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PITTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1938.
Rally is Held at
Harry rieharty of the Attorney Gen
eral's Office at Washington
Is the Speaker.
The banquet and rail? staged by
the democratic organizations Of
Louisville, Eight Mile Grove and
South Bend precincts was held on
Thursday evening at the city hall in
Louisville, attended by over 200 of
the democrats of Cass county.
The ladies of the Immanuel Luth
eran church had prepared the feast
and it was one that all will long
pleasantly remember. It being a fin
menu and very cleverly served.
The speakers' table was arranged
on the stage and where fall decora
tions were used in the settings. On
the banquet table favors of gam
drops with .small flags assisted in the
The banquet was presided over by
Frank Stander. one of the active and
prominent young democrats of Cass
county and who ably filled the posi
tion. Ross Nichols, whose reputation as
a musician is statewide, was one of
the pleasant entertaining features
of the evening In a group of saxo
phone solos. . Mrs. Wayne Gess
served as the accompanist for the
Mr. Stander called upon the var
ious local candidates to stand and
greet the audience, presenting Sheriff
Homer Sylvester, Register of Deeds
Miss Lillian White. County Surveyor
R. D. Fitch, Carl Keil. candidate for
treasurer, W. H. Porter, candidate
for county commissioner, B. G. Wurl,
candidate for county e!rk, JiYV; H.
Smith, candidate for county attorney-
'-The non-partisan candidates.
Mrs. Lora Lloyd Kieck and J. B
Reeder for county superintendent and
William A. lletzger, candidate for
the legislature were also presented
to the meeting and spoke briefly.
William B. Banning, former senator,
gave a short talk on the various
amendments to the constitution, op
posing the form of the short ballot
and favoring the amendment to re
k move bank stockholders double lia
bility.. Mr. Banning also very vigor
ously attacked the proposed slot ma
chine amendment that would legalize
the use of the "slots" in the state.
Mr.' Banning also urged Carl Balfour
as a member of the public power di
rectorate. County Chairman George E. Nick
les briefly outlined plans for the clos
ing meetings of. the campaign.
The speaker of the evening, Harry
Fleharty of Washington, D. C, for
merly of Omaha, as assistant attor
ney general, gave a very fine talk
on the "Philosophy of Government,"
rather than a straight party address.
TThe speaker took up the de
claration of independence and its
preamble as the basis of the ' foun
dation of the American nation and
which had declared for life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness and a
government deriving its power from
the consent of the governed.
Mr. Fleharty pointed out that in
equalities had been found id the
constitution and four years after its
adoption the "bill of rights," the first
ten amendments had been placed In
the law. As time progressed and the
growing nation developed from the
syall group of colonial states, the
necessity of other changes arose and
the manner of election of the presi
dent made, later in the civil war the
barring of citizenship by reason of
race was changed, then again right
to levy an Income tax was passed by
the people, later the direct election
of U. S. senators by the people, the
amendment to give the ballot to the
women of the nation and the last
to change the date of the taking
office of the new president and Con
gress, all of these responsive to the
passing of time.
At this time In th world these
democracies, basing their existence
on the consent of the governed, was
on trial and the United States was
theg reatest of these to be judged
by other nations and by Its own peo
ple - as to whether it would demon
strate the ability of its theory to
make the teachings of democracies
The great Issue that was evi
dent today was that of economic
equality and on which the structure
must rise or fall, government could
not give jobs but could provide the
opportunity for work to its people
and it was this endeavor of President
Roosevelt that had caused so much
It was pointed out that In the
income tax reported there had been
500,000 corporations to make return
and less than 200 of these controlled
85 per cent of the business of the
The endeavor of President Roose
velt to obtain a wider spread of the
distribution of benefits from the pro
ductiveness of the nation had caused
bitter hatred of him from among
many to whom his plan had been a
barrier to their unrestrained methods
and tariffs that had exploited the
people of the nation. There were
2,000 employers In the nation that
controlled ninety-four per cent of
the jobs and In this group were
many of the bitterest opponents of
the new deal.
The speaker urged the people to
join in support of the party that
was engaged in trying to preserve
democratic forms of government and
to return these men to support Presi
dent Roosevelt. He urged that Con
gressman Luckey be returned to sup
port the policies of legislation for
the common people.
County Pig at
32c a lb. Top
Fat Hampshire Barrow Exhibited at
Ak Show by Clyde Althonse
Is High Mark.
In he closing events of the Ak-
Sar-Ben live stcok show at Omaha,
the auction . of . the various animals
were held Friday afternoon and "in
which a Cass county youth, Clyde
Althouse. of Eagle had the top animal
in. the pig class.
The grand champion fat Hamp
shire, owned by Althouse was sold
for 32 cents a pound for the top.
The pig weighed 260 pounds- and
was bought by the Ideal Market of
Lincoln for 173.60.
.Tbe reserve champion' Chester
White owned by Lyman Rehmeler
of . Weeping Water was sold to
Cudahy's for 10 c. The reserve
champion Hampshire owned by Rob
ert Schneider, Cedar Creek, was
bought by Swift & Co., for 10 c.
There were 400 in attendance at
DOINGS IN COUNTY C0UET
Hearing was had Friday after
noon In the matter of the probate
of the estate of Mary Stander, de
ceased, Peter Stander, husband of
the deceased tteing appointed as ad
ministrator. Peter Stander was also named as
guardian of Francis Charles Stander,
Robert Richardson pleaded guilty
to fishing without the proper license
and was given a fine of $5 and costs.
WEEPING WATER YOUNG
PEOPLE MARRTED HERE
From Saturday's Daily
This morning at the court house
house occurred the marriage of Edith
Inez Jaques and Charles Sterling
Blake, both of Weeping Water. The
ceremony was performed by Judge A.
H. Duxbury and was witnessed by
Rebecca Qulnn and Oliver Blake,
the latter brother of the groom. A
number of the friends accompanied
HERE TO VISIT FATHER
Tom Sedlak, of Sedalia, Missouri,
is here to visit with his mother and
brothers and sisters here, as well as
with his father, Matthew Sedlak. at
the hospital at Omaha where he is
recovering from the Injuries received
from a fall while working in the
ENJOY HORSE AND ICE SHOW
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schneider and
Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Iverson were
t Omaha Friday night where they
enjoyed the Ak-Sar-Ben stock and
ice show. They found the shows in
teresting and the ice show especially
; Ballots is No
Each Voter at November 8 Election
will he Given Five with Many
Voters at the general election on
Tuesday, November S, will be hand
ed the largest number of separate
ballots ever used in an election in
Cass county, at least in the past 20
or more years.
The Journal office has just com
pleted the tremendous task of turn
ing out the 58.330 separate ballots
required for the twenty-four polling
places in the county, as prepared by
County Clerk George Sayles, whom
the law (32-513) says shall be
charged with the duty of providing
"a sufficient number" of ballots for
each election precinct in the county.
The matter of determining that "suf
ficient number" and yet guard
against undue and costly waste is
in itself no small task, and to de
termine an adequate number, Mr.
Sayles first compiled a table of the
number of votes cast at general elec
tions in recent years. This . table
was the basis for arriving at the
number for each precinct, totaling
10,360 of each of the five official
ballots for the entire county, includ
ing mail and disabled voters' bal
lots. In addition, 1,186 pink paper
sample ballots and 120 white card
board sample for tacking up at the
polling places, bring the number up
to 11,666 official and samples.
Multiply this number by the five
separate ballots required to handle
all the offices and propositions to be
voted upon. and you get the total
number of 58,330. which , Journal
presses "haYetuneF"ont"in the past
As the law sets a certain "clos
ing time" before which ballot copy
cannot be prepared and also pre
scribes ballots for disabled and mail
voters shall be ready ten days be
fore the election date, it takes some
fast work on the part of the printer
to get them out.
The job is a particular and pains
taking one, requiring rotation of
names on the non-political sections.
and many press stops. After the press
runs are completed, there remains a
lot of work sorting and packeting the
125 separate packages one each of
the five different ballots for the sep
arate 24 voting precincts and one
each for disabled and absent voters.
What the Ballots Include
The main ballot includes state,
county and non-political offices (ex
cept public power district officers).
In former years, the regular non-
political officers were on a separate
ballot, but this year the Secretary
of State has included these on the
general ballot, offsetting the separate
ballot for the public power districts.
Otherwise the number of separate
ballots this year would have been
Constitutional amendments pro
posed by the leglislature go to make
up the Becond largest ballot in the
group. There are five separate prop
ositions on this ballot. First comes
the matter of bankers' double liabil
ity, followed by the proposal to re
duce the number of elective state
officers and having these officers
(Attorney General, Secretary, of
State and State Treasurer) appoint
ed by the Governor with the consent
of the Legislature; setting four year
terms for elective state officers and
prohibiting said officers from holding
consecutive terms. The third propo
sition on this 29-inch-long ballot
concerns the matter of making the
Superintendent of Public Instruction
a member of the Board of Education
al Lands and Funds. The fourth
proposal, if carried, would make the
Governor, Superintendent of Public
Instruction and Auditor of Public
Accounts (elective officers if the new
plan is adopted) members of the
Board of Pardons instead of the
present Board of Pardons member
ship, which includes Governor, At
torney General and Secretary of
State (the latter two appointive of
ficers under the planned changes).
Generally speaking, proposals 2, 3
and 4 are tied together and closely
related the passage of No. 2 mak
ing advisable the passage of 3 and
4 to make the plan effective. The
fifth proposal concerns a method for
recall of state officers who fail to
resign upon the filing of a petition
for such recall.
It is quite probably few voters
will take time to familiarize them
selves with the five propositions in
corporated in this ballot.
The third ballot in size is that of
the Eastern Nebraska Public Power
district. Besides three regular direc
tors to be elected from a field of six
candidates, there are four separate
vacancies to be filled. Originally sent
cut as five separate ballots, the Sec
retary of State has permitted con
solidation under one non-political
heading. But for this voters would
have been handed nine ballots at the
polls instead of the present five.
The fourth ballot in size is the
one concerning the legalizing of Blot
machines in Nebraska. This was
placed on the ballot as a result of
initiative petitions signed by the re
quired percentage of voters all over
the state. Great opposition has de
veloped, and this one of six proposed
constitutional amendments will un
doubtedly be defeated. The Journal
is not wont to give advice to voters,
but feels justified in advising all to
vote "NO" on this proposition.
Last of the five ballots and the
smallest in size is that coverning an
appropriation from Cass county gen
eral funds for the purpose of con
tinuing agricultural extension work
in the county. This is commonly
termed the Farm Bureau referen
dum. There, Journal readers is a gist of
what you will be called upon to help
decide when you visit the polls on
To enable voters to study and
familiarize themselves with all the
five ballots, sample copies of the
same will be published in all papers
of the county November 3rd.
for Injuries in
Pearl Sutton Seeks $3,039 Because
of Injujries Received in Crash
on the Louisville Road.
An action has been filed In the
office of the Clerk of the District
Court in which Pearl Sutton seeks
damages in the amount of S3, 039
against the Ash Grove Portland
Lime & Cement Company and Mel
In the petition of the plaintiff it
is alleged that on December 29, 1936,
the plaintiff was a guest passenger
in the car of her step-brother, Ervin
Howland, that they were driving on
the Louisville road between Platts
mouth and Louisville. It is alleged
that the defendant, Schleifert, driv
ing a car owned by defendant Ash
Grove company, was driving ahead
of the car in which the plaintiff
was riding, that the defendant made
a "U" turn in the highway without
warning and as the result the car
in which plaintiff was riding collid
ed with the car of the defendant.
For personal injuries received
and hospital and medical care ex
pense incurred the sum of $3,039 is
HONORED BY SCHOOL GROUP
Superintendent L. S. Devoe of the
Plattsmouth schools, was honored
Friday in the annual election of dis
trict No. 2 of the Nebraska State
Teachers association, being named a
member of the assembly of the asso
ciation. The assembly is the governing
body of the state association and is
a very fine recognition of the ability
of Mr. Devoe in his teaching pro
fession. The attendance at the second dis
trict convention was 2,950 and the
meeting one of the most successful
in the state.
From Friday's Daily
Dewey Reed underwent an ap
pendectomy yesterday at the Meth
odist hospital In Omaha. He came
through the operation fine and is as
well as could be expected.
Voters to Pass
on Matter of Aid
for Farm Bureau
Matter of Whether County Appro
priates $2,000 Yearly Will
Be on the Ballot.
Within two weeks election day
will have rolled around. To our
mind one of the most important is
sues to be settled by Cass county
voters is the question, "Shall we con
tinue to support extension work in
this county by taxation," or words
to that effect.
For the edification of our readers
we wish to call attention to a few of
the many phases of agricultural ex
tension work as explained by the
leaders and how it functions. The
county agricultural and home exten
sion agents are the local represen
tatives of agricultural extension,
which is a division of the TJniver
sity of Nebraska College of Agri
culture. Experiment stations through thc:ir
experimental work develop improved
crops and livestock, learn the con
trol of livestock and poultry dis
eases, develop improved methods of
farm management and homemakiag
and carry on research in all other
things pertaining to agriculture. The
extension service was established In
1914 for the purpose of making this
information available to the farm
people and to assist them with its
applicttion. The law providing for
extension work requires a county
to set up an organization known as
a Farm Bureau and to employ a man
known as the agricultural agent. In
a sense the county agricultural ex
tension office is the little end of a
vast educational funnel pouring in
formation from- the government
laboratories and experiment stations ,
onto the farmsof individual men. The j
agricultural agents' office is the hub
of agricultural activities' within the
county. More than 5,700 office calls,
1,000 telephone calls have been re
ceived and 17,800 bulletins have
been distributed this year.
In 1938 there were 525 boys and
girls enrolled in 4-H club work in
Cass county, as compared to the 65
boys who first enrolled for 4-H pig
club work twenty years ago. Follow
ing is the summary by projects and
the enrollment in each:
Corn 1 club, 20 members.
Garden 2 clubs, 14 members.
Farm Shop 3 clubs. 30 members.
Rope 1 club, 8 members.
Poultry 3 clubs, 29 members.
Dairy 1 club. 8 members.
Swine 4 clubs, 27 members.
Baby Beef 4 clubs, 33 members.
Sheep 3 clubs. 23 members.
Cooking 14 clubs, 141 members.
Canning 2 clubs, 22 members.
Hot Lunch 1 club, 6 members.
Clothing 12 clubs, 101 members.
Girls Room 4 clubs, 26 members.
Keep-Well 2 clubs, 19 members.
Weed 2 clubs, 15 members.
Just think of it, 525 boys and girls
becoming possessed of knowledge
years in advance of the age of which
their parents acquired such informa
tion, if they ever did. And right
here we wish to call attention to an
important fact to think over. Statis
tics show that the crime bill of the
good old U. S. A. amounts to $31,
000,000.000 a year. That It costs on
an average, $400 to place a crim
inal behind bars, when and If they
are apprehended. Furthermore statis
tics compiled a year ago show that
there never has been a 4-II club boy
or girl sent ot the penitentiary, and
20 per cent of our criminals are un
der 20 years of age. Where can you
find a more worthwhile and Inexpen
sive plan that will and is working
for the prevention of crir 4. The
possibilities of this phase of exten
sion work are unlimited. 4-H club
exhibits are the main attraction at
state fair and county fair which
serve as a climax to the year s 4-ti
work since the? present an oppor
tunity for the boys and girls to show
to the public in general what they
have accomplished in their club dur
ing the year.
Now you may ask, where do the
mothers and big sisters come in?
Home demonstration project clubs
and study clubs help solve their
problems. These clubs are doing a
great work In Cass county and cre
ating intense interest in farm fam
ily living. In this county for the
year 1938-39, 40 project clubs, with
an enrollment of 750 mothers and,
big sisters, and 6 study clubs with
an enrollment of 150, have been or
ganized and do these home demon
stration clubs function? Just ask
the men folks in the homes of these
VISIT AT ASHLAND
Thursday afternoon a group of the
members of the ladies aid society of
the First Christian church were at
Ashland where they were guests of
the ladies of the church at that
They found that the Ashland ladles
had arranged a very delightful 1
o'clock luncheon that was very much
enjoyed and provided a fitting open
ing of the afternoon.
During the afternoon Mrs. Hal
Garnett was heard in two very fine
The ladies appreciated very much
the hospitality of the Ashland group.
Those attending were Mrs. Roy
Stine, Mrs. Chester Minniear, Mrs.
Edward G. Ofe, Mrs. Bert Reed, Mrs.
J. H. Graves, Mrs. L. D. McKinney,
Mrs. Anna Graves, Mrs. C. M. Man
ners, Rev. and Mrs. J. W. Taenzler,
Mrs. Lester Thimgan, Mrs. Hal Gar
Synodical Society Joins Other Ne-
braska Bodies in Protest
On October 27, 1938 at their meet
ing in Hastings, Nebraska, the women
of the Nebraska Synodical society of
the Presbyterian church of the Unit
ed States went on record as being
absolutely' opposed .to proposed
amehdmenTNo. 300 to the Nebraska
constitution, which would license slot
machines. They are convinced that
the promoters of this amendment are
flying under the false colors of giving
aid to old age pensions, whereas, in
truth, large sums of money would
be diverted from the legitimate chan
nels of business in Nebraska, and a
temptation would be put in the way
of Nebraska young people. They
urge that their constituents and all
thinking women in Nebraska go to
the polls on November 8, 1938, and
vote against the amendment by put
ting an X in the square poposite No
Those attending the synodical
meeting from Plattsmouth were Mrs.
H. G. McClusky, Mrs. Roy Knorr,
Mrs. L. O. Minor, Mrs. Virgil Perry
and Mrs. P. T. Helneman.
In the election of officers, Mrs.
Minor was named treasurer of Ne
braska Synodical society for the next
term of office. Mrs. Dan H. Dunham
of Omaha was re-elected president.
SEEK PARCEL POST DELIVERY
The Plattsmouth Chamber of Com
merce is conducting an active cam
paign for the allowance of parcel
post delivery for this city, something
that has been needed for the past
several years, the large Increase In
this department of the mail service
making this necessary.
The delivery system was changed
here in 192$ from a village to a
city system, but at that time there
was no provision made for the parcel
post feature of the system.
That it would be not only a great
convenience to the patrons but also
add to the efficiency of the office is
recognized. It now requires one clerk
to try and serve the general delivery
as well as parcel post window.
The use of a four-hour vehicular
service in the parcel post delivery is
recommended by the local office.
ARRIVAL OF NEW SON
Thursday morning a fine son was
born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Rohlf
in this city. The mother and little
one are reported as doing very nice
ly and the occasion has proved a very
pleasant one to all members of the
FIRE CHIEF AT HOSPITAL
From Friday' Dally
Dr. O. Sandin was taken to an
Omaha hospital yesterday where he
will receive treatment for gall blad
der trouble. '
of Auxiliary Held
at W eeping Water
Porty Present Including Twelve from
Plattsmouth Interesting Re
ports from the Units
Forty representatives from the
five American Legion Auxiliary units
in the county were present at the
county -convention held at Weeping
Water Wednesday. Plattsmouth unit
furnished twelve of the number.
A noon-day covered dish luncheon
preceded the afternoon session, con
tributed to by the different members.
Mrs. Mildred Comstock of Green
wood, county president, presided, and
Mrs. Maude Peterson, of Alvo. was
the secretary. Mrs. Adelaide Boyn
ton, Plattsmouth unit chaplain, led
Mrs. Nell Dowler, of Weeping
Water, welcomed the guests on be
helf of the unit president, Mrs. Bert
Collister, who was unable to attend.
Mrs. Hettie Larson, of Plattsmouth,
gave the response.
Interesting reports of unit activi
ties during the past six months were
Mrs. Eugene Nutzman, the district
president, gave a very complete re
port of her recent trip to the na
tional convention at Los Angeles the
latter part of September.
Plattsmouth was chosen as the
place for holding the spring meet
ing. Group singing came before ad
journment, with Mrs. L. S. Devoe
of Plattsmouth playing the accom
panyment. The Courtesy committee was com
posed ot Mrs. V. O. Luudberg of Ne-
Lawka, Mrs. D. W. Webb, of Louis-
tine, and " Mrs. Sterling Amick, ot
Both the noonday luncheon and
the business session were held at the
Legion club rooms.
All present expressed interest in
the forthcoming district convention
to be held here November 30 and
indicated they plan to attend.
The three car drivers and accom
panying passengers from here were:
Mrs. L. S. Devoe, Mrs. Robert Cap-
pell, Mrs. Adelaide Boynton and Mrs.
Mrs. John L. Capps. Mrs. Ray
mond Larson, Mrs. Ed Tritsch and
Mrs. James Rebal.
Mrs. Homer Sylvester, Mrs. Ed
Creamer, Mrs. Fay McClintock and
Mrs. Rozina Ripple, one of the local
unit's Gold Star Mothers.
SEE ROAD IMPROVEMENT
The improvement of the "Louis
ville" road, extending from this city
west to Greenwood Is one of the road
plans that Is promised for the next
year and one that Is very much
neded- The road if made a state
highway will be brought to grade,
widened where needed and placed
in first class shape.
The road has been improved in re
cent years but is still far from
what it should be and the prospect
of getting It made into a state feeder
road and later a general state high
way will be very pleasing to the
residents of the northern portion of
According to . County Surveyor,
Fitch the first work will be a high
way connection from Alvo south and
then the work on the Louisville
road may be started. It will require
some time to get the road completed
but it will be a real boon to the
county when completed.
WILL CALL DOCKET
From Friday TJarty
Judge W. W. Wilson has notified
Clerk of the District Court C. E.
Ledgway that he will be here on
Monday, November 7th, to call the
docket for the November term of
the district court- The court will
open Its session at 10 a. m.
From Friday's Dally
Mrs. Glen Vallery was operated on
this morning at the Clarfcson hospital
at Omaha. She stood the operation
in excellent shape and it Is hoped
she will soon be able to show Improvement.