The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, August 17, 1894, Image 1
THIRTEENTH YEAR. MeCOOK, RED WILLOW COUNTY, NEBRASKA. FRIDAY EVENING. AUGUST 17. 1894. NUMBER 13. A Plea for the High Schools. University of Nebraska, Executive of fice. To the president and members of the Board of Education: Gentlemen; The repcrt comes to this office that because of the financial depression and of the sudden crop failure, you feel the neces sity of economizing in educational ex penditures; and that this action is likely to take the form of reducing the force of teachers in the high schools—possibly, in some towns,of cutting off the last year of the high school. I have no authority in the premises, and no warrant for addressing you at this time except my warm interest in the system of education which prevails in this stale and in the young people who are being prepared under and by this system for better service to their fellow men, and hence for lives more satisfactory to themselves and to those who so lovingly strive to secure for them a successful future. To this may be added, perhaps, the excuse—if excuse be needed—of the very pleasant personal and official relations which have sprung up between the boards in so many towns and myself, as I have sought to learn of the higher educational needs and de mands of the various localities in this state. This circular, then, is based en tirely on my earnest desire, as a citizen of Nebraska, that not one of the chil dren of this commonwealth shall be either denied the much coveted training of the high school, nor delayed in secur ing this. For delay is dangerous. Youth comes but once and passes all too soon. These young people are now ripe for the train ing which you have thus far offered them. Turned from it now, once out in the world and fairly engaged in the bread-and-butter struggle, there is little chance of their ever entering the school room again. Even should they do so, much will be lost; continuous work has such vastly greater force and effect than this disconnected effort. Moreover, the very fact of the present commercial and financial depression renders their completion of their course wiser and more imperative than ever before. Wiser, because to drop them from the schools just now is in all prob ability to turn them over to an idle life. Many are unsuccessful in securing work at present. To drop a year of the high school is simply to increase this number. Now that these older pupils cannot se cure work, or can secure but small wages, is the very time when it will cost them less to abstain from labor and to continue their schooling. If there was a demand for them at good wages, there might be some hesitation about their going on with their education. There certainly can be no hesitation in such dull times as these. Again, the present condition of affairs proves only too conclusively the practic al value of sound educational training. Not every man who has “graduated” holds out under the strain better than those not schooled: but, all other things being equal, the well-trained man sur passes the man who has not been trained —can render better service, and so has more staying power. \rou have only to look about you and reflect, to be assured of the general truthfulness of this prop osition. Finally, the amount saved by a slight reduction in the teaching force, or even by dropping a year in the high school, is almost infinitesimal when spread over the entire tax list and applied to the re lief of each taxpayer. It is sheer and wasteful folly to have crippled, curtailed and inefficient schools at ninety per cent of the previous tax, when ten percent more will keep them up to the standard. I venture to suggest therefore—and I trust the suggestion will be received in the same spirit in which it is offered— that you ponder this matter long and carefully before you take definite action. See if there are not other lines of munic ipal expenditure along which a saving can be made. If you find that there must be less revenue to the schools, then begin at the bottom rather than at the top. Put the lower grades on half-day sessions; which is far better than depriv ing any higher grade of its entire work. Better still, if the emergency is great, suspend the first year, or even the first two years, rather than the last. Wiser and more truly economic by far, that the youngsters should have one more year of free, animal life, than that those whose education is so well under way should be turned from the schoolroom door. The free public sohool, and especially the free public high school, is nearer and nearer to the heart of the American peo ple every year. It is the inspiration of the individual pupil, the hope of all classes, the great levelerof all false stand ards in social or individual life, the prom ise of state or national perpetuity, the one great factor that constantly tends to insure a pure democracy. I pray you to be extraordinarily careful to preserve undiminished its efficiency and its power. With expressions of highest respect, believe me to be most cordially yours, Jambs H. Canbibld. Lincoln, August, 1894. The Independent Convention. The Independent County Convention assembled at the court house in Indian ola, last Saturday, as per call. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Smith and the call read. S. T. Parsons of Bartley, was elected temporary chair man and O. D. Mosher of Indianola, was elected secretary. The following com mittee on credentials was appointed: R. C. Catlett, Ami Teel and M. Reddy. Committee on permanent organization: J. H. Bayston, Cal Underwood, H. H. Pickens, H. Jones and Mr. Remington. Committee on resolutions: N. Dutcher, I. Vandervort, S. W. Stilgebouer. A. Hammond and W. T. Lindsay. Com mittee on order of business: W. R. Pen nington, A. J. Foss and I. M. Smith. A motion prevailed that the opera house be secured for the afternoon session, as the court house was entirely too small for the delegates. J. Fletcher and J. H. Bayston were appointed a committee to take up a collection to pay for the hall, and they succeded in raising fiS.57. Adjourned till 1:30 p. m. Meeting called to order by Chairman Parsons. Report of the committee on credentials. The committee on resolutions reported as follows, and the resolutions were adopted amidst great enthusiasm: We, the delegates of the Peoples' Independ ent party of Red Willow county, in conven tion assembled, reaffirm the principles of the Omaha platform of July 4th, 1S92, and adopt the following principles as the demands of this convention, and we call upon all citizens of the county, irrespective ot former party affiliations, to assist us in the carrying out of the same by securing at the ballot box the election of the member of the legislature who is by this convention placed before the people for their suffrage. \V e demand that the law fixing salaries of the county officers be reduced to a fair com pensation. Also that all fees accruing in any county office shall be turned into the county general fund and all salaries of county officers be paid out of the general fund. We demand that general suffrage be ex tended to the women of our state on an equal ity with men. The populists ot Red Willow county are in close sympathy with the wage workers of the land and we denounce the combination of railroad managers and government officials by which the rights of workingmen are tram pled upon. That we heartily endorse the action of our senator, \V. V. Alien, and of our representa tives in congress, in their earnest endeavors to secure legislation in the interest of the toiling masses. We recognize the necessity of public em ployment for tens of thousands of worthy Ne-' braska citizens who have been brought to destitution by the crop-destroying drouths, and we declare they must be saved from beggary and starvation by setting them at work upon the public roads, and upon state surveyed, state-built and state-owned irriga tion ditches, wherever water supplies can be utilized, payment for these public services to be made in county and state warrants, receiv able for taxes. For legislation in the interest of the people of the state and county we demand the initia tive refereedom system, to be established by law as soon as possible and to carry out the reforms demanded by our national, state and county platforms, we demand the passage of a bill in the coming legislature for a call tor a constitutional convention to frame a state constitution for submission to the people for their adoption or rejection. Resolved, That we endorse the actions of Hon. I. A. Sheridan in the late general as sembly of the state. We, the independent party, heartily endorse the actiou of E. J. Mitchell, editor of the In dianola Courier, in that he has endorsed the independent platform and has joined the party voice and vote, and tendered his paper as an independent organ to herald the princi ples of the party to all people. Therefored, be it Resolved, That we,the Independent Con vention of Red Willow county, in session as sembled, do hereby pledge our hearty support to the above paper. Motion made and carried that the nominations be made by informal ballot. I. M. Smith and M. Reddy were appoint ed tellers. Informal ballot for treasurer: Meserve 122, Fletcher 14, Reddy 1. J. B. Meserve was nominated by acclamation. He was called for and coming forward delivered an address which was received with much applause. Informal ballot for attorney: Boyle 126, Dodge ir. C. H. Boyle was nomina ted for attorney by acclamation and acknowledged the honor in a few well chosen remarks. Informal ballot for representative: Sheridan 73, Stilgebouer 31, Kinney 14, Green 12, McBride 2, Rozell 1. First formal ballot: Sheridan 86, Stilgebouer 42, Kenney 5, Green 2, Hardin 1. The nomination of I. A. Sheridan was made unanimous. He thanked the convention for the honor, pledging himself, if re elected, to do all in his power to further the interests of the independent part}-. Informal ballot for surveyor: Barber 115, Francis 22. Andrew Barber was declared the candidate by acclamation. Informal ballot for coroner: Sharp 42, Rollings 13, Blatt 5, Brown 27, Pickens 4, Everist 13, Korb 6, Tibbett 5, Bishop I,'Quigley 17. First formal ballot: Brown S9, Sharp 18, Everist 34. Dr. J. M. Brown of Bartley, was declared the unanimous choice of the convention. Motion carried that the delegates to the different conventions be nominated by acclamation. The following delegates were elected: STATE CONVENTION. 5. W. Stilgebouer, S. T. Parsons, W. L. Rollings, A. F. Hardin, W. M. Rozell, T. K. Quigley. T. E. Miller, J. Fletcher. ALTERNATES: W. T. Lindsay, S. L. Miller. CONGRESSIONAL CONVENTION. I. N. Clover, W. A. Minniear, L. J. Shippe, PatCallan, Frank Reel, W. T. Lindsay, W. A. Gold, Ira Miller. alternates: O. D. Mosher, N. Dutcher. SENATORIAL CONVENTION. M. C. Maxwell, J. FI. Berge, W. M. Taylor, R. A. Green. Page T. F'rancis, H. H Pickens, M. W. Rozell, I.M. Smith, alternates. S. R. Smith, Philip Blatt. I. M. Smith was elected chairman of | the county central committee. The following is a list of the precinct committeemen: Alliance. M. Reddy; Box Elder, J. S. Modrell; Coleman, W. M. Rozell; Drift wood, C. S. Ferris, Fritsch, James Car michael; Grant, W. A. Gold; Missouri Ridge, T. E. Miller; Perry, Frank Real; Tyrone, L. J. Shippe; Indianola, Isaac Vandervort; Beaver, \V. A. Minniear; Bondville, J. A. Carter; Danbury, E. B. Lister; East Valley, I. Fletcher; Gerver, R. A. Green; Lebanon, E. C. Clark; North Valley, George E. Culver; Red Willow, I. J. Miller; Valley Grange, M. C. Maxwell; Willow Grove, A.W. Utter. The delegates to the state convention were instructed for J. H. Bayston for superintendent of public instruction. Nominating a candidate for commis sioner for the second district, consisting of Alliance, East Valley, Fritsch, Indian ola, North Valley and Red Willow pre cincts, was next in order. The informal ballot was as follows: Young 9, Carmi chael 18, Fletcher 3, Sibbett 6, Catlett 6, Colling 6. Formal ballot: Carmichael 26, Sibbett 7, Catlett 5, Colling 3. James Carmichael of Fritsch precinct, was de clared duly elected. He was called for ward and made a speech of acceptance. The business of the convention being finished the meeting adjourned. [ ~ Councilmanic Doings. The city council was in regular session, Monday evening. The following bills were allowed: McCook Electric Light Co.£132.50 Barnett Lumber Co. 19.76 L. Lowman & Son. .55 J. A. Wilcox & Son. .30 E. J. Wilcox, cash advanced. .65 H. P. Sutton, salary. 25.00 C. E. Pope, salary. 25.00 J. H. Yarger, salary. 25.00 Jacob Steinmetz, salary. 25.00 C. B. Gray, salary. 37-50 E. J. Wilcox, salary. 75-oo J. E. Kelley, salary. 37-50 J. S. L-eHew, salary. 37-50 Report of L. W. McConnell, druggist, was placed on file. Finance committee reported a favora ble examination of the report of Treas urer Gray made June 25th. Report of Treasurer Gray reported to finance committee. Adjourned till 9 a. m., Tuesday. At this session there was a full board present. The only business transacted was the passage of an ordinance to create a board of health and to define its pow' ers and duties. Adjourned. C. T. Brewer lost four nice hogs out of one of his South Omaha shipments, this week. They were dead when they got to their destination, and Charley is about £50 out as a result. We greatly regret learning that there is a probability that the Nebraska K. P. lodges will not go to Washington. So far they have not been able to secure satisfactory rates from the railroads. William Augustine and Miss Carl— one of the twins—were married in Wau neta, Tuesday. They returned here on Wednesday evening. We are under obligations to the In dianola Courier for the report of the independent county convention appear ing in this issue. Hon. W. E. Andrews will deliver a speech at Cambridge, after the senatorial convention, today. And it will be worth hearing. With Providence witholding His smiles and a democratic administration, surely we are in hard times. The A. 0. U. W. have paid the $2,000 insurance carried by the late G. R. Oys ter. Prompt. One line of the hose leaked badly at the fire plug, Tuesday. Gaskets save force, boys._ You can’t fight fire very satisfactorily with three-sixteenths. Tycoon teas are winners. Try them. 35c and 45c per pound at the C. O. D. grocery store. Brewer is selling meat cheaper than it has ever been offered in the history of McCook. It’s too hot for politics. So please excuse for a few weeks. Brewer sells hams at I2j£c. Best brands in America. “Celerade”—a celery nerve tonic at McConnell's. PEOPLE YOU KNOW. Dan Cashes is at Courtland, in Gage county, now. Mrs. C. W. Knights is visiting in Oelwein, Iowa. Mrs. Will Vetter returned to Has tings, Saturday morning. Mrs. Lawson and the children are visiting Riverton relatives. Mayor Kelley spent Sunday in the mountains with the family. R. O. Phillips was up from Lincoln, Saturday, on ditch business. Sidney Dodge’s son left for Hyannis, Wednesday morning, to cut hay in that vicinity. A. R. Cruzen, the Curtis banker who wants to be secretary of state, was a city visitor, Monday. C. T. Beggs spent part of last week with the family at Stockville, riding over on his bicycle. Jesse Ashton is in the city receiving treatment, and is making his home at the St. Charles hotel. Mrs. Crandall departed, last Friday evening, for Illinois, where she will make her future home. P. A.WELLS left for New York, Thurs day morning, expecting to be absent in the east about a month. Dr. Gage was called up to Haigler, Monday night, to see Mrs. Rice, wife of the section foreman there. Col. Harry McClelland of Impe rial, was the guest of his friend Rector Frank Durant, F'riday last. Miss Winnie Davis, “daughter of the confederacy,” was a passenger on No. 2, one morning last week. J. P. Lindsay departed, last night, for his new home in Tonawanda, New York. May ample success be his portion. James Munson, brother of Mrs. H. P. Sutton, is here on a visit, arriving from Ainsworth, Monday evening. Mrs. N. L. Cronkhite spent the closing days of last week here looking after her large interests in the city. Sam Bahner and family departed for Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, Saturday last, where he has secured work at his trade. E. J. Wilcox went up to Denver, Wednesday night, and wtll spend the balance of the week there at the L. A. W. meeting. John Hatfield came out from De catur, Illinois, Saturday evening, to look after his large and valuable stock and land interests near here. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Allen arrived from Denver, Sunday morning. Mr. Allen is canvalescing nicely, though still weak from his long illness. Register Campbell attended the meeting of the democratic state central committee in Omaha, first of the week, returning home Tuesday night. Mrs. J. P. Lindsay and the children left for Iowa, Sunday morning, to visit relatives briefly on their way to their fu ture home in Tonawanda, New York. E. R. Curtis’ hand came in contact with a rope at the fire, Tuesday, and he carries that member wrapped up very carefully now, and will till the burn is better. C. T. Brewer returned from South Omaha, Saturday night. He shipped several bunches of steers to Chicago dur ing his absence and had a round-up with the strikers in the yards at South Omaha. An Untimely End. The death of George L. Etter, at an early hour, Wednesday morning, after a lingering illness, is one of the saddest visitations of the Grim Destroyer that McCook has ever received. Clever and popular, in the prime and flush of young manhood, George Etter has been cut down. The deceased has been a resident of our city for a number of years, and has acquired a large circle of friends, who with the family are inexpressibly shocked at his untimely death. Private services were conducted at the Commercial House, over which the de ceased had presided successfully for years, at 9:30 o’clock Thursday morning, by Rev. Frank Durant of the Episcopal church. Funeral took place immedi ately afterward, interment being made in Longview cemetery. The bereaved mother, sister and broth ers have the very tenderest sympathy of this community in this deep and sad affliction. A number of beautiful floral offerings were laid on the casket, tributes from friends. There were a number of commercial men among the pall bearers. The de ceased was a prime favorite with the traveling public. John Etter, a brother from Neosho, Missouri, arrived on Wednesday night, to attend the funeral. Try Meadow Lily at McConnell’s. It is a question of feed or no feed now. Red Willow county will have a fair anyhow. The dates are September 4-7. For Rent—A new 5-roofti residence desirably located. See P. A. Wells over the Citizens bank. Book-keeping blank books for sale at this office. Day, cash, journal, ledger, each at 10c. apiece. Dr. Z. L. Kay succeeds the late G. R. Oyster on the board of education. He will make a good member. Practical irrigationists will turn their attention to the question of securing res ervoirs. They are necessary to a large success of irrigation in southwestern Nebraska. There will be 100,000 Knights of Pyth ias, more or less, at Washington, August 27th, consequently you should procure your cards at home. Call at once and see our samples. J. W. Dolan, a banker from ludianoia, and Jacob Pflug, of Exeter, were in Falls City, Wednesday, looking after feed and provender for the drouth stricken peo ple in their country.—Falls City Journal. Our people should not lose sight of the windmill and pump as factors in irrigation. Where used in connection with storage reservoirs they have proved successful in irrigating small tracts of land, from one to ten acres. Some small boys and a few matches caused W. H. Brown and C. H. Jacobs to lose all the small buildings in the rear of their respective dwellings in the northwestern part of the city, Tuesday, shortly after noon. The buildings were practically destroyed by the time the fire department arrived. It was a long and hot run for the boys. But, notwithstand ing the light water pressure, the fire was easily confined to the buildings describ ed. Such pressure would have availed little had the fire been in a structure of any considerable size. Irrigation by means of windmills has progressed far beyond the experimental stage at Garden City, Kansas. The farm ers have found this method of getting water more satisfactory and certain than from the river, and new mills and reser voirs are now going up. The effect can be seen to be marvelous even from the car windows as one travels across that district. East of Garden City the ground is bare and brown. West of there it is even more bare and yet browner. In and around Garden City is a garden, and windmill irrigation is the thing that has been mainly instrumental in re claiming the desert.—State Journal. Rev. Frank Durant will leave for St. Paul, Minnesota, early in September, to resume his theological studies. He expects to be absent about a year. Rev. Knox of Broken Bow will supply this point in the interim, but will make his headquarters at Arapahoe. Rev. Durant has made for himself an enviable repu tation during his residence among us, by his ability as a pulpit orator and by his popular personality. He expects to take up the work here again at the end of a year, and if fortune and prosperity should smile on this community during the coming season, he expects to build a house of worship for the Episcopal peo ple in the fall of ‘95. The Tribune joins his many friends and admirers in kindliest and most prosperous wishes. Nebraska Knights Pythias are having no end of trouble in arranging to attend the national gathering at Washington, D. C., which is to occur during the pres ent month. The trouble all comes from the refusal of railroads to give rates suit able to the transportation committee. It is difficult for committeemen to find out why a rate lower than one fare can not be obtained. Such a rate has been offered, but the time is limited to fifteen days, which is entirely too short to suit the Knights. Eastern roads say the western roads are not willing to give in, while the officials of western roads lay it all on the two lines east of Chicago. In order to settle upon something definite Grand Chancellor Dilworth went to Chi cago to consult railway officials. He was prepared to offer $5,000 for 500 round trip tickets, but as he has not returned it is not known whether or not he met with success.—State Journal. Try Meadow Lily at McConnell’s. $4.50 buys a $5.00 coupon at Brewer’s. Wall Paper 3 cents a roll at L. W. McConnell’s. Refrigerators very cheap at S. M. Cochran & Co.’s. For cash Brewer sells meat 3c. cheaper than any market in town. Go to McConnell for Toilet Soap, Per fumes and Toilet Articles. Whole hams I2j£c, Sliced hams 15c. at the B. & M. meat market. The Meeker Ditch. Ye editor and wife took a delightful drive along the line of the Meeker irri gation ditch, last Sunday, and to say that we enjoyed the drive puts it mildly. The first farm we visited where practical irrigation was in process was at William Baldwin’s, and to see those large fields of potatoes, the vines standing three feet high, alfalfa ready for the second har vest, all kinds of vegetables growing rank and unusually large, convinced us that plenty of moisture is a safe guaran tee against hot winds. Farther down the ditch we visited Galen Baldwin’s farm. Last fall Mr. Baldwin purchased twenty acres of laud under the ditch from his brother William, teu acres of which was under cultivotion, the bal ance was broken this season and planted to sod corn and melons; and such a crop —a perfect forest. We brought home a stalk of corn that measured eleven and one-half feet. He has a half acre planted to vegetables from which he will realize enough money' to pay for five acres of his land. His crop will pay for his land this season and leave a surplus sufficient to maintain his family until another crop can be raised. A person who has read Col. Wood’s “Sixteen Years in the Fu ture,” in the Nebraska Farmer, and then I visits one of our irrigated farms this year, would not think the colonel’s pic ture overdrawn or extravagant.—Cul bertson Sentinel Talk Irrigation. Irrigation topics will no doubt be pur sued with renewed fervor by the people of Nebraska, following the late period of drouth and hot winds. Tne chief obsta cle that stands in the way of a vast and successful system of irrigation covering extensive regions seems to be that of a lack of water supply. It is recognized that the streams tributary to this region do not carry a volume of water at all commensurate with the needs of the country for irrigation purposes upon a large scale. Whether or not it would be practicable to undertake to conserve the waters of these running streams by the construction of huge reservoirs along their courses that could be made to catcli and retain their surplus waters until needed for watering the fields during the cropping season is, in our opinion, one of the most important features of the ir rigating problem. During the fall and winter immense volumes of water are thus discharged from one water course to another and carried on to the gulf without effecting any good, so far as their presence in the watering of the soil is concerned. The possible full use of these waters, it would seem, would go a long way toward making possible and practi cable that complete system of irrigation that as yet only exists in the desires and hopes of the people. This is a view of the situation that should command the attention of legislators, and the newspa pers of the state can be of great service in reflecting the course of public opinion upon this and other kindred matters Pythian Card3. .Sir Knight, are you going to the en campment at Washington, next month!1 If so, you will need some cards. We have a superb lot of samples on hand. Call and make your selection early. We will print them neatly and cheaply, too. Buy flne beef roasts at Brewer’s at 7c. cash. Wall Paper 3 cents a roll at 1. W. McConnell's. Cood writing paper ten cents a nuire I at this office. “Celerade”—a celery nerve tonic at McConnell’s. Buy meat of Brewer and save 4.0 per cent, of your money. Patronize the McCook Commission Co. for flour and feed. HERE ARE BARGAINS . AT. . . THE C. 0. D. STORE. ■ Hastings High Patent Flour . Jr.oo Fancy Bakers.80 Extra Family.70 4 lbs XXX Soda Crackers.25 3 cans Blue Valley Sugar Corn.25 3 lbs. Ginger Snaps.25 Albs. Rolled Oats.25 Sherman Bros. Best Mocha and Java Coffee, 2 lbs. for.75 Sun dried Japan Tea that heretofore sold at 45c, now.35 The 60-cent grade now.45 All other goods in proportion. r. W. McKENNA, Proprietor.