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TWICE A WEEKTUESDAY AND FRIDAY Official Paper of the City of AUlaae VOLUME XXIX 'LfiSs ALLIANCE, BOX BUTTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1921. No. I COLORED MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT OF GASH SAY HE DREW OUT SAVINGS AC COUNT OF FRIEND. James Howard Arrested When He Re turns to Alliance Clad in Silk and Fine Linen. Jame. Howard, colored, who return ted to Alliance a week or two ago with a trunkful of silk underwear, fine linen, pleasing combination! in heek wear and other haberdasher' delights, is today being held in the county jail, awaiting a , preliminary, hearing in ounty court on a complaint charging Aim with forging the name 'of Curtis Thomas Brown, also' colored, .to a check for the cash balance, represent ing tho. last cent that"Curtis Thomas Brown had in his savings account at a 1oa1 bmk, the offense taking place on July 20 of this year, according to tue couipiaint. ' ' Howard was placed under arrest Saturday evening, following an inves tigation held at the bank, in which he wrote his own name and the name that lie is charged with forging. The officers say that the handwriting will be a strong count in the evidence gainst him. Howard came to Alliance about the 'first ot May of this year and accepted -employment at the sand pit, in the Burlington yards. The records show ithat he labored but nine days in May ana seven days in the month of June. The rest of the time he was the guest of his roommate, Curtis Thomas .Brown, who paid the room rent and the grub bill and now and then lent 3iim spending money. "I was better to that boy than I ever was to either one of my two brothers," said Brown to County Attorney Basye. Drew Out Savings. On Juy 20, following a long period of idleness, Howard announced that he was leaving the city. He did leave. So far as his friend Brown knew, he didn't have an overabundance of cash. Contrary to his usual custom, Howard didn't borrow a stake from .liis friend. He mounted the varnished ars or the dusty freights. But he came back within two months, dressed in a retplendant out fit that included silk shirt, silk tinder wear, splendid brown oxfords and a suit of a pleasing color. He told large tales of a dusky damsel in Chicago that he had captivated, and of a $l0 diamond that he had purchased for her. And he left again. He reappear ed later with other tales of rides on the cushions and pf seeing the world. He came back the third . time two weeks ago. And all this time Curtis Thomas Brown had neglected to look at his .savings book. He had been in the habit of making deposits with some regular ity. He brought his first stake with -him when he came to Alliance at the close of the war, and had deposited it in a savings account, and had added to it from time to time. After his part ner left on July 20, it was nearly' a month before he made another deposit, .placing $40 to hrs credit. ' He handed ever the book to the teller and didn't ee that the book had been balanced .and that his account was drawn out on July 20, the date, his friend left .Alliance. He has been saving for a .thirty-day vacation in Chicago. Last Saturday a letter from his .mother sent him to the bank. He in tended to send her a check for $50, but discovered that the bank's books cred ited him with only $40. He was th under struck, amazed and several other things. He was shown a, check, supposedly signed by himself, which had been drawn July 20 lor every .cent he had on deposit. "Yes, that my -writing," he told the bank officials, 'hnt. I nvir cot the money." . that Howard had left the city on the ame day that the money was with drawn. This fact, coupled with the fact that Howard had known of the existence of his savings account, was deemed sufficient to hold him for in vestigation. ... , . . When examined Dy me uiucna, Howard maintained that tne money ne ....... - . . - . . , i .had flashed and which nnancea nis trip to Chicago in Juiy naa peen won ova TKin rama a night or two Deiore ne left. l.ady l.uck naa oeen rignt mi Iiim. At Omaha, at Chicago and again at Cleveland she had repeated. The .AfTirer suggested that he write his rT"- " . V i i. i v.. ...:.u own signature and that of Brown, and the resemblance between Brown's sig nature, as it appeared on the check which had been cashed and as he wrote it for the officers was so marked that it was decided to hold him. Brown's signature, as written by the man who cashed the check, was almost identical with the original, showing that the man who drew the money had done a whole lot of practicing. It is understood that Howard, on hi return to Alliance, boasted to friends that he "shook down" Brown for some money. The officers believe that his last return t the city was with the intention of trying it again. Howard bears a remarkable resem . 1,1:ti to his'alle'.red victim. The tw The two 1 .1 "men are of medium height and the ?anie thade of chocolate brown, and vmVss a man were well acquainted with both purt-es, it would be uimcuit Ao distinguish thein. Fair tonight ' anight. Special Agent Short Tnis Week Receives a Merrited Promotion Special Agent W. S. Short of the Burlington, whose headquarters have been at Alliance for the naat ver. was called to Chicago the last of the i ween ana given a merited promotion, with a higher, rank and a greatly in creased territory. Mr. Short will be special agent in charge of the Hanni bal, Borokfield, Centerville, and St Louis divisions' and terminals of the Burlington, and the G. O. K. C. rail roads He will leave Alliance Wednes day for Hannibal, Mo., his new head quarters. L. t. Ames, present spe cial agent at Burlinirton. la., will mw- ceea Mr. Short at Alliance. George L.' German, assistant chief special agent of the Burlinirton. with headquarters at Omaha, has resigned, it is' announced, to accept a similar position with another-road . Mr. Ger man has been in charge of special agents on Burlington line west. Sd- cial Agent Stamper will succeed him. Uunng his residence in Alliance, Mr. Short has won the regard not only of hi employers, but of the Alliance and box Butte county police officers, whom he has assisted on numerous occasions, ihere has been complete harmony among the peace authorities of the county, and by working to gether, they have accomplished good results in keeping the railroad yards and the city of Alliance cleaned up. G. W. Johnson has been lavin&r off for the last few days on account of illness. HEMINGFORD PILFERER WAS A HUMORIST LEAVES A CHEERFUL NOTE FOR HIS VICTIM. Helped Himself to Watch Belonging to F. E. Anderson Thurs day Nij;ht. Hemingford last week entertained unawares, in the person oi a genial thief who signed himself as "Mr. Roy McMann." .No citizen of that town has been found who knows anything! concerning the identity of Mr. Mc Mann, but. the latter left unmistak able traces of his visit to the shop of F. E. Anderson some time last Thurs day evening. Mr. Anderson came to Alliance Friday afternoon and told the story to Chief of Police Jeffers. It seems that in that peaceful town. where crimes are few, Mr. Anderson has not been fearful of his property. Thursday evening he left his watch on a workbench or a showcase. He is not certain whether he locked the door. But when he came down Friday morn ing, the watch was gone, and on the bench, written in an ornate handwrit ing, with flourishing capitals was a message from the man who presum ably appropriated it. The message was written on the back of an order blank, and read as follows, the spelling and capitalization being preserved here as it was found in the original: "This You See Rember Me, Mr. Roy McCann the World Wonder and Boot Legar Who Has Traveled From Cost to Cost Ha Ha Look Me Over Boys." The order blank, which called for a suit of ready made cothing, had also been filled out in part by the waggish hobo. It called for a suit of clothing for a man thirty-two inches tall and McMann has placed his name in all the blanks, including the date line. He had also filled up four or five lines by repeating, in his ornamental script, the sentence, "When This You See Re member Me." The missing watch is described as a seven-jewel, 12 site Elgin, works No. 23931494, with nickel Crown case No. 2256C9. Mr. Anderson was unable to place the man who signed himself as Mc- 1117 XI Mann There have been a number of floatcra in Hemingford during the spud picking season, and Thursday , ht AV.rai thm were in his place of business monkeying around, A number of these left the city that night, and, so far as he knew, McMann was one of them. He was not certain whether the place had been locked when he left, but he was sure that he had left the watch on the table and that it was gone when he showed up. Chief Jeffers is now the possessor of the facetious note. The Alliance chamber of commerce at its Monday luncheon voted to send a delegation to bcottsbluii next week to invite the Nebraska fotato Grow- era' association to hold the 1922 con vention in this city. A. H. Groves is chairman of a delegation that will present the invitation. The spud growers' association was organized at a meeting in Alliance, and although subsequent meetings have been held in Scottsbluff, it is believed that the ' ..Ml I ,,i . ii iiouiiu jfiuvers lou upon All ance's invitation with favor. The i convention this year lasts three days find tne attenrnce is estimated at li rom 300 to 500. Forecast f orK -and Wednesday j-"; AID FOR THE RED CROSS IS COMING SLOW NOTICEABLE TIGHTNESS FOUND BY SOLICITORS. Campaign to Continue All This Week and Close With a Tag Day-' Drive Saturday. The annual Red Cross roll call In Alliance, started Monday morning. The eity has been divided into districts and assigned to various, committees, and the canvass for members is now taking place. The membership solid tors are making fairly good headway, but nothing like the enthusiasm of the days of the' war is manifest. .There are very few contributions larger -than a dollar, the price of a yearly mem bership, and many who contributed to the support of the Red Cross work locally in other years have so far fail ed to come across. . . u The reason for the difficulty in securing . members, asida from the present financial situation,. Is found to be that there seems to be a general impression that the Red Cross . has finished its work, now that the war is over, and that the money does not stay in Alliance. A large proportion of the dollar contributions remain here to be used for. local relief: and in larger contributions, practically all is used locally. There are still a number of Claims of ex-soldiers which remain to be pushed through with the parious government departments, as well as several families of ex-soldiers which require releif until government aid can be secured.' ' .- At the Imperial Sunday evening. Lloyd C. Thomas, in n four-minute ad dress, summarized the reasons for a Red Cross roll call in Alliance, ls fol lows: My friends, there is one institution in this county which deserves the sup port of every man, woman and child, it is an institution which extends its good" work into every state, countV and town in the United States The lied Cross. Perhaps some of those here tonight dr. not realize that the local chapter of the Red Cross is now actively en gaged in looking after deserving and needy cases, that local men and wom en are giving of their time and efforts n behalf of . our ex-service men-rk those who so faithfully and unselfishly went forth when the call came to de fend our country and our homes. Much Work to Do The local Red Csoss isnow looking after the claims of nearly eighty ex service men; it is providing the fam ilies ct ex-soldiers with the needful clothing and provisions; it is contin ually looking after new cases which are being brought to their attention boys who are now classed as drifters who were torn from their homes I y the call to service and who have since been , drifters, unable to obtain food and employment. Ihese men apply to the Red Cross and are assisted to a new lease on life. Those of us who have plenty to eat and wear are prone to close our eyes and minds to the fact that there are many who are today living from hand to mouth not knowing, many times, where the next meal or bed is to be found. But it is the truth, and we as loyal citizens must not and cannot iirnore the fact that we must and will do our share to alleviate the sufferings of those who are more unfortunate. One case being looked after by the local chapter is that of a young man who was formerly a local boy before the war. Service in the trenches re sulted in disease, causing gastric ul cers of the stomach. This ex-soldier is here in Alliance today, with a de pendent wife and boy. Although his claim for government aid was put in in January, 1920, he has not yet re ceived a cent from the government which he served so faithfully and his wife and family are being looked after by the local chapter of the Red Cross. It is hoped that the promised govern ment aid for this case will soon come. for it "ertinlv deserved. 1200. Members Last Year There were 1,200 members in the local chapter during the past year, Robert Graham is chairman; Judge E. Tash is vice-chairman; Mrs. George L. Burr is secretary: Dr. II. A. Cop- sey is the treasurer; Mrs. E. L. Potarf is the roll call chairman for the cam paign which opens tomorrow (Mon day) morning with a house to house canvass. Our neighboring towns, in cluded in this chapter Hemingford, Antioch, Lakeside, Ellsworth and Bingham, are all organized and will join in the campaign. Next Saturday will be tag day. The annual member ship fee is only one dollar, a large portion of which remains here to be used in the good work. ine saivauon Army camo to us a few weeks ago, requesting us to raise; $400 for their work. Box Butte coun ty raised that amount and donated to them a carload of our excellent pota toes, worth $000, in addition. Now, my friends, I am here tonight to urge you to get behind our local organization and put this annual cam paign over this week in grand rtyle. Dig down into your pocket; when you are called upon, hand over your dollar with a glad smile, and help put Box Butte county "over the top" again with a larger membership than last year. Let'i go! PROGRESS IS REPORTED ON G-P-G HIGHWAY EXPECT IT TO BE IN SHAPE FOR , TRAVEL NEXT SEASON. . v ' 1 1 I Rente Now Completed From Corpus Chrirtl, Tex., te Dead wood. Says President Qodamsn. A general review of progress on the G-P-0 highway has been received by W. F., GytnaeT from S, P.. Godsman, of Burlington, CoL, president of the highway, association, in which it is in timated that the highway will be in shape for travel next season, says the uaraen county news. The letter in part follows? Th Milt fa now - " " . uwtv win ii c iivin Cwpus-Christ!,. Texas, to Deadwood, & D. North of Deadwood to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, the route is as vet indefinite. Owing to the Bad Lands it may possibly take in Mon tana. This route was started in July, 1921. , Certified articles of incorporation are being recorded in counties in Col orado, Nebraska and Oklahoma. In Colorado it is a domestic, non-profit corporation. , lhe insignia is also incorporated. It consists of a white background thirty Inches high, six inches wide with plain black block letters G-P-C arranged vertically, six inches high four inches wide, three inches between letters, lines seven-eights inch thick. Above letters is an arrow for turns. Black spaces in letters from use of stencils should be painted in to make the letters appear solid. Commercial clubs in each town see to the marking. if there is anything you know or can da about completing the road north of Deadwood, S. D., and bring ing it to a finish, this should be done. We must get the road completed as eurly as possible now so we can begin our advertising campaign for next kummcr's travel. Advertising commit tees has been directed to arrange ways ar.d means. Meetings held during the past sea son ut Tulia and Lubbock, Texas; at Holyoke, Jule;burg, Wray, Burlingion, Colorado; and at Broadwater, NeJ biaska, were all very well represents), and successiul. Much enthusiasm pre vailed. We have a thirty mile stretch of road north of Wray, Col., which needs attention but it is passable although somewhat rough. Condition of road reported fairly good in Texas all the way through to the Gulf. The sand hills between Alliance and Broadwater, Neb., are traversed by a fairly pass able road. The road is graded prac tically ail of the way with the excep tion of two thirty-mile stretches from Amarilo, Texas, to Deadwood, South Dakota. Garden county, Ne braska, has spent $30,000 on this road directly south of Oshkosh and every indication is that they will be able to spend $40,000 county money and $40, 000 state money on a new double track concrete and steel bridge lVs mile from Oshkosh in the next few months. A copy of the route through Colorado has been filed with the State Engineer Promise of state and federal aid in Colorado has been secured but it will take some time to get the appropria tion and spend it for actual improve ments. We are advised they have finished organization through South Dakota but we are unable to get vhe names of towns north of Deadwood. We have not had much success in North Dakota to date. A large road meeting is to be held at Big Springs, Texas, some time in the spring and it is desirable that some of us be pres ent. The Texas organization is al ready well along towards actual pub licity work on the G-P-C and they have shown splendid spirit, as has also Nebraska and Oklahoma. The Jeffer son Hitrhwav. some hundred miles east running from Canada to St. Joseph, and New Orleans, is our nearest com petitor. . We have a good connecting link between Yellowstone Park and the Black Hills, two of the greatest scenic attractions in the northern United States and our route is the most direct one from Canada to the Cotton Belt and the Gulf. From the best infor Llmation, the highway is 1,715 miles in lanivili win. fdirrn. fVii-iuH in I?PffiflH 11.11. W.l M. uaa uur ..... w That part ot the Puget Sound to the Gulf hiirhway from Amarillo, Texas south to Corpus Christi on the Gulf, has bene designated the permanent route of the G-P-C lusrhway. Outline maps will be prepared as soon as we can fret definite informa tion concerning the route north of Deadwood, S. D. These will be avail able for distribution. It was decided to put off national advertisintr until the route was com pleted through from Canada to the Gulf. The selling of advertising along the route has been taken up on private responsibility but none of it as yet is official, although no doubt later on it will prove of benefit when official ad vertising is started. Mrs. D. E. Purinton returned Sun day from Lincoln an1 Kansas City accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Chamnus of Urichsvilla, O., and two brothers. Clint and I-oy Bevaril of Idaho Falls Idaho. The boys left Tuesday for their Idaho home. They are farmers, and report a yield of twelve thousand bushels of potatoe from a fifty-acre held. City Manager's Corner (By N. A. KEMMISH) Yesterday we nearly got writer's cramp signing the $200,000 school bonds. The last of thpn not be paid for thirty years. While I writing away we tried to imagine what Aiimnce wouia iook nxe some thirty years hence. When we stop to think finance is only about thirty vara a ill . . . r . old. In this short ti me it h a rmvfi from a small prairie village to a city of the first class. We are prone to let our little troubles befog our eyes so mat we ao not see. the great oppor tunities about us. While our taxes may seem high we are . thousand times better off than many other cit ies. , i - Alliance ' has nearly . passed through her cowboy and homesteader days. We are now approaching the second 1 stage in ' her development. There is not another eitv of our ale in Nebraska having such vast empire pi H.'ucBuy. unueveiopei ana unexplor ed at her door. We have untold re sources which we do not realise are about us. . Let as forget our troubles and spend our time in helping those about us develop this vast' empire. Let us co-operate with them as they need our help and we need theirs. There is no reason why we should not make Box Butte county known as f The Home of the Seed Potato" for all Am erica and Alliance the greatest seed potato center. If we will but just look forward and press forward workiiur harmoniously together there is no rea son why Alliance should not grow greater in proportion during the next thirty years as it has in the past. It will never come however if we simply set down and wait. This will only come about by constant and concen trated effort on the part of every in dividual to keep boosting for Alliance and Box Butte county. WOULD TAKE. CHAMPIONSHIP FROMALLIANGE GERINQ HAS AMBITIONS IN THE GRIDIRON CIRCLES. A (fiance Relieved to Have Northwest- ' tin lvVbral:a Title Cinched by Record of Games. 1 """" "" After it was all settled in the mindj of Alliance that the local high school football team was undisputed cham pion of northwestern Nebraska, there arises a new claimant in uering, which has a no-defeat record for the season. Gerinir managed to defeat Scottsbluff Turkey day by a It to 13 score, in one of the tightest games of the season. This leaves the Gering team undisputed champions of the North Platte valley. State press dispatches indicate that Gering is inclined to contend with At liance for the western Nebraska title. The team has hot been walloped, but there is a 13 to 13 tie with Sidney against them, a team that Alliance de leated easily, 83 to 6. Judging by the records against different teams, Alliance should easily win the north western Nebraska honors. No gamewas scheduled between AI liance and Gering this year, and it is possible that one may be arranged to settle the question of superiority definite v. lhe Alliance team Is rest ing on its record, and Alliance boost ers believe that it s up to uering to demonstrate. Alliance suffered but one defeat this year, at the hands of Anslev. which is not in the northwest ern Nebraska league.' This was early .n the season, and local gridiron sup porters are ouite sure that if a sec ond game were staged, the result would be different. Supt. A. G. Smart to Escort Foch Over Burlington Lines General Superintendent A. G. Smart of the Burlington, with headquarters at Alliance, left Saturday for Billings, Mont, where he will meet the spe cial train carrying General Ferdinand Foch of France. He will accompany the special on its trip over the Burl ington lines, which will be from Bil lings to the Ctow agency in Wyoming, and then back to Billings, from which point General t oca will proceed to the Pacific coast. The special train, which is under the supervision of a Pennsylvania railroad official who was in charge of the rail roads in trance during the war, con tains the finest railway equipment in the country. Each railroad over which ne train passes furnishes an official representative, and Mr. Smart has been selected to represent the Burling ton. The trip over the road's line3 will include a visit to the famous Cus- er battlefield, it is said. FARMERS' UNION STOREHOUSE ROBBED Some time between Saturday night and Monday morning, thieves broke into the storehouse of the Farmers' Union association and took ten sacks of flour. The lock was broken off the loor. No trace of the thieves has been liscovered. . TO ORGANIZE ALLIANCE FOR CHARITY WORK1 .nrirrv ,, " iS0C,ETY FORMED AT MEETING HELD MONDAY NOON, Representatives From Various Organ . nations to Have Place in Bras of Chamber of Commerce, At a luncheon held at chamber ( commerce headquarters Monday noon to which a number of interested peo . pie had been invited, a charity or ganiiation for Alliance .was formed, to be sponsored by the Alliance com mercial organization. . Every church club, society, lodge or other organ! ation which does any charity work will be invited to have a represent tive on the general committee, which, will formulate plans for securiar funds and will direct the distribution of the money, clothing and food whicA is donated. There was some ' discussion as ' tOi the plan for the organization, but every speaker endorsed the idea of central organization to handle all of the charitable activities of the city. County Commissioner George Dun can told of the county's activities along charitable lines. At present tK board of commissioners is 'supplying three families with food, and paying; two women mothers' pensions, th total at present averaging $40 a month. This about half what It has been in former years. President Glen Miller mentioned tho present duplication of effort and tho more efficient distribution that could be secured through organized effort. le suggested a general committee . with representatives from all interest ed organizations in the city. Rev. S. J. Epler endorsed this idea, and aug gested that the committee be under the guidance of the chamber of com merce. Similar views were expressed by Rev. M. C. Smith. City manager Kemmkh suggested. that the organization be a sort of a clearing house for getting in touch with those who desire assistance, and that the various organizations then take care of their members. This would eliminate duplication, and at the same time place whatever finan cial burden there might be on tho people expected to bear it. Kev. Andrew Dodge also spoke in, favor of some sort of a central or ganization, suggesting that the details be worked out by the committee. The motion was put by Lloyd C Thomas, and was adopted. The commute, so far as at present known, will consist of the Alliance. ministers; Commissioner Duncan rep resenting the (ward of county com missioners; P. E. O., Mrs. Sam Tillett: city of Alliance, City Manager Kem mish; w. V. w., Mrs. weison; t. A., C. M. Looney. The Elks, Red Cross, several railroad unions, and other fraternal societies are expected , to have representatives. Mrs. Lloyd Thomas, secretary ot the chamber of commerce, has an . nounced that other organizations in, the city desiring to be represented on. the general committee will be road welcome. Those interested are asked to communicate with her. A meeting of the general commit tee will be called in the near future, at which time plans will be perfectoq for carrying on the work. Antioch Boy Lost a Finger While Playingr Little Harold Herian, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Herian of Antioch suffered the loss of a finger Sunday mornJeg while playing with some other child ren. They were playing at the water tank and the little Herian boy wa chopping the ice with a hatchet and accidentally hit his little finger on tho left hand, cutting it so badly that it had to be amputated at the second joint. He was brought to Alliance for medical attention. Alliance Special Agents Help to Capture Bootleggers Special Agentw7 S. Short of the, Burlington, with his assistant, Ser geant Martin and Chief of Police L. M. Norton of Crawford, on Monday arrested Louis Henderson in a bunk car in the Crawford railroad yards, and captured two gallons of moon shine whisky. They later arrested Ernest Gorhan in a Crawford room ing house. Gorhan was alleged to have sent the liquor to the bunk ear. At the hearing Tuesday morning be fore Judge E. E. Gooch, Gorhan was fined $50 and costs and Henderson was assessed $25 and costs. Word reached Alliance relatives Monday of the death of Albert Had ley, a Box Butte county pioneer and an early resident of Alliance. Mr. Hadley passed away at the soldiers' home at Hot Springs, S. D. Mrs. Fred Hadley and son, Fred, of this city, and Mrs. Violet Shanks of Bridgeport, were with him when the end came Other relatives live in Alliance.