HILLSBORO, OHIO, THURSDAY, MAY 7, 1914.
VOL. 79. NO. 4
IN THIS COUNTY
VILLAGE PLAY Q ROUND QEQRGE CHANEY
CHARGING METER RENT HJLLB0R0 WON
Business Men's Association Ap- nic MIlRftFRFn
nninr r.nmmUiin in Snlirir T IXO iHUllSL,lYL,lS
Law and. Ordinance Governing
Contract Between Village
Opera House Crowded in
Afternoon and Evening
to Hear Gov. Cox
ABLY DEFENDS MEASURES
Passed During His Administration
Good Speeches on Farm
Topics by Sandles,
Beggs and Riddle.
Highland County Boosters Day was
a great success. The Opera House was
filled at all the sessions and was packed
for the night meeting.
The program was carried out just as
The addresses by John Beggs, T. F.
Riddle and A. P. Sandles were listened
to with much interest and the two
speeches by Gov. Cox received close
Mr. Beggs spoke on alfalfa and told
of the many benefits farmers would
derive from the cultivation of this
Mr. Riddle, who has been one of the
main movers in Boys Corn Growing
and other Junior Contests told of the
trip to Washington and of the benefits
to the children from participation in
the movements. He also strongly
advocated an experimental farm for
Highland county. He stated that It i
would cost approximately $20,000 to
purchase and equip such a farm but
believed that the increased production
of crops that would result from It
would make it as profitable as invest
ment as could be made.
A. P. Sandles, who is president of
the State Agricultural Commission,
made two talks on the subject of ' Dirt
and Dollars." He has a remarkable
faculty of getting in close touch with
his audience and he held the close
attention of his hearers from the open
ing until the closing sentence. As is
always the case when Mr. Sandles
speaks, he told the farmers many
things of a practical nature.
In his speeches Gov. Cox dealt with
a number of the laws passed during
his administration. In the afternoon
he spoke on the new school laws, the
laws for good roads and the Warnes
Tax Law. In the evening he gave
attention to the Workmen's Compen
sation Act, the laws changing condi
tions at the state penitentiary and
providing for a prison farm, the law
for helping mothers and the Warnts
,A more pleasing, easy and forceful
speaker than Gov. Oox has seldom if
ever appeared on a Ellllsboro platform.
He made an able defense of the meas
ures pissed during his administration
which have been most severely criti
cised. He apparently Is proud of the
legislation enacted and has neither
apologies nor excuses to offer and is
willing to stand or fall upon his
The meeting was held under the
direction of the H lghland County Crop
Improvement Society. C. O. Muhlbach
acted as chairman of the meeting.
Music was furnished by the Hillsboro
Celebrate Golden Wedding.
T. S. Medsker received the following
letter from his brother, K G. Medsker,
of Skid more, Mo., telling of the golden
wedding of his brother and wife. R.
G. Medsker was married to Luana
Roberts, on April 13, 18G4, near Sugar
tree Ridge and both have many friends
In this county.
Skidjiore, Mo., April 19, 1914.
Mr. T. S. Medsker,
Dear Brother: Well, the golden
wedding is past. It certainly was a
success in every way. It was arranged
by the children, 128 were present, not
all at once, but from 2 to 9 at night.
We had a good time, all enjoyed them
selves talking over old times and tell
ing jokes. We had plenty to eat,
cake, pressed chicken, bananas, ice
cream, etc. We got the cream at St
Joseph. We received as presents $75
in gold, two $20 pieces, one from child
ren, one from city friends ; also ?3 in
silver, $78 in all. We received as tok
ens of love, a variety of beautiful
mementos, some costing $10', Also I
think about $3Q worth of flowers, very
We do not value the gold coins
merely for their intrinsic value or
worth, but for the motive which
prompted the giving of them. We
thank you for the fountain pen. Lou
Lackey sent us a sugar spoon, a very
pretty one. We would like to have
had you and your wife here, also all
my Ohio people.
Well, as I have a good many letters
to write to-day you must excuse me.
Please write soon, as ever your broth
er, R. G. Medskkh.
The regular meeting of the Busi
ness Men's Association Friday night
was unusually Interesting.
Twenty six new members were
taken Into the Association as follows;
Paul Harsha, Charles Schllly, D. M.
Asher, H. D. Penqulte, H. A. Robin
son, Jerome C. Richards, Perry M.
McCoppin, W. A. Barrett, B. B. Ri
ber, P. B. Zlnk, Louis E. Durr, Chas.
S. Coffman, Harry E. Franz, B. M.
Boyd. Harry A. Zink, B. F. Holmes,
Arthur S. Buck, Gatch Brown, II. S.
McClure, W. H. Walker, Rev. J. How
ard, D. B, Scott, J. J. Pugsley. Isidor
The question of equipping the Web
ster school grounds, as a village play
ground was taken up. Prof Patter
son ably presented the benefit that
would be derived from such grounds,
the necessary equipment and that its
cost would be about $1,000.
After a long discussion of the bene
fits of a play ground In which many
took part, a motion was made and
carried authorizing the President to
appoint a committee to solicit funds
for the equipment of the grounds, no
apparatus to be purchased until $500
had been raised.
Prof. Patterson is greatly interested
in the movement and has agreed to
give as much time as possible to the
supervision and work of preparing the
grounds and placing the apparatus.
The dues of the Association were
reduced to 25 cents a month and a
committee composed of C. M. Lacy, F.
F. Stevens and J. E. Carroll was ap
pointed to solicit new members. It
is hoped that with the reduction of
the dues every business man in the
town will join the Association and be
active in its interests.
The question of a Street Exposition
this fall was left to the Executive
Committee with power to act.
New Pike Granted.
The petition for the construction of
anew pike in Whiteoak and Clay
townships was heard by the county
commissioners Monday and the pike
granted. W. E. Fawley, C. Roy Eu
verard and William Custer were ap
pointed local commissioners.
The pike will be No. 100 and will be
known as the "Hollowtown Short Line
Pike." It starts in the Straightout
and Buford pike, near the residence of
P. Q. Fenner and runs in a north
westerly direction about seven-eighths
of a mllo to the old State Road near
the residence of Henry Euverard. The
road will be built under the One Mile
For Hillsboro Over Comus in First
Game of Season, Score
Being 16 To I.
The first ball game of the season
for the Hillsboro team was played at
the Fair Gounds Sunday afternoon
with the Comus team of Bellevue, Ky.
The score was 16 to 1 in favor of
Hillsboro had the best ball tea u last
year that It had had In years and the
boys start off this season playing the
same aggressive, clean, fast game they
were putting up ab the close of last
You will never be able to convince
the Comus boys that Hillsboro can not
hit. Billy Keelor said that the secret
of being a good batter was "to hit them
where they ain't" and the locals cer
tainly did this at frequent and timely
Intervals Sunday. Moorhead's batting
was a feature. He secured five hits
out of six times up, one for three
bases. Comus used four pitchers In
an effort to stop the slaughter but our
boys had their eye on the ball and
treated them all alike.
Deakyne started the gamo for Hills
boro and pitched six innings, retiring
when the game was safely put away.
Only two hits wore made off him.
VanZant pitched the seventh and
eighth and the visitors were helpless
not getting a single one safe.
Davis pitched the ninth and the
visitors made two hits and scored one
RIchter, of Cincinnati, who umpired
a number of games at the close of last
season has been engaged for all the
games this season. He knows his
business and no one is more essential
to good clean ball than a good umpire.
The score by innings follows :
Comus 000000001 1
Hillsboro 10304. 14x 10
Capt. and Mrs. Paul Harsha attended
the funeral of W. B. Harsha at
In Cincinnati Saturday Night
by Four Highwaymen
SKULL W.AS CRUSHED
Body Was Brought Home Tues
dayEd Reno Also Hurt
Men Arrested Tuesday
Charged With Crime.
George Chaney, a stock dealer of
Berryvillo, was attacked by four men
in Cincinnati about midnight Saturday
night ana died from the injuries re
ceived at 1L o'clock Monday night.
Mr. Chaney had gone to Cincinnati
to visit his brother in-law, Ed. Reno.
Mr. Chaney and Mr. Reno had gone to
a show Saturday night. They left the
center of the city to return to Mr.
Reno's home in Winton Place at 11:30.
When they got off of the car near Mr.
Reno's home four men approached
them and asked them for a nickle each
to go to the picture show. Reno at
this turned to Chaney and said :
"George if we had it we would be there
ourselves." The men then attacked
them striking them with a heavy
piece of iron, thought to have been a
railroad pin. Mr. Chaney was struck
on the back and side of the head and
his skull crushed. He was rushed to
the City Hospital, but never regained
consciousness and died from his inju
ries Monday night.
Mr. Reno was struck near the eye
and it was at first thought might lose
sight of it, but his injuries aie not
The body of Mr. Chaney was brought
here Tuesday evening and taken to
his home at Berryville. The funeral
was held Wednesday afternoon at
Prospect church, conducted by Rev.
John Naylor. Mr. Chaney is survived
by eight children, ranging in age from
8 to 23 years. His wife died about five
Four men were arrested charged
with .the murder. The Commercial
Tribute gives the following account
of the arrest :
The mystery surrounding the Iden
tity of the four men who attacked
George Chaney, 48, of Hillsboro, Ohio,
and Ills brother-in law, Ed. Reno, of
Station aud Spring Grove avenues
early Sunday morning as a result of
which Chaney died Monday night was
dispelled yesterday with the arrest of
They registered as John F. Ester
kamp, 24, and Edward Esterkamp, 25,
both of 1521 Knowlton street ; Eaward
F. Sellers, 30, of 1417 Chase street, and
John F. Lorenz, 24, of 4243 Langland
street. They were arrested by Detec
tives Hayes and Schroeder and held
According to the police all four men
confessed that they attacked Chaney
and Reno. They said that they jumped
off the car at Station and Spring Grove
avenues, where the two men were
standing. Chaney, according to the
men, made several remarks to them
and they remonstrated with him.
Words led to a fight. During the
fight Chaney fell and struck his head
on the curbing, fracturing his skull.
Two men who got off the car on
which Chaney and Reno were riding at
the next stop saw the attack and called
the police and ran to their assistance.
It is reported that one of tnese men
Identified the men arrested.
Mr. Reno was knocked unconscious
by a blow from one of the men and
was very fortunate to escape without
more serious injury. He turned Just
as the man struck at him and the blow
was a glancing one, he being hit over
the eye, grazing the side of his head,
tearing his ear and the main force
landing on his shoulder which is badly
The murder was a most brutal one.
The attack being without provocation
and the murderers should be made to
pay the penalty of their crime quickly.
Mr. Chaney was a man who held the
respect and esteem of those who knew
him best and his death came as a
great shock to the community. His
children and relatives have the syrapa.
thy of all In their great loss.
Charged With Assault to Kill.
Charles M. West was arrested Mon
day on the charge of assault with in
tent to kill upon his wife Mary S.
West. The alleged offense was com
mitted on April 18 at which time
West and his wife separated. The
perllmlnary hearing will be held be
fore Mayor Wllkins today. West Is
in Jail pending the hearing.
Five Indictments Returned,
One Sealed, and Six
Cases Are Ignored
ASSIGNMENT OF CASES
Made by Judge Newby Tuesday
Two New Cases Were Filed
in Common Pleas Court
During Past Week.
The grand Jury after being in ses
sion since Monday morning reported
at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
Five Indictments were returned one
of which is sealed. The others are as
Sallsburg Moore Incest on his
daughter. The parties live in Lees
burg. O. L. Butler Assault with intent
to kill upon Ella Butler on April 17,
1914. Alleged offense was committed
Harry Hall Shooting with intent
to kill and shooting with intent to
wound Lon Murphy on the streets of
Greenfield on April 27, 1914.
Harry Hall Carrying concealed
weapons. Offense being committed
same day as above offense.
Forty-eight witnesses were exam
ined covering 11 cases. Five indict
ments were returned and six cases ig
nored. The county jail was visited and
found in good condition.
NEW OASES FiLED.
Two new cases were tiled in the
Common Pleas Court during the past
Sarah A. Dunn asks for a Judgment
for 1750 against Alexander M. Dunn.
She says that on April 1, 1902 she took
into her home John Henry Dunn, the
infant child of Alexander Dunn at Ills
request ; that the defendant promised
to pay her what it might reasonably
be worth for the main alnance, sup
port and care of the child ; that she
nursed, supported and cared for the
child for 140 months and the rea
sonable value of this service is
$1750, but that defendant refuses to
pay it. She therefore asks for judg
ment for that amount.
Geo. O. W. King against J. H. Eutsler
is a suit on a promissory not e, amount
claimed $607.76. The note was executed
Nov. 16, 1911, was for $800, was due one
year after date and bore 6 per cent,
interest. Payments amounting to
$290 have been made on the note.
ASSIGNMENT OF CASES.
The following assignment of jury
cases for this term of the Common
Pleas Court was mcde'by J udge Newby
Monday, May 18 Abraham Well et
al vs. The Connecticut Fire Insurance
Monday, May 25 The Sanders Co,
vs. N S. Mann.
Wednesday, May 27 Frank Salmon,
plaintiff in error vs. State of Ohio, de
fendant in error. Burch E. Fenner
as executor, vs. Lillian J. Fender etal.
Thursday, May 28 W. E. Nostsger,
administrator &c. vs. Charles M. Nof ts
ger et al.
Monday, June 1 Philip F. Rhoades
vs. Lorenzo Rhoades et al.
Monday, June-8 C. A. Napper vs.
Thursday, June 9 Cyrus Shaffer vs.
Union Savings Bank & Trust Co.,
Wednesday, June 10-Charles Rich
ards vs. I. T. Michiel.
Monday, June 15 Alta McFadden
et al vs. John Duncanson et al.
Probate Court Proceedings.
F. M Funk, guardian of Jennie M.
Funk et al , filed first and final ac
count. Will of 'A. H. Reams filed.
Geo. A. Harris, assignee of W A.
Sulcebarger, filed application for
private sale of persona! property.
Amellous Edward Sauner, ex'rs. of
Stephen Sauner, illedv Inventory and
William Gillespie, admr. of Samuel
Gillespie, tiled second and final ac
count. Will of Sarah Beavers probated.
Will of Mary Roads probated.
Will of A. H Reams probated.
Thos. E. Shaw, guardian of James
T. Houston, tiled Inventory.
Maggie Gutllerman, gdn. of Elmer
Gulllerman, filed first, final and dis
Will of Margaret Nugent filed.
Ida M. Reames appointed executor
of A, H. Reames
John T. Chaney elected not to take
under will of Litha A. Chaney.
In a recent article in this paper it
Nitj siaieu uiaL nir. marsiiaii ui tuts
State Public Utilities Commission
had given it as his opinion that the
Hillsboro Light & Fuel Co. did not
have the right to charge meter rent to
users of electricity. Mr. Marshall
made this statement but has since
said that this was simply his opinion
and that the Commission could not
decide such a question and that if it
was contested it was solely for the
courts to decide.
An examination of the law In effect
at the time the present contract was
made with the Hillsboro Light &
Fuel Co. and the ordinance of the vil
lage which constitutes the contract
discloses the following facts :
1st. After going ahead giving vil
lage councils authority to pass ordi
nances fixing the maximum rate
which gas and electric light companies
can charge to consumers the law says:
"And such council shall also have
power to regulate and fix the price
which companies shall charge for
2nd. Later the law was amended
giving council authority to provide
that the rati which the companies
could charge for gas or electricity
might Include meter rent. This, how
ever, was subsequent to the times the
contract was made with the Light &
Fuel Co. and It Is only reasonable to
suppose It could not effect the con
tract previously made.
3rd. In the ordinance which con
tains the provisions of the contract
between the village and the Light Co.
only two references are made to me
ters. The tiist is to the kind of meters
that can be used, providing for either
Ft. Wayne or Westlnghouse or ones
approved by both the Light Company
and the village council. The other
reference Is to gas meters and pro
vides that the Company can not
charge meter rent except where the
customer uses less than 300 feet of gas
Since the publication of the state
ment of Mr. Marshall that the Light
Company had no right to charge meter
rent to users of electricity the Com
pany has been severely condemneu for
having done so and continuing to do
so. It is, therefore, only fair to give
a statement of the law and facts cov
ering the situation.
An examination of these conditions
has removed all doubt from our mind
as to the right of the Company to
charge meter rent to consumers of
electricity. It has that right. We
make this statement without reserva
tion. At this time it might be well
to state that courts have been known
to hold opinions differing from ours.
If the Company has not the right to
charge meter rent unless council shall
contract otherwise, why does the law
say that council shall have power to
fix and regulate the price for rent of
meters? There could be no other
reason for the placing of this provis
ion in the law than that companies
had the right to charge meter rent.
Not only this but when the ordinance
specifically provides that the company
shall not charge rent for meters to
users of gas who use over 300 feet per
month it is only reasonable to con
clude that It considered that the com
pany had the right to charge rent if
the provision had not been made and
not making any provision for users
of electricity that the company could
charge meter rent to all users of elec
tricity. Whether council made a good con
tract with the Light company in 1904
is not the question, but what is the
And it would seem that
fair Interpretation to be
the contract Is that the
has the right to charge
Ralph W. Price and MllesTownsend,
of Greenfield, have written a musical i
comedy "Good Bye Mr. Nobleman." '
A production of the play was given at
the home of Mrs. Nelle Miller, of
Greenfield, last week, the authors
Mr. Price and Mr. Townsend, taking
leading roles. The other members of
the cast were Misses Florence Hardes
ty, Marjorle Miller and Helen nead
and Irwin Dunlap, Walter Head, Don
McWllllams and Walter Everhart.
The Greenfleld papers gave unstinted
praise to the play, the tunefulness ot
the music and the wit and humor of
the lines.- Both Mr. Price and Mr.
j Tow nsend are well known to the poople
of Hillsboro as talented musicians.
Mrs. John W. LeGrande, nee Miss
Jane Jones, has been seriously ill with
auuendicltls at her home in Lynch
burg, Va. Her friends here will be
pleased to learn that she Is rapidly
By Wide Margin at Wilming-
ton on Friday Over
DWIGHT ROGERS WAS STAR
Winning Five Events and Scoring
Points in Two Others-Hills-
boro Scores Points in
Every Event But One.
"Venimus, vidimus, vlclmus," or
whatever Is the proper Latin for we
came, we saw, we conquered was the
word sent back from Wilmington by
the Hillsboro High School after the
track and field meet Friday. It was
Indeed a glorious victory Hillsboro
made 79 points with Wilmington
second with only 24, and Chllllcothe
third with 21, scoring almost as many
points as all their competitors com
bined. The schools which took part In the
meet were Hillsboro, Chllllcothe, Wil
mington, Washington, C. II., Blan
Chester, Port William, Kingman, Sa
bina and Wayne. There were 105
competitors in the different events.
Dwlght Rogers was the bright par
ticular star of the meet, making 29
points, more than all of the athletes
of any other school. He won the 100
jddash, 120 yd hurdle, 50 yd dash,
Running Broad and Standing Broad
Jumps and was tied for second in the
Standing High Jump and was third in
Running High Jump.
Oilier Hillsboro point winners were
Russell Fling, first, Half Mile Run;
Bussey, first, Standing High Jump;
second, 220 jd hurdle; 4th Running
High Jump; George McConnaughey,
first, Pole Vault; 3rd, 50 yd Dash. 3rd,
220 yd Hurdles; Fred Vance, first,
Discus Throw, 2nd, Hammer Throw;
E. McCormick, first Hammer Throw;
2nd, Discus Throw; 2nd, Shot Put;
Morgan, 3id, and bell, 4th, 440 yd Run;
Parson. 3rd, Shot Put; Scott, 3rd,
Running Broad Jump; Dunn, 4th, Pole
Hillsboro also won the Relay Race.
On the Relay team were Mac Bell,
Tom Grillln, Townsend Rldgeway and
Dan Morgan. nillsboro had point
winners In every event except the 220
The boys won many medals, cups
and banners. Their record is one of
which the boys, the school and the
town is justly proud.
The team goes to Oxford Friday to
compete in the State Interscholastic
High School meet. Tlie bos then
will have much stronger competition
but are in tine shape and certain to
make a good showing even if they do
not win the Slate Ctiampionship.
The records made in the different
events at Wilmington follow:
100 yd Dash, 11 seconds; Half Mile
Run, 2 20; 120 yd Hurdle, 20 seconds;
440 yd Run, 61 seconds; 220 yd Dash,
26 1 5 seconds; 50 yd Dash 5 seconds;
220 yd Hurdle, 30J seconds; Discuss
Throw, 129 tt, 9 in; Running High
Jump, 5 ft, 3 In; StandingHigh Jump,
4 ft, 7 in; Shot Put, 36 ft, 6 in; Pole
Vault, Oft, 6 In; Running Broad Jump,
19 ft, 6 In; Standing Broad Jump, 9 ft,
3 in; Hammer Throw 90 ft.
Services will be held on Lord's Day
as follows :
9:00 a m. Sunday School. 10:15 spec
ial observance of Mother's Day. At
tills service a program will be given
by tills Sunday School. There will be
special music with orchestra. The C.
E Society will meet at 6:30 followed
by the regular evening service. Note
that all evening services will begin a
half hour later than heretofore. In
the evening the subject of the sermon
will be "The Voice of the Tempter."
Men's Bible Class will meet at Coun
ell Chamber. There will be special
music It Is desired to have every
member present and as many more as
possible. This Is the class where men
meet on common grounds. Questions
are discussed that are of vital inter
est to the men who gain their living
by the sweat of the brow. All men
that do not attend Sunday School
should be in this class. We need you
In order that we may get In touch
with others Try our welcome next
Sunday. Remember there are no
strangers in this class.
Dr. and Mrs. William Hoyt left
Wednesday for a visit with their
daughter, Mrs. Myers, at Williams
port and their son, Leslie, and daugh
ter, Mrs. W. B. Robinson, at Mt.
Gllead. They will attend the meet
ing of the State Medical Association
at Columbus before returning home.
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