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About The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 2, 1909)
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THURSDAY. DEC. 2, 1909.
The football season is a closed inci
dent, now that Thanksgiving day is
Mr. Rockefeller doubtless gave
thanks that It is a long way to the su
Undo Sam may have a great navy
but it's not In it with the sugar trust's
fleet of revenue cutters.
The talk that the undertakers' trust
was behind the movement to abolish
football is probably a canard.
Thanksgiving day is past, but keep
right on giving thanks Every day
ought to bo a thankBgiviug day when
people liavo so much to bo thankful
The press dispatches tt 11 us that the
Standard Oil lawyers are not disturbed
over tho St. Louis decision. Of course
not; why should they be? It insures
them a continuance of their jobs for
soma time to come.
at hand indicating that it could easily
have been prevented, it assumos the
proportions of a stupendous crime
It appears that the unholv greed and
heartless disregard of consequences of
tho owners of tho St. Paul mine caused
the sacrifice of the Itundrcds of lives.
It is stated that the fire was caused by
an explosion due to the use of torches
in the mine in tho place of electric
lights. It seems that the mine was
practically devoid of Bafety appliances.
Tho structure around the main shaft
was built entirely of pine timber, high
ly inflammable, instead of concrete,
steel or brick, as it should have been.
Tho escape shaft was also timbered, in
direct violation of the law, and the
wooden stairs leading up to It were
made useless by the flames. The main
entries were also timbered, against tho
law; there was not the equipment tor a
sufficient water pressure for use in
emergencies; there was insufficient hose
to fight the fire, even had there been
water pressure. Most horrible of all
the conditions revealed is the evidence
that the miners whose lives were sacri
ficed were kept at work two hours after
the Are had broken out and when it
was apparent that such action greatly
Imperilled, their safety.
If these allegations, or a tithe of
them, arc true, the men responsible
arc guilty of cold blooded murder. The
stato of Illinois owes it to humanity
and its own good name to institute a
rigid investigation and punish tho
guilty. Such diabolical disregard for
tho sauctity of human life as appears
to have been responsible for this
disaster cannot be passed by. Tho
blood of the victims of corporate greed
and heartlessne3s cries to high heaven
As the season of gift-giving ap
proaches it may bo well to remind tho
loyal citizens of Alliance that they
have no need to go outside of their
homo town to make purchases. Our
merchants have large and varied stocks
to select from and their prices are just
as advantageous aB those of the big
city stores. It is loyalty to home in
stitutions that builds up a town. The
man or woman of Aliianco who spends
money in other places for goods that
could be bought aB cheap' here does a
little bit toward hindering tho growth
and progress of the home town. Many
a micklc mako a mucklc and many a
thoughtless expenditure outside of
money that ought to be kept in circula
tion at home develops a serious condi
tion in local progress and prosperity
Trade at home, Be loyal to Alliance.
Standard Oil Decision
The subsidized organs of the Stand
ard Oil company, assisted by other
newspapers susceptible to tho influence
of the trusts, will bo kept reasonably
busy for some time to como pointing
out the "advisability" of the repeal of
the Sherman anti trust act. There is
little doubt that the predatory trusts
will make a stupendous effort to secure
tho "modification" of this law, especi
ally in tho event of the supreme court
upholding the decision of tho circuit
court at St. Louis dissolving the Stand
ard Oil company. Already "feelers"
have gone forth to the effect that, if
the St. Louis decision is affirmed by
the supreme court, business disaster,
confusion and hard times may be ex
pected to follow. The "interests" will
not be above precipitatiug a panic if
necessary to carry their point, which is
to be let alone, unmolested in their
pleasant pursuit of plundering the public.
By a decision described in the press
dispatches as "sweeping," the federal
court at St. Louis has sustained the
suit of the United States against the
Standard Oil company of New Jersey,
declared the corporation a combination
In restraint of trade and ordered its
Jubilation of the general public over
this decision must of necessity be tem
pered by the fact that it is not final
and conclusive. It has yet to run the
gauntlet of the supreme court before
the shutters tiro put up at No. 26
Broadway. And even should the court
of last resort sustain the St. Louis de
cision, it will probably mean only a
reorganization, with cunning evasion of
the technicalities of the law.
But tho circuit court decision is none
the' less important. It bears out the
contention that the Standard Oil trust
is an organization in restraint o( trade;
that it has throttled competition and
that its acts have been in violation of
the Sherman anti-trust law. There is
no logical reason to suppose that the
court of last resort will place any dif
ferent interpretation on the law.
A Trip to Blackfoot, Idaho
Having heard so much of the coun
try in southern Idaho I decided that It
would do mo no hurt to follow in tho
paths ot others and look over that
country. Accordingly I left Alliance
in company with Mr- H. E- Jones of
Hemingford ou Tuesday, Nov. 16th.
We went direct from Alliance to
Denver. On arriving in - Denver wo
purchased round trip tickets and berths
to Blackfoot. We left that evening
over the Union Pacific. At Cheyenne
our car, which luckily was the obser
vation car. was switched on another
train, After an interesting ride through
Wyoming we arrived in Pocatello,
Idaho, late that evening. We stayed
at a hotel there that night and early
Thursday morning took the train for
Blackfoot, which lies about twenty-five
miles above Pocatello-
Pocatello is a town of several thous
and people, lying right among the
mountains. Tho streets run from
mountain to mountain- The little
groves of trees and improved farms
lying away above the town make an in
Going from Pocatello to Blackfoot
wc passed through a large Indian reser
vation, which will probably be opened
for settlement soon. This is the very
finest kind of soil but of course the
Indians do not make good farmers and
very little is farmed. All around the
reservation and under the big irrigation
ditches are highly improved farms
which make a great contrast with the
land which has not yet been cleared of
Large electric power cables run
along the railroad, carrying light and
powor to all the towns in that locality,
the power being furnished from plants
at Idaho Falls and other points where
water power is available. Electricity
is of course very cheap and is used for
At the depot in Blackfoot we met
Chase Feagins and W. G. Craig of the
Blackfoot Investment company, and
"Dad" Feagins of Alliance, who was
there looking over tho country at that
time- We were taken to the Cottage,
a fine hotel near the depot, and after
having an excellent breakfast went to
the office of the Blackfoot Investment
company, which is also near the depot.
Teams were ordered aud we were taken
for a drive to see the large farm re
cently purchased by Mr- W. C. Sollen-
berger of Alliance. This farm lies
about two miles from town and it cer
tainly is a desirable place. lie has a
big, modern house, fine orchard, and
immense stacks of alfalfa were on the
Thursday afternoon we were taken
to see a big, irrigated ranch eight miles
from town. Our parti' occupied two
carriages and consisted of Chase Fea
gins, W. G. Craig, W. J. D'Arcy, who
is a prominent ex newspaper man and
What a Girl Should Learn.
in Box Butte county, except that they
arc graded. Saw many fine orchards,
which looked good to us "pilgrims
from a treeless country-" We were
shown the farms recently purchased
and owned by E. M. Spider of Hem
ingford and Wm. King and Ed. Mark?
of Alliance. These gentlemen are to
be congratulated ou their good judg
ment. Blackfoot is called the "Grove Citv."
. . . . 1 ..
Tins name is given it because of the the
many Elm and Carolina Poplar trees.
Trees are cverywheie in abundance.
On our trip Thursday morning we were
taken through the grounds of the state
insane asylum. The buildings arc
very large and are surrounded by large
apple orchards and groves of shade
trees- We were also shown the im
mense beet sugar factory which cm
ploys a force of 260 people. It should
be stated that sugar beets are one of
the best paying crops in southern
Idaho- I was shown land that is
rented to the factory company at a
high rental, they putting out and car
ing for the crop themselves.
Blackfoot has a Sue flour mill and
good, big elevator. The .stores are
up-to-date and all seemed to be doing
a big business. Houses for rental are
at a premium and are hard to get.
This goes to show the prosperous con
dition of the country.
On Friday morning MY. James (Dad)
Feagins left for Alliance, and Mr. H
K. Eunis, president of the Blackfoot
Investment company, arrived from Des
Moines. A party, consisting of Messrs.
Ennis, Jones, O'Keefc, Craig, Feagins
aud myself, left thdt morning by train
for Powell, which lie3 north and west
of Blackfoot and which is the present
town for the immense Powell tract of
irrigated land, where so many of our
Box Butte county people are locating.
This town and tract lies on the Big
Lost River. Powell is mostly a tent
city but many buildings are in course
of construction. The tract lies about
two miles from Powell to its neatest
point. Wo were taken by Elmer G
Rowland to his home. He arrived this
month from Alliance but is getting
settled aud ready to farm his land this
Mrs. Row land provided a meal, which
was enjoyed by all, after which we
were taken for a drive north and east.
Tiis tract lies in the Big Lost River
valley and is surrounded by mountains.
These ranges, of course, protect the
valley and make the climate less se
vere. The entire tract for many miles
is very level and is easy to irrigate.
We were shown the land purchased
through the Blackfoot Investment
company by Ed. Wildy, B. F. Oilman,
O. Bowser, John Anderson, Sam Grass,
Wes. Thompson, James Feagins, Win
King, Richard Watkins, A. M- Miller,
Frank Potmesil, W. C. Sollenberger,
H. E. Jones, Monty Gieen, Fred
Crone, Elmer Roland, Melvin Shirley,
Alliance. The soil all seemed to be
ery good, it being a decomposed vol
canic ash, and is the same as that
around Blackfoot. It has a gravel sub
soil which insures good drainage and
there is 110 possibility of any alkali ever
being experienced there.
It is inspiring to look out over the
valley of the Big Lost river and to see
the monster ranges of mountains lying
to the north and west. This is called
Sawtooth ranee. Tho "Twin
Buttes" lie fifteen miles to the east.
One of these is an extinct volcano
which I would have been glad to have
explored. The "Big Butte" rears its
head nine miles to the south. It lies
by itself on the plain and it is said to
be a day s trip by horse around the
base- Big game is to be found in these
ranges, some of the finest collections
of trophies I have ever seen being in
We spent a very pleasant evening
together and retired for the night in a
large tent. No one seemed to think
anything of sleeping out-of-doors. The
only one who experienced any discom
fort was Tom O'Keefe, who borrowed
Harry Jones' fur coat to cover bis feet,
and Mr. Jones, who, of course, ob
jected to this procedure.
We arose early Saturday morning
and after brqakfast took a refreshing
drive down to the new townsite, which
is being laid out by the Blackfoot In
vestment company. This lies in the
center of the tract and will be on the
new branch of the Oregon Short Line
I understand that The Great Northern
and the Chicago North-Western are
taking up land in that locality with a
probable view of running through the
valley. Although the new town has
not been named it is extremely probable
it will be called Alliance.
Oh returning from our visit to the
townsite we put on gum boots and
"went fishing" in the "big ditch." We
secured several Rainbow trout, oue
particularly large oue affording us a
good meal when we got back to Black
foot. Mr. Jones became excited aud
forgot his derby hat Saturday evening
when we returned to Blackfoot- Sunday
we spent resting aud looking over the
town of Blackfoot- I might mention
here some of the crops raised in that
country- Mr. John Bowker stated
that he raised 800 bushels of potatoes
to the acre at an expense of only $20
per acre- H. B. .Neilson raised 120
bushels of oats to the acre, tljey weigh
ing fortyfive pounds to the bushel.
Mr. Louis Robbius had apple trees six
years old that netted him S500 per
acre. $280 were paid for less than
one acre of apples on the trees. Six
acres netted $3,500. Apples, of course,
are the leading fruit crop and they are
the big money-makers, this country
being particularly adapted to them.
The country seems to be full of oppor
tunities. Monday morning the writer left for
THE FIRST THANKSGIVING.
It Wan Celebrated Under Many Per
When In the autumn of 1021 Mnssa
Bolt accepted Governor Bradford's Invi
tation to Join tho colonists hi a harvest
festival the Thanksgiving day troubles
of women began. Mistress Brewster
and Prlsellla M tilling and Constanta
Hopkins and little Remember Aller
ton uud the rest of the dozen women
who hud sunlved the first terrible
Plymouth winter set to work to mako
ready for the celebration Their clip
boards were not much like the gener
ous larders of merry Etiglnud. but
what they were to eat at this feast
should be of their best.
There was the "standby" of" hasty
pudding and molasses, There were
MASSASOlrlJKOtHllIT WITH UI51 NINETY OF
clam chowder and oysters roasted In
big clam shells. Wild turkeys were
nbunduut. uud oue day's shooting de
termined the characteristic dish of the
feast for all the jear to come. Plum
porridge delighted the few children,
and the guests were to Introduce child
hood to the festive popcorn.
But when Mussasolt came he brought
with him ulnety of his people. Tho
first Thanksgiving dinner, Instead of
being served to fifty, was served to
nearly three times that number. More
over, the guests stayed three days, and
In spite of their present of five Quo
deer one does not doubt that they left
empty pantries and weary hostesses
behind theui and that for n week
thereafter the colonists lived on "pick
ed up dinners."
History lepeats Itself. The noble
autumn festival too ofteu means for
"mother" only a week long baking day
aud little time or strength for the giv
ing of thanks But we need not repro
duce the Plymouth situation, frlsellla
could not set her wild Indians to serve
her. but tod.iy the preparations for tho
dinner limy be divided among the
many hands which make light work.
Stoning the raisins, picking the tur
key, straining the crauberrles, split
ting the kindling, cracking the nuts,
setting the table, furnish occupation
for all. from grandfather to six-year-old.
For one day In the year "mother"
must have more help than she can use.
from the busy hour before breakfast
until the last dish Is washed at nlgbt.
The guests at this family festival
should be at home In kltehen and par
So the hoinemaker mav herself an
swer to the rail for gratitude for "the
return of seedtime and harvest, the
Increase of the ground and the gath
ering In of the fruit thpreof." Youth's
A traveling man who makes the Ne
braska trade territory says there is no
division of public sentiment through
out the state as to Cannon and Can
nonism. He has failed to meet any
one who stands up for Cannon, but ou
the contrary all persons with whom lie
has conversed have been of one mind
that the country has had enough of
Cannon dictation and boss rule in con
gress aud that the Danbury dictator
should be summarily ousted from
power- He also expressed the belief
that it will be impossible for any con
gressman either in this state or Kansas
who cannot explain a clear record of
having been opposed to Cannon aud
the Aldrich-Payne tariff iniquity, to be
re-elected at the coining congressional
election and that those who are nomi
nated in opposition to such candidates
who confine their campaign to the
shaky records of their opponents ou
Cannonism and Aldrichism, will easily
win out Hastings Republican.
Murdered by Greed
The country has been horrified by
the accounts during the past two weeks
of the heartrending scenes enacted iu
the little mining town of Cherry, III.
The disaster in the St. PauJmine
would have been terrible enough-had it
been unavoidable- With the evtdence
The reading of the following by girls
buddiug into young womanhood will
help to install good thoughts into their
minds. A girl should learn:
To be gentle.
To value time.
To dress neatly.
To keep a secret.
To avoid idleness.
To be self-reliant.
To darn stockings.
To respect old age.
To make good bread.
To keep a house tidy.
To avoid gossipuig.
To make home happy
To control her temper.
To take caie of the baby.
To take care of the sick.
To sweep down cobwebs.
To marry a man for his worth.
To read the very best of books.
To be a helpmeet tt her husband.
To take plenty of active exercise,
To keep clear of trashy literature,
To be light hearted and fleet-footed.
To be a womanly woman on all occa
sions. An Irishman was being shown over
Chicago by an American frieud. The
Ameiicau was somewhat nettled be
cause Patrick was hardly as apprecia
tive of the wonders of the great repub
lic as he should be. Finally he stopped
before a towering structure of steel
work, and with a waive of the hand
remarked, "That's going some, that
building was started on Mav iSth aud
the steel is up sixteen stories today,
June 2nd. What do you kuow about
that?" The Hibernian sniffed. "Not
much," he answered swiftly, "why I
seen in Dublin, old and sleepy as she
is, I seen 'em dtggin' foundations for a
twelve story tinemint on Chuseday
morning, an" when I come back from
work on Saturday evenin', begobs, they
was throwin' out the first mouth's tin
ant for bein' in arrears with the lint.'
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THE BRIDGE WE CROSSED OVER SNAKE Rl ER, AT BLACKFOOT, IDAHO.
land owner in that part of the state;
H. E. Jones, T. J. O'Keefe, who had
arrived the day befoie from Los
Angeles, and myself. On the way to
see the large irrigated lanch we passed
through two inland villages and I
noticed with interest that most of the
residences and many store buildings
were made from lava rock. This rock
crops out neafttie mountains and
makes verv good building material.
When propei ly finished it makes very
good, looking buildings and they are
said to ba very comfortable. The
roads were very level, similar to those
Elmer Rocky, Isaac Rocky, Dr. Allen,
Geo. Hedgecoc. F. W. Melick, K. L.
Pierce, Ora Phillips, Luke Phillips,
A. H. Pierce, Dr. W. W. Little, John
Armstrong, all of whom are from Box
Butte county. There are several
others from this locality whose names
I do nfit remember.
Part of these farms are cleared off
and uuder cultivation. The roads
were good aud hard and although it
was a little rainy on account of this
being the change in season, we found
it very comfortable and nothing like
the severe cold which we left behind in
home via Ogden, Salt Lake City, Po
catello, Cheyenne and Denver, arriving
in Alliance Thursday (Thanksgiving
morning.) The trip is au enjoyable
oue and is certainly worth the time
and money expended. The scenery on
the trip is beautiful and the train ser
vice excellent. Lloyd C. Thomas.
Philip Nohe, Sr., is in Colorado
Springs ou business. Qn his return
he expects to briug with him his little
seven- ear-old daughter, Luciie, who
has been visiting her mint at that place
since last summer.
Rev. D. B. McLaughlin returned
Thanksgiving day from Harrison and
Cottonwood in Sioux county. He in
forms The Herald that the dedication
of the new Presbyterian church at Lis
co in Deuel county (or rather in the
new county of Garden) was postponed
from November 28th to some time
later, probably the last of next jnouth.
Miss Irene Roupe, a student at the
Wesleyan, Lincoln, spent Thanksgiv
ing with home folks' in Alliance.
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