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MOUDAY, JUNE 261939.
PIATT STJOUTH SEMI - WEEKLY JOURNAL
Tale of 'Spotter'
on Railroad Train
Near This City
Sought to Involve Train Crew by
Securing Bide on Freight, tut
Met Bad luck Here.
During the early , days of railroad
ing in Nebraska the various rail
roads employed a number of men as
spotters. A spotter, according to in
formation obtained by research work
ers of the Federal "Writers' Project,
WPA, bobbed up on the trains, both
passenger and freight, sometimes as
a bona fide passenger, but always
when least expected. He observed
the members of the train crew in the
performance of their tasks, and if
he detected any negligence or viola
tions of the rules, he promptly re
ported the offending employee to the
road officials.' The unfortunate train
man was usually suspended from
work, if not discharged.
On the run between Omana and
Lincoln spotters were unusually ac
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NOVEL SUN SHADE SNOOD (Above) Featuring draw,
string permitting donning and doffing without mussing the hair,
these chic and practical snoods, offered by Norvin H. Reiser,
president of Venica, Ltd., are proving a boon to outdoor
femininity. Kathleen McLean, pretty dancer of Merrie England
at the World's Fair, and Peggy Love (right), tennis enthusiast.
'1 FLEET FEET Princeton, N. J. Sydney Wooder.f I ' t ' - " " l - 1
son, tiny British champ miler, compares shoes with 1 f 1 1 s 1
Gene Venzke, American runner, at the Palmer ' - f 1 (j u 1
Stadium, where bothl - V - I , f ? r V f '
men worked out. Syd- ff , M ' J-. f IiJ Jli
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PILOT SETS WORLD GLIDER RECORD Frankfort,
Mich. Ted Bellak, 27-year-old Newark, N. J. pilot, set a
new record for gliding by soaring across Lake Michigan from
Sturgeon Bay, Wis., to Frankfort. He traveled more than
90 miles and was in the air two hours and thirty-nfne minutes.
PORTRAIT OF FAMOUS SOVIET LEADERS IN U.S.S.R. PAVILION
AT NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR This painting of Stalin, and the late
Maxim Gorky, Soviet cultural leader and writer, is the work of the artist
tive during the fall and winter of
3 8S6. A favorite trick employed by
them was to board a freight train
on a stormy, cold night, spin a plaus
ible tale of hard luck and beg free
passage to another station. Several
kind-hearted conductors, unaware of
(he fact that they were dealing with
spotters, had been thus taken in and
had consequently lost their jobs. This
happened so many times that the
remaining crews swore vengeance on
the first spotter they could catch at
One wintry night in November a
spotter disguised as a tramp boarded
a freight train at Ashland and solic
ited a ride to Plattsmouth. The con
ductor gave his permission, and the
tramp suuggled down into a warm
seat by the stove in the caboose.
Meanwhile the conductor and the
brakeman put their heads together.
Between Oreapolis and Platts
mouth" the conductor told the tramp
that he would have to ride the rest
of the way on top of the cars, as the
crew would get into trouble if he
were seen inthe caboose when the
train entered Plattsmouth. The crew
followed him outside, seized him and
pitched him from the top of the
the snood's practical application.
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train into a deep gulch, in which the
snow was about fifteen feet deep.
The trainmen, knowing that the
spotter would land unhurt in the
cushion of snow, laughed with glee
as he sank from sight in the drift.
To their surprise the spotter was
still there when they came by on
their return trip the next day. He
had been unable to extricate himself
from the deep snow, and was secure
ly imprisoned. The crew tossed him
a couple of old blankets and the re
mains of their lunches, but offered
him no further assistance. The luck
less spotter languished in his snowy
prison for ten days, derided by the
delighted train crews as they whirl
ed past on the tracks above him, and
subsisting on the scraps from their
meals. At the end of that tjme,
their vengeance satisfied, they re
leased him. The spotter came out
weighing about fifty pounds less
than when he began his involuntary
sojourn in the gulch.
TOLEDO, O. (UP) Three banks in
liquidation here have had a net gain
of income over expenses of $4,337,
115 since they were taken over by
the state in 1931.
SETS NEW MARK
Theresa, N. Y. Mrs. Lista
Young, 80 years of age,
dropped a bait from her kit
chen window on the banks of
the Indian River, near here
recently and made, this 14.
pound record "mullet" catch.
Mrs. Young . claims she is
the oldest anglerette.
PERFECT BACK Treasure
Nineteen-vear-old June Lane of
Calif., takes the gold cup of the
mm l v
4 -afu- .
Affiliated Chiropractors lor the "rerieci
Back of the World." The championship
grants her a Hollywood screen test.
STEAL (1) Mor
r i s Arnovich,
outfielder, who is
leading the hitters
of the National League at present
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i ,ih. U) -eorge Case, center fielder and lead
off man for the Washington Senators, who is lead
ing the base stealers in the American League,
WOULD CHANGE SUB VALVES
PORTSMOUTH, N. H., June 22
(UP) A naval architect, the only
civilian survivor of the Squalus dis
aster, recommended today that the
design of the main engine induction
valve supposed cause of the sinking
be changed on all submarines in
Harold C. Treble of the Portsmouth
navy yard had told a naval court of
inquiry that he believed submarines
should be equipped with quick-closing
inboard engine induction valves
equipped with remote control.
"Do you believe the .hull valves
and motor engine valves are a poor
design for an emergency ?' Captain
William R. Monroe of the four-man
"Up to the time the Squalus sank
I thought they were pretty good. Now
I know that they , are riot.! ;I know
we can improve the design of the
valves," Treble replied. ' '
"Would you recommend the chang
ing of this type of valve on sub
marines in service?" Monroe asked.
"Without delay," Treble said.
You can get Rubber Stamps at
lowest prices at Journal office.
SILVER BOX West
Point, N. Y. An
aerial view of the UJS.
where the enormous
silver hoard is kept
The isolated big white
box is 252 feet long,
166 feet wide, and 22
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PRIDE IN BEING AN AMERICAN has woo Susanne Taf
flinger of Paris, 111 (second from right) a $1000 scholarship
check and a gold Gruen wrist watch. Susaime's 50-word essay
on why she is proud to be an American was recently judged
national winner in the Gruen Contest for Students which has
been held in high schools throughout the country this spring.
With Susanne are her brother, Allen, and her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Ray TafHinger. .
"STANDING BY" IN PALESTINE
Jerusalem Two motorized units
British troops in readiness for any out
breaks as they watched 2,000 Jewish
women march in protest against . the
British White Paper.
with an average
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UPSIDE DOWN CHAIR Chicago, III. A
reversible chair, which can be used at either
side,, is the new two-in-one chair, one of the
features at the home furnishing exposition here.
BLOW UP FIREWORKS PLANT
FRANKLIN PARK, 111., June 23
(UP) A nerve-shattered watchman's
story of three men who bound him
at pistol-point and blew up the fire
works factory he was assigned to
gTjard and an attempt to fire another
fireworks plant a mile away today
caused a state investigation.
Frank Folici, 34, watchman for the
Acme Fireworks Corporation, told
police three men jabbed a pistol in
his ribs, laid a slow fuse into 30,000
worth of rockets, pin wheels, and fire
crackers and dumped him bound into
a field across the street.
While he struggled to free himself
the fuse ignited the reworks. The
steel walls blew outward with a roar
heard for miles.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Frank
Doherty summoned the owner, Harry
Cohan to explain his statement that
"competitors" were responsible.
T0PACC0 USER DOUBLES UP
EL PASO, Okla. (UP) Virgil
Shaw, assistant county, attorney,
chews tobacco and smokes cigarettes
at the same time.
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MISS MARY MURPHY DIES
The death of Miss Mary Murphy,
75, a resident of the vicinity of
Manley for the past sixty-two years.
occurred this morning after an Ill
ness of some duration. Miss Murphy
was one of the members of a pioneer
family of Center precinct and is sur
vived by her brother, John Murphy,
several nieces and nephews Includ
ing Mrs. J. C. Rauth. William Shee
han. Sr., Mrs. Walter Mockenhaupt,
and the Charles Murphy family.
The funeral services will be held
on Wednesday morning at the St.
Patrick's church at Manley, Father
James Hennessy, conducting the ser
vices. The Ileafey & Heafey mor
tuary of Omaha will be in charge.
Man Drowns in
Charles Stiles, 23, Suffers Heart At
tack in Water Was to Have
Married This Week.
Sunday evening shortly before 0
o'clock. Charles Stiles, 23, of Lin
coln, suffered a heart attack while
swimming in the waters of the state
park lake at Louisville, death appar
ently coming almost instantly.
The body was recovered shortly
after tire man disappeared and the
first aid squad of the Louisville fire
department rushed to the scene and
from 6:15 to 9 o'clock carried on a
battle to revive the victim but with
out success. Dr. II. W. Worthman,
who was called to the scene made
examination and reported that the
man had apparently died from the
heart attack and not from drown
ing. The deceased was a son of Dr.
and Mrs. Harry H. Stiles of Lincoln,
and it was stated at the park that he
had been engaged to be married the
The body was taken to the Stander
& Stander mortuary to be prepared
for shipment to Lincoln where ser
vices are to be held.
NEW BRUNSWICK HOPES
TO BOOST CATTLE RAISING
ST. JOHN, N. B. (UP) Plans to
revive New Brunswick's once-thrivr
Ing beef cattle raising industry are
being discussed here.
The cattle industry flourished In
the province until an embargo was
clamped "clown many years ago on
exports to Great Britain. The em
bargo was lifted some time ago.
It is believed that revival of the
beef cattle export Industry would
benefit New Brunswick agriculture
as a whole, and especially encourage
farmers to produce their own grain.
DISTRICT COURT FILINGS
In the office of the clerk of the
district court a suit to quiet title,
Ruth Behrens, et al, vs. George A.
Towle, et al, has been filed.
The Mutual Benefit Life Insurance
Co., is plaintiff in a foreclosure ac
tion against Karl Sudman, et al.
EIGHT MILE GROVE AID
The aid society of the Eight Mile
Grove Lutheran church will meet
on Wednesday afternoon, June 28th
at the church. Hostesses, Mrs. Jake
Meislnger, Mrs. John Albert.
-By Dr. James A. Tobay
pEOPLE who want to enjoy the
World's Fairs this summer
should begin now to condition
their feet. There is a lot of walking
to be done on
sfc. i hard pavements
v ? and floors in
order to see the
? mecucai, puoiic
health, and food
fM exhibits, and
r) the innumers-
I i Vila rvfVifii- pntpr.
Gaining and in
structive d i s -plays.
Or. J. A. Tobey care of the feet
is, in fact, d&sirable whether or
not you take in a World's Fair.
Foot troubles are common, but
most of them can be avoided.
Nature intended man to go
barefoot and even to grasp things
with his feet Civilization has or
dained that we wear shoes and
stockings, and fashion has aggra
vated this situation by giving us
tight pointed shoes, high-heeled
shoes, and various other abnormal
Proper fitting . of sensible shoes
is the solution to at least half of
our foot troubles. Flat heels and
rounded toes are best for the aver
age person. Above all things, the
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to Present Round
Interesting Program Planned for the
Monthly Meeting to be Held
Friday Night, June 30
At the regular monthly meeting
of the Mynard Community club to be
held Friday evening, June 30. a most
interesting and instructive program
will be given. A round table dis
cussion will be had on the question,
"Under What Circumstances, if Any,
Should America Take Part in an
European or Asiatic War?"
This subject will be discussed In
all Its phases, to-wit, America's mod
ern frontiers, the administration's
foreign policy, the policy of isolation,
America's propaganda machine and
how It works, the administration's
mew neutrality bill now under bitter
discussion in congress, and the like
lihood and Imminence of war.
In this modern time, Americans
have often been accused of a non
interested attitude in matters of this
kind. There has been a tendency at
group thinking regarding the foreign
policy of America which could In the
future lead to an inevitable war. It
is the purpose of this round table
discussion to examine this pubjeet in
the cold light of facts and figures,
without prejudice or passion. It
would seem that as war draws closer
and closer every community in the
country should examine the facts and
decide just where they will stand In
this vital national question.
The following representative My
nard club members will take part in
the discussion. Edward Wehrbein, W.
F. Nolte, Pearl Cole, Gertrude Harn
ard, Marion Wiles and Richard Cole.
At the close of the regular program-
an opportunity will be given
for the audience to ask questions of
the participants of this discussion.
The public is cordially invited.
VISIT AT 0GALLALA
Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Kopp depart
ed Friday night for Ogallala, Ne
braska, where they are to visit over
the week end at the home of their
son-in'-faw and daughter, Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Maddox. This is the first
visit to that part of the state for
Mrs. Kopp and they will enjoy visit
ing the many places of Interest in
the extreme western part of the state.
TO VISIT RELATIVES
From Saturday's DatTr .
Mrs. J. II. Doneiau will join Mr.
and Mrs. J. C. Thygeson of Nebraska
City tomorrow morning in a motor
trip to Cedar Rapids. Nebraska where
they w.111 spend the time visiting
with the ladies' sister, Mrs. F. I).
Burgess and husband. Dr. F. D. Bur
gess. DEPART FOR HOME
From Saturday's Daily .
Mrs. Chris Schake and children of
Kearney departed today for their
home after spending the past two
days in Plattsmouth visiting at the
home of Mrs. Etta Mockenhaupt. The
late Mr. Schake and Mrs. Mocken
haupt were cousins.
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shoes should be long enough and
wide enough, and not so short jr
narrow that they cramp the feet
and cause bunions, corns, and
Corns may also be due to ex
cessively dry skin, or to moist, per
spiring feet, as well as to tight
shoes and unusual strain. They can
be relieved by soaking the feet in
hot water, by the use of soft pow
ders, and by paring the corns, tak
ing care to avoid infection.
Correct posture and proper ex
ercise are valuable in promoting
foot health. Walking helps to de
velop the feet and legs, and is one
of the best forms of exercise.
Diet likewise is important.
Growing children must have food
that builds bones, including the
bones of the feet. Such a diet must
include plenty of calcium and vita
min D, obtained chiefly from milk.
green vegetables, white bread
made with milk, and cod liver oil
or moderate exposure to sunlight.
overweight almost always
harms the feet, while normal
weight helps to keep them in prop
er condition. Obese persons should
consult their physicians about
proper dieting. A valuable pam
phlet on reducing can also be ob
tained from Department of Nutri
tion, 1135 Fullerton Avenue. Chi