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PLATTSMOUTH SEMI-WEEKLY JOURNAL.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1913.
Copyright. 1911. by the Bobb-Merrtll
Lovers of Romance, attention!
Here's a story you will like. It
tells of mystery vnder the dreamy
moon of the Pacific islands and
of love in the shady lanes of New
England and what more can a
story reader want? The mystery,
of course, is introduced early in
the tale, and the -love" follows
close after. Together they go
hand in hand through the pages
of the story, never parting com
pany until the final chapter.
There the mystery departs, but
the love remains.
You know, of course, about the
author, Lloyd Osbourne. He
learned how to write in a worthy
school, for he is a stepson of
Robert Louis Stevenson. And no
greater story teller than the latter
" CHAPTER II.
The Ruby Ring.
AM Captain r.rougliton of the
shipwrecked schooner North
Star," he explained. "All I
had went down with ray
ship except this" ring, and I should
be glad to get some idea of its value
bo that the pawnbrokers can't cheat
"It's hardly in our line," snapped
the clerk. "Expert valuation is a busi
ness in itself, and"
The conversation was interrupted by
a bald, oldish man, who, with an air
o authority, demanded to know what
was the matter. On its being explain
ed, he took up the ring, locked at it
with some surprise and asked Matt if
he belonged to the people that had
been rescued at sea by the mail
"Yes," said Matt, smiling, "and
though appearances are against me, I
am neither one of the James brothers
nor a bandit."
The man thawed at this and request
ed Matt to step into his private office.
"I am Sir. Snood," he said, "the man
aging partner of this concern." As
soon as they were inside the office and
seated, Mr. Snood examined the ring
"Where did you get this?" he asked
suddenly, raising his keen eyes to
"It was given to me."
Termit me to inquire by whom?"
"My employer the gentleman whose
ship I lost."
"Why did he give It to you?"
"I was leaving his service. I had
been associated with him for years.
"We'll advance you $4,000 on it."
He held me In very great esteem and
made me a present of the ring on my
"He's a very rich man this em
ployer?" "Oh. yes; very rich Indeed."
"Then you have no reason to doubt
that this ring was er legitimately ac
quired?" 'Xo one who knew him could ever
doubt that Why, it would be utterly
"You must pardon me for asking
these questions," went on Mr. Snood
In a kinder toneJt's a. good plan to
be careful, you know." After all, it Is
to your own interest as well as ours,
Quite so," assented Matt hoping
tbnt Mr. Snood would soon come to the
-ILl'lL tell yon what Til do.'Lsald the
j latter, h e&I ta ung u ri3 exaudilliTg the
ring again with evident admiration.
"Mind, I'm not saying you mightn't
get a better offer elsewhere, but this
Is the best Snood & Ilargreaves can
do for you. We'll advance you $ 4,000
on It at 7 per cent interest, and we'll
engage to buy it outright, now or later,
This was so much more than Matt
had ever dreamed of that he could
only gasp. Fifty-five hundred dollars!
He had thought vaguely of a couple
of thonsand. trembline at his own nre-
! sumption. Fifty-five hundred dollars!
Why, that was a fortune not that be
wished to sell the ring except in the
last extremity, nor, as he bewllderlngly
considered the proposal, did he care to
take so large an advance as $4,000.
The interest charges would soon grow
beyond his powers to meet them, and
the ring would be irretrievably lost
Explaining hla perplexities to Mr.
Snood, it wos finally agreed that he
was to be advanced a thousand dol
lars only, with the privilege of selling
the ring at any time he wished for the
A little later he left the store with
fifty twenty-dollar gold pieces weigh
ing down his iockets and the follow
ing memorandum pinned carefully in
side his waistcoat:
San Francisco. Jan. 2i, 130. ':
Messrs. Snood & Ilargreaves hereby ac
knowledge tbe receipt of a solitaire ruby
ring, of an antique, oriental setting, from
tts owner. Captain Matthew Broughton.
who. In consideration of one thousand
f$l,000) dollars advanced to him today by
Messrs. S. & IT. on security of said ring.
and receipt by Captain Eroughton hereby
acknowledged, agrees to pay S. & H. 7 per
cent interest semiannuallv on said loan.
GEORGE II. SNOOD.
For Snood & Hargreavs.
Matt returned to the windy street In
far better spirits than he had left It
He had $1,000 in his pockets; $4,500
more to draw on if need be; and best
of all he could now "go home." It was
a strange Instinct that called him back
to Manaswan, in the east, for there
was nof a single tie that bound him
to the place unless it were his parents
graves. But after years of wandering.
of contented exile, of acquiescence in
the life he had made for himself,
something within him had at last re
volted. Homesick, heartsick, weary of
palms and reefs and naked savages
Manaswan appeared to him es the so
lution of this subtle malady of the
soul. At Manaswan a miracle would
hanren. and he would be happy. The
first use he made of his money was
to buy his ticket.
He gave the clergyman $500 to as
sure the safe return of the natives to
their various islands; and that after
noon the honest devoted fellows, in
charge of nine-year-old Master Thomp
son, accompanied him across the bay
to cheer his departure on the Overland.
Standing there In a line of nine, mar
shaled by that little white boy, they
presented a singular spectacle on the
platform, what with the earrings in
their ears, two with tattooed faces,
and all weeping copiously. Nor was
the effect diminished by their singing
a resounding hymn, and then listening.
with bowed heads, to the prayer Ta
nielu, the Tongan, offered up amid the
jostle of trunks and passengers. Matt's
own eyes were dim as the train moved
away, and there was a very real lump
in his throat. Why was he going to
Manaswan while everything he valued
lav behind him? Why was he leaving
An island fairyland for a prim little
Connecticut town? Yet his resolution
did not waver, and he was inspirited
bv the thought that in five days he
would be "home."
Matt was less disillusioned by his
birthplace than might have been expect
ed. The snowy landscape, the sluggish
river, with Its frozen shallows, the
Icicled and silent pines, the delight of
hearing sleigh bells and watching the
bright animation of scenes so long unfa
miliar all were satisfying to the crav
ing that possessed him. On the human
side, however, Manaswan was disap
pointing. No one seemed to care par
ticularly whether he had come back or
not The most cordial greeting he re
ceived came from an old gentleman
who mistook him for some one else
In fact Matt remembered Manaswan
a great deal better than Manaswan re
nieinbered him, and when he wrote to
Washington and learned that both his
uncle and aunt had long been dead he
felt lonelier than ever.
Matt took up his quarters in Mrs.
Sattane's boarding house on Jefferson
avenue and fell into an aimless, drift
ing sort of life, in which the dinner
bell was the most important part of
the day. He took long tramps, assid
uously read the daily paper, interested
himself in the other boarders and
vaguely turned over schemes for his
future. With $4,500 he could surely
make some kind of start somewhere.
Cut what precise form of "start" and
Meanwhile be smoked his pipeand
made friends with the other boarders.
The principal of these was Hunter
Hoyt a genial, fat old scamp of fifty,
never altogether sober, though vary
ingly drunk, who In his palmy days
had been a sensational journalist of
some celebrity In the newspaper world
of New York and San Francisco.
Drink had been bis ruin, and he was
now doing reporter work for the local
Manaswan paper, the Banner. Shab
by, jolly and always with a flower in
his buttonhole and a pleasant (if often
inarticulate) word for everybody, Hoyt
was one of those irresistible nuisances
who are iopular when better men are
not He never paid Mrs. Sattaue more
UianhalXhis bill; bis engagement with
the Banner was almost in the nature
of alms to fallen greatness; the liquor
dealers allowed him to fine them au
incaiciiiavis ::uuiLrer of bottles of w u:j-
ky. Even the flower he was so p:'.r- j
ucular about was never paid for. ex
rjont. ox. a jrsxr'i tHejisiou that
vngnor xony t renao perrorce acceptea
In lieu of cash. There waa everywhere
a contemptuous affection for the old
scallawag, whose courtly ways and
husky compliments made him an es-
pecialx"avgrite.of the women.
Hunter Hoyt took an instant fancy
to Matt and in many ways, some of
them pathetic enough, sought to win
his regard. In spite of his. decadence
there were often times when Hoyt
could be both clever and entertaining.
When with the right level of whisky
in his sodden old carcass he could re
gain his former powers and astonish
one with his mocking, humorous, bril
liant flow of talk. It was then that
contempt changed to admiration, and
Intimacy followed. Except in regard
to John Mort. Matt kept nothing back
from the old fellow, who was insatia
ble in his questions and as fascinated
by the younger man's past as any boy.
Matt had no conception of what a
picturesque figure he was to those wa
tery, bleared old eyes, nor how sin
cerely Hunter noyt adored him. As
for his own looks, he had long ceased
to give them much thought At thirty
one most men have outgrown that He
was scarcely aware that his fine, sens!
tive face was recovering the color it
had lost In the tropics or that his vig
orous frame and broad shoulders and
wavy, clustering black hair were like
ly to attract favorable attention. The
key to his whole character and the un
derlying cause of his charming man
pers could be found in the modest es
timate he had of himself. The princi
pal-endeavor of the naval academy Is
to teach the midshipman he Is a per
son of very small importance, who is
to do what he is told, keep his mouth
snut and respect the flag, and Matt
had not wholly outlived this youthful
training which had been put In his
bones to stay.
In contrast to Hunter Iloyt the rest
of Mrs. Sattane's boarders seemed
commonplace indeed. One of them
was too humble a creature to call him
self a boarder at all. Matt lived a
weok at Mrs. Sattane's before he even
discovered .the man's existence a
grave, elderly mulatto of a kindly, open
face and ingratiating manners, who
was something in the nature of the
boarding house skeleton. His name
was Daggancourt a possible corrup
tion of De Goncourt Victor Daggan
court who, although he paid $7 a
week, while the others paid only $5,
bad wbtit might be called a furtive po
sition in the house. He would wait
unobtrusively about the porch until
the rest had finished their meal, when
a second tinkle of the bell would sum
mon him to the disordered table. Here
color prejudice forbade that he should
be served by Bridget who placed the
dishes near his plate aud left Lrim to
shift for himself. The sitting room
was, of course, forbidden to him.
though he might linger for a moment
in the doorway without impropriety
and listen to the superior race. He
was the owner of a small garage and
machine shop "Victor's garage" it was
called and was a widower without
"This Is a hard world for a colored
man, sir," he said once to Matt ' 'spe
cially if he's better educated than tbe
most of his race and is given to think
ing a little, like I do. The majority
of them are no company for me, with
their common ways and cheap ideas;
and, of course, I am persouum non
grata to white folks. Here I am, stuck
mlddlewise between the two."
Matt conceived a sincere regard for
the old fellow, whose lowly, effacing
life was not without a certain tragedy.
There was a Spe strain in the mulatto
and an Innate dignity and kindness
that commanded respect, not to speak
of a whimsical humor that gleamed
out even in his most earnest moments.
"You're a man," he once said to Matt
"while I have the misfortune to be a
problem. That's a bigger difference
between us than color Itself. The
darky can't go anywhere and do any
thing, but right off, he's a problem.
When we eat-we're a problem; when
we go to a hospital, we're a problem;
we can't hop on a tram, but there
again we're a problem; when we die,
we're a problem, for. Lord save us,
black bones mustn't lay next to white."
Nothing could be got from the board
ers except warnings. Each one ran
down his own business.. On Matt's
appealing to Victor the latter foretold
the swift finish of the garage business.
"Owners are getting to know too
much," he said. "You can't sell a ten
dollar pair of gas lights for sixty like
you did once. If I was you, Marse'
Broughton, I'd try mules. There nev
er has been enough mules, and there
never will be!"
Matt accordingly, though rather
slackly, it must be confessed, began to
look into mules; he accumulated stacks
of mule information; he wrote to
Washington and got for nothing the
concentrated wisdom of a whole mule
sub-bureau. All this was very encour
aging, and was made more so by Vic
tor's request to come in as a partner.
He thought he could sell out his ga
rage for $1,400 or $1,G00, and volun
teered to be Matt's man Friday.
"I won't be any trouble to you," he
pleaded earnestly. "I know my place,
and I'll keep it, no matter how close
we have to live; and I'll cook 'and
wash, and do everything till we're on
Matt did not commit himself; it was
so much easier to dawdle .along and
coquette witb Imaginary mules, and
work out imaginary mule profits, than
to bestir himself with actualities.
Ona day, after breakfast while he
was in his .room, he was called down
to the parlor by the only visitor that
had ever sought him. The grizzled,
smiling man who rose to greet him
was a stranger.
'Tin the editor of the Manaswan
Banner,", said the stranger, introduc
ing Jblmself deferentially. "Tom May-
EaTdVniy name is, ana a very Injured
man. Mr. Broughton! Yes. sir, a very
Injured man, for surely the. local paper
had the first call on a local boy? Oh,
Lord!" he ejaculated in the same key
of pretended Indignation, "to think
you were hiding here all this time, and
I didn't know a thing about It!"
"I don't understand," said Matt
smiling too. "What's this all about
"And so yon are a real live king?"
went, on Mr. Maynard. ignoring the
question, and gazing at hi:n in humor
ous awe. "What a lofr of stick in tbe
muds it makes us feel that one of our
boys could go out and do that while
we stayed at home with the chores."
(To Be Continued.)
From Friday's Daily.
. O. Meisinger drove in today
to attend to some trading' with
the merchants for a few hours.
Miss Haltie Fight was in the
metropolis yesterday for a few
hours looking after some matters
Mrs. G. A. Lanning of Eagle,
Neb., arrived in the city this
morning for a short visit witli
Mrs. Ada Moore and family.
Mrs. Mary Taylor of Union was
in t lie city today for a few hours
looking: after some matters of
business at the court house.
Miss Delia Everett returned
this afternoon from Liberty, Ne
braska, where she had been for
the past few days visiting with
C. II. Hoodeker of Murray came
up yesterday and spent several
hours here looking after business
matters, as well as visiting- bis
L. M. MeVey and wife, from
the vicinity of Union, were in the
city yesterday and attended to
some shopping with the mer
chants. W. It. Bryan returned this
morning from his farm, near
South Bend, where he has been
looking after some matters of
business for a few days.
Amos Doty came in last even
ing on No. 2 from Caspar, Wyom
ing and will make., a short visit
here with his mother before re
turning to his work in the west.
Mrs. Bertha Rover came in last
evening from her home at llor
ton, Kansas, and will visit for a
short time at the home of her
mother, Mrs. I. N. Cunimings.
C. A. Lord of Lincoln, of the
Lord Auto company, and rep
resent, it ive of the Overland auto
mobiles, was in the city today
looking after business matters.
George F. Smith of Kansas
City, Missouri, arrived in the city
this morning to visit with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Smith,
for a few days, as well as with
Mrs. Robert Gibson, who is quite
County Commissioner C. R.
Jordan returned to- his home at
Alvo yesterday afternoon, after
being here in attendance at the
meeting of the county commis
sioners. L. D. lliatt of Murray was in
the city today for a few hours
isitimr with his friends bavin?
motored up from his home witli
"layton Rosencrans. who was out
in the country looking after im
portant matters of business.
J. Y. Kean and wife ft f San
Bcrnadino. California, are here
visiting for a short time at the
home of W. T. Richardson and
familv at Mynard. Mrs. Kean is
a sister of Mrs. Richardson, and
was formerly Miss Emma Rob-
bins of this city.
Charles Ohm and wife and
Charles Neal, of Oak Harbor,
Ohio, who have been here for
some days visiting at the home of
Fred Ohm, a brother of Mr.
Charles Ohm and a brother-in-
law of Mr. Neal, departed last
evening on No. 2 for their home
in the east.
FOUND A gold bar pin with
initials "C. M. II." on the outside
and the name "C. E. McFall" on
the inside. Owner may have
same by calling at this oflice and
paying for this advertisement.
FOR SALE A modern seven-
room house, $1,800.00. about
one-half original cost. Cottages
on easy terms. Acreage.
Wipdfiam Investment & Loan Co.
i 1 - 4 -d& w
Try the Journal Want Ads.
Items of Interest to Old and New
Residents of City Which Were
New Forty Years Ago.
M. M. Shipnian, an old resident
of Cass county and a No. i man,
goes east this week to reside lor
tbe winter. We shall expect Mr.
S. back to Nebraska next year bel
ter satisfied thar ever.
Our diminutixe friend, Jimmy
Winlersteiii, a brother-in-law oT
W. L. Van Alslyne, arrived here
on Wednesday evening. Jim is a
lirst-class "print," and started
for Red Cloud this morning to
work on the Chief. He is direct
from the Plattsmouth Herald.
Adams County Gazette.
The grand encampment of Odd
Fellows yesterday elected C. F.
Williams' of Plattsmouth, M. W.
Grand Patriarch; Mr. Hendricks
of Tecumseh, M. W. Grand High
Priest; Isaac Opp'Miheimer of
Lincoln, M. W. Grand Senior
Warden; John Evans. Grand
Scribe, and Samuel McClay of
Lincoln, Grand Treasurer. Jour
nal. The Plattsmouth Sportsman's
club have challenged the Omaha
club to a match game of shooting,
the proceeds (o be devoted to the
grasshopper sufferers, and Mr.
Kennedy of the Omaha club writes
Dr. Livingston, president of our
club, that, they will decide at I heir
next meeting on Saturday even
ing. Senator Hitchcock, Surveyor
Wiltse, Dr. Warren and a bd of
our own boys all went out hunt
ing on Tuesday and shot well,
they shot a good many times, hut
it won't need an express train to
bring in the game. They're all
good shots, but the three who
head this lit are belter at bring
ing down men than geese.
$50.00 REWARD. Broke jail
on the night of August , 187,'L
one Thomas Keeler, about 17
years old, 5 feet ' or 5 inches
high, heavy set, red hair and face,
thick lips, light eyes, weighs
abouM50 pounds; had on a black
hat, heavy shoes, check shirt, new
elastic suspenders, pepper and
salt pants. Also one Willis R.
Gooddell, a boy about in years
old, slim, dark hair ami eyes,
downcast look. Both were awaiting-
trial for horse stealing. The
above reward will be paid for the
capture of the two, or $25.00
each. M. B. Culler,
Sheriff Cass County, Neb.
The members of the local
board of directors at. Platls-
moulh, for the Continal Life In
surance Company, N. Y., held a
meeting at the otlice of Mr. Stad
elmann, on Tuesday evening last
and elected their officers for the
ensuing year, viz.:
E. G. Dovey, President, Platts
M. L. While, Vice President,
U. W. Wise, Secretary, Platts
Jim. Christensen, Treasurer,
Joshua Murray, farmer, Cass
Samuel Barker, stock dealer,
W. C. Brown, assistant treas
urer, B. & M. R. R., Plalfsinoulli.
Wm. Sladelmann, merchant,
W. L. Hobbs, ex-treasurer ami
farmer, Cass county.
Samuel Chapman, lawyer,
U. IW. Wise, superintendent
public schools. Plat I srnout h.
E. G. Dovey, merchant, Platts
mouth. Chas. McEntee, prop. Brooks
Jno, Christiansen, master me
chanic, B. & M. Plattsmouth.
R. C. dishing, banker and R.
R. contractor, B. & M. R. R.
A. L. Sprague, lawyer, Platts
mouth. Isaac Wiles, farmer Platts
mouth. M. Ii. White, contractor and
bridge builder, and county com
W. G. Woodruff, merchant,
Jno. Fitzgerald, banker and It.
R. builder, Plattsmouth.
Jno. Watson, farmer, Cass
L. G. Todd, farmer, Pleasant
BORDER'S FALL SAL!
To be held af farm, one-half mile south of
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 1913
Sale begins af I o'clock. Free Lunch at Koon.
In this offering there will lie a choice lot of good stufT sold and
it will contain a lot of richly bred animals with lots of individual merit.
The herd boar used is Petite Tecumseh and he; will also be included in
this offering. He is a two-year-old sired by Matchless Kxpank'U, out
of a grand-daughter of Miller's Tecumseh. A number ot the spring
pigs are by him. Others are by the good lioar Futurity .lack, a sou of 1
Am Big Too. We have a good spring litter by Guy Price's Last, out of
a dam by Big Victor. There will be some fall stuff sold and this is
sired by Teddy, a son of Big Mischief by Misehief Maker's llest. Tins
will be an excellent place to tret some good, stretchy spring In tars ami
gilts and good, useful fall stuff. If you are interested write for catalog.
Crates will be furnished to all those shipping out.
mi rss. fcMussf mmi
COL. II. S. DUNCAN, Auctioneer.
RAY PATTERSON, Clerk.
.Medical Exam iners :
R. R. Livingston and Jno.
The above officers of the
Plattsnniulh local board have
their lives insured for one hun
dred thousand dollars. No per
son can be elected to office un
less his life is insured for five
thousand dollars or more in this
Miss Katie Johnson has opened
a confectionary in pari of the
mom occupied by her father as
a drug store, and has on hand a
nice stock of sweetmeats which
she is selling cheap. Success to
One of the linest displays of
apples to be seen this season was
at the county treasurer's oflice
last Monday preparlory to being
sent east as specimens. They
were from the orchard of Wm.
Hobbs, esq., near Rock Bluffs.
Business must be brisk in
Plattsmouth, the street is cram
med with teams daily. In fact,
we don't see any other place in
our travels that looks any more
like substantial prosperity than
our own town, in spite of some
Strang, the great windmill
man, has just returned from
Wisconsin and Minnesota. He
went up there to raise the wind,
ami comes back satisfied that af
ter all this is the best country for
his business. There's plenty of
wind, so he puts up a new wind
flouring mill at Bennett, on the
M. P. R. R. Success to Strang
and all other Windmills.
Aid Meeting, Court House Hall.
On motion, by Sam M. Chap
man, the meeting came to order,
and J. A. MacMurphy was called
to the chair. J. F. Hobbs elected
secretary. Mr. Adolph d'Allem
and was called for, who, in a few
remarks, portrayed the destitu
tion of Furnas county; he stated
that Hour was their greatest need;
that elolhing was also very ac
ceptable; he stated further that
the object was to obtain im-
The Prince of Monaco was amazed at the Twenty Miles of Court"
less Stacks ofAJfalfa" on both sides of the Burlington through the Gov
ernment Shosnone Project near Powell, Wyo., and was further surprlstd
to learn that all this wonderful development had taken place within five
FARMERS ARE MAKING MONEY feeding this al'alfa
to sheep, beef steers, dairy cows and hogs the easiest and most profit
able kind of farming.
GO WITH ME TO THE
on one of these Government irrigated
YOU HAVE TEN YEARS' TIME without interest to re
pay the Government the actual cost
of water for irrigation. You pay down $4.70 per acre and then skip two
years before next payment.
IUI IUJ III
- V I
mediate relief. Mr. I! k pro
posed that each one present sub
scribe what money he was williii
to gie he filtered UK Mr.
Fitzgerald asked if the older set
tlers were al-o destitute if their
wheat crops would nol support
them. Answer, by the Prof., that
nearly all the old ground had
been planted with corn and
potatoes, and that 1 I li had been
wholly destroyed. Gen. Cunning
ham moved thai the chair appoint
a Committee of live to soljcjf aid.
Carrb'd. Committee consisti-d of
Messrs. Cunningham. Smith,
Murphy, Hobbs and Boeck. Mr.
Chapman moved that the chair
appoint a committee of tin re to
report a permanent oi ganibaf ion ;
carried. Chair appointed Messrs.
Chapman, Fitzgerald and General
Cunningham. Moved the com
mittee report. Friday. ec.iiing, .
September IK. Meeting adjourn
ed to that dale.
J. F. Hobbs, sec'y.
J. A. MacMurphy, Chairman.
For Children There Is Nothing
A cough medicine for children
must help their coughs and colds
without bad effects on llo-ir lillle
stomachs and bowels. Foley'
Honey and Tar exactly fills thi
need. To opiates, no sour s(om
ahef no constipation follows its
use. Stuffy coId. whereby
breathing', coughs and croup are
all quickly helped. For sale by
L ST Lig hi -colored raincoat
with black lining-, somewhere on
road between farm of William
Gilniore and Bach store on Lin
coln avenue. Finder will please
leave same at Joiirnai oflice and
O. Sandin, l. V. M., J
- graduate of the Kansas City
J Veterinary College, is per--J
manently located in Plait s .?.
J mouth. ('alls answered -l-day
or night. 'Phone 1255.
Oflice GOG Main. !
BIG HORN BASIN and file
homesteads where alfalfa means
of water-right and you have plenty
Write for map and particulars.
D. CLE0 DEAVER,
l0O4Farnam St., Omaha, Neb. Immigration Agent
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