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About Lincoln County tribune. (North Platte, Neb.) 1885-1890 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 9, 1886)
STEVENS & BARE, Editors axd Pitors.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9th. 1886.
i ' Loga2T county now lias a news
paper and her people are still happier
-ihan ever, Mr. 1). 0. Kelly having
launched the Pioneer into the
journalistic sea last week. lair. K.
is a newspaper man of some exper-
. ience and the ikibuxe wisnes tne
-new paper prosperity ana
Is 1 he administration of justice
' there are ways that are peculiar.
. At tin present session of the U. S.
court n Omaha TJ. D. Shaffer, a lad
eihtem years old, was given three
months' imprisonment and Snc-d
fifty dollars for passing three coun
terfeit silver dollars. Howard S.
Lovejoy, the defaulting and abscond
ing receiver of the Niobrara land
office who got away with about
$12,000, was sentenced to impris
onment until July 13th next and
fined 812,304.38. The problem is
this. If three dollars are worth
three months, how many months
re $12,000 worth?
Democratic papers have been ac
cused of grjming "our grand old
man" for tnef'Senate but have all
along denied the charge. The
Columbus Democrat, however,
shows the handwriting on the
"The legislative contest in Ne
braska next fall will be be confined
to one issue Van Wyck and anti
Van Wyck, It would not surprise
us to see combinations entered into
between Democrats and Van TVyck
Republicans in many of the repre
setative and senatorial districts to
secure the election of candidates
pledged to the support of Nebraska's
"grand old man. Politics in this
State are not as yet sufficiently
sanctified to afford us a hope for the
election of such men as Miller, Boyd
or Morton to the United States
.senatq, and inasmuch as Senator
Van Wyck has thus far rendered
good and faithful services - to the
people, Democrats would have
nothing to be ashamed of in assist
ing some good Republicans to return
him to the senate.
n 1 1
ss and. iollow
for miles and
hat mark the
d are easily
find them for
The usually reliable Topics,
speaking about the surveyor gener
al's office, is considerably off when
"As a fact there is little or no use
for even a local surveyor in the re
gion of lands yet vacant. An or
dinary citizen who never glanced
through a transit in his life, can
take a pocket c
any line or su rvey
miles. The stones
corners are there
found. The settl
every man who
This was true of the ejstern part
of the state where Topics roamed
twenty jears ago, but it Won't ap
ply out here where mouVds and
stakes were used to mark corners.
The stakes have nearly all been
burned and in hundreds of cases the
mounds are obliterated. There are
lines in Keith county where for
miles there is not a sign of an orig
inal corner, and good surveyors
say there never were any mounds or
holes. This survey was made dur
ing Indian troubles when it was de
cidedly unhealthy to be out on the
prairie. A resurvey by the gov
ernment is however unnecessary and
would possibly be highly injurious,
as the land is nearly all taken and
lines might be moved considerable
distances from where they are sup
posed to be. From known cornel's
county surveyors can easily estab
lish ail section lines.
Ix speaking of the Statesman the
North Platte Tribune sajs:
"It will also embrace Bro. Sparks
and his beloved order suspending
the homesteader's patents. Such is
the noble work for Democratic
papers in these times."
The Tribute is one of those
narrow contracted concerns that
draw their information and inspira
tion from Republican sources and
cannot do justice to anything in
the opposition without doing vio
lence to their well drilled political
consciences,. In order to make a
point- against"' the Democratic
administration The Tribuxe in its
efforts to sneeze every time Fred
Nye snuffs, is endeavoring to con
vince its readers that Commissioner
Spf i"ks is a law unto himself and
that he is responsible for any defect
there may be in the land laws.
The commissioner has made a
ruling that is much to be regretted
on account of the inconvenience to
which it has put a large class of
"honest people. But Sparks does not
make the law governing the case
and decides nothing except as far as
his opinion goes. This opinion
f;oes up to the Secretary of the
nterior and if reversed, " matters
pertaining to commutation of
homestead entries will remain just
where they were before the commis
sioner passed on them. If the
secretary affirms the decision, the
case will be undoubtedly laid before
the Supreme court of the United
States whose decision will be final.
While we differ with the commis
sioner, we are of the opinion that
since the practice of -pre-einting,
after commuting a homestead was
held by many good lawyers to be of
questionable legality, the sooner a
imt case was made tne fewer people
would suffer from it. We cannot
pay Dack to The Tribune's slurs in
kind for we desire to treat all, even
the Omaha Republican'' s poodles
with perfect fairness. Broken Boiv
Just as The- Tribute expected.
The Statesman sustains Sparks'
monstrous outrage against the people
because he is a Democrat. It has
no word of condemnation for the
fraud who says nine-tenths of the
western people are perjurors and
thieves. Not a word against the
fellow who reverses with a stroke of
his pen a practice of the department
of twenty-five years standing,
which if not reversed deprives
thousands of people of a right
always conceded to commute both
homestead and pre-emption.
The Statesman says Sparks does
not make the law governing the
case. Fortunately he does not, or
there would be no homestead law ; but
he makes a ruling that establishes a
dead-line, that says on one side the
people are honest, on the other
thieves and perjurors, Why this
distinction, why this dead-line? Are
not the people as honest on the
west side of range 17 west in
Nebraska a they are on the easfc
side of that line? Are they not
of the same class, working the same
way, trying to build homes and
develop the country? Let the
Statesman answer some of these
pertinent questions. The people
want light and they want to know
too why the Democratic press has
no word of condemnation for such
In regard to sneezing. It is the
first time The Tribut: has been
accused of drawing inspiration from
Fred Nye, whose verr interesting
and no doubt able paper fails to
reach this office as an exchange.
Our esteemed contemporary must be
mistaken about this.
WHO SHALIi BE COUNTY SURVEYOR
Applicants Required to Submit to an
Examination a la Civil Service Rules.
The death of Hon. Samuel Watts
created a vacancy in the office of
county surveyor to be filled br the
county commissioners by appoint
ment. For the position of course
there were a number of applicants
nearly all the gentlemen who
have a knowledge of surveying being
willing to take the place, not be
cause it is a profitable and lucrative
office, -but for the honor and pres
tige it will give, in a business way.
This created a commendable rivalry
and the commissioners to be fair and
impartial and the better able to de
cide upon the qualification of appli
cants, decided to submit a number
of questions to be answered in writ
ing. The following gentlemen
signified their desire to be appointed
and willingness to enter the lists in
this competitive examination": W.
M. Hinman, Chas. P. Ross. I. A.
Fort, A. J. Slootskey and Horace
Cleland. The following were the
questions asked, prepared by J. W.
Bixler on short uotice:
1. What are the duties of a coun
ty surveyor according to the "stat
utes of Nebraska?
WhutTare'his 'duties on mak
ing a survey?
'6. What marks or mounds shall
be made to indicate his survey?
4. Jdv what system are the gov-
eminent surveys run?
o. What do vou know about rec
(3. Jb rom what points are govern
ment surveys run?
7. Tf 3Tou could find no marks or
mounds within the interior of a
township, what course would ou
pursue to find these corners or
8. What marks indicate or how
would you recognize a township
9. When you find that a quarter
section of land contains more or
less than 100 acres, what course
would you. take to find out the cause
10. How are township corners
11. What is- a true meridian?
12. At what place or where does
a true meridian exist?
13. Is the variation the same at
different meridians or lines of longi
tude. 14. How do you find the varia
tion of the magnetic needle?
15. Is the variation at all times
16. What is the right angle to
the magnetic meridian?
From the above it will be seen
no questions are asked in regard to
surveying and recording roads or
subdividing sections or quarter sec
tions where there are two or more
claimants. In these two branches
there is likely to be considerable
work and they are both important.
The surveyor, whoever he may be,
should be qualified to do this work
in a creditable manner.
It is proper to state here that
Mr. Cleland was not present when
the examination was held, and it is
likely a new set of questions will
be prepared for him. Questions on
the points above suggested should
also be propounded to all the appli
cants. Later The paper- containing
the answers were opened yesterday
afternoon and examined by the
board. The markings averaged as
Grand Operatic Festival .
AND OPENING OF
LLOYD'S NEW OPERA- HOUSE.
e management of Lloyd's new opera house takes great pleasure on nn
ancing that this new "place o amusement ."Mofmally opened on
FRIDAY EVE'NG,JAN. 15,
and that they have secured for the opening attraction the celebrated
HErgRY WQLFSOHK, DIRECTOR.
The Finest Ensemble of Lyric TalentnowonTourinAmeriea.
On this occasion will be presented Bellini's charming melo-dramatic
opera, in three acts,
With every possible attention to detail, and with a SUPERB
CHORUS, MAONIFICENT COSTUMES and GRAND ORCHESTRA.
Signor LUIGI LOGHEDER. . ..Musical Dirisior and Conductor.
Sign or J. LANZA ..Stage Manager.
W. M. WILKISON, ."..Representative.
Scale of Prices: Reserved Seats 1:50; Admission $1.00.
S ItoserveU seats will be opened Tuesday monrintr. Jan. 12. atft o'clock at A. F. Streitz's Urnebtore.
Currmges may be ordered at 1030. The only correct edition of the Mika Opera Com
pany's librettos will bo for sole by the actben.
follows: Chas. P. Ross 96. W. M.
Hinman S9, A. J. Slootzkey 78.
Mr. Fort s papers were not on file
and the board had decided not to
wait for Mr. Cleland.
After fully considering the papers
Chas. P. Ross was appointed.
Nine new school districts have
been organized in this county since
the 15th of August, eight of them
from the territory of District No.
One, with a school population of
1 35. The total assessed valuation is
sonal property. According to legal
requirements these eight districts
are entitled to the sum of 82,031.86
from District No. One for their
share of school property. This
amount is to be raised by a special
levy made by the county board.
Both the school census and the
property have been much increased
by newcomers since the former was
taken, and the assessment' was
Districts No. 16 and 18 have been
disappointed in their efforts to build
their school houses in time for a
winter term of school. They will
build frame houses, well furnished,
in the early spring.
A good sized, substantial sod
house floored, plastered and furn
ished with patent desks has been
built in No. 19. Miss Jennie Car
others has been employed as teacher,
school having commenced Jan. 4th.
A sod house was completed and
school opened in District No. 21
about the middle of November,
W. H. Danielson, teach
er. The children of this settle
ment have lived there deprived of
school privileges for several years.
The district board in No. 20, on
the Red Willow, is composed of la
dies. A four month term of school
was opened on the 9th of Decem
ber, Miss Eta Keeler, teacher. The
school is held in temporary quarters
at present. A good frame house,
well furnished, will be erected in
the near future.
In the settlements of Districts
No. 22 and 23, on the Medicine,
schools have been sustained by pri
vate subscription, before their or
ganization. Miss H'la Davis and
Miss Lizzie Heed are now their teach
ers. These two districts and No. 24,
each will erect good substantial
school houses at an early date.
Miss Jennie White of North Platte
is employed to open the school in
No. 24 on the 11th inst.
Mention will now be made of
some improvements that have taken
place during the past season in the
old districts. Brady Island has
erected and furnished with many
modern appliances, as slate black
board, tellurian, etc., two good large
frame houses, with vestibules and
other conveniences. The old house
has also- been put in good repair,
so that No. 6 can now boast of three
of the best and best supplied houses
in the county.
Hatton has added a vestibule,
coal shed, tellurian, etc., to its
school conveniences, and has em
ployed at an advanced sahuythe
services of a thoroughly qualified
teacher, D. B. Willis.
District No. 13 has built an addi
tional school house and will open
two schools in the spring.
A good-sized and comfortable
frame house, furnished with patent
desks, is the result of their efforts
in behalf of school interets at Fox
Creek. It has an advantage in lo
cation not passessed by any other
school in the county it is built on
the bank of a stream, under the
trees on a hillside, in a beautiful
and picturesque spot. Think of the
possibility of Lincoln county school
children enjoying the privilege of a
playground under real trees! Mr.
Geo. C. McAllister is the favorite
and successful teacher there.
The school house at Nichols has
been enlarged and comfortably fur
nished. The city board opened in new
houses, two new rural schools on
Monday of this week. Miss Ida
Peterson of Michigan teacher west
of Nichols and Miss Nellie Hos-
ford in the Bratt neighborhood
south of town.
District No. 5 is purchasing a
Webster's, Unabridged for each of
its three school houses.
Miss Bain, the favorite teacher at
Maxwell, reports a high school
grade in that district.
Mis3 Nellie Reed, a teacher of
first-class qualifications, is teaching
the school at Cottonwood Springs.
Thus all along the line of school
intereats-drcfeWfce is the watchword,
the -key-note. "Two years ago the
few district schools there were
largely in the, hands of mere school
children. To-day a thoroughly
incompetent "teacher can scarcely
be found in the county. It has not
been an easy nfatter to supply
enough good teachers for the
schools, but the officers have been
determined in the stand that they
have taken, and have in several in
stances postponed the opening of
school until such time as they could
obtain a teacher with the proper
credentials. Almost without ex
ception the county corps of school
officers have the true welfare of the
schools at heart.
The teachers have not been indif
ferent to this demand for progress.
Scarce a Saturday has passed since
the closing dt" the institute but one
or more of 'them has made the ef
fort to raise their "standing" in
some branch or branches, or to raise
the grade of their certificate. The
result is plainly apparent in the in
creased efficiency of school instruc
tion, and instead of third grade cer
tificates being in the majority, as
heretofore, the scale has been
turned and second grades are held
by nearly all, except the new begin
ners. Our last official act will be
to raise from third to second grade
the certificates of two of our former
If a somewhat vigorous policy of
supervision can produce such visible
results in so short time, what may
not a continued and increasing
earnestness and vigilence accomplish
toward raising -,the schools of Lin
coln connty : to a place among the
We trust our successor brings to
the work just such a spirit of earn
estness, enthusiasm and vim as is
demanded by the citizens. For if
this people do not earnestly and sin
cerely desire good teachers and good
schools, we have greatly misinter
preted their sentiments. This of
fice is responsible for any other class,
is the gateway by which all must
enter the profession, worthy or un
worthy, (except those employed by
the city board).
It has been a cherished desire to
establish a thoroughly graded sys
tem, and uniformity of text-books
in the country schools to start all
these new ones aright.
We call the special attention of
our successor; and the patrons of the
schools to the importance of these
two features of the work. Several
of the districts, Nos. 8, 11, 14 and
15, if we have been rightly in
formed, have adopted the list of
books prepared recently and the of
ficers in the new districts are anx
iously inquiring for direction in re
gard to the best books to use.
With the most hearty thanks to
the many all over the county who
have so kindly and hospitably en
tertained us, or shown in various
other ways evidences of' kindness
and appreciation, and with the most
sincere and heartfelt trust that your
progress in all that pertains to the
welfare of your schools may grow
broader and brighter as the years
pass by, we resign the work into the
hands .of your chosen representative.
M. S. Hoxx.
The County Sapcriritcndont of Ptblic Instrnc
,tion of Lincoln Connty will be t his office
in North Platte on the
THIRD SATUBDAY OF EACH MONTH
for ex&aination of teachers and
to attend to any other business that may come
before him. J. L NESBITT.
Established Sixteen Years.
Hardware and Furniture.:
Everything in these lines for sale.
and Cook Stoves
Northeast, Southeast and Southwest Corners Spmce and Fifth Streets,
North Platte, - - . - Nebraska.
THE RED FRONT TEA STORE,
A. H. PETERSON,
Dealer in Teas, Coffees, Spices and
Foreign Fancy Groceries.
Spruce street between Front and Sixth.
CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER.
Estimates on "Work Furnished.
Shop Corner Cottonwood and Thirl St3.
east of Catholic church.
T. J. FOLEY,
DllT GOODS, CLOTHING, GROCE
RIES, FLOUR A1W FEED.
Everything usually kept in a first-class
Corner Spruce and Sixth streets.
NOTICE TIMBER CULTURE.
U. S. Land Office, North Platte, Nob., )
Dec 24th, 1SS5. f
Complaint, havinc been entered at this office by
George A. Adams npainst Wellite Pedrick for
failure to comply with law as to Timber Culture
Entry No. dated Jano Is, 1S83, npon the
northeast quarter section 150, township 15. ranpe
SO, in Lincoln connty, Nebint-ka, with a view to
the cancellation of said entry; contestant alleg
ing that Eaid Willeits Pedrick has failed to break
or caoso to be broken five acres of
tho eaid tract the first year or break
or cause to bo broken five ncre3 of said tract
the eecond year, and that said failure exists at this
time; tho said parties aro hereby summoned to
appear at thiB office on tho 23d day of March,
18dt5j at 9 o'clock a, m., to respond and furnish
testimony concerning said alleged failure.
30J War. Neville, Register.
The undersigned has started a first-class
liwry, Flit ii Hale Iklk
and will keep good rigs on hand at reason
able rates. Stable on Front street oppo
site the U. P. shops. This stable I have
recently arranged for the accommoda
tion of fanners and others wanting good
rigs and saddle horses. Give me a call.
J. It. BANGS,
IsoKTit PijAttk, Neb.
or the Choicest
Exeats, Came, Fish,
Poultry, Oysters, &c,
Always on Hand. Also CHOICE BUTTER.
CASH PAID FOPt HIDES.
Spraco Stree near Belton's Stores,
North Platte, - Nebraska.
A. O. oeen,
A fine line of imported and domestic
always on hand. Also agent for the cele
American Sewing Machine,
Ilinman's Block, Spruce St.,
ORTH PLATTE, - XEB.
mm em? is
An extract of roots and herbs such as has
been used for generations by the Indians
of the Northwest for the cure of
Coughs, Golds and all Dis
eases of the Lungs.
The juices of the plants from which
mm m ma
are so incorporated as to render
It SOOTHING, J.U3G IIKAT.1KG AND I'ALA-
TA3JU-: to the most delicate taste.
This preparation is strictly intended
for the cure of
Coughs, Colds, Bronchitis,
Croup. Pleurisy and Otbs:
Diseases of the Lungs and Air Passages.
If it possesses other remedial properties
they are unknown to the proprietors ;
but for all lung diseases it stands un
equaled. CODY & POWELL,
(Buffalo Bill,) (White Beaver.
LA CROSSE, "WISCONSIN, TJ. S. A
Prico SO Conts.
Sold bv J. Q. THACKER, Agent,
d!91y Noktu Platte, N
ALEX. F. STRBITE,
Successor to LeFila & Streit?.
'mi Aitcniic-n fa to hiifM
If or SigH
are Agents for the Celebrated
Mound City Mixed Paints.
I. A. FORT,
urn iiii m e
, North Platte, - Nebraska.
All classes of improved and unimproved real estate bought and sold on
commission, btock ranches, improved farms, town and city property
in Lincoln, Keith, Dawson, Frontier, Logan and, Gosper
counties for sale.
200,000 Acres of Unimproved Land For Sale
on long time and easy terms. Land saovrs free to purchasers. Home
stead and timber claim relinquishments for sale at low figures.
Settlers located on government lands.
All government land business attended with care and despatch.
-Will be Sold on Time.
Fine House, one block south and west of Court House.
1,200. Very low considering value of lot.
.SasTice house and lot on Spruce street; containing three rooms, porch,
hall and closets; lot worth fully 500. Price 1,000.
I have a number ot verv nne bargains. Lall and see me.
X- V. UP O ZEZ. j5? , 2Lal Estate
Finest Ovster Parlor
In tho City.
i 1 1
for family nse, as fresh n can be procured in this
inarxet. Also CHOICE CIGARS.
MRS. MARY MASON,
Sonth side of Spruce street, ono block cast of
Streitz's Drug Store.
Locust Street, opposite J. D. Jackon',
NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
I have now on hand new and second-hand
Lumber Waaons, Spring Wagons aad
Bur"ies made by the best workmen. All
who" wish anything in that line will do
Well to call on me.
SUCCESSOH. TO Sc
iiilding" Paper, &c, &c,
FIFTH ST., COR. LOCUST, OPPOSITE B A.PTIST CHURCH,
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