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Official Paper of Box Butte County TWICE A WEEK TUESDAY AND FRIDAY Official Paper of the City of Alliance VOLUME XXIX (Eight Pages) ALLIANCE, BOX BUTTE COUNTY, NET3KASKA, TUESDAY, FEBIIUAUY 21, 1922. No. 23 f STATE ENGINEER MAKES REPLY TO GEORGE CABELL SAYS HEMINGFORD SIONER MISQUOTED V. Denies Accuracy of Fi cures on tenance Costs Says State Buil. the Chadron Road. In a letter to the editor of The Her ald, State Engineer George E. Johnson takes exception to certain points in a statement from County Commissioner ieorge Carrell of Heminford, recently published in this newspaper. Mr. Car rell attacked the state highway de partment for its wastef ul expendi ture of money in Box Butte county find told of the excessive cost of main tenance on the Potash highway and the Chadron road, as well as the ex -ceedingiy high construction cost on the former. Mr. Carrell declared that money expended amder county supervision goes many times as far as when the state authori ties do the spending. Mr. Johnson takes issue with Mr. Carrell. He declares that the figures .jgiven out for maintenance on the even miles of Potash highway include the services of a patrolman for part time- on "the road north, of Alliance." This is, presumably, the Chadron road, although Mr. Carrell gives figures for maintenance cost, on the full twenty-j-ix mile3 of this road, amounting to $4,914.31. Mr. Johnson intimates that this maintenance charge is duplicated in order to make the case for the state as bad as possible. According to the state engineer, the Chadron road was constructed by "a trained crew of men and equipment" from the state. The state engineer also reminds Mr. Carrell that there is to be a statewide hearing on the camparative cost of building roads and bridges under state and county supervision, and that the Box Butte commissioners should take their complaints direct to the investi gating committee. If an investigation is desired, Mr. Johnson says, it can be secured. "The matter cannot be set tled by misquoting facts through the newspapers," is the parting shot from , the state engineer. , , . . ; ,.,J, 11 ' Mr. Johiusm's letter follows: '" i No Roads Till State Acted. : LINCOLN, February 16, 1922. To the Editor of The Herald, Alliance, 2eb. A clipping was sent me from a recent issue of your paper, contain ing an article written by George Car tell, county commissioner. "In answer to this article, I wish to state that it is useless to discuss all of the. different paragraphs of Mr. Carrell's article, for the reason the majority of people in Box Butte county know that, regardless of the amount of money expended for roads and bridges since the county was organized they did not have any roads in that county until after this department be gan constructing roads for them. "However, some of the flguVes that Mr. Carrell quoted might be taken as facts and for this reason I wish to state that in the comparison of costs of maintenance, where Mr. Carrell states that it cost $2,279.40 to maintain the t-even miles of state and federal aid road, our records show that a portion of this amount was spent on the road running north from Alliance, the exact -amount spent on the road east being $1,928.89. "In discussing the Chadron road, Mr. Can-ell states that 'The Chadon road us a state highway was maintained during 1921 under the direction of the Department of Public works;' also stating that "the county records show .this road was constructed by the -county during the same period the Pot ash highway was being constructed .and was practically the same soil and surface characteristics, at a construc tion cost of $104 per mile.' I am at a loss to know what the county did in the way of con structing this highway, for the reason that records of this department show that we sent in a trained crew of men and equipment and constructed this roaJ for the county. None of this road was surfaced or gravelled as the .Pot ash highway. County Did the Maintenance. "These state highways have all been maintained under the law by the ocunty, according to rules and regu lations laid down by this department; however, the employing of men and handling of work has been entirely un . ler the jurisdiction of the county board and they have been free to do as they fjlease in regard to maintenance, the only restrictions being they maintain a proper surface on the road. "The speciul session of the legisla ture appointed a state board of in tiuirv. to hear all complaints in re gard to road and bridge construction and maintenance, and make compari sons a3 to the cost of building roads bv the state and the counties. Mr. Can-ell and other members of the coun- iv board of Box-Butte county have ibeen notified by this state board that ;a hearing would start February 21, and any complaints they have to make -vou'd be considered at that time. "If the county board care3 to have an investigation made in Box Butte .county and a comparison made as to THE WEATHER Forecast for Alliance ami Virinil v Rain tonight, probably turning to sno'w Wednesday. Colder Wednesday, strong shifting winds. Notify Ftockmen. the cost of handling work by the state n county, mere Is nothing to prevent inem irom naving an investigation maiie and this , department will be pleased to assist them in every way possible. This is a matter that cannot I le settled by misquoting facts through V'he newspapers. Very truly yours, j "partmfimt np mmi in wmvw ur-UKtj ti. JUHNSON Secretary. County Attorney Hears From Friends of Hooch Venders Charles Peltz, fined three weeks ago uy vouniy juuge rasa on two viola tions of the liquor laws, and who was committed to the county jail when he was unable to pay fines and costs amounting to $220, was Saturday re leased after seventeen days of dur ance vile when he paid one of the $100 fines and costs of $22.50. He was paroled to his cousin, Joe Pelti, and the remaining $100 fines was sua pended during srood behavior. County Attorney Basye has received anonymous letters apparently from friends of Peltz, and at least friends of the hooch vending" fraternity. These letters contain threats against John Watson and Thomas R. Manion, the two men whose testimony was largely responsible lor reitz conviction. The letters say that there will be a tar and feather party if there is a eood od- portunity, as well as a number of other things. Mr. Basye announces that if anv at tempts are made to carry out these threats, the offenders will be vigorous ly prosecuted. C. OF C. MAKING PLANS FOR THE ANNUAL DINNER DATE IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR y -...-for MARCO Aw.s.i Committees Appointed by President Miller Monday New M. E. Church Probable Location 1 At the Monday dinner of the Alli ance chamber of commerce plans were made for the annual meeting, which will include a dinner, to which the pub lic will be admitted, be followed by an nual reports of officers and. election of officers and election of officers. Presi dent Glen Miller announced the ap pointment or the following committees in connection with the event: Entertainment Earl D. Mallery. J. S. Rhein and Charles Brittan. Tickets E. T. Kibble, general chair man; with three sub-chairmen, who will appoint their own committees: Howard Reddish, rloyd Lucas and H. P. Coursey. Banquet and location John W. Guthrie, chairman. . The date for the annual meeting falls on the first Monday in March, which will be March 6 this year. The location has not yet been selected, but it is probable that the gymnasium of the new Methodist church will be used, provided it is in shape to be used by that time. It is possible that the meeting may be postponed a few days if the building can be made ready for the dinner with only slight delay. Ed Wegner of Central City, Ed Pat terson of Central City and R. W. DeVoe of Lincoln were guests at the Monday luncheon, and each of the vis itors made brief talks. It was brought out that Alliance is receiving valuable publicity in state publications and is better known over Nebraska than many cities of considerably larger size. Efforts of Expert Railway Operator Not Appreciated James Bums, an employe on the Burlington brick gang here, furnished a little variety to the usual routine at the Burlington offices Saturday when he made the rounds of the en tire station endeavoring to explain how a railroad should be run. His efforts did not seem to be appreciat ed, however, as Chief Jeffers wa3 called and took the erstwhile operat ing expert in charge and escorted him to the city bastile, where he was re leased on a $30 cash bond with his hearing set for Monday morning. Monday morning arrived, but James did not, to Judge L. A. Berry decided that the $30 was the property of the city. Nothing has been seen of Mr, Burns since his arrest, and the sup position is that he has departed from our fair city to seek other fields where his efforts to save the railroad system will be more appreciated. Raymond Mundt. son of Sam Mundt. had his arm broken while attempting to ride a calf on their farm ten miles west of Alliance. (OFFICIALS FOR G-P-C ARE HERE FOR MEETING BOOSTERS FROM BROADWATER ARRIVED THIS NOON. Hope to Stir Up Sentiment So Tha Highway Can Be Completed Thru Nebraska This Year. Another road meeting is being held in Alliance today, following the ar rival of three automobile loads of G-P- C highway Ixjosters from Broadwater, Oshkosli and other points between thia city and the Colorado line. The dele gation came for the purpose of com pleting the organization of the hioh way and to stir up sentiment that will result in the completion of this route as soon as possible. . there has been little dome: in high way matters since last fall, but the Oshkosh boosters recently stirred up tnings a bit. A meeting was held at Broadwater last Wednesday, at which the enthusiasm was more than revived. Alliance and Chadron had no delegates at the meeting, and it was decided to make a special trip here to awaken the local road boosters to the need for ac tion. Heretofore the G-P-C bunch has been pretty strong for Alliance, and local business men have reciprocated to the best of their ability. Of course it is but natural that with two roads in prospect, and Alliance road boosters rooting or Loth of them, there should be an attempt to maintain neutrality until Morrill county should settle its own problem in its own way. The fact that the Alliance chamber - of commerce refused to violently clian pion either the North Star road cr the G-P-C as an organization, hys had a tendency to vex parti sans of Doth highways. Individual business men have rooted for the North Star, and other individuals in Alliance have contributed to a fund to buy gasoline to help build the Broadwuter-Alhsnce road. An evidence that there is a ten dency to doubt Alliance's support is shown by some of the discussions wt the Broadwater meeting.. It was sug gested there that the road could be routed up the valley and miss Alliance and Chadron; and in another place there i mention of a suspected laca oi inieru nere.A' thmFTefweaee had toxlo with demanding the resigna tion of county vice presidents and a J- visory board members who are sup posedly lukewarm in their loyalty to the G-P-C. Of course, all this ill feel ing should be ironed out at tod.iy's meeting. Report of Broadwater Meeting. The Garden County News in its last issue had the following reflort of ;he Broadwater meeting: 'Having read the complaints of in action that were registered by this pa per some tiem ago and also the com plaints of some of the organizations north for the same reason, several communications were read which tend ed to show that the president and sec retary had not been inactive, amons' the letters were those which were pub lished through the News and the Alli ance Herald. This has been our im pression at all times but nothing could be learned of the work and as the h.c- cessful putting across of the. highvay seemed to us to depend upon the or ganized efforts rather than individual efforts, we made our so-called icick. It was also shown that about $.00 or $800 worth of work had been done through popular subscription and do nated work on the road north cf Broadwater, and that the road was in good passable condition right now. The work will be continued as soon as the weather is favorabe and the frost is out of the ground, arrangements l.-iv- ng already been mad. Much Work Already Done. "The first gentleman called upon was H. J. Curtis, president of the Ooh kosh Public Service club, who had gone up on the trip that he might look ovtr the road situation before the meeting. He told of having been driven over the road to the Box Butte county line and said that there wasn't over a quarter mile of the road that it was necessary to grade up to make a pass able road that hadn't already been done. He said that he was much sur prised to see how much real work had been accomplished on the route and that the same amount of work done under the state aid system (he had figured it out closely) would have tost in the neighborhood of $48,000. "Commissioner Draper was called upon to tell of the road problems of Morrill county and he assured the gathering that the big road grading outfit of the county would be pul'ed into his district early in the spring and the east end of Morrill county would sure get their good rads, so long promised, ami that every dollar of his district's money would bo put into the roads in his district. This news brought out considerable ap plause, for it sure seemed to full on welcome ears. Mr. Draier also stated that Mr. Gaddis, who has always seemed intent on passimr iudirment on the Broadwater-AUiance road without viewing it, had met with the commis sioners a few days asro and iu.st as ston as the weather is right he has agreed to come up the valley and go continued on Page H) NEW DOPE ON TROUBLES OF NORTH STAR MORRILL COMMISSIONERS TAKF ADDITIONAL STEPS. Ask Hall & Graham to File Petition for DamagCN Resulting From the "Missing Link" Route. The Bayard Transcript, which has never taken any side heretofore in the matter of the North Star route, sched uled to connect Sidney, Bridgeport and Alliance, is authority for the statement that the Morrill county commissioners nrp cminir K.iJ with ,1m.'.. . . - v-' . i in 1 1 n. 1 1 iian iu run the road straight north from Bonner and leave it alone in the middle of the sandhills, despite the fact that the Box Butte commissioners have indicated that thev will llcrht mih o wmi T - - - - - . ' fS . Jll letter, which has never been favored with a reply, the Box Butte commis sioners InfArmAil itA Mst.ill rulers that the roal had been planned w ioiiow me uuninjrton track from Ancrnna in A 1 1 inn a fkat if K route were changed as contemplated L it . . . . . . mev woum auempi 10 nave ine state . . . . iK"wuy Huuionues intervene. Anrilllnr nf Into Havolnnmnnta in ... - ......v ..V ,i, traiu to this route, and comes out openly in support of the road desired by Alli ance. The article says: "Hall & Graham, owners of a large waci oi lann in Wis county, have been ftei"Vpl with a nntiiA hv IIia .mmfir commissioners asking them to file a peeuuon seuing out ineir probable damage which would he caused by building the proposed "Missing Link" roau wnicn is laid oui nonn irom Bonner, through their pastures. "It ia nnWfit.rrwl tknt jP. f.r.. hum ofl'ered to donate the rifcht-of-way ulnnf? tha trulr tint cind (!ia iilrw.j1 cuts their ranch in two and the road wouiu niLice another division, they do the road north from Bonner. ' "Men who are familiar with the ait- both routes many time, claim that iL.. 1 I i r . i mo irucK roau can oe uuui wun less their belief that ' the commissioners would be exercising better judgment than to 'start proceedings tocondemn ii i i i . a at. t ' ine iana ana go 10 an me expense and delay of having it appraised through the courts, especially so when it would impose a big expense on the ranch owners without giving a better road than the one along the track would oe. Police and Merchants Warned to Look Out for Charles S. Scott The chamber of commerce has re ceived a circular letter warning police ana merchants to look out tor one Charles S. Scott, who, it is said, is working in this territory soliciting ad vertising from the merchants for a so- called railroad time and seniority book. Mr. Scott, it is charged, repre sents that he is connectert with the railroad brotherhoods and the Big 4 Railroad Record, an independent rail road publication. All authorized repre sentatives of that organization carry up-to-date credentials bearing the sig nature of E. J. Elbury. Mr. Scott, the letter states, as tor- merly employed as a representative, but left after misappropriating several hundred dollars. He is in possession of credentials and literature, for the return of which a reward of $100 is of fered. Scott is described as aged 36, welgnt dark complexion, mole on left cheek, two upper front teeth gold crowned, fast talker, bow-legged, inveterate cigaret smoker, claims to be a mem ber of brotherhoods of railway clerks. He usually has his wife with him. Alliance merchants should not con fuse this bird, whoever he may be with T. J. Flynn, who has just completed a canvass of the city for a railway men's time book. Mr. rlynn has been in Al liance before, and has been strictly honorable in all his dealings here. The Herald is printing the time books, has been paid for the work and will see tha they go to the railroad men for whom they are intended. Colonel L. E. Bliss Plans Public Sale at the Benjamin Barn Colonel L. E. Bliss has arranged for a series of Saturday afternoon auc tion to be held at the Charles Ben jamin barn in this city, the first of the series being scheduled for next Saturday at 2 p. m. Anyone wishing to list stuff for the sale, in any quan tity, is asked to communicate with Mr. Bliss. The United States Civil Service com mission annonuces an examination for clerk-carried positions for Alliance, to be held March 18, 1922. All who desire to take the examinations notify F. W. Hicks, chairman local board, Al liance, Neb. A Last Chance to Vote on Location of New High School A number of votes have been cast on the mutter high school building in Alliance, but the returns flit nnt chmu n .i:.i.i preference for either locat ion. To date, nil- ..uj.-ciors seem 10 be about hold ing their own. fripnU nt id. i site in the center of Box Butte avenue apparently nnvlng the idea that there i no neeu or expressing their senti ments, as it will trn thronirh ' , ' ----- mijnu, ihe school board and the city coun cil have renrhe.1 in ncmwmn i. - men, ij iiifinr the change, provided public sentiment ..i.um llr, hiui ii mere are no serious objections. If you haven't cast a vole yet, and art at all interested in the proposition look up the coupon on this j page and bring" or mail it to The Herald office. A digest of the replies 1 km. . 1 I 1. . Lit 1. I f .a m . . . wui w puDiisneu in tne f rulay issue. Rush your vote in if you want it to tuunu. Miller vs. Baker Is Being Heard in District Court The lawsuit of Millet v. Baker, et al, in which Miller in nim? n note of $15,000 from Baker and six- wn ewer icicnlants, was decided by Judge Westover in district court in favor Of the ripfomlnnt. tttrlat. The defense which closed at noon to day, alleges fraud in the delivery of .. . lw lfie American State bank oi nemingiord by the plafntiir and as sociate, Fred Melick, of that city. Boyd, Met and Meyer of Alliance and Fred Wright of Omaha, are ap pearing for the plaintiir. The defen dants are represented by Peterson and Devoe of Lincoln, Patterson and Pat terson of Central City and Mitchell and Gantz of Alliance. A RADIOPHONE DEMONSTRATION AND CONCERT BOY SCOUTS TO STAGE TWO PUB- Lie exhibitions; Roof -Garden Donated for Wednesday and Thursday Nights for . Benefit for Scouts. v i. v The people of Alliance and Bur rounding territory will have the oppor tunity, 'on Wednesday and Thursday evenings of this week, to see and hear a demonstration of the wonders of the wireless telephone. The Alliance Boy bcouts, under the leadership of Scout master B. W. Keach, installed a radio phone some weeks ago and have been having good success in receiving mes sages and hearing concerts from the air. 1 They have recently secured some new appartus, and have arranged for two public demonstrations at the Roof Garden this week, to which the public will be admitted at a slight admission fee. The obiect of these domnnu aside from introducing the public to the wonders of wireless, is to build up a fund for the Scouts. The money realized from the demonstration will lie devoted to improvements at the Broncho lake club house, the financing of the Boy Scout band and other wor- it my enterprises. The first program, on Wednesday evening, will start at 8:15. It will in clude news reports from the Denver Post service, weather reports, mar kets, etc., and a musical entertain ment will follow, which will be played by Denver performers at some place in the Colorado capital. There will be a bowery dance following the radio phone demonstration, for the benefit of the Scouts. The Roof Garden manage ment has donated the hall for the two evenings. Thursday evening the program will be a little more elaborate. There will be a comnlete demonstration of tunH. ing and receiving by wireless, two in struments being placed at opposite ends of the hall. There will abo be a concert and news and market reports similar to the Wednesday evening pro gram. It is announced that the two enter tainments will be given subject to v.eather conditions, which, if too un favorable, will make the demonstra tion impracticable. The public is also warned not to expect too much. The radiophone is not yet in as perfected a condition as the telephone or the Chonograph, and it is likely there will e some delays during the program. It is necessary that the machine be "put In tune" with the sendinir instrument in Denver, and there will probably, during the evening, be some waits of five or ten minutes, or even longer if things do not go just right. There may also be interruptions of one sort and another, caused by crossed wire less currents, but the entertainment will .be a marvel to all who hear it and will be well worth taking in, despite this sort of thing. The ad mission fee has been placed at 25 cents, and the Scouts should have crowded houses at both demonstra tions. 8-YEAR-OLD BOY IS ACCIDENTALLY SHOTJJYFATHER RODGER WILFORD LARK IN AL MOST INSTANTLY KILLED. Cleaning Friend's-Pitol, Which Still Contained a Shell Lad Buried Monday. Roger Wilford Larkin, egiht-yw-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Larkia, Svcond and Platt streets, wan almost Instantly killed about 9 o'clock Satur day night when a .45 caliber (Mfm automatic revolver, which the father was cleaning for Harve ShepartL a neighbor, was accidentally discharged. Mrs. ljtrkln had . I- i -uc. 1 t Ell wiv his bath, and had told him to ait en me coi ana looic over the comic papers until she had made his bed ready ftr him. After looking over the papers, the bov moved to th tat.u t i.T. with his ton. He was playing with th tov and talkino ih M. fail... V . , ' , - , -r .. ... inwici KIHIt the fatal accident happened. Air. xarxin had picked up the gua and was looking it over. He waa seated a few feet A WAV fmm Vila j want, in some manner, the weapon waa acci dentally flisrharcmrl nnrl 1ia caliber bullet child's heart, kohis- entirely through the body, entering between the fourth und fifth ribs on the ric-ht ri'Ia nl Dussintr out on th loft, m'.u .rt going through the heart. The bullet shattered a rung of the chair on which the child wus seated, went through double wall and into a work ba&ket that Was Diaced on ton nf n rlracj across another room. . The father did not realize, for ft time, that his son was injured, until he noticed t.h lnl fllllino- fmrrt ki chair and heard him crying, in a feeble voice, -rapa, papa." ihe child waa dead before aid could be summoned. Dr. Charles K. Slagle and another phy sician were in the neighborhood and were at once called to the scene of thm tragedy. The physicians said that in their opinion the boy was killed almost immediately when the bullet tnu-k HI heart. Rev. B. J. Minort was called and arrived a few seconds later, to flad that nothing could be done, as the lad had passed away. for a time it was feared that the father, who was crated with grief ovtr the .tragedy, would lose his -mtad. Roger waa his Idol and the two were I a. X II. .. i - a annua, lupcptmiuie, xoui mmner mom father are overcome with grief. Fnnaral fiarvinaa aeM hulsl HfMiilew at 2:30 from the First Baptist church. uev. u. j. Minort otridating. Inter ment was made in Greenwood ceme tery. According to Sheriff Miller, the fnttlAV uhn la n lnilwin1 krfelrMM.n several years ago accidentally shot and killed his brother while handling a re volver. Dr. J. P. Weyrens Is Chosen Burlington Surgeon at Alliance Word was received yesterday from Chicago that Dr. J. P. Weyrens of the , r. i i 1 1 r i , i sMdgie-weyrens vunic nau oeen ap pointed railroad surgeon at Alliance. For years there had been two author ized surgeons at this point ro that at all times the sen-ices of a duly author ized surgeon might be available. How ever, since Dr. Bellwood left for Cali fornia and the death of Dr. Hershro&n there had been but one appointment made, that of Dr. Charles E. Slagle, who represented the railroad company and it was not until yesterday that the second appointment was made. Alliance Elks to . .' Entertain Inspector on Friday Evening r a no ilpnuty era ml oynltAH nilpr Vine n nounced his official visit to AlUanoej lodge No. yoj, is. P. o. fciks, for Fri- rlotr Vhiia tr A TriAra u.'ill Ka effort made to get an extra large num ber oi tne antierea brethren out for the meeting. The initiatory ceremony will be exemplified, and other feature are planned for the occasion. Farmers and Union Men to Hold a Political Meeting A general meeting of union men and farmers will be held at the Baptist church next Wednesday afternoon, at which a permanent organization will be formed to keep the voters informed aij, to the political lineup in the com ing campaign. It is desired that the people of Alliance and Box Butte county know that this is not an effort to shut out any. All who are In for letter government and who want to throw their influence upon the side of right in o trice are asked to come. Farmers who are members of unions, and those who are not members ot unions, are wanted in these meetings. Business and professional men are. welcome. 1"