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PITILS OP THE LODGE POU5 BCHOOI CHEYENNE COUNTT.
HH home-making Instinct U a
1 wrll di'VPloppcl trait In Ne
I I brask rlinrm-tor Tl.n r,i,- .
of the grr-nt p'ains w3 thq
rnUlPtnan. In his almlrm wan
drrtng whPn he rcoclipd Chey-.
emu? county he called a halt. Ho wanted
time to think and the problem before him
demanded thought. Most rreat discoveries
are made by accident. Thl trail drover
aa a good buelnens man, and certainly no
man In all the world ever knpw the cow aa
did he. He could converse with a steer In
hli own language, and knew the moat In
timate thoughta of Its heart nt any hour
In the day or night. He knew the cost of
each Item in hla business. And yet this
Wf Il-equlppcd business man for a long tima
H1 not see further than the end of his
Borne cowman whose name was forgot
ten If ever known-got to the northern
market too late and was obliged to winter
a herd of cattle In a northern climate. Ha
found by accident against his will that tl
uurruJo grass, the bunch grnss, the various
other plains grasses totreth.r with
sham cold winter m h r x
I, O Winter, wnicn forced the animal
to put on a provision of tallow for Its self
preservation, would cause. a Texas stier
merely to double In Its gross weight.
The first drover who failed to sell his
herd sat down and wept; he found that,
facing sudden ruin, he had found sudden
wealth. Two years In the north had multi
plied his holdings by four. His animals
would weigh almost double, and th..v
would bring almost twice the price by rea-
on or their superior quality In beef. TWi
was a great and remarkable disc .very. It
became the more Interesting in that it took
place about the time Amorlcan railroads
began to cross the western plains. This
business of the trail drover then is act two
of the drama of the Nebraska steer.
In 1868 occurred certain phenomena of In
terest to students. The corn-belt feedprs
from the Mississippi valley . followed the
railroad west. These farmers wanted cattle nomes ln a" Part of Cheyenne county, but Improve the moral tone of society. It was mighty army. They were soldiers of In
to feed. The railroads in these days were ,lttl8 wlnter feeding is done. The ranch a fair type of western border towns, where dustry, drilled by labor and hardship, and
meek and lowly. They fought for this new
buslness which came up out of the ground.
The banks of the middle west got strictly
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inry wouia DacK lo any
limit the reputable farmer who would go
west and buy cow. to ship to the corn-
belt. Land In 1S71 was bought freely in
Texas at 2tf cents per acre. A milch cow
nd calf at her side was worth a section
legan to demand northern wintered beef.
Note also that this range beef, doubly
wintered In western Nebraska, began to
compete with the corn-fed beef in the
middle west. In 187S Texas land jumepd
to the awful price of tlOO per ec-
tion. Eight times to whet It was two yea
earlier. But cow. kept up their march
along thl. dualy highway to the west.
Bold men pushed into the cattle range
of land in Texas. One could drive . cow rdK City to Osalalla and Sidney has the lawyer and the doctor, both great judiciary purposes. The first regular elec- of barley and 55.CCO bushels 'of rye and it and bulldh e up new aicuiture , " ha" tl,e mdPrn lmpr0Ve'
north to market, but he could not drive been thoroughly obliterated. The railroads healing mediums with peculiar methods. tlon of tho county was held In October. Is stated by the county officers That thJ tie, of TonsMerll f! ".T nien. e accompanying cut. will .how
" 01 'a"a. ' -"perseaea tne trail, ana wnat the lney were a part of the rude civilization jsn. one year after Its organization. The Is more grain on hand, being held by the must not be forgotten haT tw k , 1 naVe a dPC""t r m
That absurd creature, known differently rad left undone the small ranchers of frontier life, which paved the way for first school district was organized ln Sid- farmers, than at any time in the hlstor Ing with thomTrder .1. Z I T th CU"ty " enUrely OUt f debt and
a. homesteader." -granger." "farmer" or hav completed. But there Is still plenty the gentler Influence, that follows; to mold ney In 1871. The first school was taught of the county. The farmer, of the couZ modern home One otSnf ' mMy t'U'-
"nester," began to persecute the soul of wor for a good cowboy, and there is no the morals of the race that peopled the In the winter of 1871 and 1872 by Mrs. are making rapid progress along the dairy appointments ' of 'the vl, 1 ,T p Bldney' lndeed "a8 many attractive fea-
drovers. north and .outh. The government ack,,f "mance " work. Owing to the cities of the prairie,. Every store in the Irene Sherwood, at her residence. In 1882 Industry. At the present time these farm- county who U lonkmV -?f Chp-enne tures. Her wide streets, her elegant homes,
at this time bought much beef for the breaking up of the great herds, there has city on the Sabbath contracted and carried Cheyenne county had 9,072 square miles, era have 3.700 acre, seeded In alfalfa and something western Is fhi hi VZ'I her 8,,bB,antlal business blocks and her
rmv inri tha inrii.n. xit .v. .. coma an Increased demnml for mor. mia.ua, iuiu ""'""'i1' westorn, is that he cannot f nd uV.nn.i-.nt ir. v.,.. 1, .....
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OBTTRFELDER. BLOCK, SIDNEY.
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AMERICAN BANK. SIDNEY.
PLOmXO BY STEAM
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v. Vllirt CIIIIO IUU1IIV. J HIT All ITKUM IWMlUlf!
mo w xiy lini iiiiie n
had been fullv riemnnatrntH thut rha.rnnn.
county's cattle range had this faculty of
doubling values. The industrious drover
was no fool; he began to locate ranges for
himself. The Spaniard was the original
cattle ranchman In the west and he made
progress from the start. You will hardly
turn a corner In our dictionary In western
Nebraska without running up against him.
Tet 11 Blvcs one a little thrill to find all
across the plains country where they left
their bones these unobllterated foortprints
ese unobllterated foortprints
s. The live stock interest.
of the pioneers. The live stock interests
have undergone a marked change since tho
organization of Cheyenne county. With
the thinning out of the larger ranches, the
largely Increasing acreages of alfalfa, the
Inevitable development of the dairying
Industry Is not far off. The Nebraska steer
Is responsible for hundreds of prosperous
""UOD """y w-'cupies some nine vaney
on a clear tream. a"d " Is an interesting
"lght and undoubtedly a reassuring alght
tO the rAflfhmnn t n vtaor tha hllnitraa
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catUo on thelr flr8t wava of the
Prlri nd beyond.
Th cowboy of today does not live under
"e conditions that marked his life a gen-
eratlon ago. The old cattle trail from
know how to care for cattle. Saddle manu-
facturers are turning out more cowboy
addles today than in the day. of the
ran kings, .Imply because there are more
men ln the cattle business and more herds,
It 1. no longer a question of what so-
clety one will find in Sidney. Men and
women are not far to eek in this thrifty
city a. gentle ln manner., a. refined in
speech, aa clean in life as can be found
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POWER ON A CHEYENNE COUNTY FARM.
HIIV'.'rilTO I I TO la n frtlA Yts,.A nn
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...i.-.iiu, wo mum; mere is a nine 01
the frontier, nt the Dicnlc about it Still, hilt
wU1 tako care of ltsclf tlme- Tne
'tern Uw f lndlvMual responsibility Is In
..uic. iuey are ousy people in mu-
ney today, but never too busy to take i
look at the part. And If you care to ne-
company them Into the country you will
una some or tne frontier life remaining,
Just as it existed years ago. Th social
atmosphere Is characteristically western In
I I al a n Maam L.-lial ia . 1 M .
1 .,.. ..imuly na gooa lei-
low"hlp- and 18 Particularly noticeable to
Its spirit of open hospitality and good fel
low"hP- and 18 Particularly noticeable to
Tne far'y history of Sidney Is the most
Peculiar, of any city in the state of Ne-
bratl. It belongs strictly to the wild and
woolly west. The completion of the Union
Pacific railroad In 1SCT was the beginning
of 6idney. The establishment of Fort Sid-
ney "oo" after had but little tendency to
numier element naa iuii sway. Hotels
would spring into existence In a day;
ft bank and an opera house would rise
alm.UanAA,i1., .1.1. V. I , . . .
, a.uc u, eme, siores anu
outfitting establishments of every variety
would line the main street, with their
quaint signs and emblems of trade. Me-
chanlcs and artisans poured In from other
parts of the state, and with them eame
HERE'S an incident In
of J. M. Dickinson, the new
secretary of war, which his In
nate modesty will not permit
him to discuss.
It hap; 3d iime twelve or fif
teen years ago. the year the Air.erican l!ar
association met at Detroit, relates the Cin
cinnati Times-Star. The business session
had come to a close, and that evening the
party went up the Detroit river ln yachts
for an excursion. They were late return
ing. It was pitch dark.
One of the member, of the party was
James F. Joy, then a man about 80 year,
of age, one of the prominent and dl-
tlngulshed men of Detroit, president of the
Michigan Central railroad, und otherwise
Identified with the best commercial, .oclal
and political interests of his state. He di.?d
some ywtrs ago On the evening In ques
tion, Mr. Joy started to leave the boat off
the gangplank. The darkness deceived him,
and what he .-apposed wa. the wharf wa.
one of the shadows cast athwart the water.
He stepped from the boat Out lntA aifcAna.
There was a splash, a muffled K-ream, then
Dickinson, he who Is now secretary of
war, wa. directly behind Joy. He did not
hesitate an instant. There was no time to
pull off a coit or kick off shoes. It wa.
a caoe of Instant action, or no action what-
ever. An expert swimmer, a man of daring
and judgment, Dickinson required no prep-
aratlon. He plunged Into the darkness
and the water, below to save a life If to
save it were possible. For a moment the
water, closed over him, then he came to
the surface, treading water, and looking
about. Within a few seconds he spied Joy,
who was supported by the great coat he
wore, ballooning about him. The octe-
fenarUn wu growing feebl?. anl help came
Just in time. Dickinson seized the cape of
the coat that enveloped Joy and held him
above water. The greatest danger that
threatened now wa. that he might be
crushed between the wharf and the boat.
In the meantime the excitement of the lt
uatlon had communicated Itself to the other
member, of the party, and the engineer
was warned In the nick of time. Dickin
son', .on. then a boy, now a man engaged
In business In Seattle, was the first to
vender practical assistance. He caught up
a coll of rope and threw one end over. H'.s
father grasped It. the boat', .earchllght
having been turned on to aid him ln his
work of rescue, and gave It to Joy, who
wu. yet able to cling to It and help In
some .light measure those who then pulled
htm out of the water. Dickinson kept him
self above water until Joy had been rescued
aad hi. own turn came. Then, his wet
clothe, .ticking to him and the water run
ning from them, he, too, was pulled
aboard. He wa hurried into t cabin. The
rirt man to enter It wa. William Howard
Taft. one of the member of th bar a-
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,.,u unn i.m.. u.. any uw-. u,
or ine weeK. j ne rreignter, cowDoy ana
the for lHor nil o-nth..rrl horo n. tr.
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ennh and a" tIle work of developing the
west was both a duty and an advantage.
The old cattle trail has disappeared for-
ever. The cattle trailer and his
haVe faded together, alone: the a-reat lines
of raiiroad plowing their lightening way
throueh the once vt .o1Hm,1p . ah i
Ufo anfl actlvity frWns and cities have in-
vadea tncr .,-,ent paths. Men who foI.
iowed tn0 fillnt trall of clvlliZatlon have
thpm9elVes beheld the great tide roll over
t,1Pm9elve. bphe,d the great tide roll over
ther f , and v,pw ,th
their own foot prints and view with won-
der Its ever advancing waves. Schools,
churches and happy homes have appeared
to enlighten the multitude and mold to
morals of the new born oountry. Tho
Anglo-Saxon spirit of enterprise laid the
hand of Industry upon the prairies. Tho
pioneers of the western plains came as a
went forth only to Industrial conquests.
The fruits of the pioneer ripen Into the
full measure of wealth and refinement.
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ineir names may not live in nistory, no
monument of the everlasting hill will bear
their fame, but they were the sturdy plo-
neers nnd subdued the prairie.
Previous to 1870 Chevenne countv wa.
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Stories About Noted People
He didn't care how wet Dlckln-
He Just threw both arms around
him and hugged him In the exuberance of
his joy and admiration.
"That was a splendid thing you did to
night, old man," he shouted.
The next day everybody made a hero of
Dickinson. The whole town wanted to tell
him what It thought of him. But Dickin
son couldn't stand It. It was entirely too
much fur him. He just took a train and
Recently I called on Secretary Dickinson
and charged him with the art of heroism
in question. He didn't want to talk about
it. He just laughed.
"If you want to know what really hap-
pened," he said, "ask President Taft. He
Itooarvelt and Dlntne.
"Former President Roosevelt', whole
public career ha. shown a startling Inde
pendence of thought and action," remarked
Arnold C. Scheer, former auditor of West
Virginia, quoted by the Washington Post,
"To me it has been one ot the most
Interesting In this generation. My first
knowledge of Mr. Roosevelt was In tho
republican national convention ln Chicago
In 1S84, when James O. Blaine wa. nomi
nated. I wa. a delegate to the convention
from West Virginia, and the New York
delegation was seated not far away from
us. Mr. Roosevelt, then a member of the
New York assembly, was charrqan of the
delegation; if my memory is correct. The
New Yorker, were .upposed to favor
Blaine', nomination, but Mr. Roosevelt wa.
an ardent supporter of Senator Edmunds
of Vermont. He then wa. but twenty-six
year old, but he took a leading part ln the
convention. That was the convention which
confirmed the action of a previous con-
ventlon abrogating the unit rule.
"Former Senator Sabine, who wa chair
man of the national committee, sought to
control the convention by voting the stato
delegation, a. a unit, and after he aro.e
and rapped for order he announced that
Inasmuch a the chairman of the variou
delegation, had voted for General Powell
Clayton a temporary chairman, he would
declare General Clayton elected.
"Mr. Roosevelt wa quickly on hi. feet
and vigorously denounced the action of
Chairman Sabine, saying that the unit
rule had been forever abrogated In repub
lican conventions. He thereupon placed In
nomination John R. Lynch of Mississippi.
George William Curtis came to the support
of Mr. Roosevelt and they won their point.
Young Roosevelt did all he could to bring
about the nomination of Senator Edmund,
but when the late editor Gorham, the con
fident of Roacoe Conkllng, appeared among
the Blaine iuj. porters It wa evident that
Blaine would win.
"When the convention nominated him.
Mr. Roosevelt walked out of the convention
ball and declared that he would bolt th
GATHERING OF NEIGHBORS IN
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Bui mm nciiuoi a.sincis. ai me
present lime ine county naa l.llM square
mpn and evntv aehr.nl .llatrlnta TK
first marrlago of white persons In the
county was that of Henry Neuman and
"US9 aicaiurry. wno were married in Hep-
temler, 1869. The first newspaper estab-
ll8ned ,n the county wos the Sidney Tele-
raPh- the "rst number of which was
1MU n May, 1x73, by IV Connell. The
mllltary Post at Sidney was established In
and during the following year Fort
KlltlAIF T1 ' I a.1 AslrtkllnUnJ HL Ml a. 1
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,erd f Ca'tIe w" brou8''t into the county
!'erd f ca'tIe w" bro8ht into the county
n 18t9. when Edward Crelghton started a
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U i, t .St J tim a fct AL. 1 L 1.1,.. 1 -J. a. ,vx. , -vy.s -.A AM&.ii. j:... .
.1 J M . . severa! w.rougn it rrom east to west, and the all the mllltary posts and Indian agencies
thousand head. Previous to this time the Denver and Black Hills line of the Bur- to the northwest, Including the lllg Horn
danger of the Indians was so great that llngton from north to south, making and Powder river districts. The whole
cattle had to be personally guarded to seventy-five miles of railroad, with five sale houses of Sidney did an almost
prevent them from being stolen. In 1882 railroad stations In the county. fabulous amount of business in the sale of
there were 300,000 head of cattle in Chey- Cheyenne Is one of the leading counties goods to supply all this country. A large
enne county, but the county long since of western Nebraska, In point of Interest number of six-horse mail coaches, making
ceased to be strictly a cattle country, and taken In public schools. It has forty- time at the rate of ten miles per hour,
diversified farming is now the order of the -even school buildings, with sixty-six were put on the route. Tho freight busl
day. pood farm homes are seen in every teachers, with average of salary running ness carried on along this route wa, lm-
commodious barn. " h t
L", Thl , .1, f r 1
cf cattle besidea 1407 i.. 1 rxn ,j
of norses and mala. ITrn hL
ton shTep . Bcs'de, using gaL enough in
fattening the stock these farmer. hir,.
out 3.BT.S bushel, f e,n i .
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ticket. He went back
then hied himself o
to New York and
his ranch In the
Dakotas. He did not bolt the republican
ticket, butthe did not support It. Neither
did George William Curtis."
Candid Tribute to Booth.
Edwin Booth used to tell this story of
tho most candid tribute he ever received:
"We opened our engagement in Atlanta,
Ga.. with 'Othello " said Mr. Booth, "and
I played Othello. After the performance
my friend, Mr. Malonc, and I went to
the Kimball house for some refreshment
The long bar was so crowded that we had
to go around the corner of It before we
could find a vacant space. While we wore
waiting to be served we couldn't help
hearing the conversation of two fine look
ing old boy., splendid old fellows with .oft
hats, flowing mustaches and chin tufts,
black string ties and all th other para
phernalia. "I didn't see you at the theater thl.
evening, Cunnel." said one.
" 'No,' replied the other, 'I didn't buy
seats until this mawnin,' and the best we
could got were six rows back in the bal
cony. I presume, .uh, you were in the
" 'Ye., Cunnel, I was in the orchestra."
said the first man. 'Madame and the girl,
were with me. We all agreed that we nevah
attended a mo" thrillln' play. The com
pany was good, too; excellent company.
And do you know, Cunnel, In my opinion
that damned nlggah did about a. well a.
any of 'eml' "
Hen a Lawyer Lost a Fee.
According to Texas old timers, the late
Colonel Bob Taylor of Bonhain once met a
woman In the road a he was riding on
horseback to hold ourt ln Delta county,
he being then district Judge. The woman
had a Jug of water and the judge wa.
thirsty, relate, the Dallas Time.
Being a man with a cheery word for
everyone, the colonel .topped her.
"My dear madam." he .aid, smiling. "If
you will give me a drink of cool water
from yonder Jug, when you want a divorce
from your husband I will see that It coat
"Are you a lawyer?" Inquired the woman,
banding him the Jug.
The colonel explained who be wa and,'
waving a farewell, departed, leaving the
woman gazing after hiiw.
The very next m-rnlng t!e woman showed
up In the court room und asked for him.
She explained that .he wanted a divorce.
She had been separated from her husband .
for a long while and the colonel had put
an Idea Into her head.
The colonel wa. game, however. He pro
cured a lawyer at hi. own expen.e and In
due course of law the woman was given a
divorce, and Colonel Taylor would tell the
joke on himself often.
and Farmer Thrive
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PUPILS OF THE SIDNEY
irom these farm& last year they sold 42,000
pounds of butter and 42,000 gallons of
rr.1 . . ' ... .
vcoiii. iiicinj lai inern nave on meir larms
at the present time over 6,000 milch cows,
and at the present time are using Mil
cream separators. Besides this they hav
lOC.OOO stock cattle on their farms. Tho
poultry industry of this countv Is of no
small Importance. Last year tho farmers
sold 107,000 dozen of eeas and 20.000 nounds
of dressed poultry.
Cheyenne county ls a population of
ft? fWA lit. a
a valuation of 9,426,2fi. The
county Is well supplied with railroads, as
county Is well supplied with railroads, as
the main line of the Union Pacific passes
"i me union Pacific passes
Worrit v T . .T ? Miss Edith H.
"orr'sonnasilately been appointed by the
as superintendent of
ar.hnr.ia ti, . .
the V. Zfn I . counUo!, of
totenJen!. " """ BUPer'
iI., ' . . .e. a"e"tion
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.r.. . . "'""""a ""'"oea in - west-
ern -torles There 1. energy, quickness
of apprehension and action and character;
there is also courtesy, hospitality, educa-
tlon, ecute Intelligence, good manners. ani
good clothes. This evolution In rural life
has. of course, had the effect of enhancing
land values and it can be truly said that
BnV nt VA VtAn. . . I . J I 1 . .
th ,ree dpvery and the telephone have
added hundreds of thousands of dollars to
the value ot agricultural land, ln this
county. , ,
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GOOD tXAill'LU OV
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Cheyenne county has shared liberally In
the general prosperity which has blessed
the stato In the year Just closing. Its unsur
passed soil, excellent water supply for Irri
gation and the favorable climatic condi
tions, have brought bounteous harvests
to tho furnior. JIany people have come
Into the county from tho cast and from
other part of the state, attracted by the
opportunities for securing homes In a sec
tion where tin equable, healthful climate
and unexcelled opportunltU s for Improv
ing their financial condition, exist, co.ipled
with exceptional educational facilities. A
generous social welcome Is extended to the
It is a way with the world that Its peo
ple grow Into the strength of maturity
with hardly a conscious note of the chang
ing seasons. They awake some morning
to find themselves men and Women and to
use their greater strength In greater enter
prises. Cheyenne county Is brunclilng out
Into the greater activities this year in a
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"ajr lu "'" 1,,Hl l"e a.iKenmg nas
Though prosperous an u frontier tnwn,
Sidney had a population of only ubout GoO,
till after the discovery of gold in the
lilack Hills country. That region was
opened up In ISTti and as Sidney was tho
best located point there were Btage and
freight stations soon established, and the
greater portion of the Immense travel wu.
direct from this town. '
A bridge was built across the North
1'latte river to accommodate the stage and
freight companies. Thus was the route
opened not only to the Black Hills, but to
mense. It was no uncommon event for
1.000.000 pounds of freight to leave Sidney
dally. One buslnese firm alone frequently
BnP,ed 08 hih 88 m-m Pund8 of freight
Sidney, the county seat of Cheyenne
county. Is a town of about 1.DO0 popula-
division station of the Union
1Ier schools and churches, so essential to
gd society and good government, com-
mand the appreciation of anyone who ha.
ever enjoyed even a temporary residence
i1Pre. Sidney 1. fortunate, too. in having
high grade business nnd professional men.
who stand together ln support of every
nronositlon lnoklnir to the welfare nt th
town. We know of no, city In the state
which has relatively fewer knocker
Everybody here seem, to be pushing and
helping their home town.
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SIDNEY'S BUSINESS BLOCKS.
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