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THIRTEENTH YEAR. McCOOK, RED WILLOW COUNTY, NEBRASKA. FRIDAY EVENING. JUNE 1, 1894. NUMBER 2.
The exercises of the graduating class
of the McCook, public schools held in
the Congregational church, last evening,
were witnessed by a large and brilliant
gathering of our people. The deep, in
tense and lively feeling entertained by
our citizens in our matchless public
schools was again exhibited by their
presence and inter** at the graduating
exercises of the cla.».» of ’94—the largest
class ever sent out—13. On account of
the size of the class, it was thought ex
pedient to divide the exercises between
two evenings. The following is the pro
gramme as rendered, last evening:
Overture “The Iron Cross”.Isenman
M. P. S. Orchestra.
Invocation.Rev. D. L. McBride
A Lost Colony.Winona Peterson
Two Reformers.Clara LeHew
There Are No Alps, Hannah Strangeland
Piano Duet. (Gertie Bomgardner
“From Martha.” (Norma Noble
The Origin of Language.,. .Ross Stroud
The Ladder of Success, Olive Rittenhouse
Waltz “Dream of Home”.Bcettger
M. P. S. Orchestra.
A Modern Vesuvius .Bertha Boyle
Music and Its Influence... .Stella Norval
Natural Wonders.Mary Marsh
Piano Solo.Pearl Brewer
Vanishing Types. May Stuby
Views of Life.Lillian Troth
Chorus, “On We Are Floating,” School
Benediction.Rev. D. L. McBride
Miss Winona Peterson's “Lost Col
ony” was an interesting, clean cut pro
Miss Clara LeHew handled her sub
ject—Two Reformers—with gratifying
ease and good effect.
The possibilities of an indomitable
will were set forth in a clear, forceful
manner by Miss Hannah Strangeland in
‘ ‘There are no Alps,”
“The Origin of Language” by Mr.
Ross Stroud was a very interesting paper
-ad*" ~ -.
Mis., Rittenbouse’s “Ladder to
Success” created a perfect buzz of ap
proval all over the house. It was a
“Opportunity” was the topic of Miss
Minnie Whittaker’s essay—which was a
carefully prepared and excellent paper.
Miss Bertha Boyle’s essay on “A Mod
ern Vesuvius” was a strong, original
and characteristic effort of marked
"Music and Its Influence” was very
neatly and comprehensively set forth by
Miss Stella Norval.
Miss Mary Marsh described a number
of America’s “Natural Wonders” in an
“Vanishing Types” formed the basis
ot a very fine paper by Miss May Stuby.
It was an unexpected subject and clev
Miss Lillian Troth's essay on “Views
of.Life” was perhaps the most polished
effort of the evening.
The orchestra under Professor Reizen
stein gained a firmer hold on our affec
tions by their sweet music.
The piano solo by Miss Gertie Brewer
■was artistic and pretty.
Misses Gertie Bomgardner and Norma
Noble played a piano duet for the most
part with good effect.
The music of the evening was rein
forced by livey chorus singing by the
The church was very prettily decorated
with flowers and vines. The class motto,
“Ye Shall Know the Truth and the
Truth Shall Make You Free,” was woven
in the arch which spanned the platform.
There were flowers in the greatest
profusion, beauty and fragrance.
The class exercises will conclude to
night, when Mrs. A. K. Goudy, deputy
state superintendent, will address the
class. Saturday evening the eleventh
grade will entertain the graduates and
some invited friends at the East ward
In conclusion The Tribune wishes to
add its heartiest congratulations to all
In the matter of window gardening
the beginner’s most common cause of
failure is due to ignorance as to the use
of water on plants and seeds. Seeds
should be watered sparingly, and only
at night, increasing the quantity of
water with growth. Potted plants in a
window box should have, say, a goblet
of water to the pot daily, in the evening,
unless already drenched with rain. The
soil in the box should never be allowed
to become muddy; the top of it should
be broken frequently tp the depth of an
inch, for baking usually follows water
ing during sunny weather. Any plant
that seems sickly should be removed
F. S. Wilcox and C. T. Brewer each
shipped a car of hogs to Omaha, Sunday.
Bert Brewer accompanied the consign
The Hastings Democrat is authority
for the statement that the new land
officers will take charge at McCook on
Shall McCook Celebrate?
It has been suggested that inasmuch
as McCook has not indulged in a Fourth
of July celebration for some time we
ought to make an effort to do so this
year. We refer to this matter at this
time in order to give plenty of time in
which to make the necessary arrange
ments—should our people decide to cel
ebrate. Perhaps it would do no harm to
talk the matter over.
F. M. Kennedy is rebuilding his barn
into a dwelling house.
Mrs Oscar Teel of Red Cloud is visit
ing her mother at Indianola.
Forty years ago. May 30th, Nebraska
was organized into a territory.
As an editor Mr. Meeker is not a suc
cess. Candidly 3-16 is too small a calibre.
One day of prayer don’t make up for
six days of doing your neighbors and
Lloyd Hileman is representing Blan
chard, Shelley and Rogers in this sec
tion of state.
A business that is not profitable to
advertise,—well it might as well be ad
vertised for sale.
The Tribune entered upon its thir
teenth year, last week. Really, we are
beginning to feel old.
Bonds to the amount of $350 of school
district 46 have been offered the state
auditor for registration.
Said the governor of Colorado to the
governors of Nebraska and Kansas, its a
long time between rains.
Supt. Meeker has a gang of men at
work, this week, grading up around the
new standpipe and otherwise improving
After all, perhaps it is just as well
that love’s eyes are not so bright. Else
they would ofttimes be dim with tears;
or afire with wrath.
Street Commissioner Spotts is doing
extensive work on the north approach
to the middle river bridge—cutting down
the hill, grading etc.
C. T. Brewer went down to Beatrice,
Monday morning, to see to the shipment
of some cattle purchased by him in that
section of the country.
The two-year-old child of Mrs. Clara
Russer died on last Saturday, and was
on Sunday laid away in St. Patrick’s
parish cemetery of our city.
Not an instrument was filed in the
county clerk’s office, last Friday, some
thing that has not occurred within the
past three years, we hear it stated.
Mr. Hocknell has traded the old Frees
and Hocknell lumber yard property,
comer of Main and Railroad streets, for
some California property.
The McCook Commission Co. bought
50,000 pounds of flour, this week, at one
clatter. They stored the same in the
vacant A. O. U. W. building on Denni
The Chicago Tribune drops the two
last letters in spelling cigarette. It is
to be hoped that the time will come,
and that speedily, when the whole thing
will be wiped out.
P. A. Wells, manager of the Nebraska
Loan and Banking Co., is an enthusiastic
irrigationist, and believes that the wind
mill, pump and reservoir system may be
successfully carried out.
We understand that the people of
Frontier county are thinking some of
voting bonds for roads in order to enable
the settlers to have work to tide them
over the present dry season.
Joseph Wheeler of Jasper county,
Iowa, has been in the city since Tues
day. He says he has lived in Iowa since
1856 and has never seen the crops in
such bad shape as they are new. Little
or no small grain and the hay crop
ruined by drouth beyond any possibility
of recovery. If rain comes soon there
will be fall pasture but no hay. Some
pastures about dried up. It is a serious
question as to what will become of stock
The school orchestra contemplates
giving a concert about June 15th.
During the school year over 850 names
have been enrolled on the register of the
McCook public schools.
The picnic near the old Buck place on
the Willow, Saturday, was a delightful
affair—as all agree. There was a large
attendance of the pupils and of their in
The teachers will disperse as follows:
Mrs. Snow* to Lincoln, Saturday morn
ing, Miss Morton to Falls City, Saturday
morning, Miss Allison to Almena, Kan
sas, Monday morning, Miss Stroud for
various eastern points, tonight. Mrs.
Duffy to Grafton Sunday morning.
C. T. Brewer was a Lincoln visitor,
H. W. Cole was in Lincoln, close of
last week. •
Master Tom Majors will leave for
Mrs. M. Altshuler is visiting her
sister, Mrs. S. B. Strasser.
Register Campbell and family will
occupy the J. C. Allen residence.
Jos. Parkinson and wife of Hayes
Centre were city visitors, Sunday.
Lawyers Morlan and Kelley at
tended court up in Trenton, Thursday.
Mrs. Albert McMillEN left on Sun
day night for Denver on a visit to her
M. Stern, a large property owner
here, was up from Hastings, fore part
of the week.
Col. J. D. Gage of Franklin came up,
Tuesday night, on his way up the
Mrs. J. E. Allen, who has been visit
ing in Tarkio, Mo., for a few weeks past,
will arrive home to-night.
Mrs. F. E. Alexander is expecting
a sister to arrive, this evening, from the
east, to make her a visit.
J. M. Sewell, the Hastings grain man,
and Percy Hughes of Imperial, were
business visitors, last Saturday.
A. A. Weller arrived from Syracuse,
this state, Wednesday night, and is the
guest of his partner* C. L. DeGroff.
Mrs. C. B. RowELL arrived home,
Wednesday night, from Hastings. One
of her grandsons accompanied her.
Miss Lora LeHew arrived home,
Monday night, from visiting her sister
Mrs. Will Krauter at Aurora, Illinois.
Masters Judd Kay and Roy Stan
ley took in the state’s metropolis, fore
part of the week, with E. C. Ballew.
Patrick Gibbons was up from Or
leans, first of the week, looking for a
dwelling house in which to instal his
J. T. Budlard was in the city over
night, Monday, on his way home to
Palisade from visiting in eastern part of
Lawyers Hartigan and Tibbetts
and Hon. A. S. Campbell of Hastings
dropped into the metropolis, Sunday
night, on business.
D. F. Hupp, A. C. Bartholomew, A. P.
Bodwell and son, William Marquis and
wife, all of Lebanon, were over on bus
iness, Saturday last.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Starr of the
county-seat were guests of the metropo
lis, Tuesday, driving up on business and
to do a little shopping.
Howard Voicand, who has been as
sisting in Alexander’s photograph gal
lery, departed on Monday night for
Chariton, Iowa, to remain.
Miss Eva Eastman of Kirwin, Kan
sas, arrived in the city on Monday night
with her aunt Mrs. J. E. Kelley, whose
guest she will be for a few weeks.
Mrs. A. K. Goudy, deputy st^te
superintendent, arrived from Lincoln,
last night. She will deliver an address
to the graduating cluss, this evening, in
the Congregational church.
Mrs. Fee, who has been visiting her
daughter, Mrs. C. L. DeGrofiT, for past
few months, left for her home in Phila
delphia, Wednesday evening. She will
visit briefly in Tekamah, this state, and
Milo, Iowa, on her way.
Miss Minnie Boyle came down from
Pueblo, Colorado, Wednesday night, to
witness the commencement exercises of
the city schools,—her sister Bertha be
ing one of the graduates. She will re
turn to her position on Saturday night.
S. H. Colvin has disposed of his bus
iness and considerable of his property
here and expects in a few weeks to de
part for Santa Ana, Cala., to make his
future home there, on account of his
wife’s health. The Tribune most sin
cerely regrets to lose such people from
our midst, but nevertheless wishes them
a large and satisfactory measure of suc
cess and prosperity.
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Cole will leave
on Monday evening for San Francisco,
via Portland, Oregon, to attend the
supreme lodge meetingof the A.O.U.W.,
to which Mr. Cole is. supreme repre
sentative. Grand Master and Mrs. J. G
Tate will join them at Denver or Chey
enne. A special train of New England
representatives will go through here on
June 7th about io o’clock a. m.
Remember the races June 20, 21, 22.
Here’s your hot tamale—The McCook
The Water Question.
Superintendent Meeker of the water
company rushed into print last week
through the columns of our well-mean
ing but misguided contemporary, the
Times-Democrat, and labors through a
column length of silly twaddle in a futile
endeavor to prove that the people of Mc
Cook are a pretty tough lot of water
thieves, and that the superintendent is a
martyr to duty.
He admits that the rates are too high
and does not excuse the fact; that the
fact that the company has collected
taxes and not delivered the goods is a
constitutional excuse for the people of
McCook to get a trifle warm under the
collar; that trivial and burdensome re
strictions have been entailed on water
patrons. He admits everything that is
or has been urged against the company
for years, but claims the fault is not his;
that the rates, rules and regulations are
not of his making. And just right here
we take issue with him. The ordinance,
as is well known, was prepared by the
company, “and we were not asleep,”
the superintendent has stated when his
choler had gained the mastery over his
judgment and caution, “when we were
fixing this thing up on you.” And
while they were “fixing this up,” it has
been universally stated, they took deep
interest in the late city election in antic
ipation of the storm of indignation that
they naturally expected to come down
upon them when the people came to feel
how they had been duped on this 3-16
inch nozzle cinch.
This ordinance of their own making is
generally and properly regarded as a
“dead mortal cinch.” The impression
is just about as unanimous that the
superintendent has not the judgment to
work a cinch, and that this is a poor time
to operate such a machine. The people
properly feel that generous treatment
was due them this year, at least, in view
of last year’s failure to provide water
There is little or no excuse for the
condition of affairs now existing in Mc
Cook. The people of McCook are
willing to pay a big price for water, and
they are paying a big price, but they do
object to being hog-tied, thrown into
the ditch and then kicked for grunting
their disapproval even.
Art Snyder is visiting in Colorado
Really, Charley Barnes is too well
meaning a fellow to be engaged in haul
ing Mr. Meeker’s chestnuts out of the
fire. Seriously, he ought to know better.
The assault on gambling that appeared
in one of our esteemed contemporaries,
last week, must cause a broad smile to
suffuse itself over the entire community.
It was a jewel of the purest ray serene.
The door and north window in rear
portion of postoffice building have been
transposed, this week, adding largely to
the convenience of the office in the ar
rangement for handling and working
The Commercial State Bank at Cham
pion closed its doors, last Saturday even
ing, not to open again. It is said that
it will be unable to pay some of its bills,
and that it had some of Chase county’s
money which it cannot now produce.—
Some scamps pillaged Mrs. Justin Wil
cox’s flower beds of their fragrant, beau
teous contents, Sunday night, and Justin
wtll give a perpetual water right on the
Meeker ditch to know who did it; as
the flowers were being treasured es
pecially for use on Memorial day.
There are those who envy men the
legitimate' reward of industry and in
tegrity. When a man has achieved
fame and fortune by the exercise of
these virtues, they speak and act as
though he deserved nothing more than
the corner loafer or the common trick
Elmer Rowell has purchased the well
established business of S. H. Colvin, and
assumed charge June 1st. Elmer is a
steady, reliable and energetic young man
and we wish him much success in his
business venture, for the conduct of
which he is well equipped and ex
1 he police should have arrested those
two women of the town who were out on
parade, Tuesday evening, with the ancient
gray horse and delapidated gig and har
ness. Such disgraceful scenes should not
be tolerated, even in this city. Such a
flaunting of vice in the face of decency
should be peremptorily stopped.
“Any color only so it’s red.” The
ladies are now wearing red in all de
partments. A pair of red hose with
open work over the instep is considered
very stunning, and when over the red
hose is built up a superstructure of red
dress, red hat and all the other acces
sories, things will be red enough to
make “the multitudinous seas incarna
An Evening With the Old Familiar
There is no power to touch the hearts
of people like listening to the old familiar
songs which they used to hear in their
The Christian Endeavor society has
arranged a programme made up of these
songs, “Nearer My God to Thee,”
“Rock of Ages,” “Sweet Bye and Bye,”
and others equally familiar and loved.
The programme is too complicated to
insert here, but is the most elaborate
ever gotten up by the society. The
music will of course be the prominent
feature and will be worth hearing. The
words of the songs will be recited by
young ladies in appropriate dress and
the songs sung afterwards either as a
solo, duet or by the whole choir.
It will be held in the Congregational
church commencing promptly at 8 p.m.,
and as the lights, except those around
the pulpit, are to be turned off at 8 it is
desired that the people come early so as
not to disturb the opening violin solo by
Mr. B. F. Sutton, “Jesus Lover of My
Extra chairs will be provided and a
large corps of ushers will be on hand.
Let the house be filled to listen to the
old familiar hymns.
There will.also be no services in the
Baptist church in the evening.
The Councilmanic Body.
Regular meeting of the city council
was held on Monday evening, the May
or, Clerk, and Councilmen Yarger, Pope
and Sutton being present.
Bills were allowed as follows
F. S. Wilcox. $ i.oo
Dr. S. L. Green. 2.05
State Journal Co. 5.50
Tower & Lyon. 3.45
C. P. Viland. 48.50
J. H. Dwyer. 59.17
A. G. Bump. 75-05
Lincoln Land Co.425.00
S. M. Cochran & Co. 3.10
Bid of F. D. Burgess for standpipe for
sprinkling purposes, corner of Dennison
and McDowell streets, was accepted and
work ordered done as per estimate of
Report of ex-City Treasurer Laycock
was reported to finance committee. As
was also the report of Treasurer Gray.
Clerk was instructed to notify treas
urer to pay H. C. Rider’s warrant on
general fund for balance due on ceme
tery, out of cemetery fund.
The sum of $25.00 was appropriated
toward bearing the expenses of Decor
The chief of police was instructed to
notify property owners to keep their
premises clean in accordance with ordi
The Hastings Democrat kicks and re
fuses to be comforted because it costs $5
a lot down there for water for lawn
sprinkling purposes. God bless your
poor soul, Wahlquist, move up to Mc
Cook if they are robbing you so out
rageously. It only costs the writer of
this article a fraction over $16 for his lot
up here, and he makes it a part of his
daily devotions to open his window to
ward the nice new red standpipe, and
with tears in his eyes and his heart un
speakably full, thank God and the gen
erous superintendent that the burden is
But some people are hard to please.—
Never a complaint have we made. We
have the best water system in the world,
and operated the cheapest to individual
users. McCook, unfortunately, has the
vice-like grip of the water company on
its throat. We doubt if it can ever
shake it off. But until it does people
will go on to the next station. The ar
rogance of these corporations is dis
Time to Call a Halt.
It is a very easy thing to carry this
cruel persecution too far. So The Tri
bune calls a halt on the slanderous re
port gaining credence throughout the
city that the postmaster fears the gen
eral delivery is “giving down too freely,”
and that he proposes to cut off the
wasteful excess by making the delivery
conform to the regulation 3-16 inch.
This is an unmerited slap at a genial
and generous impulsed citizen whose
only weakness is the possession of a
big heart, too philanthropic by half,
and an unpatriotic reflection against the
fat fisherman of the Potomac.
This thing must stop.
Charles Cooper wants to run a saloon
in Danbury. The commissioners will
settle the matter at their next meeting,
McCook won the ball game from
Cambridge Wednesday by a score of 10
to 5. A game will be played here soon.
Roadmasters McFarland and Josselyn
were both at headquarters the first of
Our Dead Heroes.
Among the days and occasions that
never fail of causing u general outpour -
ing of the people of McCook and vicinity
is Memorial day. The enthusiasm with
which the occasiou is annually commem
orated seems to grow and strengthen
with each recnrring 30th day of May.
May this patriotic duty of the living to
the dead never become irksome.
Long before the hour set for the com
mencement of the exercises the opera
house was crowded, and hundreds failed
to gain admittance, so numerous was
the attendance. At the appointed time
Post Commander Sharp called the peo
ple to order and the following pro
gramme of exercises was rendered :
1. Reading of Order.Adjt. Dodge
2. Music.High School Orchestra
3. Prayer.Rev. D. L. McBride
4. Song, “Sleep, Soldier Sleep,” School
5. Patrio'ic Recitation.School
6. Song, “Boys in Blue”.School
7. Recitation, “The Soldier’s Grave”
8. Music.High School Orchestra
9. Song, “Faded Flowers”.
10. Address.Rev. D. L. McBride
11. Closing Song, “America”.. . .School
12. Form line of march on Main ave
nue and march to cemetery.
13. Recitation, “The Honored Dead”
14. Decoration of Graves.
15. Marching back to the city.
The exercises, it will be observed,
were largely provided by the pupils of
the public schools, who although bur
dened with the extra work incident to
commencement week, acquitted them
selves very creditably as usual. The
school orchestra comes in for its meed
Rev. D. L. McBride delivered the
Memorial address. It was up to the
measure of his usual excellence and in -
terest—a very eloquent and patriotic
The procession to Longview cemetery
was of remarkable length—a pretty
feature being a squad of wheelmen on
their decorated bicycles.
The services at the cemetery were of
touching beauty and solemnity. The
graves were decorated with the ritualistic
exercises of the G. A. R. The floral offer
ings were fine and profuse—a large cou
signmentof fragrant beauty coming from
Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Hamilton of Pass
The music by the Nebraska Brigade
Baud U. R. K. of P. of our city was
another splendid feature which never
fails of appreciation by our people.
The members of J. K. Barnes Post No.
207 may feel well pleased with the tribute
paid to the veterans that repose in the
quiet of Longview. Their names are:
C. L. Nettleton, Chester Ward,
Charles E. Fox, D. L. Clement,
Elias H. Conrad. Thomus B. Walker,
Smith Gordon, R. S. Cooley,
J. D. Gerver, J. B. McCabe
The decoration of business and private
houses was rather meager, this year.
Regular morning services in the Luth
eran church, next Sunday. No evening
Regular services in the Methodist
church next Sunday morning and even
Rev. J. W. Kimmel of Tekamah has
been called to the English Lutheran
church at Leavenworth, Kansas.
Rev. Prank Durant went up to Im
perial, Thursday morning, tj conduct
services. He will leave for Grand Is
No Episcopal services Sunday morn
ing or evening. Rev. Durant goes to
Grand Island, Saturday morning, to at
tend the ordination of a school friend.
It is probable that the Congregational
church will be formally dedicated to the
use of the Lord, about June ioth. If so.
Children’s day may be celebrated later.
There will be no services in the Con
gregational church, next Sunday morn
ing, the pastor being absent from the
city. In the evening there will be union
Christian Endeavor exercises.
The Congregational church was well
filled, Sunday morning, to hear the
Memorial sermon delivered by Rev.
John T. Roberts of Curtis, Nebraska.
The sermon was an excellent production
and has been very generally commended
for its earnest thoughtfulness. Splendid
and appropriate music was provided by
the Methodist church choir. The in
terior of the church was artistically dec
orated with flags, flowers etc. The let
ters “G. A. R.” appeared in Yuccas on
a banner stretched across the pulpil plat
form. All in all the services, which by
the way were union in character, were
very pleasing and satisfactory through
out. The members of J. K. Barnes Post
of this city were present in a body, to
gether with many other old soldiers.
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