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SOLDIER RELATES HJDEOUS
CRIME LOVE A PART OF IT.
St Louis, Mo., Nov. 2. Seated on
a rough bench in the guard house
at Jefferson Barracks, Scott Stone,
a soldier, recited to the police one
of the most hideous crimes in the his
tory of the middle west " -
For the love of a girl, "Lucille,"
whose last name he did not even
know, Stone dynamited his home at
Tolono, 111., on the night of Sept 27,
according to his confession, setting
fire to the dwelling and burning to
death his wife and four little chil
dren. And while the fire still played
with the charred bodies, he hurried
to the resort where Lucille was an in
mate and boastfully remarked, "Now
I've got the divorce I wanted."
Stone said he met Lucille in a re
sort at Champaign and became infat
uated with her. He felt that his wife
and children were lodestones and he
knew that there would soon be a fifth
child, so he concluded "they would
be better off dead."
Later Stone enlisted in the army
under an assumed name, but the sus
picions of neighborSiwho had aided
in fighting the flames and to whom
Stone had not mentioned that his
wife and family were in the burning
house caused an investigation to be
made. The woman in the case was
questioned and she betrayed Stone."
WAR SPIRIT IS SPREADING IN
New York, Nov. 2. The war spirit
is spreading fast in Jaly and the gov
ernment is straining every effort to
prepare for hostilities.
This was the information brought
to America today by Ettore Patrizi,
editor of the San Francisco
"L'ltalia," who has returned from a
prolonged stay in his native country.
"When I was in Milan," said Pa
trizi, "a military commission was
purchasing mules, horses and' auto
mobiles and paying war prices for
them. They did not stop to bargain,
jjut bought right and left without re
gard to price. At the commencement
of the war Italy" had not more than
100,000 troops ready. Now she has
at least 750,000, fully equipped and
ready to take the field at any mo
ment" At the same time Patrizi declared
that the Italian government was
straining every effort to preserve
"All Italy is enthusiastically in fa
vor of the allies," said Patrizi. "The
king is standing firmly for neutrality
but it is known that his sympathies
are with England."
"SPUDS" GOING TO PLAY THEIR
PART IN THE BIG WAR
Berlin, Oct 16 (By Mail 'to New
York). Should the European war
continue indefinitely, Germany's abil-v
ity to keep nip the fight will be largely,
a question of "spuds." The father
land has not enough potatoes on--hand
to permit a protracted war.
Statistics just gathered by the com
missary department of the army
place this year's crop at 500,000,000
bushels, somewhat less than last
year's yield. Of this amount 60,000,
000 bushels will have to be set aside
for seed, another 50,000,000 is im
perative for commercial uses, 45,000,
000 bushels must be counted upon as
spoiling, while 160,000,000 bushels
must be used as food for animals.
This leaves only 130,000,000 bushels
for food. This amount has never suf
ficed in the past and it has always
been necessary to import heavily in
order to supply the German popula-.
tion with this important element of
food. Unless the war ends before the
supply now on hand is exhausted,
"spuds" may become a determining
factor in the final result of the con
flict. o--o .
In scouring faucets great care
should be taken not to force the
scouring jell into the joints, as the
small particles cut away the screw
threads in turning many times each'