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PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 1G, 1917.
ING OF THE CITY
COUNCIL IS HELD
Contracts Let for Paving Chicago
Avenue and Curbing and Gutter
ing Seventh Street, and
From Tuesday's ratlv.
Last night when the gavel of the
mayor sounded, the roll call showed
there were nine of the law makers
in their places, the only one missing
being Vondran of the Third ward.
All were apparently satisfied with
the reading of the minutes of the
previous meeting, and the record
A communication signed by a num
ber of residents of the southwest
portion of the city asking for the
setting out of the city of a number
of blocks, which are used for agri
cultural purposes, was referred to
the judiciary committee.
In the report of the committee the
judiciary had nothing to offer. The
chief of police reported one arrest
and one fine paid, which correspond
ed with the report of the police
judge. This was followed by the re
port of the finance committee and
was as follows, all present voting its
Report of Finance Committee.
W. A. Swatek, cemetery fund 1.35
Q. K. Parmele, road 9.,. 60
I. N. Cummings. dog tax 1.00
Claus Boetel. dog tax 2.00
F. V. Elliott, police 35.00
W. A. Barclay, police 75.00
Telephone Co., general 3.25
. Hatt & Son .50
SI. Archer Co., general 30.00
Joilmal Co., general . - 74 07
J. EMson, general 1.00
Jl J. streets 43.00
S one, streets 35.00
M - streets 63.00
Jo ka, streets 42.00
Joh ser, streets 29.00
Wm.1 Vintner, streets 73.00
John Jessup,; streets 43.75
Richey Lumber Co.. streets 63.30
Harvey Shipley, streets 28. SO
SI. Kearnes, streets 105.00
W. A. Swatka, streets 7.50
D. B. Ebersole, streets 5.75
On report of the cemetery com
mittee it was moved by Harris that
the salary of the sexton be changed
from $12.50-per month to $20. with
the understanding that he should
drag the road. This was carried by
the unanimous vote of those present.
Then followed a request of some par
ties in the south part of the city,
for the city to furnish some tile for
a driveway into the residence of the
parties, which was supported by Sir.
IIarri3 of the Fifth, but was refused
by the council. Following was the
treasurer's report, which showed a
number of funds overdrawn, in all
amounting to $7,026.22, while the
balances on other funds showed
$25,413.22, leaving a cash balance
in the treasury of $18,387.
Under" new business came the
opening of the bids for the construc
tion of the sewer, and the paving of
district No. 13, on Chicago avenue,
and the report of the engineer's esti
mate of the cost for curbing and gut
tering South Seventh street. The
engineer's bill for the work on South
Seventh street, being $42.50, was re
ferred to the finance committee. The
estimate for the work being $2,980.
On motion by Bestor, the mayor and
clerk were instructed to advertise
for bids for the work. In the read
ing of the bids for the paving of
Chicago avenue there were four bid
ders. the Slonarch Engineering Co.
of Fall3 City, the Western States
Construction company of Lincoln,
the Kennedy-Olson Construction Co
of Omaha, and J. H. SIcSIaken &
Sons of Plattsmouth. After the
reading of the bids they were refer
red to the streets, alleys and bridges
committee for tabulation and report
In bidding on the construction of
.the sewer there were but three bid-
. ders, they being J. S. Huntington
.whose bid was $3,800 for wire cut
brick, with specified charges for ex
tras; the Monarch Engineering Co.
with a lump bid of $3,549, and stat
ed prices for extras; and J. H. Sic
Maken & Sons, with a lump sum of
$3,787.50 for reinforced concrete
pipe, , and these were referred to
the streets, alleys and bridges com
mittee for report as soon as possible,
Avhen a recess was taken for the sit
ting of the committee to formulate
After the recess the report showed
the sewer bid by J. If. SIcSIaken &
Sons to be the lowest, and best bid.
and in the sum of $3,787.50, work
to be completed by November 1,
1917, and the contract was awarded
to the home firm.
The report of the committee hav
ing in hand the bids for the paving
then reported, which showed the bid
of the Western States Construction
company as having placed the best
and lowest' bid, which aggregated
$30,621.46. and they received the
award of the contract. Then followed
a number of requirements of grad-
ng, culvert and crossing work over
the city. The next matter to re
ceive the attention of the council
was a motion by Luchinsky, asking
that the city clerk be instructed to
notify the head officers of the Ne
braska Lighting company to be pres
ent at the next meeting of the city
council, when the matter of lights
would be discussed. In speaking to
his motion Sir. Luchinsky said that
the service of the lighting company
had become so bad that the city, the
business men and the residents could
no longer stand it, and that with the
promise of the company to furnish
lights, they must expect to do it or
have their contract and franchise
cancelled. The city must have
lights, and the council wanted the
officials of fhe lighting companj'
present to hear just what the coun
cil and citizens would have to saw
TO THE MISSES HETH
ERIN6T0N AND E6AN
From Wlneday TJallv.
Last evening the gir:s of the Olson
Photo company gathered together ia
one of their rooms in the Olson
Photo company building to tender
two of their associates, Slisses Slary
Hetherington and Katherine Egan,
a farewell. Sliss Hetherington and
Miss Egan will leave soon for Fort
Riley, Kan., to take charge of the
office which Sir. Olson has estab
lished at that point. The e'vening
hours were most delightfully whiled
away with music and dancing, and
at a late hour delicious refreshments
were served. For the occasion the
table had been very prettily deco
rated in the red, white, and blue.
After the serving of refreshments
the victrola was brought into use.
and dancing was indulged in until
a late hour, when the girls journeyed
home, declaring they had had the
best time, yet sad at losing two from
their bunch. Those in attendance
were: Slisses Slary Hetherington,
Katherin Egan, Florence Ledgeway,
Ida Ledgeway, Slarjorie'Chrisinger,
Delores SIcCarthy, Alice Lister,
Sophia Chaloupka, Augusta Wallen
gren, Murial Barthold, Edith John
son, Elizabeth Shea, Barbara Ptak,
Edna Warren, .Nora Baughraan, Bes
sie Holly and Cecil Schiappacasse.
TRAVELING WITH MITCHELL.
Frank Beeson, brother of Judge
Allen J. Beeson, accompanied by his
son, Joe, came last evening from
Ft. Madison, Iowa, where Mr. Beeson
as just completed the installation
of a new pumping plant for the city
f Ft. Sladison. Sir. Beeson has been
engaged in the installation of the
plant there for the past five months.
He stopped last evening to visit his
mother. Sirs. Eliza Beeson, and oth
er relatives, departing this morning
for his home at Scottsbluff, Nebras
ka, traveling overland in his Slitch-
ell car. They expect to reach home
WILL VISIT AT NORFOLK.
Sirs. J. W. Tritsch, accompanied
by her daughter, Esther, last , eve
ning departed for an extended visit
with relatives and friends at Nor
folk, this state, where she will be
the guest of Sliss Ida Hagel, her sis
ter. Mrs. Tritsch will remain about
a month and will also visit With
friends and acquaintances there, as
she formerly lived there, and return
ing each year for - a yisit of some
time, is well acquainted with many
people there, which adds to the
pleasure of her visits.
10Y RIDERS GO
INTO THE DITCH
They Wanted to Get Home in
Hurry and They Cut Her Loose
And Now Some of Them
Will Stay Home
From Tuesday's Daily.
Just to know how fast gasoline
will make a car run is, perhaps, a
laudable idea, but be sure you have
some way of escape before you turn
on the juice too strong.
Last evening a half dozen of the
young men of Plattsmouth went out
for a joy ride-, and like all young
men with pulses throbbing with am
bition, and carrying one hundred and
fifty pounds of steam, they exceeded
the speed limit.
Since the beginning of time, peo
ple have flirted with the grim spec
ter. Death, sometimes to only flirt,
but at other times they make a sure
enough contact with him.
Last evening Harley Becker, with
his father's Hudson Super-Six, which
has a reputation for spefd, with
Johnnie Wickman, Andrew C. Slar
shall, (June) Freddy Speck and Jo
seph Hawksworth. visited Union, and
after seeing the town, which look
ed pretty good, they started to re
turn, with Wm. Schmidtmann, Jr..
at the wheel.
"All went as merry as a marriage
bell,,, as they skipped over the hills
and across the vallies, until a short
time after they had turned north to
wards Plattsmouth, and were nego
tiating si hill, looking this way. At
the top of the hill they passed an
Overland, which could not run fast
enough to keep out of their way.
Passing the top of the hill, one of
the boys said. "Slake her go a little
faster." The car was then making
thirty miles or better. A little more
juice wag given, and with the dim
mers on, the occupants of the car
were not able to sight a team ahead
until they were but a short distance
from it and much too close to stop.
Will turned the car to one side and
it is supposed that some one put on
the break at the same time, which
turned the car nearly across the
road and with tremendous speed roll
ed it over three times. Then some
of the boys went to sleep and when
they awoke, there laid the car, with
others of the merry company sot
ting around or trying to restore the
ones who were yet unconscious.
The lucky one was Johnnie Wick
man, who was thrown clear of the
car and wreckage and was not in
jured, although he was jostled about
quite a bit. June Slarshall had one
ankle turned, which caused consid
erable pain, but he was trying to
locate himself. Joe Hawksworth, who
still has two large knobs on his fore
head, like eggs, had pulled himself
together, and was rolling a cigarette
while Will Schmidtmann was still
lying on the ground with his eyes
closed. Harley Becker came to and
said, "I wonder what pa will say?"
On examination he was found bruis
ed about the head, and his right hip
and leg were badly injured. Will
Schmidtman opened his eyes to the
world, and a world of darkness it
was, it being after night and the
lights on the car having gone out. An
inventory of his troubles showed an
abrasion of the skin about an inch
and a half wide across his forehead,
the loss of some flesh from his nose,
at about the location where he may
some day wear glasses, a finger that
had been closed the wrong way as
he struck solid earth, a portion of
the flesh gone from his left wrist
and patches of skin missing from his
shoulder and neck. Freddy Speck was
picked up and laid in an easier posi
tion, blood running from a gash in
his forehead. He finally came to and
was able to locate numerous other
bruises over his body. After can
vassing their injuries, all could smile,
for the injuries, although severe.
were apparently not of such nature
as to suggest fatality or permanent
Sam Smith went after the crowd
and brought back four who were in
jured the least, they, being Joe
Hawksworth, June Marshall. John
nie Wickman and Fred Speck. Sir.
Speck had to have three stitches tak
en in his forehead to close the wound
that was found there, but he is now
doing fairly well. Joe Hawksworth,
with the exception of the bumps on
wmwwmimiiii i mn
his head, is getting along line, while!
Slarshall, with his sprained ankle, is
also progressing nicely.
Will Schmidtmann and Harley
Becker, who were the most badly in
jured, were taken back to Union, at
which place they were given what
aid could be provided, and were then
brought to Plattsmouth at about
twelve o'clock. P.oth are confined to
their bods and Dr. Cook is rendering
what care he can to relievo their suf
ferings. They will be all right, it is said, in
a short time, but at present they are
very sore and stiiY from the cuts and
bruises. The car well go see it
yourself, at the Propst garage looks
very much as though it had been
shot out of a. cannon. Sir. Becker
said, regarding the accident this
morning, "Of course it will cost a
good deal, but if the boy gets all
right, what is the difference about
ENTERTAIN FOR OR,
COOK AND WIFE
From Wednesday's Pally.
At a royal banquet, given in the
Hotel Kiley last evening, the Knights
Templar of Slount Zion commandery
Xo. f honored their past commander,
Dr. E. W. Cook, and his wife.
About S o'clock the hosts, led by
Sir Knight Thomas and wife, escort
ed their wives and guests to the
dining room. The uniforms of the
gentlemen, combined with the deli
cate evening gowns of the ladie,s,
made the scene one of unusual beau
ty and brilliancy. Dinner was served
in five courees, interspersed with
music from the victrola. Astors were
used for decoration.
As a fitting close to an evening
of good-fellowship came the toasts,
alFexpressive of friendship and ad
miration for the character of their
honored member, and of sincere re
gret at his coming departure. W. A.
Robertson was a masterful and gra
cious toastmaster. The members re
sponding kindly and eloquently to
his introductions were: Messrs.
Francis E. White, W. B. Banning,
Theodore P. Livingston, ' James SI.
Robertson. Dr. Cook also expressed
his mingled feelings at the change
to come, and his confidence in, and
abiding friendship for the yellow
Knights of Slount Zion commandery.
The out-of-town guests included:
Slessrs and Slesdames V. P. Sheldon,
Nehawka; G. W. Tidd.'Enid, Okla.;
SI. N. Drake. Louisville; Dr. C. II.
Clilmore. Slurray; W. B. Banning,
Union; F. E. White, Omaha, and Sir.
F. II. SIcCarthy, Union; Sir. 1. C.
West, Nehawka, and Sir. R. L.
GEO. M. PORTER PROMOTED.
From Tuesday's Pailv.
Geo. SI. Porter, who lias been liv
ing in Lincoln for some time past,
but for man' years lived in Platts
mouth, and who has been working
for the Omaha Bee for a number of
years, has been promoted as regards
to position, and also salary. Sir.
Porter has been taken off the road,
where he has traveled for the past
twenty years, and given the south
side office in Omaha, with a coterie
of about forty people to look after.
Sir. Porter is moving from his home
in Lincoln to Omaha this week, and
will hereafter make his home in that
city, residing near Hanscom park.
Sir. Porter will make this town for
some time yet, but only until other
arrangements are made for the car
ing for this city is worked out on
the route of the man who will take
up the work which Sir. Porter has
been doing. Here's to you, Sir. Por
ter, we congratulate you on your
advancement you have earned the
RETURN TO SOUTHLAND.
Joseph Schutz, son of W. G
Schutz, and J. L. Kendall, who have
been visiting at the home of their
grandmother. Sirs. Nicholas Ealmas,
and with the family of Peter Halmas,
west of the city, departed this morn
ing for their homes in the south
Sir. Josetm Schutz returning to his
home at Falfuras, Tex., while Sir
J. L. Kendall will visit for a short
time with friends in Kansas City,
Sib., and after that' return to his
home at Dwight, Kan.
U. S, TROOP
Cheered by Throngs and Received by
Ambassador Page and Aing
No Enthusiasm Like It Since Brit
ish Troops Welcomed Home
from South Africa.
London, Aug. 15. American troops
marched through London today. They
were received by Ambassador Page
and later by King George at Buck
Great crowds lined the streets.
which were decorated profusely with
American and British flags. Enthu
siasm was shown everywhere. The
Americans were cheered by civilians.
by soldiers on their way to the
front and by wounded men.
A cabinet meet i tig in progress at
the time the Americans approached
Whitehall was adjourned to permit
the premier and his colleagues to pay
their compliments to the Americans.
The cabinet went in a body to the
As the Americans passed the Horse
Guards parade to Whitehall they were
greeted from the windows of the war
office of Premier Lloyd George, For
eign Secretary Balfour, Chancellor
Bonar Law, War Secretary Derby,
Winster Spencer Churchill, minister
of munitions; George N. Barnes,
member of tiie war council; Admir
al Jellicoe and other high officials
as well as by the French and Bel
The evening newspapers say that
for a parallel to the scenes witness
ed today in the neighborhood of
Trafalgar square, it probably would
beHeei;i;iry to recall i e time of th-e
South African war and the return
home of the troops.
A RACE WITH THE MAIL.
From Tuesday's Daily.
The day that we had a letter from
Sir. Persinger, telling of meeting
Roy South, then on the "Nebraska,"
in the Pacific ocean. Sir. South him
self passed through this city going
east, and stopped off the train, shak
ing hands' with Gust Swanson and
speaking to Glen Rawles. He only
stopped while the train was here.
He had been ordered the day follow
ing the meeting with Sir. Persinger
to go to France, and starting, fol
lowed the letter just two days be
hind, passing through here on his
way. At Omaha Roy telephoned to
Gust Swanson to meet him at the
train, which passed through here at
l:4fi in the morning. There were
with Sir. South a number of sailors
who were going to New York, and
from thence to France. Sir. Swan
son said Roy had grown and was a
big man now, and looked fine.
WENT WEST TODAY.
Sirs. J. G. Gibson and children,
Lloyd and Ula of Trenton, Neb., -vho
have for the past week been visiting
in the city at the home o the par
ents of Sirs. Gibson, Sir. and Sirs. W.
H. Rodecker, bcin; called ii-?re on
a .'fount of the sic linens of Mrs. Ro
decker, but who is riuc!i improved,
departed for their home in ;.he west
this morning. Sirs. Gibson in speak-ire-
of the southw-5i.er:i portion cf
the state, said that it had been rath
er dry there this season, siill the
wheat was making about ten bushels
per acre. Last year, she said, on
the land out there, which can be
purchased much lower than here,
they raised forty bushels of wheat to
the acre, selling it for $3 per bushel.
They have lived there ten years and
have always had something of a
crop, but often it has been short on
account of dry weather, which is
VISITING AT OGALALLA.
Sirs. J. F. Clugey and daughter,
Hazel, departed this morning for
Ogalalla, this state, where they will
visit for about, a week with Sirs
Clugy's sister and family, Sir. and
Sirs. William Tilman. They were ac
companied as far aa Omaha by Sir,
Clugey, who will assist them in
changing trains, and will look after
some business in Omaha for the day.
A THOUSAND MILES IN AUTO.
Henry Slatsen arrived in this ctiy
this morning about 1 1 : : 0 . having
traveled since last Friday from Red
Lodge, Slont., in a Buiok auto, the
entire distance. Sir. Slatsen, it will
bo remembered, was a former citizen
of this place, and whose parents live
here. Sir. Slatsen dropped into the
Journal office on his arrival, telling
us of the trip. Ho saw much coun
try whije on the way which was ever
a changing scene, from mountains,
snow-capped, to fields of waving
grain, and many a hamlet inter
sperced between. Ife will remain for
some time and visit with his friends
WOLFF & AULT DISSOLVE.
The general merchandise firm of
Wolff & Ault, of Cedar Creek, has
dissolved partnership, Sir. A. O. Aplt
assuming full charge of the business.
Sir. Wolff will engage in other busi
ness. This has been one of the suc
cessful firms of Cedar Creek for a
dozen or more years, and will sure
continue so under the able manage
ment of Sir. Ault, who is a thorough
business man and one well liked by
all. Sir. Wolff will no doubt prove
just as successful in the new line in
which he will engage that of auto
mobiles, supplies and accessories
also taking the agency for the Em
pire milking machine. He will be
located in Hotel Hall with a com
plete line of autos and supplies on
hand. Sir. Wolff has handled the
Studebaker and Slaxwell cars for a
number of years and has proven his
ability along this line, and will get
his share of business in the future.
The people of Cedar Creek will be
pleased to learn that he will remain
in their midst.
ELECTRIC LIGHT QUESTION.
- TJiose.Jn charge cf .the Nebraska
Lighting plant in this city seem to
think that it is all a one-sided af
fair when we criticize the manage
ment for the poor service, thinking
the people here would suppose that
it was due to their not making an
effort to furnish the best of service.
We have tried to make it plain that
the difficulty was due to the foreign
elements, not to the way the plant
was tried to be run here. We all
know with what effort the manage
ment here and all the workmen have
exerted themselves to get the light
in the best possible condition, and
keep it so. But we want the fact
known to the men who control the
entire company, that this city and
the consumers are not getting what
they are paying for. At the same
time those connected with the plant
in Plattsmouth are exerting them
selves to furnish the goods. They
are compelled often to get out in the
night to remedy some interference
which comes from out- on the line
and which is not due to the works
. Philip A. Hild, who was so badly
crushed some time since between a
threshing machine which he was
moving and the corn crip, by which
it was standing, is so far recovered
as to be able to be in town. Philip
says he still has some pain and sore
ness, but he is rapidly regaining his
The Federal Reserve Banking System may be
likened to a vast billion dollar mutual insurance
fund which we and 7,600 other banks maintain
at all times to give us the currency our deposi
tors need to stand back of us in time of financial
stress and to enable us to give better and safer
banking service in many ways.
Every one of our depositors, large or small,
without any additional cost, participates in the
protection and benefits of this great system.
If you would like to have this nation-wide
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
Safety Deposit Boxes for Rent
Rev. II. G. SIcCluskey, pastor of
the First Presbyterian church, who
has been in the oast for the past two
weeks, returned home this mornins-;
looking brown as a berry and as
healthy as one might desire. Rev.
.MeCluskoy went first to his old homo
nt Rooneville, X. V.. where he had
spent his boyhood days and afier vis
iting there for some time with rel
atives and friends, he and his broth
er went to the Chain Lakes, X. Y..
which are about one hundred and
twenty miles from Booneville. Over
the entire distance there is a road
of concrete pavement, making an
elegant ride in the car of his broth
er. At the lakes the time was spout
in boating, fishing, bathing and in
touring the forests, which compre
hundreds of square miles. The Chain
Lakes are long like lakes connected
with small passago-ways between
them and are from one to seven mile.-;
in length, while their width is from
less than a mile up to two miles.
Seven of these lakes are connected
and make in all a distance of from
twelve to fifteen miles in length.
At a further distance of a mile or
so comes another set of these 'chain'
lakes, and continuing thus for miles
they stretch across the state. In the
forests in which these lakes are lo
cated, there are many animals r.n.l
much game of all kinds.
The Chain Lake section of the
state is but little settled up, ot! :r
wiso than by those using it as a tun'-'
mer resort, and some of the few in
habitants living there the year round
tell of the deer from the adjacent
forests coming out and eating the
cabage of the farmers near the
lakes. Some bear infest the woods,
but none of such s':r.e as to ainrm
or frighten visitors therein. Sir. SIc
Cluskey stated that he enjoyed his
vacation and outing immensrly.
WILL BUY CATTLE TO FEED.
frnm Wednesday's Dallv
Frank Briggs and wife of Colum
bia City, Ind., who with other rela
tives of Omaha, Sirs. S. O. Briggs and
two daughters, Slisses Gertrude and
Garnett, all of whom were visiting
at the home of Sir. F. SI. We'shimer
of this city for some days past, de
parted last evening for Omaha, whore
they will visit for a short time
longer, when Sir. Frank Briggs and
wife will go to Kansas City, where
they will buy a number of cars of
cattle for shipping to their farm
near Columbia City, Ind., for feed
ing. They had tried to purchase the
cattle desired at Omaha, but did no?
find what was wonted there, and so
go to Kansas city to make the pur
chases, both markets being about
equally distance from their homo.
RETURNS TO HER HOME.
Sirs. Walter Green of Gretna, who
has with her children, Helen. How
ard. Ruth and Clara, been visiting
at the home of the parents of Sirs.
Green, Sir. and Sirs. Wm. Budig, for
some days past, departed for her
home this afternoon, accompanied
by her mjDther, Sirs. Budig. who will
visit with her daughter, for a few
days. back ot YUU, let us
or talk with you about
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