Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Nov. 18, 1915)
PLATTSMOUTH SEMI-WEEKLY JOURNAL.
THURSDAY, NOVEMI1ER IS. I'JK
Cbc plattsmoutb journal
I IB LI SUED SEMI-WEEKLY AT I'LATTSMOtTII, NEBRASKA.
Entered at Postofflce at Plattsmouth. Neb., aa second-class mail matter.
R. A. BATES, Publisher
.V I'KICK: flJT
J. THOUGHT FOR TODAY.
It seems as if heroes hud
done almost all for the world
that they can do; and not much
more can come until common J
men awake and take their com
raon tasks. I believe the com
mon man's task is the hardest.
McKelvey has announced, whether
anybody wants him or not.
Politics are assuming proporitions
that will eventually mean business.
Governor Morehead can be re
nominated and re-elected, if he wants
The revival at the Methodist church
continues, and great interest mani
There is no discount on the frosts
thse mornings, and the overcoat
comes in good play.
More than 10,000 automobile trucks,
valued at $22,000,000, have been ship
ped to England and France from the
United States since the war began.
The Simplified Spelling Board is to
isue a dictionary. Small need of a
dictionary if one is going to spell by
During the engagement period a
young man is only serving his ap
prenticeship. He will not carry th?
leal burden until after the minister
has been paid.
Our merchants should be getting
ready for the holidays by decorating
their places of business, and especial
ly their show windows. None too soon
to begin the work.
Cooker T. Washington died Sunday.
No negro in the United States ever
1 ecame as noted or possessed as grea'.
ability. We will all have to acknowl
edge Booker T. was a very able man.
In the Christian Evangelist an
earnest preacher is described as over
sowing with soizzei ingtum; and
that's one that isn't in Billy Sunday's
vocabulary. We'll wager it wiil be.
If we have to have a new state
bouse, that's the time to remove the
capital to a more central part of the
state. Don't you think so? Or. let
the property holders and millionaires
of Lincoln get together and build a
state house themselves, if they want
the capital to remain where it is.
Our additions in preparedness will
greatly strengthen the nation's tie
fense; prepare it, no doubt, for th
f'rst shock of real war, but they
wouldn't be adequate for such an oc
casion. Only a nation in arms can
light a modern war, and you might as
well make up your mind to do your bit
if it should come to that, if you
chance to be around the military age-.
Congressman Murdock, of Kansas,
and chairman of the progressive or
bull moose party, just before sailing,
made public a formal statement h ;
had prepared, just before starting for
Kurope. In part it is as follows:
"With a congressional program which
will have the democratc party churn-
'ing on the rocks w ithin sixty days an
with the republican party divided an-
Vonfused in its councils to a degree it
navor been before" the progres
1 1 O ' -
sive party has every reason to plunge
'into the 1916 ' campaign with vim
vigor and a determination to win."
PEIl YKAK IX ADVANCE
JOHN HA R LEYCOR X, CH A U FF E U R
There is a growing demand that
John Barleycorn be permanently dis
charged in the state of Nebraska as a
chauffeur. He has a contract to run
many automobiles. He is the worst
knock the business has. There are
thousands of cases every month in Ne
braska of men committing the very
worst kind of careless acts under the
influence of liquor and driving auto
mobies. Every man who takes tho
steering wheel of an automobile after
a few drinks of whisky is a potential
murderer, even if he does not actually
become one. He is more tlangerous
than the maniac who would discharge
a machine gun down a crowded stree;.
The maniac can be caught the
drunken auto driver often manages to
escape after doing his damage. There
will be a demand for regulations on
automobile drivers. The provision
should be made for revocation of th.2
license of any person who, it could ba
proved, attempted to operate an auto
mobile on public highways after tak
ing a few drinks of intoxicating
liquor. He is unsafe and should be
barred from owning or operating a
car. He brings the standing of the
whole list of automobile owners down,
as the public, injured by an intoxicat
ed driver, does not make distinctions
in giving its judgment, at a moment
when wrath rules. Therefore, John
Barleycorn should be put on the list
of those ineligible to drive an auto
mobile on a public highway. He is
not only a danger to the car in which
he is a driver, but he is like the huge
cannon in the story of the ship in a
torm at sea, when the cannon got
loose from its moorings and dashed
bcut the decks, smashing, crashing,
killing, as the ship would pitch from
side to side. The world should boy
cott John Barleycorn and his school
of pupils as licensed persons to own or
operate automobiles. Railroads long
ago recognized the danger of having
drinking engineers. An automobile
driver is using a public highway as
compared with a private right-of-way
of a railroad train. He is more
dangerous when intoxicated than the
If it were not for polities in this
country the whole people would in
dorse President Wilson's war policies,
and especially hi.-s ideas en prepared
ness. But when some fellows see n
chance to get into office by opposing
the president, they will do it. There
are others, also, who support the
president because they think it is pop
ular to do so. Let them be either re
publican or democrat, they all should
demonstrate their patriotism for the
old flag by declaring for "Americu
First," and make it first by being pre
pared to defend our country.
Railroads of the United States
have demonstrated their faith in
newspaper advertising my spending
$10,000,000 for newspaper space dur
ing the last fiscal year, according to
an address delivered by a prominent
railroad man in Chicago last week.
And he was satisfied they had got
"I think the whole nation is con
vinced that we ought to be prepared,
not for war, but for defense, and very
adequately prepared. The spirit of
America is the spirit of a nation that
is self-conscious, that knows and loves
its mission in the world, and knows
that it mut command the respect of
the world." President Wilson.
In men it is always a struggle be
tween the backbone and the wish
bone, but what is it that women are
struggling for? We ain't a going to
tell. We have no hair on the top o?
our head now.
A COUNTRY WORTH LOVING.
Things are going right along under
the new trend given to legislation
! since Woodrow Wilson was elected
j president. The government railroad in
j Alaska is being rapidly constructed,
j The army engineers in charge report
that it will be finished inside of three
years. Survey of the railway from
Seward to Fairbanks is complete and
eight miles of rail have been laid and
an additional thirty miles will be laid
within the next month.
A Washington dispatch says that a
bill will be introduced in congress at
the coming session which will provide
an inheritance tax. The bill as drawn
will exempt the first $50,000, then im
pose a tax of 1 per cent on the first
$50,000 above the exemption; 2 per
cents on the next $100,000; 3 per cent
on next $100,000, and 4 per cent on
next $100,000; above $500,000, 7 per
cent; the next $1,000,000, 10 per cent;
next $2,000,000, 15 per cent; next $5,
000,000, 20 per cent; next $10,000,000,
30 per cent, and on the next $16,000,
000, 45 per cent (making $50,000,000),
and 75 per cent on all estates exceed
ing $50,000,000. That is a sort of
legislation that has been advocated by
a great many eminent sociologists and
economists for years. It means a
more equitable distribution of wealth
and the lowering of taxation upon the
That trend of legislation will be
kept up as long as the people support !
the administration. The moment they
fail to do that it will stop. The first j
thing to be done is to make this nation ,
secure from aggression, so that tho
life of the American citizen may be
that of safety, comfort and plenty.
When that is done there will be no
necessity to make appeals to patriot
ism. Every man will love his country
and be willing to fight for it. It will
be a country worth loving and dying
for. When the working people have
good wages, sick benefits, accident in
surance, old age pensions and other
things of that sort, there will be n t
division among them about the duty
of defending such a country and no
lack of men or means to perpetuate
such blessings. World-Herald.
Any boy feels like an athlete when
he gets a new sweater on.
Mr. Taft seems to have decided to
appoint himself fool killer of the
Everything is lovely and the goose
hangs high, and Plattsmouth is in the
Marry in haste and spend three
years buying the furniture on the in
A man can have only one pair of
pantaloons and one motor car to his
name and be happy.
If one has had no surgical opera
tion, he is apt to discuss the time the
doctors gave him up to die.
Probably the old-fashioned winters
weren't as bad as the o. f. heating
plant that went with them.
In the Messiah oratorio there is a
part which begins, "why do the na
tions so furiously rage?" And
Handel wisely doesn't attempt to clean
up the mystery.
They do say now that the turkey
crop is small, fat birds scarce, prices
are going to be away up, and people
will have turkey on Thanksgiving day
just the same, especially those who are
able to buy.
Peace is the greatest promoter of
staple land values. An acre in Hoi
land, for instance, is worth more than
a farm in Belgium, as a result of tha
European war. A town row hurts
Says a wayside philosopher: "When
he is 20 a man is busy showing his
knowledge; when he i3 80 he is busy
concealing his ignorance. Why, wg
don't know about that; when he is 80,
his conviction is that nobody knows as
much as everybody did when he
Pnly seven more days till Thanks-;
Governor. Morehead's Thanksgiving
proclamation has the right ring to it.
; :o: .. , t
. . .
Holland's Orange Book may move
Belgium to issue a Lemon Book.
Nobody can regulate the weather.
yet everybody is entitled to give it a
few swift kicks.
: ) :
The war talk is beginning to sound
like a mouthful of mush. It is stated
the Bulgarians cut Uskub to Nish.
Have the German submarines gone
into hiding? For some reason their
late whereabouts have been unknown.
Sending $500,000,000 to Europe
shows us that it wouldn't be burden
some to dig the Nicaragua canal, if
we had to.
The more money a man possesses
the more severely he is abused and
the more he has the more he is abused
the less he cares.
Prepare to do your Christmas shop
ping early, and don't forget
patronize those who advertise, for
they have the goods.
The last note to Great Britain from
this country on the question of shin-
Pir' between neutrals is to the point.
Lansing plays a trump card when he
recalls the acts of England during the
President Wilson refused to coun
tenance the dismissal of an assistanc
postmaster in Illinois whe critized him
for getting married. That's the kind
of a president.
Missouri Pacific puts new passenger
rates into effect this week. You pay
jour money and take your choice 33
cents over the Burlington to Omaha,
or 51 cents over the Missouri Pacific.
MeKelvie is too light in the head
for governor of Nebraska. The people
elemand a good, solid business man
like Governor Morehead, and that's
ihe kind of a man they are going to
It is possible, by using considerable
strategy, the democrats of Nebraska
can be drawn closer together than they
have been for some time. The most
of them are not going to submit to be
ing forced to support the prohibition
proposition, as Charley Bryan would
wish, but his elictations if carried out
will simply split the party wider open
than it has been for years. If the
Bryans want prohibition let them do
so, and not endeavor to pull the party
along with them, for they just can't
near do it. There are no doubt demo
crats who are prohibitionists, and will
perhaps support a prohibition amend
ment, but they will draw the line when
it comes to making the question a
The editors of the World's Work
recently took a poll of the press of the
country on preparedness, the results
of which appear in the November is-
sue of that magazine. No paper of
the entire 2G1 expressed downright
opposition to the idea of preparedness.
Six newspapers were either more in
terested in other aspects of our relation
to the possibility of war or were so
lukewarm toward preparedness as to
FUggest an opposition they diti not ex
press. The degree to which the others
would prepare, the methods by which
they would prepare, differ. Some want
the biggest navy in the world and
some think more submarines and coast
defense guns will suffice. Some favor
a big standing army; some, universal
compulsory training. The majority
opinion favors a navy second in power
to Great Britain's and a reorganiza
tion of our land forces to give us an
increased standing army and ultimate
ly a reserve of a million 'men.' 'Tho
papers treat the question of prepared
ness as the most important subject be
fore the new congress which convenes
in December, and warn that body that
the country demands prompt and
J adequate measures to meet the situa-
LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE.
S. II. McKelvie of Lincoln, candi
date for the republican nomination for
governor, has the courage to express
his convictions on the prohibition is
sue, anil for that he is to be con
Mr. McKelvie avows himself a pro
jiumiomsi. ic is nis conscientious
belief that the prohibition amendment
fhould be adopted by the people. If
elected governor it will be his purpose
to enforce the law, regardless of
whether prohibition carries or fail
but and here let Mr. McKelvie
speak for himself:
"While no doubt should be left in
the minds of the voters regarding the
honest attitude of the candidates on
the prohibition amendment, I think
that one's candidacy should not be so
restricted by a support of that ques
tion as to loe sight of equally import
ant issues over which the chief ex
ecutive will have much greater in
fluence and responsibility in the en
actment. "I was one of about a dozen repub
lican members of the house in the year
1K11 who aided a majority of the mem
bers of the party then in control to
pass the initiative and referendum.
Without our aid the bill could not have
been passed. We did this so that the
liquor question with all its perniciou?
connections, mi.uht be removed from
politics. Through that law the quos
tion i3 now in the hands of the people
to decide an 1 candidates should be re
lieved of the odious effects of a rough
and tumble fight on the excise ques
tion. "1 shall deem it my duty to vile for
the prohibition amendment and to aiJ
in the passage of laws which will makt
it operative if through the vo-es o;
the people it should prevail, but to an
nounce my candidacy upon that issue
alone I should consider an evidence of
my incapacity for the office."
Excellently 2nd bravely stated. In
this respect at least Mr. McKelvie
measures ui to the require-mei.ts o'
a Nebraska candidate for governor.
Nebraska is not a one-idea state and
it needs no one-idea governor.
Mr. McKelvie. while a pehibitionist.
is blessed with enough common sense
to realize that prohibition is only one
of the many issues in Nebraska, and
that it is not, properly speaking, a
partisan i-sue. The line of division
between the parties is entirely differ
ent from the line that divides th'i
voters on the issue between statewide
prohibition on the enc hand and local
self-government em the other. The
latter line runs not between the
parties but through them. To attempt
to make a party issue of it wculd be
to divide the parties into factions, to
dump their principles and policies into
the ditch, and to intrust Nebraska's
vast and varied interests in both na
tional and state questions to the rough
and tumble of a factional and partisan
hurly-burly over an issue that can Im
properly and fairly settled, outside the
field of party politics, by the initia
There are fanatics honest fanatics,
lots of them who believe that prohibi
tion is a universal panacea for so
cial and political ills. Mr. McKelvie,
we conclude, is not one of them. Kan
sas is a prohibition state; Nebraska
leaves each community free to deal
with the problem of license or no li
cense as it deems wisest and best.
What, really, leaving all buncombe
and special pleading aside, is the real
difference in general conditions in the
two states? One may spring sta
tistics, may split hairs and figure in
decimal fractions, but the great out
standing fact is that Nebraska and
Kansas, in the condition of their peo
ple', in the spirit of their laws and
government, in their progress and
prosperity, are like as two peas in a
poil. Nebraska, on the figures, has
somewhat the best of it. But the
stranger traveling through both
states, with a man to guide him,
would be hard put to it to decided
whether he was in one state or the
other. Turkey, to cite just one other il
lustration, is a prohibition nation, and j
has been for more than a thousand
years. In everything that goes, to
make for civilization its society an.l
government are immensely inferior to
those of Nebraska, "a wet" state. It
( is not because of prohibition, of course,
. but because of entirely different fac-
1 tors in the lives of two peoples. But
j it is very evident that prohibition, it.
Ulijtt 'i 1 ii, 11 T" i " i 11 11 1 m. jin.i
Jfet Contents 15 ridd Praclffij
:1 1 y v
JVLCOUOL- 3 VZii CENT
tinrf the Sbvj.kteaudboWElsol
riCssUidKtstCuatauisECjJJ Opiuni.Morpiiia2 iicr hUE
J'.mrvMit - .
; j -r
Vrerf Ifruicdv lor t oiislipi
Exsct Copy of Wrapper.
itself, has not proved a magic solvent
of sin and sufTeriug to convert Turkey
into a heaven on earth.
Mr. MjKc'vie h on the lir.ht track.
Let Nebraska -el'.ie the liquor prob
er! in the r.i-a-partisan r.r.d eminently
:air, sensible r '..! satisfactory meiTiod
-rovided by the initiative aiul referen
dum. While it is doing so let its great
political parties be left at liberty to
ondu -t their campaign along the line:;
jf issues thai are political in their
latuie, that vLuIiy concern our coun-
well as our slate, anil that j
should be deci.icd rationally on their
It i.-n't the per diem expenses, but
the per nigiitem cvpense that counts
It is reported that Stale Auritor
Smith will not be si candidate for re
election. It perhaps would be ju.-t as
well if some of the other state oflicials
would come to that conclusion, o.
Candidates in Nebraska seem to be
-.cry strong in ;cc:aring their inten
sions. Uiey go ill :t as tnoiiili the
primaries were to occur in August or
September, when they come in April
next year, nearly four months earlier.
: n :
"There is no doubt about business
improvement in the United States. It
is surpassing all expectations. Evi
dences of this are multiplying." No,
this is not out of a republican cam
paign circular. It is from one of
the commercial and financial letters
of Henry Clews. Lincoln Star.
I A JTt V rt
:DRG. EV3ACH Cl EllAGH'
Tho larrost nd boat oqulppod dontal offlooi lnOmh. Erperti la
charge of all work. Ldy attendant, o Modorvt Prleoau Poreolala
fillings jit Uk tooth. IastruAenU carefull lUrillaad after using.
1 THIRD FLOOR, PAXTON CLOCK. OMAHAi
Write for the best and biggest special tuition offer ever made by
a reputable business-training institution an effer that you may never
get again an oiler that vou positively cannot afford to miss. It may
help ou take at once a long-desired step that will put you on the road
to iinancial success. For
You Can't Attain Your Full Success Unless You
Do Obtain a Business Education
Sn.! at onr, for vour copy of ruy froo 114-p.ige hook, which tells you hv
to ett t .c 1.. st p; id position, most qu!ekly-ho- to step rl?ht over the heart..
10 Bti 1 1 1 r i.i, wnriror on. I take vonr Diace 111 the
II A -.. fT t i-X.- il
ft - h
For Infants and Children.
Mothers Know Thai
THE CENTAUR COMPANY, NIW YOK Cl'Y.
A man who is not ashamed of the
things he knows usually knows h
It's perhaps no worse to be so poor
that one cannot afford to buy the foo I
he ought to eat, than to be so rich that
one can afford to buy the food he
ought not to eat.
Judge Hughes refuses to adhere to
the call of the republicans of Nebras
ka to become a candidate for presi
dent. Judge Hughes is not at all
! pleased with their insistency that he
run whether he wants to or not. What
lias become of the Burket boom?
The Stecher-IIussane wrestling
match in Lincoln on Thanksgiving day
is an event to draw an immense crowd
of sports. Stecher and Hussane
wrestled in Lincoln some time sine?
to a diaw, and there is great interest
manifested throughout the state in
the outcome of the match Thanksgiv
There are men in all communities
who delight in disturbances. They
purely do, or they would not endeavor
to institute measures that are cal
culated to bring them about. Platts
mouth has been free from any trouble
ior so long that it would be a shame
to engender a discord that would, in
s.ny way dampen the present prosper
ous condition of Plattsmouth. Let
everyone attend strictly to his own
business. By so doing wa all get along
better. But five, six or seven persons
can't rule the people, and there is no
use for them to try.
t 1 ' m . n
ft 1$' 1"
w tmm mm m mm m u u lj
ll will thow you how you can quickly im-'
easily prasp hold of the fundamental tools f
business stenography, stenotypy. touch-t y ri--writinc
ant! bookkeeping; or telegraphy or civil
Tstlv. It will tell you hov you can tM
education, no mutter how financially lniposslb'
It may seem to you now.
Drop a postal today you'll hear from me by
H. B. BOYLES, President
1C31 Harney St. Oman, Nobraaki
Powered by Open ONI