The frontier. (O'Neill City, Holt County, Neb.) 1880-1965, December 27, 1923, Image 2
THE FRONTIER d7h. CRONIN, PUBLISHER. * *V, C. TEMPLETON, Editor and Business Managar. MEILL, NEBRASKij 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 acquittal. 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 MAN 18 INJURED AT HURON, 8, D. 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. HOLD SHORT COURSE AT KINGSLEY IN JANUARY. 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 sions. t m ' i— tai McMASTER’S SUPPORT IN RURAL DISTRICTS. 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 PREACHER ‘ CALLED TO CHICAGO. 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. , LACK OF FUNDS MAY CLOSE SCHOOLS. 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. METEOR FOUND IN BARN RUINS 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 barn. 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 wreckage. Wayne state normal college geolo gists are to examine the rock to determine its origin. BRYAN MAKES PLEA FOR EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED VETS 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 peal." 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 TEACHER8 WHO DANCE MAY BE DISCHARGED. 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 board. 8IOUX CITY CONCERN TO BUILD TRANSMISSION LINE. 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. HER ADVISERS NOT GOOD ONES 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. CHRISTMA8 TREES TO BE SEEN EVERYWHERE. 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 speedways. THEY TOOK HIS FINGER PRINTS 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 cident. His attempt failed and Condlt was able to get a fairly good Impression of his fingers. YEGGS BUSY OVER THE END OF THE WEEK 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 HA8 MILES OF PAVED 8TREET8 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* mer. RAISE SILVER FOXES IN IOWA 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. CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS FOR THREE NIGHTS 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 all. PUBLIC DANCES IN BAD FAVOR AT WINSIDE 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 dance. BOY IS UNDER CLOSE WATCH 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. MANUFACTURERS AND FARMERS TO MEET. 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. HOLDUP JOKER IS NOT GUILTY 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. RACING ON BLIND ROAD FOUND DANGEROUS. 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 TO VOTE ON CITY MANAGER PLAN. 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 cil. THEATER MAN TO TEST LAW 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. BONDS CONTINUE TO FLOOD THE STATE 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. IS PROBABLY FATALLY SHOT BY WOMAN 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. CATHOLIC V/OMEN RAISE $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 price*. 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 reparations. NEVER BEATEN 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 thought Of sunbeams dancing on a white cap ped sea. Of red winged sampans swinging full and free. Of spanking trades and mighty braces taut. 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 flare, And sunbursts when the robes of night unfold; It flung windward shades of earthly care And sweet suggestion made of love untold. —David Porrfwe, in The Neptune Dog. ■ » 11 ....... BY ARTHUR BRISBANE 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 accomplishment. 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. FOR YOUNG MEN 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 talk They have a fine Impatiencti of all mere formalities and roundabout ex pressions. 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. Style. 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.” Forever. 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. •-.hr* “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.