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THE ALLIANCE HERALD, TUESDAY, ANUARY S, 1922. Ol?r Allianrr Hrralft TUESDAY AND FRIDAY BURR PRINTING CO- Owners Entered at the postofTice at Alliance, Keb., for transportation through the kaila aj second class matter. GEORGE L. BURR, Jr. Editor EDWIN M. BURR Business Mgr. Official newspaper of the City of Alliance; otTicial newspaper of Box Butte County. Owned and published by The Burr rrinting Company, George L. Burr, Jr., 1'resicJent; Edwin M. Burr, Vice tTesJdenu TKOSriXT AND RETROSPECT. Few of us have muny kind words for the year that paused out at mid night Saturday. It hasn't been the Lest year in history, but it hasn't been the worst, by a long shot. Marking, as it lu, the first painful steps to ward normalcy, it wua inevitable that the readjustment should bring some hardships. A!! of us have boon called Upon to do our 'share toward getting the country upon a sound basis some of us have perhaps had to do a bit mare than our share and to none has the experience been delightful. Mer chants and business men have had to dispose of surplus tocks at a partial loss, due to the buyers' strike, which is now happily ended. Luboring mm have had to take the lead in the march to normalcy, for wages, always the last to rise, are the first to go down. The buying public, which had spent its money like drunken sailors during the war, first grew thrifty, and then ceased buying altogether. This, with turpi us stocks on hand in every store, resulted in a shutdown of industry. With the closing of factories, unem ployment became a problem. But the old year which has just passed on has, for the most part, brought something for everything it took uway, and will when we look at it later with calm, unprejudiced view, be found to "have been' as good ns the average. The buyers' strike and the Ku Klux Klan are now things of the past. Lib erty bonds have come out of the dumps, after most of the email invest ors had been compell.d to pi v.iih "there securities. Business is getting to a more Bolid footing. Trices arc stabilized. ' Demand is increasing and factory wheels are turning again. Wages, too, are stabilized. Danger of railway strike is averted, for the time being, at least. Labor has shown a commendable disposition to take its medicine, just as capital has been forced to be content with smaller re turns. The bad effects of the war are slow ly passing away, for the most of us. Taxes, which reached one of the high est points in history, have challenged public attention, and retrenchment in public expense will follow, and will follow soon, if indications are to be trusted. Public interest has been di rected toward governmental affairs, and it is safe to predict that voters, for the next few years at least, will pay real attention to the men they elect to office and will insi.-t on strict performance of pledges. If 11)21 ac complishes nothing more than the impressing of a sense of responsibility on the average voter, this alone marks tremendous achievement. ' The land and sea forces of the Unit ed States government have been re duced. Appropriations for their up keep will hit the toboggan next. The disarmament conference, while more or less of a failure, has demonstrated that In time the world may hope for diminution of the financial burden of war a senseless burden, at thi3 etage of the world's development At home, here in Alliance and Box Butte county, the year that has passed la one of progress. Alliance has in' stalled a city manager form of gov rnment, which is giving the city a business administration, and is atract ing favorable comment from all over the state and in many places over the tuition. The past year has marked the end of a road war between Alliance and the county commissioners. The com ing twelve months should show sub stantial progress in road building. A definite program has been outlined, providing for both through roads and ft system of feeders, and 1922 should see this program started. , The. potash industry struggled hard to maintain its footing, but made it bow and -retired behind the curtains. It may never return, but instead there is a search for oil that may bring even theater wealth to the community. There have been forward strides in law enforcement. The year 1021 ar rived just at the conviction of Eve lyn McElhaney for murder. This was the signal for strict law enforcement Alliance and Box Butte county have been the leaders in western Nebraska. The booze ring has not been cleaned out, but it's getting to be a poorly paying game. The fellows who were taaking big money in pandering to the appetites of the booeh consumers are finding that it doesnt pay. They are going, the way of the check writers. who have given Alliance a wide berth, for the most part Other towns in the county are being cleaned up. Before long, at this rate of progress sellers of moonshine will do business outside the county. Alliance and Box Butte have been singularly free from law lessness and crime. Other cities sim ilarly situated have talked of a "wave of crime," but it has not been in evi dence here. Last, but by no means least, there Is being built up a feeling of friend liness between Alliance and the sur rounding rural territory. Many fac tors have contributed to this, from the whole-hearted assistance given in a disastrous prairie fire to a community Christmas tree. There has been a genuine endeavor to iron out all dif ferences nnd where there is sincerity in such nn endeavor, it Is bound to succeed. When there is genuine co operation between city and rural com munities, Box Butte county will find no project too large to put over. Take it by and large, 1921 was a pretty fair year. It had more than its share of reverses, but it has had some notable victories nnd a few pleasant surprises. With a brighter outlook for the cattlemen and the farmers, nnd the prospect of enough work to go around, 1922 should be an improvement At least, we are will ing to give it every opportunity to beat all existing records. Normalcy, judg ing by the distance we've traveled, cannot be so very far away. THi: PHONE PLOT THICKENS. It has been month. since the Alli ance public has been so stirred over anything as it Is now over the efforts of the Northwestern Bell Telephone company to increase its I'atos. The telephone company has not been in good favor in Alliance for years and years ever since the railway commis sion raised rates above those set forth in the old franchise and it has made mighty few friends since that occasion. Telephone service in Alli ance, it must be conceded, it pretty good, on tho average. The rates are not the highest in tho state. The men who have been sent here to transact business with the telephone subscribers have been a bunch of fine fellows, who JUV2 WiJo a lot of friends for them selves, but these friends do not carry this fond regard to tho point where it takes in the company. ' That's about the situation now. The iiVfrnrrA olntilinni Riifirrihor diwvn't care particularly about the amount of j the 10 per cent surcharge, or even the, 10 or 15 cents in excess of that. If the money were to go to his church, or his lodge, or his union, or his club, it wouldn't cause u moment's hesitation. Butter, or eggs, or meat, or clothing, or any one of a dozen necessaries could advance in price 10 per cent ami it wouldn't call forth a howl of protest. Even the proportionately greater in crease in freight and passenger rates, already too high for comfort, didn't cause one-tenth of tho actual ill feel ing that has been engendered against the Northwestern Bell Telephone com pany. It would be a difficult thing to say just what is responsible for this atti tude on the part of the public. There have been a number of contributing factors, of course. Every member of the council and nine out of ten of the people who were telephone subscribers at the time the railway commission first raised rates higher than the fig ure named in the franchise, looked upon thecompany at this time as an agreement-breaker, and most of them are of the same opinion still. Others are peeved because the company, dur ing the time the last franchise was being held up, adopted a "do nothing" attitude, and refused to make exten sions. Others disliked the way the company representatives talked when they appeared before the council. Still others dislike the company much as the poet conceived a dislike for Dr. Fell, and are just as willing to tell the world. But, no r., -.Iter why the telephone company is disliked and mistrusted. the fact is that the people of Alliance in general seem to dislike the cor poration. Ferhaps an even stronger word might lie used. It seems impos sible to change an opinion that ha- been held for years. The present city council endeavored to put an end to this nncicnt grudge by giving the tel ephone company a franchise. It is the on'y franchise of its kind in the state, and contains more concessions than any other city has ever been able to get, but the public, although it said nothing at the thne, doern't like it The la. t application for an increase in rates was the last straw. The ; tate railway commission has granted per mission to retain the 10 per cent sur charge until a hearing to be held with in tho next thiity days. Unless the commission should break all precedents end order a reduction in rates, it seems inevitable that trouble will re -ult Just what form this trouble will take is a matter of conjecture. At othei cities in the state, which seem to lovr the telephone company about as much as Alliance, there is Uilk of patrons' strikes. These damage the company, undoubtedly, but they are remarkably inconvenient and unsatisfactory for the patrons. There are some in Alliance who are talking strike. Others have another solution, whicl may, in the long run, prove to be the only way to secure peace. Some o the men who dislike the company have suggested that a county telephone comuanv bo crslzcd. These mer. say that it will be possible to get prac tically every subscriber to the Alliance exchange to agree to patronize a local company. With this sort of backing assured, they believe the Bell people will be willing to sell. Certainly they should not object to getting rid of an exchange that is not making sufficient money on the investment. Nor is the countv telephone company infca.;ible. Hamilton county has such an organ iza tion, which has found it possible to furnish good service at rates that are considered fair by the subscribers. The Hamilton county association serves seven or eight smaller towns in addi tion to Aurora, as well as a large num ber of farmers. At Aurora the Bell company fought the independent con cern, but it was a losing fight and they soon retired from the field. Of course, these are but conjectures. The state railway commission may see the light During the hearing last week, the commissioners showed, by their questions and their decision, that it was up to the Northwestern Bell to make a satisfactory showing, and that the days of easy money are a thing of the past. The commission's own ex perts introduced damaging testimony which showed that the operating ex penses for the Bell company per sta tion, or telephone, were 83 per cent higher than for the Lincoln Telephone & Telegraph company, which serves cities south of the PIat,te. There were also searching questions converning the large depreciation fund. Other cities served by the Northwestern Bell have been given access to figures of the company in order to fight the in crease. It looks, to one who is opti mistic, as though it were just about time for a subscribers' inning. If not, there will be plenty of tim for anger to cool and vexation to weajr itself out If the patrons cannot be come reconciled to Continued. hieta Irates for the company, the county leJi- much more sensible solution of thee long standing war than any strike, and much less wearing on the nerves' of all concerned. 1 &st$Mi 1 1 i v Wci 1 Announcing the Arrival of Our New Line of Spring Millinery Fashion's newest creations are here for your selection in a charming variety of striking shades, materials and shapes for Spring. We are the exclusive Alliance agents for FISK HATS You are invited to come in and see the new hats. We have just the hat that will emphasize your natural charm. H r 'he Fashion Shop Have You Read It? What kind of a message did it bring you? Does your balance.show a large increase over one year ago, or is it smaller? IT IS MOST "INTERESTING when you read it regularly and watch, your bal ance pet larger and larger. You will be surpris ed to see it increase so fast. Money works for you 21 hours a day. THE HABIT OF SAVING LASTS Resolve now to start a savings account. Add to it regularly. You will soon feel that you are getting somewhere. Let us show the way. We Pay 5 Interest on Time Deposits. First National Bank Goal Is Down Oc on a ton Due to a reduction in our costs of coal war tax and delivery charges we are able to retail coal to Alliance patrons at a lower price. . -i:,Y!ajf izw&tf&xam&ii&td NEW PRICES SCREENED AND DELIVERED ' COLORADO LUMP, Ton $15.00 COLORADO NUT, Ton .$14.00 OWL CREEK LUMP, Ton $12.50 OWL CREEK EGG, Ton $12.00 OWL CREEK PEA, Ton $ 8.50 You can save 75c a ton if you buy your coal at the bins. Get your order in NOW. We can supply with any of the above sizes and grades at the lower prices. Lbr. k Coal Co. Bierks F. W. HARGARTEN, Slanager.