The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, December 27, 1917, Image 1
I 3 vr ADtOM Nel Stato Historical Boo VOL. XXXV. PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, DECEMEER 27, 1917. No. 54. ( v 4 CHRISTMAS DOWN AT FUNSTON FINDS BOYS PREPARED NATIONAL ARMY MEN LAY THE PLANS FOR HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES. Lonesome Lads in Big War School Will Sing, Feast and Play in the Barracks.! Camp Funston, Kas., Dec. 23. Christmas in a cantonment camp- Christmus in the midst of prepara tions for war. Long lines of bleak looking barracks, the w hite . of the new wood, gradually yellowing into even shades, colorless, monotonous tremendous in its sameness and its size. Camp Funston is the center of a million thoughts each hour of the holidays. The lack of color, of brightness and warmth-giving Christmas sug gestions is the most noticeable thing to the men who for the past few weeks have had enough time to lc-t thoughts go too far into the part. Christmas above all other times is when a man and almost without 'ex ception, that includes the national army man, would most like to be at home. Christmas, the day, the idea, and the season, all mean that the newly making soldier is going thru his first real hardship of ar, facing his first sacrifice of the kind of which many may follow. Thoughts of Home Thousands of Omaha and Nebras ka men will hear the morning whis tle Tuesday morning and jump shiv ering into their clothes with the rea lization that their Christmas is to be mostly in their thoughts and con scious that many others" Christmas will be partly with them in mind. There will be among them, too, boys from Plattsmouth and Cass county. They, will see again familiar scenes of the old town and will imagine fireplaces and home comfort in the far corner of the dusky barracks, where there is only an empty bunk. Truly, imagination is not without charms. More still, perhaps, will picture the postoffice oa the corner instead of the barracks across the way, and can imagine that the brown Kansas hills are snow covered fields seen from friendly windows. For Christ mas in Funston. and probably in every other camp in the nation, will be spent in fact with all the machin ery of war at hand, but in spirit in the homes and with the families of the men. But relatives, friends and govern ment have done and "are doing their utmost to make the holiday as much of a real holiday as they can. With the men, they realize that it is im possible for all to be at their homes, and with them they know deep in their hearts that it is perhaps better that only a very few of them or none at all go. Streets in Nebraska towns may be sprinkled to some extent with khaki, but Camp Funston streets will be colored with civilian colors, awith Christmas visitors. ' Mail is Heavy The package mail, always volumi nous, has increasd by great jumps in the past few weeks and even more in the past few days. Extra forces in th regimental and battalion mail rooms have been needed for assort ing the packages and innumerable cards and letters, and every barrack is piled high twice daily with pack ages from home. Some of this, per haps a good portion of it, is being saved for the Christmas feast or the New Year's celebration and Platts mouth troops have fared well in that respect. Two weeks before Christmas was close at hand real winter swept over Kansas, including in its folds Camp Funston. For days the new heating paint was working at capacity. For the first time the men found out the rigors of winter in war camps and got som idea of the things they would be schooled to meet in the future. Winter seemed very long arid to many very unwelcome. And then a week before Christmas cam warm almost spring-like days and ool, comfortable nights. Interest, lagging, for awhile in Christmas plans, when all that was needing attention was the desire to keep warm, began anew, and a pro gram in every company, every troop every battery, was planned to help give amusement that day. Christmas eve, the one night in the year when to some extent every man, soldier or civilian, is anxious to go back and be a boy, will find music, games and gayety and some kind of entertain ment in mess halls, squad rooms or hallways. Decorations that did not endanger the buildings from fire are found in every building- and the men have done all possible to bring some color, some of the real Christmas spirit and Christmas thoughts to make the barracks different tor that day. Christmas Program. Christmas day there are to be games, races, exhibition displays of riding and roping, sports and tests from every part of the half of the United States that is represented here. Christmas, so far as the men. their families and their government can make it, will be a real Christ- t mas. In barracks occupied b Cass coun ty boys, thoughts or machine guns, artillery or stretchers will ba put out of mine for the time and room made for the reception of thoughts of a good time. Pianos, found in al most every company and building, will be used as they are seldom used and will be welcomed as they have perhaps never been welcomed be fore. Ragtime and camp songs, real songs, and Christmas songs will all be heard in almost every corner of camp. The rata-tat-tat of the machine gun will be forgotten in the bustle of the festivities, making holidny in Camp Funston. It may be lonesome for Nebraska people who have those here who never before have been away at this time, and it is hard for the thousands here who until low have never been away, but to the ast man of them they are making the best of it and for one day tit j least the long rows - of bleak bar- racks will be gay within, if not i without, with Christmas. i LOOSES A FOOT YESTERDAY. From Wednesday's Dally. Yesterday morning while engaged n working about an elevator, J. D. Gravett, father of Wm. Gravett of this city, who is 79 years of age and very hard of hearing, had the mis fortune to have one of his feet cut off by an engine of the Chicago & Great Western Railway in Council Bluffs, Iowa. It seems Mr. Gravett, who was employed about the eleva tor, had just stepped out of the door when the engine passed catching him and dragging him for seVenty feet. The crew of the engine did not know of the accident, and Mr. Gravett laid beside the track calling for help un til a farmer happened to drive past and his attention was attracted, when he came to the assistance of the fn- ured man. Mr. Gravett was then immediately picked up and taken to the Mercy hospital, and Wm. Gravett of this city was sent for.' When he had reached the hospital an opera tion was being performed, amputat ing the part of the leg which the passing wheels had left in a man gled condition, and dressing the wounds sustained. The chances for his life seemed very slender, but this morning when Mr. Gravett returned to the hospital, his father showed some improvement, and seems some better although there is but little hope entertained for his recovery. FINE BOX SUPPER PROGRAM. From Wednesday's Daily. Saturday evening, Dec. 22nd, Miss Vera Moore and pupils of the Keno sha school. District No. 8, gave a Box supper at the Lewiston church southeast of Murray. A very amusing program was given by the pupils which was immensely enjoyed by those present. After the program Mr. Rex Young took charge of the boxes and his great interest that he took in them was highly appreciated by Miss Moore and her pupils as he made a nice sum of $50 which will be used for school supplies. Among the young ladies Miss Vera was the most popular and was pre sented with a large box of fancy stationery. At a late hour everybody departed for their homes, hoping to he able. to. en joy themselves aB well once again. "Dennison's crepe paper at the Journal office. LETTER FROM CYRIL JANDA IN THE U.S. NAVY TELLS OF TRIP FROM FRISCO TO NEW YORK THROUGH THE CANAL. Were Ordered to Sail for England, but When Ready Different Orders Given Them. From Wednesday's Dallv. New York, Dec. 11, 1917. Dear Brother and Family: Received your letter this noon and was sure glad to hear from you. I am O. K. and hope you are the same. I suppose you know we are at New York. This is sure some city. I wish you could be here to take in the sights with me. I took in all the main part of the city already and like it fine, but the price of things is so high. Coffee costs ten cents a cup and you have to buy the sugar extra three small lumps for a nickel. Everything is way up, but the people here realize what the war Is and they treat us fine. I got off Saturday and Sunday, so I had quite a time. I spent Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden and that is sure a fine place. Every thing is free there for the sailors only. We sure got disappointed last week when we first came here from the west coast. We got orders to leave for England in three days and re turn before Christmas, so we took on 3300 tons of coal and a lot of stores ready for a long trip. Then we got orders not to go, and that sure made us mad as we were all anxious to go across. Last week we got orders to go to Boston and wait there for further orders and that same after noon we got word to stay in New York, so they had us all excited. Now I hear we are going to stay here un til after New Years. It is sure cold here. The ground is white with snow. It was snowing all day Saturday and Sunday. I bought about $50 worth of winter clothes since I came here, but we sure need them. You ought to hear the people here talk. They talk and act so funny real English and every man you meet has a cane, a swallow-tail coat and a two gallon hat. The women even pull dogs around in little carts. I could write 100 pages about things I see here every day, but I have to quit and write about something else. I'll tell you a little about our trip. We left Frisco November 19th and arrived here December 3rd. We stop ped at Mexico, the Panama Canal, Panama City, Colon, Cuba, Pennsyl vania and New Jersey. The trip thru the canal was a sight. It took us from 5:30 a. m. till 6:00 p. m. to get through. It was sure a hard life between Mexico and Colon. In five days there were over 53 firemen that were overtaken by heat and couldn't work, so we seamen had to go down and shovel .coal. I shoveled for four days and I couldn't stand it any longer, so I gave in too. As soon as we passed the Panama canal, it got cooler and all the firemen were all right again. Off of the coast of Cuba we cross ed a gulf by the name of Hanipeck. They call it the grave yard of the Atlantic as more ships have been sunk there than anywhere in the Atlantic ocean, and, believe me, we thought it was sure going to be our grave yard, too. It took us three days to cross this gulf. For two days we couldn't come up on' top deck at all nor were we able to eat a meal off of the tables. The ship rocked so much that a table would slide from one end of the ship to . the other. Then for two days we had to sit on the deck all day long. You couldn't stand up unless you had ahold of something. We were under water half of the time. ' The yard workmen are sure busy working on our ship. They put on ten more guns and built a chaple. I also have to tell you that we have a Catholic priest aboard. He has mass every morning at 6 o'clock and every Sunday at 10:30. He is about 45 years old and sure is a fine fellow. He holds confessions very morning before 'mass! I -was sure glad to get the clip pings you sent and also glad to get Clement's letter. He sure wrote a fine piece. I am sending you a book of New York views and a pillow top of the ship's crew. Well it is getting late .so I will close, hoping to hear from you soon. The name of our ship has been changed, so hereafter address my mail, U. S. S. Rochester, care of Postmaster, New York City, N. Y- .A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all, from Your Brother, CYRIL JANDA. PLATTSMOUTH'S XMAS PRESENT. For a Christmas present the City of Plattsmouth drew another fam ily for a resident, they coming from Hamburg, Iowa. This, is just in the closing of the year, hut still the city is making gains in its inhabitants, and all the time adding to .its ma terial welfare. The ones to come to this city , this time is the family of Elmer Durham, and with them comes the father of Mrs. Durham, Mr. Wall, who will also make his home here. ANOTHER RED CROSS LIE IS NAILED From Wednesday's Daily. The following communication has been received in Plattsmouth by Mr. Fred Wagner from Mr. Andrew Sturm, of Nehawaka, will explain itself and at the same time nip another Red Cross falsehood early in the game: Nehawka. Nebr.. Dec. 22. 1917. Mr. Wagner, Plattsmouth, Nebr. Dear sir: It was told in my office today that you contributed a check for $50 toward the Red Cross. That a little later the Red Cress Ladies held a banquet at .your hotel and tendered yoi in part payment the aforesaid chock. Now I believe this to be one cf the many means used to discredit the Re4, Crpss If the above is untrue, will 3-oa kindly hand this to the Plattsmouth Jour nal, together with your statement of the affair and thus render a service to that noble organization and nail a black lie aimed at its efficiency? A. F. STURM. Here is what Mr. Wagner has to ay in reply to Mr. Sturm's letter: The above is absolutely false. In the first place I never gave the Red Cross $50, and in the second place, when the ladies gave their banquet at my place, every. person attending the said banquet paid their individ ual account. If the people who cir culate such stories as the above would exert one-half the energy in behalf of the Red Cross as they do in circulating such lies, they would prove themselves worthy of being called American citizens, such as they surely should be. The Red Cross may call upon me at any time and they will be granted every as sistance within my power. FRED WAGNER. Mgr. Wagner Hotel. MARRIED AT NEERASKA CITY. Prom "Wednesday Dattv. Last Monday, Dewey Duffield, dep uty sheriff for Douglas county, pass ed down the Missouri Pacific, from Omaha to Nebraska City and was met at the Missouri Pacific station in this city by Miss Gladys Cotner, going to Nebraska City. There they were united in marriage by county Judge Bishop. Monday evening they returned to Plattsmouth and sur prised their friends here, and espec ially the parent's of the bride. They departed yesterday for their new home in Omaha, taking with them, the good wishes of the num erous friends in this city, for a long and happy life. They are both well and favorably known here. The bride is the winsome daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Cotner, while Mr. Duffield formerly lived at Weeping WTater, and has for some time been making his home at Omaha. . Old Soldier Gives -Recommendation. Gustav Wangelin. Commander of G. A. R. Post, Pinckneyville. Illinois, writes: "I highly recommend Foley Kidney Pills, which I prefer to all others I have used." Foley Kidney Pills give quick relief from backache, rheumatic pains, stiff, swollen joints. lanjruidnese, kidney trouble and sleep disturbing bladder ailments. Sold everywhere. Office Supplies at ; the JournaL CATCH CLEVEREST SPY IN AMERICA A FEW DAYS AGO FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY SCHU LENBERG BOUGHT TON OF DYNAMITE IN SEATTLE. Mission Was to Elow Up Docks Thrilling Career In Ger man Plots. San Francisco. Cal., Dec. 25. Federal officials announced last night the arrest on a presidential warrant of Franz Schulenberg. alleged to be oen of the cleverest and most dang erous German spies operating on the Pacific coast. According to federal officers, he planned to destroy gov ernment docks and shipping in most of the big coast ports. Military authorities said Schulen berg, under instruction from Lieu tenant Wilhelm von Brincken, for merly military attache at the local German consulate, purchased a ton of dynamite in Seattle at about the time of the explosion of a barge loaded with munitions in Puget Sound. There is evidence, it was stated, of close association letvs;e:i Schulenberg and Franz von Pa pen, former head of the German secret service and with Ram Chandra, who is on trial in the federal court on a chargo of violating the neutrality of the United States. Information in the hands of mili tary authorities is said to cover al leged unneutral acts on Schulen-berg's-part as follows: In December. 1914. Schulenberg reported to von Brincken at the Ger man consulate in San Francisco and volunteered for service of any kind. He was sent to see Ram Chandra and was furnished money to go to Seattle. Ton of Dynamite. Schulenberg was instructed lo re port to the German consul in Seattle and draw enough money to buy one ton of dynamite, fifty Maxim silenc ers and fifty high-powered rifles, with ample ammunition. He was told to take his supplies to Sumas, Washington, near the Canadian border. Von Papen himself traveled to Seattle incignito to meet Schulen berg and give him $4,500. The Ger man agent posed as Frank Winzewski a Russian, and secured a Russian passport to facilitate his trips to Canada. With German money Schul enberg, it is alleged, bought the dynamite, guns and ammunition. In October. 1915, von Brincken is said to have sent Schulenberg to New York to report to von Papen. Von Papen told him he had nothing for him and advised him to go to his hotel in Hoboken, N. J. That night three men in the employ of von Papen entered Schulenberg's room, searched him, took away his papers and bundled him on a train, first giving him a ticket to San Fran cisco. In January, 1917, Schulenberg and another agent were said to be in Los Angeles awaiting instructions from German agents in Washington to carry supplies for wireless sta- j tions across the border to the west coast of Mexico. Supplies valued at $35,000 were contracted for but the money to pay for them did not arrive. Reported In Germany. .Shortly after this Schulenberg under his old Russian passport went to Germany, it is said, and reported t othe head of the German secret service in Wilhemstrasse. Returning after three weeks, he landed in Gal vestion and made his way across country to southern California. He was arrested December 5, near Santa Cruz. In an automobile in which Schul enberg was caught the authoirties found a German Luger pistol and a high powered rifle, both loaded. Fur ther investigation disclosed a cache containing forty-six pounds of dynar mite, three alarm clocks and attach ments for detonating explosives said to be the property of the prisoner". Schulenberg deserted :from , the German army in 1904. - He. was ar rested in Sydney and turned over to the German naval attache there. He was enlisted in the navy and deserts ed six weeks later" in Shanghai. He is a cabinet maker by trade. INCOME TAX OFFICER COMING. From Wednesdays Dally. In a communication received by this paper, Collector of Internal Revenue, Geo. L. Loomis, announces that a federal income tax officer will be sent into this county on January 28th and will be here until Feb. 13. He will be in Weeping Water Jan. 2Sth to February 2nd, and have his office in a bank. He will be in Plattsmouth February 4th to Feb ruary 13th, and will have his office in the Court House and will be there every day ready and willing to help persons subject to the income tax make out their returns without any cost to them for services. How many income-taxpayers will there be in Cass County? If you can guess how . many married per sons living with wife or husband will have net incomes of $2,000 or over and how many unmarried persons will have net incomes of $1,000 or over this j'ear, then you know. The Collector of Internal Revenue esti mates that there will be fiOO taxpay ers in this countv. Returns of income for the year 1917 must be made on Forms provid ed for the purpose before March 1, ISIS. Because a good many people don't understand the law and won't know how to make out their returns. the government is sending in this ex pert to do it for them. But the duty is on the taxpayer to make himself known to the ogvernment. If he doesn't make return as required be fore March 1 he may have to pay a penalty ranging from $20 to $1,000, pay a fine or go to jail. So if you don't want to take chances on going to jail, you better call t on the in come tax man. If you are not sure about being subject to the tax. better ask him and make sure. Whether you see the income tax man or not. you must make return if subject to tax. Of course, persons resident in other counties may, if they want to. come and see the income tax man who will be at Weeping Water Jan. 28th to February 2nd, and Platts mouth February 4th to February 13. The Collector suggests that every body start figuring up now his in come and expenses so as to be ready with the figures when the expert arrives. Expenses, however, don't mean family expenses, money used to pay off the principal of a debt, new machinery, buildings, or any thing like that. They mean what you spend in making your money. interest, taxes paid, hired help, amount paid for goods sold, seed, stock bought for feeding, rent (ex cept your dwelling), etc. Income in cludes about every dollar you get. Cut This Out It is Worth Money DON'T MISS THIS. Cut out this slip, enclose with 5c to Foley & Co.. 2S35 Sheffield Ave.. Chicago, 111., writing your name and address clear ly. You will receive in return a trial package containing Foley's Honey and Tar Compound for coughs, colds and croup; Foley Kidney Pills and Foley Cathartic Tablets. Sold every where. Suhscrihe for the Journal. How Does It Business men believe in the Federal Reserve System, but many of them know very little about it or how it operates. To tell our community how the system benefits them and how the can contribute direcdy to its support, we have prepared a short phamphlet. u3hSYSTEM3 First Ka&Hal Kank Send for Booklet, "How Does ft Benefit Me?" TEUTONS RUSH TROOPS WEST FROM RUSSIA B0LSHEVIKI INCENSED BECAUSE KAISER BARS SOCIALISTS FROM STOCKHOLM. PEACE MEETING IS POSTPONED Petrograd, Dec. 25. Ensign Kry- lenko, commander in chief of the army, , reported to the Bolsheviki headquarters that the Germans were transferring troops in verytlarge numbers, and as quickly as possible to the western front against the al lies, and also, to the southwestern Russian front. Leon Trotzky, the Bolsheviki for eign minister has called the atten tion of the peace delegation to this fact. A special dispatch from Brest Litvosk announces the Germans were ' not ready jet to reply to the Russian peace terms and consequently the meeting of the peace delegates was postponed until Monday afternoon. It is reported that the refusal of Germany to issue passports to the German socialists Hasse, Ledebour, and Kautsky, who desire to go to Stockholm to acquaint themselves with the Russian revolutionary con ditions, has produced in Russia an impression which may hamper peace negotiations. Trotzky Wires Delegates. Minister Trotzky has sent a tele gram to his delegates at Brest-Li- tovsk, in this connection, declaring that if the Germans refused their so cialists passports, this would create tuch a'bad impression at Petrograd that it was deemed necessary that the German official declaration which is expected here Thursday, should go to Stockholm instead. Civil war seems to be spreading over Russia. The Bolsheviki commissioners have issued a manifesto to all Rus sian working men, declaring that as the armistice probably will be trans formed at an early date into a gen eral democratic peace to all of the European peoples, preparation of military equipment is a waste of na tional labor and funds, and that, con sequently, the output must be stop ped immediately and replaced by the production of peace supplies, which the country needs. Bound for Petrograd. The newspapers announce that a delegation from the enemy powers is coming to Petrograd to partici pate in a conference presided over by Trotzky, to discuss the political aspects of an eventual peace confer ence. Another enemy delegation will participate in the commission meet ing at Odessa to discuss technical questions. Can't look well, eat well, or feel well with impure blood. Keep the blood pure with Burdock Blood Bit ters. Eat simply, take exercise, keep clean, and good health is pretty sure to follow. $1.25 a bottle. Benefit You? If you haven't seen it we will be glad either to mail it to you or give it to you if you will call.