Plattsmouth weekly journal. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1881-1901, February 06, 1896, Image 1

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VOL. 15, NO. 7.
PLTTs:tioum nebuaska. Thursday, February g. isug.
PElt YEA It.
"What People Are Doing and Saying
Around the Town.
Th. Case t tiering Co. rs. Mn. Perry
Walker Draw a Bis Cronu In
'Justice Archer' Court Say
Prejudice xists.
A "Warm" Case.
Justice Archer's court was the cen
ter of attraction Friday for a large
crowd of people. As announced here
tofore, the case of Gering & Co. vs.
Mrs. Perry Walker was booked for
trill. The plaintiffs had. prior to the
latter part of January, 1S95, occupied
the Jos. Weckbach house over on
Fourth and Oak streets, for several
j ears. Some time iu September of the
same jtar Mrs. Perry Walker pur
chased the property occupied by the
Gering family. When the latter
moved out some shelving was left in
the hou?e. Mrs. Walker agreeing to
pay S2 for the same. Recently when
Serine & Co. presented a bill to Mrs.
Walker for merchandise, this item
was included. The latter disputed
the bill for the shelving, claiming
that the plaintiffs, id moving oot, had
damaged their property to the extent
of some $14; hence the suit. The mat
ter is beinii tried before a jury, and
abut a dozen witnesses have been
called. Several very funny scenes oc
curred during the progress of the trial,
which the spectators greatly enjoyed.
Verdict For Plaintiff.
The celebrated case of Gering & Co.
vs. Mrs. Perry Walker for 82.00 for
bome shelving, tried before a jury in
Justice Archer's court Friday, has
J- been decided. The arguments were
completed at about 5:30 o'clock p. m..
and the case was given to the jury.
Aftr being out for a few minutes, a
verdict was returned for the plaintiffs.
The costs in the case amounted to
-S29.S5. which w ill be taxed up to the
Claim That Prejudice Exist.
Nebraska. City Press.
Judge Shiras of the United States
circuit court, for the district of Ne
braska, Wednesday granted the peti
tion of defendants in the case of The
City ef Nebraska City, plaintiff, vs.
The Water and Light company of that
city and the New York Security and
Trust company, defendants, praying
for the removal of the case from he
district court from the Second judicial
The affidavit contains the following:
That said Judge Chapman was nomi
nated for re-election during the fall of
1S93; that his opponent is now the pres
ent judge of said district. That dur
ing the campaign several leading pa
pers, both in Cass and Otoe counties,
criticised Judge Chapman, and abused
him for the manner in whice he tried
the aforesaid suit. That the mayor
and members of the city council gen
erally fought Jude Chapman and sup
ported J udae Ramsey. That affiants
verily believe that a decision adverse
to plaintiff by the said Judge Ramsey
in the cause now sought to be removed
wouM expose Lim to the same local
criticism and ill will, not only by the
citizens, but by the newspapers of said
district, and affiants state that in their
belief, owing to the support that was
rendered Judge Ramsey by the mayor
and city council of Nebraska City,
that the decision and ruling of the
judge in the trial of this cause would
be affected thereby.
Affiants further state that they have
a pretty straight tip that a similar suit
is soon to be instituted at the city of
Piattsmouth. the county seat of Cass
county, and that a mere change of
venue would be inadequate and of no
avail that justice may be had. After
stating that most of the stockholders
of the Water and Light company are
residents of the state of New York
and stating that it is the belief of the
affiants that irrespective of the fact
that the said Judge Ramsey might, at
the trial of this cause, rise above the
local prejudice and influence, yet the
feeling is so strong that it would al
most to a certainty be the means of
controlling and influencing whatever
judge would try said controversy. This
affidavit is signed by the attorneys,
John C. Watson and M. L. Hayward,
and the local manager of the company,
D. P. Rolfe.
About the strongest affidavit in the
ten or twelve presented is that of ex--Judge
Chapman, who charges that the
mayor and city council entered into a
conspiracy to have him defeated unless
he cave the city the decision. II states
that certain representatives of the city
mo-t if nlutn f a dim thit m ifi rti !
was assured if only he would decide
for the city as against the company.
Slate Press Association.
Nearly one hundred of the news
paper men of Nebraska together with
many of their wives, last Friday con
cluded a very successful and altogether
pleasant annual meeting of the Ne
braska State Press association at Lin
coln. The success of the affair was
largely contributed by the liberality
and excellent management of the
Lincoln Hotel company and the local
committee. The ladies held a sep
arate meeting until Friday afternoon,
when by committees of conference an
agreement was arrived at for a union
of the two bodies was affected, the
women being allowed to join the asso
ciation on terms of equality except as
to admission fees and annual dues,
which were fixed at half the price for
the men. Very bright, interesting
and valuable papers were read by
various members and were discussed
by the meeting. Memorial resolutions
were adopted respecting the life and
character of E. M. Coryell, who died
last year.
Grand Island was selected as the
place for holding the next meeting, re
ceiving forty-three votes to seventeen
for Nebraska City. The following
were selected officers for next year:
President, W. L Dayton, of the York
Republican; vice presidents, one from
each congressional distric . A. L.
Bixby, W. S. Raker, S.J. Young, W.
N. Becker, L. M. Kimmel. W. II.
Ketchum; secretary-treasurer, F. N.
Merwin; corresponding secretary, D.
H. Cronin; members of executive com
mittee. C. M. Hubner. M. A. Brown,
W. O. Jones, Edgar Howard and M.
H. Barber.
The session ended with a compli
mentary banquet Friday night at the
Lincoln, which was a most enjoyable
affair, and entirely to the credit of the
hotel management and the citizens of
Lincoln who joined in its consumma
tion. It was noticed that W. S. Raker of
Gretna recently convicted and sen
tenced to the pen for libel by the
notorious Judge Scott of Omaha, and
out while the case was being reviewed
by the eupreme court, was lion of the
To Raie Burled Treasure
A dispatch from Elk Point. S. D.,
to the Bee says: "A fresh effort is
about to be made to raise the steamer
Eldora, which sank in the Missouri
river near Elk Point on its way from
St. Louis to Fort Benton in the spring
of 1S66. Among other articles which
constituted the cargo were 116 barrels
of whisky, valued at $300 a barrel, or
altogether nearly $35,000. Plans were
made at the time to raise the boat,
but before anything could be done a
change in the channel of the river left
it buried under a bar fifteen feet deep.
An effort was made even then to dig
it out, but so mucn difficulty was ex
perienced with the water which
rushed in as soon as the shaft was
opened that the attempt was given up.
and until last spring nothing further
was done. At that time E. E. Wen
ner of Elk Point purchased the boat of
the owners, Macky Bros, of St. Louis,
and the strip of bar in which it was
buried of a farmer whose land abutted
upon it and succeeded after several
weeks' work in locating the buried
steamer. A caisson was sunk and the
boat was actually reached before the
water finally forced its way in and
compelled a second abandonment of
operations. Improved machinery has
now been obtained and within a few
days the work will be resumed. An
offer has already been made for a con
siderable part of the whisky providing
it is found in good condition, which
experts say will undoubtedly be the
Mr. Stephen M. Taylor, aged 26, and
Miss Vina Rowe, aged IS, came up
from Union last Saturday and, after
seeing the sights of the metropolis of
Cass county for a few hours, called at
the county judge's office in the af
ternoon and signified their intention
of "j'ning hands and hearts." The
judge at once proceeded to accommo
date the young couple, after which
they departed, each wearing a smile
of supreme happiness. The Journal.
hopes thev will always be as happy as
they appeared Saturday.
The county judge at Omaha Tues
day granted a licence to wed, to John
C. Spangler, age 28, and Katie A.
Heim, age 25. both of Louisville, this
OUOlJu O LA I iO 1 .
An ex-Plattsmouth Woman of the
Town In Trouble Deep.
Cause. Tear of Sympathy to Flow From
an Omaha Police Judge's Eyes
The Gering-Walker Case De
rided Other Affair.
Trouble Drove ller Insane.
Last Friday's Omaha Bee contains
the following account of the escpade
of a former resident of this city:
"If the promise that was made to
Police Judge Gordon this morning by
'Alabama Sue' is kept, one of the char-
i acters of the half world will begone
forever. She pleaded not guilty to the
charge against her, but did not want
to go to trial. 'I'll tell you what I'll
do, judge,' she said. 'I'm. disgusted
with this town, and I'll get out if
you'll give me till tomoriow morning
to do some washing and get my things
together, I'll go on the first train and
never come back.'
"This struck Judge Gordon as a
fair proposition and be released the
woman from custody. She started out
of the court room on the run.
'Alabama Sue,' whose real name
is Sue Johnson, is looked on more
with pity than any other sentiment by
the other denizens of the proscribed
district because she is considered in
sane. She came to this city some
seven or eight months ago. She is
evidently mentally unballanced and
this is thought to be the result of an
incident in her life which occurred
but a short time before her arrival in
Omaha. She was formerly a resident
of Piattsmouth, where, a year ago,
she was a happy mother in a family
which consisted of herself, her hus
band and a little girl. One day both
husband and daughter disappeared.
The wife waited in vain for them, and
brooded over their absence, especially
that of the daughter, until her mind
became effected. What money she
had, a very small suns at the most, was
spent in a search for the missing ones.
The two appeared to have been com
pletely swept from the earth. Then
the woman came to this city, still on
the hunt, and has been here some
seven months. She is now intending
to go to some other point, still labor
ing under the hallucination that the
daughter i3 alive somewhere.
" While the woman still thinks that
the daughter is alive, she isfirmy con
vinced that the husband has been'
murdered. Seme time ago she be
lieved that she had found the mur
derer, or rather the murderess, in the
person of an inmate of a disorderly
house. She started to hunt her down,
but the suspected person was "tipped"
and carefully kept out of the way
Bloodshed was in this manner averted,
and in time the idea left the brain of
'Alabama Sue' to give way to others.
'Outside of this belief in the mur
der of her husband and the idea that
her child is still alive, the weman
appears to be perfectly sane. She has
been quiet in her demeanor, and has
caused the police little trouble."
Susie Johnson, the woman referred
to in the above, aperated a house of
ill fame in this city about a year ago.
The Bee is a trifle "off " in stating that
Susie was, a year ago,"a happy mother
living with her husband and little
girl." The man with whom she was
living, according to his statement, was
not her husband, but her brother-in-law,
his wife being dead. He said he
was living with Susie in order that she
could look after his little daughter.
Shortly before Susie's departure from
this city, about a year ago, shecame to
the police with a large-sized tale of
woe, stating that her husband had
"flown the coop" taking some $400 of
her money and her daughter with him.
She also caused a notice to be pub
lished in The Journal, offering a re
ward for the capture of her runaway
"husband." She incidentally stated to
a reporter that she would pay $25 for
his return alive, and $50 for his dead
body. His present whereabouts are
ui known here.
Herr Joseph Gahm, the distin
guished pianist, will give a concert at
the Presbyterian church on Thursday
evening, Feb. 13, under the auspices
of the Woman's club, and will be ably
assisted by the celebrated Dovey Sis
ters, who are preparing several grand
solos and duetts purposely for this
concert. Admission, 50 c.
Farm loans made at lowest rates.
T. II. Pollock, over First Nat'l Bank.
Lrriug Wife and Lover Caught.
"An excited man rushed into the
police station about 11:30 last night
aud auxiously inquired for the captain
in charge. He stated that his name
was Oscar Benedict, that he was a
carpenter from Atlantic, la., and that
he had reasons for thinking that his
wife, Eva Benedict, was at that mo
ment occupying a room with a travel
ing man at the Karbach hotel at Fif
teenth and Howard streets. Two of
ficers were detailed to accompany
Benedict to the hotel. It was discov
ered that a couple registered as II. W.
Little and wife aud had taken room 39
shortly after 8 o'clock. The husband
and the officers at once repaired to the
room and found the lights out.
"Repeated knocking at length
elicited a response in the person of
Mr. Little arrayed in a pleasant smile
and a flowing night robe. He was in
formed that he must consider him
self under arrest for alienating the
affections of another man's wife. At
the station a stormy scene took place
between the husband and wife, and
about this time it was accidentally
learned that the angry head of the
family was armed with a large revol
ver, which he had until then managed
to conceal. The weapon was taken
away from him before any damage
had been done and a partial cessation
of hostilities agreed upon.
"Mr. Benedict stated that he had
suspected his wife of infidelity for
several months past, but that he had
had no absolute proof of the fact until
last evening. His wife, he said, had
been in the habit of taking short trips
to Omaha for some time past, ostensi
bly to visit friends in this city, but
tney had become so frequent of late
that he had resolred to investigate.
Arriving in Omaha early last evening,
he easily struck the trail of the pair
ami at length located them in the
liUfi. Mrs. Benel;ct has a little
daughter 7 years old. who accom
panied her to the city and who is now
being caied for by friends. The hus-j
band left the station swearing eternal 1
vengeance against Little autl the end
is not- yet. Little claims to be a
traveling man." Omaha Sunday Bee.
The Circuit Arranged.
At a meeting of the representatives
of thC-. iij association of Cass, Xem
aha, Johnson and Otoe counties, held
at the Windsor hotel in Lincoln yes
terday, F. E. Biowne, secretary of the
Otoe County Fair and Driving Park
association, was choseu president and
secretary of the meeting. It was
moved that a circuit of fairs for the
year 1S93 for said counties be estab
lished, as follows: Elmwood, Cass
county, September 15, 16. 17 and IS;
Auburn, Nemaha county, September
22, 23, 24 and 25; Syracuse, Otoe
county, September 29, 30, October 1
ani 2; Piattsmouth, Cass county,
October 6, 7, S and 9; Tecumseh, John
son county, October 13, 14, 15 and 16.
It was moved that Thomas Crummel,
and seconded by W. G. Keefer, that
the foregoing dates for the circuit be
the dates for holding the fairs at the
respective places. On vote, the same
was unanimously carried. It was
then moved and seconded that the en
tries for all trotting and pacing races
for each association be closed ten days
prior to the holding of the respective
meetings, and that the rules of each
association be governed by the rules
of the American Trotting association,
and that any record made after the
5th day of September, 1S96, be no bar
and that it requires four to enter and
three to start. Carried. The meeting
was then adjourned.
The result of this meeting will be
gratifying uews to all lovers of good
racing, and the people of the counties
inciuded in the circuit will be given
an opportunity of witnessing some of
the best racing ever "pulled. off" in
the state this year. Secretary Keefer,
of the Cass County Agricultural
society, deserves great credit for his
untiring efforts to make the affair a
Another Petition.
A petition ha3 been filed with the
district clerk by J, G. Richey, A. B.
Taylor and D. O. Dwyer, asking J udge
Ramsey to remove Chas. C. Parmele as
receiver of the Citizens' bank. The
above naind gentleman recite in their
petition that they are depositors in
said bank and the petition is filed on
behalf of themselves and all of the
other depositors. Tbey further allege
that Mr. Parmele's position as re
ceiver is detrimental to the interests of
the creditors and depositors of the
L. G. Larson, the carpenter, who
has been working at his trade out in
the western part of the county, has re
turned to his home in this city.
Pugilist Jas. Lindsay Will Probably
be Liberated Next Month.
County Printing 'o Lougtr Eagerly Sought
After Louisville Courier Draws the
"1'rize" Other Doings of a
Dull Day.
Prize Fighter Lindsay.
Mrs. James Lindsay of Omaha, wife
of the prize fighter, visited Governor
Holcomb yesterday to intercede for a
pardon. Lindsay is serving a two
years' sentence for manslaughter.
Fletcher Robbins, the victim, died
from injuries inflicted by Lindsay in a
prize fight or "glove contest" for
points, as it was advertised, at Piatts
mouth. Mrs. Lindsay is said to have
secured from the governor a promise
to pardon her husband at the end of
the first year's imprisonment, or about
the first day of March.
W. F. Gurley of Omaha, as Lind
say's attorney, has played an active
part in this case. Editor Rosewater
is under obligations to Mr. Gurley for
services -in the last municipal cam
paign and it is not denied that Mr.
Gurley carried a letter relating to
Lindsay's case from Editor Rosewater
to Governor Holcomb. Lincoln Jour
nal. Was a Little Premature.
The following from last evening's
Call would indicate that the Lincoln
Journal was a little "of" yesterday,
when it stated that Gov. Holcomb had
promised to pardon Lindsay next
month; "Contrary to the published
announcement in this morning's Jour
nal Mrs. James Lindsay, wife of the
pugilist who is serving a two years
sentence for having killed Fletcher
Robbins in a prize fight at Piatts
mouth, has not secured the promise
from Governor Holcomb of a pardon
for Lindsey after serving one year of
the sentence. The governor still has
the matter under consideration."
Hanks With the tireatest.
"It wss a positive pleasure to hear
Mr. Joseph Gahm, the distinguished
pianist, in his rendition of a piano
solo in Wagner-Liszt's grand march
from "Tannhauser." Ilis smooth,
delicate touch and technique a3 an
artist, really rank him with such pi
anists as Sherwood and others-" Om
aha World-Herald.
The people of Piattsmouth and vi
cinity will be given an opportunity to
bear this great pianist at the Presby
terian church next Thursday evening,
February 13, under the auspices of the
Woman's club. The little Dovey sis
ters Ethel and Alice, will again favor
lovers of fine vocal music with several
selections upon this occasion . The ad
mission to this rare musical treat has
been placed extremely low, only 50
cents, and the church should be
Louisville Courier Gets the Printing.
Evidently the majority of the news
papers of Cass county are tired of do
ing the county printing for virtually
nothing. At any rate, only three
papers put in a bid for this "plum"
this year, and they were as follows:
Weeping WaterRepublican , Louisville
Courier and Piattsmouth Tribune.
The Courier's bid was the same as
that of the Elmwood Echo last year,
and as the other two bids were a trifle
higher, the commissioners yester
day awarded the county printing for
the ensuing year to the Louisville
sheet, at the following figures: Court
docket, 15 cents per case; treasurer's
statement, $4.00; road notices, 25 cents
per square.
Judge Ramsey's First Term.
The trial docket for the February
term of district court, which convenes
here Monday, the 13th inst.. has just
been received from the hands of the
printer. This term of court will be
given over entirely to the hearing of
equity cases and the judge will cer
tainly have enough work to keep him
here for several weeks, as the docket
shows 120 cases for trial. Nebraska
City Press.
President Windham, of the Cass
County Agricultural society, has ap
pointed the following gentlemen to
represent that organization at the
sugar beet convention at Fremont
Feb. 5 and 6: J. II. Becker, Henry Eik
enbary ,A. B. Taylor, S. L. Thomas and
W. G. Keefer. All these delegates
have signified their intention of at
tending the convention.
The county commissioners were busy
Tuesday allowing bills.
Some eighty five men went on a
circle wolf hunt Tuesday up in Cen
ter precinct. They surrounded two
sections of land and marched toward
the center, but found as they neared
each other, that there was quite a gap
at one place, through which one lone
wolf was seen to escape, and their
hunt was of no avail. The members
of the party got very tired, however,
before they got home and that, they
thought, was something worth speak
ing of.
Mrs. S. P. Vanatta left this morning
for Cripple Creek, Colo., to join her
husband, who is located at that place
and doing well. They expect to make
their home at that place in the future.
Nebraska City News.
There is one savings bank in New
York city which keeps an accurate
record of its depositors. During the
year 1S95, there was only one actor,
while there were. 1,392 tailors: there
was but one editor, while there were
725 laborers; there was but one board
ing house keeper and 337 peddlers.
There were lots of shoemakers, bak
ers, barbers, waiters, cigarmakers, but
very few musicians, liquor dealers,
lawyers or policemen. Only five po
licemen, five lawyers, one soldier.
Last week in the district court in
Rock Island, 111., Judge Oliver gave a
judgment to the German Publishing
company for a subscription bill of $30,
on the ground that a newspaper is a
household necessity. And so it is.
Serious doubts are entertained by
the more conservative members of the
Nebraska state press association whe
ther the election of Col. Dayton of
York, a3 president i3 legal or not. It
is authoritatively stated that in his
speech of acceptance he neglected to
state that "this is the happiest, proud
est moment of my life" or that "by
electing me to this office you have con
ferred upon me the greatest honor in
the gift of man." Lincoln News.
One of Chicago's new women has in
vented a fire costume, which can be
got into with one jump at the first
smell of smoke. If she can manage,
says the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, to
attach the scheme to bloomers it
would be a blessed relief to the woman
who now has to sit down to put them
It is reported that the night operator
at the Missouri Pacific depot, Fowley,
is wanted by the parents of girl in
Missouri who loved him not wisely but
too well. He left last night for Cres
ton, la. Nebraska City News.
The New York World prints the
following significant dispatch: "St.
Joseph, Mo., Jan. 31. Today the
secretary of the Commercial club re
ceived a draft for $103 from Grand
Island, Neb., being money, with in
terest, donated by the jobbers of this
city to Nebraska drouth sufferers in
1891. A letter accompanying the
draft says that the farmers who were
helped in 1894 raised good crops last
year and are anxious to discharge
their obligations. The money - was
sent as a gift, not as a loan, and its
return was a surprise and is something
The Misses Ethel and Alice Dovey,
who have been making such a favor
able impression over the state, will be
heard in a grand concert at the Pres
byterian church, Thursday, Feb. 13,
1S9G. Herr Joseph Gahm, the dis
tinguished artist, will be the pianist.
Admission 50 cents.
Having bought large amounts
of fine goods which have not been
sold and are still on hand, in or
der to pay our bills we have con
cluded to offer our entire stock
of Watches, Clocks, Silverware
and Jewelry at AUCTION, com
mencing Saturday afternoon, Feb.
8th, and will continue every after
noon and evening until further
notice. We have only first-class
goods and know if you favor us
by attending our sale you will be
fully repaid for so doing.
Successor to Frank Carruth &
Son. Oldest Jewelry Store in
Cass County, Piattsmouth,