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THE TRIBUNE COVERS
LIKE THE DEW. i i
THE TRIBUNE'S CIRCULA
TION IS THE LARGEST IN
CAPE GIRARDEAU. i
A NEWSPAPER THAT PRINTS ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT AND PRINTS IT FIRST
VOL. XIV. AND THE CAPE COUNTY HERALD, CAPE GIRARDEAU, MISSOURI, DECEMBER 3, 1915. NUMBER 47.
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TO SAM CARTER
Frank C. Rand Promises one
Third Advance If Cape
COST OF ADDITION IS
ESTIMATED AT $33,000
Business Men to Meet at Com'l
Club Tonight to Devise
Samuel M. Carter yesterday pre
sented to Commercial Club members
and Cape business men, the first tang
ible offer that has been made by the
International Shoe Co., of St. Louis,
to increase their factory's capacity
here. If Cape money will build an
W) loot addition to the present factory,
the shoe company will increase its out
put a third, increase the weekly pay
roll by $2200 and increase the number
of shoe factory workers by about 250.
The company's proposition was
made to Mr. Carter by Frank C. Rand,
vice president of the International
Shoe Co., in charge of the manufac
turing department, and Mr. Mounton,
general factory supervisor.
Mr. Carter, who is chairman of the
Commercial Club's special committee
on the shoe factory's tentative expan
sion, when in St. Louis last Saturday,
accompanied by Attorney I. R. Kelso,
held a conference with Mr. Rand and
The four men discussed the factory
situation in the Cape thoroughly and
the representatives of the shoe com
pany gave the Cape men their definite
It is estimated that it would cost
between Cr.O.OGO end ?.Ti,000 to con
struct the proposed addition to the
shoe factoiy on North Main street.
A special meeting of the Commer
cial Club has been called for the pur
pose of discussing the offer that has
bfcn made to the Cape and to de
termine whether or not an effort will
be made to raise the money for carry
ing the plan to a successful conclusion.
The special meeting will be held in
the Commercial Club rooms at 8
o'clock tonight. At this meeting, no
solicitation for money will be made, no
endeavor will be made to learn how
much any individual business man will
devote to the proposed fund.
The object will be to gain ideas as
to how to raise the funds, should it be
determined that the Cape will en
deavor to get the addition. Every busi
ness man in the Cape is earnestly re
quested to be present. Every profes
sional man is asked to join the meet
ing. A full representation of the
Cape's business activities is desired.
At a meeting of the Special Com
mittee of which Mr. Carter is chair
man at the Commercial Club rooms
yesterday morning.the business houses
of the Cape were canvassed and spe
cial requests to be present at the meet
ing tonight sent to at least two repre
sentatives in every line of business
endeavor in the Cape.
The meeting tonight in effect will
assume the character of a mass meet
ing of business interests that will be
vitally affected by the increased busi
ness at the shoe factory.
The Special Committee that has
been working "on the shoe factory
proposition is composed of Mr. Car
ter, Mr. R. L. Lamkin, William F.
Bergmann, John L. Miller and C. W.
Mr. Carter was in St Louis last
Saturday when Mr. McPherson was
apprised of the fact. He reached Mr.
Carter by long distance telephone and
suggested that he visit the shoe com
pany officers 'in regard to extensions
at the Cape.
In the conference that was held with
Mr. Rand and Mr. Moulton, the former
told Mr. Carter that the shoe com
pany officers were satisfied that they
had capital enough invested of their
own in the Cape Girardeau plant.
Mr. Moulton's reports and the de
mands from the sales departments
show, however, that the company's
capacity for making shoes of the kind
that the Cape factory turns out, must
be increased. The Cape plant makes
the highest grade of shoes that the
This increased supply of high grade
phoes may be obtained either by an
addition at the Cape or by the organi
zation of a new factory for that kind
of shoes at some one of the other f ac-
(Continued on page 4.)
Shc Spurned The Stage
To Become A Mere Wife
' , ' j
This is a picture of Mrs. John D.
Spreckels, Jr., taken while she and
her husband were on their recent
honeymoon. Mrs. Spreckels was Miss
Sidid Wirt of Kansas City, daughter
of the late Edward L. Wirt. While
studying for a career in grand opera
she met "Jack" Spreckels, who in
duced her to abandon the life of a star
for that of a wife.
MUCH IN DEMAND
Mayor Kage Cets New Offers
Daily-to Take Over Park
Mayor Kage is receiving almost
daily bids from bonding companies for
the Fairgrounds Park bonds. While he ,
expected them to find a ready mar
ket, he did not anticipate so many of-,
fers from out of town concerns.
"We expect to formally take over
the park at the next meeting of the
City Council," said the Mayor, "and
as soon as this is done, the improve
ment work will begin. I want to re
model all of the buildings, build a new
fence around the grounds and improve
the grounds by the time the weather
becomes warm enough for the people
to begin visiting the park.
"The Fairgrounds will look prettier
than ever before when we have com
pleted our improvements. W'e will
have an attendant on the grounds at
all times to see that everything re
mains in the proper condition. He will
also be empowered to see that those
who vis";t the park will conduct them
selves properly and not injure the
flowers and trees.
"I am hoping to get the zoo under
way by spring. While it may not be
possible to complete this institution,
we will have some of the attractions
installed on the grounds by the time
the children begin their summer pil
grimages to the park."
Mayor Kage stated that an attend
ant had not been appointed yet. He
will submit the name of his selections
to the City Council next Monday night,
probably, for the approval of the law
makers. The salary of this official
will be approximately $50 a month,
with free living quarters in the club-
huose. He will also be allotted a small
tract of land to be used for garden
Mayor Kage stated that the city
would permit boys to play ball in the
Fairgrounds as well as to enjoy other
games. "AH of the liberties that are
granted to the children of St. Louis
by the park commissioner will be ex
tended to our boys and girls," said the
executive. "But all must conduct them-
is labeled body
of ax grinders
Dr.Vorbeck Reveals Wrangle
at Meeting Here Last
HE TOLD DELEGATES
THEY PINED FOR PIE
Physician Says He Had His Say
But Was Steamrollered
At the Finish.
There was a ripple of insurgency at
the meeting of the Southeast Missouri
Democratic Club here last Monday,
but it did not become publicly known
The question of "home rule" caused
the clash. The vice presidents of the
new organization were chosen by the
delegates who took part in the meet
ing, and the rank and file of the coun
ties which the vice presidents are sup
posed to represent did not get a
Dr. J. C. Vorbeck, who led the revo
lutionary forces, declared that the con
ference was violating the principle of
the primary law, which, he asserted,
had come to stay.
"This is but an ax-grinding club,"
shouted the physician. "You are going
to appoint men to head the Demo
cratic party in the counties of South
east Missouri without giving the work
ers a hearing. You cannot overlook
"Instead of this conference naming
the vice presidents who are to repre
sent the club in the various counties,
you should permit the Democrats of
those counties to make their own selec
tions. We might get the best men in
those counties and we are just as apt
to get the dead ones.
"The old convention plan of choos
ing candidates and fixing slates is
gone and in its place has come the
primary law, which gives the people
the right to rule."
The Cape physician was sat upon.
While he made the delegates listen
while he had the floor, his suggestion
was received with frozen glances, but
he did make a few of them squirm in
their chairs, he said.
When asked to explain why he
thought the club was an "ax-grinding
organization," Dr. Vorbeck sa'id: "You
see this is the proposition: the men
who met here do not represent the
party, and the club does not represent
the party. There are some live mem
bers in the organization, but most of
them are what are commonly consider
ed Mead ones.'
"Now the conference selected a num
ber of vice presidents, who represent
their respective counties in the South
east Missouri Democratic Club. These
men are going to attend the Jackson
Day banquet in St. Louis, where Presi
dent Wilson is expected to make a
speech. They will be there as the lead
ers of Democracy in Southeast Mis
souri. "If the party is successful next year,
these men will claim all the credit that
belongs to Southeast Missouri, and
will, of course, spear all of the po
litical pie. That's why I call it an
'ax-grinding- club.' Any organization,
which only expects to land a job for
each member is no better than a set
of deuces, as a poker player would
"Some of the men who were chosen
vice presidents are chairmen of coun
ty committees. I have written to those
men during the course of recent cam
paigns and failed to receive a reply to
my letters. That shows just how ac
tive they are in behalf of the party.
"Now I am opposed to pinochle po
litics, and I think I can say that a
great many Democrats in Southeast
Missouri are. I'm afraid I can't sup
port the club."
One of the local Democrats who took
part in the conference, was asked to
reply to Dr. Vorbeck's charges. He
said: "Now Doc is sore because we
had to push the steamrollers over him.
The trouble with the Doc is that he is
too long on oratory. I don't think such
chaff should get into- the press. Of
course, we Democrats do disagree at
times, but its all supposed to be just
between us girls."
selves properly. I will not tolerate any
rowdyism. I want the park to be so
conducted that anyone can go there
and spend a day without any unpleas
ant incidents. This will help to make
the park popular and will cause every
body to appreciate it"
Here Is The Church In Which
Mrs. Gait Will Wed Mr. Wilson
This is St. Margaret's Episcopal church, on Connecticut avenue, Wash
ington, in which, it Is believed, will be held the wedding of President Wilson
and Mrs. Gait. Rev. Dr. Herbert Scott Smith, whose portrait is shown, is
pastor of the church and in all probability will be the officiating minister.
HURT IN ACCIDENT
Horse Falls and Throws Bessie
Medley ane Bernice Williams
When the!r horse stumbled and fell
on a hill on the gravel road west of
Jackson Tuesday afternoon, virtually
wrecking the buggy, three young wom
en, well known in Jackson and Cape
County, were injured, two of them
The young women were: Miss Bes
sie Medley, Miss Carrie Medley and
Miss Bernice Williams, all members
of prominent and widely known Jack
son families. 4
As the horse fell, the rig virtually
ran over the animal, and Miss Bessie
Medley and Miss Williams were
thrown from the rig. Miss Carrie
Medley retained her seat in the rig,
but was bruised and suffered shock.
Miss Williams sustained a severe
laceration on the nose and both she
and Miss Bessie Medley have numer
ous bruises and contusions on the
The young women were unable to
extricate the horse from the entangle
ment of harness and buggy. They sum
moned aid from Henry Althentahl who
was working on a farm nearby. Aft
er he had gotten the animal out from
under the buggy and hitched him to
the rig, the young women were en
abled to drive back to Jackson where
thev went to their homes.
CARUTHERSVILLE FARMER, 63,
DIVORCED BY WIFE ONLY 24
Wife of E. L. Davis Says He Mis
treated Her Married Only
St. Louis, Dec. 1. Judge G. A.
Wurdeman of Clayton this morning
granted a divorce to Mrs. Martha Ray
Davis, 24 years old, a nurse, from Ed
ward L. Davis, 63 years old, a wealthy
farmer of Caruthersville, Mo. The
decree was granted by default after
Mr. Davis withdrew his answer to her
petition. Mrs. Davis maiden name,
Martha Ray Roberts, was restored.
Mrs. Davis in her petition charged
her husband mistreated her. She testi
fied in the hearing several weeks ago
that they were married Sept. 10, 1914,
and lived together 14 days, when she
was forced to leave him. They became
acquainted while Mr. Davis was a pa
tient at the Christian Hospital, where
Miss Roberts was a nurse.
No alimony was granted, but ,it was
understood a settlement was made out
WILLER REPRIMANDS BROWN
Rul9 Against Cussing After Fine
was Imposed on Similar Charge.
After Judge W. H. Wilier had im
posed a fine of $1 and costs upon Shep
Brown yesterday morning on a charge
of disturbing the peace on complaint
of his wife, Mrs. Mamie Brown, Eva
Seward and a Mrs. Mann of Walnut
street, the Judge was forced to repri
mand Brown for using profane lan
guage !in the courtroom.
The three women appeared at
Brown's trial and testified against
him. The Judge heard the testimony
and assessed Brown's-fine at $1 and
POPLAR BLUFF LIGHT
SUIT IS DISMISSED
Action to Impede City Plant stop
pedOutcome Now Up
To Federal Court.
Attorneys for W. E. Morrison, a
business man and property owner in
Poplar Bluff, yesterday withdrew a
suit that Morrison had filed against
the City of Poplar Bluff to stop the
issue of $7.1,000 bonds with which to
erect a municipal light and power
plant there, when the suit was called
to trial in the Court of Common Pleas
before Judge Ranney.
Morrison's suit is one brought
against the City of Poplar Bluff sim
ilar in character to one brought in
the U. S. District Court by James L.
Dalton. Dalton is a non-resident of
the State, so that this suit to break
up the municipal light and power plant
for Poplar Bluff was brought in the
An agreement has been entered into
between the City Counselor at Poplar
Bluff and the attorneys for Morrison
to abide by the outcome, in Morrison's
suit, of Dalton's suit before the St.
Louis Court of Appeals to which the
Dalton suit has been taken, following
an adverse decision before Judge Dyer
in the District Court.
Dalton's suit was tried in the Dis
trict Court at the November term, and
Judge Dyer ruled against Dalton's po-1
sition in every point. At that time
the case's outcome was heralded as a
victory for municipal electricity at
Morrison names as defendants in
his suit the Mayor of Poplar Bluff,
Robert G. Felts, and the city council
men, Edward Patton, Roland Phillips,
George Begley Jr., John Macom, I. D.
DeLapp, Dr. A. W. Davidson, Ira
Bradley and Thomas Penney Jr., as
we'.l as J. R. Sutherlin & Co., the bond
ing company that had made arrange
ments to purchase the city's bond is
sue. On March 2, 1914, the Mayor and
council passed and approved an ordi
nance calling for a special election on
the bond issue. The ?75,0OO bonds
were approved by the voters of the
town on March 19, 1914, by a vote of
862 to 225.
On March 24, 1914, the petition of
Morrison's suit recites that the Mayor
and council met to pass a bill on the
special election accepting the vote at
an illegal and unauthorized meeting.
The ordinance making the bond is
sue was passed Aug. 16, 1915. Ar
rangements were made for the sale of
the bonds and the procedure to pro
cure the municipal light and power
plant was stopped by an injunction
after the check for the bonds had been
given to the city officials. The in
junction kept the banks from cashing
costs or $10.80. Court had been ad
journed and Brown was preparing to
depart when he applied epithets to the
women that the Judge took exception
"Here, hold on! That kind of talk
won't do around here," he told Brown.
Brown apologized to the Judge and
departed td taise the money vrith
which to pay his fine. He made the
payment and was released.
Balkan Nation's Army Now In
Jail as Prisoners of War Austria
Now Making Targets of Monte
ITALY ENTERS INTO A PACT TO
CONTINUE FIGHTING TO A FINISH
U. S. Senate to Call For Details Of
England's Blockade Foreign Re
lations Committee to Act.
SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE TRIBUNE
London, Dec. 1. With the capture of 17,000 men at Prisrend. the Bul
garians have announced that the campaign against Servia has been com
pleted. The Servian defeat in their last stand was complete.
An official statement, 'issued in Vienna tonight, announces that during
November the army of General Koevess captured 40,800 Servian soldiers and
26.C00 civilians who are liable to military service. In addition to this, the
i rmy also took possession of large quantities of ammunition.
Berlin already has reported the capture of more than 100,000 Servians.
The Austrians are continuing their invasion of Montenegro against stubborn
resistance. Progress toward Plevlje is announced.
Rome, Dec. 1. Foreign Minister Sonnlno annouced in Parliament today
that Italy had signed the London pact of September 5, providing for no sep
arate peace and that assistance would be sent to Servia. These announce
ments were greeted with cheers.
Washington, Dec. 1. The action of Great Britain in requisitioning the
American steamships Genesee and Hockings, owned by the American Trans
lnjitie Steamship Company, has developed the most acute issue between the
two governments since the beginning of the war.
At the State Department today it was described as "unexampled and ar
bitrary act and without precedent as a violation of International law." Tho
entire matter will go before Congress. It is known that on Monday, the
opening day, a resolution will be introduced in the Senate, directing the For
eign Relations Committee to investigate the blockade of neutral ports by
England and report what legislation is needed to protect American vessels.
Washington, Dec. 1. That several attempts have been made to destroy
the great United States military arsenal and supply depot at Rock Island,
111., was learned today. As the result of this discovery, a small army of
guards has been stationed on the Federal reservation at all approaches, and
no one is allowed to pass the sentry posts without accounting for his presence.
A complete report of the number of circumstances is on its way to the Stat
London. Dec. 1. Mere play for time is all officialdom here can see today
in the Greek request for "a definition of the military features of the allies'
requirements in Macedonia.'"
An answer to the latest Athens note is being prepared, but it is declared
its tone will be such as to leave Greece no further alternate but defiance or
Rome, Dec. 1. The Italians are increasing the fury of their attack, and
tightening their lines about Gorizia today. The news of the city's fall is ex
pected here almost hourly.
The Austrians are making desperate counter attacks, but the Italians are
beating them back invariably, inflicting the heaviest losses.
Sallies of this kind are officially reported at Urzili and Vodil. Their re
sult was the capture of several hundred Austrian prisoners, a few machine
guns and quantities of war material.
Berlin, via London, Dec. 1. Army Headquarters announced today that
with the capture by the Bulgarians of Prisrend, in Western Servia, near tht
Albanian border, 15,000 Servians were made prisoners.
Today's official statement says:
"Successful engagements occurred at certain points with enemy rear
"At Prisrend, Bulgarian troops took 13,000 Servian prisoners, many
mountain guns and other war materials."
An official report given out at the Bulgarian army headquarters under
date of Nov. 29 says:
"Bulgarian troops, after a short and decisive engagement, took Prisrend
and made prisoner between 16,000 and 17,000 Servians, They also captured
50 field cannon and howitzers, 20,000 rifles, 148 automobiles and a large
amount of war material. The number of prisoners continues to increase.
"King Peter and the Russian Minister to Servia, Prince Troubetskoy, on
the afternoon of Nov. 28 left on horseback for an unknown destination with
out any other companions.
"The battle of Prisrend, where the remnants of the Servian army were
made prisoner, will probably end the Servian campaign."
Another Bulgarian official report, dated Nov. 28, says:
"Bulgarian troops have crossed the Upper Cerna and have taken the
bridges and roads which lead to Monastir.
"On the southern Anglo-French front the situation is unchanged. In
order to avoid mistakes it is said that the Anglo-French operations have been
confined to the Cerna Valley. Since the arrival of Bulgarian troops the
Anglo-French forces not only have not advanced one step, but have been
thrown back for a distance of several kilometers.
"All attempts of the Anglo-French troops to advance northwest of Cerna
base failed. The left bank of the Cerna has been completely cleared of the
enemy. The retreating French and Servian troops destroyed all the bridges
over the Cerna up to the mouth of the Vardar."
London, Dec. 1. A German battle plane, steered from the bridge like a
steamship, is described by Baron Ced"erstrom, director of the Swedish Govern
ment aeroplane factory at Soedetrelge, who has bea visiting aviation centers
in Germany. Baron Cederstrom says that the entire German aeroplane pro
duction is undergoing complete revolution, the change being made from light
to heavy machines, the latter capable of carrying immense loads, including
guns, wireless apparatus, petrol bombs and signaling devices.