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THE AMERICAN DOPE HABIT
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(Crowded out last week.)
Mrs. L. Beck is on the sick list.
Roy Denfon is back again on bis claim.
Mr. Coursey has gone to Alliance on
There was no school Tuesday on account
of the storm.
A. L. Lore has gone to Alliance on a
Ethel Tallada is visiting in Hashman a
couple of days.
Geo. Denton and wife visited Sunday at
The Baptist are building a cement
church in this vicinity.
We had quite a storm Tuesday and a
great many cattle drifted away.
Mrs. A. Lore and children are visiting
with Mrs. John Lore this week.
A Sunday School was organized in the
Lore district with the following officers;
John Chapman, supt. Anna Denton, asst.
supt. Mr, Deane, treas. and sec. Myrtle
Chapman, librarian. organist not appointed.
A, L. Lore and wife visited with A.
Koss at Wind Springs Thursday.
John Muntz is working for
Lena Sisco went to Scottsbluff last
of this vicinity -v mo taking a fust ride
through Bonner in a touring car sun
It. M. Hampton nd W. C. Fairchild
drove to Alliance ii i.ilay.
Will Sutton anil 'li mother were
passengers to Alliance Monday.
Frank Boon and wife drove to Alli
ance Wednesday returning Thursday.
Mrs. W. C.
Fairchild Is visiting at
It. M. Hampton came down from Al
Mell DcnnUon has returned from a
visit at ScottsbluiY.
' Several Alliance people spent Sunday
at Hampton's ranch.
Mr. Hull and family visited at Hamp
ton's ranch Monday,
Four of the proininentyoun people
Bessie Weaver spent Sunday with
Mrs. Unit went to Hemingford one
day last week.
Rev. Nolte spent Sunday evening
with J. T. Nabb.
A. lluolle purchased a good horse at
the Weaver sale.
Mr, Richardson aud family went to
Alliance last Saturday.
Clayton Richardson and wife spent
Sunday at the Nabb home.
P. J. Knapp and family attended
church at Alliance last Sunday.
Mrs. Celia Weaver and family will
move to Alliance some time this week.
A. J. Gaghagen and family and Elsie
Nabb made a trip to Alliance Suturdny.
A new organ has been shipped by
the Prescott Company of Lincoln to the
The sale held by Mrs. Weuver was
well attended and most of the things
brought a reasonable price.
The pupils of the Berea school have
been making things for the exhibit at
Alliance to be held Saturday,
A Sunday School bus been organized
nt Berea and there will be Sunday
School every Sunday and church
second and fourth Sunday.
Erickson Drug Co's. new brick building
is going up very rapidly.
Minatare and the High School boys
played a game of ball here Saturday,
Minatare winning the game. But with
more practice the boys will be able to
make them play ball if they win.
Arthur Davis of Bridgeport was in town
last Thursday on business.
Tennis is the game that a good many of
the boys are enjoying these fine days,
E. P. Cromer of Gering spent last
Wednesday night in town on business.
Miss Anna McConkey from Minatare
visited with Mrs. Harry Hall last Wednes
day between trains.
Mrs. Morrison gave a dancing party
last Wednesday night. Every one present
reports a good time.
Mits Mildred DeVault came up from
Bridgeport and visited last Wednesday
night with her parents.
The High School gave their play, "Mr.
Bob," latt Friday night to a large audi
ence. The play was well rendered and a
success in every way.
Miss Edith Walford came up Friday
night from Bridgeport to visit her father
and also witness the high school play.
Score one for the Omaha Bee. That
paper has long been noted for Its anti
pathy for the modern temperance move
ment and everything endorsed by pro
hibition advocates; but in a recent issue
was an editorial under the caption.
"The American Dopo Uablt," that
would do credit to a pronounced tem
perance journal. Following is an ex
tract from the editorial referred to:
The use of opium for illegitimate pur- ,
poses in this country has increased to
such an extent that medical authorities
report over a million victims of the
dope at the beginning of the year. It
Is charged that over a million dollars'
worth of opium is smuggled in from
abroad annually In addition to the
amount which comes in regular com
merce. The first record of opium being
smoked In this country was in San
Francisco in the year 1868. Since then
the habit has spread to such an extent
that every great city has its open or
hidden "opium dens," and it is taking
root In the smaller towns and country
districts as well. Men, and especially
the women of the wealthy classes are
among its victims in almost as large
numbers as are those from the scum of
the street. Two-thirds of the convicts
in state prisons are victims of the habit,
many having become so since incarcer
ation. Yet the largest percentage of
the victims come from the ranks of
medical men, if tho reports of the "dopo
cure" sanitariums are to be believed.
Laws arc now in force In the majori
ty of the states against the sale of dope,
but its use has not been stopped from
spreading. While state laws are thus
evaded, yet the federal government has
been reasonably successful in prohibit
ing the sale and use of opium in the
Philippine Islands. Japan is fighting
it with success and so are New Zealand
and Australia. President Roosevelt
appointed a commission to investigate
the habit here, to see what there is to
it and to suggest plans for its remedy.
It is only a matter of time when a war
upon dope must be waged with deter
mination and persistence.
ANOTHER VOICE AGAINST THE
The following is a confession in part,
as it appeared in the Chicago Tribune
of March 21, of a woman convicted of
the crime of pandering. She served the
sentence imposed on her by the court,
and having satisfied the law, addresses
borne pertinent questions to voters as
touching the saloon and its relation to
vice. As you read, Mr, Voter, remem
ber that the recruits of these dives
come largely from the country city and
village. It concerns you, whether a
.resident of Chicago or not. If she were
your daughter, how would you vote?
The Tribune says:
The confession of Dora Douglas is
here presented. It Is the life story of
a pandercr. It sounds her emotions,
her struggles, her disappointments and
the creed of morals which she would
set up for others out of the experience
through which she has passed.
The document is peculiar in that it is
a dispassionate review of a terrible life
written by a woman of good education.
The confession was written in the
bridewell where she served a sentence
for trafficking in girls. She says:
"I am in prison convicted of being
what is commonly known as a 'white
slave' trader and I was justly convict
ed and wus guilty of the Joffense. And
having mnde this confession let me in
troduce myself. "Behold me, a com
mon sort of woman. 2!) years old, tin
ex-school teacher, born and piously
brought up in Arkansas, fairly well
educated, and until the last few months
almcbt wholly Inexperienced in tho
ways of the wicked world. Six years
ago In my Arkansas home I married a
man whom I believed In every way
Worthy of the respect and love that I
guve him, and, bidding good by to my
mother and childhood friends in tho
home, went with him to St. Louis."
"I found that my husband was a
drunkurd, A railroad man with n good
job, able to earn a comfortable living
for himself and me, ho never for a day
could be depended upon. Many a morii
ind did lie kiss mo good-bye leaving me
with the impression that he had gone
to his work, when it would be three
days, a week, u month, sometimes three
months, before I saw or heard of lilm
again, though I might be iu the sorest
straits for the necessities of life For
ced to work for a living I came to Chi
cago." "I was convicted under what is
known as the pandering net, which
makes it an offense to secure an inmate
for a resort in the state of Illinois. I
was guilty, and the protest I make is
the protest of a convict, but I cry out
to the good people to know why, if I
must be behind prison walls for pro
curing an inmate for such a place, they
walk free and hold offices who allow
these places to be?
I "ucn uroKen, uibgruceu, wiiuuui. u
cent, without a friend, they turn me
out in Chicago's cold storms, will jus
tice have been vindicated? Will some
great and good ends have beeu attained
by the punishment of me, a tool, a cat'a
paw, while 7,ooo saloons and square
miles of resorts have gone on In their
work under the sanction of the govern
meut of you pious men?'