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THti ALLIANCti H KHALI), FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 1921.
THE GOLD PRTK V. t.MK CONCKIVKD AT SIDNKY (Continued from Pa 4) t the orijfin of th Ramc. This Ran taitH with an output nf thiity brick. Tli first mnn tfiey triwl thr winIIp hi sa n hanker of llastinR, NVhra ka, nml hp was m victim for $S,0M. ''wy saw they had nn rasy camp. Voc I:i?jrN and Jimmy Fern were the wKwen, Tby ranged f;.r and wide and li po.e.l of tv rnty rijrht more brick' nt prices ianK:n from f 10,000 to Mj.000. The bricks vrre of the standard $30,000 size. About ?UH worth of roM whs used in the m.ikinjr. This was fW-.l iiilo tile buck at diferent places, tiMinlly at the four eivls and in or rear the center. When the brick was Mihmitted for c animation by u pros tctive buyer he was told to take a Simple for e.?Kiy by any compe tent jfwi'ler. The tr. n- .etinrt was always carried on in socieey. A banker or kirk ca.-hier was ti. ujM.v selected as u vii tin. Ho wa-i a4.ed if he had a pimlet or a cold rhi-H handy. Hankers lo not usually have these implement in ;;,c-.'r i..".kv.-. The seller happened .. . . . t i it i - I to have a chisel wiin mm. ne Miceci m n(T n small niece nf (lie iiol.1 i; 1 Cave . H it to the vieti i t base t-ted. Or he liced off pie es Ciotn all fiur Co; ners. Of course tlv lot jioved it t le ffU, and the victim boJi'hl. Secrc : Siro-m ( ard. The secrecy nj un''irn was one .f the strong carl- in i.'.e Kame. The victim was pi. ked w '.lh caie. He must be a man who wo il nut scruple to p. It j i. other's crime. 1 he sol Vr must Kive him a plausible rea-'in f'-r tiisno.iinir of a '.0,000 eolil brick for fne-third or mie-half its value. He told the victi ii the hi :ck was part ol 1'ie loot of a train or :-tane robbery that had b 'n brouiiht to him for disposal. As the ir.iine unfolded ils j ossihilities the crool.s selected dates following some bitj train or expre.'-s robbery for d'po.-in of their bogus .-idd bricks, cplaining that lliey were t ..rl of ': loot of the robbery. Thit; f articular Rai.;: is suspected of having inspired and even participated in sev- ral robberies in order to create a t '.-'i ''ct for tl.eir peculiar commodity, lie that as it may, t!.-y d-po-ed f t enty-nine of tin ir fir.-1 output i' thirty bricks am nu men crookei' JiS themselves, t'.tllied, however, in the broadcloth of t -::ev tahilil v and o'dinir hiirh heail- in iJii-'r rejective communities. Th thiit'cth biitk, after an eventful history, row orna ments the front of the T,bin buiM:nn Sidney, surrounilcd by the pk-hian but honest clay lrjcli; of that lU: structui . These thirty bricks were made to rder in Denver. A I .a rimer street Manufacturing jeweler undertook the job of turning them out, and he was an expert in his business. He ob tained brass filings fiom an iron foun dry then situated at Twelfth and Lar imer streets. With the brass he mixed a certain proportion of glass, divided 1hc mass into bricks, melted the mix ture, and when it was brought to the right degree of heat he infused the fcohl at the designated spots. The amount of glass in the mixture was n matter of the nicest calculation. It leave the brick a ring which only an Jissayer ossessed of a delicate sense of hearing could detect as false. For his services this wonderful manufacturing jeweler was paid $100 a brick, and the many order that rame to him from the Sidney gang Jnd their successors in after years laid the foundation of a fortune which hn grandchildren are now enjoying. Thirtieth Itrick a Jonah The thirtieth brick proved to lie a Jonah to the Doc Uaggs pirates. Twice its sale was frustrated by the annoy ing caution of prospective buyers who insisted on selecting a sample from ppots in which it happened there wa no golden plug. The gamblers dubbed it the "Hoodoo Brick" and withdrew it from the market. It was 'deposited in' the Capitol saloon, which became their headquarters nfter Harberson's .saloon was closed, and in the course of time its existence passed from their memory. They separated and wand ered their separate ways. Johnny Barnes went to Dead wood and was caught in a crooked card deal by Wild Bill. He was a vicious, vin dictive man and swore revenge. To gether with some desperadoes of hia type he hired Jack McCall to murder Wild Bill. Later he had a street duel -with Charley Storms, without serious result to either. Observe how fate works out its' plans. Storms and Barnes met northern Mexico in the course of their gambling pilgrimages. Storms killed! Barnes and that ended the career of the man who was primarily responsi ble for the death of Wild Bill Hickok. Meanwhile the hoodoo brick reposed peacefully in the cellar of the Capitol palwon at Sidney. In J8S" a Nebraska farmer, p'owing a new field, uncovered what he be lieved was a gold brick. With visions of wealth dancing before his eyes, he rted it to the nearest town, Fre mont, and submitted it for sale to his banker. The banker cut off a corner of it and took it to the town jeweler to le tested. The sample was gold f that there was no doubt. Scott Davis, the man who operated the treasure coach line between Sid ney and Deadwood, heard of the find ami went to Fremont. He declared the brick was bogus. The banker de clared it was genuine. Davis chiseled off all the gold that covered the end of the brick and revealed the brass beneath. "The hoodoo brick," many said. It wasn't the hoodoo brick, but it was time for its reappearance. A fire in the Capitol saloon brought it to light, The news reached Gus Patterson, su crintendent of the American Hxoress company at Omaha, that a gold brick had been found in the Capitol saloon and he rushed to Sidney on a special train. He thought it was one of the gold bricks lost in the great express robbery in 1882. He sent it to New York to be assayed, and there its true composition was revealed. Sadly, it was shipped back to Sidney, and, when the Tobin building was erected, found a last lodging place there, a reminder of the days when the town waj wild ml woolly. Take Advantage of this sale. Re duced prices will not last forever. TRY HARPER'S FIRST WE have secur ed extra clerks to give' you servicx. come early and get the best selection. Weekly Bargain Saturday Sensation In the Men's Dept. and All Over the Store Day Saturday Only HUNDREDS OF DARGAIN SPECIALS FROM ALL I) E P A R TMENTS The Greatest Bargain Event Ever Kov re.'il monoy-ssiving on (loperUaMo quality nuMchandve in just the things you need for your person and home this sale stands without precedent. We don't attempt to single out any one or two items and show you the savings of a few pen nies. Hut we tell you' to shop throughout this entire store in every department and then count your savings in DOLLARS. Kvery price ticket brings yu a message of choicest merchandise greatly underpriees. Heed their tale. Attend this sale. 88c Price Tickets Everywhere Tell the Story of Rare Economies PANTERS Overall Sale. 88c White's overalls for Panters and Paper Hangers. . Wooltouch COTTON PLAIDS Regular $1.25 values. See these wonderful values, spe cial sale - 88c yard SILK GLOVES 88c $1.18 values. Wonderful values for Saturday only. MEN'S CAPS All sizes 88c These are $2.00 and $3.00 value'. We Sell for CASH We Sell for LESS SEE WHAT 88c WILL BUY Little Tot's Gingham " WASH DRESES are worth $3.00. Size 3 to 7 Special 88c Bungalow Aprons In light and dark pat terns, $3 values, special 88c Canvas Slippers and Shoes Odd sizes, regular $3.00 value, special sale 88c LADIES' HOSIERY White pure Silk and fibre 88c Regular $1.98 values. TWO SKIRTS FOR $1.88 Men's $2.50 Shirts for a Sweeting Clearance, $1.88 Children's HOSE Eiffel brand, 65c values 2 pairs for 88c Regular $1.30 value, 2 pairs, 88c Coy's WASH SUITS 88c These are wonderful val ues. Regular $3, $ I values. Men's UNION SUITS $1.25 values. 88c See these wonderful val- Odd sizes. Special Saturday. ues. Saturday only 88c. Red and White TABLE DAMASK 88c The best quality. Green and Pink 88c Regular $3.18 values. Special Saturday, 88c. Blue and Pink Children's Sweaters 88c $2.50 and $3 values. Boy's BLOUSES All sizes in light and dark patterns 88c n , 91.50 and $1.25 values Regular Doc, $1.25 and the best quality. Saturday Ladies' Lisle UNION SUITS Regular $1.25 values, spe cial sale 88c HAIR RIBBON Regular 65c, 75c yard quality, 3 yards for 3 yards for 88c Special for Saturday. Formfit BRASSIERES 88c In Pink and White, these are $1.50 values. Saturday Special, 88c Boy's KHAKI PANTS 88c tmta:uaaana3ttaaananamtnattuat special, 88c. We Sell for CASH We Sell for LESS