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BOOSTS FOB BAXTER ALL TEX THIS ALL THE NKW8 THA.TS FIT TO PBOTT i : BAXTER SPRINGS, CHEROKEE COUNTY, KANSAS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1918 VOLUME XXXVII sjjssssssnssssssi mmmmimmmmmmmmmmmmmammmmmmmmmmmm NUMBER 46 i; i IK- P:. ; ft X H".' I ft- f; i.; sir Jllil 115 HID 01 Roornln? House Proprietor Dis covered Body By Peculiar Odor Comlnjr from Room Picher, OH., Dec. 26.-reculiar odor from a room in the Redingger rooming house, Third street and richer avenue, led to the discovery of the decomposed body of John Morris, a miner, at 7 o'clock last night Em mett Griffith, proprietor of the room ing house, while passing the room oc cupied by Morris, scented a peculiar odor and forced an entrance into the room. He found the body lying on the bed and In a bad state of decomposition. A gas stove in the room was burning full blast Blood was found on tht .sheets, but thi body was in such a condition that it was Impossible to as certain where the blood came from. An empty whiskey bottle was found near the bed. it is believed that he had been drinking and had laid down upon the bed and fallen asleep, slffocating from the gas fumes. He was seen to eater his room at noon yesterday, but the persons who saw him were unable to say whether he was drink ing or not. The body was removed to the morgue of the Todd Undertaking rwnnniiv and an effort will be made to preserve it until relative are no- tilled. Papers iouna un me wuuk shows he had a daughter, Edith Mor ris, living in Cushing, Okla. A di ,A if .now married, lives in Spark Springs, Okla. It is thought tJigt fee ftAd pvea in weou va-jr i Picher several months e. as a number f ltfter were ' . ... tir.LL SI.'... found addressed to mm ai wwo xjm mnloved at the Manhat tan mine. A registration card of -September 1Z, last, was icwnu. is urai Case of Apple vs. Smith Recent ly Decided In District Court, to Be Ap pealed Tn nniiHin down his opinion Tues day, at Galena, in the Apple vs. Smith raw affecting? ownership of several mining leases in Oklahoma, Judge Dunbar, of Columbus, has given Mr. Smith 45 days in which to appeal from Mr. Smith says the case will be carried to a higher court and that in all the voluminous evidence so far in troduced Apple has failed to show the investment of a single dollar in eith er the acquiring or vast development of the two valuable properties men tioned and known as the Montreal Admiralty Mines in which he is now seeking to acquire a one-half ownership with Smith. We were in error in our issue of the 24th inst in saying "Judgment Stands Against Mr. Smith." NEW FURNACE INSTALLED m.. t.wnooa for the Methodist Alto church has been installed and is going night and day this week so the base- ment will be thorougniy nwuea i A, C.J.tf the opening services next ounu., m.t. t otmrtum ill flf Such PropOT- 1M mvt. - - tions and elegance that all the people of Baxter nave a jus jjnuc w . is one of the stateliest church edifices i il. wiMlU went and can be in uie fti tv so pointed out to all visitors to this city. The equipment of the basement of this church makes It at once a great a j.. Srhnnl anditorium. gym- euw; - . nasium, banqueting hall and place for community gatherings. The inside measurement of the basement are fifty -two feet by seventy-four feet It will commodate a large gathering . t. tomi ran be no objection mad to opening the basement lor towa event aucn as muun 1iarnaaanS. etc 0ns, cunm., - . L v.. needed and at Baca m , . th city it will b needed often er. UthUwayMwenaa reLoM nun in 4. 4. SOLDIERS' LETTERS 4 4 France, Oct 18, 1918. Mrs. R. A. Zerber, Baxter Springs, Kas., U. S. A. Dearest Mabel and Little utris: This finds me well and getting along fine. Good health still keeps me com pany and that is the big part of the game in Franco. We have enjoyed the fall weather here until a few day ago, now it is real winter, we have freezing weather every day now. I received a letter from Glen wnicn am enclosing for you to read as I know it will be of interest to all at home. Glen has a sood job and I am very glad to know that his health is also O.K. I had1 a splendid trip on the motor cycle yesterday afternoon through a part of the country that the heaviest fighting of the war took place. It is gurelv interesting to see the trenches and every thing where the Germans were driven out However it seems so foolish that the Germans would spend so much money and loss of live and when it came to the end what ha been gained? We were at the front the last nignt and day of the fighting. The last five minutes of the war it seemed as the Americans fired every gun they had all at once. The last, night I saw an aeroplane fight between an American and a Boche plane. We were in dug outs by an engineers been operating a big searchlight That was very in teresting also, The men have quite collection w war souvenirs by now as we have been close to or at the front for some time. I have, I think, the finest souvenir could have gotten. It is a Boche blanket. Will bring it home to you Also have you a cap, French atyle, I am wearing It now but will let you have it when I get back to the States. We were all paid last week so I am not wanting for money. I drew 163 Francs 20 centimes French money, $32.62 value American money. 1 am inclosing you a 5 F. note, French mon ey, equal to about 87 cent in our money, but valued at SI here. We get 20 for over sea duties above our regular pay, then a certain per cent difference in valuation on French money. We are paid altogeth er in French money and use Jt here exclusively. Hope you have received your money bv now. If not the commander has taken the matter up so you no doubt will receive it by the time this letter reaches you. I m missing supper to get the let ter wrote and would you believe it they are serving prunes. In civilian life I wouldn't eat such grub put pe. lieve me I am craty about prunes now. So far I havent received ft letter from you direct, only the ones you sent me at Stanley and Mills so 1 can't tell whether you know I am alive or not Well, dearest ones, I will close for now. Good-bye and love to all, Cpl. R. A. Zerber, Co. D., 419th Tel. Bu. A, E. F. To J. B. Oppe'rman A. E. F., Nov. 10, 1918. Dear Father: Your letter dated Sept 30 received Nov. 30th and was certain! v aoDreciated. 1 Just had time to read it over hurriedly at the time of receiving but have read it several times this morning. I'm so thankful that you are el well and happy. Dad, I was never as thankful and well satisfied in my life as I am this morning. I didn't realize before what an awful lot we have to be thankful for. I didn't tell you in my last letter that I was going over the ton because I didn't want you to be uneasy but now that I'm back safe I will tell you about it I had a chance to aa over with the machine gun com pany as an ammunition carrier and was attached temporarily to that com oanv. The night of the 30th we moved out in a little neck of wood and set up the gun and dug ourselves in, in the morning we could see the German on three sides of us but we had order to keep hid and not to shoot without or ders, and we did 'a pretty rood Job at keeping hid and not making any noise for we lay there until the morn ing of the first without the Dutch knowing we were there; about one o'clock the morning of the 1st we crawled out into the epen and agaia dug ourselves in and waited or tne era hour. The Dutch someway smell- ed a mouse and opened up on us with machine gum but just about that 01 The Days E! IS DlfflUITI Bad Weather, Holidays, Influen za and Selfishness All to Be Blamed Baxter Springs has a population of not less than 4,500, and by the rule of reckoning memberships to the Ameri can Red Cross the campaign last week should have produced nearly that many member here and that many dollars: but instead the workers were awarded for their week' work with only 882 members and S888; the extra $6.00 being paid for the Red Cross magatine. Miss Perkins believes there are many others who will be gl4 to jn and pay n their dollars as soon as they can get out To etfcommouV such people she will give her tune on Friday and Saturday afternoons to receiving memberships, and will be at Geo. Rocker's real estate office. RED CROSS SUBSCRIBERS Jack Cook: Mrs. Jack Cook; John Matthews; K. P. Abbott; Ed Cochran; Mrs. Ray Warner; Mrs. Lottie Dar denne. Mrs. M. Foust E. A. Brennon; O. C. Hale; Frank Hash; Mrs. Frank Hash: Mrs. Bert Douthit; Win. Dar- denne; Miss Lilliam Thistlewaite; No name; C. A. Brown; Mrs. C. L. Smith; Mrs. Geo. Eysell; E. P. Moore; m W. B. Campbell; Mr. W. B. Campbell; Floyd E. Whisman; W, ? Campbell, Jr.; Mrs. Will Goodwin; James Val llere; Mrs. Amanda Horton; P. W. George, A. Saxton; Mrs. James Kent; A. So ward: Rebecca Sarchet; Homer Smith; Dan Rus; Mr. Rightly; G, B. Rogers; Margaret Osborne; Miss Myrtle Nsylor; Ernest Shanks; M. A. Burch; Edward Dardenne; Mrs. C M. John; Mrs. C. A. Brown; J. Decora; Mrs. Fred Hill; William PWer; raui W. Phillips; L. D. Hodgkins; Mrs. L D. Hodgkins; Mrs. Susie Swalley; Mrs. Luckey: O. C. Burris; Mrs. fctn Wood; C. W. 8mith; Mrs. A. L. Rehm; Susan Crawfish; Harry L. Hammond; B. H. Shields: C. J. Dugan; Harry Chase; L. L. Wllliard; D. W. Riseling; Mrs. Catherine M. Callis; Warren Hartley; Mrs. Joe Darnell; Mrs. Sybil Fancher: A. C. Moore; Mrs. Emma Johnson; J. W. Kent; C C Embree; H. L. Dodson: Mrs. Agnes Gilmore; Chas. McLellan; John Asher; W. S. Schrt; L. Adams; Will Sikes; John Abbott: Mrs. Jim Goodwin; Mrs. J. L. Cadden; No name; Arch Corkle; Geo. Pillar; Mrs. W. W. Burns; W. W. Burns; J. W, Lemons; Mrs. C L. Pickering: Mrs. Addle Bailey; G. J. Todd; Mrs. John Bradford; R. M. Gil- man: Mrs. R. M. Gilman; W. M. Mill er; Mrs. Mildred Pick mi; Mia Alma Goodner: Recce Hash; Sara Kelsey; Mrs. Cora McKlnnsy; Mrs. Windsor; i. A. Dlckeyj E. 8. Brown; A. w. Abralmsi Harry Crawfish: Mrs. M. T. Nichols; Scotty M. Nichols; Mia Lyta Howard; T. C Weaver; Ml Ne' Weaver: Marie Covey: Swannle Smith Mrs. M. I. Nichols; Dr. M- L Nicholsi Mrs. W. D. Covey; Jean Richardson; XL Richardson: a a Sullivan; Bev. L. Orton; E. F. Crigraore; Mrs. J. Thomas: J. B. Fagan; G. B. Davis; John Goesele: T. L. Burch; Mrs. Earl Ray; Mrs. A. Y. Emith; Jr.; Robert Moore; G. W. Dowty; J. K. Patterson; A. B. Cols; Mrs. J. B, Pillars; Way man Watson; Samuel Turner; Mry Clay; Thomas S. William J Lissi Eates; OjheUa Eftes; Uoreecai Ets; ill RED B ill of Mystery C. E. Anderson; Ed Congdon; Dick Poloeprrj Mrs. J. L. Marcum; Mrs. T. A. Anderson; Mrs. II. E. Crawford; John Connelly; John Lucky Swalley; Earl Swalley; Mrs. N. A. Slaughter; Tom Slaughter; Fred Estes; Mr. Wil liams; Slyvester Estes. Report by booths: State Bank Mrs. Paul Mason, Captain. Monday . $39.00 Tuesday $21.00 Wednesday $17.00 Thursday $22.00 Friday $11.00 Saturday - $30.00 $140.00 Empire Hotel and Pout Office Mrs. T. L. Myers, Captain Monday $25.00 Tuesday $18.00 Wednesday $15.00 Thursday $27.00 Friday $20.00 Saturday - - $2.00 $107.00 American National Bank Mrs. F. M. Perkins, Captain Monday $36.00 Tuesdcy - $36.00 Wednesday $16.00 Thursday - $39.00 Friday $13.00 Saturday . - $10.00 $179.00 Porter Gark's Mrs. A. R. Kane, Captain Monday $51.00 Tuesday $70.00 Wednesday - $22.00 Thursday $34.00 Friday $26.00 Saturday $24.00 $227.00 Jackson's Drug Store Mrs. Arthur Johnson, Captain Monday $12.00 Tuesday $16.00 Wednesday $7.00 Thursday $4.00 Friday - - $3.00 Saturday $2.00 $44.00 Baxter National Bank Mrs. John Griffard, Captain Monday $53.00 Tuesday .. $31.00 Wednesday - $18.00 Thureday $13.00 Friday $4.00 Saturday $27.00 $146.00 Grand total $883.00 A Christmas dinner was served by Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Smith to the fol lowing guests: Mr. and Mrs. Lee O. Treece -and children. Lee O, Jr., and Betty Ruth; Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Cole, III; Mr. and Mrs. Jas. H. Smith; Mr and Mrs. S. H. Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Jack B. Sims; Mrs. Lee Chas. Wells, of Miami: Miss Anne Stewart, or Lawrence; Mr. and Mrs. E. J. wyatt. of Joplin, and Mr. George H. Davii of Joplin, Dorothy, Leonard ana Swannie Smith. -K- ' Mr. and Mrs. Grant Waggoner were home from Camp Funston for Christ mas. Mr. Waggoner returned Thurs day but expecting to come down again next week, splitting a ten days fur lough into two trip. Mrs. Waggoner will remain here. Grant Is attached to the Judge advocate' office and has an easy berth, but la anxious to get released Just the same, se that a may resume bla.priveU law practice. nnriinuin siirmniin iiiiiiit Tn nn iiiiiii ii i i ii iimr i- MimiKfiiBi- linn i .'in ifiii ii N " mu"" VlnAI III III! WIM CB! What the Government Is Doing With the Vast Sums Raised for the World War, and What la Being Accomplished Billions of dollars invested in Lib erty Bonds, millions paid for Thrift and War Stamps, thousands of Ameri cana learning for the first time the meaning of direct taxation this is one of the big ftorics of America's participation in tho World War. Inevitably, however, the question is asked by the millions of investors and taxpayers, "What is the Government doing with this hitherto undreamed of national income?" It is in response to this legitimate query, it is announc ed by the Division of Films, Commit tee on Public Information, of which George Creel is chairman, that the Government isuod its latest compre hensive war picture, "America's An swer," which will be made known at the Elite today, 2 and 6:30 p. m. "America's Answer" pictorializes in comprehensive way what has been accomplished in France under the di rection of Gen. John J. Pershing dur ing the first year of America's par ticipation in the struggle. The industrial part of these activi ties is graphically shown. This, how ever, is only part of "America's An swer," which the Government's new picture is said to visualize. The pic ture also answers the Kaiser's report ed declaration that "America wouldn't fight" by showing American soldiers in actual battle, going "Over the Top," defeating the crack Hun shock troops and winning for the American Ma rines the title of "Devil Dogs." COLUMBUS MAN FOUND FROZEN TO DEATH B. F. Vcnnum, who ran the dairy at Columbus for C. F. Gaither, was found dead Tuesday morning about three hundred yards from his home. He was entirely buried in the snow and was found by young De Voe, who was a member of the searching party who were hunting for him. He had gone hunting and it is believed that he had a fainting spell, to which he was subject, and was frozen before he was found. He took his gun and started away. Shortly after he left Mrs. Vennum thought she saw a man standing still in Brigg's pasture vh:re the bot'y was afterwards found. Sho went cut in a few minutes and called to h'r hus band but he had disappeared and she thought no more about it till noon when he failed to return she became worried as he was subject to fainting spells. When night came and he was not back she notified their friends and Mr. John Gaither got together a searching party who made a thorough hunt in the neighborhood. Ihey thought he might have gone to hunt, but they failed to find any trace of him. Tuesday morning another party started out and about nine-thirty the De Voe boy fcund the body. The man had evidently died instant ly where he fell. The gun stock was sticking out of the snow and the gun u loaded and cocked ready to nre. One hand was in a pocket and his hat had fallen off a he fell. There was not a sign of a struggle. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Congdon en tertained at a Christmas dinner, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Congdon and daught er, Corienne, of Kansas City; Mrs. Boteford, of Cherryvale, and Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Congdon and daughter, Leila, Mr. nnd Mrs. E. C. Congdon and family and Private jaernu w. Winters, recently returned from Camp Funston, Elizabeth and Morris Jar- rett Mia Mildred Popplcwcll after hav ing spent a delightful Chrtatmaa with her friend, Miss Rebecca Sarchet left Thursday for Lawrence to spend the remainder of her holiday vacation with her parents, after which she will return to Dallas. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Kuhn entertain ed at dinner on Christmas day, the rooms were tastefully decorated in the Christmas colors; the dining room looked very interesting with the usual turkey present with all the accessor ies which accompany it Those pres ent were Mr. and Mr. O. R. Pennlng- tnn and baby daurhter, Doris Lee; Mr. and Mrs. Will Price; June Price; Laurence Price; Jos. Cooper; Emily Grace Cooper; John Milton Cooper and Mr. sad Mrs. J. L Cooper. i inns Extension of Government Con- trol for Five Years Proposed Notwithstanding the President's de claration, in his recent address before Congress, that he did not know what to do with the railroads, Director Gen eral McAdoo, on December 11th, laid before Congress, (by mean of iden tical letters addressed to the Chair man of the Senate Commerce Com mittee and the Chairman of the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce), a plan with reference to the railroad problem regarding which he states: "The President has given mo permission to say that this con clusion accords with his own view of the matter." These communications of Mr. Mc- Adoo's are in substance as follows: Railroad legislation is of vital im portance to the country, however, since less than three months remains of the present session of Congress, it seem;) impracticable to secure laws during that short period which will provide a permanent solution of the railroad problem. It is wholly im practicable and opposed to public in terest to attempt to operate the roads under the present law because, in the first place, the time fixed by the law is too short for satisfactory result and, secondly, the present legislation is inadequate. The uncertainty as to the final disposition of the roads should not be allowed to continue be cause of its demoralizing effect on the morale of railroad officers and em ployees, and also because it seem to be unfair both to the employee of the roads and also to State Railroad Com missions, railroad security holders, shippers' organizations, and other in terests more or less directly connect. ed with the railroads. Under the present law conflicts between state and federal jurisdiction are likely to grow more and more acute as the time for the automatic return of the road to private control approaches, ine revolving fund appropriated by Con gress is insufficient to carry Federal operations through the period provid ed by law, and, moreover, thi period of control fixed by law is insufficient for the carrying out of a comprthen :vo plan of improvement which would jc of value to the public. On the nher hand the experience of the past tear indicates that the return of the railroads to old competitive conditions would be hurtful alike to the public interests and to the railroads them selves. The railroads were taken over as a war measure and, now that the war is practically at an end and the . emergency has passed, they snouia either be returned to their former owners or the period of Government control should be extended long enough to enable the Federal author ities thoroughly to test out the value of unified control and furnish the peo ple of the country with information which will enable them to determine whither or not unified control either under private or public management should be permanent It is believed that an extension of Government con trol for about five years, or until Jan uary If.., 1924, would be sufficient for .his purpose. If such extension is au thorized, however, it will also be nec essary, in order to get satisfactory re sults from the experiment, to enact legislation which will make such con trol much more complete than it 1 at present. Unless legislation to ex tending and perfecting government control of the railroads is to be enac ted during the present session of Con- fgress the railroads should be returned to private ownership at the earliest possible moment LIEUTENANT STAUFFES HOME Brought 500 Men New to Funston York from Columbus Advocate: Lieutenant John Stauffer, who was stationed with a flying squadron on Long Island, N. Y., brought two troop train of 600 men to Camp Funston Saturday, De cember 14. These were men who ar rived from oversea service on the Lapland and they were sent to Fun ston to be mastered out of service. Af te rdelivering the men at Funston and seeing them discharged. Lieutenant Stauffer was given his discharge from service and returned home last tar day sight' 1 t tba arrte ox pj.