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HILLSBORO, OHIO, THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 1914.
VOL. 78. NO. 50
To Whom Paid and For What
Purpose the Money of the
County is Expended.
Stakalta Fen Co., supplies, $12.60.
Joe Stabler, supplies, $1.80.
Illllsboro Tel. Co., tolls, $2 85.
R. Schwelnsborgor, night watch, $2.
Cen U Tel Co , ront and tolls, $9 75
Hills Dls, sup & pub rd not, $20 83.
Hlllsboro Ice Del Co., ice, $0.
J. B. Worley, moving safe, $5.
Northwestern MfgCo , fur pol,$l 50.
Illllsboro L & F Co., light, $37.78.
Economy Store, sup, $4.83.
H. W. Hunter bal com mips, $300.
Col Blank Book Co., sup, $19 50.
0. C. Walker, coal, $102 23.
Felbel Bros., sup, $5.
Mews-Herald Co,, sup, $19.75.
nillsboro L & F Co., light, $44 38.
Leslie Parshall, sup, $5 01.
Klncaid & Son, sup tax asses, $25.75.
Com Mfg Co., sup janitor, $3 75.
Barrett Bros , sup P. J., $1.80.
O McConnaughey, prem on Ins, $75.
Hills Tel Co., rentals & tolls, $25.25.
W. H. Stanage, sup treas, $4.75.
Cen D Tel Co, rental & tolls, $10.75.
Dispatch, supplies, $1.20.
Hlllsboro Ice Delivery Co, ice, $0 75.
City Water Works, water, $29 30.
W. H. Ballentine, cement, 55c.
Klncaid &Son, bur J no. Powers, $75.
J. Strain & Son, bur Fannie E.
W. Z. Windom, labor, $17.50.
Gayman & Long, labor, $29.05.
George Culhane, labor, $2.75.
Geo. McConnaughey, labor, $04 90.
J. F. Wilkin, labor, $4.
O. A. Roades, making All, $10.50.
J. W,. Countryman, labor, $7.35.
P. A. Hopkins, labor, $4 60.
Wm. P. Leslie, labor, $7.50.
Henry Carlisle, labor, $34.55.
H. H. Richards & Co., cement, $70.40
W. E. Crismon, labor, $22 47.
J. G. Bell, nails, $2.50.
Jas. E. Polk, repairs, $5.25.
F. R. Granger, lumber, $52 30.
C. F. Whlsler, lumber, $14.55.
A. V. Lemon, labor, $5 50.
O. C. Eyler, lumber, $0.
W. E. Roberts, labor, $25.03.
C. F. Whlsler, lumber, $117.
W. H. Ballentine, posts & nails. $3.30:
A. R. Dodson, repairs, $3.65.
C. W. Johnson, repairs, $2.
0. E. Robblns, lumber, $12 57.
Arthur Mercer, lum & labor, $12 21.
H. II. Richards & Co., cement, $20 40
1. F. Martin, labor, $18 50.
O. V. Purdy, drainage, $5
W. T. Hodge, labor, $11.
Martin Dunenger, repairs, $0.
John Brlggs, fencing, $8.40.
Geo. H. Weaver, lumber, $41.40.
Kelly Springfield Co , supplies, $18.
W. S. Patton, labor, $58 80.
Muntz Mch Co., rep Road Roller, $7.
Sam'l Wllklns, labor, $28.25.
Thos. Hopkl s, labor, 5" 70.
Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Red key.
Mrs. Elizabeth Redkey,aged 09 years,
who has been keeping house for the
Schumacher boys, died Sunday morn
ing, following a stroke of paralysis
suffered recently. The funeral services
were held at the home Monday, con
ducted by Rev. Frank Foust, of Price
town ; burial at Union Chapel ceme
tery. She is survived by fourchlldren,
Harry, of FoUom, Ira, of Dodsonville,
Charles, of Lynchburg, and Mrs. John
Foust, of East Danville.
Death of Peter E. Brown.
Peter E. Brown uled at the home of
his son, Gatch, on N. High street Fri
day morning at 9 o'clock, after a long
Illness with Bright'a disease. The
funeral services were held at the home
Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, con
ducted by Dr. W. H, Shields and Rev.
Earl R. Slutz. Interment was made
In the Hlllsboro cemetery.
Mr. Brown war born In Culpeper
county, Va., June 15, 1834 and came
to nillsboro with his parents when a
baby and has lived here ever since.
He learned the tinning trade when a
young man and had been engaged in
the business for 00 years. .
Mr. Brown served many years as a
member of the Hlllsboro board of edu
cation and several terms on the village
council, He was always faithful in
his discharge of his public duties.
He is survived by two sons. Gatch,
of this place, and Roy, of Richmond,
Mrs Horace Roads, of Ralnsboro, re
ceived word Wednesday morning that
her brother, Ed L. Smith, had died at
Hot Springs, Ark., Tuesday night.
Mr. Smith was about 40 years of age.
He moved from this county to Arkan
sas about ten years ago.
Miss Cora E. Bell, who has been
spending the wlntorat Redlands, Cal.,
returned home Tuesday,
Mrs. Rush Evans, of Dayton, was
the guestof Miss Cora E. Bell a few
days the first of the week.
1 All HFRP
ID ALL; ULIC
Four New Cases Were Filed
In Common Pleas Court
the Past Week
CONSTRUCTION OF WILL
Of James Edward Fenner Asked
and Contest of Will of Mar
garet Mullenix by Sons.
One Divorce Case.
Four new cases were filed in the
Common Pleas Court during the past
The suit of W. H. Mullenix, Thos.
W. Mullenix and Stephen F. Mullenix
against Thomas A. Mullenix, Carl T.
Mullenix, Ellen West, Anna R. Gil
more, C. S., Haraer, Homer, Waldo,
Rother, Orval and Ray McCoy, Allle,
Ulrlc, Clifford and Pearl Smart, Allie
Kelly and Thomas Clark is to contest
the will of Margaret Mullenix, who
died July 21, 1912. Thomas A. Mul
lenix is' the widower of Margaret Mul
lenix and the plaintiffs and the other
defendants are her children and
grandchildren. The plaintiffs state
that a paper writing purporting tobe
the will of Mrs. Mullenix left all of
her property to Thoma A. and Carl T.
Mullenix ; that said paper was pro
bated but that an executor has never
been appointed. The plaintiffs fur
ther say that the paper writing was
not the last will and testament of said
Margaret Mullenix and ask that It be
Isaac Ware asks for a divorce from
Irene Ware upon sensational grounds.
The parties were married at Athens
July 22, 1914, and one child, Loeman,
was born after the marriage. The
parties reside in Greenfield. The
plaintiff says that before their mar
riage the defendant represented that
she was virtuous when in fact she
was pregnant with child at the time
by another man ; that plaintiff as
soon as he learned this ceased to co
habit with defendant. The plaintiff
further says that at divers times the
defendant has boasted thatthe plain
tiff was not the father of her child
and that the only reason she married
him was to save the disgrace of hav
ing an illegitimate child. The plain
tiff also states that the defendant has
been guilty of gross neglect of duty,
failing to keep their homo clean and
refusing and neglecting to cook his
Burch E. Fenner, as executor of
James Edward Fenner, against Lillian
J. Fennei and Russell E. and Carl C. I
Fenner, minors, is an action In which
the plaintiff asks for instructions In
regard to the administrations of the
estate. He says that at the time of
his death, James Edward Fenner,
owned in fee simple a lot in Hlllsboro,
51 acres of land In Liberty township
and the undivided three fourths of 01
acres in Liberty township ; that tlMi'l-"!:?!1:
decedent by his will left to his widow
the farm for life and all the personal
property and that at the death of his
wife the property be divided equally
among his three sons. Plaintiff says
that the debts of the estate amounted
to $950 and the cost of administration
to $250 and the value of the personal
pro erty is $1,120, Insufficient to pay
the debts and costs of administration.
No disposition was made of the It t In
Hlllsboro. The appraisers of the real
estate made an allowance for the
year's support of the widow and minor
children. The plaintiff asks the di
rection of the court In the following
Is Lillian J. Fenner entitled to
yearly allowance ?
Is Lillian J. Fenner entitled
dower and homestead rights In the lot
If It is necessary to sell any real es
tate to pay debts should It be the lot
in Hlllsboro it being undevised ?
Louie' Orebaugh against Henry A.
Ruble and others is an action for the
partition of 112 acres and 118 poles of
land in Salem township. The plain-
tiff says she Is seized in fee simple of
the undivided 1-84 part of said prem
Ises ; that Jane Ruble holdu a life In-
terest in the undivided 183-84 part of
said premises ; that the other defen
dants, heirs of Elijah Ruble, deceased,
own or claim to own an Interest in
said premises subject to the life estate
of said Jane Ruble. The plaintiff asks
that the premises be partitioned
Jane Ruble files an answer consenting
to the partition and asking that the
value of her life Interest bo fixed and
when the land ls sold tho amount be
turned over to her ti money. Mrs.
Ruble ls 85 years of age.
WARNES TAX LAW
Prom,nent Farmer Discusses and
Annrnvps ite Prnvfcinnc in
The following article on the new
Warnes Tax Law was written by one
of the leading farmers of this county.
He has made a careful and thorough
study of the law and his conclusions
are worthy of thoughtful consideration
not only by farmers but by all classes
of people. The author prefers to re
main unknown at this time.
Editok News-Hekald: A very
fsw years ago when President Taft
attempted a great service to two kin
dred peoples of this c utinent, as com
prehended in his famous reciprocity
proposal between Canada and our own
country, the great captains, of organ
ized industry, were quick to recognize
that the ratiticatlon of the measure,
in the first Instance, by the senate of
the United States, and, In the second,
by the voters of Canada, would enor
mously curtail the income incident
to the clever jugglery made possible
for them under existing treaties and
the respective tariff laws then in
To defeat the plan was of over pow
ering importance to them, but they
were prompt to see that an open fight,
under the colors of their own craft,
would prove disastrous from the start ;
they very naturally and unerringly
concluded that the people of both
countries would not tolerate the defeat
of a ra-nsure designed to compel fair
dealing and fair play among the long
list of manufacturers dotu business
on either, or both sides, of the dividing
line and selling their products In glar
ing contravention to the spirit of the
Thereupon was devised one of the
most cunning plays, upon the sensl
bllitles cf one class of our people, that
was ever effected in this, or any other,
The cheaper farm press was subsi
dized in the Interest of the project,
and the farmer was erroneously ex
ploited as the one who would suffer
from the arrangement, and he was
actually, in both countries, induced to
make such a furious demonstration
against the proposal as to encompass
its defeat, directly opposing his own
nterests, working right Into the hands
of a clique that had lived at his ex
pense during the entire tenure of its
existence under the prevailing regime
and w ithout whom, under this regime,
it could not exist.
Just such another situation con
fronts the rural inhabitants of this
state in relation to the so called
Warnes law and the writer hopes to
be able to do some small part in set
ting the people right, regarding It,
before it is too late, for already insidi
ous forces are at work to render the
farmer dissatisfied with it so that he
may be made willing to serve as the
cats paw, etc., for the urban resident
whose wealth Is mostly In intan.ible
prdperty, heretofore Immune from
tax ttton, through the machinations of
party hanchmen In the election of
assesors susceptible to sinister influ
might be, which eventuated in the
listing of tangible property, almost
exclusively, in the very centers of
population where It is well known that
intangibles, such as notes, bonds,
stocks, etc., far exceeds in value, the
tangibles such as houses, lands, cattle,
horses, etc., but on which the most
part of the expense of running the
state Is now levied.
Before proceeding any further the
writer wishes It understood .that he
is not soliciting political support for
the governor of this state nor is he
accusing him of creating a machine
designed to perpetuate him in office.
On the contrary he sympathizes with
the governor anent the very obvious '
ne essity of creating a long list of
appointees in order to secure a good
law, for any one, who reflects, will see
tnat tlie much loDer llst ot d'sap
pointed seekers, for those appoint
ments, may be depended upon to sling
a monkey wrench, into the vitals of
that machine, at the proper place and
time ; and thus tiie odds will be
against tiie governor, rather than in
his favor, but that has not deterred
him in his purpose of placing an;excel
lent taxing device upou tiie statute
'i-'iie provision most complained of,
l" lai ls tlie method of selecting
assessors, which takes away from the
hordes of tax dodging patriots the time
honored sovereign right of selecting
their own assessors, usually the easiest
nun to "put it over on" in the availa
ble list, and placing the oUlce on the
roll oficivil service positions, which no
one, so far, can have any reason jto
charge will not be conducted honestly
and In good faith. What tarthly
reason, or inducement, could any ad
ministration have for wishing a faith
less or dishonest prosecution of that
At M. E. Church Arouse Great
InterestMany Hear Sun
The revival meeting at the Metho
dlst church has been very successful so
far. The church was crowded to the
doors morning and evening Sunday to
hear the Billy Sunday converts.
Monday evening Rev Slutz, the
pastor, concluded Ills address on Pop
ular Amusements." It seems to be
the general impression that this sub
ject was treated more fairly and at the
same time more forcibly than has been
the case in pulpit presentations In our
city for many years.
Tuesday evening Dr. Swinehart, of
Greenfield, preached a strong sermon
on "Repentance." He also preached
again Wednesday evening.
The cottage prayer meetings are
being largely attended and ha"c done
much to stimulate interest in the
public meetings and to widen Chris
There have been accessions to the
church at nearly every public service
since the meetings began.
Mrs. Sarah Stephens Dead.
Mrs. Sarah Stephens died at the
home of her son, Thomas, Saturday
morning. She had been ill for a long
time and was aged 72 years. The body
was taken to Williamsburg Monday
where services were held and inter
part of the law's provisions?
Such arguments are nothing but
folly and will fall of their own weight.
The only danger connected with the
expected workings, of the law, ls the
difficulty of getting at a sufficiently
large partof the intangible property of
the cities and, other centers of wealth,
as will permit a general lowering of
the taxing rate on the tangible prop
erty that, hitherto, has borne the large
part of the state's expense, outside of
the taxes imposed on corporation, etc.
This will not, however, be the fault
of the law for rather might it turn
out to be an inability, upon the part
of the property owner, to break away
from a fixed habit of evading the letter
ofthe law even at the risk of incur
ing the penalties provided.
But we believe a diligent and con
sistent attempt to make good, on the
part of the officers, will finally be
crowned with success and, in that,
they will have powerful aid, Indirect
ly, through the workingsof the federal
income tax law for. somehow, Uncle
Sam has always had a way of securing
points of cleavage, In those matters,
which the state could hardly reach.
Unfortunately the tax payers, of
the state, stand for possible eventuali
ties, Incident to the new method, that
may mar all the benefits promised;
we refer to threatened almost unlimit
ed increase of the appropriations to
meet tlie expenses of government.
The favorite pronouncement, of as
piring politicians, that the state's
business should be run precisely as a
well ordered private concern's business
ls run, with strict principles of waste
less administration, is all right, but it
has not, nor never will be, accom
plished. Let us hope, however, that the suc
ceeding administrations may be de
pended on to refrain from frenzied
irresponsibility, under the moon beams
of the prosperity, that full returns for
taxation, may render apparent.
For Just as surely an any possible
human prophecy, the whole scheme
will fall to the ground and far reach
ing, irreparable disaster will follow, If,
In the event the taxable property
listed, this year, should turn out to be
largely in excess, of previous years,
without a corresponding decrease in
But, in that event, again, the trouble
would not be with the 1 iw, it would lie
at the door of the tax spendtrs, and
herein lies the reason and Imperative
necessity of placing a check on tint
class of gentry by Initiating a consti
tutional amendment incorporating the
Harmon one per cent limit.
Th n, and not until then, will the
tax payers have a secure safeguard
against the hungry vandals that have
besieged the treasury ever since the
writer can remember. Our conten
tion is that the principles enunciated j
in tlie law are right and that the results
of faithful application of them will be
an equitable distribution of the bur
dens of govern merit and.a decided relle
to those who have had to foot most of i
the bills, heretofore, because their
property ls held In the open and not
susceptible of manipulation, .along
about tax time, for tho escape of tiie
It would not be unreasonable to ex-'
pect tho rate to be cut in two and still
have much more money, than previ
ously, to meet the legitimate demands,
of our ever expanding institutions. I
LARQE 1NCRE AS
Of Personal Property Made
By the Assessors of
FINDING HIDDEN WEALTH
Each Assessor Has List of Mort
gagesof Residents of His Dis
trict and Actually Ad
ministers an Oath.
Large Increases are being made in
the returns of the personal nrooertv
in Highland countv as shown by the
returns a reaiy made by tlie deputy
assessors to County Assessor McMul
lei). On 1220 returns from all parts of the
county an Increase of $357,215 has been
made over last jear. The total
amount returned so far this year Is
$1,474,095 The total personal dupli
cate last year was $7,788,075 and if tlie
present rate of Increase continues on
the other returns the total Increase
will be over $2,500,000 Mr. McMullen
however does not expect the rate of
increase to hold up as a large part of
It has come from wealthy people, and
man of these have made their re
turns, In Hlllsboro the Increase is$75.47."j
Tills is on 100 returns. In the Increase
for the county 201 people have made
returns, who gave nothing last year.
The greatest part of the increase
has been In money and credits,
Tlie plan adopted to bring out hldd n
wealth Is by furnishing each assessot
with a list of the mortgages held by
each person In his district and to bring
these to the attention of the person
listing If they fall to give in as much
in credits as the list shows. This ls
done upon instruction of tlie State
Tax Commission. Mr. McMullen has
gone through the mortgage records in
the Recorder's office and made a com
plete list of the mortgages. If he
finds one held by a person in another
county this is sent to the assessor of
that county. The assessors in the
other counties of the state are furnish
ing Mr. McMullen with information
of any mortgages held by residents of
Highland county in any other county.
Another thing which is bringing
good results is that each assessor is
visiting every person in his district
and is actually administering an oatli
to each person and impressing upon
them that the oath Is as binding as if
taken in court.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Trop were the
guests of relatives In Cincinnati from
Friday until Monday.
Gordon McClure and family moved
here last week from McCoppln's Mill.
Thev are Hvlnir on S. Elm street. Mr.
McClure ls employed by the Harsha
The State Armory Bdard did not
meet Saturday as had been exuected.
so no action was taken on the Staty
Armory for Hlllsboro. Col. Bargar,
chahman of the board, states that it
probably will not meet before next
George G. Meneley, father of D. M.
Meneley, of this place, died at his home
at Cherry Pork Tue day. the result of
a stroke of paraljsls. He was 80 years
H. M. Brown & Co. have secured a
new herdsman, Charles Farquahr,
from Scotland. Mr. Farquahr arrived
here Wednesday. He has been the
head herdsman for many years of the
Countess of Seafleld, who had one of
the finest herds of Aberdeen Angus
cattle in the world. Lady Seatield
died recently and the herd has been
dispersed. U. M. Brown & Co. at
once made application for the services
of Mr. Farquahr and were fortunate
In securing him. In him they have
one of the best herdsmen in the world.
Probate Court Proceedings.
Authenticated copy of the will of
Chas. A. Chapln filed.
T. L. Bargar, admr of Isaac Arnold,
filed first and final account.
II. P. Morrow appointed admr of
Chas. A. Chapln, late of Cook county,
Anna Cooper committed to Athens
Myrtle B. Good appointed admrx of
Thos. J. Good.
J, W. Evans, admr of R. S. Evans,
filed application to sell bank slock.
J. W. Evans, admr of it S. -Evans,
filed application for distribution of
assets in kind.
Frank R. Beatty committed to
Athens State Hospital
Will ot Lydla L. Shaffer probated.
Of Business Men's Association
Tonight to Consider N.
& W. Schedule.
A special meeting of the Business
Men's Association will be held at the
Court House tonight at 7 30 The
meeting is for the purpose of consider
ing tlie schedule on the SarJlnia branch
of the N. & W. it. R
G. E. Steek, Inspector of the Public
Utilities Commission, will be present.
The Commission is miking an exam
ination to find out what schedule will
best serve the Interests of the people
along the line of the road. Mr. Steck
states that the commission has had a.
number of petitions filed with It one
asking one schedule and one another.
The present schedule has been in
effect only a few weeks. Theschedulo
prior to that time was adopted at the
request of many patrons. Tills sched
ule was apparently u nsallsfactory
after a few month's trial and was
again changed, when pe itions with
many signers were presented asking;
The public is cordially invited to
this meeting as the purpose of the
Utilities Lommis-lon is to find our
what will benefit the most people and
then secure such a sciiedule.
Death of Airs. Rebeca Pennington
Mrs. Rebecca Pennington, aged 71
years, died Tuesday mornlnc, after a
short Illness w Ith heart trouble. Tlie
funeral services will beheld this after
noon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev.
W. 11 Shields.
Death of Ellis F. Richards.
Ellis F. Richards, aeed 84 years.
died at the home of his son, Charles,
Sunday morning after a long illness.
The funeral services were held at the
Christian Church Tuesday morning,
conducted by Rev B. F. Smith. Bur
ial was made at Mt Zion.
Death of Newton Richards.
IS'ewton Richards, aged 00 years,
died Tuesday morning at his home on
the Belfast pike a few miles west of
town after a short Illness with pneu
monia. Tlie funeral services will be
held at Prospect church this morning
at 11 o'clock, conducted by Rev.
Scarlf He is survived by his widow
and three children, Misses Amelia and
Cinderella and Wendell.
Death of Roderick L. Watts",
Roderick L. Watts died at his home
In Marshall Saturday, after a long ill
ness with chirossis of the arteries,
aged 80 years. The funerU was held
at the Marshall M. E. church Monday
morning, conducted by Rev. W. E.
Shrlver. Interment wasraadeat Mar
shall, lie Is survived by ills widow
and ten children, all of whom live in
Highland county. The children are
Mrs. Cyrus Falrley and Mi, J. E.
Shannon, of Hi.lsboro, Mrs Harry
Boatman, of Fall Creek, Mrs Clarence
Cowglll, of Stringtown, Mis-es Mary
and Flossie, of Marshall, John W., of
Ralnsboro, Fred, of Highland, and
Frank and Burch, of Marshall.
Mr. Watts was a man. of strong
character, strong In his convictions,
honest of purpose and firm In his stand
for what he believed right and just.
He was an old soldier serving In the
17oth O. V. I
PhllipS. Wickerham of Portsmouth,
a son of former county treasurer, P.
N. Wickerham, of Peebles, has pur
chased a half Interest in a 320 acre
farm, south of Hlllsboro, and will
assume active management of the
farm this spring. Mr. Wickerham re
cently married a Portsmouth girl
Adams County Defender, West Union.
William Harrison Burnett, a fo'mer
resident of thU county, died at Alice
vllle, Kan., March 0. He was born
near Illllsboro Sept. 6, 1840. He lived
in this county until 1870, when lie
moved to Kansas. He served three
years in the Civil War, being a mem
ber of Co. 1 10th O. V. I and the 24th
Ohio Light Artillery. He is survived;
b ills wife and adopted son.
Tlie fifth number of the lecture
course, the entertainment by Rilph
Bingham was thoroughly enjoed by a
large audience Saturday night. Mr.
Bingham makes no pretense at havinpr
a message to deller his mission Is to
entertain and lie fulfills his mission.
On account of his train being late he
did not arrive here until 0 o'clock,
coming from Wilmington Irian auto
mobile, but the audience felt well re
paid for its long wait.
Paul Vance, of Chllllcothe, was tho
guest of friends and relatives over
Sunday. He was accompuiled home
Monday by his wife and son, Myron
Woodside, who have been spending
the winter here with her parents, Mr.
nd Mrs. D. H Woodside.
. -An t