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MEADE COUNTY NEWS, MEADE, KANSAS.
NEWS ITEMS FROM ALL OVERKANSAS Happenings of More or Less Interest Gathered From Many Sources. NEW PLAN TO HELP FARMERS State Official Work Out a Scheme to Obtain Fund to Purchase Seed Wheat. Governor Cupper, Walter Wilson, state bank commissioner, and J. C. Mohler, secretary of the State Board of Agriculture, are. working on a new plan to secure Immediate funds for the 1 ttrAnnni L'nnaou f n innim whn need i seed wheat aid. The government nas ; allotted IVi million dollars for wheat seed aid In Kansas, but under, the law this money cannot be advanced until the wheal is sown, ine weoi ern Kansas banks have gone the limit on loans and cannot make additional advances. The plan worked out by the state of ficials follows that adopted In Okla homa. When a farmer has his appli cation for loan approved by the gov ernment officials he will take the pa pers to his bank and give his personal note for the money with the papers as security. The bank will make the loan for aixtv davs and then discount the ', note with the clearing houses at Wlch- ita, Topeka or Kansas City. The clear ing houses then secure funds from the federal reserve banks. This plan will take care of the farm ers during the period when they are sowing, but before the government ' loan 1b avaUabln. ; An effort to enroll every physician In Kansas for active service, or to place him in the reserves, has been , begun by the medical committee of the State Council of Defense. The tabu lation of detailed information is being . made regarding the experience and j training of each physician. , Charles S. Huffman, ' adjutant general, will work with the State Council. It is the purpose of the council to aid 'the , government to secure an adequate corps of medical men for overseas service. Lieut. George M. Gray of Kansas City, Dr. S. Murdock of Sa betha, Dr. D. W. Bashman of Wichita and Dr. S. J. Crumbine of Topeka will compose the committee. Til . -I I I ,1 1. n Vn.-nm ber book drive in Kansas whereby the state is to raise its quota of a pros pective fund of $2,300,000 with which to purchase books for soldiers. J. C. Bigger, a member of the local library board and secretary of the MaBonlc library board, and C. S. Colllday, who Was in charge of the local Red Cross - drive, have been designated as state . managers of the November, campaign ', by the American Library Association, under the supervision of which the na--tional campaign 1b to be made. Arkansas City is- now'' in line with' a number of other Kansas municipali ties which observe ''the angelus." Act l ing upon request of the ministerial union, the city 'commission 'has set 9 o'clock, announced each evening .by .the many whlstles'throughout the city, 'as a time for one minute's prayer for he soldiers and the American arms 'in the great war. Jesse Sells and John Madden, two prisoners in the Atchison County jail, obtained their liberty recently by saw ing into two bars of a window of the jail corridor. There was only one other prisoner in the jail, and he re fused to accompany the pair. Because of the heat wave which is reducing prospects for feeding crops, county food administrators, agricul tural agents and councils of defense are working In many counties of Kan sas to get a maximum ubo of the silo. At the state coucll of defense on July 10, the dptnion was given that Kansas produces enough feed even In dry years to feed ber breeding stock, pro vided the feed was taken care of prop erly by use of silos. W. P. Grutzmacher, probate Judge of Pottawatomie County, a candidate for re-election, will resign rather than permit the state to bring a suit to oust him from the Republican ticket on the ground that he is an enemy alien. Grutzmacher went to Topeka and told the attorney general that if the suit was not brought be would tender his resignation to the Repub lican committee when it meets. Lawrence Levandosky was killed and Chester Ball and two other young men were dangerously injured at the Republic County fair when the racing motor car driven by Rex Kent skid ded into the crowd. . . . Under arrest on the charge of being a slacker, Leroy A. Wonderley killed himself at Hutchinson. Wonderley was arrested as a slacker, but was not confined to the Jail on account of a weak heart. Wonderley, who claimed to be 34, was shown by court records of Rice County to be Just 30 years old. Mrs. Ben Ike shot herself in the left temple with a revolver at her home in Burlington recently. She Is expect ed to die. She had been melancholy Since the death of her mother. The Pawnee Valley, extending for about twenty-five miles across Paw nee and Hodgeman counties, has been picked for an extensive irrigation pro ject, the most extensive In its scope in Kansas. J. C. Mohler, secretary of the state board of agriculture, at the solicitation of business men of Larned and farmers in the proposed Irrigation district, recently paid a visit to the district and declares the possi bilities are extremely favorable and he hopes to see the day when th project will be given a thorough test As water at a depth from fifteen to forty feet under ground is abundant, Mr. Mohler says nature has solved the problem most important in such an undertaking. According to What Mr. Mohler learned of the undertaking, the farm ers are to own the stock in proportion to the number of acres each may have under irrigation. The plan, in brief, is to sink wells and propel the pumps by electricity. This would necessltie. the extension of an electric line along the valley. An engineer, Nathan L. Jones, has . been in consultation with the farmers backing the project and has estimated that the electric line could be built, a well sunk and motor pump Installed at an . expense of about $2,000 to each farmer. Whatever has the life 'secret of Burt Murphy, a recluse. who lived In a tent along the Whitewater, near Towanda, It remains a mystery, for it was buried with him in the potter's field of the Eldorado cemetery. 'Murphy's half de composed body was found by a search ing party a week after his disappear ance had been observed, and the indi cations were that he was overcome by the heat while picking wild grapes. Murphy lived in a tent and farmed a forty-acre tract which he rented. For two years be had lived in the Towahda vicinity, sober, industrious, friendly and honest but silent. To no one, as far as can be ascertained, did he ever mention either relative or his past life. Nothing about' his humble abode threw any light on these mat ters. The only thing bearing his name found among his effects was a card from a Wichita newspaper. Word has been received at Ells worth of the death in action in France, July 15, of Private Anton Vodraska, the son of Joseph Vodraska of Ells worth. ' Anton Vodraska was the first Ellsworth boy to make the supreme sacrifice. He Wjiis- of foreign birth a Botiemlan. As a tribute to his mem ory Mayor- Meek issued a proclama tion requesting all residents of Ells worth to fly their flags at half mast; The value of lnnoculation against typhoid fever was shown when the state board of health gave out its re port for July. Throughout the state there was a marked increase in the number of cases of typhoid while at Fort Riley, Camp Funston and Fort Leavenworth there was not one case reported in the month. All the sol diers and civilians in the posts or camps are inoculated. An army of girl tractor operators ls being organized according to the com munication received by Governor Cap-, per from Sallna. - It states that several thousand Kansas girls already have enrolled, avowing their willingness to receive the necessary instruction to make them competent to, operate farm tractors in the field. . The Atchison County Farm Bureau has sent out a warning to farmers that quite a number of hogs In the vicin ity of Effingham and, Arrington have died from cholera recently. After the loss of the hogs had caused a suspi cion that it was cholera that killed them, Dr. Winkler, a government vet erinarian, was called in and after ex amination of many of the hogs, de clared the disease was cholera. He urges farmers to segregate sick hogs at once and report the cases to the county agent or a veterinarian. Lieut. Gov. W. Y. Morgan will leave next month for France. He returned recently from Chicago, where he was consulting with the Red Cross over seas committee. "The need for men in this work is beyond the supply," said Governor Morgan. "The Ameri cans over there are increasing rapidly, many of the short term Red Cross men are returning and the great work Is suffering. It is a call which every man who can get away and who is not acceptable for military service should answer." Samuel Bigger, prominent in Mason ic circles in the state and for the last twenty-five years treasurer of the Hutchinson Masonic bodies, is dead at the age of 82 years. He had been a member of the order for fifty-two years. Mrs. Martha McDowell, 68 years old, widow of the Rev. Isaiah McDow ell.k nown all over Central Kansas as an early day circuit rider, is dead at Greeeley, Col., where she was visit ing. She lived with her only child, Mrs. George Shank, in Sallna. Another big oil deal was closed at Eldorado when the Inland Oil Com pany purchased the acreage, equip ment and holdings of the Great Plains Oil and Gas Company in the Sluss pool. The consideration was not an nounced, but is said to be almost 1 million dollars. M. M. Crosby of Coldwater has been appointed probate judge of Comanche County, to succeed the late Judge Con naughton, whose death occurred dur ing his tenure of office. Crosby is th Republican nominee for the office. CLEMENCEAU VISITS LJ) w .yiVWTl lit, )& One of the first photographs of the actual battle of Chateau Thierry, In which the gallant American soldiers successfully stopped, defeated and drove back the German hordes, is here presented and shows Premier Clemen ceau, in civilian attire, and General Mordacq at his right, surrounded by the American fighters of the battle, viewing the remains of the annihilated German troops.' 1 GENERAL This is the field headquarters of p I ' ' u m i i'' j'jisA ,l,.t i.i..ft.liiiiiii)'iifMiiifmiliini"ilii1W'"Wi'l mn- m inrr-inif Hn'i V hiMiitiimiMj BRITISH GIRLS MAKING AIRPLANES I LW tJA - (Ml If 1 Upholstering department of a great airplane factory in England where girls are putting on the fabric covering for the decks and fuselage. MACHINE GUNNERS GALLOPING INTO ACTION British machine gunners are particularly active in the great Franco-British-Amerlcnn drive in Plcardy and Flanders. This British official photo graph shows some of them galloping into action. Bad Result "They tried the new play on the dog." "What happened?" tTfce angel got bitten." YANKS IN BATTLE OF PERSHING'S FIELD HEADQUARTERS General Pershing, established since he 1 ' tMl V f . r ' WiirnNc Paradoxical. Squlbbs Funny, isn't It? Squabbs Tes, what? Squlbbs Why a spoiled child is thought to be so sweetby its parents. wspapr Union 4 CHATEAU THIERRY left the headquarters ut Purls. WHERE THREE YANKS DIED WCDflQBfl'lseBWsy American and French soldiers searching through the ruins of a French chateau where three American officers were killed and one wounded when it was shelled by the Huns. He Was a Fighter, Too. "And what do you do for a living r asked the Judge of the man before him. "I write poetry, your honor." "What kind of poetry?" "War poetry, your honor." "But that seems like a nonessential occupation Just now. Why don't you go and fight?" "Fight? i. Say, Judge, that's Just what I have to do when I try to get money for my poetry." Apples Cook on Trees. Apples cooking on the trees in the great orchard region of northern Vir ginia was one of the freaks of nature caused by the hot spell. State Fuel Administrator Byrd Is displacing from his orchard, where the thermometer registered 120 degrees in the sun, fruit which has been thoroughly sizzled, if It actually has not baked, and other growers of fruits are threatened with ruin. Other growing crops withered nnder the hot wave, and It la said tre mendous losses are likely. rm f s 'It, JpiOi jf 't f n ' 'Pi CAPTURE ROYE AND PLUNGE ON FRENCH GAIN THREE MILES AND CAPTURE SEVEN MORE TOWNS. E IS BENT Haig's Troops Capture Massif, Over looking Somme Toward Peronne; Bapaume, Tottering, Will Fall Any Minute Battle Surging Over 75 ''Miles." Paris, Aug.- 28. an advance reaching' two anf- a half miles at cer tain points on a twelve and a half mile front today the French captured Roye and seven villages, according to the war office announcement tonight. ' (By the Associated Press.) With the French Armies in France, Aug. 28 The first French army after beating the Germans in their battle positions before Roye took the town today and now is pursuing the Ger mans who are in retreat on a line ex tending from Hallu to the region south of Roye. At 4 o'clock this afternoon General Debeney's men were in the region of Hattencourt from where the line passes just west of Cremery nd Gruny by Carpui and to the west of Roiglise and west of Verpillieres. The French encircling tactics over came the new German system of de fense by the profuse use of machine guns. Strongly protected and heavi ly armed positions were turned one after the other until the enemy was obliged to abandon the first and then the second line of defenses of 1914, upon which he fell back after being driven back out of Montdidier. The Germans are now relying on their aviation to protect their retreat. Their airplanes were out in great nura- ber today, attacking pursuing columns and engaging the French squadrons of observation and pursuit planes. The final break in the German sec ond line came this morning when after repulsing a counter-attack upon St. Mard, the French infantry resumed the offensive. They completely en circled Roye and threw the enemy back seven miles east cf the town. In spite of fatuigue in the long hard campaign, General Debeney's men are going ahead with the a-dor and en thusiasm of fresh troops. Mexicans Kill More Americans. Nogales, Ariz., Aug. 28. Two Amer icans were killed, 29 were wounded arid more than 500 American troops were enaged for one and one-half hours on the border here late today during a skirmish between American troops and Mexicans. These facts were officially announced here late to night after a survey of the town and camp had been made. While the cas ualties on the Mexican side of the bor der were not known tonight, it was (estimated that 100 had been killed by fire, from the American side while at lea'st twice this number, including a number of civilians, were wounded. It was reported tonight that the mayor of Nogales, Sonora, was killed but this was not confirmed. Passes Manpower Bill. Washington, Aug. 28. The man power bill, bringing within the army draft all men from 18 to 45 years old, was unanimously passed late today by the senate. In conference the differences In the draft of the bill as passed today by the senate and as enacted Saturday by the house by a vote of 336 to 2, are expected to be compromised speedily, and the bill in its final form trans mitted to President Wilson for his sig nature late this week. Preparations being made by Provost Marshal Gener al Crowder to carry out the provisions of the measure are expected to insure the registration of all men between the ages of 18 and 21 and 31 and 45 with in a week or ten days after the presi dent attaches his signature. Stop Sunday Joyriding in East. Washington, Aug. 28. The fuel ad ministration today called upon the public in states east of the MissTssrppl river to cease using of all clases of au tomobiles with a few named excep- -tions, motorcycles and motor boats on Sundays until further notice as a gas oline conservation measure. Only vol untary compliance will prevent Issu ance of a mandatory order prohibiting the use of gasoline on Sundays. . Au tomobiles for hire are included. ; Trap Officer Who Sunk Lusltanla. Paris, Aug. 28. Lieutenant Schwieger, the man who sank the Ln sitania, has been captured by a French patrol boat in the Meditteranean, ac cording to La Journal. A large sub marine, of which he was second in com mand, had just torpedoed a British steamer between Malta and Sicfly. The Gernfan was waiting to see the vessel sink when two French patrol boats emerged from the fog and sank the U-boat Of the crew of 75 only one officer and four men were res-