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THE COLUMBIA EVENING MISSOURIA 1
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COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1920 FOUR-THIRTY O'CLOCK EDITION NUMBER 94
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Btt ASK CITY
IFOR A 20-YEAR
f GAS FRANCHISE
lr n. Miller and J. R. Cullinanc
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IfffOVul Jah.e vjver luuu
M -r. . T C -
ti riant n v-oncession
rfciripany Is Now in Hands of
I.jrEstate Is in Unique
" Position Without
Imfication for a 20-year franchise lo
tii Colarrlin with pa will be made
ti riui"ice l" ' presented to the
aiding to llioTnas II. .Miller and
K. Cullinaie, wlw intend to take
jfee Columbia gas works their con-
gpeft ts- purchase the fas works depends
fas alether they are able to get a salis-
rf Iranchi- irom the city. Mr.
In Mul this afternoon that they had
rarchasrd the plant but metely had
seuen en tlie contract.
Ife gas companv is now in the hands
& estate and is not making moner.
slid at present rates charged the
endd not naVe money and in tak-
it, over the new managers will in
x the rates on a sliding scale in or-
tist the coiriiany might be able to
its credit and make the necessary
iyjptotaacrts for better service.
fkt present company lias been oper-
irithout a f-anclusc. The chief tea-
in obtaining a franchise is the right
:he gas mains without interfer-
frcm ihe city, Mr. Miller sits.
frsnebwe also guarantees to con..
that if the rate at any time shows
ire profits on the part of the gas
my, tlie matter may be taken be-
ihe PuMic Sen ice Commission A
!3y report will be made to the Com.
jiita by the new owners if they ob
it the franchise.
W2tx and Cullinane appeared infor.
y before the Public Service Gommis.
to week and placed before the ccm-
-m the proposed rates in case they
aver the Columbia Gas Works. The
iiion cited the case of Kirksville,
narallels that of Columbia in cer
Hlettures, and gave as their opinion
tie new rate wouid meet with lhe
of that body as rates charged
:4&er cines the size "of Columbia are
in. every case Ulan Ctey are here.
.ot course, lefevs only to' thesto
2enew company i granted a sat-
franchise Iiere, they will pro-
srkh their plans to buy the present
The sum of $23,000 will be spent
isnrovements and a downtown of-
feu lo be opened immediately. Solic
its rill be cmploved to visit .all persons
fee now cing gas and arrange for eaten-
in of gas mains according to the pro
ins which are to be submitted to the
Senate Passes on Reviving of
f , tlie War Finance
ITashincion, Dec. 20. The senate to-
J pissed Ihe resolution reviving the
Jar Finance corporation. Without a
TfrVArrt tL-htjh t e-virtteek-l h fft-idb IIAnBA
taendment eliminating the section di.
testing the Federal Reserve B-iard to
irrange for credit to farmers. The res-
a now goes to President Wilson.
M.MOCR4T TO nclIT TAMrT
-v HahmA ru.
fcsatcro, Dec 2CV Senate Demo
e3 will oppose the effort to jam
fcoagh tie tariff bill as an emergency
'a&Snrft. Trie- Mil nr-i.'lt.ell.- lv en
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-wm-,u vn many rommouiues.
gTke decision to fight the attempt was
fe at a nuetin- of the Democratic
ienag committee .odd).
irDRMER PROFESSOR IS HERE
Bt-Oliver Mitchell Is Visitlne His
Sister, Mrs. W. P. Halt
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Mitchell.
CKCrlv a member nf lhe medical fae.
kj of the Ihmmity of Missouri and
occupying a similar position at Syra
e tnirrrsih, is spending part of a
0 mo&thr leave nf ilwrarr liere With
1 J Mitchell and their young son, he
; n guest 01 his sMer, Mrs. W. P. Hall,
4e Coidon HoteL
8fe- Alitchell will go to bis former
in Lancaster before Christmas hut
S return here after the holidays. He
.Jotj to viit a number of medical
"W in the Middle West before re-
:g"S anacuse about Marcn x.
lodista Ort-nntTe Tlnvii' f!Inh.
Hf Boys' djb has been organized
wg bovs of hijli school age in Broad
n Vi.i:. i u tl- 1...M L.t
f ." vi.i w;uiuj lucj imu jiiEi.
tttetinr aincc the organization meet
S TacsJav night A good program was
v J?""' which confuted of boxing
P" between a dozen members of the
t The club was organized for the
" of gning clean and litely good
gti the boys.
For Columbia and vicinity: Rain or
snow late tonight and Tuesday; contin
ued raw and cold, but with rising tem
perature tonight; lowest temperature to
night about 32. Increasing easterly winds.
For Missouri: Rain or snow north and
rain in the south portion "tonight and
Tuesday; warmer tonight. Increasing
Shippers' forecast: Within a radius of
200 miles of Columbia the lowest tem
perature during the next 36 hours will
be west 30; north 26; east 34, and
A 20-YEAR GAS FRANCHISE
Twenty years is a long time.
A twenty-year gas franchise means too
much to the future of the city to be de
cided with only two days' deliberation.
The Missourian hopes the members of
the Cty Council will realize that tonight
is not the night for final action on the
proposed franchise which was made pub
lic Saturday. When the gas company
has gone along for years without a fran
chise, two weeks more of study can't do
much harm and may do a lot of good.
The persons who drew up the fran
chise spent more than two days on it,
rest assured. ,
Columbia wants to be fair to the gas
company, of course. She realizes that
there is no inducement to put money in.
to improvements unless there is a fran.
chise to insure that those improvements
may be used long enough to bring an
adequate return. She realizes that price
of materials and labor are higher than
they were, although now the tide has ap
parently turned the other way.
But on the other hand Columbia wants
the gas company to be fair to her. Ade
quate gas service at a reasonable price
is an asset for any city. Inadequate ser
vice, or service at an unreasonable price,
is a handicap. In the past, Columbia
has been at a disadvantage as compared
with cities that had cheap gas. In the
future Columbia wants service and juice
to be at least as good front the consum
er's standpoint as'ia any,plhec cfyy of
tbe"Mme"size in this part of the country.
So far as is apparent nowthe pro
posed franchisedealsonly in generalities
regarding service, outside of a promise
to extend its mains whenever ,it can get
one bona fide consumer to each 100 feet
of new main.
Columbia housewives who have found
the gas pressure so low that they were
unable to cook on their gas stoves would
like to see the franchise say something
about the pressure to be maintained at
As to price, the franchise is specific.
It demands a raise of 45 cents a thousand
cubic feet as regards most of its domes
tic consumers, and a minimnm charge of
$1.10 a month for each consumer regard
less of how little gas is used.
The franchisesays: "The Public Ser
vice Commission of Missouri . shall
have authority ....to fix, establish and
regulate the price." This, of course, is
mere camouflage. The Public Service
Commission has that power anyway.
The real effect of this section would
be to jump the price of gas, and then
put the burden of proof on the city to
show the Public Service Commission
whether the price ought to be lower.
Would it not be fairer to go to the
Public Service Commission first, and ask
that body to set a fair price for gas in
Columbia? The commission has engi
neers and accountants, and expert know
ledge on gas plants. The members of
the Columbia Cty Council, have had no
occasion to investigate the valuation of a
gas plant or the expense of running one.
A price of $2.10 a thousand cubic feet
or, for that matter, a price of $1.60 a
thousand is purely an arbitrary figure
set by an interested party;- Tery much
interested party. Let's have the opinion
of a disinterested state commission on
A short delay in acting on the fran
chise would give time to collect informa
tion from other Missouri cities about
conditions and prices and would give
time for public hearings at which the
representatives of the gas company and
of the city could discuss the proposition
in full view of the public, .
A S. .
Forty Members of the Methodist
Fifty Dollars Yes
terday. NO SUPPLIES IN HOMES
'Many People Will Die but the
Fund Will Do Much Good,"
Says the Rev. Samuel
Ohm Rrxitr Comrisution?
Previously acknowledged ,.$10&50
Methodist Bible class 5000
Yirginh Lee Mens 3XW
Columbia subscriber ...'... 2.O0
A student 1X0
The total of the contributions to tLe
China relief fund through tlie Eveninp
Missourian, lias reached $1644)0
Yesterday forty members of the Univer
sity Men's class of the Jletliodist Church
subscribed fifty dollars to the fund.
The following contributed: II. U
Terming, J. S. Berry, E. J. Miller. W.
Earl Crcfcb, William Howat, II, K. Ma
son, Frank Stenner, Harold E. Mason.
Royal D. M. Bauer, W. IU Crooks, Mar
vin 1L Crawford, J. W. Casrt, C A. .Moor
er. P. IL Perretin, Elmer Carl, Paul Be-
bermeyer. J. B. Coppedge W. J. Banlwtll.
L. Ros Welsh. L. W. Potter, Cliarle h.
Rinctel, Elwyn Csdy, Ben Jumper. Roy
Farrow, J. Aydelolte, II. Kriege, J. W.
While. Charles Sliumard, Paul R. Whit
ener. Newton II. Anderson, Cecil Coff-
man, E. II. Newcomb, Ox- Pritchett, J.
S. Bauer, N. T. Eucllev. Lotchcr Wjins-
cott, Haston L. Sl Clair. R. O. Mabry,
Henry Vogle and Mason W. II. Bauer.
"It is a question in many, minds
whether or not this giting will do any
good, said tbe Rev. Samuel It. llraden
tliis morning. Mr. Braden spent two
years as a missionary in tie Kwangtung
Province. "No doubt ar great many peo-
tile will have to die but the fund will
accomplish much good and should be
keot ua The idea that the same thing
will happen next year is erroneous. The
famine siuuld lead us to do soniruung
permanently, however, to atoid recur,
rence of this condition.
"Such a famine as this is possible in
China because there, are ,n stco-in tlie
homes such as are in America. Tlie great
mass of people don't even, have food in
their cupboards. They simply go out
each day and get what they need for the
day. While with us it isa question ol
price, with theo it is absolute lack of
supplies. In many provinces there is
no surplus and lack of railroads makes
transportation of supplies impossible,
They have no milk for their children
since they neither milk nor eat their
cows, using them as workhorses. There
is no grain stored aay and the tattle
die too when there are no crops.
"Tbe Chinese are a thrifty people,
working" hard to provide, for tlw great
population. The problem there is one
which could not occuf here. Their land
is old while some of ours has been Lsed
tnly fifty years. Disease is alas pre
valent and the" filth and squalor only in
tensifies it. There Is'no medical force to
combat sickness and the people die like
"For permanent solution, tlie entire
economic system of China must be chang
ed.. A surplus capital would mean bet
ter education and living conditions, which
would in turn reduce the birth rate.
FORMER STUDENT MARRIED
MrTand Mrs. A. & Bayless Arc Here
on Honeymoon Trip.
A. C Bayless, formerly a student in
the School of Journalism, arrived in .Co
lumbia yesterday afternotn on his honey
moon trip to the East. Mr. I!a)les was
married to Grace Norell Leavell at Hous
ton, Tex, December 15. The couple will
be in ton for a few days, going on to
Mr. Bavless, known to his friends as
"Tex." has been in Dallns and Houston.
Texas, for the last two years. Ai present'
he is general agent for the Southland
Life Insurance Company at Houston. He
was a senior in the School of Journalism
when the war broke out, and left school
to go into the natal aviation service.
RED ROCK SCHOOL APPROVED
Addition Makes Total of Twenty
Four on Boone County List.
Red Rock school, district number. 23,
of which Miss Nannie Booth is teacher,
has been placed on the approved list of
schools in Boone Count) This addition
makes a total of twenty-four out of a
possible eighty-eight now on the approved
list. Ten are listed as better than ap
proved and are on the superior list.
SIX NURSES INJURED IN FIRE
Fiye Suffered Broken Legs ViTien
They Leap From Second Story.
8)r Called Press.
nutni. Neb- Dec 20. Six nurses
rm- seriouslr ininred when fire de
stroyed the nurses' borne at the Univer
sity of Nebraska hospital lodry. Twentv
nurses leaped frem the second story win
dow. Five of lhe six injured, suffered
WASHINGTON WILL HAVE '
INAUGURAL BALL FOR '
FIRST TIME SINCE4 1908
Br United PrM. ,
Wt.iiicT, Dec 20. Fof the first
time In twelve ears Washington will
have its inaugural ball.
The ball which was .a function of for
mer Inaugurations was banned by Presi
dent Wilson eight years ago. ;
Tlie committee recently appointed to
arrange the inauguration of Senator
Hardjng decided upon the resumption
of tlie affair which will be held in the
bi pension halL
Another new feature Is a .Mardi Cras
on Pennsjliania avenue. The street will
be dhided into sections and one stction
assigned to each slate. The sons and
the daughters of the state will
be present in mask and fancy drcses.
Washington merchants and hotel own
ers are among the supporters of an old
IS ROBBED ON
Student Hands Over S12 at
Point of Pistol Thieves
Lewi II. Reid, of 500 Collegr-avanue.
a student in the University, was, held
up and robbed of $12, on the East
Campus last night. Reid was walking
throufh tbe campn on his way borne
from the south part of town, and as he
reached the drive that runs behind
Schweitzer Hall, to men jumped out
and commanded him, at the point of a re
volier, to hold up bis hands. Tlie larg
er nf the two held the gun on Reid and
tlie smaller one asked, him where his
money was. lleid told him the money
was in his hip pocket. After the rob
bers had taken his money, they thanked
him and ran auay at a dog trot. They
were unmasked, but had their caps pulled
low over llieir faces.
The police were notified, but were un
able to find any traces of the thieves. -.
Reid liad a diamond fraternity pin-anil
a diamond ring which were left in hi,
FIRE AT OLD WISE HOME
Damages Estimated at $1,000
Caused by Burning Soot.
The old home of Henry Wise at 30t
West. BrosJway. now occupied by E. C
Colmas. cauaht fire vesterday. "The fire
ivas caused Iy hjining"soorfalling on J
sliingle roof. The damage done jvas
.about SUJOO. '
Mr. Colmas earned insurance on his
furojiure bur it is not known whether or
not the Iiouse was insured, as it is still
ovrcrd by Mr. Wise, who is living in St.
The fire department was called to the
liobinson HoM Annex. The Hue burned
out but trere was no damage dpne.
Supt. Oliver Leads Movement
for High School Athletic
An attempt is being, made by W. I. Oli
ver, superintendent of city schools, to or
ganize an alhletir association for Central
.Missouri high schools. Correspondence
as sent out this morning to the princi
pal high schools of thU section asking
ihem to join in forminz ih. organization.
Thr association would include Columbia
High School, University High School,
Marshall, Sedalia, BoomiMe. Jefferson
City, Mexico,, Fulton. Moberly, Califor
nia and a few others.
The difficulty encountered by the Co
lumbia High School in arranging its bas
ketball schedule as well as the decided
advantages that such an organization
would gie to the schools gives an im
petus to Ihe plan.
Mr. Oliicr outlined as follows: Stand
ardization of eligibility of players; less
confusion in arranging schedules; stim
ulation of interest in clean athletics
through the competition for sectional
cliampionships with attendant better play
of the various teams.
CIRCUIT COURT DOCKET UP
Have 143 Cases for Six Days of Jan
A total of 143 cases make up the dock.
et of the January term of the Circuit
Court, as sent to the printer this after
noon. The whole docket is set for six
da)-, lhe shortest period of time in ten
j ears, according to Searcy Pollard, cir
cuit clerk. There are as many of cases
as ever, but most of them will not re
quire jury trial, and therefore can be dis
posed of quickly.
Sixteen divorce cases will be tried on
the last day. A total of twenty-seven
parole cases will be heard.
Lynn S. Banks Visits Here.
Lynn S". Banks, general ticket agent
at Kansas City, returned home last night
after a short i-it at the home of his
brother, IL IL Banks, in this city.
To Sort All Athletic Equipment
The Cltristrcas holidays will be a busy
time for the athletic department.' During
the vacation period it is planned to go
over and sort dl equipment.
A MODEL FOR
C. DANA GIBSON
Unnoticed at Home, Elva Dies-
telhorst Is Called One of
New York's Most Beau
LOOKS TOWARDS CAREER
Leading Theatrical Men Are
Attempting to Attach Her
Signature to Numerous
Miss Elva Diesielhorst lived in Colum
bia a few years ago and attended the
public schools here for several terms.
But if anyone noticed then that she was
any more than a mojerately pretty little
girl the thought went unrecorded.
The world r outside of, Columbia ha9
treated Miss Diesielhorst differertlv.
"One of the five most beautiful girls in
.New Yotk" is the golden phrase whi
pered back and forth whenever she ap
pears in public. She has been pai.'ted by
Charles Dana Gib-on and was the god
dess in his sketch, "Cods and God
desses; she lias been the honored guest
of the Vanderbilts and Goulds; among
celebrities with whom the has danced
has been His Royal Highness, the Prince
Statesmen, diplomats,, men of fsbdlous
wealth and influence they Lave main
Jained a spirited rivalry for the smile
that inspired Gibson. Caruso gave an
elaborate entertainment in her tumor..
TItis bewitching beautv, as artists
have called her, has been "found" with
in the present ear. She is only 17 jetrs
old now. Once he laid eyes on 'her the
test W3S inevitable. Her friends may look
for her picture on many magazine covers
Naturally this little Missourian has
been besieg-d with proposals of mar
riage. Names familiar all over the coun
try have been jmmtiond in connection
with hrs. Bur she has told an interview
er she looked forward to a career. The
theater mvy claim her, and certainly wilt
if the leading managers can persuade
her to sign one of the many contracts al
ready offered her. Just now she is occu.
pying hef time' studying music, posing
occasionally for artists, and stuJjing lan
guage. There are a dozen roads for her
to choose, from; 'and with, any of them
will come added fame.
DECLINES ARMY COMMISSION,
Joseph H. Allen Refuses Second
Lieutenancy in v Reserve "Corps.
Joseph Hunter. Alien has declined a
commission as second lieutenant in the
United States Reserve Corps offered
through 'the local recruiting station.
Mr. Allen is a senior in the College
of Arts and Science. He came here as
a graduate of Wentworth Military Acad
emy at Lexington, Mo, where he held
the office of senior cadet captain at the
time of his graduation. Mr. Allen re
ceived a commission of second lieuten
ant at Fort Sheridan in 1918 and was
promoted to first , lieutenant at Camp
Crant in the same year.
He is a member of the Phi Gamma Del
ta social fraternity and Theta Alpha Del
ta, an honorary dramatic organization.
HARRISCURG COUPLE WED
Two Other Marriage Licenses Is
sued Here Today.
Marriage licenses were issued today to(
William Edward Railton, 23, and .Mis
Edna Ada Richards, 20, both of Harris
burg; Clyde Rootes Boyd, 23, of New
Bloomfield, and Miss Christcna Maxwell,
20, of Columbia; and Jesse Clarion Lam
bert. 21, of Clinton, and .Miss Grace
Pearl Fenton, 19, of Columbia. Mr. Rail
ton and Miss Rirhards were married, in
the recorder's oifire by Judge J. T. Row
land. ROCKEFELLER SUED FOR TAX
Profits From 117,080 S"hares of.
Stock Thought Uncounted.
By Cried Pleas.
Nrw Yokk, Dec, 2a Tbe Federal gov
ernment today filed suit against JohnD.
Rockefeller, charging him with making
"incorrect, misleading and false" state
ments in conc-c-ion with his income tax
returns for 1919.
Accoidirg ! the complaint. Rockefel
ler failed to include as'Vart.of-his income
tax, returns from 50,104 shares of Illi
nois Pipe Line Company stock and 67,
176 shares of Perry Pipe Line Company
stock. . -
CHARLES G. ROSS HERE
Former Professor at 31. U. Comes
to Visit His Mother.
. Charles C. Ross, Washington corres
pondent for-the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
arrived in Columbia Saturday night to
visit his mother, Mrs. J. B. Koss,. olr.
Ross was formerly professor of journal
ism at tl-e University. His voungest on.
Waller, accompanied him.
Mr. Ross will go to Sl. Louis Tuesday
and then return to Washington.
V. P. Crowe Heads Athenaeans.
The Athenaean .Society, elected these
officers at the Y. it. C A. Saturday
.:.! Pr-cU.nt V P. Crowe: vice-
president, Fred Baiter; secretary and
trrasurerr Uittord llix; sergeani-ai
arms, II.. 1. -Mailer.
Christian College Chef Is Also
Violin Maker and Sportsman
A. N. Rice, head chef at Christian
College, is not only a pleasing cook but
a master hand at repairing broken vio.
lins. Mr. Rice repairs violins during
spare hours between the noon and eve
ning meals at the college. He has ar
ranged a little workshop just off his liv
ing room. Here he has his work bench,
bottles of varnishes, brands of pastes
and glues and all tools used in repairing
musical instruments. It matters not how
badly the violin is smashed up; as long
as all the pieces are given him, he can
glue them together so perfectly that tbe
breaks" can Iiardly be noticed, and then
only when attention is called to them.
Mr.stRice has several fine old violins
which he has bought in bad condition
and repaired. Among his collections is
an instrument which was played by Pro
fessor Gilmore seventy-four years ago at
the first commencement of lhe University.
Another, which is considered by George
Venable to be a fine instrument, was
broken in twelte "pieces when Mr. Rice
bought it. This violin is about thirty
eight years old and was originally sold
from Columbia's first music store.
Mr. Rice obtains work from all parts
of the state and many violins are sent
Business Men Ask Columbia
Commercial Glub to Aid
' in Project.
Centralis is to have a new Wabash
depot if the plans of the Centralia Com.
mercial dub meet with success. A
letter to R. 5. Reid, secretary of the Col
umbia Commercial deb, asks the co
operation of the local cljh "inasmuch
as the building would be to our mutual
Plans for the new station have been
drawn for some years, and tlie Wabash
intended beginning work on the depot
then the war broke out. When the gov.
ernmenf took oier the railways, the mat
ter was dropped.
"It is thought that a personal inter
view with the superintendent would be
more effective so it was suggested that
a joint committee from the, two chubs
fie appointed to confer with lumsays
the- letter: Any trasgenien from theTCofc
umbia Club would be acceptable it add&
Appreciation for the banquet given
here last Thursday night was expressed
in the opening paragraph: "At out regu
lar weekly luncheon today, the members
were loud in their praise for the most
cordial and substantial reception we re
ceived at your hands last evening and we
take this method of making public ac
Great Loss of Life From Most
Severe Shock in
V Called" Fists. ;
Buenos Aires, Dec 20. Towns and
villages along the Argentine slope of the
Andes Mountains were destroyed with
great loss of life by severe earthquakes
Friday and Saturday. The shocks were
the most severe experienced in thes coun
try since 1869. when hal: of City ot .Men
doza was laid in ruins. That city suf
fered minor shocks on this occasion, but
little damage was' done.
Tresportenas, Costa de Araujo, and La
Ville are the scenes of greatest death
and property damage. Several bodies
already have been recovered from the
wreckage and' it is believed' many more
will be found as the work of the res
cuers goes on. Red Cross units and other
relief parties have been rushed from the
nearest places where they were not need
ed and their work is progressing rapidly.
CHARGES PRISONERS BEATEN
Magazine Writer Says Men Are
Killed and Mistreated.
Bf Untied" Frees.
Hocstov, Tex, Dec. 20. Charges that
prisoners in Texis prisons are "beaten
to death, killed for minor offenses and
mistreated beyond all human endurance"
were made by George W Dixon, a noted
magazine writer of Houston, in ,an open
letter said to Tuie been mailed broadcast
to newspapers throughout the state.
RUMLEY SENTENCED TO JAIL
Publisher Will Appeal vFrom Term
of Year and Day.
'By Csiud Frees.
New York, Dec. 2a Dr. Edward A.
Rumley, former publisher, was sentenced
lo one year and one day in the Atlanta
prison following his conviction on a
charge of concealing the Cerman owner
ship of the Evening MaiL
Dr. E. R. Hedrlek to Nevr York.
Dr. E. IL Hedrick will leave Saturday
for New York City where he will attend
a meeting ofithe American Mithemukal
to him from other states. Taylor Music
Company gives him all its violin repair
Besides being a chef and a violin re
pairer Mr. Rice is a good musician, a
humorist and sportsman. His motto.
which he has tacked above his desk, is:
"You: are the judge."
"Before Dr. Woodson Moss died. I used
to spend my vacations hunting with Mo,"
remarked Mr. Rice, as he picked op an
old cap and ball, 31 caliber. Coil's navy
revolver and fondled it "we would take
long trips together I certainly will miss
him this Christmas."
'See this old revolver?" be continued.
still holding the weapon in his hand. "I
have been practicing with it lately.
killed a sparrow on the roof of a three
story building with it yesterday. I
bought it from J. M. Bolts not long ago.
It was one he bought just at the close.
of the Civil War, one of the first five-
shooters put on the market."
A friend of mine left this old 36 can
and ball Colts with me to be repaired,'
he remarked as he picked up a rusty
old piece. "Thi gat was carried by one
of the James boys during the big battle
they had in Centralia at the time of the
gnerrilla reign in Missouri."
FILE WILL FOR PROBATE
Sirs. Florence Long Made Executrix
, of J. M. Long Estate.
The will of John SL Long was pre
sented lo the Probate Court today for
probate. It provides that all his money
bonds, stocks, and other property shall
be' divided equally aenng his grand
daughters, Lorena Allin. Aellen Bese
Irene Drake. Fratie F. Cullon, Nadice
Prrwell and Bettie Trulsop- his grind
sons. O.'.M. ProweK, Henry O. Prowell
Jesse E. Prowell; and his daughter-in-law.
COUNTY WHEAT '
Crop Nevs Shows Fall Seeding
6 Per Cent Lower Than
The Boone County December crop es
timate as reported by the farmers of the
county shows the fall seeding of wheat
ra-bct per cent of list year's. acreage
according to reports received from E. A.
Logan, agricultural statistician for Mis-
Logan, agricultural .statistician for Missouri-
The condition of wheat is 93 .per
cent jiormaL Forty one per cent of the
1920 corn crop has been, husked and 74
per cent of It is in marketable condition.
Husking wages in the county without
board are 6 cents a bushel br $3.20 a
day. and wages with board. 5 cents a
bushel or $255 a day.
There were 2320,000 acres of wheat
sown this fall in Missouri The usual pre
war or peace time acreage is 2,770,000.
Missouri wheat condition is 90 per
cent as compared with 84 per cent .last
year and 88 per cent for a ten-year av
erage. Most fields were plowed early
and the crop sown in a good seed bed.
It has made a good growth in all sections
and much of it is being pastured.
LOST PWCrS REDUCE ACMACg
Many localities have reduced the acre
age this year on account of the sudden
drop in prices and the desire in many
instances to return the land to grass, ac
cording to the report.
Sections where the com crop was poor
last year show the greatest tendency to
increase the wheat acreage. An inquiry
on farms in thirty-one counties showed
that eighteen counties increased their
wheat acreage over that of 1919 and thir.
teen counties decreased their acreage.
cmscn sue is rxunt l
The condition of fall wheat is reported
to be cood in all sections of the state
with the exception of the southwest where
there was too much rain at seeding time
and too dry later on in the season. At
present' moisture is .sufficient in most seC
tions of the state. Fear of chinch bugs
is rrportedin several counties, and the
Hessian fly has already been reported in
thirty-three counties, no sect:on of the
state being exempt.
Thirty per cent of the present wheat
acreage received commercial fertilizrand
7 per cent of the seed wheat was treated.
ISO ATTEND S. C BANQUET
Short Coarse Students Give Annual
. Dinner at Close -or Term.
About ISO persons attended tbe'Short
Course banquet, which waa given in the
Knights of Columbus Student Home Sat
urday evening in honor of the students
who finished the short course this term.
G. C Murman, president of the Short
Course Club, gave the address of wel
come. R. A. Griffith sang a solo. Talks
were made by S. B. Shirkey, superin
tendent of the Short Course; C T. Davis
anil C T. Helm The class prophesy was
read by L. B. Bowman and Armin Weis-
Christmas Vespers Next Sunday.
A C tieiermas seiner service? will be held
at the Presbyterian Church at 5 o'clock
next Sunday afternoon. It will-include
a Christmas pageant, "White Clfts for
ek Vtnv anrl rrinsircas carols son "bv
a chorus. University students who are
pending the holidays in Colombia are
FOUR HELD IN
Widow of Fred D. Shepard,
Slain Millionaire "Peach
King," Is Principal Fig.
ure in Charges.
HIS SISTER IS ACCUSER
Defendants Alleged to Have
Poisoned Whiskey and
Laughed While Man
Br UeileJ tnm.
Macov, Ga, Dec 20. Charged with
poisoning Fred D. Shepard, millionaire
"peach king," three women and one man
were making the fight for their lives to
day. The four members of the alleged mur
der "cabal" are the central figures in
one of the most sensational cases in the
history of the South. They are having
their preliminary hearing before Judge
Mathews, who will release them or order
them held for trial
Those charged with the murder are
members of prominent families owning
large plantations. They are the widow
of the dead man, who has remarried and
is now knows as Sirs. Palmer Elmer, her
sister. Sirs. lone Henry, Henry Hobson,
son of the widow by a former marriage,
and Sirs. Annie Cutis.
The principal figure it Sirs. Elmer, re
ferred to in the testimony as Paula. She
has had three husbands and is 'alleged
lo have planned and bossed lhe noison
1 1 of irpanl.
Ii is ai'rcol llui 'hepardn slajev- -poisoned
his whiekv and thai he did
under iheir scrutiny wliile they were
laughing and making merry with him.
knowing all the time that he was doomed. '
Sirs. Alice Crandall, tbe sister of the
dead man, is the .principal accuser.
"Fred was murdered by Paula and her
gang," Sirs. Crandall testified that the
had been informed by Sirs. Cutis, one
of the defendants.
BARRETT NAMES ASSISTANTS
University Graduate Selected by At-torney-Gcntral-Ekct.
The tix men who will serve-as assist
ants 'under Attorney -General-elect Jesse
Wt Barrett fdlowing his installation, Jaft-etn-
nary '10, are: MemU E.- Otis ai StrJ.
teph, Albert Miller of Hillsboro, Sdarabal
Campbell of Sedalia, J. Henry Cscsthen
of Cape Cirardeao, Strattoa Shartel f
Neosho and Roger J. .Smith of Kennett.
Otis. 06, 10, , University of Missouri,
is an honorary fellow in political science
and public law of the University. His
work under Attorney-General Barrett wiH
hare to do with, questions of corporation
and constitutional law. Otis it an appli
cant, for appointment as United States
District Attorney at Kansas Cty, and hit
acceptance of the office offered him U orf
condition that it shall not impair "hit
chances for recommendation by Senator
Seldon P. Spencer for the appointment
at Kansas Gty. '
INCOME TAX HAN IS HERB
Colombia Has S00 Taxpayers la
L C Henry, traveling representative
for the United States internal revenue de
partment, income tax division, was here
for a thort time Saturday night. Com
menting ot the number of persons in Co
lumbia, who come under the income tax
ruling. Sir. Henry said there are about
500. This, he said, is a pretty good av- -crage
for a town of twelve tboosaa'd.
Sir. Henry has a nephew, Paul E.
Thomburg, who it a student in the Uni
versity. GIRLS PLAY SANTA CLAUS
Campfire Members Bay Gifts for
The Campfire Girls, true .to the spirit,
of their organization, are busy in prepa- ,
ration for Christmas. This mean to
them, the preparing of Christmas for
others. They bought presents for 'the.
poor children of Columbia. They were
turned over to, the Y. W. C A, and were
given out at the various Christmas par
ties Saturday afternoon.
The Campfire girls have also 'been
telling Christmas teals.
RATIFIES MOTHER'S AID BILL ii
Sheppard-Towner Act Was Passed
by Senate Satnrdajr. c
Bf Tjute Frees.
Washikcto.-v, Dec 20. The Senate
Saturday passed the Sheppard-Towner
Bill providing large appropriation it
protection and medical care of mothers
and babies. ,
Before pasting, the bill was amended,
in order to include medical care. The
bill also included that not. more lhaa
WXQ&to thould be expended in one
year in carrying out the provisions of
New Patients in the'HotpiUL
P? --inf were admitted Into Par
ke Memorial Hospital yesterday : Ton
p. Burnett, Matrn Buchmudlor, Jthn R
Salyer, Mrs. Ids Conklin. Ceorge Gor
lon and George Rattenburg. Clyde '
Smith. Edward Lloyd and Sam Turner
were discharged from the hospital v-
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