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About The Alliance herald. (Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb.) 1902-1922 | View Entire Issue (April 15, 1921)
BURR TR1NTING CO., Owners
Entered at the postoffice at Alliance, Neb., for
transmission through the mails na second class
aatter. Published Tuesdays r.nd Friday.
GKORGK U BURR, JR. Editor
EDWIN M. BURR business Manager
Official newspaper of the City of Alliance;
fficial newspaper of Box Butte County.
Owned and published by The Burr Printing
Company, George I- Burr., Jr., I'residcnt; Ldwin
II. Burr, Vice President.
'every red-blooded boy in the city who can possibly spare Cfnfn I'nri WltlC
'the time, or who does not have a piessin need for the!31'"13 V IIlO
vtor Passage of
Amfean Language Bill
THK (HAMMER OF COMMKRt H
( (By George M. Curry)
"What do I net out of the Chamber of Commerce?"
This question in more frequently heard than any -other
and it is highly important that it be answered' and thor
There arc many people paying school taxes who have
Ho children who might ask the question, "What do 1 get
cut of the schools?" But who want to live in a town
where there are no schools? There are a great many
business men who never go to church, ni'itlur do they
llong to any. They might say, "What do I get out of
the church?'' But who wants to live in u town where
there are no churches?
A great deal of the work of the chamber of commerce
is of a routine character, of course. It divides itself into
two classes initiation and prevention. There are many
things which some would want to do that must be pre
vented. Much of the work of an association of citizens
is to do that intangible something called enterprise, also
developing the personality of the city.
These questions can best be answered by saying, "Who
wants to live in a city that does not have such, an institu
tion?" The child goes to school for months and yeurs
nd at no particular time can you measure in cubic inches
the mental growth and development of that child, yet,
somehow or other, gradually the youth develops into man
hood, and inperceptibly to the naked eye intelligence does
fcrow. So the church has worked quietly on many in
dividuals and has been instrumental in the same imper
ceptible manner in developing character nnd virility. No
one can measure this normal growth. In like manner the
chamber of commerce works quietly, sometimes noisily,
the year through, in stimulating city growth and the
organization was instrumental in doing the most good.
Yet somehow in some way, perceutibly and imperceptibly,
Alliance is growing, a bigger, be'.ter and more prosperous
Many agencies, of course, have contributed to this con
dition and surely this organization of citizens with its
allied civic bodies in the city have been responsible for
much of its growth.
The questions before a worth-while citizen of any city
re not, "What do my family and I get out of city
pehools?" "What do we get out of its churches?" "What
does my business get out of its club?" but rather, "What
am I pulling into my chamber of commerce to have a part
in its progress? "When can I be ot greater service in
the Dlaee 1 am making my home?" "Does the world owe
tne a living or do 1 owe the world a service?" "Am I a
vacuum cleaner or a producer?" "Is my favorite harness
a breast-strap or a back strap?" (
Are you a recipient or a contributor?
The chamber of commerce in;ods every citizen of Alli
ance as a contributing member, ' . g v
P-- i .
TIIF. GOLD UN UVLI2 IX INDUSTRY
I W OohfpsM ti btinu disappointed in Secretary of Labor
I.enby. His first speech, fully reported by -the Associated
Press, does not indicate that he possesses a master mind.
Mr, Denby is quoted as saying that the remedy for in
"TinJiAnl .lisimte consists In ppttly'nir the irolden rule to
relations between labor and capital, and while his remarks
and pweet and consoling, they come about as near settling
the lubor qucst'on as Henry Ford's peace ship did toward
putting nnd end to the great war.
It was IVonius. was it not, who spuke ulmost-entirely
in platitudes. Speeches of this sort have a sonorous
Mund and fall benignly on the ear, but the great trouble
is that they leach the wrong ears. The people who will
be impressed with Mr. Denby's axioms are not the laborers
or the capitalists, and unfortunately, these two are the
ones who'figure largely in labor disputes. It is a pleasing
thing to learn that it is better for labor and cap'tal to
get together and amicably adju t their disputes than to
have the secretary of labor volunteer his assutnnce to
adjust the;r differences. It is just too utterly sweet to
learn that neither side should attempt to put anything
over on the other and that each should recognize the
rights .of the other and both the rights of the public.
Naturally the capitalists will h? greatly influenced by
Mr. Denby's sugge.-t'on that men and women should be
given a decent living wage, "for the way to make a loyal
American is to make America mean something to him
in the way of a happy home, family circle, food, clothing
and self-respect. To grind the life out of him is to make
him a poorpatrot." The laborers probably have never
heard that the time has come when they are to "take a
share in the organizat'on and direction of the policies of
the nation. Its viewpoint must become constructive. It
must share in the responsibilities. It must realize that
any plan of action or policy that ptoposes to confer
privileges and benefits on one group that are not to b.
extended to a!l others will inevitably fail."
It is surprising that a man of Mr. Denby's qualifica
tions should approach the big task that confronts him,
with this stuff on his lips. For the labor situation is fast
approaching th? stage when kind words and sweet and
vholeor.ie thought have about as much effect as reading
Omar Khayyam to a bulldog whose feelings have been
injured. All these things aie undoubtedly true, but with
workmen facing a reduction in wages and capitaJists
already suffering from a diminution of profits, it is going
to take something more than loving sentiments to alter
money he can earn in that month. .The course lasts for
a month. In this area, the boys will be sent to either
Camp Tike, Ark., or Fort Snelling, Minn., and it is worth
a whole lot to spend a month at either of these places.
This is military training, of course, and following so
soon upon the 'days when the boys were simply aching
to get out of the army, it is possible that there may be
some little hesitancy on the part of the younger lads to
try their hand nt the game. The citizens' camps, how
ever, aie a sample of military training in its most pleas
ant form. There will be a month of open air life, with
good, wholesome food, plenty of exercise and plenty to do.
It's an experience that those who have not yet had a try
at army service will appreciate the rest of their lives, and
there are many hardened and hard-boiled veterans who
will, after pondering the matter, be attracted by the pros
pect. Parents, w ill do well to give their sons the necessary
encouragement in getting them to accept this opportun
ity. It is needless, so soon after the war, to dwell on the
benefits of intensive military training.
the regular service the boys are not obligated to do any
thing, ami after a month of wholesome living and fine
training will return to their homes better fitted to make
something of the remainder of their summer vacation, no
matter how they spend it. It seems, on the face of it,
an effort on the part of the department, to create an in
terest in military service, and in addition to doing th:s.
it will do a distinctive service to every boy who take
advantage of the offer. Chances like this do not come
often, and the average boy will not want to pass this
If the nali ns could disarm suspicion
the rest would be easy. Columbia
(S. C.) Record.
The Reed-Norval or American lan
guage act was passed by the house of
representatives on Monday, April 4,
by the vote of fio to 31, thus bringing
to a dramatic close the bitterest fight
of the session. Opposed by the strong
German language element, who em
ployed every means in their power to
bring about its defeat, including an
organized system of propaganda writ
ten in German, the bill was sponsored
by the American Legion, who prac
tically deserted their own legislative
program to come to the measure's de
fense when it was threatened with
failure. The act had been previously
passed by the senate, and was later
passed by the house with the emer
gency clause, making it effective im-
And this isn't like mediately on being signed by the gov
The new law strengthens exi ting
statutes in making linglish the official
language of the state, ii prohibiting
the teaching of any foreign language
in common school branches, and in
prohibiting diMrin'int:on against the
use of English in any meet'ng. It does
not prevent the ue of foreign tongues
in religious services. Its sucess is
considered a not; hie triumph for
Americanism by the Ameriarm Legion
ami other patriotic societies.
Going to rain? We have rain
coats and umbrellas.
Choice of any Mouse in the
window for $6.9.
MOKE FUNDS FOR THE LIBRARY
Among the problems that deserve a prompt solution
at the hands of the new city council is, that of increased
aevenue for the city library. At the council meeting
last week, representatives. from the library board made a
report which should be of interest to every intelligent
man and woman in the city. The present levy is in
sufficient for the needs of the institution. It brings in
only sufficient money to pay the running expenses, and
by the time the expense of rebinding the books now on
hand is cared for, there is hardly enough left over to be
worthy the name of a new book fund.
Alliance has one of the best library buildings in the
state in a city of this size. It has a fair assortment of
books, or did have a'few years ago, but it is impossible
to have a reference library of any real value without an
adequate fund for the purchase of new books.
The records show that there are over two thousand
calls a month for books. There have been few additions
made along the lines of late fiction or reference books for
months. The supply of books is not sufficient for the
demands made upon the institution. If the library is to
serve its purpose in this city, there must be no more of
the scrmping for funds that has taken place the last
two years. ' ' '
The new council is composed of men who nre able to
appreciate the benefits of the library to the city. The
library board contains men who are able to present the
need for more funds, if it is necessary. When the budget
for the next year is made up, there should be an ample
appropriation made to care for the library as its im
portance in the community will justify. A city that spends
thousands of dollars for public improvements and over
looks the need for mental improvement isn't getting ahead
as fa.it as it might.
The success of Hoover's plans would !
imi.cnte that deflat on hasn t 'owered
the American standard of giving.
To seal In the
The artistic durable Toor covering
An Improvement on Printed Linoleum
Made in rolls and laid like linoleum, but not a
substitute in any sense. Pabcolin is an improve
ment on printed linoleum, a printed floor cov
ering of superior quality, made especially to give
better, longer and more satisfactory service.
Better quality starts with the "body" of Pabcolin. It
consists of firm, long-fiber rag felt manufactured for
this particular purpose, and made thoroughly wafer
and rot proof by a special process.
On this superior body is built a wearing surface formed
with special enamel paint and fully a third more is
used. This better, wearing surface lasts far longer under
hard knocks and frequent mopping with soapy water.
Pabcolin comes in many attractive patterns, suitable
for many purposes bathroom, bedroom, dining-room,
kitchen, laundry, hall, porch in fact for every room in
Let us show you Pabcolin, and explain its exclusive
features and the economy in buying it.
George D. Darling
FURNITURE and 1 I OUSEFU RN ISI UN GS
113-1 17 West Third St. Alliance, Nebr.
till 'iriiiii'tiij.r.if I ill ill ir ill ipfiii ill. i.im
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TI1K SALES TAX IN" OPERATION
John'D. Rockefeller has an income of, say $2".()00,OOC
a year. John Smith's income is, let us say, $1,200 a year.
l et him try iis he may. Mr. Rockefeller cannot live
up mora than fU'OOjPl'Q of his income. To use even that
would be a criminal economic wuste, John Smith, en thr
other hand may try as he may, but if he has a family
of normal size and appetite he will pot te lb!e to live
on much less than his full $1,200 a year.
Comes now Senator Reed Smoot.'with a bill for a new
form of "income'' tax to be emploved largely in lieu of
the existing income tax. It is called the sales tax. 11
levies a. tax of one per cent on all goods sold. The amount
of the tax, as he says, is added to the. price ILe eon-timer
pays to the co;-t of living, in that way, he says, each
citizen bears a share "proportionate to his ability to pay,
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as mea.-ureu oy nis puying or producing powers.
Is that so? Let us see. Mr. Rockefeller, with a buy
ing power of ?2.,000,00(). spends $1. 000,000 and puts the
rest in the bank. The sales tax reaelves, accordinglv, only
the $1,000,000 representing one fiftieth of his "ability tc
John Smith, who has to spend all his income for a
living, pays a tax on $1,200, his full buying power. He
is taxed, accordingly,' on his full ability. That is nice for
Mr. Rockefeller but rough on Snvth.
This is an extreme illustration, but it reveals accurate
ly the general bearing of the proposed sales tax. It falls
most heavilv on those of income so small that it must all
be consumed. It falls next most heavily upon thosv with
incomes so small that only a small proportion can be
saved. It taxes most lightly of all, by the standard of
taxpaying ability, those who like Mr. Rockefeller, have
need to spend on living expenses only a minor fraction of
their gieat incomes.
Senator Smoot's sales tax shifts the burden of taxa
n from John Rockefeller to John Smith. Maybe it cai.
be ju-tified in spite of that. Rut before proceeding to
that iu.tification we should be rid of any such delusion as
Senator Smoot's when he says that under his tax each
citizen will "bear a share proportionate to bis i.bility to
nav as measured by his buying or producing powers.''
The sales tax taxes men -tic-cording to their necesities,
pot according to their anilities, however measured. 1 h
is an undebatable fact. The remaining iuest:on for de
bate is, is that shifting of the tax burden from the wealth
ier to the less wealthy to be justified?
TIM: CHANCE OF A LIFETIME
A number of Alliance men are reported to be inter
ested in the citizens' military camps to be conducted this
rummer by the war department, and several of them are
reported to be considering apply5 . for places in them.
In mot instances the parents of the youths are ju.t as
enthusiastic as the boys themselves.
Frankly, it is an opportunity that should appeal to
(American Legion Weekly.)
Grover C. Hergdoll, who is devoting the Rlnnelanu
springtime to strutting mockery of the United Stat-s gov
ernment and slandering American army officials in the
hope that his false accusations of bribery may cau.-e dis
trust in the hearts of Americans, has two hoblves. He
tihes for tiout, and he keeps a scrap-book of new. -pa per
clippings and letters forwarded to him from the stales.
There is a suspicion that he is displaying to his Cerman
courtiers with pompous exultation the letters he receives
from slacking friends anil disloyalists at home, "See what
thev think of me," be probably is saying.
Throughout the United States there are thousands of
ex-service men who would like to tell Hergdoll what they
think of him. If they speak, his scrap-book will no longer
be a record of perfidy condoned. For general information,
his address is F.berhach, Baden. Peutschlaml. A five-cent
stamp is required. There is no censorship.
A At-u'Yiaol in Porhstpr burst loose, flew thirty rods
over three houses, anil smasfied into a Miss Ewell's dfning-,
room, but Miss Ewell was in the kitchen and escaped in
jury. What a lesson to the women folks! New York Call.
And now the nobula Irier, in the constellation CetusJ
i siKedinir awav from the earth at the rate of l,2.r0
miles a second. What has it against us? Omaha World- j
Open Cr 81595, RonJrttr 1 395. Four lx.rSedn J2W.5. Coupe f2t.t
' F.O. B. Pontile, Micliimn. AJJitional for Wire Whetl Eyuipment. MS
Oakland l6' Smashes 4 Records
A strictly stock Overland Coupe with full equipment sets four new
speed records over the most difficult route in Southern California.
Leaving" the Western Union office in Los Angeles at 6 p. m. Satur
day and checking back in at 7:51 A a. m. Sunday, April 3d.
L. A. to SAN DIESO 2 Hrs. 52 Min.
Heating every stock' and racing car record ever made over the 132 miles from
the business district of Los Angeles to San Diego -excelling the racing speed of
Barney Oldfield in the Phoenix Road race.
L. A. to DUAWLEY 7 Hrs. 25 Min.
Over the tortuous Mountain Springs an 1 Descanso Grades from San Diego, made
as part of the L. A. to San Diego run.
BRAWLEY to L. A. 6 Hrs. 26V2 Min.
Covering 214 miles of desert road and high centers that dragged the axle, via .
Mecca and Indio. This beats any time ever made from Urawley proper to Los
. L. A. to BRAWLEY to L. A. 13 Hrs. 51 Min.
719.1 miles of every kind of boulevard, mountain, desert and detour roads. The
hardest test to which a motor car could be subjected. Going by way of San
IMego, returning via Mecca.
THE GREATEST STOCK CAR DEMONSTRATION EVER MADE
We always knew the Oakland could out perform any car in its class, but to excell every
existing record over this course conclusively proves the power, speed and endurance of
the Oakland "6" which is all the more remarkable because it was a COUPE, stock in
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