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i -J Official Paper of Box Butte County TWICE A WEEKTUESDAY AND FRIDAY Official Taper, of the City of Allianc V VOLU1UE XXIX (Eight, ALLIANCE, BOX BUTTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1921. No. 10 7 J ,2. '1: 1' J ) if i H ,5 ; t A. i i PHONE COMPANY HAVING TROUBLE AT RATE BOOST TWENTY. FIVE CITIES JOIN TO, FIGHT THE REQUEST. State Railway Commission Shows Disposition to Make the Com pany Prove Its Case. Prospects that the state railway commission would grant the request of the Northwestern Bell Telephone com pany, which owns the Alliance ex chancre, for an increase in rates are aiot so bright since Wednesday, when : braska will .become new tfloomnelds," h hearing at-Lincoln began. Somel" Stugh said in arguing his twenty-five towns are banded together!'0"- JLMtETO JSwiSt in opposing the increase. P. E. Romig "y' "ffipH thl .is representing the Alliance chamber ",TLVo it Si EPZLJi of commerce at the hearing. The city ?'0UJ lmJ a$ely turn to federal of Alliance will be given a hearing at,C0S.r ,G. M later date, due to the fact that the 1 J"1 ultfS nS ! telephone company failed t f unush , 2 the city council with a copy of its ap - nnii it -Derating exoenses lere as nrovided e5J 2J tloS w- in a liaiRiiioc icvcuwjf 5iuubcu mg company. There is considerable feeling in Alli ance, as well as in other towns over the state, over the 'application, and there is already talk of a county tele phone company, such as is now operat ing in Hamilton county. In ' other : ows threats of a telephone strike are made openly. ciiy wianager Kemmish, who has re ceived word from telephone company officials that the figures called for by th franchise are being prepared and will be sent to him as soon as possi ble, is counseling moderation. "We want to go on the theory that the railway commission will treat us fair ly," he said, "and not run hog wild until we have something to get wild about. We Have been promised a spe cial hearing, and it is noted that the - railway commission has decided to extend to other towns affected by the increase the same privilege of calling for figures from the company." Commission to Investigate. 7 The. state' railwaycommlasion will conduct a thorough investigation into 4A iiAcf ond affifl'oniv tf AnAfotl'mi .1 v iviib uiivt vii itJt 1., wfitww. 1 i m . " . WWIF iwiviil .uatus; c tiiu.iu.t . cnuvi m of the Northwestern Bell Telephone sell, young Green River,. Wyo., youth. !the movement There was discussion company, rather than rely altogether who last Saturday Passed worthless by Cubs Brittan, BAsye, Rhein, Gra n figures presented by the company checks for $25 and $10 at the Thiele nam Guthrie and Dr. Francis, one of to prove why thk 10 per cent sur- drug store and later was caught when tne visitors, and the club finally vod charge now charged should be con- he attempted to pass one for $25 at to lay th,e matter on the table. This, tinued, according to H. G. Taylor, the W. R. Harper department store, j jt was brought out by the discussion, chairman of the commission. Had the law remained unchanged, was not because the Lions are opposed The Northwestern Bell Telephone Russell would be even now in the ! to jt but they feel that it is a matter company of Omaha must furnish any data on local exchange revenues, and investments that communities may de- mis morning, Douna ior ureen juver, mand before the Nebraska railway where his job is waiting for him and, commission will set a date for the he hopes, a certain girl whom he came hearing on its application for a new near losing through his philandering, permanent rate schedule incorporating The heart affairs of Mr. Russell a, 10 per cent surcharge in the North colored by his inspired imagination, Platte territory where is serves 103,- made interesting reading during a dull O00 subscribers. I week in Alliance. He had a story of It is probable that more details as to an inheritance of ten thousand dollars Derating costs will be requested to contingent on his marriage by a cer show that figures of the company for . tain date, of a want-ad romance with -irATntinr nnrniu arm tint Viifrhor than an Alliance hi eh School girl Which they should be, either during the pres ent hearing or after its close. It was brought out Wednesday In cross examination of Guy H. Pratt, vice president of the company in charge of operation, that the cost of phone service to the" public was SO per cent higher than in 1914. v E. M. Morsman, attorney for the company, stated that wages paid the cpef ators made up a great part of the expense, and that they were paid a minimum of $10 per week. He fur ther stated that the company would welcome an investigation into the reasonableness of the girls salaries. "Why lay the high cost altogether on the 'widows and orphans,' Thorne Brown, member of the commission, asked him. "Don't you think the sal aries of the general officers might have some effect on operating costs?" Big Depreciation Fund. . Other facts brought out: The American Telephone and Tele graph company, which owns all the stock of the Northwestern Bell Tele phone company, is paying and has paid lor years 9 per cent on it3 own CtOClCa The Northwestern BelJ Telephone company about January 1, 1921, ab sorbed the old Nebraska Telephone company. The company, which serves the peo ple of Nebraska, has a reserve fund to cover depreciation of its property of 814,000,000, or nearly 20 per cent of . . . i rr-i m i t i tne total vaiue. xnis iunu nas oeen built up from the earnings. Expert testimony by a company en- ' gineer was that the property today is worth 85 per cent of what it would coit to reproduce it new, so well has it been maintained, in addition to the creation of a large depreciation re- The annual cost of maintenance and the amount set aside for depreciation amount to 42 per cent of the annual revenue of the company in Nebraska. The Northwestern company buys cractically all its material and supplies from the Western Electric company, , which also is owned by the American At noon Thursday- ihi Northwest em Bell Telephone company concluded its showing before the state railway commission in support of its applica- THl THER Forecast for V , i fair tonight and S, Colder Sat urday and north. .rtion tonight. Strongs-northwest winds tonight, diminishing by Saturday morning. tion for a continuance of the 10 per cent surcharge on exchange rates in NV" D,!cember 3L . aims icii, uie aiLtinuon session open to attorneys and other representatives of twenty or more communities in the state which are demanding that the surcharge be dropped the first of the year. These towns have formed a committee which is fighting the con ti nuance of the surcharge. ' i Strikes Are Threatened. "Unless the surcharge is discontin ued until the commission finds whether it is actually necessary or not, from sixty to seventy exchanges in Ne- 7 : " " ' , V, "Ca V.iT, Pf cent, Morsman said. If we a are we limited m money-making times, should not be cut off from rever revenue in such times as these." Morsman resisted the motion to dis continue the surcharge with the argu ( Continued on Page 8.) LEGISLATURE SAVED BACON FORJUSSELL CHANGES PENALTY FOR WORTH LESS CHECKS. His Offense, Formerly a Felony, Now Ranks as Petit Larceny Al . lowed to Return Home. ( t It was the Nebraska state legisla ture, which at its last session passed air -amendment to the law relating to the uttering of bank checks, which StPFIfUHl 1T1 ATlfl SaV6U DeWeV Ll. KUS- county jau, awaiung inai m unsritv court As it is, he left Alliance early flivered. and he told his yarn with a wealth of details. Russell cut quite a' different figure in county court before Judge Tash Tuesday afternoon.. His voice was tremulous and he was inclined to snivel just a trifle." "But," he said weepingly to County Attorney Basye, "The man I passed the check on said he wouldn't prosecute me. Won't you give me another chance?" The tears trickled down his face during a good share of the proceedings, during which Russell several times promised to be good and never do it again. , Change in the Law. Had Russell Dulled, his little stunt just a few weeks ago, it would have been Denis for him. As it is, the legis lature, in amending the law, made a distinction in the size of the check. Under the old law. the uttering of any worthless check was a felony, and pun ishable by a penitentiary term. Under the amended law, the distinction is tne same as between grand and petit larceny. No check written by Russell was for an amount greater than $35. Had it been larger, he'd have been out of luck. Under that amount, the max imum sentence was a fine and ninety days in jail. Tuesday afternoon. Judge Tash sen tenced the youth to thirty lays in the county jail. Thursday mdrning an other letter from his Green River sweetheart arrived, which mentioned the fact that his old job as engine dispatcher for the Union Pacific was open to him, and Judge lasn, con vinced that he had been both punished and scared, and that hi3 repentance would last at least until he was out oi the city, permitted him to leave on payment of the costs in tne case. Russell paid a visit to The Herald office before leaving, and .unfolded a few more of his future plans, saying that he intended to go from here to Green River, Wyo., and from there to Tulsa, Okl., to see the administrator of his uncle's estate. , He says he in tends to sue the estate, if the adminis trator doesn't kick through with the ten thousand dollars left him by his uncle. He evaded funner questioning by saying that publicity, woultL inter fere with his plans and that he had already told more than was good for nun. .. . . . . LIONS FAVOR A SPUD EXPERT FOR STATE NORMAL ENDORSE PLAN OF PRESIDENT R. I. ELLIOTT. Chadron Man Makes Vigorous Talk on the (rowing Importance of Seed Potato Industry. The members of the Alliance club, at their regular weekly dinner at the Alliance hotel 'Thursday evening, passed a resolution endorsing the plan of President R. I. Elliott of the Chad ron state normal to install a seed po tato expert in the school, following an address by Mr. Elliott. The club also discussed the petition for a county agent, now being circulated in Box Butte county, favoring the matter, but declining to take action, on the ground that this was a matter for the farmers to decide. Robert 1. Elliott of Chad ron, Dr. Q. H. Steven of Broken Bow, Dr. A. H. Francis of Lincoln and Dr. H. E. Smith of North Platte were visitors. - Cub Lloyd C. Thomas reviewed the steps taken to date in Alliance to de feat the application of the Northwest ern Bell Telephone company, which has asked of the state railway com mission to increase rates. The city of Alliance, he said, has gained permis sion for a special hearing, following the submission of certain data relative to the cost of doing business in this city, and provided for in the franchise recently passed. The chamber of commerce has sent a representative, Attorney Penrose E. Romig, to attend the hearing which started Wednesday. There is a disposition, Mr. Thomas pointed out, to drag out the hearing. This will work to the advantage of the telephone company. It is expensive for the smaller cities and towns to maintain a representative at the hear ing, while the telephone company isn't worried at all. Cub Charles E. Brittan brought up the matter of the county agent for Box Butte ounty. He stated that peti tions are now being circulated, signed by 150 farmers, requesting the com missioners to employ a county agent fik Pltain mala o mntmn tt Anlnfe. , wmch concerns the farmers particular ly, and that they should De allowed not only to have the lead in the movement, but to decide whether they want a county agent. Seed Potato Expert. President Robert I. Elliott of the Chadron state normal made, an inter esting and vigorous talk concerning his plan to install a seed potato expert at the Chadron normal. He discussed the growing importance of the seed potato industry in western Nebraska. He said that it was possible for twenty-five or fifty times as many seed po tatoes to be grown here, the soil and high altitude being favorable to the growth of the highest grade seed po tatoes. K. L. Pierce of Hemingford (Continued on Page 8.) Property Owners . Object to Gosing Big Horn Avenue A remonstrance, which is being pretty generally signed, is being circu ited in Alliance this week, protest ing against the closing of Big Horn avenue between D. and Eighth and Twelfth street north of those two blocks. St. Agnes academy recently filed a request with the city council that this be done in order that it might extend its proposed school build- incr over on the streets. Ihe council discovered at the time that the city water mains are now located on Big Horn avenue and Twelfth street north of block D. and that Twelfth street is the main crosstown connection, find the matter was laid over. The remon' strance points out that the closing cf the street is likely to interfere wnn fire protection and that people living .. r.. . . . to the north of the academy wm le greatly inconvenienced. Candle Service At Methodist Church Sunday Evening There will be a New Year's candle light service at the Methodist church Sunday night at 7:30. The opening service will be as usual, then all the lights will be turned out except one lighting a cross. A large candle will be lighted in front of this cross Twelve girls, representing the twelve months of the new year, eaoh carry ing a candle, will light their candles from this one, while the minister ex plains the significance-" "each new month. Music to interpret the ivm bolic acts will be played during the entire service. ROtARIANS HEAR ABLE DISCUSSION OF DISARMAMENT REV. STEPHEN J. EPLER TELLS OF COST OF WAR. i Alliance Minister Points Out What Could Be Done With Money Now Devoted to War Purposes. Rev. Stephen J. Epler of the First Baptist church of this city was the speaker at the Wednesday evening din ner of the Rotary club. L. L. Ray mond, Scottsbluff attorney, was pres ent as the guest of one of the mem bers, as was H. F. Anderson of Mis sion, S. D. Mr. Raymond told of his first trip to Alliance, by ox team, and discussed briefly the changes that had taken place in thirty years. Mr. An derson greeted the members of the club. i Mr. Epler discussed the work of the arms limitation conference, now in session t Washington. He said, in part: . i "My subject will not be announced, for if any of you have been bored by my remarks during this Christmas season, you already are aware that I have only one subject to present You are permitted to guess what that sub- L ject is. Your guess may be a little nearer than that of the school teacher who said, Johnny, I know what you had for breakfast this morning. It was egg, for I see some on your face.' Johnny replied, 'Teacher, you're mis taken I had egg yesterday morning.' The one message is the message of good cheer, or 'Peace and good will to all men.' "It was my earnest hope that the conference on limitation of armaments could be able to announce as a Christ mas present to the world that an agreement had been reached whereby the possibility of war would be min imized to suchn extent that nations would have no fear or suspicion of each other. Certainly we are in need of a perpetual peace among all na tions. ! ' :. , ''. War a Menace' to Civilization. ListCirto General Jehn J. Pershing, who, in an address delivered in New York in 1920 said, 'Unless some such move (to limit armament) be made we may well ask ourselves whether civilization does not really reach a point where it begins to destroy itself, and whether we are thus doomed to go headlong down through destructive war and darkness to barbarism.' "The cost of war is told in figures arniost too targe ior our comprehen sion. All the wars from the years 1790 to 1910 cost twenty-three bil lions of dollars. These included the! Napoleonic wars, when the little em-, peror designed to lay the whole world ; at his' feet He, like the kaiser, was not a student of Scriptures, or he would have understood from the Book of Daniel that there were to be only four universal empires, Babylon. Persia, Greece and Rome. The cost of the world war was eight times as much as the wars just mentioned, or 186 billions of dollars. "The German dreadnought Ostfres- land was sunk in twenty-five minutes by seven one-ton bombs dropped from airplanes. How long before our six- (Continued on Page 8.) Agate Oil Well Proves Failure And Is Abandoned The oil well at Agate, Neb., has proved a failure and they are now tak ing the machinery and casing away says a Hemingford dispatch to the State Journal. High hopes have been entertained of this prospect hole bring ing in oil but only light and unsatis factory oil indications were developed It is understood that at about 2300 feet light flow of oil was encountered, but of no commercial value. A depth of about 4,700 feet was reached. Sioux county's hopes of oil seem thus to be blasted in the first test that has ever been made, but those interested in the well at Lakeside, Neb,, now down about 2C00 feet, are very sanguine of success. , The well was located by wlgglestick artist whose instru ment performed such wonders that a number of the most capable and sane capitalists of western Nebraska be came convinced that there was oil at about 3500 feet. Believers in the wietrlestick men assert there is an immense pool of oil south, southeast and southwest of Alliance, and the local Box Butte papers are running legal axis wherein the school lands of the state are being advertised for oil lease. The wigglestick man says that the north end of Box Butte county has not any chance for oil ' i i 1 ..j i .vi unu ne is reponvu iu iibvs eaiu mat there was none in the vicinity of the Agate prospect hole. The high wind that came late this morning proved too strong for some windows and signs about tne city, amontr the store buildinrs that suffer ed being the Horace Bogue store, the Newberry 4 lardwam company, George D. Darling and the Model Cleaners. A couple of windows were also blown ADVERTISING IS NEWS It is a safe venture that 80 per cent of the readers of news read the advertisements also shecrly lie cause of the general interest to be found in them. There is news value In a well-written advertisement, which is a thought for the consid eration of those who think an ad vertising contract is something of a speculation, or who are careless in the preparation of their "copy." An attractive advertisement com pels the reader's attention. Every, one knows how at times, even in the midst of an interesting news item, his eye has been deflected by some outstanding sentence in a nearby "ad," and how he has read the "ad" before returning to the news story. Advertisements nar rate the romance of business, they represent an individual art, they are instructive. For instance, the classified ad vertisement page. The persons are innumerable who read it, not be cause they are searching for some thing definite, but because each lit tle "ad" tells of something of in terest to the active mind. Many are those who, reading the classi fied page because qf this general Interest only, find something there that interests them individually and directly, prompts a reply, and per, forms a concrete service both for the advertiser and the reader. Billing Gazette. SHERIFF MILLER OFF ON A TRIP WITH PRISONERS TAKES TWO MEN TO LINCOLN AND RETURNS, WITH TWO. Enzor and Dolan to Go to the New Reformatory Auto Thieves to' .. Be Brought Back. Joe Dolan and Archie Enzor. the two eighteen-year-old youths who pleaded guilty to the charee of Brand inrcenv I m connection with the robbery of the Wilson Bros, store last week, were taken to Rushville Wednesday before District Judge W. H. Westover to re - ceive sentence. There were two ..charges against them, grand larceny and burglary, but when they pleaded guilty to the first charge, County At- , torney Basye dismissed the second count and .recommended that they be sent to Hawthorne, the new state re- formatory at Lincoln, instead of the penitentiary. in pronouncing the sentence. J.uuge Westover gave the boys a very impres- sive lecture, pointing out that crime mfs or a pastime, was not a paying business and nor onei "He told the reporters that he Kadi in which they could ever hope to be-'planned to assume management of come respectable citizens. The sen- picture show at Tulsa, Okl., and mk tence was from one to seven years in this his home. In my talk with kirn the reformatory. , Sheriff Miller left Thursday night on 42 to take them to Hawthorne, and will go from there to St. Paul. Minn.. to bring back Harold. Watkms i and Peter Bchleve, who are being held there for the theft ofthe J. F. Spat- ma? fi t" ,y' mf n , v ' stated, that they are willing to return, to Alliance without extradition papers. but County Attorney Basye doesn't care to take any chances, and made out the papers for Sheriff Miller to have signed by the governor and take along in case they change their minds. Jack Dve accompanied the sheriff and will drive the car back. Coyote Roundup Next .Sunday in West Box Butte Arrangements have been made for a' big coyote roundup which will take place next Sunday in the western part of the county. Kines are barred, but almost any other kind of weapon. from shotguns to crowbars, will be in use. A general invitation nas been issued to those who care to participate in the hunt . . I The territory to be included in the. hunt follows: North line From Hemingford to Lawn church. Hunters will meet at the Roy Phillips farm. West Line t rom Lawn cnurcn to it Line From Lawn church to J Caha place. Hunters will meet Will Roth farm. , th line From the Floyd Trine the old at the Smith farm to the old Caha place. Hunters will meet at the Jasperson home. East line From Hemingford to the; Floyd Trine farm. Hunters will meet at the H. O. Strong place. Hunters are asked to meet at the line nearest their place at 10 a .m.; when the hunt is scheduled to begin. Chief of Police C. W. Jeffers re oaivH n tolpnhone call yesterday from Sheriff Neumann at Bridgeport, asking the Alliance police to keep an eye for a Ford runabout which left rhf ritv vsterdav morning. The car was taken by two day3, the driver b4nwaward, Jackett, soma. twenty vam nt Atrtt. The car was describ ed as having a rebuilt body, painted blue, with built-on top. . , . SCHOOL GIRL .DENIES STORY RUSSELL TOLD INTIMATES THAT ARTIST WAS OUT FOR THE MONEY, Declares She Answered Advertisement Just for the Fun of It and Never Had Any Serious Intentions, The tale of his love affairs told by Dewey L. Russell, Green RiverWycn young man who was arrested ia Alli ance last Saturday and charged with uttering three checks on the First N tional bank, in which he had no e count, were read with considerably amusement in Alliance. There wr few people, however, who were movVt to indignation rather than smiles. Among them is Miss Nellie Price, daughter of M. B. Price, living in tfc outer limits of the city. This was th young high school girl who answerw an advertisement of Russell's ia Denver newspaper, in which he an nounced that he was Beaching for wife. According to Russell's . tale, th young lady had. agreed after a series of letters to marry him, but the girl in the case denies it strenuously, alone with a number of other remarks the Green River swain was reported to have made. In a letter to The Herald," she says: "I did not demand particulars of Mr Russell (she corresponded with him under the name of Russum, which ha apparently assumed for the occasion) when I was writing him, and indeed I am not a 'husband seeker.' I only an swered his ad in the Denver Post really for fun and as a pastime. We did not exchange photographs. I have none of his and he has none of mine. "He did not send me a diamond en gagement ring, but he presented on after I arrived here. And no 8J rangements were made for hi visit until December 22, when he called ID from Sidney, Neb. "No agreement was made to mfc Mr. Russell by me and my father on Saturday December 24, for I didn't care to see him after my first talk with him. I saw him Saturday wora-: mg several times, although I always sidestepped tr ditched him, and never 1 talked wih him. He also came out t 'my home Saturday afternoon and I i didn't even come out of my room ta him. I asked my father to take the rirnr to town and give it to him tor I didn't care to see him. And h did not call me up at all that after ' noon. Never Promised to Marry Him. "I had never said that I wouli marry him. Never. I was only writ- he said as soon as he got enough C&lv he was going to Oklahoma and start chicken farm. In hig talk u1th me he K he had got in wih an i nn.k. ,,. ...Ci ukin8, $640 and wag mut th, ,ut penitentiary at McAlester. He also, Qd m(i tht his Mrent, - him t the state reform school at Paula Yal- lev, Okl., in his younger years. Whait I heard all these statements, I begin to feel afraid of him and at once began, to shun him. "Before he came here, and while at Ogden, Utah, I received a telegram from him asking me to wire him $30, and I had to pay the charges on th telegram. I did not ki.ow who it waa from until later, or I would not hava paid for the telegram. And I wasn't foolish enough to wire him the cash, "On the following day, a long dls tance ell came from him, still at Oirden. wanting me to pay for it and I refused to talk. In several of tha letters he wrote me, he asked to send him money. All he is is a fortune seeker. Unsuccessful With Father, The girl's letter also contains an explanation, written at the request of her father, which shows that Russell, while in Alliance, was pretty busily. engaged in trying to get hold of soma ready money. Mr. Price s Btatement follows: "When my daughter told mo that 'he wanted her to wire him $30, pay for the long distance call from Utah, and that he had written her several times asking for money, I told her at he wanted her to wire mm sau, pay once that he must surely be a crook. The first time I saw him was at mv nome Thursday noon, when I waa . introduced to him. Then," Saturday morning, when l was in town, ne mei me and asked me to go on nis noia for $50, and I absolutely refused him. Then, again that afternoon, when I. was in tne f irst xviationai Dana, ne entered and once more asked me for the money. I refused, and he pro -ceeded to follow me to the First Stat bank and asked again, and once mora I turned him down. This was the last I saw of him. "While Russell was at my. home. h had $30 or $40 with, him, and said h wished he knew where he could dou ble that sum. He certainly waa crook or a mighty nervy guy. . in at the Keuier store. ..