Plattsmouth weekly journal. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1881-1901, November 20, 1890, Image 1

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Nebraska's Slightest longressaan
Favors DIs Candidacy.
The Congreaaman-Klect from' the First 11
X- trict Visits FlattsmoatU and Thanks
the Cans Democracy Bright Out
look for the Party He Favors
Senator Vest's Program for
for Tariff Befarm,
Thursday, Daily.
The Hon. William J. Bryan, con-
gressman-eiecc irom this district,
arrived in town yesterday and during
tlie evening neid an informal reception
at the Hotel Riley. Hundreds of
people shook hands with him and
congratulated him upon his election.
He shows no signs of being worn
' ozt by the hard work of the cam
paign, but says he is tired and that he
will rest and try to catch up with his
neglected business in time to take a
run down to Washington during the
closing session of the fifty-first con
gress, and get acquainted and famil
iarize himself with affairs at the
national capital.
In an interview, Mr. Bryan stated
that while he was at all times willing
to answer questions in which the pub
lic was interested, that there were
some things which at present he did
not care to discuss in the newspapers.
The following are some of the ques
tions put to him and his answer there
unto: What do you think of the necessity
and probability of an extra session of
the fifty-second congress?
"The sooner the new congress is
called together the better. The
McKinley bill should be repealed or
modified as soon as possible."
Do you think there is any chance of
changing the present tariff laws, in
view of the fact that the republicans
have the senate and the president?
'Yes, I do. The republicans will
have but a very slim majority prob
ably not more than four in the senate.
The western senators will not be so
easily kept in line with the protection
ists as they were before the people had
spoken. Self-preservation is the first
law of nature with senators as well
as other people and in view of the
situation, there is, I think, a good
prospect of succeeding in procuring at
least partial relief from the new con
gress." Would not Harrison veto such legis
lation even if it should pass congress?
"I think not. In the first place the
republicans are not united in favoring
the maintainance of the present law,
and if congress should pass a bill or
bills lowering the duties upon the line
advocated by the democratic party
during the recent campaign I do not
believe the president would dare disre
gard the verdict of the people and use
the veto."
"The suggestion made by Senator
Vest of Missouri, that separate bills
affecting special articles be passed,
seems to me to be a good one. I look
upon such a course favorably for the
reason that it seems to be the most
practicable and effective as well as the
quickest route to relief. Each man
would have to go on record on each
bill ami tnere would be less log-rolling
than would be the case should an
attempt be made to pass a general
tariff law. Take for instance, binding
twine. A bill to place that on the free
list alone, and without entangling
alliances, would in my opinion meet
with little opposition. And so with
other articles."
Will the republicans in the last
session of the present congress attempt
to pass the force bill?
"No, I don't believe they will. I
regard that bill as dead."
What about reciprocity and Blaine?
"Reciprocity was a positive damage
to the McKinley bill, as will be more
apparent when it is better understood.
Its attachment to the bill is prima
facie evidence that the republicans
believed the bill weak, and its prac
tical effect in working will be to
alienate the trade of other countries
in our agricultural products. It dis
criminates against the agriculturist
and in favor of the manufacturer, and
I believe was put there at the instance
of the trusts. Unless foreigners buy
our manufactured goods, we retaliate
upon our farmers."
Which is the best party policy for the
republicans, to stand by or modify the
tariff bill?
"To pass a law repealing or modify
ing it is an admission that it was
wrong, and inconsistent with what
they have claimed, i. e., that time
would show the wisdom of its passage.
To stand by it would be consistent as
to faith in it, but not as to the party's
boasted claim that the people should
rule. Either course places them in'a
bad position. I believe that the best
party policy for any party is to do
what is best for the country. In other
words, in legislation I believe a man
best serves his party who in determin
ing economic questions forgets that he
has a party and remembers only that
he nas a country and then does what
he thinks best for it."
What about McKinley's future in
"Mai. McKinley's future in politics
will depend largely upon the results of
the next elections, and those elections
upon the practical effects of the tariff
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How do you stand upon the speaker
ship contest?
"I am in favor of recognizing western
interests. I formerly lived in Mr.
William M. Springer's district in Illi
nois, know him quite well, know him
to be a man of ability and integrity,
like him as a man and a public servant,
and am naturall friendly to his can
didacy." What have you to say as to the
Eermanency of this ascendancy in Ne
raska of the democratic party?
"That all depends upon circum
stances. I am what you would call a
conservative radical. I am radical in
belief and conservative in action. The
victory in Nebraska is like that in the
country at large. If the democrats
act with conservatism and wisdom they
will retain their advantage. If not
they will lose it. I believe they will do
right and retain it. We have good
leaders and I think the rank and file
will be willing to be led by them in a
way that will be commended by the
people. In Nebraska we have the bet
ter of the republicans as to the inde
pendent voters Their general tend
ency is toward us. Then we have lost
very much less heavily than the repub
licans. The alliance party drew from
ns but about fifteen thousand votes,
while nearly four times that number
were taken from the republicans. The
latter are more likely to antagonize
the independents in regard to a legis
lative policy than are the democrats."
Have you had much annoyance from
No. 1 have been remarkamy tree
from that. Of course I have not much
to give, but I shall make no promises,
preferring to be free to act when the
time comes as my better judgment
shall dictate."
In regard to possible democratic
candidates for the presidency' Mr.
Bryan refused to commit himself.
The situation in New York he had
given no consideration. He remarked
that he did not look upon isiame as a
formidable antagonist for any demo
crat in '92. While he was not quite so
prominent in railroading the tariff bill
through congress, he endorsed it and
as his reciprocity scheme will be a
failure he would be an easy candidate
for the democrats to beat.
Mr. Bryan is very proud of the many
republican votes he received in this
district and is grateful for that evidence
of their Jconfidence in him. He said:
"While those votes swelled my major
ity, I do not believe my election was
dependent upon them. Had I but
polled the vote given the party ticket.
I think I would have carried the day."
Mr. Bryan is wearing his first
diamond one presented to him a few
days ago by some of bis Omaha friends
as a testimonial of their regard for
He left Plattsmouth at 3:30 this
morning for Lincoln and today goes to
Leavenworth, Kansas, to attend a
Thurman anniversary banquet, where
he is announced to respond to the
toast "The Caucus."
Phjraieal Coltnre.
The Plattsmouth Turners have en
gaged Mr. Henry Kummerow as in
structor of calisthenics and gymnastics,
who will give lessons at Turner hall, on
Washington avenue, every Tuesday
and Friday, both in the afternoon and
evening, for boys and girls, at the fol
lowing hours: Girls, from 3:45 to 4:45
p. m.; boys, from 7 to 12 years of age,
4:4-5 to 5:45 p. m.; boys, from 12 to 18
years of age, 7 to 8:15 p. m. Only 25c
per month will be charged to each
pupil. Applications will be received
by Mr. Kummerow at Turner hall dur
ing any of the above mentioned hours.
Com. Platts. Tuknvkbikx.
In Jail for Forgery.
Friday's Daily.
F. S. Smith, alias Perkins, was ar
rested in Brown county for the sale of
a forged note of $41.25 to D. C. West at
the Nehawka bank, and brought to
town today. The note purported to be
given by Bennett Chriswisser. in favor
of one Perkins. Smith had his pre
liminary examination before a justice
at Nehawka this morning and was
bound over in the sum of $1,000 to dis
trict court. He is now in jail here
awaiting trial.
Ledgway Schmldtman.
Friday's Dally.
In the presence of twenty or thirty
relatives and personal friends Mr.
John Ledgway and Miss Julia Schmidt
man of this city were united in mar
riage by the Rev. J. D. M. Buckner
last evening at eight o'clock.
Quite a number of handsome presents
were given the bride and groom. Mr.
and Mrs. Ledgway had fitted up their
new house on Wintersteen hill and are
now at home to friends.
The Talkers Take the Place of
AeUrs Last Mght.
The Drawing at the Opera Hoase Tonight--A
Banquet at Fltagerald Ball.
What the Boys Have Been Do
ing TodayCamp Fire.
Thursday's Dally.
The old soldiers and their friends
the citizens filled the opera house
last night, and they enjoyed them
selves until a late hour listening to
short talks from the veterans. A
quartette of young men favored the
audience with music and Col. Ginger's
Co. Q., F. L. N., pleased the old sol
diers with a drill exhibition.
Comrade John Q. Goss presided and
the first speaker called upon was Col.
S. P. Vanatta, who, on behalf of the
citizens, welcomed the veterans to
Plattsmouth in earnest words of heart
felt cordiality. . He said that the city
was proud of the fact that the soldiers
had twice chosen this city as the place
of their reunion and that it would be
glad to welcome them every year and
at any and all times, the hearts and
homes of Plattsmouth would be open
to receive and honor those to whom
she owed the privilege of existence in
the freest and grandest country on
He was followed by War Governor
Saunders, who said that he alone, of
all the governors who served from the
beginning to the close of the war, re
mained in the land of the living. Gov.
Kirkwood of Iowa was still alive, but
he was not in office quite all of the
time during the late misunderstand
ing. - Gov. Saunders complimented
Plattsmouth and Cass county upon the
part taken at the outoreak of the war
and said that he as. governor, had
recognized their promptness ai.d valor
by giving to them t v o . ihv iiost im
portant commissions at his command
those or uaptain ljivmgston and Major
McCord. To both of these gentlemen
he paid a high tribute as to their quali
ties or head and heart, lie also re
ferred to Captain Cooper as another to
whom he had issued a commission and
who had by his action justified the
faith reposed in him. The governor
said that we owed a debt of gratitude
to the soldier which could never be
paid except indirectly, but that he be
lieved, yes knew, that the people did
appreciate the services of the boys in
blue, and would always see that they
and theirs were taken care of. While
in the U. S. senate," said he, "my
voice and vote were always on the
side of the veteran." Ha gave a
graphic description of the anxiety ex
hibited by those who remained at
home to know the result of each bat
tle. "We watched the newspapers
and the gold market,-' said he, "and
do you know that the gold market was
one of the most accurate indications
of your success and reverses. It told
us the quickest also. When gold went
up and greenbacks went down we
knew the news at the front was bad.
When gold went down and greenbacks
rose in the New York stock market
the people at home knew the boys at
the tront were meeting with success.
The gold market never failed to tell us
the truth and generally sooner than
any other messenger." Gov. Saun
ders did not forget the women. He
acknowledged the debt that both the
stay-at-homes and the soldiers owed to
the patriotic support of the mothers,
wives and sisters.
Major Paddock was next introduced
and made one of the best speeches of
the evening. He said the good sol
diers also made the best of citizens.
The impulses and aspirations of the
true soldier were of the noblest kind
and such a character was the grandest
production of Almighty God. He said
it was to the machinery rather than
management of the war to which we
owed its successful ending. To the vol
unteer private from the farm, the shop,
the office, the store and the school,
who, moved by the loftiest sentiments
and sense pf duty, went to the front
and fought for victory with a vigor
and determination that was impossible
for a hireling to feel or act. He re
ferred to the great battle of Vicksburg
and of its great importance in the con
flict, and in that connection of the late
Gen. John A. Rawlins and bis services
to the country. He told the story of
an eye witness of the first meeting at
Galena, Illinois, called to discuss the
Suestionof the rebellion, and of the
ramatic and passionate enlistment of
Rawlins in the side of the Union.
Comrade Burmeister of Omaha re
cited the pathetic story of the meeting,
years after the war. of a New Jersey
veteran and his old colonel at the bar
of justice. Theold private a prisoner
charged with intoxication, and the
colonel the jndge upon the bench. It
was well rendered and realism made it
all the more appreciated.
Comrades Strode, Richards, Pear
man and Thayer also made brief re
marks. All the speakers referred feelingly
of those who had answered the last roll
call and the illusions to the late Gen.
B. R. Livingston were particularly
touching and beautiful.
The association also voted to go in
a body todayto the residence of his ven
erated widow and pay to her their
respects and assure her of their sincere
This morning the soldiers' associa
tion met in the opera house at 10
o'clock. The transaction of business
was very slow. The boys like to talk
and they must crack their jokes at
each other, even though'' it interferes
slightly with business.
The officers elected for the ensuing
year are:
President, John Q. Goss, Bellevue.
Vice President, Wilson Majors, Peru.
Treasurer, Chris. Hartman, Omaha.
Secretary, G. V. Hall, Lincoln.
Assistant secretary, P. C. Richards
Chaplain. Dr. W. S. Latta, Lincoln.
After a pretty lively discussion it
was finally decided to hold the next re
union at Cushman Park, Lincoln, next
September. The exact days of the
month are left for the executive com
mittee to determine.
The proposition of Editor Coulter of
the -Western Veteran, Topeka, Kan.,
was accepted and that newspaper is
now the official organ of the associa
tion. Under the terms of the agree
ment Mr. Coulter is to make up a com
plete roster of the Nebraska regiments
and furnish each member with a copy.
At 11 o'clock the veterans, in com
mand of Tom Majors, marched to the
residence of the late Gen. R. R. Liv
ingston and paid their respects to the
widow. There were no speeches. The
visit was purely an informal affair.
Mrs. Livingston was assisted by her
daughter, Anna, and Mrs. Thayer in
receiving the comrades.
If the ladies do not love the old
soldiers it is not the fault of the speak
ers. Every talker has made it a point
to give them special praise.
The bova exnressed themselves as
much pleased to notice the leniet
manner in which time nas aeaic witn
the respected widow of their old com
mander. Whatever may be thought of Lincoln
capturing the next re-union, there is
no question but that Cushman Park
itself is the finest place in the state for
such an affair.
v?.Col. Ginger has shown himself an
admirable enterprise manager. The
entertainment was a great success,
and his pupils showed the effects of
careful training.
The old war horses pricked up their
ears this morning when President Mc
Maken read the headlines and dis
patches in the morning papers to them
concerning the Indian situation.
The following young men ure those
who assisted in the evening's program:
Messrs. Guy Livingston, B. A.
McElwain, Geo. Palmer, Bert Mor
edge, Lem Cooper, Ed. Burris. Ed.
McMaken, Harvey Mann; Frank
Johnson, Oliver Buzzell, Will New
land. John Kurtz, R. E. Smith, Peter
Hanrahan, John Bobbins and Jame3
The music hy Heck's orchestra was
no insignificant feature of the enter
tainment. Its members were Walde- Beck, leader; Miss Mary Grant,
piano; Robert Sherwood, jr., and
Frank Hoffmann, violions; Gus
Buttons, viola; Harry Dray, bass;
Henry Donat, clarinet; A. II. Dray
and J". E. Hawksworth. cornets; E. II.
Schulhoff, trombone; F. W. Lehnhoff,
The following are the memDers of
Co. Q, 1st Neb: The Misses Delia
Tarsch, Katie Neville, Anna O'Reilly,
Nettie Ballance, Rose McCauley, May
Dutton, Bertha Nitka, Ella Clark.
Lizzie Leach, Anna Critchfield, Hattie
McMaken, Maggie Oliver, Frances
Stiles, Georgia Oliver, Maud Vivian,
Mamie Stiles, Bertha Wise, May Pat
terson, Ida Boeck. Lizzie Miller, Mary.
Wales, Mamie Coffey, Hattie McCrosky
and Katie McCarthy.
The association will charge admission
at the next year's re-union, Cushman
Park, for all except soldiers and their
families. This resolution was only
passed after spirited discussion and
active opposition, led by Maj. Pearman
and Comrade Weidman. In the first
place neither of these gentlemen
wanted Lincoln to get the re-union,
but they were voted down. The strong
argument of the Lincoln pleaders was
the tender of the use of the Cushman
Park by Mr. Andrus, and the opportun
ity it afforded to put a little money in
the association treasury.
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The Opening Entertainment Last
Night a Magnificent 8uceess.
Col. Ginger a Success as Stage Manager
and Drill MasterThe Hoys Only
Second to the ;irl In the Hearts
of the Audience.
From Wednesday's Dally.
Last night there gathered in the
Waterman opera house the grandest has ever contained. The
occasion was the opening entertain
ment of the Grand Army of the Re
public Fair, under the management of
that versatile genius, Col. Lew Ginger,
and assisted by the children of the ex
soldiers of Nebraska. Long before
the hour for the curtain to rise the en
trance, stairway and the street in front
of the opera house was a jam of
struggling, but good-natured humanity
endeavoring to obtain admission to the
building. Hundreds gave it up and
went away.
When the curtain rolled up Col.
Ginger came upon the stage and faced
the largest audience which ever assem
bled in the building. He, in behalf of
McConihie Post, G. A. It., the Women's
Relief Corps and the Sons of Veterans,
thanked the citizens for their liberal
aid in this laudable enterprise. Dur
ing the five years that he has been engaged-in
this work he says he has never
received a more generous assistance
from the people of any town. He said
there had been three thousand tickets
issued, and there were about two
hundred presents donated for distribu
tion on Thursday evening the last
night of the Fair and Soldiers' Re
union. On that evening the audience
will select a committee of three gentle
men and two ladies, and this committee
will do the drawing. The coupons of
the tickets will be placed in one box
and the tickets containing the names
of the presents in another. The ladies
will draw from the boxes and the
numbered coupon coming out opposite
the prize ticket will entitle the holder
to that prize. Col. Ginger closed by
introducing Col. S. P. Vanatta, who
very brielly addressed the people, and
again thanked them for their liberality.
He told of the establishment of the G.
A. R. organization and explained the
objects for its existence. The funds,
he said, realized from this fair would
be used in erecting a memorial hall in
this city, which would be in honor of
the Nation's defenders and one of
which every citizen would be proud.
The curtain next rose on a military
camp scene. Will Ackerman, one of
the campers, sang very well
"We are Camping Tonight on the Old Camp
and his comrades joined him in the
chorus. Then followed a drill at the
reserve post, and a song
"I'm a Soldier."
by Col. Ginger, assisted by the Boys in
The scene representing a surprise
and "Midnight Attack" was well per
formed by the squad Vets' sons and
the audience showed its appreciation
by hearty applause.
The "grand military drill" by Co. Q
of the First Ladies of Nebraska was
one cf the prettiest features of the
evening's program. Their manuevers
were admirable, considering the little
time they have had for drilling, and
their charge on the double quick
brought down the house.
Miss Annie O'Reilly recited "Sher
idan's Ride" splendidly, and was fol
lowed by Col. Ginger with a parody
"Schneider's Ride" which was thor
oughly appreciated and heartily ap
plauded. The entertainment closed with the
comedy," Virginny Mummy," in which
Col. Ginger as Ginger Blue, Guy Liv
ingston as Dr. Galen, Miss Annie
O'Reilly as Lucy, his ward, Bert Mori
edge as Capt. Rifle and Lucy's lover,
Will Ackerman as the doctor's servant,
O'Leary, Geo. Palmer as artist, and B.
A. McElwain as Mr. Patent, each per
formed creditably their parts and made
the whole a pronounced success.
The audience was well pleased with
the entire program, and should it be
repeated it is probable that the house
would again be filled.
Jadge garage Dying.
The manv friends in thi rtv nf
Judge James W. Savage of Omaha
will be pained to learn, as reported by
the World-Herald, that while he has
Deen recovering from the effects of a
surgical operation to which he sub
mitted last week, was attacked yester
day by pneumonia, and that all hope
of his recovery has been abandoned,
and it is believed that the end is not
mere than three or four days distant.
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