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THE PARMER: DECEMBER 28, 1917
iilDUSTRIALj COMMERCIAL The Livest Stores in Town" AIID FIIIAIICIAL RECORD OF COUNTRY FOR YEAR OF 1917 CbSnparisons of Volume and Value of Business Made With Year. 913, Preceding the War, As Offering a Fair Coniparison for Present Conditions. "CONNORS" TJi changes in Industrial an4,em Twrcia3 conditions in th United States" tesahingr front war activities ,ps lllastijtfed a series of statistical S??Wnent Compiled by Th National , City Banlt o New York, showin con , ditiona of production, industry and commerce la the United State in .compared with the preceding Lijdes&eclally with ' 111, the which 1treeded the war.: These com Dilations are, wherever possible, off! cial iures, ithose of the year Just enaiDg, .j.yai.j Deing- necessarily esti mates for- the closing months of the year - btit "based upon official figures for oojir part df the year as are avail able is eoverntnantal op other official reports.',! , . In foreign commerce the year 1917 of course, far exceeds in value of merchandise-Imported or exported 'that of ' any earlier yeah Total imports for the full calendar year 1917, according to the bank's statement, are 60 per cent, greater in value than In 1913 and exports of domestic products 150 per cent, greater in value . than those of 191S. The' total forheign trade of te country is estimated in very round . terms at billion dollars in 1917 against 4 1-4 billion dollars in 1913, the total of imports and exports com bined being thus more than double in 1917 that of 191S. , ' w In manufacturing materials import ed and manufactures . ' exported the growth has1 -been even greater -than that shown 'by the figures of . total trade. Imports of raw manufacturing material in 1917 are more than double those of 1911 ant exports of manufac tures are three and one-half times as much as in 191. Foodstuffs im ported are? nearly twice as great in stated value In 1917 as in 1911, and food-stuffs exported are two and one half times much In stated value as ia 1911.' ; ... : IVjt these Targe Increases are due In u onslderable .degree to higher prices la evidenced by the fact that the raw silk imports of September 19 i). 7 were at the rate of 15.6 per pound against I&.41 per pound in September of 1911; raw cotton chiefly Egyptian, 42c per pound in September . 1917 against 17c in September 1911; manila hemp (122 per ton against 1210 per ton; , cattle 'hides', 27c per - pound against 19c; goat skins '42c per pound against 2 So, and clothing wool 46c per pound" against 24c in tbe' correspond ing month of 1912. On the export side the con trast.'Jte "equally striking, wheat exports in September 1917 having av-. .raged'' $2.12 'per. bushel ; against 94c in September 191 J; corn 11-9! per. GERMAN CAVALRY FORCES REDUCED ABOUT ONE-FOURTH SVeneh Front, Dec 28. (Correspond ence. Trench warctarew has not di minished the Oerinaa savalry forces, . as had,,. been, generally supposed for information which has' just reached the correspondent of - The Associated Press shows the total of sqjuadrons iln the service be even higher than-.lt was at the fBoblllsation in 1914. Ctranirtsu; However hate been Intro duced In the mounted arm of the ser vice by whtehT 6i the squaldlrons temporarily . have been dismounted and atillzed Infantry, while the formations have ! undergone consider able variation. V d - '; .' At , present the German "army has at Its disposal no fewer than 649 squadrons ot cavalry, comprising ac tive, reserve, mobile ersatx. landwehr and landsturm units, but of" these 3.44 have been .separated from their norses and Used as Infantry. This figure eomoaxeshrwitj. J'squadrons i -on a . peace footing. , ,. v ' ,': 'V "Whenwajf $ex&n the" German:, cav alrv- 'was o nce forma into 11 .di visions,' ea composed of six . "regi ments of - four Scruadrbns. . Besides those.' rherw!' alstj 'the bodies ;of divisionei jsavaliy attached .to the ac tive" and'' reserve' divisions of ihfantry. Rumania's entry- Into the . war made more ravalrr formations - necessary and the ;.nrijniew of; organised ; dlyis- . iona was at, once increased to. J.4, The sprinsr of 1917 saw' the' end" of iheftmnaa4an -campaign, and . with this came a decrease. f the divisional formations :W six.i-.whlle the divisions themselves were rettuced" from, six. regiments to"6W "eafih." At the same time independent brigades of mount ed troops were formed. of which the existence of ...at -least .Ave, is known, each having three,. regiments of four equadrons'.eaeb. , x i-.r ' -' -V ' Nearly every - Infantry division is , provided' TilsJ'Tr!th--a 'unit of cavalry whose strength'' varies according to the nature "'of. the' tsountry in which t:-.e roosjire- operating. '-'. ; " , , " From among the cavatriymen ' Who, temporarily,,, are hot", -employed on mount4 duty-t.iha .front,,'J3 regi- ' ments of riflemen, have oeen formed, which take" thettTi turn ln;holding the trencheig"'lUi"'ltli'-BiMLiy-4nfantry fornm-tlons. Efech-'ol these regiments is composed of "our sqruatdrons and a squadron of"macTilhe"-gttnners. Be sides,ths .other units of cavalrymen . selectedroBa 4hi regiments ' of the active army from time eo time used es infantry rbut their; exact numbers . r tttOWfct4WM?Ui; . . v V ' 11 i . . ' DESCRIBES, CAHfRHAI BATTLE. Berner-Switerland,-..Devia De scrHhtheJ)ftttle ofh pambrai to G ermah ""readers,' IJeutenant-Oeneral Von Afdenhe in tbe" Tageblatt says: Those who fought In the battle de scribe, .the; imposing impression made by the British "tanks which preceded the attack 4n -the widest front. As they advanced in masaesi with very small intervals between them, they reminded ppf ("9f4Hah.hibara y battle elephants or the yslckle chariots of S'haroah. The booming.';-rumbling Etiack was accompanied or rather f Sapported from , the pit j? a--, yerlta ble cloud of battle aircraft, ' while closely press4 ;ia8ss bf Jnfaiijti'y and Ceid artillerjf; fallowed" the iron wall, three cavalry divisions' bringing up the rear." .t fr,i tsl rrr "Mi rorQUET ,ani f... ..10..4' ' - t ; . "T rsxs. st soar - bushel against Tic in the correspond ing month of 1913; steel billets $84 per ton against 121; sole leather 59c per pound against 26c; raw cotton 25c per pound against 13c and refined sugar 7c per pound against 4c in Septem ber 1911. Trade with the grand divisions of the world shows equally - startling changes. Imports from Europe, drop ped from 865 million ' dollars in 1913 to 860 million dollars In 1917, while those of South America Increased from 198 million dollars in ,19is to 680 million dollars in 1917,. and those from Asia Increased from 281 million dollars to ' ?40 million dollars; and from North! America from ( 390 mil lion dollars to 860 million' dollars. Ex ports, to Europe jumped, from 1 1,500 million dollars in 1913 to 1,210 mil lion dollars in 1917, to South America from 147. million dollars in 1911 to 310 million dollars in 1917. : : ; Imports from Europe are actually J less man tnose iron) .Norm America, South America or Asia, while prior to 1916 Europe always headed the list of grand divisions supplying Our imports. Production of the staple .articles of food and manufacturing materials shows also large increases with, a very few exceptions, notably wheat and cotton, and even In these the value of the 1917, product Is, by reason of high prices, far (greater than that of 1911. Corn production is more than 1 bil lion bushels against less than 2 1-2 billion bushels in 1911; sugar 2 1-4 billion pounds against I S-4 billions In 1911; coal approximately" 650 mil lion short tens against 6(0 millions in 1918; pig iron over 38 million long tons against 11 million in 1913 and copper more than 100 thousand long tons against .646 thousands In 1913. The total value of mineral products is cot down at approximately 4 billion dollars In 1917 against less than 2 1-2 billion dollars In 1911 and the wealth production on farms In 117, accord ing to' the Department of Agriculture figures, 21 billion dollars 1 against slightly less than 10 billion dollars in 1911.; ' . Th Result of this tremendous in crease in production, and especially in th. value of the product, is shown in the fact that the total money in circu lation increased from $3,363,718,000 July 1,1911 to $4,150,560,000 on July 1, 1917, an increase of nearly. 50 per cent, nd individuar deposits in all banks, national, state, savings and trust companies Increased from 117, 74.5.764,000 in 1911 to approximate ly $26,000,000,000 in the . correspond ing date of 1917, also an Increase of nearly 50 per oent'; 852nd AJTN1VEKSABY OF . , ' ' '. WESTSIlNSTEIi ABBEY. Eight hundred and .fifty-two years ago today, on Dec 21, 1065, Westmln ster Abbey,,' magnificently ' rehullt by Edward, 'the Confessor, was dedicat ed! with great pomp, and. ceremony. The coronation place' of the sover eigns of England from the time, of Harold, "Westminster Abbey has ac quired world-wide fame, and an im portance even greater than St. Paul's Cathedral, : The possibility that this ' ancient structure .may ( be involved In! destruction as the. result' of the ex ploits of German air raiders has add-,: ed a mfi1.nnhnlv--nunopt 'tlitf' ffwati regard , in which the old edifice Is held by all Englishmen. - i, , The first church) : on the site of Westminster Abbey was erected in the Seventh .centuryi . St. ( Peter's chapel, as it was called,' was' erected by St. Siebert, the King of Essex; on a slightly elevated spot- rising from the marshy ground bordering the Thames ' It has been alleged that the ohapel occupied the site of a pajgan- temple but later . Investigators-have found no eviderice ' to substantiate Bach s con tention. ' The . chapel gradually., ell into ruins '.and Edward thfe -Confessor made it one of the great projects of his reign td rebuild the structure 'on a splendid scale. The work was ccmmenced In 1055, nd was com'- pleted ten years later.. On the 28th- or December,, 106.5, the pio.u? monarch saw the edifice completed And dedi cated, in the presence of" a vast con course of nobles and - clergy. It was filled with . monks from Exter." The abbey was connected with the royal palace of the king by walls arid'; tow ers, The test legitimate Anglo.-axon mcnarch of England did not long sur vive to enjoy ; the triumph' of ' his pious career, for . he died eight "days after the dedication ceremonies.., J- i ;.: Westminster Abbey was recon structed In' the thirteenth century by Henry JI., and in Jhe following cen tury the great cloisters, abbot's house, and principal monastic buildings were erected.'TCTrarlous additions of 'wini djOW3 and towers have been made by later monarch. During the Com monwealth the abbey was for a short time1 used as. a barracks for sol--diera.' . ' ;-' : ' .' . It is small wonder that Englishmen are aghast at the bare possibility of the destruction ; of Westminster- Ab bry, for Its - loss would be irrepar able. Besides . t,he choir where the coronation of English kings takes place.4 the building t contains ,, $he tomb of early kings and notables', and memorials -pt most . of the great English writers from the time . of Chaucer, as well as a multitude of monuments ' to statesmen, - patriots warriors,- scientists, explorers and Other great men, , ,, - PUBLIC SMOKIXG BT WOMEN London, Dec: 28 The conduct of young women who smoke in the sub way, the moving picture theatres and other play-houses where it is allowed. Is gradually putting smoking out r of fashion among English women of re fined sensibilities." It is accomplish ing more than a recent semi-official entreaty to womenj to giveup smoking in, order that the men at the 'front may have more "fags." Th women declared, .lit reply,, that they were dot ing as much war-work as the men anij should 'not be. the tones to make any sacrifices. -.".' .,.''. , J J Pout hundred . enlisted, men at Camp Wheeler.- Oa.. left the camp for 'the holidays wnhout permlaalon.. - .- '? This -i i December Smas All Sales And in order to make our year a , i . still more phenomenal retail success We Announce Our GREAT WAR-TIME SAVING Any $15, includes every Society Brand.i Campus Tog or Elk Brand auir or uvercoat in atocK THE BIGGEST BUYING EVENT OF THE YEAR! No Charges No C. O. D.'s No Approvals Coming at this. time, when good clothing is growing scarcer every day and prices are growing higher every minute, we advise you to buy two garments instead of one, for next season similar goods will cost considerably more. BE ON HAND EARLY YOU KNOW THE CROWDS THAT . COME TO OUR SALES! Furnishing goods included in this sale still lower than our already low, unmatch v 1 ' able prices. Buy - much you'll be glad. Neckwear shirts Underwear Wool Sox Sweaters Flannel Bathrobes Silk All nock- . Heavy wool 85c, 3 for' $4 arid $5 . v ' ' Mufflers TrX soft firtSand $L00 SWeaterS ,am8S $6VElUeS WjOOSUk. A special loV drawers, - now reduc- . . Mufflers c, 7tov cuff shirts $1.50 values 35Scllk8SJor ed.to - 65value now ,$1.00 $1.15 1 $1.15 $1.00 $2.98 $1.19 $3.98 $1.89 CONNORS 1154 Main St. Get Connorized R r race Commencing Today A :'';',;'';.';. "'r-' ' V :, . '.'-':.. '. ;"'.. ';'..' Any $22.50, $25, $27.50 $16.50, $18, and $0 ;$-lB:7S CLOTHING CO. Always Reliable ' 1370 State St. - You'll Get You're JMoney's Worth hes ds. ecor 3 rm i rm . ' ? 687 E. Main St.