The McCook tribune. (McCook, Neb.) 1886-1936, September 28, 1894, Image 1

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    What Isaac Saw.
The Meeker ditch heads about two
miles below Culbertson and is next in
size to the Culbertson ditch. These
ditches were all full of water, although
there is not a drop of water in the Re
publican river for miles above. At the
head of the Meeker ditch men were at
work excavating a reservoir from which
it is expected water will be furnished
for the ditch whenever there is not suf
ficent water in the river for the purpose.
This reservoir is a little more than two
rods square and at the time of our visit
was twelve or fourteen feet deep. A
steam pump was pumping the water
from the hole, and from all sides, river,
bluffs, up stream and down stream the
water was pouring into the hole nearly
as fast as the steam pump could pump
it out, thus demonstrating that beneath
the surface is an endless and neverfailing
flow of sheet water. This reservoir is
upon the same plan and principal as the
scheme that is offered Hastings to take
water from the bottoms along the banks
of the Platte river instead of depending,
on that stream for a supply.
All along these ditches where the land
has been put under irrigation the crops
are as fine as ever seen in any county
under any conditions. Upon the irri
gated lands there is no shortage nor is
there any visible or appreciable signs of
damage from the scorching hot winds of
July. Corn, potatoes, sorghum, alfalfa
millet and other crops look as fine and
thrifty as in any county. There is no
failure upon an irrigated acre or culti
tivated land and not a sign of a crop
upon non-irrigated land. It is simply
irrigation or nothing.—Isaac LeDioyt in
Hastings Tribune.
Not in the Books.
Squire Berry's office was the scene of a
very stirring incident, last Friday after
noon, during the trial of the suit of
James Harris against the Caseys for for
cible entry and detainer of the Harris
dwelling in East McCook.
After the empaneling of the jury, and
while Lawyer Moore was stating the
Caseys' side of the question, Mr. Harris
objected forcibly to the language used
by Lawyer Moore. In the melee that
followed the lawyer’s countenance was
considerably scratched up.
Old man Casey attempted to bring his
big hickory cane into action over Harris’
head, but Squire Berry interposed, be
sides separating Harris and Moore.
In the meantime Elvis Casey and Ed
Harris had a little set-to in the hall, in
which the young Missourian is said to
have come out second best by a clear
The injured dignity of the law was
promptly repaired by a fine of $ to and
costs imposed on Mr. Harris, after which
the machinery of the law worked very
smoothly and never slipped a cog during
the continuance of the case.
After a brief absence the jury brought
in a verdict in favor of the Caseys, on
the ground that Harris had not proven
the charge of forcible entry.
Registration Ordinance Repealed.
The city fathers met, Monday evening,
in regular session, but adjourned to
Tuesday evening, on account of lacking
a quorum.
At the adjourned session the full board
was present save Sutton.
Bills as follows were allowed:
C. G. Coglizer, salary etc.$50.50
A. G. Bump, salary. 65.00
Harry Frey, salary. 25.00
McBrayer & Osborn, draying. 2.00
Elmer Rowell, rent. 6.67
W. C. Bullard & Co., lumber. S.20
Barnett Lumber Co., lumber. 10.22
L. J. Spickelmier, vaccinating.... 31.00
J. E. Kelley, cash.
Joe Smith, error.
C. G. Holmes, salary..
Finance committee reported favorably
on Treasurer Gray’s report.
Ordinances 5S and 59 were passed un
der surpensiou of rules—same appear
elsewhere in full. Adjourned.
The Stratton-McCook Games.
The two games of ball played on the
home grounds, Friday and Saturday
last, between the Strattons and the Mc
Cooks, resulted in a stand-off, each club
winning a game. There was a fair at
tendance upon both games.
Friday’s game was in favor of the local
aggregation in a score of 21 to 7. The
Wauneta battery put up Stratton’s game.
Our boys found Fisher quite readily,
besides he was indifferently supported
in the field.
But Saturday's contest was different.
Webster pitched for Stratton and the
home team only succeeded in making
three scores off of him, while the Strat
tons had six scores to their credit. The
home team had great difficulty in hitting
Webster’s balls at all.
Book-keeping blank books for sale at
this office. Day, cash, journal, ledger,
each at 10c. apiece._
Tycoon teas are winners. Try them.
55c and 45c per pound at the C. O. D.
grocery store.
Special Notice.
Our store will be closed on
Monday, October ist,
and on
Wednesday,October ioth,
on account of Holidays.
The Famous Clothing Co.
It will not be necessary to register,
this year. _
Toilet soap, tooth brushes and sponges
at McConnell’s.
W. E. West succeeds Howe Smith iu
Troth’s bran joint.
The wind didn’t blow very much, Sat
urday afternoon—it just blew.
When it’s the wolf you want to keep
from the door, commend us to irrigation.
A few of our populist friends have al
ready found out that nothing grows in
the middle of the road.
Last Saturday afternoon afforded a rare
and economical opportunity for the ex
hibition of north side real estate.
The laying on of hands as a sovereign
specific for stomach ache has some advo
cates in this community. Great is mas
The city fathers have repealed our ex
pensive registration ordinance until the
clouds roll by. A wise and economic
List any lands you may have to sell at
a bargain with J. E. Kelley. Office in
rear of First National Bank, McCook,
On Monday work was commenced on
an extension of the big Frenchman ditch
from Culbertson on east acfoss the Black
wood to the Red Willow county line.
A member of the local demi-moudaine
was out for a lark, last Friday evening,
dressed in a certain sport’s light suit of
clothes. How raw is that, anyhow?
The water works office has been moved
into the north side of the post office
room. This will be more convenient
for the public and superintendent. Re
member the change when you go to pay
your water tax.
The Lady Maccabees held their annual
picnic in Fitch’s grove, Tuesday. The
high w ind and dense dust limited the
attendance, but the score or two that
braved the elements had an enjoyable
time. And Charlie Noble is willing to
make affidavit that the spread was simply
“out of sight”—at least a large part of
it was.
W. G. Dutton expects to irrigate on
his own hook, next season. He will put
a low stone dam across the Driftwood on
his farm aud will pump water from the
creek with a gas engine. He expacts to
receive his engine this week. Mr.Dutton
is a farmer of means, enterprise and en
tergy, and we expect him to make a suc
cess of his irrigation enterprise. The gas
engine will doubtless cut quite a figure
in the private irrigation schemes of the
The Fourth car of Hebron flour just
received by the McCook Mercantile Co.
This is the best and cheapest flour in
town; a trial will convince you of its
merits. We also sell the best 25-cent tea
in town. We carry an excellent line of
fish and cured meats; also fruits, vege
tables, etc. If you want bargains in
woolen underwear, now is the time to
get them; nothing in town to meet the
prices on these. Call on the McCook
Mercantile Co. if you want the best price
for butter and eggs.
The school ball club expects to play iu
Indianola, one day next week.
Bessie McBride is attending school and
and staying at the home of Engineer
The children of the public schools will
be allowed to attend the county fair one
day next week, without being considered
as absent.
Miss Stroud of the South McCook
school is assisting Mrs. Cordeal in the
east primary, the attendance in the
South McCook building at present only
requiring one teacher.
Owing to the absence of the pastor
there will be no preaching services at
the M. E. church, next Sunday morning
or evening. Sunday school and Epworth
League at usual hours, however.
Rev. R. L. Knox of Episcopal church,
Arapahoe, will on next Sunday morning
at II o’clock, administer the Holy Com
munion in McConnell hall. Evening
service at 7:30 o’clock. Sunday school
at ten o’clock in the morning.
Sunday services at the Congregational
church; morning io a. m., evening 7:30
p. m. Endeavor Society meets at 6:45;
topic, “Temple Building.” Lydia Brin
ton, leader. Morning subject, “Incen
tives and Christian Life.” Evening
subject, “Passover.”
Democratic County Convention.
The convention was called to order by
Jacob Steinmetz, chairman.
On motion J. H. Bennett was elected
temporary chairman and F. H. Strout
temporary secretary.
On motion P. Walsh, L. H. Roonev
and Charles Hine were appointed bv the
chair as a committee on permanent
On motion A. J. Rittenhouse, C. J.
Ryan, W. E. Stewart, Eli Popejoy and
A. F. Moore were appointed by the chair
as a committee on credentials.
The committee on permanent organi
zation reported in favor of making the
temporary organization permanent. The
report was duly adopted.
The report of the committee on cre
dentials was adopted.
Moved and carried that the convention
proceed with its business in the order
named in the call.
Moved and carried that the chair ap
point a committee of seven members to
report names of delegates to the several
conventions. The following committee
was appointed: A. J. Rittenhouse, L. H.
Rooney, W. A. Stewart, Thomas Duncan,
Harry Barbazett, A. F. Moore and Jas.
McClung Jr.
The committee on delegates reported
as follows: ,
For the state convention—A. J. Ritten
house, Patrick, Walsh, Joseph Harrison
and B. V. Haley. Alternates—James
McClung Jr., Wm. Fane, V. Sells and
F. H. Strout.
For the congressional ceuventiou—A.
F. Moore, W. A. Stewart, Harry Barba
zett, Dennis Fitzgerald, C. J. Ryan and
J. A. Cordeal. Alternates—Matt Droll,
James McAdams, J. H. Bennett, Robert
L. Beckwith, L. Duckworth and J. Tines.
The committee reported that it would
not be advisable to send delegates to the
senatorial convention.
The report of the committee was
adopted and the delegates reported were
The following resolution was intro
duced by A. J. Ritteuhouse and adopted
by the convention:
Whereas, The democracy of Red
Willow county believes in the free and
unlimited coinage of gold and silver at
the ratio of 16 to i, without regard to the
action of any other sovereign power, and
to effect this result we believe that the
elevation of W. J. Bryan to a seat in the
United States senate is demanded by the
best element of the democratic party of
the state. And
Whereas, Under existing political
circumstances the placing in nomination
of a county ticket would be in the inter
est of the republican nominees in the
county, and result in the election to the
legislature of a man unfriendly to the
cause of silver, and an enemy to the
great champion of the silver cause in the
senate. Therefore, be it
Resolved by this convention, That
the best interests of the silver cause de
mand that no county ticket be placed in
nomination in and for this county, but
that the democrats be requested to work
and so vote at the next election as to
promote and advance this great cause.
The following gentlemen were elected
officers of the county central committee:
Patrick \yalsh, chairman; A. J. Ritten
house, secretary.
Precinct committeemen—Alliance, J.
Tines: Coleman, Matt Droll; Driftwood,
James Harris; East Valley, H. A. Barn
hart; Indianola, F. H. Strout; North
Valley, George Arbogast; Perry, Marion
Plummer; Valley Grange, A. G. Culbert
son; Willow Grove, L. H. Rooney.
Moved and carried that in precincts
not represented, the chairman and sec
retary of the county central committee
be instructed to fill such vacancies.
Moved and carried that the proceed
ings of the convention be published in
some newspaper in the county.
F. H. STROUT, Secretary.
The Union Y. P. S. C. E.
The Union Endeavor met at the resi
dence of J. S. LeHew, Sunday evening,
and reorganized with the following offi
cers, committees, etc.:
Officers—C. T. Watson, president;
Minnie Whittaker, vice president; Clara
LeHew. recording secretary and treasur
er; Olive Ritteuhouse, corresponding
Committee Chairmen—C. T.'Watson,
prayer; Lora LeHew, social; Olive Rit
tenhouse, look-out; Martha Battershall,
flower; Clara LeHew, music.
The society has an orchestra of six
pieces and a choir of eighteen voices.
The meeting on next Sunday evening at
6:30 o’clock will be held in McConnell
hall. _
There wers quite a number of McCook
people on the San Luis valley excursion,
Tuesday night.
Buy your tablets, inks and box papers
of L. W. McConnell & Co.
Patronize the McCook Commission
Co. for flour and feed.
Perfumes and toilet powders at L. W.
McConnell & Co’s.
Refrigerators very cheap at S. M.
Cochran & Co.’s.
I). E. Bomgardnek was in Denver,
fore end of the week.
Bank Examiner Cline was in the
city, last night on business.
Mrs. 1jatton arrived home, Monday
evening, from a visit to Denver.
E. F. Duffey of Driftwood precinct
will spend the winter in Kansas.
Bev. Father Hickey arrrived home
from the east, early in the week.
Eli Popejoy did not get started for
the San Luis valley until this week.
A. J. Armstrong was up from near
Orleans, Wednesday, on some business.
C. L. DeGroff and family arrived
home, Wednesday night, from their trip
Frank Carruth is just home from
spending a couple weeks with his wife in
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Lawson arrived
home, Saturday niglit, from their River
ton visit.
Miss Ono Simons and Master Dare
Kenyon arrived home, Saturday night,
from Iowa.
Rev. A. W. Coffman left, Tuesday
morning, for Orleans to attend annual
Miss Maggie Gibbon went down to
Orleans, yesterday morning, to visit old
time friends.
Mas. A. S. Campbell went down to
Hastings, Saturday, on a visit to relatives
and friends.
Judge LeHew accompanied the San
Luis valley excursion party to Colorado,
Tuesday night.
Supt. Bayston was up from Indian
ola, yesterday, on business educational
and otherwise.
Mrs. A. C. Marsh arrived home,
Wednesday night, from visiting her three
sisters in Kenton. Ohio.
Mrs. L. R. Hileman will attend the
grand lodge meeting, Degree of Honor,
at Fremont, first of next week.
Judge Beck and Lawyer Starr had
business in the metropolis, Wednesday.
They drove up from Indianola.
Mrs. W. S. Morlan is entertaining
her sister Miss Margaret Evans, who ar
rived in the city, first of the week.
Commissioner Young will likely
winter his stock somewhere in Colorado.
His son-in-law will be in charge of them
in that event.
C. W. Knights, C. F. Babcock and
J.W. Babcock of Cambridge were among
the excursionists to the San Luis valley,
Tuesday evening.
Loyal B. Howey, Lincoln, National
bank examiner, inspected the First Na
tional Bank, Monday, with the usual
satisfactory result.
Mrs. C. W. Knights and Harry, who
have been visiting relatives in Oelwein,
Iowa, for a number of weeks, arrh’ed
home Saturday night.
Mrs. Ami Todd of Plattsmouth and
Mrs. Carrie Stanton of Chicago are the
guests of Traveling Engineer and Mrs.
C. A. Dixon, this week.
Miss Mary Watson resumed her du
ties with the Nebraska Loan and Bank
ing Co., Monday, after an enforced idle
ness of a week on account of poison ivy.
J. W. Babcock of Cambridge and his
daughter Mrs. Will Duncan of Beatrice
came up from Cambridge, Monday even
ing, to briefly visit McCook relatives
and friends.
Register Campbell took in the
greatest state convention the democrats
have ever held in Nebraska, at Omaha,
Wednesday. He wasn’t a Bryan man, it
is safe to state.
Mrs. H. H. Troth, Lillian and Harry
arrived home, Saturday night, from New
Jersey. They were accompanied by
Mr. Troth’s mother who will make a
visit of some length here with her son
and family.
Mr. Hocknell was delayed in Den
ver until Tuesday by the severe illness
of their baby with an attack of pneu
nia, from which she is now gradually
recovering. The family is expected home
in the near future.
Mrs. W. C. LaTourette arrived
home, Monday night, from her visit to
Hot Springs, South Dakota, where her
brother is taking treatment. She reports
him some better, and that he will likely
remain at the Springs during October.
A. J. Rittenhouse went down to In
dianola, Monday, to appeal from the
decision of Judge Beck in the case of
Casey vs. Harris, in which the judge,
last week, rendered a judgment for some
thing over six hundred dollars in favor
of Casey. A change of venue is contem
plated by Harris.
Consult Holmes Bros., the carpenters.
Buy your tablets, inks and box papers
of L. VV. McConnell & Co.
The oyster season is full upon us now
in all its succulent glory.
It will take a good crop to revive bus
iness here. So prepare to hang on until
it comes.
Hayes county’s October term of court
has been canceled, and there will be
no court in that county until next spring.
J. A. Everist threshed 135 bushels of
alfalfa seed from 12 acres of ground.
Mitchell Young 42 bushel9 from 4 acres.
—Danbury News.
Court Reporter A. D. Gibbs has been
admitted to practice before the state
supreme court. A. D. steps higher and
wider than ever.
The two Eds—Laycock and Wilcox—
rode down to Arapahoe, yesterday morn
ing, on their bicycles, to see the game
between McCook and Holdrege.
Up in Hayes county it is proposed to
examine the breath of each applicant
for aid before rendering the assistance
asked. Not a bad idea, either.
While wrinkled science sajs the earth
weighs four quadrillions of tons, bright
eyed youth proclaims all the world to
him weighs about 125 pounds.
We understand that S. P. Hart and
wife will spend the winter at Longmont,
Colorado, where he will winter a large
number of cattle for H. T. Church.
Prairie schooners sailing out of the
country between two days with mort
gaged property have not inaptly been
likened to ‘ ‘Ships that pass in the night. ’ ’
All fourth-class postmasters are now
possessed of the power to administer any
and all oaths required to be made by
pensioners and their witnesses in the
execution of their vouchers.
J. H. Warfield, who lives & miles east
of McCook on the Perry Jones’ farm, on
Ash Creek, took second premium on
both one and two-year old Chester White
boars at the State fair, this year.
A number of our exchanges have com
menced their semi-annual campaign for
the burning of fire guards. And the
matter is hereby submitted to our read
ers for their consideration and action.
Profit by your sore and numerous expe
riences and plow your guards now
A level-headed exchange says that the
man who gets the fewest letters com
plains most of the postoffice; the man
who pays least to the preacher complains
the most about his sermons; the man
who complains and attends to his neigh
boi’s business is the meanest of the com
munity, and the man who has the most
conceit has the least sense.
They have been having a little trouble
with washouts on the late extension of
the Meeker ditch, but Captain Evans ex
pected to have water on the Hatfield
ranch, some time this week. Wolf, prai
rie dog and gopher holes always give
some trouble when the water is first let
into the ditches, especially where the
ditches skirt along the heads of canyons
or where the bluffs are quite broken
H. I. Peterson of Grant precinct is cir
culating a petition praying the county
commissioners to grant a bounty for
each coyote or wolf killed in Red Wil
low county. The petition has secured a
good many signatures in this city. Coy
otes and wolves have become very de
structive pests in some portions of the
county. We know of one farmer who
has lost 40 little pigs this summer
While there is a deep pathos in thi3
emigration business, occasionally a bit
of humor crops out that is vastly amus
ing. For instance a covered wagon
passed through here, the other day, from
Wray, Colorado, bound for the east. On
the side of the prairie schooner was the
following startling language: “Colorado
—Irrigation; Nebraska—Starvation;
Cleveland's administration: We are go
ing to hell and damnation.’’
W. S. Fitch informs the writer that he
expects to have a private irrigation plant
of some kind ready for use by another
season. He don’t know what power he
will use, but he is leaning quite strongly
at present toward the gas engine. He
will dig wells to secure water, it being
only twenty feet to water at the highest
point on his land. He says he has too
much at stake to run any further risks of
failure, and proposes as far as possible
to insure against their recurrence.
Perfumes and toilet powders at u W.
McConnell 8c Co's.
Good writing paper ten cents a quire
at this office.
The County Fair.
At Indianola, Nebraska, October 2d,
3d, 4th and 5th, 1894. There will be a
large exhibit of windmills and pumps
for irrigation, at this fair; among which
will be The Dempster Mill Manufactur
ing Co., of Beatrice, with a large pump
and mill that they claim will throw suf
ficient water to irrigate sixty acres; The
Aermoter Co. with a pump and mill that
will raise enough water to irrigate 80
acres; The National Pump Co. of Kansas
City, with their No. 4 “Wonder” pump
which is to throw water enough to irri
gate from 40 to 60 acres; The Menge
pump, of New Orleans, is here already,
and the company claim that it will throw
100,(xx) gallons per hour. Others will be
here but we have not received a full de
scription of their exhibit.
All the departments of the fair will be
filled. Plenty of good races; also base
ball games. The best foot races ever
seen in southwestern Nebraska. One
and one-third rates on railroads.
Thursday will be children’s day and
on that day all children under 12 years
of age will be admitted free.
Friday will be old soldier’s day, and
they will be admitted free.
J. If. BERGE, Secretary.
The Value of Irrigation.
As to the value of irrigation there is
this to say. Neither upon the Meeker
ditch, where the farmers have had the
benefit of water for the whole crop sea
son, nor along the little ditch where
they have only had water since about
the first of June, is there a crop that has
been properly irrigated that will not this
year pay the cost of the land, water, seed
and cultivation. A few individual cases
will illustrate that fact. Upon the
Meeker ditch a man by the name ol
Baldwin purchased an eighty acre tract
last fall and put it under irrigation, pay
ing $4 per acre for the water. He pur
chased the land on time at £20 per acre.
A few days before we were there the man
of whom he purchased the land offered
to cancel the purchase obligation, pay
the water rent and deed Mr. Baldwin
ten acres more land for this year’s crop
upon the eighty acres sold.—Isaac ke
Dioyt in Hastings Tribune.
Fourth. Quarter Water Tax.
Office of Water Works, McCook, Neb
raska, Septemder 29th, 1894.
Water tax for the Fourth quarter o(
1894 becomes due Monday, October 1st,
1894. Ten per cent will be added to all
taxes not paid before four o’clock, p. m ,
Monday, October 15th, 1&94. This quar
ter’s tax will be collected on the north
side of postoffice room. Office hours—
q to 12 a. m , and 2 to 5 p. m., central
time C. H. Meeker, Supt
Millinery Opening.
Mrs. A. Barnett desires to announce
the formal opening to the public of her
stock of fall millinery. She has bought
a nice and fashionable line of stylish and
useful millinery in the eastern market,
which will be sold at very reasonable
prices. Turn out next Thursday, Octo
her 4th, and inspect the display.
k. bowman & Son report a very grati
fying success of their fall millinery open
ing, Wednesday afternoon and evening.
The evening attendance crowded their
store. The opening sales were surpris
ingly satisfactory, both in millinery and
dress goods. Their display of milliner} ,
dress goods and notions was extensive,
stylish, and elegant, as usual.
Buy your tablets, inks and box papers
of k. W. McConnell fli Co.
Patronize the Sunny Side Dairy of
Carson & West.
THE C. 0. I). STORE.
2 packages Javanese Coffee,(tlie heat
package coffee on the market .. .$ .45
6 bars White Russian soap.25
x good broom—a bargain.15
1 package ( 12 boxes) parlor matches .15
6 lbs. rolled oats. .25
4 lbs. XXX Soda or oyster crackers .25
Oil sardines, per can. .05
Mustard sardines, per can. .to
3 cans Blue Valley Sugar Corn.25
Hastings High Patent Flour. .... 1.00
The best uncolored Japan tea, that
cannot be equaled in McCook at
any price, per pound.45
Another grade, the same as you pay
50c for at other stores, only.35
2 lbs. evaporated apricots.25
2 lbs. evaporated peaches.25
f. W. McKENNA,