Plattsmouth weekly journal. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1881-1901, July 25, 1895, Image 1

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VOL. 14, NO. 31.
2l flrt rjnit yeah,
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A Young Lady of This City Becomes
Sadly Demented.
Aud Hit Siii-e Talked of Scarcely Auy
thine Hut Bicycles Democratic
Count' Conventions Called
."Must lie a ."Mistake.
Insane Over Hicycle Kaclnc.
Miss Lena Ploeger. a young lady
about nineteen years of age, has be
come insane, and, from the facts
learned, it appears that bicycles are
the cause of her insanity.
Miss Ploeger is a daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Earnest Ploeger. who reside
on Wintersteen hill. The family has
lived in Plattsn.outh about twelve
years, and have the reputation of be
ing respectable German people. Miss
Lena was employed all last winter and
this spring at Jake Heiurich's restau
rant. About a month ago she went to
woik for Srttn'l Thomas, a farmer
residing on Four Mile creek, west of
this city.
Last Thursday the Thomas family
were in town aud attended the bicycle
races at the fair grounds, Mi;s Ploeger
accompanied them. Mr. Thomas' son
Louie, was one of the participants in
the races. It was noticed then that
the girl appeared very much excited
and nervous, but as she bad never
before attended a bicycle race, Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas attributed her strange
actions to this fact.
After the races the Thomas family
returned home, and the following day
the family became suspicious of the
girl, as she acted very strangely. Mrs.
Thomas told Lena to peel some onions
for dinner ttiat day, and the girl pre
pared about ' peck of that vegetable
for the noon-day meal. Mrs. Thomas
censured her fr this and. the girl be
gan cring and said she would go home
if scolded again. Shortly afterward,
Lena packed up her things and said
she was coming to town. Louie
Thomas met her as she was starting,
and said that he would bring her to
town in the buggy if she wanted to go
Miss I'ioeger was brought to this
city and remained home until Sun
day afternoon, when she left her par
ents and said she was going out to
Thomas' again. She was seen in town
by heveral people, who noticed her
s'range actions. , She invited a re
porter for The Jouknal to accom
pany her out to Thoinas saying they
were going to have a thousand dollars'
worth of ice cream. She also wanted
the reporter to "take in" the bicycle
races at the fair grounds. The Jour
nal man thought the girl acted alittle
queer, and informed Chief Dunn, who
started out to the Thomas farm after
her. He found her several miles out
and brought Iter to this city, where
she was placed in jail in charge of a
lady attendant.
On Monday the insane commission
pronounced the gitl insane, andordered
her sent to the asylum at Lincoln.
It is a very sad affair, as the girl has
always lorne a good reputation, and
her friends hope that she may soon
lecover her reason.
Democrat ! Convention tailed.
The democratic committee for Cass
county met in Judge Archer's oflice in
this citv on Saturday last at tvo o'clock
and was called to order by Chairman
Archer. - A fair representation was
It whs determined to hold the dele
gate convention at Union on Tuesday,
August 20, at 1 o'clock p. m., and the
nominating convention in Plattsmouth
on S', October 12, the repre
sentation to each convention to be one
delegate for each twenty votes cast for
H.D. Travis for county attorney last
year. The August convention is called
to select twenty-oue delegates to at
tend the state convention to be held at
Omaha on '24th of August.
Most lie a Mistake.
A farmer who was in from Cedar
Creek Monday reports that last w eek
one day, two men called at a farm
house near the Becker school house,
nroute home from Plattsmouth and
on of them begged some bread and
Gutter for the two, sayiug that they
were hungry. While they were eating
their lunch the woman inquired if
they knew anything about the shoot
ing affair near Louisville, when the
4nan who had been doing the talking
.said: "Yes, I am the man that did
the shooting, and they tried to put me
in jail for It." The circumstance is
the talk of the neighborhood. It is
thought the man must be out of his
head or extremely stingy. Farmers
who are as well fixed as Henry Gable
do not generally go about begging
Increase in Acreage.
Lincoln Journal.
The faith of farmers in Nebraska as
an agricultural state is shown in the
acreage for the year 1894. Reports of
county clerks to Auditor Moore are
very incomplete, thirty-four counties
making ho report whatever on corn,
wheat and oats, and a greater number
have failed to report on other crops.
Improved land is reported at an in
crease of 533,429 acres over last year,
and the assessed valuation of improved
laud showB a corresponding increase
of over $400,000.
The exact acreage cannot be ob
tained. Only tifty-six counties re
ported this year, three less than last
year, yet an increase is noted in the
acreage of almost every product except
wheat, which is less than last year.
Corn, oats, barley, rye and millet show
a large increase.
There was no report last year on al
falfa, sugar beets or potatoes, but this
year a dozen or two counties report an
aggregate of 2,269 acres of beets, 4,794
acres or alfalfa and 10,070 acres of
potatoes. Hut the most peculiar part
of this year's report from the fifty-six
counties is a decrease in fruit and
forest trees, which is not believed to
be true and is accounted for from the
fact that some counties which reported
last year did not send in returns this
year. The increase of grape vines is
111,550. Otoe county reports 11.774
forest trees.
A Refractory Prisoner.
The Council Bluffs Globe says:
'Sheriff liazen this morning released
Anna Wright, placing her in charge of
her mother, who resides in the coun
try. Anna was recently returned from
Mitchelville, where the authorities re
ported they were unable to conquer
her. She had beeu confined in a cell
since the third of July. She had been
at the institution since January 27,
1S92, and is now 17. years of age. On
the date in question she was corrected
for not properly doing the work as
signed her in the laundry department.
Anna seized the attendant and hurled
her half way down the stairs, resulting
in one sprained ankle. A second as
sistant was seized by the thumb and
that member was dislocated. The su
perintendent then came to the rescue.
Anna tackled him, seizing him by the
whiskers, blacking one eye and caus
ing his proboscis to lone a large amount
of claret. A half-dozen parties then
seized and placed her in a cell."
A "fiulitfE" Youug Couple.
Mr. Horace Howard and Mrs. Ella
Delaney came up from Otoe county
last Saturday, and made a call at the
oifice of Couuty Judge Ransey. When
the couple came out of the court house
both were in smiles, as the gentleman
carried a marriage license in his inside
pocket. They proceeded to the office
of Justice Archer, and made known
to that official their desire to get
"hitched." Looking over his glasses,
the judge beheld a rural-looking gen
tleman and an elderly-appearing lady.
That didn't cut much of a figure with
his honor, however, and in no time
the couple were "jined."
Mr. Howard is sixty years of age,
while his bride- is thirty-seven, but
they were just as happy as though
they were "young folks."
A DfeHerved Tribute.
The Rapid City (S. D.) Daily Jour
nal of the 19th inst. says that the
funeral of the late Rudolph Schnasse,
mention of whose death was made in
thes columns, was attended by the
largest number of people in the his
tory of that town on a like occasion.
The members of the fire department
attended in a body and friends came
many miles to show their sympathy
and respect, 'lbe floral offerings were
very beautiful and Rev. Haner of the
Presbyterian church of that city paid
a well-deserved tribute to the memory
of the young man.
Taken to the Asylum.
Miss Lena Ploeger, the young lady
who was Monday adjudged insane,
was taken up to Lincoln on Tuesda
by Sheriff Eikenbary. She was ac
companied by her father and mother.
A large crowd of curious people were
at the depot when the traiu pulled in
and Miss Ploeger seemed to recognize
her acquaintances and shook hands
with them before getting on the train.
The unfortunate girl was the object of
much sympathy from the crowd.
The" Plan Sifter" Hour is tne popular
brand. Ask for it from vour grocer.
QTRTPTI V 11 IT ,,'jwentback on his part of the agree-
1 Lj I 11 11. ment, and, of course, Holloway got
Plattsmouth Wins a Good Share of
the Prizes Thursday.
About Five Hundred I'eople Were In At
tendance Attliland'a First Public
Speech Doing lu the Dis
trict Court Note.
The Bicycle Meet
No withstanding the threatening
weather. Thursday, fully five hundred
people attended the first bicycle meet
on the local club's new race track. It
is said that the number of carriages
there exceeded those at either the
Omaha or Council Bluffs meets. The
high wind that prevailed prevented
any records being broken, but the time
made in several of the races was very
Plattsmouth people are very well
satisfied with the result of the races,
as two first prizes were captured by
local riders, while three second and
two third aud two fourth prizes were
also won by members of the Platts
mouth wheel club.
Several collisions occurred, in which
one or two wheels were badly smashed
and the riders considerably shaken
up, but no one was seriously injured.
J. L. Livesey, the official handi
capper of the state, who placed the
men in the five mile handicap race,
made a big mistake when he gave Car
riher 300 yards. Had his handicap
been cut down to about 75 yards, the
scratch men would have stood some
show of winning. Bert Crawford of
this city, another 300 yard man, would
undoubtedly have finished first in the
five-mile handicap race had he not col
lided with another rider and lost con
siderable time. At the time of the ac
cident he wassetting akillingpace for
Carriher, and he has demonstrated on
several occasions that he could have
kept it up until the finish.
The following is a summary of the
One mile, open Ten starters. Ed
wood, Omaha, first; Tom Patterson,
Piattsmoutb,secoud; Hollo way, Platts
mouth, third; Gadke, Omaha, fourth.
Time, 2:53 4-5.
One mile, novice Seven starters.
Crawford, Plattsmouth, first. Clark,
Omaha, second; Edwards, Omaha,
thiru. Time, 2:4G 2 5.
One-third Seven starters.
Fredrickson, Omaha, first; Patterson,
Plattsmouth, second; Edwood, Omaha,
third. Time, 0:4G 1-5.
Three mile lap race Four starters.
Holloway, Plattsmouth, first; Carriher,
Union, second; Fredrickson, Omaha,
third; Patterson, l'lattsmouth, fourth.
Time, S:40.
Roys' two-thirds mile race Four
starters. Urown, Omaha. first, Thomas.
Plattsmouth, second; Kelly, Omaha,
third. Time, 1:39.
Five mile, handicap Fifteen
starters. Carriher, Union, 300 yards,
first; Fredrickson, Omaha, scratch,
second; Holloway, l'lattsmouth,
scratch, third; Burdick, Omaha, 225
yards, fourth; Crawford, Plattsmouth,
300 yards, fifth; Biown, Omaha, 350
yards, sixth. Time, 12:57.
Messrs. C. W. Banning. Lester Stone
and W. H. McBride were up from Ne
hawka to see the races Thursday.
They remained over night.
Bert Crawford, the butcher-boy, will
make one of the speediest riders in
the state. He has only been riding a
few month, yet he demonstrated laBt
week that he can "trot with the best
of 'em."
The wheel club should make haste
to arrange for another bicycle meet.
It's a good thing. It brings to Platts
mouth from other parts of the county
a splendid class of people, and while
here they trade more or less.
The merchants of Plattsmouth
doubtless realize now that a bicycle
meet means an increase of business
for that day, and they will need no
urging to support such meetings here
after by offering liberal prizes.
It is reported that Edghill, the
Omaha kid who won the big six-day
race in the Coliseum last month,
"killed" himself, as far as racing is
concerned, in his wonderful effort.
There are a number of Western Union
boys in Omaha who can now beat
In the five-mile handicap it was un
derstood thatFredrickson and Gadke
were each to set the pace for one mile,
while Holloway would set the pace for
three miles. Fredrickson, as usual,
the worst of it.
In District Court.
Judge Chapman Friday morning de
cided two important cases. Sometime
ago the property of Elias Sage, a fruit
farm comprising some twenty-nine
acres, was included in the assessments
; for this city. Mr. Sage protested
j against this, claiming that his land
was outside the city limits, and. there
fore, could not be assessed as city
property. A verdict was rendered in
favor of Mr. Sage.
The foreclosure suit of the Platts
mouth Building and Loan association
vs. John L. Minor, involvingtheMinor
property in South Park, was decided
in favor of plaintiff.
The case of Addison C. Beach vs.
Eugene L. Reed, et al, an action for
correcting title to some property near
Weeping Water, was last Saturday de
cided in favor of plaintiff.
The attachment and garnishee case
of Arthur Murphy, vs. Kilpatrick Bios.
& Collins, was decided in plaintiff's
Reed. Murdock & Co. vs. August
Panska, et al., an action appealed
from county court, was decided in
tavor of plaintiff.
Former Ilatiiituth Girl .Married.
The Detroit Free Press of the 21st
inst contains the following account of
the marriage of a former well-known
young lady of this city: "A very quiet
wedding occurred at Wyandotte yes
terday, the contracting parties being
Miss Cora Wayniau. of Wyandotte,
and Reuben Daniels, of Ford City, Fa.
The wedding occurred shortly before 4
o'clock at the home of the bride's par
ents, on Riddle avenue. Rev. G. W.
Bloodgood, rector of St. Stephen's
Episcopal church, officiated. The room
in which the wedding occurred was
tastefully decorated with cut flowers
and potted plants. The bride was
given away by her father, John Way
man. She was dressed in a neat fit
ting gown of lavendarsilk with French
lace trimmings. Mr. Daniels is an
engineer in the emplov of the Pitts
burg Plate Glass Works. The young
couple left for their home in Pittsburg
last night."
Aftlilnml's Firt I'ublic Speech.
During the snmmer of 1S65 Gov.
Saunders visited Ashland; and as it
was a rare thing for the frontiersmen
of those days to see a governor, the
people for miles around turned out to
make bis acquaintance. As an as
semblage of Americans cannot be
happy unless they hear a speech, the
governor was invited to orate. But
here a dilemma presented itself.
There was no hotel, house, or oth'er
building of sufficient capacity to hold
the audience. A happy thonght oc
curred to some one. The mill yard
was suggested as the place. The gov
ernor and his auditors walked down
and a rostrum was soon constructed of
saw logs, which the speaker mounted,
while the audience seated themselves
on other logs, and then aud there
listened to the first public speech de
livnrtd in the town. Summer Breeze.
The Indian War lfrln.
A special from IWatello, Idaho, in
Wednesday morning's pipers says:
" The Iudian war has broken out in
earnest. Bannock Indians have killed
a settler, his wife and child, in the
Salt river valley and the white men
pursuing the murderers, killed six of
the redskins. v
"Union Pacific Engineer Robert
Fitzpatrick. who pulled the north
bound freight into Pocatello at six
o'clock last evening, brings the story
of the conflict iu the Salt river valley.
"The excitement among the settlers
in Northwestern Wyoming over the
threatened uprising of the Bannock
aud Shoshone Indians is growing more
intense every day."
Redaction In State l-vy.
County Clerk Frank Oickson was up
to Lincoln Thursday, and while there
secured a reduction of the state levy
for Cass county, which is appreciated
by the tax-payers. Last year the
levy was seven mills, and the clerk has
secured a reduction of a half mill.
This means a reduction of $3,000 for
the county this year.
The race between Lee Allison's
running team and a bicyclist named
Thornton was booked to occur at Shen
andoah last evening. The distance
to be run is ten miles, and the race
was undoubtedly a very interesting
one. Several people from this city
went over yesterday morning, among
them being Harvey .Holloway, Sam
Patterson and Will Hyers.
Subscribe for the Weekly Jo cr-nal-$1
per year, if paid in advance.
Democratic County Convention.
There will bo a delegate convention
of the democrat party of Cass county,
held at Union on Tuesday, August 20,
1895, at 1 o'clock p. m. for the purpose
of choosing twenty-one delegates to
the democratic state convention to be
held in Omaha, Nebraska, on August
22, 1895, and to choose delegates to the
judicial convention to be called.
The primaries will be held in the
different waids and precincts at the
usual places, on Saturday, August 17,
1S95, at S o'clock p. ni. for the purpose
of choosing delegates to the conven
tion at Union and also to choose dele
gates to a county nominating conven
tion to be called later. The basis of
representation is one delegate for each
twenty votes, or major fraction thereof
cast for Harvey D. Travis for county
attorney in 1S94, this basis to govern
each convention. It is recommended
that the delegates present cast the full
vote of the ward or precinct and no
proxies be allowed.
The different wards and precincts
are entitled to delegates as follows:
Plattsmouth City, 1st (Elmwood 5
ward 4: South Bend 3
Second ward J, Weeping Water i
Third ward t Center 5
Fourth ward 5' Louisville 5
Fifth ward a Eight Mile Grove C
Weeping Water City lAvoca 5
First ward l'Xehawka 3
Second ward li Mt. Pleasant 4
Third ward ljLiberty 6
Tipton i Plattsmouth 10
Greenwood 3 Rock Mutt's, 1st diet. 4
SaltCreek S Kocfc Blufts, 2d dist. 3
Stove Creek...: 51
M. AucnEK, Chairman.
Chas. Grimes, Secretary.
A. B. Dickson was appointed ad
ministrator of the John Hetrick estate
in county court Monday.
A. N. Sullivan last Tuesday filed a
suit in Justice Archer's court against
Julius II. Langhorst for $15 for legal
Miss Tillie Bauer vs. Geo. L. Metz,
a suit to recover the sum of $107.00
alleged to be due for rent was decided
in Justice Archer's court Tuesday.
Judgment for plaintiff in the sum of
$31.40. .
Judge - Ramsey issued marriage
licenses Tuesday to the follov;ing: Mr.
John Knox and Miss Sarah Simpson;
Mr. Charles Lovell and Miss Minnie
Rauth. The latter couple residesouth
of this city.
The Denson vs. Denson case has
been grinding away all day in county
court. The attorneys have been argu
ing the matter all day, and are still
"at it" as The Journal goes to press.
The arguments will brobably be fin
ished late this afternoon.
Mike Duperella, the insane Polander
who was sent up to the asylum from
this city a few wpeks ago, escaped from
that institution the other night and
was found wandering around near
Weeping Water Monday. He was
placed in jail there and was taken
back to Lincoln yesterday afternoon
by Sheriff Eikenbary.
Sheriff Eikenbary reports that the
twelve-year-old boy, Otto Finda, who
was taken up to the reform school the
other day, is the most delighted in
mate of that institution. Military
drills are participated in by theloys
twice a week, aud Otto was just in
time to get into the ranks. It is safe
to say the reform school management
need have no fears of the boy escaping.
He comes nearer enjoying "home" life
now than he ever did here.
Geo. E. Sayles, the Cedar Creek mer
chant, had a little dispute last Satur
day with J. F. Barnes, the B. & M.
station agent at that place, in which
the latter received the worst of it.
Barnes came to this city and swore
out a warrant for the arrest of Sayles,
and Sheriff Eikenbary went out to
Cedar Creek on Monday and brought
him to this city where he was arraigned
before Justice Archer. He decided to
plead guilty of assault and battery,
and received a fine of $1 aud costs
which was paid, and the prisoner re
leased. Occasioned No Trouble.
Sheriff Eikenbary reports lhat Miss
Lena Ploeger,the young lady whom he
took to the asylum Tuesday, occas
ioned him no trouble whatever. She
seemed to think she was going to a bi
cycle race, and would nod and speak
pleasantly to every one who passed
her iu the train. She also gave num
erous invitations-to those near her to
partakw of some ice cream, saying that
she had 10,000 gallons. It is thought
that, with proper treatment she will
recover her reason.
The Weekly Journal will be
sent to any postoffice in the United
States one year for one dollar, in advance.
A Boy Nearly Kills a Horse at the
Jones Livery Stables.
The Weeping Water liank Squabble De-
cided in District Court A Burglar
Robs an Elm wood Editor
Miscellaneous Affairs.
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The Gun Was Loaded.
Will Carmack, a young lad employed
at Jones' livery stable, came near
slaughtering a mare Wednesday. He
was watering the animal at a trough
in the barn and held a 44 calibre Smith
& Wesson revolver in his hand. Will
was endeavoring to make a trade with
the owner of the gun, and wa3 snap
ping the hammer, when he noticed
several shells in the cylinder. The
owner of the gun said they were emp
ties, so Will pulled the trigger again.
A terrific report followed, and when
the smoke had cleared away and the
boy had come down from the vicinity
of the ceiling the horse that he was
watering was lying on the floor. The
bullet had entered the neck on one
side and passing clear through, had
crashed through several board parti
tions. The animal was believed to be
dead, or dying, by the bystanders, and
Will was told to put the poor beast
out of its suffering. He had jast
cocked the hammer to finish the work,
when the horse started to kick and
soon jumped upon its feet again. The
horse now bids fair to recover and
Will is congratulating himself that he
will not have to work several weeks
without pay. Dr. Barnes cow has the
gun locked up, and- young Carmack
has lost all desire to trade for a pistol.
The Petition Granted.
In district court chambers Judge
Chapman last Thursday granted the
petition filed by J. II. Haldeman and
other depositors of the Commercial
banh-of Weeping Water, removing
the receiver, II. II. Noies, of Beatrice,
and appointing John A. Donelan in
his stead. The court said that Xoies,
it appeared, was actually serving wit h
out bond, as he and hi3 bondsmen
were practically execution-proof. The
court gave Noies fifteen days in which
to turn over the property and effects
of the bank to his successor, with no
power to act in the meantime. The
case came here from the supreme court
under the old law, which gives the dis
trict and supreme court concurrent
jurisdiction, on the application of
complainants. This decision will be
very satisfactory to nearly all the par
ties at interest residing in this county,
and will compel the delinquents to
come to time.
A Burglar at Elinuood.
A special to the Lincoln Journal
from Elmwood says; "Elmwood was
visited Tuesday night by a sneak thief
who entered the house of Editor A. U.
Mayfield of the Echo, securing $10 in
money, which belonged to the A. O. U.
W. He had two shot-guns within
easy reach, but the thief deftly re
moved them to the yard, where they
were found next morning. Jim Dur
bin's house was also entered and his
knife, watch and eight cents in money
were taken. He also attempted to
enter the houses of John Clements,
Rev. Campbell, E. M. Jacobs and sev
eral others, but was frightened away
before securing anything. The man
was seen by several persons, and is
described as a short, heavy-set man,
wearing a straw hat and a black suit
of clothes. He is supposed to have
been crazy, or he would have known
better than to have tried to rob an ed
itor and a preacher."
Ram Into a Tree.
The passenger train on the Lincoln
branch of the Missouri Pacific ran into
a tree west of Weeping Water Thurs
day night, which had been blown
across the track during the storm, and
escaped any injury save knocking ont
seven or eight windows in the rear
coach. The passengers therein were
badly frightened. The way the pilot
of the engine struck the tree was all
that saved it from going into the
ditch. Nebraska City News.
Killed Seven Horses.
A special from Elmwood says: "Tay
Ri chards, a -farmer living two miles
east and four miles north of Elmwood,
had seven head of horses killed at ore
stroke of lightning Thursday night
during a severe thunder shower. Tha
horses were turned loose in a pasture."
Farm Loans made at lowest rates.
T. H. Pollock, over First Nat Jl bank.
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