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Deposits in this bank have the additional security of the De
positors Guarantee Fund of the State of Nebraska.
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Loup City State Bank
loup City, Nebraska.
We pay 5 percent interest on time deposits
J. G. IPageler
| Loup City, — Nebraska

, All Auctioneering business attended to
> promptly. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Give
* me a trial.
Residence for Autos; Farms for Autos
Small Farms for Larger Ones;
Residence for Horses;
All Kinds of Exchanges at All Times also
City and Farm Property for Sale
The Exchange Man, W. P. REED
When in !
Need of |
or first-class l
of all dimensions,*
We also have a car of Coke. |
We also have a good line of Fence posts, range-1
ing in price from ten to fifty cents. ^
Phone Red 29 and you will receive prompt attention I
Why buy Flour shipped here by outside mills
when you can get
Loup City White Satin Flour
for less money, and every sack guaranteed.
All dealers handle our flour.
Loup City, Nebraska.
All Auctioneering Business Attended to
promptly. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Give
me a trial.
>ee my price and make your dates at the First National Bai
Let the Northwestern visit your
home during 1915. You will like it.
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Office Phone. Red 138. Residence, - Black 138
J. W. BURLEIGH.Editor and Pnb. J. R. GARDINER Manager
Every subscription is regarded as an open account. The nataes of
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of time paid for, if publishers shall be notified; otherwise the subscription
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must understand that these conditions are made a part of the contract
between publisher and subscriber.
Last week the Northwestern received a circular
letter on ihe subject of cure of crooked teeth, which
on its face looked good to print for the benefit of the
general public on the feed-grinding proposition. But,
lo! on submitting the letter to one of our dentists it
was discovered that in the body of said article
was a drug preparation named so deceptively as to
almost fool the very elect, showing the reason why the
article had been sent broadcast, the people sending
out the letter doing so to deceive newspapers into
publishing the same gratis and thus the grafters
get free advertising out of the easy-mark newspaper
fraternity. We speak of this only to show that the
newspers are worked from every quartar by grafters
of all sorts in supposed good-for-the-public informa
tion. It is a pretty safe guide to go by to turn down
all this kind of stuff. When will the fraternity get
wise to this common form of securing free advertising
at their expense?
The earthquake horror in Italy seems to increase
in number of deaths and destruction to property as
later reports are received, instead of diminishing, as
is usually the case in great disasters. For instance,
in one town of 10,000 it is claimed not over 2 to 3 per
cent of the population survived, while in some other
towns of several thousands of inhabitants scarcely
any number survived, and practically every build
ing was demolished. In every town and city in the
earthquake zone, it is also claimed great numbers, of
the people have been buried alive in the ruins. Could
any world horror exceed this latest?
Later—Dispatches in the dailies of Monday tell of
an additional quake in Italy, following the above,
which swallowed up large numbers of people together
with hundreds of those who were trying to rescue im
prisoned victims in the ruins and were themselves
either killed, wounded or buried beneath additional
falling walls of buildings throughout the ill-fated dis
Congressman Kinkaid is being roasted by some of
the anti-suffragists because he voted in the house in
favor of the suffrage constitutional amendment. And
why shouldn’t he? The Big Sixth, which he repre
sents, gave some 3,000 majority in favor of equal suf
frage at the Late election, even if the balance of the
state did have enough majority the other way to
defeat it. And our Moses is representing the Big
Sixth, isn’t he? What is the matter with you
a(u)nties, anyway? Do you want him to play traitor
to his constituants, as did Bryan in the National De
mocratic convention, when he went back on his in
structions for Champ Clark?
A bill has been introduced in the legislature for
a state printing establishment, but we notice that in
the bill there is omission of the governor’s recommend
ation that it be run with convict labor. We hardly
though* it possible that the legislative bodies would
stand such a fool recommendation and insult to the
printers of the state.
And the cost of living goes higher with leaps and
bounds. Just think of it; flour $8.00 per barrel in
New York last Friday, and other stuff going up like
sky-rockets. No wonder the government probe is be
ing set to work to investigate the whys. And while
this is the case, business interestsjreport unusual dull
ness. More whys.
Flour was sailing at Hastings last Friday at $2.10
per sack and wheat at $1.25 per bushel.
Pay Millioas to People ia Labor,'Taxes and for
Supplies Every Year.
It is a strange fact, but neverthe
less true, that in times past the peo
ple of the average state have not re
garded their railroads as an “indus
try”—and yet, next to agriculture,
there is not a single Central or West
ern state in which the railroads do
not pay out more money for labor and
supplies than does any other single
enterprise, however large. We brag
about our fertile farm lands and re
joice that bur cities are tilled with
big factories with big pay rolls which
create a market for farm products—
but we forget that more working
men’s families depend upon the rail
roads for a living than upon any
other one industry in either the aver
age state or the nation and that their
welfare is therefore closely linked to
that of the farmer and the merchant
—not merely because they furnish
him freight and passenger service,
but because the millions they dis
burse in one way and another con
tribute tremendously to the prosper
ity of the state in which we live.
Thus, for instance, the railroads are
the largest taxpayers in the state of
Nebraska, their taxes for the calendar
year of 1913 having amounted to over
$2.553,000—and this tidy sum contrib
uted its full share toward the support
of every public school, public highway
and other revenue expense of the
In round figures, the railroads of
Nebraska are valued at approximately
$275,000,000—money which, in years
gone by, was invested in these great
arteries of commerce by thousands ol
men and women who live all over the
U. 8. and in Europe and without
whose financial aid the wonderful
progress of our great common wealth
would have been impossible.
During the last year the railroads
of Nebraska employed 30,634 men anc
women in this state, and paid to then:
over "$20,000,000 in salaries—and these
millions did theif full share to create
a profitable market for Nebraska farir
products and to uphold the volume o1
of business of Nebraska grocers, clotlt
iers, dry goodsmen and others who de
pend upon public patronage.
In other words, when the people ol
Nebraska look at their railroads ir
the light of an industry—when thej
look at the figures on the other side ol
the ledger—they will find that not
only do the railroads return to them
in one w>ay and another practically
every dollar they collect within the
Btate for freight and passenger serv
ice, but that a number of lines are
actually doing this business at a loss,
while with others the margin of profit
is so small that it doesn't begin to
pay a fair return upon the capital
In this connection, we wish to di
gress for a moment to quote somesta
tistics which should have had a place
in a former article. It costs an aver
age of 7 mills per mile to haul a tor
of freight in the United States, where
as in England it costs 2 33 cents, ir
Germany 1.42 cents, and in France 1.41
cents. In the United States the aver
age wages paid to railroad employees
are $2.23 per day, in England $1.15,
and in Germany and France not ovei
$1 per day. The English railroads are
oapitali/.ed at $265,000 per mile, in
France at $137,000 per miles, in Ger
many at $114,185—While in the United
States the stock and bond capitaliza
tion averages only $63,000 per mile.
In view of this reasonable compari
son, do American railroads deserve
the wholesale denunciation which has
been heaped upon them?
Losstft Under Present Rates.
As evidence of the justice of the
plea of the Nebraska lines that three
cent passenger rates should be re
stored, during the fiscal year ending
J une 30, 1913, the Missouri Pacific
lost $153,560 on the total volume of
its Nebraska business—both state and
interstate included. The Missouri Pa
cific has 371 miles of railroad in the
state and the above deficit means that
it sustained an actual operating loss
of $166 per mile upon properties val
ued by the englneerof the State Rail
way Commission at $32,633.60 per
mile. During this time it paid $1,207,
260.64 in salaries bo its Nebraska em
ployees and over $105,000 in taxes.
During the calendar year ending
December 31, 1914, the St. Joseph &
Grand Island Railway sustained an
actual operating loss of $82,494 or a
deficit of $768 per mile on properties
valued by the engineer of the State
Railway Commission at $22,596.46 per
During the same period, the Rock
Island, which has 24C miles of road
wibhitr the state, showed netearnings
of only $194 per mile upon properties
valued by the State Railway Com
mission at $43,643.92 per mile. Dur
ing the year 1914, the Rock Island
earned only W little more than $16,000
on all its Nebraska business, *hlle
inthe meantime it paid out more than
$1,500,000 in salaries, taxes, for ties,
fuel and other supplies and materials.
The Northwestern, which is one of
the stronger lines of the state, has
1,065 miles of road in Nebraska upon
which during the calendar year end
ing December 31, 1913, it earned
$1,130 per mile. The physical valua
tion placed upon the Northwestern is
$35,436.39 per mile, which means that
on this basis it earned only a little
better than 3 per cent on its investr
menu, in a greater or less degree
the same conditions prevail with ref
erence to several other lines. Since
the above figures were complied—and
they are taken from the report of the
Nebraska Railway Commission and
therefore should be entitled to the
highest public confidence as to their j
conservatism—a reduction of 20 per
cent in interstate freight, known as
Order No. 19 has gone into effect
and this means, therefora, that from
this time forward the showing of the
various roads will be much lower than
the figures cited above which were
based upon railroad incomes before
the 20 percent freight reduction went
into effect. While both freight and
passenger rates have been inadequate
for a number of years in Nebraska
and adjoining states—yet in the pas
senger department they are nothing
short of confiscatory and hence the
plea of the railroads that the three
cent passenger rates be restored. In
view of the facts and figures quoted
above, is there a single fair-minded
citizen in the state of Nebraska who
will contend that the railroads are
not entitled to help? Js not the pres
ent situation an impossible one and
does it not mean inevitable wreck and
ruin to several thousand miles of rail
road which are intensely essential to
tha well being of hundreds of towns
and farming communit ies through- r
tire state ?
Losses Growing Continually
From these figures, which are 0|.--n
to absolute proof, it can be seen t- at
the Nebraska lines are not oniy >
taininga loss amounting to tie
of dollars annually on their tra ’
but that with an ever increasing
of operation these losses are const
ly growing heavier and if thesern
to the public is to remain edict
and adequate, and if tlie railroad r
vestments of the state are not to •
driven to the point of confiscation,
people of Nebraska must, thro -
their rate-making authorities
sent to a leturn to the ti ■
passenger fare which was ai •
without a due regard for increa^it .
labor and supply cost or an ade . .a' ■
interest return upon the million' in
vested in Nebraska railroad pr • -
ties. What industry is there in t :,•
nation which could have toleru:.
reduction of one-third in its in*
on a large volume of its business dur
ing the last few years w ithout com it _■
to grief?
Four years ago, as governor t • r New
York. Justice Hughes of the I'niteu
States Supreme Court, vetoed a tw
cent passenger law enacted by ti.
Legislature on the ground that it was
an arbitrary procedure which did n ;
take into consideration a fair re! urn
upon the railroad properties nf • ..
state—and few men stand higher in
the esteem of the American p*
than thfs great jurist wi did p<
haps as much as any other man it;
the country to break npih-ga. -it.
unfair practices on the part of
j corporations.
So,too, the Supreme Court of 1
j sylvania field that a two-cent pa
* ger fare was unconstitutimia in
I state because it was essentia y
(Contined on Next I' .
T. S. John
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Yards at Loup City, Ashton, Rockville, Schaupps and Arcadia
At the New Opera House
Will Run Every Night in The
Week Hereafter
A 4-Reel Show
Every Tuesday,Thursday and Saturday
Change of Program
Nothing but the best pictures will be shown here.
Everybody is cordially invited to attend.

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