The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, February 12, 1912, Image 2

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Superintendent Abbott of the Plattsmouth Schools, Delivers Fine
Address at the Methodist Church Last Evening in Honor of
the Great Patriot, Abraham Lincoln.
Superintendent N. C Abbott 1o
livered an address last evening a!
the F.pworth League meeting at
the Methodist church upon "Abra
ham Lincoln," which was one of
the best efforts to foster patriot
ism ever delivered in I he cily.
After I lie usual song service and
routine order of service, Super
intendent Abbott was introduced
and spoke in part as follows:
Abraham Lincoln.
Ladies and Gentlemen: I feel
that I cannot in any wise do
justice to my theme lonight. The
character of Abraham Lincoln is
one of the half doen dominant,
vitalizing influences of our age.
An American's Duty.
I admit then, to begin with, that
the task is beyond me; but I also
feel that he is no true American
who fails to respond in such way
as he is able, when asked for a
word or two regarding the pre
eminent figure in our sanguinary
civil war.
Opportunity and Capacity.
What, then, may 1 say were the
sources of his power? What did
Lincoln have that has placed him
fur above the ordinary man? I
answer that he was offered the
opportunity and he was fitted to
seize it. Two elements were
inintil f imwii't mi i I v nml P.'tll-
acilv. And these two essentials al 1,,ast three quulilics:
clashing of intellects like sabers
bright, and the booming of the
big oratorical guns of the north
and south, now definitely arrayed,
there came one day into the north
ern camp one of the oddest figures
imaginable; Ihe figure of a man
who, in spile of an appearance
somewhat al outs with Hogarth's
line of beauty, wore a serious
aspect, if not an air of command,
and pausing lo ufler a single sen
tence that might bo heard above
the din, passed on and for a mom
ent disappeared. The sentence
was pregnant with meaning. The
man bore a commission from God
on high I He said: 'A house di
vided against itself cannot stand.
I believe this government cannot
endure permanently half free and
half slave. I do not expect the,
Union to be dissolved; I do not ex
pect the house to fall; but I do
expect it. will cease to be divided.'
He was Abraham Lincoln.
Hut opportunity alone will not
make a world-character. Some
place there must be a man fitted
to seize opportunity. Some place
there must be a man of capacity
The sad and mournful Lincoln
was that man. And what is it that
spells capacity? I answer with
out hesitation that there must be
must ever meet together, if a man
would write his name in hold and
blazing letters on the scroll of
During his life came the final
struggle between titanic forces.
Narrow and inconsiderate indeed
are we, if we lay the entire re
sponsibility for the struggle over
negro slavery upon our southern
brethren. The seeds of that dis
tention were planted generations
before and were watered and tend
ed by men in both the north and
in the south. The first boatload
Of negroes landed on our coast
was the first seed. Up north ami
down south slavery was nn honor
ed institution. Hut up north it
died out, because it was unprofit
able; while down south it pros
pered, because Eli Whitney in
vented Ihe cotton-gin. Then
came the period of awakened con
science, the south crying for
more land to keep up its peculiar
institution. There were bicker
ings and revilings and jealousies.
The immortal Daniel Webster was
forced into retirement because ho
failed to see that the storm could
not be quelled; Charles Sumner
was all but murdered; Kansas and
Nebraska became blood territory;
Lovejoy was murdered; John
Brown was hanged.
Civil War Opens.
Then came the firing upon
Sumler. The opportunity was at
Says Henry Watterson: "Amid
the noise and confusion, the
First Ambition.
Second Brains.
Third Character.
If the lank, ungainly boy had
not possessed ambition he would
have passed his life as a rail
splitter or employed about a tow
boat, and would have gone down
to his grave unwept, unhonored
and unsung. It was the spur of
ambition that kept him awake half
Ihe night, after a hard day's labor,
reading the "Life of Washing
ton," Aesop's "Fables," Shakes
peare or the bible. He was not
satisfied with what he was. He
wanted to be something more,
something belter, and this ideal
which bo cherished had the warm
and sympathetic approval of his
And what splendid tools for
ambition lo be sharpened on those
books were I If more of our young
boys and girls would read Shakes
peare and the Bible, how much
heller it would be for them 1 They
might never acquire the literary
style of Abraham Lincoln, it is
true, but they certainly would not
secure the false and silly concep
tions of life Ihat are usually set
forth in the average popular novel
of the day.
Intellect had he, too brains,
the capacity to reason. No man
of this generation, I might say of
any generation, could think with
more deadly logic, from premise
lo conclusion. lie, was self-
laught, Ije was the alliums of the
By the bursting of a water pipe on the floor above
us last Saturday morning we suffered a slight dam
age by water to some of our goods. We offer at a
discount asfollows:
Stetson Hats 10 off
Manhattan Shirts 25 " "
Pleated Shirts (our own brand) .30 u "
Cashmere Hose 20 "
Fine Dress Hose 20 " "
Lined Handkerchiefs 20 " "
About 10 dozen plain white handkerchief at 5c each
5 " beauties, assorted ..19c "
" 4 " suspenders 22c "
" 5 " Fitneck mufflers 39c "
Cash Only!
C. E. Wescott's Sons
University of Nature. But no
bachelor of arts ever knew his
Unci iM belter. And no finished
scholar heller than h could rea
son to Hie end of an action.
Seward, for instance, was a
product of highest education and
of the most finished culture of our
schools; yet Seward would have
plunged us into a fatal struggle
with England if it had not been
for the cool, restraining hand of
his superior officer. I would not
in any wise seem to disparage the
great sen ices 01 ine ame sec
relary of slate. In time of storm,
when waves are beating high, it is
urprising if anyone remains
calm. Seward lost his balance
just as all of the other statesmen
of (he lime lost I heirs all save
Lincoln alone.
Knew He Was Right.
Not only could he reason, but
when he had gone from step to
ep in his argument and reached
a conclusion, lie Knew mat con
clusion was correct. The years
spent in study of geometry had
taught him the meaning of Ihe
word "demonstrate." It is re
lated that lie once called his
cabinet to council and put to them
a diflicult problem as to what
action should be taken in a cer
tain matter. After a long discus
sion he turned to the secretary of
slate and said: "No we will take
the vote. As many as favor this
action say yes: contrary, no.
What say you, Mr. Seward?" The
answer was, "No." So was the
reply of every other member of
the cabinet. After the six votes
were taken, Lincoln straightened
up in his chair. Said he: "The
president, votes yes. There are
six no's and one yes. The yes has
it. Action will be taken accord
ingly." He knew he was right
and Ihe judgment of all six of his
advisors did not change his determination.
Yes, he had ambition and he
had intellect. Hut way beyond
these he had the indefinable some,
thing without which no one can
be called great the indefinable
something denominated character.
His Goodness.
The stories of him that are the
common properly of Americans,
explain what I mean by character
better than any definition, no mat
ter how long, I might give. Fore
most stands out his goodness. He
knew the Bible and he shaped bis
life as best he understood ac
cording to the Golden Itule. You
know these stories as well as I;
how be carried for miles into the
country a few cents which he had
overcharged a customer; how he
rode back through a blinding
rain storm, when be was on the
circuit, to release a pig mired in
the mud; how he refused to con
firm the sentence of federal
soldier boys who were found
sleeping on post;'how he aided his
ne'r-do-well half-brother with
money and advice; how, with sin-
ceresl. love, he sought to save
the south from itself; and how, in
sympathy, he wrote the Oeltys
burg address and the second in-
augural. I suppose that ninety
nine out of a hundred who hear
the name of Lincoln unconscious
ly 1 li ink first of his goodness.
Other Elements of Character.
Ihe oilier eicmenls lhat made
up his character are as well
known to you as to me. Lack of
time iiiusl prevent my develop
ment of them. For instance, his
wit and humor; his eloquence; his
patience and long-suffering,
though between Ihe fire of aboli
tionist on one side and (ireeleyile
on Ihe other; his love of Ihe best
in literature; his solace in Ihe
poem, "Oh, Why Should the Spirit
of Mortal Me Proud;" his forgive
ness of (lie south and sorrow over
their broken fortunes; bis cap
acity for growl h. We sum it all
up in saying, "Here was a man."
A World Character.
What Hampton is lo England;
what Ln Fayette is to Franco;
what Holivar is to the South
Americans and Gustavus Adol
pbus is to the Scandinavian coun
tries; what Aristeides represented
to the ancient Greek; and what
William of Orange stood for in
the mind of the Dutch burgher
all that ami more is Abraham
Lincoln to us. More, I say, be
cause he rose from the lowest
round of the ladder and stood
triumphantly upon the highest
pinnacle; more, I say, because the
glory of his place never turned hia
head and he remained, even to the
end, a simple, homespun man a
brother to us nil.
People of Plattsmouth Can Secure
Encampment If They Will Do
Some Hustling.
The question of selecting the
place for Ihe annual spring en
campment of two regiments one
of cadets of the Nebraska uni
versity and I lie oilier irom me
Agricultural college has been
engaging the attention of both
student cadets and the officers in
charge. The encampment was
held last year at Beatrice, and the
students were treated so well that
many of them have become so
much attached to the place that
some inducements will have to be
extended to them before they will
be willing to go elsewhere.
Three places are being con
sidered, acording to the Daily
Nebraskan, namely: Beatrice, the
state fair grounds at Lincoln and
the Plattsmouth rifle range. This
location has the advantage of a
target practice ground which the
other points mentioned have not.
According to the Nebraskan,
various rumors have been afloat
among the cadets to the effect that
the state fair ground would be the
place of encampment for various
reasons. The rumor was denied
by both Captain Yates and Col
onel Smith, as they staled that
no place had been decided upon.
The ISeliraskan further says:
"As to Ihe report that the camp
might be held at Plattsmouth, the
same denials by the commandant
and Colonel Smith hold good. No
place has been considered further
than others. Some of the cadets
are pleased with the idea of camp
ing at the range. It has recently
been located there, having been
moved from Ashland, and is up-to-date
in every respect. The one
objection to the camp at Beatrice
would be overcome there, for at
Beatrice there, is no range. How
ever, less is known of the camp
ing grounds and facilities offered
as compared with those of Deal-
rice. It lies between the novelty
of the Plattsmouth camp and the
good treatment at Beatrice, as the
cadets see it." .
It would appear that a little
missionary work by the Com
merciai ciuo or some otner or
ganization along the line of ad
vertising the good points and de
sirable features of the lMatls-
mouth range would have a gooi
effect. If the cadets were assur-
red that they would meet with jus
as much consideration in this
community as tney ihil last year
at Beatrice, Ibis added to the de
sirableness of having a range at
their disposal, would undoubtedly
have considerable weight in locat
ing the place for holding the en
Given by J??f k
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Plattsmouth ffgjA if
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Saturday Evening, February 17th
You know the good time f.he Eagles have, so make it
a point to attend.
Music by the M. W. A. Orchestra
Goes to Kansas City.
D. L. Amick departed this morn
ing for Kansas City-to see Dr
Miner in regard to his stomach
trouble. Mr. Amick has been feel
ing Dadly for some time, and
tried Ihe baths at Hot Springs
Ark., which he was not physically
able lo stand. Some years ago
when be had a similar attack, Dr.
Miner relieved him very soon, and
he being an old friend of Mr.
Amick, he decided to consult him
He Was Stabbed by Negro Con
vict at 10 A. IY1. and Died at
11:30 P. M. '
Mont Robb called the Journal
publisher up last evening from
Lincoln and related the affair of
the murder of Deputy Warden Ed
1). Davis, by a negro convict
named Prince, who is serving a
twelve-year sentence for' assault
with intent to kill.
The tragedy occurred at the
penitentiary at the chapel service
yesterday morning, just at the
close of the service. The negro
made the deadly assault on Mr.
Davis with a dirk knife which he
had made out of a piece of old
steel, and stabbed the deputy war
den four times in the abdomen
and once in the neck. The affair
occurred at 10 o'clock a. m. and
the victim lived until about 11:30
p. in. There was no motive for
the crime other than that the
negro had been reproved by Mr.
Davis some days ago for not re
turning his fork promptly, which
greatly angered the negro.
Prince committed an assault on
a police officer in Omaha which
nearly resulted in murder four
years ago, for which he was con
victed and given twelve years in
the penitentiary, bis victim at that
time being City Detective Sullivan,
who was laid up for nearly a
Basket Ball Game.
The Plattsmouth High school
basket ball team were victors in
a match game played at Coates'
hall in this city Saturday nighfj
with the Elmwood lligh school
learn. The Elmwood athletes
seemed somewhat rough and this
game for the first half, the score
standing 11 to 7 in their favor.
The second half of the game was
more interesting, and a number
of fouls were called on the visit
ors; their manner of playing
seemed somewhat rought and this
caused Ihe referee to call fouls on
the Elmwood boys. Their playing
was good, but when it came to
making the basket the Platts
mouth team outclassed them. The
second half of the game the
Plattsmouth players made 21
scores, while Elmwood had but 1&
to their credit. The line-up was
as follows:
Elmwood Schneider, center;
Dettmann, forward; Towle, for
ward; Clements, guard; Towle,
Plattsmouth Dal ton, center;
Arries, forward; Schlater, for
ward; Noble, guard; Arries, guard.
Ileferec, Principal O. Larson of
Plattsmouth; timekeeper and
scorekcepers, Hallstrom and R.
There will be a return game be
tween the same teams some time
about the last of this month.
Eagle Prizes on Exhibition.
The four prizes (I wo for ladies
and two for men) lo he given to
Ihe best costumes al the mask
ball given by the Eagle lodge Feb
ruary 17, can be seen in Weyrich
& Hadraba's store window. The
first prize for ladies is a $5 para
sol of beautiful texture arid orna
mented handle; the second prize is
a handsome cut-glass dish worth
$3.50. The gents' first prize is a
$5 silk umbrella, and the second
a 3.50 traveling set.
Leyda Farm Sells.
J. M. Leyda of Ibis cily and his
brothers, J. E. and Wilber of
Falls Cily have just closed a deal
whereby Ihe H. K. Leyda farm,
four miles northeast of Weeping
Water, has been sold for a con
sideration of .f20,i(io, Deing a
trifle over $127 per acre. The
purchasers are Peter and Andrew
Anderson, who own an adjoining
farm. A contract for Ihe deal has
been signed up and ? 1,000 of the
purchase money turned over, the
deal lo be completed on June 1st.
Begin to Load Test Piers.
Major Creamer of Council
Muffs was in the city Saturday
and began the loading of the big
box on Ihe three test piers placed
on Ihe goveriinent lot some time
ago. The intention is to load the
piers with sand and test the
amount of weight the piers will
carry. They will then know what
to do to prevent further settling
of the new building.
Joseph Mullen of Elmwood ar
rived from Omaha this morning,
where he was called on business
last week.
A New Bird in Town.
C. C. Wcscott, the clothier, who
is also a poultry fancier, has juat.
received a fine cockeral of the
Duff-Orpington species of fowl,
which stands a little taller and)
weighs a little more than any
chicken of his age and breed in
the country. The cockeral is
scarcely a year old, has all of the
markings of a prize winner, is of
the "granger gorgeous golden"
color and lips the beam at fifteen
pounds. The bird was bred and
reared by the celebrated Buff
Orpington chicken fancier, Mr.
Granger, of Sioux Falls, S. D., one
of Ihe most successful chicken
raisers in Ihe United States and
one who has the. purest strain of
Buff-Orpingtons to be had any
where. Mr. Wcscott is much
pleased with bis purchase, and
as he has had much experience
with this popular breed of fowls
himseff, he knows a good owe
when he sees it.
For Typewriter ribbons call at
the Journal office.
151 acres. All level. Hog tight.
70 acres of the finest alfalfa. Fine
house. Close to school and good
town. $13,500; f3,500 cash, 10,
000 on time al (f per cent. Write
to C. B. Schleicher. Brady, Neb.
800 Acres.
Over 400 acres under plow, all
of the finest Platte river alfalfa
land; level as a floor; balance pas
ture. Two sets of improvements
of Ihe llnest kind. Close lo town.
School on the land. Telephone
ami P.. F. D. $30,000; $10,000
cash, balance long time at (t per
cent. This can be cut up, as it is
square. Write to 0. B. Schleicher,
We have selected from our stock every remnant
and short end, on which we are giving a liberal re
duction. Goods on display, so you can make your
selection easy. Call and see them.
Brady. Neb. 2-12-21-wkly