The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, July 06, 1914, Image 1

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    Neb State Historical Son '
NO. 54.
The Apartments Will All Be Fur
nished in Fine Shape and
Modcrnly Supplied. "
From Friday's Dally.
The wnik on Cass county's new
jail building is progressing in
nice shape and it is a matter of
only a few weeks until the struct
ure will he in shape to see how
really line the building looks. The
plasters have finished up most of
their work on the building and
the carpenters and plumbers are
now busily engaged in finishing
up their part of the work that will
place the building in shape to he
turned over to the hoard of coun
ty commissioners.
The cell rooms are well made
with steel and concrete that will
defy the efforts of any prisoner to
break out. and the steel cages
which have been placed in the cell
room will he used to hold the
more desperate prisoners that
may lie lodged in the county
The second floor of the building
will he devoted to a ward for the
female prisoners and a hospital
section, where the prisoners that
are sick may he coutined without
injury to their health, while the
front section of this part of the
building- will be devoted to the
apartments of the jailor's family.
Throughout the most perfect
sanitary arrangements have been
made to keep the jail in perfect
shape and there has been nothing
omitted to make the jail strictly,
in compliance with the. rub's that
govern most of the prisons of the
country. Ample toilet and wash
rooms have been provided, as well
as places where the prisoners may
bat lie and keep themselves clean,
which fact will be greatly ap
preciated by the person who has
charge of the jail, as in the old
building on pearl street the con
ditions were simply unspeakable.
The commissioners have cer
tainly done well with the amount
of money that was appropriated
for the purpose of putting up the
jail ami have secured a most
creditable building that will be
used to house the violators of the
From Friday's Daily.
This morning City Attorney
Tidd brought suit on behalf of the
city of Plattsmouth against Byron
(iolding for the collection of .5
occupation tax charged against
Hie defendant for the sale of fire
crackers and fireworks at the
(irand theater building. Mr. (fold
ing refused to comply with the re
quest of the city to dig up the sum
asked and the action is taken to
try and collect it from him. The
case will be threshed out before
.TuJslice Archer. The city con
tends that inasmuch as the other
business men of the city pay oc
cupation tax' there should be one
secured from Mr. (iolding, even
though the business he is con
ducting will last only a few days.
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Fixing Up Office Buildings.
The building on upper Main
street that is occupied by Dr. E.
W. Cook and Drs. E. D. and F. L.
Cummins with their offices, is be
ing repainted and trimmed up in
first-class shape, winch arid
trreatly to th appearance of the
building. The doctors who own
the building do not propose to be
left behind in the matter of public
improvements and will see that
their building is kept up in good
May Change Running Time.
It has been currently reported
in railroad circles for some time
that the Missouri Pacific con
templated changing the running
lime of their passenger trains
through this city, but as yet there
has been no official notice given.
One of the changes reported is
that the St. Paul-St. Louis flvei
which reaches this city at 12:10,
noon, and which under the sched
ule rumored would leave Omaha
about 2 o'clock, reaching here be
tween 2:30 and 2:i.r p. m. It will
not be known definitely as to the
change until Sunday.
From Friday's Daily.
This morning a petition was re
ceived at the ollice of the county
elerk asking that the name of
Charles Spohn of Avoca precinct
be placed on the ballot as a candi-
didale for the ollice of county
commissioner for the Second dis
trict on the democratic ticket. The
petition was circulated among the
friends of Mr. Spohn in the dis
trict and tiled without his knowl
edge and the clerk at once mailed
out an oath to the gentleman,
which he can fill out if he desires
to accept the petition of the
voters. Mr. Spohn is at present
road supervisor of Avoca precinct
and is a gentleman well and
favorably known throughout the
district where he has made his
home for years, and should he ac
cept the nomination he will make
a strong candidate for the office.
The firm of C. E. Wcsrott's
Sons have on display in their west
how window a very strong testi
monial of the wearing qualities of
the line of suit cases and travel
s' supplies that they carry. It
is a suit case which was pur
chased at their store bv Pollock
Parmele before he started on his
tour of the world last September,
and the suit case bears on its
cover the legend of the many
places visited by Mr. Parmele in
the stickers of the different hotels,
xt ending from New York through
the large cities of Asia and the
Pacific islands to San Francisco.
It is easy to imagine the rough
usage that a piece of baggage
would receive in its handling at
the many different places visited,
and the condition of the suit case
hows that it was all that was
claimed for it, as the case is still
in good shape and seems as
though it could stand another
trip around the globe.
Runs Large Sliver Into Leg.
Yesterday afternoon Joe Liber-
shall, while carrying a large iir
tringer at the planing mill at the
Burlington shops was unfortunate
enough to run a large sliver from
the stringer into his right leg
which entered to quite a depth and
necessitated the services of a
surgeon to extricate the splinter,
which was done and Mr. Liber-
shall will be none the worse for
the accident, save a slight sore
ness where the invading piece of
wood had lodged.
Visiting Wm. Rauth and Family.
E. V. Bergman and wife of To
ledo, Ohio, are visiting the for
mer's uncle, William Rauth, and
family at Wabash for a few days.
Messrs. Rauth and Bergman
motored to this city in Mr. Rauth's
car today for a visit with county
seat friends, and while here made
this office a very pleasant call,
visiting the various departments
of this ollice. While here Mr.
Rauth had his name placed on the
Plattsmouth Journal list and will
be kept posted on the happening
in the county, and it gives us
much pleasure to place his name
on our list.
First Term of the Work Closes
Very Satisfactory to Those
Who Have Attended.
From Friday's Dally.
The Plattsmouth Business col
lege today closes its first term of
school and the work of the col
lege has proven most successful
in the very able instruction given
the young people who have at
tended the school. The course
given the students were very
thorough and efficient and the re-
ult has proven very satisfactory.
The college has employed a
most competent corps of instruct
ors in the different branches ot a
business education, such as type
writing, bookkeeping and short
hand and the manner in which the
tudents have taken up the work
has been the source of great
pleasure to the instructors who
have had charge of the college.
The Draughtoa colleges in the
different parts of the country
have gained an enviable reputa
tion for the excellent work done
and the large number of students
turned out of their institutions
ami the one established here in
Plattsmouth is up to the usual
high standard maintained in the
other colleges. The school will
reopen here on September 1st,
when a large number of new
students are expected to enter the
college to take up. the different
courses that will lit them to take
up positions in business offices,
where they will be well qualified
to hold down any position that
may be offered them.
The location of the business
ollege in this city has been one
f the best things for the young
people of the community that has
een brought here in recent years.
as it gives them an opportunity of
securing a practical business
duration without being compell
d to go to Omaha or some other
large city to secure this line of in
struction, and the citizens here
should see that all possible aid is
given this excellent institution.
From Friday's Daily.
Last evening Mrs. C. S. Johnson
returned home from Long Beach,
California, where she, in company
with her daughter, Miss Mildred,
have been for some weeks past.
Mildred did not return home with
her mother, as they were met. in
Kansas City yesterday morning
by Wayne Propst and the wedding
ceremony performed in that city,
making Miss Johnson, Mrs.
Propst The young people will
spend their honeymoon in Kan
sas, visiting with friends in dif
ferent parts of the state. The
best wishes of the host of friends
of these two most estimable
young people will be extended to
them on this very happy event and
they can rest assurred they will
receive a royal welcome home
from the friends on whom they
stole such a march. Mrs. John
son also brings the news from the
coast of the marriage at Long
Beach two weeks ago of Arthur
Helps, formerly of this city, whose
wife was killed in the great
calamity, the collapse of the pier
at Long eBach two years ago.
If you want to sell your farm,
list it with me. I have buyers for
good Cass county farms. T. H.
Pollock, Coates Block, Platts
mouth. Mrs. Peter Rochka was among
the passengers this morning for
Omaha, where she will spend the
day looking after some matters
of business.
Issues Marriage License.
From Friday's Daily.'
A marriage license was issued
this morning by County Judge
A. J. Beeson to Mr. John I).
Hughes, aged 27, of Dunbar, Neb.,
and Miss Amanda E. Rover, aged
17, of Avoca. The wedding will
take place Sunday at the home of
the bride's parents at Avoca. The
bride is one of the most popular
and charming young ladies of that,
locality, who is ery highly
esteemed by a large circle of
friends, while the groom is a very
prosperous young farmer of Otoe
county, residing near Dunbar,
where the young people will make
their home in the future.
The Protestant churches of the
city have decided to j . i 1 1 together
luring the heated monlhs in
holding union services each Sun
day evening- at Oarlb'ld park, as
if is found much more pleasant
than holding them in the heated
interior of the church buildings.
fhe bandstand in the park will be
used for the choir that will be
used at these services and all the
singers of the city are most cor
dially invited bv the committee
in charge to occupy eats there
and assist in the music of the
'rviees. Each minister of the
different churches will occupy the
preaching lime on alternate
Sundays, fhe first being Rev. F.
M. Druliner of the Methodist
church, who will preach the coin
ing Sunday, and will be followed
n July 12 by Rev. It. ;i. McCIu.-ky
f the Presbyterian church, and
m Sunday, July !'., Rev. A. d.
llollowell of the Christian church
will occupy the pulpit, and Rev.
W. S. Leete of the Episcopal
hurch on Sunday, July 2fi.
The pastor of St. Paul's church.
while not having a part in the
preaching- service, will render all
the assistance possible to the
move, which should prove of
much benefit to the members of
the different organizations in
ringing them together and get
ting acquainted with each other in
true Christian spirit. These
services will start, earn Minua
evening following the close of he
Christian Endeavor and Epworth
eague services.
All parties owning camp chairs
and who can find it convenient
are requested to bring them to
the park, as the seats there are
not sufficient to accommodate
the crowd that will be in attend
Fred W. Young, who a few days
ago filed for the office of county
commissioner from the Second
district, was in the city Friday
and stated that he had decided not
to enter the race, owing to condi
tions that had arisen in his home
precinct since the filing of his
name. Mr. Young does not be-
ieve, under the existing condi
ions, that in justice to himself he
should be a candidate for the
)llice, and accordingly will get out
of the race and allow someone
else to make the campaign. He
feels grateful to his friends for
their support and assures them
that their efforts in his behalf
will be gratefully remembered by
him. The withdrawal of Mr.
Young leaves Charles Spohn as
the only democratic candidate for
this position.
Miss Seva Johnson returned to
Omaha this morning after a short
visit in this city at the home of
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oust
Call telephone No. 400 for
guaranteed Garden Hose. Warga
& Schuldolce.
After Shooting a Man at the HI. P.
Depot He Proceeds to La Platte,
Where He Shoots Boy.
The Fourth of July was
signalized here by quite a serious
shooting affray at the Missouri
Pacific depot, and which later led
to a pitched battle at La Platte be
tween the man doing the shooting
and Sheriff Ouinton and Chief of
Police John Brings of South
( Mnaha.
The trouble at the Missouri Pa
cific depot occurred Saturday
morning shortly after fi o'clock,
when a negro and two white men
becamee involved in a quarrel,
and which resulted in the negro
shooting Fred Low, a quarryman
from near Xehawka, through the
right wrist, and also in the right
ankle. As soon as he committed
the deed the negro lit out in a
northerly direction, following the
Missouri Pacific track toward the
Platte river. The operator at the
depot, as smu as he discoered
the trouble, called Officer Neu
mann by telephone, who at once
notified Sherili" Ouinton of the
shouting', and that officer started
in pursuit of the fugalive in his
The wounded man stale.! to the
police, when he was brought to
the city, that the trouble arose
when the negro asked them for a
cigarette paper, and when it was
riven to him began to quarrel
with Low and his companion,
named Hawkins, and suddenly
pulling his gun from the holster
opened fire, the bullets faking" ef
fect on the person of Low. The
wounded man was brought to the
city to have his injuries dressed.
but when the physician attempted
to treat him he fought quite
vigorously and it was impossible
to do anything with him and lie
was taken to jail, where he later
allowed the injuries to be dressed.
The negro made his way across
the Plalle river to La Platte and
when he arrived there he proceed
ed to add to his list of crimes by
stealing a horse that was stand
ing near a stand where soft drinks
were being sold by a young man
named Dean Wall, and who at
tempted to slop the negro, who at
once opened fire on the boy,
shooting him in the left shoulder,
and it is only due to the fact that
the young man threw up his hand,
defied ing the course of the bullet,
that he was not killed.
Chief of Police John Briggs of
South Omaha, who was camping
at La Platte, was in the neighbor
hood of the shooting and at once
ran to the scene of the trouble,
arriving there about the tune
Sheriff On wit on arrived, and se
curing another automobile the
two officers started in pursuit of
the negro, the sheriff shooting at
him and inflicting a wound on his
head, and he sought flight in the
bushes and weeds along the Mis
souri Pacific tracks, and was pur
sued by the otlieers, several times
-hooting at Sheriff Ouinton, who
was in the lead of the pursuers.
He finally dodged behind a tree,
from whence he tired several
times, but was finally winged by
Chief Briggs, who shot him in the
right arm, and the otlieers then
ran up and secured him. The
South Omaha chief grabbed the
man's gun and rapped him over
the head, which subdued him in
hort order, ami he was hand
cuffed and placed in the custody
of the sheriff to be returned to
this city, Sheriff Ouinton and
Charles McCauley guarding him
on the trip here, where be was
placed in jail under guard.
The negro, during the pursuit,
found that the ollicers were gain
ing on him and jumped from the
buggy, taking llight in the bushes
and high weeds, and as he ran
along the Missouri Pacific right-
of-way the sheriff snipped him
with a bullet from his revolver,
the bullet hitting him in the front
of fhe head and came out at the
back of tlie head, traveling under
the scalp, but this wound did not
lessen his fighting spirit in the
least, as he continued the battle
Most of the shooting done by the
negro was while he was running,
and to this is probably due the
reason that he did not injure
Sheriff Quinlon, who was hotly in
pursuit of him, and upon whom
most of the fire of the negro was
Dean Wall, the young man shot
at La Platte, was hurried to
Omaha at once after the shooting,
to be placed under the X-ray, as
if. was feared fhat the bullet had
lodged in one of the lungs..
Fred Low stated at the jail fhat
he had been working at Xehawka
for the past two months and that
his home was at Sherman, Texas,
but he had been-roaming around
over the country for some years
and really had no established
residence. His injuries were not
very dangerous and were dressed
by Dr. Martin, the county physi
cian, at the jail shortly after he
was taken there.
John Hawkins, the man who
was with him, was also from Ne
hawka, and both of them were
very much under the influence of
liquor when brought to the jail by
the police, but the negro did not
seem to have been drinking and
was evidently a very bad character
as his actions show.
The celebration here of the
Fourth of July was decidedly of
the quiet order, as there had been
no attempt to put on any celebra
tion of anv consequence and all
liiaf, was staged was the numer
ous private entertainments at the
homes and picnic parties for the
visitors from out of the city who
sought rest and recralion here in
the quiet of the country from all
the noise and turmoil of the city.
The day a most delightful
one, nof being excessively warm,
and was one that could be taken
the fullest advantage of in camp
ing and picnicking-. 1 he ball
games furnished a pleasurable
treat to those who love these kind
of events and were well attended.
The Bohemian residents of the
city enjoyed a line picnic at the
f. J. Sokol hall and park in the
west part of the city during the
dav. it being given bv the . C. B.
J. lodge, and in the evening the
T. J. Sokol society gave a most
pleasant dance at the hall which
attracted a large crowd of dan
cers and a good time was had by
all in attendance. A platform
dance at the Koukal grove, north
of the eitv, was also the occasion
of much pleasure to a large num
ber in attendance. During the
evening there was a splendid dis
play of fireworks at the different
homes of the city and it was on a
more extensive scale than ever
German Ladies' Aid Meets.
The Aid society of the (lerman
Lutheran church at Eight Mile
drove met at the home of Mrs. E.
J. Engelkeineier Friday afternoon
and the manner in which they
were entertained in this hospita
ble home was very pleasing to the
large number of ladies who were
present at the meeting. At a
suitable hour very tempting and
delicious refreshments were serv
ed that added greatly to fhe pleas
ure of the members of the society.
The next meeting will be held at
the home of Mrs. Jacob Buechler.
Parlor Musical.
The Q. Z. society of the Pres
byterian church will hold a parlor
musical at the home of Mrs. C. L.
Rundstrom Wednesday afternoon,
July 8th, at 3 o'clock. Everybody
invited. Mr. Phillip Hudson, in
structor at a musical college in
Iowa, will render several selec
tions and a number of the local
talent will assist in this program.
This program will be rendered at
3 o'clock sharp. Admission, 25c.
Blank books of all kinds at the
Journal office.
A Portion of the Evidence Taken
During the Preliminary Exam
ination and Up to the Hour
of Going to Press.
The preliminary hearing of
deorge Barr, who was charged
by the county with murder in the
first degree, as well as an assault
upon Chief of Police Rainey, drew
out a crowd that packed the dis
Irict court room to its capacity at
1(( o'clock, when the case was
called before Judge A. J. Beeson,
county judge. Y. J. O'Brien,
stepfather of M. A. Bunker, the
young man killed here on June
ith, was present, as well as was
the wife of Barr and the children
of the defendant.
Attorney dcring. representing
the defendant, moved at the open
ing of court fhat, the state
lesignate upon which count the
lefendanl be Iried and Ihat the
ourt so order, which motion was
W. J. O'Brien called to the
tand and staled his name and
residence, as wen as his occupa-
ion and his relationship to the
voung man who bad been killed.
Dr. J. S. Livingston was the
first witness to testify at length
on the case, describing the nature
of the wound and its course
through the body from the time
of the entrance of the bullet into
the chest on the lff until it lodg
ed under the skin along the spinal
cofunm. H-e had first seen I he
body on the lawn ai his ollice,
where it, was carried from the
river road. He had removed the
clothing from the chest of the in
jured man and found fhe wound;
at this time Bunker was dead. The
body had been taken to the under
taking rooms of M. Hild for the
autopsy, which had been perform
ed by him and Dr. E. W. Cook.
The bullet had passed clear
through the body, lodging just
under the skin at the back, near
the shoulder blade.
Before the cross-examination
of Dr. J. S. Livingston, Mr. der
ing asked that Mr. O'Brien de
scribe the weight and height of
his stepson, which he did, stating
he was about five feet, ten inches
in height and weighed 178 pounds.
Dr. Livingston slated, on cross
examination, that the body of the
young man was of good propor
tions ami apparently that of a
clean-cut young man. He had not
made a thorough examination of
the body on the lawn. At the
autopsy the entrance of the bul
let was found to be slighlly higher
than that of the point where it
was found lodged in the body.
Thought bullet, had been slightly
defiected from its course by a part
of the vertibra. In reply to the
question of Mr. deriug, the doctor
slated that a man who was injured
in the manner that Mr. Bunker
had been could only live a very
few minutes, as the hemorrhage
would ensue from the wound, and
not oyer two minutes at lea-d. Re
had not noticed who were in the
crowd at the office, but thought
that Officer Neumann was pres
ent. The autopsy had been at the
Hild undertaking room, at which
Dr. Cook, himself, County Attor
ney Taylor and J. P. Saltier, the
undertaker, were present. The
bullet had taken a practically
straight course through the body,
with a slight downward tendency.
Chief of police Rainey was then
placed on the stand by the state.
He stated he had held the posi
tion of chief of police for the past
five years. Knew Barr for the last.
22 years. He was on duty on June
2 -ith. He had been called to Do
nat's saloon on account of some
trouble there. Donat had told him
that Floyd Richardson and deorge
Barr had been engaged in fighting
in the saloon. Richardson had
been near the door when he came
in and when he went back out on
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