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J. A. MACMURPIIY Editor
PLATTSMOUTH. JUNE 5,1879,
The Ohio deras. put up Torn Ewing.
Russia has opened the ball by hang
ing four Nihilists at Kief.
Gen. Ja8. Shields is dead,
suddenly at Oltnmwa, la, at
m.. June 1st.
The Omaha Evening News has open
ed a column to the tern perance people,
and it is to be edited by Madaiaa Charl
ton Ed holm.
By some means the copy of a com
munication from Greenwood signed
Nubbins Uncle." received last week
was mislaid until too late for publica
tion. We regret the mistake.
The resignation of Judge Dillen has
been accepted by the President to take
effect on Sept. 1st. Sect'y McCreary
will be appointed in his stead. Judge
Dillon takes the head of the Columbia
Jaw college, X. Y.
A TELErnoxE exchange is to be
started in Omaha. Already seventy
nine parties have subscribed to it, some
to run to their business houses and
some to their residences. Pretty soon
all Omaha will be talking to each oth-
by means of the telephone.
Miss LaFlesche, a member of the
10 mah a tribe of Indians, who witk her
father Joe LaFlesche, went down to
the Indian Teriitory to ascertain the
truth of the Ponca statement as to the
unhealthiness of their reservation, has
obtained the autographs of all the
parties who were connected with the
Ponca case. We remember Susy, as
she used to be called, when, a modest
little girl, she attended the Mission
school at tiie Omaha Agency.
The Ohio . convention nominated
Hon. Chas. Foster for Governor after
a severe contest. Judge raft was the
other candidate, and the general pin
ion seems to be that Foster is the
stronger candidate. The Ohioans seem
to think that their election determines
the president:al contest. It is a very
important election, but we guess the
rest of our sisters, and our cousins and
our aunts will have something to say
when it comes to 'SO.
"We have received a pass from the
New York and Manhattan Beach Ry.
Co, for the opening of the summer
season at "Manhattan Beach" June
14th, together with an invitation to at
tend the same. The programme set
forth is alluring. I. S. Gilmore's full
band has been engaged for the season,
a balloon to make daily ascensions.
Electric lights, facilities the most im
proved for surf bathing, grand hotel,
largest of its kind in the world, clam
bake everyday if we could only bridge
the gap between Plattsmouth and New
York think we should-start immedi
ately. Perhaps some of our readers
had better go and report.
I. he latest lrom Washington since
the last veto is that the majority wil
pass the legislative, judicial and army
appropriation bills, providing, howev
er, that no money shall be used for
transporting troops to or from the
polls or to or from any place where
they may be used at elections; nor
shall any money be used for the pur
pose of paying u. S. supervisors of
elections or U. S. marshals. The pur
poses and uses of each dollar is dis
tinctly set forth, and any other use for
They think the President will not
dare veto this bill and they will thus
gain their point in establishing the
principle that the United States can
not regulate even the manner of its
own elections. If the President does
veto this last arrangement they think
they can go to the country on the issue.
The plan is at best but a subterfuge
to override if possiLle the President's
well-stated objections to the former
A TERRIBLE CYCLONE,
Tasses Over Southern Nebraska, North
era Kansas and Tart of Missouri.
A 1. j
.Again we nave ueen iortunate in
it.:. : t . . .
ims section tu country, ior wime our
rains have been full and strong they
have caused no damage to life and
propcrt', but in other parts of our state
and neighboring ones they have been
4 A. 1 I A. m -
lerriuie storm or wina ana rain
passed through Richardson countv and
did great damage along the A. & N. At
Denison Mills, Neb., the Catholic
church was destroyed, the store of
Mead, Riley & Co. and several persons
injured. In Kansas however it was
frightful, a dispatch to the Champion
says, ai irviiig is persons were kill
ed and 29 wounded, so that many will
die. At Delphos, Ottawa Co., 15 dead
Indies were brought in from 2 square
miles of territory.
The citizens of Atchison raised $1200
for the sufferers, besides medicines,
blankets, iood, xc.
In Jackson Co., Mo., a Mr. Harris
and his wife and children were car
riea up into the air clear out of sight
ana aroppea in different places and
directions from site of the house they
occupied and varying in distance from
one to two hundred yards. Mrs. Har
ris and one child were killed outright;
Mr. Harris died several hours after
one of the other children was found in
a pool of water fifty yards from the
. house with a large bunch of wet straw
and grass wrapped so tightly around
his head and shoulders it could only be
removed with great difficulty. The
child wa? but slightly injured, his es
cape being attributed to the mysteri
ous bandage around him. When last
heard from the storm was traveling
northeastwardly and had entered La
Near Lee's Summit. Mo it tore a fur
row through the earth about a hun
dred yards wide and 10 miles long, lev
eling everything in its track, killing
and wounding people and stock.
These storms are awful and we can
only be to thankful that thus far we
liave been wonderfully spared. .
DEATH! DEATH! DEAD!
TWO SUICIDES IN TWO DAYS.
Singular Pertinacity In Shifting from
Known Evils to those of the
On Saturday morning the town was
startled by the report that an unknown
man committed suicide at the Platte
Valley House during the night. The
Herald reporter repaired to the spot
and found only too truly that a Ger
man, about 48 years old, had arrived
there the night before from the Oma
ha train. He enquired for a German
boarding house and had been directed
to the Platte Valley. He retired at
once to his rooora, after giving the
clerk about S30 in money, for safe
keeping. In the morning the clerk
went up to get an extra basin from
his room, and found the man dead.
By his side were found four bottles of
strychnine, two empty and two about
one-half full, aad a 4-0z phial of chlo
roform, nearly one-third used, j
lie had taken his boots off, hung his
watch on a nail, evidently took the
poison, prepared the handkerchief with
chloroform, then blew the candle out
and stretched himself outside the bed
clothes, fixed the handkerchief over
his chin, crossed his hands on his
breast and apparently died with scarce
ly a struggle.
The sheriff and Dr. Richmond were
at once notified, and later, Dr. Living
ston and others. After a brief exam
ination by the surgeons a jury was
empannelled by Sheriff Hyers. acting
coroner, as follows:
W. D. Jones, II. W. Sage, Alex.
Schlegel, Jas. W. Woodson, P. P. Gass,
J. Wr. Johnson.
The following witnesses were subpoe
naed and testified to the facts briefly
Dr. S. II. Richmond was called to the
room about 6:30 a. in. May 31st; found
man lying on his back, cold and dead.
Found strychnine, &c, and that man
came to his death from combined poi
son of strychnine and chloroform.
Dr. R. R. Livingston was called later
in the day; testified as to position of
body, finding of strychnine, chloroformt
S:c., stated probable quantity of each
taken. Said the bottles were marked
from some druggist in Omaha, but the
name was carefully scratched off.
E. P. "Waterhouse (clerk; sworn.
Told when the man came, about going
to room, &c, gave him room 12; man
came down about 10:30 and wanted to
see clerk or landlord, wanted some wa
ter, took water up and he handed me
his pocket book and told me to take
care of it; asked how much there was,
he untied it and counted it about 828
in bills and some silver, 830 in all;
turned it over to Mr. Bons. Next
morning wanted the basin and went
up. found man dead and note on table.
(The note was in German, and say?,
his nam was Herman Rheinfeldt,
born in Hanover, been in America five
years, often sick, and had been out of
work three months, had not much
money and would rather die than live
Irving Hill, P. II. Thornhill and Win
Splain, who had adjoining rooms al
swore to about the same state of facts
P. B. Murphy told that he was called
to room 12 about 7:30, saw man daad
The evidence seeming clear and com
plete, the jury very shortly brought in
the following verdict:
State of Nebraska,
At an inquisition holden at the
Platte Valley House in Plattsmouth
Cass County, on the 31st day of May
18.9, before R. W. Hyers, Sheriff and
acting Coroner, upon the body of Her
man Rheinfeldt, lying dead, by the ju
rors, whose names are hereunto sub
scribed, the said jurors upon their
oaths do say Herman Rheinfeldt came
to hi3 death by swallowing two
drachms of strychnine, and two ounces
of chloroform administered by his own
W. D. Jones,
II. W. Sage,
Jas. W. Woodson,
P. P. Gass.
J. W. Johnson.
After telegraphing to Omaha, and
finding no further clue the man's body
was duly buried on Saturday after
NOT DONE YET.
Scarcely had the hearse passed from
our sight with the dead body of Rhein
feldt when we were again called on to
listen to the despairing cry and view the
dead body of another poor unfortunate.
ON SUNDAY MORNING
The cry sounded up Sixth street by
h e Herald s house. "Come, Doctor,
quick, a man has shot himself." The
voice was Charley Warren's and we
learned that the cry but heralded the
ugly truth, and the story of yesterday
had been repeated with slight varia
Some three months ago a quiet,
youngish man came to J. G. Chambers'
harness shop for employment and got
it. He has worked there stead'ly since,
disturbed no one, was not of drinking
habits and minded his own business.
He always seemed rather sullen and
morose, it is true, but no one knew
any harm of Inra. His name was
J. K. WEIR,
andj last Sunday morning, June 1st,
1879, about 7 o:clock, he shot himself
twice with a revolver and died in half
an hour. No particular cause was as-
sigM-d except that he was "tiredof liv
ing." Mr. Chambers says he seldom
held any continued conversation ex
cept about the civil war and on reli
gion. Pictures of Tom Paine and
Bob Ingersol,were found in his trunk,
and it i3 said he was avowedly an In
fidel on religious matters. He had
been a member of the 102d regiment of
llinois volunteer infantry during the
Saturday afternoon he seemed low- i
spirited and felt bad. Chambers asked
him what was the matter and :f any
thing he had done affected hira. Weir
answered "rto,wand added some gloomy
When told of Rheinfeldt's suicide
he said " He (R) was better off dead
than alive, and tha he wouldn't mind
going to hell himself if he was sure of
having the company of two or three
ahead of him."
was duly empannelled and and the fol
lowing persons gave their evidence ac
cordmjily as they saw deceased at or
about the time of his death :
Mrs. Chas. Warren, Chas. Warren
Dr. Schilddnecht, Dr. Livingston, Rich
ard Newell, Dan'l Robinson, J. C
Thompson, E. K. Parmele, J. G. Cham
bers, Henry Herold, Byron Miller, P.
Mrs. Warren said she got up fifteen
minutes to seven Sunday morning
heard groaning, went out of house,
heard croaning again and looked in
shop and saw Weir lying on the floor.
Told Charley (her husband) to go and
see what was the matter. Charley
went in and found him lying down
with blood on him. Charley went out
for a doctor and I heard a shot. I
heard him say "I am tired of living
W hen l last saw him his brains were
running out. lie was a quiet young
man as far as I know.
Chas. Warren testified: Came in and
asked him what was the matter. Said
he "didn't want to live." I said " Hold
on, old boy, I'll get a doctor." As I
left the door I heard the second shot.
Came back when I heard this shot and
found he was shot in the head. Saw
no weapon first time; must have shot
himself in side the first time. Went
in back door.
Dr. Schildknecht-was called by James
Herold, about seven in the morning,
to Mr. Chambers shop to see a man
who had shot himself. Found him
with pistol shot in his side, near the
region of the heart. Found shot in
head and in a dying condition: revolv
er lying at his right side. Think ball
in head went "down. Brain was pro
truding from wound; made no attempt
to talk. Ball in side went through the
body into the wall. Deceased came to
his death by hi3 own hand
Dr. R. R. Livingston was called by
Charley Warren, at 10 minutes before
7 o'clock, June 1st. Said a man had
shot himself at Chambers' harness
shop. Went at once and found de
ceased a3 he lays now. (Describes po
sition of body and wounds.) Said ball
in head penetrated left ventricle of
brain and was cause of death; do not
think the chest wound would have
produced death. He was dying then.
The other witnesses gave each their
view of the matter and testified to his
habits, ways, &c. W e cannot give it
Weir came here from Leavenworth,
Kansas. Chambers says he had the
blues all day Saturday. He paid him
about 811 Saturday evening. Had
said he didn't believe in Hell or Heav
en. The revolver belonged to Cham
bers. The man was a Mason
The coroner cleared the room about
noon and after a careful investigation
and a further examination of Mrs,
Warren, brought In the followrng
State of Neb.,
At an inquest holden at the harness
shop of J. G. Chambers, on Main St.,
in the city of Plattsmouth, in Cass
County; Neb., on the 1st day of June,
A. D. 1879, before me, R. W. Hyers.
Sheriff and acting Coroner, of said
count', upon the body of J. K. Wreir,
lying dead, by the jurors whoso names
are hereunto subscribed.
me saia jurors upon their oaths ac
cording to the evidence and the best
of their knowledge do say, J. K. Weir
came to his death by two revolver shots
fired by his own hand Cone in the left
side and one in the head,)
In testimony whereof the said juvors
have hereunto set their bauds this
day and year aforesaid.
Attest: Samuel Long,
J. W. Shannon,
W. F. Morrison,
It is singular that both men destroy
ed all the letters and memoranda in
their possession, evidently to avoid be
ing recognized any iurther or to pre
vent word going to friends. There is
no doubt but that a morbid sympathy
and infatuation induced Weir to com
mit suicide just at this particular time,
right after the example of Reinfeldt
We hope sincerely that this closes
the epidemic of self-murder in Platts
mouth, as we wish to record no more
We have before us a copy of the In
dependent, Oskaloosa, Kansas, dated
Jan'y ICth, 18G9, in which is an article
entitled "Army Reminiscences." by
James K. Weir, 102d 111. Inft'y Vols.
It is well written, and is part of a con
tin ued article, so that we cannot tell
what uattie he is describing, l lie pa
per was found in his trunk, and has
the name of "J. J. Wittenberg," on it
The editor's name is J. W. Roberts
We hate to see a soldier die thus
BetUr have perished on the field of
battle. Iowa, Illinois and Kansas
papers please copy.
The programme of the commence
ment exercises is as follows:
Saturday evening. June 7 University Union.
Sur.day evening. June 8 Baccalaureate Ser
vices, by the Chancellor.
iwonuay evening June a i. niversity union.
Tuemlav evening. June 10 University Ad-
drrs, by President Fulwell, of University of
Wednesday. 9 ft. m Orations and Essays of
Graduating Class, followed by Aluiunl Address,
uyj.s. .uaies, csi., oi nass oi .J.
Those in attendance upon commence
ment, who pay full fare in coining by
& M. R., U. P and A. A X. Rail
roads, are returned at one-fifth the fare.
Those comincr by St. Jo. & D. C. K. R.
are returned free.
State papers please copy.
E. B. Faiiifielp, Chancellor.
Lincoln, May 27, 187y.
Our Temperance Column.
EDITED PY THE WOMAN'S CHRISTIAN TKM
To the Readers of the Hkkald :
1 I.ATTSHOUTH LODGE NO. 2. I. O G,
Regular meet iiiK" at Good Templars'
every ednesuay evening.
E. II. Wooi.ev. W.
, Bakxks, Sec'y.
IjnTTSMorTH Tf.mim.b ok Honor and
Tempkkanck. No. 13. Regular mcetiiiir.
saiuraay evening in tian in t uzKeraiu m mock.
S. . 111NKLK, W. U. 1.
J. F. Johnson, Sec'y.
Plattsmouth Red RiBBox ci.uB.-Reguiar
-- meeting on Monday evening of each week.
H. M. Bushnf.i.l, Sec'y.
rriHK Rkadino Room. Open on Wednexdav
- and Saturday afternoon and evening of each
week. Front room over F. S. White's store.
The Grat Spider.
BV MRS. B. J. RICHMOND.
A spidbk sat in his basement den.
Weaving his snares (or the souls of men.
"1 will not work with my hands," quoth he ;
"An easier pathway mint open forme."
lie spreads his tables of grsenest baize.
And many a cunning trap he lays.
The marble balls are smooth and white.
The den is blazing with floods of light.
Behind the bar the spider stands :
There Is not a wise man in the land
But will lose his wit and become a fool
If he yields himself to the.iplder's rule.
There is not a man so strong and brave
But the ipider will dig him a shameful grave.
There is not a youth so noble and fair
But will learn to drink, and gamble, and swear
In the spifer's den. But do not, pray,
Dare to dispute the spider's sway ;
If you sweep the den with the law's Htrong broom
Perhaps you might make a cleaner room ;
But then men are fearful a little afraid.
In fact on the spiders to make a raid ;
'Twould Mir up excitement, and spiders must
So our dear household treasures we patiently
The spider still sits in his basement den.
Lying In wait for the souls of men.
Youth's Temperance Banner.
W. C. T. U.
This Society will meet Thursday (to
day) at 3 p. m. in the Reading Room.
A full attendance is earnestly desired,
5is several important matters must be
Is Alcohol a Poison.
Whiskey is about half alcohol, and
the remaining half is water. A little
boy between six and seven years old
was sent by his mother for a gill of
whiskey, and he, knowiajr it was a
drink of some kind, sipped away at it
until lie haa drunk half of It. After
some hours the child was fottud in the
street senseless. He was taken to a
police office, and a doctor worked over
him five hours before he was recovered
enough to go home. He had been stu
pefied nearly nine hours from drinking
a quarter of a gill, or about two spoon-
iuis, ot alcohol diluted with the same
amount of water; would we not call
any other thing a poison if it produced
such effects? Youth's Temperance
Mrs. WTittenmyer, President of the
Woman's Christian National Temper
ance Union, will address the people of
Plattsmouth .next. Saturday evening
June 4th. We believe all temperance
people will be interested in seeing and
hearing a lady who has held this high
position since the first organization of
the society five years ago. We also
believe our citizens as a whole will be
profitably entertained in hearing her,
and we especially urge every lady in
Plattsmouth as far as possible to come
and hear one who though patriot and
philanthropist, is no less a true woman.
Additional notice of time and place
of meetings in this column.
An intemperate man was on h!s
death-bed. He sent for a professor of
religion, and said t hira: "Do you re
member being in such a temperance
meeting? I was there. I went for the
purpose of signing the pledge. When
it was circulated I kept my eye on you
I thought you knew more about these
things than I did, and if it were a good
thing you would give your name and
join it. But you did not, and for that
reason I did not. And here I am. I
am about to die, and I want you to
prepare to meet me in the judgment.'
These words went like a dagger to
the professor's heart; and they should
pierce the heart of every one profess
ing godliness who stands aloof from
the temperance cause. Every one has
influence, and it should be on the side
of virtue and piety, of God and reli
We should not avoid the appearance
or evil, but ao an the good in our
power. And iu this yiew we should
be mindful of our example and influ
ence. Actions speak Jouder than words
Youth's Temperance Banner.
Action of ao Important Church Jndica
The General Assembly of the Pres
byterian Church, recently in session in
Saratoga N. Y. adopted emphatic re
solutions o the subject of temperance,
from which we copy the following:
1. That we hereby reaffirm our con
viction that the only safe principle on
which the temperance reform can be
conducted is total abstinence from all
intoxicating drinks as a beverage; and
also that hereafter as heretofore we
will seek by all lawful methods the en
tire suppression of the liquor traffic
2. That we commend most heartily
the work of the Woman's Christian
Temperance union; that we recom
mend to All who desire to circulate
temperance documents, or to give cur
rency to a temperance literature, the
temperance publications of the Pres
byterian Board, as well as those of the
National Temperance Society and
Publishing House; and that we call
upon temperance men everywhere to
organize at once and thoroughly for
the enforcement of the restrictive fea
tures of our present excise laws. .
3. Finally, we declare our solemn
conviction that this whole reform, in
all its features, and from first to last
is of God; we exhort all who labor in
it to acknowledge God; we invoke for
it the co-operation of all servants of
God; and we beg for itits appropriate
places in the ministration of God's
house, and in the prayers of God's peo
ple. So sustained, though it may have
its transient reverses, in the end, and
that, we believe, not far away.weshall
achieve a deoisive victory, and "this
great Babylon be thrown down to be
found no more at all." (Applause.)
Last Friday, the 30th of May, the
dav set apart to commemorate the he
roism of our soldiers brave, and to de
borate their graves with floral offerings
was more generally celebrated through
out the Union than in many years be
fore. From our telegrams and ex
thanges we learn that great prepara
tioii3; large processions and patriotic
Speeches by great men were made in
every large city ; and each smaller ham
let and village in the states, where so
I B v. w
many of bur brave lie buried, turned
out in greater or less numbers to show
their devotion to, and belief in the
cause these patriotic men lost their lives
to maintain. This in spite of the ad
vice, beforehand, of several large news
papers (which think themselves infiiien
tial) to the effect that "Decoration day
had better be abandoned, it should be
now obsolete, all well enough at first
fcc. ,but at this late day it was only
a reminder of sectional striefs.
The late attitude of Congress, that
is the majority, no doubt aided to draw
out an unusual protest from the sur
vivors f those who lost friends in the
war for the Union, to show that the
cause or tins war anu its results were
not iorgotten, oy me loyai men anu
women of the North, nor the preserva-
tioa of the. Union on the basis settled
at Appomatox an obsolete idea. We
have not space to detail a minute por
tiou of the celebrations in different
places we shall barely touch those near
They met at 10:30 in the morning and
moved to the cemetery in the follow
Col. R. II. W llbur and aids, General
Frederick, James S. France
and Sam B. Jones.
Band of the Ninth U. S. Infantry.
Mayor Chase and Speakers of the Dav
Wagon Containing Thirty-Eight Little
Girls, in V lute, Representing
the Thirty-Eight States.
. Double Quartette.
Chief Engineer J. J. Galligan, and
Page, Martin Ish.
City Marshal and Police.
Union Pacific Band.
Durant Engine and Hose Company.
Pioneer Hose and Ladder Company.
Uraaha Lngine Company No. 1.
Fire Kiug Engine Company No. 2.
Nebraska Engine Company No. 3.
Assistant Chiefs of the Department
Ambulance with Flowers.
Phil. Kearney Post No. 2. Grand Army
of the Republic
Geo. A. Custer Post No. T.Grand Army
of the Republic
Speeches were made by Hon. Mayor
Chase, Pres. of the day, Gen. J. C. Cow-
vin, Judge Savage. Gen. Manderson
and others. Gen. Manderson's eulogy of
the dead Strickland was very fine.
At David City, Col. Paul Vandervort
spoke, and his closing sentences were
;Comrades, it is well that we should
band together. The old veterans are
being awakened ; rusty sabres are be
ing brightened ; military companies are
springing up everywhere; the patriotic
fire of '01 still burns brightly.
In the name of the dead who per
ished from earth to save the nation, I
appeal to you to cling to their precious
memory. When this day comes strew
their grassy mounds with sweet bloom
ing dowers, and with bowed heads and
tear-dimmed eyes vow eternal devotion
to the cause tor which they fought and
died. Eternal vigilance is the price of
liberty. .Stand on the alert. A soldier
should never sleep on duty. Watch
with bated breath and clenched hands
all efforts tending to destroy tho union.
Renew the old ties. Talk often of the
past. Teach your children loyalty.
Teach them to love and honor the flag,
to love the laud of their birth as a mo
ther cherishes her children. When the
steps falter, the hair grows white, and
the face wrinkled, and you strike your
tents and pass to the eternal camping
ground, you will leave behind you 1 y
al hearts and willing hands that will
forever preserve the fieri Lage you left
to them. This nation will never die.
It is cemented with the crimson blood
of patriot dead. It is the hope of op
pressed nations every where, and God
will ever bless aud smile upon it.
The seventeen year locust, so call
ed, lias made its appearance among us,
and so far as we can glean from our
exchanges is infesting the eastern part
of the state considerably. From the
Nemaha Granger we clip some infor
mation in regard to them which may
be of interest to our readers:
Just now a harvest fly, by some call
ed a locust is attracting general atten
tion. This fly is called by the Latin's
cicaua, aim nas been Known rrora re
mote antiquity. In America they are
improperly called locusts. They have
broad heads, large and brilliant eyes,
and 3 simple eyes on the crown; their
wings veined and transparent. The
males make a loud ratting noise by
means of an apparatus on each side of
the abdomen ; this is covered by two
large oval plates and consists of acav
ity containing plaited folds, of a parch'
ment-iiKe membrane, transparent as
glass; these are moved by muscular
cords, and the action is assisted by the
rapid movement of the wiucrs. The
sound is rendered more intense by the
resonance of cavities within the body
protected by valves.
They have not the power of leaping
like grasshoppers. In the perfect state
they live but a few weeks, performing
the work of reproduction and then
dying, but in the larva state they are
wingless, and live in the ground, sub
sisting upon the juices of roots and
thus passing a series of vear3. One
class is calle I the 17 years' locusts, as
the general belief is that they live that
length of time in the imperfect state,
appearing at intervals of 17 years, and
it is a well established fact, that ex
cept in northern Xew England, tho
lineal descendants of each swarm, ap
pear only every 17 joars. Near the tips
of the covers there is a zig-zag line in
the form of the letter "W," which by
the superstitious is supposed to pre
dict a coming war.
Though found upon almost all kinds
of trees, except evergreens, they prefer
the oak tree. The perfect insects em
erge from the ground from February
to the middle of June, according to the
latitude and warmth of the season.
Each female deposits about 500 eggs.
The insect bores a hole in a small twig
sufficient to hold sixteen eggs, ahd after
filling that nest fills others until her
stock of eggs is exhausted. She then
drops from the tree and dies. The
twigs pierced usually die and fall from
the tree, and in this way many of the
larva? reach the ground, though most
are developed on the tree. Almost as
soon as they leave the eggs they drop to
the ground and at once bury them
selves beneath the surface by means
of their fore feet. After about 17
years they gradually approach the sur
face, in a cylindrical and circuitous
route from a depth of 2 or 3 feet. They
leave the earth iu a warm night and
ascend trees, on which, in a short time,
the pupa skin bursts on tiie back and
the perfect cicada comes forth.
This insect does no especial damage,
unless it be that the trees are damaged
when they deposit their eegs.
Programme of Cass Co. Sunday School
Convention) to be held at the M.
E. Church, Weeping Wa
JUNE 18th AND 19th, 1879. .
2:00 p. M. Devotional Exercises,
Rev. Wm. Worley.
2:15. Address of Welcome.
2 :30. Reports and Remarks.
3:30. Superintendents as they Are
and Ought to be, E. A. Kirkpatrick.
4:30. Teachers as they Are and
Ought to be, E. Ashmun.
8:00. Relation of S.S. to the Mis
sionary Cause, Mrs. B. Spurlock.
8 :00 p. m. Devotional Exercises.
9 :15. A. S. S. Made Interesting, Rev.
T. A. Worley.
10:00. Class Exercise, Rev. II. A.
11:00. Helps their Use and Abuse,
3:00 p. m. Devotional Exercises.
2:15. My difficulties, S. Richard
son. 3:00. The value of a Systematic
course of Reading to S.S. Instructors
Rev. II. A. Ewell.
4:00. Question Drawer opened.
4:30.- -Election of Officers.
Opening spoeches limited to fifteen
minutes, others to five.
All persons attending the conven
tion will be entertained.
Everybody interested in Sunday
Schools come and make this the best
convention we have ever held in this
county. D. C. Fleming,
The Final Disposition or the Poneas.
Saturday morning the Ponca habeas
corpus case was called up before Jus
tice Miller of the supreme bench, who
will hear this case in the stead of
Judge Dillon. After some prelimin
ary proceedings the judge asked Dis
trict Attorney Lambertson,
" here are the prisoners. Standimr
Bear and others?"
" We do not know. Tiiey arc up
north somewhere," returned Mr. Lam
bertson. " What order has been issued in re
gard to them ?"
Judge Dumlvs court record was
then read ordering their release from
custody, after which the judge said:
" I do not see that vou are in court.
We can not proceed unless the prison
ers are in court, either actually or con
structively. Has any bond or recog
nizance for their appearance been ta
" None whatever. I gave notice that
would take an appeal, and supposed
the prisoners would be in the custody
of the marshal until the case could be
" Have you thought upon this point
any, or looked up the authorities upon
"No, Your honor, it had not occur
red to me."
"My judgment," said His Honor "is
that you cannot be deemed to be in
court at all, and we cannot proceed to
try this case on that account. How
ever, I will give you till Monday morn
ing to look up authonties and will
then hear what vou have to sav, and
afterwards take the matter under ad
visement. Mv present view of the case
is that vou are not in court at all."
The effect of the decision if render
ed as above indicated, will be to end
the matter so far as Standing Bear and
his companions are concerned, but will
not affect the policy of the government
toward the Indians. Standinsr Bear
ind his friends will be free, and no
marshal or military officer can return
them to the reservation, but any other
Indian can be carried back, and will
have recourse in the same manner as
Standing Bear had, which will open up
the great question again. It can then
be appealed and a final decision obtain
ed from the court of hist resort, such
as it was hoped would be reached now.
Weeping Water Notes.
Our strawberry festival was decid
edly a failure only a scattering few
where out, guess the profits were small.
Jim Owen from Nebraska City has
been working in town this week put
ting on a tin roof for Chase & Co., Jim
has improved in general appearance
and looks well.
Fred Clinton has moved into Dr.
Butler's house and Butler is moving
west to grow up with the country.
L. F. Reed and Frank Wolcott are
having their houses painted.
We have had a bountiful rain and
farmers are happy.
Lots of strangers have been visiting
town during the last week.
We are sorry to chronicle the death
of Mrs. Stucker on Wednesday last,
after a long sickness, by request of the
deceased a post mortem examination
was held by Drs. Gibbon, Wallace and
Kenanson, and discovered the stomach
in a very ulcerateu condition, we be
lieve a very large number of friends
attended the funeral.
Some of our sporting men attended
the Omaha races and since their return
we hear a great deal about the Pedi
gree of horses.
We understand that a Rev. Mr. Web
ber has been engaged as pastor for the
Wre hear that Dr. and Mrs. Gibbon
intend visiting England sometime dur
ing the summer.
We believe that Mrs. Fleming has
not been so well for the last week.
Mrs. Jenks is preparing to build a
Reed Bros, and Fleming & Race re
port business very quiet, also all other
business just now.
Our principal of the high school re
ports the school in a very prosperous
condition. Inter Nos.
Sherman Evarts, son of Secretary Evarts,
has been appointed editor of the Yale
LIDaDiin9!! IFWg;!!; Lit
We are nSeaay
Jlae IiDCii'eaiaisg alcswanal i
mnw trade, we laave
BougMau Uau&ually Large Stock
EBefwe yen pcsd$1 ywr
Misaey9 give ss aea jd
porta nify to Iaw yw mir
GOODS A1TD PEICES.
has once more " come back" to
who is. on and after this date sole proprietor.
Mr. Weckbach having gone into the Lumber business I propose to run t'n
old EMPIRE awhile myself.
We are In almost daily receipt f
DRY AND FANCY GOOD
which we offer our friends and the public at
at juices t
Cashmeres, Alpacas, Delaines, &c.
Calicos, from 12 to 16 Yards for $1.00.
Muslins, from 6 cts. a yard upward
The finest stock of White Bedspreads ever brought to the CltY.
Buell's Cassimeres, Tweeds, ' Jeans, and Cottonades in
IHIats anal Dapf
amid IFoiL'ifiiIiisng(EJoaI ;
OF A I.I. KINDS.
Country Produce taken in exchange for Goods.
I desire to see all my old patrons back and want to hold a jiany of th
preeust ones as I can FRANK C, UTIIMAN'.
HE MEMBER THE l'LACE. ONE DOOR WEST OF P. o.,
20y PLATTSMOUTH, NEBRASKA
suit the times.
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