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AKOC.NL THE CO! ft r ROOMS.
Tbe suit of the Tern Plow Co., V3.
11. J Edson and A. S. Cooley on a
promissory note for $87.42, was filed in
county court Saturday.
County Judge Ramsey rendered an
opinion Friday in tbe suit Mrs. Eliza
Siebold vs. C. M. Graves in the defend
ants' favor. Tbe amount involved
Tbe last will and testament of tbe
late Ann May Kern was admitted to
probate in county court Thursday .and
the hearing on claims was fixed for
Oct. 5. The estate is valued at about
In the partnership suit of Geo. Bol
len vs Geo Beam, wherein the plain
tiff asked for a judgment for $100
alleged to be due bim from tbe profits
of operating a threshing machine.
County Judge Ramsey held that
be had no jurisdiction in tbe matter,
inasmuch as the district judge bad
already appointed a receiver for tbe
firm and if Bollen had any profits due
him it was the place of tbe receiver to
make the allowance. It was also held
that the defendant could recover a
judgment for the costs charged to him
in tbe suit from tbe plaintiff.
JUSTICE ARCHER'S COURT.
'has. and George Rollins, tbe two
you tig men arrested at Nebraska City
on a charge of burglarizing a freight
car at Union, were given a hearing be
fore Judge Archer yesterday. Tbe
men claimed to bave came from Den
ver to Omaha in search of employ
ment, and got in a freight car at Union
to ride south Tbe judge concluded
that they were simply stealing a ride
and discharged them.
COURT ROOM NOTES.
Y. A. Swearingen was appointed in
county courtSat urday as administrator
for the estate of the late H'm. Ince.
See Brown and save money this year
on jour wall paper, paints and oils.
Giul Wanted A good girl for gen
eral housework. Apply at residence
of Dr. W. II Dearing. on Ninth street
between Granite and Rock. 22-tf
For farm loans see J. M. Lejda,
Dover block, Flattsmouth. 12
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REPUBLICANS ON TOP.
The Plattsmouth Democracy Given
An Awful Lambasting.
REPTJBS GET ALL THE PLUMS.
Archer. Independent Candidate for I'ollre
Judge, the Only Exception Oemncrats
Kleet MeNsersmith, Nattier, Slater and
Tntt to the Council and the Repuba Get
Ilinnhaw and Kteimker--The Council
The New City Officials.
Mavor W. II. Newell, republican.
Treasurer Jno. I. Unruh, republi
can. Clerk B. C. Kerr, republican.
Police Judge M. Archer, citizens.
Members School Board E. W. Cook
and D. B. Smith, republican.
The New Councllinen.
First ward W. D. Messersmith,
Second ward John Ilinshaw, repub
Third ward F. II. Steimker, repub
Fourth w ard Jno. 1. Sattler, demo
crat. Fifth ward Wm. Slater and Jno. D.
Plattsmouth republicans had very
much of a picnic Tuesday, almost
everything going their way. Under
ordinary circumstances the town is
democratic this fact is conceded but
the party was unfortunate in the pos
session of factional differences due to
primary and convention wrangles, and
yesterday it went down in defeat. The
republicans were not slow to take due
advantage of the dissension and it
was an easy matter for their can
didates to pick tbe plums.
The re-election of Police Judge
Archer as an independent candidate
after tbe democracy had turned him
down at the city convention, was a
surprise to many, but it only served to
show that the town contains, enough
unprejudiced voters to -elect a man
who ha9 made a good official.
The city offices, as will be shown by
a perusal of the table elsewhere
printed, all went to republicans by
majorities exceeding one hundred
votes, but in tbe councilmanic contest
the democrats can take some consola
tion in the fact that they came off first
best by electing four of the six can
didates, thus making tbe complexion
of the new council democratic by two
Weeping Water and Uavelock.
Weeping WATER-Tbecity election
passed off quietly. Party politics cut
no figure. The issue was. as usual, on
a "wet or dry" board. The result was:
Mayor, Fred H. Goider. dem., 3 ma
jority; clerk, Theodore Schaefer. ind.
rep.; treasurer, T. M. Iloward, rep. ;
police judge. E. S. Barnett, rep.
Councilmen, first ward, Charles Bald
win and S. Rector, rep.; second ward,
William Marshall, ind ; third ward.
E. J. Moeser, dem. The bold-overs
from last year are James B Hungate
in second and Wesley Davis in third
ward, making a '"dry" council by 1.
The usual number of votes was
IIavelock The election was the
most exciting ever known. The main
issue was license. Two tickets were
in tbe field, citizens' and petition.
The vote was as follows: Citizens
ticket George Anderson. 117; T.
Ballaid, 113; A. Emburg, 130; C. B.
McCall, 87; R. O. Schleicher. 107.
Petition ticket S. L. Brower. 86; II.
P. Coolidge, 101; M. G. Lysinger, 100;
J. E. Palmeter, 78; A. W. Ryan, 102;
for license. 74; against license, 118.
Thompson Case Dismissed.
The well-known damage suit of Mrs.
Amos Thompson vs. the Missouri Pa
cific railway, wherein the plaintiff
sought to recover $ 000 for damages
by reason of the killingof her husband
in a railway accident at Union, took
a somewhat unexpected turn Tues
day afternoon in district crurt. After
tbe testimony of the plaintiff had all
been introduced, counsel for the rail
way filtd a motion to dismiss on tbe
ground that the plaintiff's husband
met his deat . because of contributory
negligence and that the testimony in
troduced failed to establish sufficient
cause to recover. The question was
argued at considerable length and re
sulted in Judge Chapman sustaining
the motion and dismissing tbe suit.
Matthew Gering, the plaintiff's
counsel, has avowed his intention of
appealing the dismissal to tbe supreme
court. A. N. Sullivan of this city and
J. W. Orr of Atchison appeared for
the railway company.
folk Wins UU Case.
The supreme court of the United
States handed down a decision on
Monday in the case of Alex A Robert
son, trustee, vs. Saufl M. Chapman,
Milton D. Polk et al, an appeal from
tbe circuit court of the United States
for the district of Nebraska, whose de
cision was affirmed with costs. The
allegations in tbe case are somewhat
sensational. The appellant, Robert
son, who was trustee of the estate of
Ella V. Davis, claims that acting tin
der the advice of Chapman & Polk
his attorneys at Plattsmouth, be sold
several pieces of valuable property in
this city to Michael O'Donohoe for
$10,000. He asserts that under an
agreement with Polk the property was
immediately turned over by O'Donohoe
to Polk, and that the Davis estate w as
defrauded by some $3,000 by the
transaction. lie presented in evidence
a letter from O'Donohoe to himself
stating that Polk was agent fur the
property and made the deal with him
to purchase it and subsequently turn
it over to him. lie asked tliit by
reason of this alleged fraudulent
practice the conveyance should be set
aside. Chapman & Polk defended the
suit in the circuit court and won.
denying specifically all the. allegations
and bringing O'Donohoe to the stand
to contradict his own letter. They
affirmed that Robertson examined the
property and himself ordered the sale;
that O'Donohoe purchased in good
faith and transferred when he could
not comply with the terms of sale.
The property in controversy consists
of the lot on Main street on which the
Leonard building now stands, tbe lot
and building on Main street wherein
Max Lemm's saloon is now located.
ti e old surveyor general's oflice and
half block of ground on Elm street.
the present residence of Mr. Polk and
the dwelling house adjoining, and the
half block on which the Drummond
residence is now located. This de
cision confirms Polk's ownership and
removes the cloud from the title to the
property, which has nearly all pissed
int- tbe hands of subsequent pur
chasers. He Never Came Back."
A well-dressed stranger put in an
appearance at the Jones livery barn
Saturday afternoon and hired a horse
and buggy. He left word with tbe
stable hands that he would return in
about two hours, but when Sunday
morning rolled around and the horse
had not yet been returned, the stable
proprietor came to the conclusion that
tiie stranger was a thief. The officers
were put on the fellow's track and it
has developed that he passed through
Mynard at about six o'clock Saturday
evening and was going west. Sun
day morning at eight o'clock he was
seen near Louisville and at about
eleven o'clock he drove through Ash
land. This is as far a3 the officers have
been able to trace the man. Deputy
Sheriff Hyers and Mr. Jones went to
Fremont Sunday night in the hope that
tbe man would bead in that direction,
but they telegraphed to Sheriff Eiken
bary Monday noon that no further
trace of the fellow's whereabouts have
been learned. Tbe stolen horse was
valued at about $30.
Burglars at Work.
The residence of Joe McMaken on
North Eleventh street was entered by
burglars sometime last Friday night.
and a silver watch stolen. Joe bad
bis watch in his pantaloons pocket,
and upon retiring bad folded that part
of his apparel and placed it under his
pillow. But the nervy burglar secured
it just the same, and Joe is very fortu
nate to have them leave the pants.
An attempt was made to effect an
entrance at the home of Mrs. New-
land, who lives in tbe same vicinity,
but the burglar was frightened away.
The Mortgage Record.
Cass county's mortgage 'ecord for
March is as follows: Farm lands filed.
$114,250.17; satisfied. 62 913.90. Town
property filed, $7.7S3 88; satisfied,
$9 634 23. Chatttle mortgages filed,
$21,085.47; satisfied, $12,r31.14.
The distillery project which has
been under discussion in Plattsmouth
for some little time, appears to be on
the eve of a consummation, and the
inhabitants of that picturesque town
are in daily anticipation of a big. solid
boom. A genuine boom at the present
time would astonish the world and at
tract sight-seers from the four quarters
of the globe. Junction Recorder.
SAD CASE OF SUICIDE.
An Ex-Plattsmouthian Takes His Life
At the Lincoln Asylum.
THE BUSINESS MEN'S BANQUET
Landlord Hamilton Of the Hotel Riley
Provides a Bounteous Feast Fire
man Rutherford's Close Call
f Other Jottings.
Robert Donovan Suicides.
Word was received in this city on
Saturday night that Robert J. Dono
van, who has been confined in the
hospital for tbe insane near Lincoln,
had suicided by hanging. The Lin
coln Journal has the following to say
of the sad affair:
lie retired to his room at eight o'clock
Friday evening, in apparently his
usual spirits, but when the attendant
opened h's room Saturday morning at
o:30 he was horrified to see Donovan
hanging from tbe bars of his window
by a curtain cord. Tbe body was cold
and death had evidently occurred sev
eral hours previous.
Donovan, who was thirty-seven
years of age nnd married, was a loco
motive engineer on the B. & M., with
his home in Plattsmouth. He was
sent to the hospital October 10, 1886.
and has been in what is known as tbe
quiet or chronic ward for sometime.
He ran away twice and was captured
each time at bis former home and
brought back. A close watch was
kept on him on that acconnt. but none
of the attendants or officials at tbe
hospital believed that he was dangerous
or apt to commit suicide.
Last week he was assisting in house
cleaning and it is thought that he se
cured the curtain cord at that time
His act was evidently premeditated
and carried out with tbe recognized
secrecy of a crazy man.
When the remains were cut down
and a search made, a letter addressed
to the superintendent and others was
found in an inside pocket. It was
composed of tbe usual mixture of sen
tences, but contained one which
showed that he had evidently been
thinking of taking bis life. It said:
I amnot hungandtbisisnotsuicide."
The letter also referred to Charles
Marshal and J. W.Irving in a discon
nectedway. Coroner Crim visited the hospital
Suturcav. but on learning the facts of
the case he concluded that'besewas
no necessity for an inquest, and so in
formed Superintendent Hay.
The remains were brought to this
city Sunday forenoon and taken to
the Livineston residence, where
funeral services were held Monday
morning, and the body interred at Oak
A Sumptuous Spread.
Saturday night's banquet at the Ho
tel Riley was certainly an enjoyable
affair, the attendance numbering some
fifty or sixty of the town's business
and professional men accompanied by
their wives. The fore part of the even
ing was given up to social converse,
cards, dancing and other amusements
and at eleven o'clock the party ad
journed to the dining ball where
Landlord Hamilton bad prepared a
feast which did great credit to both
himself and his excellent bote!. Supper
over, an hour or so was given to toast-
making, responses being made by
Messrs. A. N. Sullivan, Matthew Ger
ing. x . x.. w nite, w . u. eweu ana
II. D. Travis and the Mesdames C. S.
Sherman and H. D. Travis, the fes
tivities being concluded by extending
a unanimous vote of thanks to tbe host
and hostess for the agreeable manner
in which all had been entertained.
He Missed Hla Mark.
Cbarley Rutherford, the fireman on
the switch engine in the B. & M. yards.
had an adventure early Monday
morning that came near causing him a
headache, to say the least. During
the night he and the engineer, to
gether with several switchmen, were
in the switch shanty, where they were
comparing time by their watches, leav-
ng their engine standing on the track
near by. Kutnerroru naa lett tne
shanty and climbed aboard the engine
and was shoveling in coal when a
coupling-pin whizzed past bis bead,
just missing him and striking a lan
tern sitting in the gangway of tbe en
gine. The coupling-pin bad been
thrown by someone on the other side
of the engine, and Rutherford looked
out in the darkness and just made out
the outlines of a man disappearing
over the embankment toward tbe
river. His vision was obscured by
the fact that he had just been looking
into the fire box, but be pulled his re
volver and fired three shots at the re
tiring figure, but without effect. The
coupling-pin was evidently thrown by
some tramp, but what tbe purpose was
cannot be surmised unless be intended
robbery. The police overhauled a fel
low Mondav. but Rutherford was
unable to identifv him as the man who
attempted tbe assault.
Murderer McGinn's Sentence Suspended
The supreme court yesterday sua
Dended sentence of death in the case
of Barney McGinn, who shot and killed
Edward McKenna on the streets of
Omaha July 29. Attorneys for McGinn
filed a petition in error yesterday and
in consequence the court issued an
order of suspension, to remain in force
until further orders. The accused was
tried and convicted of murder in the
first degree before Judge Scott and
sentenced to be hanged April 13. Mc
Ginn's case is peculiar in that the de
ceased had a dog and the killing of tbe
owner seems to have resulted from this
fact. McGinn was formerly a work
man in the Union Pacific shops at
Omaha, and at the time of the killing
was janitor at the Saratoga school
Tbe deceased was a carpenter living
near McGinn's boarding house. Mc
Kenna was arrested by McGinn for
keeping a cross dog. A few days after
ward tbe two men met and some hot
words passed. They met again on tbe
street, a scuffle ensued and McGinn
killed McKenna instantly by shooting.
He walked to the police station, gave
himself up and was tried, convicted
and sentenced to be hanged. His at
torneys' petition sets up sixty-five
errors in the court proceedings, the
document comprising eleven typewrit
It Causrs Them to Worry.
Plattsmouth's new free ferry across
the Missouri seems to worry the mer
chants on the other side of the river
The Junction Recorder views tbe mat
ter as follows:
"The inauguration of a free ferry
across tbe Missouri river by the enter
prising merchants of tbe neighboring
Nebraska town, has awakened the
county seat merchants to a realizatioi
of the importance of the trade of tbe
farming community along and con
tiguous to the 'bottoms.' As an off
set to tbe free ferry, the discussion of
better and improved highways to the
county seat has received vreat im
petus, and without doubt tbe energy
and enterprise of Mills county's busi
ness men will be directed to that im
portant movement with the prompti
tude ana decision of which tbey are
famed. Good roads will bring greater
returns than new railways."
Bryan Bothered By Delay.
Representative Bryan is somewhat
at a loss to know what is the cause of
the continued delay in the filling ol
the Plattsmouth and Pawnee City
uostoffices, writes Billy Annin to tbe
Lincoln Journal. He made another
trip to the postoffice department on
Monday and earnestly interviewed
Mr. Bissell upon the subject. This is
the third visit which he has made
since his return from Nebraska, and
the results were not any more definite
than in the two preceding instances.
Mr. Bissell stated that he had not yet
reached these cases, but expected to
soon, and with this assurance Mr.
Bryan was forced to content himself.
Will Deliver Glasses Monday.
Prof. Ponder, the Omaha optician,
closed his engagement in this city yes
terday, after fitting quite a few of our
best known citizens with glasses. The
professor will return on Monday next
to deliver glasses, and all parties wish
ing their eyes either tested or fitted
will find him on that day at the Hotel
Riley, between the hours of 10 a. m.
and 6 p. m.
CARD OF THANKS.
To the many friends whose kindness
was so sympatbizingly bestowed dur
ing tbe sorrow attendant to the death
of our little daughter, Florence, we
desire to extend our smcerest thanks.
Mr. and Mrs. Joel Messersmith.
This morning's Lincoln Journal says:
Tbe state board of public lands and
buildings held a meeting yesterday
and a report was formulated in regard
to tbe suicide of the patient from
Plattsmouth, Robert G. Donovan, who
banged himself with a curtain cord
which he bad secreted in his cell. The
board attaches no blame to anyone at
the asylum and reported that every
reasonable precaution had been exer
cised by the superintendent and at
tendants. In the case of Cowin & McHugb
against Setb T. Winch, tried in tbe
court presided over by Judge Blair, tbe
jury yesterday returned a verdict for
$2,657, the amount being the bill for
attorney fees in a case which was
hotly contested some years ago.
TWO IRATE HUBBIES.
They Cause Much Grief to a Platts
mouth Young Man.
THE DISTRICT DECLAIMERS.
Plattsmouth Falls to Secure a Place In
the Contest For Oratorical Honors
at Beatrice A Mock Trial
Whe Is Frank Rrlgham?
Last Thursday 'sCouncil Bluffs Globe
says: One of tbe Bluffs hotels, tbe
Ogden house, was the place wnere an
interesting scene drawn from an ex
cited little coterie of real actors was
enacted Wednesday evening, that gave
every promise for a few minutes of de
veloping into a decided and most em
phatic sensation of a racy nature.
t he Missouri Valley train brought in
two of the actors, who registered at
tbe hotel as Mrs. A. C. Johnston and
Miss L. Carleton, of Missouri Valley,
both young women These ladies were
shown adjoining and connecting rooms
at the hostelry, and for the minute
disappeared from the horizon, inside
ibeir apartments. About an hour
later a young gentleman, bailing from
Plattsmouth, and registering, as did
tbe ladies, under the assumed name of
Frank Brigham, sent his card to the
ladies' apartment and desired to see
them. The young man was received,
and later the three made their debut
in the dining room and took supper.
Nothing more was heard of the actions
of the trio until about 9:45 o'clock.
when the hotel clerk and proprietor
were surprised to see stalking into the
hotel office a couple of young gentle
men, both apparently under twenty
five, and both still more apparently
laboring under very perturbed and ex
cited spirits. They walked up to the
register, scanned down the page and
neof them finally remarked, "that's
my wife's hand-writing, and no mis
take." He looked at the number of
the room and demanded of the clerk
to be shown to the apartments in
stantly. This was at first refused un
til be would explain his actions, which
he very peremptorily did by putting
his finger on the registered nama. Mre.
A. C. Johnston, and saying: "That
woman is my wife; we reside in Mis
souri Valley. She told me when she
left this noon that she was going to
Plattsmouth to visit friends. This
Miss Carleton registered here with her
my friend's wife," he continued,
getting more and more excited over
the complicating situation. "We wish
to be shown to tbe rooms immediately,"
said the first speaker, shaking omin
ously a big heavy cane. Finally, after
a little further parley, the clerk agreed
to show them to the rooms, providing
they would not arouse the house,
which they promised not to do. In
the meantime the young man from
lattsmouth had rustled out and
picked up a well-known local character,
and the two bad proceeded to the
ladies' room, and a carnival a la quar
tette was in progress. When the clerk
knocked at the door there was a rust
ling racket, followed by silence, and
then the click of the key as the lock
was snapped back. The clerk im
mediately pushed open tbe door, and a
sight of the four was obtained, the
ladies in evening dishabille and the
gentlemen badly disconcerted. The
local character made a desperate rush
and disappeared down the stairway,
eight steps at a time, dragging some
of his clothes with him. One of the
husbands cried out, "That's my wife's
voice," and the two hubbies made a
rush, got on the inside, closed and
ocked the door, and tbe five bad a
most interesting session, lasting nntil
11:30 o'clock. A confused babble of
talking, crying, begging and penitent
groaning was audible all through tbe
hallway and finally when tbe meeting
broke up tbe Plattsmouth young man
came out with feathers dropping and a
much sadder and wiser specimen of
masculinity. About 12 o'clock tbe two
married couple came down stairs paid
up the bills and disappeared from the
scene of action. Today, however, the
hubby that did tbe most of the talking
the previous evening to tbe hotel clerk,
is out on a still hunt for the local gen
tleman who made the run against time
ast evening, and vows there will be
blood shed if tbey meet. Tbe ladies
in question are said to be well known
in Missouri Valley, and are quite hand
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