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THE DAILY MISSOURIAN
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, WEDNESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 6, 1916.
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GETTING THE PROFIT
Columbia Retailers Declare
That They Aren't and
H. C. of L. Aviates.
EARLY BUYING HEAVY
Speculation, Slow Deliveries
and the War Blamed
Hens Are on Strike.
"Scarcity and speculation" these
are the words that cover the whole
question of the it. C. of L, accord
ing to several leading grocers ot Co
lumbia, who were asked why It was
that eggs were selling at 40 and 45
cents a dozen, lard at 22 cents a
pound and canned goods 25 to 100 per
cent higher than ever. The reporter
hd had an idea that scarcity had
something to do about it, as he had
heard that supply and demand gov
One grocer said that two factors
entered into the question. One was
a short pack in a good many of the
staple commodities, such as tomatoes,
corn, peas and the like; the other
was that the retailers over the coun
try, fearing that the war would af
fect the prices, bought a great deal
more of these staples than they need
for fear that the prices would go up.
Speculation Is Cause, He Says.
The grocer explained further. "Ev
ery summer the salesman comes to
the retailer and takes what are known
as 'future orders.' Prices are quoted
at what the jobber thinks they will
be at the time of delivery; should
anything cause the prices to go high
er the retailer gets them at the same
"Well, the retailers of the country
estimated that the price would go
bought more than they ever expected
lwught more than they exer expected
to sell in one year. All of the re
tailers bought so heavily that only a
part of the deliveries can ""be made
now, varying from 20 to 90 per cent.
Then there were some grocers and I
happened to be one of them who pur
chased what are known as 'spots.'
These are commodities for Immediate
deliver- at the current price. Many
of the retailers, figuring that the
price would be raised, purchased
heavily in 'spots. These retailers re
ceived all of their deliveries.
Cataloinipo Don't Give Price.
'The result is that the entire pack
of a good many staple lines is no
longer quoted in the catalogues and
those that are quoted have risen out
of sight So the Columbia retailers
say that they are selling their goods
as low as they can to protect them
selves against the wholesale price, and
In a good many cases are selling at
retail Just what the goods would cost
them at wholesale If they bought
When asked about the high price
of eggs and whether the holdings of
the "egg king" had any effect on the
market, a retailer said that the scar
city of the eggs was to the fact that
the hens were on a strike.
War Also Gets Some Blame.
The war has undoubtedly boosted
the price of litlng, Inasmuch as a
peat many of the commodities are
being shipped to the warring coun
tries, thus making a scarcity here.
Many wholesalers will no longer take
orders for such things as canned
milk and fish. The cost of tin for the
cans and labor for the packing have
The retailer says that he doesn't
get the profit; the jobber says that
he hasn't made anything, and the
manufacturer says that increased cost
of production has left him Just where
he was before the beginning of the
ar. The ultimate consumer is kick
ing. He keeps on paying the bills,
Md it looks as if the sky Is going to
be the limit
WOODS TO LEAD 1917 KEWPIES
Sew Caplaln Is Center Sixteen Cs
Butler Woods, a junior In the Co
lombia High School, has been chosen
by his teammates to lead the 1917
Kewpie football team. Woods played
ais second year on the team this sea
Ma and his sterling work at center
&ad fullback gave him the captaincy of
ext year's eleven. He received nine
Ttes, with Challis getting five and
Sixteen members of the Columbia
"'sh football squad were awarded C's
Jesterday. Most of these men will be
k school next year.
Dec 1-lft Landscape Design Exhibit, Fac
ulty Room (107) University LI
Dec. 7. Assembly lecture at 730 p. m. In
the University Auditorium by Dean
E. J. McCaustlaud on "The Modern
Dec. 13 Interpretative recital, "Othello,"
Christian College, 8:15 p. m.
Dec 14. Cecil Fanning concert. Phi Ma
Alpha series. University Auditor
ium at 8:15 o'clock.
Dec. 13. Yellowstone National Park Travel
ogue at 720 p. hi. In the Univer
sity Auditorium by Charles Norton
Dec. 10 Concert by the University Cadet
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Dec. 2L Christmas holidays begin at 4:30
o'clock Thursday afternoon.
Jan. 3. Christmas holidays end at 8 a. m.
FORMER COLUMBIA MAX DEAD
J. It Lates, Once a Druggist Here,
Succumbs to Apoplexy.
J. It Yates, formerly of Columbia,
I died at his home at Mokane yesterday
( morning of a stroke of apoplexy. Mr.
Cates was for seven years connected
I with the Drug Company of THley &
jllatton, predecessors of the Columbia
,Drug Company. He left Columbia
about four years ago. He is survived
by one daughter. Miss Gretchen Yates,
of St Louis. Funeral services were
conducted at Fulton this morning.
HOPES T0jp SLAYER
McDaniel, Acquitted, Will
Devote Life to Search For
Dy United Press
ST. JOSEPH. Dec. 6. Seated in his
office as prosecuting attorney of Buch
anan County here today. Oscar Mc
Daniel, acquitted early last evening
of wife murder, declared he would
now devote his entire life to finding
the slayer of his wife, Harriet Mc
Daniel. "I am the happiest man in the world
today," McDaniel declared. "I ex
pected nothing but acquittal, of
course, but my relief is none the less
great I have in my pocket, right
now, the description of the man who I
believe killed my wife."
r McDaniel declared the men under
suspicion were members of a gang of
crooks which has been infesting this
part of the state for some time and
which threatened last summer "to get
McDaniel" and "roll his family to
Sister of Mrs. H. C. Malo Dies.
Word was received here today by
H. C. Malo of 21G West Ash street,
that his wife's sister, Mrs. Dota Bess,
22 years old, had died at her home at
Flat River yesterday evening after a
short illness. She is also the sister-in-law
of Noah Bess, 613 Range line.
The body will be buried in the Flat
WESTERN UMOJf GIVES PRESENTS
Operators Get 7 " Per Cent Bonus
Messengers $25 Each.,
Employes of the Western Union did
not have to wait until Christmas to
receive their presents nor did they
have to hang up a stocking. The
gifts from the company for the local
employes were received today. Each
operator received a bonus amounting
to 7 per cent of his year's salary and
each of the messenger boys was
given a check for $25.
TA TERN FIXTURES CONTRACT LET
St. Louis Finn to Supply Electrical
Fittings of New Hotel.
The L. W. Dumas, Jr., Construction
Company has signed a contract with
Frederick Carr representing the Gross
Chandelier Company of St Louis for
the 'electrical fixtures of the Daniel
Boone Tavern. The contract price
was $2,800. Fixtures will be de
signed especially for the Tavern.
Club to Dine at Methodist Church.
The weekly luncheon of the Com
mercial Club will be held tomorrow at
the Broadway Methodist church,
where the women of the church will
'give their annual chicken dinner. F.
a rtaitnn had been scheduled to speak
'on the local coal situation, but his
talk has been postponed until the next
WIDOW OF COLUMBIAN, 82, DIES
Mrs. Martha A. Hill Will Be Buried
Here Tomorrow Morning.
Mrs. Martha A. Hill of Lebanon,
111., died yesterday at Lebanon. Mrs.
Hill was 82 years old and was the
widow of the late B. A. Hill of Co
lumbia. The body will be accom
panied to Columbia by Ed Hill, a son,
tonight Funeral services will le
conducted by RevCharles Green at
10 o'clock tomorrow morning. Burial
will be made in the Colombia cemetery-
WHITE WAY PUNNED I
DOWN SOUTH EIGHTH
Council Will Decide About
Lights From Broadway
to West Campus.
OPENS PRINTING BIDS
Health Officer Declares Or
dinances Are Disobeyed
Stewart Bridge Up.
The City Council again is consider
ing establishing "White Way" lamps
on Eighth street from Broadway to
the entrance to the University. Prof.
L. M. Defoe, president of the Com
mercial Club, last night at the coun-
cil meeting asked for more lights on
South Eighth street, and the council.
acreed to look over the situation and.tlons. The State Department Intends
take action at its next meeting.
Bids were opened for the printing
of the revised city ordinances. The
printing committee was asked to se
lect the firm making the best propo
sition and to report at a later meet
ing. Bids were made by the Missouri
Printing and Publishing Company of
Mexico, Mo., the St. Louis Law and
Printing Company of St Louis, and
the E. W. Stephens Publishing Com
pany and Guy McQuitty of Columbia.
The ordinances will fill at least three
hundred printed pages, according to
George S. Starrett, city attorney.
Says Health Laws Are Disobeyed.
J. W. Pennington, health officer, in
formed the council that several of
the city health ordlnanceswere being
disobeyed. He said that sewers and
outdoor closets were not kept in
sanitary condition. Mr. Pennington
also called the attention of the coun
cil to iolations of the city's ordi
nance requiring garbage to be 're
moved in air-tight receptacles. These
matters were referred to the health
committee of the council for a report
at the next meeting.
The city engineer was instructed by
the council to make the repairs oa
Stewart Bridge needed at this tImcrt"I"Mls80Url in owe these Institutions
A new floor will not be laid until fur
ther action by the council.
Light Wires to Be Repaired.
Light wires on North Eighth street
which are in positions dangerous to
houses were ordered looked after by
the city water and light department
The city engineer was requested to
make an estimate for the council as
to the cost of making a fill on Ann
street The laying of water mains on
Walnut street was ordered deferred.
Mr. Starrett informed the council
that he had visited several towns in
Missouri of size comparable with Co
lumbia and had found that conditions
in Columbia are more sanitary than
in any other city in the state.
Contractor Must Remove Dirt.
Dirt left on private property after
the construction of a sewer on Rose
mary Lane was ordered removed by
the contractor who built the sewer,
providing his liability in the matter
had not ceased.
The council appropriated $2,358.77
from the general revenue fund, $2,000
from the water and light reserve fund
in part payment on the construction
of the municipal water and light
plant, and $94 50 from the Conley poor
DEBATING TBYOUTS TO BE DEC. 12
Single Tax Question Is One Adopted
by the Triangular League.
The preliminary tryouts for places
on the intercollegiate debating teams
have been postponed from Friday, De
cember 8, until Tuesday, December
"Resolved, that all state and local
revenues should be raised by a sin
gle tax on land values" Is the ques
tion adopted for debate by the tri
angular league, composed of Texas,
Oklahoma and Missouri.
About eighty members of the M. S.
U., Athenean and Union debating so
cieties are expected to enter the try
outs. W. P. Hay Out of Hospital.
Wendell P. Hay, a junior in the
College ot Agriculture, who had an
attack of typhoid fever, has been dis
charged from the Parker Memorial
Hospital. Mr. Hay will not resume
his work In the University this semes
Women's Party Spends $50,000.
By United Press
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6. The Na
tional Women's Party expended $50,
000 in the recent presidential cam
paign, according to the statement filed
with Clerk Trimble of the House today.
NEW. COALING POLICY
England to Guarantee Ship
ping Fuel Only to Vessels
HOUSE TALKS PEACE
Resolution Offered, to Start
Negotiations Among the
By United Press
Dec. 6. Fresh
trouble stirred today between the Unit
ed States and England. This resulted
from England's official announcement
of a new policy which hampers Amer-
lean commerce namely, restriction on
supplying shipping coal at her sta-
to do all it can to alter this policy,
but little hope was held out by British
authorities that there can be any ma
terial change for the present
The new restrictive policy Is that
England cannot guarantee to furnish
pfinker coal at her coaling ports ex
Lcept to vessels engaged in. lines bene
ficial to the Allies.
Resolution for Peace Offted.
By UnlteJ Press
WASHINGTON, Dec. G. A resolu
Uon calling (or an immediate con
ference of the Senate Committee on
Foreign Relations and the House Com
mittee on Foreign Affairs with the
President to formulate plans to bring
about peace negotiations among the
warring European nations awas of
fered in the House today by Represen
UNIVERSITY DEBT TO BE PAID
$60,000 Due Missouri Schools Col
onel Gardner Promises Relief.
Col. F. D. Gardner, governor-elect.
was told at a meeting in St Louis yes
terday morning before the presiding
officers of the higher institutions ot
learning of the state, that by January
At the close of the meeting the
conference adopted a resolution ex
pressing its appreciation of Colonel
Gardner's announcement that he would
see that the money due the institu
tions was paid off, and adequate sup
port would be assured the institutions
in the future.
A sub-committee consisting of Presi
dent A. Ross Hill, T. E. Spencer and
Uel W. Lamkln, state superintendent
of schools was appointed to attend a
conference of the educators next Fri
day in the Planters Hotel.
Colonel Gardner told the conference
the state would be $2,000,000 in ar
rears by January 1. He said that
plans had been suggested for covering
the deficit, and he mentioned a pro
posed increase of the collateral in
heritance tax from 5 to 7 per cent,
and a tax of 2 or 3 per cent upon all
A suggestion was made' by Doctor
Hill of a system of graduated in
heritance taxes to be worked out so
that the large estates would pay the
most He said that a 2 per cent tax
on general Inheritances would yield
the state about $1,000,000 a year.
CONGRESS ASKED FOR $32,136,063
Missouri May Get $1,121,000' For River
Congress was asked today to appro
priate $32,136,063 for improvement and
maintenance during the fiscal year of
1918 of rivers and harbors utilized in
the nation's water borne commerce.
Among the appropriations asked was
one for the Missouri River which is
as follows: Continuing improvement
and for maintenance, with a view to
securing a permanent 6-foot channel
between Kansas City and the mouth
of the river, $1,000,000; between Kan
sas City and Sioux City, $35,000; Sioux
City to Fort Benton, $50,000; total $1,
085,000. Appropriations were also asked of
$15,000 for the Gasconade River, $15,-
000 for the Osage River and $6,000 for
the Black and Current Rivers In Ark-
Marines Injured In Santo Domingo.
By United Press
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5. Establish
ment of American military govern
ment in Santo Domingo was attended
by heavy fighting. Several marines
were injured. Eleven Domingians
were killed and six wounded.
Miss Ethel Remley Conies Home.
Mrs. E. A. Remley and daughter,
Miss Ethel, have returned from Welch,
W. Va. Miss Remley is just recovering
from an attack of typhoid fever. She
is a teacher in the Welch High School.
IBS WEATHER ,
For Colombia and Vicinity: Unsettled
weather tonight and Thursday probably
rain; warmer tonlicbt. colder Thursday.
Fresh to strong southerly winds, shift
ing to northerly Thursday. t
For Missouri: Unsettled tonight and
Thursday probably rain; warmer tonight
east and south portions; colder Thursday.
Strong shifting winds. "
The weather this morning Is stormy In
the Rocky Mountains, Upper Missouri Val
ley and Central Plains. Rain has !een
general on the Pacific Coast and snow In
the Northern Rocky Mountain states.
The Temperatures Today.
7 a. m. 33 Jl a. m. 52
8 a. in. 40 12 in. 57
9 a. m. 44 1 p. m. 58
10 a. m. 43 2 p. m. 53
BAHOUETDATE IS SET
Business Men of Columbia
To,rGive Tigers a Feast
Missouri's champion football team
will be banqueted by the business men
of Columbia at Rothwell Gymnasium
next Wednesday night.
The committees in charge of the
banquet are making an effort to have
Frederick D. Gardner, governor-elect
of Missouri talk. No word had been
received from him up to noon today.
The other probable speakers are:
President A. Ross Hill, of the Uni
versity; Dr. W. G. Manly faculty rep
resentative; C. L. Brewer, athletic di
rector; Henry F. Schulte, football
mentor; Harry Lansing, captain of
the 1916 team; the captain-elect of
tho 1917 squad; Johnny Miller, fresh
man coach; Robert Simpson, Mis
souri's 'champion high hurdler and all
around athlete, and H. A. Collier of
Three committees have been selling
tickets for the banquet Harry Jacks
is the chairman. At noon today Mr.
Jacks said that about seventy-five
tickets bad been sold, and by night
the number would probably reach a
hundred. About 125 tickets were sold
to the football banquet two years ago.
The committees this year hope to sell
150 or more. Faculty members and
students have not yet been solicited.
"PUBLICITY TO GAIN BUILDING"
C. L. Brewer Urges Co-operation on
Part of the University Women.
"Publicity and education will gain
the Women's Building for us," said
Prof. C. L. Brewer, director of ath
letics, to the members of the Women's
Athletic Association last night
Director Brewer urged the need of
co-operation on the part of all the
University women. He said that the
Women's Building is a needed social
Institution in the University and that
the women will be able to realize
such a building if they put forth
The names of those who have won
class numerals in the interclass
hockey games were announced last
night Numerals will be presented at
a later meeting.
ITS FOR PRESIDENT
Congress to Act Upon Food
Price Legislation After
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 6. Action by
Congress on any food price legislation
wi'I await the recommendation of
President Wilson and his cabinet
Such executive recommendation will
be based on the report, some of which
the President has already received
from various government departments
This plan, it was stated today on
best authority, has the approval and
will get every ounce of support of
Democratic House and Senate leaders.
Egg King Summoned by Grand Jury.
By United Press
CHICAGO, Dec. 6. Subpoenas to
appear before the Federal grand Jury
were issued for James E. Wetz, egg
king, and four others.
Former Student Marries N. C. GIrL
. Dr. T. D. Woodson, a former stu
dent in the University and Miss Poca
hontas Butler of North Carolina were
married Thanksgiving Day. Dr.
Woodson was graduated from the
Washington Medical School and is now
serving as captain in the U. S. Medi
Sheriff Sells Lot for $280.
Columbia lot No. 328, corner Ash
and Third street was sold in parti
tion, Lizzie Martin against Ed. T. Mar
tin and others, at a sheriffs sale this
morning at 10 o'clock at the Boone
County Court House. The considera
tion was $280.
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OF RUMANIA, TAKEN,
Official Berlin Report Says
City Has Fallen Before At
tack of Teutons Ploetesi
SHIFT TO THE EAST
Andrew Bonar Law, Union-
1st, ueciines to form iew
Cabinet Matter Now Up
By United Press
BERLIN, (TIa Sayvilie Wireless
Station.) Dec. & Official news agen
cies this afternoon declared it was of
ficially reported that Bucharest and
l'loestl had been conquered by the
Ploesti Is a railroad junction about
thirty-one miles to the north of Bu
charest and on the main railroad from
the Rumanian capital north. In the
early statement of today Petrograd
also officially admitted German pro
gress around Ploesti. From the word
ing of the Berlin official statement it
is not clear which ot the encircling
forms of the German advance con
quered the Rumanian capital.
Ry United Press
WITH THE GERMAN ARMY AT
PITESCI, RUMANIA, Dec. 3. (wire
less via Berlin and Sayvilie) Dec. 6.
The fall of Bucharest is a matter of
only a few days. Germany's objec
tive is first to destroy the Rumanian
army, preparatory to a march to
ward Russia, with perhaps Odessa as
the final goal. AH officers here be
lieve that the present operations In
Russia are only the beginning of a
gigantic operation by Field Marshal
ion Hindenburg in the eastern in
stead of the western theater of the
war, designed to bring the decision
in the war to this field.
Law Declines to Form Ministry.
By United Press
LONDON, Dec. 6. That Andrew
Bonar Law, Unionist leader, had def
initely declined the proposal that he
form a new ministry was authori
tatively stated today. The task un
doubtly will fall on David Lloyd
George. Premier Asquith's fall was
due to public opinion and not to po
King Talks With Coalition Cabinet
By United Press
LONDON, Dec. 6. King George late
this afternoon summoned the coalition
cabinet members In council at Buck
ingham Palace, Inviting them to dis
cuss the present situation.
THEY ASK AN 8-HOUB LAW, TOO
Rest of Railway Employes Send Perl
tions to Congress.
Ry United Press
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6. The sinis
ter rumbling of more than 600,000
dissatisfied railroad workers rolled to
Congress today when countless num
bers of petitions from the great "un
organized majority" of railroad em
ployes from all sections of the coun
try demanding that "they be included
in any 8-hour legislation" were be
ing received by various members of
the House and Interstate Commerce
Commission. Although not out with
the people on what they term the
"class discrimination" of the Adamson
Eight-hour Law, the unorganized em
ployes are hopeful of a hearing.
The Senate was asked today to In
clude in the 8-hour law and wage in
crease 300,000 railroad employes not
engaged In the operation ot trains or
reached In the four brotherhoods in
volved in the strike now threatened.
Improvements for Odeon.
W. B. Gage, proprietor ot the Odeon
Theater is Installing a new fireproof
compartment In the front ot the thea
ter to accomodate two new moving
picture machines he has just pur
chased. N. M. Trenholme to Junior Colleges.
Prof. N. M. Trenholme, as a mem
ber of the inspection committee, has
gone to Canton, Albany, St Joseph,
Lexington and Kansas City to visit
the Junior colleges.
License Issued To Colambla Couple.
A marriage license, was Issued to
day to Charles Edgar Grifflin, 30, and
Miss Annie Laura Grant. 24, both ot