The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, August 31, 1916, Page PAGE 6, Image 12

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Chas C. Parmele, President
Jacob Tritseh, Vice President
The Bank of Cass
CAPITAL $50,000.00
SURPLUS $30,000.00
Plattsmouth, Neb.
Deposits in this Bank
are protected by the
Depositor's Guarantee Fund
of the State of Nebraska.
We will appreciate
Irrigated Lands
are like
I have the lands that will pay you better than any other
investment you can make.
Welcome! Homecomers!
-As usual
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Excelsior Meat Market!
Dealers in
Fish and Oysters in Season.
Everything in Reliable Hardware!
New Stock, Right Prices
Prompt delivery.
Agents for
Repair work quickly
Business founded in 1 866 by A. G. Hatt,
Father and Grandfather of present members of the firm.
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F. F. Patterson, Asst. Cash.
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Guilty Person at Last Con
fesses to Authorities. '
Preparations Had Been Made For Ex
ecution and the Final Goodby Had
Been Said to Hie Family Convicted
of Double Killing Robbery the Mo
tive. The death house at Sing Sing prison
was filled, with activity on the night
of July 8, for there -was to be nu
electrocution the folio wins morning.
Charles Frederick Stielo had been
sentenced to pay the death penalty on
a charge of murder that morning. The
prison ministers -were in his cell, the
chair had been prepared, his death suit
had been given him, -with the slits in
it for the electrodes. His hair had been
cut so as to make a clear space for the
deadly instrument. The condemned
man's family had said their last good
by, and aJl hope had disappeared.
Outside the prison, however, friends
were at work on the case, convinced
that a man was about to be seut to
the great beyond for a crime he did
not commit. Stlelow was popular. A
good natured, Jolly German, he proved
himself to be one of the most likable
men in the prison, and other prisoners
and guards were convinced that a man
of his disposition was not guilty of the
crime with which he was charged.
Justice Guy of the New York su
preme court then sent a stay of execu
tion to the prison in order that the
evidence might be reviewed. This re
prieve put new life and new hope into
Stielow and his friends. They went to
work with renewed vigor q their en
deavors to prove him innocent.
Jfow Irving King, a junk dealer, has
come forward with a confession that
exonerates Stielow. King has admitted
that on the night of March 21, 101.",
he killed aged Charles Phelps and Miss
Margaret Wolcott, the object being rob
bery. The confession is also sit id to
exonerate Nelson Green, who is serv
ing a sentence in Elmira prison for
complicity in the crime.
King had been suspected of the
double murder for some time. His
arrest followed weeks of investigation.
The story told by his confession is this:
On the Sunday of the murder he
went to the home of Mr. rhelps. He
arrived in the afternoon, made himself
agreeable to Mr. Phelps and Miss "Wol
cott and got an invitation to take sup
per with them. He accepted this invi
The meal over. King engaged thein
in further conversation, and, the hour
having grown late, he got an invita
tion to spend the night.
Meant to Rob His Host.
lie accepted it, and some time before
11 o'clock he was escorted to the guest
room, which Mr. Phelps in his hospi
tality put at his disposal. In the room
he waited until things grew quiet. He
had determined to rob his aged host
Shortly after 11 o'clock King left his
room and stole out. His mission was
to rob Mr. Phelps. He did so, but
aroused the aged man.
King confessed that he took his pis
tol and shot and killed Mr. rhelps,
that then he took the same pistol and
shot and killed Miss Wolcott
The conviction of Stielow was orig
inally procured mainly through an al
leged confession obtained by a private
detective, George W. Newton. Stielow
could not sign his name, but Newton
had him make his mark at the end of
the typewritten "confession."
Badgered Into "Confessing."
Affidavits were submitted in motions
for a retrial asserting that a lawyer
for Stielow had trapped this detective
Into a description of the methods by
which he obtained the alleged confes
sion. Stielow has consistently told his
lawyers that he made his mark to the
confession without realizing what the
paper was and simply to avoid con
stant badgering by the detective.
Charles Phelps, a wealthy farmer,
soventy-one years old, and his house
keeper, forty, were found shot to death
in "West Shelby, Orleans county, N. Y.,
on the night of March 21, 1013. The
man was In his own home. Miss Mar
garet Wolcott was on the steps of the
cottage across the road, where Stielow.
a newly engaged farm hand, lived with
his wife and children; Nelson Green,
his brother-in-law, and the latter's
wife. As Phelps was known to have
had a large sum of money in the house,
and as this was missing robbery was
given as the motive.
Rewards aggregating $6,000 were of
fered, and before the month ended
Stielow and Green were arrested.
They got "the third degree" from pri
vate detectives, who later produced an
alleged confession. This was unsign
ed, but at the trial in July, 1015, they
swore it had been obtained from Stie
low. lie was sentenced to death, and
Green was sent to Elmira for life.
Four dates were set for Stielow's ex
ecution and a stay granted each time.
Named After Thirty-six Years.
After thirty-six years as a candidate
for one office J. Worten Keys was
nominated for sheriff by the Democrats
of Saline county. Mo., in the primary,
ne has been a candidate for sheriff at
eachJelectlon slnco-lSSOIand failed to
win until this year Keys Is a fartner
and stock raiser.
Some Queer Ones j
Golf balls to be investigated by
Bloomfield, N. J., to find out why it Is
fatal to bite into one.
Bolt of lightning discovered gas in
abandoned well in Pennsylvania, and
owner is now getting $50-worth a day.
Fish nibbled at hook. Pennsylvania
man pulled on line not knowing it had
become tangled with trigger of rifle,
and bullet killed him.
Youngest aviator is narry Joline,
four, of Philadelphia, who made a
half hour flight over Atlantic City at
2,000 feet as a passenger.
New York footpad victim laughed
too soon to think he had no money.
Robbers took every stitch of clothes
he wore and beat hini besides.
John D. laughed right out in Cleve
land church and congregation joined
him, when preacher said joke of 3-oung
men who marry thinking "she is hisn,
only to find that he's hern."
Couriers Carry Orders to Front at
Great Risk of Life.
The unexampled conditions of fight
ing before Verdun have developed a
new type of soldier called "the couriers
of Verdun." They maintain communi
cation between the troops in the midst
of the melees and oflicers commanding
from the rear. The battlefield into
which they dart with orders or after
Information is a desolate zone, where
nothing but thick smoke, sometimes
black, sometimes white, gives appear
ance of life. Excepting during the brief
time of an infantry attack it is to all
appearances deserted; the sharpest eye
discovers no movement of humanity.
Occasionally a form is seen going
over this desert land something after
the manner of a rabbit, bounding into
sight out of the herbs and above un
even ground to disappear agaiu; leap
ing from obstacle to obstacle, from
ditch to ditch, from shell hole to shell
hole as it approaches the front line, at
times vaulting, at others crawling and
sometimes kept motionless for consid
erable periods by showers of projec
tiles sent over from the other side of
the line for his personal benefit. This
is the messenger of modern battle; he
was never more needed nor more use
ful than at Verdun.
Not a telephone line can resist the
incessant bombardment Communica
tions by carrier pigeons are uncertain,
and optical signals are insufficient for
various reasons. Nothing Ls certain ex
cept the man himself, and to transmit
Information and orders across that
beaten field requires something extra
ordinary in the way of man.
The courier of Verdun is unable to
use the communicating trenches,
where he would be out of sight of the
enemy, because that line is crowded
always with soldiers going to or from
the front line, with wounded being
carried back, with men of the commis
sary department carrying provisions to
the men on guard. That is too slow a
route for the courier. lie must take
his chances of being sighted and hit
above ground.
The first formidable obstacle to pass
Ls the zone that is beaten by "drum
fire," where eiglit inch, six inch and
four inch shells are bursting with
formidable explosions, sending show
ers of shrapnel over the whole zone.
In going through this ordeal the courier
sees everywhere the spectacle of
death, stumbling over corpses, some
times runs into a cloud of poison va
por before he has crossed it Once
through he is within range of the
smaller guns and the deadly quick
During the whole distance of a mile
or two miles, according to the position,
his nerves are at the highest tension,
with his mind on the end of bis mis
sion and at the same time on the ob
stacles that are multiplied each instant
in his path.
German Testing Station Announces
Important Discovery.
The royal material testing office at
Grosslichterfelde, a suburb of Berlin,
announces paper can be manufactured
from cotton stalks.
The discovery was made, it is stated,
by. a German institution while carry
ing out a commission from an Egyp
tian firm given before the war. A
shipment of stalks which had arrived
from Egypt before the opening of hos
tilities was used for the experiment.
The stalks wre out and ground, boil
ed and bleachtd, and the paper mak
ing then proceeded after tlio wsiial
methods. The result moved tho test
ing office to arriv at the decision cot
ton stalks are a good material for male
ing paper.
Lincoln B. Palmer, manager of tho
American Newspaper Publishers asso
ciation, said that, although private and
governmental laboratories had been
seeking for years to find a suitable
substitute for wood pulp in the manu
facture of paper, nothing bad been pro
duced that would stand the test.
"if the Germans have solved the
problem," he said, "they will have
rendered the United States a valuable
service, and it ought to bring millions
to the inventor of the process. The
discovery, if true, should prove a boon
to the 'paper making -industry in this
Stiacklelon Man Hss Little
Hope For Those Lett Behind.
Hardships of Polar Regions Described
by Member of Crew Who Has Now
Reached London Drifted Into South
Georgia Just as Food and Supplies
Were Exhausted.
Harry McNish, a member of the
Shackleton antarctic expedition, has
arrived in London, bringing details of
the terrible experiences undergone dur
ing the escape from Elephant island.
McNish told how Sir Ernest Shackle-
ton led the little party in an open boat
750 miles through mountainous seas,
driven by great gales and filled with
floating ice. They were forced to jet
tison most of their supplies and even
lost their sea anchor. During the weeks
of struggle they ran out of water and
food, but finally reached South Georgia
McNish has little hope of the rescue
of the men left behind on Elephant
"Perhaps the worst fact we have to
reckon with regarding the men left on
Elephant island." McNish said, "Is that
they may think the small boat in
which we reached South Georgia is
land has foundered with all hands and
that consequently the world is still Ig
norant of their fate.
"It was, I suppose, one chance in a
hundred that the boat ever would get
through, and time after time it was
only by a miracle that we escaped
drowning. It was only by an act of
Providence that we were able to make
Elephant island at all. Even then the
wind blew everlastingly, and we had
to crawl on our hands and knees to
make headway against it.
Had to Find Help.
"The chief decided that a push must
be made to the nearest land where help
could be found, and I was set to work
to fit our largest boat for the adventur
ous voyage. It was a difficult job, but
with the help of George Marston, the
artist, ami McCarthy, a seaman, who
made a great hand at sewing frozen
canvas, the most difficult proposition
In the way of sewing that there is, we
managed to make good.
"We decked the boat with sledge
runners, box lids and canvas and made
It as seaworthy as possible, but even
then it seemed a crazy craft in which
to sail 750 miles through ice- and gales.
"The journey was almost worse than
our expectations. Though we set out
with n fair wind, that was the last de
cent weather we had. and for a fort
night there was a constant succession
of storms and gftles. I do not think we
saw tho sun half a dozen times, ajxd it
was very difficult to get an observa
tion. "Ice was constantly forming on the
boat and was the worst handicap we
had to face.
"One man was employed all the time
in cutting the Ico away with an ax,
but we were never free from ice, and
we had to jettison quite a lot of stuff,
even the oars, to keep the boat afloat.
"A week after we started, while hove
to in a gale, we lost our sea anchor,
the rope being cut by the ice.
"This seemed to be almost the last
straw, but Sir Ernest Shackleton roso
to the occasion, and I never saw him
in better form than he was that day.
"'We are going to get there all
right,' he said when things seemed
perfectly hopeless. And, sure enough,
we did.
"We first sighted the west coast of
South Georgia. It was during a great
snowstorm, and, as we knew nothing
about the tide or the Island, we had to
hold off until daylight the next day.
The wind was blowing a hurricane,
and we had great difficulty In keeping
the boat afloat on a dead lee shore and
it was hopeless to try to land.
"When we got to South Georgia on
the wrong side of the island, as it hap
Ined we were Just about at the end
of our water. We were all frostbitten,
too, but tho main thing wo troubled
about was something to fill our stom
achs, and that we found soon after
House Passes Bill to Stop Cheating by
Small Containers.
The bill of Itepresentatlvo Reavls of
Nebraska prescribing dimensions for
standard baskets for interstate ship
ment of grapes, small fruits and ber
ries hns been passed by tho house.
Gnipe growers of New York and
southern and western small fruit and
berry misers advocated It to protect
I hem 11 km Inst competitors using unnVr containers.
Patriotism In This Will.
Tho Into Judge John D. Crabtree of
Dixon, 111., had five sous. A part of
hi will reads: "Enjoin upon my son
John and all of 'my sons that should
the occasion arise (which God forbid)
when our country requires their serv
ice that they be as ready to devote
their lives to her defense as their fa
ther was In the darkdays of 1SG1 and
ISai It seems to me now that I could
hardly rest quiet in my grave if a son
of mine was so unpatriotic or so cow-
nrdly-as to fail to respond to the call
of. his country in Its hour of danger or
S TATE street and Main street aren 1 muni
State street's a promenade, .Main street a pike.
?tate street has buildingH that are gray and tall;
Main street has little ones, nothing big at all.
Ptate street has pavements, glittering of glass.
Alain street geraniums, you pass.
Main street and State street, homespun and style.
State street'3 a spectacle. Main street a smile!
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Broadway and highway aren't much alike: Q
Broadway's a boulevard, highway a hike.
Broadv.ay is roaring all the summer long; .
Highway has nothing but a robin's song. .
headway has shadows that are. dark and chill;
Highway has shade trees, maples on the hill. fd
Uroadway and highway, roadway and street
Hot stones to walk on, or grasses for your feet.
New friend and old friends aren't much alike :
".Mister:' and "madam," ".Mary Ann" and "Ike." fi
Old friends and new friends ev'ry where you ream
New friends to wander with, old friends at hose.
New irkads to join you in a song of cheer;
Old irkmb, to love you when the night is here.
New friends to borrow, and old friends to lend
Old f;i.-.u:a the best friends when you need a friend.
-ix)i; .M.u.i-nni.
The Riley Hotel
Steam Heat
The Best
Cafe Open from 6:30
Des Moines, la., Aug. 29. The
close of the farm loan bank hearing at
Des Moines Monday night indicated
that Omaha and Des Moines will be
the principal rivals for the bank of
the district in which these cities are
located, and also that Iowa and Ne
braska may be embraced in one dis
trict. Omaha has the inside track on loca
tion if the two states are joined.
Iowans before the farm loan bank
board attempted to show that Iowa
alone should be considered one of the
twelve districts entitled to a bank.
Fibres presented show one-ninth
of all the farm mortgages in the
United States are held on Iowa land
and that one-tenth of all United States
farm values are contained in Iowa.
Herbert Quick, board member, rela
tive to this argument said:
"It is not a question of value and
amount of mortgages, but it is a ques
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The Famous Old Saxon
Beer on Draught.
and all leading brands of double stamp whiskies
for our trade.
William Henrichsen,
. .. i- in-
Rooms with Bath
of Service
- 2:00 and 5:30-8:00.
tion whether Iowa contains one
twelfth of the need of the United
States for additional farm credit."
Omaha boosters regarded this state
ment as encouraging for Nebraska.
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Long waits for your coal.
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get it.