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VOL. 15. SO. 8.
PLATTSMOUTH. NEBRASKA, T9URSDAY, FEBRUARY 13. 1896.
PEU YEA It,
IF I'AIU IN ADVANCE.
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A LARGE SAVING.
Receiver Parmele and the Citizens'
Bank Depositors Agree.
LEAP YFA TiATTrTNO PARTY
LLAF YEAR DANCING AKA x
Toudc LadivM Prove Eacelleut Kntertaiu
r The "J'dly M" CVlebrate Ml
tiering' Minhday Aiiu.vera
ary Oilier Affair.
A Satisfactory Settlement.
Lust Saturday afternoon the stock
holders and depositors of the defunct
Citizens' bank held a meeting at the
office of D. O. Dwyer, at which time
matter of applying for a new
receiver for the bank Mas thor
oughly discussed and as a result of the
cjuference the. petition praying for the
appointment ot a successor to Cbas.
G. Parmele was dismissed. The claim
of W. II. Dearing was also changed
from a preferred one to a depositor's
claim, by consent of Mr. Dearing. The
following resolutions were adopted
by the meeting, which are self-explanatory:
Whereas, Tue stockholders of the
Citize s Oauk of Plattstnouth are de
sirous of negotiating a settlement with
the depositors and creditors of the
said bank, and
Wiiereas, Chas C Parmele, re
ceiver f s-ud bank, has consented
that the ordr heietofore made, al
lowing him 82.500 per annum for
sal -try a receiver. may be chanced and
altered so a to allow him nnlv $1,500
for the first year and $1 000 per an
num th'M-ea'ter. while acting as such
receiver. Therefore, be it
Resolved. That ourcommittpp (J. G.
Kich-v.A B Taylor and D O. Dwyer)
be and r Hrpbv inruted to with
draw th spoliation filed bv them for
the removal of the said receiver.
Mr Parnnele's action in the matter
will prove a very substantial benefit to
the depositors, as it will mean a sav
ing to them of about S1.S00. It ts
hoped that the other matters will be as
amicably settled as these, and that
litization will be avoided.
The Ep Vear Kail.
The le'tp year ball given by the
ladies of this city at Waterman's hall,
Thursday night, was a happy commen
tary on the executiye ability and rare
qualities as entertainers, of those hav
ing the affair in charge. Ever since
the advent of the new year, Platts
inoutb's beaux and beauties have been
looking forward to this event with the
most delightful anticipations,and that
these were fully realized, will be
vouched for by every one who had the
good fortune to be present.
It was evident that the ladies had
exercised the greatest care in the ar
rangement of even the minutest de
tails, and from tbe"crand march" to
-"Home.Sweet Home." notthe slightest
hitch occurred to mar the joyousness
of the occasion.
Delicious punch was served by
Misses Bt-rtha Ricbey and Lulu Cope
land. The floor committee was com
posed of Mrs. Sam Patterson, Mrs.
iShuev, Mrs Arch L. Coleman, Mrs.
August Hheinhackel and Mrs. Logan
Brown, who were untiring in their ef
forts to make the evening one of un
alloyed pleasure for every one and
every one agrees that their efforts
were successful. Those present were
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Patterson, Mr. and
Mrs Shuey, Mr. and Mrs. Logan
Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Arch L Coleman,
The Misses Hickox, South Omaha,
Bessie Osborn, Glenwood, Minnie
Sharp. Mae Patterson, Wilson, Rose
Hyers, Menota Eikenbary, Dora and
Mabel Swearineen. Clara Green, Ber
tha Nitka, Mabel Unruh, Myrtle Lev
ings, Ida Boeck. Hattie, Mamie and
Anna Sullivan, Jeanette Ballance,
Grace Walker. Lulu Leist.
Minnie White, Jeanette Morgan,
Florence White, Delia Tarttch, May
Dutton and Mrs. August Reinbackle.
Messrs. Frank White, Ralph White,
Henr Gos, Henry Weidman, Sam
Patters o, South Bend; Frank John
eon, Lincoln; John Langston, Have
lock; Brainard. South Omaha;Chas.
Tallery, Will Iljers, Clyde Drew.
Henry Snyder, T. Frank Wiles,
France Billance. Carl Fricke, Ray
Waterman, TJpnry Tartsch. Dr. W. B.
Elster, Chas. Sullivan atd Lee At
wood. Th "Jolly Six."
For several years past it has been
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tnecujiomoime jony lo ceie- , Volney Vv.Jeffery vs. Henry Thoma3
brate the birthday anniversary of the ; and SvIvia A Xhoma8. Petition in
members.&nd last Thursday that event J foreclosure.
was properly remembered at the Ger- j
ing mansion on North Sixth street, it j Farm loan3 made at lowest rates,
being Miss Barbara Gering's birthday. T' U- "ock.over First Nat'l Bank.
Those who have ever been fortunate Fraud Green was in Omaha on busi
enough to attend a "Jolly Six" recep-j pegs yesterday.
tion can testify as to the excellent,
time eDjoyed by all, and last evening
the well-earned reputation was most
admirably sustained. The entertain
ment was varied, consisting of cards,
dancing, music, recitations, etc., after
which the guests repaired to the diu-
I in rm aUd ample jU5tiCe l
I very dainty and toothsome repast.
Those present were Mr. and Mrs.
Will Clement, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Uerold, Mrs. T. P. Livingston, Mrs.
A. B. Warren, Misses Tillie Lebnboff,
Ella Clark. Verna Leonard, Lulu Bur
gess, Dora Ilerold, Teresa and Kate
Ilempel, Kittie Cummins. Julia Her
man. Bertie Hyers, Edna Adams,
Barbara and Mia Gering, Ella Dal
ton, of Ashland, Miss Berger, of
Louisville, Messrs. Will Streight,
Emil Wurl, J no. A Davies, I). C. Mc
Entee, II. Guy and Stuart Livingston,
Judge Spurlock, Geo Lehnhoff, Clay
ton Barber, Frank Cummins, Matthew
and Henry Gering.
A delightful Kensington and ele
gant luncheon was enjoyed by a few
fiiends of Mrs. T. P. Livingston at the
beautiful home of Mrs. F. E. White
Friday afternoon. Some embroider
ing, with conversational accompani
ment, was indulged in till four o'clock
when a new feature in ''progressive
hemming"was introduced. The award
was for the finest sticbes. Ladies
liurgess and Pepperberg were the
competent judges, awarding to Mrs.
James Donnelly the prize, which was
a pretty, hand-painted photo frame.
The flower and favors were exquisite
and the afternoon was one long to be
remembered by those present. The
following ladies were present: Mes
dames li. R Livingston, H. B. Bur
gess, Jacob Vallerv, jr., Julius Pepper
berg, James Donnelly. Joseph Kline,
W. W. Drummond.O. E. Wescott.
May Not Be Appealed.
From the present outlook the rank
decision of Judge Chapman in refer
ence to the Nebraska City precinct
bonds will not be appealed from, as
those residing outside of the city, who
urik aiinnnca1 t f Iiaj Til Jinf i fTj t al'O nil
. interest in the matter. The county
commissioners will be compelled this
year to levy a tax for the payment of
the bonds, if they are not fought, and
this means an additional levy of about
forty-live thills on the dollar valuation
of all property, both in the city and
precinct. In other words, there will
be about double to pay on your prop
erty this fall what you pay this year
in city tax and. in addition to that,
you will have to pay your county and
state rax. It will fall heavily on all
and will open the eyes of son e of the
people who opposed testing the legal
ity of the bonds. For instance, if a
man paid 8100 this year city tax and
$80 county and state, next year he will
have to pay ilOO city, $S0 county and
$100 precinct bond tax, making $2S0
tax for next year, where this year he
paid only 81S0. The tall kicking will
come when the individual comes to pay
the tax and it will be a bard blow on
those who desire to sell any real estate
in this precinct. Nebraska City News.
A Frightful Accident.
A dispatch in Saturday's World
Herald from Ashland says: "A hor
rible accident occurred at the Burling
ton & Missouri switching yards in
Ashland about 1 p. m. today. George
Marney, a boy 16 years of age, while
attempting to cross the track between
the cars of freight train Xo. 30, while
in motion, slipped and fell beneath
the wheels, which severed his right
arm and part of his shoulder from the
body. He immediately got up. and
picking up bis arm from the ground,
called to bis mother, who was stand
ing in th door of her home not forty
rods distance. Drs. G. W. Meredith
and Mansfield were summoned, but
the injury was too great and he died
at 2 p. m. His mother was watching
him when he climbed upon the cars
and called to him to get off , but he
would not. and in an instant went
down to his death. The funeral will
be held Sunday."
In Iitriet Court.
The following cases have recently
been hied in the district clerk's office:
Jno. A. Dnelan, as receiver of the
Commercial bank of Weeping Water,
vs. Thomas M. Howard, a suit in fore
closure. Sarah Ellen Smith vs. Nelson A.
feraitb. Petition for divorce.
Body of Clans Speck Found
Cold In Death.
HE FELL DOWN AN AREA-WAY.
Attempted Suicide, In CUIcatfo, of m Man
Who I Supposed To Have For
merly Iten a Kemdent of
Claua !peck Found Dead.
About eleven o'clock Tuesday morn
ing the people on Main fctreet were
startled by the report that the dead
body of Claus Speck had been found
by officers Dunn and Fitzpatrickin the
area-way at the rear end of the vacant
store room in the Anheu9er-Busch
building. In a short time a large
crowd of people had gathered at the
scene. He had apparently fallen into
the pit, which is about ten feet deep,
early Monday night, and his body was
frozen stiff when found. The position
of his body indicated that he had fallen
on his shoulder and head, and death
was probably instantaneous. It was
decided not to hold an inquest, conse
quently a thorough examination of the
remains was not made.
I Mr. Speck for several years op
erated a saloon in this city on lower
Main street, but lately has been doing
odd jobs about town. He was con
siderably addicted to the drink habit,
but lately has been quite sober. His
family assert that he was perfectly
sober Monday, aud this report is
verified by several people who saw
him as late as half-past seven o'clock
at night. At about that time he vas
seen by Marshal Dunn and several
other men go'ng around to the rear
en i of the building, where his dead
body was found next morning, and he
probably stumbled into the area-wi.yi.
tew minutes alter that hour. Thefam
fly becim alarmed Tuesday morning
when Mr. Speck failed to come home,
and the search was instituted, which
resulted in the horrible discovery. The
body was taken to the home of the de
ceased, on West Oak stieet.
Mr. Speck was about fifty-six year
of age, aud has resided in Plattsmouth
for the past twenty-five years. A wife
and nine children survive him, the
only married one being Mrs. John
Was It I'eter Wickhaui?
Last Sunday's Chicago Tribune con
tained the following, which is believed
to refer to a man named Peter Wick
ham, who worked in the B. & M. shops
here for about a year, and afterwards
was employed for about four months
in the offise of City Attorney Polk, a
couple of years ago:
''Down hearted after many mouths
ot troubles and without a cent, George
Pecham, once one of .the best known
lawyers in tho state of Nebraska and
formerly Assistant City Prosecutor of
Plattsmouth, decided three days ago
to die. His attempt proved futile, and
he is now in a cell at the Harrison
street police station crying bitterly at
the ill luck which has been his during
the latter years.
"He was formerly rich and influen
tial among the people of Nebraska.
But after passing through a severe
sickness he found himself in a bad
way financially, and although his
friends came to his aid time and again
he went swiftly down from the high
position he had in life to that of a
man without a home or penny in his
It seems that the young man had
contemplated committing suicide, but
afterwards weakened and stole a grip
instead, in order that be might be
placed in jail, and thus kept from ob
taining liquor for a time. The de
scription and actions of the man cor
respond with those of Peter Wickham.
Granted an Extension.
W. S. Raker and Charles Cummins
have been granted an extension of
forty days in which to tile their bills of
exception for appealing their cases to
the supreme court. Raker was sen
tenced to one year for libel and is out
on bail. Cummings was sentenced to
ten years for manslaughter for killing
Jud Vance of Plattsmouth during a
quarrel, and is in the penitentiary.
A "Trilby" social was given by the
paughters of Rebekah at Wahoo Mon
day night. An immense crowd was in
attendance. A program cf various
novelties was given, after which a
general treat was participated in.
Appointing nr. Fiually Made. ,
As was predicted in TriE Jouiinal
several times, Harry Northcutt has
been appointed by Judge Ramsey as
official court reporter for this district.
The appointment was formally made
Friday afternoon, and the following
is a copy of the court's order:
The stat of Nebraska : In the mattr of the ap
pointment r,t court reporter and utenographar
for trie second judicial district of Nebraska,
composed of Vns and Otoe counties.
Dauby Nobtucctt, Esq.
Nebraska City, Nebraska.
Dear Sir: I take pleasure In hereby appoint
ing you stenographer and court reporter for the
above named Judicial district, your appoint
ment datlDg from and taking effect on the
ninth day of Janmry, A. D., 1S9C.
Judje of the Second Judicial District of Ne
The appointment of Mr. Northcutt
to this very desirable position is con
ceded by all to be an excellent one.
The appointee is a son of J. B. North
cutt, a prominent democrat of Ne
braska City and was born and reared
in that city, residing in the same house
continuously since his birth. Mr.
Xorthcntt is a quiet yountr man of ex
cellent character, and was endorsed by
the entire Otoe county bar. For the
past year ne nas uean employed as
stenographer for the county judge of
Xemaba county, and that gentleman
gave him a very good recommendation
as to character and ability.
A Pump Handle's Victim.
L:ist Saturday morning John
Kuhney's little daughter, Lizzie was
the victim of a peculiar and very pain
tul accident. She had been sent out
to the pump to get a bucket of water,
and after turning the crack for some
time without getting any water she
let loose of the handle, which flew back
with lightning-like rapidity. The
iron handle struck the littlegirl a fear
ful blow on the forehead, knocking her
several feet. When picked up her
face was covereu with blood, and a
phjsician was hastily summoned. It
was found that the flesh. was laid open
from ihe top of the forehead down al
most half the length of the little girl's
nose, but fortunately no bones were
broken. It required several stitches
to close the wound, which was ex
A Foolhardy Kink.
Fisherman Barton, a resident of
East Plattsmouth. attempted to cross
the river last Monday in a skiff, but
the floating ice caught his craft and
carried it down stream a considerable
distance, where it landed against a
bit: ice gorge. He was rescued from
his perilous position by the O'Neill
brothers, who operate the ferry down
near the bridge. Barton has lived and
worked about the river nearly all his
life time, but his attempt to cross the
"Big Muddy" when it was full of
floating ice seems to an ordinary being
a very foolhardy act.
A Lively Time.
About a dozen young meu from the
city went to Eicht Mile Grove Friday
evening to attend a literary. The
literary is reported to have been a very
successful affair, but at its conclusion
the party adjourned to a neighboring
farm house, where a dance was in
prozress. A lively time ensued there,
and several of the Plattsmouth boys
came home wearing highly discolored
optics. They say, however, that the
other fellows were given the "worst
of it." Too many sour apples prob
ably caused the trouble.
Candidate For the Keforin Scrhool.
It is quite probable that Ida May
Christensen will be sent to the reform
school at Geneva. This is the same
girl who was sentenced by Judge
Ramsey to the reform school several
months ago, but sentence was after
ward suspended pending the future
behavior of the girl, who is about
fifteen years of ape. The case isbeing
heard in county court this afternoon.
The girl is a step-daughter of David
Neal, and he says he is unable to
In Jnstice Archer's Court.
The replevin suit of Jno. R. Denson
vs. Jacob Meisinger, which was taken
under advertisement last week, was
last Monday decided in the plaintifi's
The suit on account of Elson vs.
Nelson Jones, for $4.40, was decided
Monday morning, the plaintiff getting
judgment for $4.10.
There will be a district meeting of
the Knights of Pythias at Nebraska
City this evening, the occasion being
the visit of the Grand Chancellor to
that city. A number of Knights from
this city have signified their intention
of going down, among them being Dr.
Humphrey and Geo. Housewortb
MikeMauzy went up to Omaha this
HE WORKED MANY
A Very Old Game Perpetrated By a
Smooth Young Man.
ALSO JUMPED HIS BOARD BILL.
An Inquest Ueld Over the Remains of
the Late Claus Speck Verdict Lx
linneraten all Femou From
Blame Other Notes.
Worked au Old tiame.
A few days ago a tall, curly-headed
man'drifted into town and registered
at the Hotel de Woodson as C. C. Wil
son, Omaha. He commenced acanvass
of the town, claiming to represent a
picture-enlarging concern in Omaha.
For one dollar he would have any pho
tograph enlarged to life-size. But in
order to secure this "unprecedented
bargain," it was first necessary to pay
the fellow fifty cents in advance to
"insure his company against loss, in
case of the failure of the parties to
take the work after it was done." It
is reported that the fellow reaped a
rich harvest, and also secured a num
ber of photographs, which were almost
priceless to the owners, on account of
their home connections.
Wilson left town Tuesday very
hurriedly, so suddenly, in fact, that
he forgot to "dub up" $4.25 to Mr.
Woodson for his board bill. He also
overlooked a small liveiy bill at one of
the local stables. Landlord Woodson,
when he discovered the situation,
swore out a complaint against Wilson
in Justice Archer's court, and the
same wa3 given to Sheriff Holljway,
who went up to Omaha Tuesday to
make a search for the wily board-bill
He was unable, to, locate his man,
however, and returned home on the
late train, after leaving the warrant
with the police authorities at Omaha.
Mr. Woodson swears he will find his
man if he has to run him to the ends
of the earth, and will make him pro
duce that $4 5, or board for a while
with Jailor Holloway.
Later Mr. Woodson received a
letter from Wilson, mailed at Ne
braska City at noon yesterday, inform
ing him that he needn't be alarmed
about the non-payment of his board
bill, as he intended coming up in a
day or two and paying up.
Decided to Hold an Ioqarst.
Tuesday evening the family of the
late Claus Speck, whose dead body was
found in an area-way at the rear end
of the vacant room in the Anheuser
Busch block, Tuesday morning, de
cided that they wanted an inquest held
over the remains. Coroner Clements
was accordingly summoned from Elm
wood and arrived yesterday morning.
A jury was empaneled.and the work of
taking the testimony was begun at
about ten o'clock, and was finished at
noon. The verdict rendered was as
State op Nebraska, ,
Cam Coustt. f"'
At an Inquisition, holden at Plattsmouth. in
Cats county, on the 12th day of February, A.D.,
1896, before me, John Clements, coroner of said
Cass county, upon the body of Claus Speck, ly
ing dead, by the jurors whose names are hereto
subscribed, the said jurors, upon their oath, do
say that Claus Speck came to his death from
causes unknown to the jury, and tee no reason
for attaching blame to any person.
" r ' J. W. TIexdee, Foreman,
J. S. Dm,
F. A. MntPHT,
Will J. Stbeisbt,
J. II. DONJTELLT,
E. B. Eoox.
Attest: Jobs Clements. Coroner.
Entertained the "Kazzledazzlers."
The commodious home of Mr. and
Mrs. W. K. Fox was the scene of a
most delightful entertainment Friday
evening, when the "Uazzledazzle"
club met with them. Various games
at cards was the chief ammusement
until 12 o'clock, at which time a veri
table feast was spread, to which all
present did ample justice. Twelve
gentlemen comprise the club, and they
unanimously voted Mr. and Mrs. Fox
A wagon, train of three prairie
schooners came through town yester
day afternoon. On the side of the
canvass of one of the wagons was in
scribed "From Cleo Springs, O. T.,"
(Oklahoma Territory), and the other
side the suggestive motto, "Sneaking
Back to Nebraska." They have evi
dently had enough of the sunny south
and will resume relations with their
old lovo in Jhe best state in the Union.
Union revival services are being con
ducted by Brock churches.
(1. A. 11. Encampment.
The annual encampment of the
Grand Army of the Republic, depart
ment of Nebraska, has been in session
at Omaha since Wednesday morning,
for the transaction of such businees
for the organization as is done at ses
sions of grand lodges of other orders,
such as the annual reports of officers,
the election of officers, the location of
the reunion, etc. J. H. Culver of
Milford was elected department com
mander, Louie Ernart of Wayne, sen
ior vice and Thomas J. Majors junior
vice. Lincoln ws3 chosen over Hast
ings as a location for the reunion for
the next five years.
The Plattsmouth post had as repre
sentatives there Jas. Ilickson, II. J.
Streight, C. W. Green, L. C. Curtis,
George Niles and S. R. Carrigan. n.
CJ. McMaken and C. W. Sherman were
also there. The Woman's Relief Corps
of the state also met in annual con
vention at the same place. Mrs. Mc
Elwain, Mrs. Carrigan and Mrs. Mc
Maken were in attendance from this
Poor John .
John Robbins, in his "High School
Notes" in last evening's News, be
moans the fact that the teachers are
unfortunate in regard to holidays for
the rest of the school year, inasmuch
as Washington's birthday falls on
"Saturday, March 22," and "Easter
come on Sunday." It is indeed incon
siderate in the "Father of His
Country," to change his birthday from
Feb. 22 to March 22, while it is equally
unfortunate that Easter should occur
on Sunday this year, purposely, as it
were, to beat the poor school ma'am
out of a holiday.
That "Crambo" l'arty.
The"Crambo" party that wasto have
been held at the residence of Henry
Hempel on Tuesday, Feb. 18. will be
held on Saturday n- t, the change in
date being rendered necessary by
other entertainments on the original
date. Nobody knows just what a
"Crambo" party is, but that it is some
thing pleasant and entertaining, goes
without saying. The proceeds of the
party will be used to purchase mag
azines for the library. Everybody
is invited to turn out and find out
what a "Crambo" party is and, inci
dentally, to help a worthy cause.
NE IS It A SKA NEWS.
A farmer's institute will bo held at
Norfolk on the 19th and 20th inst.
Four dead coyotes was tbe result of
a spirited wolf hunt in Antelope
The people of western Dodge county
have become interested in raising
Nuckolls county is blessed with
saow enough to furnish plenty of mois
ture until the April rains.
Litchfield's dramatic club gave a
clever entertainment for the benefit
of the poor.
The Odd Fellows of Newman Grove
entertained a crowd Monday night
with music and addresses.
Revival services are being conducted
at the Christian church of Falls City
by Evangelist Speak of Council Bluffs.
This evening the York military band
will give a leap year band concert.
Only the ladies of that city are in re
ceipt of invitations.
A free silver debate will be held in
the college at York February 25. The
debate will be under the auspices of
the Amphicton literary society.
Charles Johnson of Holbrook didn't
know the old shot gun was loaded un
til it "went off," demolishing a glass
door and barely missing his face.
John Augustine and his son, Tom,
were arrested for chopping open a
pony with an axe. Both were bound
over to the district court and sent to
jail in default of bonds.
A young Fremont tough while
under the influence of liquor entered
the barracks of the Salvation army
during battalion drill and started a
disturbance. He was captured, im
prisoned over night and fined $6.
A young woman arrived in North
Bend a few days ago direct from Cali
fornia, for the purpose of being united
in marriage to a prosperous farmer in
Saunders county. The parties have
been engaged eight years.
Three men have been in the city
several days appraising the Fitzgerald
estate, or, rather, that portion of it ly
ing in this city. These men, whose
names we were unable to ascertain,
have been appointed by the court, and
will appraise all the real estate owned
by the estate, preparatory to a division
of tbe same among the heirs.
Milton Davis, the laundryman, was
a passenger for Omaha this afternoon.
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