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RED CLOUD, NEBRASKA, MAY 18, 190(J.
I ?5he King of the Road
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For the good of the cause we reprint
the direetions for making and using
the road drag designed by I). Ward
King of iMaitland, Mo. Mr. King de
serves the thanks of all dwellers on
the dirt roads of the country for his
discovery and the generosity with
-which he places it without money and
-without price in the hands of anyone
who will take the trouble to use it.
This is a work the carrier can do.
Talk the King road drag until your
patrons get to work and do the work,
Make a drag and illustrate -on any
given piece of ground. It will be money
in your pocket and the whole country
side will praise and call you blessed.
The problem given is the soft or dirt
road. It is "worked" occasionally by
"being plowed on each side and the
loose dirt thrown up toward the mid
dle, making a more or less symetrical
oval sloping to the ditch on either
side. In good weather when the rains
are not frequent or heavy the ruts will
lie cut down by the wagon tratlic. In
rainy weather and in the spring and
fall the ruts are full of water and the
mudholes are worn in the surface and
made deeper by every new wagon
track. The water that makes mud
holes is held in by the bottom and
sides of dryer earth and frozen sur
faces. If the water can run o'll" it will
do so. The problem, then, is to make
u smooth surface so that the water
will run off. Then of course,-there will
be no mudholc.
The solution is the King drag here
Any man or boy can make a drag in
less than two- hours.
a log 8 feet long and 12 inches
inieter. Split it in halves. Iforc
three 12-inch lioles in each half one at
each end and one in the middle. .loin
the halves, split side forward, with
good strong braces about It feet long.
Wedge them in securely.
If a log is not handy, use a
plank. Reinforce the backs
A loose plank, on which to ride, is
placed across the braces,
Wrap one end of the chain around
an end stake, carry it over the top of
the slab out to the double-trees, and
then back to the other end of the slab,
where it should be fastened by poking
an old bolt or spike through one of
the links into a hole bored 3 or 1
inches from the end of the slab and
about its center, up and down.
Hitch up and drug at an angle of
-15 degrech and you will be surprised
:it the results.
now to tisi: tiii: diiao.
First make the drag and have a four
"horse evener ready for use the first
time. Wait until your road is very
soft the wetter and softer the better.
Then attach four horses, straddle the
right hand rut, and begin to drag.
Then turn and come back along the
other rut. Don't hurry; drive slowly,
the slower the better. The effect of
this lirst dragging will be to till up
the ruts and to make a moderately
smooth surface on which it is possible
to make three tracks, one on each side
and one where the old track used to
he. This smooth surface will shed
water partially, at least, and will give
free access to the sun and wind, cause
it to dry out quicker than the rough
surface on either side of the .smooth
cned space. When it begins to dry off
take two horses and go over Hie same
track again. This will still further
puddle the clay and carry a little more
into the middle of the road which
every team will both puddle and com
pact still more.
f you wish to widen the road, wait
until after another rain and then when
it has dried oil' sulllciently to plow
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readily plow one furrow along the
outer mark of the drag, take the drag
and spread this smoothly over thesur
faee of the road. In this way the
road will be widened by the width of
the furrow and will gradually become
oval; that is, higher in the middle;
J and each time the drag is used it will
. become a little smoother and a little
harder. If the road is still too narrow,
plow another furrow, and so on, until
the road has been widened as much as
Don't drive Hat.
Don't walk; get on the drag and
Don't wait foryour neighbors to take
hold; they may be waiting for you.
Don't wait for the big grader to
come and shape up your road. All you
can do first will help to make the work
of the grader permanent.
Don't be particular about material.
With an ax und a 2-inch auger almost
any kind' of a log can be made into a
drag. The one I used- for several years
is a box elder.
Don't try to drag with one piece; use
two. One will scoop out the hollows
in the road and deepen them. When
two are used the one keeps the other
up, and in a month or so the hollows
will have filled and become level and
hard like the balance of the road.
Would it not be better to plow the
road before dragging?
No. L'lowing.gives a soft founda
tion. Plowing the middle of the road
is a relic of the old dump-scraper days.
What do you do where there are deep
ruts in the road?
Drag them. If you drag when the
surface is quite loose and soft you will
be surprised how soon they will dis
appear. How do you get the dirt to the mid
dle of the road?
Hy hauling the drag slantwise with
the end that is toward the center of
the road a little to the rear of the
Hut suppose the road is too narrow?
First drag the wheel tracks. After
three or four rains or wet spells, plow
u furrow just outside the dragged part
of the road. Spread this over the road
with the drag. Only plow one furrow.
You may plow another furrow after
the next rain. At each plowing you
widen the road two feet.
How many horses do you use?
Two, generally. Three if it is justas
handy. Four when breaking colts a
good, solid team in the center and a
colt on each side. Two men on the
drag, one to drive and the other to
control the colts.
How do you drain the road?
If the earth is pushed to the middle
of the road continually the road will
Why not make the drag out of
Vou can, and do good work. Hut the
split log is best. The plank drag is
not as still', and quivers and floun
ders. Why not make the drag of heavy
sawed timber, say (1x8 or 8x10?
Hecause they have a tendency to slip
over the bumps. The log is better
than heavy timbers because its thin,
tapering edge scrapes more surely.
Don't you grade the road first?
No. The grading is done with the
drag, gradually. Hy so doing the road
is solid all the time and is put on a
At what angle do you haul the drag?
A safe answer is 45 degrees, or, in
common parlance, exactly quartering.
Hut bear in mind that the proper angle
of a drag, like the proper tension of a
sowing machine, depends somewhat
on circumstances. The angle of the
drag will need to be varied as the soil
is moist or dry and as the surface Is
more or less convex. These slight
changes can be made by the driver
walking in one direction or the other
on the drag.
What does it cost to drag a mile of
road a year?
The cost is variously estimated at
from 81 to SI). I think much depends
on the season and what degree of ex
cellence satisfies the man who drags.
How do you keep the drag from dodg
Hy not loading it too heavily. If it
dodges it is overloaded. It is because
you are trying to do too much at once.
The secret of road dragging is a little
at a time and often.
Will it work?
All over the state of Missouri the
drag has been used with satisfaction.
The state board of agriculture recom
mends it and published a free booklet
on the subject. Mi. King has traveled
extensively in Ohio, Illinois. Iowa and
elsewhere, and everywhere comes the
word it will do the business.
A Real Test for the Draft
Nebraska City Tribune.
The split-log drag has come to town
and it has come to stay, because it
"wins its way" wherever tried. Coun
cilman Kregel, chairman of the street
committee, completed a King drag
some days ago and the rain of yester
day evening ofl'ered the first opportu
nity for its use. This morning, in
charge of Street Commissioner Walker,
the drag was used for the first time in
this city on North Sixteenth street und
on First avenue. The conditions were
not the best, as the rain had softened
only the surface of the earth and
North Sixteenth street was a maze of
ruts and lumps nearly as hard as
granite. However the work of the
drag was a revelation even under the
adverse circumstances, the ruts filling
up and making a fairly even roadway
by the drag passing once over, where
as an hour before the street was nearly
impassable except at a slow walk.
Births and Deaths.
The legislature at the last session
passed a law providing for the crea
tion of a state registrar of vital sta
tistics and the appointment of local
and sub registrars. The reports of
the local registrars sent in from Web
ster county for the quarter ending
March ,'tl are as follows:
Hlue Hill 1 S)
Hladen 11 28
(iuide Rock 1 1(1
Red Cloud 11 22
Total 2B 7B
According to the reports submitted
the birth rate has exceeded the death
rate in the ratio of :t to 1. Hladen has
a strong lead in the matter of births,
having six more than are reported
from lied Cloud, which seems all out
of proportion considering the popula
tion of the towns and the surrounding
territory. The report of but one death
from Guide Rock in three months
seems to be inaccurate.
Johnson Gets Judgment.
The time of the district court was
taken up Monday and Tuesday with a
case involving some horses owned
jointly by the late Harry McCormel
and Henry Johnson. Some time be
fore McCormel's death he and John
son bought two car load of horses.
Administrator Crary took charge of
the horses as part of the estate, and
Johnson brought suit to replevin them.
The jury decided that there was a
partnership in the horses, and they
were turned over to Johnson, who will
dispose of them and turn .McCormel's
share of the proceeds over to the ad
ministrator. McCormel's affairs were in a very
bad tangle, and there are now pend
ing claims against the estate amount
ing to several thousand dollars.
A Certain Cure for Aching Feet.
Shako into your shoos Allen's Foot
Ease, r powder. It euros tired, aching,
callous, sweating, swollen foot. At all
druggists and shoo stores, 2!5 cants.
Sample frco. Address, Alien S. Olm
stead, Lolioy, N. Y.
Decoration Day Program.
Members of the (Irand Army, fhe
Relief Corps, soldiers of the Spanish
American war and all old soldiers, will
meet at the (t. A. R. hall at one o'clock
p. m., Wednesday, .May :i().
'Lino of march will form on Webster
street, near (!. A. R. hall, commanded
by C. C. MeConkey, marshal of the day.
Column will march west on Fourth
avenue ttt Walnut street, thence south
and west to the cemetery, proceeding
in line of march through the cemetery.
Details will be assigned by the post
commander and president of the Re
lief corps to decorate the graves of the
dead comrades and members of the
Relief Corps. After the decorating of
the graves the line of march will form
in Hollow Square at the monument to
the I'nknow Dead.
Kxereises of Relief Corps.
Kxcreises of (!. A. R.-
ltenedlctibn by Rev. Austin.
Iteuediclioti by Rev. Davis.
Column will march to speaker's
Flag drill by kindergarten pupils.
Song ".My Country, "Pis of Thee."
by the audience.
Invocation by Rev. Rice.
Singing by quartet.
Reading list of dead comrades.
Addiess by Prof. Dietrich.
On Sunday. May 27. all soldiers and
sailors of the civil and Spanish Amer
ican wars and members of the W. I!.
C. are requested to meet at the !. A. It.
hall at ten o'clock a. m., and march to
the Methodist church, where services
will be held. .Memorial sermon deliv
ered by Rev. Davis.
I). It. WniTAKUt, Post Com.
. Wllla Cathcr With McClurc's.
Sunday's State Journal has the fol-
liktvilitr iiimitnitiii' MtkC Willn -ti4li.n.
, ,, ... a, ,m ,., , 1,Mmnlu,.V, ho wild hls.-pimcr a short Hum.
daughter of Mr. and .Mrs. Charles F. I . . ' . . -
father of this city:
"The latest report from New York
has it that the upheaval on McCl lire's
is to result in
le addition of Miss
Willa father, formerly of this city, to
the stall' of the magazine. Some of the
Tarbell-Stell'ens-ltuker crowd will re
tire with Mr. Phillips of the publish
ing firm of McClure, Phillips & Co.,
and start a new magazine. Miss fath
er's virile writing attracted the atten
tion of S. S. McClure personally about
two years ago, and he naturally thinks
of her when he needs new people to
fill the places made vacant hy the in
surrection. .Miss father has been
teaching and writing in Pittsburg
since she left Lincoln nearly ten years
The following program of services
will be presented at the Congregation
al church on Sunday: Morning ser
mon theme, "What Doest Thou Here."
A song service will be given in the
evening with the following program:
Anthem "Kvening Shadows Fall,"
Duet Selected, Miss Igou and Air.
(Juurtet "Father Hear Me" (Ruebush)
j Miss Igou. Mrs. (tarber, Messrs.
Cotting and Sellars.
Solo "Jesus Lover of my Soul,"
(Schuecker), Miss Helen Overman.
! Ladies' Quartet "Lead Kindly Light"
(Parks). .Miss Igou, .Mrs. Caster,
Miss Thompson, .Mrs. (turner.
Anthem, "(tod's (Sift of Spring," (Km-
Solo -Selected, Miss Wert.
Sermon "Lord I Relieve,"
Anthem "I Waited Patiently," ((tab-
Hymn and Hencdiction.
To Cure Cold a In One Day.
Take Laxative Bromo quinine tab
lots. Druggists refund monoy if it
falls to cure. E. V. Grove's signature
is on each box. 'JB cents.
A Guaranteed Cure for Piles.
Itching, blind, blooding, protruding
piles. Druggist1) uro authorized to
1 refund money if Puzo Ointment fails
to euro in G to 11 duj s. DO cents.
"MERV" HAS PROSPERED.
M. I. Thomas, Pioneer Editor of "The
Chief" Pays a Visit to Red
M. L. Thomas and wife of Pond
Creek, Oklu,, arrived in Red Cloud
Tuesday morning for a visit with rela
tives and friends. They were accom
panied by his brother, Dr. J. W.
Thomas of Weeping Water, Neb.,
father of Dr. M. II. Thouia of this
All the old-timers know ".M. L.,''
and most of the newer residents have,
heard of him. lie came here in 1871,
when the country was teeming with
Indians and biifYalo, and located in Kim
Creek township. It is his proud boast,
that he plowed the first furrow in that,
Just how it happened he himself
does not know, but some thirty year;
ago he became the proprietor of Tin:
Cmi:i and continued as Us editor for
a few years, leasing the plant in turn
to Itorin A Springer, and David Lutz,
neither of whom could make it "go,"
finally selling it to A. C. Hosmer in
ISS:i. During his career as editor of
this paper there were "things doing"
in the newspaper business, and ho
made life a burden for A. J. Kenney,
who was then editor of the Argus.
After Mr. Thomas sold Tin: Ciiiki- to
Fred llosmer he entered the servicu
of I'ncle Sam as railway mail clerk,
having the Crete to Red Cloud run,
but the life was too strenuous for him.
and he again embarked in the news
paper business at lloldrege, where he
made money rapidly, lie later went.'
to Colorado and from there to Oklu-'
hoina. where he settled at Pond Creek,
and up to quite recently was proprie
tor of the Pond Creek Dally Vidette,
as well us postmaster of the city.
Having laid by a comfortable sum of
ago, purchased mi IH-horsc-powcr
Rambler automobile and started out.
to enjoy life. He made the trip from
I 1'iktwl fVjuil. In f.ifio.iUi In f,t.i. ,!...
ano irom mere 10 lien tioud.
Mr. Thomas has been absent' from
here for over twenty years, with tho
exception of a brief visit about four
teen years ago, and his coming box
revived a host of reminiscences of tho
The play of Julius Caesar is more or
less familiar to everyone but mores
especially is this true of every High
School student in the country. What
boy has not learned "Mure Antony'rt,
Oration," which stands today, .three
centuries after it was written, as one
of the world's literary models in.
rhetoric and oratory. It is doubtful
whether Shakespeare ever penned any
thing more beautiful. The forthcom
ing presentation of this famous trag
edy at the opera house on Friday,
May 25, by Sanford Dodge and his
company will no doubt arouse unusual
interest here as it has done elsewhere.
The version used is the same as that,
played by the late Kdwin I tooth, and
the origtnal text is strictly adhered
to. The play is divided into six acts
and eleven scenes. Special scenery
has been painted for each act, and the
costumes, designed from old plates in
the Studebaker art gallery, are elab
orate and accurate models of tho
times of the Roman empire. New and
incidental music has been composed
for the production, and nothing lutK
been omitted to make this a complete
and perfect production in every detail.
Mr. Dodge has surrounded himself this
season with a large and powerful
company, each member having been
selected with the greatest care and
with a view to their individual talents
for the various famed roles which they
portray. Do not miss the opportunity
of seeing the theatrical event of tho
Ask for Allen's Foot-Ease, a Powder.
It makes walking easy. Cures corns,
bunions, ingrowing mills, swollen and
sweating foet. At nil druggists and
shoo stores, 25o. Don't accept any
substitute. Sample froo. Address
Allen S. Olmstoud, LoRoy, N.Y.
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