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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI, DECEMBER 25, 1914
V OL. XV.
X-MAS TREE TONIGHT
CitvWill Be Host to All of
Christmas Food Will Be Given to Every
Needy Family in Town.
EVERY BOY AND GIRL GETS
SOCK OF CANDY AND TOYS
Elk's Club Turns $77 Over to Fund, Bringing Total Sum
To $600 With Outlook For Big Collection
Today Record Crowd Expected.
Silent Night! Holy Night!
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace, .
Silent Night! Holy Night!
.Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar
(By L. H. Redner)
O little town of Bethlehem!
How still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the
Ae met in thee tonight.
For Christ is born of Mary,
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep the angels
Their watch of wondering love,
0 Morning Stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth !
And praises sing to God the King
My country! 'tis of thee.
Sweet land of liberty.
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died
Land of the Pilgrim's pride!
From every mountain side
Let freedom ring..
My native country, thee
Land of the noble free
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills
Like that above.
Rich and poor, old and young will forget age and social standing and
fraternize tonight around the Municipal Christmas Tree, which will be illum
inated and loaded with presents at 7 o'clock tonight. This pageant will be the
greatest tribute Cape Girardeau ever paid to charity.
The tree,. which will bear a present for every boy and girl in the city, was
finally adjusted on its pedestal late yesterday evening by a crew of workmen
from the Missouri Public Utilities Company, which had been furnished by A.
M. Tinsley, the manager.
A mammoth Btar, representing Bethlehem, was placed in the very tip
top of the tree. This will contain a cluster of almost a hundred electric
bulbs, which will radiate light when the current is turned on this evening.
Mayor Kage has requested each of the ministers in the city to have the
church sextons ring their respective bells for five minutes, beginning sharply
at 7 o'clock. These bells will be the signal for the power house to touch the
button which will set the Municipal in a spectacular blaze of glory.
Silvered tinsel has been prepared in
great quantities by Mrs. E. G. Gram
ling and members of her various com
mittees. The tree will be decorated
today from top to base with this ma
terial and other fancy ornaments em
blematic of the Yuletide.
Eighteen hundred stockings have
been filled by., maids and matrons for
the little girls and boys of this city.
These will be distributed to rich and
poor alike, but there will be stockings
for all. The baskets of food have been
filled and will be distributed today and
Every basket is laden with good
things to eat, and every family will
find enough edibles tolast them sev
And erroneous impression prevails
in some quarters of the city, Mrs.
GramUng announced last night, which
Its Children and Basket of
Heavenly hosts sing Allelulia.
Christ, the Savior, is born!
Christ, the Savior is born!
Silent Night! Holy .Night!
Son of God love's pure light "
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
And peace to men on earth.
How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of' his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming
But in this world of sin.
Where meek souls will receive Him
still, '. ;
The "dear Christ enters Inl
O Holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us, we pray; , "
Cast our sin, and enter in,
Be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come tois, abide with us.
Our Lord Emmanuel. t
Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
Our father's God! to Thee,
Author of liberty.
To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King!
she hopes to rectify. "I am reliably
informed that many women expect to
be presented with the stockings of
candy at the tree. This is a mistake.
The tree is for the children exclusive
ly, and they alone will participate ir
One of the mort striking features of
the ceremony at the tree will be the
musical program, which is to be con
ducted under the supervision of Mrs.
A. H. Hinchey. A chorus of children's
voices, several - hundred in number,
will sing three well known songs. The
grown-ups are expected to join in the
choruses, but the children will lead
Mrs. Gramling yesterday received
from W. Palmer Oliver, the sum of
$77.25, a contribution from the Elks
(Continued on page 6)
BY WOMAN GETS
3 YEARS IN PEN
Rev. H. L. Davis, Once Pre
siding Elder in Missouri,
Sentenced in South.
WROTE OBSCENE NOTE
TO MEXICO WOMAN
Former Pasfor is Denounced By
Judge Trial is Sensational
Jacksonville, Fla., Dec. 23 The
Rev. Howard L. Davis, formerly pre
siding elder of the Mexico (Mo.) dis
trict of the Southern Methodist
Church, has been sentenced to three
years in the Federal penitentiary at
lanta on his plea of guilty to the
charge of sending improper communi
cations and scurrilous matters through
the United States mails to Mrs. Vir
ginia W. Davis of Mexico, Mo.
Davis was expelled from the min
istry and from membership in the
church in August at a church trial at
Titusville, Fla., at which he is said
to have made a complete confession
He was at that time pastor of the
Southern Methodist Church at Fort
Davis, who is 54 yean old ar
distinguished appearance, was accom
panied to court by his wife and two
grown sons, in pleading guilty he
made an impassioned address. Judge
Hydon McCall, in sentencing him,
spoke for five minutes and excoriated
"If you were an ignorant man,"
Judge McCall said, T would say that
you might 4ive merely blundered, but
for a man who is supposed to be a
teacher of morality to stoop to at
tempt to defame a woman's character
there is no excuse. I sentence you to
a term of three years."
The offense of Davis consisted not
in sending obsence matter through the
mail, but in sending scurrilous mes
sages on postal cards. If the com
munications had been sealed there
would have been no violation of the
Before going to Florida, Davis was
minister in the Missouri Conference
for nearly 30 years. He preached at
St. Charles, Hannibal, St. Joseph and
other cities, and was an active work
er for statewide prohibition. In 1913
he preached and lectured at the Meth
odist Assembly at Arcadia, Mo. He is
well-known in St. Louis.
Mrs. Virginia Davis is the widow
of a physician and is reputed to be
wealthy. He home was formerly ai
Mokane, Mo., where Davis became ac
quainted with her after he was a
pointed presiding elder of the Mexi
co district. Later she moved to Mexi
co and occupied a house adjoining thai
in which the minister and his famil
Trouble arose between them befor
he left Mexico, and Davis is said t
have written her some letters whil
still there. In admitting his guilt, h
said that he became infuriated w'
Mrs. Davis wrote to him that she In
tended to use these letters against hir
and he then wrote the communication
which resulted in his three years' sen
The church trial was secret. Hi
expulsion from the ministry and mem
bership of the church was on account
of his conduct prior to the writing oi
iiie communications on which the
court conviction was based.
BRICK FALLS ON MAN
Harry Brewster, wmie passing a
building near the shoe factory, was
struck on the head by a brick which
fell from the building and rendered
When he recovered sufficiently to re
alize his condition he went to the of
fice of a physician who examined his
injuries and found them not serious
The scalp had been cut by the four
edges, and stitches were taken in each
The physician thought at first that
the skull had been fractured, but later
investigations proved that it was un
Just behind the firing line at Argonne this Interesting little episode was
photographed. Officers of the French general staff are Interrogating a Ger
man prisoner concerning the strength and position of the kaiser's forces.
ZIMMER 20 YEARS
IN BREWERY TODAY
Once Soldier in Kaiser's Army
to Be Remembered in Gold
By Employers. ' '
Alois Zimmer, the oldest employe of
the Cape Brewery & Ice Company,
will celebrate his twenties anniver
sary with that institution today. As
Mr. Zimmer will be sixty years of age
on his next birthday, the officials of
the brewery will present him with $6C
in gold, which represents a dollar for
'.ach year of his life.
During the score of years that ht
has been in the employ of the brew
ery, he has not been absent a single
day except Sundays and during .the
vacation period each summer. While
he is a son of Germany, America be
came the land of his adoption in Jan
lary of 1879 and Cape Girardeau his
Since he took up his abode in this
city thirty-five years , ago, he spent
eight years in Kentucky, returning to
the Cape in the winter of 1894, when
he became an employe of the fCape
Brewery & Ice Company. ;
He worked in the ice plant of that
institution for four years, and eight
years in the engine room. During the
past eight years he has served as ship
Mr. Zimmer was married in 1880 to
Miss Anna Baumann, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John Baumann of this city.
To this union came four children, two
boys and two girls. One of his daugh
ters now live in Texas, another in St.
Louis and both are married. Robert,
a son, is employed with his father at
the brewery, and Alois, Jr., is the
bookkeeper for the M. E. Leming
Lumber Company. - -
Prior to coming to this country, Mr.
Zimmer served in the Baden Infan
try, Regiment No. 112- and under
Prince .William in Alsace from De
cember 12, 1774 to August 18,1877. I
?He was born In Obersasbach, Amt
Acitern, Baden, June 14, 1914. .
SLAYER FREED ON
BOND IS ARRESTED
Charles Gibbs Set Free When
Police Learn Clew Is
Yesterday afternoon Officer George
Talley was approached , by a stranger
who advised him that a man named
Charles Gibbs, wanted for a murder
committed in Stoddard County nearly
a year ago, was at large in this cit
and that there was a standing reward
for his arrest.
The stranger who gave his name as
Angle, volunteered to accompany th
officer and identify the alleged fugi
tive, if an arrest was desired.
After consulting with Chief Nich
ols, it was decided to investigate t.
matter, and the patrolman, in con.
pany with Angle, started in search c
They found him on board a train,
just preparing to leave for Perkins, a
small station on the Cotton Belt, i.
few miles south of Delta. He was ar
rested and brought back to the sta
tion, where he admitted that his name
A-as Gibbs and that he was the
accuseVd of killing Frank Surface, i
Stoddard County sometime last AprL
He did deny, however, that he was t
fugitive, and insisted that at his p.
limenary hearing last October, he was
bound over to the Circuit Court in
Bloomfield, and that his trial wo
come up in March.
The authorities in Bloomfield wer
communicated with and the prisoner
story was verified. He was then re
leased and permitted to return to .
MISS MAUD PRUITT DEAD
Miss Maud Pruitt, a well-knowr
resident of this city, died yesterday
morning at 10:30 o'clock, at the home
of her mother, Mrs. Mary Pruitt, of
1020 Bloomfield street
Her death was due to stomach
trouble with which she had been af
flicted for several years.
Miss Pruitt was one of the best
known women of the city. The only
relatives surviving her, are her moth
er, of this city, and an aunt of Alton,
Arrangements for the funeral have
not been completed, but she will per
haps be buried on Christmas day,
which will be exactly eleven years
since the funeral of her father.
BANK IS ROBBED OF $2000
Richmond, Va., Dec 23 Bank rob
bers stole $2000 through the receiv
ing ieller's window of the Central Vr
'lional Bank here yesterday afternoon
and escaped before the loss was dis
Chamber of Deputies at Libson
Adopts Motion to Openly Op
pose Austria and Germany To
Get Ready For Invasion of
MOHAMMEDANS DESERT BRITISH
RANKS TO JOIN WITH THE TURKS
Schwab Returning From Europe,
Says Order For Submarines U.S.
Made Him Cancel Involved
Twenty-five Million Dollars
Germans Make Slight Gains.
New York, Dec. 23 Charles M. Schwab, the steel magnate, who arrived
from England tonight, said his only excuse for the trip to England was to
csncel the contracts he had received from Enc?and for' the construction of
submarines. He said the contracts involved about $25,000,000.
Secretary of State Bryan told him, he said, that the shipment to any of
the b3liigerent powers would be a breach of the neutrality laws.
Berlin, Dec. 23 It is reported from Constantinople that the Turks passed
the Egyptian frontier in great force. The dispatch also states that many of
the Indian Mohammedans from the British army are deserting the British
for the Turks. '
Berlin, by wireless to London, Dec. 23 The official statement issued to
day by army headquarters says:
"The situation in East and West Prussia is unchanged.
"Battles for posse&sion of the branches of the Bzura River (wet m War
"Attacks in the region of Lombaert?ydc and to the south of Bixschoote
have been easily renulsed by us. At Richebourg l'Avoue the English again
were driven from their positions yesterday.
"Notwithstanding desperate counter attacks we have retained all the
positions which we captured from the English on the Richebourg canal from
Aire to La Baccee. Since Dec. 20, 750 British and colored soldiers have
been captured by us and five machine guns and four mine throwers taken.
A report from fit-Id headquarters states that a German attack has been
made in the Eastern war arena, but whether the operations were directed
against the Russian rear or main line is not stated.
"The situation in Galicia," the report says, "has cleared. The Russians
are holding the east bank of the Dunajec River to Tuchow (a town just south
cf Tarnow). Another Russian line extends to the southeast of Krosno (on
the railroad' between Jas'.o and SanoIO. Heavy fighting is going onxat both
Tuchow and Krosno and also at Bup!ow Pass."
London, Dec. 23 Three of the rreat German 42 centimeter siege guns
have been sent from Belgium to Thorn to be hurried across Poland for the
bombardment of Warsaw, according to Amsterdam dispatches here today.
Lisbon, Dec. 23 The entrance of Portugal into the European war was
foreshadowed today when the Chamber voted in favor of making preparations
for Portugal to join England in the conflict.
The Chamber also approved proposals for measures to be taken in de
fense of the colonies and all steps necessary placing the country on a war
It is generally expected that Portugal's greatest activity will be in Africa
ag&inst the German colonies, should the decision to enter the war be finally
The vote in the Chamber today followed an announcement that th Ger
mans had directed another attack upon the Portuguese province of Angola.
Portugal's peace strength consists of 30,000 men, comprising the home
army and 10,000 colonial troops. In war time about 250,000 trained troops
:ould be put into the field.
Conscription prevails in Portugal and the army is considered fairly effi
cient, but not thoroughly equipped.
Portugal already has sent ar. expeditionary force estimated at upwards
of 7000 men to West Africa. The first of these troops were sent during
September and more followed during October.
The resolution adopted by the Chamber was introduced by Senor Offonso ;
Costa. It declares: "Recognizing that the recent political crisis was solved
on constitutional lines, and that the first acts of the new government have
been inspired by a patriotic program, the Chamber repeats its expression of
confidence that the Government will continue to defend the republic vigorous
ly and push preparations for the military defense of our colonies and also
preparations for our intervention in the war in Europe by the side 'of Great
Petrograd (via 4 London), Dec. 23 Large bodies of Russian troops arc
moving toward Cracow, the Galician stronghold, from the north and east.
An important battle apparently is developing in Southwestern Poland near
, While the Germans are not relaxing their efforts along the line from
Sochacrew to Skierniewice, in ne movement toward Warsaw, the greatest
activity yesterday was in the vicinity Miechow and Andrejew, immediately
northeast of Cracow. The Russians have moved back to positions along the
left bank of the Nida River near its junction with the Vistula, 30 miles east
of Cracow. The objective of the A retro-German forces in this vicinity ap
pears to be Kiclce. Their front extends about 70 miles from the right bank
of the Nida. Their strength is estimated at eight to 10 army corps (320,000
to 400,000 men.)
The Teutonic allies Dec. 18 attacked the outskirts of Pinczow, 25 miles
east of Miechow and were successful in crossing the river. Subsequently,
however, they were thrown back with heavy losses after a desperate fight.
; The Russians are in force along the Pilica River, 25 miles east of Pio
trkow. The gan between that position and the Nida River is occupied by
five divisions of German cava'ry. The two Russian armies are seeking to
close in, movin? in the direction of O?oczno. Near the latter point, in the
vicinity of the town of Shedboro, an Austrian force was defeated several
days ago, losing 1000 men and 17 officers. It is the opinion of Russion mili
tary critics that the aetion in this territory is intended by the Germans -draw
away the Russians from the vicinity of Cracow by threatening their