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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1908.
FORCE WABASH TO
Canvass by Reporters for the
University Missourian to
Get Views Shows Majority
Wants Prompt Action.
ONE THINKS RAILROAD WANTS
COLUMBIA TO SUPPLY MONEY
Fear of Damage Suits for
Accidents May Be Cause
With a iew to learning the iews of
members of the city council in regard
to the Maehir place crossings over the
Wabash railroad, in regard to which the
railroad has ignored City Attorney
Bothw ell's letter.-., reporters for the
University MisMuirian canvassed the
council, questioning each member.
The opinions thus obtained are here
-et forth. The majority of the coun--ilmcn
are strongly in favor of forcing
the Wabash to construct the necessary
erodings and to improw its unsanitary
Complaint on these matters was made
.it the council meeting Tuesday evening
by W B. Xowell, a Columbia grocer.
The statements of members of the
Wabash Opposes City's Interests.
Councilman Thomas C. Scruggs said:
"We need thiee crossings. The Wabash
is averse to anything that is for the
interests of the Columbia people. We
not only need the crossings Mr. Xowell
is making complaint about, but we need
more crossings, so that the hoe factory
people can go and come to their work
without going a mile out of their way.
The Wabash .should 1k made to put in
this one crossing in particular, and that
"I am glad that we have a newspaper
at last that is taking this matter up.
"There remains but one thing to le
lonc if this plan fails, and that is for
the city to bring suit and compel the
Wabash to put in necessary crossings."
He Wants Action.
Councilman Walter Ballenger said:
'I think the crossing is needed, and
1 will do all I can to foice the Wabash
to put it in as soon as possible. I do
not know just what the necessary steps
rc, but the city attorney will prob
ably take some legal proceeding imme
diately. If nciessaiy, the city council
will, I think, take further action at its
Make Railroad Obey.
Councilman L. M. Defoe said:
"This, I believe, is a matter to be
left entirely to the city attorney. He
van bring suit wheneier he deems it
iest. I am for the enforcement of the
law, and if the railroad company can be
forced to build these bridges, we should
proceed at once to make them do so."
Wabash Wants Help.
W. S. St. Clair, who is chairman of
the street committee, said:
"The city attorney was instructed to
notify the Wabash Railroad to put in
two grade crossings. The council met
Tuesday evening but the city attorney
Aas not present, so I do not know
what action the 1 ail road has taken. Per-
(Contlnued en Third rage.)
MEDICAL BUILDING AT
MINNESOTA U. BURNS
Thirty Bodies Used for Dissecting Are
MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 8. Anatomy
Hall, formerly the medical building at
Minnesota University, has been destroy
ed by fire. Only the thick walls re
main of the building, which was visited
by destructive fires three, four and five
years ago. The flames leaped over Mil
lard Hall and caused damage of about
When the fire was first seen it was be
lieved that it was from a gas plant in
the vicinity, and there was some delay
in sending in an alarm. The fireman
also had difficulty in finding their way,
owing to unfamiliarity with the campus
so that the flames gained great head
The building had been used for several
years by the medical classes for dis
secting, and thirty liodies were destroy
ed in the fire.
The University Missourian is on
sale at the Drug Shop at two cents a
SUNBEAMS TO PLAY
RAINDROPS ON SKY
Coach Reader Thinks There's a Good
Chance for Sunbeam
Coach Reeder has the Sunbeams team
in good shape for a game with the Rain
drops Saturday. The Sunbeams are in
excellent shape. The latest bulletin is
sued from the training table follows:
'Frost tonight; fair Friday."
The minimum temperature was 4'.i
degrees at 7 a. m.; the maximum Ou at
2 p. m.
WIRELESS 'PHONES ARE
TRIED IN NEW YORK
Successful Experiments Conducted for
NEW YORK. Oct. 8. Cable dispatches
describing succesfnl experiments in
wireless telephony between the offices
of the British admiralty in London and
vessels of the channel fleet were follow
ed to-day by the disclosure that similar
experiments have been in progress daily
between wireless telephone stations at
the Brooklyn navy yard and on the
roofs of the Waldorf-Astoria and the
Hotel Belmont in Manhattan.
Lee DeForest, whose wireless tele
phone apparatus has been approved by
experts of the British government, has
conducted the experiments in this city.
Following bis departure for Europe to
be present at the trials in London he
placed the work here in charge of sub
ordinates who have obtained excellent
Efforts are to be made to induce the
government to equip its war vessels
with an improved wireless telephone ap
paratus, and the result. of the experi
ments which have been carried on be
tween the navy yard and wireless tele
phone stations on the roofs of the two
hotels is to be submitted in support of
OTIS TO TAKE STUMP
University Student Will Make Two or
Three Speeches a Day.
Merrill E. Otis, a University of Mis
souri student, is to take the stump in
behalf of the Republican ticket, lie will
enter the campaign next Wednesday
and will make one or two speeches a
day until the election. He docs not
know what territory will be assigned to
It is probable that R. A. Smith, presi
dent of the students' Taft-Uadley club,
also will be sent out by the Republican
ENGINEERS WILL EAT
APPLES, DRINK CLDER
Upperclassmen Are to Entertain the
Underclassmen of Department.
The first of a series of smokers to be
given by the upperclassmen of the En
gineering Depaitment. to the underclass
men of the same department, will be
given tomorrow night in the Engineer
Speeches will be made by the upper-ela'-smen
and jells and songs of the
Engineering Department will be prac
ticed. Refreshments will consist of ap
ples and cider.
"CARPET FUND" FOR
THIS HARDWOOD FLOOR
Baptist Women Holding Rally to Raise
The women of the Baptist chinch are
holding a rally this afternoon in the
church pallors. An interesting program
is being presented.
At this rally contributions will be
made to the '"carpet fund." This fund
is for the purpose of putting a hard
wood floor in the church and will le
raised bv the women.
CHOLERA IS ON DECREASE
St. Petersburg Reports Fifty-eight
Deaths in Hospital for One Day.
ST. PETERSBURG, Oct. 8. Cholera
continues to decrease in St. Petersburg.
In the twenty-four hours ended at noon
today there were 111 cases and fifty
eight deaths in the municipal hospital.
There have been ten cases and two
deaths in the hospital of the palace at
Gatchina, the residence of the empress
dowager. The empress dowager is in
W. A. Rothwell Dangerously I1L
William A. Rothwell. of Moberly, is
dangerously ill. Mr. Rothwell is Demo
cratical national committeeman from
Missouri, alumnus of the University of
Missouri and lawver.
READY POR ROLLA!
"Art Not the Water-Color
Foolishness of Girls'
Dr. John Pickaid, in a lecture at
the auditorium of the University of
Missouri this morning on "Life in Art,"
suggested that all students should vote
that a part of the educational fund of
Missouri be set aside to make the Uni
versity more beautiful.
"The student pays too much attention
to acquiring knowledge, and too little
attention to the beautiful. The Uni
versity beautiful is as important as
University knowledge, and the student
who spends all his time preparing for
a profession should be made to realize
Plea for Art.
The modern idea seems to be that art
is the water-color foolishness of a girls'
finishing school; that a craving for the
beautiful is a sign of mental weakness.
This is not true, for real ait is but the
reproduction of the artist's personality,
and if the work is great, the workman
must be great.
"Even Adam was an artist, and tried
to represent the lwauties of Eden in the
sands. Surely we, who have all the beau
ties of years of civilization about us,
should not be less appreciative."
E UNION SPLIT
Retirement of Two High
Officers Brings Fight to
By United Tress.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Oct. 8. The
letirement of Vice-President White and
Secretary-Treasurer Ryan from their of
fices in the United Mine Workers was
announced today, to take effect at the
end of their present terms.
The crisis in the union's affairs has
been brought about by the growth of
Socialism. John Walker, Illinois Social
ist leader, has been nominated for the
presidency of the union against Lewis.
The latter, once considered radical, now
is regarded as ultra-conservative as
compared with Walker.
A hot fight over Socialism is ex
pected in the next convention. Many
are urging Mitchell to seek re-election,
he has so far refused on account of
Bryan on Deep Wateiways.
Ky United Press.
CIHCAGO, Oct. 8. William Jennings
Bryan today addressed the convention
on deep waterways, and pledged his co
operation and support to the move
ment. He predicted that the bulk of
commerce of the United States would
be carried in time bv river.
Railroad Men Like St. PauL
Br United Pre-w.
COLUMBUS, O.. Oct. 8. St. Paul won
the convention of the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Enginemen and Firemen for
1!10, defeating Mobile. The election of
officers was postponed.
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SALE AT SEDALIA
State Food Commissioner
Discovers Fraud at
By a Staff Ccirespondent.
SEDALIA. Mo., Oct. 8. Meats sold
by the lunch stands here at the State
Fair were given special attention today
by M. II. Lamb, pure food commission
er. Several stands have hamburger steak
of a bright red hue. This has a sus
picious look, and a preliminary exam
ination shows it to be colored with a
red dye and preserved.
The men selling this meat are fright
ened, and are dumping the stuff out
and buving untainted meat.
CARLOAD OF SPEAKERS
TO FIGHT CANNON
Federation of Labor in Whirlwind
Campaign Against House Leader.
By United Press.
CHICAGO, Oct. 8. The Federation of
Labor is preparing to send a carload of
speakers into Speaker Cannon's district
to conduct a whirlwind campaign
against his re-election to Congress.
The federation has sent every Repub
lican Congressional candidate a letter
asking whether he will support Cannon.
It is the intention of the federation
thus to place every candidate on rec
ord. YES, JOHN HAD LICENSE
But It Was to Hunt, Not to Wed,
ALBANY, Oct. 8. John Sickingcr and
Mary Owens, of Rensselaer, having de
cided to get married, John hurried to
the City Clerk's office. '
"I want a license," he said, throwing
a silver dollar on the clerk's desk.
The clerk asked several questions,
winding up with "Do you promise not
to loan, transfer or give away the li
cense?" "What do you think I am!" demand
ed John in a huff.
With the license John and Mary went
to the Rev. Mr. Careys.
"Have you a license J" asked the
"Sure," said John, handing over his
The clergyman read it and smiled.
"You've got a license to hunt, not to
In offering his apologies next day, the
City Clerk said he thought everybody
was looking for a hunter's license this
time of rear.
La Follette to Have Weekly.
By United Press.
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 8 Senator La
Follette announced today his intention
of establishing a weekly newspaper,
similar to "The Commoner," issued by
William Jennings Bryan. The paper
will be devoted, he says, ehiefly to up
holding the support of the government
by the people. Senator La Follette in
tends also to print records of the gov
F. C. Freeman in Canal Zone.
F. C. Freeman, student at the Uni
versity of Missouri from 1903 to 1900,
is now traveling secretary of the Young
Men's Christian Association of the Ca
nal Zone. He writes from Gorgona.
At One Moving Picture Show
Students Have Regular
COMICS WIN GREATEST FAVOR
Pay Five Cents, Sit Still, and
' Travel All Over the
Formerly, when Columbians wanted
to "see a show" they journeyed to St.
Louis; now they go to the "nickel."
When the spectators at a moving
picture show stamp their feet and yell,
"Hurry, hurry," to one of the actors on
the screen the hero, perhaps, who is
about to rescue the rag picker's daugh
ter from the cruel duke who has kid
naped her the final touch of realism is
lent to the performance and the hero
actually does seem to "get a hustle
Pay A Nickel; See the World.
The range of the moving-picture pro
gram is wide. Always there is a picture
showing a chase of some sort, a heter
ogeneous mass of individuals pursuing
somebody. The crowd dashes frantic
ally around a corner and upsets a baby
carriage, whereupon the nurse picks up
the remnants and joins the chase. Then
the mob hits a stepladdcr and the
painter on top comes crashing down.
He, too, picks up his stepladder and
joins the chase. A policeman is turned
hand over heels and he also recovers
and gets in the crowd of runners. Prob
ably the crowd at the end plunges down
a hill and all go helter-skelter into a
"Columbia audiences like the comics,"
said a moving-picture man today, "bet
ter than they like the more serious and
instructive pictures. You can tell easily
by the way they applaud. We have a
lot of regular 'first-nighters;' they come
every time the program is changed,
which is three times a week."
Melodrama in Pantomime.
"We aim every week to have a couple
of comic pictures, a song, and two pic
tures of the more pretentious type, giv
ing maybe a real melodrama in panto
mime. Then there is another class of
pictures draw from real life, showing
a great automobile race, the interior of
a public nursery, or the customs of a
"Some of the songs make a. hit and
are whistled on the streets. 'Take
Your Girl to the Ball Game,' was one of
these. All the songs arc illustrated and
for some of them we flash the chorus
on the screen, so that the crowd can
join in if it likes."
If you like, you can attend two moving-picture
shows in an evening, for the
average length of one performance is
thirty minutes. Seeing a moving-picture
show affords one much the same
sensation as seeing or hearing the
plays of a football or baseball game
shouted through a megaphone, or watch
ing a mimic yacht race. The latest in
the moving-picture line is a sort of pho
nograph attachment, which speaks the
words for the actors on the screen. To
this dizzy height Columbia has not at
tained. Nickelodeon "Class."
University students like the picture
shows. Last night during an intermis
sion between pictures at one of the
-odcons" a student pulled out a slip
of paper and began to call the roll of
the students who are regular attend
ants at that house. Each one of the
"class" answered his name as it was
called. The crowd liked the idea and ap
plauded. The beginning of the illus
trated son stopped the roll-call.
At one of the houses the song was
about "Blue Eyes." On the screen was
shown a huge picture of the upper part
of a face, with the eyes painted a sort
of Alice-blue. The singer sang "Tears
arc falling from two blue eyes" wherp
upon the picture was changed and on
the face appeared two enormous tears.
, This Was 'Too Much.
The realism was too great. One man
could stand it no longer; he beat a
hasty retreat. The rest of the crowd
lived through the song and saw the
best picture of the evening scenes in
a public nursery.
This picture showed the infants be
ing admitted into the nursery and then
took them through all their experiences
on the inside. First, there was the in
evitable bath. Then the doctor weighed
each one. Next came the more inter
esting process of being fed, the play
time, going to bed and waking up.
"It's the cutest picture I ever saw,"
said a woman in the audience.
Company Would Run Trolley
Line Through "Two-Mile
Prairie," With Spur to the
Undeveloped Coal Fields.
PROMOTERS SUBMIT OFFER
TO COMMERCIAL CLUB HERE
St. Louis Banks to Finance
Enterprise if Guarantee
A trolley line from Columbia to Mex
ico, to run through the rich agricul
tural district known as "Two-Mile
Prairie' and to be financed by three
St. Louis banks at a cot of $.100,000
or more, was proposed last night to the
Columbia Commercial Club at a meeting
in the Powers Hotel.
This enterprise is distinct from the
proposed Mexico, Perry & Santa Fe
Traction Co., which proposes to connect
the towns named in its title, running
through Columbia to Jefferson City.
Col. J. A. Hudson, president of the
Commercial Club, called a special meet
ing last night to hear the proposition
of the trolley promoters. They are O.
W. Sprate, president of the General
Electric Inspection Co., of St. Louis, and
V. W. Disaffrey, superintendent of the
A. J. Deare Co., Buffalo, X. Y.
Through Two-Mile Prairie.
The "Two-Mile Prairie" is so called on
account of its width. It is an opulent
belt of land extending from Audrain
county, near Mexico, through the east
ern part of Boone county to the bluffs
on the Missouri river, near Jefferson
An additional spur is proposed, to run
to the undeveloped coal mines in the
northwestern part of Boone county, near
The trolley line, if constructed, would
carry freight as well as passengers, and
would afford a clean and convenient
passenger route from Columbia to Mex
ico, where connections are made with
the Chicago & Alton and the Wabash
railroads. It would free Columbia from
the dirt, inconvenience and delay of
the Wabash branch line to Centralia,
about ' which constant complaint N
Summer Resort Planned.
In connection with the line, a park
and resort is planned, to be laid out
about a mile north of Columbia, where
an artificial lake could be constructed
at small cost.
Col. Hudson said today to a reporter
for the University Missourian:
"These two men asked that their
proposition be heard, and I called a spe
cial meeting for that purpose. I do
not know the men personally, and have
not yet had time to inxestigate their
"They want the people of Columbia
to raise $5,000, to be used for a survey,
without any guarantee, and if the pros
pects arc good for a G per cent dividend
on a ifoOOjOOO bond issue, with profits
enough to pay dividends on common
stock, they say they can induce three
St. Louis banks to finance the enter
prise." WILKINSON ELECTED
HEAD OF JUNIOR ARTS
Four of the Six Officers Are From
Fred C. Wilkinson, of Kansas City,
a student in the Department of Journal
ism, was elected president of the junior
class of the College of Arts and Science
at a meeting of the class this morn
The other officers elected are: Charles
Byers, of Kansas City, vice-president;
Miss Louise Norton, of Kansas City,
secretary; William New land Deather
agc, of Kansas City, treasurer; Dan
Nee, of Springfield, Mo., sergeant-at-arms.
and J. B. Powell, of Quincy, HI.,
Four of the six officers are from Kan
sas City. A committee of five was ap
pointed, to make arrangements for the
annual reception to be given by the ju
niors to the freshmen. (5. Sam Scott,
of New Hampshire, was indorsed by the
class as candidate for the all-junior
Returns from State Fair.
J. II. Moss returned yesterday from
Sedalia, where he attended the State
Fair. It rained there Tuesday, which
affected the size of the crowd, but Mr.
Moss considers the fair as success.
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