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    STefcmfei State E;flTf.
vol. 170. xxxvm.
NO. 104
Roy Mills Charged With Assaulting
and Threatening Luke Dim
mit Eeceives Fine.
From Monday's Dally.
This morning: the court room vof
Justice William Weber was packed
to the doors by an interested audi
ence to hear the trial of the case of
the State of Nebraska vs. Roy Mills,
in which the defendant was charged
with having: assaulted and threaten
ed one Luke Dimmitt on the after
noon of July 7th. The defendant.
Mills, was employed as a guard at
the Burlington shop yards 6ince the
'strike has been on and Mr. Dimmitt
is a fireman in the local yards in the
service of the Burlington.
The defense asked for a continu
ance of the case for a week but the
continuance was oposed by County
Attorney Cole on the grounds that
it was not a civil case and practic
ally all the evidence was ready to
submit and that the condition of af
fairs demanded a speedy trial of the
case. Judge Weber overruled the mo
tion for the continuance and the
case was placed on trial.
The complaining witness stated
on direct examination that he was
an employe of the Burlington rail
road ' as fireman and was employed
as fireman on the second trick in the
local yards in that capacity, that
about 3:30 on the afternoon of July
7th he was going to the roundhouse
of the Burlington in the shop yards
to start in his work and when some
twenty feet inside the yards was
halted by the man Mills, who asked
him where he was going and what
he did in the shops that required his
presence. Mr. Dimmit stated that he
told the guard his occupation and
that the guard had asked him for
identification and that he could not
go on Into the shop yards. The wit
ness stated that the guard refused
twice to let him go on and Mr! Dim
mitt had asked the guard to go up to
the company office and find dUt'Tiis
name and position. This the guard
refused, the witness said, -as h stat
ed he could not leave his post. The
guard. Mills, had pulled his revolv
er out of the holster while talking
One of the old watchmen in the
yards had finally Identified the wit
ness and he was allowed to go on.
The gun had been pulled the second
time the guard had refused to let
Dimmitt pass.
On cross examination by Attorney
W. A. Robertson, Mr. Dimmitt stat
ed that the guard did not point the
gun at him, and that the trouble oc
curred just a short distance, probab
ly twenty feet, inside the shop yard.
The witness states that he had been
employed as fireman at various times
since 1920 and had been in service
since June when he was placed back
after the force had been reduced in
1921. He stated that the gun of the
guard was in sight, but did not re
collect seeing anystar on the guard.
After hearing the evidence in the
case Judge Weber decided that the
defendant, MJlls. was guilty as
charged and placed his fine at $100
and costs and which not being paid,
the defendant should be committed
to jail. The defendant through his
attorney gave notice of appeal of the
case to a higher court and asked that
a suitable bond be fixed so that the
prisoner could be released until the
case comes up for trial.
From Monday1! Dnr.
The funeral of the late J. B. Sey
boldt was held yesterday afternoon
from the home of hs son. Will Sey-
VtnlHt west of Mnrrav. and vprv
largely attended, being one of the
largest funerals tnat nas Been neia
in this nortion of the county in
many months. Tnc services were In
charge of Rev. A. G. Hollowell, pas
tor of the Christian church of this
ity, and during the service a choir
of the Christian church T)f Murray
furnished a riumber of selections, the
choir was under the leadership of
Mrs. J. P. Brendel. The interment
was at the Horning cemetery south
of this city and the procession cov
ered over a mile as the friends ac
companied the body of their old
friend to the Bilent tomb.
From Monday's Dally.
This morning J. L. Stamp and wife
from south of the city, departed for
Shelby, Iowa, where they were called
to attend the funeral of J. H. Hager,
half brother of Mr. Stamp, which
will be held today at that place. Mr.
Hager died Saturday morning at the
Tresbyterlan hospital in Omaha from
Brights disease from which he has
been a sufferer for some time.
Mrs. Lillian Fricke of this city is
at the University hospital in Omaha
where she has been for tine past few
days for treatment and is now re
ported as showing some slight im
provement altho still far from well.
Mrs. Li. E. Vroman- was at Omaha
Saturday and spent a few hours with
the patient and found her very cheer
ful in her condition of health.
Blank Books at the Journal OJSce.
From Mondays Dally
The message was received here
this morning by W. P. Huneke, local
storekeeper of the Burlington, an
nouncing the death at Chicago last
night of J. P. Ritter, for the past few
years lumber inspector of the store
department of the Burlington rail
road. Mr. Ritter was stricken with a
paralytic stroke on last Friday and
failed to rally from the effects, grad
ually sinking into the peaceful sleep
of death. The deceased was one of
the veteran employes of the Burling
ton and first started his railroad ca
reer in this city in the early eighties
as an employe of the store depart
ment of the Burlington.
Master in Chancery B. H. Durham
to Hear Evidence and Submit
Findings in Sixty Days.
From Monday's Dally.
The decision of the United States
district court in the case of the
Plattsmouth Water Co. vs. the City
of Plattsmouth, was not as sweep
ing asttwas first reported, Saturday,
as the court, while denying the ap
plication for a temporary Injunction
on the grounds that an emergency
did not exist, did not dispose of the
case definitely as many had been led
to believe by the first reports.
Judge Woodrough referred the
matter to B. H. Durham, special mas
ter in chancery, who Is to take the
evidence in the case and is given
sixty days to take the evidence and
submit his findings in law to the
This will leave the case pending
until the report of the matter be
fore a final decision is made and the
rates will be based from the 1st day
of June when the decision is made
and if the water company wins their
rates will be made effective as of
that date and the reverse if the find
ings are for the city, which has a
rate ordinance to be effective of that
' - The case is one . that is watched
with a great deal of Interest by the
citizens of the community .who are
patrons of. the water company and
the result will be very Important to
the city.
The first reports Were to the effect
that the court decision was definite
in denying the increase In rates but
such does not seem to have been the
Had Small Quanity of Booze in His
Car and a Like Amount In
Himself when Picked Up.
Frm Monday's Dally.
Yesterday afternoon Sheriff C. D.
Quinton was called out to the vi
cinity of the Platte river bridge,
where it was reported that a strang
er was driving a car and who seem
ed rather under the Influence of
the drink that both cheers and de
lights the party taking it.
The man was discovered by Wil
liam Grebe, state agent, who is also
acting as a guard at the railroad
bridges and he had the sheriff noti
fied of the matter.
The sheriff and Chief Barclay rode
out to the scent of action and brot
the man as -well as his car on into
the city and took the car to the jail
yard to remain until the case was
disposed of and the driver of the car
who gave the name of Walsh, was
also placed in the county bastile to
rest up. In the car was a pint of
the famous corn juice. '
The complaint was filed this morn
ing by County Attorney A. G. Cole
against the man Walsh, charging
him with possession of liquor and
for which offense Justice William
Weber assessed the sum of $100 and
Costs. '
The Missouri Pacific railroad an
nounces i that they will discontinue
after Tuesday, July 11th, trains No.
107 and 10S on their main line from
Omaha to Kansas City. This will be
felt here as the train. 107 is the pas-
I senger going north at 7:39 in the
evening and has been very heavily
patronized. Train No. 108 is the pas
senger due here at 2:32 p. m. going
southv The reason given for the dis
continuance of the trains Is the
shortage of coal as well as the condi
tions that exist as to travel 'over the
railroads at this time.
From Monday's Dally
This morning Miss Sarah Rector,
who has been suffering from more or
less trouble with her tonsils, was op
,erated on by Dr. H.;C. Leopold and
lis feeling very nicely since the op
eration that has been a great suc
cess and while still feeling the ef
fects of the ordeal, the patient is
progressing in fine shape. y
From Tuesday's Dally.
Sweeping from the northwest last
night, one of the worst storms iu' the
history of Cass county, swept its way
through practically the width of the
county, traveling in a southeasterly
direction and leaving in its wake
hundred of acres of ruined corn crops
and wiping out orchards by the force
and intensity of the hail which was
driven by a very heavy wltfd that
added to the destructiveness of the
At Greenwood and vicinity the
ground lay white with the fallen hail
and burying beneath it the corn
crops and where grain was not cut,
laying it to the' ground. Burlington
train No. 23, leaving Omaha at 7:25,
struck ' the storm just northeast of
Greenwood when the heavy rain
commenced to beat into the open
windows of the passenger coaches
and in a few minutes the passengers
were startled by a heavy roar and
the hail storm burst with all its fury
and in a few seconds there was not
a window left in . the side of the
coaches exposed to the storm and the
rain and hail drove with great force
into the coaches until the train was
able to escape from the heart of the
great storm.
The storm wiped out telephone
and telegraph lines and left the
storm-swept acres without commun
ication with the outside world and
it is Impossible to fully estimate just
how much damage has been done
by the ravages of the wind and hail.
The loss will, however, run into
thousands of dollars as it swept thru
some of the best farming sections of
the county.
In the vicinity of Murray, the on
ly point from which direct reports
have been received, a strip four miles
wide has been riddled by the hail
and wind and where yesterday were
smiling cornfields there is only a
waste of ruined crops to tell the story
and fruit orchards wiped completely
out of existence as far as the season's
crop is concerned.
The southern limit of the storm
near Murray seems to have been near
the John Hobscheidt farm and run
as far north as a short distance
south of the Glen Perry farm.
Alvin Ramge, whose farm is lo
cated northeast of Murray, was in
the city today and told of the de
struction wrought on his farm. Trees
were stripped of their leaves and
stand bare as in the bleak days of
winter and the corn crop and other
vegetation beaten into "the grounu
by the force of the deluge of hail
stones which were driven by the high
wind and in their work of destruc
tion. The wheat that had been cut
and shocked was not damaged great
ly, altho a small part will be bat
tered up by the force of the hail
stones, but the corn in the storm
swept territory will be practically
an entire loss. Mr. Ramge states that
the hail was so deep in his locality
that it could be shoveled up in large
quantities, and was followed by a
very heavy rain that filled the low
places with the water and hail to
the depth of several feet.
The .Four Mile and Eight Mile
creeks " are overflown in a number
of places west of the city and mak
ing travel almost impossible.
From Tuesdays Dally.
A wireless message received here
from the broadcasting station at
Omaha at noon states that the pack
ing houses at Chicago have plans
for closing down owing to the diffi
culties of transportation of their
cattle and finished products and the
increasing strenuousness of the situ
ation over the country. Some 60000
men will be affected by the order if
it is decided to be necessary to put
into effect. The situation has been
made more serious by the threats of
the big four brotherhoods and other
organizations to join in the strike
now in progress by the shop crafts
and which would paralyze the trans
portation service. -
From Tuesday's Dally.
' Yesterday afternoon L. E. Vroman
was engaged in cutting grass at his
home in the south partof thecity
and while doing so the blade of the
tool slipped and struck the fifth ward
councilman about the joint of the
left knee and penetrated to the bone
The wound was very painful and re
quired a number of stitches to close
and as the result Mr. Vroman will
navigate with a cane for a number
of days at least.
George K. Staats has taken over
the management of the Omaha Bee
in this city and Is looking after the
wants of the subscribers of this pa
per. Mr. staats is endeavoring to do
all possible to make the service the
best and to see that the patrons are
given the best of service.
Phone u the newii
. The heated rivalry that has exist
ed between the baseball teams of
Louisville and Cedar Creek is now
most intense as the Louisville team,
after their defeat by Cedar Creek the
Fourth of July at Weeping Water,
came back Sunday and defeated Ce
dar Creek '3 to 1. The Cedar Creek
team blew up in the third frame of
the game and the Louisville lads put
three runs over the pan, but the
game was hard fought after that, but
the two run lead was too much for
the Cedar Creekers to overcome. A
large crowd was in attendante and
a greater turnout is looked for next
Sunday when the two teams play
at Louisville. With a horse apiece
a real battle is being looked forward
to. :
Cook at Grear Camp Found Enjoying
Jagg Produced by Drinking
of "Canned Heat."
From Monday's Daily. -
Shades of lemon extract, hair ton
ic and other strange and unusual
Jag producing liquids, there is a
new rival to the old and well known
brands of intoxicants that are often
used by the worshipers of Bacchus,
and this latest addition is canned
Yesterday morning a stranger was
found at the Burlington station who
was suffering from an overload of
some kind of intoxicant and Sheriff
Quinton and Officer William Hein
richsen escorted the gentleman to the
city jail to -recuperate and to the
officers the man poured forth an un
usual tale of how he came to be in
the condition in which he was found.
He stated that he wa3 employed as
a cook in the Grear camp that has
been established In the Burlington
shop yards since the strike and had
quit his position Saturday evening
and come up town .where he pur
chased five cans of Sterno, used as
canned heat by the' motorists and
others who have found it a most ef
ficient and handy means of securing
a quick and rapid flime.,-1.-
The cook however found different
use for the fuel, as he worked dilli
gently and finally separated the de
natured alcohol by straining it thru
a towel and this mixture he proceed
ed to imbibe with the result that he
became as one bereft of his good
sense and filled with lofty visions not
unlike a snowbird and . eventually
landed in the gentle but firm care of
the officers of the law.
Burlington Secures Temporary Re
straining Order From Judge
Woodrough at Omaha.
From Monday's Dally. "
This afternoon the local officers of
the six striking shop crafts were
served with a temporary restraining
order that had been Issued in the
United States district court at Om
aha by Judge Woodrough, on the
application of the Chicago, Burling
ton & Quincy. railroad. The hearing
on the injunction has been set for
July 20th at Omaha.
The defendants named in the suit
are the various shop craft unions,
the officers of the local unions and
members of the strikers' committee.
In the restraining order the mem
bers of the crafts are enjoined from
going on the property of the railroad
company, or Interfering with the em
ployes or the property of the com
pany and is very sweeping in its cov
ering of the activities of the strik
ers. As applying to this city the only
activities that the shop men have
taken part in is the peaceful picket
ing of the shop grounds, and in this
they probably will be allowed to
maintain one or two of the pickets
to serve at points distant from the
property of the railroad company.
The injunction applies to all points
in the jurisdiction of the court where
there are railroad shops or any large
number" of railroad men assembled,
including Havelock, Plattsmouth,
Omaha and Lincoln.
County Attorney A. G. Cole in view
of the unfortunate experience of Mrs.
George Lutz at Louisville is issuing
a warning to the residents of the
county In general against admitting
agents or peddlers Into their homes
unless they have a personal knowl
edge of the parties as many undesir
able characters are drifting around
and at any time are apt to carry out
a stunt similar to that which was
carried out at Louisville yesterday.
A little safety will save a great
deal of trouble in the opinion of Mr.
Cole and he will do his utmost, to
urge that everyone be careful of
those who come arftund their homes
without the proper credentials as to
their work and their personal stand
ing. J Blank books at 'the Journal Office.
From Tuesday's Dally.
The city of Louisville was in the
throes of most intense excitement
last evening as the result of a dast
ardly assault made upon Mrs. George
Lutz, one of the highly respected
ladies of that community and the
robbery of the victim ef the assault
by her assailant who is thought to
have been a peddler of stove and
silver polish and who visited Louis
ville yesterday.
The crime, although committed
shortly after 2 o'clock in the after
noon was not discovered until. 6
o'clock when Mr. Lutz returned home
to find the wife lying in an unused
room of the house in an unconscious
condition and the interior of the
home telling mutely its story of the
strenuous fight that Mrs. Lutz had
made before being overpowered by
her assailant.
As soon as the crime was discover
ed Sheriff Quinton was notified and
hurried to the scene of the crime,
but the unconscious condition of the
victim made it a hard matter to take
up the trail of the man committing
the crime until 10 o'clock last night,
when Mrs. Lutz, who was apparent
ly drugged or poisioned, recovered
sufficiently to give a description of
the man and the story of the long
struggle that she had waged against
the burly polish agent. She describ
ed the man as being a tall and heavy
set man, dark complexion and dress
ed in tan trousers and light colored
shirt and wearing a straw hat.
When he entered the Lutz home he
was wearing glasses, but later re
moved 'these when starting the at
tack on the unfortunate woman.
The facts in the case as far as
Mrs. Lutz could give them were that
she had been preparing to go down
to the caain business portion of the
town from the home which is locate
in the extreme east portion of Louis
ville, and she, called up one' of her
daughters and told her that she was
intending to go down town and make
a payment" on the home that Mr. and
Mrs. Lutz were planning to purchase.
Shortly after this, as she was get
ting ready . to - leave, she heard a
knock at the door, and going to the
basement door found a stranger
there who tried to sell her some sil
ver polish. Mrs. Lutz told the man
she. did not want any of the polish
and he then stated that he would
make her take some and t this
started into the room where the
woman was standing. Mrs. Lutz,
who is quite active and strong, de
spite her fifty-three years, grabbed a
chair to defend herself and it is
stated struck the man with it and he
had then continued his attack and
for more than an hour she struggled
with him back and forth in the room
and. attempted to get away, by run
ning up the stairs from the base
ment but before she could open the
door to escape he grabbed her and
commenced choking her and after
a teriffic struggle in which her gar
ments were torn, the man grabbed a
bottle from his pocket and forced a
small amount of the contents into the
mouth of the well nigh exhausted
woman and shortly afterwards she
lost consciousness.
As they were struggling, the waist
of Mrs. Lutz was torn and a sum of
money supposed to be somewhere in
the neighborhood of $100, which she
had thrust in her dress when she
went to the door, was dislodged and
fell to the floor, and this was taken
away by the assailant, Mrs. Lutz
had the. rest of the money in a purse
that she had placed under her hat in
the room and which was not found
by the assailant and robber. The
man, it seems, had pulled down all
the curtains in the .main portion of
the house and while there were a
number of the neighbors near the
place at different times, they did not
realize the near tragedy that had oc
curred as they saw, the blinds down
and concluded that the family were
all absent.
After committing the crime, the
man apparently had searched the
house and left with the idea that
the victim of the assault was either
dead or in such condition that she
would be unable to tell of the affair,
as it is stated that a man answering
the description of the assailant was
at the Nichols-store about . 4 o'clock
trying to sell some Boy Blue polish to
the owner of the Etore, Frank Nich
ols. He had a companion, another
man with him at that time, and they
were driving' a Ford roadster and
were reported to have left Louisville
traveling south.
The storm, , which occurred about
the time Mrs. Lutz was able to tell
her story had placed the telephone
lines out of commission and all ef
forts to get in touch with other
points were fruitless, despite the ef'
forts of the sheriff to get the descrip
tion of the man broadcasted over this
part of the statu and thus bring about
his early capture.
The residents of Louisville were
able to give a very good description
of the man and it is thought that he
is a resident of Omaha and that his
capture will be a matter of only a
short time. The companion of the
supposed assailant is reported to have
been apparently under the influence
of liquor when at Louisville.
The poison or drug that was given
Mrs. Lutz is supposed by the attend
ing physicians to have been composed
of opium or cocane, as the victim ap
parently was suffering from a drug
of this nature.
This morning at 11:30 a man
answering to the description of the
man seen In Louisville, drove into
this city with the Ford roadster, ad
vertising the Boy Blue Polish, and
was taken into custody by Sheriff
Quinton. The man was taken to the
office of County Attorney A. G. Cole
where'he was questioned and told a
very straightforward story of his
movements that led the authorities to
doubt that he is the man who com
mitted the crime. The man gave his
name as G. A. Burton and his home
as Omaha but denied any knowledge
of the assault case and while he stat
ed he was at Louisville yesterday his
story in describing his movements
was such as to leave but little doubt
that he was not the man wanted.
The two men with Sheriff Quin
ton and County Attorney Cole drove
to Omaha at noon to further investi
gate the case and to have the man
brought before Mrs. Lutz, who is at
the Clarkson hospital where she was
taken this morning.
Mrs. Lutz, the victim of the as
sault, is the mother of William Gob
elman, and sister-in-law of Edward,
John1 and - Mike Lutz of this city.
Rev. A. M. Beebe of Franklin Street
Church of Omaha Addresses
Citizens of this City.
From Monday's Dally.
Yesterday afternoon Garfield park
was the gathering place of a large
assemblage of the citizens of this city
and vicinity to hear the addresses of
the day which had been arranged
for the event.
Attorney A.' L. Tldd presided over
the meeting and introduced the
speaker of the afternoon; the Rev.
A. M. Beebe of the Franklin street
church of Omaha and who is now
touring the state in the interests of
the straight progressive ticket.
In his remarks Rev. Beebe took up
the strikes and he urged the men
and 'women -Of the labor world to
stick together and also took up the
relative effect of the strike on the
residents of the community not di
rectly affected by the strike by the
strike and which the speaker point
ed., out was almost as great as that
of the strikers themselves.
iRev. Beebe also stated that the' is
sue involved was not so much that
of wages' involved, as the dollar , was
a secondary consideration but that
the (principles involved that of the
right of mankind to, the enjoyment
of liberty and the right to labor
without being bowed beneath op
pression was primarily the issue. He
also urged that the strikes was the
wrong way to adjust the conditions
but ; urged that the ballot box was
the fitting place to wrest the con
trol of affairs from the few and place
thenf in the hands of the many by
voting for men for executive, legisla
tive and judicial offices who were in
hearty sympathy with the move
ments and aspirations of the com
mon people.
IIoiv Docs
People often say to us, "What is the
Federal Reserve System how does it
help the First National Bank and do I
get any benefits from it?"
Federal Reserve banks own the
world's greatest gold fund and these vast
resources are available to member banks
in assisting business men and farmers, in
keeping interest rates steady, in maintain
ing confidence and promoting business
progress generally. These and other bene
fits are yours as a depositor of this Na
tional bank.
The First Nmtonal Bank
Member Federal Reserve
Fifteen Brass Moulders and Helpers,
3 Stationary Firemen, 1 En
gineer Added to List.
From Monday's Dally.
This morning the only additional
changes to the strike situation in
this city was the addition to the
force of men out on the strike of fif
teen moulders and helpers from th
brass foundry, three stationary fire
men, one stationary engineer and
two foremen at the shops who added
their names to the roll of the strik
ing shop crafts.
There has been much conjecture
as to the offer of the railroad com
pany to those who desired employ
ment in the shops to take the places
of the men who are out on the strike
and very little change was noticeable
in the situation. The Burlington of
fices report the addition of three
men to the force of workmen in the
departments that have been out on
the strike, while the headquarters of
the union forces state that no one
who has been on the strike has gone
back to work as yet.
The addition of the new forces
has greatly cheered the strike load
ers an4 the men who are out and
taken as an indication of the success
of the strike proposition.
Fifteen of the men who have been
on guard in the yards are reported
as signing up and quitting their jabs
and returning to Omaha this morn
ing. The condition continues very quiet
and orderly and no disturbances have
marked the conduct of the strike In
this city, which is one of the best on
the entire Burlington system as far
as good order is concerned and with
the strikers out in practically 100
per cent strength.
The strength shown by the rail
road workers over the country on the
proposition of holding their rariks
over today will probably have a
marked, effect on the hopes of a
speedy settlement of the difficulty
and the opening of the negotiations
toward-a settlement over the condi
tions of working and the wage dif
From Tuesday's Dally.
The rain storm here last night did
not do a great deal of damage and
the storm rere wa3 not accompanied
by the hall and rain that visited
other sections of the county and the
only damage caused was to the work
on the Main street sewer and the re
paving. Mr. Coleman, the contractor,
had the misfortune to have a portion
of the embankment on the sides of
the new sewer cave in and which
caused the jnewly placed concrete
covering of a part of the sewer to
sink and will require some little
work to replace.
Mrs. D. E. Foster and daughter.
Miss Nellie Kennedy of Tacoina.
Washington, who have been here vis
iting at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Val Burkle, departed yesterday for
Oberlin, Kansas, and Otis, Colorado,
where they will spend a short time
and then return to this city to visit
for a short time.
Blank books at the Journal Office.
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