded thai
Ihe slate produce and have sworn
August lliintman, ami his testi
mony be given lo the jury. The
county attorney said nothing, ex
cepl Ihat Ihe state had not sub
poenaed Ihe witness. The defense
look the position that as this wit
ness had been sworn and testified
in the preliminary on behalf of
the slate, flic stale should be re
quired lo use the witness now.
The mini look a different view,
saying, in substance, Ihat the
attorney could use bis
judgment as lo what witnesses
were lo be sworn on the trial, and
Ihe request of the defense was de
nied, lo which an exception was
The jury relired at noon and
up to the hour of going to press
were si ill debating on a verdict.
understood that an olfer of $1,50(1
has been refused. The men are
bolh well known residents of this
county. The News published an
account of the affair at Ihe lime,."
Hose is now on trial in the dis
trict court of this (fiass) county,
charged with shooting with intent
lo kill, and from Hie number of
wilness subpoenaed the case is
liable to continue most of the
Will Visit Forrror Home.
Mike Lulz and wire will depart
Thiirsdav afternoon for a visit nt
Ibeir old home al St, Jacobs, III.
While Mr. Lulz and wiTe are
away his brother, O .e and v. il'e,
of Cedar Creek, will look after Ihe
stock and care for the bouse.
rcr Typewriter ribtns oil at
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