The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, December 20, 1917, Image 1

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Neb State HUlorlosI Boe .
No. 52.
Says Solicitors Get One-Half of More
Than a Million Dollars to be
Paid for Memberships.
Alvo, Nebr., Dec. 14, 1917.
To the Editor Plattsmouth Journal:
The farmer delegates from the Da
kotas at the Farmers National Con
gress at Springfield, Missouri, this
year, were all opposed to having
anything to do with the non-partisan
league. They said their experience
was that it always had been in the
hands of broken down politicians.
They have made themselves very
obnoxious in North Dakota on ac
count of their Congressman and Sen
ator being continually against the
Government and so radical and un
reasonable in their demands that
every loyal citizen opposed them.
And now they have come to Nebraska
and are trying to get the farmers of
our State to join them, making the
claim that they can get a member
ship of S0.00O members at $16.00 a
head. The solicitor alone to get
about 50 per cent ot 8.00 from each
farmer for taking down his name act
ually giving these agents (or solicit
ors) $040,000 of the farmers money,
and the organization $640,000 more,
i'rtv'if pica to the farmers appears to
be that they will" build a terminal
elevator at Omaha. (They don't tell
the farmer that a million bushel
terminal elevator can be built for
$200,000.) What becomes of these
collections of over a million dollars?
Are they going to build an elevator
with it? Oh, No! one-half of this
has already been absorbed by the
agents for chasing the farmer in jit
neys, and the rest will be absorbed
by the oragization. The cold facts
are that there is plenty of money in
Omaha to build more terminal ele
vators if they were needed, and
would pay. Unless a terminal ele
vator is handled by experts it don't
cav at all. the margin is so small
and the expense so. large. The only
reason there are terminal elevators
in Omaha is that the railroad com
pany allow a small elevation charge,
about one-third of a cent a bushel
for to get their cars unloaded and to
provide a place for the surplus grain,
so that it would not have to be kept
in cars waiting for a buyer. Individ
ual elevator men and farmers eleva
tor companies operating at country
stations can buy stock in terminal
elevators already built in Omaha, but
we could not ship but a small part fo
our grain to a terminal elevator in
Omaha, if we were stockholders. We
have always shipped the bulk of our
grain from Nebraska direct to mills
,to feeders to Kansas City, Topeka.
.Oklahoma and St. Louis, and receiv
ed in ore on track for it than a term
inal elevator in Omaha can afford to
pay us. It don't pay to ship to Omaha
iand reship it back-to those points.
When our wheat goes to Chicago or
Minneapolis, we can bill at first to
Omana, dui noi io iue ouuiu.
There has never been a time in the
past 30 years that an elevator at
Omaha or Kansas City charged more
. ViitcViAi Airmiacinft I
man one "
on wneat anu o-iu u u auu
up to the time the present war com
, menced. A feeder any wheer in the
United States or mill could wire
Omaha Terminal Elevator, and get
any grade of wheat or corn they
wanted shipped to them direct, and
the only charge between the country
elevator and the consumer anywhere
in the United States, was not over
one cent a bushel on wheat and 3-4c
on corn. Since the war commenced
the charges are about 2c on wheat
and about lc on corn on account
of extra expenses for office force,
etc., and the fact that it took twice
as much money to make the-transact
ion. There are of course, terminal
elevator men in Omaha and other
points who have grown rich specu
lating on grain. There are hund
reds of others who have sons bretee
I speculating on grain. The news
f papers and the press generally pro-
claim to the world the huge success
. of the lucky speculator. The world
f don't give the hundreds who fatl a
I passing glance. It appears under
! the laws of our state those non
partisan fellows are doing a per
fectly legitimate business. They
can collect a million dollars from;
farmers at '$10.00 a head, and laugh
all night. Our "Blue Sky" laws
don't appear to reach them.
Prom Tuesday's Daily.
George Ithoden of near Murray,
departed this morning over the Bur
lington for Omaha, where he is go
ing to the hospital at that place to
escort his wife to their home north
west of Murray, after she has been
at Omaha for the past several weeks,
receiving treatment for blood pois
oning, which resulted from a scratch
on one of her hands which laler be
came affected. Mrs. Rhoden has
been having a serious time with her
hand and her many friends will re
joice with her in the fact that she is
so far improved as to be able to re
turn to her home.
From Tuesday's Dailv.
Mrs. Edward Miller, of Lincoln,
and Mrs. Frank Raker, of Imperial,
have been guests at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. W. E. Rosencrans for some
time past, and last evening Mrs.
Miller departed for her home in
Lincoln, while Mrs. Baker will re
main for a longer visit with her
friends here.
Fr"i Tndar' Dally.
The Woman's Committee of the
Nebraska Council of Defense has
taken a census ofthe woman power
of the state. In each of the 93
counties of Nebrakas. registration of
women for war service has been suc
cessfully conducted. This campaign
has already cost over $,000. Only
$500 was contributed out of funds
of the Nebraska State Council of De
fense for this work.
The Woman's Committee conduct
ed the first food pledge campaign
without the financial aid of any gov
ernmental agency.
They materially assisted in the
second food pledge campaign, giv
ing freely of their time and effort.
The Woman's Committee has seen
to it that the compulsory school at
tendance law was observed, and that
child life was conserved in our
Nearly 200,000 women are work
ing actively every day In the Red
Cross making bandages, surgical
dressings and supplies for our Allies'
and our own armies. The Depart
ment of Home and Foreign Relief, of
which the Red Cross is a part, is
working directly with the Commit
tee. The women are looking after
civilian relief taking care of the
"needy families of soldiers at the
The Woman's Committee has or
ganized in every county for the nat
uralization of foreigners. This work
has resulted in hundreds of women
taking out their first papers, and in
directly has brought scores of men
to apply for citizenship papers.
The Woman's Committee sold $1,-
500.000 worth of Liberty Bonds in
the State of Nebraska in the second
Liberty Loan drive. They will quad
j next driye
The Woman's Committee through
its Educational Department is seeing
to it that un-American literature is
eliminated from the school text
books; that more English is taught
in foreign districts; that children
receive an American education; that
our flag flies over every school, pub
lic and parochial, in our state.
It has established a Speakers' Bu-
rcau, auu win uaic n small ai-iuj ui
, . , . f
twominuie women prepared to give
patriotic speeches at any public Bath-
All the above activities require
money. The United States govern-
Kment asks that the women of each
state carry out this work. Our state
has provided no funds for these
undertakings. The citizens of Ne
braska mu6t do what the citizens ef
other states have don. - They must
supply the financial means to carry
on this work. . j-
Subscribe for tha Journal.
To Sing "America" in Unison All
. Oter the World Where There
are Real Americans.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Christmas and
thousands of American fathers, sons
and brothers away from home! Away
from the music the laughter the
Christmas love and the Christmas
Here is a world-circling idea which
music workers and music lovers can
employ to bring all Americans all
over the world closer to each other
and closer to our glorious ideals at
this momentous hour in our national
It is simply this. Let us have on
Christmas morning a chorus in which
everyone who rejoices in the name
American may take part a chorus
that will sing itself around the
world a Christmas morning music
festival for all Araeicrans every
where this festival to be held en
tirely without erpense and with no
more preparation than remembering
At nine o'clock next Christmas
morning, the day of all the year when
American home ties are strongest, let
all Americans, no matter where they
are gathered together
Around the Fireside
On the Training Ground
In the Chapel
On the Battleship
In the Trenches
In the Hospitals
On the Street " " "
In the Cars
join in a great chorus or endless
chain of choruses singing "America"
until the thought of our blessings in
the "sweet land of liberty" will ring
around the globe.
In what better way can we bring
together in Christmas spirit those
brave souls at home and in service?
Is it not the glorious privilege of
every music lover to work for this?
Many will want to go on with
some of the dear Christmas carols
and songs which bring good cheer
and rich promise on Christmas morn
ing. Let every instrumentalist join
in. Let the bells of every church
ring out. Let all America sing as it
has never sung before.
Think what this will mean on
Christmas Day. 1917, in thousands of
American homes where there will be
empty chairs chairs of heroes fight
ing for you and me "over there."
How can this be done? How can
the glad tidings of this world-wide
Christmas musical festival be spread
'quickly enough?
First of all talk about it. Talk
about it to everyone you meet. Tell
them to watch the clock on Christ
mas morning and at nine start to
sing "My Country 'tis of Thee." Tell
them that they are members of the
great chorus of Christmas cheer that
Is singing itself around the world to
bring together on this Christmas the
minds and hearts of all Americans.
Tell them that it is to give courage
and confidence to our boys over
there" and joy and pride and com
fort in the souls of all whd stay at
Second Write or see the editors
of your local papers and do your
best to induce them to give abund
ant space to inform their readers of
the Christmas morning music festival
for Americans everywhere. Urge
this with all your heart.
Third See the school teachers
and the, local boards as well as all
the clubs in your neighborhood and
; aa& luciu iu wane ouuuuulcuii:uio.
I . .
Fourth Have a talk with your
J clergyman. His enthusiasm will be
I invaluable. Ask him to have "the
church bell rung for five minutes on :
Crhistmas morning, at nine o'clock.
. Fifth In every letter you write,
whether to a soldier at the front or
to an acquaintance, take a few lines
to tell them that you will be with
them : in the spirit of our American
Christmas at none o'clock on Christ
mas morning.
. Sixth -Do it yourself. Waiting for
someone else to do it means that it
may not get done. Wak up in the
morning thinking about it and do
not go to rest until you have done
something toward it.
.Colossal optimism and undaunted
courage is the need of the hour
courage in the home quite as much
as the field. This will be felt keener
on this "Different from all Christ
mases" than ever before.
Musicians! You who may have
been wondering what you can do
through your art in the great hour
of need, here is an opportunity. Let
us pray that it will make every
American heart stouter and more
determined, that it will give us
'courage to so continue this great
fight for a glorious principle of
freedom, that "Peace on Earth," the
real Christ thought, will be here in
fact before another Christmas comes.
With hearts thrilled with rapture
and gratitude for the blessings that
America has brought to all of us,
though our eyes be Jeweled with
tears, let us all join in this great
chorus to exalt our ideals and our
love of the homeland. May we nev
er forget nine o'clock on Christmas
morning or 1917.
Dick Avard who has been at Lin
coln for the past two weeks, assist
ing the orchestra at "the Oliver
theatre, has completed his contract
and is home again; and with his
sleeves rolled up for the work which
is waiting. While away his partner
Mr. John McLean did nobly in the
working all the time to keep the
work cleaned up, and attend to the
sales. Now they can attend to the
business with the two of them to do
From Tuesday's Da Ilv.
Mrs. John W. Chapman and little
sou. arrived in this sitySunday after
noon to visit the parents of Mrs.
Chapman. Mr. and Mrs. J. W. John
son, coming from their home at Bak
er. Mont., near where they have a
farm. Mrs. Chapman says that the
weather was very cold and much
wind in the west it being 37 below
zero the morning she started home,
and had been down to 40 but a short
time before. She and son will visit
with her parents and other relatives
for some time before returning to
their home in the west.
From Tuesday's Daily.
R. W. Young from near Nehawka,
who some time since had the mis
fortune to fall from a tree while pick-
ing apples, and who has been in a
hospital at Omaha with a broken hip
and leg since, and has been in a
plaster case, is now getting along
finely, and yesterday the cast was
removed showing a nice healing of
the injured parts. The physicians in
charge think that he will be able to
return to his homo by Christmas. Mr .
Young has had a severe tussle witn
the injury and his many friends will
be pleased to know that he is on the
road to nermanent recovery.
From Wednesday's Daily.
That the government of the Unit
ed States foreseen the amount of
work which the Questionnaire could
entail, is evident from the fact that j
' . . ,
all the countries, to assist and coun-
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sel with the registrants. The bar
...... . . . . .
of this city are indeed busy, and no
. . .
mistake. Besides the advisory posi-
tion some of the attorneys have
to fil1
out the blanks, and others have their
clerical force do it because they be
come familiar with the forms, while
it is new to every one of the regis
trants. One attorney yesterday, af
ter spending an hour and a half with
one registrant, had to ' send his
stenographer who is also a notary.
. to the west end of the city to obtain
an affidavit
Another' attorney told us last
evening that he had piloted four
registrants through the mysteries of
the Questionnaire, and it took him
on an average of two and a half
hours each, or ten hours for the
four. There have but few been re
turned to the local board, and it
appears that with the present work
ing force of advisory board, that they
will be kept pretty busy to get the'
Questionnaires returned "with - the
specified time; allowed by the rulesi
A want ad will bring yon a buyer.
Former Plattsmouth Man Eulogized
by Marquette Correspondent in
The Aurora Republican.
On Thursday night, December 6th,
just lour days after an operation had
been performed in the hope of sav
ing his life, D. E. Seiver passed away.
While the operation was successful,
yet due to other complications and
on account of his weakened condi
tion, he was unable to rally suffici
ently to overcome the shock. Mr.
Seiver had been in a weakened phy
sical condition for some time prev
ious to his death, although he was
around attending to his customary
business and few in 'the community
realized that he was in failing
health. On Wednesday preceding
the Sunday that he( submitted to
the operation, Mr. Seiver was seized
with a violent illness while attend
ing to business matters at Aurora.
He returned home on the afternoon
train and placed himself under the
care of a physician, but his condi
tion was not believed to be especial
ly serious until Sunday, when he be
came so bad that an operation was
decided upon as the only means of
saving his life.. The news of Mr.
Seiver's death spread rapidly over
the community on Friday morning,
and' to a great number of his friends
and acquaintances, the news was a
double shoCk, for it was not general
ly known that .fee was ailing. Few
men of the community enjoyed as
wide an acquaintance over the coun
try as did Mr. Seiver, and with that
acquaintance went a universal re
spect and confidence toward him.
Mr. Seiver's life in this commun
ity dates back to 1892, when in the
spring of that year he removed his
family to this place from Platts
mouth and in association with Judge
Newell and Mr. Parmele of that
place, took charge of a ranch here
and engaged in the feeding and sale
of live stock. In the conduct of this
business, Mr. Seiver had dealings
extensively over the territory tribu
tary to Marquette, and, as a matter
of fact, over the state. In all of
his dealings, he aws fair and just
tend commanded the respect of alllren, Katheryn, Thomas, Clara, Wil-
ith whom he had business relations.
Mr. Seiver was actively engaged
in' the stock business until a few
years ago, when he felt it advisable
to turn over the burdens. of the busi
ness to a new copartnership, which
admitteil two of his sons, Edwin and!
j wmianu into the firm. since that
he has nQt ,ed an inactive life,
. . aflf1itioT, tn ,ip?n!r a r.minselor
v,th- Ms gons cared for many r"e.
(sponsiuie positions in iur i'umuiuiui
and the county at large. For a num-
:ber of years Mr. Seiver has been the
assessor of this precinct, and owing
to his judgment of values and his
fairness of estimates, made returns skilled in that profession, having en
that were pleasing to the county j tered it during his residence in Kan
board as well as to the taxpayers. Hel
also served as district . manager for
the Hamilton County Telephone corn-
ipany, and was a member of the ex-
i y A1
ecutive committee. Always working
for the good of the community, he
. " . ... ,
neia nianv omces in local lougra auu
1 .
organizations, uuu ai me iimc ui.uia
death was a member of the board of
trustees of the M. E. church. Even
during the last year of his life, he
was offered and accepted work with
the council of defense and other or
ganizations founded under, the -conditions
of the country at this time.
His acceptance of any position meant
il luuiumciii iu nic caiciu ji uio
Physical ability, and, regardless -of
.his physical condition, he. carried to
1 completion several hard tasks.
J curing tne years tnat jur. oeiver
and his estimable wife have lived, in
this community, the children have
grown to manhood and womanhood.
All are highly respected and reflect
the influence of the father and
mother,, who made home and the
training of. their children. the prime
consideration of their ' lives-. . -Mr.
Seiver; was by mature. a very.. sym pa
thetic man generous in the extreme,
and .was worshiped by his sons .and
daughters, who with the sorrowing
wife will greatly miss his advice and
guidance and the strength of his sup
port. As death drew near, this good
man expressed his willingness and
readiness to meet his Maker and
parted with his family in the ex
pressed confidence that all was well.
The funeral was held from the
family residence at 1:30 p. -m. Sat
urday, December 8th, where a short
service was held. The procession
then wended its way to the M. E.
church, where public services were
held. The house service consisted of
a song which was a favorite of the
deceased and a short talk and pray
er by his pastor. Rev. H. J. Skeirik.
In line with a conversation held
with Mr. Seiver before his death,
the pastor used the twenty-third
Psalm as the scripture at the fam
ily service. The church service was
attended by a large assembly of
those with whom he had acquain
tance and friendship and was repre
sentative of nearly the whole coun
try as well as more distant points.
Rev. Skeirik used as the text for the
sermon the forty-fourth verse of the
fifteenth chapter of First Corinth
ians: "It is sown a natural body; it
is raised a spiritual body. There is
a natural body and there is a spirit
ual body." Comforting, uplifting
and pointing the way to the eternal
life, the discourse was alike con
soling and inspiring to the family
and to the friends assembled to pay
their last respects. The touching
songs by the choir, the beautiful
floral emblems heaped upon the cas
ket and the silent procession of
friends viewing for the last time the
well-known features of their friend,
all of these were impressive parts
of the service. After the funeral
services the procession passed to the
Richland cemetery, where the body
was tenderly carried to the grave by
the three sons and the son-in-law
and were -lowered-to the last rest
ing place.
David Edgar Seiver was born in
Crab Bottom, Highland county, Vir
ginia, September 26, 1850, and died
at his home near Marquette Decem
ber 6. 1917, aged 67 years, 2 months
and 10 days. His early life was
spent in Virginia. At the age of IS
he was married to Clara Fleisher and
the year following moved to Kansas.
There were five children by the first
marriage, two dying in infancy. The
three living are Gertie, Guy and
Claudia. He moved from Kansas to
Plattsmouth. Nebr.. in 1SS1, two
years after the death of his wife. In
March. 1883, he was married to Lou
ise Shryock, of Weeping Water. To
this marriage were born six child-
? liam, Edwin and Bertie, all of whom
are living. In March. 1S92. he mov
ed to Marquette, where he was liv
ing at the time of his death. Mr.
Seiver was one of a family of seven
1 brothers and seven sisters.
the wife and nine children there are
two brothers and three sisters to
mourn his death, they being F. S.
Seiver of Salina." Kan; J. W. Seiver
of Plattsmouth. Nebr; Mrs. Lucy Rex-
road of Guthrie. Okla; Mrs. Emma
Mauzy, of New Haniden, Va.. and
Mrs. Abbie Brown, of California. The
'business of Mr. Seiver was principal -
- V mat oi a stockman
He became
The Best
Christmas Gift!
Why not give a
Liberty Bond
or a War Saving Stamp?
We can deliver Bonds in $50,00 or $100.00
'wst National Baal
Copenhagen, Dec. IS. The report
that former Premier Kerensky of
Russia, supported by some thousands
of troops, has appeared in the vicin
ity of Petrograd, contained in a dis
patch from Haparanda. iu Sweden,
at the Finnish frontier, to the Ber
lingske Tidende. The Bolsheviki are
said to have sent troops against him.
Doubts In Denmark.
All advices which have been re
ceived recently regarding conditions
in Russia have tended to show that
the Bolsheviki were strengthening
theif position and were encountering
little opposition except on the part
of the Cossacks in southern Russia.
Under these conditions it appears
hardly probable that Kerensky could
assemble a force of any size and reach
the vicinity of Petrograd.
Cossacks Still Fighting;.
London, Dec. IS. Reports on the
Russian internal situation tonight
indicate that fighting is continuing
in the Don region and that reii. force-
ments have been sent south from
A Kiev dispatch tonight reports
that during the disarming of the
Maximalist units there the Vkran
ian troops seized 7 2 cannons. 3.r0
machine guns and 5,000,000 cart
Give flowers that Christmas Day
may be the fairest of the year.
Among all the gifts at Christmas
time flowers fill a place that noth
ing else, no matter how rare or val
uel. can usurp. They express the
giver's personality as no other gift
will. Prices of flowers and plants
have not soared upwards as has the
prices of almost everything else. We
advise early ordering. Remembering
that for carnations, roses, sweet peas,
cyclamen and poinsetties. "We're as
Near as the Nearest Telephone." L.
M. Mullis. Florist, Plattsmouth. Neb.
Phone No. 15.
How to Check Croup Quickly.
There is one reliable remedy for
crop that every mother should
know. Mrs. Sweet Clary. Ante, Va..
writes: "I think Foley's Honey and
Tar is the best medicine I ever tried.
My little son nearly had croup. I
gave him one dose and it stopped him
coughing in about '.ive minutes." Re
lieves coughs, colds, lagrippe. Sold
Christmas Cards from one cent up
at the Journal office.
j sas. He joined the Methodist Epis
copal church in his youth and con
tinued his membership until his
death, and died in the living faith.