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PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1912.
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MADE Elt1 WILLIAM ALLEtl WHITE
The Preservation of the Home Trade to the Home Town Carrie
With It the Preservation of Many of Our American Institutions
It seems to me that a lot of
good things in American life will
pass just as surely as centraliza
tion of retail mail order business
in cities continues.
The American country town,
the town of from 100 to 100,000
people, preserves better than the
crowded city and better than the
lonely ranch and isolated farm
life, the things that make America
Here in these country towns
the spirit, of neighborliness is the
prevailing spirit. Men come to
know one another and when any
two human beings come to know
one another, in the one who is
intelligent and wise respect al
ways rises for the other. To know
one's, fellows always is to sym
pathize with them. Neighborli
ness spells fraternity.
The American country town,
with its broad circle of friend
ships, with its close homely sim
ple gelations between men, with
its spirit of co-operation and with
its economic status that permits
the creation of no indecently rich
and no abjectly poor, the Ameri
can country town, it seems to me,
is the most hopeful of our Amen,
To destroy that town, furnish
ing the market for the farmer and
giving steady employment to
labor, means a reorganization of
our commercial, social and in
dustrial life that will be revolu
tionary and more a matter of
The mail order house therefore
becomes a menace to this country
The mail order house unrestricted
will kill our smaller towns, creat
ing great cities with their terrible
contrasts of life, with their cruel
social relations, with their inevit
able caste feeling that come from
the presence of strangers who are
r'eh and poor living side by side.
Friendship, neighborliness, fra
ternity or whatever you will call
that spirit of comradery. that
comes when men know one an
other well, is the cement that
holds together this union of the
states. It is not created in great
Great cities give much in alms
dui nine in justice, unly as we
know each other well can we treat
each other justly; and the city is a
Sell Out Telephone Company.
Lyslc I. Abbott, as special
master for the federal court, and
acting under its decree, will still
all of the property, tangible and
intangible, plant and franchise, in
Omaha, South Omaha and Flor
ence, to the highest bidder at pub
lic auction at the front door of the
federal building at noon on July
1, says the Omaha World-Herald.
At least, he will try to sell it,
for there is a strimr attached to
the terms of the decree that no
bid of less than $1,000,000 in
amount shall be received or con
sidered; and likewise that each
bid must be accompanied by
$100,000 in cash . or certilled
check, as a guarantee that the
purchase will be completed if the
bid is accepted.
This is the result of fore
closure proceedings brought in
behalf of the bondholders of the
Title Insurance and Trust com
pany. Now comes the question of
whether the new syndicate will
buy in the property and continue
it as an independent concern, or
whether the Hell interests will
Mrs. Conrad Schlater Better.
From Tuesday's Dally.
Mrs. Conrad Schlater, who was
stricken with paralysis about a
week ago, is improving slowly and
is in a conscious condition a small
part of the lime. She talks much
better than for some days and the
family feel quite encouraged at
the prospect of her early recovery.
wilderness of careless strangers
whose instincts of humanity are
daily becoming more and more
blunted to suffering, because in
the nature of things suffering in
cities must be impersonal. It is
not the suffering of friends and
neighbors ami kith and kin as it is
in the smaller towns. So the mail
order house crushing out our
towns is drying up the milk of
human kindness in our hearts.
And that brings us back to Ilrst
principles; if we who live in
these small towns in America
rannoi, see mat. our duty to our
country lies first, of all in our dutv
io our ncignuors, men we are
blind indeed to the basis of real
patriotism, for after all patriotism
is only neighborly kindness.
Patriotism is not in cheering for
the flag; it, is not in feeling our
eyes tilled with emotional tears at
hearing "The Star Spangled Han
tier;" patriotism is just old
fashioned human duty.
Io sacrifice our neighbor the
man who helps the town with its
taxes, wilh its public business.
with its myriad activities for
neighborly righteousness to
acrifice that man and his busi
ness ior i tie mere sake or saving
a dollar on the purchase of a hun
dred dollars worth of goods is
just as unpatriotic as it is to spit
at the flag.
For the flag if it means anv
thing means the golden rule; the
flag means friendly burden bear
ing; u means mutual help in
trouble; it means standing to
gether against common foes.
Ihe motto of the mail order
house is every man for himself
and the devil take the hindermost
and you bet, the devil will.
That spirit never fails to work
and the weak man, the unprolect
ed man, the man alone the man
on the farm, at the end of the fact
wnen ins larm market is gone
when his town is gone, when the
spirit of selfishness and greed has
left this country cold and bar
and mean and neighborless the
farmer will be the hindermost
So I am glad to know that this
association is taking up this
work a cheerless, thankless but
necessary and patriotic task
and is pushing it to a successfu
conclusion. You have my heart i
est sympathy and may call upon
me whenever I can help.
Eagles Banquet Saturday Night
A royal good time was had by
the Eagles last Saturday night
when 150 or more met in tin;
parlors and lodge room to have
social evening and enjoy
sumptuous uanquet. The com
initio? on arrangements, consist
ing of Mayor Saltier, (lid Archer
and William Weber, prepared for
a record-breaking meeting, and
Ihejr efl'orts were crowned with
the best of success. Kvery pro
vision was made for the comfort
and pleasure of the wives and
i cliildron of the members. Cards
and instrumental music furnhshe
the amusement for the gathered
company, progressive high five
was enjoyed by all who cared to
participate, and social talk was
indulged in by all. The banquet
was prepared by the best cooks
obtainable and the tempting
viands and delicacies were ar
ranged to tempt the appetite.
Fruits of various kinds were
served, and ice cream of de
licious flavors indulged in by all.
There was more than an abun
dance for all present and enough
left to banquet a company nearly
Farming Proceeds In olwa.
Mrs. Leonard Terryberry of
Whiting, Iowa, arrived last week
and will visit her parents, Charles
Warner and wife, for a few days.
Mrs. Terryberry states that the
season is fine there, that her hus
band finished planting corn last
week and the ground was never in
belter condition for good crops
than it is near Whiting at this
Returned From Hospital.
John Meisinger, jr., who was
peraled on for appendicitis at
t. Joseph's hospital, Omaha, two
weeks ago, returned Saturday to
is home near Cedar Creek. His
father, Jacob Meisinger, of this
ity, went out to his son's home
and looked after the farming dur
ing the time John, jr., was in the
spital. John is able to walk
about, but of course moves
autiously and uses a cane. He
was glad to get back to look after
the cultivation of his crops, and
his father was as glad to be re-
ieved of the farm duties, as be
has grown accustomed to city life
now and rather likes it better in
Former Well Known Character
of Plattsmouth Connected
With the Crime.
William Richards, former
leptijy United States marshal, of
Des Moines, Iowa, serving an
eighteen-year sentence for burg-
iry at Fort Madison penitentiary,
is to be pardoned on recommenda
ion of the pardon board.
Hichards was formerly well
known here, and was in and out
f I'laltsniouth frequently, one of
his accomplices in the crime being
Frank Maird, who twelve years
ago was proprietor of a restaur
ant in Ibis city. The crime for
which Richards and Haird wert
punished w as I he robbery of an
old farmer and bis wife in Hamil
ton county, Iowa, of $2,500. A
holgun in the house was over
looked by the robbers, and when
the parly was leaving the farmer
grasped the gun, and tired at them
the full charge striking Haird in
the face, tearing away a part o
his nose and dangerously wound
ing him. Haird was captured
while Hichards and the other ac
complice, Itedrup, escaped, am
the latter has never been seen or
heard of since.
Haird was prosecuted and gave;
out the story which caused Rich
ards to be prosecuted and con
vicled. Richards has completed
seven years of his sentence, and
with the good behavior lime de
ducted, had a little more than
three years to serve. Haird was
paroled some lime ago.
Ertel Wins Debate.
The fifth annual state chain
pionship debate of the Nebraska
High School Debating league, was
held in Memorial hall, Lincoln
last aturuay morning and was
won by Jesse L. Ertel of the
Geneva High school, represent
ative of the central district. Sec
ond place was awarded to Aug
ustus Helmig of the Wymore
High school, and third place to
Arthur Ackerman of the Lincoln
High school. The previous awards
of the stale debate were:
1008 Arthur Anderson
Wahoo won; Mark C. Margrave
Wymore, second; Isabel Oldham
Kearney, third; Clayton Hurke
1909 Clayton S. Dadcliffe, Sid
ney, won; Paul Good, Wahoo, sec
ond; Harvey Hess, Hebron, third.
1910 Marie Douglass, Plaits
mouth, won; Van Webster, Hast
ings, second; Jesse Erie!, Geneva,
. 1911 Victor Coulter, Wymore,
won; Junius G. Oldham, Kearney,
second; William P. Ackerman,
To Drive Away Ants.
Limberger cheese laid away in
cupboards and refrigerators will
drive away ants, says an ex
change. There is no doubt, of it.
It will drive the dogs out of a Ian
yard; it will drive a herd of cut
tle over a precipice;, it will drive
a tramp from a good meal; it, will
drive a mule through a barbed
wire fence; it will drive a negro
from a ben roost. Yes, sir, it,
will drive away aunts and uncles
and if we had any cousins that it.
would not drive away, we would be
tempted lo disown them. And yet
men sit down and eat, and relish
it. Ugh I
Philip Meisinger was transact
ing business with county seat
friends last Saturday, driving in
from his home for a few hours'
visit with friends.
ARLY FRUITS H
Sample of Where the High Cost of
' Living Comes Home to
It is easy for the economic
philosopher to account for some
f the increased cost of living ii
the I'nited States when he looks
over any market or provision store
in a northern city.
Twenty years ago the ordinary
middle class in the north never
xpected to ge( any strawberries
much before June 15. It was
ustomary in many families to
order southern fruit for Me
morial day, May 30, as a special
oliday treat, but then there
would be a gap until native ber-
ies came along. Now the ma-
ority of families get strawber-
ies early in May, transported
many miles at high lmghi, rates
and cold storage.
And yet if our country is really
growing more prosperous, it
ugh! to be so that the working-
man should have some of these
se.ini-liixuries. They add zest to
appetite when the palate is weary
of the canned goods of winter.
The?, promote health and physical
well being. They have developed
great industries in the south that
employ a small army of laborers
in a healthful occupation.
There is a demand, however,
for unseasonably early fruits anil
vegetables that is wasteful. To
meet it, these products are picked
efore they are ripe, are trans
ported great distances and often
coiue in very poor condition, wilt
ed or decayed, where they cannot
satisfy any normal appetite, but
appeal merely to the sense of
novelty. The purchase of food
in this way is an item of national
Funeral of George Wagner.
Fro?n Tucday'a Dally.
The funeral of George Wagner
the German farmer who died of
heart failure while hitching his
team Sunday morning, occurred
this morning at St. John's
Catholic church and was attended
by a large congregation of tin
neighbors and friends of the dt
ceased, who came to show their
high regard for an upright citizen
and kind neighbor. The funeral
was conducted by Father M. A.
Shine, pastor of St. John's church.
The floral tributes were very
beautiful and were silent remind
ers of the pure character of Ihe
di-ceased. The pall-bearers were
given in yesterday's issue of the
Journal, Interment was made in
the Holy Sepulcher cemetery. The
casket was followed to the ceme
tery by a long procession of
sympathizing neighbors. Among
those attending the funeral from
Ihe country were noticed: Adam
KaufTenberger and wife, L. II.
Puis and wife, Fred Ilild and wife,
L. II. Ilild and wife and Jake Ilild
Missouri River Yet Cutting.
Lale reports from Folsoni,
where the Missouri river is cut
ting, is that the river continues to
eat its way into Ihe Iowa bank
below where hundreds of carloads
of rock have been dumped into the
river. Railroad men m charge say
there is little present danger of
Ihe river reaching the Irack. The
point of greatest danger has been
strongly fortified with the rock
and at points below the distance
from the track lo the river is still
considerable. The mysterious
current that originated last week
continues to be strong ami is cut
ling huge blocks of laud below
where the railroad forces are
working. The Godsey farm is
still the heaviest, loser of land.
To Attend Convention.
From Tuesday' Dally.
Al Clabaugh, manager of the
Plattsmouth gas plant, departed
for Lincoln this uflernoon, where
representatives of Ihe various gas
companies throughout the coun
try meet in convention. The meet
ing opens tomorrow' morning and
continues three days. The con
vention will be royally entertained
in various ways, including a ban
quet at. the Lincoln hotel.
Dee Shrader, from near Murray,
was a county seat visitor last Saturday.
no pi acq pnwniH? nine
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LARGE AUDIENCE AT IKE PA1ELE
The Young Ladies and Gentlemen
Great Ability in Their Acting and Show the Careful Training
Given Them by Mrs. Dovey and Mr. Austin.
From Wednesday' Dally.
The senior class play was
greeted last evening by a large
and enthusiastic audience and the
public was well repaid for turn
ing out enniass to witness the
comedies, which were well played.
The audience was not at all back
ward in manifesting its approval
of the clever performances of our
High school seniors. Every part
was played as perfectly as it is
possible for an amateur to play.
l'he product ion showed much
careful training by the directors,
Mrs. Dovey and Mr. Harry S. Aus
tin, and the work of the in
dividuals participating in the
plays showed careful study and
The class gave two comedies,
"The Proposal Under Di!llcull ies"
and "The Freshman." The first
was participated m by Elmer
Frans, who had a leading
part as Hob Yardsley; Miss Golda
Noble, who also played a leading
part as Dorothy Andrews, and the
leads were well supported by Miss
Edna Shopp as Jennie, ami Conrad
Schlater as Jack Harlow. 11(d) and
Jack were rivals for the hand ami
heart of Dorothy Andrews, and
Hob had reached the state of mind
in which he was on tin? point, of
proposing, but feeling a bit
nervous over the ordeal, was re
hearsing his proposition, when
Jennie, Ihe Irish chambermaid,
unnoticed, appeared and at the
crucial moment came forward to
accept Hob's offer of marriage.
Hob was badly tlust rated and be
fore he could explain Io Jennie,
his rival, Jack Harlow, entered
and engaged him in conversation,
and Jennie made her exit, very
much elated over Ihe prospect of
being Hob's bride.
While Jack and Hob were each
trying to rid himself of Ihe other,
the (dtject of their adoration,
Dorothy, came upon the stage and
conversed interestedly wilh the
rivals. The climax of the situa
tion was reached when Jennie ap
peared at Ihe enl ranee to beckon
her recently bet hrol lied out of the
room, and finally fell headlong
Resolution of Condolence.
Whereas, It has pleased Divine
Providence lo remove front our
midst Hrother William Volk, a
member of Plattsmouth Lodge
No. 45, Sons of Herman, and
Whereas, in his death Ibis
lodge loses one of its most use
ful and best of members, and this
community one of its noblest,
most upright and sincere
citizens, and his family n faithful,
kind and loving brother; I here
fore he it
Resolved, Hy Plattsinoulh
Lodge No. 15, Sons of Herman,
that this lodge loses one of its
most respected and upright mem
bers and this community one of
its lies) citizens ami his family a
kind and loving brother; and be it
Resolved, That this lodge len
ders to relatives of our deceased
brother our deepest and most sin
cere sympathy; and be it. further
Resolved, That these resolu
tions be spread al large upon Ihe
minutes of this lodge, and that a
copy thereof be printed in the
newspapers of the city of Plalls-
moulh and that the charier of this
I hi lire n draped in mourning for
the period of thirty days.
Corn mil lee.
Posts and Wood for Sale.
A quantity of good bur oak
posts, and a large supply of good
block wood for sale. For further
particulars see Hovver Si Kino
men, one mile south and one and
one-half miles west of Cullom.
C. A. Rawls was an Omaha pas
senger on the morning (rain to
day, where he was called on pro-
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Composing the Cast Display
into the parlor and at once laid
claim lo Hid). Miss Shopp played
her role exceedingly well, as also
did Mr. Frans, Miss Noble and
The situation was very
ludicrous, as Jennie informed
Dorothy and Jack that Hob had
proposed and she had acepled.
Hob got Ihe at (enl ion of Dorolhy
and made a clean breast, of his ad
miration for her and his rehearsal
and requested his adored one not,
to compel him lo go through the
speech again. Dorothy made the
matter easy by asking Hob what
Jennie had said to his rehearsal.
Jack at once saw his finish, and
remarked that hi? would have to
lake his leave. The curtain was
lowered on a touching litlle love
During the time the second play
was being gotten ready Ihe M. W.
A. orchestra, tinder Ihe direction
of Roy Holly, played some excel
lent selections for Ihe entertain
ment of the audience and was
most, heartily applauded.
The second play was a Ihree
acl comedy and was well received
by Ihe audience, Ihe players re
ceiving frequent, applause. The
leading parts were taken by Major
Arries, as John Warden, a fresh
man, and Miss Dorolhy Hrill, as
Mary Locke, daughter of Prof.
Locke (Dean Cummins) . Almost
as important were the purls of
Miss Opal Fitzgerald, as Violet;
Charles Gradoville, as "Owl"
Griggs; Dean Cummins, as Prof.
Locke, .,. and Everel, Ward, as
Colored Horace. The olher mem.
hers of Ihe cast were Misses Mild
red Stewart, Harbara Clements,
Lesler Dallon, Wayne Props! and
The Journal regrets I hat (hue
and space will not permit print
ing a synopsis of Ihe play. Each
part was laken by Ihe individual
students named in a manner to
reflect, credit upon the students,
as well as the class and High
school. Many complimentary re
marks were heard in Ihe audience
after Ihe performance regarding
Ihe plavers and Ihe play.
Hold Annual Election.
From Tuexdav'a Dally
At the regular annual meeting
to elect, officers the Masonic lodge
of this city last night elected the
following olllcers for the ensuing
year: W. A. Robertson, W. M.;
George W. Thomas, S. W.; Nelson
Jean, J. W.; Carl G. Fricke, treas
urer; M. Archer, secretary. The
balance of the olllcers will be ap
pointed next month by the master
of the lodge. After Ihe regular
order of business was disposed of
Ihe members sat down to a ban
quet, which furnished sub.
slant ial enjoyment for some time.
Toasls were responded lo by many
of the banqueters. There was a
good attendance and the best of
feeling prevailed. Those present
from out-of-town were: James
Loughridge, Murray; George W.
Snyder, William Hummel, William
Wehrbein, Charles Peacock and
Advertising Does the Business.
We call the attention of the
readers of the Journal again to
the half-page advertisement of
Sherwood Si Son on the second
page of the Journal. Messrs.
Sherwood inform us that they did
a big business last week, and it is
no wonder, when it is considered
that the price of their fine line of
shoes has been almost cut in two.
If one questions this, he should
read Ihe ad and prices there
quoted, then step into the Sher
wood & Son's store and let them
show you how the reductions in
prices are made. The firm is ono
of the oldest in the city and what
they tell you can be relied upon.
The house has built up its largo
business by " honest dealing, and
now is the time to buy from them
while they are making the sale.
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