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THAJ'S . FIT TO PRINT BOOSTS FOB BAXTER ALL TBS TDXB . VOLUME XXXVII BAXTER SPRINGS, CHEROKEE COUNTY, KANSAS, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1919 NUMBER 52 in out the id allen mmm TRUTH ConfUcting Thoughts ' ABOUT 35fh DiUiOl wwmn luliber yap.d K1 Also Causes. Total Destruction of Van Du- sen Plaining Mill Loss Aggregates $50,000 With Partial Insurance. HIE CAR DU OHIO THE THICK Accident at Galena Due of Mis take of Driver of Car The lumber plant of the E. C. Abernethy Lumber company was wiped out by fire Sunday, the flames making a clean sweep of the office and buildings and taking prac tically all of the stock. The loss was estimated by Mr. Abernethy. to be about $40,000, and he earned about $30, 000 insurance. The fire also totally destroyed the new planing mill belonrine to George Van Dusen was also burned com- ; pletcly causing a loss of about $5,000 on which Mr. Van Dusen stated he carried but $2,000 insurance. One ma chine and the small -tools were recovered from the plan ingmilL The home of Jas. Kent, in the northeast corner of the block, was razed by order of the fire company to prevent the flames from crossing the street and destroying some dwellings and possibly spreading farther. Mr. Kent got his furniture out but the house is a total loss, amounting to perhaps $500. The fire was first discovered in a shed used as a stable, whifh Rtnod between the finished lumber shed and the planing milL The fire alarm was turned in and the fire men responded quickly, but the flames had even that rKKrS2 ... . . 4 i ji i fii i i.i :t. 6 . . ' . OUiCKlV Otten DeVOna ine DOSSlDllliy 01 Deing exuiiKUisu- it her aunt, Mrs. A. J. iynn oi hud , j if i-u- J Elm street and another aunt, Mrs, COWnn me Stream irum uie wiemiuii wn, um ui w" . Cochran, of Joplin, with whom .-rthere'was no water to be had; so it at once became appar- she had spent day or. two and who, I )YU8 KirillKlIlK JlCaT VJUD MWillWii w ent that the entire property was doomed. Attention was the home of MrB nyTm "Signal was given by the flagman for the automobile to cross the track which was done in safety. It is the supposition of those who witnessed the tragedy that followed that in at- KANSAS GOVERNOR DECLARES THE WAR DEPARTMENT WITHHOLDS INFORMATION FROM THE N AMERICAN PUBLIC. The Galena Times, of Wednesday, contains the following account of the auto accident of that day, at that city, in which two people were killed: "The accident occurred shortly be fore 2 o'clock as the eastern bound Frisco from Wichita to Springfield, due here at 1:45 was neanng the depot. "Miss Gibbs was 18 years of age whose home is in Iola, Kansas. She TO Pin E DISCUSSES THE BllTT STUEOT Says Report Is Attempt to Divert Atten tion From Real Situation Gives a False Impression. i raas Pittsburg Dekfrit s Ilo'd Conference With Da.t r Springs Road Boosters then given to an endeavor to keep the fire from spreading and to saving as much of the stock as possible, which was little. For a short period the wind became stronger and the tempting to shift the gears a mistake .... ..... x j J i. .1 was maae ana me car wirowiHimi rc- adjOimng DUllOingS On tne east were eimaiigeieu, uub hw l- causing it to back into the on wind shifted and carried the flames more to the open space rushing trab. The en the east, one of the passengers, Miss Gibbs, being thrown from the car di rectly under the engine which passed over her body, also the baggage car, before the train could be stopped, thus severing the young girl's head from her body. "Seaman, the flagman, seeing the danger of the two occupants of the car, when it began backing endeav ored to hold it back and was thrown violently onto the pavement, which crushed his skull. "William Seaman, the flagman, who was also killed was about 60 years of age and resided on Joplin street between Second and Third streets. He is survived by a wife, three sons and two daughters. Two of the sons, Samuel and Benjamin, are in the ser vice with the United States army in France, the other son, George Sea man, resides in Galena. Both daugh ters also reside in Galena, one of whom is Mrs. Dewey Kennedy. "At the time of going to press no funeral arrangements have been made." to the north and west The origin of the fire is not known, but incendiarism is strongly suspected. Not more than an hour before the fire was discovered one of the company's employes was in the shed where the fire originated. Some one suggested that he might have spilled some burning tobacco from his pipe but. this possibility is controverted by the fact that the man does not smoke. This 'fire is the tenth in Baxter Springs within thirty- one days starting with the burning of the Robeson lumber yard on New Years day. A careful study oi tne similar ity of the different blazes, or at least seven of them, leads to the conclusion that the same method wasemployed on all of them all in outbuildings or places remote from possibility of accidental causes. FIRE NOTES When seen by a reporter for the Citizen Mr. Abernethy owner of the big yard that burned yesterday, said he could not aay as to the firm's fu ton plans; it waa his opinion that the . stock would invoice about f 40,000, with probably (30,000 insurance, this in addition to yards and buildings costing about $3,600. Yesterday's fire was the tenth fire of the year and the first in the month of February, going some for a small place. The Robeson Lumber yard was 41stroyed by fire one month ago yes Nw Year's day. and like this fire was started during the day time. There were eight other fires, mostly biases, fa the residence dis trict besides the Robeson fire; just a Jew days ago the warehouse belong ing to the Glasgow Hardware Co, was afire twice in the same day. The sec . end time the fire got under consider able headway sad would likely have gutted an entire block had the build ing sot been eorered with sheet iron which prevented the flames from treating through and quick work done ty the fire laddies. At Csaday'i fire the firemen'did all they possibly could, assisted by a number of civilians, to overcome the fire and prevent its spread to the near by property. It became necessary to raze the home of Jas. Kent, at the comer of Grant and Eleventh streets to prevent the spread of the fire to the next block north where three homes and the property of the Bax ter Laundry Co. was in great danger. There is something pathetic fa the wilful distraction of a man's proper, ty but there was nothing else to be done and with the use of hooks and ropes attached to trucks by willing hands, the house which was a one story frame structure, was easily pull ed apart and dragged from its foun dation. The fire took practically ev erything south of this spot ' To a cold observer at a fire of this size, there are a number of freakish things that take place. Some men jump in and work like Trojans while j others stand back and look on like the fact Qf a fire was a time for celebra tion. This way be due to a wrong impression that property that is well insured should be allowed to burn and that the owners of the property would A delegation from Pittsburg repre- ser.t:r.g the city officials and the of ficers of. the Ozark Trail Association came overland to this, city Wed. even ir.g and met with a number of the members of the Chamber of Com merce. This committee was composed of J C. Fowler, M. M. Hartzell, W. M Stephenson, A. E. Goldman and F. S Ashenr.an. The latter gentleman is secretary of the Ozark Trails Associa tion and lives at Nowata, Okla. MnAsherman is covering the trail and qrganizing for further extensions of this highway. Just now the road is-mjnjr?d from St.. Louis to . Las Vagas,X. M., and it is proposed to run a branch road into Kansas City, Pittsburg. Ft. Scott and other eastern Kansas towns are behind this latest movement, which accounts for the delegation coming h'3re Wed. night. The new route as proposed to be mapped ar.J marked with the familiar "OT" will leave the Baxter to Joplin road at Lowell taking a northern course thru Pittsburg, Fort Scott, Louisburg and on to Kansas City. To accomplish this it is proposed to raise eight thousand memberships between Miami, Okla., and Kansas City, these member. -hips cost 5 apiece and are good for one year. This money is used in marking the trail, keeping a man to each mile of. road as a sort of overseer and further to print a road guide for the use of tourists over the trail.' A committee in Baxter Springs will handle the proposition and report to the Pittsburg people what this district will do in the way of funds. On ac count of the big permanent road pro ject now on here it is doubtful if much money can be furnished. The Ozark Trail is only one of several cross country trails that will hit this city when once the concrete righway is completed. Topeka, Feb. 5. The most startling statement that has yet been made by Gov. Henry J. Allen concerning the losses of the Thirty-fifth division was made Monday night in reply to the statement of casualties issued by Gen. Peyton C. March and published Sun day. The governor also asks the war department a number of ques tions. He flatly states that the war department's casualty statement i3 an "attempt to divert attention from the real situation." Governor Allen shows how the war department's casualty list gives false impression as to the number of casualties. Known In Washington As a final wallop the governor as serta that the facts that he sets out are known in Washington, and asks the war department why it withholds the information from the public. Governor Allen said: "The statement is in line with the pettyfogging plan of the war'uepart- men in dealing with casualties from the beginning. Instead of being frank the department is evasive and vague. It knew when it passed the statement that 56,592 is, 'an official tabulation of the casualties,' that un informed people would conclude that this was a full statement of the cas ualties. It also knew, of course, that the 66,592 dead and missing consti tuted comparatively a small percent age of all the casualties. The war de partment would have us forgot the thousands maimed and crippled, a few of whom are now coming home but many of whom arc suffering in the hospitals in France. The dis tracted relatives are trying in vain to reach them with messages and to get some information from them. Why does the war department keep from us the long and ghastly roll of these casualties? Officers of high rank have stated frankly that most of the casualties should have been reported within ten days after the battle, from were used to evacuate wounded men of the Thirty-fifth division straight thru from the advance dressing sta tion to the evacuation hospitals with out passing thru the Thirty-fifth divi sion triage. Wounded in Mud "It also states that the unexpect edly heavy rush of casualties made it necessary for men to lie upon the ground in the mud without litters or blankets and that the unexpected shortage of transportation made it impossible to triage all the men hence the report of 'nearly 5,000 does not include them alL "It relates likewise the fact that five truck loads of wounded never reached the triage, but had to be tent in an ammunition train direct to the rear. "All these matters were discussed fully on October 11, and the report which I have contains the signature of the division surgeon of the Thirty fifth 'division,' who recelved. it t that early date. These facts undoubtedly came to the war department many weeks ago. He Asks More Questions "All citizens of the country realise that heavy casualties were inevitable and the report which is gradually be ing uncovered reveals the fact that our gloomiest expectations were more than realized. I believe that thou sands of men were lost because there was lacK or protection in tne air, shortage of transportation which would have made effective artillery support possible at all stages of the battle and other inadequacies of ma chinery which sent the American ar my in the gloomy forest fighting the best equipped army in the world with little except infantry arms. "These facts are well known at Washington and are well known to of ficers and men who are now coming home. There is no reason for any. en-.. troversy over facts. The country la ' entitled to the truth. Why does' the .7 any part of 'the field and hospital, war department withhold it?" . . , areas. Why, after four months are! :; "' ' .".TO SIRS. JIM SMITH PASSES ON ' m SOCIAL NOTES The Auction Bridge club was pleas antly entertained Wednesday after noon at the home of Mrs. L. M. Per kins on East Fourteenth street There were three tables of players, Auction Bridge being the game, and at the close of the afternoon on counting the score it waa found Mrs. W. B. Camp bell held high. The hostess served a delicious three course luncheon to the following guests and club members: Mesdames C M. Sarchet, Enoch Per kins,. D. D. Muir, J. R. Cole III, Leon ard Tuthill, Fred Schley and club members: Mesdames J. H. Boswell, W. B. Campbell, A. R. Kane, A. Weaver and Samuel Van Dyne. (Continued from Last Page) The O. E..S. club met Wednesday afternoon fa the Masonic hall with a very good attendance. A most pleas ant afternoon was spent with social conversation and needlework. A very delicious luncheon waa served to the following ladies: Mesdames W. T. Hartley, Walter Winn, Q. Hanker, P. D. Hartley, Wfllard Shults. R. F. Hartley, L. D. Hodgkina, A. B. W0- The funeral for Mrs. Minnie Dawes, wife of Charles Dawes, who died Wednesday morning at her home in Lincolnville was held Thurs afternoon at the home. The interment was ac companied by the peculiar rite of the Quapaw Indian tribe of which the de ceased was a member. The Roman Catholic service was also used and the burial was at the Catholic cemetery in Lincolnville. The Seniors have started work on their annual end will be out solicit ing advertising at tn early date. The Chamber of Commerce has endorsed this undertaking and will work with the students in preparing their an nual which will surpass any that have been hadhere previous. lard. Ray Warner, L. L. Willard, Frank. McDonald, Wm. Earls, J. W. Cook. Fred Nichols, Fairfax Barnes, T. Conner and J. B. Opperman. The" "Aid Society of the Methodist church met Wednesday afternoon in the assembly room of the Methodist church. A short business session was held a'ter which a social time was enjoyed? Light refreshments were served. Those present were Mes dames James Simmons, Englebright, Thorna. Grubaueh. L. L. Cardin, C C Sparlin, Baier, Margaret Meads, J. Sawyer Cannon. M. L Nichols, E. L. Clark and R. M. Gilman. . il .J 1 1 A. we sun naving tnem uoieu out re luctantly to a poignant public which is clamoring for the facts? Why, in October, when it knew that the casual ties were greatly over 200,000, did it announce from Washington that there were around 100,000? . Allen Has A Report "It has attempted to divert atten tion from the real situation by call- ins: attention to the fact that the dead aud missing in the Thirty-fifth j . - . t . j j.t4. ii j:..: are only l,oa, ana wai uu mvi- sion suffered less than some of the other divisions, why was it not frank in saying that this diviaion lost practically all of these 1,733 in" one engagement, while Dther divisions with which H compared the Thirty- fifth division were in several heavy engagements? Why "did the depart ment peglect to mention that in addi tion to these 1,733 more than o.uuu wounded and maimed were in the cas ualty list of the Thirty-fifth division. "Secretary Baker, when this subject Mrs. Jas. H. Smith died Thurs. after, noon about 1 :30 at the home on East Fifteenth street Spinal meningitis is given as the cause of death. Mrs. Smith was attacked about two weeks ap;o and for several days was in a lethargic state that appeared to baf fle the physicians.' Sunday she seem ed somewhat improved but shortly lapsed back into her previous condi tion and gradually failed until her death. Funeral will be held from the home at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Bob Mason, according to a letter received by the family, is now fa the convalescent ward in the military hos pital at Vancouver, Wash., making nice recovery from his recent' critical illness, and expects to be home about February 15. was first brought to his attention, in dicated that the war department had no report on these casualties. I have the report of the division officer m charge xf the triage of the Thirty fifth division. It was delivered to the division surgeon of that division early in October. It revealed the fact that 6,301 wounded men passed thru 'his triage, nearly 5,000 of whom were from the Thirty-fifth division. This officer also adds that the transporta tion was so limited that without wait ing for ambulances, trucks belonging to other divisions and to the French Dr. O. W. Swope, an X-Ray special; ist from Kansas City is here to visit I Dr. G. C. McCormick for a couple of days. -: v- F. R. Cook returned Wed. night af ter an absence of several days spent in the oil fields near Bartleaville, No wata and Tulsa. Cook t McKinney have several hundred acres under lease there and Mr. Cook is enthusias tic over the proposition. They have a drill down there which they are go ing to put in operation this week. The valuation of taxable property in Cherokee county in 1918 was about J27.000.000.