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.THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE: JANUARY 27, 1907.
TIMELT REAL ESTATE TALK
Rentals in Omaha and Ground Values
FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS A FOOT FRONT
One Case C Ited la Whieh the Rental
Cnntrart for a Trrm of Years
la Bases' ea that
Onmha's " Residence Section " is Fast Developing in Every Direction
REPORT OF OH PAVEMENT
Entrinterinc Department Che mitt and Su
perintendent Offer f uereitiona.
SOME PAVEMENTS NOT WORTH PATCHING
Tests of Old and New Pavememte Mad
by Chemist K,l recta brsnn Ist
Year and tHa Preserved
Born or the local pullbacks are shouting
loudly that $2.0C0 or $3,oou a front foot Is
too much montr for any proierty In
Omaha. A little study of rents In their
relation to asking prices of property would
show them that still higher values are Jus
tified. The Woolworth 10-cent store has leased
a part of the flrt-t floor and baa ment of the
old UrandfU bulldliiK. these quarters hav
ing a frontage of fifty-five feet on Six
teenth street and running back 132 feet
The terms of the lease are H'i00 for ten
years. On a basis of ( per cent that would
make the ground and one floor, to say
nothing of the upper floors, worth $4,L4S a
Sherman dt McConnell have agreed to pay
$9,000 a year for five years for the space
now occupied by the meat market at the
corner of Sixteenth and Harney streets and
the little store next to It on the north.
In addition they will put In $5,000 repairs
and alterations. This outlay of JlO.ooo a
year would pay per cent on an Invest
ment of nearly tl(7,n00. It Is to be noted
here that the stores are narrow and run
only part of the way to the alley,
Fred Wead and his associates put about
(10,000 In the new building at Twentieth
and Farnain sLreetg, Including the cost of
the site. They have leased It for Ave
years on the basis of 10 per cent on their
Investment, or 6 per cent on tluu.uuO.
An illustration of the way in which real
estate in Omaha has been advancing is
given by Robinson & Wolf, the property in
question In this particular case being a
small double flat at Twenty-sixth and
Eisklne streets. Two year ago Ed Mor
rison bought the place for $l,8u0. He sold
It to Mr, Kelpin for $1,8C0, and Mr. Kelpln
disponed of It to Harry Friedman for $2,310.
Now Harry Marowltz has bought the prop
erty at $3,000 and says he has a bargain.
Mr. Marowits la a man who knows, for
he has made, from a start of a few hun
dred dollars, fco.000 In Omaha realty la the
last few years.
Almost every day some probabilities and
possibilities In the building Una are an
nounced. Within the last week it haa be
come known that tho Midland Glass and
Paint company Is contemplating the erec
tion of a new warehouse and that so se
riously that It haa tried to secure local
capital for the project. The Omaha Rubber
company, which Is about to enlarge Its
business to Include everything made of
rubber, may be forced to erect a building,
though Manager Spraguo Buys he still
hopes to be able to lease a building before
the present lease expires, which will be in
Among entailer buildings just announced
Is the one which Mrs. Maul will build for
the Cole-McKay company on the north
aide of Douglas street, between Seventeenth
and Eighteenth streets.
. Another contemplated improvement la the
enlargement of George Warren Smith's one.
story building east of the Patterson block
by extending them to the rear. The
Anheuser-Bush Brewing association Is con
templating the erection of a three-story
saloon, store and flat building at the north-
in Insurance History
December 30, 1885. Nathan S. Young.
Batavia, 111., took out Twtmty-Year Endowment
Policy No. 312,176 for 53,000.00.
December 30, 1 905, The Equitable Life
ABaurance Society of the United States paid him in
cash 517,1 12.00, nearly 8IX times the
amount ot his policy, or, at his option, would have
paid him an ANNUITY FOR LIFE amounting to
3,656.40 equivalent to the amount of, the
original policy, with interest of nearly 22 per cent,
thereon every year as long as he lived.
LIFE ASSURANCE SOCIETY
OF THE UNITED STATES
(PAUL MOKTON, President.)
"The STRONGEST in toe World."
It well known promptness In the payment of losses
makes It the most desirable.
Its recognized financial strength behind the oontract
makes it absolutely safe.
H. D.'NEELY, Manager for Nebraska
402-3-4-5 Merchants National Bank
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Georoc M. Coopfcr.
II. Fay Neely
General Agents, Omaha.
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Ceaeral Agents, Uncoil, Neb.
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west corner of Twenty-fourth and Leaven
Weame Bros, will build a two-story brick
foundry on the nlte of their old foundry at
1409 Jackson street.
Mueller A Johnson, furnace dealers, .have
let the contract to Thomas Herd for a
brick shop, 33x110 feet, at 1514 Cass street.
The largest realty transaction of lost
week was the sale of the lot and three
story building at 1308-10-13 Douglas street,
comprising the State hotel and the Glad
stone grocery. This was bought from the
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance com
pany by Fred D. Wead for E. M. F. Le
fiang of Lexington, a man who haa already
invested about $76,000 In Omaha realty in
the last eighteen months. The price was
The purchase of the Dewey hotel property
by John D. Crelghton gives Mr. Crelghton
and his Immediate friends a good building
site. If someone should want to erect a
large structure there some day. The
Dewey hotel Is forty-four feet wide and
Mr. Crelghton owns twenty-two feet west
of it. Next west John M. Daugherty has
twenty feet and then comes the McShane
heirs with twenty-two feet. All this makes
a piece of ground 110x132 feet.
Contractors will submit bids on January
30 for the construction of the Northwestern
freight depot It will be practically all of
brick and Iron, and will be 71S feet In
length, including an office building of two
stories at the south end, fronting on Dav
enport street. The contract will be let and
building operations begun as soon as pos
sible after bids are In. Local building con
tractors are hoping to receive more con
sideration from the Northwestern than
they did when they bid on the building
last summer. It was hard for Omaha men
to get specifications, and when they did it
was so late they did not have time to figure
on the Job and get bids In by the day set.
All bids were rejected on that occasion.
The Union Paclflo eirpects to begin tearing
down the old buildings on Its headquarters
site about the latter part of this week.
The destruction of the old buildings to
T, METERS, 1614 WIRT STREET.
maka room for the Cohn block on Six
teenth street haa already begun. The con
struction of this building, the railroad
headquarters and the Northwestern depot
will lend an appearance of unwonted activ
ity to the district east and northeast of
the federal building-,.
Double brick houses pay and H. F. Curtis
has begun the erection of a second one on
the site of the old Beth-Eden Baptist
church on Fark avenue, just south of
Leavenworth street. Mr. Curtis built a
similar house at the same location last
Two modern cottages have been begun
by Payne & Bostwick at the southwest
corner of Forty-second and Hamilton
Harry Wolf has bought a residence at
the southwest corner of Twenty-fifth and
Margaret Outhard and Adolph I Meyer
have sold land in Spring Place reserve,
amounting to one-fourth the entire block,
to the .Willow Springs Brewing company,
which will use it as a site for its new
bottling house. In addition to this and Its
original holding, the company has recently
acquired a strip of about COO feet of track
age, which will provide for the expansion
of the brewery for many years and at the
same time allow space for other industries.
Slowly but surely the money Is being
raised for the completion of the Auditorium.
Several months ago a committee set out
to raise the necessary $40,000, and It has
succeeded In getting about $lS.O0O of this
amount. The committee says without
doubt the fund will be completed In the
next few weeks that the work on the
Auditorium may be done in the spring.
Harry Ack'erman bought from the Som
mer estate the brick and frame store build
ings at the southeast corner of Tenth and
The Hicks Real Estate company has sold
a residence lot on Farnam street, near
Thirty-eighth, to T. J. O'Brien.
Louise Huster has bought from the
Shlmer & Chase company a house and lot
at Forty-first and Farnam streets.
A. I. Rhamey has bought from Julia
Sherman a house and lot at the southeast
corner of Twenty-seventh and Woolworth
George Quran has bought two lots at
Twenty-fourth and Bancroft streets from
the Byron Reed company. The same com
pany has sold a lot at Thirtieth and Daven
port streets to J. O. Siford, manager of the
Gunning system, who will build on It a
six-room modern home. The company has
sold for Gertrude M. Buchols to Q. M.
Wright the house and lot at 525 South
Mets Bros, have derided to change the
ame of Ruser nark to ConenivHn nrl
This is the twenty-acre tract which the
Men Bros, purchased on Center street,
west of the city. Some dar the riArlc mo v
be made Into an amusement resort.
BIDS FOR COUNTY PAVING
Proposals Opened by Board, bat Not
Comparable I'tll They
Tha county commissioners Saturday
morning opened new bids for the paving
work on West Q, Leavenworth and Fort
Calhoun roads, which is to be done this
year under the Inheritance tax law. The
first bids were rejected, as there was only
one proposal for part of the work and the
bids were, considered- high. ' An accurate
comparison of the bids cannot be made
until they are tabulated. The proposals
for the West Q and Leavenworth work
are lower than the first ones submitted,
but those for the Fort Calhoun road are
higher. The increase In the price on tho
Fort Calhoun road Is due to the fact the
railroads have Increased the rate for
switching cars to Florence. Formerly the
charge was $5 a car. Now it Is t cents a
Bids were also opened on Ice and bread.
The low bid on ice was 90 cents a ton for
natural les, delivered to the county hos
pital ice house, and $7 a ton for natural
ice and (8 for artificial ice for the court
house. The bids were referred to com
mittees. MUNGER CHOOSES MISS CAREY
Talted States Jadge Decides oa
Private Secretary to Succeed
After many days of waiting tha formal
announcement haa ben made that Miss
Alice Carey haa been appointed to the po
sition of private secretary to United States
District Judge W. H. Munger, to succeed
MIm Grace Waring, resigned.
Miss Carey haa been employed In law
stenographio work In Omaha for twelve or
thirteen years and is regarded as one of
the most competent law stenographers In
this section of tho country. Most of her
work haa been confined to tha law offices
of Brogao & Uorsroan, with which office
she has been associated for many years.
Miss Waring, whom Mlsa Carey succeeds,
resigned her position In November, much
to the surprise of ber friends, to enter tha
convent of the Sisters of Mercy, where she
haa entered upon the life of a novitiate.
Miss Waring la not In the city at present,
nor haa aha been for several weeks, having
gone to Chicago with convent friends for
further probationary instruction under tha
law of tha order with which she baa vol
untarily associated herself.
U you have anyUOn to trade advartlM
Be Want Ad page.
DIGNITY OF THE BUSINESS
Eeal Estate Men Hear the Ideal of a
HOW PRESENT ABUSES MAY BE CURED
Board of Control to Establish Bales
that Will Prevent Waste of Kffort
and Protect Owners'
"Dignifying the Real Estate Business"
Is the title of an address delivered by
Eugene A. Bourntque before the Chicago
Real Estate board of January 2 of this
year. It has been printed In pamphlet form
and sent to the secretaries of real estate
exchanges in various parts of the country.
Il was read before the Omaha Real Estate
exchange last Wednesday, and though no
discussion was precipitated. It seemed to
meet with general approval.
The following extracts show the tenor of
Hor.eKt competition helps any business.
But It does nut help the real estate busi
ness when members of the same board cut
commlsalons. tllch business from each
other and resort to practices little iess
than disreputable. There should be rules
governing the conduct of members, the way
Jhey transact their business, regulating
commissions, etc., and these should be en
forced. Nothing would give such Influence
as the reputation for compelling lis mem
bers to do business in a certain way.
I regret to say that many transacting a
real estate business today in Chicago are a
detriment to It, and for this rras n, if for
no other, it should be the function of this
board to perfect Its organization and do
everything possible so as to prevent the In
Jury done to property Interests by Irrespon
sible persons, sometimes styled as real
estate men, but whose business might be
compared to what Is commonly known aa
Good Men Will Join.
There are capable, worthy men 'doing a
real estate business here who could and
would become members If they could ' see
any advantage to be gained by doing' so.
Make a membership in this board mean
something, and the public, too will then
be In a pualtlon to discriminate between te
sponslble and irresponsible parties. This
board should be so managed as to make It
almost necessary for property owners to
give their business to only those who are
members of It. Hut as It is now, they can
see no special Inducement to transact their
business through a broker who Is a member
of the board. The protection afforded a
property owner doing business with one of
its members. If this board had a uniform
system, would be ot considerable advantage
to Hll concerned.
We are clamoring for Improvements and
reforms in city government. Why not com
mence right here and give to real estate,
which is the foundation of all values, a
better standing in the lino of Investment?
Allow property owners, even at their own
loss, to dictate their own terms In handling
their property, which they can do because,
as a board, we are not recognized as hav
ing any uniform or systematic methods
prescribed for our-members, and we suffer,
too. We have been at the mercy of these
people too long, and apparently with no
redress, who are unwilling to do business
In the right way. When we have per
fected a system, the curbstone broker will
not be allowed to Interfere, for no one
would cure to do business with him, and
members of the board, of course, would
have to respect the rights of each other.
Brokers Waste Their Time.
You mieht search In vain for any first-
class city In this country in which a man's
property Is hawked about by nrteen or
twenty brokers, all trying to sell It at the
earliest possible moment for the lowest
price which the owner can be cajoled or
bullied Into accepting. Brokers thus waste
their time and totally fail to give honest
service to the people who employ them.
Exclusive agency would also, lk-siui-s Do
ing an advantage to the seller, protect
the buyer from bidding against himself, as
In the case where several brokers are all
trying to sell him the same piece of prop
erty.- The chances of selling real estate
are often ruined by different brokers hav
ing the same property listed for sale, wnicn
creates a latitude between buyer, seller
and broker which Is not advantageous to
any of them. Better send ten Independent
ugents to an auction sale after Instructing
each to bid in the same property for you.
Home iuy that owners will not give ex
clusive agency of their property. Is It a
wonder when brokers will take property
haphazard, with the understanding that the
one wno sells It gets the commission?
What a the result ? The brokers immedi
ately realize Unit the one who can sell It
the cheapest Is the one who gets paid for
it, making little difference what he gets as
long as It Is a commission, and he is com
pelled to represent the buyer instead of
the man who employed him. This changes
the relation of owner and broker to a point
where the broker is really representing the
buyer, but expects to be paid by the seller.
Tills condition exists because brokers are
not united to protect themselves and be
cause owners have not been educated to
understand what their teal Interests are.
Kieluaive Agency Not Exclusive.
The exclusive agency which this board
should require lis members to demand
would not prevent the sale of property
through other brokers. The man with
whom the property was listed should be
allowed and should be encouraged to divide
commissions with any other member bring
ing him a customer.
A law should be passed prohibiting
brokers from tillering property on the nisr
ket without being duly authorized In writ
ing by the owner to do so. This would pre.
vent brokers from conflicting with each
other and permit them, representing either
buyer or seller, to co-operate together, and
would have a tendency of promoting good
feeling among them; whereas now many
are atralnlng every effort, one to take busi
ness from Ihe other.
Many say there are too many real estate
men; but I say there Is room for many
mure of a good standard If this board will
regulate tho form of doing their buslnees.
Compel the public and owners of property
to recognise this board and Its members
as an organisation who do business In a
businesulike way. Give tha sgent control
of tho property which he offers for sale
and then he will nut be limited or hindered
In- offering It for fear that someone else
will tut In on lim and reap the benefit of
tho efforts he has made to sell It.
This board should prohibit any member
from dividing a commission with anyone
who is not a member ot the organisation,
and certainly with anyone not In the real
eatata business, simply because they hap
pen to bo a Judge, a doctor or a lawyer.
Mlto for Conscience Paad.
Chief of Detectives Ravage received a
contribution to tha police "conscience fund"
by mall Saturday morning when tha purse
containing li.bu which was stolen about a
week, ago frvu tha office ot It. Harry A.
OF J. F. MAWHINNET, SOUTH THIRTT-SEVENTH STREET.
Foster was returned. Tha purse and money
were returned Intact to the owner, Mrs.
John J. Jtardln, who was In the dentist's
chair at the time of the theft. Detectives
have been hard at work on the case and It
is presumed the trail got warm and the
thief decided to return the spoils to save
himself from arrest.
BUILDINGS AND FIRE VASTE
Startling; Comparisons Mado with
Showing of Construction
for II MM).
WASHINGTON, Jan. it. Tha records
and tabulations for 1906 have Just been
completed and show that tha grand total
expended in building during tha year
throughout the country reaches $304,960,
000. Stupendous as Is that sum, it has
fallen considerably below expectations. It
was confidently estimated early in the
year that $725,000,000 would be the ttal
reached. The total shows a gain of a
little over 2 per cent oh the amount of
building done in 1905.
However proud wa may be of our
growth, the figures represent but llttln
more than the value of property wa have
permitted to be destroyed by fire during
the same period, for our fire losses for
1906 have been In excess of 1500,000,00!)
A loss that, sayg Y. W. Fitzpatrick, the
executive officer of the International So
ciety of Building Inspectors, has never
been equalled in any country at any time
and that should mark the apex of the na
tion's tolly. ' Further, Mr. Fitzpatrick,
acknowledgedly the highest authority on
matters of construction In the country,
contends that nine-tenths of these losses
arc preventable. He points out that as
tho majority of buildings have been built
and are being built, there Is absolutely no
assurance that equal If not greater Vsses
will not be the order of the day In the
future, that our energies seem bent In
the direction of providing fire-fighting
appliances and. In paying excessive rates
for so-called fire Insurance, rather than
In building ao that our structures cannot
be destroyed by fire. It Is claimed that
if but a fifth of the sum Involved In our
fire losses had been expended In protect
ing the steel frames of buildings with
hollow flre-prooflng tile, windows with
wire glass, closing off stairways and
elevator wells and taking other such pre
cautions against fire, all the new build
ings erected during the year would have
been substantially immune. As It Is
scarce .005 per cent of our existing build
ings are fireproof and but tV per cent of
those built during the year are even mod
erately Incombustible In their design. In
New York, for Instance, $226,000,000 went
Into new construction and of that not
over $20,000,000 went Into but partially
vooi huiidlngs, and that In the com
mercial metropolis of the country. A
matter that certainly deserves the people's
most earnest attention and the Immediate
application of the one necessary remedy
the better building of new structures and
the prompt overhauling of the old ones.
PALMER REPLIES TO JOBBERS
Kxplalna Why Omaha Wholesalers
Are Not Supplying; National
"I notice that soma of the Omaha Job
bers are doing a little kicking because they
claim to be deprived of the opportunity
of bidding on supplies for the National
Soldiers' Homes," said Captain Palmer, a
member of the board of trustees of the
National Soldiers' Homes, Friday morning.
"I agree with them that Omaha should be
in a position to furnish very many of the
supplies to these institutions, but then
they will not make a bid on these supplies.
Here is a case at hund. Only recently I
sent out blank proposals to nearly every
Jobber In Omaha fur furnishing medical
supplies and the furniture and equipment
of the new home, the Battle Mountain Sani
tarium, at Hot Springs, 8. .. and did not
receive one response. The proposals em
braced soma thirty or forty pages of speci
fications, and among them a special cata
logue list of an Omaha firm waa referred
to by ' name, printed In the specifications.
Possibly they did , not bid from the fact
that the greater number of articles called
for Included drugs and medical supplies for
the hospital, but the more costly bulk of
the articles called for was furniture, car
pets and the like.
"Some of the firms were afterwards
asked the reason they failed to bid and
candidly . admitted they had not looked
through 'the specifications carefully, sup
posing the whole list referred to medical
supplier Some of the bids for furniture
and carpetlngs received from other locali
ties were too high and we have called for
other proposals, and In this second call
some of our Omaha firms have already
submitted bids. All of the supplies for the
Soldiers' Homes are bought quarterly and
maybe Omaha jobbers can get chance
at them yet."
MRS. BAILEY GETS JUDGMENT
Sec ares Fear Handrcd Dollars Dam
ages from r. E. Joy for
Mrs. Emma J. Bailey was given Judg
ment for $400 In county court Saturday
against Frank K. Joy for Injuries "she re
ceived October t, by being struck by his
automobile. The accident happened at Six
teenth and Dodge streets while Mrs. Bailey
waa crossing the street, Sh declared she
had suffered permanent injury by reason
of ber condition at the time of the miahap.
She sued for PMX
Agrtealtaral BUI Takes Time.
WASHINGTON, Jan. Ht-The house la
committee of the whole continued discus
sion ot the agricultural appropriation LUl
LINCOLN BIRTHPLACE FARM
further Flam to Make it Rational Park
MEMBERSHIP WAY UP IN THOUSANDS
First General Expression of People
of the Lore for the Great
Man Who Became a
Further efforts are being exerted to make
the IJncoln birthplace farm a national
park, which will forever stand as a monu
ment to Abraham Lincoln, the war presi
dent, who had the heaviest burdens of all
presidents to bear, and who died In the
harness; the victim of an assassin. Me
morials to other presidents stand In the
form of Mount Vernon and the Washington
monument to General Washington, the
clossio tomb of General Grant and a score
of lesser memorials to other heroes of the
republic, but, although Lincoln has been
dead for over forty years, nothing haa been
done In the shape of a monument or a
park to commemorate his memory.
Mark Twain, the great American humor
ist, haa written a forceful letter which has
been given wide publicity, calling attention
to tho neglect of the American people. In
falling to pay a fitting tribute to the mem
ory of Lincoln. Ills birth farm was put
up at public auction In August, 1836, that
the proceeds might be used to pay off
back taxes. Several bidders were on hand
to bid In the farm that It might be used
by commercial firms for advertising pur
poses; but one bidder raised them all, and,
representing Robert J. Collier, a public
spirited citizen, he bid In the place that It
might not be desecrated. Mr. Collier
quickly turned It over to an organization
of public spirited men to be developed
Into a Lincoln National park that would
forever stand aa a monument of patriotism
Ideal for Such Purpose.
The farm Is Ideal for such a purpose.
Consisting of 110 acres In the rolling blue-
grass region of Larue county, Kentucky,
it is crossed by a picturesque stream, has
many shady groves and possesses the fa
mous rock spring, near which It Is pro
posed that the Lincoln statue shall be
erected. But a afiort distance away, along
the turnpike, stands the old mill where
Lincoln used to go with his father, the
boy seated astride a sack of corn on tho
broad back of the old mare. When the
park Is developed It is said that the Louis
ville & Nashville railroad will establish
a branch terminal near the entrance.
Tha organization, acting on the wish and
plan of Mr. Collier, has decided not to let
some wealthy few have a hand in fitting up
the park, but has called for subscriptions
from the people as a whole, that It might
represent them. Donations from K cents
to $25 are asked, which will give the doner
a membership In the association. The name
of the giver will be put In the permanent
catalogue, which Is to be forever kept In a
place of honor In the historical building to
bs erected In the park. Before November 1
over 15.000 had joined. Labor unions, fra
ternal organisations, historical societies,
women's clubs and organisations of all
sorts have pledged themselves to spread
the work during the winter and 75 per cent
of the dally newspapers, recognizing the
broadly democratic spirit of the movement,
have promised to give the matter publicity.
Officers of Association.
The headquarters of the Lincoln Farm
association are at 74 Broadway, New York
City, and the officers are:
Joseph W. Folk, president, governor of
Missouri; Joseph H. Choete, ex-ambassador
to England; Henry Watterson, editor of
the Louisville Courier-Journal; Cardinal
Gibbons, archbishop of Baltimore; Kdward
M. Shepard, lawyer and author; August
Belmont, director of Louisville & Nashville
railroad; Horace Porter, ex-ambassador to
France; William Travers Jerome, district
attorney of New York county; Jenkin
Lloyd Jones, director Lincoln Centre, Chi-,
cago; Charles A. Towne, congressman from
New York; William H. Taft. secretary of
war; Lyman J. Gage, ex-secretary of the
treasury; Norman Hapgood of Collier's;
Ida M. Tarbell, biographer of Lincoln;
Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain); Augus
tus Salnt-Oaudens, sculptor; Albert Shaw,
editor of Review of Reviews; Thomas Hast
ings, architect; Robert J. Collies- of Col.
tier's; Clarence Mackay, treasurer, presi
dent Postal Telegraph and Cable company;
Richard Lloyd Jones, secretary.
BIG BUDGET ASKED FOR PAY
Nearly Fifteen Thonsnnd Dollars In
creased Salaries Songbt by
Tartona Connty OrBelals.
Douglas county officials and employes
want their salaries Inoreased $14,804 for tha
coming year, according to the requests
which have been filed with the commission
ers by the heads of various departments.
The commissioners did not tackle the
problem at their meeting Saturday, but put
It over until Thursday.
The schedules filed with the commission
ers show the following Increases per month
are asked by the various offices: County
clerk $2e, county Treasurer $110, assessor
$48, district clerk $'J6, surveyor $12, auiltor
$4b, county judge $25, sheriff $196, register
of deeds $70, hospital $110, watchman $lu
This makes a total of $942 a month. A bill
has been Introduced into the legislature to
increase the salaries of the county com
missioners themselves from fl.tuO to $2.5uO.
This would be aa Increase, of $60 each a
month, or $3u0 a montai for the five com
missioners. The grand total would be $1,242
a month, or IHMt a yeas
Chemist Lester Klrschbraun of the city
engineering department hss handed En
gineer Itosewater a report of the engineer
ing laboratory department for 19i. The re
port shows the department cost $l,fO.Tl for
the year and that Inspection was exercised
over K,!H1I square yards of brick pavement,
I9.K74 yards of asphalt repair work and
43,230 yards of asphalt pavement.
Referring to testa made of asphalt and
fluxes Chemist Klrschbraun notes:
"Except material from Wyoming not one
of these failed to pass the city speclfloaV
tlons. Inasmuch ae competition has forced
some contractors to use new and cheaper
asphalts of doubtful nature, the city speci
fications are far too lenient as regards such
new materials. With our present analytical
knowledge of asphalt It Is not always pos
sible to predict with positive certainty the
results of the vse of a new asphalt, and
the city should not allow a contractor to
experiment with a new material at its ex
pense, particularly not the artificial one,
whatever the souroo, without complete ana
lytical knowledge of tha material and an
additional guaranty of not less than five
Mr. Klrschbraun reports that during tha
year he made analyses of forty of the old
asphalt paved streets; the tests showing
that a general deficiency of bitumen and
filler existed In the old asphalt pavement.
Maintains Check on Contractors.
Mentioning the work of the laboratory;
for the year the chemist states:
"It may be stated that the laboratory waa
successful In checking up any errors on tha
part of asphalt contractors in their mix
tures. This department waa called upon to
assist and advise regarding asphalt mix
tures and. It Is hoped, waa of service not
only to the city, but to the contractors.
The records of material tested and of as
phalt streets laid are already proving to be
of great value and the proper Interpreta
tion of such data, together with experi
ments, will no doubt continue to assist la
the Improvement of the quality of this olaaa
of public works."
The chemist haa thla to say regarding
future work of the city repair plant:
"It la the idea of thla department to
conduct next year's (1907) repairing by first
going over the approved streets of tha
business district with a large gang, and
thereafter to keep a small gang continually
going over these streets, repairing small
holes and depressions as they begin to
show. In this way It would be possible
with the funds at our disposal to put and
keep In condition those streets that are
worthy of maintenance and at the same
time to give the outlying and resldenoe
streets proper attention. There can be no
question but that some of the old street
in the business district have outlasted their
usefulness. Their concrete foundations are
rotten and constantly soaked with mois
ture, making further patchings under such
conditions a waste ot energy and money.1
Great Deal of Old Asphalt.
. This suggestion is made:
"There Is a great deal of old asphalt dur
ing the repair season taken from the street
which is capable of becoming a source of
revenue to the department. Thla material.
If broken up by city prisoners Into con
venient size, would make a fine macadam
rock for use on the city's park and boule
vard system. When rolled and handled
like macadam. It should form a surfao
nearly waterproof, bonded, dustlesa and ca
pable of withstanding the light traffic of
Mr. Klrschbraun recommends certain Im
provements to the repair plant, that tha
work of 1907 may be more efficient and extensive.
Should be taught that the short cut te
prosperity and Independence Is the sav
ings account. When considering his finan
cial Interests It might be well to remem
ber that this association offer Its deposi
tors a safety and assurance against loe
and pays on every dollar deposited with
It six per cent a year compounded. Why
not open an account today for the little
fellow and start him on the light npad
and meanwhile remember that the mort
gage on your home can be easily paid off
In monthly payments through this asso
ciation with less annoyance and sacrifice
than under any other system. Call for In
formation. Omaha Loan & Building Ass'n,
- S. B. Oor. 16th and Dodge Bts.
W. C. Lee mix, fres. 8. U. Nattisger, See,
Toath Talk No. 108
Everything I do for a patient
In the way ot dental work I do
with a view of doing work for
him and his friends In years
, Of course I cannot compete la
prices with the unworthy or un
skillful. No more can yon get
a good crown for 2.60 than
you can get a Delmonlco dinner
I charge nothing for exami
DR. FICKES, Pntist
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