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PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1917.
FIRST LIEUTENANT HEROLD E.
HIGINSON SENDS LETTER
TO HIS MOTHER.
SAYS HAVING RAINY SEASON
His Observations of French Villages
and Quaint Ways of People
are Most Interesting.
From Wednesday's Daily.
The following letter written from
near the trendies by First Lieuten
ant Herold E. lligglnson, was re
ceived by his mother, November 1st,
from her son who has been with
General Pershing since August loth.
France, October 12, 1917.
Another letter while I have the
opportunity. There isn't much that
I can write about. We have struck
the rainy season here and it has
rained every day since we arrived.
It is not a steady rain, but the sky
remains over cast and the cold is
very penetrating. The roads here
are excellently built, good, hard and
well crowned, so that the water runs
off readily. The soil here is about
as sandy and well sprinkled with
gravel so we have no mud except
in spots. Most every road of im
portance is lined with poplar trees,
tall and straight, rising to great
height. They have but few branches,
which growing straight
them the effect of being trimmed to
their present state. Practically all
bou&es of the French are surround
ed by high walls, well built, and on
which considerable time must have
been spent, most all of natural
stones and cement carefully cut and
trimmed, the whole usually being
set off by a tiled top, they are from
eight tjo ten feet high and two feet
or more thick.
The boiises are very elegantly
surrounded by lawns and gardens,
that for care and arrangement are
wonderful. One can only catch a
glimpse of them through the ever
prevailing iron gate, all suggest an
air of exclusivenesa. It is quite a
sight to look over the fields, none
being very large. Vineyards cover
the hill sides and grow up where "
is difficult to cultivate other grains.
I am wearing my knitted sox and
find them a great comfort. They
keep my feet warm and even though
the feet get wet the feet do not get
cold. I consider myself most fort
unate in having three pairs, feeling
them to be the most important part
of my outfit. I can use all of them
I can get. This is not hinting, but
if someone at home is figuring on
doing any knitting tell them sox will
be far the most acceptable.
While we have been located here
for some time, we have not as yet
received any mail. Of course it takes
time to get straightened around and
evervbodv 'located', but surely
would like to hear from home. Hop
ing everyone is in good health,
especially continue to enjoy it.
WILL EE LAID AWAY IN IOWA.
From Wednesday's Daily.
Val Burkel passed through
ritv this morning, having in charge
the remains of D. F. Foster, who
died a few days since at Otis, Colo-
rado. The relatives of Mr. Foster,
including his wife, had met Mr.
Burkel at Otis and from there they
had started to Winterset, Iowa, a
former home and the place where
Mr Foster's son Dr. Wendel Foster
is buried. An exchange of tele-
grams between Mr. Burkel and wife.
who is here, triecT to arrange that
they could come through this city,
and be joined by Mrs." Burkel, but
through the inability of agent at Otis
to get the definite information, it
was not known until too lote for Mrs
Burkel to know that the cortege
i 3 iL.inU T)1nH r- m V
wouia pafcs iuiuui,u x mv.vm.
. Mr. Foster wiirbe remembered as
a cashier oi me uurungwu ior
number of years, living in Platts
mouth, and was connected witn many
. . .
of the enterprises and interests of
Plattsmouth at the time of his resi
dence here. Mr. Foster, a man ev
ery inch of him, will be remember
ed with much kindness, and honor
ed by his numerous friends here.
OVER ENTIRE COUNTY TODAY.
From Wednesday's Pally.
C. A. Kawls departed this morn
ing for a tour over the county in the
interest of the Y. M. C. A. war work
council, which have in hand the
raising of six thousand dollars for
the use of the Y. M. C. A. for the
benefit of the boys who are at can
tonments and the front. Mr. Itawls
will endeavor to visit all the choir
men of the different precincts and
talk the matter over personally with
them, and see that the work of rais
ing the necessary amount be gotten
after at once and that the work may
not lag because of this county. With
the enthusiasm which was displayed
at the meeting at Weeping Water
last Sunday, the work should start
off in fine shape, and be finished in
a short time.
From Monday's Daily.
The Journal herewith gives a list
of suggested presents for soldiers
who are in the camps of this coun
try or are in the trenches. This list
is preceded by instructions as to the
packing of the articles which are to
be sent to the soldiers. The instruc
tions and the list, which, should be
read by everyone, are as follows:
1. Nothing should go in them
which will not keep fresh from the
time of packing until Christmas.
2. Dried fruits and other food
pro(iucts should be packed in small
tin or wooden bokes one-quarter to
one-half pound in size.
3. No soft chocolates or anything
that could possibly be crushed should
be used to spoil the remaining con
tents of the package.
4. Several dainties packed in ob
long tin bokes each holding one-
quarter pound will provide a better
variety than all of one kind.
5. No liquids nor articles packed
in glass should be usea.
6. For wrapping the gifts use a
khaki colored handkerchief 27 inch
es square. Form the base of the
packet by placing on the center of
the handkerchief a pad of writing
paper 7 by 10 inches.
Select a variety of articles
either from the suggested list (or
according to individual wishes) to
an amount not ekceeding $1.50 and
arrange on pad so that entire pack
age shall be size of pad and 5 or 6
inches high. v
S. Wrap and tie with 1 inch red
ribbon and place a Xmas card under
the bow of ribbon. Greeting of
Chapter if no other.
Wrap the parcel again in heavy
light-brown Manila paper, tie se
curely with red. green or gilt cord
and use Xmas labels or American
flags as desired.
The following is a list of articles
Khaki colored handkerchief, 27
inches for container, writing pan,
. -. . j f-l
by 10 inches; envelopes, pencils,
postals, sokes, etc.; Knue isucn as
Boy Scouts book, in paper cover,
scrap-book, home made containing a
wood short story, use; steel mirror,
handkerchiefs, (khaki coiorecu ,
neckties, mouth organ electric torch,
compass, playing cards, m?f nanicai
puzzle, (an assorted lot may be pur
chased for small sum ) ; Red Cros3
I checkerboard, checkers, chess ana
dominoes, made of heavy cardboard) ;
J other games, tobacco, pipe and pipe
I cleaners, cigarette papers, water
tight match box, chewing gum, fruit-
I ed chocolate and other sweetened
I crackers in original packages, fruit
cake, preserved ginger, salted nuts,
prunes, figs, dates, raisins, hard
J candy, chocolate in tin foil, licorice.
RETURNED FROM HOSPITAL.
From Tuesday's Daily.
II. N. Smith and Bert Lloyd of
near enaw-Ka made a riying trip to
umana this morning and returned
bringing Mr. Lloyd's mother, Mrs.
Iw. .-.w. ..... I
uavia iioya nome witn them. Mrs.
Lloyd has been at a hospital at
a umana ior borne ume Deing treated
- for a crippled limb, caused by rheu
t . .
Water Y. M
C. A. Meeting
A Lare Numer Were Present, About
70 Going From Plattsmouth to
Enjoy the Enthuisiastic
From Tuesday's Daily.
Over sixty real Red Blood Amer
icans, yesterday just after the noon
hour, departed in automoLiles for
Weeping Water, where had been
called a meeting of those who were
interested in th World Work of the
Young Men's Christian Association
at the Cantonments at the battle
fronts as well as the camp life of
the army, where they assembled to
do their bit in this work. These
men, throwing away the Nationality
which was theirs other than Ameri
can, casting aside their religious bias
and shedding the political partisian
ship, entered into this meeting as is
required in a court of chancery, with
clean hands and pure hearts.
The other portions of the county
was well represented as well as
Plattsmouth. Weeping Water who
was honored by the meeting were
there in goodly numbers as was also
other portions of the county. The
meeting was called to order by C. A.
Rawls who spoke of the things
which we were there for.
He then suggested the election of
a temporary secretary, and II. A.
Schneider was chosen. A report
from him as he had acted in that
capacity before showed, that there
had been collected previous for the
army work, the following from
Plattsmouth $37 6.00, Weeping, Wat
er $10S.OO, Louisville $15. 00, Un
ion S1U2.UU, Nehawka 5122.50,
Avoca $125.00 and Murdoch andim"UUBU, "
Alvo $26.00 with $45.00 from other
places, of this there had been ex
penses as follows, printing $5.50,
postage $7.62, telephoning $1.30,
making a total of $14.42 for the ex
pense of collecting and forwarding
the sum of $1,059.50.
The matter of making the organ
ization was then taken up, and J. M.
Teegarten arose and placed in nom
ination C. A. Rawls who was elect
ed by applause hand clapping and
the rising of the entire house. Fol
lowing that H. A. Schneider was se
lected as the secretary treasurer.
After telling of the objects of tht
organization which was for the sav
ing of the boys at the fronts, fur
nishing them with a home where
they could meet, and surrounding
them with the best influences, that
they need not be discouraged, or
have any lack of the better side of
life in the army as well as is sup
plied in the home town.
A recess was taken for the selec-
tion of he President or chairman of
the various divisions in the county
corresponding to the wards and pre
cincts. When the meeting was again
called it showed the selection of the
following: Plattsmouth City, First
ward, J. W. Holmes, Second ward.
E. C. Hill, Third Ward. C. E. Whit-
aker Fourth Ward. George L. Far-
ley. Fifth ward L. E. Vroman. Platts-
mouth precinct. Luke L. Wiles. Weep-
ins -yater precinct Edward Dowler,
Louisville precinct, C. E. Noyes,
Greenwood, precinct Dale Boyles,
Salt Creek, Walter Tailing. Stove
creek precinct, C. S. Aldrich, Elm
W00Q precinct, Frank Foreman, Cen-
ter m-ecinct. Chas. Gerlich. Avoca
I precinct, Orlando Tefft. Nehawka pre
cinct Wilson Gilmore. Eight Mile
Grove, Paul Roberts. Liberty, Floyd
McCarthy, West Rock Bluffs, Glen
Boedaker, East Rock Bluffs, M. A.
Hall, Weeping Water city, T. M. Tee
garten, Tipton, Kemp Frans.
Mr. Rawis explained the manner
of the workins; having been in at-f
tendance of the meetings at Chicago
Omaha and Auburn, that the division
fcr each state had been allotted, and
then the state had made a division
for each district, the district had
been for each county, and that had
placed Cass ana Richardson counties Lindcnon of this city and had visit- the greatest factors in sustaining
to raise each from four to six thou- ed before at the home of her parents the morale of English. troops in ac
sand, but it became the crystalized Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Daugherty - at tive service, both in camns and in
sentiment that we should raise the
I largest amount which is six thou-
I sand for the county, and which
nlaces the amount for each nrecinct
and ward to raise as follows: Platts
mouth city $940.00, Weeping Water,
precinct $275.00. Weeping Water
- city $345.00, Rock Bluffs, Nebr.,
$375.00, Louisville $330.00. Eight
Mile Grove $240.00; Mount Pleas
ant $255.00, Avoca $300.00, Liberty
$295.00, Center $270.00, South
Bend $190.00 Elmwood precinct
$275.00, Stove Creek, $4 00.00; Salt
reek, $240.00, Greenwood precinct
$270.00, Tipton, $277.00, Nehawka
After this was attended to, Leo
Tighe who is home on a furlough in
a short address told of the workings
of the Y. M. C. A., at Camp Funston.
and praised the work in the highest
terms, while E. H. Wescott read ex
tracts from lettersi one in partic
ular from Frank H. Smith who was
the former reporter on this paper,
who spoke in very glowing terms of
the work which was being done.
Then followed the speaker of the
M. O. Cunningham, an attorney from
Omaha, who had gone to Weeping
Water with the ciowd from here. In
his address he said that he was
proud to stand before the representa
tion from Cass county and address
them, but he would be "a thousand
more times prouder if he could have
been able to have changed places
with the speaker which preceeded
him,' in the uniform of one of his
country's fighting men referring to
Leo Tighe. He said he knew that
Cas county would get out of the
trench and go over the top, in the
matter o the subscriptions which
were being asked ff.r. for he could
see it in the faces of the determined
men before him.
Hold a Splen
From Tuesday's Dciy.
The Daughters 'of the American
Revolution held their regular meet
ing last evening at the- home of Mrs.
E. H. Wescott, and which was most
I I. l, 1 .. i ,1 1... IV nn. K
in attendance. At' the meeting held
the latter part of'September at the
Dodge hone, the Daughters had de
cided they would devote the most -of
the evening of next meeting to the
making of trench candles out of the
old newspapers for our soldier boys.
Some fifty candles were made and
much pleasure and merriment was
derived in the making of these
candles, which will be so helpful to
cur soldier boys in the trenches. The
early hours of the evening were de
voted to making various plans and
arrangements in their work, "one of
which was that of knitting a sweat
er, helmet, wristlets and scarf for
one of the soldier bo3"s, who Is to
sail to France in the near fnture.
The Daughters will continue to make
these trench candles and any. one
having parrafin or pieces of the
Christmas candles, or candles of any
shape, size or color, please leave
them at the Red Cross room. It is
said that three of these candles will
warm a can of soup, so let us use our
oM newspaperSi prrafin and candles
for something that would
much benefit to the boys.
nnTC TcrnT TTrrKrrr rvp
LEAVING THE ISLANDS
From Tuesday's Dailv.
John Brooks, who is. a memberruiu"ir'J - -
of the regular army, having served
for some years now, and ia stationed
at Honolulu in the Hawaiian Islands,
is well satisfied with his position as
a member of the coast defense.
He is not with the expeditionary
force, which is liable to be changed
to some other point, but is stationed
there with regular army, and will
remain. He likes the place well and
the climate which is never cold like
the winters elsewhere.
RETURNS TO IOWA
HOME LAST NIGHT
From Tuesday's Daily.
Mr. Harry K. Nelson of Ottumwa,
Iowa, arrived in the city yesterday
and he and Mrs. Nelson and little
baby departed last evening for their
home in eastern Iowa. Mrs. Nelson
has been visiting here for the past
few days, at the home of her grand-
parents Mr. and Mrs. John . C.
- Rsrrd Plvmnnth Rock rnoVorek
for sale during the month of Octo-
ber for $1.50 each. Mrs. XCilliam
Troop, Nehawka, Nebr. Phone Mur
AND ED FRICKE
, October 21st, 1917.
Dear Grandfather: We have
quite a time out here. There are
about fifty thousand soldiers here.
All kinds of people, go to make up
the amount, Japs. Indians, Negroes,
Dagoes and White. When' we drill
we have quite a time, i is so crowd
ed. We had a man here who would
not drill, and they put him, in guard
and watched him three days, then
he escaped, and went to a hotel in a
town nearby and in the room shot
himself. He left a note saying that
"To much military Hell and the girl
I left behind me," He left a locket
to send to his girl in New York. He
sure did not like to drill. I am will
ing to take a chance on the Ger
mans getting me, I do not think they
can. How are you since getting
home from Montana. I would sure
like to have a good mess of sagehen
today. No chance of getting it here.
We get good eats and a good bed
here and no mistake. I expect that is
more than you had in the rebellion,
and you haci to work harder beside.
This will be all for this time. I
am well satisfied with my position
here and hope you are at home. My
126 Co. of 166 Depot Dridge
American Lake Washington.
Fort Snelling, Minnesota.
Nov. 3rd. 1917.
Mr. Henry Schneider,
Dear Mr. Sehnei'ler:-
Your kind letter of the 2Cth re
ceived. Would have answered soon
er but 'as a rule we hayeno r-pare
time during the Week for anything
except work. In regard to the Y. M.
C. A. as the soldiers friend. I must
admit that. Until coming to Fort
Snelling, I never realized what a
wonderful organization Jt was. Just
to mention a few things that it does
for the members.
EveTy evening it arranges for some
kind of an entertainment, this is
usually furnished by Twin City
Talent and sometimes they even
have players from the orpheum or
other theatres. On Sunday they
have services of almost every church.
So that if you are a Catholic you
can come at a certain time, and if
ru are a Methodist you can come at
some other hour and so on down the
The reading room Las all the
newspapers, magazines, etc. iney
furnish all the material necessary
for writing letters, even typewriters
if you desife to use them. It is a
strange as well as funny sight to
Uatch some of the regulars trying
to manipulate the typewriter.
I cannot begin to mention all of
I the little things that tne noes
for the men hcre- Just for instance.
when I went up to the deck for this
I .i. ,.tr oci- if
a date for tomorrow (Sun-
Unfortunately I had to refuse his
invitation for both a Symphony Or-
chestra Concert tomorrow afternoon
and a bid out for a good square
meal with some Saint Paul family.
Homns: that vou will receive the
needed support in Plattsmouth for
Y. M. C. A. I will close, .
ED. A. FRICKE
Y. M. C. A. WAR WORK
From Wednesday's Daily
The work of the Y. M; C. A. among
enlisted men is no experiment. Its
value on the Mexican Border among
American soldiers was demonstrated
in 1916. It is officially recognized
I by President Wilson as a valuable
I adjunct to the American armies. It
1 has been demonstrated to be one of
the trenches. , Ex-presidents Roose
velt and Taft give it their highest
endorsement. General Pershing re
cently cabled from France:
"The work now being done by the
Y. M. CI A. for comfort and enter-
tinmnt rf n..r cnior. in pPan k
- very innortant. As an orcanization.
i - - "-'
hts moral influent is
ficial. It performs a real service
that makes for contentment. The
Y. M. C. A. has won its place by un
selfish personal devotion to the
soldiers welfare and deserves
staunch support from our people at
Last April $3,000,000 was asked
by this organization from the people
of the United States and $5,000,000
Increased cost of transportation
and materials; double the estimated
number of men in the American ar
mies at home and abroad; urgent
appeals for the extension of this
work among the soldiers of France,
Italy and Russia, all these render
the sum contributed inadequate for
the great service the organization
desires to perform.
It has estimated theamount neces
sary to carry on its existing work
and for tbe extension of the work
to fields abroad for the period end
ing June 30. 1918 at $35,000,000.
Of this amount Cass county is ask
ed to contribute $6,000.
To provide this sum is not only
the patriotic duty of the people of
Cass County; it -is also a personal
duty of the highest order to the two
hundred and fifty men and boys of
this County already enlisted, and to
as many more who, within the next
year, will be enrolled in military
service from this County. Our men
and boys are even now enjoying the
benefit of this work.
$0,000 is our share of this fund;
let us not fail to provide it.
Campaign for funds during week.
Got In Bad,
No Tail Light
torn TiertaT"n Dally
L. W. Evans who represents some
advertising concern, forgot to light
his tail lamp last evening and was
pinched by the Chief of Police, the
car stored in a local garage, and this
morning Mr. Evans was sent to the
police judge for settlement. When
he appeared he was assessed the us
ual fine of two dollars and trim
mings. Mr. Evans said that he
would go see the representatives of
the, company, and get the money
instead he went and told the garage
man he had adjusted the matter and
wanted "his car. When he had re
ceived it, he turned the nose away
from Plattsmouth and turned on the
ALL WOOL AND A YARD WIDE.
' From Tuesday's Daily.
A rose by another name would be
as sweet, that is what we have been
told all along the way. And as to
the name," there is nothing in it.
But this we do know that last even
ing a long legged bird, callejl the
stork, came across the country, with
strides which barked off many a rod
each all in a burry and all out of
breath, bearing-suspended from its
beak a present for the family of H.
H. Cotton, one of the dearest little
presents, a little girl baby. Her
name is Cotton, but sure she is all
wool and a yard wide. Happy, well
yes, you should see that smile, which
Herb is now wearing, and he is jus-
tified, for bjessings like that do not
come to all painters. Mother and
daughter are doing nicely. Well so
J js the father
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HOW THE SOLDIER
BOYS LOOK AT THE
, WORK OF Y. M. C, A.
From Wednesday's Daily.
E. H. Wescott has just received a
letter from the former reporter of
this paper in which he expresses the
way the soldier boys look at the Y.
M. C. A. at the cantonments. Mr.
Smith who is a close observer of
people and things gets a good in
sight in the ways of the people of
the world in which he conies in con
tact, and his impressions of the ap
preciation of the boys at the front
is true to life. Here is the letter as
he has written it fo Mr. E. H. Wes
cott: Camp Cody, October 25th. 1917.
Dear Mr. Wescott :-
Having a few spare moments I
thought I would drop -ou a few,
lines to let you know that the Platts
bunch here are still alive and kick
ing and especially during one of the
New Mexico zephjers when the whole
landscape is filled with flying sand.
It was not until reaching here that
I realized what a great work the Y.
M. C. A. is conducting at the sold
ier's and sailor's camps. Here they
have a building for each brigade and
here the boys congregate in the
evenings to write home and enjoy the
amusements provided by the associa
tion. Three nights in the week there
are movies, that are good; and the
best that can be secured, band con
cert and musical entertainments
are also provided, while one night
each week is designated as "Stunt"
night when the boys themselves fur
nish the program. Usually wrestling
matches and musical numbers. The
Y. M. C. A. quarters is the bright
spot to all and especially tho?e who
are Jcnesome and homesick. The of
ficials in charge see that everyone is
treated right and given a cordial
welcome and take part In the whole
some amusements. We have one of
the buildings just across the street
from our quarters and here all the
machine gun company, gather night
ly. Classes in French and Spanish
are held on Wednesday and Thurs
day evenings. The training here is
developing the boys into real sold
iers, our company making a good
record in drilling and deportment.
We have plenty to eat and have re
ceived stoves for the tents as the
nights are cold, while in the day it
is quite warm, one can go in his
shirt sleeves and still be warm. We
drill four hours each morning, two
hours extended order, one hour phy
sical culture, and one hour in hand
grenade and trench w arfare. Remem
ber me to Cliff, and Glen, and to
Rev. Truscott, who I am glad to see
has been sent back for another year.
FRANK H. SMITH,
Co. C. 126 Machine Gun Co.,
GETS TWO CARS HERE.
From Monday's Daily.
Last evening Emmor Marshall. D.
M. Johnson and Henry Hubbard,
came over in Mr. Marshall's car, for
the purpose of taking home with
them two cars of the Overland type,
which Mr. Marshall sells at Weep
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