The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, May 11, 1906, Image 1

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U. G. Knteht Writes Reassuringly of
That Locality No Earthquake
Damage There.
San Pkmio, (.'al., .May I. 10(H).
Knuoit C'JUi:r It has boon advised
in this part (if the state of California
that everyone either write to his
friends in the east or to his home
paper and tell the truth of the late
earthquake bcare regarding southern
California. As it would take a long
time to write to all of my acquaint
ances the best way to reach them is
through the columns or Tin: Ciiikp.
I suppose you all have heard ere this
that the quake did not visit southern
California. The Hrst reports were so
conflicting in regard to it that many
got an idea that it was general when
in fact it was only in that portion of
the state where San Francisco and the
immediately surrounding territory is.
The -diode was not felt in thoslight
cst degree here neither at that time
nor at any time afterwards. The fol
lowing day there was a slight tremb
ling of the earth in this part of the
country but it did no damage, and,
indeed, was scarcely felt at all. I did
not feel it at all and would not have
known that there was a shake if others
hud not told me.
Many papers in the east had the re
port that Los Angeles was shaken and
that San Pedro was under water, when
Mich a thing, as regards the latter, is
practically impossible as the main
portion of the town sits on higher
ground than does many other cities
farther away from the coast.
The shock at San Francisco was cer
tainly bad enough, but even it has
been greatly exaggerated. Especially
has the loss of life been over-drawn.
At one time the loss of life wab report
ed to have been 10,000 people, but it
lias now been reduced to much less
than 1000. In fact there have been
less than 300 bodies discovered and in
all probability it is less than r00 alto
gether. When I Hrst heard of the disaster I
was seized with a great desire to go up
and see for myself what it looked like
there but could not get away to go for
a day or so and by that time reports
bad come down that the soldiers there
were pressing men into hard work at
the point of a gun and if they didn't
work they were shot and right there
niv wife objected to my going. She
s ul she didn t want me to be killed
s.i 1 live up the trip. I hae since
womleied what some of my old Ne
1 ue-k.i friends would have done had
f'ov been there in that case: Iteit
(Iric. or Hen McFavland, f .r instance.
J hod like heroes I suppose.
ft may not be generally known, al
though it seems like it should be. that
San Francisco is 500 miles from Los
Angeles or San I'edro so that the pos
sibility of an earthquake is just about
as good at Denver or Kansas City as it
is here, taking proximity into consid
eration. In fact there never has been
a shock here in this portion of the
state which was any worse than I
have felt them in Nebraska.
An earthquake shock itself is almost
incapable of causing damage if it or
ears where there are no high brick or
stone buildings. The quake itself
'ics no harm but the fires which fol
low the tailing of high buildings is
what does the damage. A shock was
in or known to hint a small frame
building well put together, other than
to jar the plastering loose perhaps.
Hut when it gets to heaving where
there are skyscrapers look out for
There were several Red Cloud people
in Francisco at the time of the
.shock that I know- of and I am anxious
to hear from them, but do not feel
alarmed as to their safety because
there were so few deaths.
A great many of the people from
the stricken city have come to this
part of the state now. The railroads
brought down 10,000 the first few days
free and since then there have been a
good many. I have talked with a
number of them and some of the stor
ies they tell are harrowing to a great
degree. The loss of property is the
greatest calamity which has befallen
the nation in many years. The insur
ance companies state that they will
pay every dollar of their losses and it
is most sincerely hoped that it is true
Southern California is still booming.
The immigration this spring was far
in excess of what it ever was before.
Huilding of all kinds is going on at a
great rate. Wages are good and
artisans hard to get. All kinds of
labor bring good prices. Here at San
I'edro, which is a harbor town, sailors
get S10 and 845 per mouth before
the mast and are hard to get at that.
What is termed Longshoremen, or
men who help to discharge vessels,
get 45 cents per hour and work nine
hours per day. It is not hard work
either, mostly unloading lumber and
many a time I have seen four men lift
ing a piece of cribbing an inch thick,
four inches wide and twelve feet long.
Of course when a heavier stick is to be
taken oir they have to liflit just the
San I'edro is a town of probably 7000
people and growing very fast. At
least two million feet of lumber is dis
charged from vessels here every day
besides much other freight. The pay
roll of the town is over 8100,000 per
month. Hut for all that the greatest
business is sale of real estate. Last
week, in the face of the disaster in
the northern city, there was over
8100,000 worth of property changed
hands. Engineers aro now employed
on what is termed "The Outer Har
bor" which will entail a cost of three
million dollars to build and must be
built inside the next two years.
The country is very prosperous here
this year and crops will be immense.
All of the former Webster county
people and there are a large number
here seem to be prosperous and hap
py. Indeed sonfe of them have done
remarkably well and have waxed fat
from the richness of the country since
coining. I seldom go to Los Angeles
24 miles from, here without seeing
one or two and sometimes more old
acquaintances of Red Cloud, Guide
Hock or Inavale. There are also a
number here from Riverton.
When I first came to this town 1
purchased an interest in a daily paper
but I found there was wlta, the boys
t.;rin "too much grief," in other words
hard work, connected with it, so I sold
and am now on the staff of one of the
I great Los Angeles dailies and have an
easier time and as much money. We
live here in San I'edro and I do my
work here. As wo have access to the
oily by electrit ear about every fifteen
minutes it is considered almost in the
suburbs and today Los Angeles is
the largest city west of the Mississippi
river. It is well worth a trip to see
by anyone. Very respectfully
U. (5. Kxkiiit.
We have also received a letter from
Mrs. E. B. Knight at Compton, Cal.,
which is near Los Angeles, giving
about the same report as above, and
telling of the relief work. In addi
Mrs. Knight has some other interest
things to say about her new home, as
"Flowers are more beautiful here
than ever. The first week In April we
drove out in the country two miles to
buy a cow, and the roses were wonder
ful to behold. One man gave us a half
bushel of roses and orange blossoms.
We are finding people from Nebraska
1 all the time. Old Mr. Sooloy, former-
I ll' of 1! ml PL 111(1 Intnl.. lit. ii ...ll 41. .v
other day. lie is HO years and his wife
is HO. They live with their daughter.
, Mrs. Lossing, in Compton. Also Mr.
l'atmor, once a resident of Red Cloud,
1 made us a visit. He said he was go
ing back to that city next month to
make a visit.
"A couple of weeks ago we drove
into Los Angeles, and a lovely drive It
Is of ten miles. There is an oiled
road, free from dust, smooth and level,
bordered on each side with fine resi
dences, green lawns and flowers,
orange trees in blossoms, and great
fields of blackberries, besides in some
places tall fir and eucalyptus trees.
We greatly enjoyed the drive.
"We are very well situated here.
The climate is fine. I have not seen
bnow or Ice since I came into this
state. Wo had a good deal of rain
during the winter anil up to the mid
dle of April, but do not expect any
more until not October. Wo have
here plenty of water to irrigate with,
and, taken altogether, we aie well
satisfied with our new home."
The Pedlcr of Groceries a Hard Nut
for Local Merchants to Crack.
If any one business suffers more than
another from the pedler nusiauee It is
the grocery trade. No one can blame
these pedlers for their part in the
business it is their way of earning
their bread and butter. If they can
go from house to house and convince
people that they are saving them
money, the people will buy.
The fault lies largely with the homo
merchant, who. as a rule, makes little
or no effort to convince his customers
that he can sell goods as cheaply as
llillcock, Hitch r Co.. or any other
retail house. The man who makes a
house to house canvass inevitably has
the advantage of the man who sits in
his store and waits for the customers
to come to him.
There are two ways of meeting this
competition. One way is for the local
merchant to send solicitors into the
country and from house to house in
town, showing his goods and making
prices that will put the foreign pedler
out of business.
However, there is another cheaper
and better way. The columns of the
Red Cloud papers are open to the local
grocers, and by advertising their wil
lingness to meet the prices of these
eastern houses they can teach every
family jn the vicinity. A glance at
the lnnne papers will show which mer
chants are making an effort to counter
act the baneful influence of the mail
order man.
You don't hear of any one sending
away from Red Cloud for their cloth
ing. Why?
Recause Red Cloud has two of the
best managed clothing stores in Ne
braska. Haul Storey and the Cowdcn
ICaley Clothing Company have been
persistent and consistent advertisers
in the newspapers for years, and as a
consequence have built a reputation
for selling good clothing at bedrock
prices which brings them trade fiom
many miles in very direction, oven as
far west as McCook.
During the past week a certain
grocery pedler. who has been wot king
in this vicinity for some time, openly
boasted that he had sold S'.'.TOO worth
of goods here in the past three weeks.
While we have some doubts as to the
correctness of the figures, the amount
has undoubtedly been large. The
profits from these sales, instead of
being added to the wealth of the city
and county, have gone into the coffers
of a Chicago concern which pays no
taxes here and contributes absolutely
nothing to the upbuilding of the com
munity. While one may possibly buy some
articles cheaper from the pedlcr than
from the home merchant, the loss will
be made up on something else. An
other point to be looked at Is that you
can always see what you are getting
when buying at home, and if goods
are unsatisfactory they can be return
ed. You can't do this with the mail
order house. Neither can you get
credit from them when jou are hard
How te Use a Road Draft.
The Illinois highway commission has
issued a bullctiin on the split-log drag
which contains these instructions for
its manipulation:
The following points are to be borne
in mind in dragging a road:
Make a light drag, which is hauled
over the roud ut an angle so that a
small amount of eurth is pushed to
the center of the road.
Drive the team at a walk.
Ride on the drag; do not walk along
side. Regln at one side of the road or
wheel track returning on the opposite
Drag the road as soon after rain as
possible, but not when the mud is in
such a condition as to stick to the
Do not drag a dry road.
Drag when possible at all seasons of
the year. If a road isdraggeil immedi
ately before a eold spell it, will freeze
in a smooth condition.
The width of traveled way to bo
maintained by the drag. should be from
eighteen to twenty foots first drag a
little more than the width of a single
wheel track then gradually Increase
until desired width is obtained.
Alwas drag a little earth towards
the center of the road until it is raised
from ten to twelve inches above the
edges of the traveled way.
The amount of earth that the drag
will carry along can be very consider
ably controlled by the driver, accord
ingly as he stands near the cutting
end or away from it.
When the roads aro first dragged
after a very muddy spell the wagons
should drive if possible to one side un
til the roadway has a chance to freeze
or partially dry out.
The best losults from dragging are
obtained only by repeated applications.
Remember that constant attention
is necessary to maintain an earth road
in its best condition.
Several Chanftcs Made In the Corps of
Teachers -Salaries Ralscd-Bulld-lns
t Be Inspected.
The old school board met Monday
evening and finished up the year's
business, following which the new
board was organized. Present, V. It.
Pulton, L. II. Fort, .1. O. Caldwell, B.
.1. Overing and R. F. Raines. Absent,
W. A. ShcrwcJod.'
V. It. Fulton was elected chairman
and L. II. Fort secretary of the new
The following teachers were elected
for the ensuing year:
Superintendent 11. W. Dudley.
High School Miss Mamie Ellis,
principal; Miss Jessie Ducker, assist
ant. First Ward Miss Ada Skjelver,
principal; fifth and sixth grades, Miss
Viola Ward; third and fourth grades,
Miss Mattie Abel; first and second
grades. .Miss Alice L. Coombs.
.Second Waul Seventh and eighth
grades; Mrs. Ilulda .Saylor: fifth and
sixth grades. Miss Hluiichc Pope: third
and fourth grades. Miss Mabel I Seek -with:
Hist and second grades. Miss
Wiuiiicd Perkins; primary, Miss Win
nie Sherman.
Misses hie F.llis. Mildred Thomp
son and Myrl (Sittings were not can
didates for re-election.
On motion the salary of the princi
pal of the high school was fixed at not
to exceed S5 per month.
On motion it was decided that all
teachers not having a normal training
be required to take a normal course
this summer.
The salaries of Misses Perkins and
Reckwith were raised to SI5 per
The salary of Miss Ducker, assistant
principal of the high school, was
raised to gfio per mouth.
Dr. Raines and . I. (). Caldwell were
appointed a committee to investigate
the condition of the school buildings
and report at the next meeting of the
b ard.
Detective Arrested.
The defense in the Strohin case
sprang a surprise on the prosecution
Wednesday evening when they caused
the arrest of Detective Morgan, who
was here as a witness in the case
which was to have come up Thursday.
Morgan was charged with having
stolen a jug of whisky from Strohm,
who swore to the complaint. He was
taken before .Judge Reed and released
on bond.
Have you weakness of any kind
stomach, back, or any organs of the
booy? Don't dope yourself with ordi
nary medicine. Hollister's Rocky
Mountain tea is the supreme curative
power. :t."i cents tea or tablets. ('. L.
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Wauflo Jury Disagrees-Mrs. Howard
Gets Verdict Aftnlnst the City
For Small Amount.
This has boon a bus;, week in tin
district court, though without results
in the more Important oases.
Tin: sinoiiM casi:.
Not since the Marker trial has then:
boon so much Interest taken in u case
in this county as has boon shown in
the case of A. E. Strohm, the Inava!a
druggist, who was nrrested a few
weeks ago on a charge of selling
liquor illegally. The case came up for
hoariug Thursday morning, but on
motion of the defendant's attorney
continuance was granted until the
Septoinbor term, owing to the illness,
of Mrs. Strohm, wife of the defendant,
who Is one of the most important wit
nesses for the defense. About hair
the population of liijivnlc precinct
came down to the county seat Thurs
day to be present at the trial. Tluj
sentiment up there is. very strong:
against Strohm. and It is probable the
1 iw-anu-onler league will not rest,
until a conviction is secured.
miik. iiowAitn OKI's viiitmcr.
.Mrs. II. A. Howard, ...- .a.
city for S.l,00( -1 for injuries.,
sustained by falling from a mk ...
front of the Holland house about three
and a half years ago, was allowed !il(l(
the jury after being out for several
hours. The evidence showed contrib
utory negligence on the part of tint
complainant, but the jury evldcntty
thought the lady was entitled to some
hiug for the pain of body and mini!
which she had endured. However, the
amount of damages awarded will
hardly pay her share of the costs inv
til-scum-.. , ' ,
The jury in the case of the State vs.
Pearl Waulle Was discharged Wednes
day uftornoon ut 4 o'clock, after hav
ing been out for forty-eight hours;
without reaching an agurment. The
evidence in the case was submitted tw.
weeks ago just before .fudge Adams;
adjourned court. Last Monday the
jury listened to the arguments of the
attorneys and the ease was- given into
their hands that afternoon with the.
aforementioned result.
The complaining witness in the cir-e
was Miss Minnie Shaw, a nineteen-year-old
girl living near Hladen, who
told a n nmrknblc tale oonoorning the,
circumstances uudt r which the alleged
crime was committed. On the other
hand. .utile, who is u young man of
twenty-three or twonty1four years,
had several witnesses on hand to prove
that the complainant had left him im
mediately after they had returned
from an automobile ride, anil that she
had gone away with another man. la
I view of the fact that there Is no pos
Isibility of a conviction, it is doubtful
1 If the case will ever come to trial
1 again.
That Water Tax.
It seems that Jeff Ward is not the
only person who wants pay for collect
ing the water tax. At the last meet
ing of the city council City Treasurcr
Hutler presented a claim for Sill an
payment, at the established rate of 10
per cent, for the water tax which he
himself had collected. While the ordi
nance provides that the water commis
sioner shall collect the tax. something
over a year ago the council adopted a
icsolution that water consumers should
pay their duos to the city treusuier.
, However, the council failed to provide
for compensating the city treasurer for
his labor. Mr. Hutler considered the
, matter and came to the conclusion
I that if the council had so much
money to spare there was no reason
. why he should have some of it. How-
, ever, his claim was laid over for fur
ther consideration by the council.
Charged With Assault.
Shortly after Judge Adams continu
ed the Strohm liquor case yesterday,
a warrant was sworn out for Strohtn'ft
( arrest on the charge of assaulting Rev.
Hill of Inavale. He was taken before
.Judge Kdson, who fined him S10 and
' costs, amounting in all to ahoutSI 1.5).
' Strohm paid his fine and was released.
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