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THE ALLIANCE HERALD, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1921. Alltaure Hrrato TUESDAY AND FRIDAY BURR PRINTING CO., Owneri Entered at the postofTiee at Alliance, Keb., for transportation through the tails aj second cla8 matter. GEORGE L. BURR, Jr. Editor EDWIN M. BURR Business Mgr. Official newnpaper of the City of Alliance; official newspaper of Box Butte County. Owned and published by The Burr Printing Company, George L. Burr, Jr, President; Edwin M. Burr, Vice rresident. CAN YOU BEAT IT? Vfe hear a lot of harsh words about union men, especially from those who know the least about unionism, but there is an instance this week at Fre mont that holds a lesson for the de tractors of the laboring men who hold working cards and pay their dues monthly to the organization that is considered a menace by a lot of pood people. Heaven knows we dislike to moralize, but this is an opportunity that it seems a shame to overlook. The North western railroad officials fet Fremont decided to lay off 43 per cent of their men at that place, be- - ginning December 10, and due to the usual slackening of business at this time of the year. There is a seniority rule in effect on this - railroad, the same as on practically all of them. Under the seniority rules, the last man to be hired is the first to be laid off. The Northwestern union men who had been on the job the longest time could, did they desire, permit their less for tunate fellow workmen to be out of a job. But they didn't, and therein lies the moral. What happened was this and is something you won't see in any line of business. The Fremont railroaders Who were entitled to hold on to their jobs voted to accept a four-day week. - That means that all of them, the f el lotts "who were slated for a layoff and the men who could have worked full time, will work only four days a week, taking Wednesday and Saturday as holidays. They'll all make less money, lut they'll all maie some money. Talk about brotherhood but that's " 'what most of us do just talk about it Can you imagine the merchants of feny town throwing business enough to a less fortunate competitor to enable him to keep his head above water? not much! They'd be more likely to cut another notch off of prices and let the poor fellow drown quicky. That, be it Baid, is the extent to which the most of us carry sentiment into business. COUNTING ONE BLESSING. Alliance and Box Butte county are fortunate in regard to the caliber of their law enforcement officers. Some citizens are considerably wor ried about the lock of arrests and pro secutions, and another element is wor ried because of the number of them, which is an indication that something is being accomplished. A review of county and police court records for the past year or two will show that the law-breaking element in , Box Butte county has got the worst . of it. There are some of the viola torsperhaps some of the worst of ,them who have managed to evade capture and punishment, but there Is all the time in the world. Hardly a Week goes by but some fellow is ar rested who never before got within speaking distance of a sheriff or po liceman. . Gradually they are being rounded up. It's pretty plain that the bootlegging element of the county is being put out of business a whole lot faster than new law violators come in Wrj take their places. 1 The credit for this goes to the whole law-enforcing machinery. Chief Jeffers and Officer Stilwell work more hours each day than any other citizens in Alliance. They're on their job, and on to their job. From other towns in the state come stories of waves of crime, of citizens volunteering as vigilantes to round up bootleggers and " thieves, of holdups 'and of rebberies. Did you ever stop to consider how very few of these there are in Alli ance these days? Yet Alliance is a railroud center, with a f.oating popu lation and plenty of hoboes coming in and going out all the time. The secret of our immuity from disorders of this kind lies in the fact that the police officers keep them moving. They ' arent allowed to stay here any longer than the time it takes to catch the next train out. Sheriff Miller and Deputy Miskimen are covering the county with the same efficiency that the city's police cover Alliance. More than that, they help the police in making raids and gather ing in the law violators. The Burling ton's special policemen are also will ing to co-operate with city and county police officials. With all three of them working together, it's " mighty work. How many robberies, murders, or crimes of other sorts have been committed in Alliance in the past two years where the perpetrators got away? County Judge Tash , and Police Judge Berry do their part in the plan to make law violators hunt other quarters. They do it by handing out maximum sentences. From other parts of the state come reports of f 10 which will doubtless be approved with Blight alterations, Ireland is to become a free state, with a status similar to Canada and Australia, the Sinn Feiners having promised allegiance to the .British empire. Ireland will have her own parliament, with perfect freedom in regard to financial matters, save only that her share of the war debt will be determined and assumed. . The treaty is to be ratified by the Irish sWWasWww,wtaqftste, i fines for bootleggers, and of minimum parliament, and then by the British penalties for other offenses. Box Butte county officials handle it another way. Judge Tush practically put an end to the "no fund check" nuisance here by refusing to "compromise with crime." Sidney and other towns are just or ganizing to combat it. County Attorney Basye is another important link in the law enforcement chain. He takes care of the work of prosecution with as much zeal as though he wore drawing the same size salary as the attorneys for the de fense. He has the good judgment not to attempt to secure a conviction un less he has sufficient evidence to put it across. The chief complaint comes from citizens who haven't the nerve to backbone to sign complaints them selves or testify to help secure con victions. The prosecuting attorney, in booze cases, and in a lot of other kinds of law violation, has an uphill job. Box Butte's county attorney haa made the grade. You won't find another county In the whole state of Nebraska with a similar population where the court records will show as many con victions, as many stiff fines' or as great an improvement in conditions iii two years' time. It's a good thing, once in a while, to count our blessings over a few times. Other counties in the state have in efficient law enforcement officers. In parliament, and Ulster, the thorn in the flesh of southern Ireland, is to be permitted a choice between, uniting with the rest of the Irish or retaining her present status. It's victory, complete and unexpect ed, for the shamrock. The world, which has a soft spot in its heart for the Irish, will rejoice with them. Inciden tally, it should make Americans con sider our duty to the Philippines, be fore we have a problem of ouv own in a class with the Irish problem;- hap pily now a thing of the past. Sometimes it pays to call attention to the faults of public officials. Not so many weeks ago, Federal Judge Woodrough' of Omaha presided at a term of court at Chadron. In accord ance with his usual custom,'' Judge Woodrough, who Is charged with the enforcement of the federal prohibition statutes, assessed some very light fines. ' Several cases were dismissed, and In others bootleggers got off with fines of $5 and $10. There was some comment about it in western Nebras ka, and from the other end of the state complaint was made to President Harding. In a letter which was made public, Judge Woodrough was told quite frankly that as an enforcer of prohibition he was a good friend to the bootleggers. He came back with a many places it isn't worth while to lon8? letter in which he a defense arrest offenders, because of the In- o the "Sht sentences at Chadron and adequacy of the punishment handed out. At O'Neill last week, a dis trict judge called the county attorney before him and read him a lecture that must have made his ears redden for a week. This fellow played checkers across the street during the progress of a murder trial, leaving his duties to an assistant who served without pay and without experience. This is a rather flagrant case of inefficiency, but it is typical of what con he done when law enforcement officers have a disposition to shirk. Box Butte and Alliance officials are a totally different breed, and to their constant activity we owe our present peace and security, as well as the diminishing number of law evad ers. The task isn't completed, Omaha. It is worthy -of note, how ever, that at Omaha last week, Judge Woodrough fined one bootlegger $500 for possession of a still, $100 for pos session of liquor; $100 for transport ing liquor, and on top of that, ordered his automobile sold. Another boot legger drew a fine of $100 for trans porting liquor and was given three months in jail. - A TRIBUTE (Denver Times.) The country editor has played a vital role in the development of his country. Too long has he been the object of thoughtless jibes and very thin humor. Of all the boasted free institutions of America the last .. we and could spare would be the free press probably never will be, but it's a great and country editor is the free n,lofn Uv. ,.,v.n t, Press. Remove him and ignorance, ...v.. doubt 8Uspicion and discontent will on trying no matter how many times BOon breed anarchy. There are thoe the results are disappointing. All that sands of him all over this land, taking is needed now is co-operation on the positive stand on public issues, up- part of the citizens of the county. It toldin-- the law an luting for 1 1 ... i ,i , . ' public decency and righteousness dis- wouldn t take three months to clean up Beminating the world's news as well the entire county if the ordinary citi- as printing the family item, interpret zen would lend their whole-hearted int? public opinion and criticizing men support. I onc events. He is apt to be partizan ' - but that is because he is human. He , may occasionally espouse a question- IRELAND FOREVER. ' able issue but not for long; he may ride the wrong horse, but seldom a ah f ,..t, i v. 1 j dead one; he may make mistakes, but All of us who love the Irish and he can b'c foumi'at his desk next day where lives the man or woman who ready to answer for them, loesn't will rejoice in the settlement, ' t the Irish question, which has been ' "With a bowl of water and some called "a great Christmas gift to hu- V0. r,esmone ay coserve wne manity". It's the greatest event in Digest. Huht ' With a bowl of water Irish history for seven hundred years, and a couple of raisins one may ob- A whole line of Irish patriots will be serve the whole cosmic motion. Chi- resting more easily beneath the Irish "So Journal of Commerce. , sod. And a big lot of Irish political We fiaw a picture in fte paper the prisoners, now in English jails, will be other dav of a little eirl te whom John smiling again. It's a splendid thing to D. Rockefeller gave two dimes. It realize that the prayers of a people are may, have been only a coincidence, but to be answered. ",e Btt,uc UdV w,f " 'u Y ""'"'A" TT , ... . ilt , went up one cent. Charleston Ga Under the terms of the settlement, zette i 5 The Comfort Gift Is Slippers FOR ALL THE FAMILY After a busy day at the office or the home what a comfort there is in an easy chair, an interesting book and a pair of our Slippers. i I i i i i i i I i i i i 4 ior juen, women -ana unuaren, in all the desirable colors of felt. You will think a long time J before you will find "a gift that will bring more satisfaction. I I i i i i i i WE HAVE THEM ALSO FULL LINE OF SHOES, BOOTS AND RUBBERS Alliance Shoe Store 305 Box Butte - Allianee, Neb. TlMliiiii UNIVERSAL Christmas Gifts THE PRESENT CUSTOM IS TO GIVE Universi al Gifts Useful things are joy-giving things at Christmas time. Nothing can be more use ful, more serviceable, more in keeping with the Christmas spirit than "Universal" helps for the home. To give a "Universal" gift means giving without mis giving. You'll know it will please and deliver helpful serv ice long after Christmas is but a merry memory. It costs nothing to see "Universal" goods costs little to buy them. Come early while our stock is complete. Gifts That Make a Merry Christmas Last the Whole Year Through. Waffle Irons $12.50 and $16.00 Grills I $11.50 and $12.50 Irons - $ 6.75 and $ 7.50 Percolators $10.00 to $19.50 Coffee Urns $15.00 to $25.00 Heaters $ 9.00 Curling Irons $ 6.25 and $ 6.75 Vacuum Sweepers :.$39.50 Toasters $ 6.75 and $ 8.00 r skmi yfr fffr rvfri rva iS ......... It- Gomes i ftM T .ill 7 LIKE A PRESENT ' from--- OLD SANTA , m $15,000 Distribution OF SAVINGS CLUB FUNDS i Will be made Tuesday, December 20, to our Christmas Savings Club Members. If you have changed your address since you joined the club, please notify us before December 20 so that your check will reach you promptly. N If you wish to leave your money on deposit and per mit it to accumulate, please notify us to this effect and we will transfer it into a Savings Account where it will draw 5 interest until you want it. IF YOU ARE IN ARREARS ON ANY OF YOUR PAYMENTS YOU CAN CALL AND BRING THE PAYMENTS UP TO DATE AND GfeT THE FULL AMOUNT FOR CHRISTMAS USE IF YOU DESIRE. First State Bank : I: I: I; I: I: i; hi -r seldom that a man fractures the laws zul gets away with it. It's real team HWiS '