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VOL. 53
Dr. J. L.- Tamisiea report: the birth
of a
pounds son to Mr. and Mrs.
Simon Curtis.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Ruley are mov
ing to Fremont, Neb., where they
will make their future home.
Mrs. Fred Jones has received word
the death of her father, C. B.
Wills, who passed away at Seattle,
.Wash., on December 24. The de
ceased was a former resident of this
Tom Krauskopf of MitchelL S. D.,
arrived for a visit with his W
fn. Wm. Krauskopf.
•Annals of Iowa
And may it be as
prosperous as
any of the
'HitSlllustra ion#
ST STORY of another
fj[ world, curiously cap*
tivating in its roman
tic qualities and in the
originality of its concep»
tion. The spirit of ad
venture'carried beyond
earth, into the realms of
ffhe Most Exciting Story Yon Ever Read—Soob
Appear as a Serial in These Columns
Mrs. Mary Mathena is visiting
Telatives at Sioux City this week.
Dr. M. R. Carey returned this
morning from a visit at Salem, S. D.
No one but the author of.
the "Tarzan" tales has
an imagination sufficiently bold to create such a
narrative and make it charming. It is weird, be
wildering, fascinating. So unusual are the characters
and episodes that the reader falls under their spell
and finds himself viewing as it were, a pageant of
happenings in another sphere.
.. .•• .'••••••••••• -y*
Harding's Plan for Association
of Nations Reaching Defi-
nite Form.
$i "T^
Dawee May Head Commission to Reor
ganize Government Service—House
Passes Farmers' Relief Tariff
•V- -:,: Bill —Scandal in Coal
•Prices Uncovered.
President-elect Hireling's confer
ences at Marlon with the "best minds,"
though by no means ended, seem al
ready to have resulted in the crystal
lising of certain of his policies into
definite form. Of course the two that
arouae the greatest public Interest are
those relating to foreign affairs and
the League of Nations, and to the plan
for reorganizing tbe nation's business
and establishing It on a more econom
1c basis.
In discussing an association of na
tions, there Is no evidence that Mr.
Harding has converted to liis own
•laws such irreconcilables as Senators
Borah and Beed, or even Mr. Bryan,
Whose Invitation to Marion aroused
the ribald laughter of the paragraph
Ms. But Mr. Harding seems to have
'brought his theories Into form fit for
presentation to the world. According
to what Is said to be authoritative In
formation, he believes the first np
proach to the formation of his "asso
ciation of nations" should he to ob
tain the assent of the Ave leading na
tions, the United States, Great Britain,
France, Italy and Japan, his theory
being that, once these nations have
joined, the other nations will fall in
line. The basis of tills association is
to be a world court to deal with justi
ciable questions.
Mr. Harding holds that no associa
tion of nations can succeed without
the Indorsement of the leaders of pub
lic thought, in America and elsewhere,
and that these leaders must reach
agreement in the essentials, leaving
details to be settled later that all
governing features must be eliminated
from the association, each nation re
,twining free to make Its own de
cisions that the agreement must he
Specific enough to prevent the possi
bility of an offensive and defensive
Military alliance of the five great
Powers, and the association of nn
tUtl itself must place all nations on
•a equal footing In the presentation
Of their views on matters of world
Gen. Charles Gates Dawes, the Chi
cago banker, who is said "0 be the
loading probability for appointment as
-head of a commission to reorganize
the government service, was one of
tbe week's visitors in' Marion and
talked with the president-elect espe
cially on the reduction of governmen
tal expenses and its relation to taxa
tion After the interview General
Dawes said:
"I found that Senator Harding al
ready knew more than I did concern
ing this, and that the effort to reor
ganise the government upon an eco
nomical bails Is one of the tasks to
which he proposes to devote himself
meat energetically. From conversa
tion with him it is evident that he has
Mr. and Mrs Elmer Kelgord of
Harlan, Io., and Tom Haley of Kirk
man, Io., are spending Christmas with this great and needed reform constant
their parents, Mat Haley and family, ly lo his mind. Considering that here-
Local merchants say that the holi- tofere no continued and firm effort
day trade has been good, but not up been made, this determination of
to last year. *1* President-elect to make this re
one of first efforts, means
Sir. and Mrs. L. E. Caldwell and
family, who have resided at Lovelan4
for several years, left today for Grejr^
bull, Wyo.j where they will make their
future home. i*«
Miss Pearl Miller of Council Bluffy Budhg's first choice for secretary of
is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs* TOW Is either Senator Knox or
Miller Quo* Evans Hughes, and that If
^le. Hugos declines he will be appoint-
taw It will be accomplished."
an^ Mrs.
Harding are go-
to. Florfda ne« moat* t0,
,, ,, »r «. WWW weeks as the guests of Sena
Mrs Anna Postle of Lmcoln, Neb., Frellnghuysen of New Jersey,
and Mrs. Beulah Cobb of Afcadia, fcwpibly before they start announce
Fla., are the holiday guests of Mrs. mm* of the selections for the cabinet
Andy Wheeler and daughter. WIS be made. It la believed Mr.
6nn- 'J
Unemployed men in Vienna, where- wonorr.* conditions arc- distressing. 2—Male and female students ot
University of Moscow In military chill, which it, chiiuiuWiij. 8—Full-banks residence in Washington which has
been bought by President Wilson.
eO ch'eC jug'Jco of the Supreme court,
as Chief Justice White jirohably will
retire v,''hin 1 he year. Other selec
tions held likely are George M.
lto.viicilds of O.!si(\' for secretary of
the treasury, ISeuiy AValiace of Iowa
for secretary of agriculture, former
Senator Weeks for secretary of the
navy, anr! Charles \I. Schvah for sec
mary of conjrncrcr. it is believed,
also. Unit Herbert Hoover is certain
to be in the eah.ner. The appointment
of Mr. ItoynohSs to the treasury posi
tion, it is s::id, would he very grate
ful to the business and» linauclal men
of the country^ who have a high opin
ion of his ability r«ncl broad-minded
ness- S"
The most important action by the
lionse of. reiut'seii^imes during the
week was the: pu.-is--. of the farmers'
relief bill, which imposes a high
emergency tariff on more Hum twenty
agricultural products, the decline in
the price of which is attributed by
the fa.-iners in purt to competition
with Importations. The measure was
passed by a vote of 3!)G to SO, party
lines being broken. What the senate
will do with It- is problematical. The
senate finance committee will take It
lip after the holidays, mul it may be
killed by a prolonged discussion. The
commodir.U^to.'ylvieb-'the ijew duties
would be applied are wheat, flour,
corn, beans, peanuts, potatoes, oi.ions,
rice, lemony cottonseed and soya
bean o'-is. eat tin. shocji, lambs, mut
ton and him ), and'wool and its manu
Justice Srafiord in .Washington has
taken under advisefjjpnt the plans of
the "Big I'"va" -pat-KUis cnncerns- for
the disposal of t'lieiv linanclul Inter
ests In the large si acts yards and will
give his decision imiediately after
the holiduys... At the conclusion of
tiie arKUineats he more than intimat
ed that unless the pucking companies
and the individual:, members of tho
Armour, itwil't mid Morris families
can give proof within a few weeks
thiit they are actually divesting them
selves of their stock in the stock yards
and terminal railroads he will adopt
the government's plan and appoint a
receiver for the s-ecnrnleri.
Tho senate committee that 1ms been
Investigating the price of coal last
week acekleutatty uncovered what
looks like a Muisallunal scandal.
George II. ("tu.diin.J.t'geiieial manager
of the American Whole-ale Coal Deal
ers' association, was being questioned
as to those, who' 100k protits in the
handling of cotil.- lie mentioned the
miners, the opeiiitors, the railroads,
the wholesale..dj-siers, the retailers,
and then added, ''iind officials of the
United Htates' governineiit who got
into the cort! i)usiness." air. Cushlng
tried to stop there,, hut the committee
was insistent and. from htm the
assertion t.Ual government oiiicials,
taking advantage of advance informa
tion on the funs! strjnsencies obtained
in their confidential positions, de
clared i.hen!seiv0i4 in oil the coal-price
boosting and "cleii-icd up" millions.
lie told the committee of one in
stance In which government officials
cleared a profit--of $i 7o,000 011 the
sale of 450,00Q tons of coal. He stated
that he was offered share amounting
to over $100.00!) to participate In the
deal but declined. There were many
other such instances, he told the com
mittee. He supplied the committee
with the name of the ringleader, who
is said to be a doiiar-a-year man. He
added that: railroad ofiicials and labor
leaders who had to do with the han
dling of coal frequently managed to
get a "rakeoiT."
The disgust with which the public
reads this sort of thing is heightened
by the Information that graft prosecu
tions probably cannot be instituted
because the coal handled by the ring
was not sold to the government. The
senate committee planned to make
public, after fulj Investigation,
•C :y.-: .•
it /. y.
names of all otilelnls who have ef/g&gsd
In coal deals, and the contempt with
which they will be regarded by their
fellow citizens will be sotn* punish
Later in the week correspondence
from the National Coal association's
flies, seized by order o? the commit
tee, was read. It included a letter
sent out by Col. D. E, Wrentz, presi
dent of the association, stating that
the association, co-operating with rail
read ^officials and the interstate conf
merce commission, lmd prevented the
appointment of a federal fuel admin
istrator, but that it would not be able
to prevent some sort of government
control much longer unless the opera
tors quit charging such extortionate
I D'Annunzlo's proclaimed state of
war between his Flume government
and Italy has become an established
fact, for the Italian government has
begun the siege of Flume and hostll
lties have broken out. After a block
ade had been Instituted, the poet was
given a few hours to turn the city over
to the Italian commander. He was as
defiant as ever and military opera
tions against him were begun by both
land and sea forces. D'Annunzio for
bade the population of Flume to leave
the city and decreed that anyone
speaking against him was liable to be
shot. The government at Rome was
still hopeful of bringing about the re
tirement of D'Annunzio from the dis
puted city without much bloodshed.
He Is said to have only about 0,000
"Peace in Ireland by Christmas"
could not be accomplished, and the
week was marked by a great many
murders, raids and bloody fights, In
various parts of the island. On
Thursday the British military forces
occupied the Dublin city hall and mu
nicipal offices, ousting the corporation
officials, who have been active sup
porters of the dail elreann or Irish
parliament, and thus dislocating the
entire business of the city. The seiz
ure of the city buildings was a mili
tary measure for the protection of
the castle, which is l!Ut a few feet
Despite the gloomy situation, the
prospects were said to be fairly
bright for early restoration of order.
One sign of weakening on the part of
the Sinn Feiners was the collapse of
the railway strike against the carry
ing of munitions or troops. This
strike had been going on for seven
months and the operating forces of
the railways had been so depleted by
dismissals that railway service was
gradually approaching the vanishing
point. Finally realizing that this was
harming only Ireland, and that many
towns and districts were suffering for
food supplies, the men have returned
to work, promising to carry anything.
Another thing that may weaken tbe
"republican" cause i.' It Is carried
into effect Is a an to iu'i the Irish
people by formal referendum,
whether they ore willing to carry the
home-rule act into operation instead
of accepting as ••»,( the Sinn Fein
refusal. The proposition has been
submitted to the prime minister. The
home rule act became a law last week,
the house of lords having accepted
all the amendments made to the bill
by tiie commons. Several amendments
made by the lords, Including one cre
ating senates for both the northern
and southern parliaments, had been
accepted by the commons.
Constantine, received by the Greeks
with loud acclaim, is again estab
lished on his throne and is even plan
ning a visit to his army in Asia Minor,
if the great powers permit. The dip
lomatic representatives of the allies
in Athens did not leave the country,
but refrained from participation in
the king's reception. Premier Lloyd
George is weakening a trifle and in
the house of commons opposed hasty
action in altering the treaty of Sevres
In favor of the Turks and against the
Greeks. He advocated going warily
with regard to the Greeks, as there
might be explanations of their recent
Although Trotzky was quoted re
cently to th6 effect that the soviet gov
ernment of Russia was planning no
further military operations and would
turn all Its energy toward economic
reconstruction, late dispatches from
Tiflis Indicate that the Russian Bol
shevists are planning a campaign to
wipe out the republic of Georgia.
There are heavy concentrations of
troops on the Georgian borders and in
nearby ports of the Black sea, and a
Bolshevist army that has been operat
ing along the Armenian frontier is
moving toward Georgia.
The soviet government of Armenia
has annulled all foreign loans, "espe.
daily the American loan," according
1 fo dispatch from Constantinople.
Christmas at the L. D. S. Church
Christmas was well observed by
the Latter Day Saints church this
year. Tiie entertainment given on
-Monday evening by the Primary and
unior pupils of the Sunday school
."uvnished fun and merriment for tho
/oun^sters and at th_- same time
ovougli home a good lesson to all.
fhe Cantata was called "Playing
Santa Claus."
The rich children play "Santa" to
some children, who otherwise would
have had no Christmas. Appropri
ate songs and recitations were intro
duced throughout the play.
A Christmas tree and Santa Claus
•tided to the spirit of the entertain
ment. Santa passing out the treats
at the close of the program.
The services Sunday were all of
a sacred nature. Th- theme for the
morning was "Gifts for the King."
The Sunday school chorus furnished
the music, all of which brought out
what should be the t.pir't of giving at
Christmas tide. Several appropriate
readings were given. Then while the
choir sang softly "Gifts for the
King," the final Christn.as offering
for the year was taken up amounting
to about twenty-three dollars, swell
ing the amount for 1920 to about $140,
This is a general church fund used
in providing for the needy members.
A fitting sermonett_ followed by
the pastor.
"The Choral Cantata," given in the
evening by the choir was the crowning
feature of the day. This must be
heard to be appreciated. No words
can give a clear idea of the impres
siveness of this "Story of Christ's
Birth," given in song.
First came the voluntary by Mrs.
G. S. Green, leader of the choir.
While this was being played the
choir marched slowly up the aisles
of the church, the men in the lead,
the ladies, all in white following.
The quartets, duets, solos and
chorus all showed the excellent train
ing they had received.
The Cantata v...s entitled "The
First Christmas," and was divided
into four parts.
1. The Prophecy. "A-nd thou
Bethleham art not the least among
the Princes of Judah for out of
thee shall come forth a Governor
which shall rule my pc pie Israel.
2. The Fulfillment.
"Then they of David's house apd
went up from Galilee,
To Bethlehem, to Bethlehem,
As told in the prophecy,
And there, within a cattle shed,
The Prince of Peace was Born.
3. The Star and the Song.
This included the following selec
"The Shepherd's Vision."
"The Angel's Song."
"The Star and the Song."
"A Christmas Lullaby."
4. The World-Wide Christmas.
"God so loved the world that he gave
his only begotten son that who-so
ever believeth in Him, should not per
ish, but have ever lasting life."
The cantata ended with the grand
final chorus, "Blessed Be the Lord
God of Israel."
No one could hear this beautiful
cantata without being impressed anew
with "God's Wonderful Gift to the
World that First Bright Christmas
How dear to our art is the steady
subscriber who pays in advance at
the birth of each year. Who lays
down the money and does it quite
gladly, and casts round the office a
halo of cheer.
He never says: "Stop it I cannot
afford it, I'm geting more papers
than now I can read," but always
says: "Send it our people all like
it—in fact, we all think it a help and
a need."
How welcome his check when it
reaches our sanctpm, how it makes
our pulse throb how it makes our
heart dance. W|e outwardly thank
him we inwardly bless him—the
steady subscriber who pays in ad
Under the title, "Thing That CaTi't
Be Bought," the Chicago Daily News
is publishing in various periodicals
a rather unusual advertisement—one
that to us seems to have more than
common interest for the reader. The
text reads:
"You can buy power—but not re
I "You can biiy poison—but not
"You can buy flowers—but not
"The most precious things in life
are the things that can't be bought.
"The most priceless feature of a
newspaper's circulation is the thing
no newspaper can buy—reader loyal
ty, public respect."
For week ending December 27.
Dierks, Mrs. Hulda.
Holmberg, George.
Sylvia, Mrs. Ellen.
T. L. Finley, Postmanter.
I- .'NO.-27
S 1
Several years ago, the New York
Sun answered a little girl's question,
"Is there a Santa Claus?"
The answer has been reprinted a
number of times, but it is well worth
printing once more, especially right
at this time. It is as follows:
"V/e take pleasui-e in answering at
once and thus prominently the com
munication below, expressing at t'le
me time our gratification that its
.ithful author is numbered among
the friends of the Sun:
'Dear Editor—I am eight years
'Some of my friends say there is io
•anta Claus.
'Papa says 'If you see is in the Sin
t's so.'
'Please tell me the truth, is there
Santa Claus
Virginia O'Hanlon,
115 W. Ninety-fifth St.'
"Virginia, your little friends a
wrong. They have been affected
to skepticism of a skeptical as a.
They do not believe except they e.
They think that nothing can le
'hich is not comprehensible of th- lr
ind. All minds Virginia, whet
Ellis W. Stevens was born at Art:i
ro, Wis., May 23, 1352 and died at 1
home in Sampson, New Mexico,
December 19, 1020, aged 68 yea
On May 14, 1S94, he was united a
marriage to Miss Eva Wright,
Norfolk, Neb. To this union we
born three children: Lauren
Chadron, Neb., Louise at home aid
Dorothea, who died in infancy.
Mr. Stevens was a retired engi
neer, having spent some 47 years
the service of the C. & N. W. ra
way. He was retired last April aid
moved to his ranch in New Mexic
He was highly respected and a frier
to all who knew him.
The remains were brought to th:s
city and funeral services were held
from the Christian church on Decem
ber 23. Burial was at Rose Hi.l
From a letter written to the Manu
facturers Record by a subscriber,
who complains rather bitterly of the
treatment given the cotton growers
by the government, we extract -thi
"My Government, you have spoiled
me now you are ruining me! Far
better if you had never given me any
credit at all, then I would not have
made so much to lose."
Try a Times Want
they be men's or children's are ti
tle.- In this great universe of ou:s
man is a mere insect, an ant in I is
intellect, as compared with le
boundless world about him, 18
measured by the intelligence capatle
of grasping the whole of truth aid
"Yes, Virginia, there is a San a
Claus. He exists as certainly as lo 'e
and generosity and devotion exitt,
and you know that they abound and
give to your life its highest beatify
and joy. Alas! How dreary would
be the world if there were no Santa
Claus! It would be as dreary as if
there were no Virginias. There
ould be 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 child
hood fills the world would be extin
"Not believe in Santa Clauu!
You might as well not believe in
fairies! You might get your papa to
hire men to watch in all the chim
neys on Christmas eve to cat
Santa Claus, but even if they did nit
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 in the world are those
that neither children nor men can
see. Did you ever see fairies dancing
on the lawn? Of course not, but
that's no proof that they are not
there. Nobody can conceive or
imagine all the wonders that are
unseen and seeable in the world.
"You may tear apart the baby's
rattle and see what makes the noise
inside, but there is a veil covering
the unseen world, which not the
strongest man, nor even the united
stiength of all the strongest men
that ever lived, could tear apart.
Only faith, fancy, poetry, love,
romance can push aside that curtain
and view the picture the supernal
beauty and glory beyond. Is it all
real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world
there is nothing else real and abiding.
"No Santa Claus! Thank God!
He lives and He lives forever. A
thousand years from now, Virginia,
nay, ten times ten thousand yea 's
from now, He will continue to male
glad the heart of childhood."-
3 months and 2G days.
He was married to Emma Curtis
Sioux City, Io., and to this unic
were born two children: Mrs. Mai '1
Conley of Centerton, Ark., and Edg
of Grenville, New Mexico. Mi
Stevens died in 1882.

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