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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 1913
KAPPA ALPHA HOUSE
FIRE LOSSJS $8,000
Insurance Covers All but
$1,150 in Personal Prop
erty Not Saved.
CATCHES FROM FLUE
bwners of the Building Say
They Will Probably Re
build Next Summer.
The Kappa Alpha fraternity house
at 713 Hltt street was partially burned
by (ire late Saturday night. An over
heated chimney burned out and
caught fire to the wood-work in a
third story room. The total loss is
estimated to be $8,000. Insurance
will cover all but $11.10 in personal
There was but one member of the
fraternity in the house at the time
the fire started. Harold Finke was
asleep In a room on the second floor.
Severa loccupants of the house on
home saw the flames creep-
gh the roof. Their cries of
tire woke Finke. The alarm was then
turned in to the fire department.
A northwest wind fanned the
flames and they spread rapidly about
the frame structure. Students from
the Farm House nest door and from
neighboring houses assisted in carry
ing out the furniture and property
from the members' rooms before the
lire department arrived.
Ice coated streets made it difficult
for the fire horses to pull the heavy
wagon. The flames aryl flying em
bers were threatening the Farm
House when the department arrived.
Its attention was at once devoted to
drenching that building. Built of
xlck with slate roof it withstood the
mes and burning cinders whipped
iipon it by the wind.
After soaking the endangered side
ot the Farm House two streams of
water were played upon the burning
building. Chief Bert Newman was as
sisted in combating the flames by a
siuad of students who volunteered
as fire fighters. Several donned rub
ber coats, boots and helmets which
lay unused in the fire wagon.
The fire was confined almost en
tirely to the roof and the third floor
and a medium water pressure made it
difficult to reach. The slippery con
dition of the yard made the work of
moving the hose and of carrying out
furniture more difficult. The ind
interfered with the streams of water
and at times gusts sprayed it over the
crowds and piles of furniture and
clothing in nearby yards. It was near
midnight before the fire was under
control. The ci water pressure
weakened at this time and it was nec
jrary to attach to plugs of the Uni
versity water works and to start the
pumps. It was 1 o'clock before the
fire was completely etinguished.
The loss on the house alone is es
timated at $G,000. This is fully cover
ed by insurance. It is owned by Em
mett Smith and T. K. Catron. The
furniture loss is about $G00 and is
covered by Insurance.
Besides being driven from their
home the members of the fraternity
are heavy losers. Only $330 of the
$1400 personal property loss is in
sured. C. J. McPheters. in whose
room the fire started, is the heaviest
loser. Nothing was saved from his
room and he estimates his loss at
$400. The losses of other members
range from $30 to $230. R. E. Wil
liams and B. L. Montgomery were the
only ones with insurance on their
T. K. Catron, part owner of the
house, said yesterday It probably
d be rebuilt nert summer in time
ccupancy in the fall. The water
nrown upon the building increased
the amount of damage. It drained
through all the' rooms and froze on
the woodwork and floors. Mr. Catron
says this will increase the ruin.
Most of the property saved from the
Tire was stored in the Farm
House and yesterday the fraternity
established temporary quarters at 806
Missouri avenue. The members who
had rooms in the house are: Sanford
A. Howard, It. E. Williams, Charles
D. Lynn. S. F. Merriam, Moss Gill,
i Harold Finke. Elmer Grimm, B. L.
Montgomery. Alford Matthews, Milton
Bernet, Raymond Reese. J. F. Rhodes,
John S. Sloan, Charles Breckenridge,
A. D. Kllhame. and C. J. McPheters.
The Kappa Alpha house fire Satur
day) night is the fourth fire to drive
i trnity from its home in the last
'our Tears. The Kappa Sigma house
ai burned in the 1909-10 term.
TEMPERATURE DOWN TO ZERO"
U. S. Forecast Predicts Fair and
Colder Weather for Tomorrow.
"Generally fair tonight and Tues
day; colder; temperature near zero."
That is the prediction of the United
States Weather Bureau today. The
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Basketball game, Missouri vs. War
rensburg at Rothwell Gymnasium.
Preliminary game begins 7:30 p. m.
Last January fire partially destroyed
the Beta Theta Pi house and last
spring the Sigma Chi members lost
Sanford Howard, a member of the
fraternity, was in St. Louis Saturday
night with a party of students from
the School of Journalism who were
visiting newspaper offices there. He
did not know of the fire until his re
turn Sunday morning and was on his
way to his room. He saw the struc
ture, the roof caved in, and walls
ice-coated standing bleakly In the
Many of the members worked for
some time carrying property from
the house and helping fight the flames
Their clothing became covered with
frozen spray and they suffered with
the cold. An onlooker was reminded
of the plight of the firemen at the
Equitable Building fire in New York
City a year ago when they were froz
c-n to ladders and had to be chopped
Students who live in the Farm House
served sandwiches and coffee to the
"homeless" young men after the
flames had been subdued. They
found rooms for the night with
The personal loss was increased by
robbery of goods in the night. Many
things saved from the house were
Semester papers, themes and school
books caused concern for many. One
member rushed to his room in the
third story after the roof was begin
ning to fall and rescued a theme.
Flaming brands were carried as far
as Rollins street by the wind but the
Ice-bound roofs of nearby residences
exempted them from danger.
Had the wind been from the south
a large frame dwelling to the north
would have been endangered. The
fact that the flames started in the
northwest quarter of the house and
not on the south side was fortunate.
Had they startted from the south side
it would have been impossible to have
warded them from the Farm House.
A bull pup which belonged to the
members was forgotten in the excite
ment. It was left to care for Itself
until two of its owners thought of it
several hours later. They obtained a
lantern and started a search. The
dog was found bowling but swimming
in several feet of cold water in the
Charles D. Lynn thought of his fra
ternity pin. He rushed to his room,
took it from his clothes, and left
them to burn.
TO ASSIST AT INAUGURAL BALL
MKs Martha Tinker Will Help Aunt,
Mrs. Major, In Social Daties.
Miss Martha Ann Tinsley, of the
College of Arts and Science, is in Jef
ferson City assisting her aunt Mrs.
Elliott W. Major, in the social cere
monies pt the inauguration. She will
be in the receiving line at the inaug
ural ball tonight.
Miss Tinsley may not return to the
University this year. She may assist
her aunt in the social duties of the
governor's home. She is a member of
the Delta Phi sorority and president
of the Junior class.
B. F. SMITH, FARMER; DIES
Funeral Services Were Held at Protl
B. F. Smith, who lived on a farm
seven miles northwest of Columbia,
died yesterday afternoon of pneu
monia. He was 77 years old and had
lived on his farm near Columbia for
about ten years.
The funeral services conducted by
the Rev. A. W. Pasley were held In
Providence this morning. Mr. Smith
was a widower. He is survived by a
daughter, and av.son, who are living
on the farm.
BLAME FOR DIVORCE
Owen Johnson, Farmer, Says
He Couldn't Agree With
His Wife's Parents.
FEW ASK SEPARATION
Cases Proceed Slowly, and
"Divorce Day" May Run
Over Into Tomorrow.
"Divorce Day" in the circuit court
started off slowly this morning. One
case, that of Owen Johnson, a far
mer, against his wife, Janie. took up
most of the court's time. Three
cases were heard in the entire morn
ing. Probably "Divorce Day" will
continue into tomorrow, for there are
yet eight or ten cases to come up.
Judging from the evidence in the
Johnson divorce case, it is not a good
plan to live with your wife's folte
after you are married. Johnson said
he could get along fine with his wife.
but her parents did not like him.
"My mother-in-law caused all my
family trouble," he testified on the
Johnson said he was good to his
wife; but she contradicted this state
ment, saying he was cruel to her and
refused to support her. She claimed
that her husband drew a poker and
ordered her to leave his house, and
that he tried to give her some poison
medicine. Johnson denied all these
The judge will take the case under
advisement when all the testimony is
given. He does not give his decision
immediate after a divorce case is
tried, but takes it under advisement
until the costs are paid.
No decrees were granted today.
The following cases were taken un
der advisement by the court: W. O.
against Martha Maupin, Minor
against Arabella Arnold, . Owen
against Jane Johnston, Armilda
against John Roberts, John R. against
Imogene Wilson, Susie against Dor
sey Wordie, Eugene against Susan
FOR 45 NEW BRIDGES
Contract for Boone County
Work Given to Steel
A contract for buying the material
for forty-five steel bridges, to be con
structed in Boone County this year.
was let today to the Missouri Bridge
& Iron Company of St. Louis by the
Boone County Court.
These are ail wagon bridges and
will be placed in various parts of the
county. Seven companies bid for the
Job. The lowest bid was $10,700, that
of the company given the contract.
The highest bidder was $11,300 that of
the Steitz Bridge Company. This con
tract was let merely for the material.
Anothe rcontract will have to be let
for the erecting of the bridges.
According to the county court, the
Missouri Bridge & Iron Company ask
ed for three months in which to de
liver the material and that probably
it will not arrive here before the mid
dle of the summer.
The bridges vary in length from
twelve to forty-five feet. The two
longest bridges will be the J. W.
Stone bridge near Sturgeon and the
Douglas bridge near Columbia, each
forty-five feet long. There will be
four forty-foot bridges, all near Co
lumbia and thirteen thirty-foot
bridges In various parts of the county.
These bridges will replace many
wooden and inadequate structures.
COLUMBIA HIGH LOSES, 31 TO 28
Mexico Wins Basketball Game
Rally in Last Half.
In an exciting game the Mexico
High School basketball team defeated
the team of Columbia High School
Saturday night by the score of 31 to
28. At the end of the first half the
Columbia team led by the score of 17
to 9. In a few minutes after the
second half began, the visitors tied
the score and from then on the game
was nip and tuck.. Fouling on the
part of the Columbia team was the
principal cause of its defeat.
Edwards and Craig, Tiger basket
ball men, were the officials.
VISIT NEWS OFFICES
St. Louis Trip by M. U.
Students First of Kind
Conducted by a School.
WRITE STORIES, TOO
Party Sees All Steps in the
Gathering and Print
ing of News.
The first Inspection trip ever made
by a class of Journalism students of
any institution was made by the sen
iors in the School of Journalism of
the University of Missouri Friday and
Saturday. There were twenty mem
bers of the party, fifteen of them sen
iors. They left Columbia Friday noon.
They were: Dean Walter Williams.
Prof. Frank I Martin, J. B. Powell.
Prof. John S. Ankeney. Misses Amy
V. Armstrong, Sara L. Lockwood,
Clarissa E. Spencer, Hazel S. Thorn
burg, Mary E. Foley and Cannle
Qulnn; Leo Wolfsohn, Frank W. Ruck
er. Sanford A. Howard. George W.
Turner, Ellis Birdsong. Maurice Hick
lin, Howard J. Lamade, Siegel Mayer.
Robert S. Mann and Hugh J. McKay.
The first trip was to the office of
the St. Louis Republic after everybody
had assembled at the Marquette Ho
tel. They reached there about 9:4.1
o'clock in time to see the busy part of
the night's work on the morning pa
per and some of the preparation for
the Sunday edition. It was at this of
fice that thet Journalism girls were
given an opportunity to write a story.
Each girl was given a certain part
of the office to take note's on and
then at 12:30 o'clock while the re
mainder of the party went back to the
hotel, they stayed at the reporter's
desks and wrote their impressions of
the office. These stories were printed
In the morning edition with the girls'
picture, which had been taken earlier
In the evening at the Republic office.
Saturday morning the party started
at 9:30 o'clock from the Marquette
Hotel. Four places were visited.
The first was Sanders Engraving
Company, where they saw how electro
typing is done. The next stop was at
the Western Newspaper Union where
the whole process of making the
"ready-prints" was explained to
them. The American Typefounders
Company was the third place visited.
This was more of a salesroom for
printer's supplies than anything of
The last office visited in the morn
ing was the Times. Here, again, the
getting of news, writing it, setting it
up, and, in general, the route of the
news from the reporter's desk to the
finished newspaper was explained.
Lunch was taken anywhere and the
party assembled at the Star office at
At the Star office, R. S. Mann was
given the assignment to write about
the trip for that paper. The story
was printed in full in the next edition.
This office laid special emphasis on
the color work that they put out and
took pains to explain in detail this
process. Inspection of the offices of
the Post-Dispatch followed the visit
to the Star. Here the whole process
of getting out a large newspaper was
gone over again. All returned to the
hotel for dinner, at which the St.
Louis editors were entertained.
Editors Dinner Guests.
The guests at the dinner were: W.
A. Kelsoe of the Post-Dispatch; Cas
par Yost, of the Globe-Democrat; Mr.
Morrison. R. G. Tindall and J. E.
Chasnoff of the Republic. Dean Wil
liams acted as toastmaster and call
ed on all the guests for speeches,
The members of the faculty, the offi
cers of the class and the girls were
also called upon. The dinner lasted
until 9 o'clock after which all went
to the Globe-Democrat office.
The inspection was over at 10:45"
o'clock so the busiest part of tha
night's work was not seen. The party
arrived in Columbia yesterday morn
ing. Farmers May Talk at Assembly.
Arrangements were being made to
day to have Borne of the visiting farm
ers speak at Assembly at the Univer
sity Auditorium at 10 o'clock tomorrow
morning. It had not been decided this
afternoon who the speakers will be.
Bea Greet Players Tomorrow.
The Ben Greet Players will present
Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors" at
4 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the
BAPTISTS HERE HAD GOOD YEAR
Reports Were Made From Eneh De
partment at Annual Meeting.
Every department of the Columbia
Baptist church is well organized and
working. This was demonstrated at
a rally held yesterday at the eleven
o'clock hour. E. W. Stephens, who
presided, called it an "inspirational
and Informational" meeting and after
the reports were all heard the audi
ence believed that it had been what
Mr. Stephens called it.
The first report came from the
finance committee. It said that an in
crease of 20 per cent in assessments
had been made for the year, which
brings the total -up to more than $3,
000. The budget plan has been adopt
ed, which is new for the Baptists.
They have previously had "collection
days," which, It is claimed, were not
For the spiritual side of the church.
Dr. Woodson Moss spoke. He said
that he had been a member of the
church forty years and that he had
never known the spirit to be so highly
developed. He compared the spirit
of churches to the beat of the pulse In
Individuals. He said some were high
and some were low. He said the Bap
tist church was at the high point.
Mrs. H. F. Hoberecht spoke for the
Baptist Ladies Aid Society. She said
this department raised $279.49 during
1912, and that no members paid dues.
The women did if by selling fancy
work and other articles. She said
they would spend a day at the home
of one of the members and have lunch
in the genuine school girl fashion.
She said at these meetings they would
bring their old dresses, tear them in
shreds and make rugs for the Steph
ens College dormitory.
W. E. Stone represented the B. Y.
P. U. He said that this department
was to provide a place for the young
Christian especially the student. He
said students, so many times made
their four years college work a four
years holiday for their Christian life.
He compared this to closing down an
iron furnace, which, he said, must be
kept at white heat all the time if
profitable results are to be obtained.
Mrs. W. E. Harshe reiorted for the
Missionary Society. She said that
nineteen years ago when she first be
came a member, fifteen dollars was
a big collection for a year, and when
one person gave ten dollars, all at
one time, the society got excited over
the big work they were doing. The
attendance was large when it reached
ten. Now, she says, they have an
average attendance of thirty-five and
a membership of eighty-two. The col
lections last year were $313.17, she
Miss Cornelia Montgomery, Dean of
Stephens College, spoke of the work
they were doing there. She said:
"We are trying to turn out young
women at Stephens College who, when
they go out Into the world their light
will be as bright as that of the elec
tric ligt when the switch is turned
on." She said that the school was
trying to show them the Bible In its
broadest and grandest sense.
Prof. P. F. Trowbridge spoke for
the Sunday School. He said this was
the important part of church work
the future of the church. Just as the
child is the future of the home. He
urged the parent not to send the child
to Sunday School, but come with him
and to be on time.
USED THETA'S SOFA PILLOWS
Strange Man Made Himself at Home
in Sorority's Parlor.
A man who found it impossible to
keep his New Year's resolution for
even two weeks went into Sampson
Hall about 10 o'clock Saturday
night while looking for an address
on Turner avenue. He asked a man
who was calling there if he would
take him to the address. The man
obligingly said he would do so and
led him to the door. When the
caller left a few minutes later he
found the man waiting for him.
walked with him to Hltt street and
University avenue and directed him
to Turner avenue.
Although the hours for the open
house of the Kappa Alpha Thetas
were over and the place was dark
and quiet the man decided to call.
When one of the Thetas and George
Wilson came In about 10:30 they
found an unknown house guest on a
davenport In the parlor, with two
pillows under his head and two un
der his feet When asked where his
hat was he said, "Over there." but It
could not be found. Mr. Wilson, as
sisted the stranger to the front door.
The professional open house caller
made two trips to the Missouri
Store. He said It was so light there
and he could see so many more
things, but both times he was In
duced to notice the appearance of
the store from the outside.
Opening Meeting of the
Week Will Be in Univer
Dean Mumford Expects
More Present than Came
Any Other Year.
Columbia Mayor St. Clair.
Commercial Club X. T. Gen
try. University President Hill.
College of Agriculture Dean
P. P. Lewis, President Board
E. L. Xewlon, Member Board
E. T. Munson, Member Board
The first of the Farmers' Week
visitors came this morning. The pro
gram will open tonight with a meet
ing in the University Auditorium.
Dean F. B. Mumford says the In
dications are that this will be the
best Farmers' Week that has ever
been held at the College of Agricul
ture and that it will be attended by
more farmers than ever before.
T. C. Wilson, secretary of State
Board of Agriculture, said that this
morning that bad weather was the
only thing that could keep Farmers'
Week this year from being the best
that has ever been here.
Lectures will be given by experts
who are well known. W. L. Houser,
who will talk on "The Better Side of
Farming", Wednesday night, was the
campaign manager of Senator La
Follette last year when he made the
race for the Republican nomination
for the Presidency.
EDNA FARMER WIHS
L. F. Cottey Gets Prize at
Corn Show on'Best
Yield to Acre.
The largest yield per acre of corn
exhibited at the Missouri State Corn
Show was grown on ridge land. The
yield was 100 bubhels and 5 pounds
on one acre of land. It was grown
by L. F. Cottey of Edna and won first
prize in the acre yield contest for
North Missouri. Second prize for
this district was won by Chris Smith
In the men's contest for the largest
acre yield on South Missouri bottom
land, the first prize was won by M.
McCauly of Doniphan, with a yield
of 97 bushel and 41 pounds an acre.
C. II. Morrison, Aurora, won second.
E. J. Mahony, Dexter, was first in the
acre yield contest for men on South
The prize for the best 10 ears of
corn was won by Chris Smith, Bunce
ton. Mr. Smith also got first on the
best 10 ears of white corn in the en
tire show, and for the best single
LOVING CUP IS THE PRIZE
Judging Contest Today at the Coanty
A loving cup worth $23, presented
by the Zenner Disinfectant Company
of Detroit, is the prize In the stu
dents' judging contest today at the
Boone County Poultry Show. The
show Is to be held at Eighth and
Cherry. It will begin tomorrow
and lasts this week.
"It Is to be the biggest show we
have ever had," said Miss Elizabeth
Hodge, the secretary, this morning.
"We have already seventy entries
and an entry means from two to
twenty-five birds and more are
coming. We know they are coming
because they have notified us."
Writers Clab t Orgaiiie PeraMaeaUy
The Writers' Club which haa been
started In the University will meet In
Room 24. Academic Hall, at 7 o'clock
tonight A permanent organization
will be formed.