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CHANGE IN ADDBESS-Wheo ordering a
ehaaaw in the addresa,eobecribers should be aare
togive their old as well as their new address.
CHARLis B. Letton. . . . Supreme Judge
W. L. SMITH Treasurer
Ed. LusmsKi Clerk
J. D. Stires County Judge
R.B. Webb Sheriff
O. H. Smith Superintendent
Dr. H.G. Morris Coroner
O.C. Shannon Surveyor
Diet 2 F. J.SnuBE.
Dirt. 4 A.E.Pribst.
Diet. 6 & 7 Wst. J. Newman.
WE DEMAND THE $100.
la am Qffort to breed trouble in
the deatocratlc imnka the Joarnal hut
week employed the following lan-
War did The Telecram refer to
Frank Kieraan and Jonn uoetz,
deasoonta. as 'political shysters?' "
The Telegram feels charitable this
ssoraia;, aid so we hereby publicly
aataoriaa the State bank to pay the
Oolmaibas Journal, and charge to our
aoooaat, the sum of $100.00 if the
Joaraal can show when or where The
Telegram ever employed such lan
guage ia reference to Messrs. Goetz
orKJaraaa. We make this offer in
good faith. The Journal needs the
We admit we need the "hundred"
mad we shall proceed to prove our
title to it mader the Telegram's offer.
Look ap your copy of the Telegram
of August 25, 1905. Tarn to the last
pige aad read the third paragraph of
the list oolaam of the article discuss
iag the supervisors meeting at whioh
sapervison Goetz, Kieraan and Swan
sea voted for a resolution instructing
the ooaaty attorney to proceed in
ooart to recover from supervisors
Erase aad Beader 1526 of the countys
whioh they had received in
i of their legal salaries, which
resolatioa was lost because Bender and
Ernst ware permitted to vote for each
The paragraph starts out with this
laagaage: "Ostensibly it (the res
olatioa ia uaetsion) was to decide
a lae poiat of law in regard to the
maximum salary which supervisors
may legally reoeive for their services.
As a matter of fact it was NOTHING
MORE OB LESS THAN A MOVE BY
POLITICAL 8HY8TERS in attempt
tomalica the good record ot men
i service as pablio servants had
Who were the mea who supported
this resolation "ostensibly to decide a
lae poiat of law", but "as a matter
of fact' as "political shysters" in
attempt to malign the good record"
Let the language of the Telegram in
the same article answer the question:
la sabetaaoe the resolution found
that Ernst and Bender had drawn
illegal money aad directed the county
attofaey to sake all legal steps to re
cover the same. Two votes were
takaa, oae as affecting Ernst and the
other aleetiag Beader, neither of the
gsaUsmea voting on the issue respect
lag" themselves. The vote stood
8waasoaaad Goetz for adoption of
the resolatioa. and Ciother. Held and
Beader, or Brast. as the case might
be, against Chairman Kieraan went
aa record ia favor of the resolatioa.
Goats aad Kiernan voted just as
hard as Swaasoa aad Goetz ased more
argameat to support his vote.
Aad we tad no language in the
article whioh exclades Kiernan and
Goats from the charge directed
aflsiast the three supervisors respon
male far the resolation.
Maw that we have proved oar title
to ts "hundred dollars" under the
Telegram's offer, we publicly refuse
to aoospt the moaey oa the ground
that it is "tainted". It represents
-oaly a small part of the amount
which the Telegam has collected
HHanllj from the taxpayers of Platte
ooaaty oa fraadaleat printing con
tracts. We, therefore, publicly aa
taatlm the Oolambas State Bank to
donate the moaey to the "tainted
fasjd" to be ased in erecting the
"Baciwfallnr temple" oa thenniver
ity.campms. "I Jast had to attack that fellow"
aid the editor of the Telegram the
ether day referring to his spiritual
essay aa she life, habits and conduct
of the editor of this paper. We are
Kladte man that we have beea
"attacked. If we remember cor
rectly Daway was "attacked" at
1. That you are paying 7 per cent interest on $15,000 deficit in
the county treasury to pay illegal supervisor salaries, illegal print
ing bills and exhorbitant fees.
2. To look at your tax receipt just before going to the polls.
o. To read Judge Letton's and J. D. Stires letters of acceptance
as evidence that the republicans in the state and county are for the
"Roosevelt program" which swept Platte county last fall.
4. To compare the qualifications of the republican candidates
with those of their opponents.
5. That the only reply to the Journal's charges of corruption
which have stood unanswered for months, is an eleventh hour per
sonal attack on the editor of this paper which has no relation to
6. That the democratic machine will resort to extreme measures
and that every friend of clean government must work till the last
MORE ABOUT LEAVY.
The Telegram and the Platte Cen
ter Signal arc not yet satisfied with
the proofs offered by the Journal to
show that Superintendent Leavy by
ingenious methods of book-keeping
made the taxpayers of Platte county
pay for the teachers' reception for
which he claimed the credit and for
which he said he paid "out of his own
private bank account."
The Telegram praises the honesty
and ability of Superintendent Leavy
and tries to belittle the Journal's evi
dence by saying that "Dave Newman
swears that he saw it in a letter from
We are alwaysJiappy to accommo
date our big hearted and charitable
contemporary. The "somebody" who
wrote the letter was C. K. Atkinson
who has just been honored by election
to the presidency of the Wyoming
state teachers' association.
And this same C. R. Atkinson
wrote another letter which we offer in
evidence. This letter was written, to
Superintendent Leavy. Superinten
dent Leavy wrote and asked lor it to
disprove the Journal's charge.
Why didn't Superintendent Leavy
publish the letter in the Telegram un
der the same big head "Leavy Nailed
a Lie?" Read the letter and answer
the question yourself. Here it is:
Shemimx, Wvo., Oct. 1, li05.
Sunt. L. H. Leavy,
Dear Mr. Leavy:
Replying to your letter of October 1G
will Bay that my mind is not clear as to
whether I ever signed a receipt for pay
for institute instruction for jon though
until your letter came it ran throngb my
mind that I did. I recall that the ex
pense of the closing social affair of the
institute was added to my salary and
this thing confused me at the tinieof our
settlement. Afterwards I mentioned
the matter to just one man and I did
this not to injure you but because I
was in doubt as to the Tightness of my
part of the transaction, and wanted to
refer it to the conscience of another man
to secure a judgment that would possi
bly quiet my own. This is undoubted
ly where the report to which yon refer
originated. I have been asked about
this once and told the truth as I remem
bered it, stating, however, that I be
lieved that the money expended for so
cial purposes worked to the interest of
the institute and that the cost of the en
tertainment was fully what you had
charged up to it. This' I am willing to
state for publication, if necessary,
though I sincerely regret becoming a
factor in Platte county politics. If I
thought you had misappropriated
money, I wonld not hesitate to condemn
the action without a qualifying word,
but the worst I have ever thought of
you has been that yu had a peculiar
method of book-keeping to which I wish
I bad not been made a party.
Very truly yours,
C. R. Atkinson.
Is this evidence sufficient to prove
to the taxpayers of Platte county that
Superintendent Leavy is a "grafter"
and unfit to occupy the position he
Teachers, and parents of Platte
county, are you indifferent as to the
character of the man who directs the
schools from which the boys and girls
draw their inspirations for life? Will
you demand an honest man to handle
your money, while you turn your
children over to a grafter?
It is not a question of personal
friendship. The people of Platte
county have been kind to Superinten
dent Leavy. They have kept him in
office in spite of his grafting and lack
of qualifications until he has been
able to build up a profitable busi
ness. Now he asks them to continue
the salary with which he has bought
his business, while he devotes his main
energies to building up that business.
Will they do it?
Now, Brother Howard, suppose that
the Journal editor had even taken the
money of a widow's boy at a gambling
table or had drawn a bogus check for
his contribution to a good sized jack
pot and tnea pulled a friends leg to
protect the check and had forgotten
to pay it back? What is that to the
pablio? What the devil wonld it have
to do with the 15 a thousand which
the Colambas Telegram collected from
the taxpayers of Platte county for a
two years supply of blanks which it
agreed to do the next year for 93.75
a thousand when it knew there were
none to famish? Or what wonld it
have to do with the present fraudu
lent contract between the Telegram
Company and Platte ooanty in which
the Telegram agrees to famish Japa
nese linen letter heads below cost
becaase it kaows it is never called on
to famish them?
That $45415 Warrant.
The taxpayers of Platte county
are paying 7 per cent interest on
Sheriff Carrig's warrant for
$454.15. This is the same war
rant that Supervisor Kiernan at
first refused to sign. The bill is
itimized as follows:
Copies of notices,
Service and return,
An examination of the records
in Assessor Galley's hands shows
the return of 262 notices. The
law allows 25c each for copies
and 50c for service and 10c a
mile mileage. Take your pencil
and figure this out. Mr. Carrig
either made a "clerical error" in
figuring up his charges for
"copies" ami service or some of
the returned notices have been
lost from Mr. Galley's records.
At any rate it is evident that
the bill in question was not
checked up with the records.
And as for mileage, Sheriff
Carrig must have traveled 4,01K
miles to have collected legally
the amount specified, an absurd
proposition on its face.
Taxpayers, draw your own
conclusions. The Journal mere
ly states the facts.
''Equal Rights' Ratterman.
Three prominent citizens of
Creston tetify to the correctness
of the Journal's charge that
Judge Ratterman serves the dem
ocratic newspapers first and the
leople afterwards. They are D.
A. Stecnis, W. H. Dean, and
Theo. D. Wagner. They all re
quested notices published in the
Creston Statesman and Judge
Ratterman turned them down.
Stires Announces Platform.
Editor Journal; The Republican
convention his honored me with the
nomination of County Judge, and as I
was not present, to express my views
Uon the issues that have been made
prominent, I take this method to an
nounce some of the principles that will
govern my official conduct, should I be
I have noticed, with much satisfac
tion, your efforts to correct some of the
abuses that have grown up in the man
agement of our county affairs, and I
hope the people have been aroused to
the danger of this tendency to squander
public funds and prostitute officials po
sition to personal and political advan
tage. The "Railroad Pass" question: While
a railroid pass may neither be given nor
accepted as a bribe, more than an'
other form of courtesy or favor from an
individual, yet it is a growing evil with
a dangerous tendency, fnd to avoid any
possible undue influence, and hold "the
scales of justice" impartially between
the rich and poor, I propose to re
fuse such favors during the campaign
and my term of office if elected.
Legal Printing: I regard it an injus
tice to litigants and an abuse of official
prerogative, as well as a corrupting pol
itical practice, to give the publication of
all legal notices and official proceedings
to some party paper, as a compensation
for political services, regardless of the
wishes of interested parties or value to
the public; but I believe that the party
requiring such service should hava the
right to select the pap r, and. if elected
I shall comply with aU such requests;
provided the paper selected fulfills the
letter and spirit of the law.
J. D. Stires
Prof. O. H. Smith, has been prin
cipal of the ttrainard schools for near
ly four years. He is an excellent
teacher, a man of good moral charac
ter, and is highly esteemed in this
community.-Benj. F. Showalter,
President Board of Education.
x nave, Known u. If. Smith Ot
Germantown presonally for five or six
years and can recommend him aa every
way worthy of he confidence of alL
J. A. Beattie, President State Normal
School, Pern, Neb.
As a teacher, neighbor, and citizen,
he has none but friends in this vicini
ty, and we feel sure that the voters
of Platte county will make ao mistake
m placing an x opposite his name at
the polls next November. They need
have no fears that their educational
interests will be neglected or mil
managed in the hands of O. H. 8mith.
In school work, we do not hesitate to
my he has but few equals and ao
superiors. Beaver Crossing Exchange.
Piatt county is probably one of the
worst graft ridden counties in the
state of Nebraska. The republicans
down there have nominated an espe
cially strong ticket and an effort is be
ing made by the "Square Deal" resi
dents of the county, without regard to
party, to bring abont a change in the
administration of county affairs.
Bruce Webb, the auctioneer, was
here the firBt of the week and, talk
about busy men, ht is the limit. He
has a sale nearly every day and as
usual no two is) the same county,
besides he is a'candidato for sheriff on
the republican ticket and selling real
estate. When asked about his chances
for election he Eaid: "I am going to
win." Well, here is hoping he does,
for Bruce Webb is one of the best and
cleanest men we have ever met, and
if he were known in Platte county as
be is in Madison that 800 democratio
majority in Platte county would look
like SO cents. They would all vote
for Bruce Webb because they know
he is clean and would give them a
square deal. Madison Star Mail.
It is often a good thing that a state or
county or city is pretty evenly divided
politically. In Boone county, for in
stance, if a public official is notoriously
corrupt or incompetent In: wonld hold
his office no longer thm the next elec
tion. But whero ono party has a big
majority it is oftua possible for open
and high handed corruptionists to plun
der the county for one term after anoth
er. For example, over in Platte county
the demcrats have been in power con
tinuously for a great many years. The
party machinery is in the hands of a
certain ring of politicians for revenue
only, who name all the candidates for
county offices, and so far they have been
elected by steadily diminishing
majorities, it is true, but nevertheless
elected. And the taxpayers of the coun
ty have Buffered in consequence. Nu
merous cases of graft have been exposed,
but the grafters merely look pleasant
and say, "We have the votes. What
areou going to do about it?" This
year there are indications that they will
not have the voteB. The better element
of the democratic parly has revolted
against the rule of the ring, and Cliar
man Frank Kiernan and Supervisor
John Goetz, both democrats, have open
ly denonnced the trnft and the grafters.
In the interest of decent govern
ment and honest politic.", it is to be
hoped that there may be a revolution in
Platto county, even if it 6hould be only
temporary. P. J. Barren in Boone
The republicans are to have three
supervisors on the ticket. The name
of A. E. Priest of Monroe candidate
from supervisor district number 4
will be placed on the ticket, as a
result of the mandamus proceedings
brought bofore Judge Boeder last
Thursday to force John Graf, county
clerk to preform his duty in this mat
ter. Objection to the nomination certi
ficate in question was filed by J. H.
Johannes of Columbus on the ground
that notice of the nominating conven
tion was not given according to law.
R.W. Hobart, assisted by J. D. Stires,
for A. E. Priest, applied for a writ of
mandamus to compel Connty Clerk
Graf to place the name on the ballot.
Judge Sullivan and Louis Lightner
put up a hard fight for the respon
dent, urging that the certificate was
defective because it did not contain
the place of residence of the chairman
and secretary of the nominating con
Hobart and Stires on the other hand
urged that the certificate was appar
ently regular on its face, and that at
any rate no one but a republican resi
dent of the supervisor's district could
be heard io object.
Many authorities were cited by both
parties and Judge Iteeder withheld
his decision till Friday noon, when
he decided to issue the writ which
compels Mr. Graf to have the name
of A. E. Priest placd on the ballot.
Since the above article was written
the democratic supervisor cemmittecs
of the several districts have placed
regnlar candidates in nomination,
withdrawing the petitions of Erm.t,
Bender and Kelley, and placing the
nam 63 of those gentlemen on the tick
et as regular democratic nominees.
There were technical objections
whit h could have been raised against
this manner of nomination, but the
rinblican committee, desirens of only
a f quare deal and a fair contest waived
this technical advantage and prmited
the names to go on the ballot, the
democratic committee agreeing in
considration of that courtesy to per
mit the names of J. F. Shnrre to go
on the ticket as the regular republican
nominee in the second district.
The voters of tbe supervisor districts
will not fail to remember on election
day tbe attempt of the democratic
committee to defeat by technicalities
tbe nomination of republican super
visors and by unfair means to remove
from the ticket the name of Henry
Blaser. a German, in order that the
editor of the Biene might declare to
the Germans that the repnbilcars
were ignoring the Germans in Platte
county. Thev should not forget that
the office of Bupervisors is jest as
essential as tbe office of jodge and
sheriff to. break up the ring headed by
Howard, Ernst and Bender.
The ranerviors contest has tennin-
el as it should. Both parties fcave
their candidates on the ticket. The
people have an opportuniy to my
whether they want Ernst and Bender
with unlawful salaries and a bridge
trust and a printing trust or Newman,
Schurre and Priest with a square deal
j .,. if rhew want the zor
decide it next 1 X
mer. so be it. They
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Also a complete line of DRY GOODS, MEN'S AND BOY'S
CLOTHING, CLOAKS, GENT'S FURNISHING GOODS,
HATS, CAPS, SHOES and CARPETS to select from. Don't fail
to see our NEW FALL LINE OF MERCHANDISE now open
for your inspection.
J. H. GALLEY,
505 11th Street.
Agents For The
A Bargain if taken at Once.
$1,700 buys my residence in Columbus
consisting of two full lots, house, sum
mer house, floored barn for 3 horses,
.chicken house and fine yards, 35 bearing
fruit trees, city water, well and cellar
All in good repair. Inquire at Journal
.fit fr.HnHMH, I vr M"t-K--H-H-K
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Staple and Fancy
Lamps and Glassware
WE MAKE A SPECIALTY of fine
TEAS AND COFFEES of which
we have a splendid assortment
always on hand. '"'
We have just received some early ar
rivals in Fancy- Japanese, French and
German China, suitable lor presents.
We buy the' best the market affords in
Large Quantities. If you trade .with us
you will be satisfied both in quality and
We vSolicit Your Trade
Henry Raiatz k Co.,
Niraska Pirn 29. Irip i.ut Pfcms 29 Mi 229.
a front view ol our
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My 20 acre fruit farm, two and a half
miles east of Columbus and a quarter
mile north of telephone road. Price
815(H), port cash, balance on time.
W. J. McEathrox,
ICth and Jackson Sts., Omaha, Neb.
Some furnished rooms reasonable.
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yourgrain while on the road to
market or overtax your horses
with needless heavy draught.
We keep only the Latest and BEST in
Buggies and Carriages
All Kindt, of
Say Our horsu shots stick
and don't lamp your horses
G. J. GARLOW
ColiuniMUt Siate Kiult GolumbHS. Neb.
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
0, Olive He. foarth iloor north of First
fl. M. POST
Attorney : at : Law
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100 ilarch and early April pigB for
Summer and Fall trade. Cnn furnish
in pairs or trios, not related, at bargain
prices. Write or call for prices or des
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Attorney - at - Law
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