Newspaper Page Text
THE NEWS OF SEVEN DAYS IN ALL LANDS War News. The Teutonic Allies declare them selves ready to discuss peace. Also they are ready to continue the war if the Entente Allies do not find the : time propitious for such a discussion. The readiness of the Central Powers lias been made in identical notes to the United States, Spain and Switzer land, who are asked to make known the contents of the notes to the na tions at war with th Teutonic Al lies. Notes also have been transmit ted to the Vatican and the active in terest of the Pope solicited in the peace offer. The Cologne Gazette says that Gen eral Von Stein, the Prussian war min ister, has appointed a general officer commanding the home forces, with powers including control of the cen sorship laws as well as other laws relating to a state of siege. . Strong Russian attacks were deliv ered on the Transylvanian front, but were unsuccessful and without influ ence on the advance of the Teutonic armies In Wallachia, the Berlin war office announced recently. New Ser bian and French attacks in the Cerna Bend, on the Macedonian front, also failed. A Vienna war office communication says: "Hungarian and German troops near Receanu, northeast of Bucharest, have won a passage of the Jalomitza river." 4 4 "it The Rumanians who have been re treating in Eastern Wallachia before the Teutonic advance have made a stand east of Ploesci, the Russian war office announced recently. They as sumed the offensive on the road from Ploechti to Buzeau and drove the Aus-tro-German forces back westward. -J? A new crossing of the Danube, be tween Tchernavoda and Silistria, by the Bulgarians is announced in a Ger man army headquarters statement re garding operations on the Rumanian front, which also records a continued advance by the Teutonic armies in Eastern Wallachia. 4" v. Pursuit of the retiring Russians and Rumanian forces in eastern Wallachia by Field Marshal Von Mackensen con tinues, but how far the Teutonic ad vance has progressed is not made clear, in the latest official communi ques received from Europe. Berlin chronicles the continuation of , the ad vance along the whole front and Pet rograd say3 the Russians and Ruma nians have been retiring since the evacuation of the Rumanian capital. Hill 304, in the "erdun region, and the Forest of Apremont, southeast of St. Mihiel, have been the scenes of the only reported activity on the west ern front. Paris claims the Germans were ejected from a section of the trenches on Hill 304, but Berlin as serts the troops of the crown prince repulsed French attempts to retake the trenches. Washington. After a warm debate, the House recently voted into the annual legis lative, executive and judicial appro priation bill a provision increasing the salaries of representatives' private secretaries from $1,500 to $2,000 a year and giving each representative an additional employe at $75 a montti. 4 4 4 Germany's proposal for peace Is re garded in Washington as having broken the chains which for months have restrained the United States, as well as other neutrals, from making offers of mediation. 4- 4- 4- Announcement was made at the State Department recently that com plete information now at hand cover ing the case of the British horse ship Marina, torpedoed with a loss of six Americans, makes it appear to be "a clear cut" violation of Germany's pledges to the United States. The American government's formal protest to Germany against the de portation of Belgians for forced labor as a violation of the principles of hu manity has been made public by the State Department. It was in the form of a note cabled to Charge Grew at Berlin, with instructions that he seek an interview with the German chan cellor and read it to him. 4 4r 4- .Domestic. - ' Members of the crew of the United states naval auxiliary ship Proteus de clared on arrival at Norfolk, Va., a German war submarine 'was sighted off the Virginia Capes "ten days ago. Officers of the Proteus declined to dnyor confirm the report. , t President Wilson will discuss leg islative questions with several mem bers of the Senate and House, includ ing Senator Shephard, chief prohibi tion advocate in the Senate, where a determined effort is to be made soon to pass a District of Columbia prohibi tion bill. The administration's present inten tion with respect to the German-American submarine situation is to get a complete showdown on just how far reaching and incite! ve Germany's ledges to America are. -More than two thousand old men have answered offers of employment by Chicago firms trying to break the tradition that a man is ready for the scrap heap at 45. - The men will be placed with young workers and given a chance to show they can come back. It was announced In New York re cently that the directors of the Gen eral Electric Company have voted ad ditional compensation of 10 per cent of their monthly earnings to all em ployes in offices or shops who receive 2,500 or less a year. . . , Nathan Thomas Davis, 65, a Denver motorman, died at his post the other day as he brought his car to a stop at the entrance of a cemetery. He was to have been retired on a pension the next day. 4- Warning against undertaking too great a building program in navy plants during the next eighteen months is given in the annual report of Rear Admiral Taylor, chief constructor. made public the other day. Employers in New York have been notified that more than thirty thou sand members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America had em powered the officials of the union to call a strike if the workers do not re ceive the 8-hour day. Fixtures and furnishings, valued at $40,000 in a so-called barroom and din ing room of the Hotel Cecil, were de stroyed recently with axes by the dry" squad of the Seattle police de partment for alleged violation of the Prohibition Law. 4- 4- 4- The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Adamson 8-Hour Law test case January 8. The court set the date when government lawyers asked that the case be expe dited as much as possible. 4 4 4 Southwest. Fire starting at 2 o'clock in the morning destroyed a part of the build ing occupied as a court house for Jef ferson county at Waurika, Ok. Most of the records in the office of the clerk of courts were destroyed. Rec ords in other offices were saved, but some of them were damaged. 4" 4- 4" One hundred thousand rounds of ammunition for high powered rifles was seized by government authorities at Galveston and placed in the gov ernment warehouse. A man who gave his address as New York was arrested. 4 4 4 Calls on every dealer in Douglas, Ariz., for a ton of coal resulted in the information that only one had that much in stock and he refused to sell more than two hundred pounds to a customer, and that at the rate of $1 per hundred. Shortage of coal cars is said to be responsible. 4 4 4 Despite strong protests of J. H. Johnson, American consul at Mata- moros, Ricardo Solis, an American citizen arrested on an unknown charge in Matamoros, has been taken to Vic toria, capital of Tamaulipas, for trial, it was learned at Brownsville recently. 4 4 4 The Oklahoma state board of agri culture has lifted the quarantine re cently placed on livestock from Mis souri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, upon assurances that the reported dis ease in those state was not hoof-and- mouth. 4 4 4 Foreign. A strong current of public senti ment opposed to the German peace proposal was evident in ,the first ex pressions available in London both from public men and the British press, although these were without knowledge of any definite terms and without any word from high authori tative sources indicating the attitude of the government. The German secretary for foreign affairs, Dr. Alfred Zimmerman, has handed to the secretary ot the Ameri can embassy, Joseph C. Grew, the Ger man reply to the American represen tations on Belgian "deportations. This takes the form of a memorandum ex plaining the German attitude and the reasons which actuated Germany in the removal of civilians from Belgium. 4- Special dispatches from Rotterdam quote the Frankfurter Zeitung"s Buda pest correspondent as saying that Greece has notified the Central and Entente Allies that she is determined henceforth to maintain strict neutral ity, that she will make not a single further concession-to the Entente and that any new challenge from the En tente will be regarded as a cause for war. At a meeting of Liberals in London It was stated that A. J. Balfour would be foreign secretary in the new cabi net in place of Viscount Grey, and that Lord Robert Cecil would remain parliamentary nnder-secretary for for eign affairs. General Nivelle, commander of the French troops at Verdun, has been ap pointed commander-in-chief of the armies of the North and Northeast. The official announcement of this ap pointment says it Is the first step towards the reorganization of the higher command. - 4- The German government has Issued a statement in explanation and justifi cation of the transfer of Belgian la borers to Germany. - It says the meas ure is by no mean a hardship for the laborers, but is a social necessity. twenty die wr,;i;:E Explosion Traps 60 Workmen in a Coal Shaft at Stone City, Kansas. FORTY WERE TAKEN OUT ALIVE Those Killed Were Either Burned or Suffocated Some of the Ret .. cued Badly Injured. Pittsburg, Kan., Dec. 14. Twenty miners were killed nad seven injured in an explosion in the Reedy & Ryan coal mine at Stone' City, fifteen miles southwest of here, just after -noon today. A combination gas and powder ex plosion is believed to have been the cause of the disaster, but state mine experts have not yet been able to penetrate the mine to make a thor ough examination. With one excep tion, the loss of life was the greatest in the history of Kansas, coal mining. Forty men were killed in 1889 in an explosion in a mine at Frontenac. Were Burned or Suffocated. Those killed in today's disaster were either burned or suffocated, and some of those rescued were burned badly. Most of those killed lived at Stone City and the greater number were for eigners. There were sixty men in the mine at the time, but thirty-three es caped from the side opposite that where the explosion occurred. Some of the survivors declare they smelled burnt powder immediately af ter the report of the explosion, and it is possible that it -vas a large quan tity of powder that ignited, although first reports were that the explosion was due to black damp. For five hours a mine rescue team from Pittsburg, and others, worked heroically in an effort to save those caught by the explosion, and while the bodies were being brought to the sur face, wives, children and other rela tives and friends of the trapped men stood about, hoping against hope fate would not be against them. There were many pitiful scenes at an under taking establishment at Mineral to night, where the bodies of, eleven vic tims lay in a row. Other bodies were taken to Scammon and Cherokee. It was announced that at least forty chil dren were rendered fatherless by the accident. The List of Dead. Among the seven rescued were Floyd Brezovoir and his son, Joseph. Rudolph Triez, father of eight chil dren, was one of the victims. The list of the dead follows: W. H. Windsor, Lud Windsor, Frank Windsor, Mat Roth, Charles Roth, Wil liam Hey, Lyrt Hey, Rudolph Trlez, J. ' W. Paige, John Lantroic, Domino Calzo, Johit Frye, A. H. Roycroft, Carlo Taverharo, Gregoire Burgy, Paul Konatz, Tony Kroshol, Mike Urisk, Frank Jerino, Paul Lefevre. ALLIES TO TAKE THEIR TIME No Join Reply to Germany's Proposal for Peace Expected Before First of the Year. London, Dec. 14. The indications are that the various governments of the Entente Allies do not intend to act hastily in making joint response to the peace proposals of the Central Powers. It was pointed out in well informed quarters today that while each one of the allied governments might indicate its general attitude, - consultation among the Allies under the treaty binding them to such action probably would require two or three weeks, making it unlikely that the joint re ply of all the Allies will be available before the first of the year.' One of the factors which, according to an opinion expressed here, militates against acceptance of the proposal is that the opening of negotiations would necessarily be followed by an armis tice. No specific suggestion of an armistice is made in the proposal, so far as is indicated by the unofficial re ports received, but it is said the prece dent of 1865, in the Austro-German peace negotiations, and of 1870, in the Franco-German negotiations, estab lishes that an armistice and suspen sion of all military activities follows the opening of negotiations. PAPER MILLS AGREE ON PLAN Washington, Dec. 14. American and Canadian paper manufacturers whose representatives propose distribution of news print paper by the federal trade commission as a remedy for one phase of the news print situation, will meet in New York Friday instead of in Washington, it was announced to day, to name a committee to confer here Saturday with' a committee of publishers and jobbers and members of the trade commission. The Cana dian manufacturers could not possibly" reach Washington by Friday. v Frisco Head Dangerously III. St. Louis, Dec. 14.--W. C. Nixon, 58 years old, president of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad, is danger ously 111 at his home here. He has been suffering from heart disease some time, although he has '. been at bis office in the last two weeks. John D. Gives Half Million. New York, Dec 14. John D.' Rocke feller has given million dollars to the National . Young Women's Chris tian Association, it warn announced by his secretary today. CHEAXS PREVIOUS RECORDS Kansas Bank Deposits Increased $39 r 00O.00O in Ten Weeks, Says Com- . missioner Benson's Report. In the ten weeks' period from June 30 to September 12. 1916, national and state banks in Kansas made a jump of more than $39,000,000 in deposits, according to the bank statement - is sued recently by W. W. Benson, state. Dank commissioner, which, showed 9290,811,977.04 on deposit at the close of business September 12. The show ing is an increase of approximately 15 per cent over any previous record of Kansas banks, It was stated. Reo ords for the year show an increase in deposits of approximately $70,000,000. ' The statement compiled shows loans and discounts aggregating $214,630, 491.27 or nearly 75 per cent of the total deposits returning an interest rate to the banks. The overdrafts showing of $915,977.54 is about one third of one per cent of .the deposits. Total resources of $360,375,303.77 are shown in the. report. During the "period from June 30 to September 12 the 987 state banks in creased their deposits more than $20, 000,000, while deposits- in the ,221 na tional banks of the state were in creased more than $19,000,000, the re port shows. The state banks increased $36,000,000in deposits during the year, while national banks increased slight ly more than $30,000,000. In the report just issued state banks are shown to have held $165,619,977.04 at the close of business September 12. The national bank report is given in round figures.. It shows $125,192,000 in deposits. Loans and discounts of state banks are given at $130,744, 491.27, while national banks reported $83,886,000. NEW, KANSAS LAWS NEEDED State Charities and Corrections Con ference at Wichita to Subm it Program to Legislature. The Kansas conference of charities and corrections, which has just closed its seventeenth annual session at Wichita, under the presidency of H. C Bowman of Newton, went on record for the following state legislation: An act giving juvenile courts the power to grant mothers pensions; an act providing that the families depending for suppfort on prisoners in state insti tutions be paid fair wages allowed the prisoners during the period of their incarceration; an act providing for the physical supervision of 1 all public school children and the medical treat ment, at public expense, or those who cannot afford to pay for it; an amend ment to the present law prohibiting the marriage of insane, epileptic and feeble minded persons, and also laws for the better protection of the mar riage relation from the menace of disease. The establishment of three state farm homes for county and city pris oners and one for women prisoners was also recommended. The present officers were re-lected for the ensuing year. The next meet ing will be held in Emporia next Oc tober. -K -K Fire in Hospital. Fire caused a loss of $5,000 at the Arkansas City hospital recently, destroying a portion of the building, in which there were twenty two rooms. Patients were removed in great excitement. Kansas Pioneer Dead. Christian Stiegtel of Westphalia, 87 years old, died recently. He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving with the Twen tieth Missouri Regiment. He had lived in Anderson county thirty-six years, -tt Falling Rock Killed Miner. John Peters, a veteran miner, was killed by a fall of rock in a mine of the Wear Coal Company, northwest of Pittsburg, the other day. . Kansas Editor Dead. J. D L. Wad dle, editor of the Weir City Journal, died recently at the home of his daugh ter, Mrs. W. R. Shannon, near Long Lane, Mo., where he had been for some time. Waddle came here ten years ago from Green county, Mis souri, where he had for many years been in public life, holding several county offices. - Marysville Editor Dead. Magill C. Peters, a newspaper man, is dead at his home in Marysville. His father, the late P. H. Peters, founded the Lo comotive in 1869, which paper since has been changed to the Marshall County News. Magill Peters, who for years was associated with Marysville newspapers, later published the Han over Democrat-Enterprise and for a year was manager of the Fairbury (Neb.) News. He was 40 years old. k -K Shoots Father-ln-law. In a revol ver fight with his son-in-law, Floyd EL Hart, . A. L. Wright, a real estate dealer, was shot and probably fatally wounded at the Hart home in Emporia. Officers say Hart shot in self defense. No arrests have been made. -k -k -k Woman Writer Dead. Charlotte Frances Wilder, author of many re ligious books, died at her home in Manhattan the other day. . She also contributed stories and editorial work to church papers and magazines and other publications. -k -k -k Chanute Pawnbroker Slain.. J. F. Jersezy, a pawnbroker, was shot and killed in his shop at Chanute by Se ferino Arenas. Arenas fled and was captured near Petrolia, five miles north. He says the shooting was ac District Judge Ruppenthal Tells Governor Capper of Need For Reform. SYSTEM IS TOO COMPLICATED Present Procedure Serves Only , to Con fuse the People, Says the Rus . sell County Jurist. " The biggest reform - Kansas needs right now is & change in the court system of the state. This is the view of J. C. Ruppenthal, judge of the dis trict court in Russell county. In a letter to Governor Capper, Judge Rup penthal indicts the Kansas court sys tem, which he says is "better than most States but not good enough for Kansas." . " "We have too many courts, too many judges, too many different kinds of courts," Judge Ruppenthal said. "We have too complicated procedure, too many court officials, too little flex ibility, too little provision for ade quately doing the .court work fully at all times and places under al circum stances. We have too many untrained, inexperienced 'judges, too many courts' with no legal training. We let one judge work 250 to 300 days in a year, and twenty-five miles away is another who works only seventy-five or one hundred days, it is said. If work piles up for any reason in one district, we have no provision to 're duce it, even if the next judge has nothing to do. "Our people are needlessly confused by the number of courts and the need of certain technical knowledge where to go for any particular kind of relief or redress. We have too many differ ent county officials, each doing a part of the clerical work of the judicial department of government. "Our system of handling moneys in court is wasteful and antiquated. At all times in Kansas there are probably $1,000,000, and maybe more, in the hands of courts with no definite pub lic supervision or control, no public deposit, no public accounting, exami nation or report; in a way a private spoil as to its income." -k -k -k Corporation Sues Itself. Attorneys for the Prairie Pipe Line Company, after preparing a petition for damages against their own company in favor of Mrs. Walter E. Mull, and filing it, asked the court to award judgment against them for the largest amount possible under the compensation law. The court awarded Mrs. Mull $2,726. The attorneys added enough to this amount to total $5,000. Mrs. Mull is the widow of Walter E. Mull, formerly a machinist, in the company's plant near Caney, Kas., where he was killed while at work. -k -k -k Big Crowds at Revival. No church building at Utica is large enough to accommodate the crowds at the re vival being conducted by the Rev. J. A. Hutchins, evangelist of Rifle, Col. Overflow meetings are being held in several churches and gospel teams are coming nightly by motor car from Ness City, Ransom and Brownell. ' -k -k U. S. Commissioner Quits. Curtice Sherman, for several years United States commissioner at Wichita, has resigned to enter the wholesale shoe trade. . His successor has not been named. Mr. Sherman's father was commissioner there twenty-five years, -k -k -k Couple Wedded Fifty Years. Mr. and Mrs. D. D Ayers celebrated their golden wedding at their home in Wa mego recently. They were married in Atchison County, Kansas, December 9, 1866. -k -k -k K. U. Gets Inca Skulls. Two well preserved skulls of the race of extinct Inca Indians wrapped - in well pre served cloth made more than 1,200 years ago, have been received by H. T. Martin, curator of the paleontologi cal museum at the University of Kan sas from Miss Beryl Lovejoy, a uni versity graduate now teaching at Lima, Peru. The skulls were found on a sandy plain of Peru with the hand woven cloth wrapped partially around them. The fact that the design in the cloth can still be seen and the tex ture still is strong. Is attributed by Mr. Martin to the fact that practically no rain falls in the section of Peru where the skulls were found. The Incas have been extinct for centuries. It was their habit to bury their dead with cloth wrapped about the bodies. k -k -k - Ford Sold for $75,000. -A month ago Deering Marshall and Harry Heimple traded a Ford car for an oil lease twenty feet wide and a mile long, near Augusta. The lease is on the Purcell farm, which has a 400-barrel well on it. ' Recently the Van Arsdale-Marshall Oil and Gas Company paid Marshall and Heimple $75,000 for the lease. ' -k -k ' -k Kansas Educator Dies. George W. Kendrick, 59, is dead in Wichita from a stroke of paralysis. He was a prom inent educator of Kansas. In 1911 and 1912 he was superintendent of the Wichita schools. He came to Wich ita from Junction City. -k -k -k Not After Federal JoJb. WV- S. Hyatt, recently Democratic nominee for Congress in the Third District, denied recently that he was a candi date to succeed the late Francis M. Brady as assistant United States dis trict attorney for Kansas. - iV to nd Cet -w-y THE HIGHEST QUALITY MACARONI- 36 ttjgr tripe Book fit SX1HNER MFG. CO, OMAHA. ILIA DEFIANCE STARCH is constantly growing Hn favor because Does Not Stick to the Iror and it will not injure the finest fabric Foe laundry purposes it has no equal. 16 ex. package 10c y$ more starch for same money. DEFIANCE STARCH CO., Omaha, Nebraska. MUST SELL ZZFTZSttt torel. on mi le from town, 100 enltrrated . 8 Umbn, A pMtore, plenty fruit, ti.au for equity. MB una lm prored, 160 eulttyated. balance timber and pastni) 3X00 per acre, (a rk. tli.li mi. .. Mk Oe. PATENTS Wwk tlon K. Coleman. Patent Lawyer, Washington, li c Advice and books rrae. Kates reasonable. Bisbest references. Bestaerrleesv 1 . gggnnSB- Loyal Lad. Office Boy De boss kin see no callers dls mornln'. Insistent Visitor Say, 111 give you a quarter to take this card In to him. Office Boy Aw, shucks I He gives me bigger wages for not doln it Bos ton Evening Transcript. The Oulnlne That Does Not Affect The HeaoV Because of its ton la and laxauye effect, Xjaxatlve Baomo Quinine can be taken by anyone wlthon. esnsing nerroosnees or ringing In tbe head. There Is only one "Bromo Quinine.' S. W. UROVn s signature t on eacn box. 36a. DIDN'T RELY ON GUESSWORK Youngster Found Out for' Himself Just What Was the Hidden Force In Teachers Bicycle. A certain country school teacher. In endeavoring to explain to his class what compressed air was, brought his bicycle Into the room and leaned it up agalnst the wall. "Now," he remarked, "under the out er covering of that back wheel there Is a hidden force. What Is It?" "Injy rubber," said one smart youth- "No. Try again." The boy tried again, as did nearly every member of the class, but without success. At length one of the youngsters, who had been making a close Inspection of the machine, turned on the teacher with a beaming face. "I have it," he exclaimed. "It's wind' jest wind!" After commending the youngster, the teacher asked how he discovered the "hidden force." "Why," was the astounding reply, "Tve Just stuck my knife In it to see !" Made a Mess of It. During a social evening a woman sang for the guests. One of the guests turned to a meek-looking little man sitting at his side and said: "How awful I Who can she be?" "That," replied the man addressed, "is my wife." "Oh, I b-b-beg your pardon I" stub tered the other. "She's really a X know she'd sing beautifully if she made a better selection of her music Who do you suppose wrote that Bong?" ,"I am the author of that song," re plied the meek-looking little man. -Argonaut. , Modern Child. "Mother, may we make taffy today T asked the children. "Not today, children ; papa has headache and you may make so mud noise." "No, we won't, mamma," said Tom, "but if we don't make taffy we are very liable to make a noise." Say the right thing at the right timi and some fool will envy you. Money doesn't always make tha mare go under the wire first. Childish Craving for something sweet finds pleasant realization in the pure, wholesome, wheat and barley food Grape-Nuts No danger of upsetting the stomach and remember, Grape-Nuts is a true food, good for any meal or between meals. -' "There's a Reason"