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VOL. 14. NO. 20.
I'TjATTSMOUTII, NEBRASKA. THURSDAY, JUNE 20. 18U5.
LJf IF JfAlI IN ADVANCE.
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The Gering; Case Dismissed After a
Very Brief Hearing.
ATTORNEY CLARK IS TOO FOXY
Ami the Silver-Toiijfued Lu jcr From
1'lMttRiiioutli rnmerciftilly Kotistft
1 1 i in A S.Htl Afc-Klent nt
At the hearing in the Little-Gering
case in the Lancaster count court
Tuesday afternoon it did not take
Judge Lansing very long to realize
that he had made a serious mistake in
issuing the warrant for Mr. Gering's
Mr. Gering did not lack lor friends
and legal advisors, and all day Tues
day he was in receipt of telegrams and
notes from his lawyer friends, who
were willing to tender him their ser
vices. II. D. Estabrook, the distin
guished Omaha attorney sent the fol
lowing telegram to Mr. Gering Tues
day: "Accept assurance of my unabated
confidence in jou, also the offer of any
my power. I am yours
Judges Broady. Lambertson ;:Dd
Strode and other prominent Lincoln
attorneys also called upon Mr. tiering
and offered their services.
At 4:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon
Mr. Gering, accompanied by Attorneys
Lambertson, Wooley, aud J. L. Hoot,
took his place in the court room and
the case was taken up.
Mr. Clark stated that he would trust
his case with the judge on the show
ing made in the original petition on
which judgment was entered, the af
fidavit of Mr. Little and the order of
the court. Mr. Lambertson acted as
spokesman for Mr. Gering. He said
that if the prosecution had decided to
stand on the showing made by the
records the defense would move to
dismiss on the grounds that the tran
saction had been condoned by the re-
ceptiou of the notes, and judgment
t! ereon in this state. lie considered
the holding of Mr. Gering's body un
der those circumstances nothing more
nor less than ah outrage and he in
sisted that thecourtdischarge him im
mediately. Wednesday's Lincoln Journal, in
commenting on the case says:
"After Mr. Claik had called at
tention to the statute governing the
arrest of individuals for debts fraud
ulently contracted. Judge Lansing said
that he was satisfied that he had is
sued the order for Mr. Gering's arrest
hurriedly and he was sorry he had not
paid more attention to the affidavit
riled by Mr. Little. It was defective be
cause it did not show that a fraud had
been committed or where it had taken
"Upon hearing the judge's state
ment Mr. Gering rose to his feet and
asked a few minutes of the court's
time. The court gave him permission
to speak, and then followed one of the
most fiery roasts that one man ever
administered to another. lie seemed
to have a tongue of flame and the
words seemed to burn their way
through the room. He was finally
called down by Judge Lansing, but it
was not uutil he had declared that he
would hound the attorney to the
gates of purgatory but what he got
even for the indignities heaped upon
Mr. Gering returned Tuesday even
ing and was attending to business as
usual today. When asked about his
Lincoln experience he said that the
money involved was in the nature of a
running account between himself and
Little; that the latter told him in
Sioux Falls to settle the matter when
ever he could. Mr. Gering says that
the money lias all been paid back to
Little with the exception of the inter
est on $o"j0, less the interest on the
different payments he had made. The
arrest wa3 instigated by Clark, be
tween whom and Mr. Gering there ex
jsts an enmity.
A number of Lincoln attorneys are
of the 'opinio that a blunder has been
made by Little's lawyer.
People who were present say that
the roasting Matthew gave the foxy
Lincoln attorney was the best thing
Ihey ever heard.
. Henry Helming Killed.
Tuesday afternoon at three o'clock
Henry Henning, a well-known farmer
of South Bend precinct, and his little
daughter were retui ning home from a
visit at Murdock, and while crossing
ing the Rock Island tracks near the
former place their team was struck by
a train Mr. Henning was instantly
killed aud his little daughter seriously
the horses were both
rticulars of the unforr
tunate affair are very meagre, and it
is not yet kuown whether the company
employes are to blame or not.
Henry Henning is a son of II. J., who
resides in Eight Mile Grove precinct.
He was thirty-live years of age, and
leaves a wife and one child. The
funeral will occur this afternoon at
one o'clock from the family resi-
aenze at South Bend.
Mr. Henning was a member of the
Modern Woodmen of America and the
A. O. U. V,r. societies, under whose
auspices the funeral will be conducted.
Cyclone Ht Mell.
One of the worst cyclones ever seen
in Ricbarson county visited the home
of Win. Stoltz, four miles southwest of
Stella, Sunday afternoon. The storm
was first seen about one mile south,
when three funnel-shaped clouds came
together and merged into one. It did
not strike the ground until within a
few rods of the west side of Mr.
Stoltz's grove. From there it moved
east through the grove and into the
yard and outbuildings, which are situ
ated just south of the residence. It
took everything ia its path and after
the storm had passed nothing could
be seen of the barn, two corn cribs,
windmill and grauery, except a small
pile of broken timbers. A mule, which
va3 standing in the barn, was picked
up, carried thirty rods and disem
boweled, a fine mare was injured so
badly that she had to be shot, about
600 bushels of grain was scattered to
the four winds and 00 chickens were
killed. One live chicken and six dead
ones were found, after the storm, half
a mile east of the farm. Three wag
ons and one bucgy were entirely de
molished, and not enough could be
found to make one vehicle.
Mr. Stoltz, his wife and six childretji
were m tne cellar wnen tne storm.
struck the house. The shingle3 were
torn off and all the windows on the
east side were broken. As the house
stood in the edge of the storm this was
the extent of the damage. The fine
orchard is a total wreck and all the
feLing aud other improvements are
entirely wrecked. The cyclone passed
east from Stoltz's. through the field of
Adam Geibhardt. mowing down a
strip of corn and oats about 400 feet
wide and a half milein length, in some
places hollowing out the ground. At
the edge of his field it rose and broke
soon afterward, only running on the
ground about a mile. Mr. Stoltz's
loss is about S2.0O0. partly covered by
a tornado insurance of $300 on out
buildings and 81,00oon the house.
Wallace was also visited by a dis
astrous cyclone Sunday night. The
house of Benj. Young was the first in
its path, and it was strewn for miles.
Mr. Young's dead body was found
yesterday morning about four miles
from where his home was located. A
number of houses were swept away
and several people severely injured in
the neighborhood. Many buildings
were demolished near Broken Bow
It was one of the most disastrous
cyclones which has ever visited this
state, and exteBded over more terri
tory than any previous storm.
That llusaiau Thistle.
It now appears that it was rather un
necessary for the county commission
ers to send to Harlan county for spec
imens of the Russian thistle. There
is a patch of it down by the 13. & M.
depot, and David Sampson, jr., is au
thority for the statement that it has
been growing there for the past two
year.s. He says that there was only a
small patch last year but it is very
much larger now. It is claimed that
there is enough seed in one branch of
a plant to seed 200 acres of land.
Think Chappie Ik 11 U ltrother.
R. J. Chappie of Medina, N. Y.t in
the employ of a sewing machine com
pany at that place, has written to
Chief-of-Police Mostyn of Omaha in
regard to the sewing machine agent,
Wm. II. .Chappie, who was murdered
last week. The New Y'ork man states
that he had a long-lost brother by that
name and gives a description, which,
though meagre in details, corresponds
with that of the murdered man. The
matter will be investigated and a reply
will be given.
Elmwood is going to celebrate the
Fourth of Julv and. as thi r.itv will
not celebrate the day this year, it
mmht t. well fnr t, 08t.u,1(10r0 t, J
advertise their celebration in this vi-' he5r3 to a va-ual)Ie estate, which had
cinity . ' sorno time ago been settled, and a re-
i division was accordingly ordered. The
The Weekly Jouuxal will be ; attorney's lees in the case were gar
sent to any postoflice in the United j nished by Little, and it was in regard
States one year for one dollar, in ad- j to this matter that Mr. Gering was in
vance. i Lincoln Monday. It is presumed
A THIEF CAUGHT.
A Han Wanted at Pacific Junction
Captured at Oreapolis.
MATTHEW GERING ARRESTED
j The VUUgmoutU Attorney
pleasant Ilxperienee at Lincoln
Ilia Prlends Say the Charge
Are Not Truth.
Xahbed a l'.ur"lar.
Monday afternoon the officers here
received a telegram from Pacific Junc
tion to be on the lookout for a tramp
who had burglarized a house over near
Glenwood Sunday evening. The fel
low had been seen here about three
o'clock and was going north. Officer
Fitzpatrick got a team and drove up
to Oreapolis and was not long in lo
cating his man. When captured he
was carrying one of the stolen articles,
a Winchester repeating rille. The gun
bad several cartridges in it, but the
fellow did not seem disposed to make
any trouble and came back to this citv
with the officer. He was placed in jail
over night ami Tuesday Constable
I. E. Ballard came over from Pacific
Junction aud took the prisoner over
there for a preliminary hearing. The
burglar could have been held litre un
til a requisition was furnished from
the governor of Iowa, had he so de
sired, but he seemed willing enough to
accompany the Mills county officer
over the river.
The man gave his name as E. J.
Ryan and said he catcc from St. Joe,
Sanday night he entered tl e
hom of Orrin Lee over near Gle i-
and purloined a ri tie and a
i. When captured he did not
i he watch on Iris person, and said
he had sold it, but would not say
inere. lie was a tough-looking m.ln
and is no doubt an old hand at the
-Matthew Cicrinjr In Troulile
People of this city were considerably
startled luesdav morning when it
was learned from the Omaha ami Lin
coin papers that Matthew Gering hnd
been arrested in Lincoln on the charge
of obtaining money in a fraudulent
manner. The arrest was made at the
instance of a man named F. W. Little,
who is president of a loan and trust
company at Lincoln.
The following is.ixi substance, what
the Lincoln Journal says of the affair:
"Mr. Gering says he was loaning
money at Elk Point, S. D., in 1SS7.
He had received S350 and $300 in two
lots from Mr. Little's company and
had arranged to loan the amounts to
two different persons. About that
time he received word to come to Bis
mark and receive the appointment of
attorney-general through the influence
of prominent politicians. He had no
money of his own and decided to use
some of Mr. Little's. Failing to get
the appointment he returned and after
ward told Mr. Little about it.
"Subsequently Mr. Gering moved to
Plattsmouth. and then when pressed
for payment by Mr. Little gave his
notes for the amount due. When he
was elected county attorney he says he
offered to pay a part ef the claim from
his salary, and did pay about $100.
"When Mr. Gering was nominated
for attorney general Mr. Little again
pressed his claim and obtained judg
ment, but the nature of the case was
kept secret during the campaign.
"Mr. Gering alleges that the loan
company has obtained judgment
against one of the men to whom he
was to loan 8300 and he now thinks
the man must have received the money
intended for him on the loan or there
never would have been a judgment
rendered. lie claims to have receipts
for a considerable amount which,
added to the South Dakota judgment
would make Mr. Little's claim very
It is claimed by those conversant
with the facts that Mr. Gering paid
back all the money due Little with the
exception of some $300, and that for
the latter amount he gave Little a
man's note whom he had loaned the
money to. If Little accepted the note
that fact would clearly release Mr.
Gering from the responsitility of the
debt. Mr. Gering was attorney for
Mr. Decker in the recent case tried in
listrict court ,iere whereby Theodore
Decker was proven to be one of the
that Little was not successful in his
garnishee proceedings, and resorted
to this method to get even.
It looks a good deal like a clear case
of spite-work on the part of Little,
and it is likely to prove a very costly
one before the matter is settled.
Henry Gering went up to Lincoln
Tuesday afternoon to investigate the
Oltl Settlers J'lcnic.
Last Thursday the Old Settlers'
association of Nebraska held a picnic
in McKee's grove, near Palmyra,
Otoe county. It was a grand success.
The principal orators of the day were
Judge Samuel M. Chapman of this
city and Judge M. L. Hay ward of Ne
braska City. Concerning Judge Chap
man's address the Nebraska City News
"At 1:20 p. m. there was music by
the band and Judge Chapman was in
troduced. He began by referring to
the sacred spot where the meeting was
held, and said that where he now stood
was tne very hrst piece or land ever
bomesteaded in the United States or
any other country. It was entered by
Win. Young, who is still a resident of
the precinct. He did not agree with
Judge Hayward in regard to the loy
alty and patriotism of the young peo
pie of today, but said they were just as
loyal, j-.ist as honest, ami would fight
just sis hard and as long as the soldiers
of the revolutionary war or the rebel
lion. He then devoted his attention
to the needs of the farmer and among
other things said that what Nebraska
needed was storage of water to pre
vent t lie hot dry winds of summer.
For years, he said, we have been re
ducing the supplv of water drawing
off instead of trying to add to the sup
ply, and tie consequence was that
many creeks und springs that were
running full twenty years ago, were
now dry. What we needed were lakes,
which nature had provided places all
over the west, win-re water would be
stored in the spring and would remain
until the next spring. He believed in
damming aud filling every draw with
watt r. and then the at mosphere wculd
b more moist. He thought the gov
ernment, instead of appropriating
millions to build harbor or attempt
ing to improve worthless creeks, should
give the money to b- used in building
lakes in the western states. lie
spoke of the farmer's life and urged
education. The better a man is ed
ucated, he said, the better h is fitted
to fight againct the world and more
of a success be vi!i make in life.
If he had his life to live over again, he
said, he would never enter a profes
sion but would ! a farmer."
A Happy Wedding.
Yesterday morning at 10 o'clock Rev.
Father Carney performed the cere
mony which united the lives of Mr.
Patrick Egan and Miss Mai y J. Wales,
two weil-Known young people of this
city. The groom has been employed
in the B. A: M. boiUr hop for a num
ber of y ears, and the bride is a modest
and estimable young lady who has
many 1 1 ieiitTs in the city. Mr. Benj.
Henin'e. jr., of Havelock, and Miss
Jessie Tearney, of Omaha, acted
as groomsman and bridesmaid. After
the wedding ceremony the party ad
journed to the home of the bride,
where a sumptuous repast was served,
about fifty people partaking. The
happy couple departed in the afternoon
on Burlington No. 3 tor a two weeks'
honeymoon at Denver and other points
in. Colorado. They will commence
housekeeping in this city immediately
on their return.
The Journal hopes that their mat
rimonial bark will always sail
A Little Lurly Hl'tory.
Conrad Schmidt, t he veteran trav
elling man, who is i.ow representing
the Mokaska Coffee company of St
Joseph, Mo., was in the city yesterday.
Mr. Schmidt will be remembered by-
many old residents of this city, as he
used to make this town away back in
'GO. He is a very interesting conver
sationalist and relates that he was one
of the first men to build a house in
Chicago after the great Lre. He was
singing in the choir at t he Episcopal
church in this city some twenty-thiee
years ago, when he noticed a friend of
his named Lonsdale who was appar
ently in great distress. lie rose and
went to the door, and Mr. Schmidt fol
lowed. Lonsdale began vomiting
blood and in a few moments expired
in Mr. Schmidt's arms, death being
caused by hemorrhage of th lungs.
Many old residents will remember the
occurrence well. Mr. Schmidt is now
n resident of Beatrice and his son-in-law,
Mr. Brown, is publishing the
To Our Friend? in Cat County:
Now that the sole purpose of the
managers of The Jouuxal will be
to publish a weekly newspaper, and
wc wish it to be a refivx of the news
of Cass county, we are especially anx
ious to secure correspondents from
every precinct in the county who will
collect and give us the news from
their several neighborhoods while it
is fresh and readable. Democrats in
the county who have opinions on cur
rent topics to express are also invited
to write them down and send to us
for publication. Do not be afraid to
express your opinions, because they
are ju3t what other men desire to read.
Write for The Jouuxal.
A Kare 'Harpraiii."
Chas. Richey and Tom Parmele,two
well-known Plattsmouth boys, have
launched out into the horse-trading
business at Louisville. Richey is the
business manager, and the other day
a fellow tackled him for a trade. The
man had a pretty fair specimen of a
borne, and as Charley had an animal
that was somewhat the worse for wear
and tear, he offered his horse and 10
to "boot" for the other fellow s nag
The trade was made and the stranger
drove away with his investment.
Richey thought he would hitch up his
new horse and take a little spin around
the surrounding country. The animal
was hitched to Richey s buggy, and he
got in and prepared to show the Louis
villites what a good bargain he had
made. But the horse concluded he
wouldn't take the aforesaid spin, su:d
turning his head over his shoulder,
gave Richey a bewitching smile. All
kinds of coaxing and harsh words
would not make him move, and Char
ley was so disgusted that he got out of
the buggy and unhitched his 'bar
buin." The next man who proposes
a hore trade with him is liab'e to get
Another ool Sokinj;.
Rain, blessed rain; another shower
of plentious proportions came last
Monday to moisten the earth and re
vive vegetation and send the growing
crops booming ahead. Go into the
fields now and you can hear the corn
snap in its rapid growth, while spring
wheat and outs crops are coming for
ward grandly. The early potato crop
is now an assured success in Cass
county, and within a month new po
tatoes will be sold for less than fifty
cents a bushel. Eastern Cass has now
had fully three inches of rain since the
morning of May 30, divided into a
half dozen generous showers. It is
A SweiUr.li Picnic.
A party of some sixteen Swedish
ladies of this city engaged a large carry-all
of W. 1). Jones Thursday and
went down to Hrsser's grove, where
the day was pleasantly spent picnick
ing. While returning in the evening
one ot the lead horses became
frightened and, making a shap turn,
broke the whiflle trees. Mr. Jones, in
endeavoring to steady the horses was
jerked out of the wagon, but was not
injured. The ladies were all consider
ably frightened, Lrtt arrived home!
none the worse for their experience.
Chas. Ilassman accompanied the
party as chaperone.
Another llatt Iteluctiou.
The Burlington announced on Sun
day another reduction in packing
house products from Omaha to Chi
cago, i'eoria and .Mississippi river
points of cents under the present
rates. It was brought about by reduc
tions east from Kansas City by the
Missouri, Kansas & Texas.
What is probably the tallest steer
ever seen at the yards, or, in fact, in
the country, was brought in with a
cattle consignment by Robinson &
White of St. Paul. The steer in ques
tion attracted a great deal of attention
and was certainly a monster. His
height is seven feet and ' when stand
ing he reminds one of an elephant, al
though head and neck are well-formed
j and in good proportion to his mam-
moth body. While very thin in flesh,
his present weight is about 2,500
pounds and his frame could easily car
ry 4.0(0 pounds. He is dark red in
color and very gentle. Zed II. Clark,
the well-known cattle speculator, pur
chased him for $140, the highest price
paid for a single animal in a long
time, and he will either show him him
self or sell him for that purpose. The
steer is six years old and well devel
oped. South Omaha Drovers' Journal.
Leave your orders for job work with
Trus Journal, an artistic job guaranteed.
SOME QUEER SEEDS
A New Discovery Made That Baf
fles Local Scientists.
A COUNTY BASE BALL LEAGUE.
Several Clubs In the Wet tern I 'art of the
County 'Will Play a Series of Game
ProfeKftor Halsey Locate
at Kock Island, III.
Some little girls were playing among
the tree3 in South Park Saturday,
when their attention was directed to
the curious action of what appeared
to be a large number of small seeds
that were scattered over the ground in
a path that ran through the grove.
These small objects were constantly
hopping about, like grains of corn in a
popper. The little girls looked long
and closely at the little things and
were so amused and interested at the
demonstration that they gathered up
a lot of them in their aprons and
brought them away. Enclosed in a
small paper box a hundred or more of
these small objects may be seen at
The Joulxal office. The tiny ob
jects are of a light yellowish color and
look very muoh like mustard seed.
Last fall persons went about the coun
try displaying a small, three-cornered
seed called"the jumping bean,'' which
had a similar tendency to jump about,
without any apparent cause, the dif
ference being that these mustard seed
jumpers are far more active and per
sistent in jumping about. Doubtless
an examination witn a microscope
would disclose peculiarities not seen
by the naked eye.
Plattsmouth Not in It.
A Cais county base ball league was
organized last week at Wabash. Del
egates were present from Weeping
Water, Wabash, Eagle, Manley, Cedar
Creek and Greenwood. II. A. Schnei
der of Cedar Creek was elected pres
ident cf the league. Twenty games
will be played by each club, and a silk
pennant will be presented to the win
ning team by the G. A. R. encainp
ment,which is to be held In Wabash
next August. Each club will pay its
expenses and all gate receipts will go
into the general fund of the associa
tion. The league is composed of some
of the best clubs in eastern Nebraska
and some good games are expected.
Is it not strange that Plattsmouth is
I'rof. liaise- at Iiock Iblaud.
L'rof. W. N. Ilalsey, who was prin
cipal of the Plattsmouth schools for
the past three years, has been elected
superintendent of the city schools at
Rock Island, Ills., at a salary of $1,500
a year. The people of that city will
find Mr. IIal3ey an excellent instruc
tor, and his many friends in this city
will be pleased to hear of his desirable
appointment. Mr. Halsey was not a
candidate for reappointment as prin
cipal of the Plattsmouth schools, as he
was offered several better-paying po
sitions. He was by far the most
efficient principal this city ever had,
and the school patrons were all sorry
to see him leave.
A Modern lvlug
Last Saturday afternoon a trio of
Omaha detectives went down to Belle
vue to arrest Marshal Vic McCarty on
charge of harboring the brewery bur
glars, but they did not get their man.
Mounting his mustang, and with his
Winchester across his saddle horn the
marshal drove the Omaha cops out
side the corporate limits of Bellevue,
and the fellows were so badly fright
ened that they are supposed to be run
ning yet. Bellevue is a bailiwick unto
herself aud McCarty is her king, ac
cording to the tales of Omaha police.
Those Strange Seeds.
It has been developed that
g seeds" on exhibi
tion at this office, and which have at
tracted so much attention, are a spec
ies of moth eggs. They are found on
the leaves of oak trees and are very de
structive. The eggs are laid upon
the oak leaves by this moth
and the sun does the rest. An
oak branch containing several leaves
covered with these eggs was received
at The Jouuxal sanctum Tuesday
and can be seen by anyone calling.
The Sherwin-Williams prepared
paint covers most, looks best, wears
longest, is most economical and of full
measure. Sold by F. G. Fricke & Co.
The"PlanSifter"flouris the popular
brand. Ask for it from your grocer.
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