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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1912
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CITY COUNCIL ASKS
LOWER PHONE RATES
Charges Here Higher Than
In Any Town of Similar
Size In State.
PASSES A RESOLUTION
Reply From Company" Ex
pected at Next Meeting
According to figures submitted to
the City Council the rates charged
by the Columbia Telephone Company
are higher than the rates In any other
city of this size in the state. The
rate for business telephones here Is
$3. The highest rate in other towns
is $2.50. Here $2 is charged for tele
phones in the residences while in
other towns the rate varies from $1.00
to $1.73. Three dollars is charged
here for installing a telephone.
The Council compared these rates
last night and passed a resolution
that the Columbia Telephone Com
pany must show cause for charging
higher rates than any other city of its
size in the state; that the charge for
installing telephones be discontinued
from now on. and that it furnish all
telephones used by the city free of
charge. At present the city gets only
one telephone free. Sedalia gets
twelve. Other towns get from four
Alderman W. W. Garth read the
rates in Hannibal, Boonille, Sedalia
and Cartilage and compared them with
rates in Columbia. In no case are
the rates as high as here and in none
of the other towns was there a charge
for installing the telephones. Xone
of the aldermen could see any reason
why rates should be higher here than
elsewhere and none could see an ex
cuse for the charge for installing the
Then in view of the fact, he said,
that the telephone company is given
the use of the streets in Columbia,
Mr. Garth introduced the resolution
to demand an explanation from the
company. The motion passed unani
mously with little discussion. The
report from the telephone company
will be read at the meeting Tuesday
"PHONE RATES ARE REASONABLE"
J. A. Hndon Saj s Company Is Charg
ing for Service Given.
J. A. Hudson, president of the Col
umbia Telephone Company. when
asked for a statement this morning
in reply to the questions asked by the
City Council, said he didn't care to
give a statement from the company,
but in a brief discussion he gave some
of his views.
"The service in Columbia is equal
to that in St. Louis." said Mr. Hud
son, when asked why the rates here
were higher than in other towns of
this size. "Our rates on the other
hand are only about half what they
charge in that city.
"In other words, the local company
Is charging for the service given and
not the fact that It controls the field
"The council asks why the city does
not have as many free telephones as
do other towns of this size. We do
not get anything from the city for
nothln, so why should we give it
ten to twelve telephones free of
charge? They state that they give the
telephone company the free use of the
city streets, but we do not get this
privilege from the city; it is a privi
lege that we get from the state.
"Why should we make charge for
the Installing of telephones? In reply
I merely ask. Why does the city
charge for installing electrical fix
tures?" CITY HAS RIGHT, HE SAYS
Conncll Member Seeks the Opinion of
an Attorney on Subject.
"There is no doubt that the City
Council here has the right to regulate
the telephone charges in Columbia,"
said W. V. Garh, of the City Council
this morning. "It is only a question
of whether or not the telephone com
pany want to correct the existing con
Mr. Garth exhibited a letter from
the attorney consulted by the city, in
which th law on the subject is given.
The part of Section 9570 Revised Stat
utes of Missouri for 1909. which ap
plies to the present situation in Col
umbia says, that the city has a right
to establish by ordinance, a public
utilities commission, which commis-
WEATHER FAIR AND WARMER
U. S. Forecast Says There Will Be
Rise of Temperature.
Fair and warmer weather Is predic
ted for Columbia tonight and Thurs
day by the official forecast. The
hourly temperatures for the day are:
7 a. m 49 11 a. m 68
8 a. m 57 11 (noon) 69
9 a. m 61 1 p. m 71
10 a. m 67 2 p. m 73
sion has the power to make "Investi
gation nto all facts and matters
touching the establishing of such just
and reasonable rate or rates of charge
and after such investigation said com
mission shall report its findings and
recommendations to the City Council
and all such cities and towns shall
have p"5werand authority by ordi
nance to require and enforce the pro
duction of books and papers and com
pel the attendance of witnesses before
the City Council or any duly consti-
' tuted committee or commission there
of for the purpose of ascertaining
what is a just and reasonable rate
The letter continues:
"Under section 95G8. Revised Stat
utes of Missouri for 1909. the city has
the right to fl certain rates to be
charged on a telegraph or telephone
line, system or exchange, or a street
railway or system, or a tunnel, sub
way, conduit or viaduct or concern
ensaged in furnishing steam, gas or I
electricity for lighting, heat, or power, I
providing such company or corpora
tion are acting under franchises
granted by the state. The city further
has power under this section to fix
by ordinance rates to be charged, to
fix penalties for violation of the ordi
nance and to change such rates from j
time to time, provided such rates are
reasonable and shall not be changed
oftener than once in two years."
REMITS TAX PAID BY CHURCH
And the Counril Orders Examination
of City Books. j
A motion to refund taxes paid byj
the Christian Church last summer I
was passed by the City Council last
The council also decided to have the
city"s books examined by a public ac
countant. The records from January
1, 1908, to October 13, 1912, will be ex
amined. The work will be done bv
the Audit and Bond Company of St.
Louis and will begin Monday. Two
men will do the work for $12.50 a day.
A sidewalk, ordered two years ago.
will be finished in front of W. B.
West's machine shop on North Ninth
An ordinance was passed to pave
Williams and Hockaday streets with
CHRISTIAN C. REMOVES FENCE
Residents Objected to High Board Fale
Around Girls College.
The high board fence around part
of the grounds of Christian College
has been torn down.
The fence was built five or six years
ago, but the residents protested to the
council and the council ordered its
But it was not removed. So the
council decided to collect taxes on the
property. A suit was filed and was
to have come up In the present ses
sion of circuit court. But the fence
The council last night instructed
the attorney to have the suit with
drawn, as before he fence was erected
neither Christian or Stephens College
had paid taxes.
KINDERGARTEN MUSIC CLASS
Miss Myrtle LnCompte Will Hart
Charge at Stephens College.
A class in kindergarten music will
be started at Stephens College this
week. Miss Myrtle Le Compte of the
piano department will be in charge.
The training will be similar to that
given in the public schools, adapted to
the voices and Interests of the pupils.
The class will meet twice a week and
the hour of meeting will be arranged
to suit the children.
Miss LeCompte had work last sum
mer with Miss Jessie L. Gaynor in
Kansas City. Miss Gaynor Is a writer
of children's songs and is considered
an authority on kindergarten music.
To Publish Columns Again.
"The Columns" is to be rejuvenated.
Plans are now being made to again
publish the literary magazine. The
publication will continue with the
name it assumed last year and will
be published monthly. The names oft
the staff hav e not yet been made pub
lic. The first issue will be out about f
the middle of November and will bo
deoted to the passing football season.
CLAIMS AUTO SPARK
M. P. Weinbach Credits Him
With Invention of Mo
PURCHASE A MACHIN
H. B. Shaw Buys Car in St.
Louis to Be Used in Lab
Benjamin Franklin discovered the
possibility of applying the electric
spark to ignition in 1751, according to
M. P. Weinbach in his lecture last
night before the class in automobile
engineering. He used the spark to
fire gunpowder. The method is used
today in practically the same way to
explode gases. Franklin had the right
idea, but it was years afterwards be
fore serious attempts were made to
apply electricity to ignition purposes.
The electric battery may be com
pared with a furnace and a steam
boiler. The zinc takes the place of
the coal and dilute acid the place of
the oxygen. By their burning the
current or power is generated just as
in a steam boiler. But the energy
evolved by the zinc battery Is 250
times as expensive as that evolved by
a coal furnace and boiler. This bat
tery is used because of its conven
ience, even though it is expensive
when compared with a boiler.
In dry batteries the term "dry" i3
misleading because no cell can furnish
power unless it is wet. The main dif
ficulty in making a dry battery is in
keeping it sufficiently wet. The cells
are widely used because they require
attention, and are replaced by new
ones when exhaustd.
Mr. Weinbach also told how the bat
teries were made, how tfjey were
placed, and how many should be used
to get a required amount of current.
He also explained the principles and
good points of various cells on the
The study of the automobile battery
will be continued in the laboratorv
work which will start within the next
two weeks. Dean H. B. Shaw of the
School of Engineering attended the
automobile show In St. Louis last
week and purchased one of the motor
cars to be used in laboratory work.
The car Is to be delivered this week.
DELEGATES GO TO LOUISVILLE
Members of Columbia Christian
Church Attend National Convention.
Seven delegates of the Christian
Church of Columbia left yesterday to
attend the national convention now
being held In Louisville, Kentucky.
Missionary enterprises are
planned and other business of the
churches of that denomination Is
transacted in the convention. The
members of the Women's Board of
Missions meet with the delegations.
Closer fellowship between churches of
all denominations will be discussed.
Governor J. D. McCreary of Ken
tucky will deliver the welcoming ad
dress. Those in attendance from
here are: Prof. A. W. Taylor and Prof.
C. D. Edwards of the Bible College,
W. L. Jarvis, Mrs. A. E. Reed, Miss
Nell King, Mrs. Maude Higglnbottom.
and the Rev. Frank W. Allen.
THESE PICTURES WILL BE NEW
Savitar Staff Will Mne Characteristic
Poses of Football Men.
"Something new" is the way a mem
ber of the Savitar staff expressed it.
He was talking about the way the
football players' pictures are to be
put in the Savitar this year. In past
years the men have had their pictures
made in a group on a single page,
but this year each player is to have a
picture "in a group by himself in a
characteristic pose. Prof. C. L.
Brewer posed sixteen of the men yes
terday for pictures.
The pictures will show each man as
If he were making a play. The pic
tures are being made early in the sea
son so as to be out of the way before
the heavy practice for the Thanksgiv
ing game begins.
Dr. Bittlne Addresses Y. M. C. A.
Dr. W. C. Bitting, who addressed the
University assembly yesterday, spoke
to men students last night at the Y.
M. C. A. auditorium. His theme was
"The Study of the Bible." Many
questions were asked him by students
regarding the interpretation of the
Bible and the best method of study
SOCIAL WORKERS TO
C. B. Elliot, Formerly in
Kansas City High School,
In Charge of Training.
BUSINESS STUDIES, TOO
This Year's Committee Starts
Work With $50 Sur
plus in Treasury.
The Social Center Society of Col
umbia will place most emphasis on
the gymnasium work at the beginning
of this year. The work of the society,
which will begin next Monday or
Tuesday night, will be along the same
lines as the work of last year.
The high school gymnasium will be
used for the young men's classes and
the Christian College gymnasium for
the young women's classes. Rooms In
the Gordon Hotel Building will also
be used for class work. A night
course In salesmanship will be started
at once and other business courses
added as there is a demand for them.
Entertainments will also be given.
C. B. Elliott, gymnasium assistant
last year In Manual Training High
School, Kansas City, will take charge
Jof the work here. He has also had
pvnoripnro in nrfrnniimr w scnnts
In Kansas City. Mr. Elliott Is taking
work in the University.
Wiimot Boone, director of the work
last year, and Miss Nell Burgess, who
J was an active worker on the commit-
tee, were married last August and.
have gone to China where they are
engaged in similar work.
The following new members have
been added to the Social Center Com
mittee this year: J. E. McPherson,
Louise Stanley, Ella Dobbs. Ethel
ICoffinAnne Fleming, Mittie V.
nettand Mrs. O. W. Boutwell.
old members are: W. W. Charters, E.
W. Kellog, N. T. Gentrj-, F. W. Nieder
meyer, M. O. Hudson and Mrs. Luella
Wilcox St. Clair-Moss. Mr. Hudson is
president of the committee.
Last year the society raised more
than $100 for its work. It is starting
this year with $50 in the treasury.
"An effort Is being made to make
the High School the center of social
(life in the community," said Mr. Hud
ison. "It Is coming to be recognized
everywhere that public buildings
should be used to serve the people of
the community. Among the leaders
who are now advocating the free use
of the public buildings are Woodrow
Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt"
ON IMMIGRATION COMMITTEE
Ten Columbia Persons Na ned by Col
onel J. L. Torrey.
Ten Columbians have been appoint
ed on committees of the Missouri
State Immigration Society by Colonel
Jay L. Torrey of Fruitville, president
of the organization. The persons ap
pointed and the committees on which
they will serve are: Dr. R. H. Jesse,
former president of the University of
Missouri, schools; Dr. William P.
Cutler, state dairy, food and drug
commissioner, pure food laws; Mrs.
F. B. Mumford, comforts of Missouri
homes; President A. Ross Hill, ad
visory committee; T. C. Wilson, sec
retary of the state board of agricul
ture, organization of immigration so
cieties; Dr. Walter McNab Miller, sec
retary of the Missouri Society for the
Prevention and Control of Tubercu
losis, health; Dean Walter Williams
of the School of Journalism, public
ity; Mrs. Walter McNab Miller, home
economics; R. H. Emberson, professor
of rural economics in the College of
Agriculture, home and municipal im
provements; and Curtis Hill, state
highway engineer, roads.
Miss Frances Pearle Mitchell of
Rocheport. president of the Missouri
Women Farmers' Association, Is a
member of the committee on women
JAPANESE EXHIBITS PICTURES
Student In School of Engineering
Painted Then In Native Country.
Shizno Sasaki, a Japanese student
at the University, has on exhibition in
Academic Hall a collection of Japan
ese water color pictures. The pic
tures were painted by students of the
Arts School in Japan, and were im-
iinrtcri Hrwtlv from there. Mr. Sas-
aki is a freshman in the School of En-
..,, ua ovnoptc. a new.
consignment of the pictures to add to
his exhibit soon.
COLUMBIANS SIGN PEACE CALL
Letters Sent Out by Manley O. Hudson
for St Louis Gathering.
Hundreds of letters to persona in
terested in the cause of world peace
are being sent out this week by Dr.
Manley O. Hudson, secretary of the
organization of the proposed Missouri
Peace Society. The society will be
formed at a meeting in St Louis next
The Baroness Bertha von Suttnerof
Vienna, Austria, will be the principal
speaker. She will be present at the
noonday luncheon of the City Club,
911 Locust street, and also at the or
ganization meeting to be held at the
same place at 2 o'clock in the after
noon. "The opportunities for serving the
cause of peace In this State are nu
merous," says the call, "and we should
be organized lest too many of them
be neglected. The proposed, .society
may become a branch of the American
Peace Society, if desired. The na
tional organization is anxious to ex
tend its influence in this State."
Every citizen of Missouri Inter
ested in the peace movement is invit
ed to attend the meeting. Special in
vitations are being sent to many per
sons, but Doctor Hudson says that
those who do not receive invitations
are asked to come also.
The call for the meeting Is signed
by twenty-four citizens of Missouri,
including three Columbians: Dr. R. H.
Jesse, former president of the Uni-
I versity of Missouri; Dean Walter Wil-
i uams or lne amooi or journalism;
and Dr. Manley O. Hudson of the
School of Law.
COLUMBIA ARTIST WINS MEDALS
Miss Heinricl Gets Prizes for Her
nork Shown at State. Fair.
Miss Gertrude Heinricl of Columbia
won the gold medal in water colors
and the silver medal in portraiture at
the State Fair at Sedalia last week.
Miss Heinricl was honored last
spring by having a miniature accept
ed at the French salon for 1912. The
miniature is a small water color
sketch of a dark-haired girl dressed
in Biedermeier style. She painted It
at her home in Koenigsburgh, Ger
many, and sent it to Paris. The artist
has studied in Berlin and painted por
traits there. She came to America
four years ago.
Several of her pictures are in Aca
demic Hall. She painted the por
traits of President A. Ross Hill and
Dean J. C. Jones which hang in the
library. The copies of Rubens' pic
tures, the "Baby" and "Diana of the
Chase", are hers. The copy of Mu
rillo's "St. Anthony" painted by her,
hangs in the lower corridor of Aca
HEADY FOR CHARITIES MEETING
Secretary of State Board Is Sending
Out Programs Now.
Eugene Weiffenbach, acting secre
tary of the State Board of Charities
and Corrections, is now sending out
announcements of the State Confer
ence of Charities and Corrections to
be held in Hannibal November 23 to
26. The announcements contain a
statement of the reforms sought by
the board. Notable among these is
the establishment of a state bureau
for dependent chiMivn
Mr. Weiffenbach is also sending
blank forms to sheriffs, county clerks
and superintendents of charitable in
stitutions throughout the state for re
ports on their work. These will be
embodied in the bi-ennial report of
the board. This report will be out
about the first of the year.
GIVES SERUM TO 500 HOGS
J. A. Helmreirli Helps in the Work
Airainst Epidemic in Pettis County.
J. A. Heimreich, a senior in the Col
lege of Agriculture, returned this
morning from Hughesille, near Se
dalia, where he inoculated 500 hogs
for cholera. An epidemic of pholera
developed In Pettis County and Parker
and Wilson, a Columbia stock firm,
sent Mr. Heimreich to administer
serum to their herd. Mr. Heimreich
left here Saturday night, spent Sun
day at his home in Boonville, and went
to Hughesvilie yesterday.
"An Hour In Ceylon," Her Subject.
"An Hour in Ceylon with .Miss
Lane" is what the Y. W. C. A. an-
nounces for its meeting at 4:30 Thurs-,! '" on Caused Dislocated
day afternoon. Miss Eva Lang is the j Shoulder for Francis Rice.
association's foreign secretary, and, Francis Rice, an employe on State
this talk on her work in Ceylon will Farm, fell from a wagon yesterday
be given bv Miss Anna Shaw. Just land dislocated a shoulder. He was
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before me meeung lea win oe sen
at the secretary s aesK. rne lecture
by Prof. D. H. Doane has been post
poned, as he is out of town.
TO ASK STATE AID
Will Introduce Bill to Use
$2,000 in Each County that
Gives Equal Amounts.
Curtis Hill Confers With
Senator Carter About Pos
sible Action of Legislature.
The General Assembly will be asked
this winter to pass laws for the ben
efit of Missouri roads. Curtis Hill,
state highway engineer, has just re
turned from a conference with Sena
tor Carter of Kahoka, Clark County.
The matter of legislation looking to
ward the improvement of the state's
highways was taken up.
"Eventually, road building must be
a function of the state government."
says Mr. Hill. "Not an absolute con
trol, nor a control of local details,
but a general state supervision so that
the state will be willing to lend its
financial aid and can know that its
funds are expended to the best advan
take. This is the key to the solution
of the road problem."
Senator Carter Is to father two bills
looking toward state aid for good
The first of these Is to get a $2,000
appropriation from the state for the
purpose of dragging the dirt roads in
each county on condition that the
counties shall appropriate equal
amounts for the same purpose. This
will make $4,000 to be expended annu
ally In each county for road dragging
alone. The idea is to continue this
plan two years, at the end of which
time it is hoped that people will be
educated up to the pointe of demand
ing care of the roads all the time. If
successful, it will lead to appropria
tions eventually for hard surface
In the meantime an attempt will be
made to put through the legislature
an amendment to the constitution pro
viding for a road tax. probably of
ten cents. After tho resolution has
been introduced, there will have to be
a vote taken; so the amendment can
not be passed until 1913 or 1914. In
the meantime this other appropriation
will furnish funds to take care of the
roads to a certain extent.
Two previous attempts to pass this
road tax amendment have failed. One
was made in 1908, the other in 1910.
A peculiar feature of Its defeat was
in the fact that the heaviest vote
against It came from the farmers liv
ing along the roads, who would be
most benefited by it. All the big
cities of the state, paying about three
fourths of the tax, voted for it, while
the farmers, paying one-fourth, voted
BACK TO GET DOCTOR'S DEGREE
After Eight Years a " Professor Mr.
Weiffenbach Returns as a Student
After having spent eight years as
professor of sociology and philosophy
In Central Wesleyan College. Eugene
Weiffenbach is again enrolled as a
college student. Mr. Weiffenbach is
working for his doctor's degree in the
University. He is also acting as sec
retary" of the State Board of Charities
and Corrections In the absence of W.
T. Cross who is now In the Univer
sity of Chicago.
Mr Weiffenbach will complete the
prescribed work for the doctors' de
gree this year but will not finish his
BOSTON WORLD'S CHAMPIONS
Red Sot Take Deriding Game of
The Boston Red Sox won the final
game of the world's series against the
New York Giants today by a score of
3 to 2. The game went ten Innings.
Bedient pitched for Boston until the
seventh inning when he was relieved
by Wood. Mathewson pitched for
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