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Official Paper of Box Butte County TWICE A WEEK TUESDAY AND FRIDAY Official raper of the City of Alli&ac VOLUME XXIX ;r, ( Eigh t Tages ) ALLIANCE, BOX BUTTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 1922. No. 1$ v '.. - 4 BOYS CAPTURED f4f ON A QUEST Fb.." EXAM QUESTIONS FIVE STUDENTS IN BAD WITH SCHOOL AUTHORITIES. Principal F. C. Prince Intercepts One Youth After Breaking Into Locked Room. Late Wednesday night, the Alliance high school building was entered by two students, who were on a search for copies of the questions for the mid semester examinations, which are us ually kept in a small closet adjoining the office of Principal F. C. Prince. Three other students kept watch out side. The scheme to get semester credits without worry was not as suc cessful as other similar attempts have been, for, due to previous thefts, Principal Prince was in the building, n watch. He succeeded in capturing one of the two who had entered the building, the other making his escape. Entrance was gained by means of the fire escape and a window that was left open a few inches. Five students, all of whom have been prominent either in basketball or football circles, have confessed to Superintendent W. R. Pate and Prin cipal Frank C. Prince that they planned the theft of the questions, and these five have declared that no other student in the school is implicated. The five who have confessed are, ac cording to high school authorities, Frank Daily, James Fowler, Robert Bicknell, Seth Joder and Ralph Garvin. All five of the boys were members of the successful 1921 football squad, and "four of them are members of the pres ent basketball team. Key Made a Month Ago. According to the stories told bv the txys, preparations for the theft of the -examination questions were started a night when they were preparing to month ago, when the boys gained pos- celebrate with the assistance of a keg session of Mr. Prince's key. One of of moonshine. The judge selected the these fitted the Yale lock to the small j coldest day of the year, and turned oom in which the questions were kept. 1 the three loose upon a cruel world to A duplicate of this key was made, and work for a living. One of the men the keys were returned to Mr. Prince had informed the sheriff's force that within a short time, so that he did not he rather liked the idea of getting suspect what had occurred. board and warm quarters free for a However, so common have been the month or so, business being dull and rumors of stolen examination ques-jjobs more or less scarce. Besides, in lions during the present school year, (these days, when a man is hired on as well as last 'Tear, that the school ji 1h be la expected , to, do a, little suthrities have been on their guard, work. Only a few unimportant sets of ques- Jim Potts Fred Lehman and Lloyd turns were left in the customary place chapman, all three of whom were IVednesdya night Mr. Prince stayed perving out fines of $100 and costs in in the building extinguished the lights. the county jaj( were brought before The boys, who kept a good outside his honor by County Attorney Basye jruard and proceeded with extraordin- Thursdav afternoon, with a recommen ary caution, neglected to- check up on dation t'hat the remainder of their the men who might he interested in sentence be suspended and that they be -watcning tnem. The boys gained entrance to the building without difficulty, opened the mu -cu"" with their eighteen days of custody the questions. One of them was had served about hajf of their sgnten recognized when he turned on the ces light, ihe other escaped, ine one who was recognized was given the op- portunity to talk it over with his, chums, and all five of them decided to come forward and take their medicine Punishment Not Decided. The bovs will not be turned over to the county authorities, although they or three weeks aero, and was willing could be pro-ecuted for breaking and j to take their word for it. The Hom cntering. The law qualifies this offense i ingford tailor shop will probably be by saying that it must be done with J in operation again before long, but it the intent to take something of value, and most of the students, as well as the school authorities, are decidedly of the opinion that the information poutrht by the boys had sufficient value. Whatever punishment is meted out to them will be done by the school authorities, who ths noon were un decided what waa the best course to take. .Superintendent Tate is leaning to ward the opinon that the boys have already been sufficiently punished, and that the publicity they will receive, as veil as the sort of punishment that will be given them anyway at the bands of other students, will be as much as they deserve. The boys did not profit by their theft, and were in tercepted before they had gained any direct benefit. While the intent in realitv constitutes the crime, Mr. Pate ays,"he fails to see just what could b rained bv following the usual course and expelling the students from The effect of the capture will bave a wholesome influence in the school, and it is possible that no fur ther punishment will be meter out, but definite decision on this point remains in he made. The boys insist that the key they bad made has not been used before, and that this is the first time they bave been mixed up in the theft of vnminntion ouestiona. It is known that there were similar thefts six and twelve weeks ago, and rumors to that effect last vear. The last time a cap ture of the guilty parties was made occurred about eight years ago, when one of the marauding party was Judgement for $103 and interest -was rendered in county court Monday xrint Fred Schwaderer and Fred Ueckenbach, farmers living near Alii favor of Fred L. Westlake. The sum represented two notes signed by the two men. They explained that they did not have the money and that they had promised to pay after the sale of their spuas. THE WEATHER .. Forecast for Nebraska: Generally Rising tonight. ''Court xich a New Record in 1921 ft, v.. W. C. Mounts, clerk of the district court, has figured up the year's busi ness in 1921, and has discovered that the fees of his office were not onlv sufficient to pay his salary of $2,000; out there will be an excess of over $200 turned over to the county. In past years, the fees from the office have seldom gone above $1,000. In 1921 there were 140 cases filed in the dis- trict court 24 state cases, 23 divorce suits and 93 other civil suits. Of these 10 state cases, 11 idvorce cases and 30 civil suits have been disposed of, leav ing on the docket at the present time 89 cases unfinished. District court will meet early in Februrary, the De cember, 1921, term having been pas sed. LAST OF THE HEMINGFORD BOOZE GASES THREE MEN TURNED LOOSE WITH SUSPENDED SENTENCE County Authorities Get Generous After naif the Sentences Are Served. County Judge Tash has devised a new method of punishment for the last trio or the eight men who were arrested in Hemingford New Year's discharged from custody. At the rate of $3 a tlay antJ f1JfurinR n the costs, which were fairIy hiRh the prisoners An afrrpement was made wiht the ',.., that tv.pv .oul.i nav the cost3 their cflses a'SO0I1 they carnel the monev. An inventory of their Dockets showed thev didn't have suf (Ficient funds, but the judge looked upon them more kindly than he did two believed that the stock will be con fined to dry goods, exclusively. Dr. Elinor INIorris Heads District Medical Society At a meeting of tho Seotts Bluffs Countv Medical society held at the Lin coin hotel in ScotbMuff and attended by several Alliance physicians a Medi cal society for the Twenth medical district was organized, and the follow ing officers elected: Dr. Minor Moms, president; Dr. Young, Gering, vice president; Dr. Hand, Alliance, secretary-treasurer. Dr. Schoch of Alliance gave a very interesting paper on, "Hemorrhage, ' followed by a general discussion of the subject. After the organization of the district society, Prseident Morris ap pointed a committee consisting of L)rs. Schoch. Alliance, Plehn and Stupes, Scottsbluff, for the purpose of drawing up a constitution and by-laws. After a splendid dinner ln the Danquet room, Dr. Morris, Alliance, gave an interest ing paper on "Evolutionary Anatomy", followed bv a treneral discussion. The meeting was pronounced one oi the most interesting that has been held. The following Alliance men at tended: Drs. Morns, Blak, Baskm, Schoch, Weyrens and Hand. Dr. Mor ris was accompanied by Mrs. Morris. Application for Mother's Pension Is Withdrawn The application of Mrs. William Ackerman, for mother's pension, filed in county court recently, ha3 been withdrawn. It is understood that Mrs. Ackerman will accompany her father to Fort Morgan, Col. He has several times extended an Invitation to her. TO REORGANIZE LOCAL COUNCIL FOR BOY SCOUTS ROTARY CLUB DECIDES TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE. Survey of City Being Made, Sufficient Troops Will Be Organized. and At the Wednesday dinner of the Al- i liance Rotary club, held at the Palm Koom or the Alliance hotel, Fred G. Gurley of the club's committee on boys' considered various suggestions made by the members, and had decided that it was better to concentrate their ef forts on one project at a time. The committee recommended that the club get behind the Boy Scout movement, which has been slowly going backward since the big drive for funds last Fpring. Rotary club members, in the discus sion, made it plain that they do not consider the Boy Scout movement theirs by right of discovery, although the club has in the past been a strong booster for the Scout organization. The sentiment of the members was that the time has arrived to inject a little energy into the organization, and help get it on its feet again. The boys' work committee was instructed to call a meeting of the Boy Scouts council, composed of twelve of more men from various organizations in the city, and see if it cannot again be made to function. Some months ago, there was selected a local council of business men, who appointed a scout commissioner. A drive for funds was arranged and sev eral thousand dollars raised within twenty-four hours. This money has since been largely exended for the benefit of me boys, the bath house and pief at Broncho lake and the summer camp at Belmont being erected. The boys took their summer outing at Bel mont and have utilized the Broncho lake camp for swimming, skating and week-end parties, but the council (Continued on Page 4) Expression Class Students Pleased i Imperial -Oudience The high school and grade expres sion classes,, under the direction of ed Mrs. Inice McCorkle Dunning playe to a full house at the Imperial Thea tre last night, lhe program was ex ceptionally good all the way through, and the little tots in "The Toy Shop," . were especially well trained. The opening scene of the program showed a beautiful display of dolls of all nationalities and Mother Goose characters, with little Miss Ada Turner as shopkeeper. After all the dolls were sold the shopkeeper gave a party for the customers and demon strated the ability of the dolls in dancing and singing. Part two of the program was a three act comedietta, "A Little Ex citement." The setting of the playlet was. a girls' school headed by an obi fashioned spinster, Miss Snatchem, played by Miss Dorothy Hampton. Jo.ephine Wright, as Tony, the naugh tiest girl in school, got into all kinds of mix-ups, and El;;ye Harris, as Nora, an Irish servant gill, was esjecial!y good. Following is the program and cast of characters: PART I. "THE TOY SHOP" Shopkeeper, Ada Turner. Babv Bunting, Bcttie Sims. Goldilocks. Lucile Rider. Mistress Mary, Gretchen Neiman. Bov Blue, Virginia Lester. Red Riding Hood, Fieeda Tully. Little Bo Peep, Lois Harper. Clown, Willetta Cox. Wax Doll, Mary Brennan. Spanish Doll, Bettie Harper. French Doll, Mary Elizabeth Griffith Jap Doll, Leona Orr. Hawaiian Doll, Philena Finch. Scotch Doll, Leona Smith. Indian Doll, Beryl Fulmer. Holland Doll, Fern Clark. Eskimo Doll, Frances McKenzei. American Beauty. Lucile Reed. Customers: Mother Goose, Gerald- ine Reed: Hawaiian. Dorothy Stanton Jap. Orletha Weaver; Peasant, Opal Campbell; Scotch Lass, Margaret Thiele; Holland, Helen Eberly; Indian, Elizabeth Barker; American Girls, Dorothy Armour, Dorothy Coyner and Margaret Dorr. PART II. Comedietta, "A Little Excitement' Characters Miss Snatchem, head of the school, Dorothy Hampton; Miss Archer, not so prim as she looks, Mir iam Harris; Nora, an Irish servant girl, ELsye Haris; Mike, a young po liceman, Mildred Ryckman; Tony, the naughtiest girl in school, Josephine Wright: r-vie make, a lovesick girl Frances Fletcher; other school girls Vivian Corbett, Estella Yarbrousrh Ethel Fuller, Mildred Pate, Margaret Vanderlas. Dorothy Mote, Dora John son, Vema Dow, Eugenia Laing and t nylliS ihompsoru Specialties between the acts Solo dance, Margaret Dorr; folk dance, eight girls; vocal solo, Vema Dow. STATE ENGINEER ANSWERS CRITICS FROM OVER STATE MAKES EXPLANATIONS COUNTER CHARGES. AND Want Statewide Investigation Highway Bureau, and County Expenditures At Well. of George E. Johnson, secretary of the state department of public works, which has charge of expending state and federal aid for loads, has been under fire from all parts of the state during the past month or so. In a letter addressed to the newspaper edi tors of the state, he answers his critics, largely by replying to each charge with a countercharge. He de clares that he desires a statewide in vestigation of the way the state high way department has expended the funds in its care, and at the same time asks an investigation of county funds expended for the same purpose . He charges that on the average, county officers are unable to account for T0 per cent of the money spent for roads. Mr. Johnson's statement follows: As there have been several Articles appearing recently in the different newspapers of the state, criticising roads constructed by this department and the greater part of the answers to these articles have not been pub lished, I am sending this statement to each newspaper of the state, so that you will have a chance to inform your readers of the true facts in regard to the relative cost of roads construct ed by the various counties and this department. Several articles have been published, criticising the work done and the cost, on project No. 62-A, in Phelps county, comparing this with the road constuct ed by the county. The facts regarding those two roads are: The state project was contracted in the spring of 1920. The county commissioners had the opportunity at that time to take this work and con struct it with their own county forces, (Continued on Page 8.) Superintendent Pate Urges Control of n ' m . , &OCiai iYCllVltieS. r -D ... .u. ah: - ....-...-..imjm. city m wmcn rrpreiwnwuiw 'citv schools in the following statement to Barents points outne T!f too much social activity on the part of students, and asks for the co-operation 0f parents in getting the best possible! results from the schools: "The first semester of school closes ' today. Report cards showing the qual-' Hy 0f work done by all students wil 'be issued Wednesday of next week, Cards of this nature are issued each headquarters at Omaha and member six week3 and should be examined banks all over the state, and inasmuch carefully by parents. las the banks hive to make out all the "At this time, the beginning of a' papers demanded by the application, new semester, is a irood time to take can secure as speedy action. stock of the kind of school work being To date, the new concern has sub done by your child, and if the work is mitted applications for nearly $100,000 rtt out iufn-nrv' mnU tho flWPSsnrV . uinr Annn.a fnll:lq Of 1 h ! 4 n moil nt. cl arrangements for more time to le used lor study, it is necessary lor the average stulent above the fifth or, to do satisfactory school work. When they do not do so, they fail to make a passing grade and must take again the work in which they tail. inus it takes some students more than a ycarj to make a grade in the elementary school, and five and even f-ix years w do the four years work in the high whool. "Where the social life of the stu- lent is such that a certain amount of time cannot be used at home each school (lav for school work, low grades will result. Also, too much social life with the accompanying late hours and loss of sleep during the week leaves; the student in such physical condition that efficient school work cannot be, done during the hours when school is in session. I "If the social events of the young people could be planned to occur at the week ends, and the other evenings left nt least partially free tor study, it would permit many who are now doing ordinary work to do excellent work, and many who are now failing utterly, to make their credits. "Mav we not have the co-operation of all parents to bring about the best possible results in the school? Also, will you not feel free to consult teacher, principal or superintendent about the progress of your children ? "W. R. PATE, Superintendent." Alliance Band to Give a Series of Winter Concerts John P. Mann, director of the newly organized Alliance band, annouces a series of seven winter concerts at the Imperial theatre, beginnig Monday, February 6, with an orchestra con cert, with alternating band and or chestra concerts . once every two weeks. The proceeds will go for the benefit of the band. ad it is hoped that the citizens will give their liberal support. . .. i District Meeting of American Legion Here Februrary 6 The American legion has announced a series of meetings in the six con gressional districts, of post com manders and post adjutants from the 320 local organizations in the state. State commander William Ritche, de partment adjutant Frank B. O'Connell und national committeeman Earl Cline will attend the various meeting. and discuss IiCgion problems and outline the year's program. The first district meeting will be held at Falls City or Lincoln on January 26. The second district officials will meet in Omaha on Februrary 4, the third district will be on January 30 at a point not yet an nounced. Seward is making arrange ments to entertain the fourth district session there on January 13. The fifth district draws two meetings; one at Clay Center on Februray 14 and one at McCook on February 15. The big tdxth district will have three gather ings; at Valentine Februray 6; Alli ance Februray 8, and North Platte Februrary 10. cAnnrioi COMPANY NOW INCORPORATED FIRST STATE BANK OF ALLI ANCE TAKES THE LEAD. Already $18,500 in Loans Approved and Applications Made Total Nearly $100,000. Articles of incorporation . for the Northwestern Cattle Ioan and Invest ment comnnnv have been filed. The articles are signed by H. A. Copsey. president: Charles BntUn secretary Jay O. Walker, vice president; Fred W. Hayps and Beatrice O Bryan, d.rec- rSVA'J Si 8iTe mT1 Wt.h l b.anW,u ?tyuU thousrht it is understood that other banks are considering taking stock in , - The cattle loan company is capital ized at $50,000 and was organized to take advantage of the funds in charge of the federal war finance corporation, iot ine ienerai war nnance corpon Some weeks ago meetings wree held from several banks made plans to or-, an!ze a comPany. b,ut nJ? definite ; ar- rangements were made. Some bankers Jave Jolnel . the Nebraska associa- Already the company is taking ad- vantage of the federal funds available for loaning to farmers and stockrais- era. It ieais directly wnn tne war finance corporation, just the same as the huge Nebraska corporation, with $16,500 has been approved, although the money nas not yei own received; and there are other applicafons to - I addition to this, there are indications aire'iMy suumiiifii. tht applications for at leat $100,0(10 additional will be made in the near fu- ture. . T on a-im n.ml0hnll - Season Opens Tonight With Gering Team , The Alliance high school basketball team plays the opening game in the , western Nebraska basketball associa tion schedule, and also the first gamejizing the meeting. He placed the for the season on tne nome mr, sn?n it will meet Gering. The home boys espect a fairly easy victory, judging from performances or Dotn teams in the preliminary games. Geimg lost last Friday to Scottsbluff after a close game. The Alliance team returned after the holidays from a tour over the state in which it played twelve games, win ning nine. Prospects were never better for a championship team, according to Coach V. C. Prince. The main engagement will take place at 8 p. m. in the high school gymnasium, preceding wis win dc a game between the Alliance high school girls and the Alumni girls, which is expected to be a spirited con test. Season tickets for the games will be on sale at the high school tonight The tickets will be on sale at the high school tonight. The tickets cover ten games, and the cost to grade students is $1. to high school students $2 and for adults and outsiders, $3. At these prices the saving will be at least half over single admissions. Coach Prince announces that there will be more than ten games played in Alii ance, and that purchasers of season tickets will be able to get their money's worth. NOTICE TO TEACHERS. Teachers' examinations will be held at the court house, Saturday, January 2L UPAL County Supt. STOCK GROWERS ; IN CONVENTION AT COL. SPRINGS ROBEr Tl vHESENTETJ ASSOCIATION. Trend T ' Co-operation of Tack trs ... '.owers Plan to Elim inate Leads in Profits. Robert Graham of Alliance attended the convention of the national livestock association, which met at Colorado Springs from January 11 to 14. Mr. Graham is president of the Nebraska stock growers' association. Other members of that association present at the convention were A. It. ModUett of Rushville, Sam Delatour of Lewellea and John Orr of Oshkosh. The na tional association comprises represent tatives of all livestock associations west of the Mississippi. There was large attendance, but it was noticeably that the delegations from a distance, were smaller, Mr. Graham said. An important address was that by President Kettner of the Ohio farm bureau, who spoke along co-operative lines. He showed that great sums ol money could be saved the stockgrow era, as well as the consumers of meats, if the feeders could come direct to the western cattle ranges and purchase their own cattle. At present, the feed ing stock is shipped to central points, and perhaps goes to several of them before a sale is completed. In addi tion there are various commissions that must be paid each time the feed ing stock changes hands. Mr. Kett ner estimated that it required, oa the average, fifty days to iret cattU WW w mo weight they had on the day they ,rtt eflinruwl , i- : llflM t r- V .' ..I... a ..111 1 I "l""': . " ' "l""' "uppeoj hinjul Hm Kuijinr mnrji nr iaqo rn 0"U8" uiVwi. in nsit I hi8 opi wiUlin a Rhort time aS feedef cattle in Ohio will be purehaswt h the farm bureau it ftm tne owne" n "es. He told of one Purchase of a lot of 2,000 feeders ln th,3 w and thft aMitfiJJSg by th8 method of handling. war rinance Lioans. The director of the war finance eor poration for Colorado spoke on gov ernment assistance for stockraisers. .He made a clear statement as to just nat wouui D aona Tor 1h. atnrk. growers. It will not be nossibU fo borrowers to obtain money to finance speculative deals, but the bona fide stockgrowerg, who can show irood eol. lateral, win receive adequate aid. 1 nomas Wilson, president of Wilson Bros., packers, and also president of the American institute of meat pack- , me iniemecine ngm """h has for years been carried on by the packers and the tstockgrowers. tie assureu the convention that it it was within his power to keep such ( things out of the industry in the fu- ; ture, he would do so. He has always opposed this fighting, he said, which brought no benefit to either side. Robert Brown, president of the Am erican livestock exchange, spoke in , nmaoniMic io ine ieniau-Aen- -- - 1 i his law regulate- packers, stockyards , ,, ! of his pddnws, Mr. Brown stated that a suit has been started attacking the constitutionality of this measure. His remarks put him in bad with the con vention. Railroad Executive Antagonizes. Director Dillon of the association of American railway executives, also made a most unfavorable impression. He deplored the fact that the conven tion was r.bout to pass a resolution I asking for a reduction of freight rates. Not only were his remarks received with disapproval, but he seemed to take glory in the fact that he was antagon- farmers and stockraisers in the same class with the socialistic Soviets of Russia. The association is strictly non-par tisan. The new president elected is tk California man, and the coming con vention will be held in Los Angeles. Two Colored Boys Are Permitted to Leave Alliance Tom Young, known better by his soubriquet of "The Good Kid,'' and James Johnson, both colored were ar rested Monday night and a charge of vagrancy written against their names on the police blotter, it was later wilt , ten on a formal complaint. Both of ' these men have been hanging around Alliance for several weeks, according to the police officers, and they have no visible means of support. In police, court Wednesday morning, Judire Berry handed both of them, the limit fine of $50 and costs, which was sus pended on their promise to leave the city by 6 p. m. Thursday. They kept to their agreement, apparently, but if tney are discovered, tney can immedi ately start to work in the city Jail, where a job will be kept open fox them. Dr. E. C. McClelland, proprietor of the Anitoch drug store, was a bu&ineta. visiior in Alliance luesaay. L.