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PLATTSMOUTH SEMI-WEEKLY JOURNAL
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16. 1920.
SYNOPSIS OF THE PROPOSED NEW CONSTI
TUTION OF THE STATE OF NEBRASKA
SPECIAL ELECTION SEPTEMBER 21, 1920
This Will Be the Most Important Election Ever Held in the
State of Nebraska Be Sure to Vote On Each
of the Forty-One Amendments
TO THF. TEOPIJ5 OF THE STATE OF
The Third Constitutional Convention of
tho stat of Nebraska. authorixl by th
people to amend or rvl the existing
constitution, met In Lincoln. December 2,
and continued In session 74 days.
A total r.t 336 proposed amendments were
nubmltfd and 41 received favorabla
action. Thes will tw submitted to the
Pple at a Fpeclal election to be held
Tues.Ijy. September 21. 1920. The con
vention was unanimous in the opinion
that the amendments should be submitted
at a. special election, thus avoiding the
confusion that mlirht result from sub
mission at a Eeneial election held in a
prsi.1f nti3l year. Many meritorious
incisure submitted at great expense in
previous years hare failed when suk
rnlttl at a general election.
The form of ballot permits a separate
ot ot each amendment and every voter
fhould to it that he votes on 41
amendments. An "Address to the Peo
B" with simple ballot attached has been
mailed to every elector in the state. In
addition to this every voter who desires
may get from the Secretary of State,
county clerk or delegate a pamphlet en
titled "Prorosod Amendments-' which
6ive fu!l information In detail.
Following is a synopsis of the amend
ment", e.irii tirig designated by the num
ber appearing on the official ballot:
:. 1. Authorizes a five-sixths Jury
verdict in civil cases. This prevents many
unnecessary retrials and saves expend
for the public and litigants.
So. 2. Permits regulation by law of
property rights of aliens. If Immigrants
want the bcnelts and protection of our
government hut refuse to become citixens
their property rights should be regulated.
No. Declares the English language
to be the offlHal language of the state
and requires common branches to be
t.iuaht therein In all schools. This In
sures future citizens a knowledge of our
No. 4. Reduces percentage In number
of signatures required for initiative and
referendum petitions. Increase In num
ber -f voters iviui'd by granting suffrage
to women makes tMs advisable.
No. 5. Divides counties entitled to two
or nvwe representatives or senators Into
d1trirt.. This shortns the ballot, dls
tr:hutes senators and representatives
more evenly In the cities and provides
representation for rural communities.
No. - Provides that the number of state
senators cannot exced fifty. This per
mits tfie legislature to provide one senator
for two representatives as the growth
and neds of the state require. It does
not prevent the reduction of membership
in either or both houses.
No. 7. F.limlnates the provision re
a iiring the legislature to remain in session
f(i d.iys: fixes salaries cf members at $!00
and limits salary to $100 for special ses
sions. This expedites public business and
reduces expense by making it an object
for the legislature to conclude Its work i
as rapidly as possible.
No. 8. Tteo,uires a majority wote by
"Yess" and "Nays" on roll call for the
pass.ice of all legislation, including con
ference reports and amendments. This
prevent hasty legislation, carrying In
mny cases large appropriations. In the
Closing days of a session when many mem
bers are absent.
No. 9. Prohibits appointment of mem
bers of the legislature to state offices.
This prevents members from becoming
benefit iaries of their own laws.
No. 10. Prohibits raising the salary
cf any public official during his term.
This prevents lobbying for increased
No. 11. P.eserves mineral rights In
stat lands, saves to the people the re
maining natural resources.
No. 12. eliminates obsolete legislative
No. 13. Provides for a board of par
dons, an executive budget and continues
the present state offices. Pardon board
Includes governor, attorney general and
secretary of state. Its action munt be
based on application, notice, a full hear
ing and a complete record. Sound public
policy demands that one convicted of
crime should not be released without a
hearing and reeorded facts sufficient to
warrant clemency. An executive budget
Insures appropriations based on actual
needs, prevents log rolling and avoids
hasty consideration and waste.
No. 14. Creates the office of tag com
missioner and provides a board of equali
sation. Will prevent many inequities now
existing and more fairly distribute the
birrdens of taxation.
No. 15. Kevises and simplifies the pro
cedure of courts; enables the supreme
court to sit in division. th chief Justice
to sit with each division. This will ob
viate delays, reduce expenses of trials and
prevent appeals without merit.
No. 1. Hequires concurrence of five
Judge the Supreme Court to declare
l-i ws uneonstitutional, thus safeguarding
tli will of t!.e people and insuring
stability of law.
No. 17. Provides for election of supreme
Judge, except chief justice, by districts.
This insures representation to all Darts
cf the state, shortens the ballot and en-?
ab'es voters to be more familiar with
(ualifieations of candidates.
No. 1. Provides for equal suffrage,
answers the demand of enl ghtened pub
lic seT.ti'iient in state and nation and
renders justice to women.
No. Allows soldiers to vote when
absent on duty, preserves the rights nf
citizen.ship to men who are In military
No. 20. Provides for equitable distribu
tion of Stat school fund and for mini
Orange Model 2d Is
for sale, also some
good spring boars at
$50 to $65, while
S. RAY SMITH
Plaits mouth, Neb.
Tel. No. 3422
Coates Block Second Floor
EAST OK RILEY HOTEL
V i rW V
f W. A. ROBERTSON
mum terra of school as a condition for
participation therein. Tbl safeguards the
interests of children In small districts.
r'o. tt. Prohibits the sale of school
lands except at public auction, thus in
suring the maxiipum price if the state
should decide to sell its school lands.
No. 22. Provides for election of Uni
versity Regents by districts. Insures more
state wide interest and representation for
So. 23. Prohibits state aid to sectarian
institutions and prevents requiring any
religious test from teachers or pupils.
This is declaratory of the well accepted
American doctrine of separation of church
No. 24. Raises the age for admission
to the reform school from 1 to 18 years.
Provides corrective training for young
offenders rather than penitentiary sen
tences. No. 25. Brings the board of education
for normal schools under the constitution
Instead of under a statute. This will
stabilize the teaching profession and give
the normal schools constitutional recogni
tion along with the university and com
No. 2. Provides uniform taxes on
tangible property and franchises, per
mlts classification of other property and
permits taxes other than property taxes
Intended to reach property now escaping
taxation. Covers the whole field of tax
atlon and will undoubtedly apportion tax
burdens more evenly.
No. 27. Substantially continues present
tax exemptions. Including those relating
to property f religious, educational,
charitable and cemetery associations, ex
cept when used for profit. Also exempts
J200 of household goods for each family
This makes the old section more clear
and e-ncourares home building.
No. 28. Places county tax limit at
50 cents on $100 actual valuation, renders
the law certain and fixes fair limitation
No. 29. Prohibits changes In county
boundaries except by majority vote In
counties affected, except for the purpose
of correcting Irregular boundary lines.
No. 30. Requires public utility corpora,
tions to report to the Railway Commis
sion. thus provides better corporate con
No. 31. Prohibits the consolidation of
competing public utility corporations
without permission from the Railway
Commission and only after public notice,
thus protecting public interests.
No. 22. Regulates stocks and dividends
of public utility corporations. No dividend
to be declared except out of net earnings
and after providing a depreciation reserve
sufficient to maintain equipment and
service. This will result in maximum
service and minimum rates.
No. J3. Permits metropolitan cities to
adopt present charter as home rule charter
and simplifies the adoption thereof.
Recognizes the principle of local self
government which Is fundamental In a
No. S4. Insures the control of corpora
tions and prevents the Ifsue of stocks and
bonds except for full value; also permits
co-operative compan:es to limit voting
power and stock holdings of membere.
Complete control of corporations toy the
state and recognition of co-operative and
mutual companies are manifestly In the
No. 35. Defines priority rights in water
and provides constitutional protection
thereto because of its necessity for irriga
No. 26. Protects public rights in the
use of water power as against private
control. The best engineers believe it
possible to develop 600.000 h. p. in the
state through the use of the water in our
streams. This should be conserved for
the use of the public.
No. 27. Provides that laws may be en
acted regulating the hours and conditions
of employment of women and children and
securing to them a minimum wage. In
sures protection to the mothers and to
our future citizens.
Xo. 3$. Provides that the legislature
can create an industrial commission to
administer laws relative to labor dis
putes and profiteering. This is not self
operative and any law would be subject
to referendum. The authority of the
state to deal with such matters In some
way should be unquestioned. Therefore.
It was deemed advisable to submit this
No. 3. Permits amendments to the
constitution by a majority vote therefor,
provided the same is equal to 35 per cent
of the total vote cast. This places the
constitution under the control of the peo
ple and tliis simplified method of amend
ment will avoid the necessity for future
No. 40. Provides for temporary salaries
tor state omcers until otherwise fixed b
No. 41. Kltmlnates obsolete sections of
the constitution and provides for a con
Each of the proposed amendments has
received the earnest and careful con
sideration of the convention and we recom
mend all of them to the people of
Nebraska. We believe that their adoption
will not only modernize the constitution
and simplify our system of government,
but will also result In a more efficient
and economical administration of the
A. J. WEAVER.
President of the Constitutional Convention.
HARRT I.. KEEFE.
Chairman Committee on Publf
Cut this out and save
PROMINENT SOCIAL VORK-
ER TENDERED BIB OVATION
Prom Monday's Dally
Iast Saturday evening the local
chapter of the Moral Uplift club turn
ed out in a body to bid farewell to
one of their members, who departed
ior a trip thru the southwest for a
much needed rest. The entire chap
ter marched to the midnight Missouri
Pacific train headed by the Platts
mouth band, where a number of se
lections, including the hymn of the
society, were played.
The departing brother expects to
spend some time in the mountains,
cultivating the acquaintance of the
astute mountaineers and inspecting
the grape crop.
The meeting was enlivened by
the return of one of the society's
most faithful workers from South
Dakota, who reports the reform wave
sweeping the prairies.
Read the Journal.
PASTOR OP K K CHURCH AS
SIGNED TO CONTINUE THE
HAS DONE EXCELLENT WORK
And Members Are Pleased to Note
His Retention New Parso
nage One of Big Tasks
The people of Plattsniouth are to
be congratulated on the fact that for
another year at least they are to
have the services of Rev. A. V. Hun
ter, pastor of. the Methodist church,
who, during his labors here has ac
complished so much for the good of
At the district convention being
held this week. Rev. Hunter was
delegated to continue his ministerial
duties here, which will be pleasing
news both to members of his church
and numerous other friends thru
out the city.
During his tenure as pastor, the
church has enjoyed prosperity and
the different organizations have la
bored together harmoniously. Xew
members have been added from time
to time and bills have been paid
promptly, plenty of money being
subscribed to carry on the work
One of the achievements of his
pastorship is the new parsonage just
completed and which has been paid
for as the work progressed from
funds raised for that purpose. In ad
dition the church edifice has been
List of Other Appointments
The allotment of ministers to this
district, which is now attached to
Omaha headquarters, is as follows,
J. V. Kirkpatrick. superintendent,
320 City National Bank P-ldg., Om
To 1 supplied. Ames-.Maple (J rove.
Joseph Stopford. Arlington.
George P. Mead, Bethel, I. O. Hoop
er, Xebr.. R. F. I).
Frank j. Reeder. Blair.
E. O. Johnson, Craig-Alder Grove
Edwin L. Slater, Decatur.
William A. Bowden. Elk City.
N". D. Hull. Fremont.
H. S. Weary, Gretna-Spring Grove.
Charles W. Ford, Herman.
O. M. Adams, Hooper.
To be supplies. Kennard-Rose Hill
Cuthbert L. Elliott, Louisville.
J. H. Wilcox. Nebraska City.
E. C. Moore, Xehawka.
S. E. Mason. Xickerson. I. O. Fre
E. II. Tipton. North Bend.
G. A. Bolas. Oakland.
E. A. Smith, Purple Cave. P. O
North Bend, Neb., R. F. D.
W. H. Guest, Springfield-Richfield
W. H. Thompson. Tekamah.
L. L. Morrison. Union-Wyoming.
J. B. StQner, Valley-Leshara.
G. A. Luce, Washington. P. O. 2414
No. 24th St., Omaha. Nebr.
W. F. Haskins, Weeping Water.
To be supplied, Ralston.
J. Drubaker. Asbury; John Calvert,
Benson; E. M. Brown, Dietz; Titus
Lowe and L. A. Pruitt. First; C. R
Wilhide, Florence; C. C. Wilton,
Grace; Arthur Atack. Hanscom Park;
M. L. Ceissinger, First; J. E. Rey
nolds. Jennings; W. M. Wallace,
Lefler; L. F. Townsend, McCabs;
Gerriett Janssen, Oak street; W. L.
Austin. Pearl; A. S. Buell, Trinity;
A. I). Davis. Walnut Hill.
MARRIED AT PARSONAGE
From Monday's Dally.
Last Saturday evening Mr. James
F. Ward and Miss Alice Ina McCall.
both of Darling, la., arrived in Platts
mouth and after having secured a
permit to wed sought out the home of
the Rev. A. G. Hollowell. pastor of
the Christian church and in the pres
ence of Mrs. A. G. Hollowell and
Mrs. Harry M. Wilcox, were united
in the holy bonds of matrimony. The
young people will make their home
in Montana, where they will live on
a ranch which they have near Gil
lette. R. C. COOK AND SON RETURN
From Monday's Dally.
Mrs. R. C. Cook and son Eck Cook,
who make their home near Cullim.
have for the past three weeks been in
the north where they have been vis
iting at the home of the sons of Mr.
Cook, Walter Cook and Jacob C.Tik.
and wife of Brooklings. S. D. Mrs.
Jacob Cook will be remembered as
Miss Clement, the accomplished
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Cie-
WILL SPEND F0RTNITE IN WEST
From Monday's Dally.
Mrs. P. Miner and daughter. Miss
Magdaline. departed on the after
noon train for the west and will
spend some two weeks at Denver,
Colorado Springs, and other popular
and pleasant places in the west dur
ing this warm weather.
They will surely find a pleasant
place for the hot days -which will
come in September. The nearness
to the mountains affords a fine op
portunity for a splendid vacation to
the people who are compelled to be
housed during the remaining portion
of the year.
FOUND, TIRE AND AUTO PLATE
There has been found a tire on
rim with auto plate attached bear
ing number 200.563. Nebraska. The
owner may have same by calling and
paying for this ad. Id; lw
ORDINANCE FOR THE NEW LIGHT
RATE READ THE FIRST TIME
AND LAID ON TABLE
MUCH BUSINESS TRANSACTED
Hold Short Session Bat Executes
a Vast Amount of Business
Bills Ordered Paid.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Last evening was one of the short
est sessions which the city council
has had for some time, but into the
few minutes which they were at their
work they executed a vast amount
of business. There was no commun
ications, but the report of the police
showed eight arrests had been made
and of which seven paid fines and
costs aggregating $147, the eighth
one being committed to the city
The report of the city clerk, B. A.
McElwain, showed the collection and
turning over to the city treasurer, the
sum of $1, SIS. 05.
The amount of bills paid was in
the agsrregatfc for the two weeks
$2,120.40 and were as follows:
Bert Coleman $1,0:
Clause Boetel 1.95
Alvin Jones 36.85
M. E. Manspeaker 100.00
Gas and Elec. 218.83
F. R. Gobelman 2.60
M. Archer 30.00
City Hall, light .50
Telephone Co. 4.95
Mike Lutz 102.00
Antone Xitka 110.00
John Zitka 75.3
Wm. Hassler 6.00
Walt Gochenour 142.10
John Wynn 7.70
Joe McMaken 4.40
Cliff Sehaefer 5.50
Frank Dickson 14.00
James Winn 155.00
The now light ordinance was read
for the first time and laved on the
table for consideration at a future
The bills of Martin Sheldon for the
construction of the two sanitary sow
ers one known as Marble street sew
er and for the sum of $1,239.50. and
the other designated as the Rock
street sewer, amounting to $1,270.15
both totalling $2,509.G5, were held
until the o. k.-ef the engineer could
be obtained on .the work, which has
been completed for some time.
The committee having in charge
the water rate matter, asked that
they be furnished with more definite
information as to the flat rate and
asked and were granted more time
in which to make their report.
On motion u was the sense of the
council that hereafter the practice of
shutting people in the city jail who
have been arrested, keeping them
over night and then be liberated by
the police, must be discontinued.
Hereafter when one is arrested there
must be a charge filed against them
and they cannot be turned loose un
less on the order of the mayor or hav
ing been libfrated by the police
VISITING WITH- FRIENDS HERE
From Tuesday's Dally.
H. W. Vallery, who was one of the
pioneers of Cass county when this
country was new and Nebraska was
"out west." is visiting here from
Douglas, Alaska, where he has made
his home for several years. Mr. Val
lery constructed a number of the
early day buildings here setting the
stride for the advancing civilization
that was destined to sweep over the
prairies of the Cornhusker state. He
was a brother of the late J. R. val
lery and C. M. Vallery, both of whom
have recently passed away, as well
as a brother of T. W.. Vallery, who
lives a few miles from Murray. Mr.
Vallery is thinking seriously of for
saking the northland .to again take
up his residence in Cass county.
MAKING GOOD IMPROVEMENT
. Geo. I. Lloyd of southwest of Mur
ray, was a. visitor in town this morn
ing on his way to Omaha, where he
had some business matters to look
after and also to visit with his daugh
ter, Mrs. Frank Dill, who is in the
St. Joseoh hosnital where she is re
covering after having undergone an
operation for appendicitis.
LOSES TWO VALUABLE COWS
From Monday's Dally.
Fred Bauers. who makes his home
on the farm of August Stander, one
mile west of Manley, last Saturday
evening suffered the loss of two val
uable cows which he was driving to
the lot .for milking, when some one
came along driving a large car and
going at a rapid rate of speed, strik
ing two of the cattle killing both of
them. The driver hastened away not
stopping to inquire as to what injury
he had done and making such haste
that Mr. Baucis could not catch the
number on his car. Wm. Baird and
wife and Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Ghrist
were visiting in Lincoln and when
returning last evening found the cat
tle still lyig in the road.
Ten acres of good prairie hay, 3
miles west and one mile north of
Murray. Inquire of R. C. Hitchman
at Pollock's Auto company, or
phone number ss, Plattsmouth. Neb.
Fine stationery. Journal office.
for Highest Possible gualitj
J 'lis,?'? why this
nine men out
RESIDENCE FOR SALE
The commodious brick residence in
Plattsmouth known as the Weckbach-
Walker home located at 4th and Oak
streets. This property is the last of
the best down town properties that
can be secured at a reasonable price.
Only half block from post office, li
brary, court house and shopping dis
tricts. About four fine lots, is high.
sunny and sanitary, fine shade and
lawn, good well, cistern, city water,
has good barn, partly modern, pol
ished oak floor in living room. The
place needs some repair; will make
splendid home for retiring farmer or
any one desiring a substantial in
vestment or high class residence prop
erty. Out-of-town owners of this
property have requested me to dis
pose of it at once. I will therefore
offer it for about one-fourth of its
actual replacement value.
L. C. SHARP MFG. CO..
m-f Plattsmouth. Neb.
SILVER PRODUCTION SLUMPED
Washington, Sept. 10. Produc
tion of both gold and silver declined
last year. Director of the Mint Baker
announced tonight in making public
revised figures which showed the
production to have been:
Gold $60,333,400; silver, $63,533,-
652. In fine ounces, the output to
talled 2,018, 62S of gold and 56.682,-
4 45 of silver.
The director placed the loss in the
production of gold as compared with
the previous year at $8,313,300
while the slump in silver mining re
duced output by 11,127.000 ounces
California led in the production of
gold, the state's output being 841, 63S
ounces worth $17,398,200.
Colorado ranks second with a gold
production valued at $10,249,300
Alaska produced 481,984 ounces val
ued at $9,963,500.
Montana was the leading state in
the production of silver with an out
put of 15,012,000 ounces worth on
the current market about $16,800,-
000. Utah was second with 12,542,-
623 ounces worth $14,058,650. Vir
ginia and South Carolina managed
to creep into the list of states pro
ducing the precious metals, accord
ing to Mr. Baker's statement. Vir
ginia's total, however, was only
eOight ounces of silver while South
Carolina found five ounces of gold
and two ounces of silver.
at JfywatTcuitlt Trice
OST men find
wants seven days a
Just bet your "bottom dollar" that you won't tire o
Spur's old-time tobacco taste, for it's real-as-lifc an J
rare-as-June. Now to find out why!
Good tobacco puts Spurs at the top. Just that.
The blend of finest Turkish leaves and the pick of
home-grown crops gives Spurs their new, mild
But Spurs don't stop at cheering your taste.
They draw easier and bum slower, because Spurs arc
crimped not pasted.
Then there's a neat "brown-and-silver" package
that's three-fold, which keeps Spur's fragrance and
flavor ready for you.
Spur up! Spur up! Light up a Spur!
Liggett SC Myers Tobacco Co.
J. W. Stones, living between My-
nard and Murray, was a visitor in
Plattsmouth this morning being call-
ed here to look after some business
matters for a short time.
IF YOU WORK FOR YOUR MONEY, IT IS YOUR MONEY
THEN WHY WASTE IT?
THOSE LITTLE SUMS YOU THROW AWAY FOOLISHLY
FOR UNNECESSARY THINGS WILL MAKE A BIG PILE OF
MONEY SOONER THAN YOU THINK. IF YOU CAME TO OUR
BANK AND DEPOSITED THEM REGULARLY.
PUT YOUR MONEY IN OUR BANK.
YOU WILL RECEIVE H INTEREST.
Farmers State Bank
that Spurs fit their cigarctt.
week, fifrv two weeks a year.
j. W. Edmonds of Murray was a
visitor in Plattsmouth for a few
hours this morning, called here to
look after some business, and dnv-
ing up in his new Ford roadster.
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