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PLATTSMOUTH. NEBRASKA. THURSDAY, JANUARY 8. 1920.
FARMERS' MUTUAL FIRE AND
LIVE STOCK INSURANCE CO.
ONE OF BEST IN STATE.
MET SATURDAY AFTERNOON
Stockholders Attend Meeting and
Are Greatly Pleased Over the Re
sult of the Year's Showing.
Fiom Monday's Dally.
The Farmers Mutual Fire and
Live Stock Insurance Co. of Cass
county is one of the leading insur
ance companies of this portion of the
state and its success is largely due to
the excellent management of the af
fairs of the company but the officials
selected from among the leading men
of the county and the result is that
the business of the company has in
creased each year.
The annual meeting of this com
pany was held on Saturday after
noon at the Taylor school houso in
Plattsmouth precinct and was attend
ed by a large number of the stock
holders who participated in the elec
tion of the officers of the organiza
tion, the following being selected:
President Jacob Tritsch.
Vice President J. If. Decker.
Secretary J. p. Falter.
Treasurer M. L. Friedrich.
Director II. J. Miller. Alvo; John
Albert. Plattsmouth; Henry Horn,
Plattsmouth; A. A. Wetenkamp,. lly
nard; Adam Hild. Plattsmouth;
Cliifles- Hither." Neh aw KarJ.' K
Becker. Plattsmouth; August Pans
lea, Murdoc!:. and August Engelke
The company has had a very suc
cessful year in 1919 having written
$377,703 of new business during the
yea- and while the company has sus
tained quite heavy losses in the year
the treasury shows a handsome in
crease over last year and the outlook
forthcoming vear is very
ASKS DAMAGES FOR
From Monday's Dallv.
An action has been commenced in
the district court by C. Lawrence
Stull through his attorney Matthew
Gering, and in which he asks dam
ages In the sum cf J343.75 from the
Chicago. Burlington & Quincy Rail
road and Walker D. Ilines. director
general of railroads.
The plaintiff ia his petition states
that on the 13th day of October,
I L 1 8. two stacks of hay on the
meadow land of the plaintiff on the
Platte bottom, north of Plattsmouth,
Aere burned up as the result of a
fire which it is alleged was caused by
r parks from a locomotive of the de
fendant railroad company. One of
the stacks contained thirteen tons
and one consisted of merely one ton.
The case will be heard at the next
term of the district court.
STATE TAXES MOUNT HIGH
From Monday's Daily.
The taxpayers of the state are to
find that the increase in the, slate
taxes for the past year has risen to
70 per cent over that of the previous
year and the levy for state purposes
has jumed from the appropriation
made by the 1917 session of the leg
islature which called for 6.78 mills
to 13 mills under the appropriations
made by the 1919 session of the leg
islature. The increase in the levy
has vastly increased the amount each
of the counties must contribute to the
state for the purpose cf running the
state government. This increase in
addition to the county and local
taxes increases the total amount of
taxes to a heavy figure. Cass coun
ty will contribute to the state this
year $133,350 as aainst $32,084
for the last year's appropriations.
If it's in the card line, call at
the Journal office.
RECEIVES SAD MESSAGE
rrom Mt nday's Paiiy.
This afternoon J. II. Tains, super
intendent of the county farm receiv
ed the sad news of the sudden death
of his brother. Clau Tarn?, who
passed away this morning at his
homo in Ogden. Ia. This is the first
intimation that Mr. Tarns has had
of his brother's illness and came as
a jrrp.lt OinrU tn Hit. f.nmilv bf.ro Mr
Tarns will leave tomorrow morning
for Ogden to attend the funeral. The
deceased was CO years of age and has
for a number of years made his
home at Ogden where he was in
charge of the elevator business at
that place and was quite wealthy.
The funeral services will be held at
the late home in Ogden.
The clergy and lay members of the
different churches in the city and
the one just out of town were emi
nently satisfied with the outlook tor
a successful meeting when the time
began for the opening of the first
meeting last evening at the Methodist
church. Considerable preliminary
work had been done before the meet
ings were to begin and the effect was
apparent in tne large congregation
and the interest in -the work mani
fested. Tiie muic which had been pluccJ
under the direction of Kev. K. II.
Pontius had found a perron capable
and willing to care for that part of
the exercises. At ence it was appar
ent to the most carnal observer that
the selection could not have been
more appropriately placed. This por
tion of the campaign will without !
doubt be well cared for in the serie.
of meeting which began last evening
With the capacity and consecration j
of the others of the quartet. Rev"." II.
G. McClusky of the First Presbyter
ian. Rev. Levi W. Scott of the First
Christian and Rev. A. V. Hunter of
the First Methodist churches, it is
assurred that that portion of the
services will be well conducted. By
agreement no one outside of the ones
having the matter in hand is to know
until the time comes for the evening
services who is to be the one who
shall speak on that particular night.
The honor fell last evening to the
Rev. A. V. Hunter as the services
was to be held during the series In
the Methodist church. He took for
his theme the story of the first re
vival which was conducted by the
Master, beginning at the brink of
Jacob's well when he asked the wo
man of Samaria. "Give me a drink."
Rev. Hunter told of how this cam
paign which lasted only for two days
resulted in the conversion cf a large
number of people, not friends of the
Jews for the Samaritans had no deal
ings with the Jews. Who will make
the address this evening you will
know as soon,as the meetings gets
under way. Be thereon time at 7:30
and you will be well paid for the at
tendance. PURCHASES PROPERTY
From Priil ay's Dally.
Saturday W. E. Roswncrans, the
enterprising real estate dealer closed
the transaction for the purchase of
the residence property of Mrs. A. E.
Gass on Vine street as well as the
33-foot fractional lot owned by J.
H. Tarns adjoining the Gass proper
ty. The property :s as ' choice a
building site as there is in the city
and it is the present intention of the
new owner to erect thereon two mod
ern and up-to-the-minute bungalows
In the near future. The location of
this property is ideal as it is in the J
main portion of the c ity and has
the advantake of the modern Im
provements such as walks and pav
ing. SCHOOLS RESUME WORK
From Monday's Dally.
This morning the holiday vacation i
of the Plattsmouth high school was (
brought to a close and the pupils
and teachers were on the job at the
usual time to carry on the resumed
work of the winter term. The
schools have been closed since the
19th of December when the Christ-
mas vacation commenced and the
young people have had a very en-
Joyable and pleasant time in the de-
lights of the holtday season. -
OF THE CITY
I THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO SUC
CESSFUL HIGH SCHOOLS IS
'CO-OPERATIGN URGED OF ALL
Need of Assistance of Parents With
Instructors to Given Pupils .
From Tuesday's Lally.
Through the columns of the Jour
nal it is our purpose to give some
thing on the aims and work of the
Plattsmouth high school.
What should a high school aim to
do? First, it should aim to educate
the boys and girls. This may appear
trite if we understand all that edu
cation means we shall see it is a
term, though commonplace, needing
much elucidation and amplification.
To educate, as often commonly un
derstood, is to develop and train t lie
intellect; to enable one to. think in
telligently and logicallv. To a great
many an education means so much
book learning or an accumulation of
information ami facts oti a variety of
subjects, more or less useful.
In other worus a quantity of stored
knowledge in the brain, much as one
would store coal in a bin. to draw
upon as needed. If education were
nothing more it would not be worth
getting, for most of this stored
knowledge would never be needed.
The comparatively many that hold
an education is the development of
the n,e.nt.aI Pwe.rJ3..are- like ,ho
blind men of Hindustan that went to
see the elephant, "partly in the right
and partly in the wrong." Right in
so far as that is one of the aims of a
true education but wrong in holding
that is all. Being educated is infi
nitely more than enabling a human
being to think intelligently and log
ically. There is a physical develop
ment necessary in order that the
mind may function to the fullest and
largest extent of which it is capable.
In the high school this part of edu
cating is taken care of in some meas
ure by athletics such as football
(which we do not have), basket ball,
track meets, etc. Yet. if we reflect,
we are forced to admit that the few
rather than the many receive the in
dividual physical development ob
tained by participation in these con
tests. There is room in every high
school for an extension of these ben
efits to a large number of the stud
Conceding the proper share to both
physical and mental development in
a complete education, we pass on the
third factor the third in number
only, for in amount of importance it
is far greater than either of the oth
er two or both together. We are try
ing to teach our high school pupils
to think intelligently and logically,
but if that is all we are failing mis
erably. The third requisite, the all
important one, is that we teach them
to think lightly. In the words of
the immortal Roosevelt: "The things
of the body are good, the things of
the mind are better, but the things
of the spirit are best of all." And
the things of the spirit in one word
is Character. Every thing stands or
falls before the supreme test of Char
acter. In our day, as in other days, some
things seem to stand without it, but
sooner or later, will cause them to
fall if not built on righteousness. The
question might rightfully be asked:
"Are we building character (in our
schools)." The question ts Just as
pertinent now as it ever has been
probably more so. Are we leading
the boys and girls under our charge
to thing rightly? Then, right living
will follow right thinking. To in-
culcate rieht nrinrinloa nf ihnilrhi
and action is the one great Dumoe
of the high school as well as the
graded schoolwhich preceeds it. Not
only by example but by precent must
this be done. As a means to this end
rules and regulation are sometimes
formulated. Whether formulated or
not there must he proper emphasis
on conduct which often goes by the
term of discipline. Of course, discl-
pline has not entirely to do with
right or wrong actions. There are
many actions in the school room
which are apparently neither good
or bad. Yet persistent disobedience
of rules made for ihe good of the
school is on the Ku. ie plane as like
disobedience of tilt laws of state or
nation. If respect : r authority, law
and order is not enforced in school,
where characters hri. being formed,
when ;ind where should it be? Disci
pline is everything for no school
work can be successful without it.
To secure diseiplii e most effective
ly at school the cooperation of the
parents with the v ;it:iers is wholly
essential. Especially in the matter
of absence and tardiness the support
if the parents or gnudian has to be
depended upon. Fi r, if the rule of
the .school requires ihat every pupil
bring a written ex-use from parent
or guardian for absence or tardiness
and the parents sa-: "I don't want
to be bothered to urite one," or "I
don't see the necesu; y of it." etc.. the
cnooi is ninuereu 1:1 maintaining a
good record for attendance and punc
tuality. And if the narent does not
ict as if beiog abstut or tardy were
sufficient cause to lurnish a written
excuse the child is hkelv to think it
is not of great consequence. Writ
ten excuses avoid the deplorable con
dition of the parent not knowing
whether his boy or g rl was in school
or not. If properly signed, dated.
ami cause ior aosence given, it is
practically a certain check on tru
The average high school student
does not take seriously enough the
matter of regular attendance. Why
t Iris ? It is largeh the fault of the
parent. So long as the father con
siders it sufficient reason, to keep
his boy out a whole or half dap be
cause there i a little extra work to
do, or the mother I.ceps the daugh
ter out to look after the small chil
dren while she goes visiting or does
some entertaining j ist so long will
the boy or girl regard staying out as
not a great loss. ,rhp. student may
plead before the parent or teacher
that "he will make up the work."
But, making up work is not like hav
ing it in class under the supervision
of the instructor. The fact of the
matter generally is that the work
missed is not all made up and often
the pupil gets a higher grade than
really deserved. Out of an enroll
ment of 191 for the third month we
had 214 half day absences. It
would seem within reason to believe
that this number could be cut down
to half that number. Many of these
absences were caused by staying out
to work, several to meet a train. A
large number of them were caused
by sickness which is always a good
and sufficient excuse. All others
generally more or less insufficient
As a school we are desirous of hav
ing a fine record in attendance and
punctuality but even more so are we
anxious to secure an excellent record
of scholarship. Of course, discipline
and regular attendance that we have
just considered are necessary helps
toward this end.
Still, we may have both these and
not have the first class scholarship.
For high standing in studies pur
sued can be attained only by diligent
perserving effort briefly, by "hard
work." Here and there some student
may secure high grades by little ef
fort but for 90 per cent or more it
means earnest, patient application.
H means a great deal to average 90
per cent or above. In four or five
subjects for a nine weeks' period.
The comparatively small majority
will always be in this honored class
in all high schools. Just how large
this minority should be is difficult
to state. We do say that during the
first quarter of school it is far too
small in the Plattsmouth high
school. However, we are hoping to
show an increase at the close of
the first semester. The records are
carefully examined and when a pu
pil shows a falling off in his work,
a statement of the subjects below 70
is sent to the parents, requesting
their co-operation for better grades.
If the student is below 70 per cent in
one or more studies, the cause should
be ascertained and removed if possi
ble. In most cases "the cause" is
simply lack of sufficient study and
the remedy more study. To get some
students to study more is no easy
task for either parent or teacher. En
couragement and making conditions
favorable at home win go a long ways
toward this end. All students carry
ing four or more studies will need
considerable time for home studv.
If they have to work all the time throat, grandma's lameness Dr.
out of school of course they can not Thomas' Eclectric Oil the house
have their lessons. Nor can they if , hold remedy. 30c and 60c.
the streets, the movies, or social
functions of one kind or another
claim a large share of their time out
side of school hours. If all concern
ed would only fully realize that the
high school student's business is
"going to school" and other things
are subsidiary to this main thing,
what wonderful results would be ac
complished if student and parent act
ed alike upon this principle! It
might help if both parents and
teachers would impress upon the
youthful learners the value of their
time. But youths are so slow to ap
preciate that which is so plentiful
with them, time. Tell then that every
cshool hour if properly used is worth
$10 for them in after life and they
will look at you in dumb amazement
To some it never will be because the
time was wasted rather than u?ed.
We started to write about the
Plattsmouth high school. We have
written much that. will apply to high
schools in general. The reader can
make the application for himself.
Much more could be written than we
have in mind to write. Perhaps lat
er something 'further along these
lines may be given. May every par
ent, teacher and student work to
gether for the good of the Platts
mouth high school.
FREDERICK OST, VET
ERAN OF '65, GALLED
Death Came Suddenly Day After the
Celebration, of His Seventy
Prom Tuesday's Dally.
Frederick' Ost. a well-known mem
ber of Rawlins Post, No. 23. Grand
Army of the Republic, died suddenly
Sunday, the day following the cele
bration of his 72nd birthday.
Mr. Ost enlisted May 18. 18C4, to
erve 100 days " and" was lnustered
aut at Camp Fry, Chicago, May 31,
1864. He served in Company K. 134
egiment of Illinois volunteers.
On February IS, 1SC5. he was mus
tered into the service again having
olunteered earlier in the month to
erve for the duration of the war
and was assigned to Company I, of
he 157th Illinois volunteers, and
was discharged January 20, 1866.
During his military service he par
ticipated in many encounters with
marauding bands and guerillas
When the war broke out he was but
15 years of age and entered the ser-
ice before his 17th birthday.
He was married to Annie Schultz
at Lincoln. Nebraska. May 11. 1871.
Eight children blessed their happy
union and the bride of his young
manhood survives to cherish his
memory. Mr. Ost was born in Ger
many November 23, 1846.
Other survivors are six daughters.
wo sons, two brothers and a sister;
Mrs. Herman Reicke, Mrs. A. A. Say-
lor and Mrs. Joe Lindsay, all of Ne
hawka; Mrs. F. Wheeler. Mrs. G. M.
rawford and Miss Lucy Ost, all of
Stockton and Henry and John Ost.
of Nehawka. The brothers and sis
ters are August Ost, of Nehawka and
arl Ost and Mrs. E. Regner of Illi
nois. Nehawka News-Ledger.
TO UNDERGO OPERATION
From Tuesdays Dally.
Yesterday afternoon W. F. Moore
of near Murray in company with Dr.
F. Brendel and his daughter. Miss
Frances Moore, passed through the
city enroute to Omaha where Miss
Frances is to enter the hospital to
undergo an operation for appendici
is from which she has been suffering
for some time. The many friends of
the young lady are anxiously await
ing word from her and trust that the
operat'on may be successful in gtv-
ng her relief from her suffering.
MOVING INTO THE CITY
From Tuesday's Daily.
The beautiful home of Mr. and
Mrs. C. N. Beverage on Chicago ave
rue has been sold by the owner to
Walter Propst, one of the prominent
farmers of the precinct who is Boon
to move in and occupy the home.
Mr. and Mrs. Beverage have purchas
ed the Manford Craig home on West
Tearl street and will make their
home there in the future.
For bay's croup, Willie's daily
cuts and bruises, mother's sore
COMMERCIAL CLUB DIRECTORS
GO ON RECORD AT MEET
ING HELD TODAY.
CLAIM THE CHANGE IS UNJUST
Resolutions Express Opinion of the
Members of Board of Directors
as to School Matter.
f'rom Tuesday's Dally.
This afternoon the members of the
board of directors at their meeting
expressed in the following resolu
tion their disapproval of the proposed
school district changes:
Resolved bv the board of directors
of the Comenircial club of Platts
mouth. Neb., that we are opposed to
proposed consolidated GIstrict No. 1
as proposed by the redisricting com
mittee of Cass county, Nebraska, be
cause the same is unjust, inequitable
and unfair on account of present in
adequate condition of the highways
and transportation facilities, and we
respectfully request the co-operation
of the citizens of Plattsmouth, Neb.,
in defeating said plan as now pro
posed for said reasons. Frank M.
Bestor. J. P. Falter. W. A. Robert
son, Guy W. Morgan, Roy W. Knorr,
Jesse F. Warga. E. J. Richey, E. II.
Wescott, H. A. Schneider. T. II. Pol
lock, L. O. Minor. E. A. Wurl. Aug
ust Cloidt, Board of Directors of the
Plattsmouth Commercial club.
LAST OF THE LOUIS
VILLE ROBBERS GOES
Receives Sentence Saturday for His
Crime Committed on October
13th at Louisville.
rtora Monday's Dally.
On Saturday afternoon in the dis
trict court, C. G. Thompson, the last
remaining memb-r of the trio of
Louisville burglars to remain unsen
tenced, was given his sailing orders
and left in custody of the 6heriff to
iwait being sent to the state prison
it Lincoln. The prisoner, who was
brought from the Douglas county
general hospital at Omaha, on the
1:15 Burlington train Saturday nf
ternoon, was at once taken to the
court house, where the complaint
was prepared by County Attorney A.
3. Cole and the prisoner at once ar
raigned before Judge Begley. Thomp
son entered a plea of guilty to the
charges preferred against him and
under the law was sentenced for a
term of from one to ten years.
The sentencing of Thompson ends
the story of the series of daring rob
beries that were committed at Louis
ville and which culminated in the
attempt to rob the F. II. Nichols
store, and which came so near being
Had it not been for the fact that
one of the Louisville young men was
Keep Tab on Your Finances!
When you pay a bill by check you have positive proof
that you cancelled the debt. Each check issued contains a
complete record of the transactions involved, and when en
dorsed is an undisputed receipt.
Your bank book, balanced each month, verifies your in
come and expenditures every 30 days, and enables you to
keep a satisfactory tab on all your financial transactions.
May we have the pleasure of furnishing you with a check
book so that you can pa' your bills the modern way the
checking account way?
First National Bank
"The Bank Where You Feel at Home'
returning home at a late hour and
saw the light in the store, the three
men would have made their getaway.
As it was, in the battle with the citi
zen?, the robbers received the worst
of it and the man Thompson receiv
ed wounds that resulted in the am
putation of his lower left limb.
The settlement of the cases has
been very efficient and the county
.saved a great deal of money by the
prompt and effective manner in
which the case was handled by Coun
ty Attorney Cole and Sheriu' Quinton
!,as not only saved the county quite
a neat sum but the sheriff was also
able to recover for W. 1 InVrs. one
of the sufferers from the visitation
of this aim' gan. of robbers, a l;i tk4
part of his stolen goods.
SECURE THEIR CITIZENSHIP
On Saturday at the office of Clerk
cf the District Court Robertson
Thomas Wracka and Stephen Trnka.
two of the resident!; of ,ouisvill
made their declaration of citizenship
and expressed their desire to becomn
full fledged citizens of the I'nited
States. Mr. Wracka came to Amer
ica in 109 and .Mr. Trnka in 1914.
both being citizens of what was then
Austria-Hungary but which is now
the Czecho-Slovak republic.
MEXICANS ARE STILL
KEPT AT THE JAIL
Immigration Officials Have Failed
to Show Up to Relieve Quinton
of Unwelcome Charges.
from Tuesday's Dally.
The dark hued guests of Sheriff
C. D. Quinton. who hail from the
the land of Villa are still linger
ing at the county jail and awaiting
word from the United State immi
gration officials ' which will' send
them to their childhood home in the
land of the snakes and revolutions.
It had been hoped that before this
the county might be rid of the men
but the long and tedious course of
red tape that it is necessary to go
through with before ttie men can be
shipped out has delayed their going.
The two men who so near cleaning
out the ladies ready to wear depart
ments for the Plattsmouth stcres are
taking their future very calmly and
cheerfully awaiting their forced re
turn to the home of their youth and
doubtless figure that it will be eay
for them to slip back to the I'nited
States at the first opportunity.
MRS. KENNEDY ILL
From Monday's Dallv.
Mrs. R. P. Kennedy, one of the old
residents of the city, is quite ill nt
her home in the second ward, and
her advanced years has caused a gen
eral breakdown of her health that
makes her condition very unfavora
ble. Mrs. Kennedy is one of our
oldest residents and her host of
friends over the city will regret very
much to learn of her failing health.
RHODE ISLAND RED HENS
Several hundred Rhode Island Red
hens for sale at reasonable price.
Mrs. C. R. Todd, phone 3102. 3swl4d
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