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Capo Normnl School
AND THE CAPE COUNTY HEARLD
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI, NOVEMBER 20, 1914
N a ruber 17
Candidate For Post Office
Outlines Another Chapter of
Charges He'll Prefer.
REBUKES CRITICS WHO
PLEAD FOR FLENTGE
Says Job Is Too Important
Be Awarded to Charity
Dr. J. C. Vorbeck, candidate for
Postmaster and nemesis of Edward W.
Flentge, last night turned the batters
on that Republican official again. In
a letter to The Tribune, he states that
friends of Flentge want him to hold
ie job until his term of office expires
because he needs the position.
He then relates some of the charges
he is going to place against the Post
master. He expects to have his re
port ready to be sent to the Postmas
ter General within a few days.
"I am waiting on some data to be
furnished by some residents of this
city," said Dr. Vorbeck, "and as soon
as I receive this, I expect to include
it in my report and file the document
Dr. Vorbeck's letter to The Tribune
To the Editor of The Tribune:
I am advised that a few of Mr.
Flentge's friends are endeavoring to
create the sentiment that he is en
titled to serve out his present term
on the grounds that to have him re
moved would be to deprive him of a
That regardless of v.hatever com
petent charges can be justly brought
against him, that irrespective of the
propriety with which ouster proceed
ings may be brought, he should be al
lowed to keep the job on the grounds
Now, of course, this is always a
laudable practice toward those in need
but it is seldom a good defense against
prosecutions for violations of the laws
governing the conduct of individuals
and it is a :oor defense for the
friends of our present postmaster to
offer against the well known plans
for the speedy termination of his
commission. These friends were re
cently advised why this action was not
taken sooner by the Democrats.
I have found many Republicans, in
fact as I find it now, the sentiment
among Republicans has been almost
universal on this one point, why are
the Democrats permitting the post
master to continue in office and at the
same time occupy his time and energy
so intensely, not only in other direc
tions, but in creating a condition of
unusual strife anion? the patrons of
his office whom his duties are to serve
Had they answered this question
with the presumption, that his culti
vation of the friendship of several
prominent Democrats very soon after
the national administration changed
hands explained his success in hold
ing on this long, they doubtless would
have been pretty nearly correct. There
is hardly anv other explanation to
offer, for it is very doubtful if any
postmaster in the land has been more
actively engaged in the effort to shape
the destiny of the local government
than has been our postmaster.
Observe the two mysterious organ
izations advertised as the Men's Club
and the Citizens' Committee and we
have at least two working instruments
which have grown out of 'the post
master's pernicious activity in just
one direction, and whether he spurred
them to action or they spurred him, is
quite immaterial, 1 strife in the com
munity, bitterness among those who
should be friends and warring fac
tions are some of the creations for
which they are entitled to credit.
As far as I am concerned, the post
master's magnanimous friends may
look to Washington for the exercise of
charity but the great majority of the
patrons of this effice simply ask for
justice. Respectfully, . '."
Dr. J. C. Vorbeck.
DURING DAY; .
MAN, RUN OVER
Teamster Falls From Loaded
Wagon and Both Legs
HORSE KICKS MAN
Frisco Employe's Foot is Crushed
and Steel Sticks in
Numerous accidents of a serious
nature were reported yesterday and all
through the day the surgeons were
kept busy administering first aid to
the suffering victims of the unusually
extensive list of emergency calls.
Activities were started when Jay
Angel, a teamster, fell from his wag
on on toll gate hill just north of the
city, and had both legs broken when
a wagon load of crushed stone passed
Mr. Angel was standing and just
as the wagon reached an uneven spot
in the road, le turned to speak to
Herbert Miller who .was. driving im
mediately behind him. As he turned
he lost his balance and fell between
the wheels, and before the team could
be brought to a stop, the rear wheels
passed over his legs breaking them
both between the knees and the ankles.
He was taken to St. Francis hospital
where treatment was given him.
At about the same time, a physician
was called to treat Harry Kage for in
juries he had sustained from falling
off a ladder, while engaged at some
work about the dredging macliines
where he is employed as a watchman.
While Mr. Eage was walking up the
ladder a run broke under his weight,
and when he dropped, one of the point
ed ends of the broken rung entered the
muscles of his leg, cutting an ugly
and dangerous gash.
Charles Brinkman, a Frisco employe
W2s the next man to seek surgical as
sistance, as a result f having a small
piece of steel fly in his eye while at
The eyeball was seriously cut, and
the particle was so deeply imbedded
that considerable time was required
for its removal.
A little later in the afternoon, Thos.
Jeffords, another Frisco employe, who
works in the stoi-e room, had his foot
badly crushed when a heavy sill that
he was moving slipped off the roller
and struck him.
He was unable to walk and was
brought from the shops to Indepen
dence street on a hand car. and from
there carried to his home near the
corner of Themis and Main street.
Then followed the lull of several
minutes before Sam Randol, a team
ster employed by the Morrison Ice &
Fuel Co., received a broken leg by be
ing kicked by a horse.
The last report of accidents received
was that of T. M. Busg and William
Mason of Vanduser who had their au-
j tomobile wrecked near Appleton, while
returning to this city from the Bank
ers' convention in Perryville.
Emil Hirsch, a young man 19 year
of age, who lives with his mother at
1427 William street, was attacked by
a highwayman Tuesday night at 10
o'clock within a block of his home.-
Without any warning, he was struck
in the back with a heavy instrument
of some kind, and knocked down. He
was rendered helpless by the blow, and
could offer no resistance to his as
sailant. If is believed that the attack was
made by someone who was familiar
with the fact that the young man had
been collecting rents for his mother
during the day, and that robbery was
the motive. -
The young man had no money on his
person at the time, and the thief was
compelled to go away empty handed.
. Emil could give no description of
the man as he paw nothing but 'his
form as he fled after the attack. ''
A fine baby girl arrived yesterday
morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Ben Hoyer. who live about six miles
north, of this city on the Perryville
S. E. MISSOURI
To Ask Legislature to Repeal
Banking Statutes that Con
flict With Federal Laws.
WANT STATE BANKS
TO JOIN RESERVE
McWilliams, Cape Farm Advisor,
Tells Financiers What This
More than 150 bankers, represent
ing the sixth group of Missouri bank
ers, met in a conference at Perryville
yesterday for the purpose of mapping
out plans to induce the coming legis
lature to revise the state banking
1 he principal statute they expect
to have changed is that which forbids
one corporation from holding stock in
another. This law prevents the state
banks in Missouri from becoming
members o the Federal Reserve bank
which opened in St. Louis Monday
If the legislature will repeal the old
law or kill it by'substitution, almost
every bank in this state, it is said,
will join the Federal Reserve. This
would virtually make each institution
a national bank.
Richard S. Hawes, vice-president of
the Thii-d National Bank in St. Louis
and president of the Missouri State
Bankers' Association, addressed the
meeting, and urged the financiers to
bend every effort to get all laws regu
lating banks, which conflicted with the
Federal statutes, repealed at the com
ing session of the legislature, . His ob
ject, he said, was to eventually make
all laws regulating banks to be uni
form. He requested the delegates to draft
a list of corrections needed in the slate
statutes and to send these reports to
Clark Avery of the Merchants-Laelede
bank of St. Louis.
The conference convened shortly
before 10 o'clock and the morning ses
sion was taken uo with the transac
tion of routine business. The - dele
gates were entertained at a banquet
given at the court house at noon by
the State Bankers' Association. The
officers who were present are: R. S.
Hawes, President, St. Louis; W. P.
Gordon, Vice-President, Marshall;
Thornton Cook, Treasurer, Kansas
City, and W. S. Keyser, Secretary,
who lives in St. Louis.
Dr. McBride, one of the best known
physicians in this section of the state,
presided as toastmaster. Richard S.
Hawes and Former Congressman
Robb were the principal sneakers.
During the afternoon, the bankers
launched into the subject of better
farming and urged those present to
work in their various counties for the
appointment of farm advisers. Cape
Girardeau made the most complimen
tary showing in this respect. C. M.
McWilliams, the farm adviser of this
county, was present and addressed the
meeting, illustrating the importance
of the office and related its accomplish
ments. His talk was one of the most
interesting speeches of the conference.
William B. Schaefer, president of
the First National Bank, and Maj.
Giboney Houck, a director, represent
ed that institution at the meeting; W.
H. Stubblefield, the Sturdivant, and
Martin Bender and A. G. Kempe were
present as representatives of the
Farmers' and Merchants' bank. They
were pleased with the meeting and
Mr. Schaefer expressed the belief that
it would result in changes long needed
in legislation affecting banking insti
tutions. The counties represented at the
meeting were: Perry, Cape Girardeau,
Bollinger, Scott, Stoddard, Mississippi,
New Madrid, Pemiscot, Dunklin, But
ler, Ripley, Carter; Wayne, Madison,
Iron and Reynolds.
T. M. Buggs and William Mason,
both of Vanduser, who attended the
conference, were wrecked at Appleton
on their way back home last evening.'
They made the trip from Vanduser to
Perryville in an automobile. They
reached Perryville without a mishap
and arrived in time to be present at
Shortly after leaving Appleton on
Bandit General Who Arrests
Mexico's Newest President
Vfis 1 si
A - If
Vera Cruz, Nov. 18 A message from Mexico City tonight .stateH that Pro
visional President Gutierrez was arrested today al Auas Ca'ientes upon
orders from General Villa. He is being held on Villa's orders.
WOMAN BURNED BY
STOVE DIES HERE
Mrs. Ethel Etheridge, Brought
Here From Portageville, Lives .
But Short Time.
Ethel Etheridge, a young married
woman who was brought from her
home in Partageville to this city yes
terday morning .suffering from burns
accidentally received, died at St. Fran
cis Hospital at 8:15 o'clock last even
ing. Mrs. Etheridge met with the acci
dent which caused her death, when her
clothing was ignited while she was
standing with her back to a large
heating stove. . Before she realized
her danger, her skirts were ablaze and
could not be extinguished until she
was fatally burned.
She was hurried to this city for
treatment, but when she arrived her
condition was such that but little hope
was entertained for her recovery.
She was accompanied by her hus
band, John Etheridge,' and her father,
Bert Harris, of Oran, both of whom
were at her bedside at the time of her
The remains were taken to the Lor
berg undertaking parlors and prepared
for shipment to Oran where the funer
al will be held.
Mrs. Etheridge was 22 years of age
at the time of her death, and of her
immediate family is survived by her
husband. Her Barents reside in Oran.
their return, they struck a rocky in
cline and in.. descending the brake on
the machine sliDped and the automo
bile plunged over an embankment and
upset in a ditch. - The axel was forced
through the wheel and shattered the
spokes. The accident forced them to
get assistance to get to this city, from
which point they continued their jour
ney by train. V
Twenty-five Cars of Materia
Ordered By Omaha Box
The Klosterman Veneering Com
pany, with factories located in the
southern section of this city, has re
cently received a large order for its
produci, and Hie force of employes
been reduced to less than
for omc time past, will be in
creased to its full number at once.
Capt. J. L. Stout, superintendent of
the company, stated that he would
have immediate need for at least fiO
men in the mill and in the timber,
and that the work would soon be run
ning full blast.
Charles Sevick, proprietor of the
Acme Box Co., of Omaha, Nebr., has
been in the Cape for several days fig
uring with Capt. Stout on a contem
plated order, and yesterday afternoon
the dec! was closed and a contract
given for 23 carloads of specially, or
dered material, besides one carload of
product kept regularly in stoek.
Mr. Sevick accompanied Capt.
Stout to the timbered land from
which the raw material is obtained
for the mills, and after satisfying
himself that the required quality
could he, furnished, he placed his or
By the terms of the agreement, one
car will be manufactured and shipped
every , ten days untiMhe-order has
been filled. .
Mr. Sevick returned to Omaha yes
. T. H;. Eeal E. H. Held and II. Hill,
three, young men who arrived in this
city a few days ago, enroute to San
Francisco from Henderson, Ky., con
tinued their journey yesterday morn
ing." They are making the trip in ar
one-horse wagon. A h :: '.
Wilson Orders Constantinople to
Give Reasons for Firing at the
American Cruiser as it Enters
Port American Captains are
URGED NOT TO INVOLVE U. S.
UNTIL ORDERED BY DANIELS
Emperor of Austria Decorates Wife
of American Ambassador for Her
Work in Behalf of the Austrian
Soldiers American Ship Held.
Washington, Nov. 18 An ollirial
tonight says that Secretary Daniels
the Tennessee and North Carolina, n .iuest"m?r them to take no action that
would involve the Vniied States without specific insniclioiie fnn.i th- Nay
The "ravilv 0r the situation whi.h has resulted front llv tuvtpljincri
(.ring on the American t-riiisrr ru,'d
his cabinet tonight. Mr. W ilson, it was
( onstantino)le. hut iveuesled Secretary to warn the two capla-us ai;aint
15erlin, Nov, IS The Kmpernr of
Frederick Penfield. wife of the American Ambassador, a grand cross of !!.;
Order of Elizabeth in recognition of
of the Austrian soldiers. This is the
Imperial family has heen-decorled ly
I-oiidon. Nor. 1ft The ' Americtti
British at Gibraltar and released and then seized again in the Meilitrr:tnr-.in
by a British cruiser.. It is chained that he 1? carrying a caro of mnni'ions
of war for Cermanv.
Tokio, Nov. IS rnfa'ter:nr friendship and peae b I w.vit the I'mted
States and Janan was the keynote or
Kathcriaj? arranged by the American
Commissioner to the Panama Exposition at Salt Francisco;
London. No. IS The tJfiitial P-..s
casualties: 272 soldiers killed 2 ' v.otituh d and 301 ini.vsin.
Keri;!i. via London, Nov. is In
German general hesdtiuattVrs. sjvs:
"Fiphlins. in Vest Miuid. r ; continues and. .the .situation' on the r. hole
"In the forest of Arponnr nnr
sorties to the south or Verdun were reputed. An attack was made :i.tint
our forces, which had moved f'rward on the western bank of the river h-use.
near St. .Mihiel, and, although, it was orRinalty successful for the tneenv. it
broke down completely laler on.
"Our attack to the southeast c.f f
9omc o ftheir positions. The Chateau
'New battles l ave developed in
no decision yet has been reached.
"The the southeast o' So'dau fEast
to retreat in the direction of Mhwa.
Jussian cavalry force, which we defeated
back through Tilkallen."
Washington, Nov. IS The United States cruiser Tennessee or her buu.h
probably the atter was tired on yesterday hv the Turkish. foils at So.v?n i.
Capt. Benton C. Decker of the cruiser, remof In" Hie ir.r :.!ni te:l.i to
he Navy Department, cave no det ails
been felt for the safely of the American
While avvaitin" further renorts from
bassador Morjranthau and Consul-tier.eral Iloiton. ollicials here have to
theories. One is that the cruiser may have been sending a tia f ashore In
protect the consulate and Americans and c.ilur foreigners. The draw thi
rom Capt. Decker's statement that i'e.irs had been i'eli for (lie M-I'etv of the
consulate. The other is that Capt. Decker had called on Cotisiil-Ceneral Dor-
on. who, after returning the call, was
rutser s launch, which may have leen
are very strict.
Before regarding the firing n the
:ereare inclined to await further retKrls and hold to the belief that it might
have been a misunderstanding or the
quickly be corrected in Constantinople.
(apt. Decker reported to Secretary
ourlah to Smvrna to tnake an otlicial
Secretary Daniels, in a statement
proceeded to and left Vottriah at the
and is now anchored in the harbor of Schio (Chios), from which Capt. Decker's
lelepram was sent."
Secretary Panic's has ca"ed tinou
a fu'! 'eoort of the incident.
Capt. Decker's report confirming
officials honed and be'ieved were inaccurate. Iet them IcJay in a state of
amaed wonder. Every effort is In-in made to set more comnlele retorts of
th incident from the Tennessee's commander. . His report does not sav whether
he Tennessee or her 'aunch, ns was
Secretary Daniels in discussinsr the matter said:
"The information we hae at the preseot time ;s indefiniie. That a shot
was fired is aU that we know. Whether
a warning is yet to be explained by
port. . The presumption is that it is mined. I he land forts'may have fired a
shot either to n-event the 'aunch or
rom entering the harbor or from running on a mine lield. I hope that this .
mav be the case. But in any ecnt we
until we have the official facts before
President wiIson anxious'y awaited
directed that a'! renorts received be Rent
learned that he expressed confidence that
A rumor received here via Atontrea?. tha Ambassador Morenthau bad
demanded his nassrwrts was characterized at loth the State Department and
the Mhste House as utterly absurd.
statement from the Navy l parinicnt
has sent a message 'to l!i- captains f
the President to call a coniVreiue of
'earned, demanded a ft.!t n noit front
Austria today coafVrr.d www Mr.
In r extraordinary cfforls fV.r the welfare
first time a Iadv not connected xst the
Si earner Kroon!ond was :.-itd hv the
li e speeches delivered here tonisM n a
Ambassador iu honor of the Jjoa w
".in can issur-d these addition lists of
oHicirl communication issued Indav hv
attacks continue successful! r. I';,ni!i
iiev comnel'ed the French to surrender
hatillon was st nud and t.tke.i hv oor
!V!in.? in the recir.n north oi i r-d. hot
Prussia) the enMnv Ins btn fcrrvd
Coon the extreme western .vine a stron-r
Nov. 16 and Nov. 17. ha-, been diiu .i
oi' the lirinf--. K.it :ni.l. i lliil lt:ii h ..t
Cant. Decker, and oilier Ooni Am
beinir taken bnck to shore by the
returning ifter boors r.I ciiliy, which
American shin as a hostile act. officials
a.i of souic local oUicial which will
Daniels that wh:le proceeding from
call the vessel was tired on.
on the incident, said: "The Tennessee
icuuest of Ambassador Morgenlhau
Capt. Decker to forward immediately
last night's news dispatches, which
reported in news dispatches Was fired
it was tired wiib hostile intent or as
('apt. Decker. Smyrna is now a closed
even lossib'v the Tennessee itself
cannot take anv steps in the matter
a1' !rfornat:on m th." subject. He
dirert'y to him. Incident aUr it w as
the occurrence wou'd not IwHome an
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