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, THE CAPE COUNTY HERALD, CAPE GIRARDEAU MISSOURI, FEBUARY 22. 1916.
FRISCO IS TOLD
CITY WILL SUE IT
Knehans Sends Railroad
Tribune Editroial, Showing
Sentiment of People.
COUNSELOR AND MAYOR
OUTLINE FIGHT PLANS
Prosecutor Will FileSuit Daily
Against Railroad Shops
Following the announcement that
the Frisco had closed its machine
shops in the Cape and had dismissed
virtually all of its employes, City
CVmniflnr Dsz-ar A T0nfVir.n Tctpr-!
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solicitor of the Frisco, calling his at
tention to the fact that the Frisco
had violated its franchise with this
city, and declared that Cape Girardeau
would file suit against tn company.
Mr. Knehans also sent an editorial tak-
en from The Tribune a? representing j
the sentiment of the people. The edi- !
"The City Council is entitled to
commendation, even for its belated
decision to resent the Frisco Rail
road's conduct toward this city. The
officials of that road seem to be un
willing to live up to any clause of
"Its promises to build a new sta
tion have not been kept. Its assur
ances that the people of this city
would get a 60-cent coal rate have
been contemptuously violated. Its
equipment is se-ond-elass and its
service is abominable.
"Cape Giraidoca has been lenient
to the point of stupidity with the
Frisco. . This cUy hrs vented every
affront without protest, hoping that
each offense would be the last. But
it has only invited fresh violations.
"It now adds insult to injury' by
removing what second-hand machin
ery it has left in this city to an
other point, and reducing its force j
of employes to the minimum.
"If Cape Girardeau's franchise is
worth the paper it was written) on,
it is worth enfoiting, and if it isn't
worth anything, we may just as well
reach this conclusion now.
"Either the Frisco should keep its
agreement with the people here, or
it ought to be' denied the privilege
of running into this city. The Fris
co has throttled the town. It has
enjoyed a monopoly and at the same
time rendered service at 'wou
bring a protest from a fishing re
sort. "Its franchise with the city pro
vides a penalty for each violation.
If Cape Girardeau had enforced the
penalty clause to the limit, the total
fines would now equal the aggre
gate value of the railroad. Cape
Girardeau is not entitled to sym
pathy. It deserves condemnation."
In 1911 an ordinance was passed,
fixing an agreement between the Fris
co and the city by which the former
w ould erect a new passenger depot and
that the work would begin three years
after the passing of this ordinance.
The building was to be completed at
least five years after the passage of
the ordinance. Nothing has been done
so far by the railroad toward com
plying with this ordinance other than
the announcement that work would
eventually be begun.
Another agreement violated by the
Frisco is the 60-cent rate on coal. The
railroad has charged an additional 15
Vents, making a total of 75 cents a
Mayor Kage announced yesterday
that unless the Frisco agreed to return
the machinery removed from the Cape
Girardeau shops and put the machin
ists back to work, the city would file
suit against the railroad on a charge
"I want you to bring a new suit
every day," the Mayor told City Coun
selor Knehans. "The. Frisco is going
to live up to its contract or the city
will declare it an qutlaw and sue it
every day it operates in this city."
The Terminal Railroad a few years
ago violated its franchise with the city
of St Louis and the city attorney, at
th request of the Mayor, filed a new
suit "against the Terminal each day,
charging the railroad with trespassing.
The city collected a judgment in each
(Contfnded on page three j
PIONEER OF CAPE
Mrs. Mary Maintz Died at Far
mington Hospital To be
Buried To-day. (.
Mrs. Mary Maintz, of of Cape
County's oldest residents, died yes
terday morning at the State Hospital
in Farmington after a lingering ill
ness. The body was shipped to rela
tives near Oak Ridge for burial. The
funeral will be held this morning at
.St. John's Church, near Oak Ridge.
Mrs. Maintz was bom in Germany
in lSP.H. She came to this country
when a young girl, accompanied by
her parents. Soon after their arrival,
the family settled in Cape County,
where they lived the rest of their life.
Mrs. Maintz was a resident of Cape
County for more than 60 years
During the Civil War she was mar
ried to Ernest Maintz. Her husband
died about 15 years ago. One son
preceded her in death 10 years ago.
She is survived by three sons, Robert,
Emil and William.
More than a year ago Mrs. Maintz
was taken to the hospital at Farm-
i ington. Several months ago she fell
and fractured her hip, and owing to
her advanced age, the injury would not
mend. She lingered three months.
ILLINOIS COUPLE WILL WED
Willard Cameron and Miss Dora Moore
to Marry Today.
I Willard Cameron and ML-V Dora
Moore, both of Eastgate, 111., will be i
married to;iy in the Cape. They ap-.
'plied yesterday for a marriage license
jat the office of Mayor Kage. The li-
j cense will be issued today.
j The cow"1? were accompanied by the
girl's fathviv who had to give his con
sent to the marriage, owing to the
(bride's age. The girl is IT years old,
j while the bridegroom is four years her
i The couple told the Mayor they had
known each other from childhood and
had contemplated marriage for some
j time, but the parents cf the girl would
not consent because of her age. They
finally won over the father and he
accompanied them to the Cape. The
couple will return today and make
their home in Eastgate.
PNEUMONIA KILLS YOUTH
Ix)uis II. Otendorf Died After Four
Louis II. Ostendorf, 16 years old,
was buried yesterday afternoon in St.
Marv's Cemetery. The vouth died i
i Tuesday after an illness of four days
He was a son of John Ostendorf, a
farmer, living about six miles west of
the Cape. Besides his parents he leav
es several brothers and one sister.
MISS LYDIA RITTER IS ILL
Miss Lydia Rittcr, stenographer for
Attorney Lee Bowman, is at St. Fran-
cis Hospital sunering irom aaenoias,
and it is believed that she will have
to undergo an operation. Miss Ritter
was forced to leave her duties Tues
day afternoon. Yesterday morning
her condition became so serious that
her physician advised her to go to the
hospital. It will be decided today
whether the operation will be neces
sary. Miss Ritter's parents live in Jack
son. She has been, employed by Mr.
Bowman for a long time.
Miss Dora Menneke, who is employ
ed by Arthur C. Bowman as stenog
rapher, has also been seriously ill since
Tuesday. She is suffering from a se
vere attack of grp.
BONE DRY BILL IS PASSED
He'jse Approves Measures By Vote of
Five to One. - '
Washington, Feb. 21. The House
this afternoon voted to concur with
the Senate in the Reed amendment to
the post-office appropriation bill, mak
ing prohibition States "bone dry," by a
vQte of 321 to 72, six members present
The amendment prohibits the trans
portation of intoxicating liquors in In
terstate Commerce into any State pro
hbiiting the manufacture or sale of in
toxicants. Party lin to? disregard
ed in the vote.
SCHOOL BOARD TO
BE ASKED TO GIVE
GROUND TO CITY
Rim of Broadway School
Grounds Needed to Widen
KNEHANS SAYS CITY
CANNOT CONDEMN IT
Will Appear Before Boavd To
m jrrow Night and Ask
It As Gift.
City Counselor Knehans will appear
tomorrow night before the School
Board to urge the members to donate
a strip of ground 17 feet wide to the
city for the purpose of widening The
mis street, along the Broadway
School. If the School Board fails to
comply with this request, then the
citv can not widen this street, because
the city has no right to condemn
nroDertv beloneincr to a school.
Several weeks ago City Counselor!
Knenan, diafted an ordinance which
if passed by the City Council, would !
authorize the city to condemn numer- j
ous pieces of property along 1 hemis, j
Independence, Harmony, Bessie, Paint- i
er and Henderson avenue.
It was said last night by one of
the members of the School Board that
this strip could hardly be taken off the
Broadway schoolyard, because it would
reduce the site to almost nothing. The ,
I yard is now almost too small for the
children, and if a strip of 17 feet
would be donated to the city to widen
the street, there would not be enough
left for a playground.
Several years ago the School Board
donated a strip of 40 feet which was
cut off the site on which the High
School now stands for the improve
ment of the street, and it is believed
this precedent may be followed by the
board in reference to the Broadway
Another important matter to be dis
cussed at the School Board meeting
is the fixing of the appropriation for
the coming year. It is estimated that
the School Board will need approxi
mately $-15,000 to cover its expenses
during the coming year.
The bonds on the Broadway School
will be retired today. A warrant to
the amount of $5500 has been drawn
on the treasurer for that purpose.
This payment wil lreduce the expenses
of the School Board during the year,
but other expenditures will have to be
incurred to properly take care of the
NEW CONSTITUTION BILL
PASSES MISSOURI HOUSE
Measure Authorizing Vote on Calling
of Convention Wins by .
73 to 57.
Jefferson City, Feb. 21. The House
today, by a margin of one vote, pass
ed the bill authorizing a special elec
tion to decide whether a constitutional
convention shall be called to draft a
The bill passed by a vote of 73 to
57, a two-thirds majority being re
quired. Under the provisions of the
bill three special elections must be
At the first election to be held in
September the people will decide
whether a convention shall be called.
A second election will then be neces
sary to elect delegates to the conven
tion. A third election will be called subse-
quent to the convention to ratify or
reject the provisions of the new docu
ment. The principal opposition to the
bill arose from the fact that the three
elections probably wil lcost more than
The bill, which passed the House to
dav is still in committee in the Senate.
POTATOES REACH $1 A PECK
Record Price Quoted in Chicago;
Onions 15 Cents a Pound.
Chicago, Feb. 21. Potatoes reach
ed $1 a peck today. This record price
was quoted by grocers in the better
residential districts. In other parts of
the city they sold as low as 90 cents
Cabbaga sold at 10 to 12M cents a
pound, and onions at 13 cents. Other
vegetables wn proportionately hifife.
DECLINED TO BREAK WITH GERMANY
urt ," nhr' K,l"s ' -Nrv:i.v. hinK iusiav ..r Su.mI.-m and Kin;:
Ji:lv,vl((.ljl!0d to foll(nv An,erinl.s ;U1(, ,.eilb off (li il!(ti(. lvhlIitllw wiih
(;enil!iny ,1(.aise of ..rillhl(.ss.. sl,,1Illflrill, wnrfaiv. Tl.c Snmriinavhia
countri.-s are. pledged to act In h ti h nil .jti.'sii.n.s ;,risin- fn.ui H,.- war.
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Widow of Man Slaiit by St. Louis
Highwaymen to be Brought
to the Cape.
Mrs. Joseph Leible, whose husband
was ishot and killed by two negro
bandits l;if,t January i.i St. Louis, has
suffered a nervous breakdown, her rel
atives in the Cape wei-e informed yes
terday. Mrs. Leible is a siiter of
Martin Xothdurft. He left yesterday
afternoon for St. Louis to be at the
bedside of his sister and make ar
rangements to have her removed to
the Qvpe, if she consents.
While Mrs. Leible's condition is not
considered critical u is Denevea inai
a change of location may prove bene
ficial to her.
Leible, who conducted a saloon in
St. Louis, was formerly in business in
the Cape. He had a grocery store on
South Hanover for a number of years.
Early last January he was halted by
two negroes after ho had closed his
saloon. Although he complied with
the bandits' command to hold up his
hands, he was shot and died several
M'ADOO'S DAUGHTER TO WED
Washington, Feb. 21. The engage
ment of Secretary McAloo's daughter,
Miss Nona Hazelhurst McAdoo, to
Ferdinand de Mohrcnschildt, second
secretary of the Russian Embassy,
was announced today.
Miss McAdoo is the Secretary's eld
est daughter. She kept house for her
father before his marriage to Miss
Eleanora Wilson, the President's
In February, 1915, Miss McAdoo
went to France with Miss Katherine
Ilritton" daughter of a Washington
banker, to be a nurse in the war zone.
They returned home in the following
MAY PUT CAR SHORTAGE
QUESTION UP TO PRESIDENT
Chicago Board of Trade to Ask Action
by Congress if Roads Delay
Chicago, Feb. 21. It was authorita
tively stated this afternoon that un
less action adequate to solve the car
shortage situation has been taken by
next Friday, the administration of the
Chicago Board of Trade will appeal to
President Wilson and Congress to take
the situation out of the hand3 of the
railroads, and the Interstate Com
mereeCommisaion, as might be done in
time of war, and place it in tha hands
of s body wnth dictatorial powers for
the time befox.
WATER TOWER WILL
GET HEARING TODAY
City Officials to Hold Meeting
On Advisibility of Building '
Crib in River.
City Counselor Knehans, City En
gineer Stiver and" several councilmen
today will m?Ve an investigation as to
the practicability of installing a water
tower in the .Mississippi for the pur
pose of supplying the city with water.
A representative of the Public Serv
ice Commission at Jefferson City will
be in the Cape next Tuesday to attend
a hearing that has been called by the
City Council to hear the arguments the
Missouri Public Utilities Co., advances
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against installing this tower.
Several weeks ago the City Council
received a letter from the State com
mission, informing the council that a
i representative would be in the Cape
Feb. 27, and asked that a hearing be j
arranged between the council and the
representative of the water company.
This hearinc has been set for the aft-
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ernoon of tnat day at the Courthouse. ;
The Missouri Public Utilities Co.,
which furnishes the city with water,
has repeatedly advised the council that
it would be impractical to install such
a tower as was required of the com
pany by the city ordinance.
The water company- has offered to f
lay a drainage pipe from the river
bank to a large basin which would be
erected some distance from the river
bank, thus enabling the city to get
water from the current.
U. S. PHOSPHATE ROCK
WASTED, SAY EXPERTS j
New York, Feb. 20. Means of con
serving the country's phosphate rock
deposits, the latest developments in
flotation and the commercial use of
potash as a blast furnace by-product
were taken up by the American In
stitute of Mining Engineers in its ses
sions here today;
The cream of the phosphate rock
production of the country, according
to Dr. W. C. Phalen, of the United
States Bureau of Mines, has been
wastefully depleted because of a pref
erence shown for European export
ing over American fertilizer manu
facturers. Phosphate rock deposits
are now found in nine different States
and Dr. Phalen stated that the expor
tation of high grade rock during the
past ten years averaged close to half
of the country's output.
This evening the institute holds its
annual dinner, at which President L.
D. Ricketts will act a3 toastmaster. To
night's diner ia in honor of Herbert
C. Hoover, a vice president of tha in
stitute and distinjruished during the
past two years as head of the Belgian
Washington Will Send Protest to
London Over New Order, it is .
Believed Principle of "Visit and
Search" Not Violated.
NEW BRITAIN, CONN., THINKS
IT IS DOOMED TO DESTRUCTION
Twenty Explosions Occur in Hour
and Police Say it is Plot to destroy
the City British Gain in France.
I'y International News Service.
Washington, Feb. 21. The unofficial report from London tonight that -England
would tighten it.-? blockade restrictions against neutral commerce cau.-sc-me
concern here. But as the British recognize international law, the prin
cipal of which provides for the "visit and search" and not ruthless destruc
tion, the new situation is not a grave one.
However, it is quite likely that a formal protest will be made. The State
Department tonight stated that the last communication had been sent to Ger
many regarding the Yarrowdale prisoners. This message was a demand f,r
the release of the 72 Americans. No time limit was fixed. No announcement
was made as to the future course of the Government, in the event the Amer
icans were still held prisoners.
New Britain, Conn., Feb. 21. -Consternation reigns here tonight, following
i!0 explosions and lives within two hours. It is believed a plot ha.- been
p'.unted here for the destruction of the city, and four men have-bee- arrest4
in this wholesale campaign of destruction. Martial law prevails in the city,
:ind two companies of the State militia have been ordered out. The Be.y
Scouts nave been pief-sed into sen-ice to assist the militia and the police.
Fire companies from nearby towns have been brought t New Britain to
assist the local forces in battling with the conflagration. Tiii-; city ha- a
population of about 50,000.
London, Feb. 21. Tonight's statement
; th caturp of ?ection of tl)p t.noniy.s
1 -cnc inntVi nf imioniiri'p- w'f) nntprnl on : f i'int fif liOO vfird-; and :i 'W
; prisoners were taken out. Ine enemy
Ypres was raidel and many Germans killed.
.Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 21. Instructor C. M. Pond and George Kingberg, a
student in the United States Army Aviation School. Ml :0) twt with a
biplane this afternoon. Coth are seriously if not fatally injured.
Philadelphia, Feb. 21. One man was killed and nine seriously injured by
1 iillets nnd bricks in a food and strike
o: tne rrankim sugar retir.ery tonignt.
cf women who marched to the refinery crying for bread. Mounted patrolmen
reinforced the police, and when they arrived the .strikers and their hungry
wives charged the police, hurling bricks. The police (ired and Mareioueens.
Detkobzo fell dead and nine others were wounded.
Washington, Fb. 21. A gigantic campaign to relieve the famine conditions
In the large cities causeS by the shortage of cars, was undertaken by the In
tel state Commerce Commission tonight. Following the re.-eipt cf information
that thousands of people were short of food and domestic animals were .starv
ing in the Eastern cities, the commission began directing railroad managers
to rush food trains to the suffering communities. There seems to be a prob
ability tonight that the Government wil ltake over the railroads and operate
them as in wartime.
Berlin, (Via Sayville Wireless) Feb. J said, was part of an anti-suhnnrine
21. It was officially announced this 'department which had bwr. establish
aftcrnoon that the Government will ! ed, he explained, "with the best and
ask the Reichstag" for a new Avar cred-!
it of 13,000,000,000 marks (about $4,
London, Feb. 21. "The submarine
menace is grave and serious and is
growing. It is not yet solved, but I
am confident measures now being de
vised will gradually mitigate its seri
ousness," declared Sir Edward Carson,
First Lord of the Admiralty, today.
The Cabinet Minister made thi3
statement in connection with his pres-
cT,f iHrTi of naval estimates to the i
House of Commons. One of the pro-
visions of the bill was for an increase j
of Britain's sailors by 400,000.
Sir Edward said that during the
first 18 days of February sin-e in
auguration of the German "ruthless
ness" at sea there had been 40 fights
Sir Edward al5 announced that
Lord Fisher, former First Sea Lord,
had been "returned to the Admiralty
staff as president of a board of in-
vcntiows. mis invention Dfm, m-
from Ilriti.-h headquarters announces
tmiciies on the Som:,e front. The
s lone trend on a ;uu-yari from iri
riot between the noliee :niil ihr striker.-;
ine riot tmioweii ;i iiemon.-tnuort
most experienced personnel.'
During the period from Feb. 1 to
IS, the Admiralty lord said, fi.OTfi ves
sels had arrived at ports of the United
Kingdom and fS7.. had departed and
this despite the German submarine
This was a total of ll.f40 ships, to
and from British ports.
"Since the start of the war," Sir
Edward continued, "we have examined
either on the hieh sas or in harbors,
25.R74 shins. This constitutes cur
blockade with Germany."
Carson announced that the number
!of armed ships had increase! 4i.. per
cent during the last two months. An
increase in the number armed for de
fense against submarines is noted each
week, he added.
The Admiralty Lord said R.000,000
men and 9.420,000 tens of exnlosiv(s
and material had ben moved across
the seas up to October last year and
during this time onlv one or two un
toward incident; had occurred.