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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 6, 1917)
THE BEK: OMAHA. SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 1917.
HOODOO RIDES ON
FIRST STREET CAR
Construction started on One
Mile Track on Friday, the
Have Photo to Recall Old Times
CAS JUMPED ALL CURVES
By A. R. GROH.
A street car ten feet long (just a
foot longer than the present cars are
i wide), without a rear platfon , with
out a conductor, without any heating
Such was the horse car on Omaha's
first street railway. This line was
built on Farnam street from Ninth
to Fifteenth, north to Capitol avenue,
west to Eighteenth and north to
It was one mile long. Construc
tion started on Friday, November 13,
I8b8. Bad luck followed the enter
prise for years. They should have
known better than to start on such a
day and date.
The car (singular number) started
to run June 16, 1869. George W.
Frost, president of the company, had
bought this car second-hand in Chi
cago for $700. It proved to be a
frost. It wouldn't stay oii the track
at the curves. So they had to take
it off. It is still preserved as a curi
osity and appeared in the recent his
Get Shorter Cars.
Four "standard horse cars" were
bought then. They were sixteen
feet long and had front and rear plat
forms I .They were manned by con
ductors and drivers. The conductors
had little to do because hardly any
body used the cat.. It was quicker
and pleasanter to walk.
The track was built of "T" rails,
laid on ties. The ties were placed
three feet apart. Planking was laid
between the rails, '.ut when this rot
ted out the company was so nearly
"busted" that it was not replaced.
Fourteen ..linr.tes was the schedule
time from one end of the line to the
other about four miles an hour.
Fare was 10 cents, or eight rides for
The company didn't do much ex
cept lose money. Finally they took
off the sixteen-foot cars and replaced
them with ten-foot cars. These had
no rear platforms. The conductors
were discharged and the drivers made
There was a fare box at the front
end of the car where the driver could
see it. He also had a mirror in front
of him so he could see people as they
came into the car. If they didn't
step up and drop their fare in the box
lie rang a little bell to warn tl.em.
Fare was reduced to S cents. Dur
ing the "rush hours" sometimes there
were ten or twelve people crowded
into a car, with one hanging on the
Bells on Horses.
The horses wore jingling bells on
their necks to warn pedestrians to
get out of the way. Daily receipts
of the corporation sometimes ran as
high as $35. The drivers worked
fourteen hours a day and received
$1.50. Cars ran till 10 p. m.
The line was extended from Eight
eenth and Cass, west to Twentieth,
north to Cuming and west to Twenty
first. From Ninth and Farnam it
was extended south to the Union Pa
cific passenger station. This gave it
a total length of two miles and the
entire distance could be covered (ex
cept on rainy or snowy days) in
The Green Line.
The cars of this line were painted
red. In 1874 a line was built from
Eighteenth and Cass north to Ohio
street and the cars on this line were
painted green. They were then known
respectively as the "Red line" and the
The horses worked in three shifts
and traveled about fourteen miles
each per day. They had to learn to
"walk the ties" in muddy weather
when the cinder and brickbat ballast
was washed out.
The line from Farnam on Tenth
street to the Union Pacific station was
built in 1876, the "grasshopper year,"
when everything looked dark. Bonds
for $20,000 were issued and sold at a
big discount. And in J878 the poor
old company "went broke" and the
road was sold for less than the value
of the bonds.
.Captain W. W. Marsh, an old Black
Hills stage driver, was president and
he bought it and operated it from
1878 to 1883. The stock was worth
about 5 cents on the dollar and there
were no buyers at that. i
Some change from that day to
Brown Argues it Does Not
Cost Much to Stay Drunk
It is a simple thing, a very simple
-thing, indeed, to support a wife and
five children on $15 per and still stay
drunk yourself, according to H. C.
Brown, 3402 North Twenty-seventh
street, who appeared in police court
Brown did not explain his system,
much to the disappointment of spec
tators. All he did was say that it
:ould be done, easily, and added some
thing to the effect that he had figured
out the percentage.
He was sent back to jail to sober
up, despite his announcement that he
intended to remain in a satisfactory
state of beatitude until May 1.
Rcc Want Ads Produce Results.
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)Cu,ui, -ii.-'-iiiitii mm i ,i L n J2i mmimmmmjiy
I I Purchased a Large I
I Stock of Ladies' I
I COATS I
1 Such as "Salts," Esquimette, I
i Plushes and Velvets, - with a
? five-year guaranteed lining, in-
1 eluding flare and belted coats
; with large shawls. Very latest I
styles, all colors and sizes,
1 Coats which have sold from $35
jj to $40 will be on sale Satur- I
day and Monday at $15.00. '
I JOHN FELDMAN j
I 204 North 17th St.
Flomar Hotel Bldg. f
Gladness was mingled with sadness
when Mike Clark doffed his uniform
of road officer of the street railway, to
leave his friend, Pete Boland, and be
gin his new duties as sheriff of Doug
las county. For three and twenty
years Mike and Pete worked together
in the service of the street railway
company. In the heat of summer and
the chilly days of winter they shared
each other's joys and sorrows as
When Mike was elected sheriff
Pete was glad his friend succeeded,
but when the day came for his mate
to don the sheriff's toga Pete was sad
"Well, old pal, it is to say good
bye," remarked Mike, as he extended
his right hand to Pete in token of
Pete's articulatorv machinery
I choked with emotion for several min
utes. When he recovered the power
of speech, he said: "Mike, let's go
and have our photograph taken to
gether in our uniforms. It may be
for the last time."
The photograph was taken.
Christmas Cantata to
Be Repeated at All Saints
By special request the choir of All
Saints' church will on Sunday after
noon at 4 o'clock repeat the New
Year's eve cantata given last Sunday
night. The cantata is entitled "The
Sonff nf the Nicrllf" heinir nn nt
series of church cantatas composed
Dy Dudley suck and called "The
The soloists will be Miss Laura
Petersen and Messrs. George Comp
ton and Charles S. Haverstock, with
J. H. Simms at the organ.
Two Are Held Up by Men
Who Were Strangers to Them
E. D. Son, 1551 North Seventeenth
street, was walking on Seventeenth
street between Izard and Nicholas
streets, minding his own business,
when two men impeded his progress
by addressing uncouth remarks and
striking him over his left eye with a
club. The strangers took Son's watch
and then bid him adieu.
Joseph Bondetta, Twenty-sixth and
P streets, reported to the police that
while he was strolling in the gloam
ing along Twelfth and Capitol avenue
two men who did not introduce them
selves took $25 from his pocket.
South Dakota Man
Found Near Track
With Head Cut Off
Alex Johnson of Chamberlain, S.
D., was found dead on the Burling
ton tracks near the foot of Missouri
avenue at midnight with his head cut
off, apparently by a train. Special
Agent Stoley of the Burlington found
The body was identified by the
bank pass book in his pocket, which
contained the name of Alex Johnson
of Chamberlain, S. O. The book
shows a substantial balance in the
bank and the man was well dressed,
lie was apparently about 25 years
The body was removed to the Cros
by undertaking parlors.
Socialists Meet Sunday
To Prepare Propaganda
Socialists of Omaha will meet Sun
day afternoon at 3 o'clock in the Lyric
builduig. Nintcenth and Farnam
streeK, to prepare propaganda for the
year. Peter Mehrens will talk on
"Baptising the Baby," Raymond Law
ler will speak of "Sobering Up" and
George C. Porter's topic will be "One
by One." There will be music.
Keeps Her Children
in Perfect Health
Dr. Caldwell' a Syrup Pepsin
the Family Laxative for
Mrs. Aug. Doellefeld of Carlyle, 111.,
recently wrote to Dr. Caldwell, at
Monticello, 111., that she has used Dr.
Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin in her home
for a number of years, and would not
be without it. as with it she has been
able to keep her four children in per
Dr. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin is a
combination of simple laxative herbs
with pepsin that acts on the bowels
in an easy, natural way, and regulates
the action of this important
function. Nearly all the sickness to
which children are subject is trace
able to bowel inaction, and a mild,
dependable laxative, such as Dr. Cald
well's Syrup Pepsin, should have a
place in every family medicine chest.
It is pleasant to the taste and chil
dren like it, and take it readily, while
it is equally effective for adults.
Dr. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin is sold
in drug stores everywhere for fifty
cents a bottle. To avoid imitations
and ineffective substitutes be sure you
get Dr. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin. See
that a facsimile of Dr. Caldwell's sig
nature and his portrait appear on the
yellow carton in which the bottle is
packed. A trial bottle, free of charge,
can be obtained by writing to Dr. W.
B. Caldwell. 455 Washington St.,
The price inducement this sale offers makes this an exception
ally good time to buy Furniture, Rugs, Draperies. Note the follow
ing as an example of the prevailing values.
Regular price. - January Sale Price.
$12 Rocker, Jacobean, Oak, spring cushion, tapestry seat g 9.75
$15 Rocker or Arm Chair, Jacobean, Oak, cane seat ' 10.00
$25 Mahogany Rocker, cane seat and back, wing effect. . 18.50
$39 Large Arm Rocker, Mahogany frame, Spanish leather
seat, back and sides - 29.00
$30 Buffet, Quartered Golden Oak 22.50
$59 Vanity Dresser, Triple Mirror, Golden Oak 46.50
$46 Golden Oak Buffet 35.00
$27 Chiffonier, Bird'seye Maple. 20.00
$50 Dresser, Bird'seye Maple 37.50
$32 Dresser, American Walnut 24.00
,$35 Dressing Table, American Walnut, Triple Mirror. . . 26.00
$27 Mahogany Serving Table. 15.00
$59 Buffet, Mahogany, Colonial Design 40.00
$112 China Cabinet, Mahogany 57.50
$49 China Cabinet. Mahoiranv X2.nft
$16.50 $9 Mahogany Dining Chair, Colonial design, leather seat 5.50
This Is a high-back, oak rocker,
Jacobean finish, cane back
stained to match frame, seat
is a serins; cushion covered
in tapestry. Regular price
22.00, January bale Price
Lace Curtains, Portieres, Curtain
and Drapery Materials and
Portieres in most of the desirable Drapery
One and two pairs of a style
30 Patterns. Greatly reduced in most instances
less than regular.
values for ,...S 5.00
values for 6.25
values for 6.50
values for 7.00
values for 9.75
values for 13.85
100 different effects, suitable for Living Room,
Sun Room and Bedroom.
5 to 30 yards of a pattern.
25c and 30c values 15 Yard
35c and 40c values 28 Yard
50c and 55c values 38t Yard
60c values . . .42 Yard
75c values 55 Yard
Bed Sets in Cretonne and Grenadine
At Exactly Vi Regular Prices
$4.50 Bed Sets, for $2.25
6.50 Bed Sets, for 3.25
13.50 Bed Sets, for 6.75
20.00 Bed Sets, for . 10.00
Lace Net, Scrims and Madras
In lengths long enough for one or a number
40c values 25
50c values 30t
75c values 45?
$1.50 values , 90 r
$3.00 values $1.80
RUGS RUGS RUGS
Specially Priced for Saturday, Discontinued
arid Drop Patterns.
4 Bundhar Wilton, 4-6x7-6 $21.00 $16.50
1 Kilmarnack Seamless, 4-6x7-6 12.50
1 Bundhar Wilton, 4-6x7-6 22.50
1 Best Body Brussels, 6x7-6 17.50
2 Best Body Brussels, 6x7-6 25.00
1 Scotch Art Rug, 6x9 11.60
2 Hartford Saxony, 6x9 47.50
1 Standard WiIton 10-6x13-6 78.50
2 Best Body Brussels, 10-6x10-6 60.00
1 Best Body Brussels, 10-6x14 68.00
2 Hartford Saxony, 8-3x10-6 70.00'
2 Whittall Anglo-Indian, 8-3x10-6 65.00
2 Seamless Wilton Rugs, 8-3x10-6 68.50
1 Bundhar Wilton, 11-3x12 80.00
2 Standard Wilton, 9x15 70.00
1 Hartford Saxony, 9x9 70.00
1 Best Body Brussels, 4-6x12 22.50
3 Seamless Brussels, 9x12 16.50
3 Velvet Rugs, 9x12 27.00
12 Axminster Rugs, 9x12 26.00
7 Hartford Saxony, 9x12 76.00
3 Standard Wilton, 9x12... 50.00
9 Whittall Anglo-Persian, 9x12 82.50
3 Bundhar Runners, 3x12 21.50
2 Bundhar Runners, 3x15 25.00
2 Capacious Japanese Sewing Baskets, one of thefn
mahogany color and the other dark green. They
were each $10.00, now $5.00
Painted Wood Waste Paper Basket, old ivory, with
pink and blue flowers; soap and water will make it
quite new again; $6.25, for $3.15
A beautiful White Marble Lamp, $65.00, now,
2 Black and White Porcelain Vases, wired as elec
tric lamps. These would be charming in a sun room
or bedroom. They were $20.00 each, now. .$13.35
Boudoir Lamp, silver and black; was $6.00, now
Boudoir Lamp, old ivory painted with cunning pink
roses; was $10.00, now $6.65
2 Plain Brass Standards, without shades. $2.67
Sheffield Tray, with silk brocade in the bottom;
$12.50, now $8.35
QrctarcfSL WMefm Co.
"Uurg buiu Us,"
Of Men's and Young Men's Superior Hand-Tailored
Thousands of elegant garments in every new
style, weave and coloring; models to fit all builds
of men. Practically our entire stock included in
this great price-reducing sale of
The Best the World Affords
Kuppenheimer, Society Brand, Collegian
and other high grade clothes of sterling worth
ALL SPECIALLY PRICED
Suits and Overcoats Are Now i
$6.00 $7.50 $10.00 $12.50 $15.00
$17.50 $20.00 $22.50 $25.00
That were from 25 per cent to 50 per cent higher.
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jNOtuing ukc inem in iowu iur uum hiuu.
-SEE OUR WINDOWS-
Boys' Suit and Overcoat Sale
$1.95, $2.95, $3.95, $4.95, $5.95, $6.95
Overcoats, ages 2y2 to 8 years, worth to $5.00. . . 2.35
Overcoats, ages up to 17 years, worth to $10.00. .$4.95
Special Furnishing Bargains
$5.00 Shaker Knit
$1.50 Cotton Rib Union
$1.00 Cotton Rib Union
... $ .79
50c Neckwear, fancy,
(3 for $1.00) or each. .
fancy ..... ....
$1.50. Neckwear, '
$2.00 Neckwear, $ I 35
"The Store For the Peopled
Features Deep Cut Prices Saturday
In their Ladies' Coat and Suit Department All high-grade Salt, Esquimette and Silk
Velour Coats Wool Velour Coats Novelty Mixture Coats Velour-Trimmed Coats
All to go at a great saving to you of 25 to 50 on your purchase.
LADIES' DEPT. SECOND FLOOR TAKE ELEVATOR
badies' Fancy Wool mm Ladies' Fancy Mix-A sjn mm Ladies' Wool. Valour-A A
Coata Broken lot.,) Q Iur Coats Broken,) f f Q Trlnmad Coats S II 75
Worth $10.00 to IfB lots. Worth $15.70 T M Broken lota. WorthT W
$12.50i Featura prica f to $16.50. Faature $18.50 ta $20. Fea- M
Saturday price Saturday tura price Saturday. .
Sj'!'Oai ft 7C Ladi.a' Salts A m H mm Ladiea' Seal.tt'eA a m aaa
Plush Coat.. BaltJI ffl I H Plu.h Co.... FullX lhA Salt. Phi.hS fl 4 H
or full fl.r.T m IV f. trimm.d. If1' Coat TrimmedT "J H
Worth $20.00 to Worth $25.00 to H fl Worth $30.00 to I
$22.50. Feature U $27.50. Featura I $32.50. Feature fii I
price Saturday. .. price Saturday. .. prica Saturday. . .
All Our Ladiei' A m Q Flannelette Gowns m av Black and Fancy -aw '
High-Grade Trim- A Tj All sises, neat I D jaw Satine Petticoats fl 1 A
med Hat. Worth color.. Worth 75c.H,J Worth $1.50. F.. U2Ifl
$5.00 to $7.50. Fea- Feature price Satur-Tf W tore price Satur. jy
ture price Saturday. day jaj
Ladies' Ling e r i e a Ladies' Crepe De - qq Ladies' Aprons m
Waist. All alylem. Oj A Chine Waists $1 A" kind' " color, ij Oak
Worth $1.50. F...JUfl Worth ta $3. Fea- j F." ur.ri!.. V
ture price Saturday tore price Seterday Saturday
All Fur Set All Ladies' Suits s All Children's Coats
Now on Sale at Now on Sale at Now on Sale at
y2 PRICEy2 PRICE y2 PRICE
BIG SPECIALS IN OUR SHOE DEPARTMENT Main Floor
Cut Prices on
THE NOVELTY CO.
214-216 North 16th St
BERNSTEIN & KRASNE, Props.
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