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IRA L. BAKE, Editor and Publisher. SUBSCRIPTION HATES: One 1'car by Mull In Advance. . . .IS1.2& One Year by Currier in Advance. .$1.50 Entered nt North Platte, Nobraaka, Postolllco aB Second CIuhs Matter FJtUlAY JlECEMIIEK 21, 191S. FOSTElt RECALLS 3IA8SACKB AT FT. PHIL KEARNEY, John A. Foster, of this city, called our nttcntion Tuesday to the fact that tho Indian massacro at Ft. Phil Kear noy occurred fortynlno years ago that day. Mr. Foster was a member of C company, Second Battalion, Eigh teenth Infantry, that liad beon sent to Montana, along with a troop qf tho Second cavalry, in July, 18CC, to con struct Fb. Plijll Kcarnoyl Ho had chargo of tho men who wcro cutting and hewing tho logs for tho fort. which was situated ou it p.ncnu be tweon tho Big and Littlo Pltioy rivers. In tho logging gang thcro wore forty ono cuttors and teamstors, and at tho fort slto woro eighty-one men who wore constructing tho buildings and corrals. During tho afternoon of Dccombor 21st tho men started in from tho woods, Intending to rest up a few days before Christmas, taking with them tho wagon train. When nearlng tho fort so-called oven though tho build ings woro not completed they licard firing in tho valley of ono of tiio riv ers, and presuming that tho command had been attacked by Indians with whom they had previously had sovoral Bkirmlshcs they made all posslblo hasto to tho fort to hotter arm them eolves and go to tlio relief of tho com miand. By tho tlmo tlio fort was readied tho firing had ceased, nnd at tho samo timo sovoral small bands of Indians appeared and began an at tack on Foster and his men. Tho lat ter, howovor, woo well, protected by tho buildings and corrals, and thoy succeeded in driving off tho Indians with tlio loss of hut ono man this man having stuck his head abovo tho cnclosuro rccolved a bullet In the fore head nnd fell dead. When tho Indians retired and it was afterwards learned that thero were 2,700 of them and all Sioux Fos ter and hia men went to tho battle Hold and found nip the olghty-ono men dead; not ono had escaped the mas sacrc. Tho men lind been surrounded in a couplco from which escape was impossible. Tho bodlos of the mon woro otrlppcd of ovory shred of cloth ing, each man was scalped and his heart cut out, and the bodies otherwise savagoly mutilated. Tho Indians wore nrniod with both guns and bows and arrows, and somo or the bodlos bo sldo having sovoral gun shot wounds liad n half a dozen nrrows sticking in them. When Foster nnd Ills mon reached the battloflold tho roar guard of tho Indians carrying their dontl and wounded could bo seen wending their vay up the valley. Jdijlteraii Clu-Minns Day Services. Mornfng service at 7 o'clock by tho choir: "Holy Night" by tho men; pro cessional hymn, "Come Hither Ye Faithful"; chorus, "Thy Light is Como;" duet, "Star of Bothleliom," Messrs. Mooro and Yost; tenor solo, "How Beautiful Upon tho Mountains," Mr.. Brown; baritone and tonor solos, "And there woro Shophords,' Mossrs. Edw. and Goorgo Thompson ami tho Choir.; women's chorus, "Tho Song of tho Angels;" contralto solo, "Oh, Thou Who by a Star Didst Quldo," Mrs. Huff man: offorlng and prayer. Chor us, Sing, Oh Yo Hoavons;" tenor solo, "Seek Yo tho Lord,' Mr. Mooro; men's chorus, "Oh Come All Yo Faithful;'' eoprano solo, "Glory to God," Miss Huffman; euphonium solo, "Borsouso from Joculm," Arthur Tramp; chorus, "Hall Hudoomor and King." KocosbIoh al hymn, "Hark the Herald Angols Sing." Sunday school sorvlco in tho ovon ing around tlio Christmas tree. A sor vice entitled "Christmas Pralso" will bo used. This consists of splendid Christmas songs and rocltatlons, all nbout tho Christ child and tho sacred ovontH Biirrouiidlng His birth. To de volop tho truo Christmas spirit an offering will bo rccolved in envelopes provided for tho purposo and other wise for tho ba.iullt of tho colleges of the Lutheran ehurcli. A splendid sor vlco ami llbor.il o'iorlng Iq being pro oared for. Thoro will he n oveutu.j service on Pandit; only t'tt Sunday school and iinmlng worship. To tho Public Huviug made aottlomont with tho In surance company, I will start to ro movo tho old barn, I will do business In tho front part of tho old barn until I got tho now ono erected. Will have all ldnds of food, flour, potatoes, wheat oata corn anything in tlio food lino at prices that will mnko you sit up and notico. Call or phone mo, aa I uood your business. JULIUS MOGENSEN. For Sale. Good geatlo family milch cow. 504 south Willow, Phono Black 716. Oltf WATEH C03I3IITTEE MAKES ItEPOHT TO COUNCIL. At a meeting or tnc city council Tuesday evening tho water committee Bubmttcd a report which Is appended, This report was received but not adopted: North Platte, Nebr., Dec. 21, 1015. To the Hon. Mayor & City Council, North Platte, Nebraska. Gontlomen: Your Water jCommitteo held a meet ing with tho Water Commissioner at which tho financial condition of tho Water dopartment was taken up and after thoughtful discussion and care ful consideration of the question thoy havo decided to submit for your con sideration tho following report nnd recommendations. From information furniBhed by tho Water Commissioner wo find that 345, or 32 por cent, of tho water consumers furnished hut 7 por cent, or ?G20.40 of tho revenuo, nn avorngo of $1.80 per year por consumer. 282 or 8G per cent of tho water con sumers furnished but 15 per cent or "ujh.ou oi tno revenue, an nvcrago water used in tho samo quarter tho of $4.20 per year per consumer. rnto to bo 12c por 1000 gallons. 194 dr 17 por cent of tho water Tho other rates to remain as nt consumors furnished 1C por cent or present, with discount of ono cont por $1441.50 of tho revenuo, an avorago iooo gallons on nil water used if paid of $7.44 por year per consumer. within ten days 'after samo becomes 208 or 25 per cent of tho water con- 'duo. sinners furnished 62 per cent or, Your committee also considered $5437.55 of tho rovenue, an avorago tho question of raising tho water rates of $20.24 per year per consumer. In other words 75 per cont of the wator consumers furnished but 38 por ccnt oi tno revenuo tnus putting tlio bulk of the ,rovcnuo all on ono class , ot consumers, compelling tlicra to pay, more than their proportionate sharo ' whilo furnishing wator to over 50 per cent oi tno consumers at less than actual cost of pumping nnd distrlbu- ting tho water. Whero could you Jiire a boy to pump wator with an ordinary pump for a family for 15c a month yet 32 por cent of tlio wator consumers last year paid 15c a month or 45c a qunrter for the water they used. Ttl flllV llllultinatf tli.tn n nnvlnln ' ... .,uu...v.ou u utu iviuiui overhead charges which go on whether tlio volumo of business bo largo or small and tho same is truo of tho waterworks. Steam must bo kept up,1 tho pumps must be kept running every mlnuto of the 24 hours and everything bo In readiness to furnish water for' oither flro or domestic uso at a mo-1 mont's notice. Then thcro is also the oxponso of tho water commissioner, hls office expenses, bookkeeper and other assistants, which go on whether 1,000 or 1,000,000 gallons per day is pumped. Tho wator must bo kept in tho mains under pressuro nt all times so that any tlmo day or ntght any ono of thtf 1200 or more consumers may draw water. This sorvlco costs money and costs tho wator department prac tically tho samo for each consumer sorved wliothor tho consumer draws one gallon or ono thousand gnllons. Thoroforo, it appears to your com mittee, that there should bo somo sort 3C OPEN AN ACCOUNT VITH The First National Bank or- KOItTlI J'LATTJS, XUniiASlCA. Member Federal Reserve Bank System. One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars. 0 n STABILITY, EFFICIENCY AND SERVICE H HAVE BEEN THE FACTO ItS IN THE GKOWTJl OF THIS BANK, AND THE SAME CAHEFUL ATTENTION IS GIVEN To" SMALL ACCOUNTS AS IS GIVEN TO LARGE BALANCES. INTEREST PAID ON D 3Egir 1 ffi excellent taste. We have styles ranging from $2.25 up. North Platte Light& Power Co. of a sorvlco chargo made each con Burner sufficient to cover tlio expenso of this service and maintain tho plant jn 8Uch unseasonable and wet years as ( tho present ono has been and would recommend that tills chargo bo GOc I)or ,montli nor connumnrnr six rlnltun. a year por consumer. By consumer is meant, each family occupying a dwelling or each bus! ncss omce or nrm occupying a room or suite of rooms in a cupylng a room or suit of rooms In a business block and having access to water or toilet faclities. Wo would further recommend that each consumer paying a service charge may without further expenso bo per mitted to uso any nmount of water during tho year, which at regular rates would not exceed tho amount of tho service chargo paid for said year. Your committee would also recom mend tho following changes in water rates as t follows: For the first 50,000 gallons of water used in any ono quarter the rate to bo 15c por 1,000 gallons. For tho next 50,000 gallons of instead of nuttinc on a sorvlco chariro but abandoned the idea after careful consideration for tlio following roa- sons: Koferrlng to an earlier portion of this report It was stated that 32 per cent of our consumers paid an nveraco 0f $1.80 a year for wator tho past year or an avorago of 45c per quarter or 15c a month under a rato nf ir.o. per thousand gallons of wator. To bring in sufficient revenue this rato would necessarily Jjavo to bo raised to 25C or 30c per 1000 gallons wth corresponding raises in tho othor rates. The first tendency of tills rniso would ho to cause consum- 1 . .. ... urg 10 curiau sun lurtnor in tno nsn of water both for domestic and lawn service than at present and tho Wator Department in order to keep the water fresh would havo to flush hydrants and 2 inch pipes more frequently than now causing an added expenso to tho mnlntcnanco of tho plant. Then in dry years increased rates would make the cost ot sufficient water for lawn sprinkling nnd gardens nlmost nro- liibltlve and placo tho big burden of tho revenue o ntho small consumer. On the nfw ,im. , .... ...... . 0yiW uHui-jju u,o highest rato can bo left at 15c and tho service chargo will allow tho uso of sufficient wator for domestic purposes and nlso a small lawn or garden at a cost not exceeding the sorvlco chargo of six dollars, for at 15c this pays for 44,000 gallons of water during tlio year and furnishes sufficient rev enue to maintain the plant during wet years, while if tho year is dry and more water is needed thnn tho servico 3CZ3 TIME DEPOSITS. 3t Next to the Flat Iron the Toaster Is the most generally used Electric Appliance. It makes an ideal gift, useful attractive and in charge pays for tho consumer gets tho additional wator at Buch a xato that ho can afford to uso It, in othor words tho service chargo is only felt in wet or unseasonable years when tho con sumption of wator is below normal, tho cost of furnishing wator is tho great est and revenues aro lightest whilo increased rates aro felt keenest in dry years when consumption is largest, tho cost of .furnishing -water is least and revenues aro greatest Wo ask that should our recommend atlons bo approved by you thoy bo in corporated into an ordinance and in troduced at tho next regular Council meeting. Respectfully submitted, . H. M. POTTEK, Chairman, V. VON GOETZ, J. H. VAN CLEAVE, L. F. SIMON, Wator Committee, Tho Land of Largo Families. In his article on tlio winter life of tlio French Canadians in Hnrpcr'a Howard 12. Smith tells of the ex iraordlnnry large fnmllies of theso slmplo folk, "Soon the twilight grow to night, anil tho large lamp on the table cast Its orange glow over the room and the long table tilled with steaming dishes. 'ou have u largo family, madam,1 I remarked, as thoy gathered about tile table. "'Oul. monsieur, wo are Hlxtccn. It la a good gift to le bon, Dleti, nV.,t pas she said, turning toward the cure. "Cost vrai. mon enfant, it in. There is no bettor gift tuuu that of another child to .his kingdom.' "I could not but romeiubor that the law hiw also encouraged large fami lies by passing u bill nt Quebec giv ing ten acres of land -to any family having from that tjuio forth twelve or more children, and how in two years tho law was repealed because the do mand on those ten aero lots was in execssof the supply." Strawberry Nooo. Tho most distressing of facial de formities, rkinophyma. which is char acterized by a mucl swollen and red dened tip of the nose, making this look like a huge strawberry or a piece of cauliflower that has been dipped in beet Juice, muy be cured by a simple operation. Sir William Milllgnn of the Royal inllrniary, Manchester, England describes this in the London Lancet'. The operation consists in cutting off all tho hypcrtrophied tissue, while the nasal passages aro kept extended with absorbent wool in order to preserve their contour. Care is taken to avoid injury to the lateral cartilages, and only two insignificant blood vessels re- iuu ijuis. J e raw suriaco is cov n.t..n A ..I. flit. . . ( pretl with two thin grafts of skin cut from tlio iintlnnt'.y tlik'li sheet of gold leaf is placed and a dry dressing fastened with adhesive plas ter. It should bo posslblo to remove the dressing in five days. Races Within Raco3 In the Balkans. Language and religion are not the only basis of the intense subdivision of feeling in the Balkans. The whole re gion Is parceled out among race frac tions, somo of which aro no larger thnn ,n hamlet. Roumanians, Bulgarians, "Servians and Greeks have a sharp con sciousness of race persistence, and at the same timo every stato is intent upon breaking up the race units of oth or peoples which exist within its bor ders. If Greece wero peopled only by Greeks nnd Bulgaria by Bulgarians and Servla by Servians, the task would bo easier. It is a curso to tho peninsula that tho villagers have pushed this way and that wherever thero. was va cant land or wherever they could mnko a vacancy by driving out the previous holders. The result is tho creation of race Islands in the midst of angry race seas. Albert Bushnell nart In Outlook. Making tho Insects Speak. In the biographies of tho world there Is no passage moro human nnd more humorous than the account by M. Fabro of his first intcrviow with Pas teur, who bad never seen a cocoon and was astonished that thero was any thing in it. He concludes the account thus: "Encouraged by tho magnificent example of the cocoons rattling in Pas tour's astonished cars, I have made it my rulo to ndopt tho method of Igno rance in my Investigations into in sects. I read very littlo. Instead of turning the pages of books, an expen sive proceeding quite beyond my means, instead of consulting other peo ple, 1 persist obstinately in interview lng my subject until I succeed in male lug him speak." London Spectator. DANCING LATEST BALLROOM DANCES, Taught in Your Home W. Christie-Adams Direct From Now York, City. 415 West 5th St. Phone 873. Elizabeth-Kaar Langston Teacher ot Music. i STUDIO 122 WEST FHONT. THE MEDICINAL MISTLETOE. An "All-hoale" of the Ancients Myth Concerning tho Paracito. . . "A monster In botany, a dryad in mythology, a panacea in therapeutics nud a perennial Yulctldo symbol" b the traditional character assigned to tho vlscum album, "all-heale," or mis tletoe, by Dr. John Knott in tho New York Medical Journal. The mistletoe nt Clirlstmastlde is hailed by doctors as an old acquaintance, the legend of whose healing virtues is still potent in the practice of somo of that respecta ble profession. For nt least twenty centuries Its air lodged rootlets havo penetrated with the mystery of their origin tho pages alike of folklore and of botanical and medical literature. Suspended green In wintry branches, the parasite was by Its strange con trast of environment invested with nwo and religious dignity by the Celtic Druids nnd outrivaled in fume iwnong the western nations the lotus of tho KgyptlaiiR. Vergil compared its mys terious leafage and fruitage to the Si byl's "golden bough." The Sibyl of Scandinavia was wakened from Lokl's iron sleep to prophesy tho death by iho mistletoe of the bright sun god Balder. Its nourishing amid the dead starkness of winter may account for the fatal qualities assigned to the ever green by tho northern nations, but also its wondrous vitality made it a symbol of resurrection, peace and healing. Pliny in Philemon Hollnnd's qunlnt translation thus describes the herb in the quaint and ancient ceremony of the Druids: "They call it in their lan guage All-nenle (for they haue uu opin ion of It Unit it cureth all maladies whatsocuorj, and when thoy are about to gather it, after they haue well & duly prepared their sacrifices and fes- tiual cheero vuder the said tree, they bring thither two yong bullocks milk white, such as uouor drew in yoke nt plow or wain, and whoso heads were then nnd not before bound by tho horn, which done, tho priest, nraled In a surplcsso or white vesture, cllmbeth vp- into the tree nud with a golden nooke or mil cutteth it off, nnd thev beneath receluo' It in a white soldiers cassock or coat of arms. Then they fall to kil the beasts aforesaid for sac- nuce, rauinoiing many oraisons & praying dciioptly; that it would please liod to blesse this gift of his to the good and benefit of all those to whom he had vouchsafed to giuo It Now this persuasion they haue of Mlssclto thus gathered, That what liuhig crea tures soeuer (otherwise .barren) do drink of It, will presently become fruit- full thereupon; nlso, that It Is. a sou- eralgn couutrepolson or singular rome- die ngalust all vernilne. So 4-nIn and superstitious are innny nations in the world and oftentimes In such friuolous nnd foolish things as these." Sir Thomas Browne was a bit skep tical of its qualities as a panacea, nnd modern medical authorities almost uni versally scout its therapeutical preten sions, Strangely enough, the survival of Its medicinal use In England Is "as a popular remedy In cases of cardiac trouble." Affections of the heart, we doubt not, have been successfully treated by nfeans of tho mistletoe. But we venture a lay opinion that tho pa tients wero young, tho plant was sus pended above their heads and was effi cacious only in the joyous Christmns season. Quaint Yuletide Belief. A quaint and strange superstition holds In the Alps to this day regard- ng Christmas. It Is believed that cat tle have the power of speech given them on that holy occasion, but that it Is a sin for any ono to eavesdrop upon them. True Giving Season your love gifts with judgment. Tho pains you take to divine tlio taste and desire of tho dear one whoso happiness you would enhance at this holy season aro worth far more than the gift itself. These money cannot buy. Mny I add to this friendly admonition an Injunction to give to those from whom you do not hope to receive again? Tlio founder of our faith cited as one test of his dlvino com mission, "To tlio poor tho gos' pel is preached." Now, if over, the needy and the suffer ing uro our brothers and sis ters. Tho plain spoken apos tle who was our Lord's near of kin puts this anions iho heart searching questions: If a brother or sister be naked nnd destitute of dally food and one of you say unto him, 'Depart In peace! Be yo warm ed and nilcdl Notwithstand ing yo glvo them not those things which are needful to tho body what doth it prof it?" "Peace on earth, good will toward men!" should bo set to heart uuisic and tho dally life, throughout Chrjstmns week nt least, move in nccordanco with It Let us accept as tho prayer which consecrates us to tho Christlike work tlio Quaker poet's inspired line: ' "Salvation from our selfish ness." Marion Ilnrland. SANTA CLAUS? SURELYl How Could Any One Doubt His Exist once Who Knows the Facts? Many years ago the New York Sun published tho following editorial In an swer to this question. It was written by Frank P. Church and has becomo ono of tho classics of modern Christmns litera ture. We take pleasure in answering nt once, and thus prominently, the com munication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of tho Sun: Dear Editor I am eight years old. Soma of my littlo friends say thcro Is no Santu ClnuH. Papa says, "If you see It In the Sun It's so." Plaaso tell mo tho truth Is thero a Santa ClnusT VIRGINIA O'lIANLON. 113 West Ninety-fifth Street. Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical nge. They do not believe except they sec. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, nre little. In this great universe of ours man is n men insect, an nut, In ids intellect as com pared with Iho boundless world nbout him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping tho whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly ns love and gen erosity nnd devotion exist, and you know that thoy abound and glvo to your life its highest beauty and Joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there wore no Santa Claus! It would bo as dreary us if there were no Vir ginias. Thero -would ho no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood tills the world would bo extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus? You might as well not bellovo in fairies! You might get your papa to hlro men to watch In all the chimneys on Christ mas, ovo to catch Santa Claus, but even if tliey did not see Santa Claus coming down what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things iu the world are those that neither children nor men can sec. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof tlint they are not there. No body can conceive or Imagine all the wonders that aro unseen nnd unseeable in the world. You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes tho noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man or even tho united strength of all the strongest men that over lived could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that cur tain and view and picture tho supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah. Vlrglniu, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Cluus! Thank God! lie lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Vlrginin, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, ho will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. Appropriate Christmas Favors. No matter what tho weather may be, tho Christmas favors should carry out tho Idea of snow and cold weather. One of the daintiest favors for the Christmas dinner table is the snowbnll made of glistening whito nnd sur mountcduj5Pn sprig of holly. When these are ;nu'gmented by the huge ball for tho Center, which is also madn of paper anil has a rich red ribbon draped across it and is trimmed with holly, tho .wholo Christmns atmosihero is complete. Another appropriate place ment Is the funny snow man with Ills black stovepipe hat and beady eyes. He, too, can bo made in a larco slzo nnd used for tho center piece. Then thero aro green baskets with holly perched jauntily on the bandlo. nnin. settins and Santa Clauses. There is no lack of Incenultv In 1T.1V hnllilm. favors. Christmas as it Should Be f When Christmas is made an occasion for sending ex pensive presents of all sorts und to all sorts of people sim ply ns a compliance with tho fashion of tho hour, tho most beautiful of festivals is made cheap and tawdry by gross misuse. The vnluo of tho present lies iu the sincerity of tlio feeling which it repre sents, says Hamilton Wright Mnble, and the expression, not only of regard, but also of respect for tho recipient. Wnen persons of moderate means make gifts entirely out of relation to their in comes and their usual way of living thero Is no real hon or either in the sending or in tho acceptance of the remem brance. Tlio day which com memorates the birth of a lit tlo child in a manger ought to bo kept holy by simplicity, sincerity, nbsence of preten' sion and the Joy of the heart . At '4,- .