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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1913
HE WORKING NOW
ON ELECTRIC LINE
Judge D. C. Nevin, President
of St. Louis-Kansas City
Road, Tells Plans.
feSING FIFTEEN TEAMS
Delegates From Six Counties
Here Last Night To
"We hac started work and that
work is to be continued until the road
That was the cheering statement
judge l. C. Nevin of Kansas City,
president of the St. Louis-Kansas City
Electric Katlway Company made to
the Columbia Commercial Club and
business men from other counties last
night It was a special meeting to
discuss the proposed road.
ftl j0 rou1 wl" bc kullt," Judge Nev
JlkyJ emphatically declared time and
j?W Sain during the meeting.
ll Slv Counties Represented.
Saline. Howard, Callaway, Jackson,
Lafayette and Boone Counties were
represented at the meeting last night.
The men present were all practical
business men and endorsed the pro
ject of the electric line. A committee
of two men from each county along
the proposed line was appointed to get
up a prospectus of the counties and
to help get the right of way.
These members of the committee
nere appointed last night: Jackson,
L. J. Slaughter; Lafayette. John M.
Cobb, M M. Holt; Saline, J. P. Biggs,
T. C. Barnhill; Howard, John R. Hair
ston. W. C. Miller: Callaway. T. P.
r'Saith. J. O. McClintock; Boone, X. T.
try. William Hirth; Montgomery,
m.vard Ellis: Warren, George Hack-
man. The other members will be se
Judge Xevln, who was delayed at
Ccntralia because of trains being late,
opened his talk by pointing out the
need for better railroad service. He
then reviewed his work of the past
two and one-half years.
Work of Gnul Ins Begun.
"The success of the road is assured.
Work has already begun In a substan
tial way. The work of grading was
begun in Jackson County December
30 and lias continued without inter
ruption. Five hundred dollars Is be
ing spent each week. Fifteen teams
are at work. The force will b'e In
creased as soon as the right-of-way
Is secured in Jackson County. Work
will continue without interruption un
til the road is built." he said.
The force at work has not been in
creased, because there has been no
place for them to work. Judge Xevln
,s. The franchise through Inde-
Jencc has not been given. But he
assured the meeting that all the right
of way will be gotten in Jackson
County In a short time.
The contract for building the road
lias been given to the National Con
tracting Corporation of Norfolk, Vi.
This company has taken the securi
ties offered by Mr. Nevin and agreed
to build the road. Mr. Nevin has
agreed to give the right of way. The
contracting company will advance
about two and one-half million dol
lars for the work, before the bonds
Will Lay Single Track FInt.
The plan of the road is for a doub
le track across the state, but the
f promoters plan to lay single track as
they go and get the road In operation
a little at a time. Judge Nevin esti
mates that the road from Arrow Hock
to Kansas City will cam an average
oMJlO.000 a mile. By operating the
tA to Cl in this manner the bonds will
SH sl at a better price and fliere will
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nono inc ueiuj in k-ii"'b buuic -come.
In Jackson County the plan is to
buy the air line division of the Kan
sas City Southern railroad and elec
"At one time we had 82 per cent of
the right of way." said Mr. Nevin.
"Some of the contracts have expired
but most of these can be renewed.
All wo ask of the citizens Is the right
of way across the state. The road
Mill lm built. If vou don't cive the
M right of way we will fight our way
through. But it means an increase 01
50 per cent in the value of real estate
along the road. Why will any man
refuse to give 100 feet across his farm
for this Improvement in value?
Right of Way by Counties.
'U right of way question should
be Acii up county at a time and as
sooii-'as adjusted in one county work
should begin in the next county. In
Jackson County there Is little more
WON'T BE SO COLD TONIGHT
"Fair and Warmer," Says U. S. Wealh
The United States Weather Bureau
promises a little warmer weather
now. The forecast for tonight and
Friday Is: "Fair and warmer. The
lowest temperature tonight about 24."
The temperatures today:
7 a.m 10 11 a.m 24
8 a.m 12 12 (noon) 25
9 a.m 16 1 p.m 30
10 a.m 20 2 p.m 33
to be done. Most of the right of way
has been given in Lafayette County.
Callaway Is in good shape. There is
a lot of work to be done in Boone
County. Bight here at the edge of
Columbia farmers have refused to do
a thing. The least right of way has
been given In Saline County."
Charles Hoefer of Higginsville told
the meeting that he failed to see why
anyone should object to giving the
right of way because of fear that the
road would not be built. If it is not
built you will have your land un
touched, he reasoned. If it is built
you will have the road.
Sam J. Kleinschmidt of Higginsville
explained that the road will tend to
break up the large farms and give
more, farmers to the state. "The
greatest trouble with Missouri is
large farms," he said.
Business Men Urge Support.
P. H. Bea, Marshall: J. O. McClin
tock, McCredie: J. P. Biggs, Arrow
Bock; N. T. Gentry and William Hirth,
Columbia, spoke. All predicted the
completion of an electric line from
St. Louis to Kansas City and urged
support for Mr. Nevin.
The meeting was organized late
yesterday afternoon. E. W. Stephens
was elected chairman and S. F. Con
ley, secretary. William Hirth in ex
plaining why the Commercial Club In
vited these men to meet here said:
"The real crime to be laid at the
door of Missouri is that we don't real
ize our resources. Nothing can bo
done that will so further the Interests
of Central Missouri as an Interurban
road across the state. Judge Nevin
has worked hard for a road. Let's
support him. But If he can't build
one let's get some one who can."
Dr. Paul Shorey Will Deliver
Phi Beta Kappa Address
The Phi Beta Kappa address Com
mencement Week will be given by
Dr. Paul Shorey, head of the Greek
department of Chicago University.
This was announced today by Dr.
Walter Miller, who Is a friend of Doc
tor Shorey. The address will be
Tuesday night, June 10, in the Uni
versity Auditorium, unless plans for
Stunt Week cause this to be changed.
Doctor Shorey is regarded as the
foremost humanist in America, accord
ing to Doctor Miller. He will go next
year to the University of Berlin as
Kaiser Wiihclm's exchange professor.
"American scholarship is justly
proud of this distinction," said Doc
tor Miller, "for it is unusual for a
teacher of classics and especially
Greek, to be Invited to lecture in Ger
many, which has held the leadership
In classical studies for more than a
Last year Doctor Shorey was In
vited to give the same special course
of lectures at both Harvard and
Johns Hopkins universities. He is al
so the author of several books and
a contributor to magazines. His edi
tion -of Horace is used in class-room
work here. His best known work Is
"The Unity of Plato's Thought."
ITS' BIGGEST MAN IS DEAD
John Darby Weighed 423 Pounds and
Was 6J4 Feet Tall
John Darby, who lived near Mil
lersburg, Callaway County, died this
Mr. Darby is widely known in
Boone and Callaway Counties for his
unusual size and extraordinary
strength. He was 6 feet 6 inches tall
and weighed 425 pounds. His strength
was said to be equal to that of two
ordinary men;. His body was well
Mr. Darby was 61 years old. He
was born In Callaway County and liv
ed on a farm two and a half miles
southeast of Millersburg up to the
time of his death. Mr. Darby was
The funeral will be held at 11
o'clock Sunday at Miller's Creek
Prof. Walter Miller Discussed
Advantages of a Col
Self-Made Man is a Thing
Of The Past, Prof. Miller
The purpose of University work,
its benefits and advantages and the
part it plays in the attainment of
success and happiness was discussed
by Prof. Walter Miller this morning
in an address at the opening convo
cation of the second semester.
The University Auditorium was
filled and the audience expressed its
appreciation of the able talk. Of the
many phases touched upon in the ad
dress, one emphasized was that the
"self-made man" is losing prestige.
"The self-made man is becoming a
thing of the past," according to Prof.
Miller. "The sons of the self-made
man are today in college or out In
the work-a-day world. Actual figures
prove conclusively that education In
creases earning power, and in that
regard alone the college man has a
great advantage over the man who
has not received a college education.
-Teach l's to Work."
"The statement that education is
to teach us to learn to live without
working Is erroneous. Its purpose Is
to teach us to work and live to bet
ter advantage. The opinion that the
University is for the benefit of its
graduates alone is a selfish one. It
is a University for the state and for
the world at large."
Professor Sillier explained why it
was necessary to make requirements
for students who intend to enter cer
tain branches of study. He told of
the necessity of learning certain sci
ences as foundation and preparation
for their futuro work. He named the
requirements selected for freshmen
and sophomores as necessities. And
he defined practical work as any
which tends to make the student
think and express himself more
clearly and to be able to have others
do and think as he would have them.
ltoom at (he Top.
"It is true that professions are badly
overcrowded In this country," said
Professor Miller, "but the crowd is
all at the bottom of the ladder. There
is plenty of room at the top. The
number of non-college men who make
their way into the professions is be
coming less. The time is coming
when nearly 100 per cent of the phy
sicians will be college graduates."
Continuing in regard to the utility
of education he said that arthmetic
could measure the increased earning
power brought about by education
but not the increased manliness, use
fulness and happiness. He stated
that life is not measured by wealth
"In the end, power, riches and
vanity have sought happiness and
failed to find it. It has been sought
with fleshy things ind died in the
flesh. It comes as an Incident of
BIG FIRE IN MEXICO
Loss in Neighboring City
Will Reach $100,000
Not Out Yet.
Fire destroyed a four-story furni
ture store and damaged three other
stores In Mexico early last night. The
combined loss will amount to almost
one hundred thousand dollars. The
I. M. Greer Furniture Company owned
one of the largest furniture stores out
side of the cities.
The Palace Clothing Company,
Craddock book store and Buckner's
drug store were damaged by water.
The stock and building of the Greer
Furniture Company was valued at $60,
000. The Insurance was $13,250.
The Mexico fire department was
still throwing water on the fire at
3:30 o'clock this afternoon.
Issue Pool Hall License.
The County Court issued licenses
yesterday to Morris Brothers per
mitting them to operate two billiard
tables and eight pool tables in Columbia.
VOTE IN APPROVAL
OF ROADWORK HERE
That No Change of Special
Highway Commission will
Be Made, So Decided.
DODD IS SUPPORTED
Mayor Unable to Obtain
Appointment of Judge
J. A. Stewart.
The action of the County Court and
City Council in re-appointing John
L. Dodd a member or the Columbia
special Road District Commission, de
cided definitely that the personnel of
the commission is not to be changed
now. Those who believed there
should be a change sought to sup
plant John L. Dodd as commissioner
I by Judge J. A. Stewart. After argu
ments, a vote was taken which re
sulted in Mr. Dodd retaining the po
sition. The tally was seven for Mr.
Dodd and four for Judge Stewart.
The commission is composed of J.
A. Hudson. S. F. Conley and Mr. Dodd.
It was elected after the voting of a
$100,000 bond issue for improvement
of roads in Boone County more than a
year ago. More than 100 men from
various parts of the county gathered
In the circuit court room to hear the
discussion and the result of the vot
ing. E. W. Stephens opened the proceed
ings with a speech in favor of re
taining Mr. Dodd.
Asked Friendly Settlement.
"The great thing of our government,
he said," is that it allows every man
to express his opinion and then per
mits the people to decide what stand
they will take on the question. I
trust this matter can be settled with
the friendly spirit which has marked
similar proceedings In Columbia for
the last ten years.
"The commission was elected about
February 1, 1912. For six months the
men were prevented getting to work
on account of-a suit in the supreme
court involving the legality of the
bonds Issued. During the remaining
time they have spent $30,000 of the
total amount raised. About $12,000
has been expended for equipment and
between $13,000 and $15,000 has al
ready been used in improving roads.
I have been over one of the roads
they have improved which runs to
ward Providence and it is in excellent
"I would not say these men have
not made mistakes but I think they
have not had sufficient time to dem
onstrate their ability. I think it
would be very unwise to make a
change in the commission.'
What the Mayor Said.
The other side of the argument was
supported by Mayor W. S. St. Clair.
"Personally," he said, "I have noth
ing against Mr. Dodd. I consider
him a gentleman of high character
and worth. However, I think Mr.
Stephens is mistaken in his calcula
tion of the time In which these men
have had to demonstrate their pur
pose. So far nothing has been done
by the commission toward improving
the roads within the corporate limits
"When the bond issue was first
started. Fountain Bothwell was man
ager of the campaign. I was one of
the supporters of the proposition my
self. Mr. Bothwell at that time large
ly based his campaign among the Co
lumbia voters on the statement that
a good portion of this money would
be expended on roads within the city
limits. He made this statement on
information to this effect he received
from Mr. Hudson."
At this point Mayor St. Clair called
on E. C. Anderson, the prosecuting at
torney, to read the law pertaining to
the expenditure of such road funds.
Mr. Anderson read that not more than
one-fourth of such funds might be so
"About eighty per cent of this mon
ey was raised from Columbia taxpay
ers and Columbia should reap some of
the benefits. So far the commission
has refused to spend any of the money
More Law Is Read.
"I will now ask the attorney to read
the law regarding the issuing of re
ports of the commissioners' work."
It was quiet while Mr. Anderson
hunted through a fat law book for the
correct passage. He finally read that
the road commission was required to
Issue reports to the city clerk and
"I understand from the city clerk
that he has received no such report,"
said the mayor.
S. F. Conley, secretary of the com
mission, arose to state that he was
quite sure the report had been sub
mitted. I took It down to the city
clerk the same day that I rendered
one to the county court. This was
some time last August." he said.
The mayor's next point of attack
was over the Improvement of the
Clark lane road.
"This road is so hilly," he said,
"that though it is a shorter route to
Columbia than the St. Charles road,
for those living in its vicinity, the
longer route is preferable. I see no
reason why this road should be im
proved Instead of the St. Charles
The improvement of this road was
defended by Mr. Hudson. He said
that it made a shorter highway into
Columbia and was a much better route
than the St. Charles road.
Mayor Nominated Stewart.
The mayor concluded his speech by
nominating Judge Stewart for the po
sition as commissioner In place of Mr.
William Hirth spoke next, in favor
of maintaining the present commis
sioner. "It would be most unwise," he said
"(o make any change at this point.
Both Judge Stewart and Mr. Dodd are
good men but the commission has
done good work and should be al
lowed a year or two to show what
more it can do. At present there are
men from all over the state in con
ference here over the long debated
question of the electric line. It
would be most unwise to cause any
discord In Columbia at this time."
Following Mr. Hirth's talk, a farm
er in the back of the room, arose to
defend the interests of the farmers.
He said two city men were on the
commission and that a farmer ought
to be the third.
"We think Mr. Dodd is the best
man but let's have a farmer anyway."
Prof. L. M. Defoe re-nominated Mr.
D. C. Nevin Says Columbia's
Population Will Reach
That Columbia within a few years
will be a city of 40,000 population was
the prediction of Judge D. C. Nevin.
president of the St. Louis-Kansas City
Electric Railway Company, at the
luncheon of the Commercial Club to
day. "Situated at the halfway point on
an electric line connecting St. Louis
and Kansas City in the center of a
splendid farming community, with ex-f
cellent coal fields at its door, the
home of the University or Missouri,
Columbia is bound to become one of
the most important cities in the
state," he said.
Judge Nevin spoke of the great
benefits to the mining Industry that
would accrue from the proposed elec
"I will guarantee that when this
road is comuleted. our company can
generate electricity at the mouths of!
the mines in Howard and Boone Coun
ties as cheaply as can be done at the
big dam at Keokuk," he said.
He also spoke of the progress being
made on the proposed road. He said
that a good start had been made and
he believed that within five months a
person could step off the train at Hig
ginsville and take an electric car to
J. O. McClintock of McCredie was
called upon to speak on "Callaway
County Mules." He said that Calla
way County's reputation as a produc
er of good mules was no joke, since
from McCredie as many as seventeen
cars of mules had been shipped in
"And mules are not all we have
down there." Mr. McClintock said.
"We have good cattle and sheep and
some valuable coal fields."
N. T. Gentry, the president, an
nounced that the following would be
speakers at the annual banquet of the
Commercial Club, February 20: Dr.
W. J. Calvert. Dean II. B. Shaw. Dr.
G. D. Edwards, the Rev. C. W. Tad
lock, E. C. Cllnkscales and E. W.
Stephens. He said that the number
of the tickets would be limited to 300.
Attention was called also to the
meeting of the Federation of Commer
cial Clubs at Moberly, February 25.
The delegates from the Columbia Club
are Sydney Stephens, C. B. Miller.
William J. Hetzler, S. C. Hunt. J. M.
Batterton, E. C. .Cllnkscales, Harry
Jacks and Lee Walker.
NEW MOTOR TRUCK
TO COMEJARCH 1
Kansas City Machine Bought
at Special Meeting of
Council Last Night.
WILL COST 54,860.00
Attend Meeting of Mis
souri Commercial Clubs.
A big step toward fire protection
was made by Columbia last night.
The City Council voted to buy a new
motor fire truck. It will be here by
March 1. All the members of the
Council were present at a special
meeting last night to arrange for the
The new truck and some additional
supplies is valued at $5,950 but will
cost the city only $4,860. The con
tract was given to the Anderson Coup
ling and Fire Supply Company of Kan
sas City, Kan. The low bid of a
Chicago firm for a truck very much
like the one purchased caused the
Anderson Company to lower their
The Council went into executive
session as soon as the roll was call
ed and discussed with the members
of the fire committee the merits of
the various motor trucks that have
been inspected in St. Louis, Kansas
City and Chicago. The Kansas City
Company was the only one that had
a representative here. After the ex
ecutive session the mayor called the
representative before the council and
asked him to tell the members about
He Lowered the Price.
He told the merits of his truck and
said that he was forced to partly meet
the price that the Chicago company
had made. However, he said that he
was not able to sell his truck as
cheaply as they had offered to sell.
The representative talkec until he had
just enough time left to catch the
9 o'clock train but before he was a
block away from the City Hall, a mo
tion had been made and passed to buy
The truck that will come to Co
lumbia has just been finished at the
factory. It will be lettered Columbia
F. D. and exhibited at the automo
bile show to be held in Kansas City
next week. The mayor and the mem
bers of the council thought this would
be a good advertisement fqr the town.
The first automobile fire trucks
were built about six years ago, ac
cording to the representative of the
Kansas City company. Columbia's
new truck will have all the latest in
ventions. The firm that manufactures
the engine and trucks of the new fire
truck has a distributing office in Kan
sas City so It will be very easy to
get repairs in case of accidents.
With a Chemical Tunic.
Pneumatic tires probably will be
used, although the truck can be bought
with cushion tires. The truck will
be equipped with a chemical tank.
In a town the size of Columbia where
a fire can be reached quickly, these
save a great deal of damage that or
dinarily comes from water. One of
the members of the fire committee
said that about eighty per cent of
the fires In Kansas City were put out
A demonstrator will come with the
fire truck and stay about ten days.
The contract is not closed until the
company has shown the merits or the
truck and have taught someone to
drive and use it.
Mayor St. Clair has received a let
ter from Sidney J. Boy, secretary
of the Federation of Missouri Com
mercial Clubs, asking that Columbia
send a delegation of business men to
their convention that will be held In
Moberly February 24-25. This or
ganization is working on a campaign
to advertise Missouri. The mayor will
appoint delegates at the next meet
ing of the Council.
GETTING READY FOR WAR NOW!
Lieutenant Sebastian Ordered to Re
cruit Full Company.
H. G. Sebastian received an order
from Col. C. C. McDonald, of the 4th
Regiment or Missouri late this after
noon to recruit Company G to 100 im
mediately. This was all the Informa
tion Lieutenant Sebastian received.
He said he didn't know whether this
message was due to the trouble In
Mexico or not.