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PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, APRIL 8, 1318.
MALLEABLE IRON -
TO LOCATE IN
AS A RESU OF CONSOLIDATION OF WESTERN
MACHINE WORKS AND AUTO POWER
AND MALLEABLE MFG. CO.
OPPORTUNITY iS ELUSIVE
It is Proposed to Erect Plant
Castings and Manufacturing Patented Automobile
Devices A Shortage of Malleable
Piattsmouth stands on the
finrinn. T-v!r,f cA
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unc nidi win aiiuiu eiupiuyiiieiu
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workmen at lucreative wages.
engage m tne maKing or malleable iron castings as its maml
business, augmenting that with
bile accessories ana parts, some
able Alanuractunng company,
to consolidate in the building
here and the conducting of their
hi i i r
has been known for
move was being contemplated,
called meeting of the Commercial club and citizens of .the
town generally, the proposition
Mr. Sham of the Western Machine Works and officers of
u A--i D i n in ti
me rtuiu i uwer aim iviaiieaaie
,. c ,
lnvn vine thf isii3nrp rr ctriflr
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penditure of a prodigious amount of capital.
The result of the meeting
of Piattsmouth have given their endorsement to the move
d.i r . i
tne proposition of stock
time. i he making of malleable casts is conceded to be a
very profitable business and the only other factory engaged
in this business in the middle west, at Fairfield, Iowa, is at
the present time swamped with orders months in advance.
Also, the business of the Western Machine Works is being
of larger facilities and additional room to carry on their-
increasing orders. The proposition looks like a good move,
as an investment, to say nothing of the help the new in-
dustry will give toward "advancing Piattsmouth," a thing
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every citizen and business man
There is a legend which tells of
'Opportunity,' it being pictured as a
horse and having a long forelock of
hnir hn.i:ging down over its forehead
and with wings on its feet. This,
it is said, is to represent that it is
not dii'ficult to grasp opportunity by
the forelock, but impossible to over
take it once it has passed. Another
trite saying is that "There is a time
in the life of every man. which, if
taken at its full, leads on to for
tune. Opportunity, while of a very
practical nature, also is peculiarly
elusive and knocks but once. So. if
a thing is worth going after, it is
worth going after hard with might
Since almost the beginning of time
back into the faintest glimmerings
of human history, the race has been
seeking for itself something better,
in obeyance of that divine injunc
tion given Adam, and Eve by their
Creator, when He said, "Here are
the earth, the air and the sea; sub
due them, and make them obedient
to you; use them for your good,
they are for you and you are to be
The progress the race has made
shows how well man has striven to
obey this command. AVith each suc
ceeding generation there have be-?i
renewed opportunities, and they are
in existence now to as great a degree
as ever before.
For many months, the time even
lengthening into years, the building
which is now occupied by the West
ern Machine and Foundry company
was idle. Mr. L. C. Sharp, the pres
ent proprietor was then in Australia:
He returned, looked over the field
and 'saw beckoning to him prospects
of; building up a good business hero.
Hjs answered the call and to him. ha.3
came the reward a business which
is' constantly increasing. It has now
grown to that volume where he can
not longer handle it profitably as he
desires without more working capi
tal and larger quarters.
Mr. Sharp has been on' the alert
to discover a way out of the difficul
VERY NEAR FUTUR1
AND KNOCKS BUT ONCE
Here for Making of Malleable
-threshold of securing a mami-
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iu ci large iiuiiiucr ui SKiueu i
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i ne contemplated plant will I
the manufacture of automo-jtory
of which are now being pro -
W U 1 iU-n r
which two concerns propose
of the spacious new factory I
.i i I tne present time, but in wnicn ne is
some little time that such aLom , tn 0
and a few nights ago at a
was presented in detail by
ah c v
nianuraciurmg company, it i
rpm nrinrr n e it- Hnoe tK -v I
is that prominent capitalists
1 . r i . .i
sales is going forward at this
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should be vitally interested in.
ty by increasing his working capital but even now is unable to cope with
and it has come in the matter of a tne increasing demand for malleable
consolidation with the Auto Power castjngs and has been forced to re
and Malleable Manufacturing com- n,t,llv turn down orders, an in-
pany, of Omaha. They, like himself, fitance of which is shown by the fol
have been up against the proposition lowins letter written in answery to
of lack of ability to secure malle-Ln
able castings in the quantity neces-
sary for the successful prosecution
of their work. This company is en-
&agea in the manufacture of a power
transmission device which is attach-
ed direct to the crank shaft of auto-
mobiles, there being two sizes one
for Ford cars and the other for the
larger and heavier cars. The device
sells for $47.50 and $52.50 and the
company is developing a good busi
ness in its sale, as it has been found
highly efficient in doing the work
for which it is intended.
After some conferring these two
concerns have gotten together nn
the matter of consolidating their
enterprises here in Piattsmouth. As
enumerated at the outset of this ar
ticle, it has been arranged that the
people of Piattsmouth give this in
stitution their moral and financial
support. In order to do this it was
found the better way is that from
fifteen to twenty per cent of the
capital stock be distributed among
the citizens of this city and commun
ity over and above the investment
in the way of buildings and equip
ment being made by Mr. Sharp.
The strongest endorsement of the
proposition we have seen, is the will
ingness with which Mr. Sharp is
placing in this new institution -his
entire plant a plant now enjoying
unbounded prosperity and with more
business coming in at paying prices
than can be handled. This shows
the kind of capital he is placing in
the contemplated new business :
order to develop larger and better
opportunities of manufacture here.
What it Means to Piattsmouth
The new building which it will
be necessary to erect to house the
business of this concern will cover
in their entirety 23,400 square feet.
The main building will be 240 feet
in length and SO feet in width, wit
in additional building SOxGO feet
oe used for a box factory. The erec
tion of such structures as these wii
if itself serve to bring: prosperity to
the city during the time thev r.re
being built, as we know from pas
?xperience in the matter of the new
apartment building, the high school
iew garages anu otner buildings to
lie built here during the past few
months. But this is only a drop in
the bucket, so to speak, of the great
er and lasting prosperity that wil
Dome to us from the plant In opera
tion. The plans of the new build
ings are already drawn and specifi-
tions approved for their construction,
with the contracts all ready to sign.
ind within four months from the
'.irae the contract is given it is prom
ised the plant will be complete and
ready for use
A force of from two to three huu-
ired men will be required at the
start to man the machines neeessarv
o .do the work of the combined
business of these two concerns, and
the making of the malleable cat-
Inss for the trade which this section
rieffianas. mis win bring into the
oeiween two ana inree nunurvu
new families, requiring that many
The chief product of the new fae-
will be the making of maii-j
aDle castins lor mcn there is r.n
unprpcedenteu demand, and this will
er with the stearing gear of Mr.
Sharp s and the safety crank he i
manufacturing in the p.ant here r.t
malleable castings. There is a mar-
ket right now in the trade territory
tributary to this section for 10.000
tons of these cast,nss per annum
land under improved metnods or
manufacture such as are conteni-
... . .
plated they Can be made to pay a
handsome profit. It is estimated
that the returns rom the castings
alone would net ,u tne ne,gn...a
or 5UU,uou pront per year, in aaai-
L. tn t. A rnfitc aMrilinir frnm thA
monufwturino- ifi rf tip nw in
This shows that not alone will it
be a profitable proposition to the
city in which it locates, but from the
hcln 'hut ho a nnvin? Tronr5i t inn fnr
At the present time the nearest,
and onl' Plant in the middle west.
,naKin& malleaDle casnnss is iocai-
leu at rairneia, lowa. mis piani nuu
ltQ .iT1T1inr pllPhtn VPars asro in
a small way and has grown rapidly.
nnnirT reo-nrdins- its abilitv to
get out a" god sized order 0f SUPn
castingS for use in the manufacture
of tne auto pDwer transmitter of the
0maha concern, and which is known
as the ..Wizzar(J Auto Coupler."
v-, imvn not -m. i9ir.
Auto Power Co..
Gent lemeri :
iioplyini? to your f;ivor of the 22nd.
we regret to advise that we are not
in position at this time to accept any
further orders for castings, as we al
ready have contracted for practically
all of the available capacity of our
plant for the next six or eight months.
We i-pgrft we are not aide to take
any of your work at the present time.
IOWA MAI.LKABLK IKON CO.
W. V. H uiies. Sec y.
This is the nearest malleable cast
manufacturing concern to this pla:e
and letters on file from those more
distant tell the same story. This is
the reason these two companies are
compeled to protect themselves in
the way of insuring a source of sup
ply for such castings as they must
of needs have to carry on their
business and with growing orders
coming in every day which cannot
be filled for the above and divers
other reasons, it looks as though the
contemplated move is but the decis
ion of good business judgment and
cannot help being productive of re
turns commensurate with the out
A considerable portion of the re
quired stock has already been sub
scribed locally by men of keen fore
sight and it is now certain that
the new institation will go forward.
The die has been cast. The new busi
ness is to be, and with all speed
not inconsistently, but with good,
conservative, careful business pol
icyit will be pushed to an ultimate
conclusion, and it is confidently ex
pected that before the end of the
present summer it. will be in reality
a portion of the resources and active
industries of Piattsmouth.
TO BE CALLED
EEFERKED CLASSIFICATIONS IN
IS AFT ARE TO BE PURI
FIED IS CHEER.
BALANCE ARE TO GO MONTHLY
Successive Increments to Go Unttl
Full 800,000 are in Train
ing: Camps of IT. S.
Washington, April o. The War
department is forging ahead with
its efforts to speed additional Amcr-
can forces across the water to bad:
up tne neieaguerea lines, one ele
ment of the speeding up plans wr.s
earned authoritatively. The first
ncrement of the second draft, to be
summoned this month will be 150,000
men instead of 50.000 os previously
planned. They will be the first con
siderable force mobilized of the S0O,-
000 drafted men to be called to the
colors this year. The remaining
G50.000 will be called out in month-
ly increments, the size of which will
depend to some extent upon availa
bility of shipping to transport men
already in training to the front.
Rushed to Seaboard.
There are indications that trop
movements toward the seaboard of
unusual proportions are already in
progress. Railway passengt-r an 1
frtight schedules in some sections of
he country have ben set aside tem
porarily in order to give the men
the right of way to embark at some
Movement of AjaWican troops in
France is screened completely behind
the rigid censorship imposed by Con
Put Loafers to Work
Drastic modification of the draft
classification lists which would af
fect in one way or another the stat-
s of every one of the millions of
registered men is proposed in a plan
submitted to President Wilson by of-
cials of the provost marshal geii-
ral's off.ee and the Department of
Labor. The primary .purpose of the
ew program is the "purification" of
he second, third and fourth classes.
The proposal would utilize the
draft machinery for putting indm-
rial slackers to work.
It is proposed to make a most care
ful survey of the lower sections of
Class 1 and of other classes to iden-
ify those men who are idlers or who
are gaining their living through un-
esirable or "harmful" pursuits.
'nder the latter head, officials sug
gest might be listed gamblers, book
makers for races, poo! room touts
J he plan is not designed to in
terfere in the slightest with the so
called non-essential industries.
HOME AFTER WEEK IN CHICAGO.
From Saturday's raily.
C. C. Wescottand daughter Alice,
returned this morning from a trip to
Chicago, which consumed the entire
week, and where Mr. "Wescott was en
gaged at a meeting of the Clothiers
Byers convention, and looking over
he stocks at the wholesale houses.
and keeping in touch with the ever
changing conditions of the clothing
market. Miss Alice seen the city ni
its real life, during the week and
is convinced that is a bigger town
than Piattsmouth, if not as good a
own as we have.
DEPART FOR WEST TODZY.
From Saturday's Daily.
S. L. Willis and wife who have
been visiting for some time at the
home of R. L. Propst, Mrs. Willis
being a sister of Mrs. E. E. Goodwin,
Mr. Propst's mother, departed this
morning for Saratoga, Wyo.. their
home. They have been visiting in
the south for the winter, and have
had their horses at the Propst farm
at Mynard during the winter, and
are now departing for the . west
again. Mr. Willis departed today as
well he going from Mynard. -with a
car of stock, via the Missouri Pa
Box Paper and Correspondenc
Cards at the Journal office.
NOW AT FT. MORRISON, VA.
1'ftiin Saturday's Ihiily.
A letter this morning from Jose
Creamer, who is the son of C. L.
Creamer and wife, of this city, and
who is a member of the aviation
corps, and who has been heretofore
quartered at Fortress Monroe. The
letter tells of the transfer of the divi
sion which Mr. Creamer is atached
from Ft. Monroe to Ft. ?lorrison
where he is at this time. He tells
of a "hike" into the country, and af
ter having been away for some time,
inquired how far to camp and was
tcld it was ten miles. They went to
a farm house lor dinner, before re
turning, and were charged one dol
lar for it.
LOUISVILLE CITY ELECTION.
From Saturday's T'aily.
The people of Louisville lost sight
of the old names on their city elec
tion this week, for the name tf
Democratic or Republican did not
appear, but instead, ( nizen s 1 lcket.
and People's Ticket were the ones to
appear on the ballots. The candi
dates for the city board being as
follows, with their respective votes:
Peoples Ticket, Ed Pankonin, fi7.
C. M. Seybert 71, Ed Twiss 72. Citi
zens Ticket . F. JJ:?rs 44. F. A.
Jacob.-cn 42, Charles J. Pankonin 66,
which give the election to the entire
HAVE OUT NEW FLAGS NOW
From Sa t urtla v'.s Taily.
Incident with the inaugurat'on of
he third libery loan drive, which be
gins over the country today, the
citizens of this as well r.s other por-
ions of the country are making ef
forts to bring the matter to the at
tention of the whole people, the
necessity of the securing of the need
ed coin.. With this is surging a wave
of patriotism, as well, which is caus
ing the displaying of 'Old Glory'
and h:iyjng noticed new flags
flying from the following business
places: A. M. Arries, the Gem Thea
tre, The First National Bank, and
the Fricke Drug Store. They are all
anxious that the full quota of bonds
be sold. The boys are also making
a good showing in the securing of
applications, many of the members of
the boy scouts are at the matter and
are effecting manv gootl sales.
EYE ON ARRIES MAKES
From Sa t u ru;i y'. Iaily.
Bvron Arries who is with the ma-
rir.es at Fans Island, S. t ., and who
went and enlisted by himself, going
to the service alone, and whose hab
its have never been in the direction
of handling a gun, has made an ex
ceptional good record, at the R'ile
Range training station of that place.
At the test which was made at the
end of the training of the company.
there were but five to be given the
highest marking, which is known as
Expert Rifleman. Byron was one
of these, making a perfect record.
From Saturday's laiiy.
Henry E. Weidman arrived this
morning from Kansas City, and is
visiting with his mother Mrs. George
P. Weidman for a few days. Henry
is now occupied selling stock in oil
firlds of the south and with the
proposition of the fuel question both
as regards coal and liquid fuels, like
oil and gas, the proposition should be
a good one.
DR. MARSHALL INJURED.
From Saturday's Faily.
Ralph Marshall who is the mana
ger of the concert company which
played at Omaha last evening, and
his parents Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Mar
shall were to see the play, wh'ch is
certainly an excellent production. At
the closing of the show, Mr. and Sirs.
Marshall made a rush for a car to
catch the train for their home here.
In doing so, t?v ran diagonially
across the street for. their car, and
a large sedan car coming along
struck the Doctor, knocking him to
the pavement, bruising his should
er and face and skinning the side
of his face. They were able to make
the train, and got home on the mid
night -train, but Dr. Marshall is bo
sore and still from the bruise that
he was not able to be down to his
office today but hopes that he will be
able for his work again by the first
! of the week. -
DRIVE IS NOW
WHOLE NATION PAUSES TODAY
TO INAUGURATE THIRD
BOND SELLING DRIVE
FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF WAR
Parades and Bonfires "Everywhere"
in America Make Day Truly
Event of Celebration.
Washington, April 5. The open
ing tomorrow of America's third big
campaign for popular war credits
on the anniversary of the declara
tion of war, promises to resemble
Independence day as an occasion for
Reports tonight to headquarters
of the third liberty loan told of en
thusiastic preparations for parades
and bonfires, public meetings and loy
alty speeches to drive home appeals
for subscriptions to the government
declared a legal holiday and in
scores of cities business is to be sus
pended part of the day to assist in
Indications tonight were that, but
a small part of the $3,000,000,000
war credit would be subscribed to
morrow. Loan organizations prob
ably will be too busy promoting spec
tacular features to actually take in
subscriptions, and the real soliciting
will doubtless not start till Mondav.
Small towns promise to be notable
exceptions, however, for many of
these are anxious to roll up their
entire quota of subscriptions within
few hours after 9 o'clock, the of
ficial opening time, and thereby win
for their communities the third lib
erty loan honor flag.
President Wilson will speak at
Baltimore in the evening, Secretary
McAdoo at Philadelphia in the af
ternoon, Vice President Marshall at
St. Louis- and Secretary Daniels at
Millions or persons throughout
the country will receive their first
reminder that the day is of special
importance in American war history
when they open their home doors in
he morning and find hanging on the
knob paper designs of the Liberty
Bell, with the inscription, "Ring it
again; buy liberty bonds. At tne
rising hour church and fire bells in
manv communities will be rung and
Boy Scouts will run from house to
house pressing door bells. These ar
rangements have been made secret-
y in most cities, in order to give
the citizens a surprise.
PLENTY OF FIRST NATIONAL
BANK FUNDS FOR CASS
Whether you need the money for land or live
stock, tools or tractors, seed or silos, see us
you will always find us ready and our terms
and rates attractive.
We are deeply interested in the welfare of the
farmers of this Fection and are glad to assist
in all substantial undertakings as well as to
render the smaller services due from a good
bank to its community.
Communicate by mail or pnone when too
busy to call. We will give your requests care
ful and prompt attention.
First National Bank
PAY DAY SAID NOTHING DOING.
From Saturday! I tally
It has been the habit of a number
of the teachers in the public schools
to devote a good portion of the day
Saturday to the work on the ques
tionnaires, of the registrants. -tnd
thus doing something in as;t!i'g
with the large amount of office work
fo rthe local board. Tlie paynay
coming as it did, just before th
Saturday, offered an opportunity to
spend some of the money, which
they had received and thus cut dow-n
the clerical fcrce. Miss Bertha
Driftmeyer tbe teacher of IJistory
in the high school, was at the otl'.ce
of the county superintendent, work
ing away, notwithstanding the other
teachers were taking a vacation.
BUY A LIBERTY E0ND
From Saturday's Daily.
Today begins the campaign for the
Liberty bond sale, and if we art- in
earnest in the matter of assisting in
bringing about conditions for peace,
we can help today. Why delay; hop
n and be among the first to assist
n the steps for a knockout blow for
OPERATED UPON AT OMAHA
From Saturday's Daily.
Adam Wolf returned last evening
from Omaha where he has been for
he past week, having gone thee for
he purpose treatment and wa com
pelled to undergo a severe ;poratTn
n order to receive relief from ni.
rouble. Mr. Wolf returned l.-nie
ast Friday evening feeling much
improved and hopes to be well again
na short time.
,0YAL WORKERS HOLD MEETING
From Thursday's Daily.
The Loyal Workers of the Chris
ian Church held their regular fort
nightly meeting yesterday ut the
home of Mrs. D. W. Xti'l. where
they attended to the business of tb
society, and besides doing som. work
for the advancement of the work of
the church they had a delightful af-
ernoon, which was climaxed, by a
delicious luncheon, given by
Neill and her daughter Mrs.
ON LACK OF INFORMATION
Fiom Thursday. s Daily.
In the summary of te life of the
ate Mrs. Elizabeth Guthman, we on
account of not knowing of the fani-
ly in full did not mention the sister
here Mrs. Clausen Boetel, who is her
only sister, and who was very close
in sympathy, and all that goM to
make up close family ties.
25 head of good young horses. Al
broke Can be seen at the Tom Til
eon farm home. For particular1., see
Vallery & Tilson. ' 2-18-d&r
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