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PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 1914.
IN THE COUNTY
Henry Knabe of Near Nehawka,
Receives Letter Demanding
$500 or Threatens Violence.
Prom "Wednesday's Daily.
This county lias received a
visit from the writers of "lilack
Hand" letters and one of the
wealthy farmers of the south
art of the county, Henry Knabe,
residing: between Nehawka and
Weeping: Water, yesterday morn
ing1 received a letter in his rural
route mail box threatening the
lives of himself and family if
the requirements of the letter
were not complied with by the
receiver of the letter and the
sum of .300 deposited at a cer
tain telephone pole designated
by the writer.
The message, which was evi
dently written by a person of
culture and intelligence, stated:
"If I don't set you now, I will
later," and the receipt of the
letter greatly alarmed Mr. Knabe
and the members of his family,
but instead of complying with
the demands of the writer, Mr.
Knabe notified Sheriff C. I. Quin
ton, who was at Union, en route
to Nebraska City, and the facts,
as far as known, were telephoned
to the different authorities in
the nearby towns in order that
they might be on the lookout for
the persons or persons sending
out the letter, and the sheriff
preceded to Nehawka, where a
search was made for any pos
sible clew in that place that
might give an indication of the
writer of the letter.
The search for the culprit re
sulted in the arrest at an early
hour this morning at Weeping
Water of a stranger by Marshal
Nel of that place, who, after
searching the prisoner found on
his person a letter, evidently
from another party, advising him
to write the letter to Mr. Knabe
in order to force him to come
across with the money desired.
The sheriff preceded from Ne
hawka to Weeping Water and
will bring the prisoner to this
city today, when he will be given
a preliminary examination and
an effort made to locate the other
party or parties involved in the
"I'.lack Hand" letters.
A message from Weeping Wa
ter this afternoon stales that the
prisoner proves to be fleorge
Crifton. a young man of 18 years
of age, who was employed on the
Knabe farm a few months ago,
and he stales the letter found on
his person was the work of him
self in preparing to try and se
cure the money from Mr. Knabe.
lie gave to the authorities as the
reason for the deed that he want
ed to secure funds with which to
start farming for himself in
order that he might better assist
in the support of his brothers
and sisters, all younger than
himself. Two brothers live in
South Omaha, while one sister
resides at St. Edwards and an
other at Waterloo, Nebraska.
St Mary's Guild Meets.
From "Wednesday' Oatiy
St. Mary's Guild held their
regular meeting yesterday after
noon and were very pleasantly
entertained at the home of Mrs.
C. W. Baylor. A short business
session was held, after which the
ladies whiled away the hours in
sewing, social conversation and
the like. At the proper time the
hostess served a delicious lunch
eon, which was very much ap
preciated by those fortunate
enough to be present.
Good IGO-acre farm, 3V miles
southeast of Greenwood, Neb.;
125 acres in winter wheat, 30
acres meadow. Also good IGO-
acre farm - iVi 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,
Entertain for Mrs. and Mrs. Cole.
From "Wednesday's Daily.
Last Friday evening Mr. and
Mrs. S. O. Cole entertained in
honor of Mr. and Mrs. S. Ti.
Cole of Lexington. Neb. About
7 p. m. a sumptuous supper was
served. The evening was spent
in music and conversation. Those
present were: Mr. and Mrs. C.
L. Wiles, Delores and Chester;
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cole and
daughter, Lois; Mr. and Mrs.
Carl Cole, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman
Cole and Roy and Opal. About
11 o'clock the guests departed
for their homes.
He Is a Young Man of Ability and
His Worthls Well
From "Wednesday's Dally.
The county commissioners late
yesterday afternoon selected for
the position of county clerk of
Cass county, to succeed I. C.
Morgan, the present deputy
clerk. Frank J. Libershall. who
has, during the four years of the
Morgan regime, Tilled the posi
tion oi" deputy with a great deal
of credit to himself, and the ap
pointment comes as the well de
served recognition of the excel
lent services that he has given
the people of the county in the
capacity that he has been serv
The commissioners have had
the matter of the filling of the
vacancy in mind since the news
of the appointment of Mr. Mor
gan to the postmastership about
a month ago, and the eminent
fitness of the deputy for the
position, as well as the fact that
liis services in this capacity de
served recognition, caused the
commissioners to act on his ap
pointment a- soon as the
resignation of the present clerk
Mr. Libershall is a young man
30 years of age and was born and
reared to manhood in this city
and during his residence here
he has made a great many
friends among those witli whom
he has come in contact, and these
friends will be greatly pleased
to learn of the well deserved
recognition that has come to him
in receiving the appointment as
clerk. Mr. Libershall, prior to
the time of his entering the office
as deputy clerk was employed as
clerk in the offices of the Bur
lington in the shops in this city,
being in the employ of the store
department of that railroad up to
the time, of his resignation in
January, 1910, to accept the
position he had been tendered by
Mr. Morgan. There were no
other applicants for the vacancy
before the board of commission
ers, so well pleased were they
with the services of Mr. Liber
shall. THE ICE IN THE PLATTE
RIVER FLOATING DOWN
From Tuesday's Dally.
The warm weather of the past
few days has had a decided tend
ency to cause the ice accumulat
ed in the rivers and ponds in this
locality to melt and open up, and
yesterday afternoon a slight rise
in the Platte river caused the
greater part of the ice which had
formed in that stream, north of
this city, to break up and move
out into the channel of the Mis
souri, which has not been closed
so far this season. This is an
unusual occurrence for this time
of the year, so the old residents
of this locality claim, and one
that has not been known for the
past few years.
Tyewriter ribbons at the Jour
Plattsmouth Lodge No. 739 Dedi
cate Their New Home Last
Evening at 11 O'clock.
From Wednesday's Rail v.
Last night at the mystic hour
of 11 o'clock occurred one of the
most notable events in the his
tory of the Benevolent ami Pro
tective Order of Elks in this eity
in the laying of the corner-stone
of their beautiful new home on
North Sixth street, and the oc
casion was marked by cere
monies appropriate to the
solomnily of the occasion and
the important event that it
Since its organization some
twelve years ago Plattsmouth
Lodge No. has lived in rent
ed quarters, being located first in
the Morgan building and later
removing to the present quarters
in the Coates' block, which they
have occupied for the pa.-t ten
years and which the lodge has
outgrown, a.- the rapidly increas
ing membership of the order has
made it imperative that the lodge
find more commodious quarters
where the brothers could mingle
in the common bonds of fra
ternity that is such a striking
feature of this great order.
A few months ago (he proposi
tion of purchasing a site and
putting up a suitable club bruise
was first brought up by some of
the leading spirjs of the order
in this city and the members at
once took up the matter and a
committee was appointed to se
cure funds to erect the building
and to see that it was started,
and in a short space of time
enough was raised to see the way
clear for the erecting of the new
building and work was al once
commenced on the building,
which is being rapidly pushed to
completion as a home for the
members of the Elks residing
here, or who may be visitors in
!he cily, for in the Elks the doors
are always open for the brother
who is a stranger, ami for all
those who are members of the
order, and for all a hearty wel
come is assurred.
The plans for the new building
were drafted by Joe fluth of
Omaha, as architect, and the de
sign being accepted, there has
been no let-up on the work on
the building and it was in readi
ness last evening for the cere
monies that marked the com
pletion of the first steps of the
construction of the building, and
the date was also made a red
letter event by the initation of a
large class of new members that
brings the membership of this
order up to one of the largest in
the city, and for the occasion
Coates' hall was used as the
scene of the adoption of the class
into the mysteries of Elkdom.
After the meeting of the lodge
and at the near approach of the
hour of 11 o'clock, the lodge
marched in a body from 'their
rooms in the Coates block to the
new club house, where, under the
inspiration furnished by the
thoughts of the hour the stone
that is filled with so much to the
members of the lodge here, was
placed in position by the cere
monies that were both solomn
Jind impressive and which were
conducted by Exalted Ruler E. J.
Flichey, assisted by the other
officers of the lodge. A male
quartet of members of the Elks
sang as the opening of the cere
monies were commenced, "Near
er, My Cod, to Thee," and as the
notes of the music died away the
voice of the ..chaplain of the
order invoked the divine bless
ing upon the work of the even
ing and the building that is to
shelter the lodge in the future.
A brass quartet was present
and furnished a very pleasing
number which added greatly to
the impressrveness of the oc
casion, and then the secretary of
the lodge advanced and gave a
short history of the lodge in this
city and its early struggles,
when a few of the loyal members
had held the lodge to its purpose
and ideals, and tin's history, to
gether with the list of the offic
ers and members of Plattsmouth
Lodge No. 139 and the customary
silver coins and a copy of the
Evening' Journal of lat evening
were placed in th stone, which
was then placed in position by
the exalted ruler of the lodge and
dedicated with the ceremonies in
keeping with the beautiful ritual
of the order.
The main address of the even
ing was delivered by County
Judge Allen J. Beesnn and was.
one filled with a very eloquent
exposition of the principals and
fraternal love that has made the
B. P. O. E. one of the greatest
fraternal organizations in the
world, and his remarks were
heartily applauded, as he dwelt
on the great spirit f brotherly
love that has been so character
istic of the lodge since its or
ganization, and he spoke of the
inspiration that the erection of
the new home had given the
members of the lodge and the
beautiful thoughts that the erec
tion of the home brought to
mind, as the structure meant to
the members a home in the full
est sense of the word, in which
only the spirit of unity and
brotherlv love would dwell, ami
the order would furnish by its
foundation of the bibb- and the
American Hag the highest in
spiration to belter things.
As the representative of the
grand exalted ruler. Dr. J. S.
Livingston, deputy of the order,
made a few remarks on the pur
poses of the order and con
gratulated the members of the
lodge on the starting of the new
The exercises were most im
pressive, although "the work was
interferred with to h large extent
by the'biling Cofd' Mind from the
northwest that swept down on
the scene of the corner-stone
laying, and after the singing of
the ode the members of the lodge
repaired to the club rooms,
where a sumptuous banquet was
served that was a most delightful
event, and the members were en
thusiastic over the outlook for
the ensuing year.
From Wednesday's raily.
Saturday evening at the hand
some country home of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Blotzer, sr., near
Cedar Creek, occurred a most en
joyable birthday party, given in
honor of the seventeenth birth
day anniversary of their son,
John Blotzer, and the pleasant
event will be long remembered
by all those in attendance. The
rapid change of weather prevent
ed the attendance of many of the
friends, but those that attended
felt that they had been more than
repaid for their coming through
the rain and mud to take part in
the pleasant event. The evening
passed very swiftly in the play
ing of various games by the jolly
crowd and in singing of songs
and the enjoyment of a number
of very fine instrumental num
bers, all of which served to make
the evening one of rare enjoy
ment and pleasure, and at an ap
propriate hour a delicious and
tempting luncheon was served,
which aided greatly in making
the event a most pleasant one for
everybody. Those who were pres
ent at the gathering were:
Messrs. and Mesdames Frank
Parkening. Frank Blotzer, jr.,
Ceorge Meisinger. jr., Mrs. Kate
Tritsch, Misses Marie Svoboda,
Elizabeth Tritsch, Lulu Blotzer,
Malhilde Donat, Maude Tritsch.
Kathryn Blotzer, Messrs. Bene
dict Nook, Edwin Meisinger,
ohnny Tritsch, Carl Tritsch.
(leorge Blotzer, Ernest Tritsch,
John Blotzer and Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Blotzer, sr.
FOR SALE Eight good work
teams, weighing 2,400 to 3,000
pounds per team. Price .$75 to
$200 per team. O. L. Lundberg,
Nehawka, Neb. 'Phone No. 42.
Pased Away Last Evening at 8
O'clock at the Home of Her
Daughter, Mrs. C. C. Parmele.
From "Wednesday's Pally.
L;st evening' at F o'clock one
of the oldest lesj,. lit of t Im'
city. Mrs. Thomas pollock, pa-s-
ed away at the home of 1 1 i-
daug'hter, Mr-. C. C. Parmele.
where she had been making h-r
home since the death of her hus
band in October. Mrs. pollock
had been in very poor health for
the past few months and at the
time of her husband's death was
quite ill, and the shock of his
death was such she gradually
faded away until death last even-irig-
brought to her release from
her illness and suffering's. 1 1 r
death came as a great shock to
her friends throughout th- city,
who had known her for so ninny
years, and hep parsing will leave
a place hard to fill in the com
munity she hii made her home
for more than forty year.
Marv Kerr was born Augu-t
25, 18:53. in Washington county.h.y t he t,-, .t ..r".l!;n Itari-v-
Peiuisy 1 an ia. being- the eldest
daughter of James Kerr and
becea Jinmore Kerr. She wa
given the best educational ad
vantages open ( women at that
tim graduating at 1 from
Washington female seminary .
Following this she taught nto
successfully for several years in
the south, and in 1S.V. wa- mar
ried to Thomas pollock, son of
Judge Thomas pollock of I.ig
oni 'r. Penn-ylvania. For a num
ber, of years they lived in Madi
son, Indiana; following this tlo-y
were residents of Kankakee. II-
lini is, after which the desire for
a better climate brought them
to Plattsmouth in i7o Im
mediately afle- coining here they
identified themselves with the
church and Sabbath school mis
sions and temperance work, and
always had this woork been their
greatest pleasure, and their in-
inlluence been for the uplifting
of humanity and the growth of
the Master's kingdom on earth.
Four children survive her. a
follows: Mrs. Alice MeF.lroy of
Minneapolis. Mrs. Lilliani Par
mele, James K. Pollock and
T. H. Pollock of Plattsmouth. and
a foster child. Mrs. Anna Philby
of Tekamah. Nebraska. Lb ven
grandchild mourn the loss of a
devoted grandmother. Iler last
illness was of short duration, but
ever since the death of her bus
hard, three months ago. she has
been fading away, pining for "the
touch of a vanished hand the
or ml f'f a voice that was still."
The funeral service will be
hell lomorrow (Thursday, aft
ernoon at 2 o'clock from the
home of Mrs. Parmele. Itev. J. II.
SaUbury of Auburn, officiating1.
WORLD PROMPT IN PAY
ING INSURANCE POLICIES
From Tuesaay" Dally.
The local clerk of the Wood
man or the World, W. 15. Iti-hel.
yesterday received a letter from
the head office of the society en
closing two drafts for .roo ea-h
made payable to the two daugh
ters of the late Jacob W. Vallery,
whi died December 27th in this
city, and the proofs of death were
gotten ready and sent into the
supreme office, where they were
given prompt attention ami Ihe
payment of the claim made. The
promptness with which the lodge
looked after Ihe payment of the
claim is very pleasing to the
members of the Woodmen of the
World here and shows that this
orcer is one of the most prompt
in the country to settle all claims
of its benifieiarv members.
Best results? are secured by ad
vei Using in the Journal.
Had Been Discharged Frcm Gang
I "r"m Wettn.-y.t.i v'. li:7. J
III an article alluding t tie- ar
rest and conv if i--n of p.fe 'nd-i
in I he J on ma I of i . t t . v n : t . g J be J
statement w;i- T : i ' i I a- :. Ih
man haing' be.-n ti '. o i
bridge gang- of lb- I:-.' ! -n.
This trim, l.t.t the mhim !: !
I -- i . 1 1 -i h .i g' , 1 ..,,,. ;v . .-. ' -ago
by l'or.Mia:i Zag:-r -.
ha charge of thi w oik. at,.!
who will i, i.t loj.-ra'e the m.-n in
their over-it. d j!g ' ! in I.-' r.
and this -tut. merit i - made that
the fnr.'!n;i'i aid th- n. n. of
the bridge i::tt'ir n av !!
placed in a wrong- light ! f
General Disturbance Occurs and
Offenders Are Waltzed Up to
Captain's Office to Pay Penalty
From Tuesday' I 'u " r.
Last evening; wa- hied with
om excitement f..r t f i - - !!.
force, as tle-le Were ipilte ; l;i,:n-
bi-r of mall disturbances create 1
corn"' in the dilTer-eiit put- . r I f - -city,
and it k pt t.'o- ;".'. -er- !
the g. rounding" up the di'T'-fe:ii
violator of the j.e.e'e ,u .1 .j nt-
llde of the ritv.
At the livery barn oT M. F.
Mau-pe.-tker. Suiily Aii ln-v. .i; j
lUby Mcl'ari and 1m-c:i.i- involved
in a i-oiitrovTy. and in the
altercation Andrew slri: H lev
With afl ellip'V Wfifskv bottle ..ver
the he.nl and al.. t hewed i;; two
of hj finger in lie- imxnp that
followed, all j a ; re-wl? lie ;e
brought before Judge ArcloT flu-rnoiriing-
and linl s- r.d co-..
which he pt-oniied to p;i bv .it
urday nd wa rele.i-. d frori the
culody of the law.
Pefe Mride wa anofle-r of
tho- who partook . ,. heavily of
the Howing- .o l:isj eveni:1-- ! d
be w.is the central lignre of a
great, deal of eci!ein nt on Main
street, as when :! rrr New mann
attempted to place It tir iii 'l'T ar
rest be attempted to tiake In.
getaway an. J the oiV.cer of the 1 i,
drew In revolver ai d ?" d a h. '
to stoj. the flight of the n an. n"d
tlii attracted a '-' it dea! of at
tention, but had the e.fecf of
stopping him. a. the ,.,-.-r ha i
no intention of hitting- him wi'h
the bulb f. and Stride wa r .
eyd over to file J.lli. Where h"
spent the night. ;i-id wa b"- i;gt
up in p. dice court th - rnorni; g-.
where he wa given a f.r.e of ..
ami cot. ami She court su-per.d-ed
sentence ur til February . f -r
him to raise the amount of !!;
tine and co-l and provided h-
keep ;.ober di!T;:;g that time.
Stride claim t' ! employed ":
a bridge gang that ha been do
ing" some work for the railroad
company. lie i a very neat appearing-
man :irl apparent !y wa
riot Ue. I to heir- roi;g,! j-i! .
the police court, ami it i !.. be
hoped he will find tin a xaluabie
lesson to him in the future.
GEORGE B. MANN
Th- IP's Itenning pr. -perfy
on Vine sfre-t. two ,U.r w-sf of
the public library bwi'-br g. h i
l.een purcha-e. lv . i T..- Ih
Mann an. I will be occupied i, Mr.lt.. wt'hdrtu h-
Mann and v.ife a u home i r i th-;.
future. Thi i a tine Jocati-.n
for a home, b ir;g right i i th
en Ira I part of the city, and i a
rnof, de-irable piece ..f property,
and the new owner r.-t f-' very
Weil pea-ei With th- T'W h'"l
he ha .seb-eted. The Considera
tion for the properly wa jI.o.io.
which i a barram f--r tin l u
and it iglitly location.
Typewriter paper at the Journal
SWEPT By FIRE
Destructive Fire Visot Neighbor
ing City and Wipe Out Larg
Amount of Prcprty.
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