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About The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Oct. 24, 1912)
Copyright. 1906. by Dodd.
In Which a Ghost Trespasses.
HE Impulse which drove Tenel
ope out for the second time
that night may be readily ap
preciated. Its foundation was
Its subordinate emotions were
shame, self pity and consciousness of
her real feeling toward the man of the
house. The true spirit of womanhood
revolted with Its usual waywardness.
She was flying down the stony road,
sotno distance from the cottage, In the
very face of the coming tornado, her
heart beating like a triphammer, her
eyes bent on the little light up the
mountain side, before It ocen to
her that this last flight was . ..nly
senseless but perilous. She even laugh
ed at herself for a fool as she recalled
the telltale hand bag on the porch and
the damning presence of a Bazelhurst
lantern in the hallway.
The storm which had been raging
farther down the valley was at last
whirling up to the hilltops, long delay
ed as if in gleeful anticipation of
catching her alone and unprotected.
The little electric saddle lamp that she
carried gave out a feeble glow, scarce
opening the way in the darkness more
than ten feet ahead. Rough and irk
some was the road, most stubborn the
wall of wind. The second threat of
the storm was more terrifying than
the first At any Instant it was likely
to break forth in all its slashing fury,
and she knew not whither sho went.
Even as she lost heart and was
ready to turn wildly back in an effort
to reach Shaw's home before the
deluge the lightning flashes revealed
to her the presence of a dwelling just
off the road not 200 feet ahead. She
stumbled forward, crying like a fright
ened child. There were no lights. The
house looked dark, bleak, unfriendly.
Farther up the hillside still gleamed
the little light that was meant to keep
Kenwood's ghost from disturbing the
slumbers of old man Grimes and his
wife. She could not reach that light,
that much she knew. Her feet were
like hundredweights, her limbs almost
devoid of power. Grimes' hut appear
ed to be a couple of miles away.
With a last, breathless effort she turn
ed off the road and floundered through
weeds and brush until she came to
what proved to be the rear of the
darkened house. Long, low, rangy, It
reached off into the shadows, chilling
In Its loneliness. There was no time
left for her to climb the flight cf steps
and pound on the back door. The rain
was swishing In the trees with a hiss
that forbade delay.
She threw herself, panting and ter
ror stricken. Into the cavelike opening
under the porch, her knees giving way
after the supreme effort. The great
utorra broke as she crouched far back
acnlngt the wall,
her hands ocr her
ears! her eyes tightly closed.
safe from wind and rain, but not from
the sounds of that awful conflict The
lantern lay at ber feet, sending its ray
out Into the storm with the senseless
fidelity of a beacon light
"Penelope.1" came a voice through
the storm, and a second later man
plunged Into the recess, crashing
against the wall beside ber. Something
told ber who It was even be'ore he
dropped , beside ber and threw bis
strong arm about her shoulders.
He was crying something into ber
ear wild. Incoherent words that seem
ed to have the power to quiet the
storm. And she was responding she
knew that eager words were falling
from ber Hps. but she never knew
what they were responding with a
fervor that was overwhelming ber with
Joy. Dps met again and again, and
there was no thought of the night of
the fend., the escapade, the Renwood
ghost or of aught save the two warm
riving bnmau bodies that had found
The storm, swerving with the capri
cious mountain winds, suddenty swept
their refuge with sheets of water. Ran
dolph Shaw threw the raincoat over
his companion and both laughed hys
terically at their plight suddenly re
membered. "We can't stay bereT he shouted.
"We can't go out Into It" she cried.
"Where are wef
"RenwoodV he called back. Their
noftition was unteusble. Be
drenched: the raincoats protected net
as she crouched back Into the most re
mote corner. Looking about, be dls-'
covered a small door leading to the eel
tar. It opened the Instant be touched
the latch. "Come, quick." he cried, lift
lng ber to her feet. "In here stoop 1 1
have the light This Is the cellar. I'll
have to break down a door leading to
the upper part of the bouse, but that
will not be difficult Here's an as or
two. Good Lord. I'm soaked!"
"Whe-where are we golngT" she
gasped as he drew ber across the
"Upstairs. It's comfortable op there."
They were at the foot of the narrow
stairway. She held back.
"Neverl It's the the haunted house!
1 can't Randolph."
"Pooh! Don't be afraid. I'm with
"I know," she gulped. "But yon
have only one arm. Oh, I can't!"
"If all nonsense about ghosts. . I've
Mead Ct Company.
slept here 'twenty" times," reiieTope.
People have seen my light and my
shadow, that's all. I'm a pretty sub
"Oh. dear, what a disappointment!
And there are no spooks, not even
"Or course she may come back, dear,
but you'd hardly expect a respectable
lady spook to visit the place with me
stopping here. Even ghosts have
regard for conventionalities. She
"IIow much more respectable than
L Penelope murmured plaintively.
"Forgive me," he Implored.
"I would, only you are so wet"
The door above was locked, but
Shaw swung the ax so vigorously that
any but a very strong nerved ghost
must have been frightened to death
"Ifa my house, yoo know," he ex
plained from the top step. "There we
are! Come np. Penelope. The ion is
She followed htm into the ball
above. In silence they walked along
the bare floors through empty rooms
until at last he opened a door In what
proved to be the left wing. To her
surprise this room was comrorwDiy
furnished. There were ashes In the
big fireplace, and there were lamps
which had been osed recently, for
they were filled with oil
"Here's where I read sometimes,"
he explained. "I have slept on that
couch. Last winter I came op here
to hnnt My cottage wasn't finished
so I stayed here. I'll confess I've
heard strange sounds now, don't shiv
er! Once or twice I've been a bit
nervous, but I'm still alive, you see."
He lighted the wicks tn the two big
lamps while she looked on with chill'
creeping up and down her back "I'll
have a bully fire In the fireplace in Just
"Let me help you" be suggested,
coming quite close to him with uneasy
glances over her shoulders.
Ten minutes later they were slttlnu
before a roaring fire, quite content even
though there was a sngeestloo ol
auia gnosis luridng in tne hallway
behind them. No doubt old man
Grimes and his wife, If they awoke in
the course of the night groaned deep
prayers In response to the bright light
from the windows of the haunted
house. Shaw and Penelope smiled se
curely as they listened to the bowling
"Well, this Is trespassing," she said,
beaming a happy smile upon him.
"I shall be obliged to drive yon out
alas," he said reflectively. "Do you
recall my vow As long as you are
a BazelhurRt 1 must perforce eject
"Not tonight!" she cried In mock dls
mayN "But, as an alternative, you'll not
be a Bazelhurst long." be went on
eagerly, suddenly taking ber bands
Into bis, forgetful of the wounded
left "I'm going to try trespassing
myself. Tomorrow I'm going to see
your brother. Ifa regular, yon know.
I'm going to tell the bead of your
clan that yon are coming over to
Shaw, heart and band."
"Ohf she exclaimed. "You you
no, hoi You must not do that"
"But my dear, you are going to
"Yes I suppose so," she murmured
helplessly. "That isn't what 1 meant
1 mean It Isn't necessary to ask Cecil.
Ask me; I'll consent for him."
Half an hour passed. Then be went
to the window and looked out into the
"You must lie down and get some
sleep," be Insisted, coming back to her.
"The storm's letting up, but we can't
leave here for qnlte a while. I'll sit up
and watch. I'm too bappy to sleep."
She protested, but her heavy eyes were
his nIIIm. Rnnn h sat slnn hofnr fh
Ore; she slept sound on The broad
couch In the corner, a steamer rug
across her knees. A contented smile
curved bis lips as he gazed reflectively
Into the flames. He was not thinking
of Mrs. Ren wood's amiable ghost
How long she bad been asleep Pene
lope did not know. She awoke with a
start her flesh creeping. A nameless
dread came over her; she felt that she
was utterly alone and surrounded by
horrors. It was a full minute-a sick
ening hour. It seemed before she real
ized that she was In the room with the
man she loved. .' ner frightened eyes
caught sight of him lying back in the
chair before the dying fire in the chim
ney place. The lights were low, the
shadows gaunt and chill
A terrified exclamation started to ber
Hps. Her ears again caught the sound
of some one moving in the bouse
some alien visitor. There was no mis
taking the sound the distant sepulch
ral Inugh and the shuffling of feet al
most at the edge of the couch. It
"Randolph!" she whispered hoarsely.
The mnn In the chair did not move.
She threw off the blanket and came to
a sitting posture on the side of the
couch, her fingers clutching the cover
lng with tense horror. Again the soft
rumbling laugh and the sound of foot
Etcps on the stairway. Like a flash she
sped across the room and clutched
frautlcally at Randolph's shoulders.
He awoke with an exclamation, star
ing bewildered into the horrified face
"The the ghost!" she gasped, her
eyes slued upon the hall door. lie
leaped to his feet and threw his arms
"You've hnd a had dream." he said.
"What a beast I whs to fall asleep.
Lord, you're frightened half out of
your wits Don't tremble o. dearest
There's no ghost Every one knows"
"Listen listen" she whispered To-'
gether they stood motionless, almost
breathless before the tire, the glow
from which threw their shadows across
the room to meet the mysterious In
vader. "Good Lord." he muttered, unwilling
to believe his ears There is some
one In the house. I've I've heard
sounds here before, but not like these."
Distinctly to their startled ears came
the low, subdued murmur of a human
voice and then unmistakable moans
from the very depth of the earth
from the grave. It seemed.
"Do you hear?" she whispered. "Oh,
this dreadful place! Take me away.
"Don't .be afraid," he said, drawing
her close 'There's nothing super
natural about those sounds. They
come from Hps as much alive as ours
I'll Investigate." He grabbed the heavy
poker from the chimney corner and
started toward the door. She followed
close behind, his assurance restoring
In a measure the courage that bad
temporarily deserted ber.
In the hallway they paused to look
out over the broad porch. The storm
bad died away, sighing Its own re
quiem In the misty treetops. Dawn
was not far away. A thick fog was
rising to meet the first glance of day.
Id surprise Shaw looked at his watch,
her face at his shoulder It was after
"Ghosts turn In at midnight dear."
he said, with a cheerful smile. "They
don't keep such hours as these."
"But who can It be? There are no
tramps in the mountains," she pro
tested, glancing over her shoulder ap
prehenslvel.v. "Listen! By Jove, that voice came
from the cellar."
"And the lock Is broken," she ex
claimed. "But how silly of me!
Ghosts don't stop for locks."
"I'll drop the bolts Just the same."
be snld as they hurried dowo the ball
way. At the back stairs they stopped
and listened for many minutes. Not a
sound came np to them from below
Softly he closed the door and lowered
two heavy bnrs Into place. "If there's
any one down there they probably
think they've heard spooks trotting
smnnd up here."
' "Really, It's quite thrilling, Isn't ltr
she whispered In ber excitement
"In any event we're obliged to re
main under cover until they depart."
be said thoughtfully. "We can't be
seen here, dearest"
"No." she murmured, "not even
though It is our bouse."
They returned to the big room as
softly as mice, and be lef her a mo
ment later to cloxe the btfa'vy window
shutters en the porch. When be re
turned there was a grim smile on bis
face and bis voice shook a little as he
"I've heard the voices again They
came from "tin laundry. I think The
I Renwood wer downright Yankees.
Penelope, i will swear that these
voices are amazingly I-'nglish."
(To Ho Confirmed.)
T. H. Pollock was in I he me
tropolis today looking afte' .some
Miss Anna Miein was a pas
senger this nf If moon for Omaha
lo visit for a few hours.
Henry Sans of near Hock Bluffs
was in I ho city yesterday looking
after some mailers of business.
Mrs. Thomas Wiles departed
for Omaha this morning to look
after some business matters for
Mrs. J. H. Kuhns departed this
afternoon for California, where
she will visit for some time with
Miss Vernie Graves came, up
from Union this morning to look
after some matters of business in
W. E. Rosencrans departed this
afternoon for Denver to look after
some business matters connected
with his land interests.
John Fight and wife and son,
Frank, returned this afternoon
from Columbus, where they have
been visiting for the past two
Mrs. Mabel Gruber 'and little
child of Denver arrived last even
ing and will visit with her grand
mother, Mrs. Nix, at. the home of
Lig Brown, south of this city.
C. F. Vallery and W. K. Shep
erdson of near Mynard drove up
this morning and were Omaha
passengers on No. 15, where they
looked after some business mat
ters. Leonard Meisinger, son of Mr.
an Mrs. Conrad Meisinger, has
been confined lo his home for the
past few days with a very severe
cold, hut is reported as getting
along very nicelv.
Auction Bridge, 500 and Bridge
Pads at the Journal ofilce.
ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
Known All Men by These Pres
ents, that we, Jno. A. Chopieska.
Sam G. Smith, l. o. Isrr, U. M.
Soenniehsen and John T Lam
bert, so associated ourselves to
gether for the purpose of form
ing and becoming a corporal ion
in the Stale of Nebraska, for the
transaction of the business here
1. The name of the corpora
tion shall lie the t'.tiopie Gasoline
Kngine Company i. Limit oil i . The
principal place of transacting its
business shall be in the city of
Plattsinouth, County of Cass, and
State of Nebraska.
2. The nature of (tie business
to be transacted by said corpora
tion shall be the manufacture and
sale of gasoline engines, other
engines, and machinery and the
erection and maintenance of such
buildings and structures as may
be deemed necessary, and to pur
chase real estate for a sito there
fore, and to procure any and all
necessary property, both real and
personal, incidental to or re
quired in the manufacture of
3. The authorized capital
slock of said corporation shall
be Two Hundred Thousand Dol
lars, divided into shares of ten
dollars each, to he subscribed and
paid for as required by the Board
of Directors. One-half of said
slock shall be preferred, and
which preferred slock shall draw
seven per cent, to be paid out of
the net earnings of the company,
per annum. The other half shall
be common stock, on which
dividends shall be paid as the
Board of Directors might de
termine. Only the owners of the
common stock shall be entitled to
participate in the further protlts,
election of officers and manage
ment of the Company. All of said
stock shall be non-assessable.
i. The existence of this
corporation shall commence on
the 51 h day of October. tJ 12. and
continue during the period of
5. The business of said cor
poration shall he conducted by a
Board of Directors not, to exceed
five in number, to be elected by
the stockholders of the common
stock. The first election of
directors shall take place at
Plattsinouth. Nebraska, on the
day of October, '1(.12, and
thereafter such election to lake
place at such lime and he con
ducted in such manner as shall
be prescribed by the by-laws of
. Tlie officers of said cor
poration shall be president, vice
president, secretary, treasurer,
and a general manager, who shall
be chosen by the Board of Direct
ors, and shall hold their olllce
for the period of one year and
until their successors shall be
elected and qualified.
7. The highest amount of in
debtedness to which said corpora
lion shall at, any time subject it
self shall not be more than two
thirds of its issued and paid up
! capital stock.
X. The manner of holding the
meeting of stockholders for the
election of officers. nml the
method of conducting the busi
ness of Hie corporation, shall he
as provided in Hie by-laws
adopted by the Board of Directors.
In Witness Whereof, we have
hereunto set our hands Ibis 5th
day of October, 1912.
Jno. A. Chopieska.
Sam G. Smith.
II. M. Soenniehsen.
D. 0. Dwycr.
John T. Lambert.
In presence of
STATE OF NEBRASKA,
Cass County, as.
On this 2nd day of October,
1912, before me, Bessie Shea, a
notary public, in and for said
county, personally appeared the
above named Jno. A. Chopieska,
Sam (I. Smith, D. O. Dwyer, II. M.
Soenniehsen and John T. Lam
bert, who are personally known to
me to be the identical persons
whoso names are affixed to the
above articles as parties thereto,
and they severally acknowledged
their instrument to be their
voluntary act and deed.
Witness my hand and notarial
seal at IMattsmoulh, Nebraska,
this 5th day of October, 1912.
(Seal) Bessie, Shea,
My commission expires June
State of Nebraska,
Received and filed for record
October 7, 1912, and recorded in
Book 20, Miscellaneous Incor
porations, at, page 528.
Secretary of State.
By Geo. W. Marsh, Deputy.
If you have a house for rent try
a Journal Want Ad.
Henry Hertz isilcd in Mvnardi
Charles Marnard is sporting a
new Vela car.
Miss F.a Porter returned from
Omaha to spend Sunday with her
-Mrs. Thayer Propst visited her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor,
Mr. Vilas of Albany, N. Y., is
isiting at the home of W. B.
Porter, his brother-in-law.
Fred Bines and family of Have-
lock visited at the home of his
brother-in-law, John Livingston,
The weather has been ideal for
the last ten days and farmers are
getting the fall work in good
shape for winter.
Frank Goodman, Ray Howard
and Edgar Barker were among
the number transacting business
in town Thursday,
We are very much in need of
a High school here, as nine of
our young boys and girls attend
the High school in Plattsinouth.
Colonel Vernier is having a
large barn built on his farm east
of town, which will add greatly
to the improvements already on
George Snyder is having the
large trees in his yard removed.
The trees are very old and are de
caying badly, having been planted
by his father about 18(50.
Uncle Jap Young will soon
move back to town and occupy the
residence owned by Frank, Mar
ler of Murray. Uncle Jap car
ries the rural route mail.
William Fight is making a can
vas of the county selling stock
food. Others are campaigning
the county in behalf of some
position in the county court
Mrs. J. H. Adams visited her
mother, Mrs. Benton, al the home
of William Gillispie. Mrs. Henton
has been quite poorly for several
weeks, owing to her extreme age
of 85 years.
Chris Metzger and Lee Cole
have returned from their hunting
trip in the western part of the
state. They report game plenti
ful and crop conditions far above
William Burby finished this
season's threshing on the farm of
Mrs. William Wedenkamp Fri
j'day. He has had a very success
ful run, he being an experienced
hand at the business, as well as
congenial, has won for him the
respect of all pat rons.
Qood and Poor Roads.
Those traveling the public
highway overt he Louisville road
and through Mynard can do so
with pleasure as far west as the
precinct line. They have been
gone over with a road drag and
are nice and smooth; but west of
the precinct line the road is in
very poor condition. Also the
automobile road is very rough
from town lo Iho Pollock & Duff
bridge, and for that matter they
are not good all the way to
Omaha. I think a good plan for
the bridge company would be to
keep the road in better shape for
travel. A small amount spent in
the way of dragging the road
would make a great improvement.
We certainly are paying toll
enough and why not give us a
One Who Has Been Over the
Mrs. Clara A. Davis departed
Tuesday to make an extended visit
with her sister at Ray, Mo., and a
niece at Anthony, Kas.
William Mead started Tuesday
evening for Montana, and expects
to remain there if the prospect
for profitable employment "pans
out" to suit him.
George St iles arrived home last
Sunday from his trip to Montana,
where he spent a few weeks visit
ing his brother, Al E. Stiles am
wife, and seeing the country.
Creed F. Harris arrived home
Sunday evening from his visit of
two weeks among his relatives
and boyhood acquaintances at his
(dd home at Radford, Virginia.
Ray Frans departed Wednesday
for SI. Joseph, where he will
spend several days visiting rela
tives and attending the "houn'
dawg show" that, is being held in
Harvey Miller, who spent some
lime visiting his son, Ed, and
family and other relatives and
friends in this vicinity, started
yesterday for his home at Ara-
going via Kansas
Bert Tulene and wife, who cort
Cted the restaurant hero fm
re than a year, sold out last
ek, and Friday evening they re-
to Plaltsmouth. where
ey own a nie In
lilt1 ft SIUMVSj nf t ho InuinaoQ
bile here, treated everybody "nr
luare," and are sure of a
cordial welcome by their many
iends any time they visit here.
Three of the Murray brothers,
hn, Leonard and Charles, form
residents of this countv. now
living at Alva, Okla.. arrived from
the south Tuesday eveninir. ae
oinpanied by their families, and
kill spend some time visitinsr
Mi eir brother, David Murray, near
re, and other relatives and
friends in the vicinity of Murray
and Plattsinouth. Thev hnv
planned for a reunion of their
ass county relatives while the
boys" are here.
Mrs. T. C. Hollister of Idaho
Falls, Idaho, arrived in town.
Tuesday for a visit with her
mother, Mrs. J. B. McLeran.
Mrs. P. A. , Mockenhaunt and
little son and Miss Hattie Avres
of near Murdock visited this week
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E.
Born Saturday, October 12. to
Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Starkly, a boy.
Lain Seybert has improved the
ooks of his place by putting in a
fine cement walk.
T. E. Parmele and wife and C.
C. Parmele of Plattsinouth, and
Mrs. N. P. Agnew of Los Amrcles
passed through town Wednesday
in the former s auto, on their way
Mrs. Pearl Vandeventer re
ceived the sad news of the sudden
death of her grandmother, Mrs.
Houston, at Mound City, Mo. Mrs.
Vandeventer left on the first traiiv
to be present at the funeral.
Jim Slander received a tele
phone message from Lincoln
last Thursday, calling him to thai
city to meet Charles Schumacher
or Altamont, 111., who was his
traveling companion on their
Jerusalem trip eight years ago.
Ben Johnson and flus Alexen
returned last Saturday from
Sweden, where they spent the
summer visiting relatives. They
were accompanied by the latler's
father, brother and sister, who
will make their home in Louis
ville for the present. ,
Misses Ella and Helen Hoover
went to Omaha Saturday to se
their sister, Miss Laura, who has
been in St. Catherine's hospital
for the past two weeks, being
treated for acute indigestion. She
was able to return home thai
evening and is steadily improv
ing. Lester Slander has moved his
family from their farm near
Pierce, Colorado, and will local
in Louisville. He has rented the
house on Cherry Hill recently
vacated by the Thompson family,
I he latter having moved into the
E. C. Pribble residence on Gospel
Henry Thiele and Chas.-Reich-art
left Thursday morning for
O'Neil. From this point they
will go by automobile about
thirty miles south into Wheeler
county, where they have an in
terest in about a thousand acres
of duck tracks and sand dunes.
Farm for Sale.
135-acre farm, four miles from
tow n, between 50 and 60 acres
under plow, 7 acres hay land, bal
ance pasture. Running water.
Seven-room house and other im
provements. Inquire at the ofilce of Rawls
& Robertson. 10-10-tf-wkly
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