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i Columbian Who Disappeared
Nov. 22 Is brought Back
From Chicago to
m This City.
RATHER TELLS OF TRIP
f sSays He Met Son in Depot, Ac
companied by Stranger
Who Walked Away
Jior M. Merry. Columbia automobile
man, who disappeared mysteriously.
kvrmber 22, more than a tnonlli ago. Is
ff-k tn lAiumuia.
pre arrned Christmas morning, aecom.
mled by his lather. Dr. P. II. Murry.
Jaod Policeman William MiUer. He left
:ix train at More's Switch and was
Lbclpal into -waiting automobile and
j taken Jo the home of bis father-in-law,
I F. W- Allen, on Paris road, where his
r wife is now living.
'j, Persons who saw Jum leave the train
. -1 .1. I - I . J- .
saiu mat iiuni a snon oistance ne ap
peared to be normal.
Today his relative sold be acted and
Isoked like a man in a daze. Mr. Allen
said be staved in bed most of the time.
aJUoush he did not sleep much. Marry s
..-. --- ,
tody bears no scars or other evidence
t,&t be had been hurt or attacked.
k Mr. Allen i& that Marry did not rec-
TCsgnize relatives, fnends or familiar sights
"fet Columbia. Murry s father, however,
'itold Sear-y Pollard, circuit clerk, that
; 5k wis thought the young man recognized
his wife and child.
1 As to Murry'a whereabouts in the 6ve
weeks he has been missing, his relatives
, professed ignorance. Mr. Allen sail!
that Marry did not remember anything.
Murry himself, it was said, was not in
condition to talk to aiyoiie.
No intcrmalinn was available as to
tie autonobile which Marry was driving
when he disappeared.
At that time he told Ids employers at
tie John If. Taylor Carage that he was
going to McBaine to close a sale. He
started in a Chevrolet automobile belong
isg to the garage.
From that day no news was received
' fna Urn nntil but Thursday night, when
"a telegram from "John Abbott" was
',receired by Murry'a wife, saying that
'Marry was on a farm near Chicago,
nestaHy unbalanced, and asking if Mur
Ty should be sent back. Murry"' father
aid Policeman Miller went to Chicago in
response to the telegram.
DOCTOB StCfUtt's STATtVEVr
Harry's father issued a statement this
afternoon describing the search for Mur
ry in Chicago. It said that after consider
.able trouble he and Policeman Miller
learned that the telegram had been nt
from the Crcat Western depot. The wom
an telegraph operator at that station
remembered Abbott, and said he hid
been visiting the desk frequently asking
for an answer to his message. Doclcr
Murry told the operator he wanted to
meet Abbclt, ard would -visit the tele
graph office every ten minutes until the
The statement then adds;
"The next visit revealed the fact that
not Abbott but another man had come
to the office and asked if an answer to
Abbott's telegram had been received. He
was told there had, and was made ac
Iqoainted with its contents (though the
telegram was not turned over to him)
ikesides being told that I would' be at
'the office in a few minutes to meet Ab
bott. The man said, 'All right,' and left
"Then inside of ten minutes while
Minding in the lobby watching the crowd
iw Rov come in the door, seemingly
following a rran who was walking briik-
"I said, There is Roy and at once
made for him, approaching him face to
"Not recognizing me, he tried to go
around me when I took hold of him and
iM. 'Roy don't you lnow me?' He-
answered, 'No. I said, 'Roy, this Is your
, father. 'Father?' he asked. 'Yes, I re-
; plied. 'Don't you know me, Roy?' 'No,
'was his answer.
1 "'Roy, how do ou fed?' I asked, Tve
?leen half crazy ever since those fellows
J gave me that stuff,' he replied. 'Roy,
JoWt you want to go home?" He said,
gTve been trying to go home ell the
I Saw.' 'Roy, 111 take you home.' 'When?
ale asked. On the first train toward
abeme I ansvired.
SS'When I first took hold of Roy the
"fSa he seemed to be following, turned
4ad looked at me. He soon briskly re-
vnieed hi steps out of the door, while
Vfee above conversation was going on.
,Tl)at was the last teen of him.
$ didx't meet "abbott"
VTbe venr detailed description tie tel-
tfraph operator hid given of Abbott did
not fit the man Roy seemed to be, follow,
inc. This man was talL fair and well
dressed, while the operator said Abbott
lome- I answered.
,wbo bad the appearance ol a fanner
bore than a city man.
0" "Still Proceeding under the impression
-,.2 . ALL-.. 1 I ... 1 njul nuilirK
-suai iiuuoii nan acicu uum s,w ,.,..-
I remained in the depot lobby nearly aU
aftrrnoon, hoping to see Abbott and at
feast thank Iiim for his kindness, but I
in now of the omnion that those having
Boy in charge, after learning Iwin
For Columbia and vicinity: Fair to
night and Tuesday; continued cold but
slowly moderating Tuesday; lowest tem
perature tonight about zero.
For Missouri: Fair tonight and Tues-
day; colder tonight extreme east portion;
rising temperature Tuesday in the west
and north portions.
Shippers forecast: Within a radius of
200 miles of Columbia the lowest temper
ature during the neit 36 hours will be
west 0; north, 6; east 8, and south 2.
A low pressure wave traveled east
ward across the Plains and Central Val
leys Sunday, attended by snow. It is over
the Atlantic seaboard this morning, and
is giving rain along the coast from Flor
ida to New York, while snow is general
In the Ohio and Lake regions.
A cold wave has followed, overspreid
ing all of the territory between the Rocky
Mountains and Mississippi River. Tem
peratures ranged from 20 below zero in
the Dakotas to 2(5 above aero in Texas.
The crest will cross the Mississippi dur
ing the succeeding 24 hours, and the
weather will begin to moderate in west
ern sections Tuesday.
Fair and cold weather will prevail over
Tuesday and probably Wednesday with
slowly rising temperature after tonight.
Local data: The highest temperature
in Columbia yesterday was H degrees;
and the lowest last night was 7 degrees.
Precipitation 0.29. A year ago yesterday
the highest temperature was 44 degrees
and the lowest was 30 degrees. Sun rose
today 7:27 a. m. Son seta 4:53 p m.
Moon rises 7:34 p. m.
Chicago, placed Roy where I would find
him and made their escape.
"When we reached home and Roy was
undressed it was discovered that be had
had no change of clothing since leaving,
except that a cheap work shirt had been
put on over the outside shirt he wore
away. Otherwise he wore the same cloth
ing he had on when he left home, socks
and all. Apparently his shoes had never
been removed; his socks were full of
holes and his feet badly calloused, es
pecially under the shoe strings where the
socks were all gone. His hair had not
been cut, nor had he been shaved.''
rOUCXHAN uiller's STORY
Policeman Miller's description of the
"I accompanied Doctor Murry to Chi.
cago, and was with him all the time ei
cepting a little while in the afternoon
after Roy Jiad been found.
"After cettinc the- information about
the telegram and Abbott related by Doc
tor Murry, the doctor and I were stand'
ing in the big lobby watching the crowds
and wailing for Abbott, whom the op
trator was confident would soon come.
Suddenly Doctor Murry said There'i
Roy,' and started through the crowd to
the other side of the room. I did not
see any one that looked like Roy, and
said so to the doctor; so stood there and
saw him go up to a man, take, bold of
and engage him in conversation.
"Shortly lie returned to me with tie
man, long hair and heavy, lull beam,
with a black, troubled look and unnat
ural expression of eyes, the pupils be
ing greatly enlarged. Bat teeing him
face to face, I could see it was Koy.
"I then spoke to him and took his
hand, but he did not seem to have any
idea who I was in fact, took no interest
in anything, and said nothing except
when spoken to.
"When we entered .the train to come
home he dropped into the seat shown
hint, and remained there almost without
moving until we reached Centralis, with
a stare unward as though gazing into
space. On the way I said to him 'Well,
Roy. we are going home, and will soon
be there.' Without changing expression
he said, "Where are we going.
"Some may wonder why I did not pav
more attention to the man Koy seemed
to be following. Roy seemed to Doctor
Murry to be following this man, but so
far as I am concerned, I did not see any
one that looked to me like Roy, and cer
tainly no one that looked like Abbott,
whom the operator had described as A
swarthy-looking little fellow, while Roy
and the other man were both tall ana
"I examined the clothes Roy wore.
They had cerumly been worn a long
time in fact were almost entirely worn
CLEANING M. U. BUILDINGS
Renoration Going; On While Stu
dents Are Away.
The University buildinss and. class
rooms are undergoing a general clean-up
and renovation daring the holiday period
while the students are away, according
to Edward E. Brown, business manager
of the University.
However, no extensive repairs or im
provements can be made at this time
owing to the lack of funds.
According to Mr. Brown, the repairing
of the dome on Academic Hall, which
was damaged by a windstorm last spring,
and other needed improvements will have
to be postponed until after the State Leg
islature has appropriated money for the
upkeep of the institution.
Canada Produces Most Print Paper.
Br UakJ Press.
Ottawa. Ott Dec 27. It has been
estimated here that Norway, Finland and
Sweden, aft important newsprint paper
nradncers. will prod-Ke by their com
bined efforta about 7VH0 tons less news
print than will Canada In 1920,
Clothing, Fuel, Meat, Vege-
tahles, Fruit, Books, Toys
and Cash Given for
STILL RECEIVING GIFTS
Pageants, Tahleaux, Songs and
Dances Fill Program at
Christmas Tree on
The municipal Christmas festival, which
was held on the East Campus Saturday
evening, was a success in every way.
The Charity Organization Society
came in for good-sized donations. In
addition to the 600 bushels of coal do
nated by the Boone County Coal Com
pany, there were gifts of clothing, one
cord of wood, beef, Irish and sweet po
tatoes, canned fruit and vegetables, nuts,
candies, books, new toys and $10.75 in
cash. Additional gifts may be sent to
D. E. Major, secretary of the Charily
The Columbia Band opened the pro
gram by playing "Joy to the World,"
which was followed by the first pageant,
in which Miss Marcia Bailey and Al
fonso Johnson played the parts of Mary
and Joseph going to Jerusalem. Follow
ing this. Miss Anna Froman sang "No
Room at the Inn." The only fault found
with the dance of the fairy queen by
Miss Mona Brown as that it was too
brief. The second pageant, "The Three
Wise Men Follow the Star," played by
B. F. Hoffman, Berry McAlesier and
Edgar D. Lee, was .followed by the song,
"O Holy Night," by the community sing
The members of the community chorus
were Mrs. R. E. Lucas, Mrs. Robert Ram
sey, Miss Lois Cribble, 1L J. Cribble,
Mrs. J. T. Cribble, E. A. Logan, Mr. and
Mrs. Wade Hibbard. Mrs. R. H. Baker,
Miss Ella Dobbs, Horatio Moore, Mr.
and Mrs. F. M. TisdeL Harland Hibbard
and Miss Letts May Northup.
A tableau representing the Nativity of
Christ was followed by two anthems,
"Hark, the Herald Angela Sing," and "It
Came Upon a Midnight Clear," sung by
the community chorus.
' Santa Clans, plaved by II A. Collier,
and the Santa Juniors with reindeer,
came next in "Santa Qaus and the
Dance of the Reindeer."
"A Merry Christmas and Peace on
Earth, Good Will to Men," was Santa's
proclamation to the crowd as the pro
gram ended with the crowd singing
Miss Frances Denny and Mrs. Marion
Hertig had charge of the costuming and
Prof. J. E. Wrench managed the lights.
Withdraws Protest Against
Measure Prohibiting Ja
Br YhSttd Prea.
Washington, Dec, 27 Japan has
withdrawn her objections to the Cali
fornia law prohibiting all Iahdholding
Dy Japanese subjects, according to re
ports in official circles here today.
AUTO HIT BY FIRE ENGINE
Christmas Carolers Not ETen
Thrown From Seats, However.
A Chevrolet car driven by Justice Ty
ler and occupied by" party of Christmas
carolers was struck by the fire engine at
the corner of Eighth and Walnut streets
at 11 o'clock Christmas Eve. No one
The car was pushed from the comer, to
a point in front of the elevator entrance
to the Guitar Building. One fender was
torn off and a hind wheel was broken off.
The occupants of the car were not even
thrown from their seats. They were Net
lie Mae Northup, Frances Crinstead, Eli
zabeth Crinstead, Bertha Husted, Clara
Kennedy, John A. Robertson" and Justus
ilake Christmas Visit by Plane.
Lieut. F. W. Niedermeyer, accompanied
by Lieut. S. IL Wooster, arrived Friday
by airplane from Dayton, Ohio, to sp-nd
the holidays .with lieutenant Nieder
meyer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. W.
Niedern(eyer, 1101 University avenue.
Although they wore fur-lined coats, boots
and caps, they suffered from the bitter
weather. They will leave for Indianap
olis, IncL, tomorrow for a short visit and
then return to Dayton, where they are
It Was a. Dry Christmas Here.
Liquor played a very small part in this
city's celebration of Chritmas. There
was little evidence of intoxication on the
streets. That there was a certain amount
of liquor consumed, is not (o be doubted,
any more than that there will be liquor
for a great many Chrittmases to come.
Only one case, however, that of a riec,
was brought up is police court lbl mora-
2 NEW SAVING SECURITIES
$1 Non-Interest Bearing Stamp and
$23 Certificate to Be Issued.
The economic ncceiiies of America
end the need for safeguarding the finan
cial independence and Safety of each in
ihidtia citizen has determined the
Treasury Department to continue the is
ue of government savings securities
throughout 1921, according to an an
nouncement by Secretary Houston of the
Those necessities widely recognized by
the leaders of national thought, have also
committal the Treasury tn continuance
and intensification of the work of the
Savings Diiion of the- Treasury in a
broad campaign to nuke saving and safe
investment a national habit.
The satings securities of the govern
ment will be augmented in 1921 by two
new issues, a $1 savings stamp and a $23
registered Treasury savings certificate.
In announcing the issue of these secur
ities. Secretary Houston said: "The $1
stamp will be non interest tearing, will
Kill be bright red in color, imprinted on
a green tint, and will bear the portrait
of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secre
tary of the Treasury. The $25 certifi
cates will be similar in design and teims
to the $100 and $1,000 treasury savings
certificates, which will also be offered in
1921, to mature January I, 1926.
"The new securities will supply a $1
unit f jr saviug and a registered govern
ment security in the $25 denomination,
which can be converienlly purcliascd
through the accumulation of the $1 treas
ury saunga stamps. More important (till,
the new securities will complete a most
attractive line of government savings, the
$1 sump and the $23, $100 and $1,000
registered treasury savings certificates,
and thus place the trevsury savings move
ment on a solid peace-time basis. The
small denomination war-time securities,
the $3 war savings stamp, in a 1921 se
ries and the 25 cent thrift stamp, will
also be offered during the coming jear."
10 CENTS FEEDS
CHINESE A DAY
Former Navy Man Tells of Pov
erty Along Yanglse
Chinese Fauiie Fund
Total to Dec 25 $307.00
Friend of China 6-00
J. if. Baker.i......i.itv...,jy2
D. BjCarpenteri Hlllsville ....,,, KW.
Fourth Street Subscriber 50
Walter Williams Bible Class 50.00
A. Friend .. . ............. 4.00
A. W. Taylor 5.00
Some Country Folks - 6D0
"It is impossible for anyone who is
not familiar iih the conditions of China
in ordinary times to realize their terrible
straits at present," sasF W. DeFriess,
chef at the Daniel Boone Tavern. Mr.
DeFriess spent eighteen months in China
while in the navy in 1907-1908 along the
Yangtse River. Ten cents is enough for
a Chinese family to live on in average
times, and if an American would give
the price of one cigar a day a Chinese
family might be kept alive, according
to Mr. DeFriess.
"People in America never will realize
what poverty is. What a family in Col
umbia throws away in a day would keep
a family over there for a week," he said.
Even when the crops are good, the
people have no more than they absolute
ly need. The country is teeming with
people, and there is never sufficient pro.
duce to feed them. This of course means
that one class is undernourished. That
class of Chinese called coolies, little bet
ter than slaves at any time, are so ig-
tiorant that they do not seem to realize
what haruhip really means.
the winters along the langtse are
very severe and the coldest part of the
year will come from January to March.
The clothing is very scanty. It is made
of cotton and bamboo fiber, wool being
unknown. The houses are little more
than huts, hardly as comfortable as the
tepee of the American Indian. The fire
material consists mainly of stalks and
driftwood, and is inadequate in ordinary
times. Disease claims thousands of peo
ple. Education is provided by American and
European missions with wonderful re
sults. "People are being weaned away
from the old pagan beliefs and super
stitions, and they have a strong belief in
the consistency of what America does
and what she teaches," said Mr. DeFreiss.
"The help that America has extended to
the people can never be calculated in
dollars and cents, because if consistent
ly carried out, it will reclaim in due
time the entire population. 'The Chinese
do not look to Europe for much help or
sympathy, but seem to be imbued 'with
the idea that all good must come to them
$363 FROM SALE OF SEALS
Total Receipts From Christmas
Stamps to Be About $400.
The sale of Qiritmas seals ha
brought $363 so far. Mis Dorothy Brief
fie said this morning. The total will be
about $400 when all the money is in.
Last year the total sale was $222. The
older children in the schools had the
highest sales. The sales in business
houses also brought in big sales.
AT ELKS' CLUB
Youngsters Receive Presents
From Christinas Tree
FOOD IS GIVEN LATER
One Tour-Year-Old Youngster
Shows Appreciation hy
Offering St. Nick
Old Santa, with the en-operalion of
the Columbia Llks lodge, gladdened
the hearts of more than 250 children of
Columbia Friday evening, many of whom
would not otherwise have shared in the
cheer of the Christinas season. la keep
ing with ils annual custom, the local
lodge celebrated Christmas Eve wilh a
community Oirisima tree, from which
were distributed presents of candy, fruit
and nuts to the poor children of the
.The tree, a large one obtained Irom
the farm of Joe T. Harris southeast of
Columbia, was placed in front uf the
Elks Club on South Tenth street. It
was decorated with bright festoons 'and
illuminated wilh red and green electric
lights. The tree was crowned wilh a
bright star which could be seen many
blocks away. Forrest Thomas superin
tended the decoratioj and illumination
of the tree.
The children and their parents began
arriving at the club before 7 o'clock Fri
day evening. They were taken to the
banquet room in the basement of the
club, where there was a warm fire in the
fireplace, and where they were enter
tvined wilh phonograph music There
ere about 200 children and seventy
five parents in the basement at one time.
There were also many spectators in the
living room of the club, who came to
enjoy the display of Christinas spirit.
The crowd of spectators, however, was
not as large this year as last, owing to
the cold weather and to the fact that
several other Christmas entertainments
were held on the same evening.
The Christmas packages were piled on
a table placrd under the tree. Each
,rjdjgV representing approximately, a
dollar in value, contained two oranges,
two bananas, two apples six different
kinds of candy and a pound of nuts. Be
fore the distribution of ihe gifts com.
menced, O. B, Wilson, chairman of the
Elks' Christmas tree committee, made a
short talk to the children, explaining the
plan of distribution. Cards had been
mailed to about 250 children, whose
names had been obtained from the Char
ity Organization Society and from last
)ears list of guests. AH the. children
who had their cards were lined up, and
promptly at 8 o'clock led by Old Santa
himself (Judge H. A. Collier), they pro
sed tq the tree to receive their pres
ents. As each child presented his card be
was given one of the packages by Santa
Qaus. There was' no confusion. Each
child received his gift in the proper or
der, and left wilh a smile. One little fel
low, apparently not more than 4 years
old, displayed his appreciation by offer
ing Santa Claus a nickel when he re
ceived his present, although he probably
did rtot have many pennies to spare. The
The old Saint explained that the gifts
were free,1 but the child replied:
"Yes, sir, but this is a present for you.'
Santa Qaus returned the child's .mon
ey, but not without a feeling of admira
tion for a type of Christmas spirit which
many older people would not have dn
played. After the distribution of ,the
packages to the children who had .their
cards, several packages were given to de
serving children who h3d failed to re
ceive cards. A number of the children
who could not attend the celebration Fri
day evening 'called Christmas morning
for their packages.
Christmas morning the Elks distrib
uted packages of provisions to twenty'
five needy families of Columbia. These
boxes each contained food to the value
of about $5, including such substantial
articles as potatoes, beans, bacon, sirup.
apples, meal and two loaves of bread.
$350 IS RAISED FOR RELIEF
Near East and Chinese Fonda Ben
efit by Presbyterian Action.
More than $500 in cash and. many of
ferings of food and clothing were received
at the White Christmas services yester
day afternoon at the Presbyterian
The food and clothing will be distrib
uted among needy families of Columbia.
The money will be contributed to the re
lief of sufferers in the Near Eatt and
China. A total of $502 was received for
the first group while $50 was contributed
for the Chinese suffers.
The two largest contributions of money
were $10035 from Dean Walter Miller's
diss of University women and $100 from
Dean Waller Williams' Bible class. The
last amount was divided equally between
Ihe two relict funds.
lie Swore In Wife's Presence.
John W.' Williams negro, was fined $10
and costs ia police court this morning,
for using profane language in the pres
ence of his wife; and in other ways dis
turbing the peace.
No Danger of Coal
There is no danger of coal famine
striking Columbia this year," ,was the
unanimous reply of four leading coal
dealers to the query of a Missourian re
Dorler concerning the Itwjii rnal iii,.
lion. F, A. Dalion of the Dal ton Coal
Co, made this statement, "The town is
well supplied and we are continuously
getting coal from the Illinois mines. We
have not been bothered by strikes' since
W. J. Watson of the Davis-Watson
Coal -Co, was even more optimistic. "We
have two cars on the way to Columbia
and if the present good weather con
tinues we eXDCCt to cet thmiiirh ihi- win.
ler without any serious trouble."
Shannon Prather Singed and
Blistered When Fumes
Cas escaping from the gasoline tank of
his automobile exploded and severely
burned the face of Shannon Prather last
Saturday evening when he lit a match to
see how muds' gasoline he had in the
tank. Mr. Prather 's eyebrows were burn
ed off, his hair and fur cap were singed
and the upper part of his face was blis
tered, but he was able to shut his eyes
quickly enough, when the flash came, to
prevent them from being injured. He
is an employe of the American Express
Company and the accident will keep
him from work for perhaps a week.
The explosion occurred at the borne
of Mr. Prater's fall- , E. M. Prather,
1313 Rosemary lan, where the motor
car is kept His wife was at their home
at 410 Christian College avenue and he
had gone to get the motor car to take
her, lira mother, and some other mem
bers of the family to the Christmas tree
celebration at the County Farm. Back
ing ihe motor out of the garage he stop
ped to see if there was sufficient gasoline
in the tank for the trip. The curtains
were down and when the tank was ooen-
ed the gas collected in the car. He meas
ured Uie depthtof-the gEsolint,with a
piece oi a yarn suck dux it was too dark
to see the gasoline on the stick so he
lit a match and the explosion occurred.
Mr. Prather says that before lighting
the match he stood up and that his head
was far from the opening to the gas tank
but the air was very still and the gas
had evidently collected over the tank.
He had done the same thing in the same
way hundreds -of times before, he savs.
without disaster and he hopes his ex
perience will warn others who have a
similar habit. Dr. J. E. Thornton was
called immediately after the accident and
after examination stated that he would
have to take care to avoid cold.
'IN TIGER TOWN" FILM READY
Commercial Club Will Send It Out
to Advertise SI. U.
For the purpose of adrertisine Colum
bia and the University of Missouri
throughout the state, the distribution of
the motion picture film recently produced
by the Student Council of the University,
"In Tiger Town." is now in charge of
the Columbia Commercial Quo. Letters
to the chambers of commerce in the
slate were mailed from the offices of the
club today, announcing that the film is
now available to all high schools) aad
civic organizations without any expense
except the parcel post charges to and
from Columbia. A general description of
the film is given in the letters, and the
dates on which the film has not yet been
booked are listed.
The film will be shown to the high
scbi-ols in Trenton on Friday evening
and to the townspeople of that city on
the following day. On Monday, January
3, the film will be sent to St. Louis, and
from that city it will be forwarded to
the smaller towns of the slate. All the
bookings are now being made through
the ofiices of the Commercial Qub. The
distribution of the picture will be under
the direction of the club until after the
opening of the winter term of the Uni-Tersil7-
JOURNALISM TEAOIERS HERE
Annual Meeting Opens Today and
Will Continue Tomorrow.
ProL W. G. Bleyer, head of the De
partment of Journalism of the University
of Wisconsin. Crant M. Hyde, professor
of journalism at tho University of Wis-con-in.
Prof. Norman J. Radder of the
University of Indiana at Bloomington.
Director W. 11. Mayes of the Department
of Journalism of the University of Texas,
Prof. L. N. Flint of tho University of
Kansas, Prof. Rttsaell Monroe, of the
University of Ouahoma. and frol. II.
IL Herbert of the University of Oklabo
boma are here this afternoon for the an
nual meeting of the Association of Am
erican Schools and Departments of Jour
nalism. The meeting opined this afternoon.
and will continue until tomorrow after
noon when these men will leave for St.
Louis to attend a meeting- of the Amer
ican Association of Teachers of Journal.
Say Columbia Fuel Dealers
The manager of the Blackfoot Coal
Co., felt so' happy over the present coal
situation that she took soma time for hu
mor. "Since prohibition has been en
forced, the miners have been working
better than usual, and as a result we, now
have no more orders than we can fill.
We have been getting m average of
seventy-five carloads a day."
J. IL Jenkins of the Boone County
Coal Co, tliinks that the "present coal
situation is much belter than he antici
pated three months ago. "There is no
danger of a shortage this year and this
is the first time in two years that we
can really feel safe."
BIGGEST CHRISTMAS MAIL
Local Postoffice Broke All Records
The volume of Christmas packages and
greetings this 7ear is unprecedented in
the memory of A. C Brady, carrier on
Route No. 1, who has completed this
ear twenty years in the service. Mr.
Brady says that it is by far the largest
that he has known.
The fact that Christmas came on Sat
urday, naturally tended to increase the
volume of mail. Mr. Hall, postmaster,
predicts that the volume of mail on New
Year's day, also, will be unprecedented
on this account.
Mr. Hall sa'id that, this Christmas
seemed to be cliaracterized by the send
ing of useful gifts even more than any
It is estimated that the amount of mail
of all classes handled during the Christ
mas rush this year exceeded the amount
handled during the corresponding period
last year by about 50 per cent. Th
mailing of parcels at' the local office
was handled with less confusion this
year than at any r.-vious time. The re
cent remodeling of the interior of the of
fice provided two regular windows for the
sale of stamps, and during the rush hours
of the holiday period the office of the
postmaster was also used as a stamp
window. The work of mailing packages
U further facilitated by having a separate
window for insuring them, thus eliminat
ing the usual delay for this purpose at
the stamp window.
ARSON RING IN
Pittsburgh Schools. Guarded
After One Is Burned
Bf Uska Press.
PrrrsstntcH, P Dec. 27. Every
school here is, under" heavy guard today
as a result of the burning of a, public
school in Wilkinsburg, a suburb of Pitts
burgh. It is believed the "arson ring"
is responsible for this and for a million
dollar loss by fire in Fayette and West
Albert Smith, 20 years old, is being
The floors of the school had been
saturated with oil before the place was
set fire. Damage was estimated at $150,.
AT WORK IX UHIOXTOWK, TOO
Br tlsii-J Fits-.
Uniostows. Pa. Dec 27.- A fire.
charged to the arson -ring, today de
stroyed a three-story brick building and
threatened many business buildings. Loss
was estimated at $150,000.
CHRISTMAS AT COUNTY FARM
Program Given and Presents Were
About seventy-five neighbors and
friends of thirty-seven eld people at the
Uiunty harm were present at the Christ
mas celebration held there last Friday
Young people from the Baptist and
Christian churches In Columbia gave a
program including readings and music.
Ruth Shock, Grace and Louise Neal and
several other children from the Brown
school gave recitations. There was- a
Estes Bedford, acting as Santa dans,
distributed candy, fruit, nuts and other
presents to the old people, who enjoyed
both the program and the visiting with
their friends which continued long after
ward. THREE COUPLES MARRIED
Fonr Columbians and Two From
HaUaTille Are Wed.,
A marriage license was issued today to
Ruey McMinn, 19, and Miss Mary Eli
zabeth Mayes, 19, both of Hallsrille- J.
IL McMinn, father of the bridegroom,
gave his consent.
John Louis Johnson, 19. and Mist
Minnie Rsvenseraft, 19, both of Colum
bia, obtained a license Friday and were
msmed at the courthouse by Judge J.
J. C Henry Married Today.
J. C Henry, a senior in the School of
Journalism, and Mist Fay Oberlee. ,a
student in Christian College last year.
were married this afternoon at startles
ville, Okbu, the home of the bride. Af
ter a wedding trip to Kansas Qty aad St.
Louis, the couple will be at home at the
bridegroom's parents, Mr, and Mrs. John
L Henry, 719 Hitt street, after January L,
JAN. 5 FIXED
AS DATE FOR
Backers of OldTrails Highway
Are Called to Meet in
NOTICES SENT TODAY
E. W. Stephens, State President.
Denounces Plan to Slight
The Missouri Old Trails Association
will bold a meeting at. the Daniel Boone
Tavern in Columbia at 10:30 o'clock the
morning of January .5. The meeting was
called today by F-. W. Stephens presi
dent of the association, by telegram to
the Secretary here. Today letters were
sent to members of the association and
commercial clubs in all of the counties
along the route 6f the highway.
In calling the meeting Mr. Stephens
takes occasion to assert that any pro
posed plan for building a primary sys
tem of hard-surfaced roads under lis
$60X00,000 bond issue that does not ia.
dude the official cross-slate road, the
Missouri Old Trails Highway, is an out
rage. He urges a large attendance at the
meeting and action on the part of the
association that will bring the road prop
er recognition from the Legislature.
The meeting will be attended by Judge
J. M. Lowe of Kansas Cry, president of
the National Old Trails Association. It
will protest against the carrying out of
the proposed plan of J. M. Malasg, chair
man of the State Highway Board, to
make the primary road across the state
follow only th eastern half of the Old
Trails road, and then go west over the
southern route, and will formulate plans
to lay the matter before (be Legislature.
BUSINESS MEN TO PROTEST
Commercial Gob to Act Tonight oa
A protest againsi the building of a
cross-slate highway from St. Louis fa
Kansas dry on any route except the Old
Trails route will be made at a meeting
of the Commercial Oub at 7:30 o'clock
tonight in the Commercial dub rooms.
The- meeting ir open to the pnbBc,and a
large attendance-is desired.
HOG BITES C. M. ROBERTS
Columbia Hotel Proprietor Severely
Injured This Morning.
C M Roberts proprietor of the Ho
tel CentraL was severely bitten bv a
bog this morning Roberts was attempt
ing to kill the hog when It bit him just
above the wriis- and tore the flesh, cut
ting deep into the arm. A doctor was
called immediately. He said that the
wound would be painful for a few days
but that be did not consider it danger
THREE SLAIN M;
SINN FEIN RAID
Christmas Dance Develops Into",.
Battle When Police "
Arrive. -- .
Br U-iiAi Pms.
IsOftBos. Dec. 27. Three Sinn Fein -
sentries were killed when, a dance hall
Mil lain-f (fnrtnw tar "!,, Et
was openly a Sinn Fein party. '-'?'
Police officials refnsnt In ini maaoat
for the raid. It is alleged the party "I j
..uuu ,! juug.waniea sum rem
leaders and that there were valuable
MANY IDEAS OF CHRISTMAS
W. L. Nelson Tell How Day Is Ob- ;
served is WuVuitn '
, ..,.t.. , l$$-.1m
-.. iccviaic uinsimas as a cs,-j
some think f It . j.i..:..,mI
know it never; others, always," says Csi- '
jicssman w. i. nelson, writing is a.re-
cent issue of the Breeder's Gazette. ,
Christmas In .America's capital city Is
celebrated by many embassies and letjt--lions,
with limited bits, of foreign iemV,
tory- set down in the midst of tbrdsy,"''
mnttniMMl IT. SJ.I - .,, rf-s. ... . t
--...... .hi. isciToas amcie. umimm -!
of the tone awn I f.M !: foiVuiwK
lnton by the old-time negro ibsssssj-S,
to seiis nome-made cottage crese,ni
"""i1 s.u:ens, guineas, and otner.1009-''
In visitlnr if, ttw .-..v.. i sjtmIw
ington daring the Yuletide season, uw"!
lull uin miwti --- - , .!, sa.
" -- sUsBAtaaaatsvs sftiru BVmiV
real Christmas blessing -and benedictioo. (
says Mr. Nelson. There, may be seeBiJ
nnstmas sights, and from the lowly in
the market place one may find'Sama fa
.-- -, iuui ana on me erowoea.
. tne story concludes.
Fraeral rf Mr. Mary P. Wfllsws.1
. .w4 cmces tor trs. Mary I raaees;
Wilt? . .-' . . , l
"""u were netd at S:& ocsssw.
ChristBas mornia at the home of tVrA
danclx U.. wt i- . . , u 3
land place. Mrs. WiffiaaV- dealt oe-T:
rmtwrl u.1 rjj.. . .
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ami ttt . -i t s ...!. t.
hart a sam V I 3- " w'T J . 4
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