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By RIPLEY D. SAUNDERS
Copyright 1911. by the Botbs-Mirri
The Strickland-Tucker Faud.
HALF an hour later us Colonel
Todhunter emerged from the
law office of Judge Boiling he
heard a suddan hurrying of
footsteps, and Stin Blrdsong joined
him, breathless and much perturbed.
"What's on your mind now. Sim?"
asked the colonel. " 'Taln't often you
go gullopin' aroun' with your tongue
hangin' out o' your mouth like a young
dog's in his first rabbit chase. What'a
the trouble?" . ,
"I was Jes' startin' out to look you
up, colonel," replied Sim. "There's
trouble enough, suh. Tom Strickland's
got to drinkln and picked a quarrel
with Stam Tucker in the hotel bar
room, and you better come quick, suh,
and prevent its beiu' a mighty serious
"I ain't got no patience with you
young fellows here in Nineveh, Sim
Blrdsong," commented' the colonel.
"When Tom Strickland gets two or
three drinks under his belt and wants
to pick a fuss why don't some of you
turn in and lick the stuffln' out'n him?
That's one of the best cures for the
whlnky quarrelin' habit that ever was
The colonel chuckled as he spoke.
"The most quarrelsome man in his
cups I ever knew, Sim, was old Bob
Trewitt, in my regiment durin' the
late unpleasantness, and he was cured
Just that way, suh. Sam Fossbrooke
made a point of campln' on Bob's trail
ever time Bob got to uaggin' any o'
the other fellows, and Sam'd thrash
Bob till his own mother wouldn't ha'
known him, sub. And, suh, before the
war was over I'll be double hamstrung
if Bob Frewltt wasn't a teetotaler, suh.
and he never got fightln' drunk after
the war neither till he'd put two whole
counties between him and Sam Foss
brooke. Some of you boys ought to try
that plan on Tom Strickland, Sim."
"Colonel," answered Sim solemnly,
"it's a sort o' curse on the Stricklands.
that fierce temper o' thelr'n when they
get under the influence of llcker, suh.
Toa mustn't forget that Tom's own un
cle killed his best friend, Lawrence
Tolliver, durin' a spree and then drank
himself to death afterwards tryin' to
forget it, suh. It's a curse, suh, that's
what it is!"
"It ain't no curse that can't be lifted
easy as raisin your little finger, Sim
Blrdsong," said the colonel. "All in
the world Tom Strickland's got to do
is to leave whisky alone he ain't a
hard drinker now, and maybe he never
will be, but he's got to leave It alone
altogether. It don't agree with him.
The Todhunters has got that same kind
of a curse In their family, only it's cu
cumbers 'stead of whisky. Th' ain't
none of us Todhunters can eat cucum
bers without bem' doubled up with
cramp colic. Well, suh, I lifted that
curse by cuttin' cucumbers out o' my
list of Tittles same as if such a thing
never growed, and Tom Strickland or
any ether man can do the same thing
with whisky, suh."
Then the colonel tapped Sim on'the
shoulder. "And let me tell you one
thing,' my boy," he continued. "All
this here talk about the turrlble hard
fight necessary to break off from a bad
habit makes me tired, suh. A man
don't never have to fight but one day's
fight at a time, and there's always a
night's rest comln' In between if he
don't lay awake pltyin' himself, suh.
I know what I'm a-talkin' about. Ii
ain't but a twelve hours' fight no time,
and a man who can't fight that long is
a mighty measly specimen of a man.
"That's all very well, colonel," spoke
Sim uneasily, "but Tom has egged
Stam Tucker on till Stam's hurried out
o the barroom, white in the face, hoi
lerln' over his shoulder that he'll be
back in a minute and you know just
what that meuns, suh!'
Colonel lodhunter s face grew lu
stantly grave. "IIo's gone to get his
shootin iron the d d little fool!"
he exclaimed. "Tell me. Sim. Is Tom
"I don't think he is, suh, but he's
a-waltln' for Stain Tucker in that there
barroom, and he's just feelln' reckless
enough to give Stum every chauce in
the world for suootln' him after he
himself picked the fuss and forced the
personal difficulty, colonel."
"You come along with me, Sim," said
the colonel. "Why the blazes and Sum
Hill didn't you tell mo all this at the
Swiftly tlioy crossed the town
square and entered the barroom,of the
Nineveh hotel. Tom Strickland, alone
now but for the bartender, stood with
one elbow resting on the bar.
"Howdy, colonel!" he cried. "You
and Sim are just In time to join mo in
I drink, sir. Wlmt'll you have?"
"Tom." replied the colonel, "ordinari
ly I'd be glnd to accept your iuvlta
tlnn, but not today, my boy. I w;:it
voiLto go home. Torn."
' V J t (' , . - I i i . . .
Young-StrTckTand8mlled. "I'm sor
ry to disoblige you, colonel," he re
plied, "but I don't feel like going
home right away."
"You've got to go, Tom," replied the
"Well, now, sir." suggested the oth
er, "that's fairly open to argument in
spite of your being so positive about
it. I've got a special reason for stay
"Yes. I know, Tom. You're waitiu'
to have a personal difficulty with
Stam Tucker, suh."
Tom Strickland laughed. "You've
called the turn, sir, and under the cir
cumstances you'll have to agree your
self that I can't go now not for a fev
"I dou't agree to no such thing, you
blamed young fool!" ejaculated Colo
nel Todhunter. "Do you reckon I'm
a-goln' to let you and Stam Tucker
shoot each other full ' holes or let
you wait unarmed, f ;r him to get a
cracK atyou just because yon ve seen
fit to come into town uiul begin drink
"We're both free white and twenty
one, colonel." said Tom Strickland.
"How are you goiu' to prevent It?"
At this Colonel Todhunter lost his
temper. "I'll prevent it by thrashin"
you within an Inch of your life, mih,
if you don't turn right aroW. and get
out o' this here barroom, that's how!"
he announced resolutely. "I ain't
a-goln' to stand no foolishness. Tom!"
"That ain't fair, Colonel Todhunter."
protested Tom Strickland. "You're
Miss Mary's father, and you're my fa
ther's oldest and best friend, sir. 1
wouldn't lift my hand against you for
the world but I've got to wait here
till Stam Tucker gets hack!"
"Tom," said Colonel Todhunter,
"you've either got to go home right
now, suh. or thrash me, or take the
best thrashin' from me you ever got in
oil vnuv Ufa cnh"
j uu. ......
Tom Strickland looked Into Colonel
Todhunter'a eyes. They shone with
the light of righteous battle. It was
a preposterous situation. The humor i
of It suddenly struck the youtger man,!
and be lauehed outright. Then, sud-1
denlv. looklnir bevond Colonel Todhun-i
ter, his own eyes hardened into a dan
"It's too late, colonel!" he exclaimed
exultantly. "Here comes the very man
we're talking about!"
As he spoke Stamford Tucker enter
ed the barroom, advancing directly to
"I reckon you still insist on a person
al difficulty with me, Tom Strickland?"
he asked. "You ain't changed your
mind none since the last few minutes?"
"I dont change my mind that easy."
replied Tom Strickland, smiling. "Es
pecially when a little upstart like you
gets to talking too freely about my
father. You've got to stop It or else
make up your mind to take the con
sequences." "It ain't what I've said about your
father that's rubbing you the wrong
way," retorted Stam Tucker. "It's be
cause you've found out that I'm stand
in' too good a chance with Miss Mary
Todhunter to suit you"
Tom Strickland sprang at the speak
er. As he did so Stam whipped out a
pistol. It was quickly done, but not
quick enough to give an opportunity
to fire before the other struck. Tom's
fist smashed into his face and felled
him to the floor. The pistol flew ten
There was a moment's silence.
"Get up," said Tom. "ami come at
me like a man. I'll thrash you within
an inch of your life!"
Stam Tucker staggered to his feet
wiping the blood from his face. But
he made no move toward the man who
bad struck him.
Tom Strickland stepped coolly to
where the pistol lay, picked It up de
liberately and put it into his own
"I'll get even with you for this,
Strickland!" cried young Tucker. "I'll
even up things before I'm done with,
"You'll never hare a better time
than right now," replied Tom. "But it
you ain't in tho humor I'll leave your
pistol with the bartender here in a lit
tlo while and you can get it later. But
I give you fair warning. Stam Tucker
Tom's Fist Smashed Into Hie Face and
Felled Him to the Floor.
The next time you make a move for a
weapon you're going to get budly hurt.
I'll be ready for you since you Insist
Stam Tucker moved toward the door.
His little eyes were venomous with
Til get even with you!" he repeated.
"You'll suffer for this yet!" And then
"You've played the wild on your
watch, Tom," said Colonel Todhunter
sternly. "This uln't uo time for you
to be plckin' fights with old Eph Tuck
er's son. It don't look right, and it
won't help your father none in his po
litical fight, either."
"I didn't bring It on. colonel." re
plied Tom Strickland. "Stamford Tuck
er's seen fit to say things about my
father that uo man can sny and not
get a licking from me, if I'm uiuu
enough to lick him. That's all there
is to it, sir."
To save his life Colonel Todhunter
could not continue his rebuke.' But he
managed to part from Tom Strickland
with something like an expression of
disapproval on his countenance
"I reckon I ain't cut out to preach
to other people what they should do
and what they shouldn't," he confessed
to himself later. "I ought to have glv
en tUat blamed young fool a lecture
as long as my arm. but it just wasn't
In me to do it under the circumstances,
And that's wrong, because the only
good excuse an old man's got for livln
Is to sorter act as a guidepost to keep
young men from followin' the roads
that lead to trouble. Beln' mighty lit
tie good In that line myself, I'm a-goln'
to unload my responsibility 4m old Bill
Strickland and let him straighten Tom
out his own way, suh. And then I'll
ask the Old Marster up above to make
me better titt'n for my duty than 1
seem to be at this precise moment
suh. Judgln' from the way I weakened
Suddenly one day during the cam
paigu the Hon. William J. Strickland
returned from St. Louis. An oxpres
slon or acute worrlment so contrary
to its customary cheerfulness rested
on his face that Colonel Todhunter, en
teriug the candidate's Nineveh law of
tice. could not but remark the change.
"What on earth's the matter, Bill?
he asked. "You look like the last rose
Colonel Strickland attempted a smile.
"Oh. nothing particular, Thurs!" he re
plied. "I reckon I was Just meditat
ing on the vanity of human life."
"Well, it must have been 'Hark from
the tombs a doleful sound.' all right,"
laughed Colonel Todhunter. Then he
took a second look at his friend.
"You're lyln' to me, Bill Strickland,"
he said. "There's somethln' gone
wrong, and it's on your mind. What
"Thurs," responded the other, "it
ain't anything you can help. There's
no good in my unloading my troubles
on you Just because you've got broad
i "Unload 'cm anyhow," returned Colo
Del Todhunter. "You ought to know
folks can shed other folks' troubles
offn their shoulders like water from a
duck's back." . , ,
But Colonel Strickland shook his
head. "There's been a backset some
where along the line," announced Colo
nel Todhunter stubbornly. "And
you've got to tell me what It is. Quit
settin' there lookln' like a poor man at
a cash sale, BUI Strickland, dumb,
'cause money's all that talks."
At this Colonel Strickland langbed
drearily. 'That's where you hit the
nail on the head," he said. "Money,
the mean and dirty thing that can
whip the best man in tho world that's
the trouble. Thurs." '
"It's generally the other man's mon
ey that looks dirty, Bill," Colonel Tod
hunter commented, chuckling. "I got
to acknowledge the corn myself. I
never had a dollar of my own that
didn't look mighty clean and good to
me. But what s this particular money
"Well, if you will have It, Thurs, It's
this," replied Colonel Strickland. "I'm
up a trt-e in the matter of campaign
arnnntui flirt flnvnrnnr I.oftlln wnci
' . ' Strickland cam
paign fund by asking tho right men
and telling them what he proposeiWo
do with it, they knowing that Steve
Yancey ain't fit to bo governor of Mis
souri. But ho far he's met with mighty
poor success. He told me all about it
in St Louis yesterday. I ain't got a
dollar in the world, mid we've estab
lished lieadq'iirters lu St.T,onlsnn(l
Kaus:ss CitTtliat's got to be kept :;. I
ITow we'iv coing to di it is what I
can't fimv out."
The two old friends faced each other
"That certainly is a serious situ.tl. i.
"It's so almighty serious, l liars re
turned the other, "that 1 can't see my
way out of it."
But ut this Colonel Todhunter snort
ed. "That's where you're wrong, Bill
Strickland." he exclaimed. "I've been
In tighter places 'n anybody on earth,
'ceptln' the fellow who come out of a
spree with hot coppers in hades, but
I'll be Jim swizzled if 1 ever got into
one I couldn't get out of. Aud we aiu'i
in that kind of a one now. How much
money do you need?"
Colonel Strickland shook his head.
"There's no c;ood you and me figuring
along that line, old fellow. We need
at least ?:t.0OO, and while it's pretty
certain old Leslie will raise that amount
eventually that doesn't cut any Ice
now. We need the money right here at
"Aud you can't raise it?" asked Colo
No. 1 can't." answered Colonel
Strickland. "And I get what a man
deserves for thinking he knows how to
save the country when he don't even
know how to take care of himself .
That ain't so. Bill." answered Colo
nel Todhunter sturdily. "Aud anybody
that thinks they can keep yon from be-
In' governor of Mizxoorah simply be
-ause you re a poor man "i1 K"i
other think coniin. suh. You draw
your personal note for $3,(XK) in my
favor. I'll Indorse It right here, and If
I don't get that money It's because the
Nineveh National bank don't know a
good thing when It sees it."
"What do you mean. Todhunter?
asked Colonel Strickland, instaut pro
test In his eyes.
1 mean this. Bill Strickland." re
plied Colonel Todhunter. "In the first
place, old Governor Leslie Is dead sure
to raise that there campaign fund, in
the second place, all heaven and hell
hates a quitter, aud you ain't a-goin"
to be one. In the third place, the I oil
hunter farm Is ns pretty a piece of
collateral for n ?:!.00n loan as old Shy
lock himself would have the heart to
"That's exactly what 1 thought you
were going to say." quietly commented
Colonel Strickland. "But It don't go
for a minute. I nln't going to tie you
up on this proposition."
"Th nln't nobody coin' to tie me up.'
said Colonel Todhunter. "And I nln't
coin' to tie myself up, cither. I'm gotn'
heard the gloating speech of President
Tuckor of the Nineveh National bank
moment or two after his own de
parture frm thnt institution.
"The two helpless fools:' multereu
old Eph Tucker to himself. "I've got
em both where 1 want 'cm now. We'll
ruin Bill Strickland for good and alt
this time. We'll wipe him off the po
lltlcal map of Missouri. And as for
old Thurston Todhunter, I'll make such
a lame duck out of him yet that the
only Todhunter who enn ever live on
that farm of his again will have to
marry a Tucker to do it-like I'll make
Mary Todhunter marry my son Stam
before I'm through with her."
(To be Continued.)
Items of Interest to Old and New
Residents of City Which Were
New Forty Years Ago.
On Saturday last a little ae
cident happened to occur on the
(). & S. W. R. II. near Uellevuo.
An engine and tender were dump
ed, and the nose of several freight
cars smashed in. No lives lost.
Judge Lake decided in district
court in Omaha the other day that
the probate judge could lax his
costs either under his own or the
justices' act; and that the act of
1870 giving $i trial fee, has been
repealed. Justices of peace and
probate judges take notice.
Mr. Win. Porter shows s a
letter from Nansom Bartholow &
G. of St. Louis, in which they
say that the "Trunk Line of
Packets" will he put on, and the
"St. Luke" leave Saturday next,
and other boats will soon follow.
Corn and oats can be shipped
by this line at 27 cents per hun
dred pounds to St. Louis, or 50
cents per hundred to New Or
leans. This is good news for our
fanners and ought to make their
Hon. Timothy Clark, our
worthy county commissioner, met
willi a very heavy loss last Wed
nesday, in driving a large drove
of hogs to Louisville station, lie
had carefully looked out water
iug places all the way, but couk
find none in the last three miles
This distance he thought he could
drive wil limit water, hut the hogs
going over the hill this side of
the slalion, slampedeil, and ran
into the hollow, when 83 of them
u H T i e
before !i could get water to
! them. Of course those were tin?
; largest and best ones. His loss
jwjl m. lie far from one thousand
'dollar.-, and will he universally
. rH ,)V ,h, fai.moI.S( as ,, is
; " " .. -. ..tW U.-J
paid tliein a fair and honest price
for evei' thinir tie
Dr. SchiUIknecht, having pur.
chased the residence formerlv oc
cupied by I'eter Hates, esq., cor
ner Sixth and Vine streets, has
newly refitted and fixed it up for
his dwelling and office
and will he pleased to attend all
calls in his profession day or
Charley Hlack and Alf White
are ready to sell you all the tick
ets you want for the Firemen's
Mr. M. H. Heese, a lawyer of
nine years practice, has made ar
rangements to make Ashland his
luiure nonie, having; formed a
partnership with Mr. C. Thomp
son, esq., oT that city.
We are sorry to say that the
farmers report that the excessive
and long continued rains havd
somewhat damaged the prospects
of our crops. It could hardly be
otherwise, with so much rain, and
yet farmers are very much like
barometers their spirits rise and
fall very suddenly, according to
the weather. We have such a
wonderful soil in its adaptation to
either extreme of drouth or wet,
that if the rain will now eoasc
and the sun come out ftl- a few
days at :i lime, we have no fear
for the fuiuro of our crops.
We are informed by Mr. Culler,
of the firm of Cutler & White,
grain merchants, of this place,
that Ihry have shipped four car
loads of wheat per day since last
Wednesday, a car containing 330
bushels, multiplied by the num
ber of days (up to Tuesday of
this week) makes a sum total of
7,020 bushels in six days, and wo
are informed that Mr. Connor has
shipped about two loads less
(6f0), both shipping in six days
15,180 bushels. This is what
might be termed a wheat market.
J. A. Fairbanks of Lincoln, O.
W. C. T. of the Good Templar or
gani.ation of tins state, was in
town last Wednesday and install
ed the following ofllcers of Olive
Branch Lodge No. 2, L. O. G. T.:
II. H. Bedwell W. C. T.
John Chapin R. II. S.
Mrs. I). Miller L. H. S.
Miss Stinchomb W. V. T.
T. W. Shyrock W. Treasurer.
D. O. Marlindale W. Sec'y
Lon. Chalfant W. Ass't. Sec'y
O. L. Morrow W. F. Sec'y
Rev. Chas. McElvcy W. Chap
J. O. Phillippi W. Marshal
.Miss C. Mitchell W. I). Mar
Philip Young W. O. G.
James Grace W. I. G.
After the installation
oilier regular business, Mr. F. ad
dressed the lodge for about an
hour on temperance subjects. He
slated that, he had instituted 22
new lodges this year, and that
the order had received a thou
sand new members.
From SuturMovg Uelly.
Elmer Hallstrom came up yes
terday from Murray and spent
the Fourth here with his parents
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Riley of
Omaha spent the Fourth in this
city, being guests at the F. S
LOST Between MyMnard and
Plattsmouth, one brass hub cap
on automobile. Finder please call
'phone No. 2212.
William Puis of Murray drove
up this morning from his farm
home to atlend to some trading
vviih the different merchants.
J. E. Worley, wife and children
of Lincoln camo down Thursday
evening and will visit here over
Sunday at the V. V. Leonard
George and Lee Nickels of near
Murray were in the city yesterday
lor a few hours looking after
some mailers of business with
Miss Hilda Carlson of Stan
hope, Iowa, and Miss Ellen Carl
son of this city were passengers
this afternoon on No. 23 for the
Frank E. Cook and wife came
down from Havelock Thursday
evening and visited over the
Fourth willi relatives and friends
L. I). Ilialt of Murray returned
I his morning from Gleinvood,
where ho was yesterday assisting
the band at that citv in their con
cert on the Fourth.
I'ele llerold, wife and little son
departed last evening on No. 2
for Pekin, Ilinois, where they will
visit, willi relatives for a short
Attorneys J. T. Begley and R.
W. Patrick of Panillion were in
the city today for a few hours
calling on District Judge II. D.
Mrs. Charles McOuire and
daughter. Miss Mary, departed
this morning for Omaha, where
they will spend the day with
Kdgar at the hospital.
County Judge A. J. Beeson this
morning issued a marriage
license to Allen Lynn Myere, aged
L'it, and Miss Nell Edith Stout,
aged 27, both of Lincoln.
Misses Marie and Opal Fitz
gerald were passengers yesterday
morning for Weeping Water,
where they spent the day as the
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Phil.
Joseph Warga of Falls City
came up yesterday morning to
join his wife and child, who will
visit at the home of his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Warga, sr.
Mrs. J. A. Crouse und son, Earl,
and daughter, Miss Dollie, of Lin
coln came down from their home
Thursday evening and will visit
here at the H. E. Steinhauer home
Mrs. Fred Rezener, who has
been here for a few weeks visit
ing with her parents, George H.
Tains and wife, departed this
morning on No. 15 for her home
at Edgemont, S. I).
Mrs. Kate Mcllugh and daugh
ter, Miss Mary, came up Thurs
day evening from their home at
Falls City and will visit here over
Sunday at the Thomas Walling
Ralph Smith, who is now
located at Anaconda, Montana.
came in Thursday evening and
will visit here with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Smith, for a
Misses Eva and Nell drier and
Miss Mane Mack of Omaha spent
the court h in this city, being
guests of Misses Christine and
Malhilde Soennichsen. They re-
turned to their home this morn
H. S. Shull and wife of Roan-
oak, Virginia, who stopped off
here en route home from Cali
fornia, to visit James Robertson
and family, departed on No. 2
Saturday for their home.
C. W. Welch of Hamburg, Iowa,
is in the city visiting at the home
of his brother, C. A. Welch. He
was a pleasant caller at the Jour
nal n 111 cp this morning and we
were very much pleased to meet
A. R. Burnett and J. W. Jen
nings of Des Moines, Iowa, came
iti Thursday evening for a short
visit here with friends. Mr. Jen
nings expects to m'ake this city
his headquarters during the heat
Karl Hassler, who is employed
nl Osceola, Neb., in one of the
large drug stores, arrived Thurs
day evening on No. 2 and will
make a visit here with his par
ents, Mr. and Mrs. William Has
sler, for a few days.
E. O. Jones, wife and son, of
Sioux Falls, S. I)., are in the city
for a short time visiting at the
home of Mrs. Joiips' sister, Mrs.
W. A. Robertson. Mr. Jones is a
prominent attorney of Sioux
Falls, being the senior member
of the firm of Jones it Matthews.
Mrs. Frank Steppat was a pas
senger this morning on No. 15 for
Omaha, where she will visit for
the day with her mother, Mrs.
Lawrence Trilety, at the hospital,
where she is recovering from an
operation, and the friends of this
worthy lady will bo pleased to
learn that she is getting along
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