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The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922, September 06, 1921, Image 2

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OBvlta County.
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OVInttiiK CoinpHti v. liwirife I., linrr, Jr.,
Vraliiit; Kit vs in M. iiuir, Vice I'rea-
thi; wak is iivi:ii.
The war is over. I'carc has finally
Inn-n declared. For nearly two jearn
the rountry lias been struggling back
to normahicy, and it has almost boon
tiohievcd by tho most of us. L'vcn the
jrreat majority of the returned soldiers
Jiave managed to get back into their
W niches or carve out new ones that
tit them as well or better as the place
they occupied before the worlds
cauldron of trouble boiled over.
The most of us, even those who were
a part of the great conflict, have ceas
ed to talk of the war, and are th nking
of it as little as possible. The Am
erican ICjrion has practically ceased to
JTret about bonuses for its memliers
Jind has attackel with a will the
roblem of caring for the wounded and
disabled buddies. The girls who three
years ago were knitting hox that
wouldn't fit the feet and armless
sweaters for the men in the service
huva either married one of them or
have picked someone with money.
Nobody likes to talk about the war or
think of th horrors of meatless days
aoid wheatless days and days when the
solicitors for the lied Cross or salos
3an for the Liberty bonds called and
poke about "quotas" in a compiling
An we said, the most of us have for
jrelten about the war. Hut there are
ome who will never forget, so long as
life endures. There are the mothers
and the fathers, the idsters, brothers
nml sweethearts of the boys who died
doing their full share in the conflict.
"Tbere are others who will not forget
the men who came back home, maimed,
broken, blinded, their lungs partially
destroyed by gas, their health destroy
ed in countle.is ways. The rest of us,
those who stayed at home or those who
came thorugh uninjured or perhaps
improved in health, will forget the
war, save when some of these unfor
tunate brothers cross our path. And
then, mayhap, we'll forget as quickly
as possible, the minute they are out of
That's the curse of war the neglect
of the men who sacrificed all for us.
It is physical pain to some to see the
men scarred by war. It hurts some
eople to be reminded of an obligation
that they can never hope to repay, and
s, realizing the inability to repay in
Jull, they evade all responsibility, i
Just this week Alliance has had an
opportunity to repay, in exceeding
small measure, the sacrifices of a
handful of these men. There is now
in the city a "(lying squadron" of gov
eminent officials, making a huge effort
to get all men entitled to government
aid to ask for it, to correct some of
the injustices and to get justice
every man who will apuly.
Half a dozen committees of local
following of their kind. Wh"n ois
gruntled men seek to make it hot for
their enemies, it is a comparatively
easy thing to accomplish.
The American Legion has had the
most phenomenal growth of an organ
ization of its kind in history- It has
made rtrong, healthy friends, and
healthy enemies as well. The cnemie.
are men who have a reason to fear
the power of r.n association of ex
crvice men. liver since its incep
tion, theie have been attempts to
weaken its influence and destroy its
u efuln''.-s hut all of them have
I ;.!!
Rival organization have
sprung into existence by the score, but
each has had to admit itself defeat d.
The legion is growing, and there
seems to be no question that it will
be surviving when all its competitors
have passed beyomL
However, the last attack is so bitter,
and is withal worded so plausibly, that
all men should know and le able to
spot it when it is made public. So
far it has only been made a part of
the Congressional Kecord and copies
have been mailed to some of the ex
soldiers. The attack is made by the Private
Soldiers' and Sailors' legion of the
United States of America. It come.
in the form of a petition to congress
requesting that the charter of the
American Legion lie repealed. It de
clares that:
lOver since its organization the men
in control of the American legion
have wrongfully assumed to represent
the great body of veterans of the
World war in matters of legislation,
of public iMilicy, and in many ques
tions in which those leaders are per
sonally interasted, but about .hich
the body of veterans as a v bote :.are
nothing. These leaders Yuvc Iw.come
so overbearing and insolent :n their
h wnptions that they are now, i.nd
for come time have been, presuming
to (. ive voice to th 5 opinions of jd!
former service men those who do not
belong to th? American Legion as well
as those who do.
Other charges are the usual ones
that the organization was formed by
"silk-stockinged officers" without giv
ing the ordinary soldiers an opportun
ity to direct its destinies; that it vas
organized by using "tainted money"
Contributed by capitalists who expect
to get value received from the men
who controlled it; that the Legion is
even now serving the interests of a
"hidden group of men who furnish the.
secret funds" for the conduct of the
organization; that the leaders have in
terfered and dictated to schools, col
leges, churches, newspapers, public
meetings, political assemblies and
other activities which threatened to
interfere with the interests of the
secret financial backers, and that its
attitude toward labor has been "vir
ulent and hostile."
The key to the attack is found in
the next to the last indictment in the
complaint. The petition recites tlr.it
Legion posts have interfered with
such "patriots" as Kate Richards
O'Hara, who has a most unsavor re
cord among Americans who can re
member back as far as the days of the
Practically all of these charges have
been made before, and all of them
have been completely refuted. It is to
be presumed it's too much to hope
otherwise that these old charges will
be circulated by the friends of Mrs.
fori O'Hara and similar speakers whose
meetings have been broken up, some
times by mobs perhaps containing a
people went out into the highways and ' fow Legion men, but never by a I.e
byways and besought assistance forKin post or with the knowledge r
these men in various forms. After a, conent of Legion officials. There is,
icruelling week they got what th'y j unfortunately, no way to put a .-top to
i-ought the time of thirty or forty . these slanders, but friends of the os
people for a half-day or a day, the ' M)!diers will demand proof of anyone
loan of ten or twelve ty pevr'tci-s and . t. ivulatinu these charges,
f-ome jicivonal aid. Hut the men who I This is perhaps the thousandth time
tried to get this will never tell you of ' lnat (.!, charge has been made that
the indifference they met in hundreds , tl.e American Legion is an eneniv of
f pla vs where, two years ago. they ' ,.,;.lI1;;.l.,i a;;,ir. The endorsement ly
would have I .con receive.! wiih open Samuel Comuei s , i.iv..:dfi.t of the Am-
it seems, ev. r one is j erican 1-Vil.M at. on of Labor, should be
n the o'.li.i'ion to the u,Vi,.;r,,i argui -.rnt ;;g:tisj this ,.ld
And the o!l'icer of any I.e. ion
will be able ar.d willing to .ii-
suer ai.v oilier lair:ca;ion .n t;.e in
arms. Now.
rewdy to p.iss on tb
i.l '.M . V f I'l.Ul '.
ef legitimnti ecx: r
f the other kind.
tin re ;.ii plenty
, us well as plenty
Hut the men who
wert out appealing for aid in the name j dictmenl
of the wounded didn't fee! jurt rght aad tell
hen the goal was reached. m.
Oh, well the war is over. I.ct'tj
forget it those of us who cn!
SL'.nd up for the
s detractors wheie
About every so often an attack is '
nude on the American Ltg'on, the
leading organization of men who(
wived in the great war. These at- I
t&rks'romo from all sources, but the'
wtes which have the greatest elfect on
public sentiment come from rival or
ranijations of ex-soldiers. It is but
natural, of course,, that an organiza
tion containing a million or more
mnmberH should have some power, and
a powerful organization is bound to
wihke some enemies, especially when
it is a fighting, aggressive society like
the Iegion. The chief source of at
tack comes from disgruntled mem
Wrs. In every organization there are
a a umber of radicals, or men who
wih to grind private axes with the
aAfcittanre of others. When recogni
tion or aid is refused, the trouble be
gima. One sorehead finds other sore
fcoatLi, and these in turn pick up a
Kery community is inflicted with
'em tho short sports, who mooch in
stead of paying their way. The fol
lowing wail from ScottblutT will br'irg
up memories only a few months oM in
Alliance of the automobiles parked
outside the fence and far awiy fiom
the ticket otfice when the race meet
was in progress. It's hard work, of
course, to pet under the hides of the
fellows who not only refuse to sup
port public enterprises, but manage to
put something over on them, for fel
lows worried even when they I now
others are saing uncomplimentary
ScottsblulT has a bunch of booster
who have put that city on the base
ball map, at considerable expense to
themselves. It has been good adver
tising for the valley city, and had all
those who are interested in baseball
helped the club with their admission
fees, success would have been assured.
If they fail, it is because of the short
sports among thrm, just a.s was the
case with the Alliance race meet.
The Star-Herald says what it thinks
of the boys who see the game from
outside the fence, but the only real
way to make an impression on them
m by using a crowbar or a sawed-off
shotgun loaded with salt and popper,
it may bo that the reading of this
-oit of an article will reform them.
Ikspite the fact that it isn't likely,
the rcmon.-trance is reprinted, in the
hoj" that it may do some good here:
There are sports, and then sport.--,
iiial then there are tin-horns. Luring
the past season there have been those
who, instead of buying a sr ason ticket,
or a single admission ticket to wit
ness the bi.ll games, would drive tiieir
cars close to the fence and enjoy ihe
game free of charge. At least it was
presumed that they enjoyed it, or per
haps enjoyed the thought that they
were leating the baseball aswtci iii n
out of an admission, either, or both.
The officials of the association
would not have felt so badly about it,
perhaps had not tho. e aforesaid
gentry allowed their cars to become
"outside fence" grandstand and per
mitted all who could to stand on ihe
machine on take "grappings." The
boys who constitute the Scottsblutf
Haseball association feel that they
have been trying to give the people
good, clean sort, and naturally feel
hurt that men who are perfectly finan
cially able would take advantage of
them in this manner. As stated at
first, thpre are mil sportsmen, and
there are tinhorns, and the difference
can be easily seen by a visit to the
baseball park while n game is on, first
making a circle of the fence and then
noting those who have paid their ad
mission arid are enjoying the game as
they should.
be able to figure out a Utter scheme
than this.
Of course, a number of the publish
ers are taking up the idea and are
doing the best they can w ith it. Some
of the more canny publishers, fearing
that it w ill take some time for the.idea
In sink in, have made it a home paper
month, instead of a week, and we
wish them luck.
Hut the idea doesn't appeal to us.
To legin with, the men who are writ
ing the publicity for the movement,
seem to have th .same old i lea that
so many other people have that the
m wspapcr is a public institution and
ought to be supported by donations of
various kinds . Too many publishers
do not have the rivrl'.t conception of
their mission. The average newspaper
is worth every cent it costs either the
leader or the advertiser, and the man
who, wittingly or otherwise, allows the
impression to go abroad that he is w ill
ing to be supported by public-spirted
citizens on the ground that he is a help
to the community, will need good luck
to help him out. Some of these days,
the truth is gning to be known about
country newspapers, and that is that
they aren't objects of charity, but just
business institutions. Some of these
days conditions are going to be such
that they'll have to be run on a busi
ness basis. The churches have attain
ed this plane or least the best of
them have and some glad day news
pa) er men wil' be apt to g(t as vexed
as a preacher does now when he's of
fered a half-fare ticket, v'.ien some
well-meaning friend gets the wrong
idea or the way he makes liis living.
drafted by Attorney General Davis.
A clau.-e in this act gives the board
authority to "remit fines and forfeit
ures. " Two application are now be
fore the board to secure the return
of automobiles declared confiscated by
county courts on a showing that the
machines had leen used for the trans
portation of bootleg liquor.
It is said, of course, that there is
1 no way of knowing whether the ma
chines have been sold under court or
der, or whether the purchasers could
bo forced to give them up, the law
being quite plain on that point. Put
just why should the legislature, wit
tingly or otherwise, give the state
board of pardons power to remit fines
and forfeitures? Evidently there is
need for closer inspection of legisla
tion formulated bv state officers, or
'else some representatives of the legal
! profession in the attorney general's
i department should be operated on and
have a portion of their verbiage re
moved. If the little clause isn't in
J tended to mean anything, it should
uot have been put there and if some
thing has been slipped over, the f el -
J lows responsible should be required t
One can hardly blame county court
for getting discouraged. There ar
plenty of bootleirger and booze cor. -victions
reversed in district court m
technicalities without making th
county judges have to run the gaun'.
let of having their work reviewed Ly
the state board of pardons.
Somebody has found out that ri.
Habylon the rent tyrants were activ
4,000 years ago. And look what hap
pened to Babylon.
U. G. 1JAUMAN, O. I).
Some weeks ago, in a spirit of levity
while writing some dope for the semi
humorous "Pandom Shots" column, the
editor of this newspaper called atten
tion to the fact that there were get
ting to be entirely too many we ks set
apart for the benefit of some particu
lar business or profession. There was,
for instance, a "carbon paper week," a
"sew ing machine week", and a bunch
of others more of them, in fact, lhan
there were weeks in the year.
At the time, it was suggested there
should be a "subscribe for the home
paper week", in which everyone in the
county would hasten to cross tui
palms with silver and receive in return
a paid-up subscription to this great
moral semi-weekly. It was said in
jest but do you know that the pow
ers that we have decreed that there is
to be such a week, ami already our
foolish contemporaries are falling all
over themselves to stage their drive?
The Herald thinks, of course, that
every person in this community should,
for his own benefit, lie u reader of
this newspaper. If he can't conscien
tiously read The Herald, he should
read some other paper from Alli
ance. It's his duty to know what's
going on in Hox Hutte county, and its
his privilege to get this news served
up to him at a very low rate by his
Itcal newspaper. Newspapers, suth as
The Herald, are the best buy there is
on the market today. Jn no other pur
chase does the buyer get so much for
his money.
Hut, shucks, this setting apart any
particular week for newspapers is
pure bunk. In the first place, this is
true because newspapers are suppos
ed to be the leaders in matters of ad
vertising. The "week" idea is as old
as the hills, and has ben run into the
ground. It's been pulled so often that
it hasn't very much pulling power left.
We have gre:;t belief in the power of
the press, but after three or four years
of "drives," it fell down miserably in
putting the inteivhurch world move
ment across., largely ln-cause the basic
idea for getting the money was old
fashiored and played e'.it. If there is to
be concerted action in hoo.-t'iig home
So constant, and insidious are the
encroachments by the various state
otl'icers, commissions and bo.tvds, t hat
very often the county officials do not
'realize that, their efforts may be nul
lified by state authority until it has
been accomplished. The dry law has
been an object of solicit'.ide by the
1 state authorities ever since its pass
' age, and it is in the enforcement of
I this law that state encroachment is
most apparent.
Originally, the enforcement was in
the hands of federal officers and coun
ty and city authorities. The state,
however, created a special corps of
booze hounds and presented Gus Hy
ers with a job and an annuity, as well
as a big bunch of assistants. From
time to time, work has been added to
Gus' department, until it is now prac
tically the whole thing in dry law en
forcement circles. The reason for the
state's taking over this work is said
to be because the county and city of
ficials did not enforce the laws rigidly
enough, and on a recent occasion,
Governor McKelvie told an Alliance
audience how he had found it neces
sary to jack up various county officers
for failing to enforce the law.
The latest encroachment, which
seems to nullify the work of county
and district courts, has just come to
light. The last legislature, passed
n law denning the powers and
duties of the state board of pardons,
the now.-.papor ;-.ion ouj-ht to
tobacco makes 50
flood cigarettes for
We want you to have tho
beat paper lor "BULL."
So now you can recotvo
with each package a book
I 24 leaves ol K1U.
tho very tineat cigarette
paper In tho world.
Under New
The Alliance Billiard Parlor has been
reopened under the special license grant
ed by the city council, and the new man
agement will endeavor to comply with all
the required regulations.
We will conduct a thoroughly sanitary
lunch counter and respectable billiard
and pool business.
You will be able to pass a pleasant
afternoon in unobjectionable surround
ings. Come in and make yourself at
Alliance Billiard Parlor
JOHN VELOUS, Proprietor,
It Takes More Than a Sign
Over the Door to Make a Bank
It takes experience, brains, and above all the proper
organization for the protection of depositors.
This bank is under State control. Its books are reg
uarly examined by the proper officials. Every trans
action must meet the approval of their rigid require
ments. And in addition to that, our Directors are the most
conservative and expecienced men men who have
made a study of the banking business and iinanacial con
ditions, and put the welfare of the depositors above that
of themselves.
Your money is absolutely safe in this bank. It is
here until you need it and it's yours when you want it.
And remember it draws 5 interest, compounded semi
annually. You can start an account with $1.00

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