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Independents Hit Upon Novel Plan to Raise
Revenue in Telephone Fight With
Independent telephone interests of
the United States are now putting into
effect, in Nebraska and elsewhere, the
provision of a "stamp act" adopted by
their national association three weeks
ago, levying a tax upon manufacturers
of and dealers in telephone supplies.
The independents, through the various
state associations, will require all firms
with whom they deal to buy ? tamps for
placing on bills of goods, invoices and
similar documents. The money from
that source will be used to extend in
dependent operations into new territory
and strengthen the companies wherever
they are now established, says - the
The stamp act will be enforced by an
understanding among the telephone peo
ple that they are not to buy goods of
any manufacturers or dealers who re
fuse to adorn their bills and invoices
with the approved plasters. The
stamps will be issued and copyrighted
by the international association of in
dependent telephone companies, which
is the name of the central organization.
They will be in denominations of 1, 5,
10, 25, and 50 cents, and $1. For all
transactions up to $500, the tax will
amount to one-tenth of 1 per cent;
above that sum, it will be one-twentieth
of 1 per cent.
On a $500 bill of goods, under this
schedule, the man who sells to an in
dependent company must affix a 50
cent stamp before he can deliver his
goods. The same denomination will
cover a $1,000 transaction, since the
rates will be just half as much when
the bill runs over $500. Publishers of
independent journals will be expected
to use stamps also, when furnishing
bills for advertising or subscriptions.
It is estimated that the revenue to be
raised in this and other ways devised
by the international association will
aggregate not less than $25,000 per
year. This will provide it with plenty
of funds for running expenses. Here
tofore, the national body has supported
itself by assessing each state associa
tion a specified annual sum The Ne
braska association was assessed in 1907
for $200, and the same amount in the
Will Effect Bell Concern
While the representatives of indepen
dent telephone companies say the ob
ject of the stamp tax is primarily the
raising of money with which to carry
on the work of the national association,
they do not deny that it is also expect
ed to help them in their fight with the
Bell concern. By means of it, one or
two auxiliary corporations of the Bell
will be cut off from selling any goods
to independents. The Western Electric
company, which has an office at Omaha,
is one of these. It will not be allowed
to buy these stamps, and without them
it cannot expect to supply any indepen
dent exchange which officiates with the
association in Nebraska. The same
thing will be true in other states.
Secretary R. E. Mattison, of the Ne
braska Independent Telephone associa
New Ruling for Soldier's Home.
A special from Lincoln, under date of
February 25, says: "The state board
of public lands and buildings today an
nounced its policy on admission to the
soldiers and sailors' homes at Grand
Island and Milford. It is that veterans
of the war who received over $12 a month
pension shall not be admitted. This
policy will be pursued so long as there
are enough applicants who get $12 or
less to keep the homes filled. The
board this week refused admittance to
two soldiers who made application. The
board some months ago made a rule to
take a certain per cent of the pension
money of men drawing over $12 a
month. The case was tested in court
and the state board was beaten"
Live poultry wanted, delivered .near
the B. & M. depot at Plattsmouth.
Monday, March 2nd, one day only, I
for which I will pay the following prices
in cash, craws to be empty: j
Hens, per pound 9 c
All young roosters 6c
Ducks, F. .F 7c
Geese, F. F., 5c
Old Roosters 4c
Call at the store of Zuckweiler &
Lutz for empty coops.
W. E. Keeney.
Mrs. Wm. Johnson, of Curtis, this
state, after visiting with the fami
ly of his cousin, D. P. Johnson, depart
ed for Wall Lake, la., this afternoon
on the fast mail, where she will visit
with her mother, Mrs. R. C. Ricketts.
tion, is sending out to some sixty com
panies in this state a rubber stamp with
"We are members of the state asso
ciation. Please affix stamps."
This inscription will accompany the
business letters they send out and will
be notice to manufacturers and dealers
that the latter are expected to decorate
with plasters every bill presented for
payment. If a .bill comes in without
stamps, it will be politely returned with
the suggestion that something has been
Should any firm prove recalcitrant
and refuse to buy or use stamps, the
telephone company will, of course, be
obliged to pay, but the probability is
that a supply house taking that course
would soon find its patronage falling
off. The telephone men are confident
the scheme will work smoothly enough
and encounter very little opposition,
once it gets started.
An agent for a Chicago eletrical
supply house who was in Lincoln on
Friday failed to sell two carloads of
stuff to the Western Telephone com
pany, which has headquarters in Lin
coln, for the reason that he did not
know whether his firm would consent to
use the stamps. He called up the
Chicago house but did not get author
tiy to proceed with the sale.
Nebraska Firms Must Comply
There are four supply firms in Ne
braska which must use the stamps or
lose the business they now have with
independent telephone companies.
These are the Korsmeyer company of
Lincoln, the Nebraska Electrical com
pany, The Joseph R. Lehmer company
and the Western Electrical company,
all of Omaha. The last named of these
has no connection with the Western
Electrical company, which is charged
with being under the control of the Bell
All the independent telephone com
panies in Nebraska do not belong to the
state association, but most of the non-
members are understood to be in sym
pathy with it and giving it their sup
port. The expectations are that nearly
all will lend their assistance in carrying
out the provisions of the "stamp act."
Twenty-four states are included in the
scope of the national organization, and
the same thing is being done in all of
them as in Nebraska.
F. H. Woods of Lincoln, a member of
the national executive committee, at
tended a business meeting of that body
in Chicago last week, when means of
putting the stamp feature into effect
were under consideration, along with
other business. He returned a day or
A. C. Lindemuth of Richmond, In
diana, who is president, of the interna
tional association, and Secretary J. B.
Ware of Grand Rapids, Michigan, have
been placed on a salary of $5,000 per
year each, to devote their whole time
to independent telephone development,
They will open permanent headquarters
for the association at Chicago.
Will Return to Nebraska.
The Lincoln News of Tuesday even
ing says: "Silas A. Holcomb, twice
governor and once a supreme court
judge of Nebraska, who has been
making his home in Seattle for the past
two years will soon return to Nebraska
and make his home again in Broken
Bow. Prior to his election as governor
in 1894 he resided at that place. After
serving two terms in the gubernatorial
office, he retired to the private practice
of law, remaining in Lincoln. A year
later, in 1899, he was elected to the
supreme bench. On leaving that body
in January 1905, he went to Seattle and
has been practicing law there. Ex
Governor Holcomb went west primarily
on account of his health as he was
severely afflicted with rheumatism.
The climate has benefited him to some
extent, but he has not entirely re
covered. His friends say that Ne
braska has continued to be his preference
for a home and he still owns property
at Broken Bow where he had resided.
He sold out his interest in Lincoln at,
the time of leaving here, or soon after
ward, and has lately disposed of his
holdings at Seattle."
Adam Kurtz and wife, Will Kurtz and
wife and Chas. Kurtz, accompanied by
Mrs. John J. Kurtz, departed for Oma
ha this afternoon, where Mrs. Kurtz
will visit for a few days with relatives
before returning home.
Mrs. W. R. Curran, of Pekin, I1L,
was a visitor in the city today, a guest
at the Masonic Home, where she went
to see A. A. Crarey, who is making his
HOT AT THE
The Railroad Are Trying to
Take Advantage of the
Law to Their Profit
This morning an official of the Mis
souri Pacifie stepped off the train go
ing south, at Mynard, and held a hasty
conversation with agent and operator,
Herman Thomas, telling him that it
was the intention of the management
of the road to close the telegraph office
at that point, and that he would be re
tained as agent of he desired to take
the position at one-half the salary
which the office has been paying. The
office paid heretofore $60.00 per month,
and with the discontinuing of the tele
graph service, a taking away of one
half of the salary would reduce it to
$30.00. This the operator cannot af
ford to accept, as there are many
places now to be filled on account of
the change in the law which will enable
him to command and receive better
salary even than heretofore. With
every change, the railroad attempts to
receive a benefit, and it is a cold day
when they do not score.
Neglected Colds Threaten Life.
"Don't trifle with a cold, is good ad
vice for prudent men and women. It may
be vital in the of a child. Proper food,
good ventilation, and dry warm clothing
are the safe guards against colds. If they
are maintained through the changeable
weather of autumn, winter and sring,
the chances of a surprise from ordinary
colds will be slight. But the ordinary
light cold will become severe if neglected,
and a well established ripe cold is to the
germs of diphtheria what honey is to a
bee. The greatest menace to a child
life at this season of the year is the neg
lected cold. ' ' Whether it is a child or
adult, the colds light or severe, the very
best treatment that can be adopted is to
give Chamberlain's Cough Remedy. It
is safe and sure. The popularity and
immense sale of this preparation has
been attained by its remarkable cures
of this ailment. A cold never results
in pneumonia when it is given. For
sale by F. G. Fricke & Co.
HAS TRUE RING
The Following Letter is From
a Former Citizen of
Kansas City, Kansas, 2-25-'08.
(To the Editor of The Journal)
Dear Sir: Enclosed find $4.00 on
subscription for the Journal. Please
send me an account of how we stand or
when it will expire. I consider it the
best paper ever printed in Cass county.
Keep up the good work, for great will
be your reward, as I believe that the
days of the republican party are num
bered, for it was "conceived inj iniquity
and born in sin." I believe they never
had a principle but boodle and graft,
until Mr. Bryan paved the way in 1896
and 1900 for President Roosevelt to
follow, which has given great relief to
the masses of the people and opened the
eyes of many republicans to the ways
of right and truth. I hope they are not
past redemption for there are lots of
republicans that can be redeemed if
they will follow President Roosevelt's
policy as he did the great principle as
laid down by the democratic conven
tions of 1896 and 1900.
I had the pleasure of shaking hands
with Mr. Bryan last week in Kansas
City, Kansas. It is my determination
and a settled fact with me, while I live
never to cast a vote for a Cleveland-Palmer-Buckner
man. That is, the
first thing, I find out "who are you?"
I hope all my democratic friends in
Cass county will remain firm in the
faith. This does not include the
traitors. You have them there and all
over the state of Nebraska. It was
that class of men who defeated Senator
Harris for gcvernor in this state two
years ago. Respectfully yours,
D. S. Draper.
Departs For the North
This afternoon O. C. Niday, who has
farmed west of this city for some
years past, is loading his household
goods into a car and will depart this
evening for the north part of the state,
where he will farm the coming sum
mer. Mr. Niday is taking along with
him two of the famous Sol Adamson
hounds which he will use in hunting.
Will Soon Be at Home.
This paper is in receipt of a card from
T. E. Todd, stating that he and his wife
are starting on their return to Platts
mouth and ere long will find themselves
back among the home folks. They have
been in the west for a long time and
with the people whom they have known
for so many years that they feel like
when leaving there they are leaving
DAILY PERSONAL NEWS
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Short Items of Interest, From Wed
nesday Evening's Daily Journal
Russel York was a visitor in Lincoln
John Nemetz and wife were visitors
in Omaha this morning.
Mrs. Joseph Droege was a visitor with
friends in Omaha this afternoon.
J. H." Cook was a visitor in Omaha
this morning, where has a son taking
Henry Meisinger from Springfield,
Sarpy county, was transaction business
visitor in the city today.
Julius Pepperberg was a visitor in
Glenwood this morning where he is
looking after the cigar trade.
L. C. Todd from near Nehawka was
a business visitor in the city last
Robert Ulig of Hastings was a vis
itor in the city this morning, looking af
ter some business matters.
T. M. Patterson returned this morn
ing from a trip to Kansas, where he
was looking after some land matters.
Willie N. Baird was a passenger to
Lincoln this morning, where he will
visit with friends for a few days.
Wm. Barnhart returned this after
noon from a visit of a few days at
Pacific Junction with his daughter.
Mrs Malissa McCoy departed this
morning for McPaul, Iowa, where she
will visit with a daughter for some time
to come. x
Mrs Will Vallery departed this after
noon for Lincoln, where she will visit
for a few days the guest with her
father, M. Warga.
Dr. E. D. Cummins returned home
last evening from Omaha on a late
train where he had been on professional
Mrs. Mary Long departed for her
home at Gretna, this afternoon, after
having visited in the city for some time
Chas. Rutherford and wife came in
this morning from South Omaha, and
attended the funeral of John J. Kurtz
County Attorney Rawls returned last
evening from Greenwood where he was
was a caller yesterday to look after a
case in court at that place.
Miss Frances Weidman and Carl
Ebinger were visitors in Omaha this
! afternoon, where Carl is having his
nose taeated by a specialist.
Mrs. Jesse Taylor of LaPlatte was a
visitor in the city this morning, looking
after some business matters, and re
turning home on the fast mail.
S. C. Wheeler, of Lincoln, traveling
engineer for the Burlington, was a visi
tor in the city this morning, looking
after buisness for the company.
Mrs. Bertie C. Dalzell, who went
with her mother, Mrs. Cox, to Watson,
Mo., is reported as feeling no better,
and continues in very poor health.
Joseph Perry returned home this
morning from Superior, this state,
where he has been spending the win
ter, and will remain in the city fcr the
Miss Florence Graham of Omaha de
parted this afternoon for her home, af
ter having visited in the city with her
friend, Miss Violet Dodge, for some
Mrs. Frank Dean and children came
in last evening from Plainview where
they have been making their home for
some time and will visit with relatives
and friends, guests at the home of
Mrs. Carrie O'Dell and daughter,
Dorothy, of Kansas City, departed for
home Monday evening, after visiting
with friends and relatives in the city,
guests of her aunt, Miss Fannie
Chief of Police Joseph Fitzgerald,
James Fitzgerald and Mrs. Edwin
Fitzgerald departed last evening for
Peshtigo, Wisconsin, called there by
the death of Mrs. Thomas Fitzgerald.
They go to attend the funeral.
F. J. Krunenmacer, formerly working
for the Lorenz Brothers, departed this
morning for Council Bluffs, Iowa, where
he goes to accept a position in one of
the leading markets at that place. Mr.
Krunenmacer resigned his position at
that place and it is being filled by J.W.
Lorenz, formerly of David City.
G. H. Paine of the Paine Investment
company, the present owner of the
former Wetencamp building, was in
the city yesterday looking after his
interests here, and seeing to having the
building put in proper shape, departing
last evening for his home in Omaha.
Ben. F. Davis, of Hartington, Neb.,
departed for his home this morning,
after visiting in the city, a guest at the
home of his sister, Mrs. O. J. Gilson
and family, and. was accompanied as far
as Omaha by his sister and Mrs. J. J.
Gilson, who will visit in the metropolis
for the day.
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John Seagraves was a visitor in South
Omaha this afternoon.
Sam Ilackenbery was a visitor in tho
city this afternoon, from the southwest
of the city.
Fred Patterson, mayor of Rock Bluffs
was a brief business visitor in the city
W. F. Gillespie, the Mynard jolly
grain dealer, was a visitor in the city
Herman Kleietsch.of Weeping Water,
was a visitor in the city this mornsng,
looking after the sale of flour.
Mrs. P. H. Kelly departed this after
noon for Council Bluffs, where she will
visit for Borne days with relatives.
J. N. Wise was a visitor in the me
tropolis this afternoon, where he is at
tending to some business matters.
Isaac Nelson, from south of the city,
was a visitor in the city this afternoon,
transacting business with our mer
chants. Mrs. P. J. Kessler, after a short visit
with friends in the city, departed for
her home in Lincoln this afternoon on
the fast mail.
W. H. Veni.er and daughter, Miss
DeEella.were passengers to Omaha this
morning, where they will visit with
friends for the day.
Mrs. H. Hollenberg, after an extend
ed visit with friends in the city, departj
ed for her home in Lincoln on the fast
mail this afternoon.
Herman Joseph, of Omaha, was a vis
itor in the city this morning, looking af
ter some business matters, returning
home on the fast mail.
II. G. Vanllorn was a business visi
ter in Omaha this afternoon, going on
the fast mail, where he is looking after
records for his music store here.
Harry S. Boydston and C. K. Hunt
ington, of Lincoln, representing some
insurance companies are in the city,
looking after some business matters.
Mrs. Harry Northcutt departed for
her home in Omaha this afternoon on
the fast mail, after visiting in the city
for some time with her mother and
George Possal, jr., Chas Zitka, and
West Kalacek, returned home this
morning from Omaha, where they were
taking in the sights yesterday.
Mrs Chas.Neligh will depart tomor- !
row for her home at Wisner, where Mr.
Neligh has moved on a farm, and will
be a tiller of the soil the coming sea
son. Jesse Heiner, accomprnied by Baum
gart Warren, from the other side of
the river, were seeing Omaha, today
going on the Burlington early morning
Miss Leona Blair departed this morn
ing for her home at Boone, Iowa, after
visiting in the city for some time, the
guests at the home of Charles Hart
ford. J. E. Mathews, of Chicago, genera
inspector of . the lumber department
for the Burlington was a visitor in the
city this morning, looking after the
lumberyard of the company at this
J. H. Neitzel, who has made his home
in the city for the past two years, and
who was layed off at the shops some
time since, has accepted a position at
Preston, in the southeastern portion of
the state, and will move there in a
L. F. McCarthy, formerly of Ne
hawka, but for some years living near
Hemmingsford, in the northwestern
portion of the state, is in the city look
ing after some business matters.
Doctor John Stuart Livingston de
parted for Omaha this afternoon, and
said as he boarded the train, that his
trip to the metropolis this time was en
tirely "on pleasure bent. " His going
to so great and wicked a city as Omaha
is very sudden, and gives us some un
easiness, but we wish him much joy, all
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Are Married Twenty-Five Years
Today being the twenty-fifth anniver
sary of the marriage of C. A. Hurvcy
and wife, with thoir friend!- they are
making rnerry at their home Kouth of
the city. Mrs. Harvey was in tho city
this morning and a number of their
friends here went down to help in the
festivities of the occasion. In the cele
brating of this event, they must neces
sarily have passed over somewhat of
the roadway of life, with its varitu
tudes, and have had occasions when
they have been put to the tent for the
qualities that go to make up true man
hood and womenhood, and have come
out being stronger for the trials.
This couple are to be congratulated
on having arrived at this place with
the respect and good will and attended
by the good wishes of a host of friends,
who desire them a pleasant and profit
able journey through life. The Journal
join with their many friends in wishing
that their last years may be their beBt
ones and that they may find the even
ing of life very enjoyable.
The Recent Checker Tournament
At the checkers tournament on tho
5th, 6th and 7th of this month at Lin
coln, as we mentioned at the time, our
old friend, H. Bestor, who was there
did not get to play only the first day as
he was taken sick and had to draw the
games on the following days. Even
thus he was able to make 2XJ points
with the highest of any played at 3.1,
and two contests on that one, L. F.
Brookings, which put him down to 33,
making the highest only 33J, or five
points higher than Mr. Bestor who won
16 games and only lost 11. We think if
Mr. Bestor had not been taken sick, he
would have won the medal. The follow
ing is the score:
C. W. f 'hamlM-rs
I. . K. Krookimrs
.1. H. T-Kjon
i. W. TtiMxn
S. A. Wasum
i. K. Abbot
IH-rl lU'i ry
K. I,, llurlburl
W, ti. Small
It. 4). Mt rilt,
K. H. II in Hun t
A. I j. Fiink
WON lST IHOtWN
L. F. Brooking, medal, '.'
points; C. W. Chambers, 2d prize; Jas.
Campbell, 3d prize.
The Good Old Days "Forty
Nothing is as good as it was in those
good old days. Then a boy was a boy.
He wore overalls and was dressed for
work. He had a half day's work be
fore he went to school and another
after his return, and you could kirk
him ten feet and he would bound back.
Now a boy is a "kid." When he gets
ready to go to school he can't gel
a pail water for fear of spoiling his
clothes. If he gets home before the
evening meal something is wrong, and
if you keep him home after 8 p. m. you
will require a gatling gun. Our sisters
worked then and helped to cook, and
mend. Now they have good luck if
they get their duds on in time to eat
breakfast and get to school. When
the preacher use to come the boys
and girls were expected to sit up as
straight as a cob and speak when
they were spoken to. Now they are
brought to .he front and put through
their paces. The girls must knock a
few stars out of the piano, and the
boy must speak his piece and look like
a sick monkey begging for raisins.
They used to get married for $2 and
start housekeeping for 50 cents. One
suit lasted a year for good, and two
more for every day. The community
worked ten hours and then went to a
shindig, and old and young danced till
morning. They had no "brainstorms"
and headaches, nor appendicitis.
Brainstorms were cured with a water
elm club, heait failure was then called
fits, and appendicitis was called belly
ache. They rolled the patient on a
barrel or rubbed him with a hot brick,
and no one knew that he had a vermi
form dooflicker that was apt to get full
of cherry seeds. We used to eat soup
and have "sasses" of all kinds, now
we eat fruit salad and consomme and
have biscuit made with baking powder
that looks like someone had set on
them; we then had bread made with
rising, but tasted better than anything
made from three X rolled flour ground
into nothing but dust. And if the girls
chewed gun they had to climb a tama
rack tree and dig it with a screw
driver. Progress is not always better
ment. Those pioneers were as happy
as anybody on earth. They neither
froze in the blizzard nor roasted in the
heat. They were too tough to be
affected seriously by either heat or
Death at Elmwood.
A special from Elmwood, under date
of yesterday, says: "Mrs. Charles
Ingwerson, who was operated on for
gall stones Sunday, died at the hospital
Tuesday evening. She leaves a husband
and seven children, the youngest child
being but three months old."
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