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FXATTSMOTTTH SEMI - WEEKLY JOTTHNAL
MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 1939.
Sarah A. Cotner
Passes Away at
Home, Age 88
After Two Weeks of Critical Illness
Long Time Resident of County
Goes to Last Rest.
Prom Thursday Dally
This noon Mrs. Sarah A. Cotner
passed away at the family home in
the south pa'rt of the city whore for
many years she .had resided, death
coming as the result of her declining
years and an illness of some weeks'
Mrs. Cotner had been failing for
weeks and her going was not unex
pected as she peacefully sank into
the last rest at the end of a long and
useful life, going to join those of
her family circle that had parted
with her in the past.
Sarah A. Smith was born In Cory
don. Indiana, March 23, 1851, spend
ing her younger years in that state
and where on February 13, 1868 she
was married to John B. Cotner. The
family made their home there for a
number of years and here several of
the children were born. The family
moved west in 1SSS and located in
Cass county, first at Nehawka and
in which community they made their
home for a great many years, later
going to Greenwood and in later
years moving to Plattsmouth where
they have since resided. The hus
band and father preceded her in
death in 1920, she continuing to
make her home alone since that
time at the residence on Patterson
avenue where she passed srVay.
There is surviving the passing of
this good woman seven children, six
sons and one daughter. Dr. James W.
Cotner. Eureka Springs. Arkansas.
Walter and Howard Cotner, Red
Cloud, Edward. Clarence and Albert
Cotner of this city, and Mrs. Cora
Kaiser, of Tabor, Iowa. There also
survives a number of grandchildren
and great grandchildren as well as a
brother and sister residing in In
diana. Seven children have preceded
her in death.
SCOUT COURT OF HONOR
HERE SEPTEMBER 5TH
The Arbor Lodge district Court of
Honor for Boy Scouts of Cass, Otoe
and Nemaha counties, will,' be held
at the American Legion budding in
Plattsmouth Tuesday evening. Sept.
5. The board of review will convene
at 7'30 and the program starts at
S:15. -Scouts will be here from every
town in the three counties where a
troop exists, according to word given
the local committee by the Corn
husker Council office in Lincoln.
The public, and particularly the
parents of Scouts due to receive ad
vancement honors are invited to be
There will be a double Eagle
award, one going to Bill Rosencrans
and the other to Jim Webb. Both
boys have already been before the
special board of review that passes
on Eagle applications and approved
for this award. It will be the first
double Eagle ceremony to be held in
Plattsmouth, although there have
been such awards made elsewhere in
TO RETURN HOME
From Saturday's Dally
Dr. and Mrs. P. T. Heineman will
motor to Columbus, Nebraska to
spend the week end with Dr. Heine
man's parents. Mr. and Mrs. H. W.
Heineman. En route back to Platts
mouth they will bring their daugh
ter. Miss Margaret Heineman, back
with them. Since Thursday Miss
Margaret has been her grandparents'
Laughing Around the World
With irvin s. COBB
Asking for the Details
By IRVIN S. COBB
"YOU most have heard of the young woman just out of finishing
school who went to the stationery store and purchased a very large
order of writing-paper and pencils and the like, and when the clerk
who had waited on hex expressed surprise that she should require so
great a supply replied sweetly:
Oh, I shall need it all. You know, I'm going to take up writing.
I'm going to write a novel."
"What sort of a novel?" inquired the salesman.
"Well," said the expectant author, "it will be about as long as
Victor Hugo's Les Miserables" only much stronger."
I am not prepared to match this with a little yarn concerning a
youth in the Corn Belt whose ambitions were equally great. From
his home in Illinois he wrote to the director of an Eastern art-museum
explaining that he felt the call of creation but was undecided yet
as to whether he would be a painter or a sculptor. After detailing
his symptoms at length, he would on his letter with the following aimple
"Please send me full particulars about art."
VISITING IN IOWA
Mr. and Mrs. James Rebal are en
joying a visit at Iowa City, Iowa,
with their son and daughter-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. George E. Rebal, as
well as with other relatives near
that city. Mr. Rebal has a number of
relatives residing near Iowa City,
old home of the Rebal family and
they will enjoy a visit there for a
Last Rites for
Mrs. Sarah Cotner
Held This Morn'g
Long Time Resident of Cass County
Laid to the Last Rest at
. Oak Hill Cemetery.
From Saturday's Dally
This morning at the Horton fun
eral home was held the last rites for
Mrs. Sarah Cotner, 88, a long time
resident of this community and who
had gone to rest Thursday after
noon after an illness of some dur
ation. There was a group of the old
friends and neighbors at the funeral
home to pay their last tributes and
to share with the members of the
family circle the sorrow that her
passing had occasioned.
Rev. J. C. Lowson, pastor of the
First Methodist church had charge
of the services and brought the mes-
sage of the scriptures to comfort
those who mourned.
Mrs. E. H. Wescott gave two of
the old and loved hymns, favorites
of the departed lady. "In the Sweet
Bye and Bye" and "Rock of Ages."
Mr. Wescott being the accompanist.
The pall bearers were the six sons
of Mrs. Cotner. Edward. Albert.
Clarence. Dr. J. W., Howard, and
Walter Cotner. who bore the body to
the last rest in Oak Hill cemetery.
TO CONTINUE FLYER
The Exposition Flyer, the first
through train service between Chi
cago and San Francisco by joint
operation over the Burlington, Den
ver & Rio Grande Western and West
ern Pacific railroads, will become a
permanent transcontinental train ac
cording to announcement made to
day by officials of the three roads.
Inspired by the two world's fairs
and started early In'Tune. this new
thru train was an experimental ven
ture. Public patronage' and accept
ance to the new thru route was far
beyond the expectations of railroad
executives as extra cars were almost
a daily occurrence and on occasions
extra sections were necessary. Fol
lowing a conference yesterday by the
three roads and analysis of the sur
vey on "travel public opinion," de
rision was made to continue the
trains on present daily schedules.
CALIFORNIA MAN HERE
Mrs. Janet Simons of this city has
as her guest for the next two weeks
her brother. James R. Hunter,-who
arrived in Plattsmouth Tuesday from
Los Angeles. California. A retired
railroad worker. Mr. Hunter will go
to South Dakota from here to visit
with a brother, Robert Hunter.
VISIT AT LINCOLN
from Thursday Daily
Rev. and Mrs. J. C. Lowson and
family were at Lincoln today where
they spent the day at the Wesleyan
university where their daughter.
Miss Florence is a student, arranging
for the coming fall season at the
well known school.
Join the Journal's growing list
of Semi-Weekly subscribers. It
costs only $2 per year.
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VICTOR McLAGLEii, most im
pressive he-man of motion pic
tures, was born in London, Eng
land, on a Dec 11. Standing 6 feet
3 inches and weighing 225 pounds,
spent a great part of his boyhood
in South Africa where his father
was Bishop of Clermont. When
the Boer War broke out he ran
away, added several years to his
age, and enlisted in the Life
Guards. A confirmed globe-trotter,
he adventured in Tahiti, the
Fiji Islands, Australia. Bombay,
and Ceylon. He boxed and wres
tled professionally in Canada. He.
fought Jack Johnson a non-decision
bout and was champion boxer
of Eastern Canada. In the United
States he played in medicine
shows and over vaudeville cir
cuits, making use of his ability
and strength achieved in the army
as a wrestler. He joined a Wild
West show in order to travel. He
joined the gold rush of Kalgoorlie.
His fighting qualities were recog
nized during the World War when
he served with the British army
as lieutenant in Mesopotamia.
Later he was made Assistant
Provost Marshal of Bagdad with
the military rank of captain.
When McLaglen returned to Lon
don he was induced to act in a mo
tion picture, "The Call of the
Road. He won v.nde acclaim in
subsequent English productions,
but it was his role in "The Glori
ous Adventure that caught the
eyes of American picture pro
ducers, rle was lured to the United
States to play the lead in "The
Beloved Brute." after which fol
lowed many other notable pic
tures, such a-. "The Lost Patrol."
"The Informer" und the more re
cent "Pacific Cner" and "Gunga
Din" for RKO Radio, which stu
dio has now cast him with Joseph
Calleia and Sally Eile-rs in "Full
Confession" in which he plays an
other vivid role as a burly crook
whose savagery is tamed by a
RETURN FROH EAST
From Saturday's Pally
Following s. two-weeks' vacation
trip In the east, Mr. and Mrs. R. C.
Jahrig and daughter, Mias Fern, ar
rived home early this morning.
The Plattsmouth people left Sat
urday, August 12 for New York.
Here they witnessed as so many
of their Plattsmouth friends did and
will the world's fair. Boston was
one of the largest cities they visit
ed in Massachusetts. They also went
to Alexandria, Virginia and it was
here that Mr. Jahrig and his daugh
ter called at the head office of the
Fruit Growers Express company.
Before their return home they
spent some time in Washington.
D. C. and while there visited with
Warren Farmer, son of Mr. and Mrs.
T. B. Farmer of this city. Other
former Plattsmouth people that the
Jahrigs saw were Herbert Patterson
and Jack McCarty, in New York
where they have been located for
Mrs. Alice Andrews, daughter of
Mrs. S. E. Kerr and a sister of Mrs.
James Rishel and Merritt Kerr of
this city, is in the Lutheran hospital
in Omaha recovering from the effects
of a major operation which she un
derwent on Wednesday morning.
Although still critical, Mrs. Andrews'
recovery seems to be certain.
MRS. GOULD RETURNS HOME
From Thursday's Daffy
Mrs. D. R. Gould, who has been
here as a guest of her son-in-law
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William
Woolcott, left last evening for her
home in York, Nebraska. However,
she expects to return for another
visit before the ending of the sum
PLAY AT RED OAK
From Thursday's Daily
Postmaster Ray Larson, with his
son, Lars and Donald Martin and
Ralph Hilt, Jr., were at Red Oak,
Iowa, today to attend the Southwest
ern Iowa open tennis tournament.
Mr. Larson is playing in the singles
and the boys are playing in, the
Mr. and MrB. John Hiber, Jr., of
Hastings were Tuesday visitors in
Plattsmouth at the home of Mr.
Hiber's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John
TO HOLD MURDER HEARING
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UP)
Richard Jensen, a snub-nosed, bare
footed boy of fourteen with a curly
mop of red hair, may become one of
the country's youngest life-term
murder convicts, authorities said to
day. Richard killed his playmate, Billy
Williams, 13. He beat in the boy's
head with a butcher knife and choked
him with wire to silence his moans.
Richard, who had been to reform
3chool twice, resented Eilly's taunts
of "how does it feel to be an ex
convict?" "And I'm not sorry. He got what
was coming to him." boasted Rich
ard. "And I guess I'll get what's
coming to me. Let them hang me
or electrocute me or whatever they
want. I'm not afraid to die."
He was informed that in Cali
fornia no one under eighteen years
of age may be executed but that a
slayer fourteen years of age or older,
such as himself, may be sent to
prison for life.
Superior Judge W. T. Fox will
hold a hearing tomorrow to decide
whether Richard is a fit subject for
juvenile court. The county prose
cutor's office insists he is not and
will demand that the boy go on
trial as an adult on a charge of first
degree murder. Juvenile authorities,
meanwhile, decided Richard is "en
tirely too tough" to mingle with
other delinquent youths in juvenile
hall and had him placed in the psy
chopathic ward of the general hos
pital. Psychiatrists said he is "not
normal" mentally but declined to say
whether the boy is insane.
CENTERVILLE, la.. Aug. 24 (UP)
The cases of seven of twenty-seven
persons who became ill at a country
church picnic near here were diag
nosed positively today as typhoid
Tests of the other cases have not
been completed, but state health" au
thorities said they undoubtedly
would prove the same.
Dr. Frank Condon, medical direc
tor of the state health district 2,
said contaminated food was suspect
ed of causing the disease.
ALL BUSINESS BUILDINGS
AT SEWARD ARE OCCUPIED
SEWARD, Neb.; Aug. 24 (UP)
As an Indicator ot the return to' nor
mal business conditions, this com
munity will on September 1 be able
to claim the distinction of having
every store and business house with
in the business district occupied in
spite of a failure of the 1939 corn
crop in thi3 vicinity.
Of the only two remaining empty
store buildings iu Seward, one is be
ing occupied this Week; the other
will be filled on September 1.
SALVATION ARMY ELECTS
LONDON. Aug. 24 (UP) The
high council of the Salvation Army
elected George L. Carpenter of
Canada as its general today, succeed
ing Evangeline Booth.
Carpenter, territorial commander
of Canada, is a native of Australia.
He joined the Salvation Army when
he was nineteen. He was literary
secretary to Bramwell Booth for
twelve years. He became commander
of eastern South America and then
POPE APPEALS FOR PEACE
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, Aug.
24 (UP) Pope Pius XII tonight
broadcast an appeal for peace for the
"It is a grave hour in the world,"
the pope said. "We feel we must
talk of peace. Jesus. wants men to
He deplored the use of force as an
instrument for solving international
TMMS WIN GAME
From Saturday's DalT '
The Timm kittenball team last
evening won an 11 to 7 game from
the Park Service team of Omaha-at
the local athletic park.
On Sunday the Timms will play
the Cuming Street Merchants of
Omaha, one of the good fast teams of
that citv at 8 p. m. under the lights.
GUESTS AT HIATT HOME
Mrs. Laura Kurtz and two daugh
ters, of Peoria. Illinois, were guests
here over night at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. L. D. Hiatt and family,
departing this morning for their
GOES TO CALIFORNIA
From Thursday's Dally
Miss Jean Brady departed this
morning for Glendale, California,
where she will visit with her cousin,
Mrs. Herbert Minor and Mr. Minor
for some three weeks.
Smithsonian Experts End Difficult
Work as History Fades Few
Records of Journey.
By FRED BAILEY
WASHINGTON (UP) The 400-year-old
trail of Hernando De Soto
first white man to penetrate the in
terior of America has been mapped
by ethnologists of the Smithsonian
The ethnologists spent 20 years
tracing the Spanish captain and his
little expedition from the east Flor
ida coast to northern Mexico. It
took De Soto three years to make
the journey that men now make by
air in six hours.
The task of trailing De Soto,
which historians had held was im
possible because of the few records
of the journey, was performed by
Dr. John R. Swanton, chairman of
the U. S. De Soto Expedition Com
mission in preparation for the 400th
anniversary of the expedition.
Dr. Swanton directed a staff of
assistants that included Miss Caro
line Dormon of Chestnut, La., and
Col. John R. Fordyce of Little Rock,
Ark. Col. Fordyce died recently,
soon after completion of his long
and arduous task.
Changes Blur History
During the four centuries that
have passed since the Spanish Cap
tain landed on the Florida coast and
undertook his expedition into the in
terior of the continent, the country
side has undergone profound changes.
The last speakers of the tongues of
some of the savage tribes he encoun
tered have died.
No accurate journal was kept of
the 1,500-mile trip. The trail had to
be pieced together from scanty rec
ords and diaries of members of the
party. These sometimes differ. The
expedition moved through an un
mapped and unknown territory.
Names of rivers and other landmarks
differ from one source to another.
Dr. Swanton concludes his report
with a tribute to De Soto:
"We are paying tribute to an en
terprise which has Important his
toric, ethnologic and archeologic
meanings for the people of the United
States as a whole. We are paying
tribute also to an enterprise which,
in Bpite of Its coarser aspects, did
not lack something of knightly char
acter, a ttieater for the display of
real virtues albeit virtues of the
sterner and harsher type.
Compared With Cortez
"In the leader of the expedition
we have no Galahad, but one who,
by the standards of his time and
country, compared favorably with
Cortez, Pizarro and other similar
"His courage was unquestioned,
his skill tested over and over again
in the most difficult situations, and
the cruelties in which he, like all of
his contemporaries, indulged appear
almost always to have been moti
vated by supposed military necessity
rather than the enjos'ment of suf
fering for itself.
"De Sotc when dying far from
home as a disappointed, disillusion
ed and financially ruined manfi could
not have foreseen that his passing
in what was destined to be the heart
of one of the world's greatest na
tions, and his burial beneath the
waters of the grandest of North
America's rivers, would give him a
place In the world's history far more
assured than if he had discovered
the fabled El Dorado for which he
BUILDING PLAN FOR CHUNG- -
KING OFFSETS RAIDS
CHUNGKING (UP) Chungking
Is being rebuilt over a wide area to
maintain itself with a minimum of
disruption from anticipated bomb
ings, according to Gen. Ho Kuo-
kwang, director of the air defense
headquarters and mayor of Chung
With this in view, the municipal
administration Is concentrating on
perfecting relief measures to mini
mize' civilian losses from future Jap
anese bombings, he said. For this
purpose ( fire brigades and air raid
relief brigades were being trained,
dugouts were being constructed and
water tanks erected, he added. Addi
tional alarm sirens also were being
Municipal reconstruction, he ex
plained, at present consisted prin
cipally In improving motor roads and
ferry crossings and establishing mar
kets in the suburbs.
The sum of 13,000,000, he said,
had been jointly subscribed by four
leading banks for constructing the
See the goods you Duy. Catalog
but how about the aoods when
descriptions are alluring enough,
you get themT
CAR WRECK AT UNION
From Saturday's Dally
This morning a small car-train
crash occurred at the crossing of
highway No. 34 and the Missouri
Pacific tracks near the station at
Union. A car occupied by Mr. and
Mrs. Ernest Price and their family.
Herbert. Robert and Marine Price,
was going west on the highway when
they crossed the tracks as a freight
train was being switched. The car
ran onto the tracks as a section of
the train was switched and the result
was that the radiator of the car was
damaged and other minor damages
to the car. Herbert Price suffered
minor injuries as the result of the
accident but the party was able to
proceed on to Lincoln.
to Enter U. S.
Farm at La Tuna, N. M., Undergoes
Extensive Improvement To
Be Completed in 1940.
LA TUNA. N. M. (UP) Prison
gates will open less frequently for
inmates at the federal detention farm
here with Its designation by Attor
ney General Frank Murphy as a
As a short term prison, La Tuna
housed prisoners serving sentences
of a year or less. Under the new
designation, gates will shut on per
sons sentenced for terms of one to
Completion in 1940 of a $200,000
Improvement program now in pro
gress was a factor In the change
from a detention farm to a federal
Irrigation projects to enlarge the
prison farm carved from the arid
foothills of the Organ mountains and
building construction in a move to
make the institution - self-sufficient
are part of the Improvement pro
gram. Prisoners Do Work
Prison labor will lay irrigation
pipes from the present main bring
ing water from the Rio Grande three
miles away to add 200 more acres to
thep resent 200-acre polt under cul
tivation. An earth dam 50 feet high
and 1,500 feet long has been built to
control flood waters from the foot
hills and a four-mile fence will be
erected to enclose the farm at a cost
Twenty prisoners have completed
a $90,000 project to double the
present 35-man capacity of the work
shop. Two dairy barn units will be
finished within three months and a
200-foot hay and grain barn is under
construction. Roads and 10 new
houses for prison guards and federal
employes also are on the improve
Like most federal penitentiaries,
La Tuna is as nearly self-sufficient
as possible. Corn, beans, tomatoes,
squash, potatoes and other crops are
grown on the grounds and canned in
the penitentiary shops, using equip
ment constructed by prison machin
ists. More than 11,000 gallons of
vegetables have been canned at the
To Have Dairy Herd -The
prison has its own hogs to
supply meat and a herd of 36 dairy
cattle will be brought from Leaven
worth penitentiary by Jan. 1 to pro
vide the prison with dairy products.
Ducks, because, as prison officials
pay, they lay more eggs at less cost
than chickens, fill egg needs at table
Designation of the farm as a long
term prison will entail no hardships
upon management of the peniten
tiary, and Reuben R. Cross, asso
"Operation of a short term prison
is more difficult than a long term
penitentiary." he said. "When the
prisoners have become accustomed
to prison life, there is no difference.
The difficulty arises in acclimating
so many different men in a short
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
LOSES LIFE IN ACCIDENT
TYRINGHAM. Mass.. Aug. 24
(UP) Sidney Coe Howard. .48. of
Oakland. California. 1925 Pulitzer
prize winning playwright and son-in-law
of Walter Damrosh, was killed
Instantly late yesterday when run
over by a tractor which he was
cranking on his farm.
KING THANKS PRESIDENT
ROME, Aug. 25 (UP) King Vic
tor Emmanuel has asked United
States Ambassador William Phillips
to thank President Roosevelt for his
peace appeal and to tell him that it
was being brought to the attention
of the Italian government, Phillips
Our stock of legal blanks Is
Jews of Italy
in Most Jobs
Strict Rules in Effect for Public
Office and Professions Even
By HUGO SPECK
ROME tUP) The future hold-
little hope for the Italian Jew if he
is to remain in the land of his
Following in the footsteps of its
axis partner, the Fascist state ha
now made it impossible for Jews to
hold certain positions, and places
trict regulations on other types of
employment they can undertake.
Moreover, except in urgent cases.
they can only follow their profes
sions for the exclusive benefit of
the Jewish race.
By a series of new decrees just
Issued. Jews henceforth are forbidden
the right to follow the profession of
notaries. Journalism is also a for
bidden field except in instances
where special permission has been
granted as in the case of war vet
For a large number of other pro
fessions stringent rules hereafter will
have to be observed. If ihey are not.
the employe can be expelled per
manently from his profession in ex
Even Tradesmen Affected
The professions affected are:
Surgeon, pharmacist, veterinary.
obstetrician, engineer, architect, ac
countant, attorney, tradesman, land
surveyor, agriculturist, agricultural
or business appraiser.
To follow the normal pursuits
of the aforementioned profession
Italian Jews must, first of all. notify
authorities that they are Jewish
within a limited time of a little over
three weeks. Failure to do so may
result In one month's imprisonment
or a fine amounting to approximately
$150. At the same time. Jews cease
to be members of all syndical asso
ciations juridically recognized.
Following this it is necessary that
they get their names inscribed in
special professional lists. This is
more complicated. To have their
names added to the lists of their
profession they must:
Be an Italian citizen.
Be of good moral conduct, and
never have committed an act con
trary to the interests of the regime
and the nation.
Be a resident of the district where
they make their request.
Possess the established requisite
of their profession.
Must Be Law-Abiding:
Those who have been condemned
for certain types of crime or have
been expelled from their profession
for whatever reason cannot be In
scribed in these lists.
At the same time, those who wish
to be inscribed must present docu
ments showing that they are Italian
citizens, with a certif.cate of resi
dence, and proof of their good morul.
civil and political conduct.
Once their names have been added
to the special lists, disciplinary
measures may be taken against them
if they do not live up to the rules of
their profession. The law calls for
the constitution of a special commis
sion which will review all such case
once a year. If It deems necessary
the employe can be suspended from
his profession for a period of not
longer than six months, or have bis
name struck from the special limn
On the other hand, however, the
commission also will investigate new
applications and may allow certain
names to be inscribed in the lists
where previous demands have been
By the new laws Jews are alo
barred from any activities on the
part of public bodies and can hold no
important public offices.
DOCTOR GETS REMITTANCE
22 YEARS AFTER CASE
ELYRIA, O. (UP) Dr. Austin S.
McKitrick has had his faith re
newed in the honesty of his fellow
Twenty-two years ago he cared
for a boy injured In an automobile
accident. The boy's father then as
unable to pay.
The doctor recently received a
check for 50 from the father, who
apologized for the long delay, tut
said he was glad he finally could
pay his bills.
You can get Rubber Stamps at
lowest prices at Journal office.
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