The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, December 27, 1923, Image 2

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Editor and Business Managar.
Mr*. Wertz Admitted Shoot
ing Husband—Soninlaw
is Convicted
Iowa City, la., Deo. \ (U. P.)—
Mra.‘ Mima Wertz, charged with kill
ing her husband, Roy Wertz, Decem
ber 27, 1922, was found not guilty by
a Jury In district court here at 1:30
o'clock this morning. The Jury de
liberated nine and one half hours.
Threa ballots were taken by the Jury,
the flrst being 8 to 4 for acquittal, the
second 9 to 8 and the third, 12 for
Mrs. Wertz, her daughter and the
daughter's husband were Indicted
Jointly for the killing. The soninlaw,
tried some months ago, waa found
guilty and Is now serving a life term
In the penitentiary at Fort Madison.
The daughter has not yet been tried.
The state claimed there was a con
spiracy between the three to murder
Wertz. At the trial of her soninlaw
and again at her trial Just ended,
Mrs. Wertz testified she did the
shooting In self defense and that
neither her soninlaw nor her daughter
had anything to do with it.
It Is believed that the acquittal of
Mrs. Wertz may lead to a new trial
for the soninlaw or to his pardon.
Hawarden, la., Dec. 14 (Special)—
Mrs. Gabriel Ellingsor. -#«s called to
Huron, S. D., Tuesday because It
had been found necessity to perTornt
an operation on her husband's ferm.
Mr. Elllngson, while working In the
repair shops of the Northwestern
railroad at Huron, fell from the top
of a car, breaking one leg and his
left arm at the elbow. The accident
happened last week and he was sup
posed to be getting along all right.
Kingsley, la., Dec. i (Special)—
At a meeting at American .Legion hall,
at which there w_re about 100 per
sons from town and country present,
Mr. Harry C. Olseng was speaker and
outlined the proposition to hold a
short course In Kingsley January 9
and 10. There will be speakers to
speak on matters of vital Importance
to farmers and business men and the
public in general. There will also be
demonstrators for the general ses
t m ' i— tai
Pierre, S. D., Dec. (Special)—
As an aftermath of tne recent re
publican state proposal meeting
checks have been made of the vot
ing In the convention on the sena
torship nomination and It Is found
that of the convention 113 proposal
men voted for Governor W. H. Me
Muster and 77 for Senator Thomas
G. Sterling.
One of the notable things Is that
Governor McMaster did not get a
vote out of the counties In the state
where there were large towns with
the exception of Hughes county
Where he got the entire delegation,
of Lawrence county, in which are
located Lead and Deadwood, where
he received ona proposalmen's vote,
Brookings county where he received
one, Pennington county where he
received two and Yankton, which
| went solid. Minnehaha, county, Brown
I county, Clay county, Codington
county, Davison county, in which
I are located Sioux Palls, Aberdeen,
i Vermillion, Watertown and Mitchell
respectively, went solid for Sterling.
Twenty-seven counties In the
•late went solid for McMaster und
; fifteen went solid for Sterling. The
! solid McMaster counties were Bon
Homme, Buffalo, Day. Deuel, Dewey,
Edmunds, Haakon, Hand, Hughes,
Hutchinson, Hyde .Jackson, Jerauld,
; Jones, Lincoln, Lyman, McPherson,
; Meade, Mellette, Miner, Moody, Pot
| ter, Sanborn, Stanley, Walwofth and
! Vankton. The Sterling solid coun
j ties were Brown, Clay, Codington,
Corson, Harding, Hanson, KtngS
: bury, McCook, Minnehaha, Perkins,
1 fiplnk, Sully and Zelbach.
* It Is considered exceptional that a
| Candidate should win with the
i counties containing all the larger
Cities and with the largest poll vote
- to court luthe meeting going against
him and his victory in the conven
tion is due largely to the one and
| two proposalaen which he secured
[ from counties where there were split
' delegations. Ten counties, not glv
1 ing McMaster a solid vote gave him
• two propoaalmen vote s or two
i thirds of the poll vote of the county.
fThese counties were Brule, Butte,
Campbell, Charles Mix, (Faulk, Greg
| cry, Hamlin, Lake, Pennington and
j Union. The other counties of the
Htftte not going solid for one or the
j Other gave two-third of their votes
j to Sterling. The northern tier of
counties west of the Missouri river
Went solid for Sterling. These
Counties are Harding. Perkins and
: Corson Te voting over the bal
ance of the state followed no reg- j
tilar line.
Aberdeen, S. D.. Dee. 14. (Special)
••-Rev. Sandier Tollefson, pastor of
i the Bethlehem Lutheran1 church here
J for many yenrs, has tendered his
resignation. He expects to accept an
offer from Humboldt avenue Beth- j
lchem Lutheran church in Chicago.
Lincoln Neb., Dec. ’--Elmer K.
Jfenkle, member of the nJncoln school
board says the pubXc schools of
this city may have to close about
April instead of running through the
full term, which ends about the mid
dle of June "1* declares this condi
tion was bn. j&.t about by the action
of the last two sessions of the leg
ielsiuru la fixing the laws so that the
•chool botird Is forbidden to male
the tax levy In milts as formerly 1
And UnJUifl'i r*- vie.
Confirms Belief That Blaze
Was Started When Build
ing Was Struck
Wayne, Neb., Dec. (IT. Pt)—
A fragment of rock 12 inches in di-i
ameter, found in the debris oj
George McEachen’s Darn near here
gave credence to the theory that a
falling meteor started the fire tha^
last Sunday night destroyed the
A gang of farmers started work
Monday digging In the ruins for the
meteor. Late yesterday the bit of
volcanic rock was found partly
Imbedded in the ground under the
Wayne state normal college geolo
gists are to examine the rock to
determine its origin.
Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 14.— (Special.)
—An appeal to business men to em
ploy rehabilitated soldiers of the
World war who have been trained in
various occupations was made Fri
day by Governor Bryan.
"No class of men in this state,'*
said the governor, "are more deserv
ing of respectful consideration than
these men who were disatiled in tigs
World war. These veterans are being
trained for service in various oc
cupations in which they will he able
to earn a living. It is my under
standing thut the government prom
ised these men at the beginning of
their training period, that emp'oy
ment would be provided them on
completion of their course of in
struction. 1 sincerely hope that there
will he a ready response to this ap
Railroad Puts Embargo
on Shipments to Mexico
Bt. Louis, Mo., Dec. •»—U.P.)—The
Atchison and Santa i<e railroad Fri
day put an embargo on shipments of
all perishable goods to points in
Mexico south of Mazatlan.
The following telegram was received
West Point, Neb., Dec. (Spe
cial)—Teachers who dance will
promptly be dismissed, according t§
an action taken by the local board
of education. Dancing is an un
healthful diversion, according to the
Lincoln, Neb., Dec. * (Special)—
The state railway commission has
granted the application of the Mc
Graw company of Sioux City for the
erection of a transmission line near
Dakota City, under the usual regu
lations as to Interference with tele
phone lines.
Adams County, Neb., Wom
an Goes to Supreme Court
With Damage Suit
Lincoln, Neb., Dec. ii. (Special)—
Mrs. Sarah Merkel W Jters has filed
appeal from a judgn »nt of Judge
DHworth in Adams ct anty that Bhe
had no cause of action against Louis
Lt Brandt, Barney H Bruns and
Hiram Meeater. She Asks $50,000
damages from them. S he says that
her father, Claxas G. La: a, died worth
$80,000. She was his on y child. For
20 years after she bei sme of age
she, at the request of hi t father, re
mained at home and iterated the
farm. Her father refused to pay her
anything, and she sued him. She
says that the three men ^imed, pre
tending to be friends got her to dis
miss these suits by telll:.g her thai
her father could not will tae property
away from her, and presented a sign
ed agreement with him ir. which he
agreed not to disinherit l*r if she
I dismissed the suit. She did, hut when
his will was opened all shi received
was $250. She blames h« t three
friends for her loss of the es.ate, and
is trying to hold them liable. The
court below said they could not be
held even if what she charged is true.
to Firemen’s Convention
Fremont, Neb., Dec. “V—(Special)—
John Martin, former president of the
Nebraska State Firemen's associa
tion, and Fire Chief Harry S. Morse,
both members of the transportation
committee of the annual convention at
Beatrice next month, Friday an
nounced that they are pla nning a spe
cial train to carry the firemen of
northeastern Nebraska to the meeting.
The firemen's special, they said, will
be made up of special cars with dele
gations from B'remont, Norfolk, Blair,
Tekajnah, Columbus and other towns,
in the vicinity.
Spencer, la., Dec. . (Special)—
Spencer’s large municipal Christmas
tree has been erected in the center of
the business district as usual. Smaller
trees have been purchased to be
placed In front of every business
place in the fla|: sockets.
There are between 200 and 300 register
ed automobile speed drivers ,11 the Uni
ted States. Of this number, no more
than 30 have gained prominence on the
Prisoner Sought to Outwit
Officers by Cutting Ends
of His Fingers
Fremont, Neb., Dec., ' (Special)—
Deliberately lacerating and bruising
the ends of his fingers was resorted
to by Benjamin Blair, alias Earl Ben
jamin, 20 years old, held In jail here
for carrying concealed weapons.
The young man drew the ends of his
fingers back and forth across the
steel bars and over the steel bunk.
He tore the flesh In a brutal and pain
ful manner, according to the sheriff.
Asked about It, Blair declared he had
burned his fingers In hot water by ac
His attempt failed and Condlt was
able to get a fairly good Impression of
his fingers.
Des Moines, la., Dec. *' (U. P.j—
Yeggs over the weekend entered
three business establishments here,
cracking one safe and escaped with
$1,200. Entering the sales rooms of
the Likely luggage company, yeggs
knocked* the combination from the
Bafe and removed currency amount
ing to $1,200. Thieves also broke In
to a shoe shining parlor in East Des
Moines and secured $100 from the
cash register. A third attempt at
robbery was made in the office of the
B, F. Goodrich Rubber Co. The com
bination on the safe was broken
but no valuables secured.
Norfolk, Neb., Dec. 17. (Special)—
With the completion of 26 blocks of
new pavement, this city now has over
16 miles of paved streets, the approx
imate cost being over $1,000,000. Part
of the new pavement connects wltih
the new^gravel project on the Meri
dan highway which is to be graveled
all the way to Madison by next sum*
Company Organized At Pet
erson, la., To Conduct
the Business
Spencer, la., Dec. (Special)—
Clay county now has an accredited
fox farm, at Peterson with an orga
nized company consisting of A. O.
Anderson, president, and R. B. Xn
derson, secretary, to run it. The farm
will start with five mated pairs of
sliver foxes, all registered by the
Silver Black Fox association of the
United States. These animals were
entered at the National Silver Black
Fox show at Milwaukee, and scored
high. The demand for the fur at
high prices is never satisfied, and a
large profit is made in selling mated
pairs for breeding purposes.
Wayne, Neb., Dec. 17 (Special)—
Various clubs will have a Commun
ity Christmas tree, for three nights
this week, Thursday, Friday and Sat
urday nights. There will be special
music and appropriate programs for
each evening. There will be treats for
Winside, Neb., Dec. . (Special)—
Public dances have been prohibited
in this town by order of the city cran
cil. The ban was placed because of
misbehavior on the part of dancers at
the last few balls given in the Jewell
theater. From now on, special li
censes must be secured for each
Ha* Developed Tendency to
Do Harm to Others
Since Accident
Lincoln, Neb., Dec. ' (Special)—
The state welfare bureau >has placed
11-year-old Forest Fisher under the
observation of a surgeon. Following
an injury in an automobile accident
and his recovery from his hurts he
has dtsplayedi a homicidal mania. His
father Is a truck driver und has not
been able to give him proper surgical
attention. He nearly ohoked a
smaller brother to death, attacked a
playmate and tried to use a butcher
knife on members of the family.
According to reports from Paris the
short skirt is to come back into fashion
in this country again in a few months
Fight inches from the ground is ex
i pected to be the fashionable length for
skirts soon.
Omaha, Neb., Doc. V- -Representa
tives of agriculture and manufactur
ers are here for the opening session
of the third farmers’-manufacturers’
conference which la scheduled for
Monday and Tuesday under the aus
pices of middlewest foreign Made cora
mittee of which Senator Frank B.
Wills of Ohio li chairman.
Norfolk Man, Once Convict
ed, is Finally Given
His Freedom
Madison, Neb., Dec. ‘ (Special)—
Price Carrico, of Norfolk, was ac.
quitted here after a two hours de
liberation by the Jury, of a charge
of highway robbery.
Carrico had been charged with
holding up Earl Reed, a brakeman,
in the south Norfolk yards. In the
first trial he was found guilty and
the higher court granted a new trial.
Carrico declared the entire holdup
had been a joke and that he and
Frank Flesner were playing a prank
on a friend to frighten him.
Columbus, Neb., Dec. . (Special)
—Four men had a narrow escape
from death during the night. Think
ing they were on a street which lead
into (he northbound road going from
Columbus, Neb., to Creston they
started out full speed* But they were
driving north on a street which
crosses a main road north of the
city and ends abruptly against an
embankment. The car crashed head
on into the hill. The hood literally
burying itself in the dirt. Passing
automobilists saw the four men ly
ing asleep in the car. Chief of Po
lice Jack Lehamn was notified and
went at once to the scene. He search
ed the car for liquor failed to find
any or scent any. He awakened
the men. They said they had de
cided it was too far back to town to
get a service car and decided to
sleep the night out. They were per
mitted to continue the snooze.
Lincoln, Neb., Dec. *■ (Special)— \
Lincoln voters are to pass, at the
primary election In April, on a pro
posed new form of governments.
The plan as tentatively arranged is
for the election of six councilmen
and a mayor, all to serve without
pay, an expert being employed for
the head of each department. The
council will act only as a legislative
body and the members will be elect
ed for six years. An alternative
plan proposed is a city manager
with 15 members of an unpaid coun
Holds Child Labor Statute
Should Not Affect Show
ing of Talent
Lincoln, Neb , Dec. V (Special)—
Harry A. Taylor, a moving picture
theater owner of Omaha, has filed a
test case in the supreme court to de
termine whether it is unlawful to
allow his stage to be used now and
then by talented children whose par
ents beseech him for a chance to let
them show their cuteness in public.
He was fined $5 and costs in Omaha
for a violation of the child labor law
that prohibits children under 14 from
being employed or allowed to per
form in a theater. He says that out
side of Lincoln and Omaha this is a
burning question as there is no other
place for the talented children to
show off than in the moving picture
house. He says that the seven girls
he allowed to dance in his theater
were not paid anything, and, there
fore could not have been employed.
Lincoln, Neb., Dec. v (Special)—
The flood of improvement bonds con
tinues in spite of the movement for
lower taxes. There were presented
for registration today $22,400 of inter
section paving bonds issued y the
city of Beatrice and bought by the
state; sewer bonds totaling $14,000
by the village of Burwell; $14,364 re
funding bonds issued by Greeley Cen
ter, and $7,366 of sewer bonds issued
by the town of Bellevue. The latter
were refused registration because the
legal limit would thereby be exceeded.
McCook. Neb., Dec. ' ‘ —James Hu
ett, a farmer living near McCook, Is
lying in a critical condition at a hos
pital here, and Mrs. Lem Roberts is
in the county jail of Red Willow,
charged with inflicting wounds which
may result futally. Huett entered
an automobile repair shop and it is
alleged was followed by Mrs. Roberts,
who carried a revolver and fired at
him at close range, the bullet enter
ing his breast over the heart. Otto
XTnger, a bystander, says he heard
Mrs. Roberts say something about
Huett breaking up her home. She
surrendered to Sheriff McClain and
was placed in Jail. Hospital authori
ties say Huctt's condition is critical.
He is a married man and the father
of several children.
$2,000 AT BAZAAR
Newcastle. Neb., Dec. *\ (Special)
—Nearly $2,000 was raised by the
women of St. Peter's Catholic church
here through a two day bazaar. Fifty
head of hogs, donated by farmers of
the vicinity were shipped to the
Slaux City market and brought good
Production of potatoes this year In
Germany Is estimated by the Internati
onal Agricultural Institute at 31,000,000
tons, and of sugar beets at $,400,000 tons,
compared with 40.000.000 tons of potatoes
and 10.000 tons of sugar beets in 1*22.
Even Before World War France Had
Largest Per Capita Debt in World
From the Chicago Journal of Commerce.
John F. Sinclair, au investment banker and a lecturer in
law at the University of Minnesota, after five months in Europe,
is writing a series of articles on “The A B C of the Entire Europ
ean Situation." In his first production he states some remark
able facts about French finances. He says that when war broke
out in 1914 the Government of France, with one-third the pop
ulation of the United States, owed more money than the govern
ments of Germany, the United States, Great Britain, Greece,
Sweden, Norway Rumania and Serbia combined! She had “the
largest government debt per capita in the world," $166 for every
man, woman and child in her country.
Between 1871 and 1914 her public debt increased from $2,
500,000,000 to $6,200,000,000. During the war, in which she
spent $21,677,000,000 she raised by taxation to pay this huge in
debtedness only $21,000000. Whiie the United States was rais
ing an average of $28.75 from each individual, and Great Britain
$35.94, annually during the war France was raising exactly
twelve cents from each individual.
Truly France was struggling for life, pouring out her blood
to resist invasion at any cost; taking little time or thought for
future indebtedness. And since the war ended she has increas
ed her indebtedness from $28,000,000,000 to the prodigious su*n
of sixty billion dollars. This year, with a larger army than any
other country has ever had in modern times, Mr. Sinclair says
she is spending forty-five billion francs and raising only abouk
twenty-two billion francs in revenue.
The casual reader has long known that Frenchmen have
been less heavily taxed than other people, Vat these figures en
able one to appreciate the fact keenly. Who has realized chak
during the war the individual Briton was being taxed $35.94 an
nually, whiie the individual Frenchman was being taxed twclv®
nents ?
Obviously France was prosecuting the war on an unsound
economic basis. She knew it, and all that kept her going was
the sublime faith of the average Frenchman that France would
whip Germany and would then collect enough to pay all of
France’s* bonded indebtedness and a heavy punitive sum besides.
Now that the French debt has been increased to sixty billion dol
lars, is it any wonder that the Frenchman is appalled at tho
thought pf paying off that gigantic sum in taxes?
We may not approve France’s invasion of the Ruhr and her
entire course in the reparations controversy, but these figure*
enable us to realize why France insists that she must have the
Bliss Perry.
In all the encounters that have
yet chanced, I have not been wea
poned for that particular occasion,
and ha'jm been historically beaten,
and yet I know all the time that »
have rover been beaten; have
never yet fought, shall certainly
fight when my hour comes, and
shall beat." Emerson wrote that
In a prose essay, but ho never
wrote more like a poet, for he
wrote with the long view. Victor
Hugo, uttering strange prophecies
before the Peace Convention in
Brussels in 1848, and Whittier,
| celebrating that convention In a
poem about
The great hope resting on tnt>
truth of God,"
were, if you like, historically beat
en. But the chief question is, after
seventy years, were Hugo and
Whittier right or wrong? If we
think them right, werb they ever
really beaten?
It Was Her Smile.
It was her smile that fixed an Idlo
Of sunbeams dancing on a white cap
ped sea.
Of red winged sampans swinging full
and free.
Of spanking trades and mighty braces
Of purple depths with snapping dog
fish fraught,
And verdant shallows in an Island lee.
Of coral reef and swaying copra-tree:
I dreamed the while her flashing
smile I caught.
It had the languor of a southern air,
The thrall of youth that simple
grandeurs hold,
A hint of song and rising passion’s
And sunbursts when the robes of
night unfold;
It flung windward shades of earthly
And sweet suggestion made of love
—David Porrfwe, in The Neptune
■ » 11 .......
Labor may rule the British empire.
Lloyd George says labor has the right
to show what it can do. It won the
recent election.
Ramsay, MacDonald, head of the
labor party, would be prime minister.
He tells of labor party plans.
First, it would tax wealth, not the
Income that Is only child’s play. It
would take a piece out of every for
tune above 126,000, the bigger rhe
fortune, the bigger the piece taken.
Small fortunes would lose one per
cent, of principal, big fortunes 60 per
cent. Two or three men In America
would lose In one lump hundreds
of millions, If we bad that here. The
capital tax will be taken gradually,
to avoid destroying values by forced
sales. That is something for our big
men to think about, prayerfully.
Whether the experiment would
work well, no one can say. The
nomadic Tartars, driving cattle with
them, cut pieces off the living
animals, as they went along.. That
was a capital tax on the animals but
not good for cattle in the long run.
If Labor came to power it would
avoid many things that it now plans
and tolerate many things It now
hates To run a nation, and keep the
complicated machine going is not
easy. It is especially dangerous lo
interfere, prematurely with selfish
ness, which stimulates energy and
Georg® Beaurcpalre, negxa. Is a
leper, accused of murder (He must
appear In court for trial and there Is
danger of contagion. Surgeon Gen
eral Gumming, of the U. S. public
health service, offers to provide a
glass cage, to hold the leper murder
er In court. Electrical devices will
make It possible for him to hear and
be heard, from inside his glass cage,
as his trial progresses.
I have written unto you, young men*
because ye are strong.—I John 2:-«>.
I cherish the conviction that young:
men are really human beings.
They are not a distinct species.
They belong to the human race and
are entitled to be humanly treated.
The best life for them is not sepa
rate and artificial, but natural, simple^,
active, full of vigorous exercise for
mind and body.
The right education for them is not
that of the cloister, in which they ar»
divided from the world, but that of
the home, the school, the university*
the camp, the workshop, the athletic
field, the market place, where liberty
is joined to responsibility, and where
they are taught to feel that they be
long to the world and are trained to
play a noble manly part in it.
The true religion to guide them In
this education, and fit them for thi*
life, is not something novel and pe
culiar, specially devised for young
men, but simply the plain religion
of Christ, which is good for every
body. or every age and condition, ami
for all alike.
But there is one thing In which
young men, if not singular, are at
least pre-eminent.
They love straight speech and plain
They have a fine Impatiencti of all
mere formalities and roundabout ex
Therefore, those who preach to
young men should not use a theo
logical dialect, but the English lang
uage, clear and strong.
Reaction on Paternalism.
From the Indianapolis News.
At a recent meeting of the Sen
tinels of the Republic a resolution
wasi adopted opposing federal ala
legislation generally on the ground
that Is "unconstitutional, uneconom
ic and unmoral.” Senator Reed, of
Pennsylvania, went further, and
pointed out what he believed to bn
Us demoralising efTect on the people.
The multiplication of bureaus, he
said, "shows we are leaning too much
on the government," and he added:
If our forefathers did not make
enough money, they worked
harder, and did not run to the
government for a bonus. The
American stock is changing.
It is an undoubted fact that many
people look n the government as an
agency to "do something for them,"’ '
and even to support them, In whole
or in part. Yet these same people
wonder why it is that the cost of
government should be so high and
taxes so burdensome. The strong
est people, and those best fitted for
self-government, are those who are
able and willing to take care of them
selves—who would resent the thought
of being taken care of 'Hit of taxes
Such were the "forefathers” of wliotra
Senator Reed spoke, such wire
Americans no long time ago, such
one must have faith to believe thoy
will one day be again.
From the Philadelphia Record.
Milly—“That girl has wonderful style.'”
Billy—“Style? Huh! She always looks
to me as though she hud dressed in
about two minutes."
M illy—"Exactly. It tak ts her hour®
to get tnat effect.”
From the American Legion Weekly
‘•What In the world is the matter?"
What are you laughing at?” demanded
Mrs.' Brown of her husband who was
reading the evening paper.
^ This inspired editor has printed th»
wedding announcements under th»
•Lost’ heading.”
Grave Error.
From the Chicago News
I don't know what to do about that
man. His ill-will would hurt me In my
business. He had his wife at my housw
the other night. While the ladies wera.
chatting I sneaked him into the pantry
to sample something of my own manu
facture, In the confusion I gave him
a big drink of. varnish.”
“And it knocked him out. •*
“No, that Isn't the trouble. Hw
smacked his lips over it. Now lie keeps
bothering me for the recipe.”
I Three hundred silver coins were found
a few days ago near ikavangor. Nor
way. They were chiefly English coins'
of the eleventh century.