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JUST AND FEAR NOT."
P L A.TTS MOUTH. NEBRASKA. THURSDAY, APRIL 25. 1895.
IF PAI1 IN ADVANCE.
VOL. 14, NO. IS.
JC JUA 1
THE LOST IS FOUND.
An Absent Heir
to a Rich Estate
SECRETARY'S HEAD IN DANGER.
Official Bd Of the Jiebraslt Cabinet
Member May Fosslblr Be Dropped
Iuto the Basket Smith Wins
HU Salt Jotting.
Ketarn Of a Long-Lost Uelr.
Theodore Decker, who disappeared
from bis home in Cass county thirty-
one years ago, and who had not been
heard from for twenty odd years, ar
rived in Plattsmouth yesterday, and
up till noon today has been holding
impromptu receptions with old ac
quaintances whenever he met them.
Decker had been a member of com
pany II., 2d Nebraska, and was out on
the plains fighting the Indians. He
came home in 1S64, and in company
with his brother-in-law (whose name
was Ilungate) his wife and family,
went to Denver, and that fall ilun
gate, his wife and two children were
murdered by Indians on a ranch
abeut twenty miles this side of that
town. Inquiries were set on foot by
the relatives years after this, but no
trace could be learned of him further
than the supposition that he was
dead. Mrs. Rosan Decker, his mother,
after living a widow many years,
died four or tive years Dgo, leaving
quite a large estate, personal as well
as real. The money has been divided
between the remaining heirs, but the
realty is yet undivided. Mr. Decker,it
turns out, went to the Pacific coast
and thence back to Texas, where he
married and has been living, having a
' grown daughter. He comes, of course,
to claim his rights in the estate, of
which Phil Barnes of Weeping Water,
is administrator. Many of the old
settlers recognized him on sight, and
all who have known any of the brothers
readily recognize family traits. Eli as
Sage is the only man whom he has
known oh sight he having changed
Jess than any others. Although a
mere boy when he left here, he is now
a mature man with gray whiskers.
Mr. Decker is one of eleven heirs to
an estate, the value of which is esti
mated at about $30,000. His attorney,
Matthew Gering, has commenced an
action in county court looking to a re
division of the estate, under which
Mr. Decker will be accorded his just
share. The matter will be considered
on Tuesday of next week.
Secretary Morton's Head In Danger.
The "World-Herald's Washington
correspondent is responsible for the
following: "There is a rumor that all
is not well between the president and
his secretary of agriculture. What
foundation there Is for the report ia
not directly traceable, and I give it
for what it is worth. It is said that
Mr. Clevelany has been very much an
noyed by the financial interview which
Morton gave out a few days ago,
which at the time was supposed to re
flect the views of the administration.
It is well known that Mr. Cleveland
like3 to be his own spokesman, and
does not like to be held responsible for
the unauthorized utterances of his
cabinet officials. Morton's interview
is said to have aroused his indigna
tion, and it is intimated that there
may be a change in the office of secre
tary of agriculture within the next two
A Victory for Smith.
The trial of the forcible entry and
detention suit of A. 13. Smith vs. Wm.
Kitzberger was concluded in county
court last night at about 10:30 o'clock,
when the jury brought in a verdict for
the plaintiff. In accordance with the
verdict the defendant must either take
an appeal or get off the land in con
troversy, wnich is located northwest
of the pump house and adjacent to the
The three suits of a similar nature
commenced against Roberts, Walker
and Foster were dismissed at the plain
tiff's request without prejudice, and
Dew suits will be commenced. A re
cent survey of the land disclosed the
fact that the defendants were accupy
ing another section of land than that
charged in the plaintiff's bill, and the
commencement of new suits was con
sequently a necessity.
Fred Lehnhoff, jr., received tele
graphic information today announcing
the death of his wife's father at his
home in Newton, Iowa, where Mrs.
Lehnhoff has been visiting for the past
week. Fred departed for Newton this
afternoon to attend the funeral.
William W. Graves, deceased, the
subject of this sketch, was born in
Knox county, East Tennessee, July
19, ISIS. He was married to Mahala
P. Graves, Oct. 2, 1837; moved from
Tennessee to Iowa by wagon, landed
eleven miles east of Glenwood, Mills
county, Iowa, Dec. 2, 1852, thence to
Monatan county, Missouri, in Septem
ber, 185S. Returned to Mills county,
Iowa, in September, 1859, thence
moved to Nebraska in the spring of
1863, and has teen as resident of Ne
braska since, until his death, April 6,
1895. He has always been esteemed a
worthy citizen wherever he has lived.
He has been a worthy member of the
Christian church for twenty-three
years, and after living a married life
fifty-eight years he died leaving a
wife, who is now seventy-four years
old and is hale and hearty, and they
had born to them twelve children
eight boys and four girls of whom
ten are now liviug. The following are
their names and residences: Harriett
E. Miller, Glenwood, Iowa; Alex II.
Graves, Hock Bluffs, Neb.; Calvin M.
Graves, Plattsmouth, Neb.; Albert L.
Graves, Uock Bluffs, Neb ; A. J.
Graves, Plattswouih. Neb.: Mary E.
Byers, Rock Bluffs, Neb.; Julian D.
Graves, Alvin, Texas; Alvin S.
Graves, Cedar Creek, Neb.; Ellen O.
Lacy. Omaha, Neb.; Chas. L. Graves,
The funeral services of William
Graves will be preached at Hock
Bluffs next Sunday, April 2Sth, at
2:S0 p. m.
owe School Figures.
There eems to be a disposition on
the part of some people to criticise the
board of education for the manner in
which thev have managed the affairs
of the schools in this city, claiming
that they have not been as economical
as they should have been. To put it
very mildly, those fault-finders do not
kuow what they are talking about, as
caD be proven by the figures submitted
One of the principal objections is the
salary paid Prof. McClelland, as super
intendent, but of the ten largest cities
of the state It receives the smallest
salary aud gives the best satisfaction.
Here are the salaries paid by the dif
Nebraska City .. l.NX)
South Onaha 1.600
Grand Ialand 2.000
Now, iu. regard to teachers. From
the following it will be seen that the
teachers, in thu city nave iuliy as
many scholars to care for as almost
any other town, Lincoln and Omaha
not being given:
NU3I11ER TUriLSTO TEACHER.
MORE WAR BREWIN'
ONE TUINU AND AXOrilKIl.
AROUND THK C017KT ROOMS.
A. B. Smith and the Water Company
Are at It Again.
A CUTE SORT OF A SWINDLER.
Base ball seems to have a greater
hold upon the people in the east than
ever. The national league played its
opening games Thursday and at the
five contests there were some 67,000
people in attendance, or at an average
of almost 15,000 to each game. Base
ball evidently lacks considerable of
being a dead sport.
He Doctors l'ostal Money Order a no
Makes a Rich Harvest, Only to
Come to Grief- Other Happen
A. B. Smith and the Plattsmouth
Water company are the opposing par
ties in a dispute which gives promise
of occupying the attention of the vari
ous courts in the county for some little
time. Mr. Smith is the owner of the
large tract of land lying just north and
west of the water company's
pump house and through which flows
an off-shoot of the Platte, from which
the company secures its water supply.
An injunction suit is already pending
before Judge Chapman in which the
water company asks that Mr. smith
be restrained from damming up the
upper mouth of the off-shoot, but now
the tangle has assumed more formid
able proportions. Mr. Smith has pur
chased of Harry Howlaud the land
lying east and south of the pump
house, so that the water company is
virtually hemmed in on all sides. The
big line of maim which taps the river
for a water supply comes across Mr.
Smith's land, aud he has started
the ball to rolling by noti
fying the company to get their
property off his land. This was para
mount to shutting down the works, as
no water can be secured from any
other source aud the company hascon-
sequently paid no attention to the
notification. It is now understood
that Mr- Smith will play back by com
mencing a suit for trespass, but
whether it will be a civil or criminal
action, or both, is not known. At all
events both sides show fight and the
outcome will be awaited with interest.
Nelly Bly in the New York World of
Feb. 12th, said: "I do not think we
can ever can ourselves civilized so
long as we are meat eaters. The very
thought is repulsive. From a human
standpoint it is frightful to realize the
amount of suffering caused by the de
sire to eat flesh. If eaters of meat
could visit the stock trains and see
what 1 have seen, they would instantly
become vegetarians." Whether they
would do so or not for that reason, if
the raise in the price of meat which
has been made in the east extends to
the nest it will probably force many
people to stop eating meat. Vegetable
diet undoubtedly has its advantages.
Chas. Heebner and II. Ingwersen
called on us Saturday night on their
way home from Omaha where they
each had a car of hogs on the market.
Heebner's load averaged 443 pounds
per head and he got 5 cents, the top of
the market, lngwersen's load weighed
3C9 pouuds each and he received 14.85
per cwt. Weeping Water Republican.
Tom Akeson went to Lincoln Mon
day to try to make a settlement with
Conway, the saloon-keeper, who in
formed on the murderers of his father.
At the time of the arrest Tom Akeson
paid the 500 reward money to the offi
cers who made the arrest instead of
Conway, who has since sued for the
money. It does not hardly seem just
to exact Mr. Akeson to pay the re
ward a second time, and the officer
obtaining it should be made to make
the amount good when the courts de
cide against him as In this case.
Weeping Water Republican.
The will of the late A. P. Weston of
Nehawka precinct was filed for pro
bate in connty court Friday, Mrs. Wes
ton and L. C. Pollard being mentioned
as executors. The estate is valued at
The jury in the case of John
Schmidt, on trial at Nebraska City on
the charge of murder, could not agree
and was discharged Saturday after
noon at four o'clock. Otoe county
will now be put to the expense of an
Sheriff Eikenbary went out in the
county yesterday and served notice on
Messrs. A. C. Loder and Geo. Sheldon
that they were drawn on the special
venire of sixty men from which a jury
will be chosen to try the case of state
vs. ex-Treasurer Hill. The case comes
up before the supreme court on April 29.
The trial of the forcible entry and
detention suit of A. B. Smith vs. W.
A. Kitzberger, the same growing out
of the occupation by Kitzberger of the
plaintiff's land above the water works
pump house, was commenced Wednes
day afternoon in county court before a
jury of six. The three suits against
Robert Walker, Chas. Foster and J.
W. Roberts, which are of the same
nature, hinge on the outcome of the
action now on trial.
The police are completely in the dark
as to the identity of the burglar who
broke into the Pacific bouse on Mon
day night and helped himself to prop
erty of Con Gillispje, one of the board
ers. The thief socured Con's watch,
coat and vest and about 125 in money.
but an envelope, containing somet90;
dropped from the rear pocket of Gillis
pie's pantaloons to the floor and es
aped the thief's attention. The guilty
party was evidently well acquainted
with the premises, as he mounted the
porch and gained an entrance to Gillis
ple's window. Con had evidently been
spotted as a good subject for plucking,
and his room was reached by the easi
est possible route.
IS SHE A BIGAMIST?
The Wife of a Former Plattsmouth
Butcher In a Serious Trouble.
MORE PLU1IS ARE DISTRIBUTED
Governor Holcomb at Last Shakes the
Tree for the Benefit of m Demo
crat Varlons Other Local
TBIKABT bRAXliB SCHOOL
Beatrice 56 49 27
UatUngn : 56 03 30
Nebraska City 40 86 40
Platumouth 51 45 33
South Omaha 68 41 24
Grand Island 56 54 18
Fremont 56 43 31
Kearney C3 56 SO
Now comes the most interesting
table of all. It gives just what every
person ought to know and should be
filed away for reference. When we
consider the excellent work being done
in ourschools it should put a quietus
on all the "kickers" at once:
coht ran corr fib
CITT TOTAL ' PCTIL FVP1L
xrxxsEs asaoLxro attbhdinq
Omaba t37),453.58 Ti5.30 rifl.70
Lincoln 8i.713.52 13.80 21.50
Beatrice 20,549.80 18 48 23.87
Hastings 20.544.97 13.14 18.19
Nebraska CI t7 19.798.5S 15.10 19.C0
Plattf.mouth.. 15,142.73 12.63 16.82
South Omaha. 22.018.C0 13.89 28.23
Grand Island. 30. 475.45 16.12 22.10
Fremont 26.1S1.63 17.83 25.10
Kearney 23,907.65 15.42 23.71
A CUvir Swindle-
As might be expected, the smooth
est swindler against whom the postal
authorities have contended for some
time, is a Chicagoan. His name is
Hanson and he came to grief the other
day at Elgin, Ills., when he was placed
under arrest. Hanson was a truck
man employed by one of the rail
roads in Chicago, and his duties con
sisted of handling the mall pouches.
Three months ago he made a key to
open the pouches. He wuld take a
handful of letters from a pouch, es
pecially those addressed to postmas
ters,and extract the money advices.
He would then search the pouch for
all letters addressed to parties whom
the advices named. Taking these
etters,he would wash off in chemicals
the amounts named in the advices and
orders, fill in higher figures, make the
money orders payable to someone else
and have identification waived. The
advices he would remail to the post
offices. In order to supply the proper
margins on the money orders he would
go to the Chicago postoffice and buy
an order for as many cents as there
were dollars in the first order. He
would then tear off the cent margin
and paste in the dollar mark in the
raited order. Hanson would not say
how many orders he had altered, but
the number is large. The work of
chemical solution in washing off ink
was beyond detection. The postoffice
inspectors declare his work the best
they have ever seen.
The new anti-lottery law has made
it necessary for the express companies
to give up handling matter addressed
to any of these questionable Institu
tions. The new regulations issued to
the employes of some of the companies
are stringent. The clerks are pro
hibited from taking shipments for lot
tery people, and In case it is suspected
that any packages contain lottery mat
ter, transmission may be refused until
visual proof is offered that no infrac
tion of the law is attempted. This
new law will practically end the exist
ence of the Louisiana lottery.
Last fall we were told that we could
not borrow monev or renew loans if
Holcomb was elected governor. Never
theless, I now have money to loan on
good farm security, at a less rate than
ever before. Write or call and see me
if yon desire a Joan. J.M.Lktda,
12-3 m Plattsmouth, Neb.
Notes and Queries tells a business
man bow to succeed In the following,
and it appears so very easy that every
body will be rich in a day or two If the
requirements are even half-way carried I adjoins Arbor Lodge, the home of J.
out. "uareiuur examine every detail l ctoriin Mnrtnn it hi hntrovnr
w a w at aav v a w w a w at m w ii w w
Geo. Leldigb. Is Warden.
Governor Holcomb yesterday ap
pointed George W. Leidigh of Ne
braska City to the wardenship of the
state penitentiary. Mr. Leidigh is a
Pennsylvanlan by birth, but has been
a resident of Otoe county for a num
ber of years. He is a farmer. His
application was endorsed by United
States Senator Allen and by all the
free silver democrats and populists in
his section of the country. His farm
Is Mrs. Kllenbaam a Bigamist?
The following dispatch to a Chicago
paper dated at Nevada, Mo., April 22,
is of decided interest to Plattsmouth
"A sensation was created here this
afternoon by the arrest of Mrs. F. H.
Ellenbauxn charged with bigamy.
Saturday Richard Rutledge came here
and registered from Denver, Colo. He
says he is the husband of the woman
who has been known here for several
years as the wife of Frank H. Ellen
baum, Mr. Ellenbaum is proprietor of
a meat market, and bis wife has borne
three children, one son being nearly
grown who is off at school. Rutledge
says be was married to Mrs. Ellenbaum
in Las Vegas, N. M., in 1S93, having
first met her in Denver in 1891, where
she was stopping In the hope of bene
fitting her little daughter's health.
After the marriage Mrs. Ellenbaum
left Rutledge and returned to this city
and has since been living with her first
Mr. Ellenbaum will be remembered
as the proprietor of the Union block
meat market in this city for about two
years and figured as the plaintiff in
the somewhat celebrated cow case of
Ellenbaum vs. Bilstein, in which the
costs ran up to ten times the price of
the property in dispute, finally result
ing in Ellenbaum's favor. While a
resident of this city Ellenbaum
boarded at a private house with his
youngest son, and it was for only two
weeks that the wife was In town. It
is known that Mrs. Ellenbaum came
here from a rather lengthy trip to Col
orado, and it is thought more than
probable that she may have formed an
attachment with Rutledge, as it is
told by parties well acquainted with
the facts that Ellenbaam's wedded life
was far from being happy. It has
been nbout three years since Ellen
baum sold out his business in this city
and went south to engage in the opera
tion of a "merry-go-round." That
proved to be a poor investment and he
located in Nevada, Mo., about a year
ago. News of the result of his wife's
prosecution will be awaited with con
siderable interest by Plattsmouth
of your business. Be prompt in every
thing Take time to consider and then
decide positively. Daie to go forward.
Bear troubles patiently. Be brave in
the struggle of life. Maintain your
integrity as a sacred thing. Never
tell business lies. Make no useless ac
quaintances. Never appear something
more than you are. Pay your debts
promptly. Shun strong liquor. Em
ploy your time well. Do not reckon
upon chance. Be polite to everybody.
Never be discouraged. Then work
hard, and you will succeed."
Ex-Mayor Butler, Councilman John
Sattler, Melchoir Soennichsen, Harvey
Saga and Geo. Lindon constituted a
party of fishermen who landed a fine
CO-pound cat fish in the neighborhood
of the B. & M. bridge yesterday after
noon. They had angled for over two
boura without success, but when Sage
pulled the monster into shore on a
throw-line everybody was willing to
swear that it was he alone who caught
the fish. Fortunately for the reputa
tion for veracity.possessed by the lucky
fishermen, the prize was dressed and
quartered last evening, otherwise it
would easily have weighed two hun
dred pound by today. The meat was
decidely choice, and the writer ac
knowledges having made a very com
fortable breakfast upon a share of the
A 2ier School Law.
A law passed the late legislature
and has been signed by the governor,
which allows non-resident pupils to
attend any high school in the county
without paying tuition. The county
pays the tuition. The law is a good
one. Its provisions are given below:
House roll No. 283, by McNitt An
act to provide for free attendance at
public high schools.. High schools so
determined to be by the state depart
ment of education shall hereafter be
open to the attendance of pupils from
outside the district. The pupil must
first have a certificate from the county
superintendent that he has advanced
to high school requirements. Non
resident pupils shall attend the nearest
high school. High schools that can
not accommodate outside pupils with
out additional building are exempt.
Fifty cents per week each mustbe paid
to the high school district for non-resi
dent pupils, to be paid out of the
county school fund. The county board
in each county shall levy annually a
tax sufficient to meet this expense, not
to exceed one mill.
It Is surmised that the reason why
the B. & M. people do nothing for the
protection of the east bank of the river
opposite this city, is because they want
to induce the government to take hold
of that work, as it is doing for the
East Omaha bridge company. That
would certainly be a good scheme.
been a bitter opponent of Mr. Morton,
politically, for eight years. Mr. Lei
digh recently purchased the control!
ing interest in the Daily Independent,
a populist newspaper in Nebraska
City. Leidigh led the break for Allen
In the senatorial contest in the legis
lature of 1893. Warden Besmer has
tendered his resignation, to take effect
May 10, at whichtime Warden Leidigh
will assume charge.
Messrs. J. C. Dohlman of Chadron
and Frank B. Uibbard of Arlington
were made deputy oil inspectors. The
former is a democrat and the latter
Oae Democrat Gets a Plum.
Governor Holcomb has appointed
Dr. J. H. Mackey of Madison as
superintendent of the Norfolk asylum,
and Chas. E. Jenkins of Madison to be
steward. The doctor takes charge on
the 10th of next month and the
steward on the 1st. Mackey is a demo
crat and bis appointment is the first
which the governor has conferred
upon a member of that party. Jenkins
is a populist and with C. D. Grimes of
this city, was the only applicant for
This is the best time of the year to
paint your houses, barns and fences.
F. G. Fricke & Co., keep a full stock
of the best prepared paints in the mar
ket, at low prices.
What More Could You Ask?
The O'Neill brothers, who are run
ning the Plattsmouth ferry, intend is
suing commutation tickets for ten trips
to anyone who wishes to use the ferry
on Sunday or are not entitled to free
transportation. There are a number
of residents along the bottoms who de
sire to attend St. John's Catholic
church in Plattsmouth. and to those
the commutation ticket will be a boom.
The House Furnisher,
Offers to buyers the chance to secure the VERY
BEST in his line which the market affords, and
AT PRICES WHICH ABSOLUTELY DEFY
A six-days indoor bicycle race is be
ing arranged to occur early in June at
the Coliseum building in Omaha, the
riders to go two and one half hours
each night. Handsome prizes will be
awarded and the number of entries
promises to be large. Harvey Hollo-
way of this city is a possible contes
tant and with proper preparation
Plattsmouth cyclists have great hopes
of his landing a share of the prizes.
TH E fact that my stock is the Biggest and Best in
Cass countv. deserves the attention of people desir
J something in the FURNITURE line. The
my store building are full to overflowing wi1
and everything goes at 'depression pnc
f for yourself. -
if I PFAR! MAM TKo Hmico Purnifiher.
Opposite Court House, Plattsmouth.
three floors of
th new goods,
Call and see
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