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THE STATE POLICE FORCE
Editor of The Frontier:
Dear Sir: The writer noticed in
the paper an account of a bill to
create an elaborate police force ot
100 men. Said the jackass to the
hen, sitting on bantam eggs, “let
me sit on them and hatch some
thing big!” Well, is there not a
reasonable likeness. This propo
sition w'as brought before the
people a few years ago at the gen
eral election and. decisively defeat
ed. In view of ^hat it is the view
of this writer that it is an insult
to the people of the state to pro
pose such an act.
Elaborate state police force. The
only thing elaborate about this
mess, in the wniters opinion, would
be the item of expense. One hund
red men at $125 each, $12,500 a
month; $150,000 a year. Equip
ment another $1,000; all this ex
pense saddled on the “common
herd" of hounded automobile owm-’
It is our opinion the sponsors
of this act have not advanced one
intelligent reason for enacting it
into law. Those unfortunate
having car accidents have already
all the aid they need from fellow
travelers, who would 99 times out
of 100 get there houre before a
motor cycle cop. Another reason
advanced in favor of the law is
that it would help apprehend bank
robbers. It probably would if. the
bank robbers would be considerate
enough to send advance notice.
But a lone traffic cop would not
care to meet a bunch of stickups,
who never travel alone. This was
really the main reason offered four
years ago for creating such a
police force, and if it will be such a
good thing and great protection
to the banks, why should they not
at least pay part of the expense, con
sidering the charges they exact
from the people; 10 cents or more
for cashing a foreign check and
50 cents a month on deposits of
less than $50, they are well able.
The people of Nebraska should
file a rousing protest with the sen
ate in Lincoln against the passing
of this law and wanton waste of
the peoples money.
J. V. Johnson,
OF STATE AFFAIRS
By Janies R. Lowell
N. T. Harmon, chief probation
officer of the state, has been ap
pointed warden of the state peni
tentiary to succeed Dan Kavanaugh
who died recently. Harmon has
been previously connected with the
institution, first as chaplain (min
ister of the Christian church) and
later as deputy warden. One of his
first acts was to release from sol
itary confinement prisoners Smith
and Dunn w'ho had been in the
“hole” for nine years, or ever since
Fred Brown, Omaha kidnaper, at
tempted an outbreak from the pris
on and was killed. The two are al
leged to have aided Brown in the
attempted outbreak and Smith was
shot twice in the ensuing fracas,
losing one arm as a result. For
several years past, the nightly
screams and wails of the men in
“solitary” had been wearing on the
nerves of the other prisoners.
J. F. Rohn, of Fremont, has been
elected president of the state norm
al board for 1935. He was an un
successful candidate for the demo
cratic nomination for governor in
the last election and has been may
or of Fremont for several years
The Roosevelt Administration’s
recovery program is based upon the
work of two major bureaus. One,
the NRA, was designed to aid in
dustrial workers. The other, the
AAA, was created to help solve the
farmer problems and put agricul
ture on a paying, basis.
Both bureaus adopeted plans for
raising and fixing prices. The NRA
did this by means of executive fiat.
The AAA, however, which was
dealing with products largely de
pendent on the whims of nature,
went much farther. There was
more meat beiug produced than
people could buy—so it killed off
pigs. There was more cotton than
people were using—so it placed
heavy restrictions on cotton acre
age, and paid bonuses to farmers
for not raising a crop. It followed
a similar procedure with other
basic farm products.
At the beginning, AAA execu
tives said their purpose was to
bring the farm price index back to
the pre-war level—this, they held,
would enable the farmer to make a
profit, and would not impose an
excessive burden on the buying
power of the public. Prices came
back, tou^'h the pre-war figure—
and then continued to soar. The
other day the price level was 25
per cent over its 1913 equivalent—
ami AAA found itself with a first
class consumer’s war on its hands.
Rumblings of discontent are heard
from millions of homes, where in
comes have not risen anywhere
near the extent of the rise in the
cost of living.
Terific rises are, taking place in
meat prices. Butter is higher than
it has been for many years. Even
spring vegetables, usually dirt
cheap, will, according to forecasts,
be relatively expensive. Of the
major edibiles, only fish, which is
not subject to AAA control, is not
advancing materially in cost.
The resultof ull this is that AAA
is now definitely on the retreat.
Crop curtailment will probably be
dropped, so that production may
increase and automatically stop
the present price trend. Protest
is coming in against this change,
from agricultural centers, which
can see only the boon of high
prices, but the chances are that
consumer pressure will win out.
It is probable that all restriction*
will be taken off the farmer until
prices return to the pre-war level,
when the AAA may resume its
crop control policy.
Thus, one of the two basic re
covery bureaus has been forced to
draw in its horns. As for the other,
the NBA, there is plenty of trouble
in the offing. Even its sponsor,
Mr. Roosevelt, is believed to be
cooling ofT so far us it is concerned
—he wants Congress to continue it,
but on a somewhat different set-up
than in the past. Wage and hour
provisions will be maintained and
labor will be guaranteed the right
i to bargain collectively if it chooses
—but many NRA powers over
[business management will be drop
ped. A strong drive against NdtA
price-fixing is developing in the
Senate, led by that old-time foe
of monopoly, Senator Borah. It is
a safe prognostication that the
NRA will have little or nothing to
say about prices in the future—
and there is an excellent chance
that the anti-trust laws, which the
NRA made inoperative, will be
brought back into play.
As a result, the Administration’s
price-fixing program in both the
industrial and agricultural fields,
can be fairly said to have collapsed.
Best opinion holds that the Admin
istration is shifting in its position,
that it will give industry and agri
culture more of a chance to work
out their own problems, will de
pend less on legislative palliatives.
It hasn’t been heralded in headlines,
but a number of left-wingers—who
are strong for collectivism and
regimentation—have recently been
eased out of important positions in
both the AAA and NRA. The
more conservative citizens are
pleased—they see a chance to get
the kind of governmental policy
they asked for and didn’t get two
Those who believe that the prin
cipal menace to the United States’
territorial security lies across the
Pacific in Japan, find ammunition
to back their theory in the Admin
istration’s $500,000,000 army de
Lost in a welter of items con
jeerning new airplanes, additional
troops, and a build-up of the Na
tional Guard, is a requisition that
has been little publicized as yet—
but is of tremendous significance.
It provides for a great Hawaiian
air base, to cost $11,000,000. Army
officers, queried on the meaning of
this, said frankly that the war de
partment wishes to move the na
tional frontier 2,000 miles into the
It is proposed to have a string of
such bases eventually built from
Alaska to Panama.
Late statistics indicate that the
general industrial upturn is con
tinuing, with various industries
coming close to the 1923-25 aver
age. The improvement in steel has
been due principally to orders from
the automobile industry.
Fear is expressed in some circles
that the recent rise has been too
rapid—that recession will set in.
I BRIEFLY STATED
Mrs. Jim Pocosney, of Spencer,
was in O’Neill this week, calling on
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Dailey and Mrs.
M. R. Dailey.
Police Lieutenants Jensen and
Sherwood were the envy of all the
little boys in town last Tuesday in
their resplendent uniforms.
William H. Podany and Miss
Rose M. Zakrzewski, both of Op
portunity, were granted a marriage
license in county court last Tues
Fred Watson, one of the leading
ranchmen in the southwestern part
of the county, was in the city lbok
ing after business matters last
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Alder were
transacting business in O’Neill last
Thursday and purchased a Ford
V-8 while in town. They were also
in town Saturduy.
Mrs. Ben Grady entertained the
Martez Club at her home last Mon
day evening. Mrs. W. J. Froelich,
Mrs. George Agnes and Mrs. P. B.
Ilarty were the high score winners
John Madden, WNAX bulk deal
er in this city, was called to his old
home at Bradley, S. D,, last Wed
nesday night by a message an
nouncing the serious illness f one
of his relatives.
S. J. Weekes returned Wednes
day night from Omaha, where he
had spent the first three days of
the week sitting as a member of
the loan committee of the Regional
Agricultural Credit corporation.
Fair Maid: “Oh, sir, what kind
of an officer are you?”
Officer: “I’m a naval surgeon.”
Fair Maid: “My goodness! How
you doctors do specialize."—Bind
At the second weekly bridge
tournament held at the Golden
Hotel last Friday evening Mr. and
Mrs. Ben Grady won the high score
for the east and west side and Mrs.
F. J. Biglin and Mrs. Edward
Campbell were the high score win
ners for the north and south side.
Mr, and Mrs. W. G. Beha went
down to Omaha the latter part of
last week and visited relatives ther
for a couple of days, returning
home Sunday. They were com
pelled to come home on the train
from Neligh on account of the
storm having made the roads al
The force in the county treasur
er’s office is kept busy these days
taking care of the large number
that are paying up their taxes. In
Tuesday morning’s mail the office
received $0,000 worth of checks
from property owners to take care
of their taxes for the first six
months of this year.
The residence of Mrs. Enders, at
Inman, was destroyed by fir<; Wed
nesday morning. The fire started,
in the roof next to the chimney
and the fire fighters took off the
roof of the house and were able
to save the walls. The loss will
amount to several hundred dollars
and we understand there was no
There is a good deal of moving
among the farmers of this section
this spring. George Weingartner
moves from the Parker tc the Sim
mons farm south of the river.
Simmons moves to their farm near
Page. A gentleman from Iowa has
rented the Parker place and will
take possession the first of the
Next May is the sixty-first anni
versary of the founding of O’Neill
and some of the local business men
are of the opinion that it would
be a good idea to celebrate the
event with proper festivities. We
thing it would be a good idea and a
celebration in keeping with the im
portance of the event and the city
I in a business way should be pro
Both branches of the legislature ]
[adjourned Wednesday afternoon
| for one week, until Wednesday of
next week, in order to permit the
members to go to their respective
homes and look after business mat
ters and interview their constitu
ents. Before adjourning they passed
and the governor signed the one
cent gas tax measure, the proceeds
of which will be used to meet the
government requirement for relief.
Postmaster Sullivan announces
that he has a supply of the baby
bonds for sale at his office, of all
denominations. They are issued in
denominations of $25, S50, $100,
$500 and $1,000. The issue price
of the bonds are: $18.75 for a $25
bond; $37.50 for a $50 bond; $75
for a $100 bond; $375 for a $500
bond and $750 for a $1,000 bond.
The bonds run for ten years but
may be redeemed, at the owners
option after sixty days from date
William Cronin returned, last
night from Casper, Wyoming,
where he had spent the past month
visiting relatives. Bill left O’Neill
last November and went to Seattle,
Washington, where he spent three
months visiting relatives and then
went to Casper, where he visited
for one month. He says they had
a nice winter at Seattle, but that
things are very quiet there and
that hundreds are on government
relief, the same as they are in
other parts of the country. He
says he had an enjoyable time
while away but is glad to get back
PRE8BYTKR1 AN CHl RCH
Sunday School 10 a. m.—ft. M.
Morning Worship 11 a. m.—“The
Home God Meant.”
Evening Service 7:30 — Gospel
singing and preaching. We invite
you to join our forward movement
program during the pre-Easter
H. D. Johnson, Pastor.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
TO HAVE A CHANCE AT
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school on April 11, 12, and 13 in at
least five subjects. There will be
English and algebra classification
tests for all contestants and at
least three other academic exam
inations based upon the student’s
high school work and the field he
intends to follow at the University
of Nebraska. Scholarships are
available for all undegraduate
In addition to the winners, a
number of alternates will be named
who may be granted scholarships
if the winners do not claim all the
250 awards. These scholarships are
made for the first semester of the
school year, and renewed if the
student’s work justifies it.
Since the first state contest was
held in 1932 some 400 students
have attended the University of
Nebraska on such tuition grants.
Of the number won last year, 165
are now being used by students in
Winners of regents’ scholarships
rank well above the average in
i school work at the University, a
, survey made recently by the ex
: tension division shows. Among the
upperclassmen now enrolled who
' won such awards for the freshman
: year, more than 60 per cent rank
over 80 in grades. About half the
former scholarship holders have
average grades over 85; and only
one is below 75 per cent.
WHAT’S DOING IN
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should be hired to run the fair.
Opponents of the reorganization
schemes declared that the city of
Lincoln had failed to “push” the
fair as it should have. They plead
ed that the small fairs should be
preserved as “feeders” for the
Cone’s mortgage moratorium bill
was partially denuded when the
senate rejected a plan to tighten
the law by including outlawing
suits on notes involving real estate.
As the bill now stands it merely
continues the old moratorium on
real estate mortgages for two more
The uniform narcotics bill, which
provides for licensing sale of nar
cotics by the state department of
health as a means of enabling the
nation as a whole to control the
sale and use of narcotics, has been
signed by the governor.
Among the other bills making
good headway in the legislature
during the past week: To provide
for creation of a bureau of educa
tion and registration for nursing,
with state superintendent, three
nurses appointed by the governor,
and the state director of nursing
education, in charge of licensing
nurses; a plan to continue Adjut
ant General H. ,T. Paul, G3, in com
mand of the Nebraska national
guard for six more years by ex
tending the retirement age for his
office from G4 to 70;
To permit spouse of insane per
son to mortgage homestead, and
to permit guardians of insane per
sons to mortgage property to pay
the ward’s debt or cost of support;
forbidding county surveyor or en
gineer undertaking any work or
activity costing more than SI,500
in counties of 50,000 or greater
population or over $250 in other
counties without first obtaining the
approval of the county board;
authorizing county board to levy
up to one-tenth of a mill special
tax for purpose of fire-fighting
equipment to serve rural territory
when approved by 51 per cent of
the voters; empowering cities and
villages to take over and sell lots
or parts of lots in municipal cem
eteries which have been abandoned
for 20 years or more, and use the
proceeds for perpetual care and
You Can't Be Sure
But you can be sure
of getting a doctor
quickly if you have
B Your telephone brings
help in emergencies . . .
saves your time and steps
. . . relieves anxiety . . .
keeps you in touch with
your friends—yet it eosts
only a few rents a day.
maintenance of the cemetery; al
lowing criminal complaint for
grand larency to be based on the
value of all property alleged to
have been stolen in a series of
thefts by the same person;
Modifying the present state law
which prohibits branch banking
by authorizing any chartered bank
to establish offices elsewhere than
at its principal places of business,
to receive or deposit money and
pay checks, but for no other pur
poses; giving the banking depart
ment the same supervisory author
ity over building and loan associa
tions that it exercises over banks.
The bill introduced by Schroeder
of Bloomfield, to set up a system of
state health insurance is being bit
terly attacked by the Nebraska
medical profession and organized
labor. Opponents said, that the bill
sets up a mamouth political mach
ine, would “abolish private prac
tice, put the state into the medical
and hospital business, and destroy
every insurance business.” Pro
ponents of the bill pointed to the
thousands of Nebraskans who need
medical care but who will not ob
j tain it because of their finances.
The senate ordered an investiga
[ tion of the Wayne state teacher’s
college, but the resolution wa,
withdrawn because of a techni
Representative Schroeder who is
also a minister advocates abolition
of the position of chaplain in all
public legislative bodies. Schroed
er, a Lutheran minister, raised the
issue as the house began recordify
ing present legislative rules for the
unicameral legislature. He Said
that a prayer offered by a minister
of a certain denomination was at
tended by whispering and other
noises and actions destroying the
spirituality of the ritual. The house
agreed to omit the positimi of chap
lain in the statutes, but arranged
to let the one-house legislature ap
point such officers as desired.
DRUGS at Rates
A Full Pound of Tobacco
Grainger Rough Cut
A Fresh Supply of Drugs On Hand At All Times
A & B DRUG STORES, Inc.
O’NEILL & BLOOMFIELD
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FIRST GRADE BLUE RIBBON COLD TEST ZERO OIL,
gallon 50c, quart 15c.
Regular first grade Blue Ribbon oil, per quart 10c. Second
grade oil. 8c a quart.
We guarantee our first grade zero oil to be as good as any
oil selling under 35c a quart in service stations. Try an oil
change, then compare. Canned oil at 20 cents a quart.
AxleGrease,5-lb. cans 25c. CupandGunGrease, 5-lb. cans 29c.
Cream Separator Oil 10c a quart. Washing Machine Oil for
Maytags, 15c a quart.
Good Red Inner Tubes, almost any size, 59c to 69c—try one.
Tires at less than mail order house prices.
13-plate, 12-mo. guaranteed batteries, with exchange. S3.69.
Battery Bolts, 1c, nut and all.
Fan Belts. Ford A, Chevrolet and many other cars, 15c.
Ford T Fan Belts a Dime.
Blowout Patches, good size, 5 to 10c. Tube Patching, per
can, 5c. Ground Cables, 10c.
Quality Headlight Bulbs, 10c. Dash and Tail Bulbs, 5c.
Valve Caps, lc.
Ford T Timers, 24c. Flashlight Batteries, 5c. Good pair
Chrome 6-inch Pliers at 10c.
Distributor Points, Ford, Chevrolet and others, 10c a set.
Rotors, 7c. Auto Fuses, 2c.
Radiator Seal Capsules, regular seller at 35c for 5c.
BEST GRADE KEROSENE 8c per gallon. Remember you
paid 14c per gallon for kerosene before the New Deal Station
opened in O'Neill. You would be paying 14c per gallon now' for
kersene if it were not for the New Deal Oil Co. keeping the
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