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PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1914.
OF MURDER III
'r SECOND DEGREE
Man Who Slew Glen Richardson
on November 28th Faces a
Term in Penitentiary
SENTENCE IS DEFERRED
Will Probably Receive from Ten
Years to Life Not Much Inter
est Shown by Public in Case
JURY OUT BUT A SHORT TIME
From Tuady'a Dally.
The trial of Joseph Roe,
charged with the murder of
(llenn Richardson on November
28, was opened yesterday in the
district court before Judge Beg
ley, and the most of the morn
ing and a part of the afternoon
was passed in the examination
of the jurors, and at about 2:25
the jury was secured and sworn
in by Clerk of the Court Robert
son. The men selected to try the
case were: John Wehrbein, J. C.
Peterson. J. C. Lemon, A. G. Reed,
John Fowler, George Perry,
James Alloway, Levi Walradt,
Roy Howard, Theo. Davis, Wil
liam Coatman, John H. Albert.
Immediately after the securing
of the jury the court took an ad
journment for a few . minutes
and then the attorneys made the
statements to the court'. Coun
ty Attorney Taylor stated that
the state would produce wit
nesses who were present in the
bunk car at the time the trouble
between Richardson and Roe
started and that Oscar Olander
would testify to the fact that he
was awakened by the fight be
tween the men and by the men
falling on his bed, and he awak
ened to find Richardson on top of
the defendant, Roe, and that
neither of the men had a weapon
at this time. Olander would show
by his testimony that when he
left the car to call Harris, the
section foreman, that Richard
son was at the west end of the
car, near his bed, and that de
fendant was starting toward him.
Mr. Harris would prove by hi?
testimony that when he entered
the car he saw Roe on the floor
astride Richardson, with a large
knife in his hand and he was
cursing at Richardson, who was
lying on the floor of the car
Attorney A. L. Tidd, for the
defense, stated they would prove
that Richardson and his client,
Roe, had been warm friends for
all the time they had been to
gether; that they had worked to
gether and slept together in the
same bed in the bunk car since
the time they were working for
the Missouri Pacific on the sec
tion; that they and Olander had
drove to Avoca on the afternoon
of the trouble and purchased
two quarts and a pint of whisky
and had drank a part of this be
fore going to the car, and that
Harris, the section boss, residing
near the bunk car, had come out
there and warned the men not to
get drunk. That the fight had
continued from the time it had
started until Richardson had re
ceived the injuries that resulted
in his death. That the defendant
had been badly "beaten by Rich
ardson and had several cuts and
bruises about the face and body
from the blows of Richardson.
Oscar Olander was the first
witness called to the stand by the
state, and in response to the
questioning of the county at
torney, he stated he was 23 years
of age and resided at Weeping
Water and was working on the
section for the Missouri Pacific
at that place, lie was acquaint
ed with Roe, having- met him for
the first time on November 10.
They lived in the bunk car
situated on the right-of-way of
the Missouri Pacific, some three
and a half miles west of Ne-
hawka and about live miles east
of Weeping Water. He stated
there were two beds in the car,
one on the east and one on the
west end of the car, and that he
occupied one and Richardson and
Roe the other one. The door or
entrance to the car was on the
south side and the door on the
north was closed by having
heavy paper put over it to keep
out the cold; two tables were in
the car upon which to prepare
food, one being used by him and
one by the other two men. He
kept his knives in a drawer in
his table, while the other two
men had theirs in a box fastened
upon ttie wall. They had left
for Avuca at about 5 o'clock and
the trip had taken two hours and
a half; while there they had
purchased some whisky. He had
considerable to drink, but did
not consider himself drunk, as
he knew what he was doing. The
men were talking when he went
to sleep, and he was awakened
by their falling on his bed some
time later. He got up and start
ed to get Harris. Roe had start
ed toward Richardson as he went
out of the door to get Harris. He
had not returned with Harris to
the car. Was present when Dr.
Humrate arrived to look after the
injured man. He was shown the
knife found under the bunk car
the next day and identified it as
looking like one he had seen in
the box used by Roe and Richard
son. He stated-he did not think
Roe was as drunk as Richardson.
Attorney Tidd cross-examined
the witness, asking him how long
he had been working on the sec
tion and he replied since Oetober
G. He had worked before at
Seattle, Washington, before com
ing to this county, and had
worked there about nine months;
before he had been over different
parts of Washington and Oregon,
but had not worked steady for
any., length ?.ufUW-PAXQyejn..
ber 28 he had quit work at 5
o'clock and left with his com
panions for Avoca. without wait
ing for supper; there were three
of them in the party Richard
son, Roe and himself; while at
Avoca he and Richardson had a
number of drinks of whisky and
beer at the saloon where they
purchased the liquor to take
back with them. Roe had drank
at the hand-car when they had
returned there with the liquor.
The two men, on the return to
the bunk car. had gone into the
car first, and then assisted him
partially into the car, as he
wanted to lav down on the
ground outside of the bunk car:
he had gone to sleep at once and
did not see how much of the
liquor the other two men had
drank, but they had a quart of
whisky for use themselves. Both
of these men had apparently
been good friends up to this time.
The stovepipe on the stove used
for the purpose of cooking had
been knocked down by the men
in their light in the car. He had
been awakened bv the men fall
ing on his bed, and had then got
ten up and gone after the section
bos to secure his assistance; he
did not know whether the knife
was on the table or in the box on
the wall; as he left the car Rich
ardson had gone over to his bed
and Roe was in the center of the
car starting for him. In reply
to questions by the defense the
witness stated that they had all
purchased groceries together,
and that Richardson had bought
the knife. He did not see Harris
take the knife away from Roe,
nor did he know who had hid it
under the car. Roe had remained
in the car after the trouble and
slept until the arrival of the
sheriff to place him under arrest.
He had thrown the empty whisky
bottles out of the car the next
Olander stated in his re-direct
examination that he had saw the
holes made in Richardson's
overalls by the knife.
Dr. J. B. Hungate, who was
called from Weeping Water by
Harris and Olander to look after
the injured man, described his
condition as he found him and
how the injuries were located, as
well as the statement made by
Roe to him at the time.
Harris, the' section boss, in
charge of the gang in which both
Richardson and Roe were work
ing, stated that he came to the
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A SPLENDID PLAY
Fair Sized Audience Witness the
Performance at the Par
mele Last Evening.
From 'TVednesduy's raily.
To the lovers of the western
style of drama, portraying life in
the 'great west in early days, the
performance of "The Virginian"
last evening was certainly a
treat in the manner in which the
company presented it at the Pur
mele theater,- and the gripping
interest of the play held the at
tention of the audience from the
start until the finish of the
drama. The scene of the play is
laid in the range country of
Wyoming in the early eighties,
and the story tells of a love of
the young eastern school teacher
for the dashing cowboy, known
as "the Virginian," it is given in
a most pleasing manner, with
plenty of comedy to relieve the
heavier and what at times are
very tragic situations in the
As the school teacher. Mulie
Wood, Miss Emma Lewis was
very winsome, and her charming
appearance went a long ways to
ward making the production as
pleasing as it was. Mr. James
Devereaux as "the Virginian"
was excellent and showed a
splendid stage presence, and he
gave great strength to the char
acter around which the main ac
IrorfiTf "the play-Tva laid. Miss!
Irene Martelle as Mrs. llewi'o. and
Eugene Yarnell as Mr. Ilewie,
were very clever and furnished'
the audience with many a hearty
laugh at their comedy, which,
while most pleasing, was not
overdrawn. As Homey Wiggins.
Harry Hale deserves more than
passing comment, as he was un
doubtedly one of the best actors
in the rompany and his con
tributions toward the comedy of
the play was excellent and his
appearance on the stage was
sure to bring forth much amuse
ment and he displayed much of
the spirit of the old, whole-souled
cow-puncher, now almost a
thine: of the past.
There was universal satisfac
tion expressed over the play by
all who attended and everyone
felt that "The Virginia" had
been all that the management
had claimed for it, a clean and
OFFICERS FOR YEAR
From Wednesday's Daily.
The Plattsmouth volunteer fire
department last evening held a
special meeting at the city hall to
elect the officers for the ensuing
year. There was a very lively
and friendly contest over the
office of chief of the fire depart
ment, there being quite a number
of candidates, and there was keen
interest taken in the election,
which finally resulted in the se
lection of A. F. Braum for that
position. The - ollicers chosen
for the ensuing years were as
follows: President, William
Grebe; vice president Geo. Har
asky; secretary, J. C. Brittain;
treasurer, Harry Kruger; -chief,
A. F. Braum; assistant chief, Gus
Carlson. The officers of the dif
ferent hose carts will be select
ed at the meeting on next Tues
Good iGO-acre farm, 3 V miles
southeast of Greenwood, Neb.;
125 acres in winter wheat, 30
acres meadow. Also good 1C0
acre farm 1H miles west of
Greenwood, Neb.; 70 acres in
winter wheat,' 12 acres alfalfa.
Call on or write, A.' D. Welton, or
Farmers State Bank, Greenwood,
Neb. ' " v '
Entertained at Home of Mrs. Cole
From 'Wednesday's Daily.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the
Presbyterian church were de
lightfully entertained at th:1
home of Mrs. W. T. Cole by Mes
dames P. E. HufTner and Cole
yesterday afternoon, this being
their regular meeting. - There
were forty ladies in attendance,
who spent a most enjoyable aft
ernoon, and declare Mesdaines
Ruffiier and Orde excellent enter
tainers. Trip regular business
session was held, after which the
ladies indulged in a pleasant
social time. Dainty refresh
ments were served.
Doing Fineln Canada.
We are in receipt of a com
munication from Mr. and Mrs.
W. II. Stokes, who are located at
Calaary. Alberta, Canada, in
which they state they cannot get
along without the good old home
paper and enclose subscription
money. They also state they are
having fine weather, good health,
had a big crop last summer and
wish all their Cass county friends
a happy and prosperous New
Year. Mr. and Mrs. Stokes for
merly reside! on a farm near
Mynard and have a host of
friends in this vicinity, who will
be pleased to learn that they are
g"tting along so nicely.
FUNERAL OF IS.
A. J. GRABILL
From Wednesday's D.i!v.
Yesterday afternoon at 1 :30
the funeral of the late Mrs. Al-
cinda Jane Crabill was held from
-the AzLe.. home an i -lucre was a
large number of the old friends
present to pay their last sad
tributes to "Mother" Crabill, as
she was affectionately known
among her large circle of friends,
and there were many aching
hearts as they saw the form of
the one who had known and loved
them all these years laid to her
final rest. The services at the
home were conducted by Rev. F.
M. Druliner of the Methodist
church, who spoke briefly from
the text. "Abide With Us for It Is
Toward Evening." and his re
marks were given in his usual
able manner and brought to the
sorrowing family and friends
much comfort in their hour of
grief. A choir composed of
Mesdames E. H. Wescott, Man
Morgan and Miss Leona Brady
sang very sweetly a number of
the old and well loved hymns
during the course of the service,
and at the close the casket was
borne to its resting place in
beautiful Oak Hill cemetery by
the pall-bearers. Messrs. E. C.
Hill. C.'C. Wescott. G. L. Farley.
R. B. Hayes, D. C. York and Rob
The passing of Mrs. Crabill
has been a severe blow to all of
her friends here, but in her life,
now called into the hands of the
Maker, they can find a worthy
example of Christian faith and
strength, and her memory will be
a blessed one to her children in
the vears to come.
ALBERT SEIDLER DIES AT
HOME AT BENTONVILLE. ARK.
This morning a message was
received by Mrs. John Weyrich
announcing the death of her
brother, Albert Seidler, at Ren
tonville, Arkansas. Mr. Seidler
has been very sick for some time
and his death was not unexpected
by his relatives. Mrs. Weyrich
and daughter returned from
there a few months ago, where
they were called when he first
became ill. The funeral of the
departed gentleman will be held
at South Omaha about Friday,
and he will be buried beside the
body of his father, who is inter
red at that place. E. J. Weyrich
was a passenger for South Oma
ha this morning, where he will
make" arrangements for the fun
The Journal ads pay.
J. W. GAMBLE
HAS HIGH HOIIOfl
Has Been Eelcted President of
the Standard Chemical
The many friend- here of
former Superintendent of Schools
J. W. Gamble will be plea-ed to
learn that this gentleman has
received a piuch desered recog
nition from the stockholders
of the Standard Chemical com
pany by being elected president
of the company in succession to
the late F. E. Sanborn. Mr.
Gamble will be found a splendid
executive head for this corpora
tion and the stockholders may
feel gratified that they have se
cured sueli an able man to look
after their interests. The World
Herald has the following to -ay
in regard to the matter:
John W. Gamble, who has
been elected president of the
Standard Chemical company to
succeed the late F. E. Sanborn,
began business life when a lad of
12, selling a patent cleve to Ne
braska farmers. Then he went
through the High school at Gret
na. In time he graduated at the
state normal school at Peru.
"I want to rub elbows with the
world and study human nature at
short range," he said. He travel
ed all over the west into mining
camps and remote communities,
finally reaching Seattle when it
was overrun with people from or
to the Klondike and seeking work.
He managed to get next to the
manager of a department store.
who gave him a stunt of selling
an overstock of straw hats late in
the summer. Mr. Gamble put the
hats outside on tables and dis
posed of them, then being given
a place in the store. When he
left it five months later he was
head of the hardware depart
ment, with fourteen clerks under
Feeling that he had wandered
far enough, Mr. Gamble came
br.ck home, graduated at the Uni
versity of Nebraska, and wa
superintendent of schols at
Plattsmouth. Then he went back
into business, first as western
sales manager for the Standard
Exhibits company of New York.
At the death of T. C. Havens Mr.
Gamble bought his stock in the
Standard Stock Food company,
now the Standard Chemical, and
became its secretary, then vice
president. Mr. Gamble is. be
sides, a director of the Omaha
Manufacturers' association, of
the Traveler's Protective as
sociation, secretary and treasur
er of the Omaha division of the
National Sales - Managers" as
sociation, and member of the
educational committee of the
Commercial club. He is regard
ed as one of the conservative
young business men.
He has written considerably
upon advertising and says: "Any
success I have ever made in life
has come from working hard and
Besides electing Mr. Gamble
president, the Standard company
has chosen E. E. Bruce, treasurer
and C. A. Ilager," director.
Children Have Chlckenpox.
From TuesflaVB Dai it.
The children of Mrs. Sullivan,
the lady having charge of the
work around the Coates' block,
have caught the chickenpox in
some manner and two of them
are confined to their room with
the affliction. There was much
excitement created at first in
that section of the city over the
report that it was smallpox from
which they were suffering, but a
careful examination from the
physician revealed the fact that
it was only chickenpox.
Mrs. W. J. Freeman of Iowa
City, Iowa, who has been here
for the holidays visitinsr-at the
home of her mother, Mrs. Bar
bara Bookmeyer, departed this
morning for her home.
Surely Some Big Sign.
The front of the Fuii-er !)
partment store is being ad :-!;!!
this afternoon by a Ian.- -!-::
some forty-four feet long ar-dj
twelve feet high. ad r t i-mg th
ereat public sa!e th;ti will J..
held of the large f'o.ooo r(o, k oi
this store. The work of th- l(
was i one by M 1'. M.
Rhodab.-ek and II. L. Robert- f
Mis-ouri Valley. Iowa, two ex
pert artists, and tli.-ir w.-rk ha
proed ino-t pba-ii:-' t Mr.
Fanger, and pfoes a si-'n tha;
ean be -een f..r a long di-tanc-.
The -foe will be rlo-e.J ,,i.ir.
row' in order to make aT.it.-"'--ments
for the tug -ale that will
be opened in full b!a-t -:i n t
Miss Dorothy Britt Operated On.
This morning at Claik-'Ti h"--pital
in Omaha. Mi-- I.t'oth
Britt was operated on for ;ip-pendiciti-.
and at la-! i-p.-rt-was
recoeriug r:i'eiy from th--
effects of the operation. Mi"
Britt lias I n -uiTerir.g f-r -..m-
time from this complain!, an 1 ii
was deerm-d nece--ary lh.it in
order to a (lord lo-r relief an
operation would be n c.-s-a"y.
Her friend- here will be d. Ii-hf.-d
to learn that -he j !!:::. a! 'n
-o nicely. Her mother. Mr-.
Annie BnM. accompanied he" to
the ho-pital t remain th-re un
til the patient r-t"'-r- from th--
-perat i n.
DECIDED III FAVOR
The -lander ca-e of Fred War
ner s. Charles Feter, wh.eh wa
Jiled some months ago f. trial
at this term of district court, wa
called jesterday, and in anticipa
tion of cnjoiag a rare and r-fy
ca-e. there was a large rep
resentation of the male p pulia
tion of the city pre-. :.t at t.V
court room when tt.e case wa--tarted.
but it was o.i apparer.;
that thre wa- not -oir.g t- t
much to the ca-e as far a the
plaintiff wa- Concerned, a sev
eral wit:.e--es were railed m
succe-siou who show.-I cl-arny
that there wa? r.ot mv.ch founda
tion f t the M.it as far as th
establishing of the pla:nti:T"-
was concerned, a- the wr.:;. ; t:,.-. - ,
te-tifyir.g were called by th- ; j v h ti wa
and the weak::.-- of tr.e.r c.t j r; . n-
was very nj parent.
Mr. Wagner was place. or; th
stand, and then a livs ;! ; d-i.n th
chewjr.c match was indulge j inwh . !. w. ; ;.
between the oppo-ir.g conn-.d.
which the court wa- compelled ;
quell. The ruling of the co
as to the admi--lon of te-tim .nyland
by the plaintiff to impeach tlonr
witnesses was that effect ';.! -
ly cut off all chance of propinrmg
the ca-e, as they ha-1 1 n a 1 1 v
f a i I 1 to connect Mr. Fet.-r with
certain reports cor,-.rning Mr.
Wagn-r whi' h cau-e.J the -int.
Th attorney for Mr. W.1.1;
secured a tie niinu!'-" re. e- 1 : 1 1
oriler to di-cus the case -i; ti ti.-j
client, and afier ttie a--e:nblrr.
stated that they ,ad started !h
case in good faith of the -!n'ej
ment- of certain witness, -s. wo
had sworn differently wh- n ..i oh.-r ,. - w 1- ! - ' '"' y -o" '
the stand, and a-ked that the'th.- -n. ..w dr:f : -h .'-ca-e
be di-nu-.-d by the cot;rt.h' J fr.-ro ti- '-r : .. . '.. h 1
The defen-e .bj.-ite. to ttie dl- t he gn.-.'- .; : 1 .. - : . g 'I
mi--al of the ra- and iT-ite l j J.... a! : f r. i." a i '.-
that a verdict be rend-red by th.- !.-?; -r w I .h: !.
jury f..r the defendant. The m--. r - a-.d '. .-h'.---.
lion of the defense wa - u -1 a i ; '. I j
by Judge Beglev. win took th' Elevator In Fin Shaat.
ca.-e from the jurv and in-tructed:
them to return a verdict f r th.
defendant, wliicfi wa- do:..
WAXTr.D Work on a farmjof the.r r..:1 ; : y. a d a-
for man and woman. In j iire at
A. ('.. Bach's store.
Dr. B. F. Brend. 1 of Murruv
was in the city today for a few
hours looking after son:e mat ! er -
of professional busiri"--. He de
parted on No. 23 f r Omaha t j
spend a few hours.
Sell your property through the
Journal Want Ads.
The Institution r Fine Shape,
and the Director Decide to
Make an Addition.
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