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PLATTSMOUTH SEMI-WEEKLY JOURNAL.
Cbe plattsmoutb journal
Published Sam l-W eekly at Plottmouth. N b r.
Entered at the Toatciflce t I'Uttsoioutr.. Nebraska, as second-class mall matter.
R. A. BATES, Publisher
ubtorlptlon Prlooi S1.50 Per Year In Adveno
THOUGHT FOR TODAY.
"Blessed are the happiness
makers; they represent the Lest
V forces of civilization. They are
to the heart and home what the v
V honeysuckle is to the door over
J- which it climbs." Selected.
Some little winter still lingers in
the lap of spring.
Thank heaven, one can sneeze with- j
cut a war tax f tarn p.
Fourth of July orators are now in
demand that is. good ones.
I'lattsmouih will have Saturday af
ternoon entertainments this summer.
Do not talk so miich about your
misfortunes, and your misery will
When in doubt boost yourself.
When times are dull whoop it up
for the city.
Here's hoping that -Italy will not
aojuire a new set of ruins, to add to
those the Romans left.
pel haps reckless auto drivers are
not so numerous as they seem to
the rcdestrian who is dodging them.
The white shoe is in evidence again
thi.; season. If the hoys and girls
can sport a pair of y.'hite shoes, it
doesn't matter what else they have on.
An extra session of congress is now
being considered. Very naturally in
ca.- of danger. But the country
would rather risk the president awhile
The June bride now faces the duty
of writing letters of jubilant en
thusiasm in return for gifts of seven
teen cobl meat forks and only one or
Coin collectors, get busy. The de
sign on all silver coir.s will be changed
shortly in accordance with the ruling
of the treasury department that a
change be made every twenty-five
The citizen who stands up for his
home town "through thick and thin'
is a noble man. And the man who
fails to do this, and is always knock
ing on everything that is proposed for
the betterment of the city, is not a
very desirable citizen.
The Lusitania incident was de
plorable and why should your son and
mine put their lives in jeopardy to
avenge the death of Vanderbilt and a
few other hot-headed people who
boarded the Lusitania when they were
warned that the vessel was doomed?
A good way to assure the safety of
American shipping when it is ap
proaching the other side would be to
have the band play "Yankee Doodle"
and "The Star Spangled Banner,"
and the German submarines fitted
with audiphones so they can hear
There are some politicians who arc
always finding fault with President
Wilson because he does not plunge
this country into war. If war was
declared on Germany, or England, or
TaDin by this county these ssr
Klitieal whelps would be the first to
condemn the president. As a rule
they do not want ar, and their
criticisms are fir purely political
purposes, and to prejudice the minds
of others. Thi3 and nothing mvrt.
THE I'AK.MEK AND PACKER.
Hereabouts the political and legis
lative atmo.-phere is usually charged
with a resonant spirit of hospitality
between the farmer and the meat
Common understanding among
farmers ar.d producers of live stock
is that the packers somehow control
the prices at which the producers
must sell, and somehow manage to
fix the price at what the consumer
Nobody has even conclusively dis
j proven that view of the conditions
hat surround the packing busines.-
But in a recent issue the editor of a
leading farm paper, Farm and Fire
side, rather repudiates this under
standing as fallacious. While admit
ting that the packers make a great
deal of money, this editor insists that
they "givt; the farmers more of the
consumers' dollar, and more for the
stock compared with the prices of
meat, than any other system ever de
vised." An illustration is given in this con
nection whch is interesting:
A few years ago a promoter of a
co-operativ? meat packing company in
the Missouri valley made the stock
men the following offer:
After the farmers had put up the
money to put the packing house in
operation, he would operate it and
give the stockmen every cent derive 1
from the sale of their beef and pork.
In other words, he proposed to give
the farmers a hundred cents of every
All he aked was the by-products-
hair, horn i, hoofs, hides and offal
The co-operative packing house, for
one reason or another, never was
An investigation in Minnesota is re
ferred to :-.s disclosing that, while it
is not the iule, the packer often gets
less for th beef than he paid for tho
steer, that the selling price of the
meat is always close to the price on
the hoof and sometimes under it, and
that the stockman actually gets about
00 per cert of the consumers' dollar
when he ships direct, and even count
ing out buyers' profits, he gets on an
average of o7 to 08 per cent of the
What this editor finds to complain
about is the failure of the packers to
support the market at critical times,
and the making of certain days of the
week big days in the markets, instead
of having buyers for all grades of
stock on the market every market
day. They are able by their system
to put up prices on the off days when
they buy scarcely anything, and drop
them when quotations bring in heavy
"All through the month," says this
writer, "live stock will rise and fall
at the yards, hut the packers will sell
for a fixed price to the butchers. They
always know what they are doing, and
knowing this, they make money."
One gets from this an impression
that it is because they know their
business that the packers wax rich,
rather than that their great success
is due to ?tny advantage they take of
either the producer or the consumer.
It is doubtful if many, either of the
producing or consuming class, share
that belief. Lincoln Star.
Here it is the fcth day of June, and
no real wurm weather yet.
Some republican papers evidently
think it is necessary to declare war
against Germany in order to defeat
President Wilson. Stop your foolish
ness, gentlemen. You can't excite the
president to rush matters. He has :
cool head on his shoulders and he
would rather do right than be presi
dent. But he will he president for
four more years, war or no war.
Please put that in your pipes and
The light proposition in Platts-
mouth is a mystery that will prove
hard to solve.
Glenwood is to have a big Fourth of
July celebration. Plattsmouth will
have nothing, as usual.
There are several ways of wasting
time, but that devoted to the up
keep of a grudge is most hopelessly
The possessor of an industrious
case of rheumatism has a fine regard
for the forecasts of the weather
A few of us are still hanging on to
the good ship The Hague, but she is
listing badly and her rudder is a mere
piece of tripe.
If a woman is stingy enough, she
can win a reputation as a good man
ager, whatever that may be worth in
her line of endeavor.
Our people want light bad enough,
but the day is past when they propose
to pay two prices to some eastern
company to get the necessary dope.
The weeds are getting the best of
tome places in town. Even the ward
school yards need some attention in
this direction. Whose duty is it to
care for the school house surround
UNCLE SAM WANTS MEN.
Your Uncle Sam is recruiting in a
tig way right now. He needs more
men; and he is going to get them. Al-
leady he has laid in a plentiful supply
of uniforms and arms. Maps and
plans of campaign have been all
drawn out. Everything is ready for
the big battle. And when the neces
sary recruits are enlisted this war
f tarts! The weapons? They are
pitchforks, scythes, binders and wag
ons, lhe uniforms: I hey are jeans
pants, decollete shirts and galluses;
shoes may be or may not be added.
according to taste. The battlefield?
Out in the mid-west where wheat is
ripe and ready to be bombarded by an
army of harvest hands. The recruits
wanted? Any able-bodied man who
can handle a pitchfork, drive a team,
run a binder, carry bundles of wheat,
etc. Apply to Most any farmer in
the wheat belt in the mid-west is look
ing for recruits, reports from there
say. Warning Nobody will be killed
or wounded, but good, hard work will
be fired at every man from V'J c. m.
guns from sunrise to star time. And
wages will be pretty good.
OUR INFLEXIBLE PRESIDENT.
Having once made up his mind to
embark upon the sea of international
difficulty, President Wilson is appar
ently inclined to make the most of his
opportunities in that direction. Dis
patches from Washington indicate
clearly that his reply to the German
note will embody these features:
"An insistence that Germany dis
continue the use of submarine war
fare against unarmed vessels, without
providing for the safety of the pas
sengers." "Upon satisfactory assurances that
American lives and property will be
immune from further attacks by Ger
man warships and submarines."
"A declaration that the Lusitania
was not an armed merchant ship when
it was sunk, and was not in service as
n auxiliary British cruiser, and that
it carried no guns mounted or dis
mounted below decks."
"That the carriage of munitions of
war by the vessel was privileged by
international law and did not warrant
the destruction of the vessel."
The president is prepared, accord
ing to the best information obtainable,
to insist upon a strict compliance with
hi.s original demands, and is further
prepared, in case of non-compliance
with these demands, to take such
Ftcps as in his judgment would seem
necessary to enforce them. Whether
this shall mean the severance of
diplomatic relations, or even proceed
to the extremity of going to war will
depend wholly upon the attitude of
the German government.
The American government, we
trust, sees the need of accepting the
fact that sea law must be progressive
ly modified to conform to the course
of mechanical development. It would
require a wise statesman to say where
our interests lie, but one of ordinarily
perceptive intelligence can see that
conditions have changed and that law
must be modified to meet the change
We thing it is the desire of Ameri
cans to deal with all people as fairly
as prejudice will permit. The force of
prejudice has to be conceded, and it
will warp the thought; but so far as
it can be recognized as a factor it is
thus far minimized.
What we must grant the Germans
if we are to maintain a position
morally defensible is the right to stop
the shipment of ammunition by any
means at their disposal. It would be
hideous in justice if we were to assert
cn one hand the right of American
manufacturers to sell any contraband
that a purchaser could come for and
then deny the Germans their rights
of stopping such shipments.
If anything seems plain and clear
in this war it is the fact that the de
cision will rest with the forces able to
supply themselves with the most am
munition. Whichever force can get
the most shells will win. It is not u
question of men. It is a question of
By our rightful insistence that
American manufacturers may sell
whatever a purchaser wishes to buy
we hae put ourselves in the position
of becoming a deciding factor in the
war. e must not directly or in
directly, and cannot, guarantee the
delivery of the ammunition.
That would be a sin against in
ternational fair dealing. Boats carry
ing explosives must not have the pro
tection of passengers for whose se
curity this government holds itself re
sponsible. We must admit that a
submarine cannot conform to sea law
formulated before submarine were
used. A change has been made by
lie niicu OLltn must iiire
many fairly on this question. We
have no right to say that Germany
shall deprive herself of the use of her
only effective sea weapon in prevent
ing the delivery of ammunition which j
may be the deciding factor in the war.
We must recognize that the move
ment of military supplies of this
character is a military movement. In
easily demonstrable fact it is a more
dangerous military movement than
that of sending a regiment of troops.
No one would deny the right of a
submarine to sink a transport, and if
we are to maintain the morality of
our position we must not insist upon
the acceptance of principles of inter
national law which governed before
the mechanical change made by the
submarine. Chicago Tribune.
Actuaries estimate that after two
years of war the belligerent countries
would have on their hands 2,f',40,r00
cripples of reduced or totally destroy
ed earning capacity as a burden for
them to support. The problem of their
support will not be an easy one. It
cannot be solved along the hand
Let us hold fast to our faith in our
country's welfare, and believe that
these United States will always stand
for the highest idea of peace and good
will, even though we are obliged to
fight for the principles we represent.
Let us believe and look forward with
expectancy to a mighty work for this
country as a pacificator of the world's
The citizens should be consulted in
reference to a municipal light plant
before any initiatory steps are taken
in that direction. The city has had
some experience running a municipal
plant, and they desire to be thorough
ly advised before going into some
thing they know nothing about. We
are paying more than other towns of
like size for our lights, and if the
present company will not com to
terms, let them speak up. But the
people are not in the humor to be
monkeyed with any longer.
Some real warm weath'-r would h-lp
the farmers rut.
The Main street lights were tor ied
on Monday night.
Life is a grind, but. make it gt ind a
grist worth while.
Meanwhile we shall have to refrain
from calling it a steel trust.
We are to have street lights for
another month at a lower rate.
Spring onions may be enticing, but
don't breathe it to a living human be
ing. Anybody else needing a "sharp
note?" President Wilson i in the
The king of England an 1 lh" king
of Italy have odd notions about
grounds for felicitation.
There is an abundance of human
kindness, though too many pec pie who
discoer it seek to skim it.
Secretary Bryan is now a doctor by
grace of the University of Maryland,
but his enemies will continue to con
sider him a quack.
Hucrta is living in grand style in
this country, which indicates there is
money in being president of Mexico if
you can get away with it, as he did.
The International Harvester com
pany's sales in foreign countries drop
ped off 1'2 per cent last year. An
other kind of reaper is in use in most
of them now.
King Emmanuel of Italy is, like
Ki:rg Albeit of Belgium. doHg some
of the actual fighting. If more of the'
kings would do likewise there- w;uid J
be less lighting. !
If you meet a man before Jure !'
who is firmly convinced that the ce-'.;;.- j
trv is headed straight for the derr.ni-!
tion bow-wows, it is a fair gue-s that j
nas ,een aS.-eSSCd an llCUKC tiiX
ar.r..''U. tste j
iscier.ee money '
leceipt of ?o.T(.'0 co:
a man n: a jma.i v r-c j'r-.ri ;
town town. Reports troni i n. r. :e j li a
i;d Paterson and a few cuher cities
are awaited with curiosity.
- Congressman Reavis said tins in his
Decoration tlay address at Lincoln
and we think it will be approved by
all: "If the president should feel it
necessary to call congress together I
will throw rav influence toward bar
ring the gates of the republic a'jrain:
the (loirs ot tne r.uronean war. e
don't have to go to war to prove o
courage. There are no issues involved
in the European war which call for
: i '.
RURAL DLLIVERV SLR VICE
In 1HW, the year of the war with
Spain, there were in the United States
only 118 rural pof-tal carriers, cover
ing a daily mileage of 2,'.'oO, at, a
total annual cot of S.U.tMl. Five
years later the number of rural car
riers first crossed the 10,000 line. In
lliO." it passed 3'",000, in VMYJ -10,000,
and last year was l-i,0o2, with a daily
ndleage of over 1,000,000, at an an
nual cost of ?47,377,070. .This service
has been of incalculable advantage to
the rural population, and goes far to
ward making life on the farms more
It is said that according to the
figures of formal bookkeeping rural
delivery has returned only 20 per cent
of its cost. But the general po.-,taI
department is nearer established self
support than before the great army
of rural carriers got to work.
The 43,000 rural carries who faith
fully make their daily rounds have
rendered possible the immense ex
pansion of the parcel post, which has
brought in a new era of rural trans
portation. This system is in its in
fancy, even now, but there is no or.3
engaged in business on the .-oil who
fails to see that it is full of valuable
hew opportunities. i
Sn) GlIS I Sfilil
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of it as John I.)., who
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IL-re is what our eld friend says: creek and Mosquito creek to worry
"Man's f:-.-t duty is to his family arid j the summer boarders. 31ilk and Cold
woman's ;ir.-t duty is to moihei hood, Water cieeks are present, likewise a
hence v.-e cenclu !e that after her fir-t Hog run and a Mud creek, so that
duty is performed, then she- may ! Bacon creek is not stiMnge. It is fit
safely enter the; dirty political pool, j ting that with a Bee -rcek and a Bee:
where the way i.-, open to all kinds of branch there should hlso be a Honey
chicanery and questionable manipula
tions, and not take her time and at
tention frtr-i the more impoitant fir ,'
duty she owes to the young. She is
the mother of the race and all de
pend on the way she cares for the
little one.-. Voting is secondary to
several other thing-."
A BROAD CHOICE
besides the low $50 California e xcursion rate basis, from June 1st
there is a $00 excursion rate with limit of December .'51st.
This will be a big season for Yellowstone Park. Join the throne!
All kinds of circuit tours through the
the tour to Spokane, one way via Glacier Park, the other way via Yellow
stone Park, also about the Mountain and Park tour, one way via Col
orado and Salt Lake, the other via Gardiner or Cody.
Then there is Glacier Park with its incomparable scenery.
You have always m ar you, Colorado resorts fend ranches inr',ii!.
ing beautiful Estes Park; no western
age the la-U few years as Estes Park.
Naar also are the Black Hilts,
Springs, Sylvan Lake and scenic
In the Bi Horn Mou.-it.iln are the suaimer ranei.r n-ar She. id .
:auehe-.ter: in the big Horn IJa-dn is Thermopolis Hot r,rinfi. '(,,;,
rlu iimal cuies
and ask lor
fu i ill i mi i ir
L. W. VAXELLR, General If
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The cihtauk coaniii, ncw io citt
The patriot v. ho va
to f-j" -
1 isn't alwa s wil
low it into warm places.
Time p:v.-ably will u-.:
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jout.-tion: Whi-.-h is ti
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tate is re
nte- ot many of the
v through it. First.
there is Farm creek. o thai I 'aimers
cre-k is r.ut out of place; then there
is a Chicken creek, a Duck creek, a
Cco.-e creek, a number of Turkey
creeks, as well as Pigeon creek. There
are Fox, Hawk and Rat creeks to de
vour the domestic animal.., and some
Crow creeks, while there
s also a Fly
creek. There are a uouplc of Cherry
creeks, a Crabapple , creek and plenty
of Plum creeks, and for wild animals
we have Bear, Beaver, Buck, Raccoon,
Skunk and Wolf cix-eks. With a Keg
creek there is a AVhisky creek and!
a Whisky run. Finally there i-; a
Purgatory creek. Geological Survey.
different gateways; inquire about
resort has su increased in natrnp-
with their famous uinr forr5!, llt
1 1 ft 1 f. I n
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Look over it,,. ;,! , r. ,
ome tour to
on, t li -1 1 1 in ,i k i' iiiniiiri.i
you have in mind. 1 ",l'lu,-v
R. W CL EM1INT, Ticket Afient.
Street, OtjflAHA. Neb.
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