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STEVENS & BAKE, Editors and Pnovs.
SATURDAY. SEPT. 4th, 18S6. Own?'' to the crowded state of our editorial page, the convention calls will be found on the first page. Me. Beltw pays his respect to "No. 1" this week, who now has the floor for reply. It is hoped the controversy will be kept up 'until the people" thoroughly understand the situation of county affairs. The communication in The Tribune last week relative to county affairs should have been signed "Number One." This error was the result of the combiued effort of the intelligent compositor and the intelligent proof reader. Does Senator Van Wyck ask a re-election at the hands of the Republican party because he is a Republican? Does he ask a re election because he has been true to the Republican party and voted with the party on all test questions in the Senate? No, he makes no pretentions to being a Republican, and asks to be re-elected because he has played the part of a demagogue. The Republican State of Nebraska is going to send to the senate a straight Republican, and "don't you forget it." Under the law passed at the last session of the legislature we are to elect a county attorney at the approaching election. As he will be the prosecutor in criminal cases before the district court, it is im portant that he should be a man of experience, and especially in crim inal law. There are several lawers in the county possessing the necessary qualifications, but they do not care to accept the position as it would almost destroy their other practice, before the court Among those whose names have been suggested are J. S. Hoagland and J. "W. J3ixler. We do not know that either will consent to be a candidate, 1-jb they are both well qualified. Mr. Nesbitt has also been urged to be a candidate, but he already has one county office and objects to taking the whole earth. By the time the conventions meet it is hoped some good man will, be prepared to accept the nomination. During the past winter and summer there has been considerable said by the enemies of Mr. Eells relative to that gentlman's conduct or the county treasury. At one time it was fijrured bv the com- niiscioners that he was ten or twelve thousand dollars short or rather he owed the county that much on account of taxes not collected. Then it was reduced several thousand dollars. And now it seems that the head and front of his offending consists in redeeming a couple tnousand dollars m warrants, and stopping the interest on the same, rising money belonging to other funds then lying idle in the treasury. In this transaction the county was really the gainer by saving interest. An had it not been for the extra ordinary and some unforseen expenses of the county, there would have been no difficult7 in reimburs ing the funds before the money would have been drawn on. Know ing that this was the size of the offense, instead of answering his traducers Mr. Eells probably pre ferred to wait, expecting they would finally tell the truth. ATTEND THE PRIMARIES. Eds. Tribune. Your article in last week's Tribune urging voters to attend the primaries is a point well taken, and I earnestly second the proposition. In this year of grace when assistant Democrats are stalk ing through the laud disguised in the garb of mugwumps and reform ers, it not only behooves every true T?prnMirriTi fr Via cm nrno-r1 of. flir primaries but to attend the polls and administer a rebuke to the demagogues that will remind them that the spirit of Lincoln, of 'Stanton and of Grant is still extant, by rolling up a majority that will only be an admonition of what is to follow in 'S8. Put only true men in office; we want no traitors in the camp, and when the line of battle is formed we will surely march to victory. Republicans do your duty. Old Soldier. THE; EDITORIAL EXCURSION. The excursion of Nebraska pub lishers and journalists to the Pacific coast and intermediate points, under the . auspices of the State Press Association, was instructive and en joyable in spite of the heat and dust of mid-summer. As is usual on snoh expeditions.there were a variety oi occupations represented, but there was probably a larger percentage of bona fide newspaper men than ordinarily grace such excursions with their presence. Starting from Omaha on the 5th, the expedition proceeded on the Union Pacific road direct to Park City, Utah, where is located the eieDraiea unrano mine, one or. tne vinor mines of the rich mininjr t - - w TTI 1 C? 1 nil 1' c nr i rnn r-vrjii minimis nr rs have been invested in mills achinery and the output is i. X . 4-am r r - In xnnr nnproMnflr exoenses. OOIuness cuarcii3iuj uj. ion (when danger is not with a tew exceptions tne descended the perpen- i nnn vaat. intn t ip bowels of the earth and inspected the mazy labyrinths or the mine. The machinerv oueratinir the ele- vators and pumping the -water xrom this great depth is of the finest workmanship and stupendous pow- er, the lry-vheel ior the pumping engines being forty-five feet in di ameter. One wonders how such heavy machinery was moved up the canyon and placed in position, the altitude being about 8.000 feet. Spending the night in this busy mining camp (its quite a city, claimiuer 2.000 inhabitants), the excursionists arrived at Ogden in time to attend church on a hot Sab bath mornincr. a privilege embraced by nearly all the religious members of the party, including the writer and his better half, of course. The mormons held their services in the afternoon, at which meeting our party was well represented. A ride across the deserts of Utah and Nevada in the hot summer time is anything but enjdyable. Re versing the order of making up trains e:isfc of the Rockies, the Cen tral Pacific places the Pullmans as near the engine as possible, leaving the second-class and emigrants to enjoy the cloud of dust that almost constantly envelopes the rear. To read the guide books one would think he was going to pass through a beautiful land, but, gentle reader, dismiss any such vain impressions from your vivid imagination. An occasional oasis is a grand relief to the sago brush plains and hills. Down the Humboldt there is some improvement, but this is only a nar row valley. We gave our imagina tion full play, cut it loose to roam at will through nature's vast do mains, but could see none of the eloquence pictured by the poet, neither white-tailed antelope, foxes, bird or chick: "Go ye and look upon that land, That far, vast land that few behold, And none beholding, understand; That old, old land, which men call new, That land as old as time is old. Go journe' with the seasons through Its wastes, and learn how limitless, Now shoreless lie the distances, Before you come to question this, Or dare to dream what grandeur is. The solemn silence of that plain, Where unmanned tempests ride or reign, It awes and possesses you, 'Tis, oh, so eloquent. Some white-tailed antelope flow by, So fairy-like; some foxes, shy And shadow-like, shoot to and fro. Like weavers' shuttles, as you pass And now and then from out the grass. You hear some lone bird chick and call A sharp keen call for her lost brood, That only make the solitude, That mantles like some sombre pall, Seem deeper still, and that is ail." Just before dark we pnssed the '-sink of the Humboldt,1' about which, in boyhood days, we heard so much from returned Cali fornians. The river, which is about the same size throughout its length, here disappears into the sands of the plain, as do also the waters of the Carson and numerous other streams flowing from the eastward slopes of the Sierras. Theorists generally conclude that this water is evaporated into the at mosphere,but I am inclined to think that large portions of it finds its way through subteranean passages to the slopes of the Pacific and is the source of numerous springs, streams and artesian wells on that coast, the elevation being about 4,000 feet above sea level. Unfortunately for tourists the tram crosses the mountains both going and coming in the night and we missed seeing the far-famed scenery of the Sierra Nevadas. In the early morning we found our selves in the balmy, pine-laden atmosphere of the western foot hills, rapidly descending to Sacra mento. Breakfasting in the latter place, before noon we were comfort ably located in the Palace hotel, San Francisco. A description of this busy city would occupy pages suffice it to say that after visiting the principal points of interest in and about the city and taking a ride out through the Golden Gate into the Pacific ocean, through the kindness of Gen. Howard who placed the gov ernment steam yacht at our dispos al for that purpose, the party at the end of a week commenced its home ward journe, stopping a half da' in Sacramento, where they were entertained by the Pioneers' club and city officers. Nebraska is a high license state and many of its citizens are even prohibitionists: but human nature is weak and wine is winning. Touch not, taste not at home, but when tou are in Rome do as the Romans do, seemed to be the motto on this occasion. I might add, parenthetical ly, that had not the writer been detained from attending this banquet, per haps he would not be so keen to "give the boys away' After the banquet our excoursionists were conve'ed in carriages to principal points of interest in the city. The editors of Nebraska will long re member the warm hospitality and generous treatment shown them by the people of Sacramento. As the train moved out of the depot, three times three were given with a will in honor of the 49ers and the city. About thirty-five years ago in the then western states it was custom ary to call the eighth part of a dol lar a "bit" two bits, four bits, six bits being: common expressions. For some reasou the classical word disappeared from the vernacular, but I never knew where it went. I know now: The early emigrants carried it to California ' where it flourishes in all its poetical beauty. Inquire the price of an article, its a certain number of "bits." I heard an auctioneer selling some land. He had received a bid of seven dol lars and "three eighths" as he called it, and urgently asked for "four eighths." Such a thing as half a dollar is unknown in the Golden State. A run of forty hours brought us to Salt Lake, on the ISth. We were met at Ogden by a dep utation of Mormons, among them the mayor, police judge, sev eral aldermen, in fact nearly the whole city government of Salt Lake City and one of the twelve apostles. They were very pleasant and sociable, apparently quite anx ious that we should see things as they saw them. In a business point of view Salt Lake City is very dull. There is no building or improvements in pro gress that! could note. The cause of this stagnation is the irrepressi ble conflict between American and Jlormon institutions. The Mor mons yield obedience to United States laws at the point of the bay onet, but they are as much a for eign people as the Mexicans or the inhabitants of any foreign power. They acknowledge only one sover eign the church; and the head of the church is the autocrat whose edicts are law unto the faithful. They yield to no other power ex cept through force. It is this one man power more than polygamy the gentiles are contending against. Plural marriage, although being secretly consummated even now to a limited extent, is gradually dying out and perhaps in twenty-five years will be a thing of: the past; but Mormonism grows stronger and is spreading into the surrounding territories and there is some danger that it will even obtain ascendency in the state of Nevada. tiles constitute about the population of Salt and they pay two-fifths of the taxes. They own the mining prop erty, all but one of the banks, the hotels and most of the stores, but they have no voice in the govern ment of the city or territory. The are treated like aliens. Socially they constitute one class, the Mor mons another; there is no mingling. Every social gathering, is all saint or all gentile. As I said there is an irrepressible conflict existing between the principles of these two classes. What the outcome will be depends upon the laws enacted by congress. Every gentile resident of the territory is in favor of a radical change. They believe that the only way the territory can be governed in harmonv with American institutions repeal all territorial laws mi me gen-one-fifth of Luke Citv is to disfranchise every elector, and govern the territory through a commission similar to that in operation in the District of Colum bia. This would destroy the government by the church, open the country to immigration and the development of its vast agricultural and mineral resources. After spending two days viewing the sights in and about Salt Lake City, the excursionists took the Denver and Rio Grande narrow gauge road for Denver, stopping one day at Manitou, visiting the Garden of the Gods, cave of the winds, Ute pass, and other points of interest in the vicinity of this Saratoga of Colorado. None of the party I believe attempted to ascend Pike's Peak, only twelve miles distant to the summit, which was in plain view, even the signal station being visible ith the naked eye. Arriving in Denver Sunday evening the 22d. most of the party made a trip up Clear Creek as far as Silver Plume, to view the wonders of that famous canyon. On Tuesday evening, after nearly three weeks on the road, the excursionists boarded the B. & M. for their Nebraska homes, the writer however preferring to take the U. P. direct home. In this connection it is not out of place to refer to the various roads over which we traveled. The Central Pacific having the "dead open and shut" on the U. P. and D. & R. G. business, evidently takes things very leisurely, there being no great eifort to make fast time or even to keep up to schedule time. This is a matter of considerable grumbling among the train men of the D. & R. G., as that road is unable to make up lost time. The U P. folks can gain three or four hours from Ogden to North Platte, how ever, without any trouble and are always on time. The Central Pacific eating house system is inferior. Their cars of course are equal to any. The Denver and Rio Grande is the "scenic route." and in making the transcontinental trip the tourist should if possible return that way. The description of the passage over the mountains at Marshal Pass, where the road attains an altitude of nearly eleven thousand, feet do not approach the reality. The work must be seen to be understood. .Then there is the passage through Gunni son country, with its "numerous mountains, buttes. and canyons, all overtopped bv the majestic Roval the iirl:ansas. 1 he of necessity very steep, requiring two engines and sometimes three to haul the train. The little moguls "hump themselves" to keep up to schedule time, and they "get there" if the G. P. gives them a fair start. But of all the roads west of the Missouri river, the Union Pacific is Gorga- of grades are frequently R. & S. R. & S. n. order-to introduce here the celebrated si Biotas' lite wts for which we are sole agents in this section, we will, for the next week beginning Monday morning and end ing Friday night, give with each shirt an Earl & Wilson Collar. Our prices on these shirts! are $2 1 .25, $ 1 .50 and according to quality. We limit each customer to two shirts with collar thrown in. Remember the offer is for one . week only, -- i as we wish to introduce the shirt here. We are satisfied that once used you will use no other. ft ft 01-11(1 tlOiM Opposite the Postoffice. the best equipped and most care fully managed,- Considering the heav trains they are obliged to haul, the time is very fast and there is none lost by -unnecessary delays. The track anil road bed is in such excellent shape that the motion of the Pullman is scarcely perceptible. The U. P. eating houses are gener ally classed as a monopoly, which is probably a fact; but they serve the traveling public well. You will get a better meal, better cooked and a greater variety of dishes, at these hotels for seventy-five cents then you can get in San Francisco for "sixteen bits." The traveler and tourist will feel perfectly at home on the Union Pacific. L. A. S. r - county affairs. Editors Tribune: rdeem it necessary to -notice the article signed "No One", as he lays down the law to the commis sioners as follows: I our commissioners did not persistently vio late tholnw in JBsuinB warrants therq would bo no such item ns overdrafts appear in tho county treasurer's office. He goes on to say that the law limits to 75 per cent, etc. It was the limit in 1S81, but the law of 1S83 limits to S5 per cent until there is more than that amount col lected when warrants are again drawn till all the money is drawn out. The commissioners are posted; all of them are responsible and they take no risks. Now for the edification of "No One" and his circle of admirers, I will demonstrate how overdrafts are brought about and their evil influence. Tn the first place I will say it is a misnomer: there can be no more credits on a fund than debts. Every fund must stand alone; it is a term invented to be fog the- ignorant. The term has permeated the treasurers books from llies' time, who went out of office with 82,307 overdraft, till the late treasurer who went out of of fice with an overdraft of 82,387.41. Stated plainly, it is. the late treas urer turned into the commissioners S2,3S7.44: more general fund war rants than he could possibly by the collections of the general fund, to wit: collections, 83,402.27; total credits, So,S49.71; too many war rants, 82.3S7.44. The commission ers gave him credit for the warrants,- but they are plain matter of fact men and not posted in the moon-raking style of book-keeping. Th$r treasurer certified that there was 84.S48.S7 in the balance of the county funds. The -commissioners examined the books and found it the correct amount; but it appears that when the funds were turned over 'to the present treasurer they were apparently short 82.3S7.44, which are supposed to be long by overdraft. The statement pub lished by our present treasurer shows that he charges himself up with the full balances. Now if he were to be charged up with the full amount certified to he would be S2,3S7.44 out of pocket. It ap pears that the way our treasurer's certificates should read,! hereby cer tify that there is so much mone in the various funds but you know the are all short. Every fund should be as certified without re gard to other funds. County business should be con ducted on the same principle as pri vate business charge a man with all receives and credit him with all he accounts for. Now for the evil influence. The present treasurer would have to col lect 82,387.44 in the general fund and distribute it among the other funds to make them equal to what he certifies they are. He is collect ing the tax of 1SS5, consequently there will be that amount of 1SS5 warrants that cannot be paid. Such a system of doing business would injure the credit of the county and compel people to sell their warrants at a fearful discount, for there is no certainty that they will ever be paid. One large buyer of warrants began by discounting five per cent, but when he got posted on the moon-raking system of our treasury of overdrafts he dropped to ten per cent discount. Well, there is no use of more words, for overdraft died and was buried on the Sth of Januaiy. 1SSG. Now as for uNo One." It is to be regretted that he did not sign his name in full so that we might know to whom we are indebted for the wise remarks, for every time I see a poor fellow rolling in the gut ter, a fellow execution proof, a con stitutional liar or a horse thief, it will come into my mind that he may be "No One." I will never suspect a respectable man. I would advise you to change to "No Body." James Belton. No. 3496. NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION. Land Oilice at North Platte, Neb., ) AnKnst28th, 1SS5. ) Notice is hereby given that the following-named settler has filed notice of. his intention to mak e final proof in support of his claim and that taid proof will be made Ixiforo the Register and Re ceiver of the U. S. Land Office at North Platte, Neb., on October 12th, lfi, viz: Rolwrt Stewart who filed pre-emption declaratory statement No. 61'2J for the 6onthwest qnarter section 20, town ship 10, ranpc 33 vest. He names tho following witness's to provo his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land viz: William Mc Gahan, Owen McDonnell, John Manderville, and Homer Timberman. all of North Platte. Neb. 32-8 Wm. Neville, Register. Chattel Mortgage Sale. Notice is hereby given that by virtne of a chat tel inortjwe dated on the 14th day of May, 1SSJ, executed bv Arthnr B. Upton to A. D. Bnctworth, and dnly tiled and recorded in the offico of the connty cleik of Lincoln conuty, Nebraska, on the 14th day of May, lHSo. to secure the payment of the fcnm of one hundred and twelve dollar with interest at the rate of ten per cent per an num after tho lUhday of Angnst, default havina been made in tho payment of eaid nm, therefore I will s'li the property therein de scribed, to-wit: One pray maro about ten years old, one Caldwell waeon, ono set donble harness, one iron frame McCormiclr mowint; machine, one Canton, Ohio, snlky hay rake, one iron beam stirrinK plow called Norwegian, one rod break ing plow, and one square hnrrow, or so much thereof a3 may be necessary to pay tho said sum of one hundred and twelve dollars, intorent, costs and accruing costs, at public auction in front of Besack's livery stable, in the city of North Platte. Nebraska, on Saturday, October 2d, 1E6G, at 2 o'clock p. m. of said day. Dated August aW...LTJKEnA1Eyf 33.1 Sheriff of Lincoln County, Neb. EIEST NATIONAL BANE, L- VJU UJLJL JL -A-V.V V UWJ JL j Jm Authorized Capital, $200,000, Paid in Capital, $0,000, J. II. McCONNELL, President. JAS. SUTHERLAND. Cast, P A. D. BUCKWORTH, Yice Pres. SAM'L GOOZEE, Asstant .Her. Banking In All Its Branches Transa ted Sell Bills of Exchange Direct on Great Britain and Ireland, S ?er land, France, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Sweden, Denma Italy, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Gernnin and Austria. ? INTEREST PAID ON TIME DEPOSITS. 0CnE5JRJE3S3PO3NTID-E-N"0E3 SOIiIOITEL. O c c C) o o Q 1881. 1886. ; W. W. BIRGE, LUMBER, Lath, Shingles, POSTS, LIME, CEMENT, Building Paper, IN ANY DESSRED QUANT5TY. Fifth Street, Cor. Locuet, Opposite Baptist Church, North Platte, - Nebraska, i-t- (ft c Z5 CD Q C. C. HAWKINS. HawMns E. L. PEAESE. Pearse, NEW HARNESS SHOP ! Harness, Saddlery and Trimmings. ALL REPAIRING PROMPTLY ATTENDED TO. An Inspection of our Stoclr Respectfully Iiwi u. ' Front Street. Opposite U. P. Depot, IfcToxtlb. Platte, - "LTeTorasKa. B eick Liyeey Stable,. "E3u-n. "b3r ID. 'w""- Besacfe:, FIRST-CLASS RIGS FURNISHED on short notice and at reasonable rates. Horses boarded by the week or month. Careful and competent employes. Stable opposite the Hawley House on east Fifth street, NOETH PLATTE. J. Q. THACKER KEITH'S BLOCK, FliOXT STREET, OPPOSITE PACIFIC HOTEL. iSTOKTH PLATTE, -- NEBEASKA. WE AIM TO HANDLE THE BEST GRADE OF GOODS, SELL THEM AT REASONABLE PRICES, AND WARRANT EVERYTHING AS REPRESENTED. Orders from the country and along the lino of the Unionv Pacific Railway Solicited. E. B. WARNER, North ' Platte, Nebraska. CONSTANTLY IN STOCK METALLIC and CLOTH QUAFSD CASKETS In White and Black. Gloss White Caskets. Wooden Coffins of all Sizes. Shrouds and Shoes for Men, Women and Children. complete stock oif TinyEnymQs,. Telegraph Orders Promptly Attended to. Open Day and Nighty ENBALMING A SPECIALTY.