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Official Paper of Box Eutte County TWICE A WEEKTUESDAY AND FRIDAY Official paper of the City of Alllanc VOLUME XXIX rANCE, EOX BUTTE COUNTY", NEBRASKA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1921. (Sixteen rages) No. S V GET TOGETHER ON A ROAD PROGRAM FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND BUSINESS MEN IRON OUT DIFFICULTIES. To Recommend Road Up the Track to Hemingford May Throw Support to Broadwater Road. One of the biggest forward steps taken in. Box Butte county in years came Thursday afternoon, when the county commissioners ' and , Alliance business men, who have been at log jgorhead3 over a road building program .for the county, got together, ironed out a'J their differences, and decided to .get together on a ' program that will mean the building of roads in all parts of the county. The meeting was held at the instance of the commissioners, who returned a few days ago from a a trip to the state convention of com missioners and clerks, where they got a lot of inside information on the way to make progress. Shortly after their return, they invited the warring cham ber of commerce faction to meet with them, and the result was a completely harmonious meeting which evolved out of discussion an agreement that should mean much to the future of Box Butte county; The county's road program, as -agreed to by the three commissioners and a delegation of twenty-five or thirty business men and citizens in cluded several important road., over -which there has been almost endless discussion durnig the past year or two. -Among the routes agreed upon was the .Alliance-Hemingford-Crawford line. An agreement was also reached in re gard to the attitude to take toward the Morrill county situation, which has turned out a puzzler. The keynote of the session was ut tered by Commissioner Cal Hashman. Chairman Duncan had called on two or speech, butall of them had declined the honor. He. then turned, to -Mr. - Hashman, and asked.ini to say a few MTirfla "I heliev we've all done too much talking," was the only response lie got, but it was all that was needed to get the men present on a friendly footing. ' The nemingford Road. The agreement of first importance to Box Butte county was in regard to a route for the Alliance-Hemingford- Crawford road. This has been the ause of most of the scrapping within the county. A year or two ago the commissioners suggested two or three and routes, to be inspected by Division Engineer MeLean. Mr. McLean want ed to sell one of the state's supply of ' war tractors, and he did it, and at the same time gave his approval to a road to Hemingford that has since been known as the Hashman road. This entered Alliance from the north, and passed through a farming territory. The Alliance road boosters conceded it was a needed road, but declared that a through road should go along the Bur lington railroad track. Acting under authority from Division Engineer .McLean, the commissioners proceeded to build the road. After over $2,000 Jtad been expended on it, the state au thorities this summer announced that It would not be approved for state and federal aid. Commissioner Hashman proceeded to get out a petition, which was signed by over two thousand resi dents of the county. This was taken with the commissioners when they vent to Omaha and Lincoln last week. They discovered, after talking with officials from other counties, that pe titions counted little with the state board, and decided not to submit it. Later, they decided that the war had srone on lone enough, and that it was time to make a strong effort to get all the road factions together. The Hemingford road was respon sible, among other things, for a most unpleasant meeting at Hemingford a few months ago, when Alliance road boosters, who went there to arrive at a compromise, found that supporters of Commissioner Carrell were not dis posed to agree with them on anything. Carrell Solves Problem. It was Commissioner Carrell him relf who suggested the solution of the Hemingford road problem. He sug gested that the commissioners desig nate the route along the Burlington track for federal aid in the bad spots, This started the ball rolling. Within ten minutes a comprehensive road pro jrram had been mapped out, by-genes were by-gones, and there wa3 nothing but co-operation apparent. Commissioner Cal Hashman sug gested the course of action in regard to . south road. Some months ago, Alliance road boosters went to Bridge port and were responsible for ending a deadlock in that county. The under standing was that a road connecting Alliance and Bride-eoort WOuld be built. Later understandings were that this road would be built to Angora and then follow the Burlintrton tracks to the county line. Bridgeport road en thusiasts secured a right-of-way for this road, and one nltrht came to Alli - anee, got two commissioners out of bed and hal them sign a statement that - - (Continued vn -Page 4) - THE WEATllEV, Y For Nebraska: Fair tonight and Saturday; .colder tonight, rising tem perature Saturday afternoon northwest portion. Strong southwest winds this afternoon decreasing tonight. Purported Will of Charles Coker Not Admitted to Probate County Judge Tash Thursday re fused to admit to probate the pur ported last will and testament of Charles C Coker, who committed sui cide in Alliance some weeks ago fol lowing his arrest on charges of arson and cattle theft The will, as filed for probate, consisted of the last sheet of a letter written by Coker to his brother, W. S. Coker, shortly before he took his life, and discovered by the attorneys who went to look for him on the day his trial was slated to come up at Bridgeport. The letter, it Is understood, consisted of several pages in which he told his brother of cer tain bills that had been paid. The last sheet said that he wanted a cer tain farmer to have one thousand dol lars of his . money. This sheet con tained Coker'a signature. . The court rejected the purported will and refused to permit It to go to probate for the reason that the docu ment did not conform to the statutory requirements for a will, in that it was undated, unwitnessed, vague, indefinite ; and illegal. OMAHA BANKER TELLS OF WORK OF LOAN AGENCY JOHN FLANAGAN ADDRESSES MEETING OF BANKERS Expect to Week Loan a Million Dollars From Now Until the First of July. '"John Flanagan of .Omaha, secretary of the "waf finance corporation of Ne-- orasxa, auuresseu a met; ting cu ien- tv.fivo i-PTiroapntnt ii'P from eleven hnk in hU territory at the Palm banks in this territory at M m Room or the Alliance hotel lnumlay evening. Representatives i from the four Alliance banks, theSeneca State . bank, Bank of Hyannis, BanK or "mir-i ham, Lakeside fetate, .Angora onu iiM. own ou "" "4ible The salaries paid, including Hemingford were present. officials and others, amount to but 52 v..-.....v..v. ". local association, to be known as the Box Butte county bankers association, Harris, vice chairman and Charles Brittan, secretary-treasurer. These men, with Bankers Barneby of Lake side and Potmesil of Hemingford will form an advisory board, which will meet four times a year, according to nresent nlans. The Nebraska corporation secured $1300,000 in loans last week, and ex pects, to make a record of a million dollars a week between now and the first of July. Any of the banks which had representatives, present at the meeting are willing to explain the plan to those interested. Mr .Flanagan, in his address, said that although only about $3,000,000 that although only about ?j,oou,uwj nn educational rally at the churcn schools, and that the university exer had been brought into the state al- Sunday night at 7:30. -The speaker of ! cises oniy an indirect authority. That ready by the Nebraska organization, the occasion will be the Reverend F. L. 3 the university controls the Alli- lt naa matie a uisunci cnange in me feeling in financial districts in Omaha, South Omaha and Lincoln and that "we are going to load up Nebraska with money." He said that there is no limit to the amount that can be borrowed by either state or national banks and that there is plenty of money $800, - 000.000 now available at Washington' and probably half a billion more if needed. in mis country rne uauiLs are in good shape," Mr. Flannigan, said. "Our best.paper is from the cat tle country. We have only made two loans in the Alliance territory to date. We want loan applications. Send down your paper." lie explained vnat me loaning oi money would stop on July 1, 1922, un- les3 the present law was amended and that banks should nave tfteir applica tions in and approved before that date. He also explained that the rate or in terest to be charged banks depended upon the rate charged their customers, only a 2 per cent margin being allow- (Continea on rage 4.j Auto Electric Service Shop at the tJuick Garage The Auto Electric Service Shop is now open for business at the show room of the Buick Garage. The new electrical battery and repair shop is managed by B. W. Keach, who has had fifteen years experience, having re ceived his training: at the U. S. naval electrical school. Mr. Keach, who is well known to Alliance patrons, makes a specialty of motor repair work and rewinding motors, and has new and complete equipment for repairing, re building and recharging batteries. He is distributer in Alliance for the Exide battery. PHONE COMPANY WANTS TO KEEP PRESENT RATES WILL ASK CONTINUATION OF 10 PER CENT SURCHARGE. Application to Railway Commission to . Make the Present Increase a Permanent Affair. The Northwestern Bell Telephone company, which owns the Alliance ex change, has prepared an application to the state railway commission asking that body to make permanent the 10 per cent surcharge allowed in Decern- J ber, 1920, as a temporary relief for six months, and again, in July of this year, extended for another six months, there is any sentiment in favor of The last six months will be up the first lowering wages of teachers among any of the year, and the company, in it great proportion of the citizens. If petition, sets forth that this increase there is, the citizens have kept re in rates is necessary if the company i markably quiet about it, for not a to make a profit on its investment. If member of the boerd recalled a single the railway commission does not see fit to allow the continuance of the 10 per cent surcharge, a revision of rates will be asked. . S. B. Windham, local commercial manager, says that the company de Bires that the application shall have full publicity. "The company doesn't want the public to think that it is try ine to Dut over anythine without giv- KS JTw rt'.' JvMSJhiHJ!Lt 2 an EtSLn? i5 m profit on it 'investment and JUrts sum is insufficient return. .VnitTl u PaYt"t:rilv &nJT: .P'. ! . . . . . I. L . I IIL io oe H.r.mu" !2 !?2yV.BA "'"l . Cv.v., norae uDjeciions tijiecKu. I The telephone men - are expecting . some objections on the part of the Dublic. especially their patrons, and are prepared to answer them. For in- stance, it i3 pointed out that stock of the American Telephone & Telegraph company, of which the Northwestern Bell is a subsidiary, is selling away above nar. at 160. and paying ier inn .livMonrlc Thin mnv he true, it ls pointert 0lft( and at the :Bame timeout jn the'mine towns to grade tcach- the Norunvestern ueii may not . uw uavin adequate returns. 'The Am iri- can concern is composed of a number of com nieB some of which may be exceeUingly prosperous, while others are just thfl opposite. ; I So far as trying money by a de- . salaries is concerned, phone orTicials say that it isn't hardly feasi- per cent or tne expense, nu vi una - cent 70 nt is paid to the Llt the lowest waces. A salary cut wouldn't accompusn sufficient saving to meet me aenc.i. The rest of the money spent by the for materials and sup-, nlie. and there isn't any way in which! 1 the company can reauce-uus xpcnc. ThAV nr eomDeiied to nay what the manufacturers demand or go without. Educational Rally at Methodist Church On SlindnV EveninCT vnouimaJ 1-,vcmu , . . The Methodists of this city will hold uaglev or tne Doarti ox euucaiion ui the Methodist church. Mr. Bagley is a pleasing speaker and has had large experience in educational and public 'work. j -rhe Nebraska Wesleyan University, as manv know, is raising an endow- ' ment of a million and a quarter dol iars m this state at the present time. Alliance will be as loyal to the educa- tional institution as any town in the state, but with the church building on its hands, still uncompleted,, it prob- aDiy win not gei in on uieeiiuumcinithejr control lies in tne system or ac at the present time as the other Meth odist churches are doing, but it will do its full share when it gets on its feet again. But the public should be fully informed about this most important part of the church's program, and thii will be their privilege Sunday night. Highland-Holloway Stock Purchased by Reuler's of Denver Earl D. Mallery, trustee for the bankrupt Highland-Holloway company stock, on Thursday of this ween ar ranged a sale of the stock to Reuler's of Denver. H. J. Maas arrived in the city this morning and has already made plans for a sale of the stock.' It is announced that when the stock is disposed of, Reuler's will open a branch store in this city in the old Highland-Holloway location, with Mr, Maas in charge. The new store will handle ladies' ready-to-wear and mil linery exclusively, and a complete stock of high grade merchandise will be installed. Reuler's now operate a chain of fifteen stores in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. ' ' r- i Have, your seats reserved at Hol- Eten's for "Nothing But thu Tiuth NO DECREASE IN SALARIES OF TEACHERS SCHOOL BOARD NOT IN FAVOR OF ANY REDUCTION. High School Instructors Slightly Below and Grade Teachers a Trifle Above Average. There is no sentiment among mem bers of the Alliance school board in favor of a reduction in the salaries of teachers in the city's schools it was discovered when the board, at a recent meeting, discussed the situation from a . number of angles. Further than this, the board does not believe that objection. " The matter was brought up during . discussion of an attack upon the chool svstem of the stata bv A. N. Mather, a Gering banker, Mr. Mather made a number of charges, some of them quite unpleasant, and the mem bers of the board were inclined to think that most of them were consld erably bverdrawn. The board's decision in regard to fcPinE eir present status was innuenced by a comparison of the , M to teacherTin cities in A"iance's class, where there are from thirty-six to fifty teachers. Alliance ort teachers on the iist. '.There are.eight cities in the state Which are classed with Alliance, in- eluding Bla'r, Columbus,' Faubury, Falls City, McCook, Nebraska City Plattsmouth and University Place. Al- liance ranks second in number of pupils, fifth in the number of teachers emuloved. and third in the levy requir d to keep the schools running. In the nine schools in this class, the aver asre salary paid to hich, school teach eVg is $1,657, as compared with I 1.548 in Allionxo wM1 the nvnfflirA Knlnrv era ts si,ij7, a comparer wun in Alliance. Hiirh school teachers in this town draw salaries" below the average, while the grade teachers are but slightly above the average, for the nine cities. A comparison of the sal- ariea paid teachers of various high Krv,nnl mhiocts shows that Alliance is. in most cases, paying less than other cities of the same class. Salaries Slow in RMng. Alliance citizens will recall the fact that it hnn nnlv been ilurintr the nast year or two that salaries for teachers nere were as nign as in otner cities 0f this class. Now that they are on a nnr. the hoard does not nrooose to nut Alliance at a disadvantage in compete mg Wltft 0uier scnoois ior nign graae instructors. As one of the board put it, "A cut in salary at this time would mean that the schools will go back ward five or ten years. We can t af ford it-'' The board also discussed some of Banker Mather's -charges that the schools were controlled by state and .university authorities. It was explain- led that the state superintendent nas absolutely no authority over the city ance schools throwgh its system of ac crediting. Alliance is on the list of accredited schools, and it must meet the university's requirements. If not, its graduates will not be admitted to the university save on examination. The requirements for an accredited school are that high school teachers have a university bachelor of arts de- frroa nrwl tenrViera in the DTfldes must h trraduates of normal schools. The j un;Versity or state authorities have ,nthinw tn uv a. to salaries naid. and crediting only. The requirements they make are those that the school authori ties would enforce, anyway. The local school board na3 everyming io say about the .way the schools are conduct ed, it was declared. Spud Benefit Play- at The Imperial Next Thursday Eve The SDud benefit' play. "Nothing But the Truth," will be presented at the Imperial theater by a cast of high school Dlavers on next Thursday even ing, December 22. The proceeds of the performance are to be devoted to clear- ! .1.1... 1 1 log up uruia imiCTiieu uj uiv pitruv management of the spud, tne nign school paper. "Nothintr But the Truth' is a three- act comedy, dealing with the tribula tions that ccme to a broker when he makes a $10,000 wager that for twen tv-four hours he will tell nothing but the tnith. His first truthful state ment bankrupts a half million dollar concern. His wager causes him to have a fall-out with his sweetheart, makes domestic trouble for his part ners.and plays hob generally, but when the twenty-four hours are up he man ages to straiphten out most of the ttJi'gles by a series of white lies. Herman-Winters Assault Cause Up in County Court After a delay of several weeks, the case of the state of Nebraska vs. James Winters came to trial in coun ty court Wednesday morning before Judge Tash, A good sized gallery from Heminirford was present to hear the details of the battle between two potato buyers. The complaining wit ness, Emit G. Herman, testified that Winters had feloniously assaulted him on October 14 last, with Intent to Uo great bodily injury. lhe testimony was quite interesting, indicating that the battle had some of the earmarks of a footrace. Judge Tash discharged the defendant, holding that the state had failed to prove the assault charge. lhe battle originated over a waeer concerning a carload of potatoes pur chased by Herman. Winters had of fered to bet a thousand dollars that Herman would lose $100 on the deal. The two men went to the bank to get certified checks for the wager, but the bank was closed. Later the two men met and Herman insinuated Winters was bluffing. Ibis winters took as a deadly insult. lie removed nis coat and glasses and, declaring that he would "lick hell ' eut of Herman, proceeded to attempt it. Friends sep arated them before any damage was done., Later the two men met and tangled, Winters kicking at Herman as he passed him. Herman declared that Winters drew a knife, but. this was not substantiated. '. . . RANCHERS MUST AGAIN REGISTER CATTLE BRANDS THE FIVE-YEAR REGISTRATION PERIOD ENDS JANUARY 1. No Matter When Brands Were Record - ed, Owners Must Take Steps to Protect Themselves. Renewal of cattle brands registered with the secretary of state must be made next year, the five-year period of ' registration closing January 1 1922, Darius M. Amsberry, secretary of state, announced recently, says the Lincoln Star. Those cattle owners who nave individual brands registered with the state must renew registration next year to keep them in force, even if the brand was registered as late as De cember 30, this year, according to Mr, Amsberry. Between 7.000 and 7,000 individual brands are registered with the secre tary of state, it was stated, and this number does not represent all the brands in the state. A fee of $1.50 for five-year "protection" is charged for registration, with A fee of fifty cents ior renewal. It is pointed out that the "protec tion" is not one aiforded by the state, the state being an agency only as an official recorder. The registration is conducted and maintained by a cattle owners association, working In con junction with the stockyards at Oma ha. An instructor is maintained at the stockyards to inspect the brands of all cattle that come to market for sale. This inspector visits the secre tary of state twice a year to check registered brands and obtain copies of new ones. The purpo.e of the registration i to provide against sale of cattle at the yards with brands that do not coincide with those of the owner sell ing the cattle, it is explained. For in stance, if a load of cattle comes to the market for sale, and included in the load are two or three head with brands different frqm those registered by the party selling the stock, these cattle are singled out and, unless the Keller can show a bill of sale of the cattle in question payment for these cattle is sent to the person who has that brand registered. In the event the seller was the rightful owner of the cattle, the one to whom the payment was sent, in turn must send the money to the man who marketed the stock. That the system is one of great sav ing to the members is indicated in the frequent memler of cattle that get to market with questionable sales records. On the other hand, it is stated, the occasions are numerous when member ship would have saved the sale of cat tle but no brands were registered for trace. Last Chance for Ex-Soldiers to ' Save. Insurance Any soldier, sailor or marine who had war risk insurance and let it lapse, except those receiving compensation for a total permanent disability, can reinstate. Lx-soldiers have until De cember 31, 1921, to do this. This is the last opportunity, and they are ad vised to attend to it at once. The U. S. Veterans Bureau, Kearney, Neb., will furnish particulars. Clarence Basker, of Casper,' Wyo., formerly of Alliance was in the city the first of the week visiting friends. He returned to Casper Tuesday. InnTAniAiio um i nuuinmna will UNDERWRITE THE FOOTBALL TEAM FINANCIAL BACKERS OF LOCAL GRIDIRON WARRIORS , Entertain Football Squad and Seen4 Team Wednesday Evening, WUk Unl Coach Speaker The Alliance Rotary club has under taken the underwriting of the Allianc high school football team for the com ing season, it was announced at Uv Wednesday dinner of the elub. Mm bers of the first and second teams tad) Coach Prince were guests of honor the occasion, and the club was able ta secure the presence of Coach Dawso of the University of Nebraska foot ball team as a feature of the dia per. Coach Dawson made the addrest , of the evening, and for nearly an hour talked to the football teams about th suoject that was nearest their hearts Rotarian E. L, Meyer explained th decision of the Rotary club in regard! 10 standing oacic or the team next , year. Alliance has, in the six years it has had football, risen to among the top-notchera in western Nebraska he said, and under present conditions mould be a strong contender for ta state championship. Due to the x pense, however, it has not made any efforts to secure games with the strong eastern teams, and until the last year or two its record did not entitle ft to a place on their schedules. Now, how ever, the team ranks with the best et them, and the oniy stumbling block to games' wun such cities as Nortl Platte and Lincoln has been removed. The Rotary club has agreed to stand back of the team financially, and will guarantee to get the crowds to make the games profitable, or will make ua the deficit. Coach Prince has already taken UP with North Platte and Lincoln the question of games with Alliance, and while no definite decision has been an nounced, these cities are considering tne proposition rayorabiy. it is be lieved that Alliance will get to the. top in football circles with the proper kind of backing, and it will be no fault of the Rotariana if encouragement Is lacking. x Dawson oives Advice Rotarian Meyer concluded his ad dress with some good thoughts on playing the game in school, and urg ing football players not only to keep on with their studies, but keep up with them. This theme was developed by Coach Dawson, who made the kind of a talk to the football players that he U in the habit of making to gridiron war riors et Nebraska. Mr. Dawson spoke of Nebraska a rank as a great university; of the sup port it is receiving from all over th state, the same kind of support tba Alliance . Rotarians are giving their football team. He urged the football boyi not to consider going to any other school, saying that they eouldj have ample pride in Nebraska' ttai versity. He contrasted the eastern, universities, with their endowments, t the Nebraska institution, supported by an entire state. He told how the west ern universities are gradually taking the pick of the professional talent from, the eastern schools, and how they are gradually coming to the front in scholastic and athletic circles. The balance of Coach Dawson's talk was regular football exhortation, that put the desire to fight into not only the football boys, but the Rotarians aa well. He told the players what game ness meant, and how the true grlo iron warrior regarded his studies in the same light as he did his football op ponents, as something to be conquered. It was a remarkably interesting ad dress, and at its close the football boya delivered a bunch of cheers that made the rafters rock. Following the address by the unlver sity man, the thirteen letter men on the Alliance squad this year held an election for captain, Frank Daily being elected by an almost unanimous vote. The thirteen letter men, Frank Daily James Fowler, Raymond Brown, Rob ert Bicknell, Newman Kilgore, Cecil Beal, Fred Purdy, Bernard Nolan lister Herman. Martin Brennan, Seth Joder, Ralph Garvin and Leslie Mis kimen were then introduced by Coach Prince, who told of each mans posi tion and his record. Burlington Officials Coming to Alliance On Inspection Trip Hale Holden, president of the Bur lington system, and E. P. Bracken vice president, and staffs, left Denver Wednesday for an inspection trip over all northwestern Burlington ' lines, planning to stop around Hardin for some time, where the new branch line of the Burlington will soon be com pleted. This extension will give con siderable' more oil businesto the west end, even though the line when com pleted will be but little more than thirty mile in length, the territory covered is a very rich oil field and is alo within reach of farm lands. The above named officials will visit the'Alliance division on the return trip which will probably be about the first of next week. '