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About Valentine Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.) 1900-1930 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 11, 1912)
A New Road Law.
( According to a law enacted at the
iast session of the legislature , when
ever a rural mail carrier in this state
or a postmaster notifies the county
surveyor or county highway commis
sioner that any of the mail routes
within the county are blockaded with
snow or are impassable for any cause ,
it is the duty of the county official ,
within twenty-four hours of receiving
such notification , to proceed with all
haste to open such road. To accom
plish this , the new law sets out that
any road overseer may demand and
require the services of any ablebodied
person who is a patron of the snow
bound mail route. All ablebodied per
sons called to service for this work
are to receive pay at the rate of thirty
cents per hour for themselves and
thirty cents per hour for teams em
ployed at the work. The expense is
to be paid out of the township road
'Employers Liability Commission.
At a meeting of the commission ap
pointed by Governor Aldrich to draft
an employers' liability and working-
men's compensation bill , C. D. Trap-
hagen was elected chairman , and A. E.
Sheldon of the legislative reference
library was elected secretary. Mr.
Sheldon is not a member of the com
mission , but the legislative resolution
creating the commission provides that
the legislative reference department
shall assist in the work. No compen
sation is provided for any of the com
missioners or the secretary. The reso
lution creating the commission was
passed by the house of representatives
only and asks the governor to appoint
such a body. The commission com
prises Representative I. D. Evans of
Adams county , Victor Rosewater , F.-I.
Ellick and A. C. Weitzell of Omaha ,
D. D. Traphagen , Rev. A. L. Weatherly
and F.M. . Coffee of Lincoln.
Revision ot Laws.
"B. L. King of Osceola and J. H.
ftroady of Lincoln , members of the
state commission appointed to report
a revision of the statutes to the next
legislature , are calling on departments
at the state house for suggestions in
regard to changes and elimination of
conflicting sections of the law and the
dropping of obsolete provisions. They
will at the present time call on the
state board of agriculture , the state
Food commissioner and the game war
den. Secretary Mellor of the state
board of agriculture informed the
commissioners that a committee
would be appointed at the January
meeting of the state board to suggest
changes in the law.
Applications at Tubercular Hospital.
The second application to be re
ceived from the prospective patients
for the tubercular hospital which is
shortly to be opened at Kearney , has
come to the attention of Land Com
missioner Cowles. No appointments
for the new institution have been
made , but for the time being the pa
tients will be taken care of by a nurse
and a physician located at Kearney.
Later on , if the list increases , a spe
cialist will be appointed as the head
of the hospital.
Nearly 2,000 Insane in State.
There are 4,188 inmates at the four
teen state institutions at the present
time , according to figures compiled
from monthly reports just made to
Governor Aldrich from the heads of
the various institutions. The Hastings
asylum contains the largest number ,
there being 1,048 inmates at Ingleside.
There are 616 inmates at the Lincoln
hospital for the insane , and 330 at the
Norfolk hospital , a total of 1,994 in
mates at the three institutions for the
care of the insane of the state.
Pardoned by the Governor.
Dr. W. H. Johnson , who was sen
tenced to two years in the peniten
tiary about a year ago , was given a
Christmas present by Governor Aid-
rich in the shape of a pardon. His
time would have expired on January
12 , 1913.
The board of educational lands and
funds has under consideration the
purchase of $20,000 worth of Merrick
-county bonds. /
In reply to questions from the gov
ernment civil service commission ,
Governor Aldrich has stated that the
number of officers and employe of
the state of Nebraska , exclusive of the
militia , is 861 , the number of persons
in the unorganized militia subject to
the call of the governor or the legis
lature , 130,000 ; number of county of
ficers , including commissioners and
supervisors , 1,203. The governor is
unable to ascertain the number of
municipal officers in the state.
Dr. Winnett of the state railway
commission has just finished a hear
ing of the petition of patrons of the
-irrigation ditch at Cozad for better
service. A large amount of testi
mony was introduced and at its con
it clusion the doctor requested that the
petitioners submit briefs on the ques
tion of the jurisdiction of the com
mission to deal with the question pre
sented. These briefs will be turned
-over to the attorney general and if
that official decides the commission
"has jurisdiction , some action will be
ALL OVER NEBRASKA.
Better Results in Farming.
Butler County. Hon. Thomas Wolfe ,
banker and mayor of David City , in
an address recently before the Butler
County Short Course in Agriculture
and Domestic Science , said much of
a practical character along the line of
soil culture and better results , in both
of which he is interested. They are
matters , he contended , in jvhich we
should interest ourselves more than in
the continual chase of dollars , dimes
and nickels for individual pocketbooks.
"When I came to Nebraska in 1864 , "
said the speaker , "I came from Wis
consin where ox teams were the prin
cipal means of transportation in log
ging and farm work. Omaha was a
small city and the principal trans
portation faculties were the bull trains
across what was then termed the
Great American Desert and to and
from the mountain ranges. This land
here could then be bought from the
government at $1.50 per acre. Since
that time it has increased in value to
from $150 to $200 per acre.
"We must increase our efficiency
in farming this land to get a profit ,
to make a fair relurn for these in
creasing values. That is what these
meetings are intended for. We must
increase our yield of wheat to 50
bushels per acre and our corn to 75
bushels per acre. This we can do ,
for we have the most fertile soil in
the world naturally. Prof. Hunt tells
me that he can raise 50 bushels of
wheat and 75 bushels of corn per acre
on his Otoe county farm. Why can
not we do likewise , if we do as ho
does ? He plows 10 to 12 inches deep ,
fertilizes , has rotation in crops , grows
alfalfa and selects seeds to produce
the best results in cultivation.
"We are not raising as many bushels
of corn and other grain per acre as
heretofore. We have plowed our land
only from four to six inches mostly
for the past 30 years. If the land
had not been marvelously fertile it
would have been entirely exhausted.
Ben Franklin's motto , "Plow deep
while sluggards sleep , " is still appro
priate. If we add to this more
scientific cultivation , more care in
selection of seed with greater vitality ,
we will profit much. "
Hangs Himself From a Tree.
Gage County. Philip Hess , a man
67 years of age- , well known in Bea
trice , was found near Pickerel , about
ten miles north , hanging to a tree
dead. The man disappeared from his
boarding house here about four days
ago and it is thought that he secured
a rope , walked up into the timber
and ended his life. Mr. Hess was an
old soldier , and while an inmate of
l.ho Milford homo about two months
ago tried to kill himself by jumping
off a railroad bridge.
Narrow Escape From Death.
Burt County. Louis Larsen and his
aon , William , had a narrow escape
from death when struck by a train
at the Omaha road crossing.When
hit their buggy was thrown on one
side of the track and the team on the
other. The son was unhurt. The
father suffered a severe shock and bad
bruises , but his injuries are not seri
Big Land Deal.
Redwillow County. The largest
land deal ever handled in this county
was closed when the F. T. Wilcox
ranch , six miles south of McCook , a
school lease of 640 acres , and 160
acres in Dundy county , became the
property of Dr. John Conrad of Sumner -
ner , Mo The total amount of the deal
came to over $38,000.
Well Now Down 2,873 Feet.
Otoe County. The deep well which
Is being sunk here is now down 2,873
feet and the drill has struck the hard
est rock encountered since the well
was started. It is slow work cutting
through it. This well has been worked
on by the contractors , Ingersoll Broth
ers , for the past three years.
Bankers Asked to Assist.
Lancaster County. Bankers of the
state are asked in a letter written by
State Fire Warden Randall to co
operate with that official in prevent
ing the destruction of property by *
fire. The fire-warden asks the bank
ers to help in compelling owners of
town shacks to repair or tear down
Burt County. When Nels Moss-
berger went over to the tumbledown
shack used as a residence by his
friend , C. E. Bolden , he was horrrfied
to find Bolden dead upon the floor.
A gaping wound in the man's head
and a revolver lying near the body
told the story. He had killed himself
after a New Year spree.
Succumbs to Wound.
Dodge County. Michael Gorey , the
North Bend saloon man who was shot
by Albert Pruyn of North Bend on
Christmas day , died from his wounds.
He was fifty years old and was un
married. Pruyn is under arrest.
Meeting of Fair Managers. .
Lanaster County. Arrangements
are being completed for the third an
nual meeting of the Nebraska As
sociation of Fair Managers to be held
in Lincoln Tuesday , January 16.
Burrows Pleads Not Guilty.
Cass County. Henry Burrows was
irraigned in county court charged
cvith the murder of William Sayles.
He pleaded not guilty and asked to
iave Byron Clark as his attorney. The
preliminary examination will be held
in a few days.
Youth Arrested as Stowaway In
volves Four Nations.
immigrant Officials at New York Find
Perplexing Problems In the Case of
an American High
New York Higher education and
travel in the case of Samuel Goulden ,
a stowaway on the Prinz Slgismund ,
have given the immigration authorities
some perplexing problems to solve in
which four big nations are inter
They don't quite know whether
Goulden , an 18-year-old high school
graduate , must be sent back to Jamai
ca a British colony , or to Russia , or
whether he has a right to remain
The boy insists that his father and
mother came to this country from Rus
sia when he was six years old and
that his father became a naturalized
The boy was graduated from the
high school of Thomas , W. Va. , where
lie says a search of the records will
show that his father became a cit
izen , thus making him also a citizen
of the United States. F
Goulden's troubles came about
through the fact that his parents dis
agreed and parted , whereupon he
went to Oklahoma to seek his for
tune. He failed to find it and after
beating his way back home decided
to go to Panama.
He thought ( his education equipped
him to work on the big canal and
on November 30 , with $1.50 in his
pocket , acquired by pawning two of
his rings , went aboard the steamship
Prinz August Wilhelm. For three
flays he mingled with the first class
passengers and appeared regularly at
his meals. Then it was discovered that
he had not paid for his passage.
At Kingston , Jamaica , Goulden was
turned over to the British arthori-
ties and thrown into jail. When the
Prinz Sigismund stopped there on its
trip to New York , the boy was put
GAVE AWAY STAGE MONEY
Property Man of Burlesque Company
Startles Bowery by Generosity
and Suffers Broken Nose.
New York. William KJosterman ,
property man for the Cherry Hill
Burlesque company-now playing in
Jersey City , decldecffwhen the ghost
walked for him he would come over
to New York and blow off all the boys.
As one preparation he wrapped a real
$20 bill around a big bundle of stage
money and then ambled from saloon
to saloon In New York buying for
'every one in the house.
At two o'clock in the morning Po
liceman KMc of the Mulberry street
station , was told that a Rockefeller
was giving away money at Houston
street and the Bowery. The cop in
vestigated and found that Klosterman ,
who had been giving away the stage
money , had fallen down an areaway
and in spite of a broken nose had
gone peacefully to sleep. The cop
locked him up and arraigned him in
the Tombs police court /
"Suppose that had been good money
you were giving away , " said Magis
trate Herbert , "think of what it would
have meant to you. You .were so
drunk you would just as likely have
given away good money. "
"Believe me , judge , " said Kloster
man , "If I had that much in real
money I would bo staying at home
minding it. If
you ever catch me
drunk again you caa send me UD for
"I guess the broken nose Is punish
ment enough for you , " said the magis
trate. "Discharged with reprimand. "
AMERICA GETS A $300,000 RUBENS
YORK. "The Coronation of St. Catherine. " by Rubens , recently arrived
rived in New York , having been purchased from the duke of Rutland.
It is one of the most important canvases of the great master , and was
painted in 1633 for the altar of St. Barnabas in the Church of St. Augustin
in Malines. The picture is 8V2 feet in height and 7 feet wide , and its fig
ures are life-size. It has been bought by a well-known American collector.
Prophetess of Paris Makes
Mme. de Thebes , the Famous French
Seeress Predicts Many Kinds of Ca- '
tastrophies in Europe During
Next Twelve Months.
Paris. One long horrid vista of ca
tastrophes is all that Mme. de Thebes ,
the famous Paris "prophetess , " can
see in the history of the approaching
year. She states that 1912 is "The
Black Year , " and predicts for human
ity practically every misfortune except
War will come at the end of the
year , when the French armies will go
[ orth. There is just a sporting chance
that the cataclysm may be postponed
till 1913 , but it is absolutely certain
to come then. It will be so great that
'it will not only turn Europe upside
down , but other continents as well ,
and particularly Asia. We shall reach
the paroxysm of the peril when the
earth quakes at home. We shall be
at the end of our ordeals when the es
sential substances , particularly milk ,
"There is a hard winter in prospect ,
a muggy spring , a heavy summer and
a bitter autumn. " There will be most
frightfr' storms and the wine will be
"Blood and fire everywhere , " Is the
next item in 1912 , "particularly at
Brest , Toulon and Paris. " Conspira
cies , treacheries against the state , for
eign gold , assassinations , fierce riots ,
epidemics , floods and possibly total
ruin will come to Paris , besides the
usual number of passionate dramas.
HOG RESENTED BEING ROPED
Exemplar of Western Methods Hap
pens to Speed With Porker , and
He Is Reluctant.
New Ygrk. Herman Oechli , a farm
er of Sandy Ground , a hamlet on the
west end of Staten Island , called in
three of his neighbors , John Foster ,
William Farley and Robert Brinley , to
help him kill his prize porker.
"This Is some hog , " commented
Oechli , as he pointed proudly to a pen
where grunted a 400-pound Berkshire.
"We'll get him out of the pen , " said
Foster , who formerly was a cowboy
In Wyoming. The hog was driven
from the pen and Foster hurled a las
so about his neck. I
"That's the way we did the trick In
Wyoming , " he laughed.
The pig objected to the lariat and
started off. Foster held back , winding
the rope about his arms and body.
Then the pig decided he was good for
"Stop me ! " yelled Foster.
His three companions started in pur
suit. The porker broke through a
gate , reached the road and made off
n the direction of St. George.
"Can't you stop me ? " Foster con
tinued to yell.
So fast did the hog run that soon
Oechli. Farley and Brinley were dis-
anced. Foster wanted to be dis-
anced. but the rope would not permit.
A mile down the road Foster was
still yelling , "Stop me ! " and seemed
really put out when persons he met
stepped aside to give him and the hog
i clear track.
.When the hog at last stopped to get
jreath Foster was so winded he could
not disentangle himself After his
three friends released him he. sput
"It's my pleasure to kill that hog , "
and he did.
TOO PRETTY FOR POOR MAN
Husband Gets Divorce From Wife on
Odd Plea Couldn't Purchase Autos
and Other "Necessities. "
San Francisco , Cal. A wife with a
comely countenance is too great a
luxury for a workingman , William J.
Gallagher told Judge J. J. Van Nos-
trand in the superior court , while tes
tifying in support of his complaint
for divorce from Mrs. Blanche Galla
"I could not afford to pay for the
automobiles with which she thought
her good looks entitled her to be
supplied , " said Gallagher. "She also
thought she should wear clothes en
tirely too expensive for a man earning
only $5 or $6 a day. I did the best
I could , but she was too pretty for a
poor man and became discontented. "
After listening to the husband's de
tailed recital of the wife's necessities
the court granted Gallagher's petition.
Sermon Bares a Theft.
Cincinnati. Steve Callahan , a ne
gro , was so influenced by a sermon
delivered by a colored evangelist ,
that he confessed to burglary and re
turned to the home of Frank Holmes ,
208 Syramore street , a fur coat h
had stolen. Today he told the police
he had committed more than a score
of other thefts.
An actress will play a vital part In
affairs of state.
The calamities will be by no means
confined to France. Spain will have
conspiracies and fusillades , but the
royal family is saved. "After 1912
there will be no Hohenzollern and no
Dominant Prussia. The kaiser's days
as emperor are numbered. " England
also is menaced by an evil destiny.
Mme. de Thebes recalls the tale o
the French editor , anxious for "sena-
tions , " who came into his office and
asked his deputy what had happened.
"Nothing , " he was told , "except that
a man's nose has been bleeding in the
Place de la Concorde and a chimney is
on fire in Montmartre. " "Enough , "
said the other , and wrote the placard :
"Blood and Fire in Paris ! "
NO CARS IN YOSEMITE PARK
Interior Department Believes Automo
biles Would Interfere With
Washington. There is one place In
the United States where the motor
car is seeking in vain for admission.
That is the Yosemite National Park.
The interior department has been re
ceiving numerous requests for per
mission to operate motors in the park.
All of these were refused and it was
decided that "it is impracticable to
permit cars in the park because their
presence would practically eliminate
travel by stage , the roads being in
such condition that it would be dan
gerous for teams and motor cars to
The department also has made a
rule that no visitors be allowed to
carry firearms Into the park.
DOG GUARDED A LOST BOY
Even a Chicago Policeman Couldn't
Rout "Fox" From His Little
Chicago. Every cfiild who has read
with tears in his eyes the third read
er story of "Faithful Fide , " the dog ,
shot by his master because he had
tried to remind him of forgotten sad
dle bags of gold , will have respect for
this pet fox terrier.
Irvin Spitza. 4 years old , wandered
far from his home. "Fox" knew that
the chiid was doing wrong , but decid >
ed to keep good trace of him. The
dog remained at the child's heels until
the latter fell asleep In a doorway.
The dog was the aggressor later in
an argument with a policeman , who
found the pet cuddled on his little
master's lap. The policeman was un
able to rout the dog with safety to
himself , so he called for a patrol
wagon. At the same moment his tele
phone message reached the station
the father of the boy was there ask
ing that a search be made for his boy.
When the wagon reached the place
the lad was awakened and father , boy
and dog were overjoyed.
Girl Lassces a Coyote.
Gillette , Wyo Miss Alta Scott , a
school teacher , while riding in the
country , lassoed a coyote which her
dog had scared up.
The noose caught one foot of the
animal and Miss Scott held it until
the dog attacked the coyote.
Then she dismounted and seizing a
big stone , threw it , killing the coyote.
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Visitor ( examining picture in dining
* oem ) ' Is that picture one of the old
Hostess Yes ; that's a picture of
First Aviator How far is it to the
next gasoline reservior ?
Second Aviator Two graveyards
and a spiral glide to your left , old
It Is difficult for Mme. de Stael "to
grow old gracefully. " It is more diffi
cult to grow old cheerfully.
Fortunately no Faith Was Required
For She Had None.
"I had no faith whatever , but on the
advice of a hale , hearty old gentleman ,
who spoke from experience , I began to
use Grape-Nuts about 2 years ago , "
writes an Ohio woman , who says she
Is 40 , is known to be fair , and admits
that she is growing plump on the new-
"I shall not try to tell you how I suf
fered for years from a deranged stomach
ach that rejected almost all sorts of
food , and digested what little was forc
ed upon it only at the cost of great
distress and pain.
"I was treated by many different
doctors and they gave me many differ
ent medicines , and I even spent sever
al years in exile from my home , think
ing change of scene might do me gotfd.
You may judge of the gravity of my
condition when I tell you I was some
times compelled to use morphine for
weeks at a time.
"For two years I have eaten Grape-
Nuts food at least twice a day and I
can now say that I have perfect
health. I have taken no medicine in
that time Grape-Nuts has done it all.
I can eat absolutely anything I wish ,
without stomach distress.
"I am a business woman and can
walk my 2 or 3 miles a day and feel
better for doing so. I have to use
brains in my work , and it is remark
able how quick , alert and tireless my
mental powers have become. " Name
given by Postum Co. , Battle Creek ,
"There's a reason , " and it is explain
ed in the little book , "The Road to
Wellville , " in pkgs.
Ever read the above letter ? A new
ne appears from time to time. They
re genuine ! traet utd. fall of
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