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About Plattsmouth weekly journal. (Plattsmouth, Neb.) 1881-1901 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 16, 1898)
(Published ia two parts Part One, Wednesday, and Part Two, Saturday.)
Vol. XVII. No. 58.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1898.
$1.50 Per Year.
- STORY OF A CRIME
Joe Wolverton, Murderer, Is Cap-
tared at Mynard.
MAI IS WAITED AT OSCEOLA, IOWA.
Haa Etaded th- OfflMrt for Two Years
. Ua Laaded ia Prleoa By MhartST
Whealer and Deputy McBrlda
Details of tha Urima.
Sheriff Wm. D. Wheeler and Deputy
John D. MeBride captured last Sunday
morning a murderer who for the last
two years has eluded the vigilance of
The man's name is Joe Wolverton,
and he is wanted in Osceola, Iowa, for
the murder on the Christmas evening
of 1896 of Mrs. Mary Gilfillan. The
body of bis victim was not found un
til the following evening, and In the
meantime the assassin had disap
peared. A reward of $750 was offered
by the state and county for bis appre
hension, and although the officers have
been unremitting in their efforts to
i capture him, nothing buc failure has
I until now been the result.
J Since leaving Oiceola, Wolverton
- has traveled all over the west. His
mother, who Is divorced from his
father and married to another man.
resides in Oregon, and thither the
hunted man wandered. The officers
were, of course, on the lookout for
some such move as this, and he was
not long in the coast state before they
were on his trail. He was apprised of
the matter, however, and eluded them,
walking about 300 miles over the
mountains in order to avoid them. His
course has always that of a man who
had nothing to fear of one out of
employment acd seeking position.
When he came to s town, instead of
skulking in the outskirts and seeking
to avoid people, be would clean him
self op and walk boldly through the
business portion of the place. In this
way he was enabled to disarm suspi
cian and to escape arrest for such a
length of time. The faot that he has
been here in Cass county, within a
hundred miles of tha scene -of his
crime for over a year, shows the nerve
the man possesses. He also claims
that he has been back to Osceola re
cently, disguised, and told Sheriff
Lookenbill of Clark county, who came
here to take him back, that he had at
tended the Omaha exposition in com
pany with a lady, and had passed
within a foot of the sheriff.
Wolverton has a brother in Cam
bridge, la.; and it was through corres
ponding with him that his capture was
brought about. The murderer Is a
very illiterate man, writing a misera
ble and easily recognized scrawl. The
postmaster at Cambridge was instruct
ed to watch the mall of the brother
there, and to report to the sheriff of
Clark county where he recieved letters
from and to whom he wrote. Finally
it was discovered that he was getting
letters from ilynard, this county, and
that ha writing to a John De Groat at
that postoffice. One of the letters
from De Groat waa captured and an
examination proved that it was from
Joe Wolverton. Postmaster Sweerin
gen of Mynard was at once notified to
have the officers here arrest the fugi
tive, and they set about to locate him.
The sheriff was well acquainted with
De Groat, but it was necessary to use
, great caution in hunting him. He had
worked for a half dozen or more differ
ent people since coming here, some
thing over a year ago, and for the offi
cer to go around inquiring for him
- would be to arouse bis suspicion and
probably cause him to leave before be
could be taken. The sheriff learned
late Saturday, however, that bla man
was shucking corn for Watson Long,
about a mile and a half from Mynard,
' and knowiog that he had a desperate
character to deal with, he wired his
deputy to come out the next morniBg
' with his buggy, and to bring his grip,
. in which were handcuffs.
At about eight o'clock on Sunday
morning, therefore, the two officers
made their appeprance at the Long
- homestead, but learned that Wolver
ton had gone to Morgan's store at My-
' nard a short time beiore. Inquiry re
vealed the fvihat he had left the re
volver, which! J generally carried, at
-. the house, it; is was no indication
that there rYyild be no trouble, how-
ever, tafifif Luan they were after is a
powerf --Hfcviw, an j it was known
that Vry; resist arrest If given an
The two officers, there
ip behind Cook's store,
im and removing their
ered the store where Wol-
He was tfttiog on the
b his hands lasting upon
averal people wre in the
riverton paid no action
-.Is. The omcera -rant
eTch side of bim,andewb
I A. J J!
rest," said the sheriff to the surprised of
"What does this mean?" was his re-e
ply. "Never mind" said Wheeler.rot
"you know what it means." and be-he
fore the dumb-founded man could
realize what was going on, be wasen
handcuffed. . lC"
" Well, I'm the man you're after," k
be said, "but I'm not guilty. I never "
killed that woman."
The sheriff made no reply to this, ar
but at the request of the prisoner he a
unlocked the handcuffs to straighten of
them, as they were hurting the wearer. d
No sooner had this been done than
Wolverton straightened out his arms
and attempted to escape from the
officers. A threat of death or great
bodily injury from the Bberiff soon
brought him to his senses, and be per
mitted tha "hranelAta" to ha ronlacprt
without further trouble. He was then
brought to this city and placed in jail,m
and the Iowa authorities notified. or
Sheriff C. D. Lukenbill arrived from he
Osceola Monday morning, while theer
county attorney attended to procuring ta
the requisition papers. ' iC-
Wolverton never denied his Identity, irs
but has steadily maintained that he is3"
tnnoceat. lie admits that be was
itb the murdered woman on the
P'olf'u e"M a revolver In
rv the ftorderer's ice win 1
Oanestio f the Howa hnnM. Mn
I Ma. niinii. .- jt j.
nana. - nndt ar-laha aMhaft tha t.nr... .nMi
lota DeGroat, . w
evening when she received the fatall8l
wound, but says that he can prove,ng
that be did not have bis revolver withtne
him, and that she must have met some re.
one else after be left her, and thattbisin.
unknown person committed the ter-te-
rible deed. The Iowa officers scoutlse-
this idea, however, and say that tbeythe
will have no trouble In convicting theice
prisoner. They say that the couple .
were seen walking along the track in
the direction of the pump house, wbereck8
her body was found, and that she was
never seen alive after that.
Wolverton accounts for his sudden
disappearance by saying that he was
talked Into "skipping out" by his
friends. He claims that he was work
ng out in the country after the body
was discovered, and that they kept
coming to him and telling him that it
would not do to stay there, and that he
was finally prevailed upon to leave.
Sheriff Lukenbill is far from believ-
ng this story, and says there are few,
if any, people in Clarke county who do
not believe in Wolverton's guilt. He
eft yesterday afternoon at five o'clock
with bis prisoner, and will probably
place him in Jail in some other county,
as he is very apprehensive of trouble
from a mob in Osceola.
When company B was being formed
here Wolverton, or DeGroat. as he
called himself, enlisted, but failed to
come up lor the physical examination.
He said that be intended leaving here
soon, and was going back to Oregon.
Sheriff Wheeler and Deputy Me
Bride are being congratulated upon
the capture of such an important
criminal and one for whom such a large
reward is offered.
Following Is the story of Wolver
ton's crime from Tin Journal cor
respondent in Osceola:
Story of tha Crime.
Osceola, la., Nov. 13. (Special to
The Journal.) On Sunday evening,
December 26, 1896, about twenty min
utes past 6, G. T. Smith, an employe
of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
railroad, had occasion to go into the
pump house near the former location
of the depot In the west part of this
city. He was shocked to see a dead
woman lying on the floor, and immed-
ately came up town, told his wife,and
meeting County Attorney Hardinger
and a few others, notified them and
they went down.
The woman was found to belying
on a horse blanket that had been In
the room for sometime and which was
spread out on a grain car door. She
ay on her left side, nearly on her
back, with one arm somewhat under
her, the right one across her breast,
with hand olenched and covered with
blood. Her face was bloody and dirty.
but her clothing was neatly arranged,
ncne of it bloody except a handker
chief that was thrust In the bosom of
her dress. Her cloak was unfastened,
her hat and muff lying on a shelf in
the little room. A chair stood at her
feet in which she had probably teen
sitting. She was Mrs. Mary Gilfillan,
a dining room girl at Howe's hotel,
the leading hostelry of this city.
The men lifted her Into an express
wagon, still lying on the car door, and
took the body to Bailey's undertaking
rooms. It remained there untouched
until the next morning, when Coroner
Carver arrived from Murray to hold
an inquest. It was held in the court
room. The body was carried there by
four men, a gruesome looking burden,
under an oilcloth, with a pair of daintily-shod
fee.t protruding, as the real
sign of what lay beneath.
The court room was cleared by order
of the county attorney, of every one
but the officials engaged in the inquest
and the witnesses. The examination
lasted all day and ended In a sealed
verdict being rendered, which to this
day has not been made public.
The testimony of . most Importance
Jras given by Misa-Josle Chamberlain,
01 miafcu uuiiLUL hum
sts or money to have been the direct
?ause of the organization of an odd
corps of property defenders. This
guard, which is known among: the stu
dents as "Foster's Yooneeks," consists
of ; a ' lieutenant; a sergeant and four
privates, and shortly before every game
they rendezvous in a shanty, where
Lieutenant Foster or Sergeant O'Brien
Sistributes the "firearms." Each wea
pon consists of a piece of carefully se
lected hickory stick, to which is at
tached eight fet of one-inh rubber hose,
ind it Is called the "whipper-will."
Whenever there is to be a football
eame played men and boys congregate
about the grounds several hours before
the gates are opened, and many of
them, by secreting ' themselves inside,
by whittling holes in the fence, or by
climbing over, attempt to see the game
without , paying their respects to the
ticket collector. As soon as the guards
?o on iduty they make a thorough
earch of the possible hiding places
ibout - the' - field -. and -unceremoniously
lustle whomsoever they find out of the
rate. One of the guards was almost
yrared out of his hat last Saturday by
5ndlngsix boys .concealed In a large
hogshead which had been used as a
garbage barrel by the "woman who runs
.he little restaurant on the grounds.
Hie tads' had squeezed themselves in as
tight as sardines and had covered the
top of the barrel with a piece of old
:arpet. but they neglected to tie their
longues, betrayed themselves thereby,
ind as a consequence endured their un
pleasant confinement for naught.
' After th!s prellmenary work is done
he "Tconeeks" patrol the outskirts of
iie field and Invite those who mani-
'tst an intention of entering, as "Chris-
tion" in "Pilgrim" s Progress"' saw
formalist and Hypociisy enter the
larrow way, to desceni on the outside.
it frequently happens that the would
ee sight-seer simply ducks down be-
!nd the tops of the boards, and It is
" -o t Yta "u'hlrn&r.tvill" la hrmuhL
Saturday evening, Dec. 25, 1896, telling
ber that she was going to meet Joe
Wolverton, and that she would rather
be shot than go, although she did not
state why she was loth to go. Then
an arrangement was made that she
(Mrs. Gilfillan) was to return after
this meeting with Wolverton, whistle,
and on hearing that, she (Josle Cham
berlain) was to go out with her to meet
two men with whom they had an ap
pointment. Mrs. Gilfillan said good
bye to ber three-year-old child, a
bright little boy, saying "Mamma wilr
be back pretty soon," and went. She
did not return, and no effort was made
to trace her by any one, so far as
known. So she lay dead Saturday
night and Sunday before being found.
The coroner, assisted by other phy
sicians, held an autopsy. No marks
of any injury appeared anywhere on
her body, but a round hole in the right
side of the head, just behind and
above the ear showed where life went
out, and a deep cut and bruise on the
cheek were probably made when she
fell dead. They opened the skull, and
found that a bullet bad passed en
tirely through the brain and both
sides of the skull and lay flattened un
der the skin on the left side of the
head just opposite the awful wound on
the right side.
" Mrs. Gilfillan'a maiden name was
Mary O. Nolan. She was an orphan,
adopted from the Juvenile asylum in
New York in 1876 by Charles Phenix
and wife of Bradford, 111., when she
was seven years old. He was a banker
and merchant there, and the girl was
givan a good home and an education,
part of the time in a convent sbool.
She had pleasant manners and was
neat in dress. Personally, she was
quite comely. Her complexion was
fair eyes blue, hair a dark auburn,
and was very wavy. She was small
and plump with small hands and feet.
Ten years prior to her death she was
married to Frank Gilfillan, and to
them three children were born, a
da.ter and two sons. Her husband
drank. In March, 1896, he struck her
in a fracas, leaving a scar that showed
on her face. She left him and came
here in October, 1896. Mrs. John Mc
Clue of Osceola, a niece of Mrs.
Phenix, found employment for Mrs.
Gilfillan at D. L. Wolverton's farm
home in Jackson township, this
county, and here was formed the fatal
acquaintance of Joe Wolverton, son
of D.L. Wolverton, then about twenty
seven years old. He became infatuated,
wanted to marry her and dogged her
The night of the murder Joe Wolver
ton disappeared, and has not since
been seen here.
The officers have never abandoned
hope of finding him, however, and it
Is believed here that be has at last
been captured in Plattsmouth.
no is under indictment for murder
and a reward of 1750,1600 by the state
and $250 by the county hangs over
CMi County Corn.
Al. Loring is entitled to the gold
medal for the biggest corn yet raised
in Nebraska. He brought to town the
other day three ears, one measuring 12
Inches in length, another 13 and one 14
inches. One of the ears contained
1120 well developed kernels of corn.
Al. had twenty acres of corn that
yielded 1100 busbela.-Elmwood Week's
W. B. ELSTE2, Dentist, 7atex-
bloek, Flattamoutk, Deb-
UIOl, 11' r (( av..0f -
How dark the night until your eyes
J. J. Bell In the Pall Mall Magazine
RSONAL AND OTHERWISE
That most distinguished and philan
thropic Danish lady, the Countess Ade
line Schimmelmann. will arrive in Chi
cago during th.e week on her steam
yacht, the Dove, a steadfast little ves
sel of thirty-five tons' burden. It Is an
aristocratic yacht, for the countess pur
chased it in 1895 from his royal high
ness. Prince Waldemar of Denmark,
and with sanctified zeal and the ap
proval of all well wishers for the wel
fare of the toilers of the deep she has
devoted It to the service of her work.
The Countess Schimmelmann moves
about from port to port Interesting her
Belf in carrying the gospel to the sailors
'of all nations and doing all that one
woman can do to reclaim back Into the
path of virtue and rectitude many who
for divers reasons have become back
sliders. To achieve her purpose she has
devoted her entire fortune. and time to
this meritorious work, and wherever!
she has gone she has been received with
Countess Schlmmelmann'a work !s di
vided into four departments viz., mis
sion work with the yacht Duen, or
Dove, the international sailors' mission,
the fishermen of the Baltic sea and
spreading the gospel by meetings.
TACHT A TRAINING SHIP.
As the countess moves from place to
place she has made of her yacht a
traning ship for your.g sailors and boys,
and with her limited accommodations is
nevertheless able to give practical in
struction to eighteen young sailors. She
also holds mission meetings on board In
English, Danish and German, and when
in Denmark and Germany, tn ports
where she is accessible to wemen and
children, she holds separate meetings
for dockers, for women, for little girls
and for boys.
Sometimes her yacht has been crowd-
Home at itugen. It was tour ye-i
since she had been among them, an
during that time, to use her ow
words, "they had not been near a
Christian meeting, their church beii
far away and their clergymen beii
The fishermen in the Baltic Sea, t
countess says, are sadly in need
religious attention, which can be ma
effective by establishing mission ha
in the villages, a kind of mission wo
almost unknown in Germany. T
countess believes in a little cheer f
the inner man, and during the fi
week when she reopened the Fish
men's Home, 2,000 mugs of coffee w
MISSION HOMES COMING.
Thus far a good commencement
been made by sending from port
port the mission cutter "Taube." a
just as soon as funds are provi
mission halls and homes wi'.l be est
The fourth department, the spread
of the Kosnel by meetings, is one
which the countess takes much pri
for through this means she reac
thousands of people. In 1S95. In
course of fifteen months, she held
alone addressed 13.000 peop'.e. H -v.-,.
I rejoice In these meetings." sty Judge Newell went out to May 00(1,
the countess in a recent lnterv:H Frontier county. Monday for a vifrit
"Weak In bedy, and often tired H with his daughters.
I death, with a naturally weak vo:ce BoARDBIW WANTED it the iiur
have rrany and many Jnr.00 IIou3e He9t of accommoda
time stood before thronging crowd
t n r, MT,i tiu3, 306 Sjuth Third street,
composed of all soits of people. Jj '
'audiences orten contained all classM Attorneys Wm. Delles Denier of
j from the munclpal authorities to aB Elm wood and Clarence E. TeiTt of
'archlsts. from ladles of title to edij Avoca are attending district court.
' heavers, from po.sce to burglars.
I .A 1 . J . . n liof
I Al mee ,neei.8 i.. ... bw ited Friday night with the family of
had invariably to be hired, so gre . J B . . , .
' were the thrones. A socialistic new
caper at Aa'.borg said:
"Nobody and nothing In Denmara Truman Hall, a well known resi
except our 1st of May meetings. Sdeot of Louisville,, died last week.
J. W. K-Jrounds of Murray was in the
city MoDdar .
'Montllbbof Murray waa in I'latts
Dr. It. li. Wallace of Union waa in
Dr. Hasemeierof Louisville was in
the city Monday.
Dr. Butler of Weeping Water waa in
Ibe city Monday.
Mrs. U Spurloek of York visited in
the city over Sunday .
Isaac Teegarden of WeepiDg Water
waa in the city Mouday.
Will Mayall of Omaha was visiting
friends in this city Sunday.
Edward i Wiley of Liberty pre
cinct was a FJattsmoutb visitor Mon
Miss Dora Swearincen of Omaha
has been visiting in the city for a few
T.nfo ItitcHalror ami .fnlin O-inpnlfnn
$ of Louisville are attending to busiuess
A FATAL ACCIDENT.
James Pine is Crushed Beneath
.Engine and Cars.
Judge Crites of Chadron, Neb., vis
Judge Ramsey, returning home Sat
Interesting Communication From
a Former Plattsmouthian.
MAM WHITE RELATES HIS EXPERIEKCE
Hardships aad Daath tha Baward of Maoy
who Jna7d ta that Icy Begton
; at ark Sow Raanlac a
Mark White, formerly of Platte
mouth, wrote the following letter to a
friend In Eagle, this county. It was
published in The Elm wood Week's
Dawson, N. W. T., Aug. 19. II.
J. Edson, Eagle, Neb. Dear Sir: I
promised you I would write a few lines,
so here goes. To begin with I am
well and have had splendid health all
the time, but don't weigh but 175
pounds. I feel fine and have splendid
wind, having worked hard on the trail.
There is lots of sickness here, and
many are dying. The country is over
run with people. They are coming and
going by the hundreds.
We came In the Chilcoot pass by
Dyea and worked our goods oyer our
selves to Lake Bennett, where we
built our scow. The trail was a sight
to see. Thousands of men with
sleighs, tugging along, or with packs
on their backs. We left Dvea on
March 21 and worked every day it was
possible to work, arriving at Lake
Bennet May 3. During that time we
were in a snow slide. None of us
were injured except Jennings, who
was badly ruptured, not being able to
work the rest of the trip. We were
more fortunate than some others who
were killed in it. I helped take out
most of them.
At Bennett we built our boat and
started down the lake on June 1. That
was as soon as we were able to go on
account of the ice. There Is danger
all the way down. Some of the lakes
are large and get very rough, and
have bad places to go ashore. There
were hundreds who got wrecked; and
such a sight of boats I Thousands in
sight all the time. Windy Arm is es
pecially bad, and Lake Bennett is to be
dreaded. Then yon have Forty Mile
river and White Horse rapids. The
oanyon comes first; the river narrows
down to about 75 or 100 feet, between
high bluffs, and runs as fast as water
can run a regular roaring torrent for
three quarters of a mile, and then one
quarter not so swift, with an eddy on
each side and a whirlpool at the head.
Then you are at the rapids where
there are rocks that would smash your
boat to pieces if you should strike
them. They call It "rapids," but it is
rather a falls. Boats by the score were
wrecked and everything lost, and
many lives lost. There are experi
enced pilots to ran the boats through,
charging from 130 to 150 per boat, ac
cording to size. I was the only one
in our party that went through. ' I
helped run their boats and they helped
me. We got through without a bob
ble. We had five tons of stuff-two of
The next right bad place Is Thirty
Mile river. It runs from eight to
twelve miles an hour and is narrow
i uj ttmimu iiviuinj owujo jean agu.
and full of rocks. The whole thing ta 1 Louisville Courier.
ab:e to gather such crowds as the meetfter a inerjng illnesa with Ilright's
II. McMakea aBd son Guy de
pleted Monday for Alliance and Hill
City, where they will visit, relatives
and do Borne hunting.
The Forresters of Cass camp No.
S32, M. W. A., will give a select danc
iDg party Wednesday evenirjg,Novem
ber 23. All Woodmen are cordially
Hugh Roberta, who ia working with
the B. & M. depot paintinggang, came
in from Akron, Colo., Sunday evening
for altbree days' visit with his family
and friends. "... -w v
Bert Hadley arrived home last Sat
urday from Santa Fe,-N. --M;,1 where"
he has been workiDg for. the Rio
Grande railroad.. He expects tore
turn there early next spring.
Frank Wheeler, who has been up in
the northwestern part of the state for
the past two months, shooting game
for the markets, arrived home last
Sunday for a visit with his family. '
Harry Adair, one of the Platts
mouth boys who enlisted in Company
B, Third Nebraska regiment, arrived
yesterday from Savannah, Ga., having
been granted a thirty days' sick fur
lough. J. I. Unruh has made a large pur
chase of iron bed steads, springs, mat
tresses and pillows, and is selling a
complete outfit for $1.93. This ia the
biggest bargain ever shown in Platts
mouth. A white enameled iron bedstead
with brass trimmings, a woven wire
spring, cotton top mattress and pair
of pillows, all for $4.93 at J. I.
Unruh's. Take advantage of this
If you want a pint, quart or gallon
of Btrictly pure whisky, don't buy it of
Kansas City fakirs, but go direct to
Ed Donat of Plattsmouth and buy it
of him. He gets hia whisky direct
from the U. S. bonded warehouse.
Clark Wilcox, one of the pioneer
residents of this county, departed on
Wednesday evening for Michigan,
where he hopes hia health will im
prove, and he thinks he will make that
state his permanent home. Uuion
J. I. Unrub., Piattdmouth'a enter
prising furniture dealer, baa just re
ceived a large invoice of Turkish
couches, on which he will make
special prices next,, week, oee the
stock and get prices"."' Tbey will sur
Laat Saturday County Clerk Robert
son, Conrad Scblater and A. B. Dick
son of Elm wood made the official can
vass of the votes cast in this county
at Tuesday 'a election. A few unim
portant changes were made, and the
tabulated vote in this issue has been
corrected and ia now official.
Deputy State Treasurer Sam Patter
son has removed hia family and house
hold goods from Lincoln to this city,
where he will attain make his home,
coming down from the capital each
Saturday evening. .The many friends
of Mr. and Mrs. Patterson in Platts
mouth will be glad to learn or this
CasH camp No. 332, M. W. A., held a
special meeting at their ball Saturday
evening, at which time some twenty
five new members were initiated.
After the ceremonies bad, been con
cluded, the members were treated to a
nice supper and cigars were passed
around. Quite a number of Woodmen
from Union, Cedar Creek and Murray
strewn with wrecks, but we were
lucky, but only missed by a scratch. I
am the captain. None of the boys
ever run a boat before, but they did
We came down to Five Fingers rap
ids and stopped to prospect, found
a desirable place and sank a hole.
Had to burn down on account of frost;
got colors, but could not get to bed
rock on account of water; quit it and
left for Indian river on June 27.
.We had gone in company with some
other boyp, and part had come to In
dian river and were prospecting', then
I left the boat there and came to
Dawson with some other boys. I then
decided to go back after the boat, so
I walked to Indian river over the
worst country you ever saw.
The mosquitoes were very bad wbile
we were traveling down, but they are
very scarce in Dawson.
I happened on to -a cousin of mine
who has been in here for several years
and has done well. We went in part
nership and have opened up a butcher
shop and bakery. We have an oven
that we bake 100 loaves at a time in.
We pay our -baker $15.00 a day. Sell
our bread three loaves for 81. Pies 75
cents each. Meat 75 cents to $1.50 a
pound cut everything to steak.
We also have storage room and get
$1 per hundred per month, and we
are doing first rate.
It is hard to get hold of a claim
now, but I expect to catch on this
winter. One has to "get on the in
side" to do anything. The fact is,
this country is overdone and is not
what people thought to find it. They
get discouraged and sell their outfits
and go home.
Boats are running up the river now
and connect with other boats at
White Horse, and passengers can then
go to the head of Lake Bennett and
walk over the summit. The trip is
easy now if yeu are light. Going
that' way costs $200 to Bennet and
$2 a meal. Things were awful high
before the boats came. For instance,
whiskey sold for $100 a gallon, and it
now sells for $25, wholesale.
Give my regards to all the boys.
P. S. I send this out by a friend.
I have receivad but one letter since I
left borne. M. W.
Daath of an A(td Ldy.
Mrs. Rhoda Jane Davis died of par
alysis last Friday afternoon at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. S. Phebus,
in South Park. Several years age
Mrs. Davis experienced a stroke of
paralysis, since which time she never
fully recovered, and her demise result
ed from a second attack of the malady
received a few days ago
The deceased was a widow, was
aged seventy-nine years, and leaves
three children Frank F. Davis and
Mrs. Phebus of thia city and another
son, who resides in Los Angelos, Cal.
The funeral occurred Saturday aft
ernoon at 2 o'clock and the remains
were interred in the Eikenbary ceme
tary, south of town.
Last week The Courier In stating
that Mr. August Wendt was here from
Belmont, took occasion to speak of the
stock on his ranch, and gave the num
ber of cattle at about 600. Instead be
has 885 head and 441 head of horses.
Thos it will be seen that Mr. Wendt
and bis sons have not been idle since
PIOJEER RAILROAD MAN IS KILLED.
The Tragedy Takes I'lwra In tha II. M.
Yard la tliU t lj-. K. lUbbluff- '
ion Aluo Impart thl Life
One of the urnst shocking accidents
that has occurred in Plattsmouth for
years took place in the B. & M. shop
yards at about 10:40 o'clock last Satur
day morning, and resulted in the death
of James Pine.
Mr. Pine was a switchman and was
riding on the footboard of engine 333,
which engine was attached to two
cars. It ia not known whether he
slipped from the board or made an at
tempt to jump off, and tripped. No
one saw him leave the engine, but an
employe who siw him riding there
turned away and looking back imme
diately saw the unfortunate man un
der one of the cars. The engine bad
already passed over him, and before It
could be stopped the other car had
also done so.
He must have been killed instantly,
for be was terribly crushed and man
gled, especially about the head and
upper portion of the body, one arm
having also been run over.
The body waa placed upon a stretch
er at the side of the track and the cor
oner summoned. Upon hia arrival it
was removed to the morgue, where an
inquest waa held .t 4 o'clock that aft
ernoon. The juroia wtte 12.1. Fitzger
ald, O. M. Streight, Joe Klein, J. V.
Egenberger, Alf White and John Den
son, and their verdict declared death
to be the result of an unavoidable acci
dent, and exhonerated the railroad
company and its employes.
The funeral occurred Monday after
noou at 2 o'clock from the 'Methodist
church and was under the'auspices of
the A. O. U. W., of which deceased
was a member, and In which order ha
carried-.OOO Tife ifisurarice. It was
attended byta large concourse of rehv
iivesand riends.Jjesides the members '
of the a'bove-m&ptioDed order, and was
headed by the Uohetuian band. Rev.
Campbell preached the funeral ser
mon. James Pine was boru.ia New York
City, lifty-one years ago, and leaving
there, went to Wisconsin in 1S38. He
stayed in that state until 1871. when
lie came to Plattsmouth. He remained
here for three years, when he went to
Memphis, Tenn. In 176 be was mar
ried in the last mentioned city to Miss
Delia Gorman, and removed to Lin
coln In 1878. In 188-5 he came back to
Plattsmouth, and has ever since resid
Jim Pine, as every one .called him,
had railroaded fortweuty-seven years,'
and during that time haJ Lad many
narrow escapes from death. He was
at one tirr.e yardtnaster here, and at
another conductor on tie bridge run.
For the last few years be has been
He had been suffering acutely from
neuralgia in the head the night .before
the accident occurred, and his wife
had that morning begged him not to
go to work.
Mr. .Pinewas one of Plattsmouth's
best known and most respected citi
zens, ror a number of Tears past he
had been a member of the Methodist
church, and his daily life was all that
could be expected of a consistent
He leaves a family consisting cf a
wife and four children two boys nd
two girls, one of each ueing grown.
The beieaved ones have the sympa hy
of th entire community in their atl ic-
Death or an Old Citizen.
Heart failure, superinduced by pleu
risy, irora which he naa been sutler. eg
since September 21st, caused the death
of David . Babbington Monday night.
November 14th. -Mr.
Babbington waa born in Way-
mouth, N. J., November 1st, 1821, and
bad been a resident of Plattsmouth
since 1870. lie waa higuiy respectea
by every one in the community, being
a man of unimpeachable integrity and
honor. lie waa a widower, bis wife
having died ten years ago. Mr. Bab
bington leaves three children Mrs.
Will White and Mr. D. G. Babbington
of this city and Mrs. I. T. Cornell of
Lennox; Ia. ' '
Funeral services will be held at the
Methodist church Thursday afternoon
at two o'clock.
Notica to Taxpayer.
The county commissioners will be In
session after this date until all delin
quent taxea in this county will be dis- .
posed of. Every one who Is back is
requested to call at once and make ar
rangements for a settlement or else
the same will be sold. By order of
. Smoke the Iteat.
"Wurl Bros famous "Gut Ueil" Is the
best 5c cigar in the market.
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