Newspaper Page Text
THE CAPFSWEEKLY TRIBUNE AND CAPE COUNTY HERALD
TAKEN FROM PIT;
Explosion in Illinois Shaft
Catches 302 Men, But
MAY BE DROWNED
Beer is a food product, and doctors recommend it to people who are
physically weak. If you drink beer, ask for that made at home
Shaft Will Either Be Flooded
Or Sealed To Extinguish
Blaze, Is Belief.
Christopher, 111., Oct. 2727
bodies have been recovered and 159
of the T,02 men entombed in Franklin
Coal Coke company mine escaped. The
remaining llf miners are still in the
J. C. Mitchell, owner of the mine,
says little hope for the entombed men
The mine is still on fire and it will
either be flooded or sealed.
Frantic efforts are being made by
members of the mine rescue staff, who
arrived here in their rescue car at 11
o'clock, and a corps of volunteers to
penetrate the burning entrance.
The explosion occurred shortly after
the men had descended into the west
entry to start their day's work. Fifty
men were waiting at the top to join
the workers below when the blast oc
curred. Appeals were at once made for vol
unteers to descend for the entombed
miners. The fans were reversed and
forced air into the mine, and the res
cuers attempted to descend.
Their initial efforts were baffled by
a rush of flames. Shortly af terw ' "
the air from the fans forced the flames
from the bottom of the shaft, and the
rescuers descended, to find 15 bodies
in a heap at the bottom.
Rescue work was hampered by fran
tic crowds of women and children,
who surged about the top of the shaft.
They were finally roped off by mine
officials and prevented from descend
ing into the drifts.
The rescued men were found in
groups near the bottom of the shaft.
Many of them are seriously burned or
injured as a result of the explosion.
James Harris, a volunteer rescuer,
father of Russel Harris, one of the en
tombed miners, descended with the
first rescue crew in search of his son.
He failed to find his son, but, discover
ing 15 dazed and injured miners in a
pocket in the burning drift, led them
through the mine and out an adjoining
drift untouched by the flames.
The mine was one of the largest and
richest in the Big Muddy district and
Southern Illinois, producing the finest
quality of coal in the Middle West.
The shaft was comparatively new hav
ing been sunk less than 10 years ago.
It was near the famous Leiter mine at
years ago by an explosion charged to
Zeigler, which was wrecked several
persons connected with labor disturb
ances, while the mine was being op
erated by nonunion men.
DOG IS SOLI) AS BEEF
Louisviile, Ky., Oct. 27 The first
steps in an investigation to determine
whether horse and mule meat is being
sold in Louisville under the guise of
beef have been taken by the Jefferson
County Grand Jury and the local
Board of Health.
The Grand Jury indicted one butch
er on the technical charge of unlaw
fully selling a misbranded article and
the Board of Health heard the testi
mony of 12 butchers and dealers in an
effort to learn how widespread the
practice had been.
Affidavits have been placed before
the board declaring that decrepit
'horses and mule have been slaughter
ed and widely sold over meat-market
counters in Louisville for beef.
NO SPECIAL SESSION.
Washington, Oct. 27 President
Wilson let it be known officially today
that he had no intention of calling a
special session of Congress after elec
tion. There was some talk just before ad
journment that an xtra session might
take up legislation to relieve cotton
SHOOTS GIRL AND SELF.
Webb City, Mo., Oct., 27 Becau'se
she refused to go to a picture show
with him, Tom Hamilton, 34 years old,
shot and probably fatally - wounded
the revolver upon himself. The shoot
ing occurred at the home of the girl's
Is the King of the beers.
Explosion In Restaurant Starts
Blaze Which Destroys Three
A disastrous fire, which for a time
threatened to sweep the entire city of
Kennett, broke out last night at the
southeast corner of the public square,
and destroyed a number of business
houses before it could be subdued.
The fire originated from the explo
sion of a large tank of gasoline in the
White Kitchen Restaurant.
The blazing liquid was thrown over
every part of the building and the
shock was so heavy that window lights
were broken in various sections of the
city. Guests seated at the tables and
lunch counter of the restaurant were
thrown from their chairs, and the fire
spread so rapidly that in a few min
utes the whole structure was envelop
ed in flames.
The fire department was called out,
but it was unable to keep ihe blaze
confined and before it was finally ex
tinguished, two other buildings, the
Evans Barber Shop and a pool room
were completely destroyed.
The blaze spread so rapidly that
none of the contents of the buildings
were saved, and while no lives were
lost, the guests and employes at the
restaurant had bare time to escape.
Three men were badly cut by flying
glass, and the windows in the big new
Shelton office building directly across
the street, were all shattered.
The explosion occurred at 11:15 p.
m.; and the fire raged for almost three
The property loss runs into thou
sands of dollars and the insurance is
reported to be small.
mother. Hamilton fired twice at Miss
Simington. One bullet entered her left
side, passing just under the heart. He
shot himself in the stomach, but his
injury, it is believed, will not result
; J- "; . : . .
EARTH SHOCK AT TURIN.
Rome, Oct. 27Another slight
earthquake shock was felt at Turin to
day and one- somewhat more' severe
damage, but the inhabitants of both
cities were thrown into a panic.
PORTER FIELD'S MACHINE .MIRES
Doctor Mistook Car for Mudhen and
Sinks in Gumbo
In a spirit of over confidence in the
pulling capacity of his automobile, Dr.
John D. Porterfield, Jr., yesterday at
tempted to take a short route on his
return from Illmo, and plough through
the same swampy regions that have
clogged up some of the most pow
erful dredging machines ever con
structed. When discovered by O. H. Sander:;
and Joe Statler, who chanced to be in
that locality pecan hunting. Those
gentlemen stated that the nose of the
car was buried in the gumbo and that
the mud from the rapidly revolving
wheels completely concealed the driver
from view, and that the spectacle re
sembled that of a mammoth badger
attempting to burrow himself into hid
ing from some approaching enemy.
Finally when the wheels became so
completely clogged that they could not
revolve, the doctor was recognized and
relief was volunteered.
A team of horses was secured and
after a drag of almost two miles
through a waste of mud and water,
the car was again placed on a solid
roadbed, and the journey finished
without further difficulty.
W. H. Ellis of Poplar Bluff, trans
acted business in the Cape yesterday.
C. E. Page of Kennett, is a business
visitor in this city.
A. L. Harper of Senath, is visit mg
friends in this city.
C. U. Breitschuh of St. I. on'?, is in
the city looking after business inter
ests. Master Joe Lesem returned yester
day from Kennett, where he has been
visiting for the past few days with hi?
grandmother, Mrs. E. J. Wyi ian.
60 DAYS FOR STEALING WATCH
Deputy Sheriff W. J. Seagraves re
turned from St. Louis Sunday morn
ing, having in custody. H. L. Winters
who was charged by Mrs. Altha Mur
phy with having left the city with a
watch which she had loaned him and
which he refused to return to her pos
session. When taken before Judge Wilier
yesterday morning, the defendant en
tered a "plea f o guilty and was sen
tenced to 60 days in the county jail.
He was taken to Jackson yesterday
afternoon: by ConstabJeScivally and!
there delivered to the proper authorities.
Its foam is like the snow and it's as
IDEAL is the best drink made.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO.
Says Party Must Win On Re
cord and Not On Weakness
RECALLS NEW LAWS
Congressman Tells Hearers That
Republicans Voted For Bills
and Can't Critize Them.
"The Democratic party is on trial,"
said Congressman Russel in his ad
dress at the Court House to a large
audience last night, "and. We should
try to win on our record of twenty
months in power instead of on the
weakness of our adversary.
"Four million Republicans who
elected Taft defeated him. Roosevelt,
who was responsible for one term
of Mr. Taft, condemned him at the
close of that administration and polled
4,000,000 votes upon the strength of
his condemnation. That is evidence
enought that the country was dis
satisfied with the work of the Repub
licans. "The record of the Democracy has
no parallel. Since Woodrow Wilson
was elected President and the Demo-
era's took charge of the government,
v.v have passed the Underwood tariff
1av, and seven Republicans and Pro
gressive.; voted for it; we passed the
Glass currency law, with HX Republi
cans and Progressives voting for it
and we enacted the Clayton trust bill,
wircii "7 Republicans and Progres
sives approved with their votes.
"The income tax, when it was first
fake'i up as an independent measure,
was approved by seventy-five Repub
licans and Progressives in the House
al-me. We have passed more impor
tant laws than were enacted by the
Republicans in all their years in office.
"And the Republican party has no
l igli", to criticise the work of this con
gress, because the measures that we
drafted and passed were voted for by
Republicans in both branches of
"Under the Underwood tariff law
this Government collected $:J1, 000,000
more than was spent, during the fiscal
year. Up to the time that war was dec-hired
in Europe, we were making a
great record. Then, of course, our im
ports were reduced to the minimum.
"But the deficit ur.der the Under
wood law is not as great as it would
have been were we operating ur.der
the Payne-Aldrich measure. To blame
the Democratic party for the deficit
in our revenue is to blame the party
and Woodrow Wilson for the war in
"The tax that has been levied to
make up the deficit is no greater than
the Republicans levied in 1S9S during
the Spanish American war.
"When the Democrats went into
office two years ago, the Republicans
predicted that the farmer might as
well go out of business. Wheat is more
than twenty cents higher now than it
was then and corn has increase 1 ten
cents on the bushel.
"Cotton is lower than it ordinarily
is because the war has prevented ship
ping it awav. We use about eight
million bales a year and our country
produces about fifteen million, and the
difference between what the country
consumes and the amount produced
shows the number of bales unsold to
day. "During my term in office I have
cast 900 recorded votes, and I do not
believe that my opponent, Mr. Brown,
has criticized one of that number, ex
cept possibly the Underwood Bill.
"Two years ago the Republican
speakers warned the people that in
' case of the election of a Democratic
president and congress -the tariff
would be reduced and the market for
all farm products would be destroyed.
I have somewhere in my papers a mar
ket report for July 20. 11H2. whore
corn is quoted at 62 cents per bu.-hel,
an don the same date in !!! 1 the price
quoted is more than 70 cents per
bushel. The price has advanced on all
products except cotton, and that is
accounted for by the fact that there
are some 13,000,000 bales of cotton
grown in this country c.f which only
6,000,000 is consumed, the remainder
being shipped to foreign markets
which have been destroyed by reas
on of the war now raging, and I be
lieve that with the assistance of the
reserve banks soon to be in opera
tion, that Predisent Wilson will be
enabled to relieve the cotton situa
tion." James Kinder, of this city, C!'arbs
Oliver of Xeely's Landing, and l. K.
Wilson of Jackson, acv.Jinpani'd Con-
gressman J. .7. Russell yos'e.d.iy to
Pocahontas, Tilsit md Rurfor' at
which point Mr. Rus.-oII delivered
DON'T MARKET LAYING HENS.
Mountain Grove, Mo., Oct. 12 On
account of the high price of feed and !
the unrest caused by the European
war situation, there is some danger of
the farmers and poultry raisers sell
ing off their laying hens and pullets so
v iv ij .it .... ivuvo ii via biiir
li.enM' (hit tllf.TI wv f i f - r t'.icr
branc h of agriculture will be serious
ly affected during the net year. Up
on a recrnt visit to Eldorado Springs,
Missouri, we were told by the bankers
of that city that the poultry and eggs
j shipped from that place amounted to
more than all the receipts from the
sale of horses, cattle hogs and sheep
combined. And still this is a splendid
stock raising section.
At other places we are told that the
poultry products amount to more than
the receipts from the sale of either
wheat or com, and in some places as
much as both combined.
More dry goods, grocery, clothing
and bills are paid by the product from
the poultry yard than by most any
other one thing. Our State Labor
Bureau states that the surplus poultry
productsfof the State amrnt to about
$50,000,000 each year. By actual test
at our Missouri Poultry Experiment
Station,- it has been shown that a hen
which has been allowed to have range
will make over half her living by eat-
pure as the
ing bugs, worms, gras, tender weeds,
and such waste products from whirh
the farmer would not receive anything
if it was not for the hens. Stu Ii an
important branch of agriculture as
this should not bo sacrificed by .Mis
souri farmers because of the little ad
vance in the price of feed.
Because of this situation there is
great danger of many fine finks,
which it has token years to breed
perfect, being sacrificed this fall and
winter. This war is causing feed to
advance in price, but it will also cruise
eggs, poultry and practically all otiier
food products to advance in propor
tion. The price ef eggs is going to
be high beyond a doubt. The question
with you ought to be, "How to get ti e
egg." There will he a great demand
next season for eggs and stock for
breeding purposes. Our advice is not
to decrease your flock in size so that
your business will be crippled this
J winter or next season.
On the whole we have harvested
j normal grain crops this year. Reef,
j mutton and pork are scarce and high,
and are rapidly advancing in price ar:d
continually getting scarcer. The world
must depend upon the United States
largely for its food stuffs. One of our
own Missouri packing plants has re
ceived an order from Canada within
the last few days for a million pounds
of dressed poultry.
Some of this v.e understand is for
export to England. Take courage, n,y
friends, for if we are not mistaken
i i T 4U... ....... ..r
' r 1
fered itself to American farmers lies
before them within the next few
years. It will take these warring na
tions several years to recover from the
effects of the war, even if it should
We don't advise over-doing the
thing. We would not keep a lot of sur
plus ma'es not fit for sale or for usf
Poultry Committee of the Missouri
Federation of Commercial Clubs.
METHODISTS SEEK RELIEF FUND
Washington, Oct. 27 Many bishops
and high officials cf the Methodist
Episcopal Church met here today for
a three days' conference to plan rais
in g$5,000,000 from the Eastern Con
ference for support of aged widows
and children, of deceased pastors. Ad
dresses will be made by Speaker Clark
and about 13 bishops in behalf of the