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THE EUREKA SENTINEL i
ESTABLISHED 1870_ EUREKA, NEVADA, MARCH 26, 1922 PUBLISHED SATURDAYS HIBHH C0M1HY CHMWtB OF COHMEIW A. H. Johnson, chrlrman of the Transportation Committee, who was sent as a representative of the Eu reka County Chamber of Commerce to the hearing of the Nevada Public Service Commission held at Palisade on March 17, makes the following re port of the proceedings held there and of his trip: Leaving Eureka Thursday morning with the officials of the Commission and E. H. Walker, traffic manager of tbs Reno Chamber of Commerce and representing the Eureka County Chamber of Commerce in this hear ing, F. J. Shaughneesy, Chairman of the Nevada Public Service Commis sion, devoted most of bis time and attention on the trip down to the con dition of roadbed and track of the Eureka-Nevada railroad. Between Pine and Alpha stations the roadbed was considerably washed, but passable by careful handling of the train. At Blackburn, because of the fact that no section hands were employed by the railway company on this part of the road, a wreck oc curred. The water had cut through the fill at the point of the switch, leaving the frozen ground between the ties and down the sides of the fill. Due to the precaution and watch fulness of the engineer, Nat Haw kins, and the slow speed at which the train was proceeding, instead of be ing badly shaken up and Injured, there would no doubt have been several deaths. The engine and tend er passed over the damaged place, but the unk car following dropped in the hole with the coupler against and resting on the switch block. Several of the 12 passengers were very badly shaken up. especially the only lady and one man. After the excitement of the accident was over, and it be came known that there was only one section hand at work that day be tween Eureka and the Hay Ranch station, a distance of 66 miles, severe condemnatioaof the railway company was expressed because of the operat ing of passenger trains at this period of the year, especially, without prop er and necessary supervision of the track and roadbed. At this time the representative of the Eureka County Chamber of Commerce requested of Mr. Shaughnessy of the Public Service Commission that an investigation of the accMent be made. Upon the report of the wreck by the conductor to J. B. Rice, train master at Palisade, everything pos sible toward the relief of the pas sengers was done by him. He got in touch with the second of the two section crews employed on the road and had them sent on to the wreck with a speeder. This speeder then took six passengers and started (or Palisade. In the meantime a light locomotive was steamed up and sent out with a coach, getting within three and a half miles of the wreck at about 6 p. m. The remaining pas sengers reached the relief train after dark and proceeded to Palisade, pick ing up on the way the passengers who were on the speeder, and reaching Palisade at 9:30 p. m. HEARING AT PALISADE On account of the railway wreck, the hearing that had been set (or March 16 had to be postponed and was held on the 17th. At this hear ing held in the office of the Southern Pacific depot, the evidence of G. C. Leach, agent of the 8. P. Company at Palisade, substantiated the complaint that there bad been delays in trans ferring freight at Palisade by the Eu reka-Nevada railroad; and also that where in the past passenger tickets over the Eureka-Nevada railway were sold in the 8. P. office, they were now sold by an agent of the Eureka-Ne vada Railway Company at the train from his coat pocket. Mr. Leach's testimony concluded the hearing of the complaint of the Eureka County Chamber of Commerce before the Public Service Commission. FURTHER INVESTIGATION The Public Service Commission of its own volition regarding the ln sepectlon of the books then went to the Eureka-Nevada offices and held an Investigation. A subpena was served on J. B. Rice, auditor and trainmaster of the Eureka-Nevada railway. His testimony brought out the following facts: That upon receipt by the general manager of the Eureka-Nevada road of a telegram notifying him of the washout and wreck, an or der was Issued laying off all employees of the railroad except ing two shopmen. Thin action left the roadbed and bridges at the mercy -* * . — of the elements without any protec tive measures whatsoever. Further questioning of Mr. Rice by Commis sioner Shaughnessy showed that from April 1, 1921, when the Eureka-Ne vada Railway Company took over the operation of the road from the Ne vada Transportation Company, to De cember 31, 1921, the financial state ment of the company was— Gross earnings .199,781.71 Operating expenses . 79,984.24 Taxes .,r: 6,181.71 Interest. 1,052.29 Net inqpme . 11,360.47 Under the operating expenses it was shown that the president of the company received a salary of $250 per month, the vice president and general manager a salary of $8(m) per month, with an added expense ac count of $295 per month. The as sistent general manager and auditor a salary of 9200 per month, and the general manager’s clerk a salary of 9150 per month. The secretary of the company received a salary of 9150 per month. This shows a to ut salary account of 91,945.00 per month, with the general manager and his clerk receiving a total of 91, 245.00 per month. These figures were brought out by the Commission In investigating the high operating cost as shown by the 1921 statement. Regarding the wreck Mr. Rice's tes timony showed that on the day of the wreck there had been one section hand working between the Hay Ranch and Eureka, a distance of •( miles, and three section men between the Hay Ranch and Palisade, a distance of 18 mNes. It was further brought out that the company's equipment was ample to make it possible with proper slxed work trains and crews to repair and quickly have the road in condition to operate trains. The ability o< the company to re pair the road in a short time was further subsUntiated by the evidence of Mr. Tuft, an employee of the com pany. The tsgMMMBy of Tad Hawkins, a former engineer of the road, with respect to the condition of the road bed and tracks was substantiated by what Commissioner Shaughnessy had seen on the trip in and out. The result of this investigation was the telegram sent by the Public Ser vice Commission to the president and the general manager of the Eureka Nevada Railway Company, published in another column of this Issue. My return trip by horseback from Palisade showed conclusively that, outside of the railway transportation for first-class mail by means of speed ers, the only other method of getting the mail through to Eureka would be by means of pack trains through Pine Valley as far as Blackburn tor the next ten days to two weeks. This matter was put before the Public Service Commission in the following telegram: Palisade, Nevada, March 20. F. J. Shaughnessy, Carson City, Nevada. Eighteenth speeder to Black burn and return. Nineteenth and twentieth same. Possible to go to Eureka, easily getting around wreck on timbers, but not permitted. Forty-seven pounds letters here waiting. Sev en passengers arrived and had tQ leave. No embargo out—as (ar as this office knows. Oo to Eureka to-morrow horseback. A. H. JOHNSON. The water, ice and mud in Pine Valley at this time absolutely pre vents the hauling of any loads of merchandise, etc., from Palisade to Eureka by means of motor trucks or team, thereby making it more neces sary for the railroad to operate and fulfill its obligation as a public utility and common carrier. Apparently, as a result or my tel egram, some action was taken tor the resumption of mall service be tween Palisade and Eureka, because on orders from Palisade on March 21 the section man at Alpha Inspected the road and bridges over Garden Pass summit to Insure sate transpor tation Into Eureka, and on March 22 at 5 p. m. he was ordered to go to Eureka the next day and get the first class mail. As a result, the first class mall left Eureka at 10 a. m. on March 23. On March 24 letter mall was brought to Eureka from Palisade. The telephone line between Pal isade and Eureka, which since the suspension of operations by the rail way company has been the only meth od of communication with the out side world, is in bad order at several THE COMING SCHOOL ELECTION ________ • Three more candidate* for Trt* tees of Eureka School District No. I filed their name* this week—R. C. Keller tor the long term, and U. «. Bremenkampf and L. E. Mann tor short term. The School Law sars re garding the filing of names tor nom ination that— In school districts having a voting population of one hundred (100) or over, candidates (or the office of school trustee shall, not later than five days before the day of election, have their names filed with the coun ty clerk of said county, with desig nation of the term of office for which they are candidates, and no names shall be placed upon the ballot unless filed within the time herein provided. LIST DELIVERED TO INSPECTORS The list of qualified voters, as here inbefore described, shall be delivered to the Inspectors of election prior to the time of opening the polls on the day of election, and no person shall be entitled to vote at the election whose name is not on said list; pro vided, that any person whose name is left off said list by mistake, design, accident, or otherwise, may have his name placed thereon by the inspec tors of election upon satisfactory proofs being presented of his having previously been registered in accord ance with the provisions of this act. NOT ALLOWED AT POLLS No person, other than the board ot election or a police officer in the dis charge of his duty, shall be allowed within one hundred feet of the polls, except when actually engaged in vot ing or in going to or from the polls for the purpose of voting or of chal lenging the vote of another, and ex cepting ail persons in attendance upon any school which may be in ses sion in the building. No person shall show his ballot to another while marking it or after marking it so as to disclose for whom he has voted, but he shall, as soon as possible af ter marking it. fold it so that the marking will be on the inside and re turn it to the board ot election to be counted. LINT OF VOTERS No person shall be entitled to vote under the provisions of this act ex cept he be registered as herein pro vided. The board of school trustees shall prepare, or cause to be pre pared, or obtain a list, certified or sworn to as being correct, of the names of all persons entitled to vote at the school election as herein pro vided, which said list shall be com pleted at least three days prior to the day of election, and shall be under the charge of the clerk of the board of school trustees and subject to the inspection of any qualified voter in the district. The election for trustees of Eu reka School District will be held at the Public School building in Eureka on Saturday, April 1, and the polls for voting will be opened at 1 o'clock and close at 5 o'clock that afternoon. FOR SCHOOL TRUSTEE As a candidate for election as Short Term Trustee of Eureka School District 1 have always felt that con sideration should be given to local teachers for our public schools when they can qualify, are loyal and will work for the best interests of the school. The showing made by the young ladies now attending our County Normal School in their normal work and their practice work In the vari ous grades of our Eureka school has been highly commended by both the principal of the school and the pres ent normal teacher. If elected I pledge myself to give first consideration to any applica tions presented by any of the young ladies now attending our normal school it they receive graduation cer tificates entitling them to teach. It Miss Selss, our present Normal teacher, will recommend any of her students as qualified to teach in the various grades of our public school, such graduates will receive my en dorsement. E. A. SKILLMAN, Eureka, Nevada. March 25, 1922. BORN At Oakland, California, March 17, 1922, to the wife of E. W. Schuler, a daughter. Mrs. Schuler was former ly Miss Noko Burdick of Eureka. points along the line—In places with poles down and wires swinging near the ground. This shoulif receive at tention and the line mads sate. SERVICE SUSPENDED ON EUREKA-NEVADA RAHWAY ___ % Particulars of Drastic Step Taken By r ompany After Part of Track is Washed Out —Road js Ordered to Re sume Service at Once by State Public Service Board— State Official Is on Train When It Is Derailed; May Start Mandamus Action The Reno Gazette of March 18 has the following account of the suspen sion of service on our local railway .and the action taken by the Nevada Public Service Commission in rela tion thereto: Mandamus proceedings against the Eureka-Nevada Railroad Company to compel it to operate its trains be tween Palisade and Eureka will be instituted unless service is resumed at once, according to announcement made this morning by Chairman F. J. Shaughnessy of the State Public Ser vice Commission, which will insti tute the proceedings. TRAINS DISCONTINUED All train service on the road was discontinued yesterday and all em ployes discharged under orders re ceived from J. E. Sexton, general manager, who was in San Francisco, but who is now on his way back to Nevada. In a telegram to J. B. Rice, auditor and trainmaster of the road, Sexton ordered him to close down the road indefinitely. This telegram was received by Rice yesterday morning while Mr. Shaughnessy was at Pal isade conducting a rate hearing and a general inquiry regarding the effi ciency operations of the road. ORDERED TO RESUME Immediately Mr. Shaughnessy, act ing in behalf of the Public Service Commission, sent the following tel egram to Mr. Sexton and to George A. Whittell, president of the railroad company: "Right in the face of the be ginning of the wster runoff from melting snow which, unless tak en care of, will result in thous ands of dollars in damages for reconstruction of your line later, your order discharging all em ployes is the most extraordinary and Inexcusable action that has ever come to our attention. "Only one section man was working on the line between Eu reka and Blackburn yesterday, and as a result your passenger train was derailed. With a work train, crews of men, ties and materials the line can be reop ened for service in a few days and heavy damages to your prop erty prevented by reasonable maintenance and attention. "Eureka, with 400 or 500 in habitants, will be out of food and supplies in a short time and from my personal observation I am satisfied there is no excuse for the action which you have taken to-day, which if followed will result in the line being washed out so badly that it will be impossible to repair it for several months. we iormauy request tnat work be started on re-establish ment of service at once, other wise it will be necessary for the commission to begin mandamus proceedings forthwith to enforce the obligation of the Eureka-Ne vada railroad to the public." SEXTON ANSWERS Jn reply Mr. Sexton wired from Sacramento this morning as fol lows: "Have received your wires to Mr. Whittell and myself," and Mr. Whlt tell’s secretary wired last night from San Francisco that Mr. Sexton was leaving at once for Eureka. Mr. Shaughnessy and E. H. Walk er arrived In Reno this morning from Palisade where the final hearing in the rate case was held yesterday. TRAIN 18 DERAILED On the trip from Eureka to Pal isade on Thursday the train on which Mr. Shaughneesy, Mr. Walker and ten other passengers were riding, ran off the track near Blackburn, twen ty-seven miles from Palisade, where the road had been washed out. No one was injured but the passengers were badly shaken up when the cars left the rails. They walked three miles before a train sent out from Palisade picked them up. It could not get within three miles el the derailed train be OUR EUREKA MAIL AND RAILWAY SERVICE The first mall received in Eureka from the main line since Wednesday, March 15, arrived Friday, March 24 —covering a void of nearly 9 days. So tar the Sentinel has been unable to learn under whose direction and authority this mail is being handled. Up to 11 a. in. to-day Postmaster dates was without any information from the Postal Department regard ing this service. W. H. Taylor, head of the Star Route Service and sta tioned at Ogden, Utah, was due to arrive at Palisade at 1 o'clock Wed nesday afternoon with orders from the Postal Department to get the mails into and out of Eureka. At 3 o'clock that afternoon a telephone message was received by C. J. Trav ers, cashier of our local bank, that a railway speeder would arrive next morning and take out 75 pounds of first-class mail. It did so, and Friday morning brought the first letter mail since the washout. Another mail is reported due here again at 2:30 this afternoon. And still no word has been received by our local postmaster from the Department regarding mall service into Eureka. Ah the Sentinel sums up the situ ation, but without definite informa tion, the Public Service Commission has ordered the railway company to get busy and repair the slightly dam aged roadbed and track. The com pany has ordered new piles and Is reported to be repairing the roadbed, and local agent Williams has notified Eureka merchants that freight can be expected in Eureka within the next ten days. In the meantime, the Eureka Coun ty Chamber of Commerce is still functioning, and will, eventually, we believe, be able to deliver the goods. TO THE VOTERS OF EUREKA SCHOOL DISTRICT I, the undersigned candidate for long term trustee of Eureka District School No. 1 at the election to be held April 1st, 1922, stand pledged to the following platform: I believe in giving my support to local teachers where they can qualify for the different grades. The young ladles who are fitting themselves for the teaching profes sion in our Eureka County Normal school have shown special qualifica tions in their chosen work, and I will, if elected, give their applications first consideration in choosing teachers for the ensuing year in the Eureka Public School. While some may say that exper ienced teachers of several years stand ing are more to be desired, I believe that just as good or better results can be obtained by choosing teachers with normal training who have shown special qualifications, rather than ex perience. On the above platform I submit my candidacy and pledge myself. W. H. RUSSELL. Eureka, Nevada, March 25, 1922. YOUNG COUPLE MARRIED Mr. Angelo Tognonl, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tognonl of Eureka, and Miss Ethel Schaeffer, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pet er Schaeffer of Pinto, Eureka County, were married in Eureka by Judge T. A. Burdick on Saturday, March 18, in the courthouse. The young couple have taken up their residence in Eureka. • cause of the washed out condition of the road. EIGHTY-FOlTB MILES LONG The Eureka-Nevada railroad is eighty-four miles long and according to Mr. Shdughnessy one section hand looked after sixty-seven miles of this road. The railroad is the only one run ning into Eureka and the residents of that community depend upon it to bring in the mail and food supplies. Mr. Sexton was informed Thurs day night of the derailment of the train and the washout on the road, Mr. Shaughnessy said, and it was af ter receiving this advice that he or dered all service discontinued. "Mr. Sexton realizes the situation,” said Mr. Shaughnessy, “and he knows that he cannot stop service on the road and make no effort to maintain it. He will be given a reasonable length of time to make a decision and if he refuses to put the road into con dition to resume service the mandam us proceedings will be brought.” In the rate hearing the railroad company refused to answer and made ao appearance. MY PLATFORM As a candidate (or short term school trustee for Rureka District No. 1, i feel that the public is entitled to some expression from me regarding my stand in the matter of directing the affairs of a school in which their chilrden are to receive their educa tion. In the first place, one of the chief reasons for my present candidacy is that I have been accused of acts, as a trustee, which have no foundation in fact, but which is nothing but prop aganda by my enemies to discredit my work foi; the very short time I have acted as trustee. It is to vtn I dicate myself that I now run as a candidate for election. As all of you know I have neither friends nor relatives whom I am obliged to favor as a teacher In owr public schools. The only Interest 1 can possibly have Is the same that every citizen and resident of a com munity should have, and that is the development of a school to the high est standard possible in order to give to our children the best in education al opportunities. There has been much discussion regarding the attitude of trustees to ward teachers produced in our homo schools. My own stand on this ques tion is simply this: I believe that our own students have just as much talent as that possessed by any oth ers and with proper training 1 be- ( lieve they make just as capableteach ers as can be obtained. This has been positively demonstrated in the case of the present normal class now being conducted in Eureka. I think that four teachers could be obtained from that class, and with a compe tent principal to guide them would make good as teachers for your child ren. Regarding outside teachers, if the home talent was of poor grade, I should not hesitate to select those from outside, because the paramount issue is the proper education of our children. I stand firmly u#on n platform which calls for the best there is In advantages for learning for opr child ren and, if yon citizens are willing to give me the uppertnalty te show results, I shall devote my'Energies Jo that purpose, so long as the other trustees whom you might select do not over rule my efforts along those lines. Otherwise I am willing to go down to defeat upon the platform I have outlined above. Wm. H. BRENNEN. Eureka, Nevada, March 25, 1922. SCHOOL ENTERTAINMENT FRIDAY EVENING The entertainment at the Eureka Theatre Friday evening by pupils of the 5th and 6th grades of the Eureka public school, under the training of their teacher, Miss Marguerite Hen derson, entertained and amused a large audience. A two-act comedy play entitled, “The Patriotic Peanut Stand,” was presented by the child ren, gaily attired in costumes and caps of gorgeous hues, that added brightness to the scene, and all acted their parts in the easy and natural way tt«q£ children will, and that al ways pleases. The instrumental music rendered by a recently organized orchestra in the school and composed of Mrs. L. A. Hunting playing the violin, Miss Pauline Hjul the piano, and the Miss es Eichelberger and Brown the man dolin and guitar, gave pleasure and is a step in the right direction of pro moting a musical organization in the school. A dance, "The Flowers,” was gracefully and clevely given by Do lores Reynolds. Two vocal solos were contributed by Mrs. Ulmont Pasto rino in her usual good voice and pleasing manner. LETTER FROM A FORMER RESIDENT A letter was received in Eureka this week trom Rev. Josiah McClain, who old Eureka residents will re member was pastor of the Presby terian church here from 1874 to 1S76„ From Eureka ho went to Car son City, and from there to Salt Lake City, where he and his family hare since lived. He says that he preached for 42 years, but is now’retired, and that he and his wife are living a quiet life, but are enjoying fairly good health and are happy. John Blair and Miss H. Allen drove in from Antelope Valley by auto Thursday and report the road into Eureka in fair condition, and drying out fast.