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About The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922 | View Entire Issue (April 8, 1909)
UNDUE ACTIVITY IN POLITICO
Civil Service Committee Finds Unde
sirable Situation Exists.
The report of the committee of
the National civil Service Reform
league to investigate the matter of po
litical activity on the part of the fed
eral ofnceholderB has been made pub
lic. The committee sstematlcnlly
gathered current press reports of al
leged undue political activity and sift
ing out the more serious accusations,
through correspondence with the par
ties involved, and by detailed Inquiry
into the circumstances, sought to de
termine the truth.
The conclusions of the committee
briefly stated, are that the charges to
a great extent are sustained. A nota
ble exception Is reported in the alle
gations made during the last campaign
to the effect that Mr. Roosevelt co
erced certain federal officeholders In
to the support of Mr. Taft for the Re
publican nomination. With his per
mission the lists of the president's ap
pointments for a considerable period
prior to the national convention were
scanned by the committee, which imds
that evidence to sustain the charges
made is wholly lacking. On the con
trary, Mr. Roosevelt is credited with
having advanced' tho cause of civil ser
vice reform by so amending the civil
Service rules ns to prohibit employees
in the competitive service from taking
part In political campaigns.
On the broad question of the per
nicious activity in politics of federal
officeholders, however, tho committee
finds that a most undesirable situa
tion exists. Of the more than 300,000
federnl officeholders, one-third are net
amenable to civil service classification
and often exercise powerful Influence
The senate committee on census
will give a hearing soon on the
house census bill and President Black
of the civil service commission will
contend that the census employees
should be chosen wholly by civil ser
vice examination; Director North of
the census bureau opposes this on
the ground that there are certain
classes of employees wno must be se
lected by their proved adaptability
for the work.
Four Injured In Pistol Duel.
Four persons were Injured at Wells
vllle, O., Sunday, In a pistol duel and
general fight between members of the
Good Citizens' league and men who
had been drinking on a houseboat an
chored In the Ohio river. Tho injured
are: William Zellers, shot in tho
thigh; Ben Davidson, shot In the neck
and may die; William Renoff, member
of the Good Citizens' league, serious
ly beaten; Frank Gelso, former saloon
keeper, ear cut almost off.
Funeral of Admiral Cervera.
Vice Admiral Cervera was burled
at Madrld;'Spaiuj-Sundayf The body
was placed in a simple black coffin and
borne on the shoulders of soldiers and
bluejackets to the grave, where a sa
lute of twenty-one volleys waB fired.
The newspapers recall tho warm
praise bestowed' upon Cervera by the
Americans after Santiago.
Ends Life In Niagara Falls.
An unknown man, about thirty-eight
years old committed suicide by
jumping Into the Niagara river
from Luna Island, in sight of a
score of persons, who saw him swept
over the falls. He stood on the rail
ing of tho bridge for a second or two
peering down into the water and then
dived in head foremost.
Dickinson Collapses Physically.
John Dickinson, who traded on the
Consolidated Stock exchange of New
York and the Chicago board' of trade
as John Dickinson & Co., and whose
company was placed in the hands of a
receiver at Chicago, Is said by his at
torney, George W. Plummer, to havo
End of Sensational Trial,
After a sensational trial In the cir
cuit court at Deadwood, S. D., a Jury
acquitted Jerry Johnson and his wife
of robbing a safe in a department
store in broad daylight. Johnson was
formerly a politician In Denver.
Ex-Secretary Hitchcock III.
Ethan Allen Hitchcock, former sec
retary of the Interior, Is critically 111 at
the homo of 1 Is son-in-law, Cnmiuauder
W. S. Sims, U. S. N., at Washington,
nnd grave fears for his recovery are
entertained. He Is suffering from
heart and kidney trouble.
Thirteen Injured In Wreck,
in an accident on the Rio Grande
railroad at Colorado Springs, Colo.,
thirteen persons were Injured All the
Injured were from Colorado points, ex
cept G. T. Logan and Mrs. Maude Lo
gan of Parnell, Mo., who suffered cuts
on the face.
Modjeska Nearlng the End.
Artiflcal rajans are being employed
to sustain Mme. Modjeska, the actress,
who Is critically HI at Los Angeles,
Cal. Her physician says that she may
die any moment or may live for a
Eliot Denies Reports.
"All newspaper reports purporting
to emanate from me that I have either
accepted or declined the post of am
bassador to Great Britain are abso
lutely unauthorized," said President
Charles W. Eliot of Harvard college.
Diplomatic Relations Near Crisis.
Indications are that diplomatic rela
tions between this country and Nica
ragua are nearlng a crisis, resulting
from the failure of President Zelaya
to adjust the Emery claim.
FORT WORTH HAS $2,000,000 FIRE
Small Boys and Cigarette Start Fatal
and Costly Blaze.
To somo small hoys and a carelesss
Iy thrown cigarette Is generally attri
buted the fire which destroyed prop
ery In Fort Worth, Tex., valued at
$2,000,000, causing the death of ono
person, J, J. Newton, a bank employee,
tho serious Injury of six others, ren
dered 300 families homeless and will
cause the temporary idleness of sev
eral hundred workmen employed In
the factories and business houses
The burned district Is under tho
guard of state troops to prevent loot
ing and the entire fire fighting force
of the city are still engaged in ex
tinguishing the burning embers. A
mass meeting of citizens was held
and relief committees nnmed, but a3
the burned residence dis'.itc: wns pop
ulated largely by people in comfort
able circumstances, tho relief needed
will be small.
The burned area Is approximately a
mile and a half i.. e.igth a 1 a half
mile wide, and while It will require
days to accurately give tho Individual!
losses, a conservative estimate places
tho aggregate at about $2,000,000. Tho
largest individual loss was suffered
by the Texas and Pncinc rallrod, offi
cials of the road placing tho damngo
Shortly after the fire began assist
ance was asked of Dallas and a spe
cial train brought apparatus and de
tachments from tho fire department
of that city, but oven thus reinforced
the "fire had gained such headway that
efforts of tho firemen wero without re
sult until practically nothing had' re
mained on which tho flames might
Temporary abodes wero found for
those rendered homeless wherever
available. Many spent tho night In
the live stock building and Auditorium
at the fair grounds. Others accepted
tho invitation of nearby towns.
600 INSANE PER30NS IN PERIL
Prairie Fire Destroys Buildings of
Six hundred helpless Insane person
were In danger of death when a blaze,
starting from a prairie fire, destroyed
several buildings of the state insane
asylum at Fort Supply, Okla.
The fire broke out In tho laundry
building. The fire department was or
dered out and every effort mado to
conceal from the patients the fact that
the building was burning. One wom
an looking out of a window saw the
fire and excitedly gave the alarm.
"We'll bo burned to death," she
screamed. The attendants rushed
among their charges and tried frantic
ally to pacify them, but a great panic
was narrowly averted. '
The fire spread from the laundry to
ine pnarmacy auppiy Dunning anu
threatened tho asylum Itself. Mean
while, when the blaze was near them,
tho Inmates yielded to the entreaties
of the attendants and kept good order.
By hard work the various ward build
ings were saved. The buildings de
stroyed were tho stables, laundry,
pharmacy and employees' quarters.
Tho loss Is estimated' at $75,000.
BIG SUIT NEARS ITS END
Prosecution of Standard Oil by Gov.
ernment Reaches Argument Stage.
The calling for argument of the case
of the United States against tho
Standard Oil company of New Jersey
In the United States circuit court at
St. Louis Monday marked' tho be
ginning of the end of the govern
ment's attempt to prove that the great
company 1b a corporation In restraint
of trade within the meaning of the
This is the case which has been
prosecuted by the government more
than two years and' in which hearings
have been held In New York, Chicago
and other cities. John D. Rockefeller
and other big men of the company ap
peared to tell of Its history and deal
ings. Nineteen typewritten volumes,
containing 25,000 pnges of testimony
and more than 1,51)0 documentary ex
hibits, have been filed for the con
sideration of the judges. They are
Judges Adams, Vandeventer, Hook
The goverpment Is represented In
the suit by Frank B. Kellogg, C. B.
Morrison and J. Harrison Graves. For
the Standard appear John S. Miller
and Moritz Rosenthal of Chicago and
Judge Henry Priest of St. Louis.
Fatal Fire at Kankakee,
Wallnce Gagnler was burned to
death and Ed Pombert was seriously
injured in a fire at Kankakee, 111.,
Monday, which destroyed Fleming &
Brown's garage, together with seven
automobiles. The fire is supposed to
have started from a match thrown on
the floor. Explosions quickly followed'.
Pombert was burned trying to rescue
his companion, who haa crawled to a
Students Issue Ultimatum to Patton.
The differences between Dr. Frau
ds L. Patton, presldont of the Prince
ton theploglcal seminary, and under
graduates of that Institution culminat
ed in new resolutions adopted at a
special meeting of the students, in
which the ultimatum Is set forth that
either Dr. Patton is to bo mado to pro.
vide a more modern curculium orIsa
tho ontlre student body will resign.
Moonshiners Are Active.
Internal revenue officials believe that
the temperance movement which has
taken such strong hold on certain sec
tions of the country, particularly la
the south, has resulted In increasing
the distillation of illicit whisky.
BANK ROBBER A LINCOLN MAN
Mysterious Imogens Bandit Identified
as Aurlel Walla,
Sidney, la., April 5. The Idontitj
of tho btnk robber, who, ns "Edwart
Gordon," was sentenced to serve ton
years at the state reformatory at Ana
mo8n, has finally been discovered. He
was Identified by Defective Mnlono ol
tho Lincoln pollco forco as Aurlel
Walla of Lincoln.
The bandit's wlfo and brother came
to visit him, but did not arrlvo until
after Sheriff Harris had dopnrted for
Annmosn with his prisoner.
Detective Malone said that Walla
bore a good record up until last Juno.
Slnco that time he has been Buspected
of complicity in no less than five rob
beries. Ho has been arrested three
times, but so far as known has novcr
before been convicted. It Is now be
lieved that ho was tho ringleader of
tho gang who looted the Imogene bank
nnd that his pals were both young
men, Instead of oldtlmers, ns lie rep
resented them to bo.
Walla says that if it hadn't been for
tho "lool farmers" thoy would all havo
mrtde their getaway successfully. One
farmer discovered' the robbers asleep
in his strawplle and another held up
Walla with a shotgun.
COLUMBUS HAS A BIG 3PREAD
Banquet Given by Commercial C!ub
Proves a Most Successful Affair.
Columbus, Neb., April 5. Tho larg
est and moat successful affair of the
kind ever held In ColumbUB was tho
annual banquet of tho Columbus Com
mercial club. There were about 200
guests in attendance and the banquet
was served' in the be3t of stylo by the
women of tho Congregational church.
Mayor FUlett presided aa toastmastor.
Governor Shallenberger mado a trip
on a special to reach Columbus to at
tend the function. He told soverul
stories and closed with an apostruphe
to Nebraska as the brightest star in
the flag. Senator Burkett, In speaking
of the flag, said It was the emblem of
the country which offered to all the
best chance of any nation In the
World. J. E. Kelby touched on rail
road legislation and the relations of
the railroad to the public. Victor
Rosewater, In a humorous way, por
trayed what might' havo happened If
Columbus, on his voyage of discovery,
had been accompanied by a modern
DID NOT MEET WITH FOUL PLAY
Huntoon Was In De8 Moines While
Omaha Police Were Hunting Him.
Omaha, April C. Willie tho pollco
of Omaha were scouring the city for
him, J. C. Huntoon was at his homo In
Dcs Moines. Several weeks ago Mr.
Huntoon left Des Moines on a busi
ness trip to Kansas City and Omaha.
When ho .arrived hero hp forwarded
his mall to Des Moines and wrote his
wife that he would go to bloux Falls,
S. D., for afew days' stay. But the
bellboy forgot to mall thq letters to
Mrs. Huntoon and she feared that he
had met with foul play. Charles Gutli,
his brother-in-law, then came here
and asked tho aid' of the police. They
began thoir search for him.
NEBRASKA TO HAVE SHARE
Enlisted Strength of State Militia Will
Give Department $8,648
Chicago, April 5. Tho division of
military affairs of the war department
has announced the allowance of am
munition for the present fiscal year
made to the National Guard under tlio
act of May 27, 1908, being 50 per cent
of the allowance to the regular army.
The total set aside for thia purpose is
$632,124, divided among tho states
according to the enlisted strength of
the National Guard.
Nebraska with 1,200 enlisted men
Is entitled to an allowance of $8,648.
Teachers Will Meet at Fremont
Omaha, April 5. With the election
of officers and the selection of Fre
mont as the place of next year's meet
ing, the fourth annual session of tho
East Central Nebraska Teachers' as
sociation adjourned. Superintendent
W. E. Yoder of Douglas county was
elected as. the new president of the
association, Miss Strickland' of Fre
mont, secretary, and Jonn Speedlo of
Fatal Ride on Freight Train.
Nebraska City, Neb., April 5. The
body of a man was found near Rerlin
and Identified as that of Bailey of Des
Moines, la. He was evidently riding
In a boxcar on the Missouri Pacific
railway and fell out under the car on
the fast freight train.
Nebraska Pastor to Sioux City.
Sioux City, April 5. Rev. G. Larson
of Curtis, Neb., has accepted a call to
become pastor of the Danish Lutheran
church of this city.
Fire Drill Saves Pupils.
Pittsburg. April 6. Between 600
and 700 pupils were safely marched
out of the McKees Rock public school,
a suburb, when the building' was
found to be on fire. When discovered,
ihe entire roof was in a blaze, but
the fire drill was successfully em
ployed nnd not ono of the children
was injured In any way. The build
ing was destroyed.
MILK DRINKING AT OMAHA
Lacteal Fluid Is Now Served at All
Omaha, April 6. Not only the chil
dren, but the men of Omaha havo ac
quired the milk drinking habit. Last
fall men of Omaha commenced to
show a fondness for milk, but the de
mand for the fluid' did not reach any
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will on Monday the 12th day of April. 1009, at 1
o'clock 1". M. on Buhl day at tho West door of
tho courthouse In Alliance, llox Hutto County,
Nebrafiku, tell the following described real es
tate to-wit: Tho tiouth East Quarter of Secrion
35,Townshlp 20,or llango W),ln llox Itutte Coun
ty, Nebraska, at public auction, to tho lilKhcst
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First publication March 11, 1IXK.
Al Wikkii, HhurilT.
Wii.mam Mitchell, Attorney
13-5v for IMalntltT.
PENS, INKS - . .
RULERS GIVEN AWAY AT
! Al Wiker i
Grand Island Granite:
and Mark Works I
All kinds of Granite and Marble
Tombstones and Monuments,
Lower prices and less
freight than from firms
farther east S
Col. New has had 25 years'
experience and is one of the
most successful auctioneers in
Dates made at this office
Painting, Paper Hanging
Phone 64I Alliance,
IT ALWAYS PAYS
TO BUY YOUR
from a Reliable House
We have the BEST of everything good to eat
Our Prices are Righ ,
.Yours for a square deal,
Special Announcement to Cattle-Raisers
We are now selling- White-Faced and Short-Horn Pan
Handle Steers; yearling, one, two and three-year-olds,
in lots of from 100 to 5,000. Our prices range as follows:
Yearlings, $19 to $23
2-ycar-old, $24 to $27
3-year-ocf, $29 to $32
Deliveries from May 10 to lune 10
We can sell these steers on time at 8 percent with good,
security. Carry steers until 4 years old.
Come and see us now to be sure you get your cattle
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High Warming Closet,
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FIRE INSURANCE AG-ENC Y
MEPREBENT8 THE FOLLOWING IN8URANOE OOMPANIE8.
lUrtford Fire Insurnnco Company.
North American ot I'lillsdelpbta.
Phoenix ot Jllooklyn. Now York,
Continental ot Now York City.
Niagara Fire Insurance Company.
ftornmurcinl Union Assurance Co.. London
Uermanlu Flro Ins. Go.
Statu ot Omaha
Delivered to any stations in
Nebraska, Wyoming or
South Dakota, ft more for
Nebraska cattle to River.
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solicited. Phone 1
ZS8'.iVlS& Frank VVallara Dmb'k
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Liverpool. London and Globe Ins. Co.
Uermun American Ins. Co.. New York.
Columbia Flro Insurance Company,
Phoenix ins, Jo.. Harttord. Oonn
Kiremans Fund Insurance Co.
Itochebtur German Ins. Co.
Office L'o-Stalra.Fletcher Mock.
of all descriptions
for any part of a
house or barn.
Phone 22 . P. Waters, Mr.
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