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HERE'S A DIME
CHAIN; HOW FAR
Ask 5 Friends to Ask 5 Friends
to Ask 5 More Friends '
Etc. to Give.
LETTER TO SALESMAN
REVEALS UNIQUE GIFT
After 50 Rounds of Friends, How
Much Does He Get
"Figger" It Out.
An endless chain of dimes that forms
an intricate network over the entire
country, all to be devoted to charity
for a helpless former traveling sales
man, last night was uncovered in the
Cape in a letter received by E. R. Rob
lee, a St. Louis traveling shoe sales
man. The intricacies of the chain started
a group of traveling men at the St.
Charles Hotel lobby to calculating in
an endeavor to ascertain how far it
would go and they figured, multiplied
and argued till early this morning and
had only reached the $2,000,000 mark
and had gone but a tenth of the way
around the chain.
According to the story revealed in
the letter announcing the chain, Frank
Wetherbee, a forwcr salesman for a
wholesale drug house, is down and out.
Through a malignant disease, he has
lost the use of both legs and recently
he went blind. He has been supported
by a few of his friends, the letter de
clared, until the idea of starting the
dime chain was worked out, to enlist
the support of other traveling men.
He is now living at a place 2," miles
from Bemidji, Minn., the letter states,
and is 16 miles from the nearest rail
road. This is the way in which traveling
salesmen are asked to contribute only
a dime toward his support:
"Here is the propostion," the letter
says. "Please make five copies of this
letter, as I have done, only changing
the date and putting the next higher
number at the top; number and date
each of your live letters the same, sign
your name and mail the live copies to
tive of your friends whom you feel will
"Mail this letter with ten cents to
T. J. Bulk, trustee, care of Northern
Grocer Co., Bemidji. Minn., who will
.-ee that the funds are properly deliver
ed. This chain ends at No. f0. The
party receiving Xo. 50 will please re
turn with ten cents and make no
copies. Don't break the chain."
A study of the letter reveals that the
first man who started the chain, num
bered his letters Xo. 1. He asked live
men to contribute a dime each and
"pass the buck" each one of them to
live of their friends.
Consequently, each of the second
ring of letters would be numbered Xo.
2, and would be sent to 2o men, each
of whom would be asked to give a
dime. This group of 25 men in turn
ask 125 men all in letters numbered
Xo. 1, to do likewise.
That group of 125 men, in letters
which they numbered Xo. 4. would ask
62' men to "kick in" with a dime for
the support of Mr. Wetherbee, or
The letters bearing No. 5 would go
to 3123 traveling salesmen, who would
pay up and make a similar request in
letters numbered No. 6, for 15,625
men to pay up with their bit of
It simply becomes a case of who
can multiply the fastest as to who can
calculate how much Mr. Wetherbee is
to get at the end. Mr. Roblee's letter
was number 26 and by that time Mr.
Wetherbee must have been worth sev
eral millions. It is The Tribune's
guess that he will be capable of financ
ing a European war by the time the
fiftieth letter gets around.
MOTHER IS DEAD
Crief Over Husband's Death
Kills Her Funeral Last
Eleven days after the death of her
husband, Mrs. R. B. Cunningham, mo.
ther. of Dr. H. L. Cunningham, died
last Sunday at her home in Farming
ton, it became known in the Cape yes
terday. Mrs. Cunningham was SO years old
and her husband was 81. Her death
was caused by grieving over the death
of her husband and old age, combined
with an attack of indigestion. She
had been slightly ill for several days
prior to her husband's death, and wheii
he passed away, the shock was go
G. 0. P. TO FILE
CONTEST SUIT IN
ST. LOUIS TODAY
Lamm Managers Say Demo
crats Stole Election by
Police Activity in City.
HARRISON, IN CAPE,
EXPLAINS THE PLANS
Says Democrats Refused to Per-
mits Negroes to Enter Polls
Over 1100 Arrested.
William E. Harrison, who managed
Judge Lamm's campaign in Southeast
Missouri, arrived in the Cape this
morning to confer with political
friends. He announced upon his arrival
that the Lamm managers in St. Louis
would tile a contest suit in that city
Six of the most prominent attorneys
in St. Louis have been employed by
the Republicans. They are: Charles
W. Bates, Henry S. Caulfield, Charles
Xagsl, George B. Webster, Charles P.
Johnson and Henry Rosskopf.
An effort will be made to open the
ballot boxes, Mr. Harrison said, but
the suit to be tiled today, is intended
to compel the election commissioners
to count the votes of about 2000 ne
groes who were rejected on election
"Almost every negro who appeared
at a polling place was arrested," said
Mr. Harrison. "During the day over
1100 were placed under arrest by po
licemen who were working under or
ders from Democratic leaders. We have i
1500 affidavits of men whose votes
"The Lamm managers expect to
show that about 20,000 Republican
votes were not counted. If we could
get one-half of the votes that were re
jected through police intimidation,
Lamm would lead Gardner by several
"Charles W. Hates, who is one of
the most distinguished Democratic
lawyers in Missouri, after examining
the evidence in the contest suit, said
he was confident that he could prove
that the election had virtually been
"We have evidence, obtained from
election judges, that the Democratic
judges in one ward, at the request of
leaders, added 100 Democratic votes
to the total cast in every precinct. The
police were as active in St. Louis as
thev were back in the Butler Indian
days, when elections were carried for
any men Butler wanted, and when men
were slugged at the polls.
"If the Lamm managers succeed in
getting a square deal, and they are
prepared to fight the case to a finish
Judge Lamm is the next Governor of
Missouri. We have elected the Gov
ernor all right. We are now asking
the courts to seat him. We have the
evidence to substantiate our case, and
we expect to win.
"There have been evidences of fraud
in several parts of the State, and there
will be some startling evidence reveal-
! ed before this matter has been settled.
Judge Lamm is unwilling to submit
to defeat brought about by fraud. He
is determined that the vote of the peo
ple will be cast as counted, and he
does not propose to have political lead
ers cheat any man out of his right to
vote for the candidate he prefer?. Our
lawyers say we have evidence enough
to almost hang the men who were re
sponsible for the crimes that have been
great that she could not recover.
She grew worse gradually and the
end came last Sunday.
Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Cunningham, who
reside about two miles west of the
Cape on the Jackson road, and who
had motored to Farmington the week
before to attend the funeral of Mr.
Cunningham's father, had returned to
the Cape when the news of the mo
ther's death arrived.
They returned to Farmington at
once and their daughter, Miss Leona
Cunningham, who had accompanied
them on the first trip, remained in the
The funeral of Mrs. Cunningham
was held last Monday afternoon, and
burial was at the side of her husband.
Mrs. Cunningham was born and
raised in Kentucky. As a girl, how
ever, she came to St. Francois County,
Mo., with her parents and lived there
the rest of her life.
She is survived by five children, two
daughters and three sons. The duagh
ters are: Mrs. C. T. Poston. wife of
Dr. Poston of Bonne Terre, Mo., and
Mrs. Harriet McDaniel of Farmington.
The eons are: Dr. Cunningham of the
Cape, Van Cunningham of Portland,
6re., and James Cunningham, who is
a farmer residing on the old home
stead near Farmington.
THE WEEKLY TRIBUNE AND CAPE
"ARRESTED" COWIJQE J. RUSSELL
FOUND IN WELL
Patrolman Groce Goes Into
Pitfall Looking for Vanish
HEAD IN OLD DRY-PIT
Chief Hauls Out Lantern in
Search on West Morgan
"When is a cow not a cow?"
Tiiat was the question that confront
ed Patrolman Groce of the Haarig
beat last night when a bovine that ho
was driving in from the southwest
part of the citv went into eclipse in
. ... ... ' .
the middle ot the road disappeared in
The policeman .searched for the cow
for several minutes to no avail and as
he was about to give it up, he himself
went into eclipse. He fell into an
old abandoned, dry well in the middle
of Morgan Oak street between Pacific
and Ellis streets.
The cow did too, but into a dif
ferent well, and Patrolman (Iroce's
search was not ended until he and
Chief Hutson had procured a lantern
and made a thorough investigation of
The disappearing cow is owned by
Adolph Seabaugh. The animal broke
her tethering chain late yesterday aft
ernoon and wandered to the southern
part of the city. Groce went after her
and was coming back toward Ilaarig
with the animal, when she became dis.
contended with tS policeman's gait
and broke loose from him.
Mr. Groce followed in the cow's
wake up Ronton street to Jefferson
and over to Morgan Oak. As the cow
was charging down Morgan Oak
street, Mr. Groce was several paces in
the rear. While his eyes were fasten
ed on the roadway immediately in
front of him and ho was not gazing
directly at the cow, the bovine started
across a small gully in the middle of
the road and disappeared.
A sort of a thatched roof of dirt,
leaves and sticks had been built over
the top of the old dry well, that once
had been a part of a brickyard. The
cow had stepped on the middle of this
roof and went in head first.
Mr. Groce wer.t through the same
sort of a covering into a hole about
nine feet deep, as he was looking for
the cow. After floundering around lA
the bottom of the hole, the patrolman
clambered out and went in search of
the chief. While searching for the cow
with a lantern, the two men heard
her breathing, but could not locate the
animal for several minutes.
She eventually was found standing
on her head in the bottom of the well
and in danger of being strangled to
death. Henry P.runke. Mr. Seabaugh
and (Jeorge Meyer, together with sev
eral other men were summoned and
thev final I v succeeded in digging the
cow loose and hoisting her out of the j
When Seabaugh led the cow home,
she took a long drink of water and was
little worse for wear.
SHOE FACTORY GETS
A SUPPLY OF COAL
Car Reaches Cape in Time to
PreT.ent Plant From Sbutiing
A shutdown at the shoe factory, tem
porarily throwing about 600 men and
women out of work, which was threat
ened yesterday by the prospective coal
famine, was averted late yesterday
afternoon by the arrival of a carload
The coal situation at the shoe fac
tory will be alleviated to a greater ex
tent bv the arrival todav of even more
fuel, it was said last night, and the
factory, which now is working upon
Government shoes, will not have to
cease its operation.
On account of the lack of fuel, the
cement plant has been put on a part
time basis and other heavy fuel con
sumers arc running low with their sup
plies. Manager A. M. Tinsley declared
Monday that the Public Utilities Com
pany has but a limited supply of coal
at this time. However, there is a sup
ply of gas coke that "may be used in
the production of power.
The price of ? a ton on coal which
was established last Saturday, con
tinued yesterday with a prospect of a
further advance if the coal famine con
tinues. The car shortage is blamed
for the difficulty in getting coal.
Many private families for the last
two days have been directing their
energies toward laying in supplies of
COUNTY HERALD. FRIDAY MORXIXC. NOVEMBER 17, 1918.
HAS WON, HILL
Republican Says He ha3 been
Defeated by 339, But
Plurality is Almost 1000.
HIS LEAD IS 1200
Discrepancies in Reports to Can
didates Certain Big
David Y. Hill. Republican nominee
for Congress from the Fourteenth
(Congressional District, in a telegram
j to The Tribune last night, admitted
! that he had been defeated bv Con-
' , . T ,, .,
j;Tossman Jo.--.eph J. Russell. While
'lin ns the various counties, re
ceived by Congressman Russell and
Mr. Hill do not tally in every parti
cular, it is apparent that the Republi
can nominee has been defeated by a
Congressman Russell's figures show
that Mr. Hill lost the district by 1256.
Mr. Russell, however, wired The Trib
une that his reports were not official,
but they are substantially correct. Mr.
Hill says he has been defeated by only
'V'.'.K but this estimate is not in keep
ing with the returns from several
counties, as printed in the newspapers.
According to incomplete newspaper
return-;, .Air. Russell has been re-elected
to Congress by a plurality of ap
proximately 1 000. The figures received
by both Congressman Russell and Mr.
Hill were from the various county
chairmen, and in some instances are
not exactly accurate.
The pluralities of the two candidates
in the district, as reported to Congress
man Russell, and which were wired to
The Tribune by the Congressman last
New .Madrid 542
Oregon 11 "7
Mr. Hill's figures, as reported to
The Tribune by wire last night, are:
Stoddard . . .
Pemiscot . . .
Oregon 11 SI
Cape Girardeau 374
The reports from the various coun
ties to the two candidates were in sev
eral instances incorrect. For instance,
Mr. Hill's figures from Xew Madrid
indicate that Mr. Russell carried the
countv bv onlv 200. The official couiu
gives Mr. Russell 642 votes over his
opponent. On the other hand, there
are discrepancies from Dunklin, Pemis
cot and Scott in the reports sent to
Congressman Russell. The official
count from these three counties re
due Mr. Russell's uluralities 174
votes. The official report has not been
received from many counties, but it
seems certain that Mr. Russell has
been re-elected by a lead of almost
1000 over Mr. Hill.
fire-wood to take the place of coal.
The coal" famine is accompanied by
weather virtually unprecedented for
this time of the year. At midnight
last night, the thermometer on the
north wall of the St. Charles Hotel
registered 19 degrees above zero and
earlier in the morning it dropped even
lower than that..
The cold snap that is sweeping over
the country is said to have been
equalled only by that of 1859.
G. a R Cock Is
Shot As It Pays
Democrat, Thinking Rooster
Was Crowing for Republi
cans, Assassinates Him
Henry Suedekum, the
Owner, Sees Democratic
Henry Suedekum Sr., the well-known
farmer, who is an active Republican,
lost a prize barred rock rooster .is :
result of the victory of Woodrow Wil
A neighbor of Mr. Suedekum yester
day sent The Tribune an account of the
assassination of the cockerel.
A Cape County Democrat, accord
ing to the statement, who knew the
political faith of Mr. Suedekum, shot
the bird as it was attempting to crow
the morning after Tile election. At that
time the indications were that Charles
K. Hughes had carried the country,
and the Democrat was- passing the
Suedekum home when the rooster flew
up on the fence and started to crow,
apparently in celebration of the Re
The Democrat removed a shotgun
from the bottom of his auto and fired
at the cockerel. The rooster tumbled
over the fence and ran as fast as it
could toward the barn.
The autoist fed his machine a little
more gasoline and hurriedly disap
peared. The cockerel was a Republican bird,
it is said, and had captured a blue rib
bon at the Cape County Fair. But
since the complete returns of the elec
tion have been received, it is believed
by Democratic neighbors of Mr. Sue
dekum that the rooster was assassinat
ed while attempting to pay a barn
yard tribute to Woodrow Wilson. The
fact that the Democrat played a joke
on himself is the only satisfaction that
Mr. Suedekum gets out of the inci
dent. "WE'VE JUST BEGUN
TO FIGHT"C. G. N.
Attorney Hope Makes Statement
in Merriwether Street
"Open Merriwether street! We have ! '
jusi oegtin 10 ngni, jonn a. nope.
attorney for the C. G. & X. Railroad,
declared last night while in the Cape.
Mr. Hope was discussing the refusal
of the Missouri Supreme Court to is
isue a writ of prohibition against the
Common Pleas Court and its board of
commissioners who are to assess bene
fits and damages in the improvement
of Merriwether street, restraining
them from carrying on their work.
"Xo, the litigation in the Merriweth
er street case has just been started.
and I don"t believe it will be ended
now under four years."
Mr. Hope was sitting before the
fireplace in the lobby of the St. Char
les Hotel as he talked, and he shrug
ged his shoulders as he spoke:
"It is true the Supreme Court denied I With the Elks ballroom magnificent
our application for a writ of prohibi-Jly decorated with great, large yellow
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tion, but they handed down no opinion.
The court did not give any reason why
they refused to grant the writ.
"As a consequence, their refusal
does not necessarily mean that they
did not believe that our position is
right, but on the other hand, they may
j have refused to grant the writ and
take uup this case at once, because
hey believe we are right but have rem
edy at law in another way.
"Thev are behind with their work
and they may have determined that!
we must wait and come before them
on appeal, which is just exactly what
we will do.
"The Common Pleas Court and the
commissioners can go ahead with their
work, to all of which we shall enter ex
ceptions upon the record and when
they are through, we shall appeal and
go right back to the Supreme Court.
"We believe we are right in our
contention and because it is an impor
tant matter, wc expect to have the
thing tried out to the end."
The improvement of Merriwether
street, which already has been pend
ing for nearly three years, provides
that the hump just west of Lorimier
street oe removed, the C. G. & N.
Railroad be forced to bridge the street
and the entire thoroughfare be paved
from Sprigg to the extension of Main I
The Board of Commissioners who
have been appointed by the court to
assess benefits and damages are A. C.
Vasterling, C. C. Hawley and Dennis
Scivally. The railroad has oppesed
to move since its inception.
J. Henry Caruthers, prosecuting ati
torney, went to Jackson yesterday on
a business visit.
SEES WILSON FROST
Co). Matt Morrison Saja He's
Glad Hughes Muffed
Col. Matt Morrison, goosebone
weather prophet and pioneer politician,
announced the sleet storm four hours
before it it struck Cape Girardeau yes
terday afternoon and then turned his
attentions to the political outlook.
"I see the Democrats are going to
celebrate the Wilson victory with a
torchlight parade and a grand .jubilee,"
said the goosebone prophet, looking
"Well, you can just put it in the
paper that Col. Matt is glad the Re
publican party got hooked. I'm a Re
publican, mind you. I simply know
what's good for the party.
"Just take it from me, the Demo
crats are going to have mighty hard
sleddin' during the next four years.
Why, if Hughes had been elected, we
never would have elected another Prsi
dent. "In two years we'll all be tramps.
A silver dollar will look as big as a
doormat six months after that Euro
pean was is over. Them New York
bankers are sending all the money we
got over to the French and English to
help whip the Dutch, and when this
fighting stops, there won't be enough
change over here to start a tight
"When Woodrow Wilson gets out of
the White House four years from now,
he'ell be tickled to death. He'll be the
last Democratic President we will ever
"You know I have made a study of
that tariff stuff, and when you haven't
got any tariff, the country's worse off
than a dog with the mange. Why,
we'll be trading calves for stray torn
cats in less than two years.
"I can't imagine what the Demo
crats wanted to elect a President now
for. If they had been wise, they would
have tipped Wilson off to lay down
and slip it to Hughes. I don't care
what politics the man had, he never
could make a success in the next four
years as President.
"I knew all along that if we elected
Hughes, we'd all be planned before this
administration was over, but I never
said much about it. I have been so
busy gathering my persimmon crop
that I haven't had much time for
politics. But I want those Democrats
who take part in that celebration to
inght to clip this predicion out and
paste it in. their hats. Why, I tell
vnn wp'11 all be tramus in less than
j wan(. al, the Democrats to read
what I have to say. I have hit every
weather prediction that I have made
during the last several years, and I
know what I'm talking about now.
Mark my word, we'er up against it."
SOCIETY DANCES AT!
Elks Dance Floor is Beauty Spot
Decorated With Big
anu wnue enrysamnemums, tne cape s
young society people danced till early
this morning at the function given by
Miss Kathryn Himmelberger in honor
of her guest, Miss Kathryn Crismond,
of Logansport, Ind.
Dressed with the large flowers that
alway.; bespeak the Thanksgiving foot
ball game, the ballroom presented a
sight never before equalled. Shivel
bine's orchestra played.
Miss Crismond is a cousin who has
been visiting Miss Himmelberger for
several days. She was accompanied
to the Cape by her mother, Mrs. J.
Crismond, and her father also arrived
in the Cape last night for a short
Miss Himmelberger was aided in
receiving her guests by her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Himmelberger and
others who attended the dance were:
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Harrison, Mr. and
Mrs. Chalres Himmelberger, Mr. and
Mrs. Crismond, Mr. and Mrs. J. H.
Friant, Miss Hazel Stubbs, Miss Paul
ine Byington, Miss Wills, Joe Stubbs j
Jr., and Herman, Henry of Sikeston;
Miss Frances Helmkamp, Miss Erna
Linxweiler, Miss Blanche Oakley, Miss
Josephine Keck, Miss Irene Williams,
of Jackson; Miss Irene Pott, Miss
Marie Friant, Miss Helen Vogelsanger,
Robert Bcckman, George Bolz, Robert
Harrison, Harold Stubblefield, Russell
Deal, Leslie Patton, Renfro Gibbs,
John F. Lilly, Harry Gaines and Ben
Moore of Charleston.
Late in the evening b'ght refresh
ments were served, and the dance
broke up about 1 o'clock this morning.
Lloyd N. Brown of Bethany, Mo.,
was a visitor in the Cape yesterday
Bet On Hughes;
Must Push Man
Fritz Vorweg May Take Fred
Hartle Out for Joyride To
day Skninner Speak Will
Not Tickle- Peanut Until
Hughes Admits Defeat.
Fritz Vorweg announced yesterday
that he had lost a bet with Fred Har
tle, and would therefore push Hartle
around the city in a wheelbarrow.
Vorweg had a "hunch" two weeks
ago that Charles E. Hughes had the
presidential situation pretty well sew
ed up. He offered Hartle the advantage
of his political insight, urging him to
bet his bankroll on the Republican
"He won't get away from the post,"
said Hartle to Vonveg.
"You're just kiddin' me, Fred, ain't
you?" replied Vorweg. The latter
looked Vorweg in the left eye and said
he was prepared to take care of ail
the Hughes money Vorweg tarried
about hid person.
After taking an inventory, Vorweg
decided a money bet wasn't worth
while. He thereupon made this propo
sition. "If Hughes is elected, you
wheel me about the city in a wheel-
j barrow, and if Wilson gets over the
plate, I'll shove you over the city."
The offer was accepted. Hartle
called on Vorweg yesterday to remind
him of the bet. Vonveg agreed to take
Hartle out for the joyride any day
Hartle suggested. If the weather is
pleasant this afternoon, the wheelbar
row party will tour the city.
Skinner Speak, who will be com
pelled to shove a peanut up Broadway
with a crowbar, if Hughes isn't elected
President, announced yesterday that
he would not pay the bet today. He
hasn't conceded Hughes' defeat, he
said, and will not until the official
count is completed. If he loses, he
said, he would enter into diplomatic
negotiations in an effort to get per
mission to use a whiskbroom instead
of the crowbar in "goosing" the peanut
up the hill.
CAPE MARKSMEN YIE
FOR 14 FAT TURKEYS
Arthur Bowman Gets First
Fourteen turkeys gobblers and
hens yesterday afternoon were prizes
for which 42 Cape marksmen tried
their skill at one of the biggest shoot
ing matches of the fall Kksoa on
Sloan's Creek just west of the bridge
jin Xorth Cape. '
The match was staged by Chris M.
eman. A not of 442 at SI rwr
j r x-
entrv was made un "to oav for the
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birds, pay expenses and provide for
three money prizes at the close of the
About 60 men went out from the
Cape either to take part in the match
or to witness the shooting. It was the
first that had been held in the after
noon this season. All the shooting
matches conducted by the farmers close
to the Cape and which hare been at
tended by marksmen from the Cape,
have been at night.
The result of the match was as fol
lows: Arthur C. Bowman, city coun
cilman, first choice, who got a fine
large gobbler; J. Frank Lawler, sec
ond choice of the birds; Carl Powers,
third; Otto Vogt, fourth; C. M. Free
man, fifth for W. F. Koerber; Fred
Stammer, sixth; C. W. Weiss, seventh;
Walter Schlueter, eighth; Oscar Rue-
diger, ninth; Fred Rouse, tenth; Dr.
J. V. Braham, eleventh; W. F. Berg
mann, twelfth; Carl Powers, thir
teenth, and W. F. Bergmann, four
teenth. Lawler, who got a large fat bird on
second choice, won his choice on the
first shot he fired. The three money
prizes were for each. Freeman
last night decided that next week he
expects to organize a shooting match
for a beef to be held at the same, rela
tive time as the one yesterday.
Turkeys alive now cost 20 cents a
pound delivered in the Cape, and this
month is the time when the open sea
son for shooting wild turkeys starts. -
Quail season opens today and lasts
till Xov. 30. The squirrel season now
is open and duck season is open. Mayor
Kage, who obtains virtually all the
hunters' licenses for Cape Girardeau
woodsmen, last night said that he had
three on hand to deliver and in all, he
has abtained about 50 for the season.
DOING THE WORK.
W. T. Nanney, Noel. Mo., writes.
"Your B. A. Thomas' Hog Powder la
doing the work down in this part of
the world. It proved to ba what w
need to prevent tod cure bog che!eara
and earpel Vremj."
P. r. BBAUN & BJROS.
afternoon and last night.