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PLATTSHOUTH SEMI - WEEKLY JOUENAL
MONDAY, - AUGUST 28, 1939.
Ihe IPlattsmouth Journal
PUBLISHED SEMI-WEEKLY AT PLATTSMOUTH, . NEBRASKA
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Said to Grow
Scientkt Holds Solution Lies
Placing Seed on Diet Five
Years of Experiments.
By J. EDWARD MURRAY
CHICAGO (UP) Howard D.
, Silins, engineer and scientist, believes
he has conquered sand, bugaboo of
scientific agriculture, by growing 12
varieties of vegetables, corn and a
lawn on an acre or sana amta me
otherwise unproductive dunes of In
diana. . He said his triumph over sand, re
sulting from five years of experimen
tation, was made solely by treating
the seed before planting, and with
out the use of fertilizer or chem
icals. "My process of treating seed is,
biological and bacteriological," he
said. "The seed is placed on a diet
which contains all the elements of
the human body: calcium, phosphate,
nitrogren and carbohydrates. The
process, taking five or six days, con
sists of soaking the seed in a mixture
prepared by a secret formula.
Kzra J. Kraus, chairman of the
botary department at "the University
of Chicago, said the treating of seed
prior to planting had been tried with
moderate success several years ago
by the University of California.
Potash Strengthens Seed
At that time, he said, scientists
soaked wheat in phosphorus and
found it made the seed more produc
tive. He said potash was added later
to the snaking mixture and seemed
to strengthen the seed somewhat.
"IVjt I shall have to see vege-r
tation growing in sand before I be
lieve it." Kraus said. "There is
nothing in sand but a little oxypon,
and there are so many things essen
tial to plant life that adding them
to the seed artificially seems impos
sible. I should like to know, for in
stance, how nltrcgen is added."
Salins admitted that sand must
have life-giving elements supplied,
but that his process was capable of
generating all the essentials in the
seed. Heal so said that seed treated
by his process regenerates the soil
by starting a bacteria life, making
possible continuous planting on the
same ground without deterioration.
"I have offered to make compar
able tests with all the universities
on acreage," lit- 3a id. "I have chal
lenged the University of Illinois and
the U. S. Department of Agriculture
to plant a 20-acre plot of ground
the best way they know how in com
petition with a similar piece of
ground planted my way to deter
mine which gives the greater yield.
They have not accepted."
Besides his fertile acre of sand
near Miller, Ind., Salins had sam
ples of his seed to show from other
parts of the nation:
A box of wax beans measuring
6 inches a bean from seed planted
at Fond du Lac, Wis.. May 11, this
year; zenias from seed planted in
Chicago beds in late May which
bloomed on stocks a foot and
half high and a half inch thick
zenias planted the ordinary way have
not begun to come out yet; alfalfa
and clover from Lakewood, N. J.,
from sandy fields planted without
the use of lime or fertilizer.
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"BOYS IN GRAY" OPPOSE HITLEB
TRINIDAD, Colo., Aug. 25 (UP)
Aged Confederate army veterans
who as "the boys in gray" shed
their blood on Civil war battlefields
more than a half century ago agreed
today that "Hitler has had his day"
and that Europe should move to stop
Some of the members of the United
States' Confederate veterans, in
their forty-ninth annual reunion,
referred to Hitler in extremely un
complimentary terms charging
among other and more forceful things
that "he's got a yellow streak up his
back a mile wide."
General John W. Harris. 91-year-old
retiring commander-in-chief of
the veterans said he believed there
would be no war in Europe for "four
or five years." lie said Hitler is a
SETS NEW RECORD
BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, Utah.
Aug. 26 (UP) John Cobb piloted
his 2,600-horsepower racing auto
mobile to three new world speed
He set marks cf 326.66 miles per
hour for the five kilometers, 283.01
miles per hour for ten kilometers,
and 270.35 for ten miles. He failed
to set a five-mile record only be
cause the timing trap on the south
bound five-mile stretch failed. In
little more than forty minutes after
starting, the 39-year-old Englisn
driver became the possessor of all
but one flying start speed record in
cluded in international auto racing
FAMILY OF FOUR FOUND DEAD
ST. LOUIS, Aupr. 26 (UP An
entire family of four was found shot
to death at their home here today.
Police said the victims were Mr. and
Mrs. Edward Berr.eck and their twe
daughters, Helen, o, and Dorothy, 3,
Derneck was shot through the head.
All apparently had been dead since
last night. .
Neighbors said they heard shots
shortly before midnight but thought
at the time they .were automobile back
fires. Berncck was a clothing cutter
The couple was said to be about 25
years old. Thev were not well-known
in the neighborhood.
IURKE DEFENDS POSITION
LINDSAY, Neb., Aug. 25 (UP)
In opening his campaign for re-election.
Senator Edward K. Burke,
Omaha, last night defended his posi
tion on New Deal legislation, which
he opposed in Washington.
Addressing 1,500 persons at the
free fair here. Burke said none of his
votes in the senate was for the pur
pose of "vote getting." He said there
will be no business upturn so long
is the present "unfair and unequit
able administration" of the labor re
lations act continues.
STORMS SWEEP SOUTHWEST
JOI'LIN. Mo., Aug. 23 (UP)
Southwestern residents surveyed
damage today from hail and wind
stnrms which caused losses totaling
about half a million dollars. Three
persons lost their lives.
At Ponca City, Oklahoma, 71-year-old
II. B. McFatlden was injured
fatally when the gale liTted his
roadside stand and carried It several
hundred yards. Lee Floyd, 12, and
Clyde Shovcr, 4 2-ycar-old farmer,
both cf Afton, Oklahoma, were the
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War Prisoner Says He Fears Com
plete Breakdown Has Two
By REYNOLDS PACKARD
United I'rens Staff Correspondent
SALAMANCA, Spain (UP)--Har-old
Dahl, most famous of United
States war prisoners i;n Spain, is
fighting today against a nervous
breakdown before the time comes for
his release perhaps a few weeks,
possibly not for five years.
In an exclusive interview with the
United Press in his whitewashed
room in the Salamanca provincial
hospital, Dahl showed signs of the
nervous strain he has undergone. He
was thin, having lost 10 pounds dur
ing the past year and his hands trem
bled when he reached for his bowl of
"My nerves are going back on me,"
he said. "If If I don't get out cf here
soon I shall collapse. It's not that
I'm treated badly. I'm not. The direc
tor even lets me use .his typewriter.
But I want freedom. Freedom to go
where I please."
Ill During Winter
Dahl said he had been sick in bed
for six monhts during last winter but
that he's better today although he
still suffers from rheumatic pains in
"The doctor told me my nervous
system was all twisted into knots,"
he said. "I seem to be better now,
but I want to get back to America.
I want to get up into a plane and
feel the earth slip away beneath me.
I hope I'm released soon because I
can't hold ont much longer."
Dahl said he felt encouraged, how
ever, as a reslut of the arrival of
Ambassador Alexander Weddell. i
"He's a swell fellow all right. I've
received letters from him telling me
he's interested in my case and is
working for my recase."
Dahl then showed me a clipping ini
which Claud Bowers, former Ameri
can ambassador to Spain, was quoted
as saying that Dahl was leading the
"Life of Keilly" in Salamanca.
"It seems from this that Ambas
sador . Bowers only remembered me
after he left his post in Spain and
returned to America. He certainly
didn't do , anything for me while he
Paired From Town
Asked regarding his treatment
"I'm fort of ho-or prisoner here.
In fact, now that the war is over I
am the only prisoner in the entire
hospital. I can go wherever I want
inside the hospital area, including
the gardens outside. But it's not true
that I can go into town and drink
beer in the cafes, and I certainly am
not leading any life of Reillv.
"I eat very well except that it's
always more or less the same," he con
tinued. "I have coffee in the morn
ing; fish, meat and vegetables for
both lunch and supper, with a glass
cf red wine at each meal. One of the
nurses also gives me a bowl of milk
p.t tea-time. Because I'm in a hos
pital I probably eat better than most
of the Spanish residents in Sala
manca." Has Two Faithful Visitors
Dahl has two friends who visit him.
One is a pretty 19-year old Senorita
Manolita Baneora. student of litera
ture and philosophy at tne University
of Madrid, and war-blinded Fernan
do Espinherio, a Portuguese volun
teer, who once stayed in the room
next to Dahl.
Manolitrx was caught on a visit in
Salamanca when the war broke out
and has not yet returned to Madrid
During the war she frequently visited
the wounded soldiers on Sundays
bringing them flowers. In one of her
tours of the hospital last winter she
found Dahl seriously ill and without
friends. The following Sunday she
came and brough him fltwers and has
conitnued to do so nearly every Sun
day since then. .
"Sho wants to be a French teacher
in the United States," Dahl told me.
"The Portuguese comes less fre
qucnlty to see me now," Dahl said,
"because he is married to a Span
ish girl in Salamanca and has less
free time than before."
WAR RESOURCES BOARD MEETS
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UP)
The civilian war resources board,
headed by Chairman Edward Stettin
ius, Jr., of the U. S. Steel Corp.. con
tinued today its study of plans drawn
up by the army-navy munitions board
to mobilize industrial , and economic
resources in event of wari ""
The war department announced that
the board would recess at the end
of today's session until 1 early next
week. It added, however, that informal
conferences might be held between
its members and army and navy of
BUY PRIZE BEEF
YORK, Aug. 25 (UP) Top prices
of 12.50 per hundredweight was
paid here last night for the reserve
champion 4-H baby beef at the York
"little world's fair," The animal was
exhibited by Jerry Kriefels of York.
Twenty-six head were sold at an
average of. about 11c per pound,
netting the junior showmen $500
more than if they had. received top
prices' at the Omaha stockyards.
Grand champion of the show was a
black Angus owned by Jack Myers,
which will be entered at the Ne
braska state fair.
THE GAMBLING ERA
CHILE HAS DISTURBANCES
SAN DIEGO, Chile, Aug. 25 (UP)
The government today asked the
senate for authorization to declare a
state of seige throughout Chile be
cause of "disturbances!" in certain
sectors of the army.
A government announcement said
an uprising in the Tacna regiment
already had been put down. The sen
ate immediately started consideration
of the government's request and was
expected to grant it.
GOLD AT NEW HIGH
LONDON, Aug. 2C (UP) Gold
reached an all-time high of 155
shillings ($34.87) an ounce today.
Gambling was prevalent in some
towns in Nebraska during the Gay
Nineties. One of the local gamblers
at Chadron, it is said, had banked
over $3,000 in one month, all pf
which; Irked the local businessmen
greatly, as they could see much of
thev townspeople's money leaving the
legitimate channels of trade.
However, gambling reached a low
ebh when a . successful cleanup of
vice dens was instituted, according to
a news item found by research work
ers of "the " Federal Writers' Project,
WPA. in the Chadron Advocate for
Dec. 11, 1891. It was the sensa
tion of -the season when warrants
were issued for the arrest of all the
"big-shot" gamblers in that vicinity.
Agitation for reform had been brew
ing for some time because of the
growing popularity of the "coon
game of craps" which had been in
troduced into town that winter. The
fascination of the game was so in
tense that it had become the prin
cipal Industry of the town.
When the county attorney was pre
paring evidence for the prosecution,
a rumor was started by the "sports"
that he was trying to blackmail the
gamblers, demanding that they pay
$500 down and $150 a month to
operate. The story was actively cir
culated, but ceased the day the offi
cer swore out the complaints on
which the warrants were issued.
At the trial, one of the witnesses
created a stir when he absent-mindedly
declared that the crap game
was played with three dice. Judge
Bailey came around after the trial
with his own set of dice and showed
the witness how he had erred.
The games were closed that night
and most of the "sharks" left for
Deadwood, South Dakota.
HUNT MYSTERIOUS GUNMAN
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 26 (UP)
Authorities today hunted a myster
ious gunman who fired three shots
through a bedroom window last night
and killed David Melin, 58, a Min
Two bullets struck Melin in the back
and he fell head-long into a closet.
His wife, rushing into the bedroom,
found his body.
Police discovered three bullet holes
grouped closely together in the window
screen. No motive for the crime was
DOUBLE TRAGEDY AT OMAHA
DROWNS IN WATER TANK
LINCOLN, Aug. 26 (UP) Fifteen-months
old Duane Sullivan, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Sullivan of
Denton toppled head-long into a stock
watering tank yesterday and drowned.
OMAHA, Aug. 25 (UP) Police
answering a call to the home of Wil
liam Klmberland, 75, today found
a double tragedy.
They discovered KImberland's body
in his bed and investigating further
found Mrs. Kimberland had hanged
It was believed the woman decided
upon suicide after her husband had
died apparently from natural causes.
The pair apparently had been dead
for about a week. Discovery of the
tragedy was made by a milk man.
Wabash Man is
Frank Wilson, 70, Resident for Life
time in Wabash Commuility,
Found Dead at Home.
IOWA STATE FAIR OPEN
DES MOINES, Aug. 26 (UP)
A thrill-packed entertainment pro
gram greeted visitors to the Iowa
State Fair today while baby-beef
judging was the center of attention
in the livestock show.
Ideal weather prevailed for the
opening and Children's Day yester
day, bringing a crowd of 67,866. The
attendance figure for opening day
last year was 71,494.
SWIMMER SEIZES FLOUNDER
MYRTLE BEACH, S. C. (UP)
Here's another one of those fish
stories. C. H. Goldsmith, while swim
ming in the surf, felt a fish brush
hi3 leg. He grabbed quickly and
brought in a two-pound flounder.
Frank Wilson, a resident of Wa
bash ever since the town was found-'
ed, who had visited the Golden Jubi
lee in Elmwood Thursday and Thurs
day night, returned to his home in
Wabash, he living alone, and nail
supposedly retired. He was carrying
the mail to and from the Missouri
Pacific station for Frank Reese who
was conducting a cane stand at 'the
Golden Jubilee at Elmwood. When
Mr. Wilson did not come to' carry the
mail Friday morning and investi
gation wras made and he was found
3eated in a rocking chair at his
home, dead. It is thought he had
died early Friday morning.
Mr. Wilson has one brother mak
ing his home in Lincoln, who has a
daughter working in a department
store In Lincoln, whom Sherman
Hathaway immediately notified as
soon as It was known that the uncle
Frank Wilson was born on the
Weeping Water creek west of Weep
ing Water and was eon of Lo and
Lucinda Wilson, in July of 1868
and has made his home in the Wa
bash community all his life. Several
years ago Mr. Wilson was united in
marriage to Miss Mattie Reed, one
child, a girl being born to them, who
died in infancy. The wife passed
away about four years ago. Mr.
Wilson since the passing of his wife
has made his home in Wabash and
kept house himself. He was an ever
ready worker and did whatever came
to his hand and was liked by his
host of friends, for all who knew
him were his friends.
The Clement funeral home of
Elmwood had charge of the service.
Cass county rtas no tonoed In
debtedness, as, like the state, we
have paid cash for our hard sur
faced -roads and other improve
ments as we went.
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