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PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23. 1917.
to Save Town
is III-Star red
Crown Prince Rupprecht's Efforts to
Retake Lost Verdun Ground
are Attended by Increas
Hard smashes at the German lines
in France again have been produc
tive of important gains for the en
tente allies. North of Verdun the
French have captured additional
points of vantage, while tliVana
dians have fought their wa'flr for
ward nearer to the heart of the town
of Lens, taking 2.000 yards of posi
tions west and northwest of the
All the counter attacks by the
German crown prince's forces against
General Petain's men on the newly
captured ground in the Verdun sec
tor have been ill-starred; those of
Crown Prince Rupprecht against the
doughty Canadians at last accounts
had brought nothing more than an
augmentation of the already terrible
casualties his troops have suffered in
their attempt to save the important
center from capture.
Mist Obscures Enemy.
Under a canopy of mist the Ca
nadians and Germans met at day
break in the open of 'Xo Man's Land'
northwest of Lens, neither expect
ing the other. Springing at their
foe with their usual intrepidity, the
Canadians put the Germans to the
bronet and forced them to scurry
for a seeming haven of safety inside
their trenches. Here, however, the
Germans apparently were no more
secure than in the open, for again
with the bayonet and with bombs the
Canadians did great execution, kill
ing or wounding many of the occu
pants and putting the others to hasty
Germans Retreat Into Lens.
West of Lens, aided by a heavy ar
tillery fire, the Canadians also ad
vanced, pushing the Germans further
into the environs of the town. To
both the captured positions. the
Canadians are holding tenaciously,
already having put down with heavy
losses three strong counter attacks
two on the northwest and one west
of the town.
Xorth of Verdun, on both sides of
the Hiver Meuse, the French troops
have kept up their vigorous offensive
started Monday and have been re
warded by the capture of additional
important positions. West of the riv
er. Cote L'Oie, a point of consider
able strategic value, and the village
of Kegniville have been taken, while
east of the stream the village of Sam
ogeux and fortified trenches over a
front of about a mile and a half, con
necting Samogeux with the defenses
on Hill :144 are in the hands of Gen
eral Petain's men.
Counter attacks by the Germans
all along the new front have been
repulsed by the French.
In addition more than 5,000 pris
oners taken by the French in Mon
day's advance, additional captures
resulted from the attack of Tuesday.
The German war office, possibly
with the idea of heartening the peo
ple at home, says counter attacks by
'the Germans have driven out the
F.er.ch from almost all the positions
they captured on the Verdun front
It nods that the German troops and
their leaders anticipate a favorable
conclusion of the Verdun battle.
Austrian Line Cracks.
In the Austro-Italian theatre the
terrific drive of the Italians is fast
causing the Austrian line to crack
at numerous points. The Austrians
hp resisting vigorously. The battle
is proceeding without interruption
Austrian defenses between Corite
a:d Seio and near the strongly for
lifted Starilovka position are among
tti nlsoes caDtured. Up to Mon-
day night more than 10,000 prison
ers had been taken, not including
Russians Holding Out.
The Russians in Galicia and Buko
ivina are annarentlv holding their
own against the Austrians and Ger
mans, but in Roumania the Russians
and Roumanians have been compell
ed to cede further ground near the
village of Ocna, and east of the Fok
The intensive aerial fighting be
tween the allies and the Germans in
France continues. Numerous German!
machines have been brought down
in aerin! battles, but the entente al
lies also have lost a considerable
number of machines. British war
ships have destroyed a German Zep
pelin off the coast of Denmark, the
entire crew perishing.
ROBT. E, THRASHER
BURIED IN MONTANA
Former Plattsmouth Boy and Em
ployee of the Nebraska Tele
Friends in the city have received
a clipping from the "Butte Miner"
telling of the death and burial of
the late Robert K. Thrasher as fol
lows: "Deer Lodge, Aug. 16. Robert El
mer Thrasher died in Everett, Wash.,
last Thursday and was buried here
this week,-services being held at the
residence of his brother, C. E.
Thrasher. The deceased was born
June 3. 1SSS. and lived for the great
er years of his life in Plattsmouth,
Neb., where he was a member of the
Episcopal church and where his fath
er, J. H. Thrasher, still resides. A
sister, Agnes H. Keffeler, of Lead
City, S. I)., a brother, Wallace,
and C. E. Thrasher, of this city, are
other near relatives. Rev. J. W. At
wood of this city officiated at the last
sad rites and a number of the local
machinists acted as pallbearers."
Bert, as he was lamiliarly known
in this city, spent his boyhood days
in Plattsmouth. attending the city
schools. For a number of years he
was employed by the Nebraska Tele
phone company and then departed
for some of the western states, where
he continued working in his chosen
line of work. Bert iiad not been in
the best of health for over a. year,
but his condition was not considered
serious until a short time before his
death. His brother, Conne, of Deer
odge, Mont., was at his bedside and
terlerly cared for him until Death
came to his relief and he was called
home to his reward and to meet his
mother who preceded him a year ago
in March. The body was brought to
Deer Lodge, Mont., where funeral
services were hem j uesuay arter-
noon, August 14th, and the flower
laden casket containing the beloved
son and brother was laid to rest in
the cemetery near Deer Lodge. Col
onel J. H. Thrasher, who has been
visiting his son, Connie, and daugh
ter, Mrs. Agnes Keffier, at Deer
..odge,. and who has been on the sick
list and under the doctor's care, was
unable to attend the last sad rites at
the cemetery. Bert Thrasher was a
young man of winning ways and he
had a large circle of friends, both at
Everett, Washington and in this
city, who learned of his suuuen deatn
with profound sorrow.
ARE VISITING IN CITY.
From Wednesday's Dailv.
Willie N. Baird and wife arrived
a. . 1 !11
in the city last evening, ana win
probably spend a week visiting here
before returning to their home in
Salida, Colorado, where Mr. Baird
has lived for the past six or eight
years. There he met his wife and
there they were married about two
weeks ago, since which time they
have been traveling about the coun
try taking in the sights and visiting
with friends and points of interest.
They first visited at Kansas City and
later, Chicago, making a side trip to
Michigan City, Indiana, and return
ing to Chicago, from where they
came direct to Plattsmouth and are
guests of Mr. Baird's mother, Mrs.
J. T. Baird.
LIED AT OMAHA THIS MORNING.
From Wednesday's Daily.
Miss Rose Thomas, who yesterday
went to the St. Joseph hospital for
an operation for goitre, and who
was very low last evening and this
morning, as telephoned to relatives
here, died at about eight o'clock this
morning, before the arrival of her
parents and brothers, who were call
ed to her bedside. The parents re
turned home at noon today. The
brothers and sister remained to
make arrangements for the bringing
of the remains of their sister to this
city for burial. No arrangements
have as yet been made for the fun-
eral. and when so made they will
be announced through this paper.
THE BIG GARAGE OF
MGMAKEN & SONS
Thirty Men Employed and Construc
tion Work Moving Along Rap
idly One of Most Mod
ern in the State.
From Tuesday's Daily.
We visited the place where J. H.
McMaken & Sons are constructing
their big garage this morning and
found a little in excess of thirty men
working like beavers, some of them
doing one thing and some another,
Mr. McMaken has eight brick layers
at work on the building now, and
they are being directed by Mr. Emil
Walters, who looks after the matter
of having them supplied with ma
terial and help for odd jobs as well.
Mr. Bert Coleman, with a crew of
carpenters, is looking after the car
penter work and the keeping of the
scaffolding constructed ahead for the
workmen who are rapidly pushing
their part of the work. At the same
time four teams are still at work
grading the surplus dirt out of the
way on the inside of the building.
so that the floor iniy be laid as soon
as possible. Besides this, there are
two immense trucks constantly haul
ing material for use in the construc
tion work, which makes the place
look like the wholesale yard of some
contracting company. The excavat
ing for the engine room and coal
bunkers is now being done. When
pleted this pit will be fifteen feet in
width, twelve feet in depth and seventy-five
feet long, and will house
the engine for motive power in the
garage, as well as the boiler for
furnishing the steam, and a large
amount of coal. There will be both
steam and electric machines installed.
while the radiation will approximate
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GETS A CROW-ELKHART.
From Tuesday's Daily.
George M. Hild, a few days since
disposed of another of the famous
cars which he handles, the Crow
Elkhart, this time the lucky man
is John Lloyd of near Murray. This
will replace the car which v.&.: de
stroyed in a wreck a short time ago.
Mr. Lloyd will find this new creation
in the matter of motor cars one
which will give him the best of serv
ice, and as a testimony of its merits
there are numerous farmers and oth
ers who have but recently become
satisfied owners of these cars.
GO TO HOSPITAL IN OMAHA.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Miss Rose Thomas, living south
of the city, who has been troubled
for some time past with a goiter, and
for which treatment has failed to
give her relief, this morning went
to Omaha and to St. Joseph hospital
for an operation, in hopes of relief.
Her sister, Frances Thomas, and
brother, John Thomas, and friend,
Mrs. Edward Rynot, accompanied by
Dr. Flynn, were with her and will
remain until after the operation.
DEPARTS FOR THE WEST.
From Tudav's Dally.
Miss Mollie O'Brien and little
nephew, Paul Leslie O'Brien, both of
New York City, who have been vis
iting here for the past week with
friends and relatives, being guests
at the home of Wm. Morley and wife,
departed this morning for Omaha,
where they will visit for a short
time, and will then go to Denver,
Colo., for a short stop, thence to
Colorado Springs, where they will
visit for some time with Peter Riley
and wife, Mrs. Riley being a sister of
WILL VISIT IN OLD HOME.
From Wednesday's Dailv.
F. H. Steimker, who for the past
forty years has been a resident of
Plattsmouth, coming here fiom Bur
Jington, lowa, where he lived tor a
number of years prior to coming
west, departed for that city this
morning. He was joined at the Bur
lington station here 'by his daugh
ter, Mrs. W. E. Moore, of Lincoln,
who goes with her father. They will
make an extended visit in Burling
ton, and Mr. Steimker will also look
after some property which he has in
the Iowa city.
Journal Want-Ads Pay!
VISIT FRIENDS HERE.
From Tuesdav s Daily.
Samuel J. Tilden Mayer. Will Hild
and Nelson Engman, of Brady Inland,
came'iii this morning enroute to t lit?
South Omaha live stock market.
where they disposed of a number of
cars of fine cattle for which they re
ceived good prices. They were met
in Omaha by L. A. Meidnger, who is
a brother-in-law of Mr. Will Ilild,
and they all came down to Platts
mouth with L. A. Meisinger and his
cousin, Walter Meisinger. They will
spend several days visiting here be
fore returning to their home in the
west. They report everything look
ing fine in and about Brady Inland.
IN COUNTY COURT.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Today there was tried in county
court, an issue wherein O. M. Streight
was the plaintiff and was asking for
a judgment for one-half year's rent
from the Koukal Brothers. One hun
dred and twenty-five dollars was the
amount of the plaintiff's claim, which
the defendants desired to have offset
by improvement which they had
placed upon the land. Judgment was
rendered according to the plaintiff's
VISIT OLD HOME.
Fif-Tii Tuesday's Daily.
Mr. C. 11. Fuller, and wife, return
ed last evening from a three days'
visit at their old home at Decatur,
this state, and while away they al
so visit e J at Walt hi il. They report
things looking fine, with good crops
in all lines of grain, and especially
in oats, which was making from T0
to 90 bushels per acre. Corn was
looking fine, with excellent prospects
for a bumper crop.
SIGNS CONTRACT FOR PAVING.
Froin Wednesday's Daily.
The president of,, the Western
States Construction company, of Om
aha was in the city last evening and
signed the contract for the paving.
which is to be done on Chicago ave
nue, and which, according to the
terms of the contract is to be com
menced within ten days after the
signing of the contract. When this
work is commenced and the construc
tion of the new sewer is under way,
together with the increased demand
of other industries for men, there
will doubtless be a marked scarcity
of help in Plattsmouth. Certainly,
there will he no excuse for any one
being idle here.
WILL MOVE HIS STORE.
From Tuesday's Dailv.
Andrew Horwick. the second-hand
furniture dealer on lower Main
street, has rented the building which
was formerly occupied by W R.
Egenberger for a coal office, and will
move his stock of goods to that place.
where he will conduct his business
in the future. This is the same
place in which Peter Clans was en
gaged in business some time since,
and will make a good location.
MUCH TROUBLE WITH ARM.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Leslie, the 10-year-old son of H. F.
Gansemer, of near Murray, is having
a great deal of trouble with an arm
which was broken some weeks since.
At the time of the accident the mem
ber was not set correctly and it was
necessary to have the bone broken
again, and now he has to be taken
to the Immanuel hospital in Omaha,
where the bone will be scraped and
an X-ray photograph will be made,
in hope of restoring the Injured arm
to normal condition. His friends sin
cerely hope that the treatment will
prove successful and that he may
soon regain the use of his arm.
SEEING THE GREAT WEST.
Mrs. Mae Taylor and son, Russell
of Madison. Wisconsin, a sister of
Mrs. Alice Cowles, is visiting in the
city, a guest of her sister, Mrs.
Cowles, and her niece, Mrs. W. E.
Propst, for, a few days. Mrs. Tay
lor has just returned from Califor
nia, where she was the guest of her
mother, Mrs. II. M. Barker, at Mo
dista, whom she has not seen for
some years. Mrs. Taylor, while in
the west, visited points in Califor
nia, Washington, Utah. Colorado and
Texas, as well as in Nebraska. Mrs
W. E. Propst and mother, Mrs. Al
ice Cowles, visited with this sister a
few years ago in the east and Mrs.
Taylor is now returning the visit.
New Details of Draft to Re Explain
ed in Statistical Report of
Washington, I). C, Aug. 22. A
full statistical report on the opera
tions of the draft law will be pre
pared by the provost marshal gen
eral's office as soon as the mobiliza
tion of the first increment of GS7,
000 men of the national army has
been completed some time early in
Pending the preparation of the re
port and careful analysis of the con
ditions it discloses, no steps toward
calling v. second increment to the
colors will be taken. Genera! Crovv
der said today that the call for the
i-econd increment never had been
considered at any conference at
which he was present, and that he
had no indication that it had been
taken up in any way by President
Wilson or Secretary Baker.
Training Areas Full.
The first increment will 11 1 1 all the
training areas sixteen National
Guard camps and rixteen. national
army cantonments to capacity, and
there will be a surplus of men be
sides those aligned to the regular
army. The regulars are now twelve
thousand above full sized was
strength by voluntary enlistment and
the National Guard is in a similar
Training facilities alrealy are bo
ing taxed to make ready for the men
now available1 r.d it is regarded a;
unl.il. ely ti-at c-natnisution of an ad
ditional ."CO.vOO men of the nation
al army can W-be.ua until the early
spring of 2 D i ' Inequalities of an
unavoidable nature will be shown in
the statistical report. There prob
ably will be some amended regula
tions based on actual experience with
the first increment, and some amend
ments in the law may be though de
sirable by congress.
It is possible that some provision
will be made whereby all the sons of
one family will not be taken. A new
definition cf the status cf married
men may be ono of the things acted
upon. President Wilson's recent let
ter to Senator Weeks is taken by
many to indicate a feeling that a
more libera! policy may be found de
sirable. At present, under the regu
lations, a condition of marriage in
itself is not considered. .
Another matter to be worked out
is the status of aliens.
Still another is the status of men
win- have passed beyond draft age
since being drafted, and that of
tense who have become of draft age
in the meantime.
CAME DOWN IN HIS EUICK.
Jesse Lowther. son of Mr. and Mrs.
J. W. Lot her, living south of the
c:tv, and who formerly lived south
of Plattsmouth himself, drove down
from Coleridge, arriving here last
evening in his Buick. Mr. Lowther
left here about ten years ago, mov
ing to Coleridge, where he now re
sides. He was accompanied here by
his wife and little son. top-ether with
Mrs. F. W. Kloepping. and they will
visit for some time in the neighbor
hood, guests at the home of Mr. and
Mrs. J. W. Lowther. Mr. Jesse Low
ther in speaking of the crops up his
way, said that they are all fine. He
further stated that Will Lewis, Mar
tin Fleming and John Young, all
from here are living there and are
There will be a basket meeting at
the home of P. W. Livingston near
the Liberty church next; Sabbath.
Preaching at 11:00 o'clock. Sub
ject. "The Second Coming of Christ."
After dinner, at 2:30, a story for the
boys and girls. Special music and
other exercises. Come with your
lunch basket filled and enjoy the
day with us.
E. II. PONTIUS. Pastor.
Go with Rosencrans to Chase coun-
jf Sunday and see them plow with
,te tractors, and how the threshing
returns are showing grain worth the
frice of the land.
MAKING HOME IN OREGON.
From Wednesday's Daily.
Rev. and Mrs. Davis Errett. the
latter the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Iaac Wiles, of west of this city, ar
r'.'td from the west last evening and
will visit for some rime in Platts
mcuTh and near here, guests at the
home of Mrs. Errelt's parents. Mrs.
Errett, formerly Miss Ursula Wiles,
was born in Plattsmouth, lived here
until her marriage, and is known by
a good many people here. They have
not been here for a number of years.
Following the vocation of a minister,
Mr. Errett has preferred to work in
the wes'ern field, and they have al
ways fou'id calls a plenty in the sec
tion of country which they like best.
They will visit for some time before
returning to their home at Athena,
FURNISHED RILEY MATERIAL.
Mr. George E. Shaefer. of Chicago,
came in last evening from Omaha to
meet his wife who had preceded him
here, and was visiting with her sis
ter, Mrs. Fred Spangler, and will
visit here for a few days before go
ing west. Mr. Shaefer was connect
ed with the Baum Iowa Co., when
the Riley hotel was built, which com
pany furnished the material for the
construction of the building. He has
been engaged in the building busi
ness since then a good portion of the
time, being located for a while in
Los Angeles, before he located in
Chicago. Just now Mr. Shaefer
whose health has rot been the best,
has closed his business out and will
go to the southwest for a couple of
years. 1 here lie may engage in the
building business or he may not, de
pending on the condition of his
In looking around over the city he
was pleased to see things looking so
well and to note the buildings all
being kept up in good shape and
looking neat. lie spoke well of the
two buildings which are now going
up. the new high school and the Mc
Maken garage, which are adding to
the material welfare of the city. lie
lias just sold a good building for a
party in Chicago, and after the sale
was made asked. "Why have you pur
chased this place?" "Because," re
plied the buyer, "the war is going
on and I would rather have my mon
ey in real estate than lying around
in some bank. I consider it much
GONE NIKE YEARS.
C. B. Soward. of Spade, Sheridan
county, this state, came in last even
ing and is renewing former acquain
tances, having lived in Plattsmouth
for two years, but having left here
for the west some nine years ago.
Lloyd Soward, his son, who was for
merly a paper boy with the Journal,
is now one of Uncle Sam's soldier
boys, and was a few days ago locat
ed at Cheyenne, Wyoming. Another
son, Adrian, is a radio electrician,
and m located for the present at
Mare Island, off San Francisco, at
the same place as Louis Kershenblatt
a son of Mrs. II. Waintroub and a
former schoolmate of Adrian's. Mr.
Soward. Sr. is located on a farm near
Spade, and is engaged in the cattle
Leonard Terryberry. of near Mur
ray, was a visitor in Omaha this
morning, where lie is looking after
A Billion to Help Business
The funds gathered into the Federal Re
serve Banks now aggregate over $ 1 ,000,000,000.
This vast sum was not accumulated to earn pro
fits ior private interests, nor can it be controlled
by private interests. Its purpose is to assist its
member banks, of which we are one, in helping
the farmers and business men and to make gen
eral banking conditions as sound as possible.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
Pay your bills by checks on us
U. S. Will Pay
$2 Bushel for
Under Present Plan Food Adminis
trator Will Euy Entire Yield
Rather Than Let the
Washington, D. C. Aug. 22. The
price paid by the food administra
tion for the portion it buys of the
1917 wheat crop probably will ex
ceed $2 a bushel, it was learned to
day. The committee headed by I)r.
II. A. Garfield, which will recommend
a price, will submit its report early
In recommending a -price, the com
mittee, it was said today, will take
into consideration the fact that the
producer must receive enough to
stimulate production next year and
at the same time will consider care
fully war conditions and the riahtr;
of the consumer. In yjasing the food
control bill congress set an arbitrary
price of $2 on the 191S wheat crop.
The hope of the food administra
tion is that the government price
fixed will obtain in all private trans
actions throughout the year, and it
is ready to buy m the entire crop
for distribution if prices cannot bo
stabalized by the mere fixing of a
food administration price.
WERE FRIENDS IN CHICAGO.
Yesterday, Mr. and Mrs. George E.
Evans, of Chicago, came down frm
Omaha, where they have been visit
ing with relatives, for a short visit
at the home of Mr. Evans' grand
mother, Mro. Ellen Daniher. and
son. P.. P.. Daniher. Mrs. Evans also
visited witn Mrs. Soph:;: McLeod.
with whom she used to go to school,
when they were children together in
the "Windy City." They ai?o work
ed at the same place when young
ladies. Mr. and Mrs. Evans depart
ed this morning for Omaha, where
they will visit for some time, being
accompanied by Mr. Evar.s uncle. B.
WENT TO LOUISVILLE.
Luke L. Wiles. C. C. Wescorr. Ed
ward Donut, George Lttkin?Icy and
John Brady constituted a party who
drove over to Louisville this af ; er
noon to attend the meeting of the
council of defense, which convenes
there today. Mr. John Brady, who
accompanies the delegation from
here is not a member of the council,
but has some ideas and plans of
work, which he desired to present
at the meeting and which he feels
would be beneficial in their work.
GOING WEST WITH FORD.
L. T. Benedict and wife, of Afton.
Iowa, came in last evening and vis
ited over night at the home of Miles
Allen and Edward Maurer. who are
brothers-in-law of Mr. Benedict. Af
ter a short visit with relatives here
they will depart with their Ford car
for the west, going to many points
in Colorado, and stopping at Denver.
Colorado Springs, and other places
If you are not yet one of our
depositors and getting its
benefits and protection, drop
in and talk it over with us.
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