The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922, April 01, 1909, Image 6

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Published Every Thursday by .
The Herald Publishing Company.
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John W, TnoMAB. Mr.
J, B. KNIEST ..... Associate Editor
Entered at the postoflice at Alliance,
Nebraska, for transmission through the
nails, as second-class matter.
Subscription, $1.50 per year in advance.
It looks now as though the water wagon
will be the band wagon again this year In
Box Butte county is on the vcrgo of the
greatest agricultural development in Its
history. Real estate men-seem to realize
this fact and are accordingly making ex
tensive use of The Herald's advertising
space and job printing department.
Elsewhere in this issue of The Herald is
a local in regard to a building to be erect
ed by S. C. Reck for I. W. Herman. The
lot on which this building Is to be con
structed adjoins tho Phelan block on the
south, Mr. Herman purchased it of T. J.
and John O'Keefe for $3,000; they bought
it last fall of Dr. Bell wood for $2,250 which
was $250 more than he paid for when the
city had saloons. Will the monumental
prevaricator of the Crawford paper whose
chief delight seems to be in slandering
Alliance please sit up and take notico.
Direct Legislation
Open Letter from
Mayor Smith
9 ji
(From Omaha Worhl-lfbrald) t
The World-Herald regrets that the
Nebraska senate has acted unfavorably
on Senator Donahue1) .joint resolution
for a direct legislation amendment to
the constitution. This nowspaper be
lieves lii government by consent of the
governed. It believes that the people
should rule. Accepting these as fundu
mental principles, tho World-Herald
believes that the people should havo
nnd exerclso tho right of tho referen
dum, that they may reject a legislative
enactment which is against their wish
es. It believes they should havo the
right of the Initiative, that they may
compel such legislation to be enacted
as they desire.
These things seem to us to represent
the very essenco of democracy. They
arc as truly democratic an the nomina
tion of candidates directly by the peo
ple in primaries, and tho election of
senators by thot people They are
squarely In lino with the demand of tho
people of Nebraska for the right to
elect their assessors, and the demand
of the people of Omaha for the right to
elect their tire and polieo commission
ers. They are squarely In line with
thi law which compels every public
service franchise granted by a city
council to be referred to the people for
their acceptance or rejection.
Wo realize that this question Is not,
at this time, a party measure Neither
the btato nor tho national platform of
the democratic party declared In favor
of direct legislation. Nor did tho re
publican party take any stand upon
the Issue. It Is Interesting, however,
to note that, in the senate, four repub
licans and twelve demount ts voted for
the Initiative nnd referendum, hnd nine
dtmocrats and eight rcpullcans voted
against It. That Is to say, tho demo
crats declared for It la the proportion
of four to three, and the republicans
declnred against It in the proportion of
two to one. If tho people of Nebraska
were irivtn a chance to express their
wishes on this question, the World
llerald bolleves that an overwhelming
majority of the democrats, anil u sub
stantial majority of the republicans,
would record themselves as favoring
the initiative and referendum.
The nine democrats In the senate, In
cluding the three from Douglaseounty.
who opposed this measure were free to
so as democrats and as honorable men.
They were not pledged to support it
and their parly had not asked them to
Bunnort It But this newspaper Is
convinced the time will soon arrive,
not only In Nebraska but In the uatlon,
when the democratic party will stand
squarctoed and flatfooted on its own
platform, "Let the people rule," and
so will declare specifically In favor of
the Initiative and referendum. Ohio,
South Dakota, Oregon and Oklahoma
already ,have it. Tho Kansas legisla
ture this winter has voted to submit a
direct legislation amendment. In none
of the first mentioned states has the
system been abused or resulted evilly.
In all of them the people have shown
a decided disposition to bo conservative,
rather than radical, iu invoking the
power which tho initiative and referen
dum give them. The experience of
these states prove abundantly that It
is not dangerous to trust the people.
Two years hence the World-Herald
Iiodcs and believes that a democratic
legislature will be elected in Nebraska
pledged to submU to tho people of this
' state a constitutional amendment put
ting the initiative and referendum into
To tho Voters of Alliance:
Much has been written and more said
about tho financial condition of Allianco
both in a city senso and a school as
compared wUli the wet and dry year.
Acting in the capacity of mayor of
the city of Alliance, both under the li
cense policy and the dry town policy,
I feel it my duty to criticise some few
things that have been written. I no
ticed in a letter in the Semi -Weekly
Times that it was claimed that nearly
$11,000 was derived from the license
issued to the saloon during the year
1007. This is untrue. 5,600.00 was
tho amount that tho city derived from
the saloon business during tho year 1907.
Again, the paper states that there
was no permanent improvement made
during the year 1908 on our streets.
The administration intended that the
improvements niado on our streets
should bo the same during 1908 as
igo7, even though we ran the city in
debt. A claim is made that the city if
run under a dry policy will soon be
come bankrupt. The city of Alliance,
Sn a financial sense, owes less than
everbeforo since the water-works were
installed in Alliance. A claim has
been made that our streets are prac
tically lagoons. While wo havo had
more mud this year than ever before,
it has not been confined to the city
limits. The difference in conditions
during the past year, it seems to me,
have been so much better on our streets
by tho absence of the old hangers-on
who haunted our public streets to such
an extent that our wives and daughters
refused to go down the streets iu cer
tain localties. for fear of being insulted
or annoyed. This iu itself should be
sufficient reason for continuing the
present policy.
The time has come when a man can
easily take one side or the other. If
ho would rather spend his money in
the saloon than to pay a few extra dol
lars for taxes he cau elect which he
would rather do. For a number of
years through the courtesy of the other
members of the board of education, I
havo been president of this board, and
believe that I know as much about the
financial condition of our, school dis
trict as any man in Alliance or the dis
trict. When the new high school was
built 20,000.00 was voted for this pur
pose. Wo found that it would require
nearly ?i 0,000. 00 more to complete
and furnish our new high school build
ing, and we expected to be at its com
pletion 7,000 or in debtbeond
the bonded indebtedness. We vere
agreeably surprised at the last regular
meeting to find that it was less than
one-half that amount
It has been stated in our papers that
for five days, this last winter, our
schools were closed on account of the
district being unable to buy the coal to
heat these buildings. This is totally
untrue and without foundation. If
such a state of affairs had been allowed
to exist, the better thing for the people
of the school district to do, would be
to elect a different class of men to run
the school affairs iu this district, as to
dismiss the school tor five days, would
cost the district at least $300 in teach
ers' salaries alone. A great deal has
been said about the increased taxation
last ycar with the previous year. I
do not see as these levies weio made
before the last municipal election, how
a wet or dry policy could in any man
ner effect the taxes for tho past year.
No one is more interested in the schools
of Alliance than 'myself. I have had
children in the public school for the
last seventeen years, and if I saw it
would in any manner effect our schools,
or thought it would be impossible to
run them without this revenue, I should
then be iu favor of another license
Claim has been made that no one
who was on the dry side of the ques
tion had ever signed his name.. Having
tried both sides of this question in an
official capacity, I take pleasure in
saying that this year I am for a dry
town. Respectfully yours, etc
C, C. Smith.
A Beautiful Present
Seven-Piece Water Set
Pres-Cut Glass although not as expensive as real
cut glass is a beautiful imitation. It is having a big
sale in the large cities. The set we offer as a present
is valued at $1.50 but cannot be purchased from us at
any price. We have just received a shipment of these
Pitchers and Tumblers
All to be Given Away
Call at the Herald Office and see them
First Come, First Served
John Pederson Replies to an Insulting
Article by the Prohibitionist' At
tacking Him.
as they do or go to jail they must have
only themselves to blame- I am fight
ing only for what is niv right as a good
citizen and doing so I do not need the
advice of people who write ai tides at
tacking me without having the courage
to sign their name to the artiile.
Yours truly,
John Pedeoson.
Will Build Business Block
I. W. Herman, proprietor of the pop
ular Palace Meat Market, aim a be
liever In the beneficial effects of adver
tising In The Herald, as will be uoticed
by his large ads each Issue, has pur
chased the lot between the Phelan
opera house and tho Electric Light Co.
olllce, and has let a contract for a tine
one story building to be erected on the
same. S. C. Reck bus taken the con
tract and will build a modern, up-to-date
meat market buildiug for Mr.
Herman, work on the same to start at
once. Tho building will bo equipped
J with a fine refrigerating plaut, modern
machinery, etc.
In an.article published last week by
those workiug for a dry town, I am
roasted for advocating what means lib
erty to those willing to abide by the
laws as they are on the statutes. So
far as I am concerned my life has
been spent iu earniug an honest living
by hard labor. I have always paid my
honest debts and my family has never
suffered by reason of my drinking a
class of beer whenever I wanted to;
neither has any creditor ever been given
any uneasiness over any debts of mine.
Myself and the nationality to which I
belong believe in observing the laws and
we a're all law-abiding citizens- We
believe in personal liberty to driuk
what we are able to pay for and let
others do the same as long as no one is.
injured by our actions. We are a
liberty loving people, believing iu being
houest with ourselves aud all others,
and for this reason we work to prevent
laws that aro calculated to take away
the personal liberties of the people so
that while enioviiiL' ourselves in an
honest manner we may be law-abiding
citizens aud at the same time rather than
hypocrites who work for prohibition
and then sneak around back alleys to
get their drink. Among the leaders of
this prohibition movement I know of
not one who is a producer of anything,
especially labor. All of them are hold
ing positions that enable them to live
from off the labor of those who do pro
duce something and yet they have the
nerve to publish that they want to
teach me what is the right thing to do.
The same article tells about the evil
eftect of alcohol upon the physical sys
tem and how it weakeus the mind. In
a recent issue of the Chicago Exami
ner, an eminent pnysician snows mat
there is more poison used in the manu
facture of tea ' and coffee aud soft
drinks than there is in alcohol or beer
and we believe he is right, for among
the tea, coffee and soft drinkers of this
prohibition movement is found some of
Ihe weakest minds in tho country and
especially those who are producing the
kind of literature being published each
week in the temperance column.
It is strauge that no one is willing to
sign his name to any of those articles
so that one could get back at him
right, but they are not that kind of
people. If people believing in personal
liberty' lay down and not fight for their
rights and let those other people want
ing to make laws' to make all others do
Alliance Men and
Women Reunite
(From Pasadena, Calif., Daily Star)
, One of the prettiest affair of the
week was that at which Mr. and Mrs.
A. Tiiplett of No. 535 South M.areugo
avenue, were the charming host and
hostess at their Iwme last night, in
honor of their friends from Alliance,
Nebr. The house, which is a most
attractive one, was- a bower of flowers
and ferns. Goldea California poppies
were effectively arranged in bowls and
vases about the living room, with a
An Efficient City Treasurer
Most of the voters of the city of Al
liance are acquainted with C W. llren
nan, a candidate for re-election for the
otllce of city treasurer. Mr. lirennan
bus efficiently filled this office for the
past year, and has submitted a report
of the city finances at every council
meeting held during his term of office,
which had never bee"n done before by
any city treasurer.
Mr Ilrennan la connected with the
reliable firm of Fletcher Insurance I
Agency, aud is-iu his office at all times
during business- hours. There Is no
question that Mr. Krennau 1 well
qualified to till this responsible posi
tion, and will give same his personal
We have nothing- to say derogatory
of Dr. Copsey, He has been here but
a few' years, and ndw bus a large- and
lucrative practice, and he could not
f give the city treasurershlp his personal
attention, but would have to delegate
this elective office to anyone he might
see lit. We do not believe Dr. Copsey
would neglect his practice to attend to
an omce, wlucu combined witn city
Wedding Anniversary.
rich background of greenery, while
orange blossoms aud 'California fruits J Water commissioner only pays 20 00
per month or 1140.00 per year.
nlsn nlaved a oromineut part in tue
decorations, the fruits being tastefully
The evening was made most 'delight
ful with music, a number of the guests
being talented musicians. Mrs. Flera
ming gave a charming vocal solo; Miss
Roberta Miles also gave several de
lightful songs. Miss Burlingame and
Miss Olive Sosey each gave piano so
los, which were enthusiastically re
ceived, and Mrs. E. G. Morris gave
several readings, which charmed her
inarms. Manv old friendships were
renewed while some delightfully new
ones were formed. Later an elaborate
collation was served by the hostess,
who is famous for her delightful enter
tainments Those present last night to enjoy the
hospitality of Mr. aud Mrs. Tripiett
included: Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Morris,
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Nutt, Mr. and
Mrs. W. W. Norton. Mr. and Mrs H.
F. Elinor. Mr. and Mrs. S. Preston,
Mr. and Mrs. Noleman, Dr. and Mrs.
W. H. Smith, Dr. and Mrs. G. N.
Smith, Mrs. Minnie Ellis, Mrs. G. M.
Burlingame, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Winship,
Mrs.-F. W. Reese, Mrs. H. H. Bell
wood, Mrs. B. Fleming, Miss Ina Bell
wood, Miss Edna Bellwood, Miss Eva
Burlingame, Miss Roberta Miles, Miss
Nora Jets, Miss Ada M. Post, Mr.
Owen BellwooJ, Mr. Roy Bellwood,
Mr. Claude McDonald, Mr. Fred
Smith, Mr. Etou Fleming and Mr. W.
Norton. wwww.
" J. R. Taggart, one of The Herald's L
Hyannis subscribers, made tins omce
a call while in Alliance Tuesday. He
has recently changed his address to
Bingham, . .
Now, Mr. Voter, do you want to
elect a city treasurer who will give
the city finance his personal attention
or one who will delegate the otliee you
have given him by your "Vote" to any
persou he may, see (It, and thus be
stow on auother, tho honor you havo
conferred upon him. If you want the
man who will give the city treasurship
his personal attention, vote for C. W.
lirennau. .
Mil. AM) Mil" U ZUIN.
(tregi.r.v Zurn ami uife celebrated
tlu ir iwenty-tliinl iiiurriuge anuiver
sity on the 5iird of March. They were
the first couple married in l.ox Unite
county and are well thought of. Mr.
Zurn is a candidate for the office of
police judge this coming year. We
show their pictures herewith.
Finest Horses Ever
Seen in Alliance
Five of the lluest horses ever seen in
Alliance are now In the Checkered liv
ery bam. They are part of a carlord
of horses being shipped to Victoria,
B. C, by Mr. MeCledve, one of the
most well kuown hore men iu the
In a jam at Broken Bow one hor-e
was killed and several of the othur
in1n-.l T. M ..rl.... ... .
LadieS ReCital, April 5thn"ued and afteV being taken" to
. the Alliance Hospital was removed to
There will boa Ladies' Recital at the I the Drukeliotel aud will leave for Vic
opera house Monday evening, April 5. .toria, It. C,, Friduy morning.
Program In an interview, Mr. McCieave stated
Violin Solo Catnile iSohei tnat the horse that was killed
Vocal Solo Carolyn Griggs
Reading, "A Voice from the Poor
House". . , Mrs. Laing
Reading, "No Saloons Up There"..
, Mrs. Limn
Reading, "The Modern King"
Mrs. Me whlrter
Reading, "No. 25" Mrs. Ferris
Vocal Solo '. Cecil Smith
Reading, "The Cry of Today"
Mrs. Berry
Vocal Solo. Rutn Hagur
Admission Free
Final Game of Basket Ball
The dual game of basket ball of the
northwest Nebraska teams will be
played on Saturday evening at the
I Alliance High School gymnasium, be-
tweeu the Alliance and Bridgeport
Win, King's big red automobile is 110
more, having been caught iu a garage
fire in Denver receutly.
John Martin, sired by Allerton, ahorse
Marcus Daly ottered 8100,000 for. The
horses Include a Standard bred mare in
foal with Star Pointer, Mrs. MoCloave's
noted pacer, Sari Don, beluir taken
I west for her use during the summer.
ine uoteu Waverly Prime. tliohackn..v
stallion that won first prize last year
12. tne sweep stakes at the Lincoln stute
fulr, was also one of tho horses.
As a rft.ult of efforts to secure Right Kev.
HMiop Ivonne. UUI.op of Cheyenne. tcom.
here In 11.9 Interest ot lue tempurauco cauie
wo are informed Hint tie U now giving a mls
Mon I,, , uuoalo, N. YM and unable J co
1 he follow Inn message wa received from uim
toduy: "
llulfalo, N. v., Arjril 1 lavi
B. K. Warrick, ' W"
Allluuco, Nebr,
VI1. succons. Not able to eouio.
elil'-i'T nr' ,,1h'tal'ittoi."3w.
eiM . U nell known huro for b SMa a muZ,
in Alliance several muKOd wus bulovt
Futhor MoNumnru. whoso kindly Ivsueda
wruul iMltutiou gf welcome, eiprsod him
Ml ; very sorry the U.J,Qp'uW Tno .
uh lie U certainly uu ubJe mnn.
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