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Official Taper of Box Butte County TWICE A WEEK TUESDAY AND FRIDAY Official Taper of the City of Alliaaca VOLUME XXVIIL (Eight Pages) LLIANCE, BOX BUTTE COUNTY, NEURASKA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1921. CalrtM' No,7 Trim mi BREAKING UP GANG OF BOX ' CAR THIEVES 3IALF A DOZEN COLORED MEN AWAITING TRIAL. Three Men Charged With Receiving Stolen Goods Special Train to Catch Fugitive. Special Agent W. S. Short of the "Burlington, working with Sheriff J. W. Miller, Deputy Sheriff Miskimen, Chief ot Police C. W. Jeffers ami Officer .Eugene Stilwell have been busy the past four or five days in rounding up what is believed to be an organized gang of box car thieves in Alliance. Half a dozen colored men are being Jheld in the city and county jail, and one corner of the sheritt s otttce looks like a scene from a department store, being piled high with loot that has, leen recovered. The first arrests were made last Friday, when at 9:30 a. m. two young anen notified Sheriff Miller that two colored men were trying to sell auto mobile tires at their home, on the north line of Alliance. These two colored men were arrested and gave the names of Joe Myers and Ernest liyman, from St. Louis and Kansas City. They made a partial confession, and led Deputy Miskimen and Chief Jeffers to a cache a mile and' a half ast of the city, where there was con cealed a quantity of merchandise rifled from a car in freight train No. 10!. A dozen granite wash basins and other stuff was recovered. During Friday night, the pool hall on lower Box Butte avenu operated ly Christ Vallas, was raided by Officers Short, Stilwell and Jeffers. A sack of sugar and other groceries were recovered. Lester Smith was taken into custody with the proprietor. .Friday afternoon the home of James Johnson, colored, was raided by the officers, and four undershirts were re covered, as well as a raincoat and a suitcase. Johnson was arrested Satur day morning, and so was Aaron Col lins, colored, dishwasher at the Alli ance hotel. Special to Chase Fugitive. The first two men gave a description oc a tmra man wno nau been witn them, and thia man, whose name was later discovered to be Ed Lynn, made liis getaway at the time the officers caught the first two. Saturday noon word was received by the officers that X.ynn had been seen near Lakeside j making his way eastward on foot in an attempt to escape the dragnet. A special train, consisting of an engine and way car left Alliance at 12:40, with the officers on board. The fugi-l live was found about thirty miles east r k 1 1 i 1. ii m. I oi Alliance anu gave in wnen me wain stopped and he was surrounded. He was brought back that afternoon and lodged in jail. Lynn, Myers and Lyman will prob ably face a charge of breaking into a freight car before a federal court. "The men have not been arraigned as yet, but it is thought they will be taken before United States Court Commissioner L. A. Berry Thursday and given an opportunity to plead. Vallas was arraiged Saturday morn ing on the charge of receiving stolen property to the value of $17, and wa3 released under bond of $100 to appear Thursday for trial. Complaints against Aaron Collins for receiving stolen property to the -value of $12, and James Johnson, for receiving stolen property valued at 23, have been filed, but time for hear ing had not been set thi3 morning. The other men arrested are being held at the city jail, and hearing will prob ably be given them tomorrow or Thursday. Box car thefts have been numerous lately, and the officers are apparently determined to put a stop to this form of thieving. The arrests of the past five days will do much to discourage the thieves. Volunteer Firemen to Move Club Rooms to the First Floor of City Hall The cub rooms of the Alliance vol unteer fire department will in all probability be removed to the first floor'of the city hall. For year3 the firemen have divided the upper story "with the police judge and the council, lut last week City Manager Kemmish rented their rooms to the school board, -which is exceedingly short of space. The new club rooms will be some what smaller than the old quarters, but they will be more convenient. The rooms are large enough to accommo date forty or fifty, it is believed, will .solve the problems satisfactorily. THE WEATHER Forecast for Alliance and vicinity: Generally fair tonight and Wednesday. Slightly warmer tonight southeast portion. Cooler Wednesday west and north portions. Miss Maude Nason, who has been visiting in Denver for the past two veeks, returned Sunday niyht. Her lister, Miss Cr.ro!, came buck ith her for a lew wteki visit. SQUIDGE. The Rotary Club of Bessemer, Alabama, has an official in its or ganization called a Squidge. This official's business is to absorb and forget worries for the members. Any member who has anything on his mind, tells it to the Squidge, who promptly forgets it, thus con signing the worry forever to obli vion, whither all worries should be consigned. Every man, be he Rotarian or not, should have somewhere in his cerebellum an official Squidge. It is related of an octogenarian that he stated on one occasion, "1 am an old s man, and I have had many troubles most of which never happened." Worries are like ghosts: they don't appear to people who don't believe in them. The Rotarian. Baseball Players Held Successful Benefit Dance at Roof Garden Monday The members of the Alliance base-l ball team realized about $150 from their baseball benefit dance, held at the roof garden Monday evening, and from Sunday's doubleheader benefit game. The benefit was arranged by the players themselves, and not the baseball association, and the men who hande the pill. for the entertainment of Alliance. fans are properly grateful for the splendid support they received in these two enterprises, and have asked this newspaper to express it for them. . Two games have oeen arranged for. Wednesday and and Thursday of next I week with the Sidney baseball team, who were here for a couple of days last month, splitting honors with the locals.- These games were among the features of the present season, and the return games should draw big crowds. The next game will be with Valen tine on Thursday, at the local park in the fair grounds. Valentine comes to Alliance with a record of a good string of victories, and may prove a hard nut for the locals to crack, al though they only want the opportunity to do it. Valentine has an all-salaried team and should put up some stiff op position. HEREFORDMEN HELD MEETING SATURDAY EVE BOOSTERS OF BREED MAKING A TOUR OF THE STATE. Twenty-five Men Arrive in Auto mobiles Fublic Meeting Held in the District Court Room. Twenty-five Hereford breeders and boosters arrived in Alliance shortly after noon Saturday and remained here until Sunday morning, when they resumed their journey across t he state. The next scheduled stop was Scottsbluff, where they will spend Monday, Governor McKelvie being one of the speakers at their meeting. The party was on the sixty day of a twelve-day tour over Nebraska, includ ing such cities as Hastings, Grind Is land, Valentine, Rushville, 'Ji vford, Chadron. Alliance, Scottsbluff, K!m- ball, Sidney, Holyoke, Colo., Wray, Mc- Cook, Holdrege and Mmden. The boosters started out August 1 from Hastings, and will wind up-at the same place Friday. During their trip over the state, they have held meetings at most of the places at which stops were made and have in spected the principal herds of register ed Herefords along the route. The object of the trip, of course, was to interest the western cattle growers in laying foundations for pure bred herds, and to encourage them to pat ronize the eastern Nebraska herds. The men along with the excursion have emphasized the fact that there ha3 never been a better time .o replen ish and start registered herds thi.n right now. The trip has been prrduc- tive of some good business for those who made it, and has resulted in cre ating interest in pure bred stock, es pecially the breed owned by the boosters. The boosters, six automobiles full of them, were met by Robert Graham, president cf the Nebraska live stock growers' association. There were no herds inspected in cox Butte county. The boosters after lunch spent the af ternoon in resting up ajnd getting ac- 3uainted. They were entertained at inner at the Country club at 6 p. m., and in the evening held a public meet ing the district court room. There was no formal program. A regrettable feature was that the meeting was not fully advertised, as the attendance was fairly slim. Less than fifteen home ranchers and stock growers were present. A number of ranchmen were in the city during the afternoon, but the rain prevented holding an open air meeting on the streets. When this was not done, and the evening meeting was not adver tised, only those who had friends among the breeders knew there was to be any sort of a session. 1 (Continued on P?ge S) WAR RISK MEN IN ALLIANCE SEH5,6,7 OFFICIALS PLAN TO SETTLE THE SOLDIERS' CLAIMS. Squadron Will Visit Eight Nebraska Towns in Final Clean-up of Claims. A flying squadron of war risk bu reau officials from Washington will start in Nebraska, August 12 to spend a month in a "c!ean-up campaign" in an effort to reach all the remaining ex-se'.diers of the state entitled to compensation for disability in service, according to word reaching the Lincoln Red Cross and other local officials. Hearings will be held in Alliance Sep tember 5, f and 7. This board is empowered to make settlements of claims, and those who haverribt yet filed claims or are dis satisfied with the awards are. asked to present themselves before" the board. Medical examinations will be provided. For the purpose of tyie campaign the state has been divided into eight districts, with the board convening in a central town in each district. The purpose of the campaign is to fully advise all ex-service persons of their rights under the War Risk In surance Act; to assist disabled ex service persons in securing compensa tion, medical treatment and hospital care; to inform and assist all claim ants regarding the procedure neces sary in filing a claim for compensa tion and insurance; to assist those whose claims are pending in securing final action where additional evidence is necessary to connect their disability with service, or other data required by the Bureau of War Risk Insurance; and to provide for immediate physical examination where necessary and promptly furnish hospitalization for urgent cases. A squad of representatives of the Bureau of War Risk Insurance will visit designated places in the state to meet with the ex-service men and take up any complaints with them in dividually. The complaints will be forwarded to Linco'n and Washing ton, where special forces are prepared t handle them. There will be doctors on the squad who will have authority to secure examinations of claimants; authorize their treatment or hospital ization if necessarq. In these cases, transportation will be furnished when it is necessary for the claimant to travel. Any one who wishes to take up his case should report to the nearest city or town on the date that the clean-up squad will be there. Those wishing to file claim should have their claim Daners completely filled out before ap pearing to the squad. However, this is not absoutely essential as the squad will assist them but it will be of material help to the squad if as many as possible will have their claim papers executed beforehand. All questions relative to compen sability may be taken up with this sauad and they will endeavor to make adjustments. This . does not mean that the squad is in a position to make payments of compensation. Vocational training matters will also be taken up by the squadron, whose personnel has not been announced. Following are the eight towns in Nebraska where hearings will be held and the dates: Hastings, August 12 and 13. Grand Island, August 15, 16 and 17. Lincoln, August 18, 19 and 20. Fremont, August 22, 23 and 24. Norfolk, August 25, 20 and 27. Ainsworth, August 30 and 31. Alliance, September 5, 6 and 7. North Platte, September 10. Red Cross officials say that of the 55.000 Nebraska soldiers who are entitled to compensation by reason of disability which incapacitates them 10 per cent have filed no claims to date. Bayard Lions Are Not Satisfied With Just One Victory Those Bayard Lions are bears for punishment, provided fcomeone else gets it. Only a couple of weeks ago they accepted a kind invitation to come over to play baseball with the Alliance cubs, put a nice free feed underneath their belts, heard a lot of speeches telling them what good fellows they were, and then went right out on the diamond and walloped the stuffing out of their hosts. The score of that first baseball game was 24 to 1. The Bayard Lions want more base ball, and have extended their Alliance victims an invitation to come over any time and play baseball. It will be pre sented at the next meeting of the Alli ance trile, and they may accept it, pro vided it can be determined whether the Bavard men really mean it or are just rubbing it in. The Alliance Lions say a!! they need to have a first class baseball team is a good battery. The Bayard men promi-e an-entertaining day of it. and will probably have a chance to play ball. Mrs. R. E. Knight nnd two children left last week for Denver where they will spend a few weeks. EXPECT POTATO SHIPMENTS TO BEGIN SEPT. 15 MARKET NEWS STATION TO BE RE-ESTABLISHED HERE. Arprane Yield in Eastern Nebraska Lower Than at First Estimated Prices on Increase. Potato shipments from western Ne braska are expected to start about September 15. A market news sta tion, maintained by the U. S. Bureau of Markets and Crop Estimates in co operation with the Nebraska Bureau of Markets and Marketing will be located ut Alliance until December 1, and will issue daily market reports on potatoes, mailing them free to growers und other interested persons who make ap plication for the sarvice, according to Olin D. Miller, representative of the federal bureau of markets, who was sta'ioned in Alliance last year during the marketing season. He will return to this city shortly after the first of September, when the spud crop in the Kearney district has been largely sold. The cash market for potatoes reach ed $2 per 100 pounds at Kearney Thursday, compared with $l.G5 a week ago. This steadily rising market, ac cording to the local representative of the federal and state marketing bu reaus who 13 issuing market news re ports at Kearney, is due to the de crease in the potato movement for the country as a whole. During the last week of July, shipments for all states averaged 550 cars daily, com pare! with an aerage of C50 for the two previous week?. Shipments thus far in August have been only around 300 cars dai'y. Virginia, which is the heaviest shipping state (iuring July, has now dropped down to 25 cars daily, from an average of 90 cars the liv;t week in July und more than 300 the week before. The big movement fol lowing Virginia's is that from New Jersey, and while it ran as high as 230 cars several days last week, digging there is now being retarded by rainy weather. The crop in the Kaw Valley of Kansas, central Nebraska's nearest corr.petftor, is reported as more than half dug, but digging there, too, has been held up, due to rain and the low ms'ket for stock of the quality raised there this year. The movement from the Caldwell district in Idaho is be gining, and that Ftock is generally bringing a little more than the Ne braska product in the terminal mar but the Kearney "growers have the ad vantage of a freight rate 50c lower than the rate from Idaho, which al lows a higher net return. Chicago and Minneapolis are the im portant markets receiving Kearney spuds. Kansas City is being supplied almost entirely by Kaw Valley, and homegrowns are supplying the mar kets of Omaha and St. Louis. Most of Nebraska potatoes are going to towns and small cities in Iowa, Illinois, In diana, Minnesota and South Dakota. Shipments from Nebraska to August 4 inclusive were 300 cars. All but 5 of there were shipped from Kearney and nearby towns. Digging in some of the later fields has just started and shipping will not be over before Sep tember 1. The yie'd is proving to average nearer 100 bushels to the acre than 150, as originally estimated, and it is doubtful if the movement from thi3 district will reach GOO cars. Nebraska Spuds Lead. Nebraska grown potatoes are com manding as much as a dollar per bushel more than Kansas and Mis souri potatoes this year on the Chi cago market, according to an an nouncement by the bureau of markets and crop estimates. The patatoes are of practically the same kind and raised under similar conditions, but the difference in quality is mainly attrib uted to a new manner of grading now ued in the commercial potato districts of Nebraska. The bureau pointed out the market of last Tuesday as an example or' the jrreat difference in potatoes of the same rating from the three stites. On that day Kansas potatoes Hld from $1.35 to $1.40 per 100 pounds and Missouri grown arie;ies, sorted, brought $1.75 and $1.85 a hundred. Ne braska potatoes from the Kearney dis trict sold not lower than $2.25 and up io $2.00. The exceptionally good natural con ditions under which Nebraska pota toes are grown is given by The bureau as on-, reason "or the higher prices, tut reading is cons'divrd as the first cai.e. The bureau of markets and crop estimates maintains a branch at Kearney during the harvesting te.son to supervise the grading of potatoes and make reports. The Chicago mar set is said to have been quick to recog nize the superiority of Nebraska spuds shipped under these conditions. Most of the fields show potatoes of good size and quality, but there are less to the hill than usual this year. Conditions are pronounced as very good now, but the early crop was cur tailed by dry weather. Conservative estimates place the commercial potato crop this year at .trout (0 cars with other reports running a Mils higher. Mr. end Mrs. A. J. Cole and family returned Monday nip-ht from a weeks' vacation trin to the B'ack Hills near Mystic and Sylvan Lake. City Manager's Corner (By N. A. KEMMISH) We are preparing to start lavinsr i the water main extension. We may be delayed on part of it until the valves arrive from Pittshurgn. Number two well will be back in commission again tonight. We nave had plenty of water however, lately for all purposes. We received a wire from Mr. Kelly stating that his outfit ought to be here sometime today so that we can begin to get action on well No. f in the near future. Our police department are contin ually rounding up the law violators. It is unfortunate that Rome people take delight in breaking the laws and committing crimes. Our persistent activities are making such pleasures less attractive. R. N. Tracy, sanitary engineer of the bureau of health, spent a day with us going over our septic farm. He seemed to be of the opinion that what we have done and what we are plan ning on doing out there is all that can be expected under the circum stances. The conditions are much bet ter than he expected to find them. State Sanitary Engineer Made an Inspection of the Alliance Septic Tank R. N. Tracy of Lincoln, sanitary en gineer working under the direction of the state board of health, is in Alli ance for two or three days making a sort of sanitary survey of the city. With City Manager Kemmish, Mr. Tracy looked over the city's far famed septic tank, and the city manager ex plained the steps he is taking to miti gate the nuisance. Mr. Tracy stated thaf he had had considerable experience with septic tanks, and that it was impossible to entirely eliminate the odor. He looked over the plans of Mr. Kemmish, who is now having built a series of ditches to carry away ths watr, r.n I : . i i ;,ut in his opinion, when these ditches are completed, which will take several months, the situation will be in as good shape as possible, . y i i i.i Denis'Ryan has been laid up with a badly infected finger since Friday. MORE DOPE ON OIL PROSPECTS NEAR LAKESIDE POTASH MAGNATES ARE APPAR ENTLY QUITE INTERESTED. Have Recently Acquired Oil and Min eral Leases on Eight Sections of School Lands. Further information concerning the plans of the syndicate of potash mag-; nates and others, for prospecting for! oil in the vicinity of Lakeside, is con tained in the following- information from the Garden County News, which shows that the syndicate is working on a big scale. Ranchers have been leas ing lands in the vicinity of the test well, and the rig is said to be already on the ground. The News saya; "The oil and mineral leases for the school land.s in the north part of the county, as advertised in the News re cently, were purchased by J. F. Blum mer, of Lakeside, representing the potash interests of that city. It has been learned that these people only took advantage of the oil and gas rights under the terms of the leases and they are drawn to cover that par ticular commodity only. The lease in volves the rights on eight sections and as thefe is something like three or four millions invested in the potash industry and that industry depends considerably upon the fuel it is thought that this big combination or business interests will be behind an earnest effort to locate oil and gas if there is anything like that in reason able depth. Mr. Blummer practically admitted this fact and it is thought from his expressions along that line that the work will be commenced with out unnecessary delay of putting down test wells on a part of their holdings so that they may know at an early date the true state of conditions. "There has never been any doubt in our minds that there is oil in commer cial quantities in this part of the state as the land lays directly in line with the big oil fields of Wyoming and those in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and all that is necessary is to make the proper tests to prove the theory correct. There ia one commendable feature to the matter as it now stands and that is that the enterprise will be pushed through by people w hose needs require commercializing of the indus try if oil or gas is found and it will not be here like it has been in so many places where the oil wells have been capped and left stand without work ing for an indefinite period. We are awaiting anxiously for the outcome of the investigation and our faith is with the moverient." O. L. Hedges of Lincoln, 'accompan ied by a son of State Sheriff Hyers, were in Alliance yesterday for a few hours, on their way weat. ALLIANCE TRIMS , BAYARD SUNDAY -SCORE 12 TO 2 VISITORS OUTCLASSED BY WORK OF LOCAL TEAM. Big Crowd Attended Benefit Bascbatt Doubleheader T. P. A. Defeats Creamery Team, 10 to T. The fans turned out in fine shape for the baseball benefit doubleheader play ed at the fair grounds Sunday after noon. The game was called 'at 2:301 and ax a preliminary and special at traction, the T. P. A.'b battled with th Alliance Creamery nine, defeating them, after a game filled with interest ing events, to the tune of 10 to 7. The T. F. A. gang played consistent baseball, winning a score or more in every inning. During the second, round, the Creamery boys got a fear ful rush on them and crammed over five scores, every fan thinking th traveling men had blown up for fair. However, tight baseball and consistent playing put them to the point wher they were within sight of victory, and in a last inning rally they took th measure of their opponents and jot five scores of their own. The T. P. A.'s had to change batter ies, after Lloyd Johnson lost his wind in chasing around the diamond for what looked to be a home run, only being caught out right near the horn plate. Billy Hamilton, as catcher, lost his pep after two or three innings and Bob Morgan, an old time profesh, re lieved him. Harris took Johnson' place on the mound. In the regular ball game for th afternoon, the Bayard team wm plain ly outclassed, and came in for the. second defeat of the season at the hands of A'liance. The Btyard boy would have had nn unbroken -tring of victories so far this reason hp.d they laid off of Alliance, but there's some- thing about the local team that is poison to them. They put un a game fight, but lost, the score reading 12 to 2. Bayard was handicapped early In the. game by an accident to their pitcher Baldwin, who grabbed off a hot on lined out by McNulty and put a finger of his pitching hand on the blink. The Alliance boys played baseball all the time. All of them improved their batting averages. Ray Butler knocked out three long hits in his first thre times at bat. Brew threw several hot ones to first base for some outs when the most the fans could do was to hone. The record: T. P. A. Creamery. v reamery r po Stacker, ss. .2 2 1 0 2 1 a 2 1 1 Salisbury, 2b 1 Wright, 3b 2 Morgan, lb 0 Strong cf 0 Davidson, If Spencer rf, Joder, c Todd, p 0 0 1 il Total 7 IS T. P. A. r po Schaffer, 3b 2 O Hamilton, c 0 3 Burlington, rf 0 2 Jrhnson, p , 0 3 Morgan, lb 2 1 Kerr, cf 1 2 Harris, b 2 1 Burr, If 2 1 O'Connor, ss 1 2 Total Score by innings: T. P. A 1 1 1 2 Creamery 0 5 0 2 10 IS 510 0 7 Bayard vs. Alliance. Alliance ab r h po Butler, cf 5 3 3 1 Griffis, lb 3 2 2 9 Jones, ss 4 12 1 a 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 0 6 0 I 0 0 0 0 1 0 a 'Black, If 4 0 10 Nation, rf 5 10 1 Brew, Sb 4 0 0 0 Edwards, 2b 4 12 0 McNulty, c 4 1 1 15 McKinney, p 3 3 2 0 Total - - 12 13 27 7 2 36 Bayard ab r h po a 6 Selisbv, rf 4 0 0 1 0 0 Baldwin, p-lb 3 0 0 6 0 0 Randall, c 3 1 0 7 4 0 Leach, lb-p 3 0 0 3 3 0 Klempke, 3b 4 0 1110 Noe, ss 4 112 0 2 Benson, cf 4 0 1 2 0 0 Abegg, 2b 4 0 114 2 Sader, If 3 0 1 0 0 01 Total - - 32 2 5 23 12 4 Score by innings: Bayard 000 001 001 2 Alliance 007 203 OOx 12 Summary: Two base hits, McKin ney; Three bas hits, Butuer 3; Home, run, Noe; Sacrifice hits, Randall, Jones, Back; Stolen base3, Griffia 2, Klempke 2; Bases cn balls by Mc Kinney 1, by Keach 1; Struck out by McKinney 15, Baldwin 1, Leach 6j Time of game, 1:55; Umpire, Harling; Attendance, 350. BIRTHS To Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Beasey, FrU day August 5, a boy. .