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PLATTSMOUTH. NEBRASKA. THURSDAY, MAY 7. 18UG.
IF PAID IN ADVANCE.
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Tire In the Weber Building Does
A MYSTERY ABOUT THE AFFAIR
Soever. I Ttiories mh tu tl hun if the '.
Fire Damage t tlie !Saluuu uud
Fixture muiI ltullding.tinply
Covered Hy IntUHurc.
A Ivitriou( Itlaze.
At a few iiitnutes after twelve o'clock
last Thursday night tbe ringing of the
lire bell called out two of the hose com
panies and a number of citizens. The
interior of tbe Elkhorn saloon, uu up
per Main street, operated by J. V.
Kiienberger, jr., was discovered to be
ablaze. After considerable delay,
an entrance to the building was ef
fected, and a line of hose laid througb
the front door. Soon a stream of water
was playing on the tierce flames, aud,
in the course of an hour, the fire was
all out, but not until a large amount
of damage had been done, both by tbe
tldtnes and water.
The fire apparently originated on a
partition dividing the saloon and bot
tling works of Snyder & Egenberger.
The orieiu of the fire is a mystery, aud
several theories are advanced. It wa3
first believed that lightning bad struck
the building, but a closer investigation
dispels this idea. In the bottling works
are several large copper kettles, and
had lightning performed any of its
pranks in the room, these would sure
ly havn been the first articles to be
struck. The kettles were uninjured
and showed no aigns of having been
struck. The stove did Dot have any
fire in it during theday or night, and the
saloon was locked up at about eleven
o'clock. It is reported that a ga9 jet
w:i seen burning in one of the wine
ro-:us a short time before the alarm
Today a number of people are in
clined to believe that the fire was the
result of incendiarism, but the real
cause will probably never be definitely
The bar fixtures, including the
mirror back of the bar, were almost
totally ruined and a quantity of liquor
and cigars were destroyed. J. V.
Kgenberger stated this morning that
he figured his loss at S3 ,000, but this
estimate is probably exaggerated by
at least $2,000. The insurance on the
saloon fixtures and stock is $2,500.
Win. Weber, tbe owner of the build
ine, estimates his loss at about $GH).
and the damage is believed to be fully
that much. The plate glas3 window,
costing about $150. which is thelargest
in the city, was cracked. Mr. Weber
carries a $1,000 insurance policy on
the building, and the Livingston Loan
&: Building association also hold some
insurance on the structure.
Snyder & Eijenberger, tLe owners
of the bottling works, are the heaviest
losers, as they did not carry any in
surance. Their loss is between $125
Thursday morning Messrs. Snyder
& Egenberger received five tanks of
carbonated gas from Omaba, each
tank having a pressure of 3,000 pounds.
These were laying on the floor amidst
the flames. Had the heat exploded
one of these tanks, the entire building
would have been wrecked, and a num
ber of the firemen killed. It was a
sort of miracle that an explosion aid
Two Saloon Less.
From Friday's Daily.
This city will endeavor to "plug
along" with five saloons for the period
of one year, commencing today.
Messrs. Hans Goos and Geo. Weid
mann closed their places of business
as saloons last evening. Tbe former
will use his bar room as an office for
the City hotel, while the latter will
operate a billard room and lunch
counter at the old stand. The saloon
men have had pretty hard "scratch
ing" the past year, but with two sa
loons less this year , it will make bust
ness in their line considerably better.
April MortsHge Record
The Cass county mortgage record
for the month of April, as compiled in
the office of Register of Deeds Geo
Hay, is as follows:
Farm mortgages Filed, $34,282 00;
Town and city mortgages Filed,
$1,729.00; released, $9,246.00.
John Group, the Louisville farmer,
who reported to the sheriff that one of
his horses had been stolen a few days
ago, writes that official that he has re
covered the animal. No particulars
are given as to where the horse was
Noble Matt Gering of Cat..
One of the brightest, brainiest and
eloquent young men in Nebraska is
Hon. Matt Gering of Cass county, and
the Democrat is proud to number him
among its friends. The sterling and
staying qualities of Mr. Gering was
never more forcibly brought to tbe at
tention of his friends than it was on
the floor of the convention last Wednes
day afternoon when he entered the
fight against an unholy combination
and offered one of the best efforts of
his life in seconding tbe nomination of
W. D. Oldham for delegate at large.
While Matt has been given the
frozen-face by waxed-moustache and
beur's-oiled gentry of Omaha, he can
rest contented in knowing that it can
always depend upon the boys from the
Sixth district, and throughout the
state, to stand solidly by him when he
asks for their support. Matt can never
be turned down by this same gang
twice if he will only give the,4wooly
west" sufficient time to turn on its
kalsomine. Kearney Democrat.
The Itiauop's Aunutl Visit.
St. Luke's Episcopal church was
crowded to the doors Sunday evening
andmany were unable to obtain even
standing room. The occasion was the
annual visit of lit. ltev. George Worth
ington, bishop of tbe diocese of Ne
braska. The class for confirmation this year
consisted of seventeen people, several
of whom weie middle-aged. The
services were beautiful and impressive
and the bishop's address to the class
was both eloquent and instructive and
was listened to with profound atten
tion by the large congregation. At
tlie conclusion of tbe address, Bishop
Worthington, in earnest language,
eulogized the local pastor, llev. IT. B.
Burgess, for bis many years of faith
ful service for the good of his church
and congregation. The singing by
the especially selected choir was ex
cellent. New liarn Dedicated.
Nick Ilalmes, the well-known far
mer living about five miles west
of town, whose large barn and con
tents were burned some time ago, has
just completed the erection of another
structure, finer and larger than tbe
other one. Saturday evening he in
vited a number of his friends, includ
ing many from this city, to come out
and properly celebrate the event. A
merry time was had dancing in the
barn, and excellent refreshments were
served. Sunday Mr. Ilalmes gave
a picnic to bis friends, and a splendid
time is reported.
Fiue KUh l'ond.
County Clerk Robertson is the
owner of several fine fish ponds out
at Louisville, and today he received
the information that the state fish
commissioner's car would be in that
town tomorrow for the purpose of
stocking up these ponds with an as
sortment of game fish. Mr. Robert
eon purchased the old sand pits up at
Louisville, and utilized them for fish
ponds, some of them being fifty feet
deep, and the water is ice cold down
near the bottom. A number of catfish
were placed in the ponds about three
years ago, and are thriving well.
Soine Fine Alfalfa.
From Wednesday's Daily.
County Commissioner J. P. Falter
had on exhibition at tbe county clerk's
office today a bunch of alfalfa, of this
spring's growth, which he cut from
bis three-acre patch- on his farm this
morning. It measured twenty-two
inches in length, and was considered
by all who saw it to be unusually fine
and large for this early in tbe season.
Mr. Falter says that the principal part
of raising alfalfa is to plant enough
seed to make a firm stand, and a good
crop will follow. It makes the best
kind of feed for hogs.
Martin Propst of Plattsmoutb pre
cinct sowed two and a half acres of
alfalfa a year ago this week. He was
in Saturday morning and remarked to a
Journal reporter that his alfalfa
patch now stands fourteen inches high,
and has roots that go twenty inches
into the earth. It is spreading out,
like clover.so that it completely covers
the ground. He is delighted with his
experiment, and has sown several
acres more this spring. Other farmers
who sowed alfalfa last year are mak
ing similar reports, and the new grass
is certain to become popular with all
Cass county farmers.
Henry Cooper has received a letter
from his son, Bert, who is working in
Cripple Creek, Colo., in which he says
that his brother-in-law, Ed. VanaUa,
who is city attorney of that town, had
lost his library in the big fire of last
VERY SAD SUICIDE!
Mrs. Coon Vallery Kills Herself at
Her Mother's Home.
FIRES A BULLET INTO HER HEAD
Had Been JDepoiidut For Some Time,
Itut Wan Apparently In Good Spir
itn Acain Sai Ending oi h
l'opular Young Woman.
With suicidal intent Mrs. Louise
Vallery, wife of Conrad Vallery, jr.,
fired a bullet into her temple at
2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, while
temporarily stopping at the home of
her mother, at 701 Elm street. Mrs.
Vallery came to town Saturday morn
ing with her husband from the old
Vallery farm, four miles west of town,
for a short stay while doing some
shopping. Mr. Vallery was down in
town transacting some business when
a messenger brought the news to him
of his wife's rash act.
Mrs. Valleryr appeared to be in as
good health and spirits as usual all
day, and walked about her old home
place, vie wing with apparent pleasure
the trees and shruls so familiar to her.
A few minutes after two o'clock in tbe
afternoon she went upstairs, saying
she would look at some calsomining
which her brother, Frank, had been
doing. A few minutes later Mrs.
Niemann, who was down in the
kitchen preparing dinner, heard a
loud scream, followed by the report of
a pistol and the falling of a body on
the floor. The frightened old lady
rushed upstairs, and a horrible
sight met her view. Stretched
out on the floor, writhing in her
life-blood was the form of her
daughter, with a fearful wound in one
of her temples, from which the
blood was flowing. A messenger was
sent at once to procure medical aid.
Mrs. Vallery's maiden name was
Niemann, and she grew to woman
hood in this city. For several years
she has been a sufferer from a com-
'plaint peculiar to women, and has at
times shown signs indicating that her
mind was not well balanced.
She was about thirty years of age,
and was married in this city about five
years ago to Mr. Vallery, and the
fruit of this union is two bright little
The sympathy of the entire com
munity goes out to the bereaved rela
tives of the unfortunate woman.
Funsral of Mrs. Vallery.
As predicted in Saturday evening's
Journal, Mrs. Conrad Vallery, jr.,
the unfortunate lady who shot her
self in the head with a revolver, died
from the effects of the wound at about
five o'clock that afternoon. The
funeral services were held at two
o'cIockMondayafternoon from the resi
dence of Mrs. Niemann, the mother of
the deceased lady. Rev. II. B. Bur
gess of St. Luke's church officiated,
and a large number of sympathizing
friends followed the remains to their
final resting place at West Oak Hill
A Good II o rbe Race.
At the fair grounds yesterday after
noon quite an exciting (horserace was
pulled off, and the half-mile track
record was smashed. The race was
between George Shreve's 4Nehawka
Girl," "Keystone," and a sorrel horse
owned by Bert Crawford. No purse
was put up, as the race was merely to
test the iunning qualities of the
horses. "Nehawka Girl" proved an
easy winner, making the half mile in
51 , while "Keystone" came under the
wire about sixty feet behind her. The
sorrel mare was flagged and not in it
at any stage of the game. Consider
ing the soft condition of the track, the
time made was exceptionally good.
At the conclusion of the race Craw
ford offered bis sorrel mare and $75
in cash for "Nehawka Girl." and the
offer was accepted by Shreeve.
Given Fall Control of the Parks.
Judge Hall yesterday entered up a
judgment sustaining the legality of
the park commissioners appointed by
Judge B. S. Ramsey, giving them full
control of the city parks and ousting
the mayor and council. This places
the absolute control of the parks in tbe
hands of the commissioners, D. P.
Rolfe, W. L. Wilson and J.G.Stroble.
Nebraska City News.
Ribbons and Laces
For pretty summer dresses. The new
wrinkles for trimming those new
wash dresses. Shrewd shoppers say
our values have never been equalled.
Wm. Herold & Sons.
( Death of a Veteran.
At S o'clock Sunday evening Lewis
C. Curtis nied at his home on Sixth
aud Dey streets, surrounded by his
family, after an illness of some months,
of cancer of the stomach.
Deceased has resided in this city al
most continuously since he came out
of the army in 1S6S, and was esteemed
by all who knew him as one of tbe
most exemplary citizens and most
He was born in Connecticut, May
23d, 1843, and with his father and his
three brothers was a soldier for the
union. He enlisted August 12, 18G2,
in company K, 14th regiment Con
necticut volunteers, and was dis
charged June 12, 1565. In December,
1805, he enlisted in the regular army
and served until December 10, 1808,
when he was honorably discharged at
Omaha, soon after which be moved to
Plattsmoutb. Some time after this
he was married at Glenwood, la., to
the daughter of a farmer living near
that place. He left a widow and six
children to mourn the loss of a kind,
affectionate, devoted husband and
father, and an honest man. He was a
member of the Masonic fraternity and
of McConihe post of the Grand army,
under whose auspices he was buried
the funeral taking place at 2 o'clock
lie bad been under the care of phy
sicians in this city for sometime, until
some three weeks ago he was taken to
an Omaha hospital and passed a
thorough examination, the doctors
pronouncing his case hopeless and
diagnosing his complaint cancer of the
stomach. Since then the Christian
Science people have taken bis case in
hand and have done all that could be
done to alleviate bis sufferings.
A post mortem examination was
made on the remains Monday morning,
conducted by Drs. Schildknecht, Liv
ingston and Cook, as a doubt seemed
to exist among some as to the real
cause of death.
Funeral Largely Attended.
The funeral of the late L. C. Curtis
occurred Tuesday at two o'clock p. m.
from the family residence, Rev. Baird
officiating, and the interrment was
made in Oak Hill cemetery. The mem
bers of the Masonic fraternity, G. A.
R. and W. R. C. attended the funeral
in large numbers. Mr. Curtis' fellow
workmen in the coach and paint de
partments of the B. & M. shops also
followed the remains to their last
New M. V. Time Card.
The Missouri Pacific has completed
its time card for a complete change, to
take effect next Sunday. The new
schedule gives every city along the
line a better train service. The new
time cards have not yet been received
here, but the changes will be about as
There will be a new fast train,
known as the "Kansas and Nebraska
Limited," leaving St. Louis at 8:10 p.
m., and arriving in this city at about
10:45 a. m. Returning, this train will
reach Plattsmouth at about 4:45 p. m.,
arriving in St. Louis at 7:20 in the
morniDg. It will carry a through
sleeper between Omaha and St. Louis.
Tbe "Kansas City Express" will
make no change, leaving Omaha at
9:20 p. m., and arriving in Kansas
City at 6:30 a. m. Returning, this
train will leave Kansas City at 9:15
p. m., arriving in Plattsmouth at 5:00
The "Nebraska Local" will leave
Omaha at 3:15 p. m., running via
Springfield, Louisville, Weeping
Water, Dunbar, Talmage to Auburn,
arriving there at 6:15 and connecting
with the south-bound limited. Re
turning, it connects with the north
bound limited at Auburn, leaving
there at 5:50 a. m., and running back
the same way arrives in Omaha at 9:00
Notice to Inquiring Friend.
We have received another lot of
those cbambrey and gingham sun bon
nets you have been asking for. The
demand for them has been so great
that it is almost impossible to keep
them in stock. When this lot is gone
it will be several weeks before we get
any more, as the factory is away ahead
on orders. Wji. Herold & Son.
Card of Thanks.
To the neighbors and friends who so
kindly tendered their assistance and
sympathy at the great bereavement
we have suffered in the loss of a de
voted wife, affectionate daughter and
loving sister, we publicly extend our
C. F. Vallery,
Officers Believe They Have the Louis
ville Burglars In Jail.
A BRIDGE OVER THE PLATTE.
Eight Mile Grove Residents l'etition the
Commissioner to Call a Special
Flection to Vote Itonds For a
llridge at Cedar Creek.
Louisville Ilurglars Captured.
Sheriff Holloway Tuesday after
noon received a telephone message
from the police authorities at Omaha,
stating that two suspicious characters
had been arrested there who were be
lieved to be tbe parties that robbed
Edwards Bros.' store at Louisville last
Wednesday night. The sheriff went
up to the metropolis on the first train
and returned on Tutsday evening,
bringing with him the two men, who
gave their names as Jas. Sullivan and
Hale Perrine. They were placed in
It is believed that Sullivan and Per
rine are the right parties, as they each
were wearing new shoes and pants
which tally with the description of
some of the stolen goods. They also
had in their possession a hair brush,
bearing the trade mark of Edwards
Bros. The Omaha authorities prom
ised Sheriff Holloway that they would
endeavor to locate more of the stolen
Want a ltririge Built.
A petition, signed by a number of
Eight Mile Grove precinct residents,
was presented to tbe county commis
sioners Tuesday afternoon, the prayer
of the same being that a special
election be called in that precinct to
vote bonds for the erection of a wagon
bridge across the Platte river at Cedar
Creek. Sarpy county, on the other
side of the river, agrees to bear half
the expense for the construction of
the bridge. The commissioners dis
covered that the signers fo" the peti
tion had neglected to guarantee the
expenses of the special election, but
this was merely an oversight, and an
amended petition will probably be sent
in tomorrow for the consideration of
It is understood that the commis
sioners will grant the prayer of the
petitioners, and that the special elec
tion will be called.
Frank M. Wolcott Dead.
Word was received in town this
morning that Frank M. Wolcott had
been accidentally drowned in Weeping
Water yesterday. It appears that he
had gone out to bis pasture in the
edge of town to repair the fence and is
supposed to have set down to rest un
der a tree just on the bank of the
stream, and been stricken by an at
tack of vertigo, or dizziness, and
fallen into the water. When he did
not return to dinner, search was in
stituted and his body discovered at
about 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Mr. Wolcott came to Cass county in
1S57, and was one of the wealthiest
and best known residents in the
county, and many friends in this city
will regret his sudden death. The
funeral will occur at Weeping Water
tomorrow, and a number of friends
from this city will attend.
A Very Old Hook.
Ben Hempel, the court house anti
quartan, nas just obtained from a
German citizen of Saunders county a
book, printed in old-style German
type, in the year 1696. It is a history
of the early Christians and martyrs
and the church from the time of
Christ down through several centuries.
It is quite a large volume, bound in
horse-hide leather, and bears the
marks of great age. It is said to have
been handed down from the great
great grandmother's grandfather to
the wife of the present owner.
Our LadUs' Shirt Waists
Have caught the feminine fancy. W
have an endless variety of them, with
attached and detachable collars, at
prices from 25 cents upwards, with all
the latest novelties in ties, linen col
lars and cuffs, white leather belts, gilt
belts and shirt waist sets to go with
them, at W3i. Herold & Son's.
The damages caused by the fire at
the Elkhorn saloon have not yet been
adjusted. The adjustors. agreed to
leave the matter to three men, and
two of these decided that the damage
to the bar fixtures amounted to $325
while the other disagreed. And so
the matter stands.
Advertise in The Journal.
'Twai Floral Day.
The first celebration of the A. O. U.
W. Decoration Day, held in this city
Sunday was a very gratifying suc
cess. .Nearly two hundred of the
members of the four lodges of that
order in the city participated, together
with some forty lady members of Star
Lodge D. of II. With Frank Boyd as
grand marshal and Dan Smith as as
sistant and Mrs. Drege assistant for
he D. of II., and beaded by the city
band, the procession marched down
Main street at 2:30 o'clock, counter
marched and proceeded to the ceme
tery, marching to slow music by the
band. Carriages awaited the ladies at
Fourteenth, while the men marched
out to the grounds. Arriving at the
cemetery a hollow square was formed
about the lot belonging to the order,
where the formal ceremonies were per-
ormed, according to the following
Prayer by the Chaplain, Elder McKay.
Hymn "Nearer My God to Thee," ty the
Music Playels Ilymn, by the band.
Address by Elder McKay.
Hymn by the choir.
Decoration of the graves of deceased mem
bers of the order.
The address by Chaplain McKay
was very impressive, eloquent ana ap
propriate. The decoration of the
graves then followed, a bevy of little
girls bedecking the graves with
wreathes and boquets of flowers, a
short address by the Chaplain pre
ceding as the procession reached each
grave. An abundance of flowers bad
The ceremonies over, the procession
reformed at the gate and returned to
the city, being dismissed at the hall.
The ladies of Star Lodge, Degree of
Honor, were furnished with very
pretty regalias, made by themselves.
The lodges represented were: Platts
mouth lodge No. 8, Germania lodge
No. 81, Trio lodge No. 84 and the
The celebration was something new
for the order, no ritual for its ob
servance have been prepared, but the
membership engaged in it with an
enthusiasm which marks it as a pop
ular movement in tbe order.
Miss White Entertains.
Miss Mabel White entertained a
number of friends at the pleasant
home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.
J. White, last evening, in honor of
Miss Stella Hergesheimer, of Falls
City. Cards, dancing and music con
stituted an evening of rare enjoyment.
Dainty refreshments were served dur
ing tbe evening. Miss Barbara Gering
and II. E. Weidmann won the honors
at cards. The following were present:
Mr. and Mrs. Will Clement, Misses
Barbara Gering, Dora Fricke, Minnie
and Florence White, Ella Clark, Lulu
Leist, Kittie Cummins, Verna and
Nellie Leonard, and Messrs. George
Spurlock, Frank White, Guy and
Stuart Livingston, Will livers, Frank
Cummin?, Jas. Newell, Lee Atwood,
II. E. Weidmann and Ed Barwick.
Identified the iooU.
Ezra Edwards and Constable J. L.
Hartshorn of Louisville were in town
yesterday, and the former gave a list
of the goods stolen from his store last
Wednesday night. The total value of
the goods was $59 85. Constable
Hartshorn went over to the jail and
took a look at Perrine and Sullivan,
the fellows supposed to have burglar
ized the Edwards store, and recognized
them as a couple of men he had seen
In Louisville prior to the robbery . Mr.
Edwards identified some of the prop
erty found in the possession of the
prisoners as having been stolen from
List or Letter
Remaining unclaimed in the postoffice
at Plattsmouth, Nebraska. May 7,1896.
Betz, Mrs W n Baker. Kittle
Gvenho, Delbold Willm Lustr Geo
Mathews, O J Matthleen, F II
Nlmes, Silvia Ott, Fritz Wilhelm
Parry, W II Syversew, Carrie
Nagenseller. T L Wheeler, M D
Persons calling for any of theabove
letters or parcels will please say "ad
vertised." W. K. Fox, P. M.
Card of ThaukM.
To the neighbors and friends, who
so kindly tendered their sympathy
and assistance in the great loss we
have sustained in the death of onr
devoted husband and lather, we pub
licly extend our heart-felt thanks.
Mrs. L. C. Curtis and Family.
Do You Know
That Elson the clothier is selling
French balbriggan underwear for 45
cents, worth 75 cents.
It would only cost you $1.00 to send
the Weekly Journal to a friend in
the east for a whole year.
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