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MEXICO, MISSOURI, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1017.
Fred Gibson Deserts
In Serious Trouble
t.i-rt The Navy, Now 'a Federal Pris
oner Thinks He May Re Hhot.
rULDXT ENDURE JAR
OF THE RIG GUXS.
He's A Vim Fellow Friend Work
In;; For His Release Sam Hownc
DoinK Hi Hit.
Tho neighbors and friends of Mr.
and Mrs. J. L. Chilcote, northwest of
Ciy trnlia, are doing all possible tow
ard having leniency extended by the
Army Board to Freddie Gibson, the
orphan boy. 18 years old, who lived
with Mr. and Mrs. Chilcote and who
deserted the Navy in August and- was
arrested at the farm recently and ta
ken to the Great Lakes Training Sta
tion. -Petitions are being circulated
over that section to show what- the
people who kow think of the boy and
money will be made up to hire legal
Sam J. Bowne, Jr., who accompani
ed the boy to the Illinois Station, ask
the officer In charge what he could
do in extending help and help keep
in touch with him( so the folks here
would know what the New York
Court Martial Board did did with
Gibson. Mr. Bowne was Informed
that only the father and,, mother
would receive answers to letters sent
in his behalf. Mr. Bowne told the of
ficer that the boy had no relatives
that he knew of and asked if a guar
dian would be enabled to carry on
the work. He was told that a guar
dian would have all the advantages
a parent would have, and so when he
arrived home Mr. Bowne immediate
ly took up the matUr with the Au
drain County Court and he was ap
pointed to the guardianship of Gib
Mr. Bowne tells The Message that
while in Chicago he got in touch with
a wealthy woman who is spendng her
time and money helping the boyB in
the army and navy, and she is trying
to have the case of young Gibson
come up in Chicago" instead of New
Freddie Gibson came to Centralla
eight years ago with several orphan
boys and girls and found a home with
Mr. and Mrs. Chilcote. These good
people, as The Centralia Guard ex
presses it, kept him and raised him
but never legally adopted him. He
proved to be a mdst lovable and obe
dient child and had good breeding
and religious tralnng which he al
ways maintained, together with strict
honesty in all matters.
Gibson became interested in the
navy from-advertisements, which fir
ed up his zeal, and he volunteered
against the advice of his friends. He
lold S. J. Bowne that the situation
was all so different, and he felt
he could not live under the discipline
when the great cannon on the Ari
zona his ship were fired the roar
and the concussion would almost kill
him. He was knocked down by the
shocks more than once. He said he
finally came to the conclusion that he
wanted to go home. He felt that If
he could go back to the farm and
stay two weeks with "pap aand ma
ma" they could come and get him
and shoot him as he expects to be
He deserted from the Arizona at
New York harbor and camo.home. He
had just two weeks with his foster
parents w'hen he was arrested. He
was told of the the letter the Federal
authorities bad written to Mr. Chll
cote, and he told them to write and
tell the officers to come and get him
as he did not want to get his only
friends in trouble.
On the trip to Chicago the young
man was left on his honor while his
guard stole a few hours of sleep in
another coach. GibBon made no ef
fort to get away altho he had dozens
of chances. He was ready to accom
pany Bowne from the Chicago stop
to the station up the lake..
Mr. Bowne says the government
authorities were amazed when he
told how the boy had come with him
willingly, how he had not put the
irons on him nor restrained him in
any way except to tell him that he ex
pected him to go with him and treat
him as he would want to be treated
it their positions were reversed. Mr.
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IS' MAKING GOOD
IN NEW YORK.
former Audrnin Hoy Has Tanuht
There 17 Years . Writes n Book
Visits Old Home In This County.
'A Sister", whom we opine to
be Mrs. Ed Atchison, writes for pub
lication of a native Audrain County
boy who - Is making good In New
W. W. Clondenin, head teacher of
Physiography in Wadlclgh High
School, New York City, visited his
sisters, Mrs. J. W. Hanger" and Mrs.
Ed Atchison, the last of August and
first of September. Mr. Clendenin
was born -and grew to manhood on
the Clendenin farm, now nwr.ed bv
W. Hanger, in the Wesley Chapel
neighborhood. It had been ten years
since he had visited lr.s old home.
His short stay of a week wa3 too
brief for side trips, so tha relatives
gathered at Mr. Atchison's and Mrs.
Hanger's. They ware Mrs. T. J. Gib
son, her husbau.l ar.l san. Russc'l,
of Mexico; C. 0. Clendenin, wife p.nd
daughter, Carroll, of Hannibal; Mrs.
E. Caspar, of Kansas Cit Ms
nieces, Mrs. J. E. Fairbairn and Mrs.
G. D. Edwards, of Columb'u with
their children,- Leta Carl a,rd Cur
wine; and his ncp'iew. Lieutenant
Charles R. Hanger, of the National
Army, to Fort Riley, Kansas. It was
a pleasant week of reunion and rem
iniscence, tinged, of course, as all
reunions are, with sadness because
of loved ones who were formerly
with us and were there no more. Two
especially enjoyable occasions were
those "when we et out in the yard"
at the old home place on Friday ev
ening, August 31. and played "Last
fellow out", by the light of the moon,
and on Sunday. Sept. 2, when we
were joined by two life long friends,
Mrs. John Quaintance and Miss Bess
Corner, of Laddonla, with their nisph
ew Howard Barnes.
Mr. Clendenin has been teaching
in Wadleigh High School seventeen
years, and his old friends will be glad
to know that n spite of the exacting
duties of such a position he has
found time to help write a physiog
raphy that is now used in the New
York High Schools: has taken his
doctorate in law at the New York
University; has helped develop Camp
Quinibeck, one of the leading sum
mer camp for girls In New England,
and is now developing Passumpslc, a
camp for small boys. He is also ac
tive member of the Missouri Society
of New York, thus demonstrating loy
alty to his native state. His only
son, Thomas Pipes Clendenin, was
not subject to draft, lacking five
days of being twenty-one on June 5,
but waiving exemption he entered the
training camp at Madison Bar
racks, N. Y., and secured a commis
sion of second lieutenant of artillery
lh the National Army, leaving a good
position as assistant n mathematics
in City College New York City, to do
so. Mr. Clendenin's only daughter
Ruth, will enter Barnard College
this fall. A Ulster.
MISS REED ACQUITTED.
Miss Dorothy Reedy, of Paris, a
school teacher, charged with assault
was discharged when her case came
up before Benjamin Mitchell, Justice
of the Peace, of Rocky Fork Town
ship. The case was tried in a black
smith shop at Hallsvllle and former
prosecuting attorney, E. C. Ander
son, who in his earlier days pound
ed the anvil, was able to give his
client, Miss Reedy, the best of his
service, which resulted In her ac
quittal. Miss Reedy wa scharged
with assaulting Avon LaForce, of
Hallsvllle, the 12-year-old son of Os
car LaForce. She contended that the
only way to control him was to
"wield the birch".
Prof, and Mrs. Bert C. Riley of
the University of Arkansas are in
Columbia in research work for his
home school. -at the M. S. U. Mrs.
Riley, formerly Miss Ruth Lemon of j
Mexico, will visit here before their
return home. Prof. Riley's work
calls him to the Universities of Mis
souri, Iowa, Illinois, returning to Ar
kansas, in October.
DYNAMO BREAKS DOWN.
Thirty students in McMillan High
School come and go each day over
the electric railway from out toward
Mollno and Santa Fe. The dynamo
which furnishes power for the car
broke down last week, and the school
folks have experienced a great In
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GOV. FRED. 1). GARDNER, WHO
Hardin College And
THE NEW BUILDING AT THE
ACADEMY NEARING COMPLE
TION HARDIN STARTS WITH
!.' BOARDING PUPILS.
Classes convened at Hardin Thurs
day, Sept. 13, the enrollment being
about the same as last year. There
are about 140 boarding pupils and
50 resident students. 75 per cent of
the boarding pupils are from our own
state of Missouri. Other states rep
resented are Colorado, Nebraska.Wy
oming, Dakota, Iowa, - Kansas, Tex
as, Illinois, Arkansas, Ohio, Montano.
Robert Robinson of the Science
Department has answered the call to
the Nation's colors. His place Is to
be filled in the teaching faculty by
Miss Maude Reed. Otherwise the fac
ulty remains as last year.
. .Students for Missouri Military
Academy responded to the first re
veille Thursday morning. The boys
have been coming in on every train.
There are cadets here from Nebras
ka, California, Arizona, Wyoming,
Montana, Kansas, Arkansas, Tex
as, olwa, and from here and there
all over Missouri. The enrollment
is expected to near the 200 mark.
At the M. M. A. the enrollment
is about 180 cadets. More than the
full capacity of the Institution.
Work on the new building is being
pushed, forward and it will be ready
for occupancy next month. The en
tire school buildings have been ren
ovated, repainted and refloored.
Former pupils returning are de
llghetd and surprised at the many
changes and improvements.
There are new members in the fac
ulty, several of them. Capt. C. H.
Werner, graduate of Colgate Uni
versity, has charge of the -History
Department. Capt. P. A. Rohtfuss, of
Susquehanna University, is in charge
of the Science Department; he is also
director of athletics. Base ball, foot
ball and basket ball will have his di
rect attention. Capt. H. G. Pfander,
graduate of Chicago Lake Forest
University, has charge of the Eng
lish Department. Capt. Henry has the
Commercial Department and Capt.
Badgerly will teach Latin, Spanish
RISDON of KIRKSVILLE
HEAD OF STATE ELKS. . .
The State Annual Convention of
the Missouri Association of Elks held
In Jefferson City elected A. D. Risdon
of Klrksville as president for the
coming year.. E. E. Wood of Webb
City was made vice president; Otto C.
Beltz, of Sedalla. second Vice presi
dent; W. S. Bowers of Moberly, third
vice president; W. E. Brown, Carroll
ton, secretary; A. E. Major of Clin
ton, treasurer; E. T. Thomas, Colum
bia, doorkeeper; C. C. Hlmers of Ma
ryville, chaplain; Hamp Roth well of
St. Louis, trustee.
About 100 Elks were In attendance
and they were royally entertained.
From Mexico Lodge thoso who at
tended were: Dr. Dennis T. Moore,
Fred Pilcher, Sam Byrns, Turner
Williams. ' Audrey Gibson married
a Mexico girl, Anna Belle McGee;
he has-a county office in Adair Co.
SPOKE IX MEXICO TUESDAY.
VAXDALIA MAN IS
KILLED IX ACCIDENT.
Thrown From His Buggy, Or Jump
ed, And Neck Was BrokenHorse
Seared At Auto.
While Grover Davis, a farmer of
the Mount Olivet neighborhood, eas
tern Audrain county, was returning
home from Vandalia late Saturday
afternoon, a week since, the horse,
which he was driving, became fright
ened at a passing auto and bolted,
throwing .him from the buggy, or,
as most p'eople think, he jumped ,
he fell on his head, causing injuries
which terminatedln his death.
The car was driven by Jack Slack,
formerly of Middletown, who had, as
his companion, John Carver. The oc
cupants of the auto on lookiag back
and seeing the horse was frightened,
they immediately stopped their car
and hastened to the scene of the ac
cident. Davis was found uncon
scious. With the aid of another man, Mr.
Branstetter, they hastened Davis to a
Vandalia physician, who after exam
ination, found his neck to be broken.
In a few minutes thereafter Davis
County Coroner, Dr. R. W. Berrey,
of Mexico, wont down and held an
inquest. The verdict was that the
boys in no way were responsible for
Davis was aged about 35 years and
leaves a wife and three children.
UNAWARE OF LAND HAXK.
Montgomery, City, Mo., Sept 17,
W. A. Waterman, representing the
Federal Land Bank Bureau at Wash
ington, D. C, said here tonight he
was surprised to find the lack of in
formation among farmers In the
West regarding the advantages the
Government money offerred to those
who wanted to borrow money.
He said the rate now was only
5 per cent, and the time of payment
from five to 40 years. He said the
land banks of Germany had de
creased tenant farming from 85 to
15 per cent, and that the farmers of
Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois, all
in his territory, ought to understand
tnat'tne borrower la the only one
who profits in this Government land
' Mr. , Smith Is ready to fill his silo
, Quite a party from this neighbor
hood spent a pleasant day in Fayette
Wednesday. Harold Garnett has en
tered his second year, in college
A Mr. Winn from sou', hot Stur
geon will move into thy house vaca
ted by S. E. Winscott.
We are glad to report Leon Gar-
nett well again. He is doing well in
the Sturgeon High School
Sjme from here attended a sale
south of Centralia. They reported
nogs selling for much money sows
and piga from $75 to $90, and 100
to 150-pound hogs selling as high as
Charles Spenser of Thompson has
been taking treatment in. the Mexico
.Two 40 acre farms for sale,
Address Emmet t Davenport,
Tliompon, Mo., Rfd 1. ,4w
CLARK IS RIGHT.
Let's Take Caro Of Our Boys And
Their Families While They Risk
Their Liven In The War.
.A?i3'nu.e swept over tho House
floor and thru the galleries In Con-sr.-.sa
when Speaker Clark, In a
br:f speech, defended the soldiers
insurance bill as the best measure
before Congress since the declaration
"One of the objections to this
bill'" he said, "is that the govern
ment Is liable to find Itself in the
hole as a result of it. I don't know
whether it will put the government
in the hole or not, and I am not very
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much excited about that. 1 favor
making the soldiers that go to Eu
rope as comfortable as possible, both
physically and mentally. I don't want
them to have to worry about their
families back home. If they are
willing to risk their lives we ought
to take care of them.
"I am In favor of insurance," he
said. "I think in time every body
in the country will have insurance
of some kind. I never have been
able to save any money, and I have
carried Insurance because I wanted
to keep my wife and children out
of the poor house. And I want to
fix It so the wives and children of
these soldiers won't have to go to
FRED VAX HORXE
Discharges Gun While Climbing Over
A Fence , Causing Death.
Fred H. Van Home, a youth of
23 years, living near Auxvasse, was
accidentally killed last Thursday at
about noon, by the discharge of a
target rifle. He had been in Aux
vasse that morning and left about
11 a. m. for his home a mile and a
half away, and getting his target
rifle started out hunting. While
climbing a fence the gun was dis
charged, the ball striking him in the
temple and causing his death.
Fred was a son of L. P. Van Home.
He has a sister, Miss Grace, who
is a teacher In the Nevada schools.
A SERIOUS TIME.
J. H. Dowdy is reported as suffer
ing greatly from a broken lee and his
wife Is at the point of ifeath at their
home near Tulip. Mr. Dowdy's injury
was received in" a peculiar manner.
Wishing to make a cow move out of
the way in the barn he gave her a
tap with a stick. The blow seemed to
strike a nerve which momentarily
paralyzed the animal, for she dropped
in her tracks, catching Mr. Dowdy's
leg and crushing the bone.
The usual services will be held at
Bethel next Sunday, morning and ev
Miss Mary Barks, of Mexico, will
serve as organist for the Christian
Church in Columbia this winter.
Ed Rodhouse, rural mail carrier on
route (, Is taking his vacation. John
M. Cowherd Is substituting for him.
Attorney A. C. Whitson was In St.
Louis on business last week.
MEXICO SAVINGS BANK
3 50th Year in Business '
3 Capital Stock $100,000
R. M. WHITE,
J. It. JESSE,
onors ror I ne
Parades And Music And Speeelimali-
iiiK Gev. Gardcnr Makes Main
RIG HOME DUTIES
Parents Have Mission Soldier Hoys
Will Be Recognized As The Na
t.' :.'s Benefactors.
Mexico nd Audrain county held a
monster patriotic demonstration
Tuesday afternoon for the drafted
boys who leave the county to join the
army. The schools paraded and Mc
Millan and the M. M. A. Bands made
the music. Every scheme was stud
ied to show the young men all possi
The band selections were all pa
triotic. They were as follows:
March, General Funston.
Serenade, Vision of Yesterday.
Selection, Breezes From the South.
March, The Commandant.
Selection, Operatic Mingles.
March, Our Director.
The Star Spangled Banner.
Gov. Gardner was present and
made a rousing speech. Some'of his
observations were covered in the fol
lowing: Gov. Gardner's Speech.
You, young men, are to be a part
of the legions of freedom. You are
summoned to the colors under the
terms of the law, and no more just or
equitable law has ever been enacted
by this Republic. The law is based
upon the four cardinal principles up- -on
which our Government must
Equality of Right.
Reciprocity of Duty.
Community of Interests.
Evenenness of Opportunity.
Your names will ever be enrolled
with those of the nation's benefac
tors. You go forth honored and lov
ed by your people at home, who will
eagerly await the record you are to
make. We doubt not that it will
equal the glory of Missouri's sons on
The Kaiser's Rule of Iron.
It may not be amiss to ask you to
again consider our reasons for enter
ing this war.
Is it not a fact that this Prussian
military system has grown to its pres
ent power solely by the business of
war? Is the German Empire a vol
untary confederation, or is a na
tion held together by fear and tyran
To the mothers and fathers, wives
and sweethearts, brothers and sisters
of the boys who go, what can we say
to cheer their hearts? This should
be a proud day for them. You stur
dy men and women, whose ancestors
landed at Jamestown, Manhattan,
and Plymouth Rock, your willingness
to see the boys go is but an expes-
sion of that loyalty and patriotism
which has ever been a dominant trait
in the American citizen.
Great Tasks at Home.
As for those who remain at home.
What are we, to do? Is this not to
be a war of equal suffering and sac
rifice? We must uot remain idle
while the fathers and mothers offer
freely the rich blood of their young
sons. This crisis calls for a sacrifice,
and a service from every citizen of
this broad land If we are to win. The
man who expects to live a life of
ease and pleasure during this war
and grow rich is not a slacker. He
Is a Benedict Arnold.
I call upon the people of this good
State to continue the work we have
begun. Let us today rededicate our
lives, our fortunes and our all to the
Stars and Stripes and our beloved
country.- Let us say to the boys as
they go forward that they shall not
be forgotten that our love and our
prayers go with them.
Let us hope and pray that as the
spirit of '76 gave us Independence
and liberty, and as the spirit of '63
gave us unity, that the Bpirlt of 1917
may give all the world the blessings
Other speakers who made short ad
dresses were Hon. E." A. Shannon,
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