The Plattsmouth journal. (Plattsmouth, Nebraska) 1901-current, January 24, 1918, Image 1
omn VOL. XXXV. PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 1918. No. 62. BURGLAR GETS A TWO DOLLAR BILL IN THEFT TODAY MAKES GET-AWAY WITH TWC COLLARS FROM POCKET BOOK AT NOON. J. H. Donnelly Home Ransacked &s They Were Eating Einner m Basement Eining Room ' From Monday's IkUIv. J list after twelve o'clock today, ar the family of J. if. Donnelly, who live on Vine street, were at theii .dinner in the basement of theii home, a thief entered the house froir the front and then proceeded up stairs, where he ransacked the en tire house, getting a two dollar bil? from the pocket book of Miss Marie Donnelly. Just as he was leaving the hoiue. Miss Maggie Hodgerl came in to make a small collection and as she entered the house, she was met in the hall by the burglar, who held his head to one Fide tc keep from being seen. Miss Hodgert said "Good Morning," which was an swered by a grunt from the man When she had entered the room ir which the family were'at dinner she inquired who the man was, to which the folks replied that they did not know any one was there. When Misr Marie went to get the pocketbook to get the money to pay Miss Hod gert.. it was discovered that the twe dollar bill was gone, but the other email change which had been left ir the purse, was still there. The police were notified but it was impossible to get any clue of the thief. The police have scoured the entire town, but find no one an swering to the description givin by Miss Hodgert. WRITES FROM FRANCE. From Momlav's raily. Somewhere in France, Doc. 17. Dear Mr. Rriggs:- Received your most welcome let ter yesterday, and was sure glad to hear from you. Here is hoping that you and all the boys are feeling fine. I am feeling as good as could be ex pected, but sure I would like to drop into old Plattsmouth for a short time and see my folks and friends. This is a pretty country a much as we have been able to see of it. lots of bridges and tunnels, in order to get away from grader- and curves. How are all the fellows about town, and how are they all getting along? Tell the beys hello for me. The houses here are peculiar, all built of stone, look a hundred years old. suppose they are much older, not painted, but make good homes jutt the same. The little fellows, the French hoys often visit our camp, and we have some time trying to talk to them. They do not understand Eng lish nor can we speak French. It would tickle you to see who we get along with a conversation. Most all the little fellows from ten years old up smoke cigarettes. They have pe culiar ways here. The French peo ple seem very nice, social, hard work ing lot of people, hare seemingly peculiar ways. The old people all wearing wooden shoes, and the child ren wool felt shoes. Say will you tell 'Bud Miller to write me a letter when you see him. We had a train ride of about one hundred and fifty to two hundred miles, and the country is fine, and it is sure "worth any fellows time and money to see it. I will have to stop now and write to my folks, do not forget to write me a letter as soon as you have time, with the best wishes to you and all the boys of the Loyal Souu, ?l?ss T re main. Your friend, PRIVATE RALPH C. LATH. Somewhere in Frr.ncc Address Prv. Ralph C. Lair. Co. I lGSth U. S. Infantry. A. E. F. Via New York. N. Y. PASSES 83RD MILESTONE. From Monday's Daily. Last Saturday quietly at his home in this city J. W. Johnson received a number of his friends, who came I to extend congratulations on the! passing of his eighty-Third birthday anniversary. Mr. Johnson Is having pome trouble with his sight, and does not Corn flmro ttrwn TtiuVh. Klnba thf beginning of the winter. lie con versed with his friends who he was pleased to meet, and talked about the current events of the tlay, and did not forget to leave the distinct understanding of his absolutely loj'- al position to the government. Mr Johnson was born at Leesburg, Ohio January 19th. 1SH;". coming to this country in 1S57, where he has lived since. lie and wife, were united in marriage January Sth, ISC", and are making their home, the children all have homes of their own. Mrs. John hapman, their youngest child is visiting with them at this time. Mr Johnson was for three terms, which comprises six years, sheriff of this county, and was also police judge and Mayor of this city in the years which have gone by. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Grand Army post of this city, hav- 'ng served during the civil war in the union army going from this city among the first to offer their ser vices to his country. WOULD SACRFICE CHILDREN. 7rom Tuepflav'e Daily. a way aown in Missouri some years ago a couple were married and to the union came three girls, aged respectively at this time 4, 10 and 14. A few years since in Missouri the father left the family, and the mother with the girls moved to Ne braska, is now living in one'of the "ities of this county. Finding it ex tremely difficult to make a living for he girls, not that they were bad or -more wild than ordinary children. hut it was desired that they be sent to Girls Reformatory at Geneva. When the cose was brought before he county attorney, he said no, I hall use my office to prevent this ror it is not right. You will have to have some evidence which the laws will compel the sending of the child- en to the institution or I shall fight their sending. He took down the phone and call d the General Foreman of the Bur lington shops, asking if employment ?ould be furnished the lady, which was answered in the affirmative, and the arrangements were made for hat and a time was Bet for the ex amination, which one has to pass to nter the services, which will pro vide a means for the mother to make a living for the children, and this haa kept a household together. This eems to be the better interpretation f the law, for to benefit society is he object of the law, not to ostracise or punish one but to get them back nto harmony with what is right. ENJOYING WINTER IN THE WEST "YriTTJ Tuesday" TJit Mrs. Ada Bestor, mother of Messrs. Charles and Frank Bestor of this city who is spending the winter in Su.mas. Washington, writes that the weather is not exceeding- cold, but rain falls every day, and when the emperature drops below freezing, hat everything is a coat of ice, the continual freezing causes the tele phone and telegraph wires to assume the size and appearance of ropes or cables. Mrs. Bestor was at church n Canada a short time since they living near the Canadian line. She is enjoying good health and her stay in the west very welh WILLIAM BURKE VERY SICK. rom Tuesday's Dally. At his home on the south portion of the city Wm. Burke, an old soldier of the Civil War, is lying very sick at present. He seems in the most Intense agony, having pains in his side and chest to that extent that he cannot keep still or rest at all. He was taken yesterday, and with the pains "which is attended by con siderable fever. During the past winter he has not been enjoying good health, but has been very poorly. It is hoped his attach will be of short duration, and that he soon may be well again. JUDGE ARCHER, DOING NICELY. From Tuesday's Daily. Judge M. Archer who was bo ex tremely sick for so long, is showing a marked degree of Improvement, and is now so he is up and around and thinks he will be able to be down town the last of the week if the weather is right, or not later than the first of the following week. His many friends will be pleased to learn of his improvement, and wish that he may be out soon. Paper Plates and Ptendc Sets a THE WOODMAN CIRCLE DANCE BIG SUCCESS ATTENDED BY LARGE CROWD, ALTHOUGH NOT SO MANY WERE MASKED. PRIZES GIVEN FOR COSTUMES Unmasking Took Place Early So All Might Dance As Uusual, a Good Time Was Had. From Wednesday's Dailv. Last night at the M. W. A. hall, Aas present a large crowd to enjoy the masquerade dance given by the ladies of the Woodman Circle lodge. Not so many appeared in costume as were expected, many pleading that in this time of war there is other and more profitable work to be done. such as knitting for the soldiers, etc.. in preference to devoting time to the planning and making of costumes for one night's personal enjoyment, and in this opinion we are glad to con cur. As it was, however, there were a number of both ladies and gentle men in costume and thev were the senter of attraction until the early hour of unmasking came, when all were allowed on the floor and danc- ng proceeded until after midnight. A committee composed of Miss Mary Borne, Dr. Mary A. Zercher, Ed Ofe, Cyril Kaline and Robert E. 3precker judged the costumes and awarded the prizes as follows: First o ladies, Mrs. George Gobelman; to men, three soldier boys. Second to ladies, Mrs. Hale; to comic, Mrs. Pete Ierald. . ., , . The music4 was furnished by a four-piece orchestra composed of Marie Fitzgerald, Mrs. Caldwell and Messrs. Bajeck and Janda. Fred P. Busch was in charge as floor manager and, as in the past. handled the crowd in excellent man ner, making it a point to see that everyone was enjoying themselves. The Circle ladies have asked us to express their appreciation to him and o those composing the committee that judged the costumes, as well as all others contributing to the success of the occasion. WAYLAYS THE BILL BOARDS. Frnrn Wednesday's Dally. This morning while R. L. Propst was coming from the Missouri Paci fic station, with one of his large Paige cars, the street was wet from the melting snow, and when round- ng the corner, the car skidded, and climbing the curb, went through the bill board, the springs and wheel striking the bill boards, clearing them away, and did not leave a scratch on the car, or do any harm to the driver. The car being one that is well built and substantial. was a thing whioh saved it. The billboards are much the worse for the wear, but the car and Mr. Propst are all right. CELEBRATION TOO INTENSE TO LAST From "WAdnesdo v'm Daily Along in October, Mrs. Lillian Wood, who has been conducting a hotel at Nehawka, who has been weary of the matrimonial alliance, with the husband Wood, had the ties dissolved through the divorce courts, and about two months since toclc unto herself another spouse at St. Joseph, Mo., by the name of Frank Donaldson. Mr. Donaldson could not get away from St. Joseph at that time and not until a few days since did he come, coming to visit his wife, after having been away for so long, he was in a hurry and forgot to take out of his suit case some bottles con taining that which intoxicates and does not rebuild the human frame. This was found by Mrs. Donald son, and they like the pair in the Garden of Eden both partook, with the results that they both became. well, the' street Arab would say, "paralyzed" the conditions becoming obvious to the people of Nehawka, epeeial constable Forest R. Cunning ham and W. B. Dale gathered them in. Sheriff Quinton was telephoned for anfl he repaired to Nehawka. and as Mr. Prank Donaldson was 6-rtble hd waa brcniglit io Flatts- mouth, where JSe resposed in t lie county jail until this morning when he was arraigned before the county judge, by attorney Cole, charging him of having and disposing of in toxicating liquors .for which they drew a fine of one hundred dollar each, which with the costs mad. $221.00. Mrs. Donaldson who was not movable last evening had to have two watchers over night, but was able this morning to appear in court where she was charred Mith being drunk, and drew a fine of $10.00 and costs which amounted to $21. ."0. This she was able to pay, while Mr Donaldson, has been negotiating for the raising" of the fine and costs as sessed to him. lie was still in the hands of the officers and using the telephone fluently in an effort to raise the amount. Yesterday there was joy and to spare, today sorrow hath shrouded their hearts, and cast a gloom over the voyage of life and wedded bliss. which they expected. Let us hope the gloom may lift and their path may be bright in the future. Still we all must know that we have a prohibitory amendment in this state BE LOYAL TO YOUR COUNTRRY NOW As a Worker with the Railroads. Sup port the Bovs At the Battle Ixont. DIRECTOR GEN. OF RAILROADS Commission Interstate Commerce Buildiug. Washington. January S. 191S. To All Railroad Officers and Em ployees: The Government of the United States having assumed possession and control of the railroads for the period of the present war with Ger many, it becomes more than ever obligatory upon every officer and employee of the railroads to apply himself with unreserved energy and unquestioned loyalty to his work. The supreme interests of the na tion have compelled the drafting of a great army of our best young men and sending them to the bloody fields of France to fight for the lives and liberties of those who stay at home. The sacrifices we are exacting of these noble American boys call to us who stay at home with an irresist ible appeal to support them with, our most unselfish labor and effort in the work we must do at home, if our armies are to save America from the serious dangers that confront her. Upon the railroads rebts a grave responsibility for the success of the war. The railroads cannot be efficiently operated without the whole-hearted and loyal support of every one in the service from the highest to the lowest. I earnestly appeal to you to apply yourselves with new devotion and energy to your work, to keep trains moving on schedule time and to meet the demands upon the transportation lines, so that our soldiers and sail ors may want for nothing which will enable them to fight the enemy to a standstill and win a glorious victory for united America. Everjr railroad officer and em ployee is now, in effect, in the ser vice of the United States, and every officer and employee is just as im portant a factor in winning the war as the men in uniform who are fight ing in the trenches. I am giving careful consideration to the problems of railroad employes, and every effort will be made to deal with these problems justly and fairly and at the earliest possible moment. There should be a new in centive to every one in railroad ser vice while under Government direc tion to a'cquit himself with honor and credit to himself and to the country. W. G. McADOO. Director General of Railroads. The above circular letter had been received by Superintendent Wm. Baird, who is doing all he can to have the men employed with the rail road, do all in their power, to win i this war for humanity. Not alone is superintendent Baird doing all he can, but the entire shop force to the last man, are behind the government in its endeavor for the cause of the liberty of the world. T. R. Smith of Belle Plain, Iowa, th town which has the his flowing? j well, some twenty-two years ago, arrived In this city yesterday and is operating as a general railroad audit or for the BjerXiiiiW I0SS HAMMOND GAVE LECTURE ON THE WAR TOLD OF BRUTALITY OF GER MAN INVADERS AND PLAN TO RULE THE WORLD WAS IN A FIRST LINE TRENCH Visited West Front in Company with U. S. Congressmen But a Few Weeks Ago and Saw It. From Wednesday's Daily. Last evening at the Parmele Theatre, was gathered a crowd fill ing the lower portion of the build ing .and with a large number in the upper galleries, called together to listen to the description of the con ditions as they exist in France and Flanders, as seen by Hon. Ross Ham mond, who but recently returned from the battle front. The meeting was opened by the singing of "America" by a glee club from the high school. numbering about a hundred of the students. Following this was a short address by W. J. Sballcross, who was in the city looking after the organization of a Syrian and Armenian relief com mittee. Mr. Shalleross who is a very eloquent speaker, poke of con- A'tions which exist in Armenia and Syria, and the needs which is great. and they are literally starving, and their onl)' hope is the generosity of America. He said in closing that depending upon the help of the United States, that "Armenia shall not die." Judge J. T. Begley, who ia presi dent of the Red" Cross chapter, and chairman of the meeting, then in a few words appropriate to the occa sion introduced the speaker of the evening. lion. Ross Hammond. The audience were appreciative cf the character of the speaker and the theme which he was to handle, and patriotism sparkled for the enthus iastic greeting in which they received the speaker. In the beginning he said that he would not tell anything rew but it would be different from other accounts as it would be told by an eye witness of the places and scenes which he should relate. Speak ing of the opportunities, which he had for knowing of the things, where of he was to speak, he told of a strip of 3 500 miies alonsr the battle front in automobiles furnished the party, by the government of France. The party consisted of ten Congressmen and four civilians, among whom was Mr. Hammond. He told about their getting away from the port of New York at night, and the fear which they had resarding an attack by submarines and of their meeting cf the convoys out from the coast of Ireland, and their final arrival at Paris. He paid a compliment to the Associated Press, which since the re moval of the censorship, issued re liable reports as to the true status of the war. He told about the news gatherers occupying the first line trenches in order to get the news, which they faithfully transmitted to the people at home. Mr. Hammond said that the seas. were the greatest barrier to us, giv ing quick and forceful service in this' war, and if we succeeded in render ing it as we expected to do, we ' would have proven inefficient that ' security which we had always held t that the seas afforded us. He said , that he had been a long life repub- lican and that he had no complaint or critici?m, for the government and that he had always supported it and expected to. He claimed the right to criticise, but held the right in obeyance, but as a citizen of this great country he said that if he were to suggest any changes which he said all patriotic citizens should not withhold for the good of the coun try, and that if he were to suggest any one for the position of secretary of war. other than the one now oc cupying the position, that man would be Theodore Roosevelt, which was applauded to the echo. He 'told of the mutual relations existing be tween this country and England and took occasion, to disabuse the minds of many, who thought that England was not doing her share. He said that England was not a slacir in any tense ef th word, but was doing hr full "quota. ' Citinff the kindly feelings existing between this coun try and England, he Called attention to the 4.000 miles of boundary line between this country and Canada, without a soldier or a fort on it. Regarding the battle line he said that Verdun, which was a city of fifty thousand people before the war. has no population at all nothing but piles of rubbish, and that Rheims which h:id a population of 123.000. now has but .".000, and them living in wrecks of the former homes. Ho had seen many kinds of soldiers, with all kinds cf tiniforms, but one he detected as being a little larger, a little straighter, and a little more intelligent looking, and they were boys who wore the uniform of the United States. Praising our public school system he said that, there were other schools which taught other languages, and whatever they were, German, French Italian. Austrian, or what not, he would have them all abolished, which brought tremendous applause; con tinuing, he said that he would not allow a paper published which was not published in the English lang uage. What a spectatcle said he is this we see young men studying Ger man in order to do business in Amer ica, with people who do not know the England language. Speaking of the losses, le said. that at Verdun there had been 300,- 000 of the allies killed, while there had been 500,000 during the battle which has lasted a year. On the area which the fighting had occurred he sa4d 6ix men on the average had been killed on each square yard, and that a chemical analysis would show from 25 to 40 percent of the upper surface of the soil composed of hu man flesh and bone. Drawing a word picture, he said, the foreign was like a lover who came to this country to woo the Godess of Liberty, and when she had furnished the opportunities which has guaranteed success, a good wealth and honor, and that when the lover, become recreant, a bayonet should be placed close behind him and he 'hastened back to his father's house, signifying: that a German, not loyal to this, his country of adoption, should be immediately shorn of all his accumulations and be sent back to the Germany which he cherishes. When the war is over, said Mr. Hammond, and the final conference is called for the settlement there will be one delegate to that convention who is there for justice, no plunder, no added land, but sticking for jus tice and right, and that delegate will come from America, fighting for a universal Democracy for rights of man. The meeting came to a close by the Glee Club singing. "The Star Spangled Banner." RETURNS HOME FROM CHICAGO. Wm. Baumeister, cf St. Francis, Kansas, arrived in Plattsmouth this week, from Chicago, for 'a few days visit with friends and relatives around the old home. He had been in Chicago for the past few days at tending the Farmers' Convention, be ing held in that city. He says he was in the windy city in time to ex perience the worst of the big snow storm. The Journal acknowledges a pleasant visit from Mr. Baumeister while in the city. Dennison's crepe paper at the Journal office. Keep your valuable'papers'in one of our Safety Deposit Boxes ' $1.00 Per Year Just received a'limited number of boxes. FIRST COME FIRST SERVED! First National Ban' - Out vaults are ABSOLUTELY Fire and Burglary Proof- TO DOUBLE THE GUARDS AT ALL OF OUR SEAPORTS ON DISCOVERY OF GERMAN SPY EFFORT TO IMPEEE SHIP PING OF FREIGHT. Secret Service Secures Copies of In- tials is Now Ordered. New York, Jan. 21. Definite iu formation said to have been obtain ed by the government that German agents have been instructed to u.e all means to paralyze the effort to move freight and clear ships, is un derstood here to be responsible for the doubling of guards Today at a!l piers, ship yards and terminal:-. Copies of the instructions sent to German agents by the headquarters of the German spy sy3tem are re ported to have been obtained by the agents o fthe United States govern ment. Orders were received here last night to take all precautions to prevent attempts to do damage. Guards of all kinds, military and private, have betu doubled at all points where shipping and shipping interests are concerned. la addition to extra guards, it was learned that orders were aLso issued to scrutinize with more than usual care the cre dentials of persons seeking to pass the barred 2one. As a result numerous men promi nently connected with shipping and carrying government passes were to day held at various piers until they could be identified by prons quali fied to vouch for them. The orders came "from Washington and were is sued by telegraph. It was ieurnf.l they called for prompt action. It is understood they applied not ouir to Xew York, but to every port on the Atlantic and gulf coasts. FRIEND FROM NEAR KANLEY. From Wednesday's Da!lv. C. 11. Lau and son. C. H. Lau. jr.. Frank Riester. John Scheel, and Stephen Jochim, all from near Man ley were in the city for a few hours last Monday afternoon, and while here paid this office a pleasant call, Mr. Riester renewing for his paper another year, and C. H. Lau. jr.. en rolling his name for the paper. C. H. Lau. jr., just returned from Oiu-bu last Friday, where he had been in the hospital for the past few weeks recovering from an operation fur appendicitis. He is getting along nicely. Mr. Riester wore an exceedingly bright smile upon his face this day and seemed in an exceptionally good humor, and in the course of our con versation we learned that a fine baby girl had arrived at his home a few days ago, which was the cause cf his happiness. We congratulate him. and trust that the little lady may live to be a great comfort to this ex cellent couple in their declining days. Mr. Lau. Jr.,, tells us that he. will move in the earty spring to the Henry Jochim farm, north of Man ,ley, where he will make hi3 future home.'