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tar Official Taper of the City of AUianc Official Paper of Box Butte County TWICE A WEEK TUESDAY AND FRIDAY VOLUME XXIX (Eight Pages) ALLIANCE, BOX BUTTE COUNTY, NEBRASKA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 1922 nB&&W, No. 13 BOX BUTTE CAN SAVE MONEY ON BUILQINMOf ?( the politic 1. J politic: L'ScottshIntT Hifrh .ession, it ap jars." 4 coMMissicssion i9 cai-j to c6r A ol su, jectsand accord , " confine OmpartiTC Cost Show State . and Maintained Roada Entire ly Too Expensive. County Commissioner George Car rell, presumably speaking for other members of the, Box Butte county "froard of commissioners, has Joined in the criticism of the state highway de partment Mr. Carrell has issued a .statement in which ho makes compari son of both the cost of building and maintaining roads when don by the state and by the county, and finds that the county, in the case of the principal roads built during the past few years, has made much the better record. - The money spent for building the seven miles of the Alliance-Antioeh road, Mr. Carrell says, would have built three hundred miles of road vrithin the county, if expended under the direction of Box Butte authorities instead of the state officials. The commissioners, according to Mr. Carrell, are desirous that every por tion of the county be made accessible, and declares that money spent by the counties goes several times as far os the same amount spent by the state. He charges that it has been impossible to get the state department to ap--prove roads for federal aid, even though the commissioners have twice designated roads, and once received the .approval of the district engineer. Sir. Carrell's statement follows: Need for a Comparison. To the Citizens of Box Butte County and the General Public: During recent months there has been much mislead ing information disseminated through the newspapers ana oy wora oi moutn remrdinGr the road situation in Box "Butte eountv that I. as one of the Board of County Commissioners, feel that the facts and correct figures should be properly placed before you anH that a proper comparison should in this county. ' The figures used in this statement are taken from the annual report of Box Butte county road expenses, com piled by R. E. Knight, .county high- wiiv commissioner, and from the mon -thly report for December of the Ne braska department of public works at Lincoln. , Federal Aid Road Act Funds. Under the federal aid road act, from 1917 to 1921, there was appropriated for Box Butte county federal and state funds amounting to $79,116.24, after deducting 10 for administrative expenses. From this amount there has been used, according to the report of the department of public works, a total (Continued on rage o.) ALLIANCE TO BE REPRESENTED AT PHONE HEARING CITY WILL MAKE FIGHT AGAINST PHONE RATE INCREASE. Comprehensive Brief Prepared Which Presents Definite Facts and Figures to Back Them. Citv Manager N. A. Kemmish left this noon for Omaha, where he will spend the time prior to the hearing before the state railway commission on February 3, at which the commis sion will decide whether it is to grant th increase in rates asked by the TCorthwestern Bell Telephone com -pany. Alliance will be represented at this hearintr bv the city manager. ap pearing for the municipality, and by Attorney P. E. Romig, who represents the Alliance chamber or commerce. Mr. Kemmish Monday put the finish ing touhces to his brief and argument which will be presented to the commis sion at the hearing, and in the evening a brief session of the city council was held. The arguments will not be made public until next rriday, as the Aiu ance men have no desire to show theii Vonil tn the telephone company offi cials. It is understood, however, that the city manager ha3 made a strong case, and the city councmnen are ex Aflilino-lv cheered over the prospects it waa Alliance's franchise with the company, which provided for the ub- nissinn of certain ntrures by the com pany, which opened up the way for the state railway commission to allow he various protecting towns the right to ask for figures, it is said. Some twentv-five other cities have banded tosrether and employed legal counsel which will appear before the railway commission and arcue against the in crease. Alliance, it is declared, has as strong a case as any. February 3 will tell the tale, however. Attorney Romig will leave this even ins to attend the bearing. THE WEATHER Forecast for Alliance and vicinity: Probably snow tonight and Wednes day. Colder Wednesday. Fresh to strong winds. Notify stockmen. i i u Trimined by Alliance Rpnrn r-f 97-1 7 SL "it ance high school basket ball team ieated Scottsbluff high school last Friday night, 27-17. Cross was the big noise for the locals, scoring 15 or the 27 points. Captain Whitesell led the scoring for Scottsbluff making 9 point on four baskets and a free throw. Dailey, the tall Alliance for ward, got only two baskets, his reputa tion as a player evidently preceding him. as he was awarded closelv throughout the game. The Scottsbluff Daily Mews says that the game was "snappy and full of pep and the eon tenders both played clean basket balL" There is little doubt, however, that the Star-Herald of the same dty will in their next edition accuse the Alliance players of doing everything but carry knives. The next game on the Alliance high schedule will be played at the hiirh school gymnasium Friday, when the home team will compete with the Sid ney five. The two teams are evenly matched, the Sidney record for the season being four eames won and none lost, and Alliance having three victor ies and no defeats on its record. DARLING'S TO OCCUPY RUMER BLOCK MARCH 1 FURNITURE STORE SECURES DE SIRABLE LOCATION. Rumer Motor Company to Remove t Building on Laramie Once Occu pied by Melick & Redraon. TW George IX . Darling. . farmitur store ha3 secured a lease on the build ing now occupied by the Rumer Motor company, at Fourth and Box Butte, and is planning to remove to its new location by the first of March. The Rumer Motor company will occupy the building at Third and Laramie which was once the headquarters of the Mel ick & Redmon implement concern. The Rumer building offers one of the finest locations in the city of Alli ance, and during the past year or twe Mr. Rumer has received countless offers from firms desiring to rent it It is understood that the Fox Film company made a most attractive proposition several months ago, when it was considering installing a second motion picture theatre in Alliance, Mr. Rumer has heretofore turned deaf ear to all offers, but decided re ently to give the preference to the Darling store. I he new location will give Mr, Darling ample room on the city'3 prin cipal business street. There is a large iloor space, with ample room lor win low display. Mr. Darling has lease the main floor and the basement, which allows room for storing a large stock. is well as adequate sales and display ouarters. There will le some altera tions made in the building, but these will not be of such a nature as to prevent the removal on the date set. It is not known whether the build ing on West Third street, the present juarters for the Darling establishment, will be occupied. There has always been a big demand for store locations in Alliance, and as the location is an excellent one, it is probable that it will not long remain vacant. Treasurers Honor Frank W. Irish at Omaha Conventior Frank W. Irish, Box Butte county treasurer, was honored by the state association of county treasurers at its convention at Omaha last week, being elected vice president. For the first time since its organization, more than twelve years ago, the Nebraska County Treasurers' association has a woman at the helm. She is Miss Myrtle Lan caster. Sidney- Neb., who has been county treasurer of Cheyenne county for six years. Mi.w Lancaster was elected president of the organization at the annual busi ness meeting at the Hotel Rome Thurs day afternoon, as the closing event of the annual convention. Sidney, her home town, was chosen as the 1922 convention city. Miss Lancaster ha also served as vice president. She is a republican. Because of so many golf fans in the organinzation and the reputed ex cellence of the golf course at the Sid ney Country club, it is thought the next convention will be held in Sep tember and golf added to the conven Hon s business. Other officers elected were S. M Souder, North Platte, Lincoln county secretary; wame McAndrew Ains worth. Brown county, treasurer. F. E. REDDISH PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING HAD BEEN A RESIDENT OF BO BUTTE COUNTY SINCE 188I . Pioneer Homesteader and Real Estate Man Had Been in Failing Health . for Some Years. Frank E. Reddish, sixty-one years Ipf age, a resident of Box Butte county since 1887, died in Alliance at 6:15 this morning, the cause of death . being heart trouble and other complications. Mr. Reddish had been failinsr in nealta for severafyears, and during the past few months has been seriously UL Funeral services will be held either Friday or Saturday afternoon at . 2 o'clock from the Episcopal church. Frank E. Reddish was born in White county. Indiana, July 13, 1860, ; the second soa in a family ox five children. His boyhood days were spent en his father's farm and at a log school house near by. He attended the Monticello high school and after graduation taught for six years. :. Mr. Reddish came to Nebraska in 1886. locating at Hartwell, where he taught school for a term while deeid ng upon a location. He came to Box Butte county a year later, in 1887, and homesteaded on Snake creek, fourteen niles west of the present location of Alliance. After locating on bis claim. he built a reflation "soddy" and with his wife settled down to the task of mnrovintr his farm. There were no rialroads then, and Mr. Reddish reisrhted his supplies from- Hay Springs, sixty-five miles away. For seven years, Mr. lieddisn re mained on his claim, making a num ber of improvements, and la 1984 noved into Alliance, opening a real estate office, where he practiced as a 'and attorney, helping many men lo cate on homesteads. He was one of he early surveyors of the section in he dava when men of this profession were scarce. He bought and sold land. was agent for insurance companies and practiced before the United States land office for twenty years. . Mtv Baddlah's bMMTraphetv ia Uv&J?- wntlv published "History of westers Nebraska," says of him: "He had rreat faith in the future of the pan handle, which caused him v to locate here, and that faith wa3 never allowed fo falter throughout the years of drouth, grasshoppers and winter bliz zards ; he held on when other settlers Secame discouraged and returned to their homes in the east. He bought more and more land until he accumu lated a landed estate of 3,760 acres of the finest farming land in Box Butte county, an achievement of which any man may wen be prouu, as xnis ioi- l,une has been accumulated by nis own unaided efforts." For many years Mr. Reddish had been a heavy and successful speculator n western lands. He purchased tne large brick building, known as the Reddish block, in 1907, and in addition was the owner of the property. His health has been gradually failing, and of late years he has spent some time in California. He was a member oi the Alliance Elks lodge. On April 26, 1886, Mr. Reddish mar ried Miss Mary E. Fisher in Nemaha countv. He leaves a wife, Mary .tu. Reddish: two sons. Robert O., Alliance attorney, and Howard E., who was as sociated with him in the real estate business, and one daughter, Mrs. Edith Anderson of Santa Barbara, Cal.; two sisters, Mrs. Ida M. Dart of bheldon, 111., and Mrs. Cora Rakestraw of Fowler, Ind., and a brother, Charles B. Reddish of West Lafayette, Ind. Alliance Athletic Gub is Interested In Basket Ball The Alliance Athletic club, compos ed principally of high school alumni, s going in strong for basket ball, and s not only arranging a series of games with teams from nearby towns, but is attempting to organize a local basket ball league. Their first game of the season will be held at the high school gym tonight, and the admission fee has been placed at a figure that is intended to cover expenses only, 25 and 35 cents. The club has it all figured out that there are a number of business men md others in Alliance, too old to par ticipate in school games, and entirely oo young to be relegated for keeps to the rooters' bench, and the members believe that a number of teams can be organized and furnish amusement and exercise for the young old-timers. It is suggested that teams from the fire men, Elks club, DeMolay, railroad xhops, American Legion and possibly others can be organized. The boyr are working on the proposition and are meeting with considerable encourage mnet. The gymnasium in the new Methodist church building will soon be ivailable for games, and the club hope: 'o cut down the expense of this amuse ment. The admission fee will be re duced to two-bits as soon as possible Bootlegging bids fair to lose out ar the leading American game of chance. FOUR YEARS TO REINSTATE WAR RISK INSURANCE VETERANS' BUREAU ANNOUN CES A NEW RULING p a wv it Aii,wi ti.-i ua'sviuiri v fi mu lie v nun a m nv ii n . , I Polices to Lapse Are Given Plenty of Time. I t7- if tr c v(,na' I n ,. .t. i . - Bureau limiting the time for reinstate- roent of war risk insurance for ex- service men to December 31 or this I year nave been amended, enecuve 0f the temporary spud selling organi January 2, 1922, so that men who have Eation, which will be organized and allowed their policies to lapse may re- onratal through the farmers' union. instate uiem at any um oeiore m&rcn i i . . At it a. m t. I 4, 19S3r under the following circum- Stances. I Able-bodied men and men who have a minor disability which does not con - stitute a life risk, may reinstate until I tnree raonuis alter tne date or tnein premium, by paying two months pre- miums and submitting a statement I that their health is good now as at the I due date of the premium which has I lapsed.' ' I ....... .. Able-bodied men and men who nave I a minor disability which does not con-1 stitute a life risk, may reinstate after three months and prior to Morch 4.1 1926. by paying two months' premiums I and submitting a statement mat tney are in good health and furnishing a report of full medical examination. Disabled men (not including those with minor disabilities which do not onstitute Hfe risk nor total perma nent disabilities), may reinstate until March 4, 1926, by paying all back pre miums with 5 per cent interest com pounded annually and submitting a full medical report. The following was contained in neid order No. 27. dated November 12. is' sued by the United States- veterans bureau to district offices: Designated medical examiners, on a fee basis, are hereby authorized, witn out specific authorization in each in stance, to make physical examinations when an applicant is filing original claims for either compensation or vo cational training. Designated medical examiners, on a fee basis must secure sueciiic author! zatlon for making any subsequent physical examination. This specific authorization for a subsequent physi- sub-district manager for the following . (a) To determine the feasibility of vocational training both before and af- ter entrance into training. (Note the term feasibility should not be con- fused with eligibility.) . (b) To secure a report of phycr Tnn - nl training is discontinued, as the basis for renewing or disallowing further compensation. (c) To determine the cnaracter oi medical treatment given in emergency The district manager is empowered also to issue specific authorization to secure physical examinations for the above purposes and for other purpo not liste d above, basing his action upon te merit" of the individual case submitted to him Judffe W. H. Westover Is Beincr Boomed for 0....-, Turlrwicliir OllJi Vint; juaftiouii Judge W. H. Westover of the district recently, asking him to be a candidate or congress in this district against Moses P. Kinkaid. is also being prom - nentlv mentioned as a candidate for the state supreme court from this dis- tWct A recent amendment to the stat- utes provides for election by districts, ir, . ...u Q n. .o,i;.ioto Tf a w h;a nrpfprpnr is for the judiciary rather than congress, and that possibly his friend were a trifle irevious in getting out the congres sional petition. 1 he mam struggle ror supreme court justices is expected to be in the sixth listrict, according to the World 'lerald. There are three judges to be . . elected, but Judges Letton and Day of he First and Second districts are not xpeeted to meet with opposition. In 'he Sixth, however. Judge Bruno Ilos tetler of the Twelfth judicial district, Tudffe Robert R. Dickson of the fit eenth judicial and Judge Ralph W. Hobart of me Keventeentn are men - f.-nni o iKia i.nrwii.inta Jiulire Westover, the World-Herald says, is one of the veteran judges of the north- west and is the chosen candidate of his iudicial district Because of the immensity of the bie Sixth, the iudicial campaign nec essarily will be anything but the calm and quiet affair a judicial cam paign generally is supposed to be. The area of the district is almost Lhat of the entire remainder of the Hate, and with several candidates presenting their claims it will be necessary for each to personally visit 'he entire district to become acquaint ed. Miss Nora Mohr arrived Saturday to assume her duties at Latin teacher in the ruga scaoou Potato Growers Plan for a County Selling Organization Three hundred Box Butte county potato growers attended the all-day meeting held at Hemingford last Sut- urday, at which the organization of : a county-iwe potato selling associa tlon was favorably considered, George W. Boomer of Lincoln, spe cialist on marketing, explained the various types of marketing systems wmcn nave pruveu buitckmui. wiui .cn - dal emnhai on co-onerative i j l. 1. i -.a plans. H. O. Werner, president of the Nebraska potato improvement assocla lion, spoke on the certification of seed potatoes and other phases of the Rpud jj,,, probiem9. A,M T wa8 elected president and H. L. Click secretary-treasurer . ....... fjne member from each or the twelve local unions in the county will cew- nrlu thai twvard of cllrfictnra. The nl an of operation will be similar to that 0f the Nebraska Potato Growers' Ex- change, which has not functioned dur- the past season, although me new organisation will handle the sell (nv through the farmers' union in- stead of emnlovinr some other con cem to handle this work. The new or nun! ration will have a laree member " : hin and as soon as details are per- fected, a membership campaign will be inaugurated. The next meeting will be held the first Monday In March at the rair- view church. BREAMS OF OIL AT RUSHVILLE ARE NOW OVER BIG CHIEF WELL PROVES TO BE A FIRST CLASS FLIVVER. Chadron Paper Says Midwest Drillers Find Shale Bottom and No Oil Indications at 1216 Feet. Once more the hopes of western Ne braska oil dreamers have been-shat tered. The Big Chief well, north of Rushville," which a few weeks ago was inir nil and eras, is now listed with he htirsted DUDDies, acronun w Irhorimn rhronicle. which elves the following account of the failure of the Midwest Refining company, which : took over the well on a royalty uusi. to find anything of value in the Proie.ci: .. .... . a,, i - I "ine on eninusiasis oi uu lrMPivri a hard blow when the news was brought to this city Tuesday af- I ternoon mai tne iik been testea o u.. i on or vi u v ..-v I covered. mis won to nnisn tne wora yi Chief Development Syndicate, the well was said to 1,096 feet deep but no strings or othei - mark, were left the drilling had been stopped. "The Midwest drillers, who arrived here Tuesday stated that after clear- !ng out the cement that nad peen thrown in the well, they struck bot tom at about 1,050 feet. There was no sand at the bottom of the well and they began drilling in shale and con tinuP(1 untii a depth of 1202 feet was reached when they encountered a sand with no oil indications. They pene- I trated about 14 feet into this sand and abandoned the well at 1,216 feet "Mack Slattery is in Denver and M. 1 r . stirrer, me Miawest nem man, c for that city Tuesday. evening. It is not exactly known what eiiect. vms will have on the leases secured under the Warner holdings but it is likely that capital will not be so easy to I i?et to develop the field north of Chad ron since the Big Chief has come in I ury. Dr. A. L. V. Smith Plans to Do Some Postgraduate Work Dr. A. L. V. Smith, chiropractor, plans to leave Wednesday morning to take a postgraduate course at the Mid west college of chiropractic, located at Minneapolis. He will be away from Alliance at least a month, and possibly 1 longer. I Dr. Smith s partner. Dr. J. II. Jeff rey of Casper, Wyo., arrived in the city a day or so ago, and will take care or me Alliance patients iiunn ur. Smith's absence. Dr. Jeffrey, one of the mo.st confirmed golf enthusiasts in the country, has ulready stirred up in terest in this sort, and is planning to give instructions to some of his friends during his stay here, County Attorney Lee Basye issued warrants yesterday for the arrest of a lumber of boys who have been destroy ing property and bullying smaller boys at the city park. These boys have been using the trees at the park for fire wood and mistreated the caretaker. I who is an elderly man, when he pro- I tested. The park has been popular as a I skating resort ox xaie. WERNER URGES A COUNTY AGENT FOR BOX BUTTE WORK FOR SPUD MEN WOULQ MORE THAN PAY SALARY. Potatoes Are County's Most Valuabtsb Product, But We Are Losing Out in Some Ways. ' ' H. O. Werner of the state depart ment of agriculture, was the principal speaker at the Chamber of Commere luncheon Monday. His subject was th work of the department of agriculture. 9 . 1 . . . i t . , r irm mo vime it was startea, snorujr fter the civil war, until the present He gave a brief account of the variotvi stares of development, telling of th different acts of the legislature that have been passed in connection withji this work. During the first years, boU lei ins were sent out to the farmers, ut iv d'dnt seem to he taken ser iously, so in 1914 the federal arovern nent appropriated ten thousand dollars ror each state to help pay salaries oft county agents. Mr. Werner stated that there hait been considerable misunderstanding among the farmers in regard to th county agents. He said that th county agent was not supposed to b an expert farmer, so much as to act as a connecting link between the pee ialista of the department of aericuN ture and the fnrmers. The work of the county agent is largely controlled by the local farmers, and is lined un by small community groups or farm bureaus, bo that each local commun ty can have helo and advice on farm problems that they are most interest ed In. The state specialists in the dif. ferent lines of asrriculture work withi the county agents. County Agent Paid in Scotts Bluff. Mr. Werner pointed out that H Butte county had lost out in the potato game in tne last nve or six years. H said that the average yield in Box; Butte county in 1921 was 80 bushels per acre compared with an average of 86 bushels per acre in Sioux and? Dawes counties. In regard to appllea tlons received for certified seed, Box nutte county nad applications en four teen fields with only four being passed, while Kimball county has ten fields and) nine of them passed. Kimball county holds the record for having the highest grane potatoes oi any county In the state, Mr. Werner didn't claim that the low grade of potatoes in Box Butte county was due entirely to the lack of a county agent, but thought a good county agent working with the statej oepartment could make a great im prove ment. According to fieures of the farm b. reau of Scotts Bluff county, the work of the county agent in the past year has resulted in an increase of wealth oi tne county or $180,078, divided aa fellows: Nine cars of good seed, mak ing an average increase in yield of 133 (Continued on Page 4) -? ALLIANCE BOY SCOUT COUNCIL IS REORGANIZED A. V. GAVIN CHOSEN AS PRESI DENT OF ORGANIZATION. Plan to Organize Several New Troop in the City and Recruit Old Ones to Full Strength. At a meeting called Saturday nooi at Thiele's by Former President C E. Slagle for the reorganization of th Boy Scout council in Alliance, A. V. Gavin was elected president; Mosej Wright, vice president; W. R. Pate, secretary, and Charles Brittan, treat, urer. B. W. Keach was, appointed scout commissioner and Edmin M. Burr assistant scout commissioner. Edwin Burr, N. A. Kemmish. H. F. Thiele. D. C. Bradbury and Dr. G. J. Hand were, appointed to fill out the board. Dr. Slagle was unable to be present, but his resignation was presented. Those who attended the meeting were A. V Gavin, Charles Brittan, Mose Wright, Dr. Minor Morris, Dr. J. P. Maxfield. ii. i . uoursey ana w. it. rate. The former council, due to failm last June to report to the national board lost its national standing and it is necessary to again make this con nection. The new organization is out for aa increased membership and it is their wish that every boy of age in town become a member. There have been several troops organized in Alliancej and although some have rather fallen by the wayside it is the belief of Scoutmaster Keach that these can all be recruited to their original size. It is the hope of the council that the, people of the town will encourage their boys to join. Those who wish to Join may leave their names at Thiele's, at the Herald office, or at the Auto Elec trie Service. Information as to th qualifications of a scout may alaQ ba received at these places, t .T?