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The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922, December 27, 1921, Image 2

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XJht Alltanrr Hrralb
Entered at the postoffice at Alliance,
Keb,, for transportation through the
tails aj second class matter. -
GKORGE L. BURR, Jr. Editor
EDWIN M. BURR Business Mgr.
Official newspaper of the City of
Alliance; official newspaper of Box
Batt County. I
Owned and published by The Burr,
Prlotinff Company, George L. Burr,
Jr President; Edwin 1L Burr, Vic
The announcement Is made at Lin
coin that no general contract for the
construction of the new state cnpitol
"will be awarded, but that the state
capitol commission will itelf super
vise the work, and thereby effect a
Having of at least 10 per cent George
E. Johnson, secretary of public works,
vand the grand poo-bah as regards the
location of state and federal aid roads,
la also the secretary of the state capi
tol commission, and the chances are
that he will be in charge of capitol
The estimated saving through the
tse of Mr. Johnson is given at a quar
ter of a million dollars. But it is ex
tremely improbable, judging by the
estimates of the cost of roads, whether
there will be any saving at all after
the capitol is completed and the bills
re paid. Mr. Johnson is an estimable
man, and one who takes the duties of
his office seriously, but somehow or
ether, it costs plenty of money to
build permanent roads in Nebraska.
The fault, Is due, in, great part, to
federal officials. It may be that Mr.
Johnson, in building the capitol, will
cut out a lot of red tape, but habit is
, strong within most of us, and the pub
lie works secretary has never given
any indication that he is a superman.
The fellow who bosses the biggest con
struction job in the history of Nebras
ka will need to he a superman if he is
, going to save any great amount of
money at it.
"A week or two ago, the county
Clerks and commissioners met at Om
ttha in annual convention. At this
meeting there were a number of
rpeeches. Mr. Johnson made one, and
o did several other state officers,
The speeches by the hoadliners and
those who spoke highly of state offi
cials were reported by the state dailies
at considerable length. But there were
a few speeches made by some of the
commissioners which received about
two inches in the writeups. Among
these was a calk by a commissioner
from Cherry county.
The Cherry county mandidn't i-peak
about the wonderful assets that good
roads are to the community. He
didn't spread any salve at nil. There
was something on his chest and he
proceeded to get rid of it. -The presid
ing officers of the convention attempt
ed at least four times to stop him, but
without success. The Cherry county
man told of actual experiences in
building roads, and of the unnecessary
expense cause to his people by the
state highway department.
Cherry county planned a twenty
four mile strip of state and federal
aid road. The estimated cost was
around $200,000. Actually the road
has cost over twice that amount, in
exces of $400,000, with some county
money in addition. The state first sent
out a middle aged man as supervisor.
He was an old Union Pacific engineer,
who knew his business thoroughly and
while he waa on the job there wa3
plenty of progress. This engineer wns
pulled off, and taken to Lincoln, and a
twenty-year-old boy placed in charge.
After some months of construction
work, another twenty-year-old youth
appeared. He announced that he was
the federal representative. He asked
the commissioners to drive him over
the project. "I'm the lather,'' he told
them, "I'm going to lath this road."
Lathing consisted of driving over the
route and sticking clown a lath every
mile. ."Some day," the federal repre
sentative said, "there'll be a milestone
where I put these lath." The commis
sioners told him that the mileposts
were all prepared and the party would
jusfas well set them while they were
at it "I'm paid for doing this work,"
the youthful expert said, "and 111 do it
my way." The road was not fenced
and by morning cattle had rubbed
down most of the lath. The expert,
the Cherry county man said, was a
most pleasing lad. He got out. and
opened gates for the party. In every
instance he managed to shut the gate
so that he was on the wrong side, and
each time cnlmly crawled through the
fence. This road was lathed three
times, according to the commissioner
who told the story.
On this twenty-four mile strip was
a bridge across the Niobrara. This
bridge was elated for a cement foun
dation. Another federal expert came
along and this fellow was a sand man.
He had a little sieve apparatus and
after testing the sand announced it
wouldn't do. The sand was used, de
spite his expert opinion, the contrac
tors simply using more cement and
getting the right results.
The Cherry county man said that a
portion of the roadbed was listed as
rock, and the excavators drew a larger
price for working in it The state fur
nished T, N. T. for blasting purposes.
When the supply ran out, the commis
sioners said that this "rock" had leen
always moved with team and plow, and
! so the contractors used this means,
' but drew the higher price for it Clay
was moved at 80 cents a yard; but the
price for moving "rock" was $2.80.
These are some of the facts that the
Cherry county man told to the county
officers in convention, according to
men who Were there and heard him.
The same man who is a part of the
involved system that makes road build
ing ro expensive, is going to save the
state money on its capitol. Maybe so,
but the Cherry county man is from
Missouri, and there are a lot of others.
It's just barely possible that the state
might save money by letting this size
job out to responsible contractors and
holding them to it
The Northwestern' Bell Telephone
company, which has, from time to
time during the past few months, ap
peared before the state railway com
mission and received permission to
hike rates to phone users, is running
up against a snag in its latest efforts.
From' all over the state, from civic
organizations and plain consumers,
there is a loud protest against further
increases for this monopoly.
Aside from the fact that the Amer
ican Telephone & Telegraph company,
its owner, is paying 9 per cent divi
dends, there is a general feeling that
it is about time for the state to quit
guaranteeing returns to large corpora
tions, especially at a time when tni
vate individuals ore drawing smaller
wages, if they are fortunate enough
to be holding a job' at all, and when
the owners of smaller businesses are
glad to break even,, let alone show a
profit on the investment
The telephone company makes the
point that if it cannot show a rea-,
sonable return on the investment, it
will be imDOssible to draw new capi-
,tal into the enterprise, to provide for
J needed improvements and extension of
and Friday, Jan. 5 and 6
its, facilities. The objectors, for the
most part, are concerned with noth
ing but the undeniable fact that the
service is costing more than it is
worth. Independent companies over
the state are able to furnish adequate
sen-ice at a lower cost, and the aver
age man cannot see why a huge con
cern, which should be able to buy
cheaper, should not also be able to sell
The railway commission has here
tofore shown a decided willingness to
grant the requests pf the Northwest
ern Bell Telephone company. . Here
tofore, however, the protests have been
spasmodic and from quarters which
did not count much. This time the
commission will have no doubt as to
the desires of the public for lower
prices, and if, in the face of such a
widespread sentiment, another in
crease, however slight, is authorized,
the public will be heard from and in
no unmistakeable terms. Already
prospective candidates for next year's,
elections are saying harsh things of
the railway commission, and it won't
take much to crystallize sentiment.
Any time that servants of the people
undertake to become masters, it's a
call for action. .
New tricks are developing rapidly
these days, when the lush times of
easy money is a thing of the past It's
harder to get men to loosen, up with
the co'n, and the confidence men are
driven to use their wits more and
more. y ?
A New York da-ly newspaper tells
of a recent stunt to put over sales of
oil stock. Of oil stock salesmen there
is no end, and each new crop seems to
be more ingenious than the one that
preceded it. The article is of value to
Herald readers in two ways. In the
first place, it shows that chambers of
commerce are constantly on the watch
to protect the interest of members;
secondly, it goes to prove that high
grade printed matter has a big value in
helring to put the message across. The
details follow:
Chambers of Commerce rot only
have their work to do, but they have
to stand constant guard against pre
tenders of every variety, including,
usurpers who, with the aid of a '
printer, manufacture a chamber of
of commerce out of paper, ink, and
thin air. ' I
The trick is easy. A good printing
job is preferable, of course, on the
assumption that a letterhead, if of
sufficient quality, will almost carry
conviction of its own strength and
without a letter typed below. To bel
t:iiiini::iiiiitmiir::t-.nnmiiiiin t
sure, a letter is usually added as a
means of conveying the special mes
sage which the letterhead is expected
to carry home. A recent example,!
written as from one secretary to an-
other, offers a wonderful chance to
"shoot a few dollars with us" in the
everlasting hunt for oil, with the'
chance so little emphasis is placen
upon the element of chance that it
seems pretty close to a certainty
that dividends will be paid at a rate of
300 per cent a month.
Sentiment is a wonderful thing, but
it seems that it can be carried to too
great lengths. . Ever since in the
crucial days of the war, Colonel John
McRae wrote the poem about the
poppie3 in Flanders fields, those who
have read it have thrilled to the men
tion of the very word. Poppies have
been manufactured of silk and sold to
help the disabled. The poppy is the
emblem of half a dozen war organiza
tions. And a beautiful emblem it is,
too, carrying with it memories that
thousands of men would love to have.
But there are limits to sentiment,
even over so beautiful a flower as the
poppy, with all its significance in the
world war. The limit has been reached
in New Jersey, where the Sentimental
ist brigade transplanted thousands of
poppies from the Flanders fields. The
flowers grew and multiplied in the
unsightly spots in New Jersey, and the
farmers living near the dump heaps,
together with the city people in their
cars, both street and motor, thrilled
to the sight of them.
The trouble with the New Jersey
poppy fields is Jhat they spread too
fast, and instead of beautifying barren
spots, are now threatening to overrun
good land as well as bad. The federal
horticultural board has declared the
poppy to be a pest, and has ordered
them plowed under so deep that they'll
never rise again. Of course, there is
danger that the sentimentalists will
arise and clamor against their destruc
tion, but it isn't likely that they'll get
very far.
District Judge A. C. Wakeley of
Omaha has done an unprecedented
thing, and it remains only to be seen
whether he will get away with it. In
a suit brought before him by a com
mon law, wife, 'in which she asked a
divorce, alimony and uncovered a lot
of rather sordid details, Judge Wake
ley has entered an order which will
enforce silence upon her.
The case was settled out of court,
where all such cases should be settlerL
In a decree, Judge Wakeley dismissed
the petition, abrogated the alleged!
marriage and enteral a decree in
which the woman. U required to for
ever keep secret airy letters she majr
have received; refraini from, annoying?
or interfering in any way with her al
leged former husband; not try to talk;,
or communicate with him in any man
ner; and, last but by na means ensf
must never repent to anyone the
charges contained; in her original par
tition. The woman's attorney says that hee
believes she wilT live, up to the termsi
of the decree. Should." she talk, it willl ,
be a case of contempt of court. But if
a mere court order ean secure all these"
things, then Judge Wakeley deserves
the credit of a suffering world. He
has Bolved the unsolvable; he has
screwed the inscrutable.
Wouldn't the world be happier and!
a better place to live if all the folks
like Clara Hamon, Harry Thaw's wife
the principals in the Stillman mess,.
Mrs. .Obcnchain and others could be
effectually corked after all the excite
ment is over?
LINCOLN The state aid fund ad
ministered in the legion for needy ex
service men is needed. Four cases
have been observed in Lincoln in.
which the applicants have had their
claims in federal bureaucrats' hands
for months, but have been put off fromi
lime lo ume wiuie uio iiccu icinaiiipu..
An ex-service man working in the
Burlington roundhouse developed'
tuberculosis and was "flat on hi3;
back"' when the aid fund reached nim. .
He was given $9G of the state fund!
and is to receive $48 a month in com
pensation. He was sent to New Mex
ico. Another man who had been trjing;
for six months to get compensation
will be given $50 within two months
from the state fund One other case
is similar.
A fourth man,' ill with heart trou
ble, will receive $20 a month for his
wife to purchase the necessaries of
life. Twenty-eight claims in the state
have been allowed in December. F.
B. O'Connell, state adjutant for iho
legion, says that the state aid fund is
peculiarly valuable to ex-service mens
in these times of scarce money and'
cold weather.
If only what is beautiful and attrac
tive is wicked, then the average girl1
with bobbed hair must be credited with.
an, almost painful amount of right
eousness. Wireless music has been provided!'
for passengers on an ocean liner. One
advantage of this scheme is that there
is nobody to tip. 1
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