If I understand the query correctly, this is easy enough to do. Apologies to Rick if this is what he intends.
Set up a single-column table and remove the boundary lines, if required.
Number the cells with Format> Bullets and Numbering as you normally would.
Select the table and go to Format> Columns, and set up number of columns, width, space between etc as required.
Hopefully, that accomplishes what Susan has in mind. If not, I look forward to the correct solution.
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