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THE DAIIvY MISSOURIAN
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, TUESDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 19, 1916.
WOULD BOOST STATE
M. P. Carroll Thinks, Mis
souri Should Draw Tour
ists by Better Roads.
Will Bring Results If
A little town in Iowa Cleveland
has doubled its population rin two
years. Two hundred tourist cars a
day, spending an average of $5 per
person, has been the result of good
roads. Wherp is Missouri that it is
not getting some of thi3 traffic which,
by all rights, should be her's?
This question was asked by M. V.
Carroll, of Sedalia, secretary of Mis
souri Motor and Good Roads Asso
elation, before the Columbia Automo
bile Club at their meeting in the
courthouse last night.
"By good roads we mean' roads that'
can be used the year round," said
Mr. Carroll. "Missouri has seven
state highways: The Old Trails,
Southern Highway, Jefferson High
way, Lakes to dulf Highway, Missis
sippi Highway, Ozark Trail and
Pikes PcakvHighway. Sonfe' of these
are on the Job, others' are not. There
are very' few motor clubs that are on
the job in this state of Missouri. Kan
sas City, Sedalia, and St Joseph con
tain real live clubs and many more
arc now being organized. Missouri
should have a system of federated
roads. Connecting up this system of
state highways which pass through 80
counties and consist of 2,150 miles of
road, one-fourth of which is hard sur
faced, there should be a system of
cross roads and it is up to the coun
tfos to sec that this is done and that
the tourist traffic which the other
states get be diverted into its right
canal and pass through this state.
"Good roads can be built up to a
town but can not be built through it
on account of the state law. This
must be changed before results can'
be obtained. Roads in Missouri can
be compared to a crazy quilt, built
patch upon patch. The roads laws of
this state are mostly all local and
have been made by men in the legis
lature with the view of helping out
their own particular community.
"Missouri's share of the ,good road
fund is $2,544,000 to be distributed
over a period of five years. The first
payment was $169,000, the second pay
ment of $339,000 will be payable June
30, 1917. We must have a 'state fund
to match this dollar for dollar or we
will not get it Missouri must have1 a
state road iupjL,
"Doonc County has 1,500 miles of
good road with 75 miles hard surfac
cd; $3,200 was Boone County's share
oi inc iuna. i.extngion, .-tiarsnan
and Boonville have formed clubs to
do their share on the Old Trails.'
The Missouri Motor and.Cjood Roads
Association was organized at Sedalia
Sept. 30, 1916. It is composed of af
filiated city, town and county auto
mobile clubs which pay annual dues
to the state association of $1.00 per
member; also sustaining of associate
memberships by manufacturers of mo
tors, accessories, road-making ma
chinerjveement, oil, etc. The objects
and purposes are:1
Concentration of all available funds
and efforts to the construction at the
earliest possible date of a system of
cross-state rock highways, north and
south, east and west; regulation and
systemizing by law public road mark
ing for the guidance of travelers;
such standardization of state, city and
town traffic laws and ordinances as
will provide uniform regulations and
will abolish "speed traps"; a state
wide system for the speedy detection
and punishment of motor thieves; a
state law providing for scientific
testing of public gasoline service
measures and guages and the rigid
and competent inspection of the fluid
being sold, to eliminate short meas
ure and adulteration; a state license
for motor machinists based on com
petency and integrity, to insure ca
pable and honest service.
S. M. Jordan, lecturer for the Board
of Agriculture, appeared before the
club and spoke for a few minutes be
fore introducing Mr. Carroll. He said,
"Pride in good roads must'be shown
by the farmers in their respective
communities. Clij? are the founda
tion of good roads. Good roads are
as necessary as a cood binder or
Dec. 19. Concert ly tte University Cadet
Band at 7:30 p. m. In the Univer
Dec. 2L Christmas holidays begin at 4:30
o'clock Thursday afternoon.
Jan. 1-5. Farmers' Week.
Jan. 3. Christina! holidays end at 8 a. ra.
Jan. 0. Columbia U. I). C. memorial mu
sical in lionoa the birthday of
Ilobert E. Lee.
Jan. 12. Basketball", Missouri vs. Ames.
Jan. 17. Glee Club opening concert. Uni
plow. Every man that buys a car be
comes a good Toad booster."
A temporary organization was form
ed last night to be affiliated with the
state club. Dr. J. B. Cole was elected
chairman and Wilson Hudson, secre
tary and treasurer. Steps toward a
permanent club will be taken up next
Thursday at the Commercial Club
MORE GUIllEN OFF
Some Missouri Troops Re
leased, But Columbia Com
pany Not Included.
Ily United Tress
SAX ANTONIO, Dec. 19. National
guardsmen on the Mexican border
will be reduced to 75,000 by the de
parture of 16,000 more state troops for
their home stations within a few days.
The various units are in eight stations
and will be moved In three groups."
.Troop B, Hospital Field Troop No.
1 and Ambulance Company No. 1, all
of Missouri, will depart, leaving with
in three daya., Company A, -Signal
Corps, Brigade Headquarters and
Second Infantry, Missouri, will leave
with the second group within ten or
twelve days after the departure of the
The Columbia company is in the
Fourth Regiment, Missouri Infantry,'
which is not named in the foregoing
MINE EXPLOSION TRAPS 300
Gas Ignition Causes Disaster; 15 Res
cued from Burning Shaft.
By United Press
VINCENNES, Ind., Dec. 19. An ex-
Iplosion in the Oliphant-Johnson coal
mine nine miles north of this city to
day endangered the lives of 300 men.
Only fifteen have been rescued.. The
mine is on fire. The United States
Government rescue car was rushed
from Urbana, 111., late this afternoon.
A call .was sent to the Vincennes fire
department bringing the first news of
The catastrophe was caused by gas
ignition. At a late hour this after
noon the 265 men still in the mine
were in great danger.
U. S. BOAT WAS TORPEDOED
Conclnsion Is Reached In German Re
ply to Secretary Grew.
By United' Press
BERLIN, Dec '"19. The American
Steamer Columbia was torpedoed be
cause, after being released after hav
ing been stopped ny a German subma
rine, she sent out a wireless warning
of the submarine's approach in viola
tion 1,0 its neutrality. This was the
inquiry on the vessel made in a note to
German reply today to the American
Secretary Grew and cabled by him to
The note states that the trouble oc
cured when the weather made it im
possible to see far and a high sea was
GARDNER IN M ANY MEETINGS
Back From Governors' Association, He
Has Several Appointments.
Governor-elect Frederick D. Gard
ner,, will confer with the heads of
various state educational Institutions
at the Planters' Hotel, St. Louis, to
morrow. He says the Washington
conference gave him many excellent
ideas", and he.will devote Thursday to
meeting a contmittee on pcnitenUary
leglslaUon and Friday to a discussion
with State leaders on plans to increase
the revenue. Colonel Gardner return
ed home yesterday. These meetings
will form a second conference.
Dr. Hedrick Talks to Engineers' Club.
Prof. E. R.,Hedrick gave a technical
talk on the "Empirical Curve and Its
Equations" at the semi-monthly meet
ing of the University branch of the
American Society of Electrical Engi
neers last night. He demonstrated his
subject by a display of empirical
curves designed by himself. It was
announced that the Engineers' Club
will meet at 7:15 o'clock tonight in
the audito.ium of the Engineering
Building. Prof M. P. Weinbach will
speak on the "Early Electriciansand
iN COUNTYJS BELIEF
Deputy Circuit Clerk Points
to Decrease in Cases as4
Sign of Betterment.
137 ON NEXT DOCKET
Damage Suit for $10,000 On
ly Important One, He Says
Six Seek Divorce.
The docket for the January term of
the Boone County Circuit Court has
been arranged. It contains 137 cases.
Of this number, thirty-five are state
cases, six trust estate cases, six new
diiorce cases, ten damage suits and
the rest ciil cases of minor impor
tance and cases continued from, the
It will take at least two weeks to
clean up the docket, according to R.
S. Pollard, deputy circuit clerk. Only
state cases can be added to the docket
after it is closed, but these can be
added cither before court convenes
or in the session at any time
The Wabasli Railroad Company is
defendant in several of the dam&fe
suits. Most of the state cases are the
results of indictments re'turned by the
grand jury at its last meeUng Al
leged violations of the local option
law constitute tho majority of the
state cases. Gambling is the next in
importance, while there are a few
cases charging the defendants with
giing cigarette papers to minors.
According to Mr. Pollard the docket
is not so large or so important as It
was four or five years ago. Mr. Pol
lard said that aside from the damage
suit for $10,000, filed by Mrs. Charles
Forsee against Garth Clinkscales for
the death of her husband, who was
killed by a ditch cave-in October 25,
on West Ash street, none is very im
portant. Mr. Clinkscales is the con
traitor under whom Forsee was work
ing. Gillespy & Conley, attorneys for
the plaintiff, state in the petition that
Forsee met his death as a result of im
proper working conditions.
For the last eighteen months there
has been a steady decline in the num
ber and importance of both civil and
criminal cases docketed. Whether this
is due to a more law-abiding com
munity or not, Mr. Pollard was un
able to say, but the decrease is there
just the same.
Judge David H. . Harris will open
court Monday, January 1. Following
are the names of the petit jurors
drawn for the coming term: Milton
W. Harris and Travis Hall, Bourbon
Township; R. L. Roberts and Earl
Cox, Centralia Township; L. B. Eu
bank. R. L. Blakemore, Murry.Howel,
Eugene Crouch, Virgil PottsJ. T. Da
vis, L. A. Young, J. L. Lynes, Frank
Coons and R. L. Hill, Columbia Town
ship; X.. Jr. Sapp, Joe Estes, Jr., John
Barnes and J. K. Sapp Cedar Town
ship; Paul Henderson and Porter J.
Mitchell. Jr., Missouri Township; Sam
F. pysart and J. E. Southerland,
Perche Township; E. C. Tucker and
Roy Creed. Rocky Fork Township.
M'ADOO MAT COME NEXT MONTH
Duncan F. Fletcher Unable to Attend
W. It. Graham Will Speak.
William G. MacAdoo, Secretary of
the Treasury, has been invited to
speak on "Agricultural Finance,"
Thursday night of Farmers' Week.
Duncan U. Fletcher, United States
Senator from Florida, who was invit
ed to deliver an address on Thurs
day night of Farmers Week, will be
unable to attend because of business
engagements. Senator Fletcher is an
authority on credits on rural legisla
W. R. Graham, chief of the poultry
department at the Ontario Agricul
tural College at Guelph, will deliver
an address Thursday night of Farm
ers' Week. Professor Graham is an
authority on scientific principles ap
plied to poultry raising. He was one
of the representatives of the Canadian
government, to attend a poultry con
gress, which recently met in London.
Committee Plans for Stny-at-Homes.
H. E. Rasmussen, H. L. Chung, H.
S. Voss, Miss Grace Lynn, Miss Ber
tha Bonhom and Miss Eulalie Pape
formed a committee which met this
afternoon in the Y. M. C. A. Building
and arranged for the dinner and social
to be given to students who remain
here for the holidays. The Christmas
dinner will be served December 27.
Games and other social amusements
arc on the program to insure relief
from the lonesome "hours for those
who stay in Columbia.
GERMAN PEACE PLAN
SPURNED BY ENGLAND
Lloyd-George in First Speech
Bitterly Denounces Offer
of Central Allies.
WILL NOTIFY BERLIN
To Insist on Guarantee of
Prussian Militarism Caus
ing No Further War.
By United Press
LONDON, Dec. 19 The Allies will
not" treat with the Teuton powers for
peace until the Central Allies formally
state the terms uponwhich their peace
proposal is based, A formal note to
this effect will be sent vo Germany
within a few days. Premier David
Lloyd-George, making his first speech
Inthe House of Commons as dictator
Lot England's new war 'policy, an
nounced such a rejection of Hollweg's
proposal a week ago. ...
Th premier formally stated that
England indorsed the rejecUon of Ger
many's peace proposals by Russia and
France. Ills terms of rejection of
'Germany's offer were enunciated with
"The Allies insist that the only end
of the war must be complete guarantee
against Prussian militarism's destroy
ing the. peace of Europe," he declared.
Allies Must Know .'erman Proposals.
By United Press
LONDON, Dec. 19. England;and the
Allies do not propose to enter into
peace negotiations without the know
ledge of Germany's proposals.
This was the decision announced in
the House of Commons by Premier
David Lloyd-George today.
"Britain has indorsed every word of
Russia and Trance's answer," the
premier declared, amid cheers. Not
since the days when England was pre
paring to wage war in 1914 was there
such a Crowd at Parliament, as to
day. The premier's .announcement
has been awaited in the seven days
since Chancellor von Bethmann-Holl-weg
made his first announcement of
"Without reparation, peace is Im
possible, said Lloyd-George. "The out
rages on land and sea cannot be erad
icated by a few pious phrases about
'humanity.' The answer to Germany's
note is that each of .the Allies have In
dependently arrived at the same iden
tical conclusion; and on behalf of the
government, I can give clever and de
finite support to their statements.
Each reached the same conclusion as
Germany's note was received."
Compares Plan to Noose.
The premier compared Germany's
peace proposals to a noose wherein
England and the Allies were asked to
put their heads, while Germany held
the loose end of the rope. Lloyd
George announced that the formal
note responding in this way to the
proposals would in a few days be com
plete and given to the American em
bassy for transmission to Berlin.
Opening his address, the premier al-
'luded to the terrible responsibility
which he felt as chief adviser to the
crown in the most gigantic war in the
history of the world. He spoke care
fully in measured terms and was ac
corded the mosf intense Interest by the
"Rumanian Blunder Unfortunate."
"The Allies insist that the only end
of the war must be a guarantee
against Prussian miltarlsm's disturb
ing the peace of Europe. We have
done our best to make certain that a
disaster such as the Rumanian affair
will not re-occur," he asserted. '"That
is why we have taken such strong ac
tion with Greece. The government
has decided to recognize the agents
of former" Premier Venlzelos.
"The German chancellor's speech onJ
the note affords small hope for an hon
orable or lasting settlement. The
phrases about self-defense are meant
to delude the German nation. Great
Britain never wished to check German
"The Rumanian blunder was unfor
tunate," he spoke on. "At worst it
will only serve to prolong the war."
By United Press
'LONDON, Dec. 19. England's new
government expects every individual
to contribute his part in" the achieve
ment of victorious war; it expects
sacrifice from all the Allies; it plans
a union of the work of the nations and
more effective direction of the forces.
Such was the statement of Premier
Lloyd-George In his speech before the
House of Commons. This is the Prime
Minister's first statement of his aims
and purposes. His listing of what the
new ministry asks follows, the news
For Columbia and Vicinity: Unxettled
weather tonight and Wednesday, probably
snow. Colder tonight, much colder
Wednesday; temperature near sero
Wednesday night. Fresh to strong winds
For Missouri : Unsettled weather to
night and Wednesday, probably snow;
inneli colder Wednesday and north and
west portions tonight. Cold wave north
west portion. Fresh to strong shifting
The southeastern storm has moved
northeast and Is this morning leaving the
New Kngland Coast. Another storm of
marked energy and Influence covers most
of the Kooky Mountain and Central Plains
having Its center near Denver. Colorado.
It H moving eastward and will dominate
the weather in the Mississippi Valley dar
ing the next tblrty-slx boars.
rne coldest weather so far of the tea
son obtains In Saskatchewan. Manitoba
North Dakota, and Minnesota where tem
peratures are rrom 30 to 40 degree be
The approaching low pressure from the
west ana me nign pressure to the north
ward nil! likely result in snow and mneh
colder weather In Columbia during the
nexi iwo uay.
The highest temperature In Columbia,
yesterday was 30, and the lowest last
night nui 21; precipitation, 0.00; relative
humidity 2 p. m. yesterday, 43 per cent.
A year ago yesterday the highest tem
perature ras 39, and the lowest 21; pre
Sun rose today, 7:21 a. ;m Sun sets,
4:49 j). m.
Moon rises 1 :40 a. m.
The Temperatures Today.
7 a. m. 30 11 a. m. 34
8 a. m. 30 12 m. 34
! a. 111. 31 1 p. tn. i34
10 a. m. 33 2 p. m. 35
that England and her allies would
refuse at this time the peace proposals
of the Central Powers.
Lloyd-George made a dramatic fig
ure in his first appearance after a
week of confinement from prostration
brought upon by overwork. He con
cluded his speech with a touching
tribute to Mr. Asquith, his successor,
declaring in a 'solemn tone that one
of the deepest regrets of his life was
that he was parted from his late chief
with whom he had never had a per
sonal 'quarrel. Mr. Asquith, rising to
reply, was deeply touched. Looking
at the little Welchman and In a low
tone, he pledged his whole support to
the new regime and his full sympathy
with the aims and purposes of his
Say England Is Willing.
By United Presa .
jJVASHINOTQN, Dec. 19. That
Lloyd-Georg'e's request for Germany's
official peace terms will be answered
by Chancellor von Bethmann-Hollweg
on condition that they be kept secret
by that government Is the opinion in
well-informed circles here late today.
Those Teuton officials interviewed
were inclined to be optimistic. They
consider Lloyd-George's statement a
plain indication that England is will
ing to listen to further negotiations.
"Germany probably would have no
objections" to define her terms for
peace discussion" it was declared by
authorities here" today. The opinion
is expressed that both sides would
wish the terms to be kept secret until
an' agreement was made. If the terms'
announced could not be agreed upon,
both would be accused of "backing
The concensus o( opinion in German
circles is that "things look yery hope
ful for a peace conference."
San Carlo Company Will
"' Give Concerts In Co
The San Carlo Grand Opera Com
pany will come to Columbia Saturday,
Februray 3, for three operas, one to
be presented in the afternoon and two
In the evening. The company is com
ing to Columbia under the auspices of
the Dramatic' Club of the University
and the Play heading Club. "Faust,"
"I Pagliacci" and "Cavallerla Rusti
cana" will be presented. ,
COLD WEATHEB WARNING ISSUED
Mercury Will Go to Zero Mark Tomor.
row Night, Says U. S. Forecaster.
A cold weatjier warning was issued
this afternoon by the U. S. weather
bureau, forecasting an approaching
cold wave which it is predicted will
send the mercury to ten degrees above
zero tomorrow morning and to zero or
below tomorrow night.
Home From the East Saturday.
Dean E. J. McCauaUand of the
School of Engineering, who has been
In Washington. D,. C New York, Bos
ton and other eastern cities for the
last two weeks in the interests of the
engineering experiment station, will
University High School Beat Kemper.
The University High School basket
ball team defeated Kemper Military
Academy by a 28-18 score at Boonville
SAYS U. S. IS IN NEED
OF BATTLE CRUISERS
Captain Simms Tells Com
mittee War Would Ruin
SPEED A NECESSITY
Believes Fleet Must Be Suf
ficient to Defend the Pan
By United Press
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19. "If the
United States Navy, at present without
battle cruisers, should be drawn into
war and still be without them, Amer
ican commerce would be swept from
the sea and the American navy de
stroyed," said Captain Simms, U. S. N.
as he appeared before the House Nav
al Committee this afternoon.
"Great Britain now commands the
seas," declared Simms, "because her
battle cruisers are more numerous and
superior to Germany's. To send our
cruisers against their battle cruisers
would have the same effect as sending
a cavalry force against a force four
times, as great, t
"Battle cruisers faster than any oth
er can fight or run as it chooses. It
can select its own battle range, as it
cannot be caught by any of the bat
tleships. It cannot be destroyed if
it runs. If we stop building battle
cruisers and other countries build, we
cannot catch them. They would, com
raand the seas and sweep, our com
merce from it.
"If your enemy builds any war ma
chines you cannot catch you must
take the consequences. Unless the
United States has a fleet sufficient to
engage an attacking force, the Pana
ma Canal will be defenseless, despite
its land fortifications."
DR. MERIAM TO SPEAK IN "EAST
Will Deliver Two Addresses In Plilln
' delphia and One In N. Y.
Dr. J. L. Meriam, professorvof school
supervision in the University, will
leave tonight for Philadelphia, where
he will give two lectures Thursday.
He will speak to the high school teach
ers on "Class Room Study as Con
ducted in the University High School"
and will adress the elementary school
teachers on "The. Work of the Uni
versity Elementary School.
Doctor Meriam Is on the program
of the American-Association for the
Advancement of Science, which will
meets in New York City for a week be
ginning Wednesday, December 27. He
will speak Wednesday on "Means of
Measuring Educational Attainments."
Doctor Meriam thinks that instead of
measuring abilities of pupils in terms
of the traditional school subjects, as
is now done, they should be measured
in terms of activities of boys and girls
when they get out of school.
It is of no Importance, he holds, to
know how fast a pupil can add a col
umn of figures in a school room with
a stop watch held over him, but it is
important to know how efficient the
pupils will be when actually in a
bank or other.placc where the column
of figures is added under definite con
diUons. A BAND CONCERT TONIGHT
Attractive Program To Be Given In
The University .Auditorium.
Playing the most ambitious pro
gram it has ever tried, the University
Band will give its first Assembly con
cert in Columbia this year at 7:30
o'clock tonight in the .University Au
ditorium. The concert is open to the
public. The program follows:
Egyptian Suite J,ulglnl
IV. Andante-Allegro '
Waltz from "The Sleeping Beauty"
Chorus of Romans (Herldlode)
Air de Ballet (Scenes Plttoresquex)
Overture Norma Bellini
' This will be the first time the Air
de Ballet (Scenes Pittorcsquos) by-
Massenet has ever been given by a
military band. The arrangement is by
George Venable, director of the band.
Party at Colombia High School.
The annual junior-senior party of
the Columbia High School will be
given Friday evening, December 22.
The program will consist of music
and games. Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Kirk,
Mr. and Mrs. D. Schooler and Mr.'
McPherson will be guests.
Special Train After Holidays.
The Wabash will run a special train
from St. Louis to Columbia midnight.
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