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Official Taper of Box Butte County TWICE A WEEK TUESDAY AND FRIDAY Official Paper of the City of AlUaite VOLUME XXVIII. (Twelve Pages) ALLIANCE, BOX BUTTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1021. No. 04 RAILROADMEN TALK OF STRIKE TO ROTARIANS EXPLAIN THEIR SIDE OF THE IMPENDING WAR. Engineer and Conductor Say Union Men Feel It Necessary to Walk Out to Protect Rights. The Alliance Rotary club, at its meeting Wednesday evening had as quests four officials of local railroad minions. Following the dinner which -was served in the Palm Room of the -Alliance hotel, Conductor W. E. Zol linger and Engineer Sam G. Tillott .gave a statement of the side of the .striking railroads in the controversy which has resulted in a strike call being issued for November 3. Mr. Zollinger reviewed the situation from pre-war days to late conferences Hietween the railway executives, the re presentatives of the employes and the JJnited States labor board. He made it clear that the men were not calling "the strike because of proposed further reductions in pay, although this was not welcome in the face of failure to reduce freight rates and permit the cost of living to decrease proportion ately. The chief objection of the men, lie said, was to proposed revisions in the working rules. Mr. Tillott, who is one of the oldest engineers at this terminal, his service dating from 1894, said that while he realized there was some risk of losing the strike, and losing with it his .seniority rights, he could not feel that it was not the thing to do. He recognized the fact that war between apital and labor were perhaps inevit able, although he regretted, he said, that there was no authority in the United States that was big enough to take the workmen and the railroad executives aside and tell them that they must get together. The chief defect with the federal railway labor lioard, he said, i3 that it has power only to suggest, and not to enforce its decision. Conditions in Other Days, When he came to Alliance, Mr. Til lott declared, there was but one en- f:ineer in the city who owned his own iome. Now the proportion of home owners was in a fair way to become' the reverse of that situation. He argued that while most or the men -were willing to accept a wage reduc tion frAi'cht and nnsseno-er rntea wpra - - - - ci r o i lowered, there was no reason, under j present conditions, why wages should e lowered. The last increase in rates, lie said, netted the railroads $1,400,000, while the last increase in the em ployes' wages amounted to less than lialf that amount, $600,000,000. The railroads asked for and received the rate increase in order to pay the in-i creased wages. He expressed a curios ity to know what became of the re maining $800,000,000. Mr. Tilltot discussed at length some of the rules now in effect which lie admitted worked a hardship and possibly an injustice on the railroads. "Every one of these," he said, "waa secured in the effort to correct an in justice which was much worse. The only difference is that before we got these rules, we were the victims of the injustice." If the more liberal employ ers and the more enlightened of the railroad executives could get together, he said, they could eliminate these bad rules in an hour and a half. Some of the executives, he said, were of such a caliber that nothing could be done with them. General Atterbury of the Pennsylvania system was several times placed in this class. Proposed Working Rules. The railroad executives, he said, have framed a new pet of working rules, and are attempting to force these upon employes. This wa3 the real cause for the strike call, he de clared. He reviewed the proposed! rules, and cited a number of them as j working an injustice on the men.) Among those instanced was ine ruie which gave the railroads the right to change the terminal of any employe "at any time desired. Mr. Tillott said that it was his opin ion that the supreme court had allow-- ed itself to yield to pressure or union men in upholding the Adamson law. This, he declared, was no worse than corporation control of the courts, but ' just as bad. He referred to the charge that rail way employes were "killing time", and wasting money. He told of a recent trip to Washington, where he went through the government printing of fice. The men doing the actual work, he said, were all busy, but in one of the offices he counted forty-eight clerks, and held a watch on them for eight minutes. In that time, only one of them made any pretense at work" ing, while others were gossiping around and killing time. "If any railroad employe doesn't do his work properly," he said, "the railroad can discharge h:m. It's been done right Tiere in Alliance. But they tell me the government can't fire this sort of -time killers. At least they don't do There was an open discussion or -various points with the speakers, and -the session was one of the most in teresting hat has been held in vnonths. Harvey Hacker was another priest for the evening. i WEATHER SomewhV "Vttled tonight. Colder west port sc vlay. Generally fair and colder '. "Jf, becoming strong northwest toi. fs Alliance Mal nored by Supreme Council of Scottish Rite Masons Harry F. Thiele was one of the men honored by the supreme council of Scottish Rite Masons, in session this week at Washington, D. C. On the recommendation of Frank Cargill Patton of Omaha, sovereign grand in spector general in Nebraska of the supreme council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite for the south em jurisdiction, Mr. Thiele was elect ed a knight commander of the court of honer. The rank of K. C. C. H. is one much desired in Scottish Rite circles, and is an honorary rank, awarded for service-to the Scottish Rite. Mr. Thiele was one of the organizers of the Scot tish Rite bodies in Alliance and the first secretary. But one other Alliance man held this rank, prior to Mr. Thiele's election. Attorney Earl L. Meyer was made a K. C. C. H. at the last biennial ses sion. RAPID PROGRESS BEING MADE ON THE M.E. CHURCH BUILDING WILL BE ENCLOSED IN THREE WEEKS MORE. Superintendent Mote Makes Good Record in Reducing Estimated Cost of the Edifice. Work on the new M. E. church building is progressing rapidly and satisfactorily. Given three more weeks of fair weather and the building will be enclosed, is the word from A. S. Mote, superintendent in charge of the construction. The walls are now prac tically completed, the roof beams Pre in place and a portion of the sheeting laid. The roof over the gymnasium is rwuly for the tar and gravel. . The four big columns for the portal, which have been cast in sections, are almost ready to be placed. Subscriptions to the building fund are not coming in as fast as was hoped for, but the finance committee has always been able to get money by the time it was imperative. The committee is continuing on the job, An opportunity has been offered to every citizen of Alliance to contribute and the results of the campaign for the building fund have been most gratifying, many subscriptions having come in from outside the city. There is a great deal of interest on the part of the public in the new building, and visitors are made wel come, at any time, although those in charge rather prefer that inspection trips be made Sunday afternoon, when there is usually someone in charge with ample time at his disposal to an swer questions. Huge Dome a Feature. A feature of the construction will be the huge dome over the main au ditorium. It will be octagonal m shape, ench side being twelve feet in shaDe. There will be a number of art glass windows in the dome, and all of the main windows will be of the same material. It's too early yet for visit ors to see many of the finer points of the building as it will be when com pleted, but some idea of the magni tude of the work, as well as the high quality of the construction, can be Brained from an inspection. Mr. Mote, who has been in charge of the building operations since actual construction began, has made a re markable record. He has been able to cut the original estimate of cost from $75,000 to $fi2,000, and now thinks that the building will be completed under the lower figure. The saving was accomplished without detracting from the appearance of the building in any wav, either in the interior or exterior. When completed, the build ing will be perhaps the finest church structure in western Nebraska. It ia an ambitious undertaking for the Al liance Methodists at this time, but they have been assisted by members of other denominations and although there have been innumerable difficul culties and rather hard sledding dur inar the last month or two of construc tion, it now looks as though they will be able to put it over. Due to an overestimate on the part of the man commissioned to purchase the material, there will be something like five carloads of hollow tile and seventeen thousand faced brick in ex cess of the number needed. This ma terial will probably be sold at a loss, due to a slump in the price since its purchase. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Xtrvton, for merly of Alliance, but now of Taber nash, Col., arrived Wednesday for a visit at the home of Mrs. Jerome Fleming. After a few weeks here they will go to Sparks, Kaj. Miss Granning of Bingham was op erated on at the hospital Thursday morning for appendicitis. 125 TEACHERS ARE ENROLLED INSTITUTE PEDAGOGICS OF COUNTY MEET AT ALLIANCE. Students Enjoy Holiday While Teach ers Attend Sessions Friday and Saturday. One hundred and twenty-five teach ers from the city and rural schools in Box Butte county are meeting today at the high school building in Alliance in a joint institute. The schools have been closed and the pupils will enjoy a holiday one of the two days while their instructors are learning. The teachers enrolled from 8:30 to 9:30 this morning. Following this there was a half-hour talk on "Music," by Mrs. Inice Dunning. Mrs. Dunning explained the teaching of public school music Dr. Dillon, chairman of the state board of health, spoke on "Hygiene in the Schools", emphasizing the fact that every teacher should devote some attention to hygiene in her classes. Miss Clark, penmanship instructor in the Alliance schools, spoke on the importance of this work and methods of teaching it. - Dean Stockdale of the Chadron State Normal gave a short address on "Measuring School Room Products" in which he discussed standards of grad ing and kindred subjects. This afternoon Dean Stockdale spoke on "What Does 85 per cent Mean?", Mrs. Dunning gave some fur ther remarks on "Music" and Miss Clark on "Penmanship." The institute will end with sessions in the morning and afternoon tomor row. The program: Saturday. 0:00-9:30 Music Mrs. Dunning. 9:30-10:00 Primary Reading Miss Hcnigan. 10:00-10:30 When Children Lead Rouse. 1 0 :30-1 0 :45 I ntermission. 10:45-11:15 Values of Education Tests and Measurements Stockdale. 11:15-11:45 The Rewards of the Teacher Rouse. 11:45-1:30 Noon. 1:30-2:00 Music Mrs. Dunning, . 2;00-2:30 Primary English Henl gfcn. - 2:30-3:00 Penmanship Miss Clark 3:00-3:30 I ndividual Problems .in Teaching Henigan. SHOT IS FIRED AT BRAKEMAN ON FREIGHT TRAIN rL, B. ANDERTON RECEIYES A SLIGHT SCALP WOUND Hobo Believed to Be the Guilty Party Police Round Up Floaters, But Non els Held. An unknown assailant, believed to have been a hobo, took a shot ot Brakeman II. B. Anderton about 1:40 Thursday night, while he was com ing into Alliance on the freight from the' south. Mr. Anderton was stand ing on th egangplank between the en gine and tender at the time, and the noise made by the train drowned the report of the pistol. However, there is a bullet hole in Anderton's hat and a slight furrow along his :calp maik ine the rath of the bullet. A few inches difference in aim would huve made the wound fatal. Bur'ington Special Agont German and oiWrers of the Alliance police force made a thorough search of the train and yards, rounding up a num ber of hoboes ,but after examining the suspects, none was held. Exnrcss Company Is Investigating Moving Its Office to the Depot R. D. Patterson, of Omaha, superin tendent for the American Railway Express company, spent Thursday in Alliance. While in the city, Mr. Pat terson investigated the feasibility of removing the company s offices from their present location in the Masonic Temple building to the Burlington sta tion. The Omaha man expressed him self as favoring the idea, and said that if suitable arrangements could be made with the railway company, the move would be made. The company present lease expires March 1, 1922, and if possible the move will be made at that time. Among the Antioch teachers who came to Alliance today to attend the institute are the Misses Smith, Khng- aman, Mowel, Graham and Mrs. Doug- las ana Mr. Messrsnuth. Miss Meta Koester left Thursday 'or Sn Antonio, Tex., where she has accepted a position with a large oil company. DRIVE FOR THE SALVATION ARMY MATERNITY HOME BOX BUTTE COUNTY'S QUOTA IS SET AT $100. Advisory Board Decides to Make Ap peal to Various Organizations of City to Raise Funds. The Box Butte county advisory board for the Salvation army met at the-! chamber of commerce rooms Thursday evening. Thomas Henry of Dea Moines, a representative of the Army, explained the need for funds for the maternity home now under construction at Omaha, and the mem bers of the advisory board present de cided to sponsor a drive lor funds for the Home, which will be made Octo ber 26 to 29, inclusive. lhe tiuota for Box Butte county is but $400 and it is not believed there will be any difficulty in raising this amount. 1 he plan decided upon at the meeting is an appeal to the various organizations of the city for aid. R. M. Hampton was assigned the Rotary club; J. S. Rhein the Lions club; L. C. Thomas the Eagles and volunteer fire department; 11. A. Copsey the Knights of Columbus; W. IC Harper the Odd rcllovvK; Ir. Minor Moms, the Ameri can . legion; Kev. is. j. Minort, churches and theaters and B. J. Sal lows the .Elks. Other members of the board will be assigned the task of securing subscriptions from the members of other organizations. It is understood that where a man is a member of more than one organization solicited; one subscription will be considered suffici ent. ihe following committee was ap pointed for Hcmingford: Rev. A. J. May, Alex Munhead, K. L. Pierce. lhe membership of the liox liutte county committee was announced as follows: Robert Graham, president; J. S. Rhein, vice-president; Dr. H. A. Cop sey, treasurer; Lloyd C. Thomas, sec retary; John W. Gutrhie, Chas. Brit tan, A. V. Gavin, Dr. C. E. Slagle, M. . Miller, Rev. 15. J. Minort, H. K. GiuitJL Dr. Geo. J. Hand, W. R. Harp er, CTo. D. Darling, Edwin MY Burr, li. J. Sallows, K. M. Hampton, h,. u. Laing, I. E. Tash, Glen Miller. For Hemingford Kev. A. J. May, Alex Muirhead and K. L. Pierce. PLAN BASEBALL LEAGUE IN SIX SANDHILLTOWNS DE MOLAY TEAM TO REPRESENT CITY OF ALLIANCE. Sandhill League Will . Operate Next Season Nothing But Sunday and Holiday Games. (Special to The Herald) ELLSWORTH. Neb., Oct. 20 "Big League" baseball authorities say they have enjoyed the biggest season in his tory in baseball and such is also the case in the nearby section of the sand hills. Ellsworth with a population of much less than a thousand, has put out its first ball team fully equipped and unformed, and with a pride snd sup port that even the champ on Giants ave not enjoyed, finishing second in ranK witn competing leams aiong his line, many an interesting and hard fought game has been played on the home diamond witnessed by ranchers vho often times had driven seventy miles for the same. Such has been the interest and ap preciation shown in ball by surround ing towns that a Sandhill baseball lea- cue is being organized for operation next season. Six clubs probably from Whitman. Hvannis. Binsrham, Ells worth, Antioch and the De Molays of Alliance will compose the league. lhe separate clubs are now being organized after which schedule will be made for next season. Whitman iei the bunch this season haivng won 18 out of 20 matched games suffering de feat once to Alliance and once to Ells worth, which finished second with 11 p-ames won and lost 7. The official league secretary win keep batting averages and club per centages same as regular big league tuff and the new state league that is Seinir organized will have nothing on 's, same to be published each issue of Lhe club s local papers. It is planned that nothing but Sun day and holiday baseball will be played and no club allowed more than three salaried men per game. Should a team fail to fill a matched date fines will be assessed against the directors and management of the club at de ault and umpires will have authority 'o banish tiuarrelsome or unruly play ra from a game with the possibility if a fine, not to exceed $5 against such i player. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Pedersen of Mars ind were in the city Thursday on business. Two Crapshooters Pay Fines, Hut Comrade Is Languishing Behind Bars Merle Ellis and Harry Lee, two of the crapshooters who were arrested last Saturday evening while entraired in the laudable work of attempting to separate some Indians from their po tato money, and who, in company with Jack Stewart, were handed packages of $100 fines each in county court by Judge Tash Monday evening, managed to scrape up sufficient money to pay the costs in their cases and an in stallment on their fines, and were re leased from custody late TuesdayJ I hey promised to return at regular intervals and pay $10 a week on the remainder of their fines. The two men also promised to re turn Wednesday and furnish the cash to release their comrade from custody, but luck probably wasn't as good as they had anticipated, for they failed to show up. Thursday night Stewart was still in jail, and beginning to lose faith in his friends. Incarceration wasn't much of a punishment for the two men, for friends besieged Deputy Sheriff Mis kimen for permission to bring them up various delicacies. CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE FOR THE EX-SERVICE MEN STATE AUTHORITIES FORWARD 291 TO ALLIANCE. Every Man Who EnliMted from Box Butte County Will Be Given Engraved Testimonial, Who is it that has the nerve to say that the commonwealth of Nebraska doesn't appreciate the work of her soldier sons? True, the state hasn't kicked in with a cash bonus, the last legislature frowning upon a bill that was intended to give a cash gratuity to every man who went to the colors from Nebraska. In place of this, the Uite solon3 provided that every sol dier in the great, war should be given a handsomely engravejd .testimonial, signed by the governor and two or three other state officers, which should not only show the gratitude of a great state to those who served her well, but also be suitable for framing. These certificates are already on hand, and the . ex-service men from Box Butte county may have them lor the mere asking. They were received in Alliance Wednesday and have been turned over to E. G. Laing lor distri bution. Mr. Laing has them arrang ed in convenient piles and any man who enlisted from Box liutte county will find one of these certificates waiting for him, all ready to take home. And absoutely free, with the compliments of the state of Nebras ka. Thev are handsomely lithographed on parchment, are these certificates, and will show up well on the walls of the parlor or the olnce. alongside ine hicrh school diploma and other memen- toes of a busy career, ine woruing a . .. is as follows: "Militarv service is essentially un selfish service. It implies personal ....... - - hurdshin. discomfort, inconvenience, financial loss, broken neaun ana many other forms of sacrifice, even nntn thi loss of life itself. So Ameri can soldiers, sailors, marines and nurses are the most honoreu or an me people. A Place on the Roll of Honor. "The state of Nebraska has inscrib ed upon its Roll of Honor the same of (and here the name 01 ine recipient is inscribed in nice black ink by a penman who is entirely competent). May his service to the nation in the hour of greatest trial serve to elicit the esteem of all patriotic citizens, ana mav his brilliant acts of devotion to country serve as an everlasting inspir- ition to all loval citizens 01 ine re public to place national welfare above lhe individual selfishness, or personal ea'n. "In willing obedience 10 an act in the legislature at its last regular ses sion, 1, Samuel R. McKelvie, governor of the State of Nebraska, do herewith subscribe my name and have caused to be affixed the great seal of the state of Nebraska, this, the ourtn day oi July, 1921." ... , . The certificate is signea oy uover- . . . r, ; . A I. ... nor MCKeivie, uarius nu Anuwujr, iMTptarv of state, and H. J. Paul, ad jutant general. The state seal, stamp- on in gold, niues a cuupio vi wi-vuiui ribbons. It's a most imposing docu ment, and any ex-soldier 6hould be nrniiii in own one. Twn hundred and ninety-one of these certificates were sent to Box Hutt eountv. Only a few of them have been given out but the rest are rnntv for the ex-soldiers to come claim them, Some of the ex-soldiers are not n-iriirnlsirlv enthusiastic over the cer tificates. One or two of them have mentioned, as they took theirs away, that they would rather have a check, even a small check. But there are women and sweethearts who will treas ure them as of great value, and a safe prediction is that fully half of them will be framed. MUCH GOSSIP IN SANDHILLS OVER OIL PROSPECTS STILL LEASING LAND NEAR LAKESIDE AND ANTIOCH. Rumors That Drillers Are Down at Least 1,200 Feet and Oil Shale Has Been Encountered. Every since the day that the Lair, side Development company, now en gaged in drilling an oil well Mar Lakeside, completed its barbed wir barricade and fastened padlocks to th lipa of the men employed on the drill' ing, no official word has come from Lakeside either of progress in th drilling or of prospects for success failure. For the first month or so foU lowing the erection of the barricade, there was a dearth even of rumors Interest in the oil well died down, so far as the general public was concern cd, save on the part of Lakeside resi dents or a few ranchers living in th vicinity of the well site. The past few days, however, goAsipj has been coming thick and fast. It U known, according to Antioch men, that the company has been renewing its efforts to lease lands near the oil well. There was a large acreage al ready leased, but in the past week: other tracts, at an even greater dis tance from the well in almost all di rections, have been tied up as far as oil is concerned. The company has even gone so far as to take over ft. few pouish leases, which are so drawnt as to cover not only minerals, but oil and gas. One of the rumors which attempts to explain this renewed activity in th securing of leases says that the wig glestick man who located the first drill recently made another trip to Lake-, side, and that he has located other wells in that region. These locations are of course, a dead secret, like every other important detail connected wita the project, but in Antioch and Lake side there are people who believe thai there are half a dozen other wells lo cated, and that if a strike is made at the Lakeside well, the eternal sand hills will immediately begin fairly sprouting derricks. ,., Rumor Oil .Shale Reached. The deepest secret of all, of course. concerns the depth attained by th drillers. Usually they do not begin being close mouthed until they ar down two or three thousand feet, but nt the Lakeside well the men on th job were given instructions to button up their lips the minute the well was down five hundred feet. Rumors will leak out, of course, and while most of them are undoubtedly nothing more than wild guesses, one in a while a rumor proves to be cor, rect. It is well, especially when dis cussing oil wells, to accept every rumor with an enormous quantity salt Gossip current in Antioch yesterday was to the effect that the drillers baa now reached a depth of 1,200 feet, and that they have already touched th welcome shale that gives promise C oil-benring formation lower down. People who put two and two together usually are able to make them add u half a dozen in the oil game. The best indication that there ar good prospects will be found when, scouts from other companies begin pouring into Lakeside and begin buy ing up leases. Until that time, all rumors will have to be accepted at their face value and even after th advance guard of the opposition puts in an appearance, the gossip will still be a long way from the truth. Identification of Suicide at Rooming House Is Stili Unsolved Mystery The remains of the man who com mitted suicido at a local rooming" house Monday by drinking chloroform, were buried Wednesday afternoon. The suicide pave his name at the drujj store at J. T. Long, but he had fp narentlv made an attempt to conceal his identity and this is not believed to be his true name. No relatives have yet been discovered, altho a photo of the man has been mailed to sev eral cities. One call came to the un dertaker from Lincoln, and the sheritt at Blair wants to know if the body has been positively idetnified. Th photograph may be seen by those in terested. , W. R. Harper Resigns I As Venerable Master off Lodge of Perfection W. R. Harper has handed in Ma resignation as venerable master of th Alliance Scottish Kite lodge or per ! fection. The resignation is due to th press of business. Mr. Harper bas ex plained. Mr. Harper has been of con siderable prominence in local Scottish Rite circles, and the success of the bin spring reunion is, to a great extent, ci edited to his efforts. William Kiskis left Wednesday for Bayard for a few days' business trip.