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Official Taper of Box Butte County
VOLUME XXIX (Eight Tages)
Strange Will Left by Milliona.' .
' and the Want-ad Bride W.1
Flivvered Oat on Him. '
, Dewey L. Russell, recently of Green
Hiver, Wyo., is a Romeo come to grief.
"Young Russell who is a personable
young chap of twenty-two summers,
arrived in Alliance Thursday evening
of last week and late Saturday after
noon was in the city bastile, following
Ills arrest on a charge of writing three
checks on the First National bank of
this city in which, unfortunately, he
carried no account.
Saturday Russell left an unmounted
diamond with the Thiele Drug com
pany, and desired a new setting for it.
lie -wrote a check for $25 in payment
ior the -work, and received $10 in
change Later he cashed a second
check for $10 at the Thiele establish
ment. . He then proceeded to the W. R.
Harper store, where he made a pur
chase, and tendered a $35 check, which
the clerk refused to cash, because of
Its size. The young man then went to
the Thiele store, and during his ab
sence it was ascertained that he had no
ccount at the First National. Night
Officer Stilwell was called and took
Lim into custody.
At the drug store, it was noted that
le had given the name of G. A. Rus
som to the jeweler, but had signed the
checks with the name of D. L. Russell.
He told the Thiele employes that he
was a railway dispatcher, and no dis
patcher in Alliance bears tnat name.
Sir. Russell also got confidential with
the clerks and unfolded to them the
story of what bad brought him to Al
liance, and it was as entertaining a
yarn as they had listened to in years.
A Want-ad Romance.
Russell, at the city jail, was perfect
ly, willing to tell the story of his ad
entures to a Herald reporter. He did
so with a wealth of detail which quali
fies him either as a young man gilted
with splendid imagination, or else the
victim of a want-ad romance which
will cost him somewhere in the neigh
borhood of ten thousand dollars.
TJuscpll aavs that he has been em
ployed since 1917 in the Union Pacific
offices at Green River, Wyo. He has a
sweetheart there, and has planned in
the 'past to marry her. Even now,
that i3 his plan. But there was an in
terlude when he, thought differently.
And this is the why of it, according
to the man behind the bars. I
On August 25 of this year his uncle,
H. L. Campbell of Tulsa, Okl., a weal- i
thy oil operator, died, leaving en es--tate
of around a million dollars, which j
was willed to some twenty-three heirs.
The bequest to Russell, his nephew,1
was ten thousand dollars, but mere
was a condition. This condition was
the sort one reads about in the movies
and the dime novels the nephew was
to be married by December 23. This
crave him less than two months
which to find a bride.
"It wasn't simply a question of
getting married,'' Russell said. "I
could have got plenty of girls to marry
tne for the ten thousand dollars, but I
want to be loved for myself, and not
for what cash I've got I liked the
Green River girl, but I thought I'd look
about a bit"
And so he inserted a want-ad in the
Denver Post The', advertisement he
said, stated that a young man, twenty
two years of age, with a good, steady
job, wanted to marry, and that he pre
ferred a girl weighing not more than
110 pounds. : "D n these big women,"
he declared emphatically.
Fourteen Prospective Brides.
Russell received an object lesson as
to the value of advertising, as well as
the scarcity of young men with jobs,
for he received fourteen replies. He
sorted these over carefully, and shuck
ed out the ones that didn't appeal to
him. He -wrote to about six of the ap
plicants. ''I'm a working man," he ex
plained, "and there simply wasn't time
to keep up a correspondence with four
teen girls."
One by one, Russell diminished the
list of his correspondents. There was
one prospective bride, he confesses,
who wrote a beautiful letter, and he
was greatly attracted to her. She was
employed in the Denver mint, he de-lni-A9.
nml she wrote' that she owned
a Dort automobile. "Along about the
fourth or fifth letter," he saul, "she
told me that she was forty-two years
of age. That let her out I was honest
with her and told my age in the ad,
but she thought she could put some
thing over. 1 don't want to marry my
Russell had considerable pleasure
out of selecting his bride. But there
ricVa tn this method, too. 'There
was one of the girls," he said, "a Den
ver girl, who brougth her mother out
t r pivoi- ami thev were troinor to
marry me to that girl whether I want
ed to or not I looked the girl over,
and she wasn't so worse, but when I
1- nn in. tli nntfl in DM the tWO Of
them, I found they were both smoking
cigarette That setuea me. i fcuajuj
Forecast for Alliance and vicinity
Generally fair tonight and Wednes
day. Rising: temperature Wednesday.
refused!. The pair were Ptill in Green
River, working at a cafe, when I left"
Choice Falls on Alliance Girl.
Finally, after a considerable amount
oi correspondence with the girls Mho
wanted to marry him, and a number
of disappointments ns Via Hiuvivowwl
that this one or that one couldn't
qualify mnd were not able to reach his
Jeal. Russell decided, in favor of a
candidate. This c-irl. he Rnva. live
near quite near to Alliance. He re-
iusea to give ner name, rit Isn't quite
fair to her or to her father," he said.
"The old man trAtH m nrwttv faii
even if he did refuse to cash a check
on my father for me, and got me into
all this trouble."
iRussell says he was laid off at Green
River a few dava int. nnrl ImmArliatalv
headed for Alliance. He had only a
lew days m which to fulfill the terms
of his uncle's will. The Alliance girl
had promised to marry him. "I've got
dozens of letters from her in the two
months I've corresponded with her,"
he says. "Sometimes she wrote as
many as three in one day. She prom
ised to marry me, and I thought that
everything was all set She and her
father met me at the train Thursday
night and I went out there. I thought
she meant business," he said sadly.
The bride, however, in the course of
the next twenty-four hours, got a case
of cold feet Russell is a bit lame, and
it may be that this influenced her de
cision. At any rate, she didn't meet
hira in Alliance Friday afternoon, as
she had promised, and instead sent her
father with his ring. Everything was
off between them.
(Continued on Page 8.)
Income Tax Returns Must Be Filed
by' March 15 Important Changes
in the Revenue Law.
Along with the usual grist of Christ
mas bills, the approaching income tax
payments are helping to take the joy
out of life. A whole lot of people' who
haven't had to make out schedules
are going to get into the game this
year. A new and important provision
.of the revenue act of 1921 is that ev
ery person whose gross income for
1921 was $5,000 or over shall file a
return, regardless of the amount of
net income upon which the tax is as
sessed Returns are required of every
single person whose net income was
$1,000 or over and every married per
son living with husband or wife whose
net income was $2,000 or over. Wid
ows and wndowers and persons sep
arated or divorced from husband or
wife, are regarded as single persons.
Net income is gross income, less cer
tain deductions for business expenses,
losses, taxes, etc. Gross income in
cludes practicaUy all income received
by the taxpayer during the year; in
the case of the wage earner; salaries,
wages, bonuses and commissions; in
the case of the professional man, all
amounts received for professional
services: in the case of farmers all
profits from the sale of farm prod
ucts and rental or sale of land.
With the approach of the period for
filing income tax returns, January 1
to March 15, taxpayers are advised
to lose no time in the compilation of
their accounts for the year 1921. In
the making of an income tax return,
every taxpayer must consider tne
following questions:
Many Questions to Answer.
What were vour profits from your
business, trade, profession or voca
tion? ,
Did you receive any interest on
bank deposits? '
Have you any property from wtucn
you receive rent?
Did you receive any income in tne
form of dividend or interest from
stocks or bonds?
Did you receive any bonuses during
the year?
Did you make any profit on the
sale of stocks, bonds, or other prop
erty, real or personal?
Did you act as a broker in any
transaction from which you received
commissions 7
Are you interested in any paitner-
ship or other firm from which you re
ceived an income;
Have you any income from royal
ties or patents?
Have you any minor children who
are working?
Do you appropriate, or have the
right to appropriate, the earnings of
such children? If so, the amount
must be included in your return or re
ported in a separate return of income.
Did you receive any directors' fees
or trustees' fees in the course of the
Do you hold any office in a benefit
society from which you receive in
come? .
Bill Now Tending to Authorize Cities
to Assess Government With Its
Share of Improvement Costs
Uncle Mose Klnkald, congressman
from the Sixth Nebraska district, al
though not utterly without hope, does
not hold out much encouragement for
Alliance' city officials, who a short
time ago, through City Manager Kem
mish, wrote to him to discover wheth
er there were any way to collect from
the federal government the cost of
paving the streets and making other
improvements around the federal
building in this city. Mr. Kinkaid, tn
a reply to Mr. Kemmish, says that
once on a time the treasury depart
ment was in favor of the government
bearing its fair share of the expense
of these improvements, but congress
has never seen fit to authorize it
There is now a bill pending in the
senate, the object of which is to pro
vide for the payment by the United
States of the proportionate cost of
paving of streets upon which property
of the United States abuts. A copy
of the bill is forwarded by Congress-
man Kinkaid, who points out that
there is little hope that it will become
a law.
The taxpayers of Alliance will, ac
ording to the present regulations of
the treasury department, have to pay
the bill for paving on two sides of tie
federal building here. The total cost
amounts to $4,041.46, with $404.14 in
terest to date.
Mr. Kinkaid's letter follows: ';
"WASHINGTON, D. C. Dec. 29.
N.'A. Kemmish, Alliance, Neb. My
dear Mr. Kemmish: Referring further
to the contents of your esteemed favor
of the 9th mst, written in behalf of
the government bearing its share of
the cost of paving the streets and
making other improvements by youri
city around the federal building at Al
liance, will say, I have had the matter
up with the proper official of the
Treasury Department, and find they
are yet adhering to the practice adopt
ed years ago, not to in any way sane-'
tion such a proposal. However, the
treasury officials did at one time, for
a while recommend to the congress
favorable action by the enactment of
appropriate legislation and the making
of appropriations for the payment of
taxes, the same as if the property of
the government belonged to individ-i
uals, but the conrrress itself declined
to pass appropriate legislation or
make any such appropriations, and
yet adhere to the stand so taken. I
"However, a bill is pending in tne
Senate, which authorizes the cities to
make all assessments and levy all
taxes for the government's share of
the cost of street improvments, etc.,
and I have introduced a like bill in the
House, a copy of which I enclose here
with. But there is only a remote pos
sibility that favorable action can be
secured on such a bill.
"The Supervising Architect of the
Treasury has mailed to the custodian
of your public building at Alliance, a
copy of a printed circular, used for the
purpose of answering such injuiries as
that contained In your letter, and i
suggest that you call unon the custod
ian and ask to be permitted to read
that circular.
"Believing the above fully responds
to the counts of your letter, I remain,
Rehearsals for
" Legion Play to
Start Tonight
Rehearsals for. "The Jollies of
1922", which will be staged. by the
members of the .Alliance- post of the
American Legion 'will start at 7:30
tonight at the parish house of St
Matthew's Episcopal church. The
production will be directed by Chris
Ming of the staff of the Joe Bren Pro
duction company, of Chicago, which
put on the Elks minstrel show here
last year, one -'of the most successful
performances of the kind ever given
in the city. The cast includes some
fifty young mm and women and there
will be two performances, Thursday
and Friday evenings, January 5 and 6.
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
H. O. Mullender.i Anita Nadine, died
this morning at the home in Duncan's
addition, aged twenty-one days. Brief
bet vices will be held from the home at
10 o'clock Wednesday morning, con
ducted by Kev. Stephen J. Lpler. In
terment will be in the Evergreen
cemetery, fourteen miles southwest of
Word was received by Alliance
Masons yesterday of the death oi C J.
Carlson in an Omaha hospital early
Monday morning. Mr. Carlson was
employed in one of the potash plants
at Antioch at the time he affiliated
with Alliance lodge. A. F. & A. M.
Funeral services will be held at Fre
mont, in charge of the Masonic order.
Northwestern Bell Telephone Company
to Be Forced to Live Up to Its
Franchise Agreements.
Alliance is to be given an opportun
ity to present arguments before the
state railway commission against the
application for an increase in rates
at the Alliance exchange of the North
western Bell Telephone company. As
surances to this effect are contained in
a letter received by City Manager N.
A. Kemmish Monday from John E.
Curtlss, secretary of the commission.
The commission's action followed a
protest sent by City Manager Kem
mish, who wrote his opinions in the
matter in very plain words. The com
mission had set Wednesday of this
week for a hearing on the company's
petition for authority to increase rates.
No notice of the proposed hearing was
received by the city authorities, al
though a section in the franchise re
cently granted the company by the
city of Alliance specifically sets forth
that this shall be done, and that in
addition to this, the city shall be fur
nished with a detailed, sworn state
ment of the investments and gross re
ceipts and operating expenditures of
the company covering the year preced
ing the request.
Mr. Kemmish makes it plain that
the city expects to fight the proposed
increase, and he takes occasion to
make a few arguments in his letter
to the commission. The city authori
ties, he said, had but six days in which
to present their case, and he consid
ers that this time is insufficient to
make any kind of a showing.
The city manager's letter, which re
sulted in the promise of a special hear
ing for Alliance rates, follows:
9 Letter to Railway Commission
"ALLIANCE, Neb., Dec. 21, 1921.
State Railway Commission.- Uncoln,
Neb., Gentlemen: We heard yesterday
that the Northwestern Bell Telephone
company had made application to your
lody for an increase in telephone
rates. We have also heard that you
have set December 28 as the day for
. i. - i !, nn thia nnnlirntion. So far
we nave not received an official notice
of this but suppose the same is i.ruc.
V, . T o 1091 thn ritv
v . , j f-onnhiB ' .v. ppoKB lor a lew minutes, .iitrr imw
council of All-ance granted -to taxation n Sheridan county, State Tax t children filed past in single flet
to the Northwestern Bell le1"0"6 Commissioner Osborn is taking steps boyg on one Ride and girls on the.
company containing section six bj t0 we tnat these properties are placed other. As they mounted the platform
lows: -, .. vw(,tern!upo,v tax.roI! and made bear they were greeted by Santa Claus tnd
"That should the N"f,. their share of the expenses of state handed their cards to assistants oirect
Bell Telephone company or its succes and Jocal government, says the Lin- iy behind him. They then filed on.
sors or assigns or ; the city of Alliance co, Sta . past the tree and were each given
at any time during the life oi this, Complaint regarding the omission of J,ack nnej wnh presents and candy,
franchise request a revision oi rates these piant8 fr0m assessment came to Tne distribution took over half aa
which if granted would affect the rates state tax commissioner from an at- hour J !
for service within the city" of Alliance, torney who ascertained that they . Civ Manager N. A. KemmUh, who.
the Northwestern Bell Te ephone or hadnt been listed. Osborn wired to'wag (he originator of the plan, wu
its successors or assigns will then lur- the county clerk at Rushville and got much pieaSed with the way it -aa car.
nish to the city of Alliance a detailed, an answer confirming this report. It rjea out. The preparation of tha'
sworn statement of the investments was explained that assessment returns Christmas sacks was carried out at th
and gross receipts and operating ex- had actually been obtaind from the cubt where the Campfire cirl
penses of the Alliance exchange for owners of the plants, but the assessor worVpH early and late for sever.U days'
the year preceding such request to-
gether witn a true ana cenmeu copy
at such application or reouest'
"This franchise was accepted by the
telephone company on a later date.
"We took this matter up with them
this morning resulting in a long dis
tance call to Omaha and Grand Is
land in which Mr. Haldeman stated
that the telephone company would not
be able to get out the data required
in section six in time for your hearing
on December 28. This leaves us t.b-
solutely without any data upon which
to worn. Perhaps we are a little slow
out here but it seems to us that sev-m
days' notice on a propositon of so much
importance is all together too short,
especially is this true since the tele
phone company ars unable to get the
data to us as required in our fran
chise. We don't see how your body can
expect us to prepare our case in this
short time. Perhaps your intentions
are that we should not. Please under
stand , us. ; We want the telephone
telephone company to have a fair ileal
but ail we ask is the same considera
tion. It does seem to us however that
this is not an opportune time to ask
for increases when nearly every line
of business in the state - outside of
perhaps the railways and telephone
companies, are and have been nearly
on the verge of bankruptcy. It seems
to us that the stockholders of the
Northwestern Bell Telephone com
pany gbould also share in this read
justment process. In comparison to
other lines of bus-mess they have ap
parently fared pretty well.
"We therefore ask that you delay
the hearing on this matter until we
can get our data together and present
our case and ask for a word irom you
along this line, lours very truly,
City Manager.
Can't Postpone Hearing
In its reply, the railway commis
sion declares that notice was sent to
this city, a copy of the petition hav
ing been forwarded to one newspaper
and the chamber of commerce. Inas
much as the hearing set for tomor
row concerns all the exchanges of the
Northwestern Dell Telephone com
pany in the state, it is impossible, the
commission says, to postpone th
hearing, but because it feels that th
company should be required to com
ply with the terms of it Alliance
franchise, offers to grant the city of
Alliance a special hearing.
Just what this special hearing
means Is not made plain in the com
mission's letter, but it is presumed
that no order will be entered in the
case of Alliance until after the city
officials have been heard.
A certified copy of the company's
application was received by Mr. Kem
mish Monday, together with assur
rances that the figures contemplated
by section six of the franchise will be
forthcoming without delay. Mr. Kem
mish, who has had plenty of experi
ence In analyzing figures, expects to
go over them thoroughly and prepare
the case for Alliance.
In the meantime, Alliance will be
represented at the hearing tomorrow
by Attorney Penrose E. Romig, who j
will attend as the representative of,
the chamber of commerce, which for-
warded a resolution of protest against
any increase in rates. The Lions club
of this city also took a similar action.
The following letter from Secre
tary Curtiss of the railway commis
sion gives definite assurances that Al
liance will not be deprived of an op
portunity to make an effective pro
tect: .
The Commission's Letter .
"LINCOLN. Neb., Dec. 24, Mr. N. A.
Kemmish, City Manager, Alliance,
Neb., Dear Sir: Your favor of the
21st instant at hand relative to the
Northwestern Bell Telephone company
for authority to publish and collect
certain definite and specific schedule of
ratej, in lieu of the present basic rate
plus the ten per cent surcharge.
"I notice you offer certain criti
cism of the action of the Commission
(Continued on Page 8.)
State Tax : Commissioner Will File
Claims With Referee in Bank
- ruptcy for Money. ..
Following the ciiscovery" that
rire potash reduction plants at
large potash reduction plants at Anti
t och and Hoffland had not been formal
. . . .....
was not satisfied with the fifrures and
aia not inciuae mem on me dook.. ne
claimed that he expected to make an
examination into the value of the prop
erties later, but forgot.
Almost Escaped Taxation.
Had the matter gone a week longer
until the end of the calendar year.
it would have been too late to add
the omitted property, which would
thereby have escaped taxation for
All of the plants have been idle the
past year, due to the slump in the!
potash industry following the war.
One or two other potash plants in
the same district were destroyed by
fire within the past year or 60.
W. E. Sharp or Lincoln is president
of the American Potash company of
Deleware, now in the hands of a trus
tee, and also of the Nebraska corpora
tion of the same name, which owns
ootash properties at Antioch. lax
Commissioner Osborn will confer with
Sharp and ask him to furnish informa
tion regarding the properties.
Osborn will have to get a claim for
the taxes due into the hands of Dan
H. McClenahan, referee in bankruptcy
by Wednesday, that being the time
limit set for the filing of claims.
Instructions have been wired to
county officials at Rushville to see
that all of the potash plants are
added to the tax lists. The American
plant was valued for assessment in
1920 at $izu,uuu. ,
Kansas Man Is
Seeking Traces
of His Sister
The Herald is in receipt of a letter
from Charles Sturma of Holyrod, Kas.,
who is seeking to discover the present
address of his sister. Anna Sturma,
sometimes called Ella Storm. He last
heard from her in 1898, and at that
time she was employed in the B. & M.
eating house in this city. From there
she went to the McCook county hos
pital, taking a position as a nurse.
Anyone knowing oi tne woman pre
ent address will confer a favor on thel
brother by writing The Herald. I
Twenty-one Hundred Kiddies Mad
Happy by Gifts From Santa
Claua Sunday Afternoon.
Over twe thousand children
made happy In Alliance Sunday even
ing and a crowd estimated at over
nve thousand people attended th flrsfc
Community Christmas tree for thia
city. Hundreds of people came in from,
the surrcundin,r eountW thZll Zz
the surrounding country through
aeep snow.
Huge bonfires at street intersection
warmed the evening air and th
radiant monster "Welcome" sign a
Third and Box Butte avenue cast it
beams on the thousands of people who
took part in the program whlclv
lasted over an hour. The entire city
and adjacent territory furnished par
ticipants and it was easily the biggest
event of the kind ever staged in west
ern Nebraska.
Hundreds of Alliance school children,
grouped in mass formation, sans
Christmas carols under the direction iol
Mrs. Inice Dunning. Music was fur
nished by the Alliance band under th
direction of J. P. Mann. The entire
crowd joined in singing "America" aa
a large American flag slowly unfolded!
his above the brillianty lighted Christ
mas tree, while just above the flag
was hung a beautiful star, "the Star
of Bethlehem." Flag and star stood
out in bold relief during the program,
for a huge spotlight had been placed
on the fire truck nearby.
The beautiful Christmas tree had
been placed in position in time to
chtch the heavy snow of last week.
With its scores of multi-colored lights
and the streamers of lights which led
to the street corners, it was pronounc
ed much prettier by visitors from out
of-town than the Denver tree.
Santa Claus, who was represented
on the program by Lloyd C. Thomas,
arrived in a sleigh with jingling lelt
and a sack of presents, promptly afe
five o'clock, behind a team of prancing
horses, while behind them came two
huge auto trucks, loaded to the guards
with boxes filled with acks of pres.
ents, candy and nuts. r... .
Mayor It. M. Hampton said a lew
words of greeting and Rev. Stephen J,
IL.pier, pasior OI vne tunsuan viiwrcu.
Epler, pastor of the Christian ciiurcn.
other members of the cemmittee wtw
tnnii an active part were: w M.
Looney, general chairman, S. V;
Thompson, Mrs. S. H. Cole, Mrs. N. A,
Kemmish, Mrs. Charles Fuller, H. E,;
Gantz, P. E. Romig, B. J. Sallows,
a v nvm K. 1 Mever. Elliott'
st'rand. Supt. W. R. Pate, Roy Strong
j JnL w. Guthrie.
, srfti hundred sacks of candy and
nuts were leit over from the celebra.
tion. If people living in the country
who w -.-ioie to attend and who
have children will call at the office ot
the Chamber of Commerce they will la
given a sack for each child as long at .
the supply lasts.
Christmas Spirit
Encompases Even
the County Jail
The Christmas spirit this year waa
a most powerful intiuence. It brougn
hundreds of farmers into Alliance tor
the community Christmas proKrW
and cemented more firmly hundreds i c
friendships. It even peneirateuui.
county jail, where Tom Gray, boot
legger, is slowly serving out a fln
that will keep him in durance vile for
a full year, unless friends come to nU
rescue. , ...
Christmas morning, however, th
costs in the case oi the state vs.
Evelyn McElhaney were paui ia. v
was a witness at uu rr
such was entitled to a couple of dol
lars from the county court and Bevea
or eight more from district court, IX
it hadn t been lor tne wnsiuM.
this money would have been apphed
toward the payment of his fines, but
Judge Tash couldn't do it The money
was taken up to Tom in his cell and
he wa3 permitted to blow it in in any
old way that he desired. . , -
Francis Carroll, eighteen-jeAT-oId
youth, drew a fine of $10 and costs
from Police Judge L. A. Berry thia
I morning, on a charge of intoxication
He was crested Saturday night by,
Officer Jeffera and StUwelL w ,

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