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Scourge of Pneumonia at Camp Dodge
Seem# to Have Subsided, Leaving
Death Record of 100 Men.
Care and Attention Given the Sick
Men Could Not Be Improved—150
of Beat Nurses Are on Outy.
Dodge, April 29—The scourge of pneu
monia which made Camp Dodge the
most unhealthy cantomnent in Ameri
ca seems to have subsided. The
month of April leaves behind a death
record of 100 men from this disease.
The most noted experts and special
ists in the United £tates army have
been devoting their time and talents
in an effort to break the hold of the
disease. These men are greatly en
couraged over the improved condition.
They believe their efforts have been
materially supplemented by the weath
er. That blanket of snow which came
so gently upon the dusty earth had a
most wholesome effect, because phy
icians believed that the dust was large
ly responsible for the prevalence of
tho disease. The lungs of some of the
victims revealed in a post mortem ex
amination the presence of foreign par
ticles that could only have lodgment
by being inhaled in the dust that was
blinding during the windy days.
Tliere are now about 2000 men in
the hospital. A transfer of chronic
cases of various ailments took about
200 men to the newly installed nation
al reserve hospital at Ft. Des Moines
where twenty Red Cross nurses are on
duty. The number of men in the hos
pitals is not startling when it is tak
en into account that sick men have
been accumulating since early last fall.
Thousands of men have been sent to
other camps and in each case the sick
were left behind and with the accumu
lated afflictions from all men who
have been received since and are now
at the camp it is not surprising that
the sick list is apparently large.
The care and attention given the
sick men could not be improved. There
is not a hospital in the civic life of
any community in the entire country
that is so thoroughly adapted to the
care of the afflicted. All modern and
necessary equipment is available.
Cleanliness is enforced with the great
est precision one hundred^ and fifty
of the best nurses in the United States
are o»» duty. These women, most of
store in age and .judgment and
with experiences that have given prac
tice that leads to efficiency are thor
oughly in earnest and while the smile
and genial cordiality is ever present
in the sick wards there is underneath
it all a seriousness that prompts ca
pable, intelligent service. That is the
business of a Red Cross nurse. She is
not in the business as a pastime, nor
is she in it for the remuneration of
the small stipend of $52 per month,
because she could make more than
doublo this amount in her profession
in civic life, but she is concerned for
lier country just as much so as the
brave young men who are training for
service across the sea. Patriotic im
pulses prompt loyal service and the
young womon are doing not only their
bit but their best.
Tho physicians and surgeons wore
your family doctors at home. They
have dropped tho title of doctor or
physician and are known here as col
onels, majors, captains or lieutenants
on tho medical staff. There are men
on duty here drawing the meager sal
ary allotted to their rank, who left be
hind a practice that brought them
from $5,000 to $20,000 a year. Spe
cialists aro here who have a national
reputation. About every disoase
known on the medical profession crops
out here. Many men wero afflicted
when they entered camp life. Others
failed to take proper care pf them
selves under their new environment.
While sanitary rules are very strict
and their observation most insistent
this does not prevent a fellow from
sprawling on the ground when he is
wet with perspiration after intensive
drilling and taking cold, even though
he lias been warned not to do so.
This reference to the hospital and
its equipment for the most efficient
service is made at this time for a pur
pose. There is not a community in the
four states represented here but what
has some of its best young men here.
Anxious mothers there are back home
wondering what will happen to their
hoys if they get sick and are denied a
mother's care and attention. The an
swer is in a study of the conditions as
we have outlined so briefly and inade
quately. No home in all this broad
land could give the boy as good ac
commodations if sick as are here pro
vided and no hospital, whether private,
under the direction of some church or
ganization or maintained and sup
ported by a municipality can attain
to tlio standard maintained by this
base hospital behind which stands the
medical corps of the department of
war—this great government of the
United States, if you please.
Applicants for Tank Service.
A number of men are anxious to be
transferred to a department that is
not represented here at Camp Dodge,
that of the tank service. A tank you
understand is an armored monster
that is propelled by a gas engine of
a thousand horse power and whose lo
comotion is provided by a caterpillar
movement which enables it to go over
trenches, acrofes shell holes and
through barbed wire entanglements
with ease. Great machine guns are in
side of the monster and to drive the
tank and to manipulate the guns re
quires superior knowledge and skill in
both in«"hani»»»- ingenuity and in
tetfTJlMSiaeut. G. G. Garland,
of Chicago, is here this week examin
ing the local candidates for this ser
vice. Over 100 men will take the test
and those selected will be taken at
once to a training school in the east.
Wireless Service is Easy.
A radio tractor resembles very
much an ordinary ambulance which is
used in taking to the rear of the firing
line the wounded men. but it is dif
ferent on the inside. A complete wire
less equipment is provided and the
operator can sit complacently under
cover and receive wireless messages
from all directions and almost any
distance. The other night Captain
Butler, of the signal corps, 313th field
signal battalion, sat in a radio tractor
in the middle of an open field where
75 bushels of corn to the acre was
gathered last fall and he talked with a
signal corps officer at Camp Funston,
away down in Kansas, and he talked
also with an officer in the same de
partment of the service at Camp Grant
at Rockford. III.
New Men Arriving.
The past wfcek has witnessed the
arrival of some 12,000 new men. They
are from Minnesota, Iowa, North Da
kota and Illinois. The registration of
fice is open night and day and it is
an interesting process that the men
pass through. Of course the medical
examination is the one big event and
in groups of 200 the men stripped of
all clothing stand at "attention" while
a score of physicians look them over.
Some of the physicians *re looking
only for certain defects such as flat
feet and other foot misfits another
group are concerned about the eyes
and still others inspect the throat and
ears and then comes the tuberculin in
vestigation and the fellow to get the
last look is the dentist. He makes
dates with the men whose teeth need
repairs. But all of them before they
are supplied with military clothing
must be vaccinated both for smallpox
and typhoid. Sore arms result within
a few days but it is part of the re
quirements and the men go through
the order without flinching except oc
casionally some poor fellow keels over
when the little needle touches a sen
sitive nerve, but even that is only an
incident. Some men put up the plea
that they were successfully vaccinated
a few months or a few years ago, but
this makes no difference. Nothing is
taken for granted in the army. It has
(Continued Page Two.)
Crawford Cotmty is to Have a Home
Demonstration Agent to Work in
This County Three Months.
The Denison Commercial Club Has
Taken Up the Matter of Local
Canning and Drying.
Many of the counties in Iowa have
been given a home demonstration
agent, and we are pleased to learn
that Crawford county will have one.
She will be here for three months, be
ginning about June 1st.
Crop production is but half of the
government food problem. Conserving
what is grown is tho other half. The
home demonstration agent will not
only demonstrate how we can further
increase our conservation of foods nec
essary for the army, but will assist
each housewife in her battle with the
high cost of living at home.
She will work among the women
of the county, much as the county
agent is working among the farmers.
Her work will be to demQnstrate moat
saving, wheat saving and other war
recipes, as well as the economical use
of textiles and in general all the prob
lems which the housewives of the
town and country have to meet.
Home demonstration agents are sent
to all counties in Iowa not having per
manent lady demonstration agents. Ev
ery farm home should can and dry its
own fruits and vegetables this year
and a majority of the homes in the
towns should do the same. The home
economic expert will hold demonstra
tions in every township of Crawford
county and will explain the canning
and drying work.
The demonstration agent will be
assisted by the home demonstration
committee, which is composed of a
chairman from each township. The
following ladies have been selected as
the executive committee Mrs. Jacob
Sims, chairman Mrs. S. G. Wright,
vice chairman Mrs. Brown Romans,
secretary and treasurer. These ladies
will have charge of the entire county
work. The farm bureau is co-operat
ing with the home demonstration com
Mrs. S. G. Wright has been appoint
ed by Hugo Gebert. president of the
Commercial club, as chairman of the
local canning and drying demonstra
tion committee. The government ask
ed that this appointment be made be
cause of the extreme shortage of can
ned goods.
Much of the vegetables and fruits
canned this year by the commercial
canning factories will be used to sup
ply the armies at home and abroad. It
is up to every individual family to can
or dry what fruits and vegetables it
will need for the next year. Begin
now with your drying. Several ladies
have reported unusually good success
with the evaporating process of pre
paring rhubarb for storage. Greens
and juicy vegetables must be dried
when they are young and tender. Call
Mrs. S. G. Wright, 314 South Locust
street, "of phone No. 143 if you do not
have the latest methods of canning
and drying. Make arrangements with
her for a demonstration,
5pK5 THE denison review
Sidney Bonney Writes Letter to His
Mother at Buck Grove Telling of
Experience Gained in France.
Now With An Engineering Corps and
Doing All He Can to Lessen the
German Population.
Mrs. A. F. Bonney, of Buck Grove,
has sent the Review a letter which
she received recently from her son,
Sidney, who is serving with Persh
ing's forces in France. Bonney was a
member of the regular army at the
time the United States declared war
against Germany and was in one of
the grst contingents to go across.
The letter from Sidney contains
many interesting things in regard to
army life and the letter will be of in
terest to the Review readers. The
letter follows:
France, March 27, 1918.
Dear Folks:
Letters No. 10. 11. and manifolds of
No. 6, 8 and 9 received. No. 5 and 3
reached nie a couple of days ago.
Therefore I think that several of them
have gotten tangled up in the mail
service, which is a marvel of complete
marvels and will no doubt show up in
the course of time.
The following have been received:
1 package of tobacco, 2 pairs gloves,
1 watch, 1 box sugar, 1 box chocolate,
also 3 other small packages of choco
I realize that your bump of curiosity
is itching the worst way and that you
would like to know what I am doing
and where I am spending my time but
1 am afraid that until such a time as
the censor removes the present re
strictions regarding such things, you
will have to rest content with the
knowledge that I am in France, with
an engineers regiment, doing all that
I can to make the population of Ger
many less. You might ask some mili
tary friend of yours, what I am doing.
Perhaps he can tell you from the let
ters indicating my statute as staff of
So far I have not heard whether
you got the collection of junk that I
sent you or not. Following is a list
of what I have sent to date:
1 O. F. hand grenade (rough cast
1 F1 hand grenade (blue painted tin)
1 gas bomb (bright tin)
1 pom-pom shell and cartridge. 31
mm anti-tank gun.
1 fragment air craft boinb (it nearly
got me)
1 Mills head for trench mortar shell
(brass with spring plunger in onie end)
2 French rifle bullets (long sopper
1 nose cap from German- gas shell.
1 aeroplane bomb (small pear shaped
painted grey, with steel and brass de
tonating fuse)
You might list everything that you
have received so I can duplicate if
possible those that do not get through.
Some of them are very rare and diffi
cult to get and most of them I have
picked up in the trenches myself, some
times when they got rather too close
to make me feel good. Rather a funny
feeling to hear a 5.9 shell coming
your way and not be real sure where
it is going to hit the ground. They
also have a nasty habit of spilling
pieces of steel weighing anything from
a quarter ounce up all over the sur
rounding country. I have one nice
dent in my tin hat that one of them
made one day. I was lying down or
it might have messed me up a bit. I
do not want you to get the idea that
I am near sudden death every minute
that I am moving around as such is
not the case, but as 1 am at the front
every day, I meet the average number
of calling cards from the hun and it
is all in a day's work. 1 still am of the
opinion that he hasn't got my name in
Berlin yet and until he does I am not
going to worry at all.
1 am going to try to seild a few of
the Christians that tried to send me
something some small pieces. 1 do
not know if they will care for them
at all, but if not tell them that they
can give theiu to you and put them
with the rest of the stuff.
Cousin Nell is sending me cigarettes
W. S. Allen, Secretary of State.
every week and also some friends in
Little Rock, Ark., are sending them
so you can cease that part. AJso I
think I have chocolate enough to last
me till the war Is over. And we lave
sugar to spare so I do not know of
anything that you need send me1for
a while.
When 1 need anything more I will
let you know.
Regarding the shoes. I got the pair
from Wanaiqaker in Philadelphia and
I do not think I will need any more
for at Iqast six months more.. But
when I get to the stage that I may
deed them in a couple of months, I
will let you know and you can get
the best that is then available. I will
be glad to get the supplement Cvom
the Scientific American as I am more
than interested in that stuff. It sure
is hell to go through it arid I. only
want a chance to make some hua drink
a glass of it )n the liquid state. Kam
erad! Hell, ammunition is too cheap.
Speaking of spring, we have had
summer weather here for the past two
weeks and most of the spring Qowers
are in bloom and the trees are begin
ning to leaf out. Won't be long until
it is too hot for comfort over here,
1 will enclose in this letter a check
for 25 francs as'such a thing as Ameri
can money is out of the question., If
I can get any I will send it but if not
Hemphill can give you the equivalent
in U. S., exchange being 5.7 francs for
1 buck.
I have ordered the Stars and Stripes
sent to you for four months. It may
prove of some interest. Let me know
if you like it and I will continue or
discontinue, as you say. It Is the
official paper of the A. E. F.
The kodak is absolutely taboo except
for official use. Mine is put away till
the war ends.
Should I get a stripe on my right
sleeve, I Will wire you at once. If
you do not get a letter every week, do
not let it worry you as sometimes I
am out for a week at a time and do
not get a chance to write. And the
\V. D. will let you know if I go west.
Gee, if I should mention letters by
date, you would think that I had gone
buggy for sure, as they get here in
all kinds of rotation, some dated one
month get here before those sent the
month before. It just depends when
the ship gets! in that they start on. If
(Continued Page Seven)
Pred Bock/" of West SMe, Enroll*
One* More As a Subscriber
"to the Review.
Former Crawford County Man Says
Me Has Taken ^Review for Years
and Couldn't Live Without It.
Frederick Bock, that grand old man
of West Side, stopped the Review for.
a short time, but last week sent us $2
to pay for a year's subscription in ad
Among other things he said: "I
know the Review is indeed the best
county paper we have."
Frank Coates, who resides on a 400
acre fawn in Carroll county, which is
located seven and a half miles south
east of Manning, has the following to
say: "We have taken the Review for
years and know that we could not live
without it."
We admit it, the Denison Review is
a wonderful county newspaper.
Self congratulation over the won
derful success of the Liberty loan
drive is modified, says the Iowa City
Citizen, "by the announcement that
Iowa is $10,000,000 behind in purchas
ing war thrift stamps."
The Marshalltown Times Republican
notes that the "Liberty loan commit
tees are the only 'shock units' engag
ed at present, but they seem to go
through the line all right."
The Manson Democrat sizes the sit
uation up as follows: "After the war
is over, peace declared and treaties
signed, the only trouble will be Ger
many cannot be trusted."
A proclamation by tbc Governor
The coal situation in towa is serious and commands the attention of all our people at this time. The de
mands of the state from March to March approximate fourteen million tons of coal. Last yofcr, the Iowa mines,
running almost full time and fully manned, produced only nine million tons.
The federal government has instituted the zoning system, so that we will be dependent largely upon coal
Iowa mines. Not to exceed four million tons can be shipped in from the outside. There are approximately fif
teen thousand miners in the state. Nearly ten per cent of these skilled men have left the state, due to tho fact
that since March 1st the mines of Iowa have been idle a great portion of the time.
This idleness is largely due to the fact that our people are not buying and storing Iowa coal. The idle
time already gone and the loss of miners means that we are facing a coal famine for next winter that is vital to
the peace, happiness and prosperity of the people of the state. If we are short of coal next winter, it means short
er hours in schools, if not their closing, shorter business hours, factories running on short tune or closed* and
great Inconvenience and discomfort in many homes.
To keep up the morale and the productive efficiency of our people, it is the plain, patriotic duty of every citi
zen, so far as he can, to place his order for Iowa coal now for immediate delivery.
Now, therefore, by virtue of authority in me vested, I. W. L. Harding, governor of the state of Iowa, call upon
every user of coal In the state to buy and store Iowa coal without further delay.
In testimony whereof. I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the btate.
Done at Des Moines, this twentieth day of April, 1918. By the Governor:
Americans Rejoice When Orders Are
Received to Get Into Front Ac
tion, Writes H. C. Evans.
The Boys Were Impatient for Ac
tion—Inspiring Scenes As Our
Boys Left for the War Front
(By Harry C. Tvans.)
be known in the United States that
the drive of the German legions
against the English has stiffened the
nerve of the American sqldier in
Nothing that has gone before has
so moved him. How impatiently we
waited during the first ten days of
the drive, and how eager were our
boys to get into the tray! Then came
the simple, eloquent statement of
Pershing that "America would feel
greatly honored if her troops were en
gaged in the present battle," and the
glorious proffer: "Everything we have
is yours. Dispose of us as you wish.
Further men will come, as many as
may be necessary."
Ah! "Then and there was hurry
ing to and fro." From our camps and
cantonments began the movements to
ward the front. Officers And men on
detached service were recalled. Scat
tered units and regiments were mobil
ized. Infantry officers and men who
had been road building and in the
transport service reformed, ready for
the line.
It was "Good bye. good luck, God
"bless you." The hour had struck.
The days of waiting were passed. The
air was vocal with "Pack up your
troubles in your old kit bag and smile,
smile, smile!" And the boys were
gone—gone to fight side by side with
the soldiers of their own fatherland!
Gladly and Gaily,
Gladly and gaily they went, and
with joy in their hearts. Strange words
these, and perhaps you doubt them,
considering where -the -toys were go
ing and what awaited them there.
But I set it down as a solemn fact
that these lads of ours, fully sensing
what their going meant, marched
away for the battlefields of old Plc
ardy with songs on their lips and joy
and courage in their hearts. I know,
for these old eyes of mine saw. and
this puzzled brain of mine is not so
•puzzled—yet God knows what may
happen In this land of tragedies'—as
to mistake Joy for sorrow or courage
for cowardice.
And every day we "unarmed sol
diers" bid the "boys good bye, and
when they are gone the heart is sad
as when something or somebody you
love has gone out of your life—for
we know and love these fine lads of
ours. It may have been but yester
day we first met, but we know each
other. It doesn't take a lifetime quite
for men to form friendships here. We
have quit asking each other from what
city or state we hail. It's sufficient
that we are all Americans. To us the
United States is sijnply one neigh
borhood, and here we are all neigh
bors, and brothers and comrades. With
our men there is "neither east nor
west, nor border nor breed nor
birth." Never was there finer com
radeship among men.
Last night our headquarters afford
ed a rendezvous for final greetings
and good byes, and 'twas then I
caught the hitherto dormant love of
our boys for England.
Fighting for England.
"France and her people are all
right," exclaimed a young lieutenant,
"but men, if's England and English
soldiers, our own kith and kin, the
Huns are attacking today. Germany
is appealing to her people all over the
world to come, to the defense of their
fatherland. Men. England is our fath
erland, and the Huns are striking her
—I'm ready!"
I shall not attempt to record the ex
act words of these American! soldiers
who were just starting for the front
in answer to England's call to "send
us men." Here, however, is the sub
stance of their reasoning:
The methods of tho shrewd adver
tiser in using "catchy" words and
phrases extolling the virtues of pat-
By R. M. Williams, Deputy. W L. HARDING, Governor.
ent medicines and soap are exactly
the methods of Germany in creating
sentiment for the "Fatherland."
Shrewder tactics were never used by
the variest fakir to beguile the pub
lic. One of the dearest words found
in any language is employed and ap
plied to the foulest government that
has existed since the days of the
Caesars of Rome. "The Fatherland"
—the land of our fathers! It suggests
at once the two strongest sentiments
that influence mankind. It is this
sentiment that impels the German
peasant to go blindly to his death on
a thousand battlefields. It is this sen
timent that led so many Americans of
German extraction to sympathize with
a government that holds its men as
mere pawns to be sacrificed, that the
kaiser and his handful of princes may
hold their power.
If a German peasant dares to sug
gest that the powers of the kaiser be
limited and his own enlarged, he is
accused of treason to the "fatherland."
If the German populace protest
against annexing the territory of the
neighboring nations by force, it is
silenced by the refrain of paid patri
Dear Fatherland, no danger thine.
Firm stand thy sons to guard the
Germans in Bondage.
This sentiment and the false philos
ophy of paternalism, which is that
the state shall be enriched by robbing
the laborer of his hire, in order that
the state may dole out. a pittance to
the laborer in his days of dire need,
has served to becloud the dull minds
of the German masses to the state 6f
bondage which is theirs.
This love of fatherland is a natur
al sentiment, and if it has movejl Ger
mans everywhere to sympathize with
a government that denies freedom and
equality and equal voting power to
her subjects, how much more it
should move Americans to sympathy
for their fatherland, where freedom
and equality and individual liberty
are enjoyed in the fullest sense.
Tragic as has been the history of all
of these old European nations,» the
path of all of them, save the Germans
and the Turks, have led to freedom.
It is not a question of what they have
been, but a question of what they are
now. Hugo refers to "the brutality
of progress." There's something
(Continued on Page Two.)
Manilla People Hold Memorial Ser
vices for Adolph Wendt, First Sol
dier Boy From There to Die.
Scarlet Fever and Pneumonia the
Cause of Death—Buried Wtih Mili
tary Honors, Many Attending.
MANILLA, April 30—Special—
Manilla on Sunday held memorial
services for its first soldier to die in
the present war. Adolph Wendt, a
member of the coast artillery, station
ed at Ft. Logan, Colo., died Thursday,
April 18, 1918 in the regimental hospi
tal from scarlet fever and pneumonia.
An operation was performed with the
hope of saving his life but to no avail.
He was tho eldest soil of Rev. and
Mrs. Wendt of this city, his father
being pastor of the Lutlioran Trinity
church. He is the first contribution
to the death roll from those who left
Mnnilla. He was among trvj youngest
and among one of the last to volun
teer. The body arrived here Friday
evening accompanied by his father,
who had been at the bedside pf his
son ten days during the illness. Our
old soldiers and a host of people were
at the station to offer sympathy to
the father and to escort the body to
the home. On Sunday afternoon a
service was hdld at the home. Rev'.
Langkamer of Holstein, officiating.'Af
ter this service, the cask/1' was cov
ered with the American fla,.. A mili
tary procession was then formed, head
ed by citizens, carrying the flag, the
pall bearers takiug their places on
either side of the casket, while our old
soldiers carrying the emblem of our
country marched behind. About the
casket were a beautiful profusion of
flowers. The selected choir sang some
beautiful hymns. Rev. Father McNiel
of the Secred Heart church offered
prayer, sympathetic to the bereaved.
Rev. W. H. Parker of the First Pres
byterian church and Rev. A. R. Miller
of the Methodist church, gave splen
did talks in which sympathy was ex
pressed,. The funeral serni(\i was
preached by Uev. C. A. Wiederaend
ers of Cedar Falls. The last speaker
was Hon. Carl F. Kuehnle of Denison,
who delivered a short, fervent patrio
tic address.
Adolph Wendt was born at Ster
ling, Nebr. He died in the service of
his country. April IS, 1918, aged 20
years. He spent the early part of his
lift in Sterling, coming later to Waver
ly, la., and tlience to Manilla. He at
tended the Manilla public schools and
also attended Wartbur.v college ..at
Clinton, and the Wartburg Seminary
at Waverly.
He leaves a father, mother and two
brothers to mourn his loss. The re
mains were taken to Manning from
that point to Waverly, for interment
which was made Monday. A large
coucourse of autos followed the remains
to Manning to pay honor to their sol
dier boy. being laid to rest in Eternity's
Camp Ground.
It is surprising the enthusiasm and
indefatigable industry with which the
hens begin to lay as soon as someone
tells them the price of eggs has gone
whmw!1-.J. -wi-wwii
Be Patrfe
Your Garden Keep
and Help *|„ht
Little Prospect of Any Anthrac1,
Next Winter and Illinois Coa^
Barred From Iowa.
Governor Harding and Fuel Admi
trator Webster Send a Mr Ells-:
bury to Denison to Talk.
Crawford county people will have
depend on iowa coal for fuel this win,
ter, with little prospect of being able
to secure anthracite coal. This mess-'
age was brought to Denison by Mr.
Ellsbury, who addressed a meeting
of county fuel dealers at the court
house on Friday evening. Mr. Ells
bury was sent to Denison by Governor
Harding and State Fuel Administrator
Chas., Webster to explain the fuel sit
uation as it is at the present time. The
situation is serious and grave and in
all probability Crawford county will
experience a famine in fuel even worse
than that of last winter.
The United States has been divided
into various zonbs and eoal is supplied
these zones from mines located in that
district. This action was taken'by the.,
government in order to dispense with
long hauls and to relieve the freight
congestion. Heretofore eastern coal
has been shipped west while coal from
Illinois and Colorado has been ship-1
ped Into the eastern states, tielng up
hundreds of freight cars. Under the
new arrangement this will not be the
Iowa will have to depend almost en
tirely upon coal from mines within
the state for its supply this winter, ex
plained Mr. Ellsbury. A small tonnage
of Illinois coal will be shipped into
some sections of the state for a few^.
weeks. Last year the mines of Iow§.
produced some nine million tons
coal while fourteen million tons wei
consumed. The mines of the statl
will have to increase their productioi
materially in order to meet the de-'
mands. The speaker stated that many
of the mines in the state are now clos
ed down on account of the lack of or
ders. Already 1,500 miners have left
the state and have found employment
in mines in Pennsylvania. To avert
a fuel famine in the state dealers must
place their orders now with the Iowa
mines so that they may be operated
at their maximum capacity.
The speaker stated that there was
feeling on the part of some people that
Iowa coal could not he stored durtag
the summer months withOut"Slficking
to a great extent, white others werfe
afraid to fill their bins with it for fear
of combustion. H6 stated that while
Iowa coal contains considerable mois
ture and that it was true- a great por
tion of this was lost by storing, that
the burning quality is the same. He
cited the fact that the state board of
control last year stored several thou
sand tons of Iowa coat above ground
unprotected and thit the loss was
very slight. If care is taken in cording
it in the bins in basements there is no
danger whatever of combustion. The
pile should not be over 5 feet ln
height and the dust should not be lfeft
on the floor of the bin. By wetting: the
coal before using it lias tbe-same bur%
ing qualities as the fresh coal from\
the mines.
Mr Ellsbury held out but flight
hope for Crawford county rocelvini#
any anthracite this year and advised
those who have been burning this fuel
to lay in a supply of Iowa coal at
Following his address tl^e coal deal
ers discussed the matter and it wise
decided to place orders at once for
Iowa coal and if possible lay in a sur
plus stock to be drawn upon during
the winter months.
One of our neighbors had been
boasting about the fine new lawn mOw
er he had bought by mail order from
some house hundreds of miles dis
tant. One of our T. H. C. members
reports being with him when he open
ed up the machine. It was certainly
a stunner, 'as far as red and yellow
paint goes.
But night before last this man was
trying out his mower on his new
grass. He was not quite so sure about
the value of his bargain. To be sure
he had bought it for $7.97 where ho
nuderstood the local people were sell
ing the same grade for $9.00. But he
had to pay 75 cents express.
Then the thing was dull and he had
to pay $1.00 to get It sharpened. Tho
man who ground it said the knives
were made of poor steel. He did not
believe it would hold an edge for more
than a few cuttings. "Looks as It
they were paying for thoir big organi
zation and high overhead and real
estate charges by using second grade
stock." remarked the T. H. C. man.
Further proceedings seamed to be un
called for under tlys circumstances.
The Manson Journal says that If
half of that which "Jim" Pierce alleges
about the Greater Iowa association is
true someone should be in jail.
The Perry Chief 'says the burial of
a soldier boy in the cemetery at Earl
ham was refused because the persons
having charge of the burying ground
were opposed to war. The Chief does
not know "whether it is a case of lack
of patriotism or pure cussedness."
The Mason City Times sees no need
of the proposed military court. Pres-.
%nt laws will do, if properly admin
istered, says the Times. It thinks
that reckless speech and failure in ef
ficient administration of law have
caused the "numerous thrashings and
coats of tar administered to pro-Gerr
mans in the recent past."

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