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TWELFTH YEAR. McCOOK, RED WILLOW COUNTY, NEBRASKA. FRIDAY EVENING. APRIL 27, 1894. NUMBER 49.
The Prize Winner
Wayne Brown of 804 Maine street, was
the first yonthful competitor to come to
the conclusion that “knowledge is a
crown which the humblest may wear,”
the consequence of which is that he is
now the fortunate possessor of a complete
library, which the daily Herald tenders
with its compliments for his success in
Master Wayne disturbed the quiet
slumbers of the household about 5 o'
clock on Saturday morning, and was on
hand to see the first paper off the press.
He is a bright, quick little fellow, 11
years of age, who, when there is any
thing good going on, sees that his chance
is properly attended to.
Mr. F. L. Brown of the Kirby .Carpen
ter Co., is now more certain than ever
that he is the possessor of one of the
brightest boys in town, and the daily
Herald concurs in the belief. Two years
ago Mr.Brown came from McCook,Neb.,
where Wayne was born. The little fel
low is in the sixth grade, and has a
mathematical head, which augurs good
for a successtul business career. The
daily Herald hopes that the same
promptitude which guided his footsteps
toward the prize editor’s desk so early
Saturday morning, may continue to lead
him in the way of worldly success, until
we hear from him again as a useful
The encyclopedia Brittanica which we
offer as first prize will be no mean factor
in the success of any boy or girl. The
other prizes will be distributed just as
soon as we can get through the mass of
letters received.—Menominee (Wis.,)
As to the Proposed Races.
Though the meeting called for last
Saturday evening, to consider the feasi
bility of organizing a driving association
and securing races for this summer and
fall, was not well attended, those present
determined to make an effort toward
securing the necessary money and en
couragement. Consequently after con
siderable general discussion it was de
cided to appoint Messrs. C. F. Babcock
and Pat Walsh as a committee to canvass
for stock. It is proposed to make an ef
fort to secure $5,000 worth of stock, and
to commence work on the track, stables,
grand stand etc. as soon as $750 worth of
stock is taken. In order to prepare for
races on the latter part of June, this
matter will have to be pushed vigorous
ly. If the people of McCook want to
have any good races, now is the time to
express that desire in a substantial way
by subscribing for stock in the driving
association, or by rendering financial
assistance in some other way. Give the
committee all the encouragement you
can when they come around to see you,
as they will in due time.
The Star of Jupiter.
On Friday evening of last week. Rev.
D. L. McBride presented some of the
merits of the fraternal beneficiary order
called the Star of Jupiter recently organ
ized in McCook.
It aims to put into practice the princi
ples taught in the scriptures, and the
arrangements are adapted to do it.
There were a number of good organiz
ations, but this selected the best features
of these and added to them. Men and
women are eligible to membership and
they expect to do a great deal of good.
A number of those present indicated a
desire to form a lodge here, and W. S.
Abbott and wife remained to lead in the
enterprise. A lodge was instituted on
Wednesday evening and will be open
thirty days for charter members.-Bartley
Takes Charge May 1 st.
C. H. Meeker has received his com
mission as postmaster of McCook and
will assume charge of the office on May
ist. Miss Anna Ritchie, the efficient
and obliging assistant under Postmaster
Troth, will continue in the office, which
will remain at the old stand.
Degree of Honor.
There will be a special meeting of the
D. of H., Monday night, April 30th.
Mrs. G. A. Norfn, President.
Writing paper m boxes very cheap at
For Rent—Three rooms over Mc
Millen’s drug store.
A farmer from the Willow marketed
216 dozens of eggs, yesterday.
Dr. Rice's boy baby has been very low,
but hopes are entertained of its recovery.
Measles and pneumonia are the trouble.
The races seem to be assured. And
they will be good ones. The soliciting
committee is meeting with much en
couragement from business men and
others all over the city.
And on the afternoon of Tuesday it
Good writing paper ten cents a quire
at this office.
The farmers' courage and hope go up
as the rain comes down.
Found—A horse collar for buggy har
hess. Call at Douglass' fruit farm.
Bend all your energies toward making
the irrigation convention a success.
A bed spring factory is in operation in
the Blatt building in rear of the Citizens
The Main avenue culverts had about
all the water they could carry, Tuesday
Quite a shower fell in this vicinity,
Monday evening, refreshing nature per
Times never become too hard for the
gamblers to fail thriving. They are
Fifteen (15) cents will buy a box of
nice writing paper at this office, con
taining 24 sheets of paper and 24 envel
The barn of W. M. Anderson was
struck by lightning, Tuesday afternoon,
but not materially damaged. It was not'
The contest case of Hetzel vs. Sawvel,
involving a timber claim south of Stratton
has been occupying the attention of the
local land officials part of this week.
Four or five inches of water found its
way into the basement of the Phillips
Meeker building, Tuesday afternoon,
under the sidewalk. It was soon drain
ed out with out damage, however.
McCook cyclists are arranging for a
road race from Culbertson to McCook, a
distance of twelve miles, for the 30th of
next month. Here will be a good chance
for the“swrift”men to display their prow
The Catholic people will in all prob
ability build a fine church at this place
the coming summer costing in the neigh
borhood of $5,000. Patrick McKillip in
his will left $500 for that purpose and we
understand a large amount has been left
by another party.—Cambridge Kaleido
Fly time approaches, when a woman
will have to choose between window
screens, darkened rooms, fly paper, in
sect powder guns, or to grin and bear
the torments, fronr which her husband
can escape to his club, and only come
home when he is too sleepy to know a
fly from a stuffed ostrich.
It would be more to the honor and
glory of McCook, if her people could
gain the distinction of patronizing other
entertainments than the brutal and dis
gusting prize fight. Such as lectures,
musicales etc. In fact the city authori
ties should set their feet down on the
prize fighting business with an emphasis
that cannot be misunderstood, and that
will in the future shut out the pugs and
their gang completely. Discourage the
Oliver Potts, son of James Potts, left
his home about noon on Monday, April
16th, and his father is very anxious to
learn where he is. Oliver is about six
teen, large for his age, hair and eyes
dark, and a good boy. They have been
living near Indianola but moved recent
ly to a farm about three miles northeast
of Bartley. Any information concerning
l him will be thankfully received by his
father who desires his return. Exchanges
please copy.—Bartley Inter-Ocean.
The busy boy with a patch on his knee
—or a gaping hole where a patch ought
to be—is bnsy playing marbles “for
keeps," while his father “beefs” and his
mother weeps because of the ugly patch
on his knee or the gaping hole where the
patch ought to be. After a while on the
small boy’s pants—where another patch
should be, perchance—the father who
“beefs" and the mother who weeps, will
be playing too.and playing “for keeps,”
with an open palm and a slipper free—
on that other place where the patch
ought to be—Ex.
The water-raising plant on the Braugh
ranch, about fifteen miles southeast on
the Willow, is nearly completed. It is
situated on the west side of the lake and
is about half a mile north of the land to
be irrigated. The w'ater is furnished by
the lake and is led to the lifter by means
of a canal and is then raised to the
height of about thirty feet into a flume
which connects with the ditch. The de
vice will undoubtedly be a success, and
Mr. Cooper will rapidly bring his land
to the front—rain or no rain.—Wallace
PEOPLE YOU KNOW.
Dr. E. A. Hall has been on the sick
list, this week.
Lawyer Cole of Culbertson gazed
on us of the valley’s finest, Wednesday.
Supt. BaysTon and Rev. Taylor o)
the county-seat were among our visitors,
W. H. Davis is in southeastern part
of the state, this week, on real estate
Captain R. O. Phillips of the Lin
coln Land Co. was a business visitor,
Caleb Clother was down from his
Hayes county ranch on business, first of
Elmer Trumbarr returned, first of
the week, from visiting his home near
Jos. W. ShabaTa was up from Crete,
closing days of last week, on loan busi
ness for his firm.
W. H. ALLEN and family were up
from the county-seat, Saturday, on a
L. D. MeusER, a Palisade real estate
dealer, was in the city , Tuesday evening,
on his way to Blue Hill.
A. S. Bruch, who last fall bought
land up in Coleman precinct, has moved
onto his brother’s farm.
Bank Examiner Cline of Minden
dropped into the city, Tuesday night, in
the line of official duty.
Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Babcock attend
ed the Rev. Joseph Cook lecture at Cam
bridge, Monday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Cornutt of
Culbertson were guests of Mr. and Mrs.
W. C. LaTourette, Monday evening.
Charlie McConnell is expected to
arrive from Illinois shortly and to re
enter the employ of his brother Lou.
Dean Burgess of “The Irrigation
Age” worked this community in the
interest of that publication, last Friday.
L. Morse, politician, farmer, patriot
etc., Benkelman, county Dundy, was at
these comprehensive headquarters,Tues
Mr. Hocknell is expected home to
morrow from California. Mrs. Hocknell
will remain there until June on account
of the baby.
T. G. Rees spent the early days of
the week in this city on business and
visiting old time friends. Mrs. Rees is
in Jersey City.
W. S. Abbott and S. P. Hart went in
to Lincoln, Sunday night. They expect
to organize two or three lodges of “The
Star of Jupiter” in the capital city.
Rev. and Mrs. C. C. Cox of Palisade
spent Tuesday night in the city on their
way home from holding revival meetings
up on the Cheyenne line somewhere.
Ed. Kanouse came down from Den
ver, close of last week, and has been
here all week on business, and visiting
his brother James down on the Beaver
Edgar F. Turner left on Wednes
day for eastern Colorado, south of Wray,
and will be absent for a few weeks, per
haps months, on business,—collections
Mrs. Eller, mother of the Eller
boys who farm over on the South Side,
arrived from Clay county, Saturday
night, and will be their guest for some
Miss Jennie Wilson’s condition
daily grows weaker, and death may be
expected at any time, though she has
shown remarkable vitality throughout
J. A. Cordeal arrived home, first of
the week, from Broken Bow, where he
has been on business connected with the
Lonergan versus Burke litigation involv
ing about $20,000.
Revs. G. E. Taylor of Indianola, C.
S. Billings of Lincoln, and E. Byers of
Denver went up to Palisade, Wednesday
morning, where a series of protracted
meetings are being held.
Mr. Livingston from Omaha,special
agent for the New York Life Insurance
Co., and a genial, thorough-bred old
sport, spent the closing days of last
week in the city on business.
Albert Utter, an old time settler,
has returned from Colorado, to make hi*
home among us. He is breaking out
his farm, the northeast of 15-3-29, and
will build and make other improvements
on the same.
Early Tuesday morning a detachment
of Coxey’s “industrial” army drifted in
to the city from Barr, Colorado, where
the army had been delayed a number of
days, being unable to secure transporta
tion. The army numbered 280 when
they left Denver, but being stranded at
Barr they divided up in small detach
ments in their effort to reach the east,
and thus were able to get out over the
This detachment of “Denver division
No. 2 of Coxey’s army,” as their banner
called it, numbered about twenty souls,
and was under the captaincy of Tim
Kieman. They camped about the Burl
ington’s ice houses here until forced by
the rain to seek shelter in the stone
blacksmithshop on West Railroad street,
where they remained until Tuesday
morning, when the company was broken
up into parties of six and boarded
freights 48, 64 and 76 respectively, and
left for the east, going as far as Oxford,
where they were again briefly side
Our personal observation of the Coxey
movement was not an impressive one.
While the company that visited this
point was small and the members were
quiet orderly fellows, they were evident
ly not of an intelligent class, and had
the appearance of being of the genus
tramp, such in fact, as we see on our
streets every day.
They describe rather a pitiful condi
tion of affairs as existing among the
thousands of unemployed in Denver and
A Sudden Summons.
Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Johnson of Perry
precinct have profoundest sympathy
of all in the death of their daughter
Bertha, aged about thirteen years. The
deceased was sick with the prevailing
measles, which became complicated by
a more serious illness, and death result
ed on Sunday morning. The nature of
the case demanded early interment,
which occurred on Sunday evening,Rev.
H. L. Preston of the Congregational
church conducting briefservices at Long
view cemetery. The departed was a
kind and loving spirit, held in high re
gard by all who knew her. Her death
is a crushing blow to the family and
A Splendid Rain.
For the space three-quarters of an
hour, Tuesday evening, a tremendous
rain fall occurred in this section of Ne
braska; commencing at Haigler, reach
ing as far north as Maywood, and south
to beyond the Beaver, and east to Hol
drege and beyond. Perhaps over two
inches of rain fell here. This, in addi
tion to the fine shower of Monday even
ing, puts a very encouraging aspect up
on the agricultural outlook.
Regular Baptist services in the brick
church, Sunday morning and evening.
Regular services by Rev. Coffman in
the Methodist church, Sunday morning
Services at the Congregational church.
Morning subject, “The World ofChrist;”
evening subject, “One way to Certainty.”
Rev. Durant will hold services in the
hall over McConnell’s drug store, Sun
day evening. In the morning he will
conduct services at Arapahoe. Sunday
school at usual hour in the morning.
The young ladies of the Y. P. S. C. E.
will give a box social at the Lutheran
church on Tuesday evening. May ist.
Boxes sold at 9 p. m. Your choice for
25 cents. Special arrangements have
been made to make this a particularly
enjoyable occasion, and all are invited.
We would suggest that the churches
hang a slate in the vestibule so the
young ladies may register before they
enter. The young men who come around
just before closing time, could then con
sult the slate instead of being obliged to
peek in at the doors and windows to as
certain if their girl is on the inside.
A nice variety of ink and pencil tab
lets at this office.
L. H. Blackledge was down] from
Culberston, last evening, on business of
We understand that Joseph Reizen
stein, cigar maker and orchestra leader
of McCook, is about to leave that place
for Omaha, where he will assume the
leadership of the orchestra in Boyd’s
The failure of the council to confirm
the mayor’s appointments, Wednesday
night, will not complicate matters much.
J. E. Kelley has both the ability and the
back bone to maintain the prerogatives
of his office. And there is small occasion
to doubt but what he will do it,
If you see it in The McCook Tri bunk
stick a pin there, for it’s so.
The banks were closed, Monday No
holidays escape their observance
Mr. Hartman of East McCook is put
ting a kitchen addition to his house
Messrs.Troth.Rittenhouse and Rooney
had business in the county-seat, Tuesday.
Fine and complete line of calling cards
at The Tribune, Also order taken for
Mr. Prentice of Coleman precinct is
making some improvements on his
school section in that precinct.
Syl. Cordeal insists that a member of
Coiey’s army reminds him of a wheel
barrow. Both are common-wheelers.
There are many substantial reasons
| why McCook should become quite a
I speed centre, and no serious obstacles.
Irrigated land seems to have a sub
stantial value. One of our land men
loaned $1,500 on such a quarter section,
the other day.
O’Niel and Kilpatrick were on Monday
awarded the contract for building Strat
ton’s new brick school house, which in
volves the expenditure of six or eight
thousand dollars. Work will be com
menced at once.
Among the speakers at the coming ir
rigation convention will be William E.
Smythe of the Irrigation Age of Chicago,
who will speak on the subject of “Irri
gation and the New Civilization,” on
the second day of the convention, or
May 3d. Smythe is well posted on the
topic and is a fluent talker. He will be
an interesting member of the convention.
We understand that C. H. Meeker has
ofiered to irrigate free of charge such
trees as may be planted by the property
owners along both sides of the public
road leading from the middle river
bridge to the ditch. If the property
owners will take this liberal proposition
of Mr.Meeker and at once plant the trees
in a few years that will be a popular*
drive-way. And by judicious work on
that road such desirable results may be
brought about. Plant the trees Irri
gate them, tirade up a boulevard. Im
prove the road.
The water company is under the im
pression that some people are getting
too much water on their lawns, and
such consumers are being called down t<f
the captain’s office with their sprinklers,
to have the latter tested, and to show
cause why the sprinklers should not be
made to conform to the 3-16 inch open
ing required by the ordinance. Right is
right, and The Tribune favors its
prevalence; but in view of the somewhat
imperfect service of the last few years, it
hopes that our prospects of peace and
plenty may not be too rudely disturbed
by an ultra technical course. The con
sumers have the right to expect liberal
treatment this season.
The fact that we irrigate is no reason
for believing it must be done to raise a
good crop in this section of the state Ir
rigation insures a crop in case of drouth,
and at all times taxes the soil to its ut
most in producing agricultural products
of superior quality. Notwithstanding
this, hundreds of farmers not in reach of
the canals are planting their crop with
full confidence of securing the requisite
rain fall. It has been done before and
the granaries have been filled to over
flowing. And it will be done again, for
confidence in Providence is seldom mis
placed. The farmer under the ditch
must condense his fanning, and the one
without irrigation evens up by "farming
more land. The Nebraska farmer, no
matter where he is situated, is a man
who can make fanning pay if it pays
It has been intimated to The Tribune
that during the present year the city
authorities propose to let the city streets
alone, except where they actually need
attention, and will address themselves
to improvement of the roads approach
ing the city. We believe that this pol
icy will be almost universally commend
ed by our business men. The streets of
the city will require but little work to be
performed on them this year. The roads
or at least most of the roads, leading in
to the city, need improvement—in some
instances badly, and we believe that any
thing that may be done for their bereav
ment will be a move in the right direc
tion, and will be appreciated by the
farmers who come here to trade And
if this policy could be carried far enough
into the outlying country, trade which
now goes elsewhere will be drawn to our
city. At ail events the idea is a good
one, and we hope it may be earned out
vigorously and wisely.
Successful and Enjoyable.
The entertainment given, Monday
evening, in the assembly room of the
east ward building, for benefit of the
public school orchestra, was excellent,
and entertaining in its every part, and
was appreciated by a goodly audience,
notwithstanding the rain storm of the
early part of the evening.
The work of the orchestra already
shows the stimulating effect of Professor
Reizenstein’s brief instruction and the
M. P. S. O. is more a source of pride'
with our people now than ever before.
The orchestra has increased in number
and attainment. And the future is bright
The historical sketch read by William
Mahoney, the father of the orchestra,
was interesting as showing the difficu!
ties and discouragements surmounted
and the progress made and the ultimate
The piano duet by Misses Lillian Troth
and Hattie Yarger was well rendered.
Miss Ona Simons exhibited quite unu
sual cleverness in her reading of “Farm
Mr. F. H. Elliott’s vocal solo called
forth a warm enchore.
Supt. Valentine read humorous selec
tion from Dickens with his customary
effectiveness and art.
Frank Colfer injected a large element
of merriment into the programme by
his inimitable description of how Dave
tanned Goliar’s hide. Frank is an artist.
The flute and piano duet by Mr. Roy
Smith and Miss Pearl Brewer was a very
Ihe recitation by Miss Bertha Boyle
was charmingly rendered.
Miss Della Johnston acquitted herself
very creditably in her piano solo,* “The
Miss Aimee Strasser recited “Green
Mountain Justice” effectively.
The tableaux were indeed engaging
and called forth merited evidences of ap
The programme of the evening con
cluded with a violin duet by Prof. Rei
zenstein and daughter Eva, which was
artistically rendered, it goes without the
“Annie Laurie” called down the
In fine the entertainment was highly
creditable and enjoyable. The quite
generous proceeds will enable the orches
tra to prosecute their work with renew
ed energy, more instruments and music.
Success to them is The Tribune's fond
Supt. Valentine visited the public
schools at Indianoia. Wednesday.
If the weather is favorable, two dele
gates from each grade of the Indianola
public schools above the sixth grade will
visit our public schools, next Friday,
upon which occasion some special exer
cises will be given, and an interesting
lantern class programme in the evening.
Arbor day was observed by the public
schools of the city with appropriate lit
erary exercises and the planting of a
large number of trees. The board of ed
ucation and the various grades, as well
as individuals engaged in the patriotic
and pleasurable duty of planting trees
around and in the grounds of the several
school buildings of the city. Deceased
trees were replaced, and the board has
perfected arrangements for the use of
water from the water works, this year,
so that the growth of the trees is assured,
and the element of uncertainty in their
Professor Charles Yont of McCook and
Ben Mather of this place made each
other's acquaintance about 9:30. last
Sunday' evening, and it came about iu
this wise. Mr Yont was coming from
Mr. Holland's or. his bicycle, riding at a
40 mile per hour gate. Ben was going
home on his wheel at about the same
speed. They' came together just east of
the Coon creek bridge. Prof. Yont was
thrown from his wheel, Ben parted com
pany with his machine at the same time
The w'heeis were both damaged, hut the
riders fortunately escaped without ini vary
This is no joke, but a plain statement of
Many “clipped" horses are already
visible on our streets.
City Clerk Wilcox sports a new
aluminium rim bicycle.
Rats are becoming numerous to the
extent of being already nuisances.
County Judge Beck was in the city,
yesterday afternoon, on business of his
Citizen Brewer was in the neighbor
hood of Beatrice, first of the week, on a
cattle buying expedition.
Editor Cushtaan of the Stockville Re
publican invaded our den, this morning,
during the temr.orarv absence of the
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