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About Custer County Republican. (Broken Bow, Neb.) 1882-1921 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 10, 1908)
MER1CAN towns and cities ,
especially In the west , spring
up In a night and generally
they llourlsh and develop
with each year. Evarts , sit
uated on the Missouri river
in the north-central part of South Da
kota , was no exception to the rule In
Its early life , but to-day If you should
happen to paddle up the Missouri past
where the waters of the Moreau enter ,
the first thought that would enter
your mind when you struck the former
Bite of Evarts , would be that a cyclone
had wiped out the place.
However , such Is not the case.
' Evarts Is now only a western plain
and this by Its own volition. Only a
few weeks ago Evarts was the big
gest cattle-shipping center of the
1 United States. To-day there is no
Evarts. There is not even a railroad
track ; the big shipping depot has
been torn down , here and there a
splinter left when the buildings were
taken away , tells the tale of a once-
And the whole reason for the people
of Evarts getting out of their chosen
town was because the railroad wanted
to find a suitable spot on the Missouri
river to build a bridge. The railway
officials were extending their line to
the coast and the worst obstacle In the
path of the gigantic enterprise waste
to find a place to hang the bridge.
Eventually the engineers settled upon
a site several miles north of Evarts
nnd at that point a flourishing town ,
known as Mobridgo sprang up Evarts
people were offered any site for their
town that they might select along the
Then the exodus began. Husky cat
tlemen hitched horses nnd oxen to
their houses and barns , some tore the
edifices down , and they were hauled
across tlu prairie , much Hko the
schooners of ' 49 famo. Glenham and
Mobridgo , the latter's nnmo being a
contraction of the words Missouri
bridge , received most of the Evarts
people. When everybody had left , the
railroad tore down Its depot , great
gangs of men Jerked the tracks from
their cedar tics and the short line
from Aberdeen was a thing of the
Across the barren plains between
Aberdeen and Evarts millions upon
millions of cattle of every description
had been carted In great long freight
cars to bo eventually disposed of In
Chicago , Milwaukee , St. Louis , New
York , Buffalo and in fact all of the
big eastern marts of trade. On August
1 , 190S , came the official ending of the
town. All its books were closed on
that date ; its employes were officially
dismissed then and their salaries to
that time were paid them , although
most of the public officials and their
families had left Evarts several weeks ,
some of them months before.
The casual observer , perhaps In a
launch may go up to the landing at
the center of the town and there tie
his craft for a tour of inspection , but
his efforts to unearth the mysterious
about what was once Evarts will be
fruitless , for everything of any value
whatsoever has been carried away
and scarcely a stick of wood was left
by the economical natives , who now
call themselves citizens of other
South Dakota villages.
Scores of towns have suffered the
same experience which befell Evarts ,
but the latter's passage to oblivion
was perhaps more sudden , more spec
tacular and more regretted than any
which have got into the public prints
In a decade or more.
If you had "happened" Into Evarts
two years ago and then dropped a few
days ago you would pinch yourself
twlco to sco If you were awake. This
by reason of the contrast. Two years
ago you would have seen roughly clad
cattlemen hurrying hither and thither ,
engines pulling along the sidetracks ,
tralnloads of go no of the best cattle
which the west produces moving east
in the direction of Aberdeen , you
would have seen a blue-coated minion
of the law stalking along the passen
ger * depot spurting tobacco Juice at
the station agent's dog , but to-day
even the dog Is missing from the
Moving day started several months
ago and the freight train conductor ,
leaving with the last load of live cut
tle which was to pass out of this
typical American city , was almost
moved to tears as ho stood on the
rear platform of his caboose when the
train reached a rise in the plain and
looked back upon the town which had
been his "hang-out" since he entered
the employment of the road.
The writer , making a quick trip
from Evarts to Aberdeen , was loung
ing In the caboose. The sight became
unbearable to the railroad man and
ho re-entered the trainman's apart
ments. "I've ' seen that there burg grow
up from the time when ole Jess Atkins
lived in a shanty down by the river
just south o' town and owned six head
o' cattle. There warn't no spur from
Aberdeen then , " ho soliloquized , "but
Jess used to drive his cows across the
pralrlo to where the river jlncs the
Moreau and there they'd ferry the hull
outfit across for a couple o' dollarn.
Then he'd have a nlco long ride to
"Onco when Jess' wife and darters
came down to live with him , the ole
man was ketched by some rustlers
from up north and they stele his
pony , cows and money. Jess had to
hoof it back to his shack. Well ,
senco thet time y'd be s'prlsed how
the place has growed. I was on a river
sldewheeler then. I was the pilot.
Well , pretty soon Evarts was boomed
and all us young cubs got the fever
to stake off a bit o' land and sot up In
some kind o' blzness , wo didn't care
much what and wo didn't know what
It'd turn out to bo when wo staked.
"Well , finally I accepted a loorra-
tivo job as b.raklo on this line and five
years ago I got pcrmotcd to con
ductor. I ain't goin1 to suffer , whom
soever , as they've glvo mo a job dolri'
th' same thing from Oakcs to Aber
deen when I get through with thlo
And the conductor Is not a romancer -
mancor , but his feelings were cohood
through the western nlr and In ovary
homo in Evarts when It became
known that the railway was to build
a bridge which would take the busi
ness away from this town and allow
the building of a new city where the
river was spanned.
Appropriately the now town bccamo
known as Mobridgo and It IB to-day
what Evarts was several yearn ago , a
flourishing , hustling lltllo burg with
everything ahead of its inhabitants ,
and whatever their past may have
been , Is forgotten.
While Glonham received many of
the Evarts people with open arms , the
greater majority wont to Mobrldgo ,
for they declared they saw greater
possibilities there because business
could bo more easily transferred from
Evnrts to Mobrldge.
So If you should happen to bo in
the vicinity of Mobridgo , ask the post
master , the man at the wharf , the sta
tion agent at the depot or almost any
body the road to whore Evarts once
was and take a jaunt down that way.
It's only n few mllen south and when
you imagine what the little city once
was and what it is to-day , perhaps you
will bo repaid for the stroll. Mo
bridge is to-day a typical little west
ern town where some one or other Is
continually erecting a shack which ho
nnd hio family call homo. Homes
spring up in the night and when their
owners grow tired of them they nro
either sold for lire-wood or some ono ,
perhaps poorer , accepts them for n
Western hospitality , a tradition ,
which is told in fiction works and
which actually exists , Is ono of the
first themes of Mobridgo and the
stranger , poor or wealthy , Is Just aa
sure of welcome under Mobridgo roofs
as ho would bo under bin own. Of
course there are cattle rustlers In
that part of South Dakota , but thanka
to real western cow tactics , they are
fow. Vigilance committees have made
stealing cattle such a hazardous
method of ckelng out a living that few
care to risk their health in that man
Money In Apple Orchards.
Tasmania has long been known aa
the apple land of the south , but few at
homo have any real idea of the money
that can bo made , and Is being made ,
out of apple growing in that island.
Last year , for Instance , there were
many small orchards in the south
which returned as much as 1,200 bush
els to the acre , and ono owner of four
acres , who picked over 4,000 bushels
of marketable fruit , which ho sold at
four shillings a bushel , reaped a gross
return of 800. As his expenses at
the outside would not bo more than
100 , his profit an acre worked out
at something like 175. Of course ,
this was an extreme case , but or
chards of 20 acres and upward aver
aged full 500 bushels an acre , and
yielded a clear not profit of quite
.ill.500 In each case. The area actu
ally planted at the present time In do.
rne.silo and commercial orchards Ic
nbojt 20,000 acres , and upward of half
a million cases of apples were ex
ported to this country last year. Brl-
The Hong Kong hnrbor has n waff r
area of ton jullea , and is rn ardod na
OIK of ilio tints1 In iho world
WHAT THE TRADE MARK MEANS
TO THE DUYER
Few people realize the Importance
of the words "Trade Murk" Btnmpecl
on the ' goods they buy. It they did
it would BIIVO them many n dollar
spent for worthless goods and put a
lot of unscrupulous manufacturer ! )
out of the business.
When n manufacturer adopts a
trndo mark ho assumes the entire re
sponsibility for the merit of hla prod
uct. Ho takes his business ropu-
tlon in his hamlo out In the lime
light "on the square" with the buy
er of hlH poods , with the dealer , and
The other manufacturer the ono
who holds out "Inducements , " offer-
IHK to brand nil goods purchased with
each local dealer's brand sidesteps
responsibility , and when those Infe
rior goodn "conio back" It'u the local
dealer that must pay the penalty.
A good example of the kind of pro
tection nffoulod the public by a trndo
mark Is that offered In connection
with National Lead Company's adver
tising of pnro White Lend as the best
That the Dutch Hey Painter trndo
mark IB an absolute guaranty of puri
ty in White Lead is proved to the
most skeptical by the offer National
Lead Company make to send free to
nny address a blow-pipe and Instruc
tions how to teat the white lend for
themselves. The testing outfit IB be
ing sent out from the Now York
afllco of the company , Woodbrldgo
Old Gent Here , you boy , what nro
you doing out here , fishing ? Don't
you know you ought to be at school ?
Small Boy There now ! I know I'd
Laundry work nt homo would bo
much more satisfactory If the right
Starch wore used. In order to get the
desired stiffness , it is usually neces
sary to use so much starch that the
beauty nnd fineness of the fabric is
hidden behind a paste of varying
thickness , which not only destroys the
appearance , but nlso affects the wear-
tog quality of the goods. This trou
ble can bo entirely overcome by using
Defiance Starch , nB it can bo applied
much moro thinly because of Us great
er strength than other makes.
When the Little Man Scored.
A meek-looking little man with a
largo pasteboard box climbed on the
chr. As ho did so ho bumped slightly
into a sleepy , corpulent passenger with
a Kclf-satlnficd look and two little
dabs of sldowhlnkora. As the car
rounded a curve the box rubbed
against him again nnd ho growled :
"This Is no freight car , Is It ? "
"Nope , " returned the meek little
chap with the box , "and when you
come right down to It , it ain't any
cattle car. cither , Is It ? "
Sheer white goods , In fact , nny fine
wash goods when now , owe much of
their attractiveness to the way they
are laundered , this being done in a
manner to enhance their textile beau
ty. Home laundering would bo equal
ly satisfactory If proper attention was
given tex starching , the first essential
being good Starch , which has sufficient
strength to stiffen , without thickening
the goods. Try Defiance Starch and
yon will bo pleasantly surprised at the
improved appearance of your work.
"George , you must bo moro careful.
Papa thinks you meant to wound his
"Why , what did I sny ? "
"Yon remember that when you or
dered beer at the cafe last night you
called it 'suds' in a very loud voice. "
"Well ? "
"You must have forgotten that papa
got all his money making soap. "
The superior man , being virtuous , is
free from anxieties ; wlao , ho Is free
from perplexities ; bold , he is free from
You always get full value In Lewis'
Siiiidt * Hinder htiai lit 5c ci ar. Your
dealer or Lewis' Factory , I'corm. 111.
It takes a woman with sound Judg
ment to generate silence.
wi : SUM , HUKS AMI THAI'S
& buy Furs & Hides. Write for catalog 105
N. W. Hide & Fur Co. , Minneapolis Minn.
Pride and prejudice make an unsat
isfactory pair to draw to.
This woman finys that BloTc
women should not fall to try
I/ydlu 13. PlnUlmm'.s VcgetnJblo
Compound as she did.
Mrs. A. Gregory , of 2355 LnAvrcnco
St. , Denver , Col. , writes to Mrs.
" 1 was practically nn Invalid for six
years , on account of fcmalo troubles.
I underwent nu operation by the
doctor's advice , but In a few months I
\ vnnvorao than before. A friend nd-
vlsctl Ijydia K Plnlchnm'H Vegetable
Compound anil it restored mo to perfect
health , such ns 1 have not enjoyed ) n
ninny ycara. Any woman siitTerlng nn
I did with backache , boarlng-down
pains , nnd periodic palns.shonld not fall
to URO Lyulu li rinkham's Vegetable
FACTS FOR SBCBS WOMEN.
Jjov thirty years Lyclia R Pink-
ham's Vegetable Compound , made
from roots and herbs , has been the
ctiuuluixl remedy for fenuilo ills ,
nndlias posit ively cured thousands of
women who have been troubled with ,
displacements , inflammation , ulcorn-
tion , fibroid tumors , irregularities ,
periodic puina , backache , that bcar-
mg-dowu feeling , flatulency , indiges-
fckmdiz7.iness or nervous prostration.
"Why don't you try it ?
Mrs. IMnlclmm invites nil side
women to write her 1'or ndvicc.
Shu has tf n hied thousands to
health. Address , Iiyiiu , JUnss.
Too Much Afraid of Dirt.
It is quite true that "cleanliness is
next to godliness , " but In thin day of
fads and scientific frills the question
Is whether wo are not getting alto
gether too afraid of a little dirt. Dirt
has been defined as matter In the
wrong place , and hygiene is the
science of keeping It in th-o right
place. Hut wo nro inclined to think
that wo nro nil n little bit too much
up in the air on the matter of cleanli
ness ; a little too afraid of coming in
contact with the clean-smelling , kind
ly earth , and are In danger of becom
ing nasty-nice. Washington Herald.
The young man who presents a girl
with n pound box of bonbons is her
Ideal until another young man cornea
along with a two-pound box.
Positively cured by
these Little Pills.
Tlicy alno relieve Dls-
tmisfrom DyH ) > o ) > wl , ln-
< Uf'CHtIoii n ml Too Hearty
Hivtlng. A perfect rcm *
ecly lor Dlzzlncua , Nnu--
hca , DrowHlncRH , Until
Tauteln the MouthCoat--
ed Tonf-no , Tuln In tlitf
LSI do , TOKP1D LIVEtt ,
They regulate the Bowels. Purely Vegetable.
SMALL PILL , SMALL DOSE , SMALL PRICE.
Genuine Must Boar
llTTLE Fac-Similo Signature
ic and bfntifl [ | tl > * -
1'ramutef a luxuriant puvlH ,
Nnvcr Falls to Iteotore Ory
llnlr to its Youthful Color
Cum ( cilp dl , ir It halt Itlllna.
Mc. udaUiO t
! Thompson's Eye Water
Nebraska Military Academy
Lincoln , NulmiaUu
A first-class military boarding school for ta > 7a.8p ) i > >
illd biilldlnjf und uri > unil8. 1 roparQSforcolletfoajMy
junta. " '
W. N. U. , OMAHA , NO. 36 , 1903.
Is not only the host place west of the Missis
sippi river to learn Shorthand , Uookkeeping ,
Penmanship , etc. , but it gives its students a
business training and discipline that fits them
It converts thorn Into business mon and women.
Many of the Dank Cashiers. Department Managers and succes-
ful business men of the West were educated by us.
Fall Term Opens September 1.
Write for catalogue and specimens of penmanship.
Places to work
lorbonrd. FYloshera Lampmsn , 17th anU Fontnm , Omaha , Nob.
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