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HILLSBORO, OHIO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1913.
VOL. 78. NO. 39
KILLED IN ACCIDENT
Change Made Relieving" Condi
tions-Judge 0. II. Hughes
Aids in Work-
R AINSB0R0 , Was TTdTaty
XI IIIIO .UUIIIJ , -M lll.ll
Auto Turned Over.
To Be Asked Candidates
Who Would Assess
APPLICANT MUST SUCCEED
In Satisfying Tax Comriiission
By Good Reputation and by
. 3, at this City.
District Assessor John M. McMul
Ion has been busy this week distribut
ing the lists of questions which are
asked by ttie Tax Commission of the
men who apply for the Jobs of Deputy
Assessor. These .questions must be
answered satisfactorily and returned
to the Tax Commissioners In Colum
" "bus not later than 9 o'clock Saturday
norning, Jan. 3. A part of the ques
tlohs are printed below, and are in
dicative of the detailed information
required, concerning the education,
physical condition, morals and habits
of the men who will receive $4 per
diem for .assessing personal and real
property next spring.
Highland county will have 19 "dis
trict deputy assessors.-" There will
bo one for each of the 17 townships,
and one each for Hillsboro and Green
Held. The examination to determine
the oligibles will be held in the Wash
ingtoa School Building at Hillsboro
on Saturday morning, Jan. 3. Mr
McMuilen stated that It is probable
the "test" will be under the charge of
the school examiners of this county.
Only the examiners, the applicants
and the District Assessor will be al
lowed in the room. The questions
will be sealed in Columbus and opened
in the room where the examination is
held. After the papers are filled out
they will be se"nt to Columbus where
the Civil Servio Commission will
The Tax Commission expects a large
number of applicants from each dis
trict. Tresuraing this they have de
termined to choose three men for
each district. This leaves the final
choice to the District Assessor, who is
supposed to pick the man best quali
fied for deputy assessor. As is gen
erally known the District Assessor of
Highland county is John M. McMui
len. The Tax Commissioners believe
they can secure superior men since the
application blank gives detailed in
formation, and the examination dis
closes the knowledge of the applicants.
From the published scale of grading
It appears an applicant need not be
educated beyond the "three R's."
The educational qualifications count
only 1.6 per cent, out of a possible 10,
while experience counts 3, and ability
to make proper reports counts 1 5.
Mr, McMuilen stated Monday that
while the law allows four months in
which to appraise the property in a
district, it does not mean that an as
sessor shall draw $4 each day of that
j time. It is his opinion that not more
than 50 working days will be necessary
to assess the largest district.
The law under which the present
system is empowered is known as the
Warnes act. It repea ed the quadren
nld real estate appraisement which
.succeeded the old decennial plan.
-Under the present law the "district
"" deputy assessors" will appraise per
sonal property only. ' Howeverthsy
well be required, while valuing per
sonal, to adjust valuations of real
Following Is a partial list of ques
tions in the "application blank"
which can be secured from Mr. Mc
Mullen or the Civil Service Commis
sion." The questions on the subject "of "Ex
perience" which are being distributed
to applicant are as follows:
1. AgeWhat is your age.
2. Education-(a) Statd what schools
you have attended; give "location of
each, time spent and course pursued
at each, (b) What study have you
made outside of school? -
3. Special Experience Tending to
Qualify (a) Business training and oc
cupation: 1. State In. order each business,
profession or occupation you have fol
lowed leaving school, giving the na
ture thereof and the period and ap
proximate date of hach.
2. "Whether in business for your
self or If employed by whom and in
3. Were you ever employed in the
service of-any state, county, city, town
or Village; in what capacity and how
(b) Resilience now long have you
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The change in schedule was made
Monday morning, correcting the evils
in both the freight and mail service.
The morning freight carrying the mall
is now due to arrive here at 7 o'clock
and the afternoon freight at 12 30.
This in even better than the arrange
ments before the first of December.
The editor of this paper received the
following letters from Judge O. n.
Hughes of the State Public Utilities
Commission and the General Superin
tendent of the B. & O. R. R. Co. giving
promise of relief from the present poor
Dear Sir : Had a telegram on Thurs
day of this week from Vice President
Thompson, of the Baltimore & Ohio
Railroad Company saying that he
would at once investigate mall condi
tions at Hillsboro with a view to cor
recting them. Will write you as to
any additional information I may
Very truly yours,
O. H. HUGHES.
Dear Sir : I have your letter of the
19th wherein you refer to visit to this
ofllce Saturday Decembar Oth In con
nection with the freight and mail
service into Hillsboro.
I regret that we have not been able
to show the Improvement expected
since your visit, but since that time
we have not lost sight of the matter,
but to the contrary have been eudeav
oring to devise ways whereby" the
objection could and would be over
come. To help out the mall service at Hills
boro, it was arranged with the Post
Olllce Department at Cincinnati that
they would make a pouch for Hillsboro
to be forwarded from here on No. 2,
this pouch to be placed In care of the
baggagemaster on train No 246 to be
delivered to the Post Olllce early in
the morning, not being able to effect
delfrery that night account of the
Post Olllce being closed.
We are also taking special measures
to get local freight train No. 250 Into
Hillsboro at a seasonable hour so as to
connect with the Rural Route Deliv
eries on the mall, and also effect an
earlier delivery of the freight, and I
feel safe saying to you that immediate
improvement in this respect will be
R N. Beqien, .
The News-Herald acknowledges
receipt of the first Issue of Leesburg's
new paper, The Citizen. W. B. Kent,
formerly of this city, Is the proprietor.
The Citizen is a weekly paper and wllj
appear on Thursday. Mr. Kent is an
experienced newspaper man and this
issue of the Citizen is in every depart
ment a witness to that fact. The local
news field has been thoroughly covered.
The large number of advertisements
attest the appreciation of Leesburg
Leesburg is to be congratulated In
having as the head of its Press a man
who says in lita salutary "Our desire
Is to serve you well, and lend material
aid and substance to civic pride and
community development." The News
Herald wishes the Citizen long life
For Equipping' and Furnishing the
Building of Highland County
A meeting of the directors of the
Highland County Hospital Company
was held Monday night.
The following committees for the
equipping and furnishing of the build
ing were appointed :
Heating W. N. Bean, A. II. Beam,
O. A. Thompson.
Lighting C. O. Cropper, A. n.
Boamt W. Hoyt.
Operating Room A. H. Beam, W.
Hoyt, 0. C. Cropper.
Furniture Dan Morgan, 0. F. Rob
erts, W. Hoyt.
Plumbing and Walls Dan Morgan,
Frank Emmerllng, O. A. Thompson.
The olllcers of the company state
that the committees will meet at once
and the work on the building pushed,
.Deputy Assessor Announced.
John M, McMuilen, District Asses
sor of Highland county, yesterday
announced that he had selected O. A.
Landess as his deputy. Mr. Landess
was county Recorder two terms.
Kirby Smith will leave Monday for
New York from thence he will 'sail for
Italy where he expects to spend several
ENJOYING USUAL HEALTH
Until Stricken With Hardening of
Arteries Funeral Services
Were Held Tuesday
Alorning at Home.
Col. George W. Barrere,- for thirty
years tne of the owners of the News
Herald, died suddenly at his home
on S. High street Sunday morning at
six o'clock. He had only been sick
since 10 o'clock on Saturday and death
resulted from hardening of the arteries
about the heart.
Until this time he had been unusu
ally well for a man of his years and
had frequently stated that he had
never felt better. On Friday he had
walked up town as usual and on Satur
day morning arose at the usual hour.
He ate a hearty breakfast and per
formed some chores about the place.
Shortly before 10 o'clock he came into
the house and laid down on the couch
In the living room. He had been lying
down only a few minutes when he be
came very ill and complained of violent
pains in his arms and chest A physi
cian was summoned at once and the
medicine taken seemed to relieved
him. He was up and around the house
all day and ate supper with the family
in the evening, although suffering
Just before six o'clock Sunday morn
ing Mrs. Barrere prepared his medicine
for him. She asked him how he was
feeling and he said easier. He raised
up in bed took his medicine and a
drink of water. Mrs. Barrere went to
set down the medicine and the glass
and before she could reach him he had
no was in his 83rd year and is sur
vived by his wife and four children,
Elgar, of Clrclevil e, George W., and
Granville, of this place, and one
daughter, Miss Mary, of this place.
The funeral services were held at
the home Tuesday morning at 11
o'clock, conducted by Dr. V. F. Brown,
of Wayne Avenue M E. church, Cin
cinnati, assisted by the Masonic Order.
Dr. Brown paid a beautiful tribute to
the deceased, telling of his pure, up
right, honest life and of the value of
such a life to a community. Inter
ment was made In the Hillsboro
A sketch of his life will be found in
At the noon hour on Tuesday, Dec.
23, 1913, Mr. Breed E. Lucas, of Hills
boro, and Miss Floy Hudson, of Green
field, were united in marriage at the
Children's Home by Rev. J. Howard.
After the ceremony the happy cou
ple left for Cincinnati for a short wed
ding trip. They will be at home to
their many friends after Jan. 1, 1914.
Sardinia Has Big Loss When Odd
Fellows Building Burns
A fire which was discovered at 3 a.
m. Sunday destroyed the Odd Fellows
building and for a time threatened to
' devastate the business section of Sar
Idinia. The building Is occupied by
J the Mercantile Co. and Is situated be
' tween the bank and J. N. Plummer's
The alarm was given by a Mr, Rich,
who recently had opened a restaurant
In the building. Mr. Rich was almost
overcome by the smoke. He sounded
the alarm which was responded to by
the bucket brigade. The fire had
started In the basement of the Odd
Fellows building and had gained such
' headway that the building could not
be saved. The origin of the 11 re Is
Damage done by the fire Is estimated
at 820,000, which Is equally divided
between the Mercantile Co. and the
Odd Fellows. The former had Insur
ance of $8,000 and the latter $0,000.
jTho bank suffered a loss of about
! $1000 and J. N. Plummer's building
only a little less. R. J. Wahl suffered
the loss of canned goods stored in the
basement of the Mercantile Co.
Although a great many citizens were
engaged in trying to save adjoining
buildings during the fire, none were
Taken Sick Saturday
Passed Away Early
Attendance Larger, Lect
ures Better Than in
REPORT BY SECRETARY
Dr. II. M. Brown and Hon. 0. N
Sams, of this City, Give In
teresting Addresses to
The Ralnsboro Farmers Institute
held an Interesting two days' session
in the K. of P. Hall at Ralnsboro on
Friday and Saturday of last week.
The attendance numbered several
hundred at every session. The News
Herald is indebted to the Secretary,
Mrs. W. T. nodge, for the following
President E. B. Roads, opened the
first session on Friday morning and
introduced the first speaker, E. C.
Martlndale, of Wilkinson, Ind,, who
announced as his subject, "How to
Grow More and Better Corn." He
called especial attention to the seed
and gave the eight points In the stan
dard of excellence :
(1.) Adaptability, 25 per cent. ; (2.)
Seed Conditions, 15 per cent. ; (3.)
Shape of Kernel ; (4.) Uniformity and
Trueness to Type, 15 per cent. : '5 )
Weight of Ear, 10 per cent. ; (G )
Length and Proportion of Ear, 10 per
cent. ; (7.) Color of Grain and Cob, 5
per cent. ; (8.) Butts of Ears, 5 per
lie described a good ear of corn and
said the grains should be 5 8 inches in
length, 5-0 inches in width and 1-0
inches in thickness. He emphasized
that cultivation should be early, often
shallow and late and gave a chemical
demonstration to Impress the fact on
the minds of his hearers.
Supt. McCullough dismissed the
public school during the morning ses
sion that the classes in agriculture
should hear this excellent lecture and
to do honor to the next speaker, Les
lie Brown, who read an interesting
paper on the trip to Washington, D.
C, he had won In the Corn Growing
Contest. His description of the places
he visited and the sights he saw con
vinced every one that he had made
good use of his opportunity. The
Ladies Orchestra, of Hillsboro, then
gave us some excellent music which
was followed by M. L. Tressler, of
Montpeller, Ohio, on "Silos Facts
about Them and Why They are Need
ed." The speaker advised the co-operative
plan In filling silos, the corn be
cut fine, the finer the better ; three
men In silo to tramp and said two of
them should be church members so
they would do a thorough Job ; corn
frequently Is put Into silos too green
instead of too ripe. Mr Tressler
thought the best time is about a week
or ten days after roasting ears when
the kernel is dough and leaves are
getting brown. Cover with fodder,
tramp and continue to tramp for sev
eral days. He gave a number of feed
ing experiments both with dairy cows
and steers, which showed those tea
ensilage gavefar the better results, ne
said in two or three years time one
could easily pay for a silo by Increased
values ana that with alfalfa and a
silo a man could double the average of
his farm without increasing taxes.
The President then appointed J. H.
Roads, Samuel Borst and George Free
committee on nominations, J. B.
Davis, Wm. Montgomery and N. B.
Upp committee on resolutions, and
the meeting adjourned to meet at 1
After music E C. Martlndale gave
his lecture "now to Grow More and
Better Wheat." He compared the
wheat yield in Ohio and Great Britlau
and said our farmers should either in
crease the yield or discontinue the
growing of this crop. By use of charts
from Purdue University he showed
the cost of production according to
various experiments. He advised
breaking ground as long as possible
before time to sow and the prepara.
tlon of a perfect seed bed ; the use of
I at least one legume In the crop rota
tion ; and as many more as possible.
He states fertilization pays if proper
quantity and quality are applied, but
did not believe any man could afford
to buy a complete fertilizer.
Mr. Martlndale advised all farmers
to grow nitrogen cheap through le
gumes and said phosphorus and potash
should be turned under in plowing in
steading of burning it off as many do.
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Telegrams received on Friday by
Mr. and Mrs. John Bennington, of
near Taylorsvllle, announced the death
of their son, Lewis Bennington, of
Sheridan, Wyoming Mr. Bennington
formerly lived in Highland county and
several years ago went to Wyoming
where he was married and is now sur
vived by Mrs. Bennington and two
The details of Mr. Bennington's
death are not fully known at this time.
All that can be learned is that he was
driving his automobile Friday morn.
lng and that the steering gear broke,
causing the automobile to turn over.
Mr. Bennington was caught under the
machine and killed instantly. The
accident occurred about nine miles
from his home
Mrs. Bennington arrived with the
body at Taylorsvllle last night. Fu
neral services were held at Union this
morning at 10 o'clock.
The deceased has four brothers,
three of whom live in this county.
.They are : Newton Bennington, of
Taylorsvllle. Wm. Bennington, of
Sonner's Chapel, and John Benning
ton, of Da'nvllle. Another brother,
Frank, is in the Philippines.
Death of John Simbro.
John Jacob Simbro, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Simbro, died Friday at
the home of his parents on the Con
cord pike Death was caused by
cerebral spinal' meningitis. He was
aged 20 years, 3 months and 10 days.
Funeral services were held Sunday.
Interment was made at Bridges. The
deceased was the eldest son and Is sur
vived by both parents, five sisters and
Of Twenty-Five Per Cent, on all
Subscriptions to Hos
An assessment of 25 per cent, has
been made, upon the subscribers to the
Hillsboro Hospital Association. This
action was taken at a meeting held at
the Court House Monday night.
A committee to notify the subscrib
ers of the assessmsnt was appointed,
its members are John Matthews, O.
N. Sams, J W. Evans, the original
trustees of the fund, and C. F. Wilis
ler, L. B. Boyd, D. Q. Morrow, J. A.
Head aud J. W. Watts.
Prior to making the assessment the
following report was made by the
committee appointed at a previous
To the subscribers of the Hospital
Fund, Hillsboro Hospital Association.
In pursuance of instructions of the
resolution adopted at a meeting of the
subscribers of the Hillsboro Hospital
Fund, held on Friday evening, Dec. 12,
1013, we beg leave to report, viz:
We find from the report of the Trus
tees herefore made and accepted, that
the subscriptions made during and
since the clcse of the campaign, ex
clusive of the stock of the old com
pany transferred to be 812,951.16. That
the disbursements have been $1.842. 16.
The per cent, of assessment on each
subscriber to meet the expenses al
ready incurred and paid is 14J per cent.
nowever, we are of the opinion that
the affairs of the Association cannot
be brought to a final settlement with
out some expense, and we have made
no allowance for any expenses of clos
ing up the affairs of the company or
for possible shrinkage from subscrip
tions. Respectfully Submitted.
F. R; Ambrose
R. A. Hatnes
A prompt response on the part of
the subscribers should be made on
this assessment and an attempt made
to forget that a hospital campaign
was ever held.
S. Campbell Gore, of Indianapolis,
Ind., and Miss Madge Evans will be
married at the home of the bride's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. D M. Evans, at
1:30 o'clock this afternoon. Rev.
Father McLelgb, of St. Marys Catho
lic Church, will perform the ceremony.
Only the Immediate members of the
family will be present.
Mr. and Mrs. Gore will leave this
afternoon for a wedding trip. They
will spend a few days with the bri e's
sister, Mrs. Walter O. Curtis, at Mt.
Vernon. Tliey will make their home
at Indianapolis, Ind.
Mr. Gore Is the manager of the In
dlanapolis branch house of the Bom
hoff & Joyce Co , of Cincinnati, deal
ers in pig iron and coke.
The bride is a very beautiful blonde
and a talented musician.
Prominent Jurist Answers
the Final Call Tuesday
COMMON PLEAS JUDGE
And Alember of the Highland
County Bar Forty-nine Years
-Resident of Hillsboro
After forty-nine years' service at
the bar of Highland county, Judge S.
F. Steele passed away at a sanitarium
In Columbus early Tuesday morning.
The body was brought to the resi
dence that night Funeral services
conducted by Rev G. B. Beecher were
held from the home yesterday after
noon Interment was made In the
Judge Steele was one of the oldest
residents of Hillsboro. He was born
in this city in 1837 and lived here all
his life The following obituary
prepared by Judge Newby was
read at the funeral services yesterday
Circumstances and the occasion
forbid that sulliclent time be now
taken to pay a full triouie to the
meruory-tif him whose taking away
has called us together to-day It is
but a little ov.r2i hours since the sad
Intelligence was brought me by wire
while In a neighboring county that
Judge Steele was dead. And besides,
his long life In our midst, coupled
with the fact that owing to his prom
inence and his intimate re'atious with
the public has served to bring, around
hlra a large circle of admiring friends,
to whom to recount all his many high
standards of character and manhood
would be a work of supererogation
So when a life so useful and so px
OiupUrj hd come to a close, a part of
these services should be devoted to a
testimonial due from the living to Its
virtues aud teachiugs, not alone as a
mark of respect to the dead, but as ,i
thanksgiving from the living for the
lessons his life has taught. His life
is done, his story Is told, his book is
closed and it is for us, the living, to
draw from these inspiration aud cour
age. For Judge Steele was one of
those men who, though dead, will con
tinue to speak.
Judge Samuel F Steele, the son of
Rev Dr. Samuel Steele, for more than
thirty years, and up to the time of his
death, pastor of the First Presbj
terian Church of Hillsboro, was born
In Hillsboro July 5, 1837. H? attended
in his native town the school of. Prof.
Isaac Sams, a notea educator of that
day, from which school he entered the
sophmo'e class of Miami University at
Oxford, Ohio From Miami he en
tored Center College at Danville, Ky ,
and graduated from that Institution
In 1850. Following his graduation ha
served as a tutor in Kentucky until he
returned to Hillsboro in 1862. Upon
his return to Hillsboro be took up the
study of law In the ofllce of the late
Judge Jaraps Sloane, at that time one
of the leaders of the bar of Southern
Judge Sloane early recognized the high
order of legal talent possessed by his
pupil and upon Judge Steele's ad
mlssiou to the bar in 1804 testified his
appreciation of young Steele's ability
and his entire confidence in his future
as an attorney, by forming a part
nership with him in the practice of
the law. This partnership continued
under the name of Sloane & Steele
until the election of Judge Steele to
the Common Pleas Judgeship in this
district In the autumn of 1871.
April 7, 1875, at Washington D. 0.,
Judge Steele was married to Miss
Mary Poor, who with five daughters
are left to mourn the loss of a loving
and Indulgent husband and father.
In this community where Judge
Steele enjoyed a wide acquaintance
and a large circle of close friendships,
it is unnecessary, I deem It, to elab
orate upon his pleasing social qual
ities. Suffice it to say that his plead
ing social qualities, marked politeness,
courtesy and kindness of manner and
speech were felt and noted alike by all
who came Into his company and par
ticularly by those who associated
closely with him Though kindness
was the ruling element of his nature,
he was Znot disposed to look llghtly
upon wrong-doing nor to apologize for
the evil acts of others wilfully done,
but on the contrary, In such a case,
his sense of right would rebel unl he
would condemn where he thought
condemnation was deserved. But all
Judgments of others were stamped
with a generosity and charity 04-
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